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New Year, Save Yourself.

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The end of 2011 was one of the lowest points of my life. Honestly, there was no specific event or tragedy that happened to make me fall that low, I just did. I found myself using alcohol and other substances just to feel normal, to feel fun, to feel...


I didn't give a crap whether I lived or died and believed that no one else did either. One morning I woke up with no recollection of the night before. I was wearing the same clothes and had an overwhelming feeling of guilt and embarrassment. I didn't remember how I had acted the previous night, but my subconscious was letting me know that it wasn't good. I had two options, I could end my misery, or I could do something about it. I had a gorgeous nephew at the time that sparked life in me whenever I saw him. I didn't want to leave him behind. I decided to do something...



What happened next I fully believe was the work of the universe. It carefully placed every single person, thing, event, struggle...it handpicked the happen…

Beachbody Performance: Recover

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What is Recover?
Recover is a post-workout protein powder from the Beachbody Performance Line rooted in cutting-edge sports science, exercise physiology, and nutrition research. It comes in two flavors, chocolate and orange, which both taste really good! Performance line products were developed by a team led by Dr. Nima Alamdari, Ph.D., who is a Harvard-trained exercise physiology/nutrition scientist, and Beachbody's Director of Scientific Affairs.


Consuming the right nutrients right after a training session is the most effective way to help improve your recovery. Recover does this by providing the proper proteins and phytonutrients to help facilitate muscle recovery and repair while helping reduce the exercise-induced muscle breakdown. Recovers key ingredients help to support muscle recovery while also managing exercise-induced muscle soreness. 

Consuming 20 grams of high-quality protein, such as the proprietary blend of proteins in Recover, immediately following a workout has been …

New Year New You: Best Year of Your Life

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This was me January 7th, 2012. 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 every day, 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 …

Beachbody Performance: Energize

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What is Energize?
Energize is a lemon flavored pre-workout drink from the Beachbody Performance Line rooted in cutting-edge sports science, exercise physiology, and nutrition research. Performance line products were developed by a team led by Dr. Nima Alamdari, Ph.D., who is a Harvard-trained exercise physiology/nutrition scientist, and Beachbody's Director of Scientific Affairs. 


Energize was designed specifically to help you work harder and for longer. The three key ingredients are beta-alanine, low-dose caffeine, and quercetin which are cutting-edge ingredients that help to improve performance, sharpen focus, and delay exercise-induced muscle fatigue. 
Beta-alanine is an amino acid that makes carnosine, a substance in your muscles that buffers muscle acid buildup which contributes to muscle fatigue. By consuming beta-alanine you produce more carnosine which will help your muscles to last longer so that you can push yourself harder and get better results! Studies indicate that beta…

Vegan Tiramisu Brownie Recipe

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I made these brownies a couple years ago before I went vegan and loved them so wanted to try and adapt the recipe. It was pretty damn good! I tried the VeganEgg this time as the egg replacement but in the future am going to try Flax Eggs since I didn't love the smell of the VeganEggs and have come to realize that they have carrageenan in them which is a known carcinogen, yuck.  


Ingredients:

Brownie Base

2 1/2 cups hazelnut flour1/2 cup coconut flour 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1 cup vegan bittersweet chocolate chips1/4 cup freshly brewed espresso 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp maple syrup1/4 cup raw virgin coconut oil 1 tsp. vanilla extract 4 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce 2 egg (I used VeganEgg)
Tiramisu Cream  8oz vegan mascarpone 8oz vegan cream cheese (Such as Tofutti)1/4 cup maple syrup2 vegan eggs (or egg replacement)1 tsp. vanilla extract 1/4 tsp. almond extract 

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a square 9x9 baking dish with parchment paper. Add coconut oil to …

80 Day Obsession: What You Need to Know!

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I have legit been counting down the days until 80 Day Obsession is available. My first ever fitness program was 90 days. I felt that it takes longer than a month to develop long-lasting habits and to see significant changes. I truly believe that the longer programs are why I have seen the success that I have. 
Now let's get one thing straight, 80 Day Obsession has nothing to do with being obsessed with working out or your eating plan and everything to do with making yourself a priority. I know first hand that when I take care of myself physically and mentally that the people around me also benefit in a big way. 
Earlier this week I wrote a post about the basics of the 80 Day Obsession program. If you missed that and want to check it out, click here. If not, and you are ready to hear everything you need to know leading up to the release, keep reading!

Although the workouts for 80 Day Obsession won't be officially available through Beachbody on Demand until January 15th, you will b…