August: Honoring First Responders- Military, LEO, Fire, EMS, Medical

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Happy Friday!

I am SO excited about the announcement I’m about to share with you guys! If you don’t know my husband and I personally, we are both “first responders” in our community and we have a huge passion to support those who are on the front lines to protect and serve the rest of us.

We were talking a couple weeks ago about ways we could support the men and women we both work with and others in our field. Then it hit us… we are dedicating the entire month of August to supporting all first responders. This includes:

  • MILITARY: Active or Veteran
  • LAW ENFORCEMENT: All Branches
  • FIRE
  • EMS: All Emergency Medical Services including licensed nurses, EMT’s, Paramedics, and Physicians

If you are in one of these public service positions, first, let me just say how much we appreciate you and your desire to be a positive contribution to our society. Countless lives are saved because of YOU and your dedication.

We know there’s nothing we can do to equate your level of service and many times sacrifice, but we would like to give back in your honor. So, we decided to do so in the way we know how. Through investing in you and helping you become the strongest, healthiest, happiest version of yourself.

You all know that many times your life depends on your agility, strength, and quality of health. In Law Enforcement, you are put in situations where if you’re not stronger, faster, and more capable than the bad guy, things could go wrong real quick. In the medical field, if you aren’t taking care of your core strength, stress management, and immune health, it’s only a matter of time before you get physically hurt on the job or deteriorate on the inside because you have nothing less to give. In Fire, you go through rigorous training to make sure you can outsmart and out run a fire. If you are severely overweight and in poor health, you’re going to put yourself and your entire crew in danger. All of you Military bad asses, you know and see how this impacts you in so many ways. Not to mention, many of you see and experience things that no one in the whole world could ever even begin to imagine. STRESS is huge for you…learning how to manage it and keep your body strong is a true game changer for you AND your family.

As you can see…our internal and external health is EVERYTHING in our jobs. Unfortunately though, most people in these positions don’t prioritize it. STRESS gets the most of us and stress eating, stress drinking, sugar addiction all trump hitting the gym and eating clean.

We don’t want this trend to continue! We care about you guys. We care about your families! And we want to get stronger together! So, here is what we’re doing this month…

For anyone who is a first responder, if you join our team this month with the Annual All Access Challenge Pack (which is highly discounted right now), we will do two things for you:

1- YOU GET AN EPIC FREE GIFT! You get your choice of either a SUPER awesome Team Shirt…

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These incredibly comfortable cotton shirts are a favorite among the LEO community! Our team logo is on the front, the American flag is on the right shoulder with a thin blue line in the stripes, our new team hash tag taken from my husband’s time training in Special Forces in the military “NFQ” (Never F-ing Quit) 🙂 , and the back has Romans 13:4 “For He is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the  wrongdoer.”

All of our Law Enforcement friends love these shirts as their undershirts. They say they’re some of the most comfortable shirts they’ve ever worn!

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An Exclusive Beachbody PT Sandbag…

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Maximize your workouts with weighted resistance
The PT (Physical Training) Sandbag adds an extra level of resistance—up to 20 pounds—to your workouts so you can push your strength, stability, and endurance to the next level. It’s the perfect training tool to help sculpt your upper and lower body by incorporating weighted resistance into your routines.

Versatile and easy to use, the PT Sandbag allows you to change the level of resistance easily by adding or removing sand. Since you can vary the weight, the PT Sandbag is more portable and convenient than a set of dumbbells. To use, just grab the sturdy handles, lift, and perform muscle-sculpting exercises like lunges with greater intensity. You can immediately feel the weighted resistance increasing your calorie burn and maximizing the effectiveness of each workout.

Special Features

  • Adjustable weight—up to 20 pounds (sand not included)

  • Sturdy handles provide a comfortable grip

  • Made of durable, tear-resistant fabric

  • Secure Velcro® closure locks sand in place


2- A portion of the proceeds from your challenge pack purchase will be donated to the Hope for Heroes Foundation, which supports those injured in the line of duty and helps them continue to have a fulfilling life. Awesome, right?!

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I’m SO excited about the lives we will impact this month! Both YOURS and the individuals at the Hope for Heroes foundation!

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1- You have a HUGE opportunity this month to get our most popular and powerful challenge pack, the Annual All Access Pass Challenge Pack, at a highly discounted price! After this month, it will return to it’s regular price. This includes EVERYTHING you’ll need to get phenomenal results! With this challenge pack, you’ll receive:beachbody-all-access-on-demand

  • 1 Bag of Shakeology- flavor of your choice (30-Day Supply)
  • 1- Set Portion Fix Container System
  • 1 Entire YEAR access to Beachbody On Demand with access to EVERY SINGLE Beachbody fitness Program, nutritional guide, meal plan, shopping list, and recipe book ever created. Accessible from any smart device!
  • My health & fitness coaching FREE while you’re a member.
  • Our exclusive team membership with access to ALL challenge groups, team prizes, accountability, and contests FREE.

SATISFACTION GUARANTEED OR YOUR MONEY BACK!

To take advantage of this promotion, click HERE to place your order!

If you’d like to know about the upgraded version to this challenge pack, which includes a 3-Day Refresh cleanse to kickstart your metabolism and results, shoot me an email at thehealthpatriot@gmail.com and I’ll send you details. 🙂

***Note, if you already have a Beachbody account from before and would like to join our team, please email me before placing your order so I can make sure your account is set up correctly.

2- After you place your order, make sure you email me at TheHealthPatriot@gmail.com to let me know you placed your order and tell me which free gift option you would like!

3- Decide which challenge you’d like to join this month! We have 2 different opportunities in August…

  • August 14th- 21 Day Challenge! Includes short workouts, a structured meal plan, and Shakeology.
  • August 21st- Our second ever Shakeology Test Group! This includes drinking 2 servings of Shakeology each day for 2 weeks. No modification to diet or exercise needed. You get to see for yourself the difference you’ll feel in drinking Shakeology alone. For more information on the powerful effects of Shakeology, check out our info here. 

If you have ANY questions at all, feel free to contact me at TheHealthPatriot@gmail.com.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

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What The “Burrito Baby” Phase of Pregnancy Is Teaching Me

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Hey guys!

It’s time for an honest moment here that I’m not too proud of. The end of the first trimester/beginning of the second trimester of pregnancy is ROUGH on the confidence, especially when it comes to finding clothes that fit. This is what I refer to as the “burrito baby” phase of pregnancy. You’re not showing enough to tell your pregnant, but your belly has grown enough so that none of your clothes fit right and it looks like you swallowed a ginormous burrito whole and it’s just laying there horizontally in your belly.

I can’t even begin to explain to you the mental tug-o-war that has been happening for me during this time of our pregnancy. On one hand, I am SO INCREDIBLY THANKFUL that our baby boy is growing, that he’s healthy, and that he’s ALIVE! After losing our last baby, you would think this is where ALL my focus and mindset would be. But, I fall prey to self-conscious thoughts like anyone else. I lose my positive mindset and become my own worst critic. I get frustrated that even my yoga pants are tight, that my tops don’t fit right. I look bigger than I am in really loose clothes and I just look chubby in form fitting ones. The struggle is real…

My gracious husband is patient with my craziness everyday, he always tells me I’m beautiful, and is the one who proposed the idea to me of sharing this on my blog. He had a great point. This isn’t my first rodeo. I know I’ll gain healthy baby weight, I know it’s something to celebrate because that means baby is14107731_929688749774_1334724430284143122_o growing, I know what it’s like after delivery, and this time I know EXACTLY what to do in order to whip this postpartum bod into shape! Let me also clarify that a woman’s body is freaking bad ass! The fact that we can literally grow a human from the size of a microscopic egg to a 7 pound healthy human inside our bellies… that we grow our own disposable baby sustaining organ called the placenta, push them both out of our bodies, and then are able to sustain our new precious tiny human life with milk from our own body’s is INSANE! It’s important for ALL of us (I’m speaking to myself here) to be gracious and patient with our bodies through this entire process.

As you guys know, my MISSION and PASSION in this life is to help others learn how to live at 100%, to give this life all they’ve got, and to feel their absolute BEST. I also know that if I am not living at my best, I won’t be able to be there 100% for my growing family. More than external looks, THIS is where my motivation lies. I want to feel good in my clothes. I want to feel CONFIDENT in a bathing suit and not embarrassed. I want to be the strongest happiest version of myself because my husband deserves that in his wife and my boys deserve that in their mama. I know if I “let myself go”, if I don’t invest in getting me healthy, strong, balanced, fulfilled, they will get the empty, drained, sad, low self esteem, low functioning version of a wife/mama. I WILL NOT let that happen.

13412890_772318359571659_3106254048819551717_nI see so many parents put everyone else first in their life in every area while they’re barely able to survive. They eat fast food from Taco Bell or McDonalds every day because they “don’t have time” to eat anything else. They don’t sleep, they are barely functioning only because of a never ending supply of energy drinks and mocha coffee drinks. They don’t take any time to breathe, to dream, to play, to be present. Physically they’re there, but mentally and emotionally eventually they check out. They feel unfulfilled, bitter, even resentful at times. They have super low self esteem that always negatively impacts their marriage and many times divides the family. We all see this all the time. Maybe you’re living this. Please know, I am NOT judging you in any way. I see you, I hear you, and I’m here to tell you that there’s a different way. It doesn’t have to continue like this. You can be that strong, confident, healthy, happy individual you’ve always wanted to be! But you can’t just wish for it. You have to be willing to put in the work.

I need to work on my positive mindset in regards to my own body image. I own that. It’s MY choice every day I look in the mirror with a frown and sigh instead of a smile with excitement. It’s MY choice every time I get mad at my body instead of appreciate that it’s growing my beautiful baby boy. MY choice. MY responsibility. If I continue to have this mindset that ruins the day, ruins my relationships, and sets a bad example for everyone around me, everyone watching me…that’s ALL on me. Just like your lifestyle choices are on you. Your responsibility. You choose the example you are to those around you. Heavy, huh? See why my motivation is so strong now to live my best and help others do the same? Think how drastic of a difference we could make in this world if we all took ownership of our own actions!

NO. MORE. EXCUSES.

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July 17th, 7 days from today, our team is starting our own “Test Group” for Beachbody’s brand new program Shift Shop! Every day of this program, I’m going to be encouraging to myself and others about our individual journeys we’re on. While I’ll be modifying as needed, I’m going to be pressing play right along with everyone else in this new 21-day program! I want to know whose ready to take ownership for their life.

Whose ready to make positive changes?

Whose ready to STOP making excuses for every little thing?

Whose ready to get real results instead of wasting money and time on pills, patches, wraps, and programs that don’t work?

Hear this…TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO DO THIS PROGRAM WITH US! We are going to be having a BLAST, keeping each other accountable, getting healthy, feeling awesome, increasing our energy, shredding fat, and taking OWNERSHIP for our health and our lives together.

Are you in?

Read more about this program on a previous blog post here.  

If you’re in this, in order to get started, you’ll need to purchase the Annual All Access Challenge Pack today. Lucky for YOU, it’s on SALE! Click the photo below to place your order. Once ordered, email me at TheHealthPatriot@gmail.com to let me know you’re joining us and in your email I want you to tell me WHY you decided to do so. 🙂

Welcome to the team my friend! Get ready for a life changing experience!

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Make today AWESOME!

  • The Health Patriot

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FREE GIVEAWAY! 7/8-7/10 ONLY!

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Happy Saturday! I usually don’t write posts on Saturday’s but with this EPIC upcoming week, I wanted to make an exception to announce something exciting! One of my favorite parts about being a coach and running my own health/fitness/business coaching business is the freedom I have to be creative and surprise my team members and potential team members from time to time with give away’s or free prizes! The truth is, we all need some extra motivation from time to time to take that next step in the right direction and giving away free stuff is a GREAT way to motivate people to jump in!

If you missed my last post announcing our next challenge group starting July 17th with a BRAND SPANKIN NEW PROGRAM- Shift Shop- Read all the details HERE!

TIME is running out for you to join us and get your challenge pack in time to start! You literally only have DAYS left! So…for those of you who have been on the fence, NOW is the time to take that step. Starting today and going through July 10th at midnight, anyone who purchases the Annual All Access Challenge Pack (Which is available at a CRAZY discounted price for a limited time BTW…) and commits to joining our July 17th 21-Day Challenge, will get a FREE set of Agility Markers ON ME!

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This may not seem like a big deal, but from what I’m hearing from people who participated in the official 27932_TSS_Deluxe_DVD_long_1test group and those who tried out this program on the sneak peek days, they REALLY make a big difference! Chris yells out the colors during the workout, so having these markers will not only keep you on point in your workout in regards to distance and performance, but it will make things much easier on you. More efficient workouts = BETTER RESULTS!

So, there you have it! Again, for details on how to join our 21-Day Challenge or what it will consist of, read my last blog post here.

If you’re ready for a positive change in your life…if you’re ready for guaranteed results with accountability, coaching, and support every step of the way, click the “Order Now” button below to order your challenge pack and get your free prize!!!

If you already have a Beachbody account, please email me first so we can make sure you join our team instead of someone else’s. You can contact me if you have any questions at TheHealthPatriot@gmail.com.

Let’s do this together you guys!!!

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SHIFT SHOP CHALLENGE STARTING JULY 17TH!

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First…I just want to give a massive shout out to this incredible bad ass of a father who committed to this new program I’m about to tell you about and absolutely KILLED. IT. My friend Craig Daigle was in the test group before the official launch and WOWZAS! What an inspiration!!!! Read more about his story here- https://www.facebook.com/daigletrainingandfitness/ Now that you’re all pumped up and STOKED about the potential in the program Craig used to get his results…let me tell you how you could do the SAME routine he did!

That’s right…It’s that time again! Time for a NEW TEAM CHALLENGE and this time, we’re doing it with a BRAND NEW PROGRAM- Shift Shop lead by Beachbody’s newest trainer, Chris Downing!

You guys!!!! I haven’t been THIS excited about a program since 22 Minute Hard Corps came out! That was the first program that started my Beachbody journey and I absolutely LOVED the results I got in only 22 minutes a day!

Chris’ new program is launching July 12th for all Beachbody On Demand members and it will also be available for purchase with a challenge pack on Team Beachbody’s site. Only exclusive test groups have been able to experience results from this epic program, and as you can tell from Craig’s transformation photos, their results have been AMAZING! Check out some more of these transformation pics!

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Amazing right?!

Here are the program details:

Program length: 21 Days

Workout length: Varies. 1st week: 25 min. 2nd week: 35 min 3rd week: 45 min

Nutrition Program: Similar to other newer Beachbody programs with the container system. However with each week, carbs decrease and veggies & protein increase.

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Don’t let this scare you guys! Think about it… a 21 day program that is getting people incredible results…You have to work for it at least a little bit! I’m not asking you to kill yourself for hours at the gym or to consume a severely restrictive diet! These are efficient and fun workouts paired with delicious foods to keep your muscles building and shred excess fat!

HOW TO GET STARTED AND JOIN OUR JULY 17TH CHALLENGE GROUP

1- If you haven’t joined our team yet, now is the BEST time because there are only DAYS left to take advantage of the biggest promotional sale Beachbody has ever had! Get started with all the tools you need for success with the Annual All Access Pass Challenge Pack! In my personal opinion, this challenge pack makes all other challenge packs irrelevant because of what you get for such a crazy low price. With this option you get an entire year of Beachbody On Demand access with EVERY SINGLE Beachbody program ever created AND all new programs released in the next year! How INSANE is that?! You also get your month’s supply of Shakeology with the Portion Fix container system, our exclusive team membership, and my health & fitness coaching for as long as you’re a member! Usually, this challenge pack costs $199, which is still crazy cheap! But right now, you get all of this for only $160!!!! I know…cray. My recommendation is to purchase this challenge pack NOW so you get everything in time and when Shift Shop launches on July 12th, you’ll instantly have access! CLICK HERE for details.

*** UPGRADED OPTION- For those looking to KICKSTART your weight loss results, this challenge pack is also available WITH the 3-Day Refresh cleanse kit! This program really helps you be more intentional about the food you’re eating, kick your cravings, cleanse from sugar, and get a head start towards your health & fitness goals. CLICK HERE for details!

If you are already a member of our team, email me for specifics on qualifying to join this challenge group.

—Please know that in order to join our July 17th challenge group, you must register and order your challenge pack NO LATER than July 10th.

2- Email me at TheHealthPatriot@gmail.com to let me know you’re interested in participating in our challenge group.

3- Once you complete the above two steps, you’ll be added to our exclusive challenge group FB page and/or challenge tracker app. Once the challenge begins, you’ll receive daily posts of encouragement, tips, tricks, recipes, and more!

4- This part is optional, but highly recommended. For this program, we’ll be using the Shift Shop Agility markers. They’re super cheap and can be purchased HERE.

Check out the FAQ’s on Shift Shop here.

THAT’S IT! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me any time at TheHealthPatriot@gmail.com. I’d be more than happy to talk with you to see if this program would be a good fit for you. 🙂

Have an awesome day you guys!

-The Health Patriot

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Shakeology Success Stories

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I don’t know about you, but I LOVE transformation stories. There’s something so inspiring and empowering about seeing people become better human beings and find success! It makes me feel like, “If they can do it…I can do it!” Know what I mean?

So, today I wanted to share with you some amazing Shakeology transformation stories from people with various backgrounds, health issues, and struggles. Hopefully these stories will be as inspiring to you as they are to me! It’s because of stories like these that I am SO passionate about giving people the tools they need to change their life for the best!


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“Shakeology is like premium fuel rather than watered down, cheap gasoline.”

“When my 8-year-old son started saying that we were going to have another baby because ‘mom’s belly is big,’ I knew I had to change my diet. Before Shakeology, I was a horrible eater. I never ate breakfast or lunch, instead I’d rely on coffee to get me through the day. Then around 4 I’d be starving and gorge on everything in sight. My husband was already drinking Shakeology and convinced me to give it a try so I could train my brain to crave healthy food. Once I started having a shake for breakfast I actually began to want lunch. Now I no longer crave junk food and my digestion has improved. Thanks, Shakeology, for making me feel fulfilled and alive!”

 

 

 


Yecenia C.

“Shakeology saved my life, and my Air Force career.”yessenia

“No 31 year old should be 90 lbs. overweight —so I turned to Beachbody for help. I drank Shakeology together with doing Hip Hop Abs and the fat got blasted, my core got stronger, and I no longer endure pain in my back and legs. Then I did the Ultimate Reset. And in 5 short months, I lost 76 lbs. and 14% body fat. Shakeology fueled my body with the nutrition it needed and I’ll be grateful to its creators for the rest of my life!”

 

 

 

 


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“Sometimes I can’t believe how much Shakeology has helped me overcome my challenges.”

“I gained over 60 lbs. with my first pregnancy and by the time I had my second—I was huge, because I never lost a bit of the weight from either pregnancy. I was always tired, always ashamed, and always miserable. So I said ‘enough’—started working out and drinking Shakeology. I truly believe Shakeology turned my world around. Within the first couple of weeks, my cravings disappeared, my energy returned, and now I don’t even drink coffee because Shakeology gives me all the energy I need for the day. Thanks to Shakeology and INSANITY, I’ve lost 95 lbs.!”

 

 


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“I truly believe that Shakeology saved my life.”

“At nearly 200 lbs., I was not healthy. But food was always my ‘comfort,’ so the more depressed I got, the more I ate. When my dad died from cancer, I ate and ate until I couldn’t eat anymore. But I hit rock bottom when I developed a ‘softball’ in my neck. At first, they thought I’d had a heart attack. It was only an infection that required surgery. But the scare of a heart attack sent me to P90X, and then ASYLUM. In all, I lost 76 lbs. And I thank Shakeology—it supported my transformation, helped me lose weight, AND it changed my life. When I was in the hospital, my mom brought me Shakeology every day, and I truly believe it gave my body everything it needed to thrive.”

 

 

 


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“Shakeology was the game changer!”

“After losing more than 50 pounds doing a couple rounds of P90X, I found myself stuck on a weight plateau around 185 lbs. After drinking Shakeology for a week straight, however, I felt amazing, and before long, it propelled me to my current weight of 151 lbs. That’s a total weight loss of 90 lbs.! The combination of P90X and Shakeology turned out to be my recipe for success—there were some days when just the thought of that delicious chocolate shake was enough to get me through my workout. I still drink it every day and I plan to drink it forever, because I know it’s giving my body what it needs. The stuff is worth its weight in gold!”

 

 

 


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“I chose Shakeology to help get me on my feet with nutrition.”

“After I had my second child, I could not get the weight off. My biggest challenge was eating. Nutrition is 70–80% of weight loss—but I love ice cream—especially at night. Big issue! So when my cousin—who is a Team Beachbody Coach—got me started with Shakeology, I felt a great change in my energy and my digestive system. To me, it’s like eating ice cream . . . except I’m losing weight, gaining energy, and Shakeology has finally taken care of my cravings! I have my shake in the evening to replace the ice cream I would normally eat at night. It works, trust me. I am leaner, I’ve lost the weight I needed to lose, and I finally have control over my diet. That’s a big change and I thank Shakeology.”

 

 


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“Dollar for dollar, you can’t beat the price and taste of Shakeology.”

 

“Even though I achieved incredible results from INSANITY, I felt like something was missing—so I ordered Shakeology alongside FOCUS T25. Turns out, adding Shakeology to my diet has made all the difference in the world. After just a month of drinking Shakeology I’m sleeping like a baby, my outlook is amazing, my digestion/regularity is excellent and consistent, my energy has improved, and I’m seeing even more amazing results from my workouts. Plus, I’ve lost so much weight that now I’m in the best shape of my life, no longer have a double chin, and I’m loving my 4-pack. Shakeology is helping me achieve my goals because now I’m living a healthy lifestyle and training hard.”

 

 


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“I was used to eating huge fast food combo meals and eating way too much for one person, but when my Coach introduced me to Shakeology, I loved the way it tasted. I felt full without feeling bloated and I had more energy than ever before. Eating became easier. I can resist the treats at work now, because I know my tasty treat each day is going to be a glass of Shakeology. I look forward to that first sip every morning the way other people look forward to their first coffee. So far, I’ve lost 63 pounds and 54 inches. I am invigorated and energized after every workout. I’m active and much more outgoing. I am ridiculously happy . . . people say it pours out of me. I’m so proud of myself. I DID IT!”

 

 

 

 


Aren’t these AMAZING!!!!! SO inspiring, right?! I just love it! If these stories peaked your curiosity about Shakeology and what we do in our challenge groups to get results like these, let’s talk! You can always reach me at thehealthpatriot@gmail.com You can also read my research I put together on my Shakeology page here.

Also, just incase you missed my announcement, starting July 1st, I’m running a 14-day Shakeology test group! No alteration to food or exercise required. The only requirement is to consume 2 servings of Shakeology each day for the 14 days. Read more here.

Ready to try it for yourself? Click the button below!

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Don’t forget also that Beachbody has a CRAZY sale going on right now to save you a ton of money with the Annual All Access Challenge Pack being offered at only $160 for only a short time! Click the photo below for more details!

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*Results may vary. Please consult your physician before beginning any supplement or meal replacement product, particularly if you have any unique or special needs or conditions, such as food allergies, dietary restrictions, or if you are pregnant or breast feeding. The content on this site is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide any medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
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Is Shakeology Safe for Pregnancy & Nursing Mama’s?

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Oh sweet teeny tiny humans…they bring out a ferocious protective instinct within us to do everything in our power to protect them from the day we know they’re conceived. We’re created that way intentionally. This “mama bear” or “papa bear” instinct unfortunately can cause us to take opinions at surface value without looking into the evidence behind the opinion. If you’ve had a baby and done any kind of research into what is potentially harmful or beneficial for your growing nugget, you know that there are a WIDE range of opinions out there. Raw milk for instance…some say it’s the most dangerous thing you can drink while pregnant and others stand behind it’s healing and incredible nutrient density for mama and baby. The list goes on regarding conflicting opinions and beliefs.

Today, I wanted to set the record straight regarding the safety of Shakeology during pregnancy and breast feeding. First, let me say, I am not your OB Doctor. I am not a midwife. I know nothing about you or your specific situation, so please don’t take this as medical advice. It’s always smart to get the opinion of a medical professional and make your own educated decision for you and your babe.

Here’s a quick background on me and why I even have an opinion.

I’m a Registered Nurse with my Bachelor’s in Nursing. I am a certified Health Coach. I have spent the past 8 years researching holistic health, nutritional therapies, integrative medicine, Chinese medicine, homeopathy, and how to heal the body at a foundational level. I also have an 18-month old son who I stopped breastfeeding one month ago and I am 12 weeks pregnant today growing our next tiny human. So, my heart is in this with you because the health of my babies depends on me doing the best research possible to protect them. I don’t take this lightly.


Shakeology & Pregnancy

First, let me address the most common 4 reasons I hear as to why someone should NOT drink Shakeology while pregnant:

1- Too much Vitamin A or (Vitamins in general)

This is probably one of the more common questions I get. Studies have shown that too much Vitamin A in the form of retinol are correlated to birth defects. This is where most people stop researching and throw the baby out with the bath water (no pun intended). They see that each serving of Shakeology contains 100% of the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of Vitamin A at 5000 IU. Let me specify the HUGE difference here. The Vitamin A found in Shakeology is in the form of Beta-Carotine from a whole food source, NOT from Retinol. There is no correlation of birth defects with beta-carotene. If there was, that would mean we should have warning labels on eating too many carrots during pregnancy. See more on this here. untitledSo, when people use this reason as an argument as to why they won’t drink Shakeology during pregnancy, they should also be worried about carrots.

For those of you “sciency” peeps like me, you can refer to the U.S. Government’s official research on the difference between preformed Vitamin A (retinol) vs. Beta Carotene Vitamin A related to birth defects on the NIH (National Institute’s of Health) website here.

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It should also be mentioned that the vegan formulas of Shakeology are probably the best and most gentle during pregnancy for a couple reasons. One is that it’s the most gentle on the digestive tract. Pregnancy comes with it’s own set of digestive issues, so we need all the help we can get in this area. The second reason is because the vegan formulas are unfortified. A fortified food means it has vitamins, minerals or other nutrients not normally present in the food added to it during processing. Since the vegan formula is unfortified, it ONLY has the vitamins and nutrients that are naturally present in the whole foods that they used to formulate Shakeology. We don’t go around counting the vitamin content in the food we’re eating, afraid that we’re going to overdose on our vitamins, do we? Of course not because it’s pretty much impossible!  In fact, the Beachbody website has a specific note regarding this topic-

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On a completely unrelated topic of nutrition and safety, the vegan formulas also TASTE DELICIOUS! They’re now available in Tropical Strawberry, Chocolate, Café Latte, & Vanilla. Taste is a big deal for a preggo woman. Our taste buds have a friggen’ mind of their own! I literally cannot eat vegetables…which is SO weird for me. I’m so thankful I can drink a chocolate milkshake and get all my nutrients in that way!

I will say, I personally use my Shakeology in place of my prenatal vitamin and I supplement with folate. Some mama’s choose to supplement with added iron as well. I would say talk to your doctor about this decision and see where your blood levels are to see if you need a supplement. Your daily dose of nutrition in Shakeology is equivalent to a prenatal vitamin minus the added folate. That’s amazing news for me!


2- Ashwagandha

I know you might be thinking…what the frick is “Ash-wa-what?”. Lol… Ashwagandha is an amazing superfood! The argument regarding safety during pregnancy here basically comes down to Western Medicine opinion vs. Ayurvedic/Holistic/Herbology Medicine. In Western Medicine and on the NIH website, there is a warning that if this herbs is consumed in very high doses it may cause premature birth (Please resist the urge to go gnaw on all the ashwagandha bushes you see all around you, k?). Note that this opinion is based on HIGH doses of Ashwaganda. The amount in Shakeology is nowhere near the doses necessary to cause preterm labor. This herb traditionally has been used for thousands of years in countries like India to actually strengthen the uterus before and during pregnancy and prevent miscarriage. It is also interesting to note that Ashwaganda is used in India as a galactagogue—a drug to increase milk production in breastfeeding women!  Traditional herbalists who have used this herb for years with no side effects say that it actually helps prevent a miscarriage. Another major benefit is the stress balancing effects of this herb. Ashwaganda is known to be an adaptogenic herb. Herbs that fall into this classification help the body return to baseline (when you’re anxious or fatigued) and become more resilient to stressful situations, which pregnancy itself can be. When it comes to fertility and pregnancy, this herb is also considered an aphrodisiac, helping improve the health of the reproductive tissues and to awaken and enhance sexual energy. This is beneficial for obvious reasons when trying to conceive. 🙂 Lastly, studies have shown ashwagandha has anti-inflammatory and immune-protecting properties and antioxidant activity, reducing damage from free radicals in the body. You can read more about all of these benefits here.


3- Moringa

Moringa is another exotic superfood most people don’t know about. Western Medicine warns that Moringa can cause miscarriage through stimulating the uterus to contract. It is important to note that “Moringa” may be referring to Moringa leaf (as in Shakeology) or Moringa bark/root. All the studies I reviewed regarding Moringa’s use as an abortifacient or contraceptive was when Moringa BARK/ROOT was used, not the leaves. I couldn’t find any studies linking Moringa LEAF to either of these uses. In fact, once again, I found evidence of use of Moringa throughout pregnancy both in Ayruvedic medicine and African medicine as well. In a US study, Moringa leaves have been recently proven to be safe during pregnancy and lactation and to even decrease cholesterol. Refer to the study here. In fact, there are phenomenal studies that can be found on this superfood at pubmed.gov. In a separate study, Moringa was proven to be effective at safely increasing a mother’s milk supply, specifically after giving birth to a premature infant before 37 weeks. For the full study, visit TOXNET here.

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Moringa leaves are known to contain over 90+ nutrients, many of which we are lacking, either due to poor diet or the need to heal our bodies because we are not absorbing nutrients properly. From what I can find out it seems to have seven times the vitamin C found in oranges, four times the calcium in milk, four times the vitamin A in carrots (beta-carotene, not retinol) three times the iron in spinach, three times the vitamin E of almonds, three times the potassium in bananas, and two times the protein in milk.  (source)

As you can see, this one superfood in Shakeology is pretty badass and could be incredibly helpful to anyone, including a pregnant or nursing mama.


4- Don’t use a meal replacement or cut calories while pregnant

This is fantastic advice. When you’re growing a human, you need all the healthy meals and nutrients you can get. It wouldn’t be smart to be on a diet and use a meal replacement while pregnant or breastfeeding. The solution? Don’t use Shakeology as a meal replacement. Use it as a supplement on top of your meals. For my clients who are continuing to exercise using the Beachbody programs and who are trying to still follow the meal plan programs, we bump them up a calorie bracket to ensure adequate calorie consumption while maintaining a clean and nutritious lifestyle.


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Now that we have all of that out of the way, I have a couple more points I’d like to make in my pro-Shakeology during the human growing process argument. 🙂

1- Delicious, Convenient, & Easy nutrient density for mama and baby.

Let me just say as a currently pregnant woman: Hormones. Are. Powerful. Just ask all the baby daddy’s out there! Haha… I have always been a health nut, choosing quinoa, sauerkraut, and broccoli over pizza and ice cream any day. Since my super hormones kicked in to grow this babe, I haven’t been able to eat quinoa, salad, or most vegetables. I’ve been craving Cheetos, pizza, and chocolate shakes. My husband literally looked at me in disbelief and thought someone else had taken over my body. Well, someone did! It’s my tiny baby boy who is currently the size of a small plum, but wow is he powerful! It can be TRULY DIFFICULT to eat healthy foods only when you’re preggers. I have very strong will power, but even I succumb to the pizza cravings. The fact that I can have a chocolate peanut butter shake that provides my body with over 72 incredibly dense ingredients is MAGICAL! Why would you NOT want to drink this daily?!

2- There are MUCH more dangerous and harmful ingredients in the foods most preggo mama’s crave and eat every day.

This is not to “mom shame” ANYONE. Nor is it intended to scare you, but to inform you. I guarantee probably 90% of baby growers are not scrutinizing every single thing they put in their body. Back to the hormones…they’re powerful suckers that can empower you to down half a pizza and half a bag of Cheetos in record time. It’s ridiculous. Those who are worried about the ingredients in this nutrient dense formula should be much more worried about the fast food, processed food, high sugar, preservatives,  hydrogenated oils, and artificial ingredients they’re eating usually on a daily basis. GMO’s are a real threat to our growing babies and they’re in pretty much ALL processed non-organic food. Artificial sweeteners as well as high sugar diets can lead to diabetes for mom and baby. Aspartame, MSG (monosodium glutamate), excess fluoride, mercury, and aluminum are all neurotoxins (they’re toxic to brain cells) that people consume daily that can effect the growing baby inside of you. We haven’t even touched on the chemical pesticides on non-organic produce or the hormones and antibiotics in all non-organic animal products. Ya…I know. Overwhelming.

Aside from food & drinks, chemicals that we put on our skin go to our blood stream, and can also effect baby. It’s SUPER important when pregnant to use as pure, natural, and non-toxic products as possible. Here’s a list of top toxins to avoid while pregnant. It’s a great idea to start switching over to non-toxic alternatives while you’re pregnant, so when baby arrives, you can use all non-toxic products on their little bodies. A great resource and website to check the safety of your cosmetics and skin care products is www.ewg.org/skindeep

3- Don’t be discouraged if your doctor says not to drink Shakeology during pregnancy and nursing.

While, I always encourage talking to your doctor before making any changes to your health regimen. Know that most medical doctors are very smart and educated in MEDICINE. That’s what they know. In medical school, you get 1 small basic course on nutrition, that’s it. The rest is pathophysiology and pharmacology. Usually, they don’t take courses on herbology, integrative medicine, preventative health, and more holistic modalities, so this may be out of their comfort zone. When it comes down to it, you are your best advocate. Do your research and you make the best decision for you and your growing babe.

4- New perspective on “Eating for Two”

One of my biggest pet peeves is when I hear women say “I can eat for two now!” as they shove not one but two McDonalds double doubles down their throat with a diet soda and super sized fries followed by 10 snickers bars. There are cravings…and then there is a lack of knowledge on what’s best for baby. Again, I don’t say this out of judgment, but out of passion to grow healthier babies in our country. When you find out your pregnant, it isn’t an excuse to eat whatever the heck you want. It’s a reason to get as many nutrients into your body as possible and to do the best you can to avoid all potential toxins. Granted, I am not perfect at this, but I do try. What you put into your body are the building blocks of your baby’s insides and outsides. That realization alone should make you want to down all the superfoods possible! Yes, eat for two in the BEST way! You are now your baby’s advocate. It’s up to you starting NOW on what your child’s foundation of their health will be built of. Ya..that’s a crap load of pressure! Welcome to parenthood! That feeling never goes away! Haha…


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I hope this analysis was helpful for you and maybe helped clarify some incorrect preconceived notions flying around out on cyberspace about Shakeology and pregnancy. Here are some additional blogs that I found helpful on this topic:

If you’d like to know more about the ingredients and contents in Shakeology, you can check out my Shakeology research here.

If you’d like to try Shakeology yourself or if you have any questions, I’d love to talk with you! You can contact me at thehealthpatriot@gmail.com Usually I can respond within 24 hours.

 

Have an awesome day and thanks for reading my research! 🙂

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Shakeology Test Group: Registration OPEN

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I’ve been inspired and I’m going to follow that inspiration. My team is absolutely CRUSHING their goals! People are dropping pounds and inches left and right. Mommas are still pushing play even when they have babes who don’t sleep through the night. People are FEELING better than they have in YEARS! Some are off their medication for the first time in years…blood pressure is dropping, resting heart rate is dropping, chronic high blood sugar is being reversed. I’m telling you, LIVES ARE CHANGING!

Did you know in 2014, Beachbody paid for a third party clinical trial to be done on Shakeology? An actual science based, controlled study on the effects Shakeology alone had on participants. This study consisted of 50 participants who were selected after a rigorous selection process. The requirements? To drink Shakeology twice a day for 90 days. That’s it. No change in diet, no change in exercise.

The RESULTS? AMAZING!

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Shedding pounds.
Turns out, when participants drank Shakeology for breakfast they had a significant reduction in the desire to eat lunch. Over the course of 90 days participants lost an average of 9.3 pounds, with the highest weight loss coming in at 24 pounds. WOW—losing that much weight in 90 days is quite impressive!

Another interesting fact about the results is that participants continued to lose weight throughout the entire study. This shows that the continuous use of Shakeology resulted in the healthy type of weight loss—slow and steady. And those are the kind of results that are sustainable for the long haul.

Cholesterol plummeted.
In addition to lowering the digits on the scale, another very important number that shrunk was participants’ cholesterol. The average total cholesterol reduction was 7% with the maximum reduction being 50%.

Lowered blood sugar.
The study also monitored participants’ blood sugar levels. And rather than testing just a single day’s blood sugar (which can vary based on what you ate that day or even the day before) the study evaluated the average blood sugar for each day over the 3-month period (also known as HbA1c). Turns out, participants reduced their blood sugar (HbA1c) by an average of 5% while some reduced their numbers by up to 19%. And keeping your blood sugar levels steady is important in helping reduce the risk of diabetes.

For complete details on the study, refer to the Shakeology website here.

 

For those of you interested in the science/medical opinion of these superfoods, you should check out “100 Doctor’s Don’t Lie”, where 100 medical doctor’s were interviewed about their personal opinion of Shakeology. Pretty fascinating! www.youtube.com/watch?v=dg1AaAbQ3J4

 

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WOOOOOOW!!!!

So, in light of my team inspiring me with their results…in light of this amazing study, I’ve decided to do a smaller shorter version and conduct my own test group. Here are the details:

DATES: July 1- July 14th- 2 week duration

TEST GROUP REQUIREMENTS: No change to nutrition or exercise necessary. Drink 2 Shakeology shakes each day. These can be used as meal replacements or snack replacements.

ACCOUNTABILITY: I can’t watch you drink your Shakeology every day, so instead we’ll use the Challenge Tracker App as well as a private FB group where you will log BOTH Shakeology drinks each day. You can use these groups to also ask questions along the way.

SUPPORT: If you participate in this group, you will receive daily health tips, recipes, and encouragement from me to keep you on track and support you through these 14 days. We will also have a weekly call available to call and ask questions.

TRACKING: You will be required to take the following measurements before and after the test group:

  • Full body photo in exercise clothes
  • Blood pressure
  • Resting pulse
  • Waist circumference
  • Fasting Blood Sugar * Optional
  • Complete a health survey addressing digestion, energy, hormone balance, drive, and stress levels.

Shakeology-worksIf this is something that interests you, please email me ASAP (TheHealthPatriot@gmail.com) so we can get you registered, added to the group and plugged in. If you are not a current member of our team or if you’re an inactive member and need to order your Shakeology, the last day to register or place your order is JUNE 24th! You won’t get your Shakeology in time if you order after that date.

–> You can purchase Shakeology directly by clicking here <–

You can still take advantage of the HUGE sale with Beachbody’s biggest challenge pack yet here (It’s only $30 more than Shakeology alone!)

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Pregnancy after Miscarriage…

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For those of you who haven’t heard…I’m growing another tiny human!!! We’re officially 11 weeks and we couldn’t be more excited! Announcing the news to everyone was both exciting and scary for me…

You see, my husband and I found out we were pregnant with our last baby right before Christmas 2016. We were ELATED! Our due date was going to be in August. We were dreaming of our two babies playing together in the summer and fall and already re-arranging the nursery in our minds. Our incredibly full hearts…broke a month later when we found out our precious little one was no longer growing and had no heartbeat. For our full story, click here- baby-grower.com/2017/01/14/the-silent-struggle-our-story-of-miscarriage/ To summarize, it was one of the most difficult things either of us had been through, emotionally, mentally, physically for me, and spiritually. We knew though, that we had so much to be thankful for and we had to keep taking steps forward one day at a time. While we will never forget our second baby, we have come to peace that they are with Jesus and we will see him or her one day again.

Fast forward to now…just a handful of months later and we have a healthy growing little babe making my pants too tight, making me crave weird foods, and kicking my butt! While usually pregnancy is full of JOY, EXCITEMENT, and positive thoughts of the future, I’m not going to lie…it’s been a struggle for me. I explained it one day as feeling like I have “PTSD” from my last pregnancy. I vividly remember the ultrasound that revealed no baby, the cold room we waited in for the final diagnosis, the blood draws, the tears…oh the thousands of tears. I remember the pills I had to take to help my body “process” the remaining fetal tissue and placenta…the cramps, the blood, the clots, the tears… I felt “unwomanly”. I felt like I failed even though I didn’t know what happened. I was angry, devastated, confused. Going through something like that is hard to recover fully from. And to be honest, it’s hard to forget.

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This was the TEXT I sent my husband the night I found out by surprise that we were pregnant again!

It was really hard for me to be 100% excited when we found out we were pregnant again. We didn’t tell anyone, not even our families until we had multiple blood tests to confirm, and even then I hesitated. It was a protective mechanism. If I’m not super excited about this pregnancy and I just treat it like an every day ordinary occurrence, it won’t hurt as bad if/when we lose it. Now, I obviously know this isn’t the healthiest mindset to have, but it was my reality. I prayed through this, WE prayed through this. My husband and I shared our fears and concerns with each other as well as our excitements. I am SO blessed to have such an incredible man to keep me accountable in my mindset. He is always there for me whether I need someone to listen or someone to snap me out of my negative nancy attitude. So thankful for Him.

Then the day for our ultrasound came….I was nervous ALL. DAY. I kept preparing myself for the worst…Our first ultrasound with our last baby was when everything fell apart. I will never forget that day down to the smallest detail. So, sitting in a similar room under similar circumstances…was incredibly scary for me.

The ultrasound tech was sweet with the nicest smile. “Congratulations on your baby you guys! Now, let’s get some pictures of your little nugget, shall we?” She tells us as I lie down on the table and she squirts the warm jelly on my slightly rounded belly. My eyes were fixed on the monitor. I knew what I was looking for… The monitor lights up, my husband is tightly squeezing my left hand as we watch… and we all get the biggest smile on our faces when we see our little bambino waving it’s arms around and it’s perfect beautiful little heart beating away at a strong 170 beats per minute.FullSizeRender(1)

I CAN BREATHE AGAIN… This was the FIRST time I let myself TRULY get excited about this pregnancy. “We’re having a baby!!!” A giddily say to my hubs! He smiles and nods. We were so relieved that we were looking at our sweet rainbow baby. <3

I share this story with you guys because going through a miscarriage gave me such a different and real perspective into infertility issues. I felt the pain nearly 50% of women go through in their pregnancy difficulties. Unfortunately, for many people it’s considered a taboo topic…It’s such an intimate, unexplainable heartache that most don’t even know how to talk about it. How can you love something so much and be so heartbroken when it’s taken away when it was the size of a sesame seed or a green pea and only existed for a month or two? The pain… it’s very REAL. The struggle…sometimes lifelong. And the healthy babies that come after…they’re AWESOME! BUT…even those pregnancies are a growing process for the mama and papa who are learning to be excited again, how to love their angel baby, hold onto their memory, and let it be so they can process and be engaged in preparation for the next to come.

For any of you mama’s out there who cry with every pregnancy announcement you see, waiting for when it will be your turn…For those of you struggling and who have been struggling for years with infertility…for those of you who have angel babies in heaven and know this pain all too well. My heart goes out to you. You are STRONG. You are BEAUTIFUL. You are SO LOVED By your Creator. Every tear you’ve cried has been counted. Your story MATTERS. I can’t tell you why these things happen. I know there are no words I can say to make your pain go away. But I do know that we have a God who unconditionally loves each and every one of us, who cries when we cry and will move heaven and earth for His relationship with You. Trust Him, seek comfort from Him, and love Him. Watch as He turns your story of devastation into something more beautiful and powerful than you could ever dream of.

And as for you baby #3 growing like a weed inside of me. I love you so much and cannot wait to meet you and spend forever being your mama. 🙂

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Operation: Make Your Pants Loose- Starting May 1st!

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Pants went from muffin top status to I need a belt status in a little over a month!

Ha…you loved that title didn’t you… that’s the only reason you opened this blog post…wasn’t it! 🙂 Lol…

Ok, so for real, I am going to be doing another 30-day challenge for all of you who missed out on April’s!

Here are the details:

  • Dates- 30 days May 1- May 30
  • Challenge Requirements:
    • Drink Shakeology every day
    • Do any Beachbody program 6-7 Days/Week- It is HIGHLY encouraged to make 1-2 of those days a Beachbody Yoga routine
    • Follow the 21 Day Fix personalized meal plan
  • Accountability Challenge:
    • There are two ways you can participate in our team accountability challenge- via our private Facebook group or via the My Challenge Tracker App (or both).
    • Of COURSE there is a prize involved, but you’ll have to work for it! At the end of our challenge, we’ll be doing a raffle for a Magic Bullet NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System! You have the potential of earning a total of 30 raffle tickets in the entire challenge. Each day you post a picture of BOTH your Shakeology shake AND your post workout “selfie” proving you did both, you will earn yourself a raffle ticket.

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  • Membership Requirements:
    • In order to make everything fair across the bored, we have a few requirements to participate. If you’re registered as a Beachbody coach, your account must be in active status. If you’re registered as a customer, you must have an active Shakeology home direct order.
    • You must be on our “Team”. If your coach is not affiliated with Team Health Patriots, I’m sorry but you will have to join your own coach’s challenge group.

Ready to get started???

Here is how to join us…

  1. Option 1- If you are currently a member of our team, make sure you meet the membership requirements then reach out to your personal coach to add you to our accountability group.
  2. Option 2- If you are NOT currently a member of our team, but would like to be, let’s get you registered! You have two options, you can register as a regular customer or as a coach. If you’d like to know more about the “discount coach” option, click here. Once you take a look at those options, if you’d like to register as a coach, email or text me asap. Email-Thehealthpatriot@gmail.com or 209-840-0900.
  3. Option 3- If you’d like to register as a regular customer, you’re going to want to do so with Beachbody’s insane sale this month in the All Access Challenge Pack. This challenge pack has absolutely everything you’ll need for amazing success!  Click this link to see all the details. Once you click this link, you can follow through with your purchase. It will ask you to register. Under coach sponsor, make sure it says my name or you won’t be added to our team. You can use my email: thehealthpatriot@gmail.com . 🙂

 

Once your registration is complete, you’ll receive a welcome email (for all our new peeps!) and you’ll be added to the May Challenge group so you can start getting ready for our challenge! I’m SUPER stoked about this you guys!

Where will you be June 1st? The time will pass regardless, how you’ll feel, how lean, strong, slim, & healthy you’ll be is up to no one else but YOU!

 

Remember, you MUST REGISTER NO LATER THAN

APRIL 23RD! 🙂

Talk to you soon! You’re awesome!

~ The Health Patriot

 

P>S…Here’s some added inspiration!

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THIS COULD TOTALLY BE YOU!!!!

YOUR TIME IS NOW! LET’S DO THIS TOGETHER!

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Super Saturday Event April 8th in Sonora!

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Hey Everyone!  

I am SO excited to announce that Team Health Patriots will be hosting our first ever public Super Saturday in Sonora!

What is a Super Saturday event? Check this out…Beachbody corporate puts together these AMAZING surprises and announcements and decided it would be awesome to bring together coaches around the country to make those announcements and make a celebration out of it! We’ll be sharing transformation stories, feedback from some of our local coaches, and explain what exactly Beachbody programs are, how they work, and what we do as coaches. That very same day, there will be hundreds if not thousands of other Super Saturday events happening all around America. Pretty cool, right?! We get to put our own spin on it, and that’s exactly what we’ve done this year. To make this an even more unique and amazing experience, we have partnered with some local favorites to bring you a super fun and enjoyable Saturday evening.

We will be kicking off the event with a LIVE group workout! You’ll then get to sample Shakeology flavors, here more about the company, programs, and coaching opportunity. I’ll then be handing it over to my good friend Nicole who knows all about keeping it healthy in the home with her non-toxic nail art company! Who doesn’t want a beautiful mani/pedi?? Amazing! We’ll also be featuring local artists such as Annie Stayer from Thirteen Eleven Olive and Bobby Aubrey from Mettle & Wood custom furniture. AND since we’ll be hosting this event in the beautiful Re/Max Gold building downtown Sonora, you’ll have some time to peruse the new Re/Max “Gifted” Gift shop with it’s grand opening that night!

Wait! And there’s more…

Ha! I had to do that. 🙂 That night is ALSO the 2nd Saturday of the month, which means ALL of Washington street will be open with free snacks and live music! It’s going to be such a good time!!! You have to be there, you just have to! Seriously…what else do you have to do? Laundry? Dishes? Lame.com.

Here is our schedule of events:

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For more information, feel free to contact me at thehealthpatriot@gmail.com We hope to see you there!

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