Shakeology: The Perfect Outdoorsmans Training Health Shake!

One of the things I struggle with most is changing the mindset of people when it comes to fitness.   Imagine that! Can’t teach an old dog new tricks right?

On this topic, the most common is by far nutrition.  For some reason, we all believe that we know exactly how to feed ourselves to accomplish our goals.  9 out of 10 times, that “knowledge” involves reducing calories.

However, it’s not about reducing calories. Let me repeat that – IT’S NOT ABOUT REDUCING CALORIES. 

So what is it about? It’s about fueling your body for your goals. A marathoner and a boxer eat differently. So should you. One size does not fit all!

So, the question becomes, how do I fuel my body right?

That question is too much to answer here as each snowflake is unique. Message me for 1on1 help.

But what I can tell you is that ALL nutritional plans (yes ALL), NEED to include Shakeology. But why? Glad you asked! Let’s dive in!

WHAT IS IT?

1st off, let me say that I’m not going to lay it all out there. Not every detail will be covered. This is my opinion and it will be an overview at that.

Shakeology is the “kitchen sink approach” to nutrition. Or better yet, it’s the Swiss Army Knife of nutrition!  It has over 70 superfood ingredients in it that your body will use to repair, change, and improve itself.

But more to the basics. It’s a powder. Its food! Its not something cooked up in a lab. Its food from around the world that is higher quality. Watch this VIDEO to see where the ingredients come from.

They are much higher quality than what you or I can get in the stores.  It comes in two flavors (for now) – Chocolate and Greenberry. It has only 140 calories for the base mix (more can be added when you combine it with other items for a smoothie recipe).

If that’s not enough for you, its been endorsed by the big “O” – yes, Oprah herself had a 10 page article on the superfoods in Shakeology (see the May 2011 issue of O Magazine).

WHY DO I TAKE IT?

My father had this saying – Pay your doctor or your grocer. Everyone pays someone.

For me, I’d much rather pay the grocer. I’d much rather eat well, eat healthy and GLADLY take my Shakeology daily for the rest of my life than be half alive propped up by medications, pills and potions to just survive.

Also, TIME magazine (and others) have put out report after report that paints a scary picture.  The nutritional value of the food today is declining.  Basically, the apple you can eat today has  1/3of the nutritional value your grandparents had at the same age. 1/3 less! Why? Multiple reasons.  But in short – agriculture is a business.  Faster production growth times, more product, etc… equals more profit. So they find ways to grow them faster and grow them more often. We’re not letting nature take its course. Read more HERE.

One more reason – convenience.  I wake up at eary to go to work.  There is no way I’m cooking my breakfast that early! And no, I don’t eat oatmeal/cereal.  So with this, I put the recipe into a blender bottle ($8 at GNC) and shake! That’s it. Takes 1 minute to prepare and drink while I’m on the road. Saves precious time.

IS IT WORTH IT? WHAT’S IT DO?

Again, not going into detail on this. Would take FOREVER! See Shakeology’s website for this detail.

I will tell you this – picture a scoop of Shakeology taken daily as a hundred million little nutritional handymen making repairs on your “house” each and every day. They fix the broken stuff, repair and mend the little things, clear the clutter, make sure the systems are running at peak condition and are constantly doing home improvement projects to make your “house” the best it can be!

To name just a few things that Shakeology is going to give you:

    • More energy
    • Lower cholesterol (the bad stuff)
    • Regulate your blood sugar
    • Improve your skin, nails, hair, eyes
    • Help/eliminate cravings
    • Improve regularity
    • And for those vain people (me included) – LOSE WEIGHT!

BUT I CAN’T AFFORD IT?              

Are you kidding me? For the few who truly can’t afford it, I’m sorry. I’m sorry that things are this way for you.  You should contact me for coaching. For 99.99% of the rest of you, BS!

Let’s break it down. $120 for a MONTH’S supply of Shakeology  That’s 30 meals or $4/meal. Average cost of Starbuck’s latte is $4.16.  You can’t even get a McDonald’s happy meal for that these days! And it sure as hell isn’t anywhere near as nutritious/valuable!

So if your budget can’t afford it, it’s time to re-examine your priorities! Maybe that unlimited texting plan can be reduced a little to squeeze in your health. Just sayin!

OVERNIGHT RESULTS GUARANTEED!

Gotcha! Of course overnight results are not guaranteed! In case life hasn’t taught you this already, let me open the curtains to a secret – THERE ARE NO OVERNIGHT SUCCESSES! NO QUANTUM LEAPS!

Like anything, its takes work. Consistent work.  Shakeology is no different. Its going to take time. Consistent, daily usage and time.  During that time, it will work its magic (which really isn’t magic, its just food remember).

RECIPES! RECIPES! RECIPES!

Look, I’m no fool. By itself, it tastes ok, but not “I’ll drink this daily for the rest of my life” great.  Why? Well, when you try to combine over 70 uber-ingredients with pure Cacao or a fruit blend, it doesn’t retain the expected flavor of say…a Hershey’s chocolate bar. Duh!

But what sets this apart, what keeps me drinking this stuff DAILY is the recipes!  There are over 120 of them! And more are coming as people like you and me get creative and send them in!

So check them out here!

REAL STORIES – REAL PEOPLE

I thought what better to show the world the value of Shakeology than to have people share their stories. These are excerpts from people on Shakeology. Many of whom are my customers that I personally know.  The others are from friends who have shared their stories. These are real. 100% authentic.

Cheryl’s Story – Just got some of the best news I have ever heard (and at a perfect time, when I’ve been feeling very discouraged). My mother-in-law has been drinking Shakeology every day for several months, she has been struggling to lose weight and honestly hasn’t been working out & hasn’t been eating well other than the Shakeology. She is 78 yrs old and I continually try to help her. For the first time since she was in her 20′s, her blood work all came back normal!!! Last year she was borderline diabetic and this year her blood sugar levels were normal!!! The only change in her life was SHAKEOLOGY! Wow I am so excited for her! –

Joyce’s Story – My cholesterol was 261 & mydoctor was going to prescribe cholesterol meds at my next visit. Istarted drinking Shakeology – and in 2 months, my total cholesterol dropped 83 points and my bad cholesterol (LDLs) dropped 77 points – yes – in 2 months!!! ALL my blood levels went into normal ranges in 2 months AND I lost 20 pounds. My doctor said – just keep doing what you’re doing! =)–  

Rafeal’s Story – My mom expressed to me the compliments she was receiving ever since she started on Shakeology. To start things off, let’s start with my mom’s medical condition prior to Shakeology. My mom is Diabetic and anemic. She was placed on Thyroid medication to help her lose weight. Her insulin was prescribed to help control her sugar levels. My mom is medically disabled and has had to use wheel chairs and a cane to assist in getting around. She also has to sleep with a sleep apnea machine to help her breathe at night.

After hearing and seeing what Shakeology has done to me, my mom decided to give it a try. After having to spend hundreds of dollars on shakes and Ensure from her doctor’s office, she figured why not do Shakeology.

So, 2 months have gone by and my mom opened her third bag. She went to the local grocery store (Publix) where like always, the cashiers are so friendly and always remember their customers. My mom walks in and the cashier yells, “OMG SYLVIA, You’ve lost so much weight and you’re walking WITHOUT A CANE!! What are you doing?”

That excitement brought my mom to say SHAKEOLOGY! My son got me on it and it’s helped me so much, she said. My mom got the lady’s email and called me about the news. Next, my mom went to her doctor’s office. All the nurses, techs, and receptionist were shocked, too. She went the other day after having a physical done. Her doctor walked in with a confused look on her face. Looking at the chart then at my mom, the doctor couldn’t understand the rapid change. First thing out the doctor’s mouth was, “Sylvia, what are you doing different?” my mom said “Shakeology why?” The doctor replied, “Well, don’t ever stop it!”

The doctor then explained to my mom that she no longer needed her insulin, her levels were normal. Next the doctor lowered her triglyceride medication. Next the doctor was happy to tell her that she was now no longer anemic. Within 2 months, my mom lost 32 pounds, that’s an average of 16 pounds a month. Mind you, my mother is disabled so she CANNOT EXERCISE. This has all taken place simply by drinking Shakeology. Also with the weight loss, my mom hasn’t needed to use her cane to walk or sleep apnea machine when sleeping.

Barb’s Story – Barb has been dealing with RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS. BEFORE Shakeology:

    • Used to ride a chair lift up/down stairs in her home.
    • Hurt to walk
    • Cookies for breakfast
    • No energy

—> ENTER —> 7 WEEKS OF DRINKING SHAKEOLOGY

    • Walks up and down stairs –
    • HAS **NOT** USED THE CHAIR LIFT IN 7 WEEKS AT ALL!!!!
    • Has more energy!
    • Cravings for junk food – GONE
    • Lost 9 pounds & 14.5 inches
    • Gone down 1 size in her clothes
    • Started the Shakeology 30 minute & 50 minute workouts – did them for 3 weeks
    • Moved on to Beachbody’s Slim in 6 workout

Showed Shakeology to her medical doctor and Rheumatologist – both doctors approved. Her Rheumatologist is interested in ordering Shakeology and helping her patients with it – after seeing her success. :) WOW!!!!!!

Tracy’s Story – CHRONIC LYME DISEASE ~ FIBROMYALGIA ~ SPINAL MENINGITIS. NO MORE PAIN thanks to Shakeology.

I think I’m still in shock that I’ve had no pain for over one month now. Especially for having suffered for so many years. My only regret was waiting. HUGE thank you to you(Tom) for introducing me to this and helping me live my life again. I hope I can help to change the lives of others suffering from the same disease!

Kimberly And Her 14 yr Old Daughter’s Story – WEIGHT LOSS and PKD – POLYTHEISTIC KIDNEY DISEASE—>NO LONGER AT RISK!!!

I started the Shakeology about 6 weeks ago and within the first three weeks lost a total of 18 lbs. I have so much more energy and as you’ve seen last night I am now able to fit into clothes I couldn’t just a couple of months ago. I have higher self-esteem and it shows. I decided to start my 14 yr old daughter on Shakeology who has a lot of medical problems – one of which is failure to thrive and polytheistic kidney disease(PKD). My daughter was going to the doctor about 6 times a month due to her kidney stones and the doctor needing to keep an eye on them. I am happy to report that she is no longer considered at risk for the failure to thrive and is healthier than ever after 6 weeks on the program. But the most spectacular thing is she is now seeing the doctor only a few times a month and has had no sign of stones in two weeks. That is amazing. For the first time in years she is feeling like a kid and able to do the things a kid should be able to do without the pain and frustration of constant issues. Thanks for the information on the Shakeology. It has been a blessing in so many ways.

James’s Story – I was out of shape, overweight, and bordering on high blood pressure. I felt sluggish, had difficulty walking up a flight of stairs at work, and was starting to get arthritis in my knees. I weighed 265 pounds when I started using Shakeology as a daily noon meal replacement. I began doing the Shakeology 30 workout video every day too. I set a goal to get down to 225 pounds by my birthday on 7/26/2010. To my amazement, after 45 days on the program, I’ve lost 30 pounds and have gone from a 44 waist paints with a large belly hanging over to a 38 waist. And I can look straight down and see my toes, which I haven’t been able to do for at least 20 years!

Brook’s Story – In 2008, I was diagnosed with severe ulcerative colitis. Since then I’ve been on a huge amount of meds, from steroids to herbal remedies. Simply going to a movie with friends had become a huge challenge. The VERY first day on Shakeology, I couldn’t believe how much energy I had! I’d been an energy-drink junkie for years, and this tasty shake gave me higher quality, longer lasting energy than any of those sugary, bubbly drinks. After only a week, the shocking results started: the colitis flare-up I was experiencing was nearly gone! I can’t begin to tell people how amazing this stuff is. I’m losing weight, getting in shape, and I’ve been off my harmful medications for almost three months. I believe Shakeology gave my body the nutrients it needed to fight the colitis.

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So I did something strange

How many of you would pay $700 for a full week of Elk Hunting in Colorado? All inclusive self guided hunt? Shoot, I am more than willing to snatch up an opportunity like that in no time flat! You can’t find that anywhere.

My dream was fulfilled last September when I hunted with TnT Outfitters in Durango Co and was able to harvest a magnificent Bull Elk from three yards with my bow. Tnt offers a great archery hunt for a very reasonable price, therefore I was able to fulfill my dream and took a bull of a lifetime.

I was recently waylaid by a member of my congregation who wanted to share with me a new way to fund-raise for the church by thinking outside of the box. He wants the church to join a network marketing business which sells travel, vacations and such for absurdly, ridiculously low prices. What this business does is it buys vacations in bulk and then sells those vacations to its members for very low prices. while he was presenting this to me and showing me the website I noticed something that immediately grabbed my attention. I noticed that this company sells Sportsman Dream Trips! I immediately had him click on the banner to see what kind of Sportsman’s Dream Trips were available, and wouldn’t you know it, there were a bunch of Elk hunts in CO on private ranches in an OTC area bordering unit 61!! For like $700 bucks you get to stay in a lodge, all meals, everything you need for a successful elk hunt for 7 days! And there were a bunch of other hunts and fishing trips available as well. Well, that sold me and I joined and am planning to go on another adventure.

But I decided that I couldn’t just keep this to myself. I know that there are a lot of sportsman out there who would want to take advantage of this opportunity to fulfill their dreams as well, so I decided to share in this post. You can join and reap the rewards for yourself. If you’re interested in this please let me know in the comments below or message me on twitter. @jtmartyn

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Practice Makes Better: Taking Young Children Into the Turkey Woods

You know, I’ve been thinking lately about ways that I can get my two boys who are both 5, into the turkey blind with me. It’s been a dream of mine to have them hunt with me. I’ve waited 5 years with the hopes that they will have interest in the outdoors, and I’m pretty sure they do. But I have had problems figuring out a way in which I wouldn’t traumatize or scare them in any way. As a father I want to protect them from every danger at all costs.

But the need to protect has to be balanced with the ability to trust them ever so much in the outdoor skills that have already been instilled in them. They say that a child’s personality and interests are solidified in who they are as a person before the age of four. I think that I have been able to peak their interest in hunting, fishing, gathering, woodsman ship, survival etc. by being the example of the ethical father, pastor and outdoorsman. They want to go. The question is how to prepare them for the dark walk in the woods? How to remain quiet? How to stay still? All things that a five year old finds difficult, let alone two five year olds.

I think that the answer to these questions lay in the realm of practice. Practice, practice, practice. And patience Daniell San! What I think we will do is to start getting up very early and walking in the dark woods to a preset practice blind, make it a game and engage their imagination in a positive way to help them adjust to the way of the outdoorsman. Early mornings, varying weather conditions, patience, confidence, skill, trouble shooting, critical thinking, decision making, appreciation for nature and Gods good creation around them. These are all necessary qualities for a great outdoorsman to acquire.

Our turkey season here in California begins on March 31st. That means I have two weeks or so to get them prepared for opening day. Practice makes better. Practice makes confident. Practice makes appreciation. Hold me in you thoughts and prayers for March 31st when I take my two five year old boys into the woods with me. And I’ll let you all know how it went.

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Life

Sometimes life is difficult. Sometimes life is wonderful. Right now life seems to be taking the complicated trail. The type of trail that is difficult to follow, where the trail markers aren’t easily seen. I’ve been here before. I know where I should put my trust, my faith. But in times like these it’s often difficult to let go and not have control over unknowns.
But this is what I’m used to, what I’m good at. I’m a hunter and as a hunter the only control I have over the hunt is to be prepared for and anticipate whatever situation might arise and be ready to act accordingly. This is what we hunters train for. Exercising our minds and bodies and building our skills in tracking, shooting, survival, butchery, and finding the game we are after.
What I have come to realize is that with every life change one needs to be ready to make decisions. To read the trail and anticipate what might be ahead. This is where I am at.

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Things to Come

I just realized that it’s been a while since I last posted to my blog. Life gets busy sometimes. Especially when you have a church to run and two 5 year old rambunctious boys who want to play hunting with me all the time, or Halo on the Xbox. As busy as things get I find that I still need the time in the woods to gather my thoughts, to re-energize in God’s good creation and to just center and focus myself so that I don’t go insane with everything that’s going on.

So, this year I’m excited because I hopefully will be done with the Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea syndrome that I have been living with forever. OSA sucks! straight up. I have no energy for anything anymore, I’m suffering from headaches and I’m tired all the time. Hopefully, Lord willing, I will be able to be done with this once and for all and I can get back to family, work and the great outdoors. I won’t be able to go hunting for a while. Good thing I put an Elk in the freezer this past September. More on that later. I look forward to doing a lot of writing and reading and painting. Blessings on all your seasons!

My 2011 P&Y archery Elk from Colorado

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Giving Thanks and Helping Others

Recently I was reminded of just how much I have to be thankful for. A very good friend of mine decided to come along with me to try to harvest some Mallards for thanksgiving. We made the drive into Nevada to my secret spot that usually holds a good population of ducks and set off. This spot doesn’t sport the normal kind of duck hunting situation where one is typically sitting in a blind in front of a body of water, instead it requires a fair amount of walking, sneaking, peeking and hopefully shooting. We had a wonderful day together and ended up getting a few mallards to boot.

As we were hunting I was thinking about all the people out in the world who don’t get to enjoy God’s wonderful creation as I do. I realized that God has blessed me in many ways, both in providing for my family and friends through hunting and gathering, but also through showing the love that Jesus has for us to others by how I live my life.

Last Sunday the gospel text that we looked at was from the Gospel of Matthew chapter 25, “Come you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”  The disciples asked him, “When did we see or do these things to you? He answered them Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

Sharing, serving, loving, visiting and feeding people are much more that what we think. We tend to think only on our dimension, about ourselves and those around us. But when we take care of others it’s two dimensional. You are actually doing those actions to Jesus. When we harvest an animal or gather plants and give them to those who are less fortunate and needing a meal, we are actually feeding that person and Christ Jesus. When we are giving someone a bit to drink, we are actually slaking Jesus’ thirst. When we visit someone who is sick or in prison, we are actually visiting Jesus.

This thanksgiving when you see someone who is in need of food and maybe something to give thanks for, please stop and picture Jesus in the persons place, and help them.

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The Fall of The Phantom

April 15th, the 21st day of the 2011 California Wild Turkey season at 6:15 am marks the moment in time that I defeated a bird who was a most difficult adversary. I call him The Phantom Tom. PT for short. I had hunted him numerous times over the past four seasons and never got a glimpse at this bird. He always roosted in the same tree, overlooking a strip of meadow grass that sloped down a hill. He could see in all directions anyone who might be coming to challenge his dominance. To take over his kingdom and steal his queens. He had a booming gobble that was very recognizable to me. It had a sort of raspiness. A confidence projected through his gobble that warned all other males to stay away, while gently coaxing the girls to his love nest. I would set up on him time and time again, but he would always do something that was unexpected. I patterned him by the sound of his voice, but each time I set up to cut him off after fly down, he would change it up.

 I consider myself a pretty good turkey caller, not one to win a competition by any means, but I have brought in my fair share of birds of the years. PT would always hang up 50 yards for a while before disappearing silently. I tried setup after setup. Boss Tom decoys with hens. A breeding pair. Hens only. A Jake and a hen. A breeding Jake. A lone hen. Fighting Toms……the list goes on and on. I never tried the absence of decoys…until the 15th of April.

 A couple days before, I had hunted PT with a Jack Williams from Outfittershack.com. We set up just 50 yards from his roost, got him gobbling all crazy like, set up a Tom and a hen decoy and waited. Fly down came and he hung up just out of sight while gobbling his mad little head off. We worked him for about an hour and a half to no avail. He made his silent escape. After discussing what in the world his problem was, we decided that maybe the decoys made him nervous for some reason.

 Two mornings later I arrived full of anticipation. I was to duel with The Phantom again. Match wits with a gobbling machine. I got my gear on, but left the decoys in the truck, and headed out into the mountains to find The Phantom. I neared his normal roost and right away he thundered out his gobble like a semi truck driver at a cute girl. I quietly snuck into the woods. At this point I was already 50 yards from his tree. I wanted to see exactly where this bird was living so I made my way in ever so carefully, ever so quietly. I stepped on a branch, CRACK!!! “GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE!!” He fired back. He was directly above my head about 40 yards up a tall pine. And there he was in all his featherless glory. And that’s when I noticed the little meadow directly behind his tree that I had never seen before. I quietly backed out of the woods, away from his castle and back out into the big meadow where I always set up in the past. And made my way around to the other side of his little meadow.

 I set up about 15 yards from the edge of the little meadow. I found a big pine to sit against, The Phantom was gobbling his mad little turkey brain off at all the noise I was making. He must have thought I was a hen scratching in the leaves because He never busted out of there. I got my face mask on, my gun up and into place, resting on my knee and I waited for fly down.

12 minutes later he stopped gobbling. I wanted to hear him gobble some more so I made a couple of soft yelps with my mouth call and scratched in the leaves with my hands, “Gobble gobble gobble.” He fired off. And wouldn’t you know it, he performed a series of hops and glided down to land 20 yards in front of me and went into full strut. He was spitting and drumming and looking all mighty. He was showing off the fact that most of the feathers were missing from his chest and he was emphasizing the scars from old and new battles that raked his bloated chest. This bird was indeed mighty. He was indeed the king of the valley. He was indeed the ugliest, most horrifying turkey I had ever laid eyes on. He was old. At least 6 or 7 years of age. He was majestic.

I clucked, he gobbled! I yelped and he went nuts looking for this hen that he hadn’t bred yet. I enjoyed his display and let him play it out. When that time came, where he was beginning to suspect that there might not be a hen around, I placed the bead on his ugly majestic head and pulled the trigger. The Phantom has fallen.

 I couldn’t believe that after all of these years of hunting this bird he was finally in front of me. I walked over to him to admire this bird who had probably bred every hen in the valley, and thanked him for a wonderful 4 years and for the meat he would provide. I looked him over and petted his feathers. He had a beautiful full fan, an 11 inch beard and 1.5 inch spurs. I later would weigh him and he would be just near the 25lb mark. He was missing all of his chest and neck feathers, but he was the most amazing bird that I had ever seen.

This fight with The Phantom is one that I will remember for the rest of my days. His Tale fan, wings and beard will sit in my game room in a place of honor to remind me of the greatest hunt of my life. The hunt that lasted four seasons.

I want to say thank you to my wife for putting up with my obsession with The Phantom. Without her support the hunt would not have been as enjoyable.  I love you babe!

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