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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Shakeology Ingredients Spotlight - Matcha

Matcha

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Matcha
For the past two years, my husband and I have been drinking matcha tea, daily.  We first heard of matcha tea two years ago when we learned about EGCg, a widely sought after antioxidant that contains cancer fighting properties.

This weekend we learned that our daily nutrition shake, Shakeology, is adding matcha to the list of over 70 natural, superfood ingredients to it's blend.

I thought it would be a good time to share what makes matcha so sought after and so powerful. Check it out!

"It is a nutrient-rich young leaves picked from the tips of shade-grown Camellia sinensis plants, Matcha Green Tea is steamed, stemmed, and de-vined before being stone-ground into very fine powder. Matcha Green Tea powder is then stored away from light and oxygen in order to preserve its brilliant green color and antioxidant properties."

This miracle elixir has been consumed for over a millennium in the Far East, and is now considered to be one of the most powerful super foods on the market today."

  1. High in Antioxidants
    We’ve all read this word before. Antioxidants are the magical nutrients and enzymes responsible for fighting against the negative effects of UV radiation, giving us younger-looking skin, and preventing a number of life-threatening maladies. Antioxidants are something that all health-conscious individuals seek from such foods as raw fruits, green veggies, and (let’s not forget) dark chocolate. The first amazing benefit of Matcha Green Tea is that just one bowl provides over 5 times as many antioxidants as any other food – the highest rated by the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) method.
  2. Loaded with Catechin, EGCg
    You may have already heard that not all antioxidants are created equal. Green tea contains a specific set of organic compounds known as catechins. Among antioxidants, catechins are the most potent and beneficial. One specific catechin called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) makes up 60% of the catechins in Matcha Green Tea. Out of all the antioxidants, EGCg is the most widely recognized for its cancer fighting properties. Scientists have found that Matcha Green Tea contains over 100 times more EGCg than any other tea on the market.
  3. Enhances Calm
    For over a millennium, Matcha Green Tea has been used by Chinese Daoists and Japanese Zen Buddhist monks as a means to relax and meditate while remaining alert. Now we know that this higher state of consciousness is due to the amino acid L-Theanine contained in the leaves used to make Matcha. L-Theanine promotes the production of alpha waves in the brain which induces relaxation without the inherent drowsiness caused by other “downers.”
  4. Boosts Memory and Concentration
    Another side-effect of L-Theanine is the production of dopamine and serotonin. These two chemicals serve to enhance mood, improve memory, and promote better concentration – something that can benefit everyone!
  5. Increases Energy Levels and Endurance
    Samurai, the noble warriors of medieval and early-modern Japan, drank Matcha Green Tea before going into battle due to the tea’s energizing properties. While all green tea naturally contains caffeine, the energy boost received from Matcha is largely due to its unique combination of other nutrients. The increased endurance from a bowl of Matcha Green Tea can last up to 6 hours and because of the effects of L-Theanine, Matcha drinkers experience none of the usual side-effects of stimulants such as nervousness and hypertension. It’s good, clean energy.
  6. Burns Calories
    Drinking Matcha Green Tea has also been shown to increase metabolism and help the body burn fat about four times faster than average. Again, unlike many diet aides currently on the market, Matcha causes no negative side-effects such as increased heart rate and high blood pressure.
  7. Detoxifies the Body
    During the last three weeks before tea leaves are harvested to be made into Matcha, Camellia sinensis are covered to deprive them of sunlight. This causes a tremendous increase in chlorophyll production in the new growth of these plants. The resulting high levels of chlorophyll in Matcha Green Tea not only give this tea its beautiful vibrant green color. Matcha is also a powerful detoxifier capable of naturally removing heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body.
  8. Fortifies the Immune System
    The catechins in Matcha Green Tea have been shown to have antibiotic properties which promote overall health. Additionally, just one bowl of Matcha Green Tea provides substantial quantities of Potassium, Vitamins A & C, Iron, Protein, and Calcium. Further studies have even suggested that the nutrients in Matcha may have the ability to inhibit the attacks of HIV on human T-cells.
  9. Improves Cholesterol
    Researchers aren’t entirely certain how Matcha Green Tea has such a positive effect on cholesterol, however studies of different populations have show that people who drink Match Green Tea on a regular basis have lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol while at the same time displaying higher levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. Men who drink Matcha Green Tea are about 11% less likely to develop heart disease than those who don’t drink Matcha.
  10. Amazing Flavor
    Drinking something just because it’s healthy can be a lot like swallowing medicine. It’s unpleasant and you dread it, but you feel obligated to do it. After all, it’s good for you… right? Sure, but wouldn’t you rather look forward to improving your overall well-being? Of course you would!


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Friday, April 7, 2017

COACH SPOTLIGHT SERIES: Melissa Spearing

I am so excited to announce the coach spotlight this week as an up and coming leader in my organization. Over the past month I've had an opportunity to work a little more closely with Melissa in leadership groups, and she is a NATURAL MOTIVATOR. She's one of those rare coaches who inspires you to constantly push yourself outside the comfort zone.  She leads with heart and grit a consistent SC earner and a top recruiter!  There's no doubt in my mind that she and her team are going to be doing incredible things!



Melissa Spearing has a background in healthcare and a love for the outdoors-hunting, fishing, hiking- you name it. She's a busy mom of two energetic boys and competes in the International Defensive Pistol Association. She calls it therapy. I  call it bad ass. 

Check out what Melissa has to say about building a successful Beachbody business!

Every coach has a story to tell! Melissa, can you share with us a little about how you became a coach? What drew you to the opportunity? *

When I was pregnant with my second son I had started to silently follow my now coach. Just basically chasing my curiosity of what she was up to and what these groups were about that she was running.
I had my son in March of 2016 and all the sudden mommy life of 2, full time job, and being a wife completely consumed me. 

I'm a Crohns Disease warrior and found myself in such a huge flare up that I was afraid to go to my doctor because I just knew the outcome could potentially be surgery. After some internal battles (I can do this own, I don't want to pay that much) I purchased my first challenge pack and was placed into my first challenge group. 

All the sudden I was surrounded with people who had similar goals, were so uplifting, and just pushed you to be better than you were the day before. There was no drama. There was no negativity. I found a community of support that I wasn't looking for and didn't even realize I was lacking! All the sudden I felt like I had found ME again. I wasn't just Adam and Ethans mom or Chris' wife. I was MELISSA. 


I noticed a spike in my energy, my Crohn's Disease calmed down, I had started to develop a more positive outlook on life, my entire attitude shifted from stressed, overworked, tired to excited, energized, and CONFIDENT! I immediately became addicted to this feeling and was going to do anything I could to hang onto it and help someone else feel the same way. By the time my second week of the group hit I was half way through the coach application before I even called my coach to tell her I wanted to coach!

What personal development are you currently reading? 

Fanatical Prospecting

Can you share a little about the challenge groups you run? How do you help your challengers achieve results? Is there anything you do that's a bit different than a standard challenge group? 


I focus a lot of my groups on mindset and constantly look for challenges that will help increase confidence, sometimes get a little silly, and show people that being healthy can be fun! I have so much more interaction in my groups when people are doing a "plank in a strange place" challenge rather than throwing facts at them. I push at their pace. If they are super new to this and want to focus on their diet and then trickle in the workouts then I roll with it!

If you could select a motivational quote that inspires you and truly reveals your coaching style what would it be? *


"Almost every successful person begins with two beliefs; the future can be better than the present and I have the power to make it so!"


Let's talk goals! Each month we set personal goals for ourselves that are slightly outside the comfort zone and challenge us! What's a business goal you've set for yourself this month? What tips do you have for coaches about goal setting? *


This month I set a business goal of diamond rank, success club10, and 5 new coaches. My year end goal is 5 star diamond! My biggest tip for goal setting is GO BIG! If it doesn't scare you a little then you need to re-evaluate. Nothing new ever came out of a comfort zone so GET FREAKING UNCOMFORTABLE! Learn how to feed on that adrenaline, and let it fuel you!

On the KB we talk a lot about having a WHY that pulls you towards your vision of success. WHY do you coach? What's driving you forward? *


The biggest thing pushing me forward that forces me to push even when I don't want to is my kids. I am away from them for 10+ hours a day working. I've managed to miss almost every first and that feeling, that regret never goes away. As they get older, if I continued to settle for what society deems acceptable I'll be missing even more. Football, hockey, whatever they are into! I want to be home with them and provide financially so that I can show them life is more than just getting by!

Just for fun, if you could go back to your first week or month as a coach, what would you tell yourself??? OR what mistake did you make then that you can laugh about now. *


If I could go back to my first week I would tell myself not to be embarrassed and timid to tell people my goals! I felt almost ashamed of wanting what wasn't the 9-5 life and building this life by design that hiding my goals held me back. Once I laid it out for my family and friends and was honest with myself I felt so much more free to push for those goals!

Thank you so much Melissa for allowing me to share your story! I love learning from you and seeing that spark!  You are incredible!


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Friday, March 31, 2017

ALL ACCESS WORKOUT STREAMING- Your April Fitness Feature

Friends! I am pretty excited to announce that Beachbody is giving a pretty incredible deal this month!

 As a coach my job is to support people on their health and fitness journey by running virtual challenge groups, and the Beachbody All Access Pass has been a great tool for this!  


In April Beachbody has invited me to run yet another challenge group while offering Beachbody on Demand at an all time record LOW rate!


That's right! Beachbody has taken it one step further. Yesterday they announced a revolution in fitness as we know it through the ALL ACCESS ON DEMAND CHALLENGE PACK is the featured product of the month and they are offering it at a steal!



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The Annual All-Access Beachbody On Demand membership provides total access to EVERY PROGRAM available on Beachbody On Demand, plus future releases! Not to mention you also get access to every program in our catalog, deluxe workouts and Autumn Calabrese's Cooking Show, Fixate!


SO WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
Starting today, 
receive this limited time offer by purchasing either the Annual All-Access Beachbody On Demand + Shakeology Challenge Pack or Annual All-Access Beachbody On Demand + Shakeology Challenge Pack Kickstart Challenge Pack and be enrolled in my newest virtual challenge, "Spring into your Health Fitness Challenge"  that begins on April 17th!

Why is this so Revolutionary?
Beachbody has completely revolutionized the way we look at at home workouts- with the release of programs like Insanity and P90X. People started to get incredible results while working out at home.

Now Beachbody is doing it again. They understand the importance of nutrition but also that weight loss and fitness is a lifestyle. It’s not a 21 day or a 30 day committment. It’s a long haul mindset that starts by giving you ALL the tools you need to achieve your results over time. Support, Nutrition and the RIGHT fitness for you makes all the difference! 

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What is included in the Annual All-Access Beachbody On Demand + Shakeology Challenge Pack?


1) 1-Year Membership to Beachbody On Demand with all content included, plus future releases

2) Shakeology (choice of 30-day supply on Home Direct)

3) Portion Fix (includes 7-piece portion control container set, eating guide, large blue container & shaker cup) 

4) Access to my virtual accountability groups throughout 2017 as well as 1:1 daily motivation and support

What are my All-Access Spotlight Price Options?
  • The Annual All Access Beachbody On Demand Challenge Pack (was $199) is now $160!
  • You can also choose the Beachbody on Demand Kick Start Challenge Pack which includes the 3 day refresh, which is truly the BEST option to start fresh, cleanse and get on the path to success in the new year and that is  (was $239) US and is now $205! 
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Workouts Included: 
All content, digital tools and workouts available on Beachbody On Demand, including popular hits like 21 Day Fix, CORE DE FORCE, CIZE, 22 Minute Hard Corps, PiYo and Country Heat, plus future releases as well as deluxe workouts and all nutritional guides and workout calendars for the next 12 months!

You will also have access to the Fixate Cooking Show as well as all nutritional guides PDFs and workout calendars.

How Long After I Order is All-Access Available? 
Within 24-48 hours after purchase you can access Beachbody on Demand All Accesss!



What Do I Offer as a Coach
As a coach, I have been on my own fitness journey for five years. I started my journey with Insanity, and learned about the importance of nutrition and long term commitment with P90X. Throughout the past 4 years, I’ve maintained a 20 pound weight loss, and my husband has kept off 25 pounds. Our health and fitness journey is a lifestyle that we’ve commited to long term. 

I am able to work with people who are ready to make change permanent. The all access challenge pack gives you the same tools I’ve used at your fingerstips. Want to gain muscle and tone? Hammer and Chisel is yours! Need to learn the basics of nutrtion? Great! Let’s start the 21 Day Fix? Love your cardio? Cool. Let’s kick butt with some Max30! You want a different MMA style workout? Let’s crush it with Core De Force.  You have the ENTIRE catalog!




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Simplifed Nutrition. Accountability.  Fitness Created for You.


With the accountability from me as your 2017 coach, the simplified nutrition of shakeology and the 21 Day Fix Portion Control program, as well as a catalog of top rated fitness programs, you have everything you need to get started on your journey and continue throughout 2017 and beyond. 


Are you ready to learn more? Complete the application below so that I may contact you within 24 hours.

or join my ongoing free group where I share lots of tips and motivation as well as information!
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Monday, March 27, 2017

Mommin' Ain't Easy

I am not a super hero. 

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Unless you want to take into consideration the countless rescue missions for my pinterest fail,
I have not earned the title.


I don't have a cape.
In fact, let's be honest...