Thursday, December 23, 2010

Healthier Treat Recipe for Holidays

Sometimes finding a treat recipe can be hard, it is nice to be able to have something in moderation sometimes! I saw this one and wanted to share it with you if your looking for something to make over the holidays that is different! Let me know if you make it and what you think.

Sweetheart Surprise Cheese Tart

Canola oil cooking spray

12 sheets low-fat graham crackers, crushed

1/2 cup Grape-Nuts cereal

1 Tbsp. Canola oil

2 Tbsp. orange juice

2-1/2 cups low-fat ricotta cheese

1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/ Tbsp. lemon juice

2 tsp. vanilla

1/3 cup chocolate chips

2 cups sliced strawberries

2 Tbsp. granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Lightly coat a 10-inch spring-form pan with cooking spray.

In a food processor, blend crushed graham crackers, Grape-Nuts, canola oil and orange juice. Press mixture into the prepared spring-form pan.

In a small bowl, blend together ricotta cheese, yogurt, 1/3 cup sugar, lemon juice and vanilla. Spoon onto graham cracker crust.

Bake 35 minutes, remove and immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips. Cool to room temperature. Top with sliced strawberries and sugar. Refrigerate until well chilled and serve. Makes 10 servings.

Nutritional Information: (per serving)

Calories: 247Protein: 12 gFiber: n/aCarbs: 37 gFat Total: 6 gSaturated Fat: 2 g

 This is a great recipe, I wanted to share it with you from my Team Beachbody Site, I hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Fitness Resolution with Team Life Inspiration

Achieve True Fitness: Have a strategy set that includes- Cardio, strength training, functional exercise, good nutrition and supplements!

I am very excited to be able to start this Resolution with you. For me personally this year has been a struggle and a Blessing at the same time. I plan to really focus on this as an opportunity to reach others and help them get into the best shape ever. And yes- Me too!! So on we go! I hope you are ready to reach into a new you. Really, when we start to make some changes in our exercise and nutrition habits and surround ourselves with others doing the same, it does something to us, it creates a motivating, encouraging, and Positive environment to be in and a part of! Being in each others lives, makes a lot of difference! When you have a hard day and want to give up, we remind you of Your WHY!! That is what you want, why you are doing this and why it is so important to you!! So, get a pen and paper and write those things down now! Message me that you are ready and Team Life Inspiration will help you all the way! I can't wait to get started, how about you?

Exercise is part of a program for healthy living- it's not the whole package. we cannot exercise regularly, while eating poor or neglecting other critical dimensions of living and expect to feel good!

This is about A Fitness Resolution to get your year started off right and make it the year you ...stick to being healthy every month!!

To get started:

Meet us at one of our Fit Club locations-

Elite Fitness in Homer Glen: Meets every 2nd and 4th Sat from 10:15 - 11:45 AM. Starting In Jan on the 4th sat of the month.

Naperville Christian Church in Naperville- every Monday starting on Jan 3rd. at 6:30 PM

Fit Clubs are Free for Guests. At Elite Fitness in HOmer Glen Coaches pay $10 each time!

~ To Participate in 90 Day Challenge ~

The coach that invited you will be the coach you can order any programs or supplements from. Challenge Prizes are for EVERYONE!!

1. Order exercise program of your choice, like P90X, Slim in Six, or Turbo Fire. ect...

2. Order Shakeology
Go over to My Healthiest Meal of the Day Page for more info on Shakeology!
3. Pay a 10$ entrance fee that will be put into a pot to go towards prizes for participation! We Will hold a Raffle at the end of the 90 Days for all the Prizes!!

If You would like to keep track of your measurements, we can measure You at the Fit Clubs!

Get your orders in NOW! This way you are ready to go by Jan. 3rd.

This is about being healthy all year long, not just for Jan and Feb. So let's get it started right!!

Please Email Dani with any questions:

thank you,


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Beautiful Body Begins Now

                                                    Beautiful Body Begins Now!

Next time you find yourself thinking about how much you want to feel beautiful inside and out, ask yourself: What Am I doing for my beauty inside and out? Meaning, what am I putting in my body or doing for my body to make it shine on the outside and make it healthy from head to toe inside?

I often hear from people that they know what to do, they just don't do it. As I have learned in many things, it is often easy to do, but so much easier NOT to do.
This is very true, we are creatures of our bad habits. We need to learn to take the old bad habits of not eating well, no time for exercise, and the I just want to eat what I want to eat attitude and adjust it a bit!! I have to tell you very matter of fact, that the attitude you may have about wanting to eat whatever you want whenever you want, will eventually end up in the hands of those that love you the most, because those people are the ones that will now have to either say good bye to you early or take care of you after a heart attack, stroke or help you manage your diabetes. I know that sounds harsh, I just have it in my heart, I pray everyday that the ones I love as well as the ones you all love, will wake up and have whatever needs to Click, Click already, and they will do something do be healthier! :)

OK, so that being said. How do we stop the old habits? First of all get out paper and pen, nothing is as powerful as when you put pen to paper about something. Well, I do say pray about it first of course and then write it down:) Now, write down one habit that you know you need to change. Write down what you will do instead of it, this is replacing it with a good habit instead. I give the water bottle example all the time. Say you want to stop the habit of not drinking enough water and always forgetting to bring your water bottle with you. Write down that you will take your water bottle everyday and fill it up and put it next to your purse or keys. So when you leave you are in the habit of grabbing it every time!

Now let's talk about making it a good habit to get in exercise at least 3- 5 times a week. This really comes down to you just planning it and just doing it. If you wait for motivation to kick in to do it, you'll be picking snacking and watching TV every time. You have to START, That is what creates the motivation to do it again. You get that great feeling of doing something good for you. Now some of us, know its hard, and when we do it, we get the feeling that it is hard again. And that can make you want to stop! HOLD ON there sisters and brothers! You have to just start, even if it is hard, just think if you continue to wait, put it off, it will be that much harder down the road. Also, by then you may end up with something that is a huge challenge to get rid of or try to reverse like diseases. JUST DO IT NOW!! It has nothing to do with not loving the body you have now, it is about knowing and understanding that if the body you have now is obese, or over weight you can be at risk for diseases! It is about finding a healthy body weight and body fat percent for you!! Not comparing to Daisy down the road or Fred up the street, it is YOU and what is healthy for YOU!

Start by incorporating exercise 3 x a week, get in about 20-30 minutes of Cardio type exercise. Walking, dancing, group fitness class. Also aim to get in 25-45 min of resistance training, this can be a Yoga workout, boot camp style with push ups, or good old weight training too!!

Now let's talk about nutrition. Aim for at least 5 healthy meals each day. Foods that are full of proteins, veggies, fruits and good complex carbs! Avoid fast foods, full of saturated fats, and sweets, sodas, highly processed packaged foods and over eating them as well. Moderation is one thing, over eating will bring you nothing but guilt in one way or another.

So, take the time you need to start thinking about creating a beautiful body inside and out! We are given only one and we need to do the best job possible to take care of it! Make sure it is a YES that you are saying to yourself in order to get the time you need to care for you! I believe that setting your priorities is huge, put being healthy on your list today, especially if you tend to let it go easily. Ask for accountability as well, so the ones around you know you are important too! After all, I always say, the more you take care of you, the better you can take care of others!

Love Life, Laugh as You Live and Stay Fit,
Dani Laux

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Eating Healthy with Popcorn

I love Air Popped Pop Corn!
 Information from: Nutrition Action Health letter!
Some ideas about the pop corn that is OK to eat today, for those of us that love it and want to make the best choice possible.
On the microwave popcorn boxes, be aware of a few things:
"Sprinkle" means more sodium, 240 milligrams per serving. "Taste of Butter" is code for  "enough butter-flavored partially hydrogenated soybean oil to supply 4 grams of trans fat," that is two days worth.

Most all Pop Secret and Jiffy Pop pop corns still have trans fat. Also, nearly all Act, Newman's Own, Orville Redenbacher, and Smart Balance microwave pop corns have replaced partially hydrogenated oils with mostly palm oil.

What to pick? Stick to 94% Fat Free versions of those brands. Better yet, look for Pop Weaver. This year, that brand switched to canola oil, so you don't have to worry about either saturated or trans fat.

What else? Just know to look for a no-trans microwave popcorn with the fewest calories and the least sat fat and sodium in the " 1 cup popped" Serving listed in the Nutrition Facts. Now Multiply by 4 to estimate what you're likely to get if you eat a third to half of the bag.

Now for me, I LOVE Air Popped popcorn. We take a little olive oil and spray it on and add a little bit of sea salt!! Yummy and so much better!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Shake For A Cure

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness month!! NOW until the end of OCTOBER 2010, I will personally donate $10 for every New Shakeology Customer who orders on Home Direct to the NBCF. I will also post who’s name it is in honor of if you would like on FB!!! ….Please send me a personal message with persons name and short message. It’s a win win. Not only will you be getting healthier you will be helping support a great cause!!!!

-$10 donation for every NEW Customer who orders Shakeology on Home Direct (donations made to National Breast Cancer Foundation)

Lose any unwanted pounds BEFORE the Holidays!

-One Shake a Day will Shake the lbs Away!!

LIVE Shake for a Cure WORKOUT Mania- Saturday October 30th in Homer Glen – message me to attend FREE!!! Information on Facebook Group Page: The Ultimate Fit Club!!

Receive FREE:
*Accountability Coach
*Recipies to mix it up!
*Eating Guide to lose weight
*3 Day Cleanse Guide!
*2 Shakeology Workout DVDS when you order on Home Direct *FREE Shipping on HD.

A Healthier Heart, Mental Clarity, More Energy, Better Digestion and over all Health and Body Change!!

Order – Shakeology

30 day money back guarantee

Let' Do this together and make a difference!
Danielle Laux

Friday, October 8, 2010

Tired, jeans not fitting, what is going on?

For me this is so important to get this information out to you! I suffered for a long time and didn't know it was my thyroid! I am young, active, eat healthy and it just didn't make sense to feel the way I did. So I asked for a blood test to check my thyroid. Why, did I do this? Well, I was tired of feeling tired and not getting answers. I take good care of myself and the protein that I eat and supplement with was keeping me a bay and helping me get through. It just wasn't enough at that point in time. I read, investigated, got info and asked the Dr. to check all my hormone levels. Bingo!! Hypothyroidism for me! Say What: I wasn't over weight, but always hungry, and if I don't workout, I do put on some weight, even if it isn't much, it was a bit much for me. You know a few pounds makes you feel like crap, well me anyway. You may still look good, but you know the difference in your own body, right? OK, so I got that figured out, still dealing with getting numbers checked and all that stuff. For me it is about making sure I eat every 2-3 hours, take my meds, drink a lot of water and decaf green tea, and oh the most important thing for me is the best meal of the day! Shakeology, without it I crash, without it I lose my energy and focus! I truly tell you this because it works and I love it. I know the difference in me and many others that share with me. So I please find the information below. I hope it helps you in some way, I got it form Web MD. I think it is really good. Please let me know how you are doing, and if you have any questions.

An unexplained change in weight is one of the most common signs of a thyroid disorder. Weight gain may signal low levels of thyroid hormones, a condition called hypothyroidism. In contrast, if the thyroid produces more hormones than the body needs, you may lose weight unexpectedly. This is known as hyperthyroidism. Hypothyroidism is far more common.
Thyroid hormones affect nearly every organ in the body and can influence how quickly the heart beats. People with hypothyroidism may notice their heart rate is slower than usual. Hyperthyroidism may cause the heart to speed up. It can also trigger increased blood pressure and the sensation of a pounding heart, known as heart palpitations.
Thyroid disorders can have a noticeable impact on your energy level and mood. Hypothyroidism tends to make people feel tired, sluggish, and depressed.
Hyperthyroidism can cause anxiety, problems sleeping, restlessness, and irritability.
Thyroid disorders can disrupt the ability to regulate body temperature. People with hypothyroidism may feel cold more often than usual. Hyperthyroidism tends to have the opposite effect, causing excessive sweating and an aversion to heat.

If your doctor suspects a thyroid disorder, a blood test can help provide an answer. This test measures the level of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), a kind of master hormone that regulates the work of the thyroid gland. If TSH is high, it typically means that your thyroid function is too low (hypothyroid). If TSH is low, then it generally means the thyroid is overactive (hyperthyroid.) Your doctor may also check levels of other thyroid hormones in your blood. In some cases, imaging studies are used and biopsies are taken to evaluate a thyroid abnormality.

The most common cause of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto's disease. This is an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks the thyroid gland. The result is damage to the thyroid, preventing it from producing enough hormones. Hashimoto's disease tends to run in families.

In some cases, hypothyroidism results from a problem with the pituitary gland, which is at the base of the brain. This gland produces thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), which tells the thyroid to do its job. If your pituitary gland does not produce enough TSH, your levels of thyroid hormones will fall. Other causes of hypothyroidism include temporary inflammation of the thyroid or medications that affect thyroid function.When left untreated, hypothyroidism can raise your cholesterol levels and make you more likely to have a stroke or heart attack. In severe cases, very low levels of thyroid hormones can trigger a loss of consciousness and life-threatening drop in body temperature. Untreated hyperthyroidism can cause serious heart problems and brittle bones.

If you are diagnosed with hypothyroidism, your doctor will most likely prescribe thyroid hormones in the form of a pill. This usually leads to noticeable improvements within a couple of weeks. Long-term treatment can result in more energy, lower cholesterol levels, and gradual weight loss. Most people with hypothyroidism will need to take thyroid hormones for the rest of their lives.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Slow down how fast your arteries age

Another great article to share with you. This is from my Nutrition Action Health Letter. October 2010 issue, with a bit of my own views as well.

As we get older, though, the springs start to stiffen and our arteries start to lose their ability to expand when they need to. And that can mean an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and cognitive decline.

The good news: WE can slow down how fast our arteries age.
Thank you!!!!

How do we know whether our arteries are stiffening and if our artery walls are in poor shape? We don't! It's not something that can be measured at the doctor's office ( though that may change in the not too distant future). Getting direct measurements from artery walls is even a challenge for researchers.

For arterial stiffness, a patient lies down while electrodes are placed on the skin along two arteries. A device records how fast it takes for a pulse to travel between two points ( pulse wave velocity). The greater the velocity, the stiffer the artery. ( Since stiff arteries can't expand well, they pinch the blood flow and send it shooting through at a faster speed).

The findings are showing that lifestyle factors that cause arterial stiffening and endothelial dysfunction are the same ones that can help slow them down or even prevent them.

Regular aerobic exercise may have the greatest effect on arterial stiffness. When comparing older adults who do regular aerobic exercise with older adults who don't, you see that the exercisers have more-compliant arteries and less stiffening.

One Meal's Damage:
If a meal that's high in saturated fat can impair your arteries within hours, imagine the havoc that the fattest restaurant meals can cause.
After the June 2009 "Xtreme Eating" article highlighted some of the nation's highest-calorie restaurant dishes, ABC News decided to see for itself what the meals did to people's arteries.
The network sent Yunji de Nies, a young reporter and Jon Garcia, her producer, to Robert Vogel's lab at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, where they had their blood vessels tested both before and after eating some of the restaurant dishes featured.
The two intrepid journalists each ate a three-course lunch: a deep fried macaroni and cheese appetizer from The Cheesecake Factory, and Applebee's bacon cheeseburger wrapped in a quesadilla, and a giant cookie smothered in ice cream from Uno Chicago Grill. The toll: an astounding 6,190 calories and 17 grams of saturated fat.
Two hours later, lab test showed the beating the arteries were taking. The producer's blood discolored with fat, and the young healthy reporter's endothelial function was impaired enough that you could actually hear the difference as sensors picked up her narrowed arteries' struggle to keep blood flowing.
"One meal can affect the health of your arteries," Vogel told the journalists.
To view the ABC News segment, go to:

Well, I have to tell you that a lot of us think this, oh it is just one meal, have it in moderation, what damage is it going to do? Well, for me the proof is here now, I may never eat all that in one meal, but I know many that do, or some of us may just have the burger. Just think about how many times a week/week/year you are eating these kinds of foods. All this food at one time can cause damage and some of this food way to often will cause damage.

The Bottom Line:
If your arteries are stiff and their lining is impaired, you could be setting the stage for cardiovascular disease cognitive decline.
To make your arteries more supple:
. Get regular aerobic exercise
. cut back on sodium and saturated fat
. eat a diet that's packed with fruits and vegetables
. eat two servings of seafood a week
. exercise and watch calories to lose or avoid gaining excess visceral belly fat

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Obesity and what it can do

Information/facts from My Nutrition Action Healthletter: and my opinions too!

Society doesn't really reward obesity, if you think about it, it is stigmatized. Overweight people, especially children, are teased and victimized by discrimination. We see obese children growing up with low self-esteem and a higher risk of depression. They're less likely to be admitted to college, and obese adults are less likely to get hired, have lower salaries, and are often viewed as lazy and less competent. The pressure out there to overeat is and must be getting more and more overwhelming.

I know many people are seeking jobs, did we ever think that this would play a part in a decision process of getting hired. Wow!

Are the pressures worse for children?
Yes, kids don't have the natural cognitive defenses against marketing. And they're developing brand loyalty and food preferences that can last a lifetime. A third of kids are now overweight or obese. And when you project ahead to the adult diseases that will cause, it's incredible.Kids may ask us one day, "Why didn't you protect me".
I actually hear some clients tell me that they wish their parents would have stepped in and helped them when they were younger. It makes me sad, but demands my passion to push forward!!!

We see some nutrition education in schools, but it's a drop against the tidal wave of what the food industry is doing to educate our kids.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is by far the biggest funder of work on childhood obesity, and it's now spending $100 million a year on the problem. The food industry spends that much every year by January 4th to market unhealthy food to children.
As parents I encourage you to eat meals with your kids, every meal is a teaching opportunity for you with you kids, to show proper portion sizes and choices.

So why is it so important to prevent obesity?
Because it is so difficult to fix. The results of studies on treating obesity are very discouraging, especially if one looks at long-term results. This is not saying that you can't reverse it, it is just that the hard work has to start now.

Why is it hard?
There's good research, much of it done by Rudolph Leibel and colleagues at Columbia University, that shows that when people are overweight and lose weight, their biology changes in a way that makes it hard to keep the weight off.
It's as if the body senses that it's in starvation mode so it becomes more metabolically efficient. People who have lost weight burn fewer calories than those who haven't, so they have to keep taking in fewer calories to keep the weight off. That's tough to do day after day, especially when the environment is pushing us to eat more, not less.
And Leibel and others have shown that there are changes in hormones, including leptin, that explain why people who lose weight are hungry much of the time.

Some of the data can be discouraging. The results of weight loss studies are clear. Not many people lose a significant amount of weight and keep it off. All these environmental cues force people to eat, and then this biology makes it hard to lose weight and keep it off.

I would love to hear back from you on this information. I have part two coming out soon. More to come on Addictive foods, what about exercise and more answers to help us all!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Shakeology low glycemic index

The results are in. Shakeology® is now certified low glycemic. It’s another stamp of approval that Shakeology is good for you. But
that’s not all. Shakeology came in at just 24 on the glycemic index (GI). A number that’s very low and something to be excited about.
Simply put, the glycemic index is a way to measure how carbohydrates react in your blood. When you eat carbs, your blood
sugar level rises anywhere from a little to a lot. The GI uses a scale of 0 to 100, with higher numbers given to foods that cause the
most rapid rise in blood sugar.

What’s the glycemic index?
High-GI foods cause the body to produce higher levels of insulin but
sometimes too much. This gives you an energy burst, known as a “sugar
rush.” It feels good at first, but then your blood sugar drops rapidly to
lower than normal levels, known as a “crash.” Eating low-GI foods is a
smart way to avoid the “sugar rush and sugar crash” cycle. And they’re
good for you because they stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels.
High blood sugar drives your body
to produce more insulin.

Foods with a high-GI (above 70) include white bread, pretzels, French fries, and most processed foods. Eating these foods
triggers a rapid rise in blood sugar and insulin levels, which:
• Encourages your body to store fat
• Creates a cycle of hunger pangs and feeling unsatisfied
• Causes an energy crash that leaves you irritated and tired
• Can lead to high blood pressure, fluid retention, and diabetes

Foods with a low-GI (under 55) include spinach, oatmeal, peanuts, and Shakeology. Consuming these foods helps stabilize blood
sugar and insulin levels, which:
• Increases levels of glycogen, a hormone that causes body fat to be burned
• Gives you a feeling of satisfied hunger
• Helps balance moods
• Reduces the risk of heart disease, helps control diabetes, and positively affects the aging process

Here’s why:
Believe it or not, Shakeology’s GI rating of 24 is much lower than most fruits, some vegetables, and pretty much every processed food
ever made. It keeps your sugar levels in check while supplying nutrition that satisfies, energizes, and helps promote good health.
As you can see, eating low-GI foods like Shakeology is good for you.

Glycemic index RANGE
HIGH (GI:70 or above) MEDI UM (GI:56-69) LOW (GI:Under 55)

Shakeology® is certified low glycemic.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

30 Day Fitness/Shakeology Boot Camp Challenge

Making some changes to the 90 day challenge! This is now a 30 day Fitness/Shakeology Boot camp Challenge!
Orientation is Sat Sept 18Th at 8a.m. Come sign up and get measured!
Program starts Tuesday Sept 21st.- Oct 23rd.

Prizes for top winner in most weight and inches lost! Also prizes for just participating!

Taking place at Elite Fitness in Homer Glen.

This is for members of Elite Fitness, grab a friend, partner up and get ready to workout with Independent Beachbody Coaches, Dani Laux, Lori McGraw and Tom Laux!!

Each week workout 2x a week with coaches- Tuesday's at 7:30p.m and Sat's at 8a.m.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

X-Treme Training

Sunday August 29Th is our X-Treme Training Launch Party! At: 10:30a.m.-12:30p.m.
We are so excited to get this program up and running!

Place: Megaplex and Elite Fitness: Bell Road, Homer Glen!
Visit our Event page on Facebook!

This day will be the Party to kick off the 90 Day Challenge!
90 Day Challenge starts on Tuesday Sept 7Th at 7:30p.m. and
Saturday Sept 11Th at 8a.m.
Runs from Sept 7Th- Nov 27Th
Prizes, Kick Butt workouts with Coaches/Instructors/Trainers and Fun!!

We are looking for 50 spots to make up 10 teams of 5 people! You must be a Member At Elite Fitness to participate in the 90 Day Challenge!

What do you need to do?
1. Come to launch Party
2. To register you will go to your Teambeachbody page and do the following, If you do not have one yet you will need to get one at this site:
a. Purchase one of the following Workout DVD Programs: P90X,Insanity, Turbo Fire, Chalene Extreme. $119 plus tax and shipping.
b. Order 30 Day supply of Shakeology. $119 plus tax and shipping.
All Team Beachbody Members get 10% off purchase. If you do a Free account that is fine, you just don't get the 10% off!

3. At the Launch or after before Sept 7Th. Register and payment of $79 is made to Elite Fitness. This will be the amount to cover all the classes and training you receive. Also used to go towards prizes!

4. Come to both workout classes; Tues at 7:30p.m. and Sat at 8a.m. Plus one additional Workout at Elite, equals three total at Elite.

5. Have your schedule card signed by Coach after every workout, this is your raffle ticket to submit at end of Challenge, to enter for prizes!

6. Keep track of Weight and measurements. Turn them in to Coaches to calculate the team that has lost the most Weight and inches total to win the main prize!

Prizes will be announced soon!

Please feel free to email me with any questions that you have at: danilauxfitness@yahoo

Looking forward to seeing you Sunday!!

Monday, August 23, 2010


Wednesday, August 25, 2010 from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (CT)
Nichols Library
200 W. Jefferson Avenue
Naperville Il

Beachbody Comes to Naperville!!
Join us for a 2 Hour Inspirational Event!!
You know the Products: Turbo Fire, P90X, Insanity & More!! Now Come Learn How YOU can be a part of our Mission to Help People Get Healthy & Fit!! Learn how this is the BEST Business to help you stay accountable to your health as well as help your Family & Friends Live a HEALTHIER and WEALTHIER Lifestyle!! It's a Win, Win!!!

Ask yourself:

Do you Love Fitness?

Do you Love to Help People?

Are you looking for additional opportunities? Something that you are Passionate about?

**This Business and Team has Changed My Life - You Can Achieve Your Goals in Life when you surround yourself with like-minded individuals who will push You to DO MORE!!!

The Presentation will be led by Special Guest & Motivational Speaker, Craig Holiday! Craig is an Expert in Business & Relationship Marketing for over 30 years and has the gift to help others REALIZE their Full Potential in Life! His PASSION for Life will motivate you take control of yours and strive to achieve Great Success!!

We will begin with an Introduction to the Beachbody Fitness & Nutrition Products including Shakeology!!! Followed by the Inspirational Workshop w/ Craig Holiday and you will learn HOW Team Beachbody is working to End the Obesity Epidemic in America!!

To be my Free guest, register at:
Danielle Laux is your inviting Coach for you to be a Free Guest!

Come and Join us for an Amazing Evening!! I will see you there!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Recipe of the day

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers:
This is quick and delicious. What is better than that.

4 sweet bell peppers, halved lengthwise, ribs and seeds removed

3/4 cup quinoa, well rinsed

1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth

1 15 oz can no-salt added diced tomatoes

10 oz baby spinach

1 small clove garlic

1 oz about 6 tbs grated parmesan cheese ( optional, I would leave out for dairy issues)

1 large bunch basil, about 4 cups

3 tbs extra virgin olive oil
freshly ground black pepper

1/4 tsp. kosher salt

3 Tbs. boiling water

1/4 cup unsalted pistachios (optional, I would leave out for nut issues)

Put the peppers skin sid up o na lightly oiled baking sheet and broil on high until slightly charred and starting to soften, about 10 minutes. Remove the pepers from the oven and set them aside.

While the peppers are roasting, simmer the quinoa with the vegetable broth and tomatoes in a medium pot for 10 minutes. Stir in the spinach in batches. Spoon the quinoa spinach mixture into the roasted peppers.

To make the pesto, combine the garlic, Parmesan, basil, olive oil,pepper and up to 1/4 tsp salt in a food processor and pulse untill finely chopped but not smooth. Stir in the boiling water. Top the filled peppers with the pesto and garnish with the pistachios.
Serves 4

Per Serving (2 halves)
Calories: 400
Total Fat: 19 grams
Sat Fat: 3.5 g
Protein: 14 g
Sodium: 400 mg
Cholesterol: 5 mg
Carbohydrates: 49 g
Fiber: 9 g


Monday, July 19, 2010

Iowa Fit Camp

This weekend was filled with joy, excitement, fun, and plain old down right hard core Workout Energy! My husband Tom and I drove 6 hours to visit the beautiful Decorah Iowa. This is where one of the Coaches on Our Team lives, her name is Vicki! Vicki has a gymnastics studio out there and is holding Free Fit Camps! Tom and I went to help Vicki and show all the guests how to bring a great workout for all fitness levels.

As the instructor I lead around 13 people in a little bit of Turbo Kick and then some X-treme training, like you see in P90X! It was amazing. Everyone worked hard, sweated and did their best! I am so proud of this group!! Way to Bring it!

After our amazing workout we all recovered with some Recovery Drink, and sampled Shakeology! This is a great way to share these products and let others know you care about their health and wellness. This is exactly what is important to Vicki and why she started as a Coach in the first place.

We are all on a journey together! Was everyone at the Camp in great shape and at their goal weight already? Heck no. Some maybe, and some not at all, that is the beauty of it, we all come together, no judgement, just exercise, accountability, support and love! We even had some ask about how to be a Coach too! That is great, more people spreading the news on fitness and wellness. We are all on this mission to help stop obesity and when we all come together it Will Be done! So again, we are all on a journey, we don't have to be fitness experts or in the best shape of our lives to Coach. Will you get there yes, if you keep at it! Being a Coach is about having your own Business, helping others is a benefit and getting in shape is too!!

We had so much fun, I loved meeting everyone and I look forward to the next time we can travel back to Iowa.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Still Feel Hungry

I feel Hungry:
Do you skip meals in hopes of losing weight? I get asked about feeling hungry a lot, so I am addressing it today here. Make sure your meals and snacks are every 2-3 hours. Sometimes we wait way to long and then we are so hungry we grab the wrong foods. Drink plenty of water too, this really helps. Never skip meals in the hope of losing weight, it will only be counterproductive to you. It is easy to over eat when you are over hungry. Growl, crabby, growl, look out!!

If you are are eating healthy, every two to three hours, with proteins, good carbs with fiber, and some fat, and you still feel hungry- If you eat veggies add more volume to them like making it in a soup, the body will feel fuller. There also may be the chance that your calories could be to low for the amount of exercise you do. Add a bit more of chicken or fish, like 1 ounce, or half a cup of beans or an extra piece of fruit, to your meals. Also make sure you eat slowly, this will help you be more satisfied.

Friday, July 2, 2010

P90X Exciting news

Looking for the next thing after P90X- Take a look at the video and see what is coming next!!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sugar or something like it

Info from Nutrition Action Health Letter:

Here is a great scoop on some popular sugars out there today. Sucrose, which is table sugar, breaks down into 50% fructose, 50% glucose in the body.

Agave syrup or nectar: 84% fructose, 8% glucose, 8% sucrose. From the Mexican Agave cactus.

Apple juice concentrate: 60% fructose, 27% glucose,13% sucrose. Made by cooking down apple juic.

Brown Sugar: 97% sucrose, 1% fructose, 1% glucose. Granulated white sugar mixed with a small amount of molasses.

Corn Syrup: 8% to 96% glucose, 0% fuctose, 0% sucrose. a liquid made from cornstarch.

Evaporated Cane juice: 100% sucrose. Crystals made by evaporating liquid that has been pressed from sugarcane.

Frucotse: 100% Fructose. Found naturally in fruits and vegetables. we get most of our fructose from high-frucotse corn syrup.

Glucose or Dextrose: 100% glucose. Small amounts are found naturally in fruit and vegetables,but most is made from cornstarch. It's also found in honey and most other sugars.

Grape juice concentrate: 52% fuctose, 48% glucose. Made by cooking down grape juice.

High-Frucotse corn syrup (HFCS) typically 55% fructose, 45% glucose, or 58% glucose, 42% fructose. Corn syrup with some of its glucose converted into frucotse.

Honey: 50% fructose, 44% glucose, 1% sucrose. Made by honeybees from plant nectar.

Maple Syrup: 95% sucrose, 4% glucose, 1% fructose. Boiled down from sap from the sugar maple tree.

Molasses: 53% sucrose, 23% frucotse, 21% glucose. by product of sugarcane refining. Blackstrap molasses is a good source or iron and calcium.

Orange juice concentrate: 46% sucrose, 28% fructose, 26% glucose. Made by cooking down orange juice.

Raw Sugar: 100% sucrose. Partially refined sugar with some molasses left.

Table sugar, confectioner's Sugar, Baker's sugar, Powdered sugar: 100% sucrose. Most is refined from sugarcane or beets.

Where's the Added Sugar?
Coke, Pepsi, Sprite. Regular sodas add the most sugar to a typical American's diet.
I always say if you are trying to cut back on added sugars, look around and see what you are drinking.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Turbo Fire

Exciting News: Turbo Fire was just Released today, June 16th!! I ordered it and I can't wait for you to do it with me. Let's get the Fire Started!!

TurboFire®: High Intensity Interval Training from Chalene Johnson.
Burn up to 9x more fat than with regular cardio doing TurboFire. Featuring High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), these 12 workout classes make you sweat with the hottest music and moves. And forget about rushing to the gym for the best spot in class. With TurboFire, class starts when you Push Play.

The Secret Behind TurboFire.
TurboFire workouts include interval training known as "HIIT."

These routines combine short bursts of intense exercise with quick recovery periods to ignite your metabolism. The result is a phenomenon known as the AfterBurn Effect, which enables you to burn fat at an accelerated rate for a full 24 to 48 hours after your workout.

In fact, studies show that with HIIT, you'll work out for less than half the time you normally would doing regular cardio, and burn up to 9x more fat.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Zig Zag Dieting

Can Zigzag Dieting Work for You?
By Steve Edwards
One of the most effective dieting techniques we've found is zigzagging. Not to be confused with yo-yo dieting, zigzag is a technique that should be used anytime you want to increase or decrease your daily caloric intake, and can be used to find out what your caloric intake should be. Instead of moving straight to a new daily caloric number, you move in smaller increments on a staggered schedule. You hear the phrase "listen to your body" all the time. Can Zigzag Dieting Work for You? actually teaches your body how to have a conversation with you.

Here's an example of how it works:

Say you're eating 1,500 calories a day and have been for a period of time during which you've lost weight. Now your weight loss has stagnated. This is a common scenario because the new, fitter you has a different body composition than the former you. You have more muscle and a higher basal metabolic rate (BMR). In order to continue your weight loss, you need to eat more, because 1,500 calories isn't enough—even though it once was—and now your body is reacting by slowing its metabolism and releasing cortisol in a protective response (often called starvation mode because this is how your body would respond to being starved).

It's possible this could be a lot more calories, depending on one's size. A large person who should be eating, say, 2,500 calories to maintain his or her optimal weight could lose weight by massively undereating when he or she is deconditioned. As this person's body composition changes, he or she will need more calories to continue to lose weight. So let's say this individual figures to need 2,500 calories a day.

Weight times 10, plus 10 percent to 30 percent for daily activity depending on how active you are, plus the estimated caloric burn of your exercise, or just click here to calculate your caloric needs at

You don't want to jump straight to 2,500 calories. First, it would create a shock to your system, and second, it may be wrong, as those calculators only give ballpark figures. The most effective thing to do is to zigzag your caloric intake. In this instance, I would recommend eating 2,000 calories per day for 3 to 4 days a week and 1,500 calories on the other days. Then, you note how your body responds, which I would expect to be positively on the higher caloric days and by feeling famished on the low-cal days.

You want to be energized but not hungry, so after a week or two of this, I would bump up to around 2,200 calories a day for 4 or 5 days, and 1,500 calories a day for 2 days for maybe one week. If you're still starving on the low days, try bumping them up to 2,000 calories a day and see how you respond. Use this tactic until you regulate, which means that you're energized but not hungry, and also not full. You can tell when you're eating too many calories because you'll begin to feel full, you won't digest your food between meals, and you'll feel more lethargic at the beginning of workouts.

Zigzag dieting works whether you need to reduce or increase your caloric intake, and whether you need a subtle change or a dramatic change. There is no numbers formula except to increase/decrease in small increments between 200 and 500 calories a day, and to zigzag your caloric intake 2 to 4 times per week. Then, you just listen and let your body tell you how much you should eat.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Break those late afternoon cravings for junk food

Yogurt and Fresh Fruit Parfait
Sliced oranges*
Sliced peaches*
Fresh blueberries*
2 Tbsp. low-fat granola
6 oz. plain, nonfat yogurt
*Up to 1/2 cup of fruit combined

Layer yogurt with alternating fruit layers and top with crunchy granola. A perfect satisfying snack to break those late afternoon cravings for junk foods! Eat and enjoy the absence of guilt!

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 4 minutes

Nutritional Information: (per serving)

Calories: 200Protein: 14 gCarbs: 29 gFat Total: 3 g

I often add some Cottage Cheese to this as well for more protein. I also will just use a mix of berries! So good!! I like Stony Field Farm Yogurt! And Granola with no artificial sugars and no high fructose corn syrup. I hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Recession Proof Ingredients

Great food tips! I love good information! I hope you enjoy too.
Watch the video below!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Fit Summer

Summer time is pretty much here. Many of us spent the Winter and Spring thinking about how we want to fit into a certain outfit or how we want to have some more energy by the time Summer arrives.
June is a couple of days away. I want to encourage you to keep going. Look at your health and fitness goals as a way of life. Sure a lot of us want it fast. I ask you to really focus on what is important to you. Why do you want to lose weight, drop body fat, increase energy, eat healthier? Is it to fit in an outfit, is it to run around after your kids, is it to live a long full life? Whatever it is, is fine. First, I ask you to own it!! Don't worry about what someone else may say to you. You know what I mean, the people that say, " You look fine, you don't need to lose weight, you can eat and drink this, you workout hard, right?" Hey, are these the other persons goals or yours we are talking about here? That being said, I am not telling you that you can't eat something like dessert or have a drink, please, we all do in moderation. Enjoy yourself and don't feel guilty, just make sure you stick to eating healthy the rest of the time. Get in exercise that makes you happy and one that you enjoy!! With it being Summer time, that means more outside activity. Use this time to enjoy the beautiful days, move and have fun!

Eating: Remember that foods like carbs are good for you, don't eliminate them completely. They help us perform mentally and physically. Choosing the best carbs is important, especially if you do need to lose some weight. Instead of the pasta, white breads and sugar cereals. Choose,whole grain rice, whole grain breads, sweet potatoes, fruits, and legumes.

If you are interested in getting started with a great Cleanse with Shakeology, scroll down and read about the 3 Day Cleanse facts. It will answer your questions and you can let me know what you think. I have posted some great recipes for Shakeology too.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Team Beachbody Nutrition

Meal Plans
Team Beachbody® makes it easy to plan everything you’re going to eat, so you’ll always have delicious food that supports your fitness and your weight loss program. You can figure out your personal nutrition requirements, build and print out menus and shopping lists, and make sure you have plenty of variety so you’ll never get bored.
Choose Your New Meal Plan
New! Our updated meal planner is more customizable than ever, with lots of extra features that make it even easier to lose weight and get fit. In order to use these features, you'll need to select a plan (even if you had one previously). Use the Meal Plan Wizard to choose your plan, or self-select if you already know which plan you want and your daily calorie requirements.

Meal Plan Wizard
The best way to select a plan is with the Meal Plan Wizard. By asking a few simple questions, it'll determine the kinds of fUse this plan if you prefer a low-carbohydrate diet, or as a temporary way to fast-track your weight loss.
ood and daily calorie levels that are ideal for your fitness and weight loss goals, especially if you're using a Beachbody workout program. (You'll still be able to select a different plan if you want. And whichever plan you choose, you'll be able to personalize it with your favorite foods.)

Self-Select Your Meal Plan
If you already know the kind of meals you'll want and the number of calories you'll need each day, select one of the four basic plans below. You'll still be able to customize it with your favorite foods and other preferences.

Our Balanced Plan- will give you everything you need for your weight–loss goals and activity levels.

Power Vegetarian Plan- If you want meat free meals that let you get fit, lose excess fat,and stay energized, choose this plan.

Low Carb express Plan- Use this plan if you prefer low carbohydrate diet,or as a temporary way to fast track your weight loss.

Active Life Style Plan- If you lead a very physical active lifestyle,this plan will provide the fuel you need.

P90X users: Once you've selected your plan, you can customize your meals according to the P90X 3- phase nutrition guide.

Get all your nutrition needs! Get started today!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Body Gospel Coming Soon

Ask and ye shall receive! Body Gospel will be available exclusively to the Coach Network store starting May 28th!

What is it?
Body Gospel® is a comprehensive fitness program that connects the power
of faith with the desire to lose weight and get fit. It includes cross-training
workouts set to uplifting gospel music, muscle-firming resistance bands,
and a complete nutrition plan created by inspirational fitness expert Donna
Richardson Joyner. She shows you how to combine this effective program with
your faith in God to transform your body and your life.
Donna Richardson Joyner has starred in award-winning workouts, including
the Buns of Steel and Sweating in the Spirit series. The Oprah Winfrey Show
named her as one of the “Top 5 Fitness Video Instructors.” Donna is in the Fitness
Hall of Fame, and holds the Guinness World Record for leading the world’s
largest line dance, with over 50,000 participants. She is married to nationally
syndicated radio host Tom Joyner.

Why is it so effective?
Body Gospel combines the feeling of empowerment and purpose you feel at
church with what may have previously felt like an impossible struggle—
dropping those extra pounds and getting healthy. Donna’s program, full of
prayer and set to exhilarating gospel music, will have you working out and
worshipping at the same time. She helps you understand that exercise is a
form of praise, and that taking care of our bodies is indeed a form of worship.
In fact, getting in shape and eating healthily will give you more energy to take
care of your obligations and serve God.

Is there really gospel music
in Body Gospel?
All of the Body Gospel workouts are set to
chart-topping gospel hits. In Body Gospel
Live! Donna works out with you in front
of a live gospel choir—it’s a “party with
a purpose!”
Some of the songs that will get you
moving include:
• Hallelujah (The Highest Praise)
• Again I Say Rejoice
• Friend of God
• Going to Another Level
• Testify
• We Win
• The Presence of the Lord
...and many more

What makes Body Gospel unique?
Body Gospel is a fitness program specifically designed for people who live in
faith each day. Drawing on the strength of that faith to support both physical
and spiritual transformation, the program motivates you to lose weight and
get fit while you grow closer to God.
All the components of Body Gospel are linked by the belief that with God’s
help, anything is possible. Donna’s cardio and strength training workouts,
the easy-to-follow nutrition plan, and the Stepping in the Spirit audio CD
emphasize that by relying on Him, you can positively transform yourself in
mind, body, and spirit.

Celebrity trainer
Donna Richardson Joyner
Donna Richardson Joyner is recognized as
one of the premier fitness authorities in
the world. Her life’s purpose and passion is
to educate, empower, and energize men,
women, children, and families to live a
healthy lifestyle.
With Body Gospel, Donna is a messenger of
hope for those looking to transform their
bodies and their lives. She seeks to help
churches and communities adopt healthier
lifestyles by incorporating good nutrition
and daily physical activity. Donna believes
that by combining fitness, nutrition, and
faith, everyone can succeed on the journey
to a healthy mind, body, and spirit.

I am so excited about this program, as a women of God, it is amazing to have this coming out. Contact me today to get your order in, or you can also:
Click the link below and get your name on the list!


Monday, May 24, 2010

Under Rated foods

I reported to you the over rated and now I will share an under rated food with you.
From my Nutrition Action Health Letter
Sunflower Seeds:
Almonds, walnuts, pecans.You often hear about their virtues. But sunflower seeds are rarely in the spotlight. That's partly because there's no seed-industry group that sponsors research and plugs sunflower seeds like the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research and Education Foundation does for almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, and walnuts.

That's a shame, because sunflower seeds are at least as good as most nuts... and they're cheaper. A quarter cup of sunflower seeds has 3 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein plus 25 to 75 percent of a day's copper, vitamin E, selenium, and manganese and roughly 10 percent of a day's zinc, magnesium, and vitamin B-6.

For a snack, buy sunflower seeds in the shell it will slow down munching. Fro tossing on salads or yogurt, buy them raw, unsalted and shell free. You can easily roast them in a toaster oven for richer flavor. There's only one catch: every 1/4 cup contains 180 calories and it's tough to stop there.

I hope you enjoy. More to come!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Body Gospel

At last, combine the power of your faith with your desire to lose weight and get fit! Body Gospel is a first of its kind program including workouts set to incredible gospel music, created by fitness icon Donna Richardson Joyner.
Check out the video below. This program is coming soon: Get this program first, ask me how today!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Shakeology Recipes

How do you like to drink Shakeology? Here are some great recipes! Give them a try.

SUNRISE - Antioxidant Special
¼ cup fresh orange juice
1 scoop Berry Shakeology powder
3/4 cup water
Ice to taste

1/2 cup frozen strawberries
½ cup frozen peaches
1 scoop Berry Shakeology powder
3/4 cup water
Ice to taste

1/2 banana
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology powder
1/2 cup water
¼ cup non-fat soy, rice or almond milk
Ice to taste

Dessert (just kidding! It’s a meal)
1 Tbsp natural almond or peanut butter
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology powder
3/4 cup water
Ice to taste

BLUES BUSTER (Look out Big Juice Franchise!)
½ cup combined frozen blueberries and blackberries
1 tsp fresh orange juice
1 Tbsp non-fat blueberry yogurt
1 scoop Berry Shakeology powder
3/4 cup of water

¼ cup sliced strawberries
¼ cup raspberries
1 scoop Berry Shakeology powder
¼ cup non-fat soy, rice or almond milk
½ cup water
Ice to taste

Some Additions
To switch up your flavor experiences, and boost your smoothie benefits, you can add:
1 scant tsp fresh orange juice will add a bright flavor punch!
1 Squeeze fresh lemon or lime is a very happy addition to the berry smoothies!
1Tbsp of organic nut butter peanut, cashew, almond, hazelnut are great)
Cinnamon is noted to suppress appetite and level out glycemic levels after meals.
1 Tbsp non-fat yogurt adds satisfying body to the smoothie.

Alternative Foods

Shakeology 3- Day Cleanse

The Science Behind the Shakeology 3-Day Cleanse
by Steve Edwards, Director of Results

I like to call the Shakeology 3-Day Cleanse a “performance cleanse.” This is because it was designed to be done with a workout program. Let’s take a look at how this differs from other cleanses, how to tailor it to your needs, and what to expect if you decide to try it.

First of all, it’s not a true cleanse. It’s a calorie-restricted and nutrient-dense diet plan. Traditional cleanses contain very few calories and nutrients. Compared to the much more popular Master Cleanse, it’s like an all-you-can-eat buffet. Traditional cleansing diets are done to rid your system of toxins and bring it into homeostasis. They also contain a spiritual aspect. This process can take a long time, which is why you may have seen coworkers walking around the office in a zombie-like state for weeks on end—swilling a strange concoction of lemons and maple syrup.

The Shakeology cleanse is nothing like that. Depending on how you decide to do it, you’ll be eating frequently and consuming between 800 and 1,200 calories per day, and it could be even more should you feel the need. The point of this cleanse is not calorie restriction, per se—it’s nutrient efficiency. The aim is to get the most nutrients possible into the fewest number of calories. The goal is to put all of these calories to use as a part of your exercise program, to rid your body of undigested foods and toxins, and to bring your hydration levels into homeostasis. The result you’re after is not weight loss—though it will likely occur—but for your body to be running more efficiently. This should make you feel lighter and more energetic, even though you’re doing an exercise program.

How It Works
Your eating structure doesn’t change. You still eat every few hours while you’re awake. Each meal should have a balance of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and fiber. And while you’re not eating as much food as you’d normally eat, your calorie-to-nutrient ratio is extremely high. This means that you shouldn’t restrict the actual nutrients you’re getting by too much, so activity can continue as normal.

We recommend you try to keep your shakes to just Shakeology. Adding fruits of any kind, or seeds (for fat and fiber), or the Shakeology Fiber supplement, can and should be done as you see fit.

Ditto for your one solid meal—a salad. As we all know from any salad bar, the definition of salad can be varied. The goal of the salad in the plan is to keep your calories coming from natural sources (no artificial ingredients should be added, including artificial salad dressing). Aside from that, you can add ingredients as necessary. Keep your meat intake to four ounces or less, but add veggies, seeds, nuts, fruits, and legumes in quantities to satiate you.

The goal of the Shakeology 3-Day Cleanse is to optimize your performance. You want to eat enough to fuel your day AND your workout. The foods you’re eating are so high in fiber and nutrients that it’s virtually impossible to overeat. You’ll be consuming so much fiber, along with enzymes and digestive aids, that your body’s ability to flush excess foods quickly will be at its peak.

What to Drink
Water, of course, is recommended in quantity. This is vital to any cleanse, because one of your goals is to bring your hydration into homeostasis. When your electrolytes are out of balance—the main problem we have is salt—you often retain water outside of your cells. This situation, which we refer to as retaining water, is cured by drinking more water. As the excess salts are diffused, your body begins to hydrate your cells (using sodium as it should be used) and flush the water held outside the cells. So, oddly enough, you drink water to eliminate water retention.

Sodas, alcohols, juices, etc., should be eliminated entirely during a cleanse. Coffee and tea, which are diuretics, should be minimized at the very least and eliminated if possible. Again, performance is the key, so if you need a cup of Joe as a pick-me-up, go ahead. Just use only as needed, and don’t use additives. Eliminating sugar and chemicals is vital. However, do not use energy drinks or soda for this purpose, including the ones with artificial sweeteners. Coffee drinkers may find that switching to black tea during a cleanse will give you the energy you’re looking for with less upset. Coffee’s acidic nature can heighten the effects in a negative way during your cleanse.

Why You Won’t Lose Weight
I should say why you might not lose weight, but I wanted to get your attention. Most people will lose some weight during a cleanse, but that is not the goal. Those with a lot of undigested gunk in their systems will lose weight as it’s flushed out. Those of you who are properly hydrated and already eat well are less likely to lose. For those of you who need to lose weight, take heart: you are setting up your system to use nutrients more efficiently and improving your ability to lose weight through structured diet and exercise. So while you may not lose much on the cleanse, you’ll be more prepared to lose weight later.

Another reason why we don’t always lose weight on cleanses is due to a stress hormone called cortisol. Restricting calories is stressful to the body, and it reacts by releasing cortisol. Cortisol is performance-enhancing in the short term, but if you somehow keep your body stressed for long periods, it creates havoc in your system and can cause you to doggedly hang onto weight in a type of survival mode. We don’t want this to occur, which is one reason the Shakeology 3-Day Cleanse is short. It’s important not to remain in a highly calorie-deficient state for long periods of time, especially when you are trying to exercise hard.

Here is the full plan:

The Shakeology® 3-Day Cleanse
The key is to follow the same regimen all three days.
3 Shakeology shakes per day
2 cups of green tea per day
1 or 2 pieces of fruit per day (optional)
1 salad for dinner—can include fish or poultry
No dairy or extra sugars (this includes almond and soy milk)!
Drink 2 to 4 liters of water every day
Only use low-fat dressings, and go easy on the salt and/or pepper to taste
2 snacks before/after any of the major meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Fruit is optional, and it is discouraged (however, some of you will need the calories while others may not)
Power-workout participants (those who are already super conditioned) are recommended the higher numbers of calories
For maximum results, do NOT use additives
Dinner salad may include WHITE GRILLED PROTEIN—poultry or fish only

Daily Regimen:
1 cup of green tea to start the day

1 scoop Shakeology (140 calories)
1/2 cup of fruit (60 to 90 calories)—optional
Ice to taste
8 to10 oz. of water

Snack 1 (85 calories):
1 piece of fruit (apple, pear, orange, banana mango, etc.)

1 scoop Shakeology (140 calories)
Ice to taste
8 to 10 oz. of water
1 cup of green tea or a detox tea

Snack 2: (you can have the second snack before or after dinner)
1 scoop Shakeology (140 calories)
Ice to taste
8 to10 oz. of water

Dinner: Salad with grilled white fish or poultry (roughly 340 calories)
Greens—3 servings of vegetables, plus 4 oz. of grilled white meat (fish or poultry)
2 tablespoons of dressing—no more!

Shakeology 3-Day Cleanse FAQ
Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions:
1. How many calories per day?
800 to 1,100 calories per day

2. How often can I do the Shakeology 3-Day Cleanse?
Ideally, you should do it once per quarter (every 3 months)
As the seasons change
Before starting a new workout program
When you feel you need help breaking through a plateau.

3. Should/Can I still do my workouts during the Cleanse?
Depends on the individual
You’ll have less energy than normal, so consider doing it during a recovery week
Try not to do in the middle of P90X® or INSANITY®

4. Can I do a 1-day or a 2-day cleanse instead of a 3-day?
Yes! Some people will see results with one or two days
We recommend against continuing the cleanse for more than three days

5. Should/Can I take other Beachbody® supplements during the Cleanse?
Results and Recovery Formula™: No, too much sugar/calories
Others (Omega-3, etc.): Not necessary, but won’t hurt either

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Turbo Fire coming soon

I know you are looking for the next best or even a program that can motivate you and help you achieve all of your goals. Well, it is here. Get Turbo Fire this June! Let me know you are ready and I will coach you through this amazing program.I have to tell you that as a trainer and instructor myself I am so excited to be able to show you this program and coach you through it. For those of you that love cardio and are looking for the best way to get it in, or you love P90X and want more cardio, This is it!!
Turbo Fire was created by the Best Trainer and number one master motivator/Fitness Instructor- Chalene Johnson.

Best Workout- HIIT Training can burn up to 9x more fat and calories than traditional cardio workouts.

Best music- hottest sound track they was created just for Turbo Fire
You get the Best Spot in class, Chalene saved the front row, just for you.

The Secret is High Intensity Interval Training: Short burst of maximum effort, followed by quick recovery periods are the cutting edge of training for maximum transformation, proven to get results more than an other type of cardio. Inginite your metabolism and be ready to created a phenomenon know as the After Burn Effect. It is why you can burn up to 9x more fat and caloried with Turbo Fire than any other traditional cardio program you have ever tried.

Watch the Video below. It will be released in June, Coaches get it first. So if you are ready to join my team, let me know and you can get this amazing program first too!!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

One on One and Turbo Fire

From May 3rd through June 2nd, we will feature a special subscribers-only preview of the hottest new Beachbody® title, TurboFire®.

New and existing Tony One on One subscribers will get a full sample workout from TurboFire, the new High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) program. If you've been looking for a killer cardio program, this is it. High-impact interval training has been shown to rev up your metabolism and keep it revved up, long after your workout is finished. In fact, a TurboFire workout can burn up to 9 times more fat and calories than a traditional cardio workout.

TurboFire is a great idea for P90X® users who want to add more cardio to their regimen and an excellent "graduate" course for Turbo Jam®, Hip Hop Abs®, or Slim in 6® enthusiasts.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Fit tip for you- Over Rated

I am sharing some information for you that I got from my Nutrition Action Health letter, from the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

It is about Foods that are Over rated or Under rated. Today I will share one.

Vegetable Juice-

"2 full servings of Vegetables," announces the V8 label. Big Deal.
V8 is mostly reconstituted tomato juice. How do we know that its other juices are scarce? The most abundant non-tomato juice in V8 is carrot. (Then come celery, beets, parsley, lettuce, watercress, and spinach.) One cup of carrot juice contains 900 percent of a day's vitamin A. One cup of V8 contains 40 percent.

And unless you buy Low Sodium V8, you get 600 milligrams of sodium in every 11 1/2 oz. can. (That much Low Sodium V8 has 200 mg.) Granted, V8 used to have more sodium. But 600 mg is still 40 percent of a day's worth.

Also overrated: V8 V-Fusion, which promises a serving of vegetables plus a serving of fruit. The "fruit" in a flavor like Pomegranate Blueberry is mostly apple and grape juice. The "vegetables" include sweet potato and carrot (and tomato) concentrate, but not much, since a cup of Pomegranate Blueberry V8 V-Fusion has just 15 percent of a day's vitamin A.

Bottom line: Once you strip away the advertising, V8 isn't much better than watered-down tomato sauce.

I always like to give good advice to people on what is best to eat and drink. When I find information to share, I will always give it out.
More to come on Pita chips, energy bars, watermelon and many more.
Some are Over Rated and some are Under Rated!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A Path to a dream

I woke up the other morning and knew that my day was going to be filled with people to meet and many ways for me to share my smile and joy! Do you wake up like that? I know many people in my life that do. I also know many who do not, they feel like, it is just another day to help pay the bills. Just another morning of feeding the kids, getting them off to school or being with them all day. Where is the time for yourself? Are you saying yes to all the things your kids want you to say yes to and not able to say yes to what you want to do? I love my kids and doing things for them is a joy, I just know that taking time for me is important to be all I can be for them. My time with God, my husband, my business....

I am not saying that I am the perfect wife or mother, I do say that I feel on days I have it really together and balanced and other days I have to work harder at it.
I just know in my heart I am supposed to encourage you to take a stand for yourself and the things you have in your heart and let them come out. I encourage you to stand strong and truly be who God created you to be. It does take a bit of managing your time in order to have some order in your life. So, remember take some time to plan your week, write down what you would like to accomplish and write down the actions steps you need to take each day in order to reach those goals.

1. Think about the top 5 things that are important to you? Let's say your values, priorities in life.
2. Ask yourself if all you do each day is lined up with those 5 things.
3. Can you visualize where you want to be in your life in 5 years? If you keep doing what your doing now will you be there?
4. I ask you to take some time to plan a day where you can sit and plan some action steps for your life.
Maybe it is one or a few of these things:
Be healthy and fit, have financial freedom, stay home with the kids, help and inspire others to live a better life.
Whatever it may be, I truly hope you are able to start on the path to get there, after all, if you don't pick a path because you are afraid, well, you will remain in fear always. Pick a path, give it a shot and keep going. You will learn from any mistakes and that is one great way to help others. When you have been through something you get to share it and lift someone else up and help them through it too. You never know what God can do unless you go for it! When you keep going and don't quit it is an amazing thing. You may have to take a few steps each direction, but you will get there!
Love Life, Laugh as You Live and Stay Fit,

Monday, March 22, 2010

Use your body with a mindful approach!

Over the years, I have really focused on not only the best ways to build my body, but the best ways to help others as well. As I get older and realize that my body is starting to feel some things that, let's say, I just don't like; I know it is important for me to get in the care that I need, in order to be truly healthy and well. So, I will be sharing some of my story with you, as I prepare to put this in more of an article form for the future.

I started teaching group exercise at a young age of 17. I remember thinking this is great, I want to help others and this is a great way to do it! So, my fitness career began. Now, I didn't wait for others to teach me, I got out there and looked up info and signed up for certifications. Gaining knowledge was and still is important to me. My pursuit of knowledge lead me to start doing Personal Training. I always loved to lift weights. When I was in high school, myself and a friend would actually workout in the weight room with all the football players. We were like, we will not be intimidated by you big guys. If we want to lift weights too, move over and make some room. So, I took that into my passion as well. I wanted women to know that they can go into the weight room and pick up the weights and help shape their bodies as well. This is about teaching women to not be afraid to lift weights because they think they will get big and bulky like a guy. I still face this same issue today. Many women think that they will get big and bulky. Getting the truth out there is so important. We are all made up a bit different. Some women will put muscle on quicker than others. We have to learn to build our body based off of the goals, we have to take the knowledge that is out there and DO IT!

After years of teaching and training others and myself. I got introduced to Pilates. I first did it on a resistance ball. I have to honestly say, I like to lift weights and was not really into it. The more I practiced, the more I began to love Pilates. I now teach the Mat format,as well as PiYo and Yoga each week.
Yoga is probably the most mentally challenging class for me, because of the holding and breathing techniques. I am a go, go, go person. Now that I have been doing it for over a couple of years.I love it.

My body has gotten to the point of telling me, that I need to be adding more of the pilates and yoga type workouts to my schedule. This is a way for me to get in joint mobility and flexibility. The pain I feel in my body everyday, is a true indicator of how much I have pounded it over the years as an athlete. Even someone like me, who is so PICKY about form and making sure you are working all muscles, in order to be balanced, has issues. Yep, if you take my classes, you will see just how picky I am. I walk around and fix form, I talk about it all the time. I go over it before and after class with anyone that asks or I see may need it.

So I am asking you to start to think about the things that are going on with your body. Are you feeling sluggish, down, drained, hurting, not seeing results anymore, don't know what to do??? Nutrition is not the best? You know, many of the things we deal with from time to time. I ask you to make sure you get your check ups, know your blood work, body fat % and all that good stuff. Being in the know is important. Also, I highly recommend seeing a chiropractor and massage therapist. I know I could not do what I do, If I did not seek treatment and care. Use a mindful approach to your training and goal setting. Listen to what your body is telling you!
You can train hard as long as you are getting in and making your self care a priority!

More to come as I get some interviews in and talk with other professionals out there.
Have a Blessed and Well Day,