Shake-Shake-Shakeology it up!

Hey there! Hope you’ve all been well! I cannot believe it’s already June! Where has this year gone??

As usual, it’s been awhile since I shared a blog post with you all – exciting stuff happening over here! First, I got this new friend:)

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Tess is THE best dog and makes me smile every day!

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I also found out recently next year I will be a 5th grade classroom teacher. If you’ve followed my blog in the past, then you know I am a Special Education teacher right now. While I absolutely love the opportunity I’ve had to help my students be successful over the past two years, I am also excited for this new opportunity that lies ahead. Having my own classroom will definitely bring its own challenges and lessons to learn, but I’m ready to learn and grow in new ways next year. As every other teacher is, I’m currently counting down the days until summer break (9 more school days!), but I am also looking forward to what the fall will bring.

Next up on my to-do list was becoming a Team Beachbody coach! After hearing people talk about the “21 day fix” and the ever-so-popular “Shakeology,” I decided to jump on board and research the programs for myself. After browsing through the Team Beachbody’s website, I selected the “21 day fix” to try. For those of you who don’t know, the 21 day fix is just what it sounds like – a 21 day program! This three week program is a great way to either kickstart your fitness journey and help you reach your goals, or get you back on track to a healthy lifestyle. The program provides you with nutrition information and healthy meal ideas, as well as colored containers to help you portion out food to ensure your body is getting the essential nutrients from each food group that it needs to be at its best each day. Each colored container corresponds with a certain food group; for example, the green container represents the vegetable food group, and the red container represents protein. The 21 day fix user guide will walk you through a simple formula to calculate how much you should be eating from each food group every day – simply fill up each container the correct amount of times and use the  included chart to easily keep track of the food groups you’re eating.

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But that’s not all! (Do I sound like a TV infomercial yet??) The 21 day fix also comes with an awesome workout plan to help you start working out regularly, or get you back on track if you’re in need of a little motivation. Two dvd’s include workouts in all areas: cardio, upper body, lower body, and abs. Pilates and yoga workouts are even included for active recovery days.

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I personally selected the 21 day fix program to complete their workouts because I was in SERIOUS need of some workout motivation! Sometimes you get so used to doing the same workouts over and over that you just get tired of it or find yourself stuck in a routine – it’s good to mix things up once in a while. Beginning this program, I honestly thought the workouts wouldn’t be too difficult for me since I already go to the gym and lift or run regularly. But they actually challenged me from day 1. The cardio workouts especially are no joke. The first time I completed the full-body cardio workout, I was opening the door to my deck to let air in, drinking water like I had just hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, and wiping sweat off my face in between the workout sets. It was tough!

What will you need to complete the workouts?? Not much at all! Another reason I love the 21 day fix is the simplicity of the program. For each workout, you only need a set of weights and a yoga mat. If you don’t have weights, you can also use a resistance band. Weights and/or a resistance band can be purchased at any sporting goods store or online through Team BeachBody. I picked up a set of weights for $10 at Wal-Mart and a yoga mat for $5 at Five Below. Working out doesn’t need to be expensive!

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Why else do I love the 21 day fix workouts?? They’re only 30 minutes long! At the end of a long day, it’s sometimes easy to feel tired and find excuses for not going to the gym or getting a workout in. With the 21 day fix, telling yourself you just need to work for 30 minutes sounds much more doable. The physical and mental benefits that just 30 minutes of exercise will bring you is more than worth setting aside that time each day.

The 21 day fix, along with many other BeachBody programs, comes with a daily dose of Shakeology. The first morning I tried my shakeology, I got up early so I could whip it up in the blender and take it to work with me. Nothing makes me feel more productive than being dressed and ready, taking my dog for a walk, and making a shake all before 7 in the morning! There are 6 different flavors you can choose from, including: chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, greenberry, tropical strawberry vegan, and chocolate vegan. I have tried the chocolate vegan, vanilla, and chocolate shakeology flavors, and while I love them all, the chocolate vegan steals the show for me.

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Day 1: Coffee and Shakeology in hand, I was ready to start the morning! Anyone that knows me knows I drink coffee for a substantial part of the morning (my coffee cup is practically a part of my hand for the first few hours every morning at school). I tried the Shakeology on my way out the door, thinking I would drink my coffee first like usual, then drink my shakeology later in the morning or for lunch. It was SO good, I found myself drinking it on the way to work INSTEAD of my coffee. Anything I choose over my coffee in the mornings must be good.

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw my recent addiction with protein shakes lately as well. While I still love combining my Cellulor protein with almond milk and a frozen banana for a protein-packed treat, I love the added nutrition benefits (in addition to the protein) that I can get with shakeology. According to the experts at Team Beachbody, Shakeology includes vitamins, minerals, proteins, and supernutrients to fuel your body, improve digestion, and increase your energy level. (This end of the year teacher is on board with anything that increases energy!) Drinking shakeology on a regular basis can also help you lose weight and reduce cravings for junk food.

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What do I love best about Shakeology? (Besides the fact that it takes like dessert but is really super good for you!) The company guarantees you will love it and experience the benefits after drinking it for a month – if you don’t, send back the bag (even if it’s completely empty) for a total refund. So you can’t go wrong by trying it out! I also love drinking shakeology because you can easily mix it up and take it with you; you won’t need to think about packing a meal, so it’s one less thing to do in the morning. It’s all about efficiency!

While Team Beachbody offers a variety of workouts programs, including:

  • Insanity
  • P90X
  • Piyo
  • 21 Day Fix
  • Focus T25
  • Les Mills Combat
  • Hip Hop Abs
  • Brazil Butt Lift
  • Turbo Jam

… And so much more!

I chose to share the 21 day fix with you today because I’ve done their workouts and loved them.There are so many workout programs, dvd, and nutrition plans out there, and I know that all of the options can be overwhelming. I don’t just do things in life because everyone else is, but because I truly LOVE the results it brings. I love drinking Shakeology and completing the 21 day fix workouts! Since I am loving the added energy and nutrition 21 day fix has brought in my life, I want to share that success with all of you.

So how can you get started today?

For more information, check out my website as a Team Beachbody coach: Beachbody coach page , or email me with any questions: buildabalancedlife@gmail.com

Anyone that knows me know how passionate I am about health, nutrition, and working out. I believe a balanced life is the key to a happy, healthy life. 21 day fix allows you to lead that balanced life by fueling your body with healthy, nutritious foods, as well as working out to strengthen and tone your body. Don’t just take my word for it, head on over to my Beachbody coach page and see what it’s all about for yourself. I would love to help you reach your fitness and health goals, so let’s get started today!

Things I’m Loving Lately – Food and Fitness Edition!

I love trying new fitness related items and healthy food ideas I see on other blogger’s websites or Instagram pictures, so thought I would share with you a few of my new favorite things. Feel free to share some of your favorite things lately below!

Yasso frozen yogurt bars

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After seeing these pictured on many food and fitness blogger’s Instagram accounts, I was so excited when I finally found these in the store last week! At just 100 calories and 5 grams of protein each, these frozen Greek yogurt bars are the perfect thing to choose to satisfy a sweet tooth without adding in tons of extra calories.  I chose the coffee chocolate chip flavor to try first and loved them! They also make a mint chocolate chip flavor as well.

Triple Zero Yogurt

I’m always looking for new ways to add more protein into my diet each day, so when I saw Oikos’s newest kind of yogurt featuring 15 grams of protein, I had to try them out! I have tried the vanilla, strawberry, and banana flavors and loved them all. I typically read the nutrition labels on things before trying them in the store, and find that lots of yogurt has a high amount of sugar, or is sweetened artificially. I like that Dannon’s Triple Zero yogurt has 0 grams of fat, and no artificial sweeteners or added sugars.

I clearly can’t buy just one of anything.

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HIIT Cardio

I have been incorporating 2-3 HIIT Cardio sessions into my workouts each week. Clearly they’re working as my hair looks like I just jumped in a pool. And now we’re all a little closer since I just shared this sweaty post-run picture of myself!

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HIIT cardio seems to be the latest craze in runner’s magazines and fitness tips, so I finally decided to jump on the bandwagon and try it out. I can tell that it’s making a difference in my overall running pace during regular runs, and I’m able to run faster. If you haven’t tried it out, I highly recommend it! Typically when I include HIIT cardio in a run, I run for 1 minute at a 6:35 pace, which is a 9.0 speed on a treadmill setting. Then I will back down the speed to 6.5, which is an 8:57 pace. My goal is to alternate between the two 10 times, for a total of 20 minutes. Right now I’m able to do 6 intervals back and forth, but I’ll get there eventually! I would also like to gradually increase my second speed, where I back it down so it’s not as slow. It’s all about progress, not perfection!

Hint Flavored Water

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In my lifelong effort to drink more water, I picked up several bottles of Hint unsweetened flavored water recently. It’s usually easier for me to drink water if it has some kind of flavor to it. The ingredient list on this kind reads, “purified water, blackberry and other natural flavors from non-GMO plants.” Zero sugars, artificial sweeteners, or added preservatives makes this water 100% natural – you can’t go wrong with that! I have tried the crisp apple and blackberry flavors and loved them both.

Nuts ‘N More Peanut Butter

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Yes, more peanut butter. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I am clearly addicted to any and all types of peanut butter! Typically most peanut butters, almond butters, and nuts are high in fat. Though they are the “good” kind of fat, that doesn’t mean you want to eat an excessive amount still. I like the Nuts ‘N More peanut butter because the fat content is much lower than regular peanut butters, and it is also higher in protein. I picked up the Chocolate Peanut Butter at GNC last week, and YOU GUYS, it is like heaven on a spoon. I’ve only found it at GNC so far, or seen it online. I also tried the regular peanut butter flavor, which was equally as amazing. Who knew you could get so excited about peanut butter?!

Under Armour Shorts

I found these shorts for only $10 at the Under Armour outlet a few weeks ago. Tiny pinholes combine with a mesh material to create a lightweight short that’s comfortable and easy to move in during workouts. These shorts are so comfortable and lightweight that I’ve been wearing them nonstop. And for only $10, you can’t go wrong! Since I picked these up at an outlet, they were slightly cheaper than the ones online. I have a black pair and a light green/yellow pair, but they have a couple of other colors online, featured here: Great Escape UA Shorts.

What are you loving lately??