Safari at the Zoo!

Polar Bear! Ok, you can’t really see him, but he was HUGE!


Duct Tape Wedding Ring

Another great blog you have to check out:  Will lost 175 lbs after a health scare! He went from 350lbs to 175lbs!
“7) Advice for others trying to lose weight?

Don’t stop. Don’t give up. Never surrender. All it takes is motivation and time, and if you have both of those, nothing is standing in your way but yourself and your fears. Conquer those fears. Own them.
Set a routine and stick to it as best you can. Try not to fall into old habits. Don’t weigh yourself more than once or twice a week, and, above all, remember that you are more than that number on the scale. Even if you have a bad week or two or three, you’re headed in the right direction once you make the decision to change your life – never forget that.”
Will Nevin, 25, shed 175 pounds during 11 months, willing to do anything, except face his anxiety about visiting the doctor.
Story on CNN:

Don’t Dream A Little Dream…

Kandee Johnson is absolutely amazing!! If you’ve never been to her blog you MUST check it out!! She is a makeup genius and she is living out her dreams!! Why do I love her so much??? Read on…. 

I am “recycling” this posty… some of you may remember this post from a long time ago….I found it and wanted to share it again….I think we can all use this sometimes (feel free to pass this on to friends that could use it!

(I took this “big” view from on top of the Empire State Building in New York…sometimes you just need to have “big vision” for your dreams…here’s a view to inspire you…)

dream a big dream…
people waste their dreams…by never doing anything to make them happen! Let’s be dream makers….not dream wasters!

Just like each person has their own fingerprints and likes and dislikes….you have your own personal dream…and your own one-of-a-kind-talent…no one else will say they same things you will, paint a painting the way you will, sing a song the same way…or even draw out the beauty in someone by doing their make-up, the same way…

Whatever moves you, excited you, whatever you have a “knack” for…..go after it! Go after it, big time! The small details are what will make your big dreams….come true!

And don’t listen to the dream-stopper lies that try to prevent your dream from happening…
your never:
*too old, or too young….(The world famous chef Julia Child, didn’t start cooking until she was in her 50’s)

*not talented enough…(some of the most famous people were told they had no talent! From Frank Sinatra to The Beatles!)

*have no time…(some of the most amazing inventions and books were written when people had to do them at night, because they were busy with work or kids during the day)

*you have lost hope….(whatever is lost can be found…..find your dream and your hope..and work hard to keep it alive…water your dreams & hopes, daily….no one can make them grow except you…and God…but we have to do our part!)

*too fat or thin, not attractive enough…..(Oprah has struggled with her weight, but she became the most powerful women (person) in the media…true talent doesn’t have a size or a beauty rating! I’ve seen some “pretty” people that were the ugliest people I’ve ever seen, and no one wanted them around!)

*you have kids and don’t know how you’ll do it….(I know of an actress, that was so desired, the studio paid for her to move to Hollywood, they paid for her house in the Hills, and they paid for her to have a Nanny service at her disposal…a lot of my friends are moms, or single moms…and they have been able to make their dreams come true, with their babies right by their side!)…everyone knows, moms have incredible work ethics, they can multi-task like nobody’s business….maybe you can’t answer the phone when kids are yelling…but thank goodness for email and texting! ha ha ha ha

I made small decisions to help get my “big dreams” jump started…
*I made the choice to enroll in beauty school (that’s all I knew to do at the time)
* I decided I was going to talk to salons and see if I could do make-up for prom
*I made flyers and put them up advertising my make-up services
*I made lil postcards and business cards to give to people, so they knew I was a “make-up artist”
*I made a little portfolio of all my friends I had put make-up on
*I made appointments with all the local photographers and advertising agencies to show them my “portfolio”…and I started getting work!
*I decided I was going to go talk to an award winning make-up artist at a hair show…

and before I knew it….I was walking onto movie sets, into the offices of MTV with my make-up kit to work, and being listed as key make-up for tv shows and commercials…and hiring my own team of make-up artists and hair stylists for jobs!

Each small decision I made, was going to have a huge effect!

(not only does Janice Dickinson, have a bigger than life personality, she coined the bigger-than-average-model term, “supermodel”….this was me and Janice, after I did her make-up)

So today…or even next week…start making tiny decisions to power up your big dreams!!!

Remember, every giant journey…is made up of a bunch of little steps….
typed with huge love for you and your dreams…kandee

Newest Bombshell! Jen Schmitt!

New Coach! 
A BIG welcome to Jen Schmitt!!  Our newest bombshell!! Make sure you check out her blog here: because she really opens up and shares her story.  Her entire life has been a battle with weight but she took charge and lost 60 lbs!!! Her journey is not over, but she is DETERMINED to reach her goal and help others along the way!
I KNOW Jen came into my life for a reason. Our paths crossed (thank you Beachbody!!) because we both had the desire to better ourselves. It just takes that little bit of courage to reach out for what you want and you will find that people start to come into your life who will help you achieve your goal! 
Jen is one of those people who you feel like you’ve known your whole life…she’s easy to talk to, never judges you and has such a big, open heart- ready to help you, guide you, or just listen. 
I am grateful to have you as part of our Beachbody family and I cannot wait to see you reach your potential!! 

Favorite 80s Shows!

I had total flashbacks today to my FAVORITE cartoon when I was younger…JEM!!! And of course I just HAD to have the dolls.

Truly Outrageous! 
These aren’t mine, but how fabulously 80s!! 

Plot: The central “secret” of the series is that Jem, lead singer and frontwoman of the rock group Jem and The Holograms, is in fact the alter ego of Jerrica Benton, owner/manager of Starlight Music.[3] Jerrica adopts this persona with the help of a holographic computer, known as Synergy, which was built by Jerrica’s father to be “the ultimate audio-visual entertainment synthesizer” and is bequeathed to Jerrica after his passing. Jerrica is then able to command Synergy to project “the Jem hologram” over herself by means of the remote micro projectors in her earrings, thus disguising her features and clothing and enabling her to assume the Jem persona. She does so to acquire money to support Starlight Music and the Starlight Foundation for Girls, a foster program founded by her late mother Jacqui Benton.

Wait…so there was a plot?!? I don’t even remember that part! I just remember the big hair, FABULOUS outfits (leggings in all their glory!) and super independent/powerful female characters creating rock star history! 
Oh Jem, why did you have to go away after only 3 short years on the air. We will remember you always!! lol 

Fitness Model: Marzia Prince

I found my new inspiration: Marzia Prince. She is uhhhhmazzzzing!! She is a Fitness/Nutrition Expert, Athlete, Model, IFBB Bikini Pro, 2007 Ms Bikini Universe, Writer for Natural Muscle Mag. Vegan/Vegetarian/Raw Foodist.  Um is there anything she can’t do??

What are the underlying principles behind your approach to bodybuilding?
There are a few rules I strongly live by. I have created the Marzia Principles. They are 10 principles I live by to keep my healthy lifestyle.
Principle #1: JOURNAL!
Journal everything! From food to workouts to setting goals. You can use a day planner, a journal, or even
Principle #2: HAVE A PLAN!
Have a plan. Decide what type of exercise you want to do and the timeframe you’re going to do it in.
Principle #3: SET GOALS!
Goals! Set short goals and long goals. For example, if your long term goal is 20 lbs. 5 lbs. should be your short term goal.

Principle #4: FIND MOTIVATION!
Motivation! Find something that motivates you whether it is a magazine, a picture of yourself, or a family reunion.
Principle #5: EAT MORE!
Eat 5-6 small meals a day spaced 3 hours apart.
Principle #6: VARIETY!
Make sure you have some form of protein, good carbs, and good fats at each meal. For example, a chicken salad with spinach, and olive oil.
Principle #7: STAY HYDRATED!
Drink plenty of water between meals. Sometimes when you are hungry, you are really thirsty.
Principle #8: SUPPLEMENTS!
Take a multivitamin and proper supplements. Sometimes you don’t get that from food alone.
To maximize your results, you need to do a combination of cardio, resistance training, and proper nutrition.
And last but not least, number 10. Stay away from factory food! Chances are if it comes in a box, it probably isn’t good for you!
If you can adhere to these principles, I guarantee you will be in the best shape of your life!

What does your diet look like?

I have adopted a plant based diet a couple of years ago after falling ill from the standard high animal protein competition diet. I had done this for about 5 years and my health was failing due to the lack of nutrients over time. I learned that a competition diet is only for looks, not for health! A competition diet can only be done short term. I learned the hard way. Other people have done this for longer and their bodies can handle it, it took a toll on mine. With that said, this is what my diet looks like now
  • Meal One: 1 scoop vegan protein powder in 1 cup oatmeal with ½ cup of berries
  • Meal Two: 1 Fuji apple and 10 almonds
  • Meal Three: ¾ cup of beans with 1 cup rice mixed together with 2 cups of steamed veggies on the side
  • Meal Four: 1/4 of a med avocado with cups raw veggies (cucumbers, baby tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and celery)
  • Meal Five: Large salad with every veggie known to man on it. ¾ cup of chickpeas in it. I always use an olive oil and vinegar dressing on it.
  • I drink lots of water throughout the day to keep hydrated and flush toxins.

The Optimist Creed

Promise Yourself …

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel that there is something in them. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile. To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

Turkey Meatloaf

 Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

1 1/2 Pounds of Lean Ground Turkey
1/2 c. Chopped Onion
2 tbsp Minced Garlic
1/2 c. Chopped Green Pepper
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
2 Egg Whites Slightly Beaten
2 tsp of Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 c. Chicken or Vegetable Broth
1/2 c. Quick Cooking Oats

1/3 c. of Low Carb Ketchup
2 Tbsp. Splenda Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp. of Mustard

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Sauté the onions and peppers until just lightly brown and then add garlic and sauté for 5 minutes more. Remove from heat and let it cool slightly. Mix all of the meat loaf ingredients plus the onions, peppers and garlic together in large bowl making sure that it is mixed well. Shape mixture into a loaf and place in a baking dish that has been sprayed with non stick cooking spray. Mix the topping ingredients together and spread on top of the loaf.

Bake at 350 for 45 – 50 minutes. Let it cool for 20 minutes before cutting and serving.

Servings: 4 – 6 servings depending

6 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories  203.0
Total Fat 8.5 g
Potassium 100.6 mg
Total Carbohydrate 7.3 g
Dietary Fiber 1.1 g
Sugars 1.1 g
Protein 25.0 g

Share Your Dreams! Share your Light!

I recently reconnected with an old friend from High school (thank you Beachbody!) and discovered that we have the same outlook on life. Unfortunately, our views seem to be the minority…but I wanted to share this with everyone because she touched my heart. Start living the life you want NOW…little by little until your big dreams are your reality. Don’t be in the minority of people who don’t believe their dreams can come true, or even worse…who don’t even have dreams! 

The secret to living the life of your dreams is to start living the life of your dreams today, in every little way you possibly can.” – By Mike Dooley 

By sharing your dreams with others, you will see that they start finding ways to help you achieve your goals. And by doing so, they themselves can be inspired to set out on their own dream-laden path! 

Bethany and I shared our Vision Boards with one another and stated our dreams out loud in black and white. There is something about showing someone your goal  that makes it THAT much more important to accomplish it- especially when you KNOW they have your back.

After I sent her mine…this is what she wrote back….

“Thanks so much Kati!  You’re such a nice girl.  I’m glad you “get” it.  I really love your stuff too!  And I can absolutely feel your passion for all your goals as well.  And I think that’s what it takes; I think that passion and belief and dreaming big is half the battle.  I teach a writing class at CCAC and I always tell my students: 

Quit making writing a hobby.  If you love it, make it your passion.  Be serious.  Don’t be afraid or stand in your own way of making dreams a reality.

You’re on track, Kati.  Your vision board goals are so doable because you have the drive and smarts.  I feel like it’ll only be a matter of time before you’re sending me pics from Australia, holding a Koala bear in one arm!  I’m going to save this email so then, when I purchase my house in Hawaii and we’re lounging on the beach, we can pull this email thread out and laugh about how all our goals and ambitions came true. 🙂

I loooooove your visual too!  I went the old school way of actually cutting pics out and pasting them to a show board.  How did you make your board into this cool graphic?  Very very nice!

But I mean, let’s think about it Kati.  Some people may look at our lists and be all like, she’s aiming too high.  But I don’t think that’s true at all.  Stephenie Meyer made 87 million in one single year!  JK Rowling is a billionaire.  The P90X guy is a millionaire many times over.  The founder of Beach Body probably has more money than Bill Gates.  (Maybe.)  

But people are achieving these goals.  Why not us????  

It’s our turn, Kati!  We’re both too passionate and ambitious to settle for less.

Thanks so much for sharing all your hopes with me.  I’m so happy that I get to be on this journey with you and watch you really strike out for your dreams. “

On that note, I have to leave you with Kandee’s INCREDIBLE story and message about sharing your dreams!