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

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

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
- 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''
® ''ALPHA Cardio''
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:

The Health Benefits of Almonds

*This post is in partnership with 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

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

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.
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.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Is Beachbody a SCAM?

The simple answer to that question is NO!

As I was sitting down to read some personal development, meal plan and get prepped to begin another round of the amazing 21 Day Fix, I felt compelled to share my thoughts on something I realized while driving home after my 12-hour shift at the hospital last night.

I began thinking about college and where I was physically, mentally, and emotionally at that point in my life. It is crazy to think that 6 years ago the mere thought of working out made me cringe. In fact, I despised it. It was "too hard" and I was "too out of shape" (although I know now just how true that statement was!)

I remember wandering around the student activity center dumbfounded on what to do. What machine to use... and better yet, how to use them! I spent many hours on the elliptical and stair master with zero results. What I didn't know at the time, was how little I actually knew about living a healthy lifestyle.

This was a time in my life when healthy eating meant choosing the "healthiest" sounding options at fast food places. These included: chicken tacos instead of beef, ordering the "healthiest" sounding burrito (even if it was still 1,000+ calories), getting a salad--with fries--instead of a burger. I lived off fast food, carry out from local restaurants, lean cuisines, chemically and artifical-filled protein shakes, and pizza. Not to mention the four nights a week going out to the bars and late night snacks that followed.

My skin was always broken out, my energy was low, my self-confidence and self-esteem were virtually non-existent. I had no idea what I was doing. Looking back, I realize just how much time and energy I wasted because I was uninformed.

Around the middle of my last semester in college, I went to the store and was scouring their shelves for a "quick fix" -- diet pills, workout DVD's, you name it. I ended up buying a couple DVD's that promised results. I took them home and pressed play. It took everything in me to make it through the first five minutes that day. I couldn't breath, I felt nauseas, and I was so weak! But, I pushed through that 45 minute workout. Then I did it again the next day... and the next day... and the next day.

About a month or so after, I found myself online searching for other DVD's. I was getting sick of doing the same workout every day and although I felt stronger, my results were at a stand still. P90X had just been released, but there was no way I would tackle that. (at least not yet!) So, I settled on Turbo Jam by Chalene Johnson. I remembered a friend of mine mentioning this program to me before and I wanted to see what the hype was about. It arrived in 5-7 business days, and I committed to that program for two months straight. Before I knew it, the weight was coming off. I was stronger. My clothes fit better. Some were even too big! That was when I knew this would be how I'd get results.

After graduation, I moved home and the workouts stopped being consistent. I tried joining a gym again with a friend and paid every month for a year, while only going a total of 7 or 8 times. I fell back into my old ways with the elliptical and stair climber, and occasionally tossed in an "abs" class for fun. Hours of my time spent there... and zero results.

I shouldn't have been shocked. I knew what worked! So, back to the drawing board I went. I did at-home DVD's I bought at Target, continually adding to my collection. Were they good? Absolutely. The problem was, I only got one or two workouts with each DVD that I'd have to do over and over again... because I surely wasn't able to put all my workouts together into an actual 30/60/90 day program!

Fast forward to 2013. I was living on a lake... I was exhausted, stressed, on anxiety medication, and felt plain awful about myself. I ate whatever, whenever and let myself go. I was "skinny" in most people's eyes... but I didn't feel like it. I wanted to be FIT and feel confident in a bathing suit.

I hopped online to order Focus T25 and the healthiest meal of the day, Shakeology. The first workout took me 58 minutes to complete. (Note: it is only 25 minutes long!) I stuck with it... no matter what! I came home every day and got it done. I got better. I was able to do the moves faster. I could keep up with the cast, for the most part. My muscles became more defined. I felt better. My energy was up. I was choosing clean foods over processed. I was sleeping better. All-in-all, I had found my solution and was seeing real results. I loved it so much, that I signed up to become a Coach to help others just like me who need support and guidance to achieve their goals and live happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. It is not a sales gimmick or a scheme. Coaching is real people offering their time and motivation to help others through their health and fitness journey. We strive to live our lives with purpose and lead with passion.

Fitness + Nutrition + Support = RESULTS
(it's the total package!)

If you are at a stand still in your workouts, looking for something you can do anywhere, anytime... I have the total solution for you. I would love to hear from you either in the comments, through email ( or you can message me over on the right sidebar of this blog.

For more tips on living a healthy lifestyle, check on the "recipes" and "motivation" section.