Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Shakeology Day 1

Last night I was so happy to come home and see that my Rev Abs and shakeology had arrived. I decided I will start RevAbs tonight, since I was only able  to get in one mile this morning. The weather change has really messed with my sinuses, and my throat was killing me.
First off, let me say that I am going to be completely honest about this stuff. I researched shakeology for myself for months before I decided to try it, and I fully intend on returning it IF it turns out not to be a good fit for me. I really liked the GNC shakes, but the chemicals and long list of ingredients that I couldn't pronounce started to bother me after a few months. I want to KNOW what I am putting in my body, ya know?
That being said, the first thing I did was look at the ingredient list when I opened the package. This is what it looks like :
Phytonutrient super greens blend: Chlorella, Blue green Algae, spinach, barley, kamut grass. HEY, I know those words!
Super Fruit Blend: Camu-Camu, Pomegranate, Blueberry.....ok, know those as well!
Flax see, chia meal, pea fiber....ok, not sure EXACTLY what that is, but at least I can pronounce it??

There are other ingredients as well, this is just a short list to get my point across. I can understand what I am taking in, which is a plus for me! ( do we really know all the ingredients in a chicken nugget, BTW??)

Next, I opened the bag. I opted for the greenberry shakeology. I'll be honest, the smell was awful  I thought oh no, what have I done. But, I used half of a scoop ( meal shakes call for an entire scoop, but I was just "testing" this shake) 1 cup of 2% milk, and 2 icecubes. I blended it in the blender.

The taste was actually quite good. It didn't have an artificial taste at all. Just a hint of berry, not too overpowering. I had it for lunch, and while it didn't leave me full, it did leave me satisfied.

I'm anxious to see how I feel after giving this shake a week or so. I love that beachbody sent me a calendar with an entire months worth of "recipes" on things I could add to the Greenberry Shakeology. Tomorrow I will try the full shake as a meal replacer, probably breakfast. Thanks for reading!


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Upcoming 5k's

Here is a list of upcoming 5k's in the area. I am so sorry that I have been slacking in this area lately!

2nd Annual Cats' Run for Kettles

Noble Park and Greenway Trail

Saturday, October 27, 2012 @ 8:30 AM


Start: Saturday, October 27, 2012 @ 8:30 AM


Noble Park and Greenway Trail
Paducah, KY

Registration Closing Date

Thursday, October 25, 2012 @ 11:59 PM PST

Western KY State Parks Race Series-Trick or Trot 5K

Lake Barkley State Resort Park

  • Oct 27, 2012
         8:30 A.M. -
3500 State Park Rd,
Lake Barkley State Resort Park,
Cadiz, KY 42211
Phone: (270) 924-1131

Battle for the Bluff

Columbus Belmont State Park 
Clinton, Kentucky

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Getting ready for REV ABS

If you read my blog a few months ago, then you followed me with my experience with Chalean Extreme. I love LOVE LOVED that workout program. You completed a different phase every thirty days, which meant 1) you didn't get tired of the same, mundane routine, and 2) you would see different results every thirty days. Most articles that I have read say that in order to achieve results and not plateau, change it up every month. So now, I am starting Rev Abs.
Honestly, I would have probably not bought Rev Abs as a first choice workout program. But, since Beachbody had such an awesome sale, I couldn't pass up a chance to save over 70 bucks.
So, this is my beginning post. Hopefully it will arrive at my house sometime this week. I plan on updating my blog once a week, like I did when I started Chalean Extreme. I hope you guys will keep up with me, it really holds me accountable when I know people are reading what I have to say about it.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Alot of changes!

Normally, I don't post this late at night, but I am excited.
When I started Chalean Extreme back in May, I looked at the beach body coach information they had available. But I thought I was just starting out myself, I wanted to make sure I could actually commit to this stuff, without having other people relying on me at well.
Fast forward 3 months later, I FINISHED chalean extreme, lost over 20 lbs and gained so much confidence in myself. I feel confident when I shop for clothes, I feel confident when I teach, and I feel confident that I am doing something right when I go to the gym.
After finishing Chalean Extreme, I wanted to give the at home programs a break and focus on training for the half. So, that is what I have been doing for the last month and a half, just lifting at the gym, and running.
Now, the weight on the scales hasn't changed very much, I vary from 116-120 lbs. But, over the past few weeks, my diet has sorta been slipping. I'm not getting in as much veggies, and I am snacking on chocolate and other snacks a little bit more than I should.
This week has been a major game changer for me. I was starting to get the " I wanna do another program" itch. And, beachbody was having a HUGE sale on REV ABS for only 29 dollars. So I researched the program, purchased it, and shakeology.
If you remember a few months ago, I did my research between shakeology and the GNC lean shake. I stayed with the lean shake because initially it was cheaper and more easy to buy. But, as I started doing more research, I kinda got a little concerned. There were so many chemicals in the lean shake. That started to freak me out a little bit, especially since I like to consume as little processed foods as possible. The shakeology doesn't have fillers like other shakes. And, it's not so much of a protein shake as it is a health shake. The health benefits really out way the extra cost.
And, speaking of extra cost, let's face it...workout programs can get expensive. I love the beachbody programs because I can see results from them. If you stick with it, the programs work. And now with shakeology, I could really use a little bit of discount on these things.
The final reason I became a coach is the most important one. I want to pay it forward. My coach that I have had since beginning this workout journey has been wonderful, a true God send! She truly cares about the health and well being of those she coaches. She has made this journey easier for me. AND, she has never pressured me into buying anything, or getting another program. I want to coach others out there the same way she coached me.
So, here is the really fun part. You guys can help me by letting me coach you. What I am asking you guys to do it totally FREE. Basic club membership, which is what I have been using for the past several months is totally, 100% free. I need people to coach! If you want to order a workout program or shakeology from me, that is fine, but that is not what I am asking you to do. I need as many friends as possible to log in, and let me help you, like she has helped me.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Finally trying shakeology

FINALLY!! I have been wanting to try shakeology since I started Chalean Extreme. But to be totally honest, the cost was scaring me away. I am a full time college student, with two kids. Money is...tight! So what made me take the leap?
The breakdown of cost. The break down is 4 dollars a shake. Which, equals 4 dollars a meal. I spend at least 5 every day at lunch now, about 7 or 8 if i splurge for sushi, which is very rare, but usually, about 5 dollars for lunch. So that's already one dollar more than I would with a shake. 
Next, even though I am maintaining my weightloss, and working out daily, I have noticed I am starting to feel sluggish. Its hard for me to get out of bed sometimes. I get tired in the afternoon as well. My diet is ok, healthier than some of the people I am around, but it's still not GREAT. I splurge on the occasional cookie, pie, a margarita here or there. I need something to keep me accountable.
Did I mention I am SUPER busy? Which, was one of the reason I thought at first I didn't have time for shakeology. 2 kids, 19 hours of college, a husband, student organizations, substitute teaching, plus training for a half marathon. Whew!
But it's getting hard to eat healthy all the time. I need something that I can grab on the go, I need something I can fix in less than 5 minutes. that! 
So I ordered it today, and I'm giving it a try. It should be here by next week. I will keep you guys up to date on what I honestly think about this product. Thanks for reading, God Bless
Phil 4:13

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Shamless Plug

Since loosing about 20 lbs this summer, alot of people have asked me about the foods I eat. I wanted to recommend a few low calorie foods that I like to keep on hand for when hunger strikes.

1. PB2...this is a powdered form of peanut butter. 2tbsp equals 45 calories. It's perfect on apple slices or banana. They also have a chocolate version as well, but I prefer the original.

2. Greek yogurt. I love Oikos honey flavored greek yogurt. It's sweet, and its about 170 calories. Yogurt has so many health benefits, and its a main source of how I try to get my calcium in everyday.

3. Protein Bars. Protein Bars are a little higher in calories, usually around 200 or so. But I try to keep them in hand. BeachBody has an excellent protein bar that is around 200-250 calories. A little more expensive, but worth the money, trust me!

4. Chaquita Apple Slices. Yeah, I know, it sounds pretty lazy that I buy already sliced apples instead of slicing them myself, but they are so good and juicy! 14 slices is about 80 calories. These things don't last long at our house, everyone loves them!

Thanks for keeping up with my blog, I plan to update again real soon and give you guys an update on training for the half, and to let you guys know about some upcoming races that I think are very important. Thanks for reading!
Phil 4:13