The Day I Broke up with BeachBody Coaching

Breaking up is hard to do, but on June 27, 2017 I made a decision I didn’t want to make, but was long overdue.  I realized that I wasn’t putting in the effort required to take advantage of the opportunities BeachBody provides, so  I made my final decision on that day, and…we are now broken up.

When I decided to start my BeachBody career in 2011 it was with the enthusiasm of a new convert because BeachBody had changed my life.  I was excited to help the whole world lose weight, gain muscle and most importantly, just be healthy like I had learned to do.  I was ready to be a cheerleader, helper and supporter for life!

BeachBody was going great, but when I had my daughter in October 2013, I just lost all motivation to continue recruiting people.  I regularly tried to re-motivate myself, but it just didn’t work.  As I continued to struggle and ultimately quit trying, I realized I wasn’t willing to saturate social media with the same gimmicky and repetitive posts the successful coaches were living on.  Here is what I noticed needed to be done:

-Post on social media post workout sweaty pictures/videos.  Why can’t it be like the “olden” days when people just did their workout and moved on with their day?  I will admit, I have posted some sweaty pics on my IG page, but I tried my best to hide my mismatch workout attire and messy hair. I don’t even look “cute” when I wake up, why would I want to document it when I look like even more of a hot mess?  Does that make someone want to workout?  Maybe.

-Drink shakeology daily and post outstanding results at the same rate. I was never able to make shakeology a habit, but not sure why.  Maybe because my lifestyle isn’t rushed I don’t need a balanced shake to drink on the go when I can get the same nutrition from eating fresh balanced meals. I drank it once in a while and would try the new flavors (by the way, there are TWO NEW flavors available now: vegan chocolate and vanilla), but never noticed a spike of vitality after pounding a shake, even when I did drink it regularly.

There are other diffences between when I was a DVD thumping convert and my current state of apathy, like:

-Way more workouts and nit just P90X and Insanity (plus some others but those were the main cardio and weight workout at the time)

All Access Workouts or BOD (beachbody on demand)-stream your workouts anywhere from your phone, tablet, iPad or laptop even if you’re in a hotel or at the beach.

-challenge packs (add link) you purchase a workout (on DVD) or all chess and get shakeology along with it  much cheaper than separate purchases

Not to fear regular reader, I will still be here writing about my workouts, healthy food, and  any other health and fitness topics as they tickle my fancy, but no more BeachBody pushing.  I will also write about other happenings in my life (like a new puppy), but that’s a different post!

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All Access Pass

What if I told you that you could have access to EVERY SINGLE BeachBody program ever created? Probably you would laugh, snort empahtically and mutter something about “next time I win the lottery”. Up until recently, I would totally agree, after all, it has taken me years, and I don’t know how much money to fill a shelf on our DVD rack with just a small portion of the BeachBody workouts. But, something magical happened, and BeachBody has decided to offer streaming access to their workouts. If access to your workout from anywhere isn’t good enough, they took it a step further and opened up streaming access every workout ever published! Wow!
This wonderful new program is called the All Access Pass and includes my old favorites like P90X, Insanity: Max 30, Piyo, Body Beast, Country Heat as well as ones I would like to try like Chalene Extreme and TurboJam.  All Access also includes the just released Core de Force (a mixed martial arts that uses no equipment) and other new release workouts!
At this point, I bet you are still standing by the “win the lottery” comment because access to all workouts sounds really expensive and only really there for the upper 1%, but the best part is one year of access to the All Access Pass is only $100 for a whole year! Plus, add a month of shakeology, and it is just $199!
No lottery winning required!

A quick breakdown of the math shows that by a (cough *conservative*) average, I buy two workouts per year, totaling well over $100. So subscribing to All Access will simultaneously allow me to spend less money, access more workouts, and keep my workouts fresh. Plus having a DVD rack is so 2000’s…..what’s not to like?
Hit me up if you have any questions about the service, how it works or how to get the most out of your subscription!image

Working Out With a Toddler

 

While doing my 22 Minute Hard Corps workout this afternoon, my daughter wanted to join in on the fun. 22 Minute Hard Corps requires a lot of jumping back and forth and up and down, which is quite hard when I have a toddler who is trying her hardest to mimic my movements. She is pretty good at mimicking, but is always half a step behind, ensuring she is going back when I am trying to go forth. While trying to do mountain climbers, it was the same story, she was crawling underneath me. What’s a parent to do while trying to workout with a very mobile child?

Here is what I find works best for us:

First, I try really hard to make sure there are plenty of toys, and other non-workout related activities readily available, but hard to since jumping around with mom is a lot more interesting than the same old toys. Since I workout in the living room, her toys, play kitchen and coloring supplies are available so I can keep an eye on her if she decides to play on her own. Sometimes she’s pretty good at not bothering me too much….

When toys don’t work, sometimes it is easier to have her join in! She already knows how to bear walk (there’s a move in the 22MHC, Cardio 1), she likes to do downward dog and jumps around when I’m doing some sort of jumping or running in place type move.

My final thought is that it can be difficult to workout with a toddler present, and working out while they are elsewhere (or sleeping) is very enticing, but I believe that having them around is setting a good example, plus watching her try to do some of the moves can be fun!

A Love/Hate Relationship with Cardio

The workout I love to hate (or hate to love, depending on the day). Cardio is sort of like kale, I know it’s good for me, but it’s hard to get motivated to actually do something about it. It’s not like I don’t do cardio; most recently I put myself through 60 days of a Shaun T workout which is about the most extreme cardio I have ever done. My past attempts at sustaining a cardio workout plan include traditional cardio like swimming, including training for and completing a 2.7 mile swim across Donner Lake, martial arts/kickboxing style workouts, running on a treadmill (let me just say I hate running of any kind) and I even struggled through a 5k race (did I mention I hate running).

I guess the moral of this blog post is that cardio doesn’t have to be the traditional long duration run/brisk walk (or elliptical machine), I mean, who has time for that kind of stuff? It is just as easy and more fun to incorporate sports that involve running like soccer or basketball, or even martial arts. The beauty of the Shaun T workouts I mentioned is that I can get the cardio aspect done quickly and also include strength and flexibility at the same time.

Just in case I needed any more reason to include regular cardio workouts into my routine, here are some more reasons (thanks Google!):

Most efficient workout for burning fat and calories for which can result in weight loss (with a proper diet of course)

-Increases heart strength which leads to more efficient blood circulation, even when not working out
-It increases lung capacity
-It helps reduce risk of heart attack, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes
It makes you feel good (endorphins anybody?)
Increases sex drive (how can that be a bad thing?)
Leads to better sleep
Reduces stress

What’s your favorite cardio workout?

Benefits of Yoga

I will admit…I’m not a fan of yoga. Sitting in poses letting my mind wander for who knows how long is not my idea of a fun workout, but more like preparing for a nap. In my book, any workout where checking Facebook is possible during the workout isn’t really a workout….My favorite workout is strength training or sweaty cardio where I feel that post workout high, deep muscle burn, sweat in my eyes and the need to sit down when done.

But….several of the trainers, workout blogs and workout friends I respect keep mentioning yoga, so I begrudgingly did some research and found that, strangely enough, yoga does have benefits (who would have thought). Before I share my personal experience, here are some benefits that will hopefully encourage readers to take a small step towards throwing in the occasional yoga workout:

“Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown, protects your spine, better bone health, blood flow, ups the old heart rate (can improve cardiovascular conditioning), drops blood pressure, regulates adrenal glands, improves happiness, lowers blood sugar, helps focus, relaxes your system, maintains nervous system, releases tension in your limbs, helps sleep deeper, boosts immune system functionality, gives lungs room to breathe, prevents IBS and other digestive problems, increases self esteem, eases pain (asana, mediation or a combo of the two helped with back pain, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel, arthritis to name a few), gives inner strength, benefits relationships, uses sounds to soothe your sinuses, keeps allergies and viruses at bay! and supports your connective tissue just to name a few.”

That is quite a list, and I am not totally sure how yoga can accomplish all those at once, but I certainly believe the stretching and strengthening aspects are true as I have experienced them myself. Currently I am throwing a PiYo workout into my weekly rotation when I am not in the mood for an intense workout, and find that I am relaxed when done, but still feel like I have kept up my conditioning and have increased mental focus (that is until my two-year-old starts emptying kitchen cabinets). Being around a toddler, I am always trying very hard to avoid getting sick, so if the immune system boosting claim is true, that can only help my cause.

All in all, my weekly yoga workout hasn’t transformed me into a yogi, and don’t imagine myself ever sitting on a mountain in the lotus pose, but would recommend throwing in a yoga based workout once in a while, if nothing else, it will add variation to any workout plan, and best case scenario the benefits could include all those on that really long list….

CIZE Review

Believe me when I say I cannot dance. I’m not talking about slow dancing where you just shuffle your feet, but actual dancing to music with tempo and beat. You know, the kind where it is really easy to make a fool of yourself….The times in my life when I gave into peer pressure and forced onto the dance floor (weddings, going out with friends etc) have been some of the most uncomfortable of my life. I am sure nobody notices or cares that I look like an complete spaz, but I have always wanted to improve my dancing skills.
Wondering what my point is? Well, there’s a new dance workout called CIZE that makes dancing into a workout. CIZE is by Shaun T (creator of Insanity, Insanity: Max 30, Hip Hop Abs, Asylum Volume 1 and 2 and T25). It’s a choreographed dance workout and Shaun walks through the moves and then the dance is performed at the end to popular songs by Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Missy Elliot to name a few.
It starts with simple moves; practice those a few times then Shaun will add another move, until even I can perform the whole dance at the end. Concentrating on the moves makes the workout pass quickly, and takes my mind off of the burn, but believe me when I say this is a top notch workout and I feel spent when the session is over.

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One of the things I love about this workout is that it’s done in the privacy of my living room, with only the baby for an audience. I’m not sure if it is a good thing that my 2-year old thinks my dance moves are funny, but I am sure she will change her mind when I start showing up at her school dances and busting a move. I can go at my own pace and rewind and do the moves again if I want too. I’m still not the best dancer, but this has made me feel a little more comfortable when it comes to dancing. Just don’t hold your breath for me to post my dance video to social media….

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The Ultimate Workout

Sorry to my many loyal reader (mom) for the lack of recent posts, but a lot has been going on, mainly the birth of our daughter On October 27th. Baby Addison decided to make an early entrance (her estimated due date was November 21), and weighed in at 5lbs 15oz, 20 inches long. I will spare you the gory details (just picture hours of unnamed fluids, blood, screaming and sweating) but will share that her birth was completely, 100 percent natural, no drugs, anesthesia or epidural for me. The intense combination of pain, concentration, and anticipation was kind of like a p90x workout, only times about a million!
While I am definitely not advocating anybody have a baby just to get a good full body workout, I have to say that the experience was the ultimate workout – more than swimming across Donner Lake, beating the tar out of a punching bag with krav maga, more than all of the p90x workouts combined. The time since her birth has been a blur of hospital, sleepless nights, hundreds of diapers (how can a little baby poop so much??) and smiles (her toothless smile sets off my smile every time).
So here I am, cleared by the doctor to begin my exercise regime again, just as New Years resolutions are being made (and hopefully not dropped just as quickly). My resolution is to get back in shape, and I have a couple of tricks up my sleeve – p90x3 as a Christmas present and a baby to be inspired by. I am really looking forward to this workout, because finding 30 minutes between breast feeding, diapers and naps will be a challenge in itself, but seems doable. My other resolution is to get back to weekly blog posts with my weekly workout summary and an ongoing review of p90x3.

As we close out 2013, I wish you all a safe and happy new year!

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