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Today started off like any other day. Got the kids ready, headed out to our Thursday church Connect Group (got kids settled in for their church playtime), had a great time, headed home,  tucked everyone in for their naps, hopped on the computer w/ my free moment, and BAM.  I see that PiYO (Beachbody’s newest fitness program) was JUST released….ahead of schedule! Right now, Beachbody’s annual convention is going on in Vegas. I “wish” I was there to take part in all the trainings, certifications, info sessions, and pick up loads of amazingly cool gear only available there – at Summit, BUT I know that my heart wouldn’t have been there – leaving a nursing 4 month old behind (or in a hotel room) along with my 2 and 3 year olds (who I think would do just fine but “I” would have separation anxiety from for sure!)  But I digress.  Anyways, I checked into the live stream (so I can at least stay up to date with all the latest business happenings) and got the inside scoop that PiYO was released TODAY!


SO, I’m sure you’re wondering – “what the heck is PiYo?” I know I would be thinking that for sure….  Basically, it’s a 60 day, low-impact but high intensity workout that combines pilates and yoga to sculpt long, lean muscles and burn fat.  Unlike “traditional” yoga or pilates movements where you have to hold positions forever, PiYo’s movements flow into one another with no time lapses in between. These fluid movements help you burn calories faster – and get much quicker results.  It’s a total body workout, developed by the amazing, supportive, energetic, beautiful trainer Chalene Johnson, that will not only help you to elongate your body, but will also help to increase your balance and flexibility. Did I mention you don’t even have to wear shoes (you can wear cross trainers if you prefer though) and can do it from the comfort of you own living room floor? WIN.

Could it be right for you?  This workout would be great for someone who: – doesn’t want to exercise w/ equipment or weights – lives above someone else and can’t be making all sorts of noise by jumping around to exercise (ever had the neighbor who pounded on the wall to tell you to be quiet?) – has joint issues (this workout is low-impact so that stress is taken off your joints) – is already muscular and looking to elongate their physique or improve flexibility – is looking to tone, tighten, and elongate their muscles/body If you fall into any one of those categories, this could be the perfect fit for you!


So, what will you get with your workout? – 8 workouts, each ranging from 25-45 mins long – starter guide – Get Lean eating plan – 60 day workout calendar – tape measurer to track your progress – FREE bonus workout DVD (by ordering through me) – ME as your coach 🙂 AND, when you purchase the workout NOW through the end of JULY in a discounted Challenge Pack (comes with your complete PiYo workout AND a month’s supply of Shakeology), there’s an introductory SPECIAL price for an even better DEAL (and I’m aaaaaall about the deal…). The regular price of this discounted challenge pack is $160, but through July, it’s being offered at the introductory price of $140.  The hype for this product is already HUGE and if it’s anything like the 21 Day Fix that was just released in February, it’s bound to sell out within the first few days!

SO, with all that being said. Are you in? Are you ready to commit to improving your nutrition with Shakeology? Looking to increase your flexibility and strengthen, tone, and elongate those muslces?  Ready to get started NOW?  Click HERE to order. I’ll be starting a July PiYo Challenge Group, and anyone who orders through me will get the opportunity to join in on it!

Who needs a gym membership…

…when you can build your own gym at home!  One of my goals for 2014 is to get in the best shape of my LIFE! So, once Marv got back from deployment, he set out to make my goal an accomplishable reality via setting up our very own home gym. Being pregnant at the time, expecting our 3rd, I knew that it would be pretty difficult for me to find the time (and child care) to venture out every day to a gym – not to mention the monthly or yearly gym membership fee.

Like many other things in this household – first stop: Craigslist! After a couple weeks of searching, Marv was able to find 2 huge wall mirror that someone was selling.  ($75 for the big one, and an extra $20 for a slightly smaller one that can be seen in the pic in back of our water heater). The main problem though was transportation! (from Hawaii Kai to Makakilo….so about a 1-1.5 hr drive away).  Too big to fit in our van, and not wanting to risk cracking it enroute, we decided to rent a big UHaul van. Half a day later, with lots of driving and moving those HEAVY mirrors to and fro, they made it safely into our garage!  Marv (being very mission driven to try to get as much accomplished before baby came) got right to it, watching YouTube videos to figure out how to anchor these mirrors safely onto the garage wall.  The next day, with proper mounting equipment in hand and our two kids watching from the windows of his car (they got to play inside while we worked in the garage) Marv and I got the big mirror up!


Here I am (veeeeery pregnant) holding the mirror against the wall as the glue stuff on the back dried, and as Marv went around attaching mounting hardware to it.  By the way, this was 2 days past my due date….I gave birth the very next morning!


We had originally wanted to mount both mirrors, but after spacing things out, we decided against it.  SO, what to do with it but list it back on Craigslist!  We bought this smaller mirror for $20 and quickly sold it for $50 🙂  Here’s the mirror safely mounted on the wall.  (After all this work, we found out about a week later that our next door neighbor installs custom mirrors for a living….go figure!)


Next came re-painting the floor with a non-slip coating. Now “this” step took a lot of prep.  We needed to entirely clear out the garage – shelving, washer, dryer, sink, EVERYTHING for 2 days while it was painted and dried. So much work, but great finished product!  I think Milo agreed…

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Next came the Samsung TV screen and Pull Up Bar. (both from Amazon)

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Followed by all the fixins – Samsung DVD player and wall mount shelves (from Amazon), workout mat holders, extra power strip to match our yellow/grey garage, and jumprope/resistance band/weight lifting belt holder hook (Home Depot). Can’t forget the Bose sound link and speakers too…

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And, voila! Our garage gym was formed! All together, we spent roughly $75-100 on coating the floor with a non-slip surface, $250-ish on the Samsung TV screen, an extra $50-ish for mounting hardware and connecting cables, $30 for DVD shelf, $35 for Samsung DVD player, $25 for misc hooks/holders and power strip, $95 for the 2 mirrors (sold one and made $50, so $45 out of pocket for our large wall mirror), and $100 for the UHaul truck rental.  We already had the Bose sound link and speakers, so total out of pocket after accounting for the money we made back from selling the smaller mirror, we spent roughly $600.  If we had more time, we would’ve searched Craigslist for a used TV screen – possibly saving close to $100-150, BUT, we wanted to get our home gym finished before Marv went back to work, so we bit the bullet and spent the money to buy new.

I’ve been using our “home gym” now for a week straight and LOVE it!
– It’s convenient for me to get a workout in once all 3 kids are in bed
– I don’t have to worry about paying for or finding child care since I’m still at home with the kids while I workout
– I can use the big mirror mounted on the wall to work on my form
– I don’t have to be self-conscious working out in a traditional “gym” since I can do it from the comfort of my own home!

All in all, we are happy with how everything turned out and are LOVING our new gym!