Perfect Timing

I shared this with my team and fellow coaches today. I totally believe that things are placed in your life at the right time. If you need a positive change, I have the tribe for you! Sneak peek into our team is coming up on Monday!

I just have to share this…
This morning I went to a Reintegration Training that was put on for spouses/families in preparation of my husband’s unit returning from deployment.  They basically discussed the adjustments, struggles and things to prepare for as the Soldiers return. Believe it or not, as much as it’s a happy time when they return, it can be a time of struggle for many families. It’s not an event, it’s a process.
I never would have imagined how much the strategies and suggestions discussed lined up with things I’ve learned through coaching. The focusing on gratitude, developing routines and structure, finding things to help decompress and destress, communication strategies and overall life skills that can make the adjustment easier when they come home…I’ve gained so much of it through personal development. I would have never started reading books on personal development if I hadn’t started this business.
I couldn’t imagine where I’d be after these back-to-back 9 month deployments if I hadn’t had the positive impact of coaching. I know that I would have survived, but I know I would have had more struggle, I’m sure I would have made a big deal over the little things and I would not have the mindset that I do now.
The business is not just about fitness or a shake. It’s life changing. I’m so happy that I saw the value in diving into this whole coaching thing.

The picture may not have to do with the post, but everyone needs a dose of baby cuteness sometimes!😂. This was Hadley during the training.

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Transformation Tuesday

It’s no secret that I’ve developed some healthier habits in the past couple of years…
💪workouts regularly
🍎healthier eating (definitely still enjoy my share of ice cream and pizza!)
🍰A superfood shake everyday that actually tastes like a dessert
👭Having the group support and accountability to maintain these healthier habits!

I’ve known that I’ve felt better. I’ve known that I’ve lost and maintained a good weight. I knew about the gained confidence, feeling stronger, and the new found motivation to be the best version of me. But did I see it?!

Not until I really compared! 🤦‍♀️
Age 29 vs age 35
Not to mention that I’m 8 months pregnant in the 35 year old picture!😳

Maybe I’ve found the fountain of youth in this drink?! I love knowing that I’ve improved my body from the inside out!

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Who loves FREE!?

Who loves FREE?!

Have you ever wanted to get into a workout routine but had no idea where to start? Have you bounced back and forth between the gym, at-home workouts, running and haven’t quite gotten results that you were happy with? Maybe you’ve completely fallen off of the wagon and your gym membership is just money that you’re throwing away each month!🙋 Yep, I’ve been ALL of those at one point or another!

Prior to getting pregnant with my 3rd child, I was in the BEST shape of my life! Like I could ALMOST see ab muscles!😂

It wasn’t all about the ab muscles though! It wasn’t about a number on the scale. It wasn’t even about the clothes that fit me. It was about something so much deeper.

⭐️It was about the confidence that I had built. I felt comfortable in my own skin again and I felt STRONG!!

⭐️I had energy! I was able to keep up with 2 kids, full-time work, a deployed husband, the housework…everything!

⭐️I had something to focus on for ME!
So many times moms lose themselves in the lives of their kids and forget to take care of themselves. I had a positive mindset each day because I was able to take care of myself first!

💕I had the community of people along with me that were all making healthy changes in their life. The support system is KEY!

How did I gain all of this?
Yep, 30 minute workouts in my house! Now I want to give you a FREE sneak peek into what helped me. Get a 1 WEEK glimpse into what a challenge group is about and have a chance to try all of the workouts that helped me find my sense of self and my confidence again!

Each day, we’ll choose a different workout from the massive library(ALL fitness levels welcome!! YES, even beginners!!), provide support and accountability and you’ll even get all of my favorite healthy recipes AND meal prep tips!

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Time For Me

20993093_1935656516712923_3350517785178961645_nIn 8 years of being a mom, I’ve had the chance to do the stay-at-home gig, working mom thing and part time working thing and I’m so thankful for those opportunities. I remember when I first started staying at home full time when Brayden was about 1 year old. I remember thinking that my new “stay-at-home” mom status gave me full permission to live in yoga pants, t-shirts and a baseball cap. There were even days that I didn’t make a shower a requirement!😳😳
Fast forward to these days on maternity leave. Although I enjoy my lazy days here and there AND my workout clothes, I understand the importance of getting up, getting dressed (including a shower!) and yes, even putting on makeup every day!


If I don’t take care of myself, how am I going to take care of anyone else. Not to mention, I’m a lot more motivated to get things done when I’m dressed half way decent. It’s amazing how some makeup and a hair straightener can give you the motivation to tackle to-do lists and run your day. 


Don’t let your day run you! No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up!

What you see is what you get.

possibilitiesWe didn’t make it to church today, but I’ve found a series of sermons online that are amazing to listen to.  After a slow moving morning, I pushed play and listened as I got ready for the day.

He spoke about how so often in life, we are handed situations that we just weren’t expecting.  So many times, we get thrown a curve ball and we want to run and hide rather than figure out how to embrace the moment.

When you encounter a rough patch or unexpected situation, how do you view it?  Some may view it as a challenge, a learning experience, or an opportunity for growth.  More often than not, I’m willing to bet that we view it as a problem.

When I said “yes” to marriage and this Army life, little did I know that almost 11 years later I’d be sitting here with 2 kids, 8 months pregnant with baby #3 and a husband that has been gone for 18 months of our almost 3 years here.  Big problem, right?!  Finding out about the 3rd pregnancy right before he was leaving for the 2nd deployment certainly wasn’t our idea of a fun surprise either.

In the sermon today, he said that instead of seeing these kinds of situations as a problem, we need to see the possibility.  It certainly seems easier said that done in the moment, but we have to trust in the bigger plan.  There is a reason that we are being tested.  There is someone bigger than us that knows what’s best for us.

When the first deployment was upon us, I knew that I needed a plan.  I needed to use the time to focus on me, my own health and fitness, and I’m so thankful that I jumped into an opportunity that changed my life for the better.  When the second deployment (and 3rd pregnancy) was upon us, I knew that I had a choice.  I could view this as a terrible situation and a huge inconvenience or I could use it as an opportunity to further improve myself.  I could focus on a healthy pregnancy, focus on the kids, and continue to help others who may be going through similar situations.  I looked at the fact that we have an opportunity to raise another child and we should be so thankful that we are given that chance.

Next time you go through an unexpected situation, ask yourself what the possibilities are.  Maybe your business isn’t going the way that you thought it would.  Focus on the possibility of helping just one person and the impact that you could have on them.  If your career isn’t going your way, think of how your attitude and effort in that job could lead to more opportunities down the road.  If your marriage is struggling, think of the possibilities if you put forth the effort today.  In the sermon, he spoke of a situation where the wife saw the opportunity of smiling and laughing with her husband again and that motivated her to work through the struggles.

What we see is what we get.  We can see a problem or we can see the possibilities.

As we are on the downhill slope of this deployment and pregnancy (and time seems to crawl at a snail’s pace), I see lots of possibilities.  I see the homecoming celebrations, the kids smiles and laughter as they hug their daddy again, our time together as a family, the opportunity to see the love that I have for my husband as he holds another baby girl, the bike rides, the pool days, the vacations,  the adventures and the planning for the future and what’s next for our family.  Those are the possibilities that are going to keep me pushing through each day.  Those are the possibilities that I can see that help me to see the positive light in every day and keep moving one foot in front of another.  Those are the possibilities that are going to put a smile on my face and make this time as good as I can for the kids.

See the possibilities.

If you want to hear the sermon for yourself, HERE IT IS!

Gratitude

bandlI’ve seen an article floating around in my newsfeed this week.  You can find it HERE.

You see a few years ago, I would have read that article and listened to every word.  I would have soaked it in and used it as reassurance that I’m not the only one struggling.  I would have fed into the excuses and told myself that now is just not the time to try to accomplish my goals and aim for my dreams.  The article says that I need to wait to be happy so that’s just what I’ll do.  I’m going to settle for what I have now.  I would feed into the stereotype.

Back then, I was a new stay-at-home mom who showed up to playdates with a hat and yoga pants.  Stay-at-home moms didn’t have time to put themselves together and ACTUALLY wear make-up, right?!?  Yoga pants are part of the stay-at-home mom uniform, right?!?  The thought never even crossed my mind that there was a man that came home from work every day who may have found some enjoyment in seeing his wife in normal clothes.  I never thought to look nice for him.  I fed into the stereotype.

I didn’t have goals for myself.  I lost sight of who I was because I was told that being a mom is hard.  I was told that this little 2 year old was going to rock my world and change my life forever.  I COULDN’T workout, have any hobbies or even sit and read a chapter of a book without interruption.

Yes, I could.  I just chose not to.  I fed into the stereotype.

Opinions of others is one of the reasons that we fail to achieve our goals.  We cling to other people’s opinions as if they are the truth.  We use them for justification as to why we can’t succeed. We come up with a well-planned lie (an excuse) as to why we can’t live a life that we want.  So because this article is telling me that I can’t get myself back until I’m 40 years old, I’m just going to sit back and settle in my comfort zone for another 6 years?!?! No….HELL no!

When we are in our comfort zone, we breed dissatisfaction.  We start complaining about EVERYTHING!  Our house becomes a mess, we don’t take care of ourselves, we can’t do what we want…we become ungrateful and don’t see value in what we have.  We start telling ourselves that we “just don’t have the time” to do what we want to do because of the kids, the cleaning, the errands…..ugh, excuses.  This complaining and negativity is going to lead to much bigger problems….low self-esteem, marriage troubles, depression, and the list goes on.

How do we get out of this vicious cycle?  We need to have a vision for where we want our life to go and NO ONE is going to motivate us except for ourselves.  We have to stop relying on other people to fix our problems and change our attitude.  We have to set goals for ourselves and find something to call our own.  We do NOT have to wait to live a life that we love.  We CHOOSE joy!  You are ALLOWED to put yourself above your kids.  You are ALLOWED to lock yourself in your closet for 5 minutes just to have a moment of peace.  You are ALLOWED to be happy!

Last year, Jeff was getting ready to deploy.  How was I going to balance full-time work, 2 kids, a house, the grocery shopping, cooking, and EVERYTHING on my own?!  I made a decision to surround myself with positive and motivated people.  I could have surrounded myself with the negativity and the ones that struggle to live when their husband is away.  I chose to be happy and be around strong women despite the circumstances.

So how do we change our mindset away from this “it is what it is” mentality?

1) Start with gratitude.  Every night before you go to bed write down 5-10 things that you are grateful for.  Some days you may just be thankful for your pillow and that’s ok….write it down!

2) “A man without a vision will perish.” Create visions and write them down.  Where do you see yourself in the future?  Write down a vision for your family, career, finances, physical wellbeing… Keeping these at the front of your mind will drive your goals and your actions in your daily routine.

3) Make daily to-do lists.  Writing down your goals and crossing them off will give you a sense of satisfaction and motivate you to aim higher.  Even if you put away one load of laundry…that’s success for the day!

We have no idea if tomorrow is promised.  Don’t you dare let excuses get in the way of achieving your dreams today!  You CAN and WILL achieve greatness!  Embrace the craziness and find the positive in every situation!

 

Don’t Cry Over Spilled…..water

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This was my morning. I dropped the entire Keurig water container on the floor and water was everywhere!💦

I started reading a book yesterday called The Energy Bus (and I almost finished it in one day)! I think that so many of the principles in this book apply to every aspect of our life including fitness. The book is filled with 10 secrets for approaching life with a positive attitude and that leads to true accomplishment at work, at home and at school.

Rule #1- You’re the Driver of Your Bus
You control where you want your life to go. If you’re not the driver, you will always be subject to other people’s plans. Today there are so many people out there that don’t feel like they have control of their bus. No one can change your attitude, your energy or the direction of your bus except for you.
First, you have to decide what you want then start creating it. You can’t let the world create you; you create your world!

So back to the water container that I dropped on the floor this morning. I could have said “Ugh it’s going to be a terrible day.” or I could have let it ruin my attitude for the rest of the day. Instead I stopped, took a deep breath and got out my steam mop. I’ve been meaning to mop the kitchen floor so this was the perfect chance. Now I have a clean kitchen floor! 😀

Choose to look at the positives today. It’s your choice!

Positive mind

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I am currently reading a book called Push by Chalene Johnson. (Another reason that I love this Beachbody journey…I would have never heard of this book or had the desire to read it!) Although I’ve only made it into the 2nd chapter, it’s incredibly motivating. It is about goals, habits, your priorities and basically looking for your definition of success and happiness.

We all have things that we want to change in our life. We want to give up certain foods, lose weight, get healthier, workout more, save more money and the list goes on and on.

I’m sure that many of you have set New Year’s Resolutions that have gone sour by February.

Here is some food for thought….

Whether you believe that you’ll reach your goal and maintain a healthier lifestyle…or if you think that you’re wasting your time and you’ll never get where you want to be….either way, you’re right!
What you believe about yourself shapes your life! This thing hinges on your decision to try. Your mentality dictates your outcome.
“There must come a moment where you get over yourself and make a decision to do things differently….There’s no transformation, no life changing, no bangin’ body or better time management until you decide you are worth the effort.”- Chalene Johnson

Baby steps

Last week, I decided to write down 10 goals for the week. I’m reading a book right now by Chalene Johnson called Push. It’s about goal setting and priorities.
We have our hands on the steering wheel and we are in control of where we want to go. Sure, things happen that may throw us off track. If we have a map to guide us, we can find our way!
This is why setting goals AND writing them down is so important. Seeing them everyday gives you that motivation to get it done. Writing down your goals week after week will show you what your priorities are.
I was able to meet 6 of my 10 goals this week. Now I know what I want to work on (and continue to work on) this week!
They don’t have to be major life changing goals….baby steps. goals
Try making a list of 10 goals for the week with at least one of them being health related.
What is one of your goals for this week?

Storytime!

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I love that no matter how crazy or long a day may be, we always end up here. We have ended our days like this since Brayden was a baby. I love this time not only as a mom, but as an SLP. I remember doing research for my thesis in grad school about early literacy skills. The main focus was how important experiences like these are and how parents can implement strategies to help their children to become readers. Although I loved the research that I did back then, it sure is a whole lot more fun to apply the strategies to your own children! It’s even more fun when your kindergartener can read the bedtime stories!

Here are a couple of strategies that you can use during story time

  1. Focus on the letters and letter sounds.  Point out the fact that “cat” rhymes with “hat”.  Ask your child what sound the letter “S” makes.  Show them that the word “dog” has a letter “d” at the beginning.  Building that knowledge of letter-sound correspondence helps immensely with their early literacy skills.
  2. Track the print while you’re reading the words.  Your child will start to see and recognize words, letters and sounds as you read and incorporate some print referencing strategies.
  3. Ask questions.  Make story time a time of conversation.  Ask them what they think might happen next in the story.  Ask them what they would do if they were the character.  Ask them what is happening in the pictures.  Storytime is a perfect time to build language skills.
  4. When reading a book that has repetition like “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See.”, encourage the child to help you “read” along and finish the phrases that they already know in the story.  Not only will this help them to recognize words, but it will build their confidence and encourage them to start trying to read on their own.What’s your favorite book at storytime?