Showing posts from December, 2016

Real Talk: The Ultimate Reset Cleanse Results

I just finished up 21 days of the Ultimate Reset Cleanse and wanted to share with you all my real experience, and some tips that I learned. I will start out by saying that I never recommend doing the Ultimate Reset Cleanse during the holiday season. If looking into doing this cleanse you should choose a time where you don't have any major events such as a wedding or a vacation. You want to choose a time where you can focus on the cleanse and give it everything you have. That being said, I decided to do it during December for a couple reasons. I had traveled for most of the month of November and was not feeling myself. Aside from that I had a challenger who was motivated and ready to do this cleanse during the month of December. Since I had done this cleanse many times before and knew what to expect, I decided that I didn't want to her to go at it alone and decided to join! Finding a friend to do the cleanse with so that you can keep each other on track and focused is something…

What is the All-Access Beachbody on Demand Challenge Pack

This past Monday we got some really exciting news from Beachbody. On December 27th the company will be launching a brand new All-Access Beachbody on Demand Challenge Pack. What does that mean?? It means that customers will have access to the entire Beachbody library...any program ever made OR that WILL be made in the following year, all streaming to their device put together nicely in a challenge pack with Shakeology, and The Portion Fix. 

There are over $6,000 worth of programs to be streamed! I grew up in a household that resisted change. My mother REFUSED to get us an answering machine because she, "didn't believe in them". I believe THAT is the reason I catch myself feeling old trying to keep up with technology. I remember working out to Power 90 on a VHS tape and now everything is streaming! These days streaming is not just for Netflix and chill…but also for your workouts!

What’s so great about the All-Access Beachbody Challenge Pack? 
Well for one I think it is amazi…

10 Holiday Party Survival Tips

Hey, guys. Now I'd like you to hear me out. I know we've all heard, and most likely at some point, experienced the overwhelming feeling of the holiday season, especially if and when you are trying to stick to a healthy lifestyle. With holiday  parties filled with heavy foods and lots of drinks, and the countless hours you'll probably spend shopping  - either at the mall or online - I definitely understand the frustration of having limited access to healthy options.
BUT!... You need not to worry; you do not have to throw your entire plan out the window until New Years day... there are ways to have your respective "cake" and eat it, too!
Step one of this workaround is to create or download a calendar, so that you may keep track of any and all social events you shall be attending, including times and locations. Planning ahead is a huge part of this "workaround", and if you can visually see what you have going on in your life, you can be better prepared, and …

The Beachbody Health Bet is Back!

We already know that sticking to a New Years resolution can be hard, if not sometimes impossible, but both Beachbody and I's goal is to make your health and fitness resolutions A whole lot easier! The Beachbody Health Bet is back this January, and the pot will have a minimum of two million dollars, to an astounding maximum of three million dollars! YOU have the chance to earn money just for sticking to your health and fitness plan this January! Although it's not all about the potential earning, I sure wish that they had something like this when I started my fitness journey on a New Years resolution back in 2011. The last time we did the Beachbody Health Bet back in September participants had some serious results. The extra accountability of checking in on the app and making sure they got it done so they wouldn't lose their piece of the pot was HUGE! Want to join me and make 2017 your best year yet?

Here’s how it works. You join my January 2nd Health Bet challenge and betwee…

Ultimate Reset: Quinoa Salad

This is one of my favorite recipes from the Ultimate Reset Cleanse. Perfect side dish! 


1/2 cup cooked quinoa 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil Himalayan salt (to taste; optional)Bragg Liquid Aminos (to taste; optional)1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice 1/2 medium tomato, diced 1/2 medium cucumber, peeled, diced 2 Tbsp. pitted, chopped kalamata olives 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley 1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh mint leaves 
DIRECTIONS Combine quinoa, oil, salt, Bragg Liquid Aminos, and lemon juice in a medium bowl; mix well. Add tomato, cucumber, and olives; toss gently to blend. Gently fold in parsley and mint. Cover and let marinate in refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours before serving.

10 Holiday Gifts for the Health and Fitness Freak

There are many ways to make lists, and while I know I'm writing this for the benefit of others, in my own way, I'm also making this list for myself! In any case, since it is the "season of giving", here are my top 10 gifts that YOU can give for the fitness buff and/or fanatic in your family! 

#10 The Paderno World Cuisine Veggie Spiralizer

I absolutely LOVE this thing! Doesn't matter if I'm craving noodles or sweet potato curly fries, the veggie spiralizer is my go-to! When you live a health-conscious lifestyle, you are less likely to want to dine out or eat processed food; but that doesn't mean we are always going to deny ourselves our favorite foods. Which mean we do a lot of cooking. And that's precisely why the spiralizer makes it easy to enjoy an array of amazing cuisines. So for me? Toss up some creative veggie noodle dish, or bake som yam fries tossed in coconut oil, and I'm a happy camper!

#9 The Ulla Water Tracker

Know that special someone wh…

New Year. New You. (For real this time)

This was me January 7th, 2011. I was determined...determined to never look or feel the way I did in this picture ever again. After years of talking about turning my life around, getting in shape, and developing confidence...I finally was going to do it. This photo was a representation of the old me...the person I was saying goodbye to. On that day, I knew that I would never be the person in this photo ever again and that made me happy. The photo was one of 6 before photos I took on the first day of my first ever fitness challenge group. It was a New Year, New You group and I could not wait for the new me. I had said I would make the change a million times before, but this time something felt different! 

I had no idea what to expect from a challenge group, all I knew was that I was going to push play on my workout everyday, drink my Shakeology, and post about it in a private Facebook group. At that time I had zero self esteem, and major anxiety so it scared the shit out of me to be in a…