Focus T25 with Shaun T | 25 Minute Workout | T25 Schedule

 

Focus T25 1Shaun T’s new workout called FOCUS T25 has been launched! Get your T25 Schedule here!

For everyone  that says “I don’t have time and energy to workout”, here is the best COP OUT SMASHING exercise. It’s only 25 minutes for 5 days a week.

 

 

 

 

FOCUS T25 Program Basics

  • Every workout in this program is 25 minutes.
  • The schedule for the program is 5 days per week for Monday-Friday.
  • You do a different workout each day of the week.
  • The entire program is 10 weeks long with two phases which are each 5 weeks
  • The Alpha Phase is the first phase which is 5 weeks. There is no equipment, no weights, and it’s a progressive workout where the focus is on getting the correct form. Shaun T explained it as “Gym Class 101″. Irrespective of your present level of fitness, you can accomplish this!
  • The Beta Phase is a 2nd phase that is also 5 weeks. This is when you ramp it up a degree and apply everything you figured out from the first phase to work hard. This phase is all about strengthening your core.
  • There is an optional Gamma Phase that can be purchased separately as an add-on which is where he starts to incorporate weights.
  • This workout is awesome for both men and women. In the event the system is just too intensive, you could always stick to the modifier called Tania that does a lower-impact form of every one of the techniques.

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Focus T25 Program

Exactly what does Focus T25 consist of?

  • 11 Exercise routines on 9 videos which are each precisely 25 minutes
  • 10-Week Schedule for the Alpha and Beta Phases showing you which workout to do each day
  • Red resistance bands which you’ll use in the Beta phase
  • 5-day Quick-start Guide including a workout schedule and menu plan
  • T25 ‘Get it Done’ Nutrition Guide with recipes and meal plans
  • BONUS – If you order through a coach like me, you’ll also get the “Core Speed” bonus DVD.
  • Info on how to get a FREE “T25 – Nailed It!” T-shirt from Beachbody. Together with the Challenge Package, additionally, you will obtain a 30-day supply of Shakeology in your choice of blend: Vegan Chocolate or Vegan Tropical Strawberry, traditional Chocolate, Greenberry, or Vanilla flavor (brand new flavour).
  • Not to mention, you’ll have ME PERSONALLY as your own private coach to help you through this system.

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Focus T25 Schedule for the Alpha and Beta Phases

Here are the 5- Week Schedules for the Alph and Beta phases. You’ll workout Monday-Friday, take your measurements on Saturday, and Stretch on Sunday.

Focus T25 Alpha Schedule

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Focus T25 Schedule Beta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My daughter may have dyslexia

My daughter may have dyslexiaMy daughter may have dyslexia. I started reading these books on dyslexia because I believe my oldest daughter has it. Right now, I am going to pursue getting additional services for her through the school.

For a moment, I hesitated on sharing this out of respect for my daughter (since it’s her business). And honestly, I’ve been sort of avoiding the topic altogether and hoping that maybe it will just go away. I also didn’t want to give her a “label” since I know labels can be damaging.

But after reading these books, I realized that there is so much shame around dyslexia. It’s heart-breaking what so many children and adults have been through in their experiences with dyslexia. My own sub-conscious shame may have been the reason I didn’t want to share it.

Shame feeds on silence and secrecy. It’s very destructive in the ways it can impact confidence, self-esteem, and worthiness.

Brene Brown (who is the leading expert on shame research) says that “Shame is the intensely painful feeling that we are unworthy of love and belonging.”

Shame around dyslexia is not something I want my daughter to experience. So, I’m going to do everything I can to EMPOWER her and show her all of the GIFTS that she has.

The author of “The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan” explains that dyslexia is actually a characteristic just like your eye color, height and hair color. It’s a difference in the way the brain processes information.

Given that our society values “text print” as a primary way to communicate, dyslexia does create challenges for those that have it. However, it is not a measure of intelligence. And, after reading this book, I don’t consider it a “disability”. It’s just a difference in the brain and it means that there are other amazing STRENGTHS associated with it.

I learned in the book that while dyslexia affects 10-15% of the population, 35% of entrepreneurs have dyslexia. Some believe it is due to the resiliency that these individuals had to develop to get through life and some of the creative thinking that comes with dyslexia.

I recently heard Sir Richard Branson speak at an event. He has dyslexia. I also got to her Gloria Mayfield speak (Harvard Business School Grad and #1 Mary Kay Consultant in the World). She got up on stage and shared LOUD and PROUD that she has dyslexia and that she laughs when someone asks her if she wants a teleprompter for her speeches. Whoopie Goldberg also has dyslexia and we all know what an incredible actor she is (along with her many other talents).

In any case, I am about to embark on a journey to learning more about dyslexia, understanding my daughters amazing strengths, and helping her to get the appropriate learning accommodations at school. I feel like I have launched into “super-mamma bear” mode. Don’t mess with me. I am on a MISSION.

I wanted to share this because I know that there are so many adults and children with dyslexia and that there’s a lot of shame around it. The best way to get rid of the shame and secrecy is to shine a LIGHT and to talk about it.

So, I’m going to share our journey with it because our family is not going to have any shame about this. Aliya is a bright and gifted child. We are going to celebrate her strengths and learn about the best ways for HER to learn and share information.

If you are interested in learning more about dyslexia, I HIGHLY recommend the book “The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan“. It dispels a lot of the myths around dyslexia and offers specific ways for building on the strengths of those with dyslexia.

*And if you have dyslexia yourself, it IS available on Audible and if you buy the book on your Kindle, it’s “Text to Speech” enabled which means you can listen to it. Many people with dyslexia prefer “ear reading” over “eye reading” (which is one of the things I’ve learned so far).

Do you let your kids drink Shakeology?

15027400_1228363100559734_751242146818168694_nThat’s a question I get a lot and I want to share more about my philosophy on Shakeology as well as health, nutrition and fitness as it relates to kids.

I have had a number of women tell me that they don’t want to drink “shakes” in front of their kids. One person told me that she has memories as a child of her mom always being on a diet and drinking different shakes. This had a negative impact on her so, she doesn’t want to do that to her kids.

A lot of parents also say, “I want my kids to learn how to eat healthy FOODS so I’m not going to give them a shake.”

I get it. So, I wanted to address these two points because I understand where these are coming from.

I will start by saying that in our home, I don’t talk about diets, losing weight, or anyone’s weights or sizes. I have tried not to ever say something negative in about my body in front of them (and ideally I wouldn’t ever do this or think this at all).

What we DO talk about is what it means to be healthy. We talk about what foods have nutrition in them and how it’s important to eat fruits and veggies. We talk about how we want to be strong and how we want to be fit and have energy. We talk about having a healthy heart by running, biking and doing other activities. Health, wellness, and strength is the focus.

With all that being said, Shakeology plays a part in the nutrition for everyone in our family.

It’s not a “diet shake” and I believe it’s perfectly safe for kids because it’s basically ground up whole and natural foods. There are no chemicals, artificial flavors, added caffeine or an overload of any vitamins or minerals. My kids get a half-serving when I make it for them.

In terms of when we drink the shake, my husband and I usually have it as an afternoon snack to tie us over until dinner. When I was working full time, I used to have it for breakfast and there are occasional times where I have one for dinner (if we had a really big lunch). My kids usually have it as a snack or after a meal.

For us, it’s just one part of how we try to be healthy as a family. We also eat healthy foods. We also get activity outdoors (that’s part of the reason we moved to FL). Shakeology is just one piece of the puzzle…but an important one nonetheless.

My kids mainly think that it tastes good and that’s why they drink it. But, as a mom, I know that I have NO other way of getting super foods like flax, yacon, chlorella, chicory root fiber, goji berry, kale, ashwagandha, maca root or 60+ other ingredients INTO my kids bodies.

I don’t even know where I would buy those super foods unless I spent over $1,000 on supplements (that I am not sure are pure) and tried to get my kids to swallow big pills (which obviously would never work – haha).

So, Shakeology is the way I can give them a healthy and nutrition shake that tastes good and which they will actually drink and enjoy. Yes, it’s $2 a serving for them. But their growing bodies need nutrition so they can learn and grow. So, spending that on their health is worth it to me.

As a mom, my kids know that my husband and I drink Shakeology because it’s good for us and it tastes good. That’s it. And they know they like it because it tastes good too and that it’s good for their bodies.

We eat lots of food and I try to steer them towards healthy foods when I can. But it’s tough. The struggle is real people. So, Shakeology is just an add-on. Instead of buying shakes at fast food restaurants or Starbucks, this is how we enjoy having a shake.

So, that’s my two cents on Shakeology for kids. Every parent has to make their own decisions of what’s right for their family. As for us, I feel very good about where we are and what we are doing as we try to raise two healthy, confident, self-assured little girls.

Life By Design

Question for you. If you could live anywhere that your heart desires, where would that be? Big farm with lots of land? NYC in a penthouse suite? Up in the mountains where you could ski? Overseas in another country?

This is it for me. When I wrote down what my ideal life would look like a few years ago, part of it was that I didn’t want to have to wait all year for a vacation. Most of our vacations were to warm weather climates with pools, sunshine, and the beach. That’s what my husband and I both enjoy.

I wanted to live like I was on vacation all the time…52 weeks a year instead of 1 or 2. I wrote down my specific desires and what that would look like, feel like and all of the little details. I wrote about my kids riding their bikes, taking walks in the evening as family, and being friends with all my neighbors.

Life by Design

When we first came to Florida to research communities and towns, we looked at a lot of options. I vividly remember when we drove into this neighborhood. I started jumping in my seat in the car saying, “This is it! This is it!”

It was like it matched up with what was in my brain for the ideal place. My husband didn’t jump up and down but he said he felt the same about it.

One thing I learned from my coach is that your goals and dreams shouldn’t be general. They have to be *very* specific. What does your morning look like? What are you doing during the day? Who is with you? Where do you live?

So many books I’ve read say that you cannot create something new in your life until you create it in your MIND first.

So today, I give you permission to dream a little bit. Start writing it down and figuring out the details. Right now it may just be a vision, but once you define it…you can take steps to get there.

My Monthly Goals

One thing I’ve learned since being a coach is the importance of making goals, turning them into doable action items, writing them down, and tracking them. So today I want to share my monthly goals.

I used to never set goals back when I was working at my corporate job. I would just hum-drum through life and accept how it went. My life was a result of circumstances, other people, my job, and just going through the motions. My mood was also a result of those things.

 

my monthly goals

Now I am working on being more INTENTIONAL about my life, how I spend my time, and what I do with the days I have here on this earth. Through personal development, I learned a lesson that’s made a HUGE impact on me. Want to hear it?

It’s that “I am 100% responsible for my life.” The first time I heard that, I thought OUCH! That’s not true. I can blame things on this and that and outer circumstances.

It’s true that things happen to us. A loved one dies. We have a medical issue. We get let go from our job. Things happen. There will always be “problems” in your life.

BUT, ultimately we are the ones who are 100% responsible for how we respond and react to those circumstances. We decide. We decide what we do with our time, how we manage our money, what we put in our bodies, and what we want for our futures.

While it’s a lot of responsibility, it’s also EMPOWERING. Because you get to take your power back.
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Since it’s the beginning of July, I’m writing down a few goals in different areas along with ACTION items. Goals are just wishes until you take action. I’ll share a few of mine.

1. Marriage Bond – We’ve had a stressful few months with moving so I want to reconnect more with my husband. We will go on TWO dates this month without the kids. I also want to take family walks at least 3 times a week in the evening. This gives us time to connect and talk without technology.

2. Reading with my girls! – During the move, I haven’t been good about reading with the girls before bed and I know how important it is to read. I also need to encourage my rising 2nd grader to read each night. So, my action items is that we are going to the library tonight to get some new books and library cards. And we are going to go up for bed at 7:30 each evening so that we have time to take baths and read before bedtime.

3. Business – I know that I have something really special to share with other moms. Beachbody isn’t just a company, it’s a lifestyle. It’s a lifestyle that values health, fitness and good nutrition. It’s a lifestyle that helps parents have more freedom to be with their kids. It’s a lifestyle that values personal growth. My goal is to share this opportunity with 10 new people this month so I can get them started on their journey.

So, there you have it! Those are a few of my monthly goals. I’d love to hear what some of yours are for July.

How I Painted My Computer Monitors

I know you know me for health and fitness, but one of my hobbies is DIY projects. I am moving very soon and I’ve been going on Pinterest for new office ideas. All of the pins that I love show an office that is white (like a white desk, white chair, etc.)

I use 3 monitors when I work (believe me…it’s a lifesaver!) and the monitors are black and they will just not go well with the vision I have for my new office (which is white and pink!!). And I don’t know if you can just go out and buy a white monitor for a PC, so I went on YouTube to figure out how to paint my monitors. It’s super simple. Here are the steps that I took!

#1: Tape off areas that you do not want to paint. I am not painting the back panel or the actual screen. So I put paper over those parts and then used tape to make sure that I don’t get paint on those areas.

#2: Take the actual stand for the monitor off. It’s pretty simple; there should be an area where you can put a screwdriver into the back of the monitor to release and remove the stand.

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#3: Lightly sand all the areas that you are going to paint. You want to get rid of all the gloss so that the paint will adhere to it better.

#4: Wipe it down with a towel (I used a micro-fiber towel) to get all the dust off.

#5: Find an area where you can paint that has ventilation. I did this in my garage with the door open.

The type of paint I used is Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch 2x Ultra Cover Paint & Primer. It says on the can that it is meant for plastic. I got the “semi-gloss” and I was happy with the result.

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#6: Spray paint the computer (hold about 6 inches away). Use sweeping motions and don’t put too much on in one coat or it will start running.

#7: Let it dry about 30 minutes between coats. Continue to add light coats until you have the coverage you want.

#8: Let it dry overnight.

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And now, you have a WHITE monitor! I also did this with my speakers and video camera that I clip to my computer. Then I bought a white keyboard and mouse set from Amazon for about $20.

I would love to hear how your painting project goes! Hope this helps!