Hello, May

Hello May, it’s me.

The past few months I’ve been in hiding.  To be honest, we are almost through all five seasons of Breaking Bad and have not wanted to do anything but watch this show.  Why didn’t I know about this show before?  Have I been living under a rock?  Such great writing and Greg and I are mesmerized by every episode.  It’s actually pretty embarrassing.  If we tell you we’re busy, I’m sure it’s because we are still getting through the last few episodes and can’t control ourselves.  I’ll just apologize now.  Sorry… not sorry.


Lots of things to get to now – first, yes, again, as you know, I’ve been missing for a month or so.  So much going on with work, life, and family that it’s hard to squeeze it all in.  I’ve started a new program called the 21 Day Fix by Beachbody (on my third cycle) and it has been a life-changer for me.  I’ve always had the “last 10 pounds” to lose since 2008 and I COULD NOT get it to budge.  Nothing worked for me.  I’d lose a few and then gain it right back.  Just wasn’t on the right track with my foods and I refused to see it.  After starting the program and getting familiar with portion control, I lost 8 pounds in my first three-week cycle of the 21 Day Fix.  Wow!  It really helped me to keep my portions in check and to be honest about what I put in my mouth.  This program is definitely about eating healthy and watching portions, but not feeling deprived.  If I occasionally wanted a glass of wine, or chocolate, I could have it.  How many plans allow for that?  I’ll be honest, though, the first three days on the program, I was hungry.  I couldn’t figure out how to balance my foods daily to make sure I was getting my nutrition throughout the day and not just in the morning or afternoon.  Once I figured out how to balance each of my meals so I wasn’t hungry, then it all clicked.  My body adjusted, I adjusted, and the weight came off.

A little 21 Day Fix information:  you determine how many calories you need to eat daily, see how many “colors” of each food group you can have daily, fill your color-coded containers with the foods you want to eat, eat your foods, work out for at least 30 minutes a day, and at the end of the day, you will know what you ate and how much.  No counting the calories or weighing the foods.  It’s that easy.   You just have to be creative with putting together the containers to mix and match your foods and to create recipes.  The program comes with seven 30-minute workouts.

A little 21 Day Fix results from clients and friends:  Donna lost 10 lbs, Greg 17 lbs, Sally 7 lbs, Denise 6 lbs, Holly 7 lbs, Heidi 6 lbs, and Mimi lost 5 lbs and 12.75 inches total from her body!  Need I say more?  It works.  Follow the plan – especially through the first cycle of 21 Days.  After that, go to maintenance mode or hang in for another cycle of 21 Days until you meet your goal.  This plan jump-started my metabolism in a way that no other plan has and I’m impressed.  It really worked for me, and maybe it’ll work for you – here is the information to check it out for yourself.  Let me know if you have any questions.  I want you to be successful too.

We are heading to Italy – Rome to be exact, with a day trip to Florence and a day trip to Tuscany.  Lots of walking, wine, tours, food, and, did I mention wine?  Our daughter, Allyson, is coming with us, will meet us at the Charlotte airport and then we all head to Rome.  Have you been?  Any hints, tips, restaurants?  Bring them on – we’ll need all the help we can get.


It’s got to be time for a May workout challenge, right?  It’s been months.  I’m really thinking I need to get back to my kettlebell swings.  So the May challenge is 100 kettlebell swings a day.  By the end of May we will have accomplished 3,100 swings.  Such a great posterior chain and cardio workout so pick up a kettlebell and start swinging.  We did this two years ago and then we did this remember?  The months that we did the kettlebell swings were the months I felt my best.  My muscular and cardiovascular endurance increased.  I’m excited to do this again and maybe build up to the 10,000-swing challenge…maybe.

Time to give up some link love.  Here are a few of my favorite things:

First, and foremost:

My daughter’s essay was published.  She’s pretty amazing – we are so proud.

Keep it mind:

3 Reasons to Cut Back Cardio for Fat Loss Goals from Your Trainer Paige

Why I Tossed My Scale from Strive & Survive Cancer Programs

Sunday Food Prep Inspiration from the Lean Green Bean

My favorite cookbook right now from Oh She Glows

REVOLUTIONARY 21 DAY FIX Simple and Effective with Real Results

I say revolutionary because this program puts together dietary portion control rules with simple fitness routines so that you never need to diet, count calories, carbs, points, weigh, or measure again.

Here is a review of what you’ll get with the 21 Day Fix by Autumn Calabrese:

21 Day Fix Workout Plan:
The workouts included in the program are 30-minutes each for 21 days. The fitness routines are simple and even have a modifier to show how to simplify the moves. The type of exercises you will be doing during the 21 Day Fix Workout will include Pilates, strength, yoga and cardio and low-impact resistance moves that can be done with the use of little equipment. The 7 workouts will repeat for 3 weeks.

Program Includes

21 Day Fix Nutrition Plan:
I know you’ve heard the saying, “Abs are made in the kitchen.”  Proper portion size is the key to success in the 21 Day Fix program. Nutrition is the key for healthy weight loss and its success, and Autumn introduces a portion-size control technique to support healthy eating and better nourishment for the body. You can do cardio, abs, and lift weights all you want, but if you are not maintaining proper nutrition in your diet, you will not see results.  It’s that simple. With the help of color-coded, perfectly portioned containers, Autumn gives you a simple diet guide to get the results super fast.

It’s all about portion control – not a fixed diet!  Moderation is key, hence the portion control system.  Anyone can do this.  Eat your foods just maintain portion control.  No food is off limits – whew!  I’m in.   I mean, can it get any easier?

All you need is included in the program: food storage containers and a Shakeology shaker cup that is perfect for managing your meals properly while taking the guesswork out of weighing, measuring, or counting calories, carbs and points.


There is a nutritional guide that comes with the program if that’s easier for you to follow, just follow it as written.

21 Day Test Results:
Test groups have lost an average of 15 lbs during each cycle of the following the 21 Day Fix routines for 21 days. In the end, if you can keep practicing the portion control system you will lose weight and learn to adopt healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime.

21 Day Fix How to Buy:
There are 3 options for you to get your hands on this revolutionary product.  Purchase from my WEBSITE to make sure I’m your coach to guide you through this journey with our online support and accountability group and to receive one free workout!

21 Day Fix Challenge Pack:
The discounted 21 day Fix Challenge Pack, which includes the 21 Day Fix Base kit and Shakeology will be on sale from Feb 3 – Feb 28, 2014 for $140!! Plus you get FREE shipping on the purchase of 21 day Fix Challenge Pack. (From March 1, 2014 – Price goes up to $160 + shipping)

21 Day Fix Base Kit:
The price for 21 Day Fix Base Kit is $59.85 and will be available with free shipping from Feb 3 – Feb 28, 2014.  It includes:

  • Start Here Guide with Workout Calendar
  • 3-Day Quick Fix * Eating Plan
  • 24/7 Online Support
  • 7 workouts on 2 DVDs (Dirty 30 workout, Total Body Cardio Fix, Upper Fix, Lower Fix, Pilates Fix, Cardio Fix, Yoga Fix)
  • 7 color-coded portion-control containers
  • Shakeology shaker cup
  • Plyo Fix Workout (Free Bonus from Coach!) 

21 Day Fix Ultimate Kit:
Retails at $119.70, the Ultimate kit has everything from the 21 Day Fix Base Kit and

  • Insulated Tote * Large on-the-go container
  • 2 Ultimate workouts: Flat Abs Fix, Barre Legs
  • 1 pro-grade resistance band (15 lbs)

21 Day Fix Conclusion:
21 Day Fix program is a total lifestyle change and will be available for purchase on 3rd February.

This is your time to fix your health habits.  Do this for yourself and your family.  Contact me for updates of the 21 Day Fix.  I will be doing an online support and accountability group with this program.

It’s three weeks of your time that can change your life.  Make the change.