“Is This Real Life?”: My Diamond Leadership Retreat

Last week I went to Orlando, Florida and attended something called “the Diamond Leadership Retreat”. Essentially, I qualified for an outrageous, fantastic retreat after my efforts as a coach. Be prepared- it was amazing, and the photos barely do it justice!

 

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Can you see me?! :) The Wall of Fame!

Can you see me?! 🙂 The Wall of Fame!

 

From the moment we walked into this million-dollar mansion, we were showered with gifts, mentoring, training, a private yoga instructor, professional hair and makeup artists, and a professional photographer taking headshots and photos along the way.
Seriously. Is this real life?

Say cheese! That's me! :)

Say cheese! That’s me! 🙂

 

 

You might be thinking, “What in the world does she do that she gets to go to something ridiculous like this?!” and sometimes I think the same thing. 🙂
My next post will be all about a day in the life of my Beachbody Coaching lifestyle, but for now, let me say this:

I am just a normal person who decided to go for it. I became a coach in January 2013 and had NO idea what I was doing. I told no one that I was a coach for at least 6 months because I was terrified of what people would think of me. I’m a musician by day. I imagined people saying, “what does she know about health and fitness?”

 

But the truth is, everyone needs a tribe of people to support them through this life. We aren’t made to shrivel up and “survive” the day-to-day life. We are made to thrive. We are made to grow and expand and help others so that we leave this life better than when we arrived here.

 

I earned this trip because I put my excuses aside and decided to help others. End of story. I run a business where I share my journey, good and bad, on the goal to a well-lived life. We have a fantastic team of other coaches, and I’m grateful to have each and every one of them.

Just a portion of fabulous ladies on our team!

Just a portion of fabulous ladies on our team!

 

 

My team If you are interested in hearing more about what I do, contact me directly and I’d be happy to help you!

 

OR if you want to apply directly to become a coach on my team, click here and apply!

 

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21 Day Fix Extreme, Week 2 Re-Cap

I’m almost done with the 21 Day Fix Extreme!

 

Now, for those of you who are reading this for the first time (and have no idea what the 21 Day Fix Extreme is), the 21 Day Fix is a program of 30-minute workouts that you can do at home, combined with a simple nutrition plan that focuses on eating well and what a proper portion size is. The “Extreme” part of the 21 Day Fix Extreme simply means that I picked the more “advanced” version of the program, which comes with  much more challenging workouts for the day.

 

Here is my check in from the past week: WEEK 3!

 

I plan on doing a Facebook Live event so you can tune in and ask me anything you’d like about the 21 Day Fix process. Here we go- I’m almost at the finish line!

 

 

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Announcing….a Jaw Surgery SUPPORT GROUP!?

Okay, so this idea came to me awhile back and I’ve been itching to do something about it. I think it would be so beneficial to start a support group for those who are getting jaw surgery (or just have adult braces)!

 

Want to hear more? Check out my YouTube video here:

 

 

 

TO APPLY FOR ENTRY INTO THE GROUP, click here! Apply for my Jaw Surgery Support Group!

I talk with so many people, weekly, who could so benefit from this!

I hope to see you there- let’s smile onward!

 

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Pumpkin Oats Recipe

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It may not be fall JUST yet but I am starting to use pumpkin in my recipes. 🙂 

Here we go! (makes 2-3 servings)

Ingredients:

-1 cup old-fashioned oats 

-1 3/4 cups water

-1/2 cup canned pumpkin

-1 tsp cinnamon

-1/2 tsp nutmeg

-1 medium apple, chopped

-drizzled honey (optional) 

Directions: 

-boil water and cook oats, stirring often. 

-add pumpkin, spices, apple, and drizzle honey (optional). 

-enjoy! 

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Embracing Uniqueness [the crowds are too boring anyway]

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I came across this picture recently and I think it SO represents how I feel about my life in so many ways.

I really never felt like I’ve fit in fully.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always really liked myself and who I’ve become, but I consistently felt like that “square peg in a round hole”.

*In high school, my friends teased me about the way I dressed- not in a malicious way, but when the rest of the world was wearing Hollister and Abercrombie, I was wearing cardigans, navy blue keds, and pearls.

*I picked a musical career that very few follow, and my hours are essentially the opposite of the rest of society. When everyone gets to go to weekend football games, pumpkin patches, and social events, I work.
Every weekend.
When families get together for Christmas Eve or Easter or New Year’s, I’m working. (Disclaimer- I know I’m not the only one!)

*When my peers were partying, I stayed in. While they went to bars, I was either working or preferred to not expose myself to the noise and smoke. (I’m more of an introvert than many may think!)

*When it came to ATHLETICS….I felt like a real-life version of Gumby when it came to exercising at first. I was uncoordinated, my limbs were flailing, and I seemed to be a beat behind.

But I’ve learned….if I was born to live like this, why feel like I have to fit in? Why not just STAND OUT and be okay with that?

And so as I push forward, I’m going to dig my (magenta) heels into my work and LEAN INTO the things that make me unique instead of apologizing for them.

We ALL have that “special sauce” that makes us so unique if we stop trying to mask it.

So my call to action for you fierce ladies reading this today is this:

Don’t ever dull that sparkle of yours. You bring something entirely unique to this world that NO ONE else can do. <3

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My Personal Challenge: the 21 Day Fix Extreme

It’s official! I am following the 21 Day fix Extreme program! I am committing to it for 21 days.

 

What is the 21 Day Fix [extreme]?

the 21 Day Fix is a workout + nutrition program. The “extreme” part of it mostly just indicates more advanced workouts.

Each workout is 30 minutes long and is easily done in my living room, away from the embarrassment of others’ views. (ha!)

The nutrition guide helps determine how much of each major food group (fruits, vegetables, protein) you should have for the unique person that is you! (I love that.)

For more info about the 21 Day Fix, you can check out my previous blog entries by clicking here.

 

I actually have to admit that I have never finished a workout program, start to finish. I know. I’m guilty.

I exercise, don’t get me wrong! But I haven’t been able to follow a workout program without skipping a day (or two…or three) and then deciding to start all over again.

 

Here is my first YouTube video confessing my lack of following a program, AND my call-to-action as I officially commit to the 21 Day Fix Extreme:

 

 

Stay tuned to follow my journey over these 21 days!

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My Takeaways from Coach Summit 2016 (and how they can help you, too)

I am freshly back from a trip to Nashville, Tennessee (is that spelled right? I’m never sure.) as I spent the week at my coaching conference!

 

Aptly named “Coach Summit”, I spent the week with 25,000 of my closest friends who like health & fitness as much as I do.

 

After reflecting about what I learned the most this year, I decided to share my takeaways with you too! (Spoiler alert: They aren’t necessarily for people who are coaches!)

 

I recently did a live video feed on Facebook. Here is the recording- check it out for my top 10 takeaways from Coach Summit that I think can help you too. Here we go!

What did you think? Were there any takeaways that stuck in your mind the most? Comment with them below!

Share this video with someone that you think could benefit from a healthy dose of motivation!

 

in peace & good health-

Amanda



7 years gluten-free [it’s official!]

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This month marks 7 years since I went gluten-free! The gluten-free life has changed a lot in 7 years, but the number 1 thing I’ve learned is this: gluten-free living does NOT necessarily mean “buying a lot of fancy foods”. Gluten-free can simply mean “eating fruits, veggies & protein that you prepare yourself”. It does not have to break the bank.
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For more resources to jump start your gluten-free life, check out these links:

Gluten-free grocery shopping
8 ways to save money eating healthy
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Are you ready to find your soulmate….workout?

Something’s been weighing heavily on my heart lately, and I have to do something about it.

So many people approach me and say, “how do you stay so motivated to exercise?” and I truly think it has to do with ONE. major. thing.

You have to do what motivates YOU! Cardio, kickboxing, weights, yoga, PiYo, dancing…whatever.

People think that exercise is this dreadful death sentence, but it’s really not. You just gotta find your “SOULMATE WORKOUT”, as I call it! 😀
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So for the FIRST TIME EVER, I want to offer a TOTALLY FREE way for you to try a multitude of different styles of workouts, at any fitness level, so you can see what YOU like to do!

You’ll be able to do this from the comfort of your own home, connecting online with a small group of people doing the same thing, every day.
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I’ll provide everything else (workout calendar, online workouts, my nutrition plan/grocery shopping list that I use).

Seriously, it’s one of the most exciting, game-changing groups I’ve put together in awhile.
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To apply, click here:
http://goo.gl/forms/fOO56dJ8yiJcFfBY2

Registration closes on SUNDAY, and I hope to see you there!

*This group is ONLY for those who do not have a coach already, or are a client of mine already*

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