Month: July 2015

P90X On Demand!

Remember that time I did something crazy and sent my information into a casting call for a Beachbody On Demand Challenge Du Jour featuring the workout I TEACH, P90X Live?

On June 30, I found out I was picked!

And on July 1, I booked flights.

And on July 8?

I got on a plane and flew to L.A.

Philly Airport at Foolish o’Clock AM

FOR THE SAME WORKOUT.  WHAT!?!The best part of this whole surreal experience was that not only was I picked for P90X Live (out of Insanity, TurboKick and Piyo) – which is my favorite new group exercise format – my girl, my partner in crime, my UPLINE COACH and the REASON I dove into Beachbody, Amanda, was picked too!

So, naturally, I did what any good friend would do and I flew to Denver to pick her up.

Wifi? Check!

Well, my connection in Denver was purely coincidental.  But off we went, headed for Burbank.

Sleep deprivation started to set in but once we got to the studio for the dress rehearsal?? Adrenaline.  Nothin’ but adrenaline.

A quick rehearsal and an early call time….we headed back to our not-so-swanky-but-perfectly-functional motel.  And by perfectly functional, we had exactly what we needed.

Shower. Bed. Check.

Up EARLY and over to the studio…to be greeted by the Master Trainer leading our workout, Rawlins Apilado. We chatted with him and our castmates and after learning more about each other, Rawlins used the perfect word…serendipitous.  Not only were Amanda and I partners in fitness, life and tattoos, our castmates had a strong friendship too.  Similar personalities and ideas about our businesses….clearly, we were chosen because we are just that awesome.
Then Rawlins brought us some of the new Beachbody Performance Energize – an awesome pre-workout.  Energy, focus and some adrenaline and we were READY to go!

Love me some pre-workout!

The workout, P90X Live, was shot continuously, with no takes to make it look and feel like a REAL class.  That meant we were dripping sweat, grunting, cheering…that’s all real, folks!  We were pushing!

Rawlins and I working the P90X guns.

After the shoot, we were free to go….so we did what anyone in L.A. would do….and drove up a mountain, gawking at mansions and went looking for the Hollywood sign.

Welcome to Hollywood, baby.

We got to experience the tourist spots of L.A. in a matter of 8 hours or so.  Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive….we were productive.

Back to the airport for our red-eyes…and we were quite literally bleary eyed.

Time for some tea….some reflection…WHAT JUST HAPPENED IN THE PAST 24 HOURS?!?!


To say that the experience was surreal would be a great understatement. To say I’m thankful would not even come close expressing how amazingly lucky I feel.

But is it luck? I don’t think so.  I work hard every day, putting my dreams into plans, my plans into actions and taking risks.

This may have been the first shoot….but it won’t be the last.

Amanda and I have already picked out a better hotel.


That time I got picked to be in a workout video?? Yeah, that. Click To Tweet
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Taco Tuesday – 21 Day Fix Style!

Ok, it IS Wednesday but this post is to help you with ALL your upcoming Taco Tuesdays!

I polled some of my challengers for their favorite 21 Day Fix-friendly taco recipes and they are AMAZING!!

Add these options to your meal planning and taco nights, ASAP!

Your “reds” are easy – stick with lean options like ground turkey, chicken and beef.  Use the Fix taco blend!

Are you a “yellow” saver?  If you are good at saving up those yellows, choose whole wheat tortillas or brown rice for a taco bowl.  Otherwise, try some “alternative” yellows like cauliflower rice!  Season it up with lime and cilantro!

Other ways to get that crunch or carb-feeling are diced bell peppers at the base of your taco bowl or simply using lettuce leaves as your wraps!

We love to maximize that blue so save up your cheese and avocado on taco night! If you miss sour cream, add in some Greek yogurt or do a quick puree of avocado and Greek yogurt to make a smooth and creamy avocado sauce – add some lime juice, salt and cilantro for a little more flavor!
Taco night is also a great way to sneak in the veggies – if you use lettuce wraps or bell peppers, you are good to go!  Add in some tomatoes, onions, spinach or cabbage and boost up that taco!
We didn’t even touch on the options for fish tacos or explore the idea of homemade tortillas!  The possibilities are really endless!
How do YOU do Taco Tuesday??