I wanted “abs” for my 40th Birthday

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The following inspirational transformation story has been shared from the Team Beachbody Blog. Check out the original post here.


Steve Valenzuela lost 18 lbs. with 22 Minute Hard Corps, Shakeology, and the Beachbody Performance supplements. Here’s the story that he shared with the Beachbody Challenge contest.

Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I wanted to see my abs for my 40th birthday, so I took the 22 Minute Hard Corps challenge and finally found my abs. I work long hours as a medical sales rep going from hospital to hospital, eating like crap, and not having any energy to go to the gym. I was turning 40 and needed to change my life lifestyle so I picked up 22 Minute Hard Corps and it literally kicked my butt. Shakeology was my go-to shake everyday. I am now 40, nowhere near being a borderline diabetic. I’m in the best shape of my life. Thank you, Tony.

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I have a family history of diabetes. My father died when he was 42 years of age due to diabetes and an unhealthy lifestyle. I had to make a change for my family and myself. I literally was unable to bend down and tie my shoes without losing my breath. I was so out of shape.

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
Trying to follow the meal plan while traveling for work was hard. I had to watch my portions and take my 22 Minute Hard Corps meal plan book with me. It helped make the best choices for me on the road. Beachbody On Demand along with Shakeology helped me stay on track and work out either at home or in a hotel room.

What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I liked the boot camp like style workout. You get in and out in less than 30 minutes a day. Push-ups, pull-ups, squats, and burpees are my favorite kind of workouts. Gets the heart pumping, and you’re sweating like hell every time.

Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
Being able to stop eating processed foods was the major win for me. Of course revealing my abs is something I am proud of at 40. I’m also proud that I stayed on track with my meals and I finished the program.

How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I wake up with more confidence and energy every day. I feel like a million bucks and my family and friends are now trying Beachbody workouts and Shakeology. I’m also a Beachbody Coach now.

How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
Checking in on me and lots of words of encouragement.

How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program (such as Shakeology or Beachbody Ultimate Reset) support your transformation? What are the greatest benefits you gained? Did you see benefits to your energy, sleep, mood/mental clarity, digestion/regularity?
All of the above. Shakeology and the Beachbody Performance Line helped me recover and achieve my results. My mood has changed for the better. I’m a way happier person today.2

Tell us about your experience with Beachbody On Demand. If applicable, how has it helped you achieve your goals?
Beachbody On Demand helped with my workouts while I was traveling for work. 22 minutes was the perfect workout on demand!

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3 Day Refresh: My Experience

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YESTERDAY marked my ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY as both a customer and coach with Beachbody! I am SO overwhelmingly thankful that I said YES to this journey one year ago because WOW how it’s impacted our lives already and we are just getting started! 🙂 Speaking of one year…it has taken me that long to finally try Beachbody’s 3 Day Refresh program! Let me share with you the reason why…

I started my Beachbody journey to lose my baby weight after having our son. It was amazing and incredibly helpful. My extreme low back pain was nearly completely eliminated after one program, I dropped 20 pounds after baby and became stronger and leaner than I was before I was pregnant! Fast-forward one year…

This year around Christmas we found out we were expecting baby #2!! Our hearts were SO incredibly happy when those two dark blue lines appeared. Almost immediately I was overtaken by pregnancy hormones and they were stronger with this pregnancy than with my son. My skin was breaking out, I had strong food cravings, I was hungry ALL the time, and SOOO TIRED! The first part of pregnancy is never really fun…you’re sick, tired, and bloated. I felt ALL of that. My pants started to get super snug and I just felt BLAH…but when you have a baby on the way, you don’t care because all of that BLAH is totally worth it in the end! Our 9 week check up came around and our hearts were broken as we found out our little baby had stopped growing around 6 weeks. It completely crushed both me and my husband. It knocked me on my butt and it took me a minute to even want to try to get back up. For our complete miscarriage story, feel free to read my blog post here- https://baby-grower.com/2017/01/14/the-silent-struggle-our-story-of-miscarriage/

Physiologically speaking…even though I KNEW there was no longer a growing, living baby inside of me, it took my body a while to catch on. It is almost an unexplainable torture to grieve the loss of your baby while simultaneously battling pregnancy hormones. My body was still 2 months pregnant…I was still bloated, still battled fatigue, food cravings, aversions, nausea…It was brutal.

Thankfully, I have an amazing support system and I serve a gracious God who gave me the strength and perspective I needed day by day, sometimes minute by minute to continue fighting forward. Even though this pregnancy ended at 2 months…my body showed this pregnancy. I felt it…in my back, my growing hips, my belly…I felt it. This was one of the driving forces that helped me decide it was time to try out the 3-Day Refresh! It’s also why I am committed to this round of 22 Minute Hard Corps. It’s amazing how powerful the connection is between strengthening your muscles and your heart at the same time.

I hate sharing before and after pictures…it’s not any easier for me than it is for anyone else. I see ALL of my flaws and I see how far I have to go to be where I want to be…but there is something to be said about transparency and authenticity. I promised my followers that I’d share my results, so here they are… not huge results, but it was something for just 3 days! 🙂 PLUS the mental shift was the powerful part of this cleanse where the long term results will come. P.S…ignore the tiny monster who was having a melt down during my before pictures…HA!

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I lost 1.5 inches in 3 different places of my abdomen for a total of 4.5 inches! That’s not too bad for 3 days! What really stuck out to me more than a physical transformation though, was the mental shift that happened for me during these 3 days. Let me explain…

Here is the schedule of supplements, shakes, & food for the 3 day Refresh:

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As you can see…this truly is more of a cleanse. There is minimal food involved and a substantial amount of fluids with added vegetable based protein & fiber supplements throughout the day. As with anything, the majority of the struggle in trying anything new is in the mind. My body & mind are used to a routine. We have been meal planning regularly now for a year, so I’m used to my food portions spaced out every 3-4 hours. The 3 Day Refresh was successful in shaking up that routine. I found I APPRECIATED the food I ate more. I noticed my taste buds were more sensitive to the tastes of the vegetables. I could taste the natural saltiness in my celery, I appreciated the taste of unsweetened green or herbal tea. When I had sautéed kale, sauerkraut, and avocado for dinner, I genuinely appreciated my portion because it was the only actual “meal” I ate for that day. This was a nice shift…consuming with intention instead of out of habit.

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ENERGY-

This was my BIGGEST concern. I’m not going to sugar coat it, my life is a bit nutzo. I wake up at 04:00am to either get some work done with my challengers, return email, or complete a workout. These 3 days I chose to back off on my intense workouts so this refresh could do it’s job, so I used this time for some much needed research and follow up. At around 05:00 I attempt to juggle getting ready for work, packing lunches & breakfast for me and hubby (SO thankful for meal prepping!), holding my little monster who wakes up almost every morning at 05:00 and doesn’t want to be put down, getting him ready for the day, dishes, coffee/tea, and try to get out of the door on time for a 8-9 hour day in prison (Don’t worry…I work there full time as an RN 🙂 ). I pull in the driveway usually around 4pm and have 3.5 hours to get chores done, clean the house, run errands, host conference, calls return emails, get our workout in if it wasn’t done in the morning, post on social media, and spend time with my family before baby (and his parents!) needs to be put to sleep. So, I can’t afford to have a decrease in energy. Surprisingly…I felt great for the most part for the entire 3 days. This is a big deal considering I cut coffee out completely! The first day I was a bit groggy as expected and towards the end of the 3rd day I could feel my body losing a little stamina, but other than that I had great energy!

 

DIGESTION-

This little refresh is designed to help give your digestive system a break and eliminate bloating and inflammation. This was true for me. HOWEVER, I will say that the fiber sweep can make you feel a little bloated at times. The psyllium husk it contains is designed to literally sweep the colon. Not in a gnarly “explosive diarrhea” way, but the fiber pushes toxins out of the colon and in doing so can make you a little… “gassy”. I wasn’t really eating much food, but my tummy was always rumbling. This wasn’t my favorite side effect, but I knew that meant the fiber sweep was doing it’s job. One of the KEY POINTS to remember during these 3 days is how essential fluids are. If you aren’t drinking enough hydrating fluids, the fiber sweep could potentially cause constipation and bloating itself. You want to aim to drink ATLEAST half of your body weight in ounces of water/herbal teas.

I expected to feel hungry during these 3 days, but surprisingly I was quite satisfied the majority of the time. If I got hungry, I munched on some celery sticks. By the 2nd day I noticed my stomach was flatter and my pants were loose.

 

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I think this is a great little 3 day cleanse for anyone looking to kick-start their fitness program, weight loss, or metabolism. Even 3 days after ending the cleanse, I have noticed lingering positive effects. My energy has still been great, digestion is strong, and no bloating has returned. I feel like this program is accurately described as a “kick start” program because that is exactly what it does! PLUS it teaches us to be mindful of what we’re eating instead of becoming a mindless eater. That being said, I am very happy to be back to my meal planning and exercising on the 22 Minute Hard Corps program. I will definitely do this again down the road!

If you’d like to order the 3 Day Refresh, you can do so by CLICKING HERE-

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Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

-The Health Patriot

 

 

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Wow…This will be a GAME CHANGER!

I have big news for you guys…something that has NEVER ever been offered before. Something that will make my life and potentially yours much easier when it comes to keeping your health a priority. But first, let’s talk about transformation…

These are my most favorite pictures to see and stories to read. These people have struggled. Hard. They have tried multiple diets and products, wasted money on empty promises for weight loss, they have lost hope at one point…or many points. But all of these people have one thing in common…they tried one more time. They got back up, one more time and they took that leap of faith one more time, but this time….IT WORKED. This time, it made sense for them. There was an internal transformation that far outshines the external. Yes, excess fat was lost, but internally, confidence was restored, hormones balanced, digestion improved, pain eliminated, energy rejuvenated, there was JOY and vitality rebirthed in these individuals. This is why it’s different this time, and it can be for you too.

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FEELING INSPIRED???

I HOPE SO! These are all real people…no magical filters used. 🙂 They all used one or multiple of the Beachbody workout programs, followed the personalized nutrition guide, and integrated Shakeology into their daily routine. They slipped at times, absolutely, but they got back up and kept pushing forward and day by day their efforts compounded and paid off. Congratulations to all these amazing individuals who took a chance and bravely shared their results to encourage you and me. 🙂

 

If you’re still reading this, it means somewhere in your heart, you desire your own transformation story. Here’s your opportunity to make that a reality…

Now for the big announcement. Are you ready???

Ok, here it goes…

Beachbody has blown our minds once again with a LIMITED TIME OFFER PROMOTION that will knock your socks off. They are offering an All-Access Pass Challenge Pack between December 27, 2017-February 28,2016. Wait ’till you hear and understand what this means for you….

Beachbody has been around for years…they have created hundreds of workout programs, nutritional guides, cleanses, etc. With THIS new exclusive membership, you pay one fee and you have access to..wait for it..

EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING! All Beachbody programs ever created PLUS all 2017 Beachbody programs that will be released! You pay ONE price ONE time and have access for an entire year!

If you’re a Beachbody On Demand member right now, you are enjoying being able to have access to a large portion of Beachbody programs for a quarterly fee of $39.95, but you still know that you have to pay extra for the premium programs such as 21 Day Fix, 22 Minute Hard Corps, and Core de Force among others. With THIS membership, you have access to ev-er-y-thiiing! It is a KILLER deal! You guys, this literally is $6,000 in product if you break it down to price of each program that we are getting access to.

I know what you’re thinking…”Ok Jessica…I’m intrigued, but you still haven’t told me the price yet. It’s probably way too expensive for me like $800 or something.” HA… This is my favorite part.

First, let me break down what comes in the Challenge Pack:

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  • 1 YEAR ALL ACCESS PASS BEACHBODY ON DEMAND MEMBERSHIP: Live stream any workout, any meal plan from any smart device at anytime.
  • 1-MONTH SUPPLY OF SHAKEOLOGY ON HOME DIRECT: Dramatically increase your health & fitness results with this superpower formula.
  • 1 SET  PORTION FIX MEAL CONTAINERS: Abs are made in the kitchen. This 7-piece container set really helps to make meal planning easy & effective.
  • 1 SHAKEOLOGY SHAKER BOTTLE: I seriously use mine every day when I take my Shakeology on the go-or- I put a scoop of Shakeology in my bottle and add water when I’m ready for it.
  • 1 YEAR VIRTUAL HEALTH & FITNESS COACHING: As long as you’re an active member, you have access to ME, your coach for FREE! I’ll help motivate and guide you to your goals!
  • 1 YEAR MEMBERSHIP ONLINE TEAM SUPPORT: We have an amazing team, and to help keep everyone engaged and motivated we have weekly team calls, prizes, and an exclusive Facebook team page for our members only. We share struggles, victories, recipes, meal plans, and encouragement to help eachother stay committed to our goals and have fun doing it.
  • **FREE COACH REGISTRATION & BUSINESS STARTER PACK!: For anyone remotely interested in growing a residual income from home, getting a 25% discount on all products, and helping people in the process, this is a HUGE opportunity to get started at NO extra cost!

ALL of this…EVERYTHING you need to truly reach those health & fitness goals you’ve been dreaming about reaching for so long is at your fingertips and it’s only going to cost you $199. WOAH!

THAT’S IT?! Let’s break down what we’re saving here…

  • No gym membership necessary…at an average of $50-$120/month, that saves you $600-$1,440/ Year
  • No extra supplements or protein powder necessary…you plug in what you currently spend on multivitamins, supplements, and muscle milk and enter that savings here.
  • No more over purchasing groceries and throwing them away. The majority of people who stick to our meal plans end up saving $50-$100/week on groceries! That’s $200-$400 savings per month OR $2,400-$4,800 savings PER YEAR!
  • No personal training or Health Coach fee’s needed…Personal training is usually between $100-$200/session. Health Coaching is the same. Ya…you see where I’m going here. This is HUGE! PLUS, if you’re healthier, think of all the doctor visits you won’t have to pay for, the emergency surgeries, the specialists visits, the medication…wowzas!
  • No weekly or monthly “weigh ins”, no membership fee to pay for, no driving to the gym or a club or anyone! You do all this from your own home! Think of the gasoline we’re saving here! Think about how much the environment will love you!? Maybe… 😉

All of that considered, each year, you’d be saving $4,600-$12,240 EACH YEAR! Just by lifestyle changes and utilizing the tools available to you through this challenge pack. That’s not even including the business potential if you actually wanted to BE a coach and impact lives around the country. That’s an entire other blog post I would have to write and breakdown to you. 😉

 

I know everyone is swamped crazy busy with Christmas just around the corner, but I also know in the back of your mind, you’ve been thinking about changes you want to make happen. You’ve been thinking about wanting to do and try something different. You’ve been wanting to get you and your family healthy and far away from ever getting a scary diagnosis. So, now the seed has been planted. Think about this and come December 26th or December 27th, you know where to find me. Let’s get you started right on the path to success. The power is in your hands. The ball is in your court. No one is responsible for your future, for your health, for how you feel, other than YOU. What will you do with this opportunity you’ve been given?

 

Have a very Merry Christmas my friend. I look forward to hearing from you,

 

Jessica
-The Health Patriot-

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I’m the black sheep- Going against the grain

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If you couldn’t tell…I absolutely, 100% LOVE what I do as a health coach. Truly, I know I was put on the planet to help other people feel their best. While I may KNOW that now, I haven’t always felt like it was a calling worthy of me pursuing. As you know, we live in a pretty negative society. The messages we constantly here are ones like…

  • You’re never good enough…
  • You’re never pretty, skinny, happy, energetic, productive enough…
  • You have to suffer to get anything good to happen…
  • You have to manipulate in order to get what you want…
  • You’re ridiculous & radical if you go against the grain and do things different than everyone else…
  • You’ll fail.

Does ANYONE out there feel this way? Can I get an amen?!?! 🙂

It’s so sad that this is the environment we live in. THIS is why so many never reach their fullest potential. THIS is why a staggering 80% of Americans don’t feel fulfilled in their jobs and wish they could do something else. Imagine with me for a minute, a world in which EVERYONE did what they were passionate about. Where EVERYONE operated in their strengths…we’d have every area covered because each of us was created with individual passions, traits, strengths, and characteristics. If you don’t like people for instance, you probably shouldn’t work in customer service. If you hate the smell of paint, you probably shouldn’t be a painter. If you pass out at the site of blood, you probably shouldn’t be an EMT. Makes sense, right? But somehow we were told we have to do what everyone else does, the way everyone else does it, in order to be successful. So…we settle. Well…I won’t. I’m breaking through the societal norm and I want to encourage you to do the same. For those who have a similar calling on their hearts, I want to take you with me.

How many of you have started to believe the lies you’ve been told about your potential? It’s super challenging sometimes to break through those voices. These are some of the things I’ve been told that I REFUSE to accept…

You can’t truly have your body back after you have a baby. Everything gets stretched out and you’ll never be the same.

You can’t REALLY make a substantial income from home. That’s something that exists in fantasy land.

It’s not possible to do what you truly love AND get paid good money for it.

You’re a grown up now…you can’t expect to find a job where you get more than 2 weeks of vacation each year. You should be happy with what they give you.

As you get older, you’ll see…you can’t be that healthy for long.

Everybody is going to get a disease at some point in their life these days.

You’re dreaming if you think you can actually be super successful working on your own schedule, helping other people, and make 6-7 figures/year. That’s not reality…what a waste of time.

What would happen if I accepted these lies as truth? I’d still be packing around baby weight (Which I’ve not only lost all of, but 7 pounds more…), I’d be miserable in my current job without any hope of the future, my family wouldn’t have been blessed with the amazing additional income & free superfoods these past 6 months, my soul wouldn’t be ON FIRE to help others, AND most importantly…the large group of people I’ve been able to encourage and help in their journey to health & wellness…they’d still be sick, overweight, hopeless, yoyo dieting, with their health problems and NO HOPE for the future. Now, that just isn’t ok with me…so what I will say to all of the haters out there…

👊🏼👉🏽WATCH ME👈🏽✌🏼

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I will and I am.
Joining the Beachbody team has truly changed my life in the past 6 months. I am stronger inside and out than I have EVER been. Talk about a fast transformation! I have purpose and passion in my heart. I find so much fulfillment in the messages I get from my team DAILY telling me about another pound lost, push up goal accomplished, cookie not eaten, emotional eating pattern destroyed, bad habit broken, life changed. My heart is full. I’m on a mission. A mission to change my world and I’m doing it. 🌎

My team is growing, and if I’m going to change the world, I’m going to need some help! I’m going to need some passionate individuals who want these same accomplishments for themselves & their family! Not just anyone will do…this isn’t for the weak at heart. There are specific requirements and characteristics I look for in a teammate. If you think you have what it takes and you deeply want the benefits that come with being able to work from home and provide for your family, I want you to contact me right now- thehealthpatriot@gmail.com. If you’re looking for a get rich quick scheme, if you’re not self-motivated, if you won’t do the programs & be an example yourself, this is NOT for you, look elsewhere.

If you’re ready to do something about this sick, dark, depressed population, let’s do this thang! Maybe I’ll even get us matching capes…who knows?! 🙂

LETS. PROVE. THEM. WRONG.

All my challengers out there who are just along for the ride and are loving these programs and how they make you feel. AWESOME! Keep doing what you’re doing and impacting your world in your area. You’re killing it!

Let’s Do This,

-The Health Patriot

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