Tuesday, June 9, 2015

From A Stay At Home Mom To A Leader And Mentor

Happy Tuesday!!  The kids are still in bed and I just finished my 21 Day Fix workout.  I’m sitting here checking in with my groups and responding to my emails.  I came across a few emails this week that have totally changed my perspective of what I do. 

I was thinking about the past 2 years and what they have looked like.  I mean have you ever really just sat and reflected on how your life has changed?  So I started out as a woman who had 2 kids and felt disgusting in her skin.  I was not ‘big’ in the eyes of most. I was in the process of losing about 10 pounds to feel comfortable with my ‘weight’ but I was also depressed, miserable and just unhappy with my life as a whole. But WHY?! My husband is great, I was blessed with two beautiful babies, I was a stay at home mom and I should have been counting my blessings… but I wasn’t. Stress and overwhelm were all that I could think about.
I mean seriously how many of you can relate to that?!?!  I had always been active. I always worked out, but my CONSISTENCY had been seriously lacking….NORMAL AGAIN right?!?!  
But this time- I decided to go all in- choose a program, not skip a day, pair it with Shakeology and eating better and BAM…. my life started to change. Little by little.
 The majority of people who start a fitness program do not finish it!  So what was different?!  It was the SUPPORT of the new friends I was making with challenge groups, it was my DECISION to change more than I wanted to stay the same- it was my MINDSET because I was surrounding myself with like minded people!  It was like a lightbulb moment for me.  Seriously how could I not shout this from the roof tops at how down right amazing this program was!
Well, there is a way to do that.  It’s called becoming a Beachbody Coach.  I will not lie, I remember sitting on the couch watching the “What is a Beachbody Coach” thinking that this is to good to be true.  This is just one of those ‘scams’ that we hear about- right? No way could people really build a business- from home- with their kids (if they have any)- with or without a college degree- with or without any background in health and fitness… and the list goes on. It took me almost 5 weeks to DIVE IN. I kept saying ‘yeah… I will do it” But then- I was just on the fence and honestly- too lazy to get up to get my purse to grab my credit card out! BUT– guess what? In reality, it is true and it is totally good! I am PROOF. 
I brainstormed all the ways that I could help other people get the same results that I had.  I was beyond excited to get started with helping others.  I KNEW that if I was a product of the product. If I was the EXAMPLE for others, then I could FOR SURE HELP others do the same thing.
The one thing I will note is that when I started coaching I was not at my goal weight, I had no idea what social media was or even where the heck to find a facebook group.  But I jumped feet first and decided that I would take it one day at a time and I would  make my focus on helping other people.  I will also add this- I was in it because I knew that I had to help change my family. My husband and I had debt stacked against us and we had creditors calling us because we weren’t paying our bills on time. We don’t even know how it happened- but we were drowning and we had to do something. I saw this as an OPPORTUNITY to do something that I was passionate about and earn an income. I remember thinking “WHY NOT ME?” 
So this brings me to the point of this blog post.  Two years later after pretty much dedicating myself to helping other people get results I have achieved some pretty significant milestones in the Team Beachbody business.  I earned the Success Club Trip for my husband and I to Cancun, Mexico this past April,  I have attended one coach summit and I will be attending my second on next month, I have attended an all expense paid Leadership Retreat in Scottsdale, AZ, I spoke to over 300 coaches at a leadership training in Pittsburgh, PA this past January, I have helped launch several Elite Training systems with the #1 coach in the network and I have been a guest speaker on several Elite Training Webinars for our company. I am an Elite Coach, I am currently ranked the  #1 COACH in the state of Mississippi, I am ranked the #79 coach out of 270,000 + coaches and I am a 7 star diamond coach.  I am a wife, mom, daughter, friend and a typical house wife who had a dream of doing something extraordinary.  I have the same 24 hours in my day that you have, I just have mastered the art of multitasking, prioritizing (although not always good) and staying focused on my goals.
So this week.. my next big NEWS is that when I was asked to speak at our COACH SUMMIT IN NASHVILLE next month I was pumped! I will be standing on a stage in front of over 1,000 people teaching, talking and hopefully INSPIRING others with my STORY. I used to say ‘I’m just a mom’ but I changed that mindset once and for all. WE ALL HAVE A STORY. WE ALL HAVE A PURPOSE. WE ALL CAN ACHIEVE GREATNESS!!!  I have gone from a 2 star diamond to 7 star diamond in the past year!  Pretty exciting stuff!!!  Words cannot describe how PROUD I am of my Legacy United coaches and all of their success as well!  I feel that creating a systematic approach to growing your business is a key to success.
So I’m here today to share with you my top tips.  
Below is my presentation for you to listen to and share!!!  
  1. Start Now vs. Someday- Every single thing I have done as a coach I was not ready to do.  I started my first group before I had my posts ready, I advertised before I had my first customers. I ran my own challenge group before I was at my personal weight loss goal.  I had no idea where I was going but I just went for it and figured it out along the way.  You don’t have to have a perfect blog, like page or body before you become a coach.  Part of the excitement is sharing your story as you go!  You don’t have to see the whole staircase you just have to see the first step! That is it!!!  If you have a great idea, just do it!!!
  2. Research and take initiative- As a new coach I didn’t have all the answers.  I didn’t know anything about social media, facebook, blogging, tweeting, Instagram or hashtags.  Heck I didn’t even know what a facebook group was.  But instead of sitting here using my lack of knowledge in social media as a reason not to be successful I took initiative to find out more.  The most successful coaches don’t wait for someone to tell them what to do, they just do it!  The speed of the leader is the speed of the pack!  If you want your own future team to grow and blossom then you be that example.  
  3. Always self evaluate yourself.  Do people know the real you, the struggles, triumphs, what I do to maintain my fitness and nutrition?  If something isn’t working, re-evaluate and try again.  Always share your healthy lifestyle vs selling it!  Always ask yourself if you are living the life you want others to live as well.
  4. Leadership is not a sprint it’s a marathon- Being a leader does not happen over night.  Being a leader is sometimes painful, scary and hard.  Being a leader takes time, energy and perseverance   Being a leader means that you lead with excitement and passion even on days when you do not feel like it.  Being a good leader is always improving yourself.  The one thing that I live by is this, “Never build a business so that you can be better than someone else, build a business and create a huge life so that you can help others more!!!
So be fearless, follow your heart, lead with passion.  If you do those things others will follow you and you will naturally rise to the top!!!  
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This is my system for training new coaches and helping them to achieve success as quickly as possible. My goal is to teach you everything that I know and provide you with the tools so that you do not have to re-invent the wheel.  My goal is cut down on your learning curve to increase your success.


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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

21 Day Fix Grocery List

I am SO in love with the 21 Day Fix Meal plan!! It’s my new go to guide when it comes to meal planning each week. I really love the WHOLE PROGRAM! It is GENIUS!!! 
I love the containers– it is totally fool proof! Fill it up and eat it! 
I love how they are color coded for each food group! No questions asked! It is just easy!
I love that you know exactly how much to eat of each food with out even trying. 
No calorie counting
No guessing
I love the workouts
I love that they are short
I love that they work the entire body
So .. that MIGHT sum it up … but not really!! 
I mostly love that my challengers are FINALLY finding something that works and getting AMAZING results all while learning how to properly fuel their bodies. 
I have been following the fix meal plan for a month now and I can tell you that I don’t even have to use the containers most days. I can pretty much eyeball how much of each food group I’m suppose to have. It’s become a HABIT and something that I just do and follow. 
I love how I didn’t really have to change much to the clean eating plan that I already follow but It really let me zero in on how many portions of each food group that I needed to have daily. I still have a complex carb and protein with every meal. 
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When I head to the grocery store every week I pretty much have the same things on my list. No, they aren’t always used for the same meals but normally the same ingredients are used and mixed around to make various meals. There are a list of foods that are approved on the 21 day fix and most of them are what I was already currently eating so it made things pretty simple. I can’t tell you exactly what to buy but I can give you a good idea of what you should see in your cart each week. 
Proteins (RED)

Lean chicken breast
Pork Tenderloin
Flank steak
Eggs
Lean ground turkey
Salmon/Tilapia
Plain greek yogurt
Organic veggie burgers
Protein powder

Turkey Meat, Ham, and Turkey Bacon are on the list. I do enjoy Turkey bacon at least once a week with my breakfast but it’s not something that I would include in your diet daily. It’s higher in sodium and your body will retain water. So I try and stay away from these things. 


Healthy Fats (BLUE) 

Avocado (I love the mini wholly guacamole, perfect size for the blue container) 
Raw unsalted nuts (I like almonds and walnuts) 
All natural Peanut Butter
Hummus
Feta
Extra virgin olive oil
Coconut oil

I do have to say this is the category that I found I was eating way to much of. I really really love my peanut butter, hummus and avocado. I would eat all of these in one day and it was one of the main factors holding me back from progress. YES they are healthy but having to much of a good thing CAN hurt you. That’s what I love about this plan. You can be a beginner or a pro clean eater but you are still going to learn something. I’ve eliminated a lot of dairy from my diet and i’ve noticed less bloating and stomach pains. 

Fruit (PURPLE)

Berries (my favorite strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries) 
Orange
Apple
Grapes
1/2 Banana 
Watermelon
Kiwi
Limes/Lemons for flavor in water or on fish. 


Try and watch your sugars when it comes to fruit. If you are really wanting to shed weight or only have a little bit to lose. Stay away from Grapes, Mangos, and Banana’s. Those are higher in Sugar and Banana’s are high in starch. This is a hard one for me because I love fruit but I promise the minute you make these small changes you will see those changes you have been wanting to see. Also try and have your fruits earlier in the day. 
Vegetables (GREEN)
Baby Spinach Leaves
Broccoli
Aspragus
Green beans
Carrots
Cucumbers
Tomatoes
Celery
Peppers 
Onions
Squash

No CORN is not a vegetable people!!! It’s a STARCH! Stay away from it. 


Complex Carbs 

Yams or Sweet Potatoes 
Back Beans
Pinto Beans 
Quinoa 
Brown Rice
Rolled Oats (NOT INSTANT) 
Ezekiel Bread
Whole Wheat Tortilla
Brown Rice Cake 

Here are a list of things that I frequently use:
Chia seeds
Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Mrs. Dash seasonings (salt free) 
Raw honey
Cinnamon
Garlic 
Seltzer Water 
Green tea























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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Tosca’s Clean Eating Tips and Portion Control!

I have based most of my clean eating around the amazing Tosca Reno.  I realized one day that I had to take control over what I was putting into not only my body, but serving to may growing family as well.  I realized quickly that I was NOT eating proper portions or proper types of food– even though I took pride in saying that I “ate healthy.” — NADA. That was false. Taco Bell drive thru twice a week, bread/rolls with every dinner, too many carbs and too little veggies– and don’t get me started on the sugar consumption each day!! BUT I was honestly blind to it… because “I was thin– it didn’t affect me.” BUT IT DID. My mood, my energy levels, my skin, basically everything about my body was just BLAH!!

BUT– Tosca couldn’t have said it better!  Are you struggling with eating clean and what to eat and when to eat it!  I promise you- eating 5-6 small meals a day is what your body needs. And it is not hard to do once you get into the routine! Check out this YouTube video on portion sizes to get your mind in the right place!!!

I absolutely love TOSCA and she is usually my GO TO book and I look up her youtube vids often!  I am so thankful that I picked up one of her books one day about a year and a half ago! It has changed my life and made me see that clean eating tastes AMAZING and I am not deprived at all!! I lost those last pesky 10 pounds that were sticking around because of the ‘plateau’ that I thought I would never overcome… It is all mental! That paired with drinking my Shakeology everyday and working out 6 days a week is exactly what I need and exactly what my clients do! It’s a lifestyle! And it works!





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Saturday, January 17, 2015

What is the 21 Day Fix Extreme and is it right for me?

It was almost a year ago that Team Beachbody launched the 21 Day Fix. I will tell you that I was FIRST HAND a skeptic at this program. I am NOT one to tell anyone who needs to lose weight that you can do it in 21 days. Nada. So I stuck to my guns and I didn’t really promote it… AT FIRST! As I watched all of the coaches around me have their challengers/clients getting results I really started wondering HOW this was working so much… So I caved and bought it- tried it- OH MY GOSH! It was amazing! I was eating so much food (the RIGHT foods at the RIGHT times) and getting incredible results!!! Now- I TRULY BELIEVE that with this program and doing things the RIGHT way you can absolutely lose 5-15 pounds in 3 weeks the HEALTHY way and YES it does stay off as long as you continue with your healthy lifestyle!

So- I swallowed my pride and amped up this program! The workouts were 30 minutes- total body and you got these cute little color coded portion control containers with a guide that told you what foods to put in the containers. NO BRAINER!! It is now the #1 home fitness program and I am SO EXCITED to tell you all that we are now launching The 21 Day Fix EXTREME!! It is taking fitness to the next level! Autumn Calabrese knows what she is doing and it is gonna be HOT HOT HOT!

  

  And as an Elite Coach with Beachbody I get a sneak peek at this amazing program! I did the preview this morning and I CAN’T WAIT FOR IT!!!! I’m in love already! ANDDDD I’m so excited to announce that it’s coming February 2nd to anyone who has a Team Beachbody Coach (if you don’t have one, make me your coach please).

The goal with the 21 Day Fix Extreme is to create killer results, more muscle tone, definition, tightened up nutrition plan and advanced moves.  This worked is truly meant to get you shredded.  Autumn actually shares her competition meal plan with you to help you shred those pesky pounds that many of us hold on to.

Who should buy the program?

21 Day Fix EXTREME is ideal for those with a dramatic short-term weight
loss deadline–such as an upcoming vacation, photo shoot, or other big event.
It’s an excellent next step for 21 Day Fix graduates ready for a new challenge
or graduates of other extreme programs like P90X, Insanity, and FOCUS T25.Fix EXTREME is also great for those who don’t have much weight to lose,
but want to get shredded and see abs; those with a “no BS” attitude toward
workouts and nutrition; or anyone who doesn’t want to count calories, weigh
 their food, or follow complicated recipes.

I would not recommend the 21 Day Fix Extreme for a beginner.
This is an advanced program.  Autumn did talk about that when she was in
 Pittsburgh for our event last weekend.  So I want to make sure that you know
 to do the 21 day fix FIRST before moving to this program!

So what are the details?

  • The program is 21 days long!
  • You do 1 30 minute workout each day.
  • You do not need a lot of space to do this workout.  A 6 square foot area is all that you need.
  • What type of shoes do you need?  Cross Trainers or aerobic shoes are necessary.

The workouts include:  
Plyo Fix Extreme, Upper Fix Extreme, Lower Fix Extreme, 
Pilates Fix Extreme, Cardio Fix Extreme, Dirty 30 Fix Extreme  and 
Yoga Fix Extreme. 

There will be a bonus workout that you get for ordering through a coach plus 
there is also additional workouts that you can purchase also. 
Power strength extreme and ABC Extreme.

What comes with the 21 Day Fix Extreme

Autumn Calabrese

What are the workouts all about??

Plyo Fix Extreme 
An explosive lower-body workout that uses jumping and resistance to torch calories and sculpt
muscles. 
Upper Fix Extreme 
By alternating opposing muscle groups, this no-rest upper-body workout will shred the chest, back, 
shoulders, and arms. 
Pilates Fix Extreme 
Using a resistance band for every exercise, this intense mat workout works the entire body, placing 
emphasis on the core. 
Lower Fix Extreme 
Glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves will get stronger, leaner, and more defined with 30 minutes
of challenging resistance work. 
Cardio Fix Extreme  Combining weighted cardio moves with traditional metabolic training intervals keeps the heart rate
soaring. 
Dirty 30 Extreme 
Using only seven compound moves focusing on multiple body parts at a time, this workout will burn
extra calories while defining muscles. Get down and dirty, and get it done. 
Yoga Fix Extreme  A fast-paced flow yoga class, combining strength, balance, flexibility, and power. 
Power Strength Extreme 
Based on functional movement patterns, these nine total-body exercises will change the way the 
body moves, increasing strength, endurance, and power.
ABC Extreme 
A 30-minute workout that targets common problem areas by pushing abs, butt, and cardio to 
the extreme.  It’ll get that competition body ready for the stage.
The Fix Challenge  Keep things interesting and burn off calories with this quick resistance workout!

Lets talk nutrition plan!

While the 21 day fix allowed for wine and chocolate the 21 Day fix extreme does
not.  It is 100% clean eating for these 21 days.  You do have the option to eat out at restaurants
but you still have to follow the nutritional guidelines laid out.  Just think about it this way!
You can do anything you put your mind to for 21 days.
I can say from previous experience with Insanity Max 30 that when I followed
the nutrition plan to the T I really got amazing results.  I feel like  I really do attribute a lot of
my progress to nutrition.  So make sure to take this part extremely serious.

You will get the 21 day fix portion controlled containers with your program
purchase!

So do you want to be the first to get it??? 

21 Day Fix Extreme Results
21 Day Fix Extreme Results

Plus I am going to be hosting an EXCLUSIVE 21 Day Fix Extreme TEST Group where I will be mentoring
you through the program, teaching you how to navigate the nutrition plan, create a meal plan, prep,
give you snack ideas, recipes, and tips.  Plus you will get daily videos, motivation and accountability
right from me in a closed online group!!!  Our goal is to set realistic and achievable goals and to go
100% in for 21 days to achieve the very best results we can achieve!!! 

Does this sound like something you would like to do? 
 If so, complete the application below to be considered 
for a spot in my exclusive test group!!!!

The launch date is set for February 2nd.  If you complete the application
 I will give you the details of my group plus get you up to speed with
launch details, extra information and tips!  What are you waiting for??
 Summer isn’t that far away, imagine what you can accomplish in 21
days but really imagine the possibilities if you made this a lifestyle
change!  Ummm…. total transformation by June! It could really happen!
Let me help you make it a reality!!!

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