SHAKEOLOGY, Is It Worth Your Money, What is Your Health Worth

SHAKEOLOGY, IS IT WORTH THE MONEY

Is Shakeology worth the price, What is it all about? I am sure you are asking yourself that very question and I did too. How is it different then all the other crap out there today, will this be another thing I try and feel I wasted my money. Well we are going to go over some aspects of that today, including my personal story, and you can make your own decision if it is worth it to YOU.

I thought I would share some on my health journey. I have always been into watching my weight, obsessed, even though I still had trouble keeping weight off, especially after having children. I know when I got married I was running and eating pretty well and I weighed 145. Well after having our first child I weighed 185, yep I gained 40 lbs. Even after having Layne I stayed around 180 and it depressed me. I began to run again and even with running 3 miles I was not losing much weight. I thought I was eating healthy, but still no luck, I was stuck (said the big dump truck, Laynes favorite book). Well I ran my butt off, & I used the elliptical and still wasn’t making progress, when I went back to the gym. I finally started making progress when I found out I was pregnant with Abby. I tried exercising with her, but in the beginning it was risky and later I had gestational diabetes. So I went back to the elliptical and taking my sugar levels every 2 hours, that was an experience. The dietician worked with me and had me gaining 6 lbs in one week, but needless to say Abby was born healthy and that made me happy. She was a very needy baby so exercise went to the back burner for a while. I got back into running and then got pregnant with Clay, I ran all through that pregnancy and even with doing so, I still could not drop below 165. Talk about discouraging and aggravating.
I began to believe that was just me, my body would never change or get to where I liked it. I tried not so healthy diet pills, counting calories, and was very frustrated with it all when I started coming across Insanity Commercials. Every time I saw it I thought I would love to do that, I could do that…. So I did….
During those workouts is when I was introduced to Shakeology. At first I thought about it but something kept pulling at me. So I began to research more about Shakeology. After a long battle with myself about money and if I should spend that much on myself I finally did and I have never looked back. If I could go to McDonalds and get a Sweet Tea and a Large Fry and spend $5, then I could spend $4 for a healthy, filling meal for myself.
Well I have been a fitness coach and drinking Shakeology daily now for a year and I have never felt better, healthier, happier and a live. I can keep up with my children, enjoy the day and still get my house work and workout in. My IBS has not bothered me since I have been on shakeology and I have quit taking handfuls of pills daily just trying to get in some of the necessary vitamins we need for our bodies. Instead I take one Scoop of Shakeology and I get the best, healthiest meal of the day, that will allow my body to run in optimal health. So to me, it is well worth it.

$4 per day, maybe not a bad Shakeology Price. But is it Worth it?
After reading my above story, you might still be wondering if Shakeology is worth it. After helping so many other people, I have found many people who agree Shakeology is worth it. I also find other people who think Shakeology is to grainy or not worth their time or money.
So, I have two lists of how to know if Shakeology will be worth it to you or not. If you are more of a person who wants the high-level details, I’d also recommend checking back for my Shakeology Ingredients post as well.

Reasons Why Shakeology Can be Worth it to You:
• You are serious about giving your body the best nutrition you can for optimal health, muscle growth, repair, digestion, absorption, etc.
• You want to lose weight and are serious about modifying your overall diet (I can help with a free guide with your Shakeology order)
• You are exercising and are trying to find good nutritional supplementation
• You lack regularity and need help with digestion through proper blends of probiotics
• You don’t have the best diet and are looking to ensure you get a one-stop shop vitamin supplementation
• You are a busy on the go person who does not like to try and find meals at a Fast Food Restaurant
• You are looking for an all natural meal replacement that promotes energy and health

Reasons the Shakeology Price can be a Waste of your Money
• Someone tried to sell you on the glory of this shake. It’s not a wonder-drug, so I apologize if someone steered you wrong. It is a tool, not a quick fix.
• You plan on eating unhealthy the rest of your life, expecting this one shake to make a huge difference. Be your Miracle Pill (that does not exist).
• You plan on drinking the shake without exercise and expect to lose tons of weight. (Go For a Walk)
• You spend over $400 per month on high quality nutritional supplements and don’t need the superfood blend or probiotics and prebiotic blends.
• You have given up and do not trust anymore, not even a money back guarantee (Yes the bag can be empty and you can get your money back)
How Can You Get the Best Shakeology Price?
While the list price is $129.95 plus shipping of around $10-14 depending on your state, there are some discount options.
• Save on Shipping: You can get a discount on the shipping costs when you order on auto-ship (home direct). If you see the value in Shakeology, this will be a no brainer. Every month Shakeology will automatically bill and ship to you, and you will continuously save on shipping costs with this discount. $2 Shipping and you will never run out and have to wait for the mail.
• 25% Discount Option: There is a way to save 25% if you are drinking Shakeology for the long-term. The option is to become a Beachbody Discount Coach. https://teambeachbody.com/signup/-/signup/coach?referringRepId=401795
• There is a slight cost for becoming a Beachbody Coach ($39.95 to start and $15.95 per month); however, even with the cost figured in, you’ll still be saving off of list price. If you are military we can get those fees waived or you can purchase a challenge pack and the 39.95 fee is also waived.
If you see the value in the Shakeology, like I did in my shared story above, click the link now and try for yourself. After you order, I’ll share some tips that I use to maximize the use of Shakeology for my exercise and weight loss.
http://www.shakeology.com/AmandaT34 (Order Shakeology here)
https://teambeachbody.com/signup/-/signup/free?referringRepId=401795 (Free Beachbody Membership Account to see recipes, trainer tips and advice)

Calorie and Exercise Mood Enhancers or Destroyers

Ever notice how your mood changes drastically day-to-day when you are watching your calories or limiting you foods. I am one of those people who want to eat Pizza like the rest of the family, but then comes the guilt and regret. Unfortunately I am one who just has to avoid these instances b/c if I start eating what I have deemed as “Not supposed to,” then I tend to way over eat. All of this boils down to my mood and then how I will be snappier with the rest of the family. My husband will bring home ice cream for the kids and that won’t bother me, but put cookie dough in the fridge and that is torture. I will think of it 50 times a day and have to fight myself on whether I am going to cave or hold strong.
So I used to think if you just ate less and exercised hard and long then you would be on the right track and lose weight. To me that was being healthy and doing what was necessary to lose the weight and get the body I wanted. Well that is not true, and I was so wrong. It is known that when you are “hangry” (hungry and angry) this can be due to lack of calories. Your brain chemistry affects your mood, which is affected by you not eating. A recent study in Biological Psychiatry noted that when you’re hungry, levels of the brain chemical serotonin — a neurotransmitter that regulates mood as well as appetite and sleep — fluctuate and make it difficult to control your anger. Turns out, being famished goes hand in hand with being frazzled. When researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, put women on a 1,200-calorie-a-day diet, they found that test subjects produced more of the stress hormone cortisol and reported higher levels of perceived stress. (fitness mag) Calorie intake depends on each individual’s body chemistry and activity levels. Make sure you know the amount of calories you should be having daily to be healthy and remember that exercise is good for you and your mood but not to over do it.
I used to go to the gym and workout for 3 hours at a time, leaving tired and accomplished but than later feeling like I needed to do it all over again. Your muscles need time to re-coop, to re build so you can become stronger and leaner. If you do intense workouts pushing too hard and lasting for a long time, then you are doing your body more damage then good. . “A workout that is too rigorous or lasts longer than 60 minutes can dramatically decrease blood sugar, which can affect mood and the ability to think clearly for days,” says Michele S. Olson, PhD, a FITNESS advisory board member and professor of exercise science at Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama.
Another diet I used to do was limiting or cutting out any and all Carbs. Not necessarily the best way to go if you are trying to better your mood and be sane. My body would have withdrawals/cravings of nothing but sugar and grains. In fitness magazine I read that “people who followed low carb diets had higher scores on “anger hostility, depression, bewilderment” scales then those who followed low-fat diets.” Honestly right now I am going through a sugar hangover, I binge on sugar/carbs all weekend for a birthday and now that is all my body is craving, and I do not have the will and energy to get through my workouts like I was before the sugar high. Sugar is addicting, it stimulates areas in the brain linked to pleasure and addiction. So my journey to health, takes a new turn and I am back to avoiding situations where I may cave to sugar.
So what I have found is to feel good, be positive and get results you have to do the research and what works for you. I need to avoid foods that I seem to have less will power over, meaning let family and friends know that for Christmas it would be best not to make candies this year, or to have them removed from my house. Tell my husband to not be bringing home sugar snacks that I have a hard time with, the kids do not need them anyway. To figure out my correct calorie level depending on what workout I am doing at the moment. For instance if I am doing Insanity I will need more calories than if I am doing 21 day fix program. Finally you need to have a balance and variety of foods that you provide your body with. Omega 3 fats, carbs, Veggies, Fruits, nuts, healthy alternatives to the snack machines, these are all nutrients that need to be considered in my daily journey. No be healthy is not the easiest in the world, but I will say that even though each day may be a new battle I am ready and willing to keep striving for Health. One day at a time, One meal at a time, One workout at a time
I will get the body I deserve and the mind/mood that will keep me at my Goal. I love my workouts and without them my family would not like my mood, and I would be stressed constantly.  I hope this will help someone to start their Health Journey or during their adventure, keep up the good fight. Health is a Lifestyle not a diet, What doesn’t Challenge you won’t Change you. God Bless
you body with. Omega 3 fats, carbs, Veggies, Fruits, nuts, healthy alternatives to the snack machines, these are all nutrients that need to be considered in my daily journey. No be healthy is not the easiest in the world, but I will say that even though each day may be a new battle I am ready and willing to keep striving for Health. One day at a time, One meal at a time, One workout at a time
I will get the body I deserve and the mind/mood that will keep me at my Goal. I hope this will help someone to start their Health Journey or during their adventure, keep up the good fight. Health is a Lifestyle not a diet, What doesn’t Challenge you won’t Change you. God Bless

Need to change things up, Flavor Water Recipes are here

I’ve always liked drinking water, I was never really a strick soda person (maybe tea, orange or apple juice occasionally) but when I became a Beachbody Coach and realized how important water is to your body and to help you flush the toxins.  I decided I was going to research waters benefits and try to help those who would rather a flavorful drink! There are a lot of other ways you can flavor water naturally. You can get really creative with what you do! Here are some ideas I have gotten from a lot of different sites……

  • Add a slice of your favorite citrus to a tall glass of ice water…try lemon, lime, or orange slices. Or combine them…slices of lemon and lime…orange and lime…or Fresh Mint is a great addition.
  • Spice water up (literally!) with this tip: simmer a cinnamon stick in a cup of water, then use the resulting liquid as a concentrate that you mix with cold water and ice. Not only does the flavored water taste great, but cinnamon comes with a ton of health benefits; it can help lower blood sugar and cholesterol.
  • Combine lemon slices with fresh herbs in your water…try lemon with mint, rosemary, thyme, or sliced ginger root.
  • Cucumbers are great in water, too! Slice up a large cucumber and add it to a pitcher of water…it’s really refreshing. You can also try cucumber with some fresh thyme added in. Or cucumber slices with lemon or orange slices.
  • If you want a more intense flavor to your glass of water, squeeze the citrus and/or twist the herbs you are using before you add them to your glass.
  • Besides lemons, oranges, and limes, you can try adding other kinds of fruit to your glass or pitcher of water…a small handful of your favorite berries (or mixed berries) is a nice addition to a glass of ice water. Other fruits you can try alone or in combination are: watermelon, cantaloupe, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, grapes, and kiwi.
  • Add Flavored Ice Cubes, whether you freeze coffee, water and pomegranate arils, or pureed raspberries and pineapple, love the idea of following Stephanie Lynn to make flavored ice cubes for your water. They add a cool, refreshing burst—and also just look pretty!

NOTE: I usually drink my flavored water the same day I make it…I think it tastes best that way. Depending on what you add to your water, it may get cloudy or bitter-tasting if stored in the refrigerator too long.

If you’re wanting to make a pitcher of flavored water, you basically just slice or chop up some fresh fruit, cucumbers, or herbs and place in a pitcher, add cold water and chill several hours. The result is water infused with a light, natural flavor. It’s ready to serve over ice, garnished with a slice of fruit or clipping of an herb of your choice. Here are some other recipes for flavored water you may want to try:

CITRUS CUCUMBER WATER

  • 1 large lemon, sliced
  • 1 large lime, sliced
  • 1 large orange, sliced
  • 1 large cucumber, sliced
  • 1 half-gallon of water

Place all the sliced fruits and the cucumber in a glass pitcher and add water. Refrigerate for two hours to allow flavors to infuse, then serve in glasses over ice.

CUCUMBER–HERBAL WATER

  • 5 cups water
  • 10 thin slices of cucumber
  • 2 lemon slices
  • 2 sprigs of fresh mint
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary

Put water in pitcher and add lemon slices and cucumber slices. Crush mint and rosemary to release flavor, then add to other ingredients. Refrigerate for several hours. Serve over ice in tall glasses. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

CUCUMBER–MELON WATER

  • 1 large cucumber, sliced
  • 1/4 honeydew melon, cubed
  • 1/4 cantaloupe, cubed
  • 1 half-gallon water

Place cucumber and melons in a glass pitcher and add water. Refrigerate for 2 hours, then serve over ice. Garnish with melon balls skewered on a swizzle stick.

HONEYDEW–LIME WATER

  • 2–3 slices of ripe honeydew melon
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 4 sprigs of mint
  • 1 half-gallon of water

Add melon slices, lime slices and mint sprigs to a large pitcher; fill with the half-gallon of water and refrigerate 2–4 hours. Serve in ice-filled glasses. Makes about 8 servings.

HERB AND BERRY–FLAVORED WATER

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, lightly crushed
  • 2  4–inch sprigs of fresh rosemary. lightly bruised  (to release more flavor)
  • 1 half-gallon of water

Add blueberries and rosemary sprigs to a large pitcher; fill with the half-gallon of water and refrigerate 2–4 hours. Serve in ice-filled glasses. Makes about 8 servings.

LEMON–LAVENDER WATER

  • 3 large lemons, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh lavender
  • 1 half-gallon of water

Add lemon slices and lavender to pitcher; pour water over both and refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve over ice and garnish with a sprig of lavender.

LEMON–MINT or LEMON-BASIL WATER

  • 4 lemons, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed fresh mint or basil leaves
  • 6–8 cups water
  • 6–8 cups ice cubes
  • Fresh mint or basil sprigs

Place lemon slices in a large pitcher. Rub the mint or basil leaves between the palms of your hands to bruise the leaves slightly. Add to the pitcher with lemon and pour in the water. Cover and chill 1–8 hours.

Strain lemon–water mixture and discard herbs. Divide lemon slices and additional fresh mint or basil sprigs equally among 6–8 glasses. In each glass, add 1 cup of ice cubes, then fill with lemon water.

LEMON, LIME AND ORANGE WATER

  • 1 large lemon, sliced
  • 1 large lime, sliced
  • 1 large orange, sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves (optional)
  • 1 half-gallon of water

Add citrus slices (and cilantro leaves, if desired) to a large pitcher; fill with the half-gallon of water and refrigerate 2 hours. Serve in ice-filled glasses. Garnish with your favorite citrus slice (and a sprig of cilantro, if you’re using that). Makes about 8 servings.

FROZEN FRUIT WATER

  • 2 cups frozen apple chunks, grapes, or berries
  • 1 half-gallon of water

Add frozen fruit to a pitcher; pour water over fruit and let sit at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Stir to distribute fruit flavor and serve in glasses with some ice cubes. (Note: you can chop up the same kind of fruit, unfrozen, and follow same directions. You’ll need  to use more ice when serving the unfrozen fruit–flavored water).

ORANGE–MINT WATER

  • 3 large oranges, sliced
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1 half-gallon of water

Put sliced oranges and mint leaves in pitcher and add water; refrigerate for 2 hours to infuse flavors. Pour over ice and garnish with a sprig of mint and orange slice.

WATERMELON–BASIL WATER

  • 2 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 1 half-gallon of water

Pour water over melon and basil; refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve over ice, garnished with a sprig of basil.

FRUIT WATER

  • 1 each of the following fruits: apple, lemon, orange, pear
  • 4 large strawberries
  • Handful of raspberries
  • Handful of mint leaves
  • 1 half-gallon of water

Cut large slices or thin wedges of each fruit; place them in a large glass pitcher and add cold water. Refrigerate 2 hours and serve over ice in tall glass.

Stuck in a Plateau during Weight Loss and need Advice on how to Overcome

First and Foremost it is common to go through a Plateau during your Healthy Fitness Journey.  Normally a Plateau will last up to 3 weeks, and all a Plateau is when your body is checking your decisions {Are you sure this is what you want to do, this is the calories and workouts we want}.  Your body is an amazing piece of equipment, and protects itself for survival, we are always adapting and changing as our fitness levels do.  The best advice I can give you is to change things up, change your workouts, change your nutrition, like I stated your body adapts so if you stay with the same workout daily and then stick with the same number of calories, your body will start to modify so it uses the less energy and works more efficiently.  Therefore you are not burning as many calories, your body is only burning what is absolutely necessary.  Then if you try to cut calories to get the results you want, your body will adjust again and go into starvation mode by slowing down your metabolism.  So in other words, Do Not increase your exercise and then decrease your amount of calories, instead you need to adjust your workout and your nutrition.

Most of us know how many calories we need to lose or maybe just maintain weight.  So try Calorie Cycling, which is when you Zig Zag your amount of calories you take in daily.  Your calorie total will stay the same for the week but fluctuate daily.  For example you normally have 1600 calories daily, Day 1 you have those normal calories, then Day 2 you may have 1400 calories, and Day 3 you have 1800 calories {Zig Zag your calorie intake daily}.  Now remember your body will adjust so keep track and switch it up daily and weekly and when you hit a new Plateau then its time to switch it up again.

Another tip is to hold yourself Accountable, do a food journal, keep track of every thing you eat and drink.  After we have been doing a journey for a while we tend to slowly slack and head towards our old bad habits, not even realizing you are doing so.  Try doing Gluten Free for a couple of weeks or Dairy Free, just change it up and play with it to keep your body guessing what is going on.  So important to be accountable though, get a partner, join a group, and keep a food journal and document how you feel during these weeks you are changing things up.

While changing up your nutrition you can also change-up your workout routines.  One day lift weights, then do High Intensity Circuit Training, then throw in yoga or Pilates, and go to lifting again, cardio, change your schedule up so your body is always guessing, not just going through the motions but pushing and struggling through.  You should be constantly challenging yourself to  change yourself and see results.

Another tips is to take some time off, maybe a week or 5 days from your exercise routine and focus only on your nutrition.  Eat Healthy and Clean all week, no cheat meals….

Lastly you need to make sure you are getting good sleep (7-8) hours a night and try to reduce your stress level.  Stress can be from not getting enough sleep or enough calories, then your body is under stress.  Especially if you are trying to put it through a hardcore workout under those conditions.  There are also our daily life stressors, (work, boss, drive, neighbors, family, children, farm, whatever) and yes we all have them, but how do you manage them.  We need to learn to let our worries go to God and just be the best we can be.  Did you know that lack of sleep and your body under stress will cause you to store fat, yes what we are trying to avoid we can be telling our body to hold onto the fat instead of burning it off.

Remember to change things up, muscle confusion, nutrition confusion, if you want to change first you must challenge yourself.  Comment below if you found this helpful….

Thanks guys, and God Bless…

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