Making it through P90X

TonyAndMeAt a charity event I attended last weekend, I was talking to a very nice girl who asked me about my business with Beachbody.  When I mentioned that P90X was one of our programs, she said…

“Oh!  P90X!  My husband was doing that!  He got to about day 45 and then stopped.  And he was doing so well!”

I hear this often, and in fact, I’ve experienced it for myself.  I must have started and stopped P90X at least 3 or 4 times.  On the other hand, I’ve also successfully completed the full 90 days.

So, what are the keys that make for a successful 90 days?  I’ve given that some thought the past few days.

  • Have faith that you will emerge on the other side a better person.
  • Either write down your workouts on your calendar, or automatically schedule your workouts in the Team Beachbody WOWY calendar.
  • Plan on a time of day that you will do your workouts.  Stick to that time as long as it’s working for you.  But if you need to make a change, then MAKE IT!
  • Have all of the equipment you need ready to go (more on that in a future post).
  • If at all possible, make plans to start the program with a loved one.  You’ll need the support.  You can get additional support from your Beachbody coach.
  • Make plans to improve your nutrition.  This is a larger part of results than most people realize.

I had been contemplating starting a new round of P90X anyway, so I thought this would be a good time to do it.  I decided that I would share my journey through my blog.

Today was day one and the first workouts were Ab Ripper X and Chest and Back.  I hope I can lift my arms tomorrow!  ;-)

So look for a weekly blog post from me sharing:

  • Tips
  • Recipe ideas and how they break down for the P90X portion plan.
  • My struggles, and how I’m dealing with them.
  • My successes (and I hope you’ll celebrate with me)

But I don’t want this to be all about me!  I want you to share your journey as well (it doesn’t matter if you are doing a program other than P90X).

With any luck, we’ll all learn a lot and be a LOT healthier!  I’m excited to share this journey with you!

Your friend in fitness,

Judy

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Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition. Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. Team Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each coaches income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings for the most recent information on the actual incomes of all our coaches.
Judy has been an Independent Team Beachbody Coach since January of 2007.

True wealth

Ever since I started my own business a few years back, I’ve felt like I’m in a world that’s strange to me.  There’s a lot of talk about gaining wealth and financial freedom.  Heck!  I’m all for that, and this is not a post that is meant to criticize anyone for trying to make a living.

However, I think that the absolute luckiest people in this world are those who make a good living doing what they love.  They’ve hit the jackpot.  They really never have to work another day in their life because it’s not work to them.  They are having fun…every day!

I worked as a computer programmer / systems analyst for over 20 years.  It was a good job…good pay, flexible, nice people, and I was pretty good at it.  But something was always missing.  I had this deep desire to do something to impact people’s lives.  Little did I know that it would just fall into my lap…just a few months before I got laid off from that cushy job as a computer programmer.

I’m an Independent Team Beachbody coach.  I have no certifications.  I’ve taken classes in personal training, but I never took the test to be certified.  I’m not a nutritionist either.  So what am I?

I’m an encourager.  That’s it.  Sure, I know the products I market through Beachbody, and I can point people to the answer they are looking for.  But for the most part what I do is simply ENCOURAGE.  I love that, and I feel it’s what I was born to do.  It’s fun, so it’s not work!

I truly believe that the obesity problem in the world is not going to be solved by government regulations or even changes in the food industry.  What it’s going to take is an army of people who simply CARE for others and want to see them succeed.

Here’s an email I received from one of the customers Beachbody referred to me:

“Judy you are so right, my children’s doctor was just talking to us about child obesity and the way my children run around they are like a duracell battery, they never get tired of running.  They are in day care from 6:30am to 5:30at night and when they get home they still have energy I can’t seem to keep them still.  I am kind of happy they have that much energy because it beats sitting in front of the television doing  NOTHING LIKE I USE TO DO and I am so glad they didn’t pick up those old habits of mine.

Once they turn 5 years old I was thinking about getting them into swimming clubs and karate since they are so active and let them wear the instructors out instead of me.

Judy I have a wedding to go to on July 10th and I can’t wait to buy a new outfit because I have earned it.  The big reward is in August when I reach my next 20 pound mark, I told you for each 20 pounds I lose I will treat myself to something big and that will be my spa day.

Judy I can really feel the difference with my weight loss, I can walk for a long period of time without being out of breath and guess what?  Last Friday I took my son and daughter to the park and we stayed for 2 hours and I did not sit down not one time, I played the entire time with them and guess what else?  I started to cry when we left the park and my son said mommy what’s wrong and since he is too young to understand I just told him that mommy enjoyed spending time with you today at the park.

Judy both me and my husband took them to the park and he was the one sitting down, I couldn’t beleive that I didn’t sit down the entire time I was so proud of myself I just grabbed my children and gave them a big hug and told them mommy will start bringing you to the park more often and we will be starting to stay longer if you like.

Judy, I am just too proud of myself.  I went from lazy, a couch potato, a person eating while stressed or depressed, high blood pressure, pre diabetic to a healthy mom who will never in life be that way again.”

Getting emails like that truly warms my heart!  It’s worth more that any commission I can earn from my company!  Don’t get me wrong!  I’m glad that I am earning commissions and bonuses, but I am OVERJOYED that it’s doing something I love!

It’s happened!  So many years ago I was working in a job that didn’t fulfill me.  I was praying for an opportunity to do something I loved and that would impact the lives of others.  I had no idea how to make that happen!

I’m thankful that God knew, and He showed me the way!  :-)

Judy

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Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition. Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. Team Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each coaches income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings for the most recent information on the actual incomes of all our coaches.
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Weight Loss: It’s not JUST about the pants

I received an email the other day that just THRILLED me.  One of the things I enjoy most in life is encouraging others to lead a healthy lifestyle.  Honestly, sometimes it can be frustrating.  People have more excuses when it comes to eating right and exercise than children have excuses for not doing their homework!

But then there are people like Andrea.  We met through Beachbody’s customer lead program.  Beachbody entrusts me with their customers, and my job is to support and encourage them (which we’ve already established that I LOVE).  I sent a welcome email to Andrea and also a voice mail welcoming her to Beachbody, and introducing myself as her personal coach.  We quickly started developing a relationship.

Andrea has had a lot of questions for me, but 90% of her emails are all about her “WHY”…playing in the park this summer with her two little children!  Since she has continually focused on WHY she wants to lose weight and get into shape, she’s sticking with her program, looking for answers, and changing her habits.

She’s had her share of challenges…including her little son deciding to get up VERY early in the morning and interrupting her workout time.  She worked through that, and kept losing weight.

Here’s the email Andrea sent me the other day:

Hi Judy:

Today I am wearing a pair of pants that I could not fit into around this time of year last year.  Last August when I tried these pants on I could not get them past my thighs.  I tried everything in my power to pull these pants up to fit and they would not go past my thighs without riping off a button.

Today I am wearing the same pants and Judy, beleive it or not, these pants are fitting me, they are extremely loose and I started to cry when I put these pants on because I thought about just last year when I put these same pants on and they wouldn’t go past my thighs I knew in my heart I would never get this weight off.

Judy, I am still crying as I am typing you this email because I can’t believe these pants are fitting me, not only fitting me but they are very loose.  When I see things like this happen when I never thought could it just makes me want to keep going.  Judy when I look back to my past DIET, I see myself eatting until I was full, eatting because I was stress or angry about something, eatting to take my mind off of things or eating just because a certain food was there.

Now when I look at myself today I don’t see me trying to lose weight because of a DIET.  I see my trying to lose weight to gain my strength back, good health, live longer for my children and a BETTER LIFE STYLE.  DIET is no longer in my vocabulary.  Judy now when I eat I spread my meals out to 5-6 small meals a day and the best part is that I don’t eat many snacks.  Instead of having 3 meals and 2  snacks I actually eat 5 meals and 1 snack (the snack is only if I am craving something).  I found out that replacing snacks with small meals will keep you fuller longer.  For instance for my mid morning snack I may have 1/2 peanut butter sandwich with an apple vs. cake or a candy bar etc..  I realize I don’t need bad junk fund to stop my cravings there are always alternatives out there and I use the internet and weight watchers to look for them.

Judy, I am so proud of myself that I can fit into these pants I don’t know how to act.  Now I have at least 25 pair of jeans in my closet, some of them I have not even worn yet because I gained so much weight.  My husband since last year told me to give all those jeans to the United Way and let them donate them to shelters etc.  Judy, by this summer I am going to fit in those jeans and tell him I will donate other clothing but I will get my sixe 8 back.  No rush but I will be in an 8 again.  Right now I went from a size 16 in pants and now I am wearing a 12 and the 8 is not  to far behind.

Sorry for the long email but I needed someone to share my good news with.

Now, is Andrea JUST excited about fitting into a pair of pants she hasn’t fit into in years?  Absolutely not!  She knows that it is just one step in her journey toward the REAL prize…effortlessly playing in the park with her children this summer.

Once she achieves that goal, I’m sure that she will be choosing another goal.  Andrea is just THAT type of woman…one that is determined to develop a healthy lifestyle…for herself AND her children!

To your health!

Judy

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Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition. Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. Team Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each coaches income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings for the most recent information on the actual incomes of all our coaches.
Judy has been an Independent Team Beachbody Coach since January of 2007.

Miracle Grow for your Brain

You’vExercise produces Miracle Grow for your Braine heard it said over and over again…”Exercise is good for you”!  But most of the time, the articles you read about exercise focus on the benefits on your health.  Well, did you ever stop to consider that exercise may also be good for your BRAIN?  Afterall, your brain is part of your body right?  So why would the benefits of exercise exclude this all important organ?

Of course exercise affects our brains!  Those of us who exercise regularly know that to be the truth.  When I exercise, I’m happier and the world seems like a much friendlier place.  When I’m in an exercise slump, as I was until just recently, I start slipping into bouts of feeling like a slug…probably because I’ve been acting like a slug.  ;-)

We know that exercise makes us FEEL better, but can it make us smarter too?  Recent studies have linked exercise to memory, learning, and even to the generation of new brain cells.

I was introduced to this concept a few years back at the Tony Horton Fitness Camp.  Tony is a personal trainer to many celebrities, and the creator of the wildy popular home workout routine called P90X.  Obviously, he is a big proponent of exercise to improve your physical body, but he had just became fascinated about what science was finding out about exercise and your brain, and he couldn’t wait to share it with us.  He had a whole seminar at that camp that he called “Your Brain on Exercise”.

After returning home, I bought the book “Spark…The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain” by John J. Ratey, MD.  In the introduction to this book, Dr. Ratey says “In today’s technology-driven, plasma-screened-in world, it’s easy to forget that we are born movers – animals, in fact – because we’ve engineered movement right out of our lives”.  So true!

Chapter one in Ratey’s book includes a case study from a school district in Naperville, Illinois.  The 19,000 students in this school district were transformed into the fittest in the nation, and also some of the smartest.  The kids hit the track or the treadmill before school starts.  They call it “zero hour” because it’s before their first period.  The PE system in Naperville focuses less on sports, and more on healthy lifestlyle habits.  The kids in “zero hour” are required to exercise at 80-90% of their maximum heart rate.  The hope is that this readies them for the learning that is to occur the rest of the day.  Academically, the students of Naperville consistently rank among the state’s top ten schools even though the amount of money it spends on each student is notably lower than other top ten Illinois public schools.

What’s really at work here?  A study headed by Astrid Bjornebekk of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden found that rodents that ran more led to an increase in new brain cells in a part of the brain called the hippocampus.  This small horseshoe shaped sheet of neurons is located in the temporal lobes and plays an important role in long term memory.  Researchers don’t count new brain cells in humans, but there have been studies showing increased blood flow to this area of the brain when humans exercise.

New brain cells are the “potential” for learning.  In “Spark”, Dr. Ratey quoted one of the PE teachers at Naperville to say “In our department, we create the new brain cells.  It’s up to the other teachers to fill them”.

In his book, Dr. Ratey talks about a protein in the brain called BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotropic Factor). He refers to this protein as “miracle grow for the brain” because it actually stimulates the growth of new neurons in the brain.  Studies have found that exercise stimulate the brain to produce BDNF.

So what type of exercise do you need to do to get these brain boosting benefits?  Dr. Ratey suggests that at a minimum you should perform a brisk 30 minute four or five times a week.  He also recommends interval training – really pushing yourself hard for 20 or 30 seconds while you are running, cycling, or swimming, so that you are momentarily exhausted.  So, for example, you can walk for 2 minutes, sprint for 30 seconds, and then go back to walking for another 2 minutes.  Do this over and over again until you’ve exercised for at least 20-30 minutes.  It’s important to wear a heart rate monitor so you can track your intensity level, and always get your physician’s okay before starting any exercise program.

I hope that this article has made you consider regular exercise as an investment not only in your health, but in your business as well!  In fact, what area of our life ISN’T touched by being more active?

What part of YOUR life has been improved because of regular exercise?  Please share them in the comments!

Together we’re better!

Judy

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Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition. Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. Team Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each coaches income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings for the most recent information on the actual incomes of all our coaches.
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What would your future self say to you right now?

your futureI just watched a youtube video of a young woman who is a new Team Beachbody coach.  In August of 2009, she was hospitalized after having a slight heart attack.  She’s a single parent of a beautiful 4 year old.  She said that she laid there in the hospital bed thinking about how she wasn’t talking care of herself.  She smoked cigarettes, she drank every day, she was working 3 jobs, and maybe getting 4 hours of sleep a night.

She said “That was my lifestyle.  That was what I was used to.”

But all of a sudden, she got a glimpse of her future…most likely an early death and leaving her child behind.  She mentioned that her brother died at 41, and she knew that was the fate she was headed for as well.

Scary!

So often, we live lives of quiet desperation because “That’s the lifestyle we’re used to”. We’re too tired to change.  It’s only when we’re hit over the head with a serious wake up call that we take a look into the future we are creating for ourselves.

This young woman has a cousin who is a Beachbody coach, and he was there for her.  He said “We’re going to get you healthy, so you CAN be around for your daughter”.  She signed up to be a Beachbody coach so that she can get herself healthy and pass it on, just like her cousin did for her!

It’s astounding to watch the end of the video, and how she was NOW picturing her future!  She said “I want to watch my daughter grow up.  I want to watch her walk across the stage.  I want to watch her go to college, get married, and I want to play with my own grandchildren.”

I think this is a great exercise for all of us to do with our own lives (minus the heart attack).  Think about the choices you are making each day, because each little choice is leading you towards the future.

YOU are directing your own ship!  Think about what destination you want to arrive at!

Are you living an unhealthy lifestyle?  Are you overweight?  Do you smoke or drink too much alcohol?  Do you survive on less than the ideal amount of sleep?

You may think that you are caught, and can’t change, but you absolutely can.  If you are determined and committed to make a change, answers will begin to show up.  For this young woman, it was her cousin saying “I’ve got a solution for you.  Follow me.”

For you, maybe it’s reading this blog post.  Maybe when you honestly evaluate your lifestyle after you finish reading this post, you’ll realize that it’s time to make some changes.  PLEASE don’t let it go until you have a serious wake up call.  You may not be as lucky as this woman was.  She got a second chance.

You absolutely CAN begin to change you lifestyle today.  Still not convinced?  What if you were asked to walk across a 2″ by 4″ board that was suspended between two 5 story buildings?  Could you do it?  You’d probably say “no”.  But now, what if I told you that your loved ones were on the roof of the other building and it was on fire.  The only way you would be able to save them is if you walked across this board.

Could you do it now?  Hmmm…makes a difference, doesn’t it?  We’ll do so much more for the people we love than we’ll do for ourselves, and I think that’s why so many people neglect their health.  It’s because they put everyone else first.

Well, if you put everyone else first all of the time and leave no room for yourself…you won’t be around for those loved ones very long.

Something to ponder.

Together…we’re better!

Judy

P.S.  I wrote this from the perspective of a healthy lifestyle, but it works for business as well.  Are you doing the things you need to do to in order to succeed in business?  What would your future “successful” self tell you to do?  If you haven’t already read it, go get the book “Go for No”.  It’s a quick read, and all about the “future self” of a salesman teaching his former self what he did to succeed.  It’s hard to explain, but it’s a great book!  :-)

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Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition. Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. Team Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each coaches income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings for the most recent information on the actual incomes of all our coaches.
Judy has been an Independent Team Beachbody Coach since January of 2007.

CAN – The Story of Dick and Rick Hoyt

It’s a beautiful day in Pennsylvania today, so instead of doing my scheduled P90X Plyometrics workout in my house, I just HAD to take it outside.  I live in a beautiful and very rural section of Pennsylvania…ponds, creeks, and meadows are some of the scenery I see on my normal course around my house.

For some reason, I do my best thinking when I run…maybe it’s all that extra oxygen my brain is getting!  :-)   When I was on the last mile and headed back home, my mind turned to a story I’d seen on the internet a few years ago about a father and son who do iron man triathlons together.  That may seem like an inspiring story in itself, but it’s even more incredible when you learn that Rick’s brain was deprived of oxygen during his birth.  He was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy.

Despite suggestions to institutionalize Rick, his father and mother were determined to raise him just like any of their other children.  Rick couldn’t walk or talk, but they began to discover that he was quite intelligent.  Once engineers at Tufts University developed a computer that allowed Rick to communicate, there was no holding him back!  He attended and graduated from high school and Boston University with a degree in Special Education.

Team HoytIn 1977, Rick told his Dad that he wanted to participate in a 5 mile benefit run for a lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident.  Dick was far from being a runner, but he agreed to push Rick in his wheelchair all 5 miles.  They came in next to last.

I’m sure that at that point, Dick was thinking to himself “Okay…well that’s over and done with”.   But Rick changed his Dad’s mind.  He told him “Dad, when I’m running, it feels like I’m not handicapped.”

This is the thought that I had pop into my head when I was running this morning.  I pictured Dick and Rick crossing a finish line with Rick waving his arms high in the air and a BIG smile across his face.  I imagined the joy that Dick must have felt when he saw his son at the pinnacle of joy.

Dick Hoyt has been called a hero many times, and I’ve heard him deny it in interviews.  I thought about what Dick and Rick have accomplished while I was running this morning, and I wondered “Would I do the same if Rick was my child”?

Absolutely!

There’s nothing like the feeling of seeing ultimate joy on someone’s face and knowing that you had a part in creating that.  It’s even better when it’s your own child!

By the way, the 2009 Boston Marathon was Dick and Rick’s 1,000th race!  Dick says that he’s hoping to push Rick in the Boston Marathon when he’s 70 years old…in 2011!  I think they are going to make THAT goal!

Enjoy this video about “Team Hoyt”!

Together…we’re better! :-)

Judy

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Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition. Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. Team Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each coaches income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings for the most recent information on the actual incomes of all our coaches.
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Getting into the right MINDSET for weight loss

Listen up folks!  This is CRITICAL to your life, no matter what your goal is!  It could be losing weight, gaining muscle, succeeding at business…ANYTHING!

“A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes”.  ~ Mahatma Gandhi

I listened to a conference call yesterday morning.  A woman named Debbie was talking about how she lost a considerable amount of weight.  I missed the total number of pounds lost since I joined the call a little late, but I know it was a significant amount.

She mainly talked about how she got herself into the mindset for weight loss.

Her first big change happened one night while watching “The Biggest Loser”.  She said that she can relate to a lot of the stories of those people.  All of a sudden it hit her…if those people lost weight, then she could too.

All of a sudden she believed it was possible!

She’s a smart woman, she knew that she would not be able to lose it as fast as the people on “The Biggest Loser” because there was no way she was going to work out 8 hours per day like they do.

That was her epiphany moment…that moment when she made a decision to make a change no matter what!

She sought out help. She had tried those weight loss centers with the “packaged” foods before, but she knew they weren’t for her.  She wanted REAL food.  She found a place that emphasized unprocessed, real food.  Sorry, but I forget the name of it…Slim something…but that doesn’t matter.  What DOES matter is that she searched for a place that didn’t just promise quick results.  She wanted LASTING results.  She wanted a lifestyle change!

Anyway, she paid these people hard earned money to help her, and she decided she was going to do what they told her.  She knew the basics of the diet made sense to her, so she put her trust in her coaches there.  She met with them 3 times a week.

At first, some of the things they told her to do, she would say “REALLY”?  Some things sounded so silly to her.  BUT…she had paid them, and they knew better than her at this point, so she would eventually come around.

One thing they told her to do was to write AFFIRMATIONS on index cards (one on each).  Then she was to carry them with her everywhere, and read them several times per day.  These became her weight loss affirmations.

Debbie’s initial response was…“REALLY”;-)   But she reminded herself “I paid these people and right now, they know more than I do”.  So she did it.

They told her that these weight loss affirmations were not things that she CURRENTLY believed, but that she WANTED to believe.

At first, she had no idea what to write down, so she went to the internet and googled “affirmations”.  That gave her a starting point.

Here are a few of her weight loss affirmations:
1) I will do whatever it takes.
2) I am grateful and proud of how great I look today.
3) I deserve to be healthy and super fit.
4) I am developing clean eating and consistent exercise habits that are so ingrained into my lifestyle that they stay with me for the rest of my life.
5) It is exhilarating to work out first thing every morning.
6) I don’t perform strength training to maintain, but to improve. And if I want to improve today, I must beat my previous workout and do something I’ve never done before.

Remember, Debbie didn’t believe this would work at first.  She went on BLIND FAITH that it would.  And guess what?  It DID!

She was asked “How does your mindset differ NOW from when you first started”?

She said “I used to look for external motivation…watching the biggest loser…looking to others to motivate me.  There’s nothing wrong with that, but now I think my motivation mostly comes from within.  I didn’t like myself when I first started.  Now I truly love myself, and I WANT to take care of myself.”

WOW!!!  Now THAT’S a change in mindset!!!

Everyone should be using affirmations!  Figure out what you WANT and then figure out what you would need to believe for that to come into your life.  Write them one by one on index cards, and read them with BELIEF several times per day!

Do YOU have any weight loss affirmations (even if you don’t CALL them that)?  Please share them so that we all can benefit!  How about affirmations for business success?  Thanks in advance for sharing!

Together, we’re better!

Judy

P.S.  I almost forgot one of the main ideas she touched on!  SHE took personal responsibility for herself and all of her problems!  She started off the call with this quote…

“Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.” ~ Don Wilder

She had a lot excuses that most people would say are good ones, including her husband dying during this process.  But she was determined to make a change NO MATTER WHAT, and she did…no matter WHAT obstacle was in her path.

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Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition. Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. Team Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each coaches income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings for the most recent information on the actual incomes of all our coaches.
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Tony Horton’s 11 Laws of Fitness – Number 1 – Variety

I thought I’d spend some time on the basics of fitness according to Tony Horton.  For those who don’t know, Tony is the creator of the P90X Home Workout Routine.  You may have seen it on TV as you were surfing through the channels on a Saturday or Sunday morning.

Tony has what he calls “The 11 Laws of Fitness”.  I first learned these at a Tony Horton Fitness Camp in New York in 2007.  They are very good, basic laws that are critical to developing a healthy LIFESTYLE.  No diets.  No temporary fixes…but a lifestyle!

With Tony Horton P90X Home Workout Routine Creator

Tony’s first law is VARIETY.  How boring would life be without variety?  Human beings are strange creatures.  We have a basic need for both consistency and variety.  As far as exercise goes, I’ve often said that I have exercise A.D.D.  Doing the same routine day in and day out is just too boring for me!  That’s probably why I have a library of just about every home workout routine that Beachbody has produced!  I like being able to choose the workout that will achieve the goal I’m aiming for that day, but add some variety to prevent boredom.

Adding variety to your workouts can help you to avoid the setbacks of injuries, plateaus, and boredom.  I used to work at a Wellness Center, and there was one man there who was losing weight, and then plateaued.  I suggested that he talk to the Program Manager, and have her design a new program with different exercises.  He said he was happy with what he was doing.

The only problem was that his previous routine…the one that helped him lose weight…was no longer working.  Why?  His body had adapted, and it was no longer hard.  That’s probably why he didn’t want to change.  He remembered how hard the routine was in the beginning, and he probably remembered how sore he was that first week or two.

But that’s the funny thing about working out.  When your body adapts, the best thing you can do is set up a new challenge.  Changing up the routine is a great way to do that.  That’s what I love about P90X so much.  I’m currently in week 4 of this round of P90X.  For the first 3 weeks, I had a schedule that included the same workout every Monday (chest and back), another every Tuesday (Plyometrics)…and well…you get the idea.

Now in recovery week, I’m doing cardio, yoga, and stretching.  Next week, I’ll be into another phase where I’ll have the same workout routine every Monday, another every Tuesday…etc.  Some of these routines will be different than those I did in weeks 1-3.

The point I’m trying to make is that I’ll be switching up the workouts every few weeks.  Tony calls that “muscle confusion”, and it works very well!

Other ways I add variety into my workouts?  When it starts to get a little warmer here in Pennsylvania, I’ll start running again.  I’ve been taking Zumba classes every Saturday morning.  Zumba is a Latin dance based cardio workout.  I’ve also considered taking a class at a new ice rink near here.  They call the class “icercize”.

You need to keep your workouts fun and interesting.  Will you enjoy them ALL?  Probably not.  There are some workouts that I know I need to do, but I’m just not in the mood for.  Sometimes I enjoy cardio more, sometimes resistance training is more fun for me.  I almost never enjoy yoga WHILE I’m doing it, but I feel SO good after the workout is done.

But overall, I try to keep the fun in it.  I do a lot of my workouts from home, but when I can workout with a friend, that adds an element of fun to the workout…especially if you can find a friend who is just a little better at the workout than you.  It pushes you to be better!

One of my favorite ways of adding variety to my workouts is Tony Horton’s One on One Series of home workout routines.  It’s sort of like a magazine.   A new workout comes every month.  I have no idea how Tony keeps coming up with new stuff for these, but he’s great at mixing it up.  Not to mention that he’s hilarious in them!  It’s just him and the director Mason in the room, and they film from beginning to end with no cuts.  One time, Tony ripped his pants at the beginning of the workout, and they continued to film!  Too funny!

So that’s it!  Remember to get variety in your workouts!  Be curious!  Try a new home workout routine or look for a new class in your area!  You’ll be more apt to stick with it in the long term!

Together we’re better!

Judy

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Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition. Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. Team Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each coaches income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings for the most recent information on the actual incomes of all our coaches.
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Jeremy lost 161 pounds after starting P90X home workout routine

Jeremy P90X ResultsWOW!  This success story just blew me away!  At only 33 years old, Jeremy tipped the scales at 370 pounds, was on medication for his dangerously high blood pressure, and walked with a limp due to severe arthritis.

Jeremy had no energy and that was a problem because he had two young active sons.  All Jeremy ever wanted to do was sit on the couch.  Life was passing him by, but he was complacent about his weight.

I’m always fascinated by that “moment”…that thing that flips the switch in a person’s mind and all of a sudden, they HAVE to make changes.  When you get to that point, the solution will show up!

Well, Jeremy had a good friend who was willing to tell him the hard truth.

“He asked me how I would feel if another man had to replace me and raise my sons, um, I was speechless . . . It made the situation really real for me. It forced me to think of the real events that would occur if I didn’t change my ways.”

Ouch!  I could see how that would motivate Jeremy!  We’ll do things for our children we would NEVER do for ourselves!

A high school athlete, Jeremy started asking buddies what they were doing to get in shape and found that many were doing the P90X® home workout routine.  When he saw the way their eyes lit up when describing P90X, Jeremy knew the program was for him.

The most appealing characteristic of P90X that Jeremy’s friends described was the variety. The home workout routines in P90X included strength training days, cardio days, and days when they did stretching.

Jeremy loved the workouts, but there were major obstacles in his quest to get fit. He continually faced the temptation to eat poorly, and the arthritis in his ankle caused him intense pain.

“When I first started P90X, I swear I used every modification that Tony could throw at me. Whether it was from being so out of shape or physically being too big for my ankle, I had to modify everything. I really struggled. But around every corner there was Tony saying, ‘Do your best, and forget the rest.’ So many times I felt like he was personally talking to me.”

Jeremy probably felt like quitting many times, but I’m sure that when those times occurred, he heard his friend’s voice inside his head saying “Do you want another man to replace you to raise your sons”?  He pushed through the difficulties, and completely changed his life!  He’s no longer the Dad who just sits on the couch while his sons are playing.  He’s right in there playing with them!

P90X is a great program, but it IS intense!  Sure there are ways to modify it, but what few people actually know is that Tony Horton (the trainer who developed the P90X home workout routines) also developed some programs which are meant to ease you into P90X.

The Power90 home workout routine is a great place to start!  The workouts are shorter and much less intense.  Tony also developed the Power90 Master Series of home workout routines.  Those are somewhere between Power90 and P90X.

The important point to remember from Jeremy’s story is that he first made the decision to no longer be complacent about his weight.  He discovered his “WHY”, and it was a very powerful one…so that HE could be the one to raise his boys…not some other man.

What is YOUR why?  If you ever want to change your life, finding your why and keeping it at the forefront of your mind is essential to your success!

Together we’re better!

Judy

P.S.  Jeremy won $1,000 for his transformation story using Beachbody products, and now he is in the running to win $10,000.  If you’d like a free Team Beachbody account so that you can vote for the man and woman who will each win $10,000, just click here!

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Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition. Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. Team Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each coaches income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings for the most recent information on the actual incomes of all our coaches.
Judy has been an Independent Team Beachbody Coach since January of 2007.

Busy Mom uses Beachbody Home Workout Routines to lose 102 Pounds!

Amy T Before PictureAmy T Before PictureThis next success story is great because she is like so many other busy Moms I know.  As a mother, it’s tempting to put the needs of everyone else above your own.  But Amy Tupper realized one VERY important fact…she was a role model for her children.  Like it or not, they were going to model her behavior.

But Amy had been overweight most of her life, and she wasn’t sure what to do. Amy said…

“I was not happy with the way that I looked, and yet I wasn’t sure what to do about it. I wanted to be able to do things without feeling self-conscious about the way I looked doing it.”

I know so many people who can relate to that.  Why let something that you can change (like your weight) hold you back from living life the way you want to live it?

Amy then found Beachbody home workout routines.  She was first introduced to Kathy Smith’s Project You home workouts.

“It looked like a great program. It was varied. It had cardio, weights, yoga, pilates—also came with a nutrition portion, which clearly I needed as well. I decided to order it. It came in the mail. I sat down, looked through it, and decided, ‘I’m going to do it.’”

It wasn’t a walk through the park for Amy.  With two little children at home, she had to get creative about incorporating a home workout routine into her life.  She would workout when the kids were sleeping, or with a baby in the playpen next to her.  If they needed her when she was in the middle of her workout, she would pause the DVD and then continue with it a few minutes later.

I always recommend to anyone who has problems finding the time to do their workout…GET CREATIVE!  Especially if you have little children.  Maybe have a special toy that they ONLY get to play with when you are working out.

If you have any tips, PLEASE leave them in the comments!

Amy was rewarded for her patience, persistence, and creativity!  She became a Beachbody raving fan (I can relate) after completing the Project You Type 2 home workout routine.  She went on to do several other programs, including: Power90, Slim in 6, and ChaLEAN Extreme and ended up losing an amazing 102 pounds!!!  She’s now working her way up to Shaun T’s Insanity home workout routine.  Go Amy!  :-)

If you ever wondered if home workout routines worked, it’s stories like Amy’s that prove that YES…they do work…IF you do the work involved!

Together we’re better!
Judy

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Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition. Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. Team Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each coaches income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings for the most recent information on the actual incomes of all our coaches.
Judy has been an Independent Team Beachbody Coach since January of 2007.