Before i get to posting, I have to apologize for my absents. I have NO IDEA where June went. Oops. If you are reading this...thanks for sticking with me. Now. onto the goods.
Happy Independence Day! I love this holiday for two important reasons... First, our country is an amazing place to live and I think we are enriched by different cultures and people who have so much to offer and contribute to us. Secondly, my sister married a British guy so it's nice to yell, "We're number 1," once a year!
I'm sure you all have your own reasons for liking this day, but no matter how you feel, take some time to reflect back over the past year and notice what you are free from. Are there things or circumstances that used to hold you down and make you feel like you had no hope or future? What have you broken away from that you will never be bound by again? It's easy to get bogged down in our daily lives and lose perspective regarding all we have accomplished. Don't get caught in this trap; let the 4th of July be a bright reminder of what you are capable of.
Right now my family is going in a hundred different directions... My daughter is involved with high school volleyball and my son is busy with his job. Did I mention we are in the middle of trying to buy our first home?! But I am taking each day as an a opportunity to keep a balanced mind, soul, and body. I appreciate that my 2b Mindset is a lifestyle and not some program. I can look back over the past year and see all the things I've relinquished and how free I now am.
Anyway, I just wanted to wish you a happy 4th and let you know you are not alone in whatever hill you might be climbing or whatever struggle you are facing. Independence Day doesn't have to be just about history... Make it your present.
*** Just some of my favorite 4th memories.
Been reading alot today about Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Kate Spade was such a powerful Badass. Anthony Bourdain was a great man and the world is a sadder, emptier place without them. Sadly, I dont know much about Kate, but our family watch Anthony all the time. Those who loved his writings and documentaries appreciated his authenticity and how he embraced life in all of its tragic beauty and wonder. It's exactly his love of life that makes today more confusing and heartbreaking. Like all of us, Tony Bourdain wrestled with his share of demons and like all us he looked for avenues to channel his eccentric passions to win those battles. He was amazing.
It's weird using the word "was" to talk about him. I don't know the details surrounding his death except that he took his own life. For whatever reason, he reached a point where ending his life seemed like the best possible solution and now those who enjoyed him and felt a connection are left to grieve a much less-interesting world. It's heartbreaking.
Mental health is an issue that our country is grappling with now more than ever. I'm not turning this into a political post or throwing shade at certain people because Anthony sought to find issues that united us instead of dividing us. I will honor him by trying to do the same. But we need to learn to accept help and resources when we struggle. We need to people listen and not judge. We need to help and not be condescending.
I have come through some very dark places in my own life and it was only my faith and the support of friends and family that helped me make it. I was fortunate to have outlets for my anger and pain. I exercised and poured myself into my business and was blessed to have an entire community to stand with me and help me through. I do not take this for granted and know the power of love I felt from my peers and coaches. Not everyone has something like this.
We are amazing at hiding our feelings and keeping others at bay if we don't want them to know what we are going through. Don't be this way. Yell, run, scream, dance, write, sob... But reach out and let someone know what you are going through. The world lost one great person today so we can't afford to lose anymore.
If you or someone you know needs help, call (800) 273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also text HOME to 741741 to access free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line.
When i share things like this, its not because i am trying to be "Braggy Braggerson". I just sometimes need you to see that this is real. That i am a real person. And that this is changing my life in so many ways.
I am a practical person and I appreciate things that serve a purpose. BeachBody has been an incredible vehicle for my family because it is allowing us to experience some perks that make are life not only more enjoyable, but are very practical. I haven't bought a summer home or a second boat (or even a first boat) and there is no elaborate camper parked in the driveway, but that doesn't mean things aren't going well.
Last month I spent a week in Cancun and right now I am playing around with my new upgraded iPhone. Maybe this isn't a big deal to you but for the first time since I can remember, I had no qualms about buying this phone because I've already made enough this month to not feel guilty about buying something I never would have even before considered. This is a practical purchase but I'm not going lie... It's also really cool. And that's why I'm telling you about it.
My business is growing and even though I'm not obscenely wealthy and haven't scored enough dough for a new car (not yet ;-) ), I am enjoying things I previously wouldn't have been able to buy. This is real and not just something that happens to other people. Sometimes we have this idea that success is only measured in ultra-expensive things the majority of people never really have. We look around and see a few people living these incredibly extravagant lives and we don't believe it will happen for us. And guess what... It might not.
But I am experiencing a more practical and hopefully relatable success that is growing in stages.
I've paid off credit card debt ($17,000+ ) and gone to two all inclusive resorts. I've also bought groceries, paid for two months of travel volleyball expenses (think hotels, gas and meals for the past 8 weekends) and now I have this really amazing phone that I can work on the business with or just have some fun. These are the benefits that speak to people because they are real and if it can happen for me, it can happen for you.
Who knows, maybe one day I will start raking in the cash and get my own Netflix reality series. But until that day arrives, I am going to keep working hard to share how what I have learned with BeachBody has helped transform my life and how I feel amazing on the inside and am so pleased with what's going on with my outside! I got into this business a few years ago to cover the cost of my Shakeology and now I have an incredible team around me and I get to play a role in helping others achieve their goals.
Its real friends.
And because this took hard work & I must keep legal happy: Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income, each is based on the coaches effort, diligence & skill
Have you ever gone on vacation for a week, and you KNOW you gained weight, so when you get back home, you avoid the scale for awhile? And then you feel kinda bad about how you went crazy so...you might as well just really ENJOY yourself because you KNOW you are going to start on Monday? And then Monday comes and your pants are super tight and you dont need the scale to tell you that you gained 10lbs so you just dont do it and it becomes this downward spiral?!?
Well, I will never forget the first time Ilana (creator of the 2B mindset)) said, "stepping on the scale should be like brushing your teeth! We should be doing it daily!"
I was shocked. The scale is the enemy. I know you have seen it. I know most coaches post about it. I have been sharing the past 2+ years that our identity isnt in the scale. That it,s just a number. That it,s a liar. That NSV (non scale victories) are MOST important. That our weight fluctuates daily and it can be overwhelming and frustrating. That the scale is EVIL. 😳
And now..im just supposed to change my MINDSET and be ok with adding this to my daily habits? WHAT???
Well, 5 months later...im here to tell you i survived. AND I am even happy. And most importantly, its working. Using the scale is working. Because like all of the other "tools" i have in my arsenal...this is just another one.
The scale is not only helping me, but I see it for all that it is. A powerful tool!
Weighing myself each morning is a great way to see what is working for me and what isn't. BEFORE, its too late. Ilana has showed us how to use the scale to our advantage! How to use the scale in a healthy way, rather than defining myself by the number it showed. And honestly, it was the most freeing feeling of my life. When you use it the right way, your scale can become your biggest ally in managing your weight. Tracking body weight by itself has value. In study after study, people who monitor progress by tracking their weight almost always do better than those who don’t. And i have seen this for ME ~ first hand.
Every single morning now, I LOOK FORWARD to hopping on that scale and seeing what it says.
Because, guess what? It's still just a number! It doesn't define me. It doesnt tell me how strong i am getting. It doesnt tell me who i am as a person. It doesnt show my value or character. It doesnt break me down to just a number.
BUT....BUT...BUT... you know what it does tell me? It tells me that all that water i drank yesterday really did help me lose weight. It tells me when I've eaten too much salt at dinner. It tells me that i need a bit more fiber to help my body get rid of "some stuff" HA! It's kind of like that super honest friend that you really need in your life EVEN when its tough to hear. The one that is trying to help you... ya know what I mean?
So, please hear me..im not telling you to obsess over what it says. I am saying step on it and step off. Track what it says and take note. If the scale is up, look back at yesterday and re-evaluate. See what you might need to change. Its really about helping you see what is working FOR you.
I know I keep saying it, but this program has changed my life in so many ways. And to me, THIS ONE thing has been my game-changer. A HEALTHY relationship with the scale, with weight loss, and with my body.
If that’s something you need in your life, join our free info group to learn more about this AMAZING nutrition-based program. Only 5 days until the program is released, and I KNOW it's going to change so many lives, just like it's changed mine.
(when it asks for your coach just put Tina on blog)
Just like everything else...we are all different. Things work for some that dont work for others. All I am asking is to be open-minded until you try. You might be surprised :-)
I know i was <3
Necessity is the mother of invention, right?
I am 150 miles from home and have spent the past 8 hours at my daughter’s volleyball tournament, enjoying the full compliment of perks public high school gymnasiums have to offer.
Uncomfortable bleachers? Check.
Loud whistles and overzealous parents who loudly overestimate their kid’s talent? Check.
Terrible odors coming from every direction? Check.
Eating lots of crappy fast-food because thats all that is available? UNCHECK!
Just because i am spending 48 hours on the road at this 2-day tournament does not mean I have to sacrifice my eating habits or my workouts and this is where creativity comes in handy. I have known about this trip for months so i was able to plan for it, which means I can stick to my dietary principles in spite of not being at home where I can cook and prepare what I want. I admit that eating healthily on the road is not the most convenient thing to do but it can be done. And because i can bring Beachbody on demand with me anywhere i go…i have no excuse!
The first thing I did was research hotels and I found one with a fridge so I could bring the essential ingredients I needed for my Shakeology. I have a Nutibullet so making the shake is easy. Any standard grocery store freezer bag serves as a great vehicle for keeping items cold while traveling from home to the final destination. I also made some snacks to bring with me; roasted chick peas, veggies and kale are easy to pack and take up next to no space. And WATER…water is huge. And all i need for that is my nalgene bottle. I mean seriously, i have no reason to get off track. There really is no excuse for not being able to eat well while traveling or stick to my workout plan. It just takes effort and a little planning. It can be done.
It is one of the best things i found using our new program 2B mindset. I have learned so much about making this program a way of life. It is sustainable and it doesn’t matter what is happening in my life…i can stay on track. I have been traveling the last 6 weeks. Every weekend a road trip, living the hotel life…and i am still able to make it happen. I have continually lost weight over the craziness that is life. I didnt think it was possible. But, with 2B Mindset…it is.
I am proudly nestled in my bed in my hotel room watching TV and spending time with my family with absolutely no guilt. I still have an entire day of volleyball to watch tomorrow and I am in good shape. I drove by every fast food joint imaginable today and I wasn’t the least bit tempted because I had food in my room waiting for me. I have snacks for tomorrow and am ready for another great day because I planned ahead.
Just a reminder that life happens and you might thing you are too busy to work on your health…but, im telling you that you can. Our pre-launch 2B group is in full swing, but if are wanting to join us, you still can. Comment below or contact me on facebook.
I would love to have you join us!
Im a 43 year old Mom taking charge of her health and who's passionate about helping you live your healthiest, happiest life.