P90X2…is it worth it?

October 7th, 2013

So the question is, Is P90X2 worth it? Worth your time? Worth your money? My answer to these questions is YES!!! YES!!! and YES!!!  P90X2 takes it to the next level by use of stability balls, medicine balls and for those who are not proficient at doing pull-ups on your own, they have created a wonderful device called the pull-up assist. A lot more sturdier that using a chair and the better you get at doing pull-ups, the lower you make the pull-up assist so it is more YOU doing the exercises that the assist.

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This program starts at focusing on your core. Which is the most important part of development with this program because as the program progresses into stability, mobility, balance and strength moves…the more secure, strong and stable your core is then the greater your success will be. Moves throughout this program include medicine ball burpees, stability ball push-ups, 4 position pull-ups, Drea (Webber) rolls, 4 ball push ups, yoga, Recovery and Mobility with a foam roller, and many more moves that are much more fun to experience for yourself than to read about.

One of the great things about all of these videos are the warm-ups. They are not your everyday, run of the mill warm-ups. Tony integrates the use of the stability ball (or a towel) to warm up with while doing squats, lunges and other moves to elongate and warm-up the body. Also the use of the foam roller really gets into parts of the body to help  loosen lactic acid or muscle tightness, prepping your tendons for a glorious workout. Sometimes just warming up in and of itself gets the sweat going and the heart pumping (wonderful, awesome goodness).

This program is challenging because some of the moves take TIME, PATIENCE and PRACTICE to master, but as the motto goes in any of the P90X programs “The More You Do, The Better You Get!”  There is always somebody modifying in whatever program you are doing and there is an option to just listen to the “Cues and Music” without having to listen to any of the participants in the programs.

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Want to join a group of us doing P90X2 or any other Beachbody workout program?   We have great group of folks that can help you stay motivated, accountable and provide you support to get through your journey! Contact us if you want to join!  It will be a lot of fun.   Ever checked out the Beachbody Challenge?  You can win money, a free t-shirt and a chance for $500 a day or the grand prize of $100,000!  Check it out here!

So remember if you choose to do this program or any other Beachbody program “DO YOUR BEST and FORGET THE REST!!!” The real workout begins when you decide to change your way of thinking and commit to having a healthier body and mind with a final result of succeeding with those goals you set for yourself.

 

Don’t just THINK about doing a group fitness class. DO something outside of your comfort zone.

September 23rd, 2013

photo-2-2Oh to see all of the faces walk into my Insanity group fitness class.  Some excited and some of them so nervous they walk in the room and look around with an expression of “What have I gotten myself into” face.  Sometimes it takes a wee bit of warming up, moving, listening to the music and some instructions during the group class to get those reluctant of being there to really get into it.

10, 20, 30 minutes go by and you see everyone in the class moving, breathing and sometimes smiling at what they are accomplishing. Reinforcing that those in the class go at their own speed and pace, but make sure that they step up their level of pushing themselves to going faster and doing more reps than before.

At the end of the AMAZING workout, those who were reluctant to come,  enjoyed the class and sweated their butts off just to realize that they are going to come back next week for some more GROUP AMAZE-NESS.

When it comes to fitness, camaraderie, wanting to change your routine and seeing results not only physically but experiencing something emotionally uplifting, then a group fitness class is something to try.

Happy fitness and exceptional health.

 

One week only giveaway!

September 16th, 2013

giftcardOne week only giveaway!  If you purchase a challenge pack during the week of September 16th through September 22nd you will get a $25 Amazon gift card along with your purchase.  This will last one week only.  You must have either Jo-Anne or Michelle as your coach to qualify for this giveaway.  If you are unsure if either of us are your coach contact us here or go to our free fitness coaching page.   You can also be entered into our 90 day Hot for the Holidays Shakeology Cash Challenge where you can have a chance to win cash if you are the biggest loser (percentage wise) in the 90 days.  Join us!

Are you ready to transform your life?  Have you never found the perfect way to balance nutrition, fitness, support and motivation?  If so, the way to go is the Beachbody Challenge Pack.  It combines the perfect nutrition in Shakeology, the workout program of your choice, support, motivation, and prizes all in one perfect package.  This all of course comes with a 100% money back guarantee if you are not happy.  What else can you ask for?

You enter the Beachbody Challenge after purchasing your Challenge Pack, you will be put in one of our exclusive Facebook groups, you will have a team of people supporting you along the way and of course you will have your own coach to help you along the way.  If you give it all you have I guarantee you will get results and you will have a new lifestyle, body, self confidence and family with us that you will love.

The Beachbody Challenge Packs include the following:

  • 30 day supply of Shakeology
  • Workout program of your choice at a discounted price
  • Unlimited support (Facebook, email, phone, text, you name it)
  • FREE shipping
  • 30 day trial membership to the Team Beachbody club which includes customized meal plans, 10% off all products, VIP videos from the trainers, message boards, and much more
  • Lots of cash prizes

What workouts you ask?  So many choices and we’d be happy to help you decide, just contact us for help.  You can even find the perfect workout for you right here, check the comparison chart.

Check out the workouts below, they come in the below options:

  1. Slim in 6, Body Gospel or Hip Hop Abs – Cost: $140 + free shipping
  2. Power 90, Turbo Jam, Brazil Butt Lift, Les Mills Combat – Cost: $160 + free shipping
  3. 10 Minute Trainer, Body Gospel, Rev Abs, Chalean Extreme, Body Beast or Insanity Asylum – Cost: $180 + free shipping
  4. P90X, P90X 2, Insanity, TurboFire, Focus T25 or Tai Cheng – Cost: $205 + free shipping
  5. Body Beast w/Supplements – $220
  6. Les Mills Pump – Cost: $245 + free shipping
If you are interested in any of them just click go here and contact us for information on how you can get involved in our Challenge Groups.

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Does exercising make you think too much?

September 10th, 2013

So before I venture out to start my work day on a bicycle, I wanted to reflect with you about my day yesterday while riding around. My job entails responding to helping people, approaching suspicious people, being a visible presence, etc…. So in between most of these duties, I have a lot of time to just think. I believe moving around, taking in what’s around you in silence and just being alone gives people a lot of time to think. Yesterday I thought a lot about my future. How I need to make a major decision in my life for the best, but that by making the decision, I am venturing into the unknown. Would you leave a job that you have had for the past 15 years that you were once very passionate about, but now you just go through the motions?  Do you continue to “just be” once the passion is almost gone or has completely dissipated? Do you keep going through the motions hoping that one day the passion will return?brain-thinking

It is good to know, day to day, what to expect when you have already “settled” into the life you have now, but is your health and happiness at stake by “settling”?  Are you putting the well-being of your family at risk too because you might fear change.  “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear”- Rosa Parks

The previous quote answers the question for me of what I must do. My mind is made up so what do I have to be afraid of? Failing in whatever venture I take on? Well yes, to some, failing is a part of life and that is how we learn, but I think to succeed you must fail in some things, but not in all. It is that one small piece to where you don’t fail that the little light of hope comes through and with that little light, I will use it to make my passion for fitness and helping other make me successful. For me, success will amount to greater health and happiness.

So YES, exercising does make me think too much.

Body Beast Sale

August 9th, 2013

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Body Beast is on sale now in August and it is hot, hot hot.  I got amazing results with this workout program and I’m in love.  Body Beast is just amazing, fun, works and a program I am going to stick with for a long time to come. The fact the Body Beast is on sale in August makes it all that better for those of you who have thought about going for it.  You get the workout program, the amazing Shakeology, free shipping and membership to the Team Beachbody Club with a deep discount this month.  Body Beast will get you gaining muscle if you want, leaning up if you want, losing fat, and just looking great.  Whatever your goals, Body Beast will make it happen.  Guys can get big, ladies can get lean with muscle and anyone can lose that unwanted fat.  I sure did.

 

I decided after my Beachbody Success Club trip to DisneyWorld that it was time for a brand new workout program and though this new program Body Beast was the one for me.  I used to go the gym and lift weights and I heard it was like your traditional gym workouts.  Back and Bi, Chest and Tri, Shoulders, Legs, etc.  I thought how great is this, I can do my normal gym workout in my house and gain some serious muscle if I want.  As a female I was not interested in getting huge but I know from my past gym experience that I could lean out and gain muscle so I knew that Body Beast would work for me.

 

The Program

The program itself is 90 days long and has three different phases.  The phases are Build, Bulk and Beast.
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Build Phase – 3 weeks – 6 on, 1 off

Bulk Phase – 6 weeks – 6 on, 1 off

Beast Phase – 3 weeks – 6 on, 1 off

 

 

 

I loved every bit of Body Beast and got the most amazing results from it.  All of the workouts are less than 50 minutes and some of them closer to 30 minutes.

A Glimpse

Build Phase

The workouts in this phase are longer, close to 50 minutes and you will mix up body parts as you can see below.  You will start getting used to doing drop sets and single sets and learning the foundations about how this program is going to work for you.  You will learn that leg day is a killer and that you will be walking funny for a couple days afterwards.  Ouch!  This is the round where you will eat big, gain weight and learn to love lifting.

  • Chest/Tri
  • Back/Bi
  • Legs
  • Shoulders
  • Cardio/Abs

They are all really great workouts with a fast face that go by really quickly.  The guys in the video are all really cute too so that makes it all better.  This is a great video for men as well as women so ladies, don’t be intimidated by the HUGE men working out.  This is for you too.  IMG_20130315_201447

The way Sagi, the trainer in this video, does these workouts is he has you do Super Sets, Giant Sets, Single Sets, Progressive Sets, Drop Sets, Tempo Sets…all this stuff that I hadn’t even heard of before but I’m getting it now.  It is pretty cool.  He will start you out with a lighter weight doing 15 reps, then have you increase your weight for 12 reps, then increase again for 8 reps and then drop your weight for another 8 reps.  This is not for all the sets but happens very frequently.  It is a great way to build muscle  It makes you feel great!  Again, this isn’t for everything but quite common throughout the workouts.

Bulk Phase

In the Bulk Phase the workout are all really short, close to 30 minutes but they are harder and faster.   The workouts in this phase consist of Chest, Legs, Arms, Back, Shoulders and then you still get in Cardio/Abs.  You will then get to do some new stuff like progressive sets and drop sets which may be new to you but they are really fun and a nice change of pace.

The one thing that is interesting about this round is that it moves very fast, remember how I said most workouts are about 30 minutes?  What this means is that you have to be able to change your weights FAST!  If you have adjustable weights like I do, I have the Bowflex SelecTechs then you will just have to get used to changing them super quick.   If you have seperate dumbbells it may be easier for you to just grab the next dumbbell but I know for me it is easier to just have the adjustable ones vs a weight set.

Beast Phase

This last phase is where you will start to cut your calories so you can “cut”.  You will incorporate the Bulk and Build workouts together in this phase.  This is really when you start to see things happening.  This is your cutting phase so those of you worried about some of that weight gain need not worry because it gets cut here.  The calories you added in the first phases are cut a lot in this phase so your muscles really start showing in this last round.

My Results 

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The Nutrition

IMG_20130324_170306Nutrition is a HUGE part of this program which is great.  You all know you have to eat in order to progress in your fitness goals and this program is no different.  In order to gain muscle you have to eat and it is not a bad thing. The nutrition plan is very simple to follow and it is laid out quite easily.  The guide wants me to take in approximately 2000 calories a day which is very difficult for me, I am actually still trying to work up to it.  I am not used to that much.  Everything I eat is completely natural and clean, absolutely nothing processed at all!  I am not afraid of gaining a bit of weight in this phase of the program because I know I will lose it in the next phases.  That is the point.  You gain so you can cut and lean out.  Some people are concerned with this but I have seen such amazing results with Body Beast that I am not worried at all.  You have to give this 100% pure commitment if you want the results and I do.

 

The Supplements

Speaking of pure commitment to this program, the other thing I am not skimping on are the supplements.  The Body Beast program and Sagi recommend four supplements for this program, all which can safely be used by women, I know some women are concerned about them.  There is no issue whatsoever.  I did my research because I was worried too.  The supplements are wonderful and work great.  They are as follows:

  • Beachbody Hardcore Base Shake is formulated to help maximize new muscle growth and reduce muscle breakdown—at the same time.
  • Beachbody Fuel Shot kick-starts your recovery and accelerates muscle endurance, size, and strength.
  • Beachbody M.A.X. Creatine gives you a blast of extra strength and muscle growth plus speeds up muscle recovery.
  • Beachbody Super Suma helps amp up your body’s own hormone production (don’t worry ladies), muscle strength, size, and endurance.

Again, ladies do not worry!  These shakes that you will make with these supplements are part of the nutrition plan and are important to you getting the results you want.  I love them and highly recommend giving them a go.  Remember that Beachbody knows what they are doing and work with trainers who know the ins and outs of this stuff so if it didn’t work they wouldn’t include it as part of the program.

 

Challenge Group

If you are worried about not having support or motivation throughout this program do not worry.  We have a great group you can join that has a whole bunch of folks all doing Body Beast.  You are welcome to join in the fun.  There are both men and women in this group so you can get advice from both folks.  It is nice to have a group to work with and people at all phases of the program.  Some have even done one or two rounds so they are very helpful for us newbies.  As always, we offer free fitness coaching so if you have any questions about anything feel free to create your free account and send us an email.  We are always happy to hear from you.

READY, SET GO….

So what are you waiting for?  I am having the most fun ever with this program.  I think it is really my favorite Beachbody program ever.  Join me!

The Beast Challenge Pack with Shakeology includes the following:

  • The Body Beast workout program $89.95
  • Shakeology Home Direct $129.95
  • Bonus workout $19.95
  • 30-day trial membership in the Team Beachbody VIP Club $11.96

If you purchase it separately it adds up to $251.81 (Plus Shipping)

 The Body Beast Challenge Pack: $180.00 (Free Shipping) – For the month of August it is $160 (FREE Shipping)

Total Savings of over $90

Click the banner below to order and get more info about the Beast Shakeology Challenge Pack!

Motivation…what is and where can I find it???

July 30th, 2013

Ugh, ever have one of those days, weeks, months where you just feel like you never want to see those running shoes again, or lift another weight, or do another squat, crunch or lunge?? What you’re lacking is MOTIVATION. Now how do you get it and what the heck is it? Motivation can come from ideas, events, things, other people’s guidance and support or it can come from within-like a personality trait. No matter where your MOTIVATION comes from, YOU are always the important role in the play.positive[5]

MOTIVATION is a drive that gives purpose and direction to what YOU do. Internal motivation when it comes to exercise is a persons pleasure and experience with exercise.  If you are a person who internally pushes yourself away from exercising by making excuses, complaining about exercising or are inconsistent with your exercise program then I have a few questions for you. WHO ARE YOU SURROUNDING YOURSELF WITH? Positive, motivated, energetic people. Or negative, lackluster, slumdog “ain’t no millionare here” people. I think that “you become the company you keep” and “The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree”. If you are constantly around poisonous people then you will become infected.

WHAT ARE YOU PUTTING IN YOUR MOUTH? Fruits, vegetables, whole wheat grains, water. Or french fries, pizza, hamburgers, soda, candy bars. I think it is hard to motivate yourself when you feel weighed down from your daily intake of crap. Your metabolism hits rock bottom and you’re dragging. It’s hard to motivate yourself when you have just downed a hamburger and fries for lunch or deep fried chicken and mashed potatoes for dinner. “You are what you eat”, that saying is true. I am waiting to turn into a skinless chicken one day. To me, what I put into my mouth in the morning will basically project how my day will go. If I were to have an empty calorie doughnut, then I would be on a sugar high then crash…looking for more sugar to get me back to that high. Oh and let’s not forget that I might as well strap that one to my thigh or stomach because that’s where it is going. If I were to have oatmeal with a wee bit of honey, then I know it is healthy and it has filled me up and given me healthy, MOTIVATING, sustainable energy without the guilt.969570_571342776256548_1000400611_n

In short, look for healthy, positive people who have the  same or similar goals that you have regarding food and fitness. Become a part of a group who workout together, make each other accountable, share tips and ideas for workout plans and nutritional plans. When you MOTIVATE yourself to become better, others will see it and become MOTIVATED to become better as well.

 

Focus T25 Review

July 5th, 2013

My take on T25. Some of you might have heard the buzz about a new Beachbody program that just came out called Focus T25Well, if you either have or have not heard about the release of this program, I am here to give you the 411 on what Focusing for just 25 minutes a day5 days a week can do for you.1013077_10201155824074410_636945411_n

Shaun T, the creator of Insanity and Insanity: Asylum Volume I and Volume II figured out a way to give people what they were asking for. An efficient and effective workout in a little amount of time. There are three phases to this program: Alpha, Beta and Gamma. Each phase builds upon the other by starting at your base, to core, to upper body and then strength. I am on the fourth week of this program which is the Alpha phase. It consists of Cardio, Speed 1.0, Total Body and lower body workouts and abs. On the 6th day you rest and on the 7th day you stretch, before you do 5 days of hard work for 25 minutes a day, all over again.  This first phase is all about foundation work.  The second phase, Beta is about Core.  We will talk more about that when we get to that phase.

These workouts have you breathing hard, sweating and pushing yourself to do the best you can while FOCUSING for 25 minutes straight. If you need to modify to get through all 25 minutes, you modify with Tania “The Machine”, from Insanity and Hip Hop Abs, Rock’n Body, etc… The music is fun, Shaun T is motivational as always and if you “Trust and Believe” in yourself to commit to just 25 minutes, you will have an amazing transformation.

This is not like Insanity, we get that question a lot.  Insanity gives you breaks.  T25 does not.  You will go for 25 minutes straight during Focus T25.  Insanity you will go for a few minutes and then get a short rest.  Also, Insanity is longer than T25.  Month 1 of Insanity is slightly over 30 minutes and month 2 of Insanity is closer to one hour.  Focus T25 is never more than 25 minutes exactly, that is the beauty of it.  Whether you are in the Alpha, Beta or Gamma phase you will always be working out for 25 minutes.  Lastly, Focus T25 has the modifier so ANYONE, and I mean anyone can do this workout.  Insanity is not for everyone.  It is definitely an advanced program.  If you have questions about either program just contact us.

This program is great for those who are crunched for time, looking for a full body, efficient, effective, creative work out that will give amazing results not only physically but emotionally because you will not only look good, but feel better and have more time to do the things that are important to you; spend time with family!!!!   It is by far one of my favorites and a great program to use as a hybrid to mix in with something like Body Beast, P90X or another lifting program for that extra cardio.  If you want to contact us about doing a hybrid go ahead and do so as Jo-Anne is doing Body Beast and T25 for a great mix up program.

 

Check out a T25 Review Video

 

Want More??  – How about joining our Exclusive T25 Facebook Group?

We have an amazing Facebook group that has just blown up in the last week that you are welcome to join.  Why is this important?  We can get to know you, your goals, and what you want from T25 and your life from this group. What is more important is that you will do this workout and probably more with a team of people that are there to motivate and support you on the days you are not feeling up to it and even on the days you are ready to go.  You are there for them and they are there for you.  We have found the support is the most important thing when it comes to working out and reaching goals and that is what this group is for.

If you are currently coached by Michelle or Jo-Anne you are welcome to join our exclusive T25 group.  I will approve your addition to the group after verifying you are coached by us.  If you are not coached by one of us go to our Free Fitness Coaching page and read up on how to join us for free.   We are both Certified Insanity Instructors and we will offer you free support, advice, help with any workouts, nutrition and pretty much whatever you need.  We have helped hundreds of people reach their goals and would love to help you too.

If you want to learn more about us just go here to read about Michelle and here to read about Jo-Anne  or pop us an email too. We’d love to hear from you.

 

Best Way to SAVE $$$

The T25 Challenge Pack is the best option for saving money and getting your nutrition on track 100% as well as your fitness.  It will lead to perfection with this program!  It is what I and my team members do and have done for years now.   The Challenge Pack runs for $205 but let me break down why this is such an amazing deal.  The base pack of T25 alone is $119.98.  Why is the Challenge Pack a better deal?  Let me break it down for you.

If you were to buy Shakeology and T25 individually:

Base Pack T25 – $119.95 by itself

Shakeology – $129.95 – by itself

Plus Tax and Shipping – It costs something – let’s estimate $10

Total – $259.90 approx

You save over $65 with this pack compared to buying each item separately.

T25_Challenge_Packs_low_resChallenge Pack – includes T25 plus Shakeology plus FREE shipping – $205 plus tax 

As you can see the Challenge Pack is a way better deal!  So you may be thinking well, I don’t really need Shakeology.  Well, let me tell you. I’ve been using this stuff for a long time now and it is AMAZING!  It is the one thing I have daily that I know will give my body every possible nutrient and superfood that I need.  It is truly my daily dose of dense nutrition in one shake.  Even on a slightly off eating day if I have Shakeology I KNOW that my body got what it needs.  If you want more info on Shakeology you can read up here.

Click the button below to get more info or purchase the Challenge Pack.

T25 Challenge Pack

 

Recipe: Tilapia with Tomato Sauce (spicy)

June 28th, 2013

Do you want to heat things up a bit???  Here is a recipe for tilapia with spicy tomato sauce

This dish takes approximately 10 minutes to prepare and approximately 35 minutes of waiting for it to bake before you can sink your teeth into it.

Nutrition information: Makes 6 servings (1 fillet with sauce)  Calories 164, Fat 4 g.  Cholesterol 47 mg.  Sodium 589 mg.  Carbohydrates 9 g. (sugars 3 g. and fiber 2 g.)  Protein 24 g.

YOU WILL NEED: 

  • PAM Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 1 can (14 oz each) quartered artichoke hearts in water, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cup (from a 24 0z can) Hunt’s Zesty & Spicy Pasta Sauce
  • 1/3 cup crumbled reduced fat free feta cheese
  • 6 tilapia fillets, thawed if frozen (6 fillets = 1 1/2 lb)

PREP and COOK:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.  Spray 13×9-inch baking dish with cooking spray
  2. Crumble artichokes in the bottom of the dish and ensure it forms an even layer.
  3. Place the fillets on top of the artichokes, overlapping as needed.
  4. Pour sauce over fillets. Cover the dish with aluminum foil.
  5. Bake at (145 F)  for 30 – 35 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Sprinkle with feta prior to serving.

VOILA!!!!! Get your spice on.

Recipe: Lettuce Wraps- Asian Tuna

June 28th, 2013

YUM YUM YUM. A healthy way to eat in the heat without all of the cooking.

Asian Tuna Wraps. Easy to make and in only 15 minutes. This recipe makes (4) servings (2) wraps each.  Calories 118.  Fat 2g.  Cholesterol 24 mg.  Sodium 481 mg. carbohydrates 10 g.  Sugars 7 g.  Protein 14 g.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cans (5 oz each) chunk white tuna in water, drained
  • 1/2 cup matchstick-cut carrots (from 10-oz pkg.)
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup La Choy Sweet and Sour Sauce
  • 1/4 cup quartered sliced radishes
  • 2 teaspoons La Choy Soy Sauce  (use the Less Sodium La Choy Sauce to lower sodium intake)
  • 8 leaves green leaf lettuce

 

HOW TO PREPARE:

Mix the tuna with all remaining ingredients, except lettuce, in a medium bowl. Spoon 1/4 cup tuna mixture onto each lettuce leaf.  VIOLA YOU ARE READY TO EAT.

*Want to add a little crunch to your wrap??  Sprinkle a teaspoon of chopped peanuts on top.

ENJOY!!!!

How to Eat Well on a Budget

May 17th, 2013

If you have ever walked into a natural foods store, you may have felt the prices alone make it difficult for the average person to afford to eat well and healthy all of the time. It can be discouraging if you only look at the price of organic fruits or vegetables that seem to be twice that of others food. But, it is possible, with a few helpful hints, to eat well on a budget.budget
One of the easiest ways to adopt better eating habits and enjoy more natural foods on a budget is to buy in bulk when you can. This simply doesn’t work for fresh foods obviously; but there are healthy alternatives that you can purchase in bulk and save a lot of money in the process. Frozen fruits and vegetables are perfect bulk buying candidates for a healthier lifestyle. Frozen fruits obviously last longer but are also cheaper in the long run, too. Plus, it’s very easy to throw a handful of frozen fruit into a blender and make a smoothie or put some in the fridge at night to have fresh, great tasting, and healthy fruit with your breakfast. They are also pre-washed and typically cut ready to use. Vegetables frozen in bulk are also just as nutritious as fresh vegetables from the farmers market. They can be as versatile and easy to use straight from the freezer as their fresh counterparts. Aside from frozen bulk foods, invest in bulk nuts, grains, multi-grain pastas and dried fruit in bulk. These items will not go bad and make great healthy ingredients for endless meal possibilities. With dried fruit and nuts, you can combine what you love into your own snack bags or containers and make your own trail mix at a fraction of the cost of buying it in stores.
Another great way to eat well on a budget is to cut the pre-packaged and processed foods from your shopping list. Real food, made with real ingredients is better for your body and your budget. Instead of buying a prepackaged frozen dinner loaded with preservatives and unnatural colors and ingredients, buy the actual ingredients to make it yourself. Buy the chicken, seafood, pasta, vegetables, or whatever else it calls for and make your own dinner. You could spend pennies compared to dollars for each serving when you simply put in the extra time to combine the necessary fresh and real ingredients rather than buying a prepackaged meal. And when you make it fresh and save money, it actually tastes so much better, too.

grocery_budgetLearning what is seasonal in your area can also help you save money and eat better. If you buy from the local farmers market or simply keep an eye out for what is on special because it is plentiful in your area, you will be getting great fresh food at a great deal. You may simply have to adjust recipes or meal ideas to accommodate more of what is in season; but it will be worth it.
Aside from buying frozen, bulk foods or seasonal foods, think about what you consider healthy food to begin with. A great way to eat well at a bargain is to understand what ‘eat well’ means. One great way to eat well is to incorporate more protein, just what the Beachbody nutritional plans call for. While most people think about expensive cuts of meat as a primary protein source, there are cheap proteins that are also healthy. Eggs, tuna, and other fish can be great sources of protein and relatively inexpensive also. Work in these cheaper protein options to build muscle without depleting your wallet.

Finally, when it comes to eating well on a budget, go through the Beachbody recipes and food options. You can get maximum benefits from the protein shakes as a value priced meal. You can also invest in the high quality low cost ingredients of your favorite Beachbody recipes. The Results and Recovery Formula will help you maximize the benefits of your workout and also keep you from feeling starved and overindulging in any kind of junk food around. Shakeology is an economical choice when you consider what you aren’t putting into your body when you drink the shakes. Beachbody P90X protein bars can keep you satisfied and help keep you from eating what isn’t good for you when choices are limited.whole-food-shopping-list-

If you have any questions about your food choices please email us at jobrandes@overactivelife.com.  We would love to help you.  Also, we run 90/10 Clean Eating Challenge groups that will connect you up with other folks all trying to stabilize their nutrition.  Check out the 90/10 information here.
While it may take some planning ahead for meals and snacks, with these simple tips and keeping an eye out for deals on healthy foods you can be creative with, you don’t have to go broke trying to be your healthiest and eat the best foods you can.

Best Broccoli Recipe Ever

April 17th, 2013

So I learned about the best broccoli recipe ever and I love it so much that I decided I absolutely have to share it with the world.  I have never been a fan of vegetables, in fact I pretty much hate them but since I started doing Body Beast I decided I needed to eat totally clean and that included loving vegetables.  A friend of mine shared this broccoli recipe with me and trust me, it is the best broccoli recipe ever.  I will literally eat the broccoli by itself as a meal now.  It’s amazing!

So, let’s start shall we?  I know all you veggies haters and lover want to know how to make this amazing stuff right?

Ingredients:

  • Salt (I used Himalayan Salt)
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Lemon juice (I used the little yellow plastic lemon looking thing, I didn’t squeeze a lemon)

Before you Begin: Heat the oven to 425 F

Step 1: Buy as many bunches of broccoli that you want for your meal. I bought 2 big bunches

Step 2: Cut up the bunches into small pieces.  Basically cut them up into bite size pieces.

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Step 3: Put the broccoli in a bowl and gather your ingredients.

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Step 4: I didn’t measure any ingredients.  I just added some of the salt, pepper, a couple teaspoons (it seemed) of garlic, and I sprinkled some olive oil all over the broccoli.  I had enough olive oil to coat the broccoli but not that much that it left a puddle.  I just wanted enough to coat.  Trying to keep it light and healthy here folks.  Don’t soak it.

Step 5: Shake it, shake it and shake it so it is all mixed in nicely.

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Step 6: Grab a cookie sheet and line it with tin foil.  Lay a single layer of your broccoli on the foil.

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Step 7: Pop that puppy in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the broccoli is golden brown.  You’ll know.

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Step 8: Grab your lemon juice and sprinkle it on the broccoli and voila, you are done.

Optional: The original recipe had you add a bit more olive oil and sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top but I left that out. I wanted to keep this super healthy but I’m sure that makes it tasty.

Dinner is served!

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So, did you try it?  What do you think?  Yummy!!!

INSANITY Challenge Pack Sale

April 5th, 2013

insanitypackINSANITY Sale, what sale?

INSANITY Challenge Pack is on sale for the month of April only and this sale is amazing!  The INSANITY Challenge Pack is only $180.  The Challenge Pack 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 INSANITY and Shakeology separately it would cost you $250 plus shipping and handling.   The $180 Challenge Pack price this month is really out of this world.  I wish I didn’t have this program already otherwise I’d hop on this.  Though this was my very first Beachbody purchase so I’m sure glad I do have it!  🙂   Check out how well one of my very own team members, Livia, did in her very first round of Insanity:livia insanity success

 

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 INSANITY Challenge Packs are on sale so it can’t get much better unless of course they were free!

 

Shakeology What?

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 Shakeology & Fruitnutritious 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.

 

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 INSANITY many times 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 regarding our coaching or click the banner below to get in our the great April Insanity sale.