Growth

After my workout yesterday, I was almost in tears. Not because it was really hard, which is was, but because I realized something about myself. I now have a confident I haven’t had in awhile.

This whole journey I have been afraid of others. Afraid of what they might say, what they might think, and how they would treat me. Why? Because I knew it would happen. I have heard plenty of people badmouthing healthy eating, working out, and Beachbody programs..

So, instead of being proud of this amazing decision I made, I hid it. I quietly made changes that ultimately changed my way of life for the better. I didn’t want to talk about it for fear of a negative reaction. Slowly I started to want to share my excitement of working out, my good mood, my energy. People share their lives, the good and the bad, all the time, I normally wasn’t one of them. This was something too good in my life to keep it hidden.

Of course there are people who make comments and judge. There always will be no matter what you do! I let this get to me for awhile. I didn’t understand, I am doing something good. How can someone judge that? Why can’t they be happy for me? Why are they finding negative in something that is so positive?

Then something hit me just a few months ago. Why do I care? Like I said, I am doing something good. I am fueling my body with healthy foods. I am exercising to keep my body healthy. I am working to have a future that is active & healthy, not spent at the doctors.

I get comments all the time…
“Wouldn’t you rather sleep in?”
“You need to eat!”
“You have to treat yourself sometimes.”
“What can you eat? Are you on a diet?”
“You can’t be so strict about your food.”
“Just skip the workout.”

These questions and comments used to upset me more. People don’t need to understand why you decided to live a healthier lifestyle. I do hope they are supportive though. We could be doing a lot worse to our bodies!

Today’s workout is very challenging. It is one that I put off for a few hours yesterday because I knew it would kick my butt. 36 minutes of non-stop. I post a lot about feeling good & being so happy and motivated after my workouts. I want to show you what I do. It’s not all dancing around and having fun. It’s hard work, heart pumping, shortness of breath fun.

I decided today is the day. I am going to share on live the workout that pushes me to dig deeper & not just kind of do the moves. So…I clicked that live button & gave it what I had!

Now, I don’t have a huge following, so there were like 6 people watching & that is fine. I was empowered. I took a huge step out of my comfort zone. I was showing what my body can do. I was showing what is possible when you commit and show up! The people who did comment made my day. Anyone who ever shows support to my journey fills my heart with joy. It means so much that people go out of their way to reach out and say something positive. Luckily, there has been a lot more positive interactions than negative!

When I did my first workout a little over a year ago, I definitely would not have posted anything about it! I remember dreading posting my sweaty selfie in my accountability group after. Now, I look forward to my workouts & sharing my journey. I have not only lost weight & inches, I have gained confidence and maybe a little bit of extrovert (like an extremely tiny amount). Sharing my story doesn’t scare me as much as it used to.

I realized after my workout today, I am starting to be more open and able to come out of my shell a little more. It really isn’t just about weight. I have been able to make changes in my life that are amazing.

Sure, it still sometimes sucks when you hear negative comments or little remarks. But then I remember that I am doing something amazing for me, my future, my life.

Never be afraid of taking that first step because of what someone might say. There is always someone hating, but I can guarantee you, there will be a lot more people cheering you on!

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Here’s to being happy & healthy,
-Tory


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Shakeology Myths – Busted!

It’s no lie, I drink the amazingly delicious superfood shake, Shakeology. At first I hid this fact because I knew people judged it without actually ever learning about it or trying it. I was one of the people who thought omg this is so expensive and there is no way it would work.

I eventually was so sick of wishing for change, that I decided to go all in with Beachbody. So I ordered my challenge pack with Vegan Chocolate Shakeology & Beachbody on Demand. I was totally prepared to hate Shakeology and stop it after a month or two. Well, it is over a year later & I haven’t stopped. I love the product so much that I decided to sign up as a coach.

Shakeology has not only helped my cravings, it has made my hair stronger, skin clearer, digestion better, & all over mood better. I wake up with energy now & have sustained energy throughout the day.  I get excited to drink my chocolate, peanut butter shake in the morning. It is my guilty pleasure.

It is not just another protein shake. I decided that about $4 a day for a super food shake that is packed with ingredients that are good for me and my health was worth it. My doctors appointments are less frequent, I am not experiencing as many health issues, and this investment in my health was proving to be so worth it!

If you are ready to try Shakeology you can click here or contact me! There are sampler packs, you can try it for a week with Clean Week, or if you are ready to go all in there are so many challenge packs that are perfect to get results!


Below you will find two blogs from the Beachbody on Demand blog. I put them in here to give more information! They are short and jam packed with great information!


I found his blog on the Beachbody On Demand Website. I decided I had to share it to help debunk some misconceptions about Shakeology. You can find the original post here!

4 Shakeology Myths, BUSTED

4 Shakeology Myths, BUSTED

One of our most successful Team Beachbody Coaches wanted to take a moment to share her thoughts on some of the most common Shakeology myths floating around. Here’s what she had to say!

 Shakeology Myths You Might Have Heard:
  • Shakeology is just a protein shake.
  • Shakeology doesn’t contain whole-food ingredients.
  • Shakeology is expensive.
  • Shakeology is only for weight loss.

Myth #1: Shakeology Is Just a Protein Shake

Meaning just a shake that provides extra protein. I can’t blame the general public for thinking this since “protein shake” has become nearly an interchangeable term for anyshake.

But all shakes are not created equal — especially ones that contain superfoods. Shakeology is a very nutrient-dense shake.

You’d have to eat a whole lot of different foods to get the fiber, phytonutrients, protein, vitamins and minerals in a single glass of Shakeology — and it would be tough to do that for fewer than 170 calories.

Truth be told, the majority of people are way more nutrient deficient than they are protein deficient.

Myth #2: Shakeology Is Just a Bunch of Extracts, With No Whole-Food Ingredients

Whenever it’s possible and sustainable for the formula, the superfoods in Shakeology are whole-ingredient powders processed in a way to help preserved in their nutrient value.

It’s more difficult to source these specialty ingredient, but Beachbody has a whole team of scientists whose mission it is to help maximize the nutrition in every ingredient used in Shakeology. Imagine trying to eat all those superfoods! Shakeology is way less expensive and a huge time-saver.

When you compare other shakes against Shakeology, take a look at the calories, fat, protein, and carbohydrate amounts, but also look at the ingredients.

For instance, you might notice other shakes have zero grams of sugar. How do you think those shakes achieve that? Hint, it’s not natural, as even fruit has sugar in it.

Shakeology has no artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, or preservatives.

Myth #3: Shakeology Is Expensive

To anyone who feels this product is expensive I know that I have not done my diligence in breaking down its real value. Most healthy shakes out there cost between $3 and $10. Shakeology, at approximately $4 per shake, comes in on the low end of the average.

When you buy a bulk bag of Shakeology, you’re buying 30 of your shakes upfront. And, means you’ll spend less money at the grocery store. Because of the grocery savings, I actually deduct my monthly Shakeology from my grocery budget. I cannot duplicate its vast quality of ingredients and nutrients for the price.

Myth #4: Shakeology Is Only for Weight Loss.

Most shakes are marketed this way. Shakeology is about health. When you put the right nutrients in your body, you may ultimately have more energy, fewer cravings, and feel better. As a result, you might eat less and become more active.

When was the last time you dieted and cut calories only to feel tired, grouchy, and battling against a ton of cravings? That is because you may have been nutrient deficient. Because it’s so nutrient rich, Shakeology helps you in your battle to lose weight.

Shakeology isn’t magic. It’s clean, dense nutrition made super easy. It’s my family’s “fast food” on the counter.


Here is another great blog about Shakeology from the Beachbody On Demand Blog. You can find the original post here!

8 Reasons to Start Drinking Shakeology

8 Reasons to Start Drinking Shakeology

If you’re trying to get healthy and fit and lose weight, drinking a Peanut Butter Banana Split Shake might sound like the fastest way to go off the rails, right?

So when you hear someone raving about their favorite Shakeology recipe — like the aforementioned Peanut Butter Banana Split Shake — you might wonder how that could possibly help anyone support healthy weight loss.

But even though it sounds like one of those things that falls squarely in the too-good-to-be-true category, Shakeology really can help you get the nutrients you need and make losing weight a little easier.*

Here’s how Shakeology works — and why you should start drinking it.

(Pro tip: Once you’ve got the down low on Shakeology, download our free ebook to get 100 other ways to lose weight.)

Woman holding green Shakeology shake

1. Shakeology Is More Than Just a Protein Shake

Yes, Shakeology is definitely a great source of protein, with 16 to 17 grams of protein per glass (depending on the flavor); that’s about the same amount of protein you’d get from eating three large eggs.

And it has not just one type of protein, but a blend of globally harvested protein from whey, pea, sacha inchi, chia, flax, and quinoa.

But Shakeology isn’t a typical protein shake.

“In addition to the protein blend, it also has a bunch of awesome fruit- and vegetable-based ingredients in it,” says Paige Bente, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D.

“There are ingredients with antioxidant properties like green tea, pomegranate, vitamin A, and rose hips. There’s a super-green/phytonutrient blend, and also a blend of adaptogens that have been traditionally used to help your body react to stress. And there are probiotics, prebiotics, and enzymes that are really important for gut health, ” she adds.*

This superfood nutrition shake can give you a head start on the nutrients you need for the day and to help you get through your workouts.*

2. Shakeology Can Help Curb Cravings & Help You Lose Weight*

Losing weight would be so much easier if the foods we want were the foods we need — but, sadly, it doesn’t work that way.

We all know how to lose weight — eat healthy foodswatch your portion sizes, and exercise more often — but it can take serious willpower to reach for something nutritious when your brain is telling you to eat all the Halloween candy.

If that sounds familiar, think of Shakeology as a secret weapon to help you stay on track. “Shakeology helps reduce appetite and increase satiety,” Bente says. “It’s helpful in reducing the desire to eat and reducing the amount eaten at the next meal.”

And if you’ve got a sweet tooth that won’t quit, Shakeology can help satisfy it in a healthy way. “As part of a healthy diet, Shakeology can replace foods that are higher in calories but lower in nutrients,” Bente says.

So the next time you’re tempted to hoover a tub of chocolate ice cream or down a sugary latte, whip up a Chocolate Shakeology smoothie or a Vanilla Chai Smoothie instead.

Shakeology and a healthy salad

3. Shakeology Can Help Take the Stress out of Meal Planning

Meal planning can help you lose weight by taking the guesswork — and the last-minute, “hangry” decisions — out of eating healthy.

But let’s be honest: Some days you’re inspired to cook a Spinach and Broccoli Strata, and some days you’re just… not.

On those days, when you’re not feeling the greens, Shakeology, when added to a meal, can help you sneak more plant-based nutrients into your diet. (That can be especially helpful if you’re not a big fan of veggies.)

And if your cooking skills are limited, Shakeology can help with that, too:

There are a ton of tasty Shakeology recipes out there, so it’s an easy way to add more variety to your meal plan, even if you’re not a master chef.

4. Shakeology Is an Easy Grab-and-Go Food

When life gets hectic, it can be hard to find time to whip up a healthy snack — and you may be tempted to grab a bag of chips because it’s a cheap, easy option.

But Shakeology can help quell your snack attacks: It only takes a few seconds to mix Shakeology with water for a quick snack to tide you over until you can make or find a healthy meal.

So in less time than it takes to pop into a convenience store for a snack or wait in line at the drive-thru, you’ll be sipping a healthy shake that’s loaded with nutrients — and makes you feel way better than greasy chips or fries would.

5. Shakeology Is a Solid Source of Fiber

Each scoop of Shakeology contains 4 to 6 grams of fiber (depending on the flavor), which is key to a healthy diet —especially if you’re trying to lose weight.

Fiber helps support healthy bacteria in your gut, move waste through your digestive system, and helps you feel fuller.*

Shakeology packet and healthy snacks

6. Shakeology Can Help Jumpstart Clean-Eating Habits

Whether you’re doing a program like Clean Week or just trying to cut processed junk out of your diet, Shakeology fits in your plan.

It doesn’t have any artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, or preservatives, and it deliverssuperfood-ingredient powders to help maximize the nutritional value of each ingredient.

“Beachbody is really careful about where we source all of our ingredients,” Bente says. “Many of these botanicals are from whole plants that have been dried and ground into a powder, and then put into Shakeology.”

7. Shakeology Actually Tastes Good!

Shakeology comes in five yummy flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Greenberry, and Café Latte — so even if you’re just mixing it with water, there’s a flavor you’ll actually enjoy.

There are also four vegan options: Chocolate Vegan, Vanilla Vegan, Café Latte Vegan, and Tropical Strawberry.

8. Shakeology Can Help You Break Out of the “Kale Salad” Rut

Listen, we love a good kale salad as much as anyone else. But it’s easy to fall into a rut of eating the same healthy staples over and over and over again.

And even your favorite fruits and veggies can get a little boring if you eat them every.single.day.

So if you feel like you’ve been walking through the produce aisle on autopilot lately, Shakeology can help you shake things up a little bit. “Shakeology gives you a broad base of fruit and veggie ingredients, including a lot of things that most people don’t eat on a normal basis,” Bente says.

Think about it — when’s the last time you picked up reishi mushrooms, chlorella, or bilberries at the supermarket? One scoop of Shakeology contains all of those superfood ingredients and more, so you can enjoy their healthy benefits every day.

 

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