Sunday, December 14, 2014

21 Day Fix Extreme TEST GROUP... Registration NOW OPEN!

***Registration is now open for my *21 Day Fix Extreme Test Group!* Are you ready to make 2015 your b*tch!? Let's do this!

Want to be in the best shape of your life by SUMMER??! NOW is the time to start!! Think of where you could be in 6 months if you start TODAY!!

Registration is open and will go until Feb. 9th... or until the group is full. There will only be 10 spots available... so message me on facebook if you want to chat more about details!  You can also fill out the Challenge Group Application on this site if you would rather do that.

I KNOW you have 30 minutes a day to take some time for yourself and do this!!!

"Set a goal so big that you can't achieve it until you grow into the person who can."

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Operation "Skinny Jeans" ... In full effect starting October 27th!!

Do you have a favorite pair of jeans that are just sitting there in your closet staring back at you every time you get dressed in the morning? How would you like to ROCK THEM this fall!?? I will be personally coaching 10 girls who want to lose up to 20 pounds by Christmas. What are the deets?

** Day 1 starts >>>October 27th<<<
** Less than 45 minutes of working out in the comfort of your own home... 6 days/week. Most workouts are only 25-30 minutes
** Any fitness level can join.. Low impact / High intensity workouts using NO equipment.. just the weight of your own body
** Learn clean eating habits that will maximize your results and benefit you well beyond the 8 week challenge
** 1 on 1 coaching and group support to make this the FIRST workout program you actually start AND finish!
** Incorporate Shakeology into your day.. which is INCLUDED in the discounted package price Total investment comes out to be around $5 per day.. for a healthy meal and a workout each day... no brainer!

I hear it all the time and it NEVER gets old.. when my challengers message me SO excited that they fit into jeans they haven't in YEARS. I want to help YOU do the same! Fill out the PiYo Challenge Group Application at  or add me as a friend on Facebook at and we can chat about details. Or you can email me at  :)

Remember.. I'm only taking 10 girls.. keeping this group small so I can devote 1 on 1 time with each challenger as needed! Let's do this!!! "If it's important you will find a way...if not you'll find an excuse." 8 weeks can change your life!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Apple Pie Shakeology

Well... it's OFFICIALLY Fall in my book!! Woke up to 44 degrees outside! That only means it's time for some delicious FALL flavored Shakeology recipes! Started my morning off right with an Apple Pie Shakeology.  It's so nice knowing I can make my healthiest meal of the day in less than 2 minutes.. which comes in handy when you're getting yourself ready for work and a toddler ready to get out the door for daycare!

Want to try Shakeology RISK FREE with a 30 day money back guarantee??

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

DIY Tomato Chips!

Do you grow your own garden and end up with an abundance of tomatoes this time of year? "Tomato Chips" are a perfect way to use up a boat-load of tomatoes while creating a super healthy and yummy snack!! Tomatoes are loaded with lycopene.. which has many health benefits. (Do some research.. you'll be impressed!) :) 
Step 1: Pick & Wash tomatoes. Core tomatoes and cut into 1/2" slices. Make sure you don't cut them too thin or they'll shrivel up into nothing! Step 2: Dip in a mixture of 1/2 apple cider vinegar, 1/2 water.
Step 3: Spray dehydrator trays with non-stick spray and lay tomatoes on tray.. leaving room around each one to allow for air flow.
Step 4: Dehydrate until they are ALMOST dry.. leave them just a tiny bit moist so they are flexible and easy to chew. Enjoy!! 

Monday, September 1, 2014


It's time to get "FIT FOR FALL!" The crisp air is coming and school is back in session. Time to get back into a routine and focus on YOU! Opening up my next challenge group at the end of September. Get a 1 up before the holidays roll around!! Whether you're looking for a total overhaul.. or just need a few tweaks.. now is YOUR time!

My current challengers are dropping pounds and inches like crazy and are getting healthier by the day.. SO SO proud of them! So I'll be opening up 20 spots for my upcoming group.. If you think for a second this might be something you want to do.. PLEASE don't hesitate to message me and ask about details.. My last 2 groups filled quickly so don't wait!

Who wouldn't want to drink a pumpkin spice smoothie everyday to LOSE weight and feel great!?! 

Contact me at or find me on Facebook at and send me a private message to reserve your spot! :) 
OR .. head on over to my Challenge Group Application and I will contact you when I receive your submission.

Friday, August 29, 2014

5 Reasons You Might Not Be Losing Weight

5 Reasons You Could Be Gaining Weight

By Steve Edwards -

Nothing taps your panic button quite like gaining weight, especially when you're on a weight loss program. Unfortunately, it's an inevitable fact of life. Luckily, you've got me here to tell you that, as long as you're following a solid program, results will come. It's a physiological certainty (unless you have an underlying issue, like hypothyroidism).

I realize this might take further convincing, considering our instant-gratification society. But this ain't my first weight loss rodeo. I've seen almost every scenario you can dream up, most of which were solved by patience. That said, there are some strategies you can use to ensure you're getting the most out of both your diet and exercise program. Let's tackle five of the most common weight loss conundrums.
Woman on Scale

  1. I'm following the program perfectly. Why isn't it working?! Cortisol is a word you should become familiar with, as it's a key factor here. You've probably heard that it makes you fat, but you have no idea why "they" say that. What is cortisol? It's actually a performance-enhancing stress hormone that serves an important function in survival situations. Unfortunately, when we force too much daily stress on our bodies, we shift into a state of chronic cortisol release. This can cause us to store excess fat as a survival instinct. While it sounds pretty dire, it's generally only a serious problem in those with poor lifestyle habits.

    The beginning of a diet and/or exercise program, however, is a survival situation. In a very simplistic sense, your body releases cortisol, which, in turn, causes excess water retention to help you rebuild broken down muscle tissue. While this is cortisol functioning properly, it does lead to a period of water weight gain as you adjust to a new program. It's nothing to worry about. By following a solid plan, your body will adapt by repairing this muscle tissue. This results in an increase in your metabolism and leads to weight loss if that's your goal.

    The trick is that there is no hard line on how long this adaptation takes. It's based on your individual parameters. Just rest easy in the fact that it will happen, unless you force it not to, leading us to . . . 
  2. Woman with Small PortionI'm barely eating. Severe undereating causes cortisol release, as it's the definition of a bodily emergency. Beachbody® offers many kick-start (or express) eating plans where you undereat for a few days, but you're always encouraged to get back to a solid maintenance calorie level quickly. A short period of strategic undereating with proper hydration will help your body dispense of unneeded food (most of us chronically overeat) and regulate bodily functions. Go too long, however, and chronic cortisol release is the result.

    This is a tough situation because our natural reaction to weight gain is to eat less. When you're exercising, it's important to keep your eye on workout performance, as opposed to how much weight you're losing. You should be eating enough so that your daily workouts improve over time. As long as that's happening, your body is adapting, your metabolism is increasing, and you will lose weight provided you also don't overeat.
  3. I've been doing hard workouts for weeks. On the performance theme, you need to continually improve, which is why workouts get harder as you move through any of Beachbody's programs. It's also why we add resistance (via added weight or gravity, as is the case with jumping) to workouts. If you're doing the same workouts at the same intensity constantly, you are not forcing adaptations that lead to changes in your metabolism. This is called a plateau.

    A plateau, technically, isn't gaining weight—it's remaining the same—but a proper diet and exercise program should continually force improvements (in the form of adaptations). Otherwise, your metabolism won't continue to increase, which is the goal of most weight loss programs.
  4. My friend and I are doing the exact same thing and she's losing. Back to adaptation. We all react differently. The only absolute is that our bodies will change over time with a healthy program. A fitness rule called the Specificity of Adaptation states that it takes the body between 3 and 12 weeks to adapt to new stimuli, which is a very broad range. This is why it's vital that you stick to your program and not change it repeatedly based on your daily results!

    In our test groups, two-week results have almost no bearing on who does best in the end. In fact, many people that undereat early and get off to a fast start will stagnate, while those who stick to the plan and eat as advised will start slower but train harder over time, leading to rapid weight loss as the program wears on.
  5. Woman with Small PortionI lost weight for a while but now it's stopped. For ages on the Team Beachbody® Message Boards, this was our most frequently asked question. You eat less to lose weight. Things are going great, but suddenly you plateau—or start gaining. Odds are, your metabolism has slowed down in order to deal with the decreased calories. You're starving your now fit body, so it's doing what it needs to do to survive. The answer to this problem is pretty simple: eat more.

    Again, this is a tough sell, so here's an example. One of our early Success Stories lost 40 pounds during a round of Power 90®, eating only 1,200 calories a day. He then stagnated for a long time and was very resistant to eating more, fearing it would kick-start a regression. We talked him into adding calories until, finally at around 2,000 calories, weight loss resumed. It then became so rapid he dropped through his goal, and about 20 pounds below, until finally, at around 3,000 calories, he leveled out. Then a daily diet of around 3,500 calories a day got him to a ripped 175.
So the moral of today's lesson is to trust your exercise program—at least if it's a Beachbody program. We've been doing this a long time and we know what works. There are no magic bullets. Body transformation is based on making consistent, healthy lifestyle changes. Do that and you'll never need to ask yourself why you're gaining weight again.

Friday, May 2, 2014

"Couch to 5K"

Ever think that a 5K race (3.1 miles) is completely an unattainable goal for you? Try following this 6 week beginner training schedule to help you build up to the 3.1 miles. The Couch-to-5K plan has helped thousands of new runners get off the couch and onto the roads, running 3 miles in less than 2 months. You can do it! Sign yourself up for a 5K taking place in 2-3 months. This will help keep you accountable to stick with your training program! 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt

This is absolutely the best snack.. or dessert.. I've found in a LONG time.. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt!! Can you say.. YUM!?  Take a container of the non-fat plain greek yogurt.. add a spoonful of chocolate chips, a few drops of vanilla flavor, some PB2 or a Tablespoon of Peanut Butter and WAH-LAH!  Packed FULL of protein and calcium too!!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

10 Things To Do With Plain Greek Yogurt

Nonfat plain Greek yogurt has become a must have item in my refrigerator. I use it in place of sour cream and even mayonnaise in most recipes. Plain Greek yogurt tastes very similar to sour cream, but includes the added benefit of live and active cultures that aid in digestion (and weight loss!).

Greek Yogurt vs. Regular Yogurt

When comparing plain nonfat yogurt to plain nonfat Greek yogurt, the plain Greek yogurt has more protein and less sugar with about the same number of calories. That sounds like a nutritional win to me! Greek yogurt is strained more than regular yogurt giving Greek yogurt a thicker consistency. The extra straining removes some of the calcium from Greek yogurt, however both types of yogurt are still considered good sources of calcium. Greek yogurt is also generally more expensive because more milk is required to produce it. However, it can be found at Aldi for $3.89 for a 32 oz container making it only $0.12/oz. Of course prices can vary by region.

Great Ways to get the Benefits of Plain Greek Yogurt:

(1) Mix with herbs and to create vegetable dips. Great herb mix-ins include garlic powder, dill, onion powder & parsley.
(2) Use on baked potatoes instead of sour cream.
(3) Add as a topping for taco dishes instead of using sour cream.
(4) Use to make the crust of these Pizza Pinwheels from Recipe Girl.
(5) Mash with boiled potatoes, milk and garlic powder to make creamy garlic mashed potatoes.
(6) Use in place of mayonnaise in this recipe: The Very Best Fish Recipe Ever from Living Well Spending Less.
(7) Use in place of mayonnaise and sour cream in tuna noodle casserole recipes.
(8) Create a fun snack the kids will enjoy by mixing with pumpkin puree, cinnamon and sugar.
(9) Replace all or a portion of cream cheese with Greek yogurt in these Chicken Chimichangas from My Fridge Food.
(10) Add melted chocolate or cocoa powder and powdered sugar and use to frost a cake or as a yummy fruit dip.

Your turn!

What is your favorite way to use plain Greek yogurt? Do you have a use that I haven’t listed above?