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tony horton p90x

Have you been looking for a new workout plan? Want to get sexy for this summer? BeachBody is currently having a huge sale of up to 50% off some of their popular exercise programs. You can click here to go see everything that’s on sale. Shop quickly, this sale ends on June 9th.

Programs that are currently available include the well known P90X, the next step up P90X2, the low impact Tai Chi flavored Tai Cheng, the kick butt Insanity: The Asylum with a free chin-up bar, the fun Hip Hop Abs Dance Party Series-Rockin’ Abs/Hard Body (you know I love to dance), Les Mills Combat for when you want to kick butt and Slim in 6 in case you want to get healthier in a not so hardcore way.

Check out these videos to see which program would be perfect for you.

If you need a free coach, please click here and I will be your free, supportive coach on your fitness journey.

Note: I am currently an Independent Team BeachBody Coach. So yes, I do get a commission if you make a purchase through the above links.

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Beachbody Turbo Fire Challenge Pack Unboxing
Fitness Review: Dancing with the Stars Latin Cardio Dance
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Vanilla Shakeology

Vanilla Shakeology

This year started out with me being unhappy with myself physically. I incorporated a variety of lifestyle changes (how I eat and how I exercise) and lost over 20lbs. I did this in a more healthy way than I have in years. I’m currently not striving to lose anymore weight or to get skinny (like I would have when I was younger). I just want to be healthier and more muscular/toned.

This led me to find out about Beachbody. I decided that I wanted to try a challenge pack. A challenge pack is one of their at home exercise programs combined with their unique health drink called Shakeology. I was so excited that I decided that at the same time that I wanted to become an Independent Team Beachbody Coach.

I love watching unboxings for various products on Youtube so I had to make my own about this whole thing. I recorded this video last week. I won’t be in my coach’s challenge group for over a week from now but I decided to start my DVDs this past Monday anyway. So far I’m pleased with them. I chose Turbo Fire, in part because of the fact that it’s currently on special but also because it has a dance feel to it (even though it’s primarily kickboxing).

If you have any questions regarding my being a coach, your becoming a coach or joining an upcoming challenge group of mine as a customer, my workout program or Shakeology, please feel free to let me know by leaving a comment. I’d love if you joined me on this quest.

You can actually create a free Team Beachbody account here and then decide later if you want to purchase anything. If you want me to be your coach, under Coach Referral choose “I have a coach” and input my Screen Name as missemmamm.

If you know that you definitely want to buy a challenge pack or a single exercise program (such as T-25 or P90X), you can check out my coach store, here. If you just want to buy the nutrient dense Shakeology click here. For the Ultimate Reset click here.

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Recipe: Mary’s 5 Bean Vegan Chili
Fitness Review: Dancing with the Stars Latin Cardio Dance


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missemmamm dcp audition outfit

missemmamm disney look makeup

missemmamm disney look nails

In March, the day after I was accepted into the Disney College Program, I attended a Disney Entertainment Audition in Philadelphia, PA. It was my first ever live audition for anything. So I was both excited and nervous, as you’d expect. The photo above is what I wore to my audition. I’ve also included photos of how I did my makeup and nails because I was trying to look cute and young but stay within the Disney Look.

Please watch the videos below for info on what it was like and what you may experience if you decide to attend an audition in the future. I was hoping to be cast as a fur character. I was quickly cut but it was definitely an experience that I’d recommend if it’s something you are passionate about. I plan to audition again while I’m doing my program in Orlando.

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DCP: What is the Disney College Program?
Disney College Program: Interviews & Roles
My Disney Online Submission Character Audition
Top Animated Disney Movies on Netflix Streaming


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cerece rennie murphy

Last summer while attending Wizard World Philadelphia, author Cerece Rennie Murphy was nice enough to let me film the following interview with her.

A press pass to the convention was provided to me gratis from the awesome PR team at Wizard World. For more info on upcoming Wizard World conventions please visit the Wizard World site.

For more on Cerece Rennie Murphy

You can order her books here on Amazon (affiliate link)
official site
official twitter
offical Facebook
official tumblr
official Goodreads page

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3 out of 5

missemmamm with DWTS Latin Cardio Dance

I’m not a happy camper.

While perusing low priced exercise DVDs on Amazon, I’ve seen quite a few that were produced by Dancing with the Stars. I put them all on a wishlist for later perusal and went about my business. How would I know which one I’d like the best? Plus, I had other exercises I wanted to try out first.

A couple of weeks ago I came across this title at the flea market. For $2 you better believe I snatched this baby up. The main draw that I can see for this over other fitness DVDs is if you’re a DWTS fan. I have been watching the show off and on (mostly on) for years. So yes, I’m definitely a fan. This title is hosted by Cheryl Burke (my favorite female DWTS dancer) and the sexy Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Kym Johnson is also one of the back up dancers. (She never speaks.) This title is from 2008 so you may notice that Maksim and Kym look much younger. Cheryl is pretty ageless. The other draw is that you can (supposedly) learn a well known dance routine solo.

The runtime of the DVD is 60 minutes. It consists of a warm up, 4 dance routines and a toning workout. The dances are merengue, cha-cha,samba and mamba. Each routine is 10 minutes long. You would be correct in thinking that one hour for all of that is woefully short.

The warm up is 5 minutes and is completely forgettable. I literally just did this title and do not remember it at all. (Okay, if you check out the video of it above, you can see that it’s basically stretching.) The four dances are split up between our two hosts. They go back and forth. We start with the merengue, which is hosted by Cheryl. This dance is okay. You turn your feet in, in an odd pigeon toed move. About halfway in many of the moves became difficult. Yes, spin around in a circle. Umm, okay.

Next up, Maks teaches us the cha-cha. This dance seems to mainly be twisting your hips and feet back and forth. While doing it in place I wasn’t sure I was doing it correctly at all. Eventually you will do the staple move of this routine so much that you will become comfortable with it.

I find being able to count along with steps very helpful. Maks does not always do so in this routine. In fact this seems to happen every once in a while throughout the entire disc. I’m also not sure that the numbers and the beats always match up (at least to a completely untrained dancer). In both this routine and Maks’ later dance he likes you to cover a lot of the floor. This looks great. However you are going to need a huge amount of space. I have a decent sized living room and still struggled. Again, I was doing well with this dance until the middle when he started going around in a circle. Por que?

dwts samba

via Lionsgate

Then we attempt the samba with Cheryl. This dance involves a lot of bouncing and stepping the feet behind each other. I found this dance to be more fun and less complicated than the merengue.

dwts mambo

via Lionsgate

Our last dance is Maks with the mambo. This is sort of a smooth, sliding dance. For the most part I dug it, but again had trouble fitting all of the moves into my non dance studio sized living room. Eventually he tries to show us the box step and I faltered terribly at it. I still tried and kept moving but ugh.

dwts toning

via Lionsgate

Lastly, there is a toning workout. This is mainly aerobics with some ballet thrown in. I do have a big issue with this though. This section is only 15 minutes long, yet the dancers go back and forth four times. I don’t know if this was something the director wanted or if it had to do with egos (equal screen time) but it’s sooo annoying. I wish they would have stuck to one of them throughout the whole thing. Either would have been good. It did seem like Cheryl had it memorized better than Maks. However when Maks barks orders at you like, “on your knees!”, damn, that shit is hot! Whatever you say Maksim.

Overall I like it but I don’t love it. I’m a huge fan of both dancers but it made me wonder if they give clearer directions when teaching their stars on the show. It seems to me that the demographic for this DVD is an average Dancing with the Stars viewer. I’m guessing that most, like me, are not dancers and will not automatically know how to do the steps.

Since the routines are so short, dances move quickly and are not explained in enough detail to truly master them. Yes, you can do the DVD repeatedly and try to master the steps. I feel like if I try to do that in the future that I’m not going to get a tough enough workout. Yes, I was sweating but it was my first time. It’s not unusual for me to only be able to make it partway through a brand new workout because I throw myself in and can’t keep up with the intensity of it. Since this does have cardio in the title I had to address this fact. It just seems bad to me that this title often offers less instruction than my current go to title, which is ballet and sometimes the narrator just goes with the French terms for the steps in that one.

The menu of the DVD is set up nicely. You can choose to do one section or play all. Plus there is a music only option if you do not want to hear their instructions and a custom dance matrix. I have not played with either of these but I’d probably enjoy the custom dance matrix because (I’m guessing) you get to choose which dances you do together and I do prefer some over others.

At under $10, if you truly love the show and these dancers in particular then you may want to try it. I feel that there are probably better, more in depth fitness DVDs out there to learn the dances properly as well as those that would be simpler but elevate your heart rate more.

You can purchase Dancing with the Stars Latin Cardio Dance from Amazon (Note: This is an affiliate link.)

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Thank you Elizabeth Berkley!-about her Saved by the Bell themed dance on Dancing with the Stars
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Note: I do realize that the whole workout is in this post. That’s good. You can fully judge if you want to purchase it.

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