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Monday, December 5, 2016

Top Ten 2017 Planners

Friends, if you don't know this about me,  I gotta share that I am slightly OBSESSED with the process of selecting my yearly calendars and planners!  I spend time researching the best bargains, the cutest prints, and of course the most efficient planner!  I mean, a planner is a COMMITMENT.

Each year, I select the one that I know is going to be the best fit, and this year I decided to ask my followers for some of their favorites because I just couldn't decide!  Below is a list compiled for you of the top ten planners for 2017!
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365 Happy Planner:  I have seen this one at local craft stores and I gotta tell you, it's super cute. It looks a lot like the Erin Condren line, but at a fraction of the cost. There are multiple add-ons available, but the space for notes is somewhat small. Extra space for writing is an add-on feature! It's creative and cute! Perfect for bloggers, mamas, a creative souls! 365 Planner is about $30-$35. 
Coaches, you've gotta check out the fitness edition!
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The Living Well Planner :
 If you love bright colors and a simple organizer, this is a good fit for you. There is a lot of space to write out goals and a fantastic side section for notes!  This is also an undated calendar if you prefer to fill in your own dates, it's perfect! The creator also includes quotes to keep you motivated and focused on your own results! I will say that the view of this weekly breadown is vertical, and I am not the biggest fan of this. The Living Well Planner is about $55.00.

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At-A Glance Planner: This has been my go-to planner for years!  I used this one throughout college and my first years as a teacher.  It's a simple layout with no bells and whistles and plenty of space to write.  It comes in a variety of layouts and sizes, and can be found in most retail stores thaat sell stationary.  The sheets of this planner tend to be thin, and I dont think it's quite as durable as the other planners.  If you write with a thick pen or marker, it does bleed through the sheet. At-a- Glance Planners are about $20-$25 and there are a variety of layouts avaialble.

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Passion Planner:  No list is complete without this well known brand! What I love about Passion Planner is that it breaks down your yearly goals.  There is a ton of space for writing. There is a breakdown for- a goal road map as well as weekly, monthly goals as well as monthly reflections. As a lefty, I also love that the planner lays flat. (It's the little things in life!)  There is an undated version and there is also a compact size.  Passion planner is about $30, but there is usually a wait list for orders.

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Erin Condren:  A scrapbooker and crafters delight for sure.  Tons of bells, whistles and add-ons available. I find it to be a little busy.  The base cost of this planner is $55 but with all of the add on options, you can easily spend $100 on this planner.  With that being said, it's cute, efficient, well layed out, and easy to keep track of your goals. And who doesn't love a customizable planner? There is a lot of space to write, it's completely customizable, and it's available through retailers. Planners start at $55.00. 

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The High Achiever's Playbook:
 This planner is desgined with network marketers in mind. It's clean and simple to follow.  The colors are not my favorite and the cover is somewhat flimsy.  This is not a traditional caledar format. Instead it allows the user to create his/her own agenda for the day.  There is a great section for notes and lots of space to write.  It's a unique planner with pockets and advice for network marketers including at prospecting tool. I love that this is designed for results, and allows the planner full of space to write our your ideas.  It's great for a business minded individual, not so much the day to day to do list!  The playbook starts at $44.00 
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Start Planner:  
This is a similar design to Emily Ley's Simplifed Planner.  The creator has various options for users.  It's a sleek design, durable, and well layed out and definitely durable.  I am not a fan of the Hustle Planner cover design (just my personal taste!). With that being said, I love the top three goals of the day section as well as budgeting section.  It also has a vertical layout for daily planning.  It also comes with a number of insert options as well!  The Start Planner line starts at $60 plus shipping. 
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Bloom Daily Planners.
 This layout is slightly smaller in size, but there is a larger layout selection on the site as well.  The layout is easy to follow and there is a lot of space to write.  It has some fluffy components, like the visualize it page.  The color scheme is extremely feminine and would likely appeal to teenagers and young adults.  The price is great!  The Visualize Planner (larger) is only $28.00! Plus there is a coupon code.
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Plum Paper:  This planner is 100% customizable from the size, to the cover, to the layout and the design.  The notes section is somewhat small, but you have the option to create some add-ons for more room. And I love, love, love that you can design your own cover.  Before any add-ons, the cost of this planner is $32.
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 Get To Work Planner:  Get it done is simple. No bells and whistles.  The title says it all, "Get to work." This planner is created for people who need to get organized quickly, and get the work done efficiently.  The design is not "cute,"  but the layout is simple.  There is a lot of space for goal planning, and writing notes.  I love that feature!  And the planner also contains 12 motivational quotes on cardstock that are designed to be removed from the book!   This planner is $55. 

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With so many options it can be hard to select which is best for you! Take into consideration a few things- do you prefer simple?  Do you like color?  Do you need a lot of space for writing?  Are you going to carry it a lot or will it sit on your desk?  Do you prefer a dated or undated calendar?  How much do you want to spend on a planner?

I can't wait to share what I've selected! I think after reviewing, I've found the closest to perfect fit... but stay tuned because I am in the middle of working on a HUGE 2017 goal!

XOXO,
Katy
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Monday, November 7, 2016

Core De Force: Start Here

Well, let's do this again, shall we! So excited to dive into Beachbody's newest program, Core De Force!
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Day One! Let's do this!


Core De Force is an explosive mixed martial arts-inspired total body workout designed by Beachbody Super Trainers Joel Freeman and Jericho McMatthews to blast fat and carve your waist in just 30 days - No equipment needed.

I've had quite a few opportunities to test out the program through live workotus, and early previews, but I wanted to officially begin the process with my challengers!


SO today marks day one of my thirty day journey!

Who Starts A Program Right Before the Holiday Season???
That's one of the biggest objections I get from so many of my clients! They have concerns that the holidays are too busy to take time to themselves and they worry about the temptation at every corner! I totally get it. But one of the coolest things about this program is that it is designed to allow you to indulge without going overboard! It helps me so much to see my results in the work and not WANT to go overboard!

Not to mention, I love the feeling of being comfortable at parties! I am more concerned with great conversation with family and friends instead of what appetizers I want!

And trust me! I know that the holiday season comes quite a lot of traveling! This week I am off to San Jose for a leadership event, and I am so glad I have my workouts and on the go shakeology to help me stay on track! Just grab, shake and go! So easy!

When do I Find the Time to Workout?
For this program, I have scheduled my workouts for the first thing in the morning after my devotional! I head down to the gym around 5:30 am before the rest of the family is awake! I love having that time to myself to focus on my own goals and not the demands of the day!

I tell my challengers to always schedule workouts like they would a doctor's appointment! In fact that is one of my greatest tips, but I wanted to share a few others if you are thinking about diving into a new program! Check it out!
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Tips for a Successful Week ONE:

1. Get Started! You will receive a calendar, the container system for easy nutritional planning, the workouts, and me as your coach! Within the challenge group, I walk you through all the first, often scary steps of achieving long terms results. Here's more information about the kit selections! Make sure to check out the equipment you need for the program!



2. Set yourself up for success by identifying the meal plan that's perfect for you. Using an inventory of questions, based on your current weight, your goals, and your lifestyle, you will identify how many containers to consume, daily! Below you find a sample of my week one meal plan! They make this part simple!


3. Take those Before Pictures
I know. I know. A lot of people talk about the dreaded pictures and some people never actually take them. If there is one thing I must absolutely, without a doubt tell you again and again YOU MUST DO THIS. Here's the deal- the program works. Follow the meal plan. Follow the workout schedule and you will see results. Too often though we depend on the scale as our only measurement of success.
Pictures
Measurements
Scale
Use all three of these systems to really judge your results upon completion. Trust me, you'll be happy you did! Here are some more reasons why Before Pictures will Keep You on Track!


4. Schedule Your Workouts
Just like you schedule a doctor's appointment for your health, schedule your workouts. Look at your calendar for the week and determine the best possible time to workout when nothing in life will interfere. For me, my workouts take place at 5 am before my kids and husband wake up. I love too starting off my day burning off calories and setting myself up for success, but everyone is different.

Lastly, remember that this a a 30 day on program, one day a week active recovery. Based on your schedule, consider beginning on a Monday, if you'd like Sunday to be your active recovery day.


The workouts are NO JOKE! They are difficult. They challenge you mentally and physically. The one thing that has helped me through all of his programs is the accountability I get through working in a challenge group.


I WOULD LOVE FOR you to participate right along with me. Here's the opportunity I have:

  • Daily accountability
  • Nutritional plan
  • Recipes
  • Tips and motivation
  • Opportunity to win $500
  • A FREE T-Shirt
  • FREE DAILY COACHING
  • RESULTS TOO HOT TO TROT
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Whole30: That' a Wrap


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Whole 30 is DONE!

BOOM. And that's a wrap. 30 days following the Whole30 plan is complete! When I first started this program, I was so nervous about sharing the experience with others. I was nervous that I wouldn't succeed, and I hated the idea of giving up.

But I hated the idea of remaining the same even more! I was uncomfortable in my clothes, and weighing more than I had in 3 years. So I set the date to focus on eliminating some major staples from my daily diet! I was scared to start, and only a handful of people knew that I was on this journey.  But once I started to really feel good, it became easier for me to share!

Here's howWhole 30 works:

30 days-

  • No cheats
  • No grains
  • No alcohol
  • No sweeteners
  • No processed, artificial, chemical anything

It's not a diet. It's a program to help you optimize your natural health. It's a program based on helping you achieve results that begin on the inside.  Most of the changes can't be seen. They are felt.

Pretty safe to say this is by far one of the best things I've done for my body since investing in my health 4 years ago when I discovered Insanity!


I feel friggin amazing!!! This program is the awesomesauce!



What am I eating on the plan?

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9 Pounds Down 
Eat meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed. I also keep LARA bars handy as well as That's It Fruit Strips. My blood sugar tends to be low, and I know when I need a little extra sugar. They are easy to pack in your purse, and grab instead of being tempted by sugary snacks!

What have I achieved by day 30?

Overall, I've lost a total of 9 pounds, and four inches from my waist! I have no afternoon fog, and I have an insane amount of natural energy! I feel lighter, and my clothes are fitting me better! I I also feel alleviated from my urge to constantly eat sugar. (This was my primary reason for starting the program!)

What was the hardest part of the program?
Day 28. There was something about day 28. I can honestly tell you that today is the first time since I started my journey, that I have let doubt creep in, and have thought hard about giving into the cravings.

I came to this conclusion:
You see for four days, I have been up late, up early, submerged in training after wonderful training. Networking with my teammates. Learning, growing, and I am not too afraid to admit- I had a couple of pretty solid, put you in your place kinda gut checks.

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I didn't take time to pray.
I don't know if I'm just realizing this now, or He's seriously working on my heart...
But I am friggin weak without Him.
So on the way home, when I couldn't get good internet connection, I took out my book, read and prayed, and asked Him to help me complete the program.
But more importantly, I asked Him to help me continue putting prayers before cravings.
Whole30 for me has not been a diet. It's not about calories or a scale. It's about my relationship with food. It's about dealing with the bigger issues, and coming to accept certain truths that I've been done an amazing job of dodging.


Was it Hard to Travel on the Program?
I became really good at planning out my meals, especially meals that needed to be quick! So when I was getting ready to travel, I tools extra time to purchase grab and go products! I was able to stay completely compliant on the program, and not feel temped by food or drinks! I didn't struggle with travel because I was prepared! I found that as I continued on my journey, it became a lot easier to see/feel my successes as oppossed to feeling only my struggles. 



Would I Recommend this Program?
Yes! I would absolutely recommend Whole30 to anyone who is looking to make some natural changes and course correct any health ailments they are experiencing. For me, this was about breaking up with my sugar addiction, and finding a closer connection to God through prayer.  I was able to rid myself of some of my favorite comfort foods, and find enjoyment in new recipes!  I highly recommend this program to anyone ready to make their health a priority!



  

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Core De Force Sneak Peek and Leadership Retreat Recap

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Sitting on the plane flying home from Coronado Bay in sunny southern California and of course the feeling of gratitude is overwhelming, but I find that word not quite enough to share the experiences of the past few days.


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Live Sneak Peek of Core De Force
I was selected as one of 300 Team Beachbody coaches to attend the coveted  all inclusive Leadership Retreat.  We were treated to amazing gifts, exclusive parties, extravagant dinners, and top notch training from leaders in the network as well as professional, renowned speakers like Stephen Covey.

But for me, the week was leaving the desk and being present with other leaders in the network and having time to share best practices, discuss team cultures, and brainstorm new ideas for motivating our teams and raising awareness for our company's mission.

Although I love the freedom of virtual networking, there is nothing like being face to face, interacting with others, that truly rejuvenates you and motivates you to push harder and dream bigger.
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Getting Ready to Workout with Autumn Calabrese!

So I wanted to take a couple of minutes to share a little about my experiences this week by sharing my TOP FIVE favorite experiences from the event!

#5 Top Notch Treatment

First, I have to share that the resort our company selected is absolutely beautiful.  Cascading fountains and staircases, amazing service, and beautiful views from every room make this group.
The company also went out of their way to present each Elite coach with a gift when they returned to their rooms each night. We received a hardcover Summit 2016 Yearbook, a new hooded sweatshirt, and carry on luggage- perfect for bringing home all the swag I also scored at our shop, The Core.  The dining experience was incredible. I found it pretty easy to stay compliant on the Whole30 plan, aside from one dressing slip up, there were plenty of delicious options!
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Elite Dinner with the Core De Force Trainers

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Elite Gift Greeting Us Each Night in Our Rooms!

#4  Networking with the other coaches

Having the opportunity to work with my team, other coaches who experience similar ups and downs in the business, and truly take the time to converse about how to move forward couldn't have come at a better time. I also had the honor of having my first personally sponsored coach, Kirsten Nuss attend the event with me.  Although we are able to speak every
day virtually, it was such a gift to have that quality time together.
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Team Building on the Beach!  Notice the Trainers Joining Us

#3 Team Building:  Beach Olympics

There was also a lot of time to play! I mean in a business that's about health and fitness, how can we not get active with some team development!  So the sales team set up a ridiculously awesome beach event with 10 obstacles that involved working together to achieve the prize of... a surf board.  Nope I don't surf, but my eye was for sure on the prize!  Although we didn't win, our team laughed so hard as we crushed each obstacle... drenched from head to toe, laughing so hard we were crying!
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Flexing with Joel Freeman!

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Got a Little Drenched!
#2  The Amazing Training

I attended three days of training hearing from network coaches and motivational speakers.  Each speaker brought so much heart and wisdom to the table, it was impossible to leave anything but uninspired by their passion!  Yes, some of the training were a gut check, others were encouragement for our hard work, and each was a reminder of the bigger mission.  Our job is to help people achieve THEIR goal of a healthy and fulfilling life.  And when you have the opportunity to make the mission your life's purpose, it can totally ignite!
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Stephen Covey- Author of Speed of Trust 

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#1 Live workouts with our trainers, Joel Freeman, Jericho McMatthews, and Autumn Calabrese

Okay and how can I not LOVE the AMAZING workouts.  Yes, each day I go down to the basement.  I push play on my workouts and hear these trainers encourage and motivate me, but there is nothing like being front and center with these trainers in a small setting!

We had the chance to experience a few rounds of Joel and Jericho's new workout, Core De Force, as well as Autumn Calabrese's new Beachbody on Demand workouts!
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Autumn Calabrese Leads Her Newest BOD Workout!

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By the end of the double workouts, we were drenched head to toe, sending out the high-fives around the room, and sharing the incredible experience with out teams!

But you know what I think was the best part of this, even after the workouts were complete, the trainers took time to get to know the leaders in the network.  They took time to ask us questions. They wanted to know how our teams and challengers were doing.  They genuinely care about helping people and I think that's what I love best about the company.

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We are rooted in the simple idea- Help people achieve THEIR goal of living a healthy and fulfilling life.

Looking forward to sharing my experiences with my team, and helping my challengers achieve amazing results!

Oh and next year- we go to Vegas! Want to join me?

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