Focus T25 Results!

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First off, I need to be honest about some things. I completed this program, but I wasn’t always excited about it. I LOVED that it was an intense workout that only took 25 minutes per day, but sometimes I just didn’t want to do it. Most days I did. A few days I had to miss because of vacation or waking up late. But I will say that 90-95% of the time, I did my workouts as prescribed. I modified A LOT. Especially in the beginning, I couldn’t hang with Shaun. I had to stick with Tania and do a lot of modified moves. I couldn’t jump as much as I was supposed to. It did get easier, and I was able to modify less by the end of Alpha (and then Beta slammed me!), but even some things like the pike-ups never did get easy for me.

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I also didn’t follow the nutrition plan very strictly. I tried a lot of the foods in the fast track guide and in the nutrition guide, but we ate a lot of our typical foods at home. We are pretty clean eaters, but I ate more breads and sweets (hellllooo birthdays!) and restaurant foods than I should’ve. There was also a beer or (twenty)two during those 10 weeks that I probably could’ve done without. But life happens, right?

So as I went through the program, I began to get discouraged when the scale didn’t really move. But we all know the scale is a dirty liar (even though I went as far as to buy a new one that I thought would lie less), so I took my measurements often. Not much change. It’s frustrating when you feel like you’re giving your all for 10 weeks and you aren’t seeing numbers move. A little bit of movement, but not much.

So I wasn’t very on-the-ball with getting these pictures taken. I didn’t take them right away when I finished T25. It wasn’t until a week later when I was ready to start Insanity that I decided it was time to take pics. Because I was determined to get the results I wanted with Insanity, and I wanted proof that I had made some changes to my body.

Tonight, I decided to upload my pics so I could submit them to Beachbody in order to get my free Focus T25 t-shirt (who doesn’t love a free shirt?!). After everything I’ve just said, you can imagine my surprise…MY SHOCK…when I looked at my pictures. I had forgotten what my before pictures looked like, and I really didn’t think I even looked that much different now. I was wrong.

Slide1 Slide2 Slide3Ummm…WOW!! Right?? I mean, even my HAIR changed colors! LOL! No but really, can you believe it?! Hardly any weight change, not much change in inches, but my BODY looks totally DIFFERENT!! Look at those guns! And where did my butt go? It almost makes me cry to see those muscles. If you don’t know me and don’t know how I used to be — I was the wimpy girl! I couldn’t do much of anything. No strength. No energy. No endurance. And now I have muscles! I love feeling strong. It’s amazing.

So here are my results. Real person, real teacher, real mom – spending just 25 minutes per day working out, 6 days per week. No pills, no crazy diets, not giving up all of the foods I love. Just eating and drinking in moderation and being consistent in what I do – drinking Shakeology every day and working out.

If you want to try this program, I can help you! I have a new challenge group starting up each month, and my next one starts soon. You can be in my group and get tons of support, motivation, and accountability. I’ll give you meal plans, grocery lists, and nutrition advice.

To make me your FREE coach, go here: https://www.teambeachbody.com/tbbsignup/-/tbbsignup/free?referringRepId=227109

To check out Focus T25 and order it for yourself, go here: http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/BCPT25205?referringRepId=227109

If I can do it, you can do it.

 

 

Paleo Diet, Day 3

Woohoo, no headache today!! Today was definitely way easier than the first two days, which I attribute to my body getting over the “sugar flu” and not thinking that it needs so many carbs all day.

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So here is my day:

*Energy & Endurance, Focus T25 Rip’t Circuit – NAILED IT!!
*Vanilla Shakeology, Results & Recovery, vanilla almond milk
*Banana and orange slices
*Two boiled eggs, salad
*Almonds, banana (a little fruit heavy today)
*Ultimate Paleo chili, recipe from Robb Wolf

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This stuff was amazing. This picture isn’t great because I was scarfing it down…and honestly this was my second bowl haha.

I followed the recipe pretty closely, except I used ground turkey in place of beef. I also used Rotel instead of just tomatoes because it was what I had. But I will definitely be making this again! And who knew you’d ever want to put coffee IN your chili??

I’ll absolutely never used packets of chili mix again.

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Make this soon. You won’t regret it.

Paleo Diet, Day 1 Success!!

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Today was a good eating day!! It was my first day of my Paleo Challenge, and I nailed it! Here’s a quick recap of my day:

*Energy & Endurance with a little water
*Focus T25 Rip’t Circuit with 10 pound weights
*Vanilla Shakeology with unsweetened vanilla almond milk and one scoop of Results and Recovery (not paleo, but it is my exception because of my fitness routine)
*snack of roasted almonds
*lunch was a big salad topped with tuna and salsa
*snack of more almonds and an apple
*dinner was a DELISH plate of baked thin pork chops topped with apples and onions, and a side of green beans.
*after dinner was an avocado deviled egg and some decaf coffee

Yes, I know that green beans are technically a legume, but I have found info saying that they are the most acceptable bean in the paleo diet. And since I didn’t have any broccoli like I had planned for dinner, beans it was. :-/

But I am still so proud of myself! I didn’t cheat! No sweets! No peanut butter crackers at work when I got stressed! That’s success in my world.

One day down, 6 to go. I think I can do this. 🙂

Quick and Easy Home Workout

Hey everybody! Things are busy busy busy around here, finishing up some MAJOR home projects as well as getting ready for school to start. Work begins for me tomorrow, but I wanted to pop in and post this!

Last weekend, I made my first ever workout video. It’s completely amateur, and there isn’t much to it, but I wanted to be able to give you guys a quick 5 minute workout that you can do at home. Some of my followers don’t go to the gym or don’t have an exercise plan, or maybe just aren’t sure where to start. Hopefully the workouts are pretty universal, although they may either be too easy or too difficult for some.

Here is this week’s workout, the second video in this series. (Excuse the poor videography – that’s my child assisting me, haha.) All of these moves were taken from or inspired by the Alpha phase of Focus T25 by Shaun T.

 

And if you want to see last week’s video that I forgot to post, here it is.

I will be posting new videos each weekend, so be sure to subscribe and check back! You can follow me on Youtube if you like, and if you want to join our FREE workout group on Facebook, click here and request to join!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/134197333417996/

August Challenge Groups – Coming Up!

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Can you believe summer is almost over?!! I start working again in just a little over 2 weeks, and it doesn’t even seem like it’s possible for that time to be here again. This summer has been great though, and I have definitely enjoyed it.

But just because the hot weather will be coming to a close doesn’t mean it’s time to forget about that beach-ready body! I am currently in week 2 of my own personal challenge group for testing out the new Focus T25 program, and I am loving it! Even if it means waking up at 5:00 AM during the school year just to get in my workout, I’m going to make it happen. My students are going to appreciate the energy I have because of it.

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I can’t keep all this fitness goodness to myself though! It’s time for some NEW challenge groups for the new month! And I have three options for you:

1. 30 day Clean Eating & Shakeology Support Group (Aug. 5)
2. 60 day Challenge Group (Aug. 5) 
3. 7 day Shakeology Cleanse (Aug. 12)
 
Here are the deets:
 
30 Day Clean Eating & Shakeology Support Group – This group is a 30 day online accountability group (closed so it’s completely private) starting August 5th. I will teach you the basics of clean eating. My goals in this group are to (1) teach you how to effectively fuel your body so that food is no longer the enemy and (2) teach you what foods to pair together to keep your body working at its maximum performance. 
 
During this 4 week group, you will create 4 customized meal plans of your own. You will learn about good vs bad choices. You will learn how to handle social situations. You will feel more confident making good choices when out to eat at restaurants. You will learn how to make this a LIFESTYLE and not a diet.
 
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The cost of this program is only the cost of Shakeology. Shakeology is a requirement because while we are trying to figure out good vs bad choices, what and when to eat, it’s important to have one meal a day that you don’t have to think about. Shakeology is one meal that will fuel your body for the rest of the day with vitamins, nutrients, and whole foods, and the best part is that you don’t even have to think about it. Just blend it up and drink up! It’s so easy!
 
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60 Day Challenge Group – This group is my absolute favorite to run and we are starting on August 5th! 60 days is the PERFECT amount of time to see amazing results but it’s also not too long that you get bored. We will start by determining your WHY or the reason that you want to do this group. For me, it was so that I could get my life back and be a healthy role model for my children. We take your end goal and break it down into 15, 30 and 45 day goals. We will take progress pics and measurements on day 1, 30, and 60. No one EVER has to see these pics. They are for tracking progress because your scale is a dirty liar 😉 We will also talk about clean eating and meal planning.
 
You don’t have to be near me to participate in this group. You can live anywhere in the United States or Canada because it is also a closed Facebook group. There are small daily assignments designed to motivate you and help you keep going with your workouts and clean eating. Success is DIRECTLY related to participation in the group. Trust me, I am living proof! 
 
For this group, I will help you choose a Beachbody fitness program that best meets your needs and you will also be required to replace one meal a day with Shakeology for the duration of the challenge. After that, you can make the decision whether or not to continue. This group is very limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.
 
*Just a side note before I explain the last group*
 
The newest Beachbody program, Focus T25, is on special until the end of July. Purchase the T25 Challenge Pack from me and you will get a reduced price. It’s over $90 in savings! Not to mention it is currently my FAVORITE workout program from Beachbody. 
 
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7 Day Shakeology Challenge – This group is an awesome introduction to Shakeology, clean eating, and meal planning. You will purchase 7 individual Shakeology packets from me and in return, you will be placed into a closed Facebook group. In that group, you will have a meal plan laid out for you, you will replace one meal a day with Shakeology, and pledge to workout in some way, shape, or form for 30 minutes each day. This is a great way to see if a September Challenge Group might be good for you.
 
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I hope to get to work with all of you in a challenge group. I am passionate about them because a challenge group CHANGED MY LIFE. I want to pay it forward! Comment or message me today to join the group that best suits YOU – and let’s get this started!
 
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My 90 Day Results and Review of ChaLEAN Extreme

((UPDATE: Beachbody used MY pictures on the CLX Facebook page! Check it out here!))

It’s over! I have completed my personal 90 day challenge of ChaLEAN Extreme. It is a three month program, and this past weekend marked the end of those three months. I am pretty happy with my results! Sorry for the poor picture quality. My phone wasn’t ready for all of this at 5:30 AM.

Slide1 Slide2 Slide3 Slide4So as you can see, I haven’t had any amazing transformation like what you might see on The Biggest Loser, but I have had some pretty awesome results! I lost a little over 10 pounds in 3 months — which may not sound like much, but when you know that muscle weighs more than fat, and I gained a LOT of muscle, 10 pounds is a pretty good number! I also lost inches all over my body. My clothes either fit much better or have gotten to be too big. I’m excited to have a reason to buy new clothes soon! My tummy is flatter, my shoulders are more defined, my booty is perkier and tighter than it was, and my thighs (my BIG problem area) have gotten smaller and more shapely! I’m not embarrassed to take my kids to the pool anymore. I’m not afraid of running in shorts (haha, inner thigh burn, anyone??). I don’t mind wearing tank tops all summer.

My body isn’t perfect. It probably never will be. But it is better and I am COMFORTABLE in my SKIN. I am proud of what I’ve accomplished – and I don’t just mean weight loss. I am proud of sticking with something for THREE WHOLE MONTHS!! I never thought I could do that, and I’m sure hubs didn’t believe me when I said I would try. I did it religiously, no excuses for skipping workouts except when we moved across the country. I increased my strength and now I can do work around the house and yard that I used to not be able (or willing) to do. I am seeing improvement and success in every area of my life. I have CONFIDENCE.

I ate clean foods probably 80% of the time. I definitely would’ve seen better results if I had watched my foods a little more closely, especially in this last month. I was a little too friendly with the wine and I let myself have some snackier foods that I should’ve done without. But I’m not mad about it! I just know what choices I have made that have given me the results I got instead of more of the muscle definition that I wanted.

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So here’s what I think about ChaLEAN Extreme: This is listed as a workout for advanced fitness people, but I disagree. Yes, it’s tough. It was tough for me when I first started. I did a lot of pushing pause to catch my breath, especially during the cardio days (HIIT, what what!!!). I would yell talk loudly, grunt and groan, and I may have let a few choice words fly. Sorry I called you names, Chalene.

But the program itself is genius. It mixes weight training with cardio to perfection. It is a program that grows with you! So you can only do bicep curls with 3 pound weights? No problem! Do it. And then when that gets too easy, move up to 5 pounds. Or on the inverse of that – maybe you are a guy and you can curl 20 pounds. Super. Do it, and do it slowwwwlllyyyy, and when that’s too easy, increase it. And uh, whether you are a man or a woman, you are going to fall in love with Chalene. She’s motivating, inspiring, not annoying, super cute, and infectious.

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Pairing CLX with Shakeology is just a winning combination. I have been able to keep my B12 levels up without giving myself weekly shots. I have felt energy that I didn’t have before, and I don’t crave as many sweets or bad foods as I did before. And knowing that I’m committed to this program has given me the FOCUS and DRIVE to push through it.

Now that I’m finished, I’ve been a little slack on exercising. I’m about to start running again, but eh…I haven’t wanted to get up and work out since my program is over. I like my coffee and PJs. I am still drinking my shakes, but I’ve relaxed a little bit in the carbs department. And you know what? My body is feeling it. Yesterday I felt like poo all day and even fell asleep on the couch. My body is telling me that what I’m doing isn’t working for me. That only means one thing…

GOTTA GET BACK ON IT.

So I’m starting Focus T25 in less than two weeks!! I already have a couple of friends who have committed to doing it with me, and I couldn’t be happier! I’m even going to force my offspring to work out with me, mwahahahaha. I’m the best mom EVERRR. And she is going to LOVE IT!!

Giveaway time!!!

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This month I’m trying something new. You all know how excited I have been about my Beachbody products – working out and Shakeology specifically – so I have decided to GIVE some of my favorite products away! And the best part is you have TWO ways to win this month!

Starting tomorrow, July 1, you have one whole month to win a prize pack from me. And as I said, you have TWO ways to win because there are TWO separate prizes!

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The first giveaway is for new challengers! If you have been thinking about trying out Shakeology and you’re looking for a new fitness program, this option is for you!! The one requirement for this prize is that you must choose a challenge pack to buy. I will personally be starting Focus T25 this month. I absolutely can not WAIT to get it, I have been hearing about it for a while and I’ve seen teasers all over the internet. I have friends who have started it and they all talk about how great it is. The best parts are: 1) It’s quick. Only 25 minutes for a workout, and 2) It doesn’t matter what level of fitness you have because ANYBODY can do it! There are modifications for people who are just beginning, but it’s still challenging for those hard-core fitness people out there. You do NOT have to do the Focus T25 challenge pack to enter…it’s just the one I am choosing. There are lots to choose from, depending on what kind of exercise you prefer! You can look at all of the challenge packs available here, just click on SHOP: beachbodycoach.com/kaufycup

If you are military or are a military spouse, YOU WILL WANT to become a coach. No question about it. You are never, ever required to sell anything. You don’t have to actively coach anyone if you don’t want to. You can sign up as a coach strictly for the 25% discount. It’s what I did! I love Shakeology and I fully believe that it is worth $4 per day for a meal that is more nutrient dense than anything I can prepare for myself in my kitchen….but I also like to save money. 🙂 And if I can drink my Shakeology for less, then that’s what I’m going to do!

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Even if you aren’t a military spouse, if you plan to drink Shakeology on a regular basis, you might as well sign up to be a coach. Non-military coaches do have to pay a business fee of $15.95 per month…BUT…you will be saving over $30 on each bag of Shakeology, not to mention the 25% discount on any future workout programs or supplements. It just makes sense to get that discount! I’m wondering if the Beachbody CEOs have even considered this math, haha.

Ok, moving on!

social butterflySo you aren’t quite ready to commit to Shakeology. Maybe you have a routine at your gym that you love and you don’t want to get something new right now. Maybe Jillian Michaels is more your thing than Shaun T is (please say it isn’t so!). That’s ok — you can still win something! Nothing to buy, no commitments…just help me share my blog! Here are SIX different ways you can enter the Social Butterfly giveaway. For each way you want to participate, please COMMENT BELOW. That is how I will keep up with each entry. And if you already are doing some of these things, comment and say so! If you are in my clean eating group on Facebook, comment and tell me that. If you have signed up to subscribe and follow my blog and get updates (just clicking the link on FB doesn’t count!), leave a comment for that. It’s that easy! And who doesn’t like to win something for free??

Speaking of winning…I bet you are wondering what you will win. Right?

Prize pack #1 for the Challengers…

You will win an AWESOME Beachbody workout program! I can’t say which one it is because I am going to let the winner choose! That way it will be completely geared toward your personal health goals and preferences.  Am I nice or what? On top of that, you will get 5 packets of Shakeology, a sweet shaker cup, and 3 P90X bars. This prize pack has a value of AT LEAST $100.00!!!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never won anything like that before. And as an even bigger bonus, you will have the opportunity to win $500 or MORE in the Beachbody Challenge.

Prize pack #2 for the Social Butterflies…

Just for helping me promote my blog and get more followers, you will get your very own Hip Hop Abs by my man Shaun T! Along with that, you get 2 packets of Shakeology – your choice of flavors – a shaker cup, and 2 P90X bars. That prize is worth over $40.00! Not bad for just doing a little clicking and commenting, eh?

Winners will be chosen randomly on August 1 and will be announced here on my blog.  And….you can enter BOTH contests. So get to it!

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