I’ve always been the tall, thin girl, who never had to exercise, or give much thought to what I ate. But then one day I looked in the mirror and didn’t even recognize myself. I had packed on 10 pounds, was bloated beyond belief, and looked exhausted. I felt horrible inside and out, and my confidence was totally shot.
I didn’t know what to do to reverse what I had done until a friend reminded me that I had purchased P90X a few years back, and suggested I give it a try. I’ve always been impressed by the results other people got—so I dug it out, dusted it off, and found my Team Beachbody Coach, Jamie Len Cumbo. I’m so incredibly thankful I did, because Jamie and my Challenge Group helped me turn my life around in just three short months.
It’s really tough going from NEVER working out and eating junk for 21 years, to pushing play EVERY SINGLE DAY and eating healthy! So if it weren’t for Jamie and my Challenge Group, I would have thrown in the towel and quit very early on. The only reason I succeeded was because of the accountability and the inspirational aspect of the group. We’d share tips, recipes, and motivational quotes on a daily basis, which was key to keeping everyone on track.
I’ve never been a major sweets person, but have always been addicted to bad carbs, like breads and pastas. But within the first week of drinking Shakeology, my cravings disappeared, my digestion improved, and my energy level shot up significantly. Looking back, I wish I started drinking url=http://www.teambeachbody.com/nutrition-shake/shakeology]Shakeology[/url] on day one, but unfortunately, I didn’t take my first sip until the last month ofP90X. Now I can’t image living without it.
I ended up losing 9 pounds with P90X and Shakeology, and I’m down to my “normal” weight. I went from having 20% body fat to only 14%, and I’ve toned up completely. The body parts I’m most proud of after P90X are my abs. I’ve always been skinny, but I’ve never had abs. Now I do and it feels great! I’ve also regained my confidence and absolutely love life again.
I had such a successful experience that I’m now a Beachbody Coach, on a mission to help others regain their health, bodies, and lives. If I could do it, anyone can.
In high school I played offensive line and was expected to be as big as possible, so I got into the habit of eating anything and everything in sight. When my weight crept up to 250 lbs. during my freshman year of college, I felt absolutely awful, but had no idea how to downsize. Then a sports injury cut my athletic dreams, and college days, short. So I moved home to become a firefighter—just like my dad.
But before my First Responder days could begin, I knew I had to lose a ton of weight. I mean, how was I supposed to pull someone out of a burning building when I was too out of shape to get to them in time? With that realization, I vowed to lose weight, get in shape, and not let my poor physical condition be the reason someone didn’t make it out of a fire alive.
I had seen several Beachbody® infomercials on TV and they all promised great things, so I gave a few a try. First I did INSANITY®. Figured I needed something pretty insane to start peeling off those pounds. Then I moved on to P90X®, and just recently completed INSANITY: THE ASYLUM® Vol. 1. I also drank Shakeology®, which gave me a ton of energy and helped me slim down.
Between those three incredible workout programs, Shakeology, and completely revamping my diet, I lost 50 pounds, went from a 40” waist down to 31”, and shredded 20% of my body fat. Now I have as little body fat as an elite athlete, sporting an amazingly low 6%. I can see muscles that I didn’t even know I had. Finally have abs. And am smaller now that I was in 6th grade! Old friends don’t even recognize me anymore because I’ve lost so much weight. And just recently, I visited an aunt whom I hadn’t seen in awhile and she had no idea who I was. WOW. Talk about change.
Now I’m a fit and healthy firefighter. I haven’t had to rescue anyone from a burning building yet, but when that day comes, I know I’m now physically capable of doing it. And there’s no better feeling than that! I’m a completely different person now, and boy does it feel great.
Monday Meals – Paleo Coconut Chicken is a simple fried chicken recipe where we remove the gluten and get rid of those unhealthy oils.
Easy fried Chicken made healthier! So good and great base recipe to make it spices or herbs for a more earthy taste.
2 Large Chicken Breast
1/2 cup of Coconut Flour
1/4 cup of shredded Coconut
2-4 Tbs of Coconut Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl scramble the egg Take chicken breast and dip both sides in egg. Place chicken breast in dry ingredient mixture and cover completely. In a pre-heated pan melt the coconut oil and when hot place the covered chicken in the pan. Cook chicken 4-5 minutes on each side or until there is no pink in the chicken.
Don’t miss tomorrows interview with Darin Olien Co-Creator of Shakeology and the Ultimate Reset.
Watch live here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/beachbody-hq
In 2006, Darin began working with Beachbody, in Santa Monica, California, to formulate the now popular whole food supplement, Shakeology.
Presently, Darin is working on 15 ground-breaking whole food formulations for Beachbody. Darin’s Naturals has already successfully sourced over 300 foods and ingredients from around the world and continues to work directly with the indigenous people of Peru, Amazon, Himalayas, Remote China, Costa, Rica, Yucatan, and others.
All of Darin’s international collaborations strongly support fair trade. His work closely follows the belief that the discovery of new, healthful ingredients should benefit the health of individuals worldwide, while also contributing to the economies of the regions from which these herbs are sourced.
I’ve always been the girl with the “pretty face”—not the pretty body. I wore a women’s size 14 in 7th grade and ballooned up to a size 28 by age 17. To try and lose weight, I’d starve myself all day, only to binge at night. And simple things like walking down the street or carrying groceries left me completely exhausted.
Even though I hated myself and my body, I loved my two young boys and knew that if I didn’t lose weight and get healthy, I wouldn’t be around to watch them grow up. Thankfully, a friend encouraged me to give ChaLEAN Extreme® a try—and since I had nothing to lose but a ton of weight—decided to do just that. Instantly, I started to lose weight and my whole outlook on life began to change. Two months and 16 lbs later, I moved on to TurboFire® and my body transformed beyond my wildest expectations.
I was losing an entire clothing size every 4-6 weeks, and after three rounds of TurboFire, I’m now a healthy size 8. AN EIGHT! I hadn’t worn something that small since 5th grade, a far cry from “small” back then. But my physical transformation didn’t happen solely because I was working out everyday. Much of my success had to do with changing my diet and replacing one meal a day with Shakeology®. Not only does Shakeology taste amazing, it curbs my cravings while giving me peace of mind that I’m fueling my body with proper nutrition. Now I have tons more energy and my digestion has dramatically improved.
Since beginning these Beachbody programs 9 months ago, I’ve lost 90 lbs., went from a 49” waist down to a 32, and dropped from a size 20 to an 8. I feel strong, beautiful, healthy, and most importantly—EMPOWERED! I’m now a Beachbody Coach and a Certified Turbo Kick instructor.
After 36 years of living in hell, I’m finally loving life. I believe that my life has played out just the way God intended,and despite all the challenges I’ve had to overcome, this was His plan for me. Now, I have the strength, confidence and know-how to help others transform their lives the way my Coach helped me change mine. Thank you Beachbody, and thank you Chalene, for giving me back my life!
Our bodies are made up of mostly water but we tend to neglect this most vital ingredient. Why is water so important, what does it help us with, and how much should you be drinking?!?!
An average man’s body weight is made up of 57% water!! That is a lot of water, and being that we have so much water in our bodies it is important to make sure the we are getting enough.
The lack of water can cause issues from tiredness, constipation, plain old tiredness and many, many more issues.
There are several ways to calculate how much water you should be drinking and one of them is to drink half of your body weight in oz. So if you weight 160 lbs you should be drinking 80 oz.
What about drinking too much water and water intoxication? What intoxication is the dilution of sodium in the body but is usually only seen in infants under six and sometimes athletes when they are sweating a lot. An adult with healthy kidneys can process up to 15 liters of water a day! So as long as you are drinking you water throughout the day and not all at one time you should be fine.
Food can also help or hinder you attempt to stay hydrated fruits and veggies like watermelon, squashes, apples, etc… can help you get the water you need through it is harder to determine how much water you are actually getting for our foods, on the upside many of these foods will provide you with nutrients that you need. On the downside foods with high sodium or diuretics can cause the need for more water and while in the right amounts can help the body function better, in large amounts it will cause the body to start retaining water.
So whither you are staying hydrated from drinking or from eating make sure that you stay hydrated to get the benefits of:
- Better Body Temperature Regulation
- Increased Body Lubrication
- Improved weight maintenance
- Toxin Removal
- Physical Efficiency
Before and After Time
My Good friend Carlie B. has changed her life. The before picture was taken April 1st 2012 and the after was taken January 16th of 2013. She started at 197 and by working through insanity, Body Beast and running challenge groups she has changed her life and she isn’t done yet at 166 lbs. When asked what she would tell other her advise is “Get out of your head and push your body!”
If you are ready let’s get you in to a challenge group for that extra support so you can be he showing off you Before and After photos!! Click here to get started!!
This is your last challenge to be entered for January’s $25 Beachbody Gift Card or a Free Copy of Rockin Body with Insanity’s Shaun T. If you have given blood in December or January (there is still a few days left), head over to my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/coachgshort give it a like and post that you have given blood and you entered.
Make sure that you stay tuned for February’s Challenge! Can anyone say plank?
So this is easily the best way to get motivated and stick with a great Beachbody Program. If you are not in a group and you would like to join us please review the upcoming groups that will soon be taking on new members! Please email me and check out the Challenge group page for additional information
- February 4th – All Programs – Women only!!
- February 11th – P90X – Open to all
- February 18th – Insanity – Open to all
- February 25th – Les Mills Combat – Open to all – This is my next program so come join me!
Don’t see the program that you would like to start? Don’t worry message me I am part of a network of 250+ coaches that are here to support you!! We will find you a group to join!
Like always please contact me with any questions, concerns or accomplishments that you have!!