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  • Enjoy A Free Gift!

    • beyond diet
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    Over the years, I have seen some resolutions come true, and some resolutions get left behind on January 1st.

    And I started thinking to myself, why is it that we stick to some of our resolutions and some we just never get around to?

  • Watch The Video Here

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    Every year there’s one day that is more special to me than any other day…

    It’s not Christmas….

    It’s not Thanksgiving…

    It’s not even my birthday!

    The best day of the whole year for me is our annual Toys for Tots shopping day.

    On this shopping day, myself, my family and the rest of the Beyond Diet team and their families go shopping at a local toy store and donate hundreds of toys to Toys for Tots.

    If you’ve never heard of Toys for Tots, it’s a foundation run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve that has gifted over 494 million toys to over 230 million less fortunate children during the holiday season, with the help of contributors such as our Live Smart Foundation.

    Beyond Diet created the Live Smart Foundation many years ago and contribute a percentage of the our profits each month to it, so that we can donate to causes all year long.

    Here’s just some of what we’ve done over the last couple of years…

    - Donated $60,000 toward a rainwater harvesting system (charity: water) and gravity-fed water distribution process (Engineers Without Borders) that is now supplying almost 1,000 people in Uganda and Guatemala clean and safe drinking water.

    - Funded the building of La Libertad Salquil Preschool and Primary School in Quiche, Guatemala (Pencils of Promise) to give kids a safe and stable environment to learn.

    - Contributed to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America to improve the treatment of, and find cures for, all inflammatory bowel diseases.

    - Built a community kitchen in Denver, Colorado that provides access to healthy foods and nutrition education in low-income neighborhoods (Re: Vision).

    - Provided thousands of wholesome meals to children in need through No Kid Hungry.

    - Donated thousands of dollars to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help cancer patients and further research.

    Since 2011, The Live Smart Foundation has donated over $215,000 to extraordinary causes that support children, families, health and nutrition, education, and the environment.

    $39,196 of that has gone toward spreading the gift of hope and joy through our yearly toy drive with Toys for Tots.

    This year, the Beyond Diet Team and our families filled over 40 shopping carts at toy stores in Denver, Colorado, Charleston, South Carolina, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, providing hundreds upon hundreds of toys for children in need!

    It was so wonderful seeing our kids (mine, and those of our Beyond Diet Team members) helping to bag and load the dolls, games, puzzles, Legos, action figures and so many other goodies onto the Toys for Tots trucks…it was just as heartwarming as the shopping itself.

    They had so much joy in their eyes knowing that they were part of something so big. Being able to give back at such a young age is a priceless and I know that they will treasure these memories for years to come.

    We couldn’t have done it without them. It was truly a team effort!

    Want to see exactly what joy I’m talking about?

    Click the video below to watch us in action on my favorite day of the year!

    >> Beyond Diet’s Annual Toys For Tots Shopping Spree

    There’s nothing that makes me happier than contributing to the lives of others, especially those in need.

    If you want to get involved next year, reach out to your local Marine Corps Toys for Tots during the months of October, November and early December.

    Today, my family and I will be celebrating Christmas Day, but more importantly we will be celebrating all of the blessings we have enjoyed all year long.

    And that includes you! Without our hundreds of thousands of members we wouldn’t have any profits to donate to the Live Smart Foundation.

    So I want to thank you for investing in your health and weight loss and allowing us to pay that gift forward through our Live Smart Foundation. We couldn’t have done anything I listed above without the support of our treasured members!

    A very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  • Members Transformation

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    • inspiration

    Man, what a year... can I just say that again?

    "What a year!"

    This year has been so jam packed full of wonderful successes as well as downright awful failures, but do you know what? I wouldn't trade any of it for the world.

    I am one year older, a little bit wise, and have earned a few more wrinkles to prove it - which I will happily wear as a badge of honor. :)

    As this year comes to a close and I get ready to celebrate Christmas with my beautiful family, I can't help but spend some time thinking about all the great things that have happened this year...

    But that's not always the case for a lot of people.

    Too many forget to look at the good because they're too busy reflecting on all the bad. Not to mention all the things they didn't accomplish this year or resolutions that died before spring.

    And I have to be honest here, that used to be me too. I used to think...

    "I said I was going to declutter the house this year and our closets are still a mess."

    Or

    "I said the kids were going to be fluent in Spanish by the end of the year and they're not even close."

    And on and on I would go, beating myself up for all the things I didn't do, completely ignoring all the wonderful accomplishments that DID happen.

    This year is different, because life hit me hard in 2015...

    I lost not 1, not 2, but 3 wonderful people in my life that were all under the age of 40. My heart still falls to my stomach as I type those words. Life has a way of stopping you in your tracks sometimes and these events, although difficult, helped me to realize one important lesson that I am grateful for this year...

    "Focus on what matters and the rest will be ok."

    So what if this wasn't the year you lost every pound you intended to lose? You get another shot at it every single day. Have you made a few changes that have made you healthier? Celebrate that success.

    So what if your finances aren't perfect and maybe a bit disorganized? You get another shot at this too every day. Have you become a bit more aware of your spending habits? Yup, celebrate that.

    So what if your exercise plan got a little derailed with the holidays? You guessed it...

    You get another shot at that too, every day.

    This year, on Christmas Eve, I've decided to be grateful for every lesson that has come my way. Every mistake, every failed goal and every imperfect situation that, maybe, in its imperfection, has made me a better person.

    How about you?

    What wonderful things did you accomplish this year?

    NOT what didn't you do, but alternatively, what great things did you do?

    During this special time, celebrate those successes and remember that every day is another day to start anew.

    Bless you and your family as you celebrate this season and, as always, I only wish you health and happiness in the year to come.

    • beyond diet
    • healthy living
    • inspiration

    Over the years, I have seen some resolutions come true, and some resolutions get left behind on January 1st.

    And I started thinking to myself, why is it that we stick to some of our resolutions and some we just never get around to?

    • beyond diet
    • inspiration
    • live smart foundation
    • parenting

    Every year there’s one day that is more special to me than any other day…

    It’s not Christmas….

    It’s not Thanksgiving…

    It’s not even my birthday!

    The best day of the whole year for me is our annual Toys for Tots shopping day.

    On this shopping day, myself, my family and the rest of the Beyond Diet team and their families go shopping at a local toy store and donate hundreds of toys to Toys for Tots.

    If you’ve never heard of Toys for Tots, it’s a foundation run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve that has gifted over 494 million toys to over 230 million less fortunate children during the holiday season, with the help of contributors such as our Live Smart Foundation.

    Beyond Diet created the Live Smart Foundation many years ago and contribute a percentage of the our profits each month to it, so that we can donate to causes all year long.

    Here’s just some of what we’ve done over the last couple of years…

    - Donated $60,000 toward a rainwater harvesting system (charity: water) and gravity-fed water distribution process (Engineers Without Borders) that is now supplying almost 1,000 people in Uganda and Guatemala clean and safe drinking water.

    - Funded the building of La Libertad Salquil Preschool and Primary School in Quiche, Guatemala (Pencils of Promise) to give kids a safe and stable environment to learn.

    - Contributed to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America to improve the treatment of, and find cures for, all inflammatory bowel diseases.

    - Built a community kitchen in Denver, Colorado that provides access to healthy foods and nutrition education in low-income neighborhoods (Re: Vision).

    - Provided thousands of wholesome meals to children in need through No Kid Hungry.

    - Donated thousands of dollars to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help cancer patients and further research.

    Since 2011, The Live Smart Foundation has donated over $215,000 to extraordinary causes that support children, families, health and nutrition, education, and the environment.

    $39,196 of that has gone toward spreading the gift of hope and joy through our yearly toy drive with Toys for Tots.

    This year, the Beyond Diet Team and our families filled over 40 shopping carts at toy stores in Denver, Colorado, Charleston, South Carolina, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, providing hundreds upon hundreds of toys for children in need!

    It was so wonderful seeing our kids (mine, and those of our Beyond Diet Team members) helping to bag and load the dolls, games, puzzles, Legos, action figures and so many other goodies onto the Toys for Tots trucks…it was just as heartwarming as the shopping itself.

    They had so much joy in their eyes knowing that they were part of something so big. Being able to give back at such a young age is a priceless and I know that they will treasure these memories for years to come.

    We couldn’t have done it without them. It was truly a team effort!

    Want to see exactly what joy I’m talking about?

    Click the video below to watch us in action on my favorite day of the year!

    >> Beyond Diet’s Annual Toys For Tots Shopping Spree

    There’s nothing that makes me happier than contributing to the lives of others, especially those in need.

    If you want to get involved next year, reach out to your local Marine Corps Toys for Tots during the months of October, November and early December.

    Today, my family and I will be celebrating Christmas Day, but more importantly we will be celebrating all of the blessings we have enjoyed all year long.

    And that includes you! Without our hundreds of thousands of members we wouldn’t have any profits to donate to the Live Smart Foundation.

    So I want to thank you for investing in your health and weight loss and allowing us to pay that gift forward through our Live Smart Foundation. We couldn’t have done anything I listed above without the support of our treasured members!

    A very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family!

    • balance
    • healthy living
    • inspiration

    Man, what a year... can I just say that again?

    "What a year!"

    This year has been so jam packed full of wonderful successes as well as downright awful failures, but do you know what? I wouldn't trade any of it for the world.

    I am one year older, a little bit wise, and have earned a few more wrinkles to prove it - which I will happily wear as a badge of honor. :)

    As this year comes to a close and I get ready to celebrate Christmas with my beautiful family, I can't help but spend some time thinking about all the great things that have happened this year...

    But that's not always the case for a lot of people.

    Too many forget to look at the good because they're too busy reflecting on all the bad. Not to mention all the things they didn't accomplish this year or resolutions that died before spring.

    And I have to be honest here, that used to be me too. I used to think...

    "I said I was going to declutter the house this year and our closets are still a mess."

    Or

    "I said the kids were going to be fluent in Spanish by the end of the year and they're not even close."

    And on and on I would go, beating myself up for all the things I didn't do, completely ignoring all the wonderful accomplishments that DID happen.

    This year is different, because life hit me hard in 2015...

    I lost not 1, not 2, but 3 wonderful people in my life that were all under the age of 40. My heart still falls to my stomach as I type those words. Life has a way of stopping you in your tracks sometimes and these events, although difficult, helped me to realize one important lesson that I am grateful for this year...

    "Focus on what matters and the rest will be ok."

    So what if this wasn't the year you lost every pound you intended to lose? You get another shot at it every single day. Have you made a few changes that have made you healthier? Celebrate that success.

    So what if your finances aren't perfect and maybe a bit disorganized? You get another shot at this too every day. Have you become a bit more aware of your spending habits? Yup, celebrate that.

    So what if your exercise plan got a little derailed with the holidays? You guessed it...

    You get another shot at that too, every day.

    This year, on Christmas Eve, I've decided to be grateful for every lesson that has come my way. Every mistake, every failed goal and every imperfect situation that, maybe, in its imperfection, has made me a better person.

    How about you?

    What wonderful things did you accomplish this year?

    NOT what didn't you do, but alternatively, what great things did you do?

    During this special time, celebrate those successes and remember that every day is another day to start anew.

    Bless you and your family as you celebrate this season and, as always, I only wish you health and happiness in the year to come.

    Categories

    1. Healthy eating   
         92 posts
    1. Weight loss   
         54 posts
    1. Meal planning   
         43 posts
    1. Clean eating   
         42 posts
    1. Gluten Free   
         39 posts
    1. Parenting   
         33 posts
    1. Balance   
         27 posts
    1. Inspiration   
         27 posts
    1. Cheat Day   
         6 posts
    1. Guest Post   
         5 posts
    • Enjoy A Free Gift!

    • Watch The Video Here

    • Members Transformation