My Top 5 Must- Have Products

I know we all have those favorite things in our lives that make things better. Those products that either make daily life easier or make us feel better. These 5 items are a few of my current favorite things…

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  1. Mac Prep+Prime Fix+ : This product is a must have in my opinion, if you wear any kind of powder make up on your face. After you have applied all your powders you spray a little of this on your face and it melds all together for one classic finished look. It even enhances the products currently on your face. MUST-HAVE!

 

 

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2. I love earrings! I am a pretty simple gal but I love to accessorize with statement earrings.  One of my absolute favorite places to buy my earrings is at Olive Street. The specific earrings I am wearing in this picture are Horn Earrings.

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3. I keep my life together with my Passion Planner. I am a total pen to paper person and I love to keep my days organized with everything I need to accomplish. There is something really satisfying about highlighting or check marking an item on paper. I just don’t get the same satisfaction on my phone.

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4. I LOVE music but lets be honest who doesn’t?! Spotify is great because I no longer have to buy each individual song and as a Group Fitness Instructor this is huge! A cheap monthly fee gets me access to every song. I have so many playlists and you can even download them to your phone so you don’t have to use your phone data. Another great feature is that you can follow your friends and get access to their public playlists. Do you want to see what I have been listening to? Check it out here.

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5. Family dinners have been changed in my life since the Instant Pot came about. I love it’s multi functions and it used every single week! I have to prioritize my time with owning a business, teaching group fitness classes, and being a mom, so I need quick meals on the table. Are you new to using your IP or just want more recipes to try? Check out my favorite recipes using the Instant Pot.

I hope you love my favorite things as much as I do.

Talk soon.

Must- Try Instant Pot Recipes

These recipes below are my top 9 Instant Pot recipes. A lot of these are staples to my weekly dinners each month. The are quick and easy. My whole family loves these recipes kids included. Give them a try and let me know which is your favorite!

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  2. Quick Beef ChiliInstant-Pot-Beef-and-Beer-Chili-1-10
  3. Instant Pot Hamburger Helper
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  6. Instant Pot PicadilloInstant-Pot-Picadillo-2
  7. Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chickeneasiest-crock-pot-salsa-verde-chicken-550x367
  8. IP Corn on the Cobinstant-pot-corn-on-the-cob-3
  9. Un Stuffed Cabbage BowlsUnStuffed-Cabbage-Bowls-1
  10.  Turkey Cheeseburger SoupCheeseburger-Soup-1

 


These Instant Pot recipes below are recipes that have been recommended to me to try by friends. Enjoy!

  1. Perfect Paleo Instant Pot Carnitas
  2. Mexican Instant Pot Quinoa With Cilantro & Lime Dressing
  3. Posole Instant Pot Soup Recipe
  4. INSTANT POT CAFE RIO CHICKEN
  5. INSTANT POT TACO SOUP
  6. INSTANT POT / PRESSURE COOKER PEANUT BUTTER CUP CHEESECAKE
  7. Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
  8. PRESSURE COOKER CHICKEN LAZONE

 

Am I Going to Live?

Am I going to live?”

10 years ago these were the words I was muttering from my hospital bed. Trying to figure out how I managed to get multiple blood clots in my head. None of the medical staff could tell me the answer of the question I needed to know.  My ER nurse gave me a big hug and off I went in a ambulance to St. Joe’s Barrows Unit.

I had a headache for a few days and at 3am I woke up out of sorts, in the worst pain of my life, and puking black. I told my husband, to which we had only been married a short time, to get our two month old infant in the car seat. Do not waste any time and get me to the ER! I rode with icepacks on my head all the way to Thunderbird ER.

I spent a few days in Barrows ICU while they monitored me making sure I wouldn’t need surgery, which I was terribly scared of.  A whole team of medical staff gave me the run down of what could happen if they had to perform surgery to remove the blood clot that was the size of pencil eraser. I had never prayed in my life till that moment.

The pain was beyond anything I have ever experienced. I just yelled for more morphine to make it go away.  Surprisingly I only spent 5 total days in the hospital but it was going to take at least 6 months to recover. I lost vision in my right eye for 3 months due to one of the clots locations. It was a long hard 6 months of headaches. Did I mention I had a newborn? Hard is an understatement. Through all of this I found out I had a clotting disorder, which became a perfect storm when I had a baby. I feel like I could have found out in an easier less scary way. LOL!

I had a lot of help during this time, which included my best friends taking my 2 month old for the 5 days while I was in the hospital. I honestly didn’t even want anything to do with him at the time because I was just trying to survive. Joe didn’t leave my side when I was in ICU.

It was rough but here I am! I wasn’t sure if I would see another day and trust I wasn’t ready to go. This is one of the defining moments in my life that changed me. That woke me up! I had to get healthy not just for myself but also for my family and friends.

Please do not wait for a rock bottom. You do not want to be on a hospital bed asking nurses, doctors, family and friends if you are going to live and begging for someone to tell you. Your moment is now! Start making changes and don’t look back!

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Consistency wins and 48lbs down to prove it!

If there were one word I would use to describe Melissa over this past year I would say consistency. I of course would also add in hardworking and focused. No matter what obstacles have come in her life she has kept the focus on her health goals. She has lost 48lbs to date since we started working together! I couldn’t be more proud of her. As we continue to work on her goals we must pause to celebrate her progress.

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When she started with me she was barely eating 1200 calories a day. We took many weeks to increase her food intake and to repair her failing metabolism!! As we increased she started to lose weight each week!! Her weight loss continued throughout the whole process till we found her maintenance calories around 2000 calories per day! After we reached that mark she decided to go on a cut to continue towards her goals.

She has lost several inches on her waist, hips, and neck! Body fat percentage has decreased as well.! The biggest change of all that I have noticed is her confidence!

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Here is how the process has been for Melissa:

What has this process meant to you? Dedication, Determination

What habits have you changed that helped you get where you currently are? Removing all bad items from eyesight, learning to cook with more vegetable

What was the biggest struggle to date during this progress? Alcohol lol

What is your favorite thing in this process? Watching myself change, try on new clothes in different SMALLER sizes

What has helped you the most? Watching my daughter struggle with health issues in 2017 and whenever I fail I remind myself that I am making an example for my children

What surprised you the most during this process? Actually giving up soda

What is the one thing you want to tell people that are struggling to lose weight? Do it and keep doing it. Never give up. The reward is there and you are the only one who can make these changes.

Great Job Melissa! I can’t wait to see your progress further as the months go on.

Change takes time as you can see! If you want to change you have to put in the work to change those habits. My method is always zero food restrictions but also moderation. Small changes, big results. Every time you reach for the quick fix or the so-called YOYO diet your destroying muscle tissue aka metabolism. A great deal of your health is resolved through your muscle but if you don’t have it you are risking type II diabetes, hypertension, high lipids, etc!

 

If you are ready to make changes, let’s connect. Email me at mbhbymisty@gmail.com

10 Ways To Keep Kids Active This Summer!

Summer time has arrived! This is that time of year where it’s a constant battle of moms vs. electronics. I definitely think there should be a time for kids to play video games but also know the need for movement and exercise. Did you know that kids need one hour of exercise per day? Children need 60 minutes of physical activity each day, including aerobic and muscle strengthening activities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The habits built now will carry them into adulthood.

 

Here are my top ideas for keeping kids active this summer…

 

  1. SWIM RACES: They can race siblings across the pool or use a timer so they can keep trying to beat their own time. Don’t have a pool? Run in the sprinklers

 

  1. FITNESS CIRCUIT: Set up a fitness circuit with items around the house. Ideas are endless for this one but here is an example. Set a timer for 1 minute each station and rotate through as many times as you decide.
    • Jump rope
    • Hop scotch – use chalk to draw
    • Sprints
    • Push – ups

 

  1. YOGA: My kids absolutely love Cosmic Kids on Youtube.

 

  1. BIKE RIDE: Go for a family bike ride and if you are in Arizona like we are, follow it up with jump in the pool afterwards.

 

  1. GYM: Join a gym and bring your kids: My local gym is Mountainside Fitness and they have kids exercise equipment in the childcare area. They also play dodge ball in the mornings and a few days a week they have a program called Fit Kids.

 

  1. DECK OF CARDS WORKOUT: You and your kids can do it together. Get a deck of cards and shuffle them up. Flip one card over at a time and use the number on the card to tell you how many reps. Ex. 9 of hearts = 9 jumping jacks
    • Hearts: Jumping Jacks
    • Diamonds: Push- ups
    • Spades: Squats
    • Clubs: Sit ups

 

  1. WATER PARK: Spend a few hours at a local water park. We have a water park down the street from our house so it makes it easy with season passes to go for a few hours. Kids get exercise by moving around the water park and climbing all those stairs.

 

  1. HIKE: Head to cooler weather and go for a hike to explore nature.

 

  1. PARKS: If weather permits head to the park to burn off some of that energy or find an indoor park to play at.

 

  1. INDOOR SKATING RINKS: Go spend a few hours roller-skating or ice-skating. They even have indoor skateboarding parks these days.

 

Get creative and involve your kids to make exercise fun! Show them how important exercise is by exercising yourself.

 

Need a workout program yourself? Join Muscle Fix, 8 workouts a month all via MBHbymisty App. Included on the app are areas to track your progress and videos of every exercise. This strength program is for all levels.