Saturday, June 16, 2012

Bikini Boot Camp Challenge Details

 Okay ladies! Here's the skinny on the 'Start Fresh Bikini Boot Camp' Challenge:

This will be a 21 day challenge starting July 1st and ending July 21st. The focus of this challenge will be to learn new ways to clean up your diet & slim down by eating superfoods and additional greens! You will receive fresh/new weekly recipes, cooking tips, & info on a 3-day detox (the detox is not required to participate). You get to choose how hardcore you want to be with the detox part of it! The challenge will also include a mini workout video each week (bikini body focused) and a calendar to track your progress! And now for the super FUN part: there will be one (sometimes even two) bonus challenges each week. These will be fun exercise/food challenges that each participant will complete for a chance to win prizes!

The 'Start Fresh Bikini Boot Camp' Challenge is perfect for you if you are.....

- A Body Back Alumni Mama who needs a fresh start and/or a kick in the pants
- Looking to lose those last few pesky pounds
- Super busy, a traveler, or have a hard time getting to the gym
- Just looking for a fun way to get a rockin' bikini body

Are you already a clean eater? Perhaps even a Body Back graduate? I guarantee you will learn new things during this challenge & take your clean eating to the next level!!

This is a virtual challenge so ladies everywhere & anywhere can participate so tell your friends/sisters/mom/aunts/cousins! The only requirement is that participants must have internet & a Facebook page. All challenge participants will be communicating in a private Facebook forum.

PRICE: $30

Okay, Okay, I know by now you are saying "Sign me up!!" -so here's how:

TO REGISTER: Go to BFit BFree Facebook page & click 'message'- please include your name and email address in the message OR you can email me your info at I will then send you a Paypal invoice for the $30. Once the invoice is paid, you will be added to the Facebook forum & ready to begin the 'Start Fresh Bikini Boot Camp' Challenge on July 1st!! Easy Peasy! (If you are currently taking my classes then just feel free to register with me in class).

**Challenge information will get posted as early as June 27th in order to give you ample time to read/prepare prior to starting- so be sure to sign up soon!

Are you ready for an amazing beach bum? Summer arms? Bikini abs? Sign up NOW!! The challenge kicks off on July 1st!!

*Please consult your doctor before changing your diet and/or participating in a new exercise program.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Simple Coconut Chocolate Bars

Okay, let me just start by saying that I am not a dessert person. Yes I know its weird and unnatural, but sweets are just not my thing. My husband thinks I am from another planet (he is a very serious cookie dough/chocolate cake lover). I think my toddler son Jude is taking after my dessert-neglecting ways, because the few times I have let him try chocolate he is not really interested. In fact, I let him have a go at these very bars, but he just tried to pick the chocolate chips out and commented that they were sour- weirdo- I know!!!! (Of course, during this incident my husband was snickering about how Jude cannot possibly be his son)- HA! Anyway, despite not loving dessert; there are a few days out of the month when I do get a few sweet/chocolatey type cravings (ladies I know you feel me here), so I went on a hunt for a treat that was a tad sweet yet still pretty clean. I found a decent recipe (and then modified it a bit) and absolutely LOVE how very simple & delicious these bars turned out to be!!!!

These simple, slightly chewy squares are definitely for the coconut lovers out there. The sweetness from the mini chocolate chips is sufficient to sweeten these squares but as an alternative, you could use carob chips, chopped dates or chopped dried apricots.

2 cups finely shredded unsweetened coconut
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup mini dark chocolate chips

1.    Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease a 9x9 inch baking pan.
2.    Whisk egg and vanilla together in a small mixing bowl.  Add coconut and chocolate chips and stir to combine.
3.    Pour out into prepared baking pan.  Flatten out and pat down with a spatula or back of a wooden spoon.
4.    Bake for 22 minutes, until starting to turn golden.  Let cool.
5.    Cut into squares and enjoy!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Green Smoothie Guide

Want to add more greens and good stuff to your diet but don't know where to start? Here is a great GREEN smoothie guide to follow! Let's face it, most of us don't get enough greens in our day and sometimes you are just not in a mood for another salad. Go ahead try one of these smoothies each day for a week and let me know how you feel :)

*You can use raisins or dates to sweeten it up as well!


Saturday, June 2, 2012

Advice for New Moms & MY Transformation

Hi everyone!
Let me just start by saying that I am not a big fan of posting pictures of my body all around the internet, but I do think it is important for everyone (especially all the women/moms I currently train) to understand that I did not always look like I do now. And yes, I have always worked out and stayed in what I thought to be "pretty good shape", but it certainly doesn't "come natural" for me. I am here to tell you that it has been a long journey of serious hard work for me!
 As most people know, I am a mom- so I know all about the CRAZY body changes us women experience when pregnant and the roller coaster of emotions that go along with it. And just because that baby pops out does not mean it is all magically over with. The aftermath of pregnancy is well... pretty ugly! Yes there are some ladies that are freaks of nature & pop a baby out and then magically return to their size, but this is not how it happens for most of us. Most new moms have to figure out a way to balance eating healthy, exercising and taking care of a new baby- all on ZERO SLEEP. This is the shit no one tells you when you are pregnant and I really wish someone had told me because it was hard as hell to adjust!!!! Plus let's face it, leaving your newborn baby to go get your sweat on is the farthest thing from your mind (especially when you are a sleep walking zombie).
Okay so here's my advice for the new moms itching to workout: I know you are scared as hell that your body will never be the same and you think each day you spend just sitting on the couch nursing that newborn will make it even harder to even return to your pre-pregnancy jeans, but just try to relax! Okay, first take a deep breath and don't put so much pressure on yourself! These first three months of baby's life are all about low-impact exercise and survival. If you are motivated enough, you WILL get your body back!! So try to relax & enjoy your new baby and avoid rushing into any high intensity exercise for goodness sake! Start with some daily walks and then really basic moves as you gain your strength back. Also, stay away from the beach where you will want to kill all the skinny bitches in their bikinis (those bitches don't have kids anyway).

Okay now on to my transformation pics............

So now I really wish I would have done a 'shirt off' pic for that first month, but at the time I was not loving my picture being taken period & I am very surprised I even found this one! I would also like to note that I am too skinny in the '18mo after baby' pic. I had muscles do doubt, but I was doing some experimenting with my diet and exercise at that time and accidentally lost too much body fat. I have since gained nearly 15lbs of muscle and currently have what I feel to be a "thicker" body. This has been a difficult transition for me to make. Not only because I had to purchase all new clothes in my new size, but also because I am trying not to get hung up on what society thinks "fit" looks like. I have more of an athlete's body now and honestly my legs are the biggest they have ever been, but I am also THE VERY STRONGEST I have ever been in my life. And lets just say the current me could kick the shit out of pre-pregnancy me and skinny me for sure!!!

ANYWAY, I hope someone out there in the world got something out of my little rant here :) My journey is not over so I will be sure to keep you posted.  If you are currently taking my classes, I encourage you to discuss ANYTHING with me (your fitness goals, your struggles, food questions, etc). I'm an open book & would love to help you in any way that I can!!!