Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Guest Blog Post

So it's been a long time since I've posted on here. Sorry!! I've been super busy with preparing a Guest Blog Post for my sister's blog Oh Sweet Basil. Follow this link to find out my 4 tips and especially the One Thing I Wish I Had Done Differently.

I've also been busy with kids and life and especially Beachbody. I am posting all the time on Facebook, which is probably a better place to find me now days! If you haven't found me there yet, come on over: My Pounds On Pounds Off.

Have a good day everyone!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Learning is a great thing!

So I've been studying and learning a lot about how to be better at helping other people on their own fitness and finance journeys. I am amazed at how this is affecting my life. I'm busier than ever because I'm not only being a wife, mom, working full time and coaching, but now I'm also studying about how to be a better coach. I absolutely love helping others on their own journey to better fitness and better financial stability. The thing that surprised me is that when I spend even just 10 minutes a day learning something new I have more energy for all my other "jobs". Maybe energy isn't exactly the correct word. I want to say motivation, and that is definitely part of it, but that's not exactly it either. I find that I am more attune to those around me, more aware of things that I can do to be of service to others, that is invigorating. As I read, study and especially apply the things I'm learning I just get more excited to learn and do more! This is a side effect of learning to be a coach that I never expected! It is one that I have been happily surprised by however!

So what do I do with this unexpected surprise? Oh, I just dive into more learning! That's right! I just start reading more and more and then applying the things I've learned. And that starts the cycle all over again! I don't remember ever being this excited about learning while I was in school. I think that's a big reason why I was so surprised by this. It's so empowering and fulfilling to learn new ways to "Pay it forward"!

It doesn't matter what it is that interests you, or how much education you already have. Find something to learn about. Find a way to continue to grow as an individual. Learning and growing and changing is so good for each and every one of us. It helps keep things interesting and new and exciting! It doesn't have to be a college course. It doesn't have to be anything formal. You can do it in a formal setting or in your own home on your own schedule. It doesn't matter. Just find something to challenge yourself with!

Monday, January 6, 2014

I am here!

So I have been missing in action for a couple of months. Actually I've been very active on my Facebook and Twitter accounts, but I haven't posted a new blog entry for a long time. Bad me. Sorry! I have a few things I wanted to mention and since I have a few minutes I thought now was a good time to do this.

First of all can I just say how much I enjoy being a Beachbody coach?! It is awesome to be able to help others reach their fitness goals! Actually the best part so far is just being able to share my story with so many people and encourage them to not give up on themselves!

Second, there are some great opportunities right now with Beachbody!

  • Focus T25
  • P90X3
  • Strawberry Shakeology 
  • Get Ready For Spring Challenge Group
I have been using the new-ish (it's not completely new because it was released in June, but it's still less than a year old) Focus T25 workout program and it is great! The workouts give you all the benefits of a full hour long workout in only 25 minutes! That is amazing. How is this possible? There are no breaks during the workout! You go from one move straight into the next move without taking a break. I absolutely love how fast the workouts go by! 12 1/2 minutes and you are already half way through with your workout! T25 comes from Shaun T who is the trainer in the Insanity programs. 

The next special is P90X3! This was just released in December and is also full of 30 minute workouts! I have not done this program yet, but I hear that it is also amazing! Both programs are on sale at a great sale price! The initial release special has been extended through January!

Then Beachbody just announced yesterday that there is a new Shakeology flavor that will be available starting Jan 13, Strawberry! Up til now there has been a Vegan Tropical Strawberry but not a regular Strawberry. There will also be a combo pack that includes, Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry....just like a Neapolitan of Shakeology!

The last thing that concerns Beachbody is that on Jan 20th I have a new Beachbody Challenge Group starting, Get Ready For Spring Challenge Group! This is your opportunity to not only get a great workout program and nutrition guide but also get 30 nutritious meals, free coaching and a support/motivation group! I'm so excited to be able to help people change their lives and their bodies by spring!

If you want more information on any of these things you should check out my link to my Beachbody website, or leave me a comment! I would love to help you on your journey to lose weight or just become healthier and more fit/toned!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Being Converted

First of all I have to say that things have been so busy around my house that I haven't had the time to sit down and write in this blog. I feel horrible about it and I'm going to try to be better. I started working full time and getting a new routine together in the midst of fall sports was a bit overwhelming. My family and I have pretty well settled in now so I should be back to writing more regularly.

With that said I have had some thoughts recently that I need to get down on "paper". I have been drinking Shakeology for about 5 months now. I didn't notice a big change at first. I'm not one of the people who started losing weight when I started drinking it. After a couple of months what I did notice was that my cravings were disappearing. I have shared this before. I think it's a great benefit of drinking such a nutritious drink almost every day. I don't have that almost undeniable craving, for chocolate especially, but for anything.

Since I have talked about this before some of you may be wondering why I'm bringing it up again. Well the other day at work I was in the copy room and there were 3 boxes of yummy looking donuts sitting about 3 feet away from me. The donuts were there for anyone to have, free of charge. They were left over from an event that morning with students and parents. Anyhow, I remember noticing that someone had supplied a butter knife in the top box so you could take just half of one if you wanted. As I stood a few feet away a couple of thoughts kept going through my mind. One: "I am glad I am not in this room often. I know there are cookies and donuts and cake and other treats brought in often and I'm so glad I don't have that temptation all the time." Two: "I could take that knife and cut off just a bite of that maple bar, or the glazed donut right next to it. One little bite as I leave this room. It would be a great taste but I wouldn't over-do it because I would leave the room while eating the bite." A few minutes later when I was almost back to the classroom I was surprised to realize I had left the copy room without even walking over to the donut box, let alone cutting off one bite!

That night I was at a dinner. We had lasagne and salad with rolls and then a wide variety of really delicious looking desserts. I remember looking at those desserts while putting the lasagne and salad on my plate and thinking that I would make just take one of the cookies so I wouldn't be so tempted to take a big piece of cake. That way I could enjoy some sweets without feeling guilty and without over eating. After all, I had passed on the donuts without even thinking about it too much, therefore I was entitled to some dessert! Anyhow, I filled my plate with a large salad helping, a small lasagne helping and one roll. I reasoned that I couldn't take dessert right then because my plate was too full. I would have to come back, but there was plenty. When I finished eating I sat and visited with the other women at the table. I looked many times at the table of desserts and my mind kept telling me to just go get one. Instead I went back and got a bit more salad and a few more bites of lasagne. When I was finished with that and the program was over there were still several desserts to choose from. I watched as people started to clean up and put the desserts away and I found that I wasn't even tempted to go get one.

I thought this was very odd. In the past I would have had difficulty limiting myself to only one dessert! Today a tray of home made fudge was passed around for everyone to sample. I took the tray from my husband and without even a second thought I passed it on to the person on the other side of me. What??? Who am I and what am I doing? I LOVE fudge! You may think that I'm bragging about this great will power that I have developed, but I'm not. I did not feel like I had sacrificed anything in these 3 circumstances.

In church today there was a speaker who was speaking on the difference between having a testimony (or knowing something is true/right) and being converted. I realized after I passed the fudge plate on that somewhere along the lines I have truly become converted to eating healthier! Does this mean I don't ever have dessert? Or that I never even want dessert? NO! I still enjoy it and I still want it from time to time.What it means in my life is that passing on those very sweet, high calorie, addictive for me, treats is not as much of a sacrifice any more! That is a huge change in my life and I have to say I truly find some freedom in that! I can only credit Shakeology and Beachbody for this change in my life. It is amazing to me and I love it!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

I Stole From My Kids

When I was 90 pounds overweight I always felt like there was no option to lose the weight. Buying healthy food that I actually like was expensive. Joining a weight loss program was expensive. Joining a gym was expensive. Buying workout videos to do at home was expensive. So it was just too much money to spend on something that I was probably not going to be successful at anyhow.

Spending money on losing weight seemed to me like throwing money down the drain. I wanted a free guide to successful weight loss. Yes you can lose weight without joining a program or buying a workout video. However there is still the cost of eating differently, or buying running shoes or workout clothes, somehow money is always involved!

When I was ready to try again I had to seriously look at the cost. Finances in our home were very tight. Due to the downturn in the economy at the time our family budget had taken considerable cuts. Disposable income was non-existent in our home. I also had 3 young children and I lived in a small town which meant that the option to go to a gym or weight loss support group was not only a financial cost of joining and monthly dues but also extra gas and a time issue. I decided I had to find a way to change my life at home, at the lowest cost possible. Like I've talked about before, I was advised to try Wii FitPlus. That's great but I didn't have a Wii and we certainly didn't have hundreds of dollars to get a Wii.

So here was my excuse again, I can't afford it. My initial reaction was "maybe in a few months, or years I'll have the money for that". But this time I felt compelled to find a way to get the money. It took days of thinking and considering different options. Several times I thought about giving up, but I had reached a point where I realized I couldn't afford NOT to do something. My health and the safety of my children was too important.

One day while looking at the bank statement it occurred to me that we did have the right amount of money to get the program I had decided on, but the money was in my kids' college savings accounts. It wasn't much, but it was almost the exact amount I needed. I wrestled with this idea for several days. I was scared to even bring it up to my husband. We had worked hard to put that little amount away and because of our budget cuts we hadn't been able to add to their accounts for quite a while. I knew that if I took the money out of their accounts there was a huge possibility that I wouldn't be able to replace it for several years.

The thought that kept going through my mind was "What is going to be more important to your kids 15 years from now? The money that is in their account now? Or having their mom here? If I die or get sick or something because I'm overweight and unhealthy are my kids going to be glad I had left them the money or are they going to wish I had used it to prolong my life?" Well of course I hoped the answer would be that they would rather have me around and healthy, so finally I approached my husband with the idea.

We discussed it and his main concern was that if I used that money I had to stick with it and not give up on myself, not "waste" the money. I felt like I was stealing from my own children. Still to this day I have not been able to put that money back in their accounts and so that is a huge motivator to keep the weight off and stay healthy! How would I explain to my kids one day that I had "stolen" their college tuition to lose weight but I hadn't been strong enough to keep the weight off and stay healthy.

My point is that, "When there's a will there's a way". We've all heard that before and I think many of us brush it off...but it's the absolute truth. If you want something bad enough you will find a way to do it. Yes, losing weight can cost money, there is almost always an initial investment that you feel is out of reach financially. Especially in this day and age. But looking back on it I can tell you that it has been worth every penny. Even if I never get that money put back in my kids accounts it was still worth it. Why? Because I can build memories with them now that are far more precious than any dollar amount! I can spend time with them and I know that in the long run that is going to be far more precious to them than any amount of money.

If you are letting money hold you back from getting healthy and losing weight I urge you to look again at your finances. Is there something you can cut so that you can invest that money in a better life for yourself? Is there some money tucked away that would serve a better purpose being put to use now if it prolongs your life? Even if it didn't prolong your life (accidents still happen unexpectedly, there is no guarantee) but it improved the quality of your life now? Money is a stumbling block, I know! I stumbled over it for a long time! You don't have to go out and spend thousands of dollars, there are options! But be honest with yourself. Don't let money hold you back. Maybe you need to save up for a little while. Don't buy those cookies, put the money in your piggy bank instead!
If you truly are ready to make your life better you can find the necessary funds to invest in yourself. Think of it as an investment, because that truly is what you are doing, investing in yourself!

Yes, I stole money from my kids college fund, but I am giving them a healthy and happy mom instead!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Back to School Challenge

My kids are headed back to school next week and that means more time for me during the day! At least that's what I'm hoping for. This year all my kids will be in school all day which is a big change for me. Last year I had one in school all day, one in half day and one not in school yet. The kindergarten program changed from half day to full day this year so they all get to go for a full day. I'm excited and so are they! They get to ride the bus together both ways and I don't have to make a trip to the school in the middle of the day! Woohoo!

With this added "free time" (ok it's not really going to be free time because I still have plenty of things to keep me busy) I decided that I really want to spend some time focused on helping others achieve some fitness goals, not to mention achieving some of my own! So I'm issuing a CHALLENGE to all of you! This is going to be a great group of people working to support and encourage each other, and you will be held accountable for what you do and don't do! I think it's at least 10 times harder to reach a goal without a support group or accountability than if you have some. When I started my weight loss journey I didn't want to attend any type of support group. I just didn't feel like I had the time or the money to join one of those types of groups. So I did it on my own. That's how I always looked at it. But in reality I felt like I was being held accountable because I saw a few key people who knew I was trying to lose weight at least once a week and they always asked how I was doing. They also did a great job of encouraging me by complimenting me on my progress and noticing my progress without me saying anything! Looking back though I think I would have lost the weight faster if I had taken part in one of these challenges. You don't have to leave your home. You simply check in at least once a day on Facebook but there is a ton of support and motivation for you!

I didn't like exercising when I first started. It was something that I had to force myself to do and it was easy to find an excuse for not working out. However, I quickly found that it was a great way for me to rejuvenate! I started working out at night after I put my kids to bed. My husband was working swing shift so I had a couple of hours after the kids went to bed before he got home which turned out to be perfect! I had time to work out, take a long hot shower and sometimes even sit down and relax a little before he got home. I started to really look forward to that time. When I started working out in the mornings instead of at night I found that the feeling followed me. The kids were usually up while I worked out but what a great example I was setting! That left my evenings free to sit down and relax with my husband! No matter what time of the day I worked out I found that it helped me feel better, not just physically but also emotionally. This challenge lets you workout at home, on your own time schedule so you pick what works for you! You will be amazed at the difference it will make in your life!

If you are ready to take this challenge leave me a comment and I'll send you the details! I hope all of you will join me! It's going to be amazing!!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Don't Let the Scale Fool YOU!

First off, before I get into the main thing I wanted to talk about today, I just wanted to say a Huge THANK YOU to everyone who came and voted for me in the Beachbody Challenge! I'm not exactly sure when the winners will be announced. Originally the announcement was supposed to be made on August 26th, but since there was a problem with the technical side of things and the voting was extended an extra week I'm not sure if the results will be announced on schedule or if they will also be delayed. I promise that as soon as they are announced I will post about it here! I really do appreciate the time you took to go support me. As as a side note, that is one reason my blog has been lacking lately! I have been so busy helping people get signed up and showing them how to vote, then reminding them to vote that I completely neglected my blog. So sorry! Now that voting is over there will be more regular posts again!

So on to the real topic here....The SCALE!

Three weeks ago I started a new workout program, LesMills Combat, and it really pushes me hard! I have never done a workout like this before. I never had any desire to do kick boxing or anything like that. I bought this program and started it with the hopes of having my husband work the program with me. He used to really enjoy martial arts so I thought this might entice him. So far that has not happened, but I'm enjoying it anyhow!

Today I weighed in for the first time since I started the program. I really thought I would have lost a couple of pounds by now because I work hard and I sweat a lot! The scale however told a different story. I lost a whole whopping 0.2 pounds! WHAT??? 3 weeks of working out 6 days/week, doing a hard workout and I only lost 0.2 pounds? I know, because I can tell in the mirror, that I've been building muscle. So although the frustration and the negative thoughts started immediately I quickly turned my brain into reviewing what I have been doing over the last 3 weeks. I have been eating right, staying within my calories etc. I have been drinking my Shakeology, and I have been working out.

As I'm sure some of you already know, muscle weighs more than fat. That thought quickly went through my mind but I automatically discarded it. The thought crossed my mind again and this time I didn't discard it as quickly, but I was doubtful that would be the case. The 3rd time my mind registered the fact that muscle weighs more than fat I decided I would push all those frustrations aside until I had measured again too.

I quickly fed my family breakfast and then jumped in the shower. During that whole time I was constantly fighting discouragement. You would think that by now, after experiencing this a few times, that the discouragement would take longer to set in. But it doesn't. Anyhow, as soon as I was finished with my shower I took my measurements. This is something new to me. When I originally set out on my weight loss journey I didn't take a single measurement other than my weight. I just didn't care about anything else. Looking back I wish I had those original numbers to compare with where I am now.

I'm sure you are wondering what I found. Well, I found that I have lost 1 inch off my waist. An inch off my hips, an inch off each thigh and I have GAINED 1/2 inch on each bicep. Ok muscle weighs more than fat and measurements tell a story the scale doesn't. As soon as I saw those measurements I felt the discouragement fall away. The scale might say I've only lost 0.2 pounds, but the measurements show greater progress and honestly the way my stomach and my thighs look is far more important to me right now than what the number on the scale is!

So, Don't Let the Scale Fool YOU!