Thursday, April 30, 2015

Make May a Triple Play

I've talked some about accountability and motivation to keep on keepin' on when it comes to fitness and nutrition.  I'm an all in type of person.  If I've committed to a program, you can bet I'm going to do every single workout that program requires of me.  I'm also going to be enthusiastic and driven to get it done.


I'm really excited for my challenge group in May.  It involves good old competition, prizes, and teamwork.  In all honesty, if you aren't motivated to do what you need to do to reach your goals on your own, there is nothing that a little healthy competition won't get you to do.

In March, we gave away Amazon gift cards to 5 winners.  These women accomplished their goals, motivated others to do the same, and held each other accountable.  It's an awesome feeling to be a part of someone's goal.

Some mornings I wake up to text messages like this
And this

Just to be clear: none of this success is contingent on me.  None of it happened because she took a magic pill each day.  None of it is a miracle.  It all stems from her commitment to do her best, put in the work, and hold herself accountable.  I help in any way I can.

Like I said, it's an awesome feeling to be part of something like this.  Fills my heart with joy.

If you're interested in hearing more about May's challenge group of coaching with my team, please, contact me.  Let's talk about your goals and start your journey to fitness!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Focus on the Now


I haven't said much about it yet because we were really waiting for things to be more concrete before sharing the news with the world, but my husband recently took a new position with a new bank.  This means lots of change and newness for us in the coming 6-12 months.

A few definites include moving, new neighbors, and a new schedule.  There are also lots of other indefinites that I've already started concerning myself with.  Many of which won't even happen in the next 12 months; more like the next 2-3 years!

The other day a family member asked me what I thought of it all and I immediately focused on my fears, the change, the unknown, and what's to come 2-3 years down the road.  She looked at me and said, you can't think about that!  You have to focus on the now.

And wow.  Yes.  I needed to hear that!

I've spent a lot of time lately focusing on the future.  I have finally trained myself to stop dwelling on the past, but this feeling of anxiety has become so normal at this point that I'm comfortable with it.  And I'm realizing, it's not okay.  I don't like it.  I need to change.

There are so many things that I'm concerning myself with that aren't necessary!  It's time to focus on the present.  I mean, my husband took a new position with a new bank.  This is amazing!

I am so proud of him and proud to be his wife.  I am excited for where this journey is going to take our family.  I am happily looking at real estate.  It is hard not to think of the future and there are certain futuristic things we must take into account now, but I'm going to choose to live for the NOW.

It's kinda like when I decided to start coaching.  There were a ton of "what-ifs" going through my head and had I focused on them or let them overrun my thoughts, I wouldn't have ever signed up!  I would have let my anxiety and my fears keep me from doing something that I absolutely love.

I wouldn't be chasing my dream; I'd still be dreaming it.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Dreams


If someone came up to you and asked what your dreams were, what would your response be?  I'm talking all the big dreams everyone tells you not to dream because they are unsafe, unchartered, or unconventional.  The ones that you cling to deep down in the pit of your soul because just maybe one day you will get to them.

What are your biggest, baddest, scariest dreams?

Those are the ones I want to know about.  Those are the ones that even I get scared to talk about out loud.  In my head they aren't quite as terrifying.  Out load, they rock my core.

Dreams like
  • one day making my own work schedule so that I can be available to volunteer at my children's school, go on field trips, and teach exercise classes.
  • being debt free and complete financial freedom
  • traveling the world with my family
  • leading a team of coaches that are changing lives on a daily basis
  • helping other people achieve their health/fitness goals as well as their personal dreams of financial freedom, scheduling freedom, and entrepreneurship
These are all dreams that are attainable, but boy do they scare me.  Because in order to obtain them I have to take risks.  I have to put myself out there.  I have to do the unexpected, the abnormal, the unpopular.  I have to travel the road less traveled.  

So, what are your dreams?  What is the one thing you are afraid to say out loud for fear that it may actually come true?!




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 admit...it'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

Together


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.