Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Beachbody Challenge Packs!

Hi Friends!

I want to give the 411 on  Beachbody Challenge and Challenge Packs since I've been getting so many questions! 

Many people plan to hit it hard come January 1st, the nice thing about these packs is that the challenge is not wait! its about starting to GET FIT NOW.  As your coach, I am dedicated to help you reach your goals.  I am not about providing you a  a quick fix or over hyped diet.  You want results, you gotta work baby!   by combing fitness, nutrition and accountability.  These Challenge Packs will help you achieve your goals at a great discount! Awesome, huh?

What is in a Challenge Pack (CP)? A premium workout program of your choice, your first order of Shakeology HD, a 1 month trial membership to the Team Beachbody Club (where you can create personalized meal plans and get even more support) and personal support from ME as your coach. Below is a chart showing your choice of the current workouts in the packs and the prices. 


Here are 3 options you can choose from.

1~ Purchase a CP and join a dedicated Beachbody Challenge Group hosted by ME! This is the perfect option for someone who is ready to take charge and make a change with their nutrition and fitness habits! You will be in a group of 5 people who all have similar goals and who will all be doing the same workout program for 30-90 days. We will check in DAILY and you will receive intensive personal support from me as your coach to keep you in check with your workouts and nutrition. I will only be able to host a limited number of these each month so please email me at for current group availability or to be placed on a waiting list.

2~ Purchase a CP without being in a group. This is for people who's main goal may be to switch up their current routine and who may already have an accountability plan in place. You will still have my full support as a coach and can always opt to join a group at a later time! I highly recommend option 1 but life is all about choices, yes? If you feel like you can't, or don't want to, commit to a group at this time option 2 will still give you a great discount and breathe some new life into your fitness routine.

3~ Purchase a CP and become a Beachbody Coach at the same time! Your initial start up fee will be waived and you will receive a Game Plan Tools Kit and Business Essentials Starter Program at no extra charge! Looking for an extra layer of accountability? Are you already inspiring others with the lifestyle changes you've been making? Do you have people you would be referring to a Challenge Group yourself? Maybe you've always been curious about coaching but held back from taking the plunge? THIS OPTION IS FOR YOU! You can still choose to be in a group or not and you have my promise that I will match your commitment level 100%, with your fitness and coaching goals.

Not sure what program is best for you or you have other questions? Hit me up on facebook or email me at 

Want even MORE incentive to take on the Beachbody Challenge? Check out this short video to see how you can benefit AND win some serious cash just for getting healthy and fit!

So, are you up for the Challenge??I truly hope the answer is YES! :-))

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Day 8 of Chalean Extreme - Burn Circuit 1


So mission accomplished! Burn Circuit 1 done! So that means I am starting off week 2 with a bang!   I am seriously considering getting the Select Techs...the 20lbs are not as challenging, but the 25lbs are a bit too much, I would think that the 22 1/2 lbs will be perfect for some of the exercises.

My eating has been a bit off, I think its because I am still hanged up with the Thanksgiving Holiday.  So yesterday, my meal plan was as follows:

6:30am - Shakeology with 5-6 frozen Strawberries  and one spoon of PB2

10:0am - 2nd Shakeology with 1/2 a banana, ice and one spoon of PB2

12:30pm - Turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread and cranberry sauce - 1 orange

4:30pm - Yoplait Light Blueberry

8:00pm - whole wheat pasta with sauteed onion, mushroom, bell pepper with left over filet mignon, with only 1 tablespoon of alfredo sauce (or less, it was very little) and half a nut muffing from Mimi's cafe...

and well the muffin was my downfall for last night's meal.   As you can tell I did 2 shakes, after overeating like I did during the Thanksgiving break, drinking shakeology makes my insides better if you know what I mean, I feel lighter, and have more bounce in my step when working out it takes all the sluggishness away.  I am still thinking about the 3 day cleanse, but before I do I need to purchase some greens for my salad and I haven't had time to swing by costco.  Evenings have been hectic at home, usually get home, sit down and help Ximena with her homework, start dinner, eat dinner, hang out with the older kids and have conversation with them while we eat, then spend a few minutes with the youngest ones, then its bed time...last time I wasn't lucky so they went to bed without a shower, which considering the weather at least they are not all stinky! LOL

So the plan tonight:

Ximena Homework
Quality time with the kiddos (this may include bath time)
Practice TK44 full round
Bed Time!

keep your fingers crossed so that all goes as planned!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Days 4-8 of Chalean Extreme

Hey Hey Hey!

Don't think I've have forgotten about my strength training! :)  Here is a Recap!

Day 4 - Thanksgiving Day:  On Thursday I decided to wake up early enough to get my Burn Intervals done before I started cooking for the Thanksgiving meal! Mission Accomplished!  I got my workout of the way, and I started cooking and enjoying my day with the family.  While I was cooking I didn't really obsessed with calories, and finding healthier substitutions...I just wanted to cook and enjoy the day with my kids.  We had a huge turkey, we also had Ham, and we also grilled a piece of Filet Mignon.  We had the usual side dishes, the green been casserole, smashed potatoes, apple,sausage,onion stuffing, and of course the pumpkin pies! (please note the plural on the pies!)

Big Turkey!
My Stuffing - Light on the bread
Omar grated some cheese!

Ximena helped with the pumpkin pies!
Eric helped with the Ham!
We made Foot and Hand Turkeys!

Ximena was grateful for the "Turkey"

Eric and Will Thankful for the pies!  

Day 5: Black Friday -- well today was supposed to be my  day for Burn Circuit 3 and I have to admit that I skipped this day, I did not do it despite my intentions of completing it after we had gone to watch the Muppets movie and the do a bit of black Friday shopping.  So I decided to come clean and admit that I skipped out on the workout for this day, BUT I need to put in my plug so that you go and watch The Muppets!  so fun, makes you feel good, the songs are great!  the jokes are well written, even my teenagers enjoyed it!   

Day 6 - All the food and family time and Skipped on the Burn it Off and Recharge....

Day 7 - Rest day!

So there you have it....week 1 of chalean extreme was not perfect....but this week I am committed to make it it PERFECT and follow the schedule to the T!  Tonight I have burn circuit 1 - and I am not missing it!  Have a great Fitness week! Lets Bring It!  -- now after the Thanksgiving Eats...I feel I need a Shakeology Cleanse, I know my body and I will be thankful for it! 

3 Day Shakeology Cleanse Details

The Shakeology® 3-Day Cleanse
The key is to follow the same regimen all three days.

3 Shakeology shakes per day 2 cups of green tea per day 1 or 2 pieces of fruit per day (optional) 1 salad for dinner—can include fish or poultry No dairy or extra sugars (this includes almond and soy milk)! Drink 2 to 4 liters of water every day Only use low-fat dressings, and go easy on the salt and/or pepper to taste 2 snacks before/after any of the major meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) Fruit is optional, and it is discouraged (however, some of you will need the calories while others may not) Power-workout participants (those who are already super conditioned) are recommended the higher numbers of calories For maximum results, do NOT use additives Dinner salad may include WHITE GRILLED PROTEIN—poultry or fish only.

Daily Regimen:
1 cup of green tea to start the day

1 scoop Shakeology (140 calories) 1/2 cup of fruit (60 to 90 calories)—optional Ice to taste 8 to10 oz. of water
Snack 1 (85 calories): 1 piece of fruit (apple, pear, orange, banana mango, etc.)

1 scoop Shakeology (140 calories) Ice to taste 8to10oz.ofwater
1 cup of green tea or a detox tea
Snack 2: (you can have the second snack before or after dinner) 1 scoop Shakeology (140 calories) Ice to taste 8 to10 oz. of water

Salad with grilled white fish or poultry (roughly 340 calories) Greens—3 servings of vegetables, plus 4 oz. of grilled white meat (fish or poultry) 2 tablespoons of dressing—no more!

Shakeology 3-Day Cleanse FAQ
Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions:
1.    How many calories per day? 800 to 1,100 calories per day
2.    How often can I do the Shakeology 3-Day Cleanse? Ideally, you should do it once per quarter (every 3 months)--as the seasons change, before starting a new workout program, when you feel you need help breaking through a plateau.
3.    Should/Can I still do my workouts during the Cleanse? Depends on the individual.  You’ll have less energy than normal, so consider doing it during a recovery week.  Do not do in the middle of P90X® or INSANITY®
4.    Can I do a 1-day or a 2-day cleanse instead of a 3-day? Yes! Some people will see results with one or two days.  We recommend against continuing the cleanse for more than three days 5.    Should/Can I take other Beachbody® supplements during the Cleanse? Results and Recovery FormulaTM: No, too much sugar/calories.  Other products (Omega-3, etc.): Not necessary, but won’t hurt either...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Day 3 of Chalean Extreme!

Good morning!

Today is day 3 of Chalean Extreme!  I didn't want to get up this morning to tackle my workout!  it is my day off, I wanted to lounge more in bed.  But when I woke up everybody was still sleeping.  The only ones that were awake and active were my 2 cats who happened to have a bit of a disagreement, not sure over what, so I got up and scooted them outside so that they could take a chill pill.  I was up! so I said, well I might as well get my tennis shoes on (Because for my pijamas I always sleep with my workout clothes so all I have to do is put on my shoes in the morning -- yeah I've been told by my husband that I am "lazy" for doing that, I say its a way to ensure I do what I plan the night before ;)

That was around 7am, so I knew that the kids would wake up soon, and the only place I can do my turbo is in the living room, so I did that first! I did a full round of 38 -- almost got it!  I only had to refer back to the DVD for the recovery and finale just so that I can "oh yeah, thats the move"  Right at the end of the Finale, guess what all three babies where awak and wanted me to put the disney channel, it was a good thing that I only had like 1 1/2 left of the finale, I made them wait.

 After the Turbo I decided while the kids were being entertained by Disney, to go head to the  garage and tackle Burn Circuit 2!  I still can't believe I haven't lost all of my strenght!  I curled 15lbs, and for some of the row exercises I did 25!  I mean not all of the row, towards the end there I had to go down to 20lbs :)

Here I am saying "I am done! how about you? Come on! and groove" LOL

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Day 2 of Chalean Extreme

Good morning!

Well today is my rest day from Chalean Extreme!   When I woke up this morning, my chest muscles were stiff and sore!  YAY! I welcome the's been a while since I felt that kind of soreness in my upper body.  

Per the Chalean Extreme schedule, today is my rest day, but  I didn't NOT want to do anything so I  decided to do my Cardio!  What's my favorite cardio?  well if you haven't figure it out already its TURBO! Turbo Jam (which is really for beginners) Turbo Fire, and of course now Turbo Kick!  Since I am now a certified instructor, I get all the awesome music and choreography and I practice to my hearts content!  Speaking of which, this past Saturday I got to showcase the punching section of round 44, a special thanks to Anita the TK instructor that teaches TK on Saturday mornings at the San Mateo Sports 24hr fitness!  It was a great natural high for me to get front and center and showcase that punching section.  I am naturally a quite girl...not one to seek attention.  I remember when I was in 5-6th grade there used to be a talent show at school, I would happily watch my friends practice their dances, but in no way would I have volunteered to participate!  although, thinking back I did participate in the 6th grade Drill Team and we performed for the school. That was so nerve racking!   After it was done I remember thinking to myself, well that's the last time I bring attention to myself! but I must say that I must secretly enjoy being front in center, because in middle school in Mexico I was part of the "escolta" which is a Mexican tradition, kinda like saying the pledge to the flag every morning, but in Mexico its on Monday mornings, and the escolta brings out the flag and then the school sings the national anthem before starting the school week.   So I guess I am a "front and center closet girl" that hasn't come quite come out and declare that she enjoys to perform for the world to see ;)

Monday, November 21, 2011

My 2nd Round of Chalean Extreme!

Today was my day 1 of Chalean Extreme! this is my 2nd round this year, I did one round in the summer.  It was great. I really wanted to do P90X this fall, but this is the time of year where it gets so hectic at work, separating a full chunk of AT LEAST an hour, its tough!   and Chalean Extreme is only 45min tops!  So I decided to do another round of Chalean Extreme, it just works a lot better with my schedule.

 I wanted to start it almost a month ago, but my garage was a complete mess.  My garage is my gym when it comes to Strength Training this is where I keep my dumbbells, and where I pop in the DVD and push play.  I can't do it in the living room.   However, the garage is also the play room for my kids, and in the break when I stopped lifting, the kids took over that room.   Toys, clothes, blankets were all over the place!  you couldn't walk with out stepping on toys, let alone exercise!

All last week I kept posting about it on Facebook that I need to get back to lifting and that I needed to clean my garage again.  But it was just too daunting! finally on Saturday I put my foot down, and said no more, this mess has to be cleaned up.  I took it section at a time, and 3 hours later, my garage was once again my workout room and the kids playroom.  Once again we share this room!   that I was going get back in the weightlifting.

What can I say?  My day 1 of Burn Circuit 1 - went well! I was pleasantly surprised that I didn't loose any of my strength  and could still lift somewhat heavy!  for the posterior deltoids (is that it?  the back of the shoulders almost the upper back)  I was doing 15lbs, vs the 12lbs that Chalene was doing...yeah I have to brag about it :)  and I did all the push-ups on my toes, no knee push-ups for me! It was a great surprise...Round 2, here we go again!  LIFT HEAVY OR GO HOME!

Friday, November 4, 2011

I am Super Mom!

Hello my friends!!! LOOONNG TIME no write! I so apologize for my lack of communication via my blog.  Things have been hectic...more than hectic.  Its that time of year when my Accounting job really does pick up.  Its Year End.   Its forecasting time.  Its time to start thinking of 2012.  Its time to start thinking about corporate taxes.

Anyway, I was asked a question the other do I do what I do?  In the past year, I've become a huge fan of Brian Tracy.  He has this particular book, that I want to master and its called Eat That Frog.  It is all common sense stuff that he advises, so why is it so hard to master? Eating my Frog is something that I still struggle with.  But in addition to Brian Tracy's excellent Advice, I am also following Chalene Johnson!  Not with the workouts...although I do Turbo Everyday, BUT  I have to have my priorities clear so that my goals and actions align.   But here its where it gets complicated.  I have priorities and goals for each aspect of my life.  I have 3 Carmen's.

1. Carmen #1 - The mom and wife:  Support  my family, be there emotionally and financially, build my kids confidence way up so that they don't have the same struggles as I do, and be the best supporting wife that I can be, respect my husband, but more than anything be a real partner to him.

2.  Carmen #2 - The Accountant - Provide excellent work in a timely manner.

3.  Carmen #3 - ME  - Be happy with myself, the way to do this is help and support as many people as I can without violating any moral ethics, have time for myself to de-stress and start each day as happy as I can be.

This is how I try to organize myself....each Carmen has about 2-3 Frogs  that she must eat to feel like she had a productive day.  I focus on one individual Frog and I don't look at the other until one is eaten...if I focus on too many frogs, my day is shot and I won't get anything done.

So needless to say my house is a mess, my front and backyard are not worth mentioning.  I've come to terms with the fact that I haven't seen a full season of any one show in over 2 years....I don't even watch a full episode of  any one show.  But this is worth it, because I have certain priorities, certain goals that I need to accomplish.  I don't TV to de-stress...I have my Turbo and Scrapbooking for that.

So there you have life is busy, but not unmanageable and my ladder is against the right wall, so all the steps that I take as I go up, is taking me exactly where I want to go, and I wouldn't be here if it weren't for Beachbody's obsession with Personal Development ;)