40 pounds lighter – Beatriz Flores Goddess of the Month

40 pounds lighter – Beatriz Flores Goddess of the Month

Every so often we get a new Goddess in the studio who I refer to as the “cheerleader”. Beatriz is one of those clients. She came in inspired by the women she saw in the studio and ready to create her very own transformation. And that she did. Shedding almost 40 pounds. However, while she was at Venus sweating, twirling and squatting she made sure to make each and every woman know how amazing they were. Whether it is your first day or you 300th day Beatriz always delivers love via the way of compliments and constant reassurance. She truly represents my mission statement of “no Goddess left behind”. I want every single woman to enter the doors feeling like she’s found her fitness home. Beatriz will certainly make you feel welcome. Learn more about our beloved Beatriz Flores below…     Occupation and age: Vice Principal at a TK- 8th Grade School. I am 37 years’ old.   Kids? Grandkids? If so brag a bit: I am a mom to five amazing kids- four boys and one girl. Oscar is 16 and a Junior in HS, Andres is 14 and a Freshmen in HS, Diego is 12 (will turn 13 in two weeks) he is in 8th grade at the Middle School, Ivan is a 6th Grader also at the Middle School, and Valeria is 7 and in 2nd grade at the Elementary School.  Your life motto: There are two things I find I say a lot! “Go do it! Life and time are going to go by anyway.” And “Go for it. The worst thing that can happen...
Desire Map Weekly Planner Review

Desire Map Weekly Planner Review

I am a planner addict. I love to-do lists, however I think I like scratching things off my to-do list more than anything. I literally cannot wait for 2018 so I can DIVE into using Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map Planner that is littered with so much love and inspiration to create a passion filled year leading with my core desired feelings. This planner system incorporates your soul and your to-do list; your gratitude and your goals; your deepest desires with your day-to-day. I did a full video review of the daily journal below so you can see what it looks like and how freaking beautiful it is. Or you can read my notes below the video for a recap. Why I am in L-O-V-E with this planner: Hard cover. It’s sturdy and well built. I love the spiral bound spine so that I can open it up flat and not worry about it closing up on me. I dislike soft flimsy covers that won’t hold up while roaming around in my laptop bag 🙂 The elastic band is great to keep it all together. It can also act as a great place marker for you to open up right to the day you are at. There is a pocket in the back which is great for any random love notes, receipts or misc loose papers you need to access. The monthly tabs are indented so you can access the month, or future months, quickly. The paper is an amazing quality, it doesn’t bleed or smear when you write and it’s nice and thick so it won’t rip or tear easily....
My reverse transformation

My reverse transformation

With the launch of my online program, Sensual Movement, I am brought back a flood of memories to when I felt my lowest of lows in the sexy and confident arena. It may be shocking to some and I’ve been wanting to tell this story for some time. In 2014 I had come off of a back-to-back stint of 7 bodybuilding shows. What started out as a bucket list goal became an unhealthy relationship with food, exercise and my thoughts. Like many of the women that I have met over the years, I thought that when I could get myself as lean as possible, I’d love my body and finally be happy with myself. I’m pretty sure I thought “Geeze, aren’t all of these women who walk around with 6-pack abs, jacked and lean living happy wonderful lives and running around naked since they look perfect!??? And, while I know for certain there are some women that happily live with incredibly low levels of body fat, eat tilapia and asparagus for 5 out of 6 meals and count every calorie they burn and ounce of water they drink, that’s just not my experience. While I would never take back my experience in bodybuilding, what I wish I could take back were the years of loathing my body in the process. Each show I wasn’t lean enough. I didn’t look as good as the other women. I was still too heavy. Even at my last show winning 1st place and the overall in the masters division in a group of more than 45 women, I still didn’t love body or...
Why Are We Really Complaining?

Why Are We Really Complaining?

There are times in life when, instead of complaining, you do something about your complaints. -Rita Dove   I’ve been complaining a lot lately. I hate it. It hasn’t been over anything incredibly earth shattering, but enough to where I’m growing tired of the sound of my own complaining thoughts. One of my more frequent annoyances is dog hair. One of the furry children, Roger, sheds a ton. His long red and white hairs get everywhere. I can’t keep up with the massive hairballs floating across our hardwood floors. It annoys me. Anything he lies on is instantly covered in a blanket of fur. So naturally, I complain about it. But, one particular weekend was different.  As I was vacuuming up the gobs of hair, I said aloud “I am so sick of having to keep up with all of his shedding. Every other day the rugs are covered in hair”. No sooner did the words come out of my mouth, when I realized that I complain about this issue pretty much every day. And again, I’m tired of hearing myself complain about it. So, naturally, I pulled out the clippers and spent over an hour shaving Roger.     Drastic? Maybe. But guess what? There has been a lot less dog hair around my house lately and I’m done complaining. Score!! If there is one thing that I can’t stand it’s complaining. Sure I’m guilty of it, but I try to get down to the bottom of why I’m complaining so that I can solve the issue. This is just a very simplistic example of trivial complaining. However, when there...
My fave protein powders and pre-workout supplements

My fave protein powders and pre-workout supplements

“You know, all that really matters is that the people you love are happy and healthy. Everything else is just sprinkles on the sundae.” -Paul Walker    A few of questions I get asked often are… “How do I get my family to eat healthy?” and “What kind of protein and pre-workout supplements do you recommend?” Let’s start with getting the fam-bam to eat healthy…   This is a question I get often because when my Goddesses start improving their nutrition they find family is often hard to get on board.   I get it, I totally do. My kids lived on fish sticks, corn dogs, Top Ramen and apple juice for years. So naturally, when their mom became a health coach thru the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, they were less than enthused.   It’s no doubt that my main objective in life is to inspire and motivate others to be their best selves, but I was NOT prepared for the struggle when it came to my own family.   It can be rough when the people you love the most aren’t as excited about eating veggies and breaking a sweat? lol   When I first got started on my healthier lifestyle, I wanted my family in on it. But let me tell you, they were not about to eat my sweet potato cupcakes and kale chips. Major fail.   I would try to get my family eating new healthier recipes by swapping out old, unhealthier versions and there was always a complaint. But I didn’t give up.   What I did give up was being a “health pusher”. Pushing or...
How Carmen lost 30+ pounds by making realistic and simple changes

How Carmen lost 30+ pounds by making realistic and simple changes

It took a few years to get Carmen to join our program. She was incredibly hesitant and reluctant because she had tried other programs before and felt overwhelmed, lost and intimidated. When she started with Goddess Body University she was determined to do her very best and never gave up when she had slip ups or bad days. She was diligent about posting her accountability in our private coaching group daily (yes, even when she ate foods that she didn’t feel like posting) and she quickly learned that she was totally normal!! As soon as she adapted an awareness around her nutrition, it all became much easier to eat for fat loss and she realized where she had to work on mindfulness during stressful times (I call them trigger times). I knew that Carmen’s story would inspire so many women to finally take charge of their lives and want to also feel the amazing results that she has. I asked her some questions and let’s find out what she had to say about her journey when she became 30 pounds lighter during her session of Goddess Body University! What’s the biggest shift (food, exercise, or mindset- or all?) that you made from when you started to where you are now that made the biggest impact on your fat loss? The biggest shift in food I have made is to be aware and mindful of what I am eating and how food makes me feel. I now understand that eating healthy is important when losing weight. Food is not the enemy. Food is vital to our strength. The shift with exercise for...
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