Friday, December 11, 2015

A Confession and How I Overcame My Excuses

I have a confession...

I haven't worked out in SEVEN months!!!

You might be thinking, "But Danielle, You're a Beachbody Coach!"

That is exactly why I am being transparent and writing this blog post for you to realize we are real people, just like you. We backslide, make unhealthy choices, and skip workouts, too.

The backstory on that is I was dealing with a lot at the beginning of the year. I was supposed to be entering my second to last semester of Nursing school, but that obviously didn't happen. (You can read about that here.) I was sad, lost, confused, yet elated to have the weight of school off my shoulders, and a whole other slew of emotions that I didn't know quite how to process. It was a lot to handle, but I tried my best to hide the feelings of defeat and failure.

It was May 23rd, and I was leaving in the morning to head to my brother's wedding 10 hours away. That was the last day that I worked out consistently this year. I blamed the non-existant wifi during our week's vacation, and the fact that it was just that... a vacation! I started eating whatever I wanted after we got home, and the healthy food choices slowly went out the window. The hill was steep, and I was sliding down faster than I could comprehend. Summer came and I hid behind tee shirts and pants. Fall was here and I promised I would start working out "on Monday"... I must have said that five or six weeks in a row. Winter slowly started approaching, and I thought "Oh, I can just wear sweaters".

Then reality hit.

Fast forward to a couple weeks ago. I went to the Chiropractor for a consultation. It was my first time ever going. I have been suffering from a long list of symptoms from anxiety, brain fog, stress, not sleeping through the night, moodiness, joint pain in my knees and hips, lack of energy, and so fourth. They asked a lot of questions, took some pictures, had me do some exercises and did some muscle and nerve testing. Basically, my results showed I have really poor balance (which the trainer was surprised at), I have a handful of spinal issues from my neck to lower back, and my posture is poor. I plan to return to get these issues taken care of.

In the meantime -

Last night, a friend messaged me and I realized it was time to change things, once and for all. I am sick of my clothes fitting so tight and not feeling like myself, in general.

This morning... I woke up and had the same recurring thought that I could start tomorrow... Sunday... Monday. So, I got out of bed, picked up my weights, and pressed play on my first workout since May.

It started out and I was in the zone. Seven minutes in, I felt so nauseas I had to sit down for a few minutes. I thought about stopping, but I pressed play and continued the entire 30 minute workout.

There were times when I had to modify the modifier!!!

The moral of the story is, you just have to START. It doesn't have to be perfect, you don't have to jump all the way in your first day. Ease into a healthy routine day-by-day, week-by-week. Add in a light workout and slowly build up to more intense ones. Try one new healthy meal a week, and start adding in healthy snack options throughout the day.

 Check out my "Clean Eats" page for some inspiration on delicious, easy-to-make meals and snacks. If you need guidance or accountability, send me a message on the right side of this blog.

Let's work together to live healthier, happier lives!


Friday, May 8, 2015

Agua Fresca Shakeology

recipe found here.
This Agua Fresca Strawberry Shakeology smoothie is made with refreshing cucumber and lime juice.

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

Ingredients:
¾ cup water (or club soda)
½ medium cucumber, peeled, chopped
1 scoop Strawberry Shakeology
1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 cup ice

Preparation:
1. Place water, cucumber, Shakeology, lime juice, and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.



Thursday, April 23, 2015

Beachbody On Demand

*all information in this post for Beachbody on Demand found here.

 

  What is Beachbody On Demand?
  1. It's Beachbody's digital service that lets Premium Team Beachbody Club members stream workouts directly to a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device, wherever you have an Internet connection.

  2. You can choose workouts by fitness level, duration, type of exercise, and celebrity trainer.

  3. You also get access to all the program guides, workout calendars, nutrition guides—everything that comes with the DVD program.
sign up for On Demand here.

What workouts are available through Beachbody On Demand?

Beginning in April 2015, Team Beachbody Club members can stream every workout from these programs:

- P90X Base and Deluxe Kits
- P90X2
® Base and Deluxe Kits
- P90X3
® Base and Deluxe Kits
- P90X ONE on ONE
® Volume 1
- P90X ONE on ONE Volume 2
- INSANITY Base and Deluxe Kits
- INSANITY: THE ASYLUM® Volume 1
- INSANITY: THE ASYLUM Volume 2
- TurboFire
® and Advanced Workouts
- Brazil Butt Lift
® Base and Deluxe Kits - ChaLEAN Extreme®

- 10-Minute Trainer®
- Hip Hop Abs®
- Tai Cheng® Base and Deluxe Kits - RevAbs® Base and Deluxe Kits

Club members also get access to ''New and Noteworthy'' workouts, so you can sample a workout before you buy the DVD program:

- 21 Day Fix® ''Total Body Cardio Fix''
- 21 Day Fix EXTREME
® ''Plyo Fix Extreme'' - PiYo® ''Sweat''
- FOCUS T25
® ''ALPHA Cardio''
- INSANITY MAX:30
TM ''Sweat Intervals''
- Body Beast
® ''Build: Chest & Tris''
- P90
® ''Sculpt A''



What are Purchased Programs?

If you’re a Premium Team Beachbody Club member and purchase select DVD programs that are not in the Member Library, you’ll be able to exclusively stream those programs, as well. Just look for “Purchased Programs” in Beachbody On Demand. Here are the Purchased Programs available for streaming (as of April 2015): FOCUS T25, 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix EXTREME, and PiYo.

New workouts and programs will be added to the Member Library every month, so keep coming back for more fresh content!

How much does Premium Team Beachbody Club membership cost?

As a Premium member, you’ll get access to Club for 30 days—absolutely FREE! After 30 days, you’ll automatically continue to receive all the benefits of your membership for only $2.99 a week, billed $38.87 quarterly in advance to the credit card you used at sign-up.

Can I stream workouts without being a Premium Team Beachbody Club member?

No, only Premium Club members have access to streaming workouts.

>>Don't miss out on this awesome opportunity! It literally takes away the excuse of time because now you have access to the workouts ANYWHERE. ANYTIME. with a wifi connection! Use your phone, tablet, laptop, or iPod and stream your favorite workouts from Beachbody's amazing trainers!

Are you ready?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

I Found My Passion in Beachbody Coaching



It's been told to me once or twice, to find what you're passionate about and go after it with a lot of hustle and heart!

Ever since high school I struggled to find my purpose. People would ask what I wanted to be "when I grow up" and I would just smile because I didn't truly know. That is... until I was set down a path to figure out my passion, my purpose, and how to thrive in something I enjoy.

I thank God every day for all of the twists and turns in my education/career because it has led me right where I need to be.

I have finally found a place-MY place-where I am continually finding more about myself and my talents I never knew I had.

I want to reach out to YOU reading this, and encourage you to chase your dreams. Never ever give up on finding your path. Don't ever settle or hold yourself to a low standard!

I am opening up a BRAND NEW Coach training for anyone who is ready to take a leap of faith and build their life by design.

Beachbody coaching is my passion, and I am ready to share all my tips and secrets to help you find that inner light and let it SHINE!

I am looking for THREE women ready to give this business a try. Interested? Apply here for consideration: http://bit.ly/JoinDynastyAnchored

The Health Benefits of Almonds

*This post is in partnership with nuts.com. All opinions are my own.


The truth is, we're all busy. We have 100 things going on in our minds, places we have to be, to-do lists a mile long. Some of us are parents, some of us have pets, some of us spend more time at work than home with our families. This is what I call the "rat race" of life. We wake up rushed to get ready, get the kids off to school, and make it to work all while balancing the million other things we did forgot, but need to remember to do later.

So why is it that so many people are struggling with their nutrition and their weight? Well, the answer is simple. Convenience. Time. Energy. It's so much simpler to drive through a fast food restaurant for a meal or a "snack" that often has more calories than we require for one day. Yet, there are a lot of people out there that are afraid to eat certain things. Some including carbs or fat -- healthy fat, that is.

I am writing this post to let you in on the little secret that is ALMONDS!!!

This deliciously nutritious snack packs a serious punch, without the guilt that comes with most packaged, processed snacks we find on our grocers shelves and in our cupboards. I researched some of the benefits of almonds here.

Benefits of Almonds {in a nut shell}


Good for your brain

Promote bone health
Good for your heart
Regulate cholesterol
Strengthen your immune system
Improve the complexion of skin
Reduce inflammation
Regulate blood pressure
Increase energy
Prevent colon cancer
Regulate glucose
Good for pregnancy and weight loss
Prevent constipation


I like to enjoy 8-12 almonds as a mid-day snack. It gives me the protein and energy I need to make it until lunch without feeling hungry or deprived. There's no one way to eat them, and various flavor and types of almonds to choose from! You can find the perfect types and flavors of almonds to fit your palate and lifestyle, here.

Would you give almonds a try by adding them to your current routine? I'd love to hear different ways you add nutritious and tasty almonds to your meals and snacks! Feel free to post in the comments below.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

No Bake Shakeology Energy Bites

This afternoon, I was craving something sweet. I thought about running to the store for some ice cream, but let's be honest... that would counteract my workout from this morning and leave me feeling yucky afterwards.

So, I settled for something healthier that is sure to satisfy my sweet tooth just the same--and without all the guilt. I chose this healthy little pick-me-up, and it sure was a great choice!


Minutes to Prepare: 15
Minutes to Cook: No Baking Required; Freeze for 2 Hours
Number of Servings: 25

Ingredients:
1 c. Oatmeal
1/2 c. Natural Peanut Butter (may use other nut butters)
1/3 c. Honey
1 c. Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
1/2 c. Ground Flaxseed
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together as you go. Use a spoon or ice cream scoop to form the mixture into about one inch balls. Place them on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper and place in the freezer for at least 2 hours. These can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. Enjoy!


Sunday, January 18, 2015

January Fitness Accountability Group Details


Did You Know?
1. The number one resolution every year has to do with health and weight loss.
2. People who exercise regularly have lower occurrences of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes and cancer.
3. They also have higher energy levels and sleep better.
4. The CDC notes that people of all ages, ethnicities, sizes and shapes have the power to extend the length of their lives by regularly engaging in physical activity.
5. Eating well and getting proper exercise offer mental benefits as well as better physical health.
6. Exercise stimulates brain chemicals that make people happy.
7. Practicing a healthy lifestyle helps sharpen thinking, learning and judgment skills, and reduces the risk of depression.
and MOST IMPORTANTLY...
8. No matter how old a person is or what kind of diet and exercise pattern he or she follows, it's possible for that person to make adjustments and improve health. 
If you're SERIOUS about and READY to commit to a healthIER lifestyle, I want to help you reach your goals. I am SO excited to be hosting an exclusive 21-day online accountability group starting January 26th.

READY? Join us HERE.