Thursday, November 20, 2014

$10 cell phone plan REVIEW!!!

Hey everyone! Sorry I haven't blogged recently, life has been CRAZY and soon I will post a complete update on EVERYTHING going on :-)

Until then, I just HAD to take a minute to share my review of my recent $10 cell phone plan adventure.

So if any of you follow me on facebook you'll remember when my poor little iphone 4 passed away.  For 2 weeks I tried to repair it myself- spent hours on the phone with apple to no avail. My 4 year old phone had bit the dust.

Im a penny pincher, frugalista to the max, so that made me super sad since I was on a great $30 a month pre-paid phone plan and this meant I would have to take the plunge and buy a new phone, OUT OF CONTRACT. ouch. That is, unless I wanted to sign a 2 year agreement somewhere and pay $80 + a month. No thanks.

Republic WirelessPer the recommendation of my brother, a super duper tech savvy genius, I decided to give Republic Wireless a chance. It is a cell phone company that uses the At&t towers but also uses wifi.. plans start from $5 (wifi only coverage) and go up to $25 (unlimited talk, text, and data on or off wifi networks). I opted for the plan in-between, the $10 a month plan (unlimited talk and text and then my data usage comes off wifi networks). yes that meant I would sacrafice being able to google a quick recipe while grocery shopping (although most places you can find a wifi connection any how these days), but I felt it was worth the sacrafice. The great thing is, you can switch plans up to twice a month, so if the no internet while away from wifi was really such a big deal for me, then I could always opt to switch to the $25 plan (still cheaper than what I was paying prior at $30 with page plus and $85 with verizon back when I had them almost a year ago now).

Moto GThe catch to using Republic Wireless is that you have to buy one of their phones to get started, you can't use your current phone and switch. For me, that was no big deal because I was at a place where I needed to buy a phone any ways. The phones range from $99 and up. I opted for the Moto G which is the $150 one since it had a better camera and Lord knows how many pictures I take with my phone (moms out there, can I get an amen?!)

So, just about a month ago, I took the plunge and ordered my phone. I must say, I truly love it so far! I waited until today to port my other number over just in case I didn't like it. See, they give you 30 days to try it out so I knew I didn't have anything but shipping to lose if it didn't work out and if it did, I could save a significant amount of money each month!

The phone itself is great, I love it...it has taken me a bit of time to adjust to it, but now that I am getting the hang of it, it is pretty similar to my prior iphone in what I can do with it, except its like a million times faster.

The no data while out and about has actually been great. It forces me into being more present which I think we all need. I mean, really, how many of us REALLY need unlimited internet access EVERYWHERE WE GO?! I get it, it is convenient, but it is also completely doable to live without it for the extra savings.

Now for the service. It has been really good. No dropped calls as of yet. It does sound a little choppy or muffled sometimes on the wifi connection but it automatically flips over to using a cell tower so while there have been a few times ive had to say "sorry, can you repeat that?", it resolves itself rather quickly, and for only $10 a month, I think that its doing a darn good job!!! I also love that I have unlimited minutes so I can freely chat without worrying that I am going to run out. Same with the text messages.

Overall I would highly recommend that if your contract is up, or you are looking to switch, you should really look into republic wireless. It is by far the cheapest no-contract service I came across and im really happy I gave it a shot!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Lies that have been holding you back.

I wanted to talk about something tonight that has been weighing on my heart. It is the lies that hold us back from reaching our fullest potential.

This lie usually reveals itself in the form of FEAR.

This fear holds us back every single day without us even realizing it half the time!

Sometimes it the fear of insecurity. The fear of failure. The fear of disappointment. The fear of not following through. The fear of commitment. The fear of the unknown. The fear of the known. The fear of letting someone down.

There are so many different ways that the devil uses fear to create SELF DOUBT. It steals our confidence in ourselves AND our confidence in GOD!!! It PROHIBITS us from following through with the things that God has laid out for our lives. It STEALS the blessings that God has promised for obeying his word. God has CLEARLY commanded us to put our TRUST in HIM. Not ourselves. HIM. The phrase "do not be afraid" appears 365 times in the Bible. What does that tell you? Yet why do we still fall into this trap?!?!

This has been on my heart because, honestly, I have fallen into this trap as well. Honestly, for me, it has been the fear of not following through as well as the fear of failure. 

I was doing SOOOOO good with my workouts and staying on track but then I found out I was pregnant and BAM first trimester was SERIOUSLY the pits. It threw me out of my routine. Once I started feeling better, I started coming up with excuse after excuse. I had lost my MOMENTUM.

"When Jacob starts sleeping better, then I will start waking up early to do my workouts"....."When I get caught up on house work, then I will make time to cook healthy meals"...
Our Pastor talked about this a few Sundays ago...we tend to use the "WHEN/ THEN" sentence through many aspects of our lives and it is literally robbing us from the plans God has for us...the blessings that HE has laid out for us.


ANY TIME YOU USE THE PHRASE WHEN/THEN, YOU ARE LYING TO YOURSELF.

Yes, I said it. I probably ruffled a few feathers with that statement but it is the truth.

Your list of WHEN'S will never end and your THEN'S will never come. Its simple. You cannot wait for the perfect conditions BECAUSE THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS THE PERFECT CONDITIONS! There will ALWAYS be SOMETHING. Its just life.

The only way to truly change your circumstances is just to DIVE in HEAD FIRST and GO FOR IT.

HAVE FAITH.

That self doubt that fear creates is depriving you of your fullest potential. It is robbing you blind. It is destroying your dreams.

What about failure???

Why are we so afraid of failure?!

At first, while thinking about this...I couldn't pinpoint what it is about failure that I am personally afraid of.

But then I realized- its judgement. What if I fail- what will people think of me?!?

Then I step back and realize what a foolish thought that is. Nobody thinks I am perfect. Why do I care what people think? If I try my best, no matter what the end results are with my workouts and fitness journey, then I am a success.


If you never try, then you will never fail. But if you never fail, then you will never know just how great the plans are that God has laid before you. You will never know what your potential is if you never try!

Take a look at this list of famous failures. Does it NOT just totally give you peace of mind knowing that WE ALL FAIL! The difference is in those that have faith and pull themselves back up. 

You see, Michale Jordan never let being cut from his high school baskeball's team stop him from continuing to push after his dreams. Oprah did not let the constructive criticism from her early boss telling her she wasn't fit for TV prevent her from trying harder.

The ONLY way that we will EVER see our fullest potential is when we understand that the EXCUSES that we tell ourselves are just LIES.  

We need to simply DIVE IN.....we need to GO FOR IT, WITH ALL OUR MIGHT!

Do not let FEAR stand in your way any more.

Think about your goals. If you don't have them, now is the time to set them. What are you doing TODAY that will get you to your goals eventually? If the answer is NOTHING, then IT'S TIME FOR A DETOUR!

Think about the excuses you have used in the past and just tell yourself NO MORE!!!!!

Think about the plan that God has for you, the potential that you can reach for yourself, and throw that doubt out of your mind and set your eyes and faith on things from above AND JUST GO FOR IT.

GO ALL IN.


If you have been struggling with self doubt, fears of commitment, failure, or just find yourself coming up with excuse after excuse to do the things you know you need to do to take care of this temple that God given you, then PLEASE, let me help you!!!

I have space available still in my next challenge group and I would LOVE to help you achieve your goals and start the NEW YEAR out feeling ACCOMPLISHED, CONFIDENT, AND BLESSED.

You can ALWAYS request for me to be your official FREE coach by clicking here and I encourage you to apply to my next nutrition and fitness accountability group! I guarantee you that your life will be forever changed.






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Sunday, October 26, 2014

P90 CHALLENGE PACK UNBOXING!!!

I am SOOOOOO exited to start my p90 journey tomorrow!

I FINALLY opened the box I received earlier this week and thought I would write a quick blog post with everything that comes in the P90 challenge pack!!!

So... first of all...when you order a challenge pack- you save big time.....in fact- P90 is on sale until the end of the month, saving a total of $70 vs purchasing shakeology and the program individually. Pretty awesome.

Soon after you order (I usually get my stuff within 3-5 business days), you will get a pretty blue box delivered from either fed ex or the USPS....It really is like Christmas when it arrives. It looks like this....

And when you open it...you'll find the tools that can totally transform you!!!! Check out these before and after pictures from the pilot test groups!!! Ya, I think it's safe to say that the program works...  haha! One of my favorite things to do is to look at before and after pictures. No, I am not a creeper, it is just motivating.


So, the first thing in the box that you'll find is your Shakeology order- which is a super nutrient dense meal replacement shake. You can read my personal review of it here.  I have tried a TON of meal replacement shakes and this is the one I personally use for myself and my family. Being a pregnant Dietitian, I am very particular about what I put into my body. You can either get the bag which has 30 servings or the packets which has 24 servings. This time I opted for the tripple combo pack since it gives me the flexibility to toss a few packs in my diaper bag for quick lunches when were out and about to keep me on track. Plus, I really love all the flavors so I like to change things up a bit!

If you are interested in just trying it for taste, I do offer samples for $5 each....sometimes its nice to "try before you buy". 

Flavor

Underneath the Shakeology, is my new prized posession....THE P90 PROGRAM!

First thing I found when I opened the box was a surprise freebie! I LOVE how beachbody always tosses in a little extra something. I cannot be the only one who gets overly excited for free stuff lol! 

I eagerly pulled everything out of the box...seriously I am probably the most impatient person in the world when it comes to this stuff! I want to see it all and I want to see it now!!!!

The P90 program comes with 10 workouts to rotate through the 3 month schedule, it comes with the workout schedule, pretty awesome diet book which simplifies nutrition (has the dietitian thumbs up on this one), plus some extra goodies too. What I was most excited about (besides the surprise freebie), is that it comes with litterally everything you need. Including the workout band AND the door pull up adapter! Lets be real, I cannot do a pull up, especially being in my 6th month of pregnancy...I have seriously wanted to get one of these for the longest time but just always forget to check when I am at the store, so to include this little attachment for free, well, it makes me happy lol.
 And there you have it!!!!!

That is everything that comes in the P90 challenge pack!

If you are interested in joining me on my journey, I would love to have you in my group and be your personal accountability partner! My group starts TOMORROW, so don't delay filling out the application and I will get right back to you with all of the details.

Because I am doing this program with you and relying on YOU for my own daily support, I am taking things a step further and not just going to coach you daily, but I am offering a few things:

1) I will be showing you how to get the program/ shakeology at my price (aka- I am willing to give up my commission to save you some money)
2) I will be available for you daily for the 90 days to be your personal dietitian and cheerleader. Need help menu planning? I got your back! (insurance literally pays hundreds of dollars for ONE dietitian visit....you are essentially getting 90 visits, free of charge from the comfort of YOUR home, on YOUR time.) 
3) I will be also giving out $25 gift cards to the 5 people who I choose to be a part of this group. 

So, what was your excuse to getting fit again?

I am litterally willing to do anything in my power to help you get in the best shape of your life. To help you get fit, healthy and confident.


Why???

BECAUSE WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!

Because I know what it feels like to need that extra push to get started.

Because I know what it feels like to be close to 100 pounds over weight.

And most of all....

Because I know how fantastic it feels to be successful.

I have personally lost 93 pounds through challenge groups, and I want to pay that forward to 5 other individuals with this group. 

So please- don't hesitate to apply here!!!!



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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Why I think all RD's should re-think the way they practice...

Did you know that insurance reimbursement for a single RD visit can be over $400?......

And that RD visits are limited to a set number of visits usually not permitted to be greater than once a month?....

And that in order to get a referral for the RD visits you usually have to have something else major going on or have a specific diagnosis to allow the visit?.....

THIS IS WHY I AM A COACH.

I get to provide DAILY dietitian services free of charge. The money you invest is not towards my time but rather an investment into yourself...it is towards a tangible product that you receive that acts like your text book during our challenge groups....it is a complete workout program that you can do from home...or on the road...or at the park...or the beach..or wherever your heart desires. Plus 30 meals that you don't have to plan...or think about...or even spend time prepping! THIS IS WHY CHALLENGE GROUPS ARE SO OUTRAGEOUSLY SUCCESSFUL.

Its not rocket science: its simple really. In my challenge groups, you get:1:1 dietitian help,  weekly menu planning support, daily tips/ encouragement/ accountability...plus a solid workout program and meal replacement shake that is crazy nutrient dense (I personally use it) and when it is all combined- it completely busts every excuse you could possibly think of to NOT get fit and eat healthy PLUS yields fabulous results- such as my own personal 93 pound weight loss.....THIS IS THE RECIPE FOR SUCCESS FOLKS.


We have known for years that support groups WORK. Look at weight watchers for example- it works! Why? because you get access to support groups and a program for proper nutrition. But what about fitness? that is a key component not to be over looked....

So you can go to a gym and hire a personal trainer and spend an average of $55/ month on your gym membership and $50 per hour of personal training, in addition to the support group fees (average $45/ month)....and then you get the complete package? Almost....what about lunch when your in a hurry?! grabbing lunch out and a bout averages $10 a day. Say you stop and grab a healthy salad from your favorite restaurant every day on your lunch...that adds up!!! Plus if you want to see a dietitian, thats a whole different ball park. Lots of time is spent traveling from here to there, taking time off work for appointments, rushing to get to the gym before they close, trying to find a sitter for the kids etc etc etc....it is seriously no wonder people give up so easily and are constantly looking for an alternative solution. We already live busy lives with limited time on our hands, do we really need that much added stress??? Research shows that gym memberships grow, so does the obesity epidemic.....

Somethings not working here.

I am a numbers person so I sketched out the cost comparison of conventional weight loss methods vs online challenge groups. The end results are pretty shocking as far as the money saved!!! These numbers INCLUDE lunch (shakeology on the go!)

Challenge groups seriously bust the excuses. Can't find someone to watch your kids? no worries! its all done on YOUR time. You might have to make the sacrafice of getting up before everyone or going to bed a tad later to get your workout in but at least you can do it from home without having to drag the whole family out of the house or use time as an excuse. Can't take time off work for a dietitian appointment? (when I worked in the clinic my hours were from 8am-11am)...no biggie- again its on your time.

And not just that- you get DAILY motivational nudges to keep your focus where it should be and to keep pushing towards your goals!!!! DAILY. Yep...you simply can't get that from conventional methods.

Also, lets talk about Shakeology......

Numerous studies support the use of a meal replacement shake aiding in weight management, and let me ask you...have you ever skipped a meal because you were too busy, woke up late, or "forgot"? Have you ever "not had time to cook" or "not felt like cooking" and stopped by fast food and grabbed something not-so-healthy?


Challenge groups have streamlined all of the successful strategies that are proven to work and rolled them all into a one stop shop that eliminates almost any excuse you can come up with.


  1. They are all done online in private groups that provide a sense of security and community
  2. You get daily tips, motivation, support and accountability
  3. free weekly menu planning support and an RD at your service virtually any time of the day
  4. 30 days of shakeology (the nutrient dense meal replacement shake that I personally use)
  5. a workout program and a schedule to follow


You see, in the clinic, I can only offer nutrition advice and only once a month and only for those who qualify according to insurance terms. The patients are left on their own to figure everything else out. I can give tips on increasing physical activity, but there are no programs and schedules with a solid proven structure that I can provide like I do in my challenge groups.

I want to challenge everyone to re-thing traditional and start thinking outside the box. Especially dietitians since I now know from personal experience how powerful alternative methods can be and how many more lives I can change. That is, afterall, the reason I chose to become an RD in the first place!!!!

If you are ready to re-think traditional and would like to learn more about becoming a coach and doing what I do for a living, please apply! I am looking to grow my team with more passionate individuals who are ready and willing to learn how to change lives too!!! Together, we CAN, and WILL make a difference in this wold.
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Monday, October 20, 2014

RECIPE: Fiesta Chicken and Rice Bake

Okay so tonight's dinner was a SUCCESS! So I decided to share the recipe with everyone- what the original recipe is and how to clean it up to be a healthy recipe that the whole family will love!

Not only did it taste delicious, but my picky toddler actually ate it! SCORE!

So, here it is! 

Fiesta Chicken and Rice Bake

-1 can (10 3/4 oz) cream of chicken soup (or to clean it up, use the dry mix recipe!)
-1 cup salsa
-3/4 cup water
-1 cup frozen whole kernel corn
-3/4 cup uncooked rice (use brown rice for a healthier option)
-4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
-paprika
-a pinch of shredded cheese

Directions:

1. spray a 2qt baking dish with non-stick cooking spray (olive oil or coconut oil is best) and pre-heat oven to 375

2. in the baking dish combine soup,salsa, corn, water and rice

3.place chicken over rice mixture and sprinkle with paprika. cover.

4. bake at 375 for 45 min or until chicken is no longer pink and rice is done.

5. sprinkle with cheese and enjoy!

serve with a side salad for a complete meal. 





Sunday, October 19, 2014

Coaching has changed my life- could it change your's too???

I cannot express enough how much coaching has blessed my life!!!!

Seriously, sitting here trying to type this, there are few words to express the extreme gratitude I have. 

Essentially, everything I did via out patient counseling as a medical weight loss dietitian, I get to do as a coach. 


From home. 

With my son. 

Never missing a moment with him. 

Never having to worry about calling out sick to stay with him.

Not having to pay a sitter or nanny to come and watch him while I go to work. Its all from home.  

Talk about a blessing!!!!!


The only difference really, is that I get to help MORE people! 


See, with my clinic work, as an out patient medical weight loss dietitian, I am limited to seeing patients based on what insurance will cover, and lets face it, insurance is not always fair with who they will cover. And not just that, I am limited to how frequently I can see my patients. 

Once a month was the maximum I could get, so thats what I did. See,  with my challenge groups, my challengers get me as their dietitian FREE, and DAILY. 

I don't have to worry about trying to bill insurance. No dealing with scheduling conflicts. No limits based on location since everything is done online. My reach to helping people is limitless, really. I have challengers from all across the nation and some international as well. No way could I reach these wonderful people had I staid within the walls of my out patient office. By stepping outside of the traditional way a dietitian does things, I am able to help SO MANY MORE. It really is incredibly rewarding.

I have gotten a lot of questions lately about WHAT coaching is, HOW do you make money, and WHY would anyone want to do it....so I am inviting you to join us TOMORROW to check it out! All this is is to learn more about what coaching is all about. What drives this burning passion inside me? 













This FREE coaching OPEN HOUSE is for ANYONE curious about coaching. All you have to do is CLICK HERE:


 https://plus.google.com/events/chlmh5tqnd93bu3jgit4k8hpe00 and voila, you are in :-) 




If you want to join in this exclusive sneak peek, shoot me a message and let me know you plan on attending and that way and can watch out for your beautiful face in the group and clear some extra time in my schedule to answer whatever questions you have!

I coach to change other peoples lives because coaching changed my life. I was NOT at my goal when I started coaching....but through coaching, I was able to have that extra bit of accountability to keep myself on track....it is sometimes hard to share my before and after pictures but I do find it necessary sometimes to help explain how much my life has changed.

From the pictures you can see my progress from 190lbs down to 142 lbs...but what you cannot see was how this changed my self confidence in myself. Pictures don't capture the feeling of victory when you can slide back into pre-pregnancy pants. Pictures cannot capture how my marriage improved along with my attitude and mood when I actually felt proud and accomplished and confident. 

When I say coaching changed my life, I seriously mean it from the inside out.  


Anyways--- If you have every been the least bit interested in coaching or are ready to see your life change as you help others change their life too.... then check out the free 5 day sneak peek! 


Hope to see ya'll there!!! XOXO

Friday, October 17, 2014

Looking for a workout buddy- Who wants to apply?!? *incentives offered*

Ok guys- CONFESSION TIME!!! I have MAJORLY slipped on my workout routines lately! It's seriously been a month or so that I haven't been consistent! Now I'm sitting here thinking about the new routines I want to create and which program I want to start next. Being 5 months pregnant, I don't think I want to re-start focus t25 or the 21 day fix considering my recent fitness hiatus, so I decided to take it slower, and give my body time to re-adjust. So the new p90 program is the program I will be using, and I'm super excited to try it out! It's the perfect program for beginners or those wanting to take a slower step back into a fitness routine and get serious results at the same time. Now, my focus isn't in getting "results" per se but it IS on being the healthiest momma I can be (oh and did I mention delivery is easier for fit momma's- um..COUNT ME IN!!) 

But I know myself. Believe it or not, prior to beach body coming into my life, I was a CHRONIC QUITTER. I seriously own SOOO many at home workout products it's ridiculous. In fact, I just came across my "bender ball" tucked away in the garage- anyone remember those? Ya, I used it for a day. 

So I know that in order for me to be successful at creating this new routine, I need SUPPORT, ACCOUNTABILITY, AND ENCOURAGEMENT! Oh..and most importantly, A PLAN.

so...I've given it A LOT of thought and here's my plan... I am inviting 5 people to join me on this journey back into fitness. 5 people who want to re-commit to a fitness routine or who are brand new to fitness. The important thing is that you will be doing this right along side me and I will be doing it right along side you. I want YOU to be my accountability partner- I want to help you and I want you to help me. DEAL?! 

So in turn for your assistance with accountability, I have a few things to offer you: 
1) I will help you get the program + SHAKEOLOGY at MY price. 
2) I will give you my utter daily support day in and day out and be your biggest cheerleader, helping you stay on track as well 
3) I will help you plan your meals as well as give you clinically proven ways to help overcome cravings, emotional eating, and create lasting behavior changes. 
4) You will get 1:1 daily support each and every day of the program from start to finish and, 
5) If you are chosen to be one of the five in this group, you will receive a $25 Beachbody gift card that you can use on your next SHAKEOLOGY order or any other products you want!

So, who would make a good candidate to be my accountability partner? 

I'd ideally like 5 people who... 
1) have recently taken their own fitness hiatus for whatever reason, or are brand new to a fitness routine 
2) have a history like mine of "chronically quitting", but are ready to change that! And... 
3) are ready to truly COMIT to changing their life. 

My personal p90 accountability test group will be starting on October 27, so if you think you might be a good fit, please fill out this application here:


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Oh and check out this information below to learn just what p90 really is, who it is for, and check out these transformation pictures!!! 

Jaime Lost 47 lbs in the pilot P90 test group and here were her remarks:
"Before P90, I would avoid mirrors and only look at certain parts of my face and body when getting ready. My weight was out of control. P90 helped me become the 

healthiest I have ever been!"





Nathan Lost 26 Lbs  and here is what he had to say:

"With the results P90 gave me, my friends and family labeled me as SHREDDED! I've been called plenty of things. That was never one. I wake up now eager to take on challenges. And I owe it all to P90!"

Nathan R