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How I lost 3 lbs on a 8 day all inclusive vacation in Mexico!

13754460_10111174801729644_1663793885540118672_nWhen most people think of all inclusive vacations, they immediately are drawn to the allure of the all you can eat and all you can drink portion of that package.  Anyone who knows me, knows that I love to eat and I love my Margaritas, but this time around, I had to be very intentional about what I ate and drank on my 8 day vacation at the Now Sapphire Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

On July 6th, I started the 21 Day Fix Extreme program which also included replacing one meal a day with Shakeology.  This 21 day program focuses on 30 minute workouts which vary from upper body, lower body, total body, plyometric, pilates, cardio, and yoga. On top of that you have a very simple nutrition plan that you follow that incorporates portion control containers and a list of foods that you are able to eat.  The whole thought of this program is simplicity, it takes out calorie counting or spending endless hours working out, yet yields pretty amazing results, because you do the program for 21 days without rest days or cheat meals.  In my mind, you can do anything for 21 days, but I will say when 8 of those days are spent abroad, I was a bit nervous, but I am happy to report that I actually lost 3 pounds while on vacation and feel like a total rockstar for staying on track.

Here are a few things that I did, that made this possible and actually pretty doable for the vacation:

  1. SHAKEOLOGY EVERY SINGLE DAY!: I made sure that every morning, before leaving my hotel room, I used one of the ice cold bottles of water and mixed it with one serving of Cafe Latte Shakeology. It was like my morning Iced Coffee that I didn’t feel guilty about.  Shakeology is packed with nutrients, vitamins, minerals, probiotics, protein, and has 9 servings of fruits and vegetables. This was my morning fuel.
  2. Beachbody OnDemand & the Gym: Since the resort had free wifi, I was able to bring my phone or laptop to the resort gym and do my 30 minute workouts each morning. Since the program uses dumbbells and resistance bands and doesn’t take up a lot of space, I was able to get the workouts done. Plus, the gym area with the weights was pretty empty, as most people either stuck to the cardio machines or used the cable weight machines.
  3. Make Friends with the Chefs & Wait Staff: The chefs and waitstaff were pretty regular and I made it a point to make friends and explain my dietary needs on day one.  This way, it was easy for me over the course of the 8 days to get foods that I could eat. I frequented the grill area, where I could order a piece of fish, steak, or chicken to be grilled for me on the spot. I brought over the olive oil that was near the salad bar and asked them to use that instead of the oil that was next to the grill, which wasn’t olive oil and didn’t have any additional additives. I also, brought over fresh veggies from the salad bar and asked them grill or sauté them for me and they did without blinking an eye.  I opted out of the fried foods or foods drenched in salty sauces, and ate mostly grilled protein and veggies at each meal.  I also indulged in tropical fruits that we don’t typically have here in the states like Mexican Papaya with a squeeze of lime juice, dragon fruit, and tons of melon, pineapples and mangos. For breakfast, I stuck with egg white omelets with a bit of cheese and tons of veggies.
  4. SKIP THE ALCOHOL: The 21 Day Fix Extreme doesn’t allow for alcohol, which was a bit of bummer, especially seeing all of the cool concoctions being served in pineapples or hearing people order a “Dirty Monkey” from the pool bar.  However, I was able to still have a refreshing “mocktail” – Sparkling Water with muddled mint and lime with a pineapple slice. It was the perfect drink and still felt fancy and tropical. I actually didn’t even miss the alcohol, being that it was so hot and humid, my drink was perfect and I could drink them all day! Which was helpful, since I needed to make sure that I drink at least 10 glasses of water.
  5. Challenge Tracker App & 21 Day Fix Tracker App: To help me stay on track, as when I am on vacation I rarely know what day it is, so having a tool to ensure that I was eating on track and doing the correct workouts for the day, was key.  Plus, I was a part of a Challenge Group, where I was able to see everyone else checking in with their meals and workouts, it was a great reminder when I didn’t want to workout or wanted to pig out at the buffet, that I had goals and made commitments and that I wasn’t alone on this journey.

I am pleased with myself and my results so far, especially because I didn’t make excuses and stayed on track.  If I can do it, that means that anyone else can.  This just proves the power of having a true system and plan for your nutrition and fitness that is simple and sustainable, coupled with an accountability system and tracking tools.  If you are interested in trying the 21 Day Fix or the 21 Day Fix Extreme, I have a Challenge Group starting soon and I’d love to have you join me and the rest of the group.

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3 Questions to Ask Yourself before starting a Cleanse

Well, today is the day that I start my 3 Day Refresh program.  I will be honest and say that I am not one to go Ga-Ga for cleanses, but after the past month of emotional eating due to some lifestyle changes and major decisions being made, my eating took a bit of a toll.  Which, we all know, you can’t out train a bad diet.  I wasn’t going crazy but I will say that after discovering Cookie Butter ice cream from Trader Joes and sneaking to the bakery next to the gym (yes I said it!) time to time, I can tell that I need to get a bit more focused on my diet again.  After looking at photos of myself from last spring break’s trip to Mexico and preparing for my upcoming trip to mexico, I realize that I need to get it together.

So, I’m giving the 3 Day Refresh a shot and luckily I have a group of other people doing it with me to help me stay on track. To be honest, it’s not that bad, you are pretty much eating fruits and veggies and drinking high protein shakes and fiber drinks each day, so you are not starving and it’s pretty simple.

However, I have known about this program for about a year and have yet to try it, again, I am a skeptic, but before I made the decision to do it, I asked myself these 3 questions and after reviewing my answers, I knew that a cleanse would be the best thing for me. If you are thinking about doing a cleanse in the near future, ask yourself these 3 questions first before you invest:

  1. Why am I doing this cleanse?   Many of my clients will tell me that they are doing a cleanse to lose weight quickly or they even think that they can sustain it for longer than the cleanse suggests.  A cleanse should not be a quick fix, actually, nothing you do with your health and fitness should be a quick fix.  Why? Because you didn’t gain the weight quickly, so don’t expect it come off overnight. Instead, you should look at a cleanse as a way to make sure that your body is operating at its best to help facilitate the other good behaviors that you want to incorporate into your lifestyle.  If you are only looking for a quick fix, the second that you are done with the cleanse, you will go back (or even worse) to where you were.  When you do a cleanse shift your focus to HEALTH not WEIGHT LOSS. 
  2. Will this fuel and nourish my body or will it deplete my body?  Many people do these drastic cleanses that are out on the market or that they read about some celebrity doing, you know like only eating cauliflower puree and drinking pickle juice for 5 days.  The thing is that the body actually can do a pretty good job of cleansing itself if you simply focus on eating fruits and veggies and make sure that you have a good dose of plant based proteins and fiber.  Coupled with drinking lots of water.  Do you see that you don’t have to starve yourself or only eat one or two things??  Also, a lot of these shakes and pills that are on the market are filled with tons of fillers, preservatives, and chemicals, which yes, you may lose weight as they can help to make you feel fuller, make you poop more, or even suppress your appetite, this is not what a cleanse should do.  A cleanse is a very intense thing that your body may be going through and if you are not nourishing your body during the cleanse, you could be doing way more harm than good.  That’s what I love about the 3 Day Refresh so far, I have yet to feel hungry or cranky, to be honest I find it hard to eat all the food I’m required to eat. When you do a cleanse shift your focus to NOURISHING not DEPRIVING your body.
  3. What is my plan of action after completing the cleanse? As I mentioned above, cleanses are not quick fixes, they are more of a way to jumpstart or help you to get back on track so that you can build upon the results of the cleanse. After the cleanse is over, you should have a plan of action to continue the progress and results, that means that you are not going back to eating crap and junk food, as much as I want to go back to eating Cookie Butter Ice Cream and fresh baked cookies on the regular, I know that it will ruin the progress I made. So instead, I will focus on only indulging from time to time. I will also make sure that I am staying on top of my meal prep Sundays (another thing that I let go to the wayside last week causing me to eat junk and feel a bit bloated).   I am also going to make sure that I continue to keep drinking my water (on the Refresh I’m drinking about 90 ounces of water to help facilitate the cleanse).  The cleanse should never be your end all be all, but moreso an opportunity to set you up for success.  When you do a cleanse shift your focus to LONG TERM RESULTS not SHORT TERM RESULTS.

Cleanses are great, if you are 100% clear of why you are doing it, have a cleanse that nourishes your body during the cleansing process and you have a plan of action after the cleanse is over.

I will be sharing my results with the 3 Day Refresh at the end of the week and give you the good, bad, and ugly.  But in the meantime, if you have any questions about the 3 Day Refresh or any other cleanse that you have done in the past or are thinking about doing, let’s chat about it so we can make sure that you are prepped for ultimate success!

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4 Reasons You’re Gaining Weight Even Though You’re Working Out

As a Personal Trainer & Beachbody Coach, I work with tons of people on a daily basis to get them started on their fitness and weight loss journey, but one of the biggest complaints I hear within the first few days or even weeks of working out, is “I’m still gaining weight! This isn’t working!” Then they end up quitting their fitness program.  I want to tell you, to keep going, if you are in this boat!   Why? Because in most cases, this weight gain is only temporary and will correct itself pretty quickly.

For most people in this boat, you are not gaining fat, but instead it is water weight.  When you are working out, you are building muscle which means that you are tearing your muscle fibers and then your body is working hard to repair and heal those tears.  When this happens, your muscles become inflamed, which signal your body to go into healing mode which requires a lot of fluid to facilitate the healing process.  Eventually, your body will realize that you are simply building muscle and it will not go into heavy inflammation mode.   So stick with it and keep on working out with your program.

However, there may be other factors to consider and tips to help you combat them:

  • Poor Diet: You can’t out exercise a bad diet, so if you are working out consistently but eating a poor diet, chances are you will still gain weight. Focus on Eating Clean, which means not consuming tons of foods loaded with preservatives, junk, and refined sugars.  To learn more about Clean Eating, check out my free Clean Eating Guide to help you – www.cleaneatingguide.com.
  • Not Eating Enough: Also, if you are not eating enough, you could also gain weight. You could actually be creating hormonal imbalances or causing your body to hold on to fat to use for energy.  If you are using a Beachbody home fitness program, then you have a Nutrition Guide that you will help you figure out what to eat to help you reach your goals. Also, you can start to add Shakeology to your daily routine to make sure that you are getting enough of the nutrients and vitamins you need to fuel your body. (To grab your Fitness Program and Shakeoogy, click here)
  • Stress: If you are overstressed with work, your relationships, personal life, etc, your body could be releasing the stress hormone Cortisol into your body, which can definitely cause you to gain weight, especially in your midsection.  Try to find ways to relax and unwind, try journaling, going for a walk after work, having a date night with your spouse, or even working on a budget to help you manage your finances. Ideally, find ways to reduce your stress and you may see a difference.
  • Medical Conditions: Some of you may have a medical condition or an underlying condistion that you are not aware of, which may require you to schedule an appointment with your doctor to check on other factors like your thyroid, adrenal glands, and other factors.

Hopefully, this helps you to get more understanding about why you may be gaining weight and also to give you some clarity to keep you on track to reaching your goals. If you have other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me and we can work on a plan to get you back on track!

If you need more help to get on track with your weight loss, let’s set up a free chat.  Click here to get on my schedule! I’m looking forward to speaking with you! 

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How to Survive a Conference in Vegas

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Healthy Snacks Packed for the Coach Summit in Vegas: Banana, 2 bottle of water, strawberries, sunflower seeds & dried cranberries, applesauce, blueberries, and a homemade chocolate protein brownie. Some items were bough through online grocery delivery and other items were brought from home.

Last week, I was at the Team Beachbody Coach Summit, that was held in Las Vegas.  As much as I look forward to this annual conference, one of my biggest pet peeves with most conferences is that the schedules are jam packed, the food options aren’t always the best to keep you on track and it is so darn expensive! This year, I got smart and made it important to stick with my goals – to stay on track with clean eating and to stay on track with my budget. I spent $50 total on food for 4 days in Las Vegas and was 100% healthy, satisfied and happy with my choices. I came back actually down 2 pounds, didn’t get sick, had tons of energy, and had a great time!

Here are my tips:

  1. Order Groceries Online: A few days before arriving to Vegas, visit http://www.vons.com and set up an account to have groceries delivered to your hotel. I stayed at the MGM Grand and it was no problem at all.  Myself, along with 3 other people put our money together to order about $60 worth of groceries. Our list consisted of fresh fruit, cases of water, bread, peanut butter, crackers, cheese sticks, applesauce, plastic cutlery, dishwashing soap, and plastic sandwich baggies. We all ended up spending about $20 each on groceries.  Also, you can bring some items from home, as well, if you already have them on hand, just add them to your suitcase. 🙂
  2. Pack Snacks: Once you have your groceries, create individual snack bags that you can bring with you along the way, so you don’t have to worry about being stuck in a workshop or meeting without having something healthy to eat or snack on.
  3. Make a Morning Shake: We used ice from the Ice Vending machine and one of my roommates brought a Single Serve Hamilton Beach blender and we used the fresh fruit and water/juice to create our morning Shakeology.  As you know I drink it every single day, and this allowed me to stay on track. Especially in Vegas, where the air quality isn’t the best and I used to always get sick when I went to Vegas, this super packed daily dose of dense nutrition, was critical! I actually had 2 shakes a day just for good measure (one for breakfast with ice, water, and fresh fruit) then mixed the other with coconut water for a snack and extra energy boost.
  4. Splurge on Dinner: Instead of trying to run to grab lunch, which we didn’t have much time, so I stuck with a Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich, some triscuits, fruit and a cheese stick, but for dinner, I was more open to splurging on a meal when I had the time to unwind and relax. These was perfect because most of the nights were parties and events where there were cocktails and tasty food. So I didn’t feel bad at all, especially because I had made great choices during the day.
  5. Stick with the plan: If you take the time to plan out your meals before, pack your snacks and lunches, you won’t fall victim of making bad choices.  Yes, it could be tempting to skip the PB&J in the bag and head out with the rest of the group for a big lunch that you will have to rush through (which will make you feel worse as you are inhaling your food then running back to the workshops). But think about your goals and how you want to feel throughout your time.  If you need help sticking with the plan, get a few accountability partners or people from your team, that you can eat lunch with in a cool place in the hotel or even have a picnic outside and get some fresh air (although the air quality isn’t the best) since you are stuck inside most of the day.

The key is that if you take a few proactive steps, you can stay on track.   What are your tips for staying on track during  convention or conference?

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Core & Booty Blaster Move

Here’s a great exercise to work on your core and your glutes. Some keys to success with this move:

1⃣Keep your core tight the entire time by pulling your belly button in
2⃣Don’t swing your leg, create a 1 second isomeric hold in between the two moves
3⃣Try not to arch your back when you extend your leg
4⃣Squeeze and crunch your core when you bring your leg in to your forehead
5⃣Don’t forget to breathe 😤

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February Progress

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I can’t believe that it’s been one year since I really dedicated my life to eating cleaner and working out consistently. I decided to really commit after I noticed that I wasn’t getting the results I was looking for and when I did get results they were fleeting and never lasted. On this journey of health, fitness and wellness, I’m learning that you can’t do this for the here and now. You have to truly make this a lifestyle.

When I made the commitment, I started on my nutrition first. The body you want (in terms of how you look and how you feel) starts with what you put into your body. For 21 Days I was eating 100% clean and taking additional supplements to reset my body. I didn’t do one minute of exercise, yet I lost 12 pounds and saw my energy increase and some issues that I was experiencing decrease.

From February until the rest of 2013 I committed to and completed Les Mills Combat, 3rd round of Insanity, TurboFire and Focus T25. With each program I found myself getting stronger and I felt better about myself. I was now getting “off the scale” results like more confidence, sleeping better, improved posture, and looking and feeling like a million bucks.

I start P90X3 on Monday and I’m super excited about it. I’m not looking to lose weight or anything like that, just to simply challenge myself and improve my strength.

This is just a reminder that if you have a goal of being healthier and more fit, make your goal a lifestyle and it will be so much easier to get the results you are looking for!

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Have you ever thought about turning fitness into a business???

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Today kicks off my 60 Day Training for my newest coaches who decided to turn their passion for fitness by becoming a Beachbody Coach. If you have ever thought about owning your own business and becoming an entrepreneur who not only works on getting healthy and fit, as well, as helping others to do the same, there is still space open my 60 Day Training. Over the next 60 days, we will work together to focus how to get your business started, how to grow and market your business, and how to get on track to make six figures.  To be honest, I never thought that this would be something I would be passionate about, but here I am, loving every minute of it.

If you are interested, you can comment below or send me an email at allisontibbs@beachbodycoach.com and we can discuss more in depth about what exactly I do as a coach and how we can get you started.

What are you waiting for????

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Pre-Black Friday Fitness Sale

Okay, so if you know me, you know that I love a good sale and that I’m obsessed with Beachbody programs and products and this year they are on sale with up to 68% off! Also, I’m doing an additional giveaway special for November 27th – November 30th!  For each Challenge Pack purchased, you will get a $20 coupon to use on your next purchase and I will throw in a FREE workout DVD for you!   For each Shakeology HD purchase, I will throw in a FREE workout DVD for you!  Check out the deals below and contact me if you have any questions! You can purchase these great deals by visiting www.TinyUrl.com/ATFitSale.

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New Video: What are these challenges all about???

For more information fill out the form at http://www.tinyurl.com/ATFitChallenge!

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Getting Ready for Vegas with Insanity AND Les Mills Combat

photo-1I am 8 days away from heading to Las Vegas for the Beachbody Coach Summit and I will surrounded by some of the most fit people that I know, which means that the next fews days are going to super focused on eating clean and training mean!   I am on Week 7 of Insanity, but have decided to also do Les Mills Combat for Two-A-Days!  I know that might seem a bit extreme, but we will also be doing group workouts live with some of the Celebrity Trainers and that includes Shaun T and the Dan and Rachel of Les Mills Combat.  And I want to be ready to rock and roll with the best of them.

Most people aren’t familiar with Les Mills Combat but was one of the programs that really shaped my shoulders and glutes and shredded my abs and core.  What makes the program so great is that it incorporates 6 different kinds of martial arts like boxing, kickboxing, muay thai, karate, and tae kwan do.  After I get back from Las Vegas, I will be starting a full blown program of Les Mills Combat! If you want to learn more about the program, check out the video below.  Also, this month there is a Les Mills Combat Challenge pack on sale. If you are interested after checking out the video, click to here to learn more about the program. If you want to join me on July 8th for a round of Les Mills Combat, I’d love to have you join me!