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Saturday, May 7, 2011

What 100 Doctors Say

I have been using Beachbody products for almost two years now. Starting with P90X back in June of 2009, followed by two more rounds of P90X, a round of Insanity, currently doing Asylum, and mixing up all of the above including ChaLEAN Extreme and all of the One on One videos.

I guess it would be no secret that I am a HUGE fan of Beachbody products! So, it may surprise you to know during all of this time, until two weeks ago, I NEVER tried Shakeology. Shakeology is probably one of Beachbody's biggest selling products, right up there with P90X, Insanity, Turbo Jam and others.

I think it sells so great because it really is made for everyone, from the elite athlete, to the stay at home mom, to the overworked dad, those looking to lose weight, and certainly anyone looking to improve over all health. Rare to find a product that could appeal to such a diverse group of people, and really deliver the desired results to each individual.

I really thought it was a bunch of hype and wasn't interested in even trying. I like my morning post workout protein shake/smoothie, but beyond that, I am not one who is a fan of liquid meal replacements or similar type items.

So, what made me finally try? Well, a couple of my friends got on it and were raving about results such as weight loss, healthier skin, nails and hair, improved digestion, increased energy and more. I was still reluctant until my husband came home and started saying how people at his work were on it and making the same sort of claims!

So I broke down and bought some. Now, I wont lie, in regards to the taste it wasn't love at first bite...or sip. There is a reason they send out recipe cards with your order! The Greenberry tastes much better than, but still very much like any other "greeen" health shake. It is much improved with a banana and orange juice blended in.

The Chocolate, is okay on it's own, but downright heavenly with added fruits. My favorite is a handful of frozen raspberries or cherries. A close second is a banana and peanut butter.

I noticed right away a HUGE increase in my overall energy. Also almost immediately there was a MAJOR decrease in cravings for not only sweets, but caffeine. I still drink my Amino Energy, but have cut down to three scoops a serving rather than four. I also have given up my Monster Energy Drink addiction. I normally buy and drink a CASE a week and I have had one or two CANS since starting Shakeology.

A few days ago I started noticing my hair felt better, smoother and softer. Just today I am noticing my skin is softer. I have lost four pounds without changing anything other than this week I am exercises LESS due to an injury. I haven't changed my diet and I don't replace a meal with it, just use it as a snack.

So, now you could say I am a believer! But don't take my word on it. Watch this video to see what Doctors say about it:

If you'd like to learn more or find out how to order please consider visiting my Shakeology Website: SHAKEOLOGY

When you buy Shakeology or any BEACHBODY product from my websites you also get me as your FREE personal coach to help you in your journey towards better health. I am here to answer your questions, guide you and walk with you on your journey towards improved fitness and health.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Confirmation Day and a Major Breakthrough

This past Sunday was a HUGE day in many ways for my family! My 14 year old son, Matthew, got confirmed into the church! That was a huge deal, but not the hugest. Those who know my family in real life know that Matthew is incredibly shy. Shy is putting it mildly. He is painfully shy. He likes to just keep to himself and maybe a close friend or two. He doesn't do well in large groups, has a hard time making eye contact, and is just....painfully shy.

Our pastor was insistent that for confirmation my son get up in front of the church and read an essay he wrote in response to two questions asked of him by the pastor. My son has been DREADING this for months. He was so excited to get confirmed after two years of classes, but just did NOT want to do this one thing. I honestly thought he wouldn't.

I had emailed the pastor several times requesting my son be excused from this request. Perhaps he could just read his confirmation verse? The pastor was insistent! UGH!

The big day arrived and my son was refusing to go! Now what? I called, and emailed everyone I knew and asked them to pray. My son finally gets ready but insists he wont read this. Now, really unless you know him, you have no idea how painfully shy he is and what a huge and to me at the time unreasonable request this was.

We arrive and take our seats and I can just see my son turning different shades of green and grey! I thought he was going to get sick right there!

His name was called and he went up and.....READ his essay!

Now, I wont lie, or glorify it. The truth is he was so quiet he could not be heard by those beyond the front two or three rows. He skipped sentences and mumbled a bit. But HE DID IT!!

I don't think anybody there believed it. My son has grown up in this church and not one person thought he'd do it. Nobody even noticed how quiet his speech was or how slurred it was, because they were all praying for him the whole time!

What a break through! Once it was done he was so relieved and just enjoyed the rest of the day.

That morning I wasn't sure how much I liked my pastor. I didn't have warm and fuzzy feelings toward him, that's for sure. But you know what? He was right in making my son do this and in thinking he could. I don't think my son would have done this for anyone else either. He has some connection with this pastor that he never really has with any other and I think he'd do just about anything for him out of respect.

I really think this was a big step and will give my son more confidence in the future because this pastor believed my son could and would do this instead of just letting him stay in his shell like everyone else(including mom and dad!) has always done!

He did it!!

Still Trying To Balance It All...

I know I've written similar posts too often before, but I have to remind myself often, that I named this blog "My Balancing Act" as at the time I created it, I really felt like I was wearing many hats and trying to balance many things in my life.

At the time, instead of trying to compartmentalize my life into many blogs, I decided to share it all here. Slowly over the last year, I have found myself again trying to compartmentalize not only my life, but my blogging life too. I moved my recipes over to a cooking blog, and my fitness lifestyle issues over to a specialized Facebook page and fitness blog over on my Team Beachbody profile page.

This made sense as I didn't want to clog this blog and subject readers that weren't interested to post after post of fitness information, or recipes. But in the process what has happened is I have 3-4 blogs, Facebook pages, and profiles at fitness sites and most if not all are being severely neglected. As I decide "which" blog or profile to post on, I end up not posting on any.

I have had people tell me they love reading my homeschool or family related posts here, but are turned off by my fitness posts or reviews. I've had others tell me they come looking for the fitness posts but don't really care about homeschooling. That is fine, to each his or her own. We all have our own interests.

But, I happen to be a Christian, a homeschooler, a total fitness fanatic, a mom to five blessings, a patriot and many more things. As such I will be blogging about all of the above and probably more here. The scroll wheel is a great tool. If something is posted that just doesn't interest a reader, scroll on offense will be taken, honestly I'll never even know!

I will no longer be maintaining my cooking blog. I will keep it up as that is where most of my personal recipes are stored. But in the future if I come across a recipe or cooking site I want to share, it will be posted here along with the occasional fitness review or tips and an array of homeschooling related items.

I hope as a result I will be posting here more frequently.