Can I be a Beachbody coach if I am following a different exercise plan?

I meet people everyday on social media who are either runners, people who love go to the gym, love crossfit, or love following a plan that connects them to a community. I see it everyday! I also see how amazing these people are at sharing their love for fitness and health. It pains me however to see them not be able to take advantage of their love for fitness and monetize it to create a living they desire.

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I started and continue to do in home fitness programs so yes that seems like it is just a natural fit. So, how can those who love to workout outside of their home be amazing coaches? It happens all the time. There are amazing coaches out there able to create their own financial security because they are able to connect their clients with tools and resources that fit their needs. They have taken the selfishness out of their own journey and have decided to listen to what other’s needs are… By listening to their needs they are able to connect them to the tools and resources they NEED to LITERALLY CHANGE THEIR LIVES. Imagine the power you have to do such a thing. So, why wouldn’t you want to use your love of posting your food and workouts not only to inspire people but to CHANGE their LIVES!!!

I also explain it in more detail in this video I created.

If you are now ready to earn an income while doing what you love, I would love to have you join our Team Victory All Star Team. Please email me at with the Subject line “I’m Ready” and I will connect you with the next step and training to make it happen!


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21 Day Fix Planning Tips

21 Day Fix Planning Tips

When working with my Challengers one of the most common concerns I get which is a big concern I had when starting the 21 Day Fix program was “what if I am not a meal prepper, this is so confusing what do I do?”
21 Day fix prep tips
I am here to take the fear out of you Non-Meal Preppers like myself and give you REAL – LIFE examples of how I fit my containers in my day without prepping.
I will say that meal prepping is the easiest way to ENSURE you are doing it right, but hey we all live different lives and I tend to live mine in the car going from one kids practice to the next.
Let’s take an example Meal Bracket for the 21 Day fix. 1800 – 2009
21 Day fix meal bracket
That equals:
5 tsp
So how would I lay this day out without following a recipe or meal plan?
1 – I break down how many meals I would like to eat in a day?
I like to eat 5 – Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Snack, Dinner
2 – I fill in the meals with what I think I could eat based on being a creature of habit.
BREAKFAST – I like to have all my yellow containers before dinner so I typically have one during breakfast (my typical two options A or B)
A – 2 Eggs OverMedium, 1 piece of Wheat or Sourdough toast (I love sourdough toast, its not perfect but its me)
B – Gluten Free Oatmeal with Berries a scoop of my Chocolate Shakeology
3 – Snack.  Typically I am on the run or at home getting ready to workout so I like to have something small
A – Banana, Almonds
B – 1 Shakeology, Almond Milk, 1 TBS Almond or PB, Frozen Strawberries
4 – Lunch.  Lunch usually consists of a salad comprised of things I have been missing in my morning colors.  Kind of a catchall
A – 1 Green Containers of Lettuce, 1 Red Container of cooked chicken or turkey slices, 1 green cup filled with green onions, red onions, chopped zucchini.  21 Day Fix Dressing
= 3 GREEN (2 lettuce and the veggies that fit in the 3rd green container), 1 RED, 1 ORANGE
B – Zoodles (2 GREEN containers worth) with Red Sauce and Ground Turkey
5 – Snack.
B – Carrots
A – If I havent had my Shakeology I will have that with Water, sliced almonds and Regular or Vegan Chocolate
= 1 RED, 1 BLUE
6 – Dinner.
A – I always have protein in my dinner, usually have cooked chicken, cooked turkey, or grassfed beef cooked.  It takes 5 minutes to cook them with 1 onion and some spices. Makes for an easy RED.  I typically pair it up with Veggies that I like:  Mine are Zucchini, Asparagus, Yellow Squash, Cauliflower.  These are my go toes I am not a big veggie eater at all and that is why I religiously drink my Shakeology.  It counts as a RED but I know that if I cannot get in all my green containers I know my body is working on those greens in Shakeology.  If I am lacking energy I will have a fruit for dinner for the natural sugar.  I will have a purple over a yellow anyday.  If you are dragging and want to go to bed by 5pm, then go ahead and eat one of your purples during dinner, but try and make it before 6pm (I have been known to break that rule and still survive, but I am sharing best practices)
= 1 or 2 REDS (the protein), 1 GREEN, 1 PURPLE
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A = 3 – 4  REDS (1 RED to spare), 1 YELLOW (I have 2 yellow spares if I need them), 1 PURPLE (2 purples left to spare if I need them),  5 GREENS, 1 BLUE, , 1 ORANGE, the tsps I count in my cooking with coconut oil.
So, with Scenario A — I still have colors to spare, so if I need more during my snack or lunch or dinner I will add 1 extra serving, or if I am out on the road and run through starbucks I can grab a Protein platter that has some fruit on it, a piece of bread, etc.
B = 5 REDS, 2 YELLOW (1 to spare), 3 PURPLES, 3 GREENS (2 to spare), 1 Blue, 1 orange to spare, tsp I use in my cooking.
As you can see this meal plan can be used following recipes or following it on the fly.  There is still preparation involved and that is really up to you on when and where you normally eat.
21 Day Fix Meal Plan Tools collage
I would take the bracket you are in.  Look at how many meals you typically eat.  Spread out your colors how you would NORMALLY eat them taking away your normal FAST FOOD, TV DINNERS, etc and then see how many colors you have left.
Other strategies are to keep the containers on your counter so when it comes time to put your protein or lettuce on your plate you use the containers to measure them and place them on your plate.
The containers are there for a reason.  You will see the more you use them to portion things out, the easier it will be to eyeball your servings later.
This program is made for EVERYONE.  You can use this program with or without the DVD set that comes with it.  Personally I follow this meal plan using this technique I just shared everyday including when I go out to eat.
Example a lunch I eat when I go out to a local restaurant called Lazy Dog:
It is called the Chicken Hummus Salad
Comes with Iceburg Lettuce, 1 Chicken Breast, Pesto sauce, Balsamic Dressing, Hummus on the side an a pita bread
I have them modify it by changing the lettuce to Mixed Greens.  This meal on the 21 Day Fix Plan would be: 2 GREEN (they give you a ton of lettuce), 1 BLUE, 1 RED, 1 ORANGE, 1 YELLOW….. a perfectly balanced lunch… I would then track what colors I had eaten and see what I had left for dinner.
Rule of Thumb:  If you are still hungry – Go for a GREEN first, then a RED, then a PURPLE.
If you have any other questions regarding how to prep for the 21 Day Fix or if you are a busy mom like me, how I hack more meals out.  Send me an email at
If you would like to be a part of my NEXT PRIVATE COACHING GROUP email me at with the subject “your next group”
If you would like to add Shakeology to your 21 Day Fix Plan, you can order it HERE
If you don’t already have the 21 Day Fix I recommend you order the program AND Shakeology for the best savings.  It is called the Challenge Pack and can be ordered HERE
If you would just like to try Shakeology out as a RED back up, you can order a Shakeology Sample Pack HERE

How do you choose a Team Beachbody Coach?

Chosing the right beachbody coach

When I started as a coach in 2009 Beachbody coaching was pretty much unheard of.  It was a rarity to be a coach, to take a leap and not know if this business would be legit.  Now I have found that everywhere I go I hear that someone knows someone who is a Team Beachbody Coach.  (Trust me, good problem to have – not like some may think )

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My Coach Announcement Image August 2009

But now its time for you to choose a coach to walk through your own journey of fitness or coaching, how will you choose who is best fit for you?

Here is my explanation on how to choose.

I hope this is helpful!


If you do not have a coach you are working with, please don’t hesitate to email me at and I would be happy to answer any other questions you may have.

Should I add cardio to Hammer and Chisel?

I get this question all the time from my challengers since starting Hammer and Chisel.  Should I add cardio to the program?

should i add more cardio

My personal opinion is NO.  This program is designed to be done from start to finish as PLANNED.  Beachbody uses many experts to design a program that millions of people can use WITH the intention of them getting results they are looking for.  Why would they create a program that would not ensure results?  It would be a waste of everyone’s time and money.

I think the problem lies when we think we know better.  Sure we know our bodies right?  But have we ever developed our own workout program including a meal plan?

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Sure we are used to looking at our Heart Rate Monitors and are used to seeing a certain number which tells us numbers people we are on the right track.  Truth is if you feel you need more you just are not pushing yourself to the max in the program.

Maximum effort required calorie burn that may not be reflective in your Heart Rate monitors.  Just about every workout in this program you are working BIG muscles, such as your Quads, Glutes and Hamstrings.  Those muscles when worked to the max BURN calories.

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So my best words of advice are to TRUST the system laid out for you, stay off the scale and see how your clothes fit around week 3.  If you are still not losing inches, my guess is that we need to look at your food intake and not your heart rate monitor.

Beachbody has provided 1000s of people with PROVEN results and that is why they continue to create new ones.  Their goal is YOUR success.

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My goal is YOUR success.  IF you would like to discuss this further, simply send me an email at and I would be glad to work with you one on one!

Hammer and Chisel Day 30 woman’s results

I will start by telling you that I have in 6 years fully completed 4 Beachbody programs from start to finish.  I am not proud of this but I am also human.  In 2009 I completed a full 90 days of P90x and on about day 84 I decided I wanted to be a coach.  I never wanted this “rush” to end.  So for years, every program that came I jumped on with the desire to complete it.

dont throw in the towel quote

Out of transparency I fell short on Insanity ( I fractured my knee cap playing hockey at day 54), Body Beast (I broke my ankle playing hockey on around day 54), and the rest of the programs I fell short not because they were not great programs, I do love them all, but because I lacked commitment.


The 4 programs I fully committed to and finished were P90x, 21 Day fix, the Ultimate Reset, and PIYO.  Every single one I finished I got amazing results —-> Go Figure, right??

p90x Before and After


PiYo Results Female Anna Gray


This leads me to this post.  I have no doubt in my mind that I will be finishing the new Masters Hammer and Chisel.  I am on day 31 currently and have not missed a workout and do not intend to miss one.   In fact I believe I will be doing 2 rounds of this program because it is far from repetitive (I think repetition is my nemesis and probably why I didn’t finish some of the other programs).  This program keeps you on your toes and RESULTS are obvious very early on.

Master Hammer and Chisel day 30 results

I have not hopped on a scale because it plays too many mental games on me and I am sure the scale is up.  But my pants are back to being baggy and I am in love with feeling my abs move when I move, something I forgot happens.  It’s so nice to have abs back.

Have I been following the meal plan?  Yes for the first 2 weeks until the holidays hit.  I have given myself two weeks of freedom while the kids are out of school and with one more day left of it, I will be finishing this round off with NO ALCOHOL.  So I will have my last glass of wine tonight (unless I go to an LA Kings game :)).  I will say I am proud of myself and think that my results have everything to do with the fact I have had ZERO BEER… Beer is no bueno on this program… so while I have treated myself during these two weeks it has not been horrible.

I can say that at age 43 I am happy, healthy and ready to shed some more fat.  I trust the system as always and am committed to sharing my 60 day of results here.

Are you considering this program?  Are you concerned with modifications?  Are you concerned with equipment needed?  Simply send me an email at and I will be happy to work with you on the details so that you too can feel on top of the world!


P90x before