What is Your “WHY?”

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” Rumi

Most people want to lose weight or tone up.  We live in a country (well, I live in this country maybe you don’t) where we are surrounded by processed foods and over-sized portions and artificial sweeteners and as a result, most of us are overweight. That excess weight leads to a poor body image and depression and results in more weight.  It’s a vicious cycle and it’s hard as hell to break.

We all want to lose weight fast.  If something doesn’t provide instant gratification, it’s easy to lose hope and just give up.  We yo-yo with dieting.  We get bored of our workouts.  Our friends, family, coworkers, society in general sabotage us by lack of support for our efforts.  So we get stuck.  Stuck being fat and stuck being miserable.

I work for a company called Beachbody.  I coach for them and help people learn how to eat healthier without dieting and also help them get through Beachbody’s exercise programs.  I don’t do this to make money, although it is a perk.  In fact, most of the time I do this for people for free.  I do this because Beachbody saved my life.  Seriously.  Beachbody gave me something that Atkins, Slim Fast, Jillian Michaels, Self, Crunch, 24 Fitness, Jenny Craig and countless other things I tried couldn’t.  Support.  Through Beachbody, I found people who were there for me.  Who were on similar journeys or who had been.  With the support I found, learning how to eat healthily and learning to love working out, I lowered my blood pressure from 170/100 to 110/60.  I reversed my prediabetic status.  I reversed my non-alcoholic steatohepatitis.  And I earned a body and state of mind that is healthy and confident.  

With coaching, I pay this forward. I work with people in a way that is different than other weight loss groups I’ve participated in.  See, what I believe is that being overweight is a symptom of something deep inside. When you’re hurting inside, you wear it outside.  When you start learning to love yourself, you reflect that by taking better care of yourself and the weight starts to come off.  

The first step is to do some soul-searching to find within yourself why you put on the extra pounds in the first place.  The next step is to focus on really why you want to lose them.  For some people, they want to finally be able to sport a bikini or look good in a dress for a wedding.  But for a lot of people, their reasons are deeper than that.  They’re tired of feeling sick all the time.  Their health is declining.  They’re tired of being miserable, ashamed and depressed.  Keeping focus of your WHY is a great source of motivation.  That’s what keeps you driving forward and sticking with your goal.  And having a group to push with, well, that’s the icing on the cake. When we feel supported and we feel like people truly care about whether or not we reach our goals… when we know people are paying attention, we work harder.  So I run challenge groups.  We all do a program together.  We all stick to healthy eating together.  Most importantly, we all check-in with each other EVERY DAY.  We keep each other accountable and on track.  I work with my challengers in the group and one on one to make sure everyone reaches their goals.  

If you think that you could benefit from working with me in one of my challenge groups, send me an email at turborachelfitness@gmail.com.  I’ll tell you how to join Team Athena and I will hold a place for you in one of my upcoming groups. Please note that to participate in one of my challenge groups, I must be your assigned Beachbody coach. All programs and challenge packs can be purchased through my site, www.beachbodycoach.com/turborachel. You can just buy the program, (you don’t have to buy the whole challenge pack) to participate in a challenge group.  Here is a schedule of what is coming:

Brazil Butt Lift Challenge (starting April 9th – there is still time to get in on this):  

Victoria’s Secret models use Leandro Carvalho’s Brazil Butt Lift program to get in shape for shoots and fashion shows.  This workout is low impact, but boy does it work and in just 2 weeks, you’ll really start to see your “bum-bum” lift.  All participants who purchase a challenge pack will be sent a free pair of ankle weights on me.

Turbo Fire Challenge Group (Starting May 7th)
This is the program that took about 120 lb off my body.  90 days of Turbo Fire can change your body, your attitude and your life. With new Turbo Fire classes coming out on April 4th, anyone can get in on this no matter what your fitness level is.  

Les Mills Pump Challenge Group (starting May 7th – filling up now)
Les Mills Pump helped me drop down 2 dress sizes in 90 days.  6 weeks in, I had the beginnings of a 6 pack.  This program is awesome and uses something called the “rep-effect,” using lighter weights with a higher rate of repetition so you don’t bulk up.  Instead, you tone up, torch up to 1,000 calories a workout and your metabolism just sky-rockets.  Best part?  You only have to “Pump” 3 times a week.  There’s a reason this workout is taking over the 24 Hour Fitness classes.  Need extra motivation?  Here are my Les Mills Pump before and after photos:
P90X2 Challenge (Starting June 4th)
I have not completed P90X2 yet, however I am a P90X grad and I am also P90X Qualified, see?
P90X2 is a program that I am very excited to try and would love to have a group to do it with.  This is a challenging program and is not for those who are brand new to fitness.  So, if you are ready to work hard and push and want a great source of motivation to keep you going, get in on this and do this with me!!!

Insanity Challenge (July 2nd)
Want to torch some serious calories fast?  This is a great program to do it with and it only takes 60 days.  You’ve gotta be willing to dig deep on this one but by the time 60 days are up, you’ll be a machine.

Climb out of your comfort zone and try something new.  It’s the only way we grow.  When you stay with what’s safe, nothing changes.  I will be there for you every step of the way to make sure you succeed in reaching your goals.  You’re not alone and I will make damned sure you know it.  

Also, do you like the idea of coaching?  Want to help others reach their health and fitness goals?  Send me an email at turborachelfitness@gmail.com and I’ll tell you how to join my team.  We’re awesome and we all have a whole lot of love to give!


The last couple of weeks, I’ve been in a funk.  With my whole family getting norovirus at once, having to miss my son’s first birthday party because I was in urgent care, then my birthday and my husband’s birthday and my mom’s birthday all back to back… it’s been hard to get through and I realized that lately, my attitude has been in the toilet.

Isn’t this a lovely image that I found? 

Chalene Johnson, my hero and savior and creator of all things Turbo, always stresses mental fitness.  You have to work your mental fitness before you can be physical fit.  Everything you tell yourself, your body believes.  Boy, isn’t that the truth.  I was rereading some of my blog posts last night and thinking to myself, wow.  Something is going on and something has got to change because THIS is not healthy and not the way forward and the goal here is transformation for the better, not backsliding into self-pity land because that’s where the binge-eating and emotional eating live.

This morning was very hard.  It started with my son, the little terrorist, hurling cottage cheese at the dog, at the door, on the windows, all over the floor then following this up with projectile vomit and then splashing in it as it was coming out.  Lovely, eh?  

Anyway, this started my morning in a dark place and before I let it consume me, I realized what was happening.  I gave myself a mental “bitch-slap” and forced myself to throw on my Lululemon shorts and get my butt downstairs to do some Les Mills Pump: Pump Revolution.  

First of all, that workout kicked my butt.  I am on my 4th scoop of P90X Peak Results & Recovery formula and still shaking like a leaf 30 minutes later.  I upped my weights again to 70 lb in the squat and dead lift tracks and wow.  By the time the shoulder track came about, I was already failing push-ups (which are my strongest exercise).  

But something really important happened by the end.  I realized I was barely even able to do the ab track and suddenly, my mind reset.  I was humbled by my inability to perform perfectly and snapped out of the funk.  I realized that it’s okay that my eating hasn’t been perfect lately.  I’m one strong and determined woman and I have come so far, there ain’t no way in HELL I’m letting myself backslide.  Today has been hard so far, but I’ve survived.  I haven’t turned to food. I got my workout in despite the chaos this morning started off with and that’s what matters.  

I also know now that I need to start reorganizing my day and forcing myself out of bed at 5 am, like it or not.  Letting myself lie in bed lazily until 8 staring blankly at my Facebook newsfeed is not helping the way I feel. 

So that’s it.  Funk is over.  Turbo Kick instructor certification and Coach Summit are coming and I want to be my best for both and that means there is NO ROOM for negativity.  Period.  

Jack in the Box, Pop Tarts and Carrot Cake – oh my!

I’m forcing myself to write about this openly.  I’m telling myself, that’s the point of this blog – keeping me accountable to clean nutrition and exercise and also proving to the world that you can have a fit body and still be real… and things don’t stop being hard.  

So, last week I really screwed up the grocery list.  I’m trying to find a good balance between healthy foods and cost efficiency which isn’t always so easy.  Last week, I tried to cut down the amount of snack foods on the grocery list to help keep the cost of groceries low and also limit my snack-availability.  With my son starting to walk and become increasingly clingy in the process, I have had less and less time to prepare real meals for myself and have found myself snacking a bit too much.  So, this week our groceries limited the amount of protein bars and trail mix we normally have around and by Wednesday, all we had in the house were eggs, spinach, frozen broccoli, leftover pot roast, Shakeology and plain yogurt.  We also had foods I use to teach my son how to hold and break part like Pop Tarts (the organic variety made with whole grains of course) and cereal bars.

Well, come Friday, I was hurting for carbs.  I ended up breaking down on Friday night and consuming 2 Pop Tarts and a huge hunk of a slice of carrot cake.  I didn’t let myself feel guilty.  I acknowledged that this was the result of poor planning on my part, made up for it with Turbo Fire’s HIIT 20 and Insanity’s Pure Cardio and that was that.  I was moving on.  The rest of the day on Saturday was a little tricky, due to a revved up metabolism, but I managed to keep my diet within the lines of what’s considered clean.  Okay, there was some teriyaki chicken in there but the rice was brown and the chicken was chicken breast and I only ate half of it to keep each food group to a single serving and I still feel like that was a pretty harmless food choice.

And then came yesterday, Sunday.  Oy.  My food intake of the day consisted of:  1 cup of Pepperidge Farm goldfish crackers.  2 maple brown sugar Pop Tarts.  A handful of wasabi soy almonds.  A coconut almond Kind Raw bar.  And then.. a Jack in the Box Jumbo Jack.  Curly fries.  An oreo cookie milk shake.  And later.. another Pop Tart.  There was an apple and a banana in there somewhere but still… 

The first thing I noticed yesterday was a rush of heavy fatigue. My body felt like it was moving through jello.  My limbs felt heavy and I felt like I hadn’t slept in a week.  I also bloated – really badly.  This morning I wake up and my seborrheic dermatitis (also known as Cradle Cap) is in full force on my cheek – grains, flour and sugar especially bring this out and it really isn’t pretty.  My skin turns bright red and angry on my nose and cheek and all in my scalp and the skin starts to flake off.  So sexy.  

I went downstairs to workout and popped in Pump & Burn, a 30 minute Les Mills Pump workout since I wasn’t sure how long my kid would tolerate mommy lifting.  I kept my weights at 50 lb throughout the entire workout and even though I got through it, it was just barely.  I felt terrible.  My back was killing me from the bar through the squat track.  I was shaking like a leaf through chest presses and dead lifts/rows/clean&presses.  By the time the abs track was over, I could barely roll over to stretch.  

Well, my little indoor terrorist tolerated that workout well so I went upstairs, downed half a scoop of P90X Peak Results and Recovery (seriously good stuff to use as post-workout fuel) and made my way downstairs to fit in Turbo Fire’s Fire 30 – gotta keep burning off all the crap I ate yesterday.  Well, for the first time in almost a year, halfway through the workout I puked.  I wasn’t even working that hard but it happened.  I finished working out, didn’t even pause – just ran to the bathroom did my business and ran back… and that was that.  

I’m not thrilled with myself for yesterday’s food shenanigans.  Normally, I make a point to try and forgive myself and move on and I am trying… but it’s hard when these last 2 weeks have been full of binges and poor food choices.  This weekend, my Beachbody team, Team Athena is doing a Shakeology cleanse together and I am really hoping that going through this will help get the need for sugar out of my system once and for all.  I am being mindful of myself today already that I am NOT going to touch my son’s food other than to feed it to him.  I am going to drink my Shakeology, possibly for lunch as well as breakfast and eat a ton of veggies and clean house.  And then I need to sit with my feelings for a while and find the root of what is driving me to eat poorly.  Because obviously something is going on… I just don’t know what.

Les Mills Pump and Shredded


Today I upped my weights and maintained 60 lb on the bar through squats, chest presses, dead lifts, dead rows, clean & presses and lunges.  I felt pretty good, aside from constantly feeling like I wanted to die and quit and go eat a whole bag of oreos instead.  I kept reminding myself that right now I am lifting more than most MEN can and that’s pretty badass! “SHE-RA! PRINCESS OF POWER!!!” kept echoing through my head through the whole workout.   Plus, if I am going to keep changing my body and keep my metabolism high, I gotta push through this.  

Then comes the shoulder track.  All I could lift was 4 lb dumbells and my muscles kept failing.  And worse, every time I looked up at the TV, I saw this:

Jericho is a cute little thing but man, the demonic energy she channels while pushing you through her shoulder track is enough to put the fear of God in you so you keep going.  I mean seriously, she looks like if you stop, she’ll start to suck your soul out through the TV.  Okay, I’ll keep pushing.

It’s not even 10 am and this is how I feel:

I’m not quite sure how I lifted my son up out of his play area, carried him up the stairs and into his crib.  I’m pretty sure that really happened.  Perhaps I should go downstairs and check to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating…

And THAT is how you know you got in a great workout.  Kia Kaha! (Maori for Be Strong!)  

Les Mills Pump It Up!

Okay if this doesn’t make you want to do Les Mills Pump…. It’s definitely in *my* top 3 reasons for doing it!

I love this workout.  I started it back on January 2nd and met some really awesome women on the Team Beachbody message boards to do it along with me.  In fact, they have been one of the best parts of doing Pump, so here’s my shout out to Temple9, Cawyma and 1TinyBiker!   Way to bring it ladies!

Les Mills Pump gives you results fast.  Very fast.  Even if you have a few dietary mishaps, like your son’s birthday and your birthday and your husband’s birthday and your mom’s birthday all fall within a week of each other and then you catch Norovirus and end up in urgent care because you’re dehydrated and have to take up a diet of cheerios and jello and Sierra Mist (no high fructose corn syrup! well, at least it has that going for it)… You’d never know!  None of that stuck!  Pump uses something called the “rep-effect.”  Basically, you do the same move working the same muscle(s) for about 5 minutes at a time.  But even though your muscles reach failure, you keep going because the timing of the move changes, which tricks you into thinking you’re doing something different.  I’m definitely a limp noodle by the time I’m done with 1 hour of this workout.

Anyway, one exercise I really have trouble with is lunges.  I can’t figure out what to do with the leg that goes behind me.  Sometimes I forget to bend my knee.  Or I have trouble finding the right muscles to fire to feel the movement… and my balance with lunges absolutely sucks.  Unfortunately, Pump and Turbo Fire are lunge-o-licious so I’ve always just kind of phoned it in just to get through those parts.  Until this week something magic happened.

So, I started up Brazil Butt Lift.  It’s cheesey and borderline creepy at times – those clam shell moves.  The way Leandro Carvalho points around between that poor girl’s legs to demonstrate how to do the clam shell exercise… it feels a little borderline gynecology school in my humble opinion.  Also, his voice is a little difficult to take seriously.  He actually sort of reminds me of Borat.  But… I will say this.  Never before have I felt my butt muscles (hahah I could have said gluts but I so wanted to say ‘butt muscles’.. yes I am 5.) burned so intensely in a workout!  Afterward, I could barely make it up the stairs.  2 days in, I notice there’s more cushion when I sit on the floor… like things are moving around.  And as soon as I popped in Les Mill Pump’s Pump Extreme workout…

I could lunge!  Okay, with less range of motion than the peepz in the video but… I can lunge!  I can feel my butt muscles (haha) and engage them and I can balance!  Then it’s just a matter of lowering my back knee and keeping my front knee from creeping over my toes.  I also feel a difference with dead lifts and squats.

This is totally awesome.  Never in a million years would I have thought that Brazil Butt Lift was the workout supplement I needed to strengthen my weak spots!  I’m totally hooked.  And in 3 1/2 weeks when I’m done with this, I expect one heck of a nicely carved out ba-dunk-a-dunk!