Weekend Recap + Getting Back on Track

Where did this whole month go? I can’t October is almost over. I still haven’t accomplished everything on my Halloween Bucket list yet, but I’m marking them off slowly! These include:

  • Haunted House
  • Carving Pumpkins
  • Hayride
  • Halloween Movie Marathon
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Halloween Treats
  • Play a Full Game of Clue

Weird list, but that’s what I plan on accomplishing my October 31st! It’s nice making lists and crossing things off. It keeps me on track, organized, and at peace. If I don’t write things down, I never get them done. I find myself writing down everything lately: ideas, goals, notes, tips, lists, grocery lists, blog topics, etc… I thought I was going into an OCD overload until I found out that this IS what you should be doing if you’re looking to stay on track.

Tonight, my BeachBody Coach team had an amazing call with our Diamond coach, Angie Green. It’s nice having these weekly calls with the girls where we can all get together and talk about what we did that week, go over our homework, our goals, and just catch up. Tonight was amazing though, because Angie gave us a 20 minute talk about how she became a coach and what we need to be doing daily in order to become better and on track. I’m going to do a whole new post summing it up and finally going over what a BeachBody coach is and does.

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I saw this today as well when I was browsing Facebook. I asked myself this same question. When it comes to fitness or just life in general, do you make excuses or are you the one making progress? I was making excuses for the longest time and finally made myself a priority. I kept letting everyone else come first. When people would ask to hangout after work, instead of saying “no” and going home and doing my workouts, I went out to eat. I was only hurting myself. So stop making excuses and start making the progress you set out to make! So that is just a small preview of what I’m going to write about next. I’m going to go more into detail about getting back on track. This will include making lists, grocery lists, goal setting, and much more.

Now time for the weekend recap and my weekly workout schedule!

Friday

After work, I came home and did my workout. I made a quick dinner, which consisted of a chicken wrap before I got ready to go out.

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Nate worked until late, so we decided to catch a late movie. We watched the new Carrie movie that just came out. I honestly wasn’t that impressed with the movie, considering it’s a Halloween movie, I thought it would be more scary. The acting and everything was good by each character, I just wanted to see more of her using powers and going insane haha… tis the season!

After the movie, we went to Denny’s for a quick bite to eat and some coffee. It was nice just sitting and talking to each other after a long week. This is why I love having my boyfriend as my best friend.

Saturday

I got up early to do a workout before making breakfast. I made a different breakfast this time and soon found my new favorite egg recipe.

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I call this a Greek version to ordinary scrambled eggs.

Greek Eggs with Basil

  • 2 eggs (I use vegetarian fed brown eggs)
  • 3 fresh leaves of Basil, chopped
  • Salt + Pepper
  • 1/4 cup of diced tomatoes (I used Hunts diced tomatoes with garlic, basil, and oregano)
  • 1/4 cup of low fat Feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup of chopped white onion
  1. Simply heat up your frying pan with some non-stick spray. While the pan is heating up, crack 2 eggs into a bowl and mix until blended.
  2. Once the pan is hot, add in your onion and sautee until browned or soft. Next, add in your tomatoes.
  3. Pour the egg mixture on top of the onion and tomatoes, adding in salt and pepper.
  4. Once the egg is completely done on both sides, place onto your plate. Add your chopped basil on top with your feta cheese.
  5. ENJOY!

After breakfast, I cleaned up the house with  my niece since we were planning on having a lot of people come over later that night. We had a big night planned. Everyone met at our house before heading out. We stopped at Sheetz to get some drinks and snacks for our hour long trip.

About 17 of us went to a Haunted House. Well, I wouldn’t say “haunted” as we caught the 2 am show after standing in line for about 3 hours. The actors were beat.

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The house was huge, it included 27 rooms that we got to go through. It wasn’t scary as the reviews made it out to be, but like I said, we caught the late show and felt everyone was exhausted by the time it was our turn to go.

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We obviously weren’t thrilled about standing outside in the cold for 3 hours, but we made the most of it and had such a blast. We didn’t get home until about 3 in the morning, so me and Nate passed out as soon as our heads hit the pillow.

Sunday

It was a lazy Sunday for me. I played some Xbox before me and Nate went back to his place. We got some pizza and watched the Steelers vs. Ravens game. I was so happy that we won, I absolutely have the Ravens (sorry ravens fans…) so that definitely made my week start out amazing. After the game, we watched the Walking Dead together before he drove me home where I made him watch the little mermaid with me. Yes, I’m a kid at heart.

Weekly Workout Schedule

Monday – Tone It Up HIIT the Beach 2 + P90X Yoga X

Tuesday – P90X Core Synergistics + TIU Booty Workout & Thigh Routine

Wednesday – Kenpo X + TIU Yoga & Stretching

Thursday – Tone It Up Tighten Your Abs Routine + Itty Bitty Bikini + Sleek & Slender Abs

Friday – Cardio X + TIU Frisky Fall Routine

Saturday – Rest Day

Sunday – Rest Day or Yoga

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Honestly, if you are struggling to find a good workout, please check out www.toneitup.com – they have great workouts that are FREE. This will help get you back into working out and actually look forward to doing it. I add this to my BeachBody workouts every night and I can feel a huge difference in my body and strength.

Stay tuned for more posts this upcoming week!

– Brittny

 

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Chalene Johnson’s 30 Day Push: Part 2

I am so sorry for slacking on here! My life has been so insanely busy these last 3 weeks. Between getting a new job and advancing my BeachBody Business, I feel as though I am working two jobs. And I love it! My BeachBody Business Bootcamp is going great. My coaches are amazing and provide us with great topics, homework, and conference calls each week. I love learning new things every week from them, it definitely helps motivate me to do more! I can’t wait to write a full review on this.

Also, this weekend I’ll be posting a recap of everything that’s been happening with my life along with my workout challenge group New Year, New You review. Speaking of challenge groups, I’m starting a brand new group! It will be starting Monday, February 11, 2013 and will end on March 31, 2013. More details to follow tomorrow! I also started participating in a 90 day summer squatathon with my coach. So I took my “before” picture and I can’t wait until I see how my booty looks after day 90! It’s intense & each day I can feel myself getting tighter. If you would like to follow along, it’s not too late! Here is the calendar:

february squatathonSave this, print it out, and put it somewhere you’ll see it everyday!

If you have Instagram, simply hashtag #summersquatathon and #f2bf – whoever participates the most could win a prize! For more information on this, check out my coach’s blog @ www.focusedtobefit.com

Okay, so now on to part 2 of my 30 day challenge post. If you missed the first half, here it is. Chalene Johnson’s 30 Day Push: Day 1

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Day 16: What You Need – In life, you learn what your strengths and weaknesses are. My biggest problem is communication. I get nervous when trying to talk to a big group of people and creating that relationship between someone. So now that I know my biggest weakness, I can now work on that becoming a mastered skill. It’s important for you to work on something that is an issue for you. Coaching is helping me branch out and grow more.

Day 17: Small Step Forward – You’ll never achieve your goals without taking that first step. So for me, my first step was ordering Chalean Extreme. It’s time for me to start working out more and focusing on my goals. This workout program will give me that push I need in the right direction.

Day 18 & 19: Conquering a Fear/Push Goal Revised – These two days work together for me. I conquered my fear by realizing that my push goal will be harder to achieve than I imagined. So by going over my push goal, I’m realizing I need to work harder and do more research on how I can achieve this goal.

Day 20: Uncomfortable Assignment – Everyone will come across something they don’t want to do. That’s life. No one ever wants to leave their comfort zone, but if you don’t, you’ll never become successful. For me, in my BeachBody Business Bootcamp group, we have to make a video where we discuss what being a BeachBody coach is about and how we are different. Of course this is uncomfortable – I don’t want to do this because I’m quiet, but I have to.

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Day 21: Push Goal After Review – Once you review your push goal, think about these things: Is it measurable? Does it align with your priorities? Does it make your other goals possible? Are you moving forward with it every day? If you answered yes to this, then you’re on the right path! If not, then it’s time to review it over and over and think about ways you can make these things happen.

Day 22: Accountability Partner – This lesson is where you learn of that one person in your life that helps to push you like no other. Someone who will remind you every day of why you started this in the first place. My best friend, Maddie, is my partner. She helps me every day by pushing me to work out and reminds me to not give up and to go even harder.

Day 23: Environment for Success – Think about that one place where you can just sit, relax, clear your mind, and do the things you need to do. For me, it’s in my office at work. When I need a break from my real job, I take some time out of my day and create my BeachBody flyers, work on my challenge group, or simply write in my blog.

Day 24: Time Waster You Will Stop – Everyone has little quirks that are time wasters. It’s time for you to cut back on that and realize all the other things you could be doing. In the mornings at work, I scavenge the kitchen for junk food (even though I’ve already ate breakfast) and then eat it at my desk. Instead, I could be working on filing orders or answering emails. So I need to stop doing this!

Day 25: Your Reward – Today’s lesson was learning how to reward yourself. If you’re working hard on this challenge, you deserve something that reminds you of how hard you pushed. I’m ordering a new TurboFire jacket as my reward and every day I wear it, I’m going to think about how I completed this challenge and it will make me smile.  It will remind me of why I started and to work towards my goals.

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Day 26: What You Know is Possible – To answer this simply, anything. Anything you put your mind to is possible. I wanted to meet Chris Hemsworth and you know what? I did it. If you want something bad enough, you can make it happen!

Day 27: Destination Fixation to Quit – I fixate on playing games from Xbox to my iPhone, I love games. I never realized how much time I was wasting doing these when I could be doing so much more. I stopped playing Bingo Bash when I knew I had flyers to make up for potential coaches. Does that mean I’m never going to play again? No, I’m human. Once I complete the tasks I set up for the day, then I will enjoy myself by playing a game. Until then, no way!

Day 28: Something You’re NOT Doing Today – I’ve been having a stressful week. When this happens, I turn to TV shows. I had all intentions of going home after work and having an It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia marathon. But what good does that to me? Does it make me feel better? Does it relieve my stress? No. Instead, I’ll be doing an intense workout to get my frustration out of my body. And it worked!

Day 29: Taking Action – I reviewed my push goal and realized I need to start taking action in order to achieve it. I normally order the regular chocolate Shakeology but I decided to go with the Vegan Tropical Strawberry. This will boost my diet, get me back on track, and motivate me more to push towards my goal!

Day 30: Celebration – I made it! I never follow through with a lot of things in my life. I go through phases. I am human, as I have said earlier. But I actually finished this challenge! I posted daily in Instagram, I watched all of Chalene’s videos, I filled out the worksheets, and I am now writing a blog post about it. I celebrated by ordering a new TurboFire jacket for my hard work. I learned so much by doing this challenge.

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I highly suggest everyone to save the 30 day push topics and try them out for yourself. They helped me so much! Also, I suggest ordering Chalene’s Push book – I am currently reading that daily on my breaks at work. I’m definitely learning great tips & learning how to become more successful. One last thing I suggest doing – downloading the app AwesomeNote. It’s a great app to help you stay organized & focused. Plus it feels great marking off your tasks. I use this app every single day and it helps me manage what I need to do daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly.

Thoughts: It was a lot of fun. I learned so much and I haven’t been this motivated in so long. I’m so happy I stuck it out and participated daily! You can check out my posts on Instagram… simply follow me! Username is – BrittnyyEllis

Have you completed the 30 day push challenge or are you thinking about trying it? Let me know! And remember, stay tuned for my upcoming posts!

xo Brittny

Chalene Johnson’s 30 Day Push: Part 1

Can you believe the weekend is already here? Let me rephrase this… can you believe that January is over?! This month has gone by so fast. I’ve been crazy busy with my BeachBody Bootcamp, my challenge group, starting up a new challenge group, and finishing Chalene’s 30 day push program.

Like I’ve said in my previous posts, I wanted to write full reviews on the things that have been helping me become successful and to maybe help inspire other people to join me. So, the time has come to finally write about the 30 day push challenge!

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Chalene Johnson’s 30 Day Push Challenge

Chalene Johnson (the creator of TurboFire & Chalean Extreme) started up a 30 day program where she teaches you the following:

  • How to manage your time
  • How to properly create to-do lists
  • To become more successful
  • To progress your Beachbody business
  • To stay accountable
  • Achieving your goals (short term & long term)
  • How to better yourself (physically & mentally)
  • Dos & don’ts of reaching success
  • Becoming more organized
  • Much, much more…

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Every morning, an email was sent to my inbox from Chalene herself. There, she would give a brief description on what the lesson would be about for that day including a link to a video you would watch of her talking more about the lesson and motivating you. The lessons were so inspiring and moving and definitely helped me to become more organized. The videos would be anywhere from 3 minutes to 12 minutes long – and the great part was that I could watch them any time during the day or week when I had the time. No pressure!

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I’m going to now list what the lessons were for 30 days along with my own personal answers or goals that I have set for myself. Hopefully this will give you a better idea of how this worked and hopefully you can apply this to your life!

Day 1: Your Game Face – Your game face is a reminder to yourself of why you started this challenge. Without a good game face, no one will think you’re serious. Think of NFL Football players and their game faces, you don’t want to mess with them do you? NO WAY! You are your biggest obstacle, so scare away that negative side!

Day 2: #1 Priority – My top priority will always be my family. They have been there for me throughout my entire life and will always be there. So without them, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Each and every day, I work harder to be successful because that’s what they would have wanted me to do. Making them proud of me is my top priority in life.

Day 3: 10 Goals – Chalene has us print out 4 sheets where we write down our goals. Example, week 1 I wrote down 10 goals that I wanted to achieve for this year along with my “push goal.” Then you write down a new set of goals each week and watch how quickly you start checking off your list.

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Day 4: PUSH Goal – This is where you sit and think about that one goal you want to achieve more than anything. For me, it’s switching to a vegetarian lifestyle. Not only because of my personal beliefs, but so become more healthy and happy. Once you have found your push goal, you will read over your goals list and think about what 3 goals will help you to achieve your PUSH goal. Put a star beside them and work harder on those goals.

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Day 5: Important Person – Chalene has us think of that one special person in our lives. Once you find out who that person is, you make them a promise. Once you make a promise to someone, you can’t break it because it not only hurts you, but that person as well. She has us email, text, call, or face to face make a promise that you will achieve your PUSH goal. Once you do this, then you have to stick to your promise. This is a great motivation for you to work towards your dream.

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Day 6: Where You Make Your To-Do List – Now it’s time to start getting more hands on. Creating to-do lists are a way for you to see every single day what you need to get done. From writing in a word document to an app on your phone, think about the best way for you to make a to-do list. I use the app AwesomeNote. It’s the best app I’ve ever come across… download it!

Day 7: Your To-Do List – Chalene breaks down the best ways to stay organized in your lists. With the AwesomeNote app, you can make folders. In there, you’ll want to make a PUSH goal folder, This Week, This Month, and this Quarter. This way, you don’t get discouraged if you can’t complete everything within a day or a week.

Day 8: Progress – By going through my folders of things I needed to do, I made progress by cleaning my room and getting rid of clothes I no longer wear to people who are less fortunate. It’s a double win and helps me become a better person which makes it easier for me to achieve my PUSH goal.

Day 9: To-Do List Trigger – Here, we learn about what is our trigger. A trigger that helps you get through the day or gets you through your list. For me, it’s my Shakeology. I can’t function without my shake in the morning. It helps me get focused and pushes me to get my tasks finished.

Day 10: What You’re Focusing On Now – This might sound selfish, but I’m focusing on me. Let me explain! If I don’t focus on myself and meeting my goals, no one around me will prosper as well. If I’m not completing my tasks, that affects those around me. It’s a vicious cycle and it’s important to do things for yourself because you will always be the only person you have. Take care of yourself!

Day 11: Skill To Master – I hang on to the past. I constantly feel the pain of those who have hurt me or done wrong to me instead of moving forward. Now that I know my issue, it’s time to work on that. So, I tell myself that I will forgive those who have hurt me and just let go of the past. Your past doesn’t matter; it’s your present and future that you need to focus on.

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Day 12: Positive Affirmation – People always focus on the negative comments or situations in their life and not looking at the positive side. Remind yourself of the great things in your life or tell yourself why you started. For me, it’s reminding myself that I’m doing this to get healthy, happy, my future, and just for ME.

Day 13: Your Pusher – Think of the people in your life that push you to be your best self. Who supports you and wants to see you succeed. For me, I am lucky to have so many people to help me. My boyfriend, family, friends, Chalene Johnson, and my coach all help me. Without them, I wouldn’t be motivated or pushed to be better or work harder.

Day 14: Your Frog – I know what you’re thinking, what could this possibly mean? Start thinking of the things that you hate doing each day. For me, it’s opening up my email. Because I know in my inbox is a list of people who need answers, help, problems, or just want to flat out be rude. But, I tackle this first thing in the morning because then I get it out of the way and it’s over and done with.

Day 15: Taking Care of You – Today’s lesson was about learning to say no. Yeah, it’s great helping others to achieve what they desire but if it’s affecting you and your goals, then you need to say no. You need to put yourself and your goals first.

Did you feel inspired or motivated? I know I was. I hope this will be helpful for you to become organized & to reach your goals! Stay tuned for part 2!

xo Brittny

Continue on to part 2…