I hate indecision….

I hate being between workout programs. If you give me a schedule, I will follow it. Without a schedule, I’m left with that big question each morning, “What workout shall I do today?”

One fantastic tip I’ve read recently is that each decision takes energy. Today we make more myworkoutprogramsdecisions than ever! We need to automate everything we can, so that we can give the energy to decisions that require it. Without that workout schedule, I tend to go easy and avoid those challenging workouts! It’s that daily struggle of does my body really need to take it easy or does my mind just want to take it easy? I think when you suffer from any illness or injury, it can be easy to fall into not pushing yourself. I still do not know what workout I will choose today. Maybe I should write the names on the back of a deck of cards, shuffle the deck, and choose one! I will definitely be looking through the workout schedules at Team Beachbody to find a nice hybrid. Maybe that is what I need! Some variety each day but a set schedule!

What do you do to motivate yourself when you’re not quite feeling that challenging workout?

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Do you feel like a caterpillar, moving slowly through  life? Are you struggling emotionally and physically with an autoimmune diagnosis? Are you mourning the active lifestyle you used to lead or are you wishing to be healthier and fit? For those that struggle to maintain or achieve greater fitness levels due to autoimmune disease,

Sybil Cooper Fitness promises to help you regain energy, stamina and strength,

By offering accountability and support in adopting better nutrition to calm an overactive immune system and exercise to help heal the body, the keys to a life of healthy longevity, rather than a life of extended morbidity,

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To address the need for an increase in energy levels and vitality so that you can enjoy time with family and friends for decades to come,

I understand how easy it is to let autoimmunity control you rather than you controlling your life.

Let’s break free of fatigue and pain of Autoimmune disease into the next phase of our lives, stronger and healthier! Please subscribe to my blog for my fitness and nutrition tips and contact me with your questions. In addition, I’ll occasionally blog about my other interests (nature, education, scrapbooking). You can also follow me on Google+.

 

 

 

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Focus T25 Success Story – You too can win $500!

Meet Rick! He participated in The Beachbody Challenge and won the $500 Daily Prize for February 22nd! I was inspired to post his story because I identified with sleeping poorly, anxiety and low energy. That all  changed for me when I started my health and fitness journey with P90X. Focus T25 is accessible to everyone with Tania as the modifier. As Rick stated, it’s easy to press play everyday but the challenge for most is changing poor eating habits! Let me help you get FOCUSED with my online Focus T25 virtual support group! You can write your own success story and possibly win $500 for sharing your story and motivating others! Fill out my form at the bottom of this page, so I can contact you!

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Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?

Rofl, not so hot, I wanted to look better but I love, LOVE good food. I have to say, what a gigantic change. I slept poorly, I had anxiety, I didn’t like myself a whole lot, just all around bleh…..

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?

A picture with my wife in my Mess Dress Tuxedo for a military event, I swear I looked like a Shar Pei in a Tux!! Wrinkly bloated face, and when I smiled my eyes disappeared. I couldn’t believe the way I looked and there was no way i was going to pass a physical or meet the requirements for my next military physical readiness test. For lack of a better way yo put it, I had lost my pride and professionalism, it was like I no longer cared and I needed to fix that!

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?

Learning to eat, hands down. Doing the workouts are tough but easy to commit to, but eating right, and pre-planning to eat during the week was rough out the gates. I have since got a clue, and its easy to pack a lunch for the next day, and the more I learn the more fun and interesting it becomes to figure out healthy ways to put together meals I like the taste and consistency of.

Why did you choose this particular program?

You infomercial worked?? lol Honestly I was traveling for work and feeling sorry for myself about that tux picture, and a T25 commercial was on and I just made up my mind to do it. The workout lengths seemed perfect and I didn’t want to jump into something like P90X and kill myself. I can assure now that I am ready and charging to get started on P90X3!!!

What in particular did you like about the program you chose?

Workout time, and honestly Shaun T is the man! The production quality of the videos really does make you feel like he is there, and I liked the variety. Even during Alpha and Beta the variety is there and things switch up as I moved from modified to full on!

Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?

WOW! I am done from 232 to 206, that is 26 pounds!!! I am down 6 inches around my wasit! I have to wear belts with everything to keep my pants up, and I totally plan to pitch most of my clothes and never go back to a XL shirt or 36-38 pants! I am proud that I did it, I have been told it is hard to commit and I have, 100% for the last 60 days, and it has been worth the fight against ever craving, the tired days, and the plain old ugh days. I DID IT!

How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?

I was having anxiety issue that were being treated with medication, I had blood pressure that was slowly creeping up, and I had constant pain in my joints, knees, shoulders, back…..being unhealthy and out of shape was getting ready to wipe me out permanently. I recently went to my Doctor for a routine physical, and I am OFF ALL MEDS, my body feels great, I sleep amazing, my energy is up, and my ability to cope with the BS of every day life is improved 100%!!! I feel great I am starting to believe I look great and I am proud of being ME!

How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program (such as Shakeology® or Beachbody Ultimate Reset®) support your transformation? What are the greatest benefits you gained? Did you see benefits to your energy, sleep, mood/mental clarity, digestion/regularity?

I used Shakeology to fill gaps when I missed meals or snacks, but not consistently enough to determine if it actually helped or not. I did notice that it is effective in cutting back cravings, so when I had cravings I would go knock back a glass of shakeology to fight the urge.

Did you achieve any other measurable improvements with a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program? (e.g. Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, triglycerides, etc…)

BP down, 135/89 to 115/80, off Anxiety Meds, no more pain in knees joints back…

What tips or tools did you find most useful? What made them so instrumental?

The beachbody Gym, and my polar H7 Heart Rate monitor. These tools enable me to track and see progress even when the mirror and scale where being stubborn and trying to convince me otherwise. I highly encourage everyone to use tools to track and view progress, its motivating on those days when you look in the mirror and want to throw in the towel.

 

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Is 70+ years old too old to get fit?

Check out Bob’s story! It is never too late to get fit! There are just a few days left to vote in the Team Beachbody Contest so go to and vote today!

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Bob P.
Age: 72
Gender: Male
State: North Carolina
Primary Program: P90X®
Supplement: Shakeology®, Whey Protein Powder, P90X Protein Bars, P90X® Results and Recovery Formula

My Stats
Before AFTER
Height 5’8
Weight 173 130
Waist 34 29
Hips 33 33
Chest 36 38
Right Arm 10 12
Left Arm 10.5 12
Right Thigh 17.5 18.5
Left Thigh 17.5 18
Body Fat % 15 9.9
Cholesterol 64/110 91/88
Blood Pressure 134/72 116/58
as-of 06/11/2013
Bob P.Navy veteran loss 43 lbs. and 5″ off waist in 90 days!
I did 26 years in the Navy where we were required to stay in shape, and law enforcement after that, but after retiring, I did nothing but sit around and gain weight. I wanted a challenge and P90X looked just right for me. Even though I’m 72 years old, I lost 43 lbs. and 5″ off my waist. I’m back to the weight I was in high school.

What Bob P. won:
$1,000

Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?* I was fit most of my life. Wrestled in high school, did 26 years in the Navy where we were required to stay in shape, and law enforcement after the Navy, again staying in shape was mandatory. However, after retiring, I did nothing but sit around for about 5 years, gained up to 173 lbs., and I’m only 5’8″ tall, so I looked like the before picture. I felt lethargic and sluggish, no energy, and didn’t feel healthy. Also didn’t like the way I looked.

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?* Went to a high school reunion and was surprised by the number of classmates who had already died. Most from lack of activity and eating and drinking too much. Health became a major issue for me, so I started walking, then back to running, but didn’t really know how to eat. My mother was a good Southern cook, and most of what we ate when I was growing up was fried stuff, while bread, white rice, desserts, etc. I learned that it is called the “SAD” diet (Standard American Diet), which explains why nearly half of American adults are obese. I learned to turn the high calorie low nutrition diet around to low calorie high nutrition. It was working but not as fast as I wanted it to. The element that was missing was proper exercise.

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?* I became an ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association) certified personal trainer, and spent so much time training others that I didn’t have time for my own training. P90X taught me how to get off my plateau, where my body had stopped making gains, and by the muscle confusion technique, I started making the kind of headway I wanted.

Why did you choose this particular program?* I was already getting in fair shape, so I wanted a challenge. I watched the infomercials on TV, and P90X looked just right for me, notwithstanding the fact that I’m 72 years old. I lost 43 lbs. and 5 inches off my waist. I’m back to the weight I was in high school, and though low in testosterone (most of us are in our 70’s), I did put on right much muscle. It surprised me more than anyone. Before I began, I was stuck.

What in particular did you like about the program you chose?* I was on a major plateau, and the muscle confusion element of P90X was perfect for getting me going again. At 72, I don’t have the testosterone to build big bulky muscle, but I did get lean and put on 2 inches on my biceps – not bad for a geezer.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?* I am no longer ashamed of how I look. People can’t believe I’m 72; they tell me I look 50 at the most, and I attribute the new look to the intensity, and excellent training DVD’s by Tony Horton, where he explains every aspect of what we are doing and why.

How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?* Yes, for one thing I feel much better. My doctor at the last physical couldn’t believe the change. He said “You will die someday, but it won’t be from a heart attack or stroke. I’ve never seen anyone your age with an HDL level of 91.” I’ve got energy, I feel good, and no matter how long I live, I will remain functional and independent – God willing.

How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program affect any existing health conditions you have? I used to catch the first cold in town every year. I started P90X March 11th, and I haven’t been sick since. It’s only 90 days, but the way I feel I have no doubt my immune system is far better than it has ever been.

Did you achieve any other measurable improvements with a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program? (e.g. Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, triglycerides, etc…) Blood pressure came down from 134/70 to 116/58, and HDL went up to 91, while LDL went down from 115 to 88. I can’t attribute that to anything but the P90X program and the nutrition I get from their supplements.

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Shaun T Talks Insanity!

Everyone that knows me, knows that I am an Insaniac. Shaun T’s program, Insanity and it’s follow-up, Insanity the Asylum, got me in the best shape of my life! Shaun T was recently interviewed in his old neighborhood. I laughed when I read the following quote and thought, “Yeah Shaun, just wait until you’re in your 40s!”

Q: You’re a couple months shy of 35. How does your approach to staying fit change when you’re in your mid-30s as opposed to your 20s?

A: It’s a whole different situation. When I was 25, if I didn’t have a full six pack, in three or four days I could have a full six pack, 100 percent. Now it’s like I need two weeks. It’s crazy. It’s definitely different in staying fit. You really start to notice that you have to stretch more, getting up in the morning and start working out literally five minutes after I woke up. Now I’m like, “I need an hour and a half.” (laughing). … When I developed Asylum in 2010, I was definitely at my peak physical condition. I’m still obviously fit, but you definitely have to work at it a little bit more. As far as my heart health, and how much I can run and jump and my cardiovascular level, that’s pretty much the same. That’s pretty easy to maintain. It’s more the physical look of your body. As you get older, you have to work on trying to stay as ripped as you were, you try to get the same veins to pop out.

You can read the entire article here.