Post Labor Day Weekend Cleanse

Heyyyyy yooooo! So, if you are anything like me you took full advantage of this summer — all the food, all the booze, all the fun!! Can we have a reality check right now? Because I need one. This past month I have been on and off the wagon (more off than on) and I’m tired of chasing the wagon! Haha. I just want to be on it and feel GOOD. Being off of it is all fun and games until you wake up each morning feeling crappy and blah and the whole day is just sluggish.

I’ve decided to do an ALL IN 3 Day Refresh group the day after Labor Day Weekend — starts September 8th. The private accountability group will be on Facebook and I have a bunch of dedicated ladies ready to roll. We will share our tips and tricks for surviving the three days. I have done this cleanse many many times and I have my go-to recipes to share. We can also complain to each other about how much we miss wine. :)

So this is my invite to you!! If you want to be involved the please shoot me a message on my Facebook page or purchase your program at the link below and I’ll be in touch — I don’t feel like having you fill out an application. Let’s do this!

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Here are some of my results:

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Paleo Bacon-Apple Chicken Burgers with Maple-Cranberry Sauce

It’s official! My husband, Ben, has made the switch to Paleo. He’s actually been following an Autoimmune Paleo regimen to try and clear up some health issues he’s been facing. He recently discovered he has some intolerances to quite a few foods which we believe to be causing a lot of inflammation in his body. So, he decided to go right to the source and cut out a lot of common food allergens. Paleo made the most sense! I have not gone totally Paleo — I like my Ezekiel bread way too much! ha! But he’s been handling dinners and they are really delicious. These Paleo Bacon-Apple Chicken Burgers with Maple-Cranberry Sauce are from The Paleo Approach Cookbook which we ordered on Amazon. Everything was totally amazing!!

Paleo Bacon-Apple Chicken Burgers with Maple-Cranberry Sauce

Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup grade B maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup water

Burger Ingredients

  • 8-10 oz bacon
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 large cooking apple, peeled, cored and minced
  • 2 tsp minced fresh rosemary
  • 2-2.5 lbs ground chicken
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp bacon fat (as needed)

Sauce Directions

  1. Combine the cranberries, maple syrup, and water in a small saucepan
  2. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to maintain a simmer.
  3. Simmer uncovered for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the berries have popped and the sauce has thickened.
  4. Transfer to a serving bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Burger Directions

  1. Place the bacon in a cold skillet, then turn on the heat to medium-high. Cook, flipping once or twice until bacon is crispy.
  2. When bacon is crispy, remove it from the pan. Add the onion to the bacon fat in the pan and sauté for 5 minutes over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion is starting to soften. Add the apple and rosemary and continue sautéing until the onion is browned and both the apple and onion are soft, 8-10 more minutes. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and allow to cool slightly. Do not clean the pan, you will be using it to cook the burgers.
  3. Once the bacon has cooled enough to handle, chop into small pieces (think bacon bit size).
  4. Combine the ground chicken, bacon, apple and onion mix, and salt in a bowl. Mix well with your hands and form into 6-8 inch patties.
  5. Preheat the pan over medium heat. If there is no more bacon fat left in the pan, add a tablespoon of bacon fat or other cooking fat. Fry the patties in the pan, in batches if needed so as not to overcrowd, until fully cooked, 15-25 minutes total, flipping once. To be sure that the meat is fully cooked, check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer, it should read 160 F.
  6. Serve with chilled maple cranberry sauce!

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Beachbody Coach Mentorship

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I look at that photo on the left and remember a really sad time in my life… when I should’ve been happy. It’s so easy to watch each others’ lives through our computer screens and think “they have it so great.” I mean, look at that smile — it looks so real!! But it’s not.

I was so uncomfortable in my body — I had been through back-to-back high risk pregnancies (on blood thinners AND diagnosed with gestational diabetes both times), suffered through postpartum depression and anxiety and since being laid off from my very comfy, what-I-thought-was-secure (but unfulfilling) job at AOL I was hustling my butt off as a freelance writer, a blogger, a social media consultant and a cake maker. Anything to keep me at home with my kids!

Beachbody entered my life at a breaking point. Ben had been job hunting for almost 9 months {damn economy!} — and my freelance income was definitely not enough to keep us afloat. When I decided to take the leap into coaching I was terrified but I thought, “What the hell?” I was scared and skeptical, but I jumped in this business doing a huge ass cannon ball and very quickly things started to turn around.

I never looked back. I took this opportunity and ran with it as hard and as fast as I could because I wanted something BIG. I wanted freedom for me and my family. Freedom from corporate life. Freedom to be my own boss. Freedom to NEVER have that damn pit in my stomach when I’m approaching a cash register EVER AGAIN.

I believe my struggles have led me to this point in my life. My mess is my message and it’s my job to share all my shit with you. Because if I don’t share my shit then you won’t believe that you can do this too. And you can. I promise you, you can.

I’m looking for people who are tired of being tired. Maybe you feel like you are in a hamster wheel of life and things are never going to change. I want to personally mentor you and teach you how to turn your own fitness journey into an inspiring career helping others! No matter what your story is (big weight loss, tiny weight loss, love of nutrition, knowing nothing of nutrition, love to workout, hate to workout) there’s room for you to inspire others who are like you!

>>>>> Fill out this application: http://bit.ly/CoachwithNikkiJohn

PS. This mentorship is only open to people who are not currently coaches or not currently working with other coaches. Don’t wanna be stepping on others’ toes. Thanks!

*Beachbody® does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Beachbody Coach Business Opportunity. Each Coach’s income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See the Statement of Independent Coach Earnings for the most recent information on Coaches’ incomes

My Beachbody Coaching Income

Let’s talk about a taboo topic shall we? MONEY. Why is it so bad to talk about it? Our entire world is revolved around making a living — it’s kind of important right? If you’ve read my story you know that I grew up with quite a bit of it and then when I was kicked out of the nest I had very little of it and struggled. But what about now? I’ve been a Beachbody Coach for 21 months and I rarely share my income — not because I don’t like talking about it but because I don’t want to attract the wrong kind of people to my team. If you think this business is a get-rich-quick scheme then you will fail. This business is about putting other people first and being rewarded for helping them. You work your ASS off and in the beginning of this business you put in WAY MORE hours than you ever get paid for. But if you love it, are patient and consistent it will pay off tenfold.

First of all, you must truly be passionate about Beachbody and their products. I mean, my LIFE has been totally changed by Beachbody. How could I NOT share this with everyone? I spent my life yo-yo dieting and I finally found something that WORKED and wasn’t a drug or a quick fix or complete crap!

MARCH 2015 transformation

If you’ve been following me you know that when I became a coach we were STRUGGLING big time. Like about to run out of money, my mom loaning us money for our rent, minimal income coming in. I didn’t really have the money to sign up to coach but I didn’t care. Something had to give and something in my gut told me I might be able to make something of this crazy opportunity. So I didn’t look back. I went ALL IN.

This was my FIRST paycheck as a coach:

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I sold a T25 Challenge Pack to one of my sorority sisters. I talked to A LOT of people who told me NO. But I didn’t let it stop me. That feeling of helping someone was AMAZING! And she saw great results from the program. That just kept me pushing to help more and more people.

FAST FORWARD ——–> 6 MONTHS

My team was growing. I started really figuring out the business and helping other people learn the business. When I first signed up I had also signed up my husband to help me reach a goal. So we started to build his account too. This was contributing to our family income!

MY PAYCHECK AS A DIAMOND COACH:

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Retail Commission: $183.92

Team Bonus: $108.00

This means my TEAM is succeeding and making income as well!
When I help my TEAM succeed…Beachbody gives me bonuses!! Cool, right?!

 

BEN’S 6 MONTH PAYCHECK (Emerald Coach):
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Total WEEKLY Commission at 6 Months: $343.85

MY PAYCHECK ONE YEAR AS A COACH:
1 year paycheck
TEAM BONUSES are growing because my TEAM is succeeding!!
MATCHING BONUS: $93.40
Matching bonuses are VERY cool!! This TINY percentage I receive as a bonus means my team is building teams of their OWN and making additional bonuses themselves.
**Beachbody rewards me for this as well!**

BEN’S PAYCHECK AT 1 YEAR (Diamond Coach):
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The team under Ben is starting to grow as well and just like Beachbody rewards me for helping my coaches succeed they also reward him for his coaches succeeding! Notice he has ZERO retail sales!!! That is amazing!

MY SECOND BUSINESS (just opened):
Beachbody allows you to open additional businesses once you reach certain goals! Pretty awesome!
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You can see I very quickly started building up this business — I already was helping coaches on this team reach success and seeing bonuses because of it!
Total WEEKLY Commission between all businesses at 1 Year: $1,383.00

PAYCHECK AT 21 MONTHS IN THE BUSINESS – 8 STAR DIAMOND: 
21 months
My focus has shifted from mainly helping CHALLENGERS to also helping my coaches learn and GROW businesses of their own…just like I have!
My team bonuses have grown, but more importantly, my MATCHING bonuses have grown…which means my coaches are making some amazing team bonuses.

BEN’S PAYCHECK – 2 STAR DIAMOND
21 months ben
ZERO retails sales this week and still — just by pouring into our team — we make an income!

2nd BUSINESS – DIAMOND
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My 2nd business has started to take off with the training and mentorship I provide my coaches!! Everyone starts at the same place and it’s up to YOU to build your business and help other people to see success!
TOTAL: $4,350.82 for ONE week!

PINCH ME!! I work from home as my own boss on a business which requires NO prior experience, a very low (and sometimes even FREE) business startup fee AND I actually LOVE IT and know I’m improving the lives of others daily!!

AND MY FAMILY MADE $4,350.82 per week 
after only 21 months?!?!?!?!?!?!

This business has changed my life — I am happier, healthier, FREEEEEEEE and helping SO many people, not just with their health but with their finances as well! I have never been more excited to get out of bed each morning. And I get to spend my day doing what I want with my family! I work when I want to work and travel when I want to travel and I rarely stress about money. That pit in my stomach I used to get when I would approach any cash register is GONE!!!

My team is everything to me!! We are like a family and I want them to see even greater success than I have!!! It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we work together as a TEAM!! I never get tired of them messaging me with how much their lives have changed since becoming a coach. It’s the best feeling in the world!
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ANYONE can do this!!!

I would love to show you exactly how I (and my team) have become so successful.  If you’d like to be selected for my next coach training and you’re willing to meet me half way I would love to have you!

Are you ready? NOW IS THE TIME — LET’S DO IT!!! APPLY HERE:  http://bit.ly/CoachwithNikkiJohn

And, to keep legal happy:
**”Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each Coach’s income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill.”**

Beachbody Summer Sale 2015

I’m so excited!! Beachbody’s Summer Sale is launching TODAY!!! Below I have listed EVERYTHING that will be on sale and as soon as they go live I will link to each product! Make sure you set your alarm to go off at 12:30pm EST because that is when things will start showing up on the site! These items are going to go FAST FAST FAST. I already have what I want picked out! :)

{If you are interested in an additional 25% off these already reduced items — and ANY Beachbody product — email me and I’ll tell you how!}

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WARNING!!!!

Les Mills Pump and Combat will no longer being available after this sale so this is your VERY last chance to get those programs… and at a steal!

These WILL sell out QUICKLY!! — VIEW ALL ITEMS HERE

Programs on Sale

21 Day Fix + Shakeology Bundle 31% Off

21 Day Fix Extreme + Shakeology Bundle 31% Off

Les Mills Pump 40% Off *Supplies VERY limited*

Les Mills Pump Deluxe DVDs 70% Off

Les Mills Combat + Gloves 60% Off

Les Mills Combat DVDs 60% Off

P90X 58% Off

P90x + FREE P90X Plus 58%

P90X Plus 67% Off

P90X2 + Stability Ball 59% Off

10 Minute Trainer 50% Off

Brazil Butt Lift + Band 25% Off

Hip Hop Abs 70% Off

Hip Hop Abs + Weighted Gloves 70% Off

Insanity Deluxe Workouts 56% Off

Insanity: Asylum 58%

Slim in 6 37% Off

Tai Cheng 50% Off

Equipment & Clothes on Sale

Ankle Weights 50% off

Rumbleroller 25% off

Jumpmat 50% off

Black Resistance Band & Door Attachment (perfect for chin ups and pull ups) 61% off

Squishy Ball 69% Off

Stability Ball + Medicine Ball Combo 67% Off

Les Mills Combat Gloves 60% Off

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Please let me know if you have any questions! My next online accountability group starts on Monday, June 15th if you would like to join! I would love to have you! Also, any of the items above do come with a 30 day money back guarantee! However, as I mentioned before, once they are sold out they will be GONE, so act fast!

HAPPY SHOPPING!

 

Shakeology Buckeyes

So, this Shakelogy Buckeye recipe was totally an accident. I made vanilla peanut butter Shakeology cookies and Ben was like, you should use some of that dough to make Buckeyes with your melted Shakeology recipe. That is a smart man! They turned out DELISH!

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Shakeology Buckeyes

  • 1 cup vanilla Shakeology
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1 scoop/packet chocolate or vegan chocolate Shakeology
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  1. Combine vanilla Shakeo, peanut butter, oats and honey in a bowl and mix — you may need to use your hands.
  2. Roll dough into 1 inch size balls and set aside
  3. Melt your 1 tbsp of coconut oil {microwave for about 30 secs} and mix in your chocolate Shakeology until it’s a consistency of almost a fondue. You may need to add some more coconut oil to get it thin enough.
  4. Dip each ball about halfway into the chocolate and set on wax paper
  5. Refrigerate for 15-20 mins and enjoy!

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Pumpkin Seed Pesto

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I cannot take credit for this pumpkin seed pesto recipe — it was all my husband’s idea. We have a giant tub of raw pumpkin seeds for snacking and he thought why not? If you can use pine nuts why not pumpkin seeds? So to google I went and he whipped this up! It was delicious and we used it in place of spaghetti sauce on. We had spaghetti squash instead of pasta and we used ground turkey as our protein. SO YUMMY!

PUMPKIN SEED PESTO

makes 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup green pumpkin seeds
  • 10 fresh sage leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or more
  • 1/8 tsp salt to taste
  1. Wash and pat dry the sage and parsley. Remove the leaves from their stems. Peel the garlic. Place the sage, parsley, and garlic into the food processor.
  2. Add the pumpkin seeds to the food processor and puree all of the ingredients until the mixture starts to stick together and become crumbly.
  3. With the machine still running, slowly add the olive oil and continue to puree until the mixture resembles a paste. You may want to add more or less olive oil depending on your preference.
  4. Add 1/8 tsp of salt, or more if it suits your liking, and combine.

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NOVADog Guest Post: Tracking Walks with Your Dog

I am a big proponent of tracking – I track my workouts and I track my food. I also encourage my clients to do the same because it keeps people in check with the reality of their activity levels and what they are consuming on a daily basis. It’s very easy to overlook these details, like those snacktime spoonfuls of peanut butter! And I am speaking from experience!

With all the technology these days it is really easy to track physical performance, whether it be intensive workouts or just a brisk walk with your dog. The latter is not only important for your health but is essential in providing your furry friends with enough daily exercise – especially those high energy dogs like mine! It is one of the reasons we love taking family walks with our dog, Cap.

Don’t know what to use for tracking fitness? Here are a few of my favorite tools for keeping an eye on Cap’s and my activity:

READ MORE AT NOVADOG MAGAZINE!

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Happy, Healthy Kids – Part 2

Happy Healthy Kids

 

Welcome to Part 2 in my series! Go check out Part 1 if you missed it! It’s been a few weeks since I last talked to Dina Rose, PhD and we have had some travel that threw us off our routine a bit, but I am pleased to bring you all some great news! Hang tight and we will get there!

In our most recent conversation we talked about control and tasting. Let’s talk about control, because Molly had (yes, had!) all the control here. She was the one dictating what went on her plate and I was appeasing her. So Dr. Rose talked to me about shared control. That is where the tasting comes into play. She gets her plate of food, but she also gets something small to taste. And I mean SMALL.

A lot of parents put an almost full serving of a food on a child’s plate when they want them to just “take a bite” or just “taste it” but to a child that is very overwhelming. They look at all that food and think they have to eat every last bite. I was guilty of doing this as well so Dr. Rose said to make it pea-sized. That way when your child sees that small amount on their plate it is less intimidating to at least try it. She said we want to talk about the food — what does it look like? feel like? is it squishy or hard? what does it smell like? Just really talk about the food that he/she is going to eat. Then after they try it you want to convey success and not disappointment if they don’t like it. Because, remember, it may take a few times of them trying something before they realize they like it.

Molly was also guilty of saying, “I don’t like that.” before she had even ever tasted something. And let’s be real, that is totally a preschooler thing, right?! Well, we want to nip that in the bud, so we talked to Molly about how you can’t NOT like something you have never had and now we practice using other words and trying to keep things neutral instead of negative.

We are continuing to use the rotation rule (switching up foods each meal so they don’t eat the same thing every day) however going on vacation threw us for a little loop because we weren’t with the kids. It is a work in progress! But I am happy to report that Molly is happily eating green beans and broccoli with her meals now. She even will request them! And we are slowly introducing new foods to her — watermelon is a new favorite. She’s getting braver about trying new foods and I hope that as we go through this journey together that grows up with a healthy relationship with food.

For those of you going through food battles with your kids my advice to you is to have patience! This is no walk in the park! But just know that it is totally worth it!

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Beachbody Success Club Trip 2015 – Cancun, Mexico

What.a.whirlwind. This month has been absolutely crazy with travel and I LOVE it! Even though we were only in Mexico for 5 days, I spent almost a week gearing up for the trip and then traveling to my inlaws to drop off the kinds. Hence the absence here on the bloggy blog. Laundry, packing, laundry, packing, working, working, laundry, packing. LOL! So, I’m back — albeit tired.

So, what is a Success Club Trip? Every year Beachbody rewards coaches who have been working hard with a trip — next year is a cruise to Jamaica and Haiti! As a coach, you have the opportunity to earn the trip — totally FREE!! So, not only did I earn this trip free, I also earned travel cash for going above and beyond in my business. It feels really good to know that just by helping other people on their health/fitness journey Beachbody rewards me. The business in and of itself is rewarding so these perks are icing on the cake. And yes, YOU can earn a trip too! You just have to be a coach!

Beachbody went ALL out! We stayed at the Moon Palace Resort where everything was all inclusive. I ate my fair share of fried plantains every day! I’m going through withdrawals! I also drank my weigh in Tequila Sunrise drinks — delish! Not only was the food amazing and the rooms — check out our view in the photos below — but they threw us parties!! Doing the Cha Cha Shuffle every single night was a highlight for sure. We had a welcome party, a party on the beach for Elite/Premeire coaches and a farewell party. There were announcements, trainings, workouts, free Shakeology AND plenty of free time to spend bonding with other coaches and their spouses. I can’t even explain how amazing this trip was for me and Ben. We had a blast!

I can’t wait for the cruise next year and to have more of my coaches there with me to experience it all. It truly is an amazing business opportunity. In what other career are you THIS rewarded for doing your job? I feel like I’ve won the lottery. <3

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Trainer Collage

 

Cancun Collage

 

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