Shakeology & A Nice Change of Pace

I’m writing this from a new place. Can you guess where? Probably not. I’m house/dog-sitting nearby and could not be happier. I have a whole, huge kitchen to myself. I have silence. I have 2 sweet, cuddly dogs. I have space. I am beyond happy. You’ll probably notice a lot happier posts in the next few days. Now you know why.

I know I totally missed the band-wagon on WIAW, but I’m talking about what I ate on Thursday. Oh well. I’m used to being behind the game.


Shakeology! I got my bag of chocolate vegan powder a few days ago and have been trying out a few recipes until I found one I really liked, and I think I found the perfect one. If you’re interested in a sample, let me know! Or just go ahead and order some for yourself since it’s delicious.

Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake

  • 1 scoop chocolate vegan shakeology
  • 2 tbsp. PB2
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup ice


Blend & enjoy! Super yummy. Literally tastes like you’re drinking a peanut butter cup.


I made some tabbouleh with fresh tomato and cucumber and used it in a whole-wheat wrap with roasted red pepper hummus and spinach.


I also had an apple and parmesan garlic pop-chips on the side. SO good.



Luke and I had whole wheat rotini with tomato, onion, and garlic marinara sauce. We also roasted some carrots, broccoli, and asparagus on the side. Of course I had Cabernet as well Smile with tongue out


  • sweet potato chips
  • pineapple
  • frozen Chobani bite (raspberry with dark chocolate) with fresh berries

I also completed day 3 of TurboFire today. It’s intense people. You really need some stamina. Even though there’s no weights used, the body weight training combined with kickboxing moves provides for a killer arm and leg workout. I just kinda feel like Jell-O all over, but I’m not mad at all! It makes my body feel strong and confident. It’s safe to say I’m definitely a fan.

I feel awesome today. Good food, lots of relaxing, and basically no stress. And now (as I’m writing this on Thursday night) I’m watching Girls on Comcast’s “watch-a-thon week” and am considering doing nothing but watching this for the next 5 days. It’s a definite possibility that will happen. There’s also a good possibility that I may or may not spend all day interspersing this show with yoga and wine. I would maybe bet money on it.

This week is making me so excited to move out. I love being able to make my own choices without worrying about being chastised and judged by others. However, it definitely is more difficult to live on my own. I’ll get used to it. For now I’m just going to enjoy having the freedom and try to get as much relaxing in as possible in the next few days!

Do you watch Girls? Are you as obsessed as I already am?

TurboFire & a “Different Week”

Happy Monday! For the first time in I don’t know how long, I’m excited for this week. Even though it’s super busy, I’ve got a lot to look forward to:

  • Getting a week away house-sitting, starting on Thursday
  • New Modern Family episode, FINALLY
  • Having family come into town for Easter
  • Getting a massage on Saturday
  • Starting the TurboFire! program

Let’s talk a little more about TurboFire! for a minute. Basically it was developed by Chalene Johnson and is an “intense cardio conditioning” workout that is set to high-energy dance tracks and burns a ridiculous amount of calories. Since I am now a BeachBody coach, I obviously want to try as many of their products as I can so I can accurately give recommendations to my customers! My issue is that I’m really getting back into exercise for the first time this week after 2 weeks off and I still want to keep up with yoga. My plan for now is to do 20 minutes of yoga in the morning before work and do my 50-ish minute TurboFire! workouts each evening after work. Not sure how well this will work out, but I’ve found that I need to make time to exercise in order to keep up with it. I really miss moving my body and am dying to get back into it. My other option is to take my laptop to the gym really early in the morning (like 6 a.m.) and go in the exercise room with it and do my DVD there. That could work as well! I guess I’ll just see how I’m feeling in the morning and go from there Smile

I wanted to start my new workout program yesterday, but I woke up and was still pretty darn sick.


Instead, I made myself my first ever Shakeology with my chocolate vegan flavor. It was delicious! I simply shook it up in my blender bottle with 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk and it honstly took up a milkshake-like consistency. It was yummy and I can only imagine how much better it will be when I actually blend it together with some ice and possibly a banana!


Now I’m all ready to start up my new program for the next 20 weeks! Here is the schedule I will be following. We will see how this goes. I’m determined to stick with it, simply because I am told exactly what to do (exercise-wise) each day. It can’t get much easier than that. Better yet is that the rest day for the TurboFire calendar is Wednesdays. That’s the day I like to go to my slow-flow yoga class; perfect!


If you missed it, yesterday I did a post/vlog talking a little bit more about BeachBody Smile


And of course, remember this:

“Your journey has molded you for your greater good, and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don’t think that you’ve lost time. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time.”

What does your exercise schedule look like this week?

Becoming a BeachBody Coach!

Unexpectedly, I got a night in last night. I desperately needed it! I did not even come close to realizing how many things I had to get done. Luckily I was able to make a to-do list and check off everything except 2 things which I will finish up today. Score! I also managed to have time to make a little vlog to recap what I’ve been up to lately.

Andddd, some bullet points to recap it all:

  • I became a BeachBody coach! I’m starting a challenge group within the next week. I would love to get some of you guys involved, so just let me know in the comments if it’s something you might be interested in and I will send you some more info about what it involves Smile
  • I am starting the TurboFire program and taking Shakeology tomorrow. We’ll see how this goes!
  • I have enough yoga DVD’s for the rest of my life.
  • I am super sick and lost my voice.
  • I wear really baggy clothes.
  • I suck at making videos.

The end.

The Little Things

Okay, so if you are anything like me, you get excited over little, ridiculous things. I probably get more pumped up about a coupon for a free coffee than I would for a random day off work; weird, I know. Those little, happy surprises add up to make me one happy camper when I look back on them. Here’s a couple recent things that have happened to me to make my life just a little bit better:

  • Getting my confirmation letter to see The Ellen Show next month! I’ll be there on April 10 and the taping will air on April 11 if any of you care to watch Smile with tongue out

ellen letter

  • Making a really damn good bowl of oatmeal this morning. Usually I make it way too thick or way too runny, but today it was perfect. It put this weird, goofy smile on my face for basically no reason.
  • Two new personal training clients that I actually really like as people and enjoy spending time with. I like all my clients, I really do. For some reason I’m always surprised that I get such normal, nice people! I’m very blessed.
  • Being excited to wake up in the morning and do yoga. Let’s be honest here. I have never looked forward to morning workouts. Afternoon ones, yes (sometimes). I actually want to get out of bed and do yoga each morning, which makes me super happy.

  • This one is kinda odd, but it makes me happy that The Bachelor and Biggest Loser are done for the season, since I now have an additional 4 free hours each week. I love those shows and miss the entertainment, but I can really use the extra time.
  • In conjunction with the last one, crying my eyes out because I am so happy for the Biggest Loser contestants! They looked AMAZING last night. I got a good cry in while drinking wine and eating pie. Oxymoron? Yeah, oh well.
  • A new discovery of coconut mocha k-cups for my Keurig. I would like this every day of my life please and thank you.

  • FINDING MY IPOD! I totally thought I lost it, but I found it rolled up in one of my yoga mats in my trunk yesterday. Random. You would get a good chuckle if you peeked in my trunk. Just filled with a bunch of random fitness stuff. I could open a boot camp out of my car.
  • My shoulder finally starting to feel better. I had a pinched nerve that was causing me pain anytime I raised it above elbow-level. Finally I can put it overhead with minimal pain. Fingers crossed that doesn’t happen again next time I get blood drawn.
  • Having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with an apple and kettle chips for dinner last night. I felt like I was 5 again and I loved every second of it. Mine definitely didn’t look this good though.

  • Clearing up my blog reader and my e-mail. A big thumbs up to that.

And the biggest thing of all that is making me smile today? I became a BeachBody coach yesterday! That’s one of my big announcements I was talking about the other day (the second one will be coming soon!). I will be posting a lot more about it over the upcoming weeks, but you can learn a little bit more at their website if you’re interested. With that being said, if any of you are interested in buying their products (Insanity, P90X, TurboFire, Shakeology, etc……) you should probably just go ahead and buy that through me, kay thanks. More to come on that, but I am SUPER excited about it. One more step towards working from home and owning my own successful personal training business Smile


I’ve got a pretty busy day today:

  • Waking up early to do yoga from 6am-7am.
  • Nannying from 8am-330pm.
  • Working at the gym 4-9pm.
  • Rushing home to watch the PLL season finale; AHHHHH. I’ll have to watch it late so do not dare tell me who is in that damn red coat. It’s giving me a headache just thinking about it.


What was the best thing that happened to you yesterday?