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!
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.
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
It was love at first sight ❤️
I bought it without even trying it on. I had to have it. I had every intention of wearing it that summer. And you know how it is. life happens.
First, it was folded up on top of a shelf in my closet. It was packed there for a long time and I mostly forgot about it. Occasionally I would think about it and contemplate looking at it. It spent a little time on a hanger nestled among other things that I had; things that I used all the time. I actually even stored it under my bed for a couple years. It was easier to forget about it than it was to know it existed but was unusable.
From 1999 until today it was always something that was theoretical.
But not anymore.
Today I wore a dress that I dearly love but have never had the confidence to wear. ( 1. because it never fit properly and 2. because I just was too nervous/afraid to do it ) Today was a culmination of dreams and hopes and a lot of hard work. I am proud of many things in my life and I know that being this excited over wearing a dress might not seem like too big of a deal and actually, it's not the dress at all that is the main point. It's that I was able to fulfill a goal that I had given up on for years.
8 to be exact.
Every now and then I'd dust off the dream and work for it but life would get in the way and eventually I would give up on it.
But not anymore. Today was an amazing day and I looked beautiful and felt amazing and wanted to encourage you that just because some dreams take a while to come true, it doesn't mean they won't.
I can't believe I started this countdown 63 days ago.
As you can see, there are black marked out squares....Alot more than i wanted. But, thats ok. the point is...i didn't quit. I didn't give up. I kept going. Even though at times, i felt like i was failing. Forget about failure.
If we really TRY, that is a huge success. Regardless of what you’re trying to do – finish college, get in shape, start a business, making a difference, etc. – you have already achieved something by simply putting in the effort.
I started this lifestyle change 1 1/2 years ago. I wanted to be at my goal already. I thought I would be. I have seen people throughout this process that reached there goal way faster than me..and slower than me. But, sometimes things don't go the way we plan or how we plan or in the amount of time we plan.
And thats ok...
You just have to hold your head up and be proud of the progress you have made. For a perfectionist (me 😎) ...sometimes it seems better to quit then to fail. But...that's not true. Instead of taking a bunch of steps backwards, we just need to make the necessary adjustments and keep going!
No step towards your goal is a small one.
I will be heading out in a few hours to meet with a bunch of other beachbody coaches. "Old Tina" would have cancelled the trip because I was too embarrassed to go not being at the goal i set for myself.
I am so stoked to be have earned this trip. To be going. #operationpuntacana is done. I am damn proud of the work I put in. I wasn't perfect, but I never am, so nothing new there! ha ha ha 🤣 I will be going confidently and happily. I will enjoy every damn day because I earned it. I worked hard for it...and I won't let a number on a scale or "missing abs" take that away from me.
I did see lots of changes during the last 63 days...most of them on my mind and heart. I did lose inches, pounds and gained some arm muscles from SO MANY PUSHUPS (still hate Autumn Calabrese😜 )
Why am i sharing this? Because:
👊🏼Im getting stronger.
👊🏼I didnt quit.
👊🏼Im still going.
And if its possible for this 43 year old mama...it can happen for you.
Im a 44 year old Mom taking charge of her health and who's passionate about helping you live your healthiest, happiest life.