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The Cuppa Jo Has Gone Jet Fuel!

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Some of you are still clicking on www.thecuppajo.com and finding this page. When indeed, my blog has actually moved. Only, it’s moved to a hosted version at the same address! WHAT? Hey, I don’t know how this stuff works. I just hired the guys to do it.

Thank you Webhero for handling my move from wordpress.com to wordpress.org.

To insure you are in the new location – you may have to clear your cache. Don’t ask me how to do that either.

Or, if you type in the address for this blog, just make sure there is no .wordpress.com after thecuppajo part.

How novice do I sound?

Somehow, during our move, we lost the stats and subscribers (both RSS feed and email) from this blog. And I want you back!

So, go to http://www.thecuppajo.com (make sure there is no .wordpress.com after the yummy thecuppajo part) and then, subscribe via RSS or sign up to get email updates.

The blog looks similar – so don’t be fooled. Just go to the “your daily cup” link in the sidebar and either click the RSS feed button or the mail to input your email address.

This move is all part of a desire I have to do more advertising on my site, specifically for Beachbody and Amazon.com (with whom  I am an affiliate – yep – order via the link on http://www.thecuppajo.com and I get credit.)

Ok, time to depart for more professional waters.

See you there!!!!

Beachbody Ultimate Reset: A Yoga Instructor’s 21-Day Journey

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Over the next 21 days, we will be following Andrea’s journey using the NEW Beachbody Ultimate Reset. Andrea is the owner of Sangha Yoga, and is no stranger to the idea of a 21 day detox. To learn more about Sangha Yoga, please visit their site, or their Facebook page.

You can research more information about the Ultimate Reset, on my official Ultimate Reset site.

DAY -1

Spring is the time when some of us feel the need to clean, change, get out and move. Maybe it’s the dreaded “swim suit season” that will be here before we know it, or maybe it’s the act of shaking off those winter cobwebs that has us eager to get something done?

As a yoga instructor, I always advise my students to create a renewal with every practice. Staying in the present moment and working on the body and mind each time we hit the mat, but even I find that Spring gives me the urge to clean out and get going!

Nature has it’s Spring regime. Creatures get frisky as they awaken from a long winter. Plants sprout from the thawing ground and make preparations to unfurl their flowers. Maybe it’s our instinctive nature to feel the need to renew in Spring?

Last Spring I made my renewal by doing a three week cleanse. It was a whole food and supplement supported journey that tested my will power and taught me self-awareness. At the end of the 21 days I lost weight, gained flexibility, increased energy, and had decreased allergic response. I felt wonderful! 

It was the effects of this cleanse that are now leading me to do it again. Beachbody has created the Ultimate Reset. This is also a 21 day, whole food and supplement supported cleanse. After reading the details, it seemed the right thing for me.

The box of supplies arrived today and I am so excited to start, but I also not looking forward to the lack of coffee and chocolate! I looked through the guidebook, with pictures of beautiful and delicious looking foods, decided it might not be so bad. It looks like larger meals than I eat now. It also includes meal planner that sets up the schedule for you so it couldn’t be much easier. I printed out a copy of the shopping list and will be hitting the stores tomorrow for the tasty ingredients.

So, on day -1 (negative 1!) I am anxious. I still had coffee this morning and a few M&M’s this afternoon – no sacrifices so far. I may be playing a different tune in a few days, so stay tuned. I will walk you through the good and bad and I will tell it like it is.

Wish me luck!

Why I Started Exercising and Still Do

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I am up at Daily Fast Fuel today.

Some may think I find a way to work the topic of exercise into all my “spiritual” conversations because I run an online fitness coaching business with Team Beachbody.

While, yes, that is my “business”, as in, “I do such-and-such to bring in an income for my family,” my job as a Team Beachbody Coach didn’t start with that goal in mind, and through my personal journey I have come to an understanding of just how spiritual physical exercise actually is.

I can’t change anyone’s mind as to why I work this topic into my conversations.

I believe passionately that we must do a much better job with the restoration and the renovation of our outer shells – for whether we want to admit it or not, doing so DOES have an effect on the inner shell.

And, frankly, I want to be a steward of the vessel God created. That vessel is ME. And it’s the only ME He is going to give me.

So, check out Daily Fast Fuel today.

2010 to 2012

And if we need to talk further about how I can partner with you to make the physical changes you feel convicted to make, you know where to find me!

2010 to 2012

Beachbody Ultimate Reset: 21 Days of Inner Spring Cleaning

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Back in November of 2008, my chiropractor put me on a 21 day cleanse.

It was fantastic. Mainly because that was the LAST time I ever used artificial sweetener. I was able to rid my body of the need for it. Yes, I also lost weight and felt amazing, but, to this day, I believe it was that cleanse that helped me break my need for sweetener.

It was so habit-breaking for me, that, really, that is all I remember about the experience.

Well, I’m proud to say that Beachbody has launched Beachbody Ultimate Reset. A 21 day cleanse program, where . . . just like the one I did years ago – you actually eat. Three meals. Real food.

A no-starvation cleanse.

Giving your body what it NEEDS, while ridding the body of what it DOESN’T NEED.

I’ll let YOU read all about it for I can not explain all the ins and outs of this product. Heck, I couldn’t explain all the nitty gritty details of the one I did years ago. I do know it cost me $250.

I’m excited to say that Beachbody’s product is $229 and only $170 for those of us who are Coaches. From my website: The Beachbody Ultimate Reset includes: Six supplements, uniquely formulated to help restore your body to optimal health

  • Alkalinize helps maintain alkalinity.*
  • Optimize promotes a healthy metabolism and effective body functions.*
  • Oxygenize helps provide supplemental oxygen to the body.*
  • Mineralize adds natural minerals needed by the body.*
  • Detox helps remove toxins and waste in the colon.*
  • Revitalize helps revitalize flora in the digestive tract.*

The Ultimate Reset Program and Nutrition Guide, which includes detailed step-by-step instructions for your 21-day Ultimate Reset journey, and a complete three-phase Ultimate Reset meal plan Two DVDs:

  • Reset Your Health! Disc 1 includes instructions for your Reset and inspirational Success Stories to help motivate you.
  • Cooking Class! Disc 2 provides a video guide to preparing healthy Ultimate Reset recipes.

Unparalleled support from your Team Beachbody® Coach and fellow Ultimate Reset participants Exclusive Access to 24/7 Ultimate Reset Participant Portal

  • Online content including daily cleanse tips, recipes, and shopping lists
  • Mobile-enabled Web site content

Ultimate Reset Caddy to conveniently carry your supplements on the go

Ultimate Reset Bracelet to remind you of your dedication to resetting your body and your life

30-day Money-Back Guarantee We’re so sure you’ll love this program, we’re giving you our 30-day money-back guarantee. If you’re not completely satisfied, simply call Customer Service to return the Beachbody Ultimate Reset within 30 days from purchase for a full refund of the purchase price (less s&h).

I’d love for you to consider being a part of my FIRST group of testers to use this product. It’s a 21 day program with a 30 day money back guarantee. (Do the math on that – you get the finish the ENTIRE PROGRAM, and then request your money back. Yep.)

Please comment below or visit me on my FACEBOOK PAGE, if you would like to hear more or join my April Beachbody Ultimate Reset CHALLENGE.

 

Are You Living a Real Life?

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Where have I been.

Where have I been?

Well, we returned from that glorious trip to the Bahamas and guess what? Life kept right on moving!

One of my LEAST favorite sayings is, “Back to reality!” or “Back to real life!”

Hey, if I’m breathing – life is real – no matter where I am or what I am doing. So while I didn’t see my return from the Bahamas as “back to reality”, as I worked very hard to earn that trip (and trust me – it was REAL – I was there), there was certainly an adjustment period to getting back into my weekly routine.

There were a zillion customer contacts to make – suddenly, upon seeing our Atlantis pics, there were dozens interested in my Beachbody Challenge.

There was homework. Both for the kids, and for me as I engaged in some online courses about blogging and building a business.

We enjoyed an entertaining “Into the Woods” at the local high school, and then “The Music Man” at another.

There have been friends (new and old) in and out of our house.

Harper experienced her first concert (Casting Crowns) complete with a pre-show meet ‘n greet with the band.

We’ve hosted house-guests from our beloved Evanston.

Our beloved Scouty-boo has been sick.

And, oh yeah, today is a little holiday called Easter.

Here’s the deal. And while I mentioned this in a previous post, I admit that post got a little long, so you may have missed it: ALL LIFE IS REAL.

Wherever you are. Whatever you are doing. And with whomever you are living it.

Why do we tend to equate “real life” with the daily and the mundane (“Back to real life – the laundry is calling!”), rather than when we have something to celebrate (“I’m celebrating real life in the Bahamas!”)? When we do this, we set ourselves up for disappointment – for we fuel the belief that real life stuff is less than satisfying. We describe it as drudgery. But the great stuff in life??? Well, that can’t possibly be REAL! (How completely debilitating for our spirit!)

I refuse to talk like that. I refuse to live like that.

God gave me THIS life. All of it. From the dog having diarrhea on our bed. (Yes. Yes, this happened. And yes, we were in the bed at the time), to my Beachbody Team growing leaps and bounds. One is not more real than the other . . .

You are where you are. So be there. Be present.

Or, as in the case of waking to the dog sh*tting on your bed, jump up REALLY fast, get the heck off the bed, and then . . . well, stand there complaining about it while the stench takes over the bedroom and the entire house, or DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT AND CLEAN THE FAT UP!

If you are breathing, life is real.

I urge you to resist the belief that the daily ho-hums = real, while the “Wows” in life = unreal.

Let Me Be Me

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At the end of Les Mills Pump Extreme, the song “Let Me Be Myself” plays during cool-down and stretch. Not one to get overly emotional from music, especially music during a workout, I’ve surprised myself not once, but twice now, by tearing up during this song.

The workout is vigorous, so I thought the tears could simply be a huge expulsion of relief for finishing strong.

Today, however, three very clear thoughts rose to the forefront as to why THAT song cracked some emotions.

First, as I get to know other Beachbody Coaches via Facebook, both on their personal pages and through private groups, I see a number of commonalities via threads. I find that the unconditional support we have for one another is unlike anything I’ve experienced in other circles. It’s positive. It’s forward-thinking. We support, encourage, and challenge each other not only physically, but in other areas  of our lives as well. I am not shy about my faith in these circles, and make no apologies for my faith being the driving force behind even choosing to become a part of Team Beachbody in the first place. I feel deeply blessed to be a part of this company – and not mainly for the financial benefits. No, even George has seen the change in how I approach life. I work with some very cool people. And I truly desire to help others find a solution for this area of their lives. The U.S. is facing an obesity epidemic, and it CAN be changed – by returning to the basics: exercise and proper nutrition. I’m on board with this. And do believe the country is in a bit of denial about the state of our health.

The second commonality I see on Facebook is troubling. I often read the status updates from Coaches who communicate that they are growing weary from comments from ‘friends’ who  tell them they are “talking about fitness too much”, are “obsessed” or “addicted”. Comments that Beachbody is a scam, or that our programs can’t “touch this”, or “that”. I realize that FB is a breeding ground for this, but I can’t help wonder if we have lost the ability to simply tell someone “great job” and be on our way without having to talk down about their interests or success. Does everything have to be a debate? (I recognize that I used to be the one loving the debate – until I realized I was much happier staying out of them). And why can’t we just be happy for people? Some have communicated that they are losing friendships as they change their lives for the better. This makes me so sad, and is one of the huge reasons I chose to close my personal Facebook wall from comments and decrease my presence there, opting to hang on my business page.

Which brings me to today. I began reading through some older blog posts of mine and was struck at how “me” they were. Open. Candid. And while I didn’t think I’d changed my style over the last few years, it was quite clear after reading back posts, that I have. And I know why.

Fear of negative feedback. Of which I’ve received more in the last three years then in any years prior.

Today, I felt a strong nudge from my Heavenly Father, while hanging out in complete silence on my back deck in the glorious sunshine, that I need to continue speaking up about my experiences and what I believe. Sure, there will be the risk of being misunderstood. I will risk someone reading MY experience, internalizing it as their own, and responding negatively to what I’ve written. Thus, I’ve been holding back. I even remember the actual DAY and scenario which drove me to make the decision to be a bit more “decaf” here on Cuppa Jo. I’ve never felt settled with that decision.

When I Coach my team and the customers in my accountability groups – I do NOT hold back. I’ve been told I’m an encourager – albeit a firm one. See, I don’t believe encouragement means telling someone who has made a commitment, that’s it’s ok when they fall off the wagon. Rather, I feel committed to hoisting that person back up on the wagon and handing them the tools to stay there. Beachbody has taught me persistence. Hurdles are just “in the way”, and if I can’t leap over them, I’ll lift them over my head and throw them. I want that for myself. I want that for others. God has given me a voice and a platform on which to use that voice. This blog.

And this is where the song comes in. And the tears. We’ve been told we’re mean. Judgmental. Overly focused on this “exercise thing.” Even though this “exercise thing” as been a healthy positive force in my life. And in the lives of my friends. I was drowning in early 2010. I’m swimming the Channel now.

And those who know me (as in we actually we do that old-fashioned talking thing people used to do) are cheering me on and swimming with me. AND, kicking my rump back in line when I’ve faltered. I have “advisors” in my life.

So, I’m going to cease the self-censoring here on my blog, for I’ve switched to decaf solely out of the fear of making people mad.

I think I’ll go back to being more of me now . . . living a fully caffeinated live.

Never decaf.

Thank you, Lord, for the chat today. Thank you, friends for letting me be me.

Wow, do I feel a whole heck of a lot lighter.

I think I’ll have a cuppa.

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