It's been one year since I started writing this blog.
By nature, writing is not some thing I am that great at, so I wasn't sure how this little experiment was going to unfold. Some days were better than others and once in a while the ideas would flow and before I knew it I had composed something I felt was truly worth reading. Other times I sat in my office and stared at everything but the computer screen because I had no idea what to write. It seems everyone has a blog and I wondered what made mine worth reading? Why should you give up a few minutes of your day that could be spent doing a million other things instead of reading about the doings of some person in a random little town in Northwest Montana?
A year later I think I can at least take a crack at answering that. What I have to say matters because I believe all life is valuable and I have amazing things to share and learn by interacting with you. You add meaning to my life and, in turn, many of you inspire me to want to inspire you. I feel like I have the authority to talk to you because I am you. Many of us have been on this journey together and I am so appreciative to call you teammates as well as friends. You've been with me through some of the roughest times in my life and you've also helped me celebrate some amazing moments, too. I will not forget that. And some of you have been recent additions to the team and its an honor to have you in my life as we journey together. Others read this to simply see what's going on and I am thankful that you count me worthy of your time.
None of us are in the same place we were a year ago and if I could stress anything to you its this: Do not lose hope, no matter what. If you are happy with your life and how things are going, then be thankful and quick to celebrate. Encourage others and lift them up with you. But if you are not where you want to be or even if you are in some place you never imagined possible, remember that you are amazing and valuable and things can change even if you have no idea how. Life will improve and you can make it out of anything with the right amount of support. We are a community and we are here for you.
The past year has flown by. I have met new people. I have been to new places. I have done new things. All things that 365 days go...I had no idea they were in store for me... and I look forward to the next 365 days and what is coming on the horizon.
BeachBody has been such a positive thing in my life and I enjoy sharing my experience with you. Thanks for tuning in!
Ok...so, I am pretty embarrassed that it has been almost a month of nothing on my blog.
Our family has seen some pretty major things happen and I have some really great excuses and reasons. But, all i can do is say i will do better. Please stick with me, I started this blog and I dont want to let it go to the wayside. So, like everything else in my life...here is to my fresh start. Today, my husband actually wanted to "guest write" my post. So, enjoy <3
I thought I would take a minute to commandeer my wife's blog for a minute so I might add a little outside perspective. Every day I have a front row ticket to Tina's juggling act that involves her business as well as all the things she does for us, as a family. Somedays I can see her joy and determination as she tries to grow things while other days I see the sadness she's terrible at hiding when her coaches are struggling or having difficulties. Most nights we go to bed at the same time but I nod off long before she does because she is still helping people as she lies next to me with her computer in her lap.
Yesterday she invited me to do a workout with her and before I could rationally think about it, I blurted out, "Sure!" I used to work out regularly but haven't done anything recently that would even remotely be considered any sort of physical endeavor. I still didn't think I would have much trouble because I have a long and illustrious history of over-estimating my abilities. (Two days prior to this I had an argument with my teenager daughter about how I could probably make the next olympics if I set my mind to it. Albeit, I was referring to Curling, but that still counts). Anyway, you get my point... I would probably knock 22 Hardcorp out the park.
We both started off strongly and then things got interesting. About 7 minutes in, I was hurting and having conversations in my head with Tony Horton that aren't suitable for this post. I was sweaty and my tummy hurt and I was quite sure I shredded my Achilles, my MCL, and perhaps had even contracted a bout of Scurvy somewhere in between the gorilla crawls and the galactic burpees. I finished the workout but by the end I made the modifier look like an American Ninja Warrior.
And all the while Tina just keep plugging along like the Engergizer Bunny. I saw that I need to make some adjustments in my life and am now considering how to move forward. But I was inspired by my wife and just wanted to give a shoutout to her because she works so hard and inspires so many people that I don't know every day. But yesterday it was my turn. She was patient and helpful and made me feel like I could it. I got to be a client for a few minutes and realized how fortunate her team is.
Thank, Tina... I'm your biggest fan.
So, a little thing just surprised the heck out of me!
I was looking through my business online office, looking for a few things, when I came across my lifetime earnings as a coach. It was a total surprise because I’ve never really paid much attention to that section. So when I saw it... I couldn’t believe it.
I don’t usually talk about my income because it’s a private issue and I didn’t start this business to make a ton of money. I started to get healthy and to cover the cost of my shake each month. I didn’t have high or lofty financial goals so please understand that my intention is not to brag. And honestly to some this isn't even a big deal, but to me it is. I started this with NO FAITH that i could do this. And everyday I learn that i can. I want to share that what is happening with BeachBody is really changing our lives. I also hope it will show you about the opportunities you could have.
A lot of people do this for the income but that wasn’t why I started. I remember seeing
how coaches worked from home and contributed to their families and that really spoke
right to my heart. For years I worked a lot of minimum wage jobs, retail jobs and jobs
where I was out of the home most of the kids’ "awake" hours. I missed a lot of games,
school plays, & a lot of "mommy and me breakfasts" at school; I missed Simon's first roll over. I missed Sophie's first pull-up. My awesome hubby did record a lot of these moments so i could see them, but it wasn't the same as being there. I missed so much and now that the kids were older, I didn’t want to miss anymore.
I always thought amazing things usually happen to others, but never me. I wondered if I
could do this…Work from home, work with social media, work from anywhere on my devices. Could I help other people find themselves and their value? Help them get off that back-burner???
Was this something I could seriously do?
My husband was a teacher (and teachers make no money) and we had a lot of debt so I
knew I couldn’t do this if I couldn’t cover the cost. To be totally honest, We had more than $17,000 in credit card debt as well as Curt's student loans. We were always coming up short, living
paycheck to paycheck and then getting hit with unexpected expenses like necessary
dental work for both kids, snow tires for both cars, and moving cross country - twice. No
matter what we did we could NEVER get ahead. We kept saying, "If we only had an
extra $5,000 a year, we would be ok."
It has been just over 2 years since I started BeachBody and I am so glad I jumped in.
Coaching gives me life! It has been a game changer for me personally, but it has also
been a huge financial blessing for my family. Two and a half years into this
business and I have hit a HUGE milestone!!
I just hit $20,000 earned as a Beachbody coach. Income i brought into our household by not only working on my health, but helping other people do the same. I mean, i cant even believe it!
If you are looking for a way to afford camps for your kids, a way to pay off debt, or even
put money into savings, THIS is the opportunity you are looking for. This is a real
way to get AHEAD for once. I'm telling you this because if I can do it, I know you can do
it. I’m just a 44 year old mom that loves helping people and has found a way to do that
while earning some income.
You might not feel qualified. I know I didnt. And That’s okay because we got you!
Our team has the best training and we are a top ranked team so you will not be alone. I am here to walk along side you. I am no expert, but I am great at finding the answers. It’s real. And I am
I know i have said it before, but I want you to really hear me...if i can do this, you can too.
Just so there is no confusion...
Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each Coach's income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence and skill.
So, can I still say I am working on losing my "baby weight" when my "baby" is going to be 16 in 7 days??
16 IN 7 DAYS???
Where did the time go?
Well, lets start out with this, I am a child of the 90s, which means I am not a product of today's society that emphasizes instant results.
But I'd also like to point out that a lot of people today are impatient because they've immersed themselves into a culture that produces results in split seconds. Boom. Presto. No need to wait. This is one of the downsides to living in 2018 America because this attitude flows over into other areas that are outside the scope of a mouse click. And this is where being a 1990s kid comes in handy because I remember the good old days before Alexa and Siri. I have patience.
And believe me, I read article after article, about "how to lose the baby weight". I did the research, I bought the magazines. I would have googled everything...but, this is before that time! ha ha ha. I followed directions. I did. As another child of my generation once said, all we need is "a little patience... yeaaaaaah."
I have been losing this baby weight for 16 long and glorious years. There have been certain times when I was more successful than others because life is not always willing to bend to our needs and wants. I have travelled to nearly 25 countries and raised 2 amazing kids while being a wife, daughter, sister, friend, and business woman. So yeah... some days are a whole lot better than others. And while losing weight is a physical transformation, the process is much more mental. It takes times and there are ebbs and flows and peaks and valleys and Krispy Kremes and Quinoa. I feel the best when I focus on myself and forget that its not a competition.
And the mental aspect is what can drive a person insane.
How many times have you seen posts from women who have a baby on Tuesday and are posting ab-centric selfies on Friday because they look like a Vanity Fair airbrush session but they still seem to complain? This is not the norm for most of us... The pouty lips and head-tilted, high-angled glamor shot with a trendy background filter. Patience and dedication can never be replaced by a meme of some photo shopped waif running on a 75 degree angled treadmill with an imposed unicorn head. Dont get me wrong...im not saying those people dont exist...IM JUST SAYING THAT ISNT THE NORM. And its super easy to feel like a failure when we see that all the time for the few others....do you hear me???
Im here to remind you that YES, there are people out there that the baby weight just falls off.
There are also people out there that while breastfeeding, it came off fast and after a few short months of working out, you cant even tell they created another human. And there are people like me, that 16 years later, i still have that little pouch, lots of stretch marks and a body that doesn't look like it did before my baby was born.
And thats ok....because i created 2 humans that i love with all my heart.
I have hiked miles in the jungles of thailand to villages to talk to people about God.
I have danced in my front room for hours with my daughter.
I have put it through the ringer on various diets over the years (SOME SUPER UNHEALTHY THINGS) and it still works.
I have ran hundreds of miles and have completed a marathon with this body.
I have hated this body for most of my life and i am PROUD to say i have learned to love it. Does that mean I am content being unhealthy and overweight? NO! that is why i am on this health journey. But, I do love and appreciate it now while on it! We all should.
This journey has so much to do with learning to be grateful for all our body has done for us. Being proud of how much it has accomplished and believing we can do so much more ❤️ Realizing that I am not alone and that losing weight is a process has lifted so much baggage from me and I hope this helps do the same for you.
I would love to do this journey with you. Feel free to contact me...its never too late. Even if its been 16 years since you had your baby 🤣😍
Speaking of failure...im sorry i have slacked off on my blog. Holidays, sickness, kids home...family time, it just has been a very busy time and well...i just failed at keep this up. So, oops.
Its a new year.
Its a new day.
And...a new blog :-)
So, today I wanted to share some thoughts on failure.
I want to tell you something today that i think is so helpful on this health and fitness journey.
It of course has something to do with our mindset and how you *think* about failure.
Most people get stuck in thinking mistakes and failures are only negative experiences. And if you are a perfectionist, this can send you on a downward spiral fast! So, for some, we do everything we can to make sure we don't make mistake. And sometimes, that even means just not doing anything at all in fear of failing. We do everything in their power to avoid making mistakes and sometimes even punish ourselves when we do.
☝️That’s without a doubt the worst way to see "failure".
Everybody has (and will) fail...
I’ve failed & will fail again.
You’ve failed & will fail again.
Nobody WANTS to fail, but it WILL happen, and when it does, realize it's not all bad.
In fact, failure is the best way to figure out what doesn’t work for you so that you can avoid making the same mistake twice. What’s more, failure is a necessary step to getting better. If you’re not having occasional setbacks, then you might want to reevaluate your situation. Sure, it could be you’re doing all the right things, but it’s equally likely that you’re seeking short-term comfort to avoid something that you know you need, but scares you...
You see, sometimes the fear of failure is disguised as the fear of success. In other words, you don't know what it'll take to be the leaner or healthier version of YOU. You don't know how much effort it'll take to make healthy food choices consistently or how much discipline you'll need to get your workout in each week. It's all up in the air right now. It's in the "unknown," and you don't want to let anyone (including yourself) down...
But when you realize failure is a necessary part of this process, everything changes. Instead of fearing failure and change, you welcome it, because you know those small setbacks will teach you, help you grow, and ultimately lead to long-term success.
Im a 43 year old Mom taking charge of her health and who's passionate about helping you live your healthiest, happiest life.