Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Update!!

Hey everyone! This week is going MUCH better than the last 2 :) Since my post about committing to the BikiniSeries and my business, I have done just that!

Here's my Day 1 Pic!!

In order to have more time I've given up television until 7pm every night. Although I didn't always watch the TV when it was on, I used it as background noise. Instead of using that to make noise I've switched over to podcasts and music. It's amazing how much more productive I can be when the TV is taken out of the picture.

Little Olivia is still being a total terror. Whoever said raising a puppy was fun and cute….you lie. She's in such a biting stage!! We've read every tip possible about how to help control this but nothing seems to work. So, if anyone out there has some tips about biting puppies please leave a comment below!!

So back to business! This April we're running a Ladies Kickstart group. I'm really excited for it!! This time of the year is when everyone FREAKS OUT about summer, shorts and bathing suits. So what better way to get confident than joining us in a fitness challenge?? Specially for my customers I'm working on a 3 week meal by meal guide and shopping list that will go along with your 21 Day Fix OR 21 Day Fix Extreme plans.

So if you're interested in it, fill out the form below!







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Sunday, April 12, 2015

A Juggling Act

Life lately has certainly been a juggling act. I don't know how mom's do it! In the past 2 weeks Joe and I have moved apartments and got a new puppy!







I've let a LOT of things slide in my life because of it. First, it was my healthy eating. Once we packed up all of our pots, pans and dishes…the only choice was eating out. We tried to stick to subs and take-out from HyVee (the local grocery store) but none of it was lean, clean and green. After 4 days of that I had enough! Luckily I had ordered the 3-Day Refresh as a preemptive strike back against the moving problems!

The other thing I've let slip is my business!! I just gave up. And I HATE giving up. But I kept saying that I didn't have enough time to go to work, take care of the puppy, make dinner, workout AND work my business. Looking back over this time, I'm so disappointed in myself. I let a challenge defeat me. It's what I always tell my customers to NEVER LET WIN!! I gave into the age old excuse of "I don't have enough time." Ugh.

So I'm refocused and ready to change things up in my life. I've gotten over my "fear" of being hungry. Instead, I've started looking at my meals as FUEL. And it's through having a conviction, dedicated to change, that this WILL work. (FYI, if you haven't read Reshaping It All by Candace Cameron Bure, I highly suggest it!)



So tomorrow starts the Tone It Up Bikini Series and me focusing on my goals one meal at a time and one workout at a time. I'm ready to finally be BRIDAL READY with the help of the TIU Team!

More checking in to come…


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Thursday, March 19, 2015

March 2015 Specials

Special bonus for my amazing customers during the month of March:

1) Purchase the Beachbody on Demand plus Shakeology Challenge Pack and receive a $15 Amazon Gift Card OR-
2) Enroll as a coach (or premier customer) with a Beachbody On Demand Shakeology Challenge Pack and receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card. (As a coach/premier customer you receive 25% off all of Beachbody purchases, including Shakeology. Contact me if you have any questions of if you'd like to see if this is right for you.)

Start by signing up for a free Team Beachbody membership HERE

What's in a Challenge Pack?
Sneak Peek at the Beachbody Club plus Shakeology Challenge Pack….



Ready to get started?

For the $15 Amazon Gift card…..
Purchase a Beachbody On Demand plus Shakeology by March 31st, 2015. Purchase Here: Challenge Pack

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For the $25 Amazon Gift card….
Enroll as a COach with a Beachbody On Demand plus Shakeology Challenge Pack. Enroll here and choose the Beachbody On Demand plus Shakeology Challenge Pack: Enroll as a Coach.

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The Amazon Gift Cards will be sent to the email address on file with your Team Beachbody account 30-Days after purchase!

Fine Print? Purchases must be made by March 31, 2015. If you have purchased something from Beachbody in the past, you were randomly assigned a coach and it may not be me. If you'd like to switch to my team, please email me for instructions. You MUST do this before your purchase in order to qualify for the Amazon Gift cards. No exceptions!

Any Questions?? Contact me at jessicagracefitness@gmail.com! 

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Join Team Engage!

Have you heard of Beachbody? Did you know that it's possible to earn an income from home, part-time or full-time just by becoming a Beachbody Coach? Because face it, lots of us don't really enjoy commuting to work, sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day only to be told what to do and when to do it. A lot of us are independent thinkers and creative minds that are bored at our full-time jobs. The jobs that don't give us the freedom to think and do what we truly want. We're either getting paid not enough to do TOO much; or get paid enough to do something we hate. The worst part is that unless you MAKE a change--nothing will change. Tomorrow will be the same as today and next week will be the same as next month. Don't get mad at me--I'm just calling it like I see it! And I want you to know that you have options!

No, not another JOB and not winning the lottery.  It's called network marketing and you've probably heard of it before. It's something you might have dismissed up until now! I'm not stupid. I know network marketing gets a bad rap and some of you would rather get a job at the local gas station than be caught doing it. You feel like you've got a reputation to uphold and you went to college, so why would you join?? Network marketing, also called multi-level marketing, is a system for marketing and distributing products. It's essentially word-of-mouth advertising. Companies that use it are really no different from other companies, except for HOW they make their products known. Instead of investing in magazine spreads, billboards or giant ad agencies….they spend money on people to spread the word. And I'm one of those people!

I'm a Beachbody Coach on Team Engage! This means that I share my favorite products with family, friends and people in my social network. Whenever someone purchases a product from my online store, I receive a 25% commission. Yep. It's that simple. I also save 25% on all of my purchases including Shakeology and ALL the fitness programs.

There's never been a better time to join me and place yourself higher up in the organization. Why? Because Beachbody just went DIGITAL! You can now stream over $1,300 worth of fitness programs directly from your computer, iPad or phone. And all for $39 every 3 months!

Here's my personal coaching story. If you're ready to make a change, fill out the form below!






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Monday, March 16, 2015

My Yearly Physical and a Recipe!

Well, you could say I'm not surprised about what I found out at my yearly physical. I had blood drawn and tested for fasting glucose and a lipid panel. What it told me is that…. I have HIGH total cholesterol!

High cholesterol runs like a rabid dog in my family. Our livers apparently just LOVE making it in mass quantities.

My diet is very healthy 70% of the time. I exercise 6 times/week and have a pretty active job where I don't just sit all day. So genetics are MOSTLY to blame.  Notice I said MOSTLY. I'm in shape, but could definitely lose a few pounds of fat. So that's what I'm going to do. I'm also going to start taking a fish oil supplement. And in 3 months, I'll get all the lipids re-checked.

I'm kind of excited to be my own experiment. Sometimes we forget about our INSIDE health because we're obsessed with looking at the outside. The inside is what matters a lot more than the outside. You don't get to have a fresh start on the inside. You're only given one set of organs. Every decision you make effects your health. Maybe by looking at it from that angle more of us can get healthy.

If you've never had your blood drawn for routine tests like glucose and lipids, I strongly suggest you talk to your doctor about it!  If you're afraid of needles….well, it only takes a minute. It's over before you know it and it really doesn't hurt. Just let them know you're nervous and the nurses will take great care of you!

So with all of that health in mind…here's a really healthy dinner recipe to try this week!

Pork Chops with Fresh Tomato, Onion and Garlic


Ingredients:
-Olive Oil
-Large Onion, Sliced Thin
-Pork Chops, 3
-Salt, Pepper and Garlic Powder to Taste
-Grape Tomatoes, 1 Pint
-3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
-1 Tbsp Dried Basil
-2.5 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
-4 oz Feta Cheese, Crumbled

Directions: 
-Heat 1 TBSP Olive Oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion and cook until golden brown. Set to the side.
-Heat 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil in the skillet. Season the pork chops to taste with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Place in the skillet and cook to done (160 degrees F if you have a meat thermometer!). Set aside!
-Heat the remaining oil in the skillet. Return onions to the skillet along with tomatoes, basil and garlic. Cook for 4 minutes. Add balsamic vinegar.
-Serve pork chop with onion/tomato mixture on top. Top with Feta. Enjoy!

If you want to make the side dish in the picture, it's super easy! Dice up some tomatoes and bell peppers. Add diced feta. Top with Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing.



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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

How to Lose Weight For Your Wedding!

Why should you add ANOTHER to-do on your list for the wedding? Two Words: Super Confidence!

Fill out this form below to get signed up --- and read below for even more details!




Of course, losing your love handles isn't going to make you a better bride--or even a happier one--as anyone who knows one of those crazy "carb-free" brides can tell you. No, getting yourself in shape before your wedding can be summed up in one word: CONFIDENCE!

Being engaged is awesome! Joe and I are getting ready to start a new life journey together and commit ourselves forever. Sure, there's been some stress… mostly revolving around that darn guest list and money of course. I don't think I've ever talked to a bride who doesn't feel guilty about the money at some point. So how can you keep your sanity and get toned up from the "Yes I Will" to the "Yes, I Do."

Well, rather than using the time leading up to your big day to whittle yourself down to some mythical magical number, take this time to focus on being the HEALTHIEST you! I've kind of started looking at my wedding day in the same way that New Year's Day is a fresh start. Our wedding day is a fresh start for Joe and I to be the best person we can for the other person.

To find the best fitness and nutrition program for you is easier than you think. You don't have to hit the books or even join some expensive gym. Focus on what will be a successful LONGTERM way of life. The four principles that you need to hit are cardio, good nutrition, strength training and stretching. Combining all of these will help you reach your goal in a HEALTHY way!

Creating a detailed weight loss strategy with me is so incredibly easy. It's called the 21 Day Fix or 21 Day Fix EXTREME!

Both of these programs were developed by Autumn Calabrese, top ranked Bikini Competitor and Celebrity Trainer. The program focuses on nutrition by using portion control containers and Shakeology. That, paired with 7 workouts (one for each day of the week) will guarantee you success.

You'll also save time by working out at home! Dragging yourself to the gym can be extra tough when you're already overwhelmed, and maybe even working overtime to help pay for things. Sure, it sounds counterintuitive to sweat yourself tired when you're already tired…but just by completing the workout you'd already scheduled in your living room will give you a sense of accomplishment!

The 7 Workouts Include: Total Body Cardio, Upper Body, Lower Body, Pilates, Yoga, Cardio, and something called the Dirty 30--which is amazing!



So if you're ready to start your transformation with me, fill out this form and we'll get started together!

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Next Plan!

Well, Insanity Max: 30 is over! We had our last workout today. I hate to disappointbut I have no before/after photos! I did Insanity Max: 30 for ME and my strength, not the before and afters.  I didn't care about losing weight or inches. I wanted to get stronger and build my endurance. Especially since I'm now an Insanity Group Ex Instructor!! And I KNOW that I accomplished that goal! I can do push-up jacks like never before, high knees for a minute without slowing down and switch kicks higher than ever before. I'm so proud of that!!

What's next?? 21 Day Fix EXTREME! 



Progress is not about perfection--its about getting up every single day even when you do not want to do it and giving it your all. And progress is NEVER over! I'm going to keep getting stronger and more toned with Autumn and the 21 Day Fix Extreme. 

I know the first few days of this round I'll have some struggles to go through. Sore muscles will be happening FOR SURE! Since I've just been doing Insanity which only utilizes your own body weight, the introduction of weights with these workouts will kill me. Which is good. I like to feel sore :) Another struggle I'll have is cutting out all added sugar and processed foods. I've been pretty lenient with my diet as of late and because of that I'm sure I'll have a few headaches and feel more tired than usual the first few days. But thats what I get for letting up on my nutrition! It will just help teach me AGAIN that our bodies work BEST with clean eating. 

So what's the game plan for this upcoming week!

I will be alternating between 2 days of the countdown to competition food plan and 1 day of extreme eating. 

**The countdown to completion is your carb depletion days where you focus on PROTEIN, VEGGIES and HEALTHY FATS.  and the extreme days allow you to have more starches and fruits! I'll post my MEAL PLAN tomorrow!!

The workouts that I am doing are these:
Monday:  Plyo Fix Extreme
Tuesday:  Upper Fix Extreme
Wednesday:  Pilates Extreme
Thursday:  Lower Fix Extreme
Friday:  Cardio Fix Extreme
Saturday:  Dirty 30 Fix Extreme
Sunday:  Yoga Fix Extreme

My wedding events are quickly approaching.  So it's time to focus and go!  Unveiling that winter body to bikini season can be a scary thing!  So that's why everything matters now!  Time to get ready for summer! You realize it's coming whether we want it to or not! Don't hide from it, embrace it now and lets get to work!

As always, if you're interested in joining.sign up here!


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