Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Beachbody Spotlight: Tai Cheng

What is it? TaiCheng is a 12-week total-body fitness program developed by martial arts master trainer Dr. Mark Cheng, designed for immediate and long-term benefits from learning the graceful movements of Tai Chi.  Tai Chi is a martial art practiced primarily for its health and physical conditioning benefits, rather than for combat. Many health experts today agree there’s an association between the daily practice of Tai Chi and improvements in health, both physical and mental. Every day, the Tai Cheng program takes you through a gentle, energizing warm-up and the practice of Tai Chi moves. Each move helps you strengthen areas of weakness, tone muscles, and burn calories, while also helping you increase flexibility, improve balance, and reduce stiffness. Elite athletes find that Tai Cheng helps improve athletic performance in fundamental ways. If you’re overweight, Tai Cheng can help you shed pounds safely as your entire body becomes stronger and more agile. Whatever your fitness level, daily practice of Tai Cheng can result in greater awareness and help improve your strength, energy, and stability.

Why is it effective? From childhood on, our mobility decreases until we lose our natural alignment, flexibility, and strength. We convince ourselves that it’s natural to wake up with aches, or fight through stiffness. But it isn’t. Tai Cheng’s gentle and thoughtful movements can help open your joints, reduce painful knots in your muscles, and promote balance and flexibility, so your health can actually improve as you age. These therapeutic postures can help increase lung capacity, improve muscle strength, and encourage your blood to circulate more regularly through areas where it may have been sluggish, removing toxins and helping to boost your immune system. The Tai Cheng workouts can make you feel good, help improve your posture, have a positive effect on your energy level, and help restore the fluidity and physical strength that come from gentle and comprehensive total-body conditioning. The practice of Tai Cheng promotes suppleness, strength, ease of motion, and inner peace, helping prolong your fitness and your enjoyment of the activities you love.
Why is Tai Cheng unique? Tai Cheng isn’t just a Tai Chi instructional video. It’s a fusion of the traditional Chinese martial art with modern functional movement training. Tai Cheng’s mingling of exercise for both body and mind can help you change your health in a profound way. Neural Reboot—the warm-up you’ll do every day—helps wake up your body, prepare your mind for Tai Cheng practice, and give you a platform of stability, strength, and safety. You’ll learn a workout that promotes balance and flexibility, helping you feel more energy and less pain. All this helps you develop greater physical control and body awareness.  Tai Cheng helps take the “parking brakes” off your dormant muscles and allows the overworked ones to relax. Through this practice, you’ll learn to move with less strain, access your full range of motion, and help condition your body to function as it should.
Currently, Tai Cheng retails for $119.85, and comes with options to upgrade and add additional workouts and equipment. You can get yours here As with ALL BeachBody products there is a money back guarantee.

Monday, August 26, 2013

150 Pounds

I Love this!!! Remember it's only about the numbers on the scale at first. If you eat right AND exercise, you will eventually reach a point when your body transformation lets you judge your progress by how you feel and how your clothes fit!

I may have a target goal weight in my head, but I promise you that I get much more excited when move down a clothing size, or notice how awesome my biceps look when I put on a tank top, or when my husband complements my nice rear end. 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Review: Weight Watchers 360

Thank you so much to my friend, John Roark, for the Weight Watcher's 360 review!!
WeightWatchers 360 Program:
My new years resolution for 2013 was to start getting my health back on track and part 1 to this was losing weight. I needed something to get me focused on how I ate and what I ate. After hours/days/weeks of research and talking to many friends about programs and diets...WeightWatchers stood out the most.
This is the first time I've been on a program like this and I have to say for anyone venturing into the realm of diets and programs...WeightWatchers 360 is the best place to start. The biggest thing that pulled me to WW was the fact I didn't have to do a DRASTIC change to my diet and life. This is where most people fail. Changing too much too quick and you are almost always guaranteed to fail.
WeightWatchers 360 taught me portion control and that was the biggest accomplishment I first hit. I couldn't believe how much I was eating...especially in one sitting. Tracking my points became an addiction after a certain point and I didn't dare go over them for the day. I lost a total of 13lbs on the program and then started CrossFit (which is a whole different review...LOL!!!!) and this jumped me into a new phase in my life.
Now...some of you might have been on the older versions of WeightWatchers and I say do what works for you. But the newer 360 program really revolves around technology and diet. You can still attend meetings but everything interfaces with your own personal website or your own mobil device. In some cites/states you can use all 3 as part of the program.
Clearly the #1 choice of these items for me...was the mobil device. I used my phone for EVERYTHING and tracked EVERYTHING through it. I could scan products at the grocery store...find recipes...and connect with the WW Community.
The ultimate outcome of the program was that it taught me to eat the right way and right proportions! I phased myself off the program about a month ago and have been doing GREAT on my own. My next chapter has been fitness focused and I'm loving everything minute of it!!!!!
John Roark
Current pricing for WeightWatchers 360: $29.95 start up fee PLUS $18.95 per month. You can also opt to get a 3 month subscription for $56.85 (with the $29.95 start up fee). This information was gathered through a search of the WeightWatchers website. you will need to check yourself for the most current information.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Eating Clean

Eating clean doesn't mean you have to give up good foods. That sure looks like chocolate in that photo...dark chocolate (on occasion) is good for you and will help that sweet tooth.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Get Serious!

 Don't believe me? Try tracking EVERYTHING you eat for the next 2 weeks. Use a tool like myfitnesspal (available at or in the app store on your smart phone) to help you track what you eat, and how many calories you consume. For the first week, eat normally. The second week, stick to fruits, veggies, complex carbs, lean proteins, and drink LOTS of water...AND watch your portion sizes (to check how many calories you need, try this website At the end of the 2 weeks, look back at how your diet affected your energy and how your clothes fit.