Sunday, December 18, 2011

Why I am a Team Beachbody Coach!


Why I'm a Team Beachbody Coach...

A few years ago a mentor/friend of mine started teaching a fitness class at her church. As an athlete I immediately became intrigued & then, I became completely humbled after joining the class. These ladies were rockstars! I noticed the one thing that kept them pushing so hard everyday was the accountability of one another. After having my son, Jace I decided to join the fitness class to get my body back. Well, that is just what I did! I not only got my body back but I changed on the inside too. I start to cry as I type about the transformation I had inside & out. God then began to lay on my heart a passion I have had inside of me all along.... to help others achieve their goals physically, emotionally, & physically. 

After a year of teaching my own fitness classes & personal training sessions I was given a HUGE blessing: Beachbody. I had NO idea what I was getting myself into when I signed up as a beachbody coach but I am so glad that I did! This has been an answer to my prayers! I am able to stay at home with my son, travel with my husband's baseball career, bring home an income, AND change lives! I simply help you set goals, hold you accountable, & help you in anyway that I can... I am your personal accountability partner!


With all of that said, here is what I want to share with you:

I don't want to keep this gift to myself. I am looking for friends to join my team.  I want to be upfront about this... I’m doing this for you more than I’m doing this for me. If you join my team I get $20. Nice, but not what I’m going for in life. I’m in this to change lives. I hear my friends talking about needing extra money, not having time with their family, being in debt, feeling overwhelmed, feeling useless, hating their job, and more. The ones who make it in this business feel the power and excitement of the movement. We CHANGE LIVES WHILE CHANGING OUR OWN LIVES!

Benefits of coaching:
 Work 90% online at my own hours
 Meet fun, happy, positive people
 Improve your personal development
 Make money quickly without punching a clock at a job
 Get and stay healthy
 An accountability group of coaches checking up on you and your fitness success
 Recognition and celebrations about you and your accomplishments
 Help with goal setting and goal achieving
 Large network of coaches to help you success with your fitness and business
 Ability to help people nationwide and worldwide get healthy
This “I’m a coach” video is great. It explains how your body is your business. Imagine waking up, not driving to a job. You workout as your job and help others stay on track. Sounds awesome to me. Oh, and my friend Rhonda is the girl in the blue tank top that says “keep pushing play” at the end of the video. I also know several people in the video but I thought it was cool that she was in it. Set goals and Beachbody helps you.

Is this something for you? 



Contact me if you have questions, interested in becoming a coach, or what to get started on a Beachbody program! Remember! This is NOT about me. I am here to serve you whether it be in making a lifestyle change OR helping you become a coach! :) 

Make today great!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A life lesson in a marathon.

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Mile 1 my adrenaline was pumping at a rapid rate. I was ready to conquer this marathon regardless of weather. Rain or shine, it wasn't going to stop me from finishing what I set out to accomplish on December 4th. The first 9 miles I was accompanied by my friend Rhonda who kept me focused on the task at hand. By mile 13 I was on fire. I knew that the rest I had taken the past few weeks was just what I needed... My body was ready. 

Then, at mile 14 it all went down hill... Rain began to pour & I couldn't see too far in front of me. I was getting soaked. About that same time my watch started beeping at me... I had totally forgot to check to see if it needed to be charged the night before & thought it was "fully" charged. Awesome. I had lost my GPS AND all feeling in my body. I was completely numb. Mile 16 my body began to shake. By mile 19 I couldn't talk and I sure couldn't get my Cliff Gel out of my belt. The cold wind in my face & rain coming down kept me shaking. Mile 20 it was over. A nice gentlemen from the medic tent stopped me to pull me aside & take care of me. I was not in a healthy condition to continue to the finish line. Hypothermia had officially set in & I was not able to go any further.

I don't know what was worse... Feeling extremely nauseous, unable to tell them my name, the constant shaking (my body was way too tired to shake this much), or my pride & the fact that I not only let myself down but felt the weight of everyone else I had let down. I don't think I ever felt so bad in so many ways at one time. 

My WONDERFUL husband came to my rescue, carried me to the car, & was my hero. He not only took care of me, but he taught me a huge lesson through this experience. He never told me I messed up, said he was disappointed in me, or encouraged me to give up. He simply showed me love..... even when I was just plain negative about the whole thing. It's in those moments when we need a reality check the most... I definitely got one.

After 48 hours of non-stop thinking about those last 6 miles I had to finish & praying about what the next step should be I have come to a conclusion. You see, the lesson my husband taught me was this..... Never give up. When you have a plan & things don't go your way that you canNOT control (like weather)...keep going. Take it in & deal with it... Just because you have a bad experience (in my case that was my 2nd bad experience) learn from it & keep going. No matter how many times you fall down keep getting back up... again & again & again. My husband shows me this everyday in his career. Baseball is a game of failure, not a game of "failures" because tomorrow they will be right back at it again & again.  Make sense? 

You only fail if you quit... quitting is NOT an option. 

With all of that said, I will be running 26.2 miles in a few weeks. My husband & I will be mapping out a 26.2 route in Oklahoma. I WILL run a marathon. I have set goals & have every intention of meeting those goals. I mean, why not? My goal has been to run 26.2 miles before we have another baby... 1. I really want another baby 2. I finish what I start.  

There you have it! What are you letting defeat you today that is out of your control? Don't let circumstances control you. All you can do is all you can do! 

Go after what you have set out to do! It will be so worth it in the end!

I AM an athlete. I AM strong. I AM going to finish. I AM all of these things but not from my own strength... I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength (Phil 4:13) through the Holy Spirit & through the ones around me every step of the way. I could not do this without your love & support.  Glory goes to God in everything I do. ***A HUGE shout out to all who sent me encouraging texts, Facebook posts, messages, calls, etc! I cannot tell you how loved I felt on Sunday! You all are what kept my head up! Thank you SO much for your love, prayers, & continuous support! 


26.2 miles... you are doing DOWN. 

*p.s. I plan on sharing more details of where I will be running soon. It will take me 2 weeks or so to be ready physically again!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Thankful Day 3: Family.

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I am so thankful for my family.... our whole family.

Sometimes I just have to pinch myself because I am so overwhelmed by love from our family. We are so blessed to have such wonderful people surrounding us each and every year as we follow God's plan for our life. No matter where we are or what we are doing we always know we have people back home that love us unconditionally. 

Thank you to our parents: Thank you for loving us & always believing in us! Words can't describe the blessings you are to us! Thanks for always helping us, being selfless, driving long hours just to see us, & for raising us in great homes. We love you!

Thank you to our siblings: Thank you for always being our cheerleaders, prayer warriors, & always trying to understand our journey. You all have been nothing but supportive! Thanks for all your love! We love you!

Thank you to our grandparents: You truly are our biggest cheerleaders! Thank you for believing in us & your continuous support. You are very special to us & we love you!

Thank you to all of our extend families: Thank you for always keeping in touch with us & always supporting us from a distance! You are greatly appreciated & we cherish the moments we get to see you in the off seasons!

We cherish our family. Love you all :)

What are you thankful for today?


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thankfulness Day 2: My Momma

-Jace, GG (my mom), & Benjamin

I only think it's appropriate to mention my momma not because it was her birthday on Tuesday but because she is my momma. You see, after all the things my mom has gone through over the years God has only used those things to make her one strong lady. She amazes me with the her strength... the kind of strength she won't take credit for... the strength she will tell you only God has given her over the years. If you know my mom you know that she's a great momma! I would have to say my mom is definitely someone I will always cherish. 

Today I am thankful for you momma. I am thankful for you staying strong for me over the years, putting my attitude in check when it needed to be, all the clean clothes you washed for me, all the trips you made for things I would forget (like dance shoes or my glove), forcing me to work with you in the summers & learning how to work hard, being my cheerleader, raising me in church, listening to me when I need it most, loving my husband, being a super GG, & most of all for being just you.

Thank you for bringing me into this world!

What are you thankful for today? 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Thankfulness Day 1: My husband.


I am so thankful for the man in my life.

Jeremy has been my rock for the past almost 6 years. He has been my motivator, encourager, friend, listener, & the one person who just gets me. He has taken on this journey with me every single day while loving me no matter how bad my hair looks, how moody I can get, or how silly I can act sometimes. He truly loves me for me. 

I am so thankful that he is the father to our son. It melts my heart to see him love, laugh, teach, encourage, & discipline our son. I know someday Jace will be able to say these same things about his daddy. Right now Jace just thinks Daddy is pretty much rocks! (I agree).

Jeremy also inspires me to continue to seek after God every single day. He amazes me more & more everyday. 

I am thankful for the one person I get to wake up to almost every night.  

Thanks Jeremy for loving me through the good & bad. I LOVE YOU!

What are you thankful for today?

Monday, October 31, 2011

Are you missing the main ingredient?

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I wrote about the weight loss recipe this summer & I wanted to touch on the main ingredient: Eating. 80% of weight loss comes from what you eat! 

This weekend as I was preparing my mom's birthday cupcakes something all of a sudden hit me. I kept having to run to the store around the corner from our house because I kept missing ingredients. Once I got home and unloaded everything I realized I was missing eggs... One of the main ingredients. I got back in my car and headed to the store. I couldn't fix these amazing cupcakes without the eggs. I started to think about how we are like that with our health. We all seem to think we can get a "quick fix" & be healthy, thin, etc without having to eat right. This is SO not the case. It's not about a "quick fix" but more so a lifestyle change... Eating healthy is a main ingredient for this lifestyle change.

I'm sorry to break the news but if we want to be at a healthy weight then we must eat healthy... no way around it. I've seen so many people work out really hard and totally forget about the main ingredient. This can cause frustration in your weight loss journey. Also, eating right doesn't mean a quick fix. If you go for the quick fix you might lose weight in the beginning but what happens when you stop whatever you're doing? I really want to encourage everyone to start making healthy menus. *This doesn't mean you can't enjoy those cupcakes or never have what you enjoy.... simply implement the 80/20 rule. 80% of the time eat CLEAN. Be SMART. 20% enjoy your favorite drink or food. It's that simple. 

The best way to keep track of the 80/20 rule is to get a calendar & a highlighter. Highlight everyday you make SMART choices. The days that are your 20% leave them blank. After a month's time go back and reflect on your month. Compare your percentages with your results & see what changes need to be made... then make them! Don't deprive yourself of the things you enjoy and don't deprive yourself of your health either! 

It's called: balanced lifestyle.

I know that we all have temptations in our life but the first step to overcoming them is to DECIDE to make a change. If you are struggling with weight loss & feel as if you are working out really hard maybe you should look at your diet...What changes can be made? Are you eating too much? Not enough? Too much fast food? What is it that you can change in your diet this month? Tomorrow is the 1st and let's all get off to a great start! I am determined to make this my best month! Are you in?

Today's tip: If you are interested in a personalized meal plan then come be a club member with me at Team Beachbody! It's $2.99/week & you get every meal planned out for you along with nutritional tips, grocery lists, etc. I love using my meal plan. It tells you exactly what you need in order to reach your goals! Click HERE to sign up for your Club Membership. 

You will be automatically linked to me so that I can help you every step of the way!

Make SMART choices today!



Thursday, October 27, 2011

Seeking direction.

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Yesterday I talked about stepping out in faith that God will give you the strength to tackle your goals. Today I want to talk about determining those goals or your passion. I had a hard time finding mine... I wasn't one of those people who knew when they were 5 what they wanted to be... I wanted to be a little bit of everything. That sounded appealing to me. What I didn't know is that when I was struggling to find my "thing" I was really figuring out just that: freedom

I always knew I wanted to be in a business serving others. Working in the dental industry proved to me that I LOVED my patients. They were more therapy for me than I really was there for them. Even though I loved my job at the dental office I still struggled with the freedom I longed to be available to Gods plans. I had a strict schedule, long hours, etc. I knew in my heart God wanted me on this adventure with Jeremy & no, it didn't mean I had to give up my passion for others. 

When we lived in California I finally had had enough... I literally did what I mentioned yesterday... I got on my knees, asked God to reveal himself to me & to guide me in the right direction of my passions for others. I had no idea what he had up his sleeve and sure enough I got what I asked for: a HUGE passion to help others with spiritual & physical health... oh, & freedom! I love my job & wouldn't change it for anything. 

I love that just because I have a passion about something doesn't mean I have to have a full time job. I can be mommy, baseball wife, traveler, & trainer. I am available to do whatever God has in store this next year. Our church is going to Africa next November & I'm really praying about my role in the trip. I love that I don't even have to question my schedule. 

Now, to my point of all of this... How do we know what goals to be setting? What passion to follow? Yours might be COMPLETELY different then mine & for some maybe it's the same: freedom. My advice is to really pray about it, ASK God to show you with confidence it's Him speaking to you, & be patient. In His timing you will know what direction to go... It took me a few years to get it figured out & I have a lot more to figure out each and every day. The great thing about our relationship with Christ is that we have never made it. Its a continuous process. Everyday is something new. 

Have you asked God where your time should be going? I encourage you today to ask God to reveal the things he desires for you & your family. I pray it is VERY clear & that you will walk out in faith ready!

If you are one of the few that might possibly have the same passion that I do I would love to talk with you about how I can help you get there!

Make today great!

Trust

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During the past 6 years of my husband's professional baseball career we have learned to completely trust in God's plan for our life. We have had ups and downs, financial detours, and a lot of praying. We never know where we are going to be the next 6 months, who will cross our path, or what God will throw our direction. The one thing we do know is that no matter what happens we have to have complete trust in our God that he will provide everything that we will need & we are to be thankful along the way.

I remember writing my goals down for the first time and thinking I was crazy. They seemed so out of reach for me... I felt as if I wasn't capable of such things. Then, I was reminded that these goals were things God had laid on my heart. If He has laid them on my heart then all I have to do is have the faith to step out & go for it, right? Easier said than done. There are days when our goals seem so scary & not even worth shooting for... I mean, how could I of all people reach my goals that are way beyond my ability? What makes me so special? Nothing really. The answer is completely faith and complete dependency on our God. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. (Phil 4:13)

My husband has been a huge example to me in this area of life. Each & every year he keeps plugging away at his baseball career, making things happen, & never ever giving up... there are days it would just be so much easier to throw in the towel and quit. God didn't give us this opportunity to quit... I believe he gave my husband this opportunity to have to completely rely on Him to reach his goals. This goes for all of us... what goals have you set? Are you selling yourself short because you are afraid to step out in faith and rely completely on God?

I know there are days when I get discouraged, am afraid, tired, etc. Those are the moments we are to get on our knees and pray. Ask God to take complete control, get up, be thankful, and get going. Don't let Satan hold you back from the things God has called you to do. He is below our feet and shall stay there!

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you have imagined!
-Henry Thoreau

Go after the things God has called you to do today with complete confidence in a God who will provide each little detail along the way!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wordless.

My lil train conductor melts my heart.

Wednesday is popular for "Wordless Wednesday". For me, it feels like every day is wordless. I feel as if I have so much to say lately that I don't even know where to begin in my blog. Does anyone else ever feel this way? It seems impossible for me to pin point a certain topic and master it into a blog post. I feel like a jumbled mess.

I am so thankful that in my life I can feel as if I am a jumbled mess and still have a loving Heavenly Father who loves me unconditionally. His grace is sufficient. Isn't that refreshing? On the days when I have so much to say to Him and can't seem to figure out where to start he already knows how to handle my thoughts. He knows where I've been, how I feel, and what will come of it all down the road. I am so thankful that I can be a huge mess and He still loves me. 

One thing I can say is how much love I have for my family: Jeremy & Jace. These two light up my life! They are the reason I run, work hard, and keep pressing on. They keep me motivated! When I look at them I am speechless... They melt my heart! Thankful that even when my days seem like such a mess of busyness that I can come home to my 2 favorite people in this world & not have to say one word. I simply can walk in the door and have a huge grin on my face. Love is the best medicine.

Thank you Lord for your grace & for my sweet little family.

What are you thankful for this month? What causes you to go speechless?


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Determined!



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Call me crazy but this weather has energized me to get up and GO! Why not? 

I think so many times we underestimate our potential. When I say that God has big plans for you I mean it! He really does! He cares so much about your life and the direction you are headed in every area of life.... all of it. I think I am just now starting to truly understand this in my life. I have been told this over & over again but something inside of me has clicked. Just do it! 

If God lays something on your heart or you have a passion you are wanting to pursue- JUST DO IT! What's holding you back? My guess would be that you are the only one stopping you from going after what God has called you to do. 

I am just full of energy today & honestly not real sure where its came from... my passion and drive has arrived. I am ready to tackle my daily to-do lists, things NOT on my to-do lists, and am prepared to be open to whatever God brings into my day. I want everyday to be like today. How about you? 

Today's Tip: Before bed each night take time to write down your top 6 things you need to get done the next day, sleep, wake up, and go get it done. 
*Don't forget to have down time to be available for what God might bring into your day. There is a point where you can be too busy and be too busy for Gods plans. Keep it balanced but don't hold back! 

Find what motivates you to get going and do it. For me, fall weather has been so motivating and refreshing! I also need to be fed physically & spiritually: a good run & quiet time being fed by God's word. I am determined to go after my goals. Are you? The first step is believing you are worth it & that you are capable. 

JUST DO IT!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I love you.

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Why is it so hard for us to say these three little words? 

I have been touched by the unloved all around me lately. It's like the hate in the world is just screaming at me for some reason. I can't stand it. I have this overwhelming feeling to love on the ones most unloved. I am not sure where that statement is actually taking me but I know God has something up his sleeve. 

I want you to take the challenge with me to love on others this week. Go out of your way to love someone. I promise that you won't regret it! God can use you in mighty ways when you simply say no to selfishness & put others first.

Not to be harsh today, but it's really not about you. Decide now to make it about others. Reflect Christ's love in your words, actions, & thoughts today.

 I am taking the challenge... are you?

Be humbled with me today.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Motivation.

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Yesterday I did say tomorrow and I did just that! 

It has been so hard to get up and going lately... I have just been plain tired. It feels like my body has said to SLOW DOWN! I did just that this past week without completely stopping and this week I feel so much better! Who's ready to conquer this week with me?!

What is your body telling you this week? Is it saying to take it easy or push a little harder? After my week of easing up I feel fully prepared to press on this week! 

I have approximately 6 weeks left until my marathon. YIKES! I am tackling each week & continuing to plug away. I cannot wait to cross that finish line on December 4th. This week is an important week in my training and I am ready to conquer! Are you? Whats holding you back?

Let's take charge of our week TODAY & not let it slip by without giving it our best!


Today's Tip:  80% of weight loss is nutrition. Eat smart this week.

Press on this week! Phil 3:14

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Seasons.

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"All of my life, in every season, you are still God, and I have a reason to sing, I have a reason to worship..." - Hillsong

I love the fall season. There are so many different colors & they all are so pretty. I love the beautiful weather, the football games, pumpkin everything, & family time. Fall is by far the best time of year. Today I have been reminded that just as quick as the seasons change so do our lives. I feel change approaching in our life but I am not sure what that change actually is yet... is that even possible? I think so. God is preparing.

God is constantly shaping us into he wants us to be... its a process. Every year I look back over the changes & am always amazed how he has nicely molded us to be better (if we are willing to let him). I am anxious to see what changes God has in store for our little family in the future. I feel as if it's going to be sooner rather than later... who knows what though. Hopefully the changes come soon so I can share with all of you too. I am ready for a new season.... not necessarily winter because I sure do love fall, but a new season in our life. 

I am praying that whatever change God throws our way that I am willing to go with the flow & adapt willingly to the change. I am trusting that God is molding me into the woman he desires me to be and through every season I have a reason to worship Him.

What about you? Are you approaching change willingly? Maybe you are in not-so-fun season... its ok. It's only a season & God will shape you & grow you through it. Choose to worship him regardless of the season in your life. He loves you & wants what is best for you. 

Today's tip: My new favorite snack! I made these for Jace last week & they were a hit in our house! I definitely recommend adding the cinnamon. I prepared a whole weeks worth today & they will be going in our lunches :) 

 Dried Cinnamon Apples: 
Click here for the full recipe.

Happy Fall!


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

My Whole Foods Adventure!

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First off, I would just like to say that I am not a professional at this kind of stuff & I'm sure not a "couponing queen." However, I do like to know where my money is going & have learned over the years that sometimes paying just a little more is more beneficial then going for all the sales. This is tough to say because I LOVE bargains! 

After watching the video below & also being convicted about my own health the past few years I have developed a passion for what children are eating. I desire for my son to create healthy habits in the beginning stages of life so that it is easier to make healthy choices in his adult years. Research has shown that the hormones in our food have contributed to all sorts of food allergies, diseases and some cancers. Let's just say when I heard this my stomach turned into knots. We could be preventing this people!!!!!

Be sure to watch this video when you have time!


What did I decide to do? I decided to take a trip to one of my favorite stores & really compare quality & prices for my family. We live on a very tight budget, therefore, there has to be lots of planning in our grocery budget.  I wanted to know... is this really doable for our family?

I am not oppose to Wal-Mart whatsoever.... my husband has a part-time job there so I especially am not "anti Wal-Mart" but we have made some decisions as a family to only buy certain things organic... as long as my trip yesterday was a success ;)

Yesterday going to Whole Foods I drove 30 minutes to Tulsa & 30 minutes back for a total of approx $5 in gas. 
Yesterday I bought the normal weeks worth of groceries for our little family & I spent $94. 
Last week while shopping for our groceries at Wal-Mart I spent a total of $100 total in 2 trips. 

What's my point? That it didn't cost THAT much more to make a healthier approach for our family & honestly it was somewhat fun to take Jace. We got us a Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie, a water, & enjoyed getting our food :) I am sure there will still be many trips to Wal-Mart for things we need last minute, but I want to make an effort to start using Whole Foods more in our grocery list. 

I have come to the conclusion that it is all about perspective. 
Here are my trips summed up!
*Note: My grocery list did not change much if not at all.

Week 1: Wal-Mart trip one: $83
Wal-Mart trip two: $25
Total: $108

Week 2: Whole Foods trip: $94
Gas: approx. $5
*I did leave out milk & bananas to our list this week. 
Swan Bros Dairy: 1 gallon of milk $4
(we made a trip to our local dairy & it was actually fun too!)
Bananas: $4

Total: $107

All in all I didn't see much of a difference in our budget... Looking back I even saved $1 & if you include our cookie maybe I spent an extra $2, ha! ;) I think from now on we will make a monthly trip to Whole Foods to get certain things we can't find elsewhere. My main concern is the hormones in our meat & produce. These things I can buy & freeze for the month & make only one trip to Tulsa.

-If you don't live close to a Whole Foods or a place similar I recommend looking into your local farmers. Research your area and look for all natural products. Like I said... I am not a professional (yet) but as a mom I desire to do my job the best I know how & part of that is providing healthy options for my family!


"We can't do everything but we all can do something!" 

What can you do to help your family make healthier choices?



Monday, October 10, 2011

Costs.

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As I was running my 14 miles yesterday I was reminded that everything costs.... everything. I had quite a bit of time to think, add up bills, reflect on our time as a family, and couldn't help but think about all the costs in our life. This brings me to my thought of the day: Everything in the world costs whether it be time or money, however, there is one thing that has already been paid for: our eternity. I am so thankful that even though money is tight, time is limited, and the cost of living in the world is only going up that Jesus has already paid the price for our eternal home in Heaven. I am reminded today that the costs of living here on this earth is only temporary and that I need to choose to set my sight on something bigger than this world. 

I can get so discouraged by our bank account, the time spent apart as a family, the moving, etc. Satan can attack us with worldly things. Today I choose to remember the cost that was paid for me... and you. There is nothing in this world that can compare to the sacrifice that was made when Jesus was put on the cross. 

I want to encourage you today to not get discouraged by the cost in your life & be reminded that this is not our home. We pay the price for a lot of things here on earth but our Savior paid the ultimate price. How relieving that is for me today! What about you?

Today I am humbled.

"The thief only comes to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10 

I am thankful for HOPE! Are you?


Monday, September 26, 2011

Overcoming obstacles!

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Obstacles.... boy have I had obstacles the past few weeks! This moving and adjusting thing created a lot more than I had imagined, however, we dug right in & got through them. There are still things to be unpacked, running that hadn't happened, & to-do lists undone, however, we finally healthy & living together as a family again. We are so grateful for the help of friends & family during our adjusting months of the year & for allowing us to stay in their homes, eat their food, and watch our son. 

We might have obstacles to overcome in each of our lives.... actually I know for a fact we all will have them, but it's how you handle them that really matters. How am I going to overcome the obstacles of the past few weeks? I am getting my health back in order & I am getting organized. Super organized. In order to reach any goal you must have a plan. It is KEY.

What am I organizing? Well,.... everything! ha! Ok, not really.... I am organizing my day down to the hour & making the most out of my days. I am organizing our meals... We have planned out each meal for the week & will continue to each weekend. What else am I organizing? My quiet time in His word. My family time. Free time open to serve. My running schedule. As much as possible.... 

Where can you get more organized? What are some obstacles you face today that are holding you back from your goals? How are you reacting to them? Don't let your circumstances control your attitude.


I am focused and ready... are you?



Thursday, September 22, 2011

The cleanse... again!


Let's just say I am in love with this stuff... literally. It is fantastic!

I did the cleanse again after all of our traveling and it was quite the experience! I had ups and downs throughout the 3-days, however, overall was MUCH NEEDED. 

Day 1: I was TIRED. This time around my body really needed the cleanse and I could definitely feel it once I started.... I felt worthless. I stuck with it because I knew the results I would have once it was over: weightloss, energy, regularity, etc.

Day 2: I still felt a little sluggish but starting to see the end of the tunnel. I never felt hungry, however, I was looking forward to "chewing" my salad for dinner. It was a pretty good day to say the least!

Day 3: I so badly wanted my oatmeal for breakfast but knew the last day was KEY. I enjoyed mixing up my shakes & really started to get my energy back! I wasn't craving the sweets like I had the first day.... I felt HEALTHY. 

Results: I lost a total of 3 pounds during this cleanse! It was tough bc we aren't fully into a routine back home yet, although, it felt good to have support around me this time! I am so excited to start cooking in our new (rent) house! I couldn't wait to put all my kitchen things in order and ready to fill up the cabinets! I will post more about this later this weekend!

If you would like to try the Shakeology cleanse please sign up as one of my customers (free) here & I will be in contact with you asap. This is a great way for me to keep in touch with you & protect your information safely.

Cost of cleanse: $60 (includes: 9 packets & shaker cup)
I will also email you the nutrition guideline for the 3 days.


Today's tip: The food in your fridge should be frequently replaced because it should be fresh & not have a very long shelf life (no preservatives). This will insure to keep your family eating clean & keep it organized! 

Make a choice to transform your lifestyle! Start with a cleanse!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Goals becoming reality...

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After having Jace almost 18 months ago I made a choice to make a lifestyle change. I chose to take what I have learned through the years & put them into action... to make a difference. I made a choice to get fit & not hold anything back. I never knew that these choices would lead into a passion that is growing inside of me every single day. A passion to be the best me & a passion to help others do the same. 

Today I have 10 miles to run for my marathon training & reflecting on some changes I need to make NOW. You see, I set a goal... a pretty high goal for this marathon in December. My goal is to run the full 26.2 miles in 3:45. Now that we are home & getting more in depth to training it's starting to really hit me... I need to make some changes. 

I have always been a big believer in the 80/20 rule (80% of the time eat clean/exercise- 20% of the time enjoy what you wish). This rule is simply for someone wanting to maintain weight... or maintain their fitness level. Today it all of a sudden hit me that if I want to reach this high goal I have set for myself I better kick it into gear & get my game plan together.... I've got to put the 80/20 rule to the side until after reaching my goal. I am going to bear down & do whatever it takes to reach my goal. This way... even if I don't I can at least say I did everything possible to meet my goal. 

So, what are the changes I need to make? 
-ONLY water, milk, or juice. period.
-Prepare my meals each week so that I know without a doubt I will have healthy choices. (yes, I too like sweets)
-Schedule my runs for each week. Preferrably early morning before the day begins. In Tucson I could be more flexible with our schedule. Back here with work & family I have to be more precise in my planning.
- Ice bath & treatment after my long runs.
-Drink Shakeology daily.
-Stretch after EVERY run/workout. No excuses.
-Start 3-day Shakeology cleanse to kick off my training back home.

These might seem simple to you but these are things I need to share & put in place TODAY. December will be here before we know it & I don't want to feel "unprepared"... I do a lot of these things at least 80% percent of the time but it's time for me to step it up a notch & do it 100% of the time... until I reach the finish line in Dallas on December 4, 2011. 
Bring it on!

Hold me accountable!

What goals are you holding yourself back from reaching? You are the only one that can change it. 
"You cannot walk towards your greatness. You can only walk away from it." -Keith Kochner

Make a choice to not limit yourself! You are capable of more than you think!

***We are moving into our rent house this coming Wednesday. I am hoping to have something set up for videos by next Saturday. I know I keep pushing it back but our lives have been crazy with transitioning home. Thanks for being patient with me lately :)

Happy Weekend! It's beginning to look a lot like fall!



Thursday, September 15, 2011

I'M BACK!

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It feels so good to be home, however, along with coming home means a lot of adjusting. You see, during the summer months (aka: baseball season) we are somewhat secluded from family & the busyness back home. Every six months we adjust to the new lifestyle in front of us until the next six months rolls around to start all over again... it's a process. I have a hard time adjusting more than I probably show.. As I have mentioned before: I love routine. Therefore, when my routines change it takes a few days... ok, maybe weeks to really get situated. This adjusting has taken place this past week & still working on the new time zone.... oh, and work :)

Nevertheless, I love being here with friends & family. I love staying busy with my little family. I enjoy going to church where you are loved by your church family, going to cousins football games, seeing my clients on a daily basis, & most of all just simply being together.... being somewhat normal... whatever normal is... 

I promise to be back on a regular basis & post tips, success', etc. but until then I want to soak up this time of being together as a family & letting our new routine soak in a little bit... 

What is it that you need to adjust in your life? It might not be the place you call home for the next 6 months but maybe it's a habit you want to change.... maybe it's your attitude? Make an adjustment today & do it with a willing heart. Trust me, I know from experience that if you don't let circumstances control your mood you will be much more willing to adjust & what I call a "healthy happy" about making those not so fun adjustments. You can do it. I believe in you!

Today's tip: Speak a positive affirmation even when you don't feel like being positive... it will change your perspective!

Enjoy where you are today!


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fitness Class!


Contact me for more information! I am excited help this group of ladies get fit physically, spiritually, & mentally! Come join us!

Monday, September 5, 2011

My passion.

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I have been dying inside to make this announcement but have been trying to be patient on getting the details finshed. Well, the details are not set in stone but I DO have an announcement that I am pretty pumped about to share! As you all know, I have a passion to help women in health & fitness. I desire to help you get fit in every area of life & it has become my place of "ministry". I have always prayed that God would lay it on my heart if he wanted to me to go back to school & guess what? He has done just that... I am going to go back to school & finishing my degree in nutrition. 

I never thought I would be so excited about going to school but I know this will be a huge tool for my business & for God's work in it. I feel that if I can continually educate myself I can serve you better. I want Hefner Fitness & Lifechangeher classes to be more than just fitness... I want it to be about all over health & this will be the first step to having that credibility with you & others. I am pumped! Can you tell?

Well, I just couldn't wait to share the news any longer! Thank you to all of you that support my business, blog & passion! I am working the details out & will know soon what steps I need to take in order to get this goal accomplished. 

What is holding you back from reaching your goals? Go after them!

Happy Labor Day! Rest up & enjoy!


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Effort.

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"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." 
-Steve Prefotaine

Growing up I was always taught to give 100% in everything. I learned at an early stage to work hard & do what is right even when no one is watching (although I wasn't always perfect at this), which brings me to my question today: What do you think seperates the great from the average? It's about what you do when no one is watching... how you train

I am training for a marathon & have set a pretty high goal for my finishing time. Let's just say I am pretty anxious about my upcoming results. Some days I am really tired & think... maybe I could just go 3 instead of those dragging 6 miles & no one would even know... but guess what? I'm only cheating myself & limiting my abilities! I must train properly to reach my full potential. You must work hard even when no one is watching.... not necessarily just to win but to be able to reach your full potential. God wants your best. For me it's about putting forth full effort into my marathon training. If I don't reach my goal on December 4th it will be ok as long as I gave it my best every single day.

*All you can do is all you can do... just be the best YOU.

So what does this have to do with you & reaching your goals? A lot actually...

Your goal might not be to run a marathon in 3:45, however, I hope you all have set some type of goals in your life. How are you reaching your goal? What kind of training are you doing & how hard do you train? I don't mean how many push-ups you can do or how many calories you ate today... I mean how hard did you work at it today?  Did you give your full effort to your day? It can be in anything that you are doing to get better... family, motherhood, job, fitness, relationship with Christ, etc. God desires ALL of you & desires for you to give your all in everything to glorify His name. Did you go all out throughout your day or did you just go at with a mediocre effort? It doesn't matter whether or not you win or lose, how fast you go, your results, what matters is that you give it your all.. all the time. God desires our best not just sometimes but all the time.

Whatever you are doing today do it full out... you might be surprised at just how strong (physically, spiritually, & mentally) you really are... Give it your all!

**Saturday Videos are still being worked on but coming soon!!! September give-a-way is going to be put on hold because we are moving this week! I might seem distant & not post as much this week but promise to be back!**

"So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all out for the glory of God." 
1 Corinthians 10:31


Go all out this week!!


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fueling up!

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What do I mean by fueling up? I mean fueling your body correctly in order to perform at your best. So many times, especially us women, we tend to not fuel our body with enough each day.

I recently was reading an article about how to "Eat Like A Champion" while training for a marathon. One thing that stuck out to me during the article was the fact that just as our mileage changes so should our diet. What they are saying is that my diet for a week of 20 miles should not be the same as a week of running 40 miles. Make sense? This really hit home to me because I am one of habit & don't change my diet up very often.... Looks like I am going to have to work on that this off-season as my miles increase!

If you are training for a half or full marathon be sure to look at your diet & be willing to make adjustments.... It will help you finish that much stronger come race day!

"Diet and training are so closely intertwined, they can't be separated. -Carmichael (author of Food for Fitness: Eat Right to Train Right)

Another thing that I have learned is that eating within 45 minutes of your workouts is so important! Are you incorporating this concept? If not, start today! Eating a good source of carbohydrates & protein is key to fueling your body after a good workout. Stay away from low-carb diets if you are pretty active. If you are low in carbohydrates it can affect your health & your performance according to many... I can always tell when I haven't eaten enough the day before a long run. My body feels completely run down.

Take this into consideration as well:

"Recent evidence shows that adding protein to your high-carbohydrate postworkout meal enables the carbs to move more quickly into the muscles for faster refueling," he says. Carmichael advises a ratio of about 1 part protein to 7 parts carbohydrate, although it's more important simply to strive for a protein-carbohydrate combination than it is to achieve that specific ratio. A postrun meal of rice and chicken (heavier on the rice than the chicken) will get you what you need for a speedy recovery. -Carmichael

Here are a few examples of what you can have for a post-workout meal:

*Shakeology (the healthiest meal of the day- message me for details)
* Multi-grain bagel, peanut butter, & banana
*Greek yogurt & granola
*1 cup of orange juice & hand full of almonds
*turkey sandwich w/a drink filled with electrolytes (gatorade)
*pasta with a good source of protein
*chocolate milk (did you know chocolate milk has 20 g protein & 60 g carbs in 16 oz?)
*pita and hummus
*Oatmeal with protein powder 
*Eggs & toast with peanut butter or almond butter

***Always drink WATER before, during, & after exercise!***

(shoot for at least a 2:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio)

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Today's Tip: Allison Deaver shared her recipe for Taco Soup! Enjoy :)

Taco Soup:

1.5 lbs of ground turkey (browned)
1 medium onion (chopped), 1 can of Rotel, 1 can Ranch Style Beans, 1 can chili beans, 1 can kidney beans, 1 can of corn, 1 package of taco seasoning, 1 package of Hidden Valley Ranch Powder. Put all ingredients in the crockpot for four to six hours or simmer in a big stock pot for 20 to 30 minutes. Beans are really good for boosting your metabolism!

You can top with sour cream (lowfat), shredded cheese, chives, jalepenos, etc. 
This is great for game day this fall!


Choose your food wisely today!