Because Jesus

Last night at Calvary of Albuquerque, our Battle*Drums worship team played a song with the words, “Because Jesus” in it and I will have to wait until the recorded service is posted in order to share the words with you.  It brought me to tears and was then followed by a movie that we watched entitled, “Veil of Tears” from KP Yohannan of Gospel for Asia.  It was the most shocking movie I have ever seen.  It is not a Hollywood or Bollywood movie, but rather is a look at how women are treated in India.  It really is inconceivable in the 21st century that living conditions like this exist.  Carly had wanted to stay in the service with me instead of going into Bible Island Children’s Ministry and I am so glad that she didn’t because it would have been too much for her to see and to know.

You can watch a preview of the movie below and it is coming out in select theaters in April.

 

You can also watch a behind the scenes look at the movie that is narrated by Natalie Grant as she talks about how a trip to India changed her life.

I Missed My Anniversary!

You may wonder why I’ve really gotten into blogging and here is one good reason – if I blog what I do every day, then I will be able to remember what I did.

Other than going to Awana that night, I don’t remember what I did last Thursday, but I wish that I could because it was my 5th year anniversary of drinking Shakeology virtually every day and apparently I was totally distracted by something that kept me from celebrating.

Oh well, I can just celebrate today (a day of relative calm) and share with you my post from that day five years ago…

Shakeology Day One

March 20, 2009

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Well, UPS just arrived with the anxiously awaited package with the bag (yes, it comes in a “green packaged” bag) of Shakeology. Grace, my 4 year old always has “chocolate milk” with lunch (actually 1% milk with a small amount of Beachbody Chocolate Meal Replacement). Today, I made her Shakeology the same way and followed the directions for mine. I just put it in a Beachbody shaker, shook it a few times and drank right out of the shaker. The taste is great and I look forward to nourishing my family with the 70 healthy ingredients in every serving of Shakeology!

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Failure is Not an Option

Ending the day on the computer in the living room that must be six or seven years old (it’s running Windows XP 2002) and being with Grace and Carly before they go to bed.  They are at the age and independence level where they are doing their thing and they are fine with me working and if I can do it with them in the evening, even better.

This morning, I really felt defeated but I regrouped by working on this blog and making some progress.  It really is insanity living with a woman for the last six weeks who has filed for divorce for the 3rd time in 5 1/2 years and experiencing such a high level of anger and abuse each day that she is still in the house.  I will soon look back on this time period in disbelief but live each day now knowing that there will be a day when I can look back.

Although I regained the strength to keep fighting for the right in the Light, I do feel sad that our marriage is coming to a close again and this time with finality.

I also saw how the divorce is impacting Grace.  We had planned to go to Chick Fil A while their mother was out tonight running.  But then she said she wasn’t going running and that we couldn’t go to Chick Fil A because, “I’ve analyzed the blood of people that eat there and it’s horrible.”  I don’t think so.

When I mentioned that when we are divorced she won’t be able to control where the girls and I go, Grace heard me say the “d” word and she went from wanting to go to wanting to stay home and keep watching movies on her tablet as her way of escape.  That made me even more sad.

Oh well,time to close for tonight and tomorrow is a new day.  For whatever reason, I didn’t post the daily devotional from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young on Sunday, so I want to post it now.

March 23

I am a God of both intricate detail and overflowing abundance. When you entrust the details of your life to Me, you are surprised by how thoroughly I answer your petitions. I take pleasure in hearing your prayers, so feel free to bring Me all your requests. The more you pray, the more answers you can receive. Best of all, your faith is strengthened as you see how precisely I respond to your specific prayers.

Because I am infinite in all My ways, you need not fear that I will run out of resources.Abundance is at the very heart of who I am. Come to Me in joyful expectation of receiving all you need—and sometimes much more! I delight in showering blessings on My beloved children. Come to Me with open hands and heart, ready to receive all I have for you.

How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
—Psalm 36:7–9

I will bless her with abundant provisions; her poor will I satisfy with food.
—Psalm 132:15

When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
—John 6:12–13

Psalm 36:7-9

This is Me On Life

Do any of you remember the, “This is your brain on drugs” commercial?  Well, I’ve decided that this blog is going to be me on life. I have so much to share, but nowhere to really share it. Even though this was intended to be my place to share updates with my  personal training clients, it hasn’t worked out that way.  I barely have enough time in the day to accomplish what I need to with my daughters and their activities, while trying to build my Team Beachbody business that taking on more at this point just seems out of the realm of possibility. So I am going to modify this blog a little, maybe take out the scheduling option and just share here everything that I read and see in the hope that this will add just a little joy to your life.  By doing that, it will also bring joy to my life.

Welcome to my life…

One Way to Turn Your Life Around

I love success stories and wanted to share Shannon’s because it is really inspiring.  Not only that, but he participated in The Beachbody Challenge and won the $500 Daily Prize for November 26th!

Anyone who’s overweight knows they need to change their eating habits and start exercising in order to reclaim their lives. But all too often, excuses come into play, time passes, and life remains the same—or it gets worse. That was my story for many years, until the day I realized that life is short, life is fragile, and while a lot of things in life are beyond my control, how much I weigh is completely up to me.

This epiphany happened about 4 years ago when my twins almost died in the womb. They were born 3 months premature and had to endure a long hospital stay. Shortly after the twins came home my father was diagnosed with brain cancer. Wow, talk about a double whammy. A month before my dad passed, I realized that if I want to live a long, healthy life, I had to change NOW! I was the heaviest I’d been in my entire life and I couldn’t continue like this. Luckily, I stumbled upon a transformation video on the Beachbody Facebook page and my journey began.

First I did INSANITY and lost 23 pounds. I was feeling better, my confidence was starting to grow, but I still wasn’t there yet. I wanted to stick with a Shaun T program, so when FOCUS T25 was revealed at Summit (I’m now a Beachbody Coach), I HAD TO HAVE IT! So I got it and started nailing it the Monday after I returned home.

FOCUS T25 is amazing! It’s simple. It’s focused. And it’s just 25 minutes. I also enjoyed the change of pace from INSANITY with the addition of weights to the routine. After just one round, I’m loving my results! My abs are starting to show for the first time in my life. I have more energy. I’m finally able to keep up with my 3 boys. Plus, I now have increased confidence and a better sense of nutrition and how it affects my body. And I’m so proud to say that I’m 40 years old, and I weigh less than I did in High School.

I was very fortunate to have had a very active Beachbody Coach, Christian, who followed my progress and constantly checked in on me. He provided motivation, support, and advice each and every day. I also joined his Challenge Group, which was a great way to go through the program, because when you’re with people who are facing the same challenges as you, it’s so much easier to achieve success. Plus, I drank Shakeology daily, which took my nutrition to the next level. Not only does Shakeology taste fantastic, it curbed my hunger and aided in my digestion. Wow that stuff is great!!! Drinking it everyday was just plain awesome.

Thank you Beachbody for being so instrumental in changing my life. Since my journey began less than one year ago, I’ve lost 37 pounds, my waist shrunk from 45 inches to 36.5, I lost over 4 inches in my hips and chest, 2 inches in my arms, and 1 in my thighs. And all I did was follow the program guide and keep pushing play.

You can change your life, too. Take The Beachbody Challenge™, for the ultimate motivation to get fit! Select any Beachbody® program and once you complete it, share your results for your chance to win cash and prizes.

The Ant Seminar

I really hope that you had a great week last week and a great weekend.  It seems like my daughters and I are trying to make summer last just a little bit longer, but fall has arrived and we went to the New Mexico State Fair on the last day on Sunday.  Now it is accepting the reality that winter is on its way.

We’ll have some great falls days but I hope that you are following the Ant Philosophy as told by Jim Rohn.  Now is the time to get ready physically for the winter by going into it healthy, fit and with a strong immune system.  You know that Beachbody has all of the products that you need to do just that so don’t be like the grasshopper – prepare now and go into next year not needing to make resolutions, but rejoicing over your “storehouse” of abundant health!

The Ant Philosophy

By Jim Rohn

Over the years I’ve been teaching children about a simple but powerful concept – the ant philosophy. I think everybody should study ants. They have an amazing four- part philosophy, and here is the first part: ants never quit. That’s a good philosophy. If they’re headed somewhere and you try to stop them; they’ll look for another way. They’ll climb over, they’ll climb under, they’ll climb around. They keep looking for another way. What a neat philosophy, to never quit looking for a way to get where you’re supposed to go.

Second, ants think winter all summer. That’s an important perspective. You can’t be so naive as to think summer will last forever. So ants are gathering in their winter food in the middle of summer.

An ancient story says, “Don’t build your house on the sand in the summer.” Why do we need that advice? Because it is important to be realistic. In the summer, you’ve got to think storm. You’ve got to think rocks as you enjoy the sand and sun. Think ahead.

The third part of the ant philosophy is that ants think summer all winter. That is so important. During the winter, ants remind themselves, “This won’t last long; we’ll soon be out of here.” And the first warm day, the ants are out. If it turns cold again, they’ll dive back down, but then they come out the first warm day. They can’t wait to get out.

And here’s the last part of the ant philosophy. How much will an ant gather during the summer to prepare for the winter? All that he possibly can. What an incredible philosophy, the “all-that-you-possibly-can” philosophy.

Wow, what a great seminar to attend – the ant seminar. Never give up, look ahead, stay positive and do all you can.

To Your Success,
Jim Rohn

Let’s work together to make the world a better place!

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.

http://youtu.be/8lOhvS-xyrA

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.