Sunday, January 25, 2015

What Is Coaching?

What is Beachbody coaching and why do I do it? 

Well there's a lot of reasons...I love helping people reach their goals. I love seeing women trading in soda for Shakeology and giving up TV time for workout time. I like that it holds me accountable to my own fitness goals. I can't expect other people to stay the course if I'm not leading by example. I enjoy the 25% discount on my workouts and Shakeology. I also enjoy the extra cash it's bringing in. I've found that with very little effort I can get the cost of my shakes covered and with a little more effort I can earn some extra cash. I can't leave my job like my diamond coach was able to do but it pays for dance class for Isabella and groceries. Every little bit helps! 

If you've ever been on the fence about coaching or have just been curious as to what it is. My diamond coach is hosting a sneak peek into coaching group. It's a private online Facebook group where she lays out the basics of coaching and what it's all about, what it entails, and what you can get out of it. 

If you're interested please email me ASAP and I'll get you added in. 

You don't have to have had a huge transformation or be fit. A lot of people want to take the journey WITH you. There's no obligation to sign up. It's just a looky loo into what coaching is all about. 

Hope to see you there as part of the family! 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Saving Up for the Summer Holiday

Saving Up for the Summer Holiday

Who can afford to just leave everything and go on a summer holiday these days? Even though it's a novel idea, the budget for most of us simply doesn't allow vacations without sufficient planning and saving. You might even be thinking that your budget doesn't allow holidays period. The truth is you can, and even though it could take a little longer for some, with basic saving strategies in place money can accumulate.

Set Up a Bank Account or Jar

This is the tried and tested way to save some money. With a special bank account or even a glass jar specifically set aside for saving you are preparing yourself mentally. It doesn't really matter how much money you put in there as long as it stays there. If you want to speed up the process then get both. Use the bank account for money you can spare from your paycheck and the jar for extra change you won't be needing.

Start Small

Assuming you've set up the jar, don't put too much pressure on yourself. Start by placing $1 in the jar every day for the first week. The second week throw in $2 and the third week throw in $3. By matching the number of the week with the amount you put into the jar every day will become quite a substantial amount over time.

Implement Discipline

Take a good hard look at what you buy on a daily basis. How many items fall into the "luxury" category? This can be anything from candy, a Starbucks coffee and piece of cake or a magazine. In essence you want to eliminate items that aren't really necessary and using that money towards the summer holiday you are dreaming about. Keep in mind that eliminating these items doesn't have to be permanent, but you might discover that you could use that money for something more constructive.

Coupons and Promo Codes

If you haven't seen shows like "Extreme Couponing" then now is a good time to start. Thanks to promo codes and coupons you are able to save loads of money without having to starve yourself. This is one of the best ways you can save without having to curb your normal spending, in other words, a win-win situation. Follow tips from websites like DiscounTrue and you'll be on your way to becoming a coupon expert. After you start you will probably never stop using them.

Set a Goal and Time-Frame

We all need to aspire to something and the best way to motivate yourself is by setting a goal and a time-frame in which that goal can be reached. It's important that you don't set a goal that is out of reach. Keep it realistic and if you manage to save a little extra then great, but you will only disappoint yourself if you want to save $1000 in the first week.

Get the Family Involved

Don't be shy to ask the rest of the family to help out, seeing as they will be going on vacation too. Making it a family effort will definitely increase motivation in addition to saving more money. Just make sure that extra money doesn't stay in your pocket. If you go to the store only take the necessary amount in order to restrain yourself from buying something unnecessary. In the beginning it might be hard, but watching the money pile up will make it worth the while and a lot easier.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Make Your Own Takeout: Sesame Chicken

I love Chinese takeout. What I hate is the fat, sodium, and high calorie intake. It's just as easy and even cheaper just to make it yourself. This recipe is so super quick to make it will be gone before the delivery guy even rings your doorbell. 

Here's a quick, easy, and delicious recipe for sesame chicken 


1/4 cup flour
4 chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
1 Tbs coconut oil
Cooking spray
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 reduced sodium tamari or soy sauce 
1/2 tsp sesame oil 
1 tbs sesame seeds 
Cooked brown rice 

1. Coat the chicken with flour and shake off the excess
2. Spray a large pan with cooking spray and heat the coconut oil until hot 
3. Brown the chicken on all sides until cooked through.  About 5-7 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside. 
4. Quickly combine sugar and soy sauce and continually stir until the sugar dissolves and combines with the soy sauce being careful not to burn the sugar. Add sesame oil. 
5. Return chicken to the pan and coat with the sauce. Top with the sesame seeds. Serve over rice. 

Serves 4

If you're on the 21 Day Fix I count this as a red, yellow, and orange. I'm taking a little liberty with the sugar but it's really not that much. 

If you want any information on the 21 Day Fix email me at or visit me at 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Controlling the Crazy

I used to care what everybody though about me. My fear of being judged, or being different was crippling. It riddled me with anxiety. Now if you're not someone who thinks that way then you're probably just rolling your eyes and calling me crazy. Which I accept. 

I wasn't always that way. I used to be confident. Brave. Bold. It wasn't until I become a mother that my awkwardness and anxiety started to fester and grow. I'm not blaming my kids...this ones on me. Worrying if your parenting right, fear of messing up all contributed to my hyper sensitive state. 

Social media also wasn't around when I was younger. Our lives weren't on for judgement to everyone with a scrolling thumb and a spare moment. And I realize that I'm the one putting myself out there but it's a double edge sword. That need to connect, to share yet that fear of opening up. 

Or maybe that's just me. 

Maybe that's my crazy showing. 

However, lately I've noticed a shift in myself. I'm caring a lot less what people think of me. Mostly because they don't. People are so consumed with their own junk. And it's freeing. And it makes me feel like I can accomplish things I was scared to try. I really feel like I'm coming into my own. I feel like I need to come from a positive place of yes. 

I feel like I'm finally corralling my crazy.