making contact and the real deal

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Does everyone who starts a business from an MLM company need to follow the same type of business strategies?  I’ve been talking with a lot of people with good and bad feedback lately and it’s all had me thinking. Can we change the perception and maybe be more outwardly flexible with the approach?

I’m hoping so. Because I hope to prove that. And I will start here by giving you some insight and share some revelations about myself with you guys, some of which I just the last few days have had revelations about. Read on….
🤔I don’t really like posting selfies and video’s every day. I am not a selfie taker by nature. Never have been. I usually don’t even take photo’s of people ever. I’m a scenery/nature/animals kind of photographer. This is why lately you’ve seen less of them. I stepped outside the box and started posting more ( a best business strategy), but it just didn’t feel right for me. Not that it’s not totally ok. I don’t think bad of others that post a zillion a day. It’s just not ME. I actually forget to take selfies and even when I’m on vacations can forget to take pictures because I’m so involved in whatever I’m experiencing atm.
🤔I do believe in doing more than just building my business with more than just what you get when you sign up with the MLM. For instance, I am headed back to school after the new year to add to my knowledge to help others lead healthier lives for nutrition certification. Some though will say you don’t need to do that. Just work on your at home biz. I on the other hand want to strive for more and more info to help myself and others.
🤔Helping myself get healthy really is #1 (not a best business strategy), but followed closely at #2 is helping you get healthier too. Making money is #3 and for me is just a by-product. I would and will do this anyway even if I don’t make a dime. I want to be healthy and I found what helps me lead a healthy life. So all I can do is be honest with you and help you when and where I can.
🤔There is more to my social media life than just business and I will share that even if the best way to a successful business is keeping your focus business minded on social media. Usually for best business strategy you should stick to business and one or two relate-able points of interest. And that’s fabulous. But also for best business strategy you should try and keep things upbeat, no negativity, and no Debbie Downers (sorry anyone named Debbie or Debbie Downer). I am active politically, environmentally and animal welfare oriented. And not always are these happy shiny places. I do agree you need to turn negatives into positive action though so my spin will usually always include how you can help. But some times I will talk about hard things. sad things and even angry things. Because these are also things I’m passionate about.
🤔My nutrition will never be 100% clean and on point. Hello, I live in this world too ya know. There are bakeries and pizza shops etc… And I am a carb-aholic. So I attempt to eat clean 90% of the time and want you to strive for that too. But yeah you will see oooey gooey recipes from me occasionally. Life is about treating that only body you will ever have with love and respect. So while I will forever push good clean nutrition I also know people are not machines and we need a little room so that it can be a habit and not a *restrictive diet.
🤔I don’t like to do ONLY the workout programs from Beachbody. I’m also a big fan of Les Mills programs (Bodypump, Bodyflow) and I love Bob Harper’s workouts too. I get bored easily and like a LOT of variety. That being said, BOD is perfect for those seeking variety and assorted levels of ability. Plus it’s a streaming service you can use just about anywhere.
🤔That being said, BOD, Shakeology and PCS are the BEST thing you can ever do for yourself, your health and your body.
🤔And this business is something you can build while you are working on your won health and nutritional goals. It’s kind of the bonus to getting healthy.
🤔You can do it my way and build a business perhaps slower because you don’t or won’t follow all the best business strategy rules. OR you can take the wealth of knowledge and expertise that the training gives you and build a thriving business in 3 months to a year. 

BUT…

I’ll be honest here. First and foremost if you take on this business it has to be for YOUR health and fitness. If it’s not and you just want to make a buck. Or it is but you lose sight of that while trying to build a business, STOP trying to build the business and focus on YOUR health. This is NOT a fast track to rolling in money. This is about getting your health back, about staying healthy and about helping others who want to do the same. 

This IS a path for:

✨learning to live a healthy lifestyle

✨getting fit

✨getting healthy

✨personal development 

helping yourself and others

This is not a get rich quick scheme, this is not just a job. And you need to look beyond all the coaches who tend to, at first glance seem like carbon copies of one another, all the selfies and all the pomp and circumstance you see, when in fact honestly good people are trying to tell you in their own way about something that they’ve found that works for them, and works reallllly well helping them get healthy and fit. Many of whom have had tremendous struggles with weight and diet fails along the way. 

So be patient with us. Some may seem silly, some may even seem filled with vanity with all their photo’s. Some even get too full of their own self image hype. But not all is what it seems. We are all just trying to tell you our truth, in our own sometimes stumbling, awkward ways. 

I want you to get healthy as much as I want me to get healthy. I found a path that works really well for me, and it may work really well for you too. So if you want to know more about BOD, fitness programs, Shakeology, PCS, or the biz, fill out the form below and tell me what your health and fitness goals are and I will work with you one on one to achieve them 💙

*some diets are restrictive by their purpose and as always people who are on prescribed diets by a physician or medical provider should follow the advice of their doctor first and foremost.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No regrets! But oh the lessons learned!

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Ever get overwhelmed? I mean super overwhelmed?  Last week was a tad overwhelming for me. I’m doing some training for work that at times feels daunting and the last week of round 1 of the fitness program I’m doing was beyond a challenge. Add that to the rest of a crazy, albeit fun filled week and I guess my fitness and nutrition just went seriously off. 

I don’t have any before and after statistics and photo’s like I have been showing you. I seriously just was that slack on business. And that is a drawback to working from home with your own business. You HAVE to set boundaries and work a business, like it is a business, even if you’re not punching a time clock. Working from home has a zillion advantages. And being able to set your own hours is one of them, make your own schedule is another. Well last week all that went right out the window. 

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It was like a steamroller effect the training I’m doing is training for the upper tiers of this business, something that right now I’m not nearing on that level. But I wanted the challenge. And I did and am learning so much. I am so thankful to have a fabulous team and mentor behind me who offers this training even if you’ve only just started your business. And I KNOW this training is helping me with my business and will continue to help me grow. But, you have to know when to put the blinders on. I was overwhelmed with the training and busy with other events and tasks in life and I just didn’t work on social media at all. And didn’t work on any personal development. 

But you know what? I’m human. And all I have to do, is do. Get back to it.

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And as far as my fitness and nutrition? When we bumped the workouts up to 45 minutes and increased the difficulty, I had a whole lot of fail. Or, at least was I was perceiving as failure. Once again, I’m not at that level. But that doesn’t mean I wasn’t getting anything out of the workout. I just let my head and my ego get in the way. Nutritionally, most days were spot on. But we did have a few days that we indulged in the wrong kind of foods. And I felt it. I was sluggish and bloated. And I didn’t lose ANY weight.

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BUT, the good news is, I didn’t gain any either. My focus may not have been on point, I may have been distracted and yeah, maybe I did eat nachos and salsa, a bit too much nacho’s and salsa (yeah I suffered for that one). And definitely too much chocolate the last few days. But I’ve now made good choices a habit. And as long as I don’t sway from those habits too long, I won’t lose all I’ve learned. 

Lessons learned. All these new tools I have at my disposal for getting healthy and fit aren’t just tools, or programs. This is my LIFE. This is me choosing my lifestyle. How I want to eat, how I want to feel. I no longer let emotions, especially negative ones guide my lifestyle as much anymore. And that is GOLD!

 

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Lessons Learned

  1. No experience is ever a waste of time. No matter how badly you think you are doing it, you are LEARNING.
  2. Get out of my way, my own way. I seriously can get lost in my own mind games I play with myself and looking at thing from a defeatist standpoint. Instead, I need to take what I have learned and use it to better myself and then get back up and start again. 
  3. Good habits can not only be learned, but retained and called upon even when you may sabotage yourself. 
  4. I need better organizational skills.
  5. I’m only human!

 

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Takeaways:

  • I’m thinking about starting a PCS nutrition group soon because I’m so excited about my nutrition plan and how it’s completely changed my daily habits and choices.
  • I really need to work on my organizational skills so I don’t get so overwhelmed.
  • I’m thankful for my fitness programs and PCS because, I’m only human!

 

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Last Chance Birthday Giveaway!

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The next 3 people who sign up for our SYSOF Shift challenge group will get free gifts from ME!! What free are the gifts you ask? I’ve been talking about the amazing nutrition plan I’ve been tweaking for the last week or so, I want to get you started in the right direction! Learning portion control and the right balance of nutrients is super important to not only your weight loss journey, but for every day healthy living. The perfect compliment to your new commitment to fitness is what awaits 3 of you! Happy Healthy Journey to you!

Fixate: Cookbook + Containers
($34+ value)

But !!! HURRRRY !!!, this offer is good ONLY

💠till 11:59pm August 9th, 2017 (today) EST!💠

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Transformation Tuesday… Samantha – 8 Weeks!!

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“The day I decided to make a change to today. 8 weeks down,

a lifetime ahead of me!!” …Samantha

Congrats to you girl! This is 2 1/2 weeks into our program!

(She repeated week 1 and is now on week 2!)

some of my favorite cookbooks

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One Part Plant  

Naturally Nourished 

Wanderlust Find Your True Fork: Journeys in Healthy, Delicious, and Ethical Eating

The Intuitive Eating Workbook: Ten Principles for Nourishing a Healthy Relationship with Food (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)

Fixate

Thug Kitchen 

The Pescetarian Plan: The Vegetarian + Seafood Way to Lose Weight and Love Your Food

Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year

Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes

Nourish Bowls: Simple and Nutritious Balanced Meals in a Bowl

The Healthy Ketogenic Vegetarian Cookbook: 100 Easy & Delicious Ketogenic Vegetarian Diet Recipes For Weight Loss and Radiant Health

Plant-Strong: Discover the World’s Healthiest Diet–with 150 Engine 2 Recipes

 

 

*Notes:

While I myself am not doing a vegan nutrition plan, something vegans and even vegetarians who are finicky need to remember: By eliminating food groups from your diet, you are potentially at risk of missing out on certain micronutrients. By avoiding animal and animal products, a vegan diet is at risk of being low in calcium, vitamin D, iron, vitamin B12, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. Therefore, if you follow a vegan diet it is essential that you get enough of these nutrients through specific vegan food sources – and may even need to take additional supplements.

When selecting dairy-free alternatives, make sure you are choosing the fortified options. Humus is a good nutrition choice; tahini (sesame seed paste)  is a good source of calcium, zinc and iron, which are all micronutrients hard to get a hold of on a vegan diet.

Vegan Shakeology is a great supplement for those on a vegan or vegetarian nutrition plan:

  • It is fairly low calorie (160 per serving), but packs in so many nutrients including: 15 grams of protein from raw sprouted brown rice, 9 essential amino acids, prebiotics, probiotics, digestive enzymes, and loads of “superfood” ingredients for antioxidants.
  • It suits a variety of special dietary needs. It’s gluten-free and made without top allergens (soy-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free).
  • It’s low in sugar. Most of the sugars come from nature within the fruits, since the only added sweetener is essentially stevia. It’s almost dessert-like and when blended!

While within my own lifestyle I am focusing on a a more pescatarian/vegetarian/ovo-vegetarian centered nutrition plan, I am also trying to keep my nutrition clean and whole food oriented and items like these below that are consumed by many vegetarians and vegans I just keep out of my diet.

Soy, in large or often amounts: “because the soybean contains large quantities of natural toxins or “antinutrients.” First among them are potent enzyme inhibitors that block the action of trypsin and other enzymes needed for protein digestion.”

Nutritional Yeast: Simply because I don’t think it makes ANYTHING really taste like cheese. I would rather just eliminate the cheese and stop trying to emulate it with something that tatses nothing like the cheese I so love and is so bad for me and my health. It just toys with my senses.

 

yesterday was…Round 1 Day 12/21

 

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Yesterday

08/04/2017
Round 01/ – Day 12/21
Strength +

Stamina, that was my focus for the day. Athletically, stamina is really what your focus is on once you know how to preform an exercise, movement or sport with proper form. Getting one movement, one rotation, one step right, then repeating it as many times as you can over again with proper form and accuracy and from there you build. 

💪🏽Fitness is only a part of the equation of good health.

Your health starts on the inside. You must nourish your body with the proper nutrition 🍎🥑🥕🍠🥗 if you want to make healthy, permanent lifelong change. You can’t expect just a quick fix to actually fix your health issues. You gotta put in the work and make a lifestyle change. Fitness + nutrition + mindset = Success

Using PCS with good whole foods has been the key to me getting healthier inside and out. I grew up in a meat, potatoes household. ⚠️Where heavy carbs, red meat, pastries and processed sugars were in abundance⚠️. This has been a hard cycle to break. Emotional eating started for me very young. I grew up in a troubled, abusive home. My bedroom was my refuge and food was at times my only friend. These habits stay with you as you grow up, becoming an addiction. 

My eating habits are vastly improved since I started using the PCS, I’ve been relearning how to eat for living a healthy life. The last few years I’ve played around with veganism and 🥕 vegetarian 🍆 nutrition plans. I’ve even researched 🍊Fruitarian🍉 nutrition. For me, I was never healthy living off a vegan plan even though it completely felt 🐷🐬🦈ethically correct with my conscience. I simply don’t believe it’s healthy to consume so much processed commercially made food substitutions. And a vegetarian diet is much more conducive for my nutritional needs, but having an omnivore husband always leaves me cooking multiple meals. Fruitarian is fun and super delicious I will admit, but it was lacking for me nutritionally. I finally had to stop yo-yoing around with it and do what is nutritionally best for me, my cooking skills at the present time and for what my body needs to be strong, lean and balanced.

Now time for some honesty here. I’ve struggled with ethical eating for a very very very long time. It’s caused me to eat and feel enormous guilt, and eat and not be healthy. It HAD to stop. Plus my husband and I had to settle on a nutrition plan we could BOTH be not only comfortable with, but could tweak to being more and more ethically kind over time. 

 ☯️ I feel I’m finally finding some balance now. With utilizing the PCS and being primarily vegetarian + some sea food; mainly cod, some times shrimp, and (no dolphin, shark, whale, etc…) , + eggs and occasionally chicken + Shakeology, I am finding my nutritional needs more balanced, it’s something my husband can get on board with, and while still dealing with my conscience (about the fish and shrimp and occasional chicken ),  I am feeling this is the best choice for us right now. We will,  over time use less and less fish and shrimp as I learn more about cooking vegetarian meals.

Shakeology is HUGE for me nutritionally since I KNOW I don’t eat enough of the nutrients I should every day + it curbs all those afternoon cravings I get + it IS my daily vitamin + ummmm…it’s a decadent (yet super healthy) milkshake!

There’s no one size fits all as far as nutrition is concerned. Everyone has dietary preferences and even ethical preferences that they struggle with. But not all diets are created equal either. 🛑⚠️Diets high in red meats, processed foods, and refined sugars are notoriously bad for your health ⚠️🛑. 

And in summary…

🌷And that’s the beauty of the PCS and all of the nutrition plans that come with the at home workout programs I do. You can accommodate your style of nutrition while learning the healthiest of choices for a nutrition plan for life 🍃.

 

Happy National Watermelon Day

🍉National Watermelon Day🍉
Thursday, Aug. 3

 

 

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🍉watermelon and heirloom tomato salad

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped basil (or mint, chives, or parsley)
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1/2 medium seedless watermelon rind removed, cut into 2-inch triangles
  • 3 medium heirloom tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup yellow cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 1/4 medium red onion sliced thin
  • 2 Tbsp. crumbled feta cheese about ½ oz.

Instructions

  1. Combine oil, vinegar, basil, salt, and pepper in small bowl; whisk to blend. Set aside.

  2. Arrange arugula, watermelon, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and onion on a large serving platter.  

  3. Drizzle evenly with dressing.

  4. Top evenly with cheese. 

Calories: 154

 

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🍉grilled watermelon wedges

Ingredients

  • ¼ medium watermelon rind washed, cut into 1¼-inch thick wedges
  • 1 tsp sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • 2 tsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Place cookie (or baking) rack over baking pan. Season watermelon with salt. Place on prepared rack. Let watermelon drain for 30 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.

  2. Preheat grill or broiler on high.

  3. Lightly brush watermelon with oil.

  4. Grill (or broil) for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until grill marks appear and watermelon softens slightly.

Calories: 105

 

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🍉watermelon and tomato gazpatcho

Ingredients

  • 1 medium tomato chopped
  • 4 cups cubed watermelon
  • ½ medium cucumber chopped
  • 1 medium shallot chopped
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 2 Tbsp chopped Italian parsley (reserve a small amount for garnish)
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • Thinly sliced carrots (for garnish; optional)
  • Thinly sliced radishes (for garnish; optional)

Instructions

  1. Place tomato, watermelon, cucumber, and shallot in blender; cover. Pulse until chunky.

  2. Add vinegar, oil, basil, parsley, and salt; pulse until chunky.

  3. Remove ⅓ of tomato mixture; place in medium serving bowl.

  4. Blend remaining tomato mixture until smooth. Add to serving bowl; mix well.

  5. Divide into 4 serving bowls. Garnish with carrots, radishes, and parlsey if desired.

Calories: 90

 

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🍉watermelon strawberry surprise shakeology

Ingredients

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup diced watermelon
  • 1 scoop Strawberry Shakeology
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Place water, watermelon, Shakeology, mint, and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

Calories: 155

 

More recipes continued….here

 

 

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🍉10 fun facts about watermelon

1. Watermelon is 92% water.

2. Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.

3. The word “watermelon” first appeared in the English dictionary in 1615.

4. A watermelon takes about 90 days to grow, from planting to harvesting.

5. You can eat watermelon rind. Here are three ways to enjoy the green part!

6. The first cookbook published in the U.S. in 1796 was titled American Cookery and contained a recipe for watermelon rind pickles.

7. The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt and is depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphics on walls of their ancient buildings. Watermelons were often placed in the burial tombs of kings to nourish them in the afterlife.

8. According to Guinness World Records, the world’s heaviest watermelon was grown by Chris Kent of Sevierville, Tennessee in 2013, weighing in at 350.5 lbs.

9. More than 300 varieties of watermelon are cultivated in the United States and South America. The most common watermelon options are seeded, seedless, mini and yellow & orange.

10. The United States currently ranks 6th in worldwide production of watermelon, with Florida, Texas, California, Georgia and Indiana consistently in the lead.

Source: Parade

 

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🍉national watermelon day on pinterest

 

 

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