Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Beachbody Online Healthy Holidays Party (and your chance to win a FREE P90X DVD Set!)

When it comes to fitness and choosing the right workout program, how do you know what's best? There are so many options available, it can be difficult to determine what might be best for you or that loved one on your holiday shopping list!

As your coach, it’s my pleasure to help you find what will work best for your goals, ability and timeline. I'd like to invite you to join me for a Healthy Holidays party, taking place ONLINE starting Monday, November 30th!

This group will simply be a way to introduce you to all the goodies that I have come to love with Beachbody!! I will be giving away FREE PRIZES throughout the week as a thank you – not to mention sharing some exclusive Black Friday sale deals for those looking to check a few people off their gift list.




TO BE ADDED TO THE GROUP: 

1) Create your free TeamBeachbody account HERE
2) Notify me that you’ve created the account by sending me a friend request on Facebook (here) and I’ll add you to the private Facebook group. (If you do not have Facebook , no worries - you can still join in the fun! Just contact me here and request to participate via email!
* Note: Out of respect for other coaches, if you already have a Team Beachbody Coach whom you work with, please reach out to them for assistance - I'm sure they would love to help you.

TO WIN PRIZES: 

1) Daily Drawings 

Each day, ALL participants (including Facebook and Email participants) will be entered into a random drawing to win prizes. (No purchase necessary!) 

2) Bonus Prize Drawing with ANY purchase

If you end up finding something you like, your name will also be entered to win a bigger prize at the end of the week! 

3) Grand Prize Drawing

If you purchase a Challenge Pack (a program + Shakology) your name will be entered to win the complete P90X DVD PROGRAM (a $90 value!).



4) INVITE YOUR FRIENDS TO JOIN!!

If someone you referred makes a purchase, your name will be entered into the corresponding prize drawing with them. There is NO LIMIT on the number of entries you can have, which means you will receive an additional entry for each referred friend who makes a purchase!

* The purpose of signing up for the free account is so that Beachbody will officially recognize you as my customer so I can work with you (if you desire) and to ensure that you don't already have a different coach with whom you work. :) You'll have exclusive access to my monthly newsletter and upcoming deals and promotions you don't want to miss. No spam. No obligation.  :) 


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Monday, November 23, 2015

Beachbody's 2015 Black Friday Sale Starts November 23!

Beachbody is kicking it's Holiday Sale off early this year on Monday, November 23rd!  Here are some of the amazing deals you can get this year.

This holiday season, Team Beachbody® is offering deep discounts on a variety of select Beachbody products! The offer is valid for a LIMITED TIME ONLY starting Monday, November 23rd at 12PM PST until Tuesday, December 1st at 12PM PST. Offer quantities are limited and we’re expecting some items to sell out quickly.

You can access the entire sale site HERE once the sale goes live. (*This link will not work until the sale starts on Monday, November 23rd at 12PM PST / 3PM EST. However, they have been known to kick things off early, so I'd just keep checking!)

All customers will receive the SALE price shown below and if you are a TeamBeachbody VIP Club member or a Beachbody Coach, you will receive your normal 10% or 25% discount ON TOP of the sale price!


ENJOY!

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Spring into Summer: FREE 30-Day Online Fitness Group




Spring is finally here! And after the dreadful winter we’ve had, you better believe I’m already thinking about SUMMER!!! That’s right, we have less than 90 days until tank tops and bikinis are in full effect!! ;)

I’m looking for several COMMITED people to join me next week for my “Spring into Summer Slim Down!” I am SO excited to invite you all to this very unique challenge group that I’m putting together! This one is a bit different from previous groups – so keep reading for the details …. ;)

* I’m looking for ALL ages and ALL fitness levels (trust me - I have something for everyone!)
* You will have access to TONS of healthy clean-eating recipes in a fully customizable menu planner
* You will have the option to try Shakeology if you're interested
* And here’s the best part… wait for it........ I've decided to make it TOTALLY FREE! :)

If you know my story, you know that the main reason I became a coach is to help people change their lives through exercise and nutrition the same way I was able to do. There is no better reward for me than having a friend share how losing weight and getting healthy through my groups has literally improved their quality of life. I know many of you WANT to start a healthy lifestyle, you just don't know where to start or don't have the money to invest in a program. That's why I have decided to run my next group for free for anyone who is serious about making a healthy change. All I ask is that you have a willingness to learn and participate -- and to crush some fitness goals while we're at it!

For a full 30 days you will have FREE online access to several complete Beachbody programs that helped me transform my health and my body including:

* P90X (1,2 and 3!!)
* Hip Hop Abs
* Insanity
* TurboFire
* Brazil Butt Lift
* ChaLEAN Extreme
* Tai Cheng
* Ten Minute Trainer
* Rev Abs
* Insanity: The Asylum Vol 1 & 2

Plus, you'll also be able to try out additional programs including 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, Piyo, Insanity Max:30, Focus T25 and Slim in 6!

Absolutely NOTHING is required to participate in this group, and purchasing Shakeology will be totally OPTIONAL for those who really want to maximize their results during the free group. I would really love to have you join us! Please let me know if you are interested by filling out the application below (the deadline to apply is Saturday, April 11) so I can get a good headcount of how many people we'll have, and I'll get  back to you with more details ASAP!

{ Link to apply

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Tech Savvy Fitness: 5 Tips for using Technology to Better your Health

Today, I can honestly call myself a fitness lover. I try to exercise for at least 30 minutes every day because I know that a workout can lift my mood like nothing else. I actually enjoy that oh-so-sore feeling in my muscles the next day. And I especially love trying on clothes and not being able to decide what to buy because everything fits just right -- instead of hating the way I look in the mirror. But if you know my story at all (you can read about it here & here), you know that wasn't always the case -- and if I learned anything from my battle with depression, it's that our health care system is broken in more ways than one. In my opinion, the more we do to stay well and prevent ourselves from getting sick in the first place, the better off we all are.

Lucky for us, technology is on our side. Getting healthy these days doesn't have to be as difficult or even as boring as it used to be. There are a wide variety of tools and resources to help you on your journey and, most importantly, you don't have to do it on your own. Recent technology has impacted the health community in a number of ways, making the experience more fun, social and -- in my opinion -- effective! Today I wanted to share a few ways that I've used technology to take control of my health.

1) Get Informed:  

Gone are the days of having to rely on doctors and tests to get a glimpse of how our bodies are performing. There are a variety of personal gadgets and monitors available to provide the you with essential information such as your heart rate, BMI, caloric intake, caloric burn during a workout, and even sleep patterns. Knowing how your daily habits and activities are impacting your health can help you plan a better course of action moving forward. As the saying goes -- "Information is power."

Wearable wireless technology is one of the easiest ways to track and monitor your overall health, and with a variety of affordable options out there to choose from you really don't have to break the bank to go digital. Here are a few popular gadgets (all under $100) to get you started. I personally own and love #1 and #2, but I have heard great testimonials about the others as well.

  1. Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor: This wrist watch syncs to a heart rate chest strap (made of soft material that adapts to your body shape) and uses your personal data to provide an accurate count of calories burned during physical activity. It's water proof and if you're a gym-goer, it's also compatible with gym equipment using GymLink. Not to mention it comes in a range of fun colors like the pink one I own! 
  2. UP24 by Jawbone: This little bracelet is so much more than a monitor. It not only tracks your activity throughout the day (and night!) and syncs with your smartphone to give you an accurate count of steps taken, calories burned and sleep patterns, but it also has a Smart Alarm that wakes you at the most ideal time for you to wake feeling refreshed, and an Idle Alert (both are a gentle vibration on the wrist) to let you know when you've been sitting still for too long. You can also connect with your friends to compare and comment on each other's stats, adding a fun social (or competitive?) aspect.
  3. MisFit Flash: Here's another bracelet tracker that syncs with your smartphone to track activity and sleep, but unlike the UP 24, it's also waterproof -- making it equally great for tracking your swim activity -- and it's about half the price. 
  4. FitBit One: If you're worried that a plastic bracelet would be too much of a disruption to your style, you can opt for this little gadget that can easily clip into your pocket, belt or bra. It tracks steps, distance, calories burned, stairs climbed and quality of sleep, and also has a silent alarm feature to wake you (and not your partner). 

2) Get Organized: 

In keeping with the "information is power" theme, don't underestimate mobile apps. Getting healthy and losing weight can be overwhelming but even if you aren't in a position to splurge on a new gadget, these apps can offer plenty of support when it comes to tracking your nutrition, activity and overall progress. Here are a few of my favorites:

  1. MyFitnessPal: A free online food diary with a searchable database of over 1,000,000 items. You can even scan the barcode of an item to enter it into your log. 
  2. Run Keeper: This app will track your runs, walks, bike rides, training workouts and other fitness activities just using the GPS on your iPhone. 
  3. Map My Run: Another app that will track your your fitness activities using your mobile device's GPS. You can record workout details including duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, calories burned, and route traveled on an interactive map.
  4. Sleep Cycle: This app tracks your sleep patterns (using an accelerometer to identify sleep phases by tracking your movements in bed) and wakes you up during your light phase of sleep so you wake feeling naturally rested. 
  5. Couch-to-5K: This isn't necessarily an app that will get you organized but it will, however, help you train your body to run 5K in an organized fashion. I ran my first 5K race last year, and I couldn't have done it without this app, which gradually takes you from running for 30 seconds to running for 30 minutes over the course of several weeks. 

3) Get Connected: 

Believe it or not, social media was the catalyst for my own fitness transformation. It's through social media that I was inspired by others to take the leap into fitness and now it's one of my biggest tools for supporting others as a coach. Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have allowed me to get to know hundreds of people in the fitness community that I otherwise would never have met. So even if you don't have a local support network, you can easily tap into the online fitness community, aka #fitfam.

Everyone knows that the two main ingredients to health or weight loss are a healthy diet and exercise. But what most people don't realize -- and why so many people fall of track with their good intentions -- is that ACCOUNTABILITY is the missing ingredient in the recipe for success. Having someone to keep you accountable to your goals is like the secret sauce when it comes to health and fitness, which is why I host monthly online accountability groups for my clients. It's that sense of community and shared struggles, triumphs and goals that encourages us to really follow through on what we say we're going to do. Let's be honest, most of us have no problem letting ourselves down -- but when it comes to others, we will do everything in our power not to disappoint. Even as a coach, knowing that I have a handful of women online who are depending on me (many of whom I've never even met) is what pushes me when I just don't want to push myself. (If you'd like to know more about my next online group, just fill out this quick application and I'll get in touch with more information!

4) Gain Access: 

Streaming fitness is one of the newest technologies to hit the wellness scene. Now you can literally have everything you need to get fit in the palm of your hand. Gone are the days of having to pay for an expensive gym membership or exercise class to get in a great workout with an expert trainer. Not only does Beachbody (named by Fast Company as one of the world's top ten innovative companies in fitness in 2015) offer its incredible home workouts on DVD, but beginning in March 2015 the company will make hundred's of its world-class workouts available for instant streaming to laptops, tablets, and mobile devices -- basically, anywhere you have an internet connection. That means you'll never miss a workout because you can take them with you! You can workout at home, at the gym, outdoors, even on vacation. This new service will also extend the reach of Beachbody programs globally (DVD shipping is currently limited to the US and Canada)! So if you are outside of the shipping area and have been dying to get your hands on one of these programs, this is your chance!

The new Beachbody On Demand service will be available strictly to Team Beachbody's club members, and will be well-worth the quarterly charge of $38.87 if you ask me (umm... that's less than $12/month!) because members will have unlimited access to many of the company's most successful programs like P90X, P90X2, P90X3, Insanity, TurboFire, Brazil Butt Lift, Ten Minute Trainer, ChaLEAN Extreme and Hip Hip Abs. Members will also have online access to all the step-by-step program guides, workout calendars, and nutrition plans that come with the workouts. Other perks of club membership include access to personalized meal plans, live monthly chats with celebrity trainers like Shaun T, your own personal coach for 24-7 accountability and support, and a 10% discount on all purchases in the Team Beachbody store, including Shakeology.

The first people to sign up for Club Membership will gain access to Beachbody On Demand at the current low price, but I have a feeling the price will go up soon given the value of what's being offered (over $1,000 worth of workout programs), so I recommend enrolling now to lock in this low price!




5) Get Rewarded

And if all of those helpful apps and gadgets still don't motivate you, maybe the old "carrot on a stick" will do the trick. Beachbody will send you a free t-shirt just for completing your program and when you share your results you'll also be entered to win cash prizes of anywhere from $500 up to 100,000!!



And as I mentioned earlier in this post, our health care system is broken -- but the silver lining is that many employers and health insurers realize this. So, not only do many health insurers now offer free online tools for members track and monitor their own health between doctor's visits, some even go as far as offering incentives to those who make an effort to manage their own health. For example, my Anthem Blue Cross plan offers an annual monetary bonus of up to $200 for completing an online health assessment and biometric screening (those who score in the healthy range on 3 out of 4 of the biometric markers are eligible for the full reward amount). And it's not just the big-name insurers that are getting in on the fun! Oscar Insurance, a provider in New York and New Jersey, actually provides free MisFit Flash activity trackers to members, allowing them to receive cash rewards (up to $240 a year!) just for meeting daily activity goals. So if you're going to be getting healthy anyway, you might as well get paid to do it -- am I right?!

Seriously, in this day and age, all of the tools and resources you need are as close as a click away. If you need more help on where to start, feel free to get in touch. You can comment below or email me here.


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Thursday, February 5, 2015

How Fitness Saved My Life


Have you ever been really passionate about something? Like, when someone asks you about it you CANNOT SHUT UP about it? That's how I feel about being a Beachbody coach. But it's probably not for the reasons you think. My story is personal and it isn’t very pretty -- and yes, it's a little long... but I know that if my own story can help someone else, then it was 100% worth sharing.

Left: Summer 2013 (About 2 months into my fitness journey & down a size) / Right: Winter 2014 

For many MANY years, I struggled with depression and anxiety. By the time my 28th birthday rolled around, I was barely functioning. I would go to work, and then sit in my car and cry for no reason at all during my lunch breaks. I would go home after work and cry some more. When I finally sought professional help, I was put on a variety of medications and even encouraged to leave my job because I simply couldn’t process my stress in a healthy way.

For years, the doctors switched me from medication to medication, but nothing worked. They labeled my condition as “treatment resistant” and I just felt so hopeless. Not only was I depressed, I had terrible side effects from the medications, my relationships (especially my marriage) were suffering, and the only actual change I saw is that my weight was going up. And up. And up. My physical health was suffering too. I had developed a condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (where you stop breathing in your sleep) and I had to wear a mask at night to force air into my lungs while I slept. I also had chronic pain in my feet that lead to surgery. I felt like a 70 year old woman trapped in the body of a 30 year old.

Surgery - Fall 2011

I managed to wean myself off the medications before getting pregnant with my daughter (they weren’t helping anyway), but shedding the weight I had gained was another story. I had never been “active” a day in my life. I did what most people do. I would go to the gym from time to time. Maybe take a yoga class, or ride on the elliptical machine for a half an hour. I would count calories and restrict what I ate. But obviously I never lost any weight doing that and because I didn't enjoy doing it, I certainly never exercised consistently enough to realize any actual health benefits.

My pregnancy in 2012 was a HUGE wake up call for me. At only 26 weeks, I was in the hospital and put on strict bed rest. I was also diagnosed with gestational diabetes and had to take insulin for the remainder of my pregnancy. In my post-delivery follow up, the doctor told me I would need to lose at least 25 pounds before getting pregnant again and that’s when it finally “clicked” for me just how important my health was. I knew that I wanted to set a better example for my daughter. I knew that I would never want her to see me depressed and I never, EVER wanted to take another anti-depressant medication.

Workout sesh with my little helper!

I was committed to changing my life. For my health. For my marriage. And especially for my daughter. I really had nothing to lose so I reached out to a friend of mine who was a Beachbody coach and I asked her for help. She listened to my story and helped me find a program that I could stick to and actually enjoy. She helped me get my nutrition on track. And she plugged me into one of her accountability groups so that I would have a motivating, positive and supportive environment to turn to when things got hard. I can honestly say that reaching out to her that day was one of the BEST decisions I have ever made because that is the day that my entire life started to change.

I had no idea how I would do it with a newborn baby at home. But because I had found an exercise program that I enjoyed doing, I actually stuck with it. Every day I felt a little more accomplished. A little bit more proud of myself. More CONFIDENT! Because I had support and accountability, I was consistent and started seeing actual results. Because I was fueling my body with a diet dense in nutrition I had natural energy. Yes, I had a newborn at a home, but I felt energized! And I felt HAPPY! Did I lose weight? Yes. I lost 25 pounds, plus another 15 of baby weight. But that was really just icing on the cake for me. Once I started focusing on taking care of myself, my health improved. No more need for medications. No more chronic pain. No more sleep mask at night! My outlook and mood improved. My marriage improved. I feel like I got a second chance at LIVING life.


I became a Beachbody coach because I want to share that gift with other women who are in need of a change. Their struggles might look a little different than mine, some not as serious, some even more so. But I know from experience that Exercise + Nutrition + Support = Success, no matter how you look at it. I’ve invited YOU to participate in my group because I know how life changing it can be and I would love to share that with you.

I get it. There are so many scams out there and everywhere we turn, someone is trying to sell us something… but I want you know that for me, this isn’t about “selling” something. It is about helping people take control of their lives. There's no hidden agenda. No obligation to do or buy anything you don't want to. I just want to help you in any way I can. If you are unhappy and unhealthy, or if you just feel "stuck" in your own body, I would love to help by sharing what I've learned and helping you see the same results. My FebYOUary group will be starting right after Valentine's Day and spots are filling up fast, so if you're interested in learning more, contact me NOW to reserve your spot!



I look forward to being a part of your journey.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Real People, Real Results: Maria's 21 Day Fix Experience

Today, I'd like to introduce you to Maria! I've known Maria since high school, and we were fortunate enough to reconnect after the birth of our daughters. She joined my Mommy Makeover group a few months ago using the 21 Day Fix program, and she hasn't looked back since! She's a full-time working mom with a crazy schedule and she doesn't really have the time but she MAKES the time to take care of her health every. single. day. for her family. She is such an inspiration and I'm so happy to share her story with you.




"Before I started the 21 Day Fix, I was 'skinny fat.' I was somewhere close to my pre-baby weight but I was not toned at all and I felt so sluggish. I was working out regularly on my own, but I hadn’t changed my eating habits - so while my clothes fit ok, I still didn't feel good in them. I wasn't very confident in the way I looked and I had lost a sense of who I was (other than being a working mom and a wife).

I went to high school with Cheyenne. I knew she was a Beachbody coach and I trusted her. So when she posted on Facebook about a 21 Day Fix Mommy Makeover group, I was IN. The workouts looked my like 'my kind' of workout and I knew the containers would help with my portion control - I ate WAY TOO MUCH rice!

It wasn't hard getting into a routine because I was on summer break and I was pretty used to following a workout routine. The portion control was a little hard at first because the decrease in bread and rice was drastic (for me). But, I stayed strong! Though it was difficult for me (I LOVE carbs!) I stuck to my meal plan and drank Shakeology every day for lunch.

I appreciated how Cheyenne’s group kept me accountable. There was no judgment and I was encouraged when the other members of the group liked my posts and even thought of me as motivation! The group really helped give me my confidence back. And I LOVE the 21 Day Fix! I love the variety, the use of weights. The moves are simple but VERY effective. I appreciate being able to eat anything as long as it fits in those containers. I really love that I'm now in my eighth round and I still feel sore the day after a workout.

I was already close to my goal weight when I started, but now I'm more toned and have built muscle, and I’ve maintained my results (I lost 4 pounds and 11 inches). I feel more confident and I think I look more confident. I look thinner and I like when someone tells me I look great, lol! I'm also not as tired and I feel like I can do anything after I get through a workout.

Being a working mom, I wake up at 4:30am to get my workout done first thing in the morning. I bring a Fix-approved breakfast to work, have my Shakeology for lunch and I eat a Fix-approved dinner with snacks in between. I would honestly recommend this program to ANYONE – beginner to advanced. There's a modifier for all the moves, so I can see people in their 20's and people in their 60's doing this program! I'd recommend this program to anyone from my bestie to my mother-in-law."


I think her face here says it all!

She is such an inspiration and she's dedicated herself to paying it forward as a coach herself, so that she can share her passion with others. If you'd like to support her on her fitness journey, check out her Instagram page @marifit86! She's got some awesome videos up there ladies!!



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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Clean Eating: Weekday Roast Chicken w/ Lemon & Garlic


What I love about this recipe is how quick and easy it is to prepare -- prefect for a weeknight dinner! The original recipe called for a whole 3 pound chicken, butterflied (so it can lie flat on the baking sheet, which helps it roast faster), but I opted to make things even easier and used a chicken that was already cut into pieces. 

Ingredients: 


  • 1 3-lb chicken (preferably organic and free-range), butterflied
  • Salt
  • EVOO for baking sheet, plus 1 Tbsp. for the potatoes and 1 1/2 Tbsp. for the bird
  • 1 lb small potatoes
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 1 lemon, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch slices

Directions:

Sprinkle the chicken with 2 teaspoons salt as soon as you get it home. The earlier you salt the chicken (even as far as two days in advance), the moister and more flavorful it will be. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Grease a rimmed baking sheet with oil. In a large bowl, toss the potatoes with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, a sprinkle of salt, the garlic, and the lemon slices. Arrange them on the center of the baking sheet and cook for five minutes. Meanwhile, pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Rub all over with 1½ tablespoons olive oil. Remove the potatoes from the oven and arrange the chicken on top of them, tucking any stray potatoes and garlic under the chicken to prevent them from burning. Roast 40 to 45 minutes until the juices run clear when the joint between a thigh and drumstick is pricked with a knife, or when a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh reads 165 degrees F. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board to rest, and return the potatoes to the oven to crisp up, five to 10 minutes more. Arrange the potatoes on a platter, top with the chicken, and squeeze a few of the roasted lemon slices over the dish before serving.

[Recipe credit: Experience L!fe Magazine]


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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Healthy Recipe: Quick n' Easy Greek Omelette

I enjoy drinking chocolate Shakeology for breakfast on most days, but I have always been a lover of breakfast foods. So every once in a while, I make breakfast for lunch. Because you know what? I do what I want!

Here's a perfectly easy-to-make omelette I threw together with ingredients I already had in my kitchen.


Ingredients 

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 Cup of cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 2 Tbsp. of feta cheese crumbles
  • 1 slice of whole wheat bread
  • Coconut oil
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

Heat coconut oil in pan over medium heat, add cherry tomato halves and spinach leaves and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. While veggies are cooking, beat 2 eggs a bowl and add salt and pepper to taste. When Veggies are soft, pour eggs into pan and let cook until bottom is solid enough to fold the omelette in half. Before folding the omelette, spring feta cheese on top. Fold in half and let it cook until egg liquid stops dripping out, then flip it over and cook the other side until done. Serve with one slice of whole wheat toast smeared with coconut oil.

This was my first time cooking my eggs in coconut oil as well as using the oil as a butter substitute on my toast, and I gotta say, I was pleasantly surprised! This is a 21 Day Fix approved recipe just use your green container for the spinach and tomatoes and your blue container for the cheese. And I know it is approved for a fact because Ms. Autumn Calabrese herself liked my post about it on Facebook!



You see, me and Autumn go way back - lol.

At Beachbody Coach Summit 2014 in Las Vegas.
Let me know how you like the omelette in the comments! And if you have other great meals using coconut oil, I'd love to hear them!

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Healthy Snack: Fresh & Fruity Porridge Parfait



If you are anything like me, you like to snack... all. day. long. I think I actually eat more than my husband on most days. So what's the key to keeping the snacking in check? I make sure I have lots of healthy options on hand to choose from during the day. And I don't mean celery sticks and carrots. I like snacks that taste like dessert :)

This parfait is a good one because you can make a batch of 6 servings on Sunday night and have it for the week. The hardest part is grating the apples, but even that only takes a few minutes. Apparently, the photo below is what this was supposed to look like, but even though mine was lacking in presentation, it definitely wasn't lacking in flavor!



Ingredients

  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3 cups plain yogurt (I cheated and used vanilla because that's what I had in the house)
  • 3 Tbsp. honey or maple syrup
  • 2 large apples, grated 
  • 1 cup of mixed fruit (I used blueberries and chopped strawberries)

Directions

Combine the dry oats, yogurt, honey or syrup, grated apples, and mixed fruit in a bowl. Divide evenly  among six 8-oz mason jars or other small containers, cover with lids, and refrigerate over night.

[Recipe credit: Experience L!fe Magazine]

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Beachbody Now Offering Military Veteran Discount!!


Here's a little fact you may not know about me. I was once a military spouse. For the first seven years of our marriage, my husband was an Active Duty Army officer. So there is a special place in my heart for organizations that support our military -- both active duty and veterans.

Which is why I was ECSTATIC when Beachbody announced a few days ago that they are expanding their military discount (originally available for active duty service members, veterans injured in the course of service, or their spouses) to include our MILITARY VETERANS as well!





So, what does this mean for Veterans that would like to become Beachbody coaches (or existing coaches who are veterans)?


Military veterans are now eligible for Beachbody's military coach waiver, which means you can sign up as a coach and once your veteran status is confirmed (you'll just submit a copy of your DD214), your sign-up fee of $39.95 will be refunded to you and the standard $15.95 monthly coach business service fee will be waived for you indefinitely. You can enjoy all of the benefits of being a Beachbody coach -- including a 25% discount on all purchases -- without having to pay anything.


But I don't want to be a coach... I just want to be eligible for the discount. 


That's totally fine! As a Beachbody coach, you are not under any obligation to sell any products or coach anyone else on their fitness journey. You can simply sign up as a veteran coach, pay nothing, and receive the benefit of a 25% coach discount. As a veteran, you've earned it! If you are a member of the military or a military veteran, there is absolutely NO REASON you should be paying full prices for Beachbody products! 

How do I get the veteran waiver?


The two-step process is simple and only takes a minute! (If you are already a Beachbody coach and would like to receive the new waiver, skip to step 2).

  1. Enroll online now as a Beachbody coach (during the sign up process you will have the option to add items to your cart at the discounted coach rate).
  2. Within 31 days of enrollment, simply submit the Military Waiver Fax Cover Sheet with your full name, social security number, date of birth, date active duty service started, date of separation, and a copy of your DD214 to Beachbody coach relations via fax (213) 201-7225 or via email to coachrelations@teambeachbody.com. Your $39.95 coach sign-up fee will be refunded and the standard $15.95 monthly coach business service fee will be waived for you indefinitely. 

I am a veteran and I would like to learn more about earning money as a Beachbody coach. 


Even better! I'd love to take some time to chat with you about coaching and answer any questions you might have. We can determine if coaching might be a good fit for you, and I can tell you about the free training programs I offer to help you get set up for success. If you'd like me to contact you with more information, simply fill out my team application, and I will get back to you as soon as possible. 

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Quick and Easy 21 Day Fix Lunch Salad



I love using the 21 Day Fix containers -- especially for preparing my salads because I know I'm getting the right balance of foods throughout the day. Here's a tasty salad I whipped up yesterday in about a minute.

  • 1 green container - Baby Spinach
  • 1 purple container - Seedless Red Grapes
  • 1 red container - Grilled Chicken Breast 
  • 1 blue container - Crumbled Feta
  • 1 orange container - Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette (see recipe below) 

Whenever we make chicken for dinner, I always throw a couple of extra pieces on the grill and keep them in the fridge to add to salads during the week, which makes everything so much easier! I love this salad for a couple of reasons. Not only does it have the perfect balance of sweet (grapes) and tangy (dressing), it's the right balance of wet foods (grapes & spinach) to dry foods (grilled chicken & feta). Yea... as weird as it sounds, the texture of my foods is really important to me and I often find myself craving "wet" foods -- most likely because I don't drink as much water as I should during the day. Does that make me weird?! Does anyone else crave wet foods? lol


Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 6 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. raw honey
  • 2 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 6 Tbsp. EVOO
Combine vingar, lemon juice, and honey in a medium bowl; whisk to blend. Stir in mustard; mix well.  Slowly add in oil while whisking; mix well. 


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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Healthy Recipe: One-Pot Pasta

I have another healthy, easy AND TASTY dinner recipe for you all today! Anything that I can cook in one pot for a super easy clean up gets major points from me! Even the dry pasta cooks right in the sauce with the rest of the ingredients! Easy-peesy!



I thought it was delicious and my husband enjoyed it despite the "earthy" taste - as he described it. For a pasta dish, it wasn't very "saucy" so the next time I cook it, I'll probably add in a little tomato sauce or a spoonful of pesto. I also realized (the next day) that I only used a 15 oz. can of diced tomatoes instead of the 28 oz. can the recipe calls for. Oh well, I still thought it was great and we had plenty of left-overs for the next day!

This recipe makes about 6 servings and takes less than 30 minutes to make.

Ingredients 

3 Tbs. EVOO
4 cloves of garlic (or more to taste), chopped
1 small onion, diced
About 4 cups of water
1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes (or 3 1/2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes with their juices)
1 bunch kale, chopped (cut out the stems -- or "ribs" first and discard)
2 sprigs fresh basil, chopped, plus a few whole leaves for garnish
1 lb. whole grain or whole wheat pasta (shells, penne, fusilli, etc.)
Salt
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Red pepper flakes (optional)

Instructions

Heat large pot over high heat, and drizzle in the oil. Add the garlic and let it et nice and golden; it'll only take about 30 seconds. Add the onion and cook until it is translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add the water, then the tomatoes, kale, basil, pasta and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil while stirring, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until the pasta is al dente, giving it a good stir every couple of minutes. If it starts looking too dry, add some more water. Once the pasta is cooked, fold in the cheese and red pepper flakes, if desired. Top with the reserved basil. 

[Recipe credit: Experience L!fe Magazine]


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Monday, January 5, 2015

Healthy Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup



It's so easy to get into a rut when it comes to planning dinners. For me, meals need to be easy and they need to be healthy and I don't like to spend a lot of time researching new ideas so I tend to rotate through the same dishes week after week after week.

One of the things I want to do more of in 2015 is to change things up. I want to do more. I want to try more. I want to expose myself to more. And yes, that even includes my home menu. I'm reading a book by John C. Maxwell right now called How Successful People Think, and in it he writes:
"When was the last time you did something for the first time? Do you avoid taking risks or trying new things? One of the best ways to get out of the rut of your own thinking is to innovate. You can do that in little, everyday ways: drive to work a different way from normal. Order an unfamiliar dish at your favorite restaurant. Ask a different colleague to help you with a familiar project. Take yourself off of autopilot." 
So with that in mind, I tried a new recipe for dinner last night, a Paleo slow-cooker enchilada soup. I don't often make soups for dinner but it was a cold night in Minneapolis and soup -- i dunno -- just... felt right. Plus, anything that I can easily throw into the slow cooker and forget about for 8 hours always gets extra points in my book. I didn't have very high expectations for this one, but OMG you guys -- it was SO GOOD!! It was tasty and filling and even my hubby loved it (he even took the leftovers to work today for lunch) and he's not even a soup person. This recipe could easily be used with the 21 Day Fix nutrition plan, and if you wanted to add a carb or starch (yellow container) you could easily add in some whole grain pasta, a cut up ear of corn on the cob or some brown rice and it would taste equally amazing.

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

Ingredients 

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 jalapeno, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes
2 cups chicken stock
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
1 avocado, pitted and sliced

Instructions


Add the chicken breasts to the bottom of the slow cooker. Add the onion, bell pepper, jalapeno, and garlic on top of the chicken. Pour the diced tomatoes and chicken stock over the top. Sprinkle with chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika, salt, and pepper. Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours (or I cooked mine on high heat for about 3 1/2 hours and it was perfect) . Use a fork to shred chicken before serving. Garnish with cilantro and avocado. Makes 4 servings.


[Recipe credit: paleogrubs.com]

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

2015 Intentions of a Beachbody Coach

If I'm being totally honest, I struggled BIG TIME over the holidays to stay on track -- both with my nutrition and my workouts. Between traveling and get-togethers, my husband being home from work for an extended period of time, and the winter days feeling much, MUCH shorter -- my normal routine went out the window. I wasn't even drinking my shakeology {gasp!} every day like I normally do.

I'm really not a fan of making "New Year's Resolutions" because think that, generally, they are made on a whim... an arbitrary promise to do what we think we should be doing for no reason other than that it's a new year... so why not? Change is hard, and in my opinion, bringing about any real change  "just because" is a long shot and that's why most resolutions don't stick.

But, I do believe in the power of INTENTION and that a key element in living a successful and fulfilling life is to reflect on the past and identify ways to improve going forward. I also believe that the new year is the perfect time to envision goals and DREAMS for the future, and plan out your roadmap to make those a reality. I even bought a bunch of magazines and poster board today so I can create my 2015 vision board.

So, while I will not be making a "New Year's Resolution" to be healthier -- because that is something I strive for constantly -- I will be identifying ways to grow and add value to others through my own journey. I will do a better job of leading by example because one of the best ways to stay accountable is to know that other people are depending on me! So stay tuned my friends... there's a lot more to come in 2015. And if you're ready to forget about those tired old resolutions and make a meaningful change in your life -- if you know that in 2015 you want to find more joy in your daily life, be a better parent, partner or friend, and just be generally HAPPIER, I want to help you. Just fill out the application here: http://goo.gl/forms/rrNpF2mDE7 and we can start chatting about ideas.

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