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One week only giveaway!

Monday, 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?

Tuesday, 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

Friday, 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!

Focus T25 Review

Friday, 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)

Friday, 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.

How to Eat Well on a Budget

Friday, 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.

INSANITY Challenge Pack Sale

Friday, April 5th, 2013

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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.

 

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!

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!

Shakeology March Madness Challenge

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Get ready to lose weight, win money, get fit and be healthy for March with a 30 Day Shakeology Challenge!  It can’t better than this right?  The challenge starts March 11th and runs through April 9th.  Details are below:

The first step in this challenge is to make sure I am your FREE coach, click here to follow the steps.  This is required to be part of the challenge.

You will be required to drink Shakeology on a daily basis and post to the group daily.  That is all. Click here for real life Shakeology testimonials.    Of course, working out will aid in your overall results and that will of course help you win the cash in the end.   You must be on Shakeology Home Direct to be part of this challenge.  Contact me here for details on where to order prior to ordering please and how to save some $$$.  The reason for this is that you get free shipping when you order Home Direct/Autoship and it can be cancelled at anytime.

The winner who will split a $500 cash pot is determined based on the average of weight lost AND inches lost over the 30 day period.  Top 3 transformations will win $175, $125 and $100 and there will be two $50 prizes as random winners.  Not bad?

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Good Fats Vs Bad Fats: Just the Facts on Fats

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

There’s plenty of talk about fats. It’s actually the a huge popular topic when discussing fitness and healthy nutrition. Sadly, most people feel that simply eliminating fat from their diet will help them lose weight.  There are good fats vs bad fats and the key is to learn about them both.

This could turn out to be a huge mistake, though. If you completely cut fat from your diet, there are serious health repercussions. There are fats that are important for digesting certain vitamins, some that help to keep our skin soft and smooth, and others that are absolutely required for normal biological functions.good fat bad fat

But, with everyone blaming the obesity epidemic on fats, it can be easy to get mixed up. In this guide, we’ll set the record straight with some simple facts on fat.

Overview of contents:

  • Bad fats, and why we should avoid them
  • Good fats, and why you need them
  • A simple solution to getting the right fats while avoiding the bad fats

Bad Fats – Why You Must Avoid Them

Saturated fats are your worst enemy when you’re trying to improve your appearance. They clog your arteries, go straight to your thighs (uh oh!), and have even been related to an increased risk of developing breast cancer.

Yuck.

But they taste so great, well kinda! You’ll find them lurking in just about every delicious snack or meal that you eat, but they’re particularly plentiful in fried foods, baked goods (cakes, cookies, pies, pastries), and red meat.

They’re also calorie-dense. Each gram of fat contains 9 calories. Carbohydrates, by comparison, have only 4 calories per gram. Carbohydrates have been demonized in the last few decades, but they’re nowhere near as calorie-dense as saturated fats.

It will be impossible to cut them from your diet completely, though. They’ve also been shown as an essential part of a balance diet in studies performed by Harvard. Pay attention to the amount of saturated fats in your diet to make sure that they don’t make it more difficult for you to get into the best shape of your life.

Trans fats are the absolute worst enemy of anyone hoping to build an awesome body. They’re also known as hydrogenated fats, and they’re found in plenty of processed foods. You might love eating special edition holiday Oreos but they’ve got way too many trans fats to be eaten regularly.

Thankfully, food-label laws have made it easier than ever for us to identify the foods that are high in trans-fats. Look out for them and make sure to avoid them all together, if possible.

Good Fats – Why Do You Need Them?

You might feel like a department of homeland security employee who just heard that there are “good terrorists.” You can’t possibly imagine a world in which fats could do anything good for your body. But, as outlined above, they’re essential for biological functions.

Unsaturated fats also provide several additional health benefits. Monounsaturated fats can help to lower your bad cholesterol levels (LDLs) while improving your good cholesterol levels (HDLs). Polyunsaturated fats are also known to help with this process, but provide additional health benefits.good fat

For instance, they provide an abundance of Omega-3 fatty acids (when consumed through sources like fish, oils, nuts, or seeds). These are essential fatty acids that are important to proper neurological functions, metabolic processes, and the production of certain oils in our body.

You can’t produce omega-3 fatty acids, so you’ll have to consume them from an external source. Polyunsaturated fats deliver.

Make it Simple – Get Rid of the Bad and Keep the Good

One of the best ways to make sure that you maintain a good balance of good fats and bad fats is by using my favorite meal replacement shake  Shakeology for a number of reasons.

First, the shakes are designed to compliment your fitness efforts through Team Beachbody programs like Insanity, P90X2, Les Mills Combat and other workouts like Slim in 6. They deliver the essential nutrition that you need to recover from these workouts, but they don’t have any of the junk that you might be consuming with your own cooking.  With over 70 super food ingredients in one super tasty shake you really can’t go wrong.  I have one everyday for breakfast and love them!  They also help with weight loss, digestion, lowering cholesterol, energy gain and much more. Yum!

shakeologyThese shakes don’t provide a “full-time solution.” You’ll find it incredibly tough to survive on nothing but Shakeology shakes. Instead, you can use them to replace one or two meals per day (follow the instructions closely, and consult with a physician if you have existing health conditions). By doing this, you’ll eliminate the likelihood that you consume too many calories, but you’ll also increase your chances of avoiding the bad fats.

They also taste great. They come in a number of flavors and they’re easy to make. You can even get a set of 24 packets that are great for when you’re on the go.  If you want a free sample of Shakeology just let me know.  Click here!

Have you had any experiences with Shakeology, or eliminating bad fats from your diet in any other way? Share your experiences in the comments below to help everyone else on their fitness journey!  We welcome you to join our Challenge Groups or just ask us for free advice or coaching.  Email us or just go here for information about free fitness coaching.

Abs Are Made in the Kitchen – You Earn a Six Pack from Eating Well

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

One of the benefits of getting into great shape is having a body that looks great. Most people consider a six pack to be the most important part of a sexy physique. But, if you’re working out and not experiencing results, it may be that you’re just not eating properly.mens six pack abs

Working out can help to keep us looking great. It’s an essential component for anyone looking to sculpt their body. But all by itself, working out won’t do more than improve your health. While we all want to feel our best, spending hours in the gym working out or doing our wonderful Beachbody workouts without visible results can really eliminate your motivation.

Learning how to eat to increase your chances of showing your abs is essential. In this post, I’m going to cover:

  1. Three eating habits that are keeping your abs from showing through
  2. What you should eat instead, so that your melt that belly fat
  3. A great program that can help jump start your journey towards having killer abs

Three Eating Habits that Hide Your Abs

It’s simple to understand how you develop abs. You lose fat and gain muscle. But if you’re working out on a regular basis, you might wonder why your abs aren’t haven’t shown up yet. It probably has to do with the eating habits that are left over from before you changed your lifestyle to focus on fitness.

The first is eating late-night snacks. There are a number of reasons why you shouldn’t eat before you going to bed – you’ll get better rest, wake up earlier, and have more energy. The biggest challenge with eating before bed, though, is that you’re filling your body with calories just before it goes into a low-metabolic state.

This means everything that you eat before you go to bed is more likely to end up stored as fat. Don’t eat anything three hours before you go to bed. It’s as simple as that.

The second bad habit you probably have is eating “three square meals” a day. You need to divide your caloric intake between six meals. Ideally, each meal should be two hours apart. It can be tough to eat like this, but it has great benefits when it comes to boosting your metabolism.  Check that P90X Nutrition Plan or your Insanity Nutrition and you will notice that you won’t be eating “three squares” a day.

If you’re having trouble figuring out how to squeeze these extra meals into your day, check out the article that I recently released that shows five simple snacks that will help with your fitness efforts.

The third bad eating habit that most people have is simply eating the wrong things. I’m not going to tell you to cut out carbohydrates or deserts. That would be totally insane! But, you do need to focus on making each meal well balanced.

There are plenty of great resources that can help you do this. Myplate.gov is one of the most popular. The Team Beachbody club member’s only area also has a customized meal planner, though, that’s far more advanced. Get in touch with me to learn more about how you can gain access to this part of the Team Beachbody website.  Learn more about Club membership here.

Bonus Tip – avoid red meat! It’s best that you find your protein through sources like chicken and fish. They’re lean proteins, and they’re less likely to collect in your digestive tract. One of the reasons so many people seem to have large bellies is because of the red meat that’s collected in their gut. Limit your consumption of red meat to no more than once every ten days to see amazing results.

What You Should Eat to Melt the Belly Fat

There’s no miracle food that burns more calories than it puts in your body. Sure, broccoli, brussel sprouts and other forms of roughage (like lettuces and cabbage) can help to jump start your metabolism and digestive process, but they’re just not going to help you burn calories.female six pack

Instead, you should focus on eliminating the processed foods that probably make up the majority of your diet. Build your entire diet around organic alternatives to the foods you’re used to eating, and you’ll see that you experience results in no time at all.

Jump Start the Process and See Those Abs Fast

Everyone wants a shortcut. I’m here to tell you that there’s really no way to get to six-pack abs without a little bit of hard work and dedication. You can, however, jumpstart the process.

Consider signing up for the Shakeology Home Direct meal replacement system. You can replace one of your six daily meals with a shake, which makes everything much easier.  If you want to learn more about Shakeology just go here.

The Team Beachbody Ultimate Reset program can help you boost your energy, lose weight, and lower your cholesterol. It’s a perfectly formulated body detox that can also help to clean out all of the junk that’s built up in your digestive system in as little as 21 days.

Give it a try and don’t be surprised if you find that your belly fat disappears in about a month. Get in touch with me here if you have any questions about Shakeology or the Ultimate Reset.

Leave your comments to let everyone know what experience you’ve had with eliminating belly fat and getting those abs to show up!

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