Personal Development 2017

2017 held way more than 4 seasons for me! Parenthood sure is a wild ride. And although we had 4 kids last year, it felt like a lot more this year. While there was a lot of growth in business, progress made in fitness, a huge addition completed onto our home, family-life just felt down right CRAZY. It was like a major adjustment day after day.

We became personal development junkies about 2.5 years ago. Since then I listen to podcasts while cooking & prepping food & in the car, when we’re without the big kids. Or until they notice. We read or watch videos every night. All that added up is a pretty significant amount of improvement! Right?! And yet I still feel like I could be tipped into the sticky-swap of motherhood if someone else sneezed on me.

Point is feeding a positive mindset creates resiliance. What I really need is a steel suit, but until then I’ll be readin’. And here’s how I bettered myself in 2017:

Essentialism

I listened to this on Scribd & had wished I got an actual book for it. There was so much I wanted to take notes on! You know, so I could have them…somwhere…This encourages us to apply quality over quantity in all aspects! Cut out the noise, focus on what matters & do what counts really, really well. Chances are we have a lot more time & space in our day than we’re actually using to it’s fullest potential.

Available on Amazon

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

This book was pretty “woo-woo” & not so easy for me to get through. BUT if you are a creative, spiritual creature, you would totally dig this, man. The part that resonated most with me was that this life is “all just instinct, and an experiment and a mystery, so begin.” Go forward fearlessly!

Available on Amazon

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

Oh how I adore straight talking, foul mouthed humor! It really helps to get the point across sometimes. If you’re easily offended, there are plenty of other self help options. This is book is one big giggly pep talk. You’re about to feel awesome about yourself & all the amazing things you’re going to get started on after reading this.

Available on Amazon or Target

Grit to Great by Linda Kaplan Thaler & Robin Koval

Super quick read! This book claims you don’t need to be brilliant or incredibly talented to bcome hugely successful. With grit almost any goal is possible. “If you fall over keep on getting up.” That’s grit.

Available on Amazon

The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

I had the honor of listening to Darren Hardy speak this Summer! I decided it was only right to read his book beforehand. The Compound Effect goes over the build up of both good & both habits, over time. The basic everyday habits can take you in either direction!  This book hold such a significance I send it to every new coach on my team!

Available on Amazon

The Whole Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. & Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.

This book was suggested to us. And Greg & I each read our own copy. We really had no idea what we were getting into when we became parents. But are pretty sure that brilliant children are the most difficult to parent. This book provided so much insights & applicable techniques. Highly recommended, but we need to keep reading on the subject. All 4 of them.

Available on Amazon

Hungry for Happiness by Samantha Skelly

This book resonated so deeply with emotional eating, I decided to host a book club for it! If you need some insight on connection with the games you play, diet cycles or the way we often turn to food for comfort, read this. Like now.

Available on Amazon

Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop

This book! Ahh. Simple, no BS, ‘what kind of life do you want, lady?’ kind of book. I had this thing filled with notes, pages flagged & folded. Hands down the best book I read this year! And on my way to London I left it in the seat pocket after finishing it. Truly hoping the lucky person who found it takes the time to read it! It could seriously change the way they think.

Available in Delta One seat 6A or on Amazon

You Are a Badass at Making Money

Struggle with believing you are worthy of abundance? Money is NOT the root of all evil. When we stop limiting our own beliefs we expand our earning potential!

Available on Amazon & Target

The Magic of Thinking Big

These concepts could be applied EVERYWHERE. And shouldn’t they?! Get the most out of life. Discover a way to think bigger, act more & creat habits. All in the name of thinking big.

Available on Amazon

The 5 Second Rule

Call me impatient. I felt like parts of this was repetitive, especially considering the title. The book encourages us to act instead of overthinking & procrastinating by counting down 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. GO. Mel Robbins also explains why hitting the snooze button is a no-no in life! She talks a lot about anxiety & why we waste time worrying & putting things off.

Available on Amazon OR 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 listen on Audible

You are capable of living a big life! Invest in yourself & strengthen your belief in the new year. Wishing you big things in 2018!

5 Muffins That Defy the Muffin Top

Muffins are cute, convenient & can pack a punch in a polka dot wrapper! These little handfuls don’t always have to be made as special treats, it all depends on what goes into them. Make a batch at the beginning of the week to grab for a healthy snack or eat breakfast on the go!

{Banana Muffins}

2 ripe bananas

1/4 C melted coconut oil

1/2 C coconut flour

1/2 t baking powder

1 t vanilla


Mix ingredients in blender

Divide into lined muffin pan

Bake at 400* for 13-18 mins

{Flourless Chocolate Muffins}

The texture of these muffins are perfection! They’re like a spongy chocolate cupcake! But here’s the kicker-they have chickpeas in them! I wasn’t sure if they would still be chocolatey or kind of…tooty! But they are really good if you can get past the idea of the chickpeas!

1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained, rinsed

3 large eggs

½ C pure maple syrup

⅓ C unsweetened cocoa powder

1 t baking soda

3 T coconut oil, melted

1 t pure vanilla extract

⅓ C dark chocolate chips


•Preheat oven to 350° F.

•Prepare 12 muffin cups by lining with muffin papers

•Place chickpeas, eggs, maple syrup, cocoa powder, baking soda, coconut oil, & extract in blender or food processor & blend until smooth

•Divide batter among 12 prepared muffin cups

•Top each muffin with about four chocolate chips; push into batter

•Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until done

•Cool completely and enjoy!

1 muffin = 1 yellow & 2 tsp

{Flourless Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins}

1 C Unsweetened coconut yogurt or Plain Greek yogurt

3 T raw honey

2 large very ripe bananas, cut into chunks

2 large eggs

1/2 t pure vanilla extract

2 C old-fashioned rolled oats

1 1/2 t baking soda

1/2 t sea salt

2 C fresh or frozen blueberries

2/3 C chopped raw walnuts (optional)


Preheat oven to 350*

Prepare 12 muffins cups with muffin liners

Place yogurt, honey, bananas, eggs, vanilla, oats, baking powder, baking soda & salt in blender

Blend until until smooth

Gently fold in blueberries

Pour into prepared muffin cups

Bake 20-25 minutes

Transfer to cooling rack

{Oatmeal Muffins}

Coconut oil for greasing pan

2 large eggs, beaten

1 t pure vanilla extract

2 large bananas

1 T raw honey

2 1/2 C old-fashioned rolled oats

1 T cinnamon

1 1/2 t baking powder

1 1/2 C unsweetened almond milk

3/4 C chopped raw walnuts

1/4 raisins


Preheat oven to 350*

Prepare 12 muffins cups with coconut oil

Combine eggs, vanilla, bananas, honey in large bowl & mix well

Combine oats, cinnamon & baking powder & mix well

Add oat mixture to egg mixture & mix well

Add in almond milk & mix well

Pour into prepared muffin cups

Top with walnuts & raisins

Bake about 26 minutes

Can also be topped with pecans, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate chips or dried cranberries

{Egg Muffins}

12 eggs

1 C veggies

12 slices nitrate-free meat

Coconut oil


Preheat oven to 375*

lightly grease muffin pan with coconut oil

put 1 slice nitrate-free Canadian bacon in each cup

Drop in sliced or chopped veggies

crack 1 egg into each cup

Bake until cooked until desired done-ness

They will look semi-translucent (like an over easy egg)

Perfect for a protein packed grab & go breakfast! Can be stored in an airtight container, in the fridge up to 3 days.

Get Obsessed

The newest revolutionary program 80 Day Obsession has launched! And I know I’m not the only one ready for big things in 2018!

I figured there were a few things you’d like to know!

What is the program?

80 Day Obsession is a step-by-step fitness and nutrition program designed to simultaneously flatten and tone your abs while lifting and firming your butt. Yay!

This program is for intermediate to advanced fitness levels. If you’re looking for a starting point, let’s talk goals & preferences so I can find the right program for you. If this ain’t your first rodeo, let’s go all in with 80 Day Obsession together!

It requires laser-focus on 80 challenging workouts spread over 13 weeks, plus an Eating Plan that’s based on the advanced theory of Timed-Nutrition.

Each of the 80 workouts is filmed live, so you get a different experience every day. 80 Day Obsession is not easy, but the results are definitely worth it!

What equipment will I need?

You will be using weights (light, medium and heavy depending on your fitness level) resistant loops, strength slides and portion control containers.

What do I eat?

The exciting thing about this plan is there is an all new TIMED nutrition plan included. We will focus on whole fresh foods and will be eating to fuel our bodies for the demands of the intense workouts. Muscles need food! And we’ll be getting plenty of it!

How long is the program?

The daily workouts will be 45-60 minutes long. They are spread over 13 weeks and will build on each other each week. It’s like a new workout each day so we won’t get bored! We’ll continue to keep our bodies guessing to maximize results!

What are my options to get started?

If you are a loyal Beachbody customer, but not yet on Beachbody On-demand or Shakeology or the Beachbody Performance Line, your best starting point is a challenge pack! There are package options for everyone, depending on your goals!

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Take a look at these results!

Are you ready?!

If you are ready to rock the results here is what you need to do next: 1 Fill out an application Apply here to join us! 2 Together we will pick out which package is best for you based on your goals!