What I eat in a day... on my #21 day shred

What I eat in a day... on my #21 day shred

Hello loves!

I wanted to share this video I created while on my #21dayshred. I’ve had a lot of people reaching out after seeing the results we got in just 21 days, so I thought why not share a video of my experience and what it was like.

If you have no idea what I am talking about, let me give you the 411…

The rules of the 21 day shred were...

1. Log all food and be in a calorie deficit

2. NO junk food

3. NO alcohol

4. Take before & after pictures to help measure the progress

Throughout these 21 days my mind was blown away by what I learned about myself and about my relationship with food. My results spoke for themselves (I say that with the most humble heart) as I lost 5lbs and 1% in my body fat.

If you’re looking for a way to have fun and challenge yourself with yourself with a short term goal, this challenge might be for you. And if you need more help, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask for help!

Much Love,

Coach J

Here is a look at what my typical meals and snacks looked like throughout the 21 days.

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One thing I learned on our #21dayshred

One thing I learned on our #21dayshred

#AWARENESS

For those of you who don’t know, Beau and I set out a goal at the end of August to challenge ourselves for 21 days. The rules were simple…

  1. Log all food religiously

  2. NO junk food

  3. NO alcohol

  4. Take before and after pictures

Before this 21 day shred had started I knew what my calorie intake should be in order to lose weight I was logging food every now and then on my fitness pal I was eating healthy foods the majority of the time. Why wasn’t I getting the results I wanted? After these 21 days of consistently logging my food every single day. And I mean every meal. Even on Saturday and Sunday, and even on the weekdays. I was being honest. And every night I would check to see where I was at. I was under my calories for 20 days. There was a night we decided to “cheat” on our challenge. One of the rules of this 21 day challenge was to not drink. Unexpectedly, we got the chance to go to the #otrii concert and decided to have a few drinks. We went home that night and ate shredded chicken that was actual prepped earlier in the week for lunches. We didn’t hit up a drive thru and grab the garbage to go. We went home and ate chicken... I laughed a little at ourselves the next day too but was also very proud of our discipline after we had been drinking.

I wanted to share this with you because even after knowing how many calories I should’ve been eating. Even after being a personal trainer, I was not seeing the results I knew were possible... UNTIL I started logging EVERYTHING!

If you’re not seeing the progress you would like ask yourself these 2 questions...

  1. Am I writing my food down in some form?

  2. Am I working out consistently?

If you’re not seeing progress after you have answered these 2 questions please message me and let’s talk. But you best believe I am going to ask to see a picture of your food log from the previous 2 weeks!

#beaccountableforyou

Who is Jamie Smith?

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Who is Jamie Smith?

First off, THANK YOU for reading this! There a million other things you could be doing right now, but you are here reading this. So THANK YOU!

This blog was created to bring you all sorts of fun, valuable information. Whether that is about workout gear, food choices or the honest truth about supplements. I am excited to share some fun info with y'all about all these things!

But first I wanted to give you a little information about myself, Jamie Lynn Smith (NO my mother and father did NOT name me after Jamie Lynn Spears! She was named after me. :) JK)

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Family is #1

These are the people that have supported and loved me since day 1. They all still live in Nebraska. My dad and mom met in the same town Beau and I did. They are seriously THE BEST PARENTS. I look up to both of them in so many ways. You could call them my heroes!

My sista sista and I are 4 years apart. She is in her last year of grad school to become an OT. I am ultra proud of her and everything she is striving for. Fingers crossed she gets to do an internship in North Dallas this spring!

I just got to visit them this past July for the 4th in Nebraska. I cherish every minute I get to spend time with them! They are coming here to visit over Christmas! And I am OVER THE TOP EXCITED! It’s not easy living 10 hours away but I have a feeling that they may make the move down south soon :)

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HUSKER

I am born and raised Nebraska girl. No I did not grow up on a farm, I grew up in Lincoln.

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High School

I went to a Lutheran elementary school and high school and graduated with about 50 kids in my class. I played both soccer and basketball at Lincoln Lutheran High School.

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University of Nebraska

I spent most of my summers as a kid traveling around the midwest and even down to Texas for basketball and soccer tournaments with the club teams I played on. I committed my junior year to the University of Nebraska to play soccer. After redshirting my freshman year, I played another 2 seasons with the Huskers then decided it was time for the next chapter.

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Concordia

Midyear of my junior year, I transferred to Concordia University in Seward, NE, my dad's alma mater, where I finished my final 2 seasons of playing and graduated with my bachelor’s of education.

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He FB messaged me…

During my time at Concordia I met my husband Beau, who had also transferred to Concordia from COS (College of the Sequioas) in Visalia, California to play basketball. And after one look at me, he knew! He facebook messaged me that night asking to hangout sometime. Of course I was all giddy when I woke up the next morning and read it. I showed my sister and started creeping on him but with all the excitement I guess I forgot to message him back, leaving him with the thought… “OMG I blew it!” Well we ended up hanging out, unplanned, at a Jersey Shore party and the rest is history!

After graduating from Concordia University, I took a job at Head Start in Lincoln, teaching as a pre-k teacher. Met some really great people and learned a lot! Beau had 1 year left at Concordia at the time. Yes, I am a cougar! And proud of it! Ha.

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SWITZERLAND

After Beau finished his last year, we took a trip to Switzerland that led to a permanent vacation for 10 months. Remo offered Beau a full time gig with D&Rn after we got engaged in Lucerne on Europe's Oldest Wooden Covered Bridge. This made it a really tricky sitauation because I obviously wanted to start to planing the wedding ASAP! But we couldn’t turn down the chance to live in beautiful Switzerland. So Lucerne became home.

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Team Schwyz

While living in Switzerland, I nannied for a sweet family and got the chance to lace up my cleats and take the field again, after thinking I was officially done. I still remember the day after my first game and the pain all over my body! I couldn't get out of bed all day!

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Madrid

After leaving Switzerland, we visited my childhood friend Steph who was teaching in Madrid. I love you Steph but Tapas are not my friend.

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Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

After Madrid, we returned back to Texas late February of 2014, where we planned to get an apartment and begin our life together. We had set a date for our wedding, August 2, 2014. (We got engaged July 26, 2013 so while we were in Switzerland, my dad, mom and sister were all helping us plan the wedding in Lincoln) The details were pretty much all done. Save the dates had been ordered and I planned on mailing these out our first week back to the states.

The following morning after arriving back home, we opened our bag to get the money we had been saving for all these wonderful plans but it was gone. All of it. We had so many plans... get an apartment, help pay for the upcoming wedding... but plans had changed. Just like that. That day was on of the most devastating and life changing days I will never forget. I am not going to lie, we cried! A lot! But the next day, we sat down together took out a computer and started looking for jobs. Within a week, we each had 4-5 jobs lined up. We hustled. And we did it together with the support and love of our families right next to us. We did have to move the wedding back until the following May but it was a huge relief.

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May 30, 2015

We tied the knot and partied all night long with our families and friends. Who might I add drank the place dry of Patron. It was a lot of fun!

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our LOU LOU

We adopted Lou, originally known as “Mary Lou” (name the shelter gave her, obvi we dropped the Mary ASAP!) from Collin County Animal Shelter a week after the wedding. I had been begging Beau for a dog for about a year and we went “to just look”. We drove off with LouLou sitting on my lap. She is most adorable, adventurous, crazy, and has more facial expressions then I ever imagined a dog could have. She is also the most expensive $25 adoption EVER! But that’s a story for another time.

She is the R&G mascot. One day her face will be a mural on the wall. “Oh, hey Ryder and Dani, I have another project for you…”

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our first logo

That following October of 2015, R&G began! We had 10 people sign up for training at 5:30am in the park that was lit from camping lanterns hanging on 3 basketball hoops. Rain or shine we trained.

“Namaste, y’all”

The weather became colder and we knew we were going to need an actual building to train in come winter. We rented out a Yoga studio that we crammed everyone into, which left us with the former memory of "Namaste, Y'all" ( a quote printed on pink walls with the mural of a flower next to it). Nothing about this place was fancy. Nothing! But it was the next step of R&G becoming what it is today.

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“The Dungeon”

R&G continued to grow which lead us to our next rental space at an Anytime Fitness. We also personal trained in our apartment complex and eventually rented a garage where we held smaller group trainings at, formally known as “the dungeon".

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The R&G House

We leased our very own first building of October 2016. This place has come A LONG WAY! From painting, to scrubbing the floors, to standing a ladder on top of MiMi and Papa Smith’s Expedition to change the light bulbs, to adding the rubbering flooring and all the equipment. This place is our baby! It’s our home.

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…and NOW

Here we are 3 years later and in a 3,000 sq ft building providing personal and group trainings 6 days a week in the morning, afternoon and evening.

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Retired Teacher

After teaching for 4 years, I have joined Beau full time working for R&G. This was not something we had expected to happen for awhile but God is again showing us that His plans are greater than our own.

Official title: CCO (Chief Culture Officer)

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It’s everyday

Beau and I had no idea what the future had in store for us 7 years ago when we met in 2011.

God has given us the strength to get through many obstacles together! There is no one else I could imagine working with day in and day out. He pushes me to challenge myself, keeps me grounded, and provides in so many unseen ways.

I have no idea what the future holds for the both of us but I know that whatever we face, we will do it together …and with LouLou!

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September... until the end of the year Goal

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September... until the end of the year Goal

If I write and post this goal publicly, I will hold myself accountable to it...

My goal, starting TODAY, until December 31, 2018 is to post a video of myself everyday! This can be in the form of Instagram, YouTube, or Facebook but I will post everyday! 

WHY? When I joined my husband Beau with R&G full-time back in June, I was awful talking on camera! And I say awful as almost an understatement. I was not confident AT ALL! I would record a video of myself talking on camera then delete it, try again and get so frustrated with how I would forget what to say, stumble over words or just look and sound weird. I would say to myself "Okay NO NO NO! I'm done!" Well this eventually changed. Beau helped me a lot! He went through the same thing when he first started. He told me, "J, you just have to do it. It's not going to be great at first but at least you did it. You will get better with time." And y'all I still don't think I'm good at it. I will begin talking, get my words all tangled up and have to start over! Lol funny. Isn't that how life works? You begin something new and you're not great but with a little bit of practice you begin to get better and gain a little confidence day by day. And trust me, I still mess up today! Ha but I just laugh at myself, keep trying and eventually I post it out there for the world to see, even if I don't feel like it's going to win an Emmy Award. 

This goal is a self reminder and motivator to keep recording!

 

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