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Goals and Gratitude

Goals and Gratitude

I hope you’ve been having a great Summer! It has been exciting and busy at our house! I woke up a few days ago to find an article that had been written about me. ME?! It was so humbling and eye-opening to see part of my life story through the eyes of someone else. This is the article – http://www.facebook.com/notes/team-beachbody-coach-411/success-story-martin/10151051138409485

It is not like me to share so much about myself because I’d much rather be learning more about YOU, but this gave me pause to have gratitude for the effect my life can have on others, so I want to share more about an extremely special goal that has occupied almost this entire past year and perhaps explain why you haven’t heard as much from me. I hope it will ignite a spark for setting some of your own goals.

 TransRockies Run 2012 – SETTING GOALS!

This coming week, my husband David and I will be competing in the TransRockies Run. It is a 6-day stage race across the Rockies, run as a team of two. We must run together each day – beginning together, coming to each aid station together, and finishing each day together. It is 120 miles long and has over 20,000 feet elevation gain. We just spent the last 11 months training with a coach to meet our goals – train injury-free, train smart, be prepared to do our very best.

WHY are we doing this? Have we lost our minds??

We work with coaches and customers every day on setting and achieving goals, but we also seek to live it. No matter what, we will always set high goals for ourselves, reaching beyond what we imagine to be our limits. We want to live by example, especially for our kids.

Training for this was no laughing matter! We made a video of every single workout, to share and for our own accountability. (You can see our journey here – therunningmartins.com and here’s a recent fave:

We racked up over 1,500 miles and over 150,000 ft of elevation gain. We came through with lots of bumps, bruises, bloody crashes, injured toes, a concussion, and other minor injuries, but a HUGE sense of accomplishment and passion for helping people more than ever because if we can do THIS, we can certainly help people achieve the goals that mean something to them.

But what is super awesome is that because of the level of fitness we had both achieved prior to diving deep into the run training, fitness levels we achieved ONLY thanks to Beachbody programs and products (David lost 70 pounds!), we were able to do this at all. Also, because of the time afforded us to train thanks to our Beachbody businesses, we were able to train at a high level, travel to and train in unbelievable locations, and share our journey with the message of setting high goals. The journey has been a catalyst for change for so many people we’ve met, and within our teams. While Beachbody offers outstanding lifestyle solutions, it also opens the door to so many more experiences. TRULY INCREDIBLE and HUMBLING!!

Now it comes down to a few more days of training and then we’re off to put the polish on the entire experience. Some steps will be fun and easy, many others will be muddy and painful, but no matter what, we have gratitude for the support we’ve received from everyone around us during the entire journey.

Set Your OWN Goals!

Continue to set high goals for yourself and please connect with me to share! I want to help you reach YOUR goals, no matter the size. If it is important to you, then it is worth working for! Send me a message!

And please follow us this coming week at therunningmartins.com and pray we don’t fall off any mountains! THAT is definitely among our goals!

Photo by Dan Dalstra

Chocolate Vegan Shakeology Review

Vegan Chocolate Shakeology Review

Have you tried it yet? The long-awaited Vegan Chocolate Shakeology is finally here and it is making a huge splash! I had the great fortune of getting a sneak preview taste test before the official release and was thrilled with what I tasted. Of course, my reviews are always more thorough and completely sugar-free, so I’ve waited until I’ve spent more time with it to give you my full review. You can count on always getting my 100% honest feedback!

So what’s the big deal? And, why vegan? What is the protein source and what else is in it?

Vegan Shakeology Superfoods and Protein Sources

Beachbody has put a lot of thought and time into this new Shakeology formula and it shows! There are over 70 whole foods in the bag, but I want to highlight the new ones:

Coconut Nectar – Provides natural sweetness, delivers amino acids, vitamins and minerals
Luo Han Guo – Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years, aids digestion
Himalayan Salt – Contains 70 trace minerals, delivers essential electrolytes
Moringa – Five times the amount of vitamin C as oranges, more vitamin A than carrots and tomatoes, more chlorophyll than chlorella
Konjac – Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years, aids digestion, absorbs water resulting in the body feeling fuller

And the protein sources? They are 100% plant-based! Bio-fermented sprouted brown rice protein and pea protein are the main protein sources. These two together create a balanced protein. Other protein sources within Vegan Chocolate Shakeology include Sacha Inchi, Chia, Flax, Quinoa, and Amaranth. WOW! Your total protein per serving is 16g with just the product alone. These vegan protein sources are much easier for the body to digest, provide significant nutritional benefits that whey does not, and they open the door for dairy-intolerant people and vegans to enjoy Shakeology.

How does Chocolate Vegan Shakeology Taste?

As you’ve likely seen in my previous reviews of other Shakeology formulations, I’m super picky about both taste and texture. I’m VERY happy to report that I am really enjoying this new formulation! While not quite as smooth as the non-vegan whey protein due to the nature of the vegan protein sources, it isn’t so present as to bother me. The flavor, in particular the level of sweetness, is what struck me most. I really didn’t feel that the non-vegan formula was sweet until comparing them side by side. The new vegan formulation is a richer, deeper chocolate that has a deep earthy flavor. They are quite different. We have gone through two bags at our house now, and have found a fun way to make the switch from non-vegan to vegan. Have a look to see my initial taste test review and what we’re doing with it:

So, what are you waiting for you? Shakeology offers a Bottom-of the-Bag guarantee; you can use it for 30 days and if you’re not happy, return the empty bag for a refund!

To read more about Beachbody workouts to go along with your Shakeology, read my last blog post.


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