Thursday, December 26, 2013

-7 Pounds in 3 Weeks...Merry Christmas to Me!

A few years back when I started running, I dropped a good amount of weight.  Though my focus was never about the weight, it was about being able to run without dying, which my 200+ pounds and I were able to do quite well…at my best I was able to do better than 10-minute/miles in my 5Ks!

Fast-forward to the past year or so, despite a routine workout schedule, I gained a few pounds and hit a plateau and was stalled out at about 217 for a LONG time.  I began using MyFitnessPal to closely monitor my daily caloric intake and burn.  After two months of tracking my calories, I was keeping within my daily calorie budget, but still was not losing weight.  It was becoming evident that my challenge was clearly the nutritional value of the calories I was consuming.

A few months ago I connected with an awesome and inspiring gal named Jessica, who just happens to be an Independent Team Beachbody Coach.  Jessica introduced me to Beachbody’s Shakeology nutritional products, and I decided that it was the right time for me to attempt to straighten out the nutritional aspects of my fitness journey with the help of Shakeology.  If I could simply replace my breakfast with a quick shake in the morning, and it would give me my “daily dose of dense nutrition” all in one glass, I figured it could be a simple fix for me!

Jessica sent me a sample, and I really paid attention to how I felt the day I tried it for breakfast.  Throughout the morning, I did not get my usual mid-morning craving that would usually result in a trip to the vending machine.  In addition to keeping me feeling full until my usual late lunchtime, I also noticed from that very first try that it kept my energy levels up throughout the morning and into the afternoon as well.  After that one sample, I decided to join TeamBeachbody and give Shakeology a thorough try!

I was 7 pounds lighter for Christmas! It's not too late to give yourself the gift of health & wellness!
Now I’m three weeks in to my daily Shakeology, the scale is hovering around the 210 mark today, I’m feeling good, and for the record, I’m super regular! (TMI?) :)  Now I grant you that the credit for my newfound weight-loss can’t be entirely attributed Shakeology, as in addition to working out regularly and tracking my calories, there are other things that happen when you start to see positive changes…you start to want to eat smarter, you don’t want to skip your workouts, and those sort of things just help accelerate the weight-loss process!  I’ll continue to post occasional updates here as I continue to use Shakeology…maybe in the next few weeks, I’ll finally get down to 199!! I can’t remember the last time I was in the 100s!

If you’re ready to make a positive change in your health and wellness, contact me (there's a contact form on the right side of my blog, or find me on Twitter or Facebook).  We’ll build you a Beachbody Challenge Pack with Shakeology and a fitness program that suits your needs (whether it be the all-new 30-minute workouts of P90X3, Tony Horton’s 10-Minute Trainer, Insanity, T25, or one of many more great workouts)…a complete nutritional and exercise package!  And we can even get you plugged into an online Facebook support group of other like-minded people to help hold you accountable and challenge you to work hard to reach your goals!  (Learn more about the Beachbody Challenge at

A little more about Shakeology:

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Shakeology is a world of superfood nutrition in every glass!  It’s the most delicious, superfood-packed protein shake on the planet!  Shakeology truly is nutrition simplified, and makes you healthy from the inside out.  It can transform your health by helping:
  • Curb cravings for sugar and junk food
  • Promote healthy weight loss
  • Increase energy levels
  • Improve digestion and regularity
  • Support your immune system
  • Support cardiovascular health

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Got Chocolate Milk?

My sister & I refueling with chocolate milk after
the June 2013 Lincoln Park Zoo Run 5K in Chicago, IL.
Did you know that lowfat chocolate milk has 9 essential nutrients that an athlete needs, including some not found in many recovery drinks?  Take a closer look at chocolate milk: 
  • A natural source of high-quality protein to build lean muscle.
  • The right carb-to-protein ratio scientifically shown to refuel and rebuild exhausted muscles.
  • Vitamin A to support a healthy immune system and good vision.
  • Electrolytes including calcium, potassium, sodium and magnesium to help replenish what’s lost in sweat.
  • B vitamins for energy.
  • Fluids to rehydrate.
  • Calcium, vitamin D, phosphorous, protein and potassium to build and maintain strong bones and reduce the risk for stress fractures.

I’ve always enjoyed an icy cold chocolate milk, but it was in the fall of 2011 when I first learned just how good it is as a recovery drink.  I was on Facebook when I saw the opportunity to apply for a grant from Chocolate Milk to help support athletic goals.  Turns out, I received that grant, which helped fund my trip to my first half marathon, the Disney Princess Half in the spring of 2012!  And ever since I learned of the benefits, I’ve been trying to spread the word and let others know that chocolate milk is not only delicious, but nutritious.  Learn all about it at:

Chocolate milk is on my mind as I write this, as I’ve just updated my profile with Team Chocolate Milk for 2014. (Click here for my 2013 profile.).  In my 2014 profile, I’ve declared that 2014 is going to be the best year yet since I began my fitness journey. I’ve struggled a bit in 2013, but am leaving 2013 on an upswing and plan to dominate 2014!! I WILL return to my 5K personal best and I WILL set a new personal record at the 10K distance.  And chocolate milk WILL play an important part in my post-exercise regimen, to help keep me fueled and healthy and ready for that next workout!

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Running in a Winter Wonderland!

Time to rekindle the blog!

Today my sister and I braved the winter wonderland of Chicago to run the Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run 10K in Lincoln Park, along the Lake Michigan shoreline!  The run started at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, ran north through the park for 3ish miles, looped around, and returned to the museum.  And it was a classic, snowy winter day in Chicago (which consequently resulted in poor traction, which we figured helped burn extra calories)!  Here’s a collage that showcases some of our pics from today:

Jingle Bell Run 10K - Chicago, IL - 12/14/13
Perhaps since I haven’t blogged in a while, I will gradually bring the blog up-to-date with my latest races, as I continue to attempt to run at least one event per month.  With that in mind, my November 2013 race was the Turkey Trot 10K in Valparaiso, Indiana.  It was a bitter cold Thursday morning, but I was super-proud of my time of 1:12:51 (a pace of 11:45/mile), as I was consistent through all 6.2 miles, and I haven’t been running much lately.  I’ve gotten to a point where I was just running my monthly races and not much in between.  Now, I’m committed to running at LEAST twice per week, and am working to get back to my best times!

Turkey Trot 10K - Valparaiso, IN - 11/28/13

In other news, I recently became an Independent Team Beachbody Coach, which means I want to be your cheerleader in you fitness journey!  It also means that if you are in the market for Beachbody products (including, but not limited to: P90X3, Insanity, T25, Shakeology, and more! Learn more at  Currently, I’m working on becoming a product of the product through replacing my breakfast with Shakeology daily… so far, I’m enjoying the shakes, and after week 1, I was down a pound (after having previously hit a weight-loss plateau which I could not break through).  Stay tuned as I continue my fitness journey and keep you updated on how improved nutrition with the help of Shakeology is helping me!

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