Traveling and Health & Fitness goals DO mix!

Whether you’re driving a few hours to Grandma’s house or flying across the country – chances are at some point during the holidays you will travel to see your friends and family. However, just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you have to lose sight of your health and fitness goals!!!

before anything else preparation is key

This topic comes up a lot in my challenge groups as when I’m talking to those who are thinking about getting started on their own health and fitness journey: “I’m traveling this weekend – any tips on how to stay on track” – or – “I travel for work, its too hard to be healthy when I’m not home.” And after sharing my own thoughts, tips and ideas repeatedly I decided to share it all with you here – so you can find some advice and motivation to keep those goals close by and stay focused even when you’re not in your typical routine or living in the ideal situation!

1) EXERCISEPack your shoes and your workout clothes – Take your laptop and DVDs and workout in your room.

Chances are you don’t have to travel (far) for work each day and/or you don’t have the typical demands of things at home – so take advantage of the short commute and short(er) to-do list and get a workout in! If the weather is nice get outside! Go for a walk, enjoy the new sites, but most importantly – get moving!!!

Beach vacuum outdoor sweat session!

Beach vacation outdoor sweat session!

2) STAY HYDRATED – Keep a refillable water bottle with you so you can keep hydrated and not mistake thirst for hunger!!!

One thing I hate to do (and yes, I used the word HATE) is pay for bottled water. It just irks me! But I also like to stay hydrated and I typically drink a gallon of water a day – so how to I adjust when away from home? Travel with a bottle! Most airports now have the refillable water station and a lot of hotels have water in the lobby. Its there – use it!!! You can also pick up a case of water at a drug store for close to the same cost of one bottle in the room. Plus you may get a little arm workout in carrying it back to where you’re staying!

3) FUEL YOUR BODY – Drink your Shakeology for a healthy breakfast to kickstart your day

– OR – if you are staying at a place where healthy breakfast options are available use it for a snack in the morning or afternoon so you don’t find yourself going too long between meals and binging later in the day. Eating every 2.5 – 3 hours is key – every day – so don’t skip meals and make good choices!

Healthiest "fast food" out there!

4) Invest in a little travel blender 

I picked one up at wal-mart. Its the hamilton beach travel blender and runs about $15! Works wonders!!! I prefer blending my Shakeology with spinach and sometimes banana but when we were on vacay in a hotel I just use water and ice from the hotel vending machine! And when I’m really on the run, I just mix with water, shake and roll!

5) Keep healthy snacks with you

Easier said than done right?!?! But seriously – plan out your meals each day! If you have a fridge where you are,  your options are endless but you can always pack oatmeal, apples, protein bars and almonds without the need for a fridge! Depending on how long you’re going to be away, consider a trip to a local grocery store and stock up! Don’t let excuses get in your way of your goals!!!

ROAD TRIP SNACKS!

Here are some of my favorite HEALTHY SNACKS. 

6) Share your goals with those you’re with

Often times traveling results in more meals out, and more treats lurking around – it just happens! Share your goals with your family and/or co-workers so you don’t have to hide what you’re doing. Be proud that you’re making choices to be HEALTHIER and HAPPIER not only for yourself but those you love! Invite them to the store with you or enjoy a morning workout together! Who knows – you just may inspire someone else to make a change too!

Mother daughter sweat session - accountability goes a long way!

Mother daughter sweat session – accountability goes a long way!

If you do anything differently please post below! I love to hear new tips!!!

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Happy Holidays from My Family to Yours!

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I want to extend a very special thank you to those of you who invested in me, as your coach, to help you reach your health and fitness goals this year. Your support means the world to me! I can’t explain how incredibly thankful I am to have had the opportunity to start beach body coaching!! What started as my own little journey, turned into my family’s journey and slowly impacted all those around me! To be surrounded by so many amazing, inspirational, and positive people cannot be described. New friendships have been made, old friendships strengthened, and lives are being continually changed! That in and of itself is one heck of a christmas gift!!! Its been an incredible year and I feel very blessed to be able to pay it forward!!!

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, its easy to get caught up in the details. I get it. I do it too! But this year, I encourage you to step back, reflect, be thankful, see the positives, do something you enjoy, have fun and enjoy the JOURNEY!

Happy Holidays – from my family to yours ❤

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Here’s to a happy, and very healthy 2015!!!

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Insanity Max: 30 Week 2 Review, Week 3 Prep

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Another week down and another week stronger! I know it may sound silly but just two weeks in and I can already see improvements. My max out times are improving and there are moves that I couldn’t do in week 1 that I nailed in week 2. This seems crazy to me!

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The workout schedule follows the same from WEEK 1:

Monday: Cardio Challenge

Tuesday/Thursday: Tabata Power

Wednesday: Sweat Intervals

Friday: Friday Fight Round 1

Saturday: Pulse and Abs

Sunday: (much anticipated) REST!!!

Needless to say, I am enjoying this program!!!!

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Week 2 day 1I will admit – although I haven’t missed a workout, I had a few struggles this week with the nutrition department! I’m sure you can relate…A party here, dinner out there and the usual things that come with the week before Christmas! But boy, I can feel the difference! Even though I used my usual tactics like drinking my shakeology before I go and drinking more than my required amount of water, we had our MOMs Club Christmas party where I enjoyed a few too many cookies, we had a late afternoon trip to the mall that resulted in dinner out and a cheesecake shared with my hubby, a girls day lunch at the Olive Garde – THOSE BREADSTICKS!!!! Need I say more?! And I can’t tell you the last time I had nachos but Dave and Busters nailed that loaded platter – and my fingers can feel the increase in salt!!!

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So here’s to week 3! I cannot change the week before but I can certainly focus on the week ahead! It will be another challenging one in regards to nutrition but that just means I’m going to need to really focus on the first half of the week and keep my goals on top of my mind through “the most wonderful time of the year!”

So what’s my plan????

Here is my HOLIDAY WEEK GAMEPLAN and my tips for you to help stay on track:

1) MORNING WORKOUTS – I’ll be continuing with my early morning workouts, and yes, even on Christmas morning! Why not? Just because its a holiday doesn’t mean you should sacrifice your own self health!

2) SHAKEOLOGY – I’ll still start EVERY morning off with Shakeology. I know how much it helps my energy and cravings…which will need a little extra control this week! It will go with me when I travel and I’ll keep packets with me so I don’t have any excuse not to eat healthy while we’re “busy” this week! Besides, it tastes like a treat anyway!!!

3) BE OPEN – I’ll share my plan with my family – and all of you! Having others to help keep me accountable always helps me reach my goals!!! Hopefully I’ll even have some company for my workouts!

4) BALANCE – I’ll be doing a little 80/20 with my nutrition. 80% of the time I am going to be SPOT and the other 20% I will enjoy my Christmas favorites!! But that’s it – JUST my favorites. I know there will be lots and lots of goodies all around but they’re not all my favorites. So I’ll pick and choose and enjoy my indulgences. I’ll pack my snacks, especially when traveling, and load up on the veggies every chance I get!

5) WATER – Keep up with my 1 gallon per day! I’ve been drinking about 1 gallon a day for a few weeks now. I fill my Shakeology shaker cup 6 times and I’m there. Keeping my water intake up helps avoid the mistake of thirst for hunger!

6) HAVE FUN! – I will enjoy the holidays. I will enjoy the time iwht my family, I will enjoy the energy I feel when I start my day off right and fuel my body, and I will enjoy those little buckeyes – in a reasonable portion 🙂

7) PACK THE DVDs – I’ll be traveling with my Insanity Max:30 DVDs. I love how portable my home workout programs are but this one is even easier as I don’t even have to worry about any equipment! I just need a little space and I’m all set!

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Week 3’s meal plan is certainly a bit different but even with the holiday and travels I’m still planning out! I will not surrender and throw my hands up on the week in its entirety! (This meal plan is also 21-day fix approved in addition to Insanity Max:30 -just a little extra bonus!)

Remember – “A Sunday well spent brings a week of content”

Take a little time today to PLAN!!! I hope you all stay strong and have a VERY MERRY week!

 

 

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Team Beachbody Black Friday Deals

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THEY’RE HERE……

Happy Thanksgiving EVE, EVE, EVE!!!!  I am beyond excited to share with you some Team Beachbody Black Friday Deals that are going live TOMORROW – so I guess it should be called Black Tuesday?!?! Either way – you can save up killer cash on some of the hottest Beachbody programs and equipment! The important thing is this.  You do not want to wait to score these deals.  There are limited quantities and once they are sold out, they are G.O.N.E!  Last year it was sold out within 24 hours and some within hours! And I don’t know about you – but I love a great deal….and when I can score that deal from the comfort of my cozy warm, house even better 🙂 

Oh and before you start scrolling down and realize how much information there is and get overwhelmed, stop, take a breath and ask me questions as you have them – I am here to help YOU!

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How long is the sale?
To help you work towards your health and fitness goals as 2014 winds down, Beachbody is putting out some amazing special offers! The fun begins TOMORROW, November 25th, around 5:00 PM PST/8:00 PM EST and ends on Tuesday, December 2nd around 5:00 PM PST/8:00 PM EST. Remember, all offers have a limited quantity available and will no longer be available once those quantities have been sold.

What’s on sale?
The sale features several workout program classics, including the entire P90X® series, TurboFire®, Hip Hop Abs®, jump mat, barbell weights and more!!! All are LIMITED TIME offers—ONLY while supplies last.
So that means you better grab them while the deals are still available!!  When they are gone, they are gone for good!!! Click the links below to check out some additional details!!!
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And to sweeten the deal a little more!  I’m throwing in my own special offer as well!  The offer below is only for my customers who purchase Shakeology  Home Direct with me as their coach!  You will receive $10 cash back plus 3 free E&E (energy and endurance pre-workout formula) packets FREE!!!  A great way to try supplements without committing to an entire box or jar!!!
To take advantage of the Shakeology Deal please follow this link Shakeology Special offer.
Once your order is placed you will receive $10 cash back and the packets will be mailed directly to you!!
Last but not least!!  If you are interested in getting Shakeology and a fitness program together take advantage of the Challenge Pack offer!  You will receive a $20 Amazon Gift Certificate with any challenge pack purchased through me as your coach from now until the last day of November!!
NOTE:  Not sure what program to choose??? I can help you!!!  So complete the application below and we will discuss your current fitness level, your weight loss goals and your current nutrition to find a plan that works for you!!! If you order any product that includes Shakeology HD you will receive an invitation to our premium 21 day December Challenge! The 21 day December Challenge is deisgned to help you stay committed to your goals through the holiday season. We’ll be sharing our best habits to help you enjoy your favorite foods and still maintain a healthy lifestyle.
 

Finding the time to value YOURSELF

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Do you value your own health and fitness?

 Ok, so maybe its easy to immediately, quickly, answer YES.  But if say “yes” – can you say your actions meet your words? Do you treat your body the way it should be treated? Do you fuel your body with healthy foods? Or do you choose convenience and cost over true health benefits? Do you make sure you get some form of exercise for at least 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week? Or do you make excuses as to why you can’t find the time to get up and get moving?

Alright – so that was a lot of questions but I really want you to stop for a minute. If you think about your answers to those questions and you really do act as if you value your own health and fitness – then good for you!!! You are LIVING and LEADING a healthier more fulfilling life and chances are you generally feel pretty darn good about yourself! But if you aren’t really valuing yourself – how about you start now – start TODAY!!!

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I never understood my husband’s “all or nothing” attitude. He was either riding the healthy living train or not. I on the other hand had the “well I worked out which means I EARNED a bowl of ice cream” attitude. And truth is – you can’t burn off an unhealthy diet! Take it from me – I did the T25 workouts for almost 6 months but didn’t change a thing in with my nutrition. And yes, you guessed it, my results matched my efforts – I DIDN’T LOSE A POUND! And I was frustrated. I didn’t understand why other people were getting results and I was at a stand still. Turns out it wasn’t the program’s fault – but rather the choices I was making in the kitchen – or better yet – bakery! But…I switched gears and gave the 21-day fix a try and actually committed to following the meal plan AND doing the workouts AND joined a challenge group and low and behold – RESULTS!!! Turns out when you start looking at food as your body’s FUEL rather than a reward the rewards will come on their own. True results and a body that looks as good as it feels!!!

The 21-day fix changed me and my family. Not only from an appearance standpoint but the way I looked at food. I learned about clean eating, portion control and made small changes that made a big impact in our lives. My husband joined me on this journey and we embraced the change-TOGETHER! We started coming up with ways to take old favorites and turn them into healthy clean meals we could all enjoy! Not only did we both lose weight but we both FELT better, had more energy to play with our kids, and we were actually eating more food – but in the right portions – and at the right times! As we continued to embrace this change and clean eating, the more it simply became OUR LIFESTYLE.

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Shakeology Pudding – in a SOLO cup!

We are a clean eating family. We focus on healthy portion sizes, we eat 2.5-3 hours apart, there are very little to no processed foods, and we drink a heck of a lot of WATER. When we travel we not only have snacks for the kids but our own snacks – healthy snacks – and we don’t look for excuses. Is it always easy? No! But is it always worth it? ABSOLUTELY!

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The one thing that has played a HUGE rule in this lifestyle change has been SHAKEOLOGY.

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I’ll start by saying as I began this whole Beachbody workout routine I remember seeing posts from other people who just LOVED this shake and I couldn’t possibly think of how some powdered “meal replacement shake” could really be THAT GOOD and REALLY worth the it. Well you know what they say – don’t knock it until you try it!!! It took a few go arounds but once I decided to give it a try and committed to drinking it for one week straight to “see what the hype was about” my only thought after those 7 days was “Why did I wait so long!” This would have been a godsend in those very first early newborn baby stages!!!!

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This stuff was what I needed!!!! I was struggling to balance my newborn who thought sleep was the worst possible way to spend his time and a busy toddler who just wanted to go go GO. Sitting down to eat any meal was simply never going to happen – but I could shake up a shake or blend something creative in the blender and fuel up while tending to the needs of my kids without having to sacrifice my own nutrition! And now mom doesn’t have to be the last one to eat 🙂  I used to be the Queen of “granola bars” but if you are one to grab one and go – check out the label on some of the most popular “breakfast bars” – you can’t even pronounce half the ingredients!!! They’re essentially glorified candy bars! Needless to say, Shakeology quickly became my “duh” meal. Life just doesn’t make sense without it!!! With my busy schedule I need something that I can depend on every single day. Shakeology is a full meal replacement shake (NOT A PROTEIN SHAKE!) and it takes about 60 seconds to make and includes all the dense nutrition of several servings of salad all in about 150 calories per glass! The energy it gives me is insane and so important to help me get through each day!!!

 ANY OF THIS SOUND FAMILIAR???

Do you feel as though you are living the life I mentioned above? Or can you relate to at least one aspect? Are you stuck in a spot where you WANT to be healthier but you can’t seem to figure out how you can possibly fit one more thing in your day?

Here are a few tips for you to get started, stay on track, and/or reach your own goals:

  1.  Start today, NOW! Like RIGHT NOW!!!! Don’t wait until Thanksgiving or after Christmas or once the New Year begins…START NOW!  Why? Why not??!! Like I said in my Healthy Holiday Goals post a few days ago – you can start now or you can wait and see if you fall into that average “7-10 pound” weight gain most people experience during this season. Its your choice. But do me a favor – and consider: Can you imagine how you’ll FEEL if you decide to commit today??? Imagine how your clothes will fit…imagine how you’ll carry yourself…imagine how you’ll FEEL. Then let me know if you’re ready!

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  1.  Start small – make a list of what you need to change and start making little changes each week. I’m not saying you have to jump right and start working out 7/days a week eating only 100% clean foods, etc… But start making small changes. Become aware of the ingredients in the foods you’re putting into your body. Chances are if you can’t read the label or pronounce the word you probably shouldn’t be eating it! Give yourself a self evaluation on your exercise, nutrition and water in take – what needs the most attention? Make a new goal/positive change each week. For example, your first step may be to rid your house of all the “bad/unhealthy” foods, next you may need to start getting 30 minutes of exercise at least 3x a week, then increase your water intake and/or decrease/eliminate soda or any other sugary drink you consume. And yes – this counts diet soda too! As you continue to make these changes, add in something new until you’ve transformed your LIFESTYLE.
  1.  If you can’t control the sweets – keep them out of the house. Ok – this is where I struggle the most. My daughter and I LOVE to bake.
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    My little man LOVES mommy’s shake!

    My son naps, we bake. Its just our “thing”. Its fun and we get a yummy treat out of it! But let’s be honest – no one needs dessert everyday! Besides – it certainly doesn’t do anything to benefit our kids! We’ve been able to shift gears and start doing art crafts during naps and when she REALLY wants to bake I try to take a healthy spin on it like my sweet potato brownies. And if we are going to splurge and make some chocolate chip cookies I will do it on a day when we can take them somewhere and share them so one cookie doesn’t turn into a lunch filled with cookies for her or me! Then they’re gone and we can all focus again!!!

  1.  If you struggle with finding the time in your day to make healthy meals then replace 1 meal a day with shakeology.  Why??? I’ll ask you this way – WHY NOT??? There is nothing else out there even comparable! I know I said it once but I’ll say it again – SHAKEOLOGY is NOT A PROTEIN SHAKE like a lot of people think. Shakeology is a full meal replacement with the right carb to protein ratio to fuel your body and keep you full for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.  It has the fast burning carbohydrates with the slower burning protein to keep you satisfied.  The one aspect that sets this meal replacement drink apart from anything else out there is that it is loaded with all natural ingredients, not processed ingredients, that are going to meet your daily requirements for vitamins and nutrients. Maegan Blinka, healthy snack, meal replacement shake,  healthy meal replacement on the go, Shakeology, Shakeology cheesecake, vanilla shakeology, Shakeology recipes, clean eating, clean snacks, breakfast on the go, meal replacement Most people notice an increase in energy levels as it provides the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs! Your cravings for sweets are also decreased which is typically caused by a vitamin deficiency and that you will no longer experience. I do want to make something clear – it is not a weight loss shake – although it is clinically proven to AID in weightloss. It’s a nutritious meal replacement shake that will help you lose weight naturally. I drink it Every. Single. Day. And with all the benefits I can see and feel, I’ll take this $4 meal over any other option out there! I’m not going to pretend like it’s not an investment-because it is. It is an investment in your health-and-you should invest in your health because when you feel better you are more confident, healthier and happier! Plus the convenience aspect of being able to grab – shake – and go – can’t be beat! There’s no drive-through for this busy mama!!! Food is your fuel for your body – FUEL your body RIGHT!
  1. JOIN A CHALLENGE GROUP! There’s Power in numbers my friends!!! There’s other options out there besides Beachbody – but no other company combines it all for you. The Fitness you get from the top of the line workout programs with some of the best trainers, the Nutrition from Shakeology combined with the nutrition guide that will come with your DVD workout program and the SUPPORT of a challenge group. Surround yourself with people with similar goals, similar likes and similar desires and you will see you pushing each other further and further along!  Join my next challenge group and I promise you – I will help YOU reach YOUR goals! Fill out the application below for a spot!!

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Hot for the Holidays – Special Offer

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Happy Halloween week!!!!

I am super excited to share with you a very *SPECIAL* and *EXCLUSIVE* Team Beachbody offer that is good until October 31st at Midnight!!!  

I know that this time of year is especially hard to commit to spending money on yourself.  Afterall, Christmas is just around the corner and it seems like there’s one thing after another – I get it!!!  Money is always tight this time of year but this is also the time when most people feel the stress of their pants tightening and their energy plummeting due to the change in weather and the fact that there are GIANT bowls of candy EVERYWHERE you turn – I get it!!! With all the Halloween parties and then Thanksgiving and Christmas and the New Year just around the corner it can get plain out crazy busy…but don’t let those events stop you from reaching your goals! You deserve to be comfortable in your body! Happy with how you feel inside and out!!! The worst thing that you can do for yourself is throw your hands up in the air and give in to the temptations all around you.  For your health and to make the decision a little easier on your bottom line I an going to offer you a little something extra to make today your time to COMMIT! So are you ready to get HOT FOR THE HOLIDAYS???

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So what is a challenge pack?

 fitness support nutrition successA challenge pack is truly a “package deal” – combining the fitness aspect, nutrition, and support to really set you up for success!!! And – Anyone who purchases a challenge pack as my customer and upgrades to a preferred customer membership will earn $25 Amazon or DICKS Sporting Goods gift card that you can then use however you’d like! New workout gear? New weights? Some chia seeds or flax seeds? Whatever you’d like – its yours!!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with what a challenge pack is, let me explain!  A challenge pack is a fitness program of your choice such as the brand new P90, Insanity, PIYO, 21-day fix, etc… and Shakeology (the healthiest meal of the day and the most delicious and convenient!!!) combined with a free 30 day trial of the club membership, plus, me as your beachbody coach, a spot in my HOT FOR THE HOLIDAYS challenge group all at a discounted price!  It is the total package. The support you’ll receive from the challenge group is PRICELESS and the timing is perfect. We will work on the first 21 days to get you into some healthy habits and learn portion control as we head into Thanksgiving…we’ll take a few days off to enjoy our family and friends and then jump right back into Round 2 just in time to look amazing in that holiday dress as Christmas approaches!  When you purchase a challenge pack Beachbody also waives the $40 coach sign up, to allow you to become a coach for free!!! What do you have to lose except maybe a few unwanted pounds?!

 So if you are in need of a complete overhaul with your health and fitness then this is the way to go.  As with other weight loss or nutrition programs out there you usually get half of the equation.  So you get the fitness with a gym membership, but lack the nutrition or with something like Isogenix or weight watchers you get some form of nutrition but no fitness component.

With Beachbody you get the expertise of the trainers who have developed the fitness programs, the nutrition guide and the online tools to help you plan out your meals and snacks plus the accountability of the small group and me as your coach!!  I will check in with you daily to help you create and reach your own personal goals.

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Why Should I upgrade to a coach?  What is the benefit?  Even if you are someone who has zero interest in actively coaching other people like I do this is still a great deal.  As a Beachbody Coach you get 25% off of everything you purchase.  That means, Shakeology, each and every fitness program plus all of the nutritionals and supplements like Energy and Endurance, Results and Recovery, etc…  So if you are someone who drinks Shakeology every day or even twice a day it makes sense to purchase it at $99 a bag instead of $130 a bag.  If you drink shakeology for one year you end up saving roughly around $150.00.  That is crazy!!!  That is even with the $15.95 per month business service fee!  Your shakeology is still cheaper!!!

So, what are you waiting for?!  Do you want to change your life?  Do you want to get in the best shape of your life and have a community of support to help you get there?  Then don’t delay, sign up with a challenge pack by going to my site  clicking the coach tab and be a coach.  Then, it will have you fill out all the identifying information, choose your challenge pack and voila you can immediately be on your way to a new you!!! You could be sharing your top 5 changes next!

 

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Now, let’s say that you are someone who wants to make being a Beachbody coach a supplemental or full time income.  Then, signing up with the challenge pack is the way to be proof that the products work yourself and gives you a great way to share with others the real benefits of the products and programs!!  As your coach, you will never be alone!  I will be there to mentor and support you every step of the way!!!  Within 24 hours I will set up an initial call to get you started and add you to the 30 day exclusive new coach camp to give you my personal one on one mentoring until you feel confident on your own!!!

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Finding that balance to get it all done

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BUSY MOM TIP: Find something that your kids enjoy and will keep them contained, so you can FOCUS. Whether its for 10 minutes, 20 minutes or gasp – a half hour! Happy, quiet kiddos results in a very produtive mama!!!

Ok so I know I’m busy, you’re busy, what mama out there isn’t “busy”?!?! The to-do list is never ending and we are always looking for a way to maximize our time and knock those items off our to-do list in the most effective way! One thing I’ve realized is it all comes down to balance. Balancing your priorities, your time, and where you need to be at each moment each day.

I had a fabulous weekend away cheering on my mom as she rocked out her first ever marathon in Baltimore but now its time to get back to the grind! The weekend away was fun, but there’s a giant pile of laundry to catch up on, things to get ready for the week ahead, grocery shopping that desperately needs taken care of and a workout that cannot be skipped…as with any fun family weekend this one as well resulted in a few extra calories ❤ All well worth it!!!

I admit, I did snooze…well I snoozed twice, but then I got up, downed my E&E and got my sweat one with a little P90! Starting my day with a workout is the best way to get up, wake up, and get on with my day!!!!

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Regardless of how early I get up, I almost never get done what I need to do. Ok well, let me rephrase that. I always get done what I NEED to do but rarely everything I WANT to do! We basically came home last night and just left everything as is. So as a means to catch up around the house this morning I wanted to have something fun for the kiddos to do after breakfast that would keep them enterntained and allow me to get a few things done! Soooo…after my workout I prepped a little painting craft for the kids.

My daughter never turns down painting and let’s be honest, her little bro just wants to do whatever his big sis is doing! While I’m not quite ready to turn him lose with a paint brush and blank canvas I remembered seeing this idea on Pinterest where you put the paint in a ziplock bag and tape it down. Seemed easy enough yet I had never tried it! So while the little ones continued sleeping I got the paint brushes and paper out for Aubrie and and poured the paint into the bag. I had to prep this one before they got up because if I hadn’t I would have had two little monkeys climbing on my legs as I tried to get everything together and by the time I finished one of them would have certainly lost interest!!!

With a busy morning of gymnastics and a trip to the grocery store I knew I was limited to my freezer stock for tonight’s dinner! I pulled out one of my favorite crockpot meals – Black Bean and Corn Chicken Salsa. This is so easy…freezer to crockpot to dinner table – easy peezy!

We went on with our usual morning routine and when I offered out the paint brushes both kids were beyond excited!!! Aubrie was perfectly content for a solid 45 minutes only needing more brushes, a birdhouse and more paper to keep her satisfied! I’m not going to say it lasted quite as long as I had hoped for Colt but I got a good 15 minutes and well…15 mintutes of both kiddos content and contained meant I was able to unload the diswasher, switch over the laundry and even grab a quick call with one of my coaches – Pinterest craft = success!

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I was even able to squeeze in a few more minutes of work while Colt worked hard to take every single item out of all the art table bins and Aubrie continued working on her masterpiece!

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Things may have gotten a bit messy, but well, our house is usually messy! There are always toys on the floor, crumbs under the table and our toy bin is typically empty with the books spread across the floor. But secretly – I love it!!!! When Daddy walks in the door with the response” Wow, looks like you guys had fun today” you know it was a successful day! We had playtime, art time, story time, a successful trip to the grocery store (thank you Giant Eagle for inventing the Eagles Nest) and we all got done what NEEDed to get done! Finding that balance is an ongoing task but one I will continue to work towards perfection!

 

 

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Staying on track – even on the weekends!

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Its Friday…you’ve worked hard all week, you’ve been diligent with your workouts and as you look ahead to the weekend you note: Happy Hour Friday, a busy day of soccer games and errand running Saturday followed by your best friends surprise birthday party, and a family get together on Sunday…how do you make sure you don’t undo all that hard work you just put in the 5 days prior?

Here’s my tips:

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1. Treat weekend like weekday! This may seem silly – but its so important! Take advantage of the “extra” time you have during the weekend and put it to good use! What exactly do I mean? 

  • Get up at the same time you usually do
  • Get your workout in as early as possible
  • Eat the same foods you usually eat
  • Plan out all of your meals and snacks – even if you’re going to be home. This will reduce temptations to grab and go or mindlessly snack

2. Schedule in your one weekly cheat meal over the weekend. This can be at home with your family, entertaining friends or out to eat. If you know you’ll be eating out at least once over the weekend this is always a good place for your off meal/cheat meal. Be sure to stick to you plans and goals all week and the enjoy something special! If you don’t take that time to enjoy the little things eventually you’ll just cave! Just make sure its one meal and not a cheat day!!! And don’t go overboard on the portions. The meal itself may be something different from the typical foods you eat but that doesn’t mean you hit your daily caloric goal in big sitting! Be sensible. If you go out to eat, order sensible portions, take half home and/or skip at least the app or dessert-don’t get both!!! If you want alcohol, really enjoy one or two drinks-not 5! 

3. Pack snacks and take a cooler!!! You don’t want to lean back on the excuse that you just didn’t have any healthy options available – be prepared!!! You want to balance a complex carb and protein to help keep you fuller – longer!

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4. Drink your shake! Okay okay, but seriously – don’t skip it! I find when I drink my shake first thing, in general, I made better decisions the rest of the day! If you’re a big breakfast eater and want to take advantage of the extra time you have over the weekend maybe you do breakfast for dinner! Just make sure you fuel your body…whether its to curb those cravings, give you energy or just in general to provide you with all the nutrients you need in a day – just drink it!!

5. Take water with you if you’re not going to be home – and LOTS of it! Thirst is often confused for hunger and if you are not properly hydrated you may find yourself snacking endlessly when really it could have all been avoided with a big chug chug chug-a-lug. Here’s some additional tips on HOW TO DRINK MORE WATER. 

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6. If you have a get together with friends-bring something you know you will eat! My Southwest Quinoa Salad is always a hit! If you’re the one hosting, you have complete control of the main meal! I’ve done Fish and Shrimp tacos several times – its clean, healthy, and people can make it their own style with various add ons so its sure to be a crowd pleaser! You don’t want to be the person serving raw veggies and some plain grilled chicken all the time but healthy eating isn’t boring eating! You just have to find ways to mix it up and make it more enjoyable for everyone. Don’t  be afraid to let others know what changes you’ve made…you’re making changes so you can be healthier-be proud 🙂 

7. If you’re heading to party – remember what you’re there to celebrate! The purpose is not to see who can eat the most cookies or the biggest piece of cake! The purpose is to get together with friends or family and catch up, enjoy each other’s company, watch the kiddos play, etc… So do that! If you’re not sure what is going to be available for food, plan your shake before you leave or on the way. This way you’re not “starving” when you arrive which could lead into over eating and poor food choices!!

8. Take some time and meal plan/prep for the following week. Farmers markets are a great way to stock up on local produce, get it washed, portioned and/or cooked. This will make the weeknights a bit easier!

9. Do something to relax – or destress – relaxation goes a long way!

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Watching my student loans dwindle_I love my job

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I am so excited I may be having my own little dance party in the living room!!! I am down to less than $2000 in student loans and I will be DONE by the end of the year – mark my words!!! To some this may seem like a lot and to some this may seem like no big deal…but this is so huge for me!!! Kyle and I have never been a “my money/your money” family. What’s mine is his and what’s his is mine-from the beginning! So when we made the decision that I would not return to work after having Colt there was never that thought that I wasn’t going to have my own $$$. The only thing that bothered me was that I wasn’t going to be paying off MY student loans. I took overload courses and summer school every year so I could get my double major in the shortest amount of time and minimize the money I had to borrow. I did my best to pay for as much of my schooling as I went…I waitressed 4-5 days a week for all 4 years, I tutored for 3 of the 4 years and I was pretty good with my money but I still managed to leave there with a pretty LARGE chunk of debt. I got a great job after college but it was still difficult to pay much more than the minimum payment. Once I left KPMG, I didn’t like that I was no longer “making” money to pay off my school loans. However I wasn’t willing to give up my stay at home mom life either – so on with life we went!

Enter beachbody coaching 7 months ago… I started sharing what I was doing with others and what started as a thought of something very small to maybe help out some of my close friends and family and maybe cover my own cost of Shakeology compounded into so much more!! Soon enough I set my next financial goal – To pay off my loans by my one year anniversary date. Still perhaps a bit of a stretch – but it was my goal. Fast forward a little bit further and I switched that date to the end of the 2014 – nearly 4 years early – and I know with continued hard work and consistency I CAN DO THIS!!!

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Why am I telling you this? Its not to brag in any way! Its to share with you an OPPORTUNITY that has forever changed my life!!! This opportunity has given me a way to help others reach their health and fitness goals while supporting my family and still staying at home with my little ones! An amazing blessing! The best part…YOU CAN DO IT TOO!!! My team will be holding an informational call tomorrow night at 9:00 and a 5-day sneak peak into coaching next week where you will not only see how this has changed my life – but so many others around me.

Who knew you could make a living being fit and healthy and helping others do the same?!?!?!

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Homemade Reese Cups

Ok..ok…ok…so I workout daily…

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AND I strive to eat as clean as possible…I eat less CRAP:

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But you know what?!?! I absolutely LOVE chocolate. And I LOVE peanut butter. And oh my put them together and WATCH OUT!

Thing is…I also like to be fit and healthy. When I eat clean I feel good. And when I feel good I am more confident. When I am confident I am happier all around so…how do I manage to stay on track?! I sweat daily and absolutely love finding ways to satisfy MY sweet tooth cravings and not undoing all the hard work I put in!

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As my hubby and I sat around Saturday night we were looking for a sweet treat. Something new, something different, and preferably something that combines chocolate and peanut butter!! So many of the recipes we found were loaded with sugar and that’s just not our style!

Kyle came across this recipe and I knew we had to give it a try.

Inside Out Shakeology Peanut Butter Cups:

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(makes 2 servings)

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 tsp Chocolate Shakeology
  • 2 tsp unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 2 TBS PB2
  • 2 TBS water

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

1. Combine oil and PB2 in a small bowl; mix well. Set aside.

2. Combine Shakeology and water in a small bowl; mix until it has a pudding like consistency. Set aside

3. Coat two foil muffin liners evenly with half of the peanut butter mixture. Top evenly with Shakeology mixture

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4. Freeze for 30 minutes or until firm

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Nutritional Information: (per serving)

Calories: 64

Total Fat: 5g

Saturated Fat: 4g

Protein: 3g

Recipe obtained from http://www.shakeology.com

My personal take on these: They don't "taste" like a traditional, artificial ingredient filled candy bar...but they are delicious! You can definitely taste a int of coconut from the oil and I think they would be more peanut buttery if you used all natural peanut butter rather than PB2...however for a 64 calorie treat, these can't be beat!

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Not sure what flavor you’d like – but still want to give Shakeology a try? Try this flavor sampler pack to figure what which is your favorite!

As a beachbody coach I run health and fitness challenge groups to help other people begin and/or continue their health and fitness journey and turn it into a LIFESTYLE! If you’re interested in more information about ways to enjoy clean eating and/or would like to be part of my upcoming challenge group,  fill out the form below! Together we can end the trend of obesity!