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Being A Beachbody Coach + How You Can Do It Too!
Become A Beachbody Coach - Here's How I Made it Happen!
Picture this, it’s 2012 and I’m working at a dinner theatre in Florida watching patrons slurp down pasta while I'm singing my heart out. Not exactly a pretty sight. I couldn’t help but ask, “What is the difference between me and the up and ups that are doing bigger and better in the theatre world?”. Of course, the first answer that flew into my head was this: that the people who had the jobs I wanted had accepted that, as actors, we are selling ourselves as a product. “Aha!”.
I am a natural do-er and go-get-er. Sometimes it takes me a moment to figure out WHAT to do, but once I’ve had my “Aha moment” I take off running. Lucky for me, right around the time of this realization a friend of mine asked me to do P90X with her. I was pretty set in my gym going hard-headed ways, I thought I knew best. Thank god she talked me into it, because It ended up changing my life.
During my time at the dinner theater, every spoonful of tuna casserole that was consumed during one of my high kicks fueled me to eat right. I worked out 6 days a week and complete p90x on top of a strict food diet. The result was quite literally, a brand new me. I lost 25 lbs. but more importantly I GAINED a new sense of self. I. Was. Unstoppable!
I strutted my way back into NYC and proceeded to book the most impressive theatre job I’ve had to date, a lead in Rock of Ages Vegas, the original cast. To this day I attribute that success to Beachbody. Through P90X I had finally found the tools to change my health and boost up the self-confidence that had been lacking before. SO when a couple years later I was told I could coach for Beachbody I readily accepted the invitation. I timidly posted my before + after from P90X on my Facebook page expecting nothing to come of it. In complete contrast, the outpour of love and support was astounding. I had 17 people join me in my first online Boot Camp for Team DiscoverFit and the rest is history. Remember, when I see an opportunity I run with it :)
I now have a 100+ person team of incredible human beings + Beachbody coaches who have quit or supplemented silly "survival jobs", kept themselves in shape and helped thousands of people feel amazing in their own skin, gain self-confidence and learn the healthy sustainable habits that are so needed in this society.
To learn more about joining our team or what it means to be a Beachbody coach apply HERE. Can’t wait to hear from you!
Tour Throwback - Alaska
Alaska is not a place I would have ranked high on my vacation destination wishlist. The fact that I performed and vacationed there is one of the MAJOR perks of being on a Broadway National Tour. You often get to experience places you never dreamed you would go. What a treat!
Million Dollar Quartet performed in Anchorage at the Alaska Performing Arts Center. The town itself is nothing to write home about although it did have an incredible restaurant with vegan options that I would eat at basically every meal. I’m sure I will have a post on that soon. The cast had a week lay-off before and after Alaska because although the cast flew, our set for the show did not. The trucks had to drive up through Canada to get to Alaska with our sets. We decided to take advantage of our time off and stayed an extra week at a “chateau” we found on Airbnb. It was the best decision I made on that tour.
If you’ve never been to Alaska and you’re planning on going get ready to have you breath taken away by the incredible sights, sprawling mountains, wildlife and cool crisp air. Just being in the midst of it is invigorating. The first day we went out to our “chateau” -- that makes us sound SO fancy -- we did a grocery run that would last all 7 of us for the week so we wouldn’t have to leave unless we wanted to. Honestly, I was terrified of spending 7 full days stuck in a house not able to have access to the outside world, but it ended up teaching me quite a bit.
First: I don’t know how to relax, but I am learning. I woke up when I wanted, I did what I wanted. I did puzzles, cooked, hiked and I felt tension release from my body unlike any other relaxing moments I have encountered. As a society it’s easy to get caught up in the endless array of stimuli that is thrown at us every single day. Being in this cabin without a care in the world gave me a taste of true relaxation. If that was all I got out of the trip that would have been fine, but there was so much more.
The view from the windows and porch of our cabin is pictured above. The one with the purple sky and that is an accurate color that we saw daily. I stared at that for hours in complete awe of how much natural beauty there is right at our fingertips. Living in New York there is beauty of a different kind, but to reconnect with the world as a whole was mind altering.
I saw the northern lights outside our back door, I hiked our backyard and saw an eagle’s nest. I walked through an “experiment farm” pictured in the 2nd and 5th picture. I remember coming to that expanse of open fields after hiking dense woods for hours and we all stood there looking at the mountains in silence. I felt the truest open happiness I’ve ever experienced in my life, so much so that I actually thought “I could die right here and I would be fulfilled.” It turns out I was not the only one who felt that feeling and as a group we discussed this walking throughout the open expanse.
We took a helicopter over mountains that landed on a glacier. The gleaming white went on for miles undisturbed except for our footprints and landing track of the helicopter. We made snow angels, we threw snowballs, we basked in the glory of it all. It was once in a lifetime. Watch the video below to see what I mean.
A Trip to Ruth Glacier!
Pinkyotto Does It Different
Image via ny.racked.com by William Chan
Pinkyotto is my favorite boutique in NYC and lucky for me there are 2 in Brooklyn alone! With 3 other locations in downtown Manhattan, Pinkyotto makes it convenient to frequent their cute stores.
Bored, tired and fed up with their jobs, co-founders Ryo Liu and Peter Hsia quit their jobs and decided to try their hand at design, specifically female fashion design. Many of us "apparel and accessories obsessed ladies" out there are happy they did!
Selling first at NYC flea markets, Pinkyotto quickly became popular enough to need a store front. This is where their unique "no sizing strategy" came to be. Their first store was so small that Ryo quickly realized they did not have the space for an inventory with multiple sizes. The only way to get the styles in one store would be to offer "One Size Fits Alls" and that,s it. It sounds like a very bold move and it was...but it works! I tend to run between an xs-medium and I love the way Pinkyotto clothes fit me!
If you find yourself in lower Manhattan or crossing over a bridge into Brooklyn be sure to check out one of Pinkyotto's 5 NYC locations.
204 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11249
218 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11249 347.689.2699
49 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012
307 East 9th Street New York, NY 10003
2 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010
image via mamaishaute.com
The 15 Min Lunch Break Workout That Will Fuel Your Afternoon
Need a natural energy boost to finish your work day?
8 hours in a chair with fluorescent lighting can be draining and coming back from a lunch break can give you the itis. You can feel tired, distracted and ready to go into a food coma. So how do you fuel the last 4 hours of your work day? This 15 minute small space workout will pump you up, get your blood flowing and give you the energy you need to complete your day--possibly without the 2 pm coffee break.
Step one - Envision yourself in a wide open space. Somewhere outdoors where there is fresh clean air and a view to die for...like the photos below!
We are going to do 5 moves for 1 minute each with 30 seconds of rest or light jogging in place.
Here we go!
Diagonal squat reach
Stand with feet hip width apart. Make sure your weight is in your heels and you have a nice long diagonal line from your tailbone to the top of your head. Squat and bring your left hand to your right foot. Stand up. Repeat bringing right hand to left foot. Alternate for 1 minute.
Reverse lunge with a kick
Refer to the last 2 photos for this exercise.
Start standing with feet together. Reverse lunge with left leg stepping your left leg back into a 90 degree angle. Stand and kick left leg front at hip level with flexed foot. Do this for 30 seconds and then switch legs for another 30 seconds.
Side lunge with a leg lift
Refer to the last two photos for this exercise.
Start standing with fit together. Take left leg out to a lunge with toe facing front and right leg straight. Make sure your knees are over your feet to not put too much stress on them. Then push off your left leg sending all your weight on to your right while also lifting the left leg to hip level with a pointed foot. Do that for 30 seconds on your left then repeat on your right side.
Oblique side reach
Start with your right leg out and right arm extended so that you are on a diagonal. Lift the knee to the side while bringing the right elbow to meet it. Crunch those obliques! Bring back to original diagonal. 30 seconds on the right then repeat on the left.
To make it harder: Keep the working foot off the ground for the whole 30 seconds. This helps with balance.
Stand with feet hip distance apart. Make sure your weight is in your heels and your back is straight from your tailbone to your head. Squat so that your legs are at a 90 degree angle. Stand. Repeat as fast as you can with good form for 1 minute.
Make it harder: When you stand go up on the balls of your feet. This will work your calves!
REPEAT these 5 moves once more. Don't forget to take 30 seconds between each move to rest or lightly jog.
Feel free to leave me a comment on how this worked for you!
There's something about working from home and carrying around a mug that says "like a BOSS" that makes you feel, well, kind of like...I think you know where I'm going with this 😜
I love boutiques for unique finds and when it comes to lower Manhattan...Pinkyotto is the best! Find out what led them to their unique sizing and what locations they have around town on my blog. Link in bio!
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