Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Always Eat After 7 PM Challenge

This post is sponsored by, “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own.

I have been putting my own nutrition plans together since I started my weight loss journey 7 years ago in 2013. After a certain amount of time has passed many professionals in the fitness industry begin to get tired of creating their own plans, and I am no exception. I have never met a nutritionist, fitness trainer, etc. who loves putting together their own plans. Eventually, many of us realize that we like to outsource our plans to gain structure. This can be for many reasons but the most common is that we have either gotten too comfortable or we just want to find someone else who does not operate the same as we do and see what benefits we gain from the change. We love to gain knowledge from other professionals in the health and fitness industry that may have more knowledge and different life experience. Another example of this would be doctors. It’s common knowledge that physicians are discouraged from engaging in self-diagnosis. Simple self-diagnoses for simple diseases are fine but they still look to their own PCP for guidance.



After 7 years of creating my own plans and working with one other individual/coach for bodybuilding and training, I can emphatically say that…. I AM TIRED!! Haha! I thoroughly needed a change. I needed a little more structure coming from someone other than myself. Therefore, I decided to jump onboard the opportunity to receive an advance copy of “Always Eat After 7 PM” by Joel Marion. Over the next month, I will be sharing my experience of the book and diet along with what will hopefully be some great benefits. Basically, the Always Eat After 7 PM plan consists of: The 14-day Acceleration Phase to kick-start the program and see rapid results, The Main Phase where you’ll learn exactly which foods to eat and when in order to achieve your weight-loss goals and The Lifestyle Phase to keep the weight off for good.







Right away, Joel begins addressing myths such as, “Eating late is against the rules and bad for you.” Providing studies and his own experience with weight and fat loss, this book gets right to it. After doing the research, Joel decided to put it to the test and the results were awesome! 12 lbs down in the first 2 weeks, 46 lbs after 16 weeks and more energy.

“Research shows that the average person’s metabolic rate is no different during sleep than during the day. In short, your metabolism does not slow down at night. Nor does your body store fat at the end of the day. Whether it is 8 am or 8 pm, you use food for energy the same way.”

Even after making it back to my pre-baby weight within the first year, my body is still different as in I am storing more fat in other places--hello hips--than I did before getting pregnant with my son and 2nd child. Losing more of my baby fat and wanting to lean out more along with re-balancing my fat burning hormones are at the top of my list. All of us mama’s know how pregnancy/birth can totally screw around with our hormones, which includes the fat burning hormones. I’m excited to dive in and I’ll post an update next week, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, check out this video explaining more about his book......




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Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase. Learn more about the book and how to purchase here.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

People Magazine: Half Their Size Special Edition 2019

As if not only being in People Magazine once, but ON THE COVER (HERE) (HTS 2018) wasn't an absolute dream come true the first time.... I am totally elated to announce that I am in the Special Edition Half Their Size 2019 issue, which covers my fit pregnancy with my beautiful boo boo mans!! He made his People Mag debut and looks absolutely gorgeous!








Look what’s here guys!!!!!!!!!! My newest feature with @people magazine about my fit pregnancy!! The Special Edition Half Their Size is out on stands NOW and will be on stands until the end of May! 😍 But don’t think that it gives you an excuse to wait to go get your copy!! 😜😘😊 • Thank you People Mag for including me once again. 💙 And know that you guys at People, fam and all of you guys here on insta, fb and the blog supporting me every step of the way and encouraging and motivating me to be my best self helps me to continue stepping out of my comfort zone, blossom and fly. I love and appreciate all of you and I don’t think that I can ever say that enough! 🦋 🌺 #peoplemagazine #halftheirsize #fitpregnancy #pcosmom #3monthspostpartum #dreamscometrue #huffnpufftobuffntough
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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Cree's Birth Story

It's December 4th as I am writing this. Today is my 32nd birthday and I am spending an hour of my night doing something that I want and love.... writing and pouring my thoughts and stories out on the blog.





Today is my birthday! 🎂🎁 🎉 I’m 32! With all that’s going on... it doesn’t really feel like it’s my birthday and feels just like any other day this year. This past month has been blurring together. My head is not as clear and mental health not as strong as I’d like it to be right now as my hormones and anxiety are temporarily kicking my butt and that’s okay. It’s to be expected postpartum—at least for me personally anyways. There are 3 presents that I got for my birthday that make me happy though... 1. I got a killer gift bag full of Victoria’s Secret/Pink (ya girl learned how to coupon at VS/Pink like a boss!!! VS/Pink sisters... I know you’ll understand and get my excitement! 😜🛍 🛍 2. Within 2 weeks after giving birth my body dropped half of the pregnancy weight that was gained with no effort. Definitely a pick me upper and a shock during this sensitive period. 3. I’m spending an hour of my night writing my birth story on the blog. A little sad that baby Cree no longer wanted to be my birthday gift. Instead he wanted to be my Thanksgiving blessing, which is still just as beautiful. 🤱🏽 Given the situation that he and I were in... he knew he needed to get out and fast. 🙏🏽 Thankful to see another year! 🙏🏽 32... we’re gonna kick ass! #postpartumfeelings #thistooshallpass #birthdaygirl #postpartumjourney
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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

So what's been going on.... pregnancy and life update

It's been awhile!! Wow, time certainly does fly when you are busy! I haven't had a lot of time or energy to put into the blog lately. I told myself earlier this year that I wanted to start creating better content on this blog and giving this blog a face lift, but with that comes a need for, in my opinion anyways, a great work space (a great and comfortable work space creates great energy, creativity, inspiration and motivation for the work that you are doing). I haven't had a great space in my home that I feel great and productive in. To be honest, my current home has never felt like a home to me. I live in my husband's family home that most of his family members on his father's side has lived in at one point or another. It's a very very old house in a crappy area with crappy people. The house is in poor shape and it leaves my husband and I constantly overwhelmed and stressed out and we do what we can and make the best of what we have. Don't get me wrong... I am completely blessed and grateful for a roof over our heads no matter the condition, but it's not the ideal living conditions and we just can't afford to go anywhere else at the moment. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

A "People Experience"





This still feels like a dream! The realization of how BIG this is did not hit me until much later after working on the project. It honestly didn't hit me until about 2 weeks before the issue hit newsstands. When I told family and contacts (on a need to know basis), they were telling me how huge of an accomplishment it was. I said, thanks or thank you and tried not to act like it was a huge deal.... even though it was! I didn't really feel the impact of the whole thing until much later. When People Magazine asked me to be a part of their Half Their Size issue, I was super excited and anxious, of course. You guys wanna know the whole story behind all of this and how it came to be?!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Did you see me in STRONG Fitness Magazine?! Not once, but TWICE!


Hi guys!! You may or may not have seen my posts on social media regarding my latest feature in the Sept/Oct issue of STRONG Fitness Magazine. 😱😜 



I may not be in Chicago at the @ladygaga concert or in London at @wbff_official Worlds competing for a world title this weekend, but I am in the latest issue of @strongfitnessmag hitting newsstands any week now! 😨😍🤘 I'll keep you all updated! #sneakpeek Words can't even begin to express the amount of gratitude, love and appreciation that I have right now. It is such an honor to grace the pages of this amazing magazine with a full 2 page feature in the fall issue alongside all of the other strong and beautiful women and athletes! Thank you so much Strong Fitness. I can't wait to read it! Thank you for giving me this mind-blowing opportunity to continue inspiring and sharing my journey with the world. I am forever grateful 🙏💝👙🏅🏆🎉 @strongfitnessmag @paul_dillett @allisondillett @wbff_official @fitnessatlantic @davidfordfoto
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The feature appeared in their, "Get Inspired!" section. The article discusses bits and pieces of my story and my weight loss/fitness journey. It also mentions a few details on how I lost the weight. I thought the article was really well thought out and written. The headline quote that was used is just........ pure awesomeness! They couldn't have picked a better quote!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Comeback Is Always Stronger Than The Setback

Hi again! 👋👋

As most of you know, I decided to take some time away from blogging and sharing my journey (read here). As you can see just from that post and things that were shared leading up to that post that it was much needed and I am sure some people saw it coming.


"Lord knows you can’t trust your head when you're standing on the edge. 
I’m breaking down.
Lord knows you can’t trust your head when you're hanging by a thread. 
I was breaking down." -Sia (Footprints)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

It is with a heavy heart that I announce....

With tears and feelings of defeat... I have come to the conclusion that I won't be making it to London to attend Worlds in August due to financial reasons. I won't be finishing what I started. At least not this year, or the next year. I have already started my exit strategy for reversing out of my current comp prep to transition back into normalcy and real life with a balanced diet and deloading from comp training.