Sunday, November 16, 2014

Earn $500 For The Holidays By Being A Beachbody Coach On The Dream Team

Cash for Christmas, Pay It Forward, Top coach, Melanie Mitro

As a Beachbody coach I have the privilege to help many people transform their own bodies with my challenge groups.  I absolutely love nothing more than seeing my customers testimonials in the group every day!  I know that I am exactly where I am supposed to be because every day I wake up really excited about helping my challengers get the best results possible.  As a result of my focus always being on helping people I have been greatly rewarded financially.  It was definitely a slow start for me as a coach, but over the past 3 years my focus has been on how to create a quick start system for my new coaches to have success right away.  It's worked wonders for my team and I have new coaches that are doing what took me 9 months in 2-3 months!  

I was also sitting at home the other night thinking about the quickly approaching holiday season and I realized that 3 years ago I made a goal for myself to pay for our entire Christmas with the money that I made from Beachbody.  My husband sort of snickered at me, but I set out to make that goal a reality.  I did it by empowering people during the holiday season to make healthier choices, by providing support and accountability to my customers, family and friends.  I gave tips on healthy alternatives, workout accountability and motivation, travel tips and more.  I also lead by example and showed my followers, family and friends that I can find the time to workout at home with 2 boys and my business and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  I use my own facebook, instagram and blog {which you don't have to do all of these to be successful} as my platform to share with others what works for me.  My hope is that by sharing my honest, real, candid struggles that I can help others to succeed!  

So, at the end of December when I just paid of the credit card with our Beachbody money, I didn't have a spare tire from the holiday indulgences and we started the New Year off with a clean slate that was the most empowering feeling ever!!!!  I REALLY REALLY want to do that for others this year. I truly want to Pay It Forward and teach you specifically how to do it!  

So, here's my thoughts!


I can take on 5 people, 5 brand new coaches that are not currently coaches that are committed to following my very simple plan!  I am going to teach you how to focus on the right activities, how to share vs sell, how to be authentic, genuine and realistic with others and how to earn $500 this holiday season.  

It will take you being willing to invite people to a holiday health and fitness accountability group which we will run together.  I will do the majority of the work but you get to interact, help and support your customers and earn that commission.  I will teach you what to say, how to say it, how to feel like you are sharing an opportunity to help others vs just selling a product.  It's more about building that trust!  People genuinely see through the person who is just out to make a quick sale.  So we are going to do both with ease.

You will be a part of an exclusive closed online group where each day I will post a tip of the day, information, scripts, resources and documents to make your life easier.  I will teach you how to manage your time and give you a power hour so that you are not spending hours on end building a business.  Because honestly who has time for that right now!  I respect your time during the holidays and I want you to feel the freedom to choose!

Even if you have been considering coaching for a while now and haven't pulled the trigger its really a great  time!  If you start now, you set the example for others over the holidays, you will find that people will come to you once the holiday season is finished because you have dedicated and inspiring!  You won't just earn $500 for the holidays but it will continue to increase over the next few months and years! It can be a part time gig or eventually a full time income.  Its totally a personal goal for you and I will match your effort and pace and I will never force you to reach a goal that doesn't fit your life!  

With the launch of Insanity Max 30 in December and The 21 Day Fix Extreme in February there are so many opportunities for growth and new business!  You will have a much easier time with success if you start now vs later.  
Melanie Mitro, top Coach, Beachbody Coach, Cash for Christmas


Here from coaches on the Dream Team how coaching has impacted their life, it's definitely the gift that keeps on giving!


So, lets get the ball rolling!  I am going to be creating the group and getting organized plus reading through the applications and selecting 5 people I feel have the desire and determination to reach success as a coach!

So if you would like to be considered for a spot in the Cash for Christmas coach group please complete the application below.







Thursday, November 13, 2014

Insanity Max30 Weekly Progress Update: Coach Test Group

What is Insanity Max 30, Test Group, Get it Now, Be the first to know
I truly believe this is going to give me killer results
Day 1 Insanity Max 30 Coach Test Group
So last week I posted about my new adventure, being selected to be in the Insanity Max30 Coach Test Group!!  Well that is exciting and amazing it also comes with this 100% dedication and commitment to not just the workouts but the meal plans too!  I mean not cheating for 8 weeks sounds really daunting right! There are a lot of things that are going to happen in the next 8 weeks.  We have friends visiting from Florida, we have Thanksgiving, our friends Christmas party, and Christmas Eve and Christmas day! The more I think about all the obstacles the more overwhelmed I get!  But I have to remember to take my own advice and STOP and take it 1 day at a time!  I am actually going back to being a challenger instead of always being the coach!  

When I agreed to participate in this test group we were adding to a secret facebook group for the test group including Shaun T himself!  Shaun T is also doing the workout program right along side of us.  So we have a place to receive support, motivation and guidance from the man himself.  

He looks miserable but he wakes up on his own

The first week was HARD but not impossible.  I had sweat coming from every part of my body and my calves were on fire but I pushed through until I felt that I couldn't do a fingernail more.  Each day I pushed myself 100% until I maxed out.  Maxing out is defined as the moment where you cannot continue at the high intensity level.  So if you modify, you take a 2 second break, you struggle with a rep that is considered maxing out. Maxing out is NOT a bad thing, you actually want to max out because that means you are pushing yourself to the MAX!  I realized that the first few days I was doing it wrong.  I was pacing myself, I was modifying when I got tired and of course my max out time was longer than if I just jumped in 100% from the 1st minute {which is what you should do}.  Once I started to change my mindset I started to talk to myself in my head, telling myself I could do it.  Don't give up, you want the results, you are worth it, this will be worth it!  Keep going!  I know your tired but the results are worth it!  

Are you ready for Insanity Max 30?

Gosh I feel like I am back to day 1 of Insanity 3 1/2 years ago!  I remember how hard that was and how badly I wanted my body to change more than I wanted it to stay the same.  But this time I have this awesome accountability partner with me!  My wonderful husband, Matt has been 100% committed to the workouts, but the diet that's sketchy but I will take what I can get.  He swore up and down that he would never wake up early and workout with me.  Now here he is up at 5:00 am with me doing Insanity Max 30.  The first few days were brutal for him.  I thought he would burn me with his eyes which you can see from the pics.  But once he discovered that E&E in the morning is the key to getting going it has been much better!


BABE your doing it all wrong!  Squat lower!!!!

He is not always the most pleasant in the mornings and I have to push him but at the same time he calls me out if I am slacking too!  


I think my morning perkiness makes him mad!!!

Sweat for FIT, Melanie Mitro, Insanity Max 30, You can do it
You definitely don't sweat in intervals, you sweat consistently thru the entire workout.

So we made it through week 1, we had company in over the weekend which led to a dinner out at a fancy restaurant and yes I did have a very small serving of pasta and 1 vodka soda water!  But back on track the next day!  I actually didn't have another cheat meal at all and I was able to stay completely on track.

Matt discovered that E&E gives him a nice little boost!




Crazy HAIR & Sleepy FACE, lets go!
FRIDAY WORKOUT was the HARDEST!!!!  Seriously who the heck came up with this!  Shaun T its a good thing you don't live near me!  I'd be knocking at the door asking you if you are INSANE!!!!

The hardest 30 minutes of your life!  Worth it YES!!!!

Death by CARDIO!




AKA killer moves!


Just having fun with FLEX FRIDAY!  Matt said he would flex his butt muscles

Week 2 is here!!!! Because we had company over the weekend Matt was totally trying to talk himself out of waking up early to workout with me. But he knows that he is not only accountable to himself but now others that have been watching our journey through facebook as well.  So its off to bed to workout bright and early!  BRING On WEEK 2.

Yup this is the face of 5:00 am in the morning!  I don't think he likes me very much right now!  But here we goo!!!!!  

Ok lets talk about week 2!!!
The adrenaline has wore off.  It's FREAKIN hard!!!!  It is literally you and the mat, the DVD and quiet air!  There is no one watching what you are doing and noting that you did the workout. It's completely up to you!  I can really see why people quit in week 2.  Its the hardest week.  You are tired, you can easily find excuses not to workout and no one would know if you skipped it! Thankfully I have this awesome accountability group and a coach to keep me on track.  I know that the results are worth the hard work, but darn its hard.  All I keep saying to myself in my mind is you can do this. Engage your core, dig deeper, knees higher, jump faster, squat lower.  You want results then you have to go the extra mile.  So Insanity Max 30 I will own you in the end!!!!  
Day 1 of Week 2 it's go time!


Lets talk nutrition:  While I cannot post the meal plan here and I really can't share what we are eating I will tell you that just like any meal plan its a tight ship.  You have wiggle room but the wiggle room will also determine your results.  So if you want the very best results possible then its important to stick to the plan to the T.  

A few things I know from previous plans like the Eat Clean Stripped is that cutting back the dairy and the less healthier carbs is key to the best results.  So I personally have chosen to keep it basic.  Lean protein, fresh fruits and veggies, starches {whole grain brown rice, quinoa, sweet potatoes and oatmeal}  I still drink my Shakeology for breakfast every day and sometimes a second one if I need to!  

I am still eating every 2 1/2 to 3 hours and I am aiming to drink 1/2 my body weight in ounces of water each day!  So bring it on, I can make this happen!  
There is a good chance this is gonna be HARD!

Accomplishing hard things is all in your head.  Your body can do anything your mind wants to!
You can do anything you put your mind to! The key to success is to plan out your week.  Get your workout in first thing in the morning before life gets the best of you and then make sure you are tracking your food!  


That wasn't so bad.... NOT

Yup its worth it!  It's fun, its intense, it's no walk in the park!!!  If you want to take your fitness to the next level this is totally for you!

The only lifting you are doing is lifting your own body weight and trust me that is more than enough!!!!


Day 11 is in the bag---- Getting ready to start dinner and get my green tea and snuggle on the couch because it is darn cold here in Western PA.  
Cheer Matt and I on through our journey by following me on Facebook, www.facebook.com/melaniejmitro

If you would like to be one of the very first people to receive Insanity Max 30 please complete the application below to reserve your spot in my exclusive test group.





Wednesday, November 12, 2014

How To Simplify The Transition To Clean Eating Incorporating Shakeology

Shakeology


Is your health your priority?  Well most people would automatically answer YES.  Most people would say that yes they do care about what they are eating, they do care about keeping unhealthy choices to a minimum.  But what I find is what people say and actually "DO" is two different stories.  

I feel like I'm calling out the elephant in the room, but its the honest to goodness truth.  When it comes to your health most people are healthy when its convenient for them.  So, when you are getting ready for a wedding, a vacation or the New Year are the times when people place the highest value on health.  But the other 350 days of the year its optional.  I always hear people complain about the way they look, not having any energy, being overly tired, having bad cravings for sugar and sweets that they can't control, lack of will power, and body aches and sore muscles.  But very few people are willing to actually do something long enough for it to reverse the bad and bring in the good!

My friend Seay said this to me,  "There is no such thing as a bad workout, but there is such a thing as a bad diet!"  So true, you can do Zumba, run on the treadmill, take the dog for a walk, do yoga and it's exercise!  But nutrition, you can do that all wrong.  80% of your results come from the foods that you eat.  You cannot out exercise a bad diet.  Trust me, I have tried it  I did 30 days of Insanity and lost 2 lbs.  I couldn't figure out why I was cardio'ing myself to death for 2 lbs.  



I embraced the idea of clean eating and slowly started to change my nutrition!  What happened was actually something very shocking.  I not only lost weight, but I was eating more food, more frequently but it was the RIGHT kind of foods vs the wrong ones.  I started to gain more energy and the weight naturally came off.  Not because I was dieting but because I was eating the way that God intended food to be.  Food as fuel vs comfort!!!  The more I embraced clean eating the more I was convinced that this is the best way to eat!!!  I am not dieting and I never did diet, I literally changed my lifestyle.  My food is a way of life, its healthy portion sizes, spaced every 2 1/2 to 3 hours, cutting out processed foods, and drinking lots of water.  I can eat this way no matter where I am at, of course its challenging because we live in a society that prides itself on convenience, food in a box, and low cost portion controlled diet food!  
Clean Eating, Shakeology, Insanity, P90X, Challenge Groups Transformation
Before Clean Eating & Shakeology & After

I know so many people that do the diets where they eat pre packaged foods, count calories, and still lack energy, are not losing weight, are holding onto fat and do not feel fulfilled and satisfied.  I am and have been on a mission for the past 3 1/2 years to lead by example and to teach others that they can do it too!  
So one of the biggest parts of my nutrition has been Shakeology.  Lets back up and just say that I have never even tried another meal replacement before Shakeology.  It just didn't interest me, there was no need at all for it.  But when I started doing Insanity and P90X and clean eating I really found that my life was busy with a toddler and a new born and although I had great intentions of cooking all my food from scratch life easily got in the way.  Dinner time was a nightmare.  It's like my kids grow horns between 3:30 and 5:30.  They could be perfect angels and I pull out the pan for dinner and they go INSANE!  So sometimes a shakeology for dinner and eggs for the kids is better than dealing with that craziness!
Shakeology, Nutrition Simplified, Melanie Mitro

Also, there are mornings where I am trying to get the laundry done, 2 kids dressed, myself dressed, a workout in and everyone out the door and the last person to eat is always me!  That used to lead to the McDonalds drive thru- the kids pop tarts, a breakfast bar or donuts!  I would sabotage myself before the day every got started.  I would end up with a pumpkin spice latte and a muffin and then I would feel bloated, sick to my stomach, I would lack energy, I would feel GUILTY for not having will power to make a better choice, and I would then CRAVE more of the bad stuff!  

AM I DESCRIBING YOU??  Are you on this vicious cycle of wanting to be healthy, not having enough time, and just lack of energy and will power?

Well here are a few things that can help you to get on track!!!

Food Coma, Feel Like Crap, Food as Fuel, Support, Accountability


1.  Start today, don't wait until Monday, or after Thanksgiving or after Christmas start now!  There is 2 months until Christmas which means that you can lose an average of 2 lbs per week with clean eating and even light exercise which means about 16-20 lbs by the New Year.  Can you imagine what that could do for you???  

2.  Start small- cut out the processed sugars, the refined white breads, the soda, and excess carbs.  Real your labels and stop buying foods with ingredients you cannot pronounce or understand.  1 thing each week, finish what you have, throw out candy, give away the cookies, send the Halloween Candy to work with your spouse and start fresh.  

Shakeology For Lunch, On the Go, Convenience, Melanie MItro3.  Don't feel guilty for not buying sweets for your kids.  THEY do NOT DESERVE IT!  If it makes you feel weighed down, sluggish, and tired can you imagine what it is doing to their little minds?!?  Consider a bowl full of sugary cereal and then sending them off to school.  Can you say major brain fog and lack of attention! How can we expect our kids to eat like that and then have a good day at school.

4.  If you struggle with finding the time in your day to make healthy meals then replace 1 meal a day with shakeology.  Why???  First of all shakeology is NOT A PROTEIN SHAKE which most people just throw it into that category or they compare it to all the other shakes on the market.  I want to stop you dead in your tracks and explain why it isn't.  Shakeology is a meal replacement and not a protein shake.  It has the right carb to protein ratio your body needs to stay full for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.  It has the fast burning carbohydrates with the slower burning protein to keep you satisfied.  

It has a ton of natural, not processed ingredients that are going to meet your daily requirements for vitamins and nutrients. So you notice that the energy you were lacking is decreased because you are now getting vitamins and nutrients that give you energy.  Your cravings for sweets are decreased which is originally caused by vitamin deficiency and you are no longer deficient.  You are not over eating because Shakeology is portion controlled, so your portions are in check.

Shakeology, Nutrition, Smart Meals, Making Good ChoicesShakeology is not for weight loss.  It's for nutrition, and of course when you have proper nutrition you naturally lose weight!  So shakeology is something I do everyday because its convenient, it's healthy, it does not add to my grocery budget but it replaces something I used to have that was less healthy!  Its $4 a day which is on the low end of an average meal which is $4-$7 for the average healthy meal.

So when you look at clean eating and Shakeology as an investment in your health how can you deny it!  It's the one thing that keeps me on track when life gets busy!  HECK there are days when I am on the go from the minute my feet hit the ground and the old me would of just not eaten at all bc I didn't have time.  Now I grab a shake and go!  

Your body is the ONLY body that you are going to get.  If you don't treat it with respect now it won't do you good later on!  

5.  Lastly, look at your food as fuel and not as comfort.  When you eat, always ask yourself is this giving me energy, is this giving me nutrients or is this purely comfort and to fill a void?  There will be instances where you eat for fun, you have some cake, you do a little party with fancy appetizers and you enjoy!  But that is not an everyday occurrence. So balance the good with the bad, be flexible, be realistic and know that you are not living a boring life eating clean.  It is going to give you more health, energy and life to do the things you love!

So what are my suggestions for you?
Clean Eating and Support, Melanie Mitro, Committed To Getting Fit

#1 if you are serious about your health and nutrition you should commit to Shakeology once a day!  You should invest in your health because when you feel better you are more confident, healthier and happier!  Then #2 you should join my next clean eating support group because I don't want you to just have 1 meal a day that is healthy I want them all to be healthy and I truly want to teach you how to make this a lifestyle vs a crash diet.  I have so many recipes, meal plans, grocery lists, crock pot meals, travel tips, vacation tips, holiday survival guides that there is no way that you won't succeed unless you don't put in the effort to change!

So if I am not your coach on Team Beachbody your next step is to create a free account and click the "contact your coach" button on the site to connect with me to start your consultation about how you can improve your health and balance the good with the bad!  

Your body is the only one you have, treat it like you would treat your children!  

You would bend over backwards to make sure your kids medicine for an illness so why would you diminish your own health?!  

FOOD for THOUGHT!!!!

LET ME HELP!!!







Sunday, November 9, 2014

Apple Crisp Yogurt Recipe

Apple Crisp Yogurt, Clean Eating, Greek Yogurt, recipe, meal planning, Melanie Mitro

Fall foods are definitely my favorites!  Apples, pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice lattes, and just the crisp weather with comfort foods!  Unfortunately with comfort foods comes calories that you do not want!  The first year I started clean eating I was devastated that I had to give up my Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes because that was something I looked forward to!  But when I saw the calories, the sugar, the ingredients I just about died!  It is the most awful drink you can possibly have!  I made a commitment to start finding other recipes, drinks and foods that could replace the old habits that I had.  It's not about giving up everything that you enjoy but instead finding balance in life so that you can have your health and you can have your food too!  

I successfully gave up PSL's without blinking an eye!  Ice cream on the other hand is a little harder for me!  Having that sweet creamy ice cream is a comfort food.  So how do you get around that???  My solution is greek yogurt!  We forgo the ice cream for greek yogurt quite often and its a habit our 2 boys have now adopted as well.

This past week my husband was rummaging around the kitchen on the hunt for an evening snack and he started chopping and scooping and doing who knows what in the kitchen and THIS is the concoction he came up with!  Delicious, crunchy, CHOCOLATE and creamy!  It hit on all the areas that I love and need as far as comfort food!

So here is the recipe:
For Fix containers it is 1 red, 1 purple, 1 yellow and a spoon if you add in peanut butter.

Ingredients:

1 honey crisp apple into chunks.
1 yellow of chocolate chips (dark chocolate)
1 cup of plain greek yogurt
1 tsp of all natural peanut butter
sprinkle of cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!!!!!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Free 7 Day Clean Eating Group

7 Day Free Clean Eating Group with Meal Plan
It's the season of Thanksgiving and giving back and I truly feel like now would be a great time to give back to all of my followers, friends and family!  I've decided to offer a 7 day free clean eating group because so many people come to me wanting assistance with clean eating, the basics and how to get started.  

I really have found my life transformed by clean eating and Beachbody workouts and I want everyone to find their magic rhythm of what works for you with your nutrition and fitness so that it is indeed a lifestyle and not a crash diet.

I remember back to my first few weeks and even months of clean eating and it was HARD!  It was hard to kick some of my previous bad habits like carb overload and pizza addiction!  It was hard to cut out the cream and sugar in my coffee and to find recipes that our whole family enjoyed.  So this was a whole new ball game for me.  Yes it did take me time to understand but I was determined to change my body more than I wanted to stay the same!

If you are serious about learning how to eat clean get the book:  "EAT CLEAN RECHARGED" by Tosca Reno.  It completely changed the way I looked at food!


So if I can help the process along by giving you a 7 day meal plan, daily accountability, motivation and support then I am all for it!  

What are the requirements?

1.  You must make me your official Beachbody Coach by going to my site and creating a free profile.  This way I can send you recipes, meal plans and monthly motivation and tips to keep you on track with your lifestyle.

2.  You must participate for the next 7 days in our online closed facebook group each day!  

3.  Commit to checking in 1x per day, rating your day and charting your progress.

4.  Invite 2 friends to join!  Why not bring a few friends along for the ride! There is nothing better than having an accountability partner in the next 7 days!!!!  You are more likely to stick with it if you have someone by your side.

What do you get for joining? 

1.  You get a free 7 day meal plan.
2.  A grocery list
3. A place to check in daily, ask questions, get support and motivation.
4.  Daily tips that have worked for me.
5.  Strategies to handle emotional eating and temptations.

Are you ready to get started?  We will begin the group on Monday November 10th so please reserve your spot today!

>>>>>Email me at mmitro@hotmail.com or send me a message on my like page at www.facebook.com/melaniemitro to get enrolled in the free group!

*Note-  This is for new and existing customers.  If you are already a coach or have a coach you are working with please contact your coach for details on their next group!




Monday, November 3, 2014

Insanity Max 30 Test Group



So I feel super bad that I haven't really posted on my blog last week!  But it certainly wasn't because I wasn't busy!  I actually have some super exciting news!  Last week I received a call from Santa Monica California and it was corporate asking me if I would be interested in participating in a test group for the not yet released Shaun T program, Insanity Max 30.  {INSERT EXCITED SCREAM AND JUMPING UP AND DOWN}.  Of course I will be in this test group!  I started my fitness journey with Insanity 3 1/2 years ago and I would like nothing more than to max out with Shaun T for the next 60 days!  So, I agreed to participate in the test group! The next day my release was in my inbox and the next day a FEDEX truck arrived at my house with my copy of the fitness program not even in print yet!!!!  
The package has arrived
So the exciting part is that I am part of an exclusive group of coaches who get to test it out and get the best results possible before it's released. The bad part is that I can't spill all the beans!  Its an extremely confidential test group.  I can't share my meal plans, food, or the workouts with you!  So you will get to watch my progress but you really aren't going to be able to see the meals or workouts!  But I definitely will be giving a weekly update of what I think and how I'm doing with the workouts.  Follow me on facebook and Instagram for daily updates!


Yesterday I woke up sat down at the table with the nutrition guide, my meal plan and got to work!  It took me a little while to figure out what I wanted to eat but once I got the plan down it was good to go!  Grocery list was made, and hubby helped by prepping some lean protein, sweet potatoes and salads!  We are ready for day 1 on the food end!

Now the dreaded before pictures!  Seriously, I honestly thought I was in really really good shape until I took those pictures.  Yeah, I was a little more lax with my nutrition lately but I was still exercising and drinking shakeology!  It just goes to show that 80% of your results really does come from the foods that you eat.  So taking those pictures was a really really humbling experience.  I didn't realize I had gained that much weight around my middle section. It didn't discourage me, it just fueled my competitive fire to have the very best results possible.  


The other thing I should point out is that I never take pictures in a sports bra and shorts so that was super hard to do!  I feel extremely vulnerable at this point. The fact that I had to send them off to the Test Group team scares the daylights out of me!!!!  But, here is to leading by example and if I'm going to ask my challengers to do this stuff then I have to be right along side of them doing the same thing!  

So this morning the alarm went off at 5:00 am and Matt was up with me to do day 1.  The goal with Insanity MAX30 is to go at the highest intensity that you can until you MAX out.  Which means you have to take a break.  Matt and I made it through day 1, we didn't die but we were sweating something ridiculous and our legs feel like jello!  But we did it!!!!!  

Before Insanity Max30 Day 1

After Insanity Max30 day 1----- SWEAT BEATY
WE crushed it!!  Now to crush the nutrition plan for the day!

1 day down, 59 days to go!!!  

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If you want to be one of the first to know about Insanity Max 30's release in December  (BEFORE CHRISTMAS) or you would like to be in my very first group that I run make sure to fill out the application below to be added to the Facebook group and the list!!!



Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Survival Tips

Halloween Detox, Tips for Halloween, Clean Eating, Melanie Mitro
Halloween Candy Survival Tips


We are 5 days away from the scariest holiday of the year!  HALLOWEEN causes many of us to go running in the opposite direction from the mirror when you pull up those skinny jeans after a weekend of candy treats, fun drinks and appetizers!  You might think to yourself that those mini candy bars are a good idea because they are portion sized but then you also think to yourself that you can have more than 1 because they are bite sized!  Before you know it you have taken down half the candy bowl and you are feeling pretty defeated!  

But I want you to also start to change your thinking right now!  Just because you think its going to be hard doesn't mean you just don't start at all or you take an entire week off of eating healthy and working out bc of one day of trick or treating!  It's all about changing your mindset.  So here are some of my top tips:


1.  Don't get your favorite candy to hand out on Halloween.  Honestly it's like a death sentence.  Why on earth would you torture yourself by getting your favorite candy, putting it in a bowl and starring at it maybe even drooling as people slowly take your favorites!  I will almost put money on it that by the end of the night you have a stashed a few pieces away in your pocket bc you feel like you deserve it!  

INSTEAD---- Get a candy that is not your favorite and doesn't tempt you!  In the past we have gotten the large boxes of pretzels to hand out and there is no temptation there.  Trust me, you are not doing a disservice to other kids.  They are getting plenty of goodies in their treat bags.  There will be no almond joys and reese's peanut butter cups in my house!

2.  Out of sight out of mind.  So don't keep a candy dish in the kitchen or on the end table.  It's screaming eat me mindlessly as you walk by!  We have a candy container that is in the pantry closet and its up pretty high so that you have to go out of your way to get to it.  My kids very often forget that there is even candy in there. It's not readily accessible so they are not constantly sugared up either!  Once Halloween is over you can keep a few pieces and then donate your candy, send it with your spouse to work!  There is no reason to feel the need to eat all that candy.  Its just going to undo all the great work you have been doing for yourself.  Candy is literally like crack, the more you have it the more you crave it!  Sugar is very very addictive!  So be ware, once you start its hard to stop!

3.  Keep a journal.  It's really really important that as you move into the holidays that you have a great way of tracking your daily food intake.  Honestly, its so easy to not realize what you are eating.  You take 1 little bite here and 1 little bite there and before you know it you have had way more than you ever expected.  But when you have to write it down and be accountable to that it makes you second guess that decision!  I know for me, that was the defining moment in my weight loss.  I was self sabotaging myself and not even realizing it.

4.  Exercise.  So its important that no matter what you stick to your fitness program.  So Friday is Halloween, I am going to get up do my workout, drink my Shakeology for breakfast, have 2 healthy snacks, a healthy lunch and dinner!  I'm going to trick or treat and have a few drinks with the neighbors.  Maybe a piece of candy or an appetizer but I'm not throwing all caution to the wind for the entire day.  I'm not starving myself to have extra calories for the evening! Stick to the plan.  It's 1 meal not an entire day or week!  This is the key to success.  Everything in moderation and don't skip a workout EVER on a cheat day!  DEAL!!!

5.  Find healthy alternatives.  So you have some favorite halloween treats you love to eat.  Find a few better options to replace some of those not so healthy options!
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For me Shakeology is always my sweet treat replacement!
No bake chocolate peanut butter balls are great for something rich
The chocolate pumpkin granola bars are a great snack idea
It's all about finding a replacement--- you can have the best of both worlds!!!  
Black bean brownies- No one even knows its beans!
Carmel Popcorn 

If you want to change you are going to have to give up a little to get a lot of good!  

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Halloween Detox, Tips for Halloween, Clean Eating, Melanie Mitro
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