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As I write this post it’s almost 10 am and for me this is my favorite time of the day. It’s time for my Shakeology! Shakeo What? Shakeology!

Shakeology is by far one of the best drink replacements for either a healthy snack or even a meal. I prefer the chocolate flavor. Not only does Shakeology taste great but it is packed with proteins and energy providing carbohydrates that will give you the results your looking for in your workouts. Shakeology is also great for your immune system and is also gluten free. So if you have certain food allergies or don’t like gluten then Shakeology just might be right for you. Since last week when my P90X results were posted on you tube I have had several messages asking me what did you do? What’s your diet like? So here’s my answer plain and simple. Trust the process (P90 X nutrition and Shakeology).

You are what you eat. 🙂

"running shoes 009" by lizbadley via Flickr

I run for many reasons. First, running is a great cardiovascular sport. Second, it helps clear my mind, release stress, and when I’m finished, I’m usually more focused, relaxed, and ready to conquer the day at hand. Recently a friend asked, “What did you do to start running?”

When I started running, I could barely run 15 minutes before I was out of breath. I normally ran two to three times a week. I did this for about a month. Each time I ran, I set a goal of increasing my minutes on the treadmill anywhere from two to five minutes more than the last run.  As time went on, I begin to read websites such as Marathon Rookie and Runner’s World to learn more about the sport and improve my ability. As I begin to increase my speed and really commit to running, I decided to get my gait tested at a specialty running store. This is probably something you should do when you first start because the right person can really determine whether you need a neutral shoe for cushion versus a stability shoe for support. Buying and running in the wrong pair of shoes can cause serious injury to your feet, especially if you’re training for a half-marathon or marathon. In addition to wearing the right gear, I also found a running buddy. Running with others is fun, and it also challenges you, as well. (Accountability, anyone?)

How about you? Why do you run? If you’re not running, it’s never too late to start. We all start somewhere.

Well, I’ve started my second round of P90X this week. I can already tell I’m gonna really have to “bring it” until I get a new workout partner. Why, you ask? Well, during my first round of P90X, my wife worked out with me, and we had an incredible journey together. Like me, she got great results, too. She is starting a new program – TurboFire. I may have to jump in and join her on my cardio days just to see what it’s about. It should be interesting since I have two left feet. I will be blogging about that in the upcoming weeks.

My wife and I getting ready to run the 2011 Dallas Rock & Roll Half Marathon - one month before starting P90X. We run together even though we don't actually run together. 😉

I love working out with others. It motivates me, I have fun, and most importantly it holds me accountable. It’s amazing the number of people who purchase in-home-fitness programs or have gym memberships that barely use them. Around 60% of people that start out on a fitness journey fail. You could say, “Old habits die hard!” That’s why we need to create new habits. That’s why we need accountability.

Accountability, simply put, keeps us committed to the decisions we have made. Let’s face it, we are all accountable to something or someone…spouse, house payment, coach, God/faith. So why not our health? It’s important. That’s why I decided to become a Team Beachbody Coach. I knew that when I finished my journey that I would want to pay it forward to someone with similar goals, so if you want me to help you and hold you accountable,my support is free-of-charge.(Really!) I also knew that I needed to be accountable to someone who could raise my fitness level. Thanks, Coach Sean. You’re awesome at what you do. Be sure to check out his blog, too.

Your health and well being are important. Not just for you, either, but for the rest of your family. I don’t know about you, but I want to be around a while to grow old with my Love and see my kids grow up. Being accountable to others brings out the best in us. We are better together. Even during our workouts.

My mind is frozen right now. It’s summer time, the kids are out of school, and it’s way too hot to play outside. On a day like today I would normally take them to the pool, but with a 6-year-old, 4-year-old, and 14 month old that is a challenge in itself. That is not going to happen. So what did I do to fit in exercise? (Remember I started my second round of P90X yesterday?!)

Well, I attempted to workout in the garage this morning. Normally my kids will chill long enough for me to “bring it” with Tony, but for some reason after the long holiday weekend they were way wound up. SO, I got through 20 minutes of Plyo, and since 10 this morning it has been a long Press Pause.

So my workout had to wait. Until now. I’m off to “bring it” in the peace and solitude of my garage while my wife puts the kids to bed. And yes, I’m starting Plyo all over again from start to finish! My health is important, so I make time for it. It is not always convenient, but I do it.

Are you making time for your fitness? How do you make it work with your family?

Saturday Morning Run

Posted: July 2, 2011 in physical activity

I love running on Saturday morning. I am fortunate to live in the amazing city of Austin, famous for the trails around Lady Bird Lake. When I can’t get downtown, though, I take a run in my neighborhood. What’s important is that I get moving. It gives me a chance to not only get great cardiovascular exercise, but I am also able to clear my mind. And I love inviting people along for the run. Exercise is better – funner – when we do it together. If you can’t run, don’t worry about it. Just move. Every. Day. Little things add up to big results.

So what are you doing today? Get up and move!