21 Day Fix EXTREME!! Its HERE!

Ahhhh!!!! SOOOOO excited! I’ve waited for this day since last Fall!! THE 21 DAY FIX EXTREME IS HERE!!!!! Summer bodies are made in winter– and I am ready!! If you want a challenge and if you can focus and be disciplined for ((JUST)) 21 days in order to see ripped abs and shredded guns….this is your program!! πŸ™‚

 

 

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My fav workout program is getting a baby sister!!! The 21 Day Fix is my soul mate program & taught me so much about nutrition & got me in the best shape of my life!! Part two gets released today!! I had amazing results in ONLY 21 Days and I LOVED IT!! I continue to eat this way because it gives me ENERGY and I feel amazing. I have Ulcerative Colitis and I need to be careful about what I eat — this program makes my tummy feel GOOD!! No pains and like I said — I have energy throughout my day!

MY 21 DAY FIX RESULTS:

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The 21 Day Fix Extreme — It’s like the Fix but takes it up a notch or two!! I love a challenging workout and this, I have a feeling, will be challenging.
I cannot wait to start!!

*Thirty minute workouts (every workout includes weights, except for yoga)
*Simple, clean nutrition ((Autumn even shares her bikini comp prep meal planning)) — NO TREATS like wine and chocolate like in the 21 Day Fix. This program is more strict and WILL get you results. You can do anything for 21 days!!

 

Here is the scoop:

What are the workouts like?

The program comes with a total of SEVEN different workouts (you will also receive some bonus workouts too!!).

  • Upper Fix Extreme
  • Lower Fix Extreme
  • Pilates Fix Extreme
  • Yoga Fix Extreme
  • Cardio Fix Extreme
  • Plyo Fix Extreme
  • Dirty 30 Fix Extreme

Who is this program for??

This program is NOT for everyone! This program is not for those who haven’t worked out in a while, or who are new to fitness. I suggest if you are new to working out — try the 21 Day Fix first and THEN move on to this program.

However — if you have been working out and want and need a new, challenging workout program that will get you shredded in 21 days — this is it!! If you want ABS — this is it! If you have a few annoying lbs that won’t go away — this is your program!!

 

What equipment will I need?Β 

You will need a yoga mat (personal preference), also a light set of weights as as well as a heavier set (5 pounds and 8 pounds or 10 pounds). Some people prefer a fitness band instead of using weights.

 

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I am SO excited to start!! If you want to join my Challenge Group that begins on Feb 16, complete the application below! πŸ™‚

 

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Insanity Max 30 REVIEW

The holidays are just about OVER and everyone can now resume their regular schedules and routines! I don’t know about you — but I am a creature of habit and when my routines and schedules get changed, I feel a little uneasy! πŸ˜‰ I am glad that this week will be back to normal and that I can finally have my routine back! The holidays were fun and I loved being able to see family and friends………..but I also love my own schedules! πŸ˜‰

I am entering into week 3 of Insanity Max 30!! The first two weeks were a little difficult because 1. its a new program and I needed to adjust and 2.) the holiday temptations were EVERYWHERE!!! I did pretty well — I did have 2.5 glasses of vino on Christmas and did my best to stick to the eating plan. Let me tell you that it had a SERIOUS effect on my workout the following day!!! I was struggling!! I did it but it was rough. It just goes to show that diet and exercise go hand in hand!!!Β  I did eat clean and only had a few bites of hubby’s pie! I was pretty proud of myself haha!! Trust me — it could’ve been MUCH worse!! I just kept thinking — think about how you will feel tomorrow if you were to have an entire piece of pie! Also — I want to SEE results from this program and am DEDICATED to that and pie doesn’t necessarily fit into that mold! πŸ˜‰

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I have noticed that with each week, and with each workout — I get stronger!! It is such an awesome feeling!! I keep maxing out longer and longer and THAT in and of itself is progress to me — especially because I am NOT modifying!!! I will say — my stats have not changed one bit and I NOT letting that discourage me!!! My clothes are feeling looser and I am getting stronger with each workout and that is an AMAZING feeling!!

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SO — now that the Holidays are OVER and the routine is pretty much back (after NYE I’ll be SET!!) — I am bound and determined to have results from this program!!! I will be posting my 30 day results in 2 weeks!! EEEEEEEKKK!!! Scary – lol! Every day I push play, and follow the nutrition, have my Shakeology and get my sleep — I am one day closer to the finish line! This is a 60 day program and it promises serious results! Six more weeks — that is IT!!! I have a feeling that it will fly by. Each day — you need to DIG DEEP and PUSH yourself. When you feel like you can’t do anymore, do three! When you TELL yourself you can — you are halfway there!!!

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NUTRITION is 80% of your results!! You cannot outrun your fork!! I am so glad that the holiday temptations are OVER and I have literally thrown away the extra cookies and cakes so that they won’t speak to me in times of weakness!! lol Clean eating will allow you to have HUGE results!!! Clean foods like fresh fruits and veggies, along with lean proteins and whole grains will work WITH your body, give you sustaining energy and help you lose pounds and inches naturally. No more spray butters, low-fat or fat-free anything!! No more soda or sugary drinks — eat CLEAN and your body, mind and energy levels will be fulfilled!!!!

 

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Here is a meal plan that I will follow for this week. It helps me to plan ahead and know what I will be eating so I am never caught without knowing what I will be eating! Fail to plan then plan to fail!!

 

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Here’s to a STRONG week 3 and BEYOND!!! πŸ™‚

 

If you want to join my next fitness challenge complete the application below and I will be in touch shortly!! πŸ™‚

How I Lost My Baby Weight!

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Pregnancy — while I LOVED being able to grow and PERSON and have that empowering feeling of knowing that YOU created this little baby — I did not like how it left me feeling, LONG after giving birth!!

 

I gained 35 pounds with my pregnancy

My daughter weighed close to 9 pounds at birth

I was left with 30 pounds to lose and NOTHING was working!!!!

 

 

SixΒ  months after having my daughter (in March) I was STILL 30 pounds heavier. I was so happy to be a new mommy, but so discouraged that my jeans STILL were not fitting! I can remember crying in my doctors office because I wasn’t feeling like ME. I felt unattractive and SO frustrated that no matter what I was doing — nothing was budging!!Β  I only gained 45 lbs with my pregnancy and STILL had 30 to lose. I rarely got in any pics and this was one of the only ones that I have from that time.

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For ME, when I looked in the mirror, I wasn’t happy. I was trying SO hard — getting up at 4:30 am to go to the gym, staying within my calories and I thought I was eating healthy! STILL — the scale would not budge and I couldn’t pull my jeans over my knees! I couldn’t fit into them or anything other than leggings (hello that’s what I wore my entire pregnancy) and I was beginning to think that I never would! I was SO happy to have my baby — I was never so HAPPY, yet I was also never so hopeless!!Β  I was frustrated, sad and wanted, so BADLY to feel and look like myself again! I can remember being in a class at the gym, 6 months after having my daughter, and seeing my reflection in the mirror while working out and I *hated* what I saw.

I needed something NEW and so I started a new approach — and found at-home workouts. It was SO much more convenient to to just press play after I rolled out of bed. I didn’t need to start the car, brush it off if there was snow. At the gym, I would have to wait in line for the class that I wanted and then have my little 12″ X 12″ space to workout and I am SOΒ  NOT a crowd-lover!!!! I needed something more and something different to help me SHED that weight!! I was SO determined and so desperate!!

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I started with YouTube workouts and Jillian Michaels and started to research clean eating. I was eating packaged Fiber One bars, and 100 calorie packs while drinking Diet Pepsi — on the reg! Chemicals and crap won’t allow you to lose weight– who knew haha! I started to see some more changes and then was researching “top rated at-home fitness programs” because it was just SO MUCH easier to do at home than drive to the gym every day and drag the baby with me OR rearrange our family schedule to allow the time for me to go to the gym.

In my research, Beachbody programs kept popping up in my search. They promised both a comprehensive fitness program along with detailed nutrition plans! The reviews were amazing and everyone raved about TurboFire helping you to burn 9X’s more fat! Hey – that was all I needed to hear!! ha! I gave it a try and started with TurboFire and LOVED Chalene Johnson!! Since then, I have not looked back!! The weight began to melt off of me and by the beginning of May, I had muscleΒ  tone and my jeans were TOO big!!!!Β  I am forever a fan because it helped me get back to ME!!!

 

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All you mommy’s out there who are struggling to get YOU back — I FEEL YOU! I have been there and I KNOW that feeling of just wanting YOU back! You CAN feel better and like you SHOULD feel!! I am in better shape now than I was before Gabby and I was a gym rat! These programs are NO JOKE — and mostly 30 min/day!! I would spend hours at the gym! NO more!! This mama is happy as ever and able to feel like ME again!!!!

If you want to join my next fitness challenge complete the application below and I will be in touch shortly!! πŸ™‚ THIS WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!!! It is time to get YOU back — and you CAN simplistically and with accountability and support!

Shakeology — CLEAN Meal Replacement Shake

There are SO many protein shakes, weight-loss drinks, energy drinks and meal replacement shakes on the market today. It can be overwhelming to understand which is best for you and what the benefits are of each one. I get it — you want to be healthy, you want to make the right choice but also have a budget and also want to consume something that tastes good!! You ALSO need to consider WHAT it is that you are consuming!! SO many products on the market today are loaded with filler ingredients. Ingredients that are not best suited for consuming, but rather are there to improve the shelf-life of the product and to make it thicker, sweeter or just plain UN-healthy for you.

 

RETHINK YOUR DRINK — LOOK at what it is that you are consuming! What are the ingredients? Are they all-natural, are they derived from plant-based sources or were they created IN a plant!

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If any of these are listed or you think they are —– RETHINK YOUR DRINK!

—-> Mono-diglycerides: Hydrogenated oil ((used for a longer shelf-live)) This TRANS FAT (ew!) is trouble for your heart health & increases cholesterol. This solidifies at room temp., think about what it does to your insides! How is this healthy??

—-> Soy lecithin: Commonly used in processed foods. Side effects may cause gastrointestinal issues, hormone issues, allergies, weight gain (can aid in weight loss however). It has a “gummy”, “sludgey” consistency. Again – ew.

—–> Heavy Metals: Arsenic and lead from “filler” ingredients (not from the protein source) that can lead to many negative side effects.
*This won’t be listed as an ingredient, but it is tough to know if it is in fact a part of what you are drinking. Many recovery drinks or protein shakes on the market do in fact have these as part of their ingredients.

Need I say more?? Just be cognizant of what it is that you are drinking. There are many options that are better for you and for your overall health & that will help you lose weight.

 

Shakeology is BY FAR the best option on the market today, in my opinion, and here is why:

*It is LOADED with anti-oxidants to help fight disease and aging

*It helps your skin clear

*It helps with hair and nail growth

*It reduces sugar cravings

*Aids in muscle repair

*Acts as a SALAD tastes like CAKE

*It is ALL-NATURAL

*Improves digestion and regularity

*Is the PERFECT ratio of fats:proteins:carbs

*Scientifically proven to lower cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar

*Increases your energy

*Continued weight loss over time by replacing one meal/day with Shakeology

*Keeps you full for 2-3 hours

*Improves your mental clarity

*Loaded with a TON of vitamins and nutrients

*Boosts your immune system

*70 all-natural ingredients

 

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Shakeology isn’t a PROTEIN SHAKE – it is a meal replacement shake! It offers you the perfect blending of fats:proteins:carbs so that your body and your metabolism can operate most efficiently. It simply cannot be compared to any other type of shake on the market today. All of it’s ingredients are derived from NATURAL plant-based sources. The sugars are from NATURAL sources — not chemical-laden, man-made, sugar substitutes. This is simply the BEST there is on the market today. Having this for your breakfast or lunch each day, ensures you that you will be having at least ONE meal that is SUPER HEALTHY — that is why it’s called, “the healthiest meal of the day”.

 

If you have any questions, or want to try Shakeology — leave a reply or click the link and I will get back to you! πŸ™‚

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Have a Healthy Holiday Season!

The holidays are upon us!! Holiday music, dresses, the hustle and bustle of the season and let’s not forget — Holiday parties!! Although we love the holidays (or maybe not…lol) – they are HERE! It seems as though the Holiday season is a time when people can easily fore-go their healthy eating and workout routine because they are too busy and bombarded with so many unhealthy decisions. Wine, cookies platters, parties filled with goodies and decadent desserts — it’s no wonder people tend to pack on the pounds over the holidays!! People are moving less and eating more………Check out some of these holiday “treats” that are delicious, yes…..but can quickly add up and make your skinny jeans more and more “snug”.

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Here are some tips to help keep the holiday pounds at bay and to enter into 2015 not feeling sluggish, tired, and feeling NOT at your BEST!

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1. Make sure to SCHEDULE your workouts with yourself! MAKE THEM HAPPEN! Once you start to slack on getting your workouts done, they get easier to NOT do. You don’t have to workout harder – you just need to workout SMARTER. All you need is 30 minutes, 5 days/week. Make sure the workouts are pushing you and making you sweat! Burning calories and pushing yourself for 30 minutes a day can have LONG-TERM benefits for your health. You owe it to yourself and your jeans will FIT you come Jan 1!

2. Alcohol inhibits your fat-burning capacity. So, is it worth it to have those cocktails? If so, alternate with water and don’t go crazy. The next-day feeling isn’t always worth it either. Alcohol also lowers your inhibitions and reflexes around that dessert table! lol……It also makes you retain water and want to eat greasy, fatty foods the next day! ……….why were you wanting that cocktail again….? πŸ˜‰

3. If you are invited to a Holiday party, bring something that YOU KNOW will be a healthy choice. Bring a veggie platter with hummus, slice cucumbers and add a greek yogurt dip. Bring turkey meatballs with a fresh, homemade tomato sauce. Pinterest has SO many options for healthy, clean alternatives that you can take to any Holiday party. Think ahead and have that ONE dish there that you can depend on having and it will keep your eating plan in check!

4. Don’t forget to drink your water throughout the day! Here’s a tip —> divide your body weight in half and drink that many ounces of water/day. For example, if you weigh 120 pounds, drink 60 ounces/water each day. Water will speed up your metabolism, help curb hunger, keep you full and help to keep you energized.

5. Throughout the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season, don’t forget to take care of YOU! PLAN your meals and snack AHEAD of time! Remember to eat small, clean meals every 2-3 hours to keep your metabolism up. If you know you will be busy all day – bring food with you! There is no shame in my game!! haha……I know that if I don’t plan ahead, I will be starving and will have to resort to something that will not help me stay on track or feel my best! Keep almonds and raisins in your purse, always have water with you, bring hard-boiled eggs, diced veggies and a banana with you. Plan ahead so that you cannot fail. Fail to plan then plan to fail!

6. Around this time of year, all of us are placed in positions where food, desserts, drinks and candies are offered to us. Many times, we feel that if we say, “No thank you”, that we are being rude and inconsiderate. You need to think of you and how you will FEEL by saying “yes”. Is it your best yes? Is it going to make you feel good after saying yes? Will you regret that decision if you say yes? Do what is best for you! Before you know it, if you say “YES” to everyone and everything this Holiday season, you end up putting yourself and your needs last. You’re not being selfish, you’re not being rude — you are being true to yourself and to your goals — which are valuable! January 1 is going to come sooner than you know — how do you want to feel? Bloated, tired, groggy and not able to fit into your jeans? NO? OK — then stick to your guns and FOCUS on your GOALS and you will feel amazing when 2015 begins!

 

 

You owe it to YOURSELF to feel your best! You owe it to yourself to NOT throw your health and fitness out the window! You CAN reach your goals even though you are faced with parties, goodies, drinks and treats over these next few weeks and I can help you! If you are interested in staying accountable and NOT being a holiday weight gain statistic…..fill out this application and join my next Challenge. I will coach you through and offer you daily accountability, inspiration, clean recipes, and positive motivation once you COMMIT to a program and Shakeology for one month! What have you got to lose! Make this Holiday season your best yet! πŸ˜‰

 

Staying HEALTHY this Halloween

The day is HERE!! It’s Halloween!! πŸ˜‰Β  The endless candy bowls and bags of candy are surrounding you! The temptations are everywhere. IF you are on a fitness journey to get healthier and if you have GOALS you wish to achieve, then stick to your reasons for wanting to be BETTER, healthier, stronger or more fit! Those skinny jeans WILL fit IF you choose to stay on track! It is important to remember your WHY — WHY you chose to lose inches and pounds….WHY did you choose to start a new fitness journey…….WHY did you DECIDE to feel better? Ask yourself, “Would the extra candy be WORTH it?” Candy, yes, is delicious, I GET IT!! BUT — it also does nothing for you in terms of your GOALS!! I know that you have it within you to say NO to those Reeses PB cups!! IF you are already on a fitness journey, don’t RUIN all of your hard work with silly little candies!Β  Here is an example of how many exercises you would need to do in order to negate the candy you eat. I found this on-line and I think that it really helps to put things in perspective! πŸ˜‰

 

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From now until the end of the year, temptations will be EVERYWHERE!! There will be cookies and cakes at the office, candy bowls in every doctor’s office and goodies on sale at every grocery store. Retailers will try to tempt you and market to your weaknesses. This is a time of year when people tend to use the holidays as an excuse to indulge a bit more, thus the holiday weight gain will ensue. DON’T BE A VICTIM!! πŸ™‚ THINK about what choices would be a *better* option for you. There are SO many clean eating options to choose instead. You will not only feel much better, you will not be sluggish, irritable or feel bloated. I realize the ONE piece of candy won’t have terrible effects on your overall health…..but who can stop at ONE?? I can’t, so that’s why I don’t even touch the stuff! Over time, however, sugar can have massive negative effects on your health. Cancer cells feed off of sugar! Sugar can also contribute to signs and symptoms of ((pre-mature)) aging ————> Um, no thank you! Here are some more things to be cognizant of, in terms of sugar consumption. Like I already mentioned, these results are over time, not just in one piece of candy. Sugars are in *many* foods — just be sure to read your nutrition labels if you aren’t already a clean eater. Be AWARE of what you’re putting in your body…..it WILL thank you later!

 

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Sugar is the devil! The only thing it does well — is taste good!! Here are a few healthy & clean alternatives to satisfy your sweet tooth!

 

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PEANUT BUTTER CUPS ARE MY WEAKNESS!! Here is a healthy alternative! πŸ˜‰

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Also — if you are needing so HELPFUL TIPS on how to survive this candy-filled weekend……….here are some ideas:

 

 

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1. STEEL CLEAR of the candy — -OUTTA SIGHT, OUTTA MIND!! I find that it’s less tempting if things aren’t around me! If you CAN — throw it out, ask your spouse to hide it or to put it in a place whereΒ  you can’t reach it!

 

2. If you are going to a Halloween party and you know the temptations will be EVERYWHERE, eat before you go and bring a healthy dish to share.

 

3. Drink WATER to help keep you full!

 

4. Create a healthy alternative like the ones above to fulfill your sweet tooth! — > Keep it clean!

 

5. If you don’t HAVE to buy the candy — then DON’T!! Retailers will discount the huge bags for you to buy because of the price! DON’T give in! Just walk on by! πŸ˜‰

 

6. If you are going to indulge — -then be sure to track it! Keeping tabs on your daily caloric intake will help you to be more cognizant of what it is that you eat. Myfitnesspall is a great app to help you do this.

 

7. MOVE! You can burn off the extra calories or if you already ARE on a fitness journey, don’t sabotage it by indulging in your child’s candy bag! πŸ˜‰ YOU ARE WORTH YOUR GOALS!!

 

If you would LIKE to START a fitness journey with me, let me know! Comment below and I will be in touch shortly!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

XO

Sara

The Different Types of Beachbody Coaches

There are so many options with Beachbody. Not only do they offer a number of top of the line, world-class fitness programs, they also offer you the opportunity to become a coach and you have the CHOICE as to what type of coach YOU want to be. YES – you have a choice with that too!!

I would like to break it down for you in order for you to fully understand what type of coach YOU think you would like to be. As I mentioned, you have choices! This is YOUR business and Beachbody offers you a platform and the opportunity to receive discounts, provide a few extra hundred dollars/month for you and your family, or the opportunity to really build your own business however you like, in your own time and in your own way. All it takes is a $40 “start up fee” (which is MUCH less than most start-up businesses) which is often waived if you were to purchase a Challenge Pack at/around the same time as deciding to become a coach….so in other words, it can be FREE to do.

Here is a simple outline which explains the different types of coaches.

1. – DISCOUNT COACH

You love the benefits of both Beachbody fitness programs and also Shakeology and want to receive 25% off of all of you future purchases. This is a great option for someone who doesn’t necessarily want to work the business or build one of their own; but rather, would like to reap the rewards of being a coach by receiving a discount on any Beachbody purchase.

2. CHALLENGE GROUP COACH

Typically, this type of coach has already participated in a Challenge Group after purchasing a month’s supply of Shakeology as well as a fitness program. They loved how they felt each day as they checked in with the group, worked out and had their Shakeo and want to pay it forward to others. This type of coach will be able to run their own Challenge Groups each month, and in doing so, be able to provide extra income for their families each month. What would an extra $300/month do for you and your family?

3. BUSINESS BUILDING COACH

This type of coach, is like myself in that they are looking to build a solid business and team of their own. They love Beachbody products, they believe whole-heartegly in the products and want to pay it forward and also want to warn a significant income as a coach. This type of coach is ALL IN and participates in all of the trainings and opportunities that are offered in order to grow your business. This types of coach isΒ  consistent, persistent, creative, personable and has a desire to be a legit entrepreneur.

So, now that you have been given a little more information about what type of coach you could be…what do you think would be best suited for you and your life’s goals?

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