2016, I can’t even…

14962672_10154090959548325_4178879056430520905_nIt’s Friday night. December 30. A candle is lit next to me and I just finished cleaning our kitchen about 5 minutes ago. Zach is sleeping on the couch, a little under the weather and I am deciding whether or not to pop my champagne as I sit back and write this blog post. I do this every year. I sit back and I attempt to put an entire year into a couple of paragraphs and share the good and the lessons learned.

But this year, 2016, I am trying to think if there is a way that it could have been better than it was. I can confidently say this was the best year of my life.

Sure, previous years are filled with beautiful memories. But I don’t think I’ve had a year where everything was completely perfect beyond all measures. The memories are a large part of it– but I think my constant decision to MAKE this the best year of my life was the icing on the cake.

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Last day as a reporter!

I came into this year with a lot on the line and some of the most important moments of my life right around the corner. I had insanely big goals for my life beginning January 1 and I can honestly say that I have accomplished a good majority of them. Were things tough at times? Did I encounter difficulties along the way? Absolutely. But I always worked through them and honestly, I always came out stronger in the end.

Let me attempt to share some of my most beautiful memories with you. The most important and my FAVORITES– revolving around my wedding day.

  • I quit my full-time job on January 8 and entered the world of entrepreneurship. I realized it was up to me to live the life I wanted to live and being stuck in a job I hated was doing nothing but holding me back. So even when the numbers and warnings said I shouldn’t– I DID.
  • Zach and I were able to go on an all-inclusive Royal Caribbean cruise courtesy of my company in March.
  • Visitors always coming to Knoxville to see us. My mom, sisters, dad, Zach’s mom. The door was always open.

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  • I surprised Zach and took him to Louisville to watch KU play in the Elite 8– unfortunately they lost, but great memories!
  • I had an incredible bridal shower thrown by my sisters & mom in April that was full of so much love and friendship.
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My Bridal Shower!

  • Zach went to Vegas for his bachelor party and had a BLAST. Krista came to Knoxville while he was away and I got to have my first Dollywood experience!
  • My bachelorette party was INSANE. We went to Ocean City Maryland and all of my bridesmaids made it except one. It was such a great weekend being away with friends and we have memories and experiences– we probably can’t talk about with anyone else 😉 But that I will NEVER forget.
  • I turned 26! WOW, I feel old 😉

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  • My wedding day.

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    Oh my gosh. I feel like I should say- the entire wedding weekend. This was the BEST DAY of my life. I still get emotional when I try to put into words what that entire day was like. Every single part of it was just incredible. It’s amazing because we spent an entire year planning and in no time, the day was there. You truly realize how loved you are by so many people that day. Everyone loves you, is fussing over you, wants to help you look and feel your best. And you? You’re just waiting to see each other. What a whirlwind that day was. I’ll never forget touching his hand behind that wall. I’ll never forget the look on his face when I walked down the aisle to him. I’ll never forget the people who flew from ALL OVER the country to be there with us. I’ll never forget how freaking FUN our bridal party was. I’ll never forget the reception hall, the cookies, the cake, the dancing, all of it– its clear as day in my mind. And yes, to answer your question- I am still working on a blog post from that day. But wow. What an incredible day in our lives. Officially Mrs. Smith and that’s pretty incredible.

  • OMG THE HONEYMOON. We went to Mexico two days after the wedding for 8 days. We had SO much fun! (As you can probably see in the video posted below with the monkey HAHA!) From the best guac ever to catamaran rides to just lounging by the pool, it was so nice to be away and celebrate our new marriage with each other.

  • Summit 2016 was a blast. It was so great being with my team, seeing them experience it for the first time and allowing my mind to stretch even farther and dream bigger.

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  • We moved to Charlotte from Knoxville– and live in a beautiful downtown apartment. We have fallen in love with the city and consider it home.

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  • Steelers destroyed the Chiefs at Heinz Field– but for the third year in a row, we got to see it live. Sorry babe.
  • Our first married Thanksgiving together in Kansas City.
  • We purchased a new Jeep Cherokee!

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  • We had a CRAZY Christmas LOL. Pittsburgh to Kansas City back to Pittsburgh on Christmas Day. It was a lot but we are so grateful to have able to be with both of our families for the holiday.

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  • Incredible business accomplishments.
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    2016 Elite Coach!

    These are so near and dear to my heart because I entered this year with such a rocky business. I lost my entire team due to my own selfishness, not understanding how to lead, and falling victim to the game of comparison. I made a promise to myself and God this year that I was going to change. I was going to become the BEST version of myself possible and be 100% selfless. I wanted to use my freedom to SERVE OTHERS and not myself. So, to recap this year in my business.

    • Team Simply BeYOUtiful went from a very weak Diamond team to a 5 Star ELITE, 7 Star Combined team in 12 months.
    • My first business center is 5 Star, my second is 2 Star, and third is Diamond.
    • I surpassed my corporate salary by $5000.
    • My wedding was paid for in cash.
    • All but three coaches on my team are 2016 coaches and on track to becoming Star Diamond, ELITE coaches themselves in 2017.
    • Our team is ending the year in the top 200 out of 450K coaches.
    • I earned the April 2017 trip for Zach and I to Punta Cana- all expenses paid.
    • I’ve helped a coach of mine advance to Star Diamond.
    • Earned a trip to the New Leader Conference in LA after my team achieved 2 Star.
    • I helped more than 200 people get started on a Health & Fitness Journey in 2016.
    • I qualified for TWO Diamond Retreats. One in Top Sail Island, the second in Amelia Island. Two incredible experiences I wouldn’t trade for anything.unnamed-1

THESE. And I know I am probably forgetting some. But THESE are the memories I couldn’t trade for the world. This year was filled with so much love and happiness and HONESTLY- no kidding- I feel like I am leaving it better than when I came into it. I am such a different person all around. My love for my others, my passion for serving others, and my willingness to do whatever it takes to achieve what I want out of life.

unnamed-4This year, I worked my ass off. I led without intention and for the first time in a LONG time– I believed in myself. I pray you don’t view this as– she did it, she is all happy and life is crazy awesome for her. I pray that this makes you realize you can do ANYTHING you put your mind to. I was recently asked what all of these achievements truly meant to me– and it’s this. That I’m no longer fearful of my goals. When I want something bad enough, I will find a way to make it happen. I hope this makes you realize you can do the same.

2017 is going to have its work cut out for it, because this year will be VERY hard to beat. But as I said, I am ready for whatever life is planning to throw at me.

Happy New Year!

Beachbody on Demand: ALL ACCESS now available!

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BIG CHANGE.
ALL DIGITAL ERRRRRTHANG.

We live in a world where we want immediate access to EVERYTHING, right? Netflix, Amazon Prime, Spotify. We want it fast– and we want it digital. So here is the deal. Beachbody is keeping up.

I prayed EVERY DAY for a way to touch more lives in 2017. And today’s corporate announcement was the answer to my prayers. Let me tell you something. Every time someone signs up, they ask me the same question. WHAT HAPPENS after my 21 days? or my 30 days?

My answer: Well, we can repeat and go another round OR get you started on a new program.

But here is the thing. The 21 Days comes to a close. People have lost the weight they feel good and instead of continuing what makes them feel GOOD– THEY FREAKING QUIT. Shakeology is cancelled, they put their DVD’s back on the shelf and go about their life. Then all of the sudden– the weight is back and the program was a temporary change and they are GONE.

I freaking HATE that.
I wanted to find a way to get customers thinking LONG TERM and not quick fix. And today, the answer came.

So get this.
What if I told you I could offer you LONG TERM fitness. A gym in your living room. Access to EVERY SINGLE program Beachbody has ever created– and even BETTER, you’ll get FIRST access to every single program that will be released in 2017– and not have to pay any extra? Would you be interested in that?

Because its a thing beginning TODAY– and it isn’t lasting long. Beachbody UNLIMITED, yo. You’ll get a YEAR of Beachbody on Demand (EVERY FRIGGIN PROGRAM), every new program, Shakeology, and the portion fix containers for a friggin steal.

OH- and if you’re one of my current customers that enrolled in DECEMBER, you can upgrade to this too.

ANDDDDD because I think YOU taking this on LONG TERM is badass– I am doing a drawing for the next FIVE people who commit to this. You’ll also get to be in the Health Bet & earn some of your money back too- so that’s cool.

ANYWHO- next FIVE new customers who commit to 2017- not just 21 days, will be entered in a contest to win a Google Chromecast so you can stream your workouts on Demand STRAIGHT to your TV.

21 Days and Done < A TRUE lifestyle change.
Your pick.

CURRENT CUSTOMERS: Since you have already made a purchase you have the option to upgrade!! Those that made their original purchase in DECEMBER can upgrade for approx 69 dollars for YEAR access to all programs.

Those that purchased BEFORE December can upgrade for $99 (same upgrade I am doing today!) to again, give you access for an entire year to every program ( new, old, and not yet released for 2017).

LASTLY, if you are a beachbody on demand member paying your quarterly 41 dollars and your draft has recently gone through, there is a prorate for that as well!

CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE!

NEW CUSTOMERS: Please email me at kelseybbcoach@gmail.com so we can get to know each other and I can give you the TOTAL bundle price– which includes Shakeology!

Love, Life, & Marriage: Our Christmas Traditions

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Christmas 2013

Christmas is BOTH of our favorite time of the year. But guess what? 5 months married, 4 total years together. And nope, we have never spent a Christmas together. Not until this one.

We did the Christmas tree, the decorations, and cards every single year. Each year the Christmas tree looks different– and gets better in my opinion LOL.

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Christmas 2014

It’s not like we were okay with it either. Face Time isn’t the same, phone calls, etc. When you love someone, the last thing you want to do is be apart on the holidays. So while we went our separate ways over the past couple of years come Christmas- we made a promise to each other that once we were married, we wouldn’t do it anymore.

So hence. In just a couple of days, we will begin a crazy couple days of travel. We will be driving up to Pittsburgh on the 21st- to get on a plane to go to Kansas on the 22nd- to come back to Pittsburgh on the 25th- to go back to Charlotte on the 27th. WOWZA. But hey, family is important. (Already dreaming of the day we pop out a kid and everyone has to come to us HAHA!)

But no, I do have to take a second and be extremely grateful for the fact that these people are willing to sacrifice times with their families to get us to where we need to be.

I was in their shoes a year ago. Sitting back and wondering if I would be able to go home and see my family- or if I would be forced to work. And so many of these people are in that same position. Already dreading Sunday because they don’t get to be with their families. Remember to give them a little extra love that day if you’re traveling like we are.

Regardless of our crazy travels, we have made the mutual decision to do OUR Christmas as we usually do. On the 27th. It’s a personal thing and we like it to be the two of us. Honestly, it makes the holidays last a little bit longer. Traditions are traditions! =)

I think it’s extremely important to take a second away from this message, however, and briefly touch on the entire reason Christmas is a thing. Jesus Christ our savior. The baby boy who was born on December 25 and saved our lives. Without HIM, none of these traditions, gifts, time with family– would even be a thing. It starts there for sure. And while we have never done a Christmas Eve service together, I am looking forward to it for the first time. The presence of God is incredible, but feeling it with your significant other is an entirely different feeling.

So while we have a lot of traditions we already do- we are really looking forward to starting some new ones this year. Some already on deck are:

  • Christmas Eve service
  • Waking up together on Christmas morning
  • Family gift exchange
  • A bottle of champagne to pop on Christmas Day– and our second Christmas in Charlotte. Saving the corks for every Christmas married. ❤

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And there are others we already have that we are looking forward to continuing.

  • Spending the day with family
  • Being Santa Paws for our pups.
  • Our own gift exchange two days after Christmas.
  • Playing Christmas tunes while we open gifts
  • Taking turns and really soaking in with gratitude what the other person got them.
  • Creating our yearly memory ornament. It’s a clear ornament and we write down our FAVORITE memories from the year, cut them into small strips, twirl them around our finger and place in inside the ornament. We started these in 2012. So this will be our fifth one. This was an INCREDIBLE year– not sure how we are going to beat it.

It’s so easy to get caught up in everything going on this week. But take a deep breath and remember to soak up what is really important. It may sound cliche, but honestly, the best gifts aren’t what is under the tree. It’s the time you spend with the one’s you love. The laughter around the table, the food you get to eat, the people that are forced to work in order to get you to where YOU need to be that day. Life is so short and these holidays remind us of that. Soak in every second and every moment.

We wish you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS.

Love, the Smiths.

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Holiday Shakeology Recipes

  1. screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-11-40-25-amVanilla Hazelnut– Vanilla Shakeology + 1 tsp. hazelnut extract + 1 cup water
  2. Iced Hazelnut Coffee – Vanilla Shakeology + 1 tsp. almond extract + 1 cup cold coffee
  3. Creamy Candy Cane – Vanilla Shakeology + 2/3 drops peppermint extract + 1 cup almond milk
  4. Vanilla Cranberry – Vanilla Shakeology + 1/2 cup cranberry juice + 1/2 cup water
  5. Spiced Chocolate Apple — Chocolate Shakeology + ½ cup diced apple + sprinkle cinnamon + 1 cup almond milk + ice
  6. Green Apple – Greenberry Shakeology + 1 cup apple cider + 1 tsp. cinnamon + ice
  7. Apple Pie Vanilla Shakeology + 1 cup water + ½ cup unsweetened applesauce + ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  8. Egg Nog –Vanilla Shakeology + 1 cup milk + 1 tsp. rum extract + ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  9. Vanilla Spice– Vanilla Shakeology + 1 tsp. cinnamon + ½ tsp. nutmeg + 1 cup milk
  10. Maple Butter– Vanilla Shakeology + 1 Tbsp. almond butter + 1 cup milk + 1 tsp. maple syrup
  11. Banana Nut– Vanilla Shakeology + 1 Tbsp. natural peanut butter + 1 medium banana + 1 cup water
  12. Frozen Mint –Vanilla Shakeology + Fresh mint + 1 cup water + 1 cup ice
  13. Maple Pecan –Vanilla Shakeology + 1 cup unsweetened almond milk + 1 Tbsp. coarsely chopped raw pecans + 1 Tbsp. coarsely chopped raw cashews + 1 tsp. pure maple syrup
  14. Cinna-Latte – Vanilla Shakeology + 1 cup almond milk, coconut milk or water + 1/4 – 1/2 tsp cinnamon + 1 tbsp. instant coffee + Ice
  15. Vanilla Almond Spice – Vanilla Shakeology + 1 tsp. cinnamon + 1/2 tsp. nutmeg + 1/2 tsp. almond extract + 1 cup almond milk
  16. Snowflake Candy Crush – Vanilla Shakeology + 1 tsp vanilla extract + 1 cup skim milk + Crushed candy canes (for garnish)
  17. Yummy Rummy – Vanilla Shakeology + 1 banana + ¾ cup nonfat milk + ½ tsp cinnamon + ½ tsp rum extract + ice
  18. Gingerbread Man – Vanilla Shakeology + ½ tsp. cinnamon + ½ tsp ginger + 1 tsp vanilla extract + I cup skim milk + ice
  19. Chocolate Fig Pudding – Chocolate Shakeology + 6 ripe figs + 8 walnut halves + 1 cup water
  20. Chocolate Date Pudding — Chocolate Shakeology + 6 dried dates (pits removed) + 8 walnut halves + 1 cup water

MORE HERE:

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IT’S BACK! Win money for getting healthy!

BET

Will you commit to a healthier you?

January 9-February 5

The Beachbody Health Bet pool has grown to more than $2 million. ANDDDD it’s still growing. There is a SOLID chance it will be at $3 million by the end of the month.

WHAT IT IS:  Because you are committing to a healthier YOU, my company is rewarding you. If you purchase a program & Shakeology, you will get access to my exclusive challenge group ran through an app on your cell phone. We kick off on January 9.  I will personally be working with YOU and a group of women to get the BEST results possible & by logging AT LEAST five Shakeology’s a week with pictures & AT LEAST 3 workouts a week– you can get a cut of up to $3 million.

HOW TO GET A CUT OF THE $3 MILLION:

  1. Be an active member in my challenge group as of September 5.
  2. Log 5 Shakeology’s with pictures a week
  3. Log AT LEAST 3 workouts a week

YOU MUST meet all of the requirements for each week.

  • Week 1: Jan 6-Jan 15
  • Week 2: Jan 16-Jan 22
  • Week 3: Jan 23- Jan 29
  • Week 4: Jan 30-Feb 5

HOW TO GET INVOLVED:

Contact me & we will find the program that best fits for YOU.  We will talk about your goals, what you’ve tried before, your eating habits, and much more. Based on that, we will pick a program that will get YOU the best results. Pair that with Shakeology & ALAS- you’re starting.  You’ll want to purchase BEFORE December 28 to get your stuff on time. (SEVERAL programs are on PROMO this December!)

HOW YOU’LL GET PAID:

Once the Health Bet has come to a close, the prize pool will be split equally among all qualified participants..All participants will be notified of their preliminary qualification status on or around February 8, 2017 via the e-mail address associated with their Team Beachbody account

If you’re ready, let’s do this thing!!

APPLY HERE: http://bit.ly/ContactKelsey

I can’t wait to see the results you get!

XOXO

Homemade HEALTHY Zuppa Toscana

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Ingredients: 

  • Chicken Sausage (I purchased the one with jalapeños in it from Trader Joes)
  • 2 bunches of Kale
  • 3 potatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 red onion
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • Seasonings of choice (I used garlic powder, chili powder, pepper)
  • 4 cups organic low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup almond milk

Directions: 

  • Cut the chicken sausage into small pieces and brown on a pan for 3-5 minutes.
  • In a crockpot, add in chopped onion, potatoes, chicken broth, browned sausage, almond milk, cheese, seasonings, garlic
  • Cook on low for 3 hours
  • Add 2 bunches of kale, allow to cook for extra 10 minutes
  • ENJOY

Core De Force: The FINAL Results

As I sit here and type this up, tears are flooding my eyes. What a mental test the past 30 days have been. I am sitting here trying to put it all into words, trying to figure out how to REALLY make you understand how big of a deal this is. This is the first time I have ever completed a program from start to finish 150%. I am admitting that right here.

Core De Force was the 13th program I have completed, but it was the first one that I didn’t make an excuse for a beer, a cookie, or missing a workout. That’s right. I am admitting here that I couldn’t even make it  through a round of the 21 Day Fix without sneaking in a Mich Ultra (“It has less calories”) For heavens sake LOL.

After completing this program, I realize something. I wasn’t that I couldn’t do it, it’s that it didn’t mean enough to me NOT to do it. I was okay with cheating because I was still getting results. Now looking back on it, I can’t get over how much better ALL of my results would have been if I dialed in the entire way. But hey, no time for regrets. This is a post about celebration.

So lets talk about the obstacles I overcame.

  1. Thanksgiving. That’s self explanatory. I enjoyed the dinner nonetheless, but it was portioned. I skipped rolls, my favorite desserts, and going back for seconds.
  2. A wedding. Talk about hard as hell. Everyone around you drunk, you realizing how annoying drunk people are LOL. I drank water the entire time.
  3. Traveling 14 hours back and forth from Kansas. I packed my entire cooler full of meals to stay on track so we wouldn’t have to stop for food. SUCCESS.
  4. Sporting events (Chiefs/Panthers game, Hornets Games). WATTTTTTERRRRRRR and eating before I left and when I got home so I wouldn’t eat stadium foods.
  5. Going out with friends. Drinking H2O while everyone else enjoyed cocktails.
  6. 30 workouts, plus bonus ab workouts when scheduled. NEVER skipped (even after 14 hour drives)
  7. Meal planning weekly– and staying on track.
  8. Eating out and getting things like grilled chicken and broccoli at a sports bar -__-.

And that’s just a couple of them. BUT DAMN that’s tough haha. Writing them down is insane, but it really shows what a mindset shift I had in this program. No alcohol, no cheats, no skipping workouts. And this is what I have to show for it. A true transformation.

RESULTS FROM NOVEMBER 1-NOVEMBER 30 (Round 1)

DOWN 6 POUNDS, 14.5 INCHES

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I am kicking off my next round on Monday, December 5 but this time, will be implementing the DELUXE Calendar. You can see that below! It includes THREE NEW workouts called Agility Strength, Agility Power, & MMA Kick Butt. Plus, Beachbody on Demand released two additional workouts exclusive to members (MMA Speed 2.0 & MMA Shred 2.0) that I will be incorporating too.

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Join me in my next round by applying here: https://goo.gl/forms/9WuFdeZepeYkIGfj1

Xoxox!

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Look back on my journey:

Week One Progress Report

Week Two Progress Report

Week Three Progress Report