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Here’s a snippet of my first go-around with it!
Always…In Relentless Pursuit of Excellence,
Life is busy! As a mom of 6 kids, I get it. But day after day of wishing I was in better shape, wishing I could muster up the energy to workout never actually happened. I wish I could tell you how it works with that moment when you say to yourself “Enough!” and decide to do whatever it takes to make a change. It’s truthfully different for every person but the reality is YOU GET TO CHOOSE when enough is enough!
So IF YOU’RE READY, here are steps to take:
1. Get Accountability! As your FREE Team Beachbody Coach I can help you stay on track if you’ll let me!
I have a private facebook group that I can add you to when you COMMIT to your personal decision to Live Healthy!
2. Pick your Program! Plans fail for lack of counsel. I have a Challenge Pack that you can choose to fit your personal goals, which include – your workout, your personalized menu plan, our meal replacement shake Shakeology. It tastes like dessert, but every 8 oz serving of this meal replacement shake is like going to the salad bar and filling your plate 6 1/2 times!
3. Press Play. Schedule it, and just do it. Every day. One day stacked on top of another day, and with a plan in place, and with faithful execution of the plan – YOUR BODY WILL CHANGE!
So let’s go! Why not you? Why not now? I CAN HELP! Say yes, give me a high five – and let’s get started TODAY!
In Relentless Pursuit of Excellence!
People ask me about how often they should weigh or measure when doing programs like Insanity, and I say HIDE THE SCALE! Don’t weigh in every day because everyone loses weight at a different rate. People can become obsessed with the scale, and if they don’t see what they think they should see it can do a number on your mental focus!
A couple years ago I did a video that seems appropriate to share here, now. It’s kind of funny, but my advice still stands! (be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and Follow Me on InstaGram: @TraciMorrow
In Relentless Pursuit of Excellence….as an Insanity Mom!
A big piece of the equation of LIVING HEALTHY is eating well and supplementing what your body needs as you ask more of it in your workouts. Many people, my former self included, ask and wonder if supplements are unhealthy? And they wonder why, if they’re eating healthy, do they need to add supplements. Well, I’m not a Dr. or nutritionist so I’m going to encourage you to google and research for yourself, but I will tell you that after doing extensive research, talking with nutritionists & doctors, and reading for myself; I’ve changed my original opinion that I would live a healthy lifestyle without supplements. Which is saying a lot for a woman who used to gag at the mention of swallowing a pill.
So what will I be taking as I participate in 63 days of Insanity in the Shaun T Birthday Challenge? I’ve taken a photo (below) to show you. But let me first say: I eat clean. I probably could use more fruits and veggies and definitely more WATER (part of my commitment) but I eat clean. I do enjoy treats every now and again but I don’t consider that a cheat. My calories are typically between 1700-1900 depending on the day and what I’m doing, and I always try to get at least 20 grams of protein in each of my 5 meals. But that’s for another blog.
Here’s what I take, and the link to where to get them if you’re so inclined:
E&E: Improve your energy, endurance, strength, and focus with this NEW pre-workout drink. Its proprietary blend of advanced nitric oxide boosters, amino acids, natural energizers, electrolytes, and essential B vitamins can help you power through and maximize your workouts.*
Peak Health Multi-Vitamin: Get ripped with our most complete, high-end, high-potency multivitamin, specially formulated to boost your strength and energy!*
Joint Support Formula: Promote joint mobility with this high-quality formula designed to protect your joints and connective tissue.*
Calcium/Magnesium: Strengthen bones and teeth with the best calcium-magnesium supplement!* Made from pure milk, nature’s best and purest calcium source, but safe for those who don’t consume dairy.
Optimize: Promote an optimal immune system and manage your body’s natural inflammatory response with our proprietary blend of systemic enzymes and added camu camu.*
Shakeology: Simplify your nutrition with Shakeology®, the Healthiest Meal of the Day®. Replace one meal a day with Chocolate Vegan, Tropical Strawberry (Vegan), Greenberry, or regular Chocolate to increase your energy, reduce cravings, lose weight, and feel great.* When you choose Home Direct, our monthly autoship program, you get FREE basic shipping every month, plus a FREE gift.**†
WATER: I am in general not a thirsty person. I bought a water bottle at Target that marks how many ounces I drink, and I’m committed to drink my 24 oz bottle three times a day! …glug…glug….glug…….
So there ya have it. My weapons in this battle against apathy and laziness and boredom!
Its not too late to JOIN the fun!
Why not YOU? Why not NOW?
Always…in relentless pursuit of excellence!
**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
*Products may contain equipment with natural rubber latex which may cause minor to life-threatening allergic reactions.
Today I began a 63 Day Journey with Shaun T and Insanity. I’m excited & nervous all at the same time.
I’d love for you to join me if you have an interest! I think we’re going to have a blast, as we embark on a journey many begin, but not as many finish. Well, we will. We’re taking this across the goal line! I was telling Shaun T that this reminds me of when I was in the P90Xplorers Test Group with Carl Daikeler and several other Tony Horton fanatics; trying a new program, along with the CEO of Beachbody. (Carl, for those of you who don’t know) Now, to go through Insanity with its Creator Shaun T is such a great experience and its only Day One! He’s a good friend, and I’m so thankful for his nudge to join this Birthday Challenge.
So here are my Fit Test Results for March 4, 2013:
Switch Kicks: 114
Power Jacks: 58
Power Knees: L: 116 R: 115 (rats!! irritates me that they’re not even-lol)
Power Jumps: 60
Globe Jumps: 13
Suicide Jumps: 25
Push-Up Jacks: 34
Low Plank Oblique: 52
Stretch & Cool Down
Join me! It’s not too late!
In Relentless Pursuit of Excellence…..in the ShaunTourage
I spent the weekend in Nebraska (man, it was cold!!!) and some time with Shaun T. He’s the creator of the workout in the number one infomercial spot for several weeks running called Insanity, and Insanity Asylum, & Asylum 2 and a dear friend. Well, Shaun T is starting a round of Insanity (his first, start to finish !) this Monday March 4, 2013, and invited me and my friend Doug Fitzgerald
to start with him & a huge group of others who are doing it with Shaun! They’re calling themselves the ShaunTourage and you can follow along on the “how to”‘s at Shaun T’s FB Like page.
But like Shaun T invited me, I’m inviting YOU to join ME! If you hit any of the links above you can purchase your Challenge Pack – I’ll add you to my Private Facebook Group where I coach people through their weight loss journey for free! You’ll be a part of a great group of people wanting to LIVE HEALTHY – and I CAN HELP! I know life is full – I’m a busy mom – a mom of 6 – but life is too short to not join the fun and live a healthy, active lifestyle! No matter your age! There’s no time like the present!!!
I hope you’ll choose to join me, and when you do – shoot me an email so I can add you to my private, exclusive group! We’re going to get you fit, and earn you an INSANITY GRAD t-shirt!!
Always - In Relentless Pursuit of Excellence!
I was out of commission for 7 weeks and even still I’m not sitting exactly right yet at nearly 9 weeks post injury. Breaking my tailbone was quite the experience, but at the end of the day, it was SUCH a blessing! Well, the time off was, the broken bone part; not so much. Back in, oh, 2003-2006 Beachbody and their celebrity trainers Tony Horton and Debbie Siebers used to promote “the rest week”; the week after completing a program to rest and reset the body so you dont burn out or get injured. You were encouraged to take a week off before even taking your AFTER photographs, and getting outside to put your fitness to use (bike riding, taking a walk, going for a hike, rock wall climbing). I dont know how or why, but somewhere along the lines we stopped talking about the rest week, and consequently people stopped taking them. People started feeling guilty about time off and of course, more people continued working out through injuries and possible injuries not wanting to miss a day for fear of I dont know what. I guess fear of going backwards, falling off program, being viewed as not really being committed – all things that have, I think, set us back as a community.
And so…..I’m bringin’ it back! I’m telling you, after 10 years of home fitness programs, participating in new workout series, running fit club, running a marathon & several half marathons, leading a test group, training people out of my home, and in their homes, appearing on QVC several times in a 24 hour period, month after month, year after year, it took its toll. Falling off my horse was a blessing thinly disguised to me. I needed the time off and I realized it quickly. It was a wake up call to say “BE STILL”. And so I was. Oh at first I tried a few workouts with weights, but my tailbone, at the base of my core, would throb and ache and I couldnt sleep that night without prescription strength Advil. No, this rest time was going to be a FULL REST. (are you reading this thinking “oh I could NEVER do that!!”? if so, keep reading) I was going to listen to my body, listen to my doctor, and ignore the voice in my head (which sounds suspiciously like Tony Horton sometimes ) that told me I needed to find *some way* to work out and just HEAL.
Because I was taking the time off my body was naturally less hungry, so I ate less, though still healthy. I enjoyed the foods of the holidays but didnt overdo, so my weight went down (loss of muscle) and maybe put on a little bit of body fat but not enough that it showed up in the way my clothes fit. I was injured on Nov. 15 so this was through all the holidays. I say this not to brag (shudder at the thought) but to show that IT CAN BE DONE. And without bitterness, or grumpiness. It was A NICE BREAK for my body and for my mind. I suddenly had an hour more a day, and I enjoyed books and movies and healing the slow, unrushed way. It was heavenly!
And then……I was ready to move. I dont know what day, or what it was that suddenly clicked, but I was ready to move again. Looked forward to it, like a kid waiting for a birthday party or special event. I missed how I felt after a workout and how my body feels when I’m whooped post workout, and yes, even the sore. As the tailbone continued to heal and the anticipation grew, my first workout back at it approached. I opened my Private Challenge Group on Facebook (I invited other people into my comeback!) and the participants started commenting on the programs they were picking and how they were waiting for Day One. My people. My program. My plan. The perfect trifecta.
I will go back to coaching my friends and teammates to take a week off at the close of one program and before starting another. I have found it to be the PERFECT way to maintain focus and commitment and love of “the game”. When does YOUR rest week start?
I’m back with a vengeance; well rested, and always…..In Relentless Pursuit of Excellence,
We unpacked the Christmas decorations last night while watching “Elf”. Decorating the tree is an activity that kicks off the Christmas Season for our family, as I’m sure you have traditions that do the same. And there, in the box, lay our tarnished, silver star (in the photo, top left). This little star brings back so many memories – sure, we all do nice things for one another as a result, but oddly it brings up the funny memories of when it got stuck on someone’s bed for too long (usually Dad or one of the teenagers) and after nicely trying to nudge that star to move, the ridiculous comments that I’d find myself making to get it moving again.
“C’mon, it’s ruining it for everyone!”
“Can you not think of ONE nice thing to do for someone?”
“That star had better move by the time you go to bed tonight!….and….uh….do it with joy!”
LOLOLOL Seriously….it sounds all Pollyanna that we do it, but truth be told, the REASON we do it is because we, like many other families, need to work on the concept of doing kind things for other people WITHOUT getting “credit”, or even a “thank you”. THAT’S truly giving. This is one of those traditions that is fun when they’re little kids, more trying when they’re teens, and “lame” to older teens, but God-willing I hope to hear from my grandkids one day that the tradition is continuing in my grown kids’ homes. THEN….I believe is when those life lessons really and truly make a home in their hearts. So we invest in the lessons now in hopes that they’ll “get it” when they all choose to embrace those important life lessons taught to them as children, and weathered through the teen years.
So as we look to show LOVE & KINDNESS to others this holiday season, and MODELING it – won’t you join us?
In Relentless Pursuit of Excellence~
TRACI, for all the wacky Morrows
“I’m here if you need to talk, TRACI,” texted my friend Joey. “Stay away from In N Out. I’m an emotional eater and that’s what I’d do.”
“I don’t know what I am. I’ll let you know when I find out,” I texted back.
I broke my tailbone almost two weeks ago and thus far I have not been an emotional eater, but I am pretty wiped out doing very little. I thought by now I would be edgy because of inactivity, but with this injury I’m finding even the most basic things I typically do when whole, leave me tired doing them alongside the discomfort and ache in my lower core. Laundry, running carpool, dishes, even sitting for a long period makes me achey and then tired. At this point its easy to listen to my body and give it what it asks for. Which is rest, typically.
My eating has been okay. Not as good as it should be, and by that I just mean not enough. My body is weird; when I slow down, so does my metabolism, so I’m not really hungry. And I’m not really a grazer. I like to have a hot cup of something in my hands in this weather, so I typically heat up the same cup of coffee or tea 1000 times and sip it sporadically. I still may need to call Joey to vent but as of now, I’m just taking it one day at a time.
Trying to get caught up on my emails, so if you’re waiting for one, know that you’re on the list.
In Relentless Pursuit of Excellence….
This time apart has been DIFFICULT to say the least. You never realize how intertwined your life is with your spouse until they are removed for a time.
I am not very good at down time. It’s why I speak so much on balance. Because I know I need to intentionally pursue it. If you’ve ever heard me speak, I’ll often refer to my husband KC as “the calm to my storm”. He is chill, easy going, fun, funny, and is not a fan when I leave too slim a margin for rest. And while keeping a fast, kick tail pace in this world is championed, it leaves one feeling worn out and run down if rest is left out for too long. That’s my greatest struggle. I want to do it all, see it all, try it all, and experience as much as I can. KC balances me out. So imagine removing that calm voice of reason for 2 weeks.
I had grand designs to overhaul my house, clean out cupboards, and organize everything so the time would pass more quickly and I wouldn’t have time to miss him or waste a moment. It sounded good. In reality it hasn’t exactly played out like that. Picking up the things he does for this family alone has filled my time to capacity. I barely can do the things I normally do let alone organize my house. Oh, the things one learns about herself when life presses in.
For starters, I learned that I need to slow down my pace when I’m going it alone. I was thrilled to be reminded that taking on the world is not my job (said tongue in cheek, but embarrassingly an actual realization). The other thing I’ve learned is that time can be spent on lots of unimportant time filler activities but it doesn’t mean it SHOULD be. When the going gets tough, the tough need to be smart about how we use our time.
I miss that man of mine. But in the process I’m learning a lot about what it is God means when He says to “Be still..and know that I am God.” Resting in that today.
A bit run down, but always….
In Relentless Pursuit of Excellence,