Tuesday, 4 November 2014

My Husband Shawn's Final Focus T25 Results!

Sooooo I just realized I never shared my husband, Shawn's, final Focus T25 before and after results on my site here. :P Whoops. haha.

Well if you follow me on Facebook you've seen this already, otherwise here it is!

He did all 70 days of Shaun T's (creator of INSANITY workouts) Focus T25 program, had Shakeology for breakfast every day, and tracked everything he ate using the myfitnesspal app. 

- down 28 lbs (now 174)!
- down 5" around the belly!
- down 3" around the pant line!
- down 4.5" on his chest!
- down 1.5" on each arm!
- down 2.75" around his hips!
- down 2.25" on each thigh!
- off his blood pressure medication!
- doesn't sweat anymore!
- his eczema is cleared up!
- has way more energy!
- sleeps better and doesn't have to sleep as long!
- the list goes on and on!

Beachbody Shakeology Focus T25 Shaun T results front flex

Beachbody Shakeology Focus T25 Shaun T results side

I'm so proud of him...I didn't have to push him at all to do this nor be on his case about watching what he ate or doing his workouts...he did it all on his own will and determination!

For his second round, he's been doing a hybrid of T25 and Chalene Johnson's PiYo program and is now 6 weeks into the 8 week hybrid schedule!  I'll make sure to share his further results. :D

My 60-Day Body Beast Results

Scroll down to see my Day 1 vs. Day 60 progress pic, or continue reading see how I got there!

Beachbody Body Beast bulking program at home workouts

Body Beast is a 90-day at-home DVD fitness program by Beachbody that I started on September 1st, but I am so excited by the changes I've already seen in the first 60 days that I just had to share before I am fully done. :D

What I love most so far is that the program focuses mostly on weightlifting and very little on cardio. This is the way to actually put on NEW muscle mass. I've always done programs where it incorporates about 50/50 weights or cardio and cut calories at the same time. This is a great way to shed fat and reveal muscle you already have or tone lean muscles, which it did do for me, but it's not the best way to develop new muscle and I've come to realize that! Eureka. :D

Which is why I'm so excited with the way my body is morphing in front of my eyes. 

Here's what my day consisted of for these past 60 days:

For breakfast I have my Shakeology shake (Shakeology, ½ banana, 1 Tbsp natural peanut butter, 1 cup almond milk, ¼ cup dry quick oats, ice and blend) along with ⅜ cups of liquid egg whites microwaved with salt and pepper. Without fail...this is what I ate every single breakfast lol. Love it.

I then take my Super Suma Body Beast supplement, which helps increase testosterone levels to help your body build more muscle, before taking off to work.

At work I would then have a really big snack. And then a big lunch. And then another big snack. And then dinner by 7pm once I got home.

Once 9 PM comes along I get into my workout prep mode by taking a dose of my Energy & Endurance pre-workout drink to give me a boost of energy this late at night. 

And then I get my workout in. With Body Beast, there is a Lean calendar and a Bulk calendar (Lean to cut fat at the same time, but putting on a bit less muscle mass at the same time, and Bulk to just put on as much muscle mass as possible). Each calendar tells you exactly which of the workouts to do each day of the 90-day program. You just follow along day by day and get the workout done on the schedule. Easy peasy. 

Basically, each daily workout will focus on one or two muscle groups (in the Bulk phase I just finished it was Chest, then Legs, then Back, then Arms & Abs, then Shoulders, then Rest).  The workouts are anywhere from 30-50 minutes depending on the day. And I don't care if I'm too tired to workout. I COMMITTED TO DOING BODY BEAST SO I DO IT. :D

Immediately following my workout I mix up my post-workout recovery drink which consists of: Beachbody Fuel Shot (mostly a fast-absorbing carb blend with a bit of protein), Beachbody Hardcore Base Shake (all-natural flavourless high-quality protein), Beachbody M.A.X. Creatine, ⅓ cup of fruit juice, some water and blend! It's imperative to take this within 30 minutes of finishing your workout so your body can inject it into your muscles for recovery.

Beachbody workout supplements protein post workout creatine super suma root

I also tracked every single calorie consumed in the past 60 days using the myfitnesspal app. If you don't track what you eat, how do you know you're eating the right number of calories and the right combination of carbs, fats and protein, right?  My calorie intake consisted of ~2,700 per day in the last phase (using the calculation in the program guide)...some days it was tough to fit that all in but it's mandatory to BEAST UP!

Anyway...here are my results from Day 1 vs. Day 60! Day 90 will be shared once I'm finished up...the next 30 days are focused on leaning out a bit to allow the muscle mass I put on show through better. :D

My starting weight on Day 1 was 147 lbs and on Day 60 I sit at 155.6 lbs. :D That's 8.6 lbs added on. I know some of that is fat in addition to muscle...but a lot of that is muscle! The next 30 days will show that. :D

And feel free to check out where I was back when I first started my fitness journey at 215 lbs here: http://www.jsfitnessandnutrition.com/p/my-story.html

Feel free to message me if you're looking to get into a program like Body Beast, P90X, Insanity, PiYo, etc. that you can do at home and get great results with my help along the way. My email is coachjustinstanley@gmail.com or feel free to add me on Facebook and shoot me a message at www.facebook.com/justin.stanley. :)

Monday, 3 November 2014

Recipe: Smoky Chipotle Turkey Chili

Smoky Chipotle Turkey Chili

THIS! This is now my FAVOURITE chili of ALLLLL TIME.  

I've always been a lover of smoky chipotle flavours.  So adding it to chili is a sure-fire win in my books! If you're not fond of spice...beware this one has a kick--but most things with chipotle peppers do so now you know.  :)

healthy smoky chipotle pepper turkey chili recipe


About 12 1.5-cup servings. Feel free to cut the ingredients in half to make half of the servings.


2 pounds ground turkey
1 large diced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large diced green bell pepper
1 large diced red bell pepper
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
1 cup chunky salsa
3.5 oz (½ can) chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped (use gloves or you'll be sorry!!!)
2 cans corn kernels
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 large pack sliced fresh mushrooms
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon salt

  1. Heat a large, non-stick pot over medium-high heat and stir in the ground turkey, onion, garlic, green pepper, and red pepper. 
  2. Cook and stir until the turkey is crumbly, evenly-browned, and no longer pink, about 10 minutes. 
  3. Pour in the tomatoes, salsa, chipotle peppers (including adobo sauce), corn, mushrooms, and black beans. 
  4. Season with lime juice, cumin, red pepper flakes, chili powder, and cilantro. 
  5. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the flavors develop, 1 to 3 hours. 

(Adapted and improved upon from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/waistline-friendly-turkey-chili/detail.aspx)