Wanna know how I’ve learned how to deal with negative people?

How to Deal with Negative People

Through personal development and surrounding myself with people who lift me up and vice versa!

Over the past few years, I’ve really started soaking up as much personal development resources as possible. 

And I’ve recently started sharing some of the things I’m learning in my newsletter. So why not also do that here!

Personal Development opens up a new world of possibilities for growth! And I think it’s much better to be a better YOU all-around than to have a 6-pack. Don’t you agree?


I mean … look at the picture of Chalene Johnson and who she’s surrounded by.

>>> Notice something? <<<

They all look HAPPY! You can choose who you spend your time with, but I know especially in the beginning of your healthy-lifestyle journey it can be really hard to deal with negative people. And unfortunately, some of the negativity will come from those closest to you.

This is a GREAT video that I HIGHLY recommend you take just 7 minutes to watch. As YOU get healthier, you will get happier … as you get happier you’ll start to notice some “vampires” (aka energy suckers) in your life. Many of us super happy people don’t know how to deal with negative people so well at first because we just want to help as many people as possible and want EVERYONE to be happy. But we have to march forward and continue growing, while also preserving our positive vibe and values.

BELOW is Chalene Johnson’s advice on HOW to deal with negative people (spot on!).
>>>> Would LOVE to hear your feedback on the video — Comment below!



Keep Your Workout Motivation Going on the Weekends!

Workout Motivation: How to Stay Focused on the Weekends


There’s a natural tendency to want to have some fun on the weekends. 

But you can still have fun AND stay on track! I mean, why throw away all your hard work you did during the week to then feel guilty about it on Monday, right?!

Here are 5 ideas to help you stay focused and motivated on the weekends:
  1. Get on the buddy system.  Having a friend or family member helps you stay accountable, especially on the days you don’t “feel” like it.
  2. Surround yourself with affirmations. Put these positive quotes on your bathroom mirror when you wake up, on your fridge, in your car, in your planner … where ever you will see them throughout the day. There’s also a variety of different free phone apps that you can download! A couple I use are called, “Affirmations,” and “Inspiration.”
  3. Goal Photos. Another visual that is motivating is choosing an old photo of yourself when you were ROCKING it! OR … cut some out of a magazine. Caveat: if you choose to clip from magazines, please please please be REALISTIC. Choose a model that has YOUR body style.
    • For example: Jennifer Lopez. She’s got a great body! But guess what?! I would NEVER cut her out of a magazine and put her on my fridge because my body shape is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT than hers and it just wouldn’t be a realistic choice. So if you’re going to use someone other than yourself as your visual motivation, choose wisely because you don’t want to set yourself up for unnecessary disappointment.
  4. Plan your cheat meals. This is very important. The weekends should not be a free for all. Instead, designate AHEAD OF TIME at what meals you will have some fun and stick to it. I like to plan my meals every Sunday night or Monday morning. By then, I know all my upcoming events and activities so I can plan ahead.
  5. GO OUTSIDE! Exercise is NOT limited in the gym. You can run/walk outside, ride a bike, roller blade, jump rope, hula hoop … or try a new fitness class. I know in Tampa there’s a ton of group fitness classes offered outside, as I’m sure that’s the case around the country. And if you can’t find one outside, it’s okay. The point is try something different 😉

>>> I hope these were helpful to keep your workout motivation going! I would LOVE to hear what helped you the most by sharing below!


how shakeology helped Kelli with her Crohn's DiseaseShakeology and Crohn’s Disease – how this nutrition dense shake helped Kelli gain control 

The best success stories arrive in the most unexpected ways!

One of my December challengers was struggling with being consistent with her exercise due to a variety of things from some personal matters and a VERY hectic work schedule … on top of it being the holidays. The challenge was an opportunity for her to FOCUS and get back on track. Working out to ChaLEAN Extreme and drinking Shakeology every day, I followed up with her progress within our challenge Facebook group along with private messages. About mid-way through the 30-day challenge she she shared with me that she had Crohn’s Disease and Shakeology was giving her RELIEF and CONTROL like nothing else had before. I was stunned and very excited and asked if I could share her story on my blog.

You know what she told me, “Yes. Absolutely! This was no info the Dr’s could ever provide me so if it can help someone else then I am all for it!”

I’m SO HAPPY for her … and when Kelli emailed me her story, it brought happy tears to my eyes! I’m absolutely thrilled that she’s been able to receive help in way she never imagined!

So here’s Kelli’s story – directly from her!

“I began experiencing stomach irregularities and knew something about me was different then anyone else was around 7th grade. Every doctor I went to tested me for anemia, low blood sugar, thyroid issues, diabetes, and the regular string of blood tests. I was very underweight for my age but ate very normal. Every doctor said it had to be low blood sugar and passed it of as “I would grow out of it.” Around 11th and 12th grade I starting missing more school because I always felt sick, and was finally referred to a Gastroenterologist.

I went through every test known for upper GI, lower GI, and tests for my colon.  No doctor could give me an exact diagnosis, but deferred it as Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS).  Still unsatisfied, I got a second and third opinion.  I had documented my symptoms in a diary by time each and every day and documented what I ate. The third and last Gastroenterologist pulled my Mom aside after reviewing my file and all my tests and recommended I see a psychiatrist, as he felt that my symptoms couldn’t be diagnosed so my symptoms must be something equal to a psychological issue.

At that point I gave up….for five years. My stomach controlled my life. I missed parties, couldn’t eat the same foods as everyone else, experience extreme irregularity, and at the same time, I worked out 6 days a week as a college athlete and ate very healthy.  In many circumstances, this could control IBS symptoms.  Yet, nothing got better.  I struggled through 4 years of multitasking 5am workouts, 18 credit hours, and working 30 hours a week.  Yet, nothing got better.

I moved to Florida from Michigan for graduate school and decided to give it one more shot.  I did a lot of reading on Crohn’s and knew medicine had advanced in the last five years.  The first Gastroenterologist I went to, now knowing that during the appointment I was experiencing a ‘flair up’ was quickly able to diagnose me.  Up until 2 months ago, I took my medicine to control my disease, but just could not gain remission.

I met Vanessa through a Bootcamp class, that up until now, I would not know how impactful this avenue would be.  I recently joined a small group run by Beachbody Coach Vanessa and I started the ChaLean Extreme challenge that included a product drank daily called Shakeology.  After two weeks I noticed immediate results.  I was regular, not getting sick as frequently, and finally starting to control my Crohn’s without it controlling me.  After four weeks, I can’t start my day without it and am finally feeling like there is hope at the end of the tunnel.  With my medicine, ShakeO, and living a healthy lifestyle, I am finally in control.”


There’s NOTHING that makes me more happy and proud to do what I do than hearing wonderful news from a dear customer and friend!

Mary recently shared with me that she’s finally been able to break her weight loss plateau AND lower her cholesterol from dangerous levels, while also doubling her good cholesterol and improving other aspects of her general health. Her doctor was floored!  The remedy: Shakeology and a change-up in her fitness routine.

She was excited … I was excited … and I couldn’t be happier to hear this news. I asked Mary if I could share this with others by writing a blog post and without hesitation she wanted to “pay it forward.”  I asked her if she could give me an outline so I didn’t mess-up any of the details and what she sent me wasn’t just a little blurb of her experience, but a very thoughtful and detailed story.

So, who better to tell you Mary’s story … than Mary.


“I’ve been struggling with my weight for the last few years. I attribute it to menopause or just getting older along with my metabolism just being in a coma. It’s a struggle to lose 1 lb, but did manage when my daughter was getting married. It took me 1 year of working out 5 times a week and actually going to sleep hungry to lose a measly 12 lbs, but managed to do it.

About 8 months ago, I started putting 6 lbs back on, even though I was exercising the same amount. Also, around that time I went for my physical and, yup, I was right! Not only did I gain the 6 lbs, but my cholesterol was super high — almost 300 (298)! The doctor was very concerned and said we had to get this under control because my bad ldl (bad cholestrol) levels were dangerously high at 158 and the HLD good one was too low at 45. So, he insisted that I get on the medication, Crestor, because heart conditions are very prevalent in my family (my dad and uncles have died of heart conditions after open heart surgery).

This is when I KNEW I had to do something different! It wasn’t that I was overweight because I was still within my weight range … it’s not like I don’t exercise because I do. So I started taking the meds for 1 month, but I just didn’t want to do that. So I stopped and that’s  when I started on Shakeology, and I mean serious about drinking it every day and changing my exercise. I wasn’t exercising more, but I switched it up every 6 weeks to something else. If I was doing too much Zumba, I replaced it with the Barre routine. I also started doing Insanity instead of another class, and so on and so on. And I really stuck to this type of routine where I changed things up more consistently.

I just went back to the doctor last week and after reviewing my latest blood work he was totally surprised! He said, ‘I’m glad to see the meds worked well.’

That’s when I fessed up and told him I only took the meds for a month and then tried something else. He said, ‘I really need to know what you did because even with meds people drop 30-40 points and you dropped 100 points overall cholesterol.’

I went from 298 to 199 (normal level). My bad cholesterol (LDL)came down from 158 to 60 and my good cholesterol (HDL) went up from 45 to 83. Not only that, but I also lost 5 lbs and my sugar level, blood and kidney enzymes (which were high before) were all within normal range. He was in complete shock that these numbers were in such good range that he said I have to do the blood work again in 4 month to make sure this is not a fluke and this is all true. He wants me to continue what I’m doing, which I’m more than glad to do since I’ve noticed other changes with Shakeology that I drink. For example, I took gel nails off after having them on for 6 years. They were paper thin. I couldn’t even file them because they were so weak. Not anymore! My skin is clearer and (tmi) … I’m regular, which is a huge deal for me!

So instead of spending $100 a month on meds (my portion after insurance) that affect my kidney, I decided to invest a little more for my well being with Shakeology.

Thank you Ms. V for your help, support, encouragement, and guidance. I’m so glad you were there to lend a hand … oh by the way the doctor said, ‘you know you just added 15 years to your life by getting these number back to their range’ ……….go me~.”





You got 5 minutes? 

Quick 5 Minute Workout

Here are 5 moves, 1 minute each, that help spice up your current workout regimen by sprinkling it in OR by repeating each set 3-4x to make it a full 15-20 minute workout! Oh — and no equipment needed so you CAN do this during on your next vacation and/or during the holidays! [yeah I said that ;-)]

Watch the video and/or see my notes below. Enjoy!

1) Knee to Nose – start in plank position with your hands directly below your shoulders and bring your right knee in while you bring your nose toward it. Repeat left to complete 1 rep.

2) Mountain Climbers – right from plank position from move #1 run the knees into the chest while keeping the butt down and abs in tight.

3) Alternating Forward Lunges – come forward with your right leg making sure the knee stays behind the toes, go as deep as possible and push off from the heal to bring feet together. Repeat on left for one rep.

4) Star Plank – start in high plank then rotate to right side plank and lift the top leg as high as possible while keeping the hip lifted. Return to regular plank and repeat on left side for one rep. Modification = while in side plank drop the bottom knee to the floor/mat.

5) Lateral Side Shuffles – shuffle to the right and lunge down with left hand on thigh while right hand reaches for the floor. Repeat left to complete 1 rep. >>Tip: keep your head up and looking forward (instead of down) to avoid getting dizzy.

>>> If you decide to try this let me know how it goes by commenting below 🙂