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The reason I stopped selling Beachbody

If you have followed me at all in the last year or so you know I have been a HUGE Beachbody advocate and coach. I LIVED  Beachbody for an entire year and came out a better person at the end of it not only physically but emotionally as well. Unfortunately after getting my personal training certification I have come to realize a few flaws in being a Beachbody coach.

Have you ever learned something and then want to unlearn it because it would make your life easier just not knowing? That is pretty much what happened to me. I learned the “rights” and “wrongs” of exercise and could not look at beachbody programs the same. I can’t just sell you a dvd and tell you “you are going to drop 10 pounds in a month” because that program may do more harm then good in your body depending on SO many other factors.

Stress. Diet. MUSCLE COMPENSATIONS. Job. Lifestyle. Medical history…. the list goes on. I can’t JUST be the person that sells to you. I want to be the one that guides you, lifts you and makes you feel good not just sore.

Also, I can’t do MLM. Multi-level marketing. Let me rephrase that. I CAN but I choose not to anymore. I was waking up at 4:00am and doing EVERYTHING the top coaches did to be successful and I just didn’t like it. It was so much work to obtain clients and the amount of effort I put in was not worth the small percentage that you make being a coach. I am not trying to hate on beachbody AT ALL, I think they are a really great company but it is just not for me anymore. I am thankful for the experience and do not look at myself as a quitter, I just have bigger dreams now and beachbody has helped guide me to them.

I have started my personal training journey, hoping to have more one-on-one time with clients, create amazing workout and be a huge support system for prenatal/postnatal moms!

P.S. My entire family still drinks Shakeology. We have found it has made a huge difference in our immune system, digestive system and overall weight management so until we find something better I will continue drinking it and praising it.

Thank you for all the support and love everyone has given me this past year!

 

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5 ways to stay on track this weekend!

Graduation Parties, Summer BBQ’s, Pool Parties, Birthday Parties….Summer time is filled with lots weekend activities that can distract you from your health and fitness goals. Try these 5 tips to help you stay focussed this season! 

  1. Stop thinking of days as “weekdays” and “weekends”.
    Today is a Day. It is another day for you to eat right and get in a workout just like every other day. It is another day to fight for your goals! You don’t get any special “treats” for making it to the weekend, you don’t get to skip your workout because your significant other is home or you have “other things to do”. Get it done!
  2. STOP sleeping in!!!
    WHAT?! How could she?! Wake-up at the same time everyday, not only are you going to feel better physically by keeping your sleep cycle consistent but you are straight up going to rule the world because you will have so much more extra time!
  3. Plan fun workouts for the weekends.
    I love picking longer workouts for the weekends or workouts that I truly love doing; it gets me excited and pumped for my sweat sessions! Pick a new trail to run, a new program to try, take a yoga class at the studio down the street. Plan it into your schedule.
  4. Eat before events.
    Events mean food…A LOT of food. Instead of being that angry girl standing in the corner pounding down celery sticks and carrots while everyone eats cake and cheese dip, eat a big salad or have a protein shake before you go to the event so that you aren’t starving and can control your portion sizes.
  5. Don’t overdo breakfast.
    Weekends mean more time to spend with family in the morning’s right? Instead of spending that extra time whipping up a huge breakfast, spend the extra time finding new healthy recipes to make together as a family.
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Protein Packed Muffins

blueberry oat muffins
I have had so much fun with these muffins! Ellie and I are both starving when we wake up so this is an easy protein packed breakfast or snack for on the go! In the picture above I mixed 1 cup of blueberries into the batter and topped with chopped almonds! SO GOOD! Get creative with your toppings!
Ingredients
  • 3 cups rolled oats (gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1.5 scoops protein powder (I use vanilla shakeology)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup plain 0% greek yogurt
  • 2 T coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • toppings: crushed walnuts, frozen blueberries chopped almonds, almond butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl combine oats, protein powder, baking powder, cinnamon and sea salt.
  3. In a separate bowl combine eggs, vanilla extract, applesauce, greek yogurt, coconut oil, honey and almond milk.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir to combine.
  5. Grease a muffin pan very well with coconut oil.
  6. Divide batter evenly among muffin tin.
  7. Stir in toppings of choice into each one.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes (mine took 18 minutes).
  9. Let cool for 20 minutes before removing to cool completely. Don’t skip this!! 
  10. Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 5 days.
  11. *These freeze well. I take two out in the morning and microwave it for 20-30 seconds.

Modifications made to recipe from http://www.thehealthymaven.com/2015/02/customizable-protein-packed-oatmeal-cups.html#_a5y_p=3355477

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Paleo/Whole30 Stuffed Bell Peppers

This recipe takes a little more time to prep (about 30 minutes, with a toddler pulling at you) but it is completely worth it! NOTE: THE PICTURE FEATURED HAS CHEESE ON HALF OF THE PEPPERS FOR MY HUSBAND. CHEESE IS NOT WHOLE30/PALEO APPROVED.
Ingredients
2 Tablespoons of grass-fed butter
2 tablespoons of avocado oil or coconut oil
1 small yellow onion
3 celery stalks, diced
3 carrots, diced
1 pound of chicken italian sausage
1 pound of grass-fed beef
3 garlic cloves, minced
Sea salt and pepper to taste
1 small zucchini, finely diced
3 cups of fresh basil
1 can of diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
5-6 bell peppers
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Fill a large soup pot with water and bring to a boil.
  3. While you are waiting for the water to boil, cover the bottom of another big soup pot with the butter and oil and over medium heat saute the onion, celery, and carrots until the onions become translucent.
  4. Crumble in the sausage and ground beef and add salt and pepper before meat is fully cooked.
  5. Add the zucchini, basil and tomatoes, mix well, and let the meat and veggies cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally for another 10-15 minutes.
  6. In the meantime, remove the tops of the bell-peppers and rinse well to remove seeds
  7. By now your water should be boiling. Place the bell peppers gently into the boiling water and submerge them for 5-6 minutes or until the bell peppers are just a little tender but not falling apart.
  8. Pull the bell peppers out of the water with tongs, and arrange in a large baking dish. Fill each bell pepper with the meat mixture and bake in your preheated oven for 20 minutes.
Have leftover filling? Freeze it and add to spaghetti sauce later!
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Paleo Taco Bowls

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Looovvee using this recipe for meal prepping! This made about 4 portions 🙂
Ingredients:
2 lbs ground turkey
2 cups of cauliflower rice
2 tablespoons of butter
1/2 red onion, diced
1 avocado, diced
2 cups of cherry tomatoes, diced
1 bunch of cilantro, chopped
1 can of black beans
1 can of corn
Some hot sauce to drizzle over the top!
Directions:
  1. Cook ground turkey in either multipurpose seasoning or a taco seasoning here http://skinnyms.com/skinny-ms-taco-…
  2. Saute the cauliflower rice in butter till soft.
  3. Rinse beans and corn
  4. Add all ingredients into prepping containers (PICTURED ABOVE)
  5. Feel free to drizzle hot sauce or some type of dressing over the top!
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Embrace your weird side

embrace-your-weird-sideIt has been a couple years since I have gone to a Vinyasa yoga class. Yesterday I took the plunge and went to a studio nearby (East Wind Yoga) to get some time to myself. Pretty sure Vinyasa is as close to Heaven as I can get. I could feel my heart filling with the love and joy that this practice brought me years ago. My favorite part about Vinyasa is the little bits of wisdom that the instructors tend to share at the beginning and end of class. They tie moves to it and the whole class is like a dance for your soul. Ok getting “woohooy” over here. The instructor (Natasha Bailey) said something that hasn’t left my mind so I figure I should write about it!

The thought: Embrace your weird side.

When we are kids we are taught to do things this way and that way so that we are seen as “good” and not “bad”.We are taught to fit in and follow the rules. This follows us through high school and college and transcends into the workplace.

We all become these stereotypes and think that this is the way life should be lived. Maybe we show our true colors to our spouse? best friend? family? These characteristics are what have cultivated deeper connections and deeper relationship with others but it takes months sometimes years before we show them.

Being different has such a negative connotation tied to it but what isn’t realized is those that show their “weirdness” are extremely successful. When I say successful I mean in life, in love, and maybe even financially. It is like letting your uniqueness come out opens space up in your mind for creativity and success.

Part of my job is studying people, studying the top earners in my company and what they do…what have I found? THEY ARE ALL WEIRDOS!!!! They are all silly and funny and don’t care who knows it! They share love and sadness and they are REAL.

So I guess my point to this is to take pride in your weirdness. Life is to short to hide in a stereotype, be weird, embrace it and encourage others to do the same.