Thursday, April 28, 2011

Happy Thursday!

Another week is almost gone...I cannot BELIEVE that it is almost MAY already!  Where has the beginning of 2011 gone??!?!?!?! 

I don't know about all of you, but it has been a very life changing year for me so far.  A relationship that I thought was strong enough to last forever ended unexpectedly and suddenly, and I went into a deep depression.  Then, with the help of my awesome friends, I came out even stronger than ever (seriously, thank you all...I don't know what I would have done without you.).  I had some health issues that I pulled through...and now I am transforming my mind and body into the person that I want to be.  All in 5 months!  Can you even IMAGINE what will happen by the end of the year?!?!

So now I am going to pose a few questions to you...What are YOUR goals for the year?  For the next 5 years?  Even as far as the next 10 years?  What do YOU want to get from your life?  What impact do YOU want to have on the world?  And what SMALL steps can you take each day to reach your goals? 

Write down your answers and look at them every day...This is what The Slight Edge has taught me.  Make small goals that are attainable and will help you to finally reach your ultimate goal.  And goal is too big to reach, you just have to have the will power and perserverance to push yourself to get there.

I will post some of my goals next week, along with the steps that I plan on taking every day to reach them.  For instance...I want to start growing my Beachbody Team...because I have met some of the most amazing people because of it!  I want to share it with the world.  A small step that I am taking to reach it?  I am going to Chicago this weekend and I plan on handing out 10 business cards while I am there...Whether it is to friends or complete strangers...I will reach out to 10 people...I will be gone from Friday until Monday...That averages to 2.5 people per day, not that difficult!  What are you going to do this weekend to better yourself or to help you reach your ultimate goal?

I will leave you with a quote that I love <3

"Remember, if you ever need a helping hand,
you'll find one at the end of your arm.  As you
grow older, you will discover that you have two
hands; one for helping yourself and the other
for helping others."
~Audrey Hepburn

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I know, I have been slacking

I hope that everyone had a fantastic holiday weekend :)  I know that I did!  It was full of family and lots of love (and a puppy play date that was EXHAUSTING).

I am currently readying The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson and let me just say, if you have not read should!

It is really helping me to realize my goals in life and how I can take simple steps every single day to reach them!  Once I finish this book, I think that I will post my goals here...but I am going to make you wait until I am done with the book...So Stay Tuned!!!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

All Jack3d Up!

I dunno about all of you, but I have a tendency to not always bring it when I am tired after a long day of work.  I mean I wake up at 5 from 7 am until almost 5 pm...then deal with traffic


I have to feed puppy and let him out...

Make dinner for MYSELF...


THEN it is time to work out...


I am exhausted just READING all of it...Sometimes I don't get the chance to push play until almost 8 pm!  That is when I started looking for something to get my pumped up...give me energy to actually bring it and get the most from my workout...and that is when I heard about Jack3d :)


Now this stuff is intense and should be used carefully!  Don't just think, "oh, this is just an energy boosting supplement"...NO, this stuff is CRAZY...but I love it!  

I put 1 scoop into about 10 oz of water about 20 minutes before my workout...and it really helps me to bring it!  Last night for instance, I almost DOUBLED my number of reps in shoulders and arms...and upped my weight!  I really  pushed myself and it felt amazing!  Plus, I was able to do ALLLLL of Ab Ripper X without stopping, that was a first!

Now like I said, BE CAREFUL with this stuff...They don't keep it in a glass care at GNC for no reason.  ALWAYS READ THE LABELS...


Also, if you are currently taking a multivitamin each morning, make sure that you continue to take it!  Jack3d will actually prevent some toxins from leaving your multivitamin will help prevent this from happening!

I definitely recommend the stuff...I mean, I have had 2 of the BEST workouts of my life while taking it the past 2 days...but please be careful...


Hello :)

SO Kati already posted this in her blog...but I also want to share it here...

I just got this message from someone that I have been friends with since pre-school. She messaged me back when I started coaching and asked me about Beachbody, and said that she had P90X...well, her and I have been messaging back and forth since then, and because of me being so excited about it, she started doing P90X and living a healthier lifestyle. 

Well she just sent me this message...and it put the biggest smile on my face, because if I would have NEVER started coaching, she would have NEVER experienced this...P90X was sitting in her it is :)

"Hey!! Just finished yoga x! I didn't want to try it at first but I am so happy I did!! Loved it! I feel stupid tying this but tears were coming out at one point cause I just felt so relaxed and happy. I was proud of myself at some of the moves I thought I wouldn't be able to do! Just had to share that with you. I might look for that cookbook u said u use. Where did u get it??"

She made my day :)

It showed me that I can make a difference and change lives...I LOVE IT :)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Law #8

So I know that in this day and age, it is pretty unlikely that a lot of us are getting the proper amount of sleep that a body should get to function at its highest potential.  Tony Horton wrote the piece that I have pasted below...It's a good article/blog/whatever it read it :)


8th Law of Exercise: Sleep (and Stress)
                       By Tony Horton

Stressed out, sleep-deprived people don't eat right and don't exercise regularly. Stress depletes your energy, strength, and desire, while poor sleep habits affect your moods and immune function, along with your cognitive and motor performance. Burning the candle at both ends makes it impossible to be fit and healthy.

Stressed and Insomnia


Do you realize that if you took the fear and anxiety out of every "stressful" situation in life, the end result of that situation would greatly improve? You can panic and freak out all you want, but time will still pass and life will happen, whether you stress out about it or not. So why not choose patience or curiosity? Patience is a virtue, and who wouldn't want to be virtuous in a stressful situation? To be curious means asking the right questions to help find solutions. When does fear, worry, or anxiety ever help a situation? Stress occurs when we are incapable of moving through a situation logically, peacefully, positively, productively, and gracefully. It take a lot of energy to be stressed out. Allowing stress to overtake you means you're having a tough time dealing with reality. Don't let stress get your goat. Stand up, take a deep breath, and see if you can deal with reality under pressure. I like the parable about the 10 people standing in line at a bank. Three robbers come storming in—screaming, yelling, and waving guns around. They terrorize the place and steal everyone's jewelry and money. What's the moral of the story? Ten people experiencing the same event will have very different reactions to it. Some will never recover, while others will have a crazy story to tell at cocktail parties. How do you respond to the events in your life?

I like Byron Katie's 3 Kinds of Business Theory:

God's Business. The things that happen in this world that are out of my control.

Their Business. The choices other people make based on their life experiences so far.

My Business. The choices I make that shape my life.

Don't waste your time on gossip, ridicule, envy, self-pity, anger, guilt, arrogance, impatience, regret, manipulation, jealousy, fear, worry, and anxiety. It's too stressful, and it destroys the energy you need to stay healthy and fit. If you choose understanding, truth, clarity, patience, devotion, gratitude, acceptance, wisdom, and forgiveness, you will have peace of mind and all the energy in the world to do whatever you want.


Sleep does more than make you feel rested. Two recent studies with healthy volunteers demonstrated suppression of immunological function in participants after one night of modest sleep deprivation. The activity of certain white blood cells and the production of chemicals essential for immune system performance significantly decreased. After a good night's sleep, most immune functions went back to baseline levels. About 40 percent of adults experience sleepiness that interferes with daily activities. Most U.S. adults get less than 7 hours of sleep per night during the workweek, while research has determined that certain parameters of immune function are enhanced by more than 7 hours of sleep.

Another study showed that the leading cause of traffic accidents in this country is NOT alcohol but sleep deprivation. If you don't have enough energy to stay awake to drive your car, how will you have enough energy for a 6-day-a-week workout plan? We're not sleeping enough hours, and the limited time we spend trying to sleep is filled with so much mind chatter that we never get the rest we need.

My Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary defines sleep as follows: the natural periodic suspension of consciousness during which the powers of the body are restored. In the Taoist philosophy, there's a belief in yin and yang energies. These are opposing energies that create balance. Exercise is yang energy. Sleep and rest are yin energy. There must be proper balance between vim and vigor (yang) and inward calm (yin). If you don't get enough sound sleep, your body will NOT receive the proper restoration it needs to complete or succeed with any fitness program. So TiVo® American Idol and go to bed!


Tony H.


Now it is time for the quote of the day...

"Don't rely on someone else for your happiness and self worth.  Only
you can be responsible for that.  If you can't love and respect yourself -
no one else will be able to make that happen.  Accept who you are -
completely;the good and the bad - and make changes as YOU see fit -
not becauseyou think someone else wants you to be different."
-Stacey Charter

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I know...I have been MIA

I know that I have been MIA for the past few days...please forgive me!  But life got crazy for a little while there (between birthday parties, our Eat Clean party, work, and other appointments), but I promise to not disappear for that long again!

Let's start with the weekend, Saturday to be exact!  My cousin's little boy turned 2, so me and my parents piled into the car and headed to Meadville, PA for his party.  I did very well eating that day, even with all of the unhealthy temptations!  I ended up eating a grilled portabella and roasted red pepper panini for lunch (yummo!)...Then there was pizza and cake at the party (I only ate 1 piece of Hawaiian pizza and 2 bites of my cake!).  I feel like it was a good food day overall, I considered it my cheat day!

Then, Sunday was the Clean Eating Party...and it was a HUGE success!  We had a ton of yummy food and a great turnout!  So great in fact, that we have already tentatively planned our next one for Sunday, May 22nd...So mark your calendar!  If you want to see pictures, feel free to check out Kati's blog (she has some posted!)

I also got new tennis shoes this week because my old ones were making my workouts painful.  I have only done 1 day with the new shoes (Reebok ZigTechs) and so far I can already tell a difference...I will let you know how it goes over the course of the next few days!
My new shoes.

On another note...I went to the dentist yesterday and no cavities!  Woohoo!

For those of you interested...I will be ordering Insanity within the next couple of weeks, then starting it soon after!  If you are interested in joining me...let me be your coach and we can embark on the journey together!  Send me a message and we can work something out!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Happy Friday!

Well everyone, we made it through another week...YAY!  And for me, this is the end of my Week 1 do-over for P90X!  Double YAY!  I feel awesome and all of my clothes are starting to fit me a lot better.  Exciting stuff!

This ALSO means that in 2 days is our Clean Eating Party!  Don't forget!  It is at my house, and is an open house from 1pm-4pm...We will have lots of HEALTHY snacks...Plus we will be discussing Shakeology and giving out samples.  Also, you will be able to sign up for our AWESOME team if you are not already a member.  So stop by!  Come and visit!  Eat some food, and have fun with us!  Message me for more info!

But that is all I have for you today!  I am sure that I will have TONS to talk about after this weekend (it is jam packed!)...

I am considering starting a quote of the day texting club?  Meaning I would send out a motivational quote every morning to anyone that wants it...I used to get them through a provider but most of them had NO meaning to me (they were terrible!)...So message me you phone number if you would be interested!  I promise to not spam you...and your number will be kept secret :)

But I am going to leave you with a quote that Kati wanted me to post...

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. 
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. 
It is our light, not our dark, that frightens us most...
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. 
It's not just in some of us; it's in all of us. 
And when we let our own light shine,
we  unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. 
As we are liberatedfrom our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others."
~Marianne Williamson, American Author & Lecturer

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

What keeps me going all day...

So, I have had quite a few people ask me what I use as supplements to help curb my hunger and keep me awake.  Now, keep in mind, I was a COFFEE ADDICT.  Like to the point where I could not function without my coffee (it was ugly).  But, I have not had coffee in almost 4 WEEKS...and I feel fantastic.  I am in happier than ever and I am not tired!  I actually have a hard time sleeping because I am so excited about everything happening in my life.  So...without further are my supplements :)

Now, I start my morning with my ActiVit Multivitamin...the metabolism boosting one...

Then...I make myself a protein shake with my MyoFusion...Chocolate of course!  I use 6 oz of water and 6 oz of vanilla soy milk along with 5 ice cubes and my Magic Bullet to blend it all together!!

Throughout the day, I fill up my Blender Bottle with water and my Xtend...this stuff helps to reduce muscle fatigue and keeps me awake all day...I have both watermelon and orange (orange is my favorite!)...

Lastly, is my 2 pm protein bar snack.  Now, I have yet to find a protein bar that I don't like...But Beachbody P90X bars (click the link and look around the store, you will find them!) are amazing!  Unfortunately, I ran out and in a pinch I found another brand that is super yummy too!

So that sums up my day...I am a creature of habit, so my food routine does not change much...that is,  until I get my Shakeology...then watch out!  In addition to the foods and drinks I listed about, I eat a TON of fruit and veggies throughout the day, plus my lunch which is usually some form of chicken or a salad.

I am already seeing diet and exercise paying off!!...I took new pictures today (4/12/11) to compare with the pictures taken before (on 3/31/11) and WOW...there is already a big difference!  But you all have to wait to see that ;)

Recipe time!

I promise a good, quality blog later on...something more personal (I do not count my "Why" blog from earlier because that was homework)....However, I found a yummy recipe for one of my FAVORITE appetizers!!!  Share time :)

Potato Skins

Who doesn't love potato skins? This is the perfect appetizer for a casual get together or as a healthy snack for the kidlets. Normally, potato skins contain over 500 calories and 33 grams of fat per serving. This recipe has about half the calories and only 4 grams of fat!


4 (6-8 oz.) baking potatoes
1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
Pinch cayenne pepper
Pinch paprika
1/8 tsp. sea salt
4 slices nitrate free turkey bacon
1 1/2 oz. low fat shredded cheddar cheese
3 Tbsp. green onion, chopped
1/4 c. low fat sour cream


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Scrub potatoes and pierce several times with a fork. Rub outside of each potato with 1/4 tsp. oil. Place potatoes on oven rack and bake for 1 hour. Let potatoes cool for 1 to 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and scrape out centers, leaving 1/2 in. shell intact. Lightly oil a nonstick baking sheet with oilve oil and arrange potato skins on sheet. Lightly brush them with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder, cayenne, paprika and salt. Bake for 10 minutes.

Place small nonstick pan over medium high heat. add bacon and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly crisped, about 3-5 minutes. Transfer bacon to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Sprinkle cheese, bacon and onion evenly over baked shells. Bake for 15 - 18 minutes more until lightly browned. Top with a dollop of sour cream. Serve immediately. Makes 4 (2 shell) servings.

Nutritional information (per 2 shell serving): Calories: 234, Fat: 4 g., Carbs: 39 g., Protein: 13 g.

Try it kids!  I know I plan on making it sometime this week...

Speaking of clean eating...and clean eating recipes...Don't forget!  This Sunday, April 17th me and a few of my fellow BB coaches and teammates are hosting a clean eating party!  It is at my house (message me for my address!) and it is an OPEN HOUSE that will be from 1pm-4pm.  We will have snacks for you to sample...along with SHAKEOLOGY samples!!!  We will also be there to discuss joining the team, and maybe even becoming a Beachbody Coach!  It is free to come to our event, and FREE to sign up for the team!  Hopefully you can make it...I know that I am super excited to share my experience so far with all of you!

Hey guys! Listen up!!

Our team is having a special INVITE ONLY online Business Opportunity meeting this Wednesday (that would be tomorrow!) at 8:30PM EST to explain the coaching opportunity Beachbody offers and how you can become a coach on our team (come on, you KNOW you want to...we are awesome!), save 25% off your BB purchases (who doesn't LOVE discounts), and earn income ($$$$$) while you get in shape!
If you have been curious about coaching and want to attend, message me!

My "Why?"

So today I was given a homework assignment from my wonderful coach :)  And instead of emailing her my answer, I decided that I would post it here and share it with everyone.  SO here goes...

When becoming a Beachbody Coach (yes, I know you love my little "click here to join my team!" links), the first aspect of coaching that they ask you to reflect on is your "Why"...meaning why did you want to become a coach?  What motivates you?  What do you want to accomplish by joining this amazing group of people?  So I am going to share with you my why...

My first why is definitely because it is a BLAST!  Being a part of this team is the best thing that has ever happened to me, and it makes everyday so much fun!  Everyone is so upbeat and positive, and we all keep each other motivated and happy all of the time!  I am pretty sure that I have had a smile on my face 24/7 for the past few weeks. 

The potential for financial success is also a big driver for me.  Granted, I am not in it for the money...but it would definitely be an added bonuns.  I mean, who doesn't like to get paid for doing something that they LOVE to do?

But most importantly...My biggest "why" is pure passion. I started this journey on my own, and quickly Kati took me under her wing. I am so greatful for that and I am super lucky to have a coach like her. Because of this journey, we have very quickly become very close friends and I know that I can count on her for more than just health and fitness related things. I want to be to other what she is to me. Not only a motivator and supporter, but a great friend and someone that people can turn to without feeling ashamed or embarrassed. I have quickly become very passionate about being fit and living a healthy lifestyle, and I want to share my enthusiasm with anyone that will listen (and even those who don't know that they want to hear it yet). But I also want to listen to others and learn their goals and dreams, much like Kati did with me!  This is a scary thing to embark on alone, but you don't have to!  That is why I am be your support system when you are feeling down, to push you to bring it even when you feel like you had a long day at work and you are too tired, to listen when you feel like everything is going wrong in your life, and to help you figure out what you need to do to make you happy!

I am going to end this post with a couple of awesome quotes that I found...
"Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and belive, and it will come naturally." - David Frost

"Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you known you can lose." - Tom Krause

"Laugh at yourself, but don't ever aim your doubt at yourself.  Be bold.  When you embark for strange places, don't leave any of yourself safely on shore.  Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory." - Alan Alda

"Look within.  Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig." - Marcus Aurelius

And my favorite...this is the one that we shoul ALL aspire to live by...

"Trust yourself.  Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life.  Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement." - Golda Meir

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Last one for today...Promise! I promise, no more posting after this recipe!  They just look so yummy that I could not resist!

Clean Eating Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins
(Makes approximately 18 muffins)

1-1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup grain sweetened chocolate chips
2 egg whites
1/2 cup agave or honey
1/4 cup safflower or avocado oil
1/2 cup unsweetened almond, soy or rice milk (cow’s milk will work too)
2 tsp. peanut butter per muffin
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line your muffin tin with muffin/cupcake papers
Step 1 – In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, pepper, salt, cocoa powder and chocolate chips (Coating the chocolate chips in flour helps keep them from sinking to the bottom of your muffins during baking).
Step 2 – In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the egg whites, agave or honey, oil and almond milk.
Step 3 – Pour the flour mixture into the liquids and blend well with a wooden spoon.
Step 4 –  Fill your muffin papers half way with batter and place in the oven. If you want the peanut butter centers, fill the papers a 1/4 of the way (being sure to evenly distribute the batter over the bottom of the muffin paper), drop the peanut butter in the center, then cover the peanut butter entirely with the rest of the batter. If you use the peanut butter, your muffin papers will be closer to 3/4 full.
Step 5  - Bake for 20-30 minutes. Test with a knife or cake tester. Be aware that you may pull out some melted chocolate from the chocolate chips. So examine it carefully to see if it’s melted chocolate or raw batter if the stick or knife does not pull out clean.
Step 6 – Cool on a wire rack and serve.
Eat and Enjoy!
(credit to

It's Recipe Time!!!

So, this looks SUPER yummy!  If I make this, who is coming over for dinner???

Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken Breasts Recipeenlarge

Nutritional Information

  • Amount per serving
  • Calories: 210
  • Fat: 5.9g
  • Saturated fat: 1.9g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
  • Protein: 35.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 1.8g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Cholesterol: 98mg
  • Iron: 1.3mg
  • Sodium: 266mg
  • Calcium: 43mg

  • YIELD:
     8 servings (serving size: 1 stuffed chicken breast half)
  • The 5 Ingredients
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pitted kalamata olives
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 8 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • Directions: Preheat broiler. Cut bell pepper in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 15 minutes or until blackened. Place in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 15 minutes. Peel and finely chop. Prepare grill to medium-high heat. Combine bell pepper, cheese, olives, and basil. Cut a horizontal slit through thickest portion of each chicken breast half to form a pocket. Stuff 2 tablespoons bell pepper mixture into each pocket; close opening with a wooden pick. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Place chicken on a grill rack coated with cooking spray. Grill 6 minutes on each side or until done. Remove from grill; cover loosely with foil, and let stand 10 minutes.

Happy Sunday!

So, yesterday was our Super Saturday Event...and it was a blast!  It was great to meet other coaches in the area and to hear their stories.  It was very inspirational for a new coach like me :)  Plus it was fun to work out with everyone!  Here is a picture of everyone (courtesy of Kati Heifner)..


But I am finally not sick anymore!  Yayyyy!  Feels SO good to get back into my routine.  I decided to start ALL over again, so today was day 2!  Cardio X may be one of my favorites...besides Shoulders and Arms/Ab Ripper X.  :)  

So I am SUPER excited about our AWESOME open house event next Sunday!  It is at my house (2275 Bernard Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15234) from 1pm to 4pm.  Me and a few other coaches will be here to tell you all about our new Fit Club that we are starting, and we will be here to answer your questions about Beachbody products!  We will also have SAMPLES of Shakeology, along with other clean foods (and yes, we will share our secret recipes).  Come and learn about how you can eat clean foods that DON'T taste like cardboard...and how we can help you transform your life!  Plus there will be prizes, and who doesn't like to win stuff??  :)

On another is absolutely BEAUTIFUL outside today!  Maybe spring is finally here :)

Friday, April 8, 2011

It is a short post kind of day

Well everyone, today is going to be a short post kind of day.  No "go get 'em tiger" post...just a simple recipe that I want to share. 

For those of you that don't know...I am an Irish girl...and by that I mean through and through.  there is no denying it.  Now, with that being said, I love potatoes.  I could LIVE off of potatoes (but we know this is no good!).  I found this recipe on (check it out, they have some good stuff!)...and it sounds fantastic.  I think this girl is eating potato for dinner tonight...

Steamed New Potatoes with Olive Oil, Parsley & Chives

Smaller spring potatoes, also known as new potatoes, tend to be sweeter, making this an ideal time of year to try a variety other than America’s beloved russet (otherwise known as the Idaho potato). This simple yet elegant presentation will not only complement each entrĂ©e on our mix ‘n‘ match menu, it will also sit nicely alongside your lean steak, roast salmon or pork loin chop recipes.


Serves: 4
Hands-on time: 5 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes

Gluten Free, Under 45 Minutes, Vegetarian

•1 lb small potatoes (red, white or a combination), halved
•2 tbsp fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
•6 chives, chopped
•4 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
•1/4 tsp fine sea salt
•1/8 tsp ground black pepper

1.Fill a pot with 1 inch of water and fit with a steamer basket. Place potatoes in steamer basket and bring water to a boil over high heat. Cover and cook until potatoes are tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
2.Transfer potatoes to a large bowl. Add parsley, chives, oil, salt and pepper and toss gently. Serve hot.

Nutrients per 4-oz serving: Calories: 140, Total Fat: 4.5 g, Sat. Fat: 0.5 g, Carbs: 20 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugars: 0 g, Protein: 3 g, Sodium: 130 mg, Cholesterol: 0 mg

Nutritional Bonus: (gotta love the healthy bonus!)

Potatoes are definitely not empty calories. In fact, they’re a good source of vitamins B6 and C, as well as potassium, an essential mineral that helps regulate heart function, blood pressure and nerve and muscle activity. Enjoy a 4-oz serving of potatoes today for 12% of your potassium intake!
Enjoy!  And if you happen to try it before me, let me know how it is... :)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

It is official....

Last night, I signed up to be a Beachbody coach...and I am SO excited!  And even MORE good news...I am finally feeling better, so I am ready to start bringing it again! 

So I decided last night that I am going to share more of my story...why I am so anxious to transform myself into a healthier, more fit person.  I should probably start at the beginning...

When I was in high school, I was a cheerleader and in TOP shape.  I never weighed more than 105 lbs and I was solid muscle.  Then everything went downhill.  Over Christmas break during my senior year, I came down with mono.  NOT FUN.  Now, I know that people get this everyday, but every person reacts to it differently, just like anything else.  I was out of school for 2 months...I lost a lot of weight (down to 90 lbs at one point), and I was unable to eat or drink anything because my throat was swollen shut.  It was a terrible, terrible experience. 

I have never fully recovered from my "episode".  Having mono destroyed my immune system and also my metabolism.  In other words, I am really susceptible to getting sick (hence my head cold right now), and I gain weight the second that I look at a cookie.  It has been really hard to adjust to because I was always able to eat anything that I wanted and I would NEVER gain a pound.  That is not the case anymore...

So I have made the decision that I am going to make a huge change in my life.  I am taking control of my metabolism whether it likes it or not, and I am not going to let those tempting, sugary foods to attach themselves to my hips!  That is where P90X and Beachbody, along with my AMAZING support team come into play!

I have adopted a healthier lifestyle...eating only clean foods (yeah, I sneak in a little bit of the other stuff, but it is the minimal amount and I work it off in my workout anyway!) and giving up some of the thing that I have relied on to get by...for example...


Yep!  I gave up coffee aka my fuel to get through the day...cold turkey!  I had the typical headaches, but I just worked through it and learned to LOVE water and all of the delicious, calorie free, good for me additives that I can put into it (love my Xtend!).


My daily bagel and cream cheese from Brueggers!  I used to get this with my my breakfast is a protein shake and a banana, along with a multi vitamin.  And let me tell you, I am definitely not reaching for a snack at 9 am like I used to after my bagels!


Lastly, I STOPPED MAKING EXCUSES!!!!  "I am too busy"..."I am tired"..."I have to do the dishes"..."My house needs cleaned"...All of these things can wait!  My health is my #1 priority now, even if that means putting off the chores until AFTER I "Bring it" with my new best friend Tony.  Granted I have had to step back because of being sick, but I am so anxious and excited to get back into things! 

I am so glad that I have such an AMAZING and SUPPORTIVE team around me to keep me going...Because motivation is key, no matter what it is!  Even though I don't know most of them, I love them all and am SO thankful that they are in my life :)

If you are interested in your own transformation journey...let me help you!  Together we can move mountains ;) 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

It is good to be back!

Well, I have decided to try my hand at blogging again!

I started a wonderful journey to transform myself into a healthier, happier woman...A journey that will help me get fit and feel confident in my body...And I am SO excited!

First off, a little about me :)

I have always been a relatively small person, and I was always very fit!  however, I ran into some health problems that set me WAY off track...and I became very unhappy with myself. So I decided to take action!  I got in contact with my awesome Beachbody coach, Kati, and she helped me realize that I can transform myself!

I ordered P90X, and started P90X lean.  After one week I was already seeing amazing results!  I started eating clean, and drinking more water.  Plus, I gave up coffee!  And I could drink a pot of it a day.  But amazingly enough, I am more awake now WITHOUT the coffee that I was with the coffee!

Unfortunately, last week I got very sick.  So I have only been working out every other day...but keeping up with my diet!  I cannot wait to start back up again everyday, because I know that it will make me feel a lot better!

Anyway, that is enough for now...I will keep you posted about my journey!