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Why I Became A BeachBody Coach

If you follow me on Pinterest or Instagram, or we are Facebook friends, you may have noticed that I have been posting a lot about health, fitness, BeachBody, and Shakeology. No, I haven’t gone off the deep end. No, I am not addicted to fitness. No, I am not some health-crazed fanatic that drinks protein shakes all the time. Yes, I have a life besides fitness. Yes, my husband supports me 150%, in fact, I wouldn’t be doing this without his encouragement! There, I got the dumb questions out of the way!

Now, here is my story and why I decided to become a BeachBody coach…

Last October, I was diagnosed with Rhuematoid Arthritis and later, diagnosed again with Psoriasis. I wasn’t eating great, even though I thought I was. I have literally tried it all. Paleo, Low Carb, No Sugar, Limited to no meat, nothing seemed to help me feel better. One side effect of RA that I had been experiencing (along with swollen and sore joints) was, being tired all the time, to the point of exhaustion. My husband said, I would be itching everywhere in my sleep because of my psoriasis. This is when I knew I had to do something.

I have a friend that was doing PiYo and she had amazing results, so after we got back from our vacation in December, and dealing with dry, patchy, and itchy skin in a bikini, I ordered and signed up for the PiYo and Shakeology Challenge Pack. Little did I know, it would change my life forever.

Never, have I committed and stuck to something for long-term, like eating plans and workout regimens. Like I said, I was a big fad dieter all my life. That is all I knew.

I got to meet my free coach, Rose through my program. Rose has helped encourage me and support me so much in the last 6 months. From overcoming my addiction to the scale to answering all my dumb questions, and finally being my boss and mentor! I am so blessed to be on my team! I have gotten to met and now work with some amazing ladies! But that isn’t all…

1. It Keeps Me Going. Being a coach isn’t about just me anymore. I get to help others, which I love! And helping others reach their goal and have amazing success stories, keeps me motivated to stay healthy. Because, believe it or not, I have my days when I pig out or when I don’t want to workout, but know I have people looking to me for inspiration. It keeps me from quitting and giving up. Plus, it keeps my fitness journey going! I still am not at my goal size or weight, but that just means, I am working right along with my challengers to achieve my own personal goals. This is why I love what I do, I love helping others, along with continuing bettering my own personal health!

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My before and after pictures. The left is in January before I started PiYo and the right is my eight week after photo!

2. It Is My Job. It is hard to call it that, but it is! It is my job as a coach to be promoting a healthy and postitive lifestyle! (Sorry in advance for all the sweaty workout selfies, Shakeology Selfies, and positive vibe posts!) I am building MY business! As a coach, I like to think I live a somewhat positive and healthy lifestyle, and I need and want to promote it to get others to want to better themselves for THEMSELVES. We were only given one body to live in so, why not take care of it?! It’s called living to your fullest poteinial!

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3. I Don’t Diet. I no longer have crazy fad diets. I eat whole, clean foods. I eat carbs. I eat sugar. I have my cheat days where I’ll eat fried food and ice cream. I don’t stress anymore when I overeat or have a cheat day or meal (unplanned or planned). I don’t have off limit foods anymore. Limiting your food or food items like carbs, makes diets fail. You need carbs, but healthy ones, like whole grain bread or sweet potatoes (in the correct portion sizes). Not only do you need them, but if you limit them, you are also more likely to overeat once you are reintroduced to them. I am now eating correct portion sizes, with the combination of healthy grains and fats that my body needs and yours does too!

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Shakeology: The healthies meal of the day!

4. I Am Proud of My Journey. Since January, I have lost over 11 inches off my body. I have energy again! My Psoriasis completely cleared up! I am no longer itching in my sleep and keeping my husband up! Shakeology has helped with all of the above, by getting my the proper nutrition and vitamins (No, Shakeology is not just another protein shake!) that I need, daily! I am proud of my mini abs poking through! I am proud I lost my arm jiggle! I have worked so hard for this and for my body, and I am not complaining!

During the 21 Day Fix Extreme.
During the 21 Day Fix Extreme.

5. Ask Me About My Journey. No, I won’t be sales-y and try to rope you into something you don’t want to do. But I will tell you about my story. About how eating the correct portion sizes of proteins and veggies (yes, you can OD on veggies), working out faithfully, and drinking Shakeology has helped me! And just maybe, you’ll surprise yourself and want to try it out for YOU!

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6. I Am Just Like You! Even though I am a BeachBody Coach, I still struggle with chocolate cravings. I still over eat every once in awhile. I still drink wine on occasion. And I can’t wait to eat at our local, small town Tastee Freeze this summer!! I still struggle somedays to stay motivated and workout instead of sitting on the couch all evening watching tv. I still take ugly pictures, I am still self conscious, and have my own insecurities. I am not a glorified, holier-than-thou, fitness freak, health nut, dieting machine, workout all the day long, obessed coach. I am not, and I will never be. I have a life, I have a full time job, I have a husband, and thanks for asking!

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Fashionista Friday: Fabletics

You may have seen a Fabletics ad in your favorite magazine or on a television commercial. I ordered my first outfit back in January when I started my new, healthy lifestyle! New and cute activewear is a great way motivated to workout! I am not sure what it about having something new in your fitness wear department, but it always makes me more excited to workout!

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Fabletics is great for that because every month they send you new picks for their latest activewear! When you first sign up, you have to take a computer generated quiz to find out what kind of workouts you do, where you do them, and what you like to show off (arms, legs, abs, etc…). By those results, they send you outfits that fit your own needs! You also enter in your sizes and everything is perfectly sized just for you, whether tall, short, skinny, heavy chested, or bubble butt!

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Don’t like the picks for a certain month or getting a new pair or set of workout clothes isn’t in the budget that month?! That’s okay too! Just simply login to your account and skip the month, otherwise you are charged a fee. Easy enough right?!

Fabletics is a fun and fashionable way to treat yourself once a month or however often you choose to get a new workout outfit! Fabletics activewear is all designed by Kate Hudson! It is made to also be fashionable enough to run errands and go out without looking frumpy! And it is so comfy! I not only wear my outfits for working out, but also on the weekends for lounging around the house! (I love me some good quality leggings!)

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Speaking of quality, Fabletics is made from quality materials and so far, from all the wear and washing, my outfits show no signs of wear! Plus, your first outfit is only $25!! How great is that!

Have a wonderful weekend! Xo

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PiYo: Week 8 and Final Results!

I have officially, completed a full round of eight weeks of PiYo!! I can’t believe it! I have never stuck with any exercise program or found one that made me want to workout at the end of the day! I have completed all the workouts now, and I have to stay, they are hard at first, but your body gets stronger every time you workout! Even if you still can’t do all the moves completely by the time you are done, you can do more than when you started! #Goals

PiYo does work!!! You have to be patient and stick with it until the end! I didn’t always eat clean and spot on, but I still got pretty good results that I am proud of and that was my beginning goal.

Here is a little run down of what you can expect from PiYo: It comes with three DVD’s. Each DVD has 3-4 workouts on it. With your PiYo package, you will also get a workout schedule. Use it. Put it up on your fridge. Keep track and stay motivated. I also got an app for PiYo on my phone so I could keep track of my workouts that way too! I think it was like $0.99, but totally worth it because you can always keep track then of what workout or week you are on, even if you are away from home a lot like myself. And I think it is very important to mental and physically prepare and remind yourself what workout is going to be happening the minute you get home. It also helps keep you motivated!

The first DVD has Align, Upper Body, Lower Body, and Sweat.

Align: The Fundamentals (40 minutes) is the first one you will do. You only do it once, just to get your bearings and know the PiYo lingo. You might not catch it all in this first session anyway, but you have eight weeks (or more to catch on), so there is no need to do this one twice.

Define: Upper Body and Lower Body (20 minutes & 25 minutes) these will be your next sessions. They are short but definitely give you something to start on. All the other workouts are basically based off of moves from these two. They just get more challenging. In my second week of PiYo, I started to double up on these two just because they are short and they get super easy! I felt that doing just one, wasn’t a good enough workout.

PiYo: Sweat (40 minutes) is much harder than Upper and Lower Body!! Oh and by the way it makes you SWEAT!!! At first, it was so hard, but now, it is my favorite one! Lot’s of fluid movements and a little faster paced than the others so far. It will become your favorite too!

DVD two has Core, Buns, and Strength Intervals.

PiYo: Core (30 minutes) is intense! Your abs will be on fire and so will your wrists! You will find that your core is built by doing so much more than doing crunches on the floor! This one is also a favorite of mine!

PiYo: Buns (25 minutes) was and still is a challenge for me! Lots of squats and butt busting moves! Your legs might feel like they are going to give out, but that is the way you are defining yourself!

PiYo: Strength Intervals (25 minutes) I also love this one! It is short, but very intense and effective. It is a lot of cardio combined with strength and endurance! It is hard, but it get’s easier as your body gets stronger!

DVD three has Drench and Sculpt.

PiYo: Drench (50 minutes) is still my least favorite just because it is too long. I get extremely tired the last 15 minutes and it’s hard to even focus. The moves are the most challenging and I still can’t do some of them or have to stop to catch my breath! Good thing Drench is in the second month! PiYo: Sculpt (30 minutes) is another workout full of sculpting moves (hence the title) like squats, PiYo Pushups, and lunges.

PiYo: Hardcore on the Floor (30 minutes) is basically what it says! It is for the most part on the floor. I found that It has a lot of similar moves from PiYo: Core. One thing you’ll learn in PiYo is the beginner moves are always modified and made more and more challenging. So learn and master the beginner moves as much as possible!

For all of these workouts, there is an easy and advanced version for modifying moves. Chalene is usually in between advanced and beginner. She also will talk you through many moves. So don’t freak out that you can’t see the television. And after awhile you’ll get to know moves by heart and know more of the PiYo lingo, so you don’t have to look at the screen hardly at all.

I also learned to not keep track of weight or weighing yourself. I still struggle with this and the fact that he scale is just a number, weight loss in inches is so much more important and effective! That is why it is SO important to measure yourself when you start! I especially found this to be true! When I started to now, I have lost 10.75″ off my body and only two pounds were lost!!! Almost ELEVEN inches gone! I measured myself a couple of times just to make sure! In the beginning, I told myself I would be happy if I lost five inches. I lost over double of that! Although no one has told me that I look like I have lost weight, my clothes fit better, I am more confident, and I am stronger!

So, What’s Next? Well, right now I am doing my second round of the 3 Day Refresh (see my blog posts about my first Refresh: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3).

Today is also day two of the 21 Day Fix workout and meal plan! It is more intense than PiYo, but I can see myself enjoying it and getting great results at the same time! Because of two whole months of eating pretty well and making time to work out pretty much everyday, I feel better. My arthritis is better and so is my psoriasis! Eating clean is hard, but easy. With my new body and results, I am more motivated than ever to stay healthy and continue on with this journey! It proves that when you stay committed and work hard on something, you will go above and beyond your expectations! Even YOU might surprise yourself! It’s amazing what your body can do!

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Sunday Dinner: Turkey Meatballs

Once again it is Monday! This weekend was a busy one for us! Between friends visiting Friday night, a Clue themed Who Dunnit church social on Saturday night, and cooking, cleaning and laundry on Sunday, this weekend flew by! Yesterday morning, Home Alone 2 was on, while I was meal planning and prepping for this weeks lunches and  preparing Sunday dinner, while the hubby was out doing chores. I also cleaned the house and worked out to PiYo: Strength Intervals! (Can you believe I am on week four already!?)

A new Monday also means a new Sunday Dinner recipe from our table to yours! Yesterday, we had turkey meatballs, which were 21 Day Fix approved and husband approved! I was surprised, but my husband actually really enjoyed them! And, I suppose you could use beef in substitute of the turkey. Turkey is a leaner and a “healthier” for you meat, I find myself using it more and more! Like my hubby says, “you can hardly tell the difference!”

Turkey Meatballs

Turkey Meatballs:

2 pounds ground Turkey (Jennie-O)

2 eggs

1 onion, chopped

1 tsp. Garlic, minced (I cheat and use the pre-mined in a jar)

2 cups Whole Wheat Quick Oats + a little extra, if needed

7 tbsp. Organic Canned (or raw) Tomatoes (no salt added)

1 tsp. McCormick Perfect Pinch (no salt) Sweet Onion and Herb

1 tsp. Italian Spice

1 tsp. Garlic Powder

1/4 tsp. Cumin

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Open up turkey and put into medium sized bowl. Chop up tomatoes, if using raw. Mince garlic, if not already and chop up onion. I LOVE my Tupperware chopper! I use it all the time! Plus it is small, so it fits anywhere and it is dishwasher safe! I had a Tupperware party this summer and I got lots of new and awesome things! If you haven’t already, have a party! You get lots of great stuff that I literally use every day!

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2. Add in all the ingredients listed and mix well with your hands. I know, some people do not like mixing with their hands, but it’s the only way to make meatballs! During this step, I added in more Quick Oats. It was still a little wet and needed more “glue”. Time to form your meatballs. I formed mine fairly large. Remember, that turkey is a little bit wetter meat than say beef. The meatballs, where not perfect meatballs by any means and are hard to stick together before, but turned out great after they were in the oven and fully cooked. So don’t freak out if your meatballs look crumbly or are falling apart before cooking.

3. Next, you’ll need a fairly large frying pan. I fried mine just until they were a little brown. It makes a lot of meatballs, so you will have to do it in batches. After, I put them into a large, 9X13 glass pan.

4. I baked mine for about 40-45 minutes, or until done. I also served mine with brown rice and honey roasted carrots! For the carrots, slice organic baby carrots in half, length wise. Pour in a little olive oil, organic honey, pepper, and thyme. Toss to coat. Lay out on baking sheet and bake in preheated 400 degree oven for about 30-40 minutes.

Turkey Meatballs Meal

For the 21 Day Fix meal plan this meal would equal one green, one yellow, and one red! Everything was awesome, plus it made a lot of leftovers for lunches this week! Yumm!

Stay tuned for a very special Valentine’s Day give away!!! Coming soon!

Happy Monday! xo

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Three Healthy Snack Ideas (My Personal Favs)

Since my new exercise and clean eating lifestyle change, I have been discovering lots of great, new healthy snacks. To be honest, I never really snacked “unhealthy”, it just needed some refining. My go to snack was always cheese sticks or light Yoplait Yogurt, or a KIND bar (which I could eat 10 a day! And technically, KIND bars are still considered clean eating, thank goodness!). These things aren’t bad, per-say, but just needing portion control and less sugar. Basically reading more food and ingredient labels.

Clean Eating (in basic terms) means no pre-packaged meals or food (which was hard for me, since I eat at work 99% of the time), avoiding all sugar, with the exceptions of honey, stevia, and natural sugars in fruit and veggies, lean and healthy proteins, whole grains, and no processed foods like cereals (another biggy for me) or anything that comes already made in a container, bag, or box. Typically, anything considered “clean” has 5-7 or LESS ingredients.

They say, “abs (or any muscle for that matter) are made in the kitchen” which is so true, because if you aren’t getting the right nutrition or too much nutrition, you’ll never see the muscles that you are working so hard to develop. Nutrition is all about enough healthy proteins, healthy fats, green veggies, and fruit which, in return, creates strong, lean, and toned muscles. With that being said, here is what I have been snacking on lately!

1. Raw Cocoa Covered Almonds. I am addicted to these! (12 of these would be considered a blue container for the 21 Day Fix Meal Plan). They are healthy (a healthy fat actually) plus, you get your sweet fix in for the day! I buy the Blue Diamond brand from Walmart. Here is the link:

https://www.bluediamond.com/?navid=467

2. Chocolate Strawberry Taco. This is one of my favorite breakfast recipes, right up there with Shakeology! To make this, you’ll need:

1 Small (6″) Whole Grain Tortilla (1 yellow for 21 Day Fix)

1 tsp. Nutella (1 tsp for 21 Day Fix)

1 cup of Strawberries, washed and sliced (won’t use all, but it counts for 1 purple for 21 Day Fix Meal Plan)

Spread Nutella on half the whole grain tortilla, layer the strawberries on top of Nutella spread. Fold in half and eat like a taco! It is amazing! You can add any fruit you like! You can also use natural peanut butter and a half of a banana. Yummy!

3. Veggie, Protein, and Whole Grain Combos. I have really been loving Ritz Whole Grain crackers (counts as one yellow for the 21 Day Fix), carrots (one green), and two hard boiled eggs (one red). This combo makes a great afternoon snack, plus a great way to get in multiple healthy, clean eats! And it keeps you fuller than just eating veggies alone! I also love to steam my veggies in my silicone microwavable steamer. Add a little coconut oil or olive oil, and you’ll have a great and fulfilling snack!

I have learned so much from combining foods and eating clean! It is so easy, you just have to make the decision to do it and stick with it! Yes, I do have my days when I eat a piece of chocolate or indulge in a little unhealthy stuff, but it’s all about getting back on track the next day and drinking LOTS of water! I never, ever got enough water before! Now, I am drinking 9 cups (or 72 ounces) a day, if not more!

Being healthy is a lifestyle choice, not a choice you make to diet for a few days. It is a slow process, but it pays off big time and your health is something that needs to be taken care of and preserved for long term.

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Two Weeks of PiYo and Counting

Today I will be starting my third week of PiYo. Only six more to go! So far, it has been great and I am even starting to see little results. My abs are looking more toned, my legs are stronger, and my eating habits have gotten much better thanks to the 21 Day Fix Meal plan that I have been following. I also love Shakeology! It gives me the energy that my arthritis took away from me, not to mention it tastes amazing! So, here is my review thus far.

I can honestly say, PiYo makes me want to workout. I have never had this happen before, when I get home from work, I want to workout! It is great! Over the past two weeks, my workouts have been the Define Upper Body, Define Lower Body, Sweat, and Core.

Define Lower Body is about 25 minutes long, and works exactly what it says it does. Lots of planks, down dog, and down dog splits (which I am getting better at!). Define Upper Body is only 20 minutes long and definitely works your upper body, especially the arms. I am still working on my PiYo push-ups! Since these are both short and fairly easy, for the most part, I usually double up on these two. So when my PiYo Workout Calendar says to do one or the other, I do both! Then it is about 45 minutes of a good workout!

PiYo Sweat is hard and it literally makes you sweat like a pig. There are times when it is hard to grip my yoga mat due to me melting like a chocolate bar on a hot day. In Sweat, Chalene Johnson has you do everything from lunges to burpees. Trust me, it’s not as bad as it sounds because it is incorporated with yoga, but you feel great when it is over!

PiYo Core is hard, but rewarding! I never knew from doing plank, side plank, and PiYo pikes, could work your abs, but it does! This one will also make you sweat and work for it! I am still working on some of the moves, but my side planks and PiYo pikes, have definitely improved! In the beginning, I couldn’t even do a full side plank!

So far, I have only taken one rest day. I started on a Tuesday the first week, so I had to catch up and last week, I had a work conference. I took food, Shakeology, yoga mat, and PiYo along, so I did workout in my room and I ran on the treadmill at the fitness center. It was hard, but I did it! I confess, I did have a small piece of cake and a cookie! I took one day last week as my rest day.

I am excited for what the next two weeks have to offer! Let alone the next six! This past weekend, I also signed up to be a BeachBody Coach!! No, I am not coaching, yet, but hope to in the future! Here’s to week three of PiYo!

Happy Monday, ya’ll!

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Sunday Dinner: Chicken Fajitas Recipe

Top of the Monday Morning to you all! Hoping everyone had a great weekend and is ready to start a new week! This week will be the first week that I get to travel for work. I will be at conferences Wednesday through Friday, which in turn will be the first time my hubby and I have been apart for overnight! I’m a little sad and worried about him while I am gone. I’ll have lots of extra left-overs in the fridge!

It is also my second week of doing PiYo and Shakeology! My 3 Day Refresh went out with a bang and on Saturday, I was over joyed (an understatement) to eat “real food” again! That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed scrambled eggs and bacon Saturday morning. I am currently on the 21 Day Fix meal plan now, and continuing my PiYo journey. It is going to be hard this week, with my work conference. I plan on taking my labtop along so I can do my PiYo workouts in my room and I plan on taking my Shakeology, and some healthy food along. It helps that we have a fridge and microwave in our rooms!

I am also really enjoying my chocolate Shakeology! I am really loving the half of a banana, with water, ice, and a teaspoon of natural peanut or nut butter! It is amazing, and I get my sweet fix in for the day! For this combination, it would equal one red, one purple, and one teaspoon for the 21 Day Fix! Plus, it gives me energy! Since I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, I am always tired and have no energy. Shakeology has helped so much with that!

My weekend was good. I finally could feel myself getting stronger and better at my PiYo moves and I ate very well considering, we were invited out on Saturday night with my parents. Sunday I made Oven-Baked Chicken Fajitas with brown rice and Dill Salmon in the evening. Today, I am sharing my Chicken Fajitas recipe with you!

What You’ll Need:

1 package of Chicken Breasts (get the pre sliced tenderloins)

1 Green Pepper

1 Yellow Pepper

1 Red Pepper

Whole Wheat Tortillas

A Bunch of Cilantro

Onion Power, Salt, Pepper, Chili Powder, Red Pepper Flakes, Olive Oil, Minced Garlic, and Cayenne Pepper to taste.

Frist, cut up your peppers, chop the cilantro and preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

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Then add a few shakes of the following, depending on how spicy you like it, Onion Powder, Salt, Pepper, Cilantro, Chili Powder, Red Pepper Flakes, Olive oil, and Cayenne Pepper. Mix Well.

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Arrange Chicken in a 9X9 pan.

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Then smear chicken with minced garlic, depending on how much you like.

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Pour the peppers over the chicken.

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Put in preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked thoroughly.

Assemble with whole wheat tortilla and serve with brown rice! If you are doing the 21 Day Fix meal plan, this meal counts as one green, two yellow, and one red! And you’ll have left-overs! Plus, it is husband approved! My hubby is not on the same 21 Day Fix Diet as I am, but he loves a good chicken fajita and brown rice any day! It’s a win-win!

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Happy Monday!