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March 31, 2016

IF – Intermittent Fasting, Alisha’s Journey

After talking about Intermitting Fasting (IF) last week in our video, I just wanted to share with everyone some of the things I have learned about it and how I’m using it to get back to where I want to be, from a body image standpoint.

First off, this is not for everyone, and I would do your research to make sure this is right for you, we are not experts but just sharing with you what we have learned and what we do. If you have any questions or concerns, you should consult a medical professional.  With that being said, here’s what I found, I love me some research!  I started reading the pros and cons of IF and the health benefits, yes I said health benefits and a lot of the information I’m going to share is from the book “The Wild Diet” by Abel James.  For those that are not familiar with Abel, he was one of the trainers on the ABC show, “My Diet is Better than Yours” that aired for four weeks in January 2016. Shaun T was the host of that show, so you know we had to watch. Shaun became friends with him and thought highly of him, so we were like, “Ok if Shaun likes him, he’s probably a smart guy.”

Abel talks a lot about fasting and IF in particular, I was immediately interested in his plan because it sounded like something I could do without starving myself and you get to eat MEAT!!!!!  So far from his book I have learned a lot about food and ingredients in food, which can be a later blog post, but here’s what he says about fasting.  He also warns that it is not for everyone, but if you want to try it, you should.  Most people are trained to eat breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner and sometimes a bedtime snack.  Abel teaches you how eating a “feast” at dinner, with dinner being your largest meal, and not eating again for 16 hours helps your body burn fat, build lean muscle and help you function better.  So if you eat at 7 pm, you would not eat again until 11 am the next day, if you eat at 8 pm you would eat at 12 pm the next day, you get the point.  In that 16 hours of “fasting” your body taps into growth hormones, which boost your metabolism, build muscle, and slows aging.  You sleep through most of the 16 hours, so it makes it a little easier.  It’s ok to have coffee in the morning but you’re supposed to watch what you put in your coffee, the added sugar and creamer are not doing you any favors.  We use stevia and some research we found says you can use a little bit of creamer but not much.  Abel recommends whole fat creamer or raw butter.  Todd and I like the stevia or whole fat creamer (but again, not much!).  Make lunch your first meal with fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts and healthy fats and then have your “feast” at dinner with protein, carbs and veggies and then fruit for dessert.  Basically during the 8 hour period, you’re getting your 2-3 meals in for the day.

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I have been fasting for the 16 hour period and the first few days were an adjustment.  You have to listen to your body if your stomach is just growling, drink some water, but if you start to feel light-headed or dizzy, and brain fog sets in, then you might want to eat a small snack like fruit or nuts until you get used to fasting.  If you have a bad sugar addiction, you may want to ween yourself off the sugar some before you start, or Abel says you could have a rough adjustment.

After the 16 hours is up and I’m in my “eating window”, I’ve been using the 21 Day Fix portion containers to plan out my meals and food categories, that way everything stays simple.  I am not afraid to eat my carbs (2 yellow containers for me) at my evening “feast” because I will sleep better and it will give me the fuel to make it 16 hours until my next meal.  We were always told, and I repeated to a lot of you, that you shouldn’t eat carbs (or your yellow containers) at dinner, well with IF, that’s not true.  You need the carbs to get you through the next 16 hours.  What we’ve found in Abel’s book is that your body actually burns what you ate for dinner the night before, in the morning the next day for energy.  He says people always thing Breakfast is what gets you going, but he says “not true”.  According to him, whatever you eat, your body doesn’t actually use for energy for 6-8 hours.  So the breakfast you are eating now, isn’t burned off until later in the afternoon or end of the workday.  The 16 hour fast, causes your body to use fat and what’s in storage for energy and uses the “feast” from the night before for energy.

I have also been working out during my 16 hour fast (usually in the morning) which helps drop fat as quick as possible, boost production, gain muscle and improve recovery.  So you could try working out in the morning, cutting out breakfast and start with lunch and see what happens.  Abel talks about how it’s good to eat your first meal right after you workout, so on days when I’m home, I try to workout later in the 16-hour window and then eat.  I think Todd and I were both nervous about working out on an empty stomach and having the energy to do it, but so far it’s been great.  You are allowed to use your pre-workout, so that helps!

So far, I am down 3 pounds, but most importantly my waist is getting smaller.  If you watched the video, I did where I talk about my body image issues that’s where I struggle, in my mid-section and I already see results there.  Todd and I both are, the bloating is gone and gone quickly.  We’re very conscious of what we eat during our 8 hours, and yes we do have dessert sometimes, in fact, we pretty much do 85/15 or 90/10 during those 8 hours, and so far the results are good.

That’s it for today; we’ll keep posting and talking about this as we learn more and see more results.  I’m also going to blog about what I’ve learned from Abel about food and what we’re now buying and not buying anymore.

March 11, 2016

Avoid the Scale

Avoid the SCALE!!!!  Now I know that’s easier said than done.  But I’m seeing a lot of our Customers and Challengers getting hung up on what the scale says.  They are becoming almost obsessed with the number!  This is why I don’t want you to do that.

If your clothes are getting looser, if you FEEL BETTER, if you’re measuring inches and those inches are going down, BUT the scale isn’t moving, IT’S OK!  Everybody will remind you of the fact that muscle weighs more than fat, and that’s true.  Your body will respond differently to different workouts, another reason to change it up and do different things and then come back to something you like from time to time.  Shaun talked about this at Shauntervention in the UK, when you hit a plateau, you need to change it up.

ANOTHER IMPORTANT thing to remember WOMEN!!!  Men lose weight faster than women.  When Shaun ran his first Insanity Test Group, in the first 30 days the guys were dropping weight like crazy, and the women weren’t.  In some cases the women didn’t lose any weight at all in the first 30 days, this is where people quit, because they think it’s not working.  Then the next 30 days, the women started dropping, and the men started to slowdown in weight-loss. It’s normal for some people not to see results as fast as others.  What you will find (and a lady in the UK said this on our most recent Podcast “Shauntervention UK” which comes out this Thursday) is that she wanted to quit after 30 days because her scale didn’t move, but she didn’t!  If you listen to it, you’ll hear her say that she lost a lot of weight in the second 30 days and was glad she didn’t quit.  Everybody’s body is different.

We already struggle with Body Image issues, why add to it with a number on a scale.  I finally got to the point where I had to walk away from the scale, I would work my butt off with an Asylum workout, for example, think “surely my body fat dropped a tenth of a percent!!!” (I have one of those scales that measures it) and I would get on there, and it would go up a tenth of a percent!  I would be like “What the F***!”.  LOL, I laugh because I think back to how dumb I must have looked but at the time I was so obsessed with the numbers.

Am I saying don’t weigh yourself ever?  No.  I’m just saying don’t weigh every day and turn it into a daily obsession, because what will happen is you will get a high off the losses and a low off the gains.  Go by the inches; guys –  watch the inches grow in your arms as you build muscle, ladies – watch the inches go down on your arms as you lose the fat around your triceps.  Both men and women, watch the inches around your waist and go by the way your clothes fit.  It’s a much healthier approach to feeling like you are accomplishing something without it becoming an obsession.

Remember this is coming from a former “fat guy”, I get it, I got it…and so will you.

 

February 18, 2016

Why Should I Buy a Challenge Pack?

So some of you may be wondering what is a Challenge Pack and some of may wonder what’s the advantage of a Challenge Pack vs. just buying the program?

Ok, first things first: a Challenge Pack is: Combining a fitness program (i.e. 21 Day Fix) and either Shakeology or Performance Line (Energize and Recovery).

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What are the benefits of a Challenge Pack?

Drastic Savings

In a lot of cases, for example, when 21 Day Fix is on sale for $140, you save $70 with this pack compared to buying each item separately.  That means when you buy 21 Day Fix and Shakeology in this Challenge Pack, it’s like getting 21 Day Fix for just $10!

Club Membership with Beachbody on Demand for FREE for 30 days

You can cancel before it auto-renews or keep it and enjoy a 10% savings on anything you buy in addition to Beachbody On Demand

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Stream on your phone, tablet, computer, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Roku, Google Chromecast, and Apple TV over 70 workout programs (P90X, X2, X3, Insanity and many more). Also, stream new programs that you purchase like CIZE, T25, INSANITY MAX:30 and more. You will also have exclusive workouts from all the trainers that are only a part of Beachbody on Demand. For more on Beachbody on Demand check out our blog post where we reviewed a number of devices with BOD.

 

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All Challenge Packs have the Shakeology option, some newer programs have the Performance Line Challenge Pack available. We also offer a Club Challenge Pack (with Shakeology or Performance Line) where you can get On Demand as your fitness program of choice and choose from over 70 programs that will help us get you to your fitness goals.

For example, right now we are running an Insanity Asylum group and several of our challengers are using Beachbody On Demand since it has Asylum Vol. 1 and Asylum Vol. 2.

Challenge Packs essentially save you money, give you a lot of value for free for 30 days. If you have any questions or would like to join one of our Accountability / Challenge Groups, contact us today!

February 10, 2016

Valentine’s Day Body Issues

So Valentine’s Day is this week! Some of you might be like “YAY”, some of you might be like “Who Cares!”. If you’re one of the “who cares” people, I get it, I’m not here to change your mind. But I am writing this blog this week because for some people Valentines Day is a day of romance and being with their significant other and based off of a conversation I had with a friend the other day, it brings up body image issues for her.

Anytime she’s intimate with her husband; she doesn’t like the way she looks, naked or otherwise. This rung true for me BIG TIME. Why, because still today, I sometimes feel like the fat guy, or I feel like the work I’ve put in isn’t enough to make me happy with what I see in the mirror. I also remember having serious body image issues when I was overweight and not liking the way I looked naked, let alone in clothes. So where am I going with this? Let’s talk about being naked! As some of you may know, I produce Shaun T’s podcast Trust and Believe and for two weeks in January, he talked about this very thing. The second part, he interviewed me, and we had a long discussion about being naked and body image issues. I invite you to take a listen and enjoy it, learn from it and open yourself up to explore it in your head. See if you have some of the same issues, or if you’re one of the ones who has no issues (and I’m extremely happy for you if you are).

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My last thing, if you are fed up with your body image issues and want to work on it, please feel free to contact Alisha or myself. We get it! We know the struggles you’re going through, and we have been there. We genuinely want to help you if you’re ready.

We want your Valentines Days to be amazing for years to come and for you to be happy in your skin!

January 10, 2016

2016 New Year’s Resolutions

As I was working on Shaun’s podcast this week, he was talking about “change” and what that meant for people. What changes are you trying to make and are you making them for you, or for someone else?

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This time of the year is a great time for us, trust me; we love helping people with their New Year’s Resolutions of getting in shape and losing weight. What I don’t love is that I know, sadly, that 70% of them will fall off the wagon by March and end up back where they were on January 1st or worse. That makes me sad, it does. That’s why it’s SO IMPORTANT to understand “WHY” you want to make the change. You can hear the first part of the Change Podcast here, but I do want to talk about it and give you some things to think about.

Once you listen to the podcast, and you answer the questions Shaun asks and grade yourself from a 1-10 on happiness, I want you to answer really the questions and dive in full-on. Below are some bonus questions to throw into Shaun’s assignment and tie into the story you hear on the podcast:

  • Who are you changing for?
  • Why are you changing? To be healthier? Why? So you can be a better spouse or parent? To feel more confident? To finally land a date?
  • When is the last time you felt good about yourself, if ever? What was that like? How did it feel? What was different about your life then?
  • How bad do you want it? No really, how bad … do you … want it? Enough to discipline yourself and eat 85/15? Enough to force you to stretch more and become more flexible (that would be my downfall)?

Here’s something I know I’m going to try with some of the improvements I’m working on, which by the way is finishing Asylum with Shaun this month and also spending less money/saving more, is to go 21 days consistently! Eric Thomas, who we had the pleasure of meeting talks about this in his new book “Average Skill, Phenomenal Will,  he talks about this, you start off with Day 1, and you go as long as you can, if you slip up on Day 4, you start over! You keep doing this until you go 21 days straight! It teaches you consistency and discipline.

I’ll make you a deal; I’ll do it if you do it. I’ll hold you accountable if you hold me accountable! I’m dead serious. We can host any accountability group you want to do; saving money, healthy eating and of course exercise. Email us today and let us know what you want to be held accountable with and we’ll see what kind of feedback we get and how many people we can get to commit to going on a “21 Day Accountability Challenge”.

See you next week, after I put Shaun’s Podcast together for Part 2 of Change, we’ll revisit and see where we are!

November 18, 2015

Alisha: Money Haunts Me

As the oldest of four children, I was a pretty responsible kid. I felt I had to grow up faster than most because we had a large family, and things were tight. I grew up watching my parents having to deal with trying to provide for all four of us and sometimes it meant putting us ahead of paying the bills.

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I remember coming home and the power being off because the bills were late. While I appreciated the fact that they put us ahead of everything else, it instilled in me a fear of never having enough money or not being able to pay the credit card or electricity bill at the end of the month. I became a child that saved money for as long as I could remember. I was always very aware of what I spent and still am.

I wish I could say that I have let it go, but I haven’t. I still think about money almost every day. I could have 2 million dollars in the bank right now, and it would never be enough, I would still stress. I have, however, learned not to let it control my life as much as it used to.

So What Has Changed?

Honestly, it has been our Beachbody business, NC Fit Club. For the last seven years, we’ve grown it to a successful 6 figure business that grows each year. Having the extra income has helped that stress diminish. It’s allowed me to cut back my hours as a dental assistant, from 4 to 2 days a week. When I cut back my hours, that scared me to DEATH, but I knew that by doing so, I could focus more on what Todd and I are passionate about (helping people) as well as being more available for our daughter, Carly. It was incredible to me how fast I was able to make that money back.

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Because of NC Fit Club it has allowed us to save, pay down debt and do things I never thought would be possible, especially with Carly. Beachbody Coaching has become such a blessing in our life, and I can’t even imagine where we would be financially if we had said no to this opportunity.

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If you’re a single mom out there, this opportunity could provide money for groceries, utilities, or just a date or family night out. It could be a car payment, or savings account for your child’s college fund, whatever it could be for you, it’s an opportunity, an opportunity to make a change financially that could alleviate some stress while also changing people’s lives. Trust me I know.

Does this interest you?

I realize that this isn’t for everyone, but if this sounds even slightly appealing to you fill out our coach application and I’d be happy to tell you more about it.

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November 6, 2015

Live By Your Values to Reach Your Fitness Goals

Live by Your Values When It Comes to Your Fitness and Health

We had the honor of meeting and listening to Eric Thomas (E.T. the Hip-Hop Preacher) when he was in Charlotte the other week and he spoke about something, that his new book will go into great detail about, which was how your VALUES effect you reaching your goals.  Now this can be applied to many areas of your life; business, spiritual, marriage, but today I just want to hit on how it can effect just your fitness goals.

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So what he talked about and had us do, was go home and write down 10 Values that we want to live by.  He calls it your 10 Commandments for Success!  If you’re ambitious and creative you could do a list of 10 Commandments for just your fitness life and 10 more for your marriage, etc.  But I’m going to guess that in most cases, you’ll have a list of 10 Commandments that covers all areas of your life.

So my suggestion and what I did and have always done (for the last 7 years) is have 2 of my values reflect my fitness goals.  For you 1 may be enough or you may have more than 2.  One of mine is “I will eat 85/15” which means I will live by the rule of 85% clean and 15% treat.  The other one is “I will workout at least 4-5 times a week”.  I normally exceed that, but it’s a value on my Commandments list anyway.

So What’s the Point of the List?

It’s simple!  Live by that list and you will reach your goals!  When you go to the refrigerator at 11 pm and want that chocolate ice cream or pudding or whatever, ask yourself “Is this in alignment with my list of values?”  If you’re 30 lbs overweight, for example, guess what?  Your values are out of whack!

You know that person who you see at the coffee shop or grocery store and you think, “Man I wish I could look like that!” and you feel that sense of comparison or jealousy comes over you….that’s on you.  What that should say to you is, the person who you wish you were more like, values their health!  They value how much they exercise, they value how much they eat and what they eat!  You can’t expect to reach your fitness goals and get healthy if you don’t make it a part of your VALUE SYSTEM if 1 or 2 of your “Commandments” don’t hold you accountable to where you want to be.

If I go to a bar with the guys before a Panthers football game and a lady comes up and talks to me or hits on me (and no this didn’t happen, it’s an example…but if it did), and my #1 value is to be a good husband to Alisha, then I have to remove myself immediately from the situation.  It doesn’t align with my values.  If you sit there and watch tv and don’t make time for your workouts or decide to start tomorrow instead of today….you’re in violation of your values!  Your values will keep you between the lines, your values will be there as the voice in your head when no one else is around that says “YOU KNOW BETTER”.

Look, this isn’t rocket science, it’s not hard to do…but it’s easy not to do and therein lies the  problem.  Most people don’t do it, they just go through life letting whatever happens, happen.  They leave it up to world to decide their fate and if it works, then great!  If it doesn’t work, then it must be somebody else’s problem.

My Challenge or Homework for You

Do a list of values and create your 10 Commandments, and if fitness goals are something you want to reach, then you better put the values into your commandments that will hold you accountable to getting there.  I promise you, if you’ll follow the map and stop trying to detour and re-create the rules as you go and just do what your values say to do, you will succeed.

I would LOVE to hear from you and if you want someone to help you and keep you accountable, send us an email and let’s connect.  Share with me your goals and the values you’re willing to put on the list and let’s get there together.  I love nothing more than to surround myself with other people who want to live the same kind of life as me, who want to make a change and make it stick.  It’s why I’m drawn to the people who we connect with because I feed off seeing them succeed.  One of my values is to help other people achieve success in their life.  So I have a feeling our values probably fall into alignment.  Reach out to me now, I’m serious.

September 30, 2015

Motivation is a Dangerous Word

Motivation: the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.

That’s the definition of the word.  Now really examine that.  The reason one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.

Do you know how many people tell me “I just wish I could get motivated!” or “I just can’t get motivated to workout!”.  I get it.  I was there in 2008 at the age of 33.  I found motivation a fleeing idea that often eluded me as well.  So now I want you to re-examine the word and change the definition.

Motivation: A by-product of action.  The feeling you get to keep going once you start something you know you should do.

There’s your new definition of motivation.  As the author John Maxwell says, “The only difference between a rut and a grave….is the length.”  It’s true.  Life happens and we find ourselves in ruts.  Ruts in our marriage, ruts in our fitness, ruts in our nutrition and ruts in our finances.  What most people don’t realize is they’re all connected.  You get in a rut in one area of your life and it’s like cancer, it spreads and before you know it takes over all the other areas as well.  Again, I’ll remind you, go listen to the podcast Shaun and I did about what my life was like at 255lbs.  I remember well what that daily existence was like.  So when people say to us, “I can’t get motivated to ______”.  I say to them, that if you wait til motivation comes, you’ll be waiting til the day you die.

Motivation comes when you take that first step.  You go for that walk.  You say no to dessert.  You put the $50 in savings.  You send your spouse a vase of flowers for no reason.  It puts you on the road to consistency.  Consistency is another word that is often misunderstood in our world.  People link motivation to action, then action to consistency.  “I start, but I can’t finish” or “I just can’t stay consistent with what I eat”.  I’m going to let you in on a little secret.  You are consistent….EVERYDAY.  You’re just consistent at the wrong things.  We are consistently: eating too much, not working out, taking our family and spouse for granted, spending more money than we should, etc.

I get it!  If you think I have it all figured out, think again.  I’ll spend money with the best of them.  I have the exercise and diet thing down, I do ok with not taking Alisha for granted, but I struggle too.  So as I write this, know I’m with you, just probably in different areas or maybe the same.

So What Do We Do?

First off, we make a decision to act.  As I was producing Shaun’s Podcast “Trust and Believe” this week, he had a really good quote when it came to motivation “Attempting something equals automatic SUCCESS.”

I’d write that down and plaster it all over your house, places where you need to see it: the fridge, the bathroom mirror, your car dash, everywhere.  It’s true!  As soon as you start, you have already succeeded.  Then once you start, you begin to succeed, you start to feel better…guess what happens?  Motivation.  That my friends is when the motivation you’ve been waiting on appears.  You now have that power to want to continue.  Now is it always easy?  NO.  Will you need support and guidance? YES.  That’s why whatever it is you’re about to tackle, find support.  If it’s fitness and nutrition, let us help you.  If it’s your marriage, go to counseling.  If it is finances, find someone to help you plan or use your spouse as a partner and have a goal and dream you both share for the outcome.

Motivation exists, but it requires you to make the decision to act.  Life is too short, don’t waste another day waiting to act, make the decision and start today.  I believe in you and Alisha and I both are here for you in any way we can be.

September 9, 2015

Why Shaun T’s “Trust & Believe” Podcast Spoke to Me

For those of you who don’t know, before Alisha and I started NC Fit Club, I was in radio (and still do freelance work) as a producer. I’m the guy who produces commercials, radio station imaging, etc so when Shaun asked me if I wanted to produce his podcast, I was honored. It was a win/win for both of us, he’s my friend who’s great at motivating, I love producing (not as much as I love coaching) so it was a perfect fit.

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Shaun just re-branded his podcast from “Define Your Life” to “Trust and Believe” and as I was producing the first episode I was really moved by his topic. It made me start thinking of friends in my life and people who we work with as he explained what he means by “Trust and Believe”. The short answer, because I want you to go listen to it, is this: You have to trust in yourself through consistency and time to build the belief that you need to know “I can do this!”

That’s the part of coaching people that kills me. Do you know how many people come up to Shaun and say “OMG, I tried your workout and after a week I was like, I can’t do this!”. Shaun of course challenges them in that belief, but it was a conversation that he talks about in this particular podcast where he had an “a-ha” moment with this girl he was playing tennis with that also shined some light on this issue for me.  I now realize that people need to Trust and Believe in themselves and really work on the mental aspect of that in order to succeed and make it a lifestyle change. My skin crawls when my friend Jason says, “I’m starting my diet tomorrow.”, do you know how many times I’ve heard him say that? As his friend I want to shake him, because he has to want it, he as to see it for what it is. It’s NOT a diet, diets are temporary. It’s a LIFESTYLE change in which the word diet goes from something short term, to something that describes your daily eating habits in the sense of your lifestyle, meaning long-term.

So now I have a podcast to send to my friend and to you, if you fall into this category. After you listen to it, if you’re ready to make a LIFESTYLE change and we can have a real conversation on what that looks like for you, we would love the opportunity to help you get from where you are today, to where you want to be for the rest of your life. Contact us today and let’s get you started. Enjoy the podcast!

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August 24, 2015

Shakeology Boosts Review

So if Shakeology was the “Healthiest Meal of the Day”, why would it need a boost?

Good Question!  Here’s your answer:

Remember when you were a kid and your parents would trick you into eating something healthy by sneaking it in to your food a little bit at a time?  Well that’s what Darien Olien and Isabelle Daikler did with Shakeology.  If you ask them, they’d tell you that they wanted the boost ingredients in Shakeology from day one but they knew our taste buds and bodies wouldn’t know what to do with it.

PLUS over the last several years that Shakeology has been around, they continued to grow and learn about different super foods that they could use to continue to help us grow into healthier people in a completely natural way.

Enter the Shakeology Boosts.

There are 3 of them, Focused Energy, Digestive Heath and Power Greens.

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In the video below you’ll hear our honest opinions on all 3.  Alisha doesn’t like the power greens as much as me and that’s ok.  I will tell you this, when my diet has been off, I can tell in the way my stomach feels and reacts, the Digestive Health boost has been a LIFESAVER!

You’ll hear more in the video but I will say this, I was skeptical at Summit when I heard about them, but after I tried them, I saw the effects.  You don’t have to use them everyday, so it’s not about suckering you into spending more money, it’s about helping you when you need it.

 

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July 24, 2015

Coach Summit 2015 Recap & What is Coaching?

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We just got back from our annual Beachbody Summit and had a BLAST!

This was the first year that I worked out on stage with Shaun in front of some of our peers and man, what an exhilarating feeling! Nashville was amazing, and we can’t wait to go back next year and see where we are with NC Fit Club and whose lives have changed.

The one thing I think I love the most about Summit is that we get to re-unite with our Fitness Family, our coaches who are on our team from all over the country, many of which we ONLY get to see that one or two times a year. We get to talk to them through video calls and Facebook, but it’s not the same as when you’re face to face and get to have “real” conversations with them. We love getting the opportunity to meet meet some of the people that they’ve brought to Summit and whose lives they have changed through weight-loss and financial goals.

Meet Courtney

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One of our newest coaches to join our team, Courtney who is a mother of two and has worked with Alisha for years in dentistry. She would come to our Fit Clubs and was always in decent shape but fell in love with Shaun’s programs (and Shaun himself), hit INSANTIY: MAX:30 full force and got in SICK SHAPE! (I’m talking so amazing, some of her girlfriends got a little jealous.) So what did she do? She became a coach and started her own MAX:30 group.  

I met one of the guys who she coached at a BBQ we hosted and he was so grateful for her holding him accountable for his goals. That is what I love the most: perfect strangers bonding and growing as a like-minded group and changing their lives

Meet Ryan

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Then there is Ryan who we met through a shared love of riding Can-Am Spyders (3-wheel motorcycles). He started off with us as a customer and had a lot of weight to lose (you’ve probably seen him on our YouTube channel) and is now a coach.

To date he’s down 90lbs, and isn’t stopping! He was there with us in Nashville and I have to say he’s been such a welcome addition to our social circle and watching him coach other “bigger” guys to have the courage to join him on his journey to a healthy living.


Let’s Get Down to Business

So why am I telling you about these awesome people and how much I loved Summit?

Because it represents what we live for. Alisha and I thrive off of relationships not only with our customers, but with our coaches. We try really hard to surround ourselves with people who care about other people and who feed off of the positive energy we have.

You know the saying, birds of a feather….well that sums up the last 7 years of our lives and will continue to mold and guide us for the next 20+ years as we continue to grow.

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I want to invite you to check out what we do as coaches, if you think you have that DNA (determined natural ambition) to help people by holding them accountable and watching their lives change right in front of you.

Just leave a comment or send us an email and let me know you’re interested and we’ll add you to a PRIVATE Facebook group to learn more. You DON’T have to do anything, just observe and then decide if it’s something you think would fit in your life.

I don’t know much, but I know this: Before we started NC Fit Club, I knew there was a hole, something missing that I couldn’t explain. I loved what I did in radio but I knew there was something more, something else that I was meant to do. This is it. It has changed my life, my family’s life more than you can ever imagine AND it has brought me my absolute best friend in the world, Soul (aka Shaun T). If it wasn’t for coaching, he and I would have never met and I wouldn’t have had the amazing experiences he and I have shared so far.


Thanks for your time and I hope to hear from you if you think it might be a fit. If not, NO BIGGY, we’re here as your coaches and that will never change.

July 8, 2015

Fitness Funk

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When you read “Fitness Funk”, you may be thinking of that smell that your workout clothes get after about 6 months of working out in them, but that’s not what I’m talking about. Although, putting vinegar in with the detergent will help keep that from happening (just saying).  What I’m talking about with fitness funk is what a I’ve been dealing with since fracturing my arm and losing my uncle. Now that I’m thinking about it, it could be just called “life funk”, which is probably more relatable to most of you.

So what is it?

It’s that time in your life when you just don’t feel like yourself and life’s obstacles seem to be coming at you at 100 mph. It’s also one of the most dangerous places to be. It’s what got most of you into the dark place a lot of you may be in, which led to being where you are now which is unhappy.

Most of the time when we encounter someone overweight or needing to make a change, there’s a lot of “un-happiness” involved that got them there. Whether it’s from overworked and busy life schedule, it all leads down the same slippery slope. It comes with no warning and by the time you realize it’s here, it’s too late to avoid it. My funk has been a little different, when I hurt my arm almost 2 months ago, it has kept me from being able to play tennis and do ANY kind of resistance training. That for me is a bad combination. Working out is a stress reliever for me, tennis has become a love for me, when you take those away it makes Todd a very sad boy. Then you add in the loss of my uncle 2 weeks ago, it gets darker.

So what’s the point in all this?

For starters, we all have funks, it’s what you do with it that counts. It’s whether you wallow in it and let it become a black hole in your life that starts to take up permanent stake in your life, or if you claw and fight your way out of it. For me it made me somewhat depressed and not act like myself around Alisha and I found myself pulling away from the social scene and friends. I’ve been putting on that fake persona with everyone else but knowing something wasn’t right, then a friend of mine told me that when it happens it forces you to examine things and re-focus. So I did.

For me it’s made me appreciate the lifestyle that I live and made me realize how important it is to take care of yourself and stay healthy and prevent injury. It also made me focus on my daughter and wife more and realize how important they are and that I need to make the most of my time with them. It made my dad and I reconnect in the last couple of weeks after losing a brother and an uncle and how much he and I need to appreciate the time we have together. It’s made me realize how important having those things in my life are.

Don’t get me wrong, from a workout standpoint doing strictly cardio workouts has been fine, but it’s boring after a while and it’s not me, it’s not what my body responds to, it’s not what makes me happy and allows me to relieve stress. I talk all the time about finding your “soul” workout (and that was before the whole Soul nickname came to be with Shaun), that workout or type of working out that makes you feel like you’re living in that space where you belong. But I’ve just accepted that there’s things I can’t do until the arm is healed, much like those of you who have to modify feel when you see us or people in the videos doing things you can’t do. It reminds me of how I felt when I was 255 lbs. and couldn’t do a pull up to save my life.

In time things come and patience is a virtue, one I don’t have a lot of. I just want you to know that whatever you’re dealing with in your life, you’re not the only one. It’s easy to look at people and think, “Wow they got it all figured out!”. They don’t. I don’t and neither do you. Nobody does. The ones who pretend they do are the most fake of all. I want you to know that we all struggle with different things at different times, but take comfort in knowing that we are here for you and we get it. As I’m writing this I’m still not 100%, I haven’t been posting in our Challenge Groups on Facebook like I should (because of the withdrawal thing) but Alisha has picked up the load. I’m better than I was a week ago and I’ll be better on Monday when the doctor hopefully releases me and says “GO BE YOU” and I’ll be back! Until then I’m going to remind myself each day that it’s ok to struggle and embrace where you are and live today to the most no matter what.

I’ll make ya a deal, I’ll do it if you will … sound good?

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