Friday, April 29, 2016

Shakeology Mug Cake Recipe

Shakeology Mug Cake

So I am going to just shoot it straight!  I have a killer sweet tooth and I love anything chocolate!
I have a hard time passing it up!

I was in dire need of something last night so I whipped up this bad boy!  It satisfied the need for something sweet and I didn't kill my healthy eating!

I am very aware that when you heat up Shakeology it does take away some of the nutritional value, but I already had my shake for the day so its ok!  I'm totally cool with it!  

You gotta give this a try!!!


Ingredients


-1/4 tsp baking powder


-1 scoop Shakeology


-1 tbs sweetener of your choice


-dash of salt

-1 egg


-optional mix in: peanut butter, cocoa powder


-2 or 3 tbs water/milk


Directions


-In a mug mix Shakeology, baking powder, salt, 

cocoa, and sweetener.

-Next, mix in an egg and 2-3 tablespoons of 

water/milk.

-Mix until dry ingredients are wet.


-If you’d like to add peanut butter, put one dollop in 

the center and push it down a bit.

-Microwave for 90 sec.


-When it is done the edges will pull from the sides.


-Enjoy!



I hope you love it as much as I do!  

Monday, April 25, 2016

How To Guarantee You Get Amazing Health & Fitness Results From Your Program

Good Morning and Happy Monday!!!  

Here is my reality check MONDAY MINDSET VIDEO!!! CHECK IT OUT!



I didn't get time yesterday to share with you my meal plan for the week because I truly feel like meal planning is the most important part of your week.

If you are just starting out on your fitness journey or you are well on your way to your fitness goals it is important that you always have a plan!  If you don't have a plan its basically setting yourself up for failure.  I've been meal planning for 5 years now and I can say without a doubt that the weeks I plan I am way more on track than the weeks I try to wing it!  

I am 39 days until my BUCKET LIST VACATION to Bora Bora with the Elite 10 Coaches!  I want to look and feel my best so it is definitely down to business right now.

I'm following the Countdown to Competition Meal Plan with Hammer and Chisel as my workout with a little extra booty work mixed in there!  

My body responds best when I cut out bananas, grapes, dairy and most carbs except for sweet potatoes and oatmeal.  So I'm going basic!  I'm still hitting all my containers per day but I'm focused on sticking to the top of each food list for the container system since that is the most nutrient dense foods.

When it comes down to those last pesky pounds you should really limit your breads, whole grain waffles, pancakes, greek yogurts and high natural sugar fruits and veggies.  While I know you need a variety, I just find that this helps you get to where you want to be faster.

WORKOUTS:  When it comes to getting the BEST results possible you can't just show up to your workouts and press play.  You have to give it over and above effort.  Increasing your weights, upping the intensity, holding your plank for just a little bit longer and not quitting before it's over.  SURE when we workout at home no one else is around and no one will know if we did it or not.  BUT your results are what will tell the truth!  If you slacked in the kitchen it shows in results.  

So as we get closer to the summer time it's time to really buckle down and get those last few lbs off and get out of that comfort zone!  Change NEVER happens when you go through the motions!  

Here is my plan for the week!  I hope this helps and gives you some guidance on how I structure my plan!

We are in the midst of a super busy season which means that we are running between soccer, baseball and Lacrosse games.  There are Saturday's where we leave at 9 am and don't come back til 4pm. So what are we going to eat?  

It's all about having a plan, not leaving the house without my cooler and making sure I keep myself on track to my goals.

It's go time!  39 days til VACATION, it's now or never!!!  LEAVE NOTHING ON THE TABLE!!!  



YOU ARE INVITED:
If you are interested in working with me to lose the last 10 lbs join me on Monday May 2nd for a 30 day group that is guaranteed to challenge you, stretch you to the limits and help you crush your own personal goals!!

It's go time!!



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Thursday, April 21, 2016

What Are The Best Apps To Grow Your Social Media Presence

So a lot of what I do is on social media. 5 years ago I had a flip phone with no wifi connection so I can say that this is all new to me!  The one good thing is this, if I can do it. So can you!!

I don't have any special skills or background but what I do have is the ability to GOOGLE IT if I don't know the answer!  I also watch what other people do and I'm not afraid to ask questions at all.

So basically this is how I learned to improve my photos from the grainy, awful, dark dingy selfies to much better quality photos with my iphone!  I get asked daily what apps I use to add text & effects so why not just share it with you here.



So What Are My Absolute Favorite Apps?



1.  Photofy- This app is great for doing the mirror images, adding text and sayings to your pictures plus you can make collages from here as well.  It crops it to square and you can easily share on Instagram.

2.  Instabeauty- MIRACLE APP, because it takes out the uneven skin tone and gives you clear looking pictures.  It allows you to add filters to your pictures and get a crisp un wrinkly skin look.  You can also use it to create videos as well.  TRUTH- this is how I look good in my morning workout pictures!  {gahh I just let the cat out of the bag }

3.  Vont- This is great for putting text on your videos that you create and you can upload them to youtube or Facebook.

4.  WordSwag- It is a great app that allows you to put text on your photos but it has pre formatted settings which are just awesome when you are in a hurry.

5.  PhotoBlender- If you want to pull together multiple pictures and blur the lines between them then this is a really cool and different app to use.

6.  Snapseed- If I could have one that I almost can't live without then this is it!  It brightens, adds flair, blurs the edges, creates a vignette, and has the best effects!  Hands down one of my favorites!!!




7.  Photo- This is the best one to ad words to your pictures. It's easy, you can easily move it around and there is a variety of fonts.

8.  Rhonna- This is great for text, for creating collages, for using sparkly fonts and fun effects!  You can't go wrong with this one!!!

9.  iMovie- This is how I take a video clip that I record and add text, cut and edit the video to make it fit for Instagram or my Facebook page.

10.  VOXER- this is my main method of communication with my family and coaches. I love voxer because you can send a message like a walkie talkie.  It runs off of data and its a great way to get around texting because I just can't stand it! :)

Ok I think that's all I got for today!  What did you think? Did this help you out?

What are your favorite apps?  Will you share below in the comments?  

I always like to hear from others what works for them!!! :)

Have a great THURSDAY!!!





Tuesday, April 19, 2016

How To Grow A Six Figure Team Beachbody Business - An Opportunity Of A Lifetime AWAITS

Never Start A Business Just To Make Money.  Start A Business To Make a DIFFERENCE- Maria Forleo


5 years ago when I was looking for a solution to my post baby belly BLAHH-NESS I made a random post on Facebook about eating celery and trying to lose weight.  My husbands friend from high school's wife reached out to me and invited me to join her challenge group called the Summer Slim Down Challenge.  I had no idea what Beachbody or Challenge Groups were but I gave it a chance.  I actually borrowed Insanity from my neighbor and joined her group.  I didn't purchase anything at the time that I joined her group.  She wasn't making a dime from me, but what she did do was HELP me.  She focused on helping me to get the very best results, transforming my life from the inside out and inevitably introducing me to the opportunity that I had no idea would change my life the way that it did.  I know that everything happens for  a reason and I'm thankful that I am the type of person that is open and willing to try something new.  I could of ignored her invite, I could of quit after 2 weeks of Insanity and not seeing any results.  I could of doubted that I would actually change the look of my body but something inside of me kept me going.  It was that HOPE that I held onto that I was going to be different and this was going to work for ME!  So every day I showed up with my laptop, my borrowed DVDs, my baby monitor and hit up the storage room of our townhouse to do my workout between the boxes and shelves.  I cried, I was frustrated, but in the end I BELIEVED that this was going to work.  I checked every single box off the workout calendar and I was so PROUD that I started and finished the program.  I was DETERMINED to make myself a success story!  

I was willing to put in the HARD WORK when most people would give up because they didn't quite see the light at the end of the tunnel right away.  


My BEFORE PICTURE

My Journey As A Mom Of 2 Boys
After doing Insanity my coach invited me to become a coach myself.  I was curious, I wanted to do it, but my husband was not in favor of it!  He thought Beachbody was a scam, a pyramid scheme and he didn't want me wasting my  money on something that wasn't going to work!  He even told me that if I wanted a job we would put the kids in daycare and I could go get a REAL job!  Needless to say, I didn't listen to him & I signed up to be a Team Beachbody Coach behind his back with the money that my parents had given me for my birthday that year.

I was determined to help just 1 PERSON transform their lives the way that I was!  I set out to start my first support and accountability group.  I started a Clean Eating Book Club and taught other moms how to start transforming their kitchens and their families.  I had NO IDEA WHAT I WAS DOING but I just wanted to HELP people.  

I started by just helping others on social media or in person when the kids napped or before or after Matt got home from work.  I did not have any social media experience, I knew nothing about Network Marketing but all I wanted to do was help!  




What were some of the key disciplines that I did as a new coach:


1.  I immediately launched my business on Facebook.  Which you don't have to use facebook, you can use Instagram, Snapchat, a blog, a website, a business page..... But that is what worked for me.  I started by showing up 3-5 times a day with the mindset that I was going to give people value and inspire them to make positive changes in their lives.

2.  I started writing this blog and sharing recipes, tips, my own transformation journey so that I could share my knowledge of how clean eating was working in our family.

3.  I started a challenge group with my coach.  I chose a start date, I invited people to join me, I made a commitment to creating the very best experience possible for my customers.  Did I know what I was doing??  HECK NO, but I figured it out along the way!  I wasn't scared, I just did it!  It was fun and the coolest part was seeing my customers get results and knowing that I had a hand in that!

4.  I started expanding my reach.  I didn't have very many friends on Facebook so I had to start growing that.  I was a private person, I didn't post much and I am very very shy!  So I started connecting with people that I knew from my sorority in college, my high school, my neighbors and people at church.  I forced myself out of my own comfort zone and started being more social.  Inevitably it helped me to grow my base of new customers and coaches.  

5.  I invested in personal development.  I didn't know what coaching was all about.  I had never built my own business.  So the first book I read which was the Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen was a game changer.  It gave me the mindset of focusing on the small successes because those things compound and add up over time to bring me big time success.

6.  Lastly, I set goals and I created my own sense of urgency.  I wasn't sure what I was doing but I just wanted to be the very best at providing support to others. Which helped me to naturally build an incredibly rewarding business.  


So let's fast forward over the past 5 years, what did that 1 single decision do for our lives?



When I started coaching, we were living very frugally.  We didn't have any fluff at all in our lives.  We lived on a strict budget, no eating out, no vacations, no weekend trips just the basics.  We were fine with that but it wasn't always easy.  It was a strain on our marriage because we fought a lot about money!!!  

So when coaching came along I saw it as a way to get in shape first but when I began to understand the opportunity my wheels got turning!!!  

Over the past few years we have gone from discomfort in our budget to being able to breathe and enjoy a dinner out here and there and a splurge on a few gifts for the kids to being able to be financially free.
Paying Off All my student loans

In the past 4 1/2  years we have:


-Paid off my student loans which we were going to originally pay off until Landon went to high school.

-We have paid off our mortgage.

-We have no credit card debt.

-We have been able to take our family on a vacation every year and  not have to worry about money.

-We have bought our dream home.

-We have been able to donate to charity and help others in need.

-We have blessed our team with leadership retreats and masterminds to help them grow in leadership.

-We are a team that is developing leaders, confident moms, women who are crushing goals and are truly living life by design.

I am so blessed to have such wonderful caring coaches in my life!

So now here is the scoop!!!

Our team is EXPANDING and we are looking for other women who are MOTIVATED DRIVEN and NATURAL GO GETTERS that want to help you reach your fullest potential!!  





Then, I saw that I could do more!  I could help more people by creating systematic approaches to training my team!  I found that I could pay it forward even more if I shared what was working for me with my team.  So duplication began to take place.  What started as a 1 man show began to grow into a team of coaches that were motivated, passionate and driven to be successful too!  Our team went from a small itty bitty baby team to an Elite Team in 2012 to the #2 Team in 2013 to the #1 Team in 2014 and the #1 Team in 2015 and currently we are still the #1 team in 2016.  Do you know what that means???  

It means that we are a community that helps one another to be successful.  It means that we work together, we share strategy, we mastermind, we create systems to cut the learning curve for new coaches and we have a culture where we thrive!!!  This business has been such a blessing in my life and to my team and I want to share it with you!




Financial Freedom Award at Coach Summit 2015


This opportunity will start at 8:00 pm EST in a closed online Facebook group where only the members of the group can see what is being posted.  I will be sharing in the group a series of 5-6 short videos on how to get started, how to find people to join you, how to launch your business, how you actually make money and then at 9:00 pm EST we will go LIVE with an informational webinar where you can ask questions, get answers and get down and dirty with everything that you want to know about the business.  If you are going to join my team, I want to make sure you are comfortable and confident with the support and the guidance that I will offer you as your coach!!!

To join the live event on Wednesday April 20th Click here from 8 to 9 pm EST

Then at 9:00 pm EST log in to the live webinar for a live Question & Answer Session: 




Then, if you are interested in moving forward I will walk you through the sign up process.



I will be launching my exclusive new coach training university on Monday May 2nd.

I will be accepting a small number of new coaches that are really 100% committed to building a business and going ALL in to make it happen!

I Will Teach You How To: 


-Launch your business

-How to share and not sell

-How to use social media to grow your area of influence

-How to start your first challenge group which we will start together so you don't have to do it alone

-I will help you set realistic and achievable goals for your business

-We will have a weekly small group call and 1:1 mentoring and support as needed.

You will not have to re-invent the wheel.  You will have access to all of my trainings, guides, team calls, recording, scripts and more.  

Let me teach you how to build the business of your dreams

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO?

If so, don't delay!  Now is the time!!!  

Complete the application below to be considered for a spot on the #1 team in the network, The Dream Team and be mentored by me personally.

Make sure you request to join the April 20th information event by clicking here:  LIVE FACEBOOK EVENT

These are the principles that I live by and that I teach!  


{You are not eligible to participate if you are already a coach}

Don't wait because the spots will fill up fast!  It's time to take those God given talents and turn them into your future financial plan, your recipe for success and your own PERSONAL LIFE BY DESIGN.

ARE YOU IN?!?!?  Lets do this!




Sunday, April 10, 2016

22 Minute Hard Corps Meal Plan


Happy SUNDAY!!!  
I hope you are relaxing and enjoying your weekend.  I have to say that this is the first weekend that we literally had nothing to do and it felt amazing!  We were supposed to have 2 baseball practices and a soccer game but due to some crazy winter weather here in PA, everything was cancelled!!!  

We relaxed and we enjoyed some down time together as a family!!  So today I took some time to recap on the past week and our 5th week of 22 Minute Hard Corps.  You know I always say that there is never a perfect time to start a fitness program or nutrition plan.  I swear that this has been such a crazy 5 weeks for me.  We were on the Success Club Cruise, we went to Disney, then I was in LA for work and Canada for work so I've been traveling and off my routine for the last 5 weeks.  Although, I  am far from perfect at least I am maintaining progress.  22 Minute Hard Corps has been great because I mentally can handle 22 minutes no matter how tired or busy that I am.  Plus the fact that I am seeing others' results right before my eyes is so cool.  It makes you want to keep pushing harder.  I know that I am way further along than other people who are sitting there waiting for the perfect time or when they don't have to travel or have birthday parties or obstacles that could get in the way.  Let's face it, life just doesn't happen like that.  So we have to be willing to go with the flow.

I haven't been perfect but it is progress!

So no excuses!! :)  Let's all commit to really scheduling out our workouts this week as if it is an important meeting with your boss that you do not want to miss.  What is your golden time of the day?
Are you the type that tries to wing it each day or do you know when you will get it in?  

I schedule mine for 5 am every day!  If you want to see my morning motivation subscribe to me on Instagram and on Facebook.  

The second piece of the puzzle is what you eat!!  I was just preparing for my challengers this week and our Monday Mindset is all about how you can't just have 1 foot in and 1 foot out with nutrition.  You can't just do a workout and think that you can out exercise a poor diet.  It doesn't work that way.  Trust me, it bit me in the butt before!!!  If you want results like you see in the infomercials then you have to give it your all and that includes the nutrition!  

Every Sunday I sit down, print out my tracking sheets for my food. I get out my blank google document that is my meal plan and fill in each of my 5-6 small meals a day.  I create my grocery list and then head out to the store to make sure that I have the foods I need to make it through the week in the house.  This simple act of planning really does make all the difference in the world.

Today I sat on the couch while the kids watched Jurassic Park I made our plan for the week.

So here is my plan for the week.  I am on the lowest bracket for the nutrition plan so here is what I am eating.  Any of the recipes are found under the Eat Clean Recipes Tab of my blog.  


My goals this week are you to eat 100% on point.  To make sure that I don't have any leftover Easter candy and that I drink my water and get enough sleep. Those are the things that tend to trip me up!  

I have 54 days until we leave for the Elite 10 Trip to Bora Bora so it is go time!!!  

If you would like to join me in my upcoming challenge group starting on the 18th of April make sure to fill out the application here to get my support and accountability to get you started in your fitness journey!!

Join me to get SUMMER STRONG all the details are listed here!!!!





Thursday, April 7, 2016

Summer Strong Support and Accountability Group


The realization that we literally have less than 57 days until Memorial Day weekend is hitting me STRONGLY!!!  That means that you are about to begin to uncover all the bad choices, the late night snacks, the drinks and the holiday goodies you have been eating!  It means that everything you were eating in private will be revealed in public.  It means that unless you want to hide under a rock all summer long you are going to have to face it.

Sure, you can try to avoid it by wearing jeans all summer and refusing to show your legs and covering up your arms with longer sleeves.  But, truthfully you are just going to sweat your GIZZARDS off {that's a term my DAD uses all the time}.  So why not CONTROL the CONTROLLABLE and start making some healthier changes now!  

I am on a mission to help other super busy, working, moms of young kids to transform their bodies and their nutrition and get on the path to more confidence, improved body image, and of course energy so you can keep up with the demands of a busy life!!!

You can't use the "I AM TOO BUSY" excuse with me!  There are so many workouts that are under 30 minutes now.  The 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, Insanity Max 30, 22 Minute Hard Corps and Hammer and Chisel.  Plus they all come with super easy portion controlled meal plans that are basically fool proof.  When I started my journey I was doing 30-55 minutes of workouts daily and I had to figure out the nutrition all on my own.  You are going to have much faster success than I did for this very reason!!!  

-I lost 30 lbs with a newborn and a toddler at home.

-My husband worked long hours and I was the primary caretaker.

-We didn't have a lot of money to spend on food and exercise programs.

-I wasn't getting much sleep because two small kids don't always have the same sleep schedule.

But, I truly wanted to change more than I wanted to stay the same.  I was WILLING to make some short term sacrifices for long term results!  

The other piece of advice that I can give to you is this.  Don't wait until May to start working out.  It is going to take longer than 4 weeks to get the results that you want.  You want to start now!  It takes between 4-6 weeks to really start seeing the fruits of your labors.  Start making 1 small change now so that you can see the compound effect by the time your family vacation, wedding, or other event rolls around.

So what I am going to do for you is this:

1.  I want to cut your learning curve with meal planning, healthy recipes, motivation and tips.  

2.  I am going to share with you what I did to lose 30 lbs in 6 months, to create a healthier lifestyle not just for myself but for our family too.

3.  Give you tools to make your workouts a lifestyle change vs a crash diet.

4.  Help you with quick easy, on the go meals and snacks for your busy lifestyle.

5.  Give you sample meal plans to help with the planning.

6.  A place to stay accountable with daily check ins and tips specific to the things that come up in every day life.  How to handle eating out at restaurants, late night cravings, parties, and vacations.

As a soccer, baseball and Lacrosse mom we have a jam packed schedule of after school activities, homework and I still run a full time business.  This momma has to plan her time wisely!  So let me help you! From one mom to another... lets get our butts in gear and crush it!!


We can't use our kids as excuses because we NEED to be good parents and set the example for living a well balanced and healthy lifestyle.  It starts with the example that we lead by!

So here is the official scoop!!!


Starting on the 18th of April I am launching the #SUMMERSTRONG support and accountability group.  This group will take place on the newest challenge tracker app which you join through me as your coach.  I will match you up with a fitness program and nutrition plan that meets your needs.  We will set realistic and achievable goals and together we will set out to take it 1 day at a time and change your old habits into newer and healthier ones!!!

So if this sounds like something you would like to do the next step is to complete the application below.  This will help me to make personalized recommendations based on your needs and wants.

**Note if you already work actively with a coach please do not apply. This is for my new and current customers only.

My goal is to give you the tools and the support you need to have an awesome, confident and energized summer!  

Are you in??  Lets do this together!  I want to help you take control of YOU and live life to the fullest.



Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Acai Bowl Breakfast


Seriously I have the very best husband in the world.  He comes up with these awesome creations all the time.  This one he found on someone else's page and tweaked it to fit our needs.  It's power packed with a healthy punch!!!!

Here is the recipe for the awesome ACACIA bowl

Ingredients:

  • 1 red container of Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 c frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 c blueberries
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp of acai powder
  • 1 cup mixed fresh fruit of your choice
  • 1/2 orange container of unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 yellow container of granola {as clean as you can get it, no fake sugars or sweeteners}

Directions:

In a blender combine the greek yogurt, frozen strawberries and blueberries with coconut milk and acai powder and blend until smooth.

Then top with a purple container of mixed fresh fruit, the 1/2 container of unsweetened coconut flakes and granola and enjoy!!!

It's seriously mouth wateringly good!!!  NO JOKE you have to give it a try!!!