Don’t let summer run away from you – join one of my fitness challenge groups!

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Here are the fitness challenge groups I have going on RIGHT NOW:

PiYo free shipping until August 11th!

PiYo is a fantastic program by the creator of TurboFire, Turbo Jam, and ChaLEAN Extreme which combines yoga, pilates, and strength training. As of this blog post, I’m halfway through the program and LOVE it! Learn more about PiYo here.

3 Day Refresh

The 3 Day Refresh program is a great way to jump start nutrition goals, recover from bad eating habits or a weekend binge, and more! And with NO starvation, juicing, or any of that crap. Learn more about 3 Day Refresh here!

Body Beast on sale 40-50% off!

Body Beast is a terrific strength training program for people looking to gain muscle, shed body fat, and more! Learn more about it and the huge sale on all Body Beast products here.

Brazil Butt Lifton sale 33% off!

I absolutely love this program and can’t say enough good things about it. It’s dance, it’s cardio, it’s strength training, and it gets RESULTS. It also prepared me for the Insanity program. 😀 Check out more about it and the sale here.

Focus T25fitness challenge pack on sale for month of August!

This is Insanity in 25 minutes. Insanity is no joke, but the workouts can be lengthy. Eliminate the excuses and get this workout! More info here.

10 Minute Trainer – fitness challenge pack on sale for month of August!

Can’t do 25 minutes? How about ten? This is an easier version of P90X in 10 minutes; in fact I’ll call it P90 or Power 90 in 10 minutes. Totally doable and gets the results you’re looking for. Learn more about it here.

 

As you can see, I have a little something for everyone. I even have a purely nutritional fitness challenge group which focuses on drinking Shakeology to get your daily dose of dense nutrition and clean eating, so if you don’t know where to start I recommend joining me there.

The steps to join one of these challenge groups is as follows:

  1. Buy one of the programs from me through the links in this blog post
  2. Add me to your Facebook if you don’t have me on there already: http://www.facebook.com/andreaberman

Once I see you’ve done both, I will add you to my private fitness challenge group on Facebook where you and others will help to motivate each other and keep each other on track!

The August fitness challenge pack sales are here!

Great news! Two of the fastest workout programs–one is 25 minutes long and the other is 10–are both on sale in their fitness challenge packs!

 

Focus T25:

Shaun T is the same trainer who brought you Insanity, Hip Hop Abs, and Insanity: the Asylum. This is essentially a better version of the Insanity program in MUCH less time!

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25 MINUTES. 5 DAYS A WEEK. 100% RESULTS.

The only thing standing between you and the results you
want is TIME.

Shaun T experimented for the last year to design a program that delivers the same kind of results you’d expect from an hour-long program, in under 30 minutes. He’s pulled out the rest to give you everything you need, nothing you don’t.

The result is FOCUS T25—and the name implies the intent: If you focus your intensity for 25 minutes, and you do it 5 days a week, you WILL get results.

 

View the T25 preview video

10 Minute Trainer:

Tony Horton is the trainer behind Power 90, P90X, P90X2, P90X3, and soon to be released P90. This is P90 or Power 90 in 10 minutes.

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NO MORE EXCUSES.

Does finding time to lose weight seem nearly impossible? Try 10-Minute TrainerÂŽ. This program is designed with one thing in mind: better results in less time. Give superstar trainer Tony Horton just 10 minutes, he’ll give you the body you want.

In 10-Minute Trainer, Tony put his most effective moves into a series of power-packed total-body workouts. His breakthrough Super Stacking™ Technique combines fat-burning cardio, body toning and sculpting, and ab moves, adding resistance bands for even faster results. In just 10 minutes of Tony’s Super Stacking you can burn as many calories as 30 minutes of jogging. With 10-Minute Trainer, you have no more excuses!

View the 10 Minute Trainer preview video

 

There are also two additional programs on sale:

Brazil Butt Lift: 

Hands down, one of my favorite Beachbody workout programs. If you’re a fan of dance cardio but also want some strength training this will be great for you!

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THE SUPERMODELS’ SECRET TO A PERFECT BUTT.

We’re not all lingerie and bikini supermodels. But who says we can’t learn their secrets to getting a firm, lifted butt? Leandro Carvalho, trainer to famous supermodels, combines Brazilian dance, cardio, and his own signature lower-body sculpting moves to help you make your booty your best feature.

Leandro’s proven TriAngle Training method works all three major muscles of the buttocks from multiple angles to lift your butt, reduce your hips and thighs, and tone those stubborn trouble zones.

 

 

View the Brazil Butt Lift preview video

Body Beast: 

This workout is a beast and it WILL get you the results. Everyone from vegan to paleo can do it! If you’re a vegan or a vegetarian and want to know how, ping me.

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MAN UP. HULK UP. IN JUST 90 DAYS.

Pack on up to 20 pounds of muscle in 90 days with Body Beast™. Created by renowned bodybuilder Sagi Kalev, it uses breakthrough sports science to get you big, while cutting fat to carve your physique like no other home training system—ever. Sagi pushes you to the edge to get you pumped out of your mind. With his help, you’ll learn how to train, eat, and live like a Beast.

View the Body Beast preview video

 

 

Get the fitness program that got me fit for the Insanity workout 33% off!

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The program description for Brazil Butt Lift goes as follows:

Leandro Carvalho, trainer to world-famous supermodels, combines Brazilian dance, cardio, and his own signature lower-body sculpting moves to lift, firm, and shape your behind for a rear view you’ve always dreamed about.

Blah, blah, blah. Basically all you need to know about this program is the following:

  1. It got me into shape for the Insanity workout. That workout is NO joke. It lives up to its name. I stared at the box in awe for months before I finally did the fit test. I did the full 60 days and could NOT have done it without doing at least a full round of BBL.
  2. BBL is FUN. It’s a combination of dance, strength training, stretching, cardio, and just plain awesome.
  3. Leandro Carvalho is wonderful. I’ve had the opportunity to workout with him live at a few different coach summits, and he is basically a super fun guy with a ton of energy who genuinely loves what he does, and his enthusiasm is infectious. He has a few moments which cracked me up while doing the workout–thankfully while I was already on the floor. 🙂
  4. It’s as intense and impactful of a workout as you want to make it.
  5. It’s one of my favorite Beachbody workouts.
  6. See the preview video!
  7. It’s on sale. 😀

 

Direct links:

Brazil Butt Lift base: http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/BrazilButtLift?referringRepId=38957

Brazil Butt Lift deluxe: http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/BBLDeluxe?referringRepId=38957

Brazil Butt Lift supreme: http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/BBLSupreme?referringRepId=38957

Brazil Butt Lift challenge pack: http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/BCPBBL160?referringRepId=38957

Running three fitness challenges, come join me!

I am currently running three fitness challenges, two of which contain programs which are on sale until the end of July:

#1: PiYo challenge (on sale until end of July!)

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#2: 3 Day Refresh challenge (on sale until end of July!)

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#3: One month clean eating challenge

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Which one is best for you will depend on your individual fitness goals. The PiYo challenge is 60 days, the 3 Day Refresh is 3 days (really? ha), and the clean eating challenge lasts a month. You may want to give the 3 Day Refresh a go first then try the clean eating, or be in both PiYo and the clean eating…any combination you like, it’s up to you!

Interested? Here’s the step by step process:

  1. Contact me! I’m available via email or Facebook.
  2. Get one of the programs from me! The links to do so are above for each challenge. You can also contact me and get the links directly.
  3. Add me to your Facebook.

It’s that simple! Once I have you as a Facebook friend, I can add you to my small, private challenge group with others like you to help with motivation and accountability.

How I lost over 100 lbs and what I’ve learned since

I’ve had a number of people ask me for more detail than what’s in my bio on this site: how did I lose the weight? What did I do specifically? What was the magic recipe?

First of all…it took me a little over a year to do. I was not on the Biggest Loser, I had no trainers, I had no books, no coaches, no manuals…nada. The most amount of support and training I got was when eDiets first came out, and they allowed me to log my meals, have a fitness plan, etc. That’s when I first REALLY learned how to eat.

I started out the first month cooking for myself, which helped me to shed weight right there. After that, I decided to give a modified version of Atkins a try: I eliminated bread, pasta, potatoes, corn, and fruit. With the caveat that this was years before I went vegan, I cooked tomatoes in garlic with cheese, I ate grilled chicken, and I gave veggie burgers a try once I saw how much less fat and calories they had than the standard burger. I also made stir frys with lots of veggies. Afterward I slowly began adding on the GOOD carbs: whole wheat pasta, multigrain and whole wheat bread, potatoes, etc. I avoided refined sugar, white flour, soda, sugary drinks, and HFCS. Heck I was avoiding that crap before it became trendy! I also ate convenience diet foods like Lean Cuisine and Smart Ones, being careful to pay attention to calories, fat, and sodium. I gave no fucks on the amount of carbs in each meal; I just looked for a good balance of nutrients. And lastly–this is part is the most important–I DID NOT STARVE MYSELF. I cannot emphasis this enough.

I didn’t work out for the first half of the weight loss. In some ways, this was good: I needed to get my diet on point and figure out how to eat before I started to figure out what the heck to do with myself in the gym. I never, ever knew how to eat and it’s a good chunk of what cost me in college, that and gaining so many food intolerances. During the last half of the weight loss, I began working out in my apartment complex’s gym room. It was open 24/7, and it cost me a nominal fee for the key to the room. One of the best perks of that place ever! I really do miss it sometimes, and have been slowly building up my own home gym to help out. I also began taking yoga and aerobics classes at work.

Keeping motivated for an entire year of watching what I ate and working out was sometimes challenging. I succeeded because I didn’t deprive myself. I made compromises on occasion, keeping those occasions infrequent: when I went out to eat, I would get a slice of pizza and a salad. I ate Smart Ones desserts. I figured out that lite cool whip and strawberries was delicious (I recommend rice whip for that now!), and made substitutions when I could. I sliced potatoes and baked them with garlic and a bit of EVOO instead of eating fries. When I went out to eat, I figured out what I could order on the menu that wasn’t fried, coated with either a ton of cheese or some form of dairy, etc. I had salads and soups before my meals, making sure that the dressing was on the side and usually some form of vinaigrette.

The reminders had to be there too. Thinking about wearing a two piece for the first time in my life helped. Knowing how fed up I was of not being able to wear the clothing I wanted, and the frustration of not even being able to fit into a size 14 also helped. I’m all of 5’4″, I have a small bone structure–I had to have had a LOT of fat on me to be that heavy. It sucked. I basically dug my heels in and got good and stubborn about changing my life, and no one could get that stubborn for me but me.

I’ll also add what didn’t help: fat shaming from people around me  just made me feel worse. It didn’t make me want to lose the weight more; it just made me feel like a fat failure. On more than one occasion someone who thought that they were being “well-intentioned and concerned” was mean enough to drive me to tears. It’s like people think they have to tell you that you’re fat. Trust me, when you are–you KNOW. I had no delusions about my size. I was harassed and followed on the street, and screamed obscenities at for having the audacity to be out in public while female and fat. This is why I aim to be 100% body positive. You will never, ever see me using being “fat” as a motivation for working out, use body shaming to try and get people motivated, or any form of negativity as a means of getting people into gear. Instead I talk about being on “Team Happy & Healthy”, feeling good, etc. Positive thinking gets positive results, and you cannot hate yourself into a better version of you.

I had so much weight to lose that I tried and failed a number of times to lose the weight, not realizing that I wasn’t succeeding because I wasn’t sticking with it. I wasn’t going to get thin overnight, and I had to be patient. Getting over that hump right there helped me out a lot. This is why I blog a lot about making small changes, especially if you have a big goal in mind. Those big goals can look awfully overwhelming, and you are best breaking those up into chunks or milestones to get through. Small victories over time paid off for me. You don’t need to make drastic changes to have drastic results, although the bigger the goal, the more likely you will need to overhaul your lifestyle in the long run. Ultimately, the changes you make must be ones you can maintain in the long run, not for a quick fix.

Pictures of me before and after the 100+ lb weight loss:

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Years later when I got cocky, had too much personal stress, and got inactive, I started to gain some of it back. I got photos back from a vacation with friends, and had flashbacks to days back at college and how I felt and looked. I had no idea I had gotten that heavy, and it hurt. All of that hard work, out the window. Gone. I also was painfully aware that my finances are in a severe crunch and I couldn’t afford to take all of the classes that had kept me so lean in the past. I needed something which would help me to lose weight AND help out with the money issues. That’s when I found Team Beachbody and became a fitness coach.

Here are pictures of me before Beachbody, and ones taken recently:

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Really the most important thing that happened to me as a result of the weight loss was this: it gave me the knowledge and experience to know that I had and have the power to change myself and my life at any given point in time. It’s empowering, it’s uplifting, it’s downright magical. It’s about having the will and the drive to make a dramatic, positive difference in your life. If I can help at least one person to achieve that and steer them towards whatever will help them to do that, I will have done something awesome with what I’ve gained.

If you are not happy where you’re at for whatever reason and are looking to get healthy, lose weight, gain weight, gain muscle, run a 5K–whatever it is–feel free to reach out to me and make me your fitness coach. This is a labor of love, and hopefully this lengthy post will explain why. 🙂 Now you know my story.