Insanity 15 minutes workout with Shaun T and Dr. Oz

Hi!!! I can't believe I didn't share with you on this blog before.  I want you to try this workout and when you feel like you don't have a lot of time and want to fit in a short, yet effective workout, come back and workout with us.  So yes, you'll see me on the back, I'm to the right of Dr. Oz.

I was invited to the show because I had such an awesome success with Insanity. This was in 2012, and would you know I was about 5 weeks pregnant and didn't know yet.  Oh boy, no wonder I was so out of breath.  lol!!!

Ok, let's go, give it a try and keep coming back to it.  Save the link. And of course, friends don't let friends be unhealthy.  Share away!!

Want to see weight loss results? It's all about the little choices!

That's the secret to a healthier and fit lifestyle! 

Look, I'm not going to lie. I'm human! The smell of fresh bagels kills me! It's so powerful and weakens me. Sometimes it is stronger than me but I know better now. I know that a bagel, worth about 500 calories at least, is not really that tasty compared to my 200-300 calorie snack I'm having right now. Ezekiel bread, peanut butter, cinnamon, and chia seeds, topped with Half of a banana. Hello people. This tastes heavenly compared to that bagel. 

Remember that one meal is not going to make you gain weight, nor make you lose weight. It's the little choices you make, that added up, guarantee your success. 

Peanut butter rules over bagels any time in my books!! Woohooo!! 

Are you afraid to lift weights? Most Women are, but guess what...MUSCLE BURNS FAT!

Because Muscle Burns Fat—when you develop lean muscle, you raise your body’s metabolism, so you’ll burn more fat when you’re working out and even when you’re not. 

Like most women out there, I was spending tons of hours a week doing cardio and jumping and punching like there was no tomorrow. I was feeling discouraged working so hard and not seeing my body change it's shape to the lean, fit curves I wanted.  Don't get me wrong, I lost weight, about 60 lbs.  But with that's comes plateauing, loose skin, and of course that leads to discouragement.  I researched and paid closed attention to what others where doing and guess what... I discovered the secret formula.  

The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn, so in this case more =s less.  Chachin!

And you want to learn something else I learned, if you want to look good in front of the mirror, you need to lift weights.  Since I'm not a Personal Trainer just yet, I had no clue where to begin to make sure everything I did would get me closer to my ideal body shape.  Soooo, I found this..... and you have to give it a try if you want to look good naked! Yup, I said it. If you lok good naked, you don't want to give up, you want to keep eating healthy, and you won't want to miss a workout! 

My magic formula is Chalean Extreme and if you decide to embark on this journey, I have the perfect formula for you! A Challenge Group!  Read below some more details about this amazing program and if you are a tad bit interested in joining my upcoming Challenge Group, fill out the application form and we'll chat about it. 

Ok, so What exactly is Chalean Extreme my friend?  Glad you asked... 

ChaLEAN Extreme® is a body-sculpting program designed to help you lose up to 60 percent of your body fat in just three months, and see visible results every 30 days. It uses resistance training to increase lean muscle mass, which has been proven to burn calories and raise your metabolism. The result is a lean, firm, well-toned physique.

With Chalene Johnson’s Lean Phasing® technique, you advance through 3 phases of training, so even those without experience doing resistance exercise can achieve a lean, hard physique. 

And breakdown sets allow you to push past failure, stimulating more fat-burning lean muscle with every workout.

So what comes in the package??

Before you start, Chalene teaches you the proper form and technique for the resistance moves you'll be doing in the program, whether you're using weights or bands.

  • Burn Basics
  • Band Basics
Phase 1: Burn Start resistance training at your own pace to jump-start your metabolism and break down those extra reserves of fat. In these moderate training workouts, you'll work your upper body then lower body, using the Lean Phasing technique to help you see results every 30 days.
  • Burn Circuit 1
  • Burn Circuit 2
  • Burn Circuit 3
Phase 2: Push Chalene shows you how to push beyond your comfort zone safely, so you build the muscle you need to burn fat. Chalene helps you push yourself, so you get fast results.
  • Push Circuit 1
  • Push Circuit 2
  • Push Circuit 3
Phase 3: Lean Here is where you really melt the fat, with new routines and dynamic moves. This phase is designed to deliver major changes to your body.  
  • Lean Circuit 1
  • Lean Circuit 2
  • Lean Circuit 3
Extreme Cardio During each phase, Chalene ignites your metabolism with intense cardio and strength-training routines, and then rejuvenates and lengthens your muscles with an invigorating flexibility workout.
  • Burn Intervals
  • Burn It Off!
  • Recharge
Core Power Shrink, tighten, and tone your abs with two targeted routines for a rock-hard midsection.
  • Extreme Abs
  • Ab Burner
Support Tools
Muscle Burns Fat Guidebook
Includes workout calendars to show you which workout to do each day and how much resistance to use.
Thigh Toner Band
Adds some extra resistance to your lower-body training.
Body Fat Tester
Measure your body fat at each stage to see how much you lose.
Plus 4 FREE Gifts
  1. Fat-Burning Food Guide: Shows you what to eat in each phase to maximize fat burning.
  2. Extreme Motivation Audio CD: Chalene’s personal message to help you get pumped for your workouts.
  3. Healthy Eats and Kitchen Makeover DVDs:  Chalene shares her personal recipes and nutrition tips to help keep you and your family eating healthfully.
  4. Pro-Grade Resistance Band:  Burn fat and tone muscle faster.
90-Day Money-Back Guarantee
Chalene's so sure you'll love ChaLEAN Extreme, she's giving you her 90-day money-back guarantee. If you're not 100% satisfied for any reason, just call Customer Service to return it within 90 days for a full refund of the purchase price, less s&h, but keep the FREE gifts worth $120.
Now that your eyes are opened, let's get started with your transformation! 
Complete the challenge group application and let's get started! I want to learn more about you and get you ready for your transformation!

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QUINOA! What is it? How do I eat it?

Quinoa is a nutritious, whole grain that can be used as a delicious side dish, pilaf or stuffing.  It blends perfectly well with salads, soups and stews.

It's Gluten Free, has a low glycemic index and provides all of the eight essential amino acids, creating a complete protein.  (Vegans best friend)

Quinoa is an ancient traditional grain grown at 12,000 feet above sea level.  It's classified by the National Academy of Sciences as one of the best sources of protein in the vegetable kingdom. 

Basic cooking instructions:

Rinse it very well until no bubbles form and water runs clear. 
Combine half cup Quinoa with 1 cup water or broth in a pot or rice cooker (I use rice cooker). Turn heat on low, cover and cook for 15 minutes.  Let cool for 5 minutes and fluff with fork and serve. 
Quinoa is cooked when each grain looks translucent and white germ is visible. Store cooked quinoa in tight container in refrigerator for 3-5 days.  no longer  yuk!

Now you can eat it as if it was rice, or sauté some garlic and veggies like zucchini, peppers and onions, and place on top of Quinoa (eat it hot). Warm up and place two eggs on top, splash of Sriracha, boom!! Breakfast of champs!

For salads, get creative! Here are some combination ideas. Let the cooked Quinoa cool first, then refrigerate.

Mix with chickpeas, chopped cucumbers, chopped tomatoes, chopped red onions, chopped black olives and season with olive oil, lime juice, salt, oregano, thyme and pepper.  Throw in some small pieces of feta cheese.  Opa!!

Mix with chopped green apple, cranberries, toasted almond slivers or walnuts, and shredded lettuce. season with olive oil, lime juice, few drops of agave.

You can add about a 1/4 cup of plain quinoa to any salad you would normally eat.  get creative and share your concoction with us.

You can also try these, both recipes from the T25 meal plan.  5 ingredients, less than 25 minutes to prepare.

Quinoa Patties

3/4 cup cooked Quinoa
1/2 medium red bell pepper, finely chopped
4 tsp flaxseed
1 large egg white
Sea salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and mix well.   Form two balls and press firmly with hands until they turn into patties.

Spray non stick skillet with nonstick cooking spray.  Place patties on skillet and cook for 2 minutes on each side.  Remove from skillet and enjoy with a green salad.

Sweet Potato & Quinoa Salad

1/2 medium sweet potato, peeled, diced
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1/4 medium red bell pepper, diced
1 Tbsp chopped raw cashews.
Olive oil, lime juice, agave, salt and pepper to taste.

Steam sweet potato chunks for 5-7 minutes, until tender. Let cool.

Combine all ingredients and toss gently. 

Serve cold or warm.

How about a Breakfast Quinoa recipe that will get you on the right track for the rest of the day??? This one is taken from the P90X2 meal plan.

Breakfast Quinoa

1 cup Almond milk or skim milk

1 cup water
1 cup quinoa rinsed thoroughly
2 cups fresh berries
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped nuts
4 tsp honey or agave or maple syrup

Combine milk, water and quinoa in medium saucepan.  Bring to boil over high heat.

Reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until most liquid is absorbed.  Turn off heat and let stand covered for 5 minutes.
Stir in berries, vanilla, and cinnamon.  Serve to 4 bowls and top with nuts.
Drizzle 1 teaspoon of sweetener over each serving.

Hope you enjoy these delicious and nutritious pieces of heaven! Take care of your body, we only get one!

I'll be sharing more recipes from now on since I see this is where you guys struggle with the most.  Subscribe to this blog to get everything delivered to your mailbox, fresh off the press.

Share with your friends and let's spread the health!

How I went from being 220lb unhappy mommy to fit coach and healthadvocate?

Looking back at the last 3 years or so , I've had a lot of fun and rather exciting things happen, of course not all is great and joyful, but for the most part, it has been an awesome journey so far. Check it out:
  • Appeared on Dr Oz with Shaun T creator of Insanity and T25 because of my success with Insanity
  • Selected as one of 2013-2014 National Go Red Women to represent and advocate for women's heart health.
  • Won The Beachbody Challenge $500 prize for submitting my before and after pictures
  • My lifestyle change story has been featured in popular blogs, magazines, newspapers, and events with the purpose of telling my story and hopefully inspiring others to do the same.
  • Been part of dozens of people's successful stories by coaching them and supporting them in their health and fitness journeys.
  • My life dream of becoming a group fitness instructor and teach live classes has become a reality. 
  • I am growing a team of like minded friends who are passionate about making a difference in people's lives.  
  • I am blessed with the opportunity to work from home, better yet, from the convenience on a smart phone, and be present in the every day activities of my kids. No boring commutes, no bosses to respond to, no schedules to abide by. 

I was 220 lbs when I adventured into this "coaching" thing.  I signed up to become a coach, not knowing anything about weight loss or working out, with a husband, step son, small daughter and a newborn, I just wanted to lose weight so bad.  I believed in the promise that if I drank a shake a day and pressed play every day, and followed some eating recommendations, I would see the scale move!
I became a coach not thinking about the money I would be able to make, not even thinking hey let me change some lives. I really had no clue what this coaching meant. I thought it wasn't for me, hello, I was struggling to keep myself healthy.

I took the leap of faith.  After watching videos and reading success stories I convinced the hubby that Shakeology was THE THING!! I had to drink it or I would be overweight forever! So he believed me, lol!  As I was getting ready to hit submit my order, I see there's a possibility of getting Shakeology at a discount... great, time to work my hubby's mind again! so I begged and begged and finally convinced him that becoming a discount coach was the way to go! I had to had Shakeology. 

Just a few months into this weight loss journey, my results were so shocking that some friends started wondering what I was doing and asking questions.....and so it began!

I felt so excited that people once I was shy to talk to, now saw me as a source of inspiration, support and information to change their lives as well.

Becoming a coach has been the best decision I have ever made.

  • I've met amazing people around the country and reconnected with friends I thought I would never see again
  • It gave me and still does, accountability to reach my weight loss goal
  • I'm able to stay home with my kids and be present in their crazy little worlds.
  • I'm able to be my own boss and work as much as I want to. I own my business.
  • I'm able to do things I never thought possible.
  • I've grown so much as a person.
  • Doors have opened.
  • Dream and goals have become a reality and now they are bigger and so reachable!
  • I will be able to get my family debt free very soon
  • We are on our way to securing a better financial stability for our family.

This is just the beginning.  I've been given this mission to make a difference and help people find their inner strength, and I will succeed.  I need your help though!

I need a huge team. A team of people passionate about helping people, willing to work a little harder to help end the trend of obesity in our country, a team of people willing to dream big and provide a better future for their families.  A team of go getters! Do you have what it takes?

Let's make this happen. Would you join me?   Apply below!

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I did it! I did it! My Before & After

This picture represent so much. I don't know if you guys would understand, I hope so, and I also hope it inspires you to look beyond what you think you are and dream big.

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When I first saw this picture I couldn't believe it. The amazing makeover Macys and the American Heart Association arranged for us, hair, make up, fashion week attendance, exclusive dresses, red carpet, interviews, videos, pictures, total royal treatment. It was beyond anything I could have imagined. And this has been an unforgettable experience. 

This picture represents that and much, much more. Look past the makeup and the hair and the amazing dress, and all that, It's about coming full circle to what I started 3 years ago, it's mine, it's my work, my sweat, my sacrifice, my journey. No one did this for me, no one could have worked out for me, no one could say eat this kale and not that chocolate bar, no one could wake up and say you have to workout today, no one BUT ME! 

This is the product of my effort and I feel so proud and I wish I could encapsulate this feeling and mass produce into a little pill, so you could all drink it and see how amazing it feels. 

I didn't give up and I don't want you to give up. I'm no different than you. I'm a mom, a wife, I have tons of things to do, I get tired, I get sick, my family gets sick, I get cranky, I get lazy, I am not special. 

I want you to get to wherever it is you want to get with your health and fitness and realize that you too can be an enhanced version of yourself. Maybe you are happy with the way things are going for you regarding health, fitness, confidence, your lifestyle, you decide what your happy is but I can assure you there's a stronger, healthier, energetic person inside you that you have yet to discover. Take the chance and go for it! I promise you won't want to give up. Give yourself the chance. I am so happy I did.  

You don't need to do this alone. Ask me for help! I'm here to help you find your strength!

Wishing for it is not enough, you have to work for it and you need to take action now. Fill out my Challenge Group application now and let's work on the perfect plan for you!


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To the woman and child who sat at table 9

At times being a mommy can be so overwhelming. It is stressful and throw Winter snowstorms and tons of things to do and it seems chaotic.  I just came across this blog post and I wanted to share it with you!  Love the closing sentence.... check it out.
I would love to hear some of your stories and positive takeaways from this post. 


I did not introduce myself to you. My name is Tony Posnanski. I have been a restaurant manager for fifteen years now. My day consists of making sure my restaurant runs well. That could mean washing dishes, cooking and sometimes even serving tables. I have also dealt with every guest complaint you can imagine.
A few weeks back you came into my restaurant. I was very busy that night. I was running around helping the kitchen cook food. I was asked to talk to a table close to yours. I did and they said your child was being very loud. I heard some yelling while I was talking to that table. I heard a very loud beep from a young girl.
I started to walk to your table. You knew what I was going to ask. You saw the table I just spoke to pointing at you. I got to your table and you looked at me. You wanted the first word. You said…
“Do you know what it is like to have a child with Autism?”
You were not rude when you asked the question. In fact, you were quite sincere. Your daughter could not have been more than five years old. She was beautiful and looked scared that I was at the table. She looked like she thought she was in trouble.
In fifteen years I do not have a lot of memorable moments as a restaurant manager. I remember some guests who were mad that their burger was not the way they wanted it. I remember a woman who called corporate on me because she said I gave her a regular Coke instead of a Diet Coke. I remember having to cut people off from drinking alcohol and I remember having to tell tables to have their child be quieter.
However, I do remember everything about the day my son was born. How I cried when I heard him cry. How I stood there and told him I would do anything for him and be the best father possible. I remember the day I married my wife. How I cried and promised to be the best husband possible. I remember the day my daughter was born. I did not cry that day. I was just so relieved because I lost a child two years earlier.
I know what I was supposed to say when I went to your table. I was supposed to politely tell you to please not have your daughter yell. I was supposed to offer to move you to another area. I was supposed to offend you by not offending you…
I did not do any of that.
Instead I just told you I hoped your meal was awesome. I high fived your daughter and then I told you that your meal was on us tonight. It was only sixteen dollars. It meant more to me than that. I do not think the other guests I spoke to were happy about it. At that moment it did not matter to me.
I do not know how you reacted. I had to leave to go cook because the kitchen was not doing very good that night. When the server asked me why I bought the food I just said you did not enjoy your steak. I did not tell anyone what you said to me. I was thankful you did say it to me though.
You asked me a question that I did not answer. The truth is I do not know what it is like to have a child with Autism. I know what it is like to be a father. I know what it is like to be a husband. I know what it is like to not tell his wife how much he loves her enough. I know what it is like to want to spend more time with his children.
You asked me the question right away. You have been through this before in other restaurants. I did not want to be like other managers for one moment. I did not want to tell you what you always heard.
Honestly, I wrote this to you and your beautiful daughter because I wanted to thank you both.
You have given me a great restaurant memory. One that I needed for the last fifteen years.
You also taught me a valuable lesson…
Sometimes doing the right thing does not make everyone happy; just the people who need it the most.

Tony Posnanski
This post originally appeared on The Anti-Jared.

Is the 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack right for me?

I just found out some more information about this amazing program that will get you the results you've always wanted!! 

Check it out! Visit my blog post from February 1st for videos and more details on the challenge group! Simple Fitness, Simple Eating, Fast results, 100% Support and Accountability! 

That summer body you've always wanted is now possible but we must start working on it now!

Who can do the 21 Day Fix? 

Complete the form below to sign up for the Next Challenge group or to discuss more details. 


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Now there's a program that makes losing weight so simple and easy to follow, you'll never have to diet again! Introducing 21 Day Fix, the latest breakthrough from Beachbody®.

What is the 21 Day Fix?
The 21 Day Fix program takes the guesswork out of weight loss. It's a unique portion-control system combined with easy-to-follow workouts that fit into anyone's busy schedule. Trainer Autumn Calabrese shares her passion for food and fitness as she shows you how to make simple choices that add up to life-changing results.

With this unique nutrition plan you can eliminate counting calories, carb, and points.  Simply fill these cute and colorful food containers.  I can assure you that if you are struggling to lose weight it's in big part because you are overeating. Yes we can overeat on healthy food. Calories are calories no matter where they come from.  The quality of food we eat has a positive effect in our health, but it's the quantity of the food we eat, healthy or unhealthy, that affect our weight negatively if we eat too much of it.

The 21 day fix uses specifically portion food storage containers that eliminate the guesswork from portion control.  You design your color coded food plan based on your needs.  The color coded portion control food storage containers come with your 21 Day Fix kit.  If it fits in the containers, you can eat it and you'll lose the weight.   When Eaten in the right quantities, there are no limits.  So treats like chocolate and red wine are allowed, as long as they fit in the respective container.


What about the workouts?
You will also get a set of DVDs, 7 different workouts actually, 30 minute each, so every day is different... Cardio, Cardio with weights, Legs, Upper body, Lower body, Pilates and Yoga.  This mix will of course keep your body from plateauing and results happening.  

This program is for EVERYONE.  whether you are just decided that you need to change your lifestyle or you are a fitness enthusiast or simply looking for something new, this will work for you.  There is even a modifier in each workout in case you need to modify. 

Look at some of the results from the test groups.

Challenge Groups are forming right now and I want to make sure you are in one of them.  I want you to finally have your Before & After.  

What is a Challenge Group?
It's an online closed support group, where no one but the members of the group can see what is being posted.  The group members will be a select few individuals who are ready to commit to 21 days of focus and intensity. 
I will be there to walk you through the nutrition plan, to teach you how to plan it out, how to make it work for your lifestyle and to keep you accountable. I won't let you fail!  If you invest in me, then I will invest in you!  

Check out some success stories from some super excited challengers!!! 

The only cost is the cost of the challenge pack which includes everything you need to get started.  The 21 day nutrition guide, the program manual, the workouts, free shipping, discounted price and me as your coach for the accountability, support and guidance!!!
Complete the 21 day application form now if you are interested in joining a Challenge Group.  I only take a limited number of participants so I can give you my full attention!


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