Friday, April 24, 2015

Breathing Fresh Air

There is just something about getting out in the fresh air, breathing in the breeze, and getting your heart rate up.  Yes?

It's like the best "drug" you could take.  I mean, I don't know a lot about drugs - honestly, wouldn't even know what to do if someone pulled them out in front of me (and admittedly, might not even realize something was a drug in some cases) - but I think the feeling I get when I'm breathing in fresh air is probably the closest thing to a high I will ever experience.  And I'm 100% okay with that.

My therapy is getting out and doing something; making my body work.  It's the best church I've ever experienced.  There is just something about it!  I wish I could put my finger on it.

In fact, I wish I could put my finger on it, grab ahold of it, bottle it up, and sell it.  It would put Red Bull and all those other companies out of commission for good.  It's that good.

I'm a huge fan of being outside, but I think I produced a child that could live outside.  And, honestly, in a world where kids spend the majority of their time watching tv, playing video games, and on social media, I'm pretty excited about the fact that "ball" is my child's favorite word.  

The only problem is that when it's time to go inside, he pretends to be 2 and throws the tantrum of all tantrums.  And when it's raining outside he stands at the door, banging on it, and crying.  Poor kid; he just doesn't understand.  I suppose it could be worse.  

Fact of the matter is breathing in fresh air is important.  Not just to our family, but in general.  I really feel like one of the reasons we are so happy and focused on the positive.

Do you get outside each day?

Monday, April 20, 2015

On choosing happiness...

I was reflecting recently on everything that has happened this year.  It's been a heck of a year!  I lost 2 grandparents, my FIL had a severe heart attack and was on life support, my son has been sick with all the things, and I got hit with the flu.  Whirlwind doesn't do it justice.

Of course in between those big things there have been little things to overcome.  Sometimes those little things seem huge in the moment and then I look back and I can't even remember them now.  Like last night, how my dog jumped up on the table and pulled down the entire high chair tray.  Down came the spaghetti, sauce, meatballs, and milk that Carson hadn't finished for dinner.  All over my walls and floors.

It's been raining for 3 days now and I have to's hard to stay motivated and want to do a whole lot that doesn't involve binge watching Married at First Sight.  (Thanks, Maura - I'm hooked!)

But, honestly, I'm just really happy.  I guess, I'm choosing to be happy.  There are so many things I could dwell on that make me not so happy, but I choose happiness.  Every day.

I don't really think it's a conscious decision.  I think at this point in my life I've just surrounded myself with people and things that uplift me.  At some point, I just rid the toxic stuff from my life.

Who would have thought that waking up 45 minutes earlier than necessary, sweating way more than normal, and starting my own online business would cause this much positivity to enter my life?

I just think sometimes we spend so much time focusing on the negative stuff that happens and we can gripe about it until we are blue in the mouth, but it's never going to go away.  It's part of life and as stinky as it is, it will always be there.  What will also always be there is the good stuff.

And if you choose to focus on the good stuff you will always be happy.

There are going to be things that cause us to stumble or question or throw us off track.  What would life be if we never had to overcome anything?!  But, if I focus on the things I've lost or not got I'm missing out on all that I have.  And I'm not talking the material stuff.

I'm talking a loving husband, a healthy and (mostly) happy baby boy, a supportive family, an amazing group of friends, a job I love, and a hobby that inspires me and makes me better myself on a daily basis.

Remember when I wrote about coaching and how it's been such a blessing in my life?  I really genuinely mean that.  This business has brought so many amazing people into my life and into my heart and truly I believe that has helped to set the tone for 2015.  My word for 2015 is shine.  I thought it might be good to reflect back on my word and see how I'm doing in reaching those goals throughout the year.

What better moment than the present to start reflecting?

I'm being as supportive as I know how to be of my husband.  He is doing incredible things and I'm putting myself aside to support him in those things.  I am his biggest cheerleader; I am so proud of him.  Hubby, if you're reading this today, good luck.  xoxo

My goal is mainly to be a light in the lives of others.  To bring them positivity, energy, and joy.  I pray I'm doing those things each day.  I can say I've established amazing connections with people and some of my challengers are having incredible results!  Just today I got a text from someone saying in their first week of 21 Day Fix, they've lost 10 pounds and 6 inches.  I'm impacting their lives in a positive way and that is trickling into other areas of their life.

I am an advocate for my son.  I aim to be the best mother I can be.  I have flaws and rough days, but I try very hard to live in the moment with him.  Even letting him eat dessert before lunch.

So, I think at this point, I'm doing okay.  I'm focusing on what I can do, what I am doing.  I'm choosing happiness.

What do you choose?

Thursday, April 16, 2015


I really never expected my husband to jump on board with my exercise routines.  Not because they are too hard or anything, but because he just never really seemed interested.

Don't get me wrong; he is very supportive.  If I'm in the middle of a nap-time workout and CT wakes up, he entertains him until I'm finished.  If I'm running a race, he is on the sidelines taking pictures and cheering me on each step of the way.  He is on my team.

So when I bought T25 recently and mentioned to my husband that his best friend was going to do it with him, I was thrilled to have sparked a competitive edge in him.

I know this may seem silly to those of you who either don't work out or whose husbands are your favorite gym partners.  But, for me, this was awesome!  This means that each evening we are getting our sweat on together.  I'm not gonna lie, I could work out for hours as long as he is doing it beside me.  It just makes my heart happy to know that we are doing this together.

When we're both in the middle of it and we start to feel like we need a break we take turns saying things like, "Focus," or "You got this!"  We high five after each workout and last night we walked outside after and enjoyed a tall glass of H2O.

Like I said, it may not seem like much, but it's rocking my world right now.

Do you have a workout partner?

Monday, April 13, 2015

Another Day Another Park

Spring break was a toddler's dream in our house.  If there was a park within a 50 mile radius, we visited it.  It was pretty much the dirtiest, sweatiest, stickiest, funnest, dreamiest spring break I have had in a long time.  I started the week with a "honey-do" list for myself and by the end of the week, I had accomplished enough on it that I decided to abandon it.  Instead, we ate ice cream cones, rode the carousel, and climbed up and down steps.  We went fishing in a wading pool on the back deck and dined al fresco.  We slept in until 7:15 and our uniform consisted of bare feet and stretchy waistbands.

It was a quintessential stay-cation of a spring break.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

My Heart

 When I first started this blog it was like one of my favorite entrees at a restaurant; a combo platter if you will.  A little bit of everything.  People told me I needed to choose a direction and go with it.  They said if I didn't get focused with my content, I would lose readers.

So, I did.  Or at least, I tried.

And to be honest, I haven't really enjoyed blogging since I started streamlining it to my fitness business.  Don't get me wrong, I love fitness, but I also love documenting the things going on in my heart, my mind, and my family.  So, if you have stuck around this long, I'm going back to the way things were.

 Life is crazy and I want to remember all the bits and pieces.  I want to share our normalcrazywonderful life with the world.  So, this is my way of doing it.

I'm still really passionate about what I'm doing, but I'm even more passionate about the people in these photos.  They are my WHY; my reason for working as hard as I do.  If not for them, the rest of it just wouldn't be worth it.

I hope you understand and I hope you stick around to see how we manage this beautiful life we've been given and build our own little empire in the process.  

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

21 Day Fix Extreme | My Personal Results

After having amazing results with PiYo, I was excited to try out another program.  I decided to try the 21 Day Fix Extreme since the original 21 Day fix has been so popular amongst my challengers.

I have to admit I was very nervous about starting this program.  PiYo was no walk in the park, but the thought of adding weights, jumps, and more squats had me concerned.  I just knew I was going to be super sore the first day and the next day and I really wasn't sure how long it would last.

I really struggled with moves like those after having Carson.  Even though I had a very healthy and active pregnancy, my body didn't bounce back as well as I'd anticipated or hoped.  In fact, I was quite shocked the first time I went for a run and realized it just wasn't happening after I'd been running until I was 32 weeks pregnant.

Long story short, I decided to do it anyway because that's what I tell my challengers to do!

I'm a firm believer in practice what you preach and if I'm going to encourage others to do the hard stuff, I need to do the hard stuff, too.  Otherwise I am not believable, I'm not authentic, I'm an imposter!  But really though...would you do something someone told you to do if they wouldn't even do it?!

To be honest, the workouts are AWESOME.  I love them.  Like love love.  They are my jam.

30 minutes a day is totally doable and I had fantastic results even though when it comes to nutrition, I ride the struggle bus all the way home.  In fact, I loved it so much I'm currently on round 2.  Again, this round, my nutrition is totally off.  However, I'm loving the workouts still.

I definitely want to do another round of this before summer, but I really want to take a break from it so that when I do come back for my third round I can tackle the nutrition part and do it properly.

Have you completed 21 Day Fix or Extreme?  What did you think?

Interested in trying it?  Contact me!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Fitness Myths Debunked

There are sooooo many myths out there about health and fitness.  Unfortunately, some people believe everything they read and it can be scary what is written!

I've had people critique the way I treat my body because of myths they've heard.
I've had friends do crazy things in the name of weight loss due to myths they've believed.

The best advice I can give when it comes to health, fitness, and nutrition is...

Do your homework, people.  Research.  Research.  Research.

And make sure those places you're getting your information from are credible before believing everything you read.  Before signing up with Beachbody, I made sure to get down into the nitty gritty; I wanted to make sure I truly believed in the company, it's mission, and the products before deciding it was something I would use and endorse.

Know what you are putting in your body before you put it in.  Know what you are doing and how to do it properly before you start.  This will results in less injury and better results.

Myth #1:
The more you sweat, the more calories you burn.

Nope.  Not true unfortunately.  In fact, if you work out more than you should, you will start to burn less calories.  You heard that right...less.  See, your body needs a certain amount of calories to function.  If you are burning more than that, it is going to cling to any calorie you feed it meaning you will burn less calories and lose less weight when you exercise.  In some cases, you could even gain weight.

Myth #2:
Heavier weights get you cut.

I have always thought this was true, but it's not about the weight.  It's about the reps.  In fact, a lot of women choose not to go any higher than 5 pounders so that they don't bulk up.  They just do more reps to get cut.

Myth #3:
Cardio is the quickest way to lose weight.

I am a long time believer of this myth and only recently have learned (and experienced) otherwise.  In fact, several of my challengers were doing their workouts without weights and experienced 0 weight loss until they started incorporating them.  Cardio is definitely a fast and productive way to lose weight, but if you don't incorporate strength training you will hit a plateau that  no amount of cardio can overcome.  Switching things up with cardio, weights, plyo, etc. is the quickest way to lose weight.

Myth #4:
Machines are better than free weights.

I love the gym just as much as the next gym-rat, but it's not in the cards for me right now.  And honestly, since starting with Beachbody, I will probably never own a gym membership again.  I really like my at-home workouts.  I used to think a good workout consisted of 20 minutes of cardio followed by either arms or legs on the machines.  And that is a decent workout, but free weights are actually a little better.

Before you argue me, hear me out:

When you are using free weights, more than just the muscles you are exercising are engaged during the move.  For example, you have to use leg muscles to hold your stance, core muscles to still your body during the movement, etc.  When you are sitting on a machine, the machine is stabilizing you.  When you are using free weights, your muscles must work to stabilize you.