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After my personal experience with FWTFL, I wanted to take a moment to tell you the program essentials, as well as share my results! This is an exciting post and I hope you’ll stay tuned! I even included my measurements and before and after pics!

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. I am a FWTFL affiliate, so should you choose to purchase the program after clicking a link on this post, I will receive a commission. If you’re curious about what I do with this income, read this post

What is The Faster Way to Fat Loss?

The Faster Way to Fat Loss is an online program created by Amanda Tress to help women obtain optimal nutrition and fitness. Participants achieve results through a combination of intermittent fasting, carb cycling and tracking macros. The program also offers a 6-week long fitness bootcamp following a week-long prep week to get your acquainted with the program in its entirety.

What on Earth are macros?

Don’t be scared, girl! Macros is just a fancy term for carbs + fat + protein. You’ll be taught how to figure out your macros and how to track them. It’s super easy and there’s not a dang thing to be scared of.  Promise.

Tell me more about intermittent fasting.

Intermittent fasting means that you are consuming your calories during a specified eating window. The one recommended by FWTFL is 12noon to 8pm. You remain in a fasted stated from 8pm until 12noon the next day.

But aren’t you starving?!

Not even! You are fueling your body with the right combination of nutrients from whole foods so that it’s functioning in optimal condition while giving your gut the time to do its thang while its resting. Once you get used to it (about a week for me), it’ll be the easiest part of the whole program.

I can’t survive the morning without my COFFEE!

ME NEITHER! If you absolutely cannot stomach black coffee, then add a splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk. At around 30cal/cup you’re able to offset the bitterness of the coffee while still maintaining your fast. Otherwise, sip on water or tea with lemon. You break your fast at 70cals or greater, FYI.

What do you eat? 

The rule Amanda taught us was this: if it comes from the Earth or has a mother, it’s fair game. I have not felt deprived at all and I love the flexibility the program offers. There’s even room for your favorite treats! #legday You are encouraged to eat minimal gluten, dairy and processed foods. There is also a basic meal plan and shopping list supplied, along with some delicious recipes.

How do you cook for a family while on FWTFL?

I simply make accommodations and substitutions as needed. For instance, if we’re grilling out burgers, I’ll omit the bun and have a huge salad in place of fries. If I’m fixing chicken or steak, I’ll add a heaping portion of veggies to my plate instead of something starchy like rice or potatoes (though you can certainly make both of those work within the plan). If you’re fixing your family spaghetti, swap out the pasta for veggie spirals. Where there is a will, there’s a way! And, once you start seeing results and feeling better, you’ll be 100% okay with making this minor modifications to your nightly meals.

How do you justify the cost?

Okay, so I’ve done plenty of workouts before that either incurred a monthly fee (i.e. gym membership), required a subscription (i.e. online video streaming), or monthly shakes for maintenance (ummmmm, $130/mo on protein shakes is a LOT of money). FWTFL is a one time fee of $199. You can download the materials for reuse and continue your success long after the initial six weeks or complete further rounds at a discounted rate. However, you don’t have to purchase anything to stick with the program after you’ve completed your round. So, take $199 and divide it by 12 months (the typical commitment time for a gym membership). That breaks down to about $17/mo! 

And, keep in mind, this is a lifestyle change. There is nothing gimmicky about it. When you’re treating your body well, you find yourself spending less money on doctor’s visits, prescriptions, and clothes to accommodate weight gain or unhealthy habits like soda, sweets, and energy supplements. You’ll be your BEST YOU for yourself, your family, your kids, you students, etc!

Results

So, without further ado, here are my personal results after completing just six weeks of FWTFL.

So you don’t have to bust out your calculator, I lost 7.5 inches in just six weeks! And, though losing weight wasn’t my main goal for the program, I did lose a little. I started at 145lb and I’m down to 140lb on the nose. (I’m 5’9″ tall, keep in mind!) The pictures really show how much toning up I’ve done. Also, I feel GREAT. My mind is clearer and I rarely feel bloated anymore, which is a MAJOR bonus for me. Because I’ve decided that it’s okay to prioritize me and my health, I’m committing to the FWTFL plan for ONE WHOLE YEAR! Do it with me!

What are you waiting for?! Six weeks from now, you could be feeling the best you’ve felt in your entire life! The FWTFL is LEGIT. If you’re ready to sign up immediately (woo hoo!), click HERE! If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me on Instagram @babblingabby or via email at babblingabby(at)gmail(dot)com. I would LOVE to help you get started.

Happy Leg Day…I mean, Saturday!

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Today’s Banana Friday treat is Frozen Banana Pops – an easy, delicious treat that is perfect for the hot summer months!

Welcome to the second recipe in the Banana Friday series! My mom made Frozen Banana Pops for all of the grandchildren on the Fourth of July and I was inspired to try them myself. They’re super simple, yet totally delicious. My kiddos LOVE these, and they’re great for a healthy treat on hot summer days.

Ingredients

Melting Chocolate (approximately 1.75-2 cups)

Bananas

Coconut Oil

Popsicle Sticks

Toppings (sprinkles, peanuts, etc.)

Cookie sheet covered with wax paper

Tall cup/glass

Directions

Cut bananas in half, insert popsicle stick and place on cookie sheet. Freeze for at least 2 hours.

Prepare melting chocolate + 2 tbs of coconut oil by heating in microwave at 15 sec intervals and stir. Repeat until melted. (Note: You’ll want to melt it in a tall glass so that there is enough room to dip the banana.)

Remove bananas from freezer and dip individually into chocolate. Coat with toppings immediately as the chocolate will harden quickly, so be sure to do just one banana at a time and then repeat with the next banana. We found the best way to do this was to hand-sprinkle the toppings onto the banana over top of a plate to catch the toppings that fall off.

Here’s our resident leftover toppings eater. I’d say she enjoyed this as much as a frozen banana pop

Return the bananas to the freezer for another hour or so or eat immediately (depending how frozen they were before being dipped).

There you have it! Easy and delish!

If you missed the first Banana Friday treat we shared, check out this post about how to make homemade Banana Soft Serve Ice Cream

Have you made frozen banana pops before? What were your favorite toppings?

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If you’re a fan of the nineties or just need some new activities to incorporate into the beginning of the school year, you’re going to LOVE this back to school theme! Cara and I spent many a Google Hang Out planning out all of the fun you’re about to see, and even spent a fabulous afternoon with some amazing second grade teachers sharing all things ((Throw) Back to School – dressed as Wayne and Garth, no less.

We created these activities to help you begin building a strong community of learners right from the first day of school. As a classroom teacher, you hold the power to cultivate relationships with and between your students, establish a safe and responsive learning environment, and ignite passion and enthusiasm for learning through engagement. And the key to success in each of these areas? The building and maintenance of a positive classroom culture!

The TWENTY-SIX activities, icebreakers, and games were designed to help you do just that…

Model behaviors
Set expectations
Establish procedures, routines, and rules
Encourage team-building
Facilitate friendships and camaraderie
Support and encourage individuality
Build and enhance teacher-student and student-student relationships

Here’s a small sample of what you’ll find inside. (And if you want to see every activity included, be sure to check out the preview HERE).

You can snag all of the above pictured activities and a whole bunch more in my Teachers Pay Teachers shop RIGHT HERE.

What is your favorite piece of nineties nostalgia? I would LOVE to know in the comments!

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We’re not shy about our struggles. In fact, we told our entire church body this past March about how mental illness and misunderstanding almost broke us. We shared so that we could shine brighter than bipolar and rip the proverbial bandaid off the stigma that bound us to struggle in silence and isolation for so many years. By the grace of God and family and friends and meds and therapists and doctors, we found our way back to each other.

Couple’s therapy certainly served a purpose in saving our marriage. It put a trained professional in front of us whose objectivity helped each of us to see ourselves and each other differently. We were forced to ask and answer hard questions – about our relationship, our personal histories, how we processed life, and even our life inside the bedroom. Hubba hubba. Only slightly awkward.  If you’ve ever considered going but are fearful of anything I just named, GO ANYWAY. It was uncomfortable at times, for sure, but it was necessary work in mending the mess we’d made in our marriage. I’d highly recommend it. (If you’re still on the fence about couple’s therapy or cannot convince your spouse to attend, you could always try out individual therapy first. Also extremely helpful. Brandon and I both saw therapists independent of our couple’s therapist for a period of time.)

After we became Marriage Therapy Graduates – or whatever distinction you achieve after you’ve spent hours detailing the intricacies of your life to a stranger for several weeks – we knew we still had a lot of work to do. In fact, the hardest work is definitely in the details of your everyday life together. It’s how you connect, how you balance your relationship with work and family, how you give grace, how you react to conflict, how you parent, how you spend time together, and on and on and on. This is the kind of work complicated by work schedules and sleepless nights with sick babies and financial strain and downright human nature. Men really are from Mars and women really are from Venus, it turns out.

And, while the advice I’m about to give you is SO terribly trite – it’s also the truth. It’s not groundbreaking or novel or the based off of the latest research. But, it works for us.

DATE YOUR SPOUSE.

Put on something nice, grab your keys,  and go on an actual date. Outside of your house. The kind you went on when you were seventeen and you didn’t have to first check the mirror for snot or spit-up stains from your kiddos beforehand. The kind of date that makes you stare across the table at your significant other and think that you might actually might want to make out with him/her later. That kind of date.

Get coffee, walk at the park, hit up your favorite restaurant, people watch from a bench while eating ice cream, see a movie, go to the library or bookstore, window shop at an outdoor mall, hike, sit and talk over a charcuterie board, participate in a shared hobby. Just do it. Date your spouse.

If you find yourself already making excuses about time and money, think about this: your marriage is worth investing in. It’s worth giving up a few trips to Starbucks or Target. It’s worth finding a babysitter and spending a little cash on a dinner that doesn’t have to be microwaved. It’s worth making a list of questions to ask your spouse so you have things to talk about or don’t forget (I’ve don’t this before! #mombrain). I promise you. You and your spouse can be a priority without sacrificing too terribly much.

My favorite benefit of this outside of the obvious connection I’m making with Brandon and eating a good meal (that’s our favorite kind of date) is that happy marriages are good for the whole family. Research says so. Oh, and it keeps us out of therapy. Like I said, couple’s counseling definitely served a purpose in our lives, but if we can prevent ourselves from being return guests, I’m okay with that.

What’s your favorite date? Do tell!

PS. Mu husband, Brandon, write a blog about his journey with mental illness and mental health. Read more HERE.

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So, you’re an amazing educator with incredible ideas to share. You’ve considered starting a blog – others have even pushed you to write because dangit, you’re creative! but you’re not sure where to start – or if it’s worth the time and effort to invest in on top of all of the commitments that you have.

Or, maybe you’re not an educator but have a niche that others would find interesting – social justice, food, travel, mental health, parenting, marriage, makeup, style – the list could go on and on! I would be more than willing to bet you have something to offer and could easily find an audience who would just LOVE your content!

Fall into one of those two categories? Then, this post is for you!

Disclaimer: This post contains some affiliate links. This means that, at no cost to you, I earn a commission should you choose to make a purchase through those links. These are companies that I have personally used and recommend.

So, let’s dive right in!

HOSTING AND DOMAIN NAME

You will need a hosting site and a domain name.

Head over to Blue Host to do both and follow the instructions detailed below.

PURCHASE A PACKAGE.

Tip: You’ll save money by purchasing one for a full year!

NAME YOUR BLOG!

What will you call your new blog?! This part is fun! Choose a name and type it into the box to see if it’s available.

SELECT A THEME.

Pick a theme (you can always change this later…or have your site designer set one up for you).

Be patient for a few minutes while Blue Host sets up your site for you!

That’s it! You just created a Word Press Blog!

You can get started blogging right away after you log into your Word Press account, though the process of blogging is a post for another day. Here’s a teensy little snapshot of where to get started if you’re ready to jump right in, though:

Guess what? You officially own your own little piece of the internet and are ready to share all the things!

>>> A few things to note <<<

Be sure to check your email to verify the WhoIs component of this process in order for your site to go live.

It will likely take Blue Host a little bit to populate your blog into the World Wide Web, so don’t be alarmed if you type your new address into the search bar and it generates a page that looks like this:

Now, you’re very likely going to want to pretty it up! This part is out of my wheelhouse, as it involves fancy coding and lots of knowhow that I do not, in fact, know how to do! But, I do work with an incredible site designer who knows how to make your blog functional and beautiful according to your every little desire. Her name is Becca and she is the owner and designer at Jumping Jax Designs. I have worked with her for years and her work is fantastic. She can translate our vision into a work of art. In fact, I think you’ll notice a facelift here at The Inspired Apple pretty soon and Becca will be the brains behind it all! She’s in high demand, so be sure to get on her list ASAP if this is something you’re interested in.

What do you think? Are you ready to start a blog! What questions do you have for me?

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So, let’s get good and uncomfortable and chat about money.

Did you squirm in your seat a bit? I did. I’m cringing and squirming, actually.

It’s okay. I’m comfortable with me and you being uncomfortable. And, since you’re here 100% by choice, if you don’t like the context of this post you can just not read it, right? If you’d rather see a cute kid eating ice cream, I can deliver that content HERE

Back to business…

I am sharing this information, mainly for  those of us who make a living blogging and selling online who also have an interest in monetizing their sites, wondering if they can make money via their blog, and/or have an interest in accomplishing a financial goal (i.e. paying off debt, having extra cash, increasing savings, etc.).

For a long time, when I described my work to those outside of this industry, I’ve kind of shrugged it off as some second-rate vocation – a glorified hobby, more or less, that just so happened to provide me an income. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth and completely minimizes the significant time, effort, and brain space I’ve put into not just creating tangible products, but also the management of marketing and advertising, social media sites, a blog, and relationships with those in Babbling Abby/Inspired Apple community that I hold so dear! For someone whose background is in psychology and education, I’ve had to do plenty of independent learning and research about how to do most of this. I’ve had a lot of other online entrepreneurs who’ve shared tips and tricks with me, too, but I’m currently a one-woman-band. Most companies delegate the responsibilities that I do singlehandedly to various departments or leaders within a specified field. I do it all, as do many others who have online small businesses and/or blog for a living. This is a pretty complex J-O-B, and I’m continuously learning and growing within it but the bottom line is this: I’ve realized it’s okay to make an income from a site that I have spent years creating and developing. It’s actual work and being compensated for that work through sponsorships, ads, and affiliate relationships is a-okay.

The second reason I’m choosing to write this post is because I want you to recognize that you, too, are capable of making an income blogging. Whether your niche is parenting or education or mental health or food or travel, you can generate income from your site. I’ve only recently been working on this, so I have no idea what this will look like from month to month, but I figure I have to start somewhere. Same goes for you. I’ve waited a looooong time to put a valued interest in creating blog income and definitely wish I would’ve done so sooner.

Lastly, we have some family financial goals that we want to accomplish and I know we’re not alone in that. If you’re in this category of people, then maybe this post will show you a way to work towards that, too. Personally, we want to be debt free by the time we’re both forty. Our fortieth birthdays will bookend 2022 –  with Brandon celebrating his in January and mine in December. So, there’s a decent stretch of time before we’re there…but no wiggle room to wait. We decided that any income generated through the blog would be thrown at our debt. Here’s who and what we owe…

Our mortgage on our home is obviously our largest and most daunting debt, followed by a car loan. The medical bills are comprised of those for a minor surgery I had last winter. We purchased a TV from Best Buy and a new washer and dryer from Home Depot when we moved into our  new home – both with 0% interest for a set amount of time. But, due to this month’s blogging income, we’ll be able to wipe out the Home Depot bill and put the overage toward Best Buy. (We tithe to our church, so that amount is factored in before we spend any of that money.)

Not too shabby for the first month of monetizing my blog!

I intend for this to be a monthly feature on the blog and to hopefully share out what I’m learning. Are you interested?  Do you make money from blogging? Have any tips, tricks, or general comments you’d like to share? Questions? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

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As a kid growing up in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area, we would frequent a local convenience store called Ameristop for soft serve and Coke Icees, particularly during the hot summer nights. Our favorite night, though, was Friday because they would make a special batch of banana soft serve and we aptly named it Banana Friday. Even to this day, the occasional family group text will include a BANANA FRIDAY! reminder.

A few weeks ago, my youngest referred to vanilla ice cream as banilla (can’t quite pronounce those Vs yet!), and I was reminded of this flavorful summer treat. We no longer live within walking distance of Ameristop, so I decided that I would try to make my own version by combining bananas, vanilla ice cream, and a few other simple ingredients: banilla soft serve, if you will

Ingredients

6 Large Scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream (softened)

1 Container of Cool Whip

2 Ripe Bananas (Chiquita are my favorite!)

1 tsp Banana Flavoring (optional)

Cherries + Whipped Cream + Any Other Toppings You Might Like (optional)

Container(s) for freezing/serving

Directions

Soften ice cream. I let mine sit out for about 30 minutes.

Combine six large scoops of softened vanilla ice cream with 80z container of Cool Whip and two ripe bananas. I used my standing mixer, but you could do this by hand with a spatula or with a hand mixer.

Mix until well-combined into a thick, soupy consistency. Optional: add 1-2 tsp banana extract to intensify the flavor and mix thoroughly.

Pour into containers and freeze for at least 3 hours before eating.

Add your favorite toppings and voilà! We like Reddi-Wip, cherries, and sprinkles on ours!

Benny loved his banilla soft serve!

In the spirit of Banana Friday, I will be posting a banana-themed treat each remaining Friday in July! I hope you’ll stop back by to check them out!

Do you have a favorite, easy-peasy ice cream recipe I should try? Please tell me all about it in the comments below!

Happy Saturday!

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Numbers. They hold a lot of significance, and we associate them with countless things – from important dates to amounts of money to vacation countdowns to work deadlines to our childhood address. Some numbers bring happiness, like the ones following a point that determine whether you earned an A or a B on your thesis. Other numbers play with your emotions, like the number of days you’ve been waiting to get pregnant or the exact time on the clock when you lost a loved one. Happy, sad, positive, negative – numbers are a big deal to us.

The numbers in this picture represent not just the weight of each dumb bell, but they represent a journey. I remember when I first started using weights many years ago, those three pounders were all I could manage. But, it wasn’t long until I moved onto the next set and then the next set. The numbers here represent strength and remind me that I persevered. They show determination and dedication. They show attitude and grit. Guess what numbers don’t reflect those things? THE ONES ON THE SCALE.

The scale is a LIAR. Don’t be fooled into believing that your health, your fitness, and ESPECIALLY not your worth are decided by a machine that flashes red numbers at you. No, no, no. You, my friend, are way too precious to be devalued by your scale. This mind shift is so necessary because our weight-obsessed culture makes us feel unworthy if we can’t pull a size 4 over our thighs. We become frustrated that we’ll never be “that skinny,” and then adopt the It’s Pointless to Even Try attitude while eating a cheeseburger, sedentarily scrolling our phones, and giving into yet another meaningless number. Focus instead on fitness and nutrition. And, at the end of the day, progress over perfection is what matters

There’s still plenty of time to get on board with a lifestyle change before you go back to school this fall, teacher friend. If you need some inspiration and want to see my progress pics, read this post.

Happy Friday!

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Since childhood, I’ve always felt a strong connection between summertime and reading. I recall countless trips to the library with my mom and sisters, turning the wiry book rack around and around as I searched for a new novel.  There were rainy days where I’d get lost in the pages of Nancy Drew or The Bobbsey Twins, and even Adult Swims at the pool when I’d flip through the pages of The Babysitter Club to keep up with the pseudo-dramas that Stacey, Mary Anne, Kristy, and Claudia all found themselves facing.

But, now, summer is a little different, a little busier with life and kids and responsibilities. I’m more thank likely rereading The Very Hungry Caterpillar for the 786th time or paging through a Pottery Barn catalog while I watch my kids ride their scooters down the sidewalk. I do love both of those reads with my very whole heart, by the way, but they’re certainly not nurturing my inner-reader.

This summer, however, I’ve vowed to be different. I’m going to read. In fact, I’ve already read one whole book this summer and it was wonderful! Here’s what’s on my bookshelf…

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

This book! Omgosh. I cannot say enough good things about it. It’s an empowering read that seeks to crush all the lies we tell ourselves as women, butted against the actual truth instead. I pretty much highlighted the whole dang thing because every word was affirming and something I needed to here. Rachel’s writing style is conversational and friendly, making me feel like she’s my best friend, sitting across from me at the local coffee shop, swinging her latté around while she animatedly advises me on how to live my best life. It’s SO empowering. This is the one I finished in less than a week and would be an excellent book to accompany you to the pool, on vacation, or on your back patio while you watch your kiddos play after dinner. GO GET IT NOW!

100 Days to Brave by Annie F. Downs

This is a small devotional, with 100 days worth of daily reads that focus on empowering you to be brave through story and scripture. The two-page devotionals are quick and easy to read, offering you words from the Bible and small reflection at the end of each one. I’m only three days into this one, but it’s simple and has been a welcomed addition to my morning coffee time.

She Reads Truth Bible by SRT

This Bible is amazing and I cannot say enough good things about it. From having two (two!) ribbon bookmarks to help you keep your place as you bounce between books, to the hand-lettered scripture found at the beginning of each book, to the reading plans, etc. etc. etc – it’s amazing. I start every morning with a cup of coffee, scripture, and prayer. Because, truth be told, if I don’t do it before the day begins, it won’t get done at all. I get distracted by kids and busy-ness and work, so I have to be sure to prioritize my quiet time first thing in the morning.

Grit: The power of passion and perseverance  by Angela Duckworth

I’ve just begun this one as a professional development for the summer – great for teachers, parents, entrepreneurs, business execs, athletes, and students. Angela is a researcher, professor, former teacher, and author who attests that talent isn’t actually everything – grit actually accounts for more. It’s astounding to read the anecdotes she shares, proving that background, socioeconomic status, and IQ don’t affect someone’s grit. Effort is really important. (Educators, I highly recommend this one.)

So, head over to your nearest library, download them to your Kindle, or have them delivered to your door by Amazon Claus. You’ll be so glad you did!

What are you reading right now? I didn’t list any fiction works and I’d love to here your suggestions!

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Let me set the scene – one that’s probably familiar to you, too…

It’s probably about 8:47pm in early-May and I’m scrolling social media, winding down from the end-of-the-school-year chaos and the exhaustion that comes with wrangling three kids into bed, and I scroll past a picture of a friend. Something about her picture caught my eye, and I scroll back up and think to myself, Daaaaaang, she looks great! Like, really, really amazing. I read her caption where she describes her lifestyle change, along with the hashtag #FWTFL. I investigate the hashtag and realize that she’s referring to The FASTer Way to Fat Loss – a program that I’d actually heard about from a few other girlfriends. I scroll through several hundred other inspiring and transformative pictures where women share their stories of not just getting into better shape but of overall better health. I was intrigued, but then ultimately decided the time wasn’t right because the next round was set to start May 21 and run six-weeks – which would interfere with my upcoming trip to San Diego for Get Your Teach On. Who wants to be on a work-cation and have diet restrictions in place and have to work out? Not. Me. That’s basically setting myself up for failure from the very beginning.

Over the next several days, I continued crossing virtual paths with other women who’d been successful with FWTFL, so I researched a little more. I went to the site and looked around. Meh, did I really want to shell out some cash on a program I probably wouldn’t even finish and that probably wouldn’t yield the same results these other ladies had? Nah, it it would all just be a waste, I decided. No, thanks.

It was the day after Mother’s Day that finally convinced me – for none other than the simple reason that I wanted a gift that was supposedly useful. And, if I failed, at least I could say it was just a belated Mother’s Day gift to myself. I wouldn’t tell anyone because accountability is overrated. 

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Before I profess my undying love for FWTFL – because that’s exactly what I’m getting ready to do – take a hard look at all those statements in bold. Do you recognize them? Have you said the same thing(s) before? THEY’RE ALL EXCUSES! Every single one of them! Who even am I?! I am NOT an excuse maker!

I actually intended to write this post in three weeks, at the completion of the full six-weeks, but my results in only three week have surprised me enough that I wanted to share it with you. Like, actual VISIBLE results that I CAN SEE without strenuous amounts of sucking in and turning sideways in just the right amount of lighting. This is big, y’all. Stay tuned for those picture.

Here’s what I can tell you so far:

The workouts are doable – from home, at the gym, or even if you’re a beginner.

The fitness component has three different options to accommodate YOU.  I do the at-home workouts and they usually take me about 30-45 minutes to complete. The equipment needed is minimal – a band, some dumbbells, a mat. Each workout has very explicit instructions with video-support, so you can easily review the move in the privacy of your own home before performing it in the workout. I actually workout with my computer right in front of me and scroll through each move until the workout is complete – similar to checking an item off of a list. #teachermove The workout plan runs Monday through Thursday + Saturday, with Fridays and Sundays off to rest or get in some active recovery.

The workouts are diverse.

I cannot do the same thing every day. In the past, when I’ve tried other big name programs or committed to run every day of the month, I ultimately wind up bored and disinterested. Especially when the changes they yield are minimal. FWTFL changes it up daily, cycling through HIIT, tabatas, sprints, and strength training, teaching you how to maximize your efforts so that you strengthen, tone, and lean out without killing yourself with cardio. You will sweat, you will burn, and you will feel really good about it. Each week, you will build on the last, increasing in time, weight, and strength.

There is no calorie-in/calorie-out diet to obsess over. No expensive shakes to buy.

It’s like an un-diet. It focuses on nutrition, achieved through calculating macros that are unique to YOU, along with intermittent fasting. Wait! Don’t let that scare you. This is far, far, far, FAR from a starvation diet and learning your macros is cake (which you can actually EAT while doing FWTFL). Intermittent fasting has MANY benefits. See for yourself.  And, good news: I’m not starving and feel 100% satisfied . I’m eating really amazing meals that not only leave me full and energized, but are easy to make and are what I’d feed my family anyway. No diet foods, subscriptions I forget to cancel, portion containers, or commitment to buy $130 bags of protein shake mix to maintain your success. Praise the Lord.

The accountability is incredible.

Upon the start of the program, you’re put into an all-female Facebook group where you check-in and encourage one another. My favorite are the #sweatyselfies. Of course, you don’t ever have to post a picture of yourself in all your drippy, post-workout glory, BUT I find it really motivating to see all these amazing women GETTING IT DONE. Plus, you have access to FWTFL pros who are there to encourage you and answer your questions.  Usually within minutes! It’s wonderful. (I’m not trying to win any fashion contests here or become a fitness blogger, so here’s my sweaty selfie after Leg Day but before I broke my fast with that donut!)

I feel really good.

My attitude has improved, I don’t feel sluggish or worn down, and the mental clarity provided by making a healthy lifestyle change is really quite amazing. And, it sure helps that my clothes fit better. Not going to complain about that.

You don’t have to bust your hump with cardio.

I love cardio. I really do. There’s nothing like a really good sweaty workout session to make you feel like you accomplished something. Don’t get me wrong – a good run is wonderful and the post-run endorphins are legit. I, personally, never saw results like those I’ve seen with FWTFL doing cardio alone – not running, not fitness classes, not through extreme videos and all their promises. And, to be honest, I simply do not have an hour and half to devote to a lengthy run (which I was usually doing to compensate for my food indulgences anyway, not to improve my health #truth).

The physical results are legit.

Okay, so this is where I get a little freaked out because showing off my flaws isn’t comfortable or pretty. It makes my heart race a little, and then I start questioning whether my progress so far is good enough to share with you and blah blah blah. But, today I’m choosing brave because I’m proud of myself and I want YOU to feel brave, too. I want to celebrate the tiniest bit of ab definition I’m starting to see. And, look at my shoulders! You can’t suck in your shoulders, so there’s some actual upper body leaning out going on, too! Remember, this is after only three weeks. I cannot wait to take the afters in another three weeks at the time of the program completion!

I’ve already decided I will be investing in a second round when I complete my first in early July, no doubt. But, the good news is: YOU can start NEXT WEEK! A new round begins June 18th! That means you will finish before school starts and begin the year refreshed and feeling amazing. There’s not a better time. I promise, you have 45 minutes a day to devote to making YOU a priority! No second-guessing whether or not you are worthy of this. YOU ARE!!!!!

You will be a better version of yourself for YOU, your family, your kiddos, and your students. Healthy teachers are thriving teachers. I spoke with Amanda Tress, the founder of FWTFL, on the phone yesterday and she wants this for YOU, too! She comes from a family of educators and would love to support you in your journey. She is genuine and dedicated in her desire to help teachers achieve healthy, empowered lifestyles.

So, take your excuses. Every last one of them. Write them down if you have to. Then: throw them all away because YOU are done with them. Just like I am. Click HERE to sign up.

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These details may or may not interest you, but for those of you that need to know, here they are:

I am 5’9″ and, when I began the program, I weighed 144lbs on the nose. I have a slender build naturally, but as evidenced by the pictures above, I wear my clothes well enough to disguise the pudgy post-baby-post-wine-post-all-the-things middle section. My goal for FWTFL was not to lose weight, though most of us can’t help but drop a few pounds when we begin eating healthier and exercising regularly. As of this morning, my weight was 142.8.  Amanda will tell you that your scale is a liar and to put no stake in those numbers. You don’t even weigh in at the end of the program. I list this purely as an FYI for those of you that want to know.

My goal was to lose that pudgy middle and find a nutrition-based fitness plan that I could stick with. Check and check. So far, I’ve lost 1.5 inches from my waistline and another .75 from my bust. How about that?!

Do you still have questions? I’m more than happy to answer them. Email me at babblingabby@gmail.com OR feel free to drop me a comment below! Let’s do this!

PS. I was not compensated for this review! I genuinely adore this program and think you might, too! I love sharing things that work for me, so if you find yourself even the slightest bit interested, hop over to FASTer Way to Fat Loss to check it out!

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