Beachbody Flash Sale and Week 4 Accountability Vlog #FitnessFriday


Before I start  I want to share something with you…because frankly I want your help.

For the first time as a beachbody coach I’m offering a flash sale of 25% off of challenge packs.

(This means you’ll be getting a challenge pack at the same rate I could buy it for, I’m giving back ALL of my commission!) 


To be 100% honest with you, I have a personal goal I’m trying to reach before June 1. So if you’ve been on the fence about purchasing a beachbody program and shakeology, now’s your chance to get it at the lowest price you’ll ever find.


OK, back to business….

I’m a day late….but I still have to get you my results for the week!

So, remember that P90X3 I was supposed to start this past week???

Yeah….. didn’t happen.

I only worked out 3 times this week, and one of those was just a lil short jammiejam.

So, I start P90X3 on Monday June 1

Here’s the schedule:


I realize I’m a lil scared of P90X3. I know it’ll be a challenge so I”m pumped….
But it’s 90 whole days.
I know myself.
I”m going to want to mix other stuff in.
But I’m going to try my hardest to only mix in some runs, and really see what results P90X3 gives me all by itself.

I’m eating low carb, and staying that way. With one high carb spike day a week (Saturdays).
I’ve gotten a few emails asking about what exactly I’m eating. I’m going to continue to share it here, but I’m also going to start taking photos, so if you’re my friend on instagram you’ll see that coming. … And I guess maybe I’ll include pics of my meals in the weekly updates

I’m a lil bummed that my results were not so great this week. I went UP ½ an inch in all areas!!! UP!

::kills self::

I had two lunches with more carbs than I should have, and I had a sweetener in my coffee a couple days but other than that I ate fairly well. (Not 100% on the cruise, but mostly made the low carb choices)

So, I know that the lack of workouts did me in.

This week I’m going to be very diligent about my eating again, and since I’m starting P90X3 I’ll have my workouts in check.

I look forward to making a video for you next week detailing how I went down 1/2 an inch or more!

How was your workout/nutrition this week?


#FitnessFriday Confession: I’m Not Happy With My Body Anymore

current body situation may 2015

I’m not happy with my body and I’m doing something about it.

I love my body and am grateful for all it can do. My frame is small, I’m generally slim, but I am frustrated by my personal trouble zone (read: Belly) and my overall lack of muscle tone. (That last pic above, I’m flexing with all my might, and you cant see an ab for miles.) And it’s all my doing.

It hit me hard a couple days ago after I booked our cruise but my feelings of discontent have been simmering on and off lately for a while now.

I booked the cruise and went to send a note to John saying “Only 25 days til we cruise!” Then I got punched in the stomach. 25 Days? 25? I can’t be beach-ready in 25 days!! OMG I have to diet, OMG I have to go run, OMG OMG OMG…..

Then I got my shit together and got real. There’s only so much that’s happening in 25 days, and I’m not the crash diet / overdo exercise type. (Plus that’s useless and causes yo yoing)

I had to take a look, a hard look, at what I have been doing lately.

I eat well, but I do eat a lot of sweets. I workout, (currently the 21 day fix workouts) but only a few times a week mixed with running.

I have the safety net excuse of “but I work out” to pardon myself for not eating as clean as I could be. But when I really look at it. Ummm I’m in my 30s and had two kids close together, 3 days a week of exercise (and not the most intense) just aint gunna cut it anymore, especially if I’m not eating super clean.

I then had to look at what I haven’t been doing lately.

  • I haven’t been pushing hard at my workouts
  • I haven’t been turning down the myriad sweets at the office
  • I haven’t been staying away from Rohan’s plate after he’s done eating
  • I haven’t been declining the ice cream John brings me at night
  • I simply haven’t been diligent

It’s not easy to face your failings, and yes, I’m fairly slim, but I don’t look (or feel) fit. It brought up a lot of feelings of fraudulence. Like “how can you be helping women create healthier lives when you’re messing up your damn self.”  Hello, Imposter Syndrome.

But no, I know what I do brings value, and helps my clients, when I feel down I can just look at the thank you emails I’ve saved LOL! (yeah, I read em when I need a boost, #judgemeifyouwanna!)

So what do you do when you’re slacking (by your own standards) and need to kick your fitness into high gear? For me, it always starts with setting a goal.


My goal: Abs

Yep. Abs. #that’sit

By my anniversary, I will have a flat tummy with some visible ab definition without having to suck my belly in…. too much. HA!

I know it sounds simple, but having abs is the result of me doing what I need to do. It’s a visible representation that I am consistently eating clean and low(ish) carb, and consistently working out hard to reveal them. I wake up at 5:30, and most days I do a workout, but I’m going to go full out with my 21 Day Fix workouts each morning for 21 days (then switching to p90x3 after our return)


 And I’ll be continuing my slow carb diet. I LOVE the 21DayFix workouts, but wont be doing the meal plan (though I suggest everyone try it at least once. GREAT at teaching portion control.)

My starting point is pictured above… I can’t wait to be able to post my afters. It’s not about being perfect, it’s about being the best I can be, healthfully and challenging myself.

So, goal is set, and plan is in place. I personally need accountability, which is why T25 was so beneficial for me. I was in a challenge group and had the accountability, constant motivation, support and inspiration from the others. 

My next challenge group begins May 25th and I’m going to be my own challenger! :)

Why don’t you join me? What’s your goal?

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Fat Sick and Nearly Dead 2 Review and #Giveaway


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Last night I attended the premiere screening of Fat Sick & Nearly Dead 2 in Union Square. Before seeing the film I enjoyed a cocktail reception with Joe Cross, the film’s star, (and Aussie hottie) at the Reboot offices. I was too busy chatting and chugging healthy juices to take photos, sadly.

The Fat Sick & Nearly Dead movie followed Joe Cross around the world as he rebooted his life, drinking veggie/fruit juices and smoothies. He lost 100 lbs, got rid of chronic diseases, and inspired millions of people along the way. We were introduced to several people in the film, some who rejected the idea of a veggie based diet, and juice reboots, and some who were open to try.

Fat Sick & Nearly Dead 2 followed up with Joe’s progress and focused on what to do after the reboot. Losing weight isn’t the hardest part, keeping it off long term is where the real effort comes in. We were introduced to new people from all over the world who are living a healthier lifestyle thanks to incorporating green drinks, and more vegetables and fruits into their diets.

(Aside…and this is totally unrelated to the topic of the movie… they showed a woman from Kenya who lost crazy weight, and was paying it forward helping her family, and others in her community lose weight with juicing too. I LOVED that finally, a mainstream movie showed a country in Africa with people just being normal, instead of the starving children, with distended bellies and flies pitched on them, that is usually how Africa at large is depicted in U.S. media. I was really glad to see it, and I hope more mainstream media follows suit.) 

We got caught up with the people we met in Fat Sick & Nearly Dead….I won’t give you any spoilers, but we revisited Phil the Truck Driver, who was my favorite story from the original film.

Peep the trailer:


Overall I loved and would recommend this movie. Just as in the first, it was charming and cute, informative without being boring, and exposed you to a healthier way of eating without being preachy. Gotta love that!!

You already know I love doing my shakes. A couple years ago when I watched Fat Sick & Nearly Dead I started juicing, but just adding it to my daily food, not replacing anything. It certainly gave me some pep in my step and made me feel healthier. I have slowed down with the green part….using mostly fruits with shakeology, but after last night, I’m re-inspired to whip out my Joe Cross books and start adding spinach and kale back into my blends like I used to.

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Fit Fridays: Update


My Workouts have been on point guys!!

I’m glad to be doing T25 again, this time with John. He’s already looking to the future to do P90X3 after we get through this. I’m psyched! I feel like I was forcing myself to do Body Beast, even though I enjoyed the actual workouts, I wasn’t inspired to push play and get it done the way I am with FocusT25. I just dig it more. Glad I didn’t force myself to complete Beast just yet. I know I’ll go back to it eventually though.

This is me after T25:

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Last week:

Sunday: Yoga and a jog

Monday through Saturday: T25 with John

Bonus: And I ran 2 additional times

This week:

Sunday: Yoga and a jog

Monday through Today: T25 (We skipped one day this week and didn’t do a 2-a-day to make it up. *shrug*)

Tomorrow: I plan to jog and do some workout.. not sure what.


Eating has been okay. Could be better.

I know I need to tighten up on the foods, and once Kaya is nursing less and eating purees (in about a month or so) I will be able to do that. I can’t truly diet while she is nursing all day long. I don’t want to lessen my supply or make less nutritional milk for her. (She turns 6 months on Sept 20 and will start getting veggie purees, so perfect timing for my fitness/weightloss challenge group to begin on Sept 22)

I told you about how I’m eating the high protein breakfasts… and I’m starting The 21 Day Fix soon.

Nervous and excited. I’ve never actually done a real nutrition program like this before. But I know I can commit to anything for just 21 days so… My fingers are crossed for good results. Did I say I’m nervous…naaaahhh I’m not nervous…


Looking ahead:

This weekend Kaya and I are leaving the boys home to have a “guys weekend” and we’re going to my mom n dad’s for a “girls weekend” (+dad) I love going for runs at my parents’ house so I’ll be sure to get one in each morning. I’m going to be really busy all weekend (I have SO much crap to do) but I’m going to be sure to sneak in a workout each day too. My mom has Chalean Extreme and I’m bringing over P90X3 for my dad to have, so we may try one of those workouts. I’ll be active.

Next week

John and I are going to continue our T25 together and I’m going to continue yoga at home. I hope to also squeeze in a run or two. I actually view my runs as “me time” now versus “ugh, I should probably take my mushy ass for a run time” It’s just me and Pandora (Tony Matterhorn station) and we crush it!

How is your fitness journey going?

Clean Eating Recipes – High Protein Breakfasts

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So I’ve kind of combined a couple ways of eating lately based on a few books I’ve read, my trip to Guatemala back in 2010, and what just feels right and makes sense to me. A big part of how I’m eating lately is starting my day immediately with  high protein breakfasts. When I say immediately, I mean within 1/2 hour to an hour after rising in the morning. (This is from Tim Ferriss’ 4 Hour Body – the Slow Carb Diet)

I’ve noticed that when I do this, I feel full but not stuffed, and don’t get hungry for a while after. Also, this has helped me cut my morning coffee/tea habit down tremendously! I’ll have a cup of water, and cook my meal, once I’m done eating, I don’t have a taste for a hot cup of tea or coffee, so I just have another cup of water instead. (Which helps with my goal to drink more water too)

I hope what I’m currently doing blends nicely with The 21 Day Fix that I’m starting on Sept 22. (Come do it with me!) With the program, you don’t have to alter your favorite foods, you just learn proper portions for your proprietary calorie level, so I should be OK. The materials haven’t come so I’m not certain yet what changes I’ll need to make.

My breakfast usually looks like this:


{Eggs w/ – 1 can black beans (rinsed) and 3 huge tablespoons of Sofrito warmed together in saucepan}

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{Eggs w/ – 1 can Kidney Beans (rinsed), one can petite diced tomatoes, chili powder and cumin to taste, heated in saucepan}


{Eggs w/ – cooked quinoa, sauteed onions and mushrooms, leftover black beans and cilantro combined in skillet}

I could seriously eat the same thing for breakfast every day until I die. When I was working 9-5 I had the same coffee drink and bacon egg and cheese every. single. morning. #kindamissitnowthatimentionit #imissyoubacon #seeyouinheaven 

I got this combo of eggs and beans in Guatemala. At first I was like umm…. no gracias…. but it grew on me. Eggs, beans, some type of meat, maduros (sweet plantains), grilled or fried tomatoes, and pan fried bread. Yo….that’s heaven right there!

Anywaaay… My egg and bean combo thingy is really working well for me. Like I said, I stay full for a long while, but also it’s just really easy and quick to do. On Monday I will make the beans and it will last me until Thursday usually when I’ll make the next batch. So most mornings I just get up, scramble or fry a couple eggs then heat up beans and I’m done.

And when I’m lazy or time crunched breakfast looks like this: 


 I love my Shakeology (vanilla!), and I noticed a crazy difference when I wasn’t drinking it. (namely my sugar cravings and migraines came back and my poops went away.) When I have it for breakfast it’s with a quick fried egg, or with loads of peanut or almond butter thrown in the nutribullet. I tried grounding up some oats and putting it in, which I heard was good, but…they lied to me yall. The texture was really weird.

Here are a few other High Protein Breakfast recipes:

(FYI – Recipes are copied, and I didn’t follow them to the letter ::shrug::)

Power Protein Oatmeal

This oatmeal recipe is topped with your choice of nuts, dried fruit, and a dash of cinnamon. A scoop of whey protein powder makes it an even more satisfying breakfast that will fuel your morning!

Total Time: 10 min.
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cooking Time: 5 min.
Yield: 1 serving

Protein: 25g

1 cup water
½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 Tbsp. raisins (or dried cranberries, dried cherries, or other dried fruit)
1 Tbsp. chopped raw walnut pieces (or almonds, pecans, or other nuts)
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
1 scoop Beachbody Vanilla Whey Protein Powder, or equivalent

1. Bring water to a boil in small saucepan over medium high heat.
2. Add oatmeal, walnuts, raisins, and cinnamon; cook, stirring constantly, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until oats soften and thicken. Remove from heat.
3. Add Protein Powder; mix well. If oats are too thick, add extra water.


How I do it… No walnuts, so I don’t die. And I use water and almond milk, a lil bit of agave nectar, cinnamon and nutmeg and even though this sounds weird, a lil powdered ginger too.


Spinach Omelet w/ Gouda

Try something a little different with this spinach and corn omelet sprinkled with flavorful smoked gouda cheese.

Total Time: 20 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: 10 min.
Yield: 1 serving

Protein: 21g

3 large egg whites
Sea salt and ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
1 tsp. olive oil
2 cups fresh spinach
½ cup sweet white corn kernels
½ oz. shredded smoked gouda cheese (2 Tbsp.)

1. Place egg whites in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper if desired; whisk to blend. Set aside.
2. Heat oil in medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
3. Add spinach; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until wilted.
4. Add corn; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes or until warm. Remove from pan. Keep warm.
5. Heat skillet over medium-low heat. Add egg whites. Do not stir. As eggs set, lift edges, letting uncooked portion flow underneath.
6. When eggs are almost set add spinach mixture and cheese. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through. Gently fold in half.


How I did it… 3 egg whites and 1 whole egg, adobo powder and pepper to season, used diced tomato and diced avocado in lieu of corn. (Too much work in the morning…I probably won’t do this again, I may do it for dinner or lunch on a random day though)


Power Yogurt

Power up for your workout, or your day, with yogurt and sliced fruit topped with wheat germ and toasted coconut.

Total Time: 5 min.
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 1 serving

Protein: 29g

1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
3 Tbsp. wheat germ
3 medium strawberries, sliced
¼ medium banana, sliced
1 tsp. unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted

1. Place yogurt in a medium serving bowl. Top with wheat germ; mix well.
2. Top with strawberries, banana, and coconut.


How I do it…First of all it’s usually for snack or part of lunch vs breakfast, but I add sliced toasted almonds, a small dot or two of agave, craisins or raisins and sometimes sunflower seeds….and I usually use flavored greek yogurt…::avoids eye contact::


It’s amazing how cleaning up my diet is starting to become fun for me again. I can’t wait til the baby belly is gone and the 6 pack returns…and by returns I mean shows up for the first time ever.

What are your favorite protein packed breakfasts?