New Coach Mentorship

Is it really almost March?! That is so crazy to me, but it means that it’s time for me to open up my next new coach mentorship program! At this time last year I had just a little baby team and now, just 15 months later, my team is approaching 400 coaches strong!! This year we are ELITE and are ranked #41 out of over 250,000 teams. Wow! My coaches are awesome!

I have learned a lot about myself since making the wonderful decision to sign up as a coach. I have grown tenfold! I have never felt more confident in my own skin, my relationship with my husband has never been better and we JUST retired him from his corporate job now that my income has surpassed his! I have friendships with people I absolutely adore and would have never met had I not given this opportunity a chance. I have been honored to help over 200 people with their health & fitness!! And I have coaches on my team leaving their jobs to coach full time! The list goes on and on with the ways in which this company has changed my life for the better. It is truly my passion, my calling and I want to SHARE it with all of you!!

My next coach training starts on Monday and I am looking to mentor just 5 women. I only want 5 because I want to be able to give each of you PLENTY of attention. I want to teach you EXACTLY what I have done in the past 15 months to get where I am right now.

If you:

– KNOW you were meant for something greater

– FEEL a calling to give back and help others

– WANT to create independence & freedom for you & your family

– Want to live by DESIGN: Be your own boss- work when you want, where you want doing what you LOVE!

– are COACHABLE and willing to spend a year making short-term sacrifices in order to spend the rest of your life enjoying long-term success!

*** APPLY: http://bit.ly/CoachwithNikkiJohn ***

KNOW SOMEONE who would be a GREAT fit?! Feel free to share!

{{{{ THIS TRAINING IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO MY PERSONALLY SPONSORED COACHES who sign up BY March 1st, 2015 }}}}

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Hearty Beef and Butternut Squash Stew

Another favorite recipe from the 21 Day Fix Extreme is this delicious Hearty Beef and Butternut Squash Stew. I could tell my husband was a little bit hesitant about it and I actually made a few adjustments (omitting the peppers and adding extra squash), but he raved about it! And he ate all the leftovers! I’m telling you, this program will not allow you to go hungry and you can easily make family meals that fit into your meal plan. So without further adieu, the recipe!

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Hearty Beef & Butternut Squash Stew

1 GREEN, 1 RED – serves 6, 1 and 1/4 cups each

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1.5 lbs raw lean beef stew meat, boneless, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup low-sodium organic beef broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp sea salt or Himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 1/4 chopped fresh flat leaf parsley (optional)

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add beef; cook, stirring frequently, for 4-5 minutes, or until beef is brown
  3. Add onion and bell peppers; cook, stirring frequently, for 4-5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
  4. Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.
  5. Add tomatoes, broth, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, covered, for 40 mins.
  6. Add squash; cook, stirring occasionally, for 8-12 minutes, or until sauce has thickened and beef is fork-tender.
  7. Remove bay leaf; serve topped with parsley.

Living a Life of Freedom

Back in October my husband stated that he wouldn’t shave his beard until my business was at the point of bringing him home from his full time corporate job to become a true strategic partner with me. Well, that time is here!! By the end of February he will no longer have to leave for work before the kids are awake or come home after they are asleep! Freedom from the cubicle! YAY!!

You see, he helps me A LOT. I may be the face of our business, but he’s behind-the-scenes helping me out as much as he can with a demanding full time job and an hour+ commute (each way). I can’t wait to have him here with me every day to bounce ideas off of, to brainstorm with, to workout with (yeah!) and to truly take this “thing” to the next level!

Bringing him home has been my #1 goal since the day I signed up (October 12, 2013)!!! I am SO grateful for this opportunity and for not subsiding to the fear that I had about network marketing. I am beyond proud of my team and all their hard work because without them this wouldn’t be possible. THANK YOU TEAM POSITUDE!!!! <3

This business is amazing!! I know it isn’t easy, but damn is it worth it or what? We get to help people change their lives while in turn changing our own. How freakin’ amazing is that?

If you want to live a life of freedom, don’t hesitate to reach out! Why NOT you?!

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{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.”}

 

21 Day Fix Extreme Turkey Chili

This 21 Day Fix Extreme Turkey Chili is the bomb.com. It’s so good that my husband requested it again this week and I had to move my meal plan around. It is flavorful and the PERFECT warm meal for this freezing cold winter. I’m telling you, eating healthy does NOT mean you have to eat boring, bland foods. And you most definitely should not be going hungry. Let me know how you like this recipe!!

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TURKEY CHILI

1/2 GREEN – 1 RED – 1/2 YELLOW — serves 6, 1 cup each

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1.5 lbs raw 93% lean, ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green (or red) bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1.5 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt or Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 (15 oz) cans black or pinto (or both!) beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can all-natural diced tomatoes, no sugar added
  • 12 fresh cilantro sprigs, finely chopped (for garnish, optional)

Directions

  1. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat
  2. Add turkey, onion, bell pepper, and garlic; cook, stirring occassionally, for 5-8 mins, or until turkey is no longer pink.
  3. Add cumin, chili powder, salt, and cayenne pepper; cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
  4. Add beans and tomatoes (w/ liquid). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, gently boil, stirring occasionally, for 15-20 minutes, or until thickened.
  5. Serve warm, sprinkled with cilatro.

21 Day Fix Extreme Meal Plan Week 1

A lot of you have been asking about my current 21 Day Fix Extreme meal plan so here it is! I am a creature of habit so I pretty much am sticking to the same meals — plus it helps when grocery shopping. Let me know if you have any questions! I will have a full recap of my week up when it’s over. Stay tuned!!!

Week 1 Meal Plan 21Day Fix Extreme

Beachbody New Leader Conference 2015

Wow, it has taken me quite a minute to get back in the swing of things since my trip to LA to the New Leader Conference. I flew out early to hang with one of my besties, Bonnie, and I actually moved my flight up a day early because we were going to get hit with snow. So I flew out to sunny California and had SO MUCH FUN!!

The first couple of days we went shopping, got our nails done and got a spray tan! You know, the essentials. It was so much fun to be with someone who has the same passion for this business that I do. We would wake up, have breakfast and hop on our computers to work while jamming to some music. Totally different than my real life — often working to the sounds of little voices playing (or fighting!).

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On Wednesday we rented a loft in Hollywood and met up with more of our friends to spend an evening at The Magic Castle. It was so cool!! I had no idea what to expect, but it was this old castle filled with secret rooms and magicians all around. We saw a couple magic shows and had a delicious dinner.

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Thursday we made our way to our hotel for the New Leader Conference. Beachbody paid for our rooms (thank you!!!) and it was so weird to be all by myself in a hotel room. I’m a total extrovert and being alone is not really my thing. However, I was hardly in my room so I didn’t really need to worry about that!

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The whole conference was a complete whirlwind. I got a chance to tour Beachbody’s corporate office which reminded me so much of my time spent at AOL. Just a laid back, fun vibe. It was the first time in YEARS that I actually was like, oh, I kinda miss working in a corporate environment. But I snapped out of that quick! We got to workout with Autumn Calabrese and do a 21 Day Fix Extreme workout. It was pretty amazing!

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We had a chance to listen to three top coaches speak — Traci Morrow, Melanie Mitro and Trina Gray. I took tons of notes and have already been implementing some suggestions in my business. I felt like this trip was just what I needed at just the right time — quality time with other leaders who are passionate about this opportunity, a chance to travel, getting to meet corporate {they work so hard for us coaches!}, and of course getting trained by the best of the best!

I implore ALL coaches to make this a goal for next year! It’s WORTH IT!

 

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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