Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Pumpkin Spice Shakeology - Get It While You Can

You Asked... They Listened... Coming Soon.... 

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What is Pumpkin Spice Vegan Shakeology?

Pumpkin Spice Vegan Shakeology is a limited edition, rich, creamy, shake with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger that delivers the delicious taste of fall with all the benefits of Shakeology.
For a limited time only, starting September 15, 2018, customers can order Pumpkin Spice Vegan in 14 single-serve packet boxes as a one-time purchase. *There is no limit to how many customers can buy while supplies last. However, there will be no monthly subscription option as Pumpkin Spice Vegan is available only while supplies last.
Pumpkin Spice Vegan Shakeology will be available exclusively in the US in limited quantities.

Order Options
Pumpkin Spice Vegan Shakeology can be ordered as a one-time purchase only as monthly auto-ship is not an option.
 However, customers may buy as many boxes as they like, while supplies last.

Product Configurations 
BagNot available
Packets14 single-serve packets
Combo PacketsNot available
Challenge PackNot available in a Challenge Pack
Shakeology SamplersNot available in Shakeology samplers
AvailabilityStarting Fall 2018, while supplies last.


Supplement Details 
Nutrition LabelUS - Link coming soon! (Not available in CA or UK)
FDA CompliantYes
VeganYes
KosherNo. 
Gluten FreeFormulated without gluten ingredients, but not certified. View article 5611
Certified OrganicNo, but the possibility of a completely organic Shakeology is being researched
Certified GMO-FreeNo, but it's formulated without genetically modified ingredients
Pumpkin Spice Shakeology Pricing$74.95 for a 14 single-serve packets box


Want to be the first to know when it becomes avaliable for purchase? Fill out this form below and I will be in touch with more info.



Friday, June 8, 2018

LIIFT 4 Program - VIP ACCESS COMING SOON

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Now that the news is out about the brand new fitness program LIIFT4, I have been getting so many messages and questions wanting all the details. I decided a blog post was fitting to help to get the info out to my current and soon to be clients.

Let's start by taking a minute to watch this short video about the program. After that check out the common Q&A's listed below.

What is LIIFT4? 
LIIFT4 is a no-nonsense combination of weightlifting and high intensity (HIIT) cardio to build muscle and scorch fat. The moves are based on classic lifting techniques that let you isolate, stabilize and focus each rep on the muscle group you’re working.
Every workout ends with a core routine for a full body build and burn that leaves you shredded.
There are no gimmicky moves, no overly complicated routines and no opportunity for boredom because you’ll never do the same workout twice.
Get it DONE in just 4 days a week, 30-40 minutes a day, 8 weeks total. LIIFT4 will be available exclusively on Beachbody On Demand.
Who is the Ideal LIIFT4 Customer?
Anyone who wants great results without spending an hour an a half in the gym 6 days a week to get there!
Anyone looking to sculpt and get lean, Men looking to build and shred, and anyone with a baseline of fitness.
Is there a modifier? 
There is an equipment modifier where resistance bands are used in place of dumbbells, and there are lower intensity modified movements for most of the HIIT (high intensity interval training) exercises.
What is VIP Early Access?
LIIFT4 will be available to all Beachbody On Demand members in the Member Library on October 1st. However, you can stream the program as soon as July 16th with VIP Early Access.
When does VIP Early Access Start? 
Early Access starts on July 16th and goes through September 30th. Only people who purchase a LIIFT4 offer can view the program as soon as July 16th. You may begin purchasing early access on June 11th. If you purchase before the kick off date on the 16th you will also have access to the B4LIIFT4 workouts which is a weeks worth of digital content. 
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What's this coach test group I keep hearing about? 
Beachbody likes for us to be well trained when new programs and products come out. Because of this, they are offering an opportunity for coaches to be a part of the exclusive coach test group with super trainer and program creator Joel Freeman. This will be an invite only group that is run by Beachbody and Joel thru Facebook. *This opportunity is also open to those who are signed up as "preferred customers" and are not activly doing any coaching as well. 
CLICK HERE TO STREAM A FREE SAMPLE WORKOUT SHOWCASING MOVES FROM THE PROGRAM. 


Get toned with LIIFT4! Sarah lost 25 inches with LIIFT4. “My arms are chiseled and firm. My abs look leaner and a 2- to 4-pack is now appearing!”

If this program seems like something you want to try please fill out the application below to be considered for a spot in my accountability group and request access by clicking here to my info group.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Blackberry Mint Superfoods

Fresh Mint. Superfoods. Collagen. Fresh Berries = Heaven 


You all know how much I love my superfoods and you also know how much of a supporter of collagen I have become since having the baby and having to deal with all the postpartum hair loss I had. In the beginning, I was using the unflavored collagen and putting it in my coffee each day. Then I got selected to be a vital proteins ambassador a few months ago have had the opportunity to try many of the different products aside from the plain flavor. This month's delivery included two I have been anxious to get my hands on. Mixed berry and blackberry dark chocolate collagen. Naturally, I wanted to play with these and put them into my daily superfoods that I like to drink.

I loved this flavor combo together so much I decided I better include the recipe on my blog for my clients to check out. The fresh mint totally makes the recipe. I used extracts a lot when I am making my drinks, but nothing can top the freshness of this one. Don't skip out if you are going to try this one.

Here is what you will need:
10 ounces of water
8 ounces of ice
1 scoop of Vital Proteins Dark Chocolate and Blackberry collagen
3 springs of fresh mint - rip them up before putting them into the blender.
1 cup of blackberries
1 packet or scoop of chocolate shakeology 

Blend and enjoy! Garnish with a mint leaf.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

What Nobody Tells You About Having A Miscarriage

When Lightning Strikes Twice - Part 2 

I suppose you could call this blog post entry part two. Sunday I shared with you the events leading up to our miscarriage, but I left you hanging in the dark after that. So here goes an update. The post is graphic and it could leave some of you feeling uncomfortable. There are lots of triggers below for those who may have dealt with this before. This is your warning before you go any deeper. This post is a little "deep" and may bring up past issues.
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Sunday night I was bleeding a ton again. I passed clot after clot. I called the doctors yet again and they said I could come in, but they couldn't make any promises that they would do the surgery in the middle of the night because it was still the weekend. I didn't want to deal with all that kind of waiting around so I stuck it out at home. I ate an entire cauliflower pizza with my hubby, watched the ACM awards and spent the evening crying and stressing about what was to come tomorrow. I tried to work to stay busy, but I couldn't take my mind off of it all. They told me no food or drink after midnight but I still had no clue what time everything was going to take place the next day.

That morning I woke up to dull aching pains and more blood. I called every hospital number under the sun that I could find that morning trying to get in touch with the people who would schedule the surgery. By 8:00 am I was already hungry, impatient and in tears because I had no answers. Finally, they told me I was for sure on the schedule for the day, but they had no idea what time yet. I was on standby. Totally not a place that you want to be when you're just wanting to get something like this over with.

Around 12:30pm  I got the call to come in. At this point, I was starting to have what felt like labor pains. Cramping and aching. I was starting to really worry I was going to pass the baby on my own. As we drove to the hospital I kept telling my hubby I feel like I am in labor. Once we arrived at the hospital they got me in right away and said they were going to rush me back because they had a spot open up. I was glad about that because all I wanted was for this nightmare to be over.

In between surgery prep and starting my IV the blood clots started passing faster and faster and all of the sudden I was gushing blood everywhere. The labor pains also started to kick into high gear. I kept having the same feeling that I did when I had Grace and Carter. I felt like I just needed to push. If you have ever had a baby, you know exactly the feeling I am talking about. Our bodies are smart and when they are ready to get something out of you, there is little that can be done to stop it. After a few more blood gush episodes I decided I needed to go into the bathroom.

I wasn't quite ready for what was to come behind that closed door. Sure enough, my body was ready and I passed our baby moments before they took me back for surgery. It was the one thing I so desperately didn't want to have to deal with because I didn't think I could handle seeing it. It looked just like they do in all of the diagrams that you see in the doctor's office. Little eyes, tiny fingers, and feet. It scared me to death to pick it up, but I wrapped it in a paper towel and took it back into the room. This is the part where I started to really lose my shit.

I set it down near my husband and started to cry and emotionally come undone. He held me tight and tried to calm me down. Neither of us was up for this part. The doctor came and decided to start me on some of the drugs to knock me out and get me out of my misery. In the meantime, the nurses took the baby away and started to finish prepping me to take back for surgery.

I was a mess. I remember my husband kissing me and hugging me and me asking him to pray for me. Then they wheeled me away.

They still wanted to do the surgery even though I passed the baby because there was still lots of tissue and placenta that would need to be removed.

I am allergic to many of the different narcotics out there and we shared this with the team beforehand. They planned to use something different and would try to combat the reactions with different allergy medicines. What should have been a quick in and out surgery and recovery turned into a very long day. What they gave me caused a reaction that was slowing down my breathing and causing swelling and itching everywhere. They gave me what seemed like every drug under the sun to make the allergic reaction stop. I went back at 2:00 pm and never truly was up and with it until around 10:00 pm. I was beyond looped and exhausted and my husband was beyond worried about me.

The following days have been filled with waves of grief and comfort. Some moments I am fine and some moments I just can't stop crying. We have been surrounded by people who care. Our doorbell just kept ringing the last few days as flowers and fruit and foods have shown up. Loved ones have stepped in the watch the kids so I didn't have to and my inbox keeps overflowing with messages of support. It means a lot and it's helped a lot with the healing.

What most people don't know it how utterly emotional this is. They don't understand the hormones or the recovery part. They don't know what to say or how to act around you. What I can tell you from experience is that being there matters more than you realize. Send the flowers, make the meal, drop a card in the mail. Send them a text. Do whatever you can to let them know you care. Realize it may take them time to call you or get back to you, but your efforts are appreciated and they matter. What they really need right now is to know that they are not alone. Everyone will grieve a loss like this in a different way. What is important is that you make them understand there is no right or wrong way to do this and that you are here when they are ready.

Far too many women go thru exactly what we did this past week, but they do it in silence. Some never even got to share the joy that they were expecting. This isn't something you want to navigate thru alone. Share your story if you're going thru it or if you have been thru it. Realize that you won't ever get over it, but you will get thru it and that it doesn't get better but you do get stronger and that you are never alone.

For those dealing with a miscarriage or infant loss don't hesitate to seek support from a professional. They can help you seek light in your darkness.

Thanks to everyone who sent us things, visited, prayed, called, messaged, helped out. We love you lots and cannot thank you enough.

XOXO
Kevin & Sarah

Sunday, April 15, 2018

I am sorry but there is no heartbeat anymore...

When lightning strikes twice... 

When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I. - PSALM 61:2
The statistics are that one in four pregnancies will end in a miscarriage at some point. We were part of those stats two years ago before God gave us our daughter Grace. Yesterday we learned that lightning can strike twice and that sadly baby number 3 would be joining our other one in heaven instead of here on earth. 


Over the past week, I had been experiencing light bleeding. Nothing to be alarmed about or so I thought. It was the dark kind. I just assumed it was some cysts breaking or something. Honestly, I was not that concerned because I decided to take the faith over fear approach to this pregnancy. Then Friday we went to the zoo and I did a lot of walking and a lot of stroller pushing. That night the bleeding changed. It went from dark to bright red and I began to pass a few clots. I started to get nervous but again wasn't ready to sound the alarms just yet.

Then Saturday came and I started to be in pain and the bleeding and clotting started to get worse. We traveled home to visit family that day so I wanted to ride it out and planned to go to the hospital that night. 

On the way home I called my midwife and she was actually on call. I told her I was coming. Luckily we left my son back home with family so we only had Grace our youngest with us. I really didn't want to take her to the emergency room. I wanted her to get a good nights sleep at home and stay away from the hospital germs so I begged my husband to stay back. 

I found myself starting to put up walls around myself. Brick ones. The ones you put up when you know you're about to really get hurt. My heart knew what was coming later that night. As much as I wanted to have my husband there, I also wanted to keep him from the sadness. I argued a bit about him letting me go alone. He didn't want me too, in fact, he begged me to just allow him to come and bring the baby along. I needed to do this one alone for some reason. After much debating, I won. He packed my bag for me and hugged me hard before I left. While keeping him back probably wasn't fair to him and his own grief, I really needed to be sure the baby was home safe and sleeping and quite honestly I didn't want her there while I had to deal with all of this. 

You see, I traveled this road once already. Two years ago almost to the T. We lost the last one April 15, 2016 and on April 14th, 2018 I was alone when I was given the same news then. It's almost eerie that it happened so close to the last. While I didn't want to do this again, I knew I already knew how to. 

The check-in process was quick and they got me into a room pretty fast. You could tell everyone was nervous for me and the news they might have to deliver shortly if things didn't look good. My nurse first asked if she could check for fetal heart tones or if I would prefer doing a bedside ultrasound first. I got choked up and declined the heart tones. I needed the news to be cut and dry. I needed to either know that it was gone or it was okay and the heart tones would not necessarily tell me that. 

Soon the doctor came in and said they would just take me for an ultrasound soon. He offered to start the IV for fluids and do some bloodwork but I declined all of it. I just wanted an ultrasound before I did anything. Everyone was very understanding and respected my wishes. 

It took about 40 minutes of waiting in that quiet little room before the ultrasound nurse came to get me. Those 40 minutes passed by so slowly. I spent the time praying for a miracle, but also more than anything praying for strength. Your mom instincts kick in and you just know. I knew my baby wasn't with me anymore. Now I was just waiting on confirmation of that. 

She took me into the room asked a few questions about my due date and when the last ultrasound was and then started on the ultrasound. She kept the screen turned away from me but her face told me what I already knew. She asked again how many weeks I was "supposed to be" then paused, swallowed hard and turned the screen towards me. She calmly said I am so sorry honey, but your baby has passed away. There is no heartbeat anymore. No matter how ready you are to hear those words it still feels like a sucker punch to the gut. I had a really hard time looking at it on the monitor. It's back was facing me and it was just lying there lifeless. I took a moment to take it all in then asked her to turn it away. I could feel myself emotionally coming apart. 

I went into the bathroom to splash water on my face and try to get it together. Then she walked me back down to the little ER room I was in before. She quietly said I am so sorry a few more times then left me to myself. 

The doctor then came in and sat a chair down beside the bed. He started to lay out my options as far as ending the pregnancy. I stopped him and told him I already knew what I wanted. I had done this before and I didn't need to hear it all over again. 

I wanted a D&C and quite honestly I wanted it sooner rather than later. The trouble is I went in on a Saturday and they won't do those types of surgeries on the weekend unless it was an extreme emergency and in my case, it wasn't. 

He called down my midwife. She greeted me with a huge hug and just a huge sense of peace. We talked, or I guess I could say she talked and I nodded while choking back lots of crocodile tears. She said they would call first thing Monday and try to get me scheduled for surgery that day to remove the remains. 

Some of you might question why I am choosing the D&C. While some women prefer to pass the baby at home on their own, I have no interest in that. From a mental health standpoint, I need this to be over quickly. I can't do long and drawn out. When you do it the natural way it can take a very long time for all the tissue to come out and for your levels to return to normal. It can also result in the need for a D&C after as well so this is the route I picked. Emotionally it's all I can handle right now. 

When the nurse came in with my discharge papers she handed me a packet with all kinds of grief stuff in it and a charm in honor of the baby I lost. At least that's what I think is in it. She told me it was something special. Honestly, I haven't touched any of it yet. That can be for another day when I am ready.


I needed out of there fast. I wiped away the tears, stuffed the paperwork in my bag and headed to my car. It was shortly after midnight at this point and I had about a 30-minute drive ahead of me. I opened the sunroof and let the fresh air pour in while I played the radio as loud as I could stand it. I cried the entire way home. It was the kind of crying that only comes out when you are truly alone and heartbroken. 

My husband was at the door to hold me when I walked in. We just cried together. We laid in bed and talked for awhile until I fell asleep in his arms. 

Today we did everything under the sun to stay busy. We grocery shopped, we cleaned, we even went to lunch and had a few drinks to take the edge off of life today. We did that last time this happened too. 

Hopefully tomorrow we head to the hospital for the surgery. The process will take most of the day, by the time I go thru pre-op, the surgery and the proceedure then I will come home to sleep off the annestesia and recover. 

Then comes the hard part. The emotional rollercoaster that comes after dealing with a loss like this. The hormones. The "baby weight" with no baby anymore.  Telling our son that his new brother or sister won't be joining us; instead that it went to heaven already. All of it. It's hard and last time taught me there wasn't a right or wrong way to handle it. Instead to focus on one day at a time. Some days I wanted nothing to do with anyone and some days I couldn't stand to be alone. I leaned into my husband last time and it brought us even closer together. We are planning to do the same again this time. 

If you can do anything please pray for strength for us in the coming weeks. If you are a loved one or a close friend please know that my distance some days won't be personal. It's just how I get thru and also please know sometimes I will need you to "make me" come to dinner or come out or just do something fun. 

Please realize that what I am going thru sadly, is very common. One in four of your friends will deal with a miscarriage at some point in the pregnancy. Let it be eye-opening, but don't let it make you fearful of your own pregnancy. Enjoy every single day that you are pregnant and believe that everything will work out just fine. Faith over fear always my friends. God's plans are always bigger and better than our own even if it doesn't always feel like it at the moment. 

Thank you all for the love and support both last time this happened and this time around. 
xoxo 
Kevin & Sarah 


Thursday, April 12, 2018

2B Mindset- A New Approach To Nutrition

Time To Change Your Habits

Well, the secret it out. On May 2nd Beachbody will be launching a new approach to nutrition. This is something that has been in the works for a very long period of time and it is going to be the missing piece for so many who have had long-term struggles with nutrition. I am going to share with you answers to some of the most commonly asked questions that many of you have about the new program. Please take a minute to check it out and see if this is something that might work well for you. 

What is 2B mindset? 
2B Mindset is a revolutionary video-based weight-loss program that will change your mindset about food, your body, and losing weight. Instead of diets that focus on what you can’t eat, this simple and easy approach will have you focused on what you can eat so you feel full, satisfied, and in control without ever counting calories or points or measuring food. “You can lose weight happily,” says co-creator Ilana Muhlstein MS, RDN (Registered Dietitian Nutritionist), who lost 100 pounds herself— and kept it off—using the 2B Mindset principles. She’s helped thousands of others lose weight through her private practice in Beverly Hills and a clinic at UCLA. She’s going to share her favorite tips, tools, and strategies with your customers to help them achieve their weight-loss goals while still living their lives to the fullest.


What is included in the 2B mindset kit? 


What makes this program so unique and effective? 

It’s not a diet—it’s a mindset. Most diets have an end date. But because your customers will be shifting the way they think about food, they can use the 2B Mindset principles for the rest of their lives. Also, most diets require deprivation. The 2B Mindset shows them how to get to, and maintain, their ideal weight, while eating foods they actually enjoy, so they always feel full and satisfied—and happy.
The 2B Mindset is also extremely easy to follow:
• No counting calories, no measuring food, and no using food containers• No cutting out food groups• No deprivation or feeling hungry• Ability to follow the program even when you are at a restaurant, a party, or on vacation!

Can 2B mindset be done along with exercise? 


Absolutely. The 2B Mindset does not require exercise, but it’s encouraged and it’s considered “extra credit.” Sure, the program focuses on nutrition and weight loss through the foods we eat. But once your customers lose weight, they’ll want to start moving.

Think this might be for you? 
Fill out the application below and I will be in touch to help you get started as soon as the program launches. 

In addition, you can also join my private informational group to learn more about the program and my upcoming better nutrition boot camp where we will be using the 2Bmindset program. 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/357865637953988 








Friday, March 23, 2018

Matcha Newbie In The House 


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I am the queen of smoothies and all things health related so you might find it surprising when I tell you that I actually have never had a matcha drink. I have had things with matcha in it, but never by itself. As you all know I am a member of the Vital Proteins ambassador program so I get the opportunity to try new things each month. I decided to spring for the matcha peach collagen and see if I liked it. 

This smoothie that I put together was way easy and perfect for spring. I liked the strawberry addition and the peach that is already in it gives the drink a nice mellow healthy taste. 

Here is the simple recipe. If you don't already have the collagen you can get it thru the Vital Proteins website. Their shipping is insanely fast. 

Ingredients 
14 ounces of water 
8 ounces of ice 
6 large ripe strawberries 

Combine ingredients and blend. 

* Please keep in mind as a Vital Proteins brand ambassador I receive monthly product to review and share. I do not receive commission or pay based on any purchases. *