Why I became and Insanity Certified Instructor and Beachbody Coach.

A lot of people are asking me why I became a Beachbody coach. For me it’s about helping people and making a positive impact on their lives. It’s about inspiring themto dig deeper and push themselves past their self-imposed limitations. Secondly, I am fortunate to be married to very successful and supporting husband who suggested that I go for it and start my own business. After all, he started our business in a 700 sq. ft. apartment in Queens, NY with no money and built a successful software company which allows us to live a life that most people only dream of. So no, I’m not doing this for the money or because I’m bored. I’m doing this because I know what it’s like to struggle with weight issues. My whole life has been a roller coaster of fitness. I had my chubby stage in my teen years and even tried nutritional programs like Nutrisystem, but nothing provided me the long term results that I was looking for.

Then in my early twenties I discovered weight lifting and joined a gym where I eventually met my husband and soul mate Robert. We both trained together for a number or years. At the time he was a NYC Police Officer and I was working at the gym we were training at. We fell in love and got married a few years later. After we got married we both stopped training, essentially losing most of muscle we acquired in our twenties. I remained on the thin side until 2001. That’s when I got pregnant with my daughter and ballooned up from 110lbs to 187lbs! Luckily, I was able to lose the majority of the weight within six months of giving birth but wasn’t exactly fit. Then in 2007, I got pregnant with our second child and my weight shot back up to 184lbs. The second time around was much harder to lose the weight. From that point forward my weight fluctuated for the next 6 years between 144- 155 lbs.

One night, my husband and I were lying in bed watching TV when the Insanity infomercial came on. At first we both thought there was no way we could ever work out like that, especially now that we were so out of shape. I remembered that just a few months earlier a friend gave me her Insanity DVD’s as gift but they were just sitting in my the closet collecting dust. It was at that moment that I committed to waking up the next morning to begin my transformation with Insanity. I woke up, blew the dust off the DVD’s and gave it a whirl!

When I started Insanity in October of 2013 I was about 144lbs and could not run down the block without being winded! HoweveBEFOREPHOTOr, each day I got up and just kept pressing playing and doing what I could do. By the 2nd week, something clicked in me, my body was changing but more importantly my attitude about myself was changing. I began to feel so good that I began incorporating running into my routine and did my very 1st 1/2 marathon in January 2014 then a second 1/2 marathon in February 2014 beating my 1st 1/2 marathon time a month earlier by 15 minutes! In April of 2014 I competed in a 5K and ran 7:59 min mile pace taking second place in the over forty category (I missed 1st place by 1 second!). I owed it all to Beachbody and Insanity, that’s it I was hooked. I could not wait to spread the word on the effectiveness of Insanity and the nutritional program! That’s when I decided to become an Insanity Certified instructor and use this amazing program to help others.

Fortunately for me, my husband is an amazing person.  He is always motivating family and friends to reach for their dreams and realize the unlimited potential in all of us. Anyone who knows him understands what I am saying. He suggested that if I was so passionate about helping people why not start my own business doing just that. So I took his advice and decided the go for it!  In May 2014, Positively Diesel, LLC was born with the mission of guiding people to live a positive, healthy, physically fit and active lifestyle. Originally, I thought just teaching classes would aid in the goal of introducing people to various health and fitness programs that would bring them dramatic results in a short amount of time. However, I quickly realized that there are a lot of people out there who are not ready for a class like Insanity and need to start slower and learn some nutritional fundamentals first. In addition, I’m only one person and have two children that I homeschool so from that perspective it limits the amount of people I can reach since my time to run classes is a limited. Bottom line, teaching Insanity classes is fun and rewarding but does not scale very wBB_prodsell. That’s when I discovered Beachbody; it was the perfect fit for me. Beachbody has great products and nutritional support with a proven track record of success and a mission to help #EndTheTrend of obesity. Plus, I was so enthused with my transformation as a result of using their products that I wanted to share my success everyone. Look, it’s no secret that we have a major crisis in this country. Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in America. In fact, according to a 2013 Gallup poll The adult obesity rate in 2013 was 27.2%, up from 26.2% in 2012, and is on pace to surpass all annual average obesity rates since Gallup-Healthways began tracking it in 2008.

As Team Beachbody Coach I am able to help many more people get fit and healthy by sharing products and programs that worked for me and I believe in. At the same time I am able to make a decent income in the process which is a nice side benefit. So far I have completed Insanity, Asylum Volume 1, Asylum Volume 2, P90X3 and now I am about to start Body Beast. I currently drink Shakeology every day and follow the clean eating lifestyle as well. So, I do not SELL anything except for a healthy lifestyle that is based upon the principles I follow each day, which is eating whole natural foods and regular exercise. As a Team Beachbody coach, I am able to promote Beachbody fitness programs and supplements with the confidence of knowing that they work and are backed by a top notch company. Both Robert and I are living proof of their effectiveness. Both of us are in better shape today in our forties then we were in our thirties and we owe it all to the Beachbody fitness and nutritional plans. Let me assure you that if you follow the Beachbody workouts and nutritional plans for any of the programs then you will get the results that you are looking for, guaranteed! I not only have transformed my own life physically but I now have a more positive outlook on life and I LOVE being able to help people do the same! The rewards of being a coach are endless and exciting.

In summary, becoming a Beachbody coach was really just a natural progression from where I started. Plus, I love a BB_decide_logochallenge and teaching people how to get into shape and eat properly all while making a positive impact on their lives. That’s why I do it and will continue to do for many years to come. Can you make money doing this? Sure, I know some people that have quit their job and end up making six figure incomes. Heck there are even some people that make over a million dollars a year as a Beachbody Coach. But for me, It’s not about the money, it’s about helping people reach their goals. That’s what really excites and drives me!

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about Beachbody coaching or would like me to be your coach email me at donna@positivelydiesel.com

DIG DEEPER to run faster!

Improve your run time and endurance drastically with INSANITY
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Shaun T – INSANITY: The Asylum

As you may or may not know, Max Interval Training is the principle behind INSANITY. This method is super effective because I specifically call on you to train for longer work periods with shorter recovery times. When you train this way, your heart health improves and so does your lung capacity. So when transitioning to a steady state activity like running, your body is able to adapt much quicker and experience even better gains…even though you’re not technically “running.”

Put it to the test!

Don’t believe me though…I dare you to try it! Go for a run and time it. Record that number. Then, do INSANITY or ASYLUM and after you graduate, go for that same run and see if your time improves. More importantly, see if you FEEL better doing it!

If you’ve experienced an improvement in running from Max Interval Training, please leave a comment and share it below, because nothing motivates someone more than real life testimonials. I can talk about it till I’m blue in the face but when YOU experience it first hand, then you understand why we DIG DEEPER to run faster!




Holiday Eating: Do You Have to Indulge on Special Occasions?

A friend posted this article on Facebook and I thought is was just perfect for today’s holiday!

Article Courtesy of: http://www.stephensweightloss.com/weight-loss-blog/holiday-eating-do-you-have-to-indulge-on-special-occasions

Independance Day is here for those of us in the US, and along with it comes the celebrations, fireworks, and food.

Unfortunately, for some, the food part of this equation has become the most important.  I love holidays and celebrations, but when indulgence becomes the main part of each holiday, it can really sabotage those of us who are desperately trying to be healthy.  Today, I’m going give you permission to forget the indulgent food and just enjoy the holiday.

I know what some of you are thinking… “Lighten up, it’s just for the holiday and then we’ll go back to healthy eating”.  I agree! It is good to occasionally lighten up about these things, but the problem is that holidays and special occasions are not occasional anymore.

A Special Occasion…… Every Week!

Here’s a non-exhaustive list of holidays that I just came up with off the top of my head:

  • New Years Day
  • MLK Day
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Presidents Day
  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Easter
  • Cinco De Mayo
  • Mother’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Father’s Day
  • Independance Day
  • Labor Day
  • Halloween
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Hanukkah
  • Christmas
  • New Years Eve

Now, add in your birthday and the birthdays of all of your family and friends…

With 52 weeks in the year, you could easily celebrate a holiday/birthday at least every other week. And this is not even accounting for other “celebration worthy” occasions such as vacations, work promotions, sports team victories, music or dance performances, etc.  Add those in, and it is possible that you could literally celebrate something every week of the year.

Stop Celebrating?… Or Change The Way We Celebrate

My solution to this is very simple: Stop making celebrations all about eating and drinking.  Take time to think about what you are celebrating and actually celebrate it. Spend time with family and friends.  Enjoy the company of others and have great time celebrating.  You can even have a meal together…

Just don’t use a holiday or other special occasion as an excuse to eat awful, unhealthy food.

Give it a try!  Personally, I did this on my last beach vacation in April.  I spent the whole week eating healthy and being active with my family.  And you know what?  I had one of the best vacations of my life.  We think that we will be missing out if we don’t indulge, but the truth is that in the end it is really not that important.

If you are able to do this, you will most likely realise just how unimportant these indulgences really were to you.  And my hope is that by removing these unhealthy foods, not only will you be maintaining your health, but, in the end, you will actually focus more on the real reason you are celebrating.

Happy Independance Day!


Written by Kimberly Caspari
Food has many roles. It’s a source of fuel, energy, and nutrients. It affects body weight. It alters health and vital indicators like cholesterol and blood pressure. Food is social and food is emotional. But the primary purpose of food is fuel. The body needs fuel to function, and this fuel comes in the form of proteins, fats, and carbs. The goal while doing INSANITY is to eat healthy, learn about balanced nutrition, and feed the body what it needs to survive such an extreme fitness program. Hopefully, your clients can apply these principles to eating healthier and living healthier every day. To get an elite physique, they must fuel their bodies with elite nutrition.

It’s not about quick fixes or fads. It’s about eating and using food for its intended purpose—as fuel. When digging into this ultra-extreme fitness regimen, your clients can’t go low-calorie or low-carb. They need to fuel their systems with balanced and nutritious meals and snacks. This isn’t a diet; it’s a plan that will teach your clients how to eat healthy for the duration of INSANITY and for the rest of their lives.

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Written by Denis Faye
Some people try to avoid fat as if their lives depend on it, but actually, we need fat for survival. Dietary fat is a fuel source, somewhat like carbohydrates. You need it for almost every human activity, including brain function. It also adds structure to cell membranes and acts as a regulator for several hormones.

There are a couple “essential” fatty acids that you need to survive (which we’ll get to later) but other than that, do we need fat in our diet? Absolutely, if for no other reason than it acts as a transport for fat-soluble nutrients such as vitamins A, D, and K, as well as several phytonutrients. Furthermore, it helps with satiety and slows absorption of carbs.

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5 Surefire Ways to Help You Stay on Track with Your Nutrition Plan

Written by Haley Perlus, PhD

A trainer once asked me if it was appropriate to fire a client who wasn’t conforming to healthy eating. My response? Rarely do I believe firing a client is the best solution. Instead, I do my best to support my client’s intentions of staying on track on their diet.

Through my education and experience as a Doctor of Sports and Exercise Psychology, group fitness instructor, and health enthusiast, I have discovered five specific tips that help people follow through on their nutrition program.

Before we dive into these five tips, it’s important to understand that, despite an intense desire to look and feel great, for many people committing to healthy eating is a challenge. In fact, Steve Edwards, vice president of results for Beachbody®, stated, “So many people consider the diet the toughest exercise—but it is absolutely key to achieving your best results.”

Obviously, as a Certified Instructor, you cannot be with your class participants 24/7 to make sure they toss the junk, eat every few hours, and stay in control of their overall diet. However, during your time together, there are ways to help them adhere to their nutrition plan.

As I mentioned above, there are five specific tips that you can pass along to help your members get results, ultimately making you a significant hero in their Success Stories.

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