Calories Burned During T25

This post will be updated daily as I work through the program, so keep checking back ๐Ÿ™‚

Week 1 Day 1: Cardio- 289 calories burned
Week 1 Day 2: Speed 1.0- 219 calories burned
Week 1 Day 3: Total Body Circuit- ย 206 calories burned
Week 1 Day 4: Ab Intervals- 141 calories burned
Week 1 Day 5: Lower Focus- 208 calories burned
Cardio- 237 calories burned

The Start of T25!

Yesterday was DAY ONE of T25 for me! Yahoo!

My first thought when I was like two minutes into it? Um… this is so easy. There is no way I will get results from this.

My thoughts 4 minutes into it? Oh my gosh, this is insane! I’m actually going to get results in 25 minutes a day!

Yes! 25 minutes a day! Like, who doesn’t have 25 minutes? Everyone has 25 minutes. I burned so many calories and was dripping sweat and out of breath!

And the BEST part? This morning I was so sore! I had been doing Core de Force and wasn’t really too sore any more from that, since my body was getting used to the moves. I was not prepared for being so sore this morning. But it was a happy surprise.

Everyone I talk to about this program RAVES about it. So I am committing to T25 for 10 weeks (or maybe longer) and 25 minutes a day, 5 days a week. I cannot wait to see my results from this program!


So I am officially FINISHED with CORE DE FORCE! Woo hoo! I have enjoyed this program so much. I always looked forward to it each day because it is just FUN. ๐Ÿ˜€

This program is only 30 days, which is awesome because sometimes the thought of committing to a 90 day program is a bit overwhelming. This is perfect because it’s short and effective.

I lost 12 pounds and 12.5 inches during the 30 days, including 3 inches from my waist and a whopping 4.5 from my hips! ๐Ÿ˜I dropped a pants size as well! It feels so amazing to be getting healthy and getting closer to my goals. I am so excited to move onto another program, FOCUS T25 starting today.

My next Challenge Group will be starting on May 22, and it will be a 4 week “Countdown to Summer”. ๐ŸThe ladies in my current challenge group are doing absolutely AWESOME and are already seeing results. If you are looking for a fun group where you can gain support and accountability, please consider joining my group on May 22. We will all work toward our goals. The countdown to summer is ON, y’all! What will you get?

– 30 Minute workouts from the privacy of your own home
– Recipes, meal plans, and a portion control system
– Motivation, support, encouragement, and accountability in a private free app.

And (this is SO exciting!) ๐Ÿ˜ there is a BRAND new workout program that is debuting on May 16th! It is called YOUv2 and is a fun and easy way for beginners to get moving! It is perfect for someone who is brand new to exercise and trust me y’all, it is going to be SUCH a fun program filled with party songs from the 80s and 90s! ๐Ÿ‘

Also, there is still an awesome promotion going on right now, so you won’t want to miss it!

If you are interested in joining me, comment “Interested” below or shoot me an email at cardioandkids@gmail.comย โคโค

Core De Force- MY LAST WEEK!

Hey guys! So last Thursday, I had my top two wisdom teeth taken out. Ouch! Needless to say, I couldn’t do any intense workout for a few days. So yesterday (Monday) was my first day back at it. So I didn’t quite finish Core de Force on time, but I am on track to finish it on Friday. I’m so excited. I have taken a few photos comparing my progress from the beginning of the program and the results are amazing. I simply cannot wait to take my official after pictures and measurements on Friday and share them with all of you!

Be sure to check out my calories burned post if you are interested in how many calories I burned doing each workout with my Fitbit Charge HR.(affiliate link) I cannot express how much I love my Fitbit. I feel completely naked without it.

My picture at the top of the post is one my husband snapped of me and my daughter on Sunday morning. I still have a little puffy cheeks going on from my surgery, but I see such a difference in my body. I’m so happy.

My husband is going to do a second round of Core De Force. He loves it that much, and has seen such amazing results. I would love to do a second round, but my goal as a Beachbody coach is to really do every single workout program Beachbody has to offer. So I am pretty sure I’m moving on to 22 Minute Hard Corps next. Not definite. But, I’m leaning towards that one. Who wouldn’t love getting their workout done in only 22 MINUTES!? Nuts, right? Right. I gotta give that one a try. And of course I’ll be blogging my way through it again.

If you aren’t following me on Instagram yet, why not? Lol! I am posting videos of my workouts all the time.

I invite you all to join my free Facebook fitness support group as well!

Okay y’all! Drop a comment below so I know you’re here!

Over Halfway Done With CORE DE FORCE

Check out how many calories I burned doing CORE DE FORCE HERE!

I did it! I am (actually MORE than) halfway done with CORE DE FORCE. Today is day 20 out of 30 for me. I know you are all wondering how much weight I have lost. Well, I have lost…. wait for it… TEN POUNDS! Yes guys, you read that right. I have lost 10 pounds with CORE DE FORCE in just 20 days. That’s nuts right? This program WORKS! My husband has lost 10 as well and his pants are literally falling off of him as he walks. Like down to his ankles. It’s quite funny. I laughed.

But the CORE in CORE DE FORCE is quite an accurate name for this program. It really works your core. Out of all parts of my body, I’m noticing the biggest improvement in my belly. I’m actually seeing abs. They are still beneath some fat, but I’m starting to see lines there that weren’t there before. It’s so amazing to see. I’m so excited and a little nervous to take my after pictures and measurements. I know I will have a difference, I’m just hoping it’s as good as I want it to be. I’m excited to take my husbands after pictures as well. He said I could share them, so that’s going to be fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve really loved this program so much. The moves are awesome. They don’t get boring because you change it up so much. I think I’ve done all of the workouts now, and they are all so amazing. Some of them I have had to modify (I’m looking at you, Sphinx Blasters!), but I am surprising myself at how strong I am and what I can do. And I bet you will surprise yourself too!

One thing I’ve noticed is that, sometimes I feel like I can’t push any more, or I’m about to drop a move and move on to the modification… it’s not really my BODY that CAN’T do it, it’s my MIND that DOESN’T WANT to do it any more. Literally if I just SHUT my brain off for a minute and tell myself I CAN keep going, I DO! It’s amazing. Your body is strong. Your body can be stronger than your mind at times. Our minds will want to quit, but our bodies can actually keep going.

Try it. Tell your brain to shut up and let your body do the work. Let me know how it goes. ๐Ÿ™‚

Don’t Wait for “Monday” to Start Your Diet- Just Start Now!

This is something I have to tell myself. A LOT. So I thought I might share with you all.

Don’t wait for Monday. Don’t wait. Do it NOW. I used to say, “I’m going to start Monday. I’ll start my “diet” then.” Don’t do that. Start now. When you wait you are wasting precious time and it means you probably won’t be as serious with it if you think you can put it off. Once you decide you want to change, THAT is your start. THAT is when you begin. I cannot count the number of “Last meals” I have had.

“Oh yeah, I’ll start on Monday, so this weekend I’m gonna go all out and eat everything because Monday it’s ON!”

And every time, by Tuesday, I’m back to my old ways and heavier than before. Don’t do that.

Start now!

If you get off track, if you have a bad meal, if you have a bad day, that does NOT ruin EVERYTHING! It just doesn’t guys. Shake yourself off and keep going. Don’t say you’ll start again MONDAY or you’ll start again tomorrow! Start again now.

It’s constantly recommitting, it’s constantly making mistakes maybe, but continuing no matter what.

I’m so excited about my 30 Day challenge group starting on May 1st and the great people joining! I can’t wait to see our progress over the next month! ย If YOU would like to join, comment below, or shoot me an email at I would love for you to join us!

Quick and Easy CHOCOLATE Sweet Potato Pudding Recipe

So recently we had literally over a hundred sweet potatoes given to us. We were so excited and thought we could definitely use them all up before they went bad. But that just did not happen. I had to figure out what to do with them to preserve them so we could freeze them and use them in the future.

What I ended up doing was peeling them, and roasting them in the oven. Once they had cooled, I individually wrapped each of them in plastic wrap (I would have done aluminum foil but I was all out so I just used what was on hand) and then put them in a big freezer bag and into the freezer they went.

Well we’ve used a few of them since then, but I honestly don’t really know what to do with them all. The texture after freezing and reheating isn’t that awesome, so they are really best in mashed form.

Tonight for dinner I slaved in the kitchen for my kiddos to make some yummy and healthy baked chicken nuggets. The kiddos would not eat them. ย Isn’t that always the way? Slave over a healthy meal and they turn their noses up at it, but pour them a bowl of cheerios and they are happy kiddos. Cray cray.

Anyway, I wasn’t about to let those delicious nuggets go to waste. I’m on a diet (lifestyle change) so I was going to have some fish and quinoa and a veggie for dinner. But I didn’t want to waste the nuggets, and the really are not bad for you. So I had a couple and wanted to add a sweet potato and call it dinner.

So I reheated one sweet potato in the microwave, added a half a teaspoon of cocoa powder, a dash of cinnamon, and a splash of milk. Mixed it all up and whoa. It was amazing I tell you! It tasted like chocolatey sweet potato-ey puddingy goodness in my mouth.

It looks like poo. But it tastes like heaven. You can add a little sweetener of your choice if you wish. I foresee lots more of these chocolate potatoes in my future.

Quick and Easy Chocolate Sweet Potato Pudding


  • One medium sweet potato, peeled and cooked
  • 1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Splash of milk
  • Sweetener of choice

Take the medium potato and mash it up really nicely, or even throw it in a food processor. Add the 1/2 teaspoon of cocoa powder, dash of cinnamon, and splash of milk. Whisk to combine (or process in the processor). Sweeten to taste. Eat and enjoy! Let me know what you think in the comments below!

How do you workout when you have kids?

Ordinarily, I try to workout when my little guy takes a nap. But yesterday was rough, y’all. I had so much to do that I didn’t get to start my workout until it was almost time for him to wake up. Then he woke up and came downstairs right in the middle of my workout.

He actually did a few moves with me and was really good. I was impressed. Kiddo can throw some punches. We may have a little MMA fighter on our hands. He was rocking the CORE DE FORCE.

But then kiddo tried to go all trainer beast mode on me and try to give me a little extra weight for my planks.

Yes. He’s really just trying to help me. Sweet guy. He knows mommy needs to work on her core. Y’all, 30 extra pounds on your back for planks is HARD! But it also makes me think, wow. I’ve lost like 2.5 times that much weight. Wow. How much harder would my planks be with that much weight on me. Crazy to think about. I’m so thankful my weight is going down and that I’m not giving up.

So basically, that’s how my workouts go some days. Kids climb on me. Kids yell at me to jump higher. Sometimes kids join in on the workouts. Sometimes I get to work out in peace and quiet during naptime, but sometimes, having a kid on your back for planks is just how it goes.You just gotta roll with it. You gotta embrace the crazy. ย And you get ‘er done.

Please comment below with how you workout with your kids around. Got any fun stories or pictures to share?

CORE DE FORCE: Week 1- DONE! Start of Week 2

Check out how many calories I burned doing CORE DE FORCE HERE!

I successfully finished Week 1 of CORE DE FORCE! Yeah!!! Wow, what a great workout. I know you’re all curious about what results I had in the first week, right?

Well I’m super excited to let y’all know I lost 4 pounds during my first week. It seems crazy to me, but not so much when I consider that I really controlled my eating last week. I am also starting to see some definition in my obliques.

The workouts were challenging but fun. One thing that I really enjoy about this program is that I haven’t gotten bored. I looked over the schedule and it looks like I never will get bored. There are so many different workouts and they are so nicely spaced apart. You don’t do the same ones over and over again like in many other workout programs.

I also like that Joel and Jericho are actually doing the moves with you almost the whole time. One may walk over to another person for a minute to show you their form or something, but they quickly jump back in. And they alternate showing you the next move. So if Jericho showed you the last move, Joel will show you the next. At least that’s how it’s been up til now. I really like that. And I also wonder… how can they manage to talk while doing some of those exercises? They are in such good shape, I know that’s the answer. But I actually talked out loud today while I was doing some leg check planky type move (I’ll never remember what it’s actually called) and I really just got out a few grunts. I sounded ridiculous.

Whew. Okay so today was Day 1 of my second week of CORE DE FORCE which included TWO workouts. Today was MMA Shred and Core Kinetics. I had done MMA Shred before but not Core Kinetics. It really felt like it was ripping up my core. I’m super excited to do that one again.

My goal for this week is to really improve my nutrition. I was much better last week than usual, but want to be even better this week.

Hope you’re all having a great week!

Core De Force: Day 4

Check out how many calories I burned doing CORE DE FORCE HERE!
Y’all. So today was day 4 of Core de Force. Power Sculpt. It. Was. Brutal. I mean. I actually thought I might die.

But guys! That’s SO GOOD! I was completely drenched in sweat and the moves were so different and challenging and I FELT it. I was kind of grumbling about the moves as I did them but afterwards I thought, WOW. You know what? That is really going to get results and that is what matters. Am I right?

Tomorrow is grocery day. Which is basically my favorite day of all days. Because. Food. Right? I’m excited to get some good stuff for meal prepping purposes. I usually try to keep my meal prep really boring because it’s just so much easier. So I will cook up a big batch of quinoa and a batch of peas. I will bake some fish and hard boil some eggs. Shakeology for breakfast and I’m good to go. I will literally eat the same thing for lunch and dinner every day if means my life is simpler.

But I’m thinking of trying some new recipes for a few days of my meal prep. Do you have any good ones to share?