My thoughts on P90x2 Phase 1 | Female P90x2 Review | P90x2 Review

Today is day 2 of Phase 2 in the P90x2 workout.  I have recently completed Phase 1 and feel amazing!! I started my Beachbody journey way back when when I did P90x and dropped 2+ pant sizes, and tons of body fat.

Phase 1 is called the Foundation Phase, the reason for this is that rather then slap you in the face like P90x did, this phase helps you build your foundation so that you can kill it in your next 2 phases.  The phase is flexible unlike P90x.  P90x is strictly written as Phase 1 = 4 weeks, 3 weeks and a Recovery Week.  P90x2 gives you the option of doing the Foundation phase between 3 to 6 weeks based on your success in it.  I found that by week 3 I was going to have to go at least another week because my balance and core was still not stable going through these workouts.  But I was definitely progressing.  Week 4 I knew this was my last week in this phase and I was going to really have to bare down and focus and my workout sheets proved it.  PROGRESS NOT PERFECT.


Workouts in Phase one or Foundation Phase: (so fun to watch because I have many friends in the workout programs, all Beachbody Coaches that were Success Stories themselves)

P90x2 Core: Lots of Stability Ball work and some Medicine Ball work but very doable by both men and woman of all levels (there is always a modifier in the workouts including one that has zero equipment)  My friend Barbie Decker is one of the Cast members and she is such an inspiration.

Plyocide: A variation of Plyometrics in the original P90x but with a new twist, there is less jumping involved, ie NO ROCK STAR JUMPS 🙂  you feel incredible after completing this workout.

Recovery/Mobility: Here is your introduction to the Foam Roller.  What is a Foam Roller?  Well it is like paying someone to give you a Thai Massage, but this magical tool does it for you.  This is intended to get those knots and kinks out of your body before your workout so that you are not horribly sore the next day.  This workout is an extended version of the warmup foam rolling in the other DVDs.

P90x2 Total Body: My friends Traci Morrow and Mark Briggs are in this workout and again a total inspiration!! Traci is an adoptive mother like me so I have a special place in my heart for her.  This workout is exactly what it sounds like, head to toe workout and you are BEAT after the workout but feel amazing!

YogaX2:  A SHORTER YOGA!!! Very little repetition like the original version but still very tough!

P90x2 Upper Body: Balance and Power 🙂 This one is a doozy!! but by day 30 you will be so proud of yourself for accomplishing what you never thought you could possibly do, yes if you do them consistently you will progres..

So finishing this phase:

I feel Stronger, Leaner–my legs and arms are leaner and I have lost some more belly fat.

As far as Nutrition goes: I have been doing a 30 day Vegan cleanse.  So I have been following the cleanse and not the nutrition guide but still seeing amazing results.  Now that the cleanse is over I will be following the VEGAN VERSION of the p90x2 Nutrition guide.  Like the workouts, the Nutrition guide is very flexible based on your current nutrition likes.  There is a grain-free version, a vegetarian, a vegan and then your standard.  I do believe that this nutrition guide is much easier to follow then the original so people should really embrace it.  If you have a hard time following it then make sure to upgrade your Team Beachbody Club Membership to use their Custom Meal Plans.  I look forward to getting back on my daily Shakeology especially with a NEW VEGAN SHAKEOLOGY scheduled to launch Feb 14th.  You NEED this in your diet.  You don’t want all your hard work to go to waste by not tying in your nutrition!

Stay tuned for my Review of Phase 2.

How to Join a Beachbody Challenge Group

What is a Beachbody Challenge Group?

The objective of this Challenge Group is Maximum Results, so a focus on nutrition will be just as important as staying on top of your workouts. To accomplish this, using Shakeology as one meal replacement and following your meal plan for the others is a must! HOWEVER, if you are the type that really struggles with following meal plans (time, too difficult) I’ll also be providing you with an EASY meal plan WITH a shopping list EACH WEEK. By EASY, I mean VERY EASY; limited ingredients, low cost and short cooking time. This is the best gift I can give you to reward you for committing to the Challenge!

How do I join a Beachbody Challenge Group?

Ready to commit 100% to your fitness and nutrition?  If you are ready to join a Challenge Group, then please contact me by clicking the link below so we can discuss which fitness program you is right for you.  Then, I can add you to an exclusive Challenge Group!

Beachbody Challenge

What are the Requirements to Join the Challenge Group?
A commitment.  In order to join an exclusive Challenge Group, you have to be ready to commit to your health and fitness!  So, the commitment is to complete the full length of your Beachbody program, to drink Shakeology for one of your meals and to follow the meal plan for the other two. You will have me as your coach as well as the other challengers in a private facebook group for SERIOUS accountability and support. It is very straightforward and as long as you stay consistent, you will be transforming before you know it!! Just like every product Beachbody has, Shakeology is backed with a full, money back guarantee.  You have absolutely nothing to lose!  So go for it!

There are two ways to get everything you need to begin your journey,

1)  Purchase a Beachbody Challenge Pack
* Challenge Packs include your fitness program, Shakeology, 30-day Club/VIP Membership, Free Shipping all at a discounted price, saving you up to $54. (See all Challenge Packs)

2)  Commit to Shakeology Every Day
* If you already have the workout program, you can simply commit to drinking Shakeology daily.  (Order Shakeology)

Are there any prizes?

YES! Beachbody will be giving away daily, monthly, quarterly, and even a large grand prize for the best results/story!  See below:

  • $500 daily winners
  • $1000 monthly winners
  • $5000 quarterly winners (plus a paid trip)
  • $100,000 grand prize

Discounted Beachbody Challenge Packs:
All Challenge Packs come with:

**The workout program

**One month of Shakeology on Home Direct

**30 Days of the TeamBeachbody Club VIP membership

**Free Shipping

**Free Coach signup (only if you sign up as a coach, then select the challenge pack as part of your coach signup process.  You will also save 25% on future purchases)

Ready to Make the Commitment?

Contact me either on Facebook or Email (  Hurry, Challenge Groups are formed often, but fill up super fast

So as you can see, with these Discounted Challenge Packs, there are some big savings if you are looking to get a new workout program, try Shakeology, or become a coach.  See all Challenge Packs.

And if you already have your workout program, you can still enter the Beachbody Challenge without buying anything.  You don’t have to buy a Challenge Pack to enter the Beachbody Challenge.  It’s just an added incentive if you are looking for a bundled package discount.

So for those interested in taking the Beachbody Challenge (which should be all of us because who wouldn’t want to win free prizes??), click here to TAKE THE BEACHBODY CHALLENGE.



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The Ultimate Reset Day #14 of 21 Results

I decided to take the leap and take a picture of my progress on day 14 of the Ultimate Reset. I have one more week to go and am looking forward to taking my day 21 pictures.

Would love to hear your results on the Reset if you have done it before. Comment below if you have done it or if you are looking at doing something like this. Would love to hear from you

Are you ready to Take the Beachbody Challenge?

What is the Beachbody Challenge?

I would like to take the time to personally  invite you to my BEACHBODY CHALLENGE!! This Beachbody Challenge group will be exclusive to 5 people!! You will get exclusive feedback and support through this group!! Due to the amount of time invested in your success I am only able to include the first 5 but I will be forming a waiting list for anyone that isn’t able to get into the challenge. Think of the Beachbody Challenge as a virtual Bootcamp to move your fitness and health to the next level!!

You will purchase a Challenge pack which will include the program we choose, Shakeology HD, a 30 day trial of club and my unending support throughout the term of the challenge. There are two things I love about how Beachbody packaged the Challenge packs for us… Beachbody discounted the packs and you will also get free shipping!!

Each time we start a challenge I will select different programs from the Beachbody Fitness programs.

It’s a nutritional protein shake that provides a wide spectrum of healthy nutrients in a low-calorie formula. Shakeology is an effective way to help you lose weight, increase your energy and be the healthiest you can possibly be — trust me, I’m proof!!!! Look at my pics!


It’s simple…for 60-90 days you will be replacing ONE MEAL A DAY with Shakeology, we will also use the Team Beachbody Club meal planner, and using the fitness program to reach your goals!

The best part is that you will get my one on one support throughout the program– a virtual boot camp to reach your fitness goals and to find the healthiest you!! I will get creative in being there to help you through the challenge through social media, texting, calling, email, and any other means I can find to make sure you reach your goals and find your healthiest you!


If you have not already, you will need to officially sign up to have me as your coach.JOIN MY TEAM!

Don’t forget about the CASH PRIZES!! If you log your workouts in the Team Beachbody super gym you qualify for a daily giveaway of $500, monthly giveaway of $1000 and quarterly giveaway of $5000 and the grand prize will be given away in June of 2012 and is $100,000. Click here for more prize information!! It is AMAZING the money they are giving away just to help people get fit and healthy!! I want all of my clients to get a piece of the action!!

TOGETHER the 6 of us would BEGIN OUR JOURNEY. Checking in EVERYDAY, without exception!

I will be giving these 5 my cell phone number for anytime support and you BETTER BELIEVE I will be calling YOU if you don’t hear from you on the boards!

This IS a commitment… ON MY PART and YOURS… Hence why I said that the people selected would NEED TO BE READY to SERIOUSLY change their lives! But I do believe it could be something that will not only make me a better coach for having gone through it… but will leave 5 people COMPLETELY TRANSFORMED at the end!!!

If you would like to be considered and are willing to make ALL the commitments above, then… what are you waiting for?!?! Beachbody Challenge and click on TAKE THE CHALLENGE!! Sign up, choose your pack and then message me RIGHT NOW at with the subject “Beachbody Challenge” to get the dates for the next challenge!! LET’S GET STARTED NOW!!


Body Beast Review for Women week #4 | T25 Hybrid

Body Beast Review for Women week #4 | T25 Hybrid

This is my 4th week of Body Beast where I am plugging in T25 for the scheduled Cardio Days.

I have done 2 rounds before this but I seem to be accident prone, including fracturing my ankle…. (insert sad face emoji)  

This time I am determined to FINISH.

The first 3 weeks were considered the Build Phase. Here you are building a foundation of developing lean muscle.  The workouts in the Build Phase are approximately 40 minutes long.  Here is what a week looks like in the Build Phase (week 1 – 3).

Monday:  Build Chest/Tris body beast build phase
Tuesday:  Build Legs
Wednesday: Build Back/Bis
Thursday:  T25 Cardio
Friday:  Build Shoulders
Saturday:  Rest
Sunday:  Build Chest/Tris

For Beast Cardio I did T25 Cardio 1.0 (week 1), Speed 1.0 (week 2), Total Body Circuit (week 3).

The first 2 weeks I was only eating clean (no processed foods) but did eat grains and dairy.

Starting week 3 I decided to cut out Bread, Dairy and the Summer Ice Cold Refreshing BEER.  I knew that leaning out would be harder if I did not.

So a typical day for me right now in Build and Bulk phases look like this
Pre-Workout:  Beachbody’s Energy and Endurance with water, 30 minutes prior to my workout
Post-Workout:  Vanilla Shakeology, Beachbody’s Base Shake 1 Scoop, 4 Frozen Pineapples, Water, for rapid muscle absorption
Lunch: Egg Salad Recipe over a bed of lettuce.
Snack: 2oz Turkey Slices, 4 oz Fruit
Dinner:  Tritip, Steamed Veggies, Homemade guacamole
1 Suma capsule before bed
**I have not used the Fuel Shot yet and most likely will use it in the 3rd phase
***I am not using the Max Creatine because I want to avoid the bloating that occurs with Creatine

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I have noticed my metabolism is back on fire and I am often hungry.

The Bulk phase workouts are a bit shorter (with exception of Legs) but they are packed with power.

Short bursts of the same weight is designed to bring your muscles to fatigue (and trust me it does).

I love how I feel after the Bulk workouts and also love how my muscles feel after my post-workout meal.  It’s like my empty take of gas is now full again.

My goal is to lean out and build more lean muscle definition.  Hoping my thighs and waist will lean out by the end of this program.

Here is a this weeks Lean Bulk Phase:
Mon Bulk Chest
Tues Bulk Legs
Wed Bulk Arms
Thurs T25 Speed 1.0/Beast Abs
Fri Bulk Back
Sat Bulk Shoulders

The Challenges in the next few weeks will be my 15 year Wedding Anniversary in Las Vegas.

My weekend get away in Laguna Beach as a reward Beachbody has given me.  (Good thing there are Live workouts with Beachbody trainers when I am there to keep me on track).

Other than these I should be on track to finish all 80+ days of Body Beast with pure focus.

Continue to follow my journey + Body Beast Reviews through the next few weeks.

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***Updated 12/1/2014 ***

One of my Coaches Carrie Merschat (you can find her here on FB) took my recommendation and went through P90x, the followed it with Les Mills Pump and has now done 2 Rounds of Body Beast and she looks so dang amazing.  She is PROOF this program is FOR WOMEN!!

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Have any other questions regarding this program, please email me at with the Subject:  Body Beast

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