Monday, August 18, 2014

Sea Salt Caramel Shakeology Recipe

I have a slight addiction to a new recipe that I found and am totally in love with.

Lets be honest for a moment.  I am completely and totally a SWEETS addict!  Just because I have been clean eating for 3 years doesn't mean I don't want to pull a U-turn into the nearest bakery or eat a donut when I see one!  I am just wired to love a sweet treat!  But, like any other woman out there sweet treats don't like my hips or my stomach!  So I have to find ways to feel like I get the sweet fix without the crappy, calorie loaded, body bloating ingredients.  Also, it has to taste decadent, it cannot be fake or imitation. The real deal is the way to go!  So when I cam across Shakeology I won't lie, I was skeptical that it was really truly going to curb my cravings.  Much to my surprise it did that and more!

Depending on the mood I am in, the type of drink I want, I can tweak Shakeology to meet my needs.
If I want a milkshake then I make my shake in a blender with ice, peanut butter a banana, almond milk and water for thickness.

If I want it like a chocolate milk then I shake it up, use water and almond milk and no ice!  It is all a personal preference but you can work with it to find what fits you best! There is no right or wrong way to make Shakeology.  The only exception is that you cannot heat it because it loses the good properties!

So a little bit of salty and a little sweat is the perfect combination to my morning breakfast!

SEA SALT CARAMEL SHAKEOLOGY is a new favorite in the Mitro house!

  • A few shakes of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
  • A drop or two of Caramel Extract
  • 1/2 C of Almond Milk Unsweetened
  • 3/4 C of water
  • 1 Scoop of Chocolate Shakeology

  • Shake in a shaker cup and enjoy!!!!

Sea Salt Caramel Shakeology Recipe, Melanie MItro, Committed To Getting Fit
Sea Salt Carmel Shakeology Recipe
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

How To Stay On Track With Your Health And Fitness Goals On Vacation

Happy Wednesday!

Mitro Family Vacation

This week the Mitro Family is on vacation!  We left on Saturday morning and headed to Florida to hit up the beach for a week!  Our boys have been so excited to go to the beach and Legoland that they haven't stopped talking about it all summer.  We got here and the weather has been gorgeous and the sun has been shining!  It's so nice to just relax and chill on the beach with our family.  
Mitro Family Vacation
Landon with the birds on the beach

People ask me all the time how I stay on track while I vacation so I thought now is the best time to share with you how I keep myself focused while away!  

I have my workout gear packed for everyday.  I scoped out the gym when we made our reservations for the hotel.  I also packed my T25, 21 day fix and Piyo workouts.  So no matter what I have an option to get in my workouts!

I ordered a box of shakeology packets vs the box because it travels easily.  I have my shaker cup and if you need a blender pick up the Hamilton Beach Mini Blender because it is a single cup and is quiet and super easy to travel with.  Yes you can take Shakeology on an airplane and yes you can pack the blender!  If you have a bag and want to take it with you just grab one of those baby formula storage containers and it fits 1 scoop very nicely in there!!!

Shakeology for Breakfast on Vacation
My Shakeology on the balcony of the hotel

I have cocoa roasted almonds in the individual serving size packets for snacks and lots of water.

Once we got to the hotel we hit up the local grocery store.  We made sure to get a hotel room with a kitchen so we didn't have to eat every meal out.  We picked up:
  • A bag of salad
  • Balsamic Dressing
  • Fresh fruit
  • Whole grain wraps
  • Water
  • Flavored seltzer water
  • Oatmeal
  • Almond Milk
  • Cheese Sticks
  • Hummus
  • Pita Chips
  • Eggs
  • Turkey Bacon
  • Ezekiel Bread
  • Coffee
  • Natural Lunch Meat
  • Quest Bars
So the game plan is to eat breakfast in each morning.  So for myself I typically drink my Shakeology or have a bowl of oatmeal in the morning.  Then, snacks we can throw into our bags are fresh fruit and nuts, cheese sticks, hummus and veggies ect.....
For lunch we come back to the room and either have a wrap or a salad with fruit and then head back to the beach or pack a cooler and take lunch with us.

Dinner is typically out at a restaurant and I do my best to make a healthy choice.  So far I have asked for my veggies to be steamed without butter.  I have asked for substitute for mashed potatoes or french fries.  Ask for a sweet potato plain or a side salad instead of coleslaw.  All dressings go on the side, leave of sour cream, tartar sauce, and creamy toppings.  Pass on the bread basket at all costs!  The key is to conserve the obvious calories because you know that no matter what you do you are eating more calories than you think!  So do your best, don't obsess and enjoy your vacation.  

Do I eat ICE CREAM-------  OF COURSE I DO!!!  I had a waffle cone on Monday and it was amazing! We walked a few blocks to an ice cream store and back!!!  I have a few fruity drinks to because it's vacation and that's what I want! Saturday Sangria and a few Mojitos!!!  The key is this:  Pick and choose what you really want!  Don't eat it ALL, drink or eat what you REALLY want and pass on the ehhhh things!  

Yesterday we went to Legoland and I ate a bar on the way there.  We had grilled chicken salads for lunch, gatorade for hydration, then we hit up a restaurant on the way home for some fish tacos!  See, even going to an amusement park doesn't have to be a death sentence. Was there temptation, yes!!! There were nachos, fries, burgers, hot dogs and more!  But I just focused on fueling myself for energy so I didn't hit a wall at the park.  It's just that change in mindset, fuel your body for energy!  (REPEAT)
Yes I workout on Vacation- Don't you??

The last key to success is WORK OUT!  Don't make excuses that you are on vacation!  Remember that your workouts are something that make you feel good.  Its not work, its giving you energy, strength and stamina to go and play all day with your family.  My workouts are just a part of who I am.  I love feeling strong, I love sweating, and I love knowing that I am doing something good for my body.  The workouts keep me in check.  I am not worried about losing weight on vacation.  I just want to maintain and keep the healthy habits in check!  

Workout Motivation, Vacation Tips, Melanie MItro
Plank on vacation---

So get your workout in no matter what!  I still get up at 5 am to do my workout because it is a part of who I am and I don't want it to interfere with the rest of the day!  So off to the gym I go!
Monday Motivation, Beach Workout, Vacation, Fitness, Inspiration
My sister in law, My vacation workout buddy

VACATION is FUN, don't let it stress you out!  Think outside the box, get creative with your food and don't be afraid to speak up and ask for what you want!!!

ENJOY!  Be back on Saturday!!!!!!  

Sunday, August 10, 2014

How To Create A Mobile Business Doing What You Love Each And Every Day!

Melanie MItro, Beachbody Coach, Top 10, Elite, The Dream Team

Spending 9 + hours on an airplane traveling from Rome to the United States without Wifi gave me a lot of time to think about my business, my life, my transformation with Insanity, P90X and Shakeology and the past 3 years.  I never ever considered myself an Entrepreneur.  I have always just been a mom, or a working woman, or an average run of the mill mom.  I never let myself dream bigger or even explore the option of owning my own business.  I truthfully just stumbled into Beachbody much the same way that you stumbled onto my blog and are reading this article.  Sometimes we search something on google and we end up on a page that we have NO IDEA how we got there!  Do you feel me?!  

So, lets get this straight.  You are here right now reading this post for a very specific reason.
I have committed my 2014 year to being the best leader that I can be.  I have defined my leadership style, I have launched my coach website that offers 24/7 access to documents, resources, trainings, scripts, videos and more.  Seriously everything that you need as a new coach to get started is right at your fingertips.  Then as you move into a leadership role within your business there is leadership development, building a 6 figure income as a coach and more.  As a successful leader I strive to continually improve the system that we have created!  I love to collaborate with other leaders on the team to offer a variety of strategies, ideas and directions you can take with your business.  My WAY is not the ONLY way!  The way that is BEST is the WAY that works for you!

The one thing that I have realized is that the most successful people in this business are not the ones with endless hours to build a business. The most successful coaches are the ones that have a jam packed schedule, possibly work full time already, maybe have kids, but are busy and dedicated and driven!  I have found that this business is not a one size fits all, it's a customizable business to meet your life!

You can be a fitness instructor, a mom, a clean eater, a blogger, a social media expert, a teacher, a nurse, a lawyer, doctor or business man or woman. The bottom line is that no matter your education or credentials you have to have some WILL and WHY power in order to succeed!  You have to be able to see the bigger picture, to be willing to put in the time now so that you can build your future!  You have to be willing to jump and build your wings on the way down.  It takes a little gusto to become a beachbody coach!

Beachbody for me is my 401K plan.  I come to work everyday when I want and for however long I want.  The time I invest pays me directly.  The time I invest is doing the things I want to do, the things that I love and it is directly affecting my future!  I know that my hard work now is going to pay ME for the next 20+ years!!!!  This business is the type that if you work hard now for a little in a year or less you will exert the same effort for monumental and actually mind blowing results.  I have grown my income by 400% in the past year.  Seriously could you do that at your current job? Even as a high profile business woman or man you still can't increase your salary like this consistently.  I have learned that you can go from making $30 a month to $15,000 a week in as little as 3 years!

Imagine how your life would change if you could grow a business like that?  Imagine what your days would look like? For me, the #1 thing that my husband and I fought over was finances when we had 1 income.  Today, I can't even tell you the last time we argued.  This business has brought us closer together as a couple but has also given us the chance to experience life a little more.

A trip to Disney thanks to Beachbody.
A trip to Italy thanks to Beachbody.
A family vacation to Florida where the whole family can fly thanks to Beachbody
A brand new kitchen that we remodeled this year thanks to Beachbody
My husbands new car!
A little comfort to go out to dinner once a week and buy some extra clothes!

We also have began to save for both of our boys college educations because we know how expensive education can be and we want to know that no matter what our kids are taken care of!  This business has afforded us to begin saving money at age 32 and 33 where most people are still paying off student loans.  We paid off our loans in full last year!  This was something that we were not going to be able to do until Landon went to high school before Beachbody.

So, this business isn't just about making it BIG, the recognition is nice, having nice things is GREAT but at the end of the day this business affords you the flexibility to define how you want to spend your 24 hours a day 7 days a week and 365 days of the year!  So, allow yourself to dream big and ask yourself what are you willing to invest in order to achieve your future dreams!

Starting on Monday August 18th I am going to be hosting a 5 day take a step into the life of a Beachbody Coach informational session.  You can join with no strings attached and learn from other coaches what we do on a daily basis and how it could fit into your life.

Click here to JOIN!!!------> Beachbody Coaching Informational Session (5 DAYS)

If you have already made your decision and you do want to become a coach and you would like to be on my team then please apply by filling out the application below to be accepted into my coach apprenticeship program starting on September 1st.

I am limiting the number of coaches accepted so make sure that you don't delay on getting an application in.  I am going to teach you how to build a mobile business that fits your style, you will have access to an online group for daily support, weekly group calls, and 1:1 mentoring.  If you are a go getter you have even more resources to tap into with our brand new team website.  Access to every document, resource, script, and training we have ever done!  It's like the gold mine of our team!

I can't wait to have you as part of the #1 team in the organization. I am truly dedicated to your success!
Hope to see you soon!

On Thursday August 21st I am going to host a live webinar with an open Question and Answer where you can ask me anything and everything you want to know about becoming a Beachbody Coach.  It is all done through the comfort of your own home.  The webinar will start at 9:00 pm EST.  

Monday, August 4, 2014

Clean Eating Lunchables

Clean Eating Lunchables, Melanie Mitro, Back to School, Clean Eating, Ideas, Kids Healthy Lunches
Clean Eating Lunchables

Can anyone tell me why kids love to eat the most unhealthy of foods that are on the market?  I mean lunchables and smoothie kabobbles?!?! Seriously the most disgusting of all meat (is it really actual meat anyways?!?!) is in those little packages but my kids go crazy over it.  For a while I was allowing them to have a lunchable as a special treat but I just don't feel that it lines up with the things I am teaching them. I really want them to make healthy choices and know the difference between what is too processed and what is natural.  I also want to make sure that they are not resenting me for passing on these so called treats!  I came up with the bright idea that we are going to make our own version of lunchables that is healthier but just as tasty!

Bryce likes the little crackers, cheese and lunch meat ones and Landon loves the smoothie Kabobbles (which I have never let him try but the commercial on TV gets him every time.).

We hit up Whole Foods on Saturday and on my list was thickly sliced hormone free, nitrate free, low sodium Turkey, thickly sliced cheese and whole grain chicken nuggets that are all white meat.

Yesterday we came home and together both boys made their very first home made lunchable!  There were no complaints, just full tummies and they actually really enjoyed helping in the kitchen.

This could be perfect for your kids who are going back to school, a picnic at the park or a casual at home lunch!

All Natural Chicken

Crackers for lunchables

Round Crackers (Back to Nature Classic Round Crackers Whole Foods)
Perdue Popcorn Chicken, 100% all natural, no fillers, no preservatives
Turkey sliced thick, nitrate free, low sodium, hormone free
Wood Skewers

For the Cracker lunchables get a small cookie cutter and have your kids cut out circles of lunch meat and cheese for their lunchables then assemble and place on a plate to serve.

The Finished Product
For the Kabobbles, cook the chicken according to the package directions.  Allow chicken to cool and place on skewer, alternate cheese and chicken.

PS------>  Landon does not like to wear a shirt!  He wasn't going to put one on, so that is why he looks the way he does!  LOL
Silly Face

Creation in Progress

Clean Eating Kids Lunch Ideas

I served this with a yogurt and all natural juice boxes.  Each of the boys loved the meal and raved about it afterwards!

Simple, healthy, clean eating for kids!  Think outside of the BOX!!!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Piyo Meal Plan and Progress Update

Happy Sunday!
It's time to get back on track after a killer crazy week in Italy!  The food was amazing, the wine was flowing and the pastries were divine.  I came home not feeling incredibly awful but it definitely wasn't what I was used to! I don't get on the scale because after a year of fighting with the scale I have decided that it truly doesn't define me.  I measure my success based on how I feel.  I can tell by how bloated I am, the way my clothes fit and my energy level.  I am definitely in a carb coma!  But last night I set my alarm for 5:00 am and woke up to do my first post Italy TRIP workout!  Piyo Drench is in the bag and I feel absolutely amazing! It felt good to sweat and get back on track.  I am repeating week 5 again because I really didn't get to stick to the schedule while I was away.

Piyo Drench Workout, Womens Progress update and weekly meal plan
Piyo Drench Workout- Week 5

We leave for Florida next Saturday for our family vacation with the boys, my parents and sister in law.  This vacation won't be an indulgent one, I'm totally focused on working out, staying on track and chilling on the beach with the family!!!  In the meantime this week I will be back on track!

We hit up the grocery store yesterday and now it's time to prep and prepare our snacks and lunches for the week.

Here is the meal plan for myself this week!
How to follow the Piyo Meal Plan, Sample, Recipes and tips here
Piyo Week 6 Meal Plan

If you are looking for the recipes you can them from the Recipes section of my blog!

Weekly Clean Eating Meal Preparation, Snack Ideas, Clean Eating, Melanie Mitro

Each Sunday I really try to do a little preparation for the week.  I cut up cucumbers, carrots, peppers and paired with hummus cups for snacks.  I also made home made protein bars that are delicious!  Coconut cream lara bars are the bomb!!!  Almonds are ready, fruit is in the fridge and I am ready for another great week.  Everything that I need to make dinners is in the fridge and I choose recipes that were quick and easy on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday because those are the nights I typically work later.  Crock pot dinners or grilling dinners are always good for those nights!  

Homemade protein bar recipes, clean eating protein bars, lara bars, Melanie Mitro
Clean Eating Lara Bars

What is my workouts for the week:

Sunday Sculpt
Monday Sweat
Tuesday Core
Wednesday Drench
Thursday Buns
Friday Strength Intervals
Saturday Rest day

Clothes are washed, laid out and ready to kick butt in my workouts this week!  Follow me on Instagram for my daily morning motivation!  Will you be joining me for my 5 am workout?!?!

It's time to get back on track and crush goals!!!!!

Lets do this!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Elite 10 Adventure to Italy

Top 10 Elite Coach Trip, TeamBeachbody, Italy 2014
First Class to Italy-Top 10 Team Beachbody Coach Trip

It’s hard to believe that an entire week has gone past since I sat on the plane in 

Pittsburgh ready to take off to Rome for the top 10 TeamBeachbody Coach Trip.  I knew it would go by fast but I can’t believe how truly fast it did go. So if you were wondering why I haven't blogged in awhile, this is why!  I have been busy traveling the world.  Words can’t even describe how amazingly beautiful our trip was. The scenery, the food, the entertainment and friendships made were a once in a lifetime experience.  The pictures do not even do the scenery justice.  Biking through the hills of Tuscany, passing sunflower fields, vineyards and castles on the hill sides were just a few of the scenes we took in.  We had a private tour of the Vatican, saw the Colosseum, had dinner at a Counts house and dined at 2 amazing wineries.  Each hotel we stayed at got even more spectacular.   Our final 2 nights were at a beautiful hill top hotel overlooking the mountains and hills of Sienna.  It was the most breathtaking place I have ever been.  Beachbody sure does know how to reward their top 10 coaches for  their efforts.  Spending a week with CEO Carl Daikeler, President and Co-Founder Jon Congden, top coach and peers was perfect!  It’s like spending a week with like minded individuals who totally get who you are and respect each other in every way.  

You know 3 years ago I never would of imagined that this is where I would be right now.  Everything in our lives prepares us for our future.  All the good and bad experience shape us into a vessel who has the ability to help others achieve their goals as well.  One of the things we did on this trip was tell our stories of how we became who we are today and what experiences have shaped us.  

Listening to each coach tell their story was humbling and totally enlightening.  Knowing what makes each of us tick in terms of our goals, motivation and obstacles really sheds perspective on who we are as coaches.  It's pretty amazing that no matter what your background, you can use it to attract others like you and also use those things you would consider negative in your life to inspire others to overcome.  This business is not just about health and fitness, it's about changing your life from the inside out.  

I am excited to be back home to start brainstorming ideas to help grow my team, to improve my challenge groups and to get my new coaches started right!  It's time to turn up the heat in August!!! Make sure you are a customer in my Teambeachbody site so that you get my August list of groups you can join for support and accountability.

So here is a little narration of what Team Beachbody prepared for us this week.

How did I earn this trip?

I earned this trip by being the #2 coach in all of Team Beachbody.  Out of 180,000+ coaches I ranked #2. That number is based not on my personal sales but how well my team does. So the more my team succeeds the more that affects my rank.  So the cool thing about this business is that it's not about you! It's about the # of lives you can change.  I definitely have committed myself to seeing my team succeed through creating coach training programs, webinars, team calls, and apprenticeship groups.  This just naturally boosted our team and got me into the top 10.  I wasn't even shooting for it, but my goals got me there.  

So the trip is completely 100% paid for, first class all inclusive with the other top 10 and their guests.  We flew from Pittsburgh to Rome.  

Once we arrived we were taken to our first hotel in Rome.  This is the view from the Terrace of our hotel.  We were greeted with mini massages, appetizers and drinks.  Then we headed off to the city of Rome for a walking tour.

Hotel Hassler- Rome

One of the many piazza's in Rome.  The sights are just amazing

We also stopped for Gelato on our first afternoon.  I had the most amazing cookies and cream Gelato ever!!
Not clean eating but worth every bite!

Cookies and Cream Gelato-AMAZING

Dinner on the Spanish Steps-

Our first night's dinner was on an amazing terrace overlooking the Spanish Steps.  We watched the sunset on Rome while having dinner and drinks with the entire top 10 crew.  It was a great way to start off the week!  

Saturday we were up and at em super early!  We had a private tour of the Vatican.  We literally were one of 10-20 people in the Sistine Chapel which is usually packed full to the brim.  We also had the chance to peak into the Pope's apartment which was nothing even close to an apartment.  Totally a Cassel in my opinion.

Private tour of the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

After the Vatican we did a walking tour of different places to eat through Rome.  We had pizza, fresh mozzarella, these amazing rice rolls, dessert and more!  Every place was wine inclusive!  We felt like stuffed piggies when that was over!
In the afternoon we decided to take a little nap because we were totally jet lagged!

Saturday night we headed out to dinner in Rome.  

The view from our rooftop hotel.

Dinner at a local restaurant

Sunday we were up early once again to hit up the Colosseum.  This was by far my absolute favorite day of site seeing.  I loved the ancient history and just imagining what it was like to be inside that building with those games going on.  It is just an unbelievable structure.

The Forum

The Colosseum

Gorgeous view

Sunday night we got all jazzed up and headed to a private dinner at the Count's house.

Top 10 Ladies

Monday it was time to load up on the bus and head to Tuscany!  This is where we started our day in a beautiful town with lunch by a local restaurant over looking the hill side.  The CEO of Beachbody Carl Daikeler met us here.

La Romita Restaurant in Tuscany

We had an amazing lunch and then got a quick riding lesson and off we went to bike to our hotel.
Ride to Locanda Dell'Amorosa

Our hotel was absolutely amazing!  We each had a room that overlooked a beautiful courtyard with an infinity pool that overlooked the Tuscan vineyards.
Hotel Locanda dell'Amorosa

Pool at Amorosa

At night we headed out to a winery where we got a tour of how the wine was made followed by an amazing dinner!  
Avignonesi Vineyard Dinner

Avignonesi winery in Tuscany

The Boys Biking!

Capannelle Wine Estate in Sienna for our final night and celebration
Last night in Sienna- Hotel Le Fontanelle

Last night in Sienna 

Honestly this was the most amazing and inspiring week of my life.  I know that I am absolutely in the right place in my life.  I love the fact that every day I get to wake up and help others.  I get to live my life giving back for the blessing I have been bestowed. What a way to be rewarded for helping others reach their health and fitness goals.  It totally blows my mind and I can't think of a better way to spend my days.  

This trip was perfect for my husband and I.  We needed this time together, this time to strengthen our marriage to leave work at home and just be together!  I am back home and now more ready than ever to get back, dig in and help others.  

Are you going to be on the Top 10 Elite Adventure next year?