My Story

This week I was asked what my “story” is and how I found Beachbody. I realized that I never have really told my story in full… so, why not dive on in and tell it here?! Here goes!

Growing up as a child I had a really kick ass life. I played sports (mainly soccer), went on a lot of family vacations and never wanted for a thing. My mom started working at AOL in the early 90s and if you remember, AOL was VERY successful. So, in turn, my mom’s career took off. Prom dress shopping in NYC? Why not? Fly to a Hanson concert in San Francisco? Sure! It was pretty awesome. Life was great for the most part, but I constantly struggled with body image (like most teenage girls) and fluctuating weight. Looking back I know that I didn’t have the education of proper nutrition. I ate what I wanted but when it was soccer season I was ALWAYS on the soccer field so I was burning a lot of calories. However, in the off season, I would gain weight. Nothing huge, but enough, as a high school girl to be self conscious.

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Fast forward to college and I gained WAY more than the freshman 15 (I’ll spare you the photos). I wasn’t working out and I was drinking A LOT of alcohol, plus still had no idea about nutrition. I was miserable. And embarrassed. But the summer after freshman year I came home and did the South Beach diet and lost all that weight. That began my descent into crash/fad dieting. I became an expert at South Beach diet and of course, LOTS of cardio at the gym. I would spend an hour in the gym. 20 mins on the bike, 20 mins on the elliptical and 20 on the treadmill. {GUH!!}. I literally had no idea. And any time I started to put on weight I would just bust out my South Beach Diet book and get back on track. But otherwise, as you can tell by the photos below, I had A LOT of fun in college. I went to a small, private, liberal arts school in Florida and it was like being on vacation alllll the time. I miss those days!

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After college, reality hit me hard. You mean, I have to pay for everything myself? Going from living off my parents to having to find a job and live paycheck to paycheck was HARD. But I still had fun {while racking up credit card debt} and got an awesome job at AOL {of course!}. My twenties were a fun blur — I lived in NYC, Charlotte and then came back to Northern VA where I had a blast living up the single life in DC. I had WAY too much fun {and even got arrested. oops}. But I destroyed my body with drugs and alcohol. I also was back to my South Beach Diet ways. Looking back I feel sad for my 20-something self. Sure, I was having fun, but inside I was lonely and insecure. Constantly fighting a battle with my reflection and how I felt about my body. But when I was drinking and partying, I felt awesome! Who doesn’t?! It’s the next day that’s hell.

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Thankfully I met my now husband {on a bar crawl!! lol} and my life was forever changed. After ignoring him for a year I finally gave him a chance and we dated long distance for about 7 months until he made the move to VA. One month into us living together a big blizzard hit and somehow (lol) I ended up pregnant with Molly. I was TERRRRRRRIFIED. But I went through my pregnancy eating everything in sight. I ended up having gestational diabetes AND thanks to a pulmonary emboli I had suffered at age 20 I had to be on blood thinners. Then I gave birth to the most perfect little girl and the next few months were a blur. I was SO unhappy. And tired. I cried ALL the time. Especially when I was nursing. I ended up figuring out I had postpartum depression and DMER (dysphoric milk ejection reflex). I was put on Zoloft, but I was still in a haze… I didn’t want to take care of myself or go anywhere or see anyone. I was a completely different person.

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On top of that Ben was unemployed and I went back to my job at AOL after 12 weeks of maternity leave and was LAID off! So neither of us were employed. It was BEYOND stressful. Thankfully we both had decent savings, but if you have ever been without a job you know how quickly money runs out. We fought a lot about money and job searching. Thankfully, by that summer we both had secured jobs — I was working from home as a social media consultant and freelance writer and he was working as an ecommerce manager.

It took a good 6-8 months until I really felt somewhat back to myself, but in that timeframe I had a wedding to plan! Ben and I got married when Molly was 9 months old. It was stressful and I remember doing the South Beach Diet to lose my baby weight, but then completely stress eating up until the wedding. I look back at my wedding pictures and even though my wedding was AMAZING and so much fun, I always think, “Ugh, I should’ve lost more weight.” I know, how fucked up is my mind?

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Pretty much right after the wedding we decided we wanted to add to our family. A few months later we were pregnant with Burke. This pregnancy I went to the gym and I really tried to be healthy. But remember, I still had no idea about good nutrition. I also had antepartum depression my first trimester which sucked. ANNNND I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes AGAIN! I was terrified of having PPD yet again. I mean, TERRIFIED. It was almost all consuming and the only thing I could talk about. “What if I have PPD again?” If you have ever had PPD you know that it is completely awful and isolating. I didn’t want to suffer again.

Thankfully I didn’t! YAY! I had a perfect little boy and NO PPD, but I also had 50lbs to lose.

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If you are a long time reader of this blog you have followed my weight loss journey. I met with a wonderful woman and we talked about nutrition — it was a big light bulb moment for me. It was the key to unlock the “secrets” of weight loss. I started tracking my food and immediately saw results. I was hooked!!

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However, during this journey, Ben’s company he was working for folded and he was unemployed yet again. To make matters worse it was the same company who was employing me as a social media consultant and I lost my job as well. Back to unemployment. Womp. We decided to move to Charlottesville — price of living is much lower and my mom lives there. Also, my mom paid for our rent. {embarrassing!} But we fought about money ALL the time. I nagged him about getting a job. It was not fun. The one constant was that I continued on my weight loss journey and blogging about it.

While working out in the rinky dink gym in our neighborhood I saw a flyer. A group of people were going to get together each morning and do T25. I had no idea what that was at all but I wanted to work out with other people. I woke up at 5:30am every morning and went to do T25 with them at 6am. It was SOOO fun and I loved Shaun T. But I still had no idea about Beachbody coaching until I saw someone I went to high school with post about leaving his job to become a full time coach. I totally thought network marketing was a scam and Shakeology was a scam, but I reached out to him because I was curious.

I was a HARD sell, but we talked, I researched and I decided “what the hell?” I mean, we were literally down to our last $2K in the bank and what else was there to lose? So I jumped.

Personal development is a HUGE part of being a coach. So I started reading and I started becoming more positive and thinking positive thoughts and practicing affirmations and I started seeing a lot of success. AND Ben got a job!!! We had to move back to Northern Virginia, but things were looking up for us! From that moment forward I put everything into my Beachbody business and focused on helping other moms. I found my passion! I have been rewarded in more ways than I can count. It has been the biggest blessing to our family and I can’t wait to see where this journey takes us. I am eternally grateful for this opportunity and for my decision to just jump and grow wings on the way down.

If my story has resonated with you in any way I would love to help you on your journey! Please don’t hesitate to reach out!

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21 Day Fix Extreme is COMING!

If you read my blog frequently you are no stranger to the 21 Day Fix and my LOVE for it. I saw amazing results when I did the program and it totally changed how I eat, thanks to it’s awesome nutrition plan. The container system was a game changer for me. I had never seen such change in my post baby body. So when Beachbody announced they were launching the 21 Day Fix Extreme I was SOOO pumped. Being an Elite coach I also have had a chance to try one of the workouts and I’m already obsessed. I’ve done it once a week {incorporating it into my current workout plan} since I got the sneak peek. It’s SO good!! I have no doubt that this program will sell out like the original did. Remember that?! People had to wait a month for their “Fix” {hehe} because it was sold out!

Click here if you are ready to fill out your application!

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Click here to be included in the EXCLUSIVE TEST GROUP!

WHY should you buy the program ? 

21 Day Fix extreme is ideal for those with a dramatic short-term weight loss deadline– such as an upcoming event, wedding, vacation, photo shoot, or other SHOW STOPPING EVENT where they want to look their very best. 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 dont have much weight to lose, but want to get shredded and see ab definition; those with a “no excuses” attitude towards workouts and nutrition; or anyone who doesnt want to count calories, weigh their food, or follow complicated recipes! (me , me , me , me! haha!)

I would not recommend the 21 Day Fix Extreme for a beginner. This is an ADVANCED program. I would recommend doing the regular 21 Day Fix and then having this program to follow it up for AMAZING results!

Details 

— There is ONE 30 minute workout each day.
— The program is 21 days long! HOWEVER, that does not mean it stops working after the 21 days!
— You do NOT need a ton of space in your house to do this workout! A 6 square foot area is all you need !
— Shoes– cross Trainers are BEST!

The workouts include: 

Plyo Fix Extreme, Upper Fix Extreme, Lower Fix Extreme, Pilates Fix Extreme, Cardio Fix Extreme, Dirty 30 Extreme and Yoga Fix Extreme.

There will also be a bonus workout that you will get for ordering through a coach plus there is also additional workouts that you can purchase! Power Strength extreme & ABC extreme!!

Click here for application!

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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!

I AM GOING TO BE HOSTING AN EXCLUSIVE 21 DAY FIX EXTREME TEST GROUP!!! I WILL BE MENTORING YOU THROUGH TEACHING YOU HOW TO NAVIAGTE THE NUTRITION PLAN, PREP, GIVE YOU SNACK AND MEAL IDEAS, ETC. DAILY VIDEOS, MOTIVATION, SUPPORT AND ACCOUNTABILITY RIGHT FROM TEH START!! IT WILL ALL BE DONE IN A CLOSED ONLINE GROUP!

IF THIS sounds like something you would like to do……COMPLETE the application to be considered for a SPOT !!!! The launch date for the 21 Day Fix Extreme is Febraury 2nd , 2015. 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 tons of tips!

Summer will be here before you want it and let me tell you those who start working now will be so happy with their results! If you made this lifestlye change NOW can you imagine what you will look and feel like by Bikini season?!?!

Let me lock arms with you and make this YOUR REALITY!!!!! Join us

Click here to fill out your application –>CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT YOUR APPLICATION!

 

New Member of the Family

WHEW! I’m here, I’m here. Holy moly what a whirlwind. So, we adopted a puppy! Yeah. 2 kids, 2 kittens and a puppy. We are crazy and I am beyond busy. But I believe in listening to the universe big time and I couldn’t turn this guy down. Plus, how cute is he? Here’s a little insight to how the universe works in crazy awesome ways!

– If you know me well you know that I LOVE Bernese Mountain Dogs. I grew up with 3 of them and have wanted one of my own for as long as I can remember. In fact, we almost took one home this summer, but Molly wasn’t ready for a puppy.

– When Molly was 14 months old we “adopted” a 9 month old Lab from a family going through a divorce. But our living situation wasn’t ideal {small condo, large dog} and she had a lot of issues. When I reached out to the owner they had ended up staying together and wanted her back! Perfect for everyone.

– Over the holidays we went to visit my dad who has an awesome black Lab, Daegan, and my Aunt & Uncle who have a lab mix, Maggie. The kids were in love with them and we started to think maybe Molly was ready.

– Last week Ben said to me, “You know, I really would like a Lab again some day.”

– This summer I subscribed to “Bernese Mountain Dog” alerts on RescueMe.org. Every few days I get an alert… most are adult mixes that actually look nothing like a Berner.

– The day after Ben mentioned wanting a Lab an email came to my inbox from RescueMe.org with a Berner/Lab puppy.

So although I know we will have our hands full, I couldn’t say no to the Universe when it put a perfect puppy right in my lap! Welcome to the family Cap! or Cappy — short for Captain America {Burke got to pick the name}. :)

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Full Circle Moment

This week has just been full of crazy awesome things but I had a HUGE full circle moment on Saturday that I haven’t had a chance to write about until now. We had the first Beachbody DC Super Saturday of the year and it was AMAZING! For those of you who don’t know what that is — well it’s a quarterly get together held in cities all around the US where coaches come together to meet, listen to trainings and motivational speakers, watch a video from corporate and do a live workout! It is SO much fun and you get to experience all the ENERGY that surrounds a Beachbody event. There’s nothing like that ENERGY!

Exactly one year ago I attended my very first Super Saturday as an Emerald Coach (the first rank in Beachbody). I was only 2.5 months into this whole coaching thing, but I was SO inspired by the speakers and the competitor in me wanted to stand up with all the people who were higher ranked than me. HA! I remember saying to myself that I wanted to be a Diamond Coach (2 levels up from Emerald) by the next Super Saturday and that one day I wanted to be on the Leadership Council — they are the ones who host the event.

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My very first Super Saturday!

 

By the next Super Saturday I was a 1 Star Qualifying Diamond (just look up the ranks. lol) and I was asked to speak about my success… both weight loss and coaching. Then the following Super Saturday I was asked to join the Leadership Council and work with corporate. I was HONORED.

So just one short year later to stand in front of 500 people and HOST a Super Saturday as a 7 Star Qualifying 2014 Elite Coach was beyond amazing and a total full circle moment for me. Even one of the same speakers was there! Yes, I cried. I can’t believe what this past year has brought me and how much it’s made me realize that I really can do anything I put my mind to.

Can’t wait to see what this year brings!

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An Amazing Day

Yesterday was an amazing day! I received roses from corporate for being a 2014 Beachbody Elite Coach and I also was given a sneak peek of the 21 Day Fix Extreme launching next month! More on that later. But I remember a year ago watching the other elite coaches get their roses and thinking to myself that I wanted to be in their place. So I went to work and a year later, here I am! Of course, allllll the credit goes to my team because you cannot be an Elite Coach without your team putting in the work. They are amazing and I LOVE THEM!! Best.day.ever!

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Burnout

Have you ever worked so hard at something and then you reach that goal and think, “now what?” I have been feeling super down lately but I have not been able to put my finger on why exactly. And today I had a light bulb moment. I’m totally burnt out. I pushed and pushed so hard for my goal and then I reached it. So what now? The world continues on and I need to figure out where to focus next.

I know what my new goals are, so my plan of action is to reverse engineer them. What does that mean? It means to break them down into smaller, actionable items. I keep looking at the bigger picture and feeling so overwhelmed by my super scary goals. And that overwhelmed feeling is not helping my burn out.

I don’t really know why I’m sharing this with you. I guess I feel better when I blog and “talk” things out.

Being a Beachbody Coach is my passion and the most rewarding thing I have ever been a part of. But, I’m not going to sugarcoat it. Being in the top 0.001% of this business is hard work. And hard work ain’t always pretty people. But it’s oh so very much worth it.

So tomorrow is another day for me to start tackling new goals and dreaming bigger. And I think I’ll treat myself to a massage to help me feel better. :)

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Transformation Tuesday – January 6, 2015

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So…. I have totally been using a passport with my maiden name on it the past couple of years. Shhh. Don’t tell on me. But now it’s officially expired and since we are going to Cancun in a few months I had to go and take the dreaded photo so I can apply for a renewal. LOOK at the difference in my face. I know there is 10 years between the photos {ouch} but I was 1 year post college in 2005. Just turned 22. And I was probably drinking my face off regularly because that’s what 22 year olds do right?

Finding the Silver Lining

I’ve always been pretty great at finding the silver lining in things and looking on the bright side. I’ve often been known to say, “Everything happens for a reason!” But lately, I’ve been just UGH. I can’t put my finger on it other than I have been sneaking more sugar into my diet and sugar messes with me so bad. Like one piece of chocolate leads to 5 pieces — and not healthy, dark chocolate that’s good for your heart — I’m talking Lindt Chocolate Orange truffles that I got in my stocking. Oops!

I’ve convinced myself that it’s my house. It’s too cluttered. There’s too much crap everywhere. We need to paint. We need to hang things. We need to organize. I need to get the car in the garage but there’s too much STUFF in the garage because we have no storage. The litter boxes always need emptying. There are piles of laundry. There’s just not enough time to do all.the.things.

I got to a breaking point this weekend. I wanted to get the tree down and immediately get all the Christmas stuff in storage. It was suffocating me. Maybe because I work from home and since it’s FREEZING I never leave my house. I really should try to leave the house more often. But that requires bundling up myself and two little people. And those of you with little people know how much FUN that is.

So where was I? Oh yeah, then my mom came to visit with her dog. And he pooped on the playroom floor. And then instead of grabbing Resolve, my husband grabbed the wasp and ant killer!!! And before looking at it he sprayed it all over the carpet. OMG! And then I laughed.

Because really, what else could I do?

But it ended up being a really great thing. We immediately transferred all living beings out of that room and blocked it off while Ben ran to Harris Teeter to rent a carpet cleaner. Our carpets were gross anyway, so we decided to just clean the carpets in the playroom and the family room. And then we took down ALL the Christmas stuff and decided to rearrange our family room!

I love it! Sure, there’s still clutter because that’s just what happens when you have kids. But our family room feels NEW again and feels brighter and more spacious.

So that poop on the floor turned into a really really really good thing. #sliverlining

Now, how can I convince my husband that I need some new couches to go along with the freshly cleaned carpet and rearrangement?

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Becoming a Beachbody Coach

So you’re thinking about becoming a Beachbody Coach, huh? Good thinking!

2014 was my first full year as a coach and my team catapulted into the Top 100 out of 230,000+ teams!! This year, I have NO PLANS of slowing down and my team is committed to do what it takes to be a Top 10 team!! Because of that, I am currently looking for new coaches for my team and will be interviewing for apprenticeship positions!  I will be hand-selecting & personally mentoring these individuals in both a small group setting and with one on one calls.

During the first 3 months, I will train you with the same system that has helped both myself and the top leaders on my team reach the level of success we have today… I am a 7 Star Qualifying Elite Beachbody Coach Ranked #80 in the company.

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But remember, creating success is really up to you! When you succeed, it’s going to be you who creates success. I am here to guide you every step of the way, but I cannot do your workouts for you…I cannot build the business for you, but I am here to work with you. If you run, I run. I promise to always meet you halfway and be there to support you along the way. There is no denying that this training works! In just 14 months I have grown an income that surpasses the income I was making when I was working at AOL!

If you believe YOU have what it takes and are looking for something that both challenges you and gives you the ability to change lives while creating the life of your dreams… Fill out this form to become a Beachbody Coach and I’ll be in touch! (If you are having issues with the form below, use this link to access the form directly — thanks!)

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Clean Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Merry Christmas Eve!! Most of you know that I used to have a home dessert business, so it’s no surprise that I love to bake. But, most tasty treats are not very good for us and now that I am super focused on health & fitness I try to put a somewhat healthier twist on my treats. Since transitioning to 80-90% clean eating, I have tried to replace things in my baking such as all sugars and butter. YES, you can still make delicious treats without butter and traditional sugars! So I played around with this cookie recipe and I think Santa will be quite happy with the outcome… especially since half of them are already gone!

Clean Eating Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies for Santa

Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic coconut oil (replaces butter)
  • 1 cup organic sucanant (replaces brown sugar)
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut palm sugar (replaces granulated sugar)
  • 2 eggs (organic, free range)
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (not the cleanest thing, but better than white)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups organic old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup organic dark chocolate chunks (you can also use chips or you can chop up a chocolate bar)
In large bowl, beat coconut and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and chocolate; mix well.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely.
ENJOY!
And that’s it! Easy and delicious and CLEAN! Just don’t eat all of them at once because just like regular cookies, you will get a stomachache AND these still have plenty of calories. :)
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