Thursday, August 20, 2015

Shop Online? Here's a magical unicorn for you!


If you're anything like me, then you avoid Malls and Outlets like the zombie apocalypse!  There is no sweeter victory than finding a fabulous deal while lying in bed during a Netflix marathon.  Can I get an AMEN?  So, when I discovered ebates, I was ELATED!  This magical cyberland allows you to log in, pick just about any store you'd like, and earn a percentage back on your purchases.  The percentage varies, based on the contract negotiated with each retailer, but who can say no to getting back free money?!?

I was stoked to find that it already listed some of my favorites spending sites: Groupon, Living Social, Target, etc. (can you tell I refuse to pay full price for basically anything?)  My favorite time of year is now the Holidays.  Before I would become physically ill at the thought of barreling through the crowds during the mass hysteria that is Holiday Shopping, but now I get to go shopping from the comfort of my couch for all of my favorite people knowing that I'm getting the best possible deals. The best part is looking forward to the glories of mail day when I open up a "Big Fat Check" for all of my purchases!

If you haven't yet experienced the wondrous creation called ebates, just click here and join me in the sweet, sweet glories of this magical, virtual land.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Shakeology Mug Cake

What you'll need:
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 scoop Shakeology (or protein powder)
  • 1 tbs agave nectar (or sweetener of your choice)
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 tbs water/milk
  • dash of salt
optional add ins: peanut butter, almond butter, cocoa mix, coconut shavings

What you'll do:
  1. In a mug, mix Shakeo, baking powder, salt, cocoa, and sweetener
  2. Next, mix in an egg and water/milk
  3. Mix until all dry ingredients are moistened
  4. If you'd like to add a nut butter, put one teaspoon in the center and push it about 1/3 of the way down.  If you'd like to add coconut shavings, simply sprinkle them on top.
  5. Microwave for 90 seconds

The edges should pull from the sides when finished.    ENJOY!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ultimate Reset: Zucchini-Cashew Soup

A fabulous friend of mine grows magnificently beautiful zucchini in her backyard, and she generously gifted two GIANTS upon me this week.  So I decided to create another winner from the Ultimate Reset recipe guide, this super easy recipe tastes scrumptiously creamy without ANY dairy!

What you'll need:
2 oz raw cashews (about 34 cashews)
3 medium zucchinis (I used one very large one)
3 cups water, divided
     Optional ingredients (to taste):
        Himalayan salt
        Bragg Liquid Aminos
        Herbal Seasoning blend
        Fresh herbs

What you'll do:
  1. Soak cashews in 1 cup water for 1 hour. Set aside.
  2. Cut zucchini into chunks.
  3. Bring 2 cups water to boil over medium heat.
  4. Add zucchini, cook for 4-6 minutes.
  5. Drain. Set aside.
  6. Place cashews, water, zucchini, and any optional items into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  7. Heat soup over medium heat, stirring frequently, for 4-6 minutes

It is also pretty delicious served cold!  Bon appetit!

NOTE:  This recipe is for 2 servings of soup.  ;)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ultimate Reset: Reclaim (Week 1)

Real talk:  I was absolutely TERRIFIED to try out Beachbody's Ultimate Reset.  I kept putting it off, and putting it off, until I finally reached out to some fellow coaches asking for accountability.  Thankfully the BB community fosters fabulous coaches wanting to support and encourage one another, so I was graciously met with fellow coaches in a similar terrified boat.  All that to say, we all picked our start dates and went at it full force.

I am happy to report that I am absolutely OBSESSED with this program.  I'm only on Day 4, so we'll revisit this obsession often over the full 21 days, but for now I'm in love, and here's why:

1) There is soooooo much food.  On other cleanses and fasts I've tried, I have felt hungry . . . nay, hangry!  Not on the Reset, though!  I am eating huge (and I mean HUGE) meals 3 times a day, plus an afternoon snack.  The important thing to remember is that the food is filled with nutrients that your body uses efficiently, unlike fried or processed food that removes most of the nutrients before you get a chance to consume it.  I'm sure you know that when you consume these nutrient dense foods, your body becomes more energy efficient.  Others have reported some fatigue, but I have ironically been experiencing an influx in energy levels and sustained endurance so far.  I did make sure to wean myself off of caffein the week prior to the Reset, so I'm sure that was hugely beneficial in acclimating my body to this program.  

2) The food is delicious.  Any other picky eaters out there?  I've never been known for my adventurous palate, and I'm sure I'm not alone in this.  That being said, I made a commitment to try the recipes detailed in the program.  I usually avoid things like oatmeal and fish, so I was not exactly ecstatic to see those options on the first couple of days.  But I put my big girl pants on and gave them a shot, and you'll never guess what happened (well you read the heading on this paragraph, so you might be able to guess) they were incredible!    So far, everything on the meal plan has been incredible.  Don't get me wrong, I'm sure I'll stumble across at least a recipe or two that isn't to my liking, but for the picky eater that I am, I was expecting to be miserable with the food choices.  This was definitely a pleasant surprise (have I mentioned my proclivity to hangry outbursts?)

3) The supplements are bearable.  You can hardly notice a taste for most of the supplements in Week 1, and there aren't any uncontrollable bathroom experiences (you know what I mean).  Notice that I said "most" in that first sentence?  Well, here's the catch . . . every afternoon there is an Alkalinize supplement that you add to just 2-4 ounces of water.  I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I definitely did not expect it to be green and earthy (pretty sure I was expecting something salty).  So, my first attempt at knocking it back was pretty rough.  However, it has become easier to consume with each passing day, so I'm hoping by the end I'll barely notice along with the rest of them.  

The pictures above are just a snippet of breakfast, lunch, and dinner for Week 1.  The first week is fittingly called "Reclaim" as I definitely feel a renewed sense of ownership over my body and my choices.  

If you want to "Reclaim" your body from toxins and cravings and are thinking about trying the Ultimate Reset, shoot me a message or leave a comment.  I'd love to answer any questions you have or give more details about my own personal experience. 

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Choose Joy

I received this fabulous tank as a gift, and it was just what the doctor ordered.  I'm going to be honest folks, I've been in a funk lately. Overall just feeling glum without much motivation to stick to my daily routine. 

I consider myself blessed and honored to be surrounded by people who encourage me to be the best version of myself. I am certain that it is not quite a coincidence that, over Mother's Day Weekend, my mom's voice has been singing in the back of my mind repeating "life is all about choices." Well mummy, thank you for always bringing me back to reality. I plan to Choose Joy today (and hopefully always)!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

MAY the Odds Be Ever In Your Favor

A harsh reality just hit me . . . Summer is nigh!  Every year seems to fly by more quickly than the year before, and this year absolutely soared.  To celebrate the rapidly approaching season of bikinis, BBQs, and backyard shenanigans, I decided to host a giveaway for my next 21 Day Challenge Group!  The new group begins on May 18th, so we only have 10 days to get started!

The gist:  Anyone who orders a Challenge Pack for the upcoming group will be eligible to win a $50 NIKE Gift Card.
The details:

1) Go to my website (
2) Hover over the "Beachbody Challenge" tab for a drop down menu
3) Click on "Challenge Packs"
4) Choose the Challenge Pack you've had your heart set on
5) Select you fave flave of Shakeology
6) Complete your order

Once I've received notice of your order, I'll send you a note confirming your eligibility!

If you'd like to see which Challenge Packs are on sale this month, head on over to my previous post Cinco de Mayo Recovery Kit to get the details!

I would LOVE to help you pick out the Challenge Pack that best suits your needs, so please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions!


Cinco de Mayo Recovery Kit!

If you were out celebrating Cinco de Drinko last night, no need to feel guilty!  Feel free to relax and grab a cheat meal or celebratory cocktail every once in awhile, just don't make it the norm and you'll be A-ok!  

The head honchos over at Beachbody Corporate timed the release of discounted Challenge Packs for May just right.  Not only did they launch the sale prices today, May 6th, but they also decided to have more Challenge Packs on sale this month than they usually do!  Now that you are ready to jump back on the bandwagon, take a looksy and see if there is anything that sparks your interest:

With the INSANITY MAX:30 and Shakeology Challenge Pack you'll receive the healthy nutrition and support you need—all designed to torch MAX calories, MAX fat, and achieve MAX results in just 30 minutes a day.

Here's what you'll get:
A 30-day supply of Shakeology—the superfood shake that helps give you energy, reduces cravings, and accelerate your fitness results*—delivered on Home Direct.**
12 killer cardio and strength workouts on 10 DVDs (150 new moves) to help you get the best results of your life!
Shaun T's tools to ensure it's easier than ever for you to achieve the results you've always wanted, including: Nutrition to the Max Guide, Max Out Guide, Max Out Wall Calendar and Max Out Tracker, and the No Time to Cook Guide.
A FREE 30-day Premium trial membership to the Team Beachbody® Club giving you access to stream your INSANITY MAX:30 workouts.**
Exclusive Offer! Get a FREE bonus workout DVD, Sweat Fest (a $19.95 USD value), when you order INSANITY MAX:30 through me.

Take advantage of this special offer on the INSANITY MAX:30 Kickstart and Shakeology® Challenge Pack. You'll kick-start your INSANE transformation with 3-Day Refresh® to break the cycle of bad eating habits and lose a couple pounds. Then you'll keep drinking Shakeology to continue losing weight and fuel up for the craziest 30 minutes of your day—Shaun T's INSANITY MAX:30.

Used together, this three-way nutritional and fitness powerhouse will help put you on the fast track to shredded abs, crazy glutes, and ridiculous arms—and help you complete your mind-blowing transformation!

Here's what you'll get:
3-Day Refresh Kit to kick-start your weight loss, break the cycle of unhealthy eating, and lose a few pounds fast.
Your first 30-day supply of Shakeology —the superfood shake that supports continued weight loss, and can reduce cravings, give you the energy you need to complete your INSANITY MAX:30 workouts, and help maintain your results long after you've finished the program.*
INSANITY MAX:30 to get INSANE results in 30 minutes a day. 12 killer cardio and strength workouts on 10 DVDs (150 new moves) to help you get the best results of your life!
A FREE 30-day Premium trial membership to the Team Beachbody® Club giving you access to stream your INSANITY MAX:30 workouts.
Plus Super Discount shipping (and SAVE OVER $12) every month.
Exclusive Offer! Get a FREE bonus workout DVD, Sweat Fest (a $19.95 value), when you order INSANITY MAX:30 through me.

Your Body Beast and Shakeology Challenge Pack is the powerful fat-burning, muscle-defining, weight-training solution that works intensively to get you a body that gets noticed. Created by world-class trainer and former Mr. Israel, Sagi Kalev, Body Beast includes 11 extreme workouts, plus valuable fitness tools and superfood nutrition from Shakeology to help burn fat, build lean muscle, and get unbelievably defined.

Here's what you'll get:
The Body Beast 90-day fitness program, featuring 11 Dynamic Set Training®workouts, tools for success, and 3 free gifts.
A 30-day supply of Shakeology, the superfood shake formulated to help increase your energy, reduce your cravings, and accelerate your fitness results—delivered through Home Direct.*
Your Challenge Pack includes FREE access to Beachbody® On Demand, where you can instantly stream Body Beast as part of your 30-day Premium trial
membership to the Team Beachbody® Club.*

Take advantage of this special offer on the PiYo and Shakeology Challenge Pack—for a limited time only! You’ll receive all the healthy nutrition and support you need, plus the complete 60-day system to carve a strong, long, and lean physique.
Here's what you'll get:
A 30-day supply of Shakeology®—the Healthiest Meal of the Day®—delivered through Home Direct
9 low-impact, high-intensity PiYo workouts
Nutrition guide and workout calendar to help you burn crazy calories and incinerate fat
A FREE 30-day trial Premium membership to the Team Beachbody® Club giving you access to stream your PiYo workouts
Plus, when you order through me, you'll get a bonus workout—Hardcore on the Floor (a $19.95 value)—FREE!

Take advantage of this special offer on the PiYo Kickstart and Shakeology Challenge Pack with 3-Day Refresh. You’ll kick-start your transformation with a clean break from bad eating habits and continue with all the healthy nutrition and support you need, and carve a strong, powerful physique with the complete 60-day PiYo program.
Here's what you'll get:
3-Day Refresh Kit to break bad eating habits and kick-start your results
A 30-day supply of Shakeology®—the Healthiest Meal of the Day®—delivered through Home Direct
9 fun, high-intensity, low-impact PiYo workouts
Nutrition guide and workout calendar to help you burn crazy calories and incinerate fat
A FREE 30-day trial Premium Membership to the Team Beachbody® Club giving you access to stream your PiYo workouts
Plus, when you order through me, you'll get a bonus workout—Hardcore on the Floor (a $19.95 value)—FREE!

If struggling to keep up with a busy schedule has left you utterly drained, you've probably forgotten how good a healthy body can feel.
That's why Beachbody® created the Ultimate Reset®, our 21-day program of clean eating that gives your body just the break it needs to naturally restore itself to full power.
In just 21 days, Ultimate Reset has helped participants to:*

Lose weight
Reduce bloating
Reduce junk food intake
Improve digestion and regularity
Boost mood and mental clarity
Increase energy and get better sleep

Here's what you'll get in your reset kit:

A complete Program and Nutrition Guide outlining your three healthy, filling meals a day
Exclusive 24/7 online content, including daily cleanse tips, recipes, and shopping lists
Unparalleled support from your Team Beachbody® Coach (me!) and fellow Reset participants
So let me help you reconnect with better health!

As always, if you have any questions about which program would be best for you, just shoot me a message!  I would LOVE to help you in any way I can!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.