7 Reasons Why I’ve Been a Coach for 7 Years

...mostly I like it because I get to drink beer on peddle taverns in Nashville

…mostly I like it because I get to drink beer on peddle taverns in Nashville

This week marks my 7th “anniversary” as a Team Beachbody Coach.  Over the past 7 years there are dozens (if not hundreds) of times I didn’t think it was for me and I seriously considered quitting… but I’ve stuck with it and here’s why:

  1. It Keeps Me Accountable: As a Coach, I’m responsible for helping other people reach their health and fitness goals but here’s the secret – I’m really the person who benefits most from this! I want to be fit and strong (really strong… it’s a short person complex I think) but I’m not super motivated on my own. When I’m helping others, it literally forces me to “practice what I preach.” I don’t think I would be obese if I wasn’t a coach, but I certainly wouldn’t be in great shape… and I wouldn’t have energy… and I would probably be a little depressed – because that’s how I feel when I’m not staying accountable to my goals and to the things I’m “preaching” to others. If I get nothing else from coaching besides the fact that it keeps me accountable to my own health and fitness goals, I’d stick with it for 7 more years.

  2. It Literally Transformed Blake: Of course I have a “transformation” story… Beachbody helped me lose the 12 pack of beer I carried around my midsection and helped me gain a 6 pack (although I’m still working on getting that back after baby #2) BUT Blake has an amazing transformation story. He went from being an overweight, pothead, smoker (sorry babe, it’s true) to a smoking hot fitness fanatic (see… I made up for the overweight/pothead/smoker thing there 🙂 ). I didn’t make him do it (we weren’t even married yet… barely even dating)… he saw me working out one day, asked what I was doing and then made the change on his own. He literally swapped super unhealthy habits for the healthiest of habits. I knew Beachbody fitness programs worked after they helped me but it wasn’t until I saw what they did for Blake that I truly believed in how much they could literally transform someone’s life. If I get nothing else from coaching besides the fact that it allows has given me a healthy husband, I’d stick with it for 7 more years.

  3. It Helps Me Set The Best Example: As a mom of 2 girls, I know it’s my responsibility to show them how to respect their bodies and to feel strong and capable of doing anything they want. My mom was a yo-yo dieter – she never seemed completely happy with how she looked or felt… I paid attention to that and while there are a TON of things I want to do exactly like my mom did, yo-yo dieting is not one of them. Carter is not even 2 years old yet but she gets that mommy and daddy work out. Health is never something that should be taken for granted – Beachbody Coaching lets me show that to my girls. If I get nothing else from coaching besides the fact that it allows me to set a great example for my girls, I’d stick with it for 7 more years.

  4. It Pushes Me: I know this is going to sound a little cocky but I feel like I can do really great things… like BIG things. But I have a lot of self-limiting beliefs that keep me from even trying sometimes. My biggest fear in life is not realizing or reaching my potential (I know… kind of deep, right?). Beachbody Coaching has pushed me so far out of my comfort zone but in doing that, has taught me how to overcome some of those self limiting beliefs (I’m still working on some). With Coaching, there is a HUGE emphasis placed on personal development… something I’d never heard of before becoming a coach. Learning about myself and learning how I can be better and accomplish those BIG things is one of the greatest blessings Beachbody has given me. If I get nothing else from coaching besides the fact that it pushes me to be a better person, I’d stick with it for 7 more years.

  5. It Allows Me to Help Others: Helping other people is one of the greatest feelings ever! Outside of coaching, I have a full time job as a sales and marketing manager… not exactly a position of “service.” I want to serve others. Coaching gives me an outlet for that desire. A lot of people have a negative view of multi-level marketing business because their representatives pressure/hassle/push them into buying something they don’t want or need… a very fair assessment. I try really, really hard not to do that. I always want to come from a place of service, of helping. Obesity is an epidemic in the United States. HealthCare costs are absurd. I feel like everyone can stand to invest a little more in their own preventative health care by exercising and eating a little bit better. I want to help others find a way to stay accountable to their own preventative health care and for it to actually be FUN! If I get nothing else from coaching besides the fact that allows me to help others feel better and actually BE better, I’d stick with it for 7 more years.

  6. Shakeology: Yo, Shakeology is legit. Shakeology alone can be transformative in your life…it has been in mine. I don’t have any health issues… it’s not because I eat well (I don’t!! I lived off Ramen noodles for years!),  I swear it’s because I drink Shakeology. I’m not going to make this a sales pitch on Shakeology, but it is hands-down the best health decision you could make for yourself (unless you’re a smoker in which case… stop smoking first). It has the highest standard in ingredients – you would be amazed at the crap they put in most protein/health drinks to make them taste like ovaltine or fruit punch or a milkshake… Shakeology doesn’t have that crap. The integrity and quality behind it is unmatched. If I get nothing else from coaching besides the discount I get on Shakeology, I’d stick with it for 7 more years.

  7. It Helps Takes the Pressure Off Blake: When I started coaching, I didn’t even know Blake so this reason didn’t become relevant until the second half of my coaching life. We’re now a family of 4… we have 2 kids (and 2 pups) to support! It’s expensive. I have a great, full time job which I love. Blake has a growing landscape business. BUT still finances are TIGHT. Blake has done an amazing job growing his landscape business but when the cash flow isn’t… flowing, finances become stressful. Coaching provides that extra boost to take some of the pressure off of Blake. As our girls get bigger, they will undoubtedly get more expensive. We don’t live an extravagant lifestyle but we both want to provide a good life for our growing family. With a growing family and a growing landscape business the stress over finances could get out of control. Thanks to the income coaching has provided, we can usually keep the financial stress in check. If I get nothing else from coaching besides the ability to take some financial pressure off of Blake, I’d stick with it for 7 more years.

  8. BONUS REASON- I Get To Go on Peddle Taverns: Ok, I’m going into a bonus reason only because I came up with 8 reasons in about 5 seconds so I felt like it should be included. Coaching is FUN and I get to hang out with FUN people and learn from FUN people. I’m a natural introvert so it’s hard for me to “bond” with others but coaching has given me a team of like-minded people to bond with and more importantly learn from. (One of the ways our team bonds is to go on Peddle Taverns in Nashville… I like our style!).

Sometimes coaching is a struggle for me. Sometimes I’m unmotivated. Sometimes I go months without working out (see: the past 7 months). Luckily you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic or a constantly motivated/positive person to be a coach. I’m looking forward to what the next 7 years of Beachbody coaching brings to me and my family. I know it’s going to bring BIG things.

I’d love for you to join me if you can relate to any of the above or if you just want to start some preventative healthcare (a regular/fun workout & nutrition program)… that’s a “salesy” as I get. I promise if you stick with it, you won’t regret it either!! If you’re interested at all (even just a little tiny bit) – shoot me a message or an email!

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My New “Go-To” Lunch

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This burrito bowl has been the only lunch I’ve gotten excited about in a long time. I’m not sure if it has to do with being pregnant, but I’ve been having a hard time figuring out what I WANT to eat lately – Blake suggests this isn’t a “new” thing for me but he’s at peace with the fact that I blame all ailments on pregnancy at this point.

My top three priorities when choosing a great meal are these: ease of preparation, nutritional content, taste.

The burrito bowl does require some prep but the prep usually makes 3-4 lunches so it’s worth it. Also, it nails the other two priorities. I count it as a win.

This was my prep process –

The night before:

  • Open a can of organic corn, drain, place in container.
  • Open a can of black beans, drain, place in a container.
  • Have husband prepare chicken. Tell him it’s for a burrito bowl so to season it appropriately (I have no idea what this would entail which is why I delegate)
  • Contemplate buying pre-made pico de gallo at walmart ($3.00) or make my own. This time I made my own with Roma tomatoes, onions, cilantro, jalepeno and lime juice. Cutting the onions makes me cry EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Next time, I’ll probably buy it pre-made.
  • Buy an avocado… hold off on cutting it as long as possible.
  • Make some brown rice. Easy peasy.
  • Grate some cheese because we don’t have shredded cheese… wait, what?? Normally I would just buy shredded cheese. Freshly grated tastes better but a’int nobody got time for that – plus I eat more than half of it in the process of shredding it.
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The morning before leaving for work:

  • Frantically search for additional containers to re-portion all ingredients just for lunch. Realize after doing so that I should have just taken all the ingredients to work as is and then portion out throughout the week as I actually make lunch (the perks of an office fridge!)… clearly there is room for improvement here.

At lunchtime:

  • Spend half of your lunch break meticulously organizing all ingredients for an instagram-worthy lunch (see pic above).
  • Devour the entire bowl in less than 5 minutes.

There you have it… my new “go-to” lunch. It’s good, you should try it.

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Product Review: 3 Day Refresh

Lately I have heard from a ton… ok like 5 people, who were interested in learning more about the 3 Day Refresh. I hate giving feedback on a product or program I have never tried. It feels fake to recommend something based off of someone else’s experience or just repeating basic product info that I have access to as a Beachbody Coach. I like to be able to give true, honest feedback. So, I had no choice but to give the Refresh a try. Typically I don’t mind trying new workout programs or nutrition plans but I really do love to eat and the Refresh reminded me of cleanse which sounds like not a lot of eating so I was hesitant. In a few words, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it.

Let’s set the scene for the review. I choose to start the 3 Day Refresh on Monday, July 6 which was directly after the 4th of July holiday weekend. The 2 or maybe 4 weeks prior I hadn’t been very committed to my workout routine and my nutrition was “so-so.” I had noticed my jeans starting to fit a little tighter and my “gut” starting to re-appear so I was looking forward to something that would kick start my transition back into better habits. The 3 Day Refresh is recommended for just that – to kick start a new workout program. It’s also recommended to be used after a long weekend where ‘splurges’ may have happened more often than not. So basically I had the perfect conditions for starting the Refresh.

On Sunday prior to starting I looked over the meal plan which includes a mixture of shakes (provided in the Refresh pack) and real food. The real food includes a mix of fruits, veggies and healthy fats and you pick and choose from a list of each based on the plan. For example, the afternoon snack included one veggie and one healthy fat. I am a very uncreative eater so I went for convenience over taste and followed the exact same menu all three days.

Meal Plan Breakdown: 

Breakfast (not pictured) – Shakeology and fruit. You could mix these together but I think Shakeology is pretty good by itself and I like to chew food so I kept them separate.

Morning Snack (not pictured): Fiber Shake (provided in the kit). I wasn’t sure about this one, but the shake was pretty good. It’s hard to describe the taste but it was definitely filling and by Day 3 I was actually looking forward to it… I know, it surprised me too!

Lunch: Cucumber, avocado, grapefruit and provided protein shake called Vanilla Fresh. The shake is not as good as Shakeology but it wasn’t awful either. The food combination was a result or my laziness… I’m sure there are better combinations of veggie/fruit/healthy fat but this was easy for me and the cucumber/avocado mixture kind of reminded me of sushi without the fish. It worked for me and left me feeling full.

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Snack: Mushrooms with hummus. 1 year ago this would have made me gag but my palate has come a long way. I used to hate mushrooms but Blake loves them and they started to grow on me because he cooks them really well. The raw mushrooms with hummus actually wasn’t that bad and it seemed like a substantial snack because it took a while to dip and eat, also chewing was involved which is a plus with any type of refresh or cleanse.

 

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Dinner: There are about 10 dinner recipes you can choose from. I chose the one that looked the easiest to prepare and didn’t have any hard-to-find ingredients (meaning I could find everything at walmart). I thought the veggie stir fry would leave me hungry but it was actually really good. I’ll probably start incorporating this as a side dish more often. Dinner also included another protein shake.

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So there you have it… the basic meal plan of the 3-Day Refresh. Don’t forget to incorporate water all day as well… I drank like 60 ounces each day which is how much I’m supposed to drink regularly but don’t.

Here’s a few takeaways I had after completing the program:

  • I was never overly hungry throughout. I think drinking water helped with that, but also the plan is set up so that you are never too far away from your next meal or snack. After dinner on Day 3, I did really want some Ice Cream but I think that’s just normal for me all the time.
  • I felt noticeably better around lunchtime on Day 2… I’m not sure how to describe the feeling but I was just in a good mood which I didn’t expect given that no ice cream was allowed with the plan
  • None of the shakes are disgusting and in fact are pretty good.
  • Beer (or any alcohol) isn’t allowed with the plan. It’s only 3 days so think of it as a time to detox.

Overall Recommendation: I’m really glad I tried this one and will definitely be using it again in the future. I think it would be great to do maybe once a month just to kind of reset or “refresh” the system (as in my body).

Results: I did not take before and after measurements which I regret because the before/after pics don’t show a noticeable change but my jeans definitely felt loser post-Refresh. I also lost just under 2 pounds which is pretty good for just 3 days.

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My post 3 Day Refresh Reward: Blake was proud of me… I don’t think he thought I could do it….. the Refresh I mean…. not that I couldn’t go 3 days without a beer…

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If you would like more info on the 3 Day Refresh, shoot me a message or email or click the link below:

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3 Breakfast Foods To Avoid

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They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day – I absolutely agree. Your breakfast sets the tone for the day so making a good breakfast decision is crucial. Here are 3 breakfast foods to avoid if your goal is to have a healthy start:

  1. Muffins. Um, in case you didn’t know, muffins are basically cake. Obviously donuts and pastries are breakfast hazards but for some reason muffins have dodged the bullet and gained a false perception as an acceptable breakfast food. How did that happen? I have fallen victim to this misconception a few times- it usually goes something like this: “Man, that sprinkle donut looks so delicious- I really shouldn’t though. Let me make a healthier choice… Oh yeah, perfect! I’ll have that oversized lemon poppyseed muffin instead. Good job Kat, way to make a tough decision and stay healthy.” Somehow, in that thought process I rationalized that muffin shaped cake was a much better decision than donut shaped cake for breakfast. Wrong. No matter how you slice it, it’s still cake.
  2. Juice. I love juice. Orange juice is my favorite, I could drink it by the gallon (and did when I was pregnant). Fruit for breakfast is a great idea – fruit is rich in fiber and vitamins plus it’s refreshing and tasty. The unfortunate thing about juicing a fruit is you lose the fiber but keep the sugar.  The fiber is the part that keeps you full. Starting the day with a glass full of sugar with no fullness factor is a recipe for disaster…. that sounds a little dramatic, but the point is it’s not a good start. Have a glass of water and a whole orange as opposed the OJ… that’s a healthy start!
  3. Bagles. To me, bagels are just really dense bread… it’s like 6 pieces of regular bread vacuum-packed into a donut mold (minus the sprinkles). English muffins have the nooks and crannies and toast is also porous, but bagels are like the Fort Knox of bread…nothing is getting through a bagel- it’s solid. Another thing about bagels: they usually require a fatty add-on to make them delicious. A bagel without cream cheese or butter is like a PB&J minus the PB&J. You definitely want some energy to start your day, so choosing the right carb for early morning fuel is an important decision. Instead of reaching for a bagel and its fatty friend, try a bowl of oatmeal or a piece of toast instead!

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