Thursday, July 24, 2014

Get 'em clean, make 'em last

I had never been one to really wash my fruits and veggies really well (I know, I'm horrible). BUT while I was visiting my family in Texas, my sister-in-law shared a tip with me that she learned from her neighbor (Thanks Heather!).  It's so simple and not only gets your produce clean, but it makes them last longer too!

What you need:

A clean sink
1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar

What you do:

Fill your sink up with cold water (leave enough room for your produce to fit without water overflowing)
Stir in 1 cup ACV
Add fruits and veggies
Let your produce soak for 10 minutes
Rinse and place on a towel to dry

Voila! Clean fruits and veggies that will last longer than usual!  Remember to care for your produce specific to it's needs so that it lasts longer!

Monday, July 21, 2014

PiYo meets Paleo: Week One

I've been asked two questions a LOT lately, 1. What is my honest opinion on PiYo? and 2. Can you make the nutrition guide paleo friendly? SO here are my answers to both of those! I believe that PiYo is one of the best programs to come out of Beachbody.  It focuses on what our bodies crave and need these days--> flexibility and strength training.  We beat our bodies up CONSTANTLY and need to start taking care of them.  This kind of athletic strength training is awesome for any age, any gender, and ANY fitness level.  It's low impact but high intensity.  As a PiYo live instructor I know that this kind of exercise does wonders for the body, but to be honest, a few days into the at home version, I thought it was going to be too easy of a program and that I'd have to add it into a schedule like P90X3 or T25 to see results. I was SOOOOO wrong!  Here is what you can expect from the first week of PiYo and if you want to see my Paleo based meal plan that I followed it's here for you too! (Recipes can be found in this section or in the Nourish page.)

Monday:  The fundamentals disc breaks down the basic PiYo moves and terminology to get you ready for the workouts to come.  To get the most out of your PiYo workout it's CRITICAL to have proper alignment!  Chalene covers everything from her Pilates and Yoga inspired moves and how to properly move through them. This was the longest of the workouts but don't skip it! I LOVE this meal plan! I kept it simple throughout the week and enjoyed a couple of my favorites Monday including my turkey burger tostada!

Turkey Burger Tostada: Ground turkey, seasoned as desired (preferably no salt), grilled. Place on half a bell pepper, top with lettuce, onions, and 2 tsp guacamole.  For an extra kick add crushed red pepper to guac! So light, filling and satisfying and pairs perfectly with some crunchy Kale chips! 

Kale Chips: Preheat oven to 275 degrees.  Remove Kale from stem, tear apart into 1- 1.5 inch pieces and place in large bowl.  Toss with 1 tsp EVOO and seasonings to taste (I just use a little bit of Himalayan salt).  Place on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, turning leaves over halfway through baking.Tuesday: After completing the lower body workout I honestly thought the program was going to be too easy. The workout wasn't extremely challenging and was only 20 minutes long.  I could tell that it was definitely going to help with my flexibility but as far as results went, I was skeptical of what it would do for the shape of my body. I kept eating light on Tuesday since the workout wasn't too intense.  My go to for a quick, simple and light meal is a simple chicken salad.  Just grill up some chicken, put it over some greens with cucumber, tomato and onion and you're set! I top mine with a home-made balsamic vinaigrette!Wednesday: Define Upper Body was a little more challenging than lower body.  There was a lot of body weight resistance like push-ups, planks and a move called "The Beast" which was an intense one but great total body move! I started off the day with a higher protein meal mixing some diced chicken, diced broccoli and bell pepper, scrambled together with some eggs! I have always been the type of person who likes yoga but doesn't have the ability to hold poses.  My balance has never been the best and I get BORED doing those kinds of workouts.  PiYo changes that. I feel like a yoga rebel doing it haha.  No disrespect to yoga, I am just the kind of person that if I'm not moving, I don't feel like I'm getting a good workout! It's nice to get the flexibility training, while still MOVING! With that being said I started having a much more positive attitude towards PiYo at home after today! 
Thursday: Every single doubt I had about this program was GONE by this point! The Sweat workout was NO JOKE.  I was dripping by the time it was over! PiYo definitely eases you in to the workouts and moves and gets your body ready and prepared for more difficult workouts. Sweat isn't crazy hard, but it is definitely intense.  Don't fear it though.  It's just more intense compared to the first few workouts on the schedule. For lunch I enjoyed one of my favorite salads! The Strawberry Fields salad is one of my favorite lunches this time of year!Friday: Rest Day thank goodness! After the first few days I woke up SORE! I wasn't in pain, however I could feel muscles in my body that I didn't even know I had were being worked.  PiYo was delivering a total body workout that hit deep in the muscle fibers.  The best part was during the workouts I'm not struggling to complete them or dreading getting them done.  Because it's low impact, I'm looking forward to the workouts and it gives me the chance to focus on my alignment to properly engage each muscle to get the most out of the workouts.  Being able to do that really REALLY helps zero in on the specific muscle group being targeted! When you're able to focus you engage all over which in turn means TONS of core work! (Who doesn't love that?!) After completing the first workouts and the way my body feels on rest day, I know that PiYo is living up to the hype and is going to deliver some awesome results!Saturday:Back to Define Lower Body! I was actually looking forward to doing this one again! Even though I wasn't out of breath this time I got an even better workout.  I paid attention to my alignment and went deeper in the lunges and squats and felt even better! Lunch was my favorite! Fiesta stuffed sweet potato!  For the Paleo version replace the black beans with grilled chicken!Sunday: Define Upper Body was back in the rotation and while doing this one again I could already tell that I was getting stronger and that more core was getting tighter. I can confidently say that I am no longer a PiYo at home skeptic and I can't wait to see what week two brings!
PiYo just proves the point that our bodies need this kind of exercise! We spend our days beating our bodies up from our jobs to the other high impact kinds of workouts we're used to, we're missing a key ingredient to our health and fitness success! I truly believe that PiYo is the answer.  You can get amazing results while creating a stronger, more flexible body! Check out PiYo in the shop to get yours today and join one of our online accountability groups to ensure that you get the best results possible with tons of support and motivation doing it! Don't forget to add me on Facebook! Xo!Check out this video for a full overview on what PiYo is and what it can do for YOU!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summit 2014 Throwback Recap

It's been a month since I traveled to Las Vegas for my first Beachbody Coach Summit and it still gives me chills looking back at the pictures, realizing what an incredible experience it was.  Tons of training, motivation, inspiration, recognition and most of all CELEBRATION! In case you missed it, here's what happened...

Wednesday: The week kicked off with PiYo LIVE certification! It was such a fun training! PiYo is athletic strength and flexibility training.  It's all about taking care of your body, while defining it and becoming more flexible. Certification was 8 hours of hanging out with awesome people and getting one incredible workout done! The best part was getting certified with a few of my success partners that I finally got to meet that morning.  Oh, and Chalene Johnson stopped by for another segment of the workout and training too. It was an unforgettable start to this life changing trip! 

That night my entire success group was all together for the very first time.  It was a surreal feeling to be able to sit at a table with some of the most intelligent, uplifting, like minded people I have ever known and actually be with them IN PERSON.  I can honestly say these women are some of my very best friends and we have a bond that everyone should experience.  These are my sisters...

Thursday: The next morning Jenny finally got in and we headed off to my coach Lindsay's *SHINE* event. There we heard some of the top coaches in the company and in our organization speak.  They shared their best tips for success and even the CEO of Beachbody and creator of The 21 Day Fix stopped in for extra training and a Q&A session. After that we headed to opening general session where new products were announced and Summit was officially KICKED OFF!

The MGM Garden Arena PACKED full of coaches! So awesome!

Think of it as an 'on ramp' to fitness :)


 3-Day Refresh

After general session was over it was time to head back to the room and get ready for a night of celebration!  It was the Sequins & Studs party and in order to attend, you had to qualify! There me and my success buddies mingled with the Elite and got to meet some awesome people.  It was a great night..


This photo means the world to me! This gorgeous and intelligent group of women inspire me and give me drive that I didn't even know was in me.  I'm so grateful for their friendships and continued support and push through this journey.  Seriously, it's such an honor to be a part of something so amazing with these fearless trailblazers...

 Friday: Woke up bright and early to head down to the CORE, which is essentially a giant Beachbody mall.  Tons of clothes, accessories, name it- they had it. I definitely did some damage there...Next up was general session where Darren Hardy, the author of  The Compound Effect and creator of Success Magazine gave an incredibly powerful and inspiring presentation. It was a day full of breakout sessions with TONS of valuable training. In the middle of it all, I got to sit down with Lindsay and fellow leaders on the team for some good conversation, brainstorming and just enjoying each others company. Then it was off to more training and then spent the evening relaxing at dinner with my success group and then we headed to The Beachbody Classic and Beachbody's Got Talent shows.

Found a Golden Ticket for a free gift hidden in my 3-Day Refresh 

All of the contestants in this figure competition got their bodies by using only at home Beachbody fitness programs.

 Saturday: It was bittersweet waking up knowing that this was our last day all together, but there was no time to sit around.  Day four of Coach Summit began with the Super Workout.  Everyone gathered on the back lot of the MGM for a workout with all of the Beachbody trainers.  After that our team met for breakfast and then it was time to head to general session.  They announced that Team Beachbody is heading to Canada! Then Diana Nyad, the most incredible long distance swimmer, came on stage as the keynote speaker! Listening to her story and drive definitely gives you a good kick in the pants and motivates the hell out of you! That night was celebration night!  The Beachbody Challenge winners were chosen and two people walked away with $100,000 and 6 others received $25,000 all for getting healthier! It was also the top coach celebration! What a night to be able to watch Lindsay be awarded for such an incredibly well earned achievement!

International Expansion Coming mid August 2014

The Beachbody Challenge helps people stay on track to reach their goals with an added incentive of winning some SERIOUS cash!

I love being a part of something BIGGER! Where people are changed physically, emotionally & financially and are rewarded for it all!

They had a surprise in store for Lindsay! A bunch of us got to go on stage to help celebrate!

 My message on the big screen for Lindsay!!!! Xo!

What an honor to be able to be a part of this! This group of people is so uplifting & inspiring and I am so so blessed to be a part of such an incredible organization and team!

That's a wrap on Beachbody Coach Summit 2014. Next stop: Summit 2015 NASHVILLE! 

The week of Summit was by far one of the most memorable experiences of my life. There is nothing more inspiring than being surrounded by 10,000 people who share the same values, goals and drive.  I knew I was always made for more but never knew what it was until I began my coaching journey.  Summit helped me discover more of that. I always knew the possibilities with this coaching opportunity but seeing it in person was incredible. I now have a greater sense of who I am, who I want to be, and where my team is going.  

Do you feel like you were made for more? Do you want to experience a culture like this? Do you want to start feeling empowered and help others feel empowered too? Becoming a coach was the best decision I ever made. If you're ready to start coaching click the button below and we can get started making your dreams a reality!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Triumph > The Struggle

Do you ever feel like you set a goal for yourself and it's almost so big that it scares you. I'm talking the scares you if you fail but scares you even more if you succeed and reach it?  The kind of goal where you know it's going to take some serious hard work and tons of obstacles to overcome but you know that the struggle is going to be nothing compared to the reward?! Where it's crazy to think, "Oh my gosh if that were to happen.." and you realize all of the amazing things that would fall into place for you and the happiness and joy you would feel?!  I like to call big, scary, intimidating, treacherous goal your Everest goal.

At our Coach Summit in Las Vegas one of our keynote speakers, Darren Hardy (Creator of Success Magazine and author of The Compound Effect) reiterated the thought of our goals being mountains.  When we set out to start climbing our mountain people will come to us concerned and tell us, "I'm not sure about this. That mountain your climbing looks awfully big. Are you sure you want to be doing that, you could get hurt?" The naysayers will chime in and say, "I don't think you'll be able to do it, that looks like a really bad idea, you'll never make it up there." As we listen to them talk about our big GOAL like that, we look them in the eye and say, "You see this mountain? I'm going to the TOP"

So we begin our journey and we climb, and we climb a little more, and those people begin to take notice. They see the progress that's been made and recognize our success unfolding and say, "Hey you're doing great on that mountain, that's really awesome.. you should come down from there and start climbing this mountain over here with me instead. My mountain is better and quicker." Instead, we stand tall and we look them in the eye and say, "You see THIS mountain? I'm going to the TOP"

Throughout our climb things will get rough. The climbing will get hard, we'll feel the stress of the journey, and there will be struggles along the way. In the thick of it our friends and family will tell us, "We care too much about you to see you get hurt. Just come back down where it's safe." And once again we will look them in the eye and say, "You see THIS mountain?  You will either see me waving from the TOP or laying dead on the side, I AM NOT COMING BACK!

That speech has really stuck with me.  No matter where we are in life, what our dreams are and what we set out to accomplish there will always be doubters, naysayers, and even the ones we love will try to get us to pull back from our dreams.  A lot of people are resistant to change and would rather play it safe. I say grab your flag, start climbing and don't ever stop until you tie that baby to the summit of your mountain. The thing about climbing really hard mountains... after you climb a couple of them, the rest of the mountains are a lot easier to climb.

Never give up on your goals. Find your Everest and start your trek.  The scenery may get ugly along the way but keep in mind what the view from the top will be! Just. Keep. Climbing.