Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Joining a Challenge Group v. Joining a Gym

It is New Years Eve and like many people, I have a New Year's Resolution to lead a healthy lifestyle. THIS has been my resolution for every year that I can remember. Knowing this, gyms will run specials and have HUGE promotions about why joining a gym is the best way to start 2015 out on the right foot.

There are TWO components that make up a healthy lifestyle: Diet and Exercise. The gym will have you covered on one of those --- the exercise. But what about the nutrition and your diet? THAT is where the results happen; in the kitchen, not the gym.

I have a solution for you that gives you the two components to a healthy lifestyle AND the support necessary after the New Year's Resolution hype and adrenaline goes away. Join a Challenge Group!

First, what is a challenge group?
A challenge group is a closed, private online support group for people who are looking to learn the basics of a healthy lifestyle. It provides support, accountability, and motivation. In order to be in a challenge group, you need three things: (1) ME as your Beachbody Coach, (2) a Beachbody program that I will help you choose, and (3) Shakeology.

Here are the reasons that a Challenge Group is the way to go this year instead of the gym membership.

1. A Challenge Group takes the GUESSWORK out
By utilizing an in-home fitness program, you are given a program that was created by professional trainers and nutritionists. They have outlined for you which workout to do on which given day. No more walking on a treadmill or staring at the rack of weights, trying to figure out what to do! Also, my fitness program is mine forever. I get to keep the amazing program and everything that came with it! It belongs to me, not the gym!

2. A Customizable Nutriton Plan
Every Beachbody program comes with a meal plan that is easy to follow, customizable, and utilized REAL food that is easy to find in your local grocery store. Also, with me as your coach I will provide you with sample meal plans to set you up for success right away in the kitchen.

3. No Commute
When I belonged to the gym, it was a 15 minute commute both ways. That is 30 minutes just in driving to the gym. By the time I would get a decent workout in, my total gym time with commute was pushing two hours. NOW, I workout in 30 minutes or less and never had to fight traffic, find childcare, or fight the crowd at the gym.

4. No Awkward Stares

Judgement is all around us, everywhere we turn, and the gym is not exempt! By working out in my living room during my daughter's naps, I am able to really focus on what I'm doing and not have to be ogled at or judged. The only one witnessing my flexibility (or lack-there-of) and yoga poses are my curtains.

5. Support and Accountability
The gym is a great place to get a great workout, as long as you stick with it. If you are anything like me, you are really good at going to the gym for about a week, and then you fall off of the wagon. The support and accountability that my coach and challenge group provided me was what got me into the best shape of my life. The group members picked me up when I failed and triumphed with me when I succeeded. They pushed me and helped me turn my healthy week into a healthy life.

So are you ready to take the plunge and give a challenge group a try? I have a group kicking off on January 12th. Help me ROCK your Resolution and start 2015 on the right foot. If you're interested, fill out the application below to join my challenge group.

Online contact and registration forms from Wufoo.

Monday, December 8, 2014

How to Stay on Track this Holiday Season

December is always a month loaded up with traveling for myself and my family. It is so easy to let the hustle bustle of the holiday season stray you from your daily routine. But don't let the Holiday Season be an excuse to put yourself on the back burner! With careful planning and preparation, you can survive any flight, road, trip, or vacation with ease.

Here are my top tips for Staying on Track this Holiday Season.

1. Get Your Workout in Daily

I know it's easier said than done, trust me --- especially if you're traveling and you have to change up your routine. If you're staying in a hotel, utilize the hotel's fitness room. Take your music and get a GREAT workout in. You can also take your workout DVDs with you. If you don't have access to equipment, T-25 or PiYo might be great options, since equipment is minimal. I like to get my workout in first thing in the morning!

2. Drink that Shakeology

One of the best parts about Shakeology is that it can be taken with you on your trips. You can get packets and pack them in your suitcase. For me, I always pack the packets (with a  few extras!), some PB2, and my shaker cup. Shakeology can be easily mixed with water, so it's the perfect quick breakfast or snack during your busy days. And the Shakeology may just quench that sweet tooth fix you need when Grandma brings out the Christmas cookies!

3. Be Mindful of Your Diet

It is the holiday, and it is 100% ok to indulge a bit on a few of your favorite holiday dishes. BUT don't overdo it! Remember, you worked HARD for where you are now. Don't let one week undo an entire month's worth of work. Remember your portion sizes. Eat your veggies. Pass on the glass of wine every night.

4. Drink Your Water
Drinking your daily water intake will help you significantly! You should be drinking about half your body weight in ounces every single day. So if you weight 150 pounds, then you should be drinking about 75 ounces of water daily. Make sure you have a water bottle in your purse and refill it often. If you feel hungry in between your meals --- you may just be thirsty. Bottoms up to your water!

5. Pack Healthy Snacks

When we travel, we are often gone all day. Make sure you still pack your healthy snacks for in the car, around the zoo, for ice skating, etc. Some healthy snack ideas are almonds, apples, cheese sticks, carrots, yogurt, etc. If you take the time to plan ahead, you are more likely to pick up your healthy option instead of hitting the drive through.

The Holidays are a time to enjoy your Friends, Family, and all the joy that being together brings. BUT don't let the craziness ruin your diet and lifestyle. Keep yourself accountable and make the smart choices!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Holiday Shakeology Recipes

This time of year Starbucks has their delicious holiday drink specials out. You know what I'm talking about --- the delicious Peppermint Mocha and Salted Caramel Mocha. BOTH of which are my weakness. There's just something about these drinks that make them special --- especially around the holidays!

Here are some yummy alternatives to these delicious drinks that are full of dense nutrition, keep you full for hours, curb your cravings, and still give you that peppermint and caramel fix :) OH and did I mention that it will be your healthiest meal of the day?

I present: Peppermint Mocha Shakeology and Salted Caramel Mocha Shakeology

Peppermint Mocha Shakeology

  • 1 scoop chocolate Shakeology
  • 1 cup cooled coffee (or 1 teaspoon of instant*)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 drop of peppermint extract
  • ice to taste
Blend and enjoy! :) top with whipped cream for an extra treat :)
**if you use instant coffee, replace 1 cup cooled coffee with 1 cup water**

Salted Caramel Mocha Shakeology
  • 1 scoop chocolate Shakeology
  • 1 cup cooled coffee (or 1 teaspoon of instant*)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp caramel extract
  • 1 small pinch sea salt
  • ice to taste

Blend and enjoy! :) top with whipped cream for an extra treat :)
**if you use instant coffee, replace 1 cup cooled coffee with 1 cup water**

Are you interested in trying Shakeology? Click here to place an order! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Clean Eating Chicken Tortilla Soup

This is the perfect soup to make on a cold day...or any day! We made this using our Thanksgiving turkey left overs in lieu of chicken. It still tasted GREAT!


  • 1, 14 oz. can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1, 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes (I use Hunt's)
  • 1 cup chopped, cooked chicken (I used leftover turkey)
  • 1/2, 4 oz can green chiles
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 16 oz chicken broth (I use my own!)
  • Salt / Pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. lime juice
  1. In a stock pot, heat oil on medium heat and add onion and garlic.
  2. Add chicken and spices, cook for one minute. 
  3. Add all other ingredients and bring to a boil.
  4. Set to simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Serve with crushed tortilla chips and cheese.

I like to top mine with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt as well. You can also stir in a little cream cheese for a creamier version!