Wednesday Words – Wake Up!

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I’ve slacked off in my free printable posts lately! I do apologize. You know what? It seems like for me if I slack off in one area of my life, it creates a ripple effect where other things end up suffering as well. I have been a little off the last week or so, just more tired than usual. As a result, I’ve had a harder time waking up early. Since I haven’t been having that good, quiet, “me” time in the mornings, I’ve been worse about getting my workouts in every day. I’ve allowed myself to cheat a bit here and there nutritionally. Overall, it is just so clear to me that when I’m prioritizing and making time and effort to do the things I need to do to care for myself, I am so much more likely to thrive in all areas of life! So this is a call to myself to WAKE UP! I need to make time for what is most important and allow the rest of my time and effort to flow from there!

I hope you’ll print this guy out and be encouraged by it! AwakeOSleeper

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Comfort Zones

You know what? One of the biggest changes I’ve seen over the past few months (I know, there have been a lot of changes… I feel like I’m constantly blogging about this!) has been my willingness to get outside my comfort zone!

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To be honest, my comfort zone is rather small, so it doesn’t take too much to force myself out of it. I like my routine, I like my family, I like my house – I’m introverted and a homebody and a teeny bit shy, so yeah, small comfort zone 😉 But since becoming a coach and changing my life and health, I have found myself more and more willing to get outside that small comfort zone and get out into the world a bit more!

Why? I think because I’ve developed a passion that I want to share with others! Even though it’s been scary at times to put myself out there, I’ve found that this experience that I’ve had is too great to keep to myself, and if I can change my life through making my health a priority, other people can too!

It started simply with me saying “yes” to becoming a coach. But I really began seeing this newfound bravery blossom when I went to Summit in Nashville, without anyone I knew, by myself, and had the best time! I was there with other like-minded people, passionate about helping others change their lives through health and fitness. I was learning from people who knew a lot more than I did, and I was sitting there thinking, “I can do this!” It felt amazing, and I was so glad that I pushed myself to go even though it was scary.

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I’ve continued to push myself since then and the latest big picture of going outside my comfort zone was this past weekend. I went to a local gym where I was trained by a Beachbody Live Master Trainer to teach CIZE Live! I fell in love with CIZE the second it came out (and when I got to CIZE it up with ShaunT himself at Summit!) Now I am able to share this program with other people. I can teach them how to dance, to move their bodies, to put themselves first for 50 minutes and just let go! I can’t wait to teach this program, but I am also terrified! Because it is scary, I know it will be worth it!

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Me with master trainer Mama G after a long day of dancing!

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A Year of Change

I’ve been so enjoying the beautiful weather we’ve been having lately! Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year – the cool weather, the colors, the anticipation of the holiday season, the return of routine following summer (yes, I enjoy routine and predictability!) – it really is, in my opinion, the best season 😉 The fact that both my anniversary and my daughter’s birthday fall in September make it even better, and have caused me more than ever to pause and reflect on all the changes that have happened in my life since this time last year.

Last September, I was a new mommy of 2 with big transition ahead. We had decided at that point to leave young life staff with no plans for where to go from there. I was tired, lonely, incredibly in love with my family but terrified of the uncertainty of what was ahead for us. I was also angry at the scale because week after week after having Neely, the numbers weren’t dropping as quickly as I would have liked, and I didn’t really know how to change that.

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I was feeling uncertain about myself (and had been for a long time, even without realizing it) and was wondering where I belonged, what was my place, what role did I fit perfectly into? You know, the familiar “What is my purpose? Why am I here?” question that I think we all ask at some time or another. For the first time, the road ahead was unclear, and it was scary. All we knew was where we had been and that it felt right to move forward… wherever that would lead.

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Fast forward to January and things were starting to fall into place. We had moved into a new house, Bryan had started his new job, and we were getting to know Neely a bit better. One thing that still wasn’t changing was my body, and as much as I had accepted the fact that I was still dealing with a postpartum body, it was frustrating to me to stand at my closet and try on clothes that had fit me at one point in my life, but no longer zipped or buttoned. I think for any woman, to feel like you don’t recognize your own body is a scary place to be in. But to combine that with the new surroundings and new life we were beginning, I didn’t really recognize much of anything anymore! I needed help, and thank goodness, a friend reached out to me about joining her health and fitness challenge group. I had no idea what that even was, but because I loved my friend and I needed something to do, I said yes.

Within days I was changing, both inside and out. As I fueled my body with the proper nutrition, I felt strong and healthy in a way I had never experienced before. I struggled through the workouts every day, but hey, I was working out every day and that felt amazing. I was committed to 30 days, which terrified me, because what if I failed? What if I didn’t see any results? What if I couldn’t finish? But the community that surrounded me in that group helped me see that I would NOT fail. Even if I messed up this day or that day, that wasn’t the end. I could, and would, keep going.

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My mind and heart were being transformed alongside my body. I began to believe in myself. I began to think much more positively. I got more brave – I wasn’t afraid to share a “sweaty selfie” in our group because when I did, people celebrated with me! I was being lifted up, supported, encouraged. I had people who believed in me, so I believed in myself. What a beautiful thing community is for a lonely, insecure, unsure young mom. I will be forever grateful.

As these transformations continued it brings me to today. I have lost over 25 pounds and gone from a size 10 to a size 4. I am more toned and more in shape than I ever have been, even in high school. But the real victories are in the inner transformations. A goal of mine when I started my weight loss was to feel like myself again. Well, I don’t feel like myself “again,” I feel more like me and more alive than I ever have before in my life! I feel like the BEST version of ME that has ever lived and I believe with my whole heart that this is only the beginning.

If you are in need of a community like the one I described above, I would LOVE for you to join me in my next challenge group where we can love and support YOU as you transform your life inside and out!

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The Secret Behind Before and After Pictures

Have you ever finished a killer workout and, feeling super good about the effort you just put in, run to the mirror and flexed, expecting to see drastic changes suddenly appear? Or am I the only one… ha! I really have honestly done that.

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I think what has happened to me in the past is that I’ve expected instant results. And who can blame me, really? We live in such a world of instant gratification. We come to expect that. We forget that real transformation takes TIME.

So that brings me to the subject of before and after pictures. We see them a good bit, and you’ve seen mine frequently on this blog and my Facebook page. I believe in before and after pictures; I value mine because it is so amazing to see a visual representation of your hard work, sacrifice, and overall transformation. You can usually always see just as much transformation in a person’s face, their eyes, when looking at their before and after pictures. There is transformation happening inside and out.

But here’s the thing!!!!! We see these amazing transformation pictures, and if you’re anything like I used to be, you see these pictures and think, “wow, that’s great for them. Look how much they changed,” and then move on. But what I hadn’t ever thought about (until I had these pictures for myself) was the actual TIME that happened between those two pictures. Not only the time, but the sacrifice, the effort, the drive, the sweat, the tears, the sore muscles, the positive thinking, the negative thinking… an incredible amount of complexity happens between those two pictures and that is really what is worth celebrating. I’ve got some examples here of REAL people who achieved REAL results (and earned some $$$ in the process!) – but it didn’t happen over night!

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It’s all about mindset. It’s about the power of thinking, “I can” instead of “I can’t.” You have to battle those thoughts every single day to experience true transformation. I have found that the only way I’m able to continue on with positive thinking and motivation is by having people alongside me encouraging me every day.

If you want to have your own set of before and after pictures, you CAN! Do you believe me? Do you need that support to get started and to stick with it? I’d love to help you out. 🙂 I’ve got a new 30 day challenge group starting in a few weeks and I would love for you to join me. This could be the beginning of your transformation, all you have to do is believe you can!!!

See more success stories at teambeachbody.com!