My Shakeology Review

28 12 2010

I’m starting to get more and more questions about Shakeology. So, I thought it was time to share my secret weapon when it comes to helping me feel comfortable in my own skin.  This is by no means a quick fix or a miracle drink. Those of you that know me know I don’t believe in that. Having a healthy fit body is a journey that takes a commitment to  a healthy lifestyle.  Shakeology is just one of the puzzle pieces. And, I have seen it help people gain the confidence they need to commite to the other pieces of the puzzle.  It does provide your body with all the nutrients many of us are missing due to our fast pace life, allowing your metabolism to function to the best of its ability to burn maximum calories and helps control cravings.  I am the smallest I have ever been and the shake is the only thing I have changed.

Anyway, let me give you my little Shakeology review…it was created by Beachbody®, the very same company who produces P90X®, Insanity®, and TurboFire® home fitness programs.  It’s more than a protein drink, meal replacement drink or an antioxidant drink.  It’s more of a health shake and an absolute God send when it comes to my stomach challenges (I have quite a few allergies).

I never dreamt in a million years this shake would impact my life the way it has (in terms of my stomach challenges and nutrient deficiencies) and my family and friends in terms of cholesterol, weight loss, blood pressure, etc.  Being around supplements for so long with college sports, personal training and all the gyms I have worked at, there has never been one that I would put my name on the line for until now.  Honestly, I don’t think the amount of body beneficial ingredients that are included in this supplement can be found anywhere else on the market. I truly believe in this supplement with all my heart.

So what’s in it then?

It has more than 70 ingredients…essential vitamins, minerals and whole foods  that your body needs to…

  • accelerate it’s ability to shed stored fat
  • Reduce cravings
  • Increase energy and stamina
  • Promote healthy digestion and regularity
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Help decrease inflammation
  • Boost your immune system
  • Helps keep blood sugar steady
  • Promotes healthy skin, hair and nails

I could go on… How many meal replacement drinks can say they do that?!

More Specifically, Shakeology® has…

  • Protein and essential amino acids to help build muscles and reduce food cravings.
  • Prebiotics and digestive enzymes aid in improving digestion, regularity, and nutrient absorption.
  • Antioxidants and phytonutrients help counteract free radical damage that can lead to degenerative diseases.
  • A daily dose of 23 vitamins and minerals provides your body what it needs to function for optimal health.

How It Works

  • Ingredients derived from whole-food sources deliver the daily vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients your body needs to curb cravings, allowing it to shed stored fat.
  • More than 20 different antioxidants and phytonutrients help reduce free radical damage that can lead to heart disease, heart attacks, high blood pressure, and stroke.
  • Fiber, prebiotics, and digestive enzymes help your body gently eliminate the toxins that build up in our body from all those highly processed junk we eat more efficiently and promote better absorption of nutrients.

A 30-day supply of Shakeology® is $119.95 or approximately $4 a day .  Many people are shocked by the price but there is good reason for that…it’s worth every penny.  Chad and I both drink it every day along with most of my family and a growing number of friends.  When you select to have your order automatically shipped to you from the company every 30 days (Home Direct), you will receive FREE shipping! In addition to your initial order, you will receive 2 FREE Shakeology® workout DVD’s including a 30-minute and 50-minute workout.  I think that is pretty cool since exercise is another piece to this crazy health and weight loss puzzle.

Beachbody does give a “Bottom of the Bag” guarantee, so even if your clients consume the entire bag within 30 days and are not satisfied, they can send it back for a full refund (less S&H)

Got more questions?  Leave a comment or email me at

Shakeology Cleanse Challenge

28 12 2010

Okay, the New Year is approaching fast so it’s time to start things off on the right foot! I am a firm believer that diet is over half the battle when it comes to weight loss success.  So, I want to kick it off with a 3 day cleanse (with a few prizes) and follow it up with a fitness challenge….a little friendly competition just to make it fun:)

The Shakeology Cleanse is meant to jump start you in your fitness goals, break a plateau, or shred pounds fast & effectively in a HEALTHY way. It will rid you of all the bloating, cravings that have taken over, rebalance your hydration levels (which play more into weight loss than you realize) and reenergize you.  Just an overall AWESOME way to kick off the New Year and make this the year you reach your fitness goals.

No, this isn’t a quick fix…I don’t believe in those.  But, we all do get off track sometimes.  And, some just need that little jump-start to get started in the right direction. I get that. It’s amazing how the more junk you eat, the more you crave it.  So, I do believe this is a safe way to reset your mind, reset your body, and refocus on living and eating healthy.

So, are you in or are you out? All you have to do is order your Shakeology from the coach that sent this to you.   Once it is ordered, he or she will send me your name and you will be entered in for the prizes.  Don’t worry if you are a little skeptical…I was too at first.   So if you need a little more info please visit the blog post I wrote about it… What’s up with the Shakeology Cleanse?

Still have questions…don’t hesitate to contact me (

When: Any 3 consecutive days between January 1st and the 15th.  All final weights must be in by the 15th:)

How do you win? Send your starting weight to the coach that invited you to the challenge (totally confidential).  Your starting weight should be weighed the morning of Day 1 as soon as you wake up.  Weigh in each morning and visit our Facebook fan page  at to share your challenges, keep each other motivated and celebrate as the number on the scale goes down….believe me, it will!  Then, the morning after Day 3, you will do your final weigh in.  Again, it should be in the morning, as soon as you wake up, and on the same scale. Report this number to your coach!

Prizes…A Shakeology shirt will go to a random Cleanse Challenger (pulled from a hat) and then the Challenger who lost the highest percentage of body weight over the 3 day cleanse will win a program to get them started on the fitness challenge.

Details on the 3 Day Shakeology Cleanse:

Start your day with a cup of green tea. If coffee is the deal breaker than drink it.  However, leave out all cream and sugar.  NO DAIRY for the 3 days…or rice milk or almond milk!  Good ol fashion water will doJ

  • Breakfast: Shakeology with water and ice. (adding a 1/2 cup of fruit is optional…I
  • didn’t).
  • Snack: 1 piece of fruit.
  • Lunch: Shakeology- water and ice only followed by a cup of green tea
  • Snack: Shakeology with water and ice only.  Sometimes I like to save this snack for
  • after dinner
  • Dinner: 4 oz of grilled white fish or poultry with a dinner salad loaded with veggies.
  • Use 2 oz of dressing but stick with the olive oil or balsamic vinegar dressing

Experiences of the Shakeology Cleanse Test group

Positive Results

  • Weight Loss
  • Reduced belly bloat
  • Renewed energy
  • Break through plateau, boost metabolism

Possible Negative Results

  • Headaches or light-headedness (add a small piece of fruit if you experience this)
  • Lack of energy (my energy usually lacks the first day and sky rockets the day 2 & 3)
  • Hunger

Shakeology Cleanse FAQ’s

How many calories will I be getting a day?

  • 800-1200 calories per day

How often can I do the Shakeology Cleanse?

  • Ideally you shouldn’t do the cleanse more than once every 3 months, or so. Remember, it’s not a quick fix to an unhealthy lifestyle.  It is to help you regroup and get you back on track, or help you break through a plateau.

Can I still do my workouts during the Shakeology Cleanse?

  • Light to moderate exercise should be okay.  Listen to your body.
  • I try to do mine during a recovery week or before I start another round or a new program.

Must Have Heart

24 12 2010
With Christmas nearing I thought this to only be appropriate to post. The holidays are really not about the food or all the presents…that has really got out of hand anyhow.  It’s about family, and being thankful for what we have been blessed with.  I know Sommer wishes I would walk through that door on Christmas day.  She would take all those presents back to get that one gift. 

See, everything Sommer does revolves around our family and embarking on this Beachbody Business opportunity is no different.  Yes, without a doubt, health and fitness is her passion and she believes in the Beachbody mission with all her heart. She is always saying she can’t believe she gets paid to do this. Still, there is something deeper that drives her.  There is something that keeps her moving forward when she encounters naysayers, or when she flat-out gets burned.

One time, Sommer was asked what her ‘why’ was.  Why does she put those extra hours in at night, working to build her business, striving to help people reach their fitness goals when her eyes are burning, the dishes still need done, and she could be relaxing watching Grey’s Anatomy.  Yes, the nice new granite counter tops are awesome and she loves the home improvements we have been able to afford because of Beachbody, but that’s not her why.  A true ‘why’ is the reason you would run into a burning house. She wouldn’t run in for countertops or the new flat screen, but she wouldn’t hesitate to run in for that little boy or precious baby girl, that she loves with all her heart.  Get the picture?!?!

So, a couple weeks ago, Sommer sent this out to her team of Beachbody Coaches hoping it would help them find that deep inner ‘why’.  That ‘why’ that helps them to step outside their comfort zone and reach out to help others.  I thought it should be shared with everyone thinking it just might help you think about your true ‘why’.

She wrote…

Two months ago I had to say goodbye to my very best friend (many of you know how that feels).  What hurt even more was watching Griffin say goodbye to his daddy and watching Chad hug his little girl that hasn’t even had a chance to experience how amazing her daddy is.

Every day I sit here trying to stay busy enough as not to think about how much I miss him, look strong enough so people don’t feel sorry for me and I fall asleep hoping tomorrow goes faster than the day before. While I am so incredibly proud of our military and the sacrifices the families make so that we can live in such an amazing country, I know deep down that I want Chad all to myself after his commitment is up.  I want to walk our kids to school together, eat breakfast with him every morning (not at 4:30am), I want to decorate the Christmas tree together, have date night every friday night, open a gym together, go to every sporting event for our kids together and make a home that our kids truly can call home.

So, I work a couple hours each night,I  keep sharing this opportunity that I believe in with all my heart even when someone says “no” because I never want money to be the issue.  I want to make enough so we can make a decision based on what is in our heart. So, my simple ‘WHY’ is my family, but it goes much deeper than that. I would run into a burning house to never have to hear my son say “do you think daddy dreams about me at night”, and to never have to see the sadness in Chad’s face like the day he watched Riley dig into her cake on her first birthday from a computer.  It’s selfish, I know, but that is my WHY.”

Sommer puts a lot of heart in everything she does.  Whenever I ask her how to reach out to people she says “just show them your heart”. I have no doubt that Sommer will blow her goals out of the water…because her ‘why’ is deep seated in her heart.  I am a firm believer that to be successful at something, you MUST HAVE HEART.

Merry Christmas, everyone.  Hold on to your family with all your HEART!


W.O.W #4 (Workout of the Week)

17 12 2010

WOW #4 (Workout of the Week)

Complete each circuit with no rest in between each exercise.  Only 60 sec break between each circuit.  Feeling motivated…complete each circuit 2 or 3 times before moving on to the next.

Circuit 1

  • Lunge and press (30sec ea leg)
  • Wall sit w Bicep curls (60 sec)
  • Thread the needle (30sec ea side)
  • Standing Mt Climbers (60 sec)

Circuit 2

  • Fast squats w every 5th being a jump squat (40 reps)
  • Ball tricep pushups (30 sec)
  • Plank with pelvic tilt (30sec)
  • Lunge touch the ground (60 sec)

Circuit 3

  • Sumo squat w side kick (16 each side)
  • Single leg Deadlift with row (12 ea leg)
  • Side plank w pushup (30 sec)
  • Squat Jacks (60 sec)

PYRAMID (only do 1 time through)

  • Pushup
  • Shoulder press (from your knees, don’t sit on your heals)

1 pushup, 1 shoulder press, 2 pushups, 2 shoulder press, all the way to 10

  • Remember that your knees stay behind your toes on all squats and lunges.
  • When squatting, stick butt back while keeping eyes forward and squeeze on the way up.
  • When jumping always land softly on the balls of your feet.
  • Lunge Press combo… Standing in a lunge with feet far apart and weights in each up at shoulder height.  Lower down into a lunge (think straight down like a carousel horse), raise straight back up out of the lunge and simultaneously perform a shoulder press, pressing the weights toward the ceiling.  Lower back down into a lunge and lower arms back down.  Stay on the same leg for 30 sec and make sure front knee always stays behind front toe.
  • Wall sit with Bicep curl…Lean against the wall and sit down like you are sitting in a chair.  Top of legs parallel to the ground, knees behind toes. While holding that wall sit, perform a bicep curl. Elbows should stay glued to your side. Bend at the elbows and lift dumbbell up to about the armpit and lower all the way back down in a controlled fashion. Modification…don’t go down as low in to the wall sit.
  • Thread the needle…In the side plank position with right hand on the floor and left arm up toward the ceiling, hip off the ground and spine in a straight line take your left arm and move it in between the floor and your hip allowing your body to rotate a little (looks like threading a needle).  Then slowly return your left arm back to the start position.  That’s a hard one to explain:) Modification…do it with knees touching the ground instead of up on the side of your feet.
  • Standing Mt. Climbers…Lift your right leg to hip height and put your left arm straight up in the air. Switch bringing your left leg up and your right arm up.  Continue to do as fast as you can.
  • Fast squats w jump squat on every 5th…feet a little wider than shoulder width apart.  Lower into a squat, sticking  your butt back, bending at the knees and slightly at the waist.  Keep your knees between your toes.  Raise back up squeezing your butt cheeks together.  Continue to do as fast as you can keeping good form.  On every fifth squat jump off the ground as high as you can and land softly on your balls of your feet right back into a squat
  • Ball Tricep pushup…on your feet bend down into a ball. Lean forward a bit and put your hands on the ground right under your shoulders.  Keeping your elbows glued to your side, lower down into a pushup keeping in a ball and raise back up.
  • Plank with Pelvic Tilt…Start in the plank position on your forearms and feet or on hands body off the floor and in a straight line.  Tilt your pelvic bone under and back .
  • Lunge touch the ground…Start in the lunge position with feet fairly wide apart and lunge down so your inside hand can touch the floor. Jump up and simultaneously switch sides and land into a lunge on the other side with other hand touching the floor.  Continue at a fast pace keeping good form.  Modification, don’t touch the ground and don’t jump as high off the ground.  Make sure you land softly on the balls of your feet.
  • Sumo squat with side kick: start with feet wide, toes pointed out at a 45 degree angle.  Lower down into a squat keeping your shoulders back and do NOT stick your butt out on this one.  Knees should be behind toes . When your raise up, lean to the left side and lift your right leg off the ground keeping your knee bent. Hold and extend your leg out for a side kick and return in a reverse motion. Repeat for total of 16 on each side.
  • Single leg dead lift with row: stand straight up, shoulders back, weights at your side and knees slightly bent.  Slowly bend at the waist keeping your shoulders back and looking up slightly.  At the same time, the right leg should extend out straight behind you until your body is parallel to the ground and arms hanging staight down.  Hold and bring weights up toward your stomach by bending your elbows straight up toward the ceiling. Hold and lower your arms back down and stand back up keeping your back straight. Do not round out your back. Repeat on same leg.  Modification: do the deadlift with both feet on the ground.
  • Side plank with pushup…Hold the side plank for 2 counts, rotate down into the regular plank/pushup position, perform a pushup and rotate to the other side for a side plank. Hold for 2 counts and repeat.  Modification: pushups on knees.
  • Squat Jack….sort of like jumping jacks but when you jump your feet out you do a wide modified sumo squat and arms  come down to  your side simultaneously. When you jump your feet together you stand up and and your arms come straight up over your head.
  • Shoulder press (for pyramid)…from your knees ou will be sitting straight up with butt off your heels. Either with light weights in your hands or none at all, raise your arms up like a goal post and press them straight up toward the sky and lower back down.

*Remember to always listen to your body.  Take a break when you need to…go at your own pace.   Always consult your physician and/or healthcare professional before beginning any exercise and/or diet program. If you experience any pain or difficulty with exercises or diet, stop and consult your physician and/or healthcare professional immediately.

Shakeology Recipe: Creamy Candy Cane

11 12 2010

I used to love to walk around Target or the mall with my favorite holiday Starbucks coffee before my stomach freaked out and decided to reject everything yummy in the world.  Just last night I watched as my mom and grandma enjoyed a hot chocolate with Kahlua while I sipped on a water…doesn’t exactly scream holiday cheer.   But today, I found my holiday indulgence.  Something I can truly enjoy.  It doesn’t upset my stomach AND it actually doesn’t leave me feeling guilty…like I need to workout again or something. You might even lose a few pounds drinking this…”I’m telling you the truth” as Griffin would say:) So, I thought I had better share.  I love it…it’s my new holiday milkshake…and it screams holiday cheer.

  • 1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
  • 1 cup almond milk (I use lactaid milk)
  • 2 Tbsp. crushed candy canes
  • Ice to taste ( i like lots of ice…like a milkshake)

Add all ingredient into a blender until creamy…ENJOY!

~What is Shakeology anyway?

You have to order your Shakeology by December 14th to get it by Christmas though.  You can get FREE shipping if you select Home Direct shipping.  Even better, to can save 25% when you sign up as a coach for FREE…that’s a no brainer for sure!


W.O.W. #3 (Workout of the Week)

9 12 2010

Complete each circuit with no rest in between each exercise.  Only 60 sec break between each circuit.  Feeling motivated…complete each circuit 2 or 3 times before moving on to the next.

Don’t forget to warm up for 3-5 minutes and cool down for 3-5 minutes.

Circuit 1

  • Step ups (with or without wts) (60 sec each leg)
  • Superman to tricep pushup (60 sec)
  • Slow-mo scissors (fifer scissors) (60 sec)
  • Floor jacks (30 sec)

Circuit 2

  • Globe Jumps (60sec)
  • Chair sit (30sec)
  • Plank Row (60sec)
  • Slow mo pushups (3osec)
  • Plank Punch, wide mt climbers (8X8 3 times through)


  • Plie squat, reg squat, skinny squat (8X8X8 3 times through)
  • Plank walk (2 to each side and back)  (60sec)
  • Iso Biceps (4 on ea arm) (4 times through)
  • 1 Leg squat touch the floor (16 on each leg)
  • High knees, low sprint, mt climbers (8X8 5 times through)


  • Remember that your knees stay behind your toes on all squats and lunges.
  • When squatting, stick butt back while keeping eyes forward and squeeze on the way up.
  • When jumping always land softly on the balls of your feet.
  • Step Ups… With a weight in each hand, step up onto a workout bench (or 2 stairs) leading with the right foot. Bring the left foot up on top and step down leading with the right foot.  Continue leading with same foot until you switch at end of time. Modification: no weights and/or smaller step
  • Superman to tricep pushup…Lay down on your stomach with body in a straight- line, arms straight out over head. Bring arms, chest, and legs off the ground as far as you can and lower in a controlled fashion. Place hands right next to your chest on the ground and do a pushup keeping your elbows glued to your side…elbows should not flare out like a traditional pushup…repeat
  • Slow mo Scissors…Lay on your back, legs flat on on ground.  Lift right leg straight up so that sole of foot is facing the ceiling.  Bring left leg a few inches off the ground.  Hold for 2 beats and switch, continue.  Legs don’t touch the ground in between reps
  • Floor Jacks…Get in the plank positon (lay on stomach, lift body off ground so all your weight is on forearms and toes. Body in straight line.) Jump your legs out to the side (left goes out to left side and right goes out to right side)at the same time like you are doing a jumping jack but from the plank position.  Bring them back into the start position and repeat
  • Globe Jumps…Start in the deep squat position with feet a little wider than shoulder width, knees bent, toes facing forward, knees behind toes, finger tips touching the ground.  Explode and jump up off the floor and over to the right.  Land softly on your toes and landing back into the deep squat.  Explode up and jump backwards landing softly and landing in the deep squat.  Explode up and jump to the left landing softly back into the deep squat. Explode up and jump forward and land softly in the deep squat.  Continue to make a square shape with your jump squats.
  • Chair Sits…feet together, arms straight up by your ears.  Bend at the waist a tad and sit down like you are trying to sit in a chair keeping your butt back and knees behind your toes
  • Plank Row…Start in the plank position either on your hands and feet or on hands and knee for a modified version with weights in your hand.  Keeping your core tight bring your elbow directly up toward the ceiling, hand and weight will finish by your rib.  Lower back down a few inches from the ground and repeat for a total of 4 reps.  Do a pushup and repeat row on the other side.  Repeat.
  • Slow mo pushups…Start in pushup position, hands in line with your chest and a little wider than shoulder width.  Either on your toes or on your knees (no butts in the air, body in straight line) lower your self down for a count of 4 and raise yourself up for a count of 4…repeat
  • Plank Punch/Wide Mt Climbers: Start in the plank position up on your hands and toes with body in a straight line. Balancing yourself punch your right arm straight forward. Put it back on the ground and punch your other arm out (that equals 2 reps).  After 8 reps, stay in the plank position but drive your right knee out to the side up toward your right shoulder.  Return it to the start position and do the same with the opposite leg (that equals 2 reps).  After 8 reps return back to the plank punch and repeat.
  • Plie squat, regular squat, skinny squat combo: start with feet wide, toes pointed out at a 45 degree angle.  Lower down into a squat keeping your shoulders back and do NOT stick your butt out on this one.  Knees should be behind toes and return to the top.  Repeat for a total of 8 reps.  Bring feet in to a little wider than shoulder width and point toes forward.  Sticking your butt back and leaning forward just a tad, lower down into a squat (thighs almost parallel with ground if you can) and return to the top. Repeat for total of 8.  Bring feet in to shoulder width apart and perform same squat as previous. Do for 8 reps.  Repeat that whole combo 3 times.
  • Plank walk…From plank position step right hand and right foot out to the right side simultaneously. Bring your left hand and left leg in to the right simultaneously. Repeat one more time.  Now just reverse the move to the left 2 times.  Repeat.
  • Iso Biceps….With a weight in each hand, glue your right elbow to your side and bring your forearm up as to make a right angle with your arm. Hold it there.  While you are holding your right arm still, perform a bicep curl with your left arm.  Again, the left elbow should be glued to your side while you lift the weight up toward your shoulder only moving the forearm.  Repeat for a total of 4 reps and switch sides.  Repeat so that each side does a total of 16 reps.
  • One leg squat and touch the floor…pick your right foot off the ground so your foot is behind you so that all your weight is on your left foot.  Lower down into a squat, pushing your butt back and keeping your knee behind your toe. When you get half way down, bend over slightly at the waist and touch the ground with your finger tips and return to the top. Make sure you stand all the way back up.  It should feel like a squat/deadlift combo. Feel it in your legs and your lower back.  Repeat on the same side for 16 and then switch.
  • High knees, low sprint, mt climber… Standing up straight bring your right knee up to hip height and switch doing the same thing with left knee.  It should be fast.  Don’t lean back.  Do for 8 reps. Then sprint in place for 8 reps.  Then get into the plank position and bring your right knee up to your chest and return it to the start position and repeat with the left leg.  This should be fast too.  Picture sprinting from the plank position.  Repeat for 8 reps.  Do that whole combo for a total of 3 times.


*Remember to always listen to your body.  Take a break when you need to…go at your own pace.   Always consult your physician and/or healthcare professional before beginning any exercise and/or diet program. If you experience any pain or difficulty with exercises or diet, stop and consult your physician and/or healthcare professional immediately.

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