Why Beachbody?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (and this saying always has me thinking of Patrick from SpongeBob series…don’t judge!), you have seen that network marketing, or direct sales companies are becoming more mainstream these days.

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At a Leadership event with my sponsor, Coni. Friendships are what makes this network the best ever!

You can love it or you can hate the idea but it’s taking on a whole new meaning to the term”business owners”.  People are realizing that the lifestyle and the income opportunities are uniquely available compared to any other industry. I know that the “over 40” crowd (much like me!) remember hearing negative comments concerning the Amway company when we were young. Many people failed or dumped a lot of money into it and saw little return. There was also negative chatter about having to carry tons of inventory or having to attend regular “parties”.

In the past 10 or so years, a lot has changed within this industry and if we stay closed minded to all opportunities in life, we will miss out on in one way or another. I’m not saying you have to join a business like this but I am suggesting you get the current information needed to make a valid decision either way. I’ll be honest, when I first heard about this business model, I was completely against it. I had strong opinions of how it was a “scam” or waste of time and money. For me, that opinion has shifted a whole 180 degrees and I want to take a few minutes and explain why.

I see changes as the new and improved generation of network marketing companies evolve.  I’m not here to share the differences between old and new generation companies.  If you are reading this, you already know the differences and may be “shopping” around to see which one is the best company for YOU.  I’ve been with Beachbody for over six years and have created a life that I can finally enjoy in being more present with my family and creating a business that fits into my life.  I’ve sponsored people on my team that have come from OTHER companies and they have shared the differences they see and appreciate with Beachbody.

Here are some differences in working with Beachbody versus other direct sales companies:

No home parties

Thank goodness! I seriously would have been out at the get-go if this was a priority. I know I’ve attended countless Tupperware, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef (to name just a few) and other home parties and honestly they always made me feel slightly uncomfortable. I came really close to signing as a Pampered Chef rep many years ago and decided I wouldn’t be able to commit to hosting these parties and asking everyone else to host one in order to “sell” my products. The home parties is a nice “idea” in getting our friends and family members together to enjoy some girl time…but honestly, I know that I’d always have to figure out what I could get away with “buying” for the hostess to get credit and not look like a party pooper. Not my idea of a business model I could settle into for the long haul.

Some companies have you commit to hosting so many a month.  Then you have the task of putting together a guest list based on which of your friends is employed, has money to spend and is likely to spend it on the next must-have kitchen tool, candle or jewelry item. If three of them are willing to host a show it is a bonus.  Your friends know the routine and know if they collectively spend enough, you will earn free product and the host gift of the month.  It is usually somewhat uncomfortable for everyone.   Beachbody is different.  I have never done a traditional direct sales home party.  What I “have” done that has been natural and organic is invite a friend over to workout with me 🙂  Or, when I have had friends over in general, not related to Beachbody, I serve dishes from the recipes of the fitness meal plans or detoxes.  People always comment on how GREAT the food is and I share that I made it from one of our nutrition programs.  I once invited a bunch of friends over to try a newly released workout with me.  It was pretty freaking awesome having a house full of ladies, sweating and feeling great after the workout.  Endorphins + fun + girl power = now THAT is a party I feel good about offering and paying forward to others<3

 This is a Lifestyle

Beachbody is the number one home health and fitness company in the world.   Beachbody offers over 50 at home fitness programs for all levels.  They also offer nutritional supplements similar to an online health story.  The difference with Beachbody compared to other companies both in health and kitchen ware is, Beachbody focuses more on a LIFESTYLE.

Each complete program has a comprehensive meal plan, a series of workouts and a nutrient dense-whole food shake. This lifestyle can lead to a rewarding career.   Your visible changes are the best tool you have to launch a new career.  As you transform your health, people notice and inquire what you are doing.  No matter where you are on your fitness journey, YOU are your own walking billboard for the lifestyle changes you are making (or have made).  When people ask, you share what you are doing and have learned.  You make suggestions to them, and when they buy from you, you earn income.  Each step of the way you are helping people to become healthier. As they become healthier, their friends will want to do what they are doing too.  Paying a healthy lifestyle forward creates a ripple effect that helps everyone have more energy, feel better in their clothes and not need the doctor.   It is a win/win approach for everyone. Even though I am a personal trainer in experience, I no longer feel the need to “beg and plead” for new clients to sign up for sessions and commit to ridiculous costs in hiring a trainer just to pay my bills. I actually join in with my clients now and we support each other and hold each other accountable so I am no longer dreading spending all of my energy on those who just need a drill seargent.

The Success Club cruise in 2014 that I was able to bring my aunt with me and treat her to her very first all paid for cruise!
The Success Club cruise in 2014 that I was able to bring my aunt with me and treat her to her very first all paid for cruise!

Certifications

Speaking of my past work experiences; with Beachbody you do not have to be a trainer or nutritionist.  This is actually a PLUS for me now and I’ve never regretted hanging up my one on one training sessions. Simply put, the workout program, the motivation and the expertise is now the job of the celebrity trainer in each program. They design workouts that are guaranteed to give promised results. They have a nutritional research and development team come in and put together all the nuts and bolts for our clients…and that includes me!  The “celebrity” trainers are the ones doing all the complicated stuff.  The beauty behind that is we all simply follow what they say to get our results.  As a coach, you are helping customers figure out which program is best for them.  It’s not our job to create and design it.  As a coach, we are helping our customers find what the best package is for them and supporting them through it.

You CAN however, become certified as a trainer in most of the programs.  With that certification you can teach LIVE classes anywhere without the aide of a DVD to follow.  I am Insanity and P90X certified and have taught classes and formats based on these popular workout programs. How cool is that???

The programs work when you follow them!
The programs work when you follow them!

Brand Recognition

Dude…who hasn’t heard of Beachbody? It’s funny because I do run into people all the time who have no idea that Beachbody and P90X or Insanity are part of the same c0mpany. But before I even heard about this business, Beachbody was an infomercial company years before it became a direct sales company.  Most direct sales companies are designed as a network company from day one.  Beachbody fitness infomercials consistently hold many of the top 10 spots in the infomercial rankings.  That constant advertising drives BRAND AWARENESS right into the homes of the American people.  People may not know “Beachbody” or “Shakeology”, but you mention P90x, Insanity or 21 day Fix and chances are they will nod and know what brand you are referring to.  That is a HUGE benefit with Beachbody compared to other companies where the brand relies on paid celebrity endorsements or word of mouth.  Our products are a household name.  In addition, when a customer calls and buys from that informercial, they get put in a lead wheel and randomly assigned to the coaches that qualify for the free customer lead. SWEET!

Income and Overhead

Seriously ridiculous to get started…anywhere between $140-$205 and that’s for our products plus the business opportunity. This includes all of our trainings, our online office, our websites, our customer service, our suppliers and everything else that a business owner would have to pay big money for in overhead costs.

Not here.

Products

Virtual pipeline and top of the line. I’ve looked for over 20 years for the best of supplements and workouts in order to sustain my needs and the needs of my clients and since finding the best with our products, I know that the search is over and I no longer even attempt to be intrigued at something shiny and new on the market.

Multiple Business Centers

Another big difference is in the compensation.  Most direct sales companies allow you to have one business center, while Beachbody allows you two.  It is what Beachbody calls multiple coach business center downlines.  When you reach the rank of a Two Star Diamond Coach, you can request to open a second business center along your down line, which will help you increase your earning potential.

If you would like more information or interested in pursuing this business opportunity, I would love to mentor you and share everything I do and how duplicable and simple it truly is to succeed long term. Like I said, I’ve been here for over 6 years and for me that’s pretty much my jam. Here’s how you can get started with my help:

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22 Minute Hard Corps – Month 2

You know that day when you realize that the season is changing?

I hit that day this past week when I realized how close we are to the summer season. I’m not sure if you can relate (I’m thinking maybe you can), but I suck at staying on track long term with my eating. I usually start off a new program like a true rockstar (one of my favorite terms for when I’m feeling in da zone!)…and then about a few weeks in, I figure that I can have a bit of “this” and a bit of “that” along the way.  What ends up happening is that my focus on foods becomes blurred and although I don’t have issues getting my workouts in, these extra food allowances totally screw me up and I have to get myself back to attention at some point.

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So let me back up a bit and explain what I’m talking about and how I’m making the adjustments this month. I started my new workout program “22 Minute Hard Corps” with Tony Horton of P90X fame and love the fact that the workouts are so time efficient! I planned to be more on track in the food plans; and the short workouts would be a welcome relief in my time crunched schedule.

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That lasted about 2 1/2 weeks.

Not kidding. The problem in my world is that I “think” I’ve got this handled. I have been in a maintenance phase for my body weight but there’s always room to improve in some way. Many of us get stuck in the “temporary diet” phase; where we get set up and lose a bunch of weight and maybe get fit and then we celebrate our results and then decide we’ve “made it” and slowly go back to our old habits.

Ever been there too? 😉

But what did our old habits give us before? Ya, I know, right?

Those results were the same results that made us start the diet plan in the first place. We rinse and repeat. So we start over again when we can’t take feeling bloated/overweight/yucky/etc any longer.

We do this again and again and again. It’s a never ending cycle. The biggest issue with this never ending cycle isn’t the fact that it gets old after awhile (although that is a problem too!). The bigger and more dangerous problem is when we continue this diet on/off process, we start to add more fat to our bodies over time. Had we NOT dieted and un-dieted over and over again, we would most likely be better off.

How is this possible, you ask? Well we first lose the fat and maybe we workout a bit and we put on some lean muscle mass.

Good, right? You bet! But then once we go back to our old, unhealthier habits of not watching what we’re eating and not working out…we put the fat back on and may even lose some of that muscle mass. When we begin the process over again, we start off with MORE fat than the first time around and then what’s worse is we may decide to restrict our calories to unhealthy areas and begin to lose more lean muscle tissue and then later put on more fat again.

and again.

Think that the reason your metabolism slows as we age, is age alone? Not so much!  Somewhat, yes, but it’s worth noting that once this pattern continues over the years…our bodies become less responsive due to more than usual fat stores in the body and less muscle (which, when lean muscle in our bodies is higher, it is responsible for faster metabolism when we are at rest) which just leads us to becoming more discouraged and less motivated to get off the crazy hamster wheels that we’ve adapted to.

If you get anything from this post today…just STOP DIETING!!!! 

Yes, no more dieting, please! Instead, decide to work on the habits that help to end the craziness and create a life of balance and confidence in our bodies. I started after my first son was born. It’s been a journey ever since but the bottom line, is that I don’t ever “finish” creating challenges and making new results to keep my body looking and feeling it’s best. Laziness and complacency do not sit well with me. I don’t like to hear when clients tell me they are too “busy” to eat right and workout. I know it is common and you’ve most likely have said it before too (heck, I’ve said it before too!) but the change needs to happen today.

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So here’s what I’m doing.

Like I said, I’m on the new Tony Horton 22 Minute a day workout program. I follow the calendar of workouts from day 1 to the last day. It’s proven to work in getting results when followed as it’s written out. No danger of spinning our wheels or doing too much/too little in hopes of reaching new goals. But like I mentioned earlier, the problems for me are always in my foods.

I started month 1 (last month) with a clear head and focus on sticking to the plans ‘as is’.

Then about 2-3 weeks in, I “decided” it would be okay to add in an extra fruit one day. Not a big deal, you say? Not at all…if it stopped with that ONE piece of extra. But it never does. I then decided it was also “okay” to sample foods while I’m cooking dinner. My salad looked a bit ho-hum one day so I topped it with some extra cheese (don’t even remember throwing handfuls of shredded cheese into my mouth but I’m sure I did!) I figured I wouldn’t have to measure out my chicken for dinner since it was a “lean protein” and good enough to just eyeball.

See where this is headed? To danger zones! Then when the weekends hit, it doesn’t even phase me to completely go off track and plan to ‘get back’ on Monday. But that’s never even a solid plan for Monday.

As I was finishing month 1 of the plan  last week, I realized I was tired of pretending I’m doing “good enough” when I clearly was only lying to myself (and everyone else who I decided not to come clean to)…so I set up a goal of sharing with you; with my following; with my clients and with my support group of when I went “off” plan. I’m proud to announce that it’s Wednesday of week 5 (I know, a whole 3 days into month 2! haha) and I haven’t gotten off track once yet! 

I say “yet” because it inevitably will happen. We are not meant to be perfect ever. But when that episode happens, I will be blatantly honest in my blog and in my posts online. (you can follow me on Facebook or Instagram for all the juicy details when they come!)

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So just to be clear, here is what I’ve been eating and I’m totally on it today too~ I think it’s the fear of having to admit I’ve gotten off track so early that keeps me focused this week! (I almost threw some bites, licks and tastes into my mouth when cooking last night but the realization of having to share it with you all made me stop and say, “I don’t need that”)

Here’s a list of what I ate yesterday and so far this week has been on track like a BOSS!!! Where do you need most help?

Breakfast:

2 eggs scrambled with veggies

1/2 cup oatmeal topped with strawberries

Coffee with 2 Tbls 1/2 and 1/2 (not on the plan but I like it and it’s only 40 calories)

Snack:

Shakeology

with 1 cup water and 1 cup ice

strawberries and peanut butter

So good!

Lunch:

Ground turkey salad

topped with 2 Tbls Bolthouse dressing

tea

Snack:

1/2 cup oats with 1/2 cup almond milk

greek yogurt and peanut butter

Dinner:

Taco salad: ground turkey on salad topped with hot sauce and 2 Tbsp dressing

Snack:

Oats, almond milke, yogurt and peanut butter

That’s it! All day yesterday was great and same with today! I’m really excited to see how I finish this month off! What are your goals?

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If you need help, here is how you can join in on my support group this month as they help me so much!!!

 

Who Wants ABS? (or maybe I should just ask who doesn’t to weed out the non-committed folks!) :)

IMG_0953This is for all the beautiful people who have been dreaming and wishing and hoping to one day have a sexy midsection! Is that YOU?? I am pretty sure it’s most of the population! LOL

When it comes to creating incredible abs, even the most effective workout programs can only bring you so far. That’s because you can’t get a flat, hard midsection without losing body fat. No matter how much effort you put into creating a six-pack, no one’s going to see it if it’s covered by a layer of flab.

Seriously, I know! I’ve worked out so intensely and so often that if this was a proven method, I’d have had a six pack for most of you reading this today! 😉  But, alas, foods are the KEY to getting those abs to POP!

If you’re following the dietary guidelines of a fitness program, you’ll automatically be eating the right foods to lose fat as you get in shape. But the following seven principles can give you an extra edge, and will help ensure that the effort you’re putting into your abs will bring you the results you want.

1. Get plenty of protein
Eating enough lean protein promotes fat loss and muscle gain, the two most important elements for developing great abs. It also helps keep you from getting hungry while you’re eating right. You don’t have to gobble down 12-ounce steaks—just eat a normal portion of lean meat, fish, low-fat dairy, or vegetarian protein with every meal, and make sure your snacks contain some protein, too. If you still have a hard time getting enough in your diet, a daily Shakeology shake can be a perfect addition.

By the way, protein is especially important in the morning, when a lot of people don’t get as much as they should. A protein-rich breakfast will help keep your blood sugar steady for hours, preventing the dips that can lead to cravings later in the day. (Try some low-fat chicken sausage, or an omelet with one whole egg and three egg whites, along with fruit or whole-grain toast.) Tell me how much protein do YOU get each day? I see and talk with so many women who DON’T bcuz they think it will “bulk” them up….

NOT! Get that protein in yo face asap! 😉

2.Reconsider your carbs.
Despite the popularity of low-carbohydrate diets, the average American meal is still too high in sugar and fast-burning starches to bring body fat down to ab-baring levels. It’s time to say goodbye to sweetened soda, ditch the Doritos, and save the cake for your birthday. DUH!  If your fitness plan calls for a sports drink before a long cardio workout, or a carb-and-protein recovery drink after resistance training, that’s fine. But the rest of the time, stick with foods that are on the low end of the glycemic index (refer to GlycemicIndex.com for more information)—these foods burn more slowly, so they won’t spike your blood sugar and insulin levels.

3. Have fun with fiber.
Something about the word “fiber” just doesn’t sound appetizing. But high-fiber foods can actually be quite delicious: fresh berries and other fruits, salads loaded with colorful produce, your favorite steamed vegetables or vegetable soup, stews or chili made with beans, chewy whole-grain breads and cereals…You get the picture. (These foods just happen to be loaded with nutrients as well.) High-fiber foods keep you fuller with fewer calories, and they help keep your digestive system working at its best—a double-whammy for getting rid of belly bulge. And “double-whammy” is such a fun word to use that I encourage you to try it out a few times this week!

4. Enjoy some yogurt.
Probiotics, the healthful bacteria found in yogurt and other fermented foods, have been proven to help reduce belly fat. In a recent study in Finland, new mothers who took probiotic supplements averaged smaller waist circumferences—and lower body fat in general—than those who didn’t take probiotic supplements. And while the topic is still controversial, studies have found that eating lots of calcium-rich dairy foods like yogurt may increase overall weight loss. It’s why I eat Greek yogurt and drink my Shakeology DAILY!!

5. Don’t forget to eat.
Tempted to lower your daily calorie count by skipping meals? Don’t. Seriously, I cannot tell you how many women tell me that they don’t know why they aren’t losing weight; since they only eat maybe 1 time a day!!! EXCUSE MOI??????

Going hungry can raise your levels of the stress-related hormone cortisol, which research has found can increase belly fat even in otherwise thin women. And eating too infrequently can lower your metabolism and energy levels, while increasing the chance that you’ll get too hungry and decide to chuck your meal plan entirely. If you’re eating the right foods, regular meals and snacks will keep your body fueled while you’re working toward that strong core. You MUST eat!!! It’s the ONLY way! 😉

6. Drink more fluids. Hydration is important when you’re on a fitness plan, but drinking plenty of water has particular benefits for your midsection. It helps keep your stomach full, so you don’t overeat, and it helps flush out excess sodium to prevent belly bloating. (Eating more potassium-rich foods, such as tomatoes and bananas, will also help in this area.) Plain ol’ H20 can’t be beat, but you can also switch it up with flavored waters, iced tea, and anything else you like to drink that isn’t full of sweeteners. How much do you need? The old rule of 8 glasses a day is a good start, but everyone is different: drink more if you’re exercising or it’s hot out, and drink less if you’re running to the bathroom every 5 minutes.  I will challenge you to drink the recommended amount for fit individuals; 1/2 your body weight in ounces!! So for someone who is 150 lbs; they would need to drink at least 75 oz of water every day! Or a gallon if you are really up to the challenge!

7. …With two exceptions.
It’s time to cut down on those mood-altering substances, coffee and alcohol. Too much caffeine raises your cortisol levels and can impair your sleep, which can lower the production of fitness-promoting hormones. Meanwhile, the proverbial “beer belly” isn’t just the result of extra calories—alcohol actually makes it more difficult for your body to metabolize carbs and fat. Booze also stimulates your appetite and lowers your inhibitions, which can lead to bingeing. The best road to flat abs is no alcohol at all, but if you really like a drink now and then, just have one at a time (and no more than a few a week), and stay away from higher-calorie beers and sugary mixed drinks. Something to seriously consider especially over the weekends, am I right or am I right? (you are SO smart! lol)

If you add these rules to your fitness plan, you’re sure to see faster improvements in your midsection. Of course, there’s an added bonus to eating this way: it’ll keep you healthier, too. That may not be as big an inducement as great abs, but that’s just  for free.

Do you need an added incentive? I have a BUSY MOM’S support group starting first of the month and welcome you to message me today for info on joining. You can succeed and have time for your family AND save money along the way! All thrown in for extra bonus!! 😉

Email me at: http://www.spazzykay@gmail.com

Cruise Recap of SS Beachbody 2014

Is it Spring yet?

I’m loving the weather this week in So Cal and really enjoying being home again following our SS Beachbody Cruise last week. What a week!! Yes, I’m going to fill you in on all the info and silliness that I am known to do 😉

I also have a NEW challenge I’m entering and it will take the place of the WBFF Fitness competition I had planned on competing in this April…but for obvious reasons of overseas travels and family settlings; I decided it wasn’t in my best interest to add such a huge challenge during the last few months. It’s so important to be flexible in your life and not be tied down to anything that doesn’t support the most important areas of your life. 🙂 Mine is my family and this past year has shown me so much in love, compassion, support, beauty, healing, strength and more. Isn’t life amazing???

Okay, sappy time over! Time to give you the update on the cruise last year.

So, as you already know (or maybe not; who knows what you know about me so I won’t make assumptions here…), I work as an online coach for Beachbody.  This past year, I earned a FREE cruise the the Caribbean and was able to bring one guest for free as well.

My hubby despises cruises. I really wanted him to join me but wouldn’t want him to be unhappy on a trip that should be enjoyable. He was okay with me going and so I decided to take my aunt who had asked me before if I would take a cruise with her ever. She has never done a cruise and when I asked her, she was elated 😉

It’s funny how fast it came up and how fast it went but here I am to tell the story. (but only if you are interested in hearing it…lol) So, we flew off to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida last Sunday evening and spent the night in a nice enough hotel with eagerness and excitement to spare! Some of our fellow coaches were also staying at the same hotel so it wasn’t a shock to see them on the shuttle to the port the following morning. If you have never done a cruise before, the arrivals and departures can take awhile so it’s good to just accept it and enjoy the process.

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As we drove up to the port, we saw our ship “The Liberty of the Seas” with the banner welcoming us Beachbody coaches. I had done another cruise with Beachbody 3 years prior but we had only less than half of the ship to ourselves; the rest was filled with the general public This particular cruise was ONLY Beachbody coaches and corporate and trainers…they basically chartered the WHOLE ship!!! Tony Horton, Shaun T and our newest trainer, Autumn Calabrese (of the 21 Day Fix program) were also on board.

Really an exciting trip and overwhelming that it was paid for completely.

Once we boarded the ship, my aunt and I enjoyed the balcony room we shared and sat watching the port of Ft. Lauderdale before we departed. As we left to sea, I had a deja vu moment from the cruise 3 years ago:

We were leaving the same port on another Beachbody cruise and while we were watching the shore move away from us; my aunt called my cell phone. She had no idea that I was on a cruise. She asked if I was busy and I told her, “I’m actually leaving RIGHT now on a cruise ship for a week!” She was excited but asked me if I’d ever consider joining her on a cruise as she had been wanting to go but didn’t know who would be a good travel partner. I told her it would be a great idea and she seemed excited….

So, cut to me this last week and we were again, moving away from the shore line as I remembered the above phone call. I turned to my aunt and said, “oh my gosh! I just remembered the last time I left on this cruise and you called me!” She looked at me as she also remembered that phone call and with a smile from ear to ear, said, “And you remembered ME!”….That statement melted my heart and I knew it was right that I had asked her to come.

Anyway, the rest of the day was spent unpacking and then we got ready for dinner. The dining rooms for dinner aboard cruise ships is always a special experience and this was no different. Our group of fellow team members sat at a table together and we just had a great time talking about the days ahead.

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The next day was at sea.  I woke up at 6am to attend a live workout at poolside with none other than Shaun T. He always delivers and this workout was no different. He stayed true to Focus T25 style and made it a little more challenging with some new moves thrown in and more choreography to the music playing. Immediately following that workout, Tony Horton came out for some P90X3 style workout that just completed the hour-plus long sweat session and then we enjoyed some Shakeology to refuel.  My aunt slept most of the day and I attended the Beachbody panel to hear Carl Daikeler (our CEO) talk about his story in his earlier years. He then welcomed the 3 fitness trainers to the stage and they chatted about infomercials, success in this biz and more.

Days at sea are a bit on the boring side for me…just saying. But we enjoyed the pool side and some relaxation. Again, dinner followed and it was Formal night. Fun to dress up! 😉

Day #3 was spent in Cozumel, Mexico but not before I attended a live workout with Autumn Calabrese. We did Pilates and then I ran back to the room to change and met my aunt for our excursion on shore.

We saw the Mayan ruins and beautiful beaches and some shops on the island. It was a relaxing day and the weather was amazing. I couldn’t believe how relaxed I felt and didn’t want it to end. Back on board the ship, we had lunch and then relaxed before we headed out to sea again. That night was “disco” night. Some of the coaches dressed up like the disco era but I just wore a dress that could have passed for that time plus some wedge heels to top it off…or “bottom” it out! lol

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We were told that since it was such a large distance from Cozumel to Grand Cayman; the ship would be going faster than usual to make up time.

They weren’t kidding.

It seemed like we were SPEEDING in the enormous cruise liner and the choppy water and stormy seas didn’t help ease my mind. (I’m a baby when it comes to the ocean or flying in the air) We actually experienced a full on thunder storm as we were hurdling through the ocean towards the next destination…lol  Kind of scary…

But we made it safely to the Grand Cayman island and this island I had visited once before so I was familiar with the excursions. I started the day off with another workout with Autumn, as she had promised us “legs” day and didn’t disappoint! For the day on land, I opted out of doing any specific plans and just walked the island with my friend, Coni, while my aunt went to swim with the stingrays with some other ladies in our group. It was perfect for my mood and we actually headed back to the ship a few hours early to have lunch and lounge around the pool for some tanning before we departed again.

That night for dinner was “white night”. There was supposed to be a DJ and some festivities around the pool that night but it started to rain and everyone hid for cover.

The following day was at sea…once again. I tried my best to wake up for the early workout with Shaun T again but apparently I slept through my alarm and didn’t make ANY workouts that day! haha I guess I really needed that extra sleep. This was another panel day and we heard the top 10 coaches from 2013 talk about their success and tips on how to follow in their footsteps.

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Dinner was more casual and we had to start to pack our belongings in getting ready to depart the next morning.

I have to say that I had a wonderful time but towards the end; I really missed my hubby and kids and looked forward to being reunited with them again. My aunt seemed to have a wonderful time and talked about cruising again in the near future.

As for me, I think I’ll stick to the land vacations and really cannot wait for the Cancun trip next year at a 5 star resort. This time; hubby is coming with me as it’s a destination trip and will not disappoint!

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! 😉 I also wanted to share my next fitness challenge I’ll be competing in this coming June but you’ll have o wait for tomorrow’s blog cuz this chica is tired and needs some beauty sleep!!

Isn’t life awesome???

Workouts a Waste of Time???

So have you heard that working out won’t help you reach your goals?

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Wait, WHAT???  Did I hear that correctly?  Yes, it’s been said numerous times and In a new book called The Cure For Everything: Untangling Twisted Messages About Health, Fitness and Happiness, Timothy Caulfield summarizes the data on fitness and exercise, and takes apart some of the common myths associated it.

If exercising alone could produce weight loss, we’d be a whole lot skinnier as a nation and those “success” stories would be far more common.

In general, and in the long run, as Caulfield notes, “The data simply does not support the use of exercise as a primary tool for getting thin.” Here’s Caulfield quoting Todd Miller, professor in the Department of Exercise Science at George Washington University: “People don’t understand that it is very difficult to exercise enough to lose weight. If that is why you are doing it, you are going to fail”.

This can’t be good news for the fitness industry, can it?

Let me clarify that exercise is my passion.  I will not stop; as long as I can continue moving my body and breathing.  But, does it help me reach all of my fitness goals, if done alone?

Simple answer to that is a resounding, “NO”!

Why?  In basic terms, most people go into a new fitness plan with excitement and motivation and high expectations. (think back to that packed gym room or Zumba class at the beginning of the New Year)  What they don’t take into account is HOW to actually achieve it.  There is a science to it and just simply “moving more”; won’t get your weight to drop as much as you hope.

What must happen, instead, is the practice of good nutrition, water intake, rest AND a well devised fitness program based on your goals and level.  If you haven’t ever exercised since you played soccer in sixth grade; I would never ask you to take on an extreme fitness program such as, Insanity or P90X.  These workouts get a bad rap due to the fact that complete beginners purchase them in hoping they can achieve similar success goals as seen in the infomercials.

NOT!  The better suggestion is to begin with a basic approach and build as you get stronger and better.  I would suggest simple walking for 30 minutes daily and a good nutrition plan; along with some basic supplementation to bridge the gaps in your diet.  From that point; you could start to add strength training and yoga/stretching to build the platform in your complete training plan.  Power 90 and Hip Hop Abs are better starting plans before you hit the extreme graduate programs.

Without a plan, you cannot hit a target.  You are just throwing darts and arrows all around the room; with your eyes closed, hoping to hit a target somewhere.  It won’t happen.  You will be discouraged and quit.  Or if you had invested in a program that doesn’t suit your current level or goals; you will become defeated and give up.  What will the reason be in your opinion?  That it just doesn’t work.  You aren’t strong/good/focused/etc enough to succeed.

We know that this is completely FALSE!!! You CAN achieve any goal or dream you desire if you have the proper goals in mind; the determination or “WHY” you want to reach those goals (and these must be meaningful enough to get your butt off the couch when you are tired and lazy and don’t want to) and the ideal planning.

Is it easy to do?  Sure!  It’s also very easy NOT to do if you have failed at it before or just don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.  That’s where a trainer/coach/mentor/friend/etc can come into play and guide you towards your success.  Choose wisely and ask a lot of questions before deciding on the best fit for you.  Also, make sure there is a guarantee on your satisfaction before you enter/sign-up.

Are you more aware of the importance now of exercise?  Do you feel you can start a program now and achieve your results?  If you need motivation and guidance and some help along the journey; please send me a message to find out how I can better help you.

“I do believe that when we face challenges in life that are far beyond our own power, it’s an opportunity to build on our faith, inner strength, and courage. I’ve learned that how we face challenges plays a big role in the outcome of them.”
– Sasha Azevedo
Resources:  Johnny Bowden, PhD, C.N.S. in the Huffington Post Blog