Ultimate Reset – The Supplements

Each day of the Ultimate Reset you will  have to take at least two supplements.  From helping to restore your digestive tract, to alkalinizing your body, to helping your liver, all of these have very specific jobs.

The first supplement you will become familiar with is Mineralize.  Mineralize is a powdered Pink Himalayan Salt that is minimally processed.  Our tap water, and even well water, can be filled with so many additives and chemicals.  Mineralize is added to distilled water to give your body a very simple and clean water to help your body detox.

The second supplement you will get to know is Optimize.  Optimize is taken 30 minutes before each meal and is compressed into a pill.  Optimize is in the Ultimate Reset to help your body absorb nutrients and to promote health and wellness.  As we age our enzyme levels can decrease.  Stress, poor diet and environmental factors don’t help this at all.  Optimize is full of enzymes, such as amylase, lipase, bromelain and protease, which help your digestion system.  It also has camu-camu which is a great source of Vitamin C.

Around 3:00 pm on your first day you will taste your first Power Greens.  Being honest with you, this tastes awful!!  At least to me and to many others!!  But your body NEEDS this!  Power Greens is a combination of kale, spirulina, cucumber, celery, spinach and chlorella to help support your body’s acid and alkaline balance.

The majority of us have a diet of sugary treats, processed foods, Cokes and alcohol.  These, though fun, cause our bodies to work harder than they have to.  Power Greens helps to balance this out.  The best way to take this is with just a splash of cold water (like a shot worth), stir and chug.

Each night, before supper you’ll take 2 capsules of Soothe.  This is another supplement that was created to help your digestive system.  Soothe is made of organic aloe vera and curcumin.  Curcumin is very similar to tumeric and both of these promote digestive health.  Together, aloe vera and curcumin have antioxidant properties that help your body fight free radical damage.

The second week a new supplement is introduced.  Detox.  Personally, I LOVE Detox!  Like crave it, love it so much!  It’s lemony and so refreshing.  Mix it with cold water and chug.  It is a fiber drink, so make sure to drink it fast, before it clumps.  But I have found that many people do not share this same love.  Whomp whomp.  Whether you love it or you don’t, it works!

Have you ever felt bloated?  That could be a result of your colon.  Your colon does way more than expel waste.  It extracts water, potassium and some fat-soluble vitamins from solid wastes before your body eliminates them.  If your colon isn’t processing and eliminating waste properly, your body can back up, causing bloating.

This isn’t a run to the bathroom Detox!  It’s very gentle.  Coupled with milk thistle it helps to support liver function while aiding your colon to do it’s best work!

The last supplement you will take is in week three and is called Revitalize.  These capsules are filled with pro- and prebiotics for a healthy gut.  Things like antibiotics have taken away some of these friendly bacteria and we need to restore our digestive tract for healthy intestines and to help break down carbohydrates correctly.  You’ll take this three times a day the last week of your Reset.

After your Reset it’s really up to you how you want to continue.  You can quit all this goodness cold turkey or continue taking these supplements.  The first time I did this I quit taking them.  This time, I’m continuing them.  I have seen and felt how they work in my body and I want that to continue.  I’m looking so forward to feeling this great a year from now!

If you have any questions about the supplements you need to take on the Ultimate Reset please ask below or shoot me a message at kristina.d.lewis@gmail.com.

All of this information and the Ultimate Reset recipes can be found here.

Ultimate Reset – Week 3

That’s a wrap folks!!

21 days and 10.4 pounds down!

I did this for a few reasons:

  1. To feel good.  I remember the first time I did this program I felt so good at the end; physically and mentally.  I needed to fell that again.
  2. My husband and I are going to Punta Cana in about a month for a trip that Beachbody is paying for.  I wanted to feel good on the beach.  😉
  3. May is our 10 year wedding anniversary.  I want to feel good in my body and feel good about the way my clothes fit.
  4. I needed to feel in control of myself.  Food and drinks can be a slippery slope for me.  I needed to hit this head on before the summer.

I’m proud to say I feel like I have accomplished all of these!

Blame it on the last week and eggs being so within reach.  Blame it on the buisiness of this time of year with vacations and sports.  But this last week was hard. I found a saving grace in guacamole and in knowing my mind was clear and sharp.  Sometimes when things get hard we have to find one thing we can own.  Mine was guacamole and how clear headed I became.  I owned that and didn’t want to lose it.

I have done the Reset to two extremes.  One was during the heart of summer.  We went on vacations, went to the beach, celebrated 4th of July and my daughter’s birthday.  We were on the go constantly.  The other, this time, was much less nomadic.  both have their perks and both have their difficulties.  

Even though the first time I did this we were on vacation the entire time, I think I’m more proud of this round.  When you’re on vacation and surrounded by people you have some build in accountability there.  This time I was working from home and no eyes were holding me accountable besides my own.  That’s a lot to carry, on top of running a business, being a mom, wife, business partner, etc.  The ownership I have with Round 2 is hard to describe.

In the end, I lost over 10 pounds, nearly as many inches and gained a huge self worth in myself, a control over food and alcohol.  This isn’t a one stop quick fix.  This is meant to give you a head start into a new life and I’m taking it to be just that.
Cheers to another round of the Reset down!

Ultimate Reset – Week 2

It’s getting harder, y’all!

Week 2 is called the Release Phase. Your body realizes that it is being detoxed and toxins really start to leave your body. Now when I say release, don’t think this is a squatty potty kinda of cleanse. It’s not. It’s a slow and very natural cleanse and while you will pee a lot because of the water you’re drinking, that’s about all you have to worry about!

It’s not uncommon for people to become emotional on this week. The bad food habits we have are brought to the forefront and something you have to confront. Anyone can eat clean for a week. Take it into week two and it becomes harder and your habits begin to rear their ugly heads.

With that said, I felt a nice burst of energy in week 2 and really enjoyed the food! Especially the roasted red pepper sweet potato bisque!

We also had to drink a fiber drink called Detox three times a day. Some people hate
this, but I looked forward to it. It was lemony and a refreshing way to start the morning.

For breakfast each morning I had fruit and there was usually at least one salad throughout the day. My go-to right now is this hearty miso soup. It is so good!! I made a bowl for t
he hubs and even he gobbled it up. Another recipe that will be staying in our clean eating arsenal!

All in all, it was a good week. We built a deck that is calling my name…’Kris. Come drink a beer with me. Cooommmmme drink a beer.’ But I’ve stuck to my guns and just sipped water on this lovely deck.

I’m down a little over 7 pounds and looking forward to killing week 3!

Ultimate Reset – Week One

I’m a week into the Ultimate Reset and down a little oveyogar 5 pounds and my body feels clean and a lot less puffy!

I decided to do the Ultimate Reset as a countdown to our trip to Punta Cana provided to us by Beachbody.  On top of that, it’s our 10th wedding anniversary in May and I want to feel and look great.  Ultimate Reset seemed like a great way to kick off this amazing year!

What is the Ultimate Reset?

It’s a 21 day nutrition program.  I am pairing it with our 3 Week Yoga Retreat available exclusively on Beachbody on Demand and a few short runs in between, but it’s really all nutrition.

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For 21 days you are given every single meal to make, when to make it, how to make it and when to eat.  This is my favorite part!  I have to think 0 about what I am going to eat!  It’s all there for me.

You begin the program eating pretty basic meals like salmon and red potatoes, salad with chicken, a rice and bean taco, scrambled eggs, etc.  But as the week wears on meat is removed and by the middle of the second week grains are removed.

You are also drinking (trying to at least!) a gallon of distilled water each day.  You are given a bottle of finely ground pink Himalayan sea salt to add to ygreensou water for electrolytes.

Before meals you will take a supplement called Optimize to help your body better break down the food and absorb the nutrients.  You also take a shot of Power Greens each day which is dried chlorophyl.  I’m not going to say this tastes awesome, because it doesn’t, but you feel so good after drinking it!  I have a nice little energy boost after drinking this.  Depend
ing on the day I will add it to my Shakeology or leave it plain.

This program is a mental battle.  100% mental.  For me that’s comforting.  I like knowing that my body simply needs to follow my mind.  And I like knowing that I am as mentally strong as I am physically.
So far I’m off to a watergreat start!  We even built a deck this past weekend which meant the beer was flowing and BBQ going.  It’s not easy, but I know it will be worth it!

If you have any questions about this program or would like to do it yourself, please let me know!  You can comment here or email me at kristina.d.lewis@gmail.com.

 

CrockPot Ribs


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For the CrockPot

A slab of ribs (cut in half), about 5 pounds total
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp Italian seasoning
½ cup Italian dressing
¼ cup barbecue sauce
For the glaze
1/2 c barbecue sauce
5 pieces of garlic, chopped

Directions:
In a medium mixing bowl combine salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, oregano and onion powder. Mix well.
Add Italian dressing, and ¼ cup barbecue sauce, and mix again.
Add one layer of ribs to the slow cooker at a time. If you need to trim your ribs to get them to fit it’s okay. I don’t recommend cutting them when grilling them or cooking them quickly, but for this recipe it’s going to be so tender that cutting a slab in half to fit the slow cooker is okay.
Scoop a big spoonful of the sauce over that layer, then repeat with each layer. Ribs, sauce, ribs, sauce, that way each layer is covered in the sauce mixture.
Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook for about 7 to 8 hours on low. Every slow cooker is a bit different so start checking yours at the 6 hour mark and make adjustments as needed. Mine took 8 hours to become fully tender.
Remove from the slow cooker.
For the barbecue glaze before placing in the oven to finish:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Place the ribs on a baking sheet.
In a medium size bowl combine the barbecue sauce and minced garlic. Mix well.
Reserve ¼ cup of the sauce for when the ribs come out of the oven. Take the remaining sauce mixture and brush generously over the ribs, make sure to coat the tops and sides.
Place the pan in the oven on the middle rack and cook in preheated 400 degree F oven for about 8 to 10 minutes. You want the sauce to just start to bubble and the edges of the ribs to brown slightly. It doesn’t take long at all.
Remove from the oven and pour the remaining sauce on while the ribs are hot.
Place on a platter whole, or cut into smaller pieces if desired.
Eat!

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3 Tips to Keep YOU on Track During the Holidays!

The majority of Americans will gain anywhere between 7 to 10 pounds between now and Christmas.  Seeing as I can gain about 3 pounds at a Mexican restaurant, this doesn’t seem too far fetched!  But, as we all know, gaining and loosing the weight are two separate stories.  I want YOU to finish this year strong and begin 2017 already achieving your health and fitness goals.

Here are a few tips to keep you on track this holiday season:

Tip One
Do a party lap first thing.
When you arrive to a party, make a lap around the room before you accept a single drink or piece of food.  Get a lay of the land and pick out 3 things you are going to eat.  Grab just a little bit of these foods and sit down at a table to enjoy them.

Tip Two
Keep your hands busy!
Designate yourself the photographer for the party and go snap happy with your phone.
Keep a clutch in one arm and a beverage in the other.  Tip for the beverages…for every alcoholic drink, have a glass of water in between.
When your hands are full it’s really hard to make that extra plate or grab the appetizer you will mindlessly eat.

Tip Three
If you’re going to an event, like Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas lunch, where you can anticipate what foods will be there, decide  upfront what you will have.  If your MeMaw’s pecan pie is something you crave all year, let yourself have it.
One of the main things I look forward to each Thanksgiving, is broccoli, rice and cheese casserole.  It’s sooooo good!  And I allow myself to eat it, then I’m done.  There’s not craving it for 2 weeks and telling myself how I deprived myself of it.  I eat it upfront and let that craving die.
Get it in your head what you’re going to eat and what you aren’t.  If you know you’re going to eat pie, tell yourself that you won’t eat the brownies.  Give yourself control before you step in the room.

Bonus Tip
A bonus tip to help you get through the holidays is to invest in your health NOW!  Even if you don’t workout every single day between now and January 1st or even if you fall off the wagon of clean eating a day or two between now and then, you are already making progress!  Imagine how much more ahead of the game you will be if you give yourself a solid month heads start?!
I have online accountability groups RIGHT NOW to help you with this.  I can also help you pick a program that works best with your goals and your struggles.  In the meantime, follow these tips and allow yourself to accept the gift of health.

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Crockpot Pork Tenderloin

This is a fall and winter favorite in our house!  And I love it because it will feed us for at least 2 meals or make great lunches for the rest of the week.  Low maintenance,  baby!

My mother in law made this for the first time at a family reunion and I feel in love with it.  I think it’s the pico.  😉  Either way, it’s a great recipe to keep on hand.

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Pork loin (duh) about 2 ½ – 3 pounds, fat trimmed
8 oz pico de gallo
1 tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp dried thyme
¼ tsp pepper
¼ tsp sea salt
1 c water
1 onion, quartered
8 red potatoes, halved
Small bag of carrots

Directions:
Season pork loin with sea salt and black pepper
Pour cup of water in the bottom of the crockpot
Place pork loin in the crockpot and cover with remaining ingredients
Cook on low for 8 – 9 hours

Save leftovers for stuffed baked potatoes/salad

Shopping List:
-Pork Loin
-Pico de Gallo
-Garlic Powder
-Dried Thyme
-Black Pepper
-Sea Salt
-Onion
-8 Red Potatoes
-Small Bag of Carrots
-Salad

 

Sautéed Brussel Sprouts

This is a recipe I get asked about a TON!brussel-sprouts

Brussel spouts get a bad name, but they are delicious!  Just make sure to add bacon.  😉

But seriously, the first time I tried a single sprout was a year ago and it was because I was at my mother-in-law’s and couldn’t say no.  I went all 4 year old on her and grabbed half a sprout, to smell, lick then taste.  I was blown away at how good they were!!  How could people say they were awful?  Maybe these are sprout lovers who don’t want the rest of the world to know.  Either way, I’m tearing the cap off it.  Brussel sprouts (with bacon) are DELICIOUS!  Give them a try.

Ingredients:
3-4 pieces of bacon (regular or turkey) cooked and crumbled, fat removed
1 bag of Brussel sprouts, end cut off and sprouts cut in half or chopped (totally up to you how knife happy you get)
1 Tbsp of bacon fat or olive oil

Directions:
Warm the fat or olive oil in a skillet
Add the cut sprouts into the skillet and sauté on medium heat
Stir occasionally, but let the sprouts brown
After the sprouts are brown on at least one side, add the bacon and warm through.

Serve!

Optional:  Some people like to add a little salt, some like a little sautéed red onion and some like to add balsamic vinegar.  I like mine just like how the recipe is, but feel free to make them your own!

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Cafe Latte Shakeology Balls

Inappropriate?  Yes.  Hilarious?  Yes.
This video is all I could think about when I was making these.  (Insert laughing/crying emoji.  How do you do that?!)

So now we have that out of the way and the elephant is out of the room (you know you were ALL thinking it!), here’s the recipe to Shakeology Balls.

This is a great little snack when you’re having a sweet tooth and perfect for on the go, while also getting a wealth of vitamins and greens in during your day.

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Ingredients:
2 scoops or packets of Shakeology.  I like Cafe Latte and Vegan Chocolate the best with this.
1/2 c organic crunchy peanut butter.  (Make sure there’s no added sugar in the ingredients!)
1/2 c unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 c honey
tsp vanilla extract
**I like the coconut and the crunchy peanut butter for texture.  I don’t like the Schweddy  Shakeology balls as much without the texture**

Directions:
Mix all the ingredients together and place in the fridge for about 5 minutes
Remove and begin to roll into balls (about the same size you would a cookie)
I like to bag them into twos and place in the fridge for easy access.
That’s it!!

 

If you already have Shakeology, give it a go and let me know what you think!  If you don’t have Shakeology, but would like to try this recipe, you can find a full month of Shakeology here (your best deal) or email me at kristina@krisdlewis.com to get a few packets!

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What is Core de Force? Join our Test Group!

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Core De Force is an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) style home fitness program that will transform your entire body in 30 days.

I am so excited to announce that this brand new Beachbody home fitness program is going to be launched on the 31st of October!

Core De Force is a 30 day total body transformation program that will rock your world.  The best part about the program is that the only equipment you need is YOU!

It includes 3 minute “rounds” where you will get boxing, kickboxing and Muay Thai, knee-elbow combinations, bodyweight training and cardio spikes that will help you lose belly fat and shred your body.  If you can focus on hitting it hard for 3 minutes at a time before you know it the workout will be over.

I have had the opportunity to do Core De Force as a preview to the release date.  This workout gets your heart rate up, it gets you sweating and I couldn’t believe how sore I was the next day.  I noticed that it really does focus on your entire core and getting your midsection defined, which of course is a woman’s top area to spot treat right!!!  So check out all the details here if you are interested in changing up your workout, breaking a plateau, getting started with your transformation or holding yourself accountable over the holidays.  I am going to be hosting a private test group for people who are ready to join me in this 30 day program.

What is Core De Force? 
Core De Force is your 30 day countdown to a total body transformation.  This workout was created by Joel Freeman and Jericho McMatthews, it is the ultimate mixed martial arts-inspired workout that is going to really knock off the belly fat, get rid of inches and tone and tighten your entire body with no equipment.

I love this workout because in every workout there is a “learn it & work it” section that breaks down the moves so that you can learn them before you do the workout.  So if you are new to the MMA style exercises this will give you confidence to go right in and kick some butt.  Core De Force is also not on a beat or rhythm so you do not have follow a specific routine per se.  There are modifiers in every single workout so no matter what your ability level is, you can go at your own pace.  As you get stronger the goal is to challenge yourself with higher intensity and increased focus.

I also like that there is no equipment needed except yourself.  This is key for those that are budget conscious, don’t have a lot of room to workout or are traveling and want to workout in a hotel room.

Core De Force takes the barriers away to getting started in your health and fitness journey because it is EASY, SIMPLE to follow and all you really have to do is show up and PRESS PLAY on the workout of the day!  My goal is to EMPOWER YOU AND GIVE YOU CONFIDENCE TO MAKE THE CHANGES NECESSARY SO THAT YOU CAN LIVE A HEALTHY AND FULFILLING LIFE.

Who is Core De Force For? 

Core De Force is for EVERYONE.  Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced level in your fitness you can do this workout.  You will enjoy the challenge of taking the intensity higher to improve your cardio strength, speed and endurance.  Each MMA inspired workout has an optional move breakdown to help you get familiar with the combinations.  There is also a “modifier track”  so you can follow a split screen if you would like as well.

Core De Force also focuses on rotational moves which means you will work your core from 360 degrees every time you hit play. That is going to be awesome for all of us who really want to tone that trouble area!

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What Is the Eating Plan Like?  The nutrition guide was created to be simple, clean foods, that you can easily measure out and combine to give yourself a well balanced nutrition plan that will fuel your body with the energy it needs to crush the next workout on the schedule and get the results that you want.  If you really want to know what this program can do for your body make sure that you are 100% committed to the nutrition plan because what you eat is 80% of the results that you get.

The nutrition plan follows the portion fix, but you will not receive another set of containers unless you want them!  Each food category is measured out and explained in detail to you.  The plan is meant to be SUPER EASY to follow so that you don’t get overwhelmed with to many options.  Plus, in the test group I am hosting I am going to be walking you through the entire nutrition plan as well.

How long are the workouts?  
The workouts are 30-45 minutes in length and you workout 6 days a week with a stretch on the 7th.  The workout program is 30 days in length.
There are 8 workouts in the program:

MMA Speed- ∫ Upper body and core focused boxing influenced workout. (27 minutes)

MMA Shred- Muay Thai inspired elbow and kicks for total body shred. (37 minutes)

MMA Power- Uses explosive and defensive style movements in this fast paced cardio conditioning workout (47 minutes)

MMA Plyo- Core De Force is an MMA style home fitness program that will transform your entire body in 30 days.   When you combine boxing, Muay Thai and plyometrics in one workout you get a huge calorie burn and RESULTS. (47 minutes)

Power Sculpt- Total body burner that uses explosive power and interval training to lean and sculpt.  (37 minutes)

Dynamic Strength- Low on impact but high on intensity. (47 minutes)

Active Recovery- Recharge for the week ahead with this rest day that focuses on form and technique to help fight fatigue and sore muscles. (21 minutes)

Core De Force Relief- A quick 5 minutes stretch before bed session. (5 minutes)

Team Beachbody Exclusive MMA Mashup– All the best Core De Force moves in one workout.  (26 minutes)

Core Kinetics- A unique core workout inspired by Mixed Martial Arts movements.

5 minute Core on the Floor- the ultimate core finisher- 5 minute challenging plank movements that gets your abs on fire.
If you want to take your fitness to the next level after your 3o days you can get these 3 additional advanced workouts too:

Agility Strength- combines fast footwork drills with body weight resistance to help improve coordination and blast major calories.  (9 rounds- 37 minutes).

Agility Power- Grab your agility ladder and rip through multifunctional training that ignites every muscle and helps shred fat for serious definition (6 rounds-27 minutes).

MMA Kick Butt- This workout is meant to target your legs and butt with nonstop mix of powerful kicks and calorie burning conditioning spikes (9 rounds- 37 minutes).


When Can I Get This Workout?
Core De Force will be available on the 31st of October to customers of Team Beachbody coaches.  So if you do not have a coach right now make sure to sign up with me so that I can be your coach and guide you from start to finish through the program.  Here is your link to create your Free Team Beachbody Account.  Make sure that you complete the application below to be considered for a spot in my Core De Force Test Group so that you can also get the support and accountability to start and complete the program.

Feel free to join Core De Force Coach Sneak Peek to get a FREE Sneak Peek into Core de Force on Monday, October 24.

How Much Does It Cost?
Core De Force has a variety of options.  The one that I recommend the most is the Core De Force Challenge Pack because it comes with everything you need to be successful with this program.  It comes with the entire Core De Force workout program, nutrition guide, program manual, Shakeology, access to me as your coach, discounted price and shipping plus it gives you entrance into my Test Group where I will be personally walking you through the nutrition guide, helping you to create a food plan that meets your needs, giving you recipes, tips, daily accountability so that this program does not become another dust collector on your shelf.

The Challenge Pack is $140 on Sale starting October 31st through November 2016.


How Can I Get Involved In My Support & Accountability Group?
So now here is the MOST important part.  How do I REALLY succeed at this program??  Well, anyone can go out there and buy the Core De Force Challenge Pack and do the workouts.  Unfortunately I have seen many of times ( I am also guilty of this) where we purchase a program with the best of intentions and before we know it, the workout is sitting on our shelf collecting dust and we make excuses for why we don’t have time or it isn’t the right timing.  So don’t let this be another program that you have good intentions with!  It’s time to take charge of your fitness and nutrition and get involved in a closed online community of support that is going to help you start and complete the program and get the RESULTS that you want just in time for the holidays.  Better yet, we are going to help you create a holiday plan that is going to give you the flexibility to enjoy the holiday things you want to eat but still get results.  Does that sound like a good plan?

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Do you want to join???  Here is the requirements and how to get started:

  • In my Test Group I am going to be requiring that each participate for the entire 30 days of the program starting on the 14th of November.  Each participant must have ME as their assigned coach.  You cannot already be working with another coach or be a coach yourself.
  • You must commit to both the fitness program and Shakeology to join the group.  You will be getting everything you need for this group when you sign up with me.
  • You must be willing to participate daily in the closed online group.  I will have you log your workouts, your daily food activity and provide you with tools, tips and recipes to help you get to your goals.
  • You must be willing to give it your all!  Change is not always easy but it is totally worth it.

There will never ever be a perfect time to start your fitness and health transformation.  You literally just have to take that leap of faith, bite the bullet and go for it.  If you do not try, how will you ever know if you can succeed! This just might be that 1 thing where everything comes together and just finally makes sense to you and your lifestyle.

Connect with me on my Facebook Page to see even more details on the event and news and announcements.

I want to see you crush those goals and feel confident and empowered to take on the rest of your life!!!!