What do you think?

Hello friends!

As you can see I have been busy.  After my site got hacked (again), I decided (with the help of my awesome coworker Tony), that I needed to change my hosting provider. It’s taken over a week to get things transferred over, and we had a lot of hiccups, but we are finally back up and running. When we moved my site over to the new hosting site, my themes and fonts didn’t transfer over, so I took this as an opportunity to give my blog a little face-lift. I wanted a cleaner look for it, so here is it. What do you all think?

It is not 100% done, and I might do some tweaking of the sidebars, but I love it.

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Check back in tomorrow for an actual blog post 🙂 I have tons of stuff to share with you all!

Cheers!

Dorsa

Worst Blogger EVER

Hello friends!

OMG I am sooooo sorry I have been away for so long. Things have been crazy busy around here and I am just now coming up for air! Yesterday was our last day of Hammer and Chisel and I CANNOT wait to share my results with you all. Today, Erik and I are starting 21 day Fix Extreme, and although I am looking forward to starting a new workout program, I am really going to miss Hammer and Chisel.

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I will check back in very soon with some updates and I hope to get back to blogging regularly again very soon. Please stick with me.

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

March Flabless

Hello friends!

Today I wanted to share my newest challenge group with you all. This one is near and dear to my heart and I am really excited to get started! I am calling it, March Flabless, which is a fun spin on March Madness.

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March is a rough month for me and my family. Ten years ago on March 18th we lost my dad, and since that day I’ve dreaded the ENTIRE month of March. It might seem silly, but my dad was one of my best friends in the whole world, and losing him really turned my world upside down.

As you all know my dad was one of the people who encouraged me to get back in shape after gaining about 30 lbs after my freshman year of college.  To honor him, this month, I want to help as many people achieve their goals as I can. I actually think I am going to make it an annual challenge group, in hopes that one day it will grow big enough that I can donate some of the money to the Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation. You might remember I ran a half marathon for the Diabetes Action Team in March a few years back.

This March, I am looking for 20 people who are ready to join me and my team on this journey to change their lives. The winner of my 1st annual March Flabless not only gets their health back on track, but will win a $50 Amazon gift card.  There will be other prizes for the runner up and the winner of the second chance bracket. So if you are ready to take a leap of faith and change your life, contact me (dorsah(at)gmail(dot)com) for more details and I will get you started!

I hope everyone has a great day, I can’t wait to hear from you all!

Cheers!

Hammer And Chisel Week 2 breakdown

Hello friends!

Well now that we are starting week 4, I can share my week two breakdown with you all. Sorry it’s been a crazy busy few weeks. Better yet, I have a before and after progress picture to share with you all at the end of the post. I don’t see much change in two weeks, but I see a little more definition in my midsection area (come on six pack!). IMG_1904

We still LOVE this workout series and get excited to do the workouts every day! Alright, here is it!

Chisel Cardio

Trainer: Autumn Calabrese
Chisel Cardio Duration: About 40 Minutes
Chisel Cardio Required Equipment: Weights, pull-up bar, bench or ball, resistance band

Deets

  1. Over the Top- Holding a weight you step up on the bench, then step down, always keeping one foot on the bench. This one is a real butt burner.
  2. Pull Up- 60 seconds of pull ups! I used the bands, but one day I will be able to do a pull up!
  3. Dumbbell Swing- Hold on to a dumbbell and swing it up and then down between your legs
  4. Figure 8- This is an ab move where you sit in the C-position and rotate a light dumbbell in a figure 8 pattern.
  5. Burpee- Regular burpee.
  6. Sword Pull (L/R) – Side lunge with a sword pull on the step up with weight.
  7. Forearm Plank Kick- A forearm plank with a side kick for 60 seconds. Harder than it sounds!
  8. Side Step Up Kick (L/R)- Similar to over the top, but you just step up and down on one side at a time, with a weight.

Max Hammer Strength

Trainer: Sagi Kalev
Max Hammer Strength Duration: About 40 Minutes!
Max Hammer Strength Required Equipment: Weights, pull-up bar, bench or ball, resistance band

Deets

  1. Reverse Lunge – No weights, just a regular lunge
  2. Reverse Lunge – Reverse lunge again, but this time with weights, 10 reps.
  3. Push Up – 60 seconds of pushups
  4. Bench Press – On your back on the ball or bench. Standard bench press with weights
  5. Squat –squats for 60 seconds without weights
  6. Shoulder Squat – HEAVY weighted squats with weights at the shoulders
  7. Pull Up – Pull ups for 60 seconds, I used the bands and still got a really good burn
  8. Pullover – While on your back, using a heavy weight you extend your arms over your head and pull over and back down.
  9. Good Morning– You have your hands behind your head and bend forward at the waist and come up. No weights just max reps for 60 seconds.
  10. Stiff Leg Deadlift – Deadlift with weights and straight legs.
  11. Chin up – Pull ups with your palms facing you. Again I used the bands.
  12. One Arm Row – Hand on the bench, 10 reps of a heavy weight row.
  13. Stay Low Sumo – This is like a pulsing sumo squat. You get into a sumo squat and you come up halfway then back down. This one really BURNS.
  14. Sumo Squat – Same as the previous but with weights and a full range of motion.
  15. Band Military Press – I did not like this move at all. You stand on the band with both feet and bring it up into a military press. This one really hurt my bad shoulder.
  16. Military Press –10 rep regular military press with weights.
  17. Split Squat – No weights, one leg on a chair behind you.
  18. Step Up – Heavy weights, one foot stays on the bench, and then you step up & down.
  19. Ledge Calf Raise – No weights, calf raises on the legs of your bench, or Erik used the stairs.
  20. Calf Raise – Seated calf raises, weights go on your knees, 10 reps.

Chisel Agility

Trainer: Autumn Calabrese
Chisel Agility Duration: About 40 Minutes!
Chisel Agility Required Equipment: None!

Deets

Guys, you all know I HATE agility workouts, but I really enjoyed this one. I say enjoyed, but that doesn’t mean it was a walk in the park. You do all ten moves, get a break then you do them all again to complete the workout.

  1. High Knees / Fast Tire Feet – You do high knees going forward, and then wide knees going back.
  2. Plank X Taps – Plank position, and Autumn calls out which hand or leg you should lift and tap down. Killer!
  3. Shuffle / Grapevine – You grapevine in one direction and shuffle the other direction. She plays with the directions and makes you change it up sometimes.
  4. Lateral Squat Hop – Autumn calls out which direction you move while you are in a squat position.
  5. Multidirectional Lunge  – Front lunge/ Side lunge / Reverse lunge on one foot, then switch to the other foot after 30 seconds.
  6. Rotating Squat Jump – 180 degree squat jumps for 60 seconds.
  7. Skater Triangle – Imagine a triangle on the ground. You start at the top of the triangle and you jump with one leg to the side the leg is closest to, moving in a direction to complete a triangle.
  8. Diagonal Jump Lunge – This is basically a crossover lunge with a jump to change directions.
  9. Circle In & Out – Imagine you are standing on the outer edge of a circle. Now you want to move your feet into the center of the circle then back out to the outer edge while moving in a clockwise or counter clockwise direction. Don’t get dizzy!
  10. Directional Squat Jump – Squat to a jump – front, left, right, back.

Hammer Power

Trainer: Sagi Kalev
Hammer Power Duration: About 40 Minutes!
Hammer Power Required Equipment: Weights, pull-up bar, bench or ball, resistance band

Deets

ROUND 1-

  1. Overhead Press (Light, Medium weight) – 10 reps – The weights stay parallel to your shoes in this, so your palms are facing you.
  2. Squat (Light, Medium weight) – 10 reps – weights in the same position as Overhead Press, but you are squatting
  3. Thruster (Light, Medium weight) – 10 reps – This is actually a combo of Overhead Press and Squat. You do a squat and on the way up you go to a press.
  4. Jerk Press (Light, Medium weight) – 5 reps -A lunge with a simultaneous overhead press. Do this 5 times on each side.
  5. Deadlift  (Light, Medium weight)  – 10 reps – Simple deadlift
  6. Shrug (Light) – 10 reps – simple shoulder shrugs.
  7. Shrug w/ Extension (Medium) – 10 reps – when you pull your shoulders up in a shrug, you go up onto your toes; think getting kicked in the butt.
  8. Upright Row (Light) – 10 reps – A simple upright row.
  9. Full Upright Row (Medium) – 10 reps – Similar to the full upright row, but with an explosive movement and you start really low, like a deadlift.
  10. Clean (Light) – 10 reps – For some reason the “clean” series of moves was really hard for me to get. Start in a standing position. Then you pull the weights up and “catch” them at shoulder height with your elbows down, almost as if you were going to do an overhead press.
  11. Full Range Clean (Medium) – Like the last move – but this time you are going to start in a deadlift position.

ROUND 2 – For this round, the LIGHT is 10 rep, and the HEAVY is 5 reps!

  1. Clean & Press (Light, Heavy) – Just like the Clean, but this time adding in the overhead press from the deadlift position
  2. Clean & Squat (Light, Heavy) – Like the last one, but with a squat . killer!
  3. Clean Squat Press (Light, Heavy) – Add an overhead press to the Clean and Squat.
  4. Clean Squat Jerk (Left, Right, Heavy) – ALL are 5 reps – Same as above, but you add a jerk press at the end.
  5. One Arm Clean Squat Jerk (Left, Right / Light, Heavy) – Same as the last move, but with a single arm. Like I said the “clean” series of moves.. aka all of round 2 was very difficult for me to master. Hopefully the next time we do this video I will do better.

Chisel Balance- Already broke this one down for you all last week

Hammer Conditioning

Trainer: Sagi Kalev
Hammer Conditioning Duration: About 30 Minutes
Hammer Conditioning Required Equipment: Weights, pull-up bar, bench or ball, resistance band

Deets

There are only 8 moves total, broken down into two sets, 12 reps per move. You will do this for two rounds.

Set 1

  1. Clock Push Up Crunch – You do pushups in each position of a clock. Round 1 is clockwise, Round 2 is counterclockwise.
  2. Side Lunge Row – A side lunge followed by a row. Round one is the left leg, and round 2 is the right leg.

Set 2

  1. Fly Lunge Twist – This one is sort of confusing… You have the weight in one hand and you do a lunge while bringing your weighted arm out into a fly position. Repeat then do the other hand in round 2.
  2. Sumo Squat Press – Sumo Squat with an overhead press with weights obviously!

Set 3

  1. Burpee Renegade Upright Row  – Standing up with weights in hand, you drop to the ground and jump back to plank. Then you do a row on each arm (left & right). Jump forward again, stand up straight and do a row.
  2. Stiff Leg Deadlift Crunch –standing on one leg, you do a deadlift while allowing your other leg to go be up behind you. On the way back up, you lift that back leg up to your chest in a standing crunch type of move. Round 2 is the opposite side.

Set 4

  1. Plank Raise Tap Crunch – A plank with the following moves – lift right arm forward, and back down. Lift right arm out to the side, and back down. Then bring your left foot up and tap it with your right hand. Round 2 is the opposite side.
  2. Reverse Lunge Curl Kickback –Start with a reverse lunge on your right leg. Once you are in the lunge position, do a bicep curl and then lean forward and do a tricep kickback. Stand up & repeat. Round 2 is the opposite side.

And now what you all have been anxiously waiting for.. My week two results in photo form. There hasn’t been too much change, but I am starting to see a little ab definition for the first time in my whole life! The pictures on the left (grey zebra looking pants) are pictures from Day 1, the ones on the right (dark grey pants) are from Day 14. Can’t wait to see what my results are like at the end of week 4!2519EF63-EF4B-4F01-80BE-CCB1804A70F2 14503BC4-B99C-47DB-83D7-59571BBCCF32 0AF97D65-DE2F-48BD-B143-EB35E60DE028

Yay muscles!

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

Hammer and Chisel Week 1 Breakdown!

Hello friends!

*Sorry I never posted this last week, but here is my breakdown of week of of HC*

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We finished week 1 of HC last week and we are both very sore, in a good way. I want to take some time to break down the workouts so you get a better feel for what the program is all about. Here we go!

Chisel Balance

Trainer: Autumn Calabrese
Hammer Balance Duration: 40 minutes.
Hammer Balance Required Equipment: Bench (or ball), dumbbells

Deets

This is the first workout in the program and it is a good one. This workout is 40 minutes, which includes a warm up and cool down, and it focuses on… you guessed it… your balance. All the moves are 15 reps and you do each move twice before moving on to the next move.

  1. One Leg Squat Sit- This one uses the bench (we use our ottoman, not recommended) but there is an option to do the squat without any equipment. I used a 10lb weight and you basically stand on one leg and drop down to a seated position on the bench, and then stand up again. It is actually a LOT harder than it sounds.
  2. One Leg Bridge Pullover- You lie on the floor with 1 leg in the air in a bridge position and pull the weights from back to front.
  3. One Leg Squat Deadlift- Hold the weight in one hand and balance on the other. You bend forward and extend the elevated leg back while you reach the weight to the ground.
  4. Up-Down- You use the bench or ball for this one and just your body weight. You go into a plank position and take turns putting your hand up and taking it off the bench like you are walking up steps with your hands.
  5. Split Squat Jump- This is the hardest but most fun move of the workout. You put one foot (toes) on the bench and you stand in a lunge position. You then squat down and use the planting foot to jump up, bringing your knee up to your chest while still balancing on the bench.
  6. Renegade Row Leg Lift- Basic one arm row where your hand is on the bench and as you row you lift your opposite leg in the air.
  7. One arm press bridge- Just like it sounds. You are in a bridge position on the bench or ball; while you do your press with one arm you raise the opposite leg.
  8. Balance Row Pistol Squat- You start leaning forward and do a row with one foot behind you, then you move your lifted leg into the pistol position and do a squat. Super hard!

Hammer Plyometrics

Trainer: Sagi Kalev
Hammer Plyometrics Duration: 26 minutes
Hammer Plyo Required Equipment: Band, Bench, Pull up Bar, dumbbell

Deets

Second workout of the program, Sagi is funny and hardcore! This workout is 26 minutes long but it’s a hard one too! All nine moves are 30 seconds long, you do all of them once then take a short break and do them all again for round 2.

  1. Vertical Jump- Squat then jump with one arm raised.
  2. Burpee Pull Up- Just like it says, a burpee then a pull up, for 30 seconds
  3. Leg in and outs- Straddle the bench (or you can do it on the ground), holding on to it you jump up and put your feet on top of the bench and jump down. Or you can move your legs in and out while you jump in a plank position on the ground.
  4. Plyo Push up taps- Push-up, and when you come up you tap the bench with one hand.
  5. Crazy Horse- Hold on to the bench and hop over it. Or on the ground in a plank position hop from side to side.
  6. Chin up crunch squat jump- This is a chin-up (hands reversed so your palms face you) – on the upward pull, lift your knees to your chest to do a mid-air crunch. After, drop from the bar and do a squat and a high jump.
  7. Knee Driver- Starting in a lunge position with a weight in your one hand, you raise up and raise your knee up to your chest while you jump up.
  8. Sumo Tuck Jump- sumo squat positon, squat down and jump up.
  9. Lunge Lunge Squat- a lunge, followed by another lunge then a squat. A real butt burner J

Iso Strength Chisel

Trainer: Autumn Calabrese
ISO Strength Chisel Duration: 35 minutes.
ISO Strength Chisel Required Equipment: Bench, Pull up bar, dumbbells

Deets

All moves are 10 reps, followed by a 10 second isometric hold, three times.

  1. Sumo Squat- With weights, down and up 10 times then hold
  2. Push up- 10 pushups- then 10 second hold in the down position
  3. Split Squat- One foot on the bench with weights, up and down 10 times, then 10 second hold.
  4. Pull up- down and up 10 times then hold ( I use a band)
  5. Step up side hold- You step up and down on the bench from the side holding a weight. After 10 reps you stand on the bench with one leg in front of you and you hold it for 10 seconds.
  6. One arm row- up and down 10 times with weight then hold
  7. Sit up C-curve- I am still trying to master this one. Sit ups with a light weight held at your chest. Make sure you keep your chest up. The isometric hold is for 10 seconds in the down position.
  8. Lateral raise- Omg please use a light weight for this one. A lateral raise and an iso hold at the top after 10 reps.

Day 4 is a REST DAY!

Iso Speed Hammer

Trainer: Sagi Kalev
ISO Speed Hammer Duration: About 25 minutes, of which about 4 is warmup
ISO Speed Hammer Required Equipment: Weights, pull-up bar, bench or ball, resistance band

Deets

You do each move for 10 reps, then the next 10 reps of that more are FAST

  1. Push Up –  10 slow pushups, followed immediately by 10 fast ones.
  2. Static Lunge – With weights – lunge position. Down for 3 then up.
  3. Chin Ups – Reverse grip chin-ups – 10 slow followed by 10 fast. I use the resistance band.
  4. Deadlift – With weights – you go down, keeping your butt back and then up again.
  5. Side Lateral Raise – Just like the last Autumn workout, light weights and do lateral raises.
  6. Sumo Squat – Sumo squat while holding a weight in front of you while you go up and down.
  7. Rear Delt Cross Fly – Hold the band in both hands, and stand on top of it on the floor. Cross the bands and bend at the waist. You then reverse fly up, focusing on your back and deltoids.
  8. Pistol Squat – Just like Autumn’s earlier move, a one-leg squat with your other leg out in front of you.
  9. Curl Face Down – A bench would have been preferable, but you can use a ball. Lay on your belly on the ball or bench and curl the weights up.
  10. Calf Raises – Up & down! They recommend standing on the back of a bench so you can lower your calves more. I did mine directly on the floor.
  11. Tricep Kickback Twist – Bend at the waist, and kick your arms back and rotate as you do the move!

Chisel Endurance

Trainer: Autumn Calabrese
Chisel Endurance Duration: About 35 minutes
No Equipment: Just bodyweight

Deets

All the moves are 60 minutes, and they are hard. I did not last the 60 seconds. You do all the moves, then take a short break and start again for round 2.

  1. Bench Run Ups (L / R) –  We don’t have a bench so we used our ottoman. You step up with one foot, and step down, and keep going. After 60 seconds, you switch to the other leg.
  2. Negative Pull Ups – Slow on the down. They used a wide-grip in the video. I used the resistance band. One day I will be able to do a real pull up!
  3. Step up Cross Over (L / R) –One foot stays planted on the bench (our case ottoman) the other foot goes up & over while you are holding a weight. This gets significantly more challenging if you pretend you are lifting your back leg up and over something behind you.
  4. Decline Push Up  – Your toes on the bench (ottoman) and do pushups. Killer.
  5. One Hand Row with Leg Extension (L  / R)  – One hand on the bench and row with your other. Your leg also goes up in the air.
  6. Incline Press – Set the bench at a 45 degree angle (or use the ball). 60 seconds of press. Your chest will be sore after this one.
  7. Plank Knee Taps –  It’s called plank but it’s actually the Sphinx position – on your forearms. Then, you lower and tap each knee repeatedly for 60 seconds.

Total Body Hammer & 15 minute Ab Hammer

Trainer: Sagi Kalev
Total Body Hammer Duration: About 45 minutes. Followed by 15 Minute Ab Hammer!
Total Body Hammer Required Equipment: Weights, pull-up bar, bench or ball, resistance band

Deets

This one is KILLER. Each move staggers down in reps as you move up in weights; first you do 10, then 8 then 6. Like I said KILLER! There are three rounds of different moves. I really love this workout.

Round 1:

  1. Bench Press –  Bench or ball, you do the press, first 10, then 8, then 6 times. Try and increase your weights after each set.
  2. Squat – a simple squat with knees shoulder distance apart. This move gets significantly harder if you squeeze your butt and legs as you come up.
  3. Reverse Grip Row – Bend at the waist and pull the weight towards you, focusing on your back

Round 2:

  1. Incline Fly  – Same as the bench press but you do a fly move and on an incline, so you work your upper chest more
  2. Reverse Lunge– Step back lunges. Round one is the right leg, round 2 is the left leg!
  3. Wide Pull-Up – I use the resistance band for this one.

Round 3:

  1. Military Press –  I just sit on the ottoman and do a military press.
  2. Split Squat – One leg up on a chair and then you squat with the other leg. Round 1 is the right leg, and round 2 is the left leg!
  3. Post Delt Fly – This is a one-armed deltoid work, swing your arm up! Start with a lighter weight for this one.

Alright friends! That is the breakdown of the first week of HC. Next week’s workouts are all different so I will do another breakdown of week 2, with an end of week progress picture. I can’t wait to see the results!

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I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

Hammer and Chisel: Before you get started

Hello friends!

We just finished the first week of Hammer and Chisel (HC)! Personally, I love it so far. A few friends have asked me what I think of the workout, so I want to break it down in a few posts.

A few things before you commit to this workout; you need weights, they don’t call it hammer and chisel for nothing. Erik and I have accumulated weights over time so we didn’t have to drop a huge lump of cash on getting a bunch of weights. We have 5, 10, 12, 15, 20, 25, 35 and 45 lb weights. By the end of the first month I feel like we are going to need to get some 55 lb weights so Erik can push his limits! Weights are expensive, I know, but if you want the results you need the right weights. If you are trying to save a little cash, you can get the adjustable weights, which will run you anywhere from $80-$350.  The only problem with these weights; if you are working out with a partner who also needs the weights at the same time, you have to buy two sets. Alternatively, if you are a member of a gym, you can take your laptop or tablet (if you get beach body on demand) and do the workouts at the gym.

Another thing you might need is a bench. We have been using an ab ball and out flat ottoman (not recommended by beachbody), but I think we are going to be investing in a bench in the next few days. Again if you are trying to save a little money, the ab ball works really well, and they show modifications using the ab ball (I will continue to use the ab ball while Erik uses the bench).

I have also been thinking about getting my weight lifting gloves back out. It might seem silly but the grip might help me lift heavier weights. Probably not, but at least I will look like a bad a$$.

In general, when I look at the 60 day calendar it’s not designed like the P90x series, which is what drew me to the workouts in the first place. What I mean by that is, Monday’s aren’t always the same workout for four weeks, then you change to something else. Take a look for yourself.

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This is awesome for a few reasons; the main one being that if I don’t particularly like a certain workout (hello P90x3 agility) I don’t dread a certain day of the week for four weeks. *disclaimer, I still love the P90 series, and I am not putting it down; just giving you my honest opinion.* Another reason I love HC is the varying workout lengths. Maybe for me it’s just a mental thing (probably), but it gives the workout series a bit of variety. I also love the rest day. One thing about the rest day, it is on day 4, so currently our rest day is on Thursdays, which isn’t too bad, but I wish I would have thought it through a little more and started on a Wednesday or Thursday, so the rest days falls on a weekend. For now, it works for us. I think if we decide to redo the 60 days after we complete it this time around, we will change the start date.

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Alright I think that is all the “Before you get started” information I wanted to share with you all today.  Check back tomorrow when I break down each of the workouts.

PS: It’s not too late to join my Fit-uary challenge group. Shoot me an email at myrunningthoughts(at)gmail(dot)com for more information.

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I hope you all have a great day!

Cheers!

My completely honest review of Shakeology

Hello friends!

Here we go my completely honest shakeology review. If you all know me at all, I am not going to lie just to get a sale; that is not the type of person I am. I hate HATE protein shakes. I think they all taste like crap. I hate that whey protein taste, bleh.  I was really skeptical, when I first heard about shakeology. I thought, “Oh ya just another way for beach body to make some money.” But no if you really look at the ShakeologyCholocateVegan_Ingredients and the science behind the powder it is really amazing.IMG_1742

I just recently started drinking the Vegan Chocolate shakeology and I am ready to give you my first thoughts.  I was SUPER excited to get it in the mail; after delivery being delayed because of the snow storm. The first day I made it I used: a scoop for the shakeology, ¼ cup coffee, a banana, handful of walnuts and a tablespoon of almond butter. It was not great. All I could taste was the almond butter, and the combination of the almond butter and the chocolate did not work. I was really disappointed and I actually wanted to cry. That ever happen to you guys? You get really excited about something and it is a complete letdown!? Ugh the WORST. Thankfully, beachbody has a 30 day “bottom of the bag” guarantee, stating that if you do not like the product or it did not work for you, they will refund your money even if the entire bag is empty.IMG_1763

I wasn’t ready to throw in the towel yet. I was going to give myself at least two weeks of trying different recipes to see what worked, and if I hated it still I would return it and sob in the corner (just kidding). The second attempt was MUCH better.  I nixed the almond butter, and did frozen strawberries, scoop of shakeology, a little bit of coffee, a little bit of water, handful of cashews, and a handful of walnuts. I tasted it, and I liked it but it was missing something. I poured it back into the magic bullet and added a banana. It was just what it needed. It was good, but it still took me a while to drink it. I still wasn’t 100% convinced.  You know what they say though… third time is a charm! This morning’s shakeology was a berry medley: one scoop of shakeology, ½ cup water, banana, handful of walnuts, ½ frozen berry mix (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries) and some ice. It.was.amazing.  Seriously, I wish I had more and I cannot wait to make it again tomorrow.  I will say, you have to get the proportions right. I think the first few times I made it; I did not have enough liquid in it to counteract the “powdery” taste of it. The one I made this morning did not taste powdery at all.IMG_1807

I am still planning on trying out some other recipes so I have a variety of shake options for my breakfasts, but for now I am happy with this one.  Also I just discovered I can put maple syrup in the shakeology, I might actually have to try that tomorrow.

The price, now I know people look at the price and get sticker shock; “Goodness it’s $130 for a 30-day supply of shakeology, that is ridiculous.” Well if you look at the breakdown of how much it would actually cost for you to get all the ingredients in shakeology it comes out to over $41 a SERVING.  Shakeology breaks down to just over $4 a serving. To me, that is worth every penny.

Two more things…

#1- The Shakeology has a 30 day money back guarantee, even if the bag is empty. If you don’t like it or the product didnt work for you, they will refund your money.
#2- They offer a sampler pack for $30 for the regular flavors ( Each sample pack contains 6 single-serve packets of Shakeology (1 Chocolate, 1 Vanilla, 1 Strawberry, 1 Greenberry, 1 Chocolate Vegan, and 1 Tropical Strawberry Vegan). Or if you just want to try the Vegan flavors, it’s $20. (click the links, click buy now and go all the way to the bottom of the page, you should see the sampler packs there. Let me know if you need help)

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Let me know if you all would like to get your hands on a bag and join my challenge group on facebook!

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!