Jul 29, 2015

One Year Anniversary Giveaway

I cannot believe that this week is actually here!  I've tried to imagine how I would feel at this point and what my life would look like for so long.  Sometimes it felt like this elusive "one year mark" would never actually hit but here it is!  I have officially been a health and fitness coach for ONE YEAR!  One whole incredible year!

From the beginning, I told myself two things: 1.  Do it your way, at your pace and 2. Give it one year. and today I can officially say that I did both.  It's hard for me to even put into words how this last year has changed my life beyond saying this is the real deal!  What started as a desperate attempt to get into shape and lose the "Marriage 15" ended up lighting a fire inside of me.

Sure, it felt amazing to lose 22 pounds and work towards getting in the best shape of my life, but this year has been much more about what I gained than about what I lost.

I found my WORTH in helping others see their own.
I found my CONFIDENCE in hearing friends say they looked in the mirror and felt beautiful for the first time.
I found my STRENGTH in being vulnerable and sharing my heart to encourage others.
I found my TRIBE by staying true to my values and attracting like-minded people.
I CHANGED MY OWN LIFE by helping others change theirs.

When I dropped my excuses, when I stopped believing that things had to be the way they had always been, when I stopped worrying and I started trusting God and saying yes, EVERYTHING changed!

This week I am going to be sharing how this past year has changed my life but I first want to pay it forward and give one lucky person some of my favorite things including the program that completely changed nutrition and exercise for me: the 21 Day Fix!
(To be fair, if you are already are a part of my team and have the 21 Day Fix, I will send you the brand new CIZE instead if you win!)

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Enter below to win:
A brand new copy of the entire 21 Day Fix program including-
Workout DVDs
Portion Containers
Eating Guide
Shakeology Shaker Cup
Chocolate, Vanilla, and Vegan Tropical Strawberry Shakeology
E&E (Energy and Endurance)
Recover (from the brand new Beachbody Performance line!)
Two Healthy Cookbooks
A case of La Croix
AND access to my August Accountability group!

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Thank you for being a part of this journey with me!  This is only the beginning!

Jul 28, 2015

Summit 2015 in Nashville, TN

Ever experience something so wonderful that you just want to share it with everyone but can't find the words to explain it?!  That is 100% me with Summit.  The entire weekend was sensory overload in the best way possible!  I was able to squeeze my team in person and celebrate with them, after a year of working hard and building not only our business but our relationships online.  I was able to learn from and connect with leaders that I admire and respect.  I was able to work out in person with the trainers that have transformed my body and my confidence in my living room.

In case you aren't familiar, Summit is a yearly Beachbody conference where coaches from all across the United States come together to celebrate and learn and grow.  This year it was held in Nashville, TN and 25,000 coaches were in attendance.
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NoĆ«lle and I were the first people from our team to arrive in Nashville on Thursday.  We got checked in, grabbed Starbucks, and explored a bit before I had to head off to the opening celebration practice.  Danielle and Shelby arrived in town just in time for our PiYo workout with Chalene Johnson!  While I was bummed that Rob had to work and couldn't be there, it was awesome to be able to connect with the girls.  Here is the crazy thing -- while we all connect weekly (sometimes daily!) online, this was the first time that we were all actually together in person and the very first time some of us met in general!  Luckily, everyone was just as wonderful as expected and got along great! Thursday night was the opening celebration at LP Field (the NFL stadium where the Tennessee Titans play!) and I was actually able to represent our team and be recognized on stage for our accomplishments this year in front of all 25,000 people!  After the celebration, we headed downtown to grab a quick dinner before heading back to the hotel to crash.
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Friday started with an early morning Insanity workout with Shaun T himself.  The workout was intense, both physically and emotionally, and if you think Shaun T is inspiring on your TV, you have to work out with him in person!  I was in the way back of the room but Shaun actually made his way around the room, helping push and motivate everyone.  When Shaun T tells you face to face to keep going, you keep going!
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After the workout, we spent the day in classes and seminars listening to incredible speakers share their hearts with us.  Friday night was the exclusive Stars and Stripes Success Club party that every Glow Dynasty coach at Summit was able to attend!  We got the absolute rockstar treatment with live music, amazing food stations, street performers, and awesome company.  Rob arrived in Nashville just in time for the party.  Afterwards, we headed to Broadway Street to keep the fun going at some Nashville favorites like Tootsies!
beachbody success club party 2015
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summit in nashville
A 4:30am wakeup came way too early on Saturday morning but was completely worth it to head back to Broadway Street before the sun even rose for the Super Workout.  When I say Super Workout, I mean it -- 8 blocks of Broadway Street closed down + Tony Horton, Autumn Calabrese, Sagi, Shaun T, Chalene + 25,000 people all working together.  It was incredible!  After the workout, we headed to The Core (the massive BB store) to get some swag and then off to more classes and speakers.
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The closing celebration was again held at LP Field and was incredibly inspiring.  From watching people my age shred their mortgages or be inducted to the Millionaires Club to listening to stories from the Beachbody Challenge winner about losing 100-200 pounds and loving themselves for the very first time, I was in tears most of the celebration.  It truly just reminded me why I am so in love with this opportunity and the lives that I can impact.  I know that I am in the right place, that I am doing worthy work, and I'm not going anywhere.  After the celebration, we headed back to Broadway for a final night of celebrating and team bonding.
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It was such an incredible weekend and my ticket is already booked to go back.  I can't even imagine how many Glow Dynasty coaches will be in Nashville with us for Summit next year (25? 50?) but I am excited to share it with them!

Jul 20, 2015

CIZE RELEASE!

I am back from Nashville and cannot wait to share everything about this amazing weekend with you all once I get all of the photos downloaded but FIRST, something important: the release of Cize!

I have to be honest with you, I have been DREADING Cize!  My dance moves are much more Elaine than Beyonce and for the last couple of weeks, I have made excuse after excuse to avoid even trying the Cize sample workout.  Rob did the workout and even shared the video with our challenge group but I refused.
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But this weekend, I watched Carl Daikeler (the CEO of Beachbody)​ do a Cize routine in front of 25,000 people and I thought "If he can do that, I can at least try one workout...in my office...with all the blinds closed".   So I did it.  I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and I tried it.  And you know what?  I was terrible!  But it was FUN!  I laughed and SWEATED and got a workout without even trying.

Cize releases TODAY and I can see why people are so excited about it!  First of all, I think we all know that Shaun T is awesome!  Shaun really breaks down the move step by step and then builds it into a full dance routine.  Whether you are an Elaine or a Beyonce, you can do these moves!  I also love that Cize incorporates the nutrition piece from the 21 Day Fix program so there is no guessing about what to eat during the program.

Did you know you can try a full dance workout from Cize before you buy just by making me your free coach and signing up for a free 30 day trial of Beachbody On Demand???  They have a FULL workout from CIZE streaming up there waiting for you!!!   Check it out for free HERE!

Already know that you are going to love it and want to be one of the VERY FIRST PEOPLE to try out this new program?!  Ready to give up boring hours on the treadmill and try something fun and different?! Get your hands on it HERE!

Jul 14, 2015

DIY Outdoor Pallet Bar

I think I've been pinning pallet projects for the last three years and FINALLY got my hands on a couple pallets and got working!  I thought it was going to be tough to decide what to complete but after scrolling through my pins, there was one project that absolutely stood out: the outdoor pallet bar!
DIY Outdoor Pallet Bar
We are completely fascinated by our little backyard and love to eat outside, have bonfires, and take any excuse to spend time back there.  While some people might not understand our love affair with our tiny slab of fenced in concrete, this is our first backyard and we love it!  I knew this bar would be perfect for our space, and practical!  It was a simple first pallet project and I'm really happy with how it turned out.  I am definitely not a pro and will probably get all the technical names for things wrong but here is how we made our pallet bar!
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how to make a bar out of pallets
Materials:
2 Pallets
Sander + Sand paper
Paint, Stain, Primer in your desired colors
Zip Ties
1 Wooden Plank (Cut down to 50 x 12 x 2)
3 inch Wood Screws

Directions:
1.  Sand down both pallets until smooth.  They don't have to be perfect but you don't want jagged edges or anything that will cut someone or give you a splinter.
2.  Stain the pallets.  I did the first coat in a super dark brown, waited 24 hours and then used a lighter brown as the second coat, going heavier on some planks than others to give it a varied, rustic look.  Make sure to get all of the sides, edges, and insides as you can see a lot of the pallets.
3.  Paint your top wood plank.  (Our wood plank was finished so it didn't need to be sanded)
4.  Ziptie your pallets together and choose the side you would like to be the "front".  Ziptie the pallets to your fence/wall/whatever accordingly for extra support
5.  Place the board on top and screw on to pallets.  (We screwed it from the underneath to keep the surface completely in tact with no holes)
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Jul 13, 2015

Dunns Falls || Meridian, Mississippi

Although this weekend gave us our first true taste of Mississippi summer heat (sweltering!), it was a great one!  We relaxed by the pool, did some shopping in Jackson, caught up on some TV shows, but the highlight of our weekend was checking out Dunn's Falls.  This place is truly a hidden gem in Meridian!
Things to do in Meridian MS
Stetson Hats Meridian MS
Just ten minutes south of downtown Meridian, right off of I-59, is Dunn's Fall -- a gorgeous waterfall along the Chunky River.  It was originally used in 1850 as the power source for a gristmill and the factory that manufactured Stetson hats!  Now, it's just a fun place to spend a Sunday afternoon.  There are steps to the bottom of the waterfall and a trail from there to the river for swimming.
Dunns Falls Waterfall Mississippi
Things to do on the weekends in Meridian MS
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In Meridian and want to check it out?  Just take I-59S to the Savoy exit and then follow the signs for Dunns Falls.  It's open 9am to 5pm, Wednesday through Sunday during the summer season.  Heads up: it costs $3.25 per person in an "honor system" box so be sure to bring cash.  There are spots for primitive camping, cabins to rent, and tables for picnics.
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