The Group Every Busy Mom Needs Going Into The School Year

Sundays used to stress me out. I’d think about the week ahead and all the things I had to get done. As moms, our to-do lists are unending. Between work and family life, there’s always something to be thinking about next to ensure that we don’t totally drop the ball on something.

It’s kind of crazy, actually, to think about all the different hats we wear, and all the pressure that’s on us every single day.

I don’t know about you, but when I stop to think about the gravity of our role as moms, my heart starts beating really fast because there is just so much at stake. Raising humans is one of the most important jobs in the ENTIRE WORLD!

All that to say, as I think about the upcoming school year, I like to look at it as a fresh start. Summer is CRAZY, we’ve been out of our routine, the kids have been up later, and our days have sort of been all over the place.

Next week my oldest will go to Kindergarten. I’ve always had this vision of how I want our house to run when my kids are in school. I want our home to be a place of refuge and comfort, a place where my kids can come home to and things are prepared for them. A place where things are organized and everything has it’s place.

And my goodness that is SO not how it is right now! I have major work to do to create routine and structure after this summer! You should SEE the hot mess that is our house right now. It’s humbling.

With all six of us running in different directions this fall, the one time each day that we’ll really have together is dinner.

Again, I have MAJOR work to do here. I’m not a cook, and our meals are typically thrown together last minute. In fact, often I’ll call Jake around 4:00pm and ask him to pick something up on the way home. And in the stress of it all, my kids end up eating way too much mac and cheese and hot dogs. (Insert mom guilt.)

As Jake and I were talking about all this over the last month, an idea was born. Surely we weren’t the only family who struggled with getting healthy dinners on the table? Perhaps we could create a place to support busy families overcome this struggle and at the same time help own family?

We decided to hire a Registered Dietitian to create a weekly menu and grocery list for us, and opened up a Facebook group where we shared it and invited families in. In just a little over a week, our Take Back The Kitchen Info group has gone from 0 to 8,000 members!

WOAH. Clearly, we were in fact NOT ALONE!

This past week we ran a FREE week where families incorporated the menus, and it was so much FUN to see families, including our own, take control over their family’s food choices! We all grocery shopped on the same day and held each other accountable, we all meal prepped on Sunday, and then shared photos of our meals that we prepared throughout the week! The week went off without a hitch for all of us because we leaned on one another! The truth is, when we try to do all of this on our own, it feels overwhelming. But when we get into community with other parents who are experiencing similar struggles? Together we can help even our pickiest eaters to eat healthy food!

TOMORROW, August 14th, we officially start our FIRST MONTH of membership! The deadline to register is TONIGHT at 5pm CST! We already have almost 800 families registered and we’d love to have you! In my heart, I KNOW this group is something that ALL busy families WILL benefit from!

As a member of our Take Back The Kitchen community, you will receive the following each month: 

-4 weeks of family friendly menus and grocery lists from our Registered Dietitian, Monica Hoss

-Access to a private Facebook group where you will receive additional support from Monica to ask questions to help your picky eaters implement a healthy diet

-A Family Nutrition Ambassador (me) who will hold you accountable to implementing the menus

-Daily encouragement posts and check ins from Family Nutrition Ambassadors. The posts this month will be specifically geared toward helping moms incorporate routines and systems for the school year to make our homes run more efficiently! 

-30 Day Supply of Daily Sunshine (organic kids smoothie) or Shakeology (adult superfood meal replacement shake) on Home Direct (30 day money back guarantee and can be canceled at any time)

​Wait a minute, Daily Sunshine or Shakeology? Does your family REALLY need shakes and smoothies? Can’t you just buy all your food at the grocery store and all it good? If you’re skeptical about shakes and smoothies like I was, I’d invite you to watch the video below. I had the opportunity to interview Isabelle Daikeler, the creator of Shakeology and Daily Sunshine this week. Check out that video here: 

The ONLY requirement to become a Take Back The Kitchen Member is that you place at least one monthly order of Daily Sunshine or Shakeology for your family! This comes to about $30 per week. We personally decided to make Shakeology and Daily Sunshine an “instead of” cost, not an “additional cost.” I simply cut out $30 worth of snacks (quite frankly, JUNK) from my grocery shopping each week! We use Shakeology and Daily Sunshine EVERY day for me and my kids and it gives me incredible peace of mind knowing that even on the days when they don’t eat the foods I’d like them to, that they are still getting fruits, veggies, protein, and healthy fats! 
We will take care of paying the Registered Dietitian (this alone would cost a family hundreds of dollars a week!)
Membership will open once a month for this group! The deadline to sign up for this month’s membership is TONIGHT, August 13th, at 5:00pm CST! This group will run until Sunday September 10th and then our next month of membership will start the following day! 
If you are interested in receiving an email with more information to get signed up TODAY, please fill out this short form with your name and email, and I’ll shoot you over an email!
If you’re not able to jump into this month or you’re reading this after the deadline, please feel free to fill out this form below and we’ll send you an email as soon as registration opens for September Membership group!
Oh, one more thing! I ALSO have a fitness boot camp starting tomorrow! If you’re interested in being in Take Back The Kitchen AND my boot camp where I’ll also hold you accountable to working out, please fill out this form for more info. You deserve to feel AMAZING in your own skin, even as a busy mom!
*Membership is not available to Team Beachbody coaches who are not on my team. 
I can’t wait to get to know you and your precious families more as we lean on each other to make our homes a place of refuge and comfort this fall! It’s an honor and JOY to be on this journey of motherhood with you!
xo,
Amber
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Take Back The Kitchen

When I think about the dreams and hopes I have for my children, my heart floods with emotion. Loving, selfless, well-rounded, smart, humble, joyful, and full of confidence to pursue whatever future God puts on their hearts. All these things and more come to mind.

But those thoughts are usually followed by a HUGE list of all the things I feel the pressure to get right as a mom if I truly want them to have the best life possible.

It can be kind of intimidating when you think about all the responsibilities we’ve been entrusted with as moms. I often find that there just aren’t enough hours in a day to get all of them done. Some things usually end up being put on the back burner, but then later I beat myself up for not making it a priority. 

One thing that constantly gets pushed to the back in our house is meal planning. In my heart, I know that if I REALLY want my kids to have the best future possible, I need to remember that their physical bodies are the foundation for EVERYTHING. When we have our health, we have everything. The food that goes into their little bodies is so important, yet more often than not I find myself being okay with offering them less than stellar nutrition. I blame it on them being picky eaters, but if I’m honest with myself I know I could try a little harder at it.

Oftentimes the hardest part for me is implementation. Life gets busy, and yet again I end up grabbing for mac and cheese or hot dogs.

As we’ve talked to several other families, Jake and I learned that we’re not alone in this! Families across the country and world struggle!

As we get ready to start another school year this fall, there couldn’t be a more perfect time to help families figure this out. After tons of behind the scenes work, we are so excited to announce that that we are starting a BRAND NEW branch of our business specifically focused on nutrition for busy families! We are looking for like-minded individuals to help us in this crusade to take back the family kitchen! We have hired Monica Hoss, an amazing Registered Dietician, to help us come up with the menus, but we need others who are passionate about implementation and leading themselves and other families to a healthy lifestyle! With the feedback we’re getting from our pilot group, we know this is going to be a HOME RUN!

Together, we WILL take back the kitchen! Together we WILL ignite healthy changes that give our children the BEST NUTRITION and chance for a healthy future!

And the best part? It WILL be a BUDGET FRIENDLY APPROACH!

Today, AUGUST 2nd, we will be doing a PRIVATE LAUNCH where we will explain the opportunity in detail before our NATIONAL LAUNCH the following day!

We’d love for you to join us and get in on the GROUND FLOOR of this! Please click the link below to join the private Facebook group!

Take Back The Kitchen Info Group

We already have over 1700 parents who are in the group – CLEARLY we all need to come together and help each other TAKE BACK THE KITCHEN!

See you tonight!

xo,

Amber

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Dear Working Mom…There’s No Reason To Feel Guilty

Around 4:30am this morning, I woke up to violent thunder and lightning. A severe thunderstorm was blowing through our neighborhood which caused our yippy dog to go CRAZY. I thought for sure all 4 kids would be woken up by thunder too.

I peered to my left, and then to my right, because my husband and I were crammed between little ones who find a way into our bed most nights.

To my surprise, everyone else was still in a deep sleep, and while I usually fall back to sleep within 10 seconds, this morning I laid awake, thinking and questioning.

Thoughts of the day ahead flooded my mind. I thought about all the items on my to-do list for work. Then I thought about all the items on my to-do list for the family.  I felt my heart start racing, knowing there simply aren’t enough hours in a day.

This is when my mind starts spinning out of control:

Maybe if I didn’t have a career outside of motherhood I’d be in a better place…

Was it wrong of me to want to pursue a career? Why do I feel so guilty at times? 

If only I was as good of a mom as her, she juggles it all and really seems to have her crap all figured out. 

Our house is such a mess. I don’t even want to walk downstairs, because I know it will overwhelm me immediately. 

If only I had taught my kids how to pick up after themselves better, then our house wouldn’t be in such a constant state of chaos. Gosh, why do I suck at teaching stuff like that? 

Ugh, I forgot to start the dishwasher last night…now the dishes will pile up from the get go. 

I can’t forget to grab the package of water bottles from Jake’s car before he leaves so the kids have water in their lunch boxes. 

My van is such a pit. Who knows what’s growing in there! How did I let it get so nasty? 

Will I ever get into a good groove with life? Am I capable of figuring it out? 

I feel like no one truly understands these emotions I feel…maybe I’m the only one who struggles like this…

It’s a field trip day at school…oh no look at the laundry – where in the world are those blue shirts they have to wear? 

And that all happened BEFORE the kids woke up!

When they got up for the day, they were all in moods that were out of control. There was no urgency whatsoever to listen or get ready for the day.

We ended up being a half hour late for school, and the house looked like the storms from this morning made their way through the INSIDE of every single room by the time we left.

I pulled out of the driveway with my blood pressure going through the roof, trying to take deep breaths instead of yelling at the kids in frustration.

We arrived at school, and I felt like such a poser. Walking inside and smiling at the teachers, meanwhile thinking about how stressed and frustrated I was moments earlier.

I dropped them off, and tried to switch my focus to my work so I could have a productive day.

I realized that first I needed to pause and get into an emotionally strong mental state.

The truth is, I needed to get out of my own head, and I needed to stop all the negative self talk.

The things we say to ourselves are POWERFUL, and so often we forget just how important it is to speak to ourselves in a positive and encouraging voice.

Here’s what I’ve discovered. When I sit down and pursue TRUTH, I’m reminded that what I do for work isn’t just a career…it’s a CALLING. It’s not meant to make me feel like a bad mom. It’s not meant to produce guilt.

God called me to have a career outside the home, and I listened to his voice! I knew that there would be sacrifice and struggles, and that I wouldn’t be able to do it all perfectly. After all, life isn’t easy for ANY mom…I was a stay at home mom for 4 years and never did I feel like I had it all figured out.  But just like when I was at home with my kids, I knew that if I followed HIS LEAD, He would help me navigate even the toughest of days.

And let me tell you, friends. He does JUST that! He has a unique calling on all of our lives. Some of us are called to be stay at home moms. Some of us are called to be working moms.

Wherever HE CALLS YOU is AMAZING!

Follow that calling with your WHOLE HEART! Don’t let anyone convince you tht you should give up or take something off your plate if in your heart you KNOW it’s supposed to be there.

Average people want other people to stay average. But YOU, my friend, are not average. Follow the greatness within you, pursue your passion, live out your calling, and work as hard as you can.

Do the things in your life that make your family great!

Do the things in your business that make your business great!

You CAN be a GREAT MOM and a GREAT PROFESSIONAL!

And along the way? When life isn’t perfect? When the dishes pile up and the kids are crazy and you just don’t know how to get through the next minute?

Remember that YOU ARE STRONG. That you need to fight through the struggles in life because you WILL come out on the other side EVEN stronger!

Also, when you simply CAN’T get it all done? Remember that no one ever died from having a messy house!

Oh, and your kids are going to turn out GREAT! What a BLESSING for them to see you working hard! Bring them INTO your mission!

Get after it today, momma! Work your TAIL off to provide that life for your family that you KNOW is possible because of the gifts you bring to the marketplace!

And contrary to what everyone tells you, IT’S OKAY TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES. Grit and persistence is not for the weary and it’s why it is SO important to surround yourself with people who believe in you, love the shit out of you, and NEVER tell you to give up on your dreams.

Just so you know, I 150% believe in EVERY GOAL you have for yourself and won’t give up on you, so don’t give up on yourself, okay?

xo,

Amber

P.S. Special shoutout to my good friend Lindsey Nelson for FIRING ME UP this morning with motivation that helped me move mountains.

For daily encouragement, please feel free to follow me on Instagram (@ambermariekuiper) and on Facebook: Mommy’s Me Time!

 

 

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July Bootcamp Options!

I can hardly believe that we are in the FINAL days of JUNE! How the heck did that happen?! I swear, time just goes SOOO much faster as you get older!

A quick recap of how my personal journey has been going lately:

I am continuing to LOVE the high fat, moderate protein, low carb lifestyle. It’s something that I feel I can very easily implement into my day to day life!

A typical day of eating might include:

Breakfast: bacon & bggs

Lunch: Shakeology, full fat plain greek yogurt + berries

Snacks: Cheese & Nuts

Dinner: Steak, salad, and veggies

I snapped this last night before bed, so this is what my body looks like currently! It’s extremely important with you that I’m honest and transparent, and that you know that I’m in the trenches working hard WITH YOU!

I feel lean, strong, ENERGETIC (oh my goodness I have never had this much energy) and ready to take on ALL that mom life entails!

With that said, I’m SOOOO excited about JULY! I’ve really stepped things up a notch and have THREE amazing options for you to choose from!

As far as nutrition goes for these groups, we will share a couple eating plan options, and you will choose which one best fits YOUR lifestyle and goals! You aren’t required to incorporate the high fat plan that I’m using by any means! I truly don’t believe there is one way of eating that fits all! My goal is to help you identify how YOUR specific body with thrive!

Please click on the link to request information for the group that you’re most excited about! As soon as I receive the form, I will email you information ASAP!

JULY 3: Abs & Booty Bootcamp + Shift Shop Test Group!

This boot camp will be FIVE weeks long! The first TWO weeks will include a workout calendar that will target your abs and booty! Then the last three weeks, you will have the chance to try our NEWEST workout program called SHIFT SHOP, which release on July 14! In 5 weeks you will be AMAZED by what your body can do! Workouts will range from 25 – 45 minutes long!

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JULY 10: RUN Strong Bootcamp

Calling ALL RUNNERS! This 4 week boot camp is designed to introduce you to cross training workouts that will turn you into a stronger, faster, and leaner runner! We will provide you with a workout schedule that includes mileage and specific cross training workouts for each day, which will be found inside Beachbody On Demand. We will have calendars for beginners and intermediates.

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July 17th: Mommy Makeover Boot Camp

This one is for all the POSTPARTUM moms out there who are tired of feeling FRUMPY! As a mom, it’s HARD to remember to take time for yourself! During this boot camp, my sister-in-law, Madison from Espresso & Cream, and I will be co-leading you through 3 weeks of tips to help you prioritize SELF CARE when you’re a busy momma! This will include fitness, nutrition, hair, make-up, skin care, whatever you need! Madison just had her second baby in May and is starting her postpartum journey! She will be sharing exactly how she’s making it work with two kids under three! Whether your baby is a newborn OR heading off to kindergarten, it’s never too late to start prioritizing YOU!

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If you have specific questions about any of these options, feel free to email me at amber@mommysmetime.com!

xo,

Amber

To join my FREE Health & Fitness Community, click HERE!

I share many more “real life” mom moments on Facebook and Instagram. I’d love for you to follow along on our crazy, not perfect, incredible journey. Follow me on Instagram: (@mommysmetimeblog) and Facebook (Mommy’s Me Time).

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June 5th Boot Camp Details! (With An Introduction To The Ketogenic Diet)

Wow! The response to my post the other night about implementing a ketogenic lifestyle has been absolutely incredible! (The photos above were taken less than 2 weeks apart!)

SO many of you who filled out the request for more information that my little fingers can’t email you back fast enough!

For that reason, I’ve decided to post the details for signing up HERE in case you want to place your order ASAP!

You WILL also receive an email from me within the next 24 hours if you filled out this form or fill out this form: Request For Information For June 5th Boot Camp!

This bootcamp runs from June 5th- July 2nd with the option to do a 3 day cleanse before we get started (June 2 – 4)! It will be a boot camp where you’ll be working out, getting nutrition that your body will be ENERGIZED by, and in community with other women who are doing the same thing you are! Starting on May 28th, a week before the boot camp starts, I will be sharing a series of trainings about the ketogenic diet (high fat, moderate protein, low carb). You will learn what the keto diet is, will receive a formula to help you figure out how much and what types of foods you should eat, and you’ll be supplied with a meal plan to help you smoothly implement this lifestyle!
You are not required to be on a ketogenic diet during this boot camp, it’s simply an option for those who want to try it! I personally have had lots of success with it and find it incredibly easy to maintain because I don’t feel a bit deprived!
In addition to becoming physically healthy, we’ll be learning how to build a positive mindset, and how to overcome the giants in our lives. We all have them, things that hold us back from living life to the fullest, but it doesn’t have to be that way! As you become become emotionally and spiritually strong, it will help you in your healthy living journey as well! It’s truly beautiful how it’s all tied together.

Oftentimes, the biggest piece that holds people back from reaching their health and fitness goals is a lack of accountability. As your coach, it will be an honor to create a safe place for you to be held accountable. If you fully commit to this, I am confident that you will leave this boot camp in the best shape of your life.

H O W  I T  W I L L  W O R K

As soon as you sign up, I will place you in a Facebook group with other ladies who have similar goals as you. You will also have exclusive access to a private app where you will track your progress, and log your workouts and nutrition so I can hold you accountable! After you sign up I’ll plug you into the group where I’ll teach you how to prepare and set yourself up for success! Just before the challenge starts, I’ll ask you to take before pictures and measurements in your swimsuit (if you’re comfortable). Even though taking those pictures isn’t always fun, you will be so glad you took them later when you can see the AMAZING progress you’ve made!

3 Days before the boot camp starts, I’m offering the option to join me in a 3 Day Cleanse.

If you’re looking for a way to lose weight, feel lighter and more energized, and jump-start a new healthy-eating lifestyle, then the 3-Day Refresh is a great option to start with. This 3-day program of specially formulated shakes, easy-to-prepare clean meals, and healthy snacks has been scientifically designed to help you break the cycle of bad eating habits, lose weight, detoxify your body, and dramatically improve the way you feel—without starving. Many of my clients lose 3 – 5 pounds during those three days, giving them extra motivation to keep going in their journey! I do this about once a quarter to stay on track! I’ll be there to walk you through every step of the process so you can maximize your results during those three days! Here’s a video to learn a little more about it: https://youtu.be/za4pjtQNJS8

During the boot camp, I’ll be posting daily encouragement posts and conversation starters for us to get to know each other and help each other grow in the areas of physical, emotional, financial, and spiritual health. I’ll also be asking you to check in and let me know that you finished your workout each day.

At the end, I’ll ask you to take after pictures and it will be such a FUN day to celebrate your progress! After that, you are welcome to join me for as many rounds as you’d like to continue on in your journey!

T H E  T O O L S  W E ‘ L L  U S E

For this boot camp, you’ll be using choosing Beachbody fitness workouts that you’re most excited about! After you purchase your Beachbody On Demand, you’ll want to log in, and go to the top of the screen (pictured here) to find the right program for you based on your fitness level and what you’re interested in!

I started with the 21 Day Fix and I highly recommend it for starting out with Beachbody programs! If you would consider yourself someone who needs an intermediate or advanced level workout, you might want to consider the 21 Day Fix EXTREME. Other programs I love are 22 Minute Hard Corps and Insanity Max 30! The key is to find a program you look forward to and excited about so that you ACTUALLY do it! The sale I have going on right now actually gives you access to ALL the Beachbody programs that have ever been created for the price of one, so you can try them all!

Let me tell you a little bit about how I discovered the 21 Day Fix. I was at a point post baby #4 when my maternity clothes were too big, but I still wasn’t fitting into my pre baby clothes comfortably. I didn’t feel my best and it was affecting my mood toward my husband and kids. I spent most of my days wearing yoga pants and baggy sweatshirts to try to hide my problem areas. We had also been so busy with the kids that we weren’t prioritizing nutrition. We’d order in take-out several times a week and our diet was pretty heavy in carbs. We were operating in survival mode, and I was sick of it. I reached a low one day when I realized that I had to make a lifestyle change. I wanted to kick the extra baby weight and flab to the curb once and for all and needed something to give me a little extra motivation. Enter the 21 Day Fix, which consists of seven different 30 minute boot camp style workouts and portion control containers to teach you how to eat the right amounts of each food group.

While doing their fitness programs I encourage my clients to drink Shakeology, which is a premium superfood shake containing healthy ingredients, including super-proteins, super-fruits, super-greens, antioxidants, adaptogen herbs, pre and pro-biotics, and digestive enzymes. The amazing benefits come from herbs, roots, fruits, and vegetables that range from the commonly known, like pomegranate and blueberry, to the exotic, like goji berry and maca root. These incredible whole food ingredients from around the world are uncooked and unprocessed, making them easily digestible in our bodies. I never thought I’d be a shake person. In fact, I actually purchased the 21 Day Fix without Shakeology my first round! But I found that my body was so tired from the workouts and I was low on energy, AND I wasn’t make much progress with my healthy eating choices. I tried it, and now I’ve been drinking Shakeology daily for two years now. I can’t begin to tell you how much it helps me to stay on track. It gives me the energy I need, has helped to curb my cravings for junk food, and is an easy way to get a meal in when I’m busy! Time and time again, my clients who incorporate Shakeology into their diet are hands down more successful than the ones who don’t!

We don’t release new Shakeology flavors often because Beachbody is committed to using only natural ingredients & not sacrificing the nutritional superiority for flavor, but this year we added Cafe Latte to our flavor list. If you’re a coffee lover I’d highly recommend it! My favorite recipe is to blend it with a little almond butter, milk, and ice! We also have VEGAN options, for those of you with sensitive stomachs, or who prefer plant based nutrition. I actually drink the vegan flavors myself, even though I’m not a vegetarian because I LOVE how they taste!

If you happen to be breastfeeding, I’d recommend checking with your doctor about Shakeology! My doctor was very excited about it, and I have several nursing mommas who have actually noticed a slight increase in production while drinking it because of the additional vitamins and minerals! (I recommend the vegan formulas to my breastfeeding clients.)

The great news, is that we are currently running a sale on our most popular packages! This month, you can get the All Access Beachbody On Demand Kickstart + Shakeology Challenge Pack (this includes the 3 Day cleanse) for $72 off or the All Access Beachbody On Demand + Shakeology Challenge Pack for $40 off!

Here are the instructions to sign up!

Purchase your desired challenge pack. This is the BEST DEAL in fitness right now. You will get access not only to ONE fitness program, but you will get access to ALL the Beachbody programs we have ever made including the new programs they’ll be releasing for an ENTIRE year.

Here are the options:

Option 1: All Access Beachbody On Demand Kickstart + Shakeology Challenge Pack: $205 (regularly $277)

What’s Included:

1) 1-Year Membership to Beachbody On Demand (BOD) with all content included, plus new future releases. Beachbody On Demand is like Netflix for workouts. You can stream them anywhere with a wi-fi connection! I never use DVDs anymore because the BOD app is so much more convenient.

2) The 3 Day cleanse called the 3 Day Refresh

3) Shakeology (choice of 30-day supply on Home Direct)

4) Portion Fix (includes 7-piece portion control container set, eating guide, large blue container & shaker cup)

Option 2: All Access Beachbody On Demand + Shakeology Challenge Pack: $160 (regularly $199)

What’s Included:

1) 1-Year Membership to Beachbody On Demand (BOD) with all content included, plus new future releases. Beachbody On Demand is like Netflix for workouts. You can stream them anywhere with a wi-fi connection! I never use DVDs anymore because the BOD app is so much more convenient.

2) Shakeology (choice of 30-day supply on Home Direct)

3) Portion Fix (includes 7-piece portion control container set, eating guide, large blue container & shaker cup)

If you’ve purchased from Beachbody in the past under a different coach, before you order you’ll have to request that I’m your official coach! You can do this by calling 1-800- 240-0913 or going here https://faq.beachbody.com/app/ask/lob/team and including my coach ID which is 1063999 and the email associated with my account which is amber@koinoniaathletic.com. After you receive confirmation that I’m your coach you can place your order!

Click Here to Purchase Option 1: All Access Beachbody On Demand Kickstart + Shakeology Challenge Pack ($205)

Click Here to Purchase Option 2: All Access Beachbody On Demand + Shakeology Challenge Pack ($160)

After you’ve placed your order, please fill out this form! Then I’ll send you a link to join the group! I would suggest ordering ASAP to ensure your package gets to as quickly as possible! With Memorial Day in there, I want to make sure it has plenty of time to get to you!

https://goo.gl/forms/epy6LHMBwKTO1hq73

Oh, and if your hubby is interested in doing this with you? My husband, Jake, actually leads ALL GUYS groups every month and he’d love to have him join! He can just use your Beachbody On Demand access and you can share Shakeology or add another bag if you’d like! 🙂

Just have your hubby click this link to join The Man Cave: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RWCmen/

After you complete this boot camp, you are welcome to stick with me and join me for as many boot camps as you want – with the all access pass you can hang out with me for the WHOLE year, even if you don’t purchase Shakeology every month (I know budgets can be tight!)! More than anything, I want this to become a long term lifestyle for you, and I want to support you the whole way!

Please let me know if you have ANY other questions by emailing me at amber@mommysmetime.com! I can’t wait to get started!!!

XOXO,

Amber

I share many more “real life” mom moments on Facebook and Instagram. I’d love for you to follow along on our crazy, not perfect, incredible journey. Follow me on Instagram: (@mommysmetimeblog) and Facebook (Mommy’s Me Time).

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Registration Now Open: Overcoming Your Giants

The truth is, we all have them. We all have giants in our lives. Those things that get inside our heads and tell us we can’t do it. That tell us we’re not good enough, strong enough, or smart enough, that we’ve failed so many times in the past, why try again?

What’s ALSO true is that while our giants are BIG, our GOD is bigger.

During the month of June, we’ll be coming together to fight the GIANTS in our lives. We’ll be using TRUTH to help us overcome the things in our lives that are holding us back from being the BEST versions of ourselves.

What I have learned, is that oftentimes our physical journey is a direct reflection of what’s going on our inside our hearts. When we take the time to intentionally tune in to what’s going on in our emotional lives, we can overcome our battles with weight and food.

During June, we’ll have a few different groups for you to choose from.

OVERCOMING YOUR GIANTS Boot Camps: 

  1. BEGINNER’s Boot Camp! This is for anyone who is new to fitness or who is overcoming a major setback in their journey and needs to get moving again. You will be following our NEWEST workout program, called YouV2 which is a beginners dance program to classics like Love Shack, Believe,  with a gradual incorporation of healthy eating! This is a great program for people who want to lose significant weight but want to ease into healthy living! My sister-in-law, Sarah, and I will be co-leading this group together!
  2. 3 Day Cleanse + Lose 30+ Pounds! This is for anyone who has a goal of losing 30+ pounds! Your boot camp will start with a 3 day cleanse which will help you to make a clean cut from junk food and extra calories. Many people lose 3 – 5 pounds from the cleanse, and then you’ll go on to the boot camp which will be daily accountability to get your workouts and continue with your clean eating!
  3. 3 Day Cleanse + Lose 10 – 30 Pounds! This is for anyone who has a goal of losing between 10 – 30 pounds! Your boot camp will start with a 3 day cleanse which will help you to make a clean cut from junk food and extra calories. Many people lose 3 – 5 pounds from the cleanse, and then you’ll go on to the boot camp which will be daily accountability to get your workouts and continue with your clean eating!
  4. 3 Day Cleanse + Tone & Strengthen! This is for anyone who doesn’t necessarily need to lose weight, but wants to build a little muscle and sculpt a LEAN body. Your boot camp will start with a 3 day cleanse which will help you to make a clean cut from junk food. Many people lose 3 – 5 pounds fond the cleanse, and then you’ll go on to do an intense cardio/strength training workout which will help you to lean out and see the summer body you want to!

To request more information about these boot camps which start on Monday, JUNE 5th, please fill out this form! As soon as I receive it, I will shoot you an email with all the details!

*The 3 Day Cleanse is not a requirement, but an option. You will also receive information about what it looks like to do the boot camp without the cleanse!

Request Information for June 5th Boot Camps

I KNOW you have what it takes to overcome YOUR giants and I consider it a true honor to walk alongside you in your journey!

I am SO excited to work with you!

xo,

Amber

I share many more “real life” mom moments on Facebook and Instagram. I’d love for you to follow along on our crazy, not perfect, incredible journey. Follow me on Instagram: (@mommysmetimeblog) and Facebook (Mommy’s Me Time).

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Your Menu & Grocery List for 5/8 – 5/14

Every Friday morning I am now sending FREE healthy menus and grocery lists for the following week!

No strings attached! As a busy mom I know how hard it can be to make this a priority and I just want to make your life easier!

Click here to find next week’s menu and subscribe!

MENU & GROCERY LIST for 5/8 – 5/14

xo,

Amber

I share many more “real life” mom moments on Facebook and Instagram. I’d love for you to follow along on our crazy, not perfect, incredible journey. Follow me on Instagram: (@mommysmetimeblog) and Facebook (Mommy’s Me Time).

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The Fitness Package That Has All The Moms Talking Is ON SALE!

Two years ago I was a mom of 4 kids under 4 (including twins). I hadn’t struggled to get the baby weight off after my first two pregnancies, but after baby number four? Man, I was riding the STRUGGLE BUS.

I was at a point when my maternity clothes were too big, but I still wasn’t fitting into my pre baby clothes comfortably. I didn’t feel my best and it was affecting my mood toward my husband and kids. I spent most of my days wearing yoga pants and baggy sweatshirts to try to hide my problem areas. We had also been so busy with the kids that we weren’t prioritizing nutrition. We’d order in take-out several times a week and our diet was pretty heavy in carbs. We were operating in survival mode, and I was sick of it. I reached a low one day when I realized that I had to make a lifestyle change. I wanted to kick the extra baby weight and flab to the curb once and for all and needed something to give me a little extra motivation. I was also hoping I could find something that would help with my anxiety and postpartum depression, which only seemed to be getting worse.

One day I saw a friend posting about the 21 Day Fix and Shakeology on Facebook. I told myself it was a scam and just another one of those network marketing companies that was trying to push products.

But for whatever reason, I clicked on her post.

I showed my husband, and right away he was like, “No, we don’t need to spend money on that. We already have a gym membership.”

Defeated, I kept scrolling.

But something kept drawing me back to it. Yes, I had a gym membership, but I wasn’t getting results. I would wander around and grab a machine that was free, maybe go for a run and do some free weights and abs, and often leave having done a less than average workout. So, with my husband hardly on board, I purchased the 21 Day Fix. I too was somewhat skeptical since I’ve always been a gym person, but I thought what the heck, I didn’t have much to lose if it didn’t work.

I popped in the DVDs and started the workouts in my basement. They were only 30 minutes but they KICKED MY BUTT. I also learned how to eat the right portions of the right food groups without having to count calories or macros, which was incredibly freeing and simple to maintain!

For the first time since having kids, I started to recognize my body again and felt comfortable in my post-baby skin.

However, I was still extremely low on energy. I could get through the workouts but then I was so tired and sore the next day that I started skipping workouts here and there and again felt defeated.

That’s when I decided to try Shakeology. I thought it was just another protein shake and didn’t understand why it was so expensive, but it came with a money back guarantee, so again I thought, what the heck do I have to lose?!

I started drinking it daily and after a few days I could already start telling a major difference. I had more energy, I was recovering from my workouts faster so I wasn’t as sore, and I wasn’t craving as much junk food and carbs. It also tasted like a chocolate milkshake, which was perfect for my chocoholic tendencies.

I did some research and learned that what I was drinking wasn’t just a protein shake. It was packed full of superfoods from around the world, had prebiotics, probiotics, digestive enzymes, and it didn’t have crap it in that the shakes I could find at Target or Walmart had. This was a quality product, and it had changed my life so much that I wanted to continue drinking it.

The hubby told me it had to be an instead of cost, not an on top of cost, so I decided to find a way to budget for it. It came to about $30 per week that I had to cut out of my Target run, which was possible. I mean, I couldn’t pick up as many random things as I used to, but it was worth the sacrifice. 😉

Eventually, I felt so good (it was helping me mentally too) that I was at a crossroads. Never in a million years did I think I’d ever want to build a business in network marketing, but I undoubtedly NEEDED and WANTED to share this incredible tool with other moms who were struggling like me. Whether they just wanted to tone up, lose 100 pounds, or do something in between, I knew I had a solution for them that would actually work. It wasn’t a fad diet, but a maintainable lifestyle.

For two years now, I have been a Team Beachbody Coach, and it is truly the most rewarding job I could have ever prayed for. Every day I get to interact with other women who have the goal of making themselves BETTER and STRONGER for their families. I get to walk alongside them in the thick of their struggle and see them come out victorious on the other side.

It’s not about helping them get six packs (although that happens), it’s about watching them become confident from the inside out and having energy to live their lives to the fullest!

Many of the women who have come through my online boot camps have decided to join me as business partners, and now THEY are paying forward the gift of health to the ones they love while providing for their families!

(Pictured below is Jessica Ralston, mom of 5, who got incredible results and is now one of my top coaches – you can follow her at Messy Jessy Fitness on Facebook and Instagram: @messyjessyralston!)

Other women remain as customers and refer their friends to join my online boot camps so they can do it together!

I wasn’t kidding when I said ALL the moms are talking about it!

The reason I wanted to share all of this with you today, is because right now is really the BEST time to start your fitness journey.

WHY?

It’s on sale, and who doesn’t love a good sale to motivate you? (I’m Dutch.)

Right now, I have a special package offer that’s called the All Access Challenge Pack. This is the BEST value in fitness right now, and much like Netflix, trends are showing that soon almost every household will subscribe to it.

And right now you can save $40!

The price for the All Access Challenge Pack this month is just $160 (regularly $199). Just wait until you discover what’s included in that.

Included in that package is:

  • 1-Year Membership to Beachbody On Demand (BOD) with all the workouts Beachbody has ever made, plus new future releases. Beachbody On Demand is like Netflix for workouts. You can stream them anywhere with a wi-fi connection! I never use DVDs anymore because the BOD app is so much more convenient. I workout at the gym sometimes, or at home other times. All I have to do is open up my BOD app on my phone and my workouts are with me wherever I go! It can be used by multiple family members.
  • Shakeology (choice of 30-day supply)
  • Portion Fix (includes 7-piece portion control container set, eating guide, large blue container & Shakeology shaker cup)

AND, because you will have a YEAR subscription to Beachbody On Demand, you are WELCOME to be in my monthly boot camps anytime you want, with or without Shakeology. Obviously I hope you’ll stay on Shakeology because I personally believe in it so much, but if that’s not a financial possibility for you, you will be all set because of your BOD subscription!

Directions for ordering the All Access Challenge Pack are below!

If you’ve purchased from Team Beachbody in the past under a different coach, before you order you’ll have to request that I’m your official coach! You can do this by calling 1-800- 240-0913 or going here https://faq.beachbody.com/app/ask/lob/team and including my coach ID which is 1063999 and the email associated with my account which is amber@koinoniaathletic.com. After you receive confirmation that I’m your coach you can place your order at this link:

All Access Challenge Pack (US):
https://www.teambeachbody.com/en_US/checkout/-/bbcheckout/challengepack/annual-all-access-BOD?referringRepId=1063999

(If you’re from Canada, please let me know and I’ll send you the link you need!)

After you’ve placed your order, please fill out this form so I can make sure everything came through on my end! Then I’ll send you a link to join my private membership group where I share daily encouragement and motivation!

If you are a RETURNING customer who already has the All Access Challenge Pack, please go ahead and sign up for the May 1st boot camp by filling out this form as well!

https://goo.gl/forms/XtQEXqFXOaQNTOyv1

More than anything I want you to FEEL amazing. With a supportive community of like-minded women who are in the same boat as you, I have no doubt that you CAN and WILL succeed!

(My husband, Jake, is now totally on board with this whole deal and now runs monthly GUYS ONLY groups too. If your husband is interested, please shoot me an email – you guys can share the package!)

Summer is around the corner! Let’s reach our goals TOGETHER!

If you have ANY questions at all or are interesting in joining my team as a coach, please email me at amber@mommysmetime.com!

xo,

Amber

I share many more “real life” mom moments on Facebook and Instagram. I’d love for you to follow along on our crazy, not perfect, incredible journey. Follow me on Instagram: (@mommysmetimeblog) and Facebook (Mommy’s Me Time).

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Official Sign Up For Monday’s Boot Camp: HUGE Sale Just Released!

Happy FRIDAY!

I’ve had a flood of questions coming in today because corporate JUST released a HUGE sale on our most popular fitness package! This the the LAST day to sign up for my boot camp that starts on MONDAY! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have you! These groups changed my life, and that’s why  I spend my days running them for you!

To make sure I have a chance to get the information out to all of you, I wanted to put together a quick blog post about the details!

W H E N: This online bootcamp will run from April 3 – 30 (with wiggle room to enjoy a few Easter treats!)! It will be a boot camp where we’ll have you working out regularly at your convenience and getting nutrition that your body will be ENERGIZED by!

In addition to becoming physically healthy, we’ll be diving into emotional health. I’ll be sharing daily encouragement so we can conquer the voices that are inside our heads and overcome the lies of insecurity, fear, condemnation, and shame that hold us back from living life to the fullest! We’ll be incorporating the book, “Present Over Perfect” by Shauna Niequist which will help us embrace God’s grace throughout the process! My prayer for all of us as we head into the warm weather months is that we’d remember how beautifully and wonderfully we were made. That by taking just 30 minutes a day to take care of our physical body, we’d be reminded how we were designed to be strong and energetic to live our LIFE! We’ve all been created uniquely, in our own shape and size. This summer, I want to help you feel 100% confident in YOUR skin. 

Oftentimes, the biggest piece that holds people back from reaching their health and fitness goals is a lack of accountability. As your coach, it will be an honor to create a safe place for you to be held accountable. If you fully commit to this, I am confident that you will leave this boot camp in the best shape of your life. 

H O W  I T  W I L L  W O R K 

As soon as you sign up, I will place you in a group with about 20 other ladies who have similar goals as you. Between now and the start date I’ll be posting information in there to get you set up for success! Just before the challenge starts, I’ll ask you to take before pictures and measurements in your swimsuit (if you’re comfortable) and you’d submit them to me privately (no one else will see them). When the boot camp officially starts on the 3rd, I’ll be posting daily encouragement posts and conversation starters for us to get to know each other and help each other grow in the areas of physical, emotional, financial, and spiritual health. I’ll also be asking you to check in and let me know that you finished your workout each day. At the end, I’ll ask you to take after pictures and it will be such a FUN day to celebrate your success!

T H E  T O O L S  W E ‘ L L  U S E

For this boot camp, you’ll be using choosing Beachbody fitness workouts that you’re most excited about! 

I started with the 21 Day Fix and I highly recommend it for starting out with Beachbody programs! If you would consider yourself someone who needs an intermediate or advanced level workout, you might want to consider the 21 Day Fix EXTREME. Other programs I love are 22 Minute Hard Corps and Insanity Max 30! The key is to find a program you look forward to and excited about so that you ACTUALLY do it! The great part, is that you will have access to Beachbody On Demand which includes ALL the workout programs Beachbody has ever created, including the classics like P90X, Insanity, Turbo Fire, Body Beast, and dozens more! I can explain all the workouts available to you and help you find the perfect fit! 

Let me tell you a little bit about how I discovered the 21 Day Fix. I was at a point post baby #4 when my maternity clothes were too big, but I still wasn’t fitting into my pre baby clothes comfortably. I didn’t feel my best and it was affecting my mood toward my husband and kids. I spent most of my days wearing yoga pants and baggy sweatshirts to try to hide my problem areas. We had also been so busy with the kids that we weren’t prioritizing nutrition. We’d order in take-out several times a week and our diet was pretty heavy in carbs. We were operating in survival mode, and I was sick of it. I reached a low one day when I realized that I had to make a lifestyle change. I wanted to kick the extra baby weight and flab to the curb once and for all and needed something to give me a little extra motivation. Enter the 21 Day Fix, which consists of seven different boot camp style workouts and portion control containers to teach you how to eat the right amounts of each food group.

While doing their fitness programs I encourage my clients to drink Shakeology, which is a premium superfood shake containing healthy ingredients, including super-proteins, super-fruits, super-greens, antioxidants, adaptogen herbs, pre and pro-biotics, and digestive enzymes. The amazing benefits come from herbs, roots, fruits, and vegetables that range from the commonly known, like pomegranate and blueberry, to the exotic, like goji berry and maca root. These incredible whole food ingredients from around the world are uncooked and unprocessed, making them easily digestible in our bodies. I’ve been drinking Shakeology daily for 2 years now, and I can’t begin to tell you how much it helps me to stay on track. It gives me the energy I need, has helped to curb my cravings for junk food, and is an easy way to get a meal in when I’m busy! Time and time again, my clients who incorporate Shakeology into their diet are hands down more successful than the ones who don’t!

We don’t release new Shakeology flavors often because Beachbody is committed to using only natural ingredients & not sacrificing the nutritional superiority for flavor, but this year we added Cafe Latte to our flavor list. If you’re a coffee lover I’d highly recommend it! My favorite recipe is to blend it with a little almond butter, milk, and ice!

If you happen to be breastfeeding, I’d recommend checking with your doctor about Shakeology! My doctor was very excited about it, and I have several nursing mommas who have actually noticed a slight increase in production while drinking it because of the additional vitamins and minerals! 

Here are the instructions to sign up! 

1. Purchase an ALL ACCESS challenge pack. This is the BEST DEAL in fitness right now. Like I mentioned above, you will get access not only to ONE fitness program, but you will get access to ALL the Beachbody programs we have ever made including the new programs they’ll be releasing for an ENTIRE year. 

Here are the details: 

Annual All Access Challenge Pack

SALE PRICE: $160 (Regularly $199!) 

What’s Included: 

1) 1-Year Membership to Beachbody On Demand (BOD) with all content included, plus new future releases. Beachbody On Demand is like Netflix for workouts. You can stream them anywhere with a wi-fi connection! I never use DVDs anymore because the BOD app is so much more convenient. 

2) Shakeology (choice of 30-day supply on Home Direct)

3) Portion Fix (includes 7-piece portion control container set, eating guide, large blue container & shaker cup)

If you’ve purchased from Beachbody in the past under a different coach and are no longer working with them, before you order you’ll have to request that I’m your official coach! You can do this by calling 1-800- 240-0913 or going here https://faq.beachbody.com/app/ask/lob/team and including my coach ID which is 594725 and the email associated with my account which is amber@mommysmetime.com. After you receive confirmation that I’m your coach you can place your order.

Go to http://www.teambeachbody.com/amberkuiper, click on Beachbody Challenge, then Challenge Packs, then select the Annual, All Access Challenge Pack! Be sure my coach ID is applied at checkout: 594725.

After you’ve placed your order, please fill out this form! Then I’ll send you a link to join the group!

After you complete this boot camp, you are welcome to stick with me and join me for as many boot camps as you want – with the all access pass you can hang out with me for the WHOLE year! More than anything, I want this to become a long term lifestyle for you, and I want to support you the whole way!

I’m so glad I took a chance on myself two years ago. I feel confident in my own skin, and best of all, I have SO much more to give my family!

Oh, my husband Jake will also be leading an ALL GUYS group starting on Monday! You and your husband can both use your Beachbody On Demand subscription! If you’d like more details about that, please shoot me an email! amber@mommysmetime.com!

Please let me know if you have ANY other questions! I will happily answer them via email at amber@mommysmetime.com! I can’t wait to get started!!!

XOXO,

Amber

I share many more “real life” mom moments on Facebook and Instagram. I’d love for you to follow along on our crazy, not perfect, incredible journey. Follow me on Instagram: (@mommysmetimeblog) and Facebook (Mommy’s Me Time).

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Success Stories: Women Who Are MORE Than Conquerors!

I was listening to a sermon this morning, and it really hit home in my heart. It talked about how even after we accept Jesus into our hearts, often times we struggle to accept grace. We know that our sins have been forgiven, but when we continue to struggle and fall back into our own ways, we’re filled with incredible amounts of guilt.

I can totally relate. For example, when I’m with my kids and it gets crazy and no one’s listening and I raise my voice a little (okay, a lot)? I feel so guilty about it, and in that moment I feel like the worst mom in the world. Instead of remembering that His grace is enough, I tell myself that I’m not as good as other moms. Surely they don’t mess up as much as me.

Oh how I want my DEFAULT to be remembering that His grace NEVER runs out.

As an online health and fitness coach, my mind often goes to my physical journey and the journeys that my clients are on because there are so many parallels.

There’s a cycle that I constantly see in the lives of many of my boot campers. They sign up for an online boot camp and are super pumped up. They are full of motivation, they purchase the materials needed, game plan, and CRUSH the first couple of days, sometimes even the first entire week or two! Then reality sets in. Maybe they didn’t get much sleep the night before so they miss a workout, or a co-worker brings dessert into the office and they give in to temptation. And just like that, GUILT sets in. The momentum and excitement they had in the beginning starts to diminish, and they fall into a slippery slope, back into their old ways, and jump off the bandwagon.

See, I think what we often times forget, is that God’s grace NEVER runs out. Not even in our fitness journey! We let the guilt of making a few wrong decisions paralyze us from jumping back on the bandwagon. For whatever reason, the ways we talk to ourselves when we make poor eating decisions or choose the couch instead of a workout really penetrate to our core.

The truth is, just like in life, NO ONE is perfect in their healthy living journey! We live in a culture where we look at magazine models and think that surely they must be stronger and more disciplined than us, but I promise you, EVERY person struggles now and again.

The difference between my boot campers who succeed and reach their goals and the ones who struggle, is that they self correct faster. They fall down, but they get right back up again and keep fighting. They also are HONEST about their struggles! They lean on the other women in the group for support!

Today, I want to introduce you to some of these women in my life who inspire me DAILY to keep fighting. These women are truly MORE THAN CONQUERORS.

As Lysa Terkeurst says in her book Made To Crave, “We were made for more than being stuck in a vicious cycle of defeat. We are not made to be a victim of our poor choices. We are made to be victorious children of God.”

These women have truly embodied that truth and live it out day after day. Again, they aren’t perfect, but they are constantly focused on making baby steps of progress! If you are struggling today in your own healthy living journey, my prayer is that these women would inspire you to keep fighting the GOOD fight!

(Info at the end about how to start YOUR healthy living journey!)

Mattie Hansen – Champlin, MN

Mattie is a married mom of two who works part time outside the home in marketing and design. For as long as she could remember, Mattie has struggled with her weight. As a kid she did her best to avoid gym class and as an adult she wasted money on gym memberships she’d never use. She got used to putting everyone and everything before herself and putting her own health on the back burner. After baby #2 was born she found herself over 200lbs. Mattie knew she needed to do something. Years of yo-yo diets weren’t working and nothing kept her on track or accountable.

In came the 21 day fix in January 2016 and she hasn’t looked back since. In the first 4 rounds of boot camp, she lost over 30lbs. In the last year she’s lost over 60. Gone is the woman who hated the gym and in place is someone who’s happier, healthier and more confident than ever. She’s learned that you don’t have to live a life uncomfortable in your own skin. That life is too short to huff and puff up the stairs. Even the kid that avoided gym can become the woman in her thirties in the best shape of her life!

If you’re interested in following her story further you can find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/empoweredyouhealthandwellness and Instagram at www.instagram.com/mattieattie!

Angela Lahti – Duluth, MN

Angela is wife and a mom to 4 young boys and she LOVES being a mom. Growing up she had always been active in sports and therefore, never worried too much about what foods she was eating. Yet even so, she was always self-conscious about her weight. As they grew their family, life got even busier and much more full. She spent as much time as possible with her boys and exercise started taking a backseat. She found it hard to go to the gym and arrange for a babysitter and even when she had someone, she felt too guilty leaving the kids to go workout. It felt selfish and she didn’t want to leave the kids after already having been gone at work all day. So the workouts didn’t get done. Cooking became a struggle as well. She never liked cooking so she didn’t meal plan. It was quicker to make something quick like pasta or pizza. When exercise was in the equation it didn’t seem affect her too much but when exercise wasn’t happening, it made a huge difference and her weight started increasing. Angela also struggled with a sweet tooth so each day chocolate, sweets, and flavored coffees entered her diet. So when she got pregnant with their 4th sweet baby boy, she was the heaviest she had ever been and then proceeded to gain another 45 pounds that pregnancy. She knew when the baby was born she was going to have to make some changes as she was tired of feeling sluggish, heavy, and frustrated with her clothes not fitting.

Then she stumbled across the 21 Day Fix and Shakeology. She started at 3 months postpartum, in February of 2016, with the 21-day fix and over the next few months she lost 60 pounds by incorporating 30 minute workouts, eating whole foods with portion control, and drinking Shakeology and checking in with her accountability group.

She realized that it wasn’t selfish to take time for herself to exercise.

It not only wasn’t selfish– it immensely benefited her entire family!!
By taking time to exercise, she felt so much better and was able to give MORE of herself to her family. Shakeology gave her the energy she needed and within days of starting her program she already noticed results happening. She found a LIFESTYLE that was sustainable and improved the health of not only her but her boys too. She now includes them in the kitchen preparing meals and they are all developing a love for cooking. You can often find one or more of the boys sitting up on the counter helping her cook. And she also lets them see her exercising and they often join in. They are learning exercise is a GOOD thing and healthy eating is enjoyable! After 4 babies, she feels more comfortable in her own skin now than she ever has!

Angela wants to continue to keep up with her 4 busy boys! She is looking forward to splashing with them in the lake this summer and playing in the sand on the beach. Previous years she would be the spectator if there were other people around. THIS year, she will be right there with them MAKING memories together instead of just watching. She wants EVERY mom to feel the same way!
Kids are only young once. They only get one childhood. They don’t care how their mom looked, they just want their mom to spend time with them. And Angela wants you to also feel healthy and happy and confident enough to enjoy every single moment, no matter where you are.

Angela works part time as a Radiologic Technologist and also works from home to help women also create a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. She knows it is so important to take a small amount of time out of the day to take of ourselves so we can better take care of our loved ones.

If you are interested in following her story and see how to build a healthy lifestyle and include your children too you can find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/fitandstrongboymom or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fitandstrongboymom or you can always email her as well at fitandstrongboymom@gmail.com.

Amanda Barrett – Arbuckle, CA

Amanda is a former teacher turned stay at home mom. All she ever dreamed of was being able to stay home with her kiddos and she loved being home with them. However, she found herself exhausted halfway through the day and wishing her kiddos would nap so that she could too. She needed something for herself and when she stumbled across 21 day fix she decided to go all in.

Less than 21 days in she found the energy she’d been missing, an amazing community of women and a healthier lifestyle for herself and her family.

When she got pregnant with her 3rd baby there was no way she was giving up her new lifestyle. She was able to workout through her entire pregnancy and jump back into fitness shortly after the birth of her 3rd baby. 

She’s loving living a healthy lifestyle for herself and her family and loves sharing her journey with other moms.
If you’re interested in following her story you can find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/amandabarrettfitness
and Instagram at www.instagram.com/amandalbarrett85

Jessica Ralston – San Jose, CA

This is Jessica, a busy homeschooling momma of five kids who works part time as a math tutor. Having five kids within six years left her feeling desperate for a better way to stay healthy and active. She knew she needed to take better care of herself, her husband and her family but felt too overwhelmed to brainstorm a solution. She started her weight loss journey on her own in April of 2016, but struggled with finding time to consistently exercise and be mindful with her eating. Consequently she started a pattern of weight loss and gain that lasted 6 months.

Finally in November of 2016 she reached out for support and signed up for the 21 day fix and Shakeology. She knew instantly it was a game changer. It was a major lifestyle change made easy. Rather than feeling constantly tired, suffering from migraines, grabbing fast food late after the kids were in bed, feeling guilty for not exercising, having a poor relationship with food and a negative body image… she is now working out every day, getting dense nutrition, curbing cravings with shakeology and eating balanced portions every day.

In her first three weeks she lost 7lbs and two inches! She’s continued her journey with another 3 weeks of the 21 day fix, followed by 5 weeks of 21 day fix extreme and 3 weeks of Hammer and Chisel. The photo on the right was taken March of 2017.

This biggest difference in these photos is her confidence, her self love and her readiness to experience every joy in life. Now that she is FEELING great and energetic she can experience every moment to the fullest. It’s a wonderful feeling to be the MOST you can be for the ones you LOVE.

You can follow her on Instagram: www.instagram.com/messyjessyralston and Facebook: www.facebook.com/messyjessyfitness

Hilary Schaefer – Apex, NC

Hilary is a mom to two toddler girls. Growing up, she was always active but it was more for the social reasons than the health benefits. She didn’t realize it at the time, but she had a disordered view of eating and would limit her food intake to try and stay “skinny”, but a diet of Cheezits and M&Ms can only take you so far.

College and newlywed post-grad life brought a few situations where she lost 30+ pounds only to gain it back and then lose it again – just in time to get pregnant. Fast forward two years and two kids later, she was lost.

She was choosing to stay on the couch all day and had no desire to play with her kids – despite having always desired to be a stay at home mom. She hated what she saw in the mirror and cried every day in her closet. Something had to change!

Over the next few months, she lost over 35 pounds and not only changed her life – she saved it. She learned proper portion control and how to cook vegetables so they could actually taste good not just to her, but her daughters too.

She now takes time each day for herself to move so she can be a better wife, mom, and friend. She is grateful to have learned how to love herself so she can share that with her daughters and other women to encourage them to view food as fuel and exercise as a positive thing, and to not have them worry about being fat or skinny, but strong and healthy!

Follow along with her daily triumphs, struggles, and all the joys of being a toddler mom at www.facebook.com/hilaryschaeferfitnesswww.instagram.com/hilaryschaefer or www.hilaryschaefer.com!

Cara Cappel – Cincinnati, OH

Cara is a mom of two toddlers, and works part time as a labor and delivery nurse.

She spent most of her life over weight and uncomfortable in her own skin. After two pregnancies in two years she had, had it. Weighing more than she ever had. She was uncomfortable, tired, short tempered and knew this wasn’t an example she wanted to set for her kids. She had tried just about every diet and exercise program known to man but thought why not this one. So she joined her first challenge group in January of 2016 just 3 months after her second was born. She jumped in with two feet and lost 10 pounds and 10 inches in 3 weeks, and hasn’t looked back.

Now down 40 pounds and over 35″ and going from barely squeezing in a 12 to wearing a 4/6 comfortably, and this is just the outside. The transformation Cara has experienced internally far out weighs the physical, she has more energy than she knows what to do with, more patience, and she feels confident in her skin for the first time in her life. She did all of this by taking just 30 min a day to move her body and fueling herself with nutrient dense foods!

You can follow her journey, surviving toddlerhood, healthy living, and more over at www.facebook.com/authenticmamacc or on instagram www.instagram.com/caracappel

Kimberly Byers – Cottage Grove, MN 

This is Kimberly; a working mom of two littles and a wife. She has been a hairstylist for over 13 years and loves her job. Her husband is in the restaurant industry and works a crazy schedule.

Kimberly’s daughter has a medical condition that requires more appointments than normal and she often feels like she’s spending her days in waiting rooms and clinics.

Like all of us, she does the best she can juggling life, but this past fall she was really struggling. Having a history of depression and anxiety, Kimberly had hit a point where she was feeling like life was getting dark and her family was getting the worst of her. Knowing exercise and nutrition is so important for mental stability, she knew she needed to find something, but a gym membership (that included childcare) was expensive and time consuming. Also, it’s hard to get outside for a run with two kids in the middle of winter in Minnesota! Meals usually consisted of a muffin and coffee from the drive thru, ordering in lunch at work, and a quick casserole for dinner; with a whole lot of snacking in between!

Then along came an opportunity to start in a Challenge Group and it changed her life! She started with Core de Force and within a week Kimberly felt better. She gets up early every morning to make the time for herself, because the positive outcome will long out last the extra 30 mins of sleep. Her mood has lifted, her energy has returned and is far exceeded any normal day before, and her body feels amazing with all the great nutrition she is doing. By the end of the first month she had lost 6.5 lbs and 7.5”!!! Since then she’s gone on to do other programs; 21 Day Fix and Insanity Max:30, and is down a total of 11 lbs and 12”.


Follow her journey at www.facebook.com/kimberlybyershealthandfitness or www.instagram.com/byerski

Bridget Wheeler – Oakdale, MN 

Bridget is a mom of 2 very energetic boys, full time CPA working public account and wife to Tate. Most people would describe Bridget as positive, outgoing and energetic. Bridget is all those things but she also was a person that lacked confidence and has suffered from anxiety. Her confidence was the lowest it had ever been this last year. She was 8 months postpartum after having her second child and in the midst of tax season. She was upset because her body was not bouncing back like it had with her first. She was working out more and eating better than when she was prior to having him. Why was her body not changing? She knew stress and anxiety was just making it worse.

Right when her 2nd child turned 1 is when she said enough is enough. She was still was not comfortable putting on a swimsuit, She wouldn’t show her stomach to anyone and she just wanted to have confidence again in herself. Bridget start with the 21 day fix in September 2016 and saw results within the first 2 week. She was AMAZED. She knew that this was the missing puzzle piece in her fitness journey. She found her confidence again and felt amazing. She knew helping others feel the same exact way was her calling.

With inches gone and a body she is CONFIDENT in, Bridget has never been in better shape and felt better.

She loves sharing her journey as she balances everything from working crazy hours during tax season, healthy family lifestyle and budget tips at https://www.facebook.com/Wheelerfitlife/ and https://www.instagram.com/wheelerfitlife/

Alyssa Black – Woodbury, MN 

Alyssa is a wife and mom of two, ages 3 and 1. When she went back to working her full-time job after her younger daughter was born, Alyssa really struggled with her confidence: her confidence in herself as a wife and as a mother, as an employee and co-worker, and just being able to balance everything. She was an avid gym-goer prior to having her babies. Once she became a mom, she couldn’t stay consistent. It was too hard to get the motivation to go, and she would rather spend that every moment available with her littles. Meanwhile, she was eating whatever she could scrounge up between frozen pizzas, and her son’s leftover corn dogs, and drowning her sorrows every night in a bowl of ice cream. Her regular pants were still tight due to baby weight, and her self-esteem was in the toilet. Five months after having her daughter, Alyssa decided enough was enough, and it was time to take action and stop feeling sorry for herself. She started the 21 Day Fix and drinking Shakeology daily. Within DAYS, she noticed a change in her attitude and energy. She wasn’t falling asleep on the couch every night at 8:00 and for the first time in her LIFE she was eating a well-balanced diet. She was approaching things with a ‘can-do’ attitude versus, ‘poor me’.

Alyssa had found the missing piece: taking care of herself! In dedicating 30 minutes each day to exercise, drinking a superfoods shake daily, and caring about the foods she was putting into her body, she was gaining confidence and self-worth, and discovering who she was made to be. These tools have changed Alyssa’s life (and her family’s!), and they have found a permanent place in her future!

You can follow her story at www.instagram.com/alyssablackhealthyfit and www.facebook.com/alyssablackhealthandfitness

Emily Coldiron – Rochester, MN

December 2016.

Emily realized she had lost herself among the responsibilities of being a Momma to three littles, a wife, and a full time nurse practitioner. She had always exercised and taken pride in meal planning and providing well-balanced meals for her family. However, she was giving 110% to everyone else and her cup had run dry. She wasn’t doing anything on a daily basis to fill “her” up. She was defeated and overwhelmed. She needed a change.

This realization came on the heels of her baby’s 1st birthday. You see, when her first born turned 1, she ran her 4th full marathon. When her middle child turned 1, she finished a half-marathon in sub-2 hours. When her baby turned 1, she walked a fun-run Turkey Trot while pushing a double stroller. Although this was a fun and memorable start to our Thanksgiving day as a family – her fitness level (or lack there of) did not sit well in her heart. She had to find a way to incorporate daily exercise back into her life and make herself a priority.

Enter Beachbody.

Emily took a chance and signed up for a 1 month free membership trial. She began exercising daily following the 21 Day Fix Extreme program. It was hard. It took dedication and commitment. She woke up EARLY! Her soft and squishy Momma body covered her former toned runner physique. But…..”she” was awakened. She loved and craved the variety. The treadmill offered absolutely no appeal nor did running in general. What a great alternative Beachbody provided. She felt like she found a hidden jewel!

In January, Emily signed up for the All Annual Access package and has participated in monthly Challenge groups ever since. There was no turning back! Thanks to daily exercise, drinking daily Shakeology and portion controlled balanced meal planning…..Momma had found her Mo-Jo!

This journey has improved her quality of life, her relationships with her husband and her children. She is happier, more self-confidant, has more energy and feels like anything is possible. Each day truly is a gift. LIVE IT to the max!

This “hidden jewel” isn’t rocket science. The process is actually quite simple, but that is the secret to her success. Follow the workout schedule, eat from the meal plan, see results.

Emily is a giver. The majority of the roles in her life involve service to others – a daughter of God, a wife, a mother, a nurse practitioner. She gives. It’s what she does. To be her best, she will continue to follow the plan. She wants to help YOU discover the plan too. If 1 person or 100 people can feel better about themselves, improve their fitness level or eating habits then Emily will have left this world better than she found it. That after all, is what her Momma always taught her. And we all know that Momma knows best.

You can come up with a million excuses. But to be honest, there is nothing more important than YOU.

YOU ARE WORTH IT!

Send Emily a message and talk about what your goals and dreams are. www.facebook.com/Emily Hohenberger Coldiron

Karla Wocken – Cold Springs, MN

Karla has always been an active individual. In middle school and high school she was involved with gymnastics and dance line. After high school, she found herself enjoying running and attending aerobics classes at a local gym. The gym was her outlet. It was a place where she could walk in as one “person” and walk out as a completely new “person.” The gym was her safe haven. She could leave her worries and “baggage” at the door and spend the next one to two hours on herself. Some weeks she exercised two hours a day, seven days a week. That was a shocking fourteen hours a week. She was exercising with this frequency because she thought she needed to, to be fit.

As a Registered Dietitian, she knew what she should and should not be consuming to nourish her body. She also knew proper daily water consumption and 30 minutes of daily physical activity was important. However, just because she knew something did not necessarily mean she followed it.

After being married to her wonderful husband for nine years and being blessed with three beautiful children under five years of age, she was missing something. She has always been a self-motivated individual, but she was not fulfilled. Did this mean her husband, children and/or family were doing something wrong? Absolutely not! She was tired, frustrated and feeling lost on her journey as a mom/wife. Initially, she thought these feelings were linked to having a three-month-old and returning from maternity leave. Was a lack of sleep and her struggle to get back to her pre-pregnancy body the culprit? Maybe, but she was within five pounds of my pre pregnancy weight through a combination of running and sporadic aerobic classes. It was something else.

With her husband’s cautious approval, she took a leap of faith on November 7th, 2016 and joined a health and fitness support and accountability group. In the back of her mind, she wondered if this support and accountability group paired with an at-home workout, Core De Force, and nutrition plan with Shakeology could really be the answer she was looking for. Today, she can tell you with confidence that she is a work-in-progress, but she is becoming the best version of herself. By dedicating 30 minutes a day to herself through a proven fitness program, she is able to be the best wife, mom, daughter, sister and friend she can be. Her fitness program was not dependent on her leaving the comfort of her own home and taking her kids to the local gym daycare. Instead, she could choose to complete her at-home workout on her own schedule and not feel that mom-guilt tugging at her heart. She could still have that class environment, and also get a great workout. Before this opportunity, she thought working out at home was hilarious. How could she get a rewarding workout completed at home in a matter of 30 minutes? Well, she was humbled when she completed day one of her MMA (mixed martial arts)-inspired fitness program. Not only was she gasping for air and dripping with sweat when she finished the 27-minute workout, but she could hardly walk the next day because of her sore muscles. By incorporating a proven fitness program (one of dozens of workouts available), a balanced eating plan and proper water consumption, she was able to get in the best shape of her life.

If you are interested in following her story further, you can find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kwheartandhustle/ and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/kwheartandhustle/

Kaitlyn Vander Schaaf – Bloomington, MN

Kaitlyn told her husband not so long ago, “I don’t like my life. I’m not happy…” He was confused, as probably anyone from the outside would’ve been. It looked like she had everything she had ever wanted. A beautiful healthy 1 year old daughter. A loyal husband. A good paying occupation as a CPA that she actually enjoyed. A secluded, scenic house. Money in the bank. Traveling around the world on the company’s dime. But she was missing one thing…the only thing that actually mattered.

She was filling herself up with what the world told her would make her happy. Honestly, for quite a few years she thought she was doing pretty darn well, enjoying living life without feeling the need to please God or anyone else. It was quite freeing after growing up in small town Iowa where it felt like everywhere there was pressure to go to church every week, refrain from all alcohol, not swear, etc. She enjoyed all these Minneapolis people not giving a crap about what she did or how she lived. Kaitlyn figured maybe when she got old, then she would get serious about the whole God thing. She didn’t want to miss out on all the fun stuff this world offers.

It wasn’t until Kaitlyn started this very physical transformation that she realized how powerful and fulfilling God truly is. When she forced herself to STOP filling herself with food, wine, and trashy TV to mask her emotions, she faced her emptiness head on. When she worked out in the quiet morning hour, God used that opportunity to speak truth into her life. When she was asked to be a Beachbody coach, God kept telling her THAT is how He wants to use her right now. At every step in the journey, God met her right where she was at.

If you would have told her a month ago that she would be willing to share this story with all of you, she would have told you, “you are crazy!” But Kaitlyn has realized she has nothing to lose and everything to gain. She already had everything this world had to offer, and it frankly was not worth living for. She realizes now more than ever, HE is her SOLE reason she gets up every morning, why she lives to encourage others in their health and fitness journey and why she daily shares her raw emotions and unfiltered life on social media. Living in His will…in that alone she has gained all that matters. Everything else is just fluff. Follow her on Facebook as she avoids the fluff and focuses on He who truly matters as she works, does mom life, and everything in between.


Add Kaitlyn as a friend on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kaitlyn.vanderschaaf

Turning Your Inspiration Into Action

When I started my own healthy living journey two years ago, I was terrified. I didn’t want to give up my favorite comfort foods and treats, even though I knew I probably should. But I have to tell you, today, my life is SO much more FULL than those treats could have ever made me. I have found my TRUE comfort in Christ instead of food, and I’ve also found an incredible community of women to lift me up when I’m tempted to quit.

This is why we call our tribe REAL WOMEN CONQUER! Because we believe that REAL women can conquer ANYTHING!

If you are READY to take some baby steps toward your own healthy living journey, I would absolutely love to invite you to join us. Please feel free to connect with any of the women you met above (they are now coaches on my team because of the progress they’ve made and their desire to pay this forward). Simply follow their social media links to find an email address for them! If you resonated with any of their stories, please reach out. They would LOVE to be your coach and help you have success too!

Otherwise, if you’d like to work with me personally, I also have a boot camp coming up starting on MONDAY (April 3rd)! This online boot camp will last for 4 weeks, and we will be talking about how to focus on progress instead of being defeated by perfection! Every day, you will receive daily encouragement from me to stay on track, and I wil ask you to log your workouts and nutrition to hold you accountable!

To request information about this, please fill out this form! Today is the LAST day to sign up! I have a special offer for anyone who registers by 11pm CST Friday night 3/31!

Click Here To Request Information For April 3rd Online Boot Camp! 

If you are interested in applying to be a coach on my team, please fill out this short application and I will get back to you ASAP!

Coaching Application

The BEST is yet to come, friends!

xo,

Amber

I share many more “real life” mom moments on Facebook and Instagram. I’d love for you to follow along on our crazy, not perfect, incredible journey. Follow me on Instagram: (@mommysmetimeblog) and Facebook (Mommy’s Me Time).

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