Sunday, August 31



I LOVE: building things, personality tests, binge watching entire TV series at a time, underwater photography, paddle boarding in the sunshine

I WANT TO TRAVEL: to Iceland with Nate and a bunch of polaroid film

MY FAVORITE OUTFIT: gray skinny jeans and light tops (it's still so hot here!)

I FIND SEXY: intelligence, initiative, dark hair, light eyes, tattoos, and a killer wit. 

MY PHILOSOPHY ON WORK: Hustle till you don't have to introduce yourself anymore

ART THAT MOVES ME: Rodney Smith's portfolio is like a dream.

TOOLS OF MY TRADE: vision, a voice, determination, a camera, and a laptop

MY INNER RHYTHM: likes to sleep till 10 and stay up till 2. not ideal.

FAVORITE SCENT: Musky vanilla candles, spicy orange incense, and Serenity oil

I NOURISH MY WELL-BEING: with reading and Shakeology

I FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE: being forced to make small talk with strangers


VERY INTERESTED IN: helping others to look inside themselves to find their strength; sharing what I know.

A SMALL PART OF ME: wants to move somewhere with big mountains

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Monday, August 4

Is Beachbody Coaching Legit? | My First 4 Figure Week


11 months ago we had credit cards that were maxed out and we couldn't afford to pay anything more than our minimum payments on them each month. 11 months ago we were worried about how we'd be able to afford to see our family for the holidays. 11 months ago we were 1 unforeseen expense away from a bad situation. 11 months ago I was stressed out and depressed and hated my body and felt miserable in it. 11 months ago I decided that enough was enough.

It's now officially August. Which means it's my coach-iversary month! I signed up last August and started my own journey to health and happiness and financial progress. I had no idea how quickly or how slowly my journey was going to go. In fact, I was completely skeptical of the whole thing. Little did I know that I had started on a road that would DRAMATICALLY change my life in less than a year.
My 70 pound transformation. See my transformation video here

If you would have told me 11 months ago that this August I would be 129 pounds, wearing a size 4, feeling incredible and vibrant I would have laughed in your face. Actually, that's not true. I would have probably burst into inconsolable tears. Because I had lost hope completely. I thought I'd NEVER feel good in my own skin again. That is a dark place to be you guys. If you are reading this, and you look in the mirror and don't recognize yourself, if you wake up each morning feeling exhausted and sad and getting dressed each day makes you want to give up and get back into bed, I am here for you. I know exactly how you feel because I LIVED that for years. And let me be the first to tell you with 100% conviction that you don't have to feel that way forever. YOU can dig yourself out from that hole. Will it happen overnight? No. Will it be easy? Nope. Will you want to quit? Probably. But you won't. Because you'll start to see little bits of progress and they'll light a tiny ember in your heart that will fuel a raging fire of hope as you go. PLEASE connect with me if this is you, I am super passionate about helping people to find the hope for a blazing bright and happy and healthy future. If I can do it, believe me, anyone can do it! But back to the reason for this post...


If you would have told me 11 months ago that this August we'd have ZERO consumer debt I'd have looked at you like you were crazy. "Oh yeah?" I would have asked. "And is Jack and his giant beenstalk going to sell me some magic money tree beans too?" I would snicker at you with contempt. Because I saw no way out. I felt like we were destined to work our asses off and never get ahead. Isn't this how so many of us feel? It sucks. But it's not the truth. It feels like truth, but there is a way out!

Network marketing can be a strange business to get into. Everyone seems to have an opinion on this industry and the type of people who are in it. But... network marketing is an incredible thing! Why? Because it is based on helping people. At least that's how Beachbody works. Your success and your income is a DIRECT REFLECTION on how many other people you help to achieve their own goals. So not only do you get rewarded with success but also with the deep personal satisfaction of knowing that your time is spent making a positive difference to someone. (GIRLBOSSing digression: Network marketing is one of the only places where women earn DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR what mean earn doing the same jobs.)

I have been a coach for just shy of a year now. And a year ago I set a goal for myself. It was a bold goal. (But I'm not known for my timidity in goal setting, am I now?) I set a goal to be earning 4 figures a week by my 1 year coach-iversary. And last week, my dear friends, I had my first 4 figure week. Why is this such a big deal? Because I consider that sort of income, a full time income. So is Beachbody coaching legit? Me and my zero balances on my credit cards say YES. ;)


If you are reading this and you are identifying with where I was a year ago let me grab you by the hands, and look right into your eyes and tell you that YOU ARE NOT STUCK. Did you hear me? You, my sweet friend, are NOT STUCK where you are. Whether coaching is right for you or not (and I'd be happy to help you figure that out!) know that there are things you can start doing TODAY to move yourself forward and towards the life you dream about! Whether that is healthier habits with food, activity, relationships, or money... you can change your future starting TODAY.

And if you're ready to jump. Whether that means into changing your daily habits to live a healthier life, or if you're ready to learn the ropes of coaching and join our team, get in touch with me ASAP! I have challenges running each month I can get you plugged into for support and accountability with your fitness and I am looking to take on 5 serious new coaches in the month of August who want to build something substantial for their life and their future to personally mentor. If that might be you, fill out my application and I'll be in touch shortly! I cannot wait to hear about your dreams and goals and start charting out a path to them with you! Where will you be in 11 months?  Will you be 11 months closer to your goals or will you be in the same spot you are in right now? The time will pass either way. xo

PS. Thank you sooooo much to everyone who entered my giveaway for a copy of The Compound Effect! Random number generator picked SHELLY ROSARIO as the winner! Shelly, email me and give me your address so I can mail you your prize! And to everyone else, stay tuned for the next Book Report and your next chance to win!

To make the legal team happy...  
Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each Coach's income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings located in the Coach Online Office for the most recent information on our Coaches' actual incomes.

Sunday, August 3


1. Gifts for my team! I am so excited to spoil them rotten. ;) (Accepting applications here)
2. Office views this week.
3. No pictures, please.
4. Watch your step when you walk through the play room.
5. Sun salutations on an overcast day.
6. Me and my Boga Yoga board on the lake. Happy place.
7. Working on my balance. This is not a metaphor. Although it could be.

Hope you're week was lovely! Here's to crushing another one. Bring it on Monday.

Saturday, August 2

25 Thoughts I Have During 25 Minutes of T25

T25 was the workout that started it all for me last August! That's right, I dove right in with Shaun T, one of the most intense trainers out there. I jumped and squatted and sweated my way into a healthier lifestyle that has changed my WHOLE LIFE over the last year. Well, T25 is on sale again this month (HOLLA!) so in honor of that I thought I'd share with you 25 thoughts that go through my mind during the 25 minute workouts with Shaun T....

1. Do I need to be wearing shoes for this?
2. What about pants? I mean, I am at home. I don't have to wear pants at home, right?
3. Oh man, they are all super fit. And wearing shoes. And pants.
4. Where did that blonde girl get that cute white sports bra? I need it!
5. Oh look at that fun little time ticker there at the bottom. This is gonna fly by...
6. Oh! We're starting. Okay, this isn't so bad.
7. My hip flexors are already burning, is that bad?
9. How long do I have left? WHAT?!?! 23 minutes?!
10. Oh squats, I can do squats. No problem! SQEEZE!
11. What? Now I have to jump between squats? You must be on crack Shaun T!
12. How on Earth does that tiny asian girl jump so high?
13. Man her abs are incredible.
14. I wonder if my abs will ever look that good. Engage the core. Engage the core!
15. I don't think I've ever been this sweaty in my life.
16. Is this move over yet? This is the longest minute in the history of the world!
17. OMG There's a whole other side!
18. Shut up Shaun T! I hate you and your beautiful biceps.
19.  I feel like I'm gonna throw up.
20. But seriously, what's for dinner?
21. When is this going to END?!
22. What do you mean BURNOUT?!
23. Woah, I made it through that one. I'm kind of badass!
24. Done already? That's all for the day? That wasn't so bad!
25. I LOVE T25!!!!

I'm not the only one who loved T25. Here's what some of my challengers had to say... T25REVIEWS

Like I said, T25 is on sale this month! Pick it up in a Challenge Pack and save even more plus you'll get a whole month of Shakeology included. Boom. Also, a Challenge Pack grants you free access into one of my online monthly fitness challenges where you get free coaching daily from yours truly as you go through the T25 and also daily accountability and motivation from everyone else in the group. Instant workout buddies! Want in? Just hop on over and order your pack here then shoot me a quick email and I'll let you know when the next group is getting started! The sale price is only good for the month of August though so make sure you take advantage of it while you can! 

Friday, August 1

MAKE | Paleo Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Spiced Mug Cake

I remember reading somewhere advice from a holistic nutritionist to one of his patients who was battling some severe junk food cravings. So bad, that the person was having a hard time sticking with their healthy program. And the nutritionist said, "You can have all the junk food you want, if you make it yourself." It suck with me because obviously anything you make yourself is going to be less junky than what you would pick up at a fast food restaurant or even the grocery store and it got me thinking... "Would I be willing to actually be willing to make my junk foods from scratch?" It's a lot harder to go in the kitchen and whip up some ice cream from scratch than it is to run through the Chick Fil A drive through. What about french fries? Am I going to bust out a fryer every time I have a craving? The answer is no. I'm not willing to. So I must not really want it that bad. 

Last night though I wanted something sweet and chocolatey. After perusing pinterest I was craving cake like crazy (does this happen to anyone else?!) but I knew that cake is not really paleo friendly so I got to thinking... could I adapt a MUG CAKE recipe to be paleo friendly and somewhat healthy? 


I found a few mug cake recipes I liked and decided to play off a really simple one that used a flour, an egg, some cocoa, a sweetener, and some flavorings. Brilliant. Off to the pantry I went and two attempts later, this gorgeous creation of heavenly chocolate divinity appeared. It's so easy you're going to be shocked you haven't been making mug cakes all your life. Mug cakes are basically a small single-serving of cake baked right in a mug in your microwave. Here's what you'll need...

➳ 1.5 TBS Almond meal/almond flour
➳ 1 (heaping) TBS High Quality Cocoa Powder
➳ 10 drops Liquid Stevia (or you could use honey or coconut sugar to taste)
➳ 1 tsp Organic Vanilla Extract
➳ 1 egg (the best quality you can find because that's what you should be doing with your eggs anyway)
➳ 1 TBS almond milk
➳ 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (aka cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice)

Optional: To "ice" your cake I suggest Justin's Hazelnut Chocolate butter (think "nutella") and a sprinkle of coconut flakes.

Comibe all ingredients in a mug. Whip together with a fork till combined well (about 30 seconds). Microwave for 1.5-2 minutes till all the liquid is gone. Top immediately with your toppings so they melt a bit into the cake and enjoy warm!

You can also make a few extra servings of the dry ingredients and put them in little baggies for quick access "cake mix" later! Cheat clean my friends!

On the 21 Day Fix plan this cake roughly equivalents to 1/2 Red, 1 Yellow, 2 Blue (if you use the hazelnut spread), 1 Orange (if you top with coconut). Curious about the 21 Day Fix? You can read up on how I use it to stay balanced and healthy while eating Paleo here! I'm leading an August online fitness challenge for anyone wanting to try the 21 Day Fix and I'll be offering all kinds of tips about how to make it work for you if you are going to try it Paleo. Email me if you want to join!
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