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Friday, May 29, 2015

How To Lose Those Last Few Pounds Before An Event

Good Morning!!!  Happy FRIDAY!  I've been working hard this past week preparing to leave for our trip to Paris for the Elite 10 Adventure.  I am so excited to be traveling with the other top coaches along with the CEO and Co Founder's and their spouses!  Its going to be an amazing week in Paris and Normandy!  So even though I am in shape, I live a healthy lifestyle there is always room for improvement RIGHT!!  I mean even the most health conscious people can slide into a few more treats during the week!  So this past week I buttoned up, stripped it down and cleaned out the extra treats I was having and now I feel great!  
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I wanted to share with you my thoughts and my plan so that the next time you go on vacation, have a wedding, event or party you can use some of these things to help you look and feel your best!

So I didn't just start the week before planning.  I started a month ago with the 21 Day Fix Extreme to prep for this trip.  I decided that each workout I wasn't going to just go through the motions but I was going to step it up.  I upped my weights from 15lbs to 20lbs on legs, I challenged myself with my arms and my cardio I really paid attention to how hard I pushed during each interval.  I can see a difference in my strength and my endurance just over the past few weeks.

Secondly, my nutrition.  I decided that I was going to follow the Countdown to Competition plan which is very similar to the "EAT CLEAN STRIPPED" By Tosca Reno plan that I was doing previously.  So I would do 2 days of normal fix eating and 1 day Countdown to Competition eating.  The only difference is that you cut out fruits, you limit to 1 carb and its way more protein and good fats with no cheats!  It DOES REALLY LEAN You OUT FAST!!!  Plus you are not starving at all.  Maybe a little foggy at first bc of the change in nutrients but that doesn't last more than 2 days.  Lots of water helps too!

I keep my carb to before dinner time.  So either steel cut oats with breakfast or a sweet potato for am snack or lunch.  I make my last meal 3 hours before bedtime and if I'm really hungry I have a 2nd Shakeology for an evening snack or Shakeology chocolate has truly been my saving grace!  

This past week I was countdown to competition 2 days on and 1 day regular Fix Eating.  

No cheat meals at all, lots of water and focus on my workouts!  And bam, all my bloating has gone away and I feel more confident than anything!  Most people definitely lose weight from this but I'm not focused on weight loss as much as I am leanness and bloating gone!  
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The Meal plan worked great and I honestly haven't been hungry or lacking energy! The key is not to starve yourself but to follow the plan to the T, don't skip meals and drink water! The 21 Day Fix and the Fix Extreme do an amazing job at laying it all out there for you!  If you are looking for that quick slim down in a HEALTHY way then you can't go wrong with this!

So now that its Friday and we leave today for Paris how am I going to maintain these results??? Well I will be honest!  I'm going to enjoy the food, the wine and the trip!  But I am going to workout, drink my shakeology, I packed healthy snacks like apples, almonds, oatmeal ect.... So I am going to pick and choose what I really want to splurge on while maintaining a healthy balance!  It's truly all about the balance!  HAVE FUN, LIVE LIFE but MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES!  

If you want to follow our trip to PARIS find me on Instagram at:  IG.com/MelanieMitro and on my like page:  www.facebook.com/melaniemitro

I'm actually going to be starting a group on the 1st of June and the actual workouts start on the 8th!  If you need a slim down, need to recommit and want to focus and go join me for a 4 week 21 Day Fix Group!  Hit me up by completing the application below.

Also, have you ever tried the 3 day refresh?  For the entire month of June, every Monday I am going to be doing a 3 day refresh group.  It's a week long accountability group for people just like YOU who want to shed some pounds quickly, get rid of cravings and bloat and get started on their healthy lifestyle. The group will require ME to be your coach, that you purchase the 3 day refresh from me and that you check in daily to the group! PRIZES and a FREE MEAL PLAN to help you with your post reset nutrition will be provided! It's going to be all about summer tips, fun and motivation!!!  

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

How To Manage Anxiety And Stress With Exercise & Nutrition

Let me just start this blog post by saying that I am not a Doctor or a Therapist I am just a woman with a history of Anxiety who has tried a crap ton of things to figure out how to get it under control.  This is what worked for me, {results may vary}. LOL

So I really have never talked about this publicly on my blog before.  But when I was in college I struggled with Anxiety quite seriously.  It was the summer between my junior and senior year and I just had met Matt.  I had gotten a summer job at Hollister and I was doing an internship at the Salvation Army working with the summer children's program.  I was having serious panic attacks and I couldn't understand why, but it was seemed to be very much so related to being in situations that I couldn't control and I would get so anxious I would make myself sick.  That led to me not even wanting to go out of the house for fear that I would have an anxiety attack, get sick and not be able to get home immediately.  Also, I had this fear of other people knowing that I had anxiety so I would try to hide it which in turn made my symptoms even worse!  It was absolutely the worst feeling ever!!!  It still is the worst feeling ever!  But I would get this hot sensation that started in my head and went all the way down to my feet.  My chest would start pounding, my palms would get sweaty and my hands would shake.  It would literally take everything in my power to get through those moments sometimes hours when it passed.  Then, I would be left physically and emotionally exhausted from holding it all together!  I just cried because I didn't understand what the heck was wrong with me!  Since its not a physical illness you can see on the outside I was so worried about hiding it that I would make it even worse!  Matt who is the most laid back and go with the flow type of person totally didn't get "me" and my "issues" at all.  He would tell me to suck it up, stop worrying and let it go!  While yes he was and is very supportive he definitely doesn't understand that feeling.  
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So when I was in college I sought out some medical advice because I wasn't able to control it on my own.  I started to work through the irrational fears and I was able to get myself under control.  

The one thing that truly made a world of difference for me was Yoga.  I started going to an Ashtanga (hot yoga) class at the time.  I would go 5 times a week to class because the breathing, the in and out counting to 5 with your breathe and the clearing of your mind helped me so much.  In class we were taught to leave all life's worries and anxieties at the door, to clear your mind, to be present in your body and to slow down and just breathe in the moment.  That became my safe place.  The rhythmic breathing calming my nerves and empowered me!  I started to use that breathing anytime I would feel that panic start to creep in.  It was working!!  The second thing that really helped me was to imagine a "STOP" sign when I started to get overwhelmed.  I would stop that negative thought, I would replace it with the non irrational thought and I always ask myself this, "Am I going to die?"  NOPE
Yoga helped me get through my anxiety

"Is this irrational?"  YUP now what are you going to do?  Take a deep breathe in, out, find your quiet place in your mind and breathe through it.  This too shall pass!  

I really was able to get my anxiety under control in the past few years but recently in the last 12 months it seems to be creeping back in.  It is testing me in more ways than one and it frustrates me because I know the fear is irrational, I know I won't die, and I still can't seem to get it to stop completely.  I know that when my nutrition is spot on that I am much better. The more reading I do the more I realize that I am most likely better off because of the way I have been living my life.  Clean Eating is providing my body with proper nutrition, Vitamin B helps to alleviate anxiety symptoms.  I get my Vitamin B from my spinach, my flank steak, whole grains and more. Magnesium and Omega 3s are also great sources of vitamins that can combat these symptoms.  I can't even imagine where I would be without clean eating.

Limiting caffeine:  While I am NOT SO GOOD at this one, I am going to make a conscious effort to keep this one in check!  I do notice that it makes a difference the more coffee I drink!

I also make myself do the things that cause me anxiety! The easy way out would be to stay home and never face the anxiety when it occurs.  I could of easily not taken the trip to visit Matt in Baltimore that first summer my anxiety started because it was completely stressing me out.  But I went, I struggled, I survived and it was a huge VICTORY in my corner.  I proved to myself that I won't die and that I will make it through!  Every time I force myself to face the anxiety and overcome it, I become more in control.

EXERCISE:  Exercise truly is my stress relief.  It started with yoga and my breathing and now its the workouts that get me in the zone.  My workouts are "me" time, they release tension, they clear my mind, they help me to stay grounded and in control of those 30-45 minutes that I am working out.  I usually will push myself harder and sweat more because that is what I can control. Everything else is not up to me.  I do not hold the power to change the unchangeable.
Sweating keeps me calm

Lastly, I have a sounding board.  I have Matt, my mom and some great close friends that I can call at a moments notice. They love me, they don't judge me and they can talk me off a crazy moment in a moments notice!  They help me logically separate the irrational fears from reality and we move forward.  It was hard for me to share even with my family what was going on at first, but thankfully I did because its hard to go at it alone.

Now, anxiety attacks trip me up occasionally and YES they are annoying but I find that it is short lived, I deal with the situation and I know that it is a part of who I am.  As much as I wish it would go away I just know I have to deal with it.  I am thankful for this healthy lifestyle, for clean eating and this community of support because it promotes natural, healthy living and the positivity I am surrounded with daily gives me nothing but hope and inspiration!!!

So if you can relate to this post here is my advice to you.
Never stop working out, even on the days when your anxiety is the worst, force yourself to do it!  You will feel better afterwards.  Eat clean, make sure your body is getting proper nutrition, vitamins and nutrients because that will naturally affect your body and get a great friend that can take your mind off of the stress when it builds!!!  

 Have a wonderful weekend and CRUSH THAT WORKOUT TODAY!!!

Another great article on overcoming anxiety:  http://www.wikihow.com/Overcome-Anxiety-Naturally

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Compound Effect In Our Lives

I feel like I have been doing a lot of posts lately about my business but there are just so many things happening lately that I want to share!  I promise that I have also been working on some great new recipes that I will be blogging about this weekend and also some tips coming your way!  So stay tuned!  

But since a lot of you follow my blog since I started 4 years ago as an Insanity newbie and you have followed my Beachbody journey I feel this is totally relevant to share here as well!

So I really don't like to talk about income or money but I do feel that this is a really important post to share with you all.  When I started Beachbody I had no idea what I was doing.  I had no clue how to find customers, how to start a challenge group and I was scared to death of taking selfies.  I also am a people pleaser so I was really sensitive to what other people thought!  I was nervous to put myself out there because it leaves the door wide open for people to give their opinions.  I shed a few tears over nasty comments but in the end I know that I am not selling  a FAKE product and I know that the programs and products work because I am living proof!  I also know that you can't just do it half ass either! If you want real great results you have to give the nutrition and the fitness your ALL!  I also know that there have been many times in my business that doors closed, opportunity didn't knock for me.  But just because someone didn't serve me customers and challenge pack sales on a silver platter doesn't mean it wasn't for me!  It just meant that I had to go out there and figure it out for myself.

So with consistency, with showing up 24/7 whatever it takes that is what I did!
I refused to sit back and accept the hardships and I certainly refused to let failure get the best of me! When my challengers quit checking into the group, I checked in with them!  Even if no one posted the last 3 weeks of a challenge group I didn't stop!
When my new coaches all quit my new coach training because it was to hard, I kept posting til the end! When no one showed up for team calls I would to the call and record it, but afterwards I would cry!  I couldn't figure out why no one was as passionate about coaching and getting in shape as I was!  Its HARD DARN IT, why does everyone make this business look so easy!  But, its not IMPOSSIBLE!  I mean in no way shape or form do I feel that this is rocket science!  I believe that with anything you do, there are a lot of wrong turns before you find the right ones!  I believe that everything rises and falls with perseverance and everyone I mean EVERYONE deserves success that is DEFINED not in MY TERMS but in YOUR TERMS!  

So with that being said here is how it goes:

I did not give up!
I laughed
I have made some of my VERY BEST FRIENDS as a COACH
I have lost some friends
I have learned valuable life lessons
I have made good choices and bad
I have missed my goals
I have crushed my goals
I have horrible stretch marks from having kids & I hate my stomach
I love my butt now and before it was REALLY REALLY FLAT!
My husband NOW works out with me and eats healthy too!
The 2 people that I wanted to help the most just started the 21 day fix with Matt and I this week (HUGE SCORE)
We have paid off my student loans
We bought a house
We invested enough money last year to save for both boys entire college education
As a couple we decided that Matt should quit his job this year so we have better family balance.

This week WE PAID OFF OUR MORTGAGE!!!  After owning our home for 2 1/2 years we made the final payment this week! DONE!  BOOM!

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That right there is the BEST feeling ever!  We as a family are truly blessed by Beachbody!  But the moral of the story is this, we worked for it, we sacrificed along the way! It didn't happen by LUCK, it happened by we made sacrifices, we chose the road less traveled and we march to the beat of our own drum.  It's easy to get caught up in shiny objects and yes that happens but we do what is best, we live life abundantly and we PRAISE the LORD every day for what he has provided.  Not a single day goes by without remember that!  

Whatever you choose to do in life I hope you do it with the SLIGHT EDGE with passion and intensity!  If you never give up.... YOU WILL NEVER FAIL!  Let this be your motivation to kick some serious butt today and EVERYDAY!!!!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

When Opportunity Knocks Do You Open The Door?

Sometimes life happens when you are truly least expecting it.  Life happened for me on May 4th 2012 when I accepted the "Summer Slim Down Challenge" with my coach Nikki. Being 30 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight, having an infant and an 18 month at home and going from a working woman to a stay at home mom was a huge transition for me.  I really struggled with my body, confidence, identity and happiness.  I truly wanted to be that happy mom you see on commercials and in parenting magazines but lets be honest I truly felt far from that.  Nothing fit in my closet, my stomach was a cup of jello and I was doing what I thought was exercising regularly and eating right. Clearly I had no idea what the heck I was doing, because it wasn't working!  We didn't have extra income to join a gym, get a personal trainer or take bootcamp classes so I had to figure it out on my own.  I honestly felt like my hands were tied because we hardly had money each week to buy groceries.  We went from a comfortable lifestyle with 2 incomes to 1 income being stretched and squeezed to the max.  That can also add a little extra stress on the family dynamic too!  
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8 months into my transformation

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NOW- Fit Family

Beachbody Coach, Coach Training, Melanie MItro, Top Coach, Elite Coach, Successful Coach, Dream Team, Elite Training, Systems, New CoachesSo joining the challenge group and making the decision to do Insanity was going to be my game changer.  I just knew that I did not want to stay the same!  I didn't want to be that MOM that looked like a mom!  I guess in my own mind I have this image of what I want to look and feel like and honestly I was far from it!  So there starts my story as a challenger!!!!

Was it hard?  YES!  Changing your body is hard and lets face it we all want it to happen way faster than it actually does.  So there were nights that I definitely stayed up shedding a few tears that my body was never going to change and that I was going to be stuck like this forever.  But in reality that is not the case at all.  It is just going to take consistency over time to bring about results and no matter what DON'T quit or give up!! So when I did eventually reach my goal weight it was SWEET because I knew that with the support of my challenge group, coach, the tips on clean eating, the accountability and the fitness programs that anybody could do it!!!  I wanted to share that with others! It was NATURAL for me to share my favorite healthy recipes, my favorite snack ideas and tips!!! :)

I signed up to be a coach because I wanted to help other people feel the exact same way that I did.  I wanted people to know that there was hope out there for them too!  I wanted people to realize that no matter what they were not STUCK like this forever!  I started with just helping 1 person transform their lives!  I had no idea what social media marketing was and I never honestly had ever posted a SELFIE on Facebook before.  Quite honestly I thought those people were crazy!  I would only post about my kids and I never really used Facebook for anything other than watching what other people were doing!  

But I signed up to coach to run groups and help people, but I was plugged into our team page and they had these weekly team calls which I decided to listen to!  I heard people talking about success in their business, being at the top of the leader boards, of rank advancing, of earning income potential and my wheels started turning!  It sparked something in me to say, "Why NOT ME?"  I mean if they can do it, why can't I?  

So piece by piece and bit by bit I began setting small goals for myself, creating dream boards for my life and I started immediately!  I picked up my very first personal development book, The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen and my life was forever changed!  

This business is truly about the small seemingly insignificant things that you repeatedly do (like take selfies) over time that compound to bring about success!  So every day I chose to be as INTERESTING as possible on Facebook!  Every day I would show up, tired, sick kids, lack of energy and do it anyways.  I would share it all and my GOAL was to EMPOWER other people that followed me to know they could make a healthy lifestyle change too! GUESS what?!  It worked! The compound effect took place and the more I talked to people the more they were inspired by my own dedication to my health and fitness and the more that they were encouraged and committed to joining along with me!!!  

I didn't have any networking skills and I had no idea about building a team.  But I was passionate about helping people and I self taught myself the skills I needed to get the job done.  I have grown a six figure income from my kitchen table working for any block of time I could steal away while it was nap time, before or after the kids got up!  This business not only fit our lifestyle but it fit ME!!!  I get a HIGH from seeing my customers have fitness results and now I get a HIGH from seeing my COACHES have success in the business too!

Over the past 4 years I have committed myself to my personal fitness goals but I am committed to helping each and every coach that joins my team to make this business FIT THEM!!!  Beachbody is such a great platform, so no matter what your vision is for your future you can use Beachbody to make it come true.

Whether you are  a stay at home mom, a full time working woman with a great job, a fitness instructor, a nutritionist, teacher, doctor or lawyer you can be a Beachbody coach! This business can literally keep you accountable to your health and fitness goals and it can create a seriously substantial income!!  It's up to you and you get to choose how little or how much you work which determines your bottom line!

You can be VERY successful with 1-2 hours per day and you can be a top 10 coach or more with a little more focused effort and consistency!  The best part is that once you build this foundation in your business it is the gift that keeps on giving.  You can at any point in time change your intensity, your efforts and you can continue to build a business that blesses you for the rest of your life.

I know it feels like its to good to be true and YES my husband was that GUY that said it was to good to be true~  But now he sees it! He knows what you can accomplish if you put your mind to it!!!

I want to teach you how to do it too!

So I'm kicking off the next week of what I am calling my "5 day sneak peak into what I do as a coach".  I'm running this closed Facebook group where only the members of the group can see what is being posted.  I'm going to each day post a video that gives you information on:

1.  How I got started.
2.  What Coaching is all about and what do we actually do as a coach.
3.  How to grow a network, get customers and use social media.
4.  How do you make money as a coach and what is the potential and time commitment.
5.  How to get started, what is the cost and what do I need to do first.

You will be able to ask questions, get answers and hear right from me how I built this business with zero experience!!!!  

Are you interested??  Then hit me up by messaging me to get added to the facebook group! We will start on Monday the 18th.

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5 Day Sneak Peak of Dream Team Coaching

I am also going to host a live webinar on Tuesday May 19th at 8:00 pm EST to go over in depth my story as a coach, how I built my business, what a coach does, how to earn a significant income, how to balance my time, my family, my fitness and my business and also to go more in depth on how my team has a system for training, for getting you started right and helping you to achieve your goals!  

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If you would like to join this call which is recorded as well please don't hesitate to message me to get the link! Or you can register here:  http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EB58DA86854C3D

You will register for the call, log in and listen and see me speak!  You have the option to use the chat bar to ask questions during the call as well!  I hope you can make it!

Lastly--->  One of the things I feel very strongly about in my business is getting new coaches started right!  I truly feel that each person is a unique addition to our team. There is no cookie cutter mold for getting a coach started and that the process should be individualized based on that persons needs, wants and desires.

As a new coach on my team you have a few options for signing up.  You can sign up to be a discount coach "preferred customer" and receive 25% off everything you purchase as a coach.  You can be in my challenge groups, work on your own fitness journey, your story and then you can either become an active coach helping others to reach their goals or stay exactly the way you are!  

Your other option is to become an active business building coach.  In that case, I would plug you into our weekly training calls, my new coach apprenticeship program where basically for 30 days I will mentor you in a small group setting and through 1:1 calls to teach you exactly how I got my business up and running.  I will cover topics like:

1.  How to launch your business
2.  How to invite
3.  How to share vs sell
4. How to grow your social network and find people.
5.  How to earn money, reach goals and hit success club in the first 30 days.

My goal is to not just throw you out there to figure it out on your own.  My goal is to provide you with a duplicatable system that works, that brings you success so that you don't have to re-invent the wheel!!  
You get access to all of my teams documents, guides, scripts, resources and call recordings.  I am very hands on with my team and no matter what rank in the company I am I still value helping my team to be successful!!!

I am going to be kicking off this group on Monday June 8th with a limited number of spots.  If this sounds like something you would like to do then now is the time to get started!!!  

Please complete my coach application below to be selected for 1 of the 10 spots on my team and in the June 8th New Coach Apprenticeship Program!!!

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For me it all started with a choice that I wanted to change more than I wanted to stay the same!  Now it has grown into a business that has allowed my husband to leave his job to stay home with our boys.  It has given us the freedom to live our own life by design and its giving us MANY options for our future that we never dreamed possible!  If you are feeling stuck in life and are looking to make a change then I want YOU on my team!  I'm seeking out go getters, motivated people, independent thinkers and natural born leaders to  join my team!!!  I will teach you everything that you need to know as long as you are TEACHABLE!

Lets do this!!!! 

* Also- I have prime spots in my organization that I am looking to fill with excellent growth potential and quick residual income!  

Sunday, May 10, 2015

21 Day Fix Extreme Meal Plan

Good Morning and Happy Sunday!!

The alarm went off at 6:00 am this morning and up and at em I am!!  It's quiet in the Mitro house and this has become my morning Sunday routine!  I absolutely enjoy the quietness of a Sunday morning, my cup of coffee and my recipe book and meal planner!  It's time for me to plan out my week!  We have 3 weeks until we leave for PARIS (insert SUPER EXCITED FACE) and I want to just step it up a notch.  I was definitely a little more relaxed since our trip to Cancun so its time to just get back to the basics!!  

The 21 day fix meal plan just works for me.  I think in containers now, I think in portion size and I truly just have made it a part of our daily routine.  My entire family eats what I eat and its just what we do.  I absolutely do not and will not make separate meals for the kids.  They have to eat what is on their plate before they have a snack for the night!!  Some nights, they don't get a snack but hey, that's ok!  

So what's the game plan for this week!  I actually think this could be a fairly quiet week (fingers crossed).  We have Bryce's Art Show on Tuesday and T-Ball Thursday and Saturday, Preschool, Kindergarten and the usual family life.  Our focus this week is just eating the right foods and staying away from the ice cream and the drinks in the evening.  

I'm going to start the 21 Day Fix Extreme Meal Plan tomorrow.  I am going to do the countdown to competition plan the last 2 weeks before Paris.  I am going to follow the 21 Day Fix Extreme Program to the T (well maybe a Shaun T workout here or there also).  But its time to switch it up and hit the weights.  
Muscle burns more fat at rest, so get lifting!!! 

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21 Day Fix Extreme Containers
The 21 Day Fix Extreme Nutrition Book lays it all out there for you.  I love that you have a list of foods to choose from in each category! So basically you pick from the green category and whatever you can shove in there you can eat.  You check off the box for that meal and then you know how many containers you have left.  It's easy peasy! Then, for the recipes, I can truly say that there isn't 1 recipe in the book that I don't like!  The food is filling, the portion sizes are perfect and I might be a little hungry at night, but I just drink some green or peppermint tea and stay out of the kitchen.

Here is my meal plan for the week below!  I'm ready with my game face on to cut the dessert, the extra drink and to be Paris ready in 3 weeks!!!

The workouts are all 30 minutes and I like the fact that weights are in basically every workout.  Cardio with weights, Upper Body, Lower Body, Intervals, Pilates, Yoga the works!!!!  


I was doing Insanity Asylum but honestly the workouts were great but I'm absolutely spoiled with the 30 minute workouts that I just couldn't do it!!!  So here I am!  Back in action with Autumn Calabrese and her killer plans!!!
If you are looking to lose the last few lbs, tone it up, tighten up for a vacation or trip trust me this is the way to go!  Plus the fact that I have done several rounds of the 21 day fix and fix extreme I am more than happy to help you in my accountability and support groups.  For me honestly it was the accountability that keeps me on track! Without that I would not of had the success that I did!  So make sure that I am your coach or you reach out to the one you already have for support!

I'm starting a 21 Day Fix impromptu group tomorrow to help YOU and I stay on track! If you are interested in support hit me up by completing the application below.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Cinco De Mayo Healthy Recipes

Happy Cinco De Mayo

I'll be honest that Mexican food is my favorite type of food! Guacamole, chips, salsa, tacos, fajitas and of course we can't forget Margaritas!!!  But, lets be totally honest.  Every one of those is far from clean eating and living a healthy lifestyle.  Sodium galore and way more servings and grams of carbs that anyone should eat in an entire day! Then you add on even 1 drink and you are over in your sugar and an additional carb for the day!  So there truly isn't a way to have a festive Mexican meal without setting yourself back.  BUT, when it comes to balance and the 80-20 rule here is what I say!

You should allow yourself at least 1 meal per week that you enjoy!  You exercise proper portion size and you are mindful of what you want to spend your calories on but you ENJOY it without guilt.  Because you know that the other 6 days out of the week you are going to be on track!  

So here is what I typically do!  I skip the chips and guacamole.  Unless you want chips then a good option is the "food should taste good" tortilla chips. 

Make your own guacamole because it's super easy to make and tastes great.
Just mash up some avocados, red onion, garlic, cilantro, add in some chopped tomatoes, salt and pepper and enjoy!!!  

For the main dish.  I pick and choose between the taco shell, the black beans or rice.  But all 3 of those are carb overload.  I usually go with a 1/2 yellow container of black beans and 1/2 of rice and 1 taco shell so it's only 2 yellows! Then, I do 1 drink which is another yellow so I really only killed it with 3 yellows that day!  I also have zero other carbs during the day, I sorta save it up for that meal.  If you want more than 1 taco or fajita then just do it without the shell.

Those are my tips to surviving cinco de mayo without crushing your goals.  oh and lastly, don't get on the scale the next morning!  No matter how hard you try, Mexican food has sodium.  You will retain water, feel a little puffy so keep guzzling water and get back on track the next day!  When you decide to have a cheat meal always do your workout that day.  I never schedule a cheat meal and rest day together.  It's just a mindset thing and I like to break even!  

So Matt and I love Mexican food and we put together a menu and/or options for you! We have found some really really tasty recipes that do the trick for us.

Check them out and you can even stop and pick up a few things today for your own cinco de mayo party at home with your family!

This is right from the 21 Day Fix Extreme Nutrition Guide.  If you want to even skip the taco shell you can do lettuce wraps which actually are pretty darn tasty!
Here are 21 day fix Chicken Fajitas

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My absolute hands down favorite is the pork Carnitas!  They are just melt in your mouth awesomeness!

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Here is a great appetizer.  The bean salsa is festive and its perfect for vegans that want to still participate in the festivities.  

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Black Bean and Quinoa Bake:  Ohh I haven't made this in awhile but its also a family favorite and it's a vegan option too!  The best part is that when I make these recipes people don't even know they are healthy!  

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Shrimp Tacos are another family favorite! You could literally have a buffet of different taco and fajita styles that are all clean eating!

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Lets not forget drinks!!!  We love margaritas and we have found a great recipe that everyone loves!
Check out our skinny Margarita by bartender MATT!!

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So now that we have your party menu or your Mexican night menu covered you have to share with us which one is your favorite!!!  Enjoy your Cinco De Mayo and have a great time!!!  CHEERS!!!!  

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Insanity Asylum Meal Plan Week 1

So it's time for a new challenge!  Why?  Well because I have workout ADD and I can do a specific workout like the 21 Day Fix or Insanity Max30 for a few rounds and then I am ready to move on.  I like to keep switching up my routine, because not only do I get bored and find myself not really pushing myself to the max but I start to plateau in  my own fitness.  So changing your fitness routine slightly every 90 days is very helpful to keeping your body constantly in tip top shape.
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Even during my physical weight loss transformation I still switched it up every 90 days!  I decided that I really like Shaun T and I feel like I got the very best results from his Max30 program and I wanted to keep on the Shaun T train.  So I have Insanity Asylum and I have actually done the program when I started my Beachbody journey 4 years ago.  So I pulled it back out because I am curious how it compares to Max30 and how I will be able to keep up.  Plus I like the idea of the sports agility training.  

We have 30 days until we leave for the Elite 10 trip to Paris with Team Beachbody so this is a perfect time to dig in and do this program.  It's a 30 day program!  The one thing that is going to take some getting used to is the fact that the workouts are longer than 30 minutes. So I am going back to 45 or 50 minute workouts. Which that is totally ok, i just have to mentally prepare myself for the workouts each day.  No procrastinating in the morning, it's up and at em!!!!  

I am going to follow the 21 day fix and half of the countdown to competition plan.  I am going to do 1 day countdown to competition plan and 2 days regular fix extreme eating. That seems to be the very best balance for my body! So heck I'm not messing with it.

I find that getting the right balance for your own body is like a science experiment.  You find out through trial and error what your body responds best to.  What works for me might not always work for you and vice versa.  I truly think that this is a big reason why people fail at their health and fitness journey. They give up before they have found their solid conclusion of what works and doesn't work.

How about you?  What approach works best for you?  Low Carb, Paleo, Vegan, 80-20 rule or all in?  Honestly its all about finding what works for you and not for everyone else.  It's not a game of who has the best will  power or has all the skills and resources.  You can have the best personal trainer, the best gym and still fail bc you have no will power.  Also, you can have no resources and awesome will power and get burned out and fall off track and slide back to your old ways.  Honestly it's all about having a nice mixture of will power and skill to help you achieve your goals.  

I find that personally if I didn't have the accountability and support of my challenge group then I wouldn't of been able to actually stick with it!  I didn't have enough skills when I started to know what was good vs bad choices. The challenge group and my coach helped me with that part.  But, I also had the will power to change.  I wanted to change more than I wanted to stay the same.  So combine those two together and it was a rock star recipe for success!  

You need it too!  You absolutely must join my challenge group for the continued support and accountability!  Its the missing piece for so many people.

So what does my week look like?
I have committed to Asylum and the meal plan!

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So here is what I am eating.  Although it's Wednesday and I find that I have this outline and the food in the fridge but sometimes I get distracted!  Like today Matt brought me home this awesome quinoa and shrimp salad.  I am not so rigid that I would refuse his lunch bc it's not on my plan. I just re adjust and keep on trucking as long as its a good choice.
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But having this meal plan really does make my life so much easier~  I can stay on track, have the plan on the fridge and just go with it!!

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All of the recipes can be found on my blog,under the eat clean recipes tab.

The workouts consist of a strength day with weights, a jump rope and a pull up bar. You use an agility ladder to do drills to strengthen your core, your strength, your speed and to improve performance.  This is a well rounded program to get you in tip top shape and if you are an athlete to help you improve your performance and you times!!

For me its about physically and mentally challenging my body to always be in the best shape possible!  I am 32 and I am doing Insanity Asylum!  When I started this journey and I looked in the mirror at my body I remember saying to myself, heck it's not going down like that!!! I'm not going to be frumpy! Fit mom here we come!

It's not about being skinny but healthy and most importantly leading by example to my kiddos who are still young and are little sponges learning it all!

If you want to join my May 18th challenge group you can hit me up below!