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Primal Spanish Rice Bowls + 30-Day Supply of Siggi’s Yogurt Giveaway!

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Tuesday night, I made a meal which Tommy called “one of his all-time favorites.” This is a big deal, so I thought I’d share it with you!

Most of it was pretty standard - a burrito bowl! But what he was really excited about was the rice, so I will share how to make that!

Here’s a little preview of the meal!

Doesn’t that look delicious? Since most of the items are just the item chopped up, I won’t explain all of that. But the rice - here goes!

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#TransformationTuesday: My Master’s Hammer & Chisel Results (and a 21-Day Fix Update)!

Happy Tuesday! I hope you are having a fantastic week! 

Back in January, I had a “come-to-Jesus” moment, and I shared it on facebook (but I can’t find it. I thought stuff was supposed to live on the internet forever?).

Basically, after getting into the best shape of my life with two rounds of 21 Day Fix Extreme (which I plan to do again soon), I got a little bit too comfortable with nutrition. I was doing Brazil Butt Lift, and combining it with some heavy weightlifting, and thought these extra calorie burns gave me license to eat whatever the H I wanted, so I did! And it showed. And I noticed it starting to show. You know how people judge the obese people on “my 700lb life” and say “You don’t get to 700lbs overnight?” Turns out, you don’t get to 143.5lbs overnight, either!

Some of it was denial - I thought “Since I am lifting heavy, it’s probably muscle!” and some of me was arrogant - “If I eat a lot now and get a little out of shape, I will have a more dramatic transformation when I do Hammer & Chisel in January!

Then when it was time to do my “befores” for Hammer + Chisel, I realized I had dug myself a deeper hole than I had imagined! And then I decided I’d need to enlist the help of the 3-Day Refresh to start! So, here are my “befores” and stats for the 3-Day Refresh that time (not as great as my first round, but still good and helped eliminate cravings!):

Pre Jan 2016 3DR:

Right arm: 12″
Left arm:12″
Chest: 36″
Waist: 30″
Hips: 38.5″
Left thigh: 22.5″
Right thigh: 22″
Weight in pic: 143.5 lbs (highest ever)

Right arm: 11.5″
Left arm:11.5″
Chest: 34.5″
Waist: 29″
Hips: 37.5″
Left thigh: 21.5″
Right thigh: 21.5″
Weight in pic clothes: 138 lbs. 

 To spare sharing A TON of pics, I will share a comparison I made when I was 1/2 way through Hammer & Chisel here

That third pic was March 4th. I finished the program on April 1st, and here are my final results! 

From a weight and measurement standpoint, here you go: 

Hammer + Chisel Changes:
💪 PLUS .5″ in each arm! 
💪 PLUS 1.5″ in my chest! 
💪 MINUS 2″ in my waist! 
💪 MINUS .5″ in my hips! 
💪 PLUS .5″ each thigh! 
💪 MINUS 3.5lbs total… 

In 60 amazing days. PLUS, I am stronger, faster, and harder to kill! 😂

I also drank Shakeology, and used Energy & Endurance to help me fuel up before the workouts! The Master’s Hammer & Chisel is on sale for April with Shakeology, or with the Performance Line. Here’s more info! 

Also on sale is Beachbody on Demand with Portion Fix!

I also need to share some love of one of my coaches who is new to Beachbody and just completed 21 Day Fix for the first time with amazing results. Check out Teri, a single mother kicking Multiple Sclerosis’ booty’s transformation! 

She’s kicking rear! 

If you’d like to experience similar results, we have a group coming up starting MONDAY! It’s free to join. We’re focusing on mindset in addition to fitness and nutrition. When you read “Strong is the New Sexy,” do you think “I want that!” If so, this is for you! 😉 

Click here to join us!  Or, you can message me here and we can chat about it! 

What makes you feel sexy? 



Fit Foodie Friday: I Didn’t Cook This Week, But Have Ideas & A Challenge For You Edition!

Well hello! If you have been following my blog for a few months, you know that on Fridays, I generally share recipes that I have made during the week that are healthy & delicious! 

I should have just divided last week’s post into two separate posts - one for each recipe! You see, this week, I am staying in Los Angeles in a Beach House. I thought that because I would have access to a kitchen that I would still cook on a workcation, but as it turns out, it is really hard to leave this deck for too long! 

Can you imagine why it would be hard to leave this view?

So instead, I am going to share a few things from our BOOty Scared to the Core Halloween Challenge group, which has been awesome, by the way! 

First of all, here are the exercises that we did this week, which are focused on the core and booty - hence the name of the group! 

They have been really great to do, because they are short but still challenging, which gave me a good workout with minimal time, so I could spend the rest of my time here in LA doing photoshoots (sneak peeks here, here, and here!) or enjoying the beach, as opposed to doing a long workout in a gym or something (though I did take an awesome yoga class)! 

In our group, we also shared some scary food facts (like what the least healthy Halloween candies are, or some scary things about our food in general) and some great recipes for fun and festive Halloween-themed foods. 

One of my favorite cute ideas what this little pumpkin patch! 

Here are the instructions Cianna posted: Healthy snack swap!

When laying a spread for a party, for kids or adults, consider choosing this dip instead of an unhealthy one packed with sour cream, cream cheese and more!

Take your favorite kind of hummus (made at home is even better!) and spread it on a dish.

Cut carrots into coin shapes and spear in the center with a toothpick. Add a parsley leaf to the top of the carrot (through the toothpick), and then cut a small piece of scallion and thread it onto the toothpick to use as the pumpkin stem, and arrange pumpkins on top.

Now you’ve got a good for you treat (remember to provide extra veggies to dip) that won’t set you off the healthy path, and it’ll look cute at any gathering!

I specifically want to try it with ZUMMUS instead of HUMMUS - since it’s primal! Here’s a recipe for Zummus that I plan to try (and will post my version once I have)! 

Here’s another cute recipe Cianna posted that you can use zucchini for that’s perfect for kids! 

We also posted some great Shakeology swaps for our favorite different candy bars - so much healthier than the actual candy bar! 

Doesn’t the challenge group sound like fun? It was just a short one, but if you are interested, our next one has been announced! 

28 Days to plankful, thankful, fit, and clean! Photo by Cheshire Dave, Clothing by PrAna Palo Alto!

We are doing a FREE 4-week group where we are focusing on fitness (especially planks, with a plank-a-day challenge), clean eating, and gratitude! If you’re interested in joining, just click here! We are starting Monday, November 2nd! 

Also, if you have ever been interested in being a Beachbody coach, my teammate and I are hosting a webinar all about what we do! Check it out here! 



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How About Some Healthy & Healthy(ish) Recipes?

Now that I am done (for now) following the 21-Day Fix Extreme meal plan, I have more freedom to play with recipes.  I am going to make up for lost time by including THREE awesome recipes here! The direct link to this blog is “LipglossLungesAndLUNCHES.com,” so I better live up to the lunches! Maybe you can even use one or all three of these recipes during this holiday weekend!

The reasons for these three recipes I’ve selected in particular is that Tommy has had me bring all three to work for various pot lucks, so they seem like good choices!

Ok, so the first two are to delight your sweet tooth!  I made them at the tail end of round one of the 21 Day Fix Extreme, so I couldn’t eat them until after! I saved some and brought them home with me to Milwaukee to have during my time between rounds, but they did NOT travel well! 

Here’s the before and after!


So sad! Anyway, here are the recipes for these! 

Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries
I don't remember where I got the recipe, but I wish I could credit it!
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1151 calories
100 g
249 g
79 g
16 g
44 g
628 g
766 g
85 g
0 g
24 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1151
Calories from Fat 697
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 79g
Saturated Fat 44g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 20g
Cholesterol 249mg
Sodium 766mg
Total Carbohydrates 100g
Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 85g
Protein 16g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 8-ounce package of cream cheese
  2. 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  3. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 1 pint strawberries, with the cores cut out
  5. A couple crushed graham crackers
  1. Wash the strawberries, and cut out the cores. Save the cores to drink in your smoothies/shakes! You can even blend up the leaves, and they are still good! ;)
  2. Mix the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until it is completely blended and somewhat fluffy. Put the mixture into a plastic bag, and cut the corner off, so that you have an icing bag (or if you have an icing bag already because you're a pro, use that)!
  3. Squeeze the cream cheese mixture into the cores of the strawberries.
  4. Dip the tops in the crushed graham crackers (or you can sprinkle it on the top, but it sticks better if you dip em)!
  5. Keep them cold until you serve them!
  1. Did you know that once you wash berries, they start to decay faster? Don't wash them until you are right about to eat them, and they will stay fresher longer!
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A tip! I have a cutting board with a handle that pops up. It works great to prop up the berries while I squeeze the cheesecake mixture into them! Otherwise, a friend could help with this, too! Here’s a pic:

The next recipe on the board is a favorite from the calendar of recipes that comes when you order Shakeology, so you have a variety of ways to prepare and eat it! It’s Shakeology No-Bake Cookies, which are about as healthy as cookies can possibly get! Never heard of Shakeology? Check it out here!

No Bake Shakeology Cookies
The Healthiest Cookies EVER!
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
3059 calories
303 g
39 g
184 g
86 g
52 g
619 g
1394 g
202 g
0 g
113 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3059
Calories from Fat 1576
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 184g
Saturated Fat 52g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 40g
Monounsaturated Fat 73g
Cholesterol 39mg
Sodium 1394mg
Total Carbohydrates 303g
Dietary Fiber 34g
Sugars 202g
Protein 86g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 Cup Of Chocolate Shakeology
  2. 1 Cup Natural Peanut Butter
  3. 1 Cup Quick Oats
  4. 1/3 Cup Honey
  1. Mix all the ingredients together.
  2. Use your hands to roll into balls, and flatten them.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to eat.
  4. Serve and enjoy!
  1. There is A LOT of fiber in these because Shakeology is high in fiber! So, don't go too crazy, or you may... Well, you know what happens when you eat a lot of fiber!
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Primal Jambalaya is next! It’s Tommy’s ABSOLUTELY favorite meal, and I love to make it for him, because it makes him so happy!

Primal Jambalaya
Serves 6
My take on primal jambalaya!
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
638 calories
16 g
320 g
40 g
53 g
11 g
527 g
1692 g
7 g
0 g
24 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 638
Calories from Fat 356
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 40g
Saturated Fat 11g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 18g
Cholesterol 320mg
Sodium 1692mg
Total Carbohydrates 16g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 7g
Protein 53g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1lb chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
  2. 1 lb andouille sausage, cut into ¼ inch thick slices
  3. A breakfast ham or two, cut into bite-size pieces
  4. 1/4 cup olive oil
  5. 1 cup onion, chopped
  6. 1 large bell pepper, chopped
  7. 2 cloves of garlic, minced crushed
  8. 1 box diced tomatoes, undrained
  9. 1.5 cups chicken stock
  10. 1/2 tsp dried leaf thyme
  11. 1 tbsp parsley (fresh is preferable, but dried will do in a pinch!)
  12. 1 tsp chili powder
  13. 1 large head of cauliflower
  14. 1 pound shelled, deveined and cleaned shrimp
  15. Salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and lightly cook the sausage, ham and chicken over medium heat.
  2. Once golden, add onion, bell pepper and garlic and sauté until onion becomes translucent.
  3. Transfer items from the frying pan into a large pot.
  4. Add diced tomatoes, chicken broth, thyme, parsley and chili powder and bring to a simmer.
  5. While the mixture is simmering (you’ll want to let it go for about 20 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally), place the cauliflower in a food processor and shred until it becomes the consistency of rice.
  6. Add the cauliflower “rice” to the mixture and simmer for another 15 minutes until tender.
  7. Add shrimp and simmer for another 5 minutes.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste and adjust other spices as needed. Serve piping hot. Serves 6.
  9. Read more: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-jambalaya/#ixzz3en9fMwcB
  1. I use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts, because it's more primal - fat is delicious and good for you! I use tomatoes in a box/carton instead of tomatoes in a can, because I have read that the chemicals in the canned tomatoes are bad! I add ham and extra shrimp to make it extra delicious!
Adapted from My version is a bit different than Mark's Daily Apple!
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As you can see, he’s pumped! He started eating it immediately when I picked him up from work and brought him some! 😉

What are some of your favorite recipes? What would you like me to share with you?



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21 Day Fix Extreme Reviews & Results!

24 days ago, Tommy and I embarked upon a new journey, and it is that of the 21 Day Fix Countdown to competition program.

Have you heard of it?

I wrote a blog a while ago about the 21 Day Fix. Some time after that was created (and wildly successful), Beachbody upped the ante and came out with an extreme version of the program, with significantly harder workouts, and a more intense nutrition program (actually, a choice of two nutrition programs).

Here is a video from Beachbody about the program:

Intrigued yet?

One thing that people are fearful of when I tell them about the 21 Day Fix or 21 Day Fix Extreme is that they will be hungry. I ASSURE you that is not the case!

Like I mentioned above, there were two different options as far as the nutritional programs are concerned - the “Extreme” plan (which is the normal way to do 21 Day Fix Extreme) and the “Countdown to Competition” plan, which is the more extreme version, which is modeled after the diet of someone who is preparing to compete in a bikini competition.

Because we wanted to push ourselves to the limit, we did the Countdown to Competition plan, which was a carb cycling/carb depletion plan. It consisted of two days of a lower carb diet followed by one “extreme” day, which basically had less fat, but more carbs and fruit.

Here is what I ate/drank over the course of one “extreme” day:

What you’re seeing: mashed sweet potatoes with cinnamon on them, a pint of organic blackberries, organic (purple!) cauliflower from the Palo Alto farmer’s market, a can of tuna, a peach, some slivered almonds, and some 99% lean turkey breast with hot sauce on it. Next picture has a bag of greens on it! And in the bottom picture, a serving of Shakeology with half an avocado! Not pictured - a teaspoon of coconut oil, and TONS of water and tea (you are welcome to drink coffee, I just choose not to because I don’t like the taste)!

As I mentioned, that is one of the “extreme” days, which could be your every day if you did the program. It is also important to note that I am eating the least possible on the plan because I am already small. Tommy ate WAY MORE than me, because he outweighs me by about 40-50lbs!

I will try to get a photo of my food on a “countdown to competition” day and update this, and see if I can get each of the days’ food photos for Tommy. =)

It is important to note that you don’t have to eat exactly what I ate. We switched up our veggies, fruits, carbs, and meats all the time throughout the 21 days. There are lots of options!

While the main component that stands out for this program is the nutrition guide, the workouts are pretty amazing and really hard! Each workout is 30 minutes long, with the exception of the 10-minute hardcore (which is self-explanatory)!

Here’s the schedule:
Day one: Plyos
Day two: Upper Fix (upper body strength training + 10 Min Hardcore (abs/core)
Day three: Pilates (with resistance bands!)
Day four: Lower Fix (leg day!) + 10 Min Hardcore
Day five: Cardio (with weights & resistance band)
Day six: Dirty 30 (strength interval workout)
Day seven: YOGA (Ahhhhhhhhhh. YAY!)

Now onto the results! Tommy’s were way more amazing than mine:

Here are his measurements:

185.5lbs to 174.5lbs
Chest: 38″ to 40″
R arm: 13.5″ to 13.75″
L arm: 13.75″ to 14″
Waist: 33″ to 32.5″
Hips: 36″ to 38.5″
R thigh: 21″ to 22.5″
L thigh: 21″ to 22.5″

Here are my results:

And my measurements:

132.5 to 125.5
Chest: 35.5 to 34″
R arm: 10.5 to 11.25″
L arm: 10.75 to 11.25″
Waist: 29 to 27.5″
Hips: 36.25 to 36.5″
R thigh: 19 to 21″
L thigh: 19 to 21″

As you can see, with the exception of my breasts (haha - dang it!) we grew and shrunk in all the right places!

Since we are accustomed to a high fat diet, we were concerned that eating low fat (albeit natural low fat) and being at a constant caloric deficit (although we are not counting calories, just using the containers) that we would shrink everywhere, including in our muscle mass, but our measurements seem to prove otherwise, most likely thanks to all the lean protein we were eating!

Just prior to this program, we moved from Milwaukee to Mountain View, and our fitness levels had declined significantly - we weren’t working out as much, and we were trying LOTS of new restaurants the Bay Area has to offer! I feel like this program quickly got us back to where we were before we left (although Tommy may even be in better shape than that!). We are doing the program again to push our bodies even further - today is day one! We took two days off to make sure that our metabolism didn’t slow down from being at a caloric deficit (which we don’t believe is the healthiest answer) and to eat foods we missed while following the strict plan! In fact, Beachbody does not recommend that you do this program over and over without taking breaks, and I agree - it just wouldn’t be healthy. It’s all about moderation, not extremes!

I am eager to see what will happen with round two. After, we are going to experiment with making this a little more primal (i.e. fattier meat choices), and to see what wiggle room we will have to keep our six packs AND our social lives (wine, eating out, having food with salt, etc). We are going to work to make a plan that uses portion control ideas (similar to the original 21 Day Fix) but with a healthier overall approach. =)

Some things - I wouldn’t recommend this to everyone. It is intense (hence the word “extreme”), and I believe it would be hard for a lot of people to follow. I would recommend the original program to anyone - and if someone likes that and wants to kick it up a notch, then I would recommend this! Or, if someone wanted to do a bikini competition or photoshoot and needed extreme visual results, this is a great choice (or the 3-Day Refresh as an option if the person doesn’t have three weeks)!

Additionally, without a DEXA scan before and after (which we didn’t have the luxury of doing), it is not 100% clear what was lost and gained as far as fat/water weight/muscle. But I will say that I FELT very fit most of the time on this program!

Also - it is EXTREMELY important that you get enough sleep while doing this - you are putting your body through a lot of stress!

I would also recommend drinking Shakeology during this. Not only does it ensure that you get all your nutrients, but it is one less “red container” to prepare - which is nice!

I’d also highly recommend preparing large batches of food in advance, or you will be constantly cooking!

This month (June 2015), both the 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme challenge packs (and as a kickstart) are on sale! Here’s a video about that!

And here are the links to purchase each program alone, or its challenge pack!

21 Day Fix 
21 Day Fix Challenge Pack (program + shakeology + access to Beachbody on Demand)
21 Day Fix Kickstart Challenge Pack (see “challenge pack”, then throw in a 3-Day Refresh!)
21 Day Fix Extreme
21 Day Fix Extreme Challenge Pack (program + shakeology + access to Beachbody on Demand)
21 Day Fix Extreme Kickstart Challenge Pack (see “challenge pack”, then throw in a 3-Day Refresh!)

It would be irresponsible (since you are a fitness-minded person reading this) to also not mention that Beachbody is having a HUGE Summer sale right now.

Click here to check it out! You can get programs, apparel, and fitness accessories up to 70% off, so please share with a friend!

If you have any questions about the 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, or really anything health/fitness/nutrition/beauty/sustainability-related, please don’t hesitate to message me, and I will do my best to help you out!




Spring is Here! Have You Done Your Spring Cleaning?

I had a completely different video planned to post for today’s Mandie.tv, but I felt a compulsion to stop the presses and do this one instead!

Since we moved last week, across the country, we did a TON of purging. It was a forced Spring Cleaning, of sorts, but even with it, I feel the need to do a bit more, for two reasons.

1. Even though we did go through a lot of our stuff, I still could probably live with less.
2. With packing up our kitchen before we left, driving across the country, and then being here with minimal kitchen supplies while we wait for the movers, we have done a lot of eating out at restaurants, and a lot of eating less healthy choices than we’d normally make! We had our first home-cooked meal last night (veal steak, fingerling potatoes, and bacon), and it was awesome!

I was listening in on a webinar a while back, and the person leading it said something profound: “You don’t have room for new, better things in your life if you don’t first get rid of the old things that hold you back!”

That hit me like a ton of bricks, especially since it can be applied to so many things!

*There’s no room for new relationships if you are holding on to one in the past.
* There’s no room for new awesome clothes (or whatever you’re into) if your closet is full of a bunch of old stuff you can’t use!
* There’s no room for six pack abs if you’re still holding on to the fat that covers them!

So here I am, with a Spring Cleaning Tutorial for today’s Mandie.tv that both you and I should follow!

In the video, I mentioned a couple different websites you may want to use to help out your Spring cleaning! I figure I should probably provide links to make it easier for you!

Here’s ThredUp!

Here’s my blog about the 3-Day Refresh, complete with a review video… And here’s my blog about Shakeology! Here’s Beachbody on Demand!

Here are the links to purchase the items mentioned in the “Spring Clean Your Body” section!

Here’s the 3-Day Refresh Challenge Pack and here’s the 3-Day Refresh alone!



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Netflix for Workouts? YES, PLEASE!

I feel awful that I haven’t shared this yet, because it is AWESOME and is something I have seriously been waiting for for years… BEACHBODY ON DEMAND!

You can STREAM workouts from ANY DEVICE! When Tommy got his new MacBook Air, he bought a disc drive just for this purpose, and he no longer needs it! Now, when we are in hotels and traveling, or even outside!

Right now, there are a ton of programs on there… Both full programs, and sample workouts from other programs. Also, if you have purchased a Beachbody program or programs through the Beachbody site, you can access those full programs as well!

Those are just some of the programs featured on Beachbody On Demand. Yes, there’s more!

This was super useful to me a few times already. The first time was before the launch, when they gave access to some of us coaches to beta test it. I did a few Turbo Fire workouts in different hotel rooms and gyms when we were out here to find an apartment! AND, even this past week, I propped the laptop up on my suitcase and did a workout, because our TV hasn’t been delivered yet in the move!

Here are a couple exciting things. If you have been thinking “Oh my gosh, I need this in my life! This is what I’ve been looking for!” Then you can click here to order!

If you have ALSO been thinking “You know, I’d love that, but I’d also love to have an INCREDIBLE shake with over 70 superfoods that Mandie always raves about,” then I have an even more exciting deal for you! The challenge pack! For March, it is on sale, so for two more days! You can get the challenge pack deal, here!

Since we are chatting about challenge packs, here are the other sales for March:

And finally… If you are thinking “That sounds pretty cool, but I want to try it first,” there’s another sweet deal - a 30-Day free trial, which you can get with any challenge pack purchase (either those mentioned above, or any other program + Shakeology. Message me for details on that!). After 30 days, if you like it, you will be billed for your first quarterly payment!

As always, if you ever want help working toward your goals of fitness or nutrition, just let me know! It is my passion to help people follow their dreams and be their fittest, healthiest, and happiest selves!



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What is Shakeology and What Does Shakeology Do?

Ok… For the longest time, I have been meaning to write this blog, and today’s the perfect day for it.

People ask me all the time what Shakeology is and why I drink it.

The short answer is “It’s my dense daily dose of nutrition, and I drink it because it gives me energy and ‘has my back’ nutritionally.”

Ready for the long answer?

It’s a main reason why I became a Beachbody coach!

My coach, and now very close friend, Katie, found me on Twitter and Tumblr, raving (and sometimes ranting, when I was super sore) about P90X.

She eventually sent me a sample of Shakeology, and I have to be honest - it sat on my counter a long time. I thought to myself “Why are there so many grams of carbs in a protein shake” and “Shakeology - the study of shake? What a dumb name!” and let it sit. She kept asking me about it, and so I FINALLY begrudgingly tried it.

Soon after, I noticed that I was typing a billion words per minute, and was insanely happy and energetic. What the heck was in that stuff? All I knew was that I had to have it!

So here’s the deal - there are TONS of Superfoods in Shakeology! It’s basically like five trips to an exotic salad bar, minus all the not-so-good for you stuff that can go in salads.

Like I said, it “has my back nutritionally.” I normally follow a pretty strict nutrition plan that is based upon ancestral health, and JERF - just eat real food. I tend toward a lower carb, higher fat diet. Since I eat real food, and follow the primal/paleo diet, I would love to think that that should be enough to keep me going and healthy, especially since part of the idea behind paleo/primal is eating like cavepeople did. HOWEVER, to me, we are contending with much more than our ancestors did - more people in the population and crowding, more germs since we see so many more people, pollution, radiation, and so on! So, for that reason, I like getting extra nutrition! Plus, I am not perfect - there are definitely days when what I eat outside of my shake are not the most nutrient-dense choices!

I can’t guarantee that you will have the same feelings/results that I did when you drink it. The way I see it, it gives you whatever you were lacking, and I must have been lacking in B-vitamins, because that would explain the surge of energy!

My favorite personal Shakeology story - my stepdad. Here’s part one:

This made my mom call it “anti-shakeology,” since his hands stopped shaking! Of course, Marv still drinks Shakeology. And he doesn’t really exercise (working on that, haha)! Check out further progress…

And “boom” goes the dynamite!

If you’d like more information, I have some videos I’d LOVE to share with you that tell the store much better than my blog post can!

This video is about the findings of a CLINICAL study of Shakeology.

This one has Tony Horton talking about lots of the ingredients and what they do, as well as how much it would cost to make your own shakeology by buying the ingredients separately!

For anyone with diabetes or worried about it - here’s a video about Shakeology and the Glycemic Index!

This is what doctors are saying about Shakeology!

This is one of my favorites - it shows one of the creators traveling the earth to find the superfood ingredients! What a life!

And finally, an old classic - a quick video on what would go in a Shakeology salad to equal the nutrients of one shake!

I apologize that this post is so long, but when I get talking about something that I am passionate about, I could go on forever, and Shakeology falls into that category!

If you’re still with me, let me tell you why I chose today to write this post. Next week Monday, the 16th of February, a coach on my team and I are hosting a 5-Day Shakeology challenge, and I’d love to have you join us!

Message me for details!



P.S. You can buy Shakeology or the Shakeology Taste Sampler by clicking the respective links, but it’s a much better deal if you get it at the same time as a fitness program, so message me about that if you’re interested!


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My Experience with Beachbody’s 3-Day Refresh!

This past Wednesday, I completed my third 3-Day Refresh. If the fact that I have done this three times since it came out doesn’t give you a review in itself, I am not sure what to tell you!

Anyway, I have to say that I LOVE the product! As you can see in the image above, I lost a few pounds and inches, which is awesome! I plan to always have one on-hand in case I am called for a last-minute bikini or lingerie photoshoot, just so that I can get rid of any extra water weight, as long as I have those three days!

But honestly, the best part is the way that my cravings for junk food virtually disappear. It has been a couple days, and you could unwrap a candy bar and put it on my nose for hours, and I would not eat it!

I don’t know exactly what they are excitedly piling on this poor dog’s nose, but it looks like something a dog would probably find tasty!

Anyway, needless to say, I am super happy with the refresh, and plan to do it quarterly, in addition to the aforementioned modeling situations.

If you are interested in checking it out, there’s a sale on it this month, where you can get the cleanse itself, as well as a month’s supply of Shakeology, for $140, which is just $10 less than Shakeology on its own! This deal goes on until 1/31/15. It may come back, so if you are reading this after January 2015, send me a message and we can chat about options!

Here’s a video that Beachbody made about this amazing product! 

And of course, I had to make my own video with tips!

To order the Refresh as a challenge pack (recommended), click here! To get it on its own, click here.  Not only do you get the product, but you get me as your personal health coach for free. My goal is to help as many people as I can, and you could be the next one!

If you have any questions about the Three Day Refresh, fitness, nutrition, beauty/makeup, or sustainability, let me know and I would be happy to help!



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