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Pumped Up!

dancing bananaYou know what great leaders do?!?!?! They PUMP! YOU! UP! I am ready to leap over some frickin’ mountains to help people see and reach their potential in their health and fitness goals, their business goals, and help them change their lives (physically, emotionally, and financially…the whole shebang)!!!! Social media is changing the world folks and I understand and see that. I am learning everything I possibly can about how to harness it’s power while aligning it to my passion (health and fitness). If you want to learn how you can do this with me, let’s seriously chat!! Build a business that is YOURS, get fit, help others….what more can you ask for?  Click here to hear my story and learn more to see if this is for you!

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New Year New Clothes

***NEW YEAR NEW CLOTHES***

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Ok the day finally came! I HAD to buy some new pants because all of mine are too big (even my stretchy yoga pants). Chris actually bought the ones in the picture for me and I was actually NOT happy with him because he ordered them online and I am very picky with how things fit. BUT, turns out I love them!!!! They are the perfect lounge-around-the-house leggings OR wear-under-a-long-sweater leggings OR workout leggings.

I also bought new black dress pants (not pictured here) and I know it’s not about the numbers (but actually it is for me sometimes). Yesterday, I bought a size that I have NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER bought before. Back at my heaviest, I wore size 14/16 pants. Trying clothes on at Target (or any store for that matter) was always a depressing day and RARELY did I find pants that fit me AND were cute.

Here’s how a typical day of pants shopping would go. I’d haul in a few different styles of pants in the largest sizes I could find into the dressing room (the stores I shopped at rarely carried sizes above 16).

One by one I would do the “dance” and follow these steps:
1) Wiggle hips to the left and then to the right as I simultaneously attempted to pull them up past my hips.
2) IF I got them past my hips, move my butt back and forth to make sure “everything was in the right place” because they were ALWAYS tight somewhere.
3) Next, I’d suck in my stomach as much as humanly possible to see if the button would actually button.
4) And IF…IF…IF I got this far then I could finally check to see if they actually looked good.

Nowadays, I can walk into any store and I don’t DREAD trying things on. For the past few years, I have hovered around size 8 (sometimes 10 and sometimes 6 depending on the brand). Yesterday, I walked out of Target with a size 2! Again, I know it’s not all about numbers but numbers do show progress. As I continue to focus on strength training vs. cardio I continually see my body completely toning up and leaning out.

I am NOT trying to lose more weight for those of you that will feel obligated to say something about that. I am eating clean (okay maybe not the past week with the holidays…hehe) and doing short 30-45 minute workouts each day and truly focusing on my all-around health (mental and physical). I FEEL AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! Although, I have been slacking a bit on my workouts…. unsure emoticon

I am betting that 90% of the people reading this will have some New Year’s Resolutions around health. I am here to show you that you CAN change yourself. It WILL take TIME and LOTS of effort and LOTS of hard work. It WON’T happen in a week, or 30 days, or 60 days. It doesn’t just happen. You don’t just “get there” It is a LIFESTYLE and a willingness to continually LEARN, TRY, FAIL, SUCCEED, TRY, FAIL, LEARN, and on and on and on! It is never-ending!

Will you be starting your “never-ending story” in 2016?

Oh, and just in case this post made you think I that all is peachy-keen in my eating-world right now, here is what the delivery man just brought to our doorstep!

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Happy New Year!

16 Things I Learned in 2015

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It’s the last day of 2015 and I have never actually taken time to reflect on a year, what it’s entailed, and to actually think about the things I learned, etc.  Well, since this has definitely been a year of major change for me, why not do some reflecting.

He we go – 16 Things I Learned in 2015!

1) Don’t brush your teeth with tap water or get ice in your drinks while in Mexico (okay Chris actually learned this one the hard way – I was lucky and didn’t get sick).

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2) VRBO is a GREAT way to travel – we stayed in the most amazing ocean front condo (2 bedrooms, beautifully decorated, full kitchen, massive balcony overlooking the ocean).  Plus it allowed us to try new restaurants every night!  Here are a few pics, but head to Facebook to see our whole album!

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This was our condo!
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View from our balcony!

3) I am still a teacher even though I quit teaching.

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4) I am truly meant to start my own business and I think I’ve finally found a way to combine ALL my passions (teaching, leading, education, health/fitness, and technology) as an online coach.

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5) There are a lot of crappy tippers in the world.  I think I need this shirt…lol…ok, maybe it’s bit harsh but it made me laugh.

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6) Mountains in tropical regions covered in lush green foliage right next to the ocean (i.e. Puerta Vallarta) are the most beautiful landforms EVER.

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7) There are a lot of great tippers in the world.

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8) Cats are amazing animals (for those of you that don’t know, I used to HATE cats) and Katniss (our pregnant stray cat we took in) was meant to come into our lives with her beautiful babies.

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9) Be open to new people/things/ideas/opportunities in the world – everything can be a learning opportunity (good or bad) so why not try new things and then judge.

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10) Therapists aren’t really that helpful and they are expensive.

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11) New great way to travel – fly to one destination, stay a few days, and then road trip it to another one a few hours away and stay there for a few days, then fly home!

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12) If you’re not happy, you have every capability to change that.  Stop saying “no, I don’t”….YES YOU DO!

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13) Thoughts and words have EXTREME power…seriously…they do.

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14) Go with your gut when making major life decisions.  Don’t let other people’s opinions/beliefs about how you should live your life/make a living/be responsible etc. deter you from want you want to do.

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15) Life is too short to be stressed out all the time.  It is also too short to put things off.  Go do fun, new, exciting things!

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16) You don’t have to do things the way they are “supposed” to be done.

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There they are –  the things I learned in 2015!  Short and sweet.  I am sure there are lots of other things 2015 taught me, but this is what bubbled to the top of my brain!  Share in the comments, what did you learn in 2015?

And as always, if you don’t know me yet, be sure to read my story and follow along on Facebook.  You should also click the pic below and get email updates so you never miss a thing!

Lastly, good things come to those who share!  If my journey has been helpful, informational, motivating, inspiring, or entertaining for you, I would love and appreciate it if you helped share it with someone else!  Thank you!

Bars Attack

Bars attack!  You may remember my Kashi Bar attack a couple weeks ago.

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Well, it happened again!  This time with Lara Bars!

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However, it is worse than x2…here’s the story…

And as always, if you don’t know me yet, be sure to read my story and follow along on Facebook.  You should also click the pic below and get email updates so you never miss a thing!

Lastly, good things come to those who share!  If my journey has been helpful, informational, motivating, inspiring, or entertaining for you, I would love and appreciate it if you helped share it with someone else!  Thank you!

Work From Home

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Did you know it was “Bring Your Pets To Work” Day today? That is if you work from home like me 🙂
If you want to spend all day with your fur-babies (or real babies) you CAN!

Are you a natural-born entrepreneur?
A leader?
Determined?
Focused?
A self-starter?
A go-getter?
Creative?
Willing to learn?
Willing to try?
Willing to take risks?
Willing to get uncomfortable and grow?
Wanting to help others with health, fitness and motivation?
Do you want to be your healthiest (mentally and physically)?
Do you want financial and time freedom for your family?
Are you frustrated with your career and life routine in general?
Do you feel like there is more to life than just working all…day…long?

That was me.  Wanting something different.  Wanting something that was MY OWN.  Knowing that I had the skills and ability to create something.  Something that would reward me emotionally and financially.  I made a HUGE leap of faith and will not be turning back.  I am starting a business and loving every minute of the newness, the excitement, the energy, and the hope for the future.  I would love for you to join my team if you are like me and want more from life!

Connect with me and let’s chat business and become wildly successful, amazingly fit, and fantastically HAPPY all by helping others (and yourself) get healthy! I’d love to get together for a fun coffee/business/catch-up/how have you been/lunch meeting! I’ve got lots of time as my schedule is flexible and my boss is pretty cool 😉

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And as always, if you don’t know me yet, be sure to read my story and follow along on Facebook.  You should also click the pic below and get email updates so you never miss a thing!

Lastly, good things come to those who share!  If my journey has been helpful, informational, motivating, inspiring, or entertaining for you, I would love and appreciate it if you helped share it with someone else!  Thank you!

Why?

IMG_4924Another story for you. It all started on a cool November evening (last night). I was happily drinking my water at work and avoiding the Diet Coke, when a to-go order was mistakenly made. Hmmmm…a whole bag of free tasty food. “I’ll take it.” I said. Chris would be very happy to have a big ol’ serving of pasta and chicken! There was also some bread and salad.

As the night progressed, I grew more and more hungry. Like starving. As I drove home with the bag of food sitting next to me and my stomach rumbling, I thought “I’ll have a little bit of that bread and garlic butter” and “I’ll have some of the pasta too since the sauce is meatless” and “salad – that is healthy.”

I walked in the door. Chris was starving too as he spotted the bag of food. And just like that we ravenously ripped open the plastic bag and ripped open the cardboard boxes.

We shredded the tin foil as we peeled it off the wrapped bread. We ripped the bread apart with our hands and dunked it into the small butter cups – no cutlery was necessary. It was like a snow storm of disposable wrappers, containers, and food.

We stood in the kitchen over the countertops while we inhaled and shoveled food into our mouths! No talking. Just eating. And within minutes ALL was gone. Bread, butter, pasta, salad, more bread, more butter. The counter was littered with empty containers, crumbs of bread, butter stains, and smears of red pasta sauce. It reminded me of murder scene in a way.

BUT I didn’t stop there! No, then I needed SUGAR! IF there had been any type of candy/chocolate/cake in the house it would have been bad. But there wasn’t. What did I turn to?!?! The damn Kashi Bars! Why? Why? Why?

Again, I KNOW I am not the only one that does these crazy things. It is truly like something possesses me. But it’s a NEW DAY! Here’s to a more balanced brain today!

And as always, if you don’t know me yet, be sure to read my story and follow along on Facebook.  You should also click the pic below and get email updates so you never miss a thing!  Also, good things come to those who share!  If my journey has been helpful, informational, motivating, inspiring, or entertaining for you, I would love and appreciate it if you helped share it with someone else!  Thank you!