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.

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 (getfitelle@beachbodycoach.com) 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.


Thursday, January 8, 2015

FIT vs. SKINNY


In January 2013, I got out of work and drove to the sporting goods store to make a purchase on something that I had no clue would change my life as I knew it. What followed was the most amazing and trying journey I had ever embarked on.

I remember it was a cold winter day much like today (except not in the negatives temperature wise). I had been reading reviews online for weeks. I walked into the fitness section and picked up a 90-day at-home workout program they were selling. It was relatively inexpensive at the time, and I was so excited to get started I couldn't wait for an online order to ship. I picked a start date, and when day 1 came... I realized how truly unhealthy and out of shape my body was.

I'll add that I have never been necessarily overweight, but I definitely did not ever watch what I ate, and working out was something I tried to do here and there (hating it within minutes and giving up each time) with the assumption I could then eat whatever I wanted and still get "skinny". Yes, that is what my goal was back then. I can't believe how naive and silly that sounds now. I took the easy way out with my workouts every time. I would modify instead of pushing myself just because I hated how much my body struggled. I tried to keep up with the cast, and sometimes I think that did more harm than good. I wanted results, and I wanted them NOW!

Looking back, I wish I had someone to help me realize sooner all my misconceptions about getting healthy. During the first couple weeks, I could barely workout with 3 lb. weights! I was incredibly out of shape, but willing to work towards my goal of finishing the program. I moved up to using 5 lb. weights... then 8 lb. weights by the end of the program. I never let time be an excuse. If I worked late, I still made sure to get my workouts done before going to bed. Even if it sounded like the worst idea and I was too tired or lazy. My nutrition was another story... I dabbled in healthy eating, but that cookie or candy was just too good to pass it by. Every. Single. Time. Yet, I had no idea how much nutrition played a role in my results.

I made my health {fitness-wise} a priority, never an option.

After those 90 days were up, I felt empowered. Like I could do absolutely anything I put my mind to. I was confident for the first time in my life, because I did something I previously didn't believe I was capable of achieving. Did I achieve awesome physical results? Not really, due to my nutrition... but I sure felt good mentally.

That was the turning point in my health and life.

A month or so after completing the program, I finished my first semester of nursing school, moved in with my boyfriend, and started to fall off track. I wanted that feeling again of doing something I didn't think I could. I wanted to get in even better shape. Healthier. Stronger. I wanted to learn how to eat right for my body and the results I was looking to get.

I began scouring the internet for weeks, looking for another at-home program that I could do in the comfort of my home since I had no idea how to utilize a gym and could not afford a personal trainer. I came across Shaun T's Focus T25 and ordered it almost immediately when I got home from work. Terrified to try this program since he is also the creator of Insanity, I went back to the moment I started my first home fitness program just months before. I remembered how far I came with it, and all that I knew I could achieve with Beachbody's newest program, at the time.

With one round of Focus T25 in the Summer of 2013, I lost around 11 lbs. and 19 inches overall. I began figuring out the importance of nutrition and fueling your body with the proper nutrients. Better yet, I felt amazing and was finally comfortable in my own skin. I was finally healthy and fit!

Since then, I have become an Independent Coach with Beachbody and have done multiple home fitness programs such as Chalene Extreme, P90X3, Brazil Butt Lift, multiple rounds of the 21 Day Fix, and now I have recommitted to a second round of Focus T25. >> Today was Week 2, Day 4!

It's amazing how much stronger I am than the first time I did T25... and how much more I am able to push myself than I was at this same time two years ago. Not to mention my confidence has increased tenfold, I sleep better, was able to get off my anxiety medication, have more energy, and feel at my best thanks to all the tools I have available to constantly learn nutrition tips and recipes.

If you're ready to get HEALTHY -- whether you are looking to lose weight, maintain your weight, build lean muscle, or learn healthier eating habits... I would love to help you!

Fill out this form so I can learn more about your goals to help you out best: bit.ly/FabFitAccountability

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Chase Your Dreams


Last night I had a dream I was back in nursing school. Needless to say, it made waking up a little rough when I realized it wasn't reality.

So this morning, I had a long chat with my Dad about my future. Although I'll admit I didn't want to listen to him, he did bring up some good points about DREAMING BIG and going after what you want. I've been searching for something to fill a void that's overcome me these last few weeks since nursing school didn't work out. Feeling lost, emotional, and scared, I began jumping from one idea to the next, exclaiming how "happy" or "fulfilled" it would make me if... "x-y-z" happened.

WHO WAS I KIDDING?!

I kept thinking if I had a different job, more money, this or that... I would be happier and fulfilled. What I failed to come to terms with is that MY HAPPINESS depends on myself. Not on another person or thing.

Through some tears, it finally hit me about an hour ago. I realized my future and the success I do or don't have, will only be a result of my hard work and dedication to the task at hand. It's not hidden anywhere, but in the burning passion I have for helping others live happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives. This is my avenue for pursuing happiness and fulfillment in my daily work. This is my PASSION.

I am READY to create a life of success and financial freedom through something I love and enjoy. Therefore, I am making it a personal goal of mine to help FIVE women each month get healthIER... AND to get certified in personal training and nutrition by the end of Summer 2015.

Whatever your dreams are {big or small} CHASE THEM and don't stop until you're where YOU want to be. Don't let society dictate where or what they think is "right". I know it took me a lot of trial and error over the years to figure out what I truly want. I was too busy searching for something that would make others proud of me, rather than focusing on what I would be proud to do.

Follow your heart. Dream BIG. Believe in yourself. Success will follow.


Best Wishes in all your future endeavors.