Cold, Hard Cash

Years ago, I knew someone who was a four pack a day smoker.  It took walking up the stairs in his house and spitting up blood in the bathroom sink before he would quit smoking and he did, in the hospital – cold turkey.

The winners in the Beachbody Challenge for May didn’t wait that long to see the light.  They saw the opportunity to win some cold hard cash and went for it…

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Creating Healthy Footsteps to Follow

Michael is a father of two who was forced to face the unhealthy habits of his father head on and chose to create new healthy footsteps for his two boys to follow.  All told he has lost 64 lbs and 9 inches off of his waist with the help of P90X and multiple other Beachbody programs.  Cheers to you Michael and all the dads out there ending the trend of obesity at home!  Read all about how he did it below:

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Before I started Beachbody programs I felt very little self-control when it came to eating. Whatever was on my plate I ate, and then some. I didn’t feel comfortable in my own clothes, everything had gotten so tight on me. I also didn’t sleep really well. My wife said that I snored, A LOT. My energy level was very low so it took everything I had to make it through work. I remember there being a lot of chubby jokes. 

Everything started in March of 2011 when I went to Florida to move my 57 yr old father into an assisted living program. My father’s health had been bad for a while at this point. He had multiple heart problems and wound up getting a heart transplant. His eating habits were awful, and even though the doctors and his children begged him to eat healthier, it was to no avail. He had been eating this way for too long. The problem was I was eating just like him. While I moved my dad into his new place I knew something had to change in me. I couldn’t go on like I had been. So I talked to my wife and we both decided that we would start working on some kind of program to get ourselves back in-shape. 

In March of 2012 I received a call that my father was not doing well. The whole family headed to Florida to see my father before he passed. Unfortunately he passed while we were on our way down to see him. That week went by in a blur. I had a lot of frustration and anger from my fathers bad choices. I remember the long drive back home and all of the thoughts going through my head. I could see my two little boys in the rearview mirror, and that’s when I decided I wasn’t going to just lose weight, I wanted to live healthy and enjoy all of the time I could with my boys. I knew I needed to continue what I had started. 

When we got back home to Tennessee we started searching for programs and came across P90x. It looked challenging, but my wife and I decided to try it. I finished my first round of P90x that summer in 2011. I was really excited with my results. I had lost over 30 lbs. and felt great!

My biggest challenge was reversing the cycle of unhealthy choices and bad eating habits. After starting the program I realized that no matter how out of shape I was I could set and achieve my goals. Seeing all the different kinds of people doing the same thing I was doing, at their own pace, made me confident that I could finish the program. My eating habits took time to switch, but after I started eating some of the meals from the program, I saw that I actually felt full afterwards.

I continued to workout using the main muscle building dvd’s of P90X. A little bit before Christmas of 2011, I purchased Insanity. I started it immediately. It was very difficult for me but I pushed through it and finished it in February of 2012. Thats a t-shirt I am very proud to wear.

We have loved every one of the programs, we now have in our Beachbody library:

P90X

P90X2

Insanity

ChaLEAN Extreme

Turbo Fire 

RevAbs

Brazil Butt Lift

Body Beast 

Frankly the thing I love the most about these programs, are the results. They are laid out in a way that is easy for anyone to follow, you don’t need a personal trainer, he or she, is right on your TV screen.  

 I started this journey at 222 pounds and almost 31% body fat. As of today I am at 158 pounds with 6% body fat. I started in size 38 jeans and now wear comfortable size 29. I no longer have aches and pains when I wake up, I’m ready to start my day now, instead of having to suffer with discomfort.  My blood pressure is the healthiest its been in my adult life, and I take no medications at all.

I have never in my whole life been in this kind of shape and I was in multiple physical sports in high school. I feel great and the best part is my two little boys are seeing my example of how to eat and live a healthy life style. My wife has been right by my side and is in step with me, eating healthy, and working out every day.

Thank you Beachbody for changing my life!

The Duck

On Saturday, my 81/2 year old Grace was standing in front of the Albuquerque Zoo with hundreds of other Girl Scouts waiting to enter the grounds for the annual Roar and Snore sleepover.

Out of nowhere, this duck landed in amongst all of the girls and parents and then slowly made its way through all of the people (including the legs of the guy standing next to me) to the parking lot adjoining the entrance area.

I got the impression, upon reflection, that he was doing reconnaissance for the other animals on the inside. The event is limited to 1,000 Girl Scouts and when you take into account a few adult leaders per troop, that’s a lot of people.

When I took the picture, I was focused more on the fact that the duck was headed back toward the people with no regard for its own safety. Inadvertently, I also captured the back of one of the moms or Scout leaders and it is an image that stays with me.

Every day, all day, I am committed to helping people capture or re-capture the bodies that would give them or gave them the lifestyles that they used to enjoy. I am NOT being judgemental, but I would think that the woman pictured may not enjoy all of the freedoms that she once had and the pleasures that she once enjoyed. Losing some weight would restore the quality of life that she might be missing and the health that she should be enjoying.

YouTube has a video for everything and the one below is a “what if” video entitled, “What if Animals Ate Fast Food?” We already know what so many people in our country look like because of eating fast food, among other lifestyle choices.

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My question is, are you ready to make better choices? I am a full time Team Beachbody Coach totally dedicated to the Beachbody mission of ending the trend of obesity in this country. Are you going to be part of the problem or part of the solution?

Beachbody has the complete solution with all of the tools and resources you need to be healthy, strong and fit. Are you ready to embrace it?  Please click here to join my team and together we will get fitter and healthier!

Want to Lose 10 Pounds in 30 Days?

I challenge you to join me in trying to lose 10 pounds in 30 days in my Facebook accountability group.  If you can work out every day for 30 days and follow the 30 In 30 Commitments, then you can lose 10 pounds in a month.  Are you up for the challenge?

What have you got to lose? Well, 10 pounds to start with and that’s about it. You certainly aren’t going to waste 30 days because you will be healthier, fitter, stronger and if you follow the plan and need to lose weight – you will!

What have you got to spend?  The price starts at $140.00, but actually you will only be spending $40.00 (the cost of your workout program).  Considering that you will replace one meal a day with Shakeology (about $4.33 per meal) and that is probably less than what you would spend on the meal that you replace anyway.

What do you have to do to join?

Do you want to lose 10 pounds?  Then start today.  Why delay?

You are guaranteed to be fitter, stronger, healthier and to lose weight or your money back. The 30 In 30 Challenge is fun, rewarding and you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.  Click here to start losing 10 pounds today!

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The Challenge is to Lose 10 Pounds in 30 Days

 

 

30 In 30 Commitments

I will work out to a Beachbody workout plan every day for 30 days.
I will drink Shakeology every day for 30 days.
I will log my workout into the SuperGym every day for 30 days.
I will post in 30 In 30 every day for 30 days.
I will post on my Facebook page every day for 30 days.
I will not eat fast food for 30 days.
I will not eat junk food for 30 days.
I will not drink soda for 30 days.
I will not drink sweetened drinks (except coffee or tea) for 30 days.
I will not eat high fat, high sodium or highly processed foods for 30 days.

 

Are You Being Called Like I Was?

If we are Facebook friends then you already saw this post, but if not, I want to share it again because it means that much to me and because I want you to join me in spreading the gospel of health and fitness.  Here is the post:

Fit Families For ChristIn my life, Jesus is Team Beachbody Coach #1 and just as He publicly called me to spread the gospel of health and fitness as a Team Beachbody coach, I, too, am calling you to join us in spreading the benefits of being healthy, fit and honoring your Temple of the Holy Spirit. That is why I am doing a Fit Families For Christ Fit Club here in Albuquerque so that I can preach those benefits and call people to join me. I would love to have you join me, too, wherever you are in our nation by becoming part of the Team Beachbody community so we can fellowship, learn and get healthier together.  If you are ready to lead, then click here.  If you want to follow until you are ready to lead, then click here and get the support and accountability that you need have the Temple of the Holy Spirit that you have always wanted it to be.

Are You Ready to Start a Revival?

According to Google, a revival is:

re·viv·al

/riˈvīvəl/
Noun
  1. An improvement in the condition or strength of something: “an economic revival”.
  2. An instance of something becoming popular, active, or important again.

When asked how to start a revival, I heard someone say today, draw a circle on the ground and stand inside of it and you can start a revival – it starts with you.

Last night at Calvary Albuquerque, I heard Dr. Nelson Walker talk about the Welsh revival of 1904 which started with women praying, most notably, Florrie Evans and a pastor Evan Roberts getting involved.  In one year between 1904 and 1905, they started a revival that turned a nation completely around.

What if we could turn the health of our nation around with a revival and it started with you.  Are you willing to draw a circle, step into it and say, “I am turning from eating fast food and junk food.  I won’t drink soda anymore and I will consider where everything that I eat comes from.  I will take care of my body and give it adequate exercise, adequate nourishment and adequate sleep and I won’t pollute it with chemicals or toxins.”

What if everyone in your family all drew circles, stepped into them and became part of a health and fitness revival?

What if everyone in your neighborhood did the same and in your town and city and state?  That health and fitness revival would sweep our nation in no time, like a computer virus, but something positive and life changing instead.

Beachbody started a revival of the belief that together, we could change our world and together we are doing that.  Be part of the revival that will revive our health and make our nation strong and admired again.  Be part of a revival of health and fitness that spreads far and wide because we all draw circles and step into them…

Are You a Lover or a Fighter?

Les Mills Combat Challenge PackThe reason that I ask is that in June, the Les Mills Combat Challenge Pack is on sale for just $140.00 – a pretty outrageous price considering what you get.  Just in case you want to consider what you get, here’s a list!

Your Challenge Pack includes Les Mills Combat and:
  • Your first 30-day supply of Shakeology®—the superfood shake that helps give you energy, reduce cravings and accelerate your fitness results—delivered on Home Direct, our monthly autoship program.*
  • A FREE 30-day VIP trial membership in the Team Beachbody® Club, where you’ll find all the support you’ll need to complete your Challenge.
  • Support, guidance and accountability from a Team Beachbody Coach (that would be me)
  • Free sign up for the Team Beachbody Discount Program
  • Plus FREE standard shipping!

What exactly is Les Mills Combat?

According to Beachbody “Les Mills Combat is the ultimate mixed martial arts workout program that completely transforms your body in just 60 days. This system takes the most dynamic, calorie-scorching moves from 6 major martial arts disciplines—boxing, muay thai, tae kwon do, karate, capoeira, and jiu jitsu—and combines them into explosive fat-shredding sequences designed for outrageously fast results.”  According to everyone that I know that has done it, it is the best workout that they have ever done.

If you want to try it risk free with a 100% money back guarantee, then click here.  You get two great products, the Team Beachbody Club membership, coaching and you can save $39.95 if you decide to sign up for the Team Beachbody Discount Program.

I’m not going to answer the question, “Are you a lover or a fighter” and I will let you decide which one you think this little guy turned out to be!

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June 4th – Newbie Streakers!

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Streaking on the Trail!

It occurred to me, and I also posted it in my 30 In 30 Challenge group, that those who take the challenge are “newbie streakers”. As I noted in the group also, that might conjure up images of people in the outfield disrupting a baseball game or perhaps if you thought that I was a streaker, you might find me in an image like this one of a group of men running sans clothing on a gorgeous trail somewhere.  But no, what I am referring to is workout streaks, running streaks, consecutive days of doing what you need to do to get to your goal.

Mark Covert holds the worlds longest running streak

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Ironically, the longest running streak in the U.S., and perhaps the world, is coming to an end on July 23rd.  In fact, an article just appeared yesterday in Runner’s World about it.  Mark Covert has not missed a day of running since July 22, 1968 (I was going into my senior year in high school in September) and he is voluntarily ending his streak because of a foot injury on the 45th anniversary of the streak.

Although I couldn’t find any reference to a consecutive workout streak specifically, I did find an app for that.  It is called Streaks and for $1.99 it says it, “tracks the consecutive days it takes to reach a certain goal. For each day that you accomplish your task, you mark it on the Streaks calendar, motivating yourself to keep the streak going! Miss a single day, and the streak starts over.”  Sounds like a great app to me and the reviews are good, too!

Oh, by the way, I am on Day 4 of my streak…

PS  There is also a website for streaking called Streaking.org.  The Pics section is for pretty Mature Audiences!

8 Deals, 7 Days!

For one week only – June 3rd through June 10th – you can get these incredible savings on select Beachbody® products to help you stay strong and healthy all summer long!  Just so you know, this is while supplies last!

TurboFire Special Offer – $53.00

TurboFire Special OfferTurboFire is the intense cardio conditioning program from fitness innovator Chalene Johnson. This 90-day weight loss and body slimming program will help you get leaner with exercises that can burn up to 9x more fat and calories than regular cardio does. And, with Chalene’s smoking-hot remixes, the music will push you past your limits during every workout.

So forget the excuses. Forget the gym. Now the hottest fitness classes come to you.

Brazil Butt Lift® Master Series Base Kit Special Offer – $29.99

Brazil Butt Lift Master Series Special OfferLaunch your booty sculpting sky-high in just 30 days with Leandro’s advanced breakthrough moves and tools. The 30-day Master Series program includes 3 new workouts that work multiple muscle groups at the same time, plus smart tools to help you sculpt lean, sexy muscle and get the tight, sexy bikini body of your dreams.

Exclusive new Cardio Carnivale BONUS DVD workout! – A fun, fast-paced dance workout that tones sexy curves from head to toe. $19.95 value! Available FREE on Team Beachbody®.

Body Gospel® Special Offer – $17.95

Brazil Butt Lift Special OfferThe inspirational Body Gospel workouts, set to chart-topping gospel music, combine the power of your faith with your desire to lose weight and get fit.

 

RevAbs® Special Offer – $39.99

RevAbs Special OfferGet the sexy six-pack abs you’ve always wanted with RevAbs®. This ab-focused workout is specifically designed to burn off the fat and give you rock-hard results in just 90 days. Trainer Brett Hoebel teaches you special techniques to work your entire core from six different angles, so you get better results, faster.

Ultimate Reset Original Kit Special Offer – $129.95

Ultimate Reset Special OfferIncrease energy, lose weight, and lower your cholesterol in 21 days. In just 3 weeks, the Beachbody Ultimate Reset® will help your body get rid of the toxins you’ve been taking in for decades. This gentle, no-starvation cleanse helps restore your body to its optimal “factory settings,” so you can look, feel, and be healthier than before.

P90X® Chin-Up Bar Special Offer – $39.95

P90X Chin Up Bar Special OfferDevelop and strengthen your shoulders, back, and arms with this high-grade training tool featuring multiple grip positions. (Used with P90X®, P90X2®, and INSANITY: THE ASYLUM®.)

Step With 4 Risers Special Offer – $59.95

Step 4 Riser Special OfferThis height-adjustable and shock-absorbing step is a weight bench, cardio-conditioning tool, and a targeted sculpting platform, all in one piece of equipment.

Energy and Endurance® 90-Day Tub SPECIAL OFFER – $47.95

Energy and Endurance Tub Special OfferImprove your energy, endurance, strength, and focus with this NEW pre-workout drink. Its proprietary blend of advanced nitric oxide boosters, amino acids, natural energizers, electrolytes, and essential B vitamins can help you power through and maximize your workouts.*

June 3 – It is Written…

What was I thinking when I came up with the idea of having a 30 In 30 Challenge group?  Not the idea of 30 workouts in 30 days – that’s pretty doable and I just have to be accountable to the members of the group now.  But what happens when new people join say in a week from now or a month from now?  Does that mean I have to keep going?  Yes, I wrote something about breaking my old record of of consecutive workouts, but I was 12 years younger then and I should be a lot smarter now!

Once it is written, you have a big problem on your hands sometimes because, depending on what you said, you have to stick to that commitment.  Are you ready to write it down and commit?  Are you ready to make me “pay the price” for having written it down?  I dare you!

Today, I did Body Gospel Strength & Spirit as planned and that must mean that I only have 1,500 workouts to go…

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