Saturday, August 13, 2016

Three Year Anniversary!!!

Today marks my 3 year anniversary as a Team Beachbody Coach.

This milestone in my journey to become the best possible version of myself is so crazy to me. If you told me 4 years ago I would be a part of this company, organically growing a team of like-minded women, getting paid to work out from the comfort of home and eat healthy {while having fun doing it!}... I would have told you you've lost your marbles. After all, I am quite shy and introverted, which is not exactly the recipe for success as an entrepreneur. Or so I thought.

You see - 4 years ago I didn't even know the first thing about exercise and proper nutrition.

My formula was simple (and gave me absolutely zero "results"). Cardio equipment at the gym for 2-3 hours, a couple times a week + eat whatever I wanted because I "worked out". I use that term lightly because looking back, my health routine was a joke. *note: I don't believe I ever worked up even a bead of sweat in all those long hours at the gym. I did what was COMFORTABLE and EASY. Obviously it got me no where.

Sure, I tinkered around with different stuff here and there but forget doing anything consistently, especially that worked up a sweat or was challenging. Weight training... absolutely not. Squats, lunges, pull ups and push ups were out of the question, too.

Fast forward a few years and I am in such a better place with my health, my mindset, and the extra income isn't too shabby either. I am so blessed to have found a tribe of women and men who constantly push me to become better than I was yesterday. They believe in me and offer the motivation, support, and encouragement I was missing working out alone at the gym. I also finally understand the importance of proper nutrition thanks to the simple meal plans provided with my programs and the color-coded portion control containers. Tip: Meal prep doesn't have to be complicated to be delicious and nutritious.

This business has changed my life in so many positive ways I never knew were possible. It's not all about working out or drinking {delicious} healthy shakes. This business is a life changer and a life saver for so many people, including myself. I did not realize how lost and insignificant I felt until I took a leap of faith in myself and joined this company. It may not be for everyone, but I am so happy to be living out my passion alongside the coolest tribe of people from all over the country.

With that said, it's time for me to get ready for a fun-filled day with friends at our local arts and crafts fair. If you're still reading, I hope you enjoyed this post! :) Oh, and If you're wondering if this "coach" thing might be for you or you're ready to start a new health routine, I'd love to chat with you about your goals and see if it'd be a good fit.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Recipe of the Day: Vegetable Egg Cups

Good Morning!

Who can relate to It's always nice not to stress over what you're going to eat for every meal. I am not a pro at meal prep (yet!), but I am working on becoming better at it. With a tight budget, it's a huge hit to always eat out. So, yesterday I whipped up these delicious egg cups for a quick, nutritious breakfast on-the-go. I literally did this in less than 30 minutes (including chopping up the veggies), in between my workout, a shower, and getting ready for work!

I am a huge fan of quick and easy recipes since we always seem to be on-the-go or time just flies by and before we know it, it's 7:30pm and we have yet to eat dinner. These following recipe will surely be a staple in my diet.

Note: I switched up the recipe a bit and added in chopped kale and cilantro, in addition to the red pepper and mushrooms. You can really use any variety of veggies that appeal to you. I even topped mine with salsa, Cholula, and avocado when it was time to eat.

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Vegetable Egg Cups.
Serves 6 (2 each)
*for all my fellow Fixers: 2 egg cups equal 1 red container

What You'll Need:
Nonstick Cooking Spray (I used coconut oil spray)
12 Large Eggs
Salt and Pepper to taste (I used a dash of pepper and Himalayan salt)
1 Cup Chopped Mushrooms
1 Medium Red Bell Pepper, finely chopped
2 Green Onions, thinly sliced (I didn't have these on hand, so I substituted. see note above)
Salsa (optional)

1. Heat Oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Lightly coat a twelve-cup muffin tin with spray. (My egg cups stuck to the pan a bit once cooked. I'd suggest using a little extra to save you time scrubbing the tin afterwards. It took me a solid 20 minutes to get that thing clean!)
3. Place eggs in a large bowl; whisk to blend. Season with salt and pepper, as desired.
4. Add mushrooms, bell pepper, and green onions (or whatever combination of veggies you'll be using); mix well.
5. Evenly pour egg mixture into muffin tins.
6. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
7. Top each egg with salsa, if desired.

Tip: be sure not to overload the egg cups with veggies. I'm not saying skimp on them, but mine seemed to overtake the amount of egg and didn't set quite right when cooked. The bottoms fell apart really easy, while the top seemed to be where most of the egg sat.

If you try this recipe out, let me know if you enjoyed it, in the comments below!

Have a great day, everyone!

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Last Day of My 20's.

It's been quite a while since I have sat down to write anything on this blog. I miss it. Last December, I set out on a quest to find myself, figure out my passions, and dig deep into what I really want out of life. So far it's been quite the experience. A lot of reflection, smiles, tears, Ah-a moments, and everything in between.

As for today, I knew it would come eventually... it just arrived a little quicker than I anticipated.

You might have gotten from the title today officially marks the last day of my 20's. Thinking back on the past 9 years, it has been a wild ride. From college to graduation, heading out into the "real world", job searching, a break up, long nights, early mornings, finding my soulmate, raising the cutest pup in all the land, a few moves, nursing school, no longer being in nursing school with no other plan because that was supposed to be my "thing", a few different jobs, still trying to figure things out, buying a house with my little family... and here we are. The last day I will ever be 29.

I will say it feels different than past birthdays. Going from a teenager to my 20's seemed pretty seamless. It's not so much about the number, but about where I thought I would be by this point. You know... married, kids, my dream career. The reality is, there is no timeline to accomplishing all the amazing things we want out of life. I will get there one day. I am trusting the process and enjoying the view along the way.

Six years ago I set sail on a path towards becoming a nurse. It was an uphill battle and I did not prevail. I do not regret my choice to chase that dream for a single minute. I grew immensely as a person and a professional. I am grateful for all of the experiences I was able to be a part of throughout each clinical, and for all of the wonderful lives I was able to make an impact on. But it does not stop there. Today, my ship is sailing on a new course and I cannot wait to see where the journey will take me.

Thankfully, I stumbled upon an incredible opportunity three years ago that has taught me the beauty in living for the moment, enjoying the small things, working on myself not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally. The tribe of people I have come to know and look up to because of the decision to say "Yes!" has changed my outlook for what is possible for my future.

I may not be where I thought I'd be at this point in my life, but the journey is just beginning. A new chapter is about to start, and I am over the moon excited to write it's pages.