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Friday, February 27, 2015

FREE Accountability Group for March

I'm hosting a FREE accountability group for the month of March and I would love for you to be part of it.  Accountability is one of the main reasons so many people never meet their New Year resolutions; it's hard to hold yourself accountable.  That's where the group comes in.

It's a group of people with common goals and interests working together to motivate one another and hold each other accountable.  When you've got people counting on you, you can't fail!

In the group I will help you identify your goals, create a plan to achieve those goals, and provide the support/inspiration you may begin to lack after the first few days.

There is no cost or purchase necessary.  This is me reaching out to help you achieve all that you want to achieve.  If you are interested in being part of the group, leave a comment or fill out the form on the right sidebar of my blog.  Can't wait to work together!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

5 Tips to Get Your Workout in Early

As a mom, I totally understand how it's difficult to get workouts in.  There are only so many nap minutes in a day and there is so much to do in that timeframe.  One way I've found to overcome this is to wake up early in the morning to get my workout in.

I realize that sounds dreadful; trust me, I love my sleep.  But, I've come up with a few foolproof tips to make it a little easier on you.

1. Find an Accountability Partner
This is quite possibly the most important thing you need to do in order to be successful in meeting any goal you set for yourself fitness or otherwise.  Find someone who is willing to do it with you, text you each day to check in, and hold you accountable.

I like to call these push partners; they push you to reach your goals.  They are genuinely invested in your success and they will be your greatest cheerleader when you achieve it.

I pride myself on being an awesome accountability partner.  You can read more about that here.

2. Wear Your Workout Clothes to Bed
I know, I know you think this is gross, but you're going to sweat in those clothes anyway.  Why not sleep in them first?!  It's not like anyone is judging you.

If you put them on before you go to sleep you are more inclined to get out of bed and use them and it makes everything go a little quicker in the morning.  No struggling to pull on leggings at 5 am when you're still not quite awake.

3. Start Each Day With 8 oz. of Water
This may seem silly, but it makes a huge difference in your water intake for the day and how you feel throughout your workout.  I struggled to get enough water in, but this has made a world of difference.

It also gets things moving (if you will) first thing in the morning.  *wink*

4. Get Your Rest
Duh.  Right?
But, seriously, so many of us don't get enough sleep.  I'm guilty of laying in bed scrolling through Facebook before I go to sleep and wasting an hour looking at nothing that truly matters.  You will dread your alarm going off even more if you're waking up tired.

Get in bed at a decent time, cut out caffeine after 6:00, rest your eyes from "screen time" before going to sleep each night.  It will do your body good.

5. Create a Calendar.
You know why everyone loves checklists?  Because everyone loves crossing things off of them.

It's the same way with workouts!  I love crossing off each workout on the calendar I have displayed on my refrigerator for everyone to see.  Talk about accountability!  Crossing that workout off each day gives you a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.  In my challenge groups I always have a checklist for people to check off their workout virtually for everyone in the group to see.  Most people won't miss a workout because they love checking it off.

Do you have any tricks to help you get out of bed and hit the ground running in the morning?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Mexican Quinoa

I originally got this recipe from my coach and I ended up texting her the first night I made it to ask how much a serving size was.  I'm pretty certain I ate like 5 servings.  It is so good.  And it's so easy!

You need:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup roasted frozen corn kernels
  • 1 can rinsed/drained black beans
  • 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lime
  • salt & pepper to taste
To make it:
  1. Heat 1 Tbsp EVOO and 1 Tbsp garlic in large skillet until fragrant.
  2. Add quinoa, vegetable broth, corn, black beans, tomatoes, and chili powder and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce hit, cover, and let simmer for 20 minutes or until quinoa is fully cooked.
  4. Add chopped avocado and juice of lime.
  5. Stir and serve immediately.
  6. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Coaching on Team EVOLVE

I'm not a risk taker.  In fact, I'm about as safe as it gets.  When I was growing up, I refused to ride roller coasters and practically had a meltdown going down Splash Mountain at Disney World with my family.  No, they don't let me live it down.

The point of that story is that I don't like stepping out on a limb to try new things.  Unless it's food, I love trying new food.  But really, I pretty much stick with the most reliable choices.  I guess you could say I'm a control freak and if it's not in my control, I'm probably not going to try it.

About 6 months ago I decided to do something I normally wouldn't do.  I've always been driven and focused and goal-oriented, but I've been too nervous to really put myself out there.  

I realized I wasn't going to lose the baby weight and get my inner athlete back without some help.  So, I started researching all the different programs on the market today.  Several things I was sure of:
  • I wanted a lifestyle change.
  • I didn't want to purchase food for me and then food for the rest of my family.
  • I wanted something that was going to be maintainable.
  • I wanted something that was going to make my life easier.
  • I wanted a program that encompassed healthy living - the whole day: nutrition, exercise, and portion control.
When I found Beachbody, I could hardly wait to become part of the movement.  I signed up to coach and become an entrepreneur and, boy, was it scary, but boy, has it been amazing.

I've never enjoyed "work" as much as I do when I'm doing this.  It doesn't even feel like work for me.  I've made so many friends through my team and they are all so inspiring.  I truly believe I've found my calling.  I want you to have this same feeling.

If you've ever thought about starting your own business, staying home with your children, or being able to work from wherever you want to travel to, this could be for you!  If you're already a stay at home mom, this could be your opportunity to have something that is your's and contribute to your family financially.  If you want children one day, start now and build a sustainable business before they get here.

I am here to answer any and all questions and to share my story with you.  Coaching has given me so much: financial freedom, my sense of self, a healthier/fitter me, self-confidence, and I get to positively influence and encourage others to do the same.

If you're interested in hearing more, click on CONTACT ME at the top of my page.  Let's chat and get you on Team EVOLVE.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Accountability and the Challenge Group

I posted this picture in one of my challenge groups this week.  We have over 75 people in the group and only 10 had checked in for workouts that week.  10 out of 75!

That's not good.

Once I posted it several people started checking in (they had forgotten) and several thanked me for calling them out and putting them in their place! You can bet we won't have this problem again.

When I talk to people about fitness, nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle, almost everyone is interested in what I have to say.  They want to know how to fit a workout into their busy schedule, what recipes work for a working mom, and how they can easily incorporate healthy choices into their current lifestyle.

Everyone wants to do what is best for their body and their family.

Not everyone wants (or knows how) to be held accountable.  People talk about change.  People want change.  They just don't necessarily want to do anything to make it happen.

That's where the challenge group comes in.  It pretty much prevents the excuse.  There is no way to have an excuse because everyone in the challenge group works together to make the workout/recipe/healthy choices easy on one another.  It's a group of people working toward the same goal.  Before now, I didn't realize the magnitude that has on an individual.

It's easy to have goals, but it's not always easy to keep them in sight when things like life hit.

That's why the challenge group is essential. It's what makes my program different from other programs on the market; it's what can almost guarantee success.

If you're interested in participating in a Challenge group, click on contact me above and we will chat about your goals!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

One Workout and One Bad Day

Last week was a real struggle for me in regards to working out and eating right.  I wasn't feeling well and we had auditors coming to our house and I had extra responsibilities outside of home.  CT was sick with a double ear infection and there were just a lot of things working against me.

I started to get really down on myself.  And it just hit me...

It's so easy to let one mistake compound into a lot of mistakes.  One bad snack choice becomes a week of poor meal planning (or in my case:  no meal planning).

Don't hate yourself if you slip one day, don't let your disappointment compound into a series of bad choices.  One bad choice may lead to a disappointment, but a series of bad choices can lead to a severe derailment of your goals.

If you find yourself off the bandwagon, don't give up on yourself.

Get right back into it.  Start your workout program back up TODAY.
Don't wait for tomorrow.  The longer you wait, the harder it is to get back into your routine.  No more excuses, pop in the dvd, hit the gym, or lace up your sneakers.  Whatever your thing is, do it.

Contact your accountability partner.
Get in touch with your friends that hold you accountable.  Text or call or set up a time to get together.  When you surround yourself with positivity, you feel ready to take on the world.

Find some healthy recipes. 
Look around on Pinterest, Instagram, or the internet for some healthy recipes to try.  When you fuel your body with good foods, you realize how much better you feel on healthy foods as opposed to junk.

What do you do to get back on the wagon?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

100% Natural Pedialyte

So, we've been a sick household the last few days.  I've literally been out of work for a week straight at this point.  I wanted to share a quick recipe for homemade pedialyte that helped us to stay hydrated while battling fevers and viruses.

What tricks do you have to stay healthy?

Monday, February 2, 2015

Rock Garden

The other day I was thinking about the first days and weeks of starting my business.  The feelings of anxiousness, excitement, and self-doubt that I experienced.  One day I would be so excited and the next I would be so rethinking this whole decision.  It's a little scary going out on your own...

Some days I still have feelings of unease, but most times I'm just really grateful for this opportunity to grow as an individual and as a professional and to have such a positive influence in other's lives.  

And it got me thinking about all those people that believed in me right from the start.  The ones that listened to me, supported me, believed in me, and encouraged me to try this new venture.

My husband.  My parents.  My friends.  My first customers.  My coaches.  My upline coach. 

The rocks in my garden.

On the days of excitement, they celebrated with me.
On the days of self-doubt and worry, they encouraged me.

I didn't realize it at the time, but they helped me to build this business and even though they may not be getting a paycheck from Beachbody, they are on my team.  Shoot.  They created my team.

They stood by me when I wasn't on sure ground.  They continue to stand by me as we grow and learn together.  I'm so grateful.  The qualities they have, I want to exude to others...

  • loyalty
  • trusting
  • optimism
  • encouraging
  • supportive
If you have the opportunity to be this for someone, please do.  Be a rock in someone's garden.

They'll never forget you for it.