Monika Tockstein’s Transformation Story

Monika is someone who I have been DYING to do a transformation story on for MONTHS.  However, she just so happens to be someone who is unbelievably humble and wanted to wait until she met her ultimate goal before I had the opportunity to share her story.

She did it.

And I can’t WAIT to tell you about it!!!

Usually, I summarize the details that my challengers share with me for these transformation stories, but with Monika — I am just going to let her do the talking!


I asked Monika a few questions, and here’s what she had to say…

What made you sign up with a coach who ran accountability groups?

” I had tried Shakeology several years ago and when I would get the motivation to get my health in check I would be good and drink it.  However consistency was soooo not a thing for me.  I had a coach who I ordered through but it was more a matter of I wanted to support someone I knew with my money vs. really looking for a coach.   However this past December that all started to change.  I had seen several people I knew posting on FB about Beachbody/Shakeology and about these challenge groups.  I knew if I really wanted to start to move the bar on my health I needed to switch to actually being engaged with a coach vs. just placing an order.   Well that was a critical step, the encouragement and motivation in the challenge groups has been vital to me.  The sharing, support and learning is priceless!  Get this, all of that additional support is free!  yes, free!  I just had to take advantage of it!”


What took you from eating what you wanted and not exercising, to waking early to workout and dialing in your nutrition on a daily basis? 

“Anyone who struggles with their weight will tell you that they clearly know when they are spinning out of control, know when they are off track, know when they aren’t doing what they should do.  However knowing that and being motivated to do something about it are two very different things.  I had reached my limit and knew I had to do something and I had to stop with my excuses, yes I have horrible knees, but that doesn’t mean it’s a ‘get out of jail free’ card.  I also had to really assess me, what were my triggers, what would cause success or failure for me, not for someone else and what worked for them, but for me.  Through the challenge groups a variety of people share what works for them, and it’s all variations.  There was freedom in not being tied to a single way to do it, but rather truly talking with my coach to see what would fit for me.  So in Jan, I dove in with a mindset change of not losing weight and dieting, but rather having a healthier lifestyle!  This was a critical game changer for me.  I know how I think, if I say I am losing weight or on a diet, or starting a new workout routine, I decide in my mind that if I did X effort then I should have Y results (and yes immediately have Y result) and when that doesn’t happen I get really mad and say to heck with it and go right back to all my comfort foods and comfy not working out ways.  So, doing an initial weight and measurements and then locking up the scale for a month or at times 2 months is what was needed.   I was instead focused on ‘non scale victories’, how was I feeling?  How was I moving?  What foods were fueling me?  How was my energy level?  And bless, how were my clothes fitting!”


What benefits has this lifestyle change (Shakeology daily//exercise//nutrition//challenge groups) brought to your everyday life? 

“My planner/organizer/routine driven self was a perfect match for the challenge group app!  To have that daily check in to post about my workout and food was a key to success.   Take note all those things you read about starting to move and then you want to move as well as eat healthy food and you will crave healthy food, heck, it’s all true!   I noticed that once my health started getting in balance so did other aspects, my mood, temper, getting stuff done around the house, you name it, more energy for life!

What was your BIG scary goal?  How long did it take? 

“I set a big goal right from the start, ideally to be healthier I had to get into the healthy BMI range.  I know it was a big goal, so I never looked at how many inches/pounds, but rather how was I feeling, what was my flexibility, my strength, energy level, my glow!  Yes, glow!”

Edited to add:  Like I said, this chick is MODEST.  Being in the healthy BMI range is SO important, but many people lack knowledge on what that looks like.  To put it into terms that are more relatable — this amazing woman lost 58.6 lbs to get to that healthy BMI range!!!!!

If you could give one piece of advice to a woman who feels hesitant to start this journey, what would you say?

“Start small, know yourself, be honest with yourself and with your coach, a good coach (Like Alyssa!) will listen to you and support you, not convince you that you have to do A+B and there is no other way.  If you try a workout and don’t like it, don’t throw away working out, try a different workout.  Don’t like that eating plan, research other healthy eating plans to find one that works for you.  Ok, the pizza, pringles and ice-cream diet isn’t one of them, but there are a zillion different clean eating plans out there, I promise if you give it a solid 30 days of clean eating and moving every day with some form of exercise, after the 30 days you will notice a difference in how you feel, and trust me that feeling, well THAT is addictive!”


There you have it.

If that isn’t wildly inspiring, I don’t know what is!

This is why I do what I do.


Monika, well done, love. xoxoxoxo

Cara Travis

This cute blonde is Cara – welcome to her transformation story!

Cara wasn’t a fan of the early morning gym scene (mad rush in the morning = not so awesome start to the day).  Enter — home workout programs.  Cara fell in LOVE with 21 Day Fix Extreme on Beachbody On Demand — 30 minutes a day, no gym commute, no hassle — just sweat, calories burned, and results …AMAZING results!  She also made (and makes) Shakeology a priority  Non negotiable chocolate shake (and the perfect amount of peppermint extract — hellloooo thin mint!) to start her day.

This, my friends, is what led her to her TRANSFORMATION…..

This chick has lost 25 lbs — TWENTY FIVE POUNDS!  30 minutes a day.  Chocolate Shakeology.  25 lbs down.

To add to it, Cara wasn’t sick ONCE during cold and flu season.  She has gained muscle mass she has NEVER seen before.  She views her morning workout as a form of stress release and therapy.  AND she has gotten her hands on new recipes and tips from her fellow challengers through our accountability groups!

Cara GETS IT!  She has made this her LIFESTYLE.  Not a quick fix, but a lifestyle.  One that CLEARLY looks pretty daaaang good on her.

PS — This chick is getting married September 2017.  Now THAT is going to be one BEAUTIFUL bride!!!

Bravo, Cara!!

3 Day Refresh! Tips//Hacks//RESULTS

Oh 3 Day Refresh, how I feared you!

It took me TWO YEARS to pull the trigger and try the 3 Day Refresh for the first time and I am here to tell you — I WISH I DID IT SO MUCH SOONER!

Below you are going to see a SUPER honest play by play of the 3 Day Refresh — both the good AND the bad….

Let’s start with the break down of what exactly the 3 Day Refresh is:


Shakeology + Fruit Option


Fiber Sweep


Vanilla Fresh Shake + Fruit Option + Veggie Option + Healthy Fat Option

Veggie Option + Healthy Fat Option



Vanilla Fresh Shake + Dinner Option



Each day, you eat and drink the above — not too shabby, right?!?


Let’s start with the morning — SHAKEO!  I was SO GLAD that I could still have my morning Shakeology.  I did Chocolate Vegan with half a banana, cold water, and ice!  Delicious and pretty similar to my typical morning routine.

Next up was tea.  I never liked tea.  It makes me think of being sick, ya know.  I didn’t really enjoy it, but I had my tea mid morning!

And now for the dreaded Fiber Sweep.  I had heard HORROR stories about this thing.  I was given 3 KEY tips that made drinking this shake SO easy (….I actually enjoyed it…is that weird?)

TIP #1 — Drink it with ICE COLD water!!! I had to drink mine at work so I kept a shaker with water in the fridge until I was ready to add the powder.

TIP #2 — ALL THE LEMONSSSSS.  Add lemon juice to your ice cold water!!

TIP #3 — CHUG THAT ISH.  Drink it fast.  Not because it tastes bad, but because it will thicken if it sits over time.

Since you are only using 10 oz of water, it goes down fast and I can honestly tell you that by following those 3 tips, I actually enjoyed the lemony flavor!

Onto the Afternoon!

Vanilla Fresh shake!  As good as Shakeology — no.  Drinkable?  For sure.  TIP — add in some cinnamon or a pure extract like vanilla or almond (a little goes a LONG way — just a dash!!).

Okay — ready to have your mind B L O W N!!  This idea was all my hubby’s so I can’t take credit for it, but I HAVE to share because it was a game changer for me!  Instead of doing the Vanilla Fresh as a shake, you can make it into a PUDDING!!!

Here’s how:

Shake your powder into a bowl and slowly add cold water until it reaches the consistency you desire.  Add in some cinnamon and extract of your choice.  Pop in the fridge/freezer for 10 min to make it nice and cold — ENJOY!

This really made me feel like I was having a dessert so I was all about this idea!  Well done, Justin!


My lunch pretty much every day was half an apple//5 baby carrots//and 1.5 tsp of almond butter!  Side note — when I realized I could still have my almond butter I was JAZZED!!!!!

My afternoon snacks were often more carrots and almond butter — I’m boring…I know.  🙂  You like what you like…right?!


Time for dinner!

We tried 2 of the dinner options and really enjoyed both of them, especially the spinach salad — it was SO big and we were hungry!!  I loved adding the sunflower seeds to the salad — added that extra crunch and some saltiness — yum!





The other dinner option we made was the Coconut Steamed Veggies!  This is going to become a side dish in our household for sure.  Who knew a little coconut oil could drastically change the taste of your veggies?!



We finished off the night with another Vanilla Fresh pudding and a cup of tea!  It was kind of nice to snuggle on the couch and sip tea before bed 🙂  Truth — it was an adjustment going to bed feeling hungry.  I think that was the toughest part — not having a full belly before bed.  That being said,  waking up feeling so clean and having such a flat tummy — WORTH IT.

After 3 days it was time for what everyone looks forward to — the RESULTS!!!  So, here we have it — my results and Justin’s results after 3 days on the 3 Day Refresh!!


So was it worth it — YES!!

What was the best part? — Shakeology, almond butter, and REAL FOOD being part of the 3 day meal guide.

What was the hardest part? — Day 2 was the toughest day for me.  Day 1 I was excited and ready to tackle it…. Day 3 I knew it was my last day and I could finish strong…Day 2 was tough so if you experience the same, know that you CAN stick it out because you only have ONE MORE DAY!!

Interested in giving it a whirl!?  There are 3 options you can choose from!

Option #1 — 3 Day Refresh + Month of Shakeology + Portion Control Containers + Beachbody On Demand ALL Access  This option also grants you access to an accountability group run by yours truly and is full of other men and women who aren’t just in need of a quick fix, but instead are using the 3 Day Refresh as a kickstart to a healthier lifestyle.  This option is perfect for someone who is truly looking for a lasting change!

Option #2 — 3 Day Refresh + Month of Shakeology  This option also grants you access to the accountability group and equips you with a healthy meal swap every day — Shakeology!

Option #3 — 3 Day Refresh Complete Kit  This option is best for someone who is looking for a cleanse from a holiday weekend, or is preparing for an event (wedding, vacation, etc.)  It can also be paired with your current healthy lifestyle if you’re simply looking for something to get you back on track!

If you have more questions, please feel free to email me at — I would love to chat with you!

xoxoxo –  A

Christina Maziarz

This is a very special transformation story, because this sweet chick is my COUSIN!  Christina’s transformation makes my heart feel so warm and fuzzy.  For Christina, working out isn’t just about abs and muscles – it’s about mental clarity and self acceptance.  Her story is beautiful.

“July 2016.

That’s when this picture was taken. What do you see? Corey and me in Florida at the beach in our swimsuits on a beautiful day.

What you can’t see: I’m not breathing in this picture because I’m sucking my stomach in so hard. I’m turned almost awkwardly sideways cause I thought that angle would make me look thinnest. And this was the 3rd or 4th attempt because I was disgusted with the first few.

This girl in this picture HATED looking in the mirror, HATED going to the beach, HATED her body. She noticed every little roll and imperfection, and she was desperate to lose weight. This led her to develop an extremely unhealthy relationship with food, regularly consuming less than 600 calories a day. She almost passed out after eating only a handful of almonds and half a bagel in a DAY, which she honestly thought was “so much” food. And she worked out 2-3 times a day in an attempt to burn more than she ate and still felt like that wasn’t enough. She was running herself into the ground.

Why am I talking about “her” and how “she” was? Because that WAS me…July 2016. But that is NOT me now, October 2016.

Yes, I’ve lost 10 inches and 3 pounds (yay!), but what I’ve GAINED is so much more important: confidence, a stronger relationship with my cousin (and now coach) Alyssa who we’ve discovered I’m scarily similar to, self-worth, respect for my body, a healthy relationship with food (I eat SIX TIMES a day and don’t feel a bit guilty about it), a healthy lifestyle, a positive outlook.”

Amanda Schemelia

Amanda is one of my fellow mama challengers!  She started off with the 21 day fix and has 110% transformed her entire L I F E.  Check out what this mama had to say…


“I’ve battled insecurities with my body for literally as long as I can remember. I didn’t take care of myself very well with all the drinking and partying I did which made things even worse because at that point I didn’t even realize how out of shape and overweight I actually was. Ive tried everything. Like honestly everything. Eating next to nothing, GNC products, hydroxycut, ripped power pack, tons of stuff never worked. Then once I got pregnant with Ellie I was like no I need to do SOMETHING. I gained a little over 50lbs with her. So I promised myself for me and HER that this time I’d really do it. And here we are……

I was totally skeptical of 21 day fix. That’s mostly why I put it off for so long. Nothing had worked before so why would this, ya know? But it’s nice. Because it’s not a pill, or liquid, or temporary rapid weight loss followed by an even more rapid weight gain. The portion sizes aren’t unrealistic and it’s personalized to fit YOU. I just love it. I am so happy with my results so far. I am going to keep on going. I obviously wasn’t able to achieve my final goal in the first 21 days because too much work needed to be done. But where I am after just 21 days not only physically but mentally as well is awesome.”