Monday, April 25, 2011

A Beachbody Coach is Just a Customer Reaching Out To Fellow Customers!

What a fun day to film a coaching training video with my boys :)
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Shakeology & Darin Olien Featured in May's O Magazine

I have a shake every day for breakfast or lunch. That shake? SHAKEOLOGY This month, Oprah featured its co-creator in her O Magazine. After you read it, if you want it, get it HERE

O’s editor in chief travels to Peru to experience a trove of life-giving superfoods that just might revolutionize your view of nutrition.

The Superfoods That Could Change the Way You Eat, Feel, and Live

By Susan Casey
Apr 05, 2011

Around 4 o’clock on any given morning, Darin Olien will walk into his Malibu, California, kitchen and make himself a smoothie. This will not be an ordinary drink. The other day, for example, he tossed the following into his blender: coconut water, fermented sprouted brown rice, maca, aloe vera juice, barley grass powder, kamut juice powder, almond butter, camu camu, avocado, goji, lucuma powder, noni juice, cacao nibs, MSM, maqui, bee pollen, sacha inchi oil, omega-3-DHA/EPA oil, Hawaiian deepwater salt, chia seeds, nopal, goat yogurt, luo han guo, and a powder called Shakeology.

If you’ve never heard of many of these ingredients, you’re not alone. But stay with me here, because they’re among the most powerful nutrients on Earth. Olien’s specialty is what’s known as “formulating,” taking wildly beneficial substances and combining them into something even more potent: a supplement, a snack, a tea, a medicine, a smoothie. Every food in nature contains a mix of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, along with noncaloric vitamins, minerals, fibers-all of which fuel our cells-and each one has unique abilities that we really don’t understand, but it is now clear that some foods pack an extra biochemical punch. Camu camu fruit, for instance, provides the richest source of vitamin C known to exist. Maca, a hearty root that grows only in the high Andes, comes in yellow, red, and black varieties, boosts fertility, is said to balance hormones, and dispenses a day’s worth of kick-ass energy. Sacha inchi is another South American treasure, a protein-rich, metabolism-revving nut that delivers an omega-3 bonanza. Olien’s final ingredient, Shakeology, contains more than 70 components itself, a crazy cornucopia of good.

No one understands Shakeology better than Olien, who created it in 2008, after Carl Daikeler, CEO of the fitness company Beachbody, challenged him to come up with a supplement to match the tagline The Healthiest Meal of the Day. His customer was someone who wanted optimum wellness, wanted to lose weight, wanted cholesterol levels to drop-but had no intention of eating a platter of broccoli each day. Daikeler gave Olien no limits on quality, no cost/revenue restrictions; the goal was to shoot the moon, to seek out and combine the most extraordinary plants, fruits, nuts, herbs-nature’s secret weapons. And Olien found them: ashwagandha from China, cordyceps from Bhutan, yacon from Peru. An alphabet of vitamins and minerals from the purest sources. Prebiotics. Probiotics. Green tea and grapeseed extracts, chlorella and spirulina and hydrilla, a spectrum of enzymes. Since hitting the market in March 2009, more than 400,000 bags of Shakeology, at $119.95 each, have been sold.

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Saying Goodbye.....

Are we ever really prepared for a loved one to pass, even in old age? How in the world can one EVER prepare?

As many of you know, we decided not to take the Top Coach Beachbody Bahama Reward Cruise as all of our kids couldn't get passports in time. (long story) I made the decision that this years trip was "all or nothing" and decided to instead have a spectacular spring break trip! :)

That week, back on the home front, we all enjoyed looking at the photos going up on facebook, sad to be missing out, but at peace with the decision. After all, this business is to provide FREEDOM to have more family time - and my family is always the priority with me, as I'm sure yours is for you. :) Nothing ground shaking happened that week, but a few nice moments with my kiddos, and a MAJOR decision to move my sweet little mother in law to a new home. KC's mom has been in a dementia home for the last three years and we've loved where she'd been, but for the last few months - she'd been moved to the convalescent hospital part of the facility due to a few trips to the ER needing an oxygen mask. I HATED her being in that convalescent home. The staff were SO kind, but they were terribly understaffed, so she many times didnt have her hair or dentures clean or washed, and WAY too much of the time she was just wheeled out into the hallway; SITTING in an old wheelchair. Alone. :( It KILLED us, and we were praying and looking for another option. Because of our age, not many, if any of our friends have had to deal with this yet so it was a real learning curve for us.

The week of the cruise, a friend of KC's who meets regularly with him for weekly Christian accountability, listened as KC shared our concerns and told him about a wonderful place where he'd just moved HIS mom. Oh, the power of referrals! KC made a call that day and he and I moved her within days. It was a GREAT homey place, and I decorated her room with photos and flowers (an avid gardener in days past, I made sure flowers followed her <3 ). She was well fed (including Chocolate Shakeology twice a day for snack and vitamins :)), clean, hair styled daily, and comfy in her recliner chair from home. My gauge was always "would I want to be here?" and at this new place, the answer was YES! :) It didn't feel as bad to leave her, knowing there were always one worker to three residents. I saw her the week before we left to spend spring break at the beach, and KC took the boys the day we left (Saturday).

Monday morning, we were awakened to the news that she'd passed away. So after one full day of fun in the sun, our vacation spot turned to a grieving and healing spot as we've begun to walk down the path of loss, and the planning of her burial and Remembrance Gathering at our home next week.

A mom is a role never to be replaced. We were grateful to have had her for as long as we did. She was 88. These last few years of caring for her in her dementia were a gift from God as she was softened by the disease (she was one tough cookie!) and became so childlike and adorable. Yes, there are hard moments of dementia, but overall she was a joy to care for and give back to her as I know God would have us honor her.

I have no regrets in my relationship with her. That was purposeful. I said all I wanted to say, she said things to me that I will cherish forever, and that will remain between the two of us women who love her son, and I will forever be grateful that I got to know her in the capacity that I did. I learned so much from her, and though I'm close to my own mom, she and I shared a very unique and special bond that can never be replaced, nor would I want it to be.

Della Elizabeth "Betty" Morrow will live on in the strong women who are her granddaughters, in her grandsons who loved to play under her smiling gaze, and in the loyalty she modeled to her family. I will miss her greatly and am better for having known her. <3

Friday, April 1, 2011

Look What Arrived!! :)

SOOO excited! For those of you who still want to join but dont have your book yet - NEVER FEAR!! I am heading to the beach for spring break with my family and plan to start on Monday, April 11th.
So get your book ordered and plan to begin your 90 days of spiritual and physical fitness GROWTH on that day! :)


Does This Song Play in YOUR House?

This video is the hot topic among teens and early 20-somethings, in case you're that rare person who doesn't know the words to this song already. :) This young girl made a video in the hopes of getting discovered and it spread virally through YouTube. It has nearly 73,000,000 hits already - that's right - nearly 73 MILLION! Kids hate this song, and yet.....even I know the words because it plays so much.

Before my assistant Brittany came in last Friday, she sent me a text saying "Its Friday...Friday...gotta get down on Friday...." :) Like Tony Horton says about P90X: "We hate it, but we love it." :)

You may hate me for getting this song stuck in your head, but I thought, well, misery loves company..... ;o) And it is catchy afterall!

"...gotta have my bowl, gotta have cereal....." :) HAPPY FRIDAY!!! :)