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Friday, May 15, 2015

The Compound Effect In Our Lives

I feel like I have been doing a lot of posts lately about my business but there are just so many things happening lately that I want to share!  I promise that I have also been working on some great new recipes that I will be blogging about this weekend and also some tips coming your way!  So stay tuned!  

But since a lot of you follow my blog since I started 4 years ago as an Insanity newbie and you have followed my Beachbody journey I feel this is totally relevant to share here as well!

So I really don't like to talk about income or money but I do feel that this is a really important post to share with you all.  When I started Beachbody I had no idea what I was doing.  I had no clue how to find customers, how to start a challenge group and I was scared to death of taking selfies.  I also am a people pleaser so I was really sensitive to what other people thought!  I was nervous to put myself out there because it leaves the door wide open for people to give their opinions.  I shed a few tears over nasty comments but in the end I know that I am not selling  a FAKE product and I know that the programs and products work because I am living proof!  I also know that you can't just do it half ass either! If you want real great results you have to give the nutrition and the fitness your ALL!  I also know that there have been many times in my business that doors closed, opportunity didn't knock for me.  But just because someone didn't serve me customers and challenge pack sales on a silver platter doesn't mean it wasn't for me!  It just meant that I had to go out there and figure it out for myself.

So with consistency, with showing up 24/7 whatever it takes that is what I did!
I refused to sit back and accept the hardships and I certainly refused to let failure get the best of me! When my challengers quit checking into the group, I checked in with them!  Even if no one posted the last 3 weeks of a challenge group I didn't stop!
When my new coaches all quit my new coach training because it was to hard, I kept posting til the end! When no one showed up for team calls I would to the call and record it, but afterwards I would cry!  I couldn't figure out why no one was as passionate about coaching and getting in shape as I was!  Its HARD DARN IT, why does everyone make this business look so easy!  But, its not IMPOSSIBLE!  I mean in no way shape or form do I feel that this is rocket science!  I believe that with anything you do, there are a lot of wrong turns before you find the right ones!  I believe that everything rises and falls with perseverance and everyone I mean EVERYONE deserves success that is DEFINED not in MY TERMS but in YOUR TERMS!  

So with that being said here is how it goes:

I did not give up!
I laughed
I have made some of my VERY BEST FRIENDS as a COACH
I have lost some friends
I have learned valuable life lessons
I have made good choices and bad
I have missed my goals
I have crushed my goals
I have horrible stretch marks from having kids & I hate my stomach
I love my butt now and before it was REALLY REALLY FLAT!
My husband NOW works out with me and eats healthy too!
The 2 people that I wanted to help the most just started the 21 day fix with Matt and I this week (HUGE SCORE)
We have paid off my student loans
We bought a house
We invested enough money last year to save for both boys entire college education
As a couple we decided that Matt should quit his job this year so we have better family balance.

This week WE PAID OFF OUR MORTGAGE!!!  After owning our home for 2 1/2 years we made the final payment this week! DONE!  BOOM!

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That right there is the BEST feeling ever!  We as a family are truly blessed by Beachbody!  But the moral of the story is this, we worked for it, we sacrificed along the way! It didn't happen by LUCK, it happened by we made sacrifices, we chose the road less traveled and we march to the beat of our own drum.  It's easy to get caught up in shiny objects and yes that happens but we do what is best, we live life abundantly and we PRAISE the LORD every day for what he has provided.  Not a single day goes by without remember that!  

Whatever you choose to do in life I hope you do it with the SLIGHT EDGE with passion and intensity!  If you never give up.... YOU WILL NEVER FAIL!  Let this be your motivation to kick some serious butt today and EVERYDAY!!!!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

When Opportunity Knocks Do You Open The Door?

Sometimes life happens when you are truly least expecting it.  Life happened for me on May 4th 2012 when I accepted the "Summer Slim Down Challenge" with my coach Nikki. Being 30 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight, having an infant and an 18 month at home and going from a working woman to a stay at home mom was a huge transition for me.  I really struggled with my body, confidence, identity and happiness.  I truly wanted to be that happy mom you see on commercials and in parenting magazines but lets be honest I truly felt far from that.  Nothing fit in my closet, my stomach was a cup of jello and I was doing what I thought was exercising regularly and eating right. Clearly I had no idea what the heck I was doing, because it wasn't working!  We didn't have extra income to join a gym, get a personal trainer or take bootcamp classes so I had to figure it out on my own.  I honestly felt like my hands were tied because we hardly had money each week to buy groceries.  We went from a comfortable lifestyle with 2 incomes to 1 income being stretched and squeezed to the max.  That can also add a little extra stress on the family dynamic too!  
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8 months into my transformation

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NOW- Fit Family

Beachbody Coach, Coach Training, Melanie MItro, Top Coach, Elite Coach, Successful Coach, Dream Team, Elite Training, Systems, New CoachesSo joining the challenge group and making the decision to do Insanity was going to be my game changer.  I just knew that I did not want to stay the same!  I didn't want to be that MOM that looked like a mom!  I guess in my own mind I have this image of what I want to look and feel like and honestly I was far from it!  So there starts my story as a challenger!!!!

Was it hard?  YES!  Changing your body is hard and lets face it we all want it to happen way faster than it actually does.  So there were nights that I definitely stayed up shedding a few tears that my body was never going to change and that I was going to be stuck like this forever.  But in reality that is not the case at all.  It is just going to take consistency over time to bring about results and no matter what DON'T quit or give up!! So when I did eventually reach my goal weight it was SWEET because I knew that with the support of my challenge group, coach, the tips on clean eating, the accountability and the fitness programs that anybody could do it!!!  I wanted to share that with others! It was NATURAL for me to share my favorite healthy recipes, my favorite snack ideas and tips!!! :)

I signed up to be a coach because I wanted to help other people feel the exact same way that I did.  I wanted people to know that there was hope out there for them too!  I wanted people to realize that no matter what they were not STUCK like this forever!  I started with just helping 1 person transform their lives!  I had no idea what social media marketing was and I never honestly had ever posted a SELFIE on Facebook before.  Quite honestly I thought those people were crazy!  I would only post about my kids and I never really used Facebook for anything other than watching what other people were doing!  

But I signed up to coach to run groups and help people, but I was plugged into our team page and they had these weekly team calls which I decided to listen to!  I heard people talking about success in their business, being at the top of the leader boards, of rank advancing, of earning income potential and my wheels started turning!  It sparked something in me to say, "Why NOT ME?"  I mean if they can do it, why can't I?  

So piece by piece and bit by bit I began setting small goals for myself, creating dream boards for my life and I started immediately!  I picked up my very first personal development book, The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen and my life was forever changed!  

This business is truly about the small seemingly insignificant things that you repeatedly do (like take selfies) over time that compound to bring about success!  So every day I chose to be as INTERESTING as possible on Facebook!  Every day I would show up, tired, sick kids, lack of energy and do it anyways.  I would share it all and my GOAL was to EMPOWER other people that followed me to know they could make a healthy lifestyle change too! GUESS what?!  It worked! The compound effect took place and the more I talked to people the more they were inspired by my own dedication to my health and fitness and the more that they were encouraged and committed to joining along with me!!!  

I didn't have any networking skills and I had no idea about building a team.  But I was passionate about helping people and I self taught myself the skills I needed to get the job done.  I have grown a six figure income from my kitchen table working for any block of time I could steal away while it was nap time, before or after the kids got up!  This business not only fit our lifestyle but it fit ME!!!  I get a HIGH from seeing my customers have fitness results and now I get a HIGH from seeing my COACHES have success in the business too!

Over the past 4 years I have committed myself to my personal fitness goals but I am committed to helping each and every coach that joins my team to make this business FIT THEM!!!  Beachbody is such a great platform, so no matter what your vision is for your future you can use Beachbody to make it come true.

Whether you are  a stay at home mom, a full time working woman with a great job, a fitness instructor, a nutritionist, teacher, doctor or lawyer you can be a Beachbody coach! This business can literally keep you accountable to your health and fitness goals and it can create a seriously substantial income!!  It's up to you and you get to choose how little or how much you work which determines your bottom line!

You can be VERY successful with 1-2 hours per day and you can be a top 10 coach or more with a little more focused effort and consistency!  The best part is that once you build this foundation in your business it is the gift that keeps on giving.  You can at any point in time change your intensity, your efforts and you can continue to build a business that blesses you for the rest of your life.

I know it feels like its to good to be true and YES my husband was that GUY that said it was to good to be true~  But now he sees it! He knows what you can accomplish if you put your mind to it!!!

I want to teach you how to do it too!

So I'm kicking off the next week of what I am calling my "5 day sneak peak into what I do as a coach".  I'm running this closed Facebook group where only the members of the group can see what is being posted.  I'm going to each day post a video that gives you information on:

1.  How I got started.
2.  What Coaching is all about and what do we actually do as a coach.
3.  How to grow a network, get customers and use social media.
4.  How do you make money as a coach and what is the potential and time commitment.
5.  How to get started, what is the cost and what do I need to do first.

You will be able to ask questions, get answers and hear right from me how I built this business with zero experience!!!!  

Are you interested??  Then hit me up by messaging me to get added to the facebook group! We will start on Monday the 18th.

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5 Day Sneak Peak of Dream Team Coaching

I am also going to host a live webinar on Tuesday May 19th at 8:00 pm EST to go over in depth my story as a coach, how I built my business, what a coach does, how to earn a significant income, how to balance my time, my family, my fitness and my business and also to go more in depth on how my team has a system for training, for getting you started right and helping you to achieve your goals!  

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If you would like to join this call which is recorded as well please don't hesitate to message me to get the link! Or you can register here:  http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EB58DA86854C3D

You will register for the call, log in and listen and see me speak!  You have the option to use the chat bar to ask questions during the call as well!  I hope you can make it!

Lastly--->  One of the things I feel very strongly about in my business is getting new coaches started right!  I truly feel that each person is a unique addition to our team. There is no cookie cutter mold for getting a coach started and that the process should be individualized based on that persons needs, wants and desires.

As a new coach on my team you have a few options for signing up.  You can sign up to be a discount coach "preferred customer" and receive 25% off everything you purchase as a coach.  You can be in my challenge groups, work on your own fitness journey, your story and then you can either become an active coach helping others to reach their goals or stay exactly the way you are!  

Your other option is to become an active business building coach.  In that case, I would plug you into our weekly training calls, my new coach apprenticeship program where basically for 30 days I will mentor you in a small group setting and through 1:1 calls to teach you exactly how I got my business up and running.  I will cover topics like:

1.  How to launch your business
2.  How to invite
3.  How to share vs sell
4. How to grow your social network and find people.
5.  How to earn money, reach goals and hit success club in the first 30 days.

My goal is to not just throw you out there to figure it out on your own.  My goal is to provide you with a duplicatable system that works, that brings you success so that you don't have to re-invent the wheel!!  
You get access to all of my teams documents, guides, scripts, resources and call recordings.  I am very hands on with my team and no matter what rank in the company I am I still value helping my team to be successful!!!

I am going to be kicking off this group on Monday June 8th with a limited number of spots.  If this sounds like something you would like to do then now is the time to get started!!!  

Please complete my coach application below to be selected for 1 of the 10 spots on my team and in the June 8th New Coach Apprenticeship Program!!!

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For me it all started with a choice that I wanted to change more than I wanted to stay the same!  Now it has grown into a business that has allowed my husband to leave his job to stay home with our boys.  It has given us the freedom to live our own life by design and its giving us MANY options for our future that we never dreamed possible!  If you are feeling stuck in life and are looking to make a change then I want YOU on my team!  I'm seeking out go getters, motivated people, independent thinkers and natural born leaders to  join my team!!!  I will teach you everything that you need to know as long as you are TEACHABLE!

Lets do this!!!! 

* Also- I have prime spots in my organization that I am looking to fill with excellent growth potential and quick residual income!  

Sunday, May 10, 2015

21 Day Fix Extreme Meal Plan

Good Morning and Happy Sunday!!

The alarm went off at 6:00 am this morning and up and at em I am!!  It's quiet in the Mitro house and this has become my morning Sunday routine!  I absolutely enjoy the quietness of a Sunday morning, my cup of coffee and my recipe book and meal planner!  It's time for me to plan out my week!  We have 3 weeks until we leave for PARIS (insert SUPER EXCITED FACE) and I want to just step it up a notch.  I was definitely a little more relaxed since our trip to Cancun so its time to just get back to the basics!!  

The 21 day fix meal plan just works for me.  I think in containers now, I think in portion size and I truly just have made it a part of our daily routine.  My entire family eats what I eat and its just what we do.  I absolutely do not and will not make separate meals for the kids.  They have to eat what is on their plate before they have a snack for the night!!  Some nights, they don't get a snack but hey, that's ok!  

So what's the game plan for this week!  I actually think this could be a fairly quiet week (fingers crossed).  We have Bryce's Art Show on Tuesday and T-Ball Thursday and Saturday, Preschool, Kindergarten and the usual family life.  Our focus this week is just eating the right foods and staying away from the ice cream and the drinks in the evening.  

I'm going to start the 21 Day Fix Extreme Meal Plan tomorrow.  I am going to do the countdown to competition plan the last 2 weeks before Paris.  I am going to follow the 21 Day Fix Extreme Program to the T (well maybe a Shaun T workout here or there also).  But its time to switch it up and hit the weights.  
Muscle burns more fat at rest, so get lifting!!! 

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21 Day Fix Extreme Containers
The 21 Day Fix Extreme Nutrition Book lays it all out there for you.  I love that you have a list of foods to choose from in each category! So basically you pick from the green category and whatever you can shove in there you can eat.  You check off the box for that meal and then you know how many containers you have left.  It's easy peasy! Then, for the recipes, I can truly say that there isn't 1 recipe in the book that I don't like!  The food is filling, the portion sizes are perfect and I might be a little hungry at night, but I just drink some green or peppermint tea and stay out of the kitchen.

Here is my meal plan for the week below!  I'm ready with my game face on to cut the dessert, the extra drink and to be Paris ready in 3 weeks!!!

The workouts are all 30 minutes and I like the fact that weights are in basically every workout.  Cardio with weights, Upper Body, Lower Body, Intervals, Pilates, Yoga the works!!!!  


I was doing Insanity Asylum but honestly the workouts were great but I'm absolutely spoiled with the 30 minute workouts that I just couldn't do it!!!  So here I am!  Back in action with Autumn Calabrese and her killer plans!!!
If you are looking to lose the last few lbs, tone it up, tighten up for a vacation or trip trust me this is the way to go!  Plus the fact that I have done several rounds of the 21 day fix and fix extreme I am more than happy to help you in my accountability and support groups.  For me honestly it was the accountability that keeps me on track! Without that I would not of had the success that I did!  So make sure that I am your coach or you reach out to the one you already have for support!

I'm starting a 21 Day Fix impromptu group tomorrow to help YOU and I stay on track! If you are interested in support hit me up by completing the application below.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Cinco De Mayo Healthy Recipes

Happy Cinco De Mayo

I'll be honest that Mexican food is my favorite type of food! Guacamole, chips, salsa, tacos, fajitas and of course we can't forget Margaritas!!!  But, lets be totally honest.  Every one of those is far from clean eating and living a healthy lifestyle.  Sodium galore and way more servings and grams of carbs that anyone should eat in an entire day! Then you add on even 1 drink and you are over in your sugar and an additional carb for the day!  So there truly isn't a way to have a festive Mexican meal without setting yourself back.  BUT, when it comes to balance and the 80-20 rule here is what I say!

You should allow yourself at least 1 meal per week that you enjoy!  You exercise proper portion size and you are mindful of what you want to spend your calories on but you ENJOY it without guilt.  Because you know that the other 6 days out of the week you are going to be on track!  

So here is what I typically do!  I skip the chips and guacamole.  Unless you want chips then a good option is the "food should taste good" tortilla chips. 

Make your own guacamole because it's super easy to make and tastes great.
Just mash up some avocados, red onion, garlic, cilantro, add in some chopped tomatoes, salt and pepper and enjoy!!!  

For the main dish.  I pick and choose between the taco shell, the black beans or rice.  But all 3 of those are carb overload.  I usually go with a 1/2 yellow container of black beans and 1/2 of rice and 1 taco shell so it's only 2 yellows! Then, I do 1 drink which is another yellow so I really only killed it with 3 yellows that day!  I also have zero other carbs during the day, I sorta save it up for that meal.  If you want more than 1 taco or fajita then just do it without the shell.

Those are my tips to surviving cinco de mayo without crushing your goals.  oh and lastly, don't get on the scale the next morning!  No matter how hard you try, Mexican food has sodium.  You will retain water, feel a little puffy so keep guzzling water and get back on track the next day!  When you decide to have a cheat meal always do your workout that day.  I never schedule a cheat meal and rest day together.  It's just a mindset thing and I like to break even!  

So Matt and I love Mexican food and we put together a menu and/or options for you! We have found some really really tasty recipes that do the trick for us.

Check them out and you can even stop and pick up a few things today for your own cinco de mayo party at home with your family!

This is right from the 21 Day Fix Extreme Nutrition Guide.  If you want to even skip the taco shell you can do lettuce wraps which actually are pretty darn tasty!
Here are 21 day fix Chicken Fajitas

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My absolute hands down favorite is the pork Carnitas!  They are just melt in your mouth awesomeness!

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Here is a great appetizer.  The bean salsa is festive and its perfect for vegans that want to still participate in the festivities.  

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Black Bean and Quinoa Bake:  Ohh I haven't made this in awhile but its also a family favorite and it's a vegan option too!  The best part is that when I make these recipes people don't even know they are healthy!  

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Shrimp Tacos are another family favorite! You could literally have a buffet of different taco and fajita styles that are all clean eating!

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Lets not forget drinks!!!  We love margaritas and we have found a great recipe that everyone loves!
Check out our skinny Margarita by bartender MATT!!

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So now that we have your party menu or your Mexican night menu covered you have to share with us which one is your favorite!!!  Enjoy your Cinco De Mayo and have a great time!!!  CHEERS!!!!  

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Insanity Asylum Meal Plan Week 1

So it's time for a new challenge!  Why?  Well because I have workout ADD and I can do a specific workout like the 21 Day Fix or Insanity Max30 for a few rounds and then I am ready to move on.  I like to keep switching up my routine, because not only do I get bored and find myself not really pushing myself to the max but I start to plateau in  my own fitness.  So changing your fitness routine slightly every 90 days is very helpful to keeping your body constantly in tip top shape.
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Even during my physical weight loss transformation I still switched it up every 90 days!  I decided that I really like Shaun T and I feel like I got the very best results from his Max30 program and I wanted to keep on the Shaun T train.  So I have Insanity Asylum and I have actually done the program when I started my Beachbody journey 4 years ago.  So I pulled it back out because I am curious how it compares to Max30 and how I will be able to keep up.  Plus I like the idea of the sports agility training.  

We have 30 days until we leave for the Elite 10 trip to Paris with Team Beachbody so this is a perfect time to dig in and do this program.  It's a 30 day program!  The one thing that is going to take some getting used to is the fact that the workouts are longer than 30 minutes. So I am going back to 45 or 50 minute workouts. Which that is totally ok, i just have to mentally prepare myself for the workouts each day.  No procrastinating in the morning, it's up and at em!!!!  

I am going to follow the 21 day fix and half of the countdown to competition plan.  I am going to do 1 day countdown to competition plan and 2 days regular fix extreme eating. That seems to be the very best balance for my body! So heck I'm not messing with it.

I find that getting the right balance for your own body is like a science experiment.  You find out through trial and error what your body responds best to.  What works for me might not always work for you and vice versa.  I truly think that this is a big reason why people fail at their health and fitness journey. They give up before they have found their solid conclusion of what works and doesn't work.

How about you?  What approach works best for you?  Low Carb, Paleo, Vegan, 80-20 rule or all in?  Honestly its all about finding what works for you and not for everyone else.  It's not a game of who has the best will  power or has all the skills and resources.  You can have the best personal trainer, the best gym and still fail bc you have no will power.  Also, you can have no resources and awesome will power and get burned out and fall off track and slide back to your old ways.  Honestly it's all about having a nice mixture of will power and skill to help you achieve your goals.  

I find that personally if I didn't have the accountability and support of my challenge group then I wouldn't of been able to actually stick with it!  I didn't have enough skills when I started to know what was good vs bad choices. The challenge group and my coach helped me with that part.  But, I also had the will power to change.  I wanted to change more than I wanted to stay the same.  So combine those two together and it was a rock star recipe for success!  

You need it too!  You absolutely must join my challenge group for the continued support and accountability!  Its the missing piece for so many people.

So what does my week look like?
I have committed to Asylum and the meal plan!

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So here is what I am eating.  Although it's Wednesday and I find that I have this outline and the food in the fridge but sometimes I get distracted!  Like today Matt brought me home this awesome quinoa and shrimp salad.  I am not so rigid that I would refuse his lunch bc it's not on my plan. I just re adjust and keep on trucking as long as its a good choice.
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But having this meal plan really does make my life so much easier~  I can stay on track, have the plan on the fridge and just go with it!!

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All of the recipes can be found on my blog,under the eat clean recipes tab.

The workouts consist of a strength day with weights, a jump rope and a pull up bar. You use an agility ladder to do drills to strengthen your core, your strength, your speed and to improve performance.  This is a well rounded program to get you in tip top shape and if you are an athlete to help you improve your performance and you times!!

For me its about physically and mentally challenging my body to always be in the best shape possible!  I am 32 and I am doing Insanity Asylum!  When I started this journey and I looked in the mirror at my body I remember saying to myself, heck it's not going down like that!!! I'm not going to be frumpy! Fit mom here we come!

It's not about being skinny but healthy and most importantly leading by example to my kiddos who are still young and are little sponges learning it all!

If you want to join my May 18th challenge group you can hit me up below!  

Friday, April 24, 2015

Today We Close One Chapter And Start A New Chapter: Beachbody Creating Our Life By Design

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I think I have typed and deleted how to start this post for 30 minutes now!  It is one of those emotional mornings that you never in a million years dreamed about actually coming true!  Today marks another huge milestone in my business but more importantly in our family.  After months of discussing how to get better balance in our lives, of our business growing so much that it truly has blown our mind, we have decided as a couple that Matt would leave his job at Bayer Healthcare to bring better balance into our lives!  {CRAZY RIGHT}  This was not an easy decision!  Actually it's been quite a process.  For those that have followed me since I started Beachbody almost 4 years ago you know that Matt was NOT supportive!  I mean he was truly the most unsupportive person I know!  He would give me flack about being on the computer all the time, he would make it difficult for me to attend events, he would give me the cold shoulder if I was gone at fit club to long and I had to threaten him when we went to our first summit not to call it a pyramid scheme in front of people!  {NO JOKE}  He was the biggest naysayer and non believer!  He told me when I signed up to coach that this was the biggest waste of my money and that I would never be successful at it!  I think most normal women and wives would of taken what their husband said seriously and turned in their termination letter at that moment!  But not me, I had this fuel, this fire, this "I am going to prove you wrong" attitude and I wasn't giving up that easily.  I am the type that if you tell me I can't do something, I am going to work even harder to get it!  So I set out to do just that, PROVE HIM WRONG!

We had many knock down drag out fights about my business!  It was taking away from our family, you wanted to be a stay at home mom and now you want to work, you are investing more time than the money you are making!  All those common complaints you here when you are starting a business!  But lets be honest, I was building this from scratch!  No social media background, no marketing degree, and I had never done anything health and fitness related.  I was genuinely learning a whole new beast!  So there is a learning curve there!  Plus, customers didn't just COME TO ME, I had to work really hard to develop trust, to show that I was authentic and that I wasn't a one trick pony!  I was planning to do this for the long haul!  Once people saw that, things started to make a turn.  But, it took guts, grit, motivation, persistence and being able to see the big picture.  I had to put my foot down and show Matt that I wasn't going anywhere!  

Things really took a turn at about the 1 year mark at summit!  Matt was able to attend with me, he wasn't excited but he did it anyways!  He attended the general sessions and talked with other spouses and that is when the puzzle started to come together!  But, nothing with Matt is easy.  He always has to fight up until the last minute until he FINALLY makes the change!  He is one stubborn man and rightfully so!  He was fighting for our family balance and preserving our relationship!  Things had definitely changed.  

He had switched jobs around the time Bryce was born so that we could have better family balance.  More income, I could stay at home and we could live the life we dreamed.  But, I threw a wrench in there with Beachbody! It took us some time to adjust and a lot of communication.  What once was our picture of our perfect life had changed!  I really am passionate about Beachbody and Matt saw that!  But he also saw that the laundry was piling up, the house wasn't getting cleaned, I was spending a lot of time on the computer and our relationship was suffering.  But on the flip side he could see that the sacrifices were paying off because I was moving up the ladder!  I was creating a successful business, I was achieving higher ranks in the company and we were making a great income.  

Matt would set financial goals and he would chart my business growth and of course he always plays it conservative.  Each time he did the math I would blow his mind with the growth.  I believe last year I grew some odd 300% over the year before!  I blew every projection out of the water and achieved not only the top coach but double 15 Star Diamond which brings a very nice quarterly bonus with it!  

So now the question comes!  Is it completely crazy to continue to work this business in between nap times, a part time babysitter, evenings and weekends?  He sees me getting up at 5 am every day, staying up until 11:30 and doing everything I can to make it work around our family.  Now it became a question of this!  We have the income, we have the flexibility, we don't live an over the top lavish life, we just want to truly enjoy each others company!  Could making a career change mean that we ACTUALLY get to spend more time together???  

So we made an appointment with our financial advisor almost 4 months ago to discuss this thought! We asked him to play devils advocate and think of all the reasons why we SHOULDN'T do this.  

Matt said to me in a meeting with our financial advisor, "I actually love my wife and want to spend time with her.  If leaving my current job gives us that back why wouldn't I do it!"  

After John asked us a bazillion questions he looked at the two of us and said "Your crazy for not taking this opportunity"  That was it, that's all it took! We just needed that outside pair of eyes looking in, non related to Beachbody to tell us that we were making a smart financial decision!  So the changes started happening!  We mentally prepared ourselves for this change! First we told our parents who sorta kinda looked at us like we grew a third eye!  It was non traditional, it was crazy, were we gambling our families future?  Of course not, we know that we have made sound financial decisions!

We have saved for both kids ENTIRE college education this year.
We can pay off our house this year.
We have invested in my retirement.
We have lived within our means and we are planning for the future smart!  
Life By Design, Melanie Mitro, Top Coach, Elite 10, Fit Family, Financial Freedom, Success, Husband, Spouse, Quitting Full Time Job, Do It

So, as much as others might thing we are off our rocker we know what this business has provided and will continue to provide!  

We next told our closest friends and then about 6 weeks ago Matt walked into work and put in his resignation!  That was the weirdest feeling ever!  Both of us always saw Matt as the provider and even up until 6 months ago if you asked him if he would quit his job the answer would be NO!  
But it just makes sense! So here we go! The last 6 weeks have been preparing for this change!  

I am so excited to have Matt at home, to be able to not kill myself working early and late hours and to spend more time with Matt and to spend more time as a family! This change is going to allow me to be more present as a wife, hopefully have a house that is running smoother!  Matt and I are a team! He is not working for ME, we are a working together to make the Mitro family as well rounded as possible.  This business is our livelihood and together we are gonna make this our jam!  I will be really really sad to see our babysitter go, because she has been our saving grace!  This gives MATT big shoes to fill!!!  LOL  But how cool that each day both our kids wake up to US, we get to take them to school, have mid day lunch dates, go camping in the summer, spend the afternoon at the pool!  I can see that this is going to truly be awesome once we get a routine down!
Life By Design, Melanie Mitro, Top Coach, Elite 10, Fit Family, Financial Freedom, Success, Husband, Spouse, Quitting Full Time Job, Do It
It's Daddies last day of work---- NO WAY!!!  

So the big question:  Is Matt retiring?? Will he ever work again?  

NO he is not retired!  I truly believe this opportunity opens the door for Matt and I to be a great family unit.  But also to explore the options of Matt creating his own passion in his career!  That chapter is yet to be written!  But at least we have options and we are not tied down bc we HAVE to have a job!  

So today, Matt and I did our 5 am workout, he made his shakeology, and he walked out the door for the very last time!  He waved goodbye, gave me a kiss and I sat there with tears in my eyes!  Definitely not sad tears but tears of JOY because I know this is going to be the Biggest blessing of our lives!  

Life By Design, Melanie Mitro, Top Coach, Elite 10, Fit Family, Financial Freedom, Success, Husband, Spouse, Quitting Full Time Job, Do It
Last 5 am before work workout with Matt
Life By Design, Melanie Mitro, Top Coach, Elite 10, Fit Family, Financial Freedom, Success, Husband, Spouse, Quitting Full Time Job, Do It
Morning Routine- Shakeology!

Thank you Beachbody for creating an opportunity for families to live their life by design! This is our story and it might not be for everyone but I want you to know this!  If you want something more, you want to create your own future and dictate the rules, the work hours the effort and the income this truly has been it for us!!!  Never in a million years would I imagine this is where I would be right now!  But I wouldn't change it for the world!  
Life By Design, Melanie Mitro, Top Coach, Elite 10, Fit Family, Financial Freedom, Success, Husband, Spouse, Quitting Full Time Job, Do It
My better half- My True Love

Last Day At Bayer

Today one chapter closes and tomorrow another one opens!!!  

Stay tuned......

Thursday, April 23, 2015

How to Handle a Vacation Hangover

Have you heard of the term "vacation hangover"?  Well if you haven't then I am introducing you to it right now!  It is defined as the feeling after you come home from vacation!  You know you are supposed to feel well rested because you were just on vacation! Fresh, ready to get back in a routine, and full of energy bc you just relaxed all week!  WRONG!!!  A vacation hangover is that feeling on Monday morning when you know your to do list is long, laundry to be done, emails to answer and a workout to be done!  You have no food in the fridge and you don't have time to grocery shop so you eat what you want because hey what is another day going to matter!  

Tips to get back on track after vacation, Melanie Mitro, Top Coach, Elite 10 Coach, Dream Team, Shakeology, E&E, Insanity Max30, Will power, Trap, Clean eating

Vacation hangover means you do not spring out of bed at 5:00 am when the alarm goes off to workout!  You hit the snooze a few times and maybe {GASP} you even skip your workout!  Ohhh it's been known to happen a few times in the Mitro house!  

Then, you feel like a walking zombie.  You have nothing going on in your little brain but MUSH from the sun, sand and Miami Vice drinks that were so tasty!!!  but, it is back to reality and no matter how much you want to ignore it you have to face it!!!  So, the internal struggle begins!  The question is this.... Do you have the SKILL and the WILL POWER to get back on track??

I honestly don't believe it's just one or the other!  You need both skill and will power together!  Of course I can power through any obstacle you give me if I REALLY WANT TO, but quite honestly it is much easier if I have skills to handle it! So today lets talk skills!  How do you tackle the vacation hangover???

1.  You power through it!  You set that alarm and when the alarm goes off you repeat to yourself, "I'm Up, I'm Up" over and over until you get out of bed.  You can even sleep in your workout clothes!  That way you roll out of bed and go!  The other option is to find a workout accountability partner that is going to get your BUTT out of bed by either texting or calling you repeatedly until you get up!  

2.  You make a game plan.  Even if it's on a piece of scratch paper you sit down and you plan out your meals for the week. You raid the fridge for what you have in order to get by!  For me, Monday was a shake for breakfast and lunch, dinner was grilled chicken and some frozen green beans and a bag of rice!  Not necessarily the most interesting but it got the job done until I went to the grocery store.  
Tips to get back on track after vacation, Melanie Mitro, Top Coach, Elite 10 Coach, Dream Team, Shakeology, E&E, Insanity Max30, Will power, Trap, Clean eating

My plan is on a piece of paper, it's honestly nothing fancy but at least I know that I have a plan.  I sent Matt to Costco for the staples, fruits, veggies and some meats so that we can put together some meals!  I'm keeping it simple this week!  I also find that when I do 2 shakes a day it helps fuel my body with great stuff to get my energy back.  By Tuesday I was feeling way more like myself!  

3.  You fight the temptation.  Honestly, I had some ice cream and pizza when we got home.  But, today I woke up and SAID, ENOUGH! What are you doing!  You have no energy for your workouts, you feel blah and that is why! FOOD IS FUEL and if you don't remember that then you are going to be on this vicious cycle.  I have been doing this long enough to know that my mental clarity, my energy level and my focus depends on my food and my workouts!  So, today I threw away the cookies on the counter, I drank my shake and I'm chugging water like no one's business!  I know that fighting the first 3 days post vacation is how I will get on track.

4.  It's ok to have E&E a few times in a day!  E&E which is Energy and Endurance is honestly my go to!  I drink it 15 minutes before I workout each morning and it is from Beachbody and it gives me a nice little boost to help me get my workout going!  It helps me to dig deeper and push harder to rock my workout!  It's also something I drink mid afternoon when I want to take a nap! Especially when I stay up to late answering messages and get up early!  It's my saving grace for powering through!  Lets be honest, I'm not a machine, I crash and burn too! That is why SLEEP is so important!  I'm turning in early tonight bc I know my body is going to pay for it if I don't!!!

Tips to get back on track after vacation, Melanie Mitro, Top Coach, Elite 10 Coach, Dream Team, Shakeology, E&E, Insanity Max30, Will power, Trap, Clean eating

Lastly--- Find your next goal!  If you just pushed hard to get ready for a vacation, wedding or special event!  Don't let it all go by the wayside after the event is over.  What's your next goal?  What are you working towards?

I am choosing to start Insanity Asylum on Monday in preparation for our trip to Paris at the end of May!  I also love the way I feel when I can pull anything out of my closet and ROCK IT!  I like that feeling of being in control of my food and what I eat! SO that is my motivation!

Tips to get back on track after vacation, Melanie Mitro, Top Coach, Elite 10 Coach, Dream Team, Shakeology, E&E, Insanity Max30, Will power, Trap, Clean eating

Honestly I am so thankful that I am a Beachbody coach! The sheer accountability of knowing that people are watching me and waiting to see if I get back on track or fall off is motivation enough!  I know that people are relying on me to lead by example so I just do it!  Also I am absolutely accountable to my challengers! They are waiting for my morning post and if I can't lead by example then how will they ever follow!

So I use my own personal experiences to show my customers it can be done!  It doesn't have to be glamorous or perfect!  It just has to happen with as good of an effort that you can muster up and you move forward!

While this week wasn't my most SHINING moment, it sure was a learning experience for me and hopefully I can arm you with the skills to be proactive vs reactive in the future!!!

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My last thought!  You don't HAVE to FAIL!!!  You are in control of your choices because you are in control of the sources of your influence!  If you choose to let your surroundings get the best of you then you succumb to the temptations!  Why are some successful and some aren't?  You don't have an over abundance of will power, you are JUST SMART enough to see that this is a TRAP and you LITERALLY escape the WILL POWER TRAP!  

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