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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Three Ways To Be a Coach On My Team!


So many time I talk to people and they tell me they could never be a coach. And I ask them why they think that, and they tell me because x, y, and z. And then I say, "there's not just 1 way to be a coach!" and they are so blown away when they realize there are multiple ways you can utilize a coach account!

Let me break it down for you here with something special I created just for my team, The Arrow Tribe. It's called the 3 Paths of Coaching! You can have a coach account and use it just for the incredible 25% discount and to get plugged into our coach community even if you never want to lead challenge groups or make a business from it! Why not use that sweet discount if you are using and loving the products? That 25% discount saves you about $30 on Shakeology! Booyah!

You can also be a Community Builder coach which to us means that coaching is kind of a side hustle for you. Maybe you just want to make enough money to pay for your own shakeology and cute new workout clothes and your weekly Target field trips ;) Maybe you want to lead groups and be a part of the community but you aren't here to build a six or seven figure business. Maybe you don't want to put in tons of work, you just wanna have fun and make a little mad money on the side. Then path two is for YOU!
Maybe you have watched me and other coaches who have done big things and you caught the vision! Maybe you have had an incredible experience as a challenger and you wanna pay that forward. Or maybe you just see the potential and are ready to jump in with everything you've got! Maybe you want to build a full time income, a six figure income or beyond! Maybe you NEED something to create financial freedom, get yourself out of debt, and build a legacy for your future! That's where I was at! I knew from the beginning I wanted to build something BIG! I was a Legacy Builder! Maybe you are too?

When you join my team, I'll ask you to look at this and tell me where you think you fall! Then, I have special tools and training just for you based on which path you take! That's right! Customized for exactly the pace you want to be on! So you'll learn exactly what you need to know to rock at whatever path you want to be on! And the cool part? You can always change paths! If you start out as a Discount Coach and later on decide you wanna be a Community Builder, that's totally cool! We'll just scoot you on down that road and give you the tools to learn the extra things you'll need to know! If you take Path 2 for a while and you catch the bug and all of a sudden decide it's time to work on your legacy, then you can absolutely put your foot on the gas and jump up to Path 3!

I'm here to support you in YOUR goals!

Wanna join my 2x Elite, 2x Top 50 Team?
Apply below! 



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Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach opportunity. Each coach's success is due to their own diligence and skill 
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Monday, August 7, 2017

Are You This Girl?


  • I need your help! I am looking for someone very special!!! Can you please help me find her? 🦄

    Here's a brief description: 🙌🏻

    She wants to grow as a person and become the brightest version of herself she can be

    She would love to travel more but always puts that desire on the back burner because of finances or kids

    She is an entrepreneur at heart and always has ideas but hasn't found one that sticks. She knows that she is destined to be her own boss!

    She loves her kids and would love to stay home with them but needs a purpose beyond just her family

    She cares about wellness and is the one her friends go to for the best new juice place or yoga studio in town

    She doesn't want to have to live at the gym to have a body she feels confident and comfortable in

    She wants to build a home for her family that is beautiful, happy, and calm

    She is determined, a hard worker, and willing to learn. She's a problem solver. A go-getter!

    She might be on a budget but will splurge for a new yoga class, her favorite ice cream, or a surprise gift for someone she loves

    She is tired of feeling stuck and tired and is ready to do whatever it takes to climb out of this hole

    She has always dreamed of being part of a group of girlfriends but never quite fit in

    She has watched every episode of Fixer Upper and thinks that she and Joanna could be best friends

    She wants to do big things for her family and the world but feels like she doesn't have the resources

    She knows anything worth having doesn't come easy and is ready to roll up her sleeves and get to work changing her life!!!

    Can you help me find her??? Do you know her? Are YOU her?!

    I'm going to be hand selecting a few women who fit this description to personally work with and teach how to launch and build a successful coaching business! (US, UK, and Canada only. This is only for new or re-enrolling coaches. No one who is already a coach.)

    If you feel like you are her, email me ASAP (with "I am that girl!" as your subject)  so we can chat! Do you know her? Tag your friend in a comment and if she is selected I'll send you a thank you gift for playing matchmaker! 
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Friday, August 4, 2017

DAILY SUNSHINE AND SHAKEOLOGY COMPARISON! What are the Differences?

how is daily sunshine different than shakeology


For everyone curious about how our newest product, the pediatrician-approved and certified organic, non-GMO, and gluten free DAILY SUNSHINE stacks up to our old faithful superfood product, SHAKEOLOGY, check out this comparison chart and accompanying info! 

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1. WHO ARE THESE PRODUCTS FORMULATED FOR?

- Daily Sunshine is a snack that was designed and formulated for kids 4 and older. In addition to a kid-approved taste, it provides the building blocks of nutrition that kids need every day- with a fruit and veggie blend, protein, and healthy fats. It's also a wholesome, healthy snack for adults. 
- Shakeology was created for adults who are looking for dense nutrition that helps deliver key nutrients in this stressful modern world as well as superfood ingredients that have been traditionally used to support a variety of health benefits. 

2. WHAT ARE THE MAIN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE DAILY SUNSHINE AND SHAKEOLOGY FORMULATIONS?

- Daily Sunshine provides key nutrients in a simple, healthy formula for kids. Shakeology is formulated for adults with a complex alchemy of exotic superfoods, adaptogens, prebiotics, digestive enzymes, and other important nutrients. While they both have unique ingrediens, Daily Sunshine and Shakeology contain some overlapping essential ingredients but at different levels in order to suit the nutritional goal of the product. 

3. CAN ADULTS DRINK BOTH DAILY SUNSHINE AND SHAKEOLOGY?

- YES! Daily Sunshine can be used by consumers who drink Shakeology. We recomment that adults start their day with a daily dose of dense nutrition (Shakeology) and then drink Daily Sunshine as a healthy afternoon snack. While we recommend drinking both Shakeology and Daily Sunshine once daily, you may opt to drink another serving based on your nutritional goals. 

4. WHAT ARE THE MAIN INGREDIENT GROUPS IN EACH SHAKE?

- Daily Sunshine: Fruit and veggie blend, healthy fats, plant-based protein, probiotics, fiber, vitamins and minerals
- Shakeology: Globally sourced superfoods, phytonutrients, protein, probiotics, fiber, adaptogen herbs and botanicals, prebiotics, digestive enzymes, vitamins and minerals. 

5. WHY ARE THE CONTAINER COUNTS DIFFERENT?

- Shakeology is an excellent source of protein as it contains between 16-17 grams of protein and between 140 to 170 calories per serving depending on the flavor. This makes it perfect for one red container. It also has a vast array of other nutrients, but given how wide-ranging and exotic they are, they don't fit as neatly into a specific container. Daily Sunshine contains less protein (10 grams), which is considered a good source so ½ red makes sense. It also delivers the equivalent of a full serving of fruits and vegetables based on USDA guidelines. Because this is done using combination of both fruits and veggies, the most accurate representation is ½ purple and ½ green.

For more information check this out! If you want to get access to my private challenge groups, an entire year's access to BOD plus my favorite portion fix mealplan and containers for just $30 more when you buy shakeology, then use this special discount link
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Struggling With Mom Brain? Try One of These!

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"MOM BRAIN" - Anyone else feel me here?  I have a 5 year old and some days I feel as if my brain never really bounced back. HAHA.
Have you ever been stuck to find a word that is on the tip of your tongue? Stood in an aisle at the grocery store, staring blankly, completely forgetting what you walked in the door for? Called your child by all of their sibling's names before landing on what they're actually called? You've got Mom Brain, my dear! Sleep deprivation, stress, and the constant mom pressure of remembering and juggling all the things can make us feel super scattered.
Okay so want some support? I'm here to help!
Have horrible brain fog? You might want to research the connections between your gut health and your brain! Nutrition impacts how our brain functions more than you might have ever realized! Luckily, we have some incredible nutritional support tools in our toolkits to help!

- CONTAINS PREBIOTICS: Prebiotics (not to be confused with probiotics) Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients, typically fiber, that make their way unscathed to the large intestine, where the good bacteria in our guts can feast on them! Shakeology's main prebiotic ingredients are chicory root and yacon root!
- CONTAINS PROBIOTICS: They’re simply (good) bacteria that you can eat. (Sounds gross, but stay with me.) The idea is that they make their way to your gut and add to the existing population. Shakeology is special because it contains a strain of probiotics called Bacillus Coagulans, which is the only strain that survives stomach acid so it can actually make it all the way to your intestines! (Check the labels on any other probiotics you might buy, most contain strands that barely make it through your stomach acid making the product basically useless.)
- CONTAINS ASHWAGANDA: Have you heard of this adaptagen herb yet? It's a powerhouse! Ashwaganda helps the adrenal system regulate hormones and manage stress. Can I get an amen from all the busy mamas?!

- Unlike traditional energy drinks that rely on chemicals, sugar, and large doses of caffeine to create energy spikes, Focused Energy Boost has ginseng and 100 mg of natural caffeine from guarana and green tea. (Three cheers for no chemical junk!) Not only does this amazing Boost give you energy, it also supports mental clarity, alertness, and focus. Plus, there are no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives in Focused Energy! Add a scoop to your smoothie for a steady boost of energy! (I love this for that 2pm slump!)
- So what if you are doing the best you can with your nutrition but a little one kept you up all night and you are D-R-A-G-G-I-N-G and don't know if you can make it through your next mom responsibility, not to mention your workout for the day. I hear ya! Then it might be time for Energize. Energize contains three natural ingredientss which are caffeine, beta-alanine, and quercetin. Quercetin is what makes it bright yellow (it's not food coloring, ya'll!) Quercetin, comes directly from plant is anti-inflammatories because it acts as an antioxidant. Isn't that cool?
- Yoga has been proven to actually INCREASE your energy levels through the day. And for a tired mama, who maybe can't even think about doing an intense workout, yoga is the perfect answer. Yoga also improves strength, balance, flexibility, and helps you to feel more centered by focusing on quieting your mind and breathing.

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Have you tried any of these? If you want to order one to try just click on the title and it will take you to the shop! Ordering either the shakeology or yoga retreat in the form of the All Access Challenge Pack that it is linked to also AUTOMATICALLY enrolls you in my next upcoming challenge group for extra support and accountabiliy! Booyah! Let me know if it helps! xo- B
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Sunday, July 30, 2017

My Story... From The Beginning



I've tried to figure out how to write this so many times. How do you summarize the various facets of your life experience into one nice little story? Intro paragraph, narrative, closing. I've written it out, or at least parts of it in various ways. And how much of our stories do we ever really tell?

But as 2015 comes to a close, and as I stand on the starting line to what I envision being one of the biggest years of my life... I want us all to start on the same page.

I'm ending this, my 2nd full year as a coach ranked #35 in the company. A company with more than 400,000 coaches. I get to do this as my career now. I doubled, nearly tripled our household income from before and retired myself and my husband from our previous jobs. But you might not know any of that about me or how I got to this point. Did you know I've actually blogged since 2007?!

I have. Crazy huh? No, you won't see it in the archives here. This blog has actually been a lot of blogs. It was called Miss Marie for a long time. I forget what my first name was and there's been random name changes over the years. (Shoutout to my 20SomethingBlogger friends!) It's been Life as an Artistpreneur for a long time. And in that time I've changed the format of this blog more times than any blogger should. I blogged for Disney Baby for a long time too, chronicling my first year of parenting. And I forget that not everyone here has read all those stories, even though I've written them, so you might not know as much about me as I think you do. Let's change that now...

I want to share more with you. To pull down the pretenses of a blog. To strip it down to what I originally loved so much about blogging. Instead of blogging for numbers, instead of trying to curate magazine-worthy content, to just share from my heart. Isn't that what we love about blogs? That they allow us to peek into the lives of people we would never normally get to know? I do.

So you know where I am now. But do you know where I came from to get here?

It's been a wild ride. When I graduated college I never saw myself as a future health and wellness coach. I wanted to be a musician, although I'm mediocre at music. After a short-lived marriage ended in a messy divorce and the loss of my job, my apartment, my musical dreams, and pretty much all of the people I considered friends, I found myself in the ashes of my life faced with no options but to start over.

I had this burning desire to prove myself, to show everyone that I wasn't just a failure. It was almost manic, it drove me so hard. So I dove headfirst into a new endeavor... photography. In the midst of a crumbling economy and recession I decided to start a photography business. And it ended up being a great decision. It was one of those pivotal decisions that changed the trajectory of my life. That business was my baby, and I nurtured it and poured my blood, sweat, and tears into it. I hustled. I learned. I grew.

I learned so much in my 8 years of being a self-employed professional photographer. A few years in I eloped with my soulmate and together we built a business that allowed us to have amazing experiences and adventures together. From being published in national magazines, to being flown all over the US and Europe, to teaching...  I learned how to wear a lot of hats, how to figure it out, how to stay ahead of the curve, how to be responsible for my own success or failure, how to work harder than I ever thought possible, and most of all, how to be in business for myself. I learned what I liked about being a self-employed artist, and what I didn't like.

being goofy at a photography conference (left) | 7 months pregnant (right)

6 years into my career as a full time photographer, we started our family. We had no idea what to expect but we made plans to make it work no matter what. My pregnancy was textbook. Our son came 3 weeks early and was born at home, in our bedroom after 7 hours of unmedicated labor. Choosing to go that route was one of the most formative experiences of my life. I am now 100% confident that I can do the hardest of things. It was the most empowering (and at the same time all-consuming) experiences. I discovered that when I felt like I have nothing left to give, I could summon the strength to push through. And the biggest lesson I learned from it was that in so much of life, the only way out, is through. Whether we may like it or not.

After our son was born was when my life started to take a turn I didn't expect. Life with a new baby did not end up being what I expected it to be. We struggled. I didn't know it until 10 months later but I suffered with post-partum depression. (A poem I wrote about it was published here.) I had a hard time feeling attached in the way I anticipated. I was exhausted all the time. My body didn't go back the way I thought it would. Our marriage struggled. We were not connected. We were not finding our groove. When the fog began to lift 10 months later, the damage had been done and we had to figure out how to move forward despite the pain of what we had been through.

(Looking back at photos from that time I feel so sad, and guilty. I wonder what those first 10 months would have been like for me and for our little man if I had not suffered with PPD. Did he notice that I was distant? Did he lack in some way? Could I have been a better mom? Questions that won't ever have answers and a sadness I'll always carry in some way but that makes me soooooo grateful for our bond now,  fierce like fire and deeper than the oceans.)

After my son's first birthday I started to feel hopeless. I had gained 60 pounds during my pregnancy and had only lost a handful of them off my small, 5'2 frame. I was forgetful. I was achy. I was beyond exhausted all the time no matter how much I slept. My body felt weak and weary from all the excess weight. I was trying all the standard weight loss methods and nothing was working. I would run. I would live on salads and coffee. I would do barre classes. I tried it all. After over a year of struggle, our photography business had lost some serious momentum. We had steady work, but we had to work harder to maintain it. And with the low barrier to entry in the industry our competition was growing faster than we could keep up. I was drained, a bit defeated, and daunted. Finally, I decided to visit an integrative doctor to see if I was just crazy and lazy or if possibly, there could be something deeper happening under the surface.

70 pound weight loss transformationin the midst of a struggle I didn't even understand (left) | my before and after 70 pound weight loss (right)

My symptoms were so scattered: brain fog, unexplained weight gain, inability to lose weight, memory problems, extreme fatigue, pain in my joints, anxiety, the blues.... I sat in the waiting room TERRIFIED that the doctor was going to come back in with my test results and tell me I was crazy. I feared that she would tell me to suck it up, to stop being lazy, to just deal with it and stop being a baby. Because that is how I felt the world was looking at me. People would say things like, "well that's just how all new moms feel" or "that's just mom-brain, get used to it," and I felt so hopeless because if this was just how my life had to be from that point on, then how was that a life to be excited about? Tears welled up in my eyes as the doctor walked in the door.

And in a moment I will remember for the rest of my life she looked into my eyes with so much empathy and said, "Honey, with results like this, I don't know how you've been doing even HALF of what you've been doing." And I crumpled into a mess of emotions. I found out that I was suffering from something called Hashimotos. It had affected my liver, my cholesterol, the amount of antibodies in my blood (basically my body was in constant fight mode), my iron, my vitamin D, and my thyroid levels. And that explained why my symptoms were so all over the board. Because this disease causes a strange domino effect throughout multiple systems in the body.

My prescription was to drastically change my lifestyle in the hopes that I could avoid having to go on medication. For months I tried and struggled. I saw small amounts of weight come off but never made any serious progress. Then I noticed people talking about Beachbody on Facebook and a friend in real life started having some legit results with a program called T25. I started doing my research.

In a long story that I will surely tell in more detail later I stumbled upon the Facebook page of the number one coach in the company and asked her what this whole deal was. (I can't believe she actually messaged me back!) I saw you could be a coach and make money and you could do that at the same time of trying the programs for yourself. I don't remember what exactly called to me from the beginning. I think it was the fact that any extra income we could bring in was good, also I'm competitive and I like anything that challenges me to climb the ladder to success. And I thought that being a coach would force me to stay accountable to the workouts. It would be too embarrassing for me to tell everyone I was a coach and then never lose the weight. So I went all in.

This time, it wasn't a manic desire to prove myself to those that had seen me fall, but rather this deep sense of knowing that it was now or never. I was fighting for my own life, my own health, my family, and our future. I knew that this was my ticket to change it all, forever. I just knew. And again, I was driven...

At that time, I was still working full time at our photography business, was a stay-at-home (work-from-home) mom, and blogged freelance for Disney which took a shocking amount of time. If anyone says they are too busy to be successful at coaching, let me challenge you because I was definitely too busy. Working all during the week and then shooting on weekends and fitting in my workouts and new healthy habits in the cracks in between.

I loved that I could control my income from the start. I knew that if I wanted to make a certain amount of money in a month that I had to help a certain amount of people with their health goals, it was simple to reverse engineer. I was rewarded based on how many people I could genuinely help. Quickly coaching began to supplement our income.

summit beachbody successphotos from my first year as a coach, when I started coming into my own and feeling confident again


And at some point, I fell head over heels in love. With this opportunity, with myself, with my life. In the midst of my first 2 years I lost 70 pounds, grew a six figure income, then eventually replaced our household income. I improved myself with personal development and the positive changes I was making in myself rippled into my family. I slowly and steadily grew my base of people I was helping and started to mentor people who also wanted to learn how to make coaching work in their life. And once I had a taste, I knew there was nowhere for me to go but to the top.

I've never looked back. Yes I had some ups and downs. I've had major successes and some big time shortcomings. I've learned, I've taken all the lessons that my photography business taught me and used them to help me be a better coach and mentor. I realized I could merge all my passions and fill the gaps of what photography could never fully fill. I stumbled into my dream career never having even known before that, that it even existed at all as an option!

I've had to find my way, find my voice, start from scratch, rebuild, try new things, make it work, find new balance, and work on my weaknesses...

But coaching has transformed me as a person and my life. My marriage is stronger than ever. I feel confident and strong and capable and UN-STUCK. I feel fulfilled knowing that the work I do does not only support my family financially but it also helps people to dramatically improve their situations as well and that fills my heart more than I can explain.

beachbody coach success photos of me and my husband now. happier, healthier, more free than ever! 


So here I am, poised on the beginning of a new year. A year full of so much promise and opportunity. A year that I know will be a year that we remember forever. And I can't help but laugh a bit when I look back on the unlikely success story I have been. I never saw it coming, but nothing could have been more perfect in my life. Who would have thought that the mess of a girl who had ruined and rebuilt her life, then got knocked back down again, who was 200 pounds and sick... who would have guessed that she would become a health and wellness coach, that she would find her way, help others do the same, and lead a top ranked team for the company that helped her break free? But here we are... and I want to take as many people to the top with me as possible. I've found my passion and my purpose. And if my past has taught me anything, it's that no matter what comes, I can continue to build and re-build stronger than ever.

Come what may, I've found my way.

Watch my 70 pound weight loss story below. 


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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. For more information see the Beachbody Statement of Independent Coach Earnings
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Monday, July 10, 2017

My P90X Challenge Update!

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I've now completed three weeks of the original P90X workout and I would just like to say that I'm so proud of myself already! Sometimes I get in my own head and think things like, "What if I'm not seeing enough progress to impress everyone? What if I didn't lose weight this week? What if my body isn't changing quickly enough? And I have to remind myself that the fact that I've finished 3 weeks of P90X is an insane victory in itself! When I first got started with Beachbody I could barely get through a 25 minute workout. And since then I've fed myself the lie that I am just not capable of completing long programs. And yet here I am, completing one of the longest and arguably hardest home workout programs available! I'm so proud of myself!

Next up... I want to be really honest while sharing my journey so anyone who finds their way here doesn't just see the highlight reel but can see the struggle that goes on with things like this. I'm not a gym rat. I don't love to work out. But I love feeling strong and I have to take care of myself to feel good and right now I'm in a stage in my life where I want to prove to myself that I can tackle hard physical challenges and finish them! I want to push my body to see what it can do. That's why I'm doing P90X. Yes, I want to lose some weight and get more muscle definition but I also want to feel like a fucking champion by finishing it and proving to myself that I could do it!

So in the spirit of full transparency this update will have more of the not-so-lovely side of things. If you don't like reading about challenges then stop now because I'm going to be really honest with mine. 

I'll wait if you want to go ahead and hop back over to Pinterest for happy things.

Still here? Cool let's chat. This was the hardest week for me so far to stay consistent with my workouts. I don't know why. I just struggled more. I sweat more this week than any week so far. I had to really pep talk myself into going and pushing play. I even skipped a day and ended up having to make it up (2 P90X workouts in 1 day are no small feat ya'll!) This week I had a lot of trouble sleeping. Meaning that I didn't sleep 1 full night well until Friday. So I was dragging every day and had no oomph to give which made me not want to do my workouts. So on the workout side of things I give myself a C+ or  B-. I got them done, but I definitely didn't push myself as much as I could have and I didn't do them all on the assigned days like I should have.
thigh weightloss
Struggle number two... this is the week before my cycle so I've been moody and bloated and generally blah all week. And also just not looking forward to next week when I'll be even more bloated and in pain and wanting to eat every carbohydrate I can find. So basically for two weeks every month I feel like shit. And this was one of those weeks. My progress photo was a bit of a bummer because I woke up bloated (which is such a mood-killer isn't it?!). I did decide to look for the good in things which is that I looked about the same in this progress photo as last week which is actually a victory since I'm bloated right now and last week I took my photo on a day I felt super lean. So if my bloated day this week looks like my lean day last week that's definitely a win in my book!

Struggle number 3 is that I have an autoimmune condition that I have to manage called Hashimotos. I'm lucky because we caught mine before it turned into full fledged hypothyroidism and I have, over the last 2 years, been able to manage my symptoms with lifestyle choices of nutrition, exercise, and managing my stress levels. When I was first diagnosed I was a giant mess. And it took going on the GAPS diet for about a month, going gluten free, and then eventually going paleo for me to finally get in a place where my symptoms were mostly gone and manageable. 

Now that I'm not 100% paleo and now that I'm doing more challenging (read: stressful on the body) workouts, my symptoms have started to come back a little bit and I'm trying to find a new balance to where I can push myself more physically and still manage my symptoms and keep them at bay. My most common symptoms that come and go are bad quality sleep, bloating, irritability and anxiety, psorasis (you can see in the photo below), brain fog/memory issues, and trouble losing weight or rapid weight gain for no apparent reasons. There are tons of other symptoms but at this stage these are the ones I struggle with the most. And when my nutrition is off or my stress levels are high they start to come back stronger and stronger. When I've got everything in check they go away more.

Last year I had them completely gone when I was doing Piyo and eating strictly paleo. I went through a super stressful time personally and they all flared right back up and ever since then I've struggled to get them back under control. When I start to notice symptoms affecting me stronger I know it's time to dial things back in and work harder to stay on track with my nutrition and keep my stress levels low. Why is that important? Because Hashimotos is an auto-immune disease. So anything that causes inflammation in your body or stresses your immune system adds to the problem. For me... gluten, dairy, sugar, and most grains make my symptoms worse. It's just really hard to avoid all those things all the time. And stress I can try to manage but something life happens and things happen that are outside of my control so I just have to do my best to cope well and stay calm. 

hashimotos symptoms
I wanted to track my symptoms in this program because it is intense and generally low impact, more mellow workouts are good for people with auto-immune because you aren't pushing your body super hard. (I believe that's why I did so well when I was just doing Piyo... it's super low impact!) But I don't want to be limited to yoga my whole life and I really want to push myself as an athlete. I went into this commitment to P90X knowing that it would be a challenge for me to figure out how to keep my symptoms in check while pushing my body harder. The key, I'm finding, is in what I put INTO my body. Over the last 3 weeks I've cut out a lot of grains, sugar, and dairy and already you can see a difference in the psoriases that I have on my ankle. I know that I need to dial my food in even more to combat it it's just so hard to eat just lean protein and veggies exclusively. But this next week I'm committed to no sugar, no grains at all, and no dairy and I'm hoping to feel a shift by next weekend.
healthy recipes
I was asked what nutrition plan I was following. So far I've been doing a tweaked version of the Portion Fix (category 2) where I eat 4 veggie servings, 4 protein servings, 3 carb servings, 3 fruit servings, 2 fat servings and 3 oil servings a day. How I break that up is that I eat scrambled egg whites with kale and spinach for my first meal, a smoothie bowl with vegan chocolate shakeology, tons of spinach and kale, and frozen berries, topped with coconut or nuts for lunch, and then a dinner of protein, veggie, and carb. Up until this point I've been lax on my carbs and choosing things like rice, corn, or gluten free options and I know that I need to go grain free again so this upcoming week I'll be getting my carbs in as fruit, sweet potatoes, and almond milk instead of more traditional things like rice or tortillas or gluten free bread. I'm also going to be dialing back on my sugar. I've been sweetening my smoothie bowls and I'm going to stop and drinking sweetened drinks and having coconut ice cream so I'm going to cut those things out and see what happens. I'm also going to be a little more lax with my healthy fats because my body tends to do well on high fat mealplans so I'm adding some MCT oil into my coffee and smoothies. I'll report back with how that affects me, if it does at all. 

I wanted to share with you some numbers for my progress so far!!! I chose not to weigh myself before starting because scales are emotionally tough for me, and as someone who has an autoimmune disease that makes it super difficult to lose weight, I have learned that scales are not the best way for me to measure my progress. So instead, I took progress photos and measurements. 

I'm down a total of just under 5.5 inches! Most impressively 3.5 of those in my thighs which are usually where I lose the least so I'm super pumped about that! And I finally saw a small decrease in my arms which you might remember from last week I was so excited to see some definition in! My arms never seem to change so it's exciting to see progress in these problem areas! (Since January I've lost a total of 10 inches in my thighs thanks to Tony Horton's programs!)

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What I Pack For Beachbody's Big Convention

Next week is our company's big annual convention in New Orleans and I am so very excited to get to see all my coach friends and hug their necks and be surrounded by people who are just as passionate about this as I am! It's so fun. But first... packing!

I am notorious about waiting until midnight the night before our flight to start packing. So this time I'm trying to be proactive and get all packed up a day in advance. Less stress this way! If you are packing for the convention too, especially if this is your first time, hopefully, this list helps! And even if you aren't a coach coming to New Orleans, most big companies have annual conventions and this list might help you plan and prep for your own trip!

WHAT TO PACK FOR YOUR COMPANYS ANNUAL CONFERENCE CONVENTION

First things first, you've got to know what types of things you'll need. So check the schedule of your event. For our convention (which is called Coach Summit), we have opening and closing ceremonies, breakout sessions, group workouts, and a few parties. So I know I'm going to need a couple dressier outfits, some professional casual stuff that I can walk around a lot comfortably in, a few workout outfits, and at least one formal outfit for recognition time! Check your timeline of events so you know what you'll need!

With annual conventions you need a mix of business tools and casual items. At our big annual convention there is a big mix of styles and formality. But I have always been of the impression that you should dress as the businessperson you want to be. If you pay attention to the leaders in your business, they are usually put together and looking professional all the time. It takes a little bit more effort, but it will also make you feel more confident and help people see you as the business person you truly are!

To me, that means that I don't stay in sweaty workout clothes all day. I also don't show up to opening and closing ceremonies in shorts or jeans. I imagine to myself, "What if today the CEO came up to me to talk about my business?" and I dress in such a way that I'd feel like I'd make an impression on him as someone who takes herself and her business seriously. That's just me though. I think the most important thing is just making sure that you feel really confident and great in whatever you pack so that when you are taking pictures, meeting new people, and meeting your corporate teams you feel great in your skin and you can be yourself and let yourself shine.

Here's what I'm packing:

packing list for annual convention

A few items you'll see on here that are MUST HAVE'S for conventions that you might not have thought about if you haven't been to one yet are cardigans or blazers for layering. Even if it's summer (like it is for our convention) the rooms where training and breakout sessions happen are usually super chilly. Bringing some lightweight items you can layer will keep you from being so cold you can't focus. Another thing you don't want to forget is a battery booster pack for your phone. Because you will run out of battery during those long convention days, trust me. And lastly, dry shampoo. It's your convention week best friend. You wont have tons of time between morning workouts and the day's events so dry shampoo will help you save time and still look put together! Also, don't forget your busuiness credit card or debit card because you are on a work trip and a lot of your expenses can be written off for your taxes that year!

Most importantly, plan to have fun, to feel good in your clothes, to present yourself professionally, and to bring your A game to learn, grow, and connect! These conventions are so much fun and you want to be present in the moment, not worrying about your outfits or what you packed! So plan ahead, resolve to have fun no matter what, and make the most of your trip!
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