Tuesday, November 25, 2014

My Shakeology Experience

When I entered this Beachbody experience 2 months ago, I came in knowing about Shakeology.  It has a great reputation.  70 healthy ingredients in one glass.  Sounds great.....but how does it taste???  For a $130+ investment per month, I was terrified I wouldn't like it.  Guess what?  I didn't like it.  In fact, I HATED it! Oh. no!  My husband will never allow me to purchase anything again!  I HAD to make this work!  
Trial and error...those were my 2 experiences the first three days on Shakeology.  I had been told that almond milk was the best choice to mix it with.  I threw all in the ingredients in the blender and blended for about 30 seconds.  I'll rate them out of 5 (with 5 being delicious) Here's what I tried:
Day 1:  Chocolate Shakeology, Almond Milk, Ice
opinion:  Too thick, too chocolaty, too mediciny ;) Rate: 1
Day 2:  Vanilla Shakeology, Almond Milk, Ice, Frozen Raspberries
opinion: Too thick, too mediciny, too tart  Rate: 1

I knew it was time to try something else.  This just wasn't working for me!
By day 3, I decided to try mixing it with water instead of the almond milk.  It was a HUGE improvement for me!  Funny that everyone says it isn't good mixed with water, but it was so much better for me.  I'm more of a smoothie person, anyway.  Thinning it down really helped.  Here were my next 2 days:
Day 3:  Chocolate Shakeology, Water, Ice
opinion:  much better consistency, still a little mediciny Rate: 2.5
Day 4:  Vanilla Shakeology, Water, Ice, Frozen Berry Mix (blue, rasp, and black)
opinion:  much better consistency, still mediciny, less tart (which is good in my opinion) Rate: 3
Now's when it really kicked in for me!  I started adding the powder to the water and blending for AT LEAST one minute.  THEN I would add my mix-ins!  Guess what that did?  It got rid of the mediciny (yes, I made up that word) taste!!! Once I added my mix-ins, I would blend for another 30 seconds or so and it was perfect.  Here's how I finished out that last week:
Day 5:  Chocolate Shakeology, Water, Ice, 1 Tbsp Peanut Butter
opinion:  perfect for chocolate cravings, a little rich for post-workout Rate: 4.5
Day 6:  Vanilla Shakeology, Water, Ice, Frozen Berry Mix (bue, rasp, black) 
opinion:  PERFECTION!!!  Rate: 5

That was my experiece.  I know other people have other opinions.  Hey, I HATE fish and I know a ton of people love it.  Different taste buds.  I just wanted to share my REAL experience with it.  On the health end, here have been my findings 2 months in to Shakeology:
*I've lost 20 pounds!!!
*I sleep better (deeper sleep)
*my bowels have regulated
*I have SO MUCH energy
*My mind is clearer (I focus better)
*My kids LOVE it!!!  They add frozen banana to their Vegan Chocolate Shakeology

I am so glad this is now a part of my daily, post-workout routine! I LOVE SHAKEOLOGY!!!!
click HERE to give it a try for yourself!

Friday, November 21, 2014

One choice....21 Day Fix!

Welcome to my re-invented blog!  Here I want to journal my progress as a Beachbody Coach, but more importantly, a Beachbody customer!  On October 1st, 2014 I started my journey to a healthier lifestyle. It was the day after my 40th birthday, and I had been unhealthy and overweight long enough! The week prior, I joined a 'clean eating challenge', with my Beachbody coach and it helped me get my nutrition back on track. I took my birthday 'off' and enjoyed one last hoorah!  On Oct. 1st, I dove in, head first!!! 21 Day Fix was my tool of choice. It comes with a food plan, containers to use portion control, a variety of workouts, and a month supply of Shakeology. 

When I first started (mind you, I was a good 70-75 lbs overweight), I had to follow Kat, the modifier, quite a bit. The movements were tough on my body and I sweated like a pig!  The first three days, I experienced soreness like I never have before. Lactic acid is a very real thing!  I had to use the hand railings to get up and down my stairs. I opted for the downstairs bathroom because I could hold on to the counter to lower myself down to pee...and pee-ing I was! Drinking the gallon of water a day made me feel like I was living in the bathroom. After day 4, the soreness subsided and I just got to enjoy the benefits of the workouts. I had tons of energy, yet I slept great! My bowels were regulating (after years of irritablility issues). After day 4, I even started to like the taste of Shakeology. Yes, I didn't love it at first. I'll post about that later. ;)

Fast forward to the beginning of week 3. I decided to do the 2-a-days!  What!?!  I pushed myself so hard and I made it happen!  By the end, I had to modify only a couple things. Jumping jacks are a bladder issue for me, so that was modified. That and burpies!  :) 

Ready to see my results:

12 pounds and 9 1/2 inches burned off...FOREVER!!!  Guys, 21 Day Fix and Shakeology work!!! Like I said before, I still have a long way to go!  I have another 50 lbs to go. Want to know how I'm doing it? Currently I am doing P90 as I wait to start 21 Day Fix over again on December 1st. I am a huge P90 fan now, too. It's like the old P90X, but more realistic. It's only 30 minutes and all levels can do it. 
I've maintained the 'clean eating' regimend and I always watch my portion sizes closely. I still splurge now and then. We still have to be human. :)
Here's the deal. I have a small group I'm going to host on Facebook I'm calling a 21 Day Fix Accountability Group. Let me know if you want one of the few spaces remaining. Hurry and order so it arrives in time. It starts December 1st. We will have you looking 'Hott for the Holidays'!!! Go here to order 21 Day Fix:  http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/BCP21D160?referringRepID=488797
Or here to see the other Beachbody Challenges:
I'd love to be your coach!  Let's do this...together!!!