Introducing BEACHBAR Snack Bars!

I’m certainly not going to ask you to try it, if I hadn’t tested it out myself FIRST!  The result?:

How many times have you been running out of the house and has to grab a bar to keep you full on the go? What do you usually grab? An RX bar, a Kind bar, maybe a Larabar or Clif Bar? Those guys are LOADED with hidden sugars and definitely aren’t considered whole foods. That’s why I’m so excited to announce that Beachbody is launching its OWN line of nutrition bars, called the BEACHBAR!!

These wholesome snack bars are packed with 10 grams and protein and come in at just 150 calories. There are no artificial flavors or preservatives and they’re gluten-free. BEACHBARs will be offered in two flavors: Peanut Butter Chocolate and Chocolate Cherry Almond. When it comes to the portion fix containers, these bars will count as ½ red, ½ yellow, and 1 tsp. How easy is that??

BEACHBARs are a crunchy, chewy snack bar that is protein dense fruit base packed with nut pieces, nut butters, real chocolate chips, and whey protein crisps – but only 5-6g of sugar per bar. That means they have a better protein-to-sugar ration that most other leading snack bars!

Let’s break down the ingredients:

Nut Butters – A great source of protein and fiber that adds a creamy texture

Dried Cherries – Provides dietary fiber and phytonutrients, plus they taste good!

Whey and Pea Protein Crisps – These crunchy protein crisps deliver all nine of the essential amino acids

Real Chocolate Chips – Rich and delicious, these chocolatey pieces contain phytinutrients known as flavonoids

Diced Peanuts and Almonds – A source of beneficial monounsaturated fats, plus protein and fiber

Pomegranate Juice – This powerful fruit provides tart, fruity sweetness

Who are BEACHBARs for?

  • People with a busy lifestyle
  • People who want to reduce their sugar intake
  • People who want more protein and fiber in their diet
  • People who eat gluten-free
  • People with a sweet tooth (hello, this is me!!)
  • People who love to snack
  • Parents and their children
  • People who follow the Portion Fix nutrition plan

Does that sound like you? I know I definitely fit most of those categories!!

How to Order BEACHBARs

I am so excited that these bars have FINALLY launched!!! Each box contains 15 bars and you are able to purchase bundles of 1, 2, or 3 boxes. Click on the links below to place your order!!

Peanut Butter Chocolate

Chocolate Cherry Almond

Combos

2018 Team Burn Rubber Winter Retreat

This post is LONG overdue, but I’m missing my girls already and can’t wait to see (and in a few cases MEET) my team again in Indianapolis in June.  Until then, here are some highlights of our weekend.

First I went shopping.  We all like to EAT – duh!

 

Then I gave presents.  Who doesn’t love presents?!

Then we ate pizza and drank wine.  ‘Cause we’re human – doh.

We didn’t even know how we were going to get there.  Some of the best experiences aren’t even planned.

Then we worked out with 250 friends  Dig it!?

Then a couple of the girls got glamour shots. WOW!

And pics with Sagi!!!

Then we had an amazing meal.  Thanks Paul!!

And more bonding.  LOVE these girls.

Do you have a FIT Tribe that just get’s you?  If not, why not?  And in case your curious but too shy to ask what exactly do we do?

  • We workout
  • We drink a shake
  • We read self improvement books
  • We lift each other up and help our friends get results
  • We invite more people to do the same

Doesn’t sound so hard now, does it?

Can’t wait to hear from you!

It’s Time To Get Your Hands On 80 Day Obsession

IT HERE!!!!!!

The clock has finished counting down and I am so excited for you to be able to experience the 80 Day Obsession!! This program isn’t about being obsessed with working out – it’s about seeing YOURSELF as a priority. Your family, your friends, and everyone else around you will be happiest if YOU are happy and take some time to care for yourself.  I am absolutely hands down so excited for this program to be released.  I know its going to transform your mind, your body and you are going to realize that you are capable of really getting out there and your fitness results.

Here’s a little reminder in case you forgot what the 80 Day Obsession is all about!

  • Autumn really breaks it down with this program. It focuses on your abs and booty, and let me tell you, IT WORKS! My little crack in the back is finally getting toned and firm!!  Even if you have weight to loose you are going to shed lbs, build lean muscle and you are going to tone your entire body.
  • There are 3 phases of workouts over the course of 13 weeks. In total there are 97 days of workouts because you get Sundays off as a rest day.
  • The workouts range from 45-60 minutes, and as always, there is a modifier.
  • Autumn introduces timed nutrition, which is a macro-nutrient plan that is timed to produce amazing results.

Our 80 Day Obsession Challenge Group will be starting workouts on January 15th. I’m going to help you out with the timed nutrition, designing meal plans, sticking with your workouts, troubleshooting, and focusing on YOURSELF!

Fill out the application at the bottom of this post to RESERVE YOUR SPOT!  If you Missed the January 15th group, fill out the form anyway.  We’ll be starting another group soon and I don’t want you to miss out!

The program does not officially become available in the Beachbody On Demand Library until January 15th, but you will be able to purchase your package starting on December 14th. You will have access on January 8th to the nutrition plan (timed nutrition).  If you have been with Beachbody for awhile, you know that you can get some programs on DVD. The 80 Day Obsession will NOT launch on DVD and will only be available to stream with Beachbody on Demand.

 

Reserve Your Spot In My Next 80 Day Obsession Group TODAY!

If you are ready to reserve your spot in my small group 80 Day Obsession group – complete the application below to apply.

In this group each participant MUST commit to:

-Showing up daily and participating in the group.

-Following the timed nutrition plan for your body type and goals.

-Replacing 1 meal a day with Shakeology for the duration of the group.

**highly recommended but optional is the Performance line supplements.

– I must be your assigned coach.

This is a BETA TEST GROUP which means you will be the FIRST to go through the program!  You have the opportunity to win an amazing finishers tank or t-shirt for completing the program and submitting your results plus you have the opportunity to become a Beachbody Challenge Winner and earn additional money for your transformation.  I am looking for people that are seriously committed to rocking this program and your results.

ARE YOU IN?!!!!!!

What Are The Package Options?

If you are a new customer…

Mega Challenge Pack (BEST VALUE) 

The only way to get the best results is to feed your body with the best fuel you can give it. This challenge pack includes everything you need for the entire duration of the program – plus you save $275.  I will be honest…. if you are wondering why you need the performance line- I will tell you this!  You will be SORE, you will want to refuel with the Beachbody performance line because they are QUALITY supplements, they work amazing and they will give you FUEL before your workout and they will replenish afterwards to maximize your results!  Definitely worth every single penny!  I have been drinking energize for the past 4 years every morning 15 minutes before I press play and it really does give me a nice little boost to be able to crush my workout without the jitters!  After your workout, within an hour of finishing I will drink recover which helps to EASE sore muscles, replenish what I broke down during the intense workout and get ready for the next workout!!!

  • Shakeology on Home Direct
  • 2 tubs of Energize
  • 4 tubs of Recover
  • 2 resistance bands
  • Sliders and booties
  • Portion Fix system
  • Shaker cup
  • Intro guide & calendar
  • 1 year subscription to Beachbody on Demand which includes 80 Day Obsession program & all other Beachbody Fitness Programs & nutrition guides.

Mega Pack, Best Savings, 80 Day Obsession, Melanie Mitro, Top Coach

Combo Challenge Pack

Are you ready to get this party started? This challenge pack includes everything you need to start out the program. And you get to save $200!  The difference is if you just want to try out energize and recover for the first time you get 1x orders vs. enough supplements for the entire program.

  • Shakeology on Home Direct
  • 1 tub of Energize
  • 1 tub of Recover
  • 2 resistance bands
  • Sliders and booties
  • Portion Fix system
  • Shaker cup
  • Intro guide & calendar
  • 1 year subscription to Beachbody on Demand

If you are a current customer…

Mega Completion Pack

This is the mother of all packages! It seriously offers the best value. You get everything you need for the program (assuming you already have BOD) AND you save $205.  If you are about to expire your Beachbody ON Demand or you don’t have it—>  Check the packages above!!!

  • Shakeology on Home Direct
  • 2 tubs of Energize
  • 4 tubs of Recover
  • 2 resistance bands
  • Sliders and booties
  • Portion Fix system
  • Shaker cup
  • Intro guide & calendar

Combo Completion Pack

Are you ready to get re-engaged? Then this package is for you. Save $130 and get ready for 80 days of obsession!!

  • Shakeology on Home Direct
  • 1 tub of Energize
  • 1 tub of Recover
  • 2 resistance bands
  • Sliders and booties
  • Portion Fix system
  • Shaker cup
  • Intro guide & calendar

 

 

I Am Interested In The 80 Day Obsession

This form is for people interested in getting more information on the 80 Day Obsession.

2B Mindset: Win the Weight Loss Battle

I am super duper excited to announce a brand new Beachbody Nutrition program that will be launching in 2018!  Seriously where are all my emotional eaters at??  Or what about people who HATE feeling RESTRICTED or being told that they CANNOT do something or have something that they want?  I know you are out there!  I know that you are going to love this program for that reason.  This is going to change your life. No matter if you are familiar with nutrition or this is the first encounter changing your habits here is a great way to JUST focus on food and crush your goals.

Watch here!:

What is 2B Mindset?

Now you can win the weight loss battle once and for all! The 2B Mindset is designed to help you lose weight happily so you can keep it off for good-without ever depriving yourself, counting calories, or even having to exercise until you’re ready!  Created by Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Ilana Muhlstein, the 2B Mindset is a practical, simple weight loss solution that Ilana herself used to lose 100 pounds after years of obesity and yo-yo dieting. With Ilana’s advice and real-world experience on your side-including her meal and food prep ideas, even tips for conquering emotional eating-you’ll have all the tools you need to live your life, eat food you love…and still lose weight. Launching 2018!

Hear about Beachboy’s newest weightloss and mindset program from the creator herself:

“Do you feel like dieting is a constant war between your desire to get the lean, healthy body you want…and eating the food you actually enjoy? I know EXACTLY how that feels. Because I used to be 100 pounds heavier. Until it finally hit me that what “diet” really means is deprivation. That was when I realized that any eating program based on deprivation would never work for me.

You see, I’ve always loved food and I love to eat large portions. What I needed was a diet that would let me eat and feel satisfied, while still helping me lose weight. There was no diet on the market like that…so I decided to create it myself. I not only invented a solution to solve my own weight problem, so I could lose 100 lbs, I made it my career as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist—so I could help anyone lose weight happily and learn how to keep it off for good—and still go on living my life and enjoying the foods I love.
My name is Ilana Muhlstein, creator of the 2B Mindset, and my mission is to help millions of people just like you win the weight-loss battle—and better yet, end the war forever. The system I created is a healthy approach to eating that lets you feel full and satisfied, while arming you with proven strategies that will help you co-exist with food in real-world situations, satisfy cravings, and anticipate setbacks before they happen — so you can WIN the weight-loss struggle every single time.
That’s why I say it’s not a diet. It’s a mindset.
But make no mistake, the 2B Mindset can help you lose weight—happily—without feeling deprived or hungry, without counting calories or cutting out whole food groups. It addresses the #1 issue with weight loss and weight management —food. Exercise is critical for living a healthy, functional life —but as they say, abs are made in the kitchen — and that’s the problem I designed the 2B Mindset to solve.

I Struggled With Weight Loss, Too

I was only 8 years old when our family doctor told me I needed to go on a diet. Not knowing what to do, my parents started sending me away to weight-loss camp — “FAT CAMP” — every summer. Can you imagine how that felt? I’d lose weight, then gain it all back and more when I’d go back to school in the fall. I yo-yo dieted like that through my childhood and teen years, until at my heaviest, I weighed 215 pounds and wore a size 20. And I can tell you, the emotional toll of that cycle was devastating.
But I’m happy to say, there’s hope for all of us if we take a different approach to food than what the best sellers and fad diets have been telling us for years. Since swearing off diets and taking matters into my own hands, I’ve not only lost 100 pounds, I’ve done it happily—without telling myself I can’t have sweets or treats or anything else. With the 2B Mindset I can tell you that I’m happier now and able to enjoy my life like never before — and now I want the same for you.

You Can Live Your Life and Still Lose Weight!

 The good news is, the 2B Mindset is simple to follow. I have hundreds of success stories from clients who have lost the weight and learned how to keep it off using my methods…
I’ll teach you simple strategies to get you drinking more water (I always say, “More Water, More Weight Loss.”) Veggies will become your best friend, once I show you how to prepare them. And I’ll shatter the myth that the bathroom scale is your enemy — in fact, you’re going to LOVE the scale, because I’m going to show you how to use it as a powerful weight loss tool.
Best of all, I’ll reveal the one daily habit — so simple and powerful — that it will put you in an INSTANT weight-loss mode, whenever you try it. (You’ll need to plug into the complete 2B Mindset program to get that one!)
With the 2B Mindset, you’ll live your life, you’ll eat food the way YOU like it, and you’ll go to every party, and go out to dinner with confidence, instead of feeling tension and anxiety that you’re about to derail your weight-loss progress. In fact, once you learn the 2B Mindset, those situations can actually CONTRIBUTE to your weight-loss progress. Because, with the 2B Mindset, you’ll finally be in total control of food and your body, and you’ll have all the tools you need to reach your weight-loss goals while living a full, rich, satisfying life.
I’ll teach you the purpose of the foods we eat and when and how to enjoy them for maximum weight lossI’ll share dozens of my personal recipes for healthy meals that taste so good you won’t believe how much you can eat — even my husband and daughter love them! And I’ll lay out all the techniques I used to lose 100 pounds — and my private practice clients have used to lose the weight and help keep it off.
Most importantly, I’ll help you shift your mindset, because a positive mindset means positive/healthy weight loss, with no more emotional eating, no more mindless snacking, and no more punishing yourself for eating food you love.
With the 2B Mindset I have just one goal — to make losing weight simple, enjoyable, and sustainable. You really can lose weight and be happy for the rest of your life! Just imagine that! I’m helping more than 100 clients and Team Beachbody Coaches experience that joy and freedom right this minute… and now it’s your turn.
Once you master the 2B Mindset, it’s yours for life. Losing the weight and keeping it off will be second nature—it will be your new reality—and food will forever remain an enjoyable part of your life. Believe me, it’s easy to lose weight when you’re feeling full and satisfied every day.

The 2B Mindset Begins in 2018

 I’d love to share the 2B Mindset with you! I’ll be introducing the entire program in a series of step-by-step videos. Just fill in your name and email address below, and we’ll be sure you’re up to date on the 2B Mindset.  Plus, I’ll pass along some of my favorite tips and strategies for losing weight, including 5 secrets I teach my clients, to help them outsmart the urge to overeat.
Don’t you want to BOTH love your body and love your life? That’s what will happen with the 2B Mindset—together we can make it happen!”

Who is the 2B Mindset for?

  • Anyone who wants to lose weight — happily — so they can keep it off for good!
  • Those frustrated with the deprivation of traditional diets.
  • People overwhelmed with all the weight-loss products/info out there.
  • Anyone challenged by junk-food cravings.
  • Those for whom other diets have not been successful in the past.

Who Created the 2B Mindset?

Ilana Muhlstein is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist—the highest standard in the field of nutrition—and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Maryland. She maintains a successful private practice in Beverly Hills and at UCLA. She’s excited about creating the 2B Mindset weight-loss program with Beachbody, which continues her mission to help people lose weight happily — and learn to keep it off. 

How many videos are there?

  • 6 videos to learn the principles
  • 5 videos to live the principles in real life
  • 6 videos with tips and strategies for every situation
  • 16 recipe videos

Can I exercise with the 2B Mindset?

Yes! Exercise is not required but is encouraged during the 2B Mindset. You should also keep drinking your Shakeology during the program!

What is the difference between 2B Mindset and Portion Fix?

The Portion Fix system is a structured, limited food intake for active people. The 2B Mindset is flexible for those struggling to exercise. It offers general guidelines with unlimited food intake using the eyeball method.

How can I find out more?

Fill out the application below!

Prepare to Get A Little Obsessed

I am SO excited to share with you that each body is doing a little sneak peek into this program! It is called A little Obsessed and I wanted to write this post to share some more information about it with you. I can’t wait to hear what you all think!!

What is A Little Obsessed?

A Little Obsessed is basically a sneak peek into the 80 Day Obsession program with Autumn Calabrese. The workouts are going to be streamed LIVE on Beachbody on Demand and will disappear after 24 hours!! You won’t be able to see them again until December 20th.

Each workout is under 30 minutes and focuses on your abs and booty!! I think it’s safe to say that lots of people are getting some booty gains from this program!! This program works!! Everyone is loving the results and it makes me even more motivated to continue on.

The program will run from Nov. 6th – 10th.

We will be teaching you a little more about the concept of “timed nutrition” which is what Autumn uses as a part of her nutrition guide.

 

What do I need?

You will need light, medium, and heavy dumbbells, these booty bands and these sliders for the week. Keep them out because you will need them for the full 80 Day Obsession program too!

Want to see some results?

Here are some results from the coaches in the group!! They are going to blow your mind!

Get plugged in to the challenge group!

Get prepped for the program by joining my PREPARE TO BE OBSESSED group  This is a closed group so only the members of the group can see what you are posting.

You can fill out the application below.

Double Time : Lets Do It Together!

How many of you are looking for a FUN way to spend time with your family?? Do you have a spouse or kids who spend hours a day on their devices? Well it is time to put down the phones, the laptops, and the video games. It is time to GET ACTIVE and do it TOGETHER!  I did this program with my SIL and nieces when they were here for Thanksgiving and I am so excited that we now have a program that is for family too!!

Double Time with Tony Horton is Beachbody’s newest program and it is designed for making a healthy lifestyle something you can do with another person! The program launched on November 1st.

What is Double Time?

Tony is back with an exciting and entirely new at-home fitness concept: working out with a partner! This program is designed to keep families of all fitness levels active. You and your spouse or a friend (or one of your own kids) will take on daily partner workouts and healthy eating for 30 days. Working with a partner gives you extra motivation and accountability to switch with the program, plus you get some bonding time while you get active!  Double Time is a 30-day program with total-body workouts (all 35 minutes or less) that feel more like play and less like work!

Who is it for?

Any partner pair! You can workout with your kids, your spouse, your parents, your friends, or anyone! This program is designed for people of all fitness levels. It is recommended for kids ages 8 and up.

What equipment is required?

You will need a Buddy Ball in order to complete the workouts as intended. You will be able to order this through my website.

What is included with Double Time Challenge Pack?

A 30 Day Supply of Shakeology or Daily Sunshine

Annual All Access Membership to Beachbody On Demand, where you can stream your Double Time workouts.

Printed version of Double Time Eating Guide, Start Here Guide and Workout Calendar

Beachbody Buddy Ball- which is essential for double time workouts

Shakeology shaker cup

There is also an option to get the physical DVDS and an extra shaker cup as well for just $20 more.

Check out the Double Time Shakeology Challenge Pack Here

Check out the Double Time & Daily Sunshine Challenge Pack Here

Do you want the physical DVDs??  Here is your option!!!  Double Time DVD Challenge Pack

 

Need a support and accountability group to keep you motivated through these 30 days.  Make sure you message me after you’ve completed your enrollment and I’ll add you in the next 48 hours!

Smart Start: A 7 Day Intro to Health & Fitness

This post goes out to all of you who follow me and my fitness journey but are not quite sure you want to commit to a full month of healthy eating, 30 minute exercises, meal planning, and starting a new lifestyle!!

I totally understand – it looks super overwhelming in the beginning, but I PROMISE it gets easier and I am by your side every step of the way!!  I am really excited to share with you a brand new tool to help you start understanding the basics of healthy eating, incorporating a delicious and nutritious Superfood Shakeology smoothie once a day, and workouts each just 30 minutes a day.

The good news is Beachbody’s newest program SMART START with our Team and it lets you “try on” a healthy lifestyle for just 7 days, no strings attached!!! 

Smart Start is only one week long and will show you how easy it is to make healthy choices and give you the confidence to take the next step. The best part? You do not have to fully commit to an entire challenge pack. This Smart Start option is $30 (plus shipping) and allows you to sample our coaching group for a week, to help you test out the products and be a part of our support & accountability group so we can teach you how to plan and prep, keep you motivated and share some of our tips and tools with you!

Who is Smart Start for?

This is a great program for beginners and those who have tried a fitness program and failed or haven’t started because they’re afraid to fail. You know you need to make a change, but you’re not sure where to start – Smart Start is your answer! If you want to dip your toes into health and fitness without diving in, this is the perfect program for you!!

We are all afraid to start a new job, buy a new car, make the decision to have a family but all of those things come with risks.  Life is about taking risks and seeing where it will take you.  You have no idea what you are capable until you put your mind to it. You can’t be afraid to give something a try, what’s the worst thing that could happen?  You may have to take extra water breaks or push pause to give yourself some breathing room.  But what are the rewards at the end of the day?

You can look back and say, “I did that”! You can show people your new body, you can wear clothes you’ve been wanting to wear for a long time.  You can pull out those skinny jeans that have been sitting in the back of the closet!  The possibilities are endless!  When you feel good about your body, it will show in every aspect of your life!  Other people will see your beauty radiating from within and your positive body image will reflect on others.  You can help end the trend of obesity just by saying “yes” I want to face my fear of failure and prove myself wrong! There is no room for excuses!

How does Smart Start work?

Smart Start is a 7-day fitness and nutrition program designed to introduce you to a healthy lifestyle with our newest super trainer Megan. You will get 4 workouts, a step-by-step meal planner, and a week’s supply of delicious Shakeology all for just $30.  To gain access to my group, I will personally send you a link to order through my website.

The Workouts

Smart Start comes with four 30-minute workouts: cardio, strength, core function, and flexibility.  The only equipment required is a set of dumbbells for the strength workout. There will be an intensifier available if you want to kick up your workout a notch!!

The Nutrition Plan

There is NO calorie counting in this program!! You will receive a step-by-step meal planner that breaks it all down for you with delicious, nutritious foods and a sample supply of Shakeology. Packed with all the nutrients, vitamins, and protein that you need, Shakeology will help curb your cravings and boost your immunity. The regular Shakeology sampler comes with 2 packets of chocolate, 2 packets of vanilla, 2 packets of cafe latte, and 1 packet of strawberry. There is also a Vegan Shakeology sampler available, which is the one I personally drink every day.

The Support and Accountability

The best part of Smart Start is the support and accountability you get from my Challenge Group! In a closed Facebook group starting SOON, I will provide you with daily motivation, tips, tricks, and everything you need  to make it through the week successfully!!  Once you complete your enrollment, we will be adding you to our private online accountability and support group to give you daily tips, motivation, accountability and more.

Can one week really make a difference?

YES!!! This is the first step in making better choices and building better habits. If you stick with the program for the full 7 days, you will start to see and feel changes in your body. Plus you will increase your confidence and you’ll be ready to continue your fitness journey!!!

If you are interested, fill out the application below and I will be in touch within 24 hours!!

http://bit.ly/HealthAndFitnessWithExcelWithMel

HURRY!  Spots are limited to the first 25 who enroll!

7 Day SMART START Group

A lot of people ask me how I got started with Beachbody.  Not the coaching, just as a customer.  So here’s my story.  And maybe you’ll understand a little bit about me and why I’m so passionate about helping others find their TRIBE too.

I was one of those rare people who purchased a Beachbody program and completed the whole 90-day program from start to finish and had AMAZING results.  Alone.  No Coach.  No Shakeology.  No support.  No accountability group.

People who buy a workout program online or through an infomercial have every intention of doing it….and getting the results “as seen on TV”.  But reality sets in.  Many don’t even take it out of the box.  Most don’t finish.  And those that do, really have found that it’s more than JUST a workout program.  It’s the combination of exercise + nutrition + support.  And the final step…recognition.  Something I was missing.

You see after being a competitive athlete all throughout school, I was used to being “On A Team”.  But after school ended, so did my active lifestyle.  And as I moved out, grew up, lived alone, and had to start “adulting”, nutrition and exercise were not on my priority list.  So I gained weight.  Slowly, over the years until I was sitting at 210# at my heaviest.  Body aches all over, feeling like crap, exhausted every night.  I also smoked.  For almost 20 years, but one day woke up, decided enough was enough and I quit smoking.  OMG that was hard.  But it was so worth it.

I didn’t want to gain any more weight (like a lot of people do when they quit smoking) so I joined Weight Watchers and successfully lost almost 50#. To this day I tell people Weight Watchers works.  But it doesn’t teach you how to eat healthy…just less.  I also started exercising.  And since I was too embarrassed to step foot in a gym, I started walking, just around the block with my dog at first, and then a little further each day until we were covering over 3 miles.  I was starting to feel good, so turned my walks into runs, and eventually could run the 3 miles no problem.  And then I started adding miles.

After I was tired of paying Weight Watchers, I took to counting calories on MyFitnessPal. I met some fit friends, learned some tricks along the way, and kept the weight off.  The tracking became an obsession.  One I detested, but one I couldn’t stop because it worked.  But I found myself in a vicious cycle of eating great during the week and then falling apart on the weekends.  And whenever I wanted pizza and beer, or other “cheat meals”, I’d run extra miles to burn them off. I was what you’d call skinny fat.  The scale told me what I wanted to hear, but I still wasn’t comfortable in my skin.

The next few years after that were a blur.  In addition to counting calories, I tried it all: crossfit, gym, personal trainer, yoga, hot yoga, more running, belly dancing, ZUMBA…the list goes on and on.  And then my very first Beachbody program which finally took my “skinny body” into a toned, tight, sexy body I could be proud of.

Shortly after I completed the 90 day program, I was approached by a friend to do an “Online Challenge Group”. She said we would workout, eat healthy, and check in together for accountability.

I WAS IN!

I was craving more healthy people to surround myself and this sounded perfect.  But you gotta do a Beachbody workout and drink Shakeology she said.  Oh, I’m already doing Beachbody I said.  Well no wonder you look so amazing, she replied.

We talked about my goals, and she recommended a new program that would allow me to lift weights in my basement (which I loved to do), and still run on alternating days.  I was SOLD.

Except this Shakeology.

I really didn’t want to do it.  But she said it’s part of the complete package and any time you cut calories, you cut nutrition, and when you cut nutrition, your body starts to go into starvation mode.  It started to make sense that I was literally starving my body during the week and why I was constantly binging on the weekends.  Only to wake up every Monday morning and start the vicious cycle again.

So I went for it.  What did I have to lose?  And I feel in love.  With ALL of it.  The workouts were awesome.  I didn’t LOVE Shakeology the first few times I had it, but we tried some different recipes, and now I can’t imagine a day without it.  What I found out was if I could put at least one healthy thing in my body every day, I was better at making healthy choices ALL throughout the day.  And on days I wasn’t my best, at least it was something that filled the gaps.  I noticed a difference in my overall energy, digestion, stopped getting sick, and generally just felt amazing pretty much every day.  ESPECIALLY when I drank it every day, and the longer I drank it.

The groups were what really sealed the deal for me, and like I mentioned what attracted me to it in the first place.  And I always love a little competitive challenge so any opportunity to push myself to do better and win some PRIZES, I’m in!

Attached are some before an after’s from a 3-week Beachbody program I completed that was focused exclusively on Nutrition.  Not a lick of exercise.  Which proves to me once again, nutrition is really 80% of our success.  I notice most the belly bloat is greatly reduced, the cellulite is almost non-existent, and my skin is flawless.

I have completed over a dozen Beachbody challenges since that first Challenge my coach had invited me to. And I will keep doing Challenges as long as there are workouts + nutrition including Shakeology + a group to support me.  I am so grateful my coach reached out to me, and that I said YES because I don’t know where I’d be with my health and fitness without these Challenge Groups and Beachbody.

I think a 90 day program is REALLY hard to complete, even WITH a coach, Shakeology, and a Challenge Group.  Not everyone has it in them to do so.

Even a 60 day or a 30 day challenge is daunting to some.  So we’re excited to announce we’ve developed a 7-day SMART START Group.  Where you’ll have

  • a supportive 7 day group
  • 7 days of Shakeology
  • 7 day meal planner
  • Access to NEW workouts on Beachbody On Demand
  • Our absolute BEST option for dipping a toe into the pond before diving in.
Interested?  Fill out this form below and I will be in touch will the FULL DETAILS in 24 hours.  HURRY!  Spots are limited!!
http://bit.ly/HealthAndFitnessWithExcelWithMel

Not Another Monday…

Do you know how many people are living in the same house they were living in 5 years ago?

Do you know how many people are working at the same job, in the same position they were working 5 years ago?

Do you know how many people are still dedicated to their goal of improving their health and fitness plan they started 5 years ago?

Do you know how many people who buy a Beachbody workout program actually complete them from start to finish?  I don’t either, but it’s not many…like less than 10%.

I did.  No coach.  No Shakeology.  No Challenge Group.

Just a set of DVDs, a workout calendar and a new set of weights.  September – December 2012 and I had AMAZING RESULTS!

Previously, I had starved myself skinny and created a habit of running extra miles to burn any extra carbs or drinks I consumed over the weekend, but I was still flabby after losing almost 50# in 2010.

I was SO OVER counting Weight Watchers Points.
I was SO OVER counting calories with My Fitness Pal

I was SO OVER the vicious cycle of starving myself during the week and eating whatever I wanted on the weekend, just to end up at the same spot every Monday.

Until I found Beachbody:

  • At-home Workouts
  • Nutrition including Shakeology (don’t knock it until you try it)
  • The accountability of Challenge Groups

I became a DVD junkie.  In a good way.  But I was one of the few that actually COMPLETED each program I purchased, submitted my results, and at least earned a free t-shirt (and several hundred bucks in cash and prizes for winning a few things).

And then came ON DEMAND…and for less than $100 A  YEAR I get every new workout, ALL the new programs, and take on EVERY new challenge including recently:

Shaun Week (who made me cry along with my sweat)

Shift Shop (where I lost over 10# in under a month)

Hard Labor (which has nothing to do with giving birth)

And instead of having to spend $60-$120 for EACH new program, I get them automatically as part of my annual subscription and I actually SAVE money and still get results.

You see my personality lends itself to needing a challenge…needing a schedule…needing the group support. And with Beachbody, I have all of that.

All you need is a coach.  And a plan.  You don’t even need a Monday.  But I can I help!

Submit your information below and I will be in contact in the next 24 hours to help you get set up with a workout, a meal plan, and small group support (including ME!).

Lets do this together!

Are You Ready For A Week of Hard Labor?

I had so much fun doing Shaun T Week with my customers so I am SUPER excited that Beachbody is at it again! This time we are going to try a week of HARD LABOR with the Beast himself, Sagi Kalev.  Have you ever done Body Beast before?  I did this program earlier this year and I loved it.  I did not BULK up, I toned up and I really leaned out!  It was great for my body and gave me that athletic toned feel vs. skinny.

What Is A Week Of Hard Labor?

 

A Week of Hard Labor is going to be just like Shaun T week – starting on September 5th, Sagi will release a new workout on Beachbody on Demand every day for 5 days. He will target a different muscle group each day and work it until it can’t work anymore! During this 5-day program we will work on your chest and back, legs, shoulders and arms, total body, and core.

A Week of Hard Labor is perfect for anyone interested in weight training, people who don’t like heavy cardio, and fans of The Beast!!  Sagi will whip you into shape with 25-45 minute workouts and I will keep you on track with daily motivation, accountability, and support. Plus, I’ll get you set up with a 5-day meal plan designed for optimized performance.

This program is starting right after the long holiday weekend, so it’s being released RIGHT when we need it most! I know Labor Day is the time to end the summer with picnics and cookouts which obviously throws a wrench in our health and fitness plans!! Even the most disciplined and dedicated people can get a little unfocused when there are a ton of temptations in front of you.

What Equipment Do I Need?

So after Labor Day, it will be time to get back on track! You will need dumbbells, resistance bands, and a stability ball to make the most out of this week with The Beast. A Week of Hard Labor is one of Beachboy’s toughest weightlifting workouts, but we are going to conquer this program together! There is always a modifier if you are having difficulty with any of the moves.

 

How Do I Sign Up?

If you’re interested in learning more or participating in A Week of Hard Labor, fill out the application below!  I will contact you in the next 24 hours with a response on how to get started.

I Am Interested In A Week of Hard Labor

CEO/Owner, Fitness and Freedom Coach