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Getting Fit in 2014, Part 2

Part 1 of the plan to get fit in the new year was all about making a gradual adjustment toward eating healthy foods. It’s just one step at a time, eliminating the foods that you know are not doing you any favors.  This next part is about moving your body to the point of sweat. Yes, that is just another way to say “exercise”.

Remember back in school when you had to do P.E. class and you hated it? I remember that too. I was a math nerd, before nerd was even a word, and I hated gym class. Hated the uniforms, hated the calisthenics, hated being chosen last for a team to play whatever game we were about to play. Even in grade school there were kids who could play any sport with ease, and then there were those of us who were lousy at all of them.

Grade school was a long time ago for me, and probably for you too. We have learned since then that there are things we are good at, and hopefully we have learned to value those things about ourselves. I learned to put my math brain to work and built a nice career for myself. I learned to use my caring, coping, and problem-solving skills. But I was still not good at playing sports, and so for awhile I avoided exercise.

Now, here is the magic:  It does not matter that you can’t hit a softball with a bat, can’t make a basket even from 2 feet away, or can’t properly kick a soccer ball. You can still get fit without doing any of those things. You don’t have to go to a gym, either.

There are some awesome workouts from Beachbody now that are only 30 minutes long. Anyone can squeeze in a 30-minute workout, especially one that does not require driving to a gym! Click HERE to get a preview of P90X3 workouts!

Thirty minutes a day. Lots of modifications, so even if you think you can’t do a move, there is an easier way being modeled just for you. Yes, you can get fit – at home – with no gym membership – with no driving – in the sweats or shorts that you are most comfortable wearing. Just you and a DVD player. You CAN do it, the only questions is: Will you do it?

I am starting P90X3 myself on January 20th. Join me! You have a couple of weeks to get the program ordered so you will have it in time – Here’s the link to order the Base P90X3 Kit.. Let me know that you are IN and I will add you to my private Facebook page so we can all encourage each other. I’m looking forward to working out with you!


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Tony Horton, Bringing It Again With P90X3

Once upon a time, I was lean and active. You could even say I was athletic, although I have no discernible physical talents.  The point is, I was strong and healthy, firing on all cylinders, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, clear-headed and sharp.

Then, maybe 10 years ago or so, all that nice clarity and brightness started to slide.  I ate chocolate-chip cookies for breakfast, nachos for lunch, and pizza at dinnertime.  I didn’t work out, and for some reason I was gaining weight. I didn’t eat all of that stuff every day, of course, but there was enough “low-nutrition” food in my life to cause problems. I was sluggish, didn’t sleep well, had headaches, and started feeling depressed.

Then I heard about workout programs that you could do at home, with  no gym  membership and little equipment. The name of the company that produced these programs was Beachbody.

The first Beachbody program that I bought was Power 90 Master Series (P90MS). At the time, I thought “Master” meant it was intended for older people, like those of us past 40. No, it turned out that it was for graduates of the original Power 90 who wanted more of a challenge. The P90MS workouts are tough!

I still have those P90MS DVD’s in my collection of Beachbody workout programs. My nephew started using them during the summer. So far he has lost more than 30 pounds and has graduated to the Extreme version called P90X.

The newest member of the Power 90 family is P90X3, released two days ago. The workouts are 30 minutes long rather than 60 or even 90 minutes like some of the P90X sessions. The shorter time makes it accessible even to those with hectic schedules. Most of us can’t drive to the gym and back in less than 30 minutes – so why spend the time behind the wheel when you could be finishing your workout instead?

Not to worry, you don’t have to have mastered P90X before tackling the P90x3 program. In fact, it’s the other way around. Once you have conquered P90X3, your next step forward would be P90X or P90X2.

I just ordered my copy of P90X3. Shipping is free right now, and if you order through a Coach (like me!) you also get a free bonus workout DVD called “On One Leg” and a free P90X3 hat ($24.95 value)! You also get free coaching when you sign up with a Coach so let’s get you started!

Click here to read the US News & World Report interview with Tony Horton about P90X3

Click here to order P90X3 – and have me as your Coach!

Click here to sign up for a free TeamBeachbody membership, with me as your Coach.  That will give you access to contact me for more information.


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Black Friday Sale Without the Store

Yes, Beachbody is selling some awesome workout videos and gear at big discounts in honor of the Black Friday tradition.  Since the sale is on-line, there won’t need to be anyone reporting to work on a holiday when they can be home with their families.

Are you ready to move your fitness forward? Check out the sale!

The deals won’t last, and even if they did the sale ends on December 2nd – so if you are interested, don’t wait too long!

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Day 20 – Simple Ways to Start Adding Exercise to Your Day

This post – in fact, this entire blog – is not meant to exclude anyone, regardless of current level of fitness.  As I see it, each of us is on our own journey.  Most of us do not have personal trainers, much less personal chefs.  We have other obligations that may prevent us from spending two or three hours each day working out and another couple of hours in the kitchen preparing all our meals from scratch with organic veggies we have grown ourselves.

Here’s the good news:  You can start moving toward better fitness, better health, with very little time.  Start with just a few minutes a day.  You won’t get ripped in a week by spending 10 minutes a day, of course – but you can start making a difference.  Here are a few ideas that you can do in 2 minutes each, or less:

  • Push-ups – yes, the grand-daddy of them all.  Do them in your PJ’s before you even start your day.  Do them on your knees if you can’t do them on your toes.  Do what you can do at the beginning.  You will get stronger over time.  I have worked up to doing 8 on my toes, and am immensely proud to have come so far!
  • Leg lifts.  Another one to do in your jammies, even before you get out of the bed (although you will have to kick off the blankets).  Lie on your back with one knee up and your foot flat on the bed or floor (this will help protect your lower back from any strain).  Slowly raise your straight leg as far as you can.  Try to raise each leg 5 times.
  • Lunges.  Take a huge step forward, and bring your back knee down close to the floor.  Come back up to standing, then take a huge step with the other foot.  Start with 8 or 10 (4 or 5 on each leg).  Make sure your knee stays over your ankle and doesn’t jet out in front; not usually a problem if you take a really big step forward each time.
  • Jumping jacks.  I’m with you – I can’t jump either.  Lots of us don’t jump, and for a variety of reasons.  Just do “jacks”, without jumping.  You know the arm movement already.  When your arms go up, tap one foot out to the side.  Arms come down, tap the other foot out to the side.  Or, when your arms go up, raise one knee – and when your arms come back down, raise the other knee.  Try for 20 jacks.
  • This last one will take more time, but it is just as simple:  Walk.  My own fitness journey started with a walk around the block.  The next night after work I did it again, and again the night after that.  My block was about a mile and a quarter, and fairly hilly.  It took me a half hour or so, and I was huffing and puffing that first time.  I got stronger, and so will you if you do it consistently.

Like so many things in life, the most important step you take is the first one. Decide that this is your time to take charge of your health, and then start. Start with baby steps, and don’t beat yourself up when you feel like you can’t do enough.  You can start now, you can be stronger next week, you can notice a difference in how your clothes fit next month, and you can reach your goals.  But you have to start!


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Day 8 – Try a Free Beachbody Workout with Tony Horton

Welcome to the weekend! Can you find a spare half-hour today to try a new workout? Yes, it is free; no, no copyrights are being infringed. It is just over 30 minutes long, and it is intense! Tony Horton, the P90X guy, gathered up a group of Beachbody employees in a gym and they turned on the cameras.

You won’t need any weights or equipment, just a towel and a bottle of water. Try it out – just “do your best, and forget the rest”, to quote Mr. Horton!  Are you ready to bring it?


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Workouts For Rainy Days

The weather has been lousy this week – rain all day Monday, snow all day Tuesday, then rain up until mid-afternoon yesterday (Friday).  It turns out that I am a fair-weather runner.  I do not like running in cold, wet weather!

Beachbody is ideal for this.  Chalean Extreme workouts can be done indoors.  Okay, I know running can be done indoors too, on a treadmill – but treadmills are boring and bother my knees.  And boring, did I already say boring?  Chalene’s workouts, on the other hand, are not boring.  The times goes by fast and at the end I feel great!  I know the workout is hard enough, because I am a little sore the next morning.

I will be interested to see how the Chalean Extreme workouts improve my strength for running, especially long runs.  Today is Day 4 with Chalene, and I also have a 90-minute run scheduled.  The weather website says there will be a couple of hours of clear weather today, yay!

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>Day 2 of the Big Reboot

>Yesterday I made the decision to return to my healthy lifestyle.  That makes today, as every day, a time to take another step into that decision.

The first thing in my morning every day is walking the doggie.  Done with that, the doggie has been for her walk.  Morning walks are only a half mile or so, but it does get the day started for both of us.  Since the dog arrived in my life, I am so much more aware of the weather : )

Then, a Shakeology shake for breakfast – tons of nutrition, just a little handful of calories.  Seriously, like 150 calories plus another 30-ish for the splash of milk I add to make it even yummier.  I’ve packed a banana and a protein bar for snacks during the day when I need a little something, although the Shakeology usually keeps me rock-solid until 11 or so.

Time to go to work already – so what will the exercise plan be for today?  It may rain, so I’m undecided between a nice long walk after work, or pop in an exercise video and do my workout indoors.  Chalene Extreme is my top choice if the weather pushes me inside.

Now that my intention is published, I know I will follow through!  Keep well!

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