Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Finding Food Freedom


After taking many months away from the health and wellness industry, I am back.  God called me into a season of rest back in August/September.  As I look back on the journey, I had no clue what He had planned for me. He used this time of rest to show me the many idols that I had placed in front of Him...including food. Food was all I could think about, and I was struggling with admitting it to the group of women that I was supposed to be leading.  What kind of leader is that?!

God is gracious. He is kind.  After many months of being in my personal coach's GRACEcamp and surrendering my food and thoughts to Him daily, I have been freed from the shackles that I was once wearing.  God doesn't want us to live in bondage. He came so that we may have LIFE. Jesus died for our FREEDOM.  Why do we act like we are still slaves to sin?

It is time to LIVE in our FREEDOM!!

With that said, I am SO excited to be opening up my VERY first GRACEcamp in April!  We will be focusing on the food freedom course that I have been doing and working through.  To be honest, I loved this course so much that I became a certified mentor for the program.  It's truly incredible.  Here's a little bit more about the program:

If you have followed me for any period of time, you know that I have struggled with food restriction, binge eating, and emotional eating.  It's no secret that when it comes to my health and fitness journey, I really stink at the nutrition aspect of it.

I am so excited to share that for the first time, my company has designed a "nutrition first" program. Exercise is just extra credit! This program is designed to help you get a handle on your eating habits.  There is no counting calories.  No measuring food.  No using food containers. No cutting out food groups. No deprivation or starving. The best part?  You can follow this program even when you're out on a date at a restaurant, on vacation, or at a party!

It's a solution that's effective because it was created by a woman who understands.  Not only did she lose 100 lbs on this program, she became a registered dietitian nutritionist so that she could help others lose the weight and win the weight loss war.

Ilana figured out how to eat large amounts of food and lose weight and keep it off at the same time.  She figured out that it was all in her mindset.  The system that she created allows you to feel full and satisfied while giving you strategies that can help you in real-world situations such as eating out, traveling, cravings, and more!

This is not a diet.  It's a mindset shift.

What’s the best part about this weight loss program?

The 2B Mindset is simple to follow. You will learn simple strategies to get you drinking more water, enjoying wholesome food and simple ways to prepare them. And it will shatter the myth that the bathroom scale is your enemy. It's Simple. Enjoyable. Sustainable. 

Who is the 2B Mindset for?

  • Anyone who wants to lose weight — happily — so they can keep it off for good!
  • Those frustrated with the deprivation of traditional diets.
  • People overwhelmed with all the weight-loss products/info out there.
  • Anyone challenged by junk-food cravings.
  • Those for whom other diets have not been successful in the past.
  • Those who feel guilt or shame when overeating.
  • Those who love to eat food,
  • People who love to travel but don't know how to stay on track.
  • Anyone who doesn't like or want to workout.
  • Those who love to workout but struggle with food.
  • People who aren't seeing results with just exercise.
  • Those who struggle with:
    • Yo-Yo dieting
    • Emotional eating
    • Sugar addiction
    • Scale obsession
    • Portion control
    • Motivation to workout
When can I enroll?
I am always enrolling new clients for this program!  It's an ongoing nutritional plan that doesn't have a start and end date.  If you would like to be considered for the group, please fill out this contact form so that I can get in touch with you!

Member Benefits:
  • The 2B Mindset Program
  • Grocery Shopping Tips
  • Weekly Meal Ideas
  • First month of nutrient-dense superfoods that support your goals
  • One-year subscription to Beth's Netflix of Fitness
  • Accountability within our ladies-only community
  • Beth as your coach
  • *All packages come with a 30-day money back guarantee.
What's Included:
  • 41 videos in the 2B Mindset Program
    • 21 videos to teach you the basic principles of the program, including education on food groups, what to eat and when, and real-life strategies for every eating situation (such as eating at restaurants, at parties, while on a trip, for vegans/vegetarians, etc).
    • 5 videos to overcome common weight loss struggles and gives advice on weight loss challenges.
    • 15 recipe videos that show you have to cook time-saving, delicious, easy, and satisfying meals in no time.
    • PLUS videos on how to adapt the program to need-specific lifestyles such as vegetarian, vegan, and even pregnancy!
    • PLUS there are 6 extra videos in the library that offer more in-depth training on some of the principles.
  • The Getting Started Guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to get started.
  • My Go-To Guide accompanies the videos and highlights key takeaways, recaps the food lists, features grocery shopping lists, and more.
  • 2B Mindset Recipes which includes over 30 of Illana's favorites.
  • My Tracker, which has room for 90 days of meal and progress tracking, and other key indicators that play a role in helping you achieve your weight loss goals.
  • A 30 oz water bottle that has motivational reminders on it to help keep you on track daily.

Would you like to be considered for my April Finding Food Freedom workshop?  Make sure you click the application HERE and apply.  I will connect with you and see what options match your goals and financial season so that we can get you started on your journey to food freedom!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Girls Trip 2018

Last spring, my mom called me one day and asked if I wanted to go on a girls trip with her.  Did I even have to think about that answer? NO!  My answer was an obvious yes.

Tyler and I were planning our Europe trip, and she and my dad had already committed to taking care of Scout for us.  So I knew that we would have to plan around that.  Since I was getting emails from Scott's Cheap Flights Premium Membership, I suggested Ireland since that was the most recent in my inbox.

My mom doesn't like to fly.  So she politely turned me down.  About a week or so later, she came back to me and said that she wanted to go to Colorado to see her brothers and their families. If you tell me we're going to Colorado in the summer, I'm not going to turn you down.


If you tell me we're going to Colorado, I'm not going to turn you down.  Colorado is probably my favorite place in the US.  Granted, I haven't been to all 50 states, but Colorado holds a lot of memories and pieces of my heart.

We went in August, and we left on a Monday morning, so my mom came to OKC on Sunday afternoon.  I did convince her to fly, and we ended up both flying roundtrip on Southwest for less than $200 total.  Y'all...if you don't take advantage of Southwest's sales, you're missing out.

We took a very early flight out, which had us at the airport at 5:30 am or something crazy.  Neither one of us normally sees that time of day. HA! But it was worth it.  We got to Denver at 7-something that morning, got our rental car, and started driving towards Colorado Springs.

I had put the car rental in my name, thinking we could do some switching around if we needed to.  We even talked about putting both of our names on the reservation.  However, that cost an extra $25 PER DAY!  It ended up being just fine, and I chauffered my mom around the state for the week.

We stopped in Castle Rock for some breakfast and shopping.  We then headed on towards Colorado Springs and made a spontaneous stop at Focus on the Family.  I'm so glad we did!  I hadn't been there since I was a little girl when my parents brought the whole family.  I didn't remember most of it, but I have so many memories of listening to Adventures in Odyssey. 

We wandered around, and it was so neat to hang out with Whit for the day.  I pretended to be a kid again, and I went down the slide. I was also excited to see that they brought back the magazine called, Brio.  This was a magazine that I loved to receive in the mail when I was in junior high and high school.  I even have a Brio Pen Pal, and we are still in touch today!

My uncle Billy and aunt Birdie live in Colorado Springs, and they were our first stop on the trip.  We were so blessed by their hospitality the few days that we stayed with them.  My cousin Jessie was also there, and it was so good to get to catch up with all of them.  We don't see them nearly enough.

Jessie was a fantastic uber driver ;) and carted us off to the Red Rocks Open Space for a morning of hiking on one of the days.  I absolutely love nature in Colorado.  I really wish the weather was cooperative enough here in Oklahoma to allow for hiking every day. That would be my choice of exercise.  There's just something about being in nature, in the mountains, that brings me closer to God. I'm in awe of the creation He made.

Looking over at Garden of the Gods.

Jessie is very observant. She was pointing out the little details, and I loved that!!

It was a beautiful day to get out and enjoy the mountain air.  We really enjoyed hanging out with them! 

On Wednesday morning, we left Colorado Springs and headed towards Breckenridge.  It just so happens that Breckenridge is one of my favorite little towns, and again, it holds a million memories for me.  We decided to head up to Peak 8 at the Ski Resort.  I'll also tell you that Breckenridge is my very favorite place to ski, but we don't ski there often because it's so expensive.  

The gondola begins at the parking lot in downtown Breck.  It's free, so we hopped on and rode to the top just to see what we could see.

We didn't stay up at the top very long, so we rode the gondola back down. Then we headed to the main street.  We had already planned to treat ourselves to Starbucks drinks. Priorities, right?!

We also knew that we were going to eat at Downstairs at Eric's.  That's our favorite restaurant to eat at, and it's such a fun atmosphere.

The town and the scenery are absolutely beautiful...no matter what time of year you visit!

I love how you can see the ski area in the background.

We stayed in Frisco for the night...it's cheaper than Breckenridge and only a few miles down the road.  It's easy access to I-70 as well.

The next day, we headed toward Estes Park. But there were several places we stopped along the way.  Georgetown is one of our favorite quick spots to stop.  It is the quaintest "village."

It's a tradition to take a picture in the middle of the street each time we visit!
We didn't really have plans on this trip.  We had a loose itinerary, and we knew where we were staying each night.  But we just stopped wherever we felt like it.  So as we were driving the back roads to Estes Park, we stopped at a beautiful sightseeing pull off.

I had never really driven in the mountains before.  The hairpin turns, the climb in elevation, the cars following too close for my comfort...that was all an adventure.

We kept traveling until we got to Winter Park.  We had decided that we were going to go alpine sliding.  I hadn't been since I was a kid, and we both think that Winter Park has better alpine sliding than Breck does.  It was actually a little more expensive than we thought it was going to be.  But hey! When at Winter Park...

We made it a challenge to see how many times we could get down the mountain to get our price per run at a reasonable number.  We ended up going down 5 times before it started raining. We still had quite a bit of driving ahead of us, and we weren't sure we wanted to wait until they could get the track dry.  So we ended up leaving.  But it was such a fun experience!!

On the chair lift up!

Here's a video of one of my runs!  If you ever get the opportunity to go Alpine Sliding, you should!  It's so much fun!

Tomorrow, I'll be sharing more about the second half of our trip!

Friday, September 7, 2018

Helpful Apps

If you are planning any sort of trip such as this, I would love to share some of the apps that we used that were really helpful.

When planning the trip, we used Trip Advisor a lot! This helped us learn which hotels would be a good option for us, and it also helped us plan activities within each city/country.

Visit a City was helpful to us, but I didn't use it a ton.

In London, we found the Tube Map to be most helpful.  This allowed us to figure out what line we were supposed to be on, where we needed to transfer, and how long it was going to take us to get there.  It worked without data, which was the best part.  However, there was some "real time" stuff available if you did have use of a cell phone plan.

I had downloaded Open Table because most of the hotels that offered Afternoon Tea hosted reservations there.  In the end, we didn't need it.

The London Pass app was helpful in planning which things we wanted to see.  But it also can host your pass there as well.  We had the physical pass because we were uncertain of how often we would need to find wi-fi.

The Gatwick Express app was helpful for us in finding times that the trains ran to and from the airport.  You can also purchase your tickets on the app as well.

In Paris, the Paris Metro app was most helpful for getting around the city.  It also told us which line we would need to be on, when we would need to transfer, and how long it would take to get to our destination.  We are both good at reading maps, so it helped to have a map of the transit of the city.

We used Google Translate for the majority of the trip.  If we didn't know what a word was, we'd type it in the app and it would tell us.  It would also tell us how to say English phrases in the language we needed.  It worked offline, but if you are connected online, you can hear them read it back to you so you know how to pronounce it.

Pocket Maps is super helpful too.  You can download maps of whatever city you need so you know where to go.

Rick Steves offers his audio guide on an app.  If you're wanting to know more, he offers guides for almost anywhere!

The SBB app was helpful in Switzerland when we were trying to figure out which trains to be on.  Unfortunately, we needed to be hooked up to wi-fi to use it.  But we'd try to plan ahead and take screenshots of our routes that we needed.

There are a lot of apps out there that can be helpful.  Find the ones you like and use them!  These are the ones we found most helpful.

I See London...Again

We left Venice very early the next morning and headed to the Treviso airport.  We found cheaper flights to London from that airport than Marco Polo. We got to the airport and ended up having to wait to even get checked in. I guess it's better to be early than to be late.

Getting through security was my worst nightmare.  I set off the detector and had to get patted down. It was literally horrible...especially for someone who has a personal bubble. It really upset me.  But there were no rules on what to take off or what we could leave on...it's truly different than in the US.  I also have a very difficult time understanding people who have accents.  I have to ask them to repeat themselves and I have to focus really hard on what they're saying, but it didn't help this time.

On top of that, our flight was delayed for 2.5 hours.  I think I was overly tired, and we really lucked out on all of our other travel.  So to be delayed, I was just really annoyed that day.  But it all turned out okay and we made it back to London.

We only spent one night in London since we were flying back to the US the next day.  We decided that we had enough points left on our credit card that we decided to splurge on a hotel.  So we found a super nice hotel that was connected to Victoria Station.  We stayed at the Grosvenor Hotel in an Executive King Suite.

Tyler and I joked along the way that our hotel rooms progressively got larger.  This was the biggest (and fanciest) of all of them.

We stayed on the very top floor of the hotel.  This was our view.
We basically dropped our things off in our room and headed over to the Wolseley Hotel for Afternoon Tea.  This was the one thing that I was looking forward to the most.  And I think I was also crabby at the airport because we hadn't eaten much that day.  We were both looking forward to this late "lunch."

Afternoon Tea is something you must do if ever in London.  But almost every hotel offers some version of it...some are way more expensive than others.  I researched and researched and researched and still didn't decide on a hotel to have tea at until we were in Venice.  I did have my options written down and what they offered, but it was a difficult decision. Some hotels take reservations and others offer walk-ins.

We decided to walk-in since it took so long to decide.  I had heard great things about tea at the Ritz, but you have to be dressed up, and we were already squeezing our backpacks as close to full as possible.  So we went right next door.

He was so ready to eat!

Scones, pastries, and finger sandwiches

The clotted cream was delish!

I don't even really like tea, but their house blend with milk in it wasn't that bad. I did drink the whole pot. :)

Oh this is a moment I would have loved to discuss with Granny.  She loved having girl tea parties at her house...and actually, when we were all sending her to heaven, the girl grands had a tea party in her honor.  I know she would have loved to hear all about it.

After we got done with our tea, we headed over to the British Library.  We kept our Visitor Oyster Cards and added some money to it so we could use the Tube.  I had really wanted to see the ancient Bibles that were displayed there, but unfortunately, all of the exhibits were closed for an event.  So we hopped back on the Tube and went over to see Kensington Palace.

Kensington Palace is in Kensington Gardens.  However, Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park are literally right next to each other.  Had we had more time on the other end of our trip, the London Pass would have let us in to tour.

Round Pond

Kensington Palace

Queen Victoria

Looking toward the direction we were in from the Hyde Park side.

 Notice anything about this carousel?

I absolutely loved this...it's hard to remember that the English drive on the wrong side of the road. ;)
We headed back to our hotel for an early evening in.  At this point in our trip, we were both tired and almost ready to head home.

The next morning, we did get up early enough to see some last minute sights.  We started out the morning with yet another English breakfast. I loved how easy it was to keep on track with healthy eating.  There were plenty of healthy eats available to us on our trip.

We then headed out to go see Buckingham Palace.  We were hoping that we'd be able to see the Changing of the Guard, but with needing to head to the airport, we didn't see it. In the end, we were okay with that.

I also had a list of photos that I wanted to take while we were in London, so I was trying to finish those up...like the stereotypical phone booth! We also looked inside some shops, as I was collecting Christmas ornaments from our trip.

This building had plants of some sort growing on it.  It was cool.

We headed back to our hotel to finish packing up and to get ready to head to the airport.  Here were a couple more cool things about the hotel:

I loved that you could just flip the light on!

We took the Gatwick Express to the airport.  Because we had gotten upgraded seats, we had the option to wait in the lounge.  We also have a Priority Pass card that comes with our credit card that would have also afforded us this option as well.  I had never been in a lounge before, but it was cool.  We got food and pop and desserts.  It was a great treat before we headed home.

Our flight home wasn't bad.  We ended up watching movies the entire time.

Our flight got into Chicago, and we had a hotel for the night.  We were so exhausted that we ended up going to bed at 7 pm.  The next morning, we caught an Uber to take us to Midway since we were flying Southwest home.

My mom was already there with our pup, and we were so excited to be home.

I shared this on my facebook post right before we left Europe, and I'll share it here:
Still trying to wrap my mind, heart, and soul around what just happened these last 17 days. I’m not going to try to put it into words {yet}.

I am leaving Europe with a broader worldview, a deeper love for ALL people, and a gratefulness that I can’t even describe. I’m teary just writing this.

I am ready to be home, get back into a routine, and drink a LOT more water because I know exactly where the free bathrooms are at.

We had such a wonderful time and it was truly a trip of a lifetime.  I hope that I will eventually get the opportunity to go back...maybe to visit the same places, but definitely to keep exploring the world. :)