Sunday, October 17, 2010

Shakeology Advice from 100 Doctors

If you don't believe what you've heard about Shakeology from me or what you may have read on line, maybe you'd like to hear the "Advice from 100 Doctors"! Download the .mp3 and listen for yourself and if you'd like to check out more information on Shakeology for detailed ingredients as well as recipes, The Workouts, etc.!

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Team Beachbody Coach Fees Waived

Just got back from the Beachbody Success Club Leadership Conference in Dallas, WOW! A Ton of new information.

So many new tools coming our way! From training lesson plans for weekly training events to an incredible "Introducing Team Beachbody" DVD that does ALL the talking for you, and so much more.

Most importantly that I want you to know about, the $39.95 coach sign up fee is being waived until December 31st! That's right, NO COACH SIGN UP FEE!

Now you can Test Drive Team Beachbody for FREE! That's it! If you'd like to just take advantage of the discounts available to Team Beachbody coaches here's your chance and with the holidays fast approaching you can get a jump on your New Year's Resolution or if you'd like to start your Christmas shopping early, get it done now!

There's NO minimum product purchase, no "All I need you to do is..." message and no strings attached!

Bring It!

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Truth About Shakeology and Ecdysteroids

From the Team Beachbody News Letter

Shakeology® is nature in a bag. Unfortunately, technology isn't always able to see the forest for the trees–or in this case, the roots from the trees.

Recently, the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) and the National Football League (NFL) released a new list of nationally banned substances. And because current drug screening technologies are unable to differentiate between natural, healthy substances and synthetic banned substances, the list now encompasses a group of all-natural phyto-chemical compounds known as ecdysteroids, which are found in various plants around the globe. There are 150 different kinds of ecdysteroids, and ecdysterone is one of them.

THE FACTS Ecdysterone can be found in several plants, including the immune-boosting herb Suma Root, sometimes referred to as "Brazilian Ginseng." In addition to ecdysterone, the powerful Suma Root contains over 19 different natural and bio-active compounds, including amino acids, electrolytes, trace minerals, iron, magnesium, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B2, E, K, and pantothenic acid. In other words, it's a miracle root.

Suma Root is one of the 70 ingredients found in Shakeology.

The root of the issue: Since the ecdysterone found in Suma Root can be erroneously detected as a banned synthetic substance, Beachbody® is advising athletes and anyone subject to banned substances testing to consult their physician and athletic organization before consuming Shakeology.

THE BOTTOM LINE Beachbody firmly stands behind every globally researched and hand-picked ingredient in Shakeology. And while Shakeology does NOT contain any stimulants, or artificial or controlled substances, it does contain Suma Root (Pfaffia paniculata)—an herb shown to significantly increase protein synthesis in muscle as well as help lower cholesterol and balance blood sugar levels. Many additional benefits of Suma Root are well-documented and supported by scientific research.

Go to for more details on this and all the wonderful ingredients in Shakeology!
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010


#424 9/8/2010 FIGHTING THE FRESHMAN 15 - Newsletters

Watch Out! The Freshman 15 Isn't Just for Freshmen
By Steve Edwards

Back-to-school time doesn't just affect students. It's the time of year when everything changes—for everyone. The days shorten, it cools off, we get really busy, and the holidays are looming around the corner. As opposed to those frivolous days of summer, your schedule is now probably booked. In short, it's the easiest time of the year to let your health slide.

Young Woman Looking at a Fit Body

This is when it's important to remember that the "freshman 15" isn't just for freshmen. All of us—students or not—face these seasonal lifestyle adjustments, and the lapses in fitness and healthy diet that accompany them, every year. Autumn is beautiful, but it's also the toughest season to transition through. Here are 10 ways to make it to New Year's without having to make a resolution to spend all or part of next year fixing what went off the rails during the fall.

1. Schedule your exercise. One of the most difficult adjustments to make during the fall is getting used to less daylight. As the days shorten, it seems as though you've got fewer hours during which to schedule your activities. When you come home from work in the dark, it hurts your psyche. And it's tough to believe that 7:00 PM is really no different than it was during July, when you still had 2 hours of daylight left. Then there's the cold factor. Even if you work out indoors, it's so much easier to get back under your warm covers or bundle up and sit in front of a fire or the TV than it is to force a workout. Just remember that exercising makes you warm. It also keeps you fit and healthy and is the best thing you can do with cold and flu season right around the corner. Schedule your daily workout like it's part of your job, and stick to it.
2. Man SleepingSchedule your sleep. As our days get busier, we tend to push projects later and later into the evening. To fuel those longer hours, we eat . . . and eat. This is one major cause of the freshman 15: the infamous all-nighter. A recent study showed that when doctors are doing their residencies and are forced to work extremely long hours, famously foregoing sleep in the process, they gain an average of more than 20 pounds. As available daylight decreases, it's common to find yourself making alterations in your daily schedule, with sleep often losing out, so schedule your sleep just like you do your work and exercise.
3. Plan your meals. Plan your weekly meals ahead of time so you don't resort to unhealthy "convenience" foods. If your schedule is insane during the week, try taking an hour or two on Sunday to shop and strategize. Put healthy meal and snack options in your car, your office, your backpack, or anywhere you're likely to find yourself hungry. Trust me, the energy you get on the back end of this planning will far exceed the time it takes to plan, especially when you consider how you'll feel if your diet is fueled by fast food.
4. Carry water everywhere. When we're busy, we'll often forget to drink water, especially as the weather cools off. Then, in a dehydrated state, we often confuse thirst for hunger and eat. Avoid this by ensuring that there's water everywhere you go. Carry a water bottle and refill it at every opportunity. Have an extra bottle in your car, your backpack, at your desk, etc., and behave as if you're in a race each day. Force yourself to drink a glass of water every hour that you're working or studying.
5. Be realistic about alcohol. Another big contributor to the freshman 15, alcohol, is very high in calories (7 calories/gram) and very low in nutritional value. Every drink you consume is about 200 calories of nutrition that you aren't getting from your diet, or that you're consuming additional calories—overeating—to replace. And this is before we consider the calories you need to consume getting rid of a hangover. If you're a drinker, you'll never be faced with more temptation than during the fall. So plan for it. Prior to going out, consider the number of drinks you want to allow yourself and stick to it. Another helpful tip is to carry that water bottle with you socially as well and drink a bottle for every cocktail you have. This will help fill you up so you aren't drinking alcohol to quench your thirst, which happens often at social events. Drinking that water will also keep you hydrated and minimize the effects of your hangover. One other helpful hangover cure is to have a glass of P90X Results and Recovery Formula® at night after you've been drinking. Consuming these calories right before bed may be not be ideal, but it'll minimize the damage the alcohol will do to your body, which should lead to less overeating and more productivity the next day.
6. Plan for parties. Parties happen—and there's not much you can do about it. Even if you aren't social, the party will find you. Many offices are like the one in that Seinfeld episode where the coworkers find any excuse to celebrate, usually with cake or other sugary treats. And with fall comes many such opportunities to indulge. Beginning with Oktoberfest, you'll find a never-ending string of perfectly good excuses to ruin your health that last right through New Year's. Plan ahead and decide just which occasions will be worth the indulgence. That way, you'll be fully armed with reasons when your coworkers show up in your office singing, "Get well, get well soon . . ."
7. Begin a morning ritual. One of the easiest ways to live a healthy lifestyle is to begin each day by doing something positive. During the summer, we often let this slide because, well, we can. With long warm days to look forward to, there always seems to be time to do something energetic. As the days shorten, making the effort to be healthier takes more discipline. Beginning each day with something healthy, even something as brief as a 5-minute ritual (See "Good Day Sunshine" in the Related Articles section below) of breathing deeply, stretching, and thinking about positive things you want to accomplish with your day, can give you a whole new outlook.
8. Find a healthy nighttime ritual. Many of us undo an entire day's productivity in the last few hours before bed. This is particularly true when we're busy and/or stressed because we want to unwind, which often means cocktails and/or desserts in front of the TV. If you can find a healthier way to unwind, you'll do yourself a world of good. And even if you can't get away from the cocktail/dessert/TV habit, adding something at its end, instead of just sacking out, can reverse much of the damage. Stretching in front of the TV is one of the easiest ways to make that transition. Following up your stretching with herbal tea and some relaxing reading can have you hitting the sack with a much more positive attitude. Another way to help yourself get in that positive ready-for-bed headspace? Yoga Booty Ballet® Master Series Pajama Time or the Yoga Booty Ballet Relax and Unwind bedtime meditation CD, both of which are designed with end-of-day relaxation in mind.
9. Woman Writing in a JournalMake a positive New Year's resolution now. Instead of waiting until New Year's to undo and repair the damage caused by a fall-into-winter slide away from your fitness goals, make a resolution to get there, starting today, with improved fitness and health. Just think about how much better your goals can be for next year if you finish this year on a positive note. Why put yourself through the work of digging yourself out of a hole you make deeper from now through the end of the year? Instead, set yourself up, beginning right now, to have a banner New Year.
10. Cut yourself some slack. You can't be perfect, and, frankly, who wants to be? You've got to live. By planning ahead with goals in mind, you'll be far more able to relax about the holiday season, and maybe even enjoy it a little, too. So make a plan and do your best to stick with it, but don't forget to make enjoying the season and having some fun part of that plan.

Mastering portion control will give you more control over your body and your life. Whether you're at a restaurant, at home, at work, or at a party, there's no excuse. You have the power to set yourself up for success. Being mindful of your portions will help you feel better right after each meal, which will help you manage your weight more effectively. You'll learn how to enjoy your favorite foods, boost your health, and even save some cash by eating less. Now isn't that worth a little bit of effort and planning ahead?

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Owning your WHY

I was thinking today, why is it that people create a "Why", or "desire" for doing something, anything? Think about it for a second. Since I'm a fitness guys I'll stick with what I know and am passionate about.

People decide that they need to get into better shape. They know they need to, age keeps on moving forward, life keeps on pushing on and their health keeps degrading a little at a time until one day, they DECIDE to change it all. They DECIDE to do something different, something they may not have done in YEARS! We've all done that one or twice in our lives.

So you get up one morning, DECIDE today is the day you're going to lose those extra pounds, start eating better and take control of your life!

What happens next?

For most people they'll start to run or get back to that gym they've been paying a membership to these last few years or join a gym.

The runners, they'll get out there and pound away at the pavement, maybe 3 or 4 times that first week, not really having a plan but they know that their why is so they start. Problem is that without a plan how can you possibly succeed? These folks will get tired, sore, hurt or frustrated because they've been putting in the time on the road and just not seen the fast results they had expected.

The gym people will head to the local gym sign up for whatever membership deal is going on, and then walk into "The Gym". You can always tell the new people at a gym, they sort of look lost, not because they're actually in a gym but because they really don't know where to start. There is so much "stuff" at a gym that it can be overwhelming. These folks will probably head to a tread mill or elliptical machine and get 20-30 min of cardio it and then maybe head to the free weights....and on it goes.

I get asked this a lot! How can I lose 20 lbs or 30, or more? My answer, clean up your nutrition and focus on a fitness routine you can be successful with.
It's simple right? Get a plan in place, expect it to be HARD, and stick with it for the long haul. That doesn't mean you should do P90X, in fact if you may not be ready for P90X, that's not to say you can't do it it's just a lot harder for folks to be successful with P90X right away when they haven't got the habit of working out and eating right already defined as a habit.

My recommendations are to find something you'll do and have fun with AND see results with. It could be a Beachbody program, or something else, I don't care what it is but DO IT, and mix it up. Keep your workouts different, fresh and fun to do. The more you do that the better your chances are that you'll create that health and wellness habit for the long term, and THATS what it's all about. If you need help figuring out what works for you, I'd be happy to help or feel free to check out for more information. If you'd like some suggestions on what you're already doing, I'd be happy to give you my two cents.

So...Do you OWN your why?
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