July 30, 2017

Shift Shop Review: Week 1

We are wrapping up Week 1 of Shift Shop, and let me tell you – this program is for real! 

I am so pumped to be able to share such a comprehensive program with my Launch Challenge Group! It really is the whole package, exercises that leave you a sweaty mess, solid nutrition plan that fuels your body, and a complete recipe book and meal plans already created for you if you chose to follow them! The creator Chris Downing is one of the most motivational trainers that we have! I loved getting to hear him share about this program at our annual Coach Summit. I was super pumped to be one of the few coaches that earned a pic with him! (fan girl moment!)
As someone that started this coaching business as a challenger, I know how intimidating and overwhelming it can be to start something new. So every resource I can provide to my challengers is just one more way of setting the group up for success. To kick off Week 1, our challenge group met virtually and did the very first workout together! It got us jazzed and was so uplifting to come together in that way!
Ok, let’s talk workouts. This program is for real but totally possible to modify. Week 1 alternates between 25 minute cardio and strength workouts six days with a 12 minute core workout two of those six days. There is the option to rest on Sunday or a mobility workout. 

Every single day I have been shocked at how much I sweat without being winded. It really is such a new way of working out for me. My body is already responding to new reps and the pace. I love getting to do this for the first time alongside my challengers and learn as they do! It seems like Day 3 was hard for so many in our group and even Day 4 for some. Maybe it was a combo of pushing ourselves and following our meal plans diligently or we psyched ourselves out. I don't know, but it was tough. I can't believe for second when this program was previewed to Coaches back in the Spring that I was hesitant to do it! It is stretching my challengers and I so far outside our comfort zone and proving we are capable of doing awesome things with our minds and bodies!
I decided to incorporate Beachbody’s Performance Energize into my daily routine. This has been a game changer for my ability to still be able to push hard by the end of each workout. This is a program that ramps up over three weeks, but I can feel each workout ramping up about half way through.
My husband is a week ahead of me and says it definitely ramps up in Week 2! I can tell, because his shirt has been soaked!

I have taken myself back to the role of challenger while still leading my challengers through this. Personally, digging deep in these workouts are symbolic for where I am right now as a health and fitness coach. For the longest, I viewed being a coach as a hobby. Thankfully, it has grown into something much more fruitful and meaningful. My goal to help people be healthy has turned into a mission-focused business that is growing. That is exciting and scary! So while my business is shifting forward, I have to remember not to shift my focus away from the ultimate goal. 
Something I love helping people do is learn how to view nutrition as fuel for our bodies. So when Chris Downing, Shift Shop creator, talks about fuel, I get jazzed and want to give him a fist bump! Here’s the scoop on the meal plan for Week 1. If you are used to the Portion Fix system, Week 1 won’t really be that much different. I do see a lot of people push the boundaries on the Portion Fix system, but you must follow the food list provided for Shift Shop. So far Beachbody has provided us with 81 recipes that are Shift Shop approved! Of course, you can create your own or use other ones, but why when they have done the hardest part of finding healthy recipes for us?!
You can see my entire Week 1 meal plan below!

To sum up Week 1, here are my major take-a-ways:
Try before you modify
These workouts are for real and will make you sweat
Day 3 was the hardest so far for me and many in this challenge group

This program takes preparation and discipline but you can do it
We are learning how to get better together. Challenge groups really are one of the coolest things I have ever experienced

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July 6, 2017

The Shift Shop Workout Program Launch

I can’t wait to share Beachbody’s newest fitness program called Shift Shop by Chris Downing with you! Chris partnered with Team Beachbody to create a 3 week fitness and nutrition program that focuses on rapid results to help you reinvent your body. I had the chance to do two sneak peek Shift Shop Sneak workouts, know several people in the official test group, and have been on a live call with Chris sharing about the program.
So, yes – I’m so excited that it’s almost here!

You will be trained by this super buff, massive guy with a huge heart for helping other people. His personal story of how he shifted his life almost had me in tears. He is motivational and will make you feel like you nothing will stop you from reaching your goals! Who doesn’t want someone like that training them?

Shift Shop Workout
3 weeks rapid rebuild program
It’s for anyone that wants to ramp up fitness fast
Workouts range from 25 – 45 minute routines
Great for all fitness levels, including a modifier option Includes cardio and weights
Available beginning July 12th
Week 1: Start off with 25 minute workouts to keep you focused and committed.
Week 2: As your body begins to adapt, Chris turns up the intensity to improve endurance.
Week 3: Chris cranks it up to ultimately change your body from where you began 3 weeks ago - faster, stronger, leaner.

Check out this video to get a peek of what you’re going to experience!

Shift Shop Launch Group
I am hosting one of the first Shift Shop accountability launch groups beginning July 17th! I will walk you through this program step-by-step with meal planning, meal prep tips, motivation, and positive accountability. All while focusing on a mindset shift. If you want to be one of the first to do this program, fill out the form below to get on the list and added to the group.

Then click HERE, for meal plan details.

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The Shift Shop Meal Plan Overview

The Shift Shop fitness program created by Supertrainer Chris Downing launches next week!
Soon after that, my Slim and Shred Shift Shop Challenge Group will begin on July 17th!!

If you are wondering what the Shift Shop program is, who the newest Supertrainer is, and how to get in this Challenge, click HERE.
Then come hurry right back to this post and learn about the Shift Shop meal plan!

Shift Shop Meal Plan 
Chris introduces a ramp up effect in this program that takes your body to a new level each week. What this means is that you won’t plateau and will have rapid results. Nutrition is a big part of this plan. For optimal results, you are going to need to follow this plan.

We will focus on meal plan and prep a lot during the July Slim and Shred Challenge.

Follows the Portion Fix container system first introduced by Autumn Calabrese. The difference is the Yellow container food list is more limited than with other programs.
Yellow container portions are decreased each week with protein and veggies increasing. This is similar to carb cycling.
You may feel hungry with reduced carbs but you will not lack in nutrients and protein.

Beachbody shared this image when the program was introduced back in April. You can see how it changes weekly.
Since the program doesn’t officially launch until July 12th, that’s all I can share with you now!

Shift Shop Launch Challenge Group
I am excited to lead a group of women through this program. If you’re ready for a shift in your nutrition and ramp up your fitness, complete this form to get in the online challenge group!

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July 3, 2017

4th of July Recipe Round-Up

It may seem simple, but enjoying a meal with our family is really something much bigger. Its part of the freedom we are so fortunate to experience! We have the opportunity to gather with each other and be thankful for all we have been given as Americans. 

This year, my father-in-law and step mother-in-law are coming to our home for a casual cookout. Connor will love playing with Pawpaw and Gran Gran. I’m sure we will break out his kiddie pool and the water hose. It doesn’t get much more Americana than that, in my opinion!

If you’re going to celebrate with those dear to you on this 4th of July holiday and haven’t planned your menu yet, check out these casual cookout dishes that have a healthier twist the traditional recipes. You can pick one or prepare all for a well-rounded festive meal.
From our family to yours, Happy 4th of July and let freedom ring!

(Recipe by Vegan Family Recipes)

(Recipe by Plant Strong Family)

(Recipe by Real House Moms)

(Recipe by An Affair from the Heart)

(Recipe by Taste of Divine)

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