5 Things you need to know about Beachbody

I know what you are thinking, “Not another Beachbody post?”

Am I right?

Believe me, I know, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to let you in on a few secrets!

So keep reading.

Yesterday while trolling Facebook I saw quite a few status updates about being “summertime fine,” and it made me realize that summer is right around the corner.

Yes, yes, it is already that time!

If you have not already started to work on your summer bodies, you might want to get started!

Now, with all the workout, nutrition and general health fads available right now, I figured I would talk about one I know reasonably well- Beachbody

What is Beachbody?

I am glad you asked!

If you are not familiar with Beachbody, it’s a program that offers work out plans like 21day fix, P90X, Insanity, and many others. Beachbody has over 30 workout plans, and they all vary by intensity and your overall goal.

However, Beachbody is not just a program full of workouts; it also provides supplements, such as Shakeology, BeachBar, and other nutrition programs.

Wait, that’s not all. Beachbody also has an enormous community of coaches that are around to help push you towards your goal.

All this sounds pretty amazing, huh?

Everything you need wrapped in one program?

Too good to be true?

Not at all – let me explain.

  1. Everyone can be Successful

Whether you are looking to sculpt your booty, with the Brazilin Butt Lift program, seriously shred, with the P90X Plus program or maybe you looking for some laid back fun that will still get you moving, with the County Heat program; there is something for everyone. You don’t have to be a 5-star athlete to complete these workouts. You just have to complete them!

Some of these workouts are coupled with specific eating plans to help maximize your results.

The best example I can think of is 21-day Fix. 21-day Fix is a relatively popular Beachbody program that yours truly completed a few years ago.

We will come back to that.

21-day Fix offers a detailed workout plan and portion controlled eating plan. This program can be used whether you are looking to lose weight or build muscle.

The workout has six 30 minute programs and a 10-minute ab program.

  • Upper Fix – targeting upper body training
  • Lower Fix – targeting lower body training
  • Cardio Fix – targeting your burning more calories
  • Pilates Fix – targeting your abs and thighs
  • Yoga fix – targeting relaxation and stretching through Yoga
  • Total Body Cardio Fix – targeting burning more calories
  • 10 minute Abs – targets your abs for 10 mins

The eating plan provides 6 colored containers that are different sizes. The number of containers you use will vary, depending on the targeted calorie intake in you want.

  • Green container: Vegetables
  • Purple container: Fruit
  • Red container: Protein sources
  • Yellow container: Carbs
  • Blue container: Healthy Fats
  • Orange container: Seeds and dressing

Now back to me – I started this program in 2015; about 6 months after I gave birth to my daughter.  I was at the heaviest weight I had been my entire life, so I knew I needed to do something – and fast. I heard about the 21-day fix, and honestly, I took a chance.

My primary reason for choosing this plan was to be able to work it around my schedule. Being a first time mom to an infant is much work on its own, but not only was I a full-time mom, but I was also working full time and attending night school to obtain my Associate’s degree. I needed something that didn’t have restrictions on workout times, didn’t require two-plus hours in the gym and didn’t involve me having to chug a shake six times a day for X amount of weeks.

So it is safe to say when I started this program, I was completely out of shape, low on time and determined to be successful.

And I did just that!

Just wait, you’ll see!

So, are you wondering about Shakeology?

Yes, Shakeology was one of the BIG recommendations when completing this program; which leads me to my next point.

2. There is no Magic Shake.

While I cannot sit here and provide you with every nutritional fact about Shakeology, I will say, it is not the enchanted weight loss device that you are looking for.

Cinderella, it is not your Glass slipper, girl!

However, with that being said, I personally enjoyed Shakeology. I order the chocolate flavor. I would usually blend it with a banana and sprinkle in a bit of cinnamon and have it for breakfast.

Keep in mind there are plenty of recipes out there for all the flavors of Shakeology; that was just my preference.

The thing about Shakeology is, that it was just that, a shake – which I used to supplement a meal now and then. It did not miraculously cause me to lose inches or shed pounds. It did not remove every ounce of hunger from my body. However, my consistency with the workouts and dedication to the meal plans helped me do that!

This leads me to the next thing you must know….

3. You have to put in the work.

Most of us just want to lose the weight; we don’t really want to make any significant lifestyle changes that will lead us to our dream bodies. Alternatively, we do want to make these changes, but we don’t want to do the work required, to see those changes unfold.

I am entirely guilty of this!

However, that’s the problem, these programs, not just Beachbody, provide you with tools and you have utilized those tools to achieve our goal. No one and nothing can do it for you.

So skipping on the Monday and Wednesday workouts and sneaking that Juicy Burger has consequences that Shakeology can NOT fix.

There is no sugarcoating it here – you have to put in the work!

Also, no, I’m not saying you will be working to your death; as we discussed earlier, the plan is flexible and completely obtainable, but it requires you to come out of your comfort zone and stay consistent.

With that being said I want to discuss the next secret.

4. You can make tweaks and still be successful.

Much, later on, I learned that I can make some alternations and still get to where I wanted to be or maintain where I was at the time.

As I mentioned in 2015, I had very positive results.

Yes, I am getting to the phots – patience, please.

However, I was getting bored with the same six workouts every week for months. I personally prefer to do different types of exercises here and there. I was scared that if I didn’t follow the plan, I would get out of the groove and lose progress.

However, I took a chance, and I started replacing my cardio workouts with nature hikes and other outdoor activities that would provide a good cardio work out. I also stopped with the Shakeology drinks; they were delicious, but my bank account did not enjoy dishing out roughly $130 every month. I also increased my protein intake (red container) even though that changed my calorie goal.

But you know what? It all worked out fine because I was consistent!

5. It really is a lifestyle change.

Do you know how I mentioned those handy tools that we have to utilize?

Well, I was successful in this program because I learned how to take those tools and fit them into my life! Yes, at first I followed the program to the T, but after learning what worked best for me and discovering what I actually liked, I didn’t need to follow the plan step by step. I just needed to stick to the foundation that was provided for me – active living and clean eating!

Okay now for my results:

My results in 2015 after completing 1 round of 21 day fix!

Have you used any Beachbody products? If so leave a comment about the product you used and your outcome. If not are you considering trying any of the Beachbody products? Which one? I’d love to hear from you.

Captain Uniform

Writing challenge presented by Ronavan writes.

Here goes my short story attempt!    


She stood at the window. Her face consumed with sadness; her eyes empty. She watched! She waved! She endlessly pounded on the glass!

And she received no response!

She watched as the man continued to walk, never turning around to acknowledge her, never turning around to wave back to her. She continued to watch the man in the highly decorated Captain uniform slowly walk away; his stiff, unchanging walk, she could never forget. She watch until she could no longer see him and then she watched some more. She did not cry; she was too strong for that. She did not ask questions, because she already knew the answers! She simply watched.

Even at the young age of 6 the young girl understood that the man in the Captain uniform was a hero and he had to leave. She understood that no amount of crying would change that.

But what she did not know is that man in the Captain uniform could not wave goodbye without breaking down. As he drove away and seen that little girl in the rear view mirror, his eyes became full, watery and began to burn; he had to let out what he was feeling. He did not want to leave his precious little girl, but he loved his country and made an oath. He feared she would never understand or forgive him for leaving.

But he should not worry for she is strong! She is strong for her mother and younger brothers. She makes sure they know that Daddy will be home soon, with hugs, kisses and stories.

The man in the captain uniform is a Hero, but so is HIS little girl.


Post from my original blog. My BIRTH stort. Stay tunned for another one in a couple months.

Michelle Anderson

The week leading up to September 30th 2014 was an unusual one. I felt like everything was moving so fast and so slow at the same time. I felt anxious, happy, angry, uncomfortable, irritable, huge, disorganized, & rushed! I felt all these things at the same time. It’s like these emotions couldn’t take their turn for the spotlight. They all wanted to be center stage at the same time! Yes Exhausting, I know!

My original Due date was Sept 26th, a Friday! But as we got closer to September they pushed it to the 29th. (My body was showing no signs of being ready.) So as we get closer to the 29th, I’m feeling all these emotions and not knowing what to do with myself. (I am about to have a baby people!! How are you supposed to handle this?) Well on the Friday, 26th I go to the Doctor…

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Gender Specific Toys and Play

Post from my original Blog. This was one of my all time favorite topics

Michelle Anderson

One of the many classes I am taking this semester  is Gender Psychology. There are many gender related topics, such as: Transgender, body language, pay gaps among men and women; sexual harassment in the work place, gender roles & so much more!

We have been asked to post our “favorite” gender topic or a topic we want to learn about this semester. My choice was Toys and Play/Gender specific toys. This is not a new topic to me; I have heard and thought a lot about this topic, but there is a lot to learn and consider. This topic hits close to home for me for a few reasons.

While reviewing the topic, I found myself falling into this loop and conforming with  Gender specific Toys; I did not do this intentionally! It is society, marketing and how we are raised that brings us into this closed loop idea! A…

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Its just a Plan

Post from my original blog

Michelle Anderson

Photo from quotesblog.net

If your anything like me you are probably halfway through the Alphabet, working on plan “L “or “M”! haha 🙂

As time has progressed and my original plan “A” turned into “B” which eventually lead to “C” and so on! I had to learn to stop getting discouraged when things changed! In this life we live nothing is guaranteed;  Life if not perfect and flawless! The plans we make are just that: plans – “an intention or decision about what one is going to do.” (Google)

Plans are not necessarily meant to be set in stone; I now view plans as more of an outline of a long term or short term goal with wiggle room!

Having to alter your plan because life has thrown a curve ball or because you have a change in heart does not mean you have been defeated or that you have…

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Easter Art

Post from my original blog

Michelle Anderson

Hey everyone it has been a while since I have posted anything. Once again Motherhood and school has consumed all of my time!

I just thought I would share a little arts and crafts product Kenzy and I completed yesterday.

I seen the Easter Bunny idea circulating on my Facebook news feed so thought we would give it a try.

Here are the materials we used:


  1. Cotton balls
  2. 1 Paper plate
  3. 2 photos of Kenzy ( 1 photo would work just as well)
  4. Glue
  5. Construction paper (which I pre-cut, please excuse the uneven mess)
  6.  Makers ( this was if we did not use the photos)


  1. So I went ahead and pre-cut the body and ears also I glued the pictures to the paper plate. 2. Next, I  glued the body and ears to the the plate. ( Older children probably would not have a problem doing that own their…

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