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The Platinum Edge 2016 Recap: A Weekend of “Ah-ha’s”

The theme of this weekend: Use your story to go after your dreams (or, who needs sleep?).


This past weekend I was in Dallas, staying at the Gaylord Texan Resort, for a conference called The Platinum Edge. Beachbody was founded by a number of coaches, one of which was Christine Dwyer who created a team, Platinum Presenters, that now has over 200,000 COACHES! How crazy is that? She and her husband chose to put on a conference for the past four years JUST for her team and ours is the only team who does this!

I am SO blessed to have such an amazing leader in Christine and be on her team!


I was up BRIGHT and early Friday morning to drive up to the Denver airport and fly out to Dallas. Once I arrived at the hotel, it was coffee time and waiting for my other teammates to meet me there. We hugged, snacked, and headed out to the first afternoon of speakers, which were AWESOME. You’re going to hear that word a lot, get used to it ;). After a veeeerrry long day, we were ready for some wine that Anna had brought. Sadly, we had no wine opener. We had to pay FOUR DOLLARS for them to bring this beauty up to the room. I had to gouge the wine cork to get it out.

Not pretty. But hilarious.


We went to a Mexican restaurant inside the resort for dinner and had soooo much fun just drinking our margaritas, laughing, and chatting about how excited we were to be there.



The next morning we were up early again for a TurboKick live workout!! I had done the same style workout at this event last year, so it was a lot of fun! I LOVE the high energy of these workouts and I might have to do some at home with Beachbody On Demand soon!

Who doesn’t like kicking and punching when you need to get your frustrations out?


Afterwards, we did a big “team photo!” What team is this? Well, different leaders above me have created amazing team cultures for me to be a part of. My teams are: Platinum Presenters > Shrednation > Team Inspire Joy.

This is our Shrednation family!


After our workout, we went to quickly take this photo…


Random, I know, but I really wanted a comparison to last year’s photo.


Does anyone else notice a difference?

I certainly did! You can read more about my thoughts on this change here.

After showering it was time for a LONG day of speakers and note taking. I was FIRED UP AND READY!


We learned SO MUCH GOOD STUFF at this conference, I cannot even begin to tell you. Some of the speakers had me in tears, others had me furiously writing down notes until my hand cramped up. I cannot WAIT to go back through all my notes and start sharing all the great things I learned. Here are just a couple little nuggets from my day one notes:

You decide where you want to grow and that’s where you show up no matter what.

Don’t spend time doing things that aren’t serving you.

You won’t find inspiration sitting around thinking about helping people.

Happiness doesn’t fall out of the sky; you have to work for it.

The longer you wait, the great the odds are you won’t.

Shit is going to happen, but igniting your potential is a lifelong decision.

After day 2, we were POOPED. For real. We decided to make our second annual trip to Sweet Tomatoes for an amazing all you can eat salad, soup, bread, and dessert bar. We were a happy group of ladies, let me tell you. 🙂


Round 1: Salads. Round 2, 3, 4, etc… not pictured. 😉


The next morning I couldn’t sleep well, so I decided to get in a quick run. I was supposed to run six miles, but I ended up only running four because my hip started to hurt. Lucky for me, I ran into Marti down in the workout room and ran a few miles with her!


I “met” Marti online right when I was beginning my coaching business (she’s on another team under Platinum Presenters called MizFIT Republic) and we’ve been keeping in touch ever since! This was our second time getting to meet at a Beachbody Coaching event, which is so cool since she’s from Fargo, ND and I may have never met her otherwise!


After I finished running I headed upstairs to join the ladies in a Piyo workout! WHEW my legs were tired! I left a song early to go shower (and got locked out of our room…) but it was a great workout. I LOVE Piyo live as well – such good energy!


And then it was our LAST DAY!

We had another half day of speakers/sessions and these were just as good as the first! We also had to sneak in a picture with the amazing Hank:


He was the mascot of our section of the hotel, so obviously very important. After our last sessions we hung out at the hotel for a while until it was time to leave for the airport. I am SO THANKFUL for these amazing women who showed up for themselves with me this weekend. I seriously cannot imagine my life without this team supporting me and loving me no matter what. They push me towards my dreams, listen when I’m down, and don’t let me give my crap excuses.

Thank you so much, Anna and Bri!


Finally, it was time for the airport! Anna and I were both delayed so we went to TGIFRidays for some dinner and then froyo afterwards! Not the best… but it certainly hit the spot!


Then we were delayed some more.

Then I was delayed a little more.

And then some more…


Finally, I made it to Denver, but I still had to collect my car and drive all the way back to Colorado Springs. I definitely drank some energize and had some snacks to keep me awake. Lots of music and open windows as well. Not a fan of that activity.


But I made it home. And slept. For 3 hours… Most days I love that my body wakes up early no matter what, but not on days where I go to bed at 3:30am!


So there you have it, my trip to Dallas and my great weekend of learning! Keep an eye out for some more great epiphanies and lessons coming your way!

Have you ever been to Texas?

Have you been to Sweet Tomatoes!? Who else loves it!? 

DIY Iced Coffee

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of iced coffee. I love coffee, but iced just takes it to a whole new level. Since we have about 3 months here in Chicago when it’s actually warm enough to crave an iced coffee, I like to take advantage of that. However, these things aren’t exactly budget friendly.

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So I decided to start making my own iced coffee! One option was to buy the coffee concentrate from Trader Joe’s, and although that saved money it was still more than making it on my own. So today I’m going to show you how to make your own iced coffee!

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The way I do it is to make hot brewed coffee, however you can also make your cold brew coffee. I haven’t done that though because it involves letting it sit for 12 hours and then straining out the coffee beans… and that just sounds like too much for this girl and her tiny kitchen (and perhaps slight lack of patience…).

First, make your coffee! I prefer to make mine in a french press rather than my keurig because I can more easily control how much coffee I put in. You want to make it much stronger than you would make regular coffee because you’ll be adding ice, which will dilute the coffee.

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Once you’ve made your coffee (add hot coffee to grinds, let sit for 5 minutes) I then pour it into a cup  or other container (depending on how much I make) and set it in the fridge for an hour or two. Then I pull it out, add a smidge of stevia (you can add whatever sweetener or syrups you like!), about 1/2 cup of Almond Breeze Almond Milk, and then ice!


See?? SO EASY! And way less expensive than iced coffee from a coffee shop. This has been my go-to this summer on the weekends and now I’m bringing it to work as well a couple days a week (when it’s actually hot out…).


Have you ever made your own iced coffee? 

What’s your favorite drink during the summertime? 

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze, however all

thoughts are completely my own. 

What I Ate Wednesday–Still Job Hunting

Good morning and happy Wednesday! For this week’s WIAW post, I chose my food from Monday, a typical day of job searching!

If you’re new to What I Ate Wednesday, head on over to Peas and Crayons to see what it’s all about, and to see the other participating bloggers!

Peas and Crayons

I started out my day by headed to the gym bright and early for a 3 mile run and a 12 minute HIIT workout from Purely Twins. When I got home I showered, got dressed and made some breakfast. For breakfast I made a bowl of Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal, however I nixed the chia seeds and added 1 T psyllium husk (I’m going to add less from now on… super weird texture), 1 tsp maca powder and 1 tsp spirulina, which is what gives this the bizzare green color. Topped with almond butter!

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After breakfast I took care of a few “desk” items at home and then headed out to Starbucks where I met up with a friend of mine from Law School to do our job searching. I love seeing her every once in a while because we’re both in same boat and it’s nice to commiserate!

While I was at Starbucks waiting for my friend, a barista came around handing out samples of their Gingerbread Latte. I assume they do this to get you to try a drink you wouldn’t otherwise order. Well, it worked. This thing was AMAZING and was even topped with molasses!

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I almost started laughing when the barista came around again, this time with a peppermint mocha sample. I was sitting at a big table which happened to have 3 other women around my age sitting at it, and we all grinned and accepted our samples. Definitely made my morning.

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After being at Starbucks for a couple hours I broke out a Quest Bar for a snack since it was really lunchtime for me.

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After another couple hours I headed home for lunch. I made a “quesadilla” aka folded over burrito with avocado, refried beans and a Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge. With a side of roasted green beans, carrots and parsnips that I had prepped this weekend and served with some sriracha.

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My lunch didn’t quite fill me up, so I also had an apple while continuing my job searching work.

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Since the weather was horrendous (gradually working its way down to 32 degrees, windy and snowing/sleeting) I opted to stay home to do a little cleaning and job searching instead of going back out to another coffee shop.

After a while I was getting hungry again and it was time for dinner! I had a filet of baked tilapia topped with olive oil and lemon pepper (from Target’s frozen food), spinach sautéed in olive oil and baked spaghetti squash with a Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge mixed in.

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For dessert I made a big bowl of “protein ice cream” which included about a cup of frozen peaches, half a frozen banana, ice cubes, a pinch of xantham gum and guar gum, stevia and vanilla, all mixed in my Vitamix. I topped it with cocoa powder mixed with protein powder (more on the side – just did this topping for the picture!).

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Before bed I also had a couple spoonfuls of PB! They were out of almond butter (AGAIN) at my Trader Joe’s so I grabbed a jar of PB when I was at Whole Foods on Sunday. I’m too cheap to buy Almond Butter anywhere else. Guess I need to make my own batch again!

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Which do you prefer – Peanut Butter or Almond Butter?

Do you have a favorite flavored espresso drink?

What I Ate Wednesday–Whole Foods Style

Happy Wednesday! I hope you’re all having a great week, and thank you for all your kind and thoughtful comments on yesterday’s post. I hope it was an exercise that you all can use in your own lives.

Today’s What I Ate Wednesday post comes from Monday, where I had a good workout, a chiropractor appointment, and then several hours of job searching followed by some blog work. And, as you can tell by the title of this post, a trip to Whole Foods! If you’re new to WIAW, head on over to Peas and Crayons to see what it’s all about and find other participating bloggers!

Peas and Crayons

After heading to the gym for my 3 miles and Purely Fit Workout, I came home, showered and made some blueberry oat bran. I pretty much just followed my Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal recipe, but used oat bran instead of oatmeal, and used psyllium husk instead of chia seeds. I topped it with a mixture of PB2 and coconut oil.

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After breakfast, I headed out to a chiropractor appointment that I had to walk a ways to, and then I went into a Starbucks nearby afterwards for a few hours to get some work done. I got a Tall Bonde Roast with 1 pump of pumpkin spice. After being there a while I had a Jimmy Bar for a snack.

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A while later I walked to Whole Foods since it was only a little over a half mile away and grabbed lunch. I had a salad as well as a few things from the hot bar, like mashed potatoes and chicken fried rice. LOVE WF hot bar…

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With my lunch, and while I was working (I stayed for another two hours to do some more work) I had a fun size of M&Ms that I grabbed from my chiropractor’s office.

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For dinner, I had some Veggie Noodle Gluten Free soup.

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. It wasn’t too filling though, so I also had the trail mix I made at Whole Foods. This picture does no justice to how much there was in there… So good.

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Later on in the evening I made a big bowl of air popped popcorn topped with cinnamon.

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Along with some candies from Whole Foods. Gosh I love that place.

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Definitely more eating out than I’d like (trying to save money!) but it was a Whole Foods filled day, which is always a good day in my book!


Do you like Whole Foods? What’s your favorite thing about it?

What is your favorite evening snack? I’m totally on a popcorn kick…

What I Ate Wednesday–Job Search

Hey all! I hope you’re all having a good week – halfway through! Although, personally, I wish time would just slow down a bit! It’s finally fall here in Chicago and I pulled out my jacket for the first time since May!

For today’s WIAW, I’m showing you what I had yesterday, a day including a visit with my career counselor and some job hunting. If you’re new to What I Ate Wednesday, head on over to Peas and Crayons to find out what it’s all about!

Peas and Crayons

I woke up bright and early, posted to my blog, had some coffee and got ready for the gym. My stomach started growling before I headed out, so I also had about 1/3 a banana before leaving.


I had 3 miles and an 18 minute strength workout from PurleyFit on the agenda. After working out, I headed home, showered, got dressed and then made breakfast: Chocolate Protein Oat Bran! It included the rest of that banana and Sunbutter. I like sunbutter, but not as much as almond butter. They have been out of AB at my Trader Joe’s for weeks and weeks… so this is what I bought. Oh well.


After breakfast I prepared for my meeting with my career counselor, which included double checking my resume and writing down a bunch of questions I had so I wouldn’t forget. Then I hopped on the bus and headed downtown! I was a little early so I hung out in school for about a half hour (kind of awkward…) and then had my meeting. Afterwards I walked about 2 miles to a Starbucks in the Gold Coast, stopping at a GNC to buy some Quest Bars on the way. I hadn’t had one in ages so for Lunch #1 I had a White Chocolate Raspberry Quest Bar, half a green Naked juice, and a skim cappuccino.


After a few hours at Starbucks I’d gotten frustrated with their poor internet and decided to head out. I stopped at Whole Foods on my way home and grabbed a salad which I ate when I arrived home for Lunch #2:


The salad included greens, carrots, beets, artichokes, sweet potatoes, chicken, parmesan cheese, and balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

For dinner I made a beef patty that I’d bought at Trader Joes (my apartment now smells like hamburgers…), with sautéed collards, asparagus and butternut squash. Served with ketchup; so classy.


For dessert I had a Blueberry Noosa yogurt, with some more sunbutter and about a TON of Ghirardelli Sea Salt and Almond Dark Chocolate. This stuff is like crack.


I also had several Chimes Ginger Chews throughout the day, and a couple samples while at Whole Foods. Always bites here and there that don’t show up in a WIAW post, which I’m sure is true of most participating bloggers!


What’s your favorite kind of nut butter? (or seed…)

Do you like to walk places instead of driving or taking public transportation?