Focus on Gratitude

When you have one of those days where everything seems to go wrong, it’s just best to sit back, relax and spend some time to focus on gratitude.  Gratitude and frustration cannot co-exist and you’ll find that the things that seem so significant in the moment, really are quite insignificant.

I’ve had the type of day that would normally have my head stirring with stress caused by a series of controllable and uncontrollable events.  It serves me no purpose to focus on things I cannot control, so rather than release more cortisol into my blood stream and reap all the wonderful side effects of stress (sarcasm intended), I’m going to focus on how I can turn the events of today into a positive experience.

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I am a runner

I  AM A RUNNER. I am not a jogger.  I always wanted to run.  I wanted to like to run.  I wanted to be the girl that would say on a whim “I’m going out for a run.”  It sounded so sexy.  But I wasn’t a runner. And nobody wants to be called a walker. I could crush the heck out of a step aerobics class and own a spin class as soon I entered the room.

But I had that nagging, inferior… lust to be that girl that galloped on the treadmill and bedazzled those around her. Instead, my first attempts at the treadmill were less than glamorous.  I couldn’t imagine how anyone could possibly enjoy this, much less run on that thing hands-free and NOT fall flat on one’s face.  I wanted to run.  But dare I say it? Running was NOT fun.

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Insanity Testimonial

60-Day Insanity Results

I can honestly say that Insanity has been one of the best things I have ever done for myself, and reaching out to Rhonda was another great decision. Rhonda, you are a great coach and I am truly grateful for the push and encouragement you gave me. Without your encouragement, I may have never made this lifestyle change. Because of you, Insanity and Chalene Extreme, I was able to lose almost 60 pounds in just 5 months, and completely change my eating habits.

Insanity Success Story

First 60-Day Insanity Results

I have not been in this good of shape since I completed basic training in 1993, and I am making better decisions on nutrition than I ever have in my life. I only wish I would have discovered Beachbody products earlier in life. However, I am happy I discovered them now and I have learned how easy it really is to be healthy once you decide you want to be healthy.  For the first time in my adult life, I am no longer embarrassed to take off my shirt in public, and I have a much better chance of living a long healthy life. I really want to be there for my family. My family is what finally motivated me to make a change, I really want to be there for my wife and kids when they need me, and I don’t want someone else raising my kids. Thanks again!

~ Jeremy W. – Bismarck, ND

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Shakeology Testimonial

30-Day Shakeology Challenge Results

susan taylorI was invited to join Rhonda’s 30-day Shakeology Challenge in December 2011. I was a little skeptical at first because I thought the cost was a little high. I also wondered how one shake could replace an entire meal.  I chose the chocolate flavor because chocolate is a daily part of my life. I was pleasantly surprised with the first taste. It was rich, creamy, and satisfied my chocolate craving. The shake also left me feeling very full. My usual second breakfast hunger pains diminished. My goal during the challenge was not to lose weight.  I was simply trying to avoid the typical holiday gain. I couldn’t believe that I ended up losing 2.5 pounds.

Once the challenge ended, I decided to keep ordering Shakeology. The cost is worth every penny. It averages to about $4.50 a day. That is less expensive than having breakfast or lunch out. The shakes also provide a crazy amount of nutrients. It’s a lot more than I was getting with my previous breakfast choices.

It’s been over a year since I started Shakeology. I have continued to maintain my weight and I love the energy it gives me. I look forward to my Shake every day. It’s quick and easy to make. There are so many ways to mix it, but my go to blend is Chocolate + almond milk  + 1/2 banana.

I am so glad I joined the Challenge group. Shakeology has been a great addition to my health and fitness.

~Susan T – Denver, CO

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Working Out While Sick

Working out while sick is not fun.  I can cheat on a meal.  But I cannot cheat quality sleep.  I can tell myself the lie that I can function on limited sleep, but my body always sees right through my false perceptions.

I am very healthy.  I rarely get sick.  I contribute this to a positive and healthy mind, body and spirit, daily exercise and great nutrition.  Where your focus goes, your energy flows.  But about once a year, I get this gentle reminder that working out harder and pushing myself on limited sleep isn’t always best.

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Beachbody Success Club Cruise

I used to dream a lot.  I wanted to go on extravagant trips, spend time with family, hike in beautiful places and walk on white sandy beaches.  But I never went.  I never saved enough money.  I never planned.  I never wrote down my goals.  I just dreamt… a lot.

Then Beachbody Coaching entered my life about two years ago and my life has never been the same.  I realized that the dream or desire inside of us becomes incredibly powerful when we turn the dream to a  goal, then create an action plan to make it happen.

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Beachbody Challenge

Do you start the year with great intentions and you hit an obstacle and before you know it, you’re back to your old routine and stuck in the same spot you told yourself you would not be.  Do you want to FINALLY have results that last?  Are you ready to feel amazing?  Do you want to reach a level of success you never thought imaginable.  Then don’t hesitate.  Make the commitment today.  It’s time to join my Beachbody Challenge group!

What is a Challenge Group?

I have found that so many people truly want to get results.  Most people even get motivated at some point to start a new program, but too often the missing ingredient is accountability.  Without an incentive or someone holding you accountable to your workouts, the motivation fades, excuses take over and before you know it, you’re back to your same old routine “of out of shapeness”!

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Running and Insanity

Does Insanity make you a better runner?  How can I incorporate running and Insanity into my fitness schedule?  These are two questions I get quite often and I can assure you that you will become a better runner by incorporating Insanity into your running schedule and I have a system that has worked well for me.

The first question you must ask yourself is: What is your running goal right now?  Are you training to run a marathon?  Do you want to be a faster runner?  Are you running to stay in shape?  These answers are important to creating your Insanity / Running hybrid schedule.

When I was training for a marathon, running was the focus of my schedule and I used Insanity as cross-training a couple days a week.  In the running off-season, I merely flip this schedule.  Insanity is my focus six days a week and I run a couple days a week just to maintain a solid running base of about five miles per run.

Insanity and Running Hybrid Schedule

Insanity and Running hybrid

I cannot stress how important it is to incorporate some type of cross-training into your running schedule.  It will not keep your routine new and fresh, it will help you stay injury free, build a strong core and become an overall better and faster runner!  Who doesn’t want that?

Prior to May 2010, I ran a lot but never really lost any weight and was not able to get any faster.  I was an average runner with average goals.  Since incorporating Insanity and numerous other Beachbody workout programs into my regular workout schedule, I took 16 minutes off my previous marathon PR and qualified for The Boston Marathon.  I’ve become leaner, faster and much more efficient.

Proper Nutrition

The Insanity Elite Nutrition Guide has helped me get my diet under control and provided my body the necessary fuel for better and more effective runs.  This detailed, yet simplified nutrition plan, which includes having Shakeology daily, has been the key and essential component of making this hybrid work.  Becoming a faster and better runner is not just about running more.  It’s about proper nutrition, effective cross-training and creating a powerful mix to have a successful running season.

Incorporating Insanity with Running

My transformation

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New Year’s Resolutions that work!

The year 2013 is upon us.  We should celebrate, be grateful, be joyful we have another year to make a resolution to be healthier and happier.  You’ve set your intentions, you’re raring to go and now that it is time for action, you become paralyzed in your head of self doubt.

This year you want real results.  You want to be that person that has that amazing transformation picture.  You want to start what you finish but how can you finish when you don’t even know where the start line is?  You’re longing for a New Year’s Resolution that will once and for all produce results.  You want your actions to back up your words.  You’re sick and tired of feeling fat, bloated, lazy, uninspired and negative.

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Being healthy is a choice!

Being healthy is a choice.  Yes, you can argue that a lot of things are out of our control, but I’m not talking about disease or conditions that still happen to healthy people.  I’m talking about making choices every day that lead me to a better quality of life.

One of the things that really drives me crazy are poor choices or as I like to call them, EXCUSES.

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