How to Recover from Overload

I’ve officially rolled into August feeling burnt out.July was filled with a few too many 16 hour days, working weekends, and a severe lack of sleep. 

While my working habits over the last month aren’t ideal, I know that having real work life balance is all about give and take and the ability to regroup and prioritize when things get out of control. 

Balance is about dealing with the ebb and flow of life in a way that supports you and having the awareness to adjust when things get off track. 

work life balance
work life balance

So, now, with a new month and a fresh start at my fingertips, I’m focused on nurturing myself more in the midst of the chaos I’m just starting to wrap my head around.

Here’s what I’m doing to create more balance and recover from overload this month.

Get Away

Completely disconnecting, even if only for a few hours, is crucial to balance.  When I’m in the thralls of work-overload,  unplugging is just about the last thing imaginable, but it’s incredible what an afternoon sitting in the park, an escape to a yoga class, or hiding out in a movie theater  can do for your piece of mind.  Really want to up your game?  Escape with your guy for a weekend away (and don’t even think about taking work with you!)


Another key to balance is knowing where your priorities truly lie.  Spend some time journaling or meditating on what’s important to you and ways that you can squeeze that stuff in even when life gets hectic.  No clue where to start with identifying your priorities?  That’s what my complimentary Discovery Sessions are for.  Book one now.

Detox & Refresh

When work hours get long and we fall out of our normal routines, one of the first things to inevitably fall off track is how we fuel our bodies.  It means making the pizza delivery guy your new BFF, indulging in a few beers too many to take the edge off, and sometimes not eating at all. 

Get your body back in tip top shape in a flash with a quick little detox. I started off with the 3 Day Refresh coupled with some daily PiYo and am feeling lighter, fresher, and more clear headed.

Get Support

Why, why, why is it so hard to ask for help?  I’ll admit, I have an “I can do it” attitude and I often don’t realize I need help until I’m already in over my head.  What do you foresee as an issue this month and who can you enlist to help you through it?

I’m getting ahead of this month’s hiccups by bringing on the help I need early: my husband is helping with dinners & laundry, I’m including a housecleaner in my monthly budget, and I’m growing my team to include an assistant to help me stay on track.

When you’re recovering from a crazy time, what do you do to get back on track?

You Need an NBA Team

My friend “Bill” had what he called a basketball team: a harem of 5 women available at his beck and call.  Bill was a bit of a womanizer. I think "Bill" also had a couple of benchwarmers.  Bill was also kind of a dog.

You should have a basketball team, too.

Not the 2:30 am booty call kind.  C’mon, I give you WAY more credit than that. 

You need these 5 people to push you toward living a life you love.  Here’s your starting line-up:

  1. Point Guard: Your point guard DOES NOT get caught down in the weeds with you.  Instead, they’re great at seeing the big picture and visualizing the future.  They help you keep your “eye on the prize”. 
  2. Shooting Guard: Quick on the trigger, your shooting guard hates your indecision.  They push you to keep moving forward by taking shots and course-correcting when necessary.
  3. Small Forward: This little powerhouse is your biggest supporter.  The “man’s best friend” of basketball, the small forward is always by your side and committed to your cause.
  4. Power Forward: The power forward’s motto: “Do what you say you are going to do.”  They make you accountable and what let you forget your goals.  They’re constantly checking your progress and measure your success by the moves you make.
  5. Center: Your center does just that: keeps you centered.  When the shit is hitting the fan, they’re there with you right in the thick of it, reminding you why you’re there in the first place.

Who are these people and where do you find them?  They could be anyone: the girl you see next to you on the treadmill, your boss, your mom, your man, your favorite lifestyle coach (had to!), a writer you totally dig. 

It doesn’t need to be any one you know and you don’t even ever have to tell them they’re playing for you.

Who’s on your team?  Tell me in the comments.



Have you heard of the Vacuum Law?

The Vacuum Law

The Vacuum Law states that you have to make room in your life for the new by getting rid of the old.  Whenever a space is cleared, the Universe rushes to fill that space.

Sounds simple, right?

But it can be surprisingly hard. 

Let's do a little digging... what've you got hanging around?

Are those 14 ["you can totally where this again!"] bridesmaids dresses hanging in your closet?

And, wait, is that a box of your favorite stuffed animals (from when you were 7)?

And some jewelry or - gasp - a MIX TAPE from an ex-boyfriend?  (How the hell are you even going to listen to that tape, aside from taking a time machine back to 1995?)

That pair of shoes you wore exactly ONCE; you know, the ones that aren't even remotely comfortable, but that you MIGHT wear again someday?

Jeez, it's kinda creepy... it's like I'm IN your house.  (I'm not – scouts honor!)

It's not just THINGS that we're all holding on to. What about:

A "comfortable" relationship with a guy you're just not that into?  (yep, that works BOTH ways!)

Feeling like the odd-[wo]man-out when friends and family just don't "get" you?

Negative thoughts about your "lazy" coworkers or "unsupportive" boss?

Seemingly never-ending piles of money owed to Sallie Mae (and a maxed out credit card that paid for all those bridesmaid’s dresses)?

Coulda-woulda-shoulda's from your past (all those things you wish you'd done)?

The list goes on and on… but I think you get the drift.

The Challenge

I'm fully invested in kicking some ass in 2014 - what about you? 

create space
create space

In preparation for all the things you want to bring into your life, I challenge you to create a totally suck-tastic vacuum and let something go.

Big or small - let it loose and see what comes back.  Share your liberation in the comments.

How to Rock Your Performance Review

That moment when the invite for your annual review hits your inbox… and dread sets in…

You know what I’m talking about, right?

Even for rockstar employees like yourself, annual reviews can leave a bad taste in your mouth, especially in a world of check boxes and ridiculous HR requirements. 

(Am I the only one here who’s worked at a company were you literally were not allowed to be ranked high on everything?  What kind of BS is that?!?!)

But there’s another side to annual reviews.  They provide an opportunity to celebrate your accomplishments and to demonstrate to your manager how you see your performance, your value, and your future.

Here are five tips to rock your performance review.

1. Get in the driver’s seat

One of the best pieces of career advancement advice I ever got was this:

“If you’re manager invites you to a meeting, never assume that he/she is running the meeting.  Always be prepared to take the ball and run with it.”

With performance reviews, this is even more critical.  You have a vested interest in the outcome of the meeting, so take charge of driving the conversation.

DO:Have talking points and questions ready.

DON’T:Be so stringent that your manager can’t get a word in edge-wise.

2. Decide what you really want (and deserve).

We all, invariably, want to earn more money.  But is this all what you really want?  (It’s ok if it is)

Think bigger picture here.  When you think of your career, what do you want to accomplish?  What do you want to be known for?  It might be a cross-functional training opportunity. It might be leadership development.  

Get clear on what you want: money, a promotion, a client-facing role, training opportunities, autonomy.

DO: Ask – clearly and concisely – for what you really want and be prepared with suggestions for how your manager can help you reach your goals.

DON’T:Be unreasonable.  Asking for a 20% raise when the average for your company is 4% is not only likely to be denied, but you’ll also be taken a lot less seriously for asking for it.

3. Power in Numbers

Look – your performance review is not an opportunity to bitch and complain, talk about how you feel, or lay out what you “think” you deserve.  It’s your (sometimes one and only) annual chance to prove your value.  Feelings and your personal sense of entitlement do not demonstrate the quality and merit of your performance.  Facts make your case.

DO: Have concrete details (and the numbers to back them up) about the contributions you’ve made to the company’s goals.  Be as thorough as possible.   

DON’T:Leave it to your manager to know what you accomplished this year.

4. Practice your delivery

A performance review is an inherently nerve-wracking situation; practice can help you feel cool, calm, and collected, even under stress.   Rehearse asking for and justifying what you want. It gets easier and more natural every time you say it out loud.  Also, practice consciously restraining from filling in all the dead space.  Give your manager time to contemplate and respond.

DO:Practice out loud (just like back in grade school when you had a big presentation)

DON’T:Wing it (unless you don’t really care if you get what you want)

5. Be Open to Criticism

News flash: you’re not perfect! (sorry to burst your bubble)

But, even if you were, there’s still an opportunity to be EVEN BETTER. 

Ask for feedback on your work.  Get specific details and ask clarifying questions if you need to.

DO:Use criticism as an opportunity to grow your skillset and advance your career.

DON’T:Get combative.  Picking a fight will not support your case that you’re a stellar employee.

So, are you ready to rock your performance review yet?  Go get ‘em, tiger.

rock your performance review
rock your performance review

Feel Refreshed (not drained) this Holiday Season

So, how many photos of Starbucks holiday cups have you seen on Facebook and Instagram this week? I’m pretty sure that I’ve seen about 20.

Starbucks, I’ve seen your cups and hear your message loud and clear: The holiday season is here.

So many of us use the holiday season to kick back and indulge because, HELL, we’ve worked hard this year.  And you know what, you DO deserve to indulge and have a blast (not JUST during the holidays, but that’s a discussion for another day...).

But, what you don’t deserve is packing on a couple pounds in as many months OR completely overloading your body on sugar and booze OR day-long holiday shopping sessions fueled by Diet Coke and Annie’s pretzels. 

Let’s make this year different.  What do you say?

Join me for my 5 day Holiday Refresh from December 2nd to December 6th

(conveniently scheduled right after Thanksgiving, so you can kick that post-turkey bloat to the curb!)

You’ll get all the support you need to help you:

  • Slash cravings for sugar and carbs
  • Reduce bloating
  • Lose a few pounds
  • Have more energy and wake up REFRESHED every day

So you look and FEEL outstanding this holiday season (and rock that hot little black dress you bought for office holiday party!)

Here’s what’s included in the Refresh:

  • 5 days of done-for-you Refresh meal plans & a companion Shopping List ($199 value)
  • 5 days of Shakeology ($25 value)
  • Daily email support from me, your coach and cheerleader ($50 value)
  • Access to an exclusive, members only, online support group ($99 value)
  • PLUS a personal 50-minute Breakthrough session ($175 value)

The cost? Only $49 USD!

Ready to get started? You must register by 4 pm EST on 11/22! Click below to register!

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Any questions?  Email me (I promise to respond within 2 business days)

The Fine Print

  • Registration closes Friday, November 15th at 5pm EST
  • All purchases are final; No refunds or exchanges
  • All Breakthrough Sessions must be scheduled by 4/1/2014

The Best Tool I've Found to Combat Overwhelm

For a long time (somewhere on the order of 31 years...) I’ve felt like I live in a constant state of overwhelm.   Even when I’m exercising my right to say no, my high aspirations, big dreams, and general interest in learning and experimentation, I still say yes more often than I say no.  This can make managing my schedule pretty challenging and has led to many late nights and long weekends STILL working, connecting, dreaming. Until...

I realized I was falling back into the same old cycle that burnt me out before

I recognized what my true priorities are (and they just so happen to NOT include

I learned the hard way that Rome wasn’t built in a day (or a week, or a month)

I acknowledged that I couldn’t possibly work with women to help them tackle overwhelm until I got a handle on my own.

So, I spent a lot of time reading, learning, planning, failing, re-imagining, and tweaking until I found a system that worked for me – without fail.  And that system includes a little one-page wonder I affectionately and super-creatively call my Weekly Tracking Worksheet.  This is, hands down,  the best tool I've found to combat overwhelm.

combat overwhelm
combat overwhelm

The key elements of the tracker include:

  • The Daily Top 3: These are the three – ALWAYS only 3 - MUST DO important, but not urgent (refer to the Time Matrix video for more info), activities that I must complete that day
  • Separate line items for PLAY with family and friends, FITness, SELF-care, and a daily PUSH goal (note: These are sometimes empty depending on the day, but they remind me to schedule this stuff)
  • Space for reflection (I try to review and re-plan for 10 minutes at the end of every day)
  • Keeping my priorities and big goals front and center

To get the worksheet, shoot me an email and I’ll send you a copy.

Why Nutrition is Foundational to Lifestyle Coaching (and anarchistic!)

What if I described myself not as a health coach or a lifestyle coach, but as a health and lifestyle anarchist?

“The philosophy of anarchy lies in empowering people to take control of their own lives and not on having others having power of them.” – James Cox

Maybe it’s time for a title change?

As a health and wellness anarchist, my mission is to help women TAKE CONTROL of their lives (not necessarily to rise up against “the man”, but, hey, who knows!).

Describing myself as a health coach is a) so damn vanilla it hurts and b) a serious misrepresentation of what I do.   Can I get a show of hands for how many of you think I focus solely on nutrition and weight loss?

As my business continues to evolve, so has my philosophy on the work I do.  I am LIFESTYLE focused; someone who builds a foundation with nutrition, but then works with you to take control of the rest of your life – all that really important stuff like your career, your relationships, yourself, just to name a few.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s definitely an advantage to focusing on nutrition first... as a “grown-up”, you are absolutely, 100%, in control of what you eat.  Just let that sink in for a second...

You are absolutely, 100%, in control of what you eat.

That’s the essence of why I consider nutrition foundational to my work.

If you’re saying to yourself anything like: “But my family eats X”, “my company takes me out to lunch on Fridays”, or “my friends love to meet up at Denny’s for breakfast”, these are EXCUSES.  You’ll never be able to take control of anything if you continue to live under the shadow of these excuses.  So, CUT. IT. OUT.

full house
full house

Seriously, though, if you want to stay in the “safe” world of excuses, it’s probably OK to stop reading now.  But, if you’re committed to giving up those excuses, I’ve got some tips to help you stay on track.

1.    Food is Fuel

Reframe your thoughts on food.  For many of us, food is a social tool, an emotional outlet, a feel-good drug.  It’s time to let that go.  Food is fuel for your body to support you in everything you do.   That’s it.

2.    Know Your Why

Why do you want to be healthy?  Be honest.  It’s okay to want to fit into a size 4 (or 6 or 8) or to look hot in a bathing suit for your upcoming cruise.  Or maybe you just want more energy to make it through your day without reaching for the RedBull.  Do you want to live to be a 100 or to set a good example for your kids/grandkids/spouse/friends?  Whatever it is, get CLEAR on it and remind yourself of it DAILY.  Staying true to your why will help you stay on track.

3.    Give Yourself Wiggle Room

Clean eating is NOT ALL OR NOTHING.  I would never tell you that you CAN’T have something.  If you want a jelly donut, have it.  Don’t feel guilty about it.  Then, get back to business.

4.    Be Prepared

It’s so easy for all of us to get stuck in that excuse trap, especially when it involves social situations.   Be prepared with a response to the conversations and the questions so you don’t get suckered into doing something you don’t want to.  It’s also a great idea to review a menu and decide what you’ll order before you get there, so you don’t even have to crack the menu and risk getting off track.

5.    Keep it Fresh

fresh prince
fresh prince

Whoops - not that kind of fresh!

Experiment with new recipes and new foods regularly.  Commit to trying 1 new recipe or 1 new food a week – it’s really as easy as that.  If I hadn’t done this myself, I’d have never fallen head over heels for b. sprouts or learned how easy and versatile quinoa can be.

Now I want to hear from you.  What’s one step you will make to take control of food?

6 Techniques for Creating Good Habits

I recently started reading Darren Hardy's "The Compound Effect". This book is all about taking small actions, making positive changes, and creating good habits consistently that will compound into big things over time. On the flip side, there's the case where you're making small actions (or inactions) that are taking you in the opposite direction. So many of us get stuck there... and end up stagnant in our work, at home, in relationships, you name it. If you're feeling stuck, its time to make some changes, and my new 5-week online Bootcamp may be just the thing you need to get started. The fact of the matter is, most of us are not EXACTLY where we want to be, although maybe we're on our way. A big part of the equation is crowding out the bad habits with good ones.

Darren provides the following 6 Techniques for Creating Good Habits:

1. Set Yourself Up to Succeed

This is probably the easiest place to get stuck - not setting yourself up to succeed.

"Any good habit has to work inside your life and lifestyle."

What is it that you're trying to accomplish and what in your life is holding you back? If you're trying to eat healthy, but that 3 pm sugar craving has you running for the vending machine, stock up with some healthy snacks, instead. If you want to work out more often, but find yourself exhausted at the end of the day, get up a half hour earlier and get a quick workout in (trust me, this WORKS!).

2. Think Addition, Not Subtraction

Instead of focusing on the negative, the things you're giving up, the things you can't have, turn your focus toward the things you can have. I have a friend who, within the last year, completely changed her diet due to a medical condition. Instead of wallowing in the fact that she couldn't enjoy some of her favorite foods, she opted to focus her energy on creating healthier versions of those meals and savoring every delicious morsel.

3. Go for a PDA: Public Display of Accountability

I think we can all acknowledge that staying accountable just to ourselves is pretty darn tough. We're too easy on ourselves. Find a bigger, broader way to be accountable - whether it's sharing on social media, telling your friends and family, or hanging up a big ol' sign in your cubicle at work (this is one of Darren's best examples).

4. Find a Success Buddy

Take accountability to the next level by pairing up with someone who has similar goals and can keep you on point. Agree to meet regularly (phone, email, skype, whatever works) to hold each other accountable, share successes, failures, and aha's, and keep each other pushing further and further forward.

5. Competition & Camaraderie

Let's be honest, we all love a little friendly competition. I mean, who doesn't love winning? So, if you're working towards creating a new habit, loop in some other people with the same objectives and make a game of it. You'd be surprised how much faster and harder you'll push just to beat out Kelly from HR.

6. Celebrate!

It can be easy to get wrapped up in work, or in unconscious, unproductive zoning to combat hard work (case in point, a few months ago I posted about my embarrassing addiction to TV. It's an action I have been working to consciously change and with Darren's tips, I'm making serious strides), but the healthier way to deal is to celebrate each success.

"You've got to find little rewards to give yourself every month, every week, every day - even something small to acknowledge that you've held yourself to a new behavior."

Change is hard and celebration is absolutely deserved, so let your hair down and enjoy it once in awhile!

I strongly encourage you to pick up this book. It's affordable, short, relatable, AND actionable, and I can almost guarantee that you'll be inspired to make positive changes in your life.

For me, I'm focusing more on my time management. I actually consider myself to be pretty darn good at managing my time, with everything I've got going on, but I know I can be doing even better. Now, I want to hear from YOU, what positive habit do you want to create in your life?

Are you ready to Lean In? (A Lean In Review)

A few weeks ago, at the recommendation of a friend, and after viewing her TedTalk, I picked up a copy of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead I’ll be honest: I was not expecting to like this book.  A long time ago, I gave up aspirations of climbing the corporate ladder to the top, instead settling for a work-life balance that supported my outside endeavors and interests, but I found Sheryl’s arguments both compelling and supported by data and I learned that her philosophy on corporate (err… life) engagement is very similar to my own.

Here are a few of my favorite takeaways from the book:

1. Go All In

The way I see it, as a woman, you’ve got three choices:

  1. Have a family
  2. Have a career
  3. Have a family and a career

Seems like a no-brainer, right?  The trick, and the thing we all try to avoid telling ourselves, is that all three of these choices involve some level of inherent sacrifice.  In fact, every job will demand some sacrifice.”  (Lean In, page 155)

There’s no wrong answer here, but when you make a choice, you need to make sure that you are willing to accept all the sacrifices that go along it. 

Make your choice, let go of the guilt, go all in, and don’t look back.

2. It’s a Jungle Gym, Not a Ladder

I realize this may not seem applicable to a lot of people… YET… but for me, I absolutely needed to hear this.  Every so often, I start to beat myself up about the career leaps that I’ve made (if you don't know what I'm talking about check out My Story).  And I think the jabs from family and friends are even worse than the pressure that I put on myself. Why can’t I just pick one thing and stick with it? 

All I needed was to read this:

“Ladders are limiting – people can move up or down, on or off.  Jungle gyms offer more creative exploration.  There’s only one way to get to the top of a ladder, but there are many ways to get to the top of a jungle gym… The ability to forge a unique path with occasional dips, detours, and even dead ends present a better chance for fulfillment.” (Lean In, pg. 55)

In truth, I’ve learned way more from my job hopping than any one job could teach me in even double the time.  I’ve experienced several different industries (environmental consulting, public education, public works, and information technology) – I’ve learned the ins and out of each one and I have a better understanding of the pitfalls and demands placed on workers, which is invaluable when it comes to providing lifestyle coaching to a varied group of professionals. 

Along the way, I’ve learned what I’m really good at (learning quickly, teaching, planning, analyzing, etc.), what I really dislike doing (classroom management…), and what my work non-negotiables are.  In these respects, I feel leaps and bounds ahead of my peers, even if they might have the best understanding of what it’s like to work for Company Y and Client Z.

3. Make Your Partner a Real Partner

This says it all:

“Whenever a married woman asks me for advice on co-parenting with a husband, I tell her to let him put the diaper on the baby any way he wants as long as he’s doing it himself… Over time, if he does things his way, he’ll find the correct end.  But if he’s forced to do things her way, pretty soon she’ll be doing them herself.” (Lean In, pg 109)

I don’t think you need to be a parent to appreciate this sentiment and I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that I’m probably not the only woman who has a habit of telling her significant other what the “best” way to do something is.  This has been a good reminder for me that when I need help, domestic or not, I need to give my helper the freedom to do things his (or her) way and remember that sometimes done is better than perfect.

4. Seek Out a Growth Partner – Not a Mentor

If you want someone to “show you the ropes” be willing to give something back. 

“Mentorship is often a more reciprocal relationship than it may appear, especially in situations where people are already working at the same company.” (Lean In, page 69)

 It doesn’t matter if this person has more career experience or a better title than you, there is still something that you can contribute to the relationship.  Seek ways to help first, ways to learn second.

 5. Own Your Success

I see it time and time again, and not just at work, but also in personal relationships.  Women downplay their accomplishments – whether it’s successfully leading a big project, placing in a triathlon (yes…I have a friend who downplays this!), or losing weight, women are quick to shy away from singing their own praises and REALLY acknowledging their own accomplishments. 

“Owning one’s success is key to achieving more success.”(Lean In, page 44)

STOP!  Right here, right now, name one thing that you totally knocked out of the park and tell someone about it.



I know there is a lot of criticism about the fact that Sheryl can afford to have “help” to manage her career successfully – if you’re stuck on that, I encourage you to pick up Lean In and read it from YOUR perspective.  Based on my Lean In review, this book is not about having money, it’s about establishing your priorities, being honest with yourself about what you want out of your life, and setting yourself on a course to get there.

You don’t have to want a successful career, or a family, or a big fancy house.  Accept that you want what you want and Lean In.  Are you ready?

Recipe for Success: Lessons Learned at Beachbody Coach Summit

I spent 3 days last week at BeachbodyCoach Summit 2013 in Las Vegas.  It was a whirlwind filled with celebrity trainer workouts, team building, and personal development.  I’m honestly still reeling a little from the experience; I felt like I didn’t STOP the whole time I was there (which seems very unhealth-coachy), but the excitement and buzz of the 7,000 other coaches in attendance was contagious. 

Tony Horton
Tony Horton

The theme of this year’s conference was Dream Big- this was a game changer for me, both personally and professionally.  I have always had a hard time looking forward in my life.  When I’d sit down with professors or managers and was asked where I wanted to be in five years, it was rare that I had an answer.  Looking back, it’s clear that I was not in the right place.  I’m in the right place now and my experience this weekend only helps to solidify My Dream.

Since this conference was so powerful for me, I want to share with you some key takeaways - my a-ha moments!  Here are my top five plus some important updates at the bottom:

John C. Maxwell’s The Rule of Five

“You want to cut down a tree in your back yard.  Instead of cutting it down in one swing, everyday, take an ax, swing 5 times, and hit that tree.  It doesn’t matter how big the tree is, just consistently swing at the same tree.  One day, the tree will come down, with what seems like little effort."

-John C. Maxwell (paraphrased)

Best-selling author John C. Maxwell (Daily Dozen, How Successful People Think, and Today Matters) was the Keynote Speaker and I loved every second of his talk.  I wish I could share everything I learned from him, but that could take hours and as he says: Read the Book! 

For the sake of time, I will just share one of my favorite things from his talk: The Rule of Five.  The Rule of 5 is a series of activities that you do EVERY DAY that are fundamental to your success. Through discipline and diligence, you will achieve your life’s work. 

Step 1 to the Rule of Five is identifying your tree.  Step 2 is identifying your five required actions.  For John, his tree is writing books and his Rule of 5 are reading, filing, thinking, asking questions, and writing.  I’m still identifying my tree and Rule of Five.  What’s yours?

Beachbody’s Mission

Beachbody’s mission is so in-line with my own.  And it’s simple.

Help people achieve their goals and live healthy, fulfilling lives.

Unlike many other companies, this is NOT lip service.  After Summit, Beachbody CEO Carl Daikeler posted this on his Facebook page:

"Selling" just for the sake of numbers is for other companies. We are here to help people. So think about how you can "be more creative about showing people you truly care about them" and then get out there and do it.

Beachbody truly wants to change the world and END THE TREND of obesity.  So do I.  Perfect match.


Finding  A Tribe

Human beings can’t help it: We need to belong. One of the most powerful of our survival mechanisms is to be part of a tribe, to contribute to (and take from) a group of like-minded people.

-Seth Godin, Tribes


My Beachbody team is all over the U.S. and Canada, so even though we talk in pretty much every day, we rarely see each other face to face.  It was great to spend 3 days with my team – I feel really connected to these people. We are on the same path of helping people improve their lives.  This is my tribe.

I’m A Customer, Too

During one of the breakout training sessions, one of the trainers said “Don’t forget, you are a customer, too.”  I partnered with Beachbody because I use and enjoy their products and I truly believe that they provide real value.   Even if I wasn’t a Beachbody coach and never earned a penny from them, I would still sing the praises of Shakeology and talk about how kickass P90X and Insanity are... granted, maybe not as often, but I still would.

Productivity is Not Busy-ness

It’s the engineer in me - I LOVE learning about how to be more productive and efficient.  The training focused on being STRATEGIC ABOUT HOW YOU SPEND YOUR TIME, something that even the best of us time managers need to constantly keep in mind.  For more info on productivity and time management, check back next week for the release of my free eBook, You Don’t Have Time to Read This Book: 8 Strategies to Find More Time in Your Day.

Beachbody Product Updates


Summit was the launch of a brand-spankin-new program from Shaun T, the creator of Insanity and Hip Hops.  In my opinion, T-25 is a game changer as far as workouts are concerned – you see results in just 25 minutes a day!  Here’s the T-25 highlights:

  • Workout 5 days a week for 25 minutes (note: (2) 25 minute workouts are suggested but not required on Day 5)
  • Fully modifiable so ANY ONE CAN DO IT
  • Alpha, beta, and gamma phases are all 25 days (5 weeks) in length

T-25 (alpha and beta phases) is on sale as a bundle with Shakeology for $180 through the end of July.  That’s like getting T-25 for just $50 – a freaking dollar a day!  Intrigued?  Let’s chat to see if this is a good fit for you.

Vanilla Shakeology

Yes, you read that right.  Shakeology has finally made the leap into Vanilla.  The Shakeology team has been searching for years to find a clean, non-GMO, organic, ethically-farmed, sustainable source of Vanilla and they finally found it... in Madagascar! 

Beachbody has really high standards for what goes into Shakeology, so even though they found other products that met FDA guidelines, they went above and beyond to source this vanilla (another reason to love them).  This stuff is so yummy – it literally tastes like cake batter on its own and its a great base for flavor experimentation.  I tried a Vanilla Latte Shakeology and it was delish!  Interested in samples?  Email me.

Perhaps better than the Vanilla flavor, though, was learning that Beachbody has committed to the development of the Madagascar farming community that is supplying the vanilla.  They are providing training to farmers, ensuring fair prices, and helping to build schools.  If you know me, you know that international development is near and dear to my heart, so this really struck a chord with me.

Updates to Fit Club Membership

Staying true to Beachbody’s mission to support people in reaching their health and fitness goals, I have decided to offer the first 30-days of Rockin’ Hot Body Fit ClubFREE

Of course, I do encourage you to work with a Beachbody program and Shakeology, because I know these products work and will get you on the right path, but I understand that maybe you can’t afford to invest in a program right now or you’re skeptical about what the Fit Club is all about or you're not sure that working with a virtual coach will help you. 

Trust me, I TOTALLY understand your concerns – I had the same concerns when I joined my first challenge group.  So, try it on for size for 1-month for free.  You literally have nothing to lose and everything to gain.  Email me today so we can talk about your goals and get you started in my upcoming online group (starting July 8th).