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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sea Salt and Vinegar Sweet Potato Chips

I am a HUGE potato chip lover!  I could pass up a table full of cookies for a basket of chips any day of the week.  Needless to say, potato chips are VERY RARELY part of my diet any more.  So, I came across this recipe and HAD to give it a try!  As expected, they are delicious!


Ingredients:
Sea Salt and Vinegar Sweet Potato Chips

  • 1 Tbsp Malt Vinegar
  • 1 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 Small Sweet Potatoes 
Directions:
  1. Preheat over to 425 degrees F.
  2. Slice sweet potatoes into thin slices.
  3. Place the slices on a non-stick baking sheet.
  4. Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes, flip, then an additional 10-12 minutes (or until EXTRA crisp).
  5. Place and shake sweet potato slices in a large Zip-Lock bag with Sea Salt and Vinegar. 
Enjoy!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sweet Potato Buffalo Chicken Casserole

A friend of mine posted this recipe last week and I immediately knew I wanted to try it.  It originally came from www.paleoleap.com.  The only changes I made was that I reduced the amount of chicken and sweet potatoes that the original recipe called for.  I knew it would be a hit with my husband because he's a pretty big fan of buffalo chicken and it certainly didn't disappoint!  

Ingredients:
    Sweet Potato Buffalo Chicken Casserole
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes. 
  • 4 sweet potatoes cut into cubes
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 6 Tbsp hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup bacon, cooked and cut into pieces
  • 1 cup green onion, sliced
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste



Directions:
  1. Preheat over to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, hot sauce, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add the chicken and sweet potatoes and stir to coat.
  4. Empty the bowl into a casserole dish and bake in the over for approximately 45-50 minutes.  Stir every 10-15 minutes.
  5. Add the green onions (I used a sweet onion) and bacon to the dish and place back in the oven for another 5 or so minutes to let all the flavors combine. 
Enjoy!!!



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Chicken Pineapple Stir Fry

Ok let's face it, chicken is pretty boring.  My family eats a good bit of chicken, so finding new ways to spice it up is always a plus.  I was a little unsure of this recipe but figured I'd give it a try.  My husband is a trooper and is great about taking leftovers for the experimental meals that don't turn out so great, but let me tell you, this was NOT one them!  I actually kept the leftovers for myself!


Chicken Stir Fry

Spicy Pineapple Sauce 
(This makes about 4 cups; however, you only need 1 cup for the recipe.  You can store the leftovers for another day).
  • 1/2 to 1 lb pineapple cubes
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • The zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup fresh pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 4 chili peppers (optional)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Ingredients:

  • 1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into chunks
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large red pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 to 1 lb pineapple cubes
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Directions:
1. Place all of the ingredients (EXCEPT WHITE WINE VINEGAR) for the sauce in a food processor.  Process until you get a smooth sauce.  I actually use my big blender to do this and it worked great!
2. Add the sauce to a pot with the vinegar and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes. 
3. Pour the sauce into a glass jar, and place in simmering water for 10 minutes.
4. Spray a skillet with cooking spray and place on medium-high heat.  Add the chicken cubes and cook for 10 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink.
5. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.  Add the pineapple cubes, green/red peppers, and onions.  Cook for about 5 minutes (just enough so that the veggies are still crisp).
6. Add the pineapple sauce to the mixture and bring to a boil.  Simmer for about 4 minutes.  
7. Add the chicken back to the skillet, combining everything together, and cook for another 3 or 4 minutes, making sure everything is warm. 
8. If you find the sauce a bit too spicy, try adding some more pineapple juice.


Enjoy!!





Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Little Set Back but Back on Track!

Happy Sunday!  So my week started off great!  My husband was out of town so it was just me and the girls.  On Monday, we decided to drive to the Pittsburgh's Children's Museum.  The girls love it there and since we go so much, we ended up getting a one year membership.  We picked up "Nannie" on the way.  I have to say, this is not something that I would have been able to do in the past.  It would have been more work for me to take off (worrying about getting a sub, typing up sub plans, worrying about using a vacation day and the mess I would come back to, etc...).  And it goes without saying that places like this are CRAZY on the weekends!  I feel very fortunate to have finally found a job (that I don't even consider a "job") that allows me to make my own hours and be my own boss!  I love that I can help people live a healthier, happier life, all while my family and I are doing the same....and getting compensated for it!  Being a Beachbody Coach does not mean that I am a nutritionist or a fitness expert, it means that I have figured out a way to implement a healthy, family lifestyle in which I am able to share and help others with.  
21 Day Fix Fitness Motivation

21 Day Fix Fitness MotivationSo anyways, Monday went flawless with my 21 Day Fix food choices.  I was able to add in an extra shake and even get a workout in before leaving in the morning.  I also squeezed in a 10 minute ab workout in the evening! Tuesday started off well and then went downhill from there.  My throat got a little sore and by the end of the night, my head was pounding.  Needless to say, I was in bed ALL day Wednesday and the majority of Thursday.  I still felt pretty sluggish on Friday and Saturday and to make things even crazier, we went out of town Saturday and just got back this morning. Ugh! I am finally feeling back to normal so I finished up my meal plan, went to the grocery store, and did some meal prep for the week. 

Success
Although I drank my Shakeology every day, I certainly did not stick to my meal plan.  In fact, I barely ate for two days because my throat was so sore!  What I DID do was drink one, and sometimes two shakes for a few days.  It is so nice to have a natural,  nutritious shake that is loaded with Superfoods, as opposed to eating a piece of toast. I at least knew that I was getting my daily dose of vitamins and minerals for the day. 
So needless to say, I have decided to repeat my 5th week of the 21 Day Fix. 

I created a new plan, found some new recipes, and am prepped and ready to go!  Sometimes we just need a re-do, and that's okay!  Success doesn't come easy.  Sometimes we are thrown some curve balls to deal with that prevent us from staying on track.  The important thing is to make sure you get back on track once you work through it!  

So here is my meal plan for the week!  I am anxious to try some new recipes and will definitely post them (if they are keepers) by the end of the week!


Customizable meal plan that goes with the 21 Day Fix

























So it is officially Spring (although the weather may not fee like it)!  You know what that means?  Pretty soon I will be breaking out the capris and short sleeved shirts!  And hopefully shorts and tanks will be soon after!  I know one thing, for the FIRST TIME EVER, I am not concerned about wearing my Spring and Summer clothes (other than they may be a tad big!).  In fact, I am excited!  
One of the great things about the 21 Day Fix is that it provides results within a super fast time frame.  Yes, you may want to repeat the 21 Day cycle a few times, but I can assure you that after the first 21 days, you will have developed new healthy habits and your self confidence will be much better! 

I will have my next online 21 Day Fix group beginning on April 7, 2014.  Just think, by May 1st you will already have some GREAT results to share and show off!  

No matter what your goal is, I feel confident that I can help you reach it with this program!  I truly feel that this program is so simple and can be adapted to anyone, not matter what age.  I like to keep my groups small and I already have a handful of challengers, so if you are interested in more information, or to reserve your spot, please fill out the application below and I will contact you within 24 hours!
**My groups are an added bonus to my customers, so if you are already actively working with a coach, or are a coach yourself, you are not eligible**

Who is joining me in rocking those Spring clothes?!!  Let's do this! 

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Coconut Cream Larabars

If you know me at all, then you know that I absolutely LOVE granola / snack bars.  I spent several years eating a chocolate and oats Fiber One bar with my lunch each day.  And those chewy chocolate chip granola bars......YUMMY!  These types of bars were the toughest thing for me to give up when I started more of a clean eating lifestyle.  I occasionally bought a box for my daughter's and have found that I end up eating a lot of them, so, I simply don't buy them anymore! 

After doing some research, I have found Larabars to be a good alternative.   They are not packed with artificial ingredients and actually, are made from very few ingredients.  They aren't something that I eat ALL the time (and I haven't eaten them since doing the 21 Day Fix), but I found a great homemade recipe that I resorted to several months ago, Peanut Butter Cookie Larabars.

A challenger of mine introduced me to a new website: www.mywholefoodlife.com.  I've been spending some time going through the recipes, finding new ones I'd like to try, and came across this one.  I gave it a try the other day and all I can say is....OH MY GOODNESS!  Delicious doesn't even describe them!  I did not make any changes to the original recipe and would not plan to in the future.  

So I have to admit, between me and my daughters, the bars are already gone.  So, lesson learned.  When I make these again, I need to make a conscious effort to limited myself to one serving.  While they do contain a complex carb (dates) and protein (nuts) they are considered a pretty healthy snack; however they are pretty loaded with healthy fats and natural sugar, so eating more than you should could hinder your progress.  

When making these types of things, my ending product never turns out as pretty as it is suppose to, so I had to borrow the picture from the website :) 


Coconut Larabars

2 T coconut oil
2 T water
Mix the almonds, coconut and cashews in the food processor until fine. Then add the dates, oil and water and pulse until a dough forms. Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper leaving enough room for some to come out the sides. That way, the bars will be easy to remove and cut with a pizza cutter. Press down the down so that it is packed well and place in the fridge to set. It will take an hour or two. Slice and eat. These should keep in the fridge for a couple weeks.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Still at it! 21 Day Fix Update and Meal Plan!

21 Day Fix

Happy Sunday!  I figured I'd do a short progress update on my 21 Day Fix journey and give you a peek at my weekly meal plan.  I'm still loving the FIX and have been getting awesome results!  My energy level is consistent and I feel great overall! I've been trying to stick with the same rotations of meals and snacks because that is just what works for me! I did incorporate a new recipe this week: Bruschetta Chicken. I made a mini version of it last week to taste test (as I'm not a huge tomato fan) and loved it!  So, I am making it for my family this week! 

21 Day Fix snack, healthy snackIn addition, I rotated back to a favorite snack of mine last week and forgot how much I loved it! Cinnamon Dusted Apples with Cottage Cheese.  I've decided to rotate between that and my usual Greek Yogurt for lunch or snack this week.

Living a healthy family lifestyleFor those of you who have been following me, you may already know that when I made the decision to join my first challenge group, as a customer, it was mainly to learn about what eating healthy really means.  My perception of eating healthy was buying "low fat" and 100 calorie foods, as well as limiting how much I was eating throughout the day.   I was noticing that my picky habits and my love for sugary cereal was slowly being passed down to my daughters.  Once I got myself under control, I was successfully able to make the transition for my family.  My dinners got much healthier and the snacks that I was providing to my girls were not sugar filled.  I'm not going to lie and say that they eat clean 100% of the time.  They're kids!  They love fish crackers, cheese and crackers, fruit snacks, cereal, Fig Newtons, etc.  But they also like "healthy" foods too.  The rule in my house is to alternate healthy snacks throughout the day.  So, when it comes time for our mid-morning snack, the three of us sit down and make some good choices.  I often times stick with my veggie omelet and Ezekiel bread and my girls like egg whites (with a squirt of ketchup), all natural peanut butter bananas, and of course, whole grain cinnamon toast.  Every bit of my journey has been worth it to see that my girls are making good choices and modeling after me.  As a parent, your kids want to be like you!  So, why not be the positive influence that they need?!    

Customized Meal Plan, 21 Day Fix Meal Plan
I will be facing a few challenges this week.  The girls and I will be eating dinner alone for a couple of nights and I will also heading out to eat on Saturday  night.  So, I have my plan in place.  I've added a little extra Shakeology into my week and have already checked out the menu for where we are going.  I know that if I don't have a plan, then I will slowly get off track and go downhill from there.  Instant gratification just isn't worth it to me anymore.   

Fitness Motivation

So I know that I've mentioned before that I upped my weights for this round of the FIX and I am definitely feeling the burn and seeing the results! I've noticed a huge different in my arms and my workouts have become a bit more intense.  That is what I LOVE about these workouts!  They are so adaptable to meet the needs and ability level to anybody. I will be continuing on this week, being sure to add in the 10 minute Ab Fix every other day, if not more, and am excited to see more results! 

Preseason of my new 21 Day Fix challenge group is officially over tonight and Day 1 will begin tomorrow!  So far, almost everyone is prepped and ready to go!  I can tell the excitement is there and seriously can not wait to see after just one week what successes my challengers will already have!

Fitness Motivation
As you may or may not know, the 21 Day Fix has been a HUGE HIT!  It has sold out multiple times and will be taken off pre-order status by the end of the month.  As a result, I am re-opening my next 21 Day Fix group, which is going to be on April 7th.  It is certainly not too late to join in!  I have decided to add FIVE MORE PEOPLE!  If you are interested in reserving one of the last FIVE spots, please fill out the application below.  I will respond to you within 24 hours (most likely within a couple of hours) with more information and the next steps on joining.  

Just think, by joining in on the April 7th group, you will be well along with your transformation by May, just in time for those shorts and soon after, bathing suits! 

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Muscle Soreness = Rest Day or Workout?

Prior to doing the 21 Day Fix, I was in the middle of P90X3.  Before that, I completed Focus T25.  I have consistently been working out 6 days a week for the past 10 months.  I've had muscle soreness at the beginning of each workout program; however, I experienced a bit more soreness after my first week of 21 Day Fix workouts.  To be honest, I was in shock!  I was so focused on what the nutritional end of the program would be like that I didn't put much thought into what the workouts would be like.  I am not down playing any of the other fitness programs that I have done because believe me, I was sore with each of them and also got great results, but the soreness I was experiencing this time just seemed a bit more than usual.  I knew I was working my legs, especially my quads more than usual and I was also incorporating weights, which makes a huge difference.
How to deal with muscle soreness

Muscle Soreness vs Pain
As I was checking in with my 21 Day Fix challenge group, I noticed that everyone had the same comments...."I am so sore!!!"  As weird as it sounds, it's a good sore.  That's proof that the program is working and that you are on your way to meeting your health and fitness goals.  It's important; however, to understand the difference between muscle soreness and pain.  They are NOT the same thing and should not be confused.  Muscle soreness is more of a dull, uncomfortable ache in your muscles. It may be slightly uncomfortable to walk up and down steps or sit down and stand up in a chair.  Pain, on the other hand, is very uncomfortable.  With pain, you may feel a sharp sensation in your bones, joints, and muscles.  When it comes down to it, muscle soreness is normal, pain is not.  The only way to avoid muscle soreness is to not work out at all, which would not get you to your goal body! If at any point during a workout you truly feel pain, then you should stop immediately.  In addition, if you are experiencing pain after a workout, which includes swelling and extreme tenderness, then you should consult your doctor right away.

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)
This is the type of soreness that you are most likely familiar with.  It is the soreness that you feel when you get out of bed the next morning and lasts up to a day or two. It could potentially last a little longer, especially for those who are not used to daily exercise. DOMS is caused by microscopic tears inside the muscles.  This usually happens after an intense, new, and/or challenge workout. It takes times for your body to repair that muscle, which is why you feel the lingering soreness for up to 72 hours.    The good news is, once you experience the soreness from a particular workout, the same workouts should not make you as store (or sore at all) in the future.  Your muscles will have gotten stronger and you will be able to better handle the workout. 

You can not fully prevent soreness after a workout, but there are certainly things that you can do to help so that it is not as bad.
How to deal with muscle soreness.
1. Be sure to do a warm up and cool down before each workout.  I know, it is so tempting to turn off your workout when it is time to cool down, but there is a reason you are suppose to cool down.  Your muscles are warm and flexible and you are better able to stretch, which will help with the soreness.  
2. When starting a new exercise program, progress in to it at a slow pace.  This is especially for people who are not used to exercising.  If your program has a modifier, follow it!  By doing so, your muscles will be continually challenged and will build over time. 
3. Do not stop moving while exercising.  Even when you have a 30 second rest, move around while you are grabbing your drink.  In addition, don't completely stop moving and just lay down when the workout is over.  Naturally decrease your heart rate. 
How to deal with muscle soreness.
4. Stay hydrated while working out AND after!  Even if your fitness program does not takes breaks, keep your water bottle near you for easy access. Water can help flush out the toxins, so the more water you drink, the better.  If you do not drink enough throughout the day, the soreness may worse or even cause muscle cramps. 
How to deal with muscle soreness, Shakeology, Post Workout Snack
5. Eat a post-workout snack that has the proper carb to protein ratio, which will help to restore the nutrients lost in the muscles throughout the workout. Your muscles need protein for repair and growth, and it also needs carbs to replenish its glycogen stores.  Shakeology is actually a GREAT post workout snack because it is the perfect combination of protein to carbs along with all the essential amino acids and nutrients your body needs to recover from your intense workout. Other ideas include:
1. Cottage Cheese paired with fruit
2. An apple with a Tbsp all natural peanut butter
3. A small banana with 12 raw unsalted almonds
4. Greek Yogurt 
5. Egg White Omelet


In any case, what you DON'T want to do is be a couch potato!  Yes, your body does need rest; however, that does not mean you can not exercise.  By performing active recovery, like walking or even yoga, it is better than sitting around doing nothing.  It will help to increase your circulation, which in turn, helps speed muscle recovery.  My rule of thumb is to never intensely work out the same muscle groups two days in a row.  If you are doing an upper body workout one day, then move to a lower body workout the next.  You should be fine with light cardio as well.  

I know that muscle pain is no fun; however, in order to get the results that you are looking for, muscle soreness is going to be a part of the process.  

How to deal with muscle soreness.







Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Bruschetta Chicken

I've been in the mood for Bruschetta Chicken and have been searching for the perfect recipe.  I already have it on my meal plan for next week and can't wait to make it!  I'm posting it now because there is no doubt in my mind that it will be delicious! I've combined a couple different recipes that I've found and came up with this one!

Let me know your thoughts if you give it a try!


Bruschetta Topping:
    Bruschetta Chicken Recipe
  • 4 medium Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
Chicken:

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breats
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Directions: 
  1. For the topping, combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and place in the refrigerator.
  2. For the chicken breast, combine all of the ingredients in a large Ziplock plastic bag and seal.  Shake to evenly distribute and marinate in the refrigerator for at least one hour. 
  3. When ready to cook, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Remove the chicken from the bag and place in a glass baking dish (discard marinade).  Cover the baking dish with foil and place in the oven for approximately 40 minutes, or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.  
  5. Remove from oven,  discard foil and distribute the bruschetta topping evenly onto each chicken breast. 
  6. Place back in the oven for approximately 5-10 minutes to warm the tomatoes.  
  7. Garnish with fresh basil leaves.
Optional: You can also melt a small amount of mozzarella cheese on top.



Monday, March 10, 2014

The Final Week of the 21 Day Fix - Week 3 Progress Update! Who's joining me for another round?!



Good Morning!  So as of yesterday, I am officially a 21 Day Fix graduate! I have successfully completed Round 1 and am beginning Round 2 TODAY!  That's right!  There is no stopping for me!  I am loving how I feel and I am truly learning what and how much I should be eating.  So, today kicks off another 21 Day FIX Up for Spring group!  I have 14 committed ladies, some returning for Round 2, who are ready to rock this program!  I am excited to help my new challengers learn the ins and outs and get them on a path to a healthy lifestyle.  


Looking for 21 Day Fix support?  Look no further!I have to say,  my first 21 Day Fix challenge group went amazingly well!  The progress of measurements and pictures are slowly coming in to me and....WOW!  It's crazy to think how much can happen with your body and overall mindset in just 21 days.  I seriously CAN NOT WAIT to see what happens in Round 2 for these ladies, and I am anxious to get the newbies up and running this week!  I went through the conversations within my first group and couldn't help but smile.  For the most part, my challengers did not know each other, yet they were all so encouraging to one another.  It is apparent that based on my 5 favorite comments throughout the group, that everyone LOVED this program!  

The 21 Day Fix has been a learning process for me too.  Prior to this program, I didn't really use weights to work out.  Like many females, I was too afraid to "bulk up" and certainly didn't want to gain weight.  I did some resistance band work with P90X3, but since I was following the Lean Schedule, resistance / weight training wasn't consistent enough.  The 21 Day Fix incorporates light and heavy weights in almost every workout.  I can honestly say that I  have seen a HUGE difference!  I've definitely noticed that my arms are much more toned and my legs and abs definitely feel stronger. While I didn't lose a ton of weight (which I wasn't looking to do so), I did lose 4 pounds and 3 1/2 inches overall.  While I'm happy with the numbers, I'm happier with how I feel and how I look. My pants are definitely getting looser and I have full intention of going shopping after Round 2 for a smaller size!
Fitness Motivation


So as I am starting Round 2, I have made some decisions on how I am going to handle my meals. To be honest, I am finally starting to get sick of the same snacks/meals that I have been eating.  So, I decided to throw in one of my favorite snacks, Cinnamon Dusted Apples with Cottage Cheese. I also eliminated the grapes that I was having with my yogurt due to the high sugar content.  I've noticed that along with reducing my portion sizes, eliminating (or greatly limiting) things like bananas, tortillas, and larger portions of all-natural peanut butter have been a blessing in disguise.  While those foods are not bad for you, there are definitely better choices if you are truly looking to get serious results. So here is my meal plan as I begin Round 2 of the 21 Day Fix!  If you have been following me or my blog, then you will notice that another new addition is the 10 Minute Abs Fix.  While I was doing it here and there throughout Round 1, I never had it written on paper.  For me, knowing that it is there will allow me to focus and make sure it actually gets done.  It's only 10 minutes (not to mention SUPER effective)!  
Clean Eating Meal Plan

My intention for Round 2 is to incorporate the 3 Day Fix during the final 3 Days.  I was so focused on the 21 Day Fix Eating Plan, that I didn't really take the time to look through and incorporate the 3 Day Fix.  After seeing some others getting amazing results in just 3 days, I plan to do it on days 19, 20 and 21 so that I can maximize my results.  By then I will be pulling out my capri's and maybe even my shorts!  I vow that I WILL feel confident in my skin this Spring and Summer!
21 Day Fix

So now that you have followed me through my weekly progress of the 21 Day Fix, are you ready to join me?!

So here is the deal.  The 21 Day Fix has been a HOT ITEM! As a result, it is currently on pre-order. That means, if you are interested in participating in my next 21 Day Fix Group, which begins on April 7th, then you MUST pre-order your copy now!  You will not be charged for your purchase until your package actually ships out.  The orders are going to be shipped in order of the pre-order placement, so the longer you wait, the longer it will take to get to you! 


So, fill out the application below and reserve your spot!  Let's get you on the path to living a healthy lifestyle and getting an AWESOME transformation! Don't let another Spring and Summer go by where you dread showing some extra skin.  There is no better feeling than having the confidence in how you feel AND look!  

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Are are you interested in being YOUR OWN boss?!

Part and/or Full time opportunity working from home
Ten months ago I had the opportunity to join a Beachbody Challenge Group.  I knew NOTHING about it, other than my friend, and coach, was running it.  I was hoping to lose about 10 pounds and learn how to truly eat "healthy," as I knew my approach to being healthy wasn't correct.  I didn't second guess Shakeology, even though I did ZERO research on it, and I didn't bawk at the price because there were no strings attached and I put full trust in my coach in leading me in the right direction.  This was my overall approach to joining a challenge group because of the prior 12 months leading up to it.  For 12 months, I watched, what is now my coach, post tons and tons of posts on Facebook.  Everything from daily motivation, to nutritional tips, to recipes and Beachbody products.  She was living proof that not only did Beachbody products work, but being a Beachbody coach led her to a path of happiness.


Fast forward 3 months.... As I completed my challenge group, got myself, and my family healthier than we've ever been, I knew that being a Beachbody Coach was a good fit for me.  As a teacher, helping others succeed has always been a part of my life. So, I actively started coaching, which has brought me here today.  I can not say enough about how Beachbody has changed my life.  Aside from getting in the best shape of my life and implementing a healthy lifestyle, I have helped numerous people do the same.

Now that I have been able to build my business and actually earn an income, I have been getting messages about what exactly I do and how it works.  As a result, I have started mentoring coaches on my team through a 60 day Coach Apprenticeship program.  Throughout the 60 days, I will walk my coaches through the daily steps that I take in order to be successful.  GOOD NEWS! I AM READY FOR 5 NEW APPLICANTS!  

Here is a quick snap shot of the opportunity:

  • After as little as one to three months, your weekly pay could be anywhere from $100-$300.  From there, you could earn over $500 per week.  If you are consistent with your business, within a couple of years, you could be well on your way to a six figure income. 
  • There are major incentives! You are eligible for monthly prizes and rewards honoring your success, including an all expense paid trip to Cancun in April of 2015 at the Moon Palace Resort.
  • You will have access to top notch training through weekly calls and optional on-site locations from some of the top coaches in the company. You will be a part of the #2 team IN THE COMPANY! 
  • You will also have to opportunity to attend the Beachbody Summit Conference in Las Vegas!  This trip is full of training's, motivational speakers, new product launches, and fun events that will all help boost your business!
  • We can't forget the perk of getting 25% off of any and all Beachbody products that you purchase, which includes your monthly Shakeology!
  • And of course, you will have to opportunity to change peoples lives.  You will have an impact on helping people gain self confidence and hit goals that were once considered "unreachable."  There is not greater feeling than having someone thank YOU for putting happiness  back in their lives.  

So I have to ask.  What would you do with some extra weekly cash?  Would it help pay for some monthly bills that you are struggling with?  Would it pay for you child's dance classes or baseball league?  Would it provide you with a fun family vacation that you won't have to worry about paying off after it's over?  I have to say, I was super excited last month because I made more than enough to pay for my family's summer vacation, which was just booked a few weeks ago!  In fact, in one week my husband and I were able to use my weekly earnings to pay our deposit for our beach condo!  I'm not saying this to brag or boast, I'm telling you this because I want you to see that this is for real! This is a company that values their employees.  This is a company that allows you to put as much or as little time as you want into your business.  You could work it part time or full time because YOU ARE YOUR OWN BOSS! 

I feel so blessed to have been given this opportunity.  Because of Beachbody, I have been able to stay home with my 2 and 4 year old daughters and not have a financial burden.  I don't have to worry about how we are going to pay for any of our expenses and I am able to help support my family with the income that I am making.  

And guess what?  Believe it or not, there are ZERO strings attached!  Yes, that's right!  ZERO!  If you give it a try and discover that maybe it isn't for you, you can stop with no problem at all.  At the very least, you have helped yourself get in shape and live a healthy life while being a product of he product.  

If you are interested in promoting a healthy lifestyle and have a passion for helping others, this could be the perfect opportunity for you!

Again, I only have 5 spots available.  By reserving your spot, you have access to my exclusive coach apprenticeship that will help jump start YOUR business.  

Please fill out the application below in order to be considered for one of the 5 spots.  I will be in contact with you within 24 hours of filling out the application.  









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Saturday, March 1, 2014

A Look into Week 2 of the 21 Day Fix (Includes Week 3 Meal Plan!)

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21 Day Fix Meal PlanningGood Morning!  I can't believe it's already been 2 Weeks of the 21 Day Fix!  I am going in to Week 3 feeling GREAT!  I have energy, I feel less bloated, and I am completely satisfied throughout the day. I thought I would share with you how my week went and some new recipes that I tried.  Although I had a plan, I was a little worried about the start of my week.  My daughter's 4th birthday was on Monday and we took her to an out of town Children's Museum, AKA traveling for the day.  It was the first day since starting the 21 Day Fix that I would not be able to prepare my food as I needed it.  I was confident that I could stay on track so the night before I got everything ready. And no, it didn't take me long at all!  I put my yogurt in my red container, the fruit that I mix it with in the purple container, I brought celery and a teaspoon of all natural peanut butter in my green container, and of course, I had my shake for lunch.  All of that covered me until dinner!  I am proud to say that the day went exactly as planned and I didn't have any slip ups! 

21 Day Fix Treats, Banana Oatmeal CookiesAs part of the 21 Day Fix, you are actually allowed treats!  Everything from wine, to chocolate covered raisins, to banana oatmeal cookies!  So I figured I'd give the banana oatmeal cookies recipe a try. Not to my surprise, they were delicious!  An added plus was that my 2 and 4 year old daughters loved them too!  As per the eating plan, you are allowed to replace one yellow container with 2 (yes 2!) cookies!  
Another plus that happened this week was my new bag of chocolate Shakeology.  I have been drinking the new Strawberry flavor for the past month and while I do really enjoy it, I'm a chocolate girl at heart!  You better believe I opened it and had one once it was delivered to my doorstep! Among many other reasons, I believe my biggest reason why I love my Shakeology is it really cubs my cravings by satisfying my sweet tooth!  

A new dinner that I tried this week was flank steak.  Yes, I've had flank steak before, but not with the special 21 Day Fix Smoky Southwestern Seasoning! Again, I had just enough food to keep me full without feeling overly stuffed.





So, here is my plan for Week 3 of the 21 Day Fix!  Honestly, I'm not trying any new recipes and the only thing that I am switching up a bit is my fruit.  I plan to head to the grocery store this morning and pick up a cantaloupe. I  have found what works for me and I am sticking to it!



Week 3 brings a new challenge.  Double Workouts! As you can see in my plan, I am adding either a 30 minute or a 10 minute workout each day (as per the workout schedule).   It's time to step it up a notch and end the week on a strong note! I can not say enough about these workouts!  I'm not sure I can even pick my favorite at this point.  Although I really like the sweaty cardio workout, I am enjoying the Pilates Fix.  I have found that my flexibility has improved and I'm not having to modify many moves. Another new thing I did this week was try the 10 minute abs fix.  Seriously, it's 10 minutes. How hard could it be, right?!  WRONG!  This is hands down the shortest and most effective ab workout I have EVER done!  I was definitely sore and I can even begin to see some abs poking through! Yay!


So as my first 21 Day Fix Challenge Group is coming to an end, a new one is beginning!  On March 10, 2014,  I am going to help others begin a new health and fitness journey.  I will provide you with the support, motivation, and accountability that will help you maximize your results through the 21 days.  Wouldn't it be nice to know that by April 1 you will feel and look FANTASTIC?! Good news!  The February 21 Day Fix promotion has been extended through the weekend and the challenge packs are no longer on backorder!  You seriously can't beat the price!

Spots are already filling up, so if you are interested in apply to be a part of my next group, please fill out the application below!  I look forward to hearing from you! 

Enjoy your Saturday!
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