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.
If you know a Beachbody coach, I am sure you have seen or heard somewhere that Thursday's are our Paydays! And everyone is always celebrating rank advancements, financial successes...exciting things. Its so cool to see and even more fun to reap these benefits. Today was a first for me in my business.
For the first time in 28 months... I didn't receive a weekly paycheck from BeachBody. This means that all my hard work and all the effort of my coaches over the past 7 days haven't produced the results any of us sought.
So, what's a girl to do?
I wasn't sure this was something I should even share because it seems a little counterintuitive to most business models when the CEO tells everyone when things aren't perfect. But something I am proud of is my honesty and vulnerability as I take this journey alongside you.
Lots of things come into play as why this happened this week. But that's not the point of why I am writing. What I want you to know is that next week will be better and we all go through times like this in our personal as well as professional lives. I don't like admitting my check was a big, fat zero this week. It's never happened before and I've alternated back and forth between frustration, agitation, disappointment, and determination. This week does not define me just as every other successful week doesn't tell the complete story of who I am. These are just snapshots of a larger story.
What I want to take away from this and hopefully share with you is that I will use this time to grow as a businesswoman and a person. I will take inventory and see what I can do to help make those around me more successful because sometimes we all need to reflect and make adjustments. I won't put undue or unnecessary pressure on myself because that wont fix anything...all i can do is take care of today and just keep my eyes forward. I believe in myself and in those I have surrounded myself with. I believe in the product and the process.
The last thing i want to say is that my business journey is a lot like my health journey. There will be ups and downs, there will be great days and not so great days. There will be times that we try really hard and think we will get some great results, and nothing happens.
And all i can do is
KEEP MOVING FORWARD.
KEEP DOING MY BEST.
And KEEP TRYING.
Anyway, Just a reminder that you are amazing and you can do anything you put your mind to...as long as you dont quit <3
It’s time to get OBSESSED!!
What’s cool about this program is there are actually 80 separate workouts. You actually get to see the program in real-time, and watch the bodies of the cast change as the workouts progress — including Autumn’s. It’s set to be released on January 15th, 2018 as a series of LIVE workouts on Beachbody on Demand.
The 80 Day Obsession WorkoutsWhat’s completely new and unique about this program is that it is filmed in REAL TIME. Meaning you get 80 workouts, day-by-day, and follow along with the cast as they transform their own bodies. Workouts are great for weight loss while toning your core and shaping your booty. The workouts are intense… but they’re SUPPOSED to be. They’re for anyone committed to seeing REAL CHANGE in 80 days. Unlike the 21 Day Fix, the workouts are longer. They range from about 45 minutes to an hour in length…. all designed to get you in the BEST SHAPE OF YOUR LIFE. Who doesn’t want that? You’ll get a total body workout, but some days focus entirely on your butt, your legs, upper body. Cardio is also part of the mix- to maximize fat burn.
Workouts for the week will be released on Saturday nights, great for those early-morning exercisers ready to hit it hard Sunday morning. Once the workouts are released, they will stay up on Beachbody on Demand permanently. 80 Day Obsession follows a 13-week format, with six workouts each week and a rest day. So, the entire series of 80 workouts is spread out over 91 days.
What is Beachbody on Demand? Beachbody on Demand is an online streaming service for Beachbody workouts. Think of it like the Netflix of Fitness. You will need BOD for 80 Day Obsession, as the workout program will not be released on DVD. In addition to streaming workouts, BOD gives you access to the nutrition program for all the programs, the Fixate cooking show and other great resources and workout exclusives like:
Who is a Good Fit for 80 Day Obsession?This program is for those who already have at least an entry-level base of fitness. If you’ve not yet gone through the 21 Day Fix program, I’d recommend doing that first. If you are gearing up to 80 Day Obsession, I’d recommend doing at least one round of 21 Day Fix followed by 21 Day Fix Extreme. However, if you’re in a time crunch one round should be sufficient to get you familiar with Autumn’s style, the container system and clean eating, while building that minimum level of fitness required to do 80 Day Obsession. It’s great for you IF:
80 Day Obsession Menu Plan
With 80 Day Obsession, the Portion Fix System containers are used, but this program utilizes a timed macronutrient program. It tells you what to eat WHEN – taking the guesswork out. Like the 21 Day Fix, you’ll do a quick calorie calculation to find out which bracket you fall into. However, with 80 Day Obsession you’ll be eating the proper macronutrients to fuel your body what it needs at just the right time. You’ll get a pre-workout and post-workout meal. For example, for breakfast your bracket may say you need one green, one red and one blue. This truly will maximize getting the right nutrients into your system to optimize performance and muscle growth and recovery. BONUS – you also get a “refeed” day. That’s when the nutrition plan gets a bump up starchy carbs, fruits… all to add to those glycogen stores. You’ll do it on a leg day, and the first one happens at 6 weeks. Then, “refeed” days happen every few weeks after that.
80 Day Obsession SupplementsTo boost your workout performance, Autumn recommends using Beachbody Performance Energize 15-30 minutes before your workout. Because your muscles will be sore, it’s recommended that you use Beachbody Performance Recover after your workout as well as Beachbody Performance Recharge at night 30 minutes before you go to bed to speed muscle recovery. If you want to try them, they come in a Beachbody Performance Sampler pack.
About 80 Day Obsession From Autumn Calabrese:
How did the idea of 80 Day Obsession come about?
The Beachbody CEO, Carl Dialer has a whiteboard FULL of workout program ideas. One of them was an “Ass and Abs” program. He approached Autumn Calabrese about the idea of that and Country Heat about the same time. However, the technology wasn’t there to do a real-time workout yet on the platform, so Country Heat came first.
What is timed nutrition?
Timed nutrition has nothing to do with intermittent fasting, contrary to what some of you might think. It’s basically Autumn just answering some of the questions she’s received over the years on the best containers to eat at what times of the day. For example, what should you eat before your workout. The best things to eat AFTER. When should I be done with my yellows? All timed nutrition meals is that Autumn is suggesting the best macronutrients to eat when. You still get to decide what goes into your containers and when.
What about the pre-workout meal? It’s supposed to be eating an hour and a half to two hours before I work out. What if I’m an early-riser and need to work out right away?
The tough love answer is that you should still eat before you work out – it’s called OBSESSION for a reason. However, you can sub out Meal One for your pre-workout meal and do it 20 minutes before your workout instead of an hour and a half or two. If you still can’t adhere to that, you simply start your timed nutrition after you’re done with your workout.
What does the name OBSESSION mean?
80 Day Obsession is all about COMMITTING to YOURSELF. The word obsession has nothing to do with obsessing about the number on the scale, it has nothing to do with obsessing over how you look, or obsessing over calories. It’s about having a certain level of obsession over yourself and your self-care… and being OK with that. That’s what being obsessed is about.The focus of 80 Day Obsession is 3-fold.
1. Build the glutes. Yes, we all want a great looking back side but its just as important to have a strong butt. That’s right, glutes are a big muscle that do a lot of work. We spend a lot of our day sitting on our butts, we need to get those muscles firing and functioning properly.
2. Reduce total body fat, especially in the stubborn belly area
3. Emphasize the right kind of core work to get flat but defined abdominals. It’s no secret that I’ve wanted to build my butt and I’ve been working on it for awhile now. This program proves that with the right combination of exercises and timed nutrition – shaped, firm glutes that look good and function even better doesn’t have to be restricted to the genetically gifted. The booty is made of muscle and just like any other muscle in the body, it can be built and sculpted.
The focus of 80 Day Obsession is exciting, but what I’m even more excited about is the way I get to deliver it to you over the course of 13 weeks. This isn’t 7 workouts on repeat. Every workout is unique in some way so I keep your body (and your mind) guessing and you never get bored. It’s how I would train you if you were a personal client meeting me in the gym every day.
I’m confident you guys are going to love this macro-nutrition program because it takes all the guess work out. I literally tell you exactly how to eat AND when to eat and we use the familiar container system from 21 Day Fix to make sure you’re getting the right portion and combination of each food group when your body needs it most.
While abs and booty may be a primary vanity objective, this program is designed for your body to function optimally, to be lean, but shockingly strong. Yes, a great looking body is nice, but a great looking body that works well, moves well and feels great is truly a gift!
One last thing… I went with the word “obsession” because to achieve the kind of results this program delivers in just under three months takes a specific type of focus. You could say we’re becoming obsessed with the process, obsessed with the details that help move us forward, obsessed with self-care and obsessed with making physical, mental and even nutritional gains
Equipment Needed for 80 Day Obsession
For 80 Day Obsession, you’ll need weights, resistance loops and sliders. Most of you have free weights already. The resistance loops will be available on TeamBeachbody.com in December 14th so you can get them before the program launches.
It was JUST ANNOUNCED last week that ALL COACHES on our team will have the opportunity to participate in a special COACH-ONLY test group with Autumn Calabrese herself. The group will take place on Facebook in a closed group. If you plan on doing the 80 Day Obsession program in January, you can use this opportunity to enroll as a coach and have your initial enrollment fee WAIVED. Plus, this also gets you into the EXCLUSIVE COACH TEST GROUP! Message me and I will get you all the details or comment below.
FYI: There are no obligations to “work” as a coach at all. You can simply enroll as a coach in name only to receive the coach discount and entry to the Group. I would love to talk to you about this if you have questions...feel free to connect with me on facebook or comment below.
Im a 43 year old Mom taking charge of her health and who's passionate about helping you live your healthiest, happiest life.