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A DIAMOND BEACHBODY COACH DINNER INVITATION

12 Jun

Last weekend, I got to spend a wonderful evening with some amazing ladies who are my core fitness support system. Even a fitness coach needs a group! This was a wonderful evening spent with wonderful people. There is always one person that stands out when we get together as a group. She inspires me as a woman and a fitness coach. That person is Jenelle Summers.

Jenelle (top row, second from the right) is my business mentor and my Beachboady coach. She’s also the sister of fitness celebrity Chalene Johnson (Chalene Extreme, Turbo Jam, TurboFire). If you’ve done any of her videos, you’re bound to have seen her. She kicks butt in those classes. Once a year, as a special treat, Jenelle invites her coaches who are ranked Diamond and above, to celebrate what we have achieved in our business’, with a fabulous evening out on the town. This year was just that…FABULOUS!

Jenelle Summers - Diamond Coaches Team Dinner

Before I launch into how wonderful Beachbody is and the fact that I’m a WAHM (Work at Home Mom), let me first say that it’s changed my life personally. I’ve used the products, I’ve gotten the results from hard work, and I’m committed to women getting fit and healthy.

I love the fact that I can stay home with my kids, while promoting a healthy lifestyle and running a business supporting that mission. Many people say this on their blogs, in fact, how am I different than any other coach? Questions that might run through your mind when you stumble across my blog are, “Aren’t you out to just sell me a “shake-in-a-bag” or get me signed up as a coach?” Yes. I wouldn’t be being honest if I didn’t say I’d hope you’d choose me to be your coach and try Shakeology (“shake-in-a-bag.”) But… this isn’t the reason I love my job.

I love my job as a fitness coach because it changes people’s lives! I love helping people get fit and healthy!

Yogurt Stop! Diamond Coaches Dinner

Our evening started with a limo bus ride to Yogurt Vi, a very delicious yogurt bar. Girls gotta eat! We then ran down to Lady Foot Locker (not literally, it was a non-workout get together) for some shoe shopping. We’re fitness people; we get excited over a great pair of shoes! After our shopping spree, we arrived at Dick’s Sporting Goods where we were gifted with exercise apparel!

Japanese Steak House Diamond Coaches DinnerLast stop: Dinner. We indulged at Nagoya Japanese Steak House. YUM!!! It was a great night of food and fun, but more than anything, it was a great night with friends; friends that encourage and support me to be a better, happier, healthier person. I dream of the day I can take my Diamond Team to dinner! Not for the money, but for the camaraderie and support of other women just like me. We’re changing lives, one workout at a time!

Thanks for a great night ladies!

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Skinny Girl Summertime Drinks – Healthier Beverage Options for BBQs

28 May

Are you still thinking about getting skinny for the summer? Well, we’re just around the corner from sweet summertime and we all know that with summer comes lots of gatherings, food, and ALCOHOL. If you are on a mission and losing weight and want to continue doing so, I’m here to help you “Get Prepared” for all those summer parties

Step 1: Create an action plan!

  • How long will you be at this event? You’re going to get thirsty & hungry. Do you know what food will be served? What about drinks? The regulars are Pop/Soda, Beer, and a Sweet Tea or Lemonade. Bring a bottled water, Shakeology or even R&R if you want something sweeter. That way, you’re getting your daily water and/or protein, without all the extra calories in SUGAR. Sugar is a Fat and Carbohydrate. Not good for losing weight.

FACT: Alcohol should be avoided if you are trying to lose weight. Alcohol is metabolized and quickly absorbed into the body. Other than using alcohol for energy, the body will break it down and store it as a fat. It provides ZERO nutritional value. Knowing this means we have to make smarter decisions if we are not willing to avoid the temptation.

If you are going to consume do so occasionally and in moderation. Think about it, when we do have a drink, how many do you normally consume? Sometimes its not the drink itself that is high in calories but it’s the number of drinks consumed.

Step 2: Know Your Calorie Count!

How many calories are in a drink is dependent on what type of drink you have.

  • Your common beer is going to be around 110 calories a bottle. That number will change based on light vs regular and the brewing type. Drink a 6pack and you wont have a 6-pack.
  • Wine is about 100 calories a serving. Again this number changed depending on the type of wine consumed.
  • For liquor, lets look at Vodka since its so popular. Theres 97 calories in a 1.5 fl oz serving of Smirnoff Red Label vodka. That’s a typical shot serving.

So lets be honest with one another and admit that most people are probably not willing to eliminate this indulgence all summer long. But, let’s make a deal. There is always a balance to everything and modifying your beverage choice, makes it what I like to call a “better bad”. Meaning its still not a great option, but it is better than the other option.

Here a few tips to help you:

  • Keep it simple! – Stay away from the fancy mixed drinks that are calorie loaded & will defeat your hard work
  • Order your drink “on the rocks” or “neat”
  • If you prefer to have it mixed then add a calorie smart mixer. Choose Crystal Light, Diet Cranberry Juice, or Seltzer (I try to keep all POP/SODA away from my clients)
  • Drink light beers
  • Use caution when consuming marketed low-calorie beers. If you look at the alcohol volume they are lower. If you are just enjoying 1 drink, this is a great choice. Many people don’t realize this and they drink more and consume more since the alcohol percentage is less and they aren’t “feeling the effects.”

Check out this list of 10 Highest and Lowest calorie Beers

ImageFor a refreshing mixed drink here’s my best friend Erin’s Lemon Spritzer

1 ½ ounces (approx 1 shot) of vodka
5 oz of Minute Maid Light Lemonade
Topped off with soda water

Served on the rocks or blended
Garnish with fresh fruit like lemons, limes, and a strawberry.
Serve in a dispenser for parties and sharing.

Insanity Before & After Results

22 May

When I last checked in with you guys we were going through the trenches of starting Insanity once again and those Fit Tests. Who can ever forget those fit tests? Did you complete it with me? I’d love to know your stats!

Just because I’m a fitness professional doesn’t mean I’m off the hook of accountability and frankly, it pushes me harder knowing others are doing it with me and then waiting to see my results. I’m here to report in. Here is my Insanity Before and After Results Pictures!

Christina Volk – Program: Insanity (Round 2)

Christina Volk - Before Insanity Christina Volk - After Insanity
Exercise Day 15 Day 30 Day 60
Switch Kicks 61 66 67
Power Jacks 55 61 66
Power Knees 107 122 127
Power Jumps 50 74 63
Globe Jumps 13 14 14
Suicide Jumps 19 20 24
Push Up Jacks 23 27 30
Low Plank Obliques 48 60 90

And one more for kicks!

How Did You Guys Do?

Let me know. Email me below or post a comment!

Insanity, Turbofire, Slim in 6, Brazil Butt Lift – Before and After Results!

30 Apr

I’m constantly amazed at how fabulous all of my challenge group participants are. They never cease to go above and beyond. Not only did they push themselves by ‘Pressing Play’ everyday, but they supported the other team members in their groups and some of them even became coaches! I’m a one proud Beachbody Coach right now!

So, without further adieu, I’d like to announce four of my Challenge Group Graduates for 2012!

Kiersten Mickla – Program: Turbofire

Kiersten Mickla - Before Kiersten Mickla - After
Before After
Chest 45.5 42
Waist 47.5 41
Hips 49.5 43.5
Arms 15 13.5
Weight 219 185

Doing this challenge has giving me the willpower to succeed. Knowing that the other group members are working hard to obtain their goals pushes me to go as hard as they do. I have gained so much knowledge about nutrition and fitness and it is something that I find myself sharing with others everyday. I will continue to work hard to reach my goal even after the challenge is over.

Jocelyn Cumo – Program: Brazil Butt Lift

Jocelyn Cumo - Before Front Jocelyn Cumo - Before Side
Jocelyn Cumo - After 1 Jocelyn Cumo - After 2
Before After
Chest 37 35
Waist 32 30
Hips 40 35

I have always had this goal in the back of my head (but its pretty much always stayed there). What body type I want to be, how I want to look. This has been my first time saying I want something and sticking to it. Not only have I lost weight & inches, I gained so much wonderful muscle tone and strength.

Anyone can say they are going to go home and press play on their TV and get there workout done, but can’t you always find something else to distract you from accomplishing that goal, the group made me want to be accountable, made me want to do that work and post it. I did not want to let them down as much as I did not want to let myself down.

Cori Oliver – Program: Insanity + 2nd month Marathon Training

Cori Oliver - Before and After Insanity Results

Before After
Waist 28 27
Hips 38 36.5
Thighs 20.25 20
Weight 139.6 129.2

In April 2011 I had my 3rd baby by c-section. Shortly after childbirth and weighing the most I have ever in my life at 172 lbs in a size XL, I was able to loose all my baby weight on my own between my post-partum checkup on June 1,2011 and Thanksgiving. I did this the only way I knew how, consistant cardiovascular exercise and moderate dieting. On Thanksgiving Day 2011 I finally got in my size 8 jean and weighed around 145 lbs.

I wanted more…not necessarily a huge weight loss number, but I wanted to flatten my beat up abdominal muscles. My challenge started January 2012. At first I had no idea of which workout video to claim as my own because I had never done a workout video in my life! Exercise to me was all cardio, and there was nothing else, period. It took me a few weeks, a little trial and error, before I finally settled with INSANITY. Although it was difficult, it was easy to follow, and I found myself sweating like never before. I have finished my 60 days of INSANITY and now have good defination in my abdominal muscles. I have also gained noticeable back muscle defination.

My jean size shrank from a size 8 to a size 4 and I can honestly say now I buy smalls instead of extra large:)

Beachbody, and my personal coach, Christina Massey Volk, have taught me there is more to exercise than cardio! Despite the fact I still consider myself primarily a runner, I will continue to use beachbody videos to crosstrain and to hopefully one day turn my new “four pack” post c-section abs to a full “6 pack” post c-section abs! I will also continue to drink Shakeology daily, because I honestly believe it has been a contributing factor to my success…not to mention it tastes good and is super good for you! Why would I give that up?

Cheryl Gorski – Program: Slim in 6 + Insanity

Cheryl Gorski - Slim in 6 + Insanity
Cheryl Gorski - After

Before After
Waist 32 28
Hips 38 35
Chest 36 33
Weight 128 118

I really wanted to do Insanity, but didn’t feel I was fit enough to dive right into it, so I did Slim in 6, worked out on my elliptical trainer, and about once a week did an Insanity workout. The next month I plunged into Insanity and I haven’t looked back! I lost 10 pounds, 4 inches off my waist, 3 inches off my chest and 3 inches off my hips. I also went from wearing a tight size 10 to a loose size 6! I’ve got more energy and I feel and look stronger. As the mother of 3 small children, it hasn’t always been easy finding time for my workouts and eating right, but the payoff has been so worth it! I saw some friends tonight that I had not seen in several months and they gave me so many compliments on my new look. One of them is even interested in trying Shakeology! This is only the start of my fitness journey and I couldn’t be happier!

 

I’m SO proud of my challenge graduates you see here as well as the others that aren’t highlighted. I couldn’t have asked for a more willing group of participants. They stuck with it and are now reaping the benefits and seeing fabulous results. While they aren’t finished (none of us are!) they now know what needs to happen to maintain their healthy lifestyles. Are you ready for a challenge?

Let me know your thoughts! Comment or leave me a message! 🙂

You’re Too Late!

16 Apr

Words nobody wants to hear! I had to get your attention because this challenge is filling up and the sign up date is coming to a close!

Butt, *pun intended…

I can’t leave you behind. The deadline is Friday 4/20! Don’t wait until the end of the week, I might be full by then!

So, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Contact Me ASAP! No later than Friday 4/20/2012 ||  4 Different Ways
  2. Anxiously Await My Response  – I’ll be in contact with you the same day and get you enrolled in one of my online challenge groups.
  3. If you don’t already have a Facebook, this quick video will show you how! Then add me as a friend! Search: Christina Volk
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Challenge Workout: BBL (Brazil Butt Lift)

MONTHLY SHAKEOLOGY NOT REQUIRED*

Starts: May 1, 2012  |  Ends: June 8, 2012

What You Get: With this challenge group you get my personal one-on-one attention and I’m available to you all the time so that you stay on track to achieve your fitness goals.

Deadline to Sign Up: April 20, 2012 – Contact Me Below

A few Before and After results from Brazil Butt Lift (the program we will be using)

Yes! I want to get bootiful! How Do I Get Started?

  1. Contact Me Now!
  2. Await My Response 

Bikini Bottom Challenge 2012

10 Apr

30 – Day Commitment

MONTHLY SHAKEOLOGY NOT REQUIRED*

Starts: May 1, 2012

Ends: June 8, 2012

Come one, come all! My challenge groups are completely online (Facebook rocks!) I have a bunch of different challenge groups going on right now, but nothing focused specifically on getting Bikini Bottom Ready!

The Details:

Challenge Workout: BBL (Brazil Butt Lift)

Group Size: 5 (small, personal, & focused)

Deadline: April 22, 2012 – Contact Me Below


What You Need: You, Some Personal Motivation to Get Healthy, & a Cleanse Packet *group members will be able to purchase a special cleanse pack, not the entire month of Shakeology! My gift to you for being committed to getting healthy. Please contact me before you sign up for this program! I like to walk through the challenge with you personally before you make the commitment.

I get asked a lot a questions about losing weight and nutrition. Within these challenge groups you get my personal one-on-one attention and I’m available to you all the time so that you stay on track to achieve your fitness goals.

I want to be part of your challenge group! How Do I Get Started?

Step 1: Friend Request Me!

Step 2: I’ll place you in a group on Facebook and give you all the details!
It’s that easy.

If you’re someone who likes working in a team environment that includes encouragement and daily accountability, this is the group for you. I only have 5 spots open! Hurry and contact me now!

I want to be part of this challenge!

Insanity Fit Test – My Results

18 Mar

Another day, another blog, another round of Insanity! That’s right. I’m doing it again. One of the things I love most about the Insanity program is the fit test. It allows you to track your progress on more than just a body measurement scale. You can actually see how much more fit you become over the length of doing the program. While I’ve done this before, I know there is always room to improve. So here I go.

Those of you who haven’t taken the test can see what I’m talking about by downloading a free Insanity Fit Test Journal. I’ve included a link, so you can view and download this journal to help you with these exercises and track your results.

DOWNLOAD IT HERE

Have you already taken the Insanity fit test? What were your results? Please leave a comment as I’d love the extra motivation and also a bit of competition, if you’re willing! 🙂

Here are my results for the first round. I have 3 more to take until I finish the program. Anyone want to join me?

Date: 3/14/12

Switch kicks = 61
power jacks = 55
power knees = 107
power jumps = 50
Globe jumps = 13
Suicide jumps = 19
Push ups jacks = 23
Low plank obliques = 48

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