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.

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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!

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…

It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way

I just posted this on my Howtobefit.com Facebook page.  You know that there are ways to restore your self esteem, empower you and to give you your life back.  After six years as a full time Team Beachbody Coach, I absolutely know that our system of support and accountability works.  Here is my post in its entirety:
“Well, it’s a Friday night and as a health, fitness and positive lifestyle company, we know that there are people sitting at home wishing that their lives were different – more active, more social, more involved with their family. We know that being overweight or out of shape or making bad lifestyle choices can diminish your ability to do those things. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Team Beachbody has solutions. Not quick fixes or short term fixes, but long term, life changing solutions. These solutions are in the form of effective workout programs that are fun to do and that are guaranteed (or your money back) to work. These solutions include products like the Beachbody Ultimate Reset that will fundamentally change how you think about food and what goes into your body. Products like Shakeology that is a nutrient dense superfood shake which is truly delicious. When used as a meal replacement, it becomes the most nutritious and delicious “fast food” that you’ve ever had. The solutions also include free coaching from highly experienced coaches that will provide the support and accountability that you need to succeed.

Aren’t you worth it enough to invest in yourself to have the quality of life that you have always wanted? A Team Beachbody Challenge Pack is the all in one solution with one of the best Beachbody workouts, Shakeology, free support, guidance and motivation from the Team Beachbody Club trial membership and free shipping. There is no better solution and no quicker way to the life that you have always wanted. Today is the day to say yes to positive change tomorrow.

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