True story: Yesterday, in the middle of the week I had to run to the tire shop. As i was sitting there, waiting for them to put the new tires on the car, I felt an immense wave of personal satisfaction. Is it because I love that rubbery smell of tires surrounding me? Nope. Is it because I am a sucker for burnt coffee and 8 month old issues of Field and Stream? Sorry, try again.
I am happy because I was able to pay for these tires before I bought them. I am smiling while I write this because I was able to actually conduct business on a routine week day at the shop from my mobile office, AKA my phone, while I waited for my new tires as I made money that will go towards Christmas presents or whatever else might come my way. Tires are expensive and I am happy I was able to buy them and not have to charge them or skip a week's worth of groceries. I did this.
My journey with BeachBody has been satisfying because I think I represent a large portion of people reading this. I am not filthy rich and my lifestyle is nothing close to extravagant. I don't jet off to tropical locations or have a boat, 5th wheel, plane, or pet black panther. I don't shop at organic stores and I love curling up on the couch at the end of the night to watch The Walking Dead or New Girl (yes... both). I don't think you and I are that different.
When I started working with BeachBody I just wanted to make enough bank to cover my Shakeology and any other orders I might want. But after really jumping in and deciding that I wanted to do this as my job, I am actually contributing to my family income in real and practical ways. I JUST BOUGHT FREAKING TIRES!!!!!! How cool is that, especially this time of year when cash is at a premium due to the holidays.
Anyway, I just wanted to share this cool story and maybe encourage some of you who might be sitting on the fence and unsure of whether or not you want to go all in. You wont regret it and it would be my honor and pleasure to partner with you.
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What comes to mind when you think of a 'small business?' Maybe images of the local mom and pop shop or a restaurant that is unique to your community? Perhaps you think about hardworking men and women who had the guts to start a business from scratch in spite of the pressure and competition of the larger box stores. You might not want to admit it but even those moms on facebook doing the MLM route... those are their businesses. They count, too 😘Many of us like to support local small businesses so here's somethings for you to consider.
How about me?
I started my BeachBody journey 2 1/2 years ago so I could get healthy and make enough money to cover the cost of my monthly Shakeology order. After a while, that became a reality and I fell in LOVE with the community around me and all of those people who began their own journeys.
I am a small business...
Actually, it doesn't get much smaller than me and the size of my staff (ME) definitely does not equal the output of my effort. I am the definition of a small business. I provide a valuable service and in addition to all the hours I put into my business during the week, I am also on-call 24/7 for my coaches and team. I contribute to the local economy and do my best to help those who work with me earn as much as they can. An investment in me is really an investment into the lives of many others. When I first started this business I'm not sure I would have been bold enough to write this, but I am proud of what I do and the implications it has for others.
Who is ready to do something GOOD for yourself? Something that will affect every part of your life to make it more enjoyable? That's what happens when you choose to take control of your health - everyone and everything in your life benefits from it. Fill your cup first, so you can pour into others! This is real. This works and can help you.
I dont know if you are like me, but I did a lot of research and "watching" before deciding to do this. Not only do I have a great deal for anyone that wants to jump in and get started with me this weekend, you get a gift with purchase to sweeten the deal!!!
What a great way to end 2017 strong and get started right in 2018! Maybe you overheard your S.O wanting to do something like this. Maybe a loved one, family member or friend needs this. Whatever it is, I hope you think of me. I love what I'm doing and I want to grow this business as big as I can because I feel like I have so much to offer. I want to thank all of you for your support of me and my business. Thank you for trusting me, believing in me and walking along side me in this journey. I know you have heard it before and I hope you believe when people say it is a HUGE deal when you are supporting your friends and small businesses.
I know the Lamm's are super grateful.
Enjoy your Saturday.
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I woke up today pretty excited to start this new program. I was ready to go. It was the fresh start i was looking for. And as i was in bed scrolling facebook, my “on this day” popped up. And honestly…i wasn’t ready for it. I thought it was tomorrow, i was prepared for tomorrow. As i read that post, I remember writing it and no one had any idea what i meant. Just me.
365 days ago, my life changed in every way imaginable. I was vacuuming my living room and Curt walked in the front door. He had the weirdest look on his face and being with him for 20 years, i knew it wasn't good. He just said, “You are never going to forgive me, our life is over.” I just stood there, vacuum in hand as he told me that he had been living a life that I would never forgive. Everything I knew, loved, thought, and cherished was annihilated with one conversation that left my family broken. It was one of those moments when you know you're talking to another person but you feel like you're hovering above the scene, watching as a third-party observer; witnessing the death of every good and decent emotion or memory of the past 20 years. The details are not important. Whats important is that we are still here.
Im not gonna lie, its been the longest year of my life. And as i laid in bed this morning…i was not angry. I was not sad. This “anniversary” was something i have heard is really hard to deal with, so i was trying to prepare for this day for months. But, this morning, i just cried…not mourning my marriage or my life, but i cried because I was so grateful that God saved Curt this day a year ago. God saved my marriage. God saved my family. I really believe that. Of course it would have been great to not have this happen, but all i kept thinking is…Curt came to me. He shed light on the darkness. He brought his sins to God. He chose US instead of the life he had been living. And that is something to celebrate.
God is a redeemer.
God forgave Curt that day.
It took me until April to really forgive, but I have. ❤️
We are still here.
I am still here.
This last year of our life has been lived daily, almost minute-by-minute. There were a million possible outcomes and I considered every one of them, enduring sleepless nights and comatose days for sometimes weeks on end. But through everything we have experienced, one sentiment resounded clearly and loudly: we are not a cliché and this is our story to write and the outcome is being penned every day on a backdrop of forgiveness, redemption, and hope.
We are still here.
And as painful as that moment and the subsequent 365 days worth of moments have been, I truly believe I've seen the hand of God and felt his saving grace in a family that needed it.
Our lives have changed in ways I never considered because God has given us a type of grace I never knew existed. I read about it and believed it was fine for other people but didn't think I would ever have to tap into it. So every day we move forward with a little more hope and purpose than the day before. We move forward even though we have lost friends who said they would be there for us no matter what. AND we have found new friends that have been more than we needed. We move forward out of a newfound love and not just obligation. I am changing, he is changing, we are changed. This is our new reality.
It's a process and not a quick-fix or formula (sound familiar???). Somedays we cry hard and laugh harder. The days add up and with them our collective lives are growing closer because we are learning to acknowledge the past, build the present, and anticipate a future. As much as it felt like life had ended, it didn't. We have a second chance that will not be thrown away.
Wow..its hard to share when i have sooo much to say, but not enough room to say it. Im sure your wondering how this ties into what i am doing, but all i know is that we are capable of more than we think, In ALL aspects of life. I always knew i was stubborn and determined, but now i realize I am committed and i am hopeful. I know anything is possible...if we put in the work and want it bad enough.
***My support system this year...
And when I decide to do something, I am all in. This past year I have applied these traits to my family and marriage and daily life on a few different levels and I have been successful because I work hard and try to walk out what I ask others to do. So, that is what i am going to lean on as i do this new program.
This couldn’t come at a better time, as i said, this year i have just been “surviving” and so i need to do this. I do not take this for granted. This is a huge commitment and I welcome the challenge ahead of me because I know that I have a chance to do something that could benefit thousands of other people I will never meet. And isn't that what this is all about, really? A few years ago I got into BeachBody so I could improve certain areas of my own health and well-being but now I realize that I enjoy helping others as much as I do seeing results for myself.
This is going to be quite a challenge and it will take discipline and effort but I welcome all of it. Over the last year I've seen and felt too much to be intimidated by pain or discouragement or despair. In the past I might have approached this opportunity with fear and doubt but not today. Now I am excited and I expect to succeed. I am doing this for myself as well as all of you who know me and believe in me.
So, thank you for being apart of our journey.
Thank you for your support and love.
Thank you for your encouragement.
I can't wait to keep you posted!
I've been keeping a little secret and can finally spill it.
So, if you have been reading my blog..you know i have been on the STRUGGLE BUS all year. And that the last 4 months have been the worst of it. Well, I can now share I am 1 of the 55 coaches selected to participate in the official coach test program for the 2B Mindset program that will be launching next year!
It was pretty amazing to me that after i have shared my struggles that this opportunity came to me.
We’re working with a small group of coaches alongside the creator (Ilana Muhlstein, R.D.N.) of this incredible nutritional program for the next 2 month before it officially launches in 2018!
Yesterday we had our first meeting/training and I can tell you that this program is seriously going to change my life. It’s EXACTLY what I have been missing in regards to my nutrition, and ESPECIALLY my mindset and I’m so so so excited for the impact it’s going to have on so many people.
Last month at the leadership conference it was announced that a nutritionist & dietician had partnered with Beachbody to create a program that would change the lives of everyone who did it. And it includes ZERO workouts. It’s called the 2B Mindset. I remember watching this video and just crying because i have struggled my whole life with food. I love working out...that isnt really my issue. It my relationship with food. And this program is focused on that! I even struggle with the 21 day fix containers...and i know they work. I have experienced that they work..and still i struggle.
THIS IS A BIG DEAL - because as of TODAY, Its the official day 1 of this test group for the 2B Mindset.
I am one of about 50 coaches total who has the chance to work 1:1 with @ilanamuhlsteinrd.
I’m excited to do something different - to change my mindset about food and nutrition and to hopefully soon help YOU do the same ❤️
While I can’t spill the beans about the program in its entirety, I will say - this is gonna be a life changer!!
How funny that this is following the last post. Its been 11 days since i wrote a post and I had big plans...hmmm...that's just great. Ugh.
November is traditionally a month we give thanks for things in our lives and the timing is perfect because we usually follow that up by making our wish list for December - the month we ask for more things in which we will be thankful for come the following November. It's a a nice cycle of pondering and expectation smooshed between turkey sandwiches and mistletoe.
I shared a pretty hard post on facebook yesterday and i thought I should do the same here and admit something that is neither enjoyable nor marketable. I am 20 pounds heavier than I was at the beginning of summer.
You might be thinking...how can that happen, she is a coach. Well, it happened like it has my whole life...slowly, pound by pound. Since becoming a coach, I have tried not to weigh myself very often because BEFORE..i was a SLAVE to that stupid scale. And i do better not focusing on numbers these days. Well, i have had lots of things come up over the last 4 months...and i haven't been consistent with my workouts or with my nutrition. So, when i stepped on the scale yesterday, I knew it would be a up a FEW pounds... but not 20! I mean, holy crap...20??? Really? Maybe this isn't the best thing for my business model and if I had a swanky New York publicist I doubt she would suggest this course of action to invite others to join me on my journey from death to life, from being unhealthy to living a fulfilled life.
the reason I AM sharing this is precisely because this is a journey. Old Tina would have changed the subject or tried to put a different spin on things or would have not mentioned this at all. But I am not Old Tina and have decided that reflection (not deflection) is the best course of action because I want to lead by example. I want to be real, honest. And no matter if that is a small victory or a HUGE stumble, Im sharing it. I can't just share all the good things, the good filtered pics. I have to share the ugly too. I want people to see that this is do-able. That this journey is not always easy, but that it can be done. And that if I can do it...anyone can do it!
So, Instead of getting frustrated, angry, or depressed at this bump in my journey. I am just choosing to get up. I know I can right this ship and get back to where I want to be. I can lead by example and replace my excuses with actions. Knowing what to do and doing those things are two different things and it's time to move past knowledge into accountability. I am being honest with you because I want you to be honest with yourself and understand that it's okay if you are not where you want to be right now. It's okay if you've been where you wanted but now find yourself in a different place. And it's okay if you've been working towards a goal you haven't reached yet. The important thing is to not be defeated. To not Quit. To not give up.
This is journey and as we approach a time of reflection and thanks, take a moment to think about how far you have come and that you are not alone. I am in this with you and as I reinvest myself into a plan to get where I want to be, my hope is that you will join me and we can do this together.
Instead of giving up and surrendering to circumstances, let's work hard to remember that we are a team and we win together.
That sounds like a lot to be thankful for. <3
Im a 43 year old Mom taking charge of her health and who's passionate about helping you live your healthiest, happiest life.