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Single mom ready to end it all, chooses life

By | 21 Day Challenge, Challenge, Health, Killer Kurves, Lifestyle, Mindset, Moms, Mothers, Nutrition, Transformation Center

I knew Onica was a special person the day I met her. I only had about 20 minutes to get to know her, but I could see deep hurt within her and yet I also sensed she was a strong, determined woman that was ready to give it her all.

Fast forward about two months and I was sitting at the Transformation Center going through my e-mail when I received the testimonial you are about to read. The crazy thing about reading this e-mail that night was that Onica was standing about 15 feet in front of me, waiting for her Killer Kurves class to start. After you read her heartfelt story, click here to learn more about how Killer Kurves can help you or a loved one. Even if you don’t live near Madison, the video alone is worth 5 minutes to watch. ->-> Click here to watch the video

Take it away Onica….!

My name is Onica and I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. I have gained and lost and lost and gained more times than I care to count. In high chool my diet of choice was Anorexia, I would eat nothing all day and then have just enough dinner so that my parents wouldn’t notice something was off. I kept the weight off until I was 25 and went from jobs where I stood all day and rarely ate breakfast or lunch to a desk job where it seemed like someone wanted to take everyone out to lunch daily. The pounds piled on quickly after that. I had my son at 26 and never lost the baby weight. Two years later I had my daughter and 6 weeks after she was born I joined a weight loss program. I did great and was 7 pounds from my goal when self destruction kicked in. We had recently moved an hour away from our hometown and I knew no one, I was a stay at home mom and it was winter. I learned that I love to bake and more than that I loved to eat what I baked. Again, the pounds piled on, I was more than I had ever weighed, even when I was pregnant.

Fast forward 2 more years, I was now a divorced, single mom trying to make ends meet. It wasn’t easy to say the least. Every small bump in my life made me feel like I was sinking deeper and deeper into a pit that I was never going to be able to claw my way out of. I felt that every single aspect of my life was just too much for me to handle, that nothing I did was good enough, or could possibly be worth anything to anyone, that my kids would be better off if I weren’t around. What kind of a role model was I for them? Wouldn’t it just be better for them if they didn’t grow up with a mom like me, someone who never had any time or energy for them, whose house wasn’t spic and span and who was fat? I had a plan to end it all, I didn’t have a time frame, but I had a plan. It would have appeared to have been an accident so that my ex would still get the life insurance to use for raising the kids and above all no one else would be injured and my kids wouldn’t be the ones to find me. I had a plan.

Then on September 5th an email came into my inbox from Dustin. It was about a 21 day clean eating challenge. My sister told me that she and her husband were going to take the challenge and that I should do it with them. I decided to go for it. Part of that was to meet with Dustin in person to discuss your weight loss challenges and goals etc. That day changed my life, more accurately, that day saved my life. After I gave a short run down on my weight history Dustin told me about his Killer Kurves program, I didn’t think there was any way I could make it work for me financially or with my schedule so I tried to just forget about it. However it seemed that nothing would make the thought of this program leave my head. It sounded so perfect for me. After several days of not being able to stop thinking about it I rearranged my schedule with my kids, worked out a financial plan and I signed up. I can honestly say that signing up for K2 was the best decision I have ever made for myself.

On our first night I was nervous but excited. Everyone there seemed to be in the same boat. The trainers were very friendly and accommodating to everyone’s fitness level and any physical limitations we had. The people were all super friendly and no one was judging anyone else. As the weeks have gone on we have formed a bond with each other, the support and encouragement is like nothing else I have ever experienced. We have turned into a family of sorts and I love it, I can’t imagine my life without K2 now.

One of the things that I have learned to do is to view food as fuel for my body and not a hobby or way to relieve stress. I won’t put a certain brand of gasoline in my car because it gets terrible gas mileage with it so why did I continue to put food in my body that was terrible for my health and energy? It has really changed the way I look at eating.

We are currently starting our 9th week of the 12 week program and I have lost 29.2 pounds and 14 inches. My self esteem is on the way back up and the pride in myself that I feel is amazing! The little things no longer throw me to the bottom of the pit and I am smiling more than I have in years. I’m not where I want to be yet but I am a whole lot closer and more importantly I now have the support, knowledge, and confidence in myself to keep going towards that goal and not to just give up because of a setback or hard day.

If there is anyone out there that is on the fence about joining Killer Kurves, I say do whatever it takes to make it happen! You will not be disappointed. I know I’m not. Your life will never be the same again.

Onica

Wow! When I first read her story I was so moved, I got teary eyed. Since she was also at the TC that night, I went over to her and gave her a big, long hug. I had no idea of her struggles or how Killer Kurves has given her a new lease on life. Her physical and emotional transformation is an inspiration!

Onica, I am beyond excited to see you continue to progress and am excited for the boundless opportunities life has in store for you. Thank you for courageously sharing your story.

Dustin

PS If you are ready to start your own journey of transformation, or just want to learn more, reply to this email or fill out the contact form here: http://madisonbootcamps.com/killer-kurves/ and I or one of my team members will get back to you!

Lessons learned from having my engine blow up on the interstate

By | Body Assessment, Fit Moms for Life Pledge, Health, Killer Kurves, Mindset, Mothers, Uncategorized

This past weekend, I had planned on going home to see my family.  My sister was flying in from Colorado and it was going to be the first time we were all together since my mom’s unexpected death. On my drive from Madison to Minnesota, my car started to act up and it got bad.  I pulled over and my car was smoking and it wouldn’t start.  I got a tow into Tomah and got the news my engine blew up and I would need a new engine.

After everything I have gone through this summer, between my mom and my brother’s stroke, this news didn’t even really phase me.  I just smiled and said, “ok”. At this point, I could have been stubborn and told the garage to fix it no matter the cost. I could have rented a car and drove to Minnesota to see my family and then kept the rental car for the next 10 days while they repaired my car.

CarBut I did something I am trying to do more often when I feel like I could use it… I asked for help. I posted on Facebook asking if anyone had a flat bed trailer or any connections to a local mechanic near where I broke down. I received a message from a guy I have never met but spoke with on the phone and he recommended a mechanic friend that was about 20 miles from me. Next, I called my dad and he hunted down a good used engine to replace mine.  Then, I had to figure out how to get the remaining three hours to MN to see my family.

One of my awesome clients, Karen, just happened to be leaving Madison in the morning and agreed to pick me up on her way and bring me back on Sunday.  I spent Friday night in a little motel that I am pretty sure was rented out by the hour. 🙂

On my way back to Madison, I received a call and a guy had a nice Lexus SUV waiting for me in Sparta, the town where my car was now getting fixed, and I could have the SUV for as many weeks as needed.

The lesson I want to remind you of is, don’t be afraid to ask for help.  Yes, we should be a person that is constantly trying to add to the world and not take away, but sometimes life throws us curveballs and humbly asking for help is the best thing we can do for ourselves AND it also allows others to be blessed by helping out.

Bringing it back to fitness and health, it is ok to admit that you haven’t been successful on your own. You haven’t failed.  You aren’t a bad person.  It just wasn’t the right fit. You might need more structure or community, that’s all! I am here to help if you need it.

If you really want to join one of my training programs in Madison, but can’t quite afford the entire membership investment, we are still taking applications for my mom’s scholarship. ->-> Click here to apply <-<  Send an e-mail to dustinmaherfitness@gmail.com with a little background and your goals and I can recommend a program I think is best for you.

If you are in the Madison area and looking to lose 40 or more pounds and get personally coached by trainers who have lost 50-150 lbs themselves, then Killer Kurves is the program for you.  Our next 12 week session starts Oct 5thand we have limited spots still available in our morning and evening classes. ->->  Click here <-<- to learn more and email me if you have questions.

Do you want to transform the lives of other women while changing your own more than you thought possible?  Do you want to build authentic, rewarding relationships, while getting increased accountability for your own journey?  Want to earn a little extra cash on the side? Join us THIS WEDNESDAY for a live webinar on what it means to be a Fit Moms for Life Leader–>Click here to register<– We are looking for a few women to help us change the lives of many others–we hope you join us!

My Mom’s Fitness Scholarship Now Available… Apply Now!

By | Challenge, Moms, Mothers, Six Week Challenge, Transformation Center, Uncategorized

Wow, it has been two months to the day that my mom went to Heaven after suffering a massive brain aneurysm with no warning signs.  She was the healthiest 66 year old I knew which made the loss more painful and shocking.  

Here is a picture I will cherish forever, this was taken a couple hours before we took her off life support.  I got to hold my only niece, who for the past 4 months, hadn’t let me hold her. It was hard on my mom to see Ellyanna cry when I tried to hold her and she kept encouraging me to not give up and soon Ellyanna would let me hold and play with her again.  Yes, mom, yes, she did, you got your wish.
 
As I sat by her in the ICU crying, knowing that in hours she would no longer be with us, I asked myself how can this tragedy bring about some positivity in my mom’s honor? A scholarship for those who can’t afford my programs instantly popped into my head. In the weeks after her death, money poured in from all over the world and we have raised close to $15,000 to help subsidize our memberships at the Transformation Center.
 
My mom would be so blessed to know that women’s lives are about to be radically transformed in her honor and because of your generosity.
 
->-> Click here to apply. <-<-
 
You can read more about the scholarship on the application form but my team will be awarding $300 scholarships for those who show a financial need and a STRONG desire for transformation. This isn’t a free handout, you will still be expected to pay for a part of the membership and be required to show up at least 2X/week.  I don’t want the money many of you generously donated to be wasted.  I take that EXTREMELY serious.
 
So, if you are READY for transformation and $$$ is the only reason holding you back, you might be a great candidate, so apply today.  They will be given out in the order we receive the applications and limited supplies are available. ->-> Click here to apply.<-<-
 
This scholarship can be used for:
 
Fit over 50
Killer Kurves
Fit Moms
Bootcamps
 
Speaking of Fit over 50, in the 6 weeks since I have gotten back to work after my mom’s passing, our 50 plus small group training programs have QUADRUPLED, which has been humbling and inspiring.  We now have 46 different sessions offered each week.
 
Our current times are: 7:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1 PM, 3:30, 4:14, 5, 6, and 7 PM.
 
If you are over the age of 50 and looking for your own trainer and small group to keep you accountable, you can fill out a short interest form and I will call you ASAP to discuss your goals.  Some of the times mentioned above are already sold out so apply right now.  I am offering grocery store tours to my Fit over 50 clients over the next few weeks so you don’t want to miss that.  ->-> Yes, I am Interested in Learning More about Fit over 50. <-<-

Does it really matter?

By | Balance, Fabulous Over 50, Health, Lifestyle, Moms, Mothers, Nutrition, Uncategorized

1 mom 3Many thoughts crossed my mind as I made the painful 4.5 hour drive from Madison to Minneapolis after hearing the news my mom was on life support after suffering a massive brain aneurysm.

One of the questions rolling in my head was, does it really matter? My mom was one of the healthiest people I have ever met.  She ate incredibly well, managed stress better then most, maintained a healthy weight, got enough sleep and stayed decently active. Why then could she suffer this without warning at 66 years old?  I asked the doctor this question as we were ready to take her off life support. He said the usual, “life isn’t fair and your mom had very bad luck.”
 
After taking a step back and having a week to think about it, my answer (and therefore, my calling) is “yes, it does still matter”. My mom’s odds were in favor of living well into her 80s or 90s with good quality of life. But more than that, my mom’s quality of life was off the charts.  Besides the hospitalizations to give birth 4 time, she was never in the hospital.  She rarely got a cold or any sort of sickness, she didn’t take any prescription drugs that I am aware of and her energy levels were incredible. Plus, she was an incredibly healthy example for her kids and her friends.  I can’t tell you how many of her girlfriends she helped eat better and feel better. We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow but living a healthy lifestyle is still the best way to live in my opinion.
 
I am humbled by the outpouring of financial support for the Joy “Fit Moms” Scholarship.  We have raised over $9,000 so far.  The scholarships will probably average about $300, which means over 30 new people will have a life changing experience this year.  We are finalizing the scholarship application process and will be opening that up soon (check out the PS below for K2 scholarships that are available immediately).
 
->-> Click here to donate if you feel like doing so.<-<-
 
This coming Sunday in Madison, I am hosting a client appreciation family pool party.  The day before my mom’s incident, she emailed and called me so excited to attend.  Families are encouraged to come out together and bring something for the potluck.  My mom lived for days like these.  My dad and most of my family has agreed to travel to the pool party and at 3 pm we will have a 10 minute or so tribute to my mom.
 
This is a free event for you but please RSVP if you can make it. ->-> RSVP for pool party and potluck. <-<-

Farewell to My Hero… My Mom

By | Fit Moms for Life Pledge, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, Health, Lifestyle, Moms, Mothers, Transformation Center, Uncategorized

I unexpectedly lost my hero today…

My mom passed away peacefully in the arms of our family as we sang worship songs to usher her into her eternal place in Heaven. 21 hours earlier, she suffered a massive stroke in her brain and the doctors did all they could to keep her on life support until we could all get there to see her.

1 MomIf I could sum up her life it was:

  • love Jesus
  • love dad
  • love kids
  • love friends
  • serve others

While sitting in the ICU holding her hand, kissing her forehead and shedding a lot of tears, I decided I needed to write her a letter, which I want to share with you below. I read it aloud to her and to everyone gathered around her bed. It took me a long time to get through all the tears but at the end I had made peace with whatever was going to happen next.

I share this intimate and personal letter with you in hopes of honoring the incredible human being my mom was.

1 Mom 2“Mom, I can’t believe I am sitting here watching you lay motionless without the ability to do anything but pray and write out my thoughts. For 32 years, you have been my rock, the woman I looked up to. I know life is like a vapor and I thank God everyday for breath and health for all our family but experiencing this firsthand, with no warning, is more painful and raw than I could have ever imagined.

You were the perfect mom, you had unlimited patience, kindness and compassion and love towards me and every person you came in contact with. You were the rock of
health, never having gone to the hospital except to deliver your 4 children.  I can only remember one or two times in my life that you had more than a cold. 
I know we made you proud because you would tell us almost everyday. I have no regrets about our relationship. I am thankful for the nearly daily phone calls we would have in my 20s and early 30s, all the trips to and from Madison and telling you I loved you and you telling me the same.

You were the most amazing wife for dad. You have set a very high standard on who I will marry someday, that is probably why I am still single at 32. If this is your time to meet Jesus (I hope it is not quite yet), we will take care of dad and make sure he has everything he needs, maybe even a chef. I can’t change what is happening but I can step up my game and be a bigger man and extend your legacy here on earth. You are the most spiritual woman I have ever met and showed Jesus’s love each and every day. 

You inspired me to inspire others.

You believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. 

I love you more than I have ever told you and you will be in my daily thoughts and prayers until the day we meet in Heaven.”

Your eldest son, 

Dustin

While watching my mom quietly sleep, I kept asking the question how can her legacy continue on? She believed so much in the Transformation Center and all of the Fit Moms for Life programs.

Then it hit me, let’s create the Joy “Fit Moms” Scholarship fund to help others who desperately want and need what the TC and FM4L have to offer. I have set up a GoFundMe page in the hopes of raising at least $15,000 and hopefully much more. These funds will be used to give partial scholarships to the TC to those who apply.

Donate here->-> http://www.gofundme.com/fitmoms

The initial goal was to raise $5,000 but from the very generous donations so far, we should be able to far succeed that.  Thanks in advance for honoring my mom and giving the gift of life and transformation to a deserving person. Donate here->-> http://www.gofundme.com/fitmoms

 

How a Mom Overcame Divorce, Back Surgery, Multiple Jobs and High Risk Pregnancies to Get Her Life Back

By | Behavior Change, Killer Kurves, Mindset, Moms, Mothers, Strength, Uncategorized
I love hearing stories from everyday people, just like you and I, who have decided enough is enough and have done something about it. Andrea is about to share her story.  She just completed 10 weeks in our Killer Kurves lifestyle weight management program. ->-> Click here to learn more and join her next week as we kickoff our new 12 week session <-<

Take it away Andrea:

I have always been an active person, but also a person who has struggled with my weight since adolescence. I grew up in a family that did not encourage my participation in sports (other than skiing). My parents were also overweight when I was younger. They were also a bit old fashioned and seemed to feel that sports were for “just for boys”.  
 
After growing up on the East Coast, I moved to WI in 1998. I had just received my masters degree and took a teaching job at a smaller town just outside of Madison. In 2000 (at the age of 28), I got married (even though I knew deep in my heart that making my marriage work would be difficult). At the time, most of my friendships I had established in WI were with colleagues at work.  
 
 In 2005 I began a weight loss journey and by 2007, had literally run off 70 lbs.  At that time, I began to have trouble with my back and sciatic nerve. I lost sensation and motion in my legs and feet. By the time I was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital, my sciatic nerve had been pinched off by my L4/L5 disc and I was in need of emergency back surgery. I was rushed to the operating room and concerns that I would have permanent nerve damage were high. That same week, I also finalized my divorce. Both of these events were turning points in my life….for the better! I was pain-free and in control of my own life again. Sure, stress was high – I was working multiple jobs to make ends meet, but I also felt confident and HAPPY! I began to date and met a wonderful man who I married in 2007. He had also lost a significant amount of weight (165 lbs) and was training for his first Ironman Wisconsin race.  (He has now completed 2 of these!)
 
Due to the nerve damage from my back injury, it took me about a year and a half to recover. I did return to running and was able to keep the weight I had lost off until 2010 and the birth of my first child (at the age of 37). I was considered a high-risk pregnancy and also became preeclampsic. I gained a significant amount of weight back during the pregnancy and struggled to loose it after my daughter was born. It only became harder after maternity leave when I returned to work as a teacher.  Just when I began to make some progress, I found out I was pregnant again. During this pregnancy I was also diagnosed with preeclampsia and was put on bed rest for 5 weeks.  After I gave birth, my recovery seemed much slower and I made little progress loosing the weight I had gained. My girls are close in age, and my maternity leave was much shorter.  
 
My daughters are now 5 years old and 3 1/2.  In January I turned 42 years old.  After my 2nd pregnancy I felt more anxious and found myself worrying about my health and whether I would live long enough to see my daughter become adults.  During this time, I tried to run the weight off several times – but struggled to maintain the running consistently. I also found that the demands and workload associated with teaching was growing, making it even more difficult to find time to take time for myself. Even I was able to run consistently, I didn’t seem to be loosing much, if any, weight.  I joined another weight loss program, and although the education piece was helpful, I still struggled to fit in the actual exercise. This past summer, I decided to run my daughters to daycare when they went there twice a week. It was 4.2 miles round trip. Still I did not lose any weight and (after rolling my ankle at the end of the school year) began to have increased pain in the heal and arches of my foot.  However, I also wasn’t feeling well. I was tired all the time and one of my biggest concerns was that I felt like I was in a “brain fog” all the time.  I didn’t feel like I could think clearly. I worried that I was becoming diabetic and was also fearful that I too would have complications from heart disease like other members of my family.
 
I ran one time in September. Then….I gave up.  I was tired of failing. I would learn to love myself and the way I looked. I could overcome the self-esteem issues I was having. The fact that most days, I was so unhappy with the way I looked that I didn’t want to leave the house.  I’d get over it, right?!
 
I decided to do a Google search and see what types of workout and weight loss programs were out there. I had done one of your outdoor bootcamps during the summer of 2013. I enjoyed the workout but was not a big fan of the early morning hours.  When I read the Killer Kurves description on your website, I was immediately interested. I emailed Shelly and after 3 communications, I found myself signing up for K2!  
 
I was nervous and excited when I signed up! I did not want to fail at another exercise/weight loss program! Yet, I knew I needed to a clean slate – something new! I was also joining K2 mid-session so I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep up.  I feared I would be overwhelmed trying to balance motherhood, work and now the K2 program. Would it be added stress? Would I stay committed?
 
The biggest obstacle was just committing to something new – putting myself out there.  Leaving the house and joining a group of people I had never met before was out of my comfort zone.  My social anxiety was high….but I knew it was the right thing to do.
 
I enjoyed my very first workout at K2 and every workout since! The time of the evening and Sunday sessions worked out well. My husband was extremely supportive and full of encouragement.
 
I have been with the K2 program for 10 weeks and have lost about 9 pounds. I have lost 1.5 inches off my arms and legs, and just over an inch in my waistline. At my annual doctor appointment last weight, my weight is the lowest it has been in 4 years, my blood pressure was in the normal range (opposed to borderline).  Blood work showed my glucose and cholesterol also in the normal and appropriate ranges. Even more noticeably, I have more energy!!  I was bringing a travel coffee mug of coffee to work each day along with a small thermos full. I had been drinking every drop and still felt tired.  
 
During the first week of K2, I noticed I was returning home after work and my thermos was still full – I wasn’t reaching for any additional cups of coffee!  Overall, I have decreased my sugar/carb intake and am working on adding protein to my diet. In addition, I am managing stress more effectively. My confidence is increasing – the outgoing and determined woman that I knew has started to return!  
 
I still have a long way to go on this journey, but for the first time in a long time I feel like I am in control. Even when I chose to “indulge” in a “treat”, it is a conscious choice done in moderation – rather than something I am unaware of – as if on autopilot.  For the first time in a LONG time I feel as if, “I’ve got this”.
 
I have decided to keep my journey fairly private at this point. People are just beginning to notice that I have lost a few pounds.  My husband is extremely supportive and is on board with me. He would also like to lose weight and my work at K2 has been motivating him to exercise, eat better and prepare healthier meals for our family.
 
I have a strong sweet tooth and I love carbs! Before K2, I had very little self control – I would eat these foods until they were gone! K2 has motivated me to decrease my sugar intake, limit carbs in my diet and increase protein. I have added the protein collagen to my diet and have been able to decrease caffeine. I am working toward increasing my water intake as well.
 
That being said, I am still working toward my nutrition goals and eliminating prepackaged “easy and convenient” foods from my diet.
 
I absolutely LOVE the K2 program and would tell my friends to DO IT! There is no other program out there quite like this one. It provides both the nutrition/education piece and the workout all in one hour, making it very efficient and effective – perfect for anyone with a busy schedule! The trainers and other K2 participants are very supportive and can understand/relate to all aspects of this journey.  K2 is worth every penny!

-Andrea Nichols

Thanks so much, Andrea, for sharing your story! If you live near Madison and would like to join Andrea in our next Killer Kurve session that starts next week, sign up now or reply to this email if you have questions. ->-> Click here to learn more. Killer Kurves is for men and women who have tried it all and realize the futility in fad diets, pills, and extreme ways to lose weight and know it comes down to making some lifestyle changes.  That is Killer Kurves. It is a 12 week group for making small life-style tweaks so that you can live the healthiest, and highest energy version of you. ->-> Click here to learn more.

De-stress With this Simple and Relaxing Neck and Back Exercise

By | Flexibly, Foam Roller, In-home workouts, Mothers, Strength, Uncategorized

The past few days you have been learning some awesome new ways to help your muscles recover, lengthen, and perform better. Up until now you have been focusing on the lower half of your body.

In today’s foam roller lesson you are going to experience my favorite foam rolling exercises that are going to loosen up the mid to upper back and neck area. It almost feels like you have your very own massage therapist.

If you are like me, you spend a lot of time sitting in front of a computer. This is very bad for your posture and for your back muscles. The exercises in today’s lesson will go a long way to reducing upper back and neck pain AND lowering your stress levels. Just one minute per day can make a huge difference.

Have you ordered your foam roller yet? If not ->-> click here <-< to do so now and enter coupon code FM4LLOVE in the Amazon coupon box to receive a $15 discount.

For the 150 of you who have already ordered and received your roller, it would mean a lot if you could leave a review on Amazon. This will give future purchasers the confidence in the quality of the product and the Foam Roller Academy.

Have you struggled with lower back pain? Watch for a blog post in the next couple days. My trainer Ryan, who has a doctorate in physical therapy, is going to show you some powerful lower back tweaks you can use during your next workout to prevent lower back pain.

3 More Ways to Eat Cookies for Breakfast, plus special launch pricing ends tomorrow!

By | Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Gelatin, Lifestyle, Mothers, Nutrition, Recipes, Strength, Uncategorized

It’s Dustin and I’ve had so many people tell me that they enjoyed the hydrolyzed collagen recipes that I decided to send out one more set (below) before we officially end our collagen “launch” tomorrow.

I hope you enjoy these additional ways to eat (healthy) cookies for breakfast!

CollogenAs a reminder, when you order your hydrolyzed collagen from us on Amazon, you’ll receive an awesome digital Hydrolyzed Collagen Cookbook. The URL to download the cookbook is right on the bottle.

I included one of my favorite recipes from the cookbook below. The full cookbook includes a variety of breakfasts, smoothies, soups, main dishes, and even desserts. The recipes are simple and delicious and will help you learn how to incorporate hydrolyzed collagen into your diet every day.

Our launch special pricing is good through tomorrow—enter the code FM4LVIPS to get $8 off your bottle. But don’t wait! We have less than 200 bottles in stock right now and they will go quickly with the discount ending.

→Click here to order now on Amazon←

Enjoy the recipes below!

If you missed our introduction to collagen, learn more about this anti-aging, anti-inflammatory “miracle protein” in this video.

Recipes: (My favorite from the FM4L Hydrolyzed Collagen Cookbook):cook book

Breakfast Cheesecakes (Serves 6)

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup plain 2% Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp hydrolyzed collagen
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 2 eggs
  • Coconut oil
  • Fresh raspberries, washed and drained

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Blend all ingredients together and pour into 24 mini-muffin tins lightly greased with coconut oil. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until set and lightly browned on top.
  3. Cool, top with fresh berries and serve.

Recipe courtesy of Tracie Fountain, www.traciefountain.com

Nut Butter Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed until smooth & creamy
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter, or other nut butter
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 scoops hydrolyzed collagen
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups quick oats ~ uncooked
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (peanut, walnut, or your favorite)
  • 1/4 cup carob or chocolate chips (**optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix mashed banana & nut butter until completely combined then add in the applesauce, collagen & vanilla ~ mix again until all are completely combined.
  3. Add in the oatmeal, nuts and chocolate chips to the banana mixture & combine.
  4. Let dough rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Drop cookie dough, by spoonfuls, onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet & flatten cookies into circles.
  6. Bake cookies approx. 20-30 minutes (some like their cookies less cooked, some cooked more – try it both ways to find which works best for your tastes) or until golden brown & done. Remove from oven & let rest on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then move to cooling rack.

Adapted from http://watching-what-i-eat.blogspot.com/2012/06/peanut-butter-banana-oat-breakfast.html

Blueberry Coconut Pecan Breakfast Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups gluten-­free rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cups coarsely chopped pecans
  • ½ cup dried blueberries
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 scoops hydrolyzed collagen
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, warm enough to be liquid
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instuctions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Blend bananas, collagen, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Stir in oats, coconut, salt, pecans, and blueberries until well combined.
  2. Press 2 tablespoons of mixture into a 2½­inch round cookie cutter onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Continue with remaining mixture.
  3. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until fragrant and golden. Cool on pan.

Recipe adapted from: http://kumquatblog.com/2012/03/blueberry­coconut­pecan­breakfast­cookies.html

 

See the one thing I eat every single day…

By | Health, Healthy Snacks, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Mothers, Nutrition, Recipes, Uncategorized

There is one thing I eat every single day. It satisfies my hunger and keeps my knees feeling great, despite all of the stair-climbing I am doing these days. I definitely notice and miss it if I skip a day. That one thing is collagen tea.

Right now you might be thinking that sounds crazy. But it is delicious and a very easy way to get my collagen in every day. Click here (or below) to join me in my kitchen for a demo of how I make my tea.

Fit Moms for Life Hydrolyzed Collagen is available on Amazon! Grab your bottle now, while our discount code is still good. We will be discontinuing our launch discount on Friday. → Click here to purchase on Amazon now. ← Enter the code FM4LVIPS for $8 off. Don’t wait, because this code will be good only until Friday!

Watch for my next blog post with a few more healthy treat recipes. The cookie recipes were so popular that we decided to send you a few additional recipes!

How to Eat Cookies for Breakfast, Guilt-Free!! (Recipes Included)

By | Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Gelatin, Kids nutrition, Lifestyle, Mothers, Nutrition, Recipes, Uncategorized

I’ve heard so many stories about moms struggling to get their kids to eat a good, protein-packed breakfast before they go to school that I thought I’d share my secret weapon. Cookies for breakfast. (Recipes below!)

Yup, with the right balance of protein, healthy fats and carbohydrates, you won’t have to feel guilty about feeding your kids either of the delicious recipes below, even for breakfast! The key is the protein, and hydrolyzed collagen is what helps give both of these recipes a huge, healthy protein boost. Give your kids these over Nutella any day!

Our FM4L Hydrolyzed Collagen is back in stock for now. Grab yours on Amazon here, and use the code FM4LVIPS for $8 off. And don’t forget to download the FM4L Hydrolyzed Collagen cookbook, using the URL on the bottle. It contains lots more delicious recipes! I only ask that you leave a review after you use it and, hopefully, love it.

Stay tuned—later this week I’ll share a quick video from my home on how I use collagen every day.

Don’t forget to enter FM4LVIPS for $8 off our hydrolyzed collagen on Amazon. →Click here to purchase on Amazon now←

Protein Packed Monster Breakfast Cookies (Yields 16-20 cookies)

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup almond butter, cashew butter, or sunbutter
  • 1/3 cup coconut (or cane) sugar
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup hydrolyzed collagen
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened & finely shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup hemp seed
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (or cacao nibs or carob chips)
  • 1/3 cup desired seeds or raisins, optional

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F) and line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  2. Using an electric mixer, cream the almond butter, sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla. Beat in the egg. Beat in the collagen, baking soda and sea salt, and then stir in all other remaining ingredients.
  3. Roll the dough by heaping tablespoon into balls and place them on the baking sheets spaced about 3 inches apart. Using the tips of your fingers, gently flatten the dough until it is about 1/2 an inch thick.
  4. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until the cookies are turning golden brown at the edges. Leave cookies on the baking sheet to cool.
  5. Store the cookies uncovered out on the counter (so the air can get to them). They will crunch up on the outside, but still remain soft on the inside. If you store them in an airtight container, they will retain too much moisture and crumble easily.

Recipe adapted from www.allergyfreealaska.com

Peanut Butter Protein Balls (Serves 6)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup gluten free quick oats
  • 1/4 cup natural “drippy” peanut or almond butter
  • 2 T hydrolyzed collagen (gelatin)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Place quick oats in a food processor and blend until consistency is that of flour.
  2. Place almond or peanut butter in a medium-sized bowl. One tablespoon at a time, sprinkle small amounts of the gelatin over the top and stir for several minutes until dissolved.
  3. Add processed quick oats and honey and stir until combined.
  4. Add chocolate chips, and using your hands, combine mixture thoroughly.
  5. Form into 1-inch balls. Place on a small cookie sheet or plate and refrigerate for 30 minutes prior to serving.
  6. Store in the refrigerator.
Notes:

*Note: Make sure to use natural almond or peanut butter that requires you to mix in the standing oil at the top for this recipe. It should be stirred well and not oily prior to using or the balls will have difficulty staying together.

C = 28g P = 6g F = 9g

200 calories per serving

ThePeanut Butter Ball recipe is courtesy of Tracie Fountain, who has provided FM4L with excellent nutritional advice for years. Tracie has just released an outstanding new cookbook, which contains a number of collagen recipes. All of the recipes are designed to help balance blood sugar and are based on whole foods. You can check out both of her cookbooks by clicking here.

Our 3 Favorite Smoothie Recipes! [From the Videos]

By | Hydrolyzed Gelatin, Moms, Mothers, Nutrition, Recipes, Uncategorized

CollogenI hope many of you were able to grab a bottle of the FM4L hydrolyzed collagen yesterday before it went out of stock–again! It came back in stock this morning, right here. I’ve been getting some requests for the recipes that we demonstrated in our recent videos. Click here to watch the videos if you missed them.

The first video is an interview with Tracie Fountain, our nutritional expert, with all of the details about collagen and what it can do for you. The second is our first-ever cooking video, where we make a some great smoothies. =) Below are the recipes for the three smoothies we featured. Enjoy!

Amazon has the collagen back in stock right now, but it is going in and out of stock quickly. Click here to buy now on Amazon! Remember to use the code FM4LVIPS for your $8 discount.

Strawberry Mango Smoothie (Note: this is a great basic fruit smoothie recipe and follows the proportions we mentioned in our video. Feel free to substitute your favorite fruits!)

  • 1 c water (or coconut milk, coconut water, etc)
  • ½ c plain yogurt (omit for dairy-free option)
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1 c frozen mango chunks
  • 5 large strawberries
  • 1 scoop hydrolyzed collagen
  • Cinnamon, to taste (optional)

Blend and enjoy!

Tropical Green Smoothie

  • 1-2 c spinach (start with 1 cup if you are new to green smoothies)
  • 1 c liquid, add more if you like a thinner smoothie (coconut water, coconut milk, water, etc)
  • 1 c frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 frozen banana (1 banana if you prefer it sweeter)
  • 1 scoop hydrolyzed collagen
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • Stevia to taste (optional, if you prefer it to be sweeter)

To kick it up a notch, add:

  • Herbs—a sprig of mint or cilantro
  • Lemon—1-2 slices
  • Avocado—about 1/4 avocado gives you some healthy fats and makes the smoothie nice and creamy.

Blend and enjoy!

Chocolate-Almond Smoothie

  • 8 oz coconut water
  • 1/2 or 2/3 frozen banana (more if you prefer it sweeter)
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon (or to taste) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 scoop hydrolyzed collagen
  • Cinnamon, to taste (optional)

Blend and enjoy!

Hydrolyzed Collagen Now Back In Stock (with free digital cookbook)

By | Behavior Change, Moms, Mothers, Nutrition, Recipes, Uncategorized

Last week I excitedly launched our Fit Moms for Life hydrolyzed collagen and, exactly 7 minutes after launching, we sold out. That was awful customer service on my part and I apologize. We just had 480 additional units arrive at Amazon, with another 250 coming later next week, so it is back in stock for now. After these units sell, we might have one more shortage as we focus on improving the packaging even more.

-> -> Click here to order now <-<

CollogenThose who were quick to order have been reporting loving the (digital) collagen cookbook that comes with it. Our nutritionists Tracie Fountain and Hallie Klecker did an incredible job coming up with over 30 mouth-watering recipes. (You will find instructions on how to download the cookbook on the collagen bottle.) We launched the collagen with a special price of just $39.99, which is less than 50 cents per serving! Since launching last week, Amazon has increased their fees for vendors, and the raw price of collagen is increasing this month. To reflect that, the retail price is now $47.99 (instead of $45.99)–still a great value for 82 servings. However, we want to continue to offer it to you at our special launch price of just $39.99.

To receive $8 off each container please use coupon code: FM4LVIPS

I have set it up so you can order multiple jars and receive the $8 off each one. Please feel free to share this coupon code with any family members, friends or on social media. All I ask is that you leave a review on Amazon once you receive the product and hopefully love it.

When my mom heard I was launching a FM4L brand of hydrolyzed collagen she wanted me to make sure she shared her own experience with you. Haha

Here is my mom:

When Dustin shared Tracie’s blog regarding collagen for joint health and as a good source of protein, I started using it a few years ago.

Last year, I was experiencing some knee pain and along with wearing some arch supports, eventually the pain disappeared; I no longer have any joint pain at all…..I use 2 scoops of the collagen daily, about 5 Tbsp., partly to get more good protein in. I just dump it in my magic bullet with my homemade coconut milk kefir, some ground flaxseed, a little stevia…..frozen berries would be good too, but I enjoy eating them separate.

So, like everything, without doing a controlled experiment, one never knows for sure what it is that helps! I have read enough about this product, and happy to know the cattle used are pasture raised……well, to me it is a smart thing to add to the diet.”

Joy Maher (aka Dustin’s mom)

-> -> Click here to order now <-<

When you order the collagen on Amazon you will probably see the other product we are going to officially launch in a couple weeks, which is a foam roller. I have been holding foam roller workshops this past week in Madison and the feedback has been amazing. With the foam roller you get access to our Foam Roller Academy full of how-to videos for foam rolling. >-> Click here to learn more and order the foam roller <-<-