Friday, May 29, 2015

3 DAY REFRESH CHALLENGE GROUP- SPOTS OPEN NOW!

3 DAY REFRESH CHALLENGE GROUP- SPOTS OPEN NOW!

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It’s getting nice out and there are tons of upcoming weddings, vacations, parties, and other events where you may want to feel comfortable getting rid of the bloating, extra fat, and gross feeling so you can fit into the little black dress, or that 2 piece without feeling like you need to cover up!  
I mean, come on, it is only fair for you to feel happy, confident, and sexy in whatever you are in!! So what my team has decided to do is get together and run a special group for everyone during the month of June!! 
Starting June 1st, we are hosting a 3 day Refresh Cleanse Challenge group but whats even better… we will run them for the ENTIRE month and restart the group every Monday, so if you did not have an opportunity to do it one week, you will have 5 different opportunities to jump start your nutrition, get rid of the bloating, toxins, and cravings all together!! 
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YES, within 3 days if you follow the plan and schedule that is provided in this 3 Day Refresh, YOU WILL GET RESULTS!!
Whats the catch??
NO catch!! In fact, there is NO starving yourself and you can eat throughout your day!! Im sorry, but I love food… if you know me or have followed me, you will know I don’t go without food!! HEHE 😉


Part of the Refresh is also incorporating SHAKEOLOGY into our regimen which is going to give us our daily dose of dense superfood nutrition… Tons of whole foods, natural, and will be 1 easy and convenient meal you no longer have to worry about that is also going to be the healthiest meal you will intake throughout your day! 
Along with the Refresh, Shakeology helps in reducing bloating, cravings, and improves digestion, energy, and more! This is my little miracle in a cup 😉 If you have never heard of Shakeology, or have never used it, please click the link above to get a glimpse of just how this can change your entire outlook on food, and your health! 
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We are put on this earth to eat to live, not live to eat!! 

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If you are with me and want to join me on this Challenge, please fill out the application below for an exclusive spot in our 3 Day Refresh Challenge (Please post Specifically in the application in you want a spot for this particular group)!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Avocado Deviled Eggs

Avocado Deviled Eggs

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As Memorial Day was here and tons of parties, I wanted to make something different, but still keeping within my limits of my nutrition.  I still have goals, so if there is anything I can do to help stay on track, I will do it!  Plus I absolutely LOVE cooking, so it works out perfect!! 🙂

One of my favorite party foods are Deviled Eggs..I know yoke and mayo are not really the greatest for you, so I made a healthy alternative so I can still enjoy my favorite foods without the guilt!!
Ingredients:
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  • 1 medium Avocado 
  • 4 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 Tsp Lime juice
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Himalayan Salt
  • 1 tsp Cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp Paprika
Directions:
  1. Crack hard boiled eggs, cutting them in half length wise and throw ONLY 2 of the 4 yokes away (save the rest for the middle.
  2. In a small bowl, mash the Avocado and 2 remaining egg yokes together until smooth.
  3. Mix other ingredients in the mixture.
  4. Scoop the Avocado mixture into the cavity of the hard boiled egg.
  5. Sprinkle Paprika over top of eggs and filling.
  6. Serve and ENJOY!!
If you are ready to commit to a new healthier lifestyle that will help you reach your fitness and health goals (lose 5, 10, 25, or 100 pounds) and would like daily accountability, motivation, along with daily tips, recipes, and support, please fill out my application below for a spot in my next fitness challenge! (I will respond within 24 hours)

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

NPC FIGURE COMPETITION RECAP April 2015- Pittsburgh, PA

MY NPC FIGURE COMPETITION JOURNEY!

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Lets start by saying this prepping is serious!! Lol… As someone who has always struggled with emotional eating and binge eating, putting myself in this position was definitely something I had to work at every day!
I trained for this show for about 14 weeks… More like 7 consistently though! I know I was not as strict this time around, but for how I came out at the end, I’m pretty proud! I was not going for 1st for sure, nor did I deserve it for how many times I fell off track with my nutrition! Needless to say, this momma came out in 2nd in Open Figure, and I know what I need to work on!
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This was 1 week out… starting to cut and lean out.  The last 3 weeks are the most critical and Im pretty sure I kicked butt those last 3 weeks which is what saved me! 
Ok… You may be wondering.. what the heck am I doing here?!? LOL.. This is one of my magical ways of trying to get rid of that extra water weight at the end! For figure competitions, you want to be as lean as possible, also cutting out your water from underneath your skin so you look leaner your vascularity shows.  Cutting out water around woman’s butt and thighs are probably the hardest (at least for most of us!).  So I wrap in plastic wrap, then ACE bandage so it removes all the water from on top of your first layer of skin. Just make sure you don’t have to go to the bathroom once you wrap yourself LOL.. I totally messed that up on day 1 of wrapping!! HEHE I did this for 5 days up until the day before my show.

PREPPING FOR SHOW DAY!
Since my show was on Easter weekend, I actually had to pack early because we went home to visit both sides of the family starting Wednesday. So I did my last minute shopping, getting my necessities, along with food prepping so I had everything I needed up until my show! Thats a lot of meals!!
Some necessities:
Hairspray, make-up, gummy bears (take 10 right before I go on stage to pump me up), bands (to do a few upper body workouts to pump me up), Suit, Heels, sewing kit (in case I break lol… totally possible to happen and that would NOT be good with how small the suit is to begin with),  jewelry,  distilled water, loose fitting clothes (robe to cover up before show), Bikini Bite (glue to hold your suit on you),   Hot Spot (to help with vasodilation before show), Sheen spray (to make you shine on stage), flip-flops, and YOUR FAVORITE TREAT FOR AFTER!! Yes, I got my Oreos!! LOL- I mean come on… who doesn’t love Reese Cups and Oreos put together?!?! That is like heaven in a bag!!!

Here is some of my food prepping to take with my for the last 4 days up until my show! I had broiled some chicken, and this show, I was able to eat Filet Mignon Starting Friday evening and then Saturday morning and right after pre-judging! That was seriously like a cheat meal!!

I also had TONS of green beans, asparagus, sweet potato when I start carb loading again (I increase my carbs as I cut my water back), fresh Tilapia of course, almonds, and oatmeal!
Yes, I guess you can see I do have a little OCD in me, but I had to make sure I had every meal there for each day.. Nutrition is EXTREMELY important and you cannot go off any meal at the end! So yes, I have the date and which meal is there! :)-

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If you do not have an ISO-BAG, I;m pretty sure you will fall in love  once you get it!! I  fit so much food in that bad boy!! It is my food savior!!

Getting pretty excited, 2 days before my show, I pampered myself a little with getting my nails and toes done!! Yes, I put dumb bells on my nails lol!! I’m creative aren’t I?!?! :)-

Friday was here…. Evening time was getting a little stressed, but exciting at the same time! I arrived at my hotel, got my spray tan, and then I lay down and put my feet up (well try)… I enjoyed my first round of Filet and sweet potato with green beans!! Seriously, I felt like I was not suppose to have that since all I have been eating was tilapia and greens the whole time!! 

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After I got my spray tan, I was more excited, but theres not much to do since you have to wear very loose clothing so it doesn’t run onto anything. Plus as tired and weak as you are, you really don’t want to do anything anyways!!  As I am so excited to see my abs come out, my hubby thinks its a great idea to dig into my Oreos in the evening (my most difficult time not to cave) and eat them RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME!! hehe ok I allowed him because at this point, there was NO way I was losing what I worked for and I knew soon enough I would get to eat them too!! 

YAY FOR SHOW DAY!!! Its FINALLY HERE!!! Ok, now the fun and excitement begins!!

Since this is a smaller show, pre-juding was not until noon, so I got my hair and makeup done at 9 am by Jameson Leigh who owns The Powder Room- She is a friend of a friend and went to school in New York where she obviously learned from the best!!! She did an AMAZING job and I am honestly so darn picky, I contemplate EVERY time having someone else do my hair and make up because I end up fixing it myself EEKK!! Needless to say, I did NOT touch anything  because it was PERFECT!!! 
If you would like to find Jameson out of Pittsburgh, PA and have her do any work for you (competition, or any event), CLICK HERE FOR HER LINK!

My new coach Adriane Deithorn, along with her sister-in-law Marne who also was in open Figure with me! This woman is absolutely AMAZING, along with her story!! She was one of my biggest inspirations, especially after hearing this woman has lost 200 POUNDS and was able to fulfill a huge goal of hers to compete in a Figure Competition!! Seriously, she blew me away with her story and her transformation!!!

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Ok so I like taking selfies right before the show!! But this also helps me see what I can work on for my next show!!! I’m really excited to build a little more muscle, especially in my butt and legs and shoulders!!! I think that will make a huge difference as I go into bigger shows!!

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 Left- My sister Desiree, one of my biggest supporters!! Love her so much and she hasn’t missed a show yet!! She travels everywhere just to cheer me on, along with my 7 year old nephew!!!
Right- Adriane (my coach) and I who helped me so much the last 2 weeks until my show!! She is one person who gave me my motivation to even follow through with my show and told me what to do to fix what I needed!

Nothing like running into your high-school cheerleading coach at your show!! HEHE!! Actually her daughter Bria who I met when she was just a tiny little girl, was doing Bikini as I was doing Figure! Small world!! She rocked it by the way!!

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Again, all my biggest supporters and fans who came to cheer me on!!! My moment was on stage at finals just hearing my boys saying “Hi Mommy!!” I totally heard those little voices and it made me want to break down in tears, but I held it together as much as I could lol!!

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Hubs and I! I was so excited that he looked so proud of me!!  I know some men would not allow their wives to do it (Not sure I just hear that all the time), but he was there to support me the whole time!

Special thanks to Dana L. one of my coaches on my team Forever FIT who came out to watch my finals show!! That seriously meant so much girl!!!! Couldn’t be thankful enough for the amazing friends and family I have who support me through these important times!!

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 AND SHOW TIME!! Just a little recap on FINALS!

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2nd PLACE IT IS!!!! I was proud of that! I know what I need to do to win, and I know I need to continue working on that control with nutrition!! 
One thing I am going to say that I was a little discouraged with NPC is as the winner came up and told me congrats that even her husband said I got 1st, I find after the show, her coach is a judge?!??! Is this even allowed?? Obviously it is and politics SUCKS!! lol!! It honestly makes me want to compete in a different organization, but at the same time, if I would get myself to a place where it wasn’t such a close call, I wouldn’t have to worry about that! So my goal, kick major butt and easily win 1st! 
BTW, the winner was extremely sweet and worked her butt off for first so to me she did deserve it!! 
I just do not believe a coach should be able to be a judge or have any type of working relationship with the contestants if they are judging… ok RANT OVER!! Lol!
Moving on to my first treat I had the next morning on Easter…. My post workout, CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER SHAKEOLOGY Ice-Cream!!! Oh it felt good to have this!! I have been addicted to my Shakeology now for 2 years, and its not so important about the calories, carbs, and fat that I am intaking as it is to get my dense nutrition and Super-foods to fuel my body!
It is hard to find a meal that contains 70 + natural ingredients and superfoods, your pre and probiotics, digestive enzymes, amino acids, and more.. but yes, Shakeology is one of my FAVORITE meals I eat daily!! It is my replacement for Ice-cream since that is one of my weaknesses!! Now I can officially say, I don’t crave sweets anymore!!
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Thank you all so much for following my journey, and cheering me on during this period!! I definitely had a lot of break downs, but I turned them into breakthroughs… all because I did NOT give up!! There were so many times I wanted to give up… especially the 3 times my previous trainer heard I binged on food and told me to get out of the show that I wont even place.  Then literally, walked away from me.. A woman can only handle that so much and I am so so thankful I have found the people I have to help me especially during my tough times! I am so beyond excited to start working back at improving myself to continue my journey as a Figure Competitor! 

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Happy 6th Birthday SHAKEOLOGY!

HAPPY 6th BIRTHDAY SHAKEOLOGY!!!
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It is so hard to believe 2.5 years ago, I make a decision to change my lifestyle and started my fitness journey! It was a step that totally changed my life and my family’s life! 
As a mommy of 2, an infant and a 1 year old, a wife, an ER nurse, and taking masters classes, I didn’t think I had time to even focus on my own health. I was putting my own health to the side to focus on everything else going on.  Then I realized that all I was doing is making myself more unhappy, uncomfortable, and insecure of myself! Yes, I did this to MYSELF! 
How foolish of me to make myself unhappy in this way because all this does is affect my family and how everyone else looks at me.  If I cannot love myself, how am I to expect anyone else to be happy with me? What kind of role model was I being for my family?? 
Do I want my kids to grow up and not put their health first… Should I make it OK to be unhealthy just because its the EASY and convenient way out??
As I made the choice to let my health and fitness go away, I realized a lot.  My family counts on me, and in order for me to be around as long as possible for my family and kids, and do all the physical activities we should do as parents, I changed my way of thinking!
I decided to start eating clean, workout out to a home fitness program to save me time and money for gym membership and gas going to and from, and following the guide that was given to me by Beachbdody.. along with that, I incorporated this health shake meal replacement called SHAKEOLOGY that was introduced to me!
What is Clean Eating?!
I am simply eating fresh veggies, fruits, and lean proteins like lean turkey burger, chicken, fish (tilapia, cod, tuna), and lean red meat 1 time per week.  I intake healthy fats like coconut oil, avocados, and raw almonds.  I do my shopping outside the isles at the grocery store because that is where I find my healthy food!
WHAT IS SO GREAT ABOUT SHAKEOLOGY?!
It gets tough to find meals with so much nutrition and health benefits- In order to find a meal like this that is ALL- NATURAL, you would be spending tons of money at the grocery store, and buying tons of ingredients.  What Beachbody has done for us is made our lives easier and did the work for us so we have an easy, convenient, healthy, nutritious meal that gives our bodies everything it needs!
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HOW HAS SHAKEOLOGY HELPED ME?!
This is so easy for me to talk about because literally, it has helped me in sooooo many ways.  From the convenience of this health nutritious meal that I could intake rather than skipping my meals because I was too busy too eat from the improvement of my digestive system, the energy I gained from all the super foods and natural ingredients, to the cravings that I never thought I could over come.  I had HUGE issues with binging on peanut butter and ice-cream in the evenings. 
I would do so well during the day, and then BOOM, Im binging again.  With Shakeology, I make it with natural peanut butter or PB2 so it takes exactly like my ice-cream, but its healthy!
This is huge for me!! I never thought I could have something satisfy me and find a healthy alternative to something so terrible for me! But I did… I call it my little miracle in a cup! 🙂 
WHY TELL EVERYONE ABOUT SHAKEOLOGY?!
WHY NOT?!? It has changed my life, it keeps me on track with my nutrition which is 80% of my results, and I know it has helped many many other people!! 
Just like when you go to the movies or a good restaurant.. you tell everyone about it right?!?! Well, here you go!! I want to share this with everyone because I believe it  can benefit EVERYONE!! 
I have helped hundreds of people reach their goals because I am able to share my story and what Shakeology, our home fitness programs, clean eating, and support and accountability in our challenge groups have done!
I am not alone in this transformation story… All those people who gave it a try, and did not give up on their health, now stand beside me with a transformation! 
My team and challengers are absolutely amazing and have incredible stories themselves to share!! One thing we all do is drink Shakeology EVERY day to give us our daily dose of dense nutrition and super foods, to give us that easy convenient meal to keep us on track of our goals, and to use as a healthy alternative of what could potentially be harmful to your body if you kept eating that particular food. 
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Just a few of our men and women who have transformed their lives using Shakeology and Beachbody!
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This picture right here is our actual Shakeology catalog.  I am right there, sharing my journey and story with what Shakeology has done for me.  I started off unhealthy and unhappy, but with having some help with my nutrition, support throughout my journey, and accountability in my challenge groups, I have been able to reach my goals!! More goals than I ever imagined!! I never thought I would reach my goal body, and then have to make new goals as a Figure Competitor which I am able to do now! 
If you are ready to take a leap of faith into improving your lifestyle, being a better role model, and reaching your fitness goals, please fill out the application below for a spot in my fitness challenge/support group! 
This is where your journey begins!!

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Retired Nurse at 29- Pursue Fitness as My New Career!

Today was seriously one of the biggest days, most scary days, and emotional days I’ve had in quite a while.. Today was the day I made a HUGE decision to take that leap of faith and make my dreams become reality!! As we all think about what we would love to do for a living… something that we could say “If I could have this job, I wouldn’t even need to get paid I love it so much?” kinda job?? Well, I have found that and I am so beyond excited to announce my BIG leap of faith I took today!!

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As an ER nurse for 6 years, it was my first job and only job Iv’e had coming right out of nursing school, I LOVE helping people, and working in the ER just gave me that rush… kept my adrenaline going and felt like I was doing something good in life!  My only downfall I can honestly say is difficult working as an ER nurse, or any nurse in the hospital at that, is the scheduling and those holidays, weekends, swing shifts, and having kids does not always go well with this schedule! I know many do it, but they DEAL with it.. I don’t want to settle… I want to see my kids grow, be at their events in school and after school if I need to.  Which is WHY I took a leap of faith 2 years ago which started my entire journey with Beachbody!

After having my 2nd son, I was unhappy, uncomfortable in my own skin, and very self conscious. I needed the change.. both physically and mentally.  I wanted to be that confident woman who held her head high, but I became that mom who was embarrassed to even exercise because of everything giggling on me. As I spoke with my cousin who was a Beachbody coach, she asked me if I wanted to join her challenge group and do any workout program of my choice, along with drinking this SHAKEOLOGY drink daily and in the group, I would get daily support and accountability to reach my fitness goals.  At that time, I was skeptical.. I have tried DIETS before… and I am knowledgeable enough to know THEY DONT WORK! BUT… I saw my cousins transformation and she did not diet, she made it a lifestyle.  That is exactly what I wanted!!  I wanted to not only change for myself, but be that role model for my family!  

As I started my own fitness journey, I began seeing great results with using INSANITY and SHAKEOLOGY and people saw what I was doing.  I shared my journey on Facebook, to my family and friends and since I love helping people, I figured, hey, if I can motivate and help another person feel better about themselves, WHY NOT show what Im doing?!?

Literally 2 months later, I became a Beachbody coach myself. I knew what I was doing is not going to be temporary.. I wanted this for the long haul. There is NO giving up here and I wanted to help others more and more! Although being a nurse and in school taking masters classes with 2 young children, I figured if I can squeeze an hour here and there to help someone else, its totally worth it! 

It became so much more than that… It became more than a hobby.  Being a fitness coach and doing this job at home was just another way to keep myself accountable, my kids to see mommy being healthy, and meeting new people and helping them from all over the US and Canada! Pretty amazing stuff!! To make it even better, I don’t have to sell a darn thing!! All I did was share what I was doing and what is working for me and my fellow coaches and challengers!! 

Some of the best moments being a coach are those messages saying “Thank you for changing my life.”  “Thank you for your post this morning, you motivated me to workout.”  and even those messages where their health is improving because they are eating clean, learning new recipes from me, getting support and accountability from me, and that darn SHAKEOLOGY… “is that a miracle drink or what?” I say it is… because I never believed in those drinky shakes… lol… Ive done the GNC… but this is a meal that I have finally gotten everything I need.. All my dense nutrients, super foods, and multivitamins… Oh and NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS!! Yes, its my miracle drink!! Moreso that I can make ice cream and no bake cookies, but thats another story lol!!

Ok, so moving forward… as I continued my journey and helping others as a fitness coach with Beachbody, I just found a passion and love that I never found before with anything else.. I wake up excited to work.. I stay up late to work because sometimes, I can’t get enough. Can many people say that about their job? Its addicting to be healthy and help others and when you have that momentum going, you don’t want to stop!! 

Last year, 1 year into my coaching career, I was able to make up my nursing income and took a leap of faith and went  Relief as a nurse.  I told myself I would NEVER quit my nursing career-  I went to school way to long to give it up.  So I continued making it work.. Nursing, coaching, kids, wife, ya know, living the life!! Its been an amazing year and my team was able to make our way to the top 1% in the company and come an Elite coach! Pretty impressive from my standpoint with all I had going on!! Building a team of moms, dads, nurses, teachers, etc who love to do what I do is just amazing!! We’ve made a bond that is like no other! Our extended family I call it!

Deidra Penrose, Er nurse healthy, nurse and fitness, home fitness programs, NPC Figure Competitor, shakeology, stay at home mom, mom business owner fitness, end the trend of obesity, fitness motivation, top fitness coach, top beachbody coach harrisburg pa, retiring nurse at 29, new fitness career, career opportunity fitness coach, mom and fitness coach, challenge groups, online fitness support groups, faith and fitness

As this past year went by being a nurse and fitness coach, along with taking on the mommy role, I realized how amazing it was to not have to work all the holidays and weekends, but it was still difficult having to find those few days a month to even schedule in the ER due to my husbands schedule, day care not being open in the evenings and weekends, and we do not have family that lives close enough to help us babysit.  On top of my schedule, I wanted to commit this year to spending more time with my boys… enrolling them in sports and getting them involved in as much as possible! This is MY time to cherish these moments that I missed out when I was working more in the ER as a nurse.  As I said, I want to be that mom who can go into school and bring in snacks, or help with events, and not miss a sporting event.  With my career as a Beachbody coach, I have this freedom!! I have enrolled both boys in gymnastics which are two separate days a week, and thats ok, because I have that flexibility! I can attend church every Sunday and not miss out because I work.  I can go to all my events and trainings for Beachbody to help my team and grow my business!! 

After lots of thinking, praying, and planning, I took my leap of faith and officially am retiring from my Nursing career! Although I said I would never do this, my heart is with my business, my challengers, and my coaches, and I want to provide that time to them, but also continue spending more quality time with my family!  I love being a nurse, but my passion will take me to bigger and better places in life! 

Deidra Penrose, Er nurse healthy, nurse and fitness, home fitness programs, NPC Figure Competitor, shakeology, stay at home mom, mom business owner fitness, end the trend of obesity, fitness motivation, top fitness coach, top beachbody coach harrisburg pa, retiring nurse at 29, new fitness career, career opportunity fitness coach, mom and fitness coach, challenge groups, online fitness support groups

 I am confident in my decision is best for my family and my business.  I am so grateful to have been blessed with the ability to go to school and earn my Bachelor’s Degree and School Nurse Certificate, but even more blessed that Beachbody has come into my life and changed it in so many ways! Never in a million years did I imagine retiring as a nurse anytime before the age of 60! lol Now, here I am, retiring from my nursing career 6 years into my career at the age of 29, all because of 2 years of hard work, dedication, and commitment to helping others as a fitness coach! Since coaching and reaching my health and fitness goals, I am now able to pursue my dreams for NPC Figure Competing and am training for my 2nd show! 

You never know what you can do with an opportunity until you take control of it!

I am now looking for 5 men and women who have that passion for fitness, for helping others, and are willing to DREAM BIG, and commit to helping me in ending the trend of obesity and help change lives!!   
Please fill out the application below for a spot in my next 18 New Coach Training to start building your business and turn your passion into your profession!

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