Category Archives: Fitness
Since I started this blog, this has been a combination business/personal blog devoted to my thoughts and feelings on fitness, health, geek related topics, veganism, and other assorted things. While it has links and posts related to my fitness coaching, it hasn’t strictly been about my business–and I prefer it that way.
Along the way, I knew I’d have to come up with a business name and get myself more “official”, and it’s been a slow but thoughtful process. Many names and ideas were contemplated, debated…but I came up with what I felt really sums up my approach and philosophy.
So now I present to you…Alchemy Balance Coaching.
Why Alchemy Balance Coaching? Alchemy is the process of transforming a base into a refined substance, and it accurately describes (in my opinion) the physical and mental process one undergoes on their fitness journey. You are transforming yourself from the inside out. The “balance” part speaks to the idea of keeping your worlds: mental, physical, and emotional/spiritual in harmony in order to become and stay happy and healthy.
The site for my business is a work-in-progress, but here it is:
Feel free to stop by and learn the ABCs of living a happy and healthy life!
Okay folks, this is it…for the month of March, Beachbody is marking down some of its challenge packs, including the following:
- Ultimate Reset
- Hip Hop Abs
These challenge packs include the workout program itself, a 30 day supply of Shakeology in your choice of flavor and packaging (packets or bag), and a free 30 day trial club membership to Team Beachbody, including all of the nifty tools it comes with!
Plus…free shipping! And if you’re nervous about trying any of these things, it’s all backed with a 30 day money back guarantee.
Now…ordinarily to sign as a coach at Beachbody there’s an initial fee of $40. If you buy a challenge pack, coach signup is FREE! Not only that, but being a coach gives you a 25% discount not only off of your Shakeology but everything else Beachbody has to offer, including all of its workout programs, supplements, equipment, and more. Getting a challenge pack when you sign on as a new coach is the best bang for your buck, and I can’t recommend it enough. I wish that they had these packs when I came on board!
Signing on as a coach to Beachbody is an awesome thing, easily one of the best decisions I ever made for myself. I love helping others get happy and healthy, my coach discount, and making commission on programs like Insanity, P90X, and supplements like Shakeology. It’s no secret that if you get paid for doing what you love, you never have to work a day in your life.
The economy is still on shaky ground, and it’s not a bad thing to have something you can earn an additional income off of in your spare time. You don’t need to be an expert on fitness. You don’t even need to have done one of these programs before–although it helps! All you need is a willingness to support others on the journey and with any luck, be inspired yourself towards your own fitness goals. And you have an awesome tool to help you get started…me! I’ve been a coach for the past three years, and I can give you everything you need to know about where to begin and I will be here to support you every step of the way!
If you have any questions, contact me!
Otherwise, you can sign up as a coach here and buy your challenge pack. Don’t wait for too long; the sale only lasts as long as March does!
It’s that time again, and summer is almost here…so I’m starting another fitness challenge group! We will start Monday, April 1.
1) You must either be doing a Beachbody program (if you don’t have one, you’ll have to buy one through me) and/or Shakeology. There are ways you can get discounts on this, including bundled packages, but only if you buy it from my site! You can access it here: http://www.BeachbodyCoach.com/TeaAddictedGeek
There’s also a huge sale going on right now for certain challenge pack bundles, and although it’s not on this image, Ultimate Reset is among them:
2) We will have a small, private group on Facebook where we can post what we’re doing daily for accountability and motivation.
3) It will last for 90 days. If your program is a 60 day program, you can either repeat it or do a different program. It’s up to you!
If you want in and/or need more information to decide, either message me on Facebook or if it’s easier, email me at andrea@FitGeekFitness.com. My Facebook profile is http://www.facebook.com/AndreaBerman.
I’ve spoken briefly in the past about diet and fitness not just being about losing a couple of pounds or gaining muscle, but about implementing important lifestyle changes. I can’t stress enough how important this is.
First of all, I don’t believe in dieting for weight loss. I believe in eating healthy and making the right choices for yourself. Dieting is an attempt at a quick fix, and quick fixes don’t work. They don’t teach you how to eat for maintenance, how to take care of yourself, the importance of food as fuel, and what nutritional values need to be met in order to achieve the state of being happy and healthy.
Too often we have unhealthy relationships with food and programming within ourselves set up that often sabotage our efforts to actively engage in a healthy lifestyle. This isn’t something to be ashamed of; this is part of being human. What we are raised with, what we grew up with influences us the most. What foods did we eat as children that made us feel good? What foods do we reach out for when we are sick, stressed, or otherwise not at our best? That’s all programming, and believe it or not, we CAN change that.
Change is scary. We like what’s stable and what’s comfortable. We don’t want to give up foods we enjoy, and many of us have certain foods we’re attached to or otherwise find difficult to give up. My food is chocolate. As a result, I choose to have a breakfast that contains a healthy meal supplement which is chocolate-flavored in order to get my fix, not be deprived, and find a way to have it that’s healthier than binging on chocolate chip cookies, cake, etc.
We can choose to make healthy substitutions versus giving things up. Swap out french fries for baked sweet potato fries, for instance. Instead of a cheeseburger, have a tasty veggie burger instead. I highly recommend Gardein’s Ultimate Beefless Burger. It has an excellent texture, is juicy (something you don’t typically get in a veggie burger!), and incredibly tasty, and it has significantly less calories, less fat, and zero cholesterol.
You can also choose to enjoy your foods in moderation versus depriving yourself completely. When eating out, get your favorite slice of cake or pie to go and enjoy a few bites each day. You can even cut it into multiple pieces and have a small piece each day. Think of it as treating yourself.
We need to heal our relationships with food before we can achieve our goal of living a happy and healthy lifestyle. Food is necessary; it fuels our bodies for necessary functions and enables us to live, literally! Diets which require severe calorie restrictions and/or are nutritionally deficient may work at first, but ultimately will put your body into starvation mode. Too often people who carry extra weight are yo-yo dieters and eat too much food that lacks nutritional value and nutritional density. 1500 calories of junk food is NOT the same as 1500 calories of healthy vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean sources containing high amounts of protein, nor will it be treated as such by your body.
People need to learn how to eat for the long haul, not for the short term. It means being patient and sticking to a plan that may not give you immediate or fast results, but will lead to better and greater changes down the road.
I have a new 90 day fitness challenge starting on Jan 7th!
What does this fitness challenge entail? Well, here’s the list:
- Free one on one fitness coaching
- A small, private group on Facebook where support, motivation,and comfort will be given, and effort rewarded. People will share tips, accountability, and results
- Commitment to your chosen health and fitness goals
- Staying in touch both with me as your coach and with the members in the group
- Access to the Beachbody Challenge contest where you will be eligible to win $500 daily and over $100,000 for sharing your results!
Challenge packs are available which include one workout program, a 30 day supply of Shakeology with your choice of flavor, and a 30 day free trial to Team Beachbody. It’s a great way to get into shape, improve your diet, and pinch your pennies. The packs come with a 30 day money back guarantee.
Together we will bring on the New Year in STYLE! Join me and get all of the help you’ll need on how to achieve your goals and live a happy, fulfilling life!