Vacation Workouts and Treats: Tips for Success

20030_10100163665795644_7144382735316022758_nThe Tress family is mid-vacation at the beach in FL. When the hubs and I first got married, vacations included long runs on the beach, peaceful meals out at our favorite restaurants, lots of time at the pool and beach relaxing, and ice cream and a movie almost every evening. Vacations with a toddler and preschooler look far different than they used to. We no longer have the freedom to do long cardio and our restaurant choices are ones that accommodate noisy kiddos.

Here’s a few ways my vacation workouts and meals have changed – but the truth is, I look better and feel healthier now than ever.

  • Since we no longer have time for long runs on the beach or long cardio at the park, we try to incorporate movement into our vacation activities. This morning we went to the beach and ran/played in the water with the kiddos. When we went to the pool I incorporated a few laps to get my HR up.
  • We try to enjoy a late lunch/early dinner so we aren’t at restaurants when they have a wait. Since I’m in the midst of my Intermittent Fasting experiment, I’ve been breaking my fast early-to-mid afternoon. It’s been working out perfectly for vacation.
  • Years ago, we would eat ice cream and watch a movie every single evening. Cole does not sit still long enough for a movie, so we go to the park and play. We also went to the beach and got some ice cream and took a walk/jog last night.

I used to insist on getting in long cardio every day on vacation. On this trip, I haven’t done a single day of long cardio. Rather, we try to incorporate movement during vacation activities and I’m really enjoying the intermittent fasting lifestyle on vacation. It’s giving me the opportunity to enjoy some delicious foods guilt-free. Not only that, I actually think I look stronger and leaner than EVER before … even after enjoying ice cream, burgers, fries, french toast, pie, and some other very yummy treats in moderation.

Here are my tips for success on vacation with your kiddos:

  • Incorporate movement in your vacation activities.
  • Bring a laptop and use the Beachbody on Demand workouts. I’ve been completing the INSANE Abs workout, and I love it. Only 30 minutes, and a KILLER workout (Shaun T).
  • Consider intermittent fasting. You can log your food on My Fitness Pal to ensure that you’re on target with macros (fats, carbs, protein). This lifestyle is not for everyone, however I’ve really enjoyed it especially while on vacation.
  • Bring Shakeology on your trip. I’ve been eating at least one shake per day to be sure I’m getting enough of the right nutrients.
  • Realize that even if you miss intense workouts for a few days, you’ll be absolutely fine if you’ve been working hard to develop lean calorie-burning muscle leading up to your trip.

Do you workout on vacation, or do you use the trip to completely rest?

Drop your Pants for Underwareness at Bootcamp!

11233553_864946103571872_8996998591392541549_nOne of my absolute favorite aspects of my fitness business is leading outdoor bootcamps. This is my third year hosting a bootcamp in Cedarville, OH with several lovely ladies. We have a BLAST and do a variety of workouts including pilates, running drills, weight training, and HIIT (high intensity interval training).

The ladies at bootcamp really enjoy running drills and HIIT. However, for the past three years, the jumping moves have presented an occasional problems for the mamas in the group. Fellow moms, you know what I’m talking about – bladder leakage. After you deliver babies, your bladder is never the same!

I was approached about participating in an “Underwareness” campaign with Depends. A few weeks ago, I pitched the idea to a few bootcamp clients, and they were thrilled to participate.

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Underwareness, is a social movement and charitable cause to break down the bladder leakage stigma. As part of Underwareness, Depend is encouraging people to show their support for women with bladder leakage. For every photo and video shared using #Underwareness, the Depend brand will donate $1, up to $3 million, through 2016 to fund charities that advance the research and education of bladder leakage.

Support the cause and get a free sample of Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs at www.Underwareness.com.

Did you know that more ladies with bladder leakage problems are 50 or younger versus 60 or older? In fact – more ladies with bladder issues are in their 20s than 80s! Hello brand new mamas, I know you can relate.

Here are some great features of the new Depends Silhouette Active Fit briefs!

  • Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs have a lower rise+ for an underwear-like look, fit and feel.
  • As a category first, Depend SAF is available in black and beige colors.
  • YOU can visit www.Underwareness.com to support the cause and request free samples of Depend Silhouette Active Fit.

The Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs are so discrete than even my clients don’t know who in our bootcamp group was testing them out. Bladder leakage is a common issue and I encourage you to try the Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs for YOUR workout so you can power through HIIT and running with fear of leakage. Visit www.Underwareness.com to request FREE samples!

Instagram Academy 30 Day Course: Register Now!

Do you own and operate a small business? Are you unsure of how to leverage Instagram to increase conversions (sales) for your business? Are you hoping to scale your business and earn a 6 figure income? If so, you need to be active on Instagram and implementing effective strategies for long-term results. It’s a non negotiable.

Due to popular demand, I am starting another round of the Instagram Academy 30-day course on Monday June 1. Please note that this course only has the capacity for 20 participants and several spots have already been filled.

As a digital marketing consultant, I am continually tracking trends, strategies, new social media channels, and implementing campaigns for my clients. Over the past two years, Instagram has continued to explode in popularity and my clients have experienced a tremendous amount of success via IG initiatives.

Are you interested in investing in this course, but nervous about the ROI (return on investment?). I can assure you with 100% confidence and authenticity that you will be successful if you implement the strategies from my 30 day Instagram Academy Course. I have tried and tested every single strategy I promote and continue to refine the curriculum to stay consistent with current trends. Just this week, I generated $2,364 from implementing these Instagram Strategies on my own profile.

If you haven’t gotten started on Instagram yet – it’s ok! Create an account today and implement my unique 20/20/20 Instagram strategy (video below) and join my Instagram Academy for maximum results.

This course will help you maximize your time on Instagram, build a tribe of like-minded individuals, increase conversions, and take your business to the next level. Results guaranteed. 

I have been blown away by the professionalism and quality engagement from my current Instagram Academy course ladies! It is a true pleasure to offer my Instagram course resources and help 20 business women accelerate their IG platform. We cover branding, apps, video, follow strategies, story telling, pin-pointing the unique purpose that drives our individual brands, hashtags, when to post, personal development, and most importantly, content marketing. Content marketing on Instagram is the creation, distribution and marketing of valuable and relevant content to attract and acquire a clearly defined audience with the objective of driving profitable customer action. It would be my pleasure to help YOU ramp up a successful IG platform to drive more follower engagement, leads, and ultimately – conversions as well. 

Read this quote from one of the current participants.

“I am not usually one to brag, but I am really in awe of the power of Instagram marketing. I have a business FB and Twitter but I really don’t utilize them like I should. Ever since I have really been putting the effort into IG our sales have been booming. On Saturday, we restocked all of our tees in pretty large quantities and sold out of nearly everything in less than 2 hours. I was literally in tears. In less than three months I never could have imagined that our little business could grow so rapidly and I owe it all to Instagram. Just wanted to say thank you to Amanda for helping to keep me focused!”

Watch the video I recently filmed for the FitFluential blogger community to learn about my unique 20/20/20 Instagram strategy for small business owners. Through the 30 day course, you will learn and implement tangible strategies like this one to accelerate your IG platform growth. You will have access to templates, group accountability and giveaways, and personal one-time consults with me.

The 30-day Instagram Academy Course will start on Monday, June 1.

What can you expect from the Instagram Academy?

  • Convenient multi-week, Instagram Academy program that fits your busy schedule
  • Accountability and a supportive approach that keeps you on track to accomplish your goals
  • Affordable package option that is among the lowest cost option you’ll find
  • The focus, quality, intensity, and commitment you’d expect from me, a digital marketing consultant with years of experience and a track record for success!
  • FREE one-time consult

Here’s how it works:

  • 30 day Instagram Academy starting on June 1.
  • All participants will be added to a group online with supportive, like-minded business women.
  • Participants will be expected to implement tangible weekly and daily strategies and participate in group giveaway.
  • Participants will be required to pay in advance.
  • Participants will be required to log their progress and do regular checkin’s with me via text, email, or social media.

The Instagram Academy will be only $97 for the full 30 day course. This round will only be open to 20 participants. Click the PayPal Buy Now Button to purchase. After your payment has been processed, fill out the form to register below:

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Top Tips for Success

10986618_10100158408680944_954743313929139326_nThis has been a very exciting year for me and many women in my fitness business mentorship program. Not only have we scaled our business and significantly increased our earnings, we have reached thousands of women all over the world to help them become the very best version of themselves. There have been some very specific items that I believe have significantly contributed to our success. I hope you find these tips helpful.

  1. Surround yourself with women who will lift you UP. Are you familiar with “the crab mentality.” I recently read about this concept in The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster. Fishermen place a small amount of bait in a cage. Several crabs come and eat it, but then the rest of the crabs follow even long after the bait is eaten. The top of the cage is open, but if a crab tries to crawl out, the rest of the crabs pull him down. If the crab continues trying to crawl up, the crowd pulls his legs off and eats him. Through the years, I have experienced “crabs” in my life. And often, these “crabs” come from my inner circle, even my family. People who are supposed to love and support me, are often the ones who are trying to pull me down with negative comments or lack of support. My intentional decision to surround myself with women who will lift me up has been a game changer this year. I am no-longer paying attention to the crabs who are trying to bring me down, but rather consistently interacting with the ladies in my life who are rooting for me. It’s very easy to spot a crab – be sure that you make a decision to focus on spending time with those who encourage you to succeed.
  2. Take ownership of your business and realize that YOU are the only person who has the potential to stand in the way of your success. When things go wrong (and they will inevitably go wrong), don’t blame everyone and everything else. You will hit challenges in your business. Decide today how you plan to handle ups and down. How you plan to “fail forward.” Commit now that you will stick with your business for a FULL YEAR before you throw in the towel. So many young entrepreneurs are right at the verge of success and then quit. Stay consistent and realize that you are the best champion for your brand.
  3. Own your message. Share your passion and don’t water yourself down because you are worried about what other people may think of you. Listen, there will always be critics and negative-nellys. You must push past the fear of what other people will think – period. Did you know that on average, only 10 people cry at a funeral. I just read that stat in the Entrepreneur Roller Coaster. Now I ask myself – if this person someone who will even cry at my funeral? If not, why would I care what they think about my passion and message?
  4. Prioritize professional development – every day. Professional development has been the single biggest door opener in my life. When I prioritize daily professional development, I think of great revenue producing ideas. When I grow as a person, I grow as a leader and as a business owner, and therefore attract smarter people to my brand. My favorite book at the moment is Entrepreneur Roller Coaster. I also LOVE the Entreleadership Podcast and have been listening to Michael Hyatt’s “This is Your Life” Podcast.

I truly hope you have found these tips helpful. What is your favorite professional development book?

If you would like information about my Business Mentorship Program or upcoming online Fitness Business Accelerator, please fill out the form below.

Are You Serious About Solving Problems in The World?

11267740_10100157699562024_213919915647731871_nAre you serious about solving problems in the world?

As an entrepreneur and business coach, my mission is to uplift, empower, and inspire women to be successful. While I maintain an equal opportunity approach and continue to service a small number of male clients, my niche market is professional and motivated women. Why my shift in focus this year?

I recently heard a statistic that helps verbalize my reasoning and passion to help other women.

“A woman will spend 90 percent of her income on family and community. Conversely, men will only spend an average of 30%-40% of his salary on his family and community. By investing in women, it’s not simply a heart issue, it’s an understanding that leaders will say that if you want to be serious about solving problems in the world, you need to invest in women (Entreleadership podcast, Barret Ward).”

Are you familiar with the show, Shark Tank? Read this article about the companies Shark, Kevin O’Leary, invests in. “All the cash in the last two quarters is coming from companies run by women,” he told Business Insider at a recent event for the startup Honeyfund, in which he is an investor. “I don’t have a single company run by a man right now that’s outperformed the ones run by women.”

In the article, he asked one CEO why she thought the companies led by women were doing better.

“She said to me, ‘You know, if you want to get something done, give it to a busy mom,'” he recalled. “It kind of makes sense, right?” Read more.

If my passion is to solve problems in the world, my focus will be to empower women to generate significant income. This year I’ve had the opportunity to mentor hundreds of women via my fitness business mentorship program, Instagram Academy 30-day-course, and Team INSPIRE. It has been a true joy to watch these women succeed.

10678564_748848695181614_1715993417862100533_nI’ve spoken with countless entrepreneurs this year who cannot understand why I am training other women to compete with me in the fitness industry or digital marketing space. I am literally sharing and handing them every single strategy that works well for me in my own business. I am taking the guess-work out for women, and helping them spend time on activities that bring the greatest ROI via sound marketing strategies versus spinning their wheels. Why am I doing this? I truly believe that someone does not need to fail for me to succeed. No other woman needs to lose for me to win. We are all on the same team and this should be a win-win scenario. Unified women GET STUFF DONE. Her success is my success.

My mentorees are not afraid to dream big. In the very first consult, I usually ask the ladies how much they would like to make per month. I LOVE working with women who come back with answers in the 6,000-10,000 per month (or more) range. I am happy to match their pace and give them the essential marketing tools to be successful.

I’ve had the opportunity to ramp up a few successful businesses in my short lifetime. I am extremely thankful for a supportive husband who has a steady job at the Air Force Base. He has always been my biggest cheerleader. For the past several years, I’ve started a new business or shifted focus a few times to accommodate our growing family. Last summer, I decided to focus more on residual income generation versus trading hours for dollars. I let go of some high maintenance clients in my marketing company who were paying me between 2 and 3 thousand per month (each). It was a hard step, but I knew it was best for my family. 9 months later, God has truly blessed my decision and efforts. For the past few weeks, I have been earning more than the hubs at his full-time job, and the number continues to grow rapidly thanks to compound effects and my new residual income streams. The hubs and I are truly blessed, but nothing makes me more fulfilled than to help other women experience  the blessings of earning significant income too.

If you are interested in being mentored by me via my fitness business mentorship program, Instagram Academy 30-day-course, or Team INSPIRE (P90x and Insanity partnership), please fill out the form below to request information. Indicate which program you would like information regarding.

  • Fitness Business Mentorship program: This is specifically for women who want to take a fitness business from an idea on a napkin, to a thriving business, OR take their current fitness business to the next level online. If you are not yet certified, I will extend my scholarship via NCCPT.
  • Instagram Academy 30-day-course: The IG Academy is perfect for women who have an established business and need to learn how to leverage the Instagram platform which is quickly becoming the most important social media platform in today’s economy.
  • Team INSPIRE: This is my thriving organization via a partnership with the makers of P90X and Insanity. If you’re passionate about fitness, enjoy Beachbody at-home workouts, and would like to earn residual income, this is a great option for you.

What an Additional $1,000-$1,200 Per Week Means For Me

Did you know that the average millionaire has 7 streams of income? And a few of those streams are residual income?

Last summer I read a book called, “Business of the 21st Century” where Robert Kiyosaki (author of Best Selling “Rich Dad Poor Dad”) discusses the importance of residual income. In the book, he promotes a partnership with a network marketing company for a stream of residual income. This got my wheels turning.

I researched several network marketing companies in the wellness space since I was looking to transition from trading hours for dollars with my marketing company to a focus on passive income generation via my fitness business.

Watch this video to hear about why I decided to start Team INSPIRE via partnership with the makers of P90X and INSANITY and the importance of residual income.

A friend of mine and client in my fitness business mentorship program also has a partnership with the makers of P90X and INSANITY. Over the summer, she was earning $1,200 per week. I remember being in total awe over this figure. Little did I know how quickly my organization would explode in growth.

After 9 short months of hard work with Team INSPIRE, I am able to generate between $1,000 and $1,200 per week of residual income. What a blessing! When I started my team, I set out with a long-term strategy to build a strong organization and focus on revenue generation versus a focus on retailing or rank. I’m terrible at sales, so I knew working for commission would not be a good fit for me.

But what does $1,200 additional residual income per week mean for me? Here are a few things that we’ve been able to do with the extra income:

  • I am able to employ three lovely ladies to clean our house on a weekly basis. This frees up my time to spend with the kiddos, and I’m happy to bless these ladies with an employment situation.
  • I am able to give toward charities in line with my mission and vision of uplifting and empowering women in 2015.
  • I was able to book a vacation to the beach for later this month and clear my calendar so I can spend focused time with my family versus working hard while on vacation.
  • When someone close to me texted last week and asked for some help financially, I was able to respond, “yes,” without hesitation.
  • I am able to clear my calendar on Friday’s for a family day without having to worry about not bringing in income or conducting conference calls.
  • I am able to scale back my hours in the gym trading hours for dollars so I can focus on more time with the mentorees in my fitness business mentorship program and my online clients.
  • I am able to spend time daily working on professional development and generating new business ideas.

Overall, I simply feel a sense of balance that I haven’t in a long time (or ever). Residual income is a beautiful reality and it would be my pleasure to help you experience the benefits of residual/passive income as well.

Fill out the form below to request information about my fitness business mentorship program, or a partnership with Team INSPIRE (my organization via a partnership with the makers of P90X and INSANITY). Nothing gives me more joy in life than uplifting, empowering, and inspiring a fellow mompreneur to be successful in business. We have a Team INSPIRE Sneak Peek group starting next Monday, May 18, or I would be happy to give you information about my business mentorship program (not associated with Team INSPIRE).


Spread The Love With Huggies #UltraHug

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Enjoying the morning at Magee Park. The swing in this photo (right) is broken, and the $2,000 could help fix this!

Now that the weather has turned, we’ve been enjoying fun activities in the morning before nap time. Our favorite activity is to visit Magee Park across the street from our neighborhood. We’ve been visiting this park since before we moved into our new house. It’s a quiet and peaceful park and when the kids aren’t enjoying the swings or slides, they are eating a snack at the picnic tables or playing in the brook. Spending the morning at the park is one of our favorite activities.

This month, I have partnered with Huggies, our favorite diaper brand for Cole, for the #UltraHug campaign.  You, my wonderful friends and followers, and me will have the chance to win a $2,000 grant from Huggies to benefit a local community project that we nominate in an #UltraHug selfie. This can be your favorite local park, the playground where you take your kids, or any local community project that needs some love! When I was considering which park to nominate, the choice was very clear – Magee park where we play regularly.

From April 20th until June 25th, Huggies will be accepting all selfies with the hashtag #UltraHug, and featuring them in a collage on the campaign landing page. On July 6th, voting will begin to narrow down the 20 finalists to 10 winners who will win a $2,000 grant from Huggies for their nominated community initiative.

So, why did I nominate Magee park? While I’ve been super impressed with the cleanliness of Magee park, there are some items that need love. For example, there is a broken swing in the toddler area, and the picnic tables are getting a little run down. $2,000 would go a long way for this beautiful park. It’s such a gorgeous, safe, and peaceful place to bring the kiddos, and I would love to help them continue improving the area via the #UltraHug grant.

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Getting ready to walk to Magee Park across the street from our neighborhood.

We already have some amazing memories from this park. It’s the first place Cole enjoyed a swing, or met some new friends. The first place he got completely muddy from the brook, or learned how to go down a slide. I’ve also enjoyed some spontaneous workout moves at this park (I’m sure you’re not surprised). Magee park is the perfect location for me to bring the kiddos during the day when we get cabin fever at the house.

Please use the theme listed below to help share the “Spread the love with Walmart Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Hugs” campaign. If you feature Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Diaper, make sure to include original photography of the product, and encourage your audiences to upload their own #UltraHug selfie, and visit the campaign landing page.

What places in your community do you look back on with nostalgia? Or, what places do you and your family currently enjoy hanging out just appreciating each other’s company?

As they say, “the best things in life are free”, and this applies to many of our local parks, playgrounds, beaches, and rec-centers. These places bring us so much joy, and now it’s time to give back with Huggies!

Nominate your community project by uploading a selfie of you and your baby to Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #UltraHug. In your story make sure to share why the local community project you selected is important to you, and how it will impact those in your community.