Archive for March, 2013

P90X and P90X2 Challenge Packs on Sale!

Monday, March 11th, 2013

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P90X2 and P90X2 Sale, what sale?

P90X and P90X2 Challenge Packs are on sale for the month of October  and this sale is amazing!  They are only $180.  The Challenge Packs are available for any new or existing customer or coaches so take advantage of this while it lasts.  It is great!   The savings is really off the hook.  If you were to purchase either P90X or P90X2 and Shakeology separately it would cost you $240 plus shipping and handling.   The $180 Challenge Pack price this month is really out of this world.  I wish I didn’t have these programs already otherwise I’d hop on this.

 

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What the heck is a Challenge Pack anyway?

A challenge pack is the coolest new thing from Beachbody.  It packages together everything you will possibly need to get fit and healthy.  You get any one of Beachbody’s fitness programs, you pick, at a discounted rate, a month supply of the very popular Shakeology, a 30 day member to Team Beachbody Club and to top it off you get all of this with FREE shipping!

The beauty of all of this is that if you bought all of this separately you would pay much more including having to pay shipping so the bundled cost is a way better deal.

Of course this month as I mentioned, you get an even better deal because P90X and P90X2 Challenge Packs are on sale so it can’t get much better unless of course they were free!

 

Shakeology What?

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So you have heard of Shakeology, seen the ads, heard the testimonials but still want more info?  Sure!  Shakeology is a meal replacement shake that not only tastes amazing but is truly the most nutritious thing you will find on the market today.  If you can find something more nutritious let me know and I will send you a free bag of Shakeology, I bet you can’t. Shakeology contains over 70 ultra high-quality ingredients conveniently located in one glass, to deliver nearly all the nutrients you need to maintain a healthy diet.  More info here.

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Free Fitness Coaching and amazing support!

Added bonus here!  We offer free fitness coaching and have some seriously great support that we offer after you have bought your challenge pack.  We have a wonderful Facebook group full of people doing the programs that you will be doing.  We have done P90X and P90X2 so we can help you along the way with answers to your questions about nutrition, the workouts, if you need a kick in the butt to start or keep going or just want some friendly advice and some friends.  Both of us will help you out and we will introduce you to what we call our family on Facebook.  We have a close knit community and you will grow to be a part of our family, our team.  We’d love you to join us.  Click here for more info.

Enter the Beachbody Challenge when doing either of these workouts and get a FREE t-shirt and a chance to win $500 daily, $1000 monthly or a grand prize of $100,000!

90/10 Food Choices

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Ryan’s Ladder, named after my buddy Ryan Chapman of  who created this plan and B.A.S.E. Training,  is a slightly modified version of Michi’s Ladder (created by Beachbody) and is intended for use during the 90/10 Nutrition Challenge Groups.  The purpose of the ladder is to divide food into 3 Tiers that can be used to guide your food choices throughout the day.  During the 90/10 Nutrition Challenge, participants aim to eat 90% of their daily calorie total from the Green Light Tier while allowing 10% to come from the Yellow Light Tier and nothing from the Red Light Tier.

This is not a complete diet, I hate that word anyway, plan but rather a food guide that allows you to look for foods in higher Tiers to substitute for foods that you may be eating on a regular basis from the lower tiers.  This system works especially well during the 90/10 Nutrition Challenge as the participants are able to see where foods fall that they would normally plan to eat and what foods they can substitute for them to meet the 90/10 ratio that they are aiming for in the challenge.

Remember, I lost 100lbs and that was by changing how I ate drastically.  Eating is of fundamental importance in losing weight and being healthy.  If you feel sluggish, have low energy, just don’t feel like you look your best or want to live a long healthy life you MUST nail your nutrition down pat.  This is the way to do it.

Some Additional Guidelines

Just like with any nutrition program, using Ryan’s Ladder takes some common sense as well.  Here are just a few guidelines for using this ladder:

1)  The ladder does not give any guidelines for variety in eating.  For instance, you could eat only bananas every day and be eating in the highest Tiers of this ladder.  Obviously, this is not the intent of the ladder.  Make sure you are getting something from each category at every meal and eat with variety because that is the spice of life.  Try starting with a veggie, then adding a protein, and then a little healthy fat when planning a meal from the upper Tiers.

2)  Along the same lines, I have left some foods in the upper Tiers that have some nutritional value but also can be dangerous if overused.  For instance, I have cheeses and 100% whole wheat bread in the upper tiers.  This can easily be misused and cause you to gain weight.  Vegetables can usually be eaten without worrying too much about quantity.  However, things like cheese, bread (and other grain items), yogurt, avocados and nuts (to name only a few) should not be eaten in this manner.  Use those items that are more calorie dense and contain high amounts of fat and carbs in a controlled manner.  Use guideline 1) to help.

3)  Food that is in the upper Tier, Green and Yellow, but is deep fried is automatically dropped to the Red Light Tier.  Eating deep fried veggies is not a Green Light Tier choice.  Foods should be grilled, baked, boiled, broiled, poached, or lightly sauteed to remain in their listed Tier.

4)  If there is a food that you can’t seem to find on the ladder, you can often find it’s closest counterpart and you will likely be in the same Tier.  However, you can always email jobrandes@overactivelife.com for judgement call on what Tier a food falls into.  Also, if it really isn’t on the Tiers, the reality is that the food is probably a lower (Red or Yellow) Tier food.  Most of the whole foods available today are covered in the Green Light Tier and categories for the non-whole foods are covered in the lower Yellow or Red Tiers.

Check out the tiers below:

Green Light Tier

Yellow Light Tier

Red Light Tier

10 Rules of the 90/10 Nutrition Challenge

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

So as I mentioned before my buddy Ryan of B.A.S.E. Training came up with this 90/10 plan so you will see his name a lot here as he gets all the credit for it.  He designed this whole thing so I am not renaming this challenge or any of this stuff, he did it and he gets the credit.  Given that, let’s share the 10 rules he wrote up for being a part of the 90/10 nutrition challenge group.  This will give you a better idea of what you are getting into if you decide to join one of these groups now or in the future.  We will primarily be using Ryan’s Ladder (a modified version of Michi’s Ladder) as our basis for nutrition as you will see.

The Rules

Rule 1:  There is no one way that is the best way to eat for everyone. Some things work well for some and not for others.  If the guidelines given by me aren’t specific enough or the methods don’t suit your needs (for good reasons…not just because you don’t want to), we can discuss another way of eating that will still match the intent of the challenge and will work better for you.  Ryan’s Ladder is an excellent guideline that should work well for almost everyone and will get results the way this challenge is designed, but I do understand that some people have special needs.

Rule 2:  You must eat 90% of your daily, weekly, monthly and challenge intake from the  Green Light Tier of Ryan’s Ladder.  Percentage should be done by a total percentage of calories.  In other words, for every 100 calories consumed, 90 calories should be from those Tiers.  Yes, this means that you need to count calories for this challenge.  If you do not use myfitnesspal.com for counting calories, check it out, it works very well.  You can download the app too, very handy for on the go.

Rule 3:  The remaining 10% of your daily, weekly, monthly, and challenge intake is ALLOWED to come (not SHOULD come) from the Yellow Light Tier.  Again, this is by total percentage of calories consumed.

Rule 4:  NONE of your intake should come from the Red Light Tier during this challenge.  If you choose to break this, it should be a conscious decision for a special occasion and you need to be willing to admit it to the group and prepare to be scolded for it.  Try not though, it’s only 60 days (or 30 depending on the challenge)

Rule 5:  Understand during this challenge that no one is going to be perfect, including me, it’s tough.  However, everyone should be honest.  The group needs to hear when you messed up as well as when you did well.  Use the group page on Facebook to communicate with your fellow challengers, encourage, ask for advice, and support each other.

Rule 6:  There will be some foods that are not clearly in a Tier or are not listed.  It is likely that if a food is not listed or there isn’t something close enough on the ladder then it is probably not a good food to eat.  However, this may not always be the case.  In those cases (which should be very few), you can either make the judgment call yourself or you can get in touch with me or the group to get an opinion.

Rule 7:  Have a plan for when you are going to have your Shakeology so you are sure to get it in every day.  I drink mine first thing in the morning right when I get to work but the important thing is to have a plan.

Rule 8:  Commit yourself fully to this challenge.  If you are not active in the FB group, I will be tagging you in posts and asking what you are up to.  This is only 60 days, so be active and be honest and be a part of this challenge.  You owe it to yourself as well as to your fellow challengers…they are depending on your support and are planning to support you.

Rule 9:  Get rid of the junk in your house before the challenge starts.  No, I don’t mean eat it all.  If you have to, throw it away!  Yes, just get rid of it.

Rule 10:  Talk to your spouse or significant other or even roommates about this challenge before it starts and let them know what you are doing (get them involved too maybe).  At least that way you will have a fighting chance of getting some support from them…or at least not sabotage.  This is very hard if you do not have a supportive family.  Trust me!!  Make sure they are on board with you and even if they do not do it make sure they don’t “poke the bear”.

Some other things to think about:

– Take before photos

– Post photos of your meals to the group

– Announce weight loss throughout the challenge

How to Get Involved

Want to get involved in this challenge group?  Simply CLICK HERE and fill out the registration form.  It’s time to get healthy.  We’re all in it with you!

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Should You Be Working Out with Others?

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Whether you’re one part of an overweight or even fit couple, or single and looking to get in the best shape of your life, you might find it tough to stay motivated. Our lives are hectic and busy. It’s easy to slip into habits that keep us from getting out to the gym, and even easier to turn to those fattening foods that are so tempting.

So, what can you do to keep yourself motivated? Working out with others is one of the best ways to get started. In this post, we’ll cover:

  • Why it’s important to have an accountability partner
  • Benefits of having a motivation or accountability partner that you might not have thought about
  • How we, your Team Beachbody Coach can help you find workout partners and keep you motivated

The Importance of Having an Accountability Partner

Okay, you may have started working out with your partner but find that you’re not making the progress you had hoped for. You may be skipping workouts or eating the wrong foods. It’s easy to sit down and talk to each other about the changes you need to make in your life, but it’s difficult to actually stick with them.

While working out with your partner might seem like a great idea, it often turns out to sabotage the whole plan. You and your partner enabled each other’s bad health behaviors in the first place. It’s almost impossible to break free of these patterns, unless you look for help elsewhere.

Working out with another couple, or even another person, can help to keep you accountable. When you know that someone will be relying on you for their own motivation, you’re less likely to skip your workout. If it’s your spouse, though, you’ll probably justify skipping tonight’s workout because you have another movie from Netflix that you just have to watch.

Those sorts of behaviors just won’t cut it.

Surprise Benefits of Having an Accountability Partner

Not only will you be more likely to get to your scheduled workouts, but you’ll also be less likely to “cheat” when it comes to your nutrition. How?

Keep a nutrition journal and trade them each week with your accountability partner. It might seem like a lot of work, but it really only takes a few minutes each day. When you know that someone else is going to be looking at what you’ve been eating, you’re less likely to turn to junk food.

You’ll also be driven to try harder during your workouts when you have a motivational buddy to compete with. Seeing who can complete the most reps during an Insanity or TurboFire workout will ensure that you try your hardest during each session.

Don’t worry, though, if your accountability partner seems to be doing a lot better than you. Just keep on focusing on doing better than you did last week, and aim to beat them during the next workout session. You’ll see that you get better with each work out, even if you never actually do better than your partner.

Finally, your accountability partner will provide emotional support. It can be very challenging to make drastic changes to your lifestyle. Even if you would consider your current level of fitness acceptable, getting to that next level can be trying.

When you have a motivational partner that’s going through the same experience as yourself, you’ll find it a lot easier to stick with the plan. Hearing encouraging words from someone who’s “been there, done that,” is extremely helpful.

How Can a Beachbody Coach Help You Find an Accountability Partner?

One of the best things about signing up for a program like TurboFire, Insanity, or P90X through a Beachbody coach like us is that you’ll get to join a motivational group. We will also check in with you on a regular basis to see how you’re doing. Your success is our success!  We have an amazing group on Facebook that you can join that will be your key to success.

You’ll gain this benefit not only from signing up for workout programs, but also if you purchase the Ultimate Reset or Shakeology Home Direct. It’s absolutely free, and we have committed to helping you stay on track.

accountability_pic11Part of our role in your fitness program is setting you up with a private group of individuals also being coached, this is where our closed group on Facebook comes into play. You’ll join us for regular chats on Facebook, and everyone will be reporting their progress. When you’re a member of one of our group, you’ll find it easy to be motivated. You know you’ll have to share your progress tomorrow, and you won’t want to be the only one who watched a soap opera instead of hitting the gym!

Get in touch with us to learn more about the benefits of free coaching when you purchase a Team Beachbody product through my site. I’m more than happy to help you understand how these programs can help you out.

Share your experiences with having a motivational or accountability partner in the comments, and let everyone know how your fitness journey is progressing!