Monthly Archives: September 2013

Excuses and why they are just that!


In the spring of 2012 I started going for nightly 5k walks and joined Weight Watchers. I dropped 25 pounds and felt better about myself. What’s more is I didn’t make a single excuse why I couldn’t take an hour out of my day to devote to me. I didn’t find the time, I made the time and have done so every day since then.

In talking with people, heading challenge groups and myself included, I have heard every excuse in the book why someone can’t find time in their day to exercise. Everyone has the same 24 hours to work with every day. It’s how you decide to spend and prioritize your time that’s the real issue. It’s easy to make excuses and kid yourself about why you don’t have time to make your health a priority, but until you take responsibility for your actions (or lack thereof) you will remain in front of the television or wasting time playing Candy Crush on Facebook because you “don’t have the time”.

Of course there are legitimate reasons to not exercise. But unless you’ve just given birth or had surgery, most of these reasons aren’t reasons at all—they’re excuses. If you’ve been allowing these excuses to keep you from the gym, it’s time to refocus.

Excuse # 1: I’m too tired.

Want more energy? Exercise. No joke. Even something as simple as a walk around the block with get your blood pumping, and boost your energy level for up to TWO hours after!  You will sleep better at night and wake up more rested.

Excuse # 2: I don’t have time.

My favourite. Don’t have time? Make time. I get up early to do a workout. It’s scheduled, it’s an appointment like any other, only instead of with the doctor it’s with me.  And yes, I’m groggy but read Excuse #1, that grogginess only last about 5 minutes into my workout. Still not willing to get up and start your day with a workout? Eliminate 30 minutes of television or Facebook each night and exercise for half an hour instead. Record your favorite shows and watch them while lifting weights or running on the treadmill to multitask.

Excuse # 3: Kids

I know many mothers who find the time every single day to devote to themselves. Many get up early before everyone is awake. No disruptions, emergencies or parental distractions. How about getting them involved?  Go biking with your kids, put up a badminton net in the yard, sign up as a family for “fun runs,” or just walk around the neighborhood with your children. When the weather’s bad, try active video games like Dance Dance Revolution, Wii Sport, and Wii Fit. Set a healthy example and a foundation for them to continue improving their health.

Excuse #4: Exercise is boring

You just haven’t found the right workout. Find something you LOVE, something you look forward to doing and mix it up! My soulmate workout is TurboFire, I love Chalene, I love the workouts, I love the natural high when my endorphins kick in. The music is fun, the instructor is motivating, I look forward to it. But I switch it up with other programs now to keep things interesting.

These are only a few of many, but trust me, for every excuse you can give I can give you just as many reasons why it’s simply that….an excuse. You either want it or you don’t.





Why Shakeology?

Shakeology is is a meal/snack replacement shake that contains more than 70 natural ingredients derived from rich, nutrient-dense whole-food sources from around the world.


You’ve heard the saying “abs are made in the kitchen”. As we all know, 70% of your results come from nutrition. Eating the proper amounts of lean meats, healthy fats, fruits and vegetables will lead to fat loss, increased energy, muscle growth and a variety of other benefits. If one of your meals comes from Shakeology, you just took all of the guess work out of that meal. You know for a FACT that you just put the healthiest thing in your body that you could possibly put in. The quality of the ingredients in Shakeology, also has a tremendous amount of benefits to the body, which all support weight loss, health and wellness.


For a lot of us, the challenge of getting fit and well is tough, not because of our dedication but because of our schedules. We sometimes have to reevaluate how we spend our time so we can be sure that we have enough time to cook, clean, exercise, shower, and still get everything else done. By replacing 1 meal a day with Shakeology, you won’t have to worry about cooking, cleaning, packing, storing or doing anything else with food. This is an amazing options for busy moms on the go, or for someone’s who’s schedule is just packed. For me, breakfast was the obvious option. I could still get up, do my workout, shower and get out the door, breakfast in hand. And with the Home Direct option, you never have to leave the house. It shows up at your doorstep each and every month. How much simpler could it be?


If you look at Shakeology as a meal replacement, it really breaks doen to about $4-$5/serving. Is it more expensive than the chemical filled shakes at the grocery store, yes, it is, but that is because it is a completely different product. Remember, this is a whole food shake FILLED with dense nutrients! A lot of people like to compare the cost of Shakeology to eating lunch out (DEFINITELY more than $4), or grabbing a drink at Starbucks, a smoothie at a smoothie store, etc – it’s easy to spend money on those things that are not filled with such nutrition, so why not refocus your budget for Shakeology? Other things to think about eliminating or reducing? Alcohol, ice cream/frozen yogurt, snacks at movies….those things add up FAST, and I bet if you looked at your budget you could easily find the money to redirect towards Shakeology!

30-day, bottom of the bag, money back guarantee

What does that mean? It means you can use the ENTIRE bag, and if you aren’t satisfied, send it back for a full refund. How crazy is that?! What do you have to lose? Just head over here to place an order!