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
-a pinch of shredded cheese


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 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 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: 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 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

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Dietitian and Coach's Lesson on Living Unapologeticaly

So, do you want to know a big fat secret?

I am 100% typing this from my heart today. 

I used to have this irrational fear of being judged for being a beachbody coach. I fear that people will judge me and categorize me and dismiss me. Used to, as in like up until earlier today. 


Sitting down and analyzing WHY I have this fear is actually eye opening. And simply re-confirms how crazy and irrational it really is. 

Every day I get up in the morning and I check into my challenge groups. I read through all of the positive messages I have received from challengers who are FINALLY finding the solution, support, and tools needed to make permanent lifestyle changes. They are losing weight, getting healthy, improving their life. Its a pretty amazing feeling to be a part of this. Every day I get to give them more tips, more advice, and be there to answer their questions, day and night. I truly support my challengers in any way that I can. No, I am not perfect, but yes, I try my absolute best and put my all into it. As a result, I am helping to change lives. Every day I get to inspire change in others. I get to help others believe in themselves and see potential they didn't even know they had. 

So why would I be fearful that people would judge me?! 

As a dietitian, the epitome of my job is to inspire and motivate change in others.

In fact, I will tell you, the reason my patients are so successful is because I listen to them. I encourage them. I show them how to make permanent lifestyle changes. Most people already know what they need to do, but some how, translating that into daily activ-
ities, habits, and lifestyle is a serious struggle. And I understand that struggle because I HAVE BEEN THERE. 

Of course, I teach, I educate, I create menu plans, but the number one thing that I do as a coach and dietitian is MOTIVATE AND INSPIRE CHANGE. 

It is what I did in my clinic work and it is what I do as a coach in my challenge groups.

I help people change their lives.

So, again, why would I be fearful that people would judge me?! 

I am seriously guilty of letting my fear of judgement prohibit me from giving 100% into chasing my dreams. 

I watched a video today and realize, you know what- people will judge. Period. Regardless of what route I take. I have two choices, I can either live boldly and un-apologetically giving my 100% to the passion and purpose laid on my heart by God and forget the rest, or I can choose to live spinelessly not standing up for what I believe in, going with the flow, and never making a change in this world. 

So, I am choosing to put on my armor, accept the fact that people will judge, and follow the path God has for me, 100% un-apologetically without fear of judgement. I will live with passion and purpose for my life. I am chasing after my goals...for myself and my family. 

Beachbody is truly a blessing. I mean this from the bottom of my heart. Since I started coaching, I have been able to greatly expand my reach of those I can help. Consistently each month, I have been able to earn enough through coaching at home to pay my student loans, my shakeology, my groceries, and weekly date nights. It has buffered our budget enough to allow me to stay home with my son in just a matter of months since starting out. The opportunity is real. It has helped me believe in myself, helped me get into the best shape of my life. It truly has been a blessing inside and out. 

I know that I am not the only one who fears judgement...but, imagine what can happen once you let go of that fear and accept the fact that those that will judge, will judge, regardless of which route you take. What if you start living your life boldly, and stop letting irrational fears stop you from giving it your all? What if you surrendered your life fully to God's plan for you not the plan you have for yourself? What if you woke up daily and said "God, I am yours, I am fully 100% yours, lay on my heart a desire to do YOUR will. Let YOUR will be done, God, and give me the courage to pour into others this passion you have filled me with!!!!" 

Imagine if you stepped outside of your comfort zone and publicly began chasing after your dreams? Imagine the lives that can change! Imagine how YOUR life can change!!!! 

So, whatever it is that you have been on the edge of doing but feared judgement of others for that decision, ask yourself, what is stopping you? What is stopping you from chasing your dreams? And then let it go! 

Go out and live boldly and courageously my friends. Who cares what others think. The only opinion that matters is Gods, and when your ultimate goals align with His, He will provide a way. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Truth About Pregnancy

Ok, so maybe this is a vent post? maybe not. I don't know. All I know is I am spilling the beans right now. Friends and family without kids yet may not want to read this. 

Now I remember how I gained so much weight with my son. Now that I am 14 weeks pregnant with number two, it is all coming back to me. 

Before pregnancy, I was fit. I was active. I ate super clean and healthy. I imagined my next pregnancy being entirely different than my first. I pictured myself craving kale and spinach salads and snacking on frozen raspberries or organic unsweetened Greek yogurt. I imagined my next pregnancy would look like this:
I wanted to look like her. Simply adorable. Fit and healthy and just glowing with life.


Soon as I got a positive pregnancy test, my taste buds CHANGED. I was preparing my healthy kale, broccoli, Brussels sprout chicken salad for dinner one night and.....I couldn't. I couldn't even be in the same room as that salad. I had to leave as I was gagging up a storm. I had to tell my husband to quickly finish the salad and serve himself his dinner and then dispose of any remains as to preserve myself from vomiting everywhere. What happened?! I did everything right leading up to this moment?!?!?! 

So, not only can I not stomach vegetables, low fat dairy, lean meats, and whole grains (literally ALL of them make me puke or leave me feeling like I am about to puke the rest of the day), but I have ZERO energy for my workouts. I've been taking my son on hour long walks several times a week to compensate but even then I am out of breath. What the heck?! My skins breaking out, no more nice clear skin. No more nicely fitting clothes. I literally have to eat every 2 hours or else I get extremely nauseous and can't function. And I am just eating whatever I can stomach. Which is not healthy stuff either I am ashamed to say.  I am also too tired to fix my hair and make-up...Its not pretty guys. Not pretty.

So rather than looking like this dream pregnancy I had described above, I def feel more like the picture of jabba below. I feel like I am squeezing out of my clothes. I feel like I am out of breath. Tired. Just utterly burnt out constantly!

Yes. That is how I feel. Exactly like Jaba. 

I know the baby is only the size of a lemon and I still have 26 more LONG weeks to go (ask me when its over and Ill tell you it flew by but right now its DRAGGING), but wow this is not what I expected this time around! Its not pretty. Not at all. and that my friends is the truth. Maybe I just don't do pregnancy well? Or maybe many women lie about their overwhelming sense of joy and happiness and conveniently leave out that they are feeling like, well, Jabba? I don't know. 


Its worth it. 

My before bed snuggles with my now toddler, playing games and laughing up a storm. Yes these little teeny tiny people depend on you FOR EVERYTHING. To wipe their noses, brush their teeth, feed them their meals, wipe their tushys, but thats one of the beautiful things. I am my sons EVERYTHING. Motherhood is hard. It is rough. It is frustrating and tiring. but its amazing all at the same time. But right now I am miserable. Not going to lie. 

there you have it my friends. The truth about pregnancy from one tired pregnant mamma. Good night ya'll! 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

My secret sauce to meeting my goals!

So as many of you already know, I am currently almost 14 weeks pregnant with baby #2. I sit in awe of this! there is a tiny little human being growing inside of me! WOW! I also sit in awe of how far I have come!

After I had my son, Jacob, I knew I wanted more kids, but I told myself I absolutely wouldnt entertain the thought without losing every pound of the baby weight I gained from him first. So I set goals about July of 2013. Jacob was about 7 months old, and I was still very very much so overweight. I wanted our kids to be close in age, but was kinda stuck in this weight rut! So I started actively trying to lose weight and I watched the t25 infomercial about 100 times. I kept telling myself I was just going to order it. Then I would tell myself no, I can get the same results from the workout dvd's I already have- Jillian michaels, Mari Windsor pilates, the Firm, you name it, I tried it, and have it lol. I am an at home workout junkie I suppose. So I put together a 90 day training schedule in July of 2013 and worked out with my fave dvd's (at that time), and watched what I ate, drank a protein shake daily, and come October/ November of 2013, I was MAYBE 5 pounds lighter but still wearing the EXACT same size clothes. BUMMED. So, I told my friends and family I wanted Focus t25 for my birthday or Christmas. I didn't end up actually pulling the trigger and ordering it until December and I used my Christmas money to do so. I felt somewhat guilty doing that because well, I thought it was just too expensive. Im a cheapskate!

So I started in January 2014, and OMG were these workouts different!!!!! I started shakeology, and I joined a challenge group! I was NERVOUS! But suddenly I started getting results. I stopped making excuses because, well, 25 min was quick. I could entertain my son for 25 min easily vs 45 min or more was nearly impossible for us! In 4 months of doing this, challenge group after challenge group, having ups and downs with my eating and workouts but never giving up, I reached my goal.

My goals at the time were 1) to lose the baby weight (to drop from 180 down to 139), 2) fit into my pre-baby clothes (go from a size 14 to a size 4), and my ultimate goal 3) was to start trying for baby #2 once goals 1 and 2 were reached.

In exactly 4 months, I reached all of those goals. Once I started T25, shakeology, and had the support I needed, everything just fell into place. The weight came off, my body took on a new shape- I mean, I went from a size 14 to a 4!!!! in 4 months!!!! And I did it the HEALTHY WAY. No secrets, just healthy diet, proper exercise and a team of support. Once I got in the best shape of my life, my pre-baby clothes fit, and in fact got a bit loose! and something that naturally occurs when you improve your health,  is your fertility increases!  BAM, 4 months later, EVERY SINGLE GOAL WAS MET. that just baffles me!

I have since tried many other beach body workouts which are all AMAZING, but I will always have a special love in my heart for t25 since this is the program that helped me reach every single one of my goals.

I actually feel kind of foolish thinking back, for not pulling the trigger and starting sooner! Had I started when I originally wanted, back in July of last year, I would have not wasted my time, money and energy on something that doesn't work! A lot of people ask me if the program and shakeology are worth it and my answer is YES. $4 and 25 min a day on myself to improve my health is worth every penny. And then some. It WORKS.

So right now, Focus T25 is on sale for $95 off when you buy the challenge pack and it ends TODAY. It will NOT be going on sale again this year.

Because of what this program has done for ME, I decided to carve out extra time in my day to pay it forward.... I will be dedicating my time and energy to running a challenge group SPECIFICALLY for those who want to do Focus T25. For those who are sick of saying "I wish I fit better in my clothes" or "I wish I could lose 20 lbs"....If you are ready to stop wishing and start making your goals a reality, then TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OPPORTUNITY. I will be there to coach you DAILY. Help you plan your meals, help you stay accountable. Helping you from start to finish. And every step in-between. I will likely NOT be running a Focus T25 specific group again this year. TAKE ADVANTAGE.

If you wondering what in the world Focus T25 is, you can watch this brief video

and if you are READY to commit you can fill out the application below and I will get back to you TODAY.
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Save 25% off shakeology + workout programs

Hey everyone I just wanted to make a quick post to say:


Sure- its nice to earn a little extra income, don't get me wrong, but my GOAL is to help get you fit, healthy, and in the best shape of your life. Period. I'm not at all after your money.

My Goal is for you to know what it feels like to reach YOUR OWN goals. I want you to know what it feels like to be at a healthy weight. I want you to not just fit back into those pre-baby pants- I want you to ROCK them. I want you to have the energy to keep up with your kids. I want you to improve your fertility through improved health if that's your goal. I want to help you make dietary changes- improve your eating, clean up your diet, get moving, and eliminate every excuse that could possibly set you back. I want YOU to be the VERY BEST YOU THAT YOU CAN BE. bottom line.

With that said- I want to show you how to save 25% off of shakeology and any of the beach body products! Its super easy. No tricks and no gimmicks. If you are interested in trying out a program or if your are a regular shakeology customer- lets start saving you some cash each month. I want everyone to have the opportunity for health and wellness and I don't want anything standing in the way. Also, we can take it a step further and I can show you how to get your shakeology + workout program PAID FOR within your first month.   

So click here to message me if you want the inside deets on saving 25% off, getting your program for free or even building your OWN health and wellness BUSINESS  and I will hook you up. Seriously, who doesn't want to save a little money and even EARN an extra income being mentored by a nutrition expert and learning from the TOP?!

again I want to be clear here- MY GOAL IS TO HELP YOU REACH YOUR GOAL!!!!!! SO , don't be shy, message me and tell me your goals and I will gladly help you reach your HIGHEST potential that you didn't even know you had. Even if its just saving 25% off each month- IM HERE FOR YOU!!!!!!!

Now, go be the best you that you can be ;-)