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
Revelation is the easy part and knowing what to do is much different than doing it.
I'm at a crossroads in my life and looking forward only makes sense if I examine where I've been and learn from the journey that's taken me here. Our lives tell stories and before we move onto another chapter, we need to make sure that we exhaust each page and stretch the fabric of our individual grand tales. So what type of author are you and what will your story tell the rest of us?
For years, I struggled with all kinds of issues that made me feel alone and isolated even though I knew I wasn't the only one. It can be very embarrassing to be a YOYO dieter. Or continually struggle with emotional eating. And that feeling of failure for not being able to keep making good choices...especially when you KNOW what you need to do... It can weigh very heavy on a person. I toured diets and fads and exercise programs that yielded temporary results but left me, ultimately, unfulfilled. Everything was a cycle and I was wearing myself out dizzily bouncing from one "guaranteed" result to the next. My story was common and I felt like a million other frustrated people out there. When I began working with BeachBody things changed and I saw tangible results and improvement in my body, mind, and spirit. The sense of accountability and community helped prompt me to be a better person.
As i have said, I was asked to be in a Beachbody corporate run test group. (MY first one ever!!!) And as I sit here today, typing this at yet another crossroads, I want to tell you that something is different; things are not the same and just when my story seemed routine and planned out, I now realize there is still so much more to write and the ending will be phenomenal. My life has changed because I decided to change it. I know what I am supposed to do and how I am supposed to live and eat and I am doing it. This is not a fad or a program or an easy quick-fix. This is my life.
The results I've seen are not just about my weight. (yes, i have lost weight!)
They are internal.
They are mental.
I have learned how to eat.
I have learned what get's my body functioning properly.
I didn't workout for 2/3 of that time because I was focused on learning about the nutrition.
I did it through the holidays season: Thanksgiving, my anniversary, my birthday, Christmas, traveling, my New Years, Valentines, SUPERBOWL...ha ha ha...life...
I have learned how to follow the program while eating out, eating at parties/friends houses and traveling every weekend for the last month.
I honestly KNOW that i have lost this weight for the last time...there is NO reason to ever gain weight again if I follow this lifestyle and sustainable program.
This program is launching officially in May. But, our VIP pre-launch group is open now.
Its open and Im telling you...if you are over the life of YO-YO dieting, emotional eating, binge eating...if you struggle with meal planning, staying on track with the nutrition side of this health journey. This program really is for you. And the BEST part...is you aren't alone. You have a coach that will be with you every step of the way. You have people that will encourage you, motivate you and want to see you succeed!
So, I hope you can be encouraged as you continue writing your own story.
Look back and learn from all you have gone through because the context of your life is important but remember that it doesn't not define you. You are not trapped or imprisoned by the past and your future can be what you make of it. Be strong and write the novel you want the world to read.
If you want to get info and the link to this pre-launch group...message me or comment below.
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.
Im a 43 year old Mom taking charge of her health and who's passionate about helping you live your healthiest, happiest life.