Saturday, January 31, 2015

No Shortcuts...Minus 2 days

  Bottom line...if you want...
 
Balance.
Extreme Results.
On point Nutrition.
Support.
Accountability.
Community.
A life CHANGE.
 
Commit.
Now.
Coming February 2nd.
 
Message Me.
 
You.
Won't.
Regret.
It.
 
 
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Georgia's on my mind...A MUST READ!

A lot of SUCCESS is going on in GEORGIA…So that is why GEORGIA is on my mind! At the end of all my monthly challenges I like to share a few success stories with my readers.
 
It brings it all back to REAL PEOPLE with REAL RESULTS.

Both of these ladies were in my January Challenge group and one of them even started in my December challenge group.  Karla’s incredible SKINNY to STRONG results inspired so many of her friends that they decided to join in on the fun on getting healthy.  We had 6 amazing, fabulous, and dedicated women from the Georgia area in my group and now they all are inspiring their friends to join the LOVE YOUR BODY challenge. Karla even led a challenge group meet-up for all her friends in her area…LOVE IT!
So please take the time to read the success stories below on two of my GEORGIA GIRLS.
Halle’s Story
Halle is a stay-at-home-mom of 2 adorable children. She love’s crafting, cooking and shopping. She is an Ohio State Alumni and a huge Buckeye fan. She LOVEs everything southern (including the food) and she is very involved in her children's schools.

For Halle is favorite part about the challenge group was being held accountable by the other members of the group. She was motivated every day by the ”oldie” members of the group. Seeing their success made her super motivated on the hard days when she really just wanted to quit.
In Halle’s words, “I am a stay at home mom of 2 kids that has slowly let myself go over the past 7 years. My life has been just about my kids and their needs. I woke up one morning recently and didn't recognize myself. I knew I needed to be setting a better eating and working out example for my children. I saw my friend Karla have great success with her first fix, and knew it was something that would work for me since there was a detailed workout and meal plan scheduled for me. I have never in my life worked out for 3 days in a row, let alone 21 days. But, I DID IT!!!!!! I stopped drinking soda, ate healthy, and worked out every single day. I am confident in my ability to meet my personal goals. I lost 7.1 lbs. and 14.5 inches in only 3 weeks!!!!!!!!! I have never felt so good!  Ali, you are such a motivation to all of us moms that is possible to take time out to take care of us along with our young children. I thought that you provided all of the information that I needed to make my journey a success. I am going to take the weight loss tips that you provided for me for the next fix, and use them with hopes of having even greater results in February!!!! Thanks, Ali! You rock!!!”
Halle, I cannot begin to tell you how PROUD I am of you. Just to think that you completely stopped drinking soda is truly remarkable! You truly developed a new healthy LIFESTYLE for you and your family and I don’t ever think you will go into a movie theatre unprepared again ha ha! Can’t wait to see your continued transformation.
 

Karla’s Story…
So this is Karla’s 2nd challenge group with me and in her first challenge she had amazing AMAZING results. I wanted to share more of her success as she continues to surprise me with her dedication and commitment to getting healthy INSIDE-OUT. I am so proud of Karla for stepping up and being in incredible leader to her Georgia friends. She is a true inspiration and I am so proud of you Karla for inspiring other women to get healthy with you. BIG THINGS IN STORE FOR YOU GIRL!
In her words, "I am a stay at home mother of 2 under 5. My story is I simply fell into a rut that I think is so easy to fall into. I viewed exercise as a twice a week chance to be out by myself instead of something I needed to keep me going. I was dragging myself through each day on low energy and a short temper. I would be easily swayed into a glass or more of wine each night to combat my stress and the calories were adding up. I wasn't taking care of me while taking care of my family. I have truly learned that it takes almost no additional time in my week to take care of myself in order to be a happier, healthier, more awesome mom and wife. I have energy and I feel great. My physical transformation was remarkable to me and my husband has flooded me with compliments. My kids love seeing me work out and have enjoyed many of the healthy foods I was eating with me. I love to learn and grow on a daily basis and I feel like I am learning something new about my body and how nutrition works on our bodies. I have learned that I can still make dinner for my family every night. I can still participate in dinners out, parties with friends, vacations and family functions. I can still have play dates, run the kids to school and activities and have time for me. I know now that I need a plan for these situations instead of allowing my gas tank to run on empty (or just coffee). I am filling my fridge, freezer and pantry with healthy choices that will be easy to grab and I am sharing these choices with friends and at parties. It is possible and its really not that hard once you set your mind to doing something and holding yourself accountable".  And her thoughts on the challenge group, "Amazing! I really needed someone to push me in the right direction and you did just that but not in an intimidating way but more of a nurturing way. You were real, upfront, honest and clear with expectations. It was hard for me at first to get used to the social media aspect of the group because I am an in and out Facebook user. I get it now, it’s just everyone checking in with each other and the support was awesome".
 

 Karla leading her GEORGIA GIRLS at our monthly Imperfectly Balanced Meet-ups.
We aren’t meant to do "life" alone…so if you are looking to get healthy and change your life INSIDE-OUT…email me now and be apart of our group of incredible, life-changing women.
 
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Monday, January 26, 2015

Power in Numbers

I truly believe that there is POWER IN NUMBERS. When a group of people come together ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. In my own journey of getting healthy on the inside-out, I have had key people help me reach my personal goals. My husband, my mother, my counselor, my childhood pastors, my doctors, and some of my best friends were my support system when I was overcoming anxiety and learning to become IMPERFECTLY BALANCED...and the key to my recovery was ACCOUNTABILITY.  I truly believe that the missing link to achieving anything is a support system and accountability. When you are accountable to someone you do not want to let them down. For me my support system encouraged, inspired, and supported me in the good and the bad. They helped me see areas in my life that needed to change and have growth. They spoke wisdom into my life and prayed for me. They wanted the best for me.
Each new chapter in my life, new people were brought into my life as support. And I can honestly say that if it were not for those people, that support system I had, I would not be who I am today.
No matter that you are going through...Whether it is a health or family issue or you are struggling emotionally or spiritually, find someone that can keep you accountable and help you find your way.
I have partnered with so many women to help them change their health.  I can tell you that those who have had the most success are those that have stayed accountable to me and developed a 1:1 personal relationship with me. Remember there is POWER IN NUMBERS and when a group of women come together to support and uplift one another...WATCH OUT....they might just change the world!
I love my ladies! And we are all striving to become IMPERFECTLY BALANCED together INSIDE-OUT.
 
We weren't meant to do it alone!
 
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

LOVE YOUR BODY

As we approach Valentine's Day I was trying to think about how I could theme my next challenge group...LOVE was obviously apparent but then it came to me LOVE YOUR BODY. In society today, so many women compare themselves to others and become so negative about their body and their flaws. But I want women to LOVE THEIR BODY and embrace the flaws and all. We are all perfectly and wonderfully made. And I think most women forget that. We were not designed to be the same size, shape, height, weight, and bone structure. So we need to STOP COMPARING. Each one of you are beautiful no matter what size you are and in my challenge group your are going to learn how to LOVE YOUR BODY (no matter what the scale says) and ALSO learn to get healthy from the INSIDE-OUT. Yes, I believe that each of us one of us are unique and perfectly made but I also believe it is our job to take CARE OF OUR BODY and honor it with the lifestyle we live...and a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE.
 
 
 
In my challenge group I will encourage you to love your body but "fine-tune" it with healthy choices. I will provide you with customized meal plans, healthy clean recipe book, motivation, support, and accountability. Plus the support and inspiration from the other women in the group is INCREDIBLE.
 
 
If you are interested in finding out more details about my LOVE YOUR BODY challenge email me NOW
 
The DEADLINE to sign up is JANUARY 26TH, 2015, and my CHALLENGE GROUP will begin FEBRUARY 2ND, 2015.  
 
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Monday, January 19, 2015

Monday Meal Prep

Probably the most common question I get asked on a DAILY basis is related to MEAL PREP. Most people feel overwhelmed by the idea of meal prepping, but I am telling you it really isn't that bad when it is explained to you along with the process of it all.
 
When you are a busy women trying to lose weight, gain muscle, eat clean, or just get healthier meal prep is essential. It takes out all of the guessing of what you are suppose to be eating for that meal. I tell my challenge girls all the time IT'S ALL ABOUT THE PREP! If you have your meals prepared for the week the odds are in your favor to eat clean, healthy, nutritious dense foods versus a bag of chips or pizza.
The first time you meal prep can be quite overwhelming. But after you do one time it will only get easier and easier.  You then realize how wonderful it is to have your meals prepared for the week.
 
In my monthly health and fitness challenge groups MEAL PREP is #1 on my list for having successful results. 80% of your physical results is based on your nutrition while 20% is exercise.
And yes, the majority of my food that I meal prep I will use for my children's DINNERS. If I prep oatmeal and egg whites my kids will eat those for breakfast too.
 
My Meal Prep Tips:
1. Sit down on Saturday and plan out your meals for the week...so for example mine would look something like this...and make your grocery list. I prepare for the entire week, some of my challengers will cook Sunday for Monday-Wednesday meals then cook again Wednesday for Thursday-Sunday. I change up my meal plans a little bit each week for variety. But sometimes I feel like TOO MUCH variety can make it more difficult.
 
M1 - Shakeology shake with water, ice, 1 tsp of almond butter
M3 - 3/4 cup of chicken, 1 cup of veggies, 1/2 cup of brown rice
M3 - 1/2 grapefruit, 1/4c of berries, 1 tbsp. of nuts
M4 - 3/4 cup of ground turkey, 1/2 baked sweet potato, 1 cup veggies
M5 - 2/4 cup fish, 1 cup veggies
 
2. Go grocery shopping on Saturday so that you can cook and sort your food on Sunday. Buying in bulk really helps with meal prep if you have a large family. Costco is my favorite!
3. Sunday cook all of your food....3 proteins, 2 healthy carbs, cut up fruit, and then portion it all out for the week.
 
4. And then you can sit back and enjoy all your meals for the week. And now you don't have to worry about what you are going to eat for lunch or dinner.
 
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MEAL PREPPING, EMAIL ME AND I WOULD LOVE TO HELP YOU! My next health and fitness challenge group starts February 2nd, 2015, and you will learn ALL ABOUT MEAL PREPPING and eating clean. If you are interested please include that in your email.
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In my challenge groups I provide customized meal plans along with recipes to help my challengers have success with their nutrition. Saturday and Sunday are our PLAN & PREP days...my girls go over their meal plans, make grocery lists, and prep and sort their food so it is ready to go by Monday morning. Then they post and share their meal prep and any new recipes!
 
Below are pictures of some of my challengers meal preps...so if they can do it, YOU CAN DO IT!



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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Stay Tuned...

https://www.facebook.com/imperfectlybalancedbyaliIf you are interested in finding out more about my LOVE YOUR BODY health & fitness challenge group, please fill out the form below so we can connect and figure out a plan that is best for you!
 
 
 
 
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Friday, January 9, 2015

Foodie Friday - Pear Pomegranate Salsa



 5-Ingredient Pear Pomegranate Salsa

This pear pomegranate salsa rocks the savory and sweet combo, and calls for just five ingredients!

Prep: 10 mins Total: 10 mins

Ingredients:

  • 2 fresh pears (any kind), cored and diced
  • 1 fresh pomegranate, seeded
  • half a red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • juice of half a lime

Directions:

Toss all ingredients together until combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve immediately, or store in a sealed container for up to 2 days.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Reading Food Labels...What is good and what is bad?

What is good and what is bad is a common question you ask yourself when you walk the aisles of the grocery store. I get pictures texted to me all the time during my health & fitness challenge groups asking me "Is this OK to eat?". Food labels are so deceptive because even though it might say "All Natural" when after reading the list of ingredients you are surprised to find out that it is full of JUNK!
 
If your goal is to eat healthy and clean food then you need to pay attention to the packaged items you are buying. You just cannot just buy brown rice anymore, you have to READ THE INGREDIENTS because more and more food manufacturers are adding UNHEALTHY ingredients.
 
 
My #1 tip to decipher whether or not that peanut butter you are about to buy is "Good or Bad" is to look at the INGREDIENT LIST!  There is really no need to look at the nutritional facts just pay attention to the ingredients. Nutritional Facts tell you nothing about the actual "health" of the food you are eating and the impact it has on your health! Just think about all of those diet frozen meals. They claim to be healthy but next time you go to the grocery store read the label.  It might be only 310 calories, but is it REALLY THAT HEALTHY FOR YOU? There is no way that the "diet brand" chicken frozen meal is healthy for you.  If you rely solely on the Nutritional Facts to choose what is healthy and not healthy for you, you will end up eating a lot of BAD food.
What I want you to do is look at the first 3-4 ingredients....those ingredients are the most dominant in the product. So if lists chia seeds as the 15th ingredient it actually isn't that healthy!
Reading the ingredient list is by far the most important way to figure out if that food item is actually good or bad. And the foods that don't have a label are by far the best, fruits and veggies!
 
 
My #2 tip is THINK ABOUT IT! Would you really eat something with ingredients like bleach or ammonium sulfate in it? Use common sense people.
 
Just because it is ORGANIC doesn't mean it is healthy tip #3. Yes, it is organic so it doesn't have all the "bad" chemicals but how much sugar and fat is in it? Even if it is organic it is still PROCESSED. Of course if you are going to buy something packaged organic is the best way to go but it doesn't always mean it is healthy for you. My kids love some of the organic cereals out there that mimic Lucky Charms or Cinnamon Toast Crunch but they are filled with sugar...more than the average serving my child should consume in a day. So the key is moderation. Eat processed packaged food in moderation.
 
 
This leads me to my #4 tip to deciding whether or not that food item is bad or good...LOOK for SUGAR. If sugar is in the top 3 ingredients, don't get it! You definitely do not want to get any processed food item that has high fructose corn syrup in it either. There are so many forms of sugar, even "healthy" sugar. Bottom line sugar is sugar! And sugar is linked to so many health problems such as diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, anxiety, and depression.
Women should have no more than 6 teaspoons per day of sugar and men should not have more than 9 teaspoons of sugar a day.  That is about 25-30 grams of sugar per day. So even if you are eating that Chobani Coconut Greek yogurt (which is my favorite), look at the sugar content!  
A few other things...don't give too much thought on the fat grams because what is most important is the type of fat you are eating. Coconut, nuts, seeds, and avocados are all high in fat, but are a health heart fat! But you still need to portion those healthy fats out because eating too much can cause weight gain or difficulty losing weight.  
And when it comes down to calories, think about the quality of the food first and foremost. So yes that nonfat frozen ice-cream might have less calories then the banana and organic peanut butter but you want to choose the healthier option.
 
I really hope this helps next time you go to the grocery store and you are torn between what peanut butter is bad or good! I want you to be educated and confident in your abilities to choose the healthiest food for you and your family.
 
Please email me if you have any questions about food labels and eating CLEAN HEALTHY foods...I would love to help you get healthy Inside-Out! 
 
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Write a New Story

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You know what I like about a NEW YEAR...that it signifies a fresh start, a new chapter in your life! There are so many people that are anti-New Year's resolutions and I kind of support that too because 70% of NYE resolutions are never kept!  But what I am suggesting is that you write a new chapter in your life with new dreams and new visions for your future.  Look at the New Year as a symbol of change and hope. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!
 
I know any of you that read this have goals for yourself and changes that you want to make to your life that makes you a healthier, happier YOU! But the only way to reach those goals is to write them down and have a plan to reach them.
 
So I am going to ask you right now to write down what your dreams and goals are for your life.
What is your vision for your life in 2015?
 
Here are a few of my goals for 2015:
1. More purposeful quality time with my family
2. Unplug more...quiet time in my devotions and personal development
3. Get more ORGANIZED...Stick to my daily agenda and don't get sidetracked!
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3. Get out of debt - Financial Freedom
4. Inspire more women to get healthy from the INSIDE-OUT
5. Build my own business & a team of women to help me share my mission of becoming "Imperfectly Balanced"
6. Give woman the opportunity to get healthy that cannot financially afford to do so
 
All of my dreams and visions have to have a plan to reach them and some of them require support from other people. But I HAVE A PLAN! If you don't have a plan you will never succeed and reach your goals and dreams for your life.  
So now that you have wrote all of your goals and visions down for the 2015 New Year, I want you to ask yourself if any of them line up with mine. Do you want have more time with your family? Do you want to get out of debt? Do you want to get healthy from the inside-out? Do you have a passion to lead and inspire other women to get healthy?
If you say YES to any of these, I want you to email me. The best way to reach your goal is to have support, motivation, and accountability and that is what I want to do for you. I know that TOGETHER we can make ANYTHING happen and reach your GOALS.
 
 You hold the pen so write an INCREDIBLE story for your life...It's up to you to make the decision to CHANGE! I wish that this New Year would be your healthiest & happiest yet! 
 
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