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What can happen when you listen to a WOMAN

It’s been a long journey of doing my workouts and trying to keep my family as healthy as I can. It wasn’t always easy without the support from my husband. It is so much easier when you are both on the same page and having similar goals when it comes to your health and fitness. Don’t get me wrong, I did it for almost two years before he decided he wanted to commit to doing it with me. I heard it all from him. I don’t have time, I can’t because of my injury. But I think I stumped him when I went for a workout that is more geared towards men although I joined an all girl group that did it to and these ladies are awesome. Body beast was the workout I decided to invite my husband to because I thought it would be a good fit for him because he did just a year ago have surgery on his foot. I also want to throw out there that this blog was my husbands idea. I did not make him share his story. He wanted to share his story and I am seriously so proud of how far he has come in such a short amount of time. He use to make fun of me with my eating and now he is sitting next to me while I type this trying to create a meal plan that he can follow because he has learned that planning is essential to be successful with your nutrition.  So, I am going to share some Q&A’s we had and then will go over both of our results of the program.

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Q: How does it feel to have finished an entire program?

A: A sense of accomplishment. I truly look forward to working out every day now.

 

Q: Why do you think this time was different then previous attempts?

A: I had someone waking me up at 5:30 a.m. for the first 40+ days. That’s a great way to create a habit.

 

Q: Why did you commit to Body Beast?

A: It started as a commitment to my wife with a couple’s challenge group. I really don’t believe I thought about the impact it would have on me. However, life changing to say the least.

 

Q: What did you find most challenging about Body Beast?

A: Being consistent with diet. I still need a lot of work in that area. I found that planning out in advance was good. The weeks I planned, I nailed it. No plan, I missed it completely.

 

Q: What did you enjoy most about Body Beast?

A: I truly enjoyed the early morning workouts with my wife. Logistically it wasn’t the most convenient. After 11 weeks, I could look in the mirror and see some changes.

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Q: What are 3 important tips you would recommend to someone starting Body Beast or any other workout program?

A:– Schedule it. (If you don’t, you won’t make it a habit) If I missed, I doubled up the next day.
— Meal plan (Plan out your nutrition weekly) I had great success when I took time to do this, don’t leave it up to chance.
— Be smart about weight your lifting. Sagi is a beast to keep up with him, you’ll get hurt. Lift what you can, and don’t give up.

 

Q: So now that Body Beast is over, what’s next?

A: I’m going to finish out 2014 with Body Beast. I’m just repeating phase 3. Then for 2015, I am going to pay the health and fitness forward by running my own Challenge Group. The program I am choosing is P90. I’m looking to help 1 to 3 people make some strides in their health for 2015. It’s the best way for me to say thanks to my coach for her inspiration and commitment to getting me healthy.

 

I just honestly want to take the time to let my husband know how proud I am of him. I know he says it was me that has gotten him where he is but it was ALL him. It was his time. He was ready and he nailed this challenge. I  am proud of all of the hard work he has put in and I love that we can support each other and make sure we each have our time to get our workouts in and both have a say in our dinners for the week. It does make it more fun to have your spouse on the same page as you. Don’t get me wrong, I did it alone for over 2 years. It is just easier with the support of your significant other. I hope his story has inspired a few of you. If you are looking into getting into better shape for this coming year, fill out the form below so we can get you in a group that suits your needs.

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Insanity Max 30 releases today

Insanity max 30 will be releasing any hour now for team Beachbody. Not only do us coaches get the program a week earlier then anywhere else, we also get to send our customers a bonus dvd that they don’t get when ordered elsewhere. Not only is the bonus DVD a plus, but you are also able to have 1:1 coaching and a private accountability group which helps keep you motivated and on target for your goals.

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Insanity Max 30 couldn’t have released at a better time for me. I’m in my last week of body beast and ready to slim/tone down after a 12 week muscle building program. I typically am also someone who gets bored easily. 99% of the time I  will finish any program I start regardless, but I have a feeling insanity max:30 will be anything but Boring. I had the chance to to check out a workout on Sunday morning and after 2 hours of completing the workout, I still had an adrenaline rush.

 

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The 30 minutes went super fast, and I sweat A LOT!! I’m truly excited at the core to see what this program does for my test group and I. I have paired up with my coach, Sarah and we are co-running this group together. Her and I have run a few challenges together but I was in her challenge groups for over a year before I started running my own. So her and I can deliver great motivation, advice, tips and fun on the same platform in our own ways.

 

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This insanity Max: 30 test group is going to kick BUTT.. Literally

Clean Eating Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

So thanks to Tony Horton’s healthy cookie recipe I decided to give it a try because after all it did have PUMPKIN in it and they are perfect for my after Thanksgiving dinner dessert. Did you know that in just one slice of a traditional pumpkin pie has

323 calories
13 G fat
318 mg of sodium
35 mg of cholesterol

 

That is so crazy to me. So I have to give a big thumbs up to these cookies and a big thanks to Tony Horton for sharing. This batch makes about 18-20 cookies and for two cookies you are looking at:

142 calories
7 G fat
3 G fiber
4 G protein

Okay, so this is how you make these yummy cookies

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preheat the oven to 350 cook time 10-15 minutes.

add the ingredients in this order and mix together and place on the pan in a round shape and add 1 pecan on top

1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup Almond Meal Flour
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground clove
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp Himalayan salt (sea salt optional)
1 large egg
1/3 cup organic pure maple syrup
1 1/4 cup pumpkin puree

These are some yummy healthy clean eating cookies that are perfect for this time of year. If you are on the 21 day fix, 2 of these cookies can replace a yellow 3x a week :)

7 of the reasons why I am grateful for Beachbody

So over the past week, I have been posting daily reasons why Beachbody has done so much for me and my family. I have been doing so much thinking about how blessed I really am to be a part of such an amazing team and company. It truly was a blessing and I will forever be grateful. Before I touch on the 7th reason, I want to do a little recap of what I posted throughout the week.

 

1) I started day one off with Shakeology. It took me over a year to commit to drinking this. I was a believer the first time I drank it consecutively for 1 month. I was never really a shake/smoothie kind of person, so it took me a long time to get use to it but after researching the products and really looking into, I wanted to make it work so I committed to it for 30 days and fell in LOVE. Not only has Shakeology helped me eat better, it has also completely helped me with my night time snacking, gives me the energy I need for my children. Cures any hangover (rare occurrence) , and the BEST of all, lowered my daughters cholesterol.  Anyone who knows my daughter would be just as surprised as I was to learn that at the age of 12 that she had high cholesterol. She was extremely active and extremely fit. Didn’t eat any different than any other child her age. I did so many things to try and lower it, and shakeology finally helped with that. I feel like it was her life saver.

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2) Day 2 I talked about how much this company changed me from the inside out.  Having the ability to do my passion everyday and help others do the same thing that I have done and get paid for it, is beyond anything I could have ever asked for. I mean to be your own boss, decide your own salary, work with the people you choose to work with and surround yourself with some of the most amazing people you will ever meet is humbling. I have learned so much about myself and who I am as a person and took some of my weaknesses and worked over the next 10 months to strengthen them. I am truly blessed. Changing the lives of people who I know and that are close to me is a greater blessing then any kind of money. It has been truly rewarding and a great outlet for me. Just remember you can be whatever it is that you want to be. The only person ever stopping you from being what you are destined to be, is you. Don’t settle, don’t just live to be “comfortable”. Do what you truly love and want to do. Believe in your passion.

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3) Day 3 I talked about my wonderful family and how this is probably one of the top things I am extremely thankful for. When I was working, I started missing too many things with my children. My son was growing up and I didn’t get to spend the same time with him as I did with my girls and it hurt so much. Isabella was dancing and I was missing fun things they included the parents in. Diamond was at a cheer competition almost every weekend and I missed every single one except one. It killed me. I wanted to be their for my children. I was meant to be there for my kids. There is no money value or anything in this world more important then being there for my children. So to be able to wake up everyday and know that their smiley faces are the first thing I get to see is the biggest gift I could ever be given. The fact that I can cancel any and all plans I have if there is an illness or we want to get away as a family. I don’t have to wait for a request off approval or to find coverage. AND I NEVER have to work a holiday again.

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4) Day 4 was about my health. Yes this journey has given me a physical and mental transformation. I have truly fed myself with so much knowledge that I would have never done if it wasn’t for BeachBody and my team. The outside transformation truly reflects a fraction of what it has done for me on the inside. I can’t begin to explain how my eating habits have changed my moods, energy level,  and sleep. I love to exercise. I was hooked from the first program I did. Since starting my journey I have done P90X, Insanity, T25, Turbofire, 21 day fix, ultimate reset, PiYO, and I am almost done with body beast. Each program has challenged me in different ways and I love it. Food can sometimes be a challenge for me, but with the help and support from accountability groups, I have been able to stay on track and I can now say I am the strongest and healthiest I think I have ever been in my entire life.

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5) Day 5 was about new Friendships. Have you ever been involved in something and you weren’t sure if people really were there to support you even though it was a group or team aspect? Maybe their was jealousy or unfriendly competition? I know this may be hard to believe, but this doesn’t happen with our team. We support each other, care and have love for each other, and congratulate and celebrate each other when we crush a goal or do something that is awesome. I mean at the end of the day what we do is awesome. We change and in some aspects, save lives. We all have one goal in common and that is to help as many people as we can by sharing what has worked for us. I can honestly say that these woman and a few gentlemen that I got  to know is absolutely wonderful. They have an amazing heart and the beautiful desire to better themselves and others every single day and I am blessed to be able to call them my friend.

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6) Day 6 was about earning extra income. This kind of goes hand in hand with being home with my family. Coming from someone who is extremely independent though, being able to be home where I am needed most and still help provide for my family makes it that much more rewarding. This company is on a mission. We are out to end the trend of obesity. We are out to help all of those who are ready to make the change to better their health, life, and future. We are also out to help everyone who wants to pay it forward and start their own business and build an income that maybe someday you too can leave your job. (if that is a goal of yours) You again, can do anything you set your mind too.  You are the driver to your own path. Make it count.

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7) Day 7 I saved for here. I have found so much of myself since starting this company and grew so much as a person. I am in the best shape both mentally and physically and I can only see it getting better from here. I have not one negative thing to say about this experience and have enjoyed every single minute of it. I want to give thanks to everyone who has supported me and trusted me to be a part of their lives and journey. I can only be fair to extend an invite out to you. Check out what coaching is all about. See if it’s a right fit for you. I would be doing you a disservice by not inviting you to check out what I do and how it has fit so perfectly into my life. If you are at all interested in learning more about what it is I do or see if it’s something that you could incorporate into your life to make the life you want to live by your design and not someone else’s. I want to take on 4 coaches for by the New Year and coach you 1:1, and get you set up with all the necessity tools and information to make you a successful business partner. To be considered for a position on the #1 Team in all of beachbody, please fill out the form below and we will set up a time to chat.

 

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Spinach White Pizza

I think for me, it has always been hard finding healthy lunch ideas that I enjoy. I use to be the sandwich, burger, tuna or chicken salad with mayo kind of gal. So my focus has been to not only make quick healthy meals. But to focus some thought around lunch and get more variety in my life. A salad for me, can only be had a few times a week. This recipe I made was delicious and super super easy to make.

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ingredients:

Ricotta cheese (1 Red if on fix)
spinach (1 green for fix)
minced garlic (free fix food and I love garlic so use to your discretion)
Multi-grain Flat bread
Mozzarella Cheese (1 blue)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350
Spread the Ricotta onto the flat bread
layer the spinach (cooked on stove top in coconut oil)
spread the cheese out and then sprinkle the garlic on top.
Place in oven until cheese is melted (about 5 minutes tops)

And it’s done. easy prep, quickly cooked and extremely tasty. If you give this a try, drop me a comment and let me know what you thought. :)

Chicken Bean soup

So my theme for this holiday season, is healthy quick and easy meals that I can whip together and still get the vitamins and nutrients I need along with staying away from all of the processed foods that kill us. I don’t want this time of year to get in my head as an excuse not to move forward and keep pushing forward in the right direction. With that said, I made this the other night and it was delicious! Not only does it taste good, my whole house smelled good. I took a can of chicken. The only ingredient is added water and put in a sauce pot. I also took a can or organic pinto beans and added it to the pot. about a 1/4 cup of chopped onions. Garlic powder, basil, parsley, and Himalayan salt for seasoning ans let cook on medium heat for about ten minutes. It made about 3 to 4 servings. Quick, easy, and super yummy.

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Ricotta 21 day fix snack

I always liked Ricotta and after being on the 21 day fix almost faithfully since February, you start to get super creative in coming up with new things to enjoy. The following recipe if you are on the fix is 1 red, 1/2 blue, 1 tsp

I took one red container of ricotta cheese and mixed 1 tsp of honey in it.

I crushed 6 almonds and pan fried them in coconut oil

after cooked, I put them on top of the ricotta honey mix and drizzled pure maple syrup on top…. This is definitely a must try

 

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Lee Lynn’s Journey

 

I just love transformation stories. They are truly an indication that someone has gained confidence in their journey and they want to share their progress in the hopes to inspire someone to make positive changes and better themselves. This transformation Tuesday story feature a good friend of mine. Lee Lynn and I met a few years ago through Diamond’s cheering. I can remember the first day I met her. Her and her husband were so friendly and nice and we became instant friends. We traveled a lot together our first year while our girls competed. So I know for her, it wasn’t hard for her to trust me and join me on an incredible ride. She knew me and knew what kind of person I was already. I know she will say that I played a big part in her transformation, but I feel we played a big part in both of our transformations. She has been by my side basically since March and has done countless accountability groups with me and still does them with me because her and I both know that is what keeps us headed in the right direction.

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I was able to grab this busy mommy of three on vacation and asked her a few questions::

1) What made you decide to make me your coach and allow me to guide you through your journey?
What made me allow you to be my Coach? Well I told you once last year that I wanted to lose weight. I watched you on your changes and how good you felt. You texted me and ask me to join you on your 21 day fix in March and that was the best decision I ever made.

2) What do you like most about Shakeology?
: what I love about it, it is a great drink love the chocolate and also gives me more energy which I need to keep up with my 3 girls. Also it helps me to control my weight by not eating crap.

3) Besides weight loss, what else has this journey given you?
Outside of my weight loss I love that I feel good with my energy, in what I wear and that confidence is a wonderful thing since I loss that with in my self because of my weight.

4) If you had to pick the best part of doing this journey together, what would that be?
Joining you on this journey is very positive in a way that if I fall of track that I can jump right back in and not feel like I am a loser for not finishing. I do love watching you and your goals and it encourages me to do the same thing at my own pace. Thank you for kicking my but to be the heather person I can be.

5) Being a busy mom of 3 girls, what advice can you give other busy people out there that gives you that time to work on yourself?
I am a mom of 3 active girls. 13,11,10 years old. It took me almost ten years to realize that I need to take care of myself mentally and physically. I was not liking how I felt or how I looked and it was bringing me down. Watching you change your life and get healthy for yourself and your family, that is when I realized I needed to do something for myself. To be healthy and have the energy to keep up with my family. As a part time working mom of two jobs, I do my best everyday to have me time. Whether it be a 30 minute workout, getting out to see family and friends, or just a quiet 30 minutes for whatever. I am not perfect in anyway. I do fall off track in my crazy life/schedule but I know the next day is a new day to try again. That is the best part of me now!! If I can do it, any working, stay at home mom can do it too. To have a team of friends that help me be the best I can be and to that I say Thank You.

 

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Lee said something that hit the nail on the head. No one is perfect. It is about striving to be better then you were yesterday. Don’t get down on yourself for having a bad day or week. Pick yourself back up and keep moving forward and never give up. That is the beauty of an accountability group. So often we can life get in the way and these groups keep you honest. They are supportive, and not judgmental.  They are the reason why I do what I do and will continue to change one life at a time. I seriously have a program for everyone and would love to help anyone who is ready for that change. It is always hard in the beginning, but I can promise you if you are consistent and dedicated, it becomes second nature.

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I want to congratulate you Lee for doing an amazing job and sharing your picture. That takes confidence and guts and you are amazing and have done an amazing job. Keep doing what you are doing because you look fabulous.

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3 day refresh results

So as many of you know, I started Body beast with my husband back in September. We are half way through week 8. This is the 5th week of the bulk phase. I have increased my calories the last 5 weeks by 1000 because we are in the “bulk” phase. This has been very hard on me. I have become fluffy and put on quite a bit of weight. I know I need to trust the program, but I also know some of those calories I was eating were not exactly healthy.  So, I decided to start cutting a little early. I have 1o days left of the bulk series, and just thought it was time to get my shape back that I have worked so hard for.

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With that said, I kicked off my cutting with the 3 day refresh. The reason I started with the refresh is because for me it is easy to follow, I don’t really go hungry, and it detoxes me. When you get on a kick of eating sugar or processed foods, it is extremely hard to kick those cravings. This cleanse breaks me of that and gets me back to where I need to be. I have my meal plan set out for the rest of the week which is super critical to stay successful. So is the Refresh for you? That depends. I would say it is for anyone that
1) Just had a weekend get away or vacation where you splurged
2) want to start eating healthier and need a kick start to clean out your system
3) in the hunt to lose 5 lbs quickly. please note, those 5 lbs will only stay off if you change your eating habits after. This cleanse is to help you kill those awful sugar cravings. It works! I am back at it and ready to rock it.

Weight truly is nothing but a number. I rarely weigh myself anymore. I actually wouldn’t weigh myself during this bulk series because I knew eating close to 2500 calories would increase my fat and my weight. I usually go by the way I feel and after the last few weeks, I definitely needed this kick start and I am now back on my fix plan and ready to rock it. Here was my three day results. I didn’t change my toe nail color which desperately  need changing to prove to you that these 5 1/2 pounds were gone in 3 days. Now to continue eating clean and doing what I do. Before I share my photo, I would like to recommend one thing, don’t do too much strenuous exercise. I instruct PiYO and I had zero energy the third day to do it. It usually is so much fun for me and it felt like work. So definitely listen to your body.

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Insanity Max:30


Is anyone else as excited as me to do this insane workout? What I like about all of these updated programs is they cut all the times to 30 minutes because they have grown as trainers and know how to get it done in 30 minutes instead of an hour. I did complete the original insanity last June of 2013. It was an awesome workout and I am super excited to do this new program and push myself to the max. It will be released in less then a month and I am looking for 3 other people who are ready to jump in and do this program with me. We will support each other, share our struggles, push ourselves to the max and lift each other up when we need it most. Here is one of my after pictures when I did the original insanity. This is what push-ups and burpees does to tone your body. :) there is no weights or anything else used.

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It will also be different then the original. This time they include a modifier but don’t let that mistake you for the intensity. It is going to be a hell of a workout and I am so up for the challenge. I am definitely a fan of Shaun T and can’t wait for him to kick my butt for 60 days. You interested in joining my first ever insanity max test group? Fill out the form below and we will chat about how we can do this together.

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