Saturday, December 31, 2011

Here are some great tips to help you stick with your Resolution, once and for all!

I am currently reading an amazing book called The Compound Effect, by Darren Hardy.  There is a section that is very relevant to the steps many people are taking today to make changes, both big and small, to their lives starting on January 1st! Take a quick read:

Finding your Mojo - Your why-power (p.61)

Assuming willpower is what you need to change your habits is akin to trying to keep a hungry grizzly bear out of your picnic basket by covering it with a napkin.  To fight the fear of your bad habits, you need something stronger.
When you're having trouble doing the hard work of achieving your goals, it's common to believe you simply lack willpower.  I disagree.  It's not enough to choose to be successful.  What's going to keep you consistent with the new positive choices you need to make?  What's going to stop you from falling back into your mindless habits?  What's going to be different this time versus the times you've tried and failed before?  As soon as you get the slightest bit uncomfortable, you're going to be tempted to slide back into your old, comfortable routine.
You've tried willpower before and it's failed you.  You've set resolutions and you've let them go.  You thought you were going to lose all that weight last time.  You thought you'd "fill in the blank" last year.  Let's "stop the insanity" and do something different so you can get different and better results. 
Forget about willpower.  It's time for why-power.  Your choices are only meaningful when you connect them to your desires and dreams.  The wisest and most motivating choices are the ones aligned with that which you identify as your purpose, your core self, and your highest values.  You've got to want something, and know why you want it, or you'll end up giving up too easily.
So, what is your why?  You've got to have a reason if you want to make significant improvements in your life.  And to make you want to make the necessary changes, your why must be something that is fantastically motivating - to you.  You've got tot want to get up and go, go, go, go, go, go - for years!  So, what is it that moves you the most?  Identifying your why is critical.  What motivates you is the ignition to your passion, the source for your enthusiasm, and the fuel of your persistence.  You MUST know your why.

Upon reading this I understand why I haven't reached some of my goals in the past.  A recurring one to me has been to achieve 6-pack abs... every time I make progress I hear the lack of support (why do you need to get fitter, just one bite won't hurt...), I miss out on the treats and I reconsider my sacrifices as really, I am healthy and at a good weight... BUT I never reach that goal I have had for a few years now!  My other recurring goal is to get more organized, but I get it confused with not prioritizing my kids and my husband first as it is not a quick fix... in reality, getting more organized will allow me more time for them... I just have to buckle down and be consistent!!!

What have I come up with?  My children!  I was an overweight teenager who could have excelled at many sports, adventures and even social situations, BUT I was held back by not knowing how I could achieve more, by what I needed to do.  I plan to set goals with my children this year then to achieve those goals to model how you can (and should) finish at what you set out to do.  My children are only 6 and 8 so I plan to help them make small goals regarding sports, school and behavior!

I am looking forward to an exciting and successful 2012!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

let's reach your resolutions... together!!!

Ahhhh, the last week in December and it is time to think about what changes you are going to make for the New Year!!!  Like many people you may be considering losing a few pounds, improving your health, cutting back on the sweets...  Well there are many options on how you can make this work so consider these numbers:
Send me a message to get going on your New Year's Resolutions! 
Let's make it a transformational 2012!!!

Take a look at this video for a little motivation, sign up for free on my Beachbody site at and lets find out what we need to get you rolling!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

40 Healthy Holiday Gifts

My Christmas wish list:

Holiday shopping can be stressful. Between driving all over town, long lines in crowded stores, and the never-ending holiday music, it's enough to make you want to throw up your hands and exclaim, "Bah humbug!"  The biggest advantage of buying Beachbody programs through a coach rather than through the infomercials or Amazon... you get at least one free workout in addition to those that come with your program, plus I can add you to an accountability group to help you stay on track and I am here to help you out whenever you need it!!!

Let us help. We've put together a list of 40 Beachbody® gift ideas that will help make those in your life feel not only happy, but also healthy! We divided the gifts by price-point so you can simply decide how much you wish to spend on someone and choose from several suggestions that are within that range. All items are available online, so take off that winter jacket, grab a glass of Shakeology®, and knock out your holiday shopping quickly and with the confidence that the gifts you're giving will enrich the lives of those who receive them!

Plus, Club members automatically save 10% off all items on

How to find out if you’re a Beachbody VIP Club member?
1. Make sure you are logged in to TeamBeachbody. If you’re not logged in, click on the "Sign In" link in the upper right hand corner of this page.
2. Click on the "Shop" tab in the upper navigation menu.
3. Scroll down to look at the price for Shakeology. You'll see "Regular Price: $119.95". But, if you're a Team Beachbody VIP Club Member you'll also see "Your price: $107.95." That's a savings of $12.00 or 10%!

If you’re not a Team Beachbody VIP Club member, consider joining now. If you plan on purchasing 3 or 4 Holiday gifts on, the savings you get could more than cover the 3-month membership fee. Learn more, and sign up for Club.

9 gifts $25 or less

  • Tony and the Folks ($9.95) – Tony Horton’s name is synonymous with P90X, but this low-impact DVD is perfect for parents, grandparents, or anyone who is looking for a low-impact workout.
  • Tony and the Kids ($9.95) – Trying to get your kids into fitness? Let them have some fun with Tony Horton in this entertaining DVD.
  • P90X T-Shirt ($19.95) – Do you know someone who just finished P90X? Congratulate them with this shirt! It’s also the perfect companion gift to P90X for someone who is just starting the program. 
  • TurboJam Camouflage Tank ($19.95) – If you know a gal who loves to Jam, help her to show her spirit with this flirty tank top that’s got just enough “Grrr!”
  • Shaun T's Fit Kids Club ($19.95) – Shaun T brings the fun in this DVD that is a great gift to get all the kids in your life interested in fitness for life!
  • Get Real with Shaun T ($19.95) – This DVD is great for tweens who aren’t old enough or ready for the intensity of INSANITY but who want to lose a few pounds.
  • Weighted Gloves ($19.95) – If someone you know is looking to tone up their arms, these weighted gloves add the resistance needed to help those on their way.
  • P90X Protein Bars ($23.95) – Instead of reaching for an unhealthy snack, these 12-packs of protein bars will help fuel your special someone in their workouts.
  • $25 Team Beachbody eGift Card – This holiday season, give someone the gift of fitness! With the $25 gift card we're starting to offer this holiday season, they’ll be able to purchase any of the gifts above or use it as a discount on one of the items below.

8 gifts $50 or less

  • Chin-Up Max ($29.85) – This adjustable chin-up tool is perfect for someone working his or her way up to full pull-ups. As they get stronger, they just reduce the resistance!
  • Total Body Solution® ($29.95) – Exercise isn’t just about losing pounds and inches. It’s also about feeling great and helping to prevent injuries. In this DVD, Debbie Siebers shows how the right exercises that can help heal injuries.
  • Slimming Formula ($29.95) – Help a friend or family-member get a powerful head start on their weight loss journey. Our unique blend of pyruvate and green tea extract is proven to help people significantly increase weight loss and improve exercise endurance.
  • Chalene Johnson's Get on the Ball ($39.90) – This gift includes a cool Turbo Ball – a secret weapon toward gaining a six-pack. For ripped, rock-hard abs and blazing fast results, Chalene Johnson’s program is top-notch.
  • B-Lines Bands ($39.95) – Got a frequent traveler on your fitness gift list? Just as effective as free weights in building muscle, these resistance bands are much more portable and convenient, so the recipient can work out anytime, anywhere.**
  • Tony Horton's Signature PowerStands ($39.90) – For the perfect push-up, these can’t be beat. They strengthen and sculpt while reducing the strain on wrists and forearms. Plus, they’re comfortable to grip and won’t budge in the middle of a move.
  • P90X Results and Recovery Formula® ($49.95) – This protein drink is perfect just after a P90X or INSANITY workout, and it’s great after any intense exercise session to help refuel your body and reduce muscle soreness so you can push just as hard the next day.
  • $50 Team Beachbody eGift Card – This holiday season, give someone the gift of fitness! With the gift card we're starting to offer this holiday season, they’ll be able to purchase any of the gifts above or use it as a discount on one of the items below.

6 gifts $75 or less

  • Brazil Butt Lift® ($59.85) – It’s not easy to get the perfect butt…unless you’ve got help from Leandro Carvalho, trainer to world-famous supermodels! Help that special someone prepare for a beachside getaway or just to look great every day in their favorite pair of jeans!
  • Hip Hop Abs® ($59.85) – Great for party people, hip-hop, and dance fans, this workout program will help sculpt their abs with fun moves rather than crunches.
  • Slim in 6® ($59.85) – In just six weeks, someone you know could reshape their body. Start them on the right path with this workout program that’s great for people of all fitness levels.
  • P90X Chin-Up Bar ($59.95) – Pull-ups and chin-ups are key to getting sculpted back, shoulder, and arm muscles. This portable bar lets you do all those great exercises.
  • TurboJam® ($59.85)– Raise someone’s heart rate with this kickboxing-inspired workout program from Chalene Johnson.
  • Bowflex Strapless Heart Rate Monitor ($74.85) – To see results, it’s important to make sure you’re working at the right intensity. This comfortable monitor will let the recipient do just that without needing to wear a chest strap.

6 gifts $100 or less

  • Body Gospel® ($79.70) – For someone who might want a little motivation from above, this faith-based workout program set to chart-topping gospel music will help them find their way.
  • Ten Minute Trainer® ($79.80) – Need a gift for the person who has no time but wants to get fit? These ten-minute-long workouts will fit into anyone’s schedule!
  • RevAbs ($89.85) – For someone who wants to get that sexy six-pack, this capoeira-influenced workout program from trainer Brett Hoebel is just the ticket.
  • ChaLEAN Extreme® ($89.95) – This workout program from TurboJam and TurboFire trainer Chalene Johnson is ideal for women who want to get toned.
  • INSANITY: THE ASYLUM® ($89.95) – For the INSANITY grad, this intense athletic conditioning will help them get into top shape in just 30 days.
  • $100 Team Beachbody eGift Card – This holiday season, give someone the gift of fitness! With the gift card we're starting to offer this holiday season, they’ll be able to purchase any of the gifts above or use it as a discount on one of the items below.

5 gifts $120 or less

  • Shakeology® ($119.95) – Help that special someone make a change to their eating habits by gifting them with a 30-day supply of Chocolate or Greenberry Shakeology, the Healthiest Meal of the Day®! They can enjoy it as a meal replacement or as a healthy, yummy snack. Each shake will help them increase energy, become more regular, lose weight, and feel great.
  • TurboFire® ($119.70) – Chalene Johnson’s intense kickboxing-inspired cardio conditioning program is great for anyone who is ready to bring the heat to their workout.
  • P90X® ($119.85) – Do you know someone who wants to transform their physique with Tony Horton’s revolutionary program? Get them P90X, and they’ll thank you 90 days later!
  • P90X2™ Base Kit ($119.85) – If you know a P90X grad who is looking for the next great muscle-building workout, pick them up P90X2 for the holidays!
  • INSANITY® ($119.95) – For the ultimate in cardio conditioning, Shaun T’s workout is perfect for people who are ready to transform their bodies in just 60 days.

6 Ultimate Gifts

  • P90X One-on-One® ($239.40) – If someone you know wishes they had Tony Horton as their personal trainer, pick them up any volume of this DVD set and they can learn from Tony as he works out in his own gym!
  • INSANITY Deluxe with Mat and Bonus Workout ($239.70) – If someone on your list is hoping for INSANITY this year, why not get them this deluxe version that comes with a mat, a body fat tester, and an extra workout?
  • TurboFire: The Complete System ($239.40) – This version of TurboFire is the perfect gift pack. It comes with everything, including weighted gloves, B-Line resistance bands**, a jump mat, and five advanced workouts.
  • $250 Team Beachbody eGift Card – This holiday season, give someone the gift of fitness! With the gift card we're staring to offer this holiday season, they’ll be able to purchase almost any of the gifts on our list.
  • P90X2 Ultimate ($299.95) – This version of P90X2 includes two additional workouts, the Tony Horton PowerStands, a RumbleRoller, and two Medicine Balls**!
  • $500 Team Beachbody eGift Card – This holiday season, give someone the gift of fitness! With the gift card we're starting to offer this holiday season they’ll be able to purchase any of the gifts on our list and more.

** Contains natural rubber latex which can cause allergic reactions

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Planning for 2012

Yes, it is only the first week of December and I am already thinking about January!!!  I am going to enjoy every second of December as it is my favorite month of the year, but I know what comes about on January 1st... New Year's Resolutions!!!
Have you been putting off starting that new workout plan?  Delaying the DIET so you don't mess with your favorite holiday foods?  You could start now and take baby steps!!!  Don't cut out all of your favorites, but maybe don't overindulge quite as much as usual!!!  Go for some walks with the family over the holidays in between meals!!!
In preparation for those inevitable Resolutions I would love to offer some assistance though!
Read on if you can answer yes to any of the following questions:
  • Are you competitive?  
  • Do you like to plan for your success?
  • Do you like to succeed at something you begin?
  • Do you like to have fun?
  • Do you really want to lose weight and keep it off?
OK... did I get at least one yes?  If not then you are not ready to take on a fitness challenge... go get your gym membership, go irregularly for one month then pay your monthly dues while not going until your contract is up.  Sorry, was that too harsh?  In all seriousness, that is what 90% of people do who join a gym on January 1st!

Join me, make a commitment, be part of an accountability group with friends and family OR let me put you with a group of people doing the same or similar program and lets knock this thing out of the ball park!!!

Head to, click on the Take the Challenge tab on the right side of the page and check out the Beachbody Challenge.  You commit to drinking Shakeology every day (I recommend replacing breakfast, lunch or a snack), following a Beachbody workout program (you can even get the P90X iPhone app if you really want to be at the gym), and Beachbody will include your first month of the club membership meal planning for free.
So are you ready to set your start date?  I am taking names for my January 2nd Challenge start date so grab a friend, spouse, cousin... choose your program and lets get your spot saved!!!
If you need a little more inspiration at what can be accomplished... check out some of the success stories on the Beachbody site AND watch The Biggest Loser next Tuesday!!!

Learn more about the Beachbody challenge in the video below!!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

must get my workout done...

Its Monday morning, my weekend was busy, my house is chilly and I didn't get to watch Desperate Housewives last night!  I have office work to catch up on, my carpets need vacuuming, my couch looks inviting but I have a VERY important task that needs to be completed NOW so it doesn't get overlooked.... my workout!  Seriously.  Getting my shorts and tank top on is tough when it is cold out. Thank goodness I don't need to go out into the cold, just into my living room to press play in ChaLEAN extreme, but it is still cold in my shorts!!!
I have lightened up on myself this month... not getting upset if I can't squeeze my workouts in every day as adding stress to lighten my stress kind of backfires!  I am following the schedule for my workouts just sometimes having to push the schedule back a day when life gets in the way.  What is most important for me now is staying healthy through the holidays.  Getting enough sleep, keeping my stress levels down, eating healthy (most of the time), and getting a good workout in at least 3 times/ week!
There are a lot of temptations around every corner... yes, I enjoy some of them, just not every day and not too much!  I don't starve myself before a meal to allow for the extra calories, I eat sensibly leading up to the meal so I don't overindulge.
Enjoy sensibly.  Live for health.  Be a role model for your children and family.

Looking to add some healthy choices to your eating this holiday season?  Try new fruits and veggies!  Load these on your plate BEFORE the potatoes and other sides!!!  If it is fried, smothered in cheese or extra crispy... just have a bite if you must, but not a whole plate full!  If it grows it is probably better for you than something out of a package on the shelf!  Stay tuned for some great recipes this month!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

It's the holiday season...

and our Christmas cards are heading to be printed! Every year we have the card debate... folded or flat... photo card or not. Yes, folded cards look more formal, can be set out for people to view and I do prefer, BUT they also cost twice as much as a flat photo card. If you want to save the photos, the flat card is easiest to save... most people throw them out either way so maybe saving the money is the key! This year we went for flat photo... next year be ready for a fancy folded card ;) Our photo always takes a few photo sessions and some bribes for good behavior so thank goodness putting them together is so dang easy now!
Here is a preview of our card from Shutterfly, and MERRY CHRISTMAS :)
Photo Card
View the entire collection of cards.