Shakeology has been the nutritional key to my weight loss–its what has allowed me to maintain my
weight and be healthier in my 40s than I ever was in my 20s!  For more info on the all the great stuff in Shakeology, visit my Shakeology website

The newest flavor is STRAWBERRY Shakeology. I just tried it, and its delicious! Its a much different flavor than the vegan tropical flavor.

I do pay for my own samples, so please only request a sample if you are SERIOUS about trying it – 
not just because it’s free.

Note: if you are already working with a Team Beachbody coach, out of respect for that relationship, please contact them for a free sample.



What is 21 Day Fix?

The 21 Day Fix program takes the guesswork out of weight loss. It’s a unique portion-control system combined with easy-to-follow workouts that fit into anyone’s busy schedule. Trainer Autumn Calabrese shares her passion for food and fitness as she shows you how to make simple choices that add up to life-changing results.  Weight loss is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise.  This program makes the nutrition part SIMPLE!

Available on February 3rd, only through a Beachbody coach!

To  get started you can go to my site and create a free account which makes me your Beachbody Coach.Then I will send you the details of the 21 day fix the week of January 27th.

Enter your name and email address below and be the first to know when 21 Day Fix is here. Demand for this revolutionary system is expected to be sky-high, so sign up now!

I will be hosting a 21 Day FIX EXCLUSIVE TEST GROUP for individuals who want the continued support, guidance, motivation and accountability to start and complete the workout program.  The group will be a select few individuals who are ready to commit to 21 days of focus and intensity.  I will be there to walk you through the nutrition plan, to teach you how to plan it out, how to make it work for your lifestyle and to keep you accountable.  The group is done through an online closed support group. That means that no one but the members of the group can see what is being posted. I won’t let you fail!  The only cost is the cost of the challenge pack which includes everything you need to get started: The 21 day nutrition guide, the program manual, the workouts, free shipping, discounted price and me as your coach for the accountability, support and guidance!!!  Let’s make it happen!  You are going to  look amazing this spring and summer!  Why not start now??


Be honest….how has this year gone for you? Have you done everything you wanted to do? Met all your goals, or on track to meet them by the end of the year?  I will admit that there are some goals that I have CRUSHED this year, but there are others that not only have I not met and have actually slipped further away from.


I can come up with a lot of reasons why…family issues, career issues, health issues…I have at least 20 excuses. But if I really am COMPLETELY HONEST with myself, I can tell you that I lost my focus. My fire flickered and I didn’t feed it with the appropriate kindling. Its not that the fuel didn’t exist or wasn’t accessible to me…I JUST DIDN’T PICK IT UP. 

It happens. I am human and so are you. I am not going to be down about it or beat myself up over it. I’m just going to move forward.

SO….I am recommitting. I want the last quarter of this year to be AMAZING. And it will be. How do I know? BECAUSE I AM THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN MAKE IT THAT WAY.

What are you going to recommit to in order to FINISH STRONG for 2013?

As the garlic plant is growing, it will produce a little stalk.  In order to make sure that plan energy goes into making the bulb rather than the flower, you have to snap off the stalk before it flowers.  This is called a garlic scrape.


Before joining a CSA ten years ago in Vermont, I had never heard of a garlic scape.   I got a bunch in my share and had to figure out what to do with them! They are in season only a short amount of time (generally in June).  They have a lovely fresh garlicky flavor and are wonderful in salads, stir fried, or anything you might add garlic to.  Since garlic scapes come from garlic, they contain they same nutrients: antioxidants allicin and vitamin C, which are involved in heart health; Selenium, a mineral that protects against heart disease and maintains healthy skin.

I had a bunch and decided to make garlic scrape pesto tonite, adapted from a recipe forwarded from a friend. This takes no time at all to make!

Toasted Almond Garlic Scape Pesto20130706_175519

One bunch (about 10) garlic scapes, cut into pieces
One bunch italian parsley, washed and trimmed of stems
A handful of toasted slivered almonds
The juice of one lemon
Approx 1/4 c olive oil (I have to admit that I didn’t measure)
Dash of Himalayan salt, to taste

Blend all in a food processor until it forms a paste.
Enjoy on pasta, as a sandwich spread, on crackers,

original recipe found here: Log Cabin Cooking

ImageThis week we got the most gorgeous petite bunch of celery from our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) . If you don’t know about CSAs, Local Harvest explains the concept and has a tool to help you look for one in your area. If you want organic veggies, a CSA is much cheaper than buying from a larger chain. And its really fun to get a big box of produce every week and have to figure out what to do with some of the unusual things you might get in your box.

My CSA is Riverbend Roots Farm, in Alton, IL, owned and operated by Stacey and Kris Larson.  They are incredibly dedicated organic farmers and I love the fresh veggies I get from the farm, as well as the knowledge that I am supporting a sustainable local organic farm.

So–back to the celery–its super fresh and the flavor is much stronger than the celery you buy in the grocery store. Its one of my favorite snacks, because its lo-cal and nice and crunchy. But I bet you didn’t know that celery has fantastic health benefits as well! Each stalk of celery, along with its seeds and leaves, contains vitamin K, folate, vitamin A, potassium, vitamin C, and molybdenum. It also contains a hefty dose of a unique compound that has been shown to enhance cognitive function in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease.  Who knew?? 

source for celery facts: Life Extension Magazine :

TIME. That’s the biggest obstacle to fitness that I hear every day, and its one that I have to admit that I struggle with EVERY DAY. Believe me, if anyone gets it, its me. I’m a busy mom with a demanding career, and a second job as a coach. I volunteer at the school, am a Girl Scout Leader, and am very active in my professional organization. My work has me on the road at least once a month, and some months more. I am BUSY. And tired. And stressed out sometimes. Sometimes I feel as though I am on one of those hamster wheels–the faster I run, the faster I have to run to keep up!

Sound familiar?

T25 Get it done in 25 minutes a day

But here’s the thing. If you wait for there to be time to work out, you will never get to that big goal. You’ll never get into that bathing suit in time for the cruise or that dress in time for the wedding. You will never know what it feels like for your clothes to fit loosely. You’ll never know the feeling when you push yourself to the limit during a workout and you are done and exhausted and feel STRONG, like you can take anything that this life throws at you and YOU ARE IN CONTROL. When you realize that is when it will all change, for the better.

Want to get CONTROL of your life? Make the time. Take the Challenge. You won’t regret it.


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