Prosper Where You’re Planted

Life isn’t always going to hand you perfect conditions to grow. Sometimes you have to bloom where you are planted, even if the soil seems too rocky.

I’m not where I thought I would be at this point in my life. I had hoped we would have been settled into our “forever home” and that we would have more stability. I have spent a lot of time over the last few months being bitter and angry about where we are because it seems so far from where I want to be. But God has been working on my heart and I’ve been praying for contentment in this hallway we’re waiting in. He continues to feed my soul with reassurance. I have good days and bad days but I’m constantly being reminded of His love for me.

“The fact is, some of the times when you feel the least fruitful and are feeling the most frustrated are actually times in your life when God is preparing you, tilling you and cultivating your character for the greatest gifts he’s going to give you” Steven Furtick

I’m learning to prosper where I am planted. God is using my present circumstances to prune me. He is my gardener and sometimes his pruning hurts. He trims out the branches we might not want to let go of. We go through hard times and struggles that we don’t understand but He is still in control.

If you are in rocky soil waiting to bloom, you can bloom where you are too. Beautiful flowers often grow in the most unimaginable places.

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It’s going to be hard….do it anyways!

This is one of those brutally honest posts that I recently shared with one of the accountability groups I run. Please read my words with love because that’s where they’re coming from. I think this is a message that everyone needs to hear.

Losing weight and being active is hard, being unhealthy and overweight is hard.
Choose your hard.

The road that you’re on towards health is hard and at times it seems like your goals are very far away. But you need to remember the road you’ve been traveling on before wasn’t easy either. Sometimes it’s easy to look at the path you used to be on and it doesn’t seem as hard as the new one you’re walking down. It’s familiar and comfortable, or it seems like that when you look back. It can start to draw you back to it and you can start taking backwards steps from your goal. You need to remember that while you were traveling on that path you weren’t happy and that road was hard too.

All of you are working towards a big goal for a reason.
You might be trying to lose weight.
You might be trying to gain back your health.
You might be trying to find yourself again.
You might be trying to feel confident and happy again.
You might be trying to run a distance you haven’t before.

All of those things are going to be hard and they’re going to make you feel like quitting at some point but you need to dig down deep and remember how you felt when you started. Remember your why and recommit to it. Sometimes that means that you have to visit that feeling daily.

Say to yourself, “This is hard but I’m doing it anyways. Somedays are going to suck but I’m doing it anyways. I want to give up but I’m doing it anyways.”

Out of your struggles will come strength, I promise!

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My Story.

My biggest dream was always to be a wife and a mom… But when my dreams came true I realized I wanted more.

Do you ever feel this way? I’d love to share my story with you and how I’ve been able to overcome that feeling.

Please watch this video and then share it with someone who needs to hear this message and know they are not alone.

 

Healthy Favorites: What to buy at Costco

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I love to shop at Costco and would choose to go there instead of the grocery store any day of the week.  We eat a lot of fruits and veggies so shopping at Costco actually makes sense when you’re feeding a family of 5.  I can usually throw together several meals just from the stuff I buy at Costco.

Here are my go to favorites:

1. Kirkland Signature Greek Yogurt

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I know I talk about greek yogurt a lot but it’s a staple in my house.  I absolutely love that it’s packed with protein and still feels like a treat when I eat it.  I prefer to buy the Kirkland Signature 2 pack over the Fage container because it’s cheaper and once you open the container you should eat it within 5-7 days.

2. Kirkland Signature Turkey Burgers

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These burgers are another one of my go to staples.  I always have these in my freezer to throw together a quick meal.  They don’t have added garbage to them and they taste delicious!  I eat them bunless with a little mustard.

3. Vegetables:

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Veggies are always on my list when I head to Costco.  I always buy fresh spinach because I can eat through a container that size by myself in one week.  I eat a lot of spinach in salads.  I also get tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots.  I also make sure I have the Normandy Style Veggie Blend in my freezer.  I don’t usually like frozen vegetables but these are great to throw into a meal in a pinch.

4. Hummus

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Between my husband and I, we go through a lot of Hummus.  Its one of my go to snacks and buying it in a huge container just makes sense.  The Sabra Roasted Pine Nut Hummus is mild and goes good with whole grain crackers or veggies.  Sometimes I add some Siracha to spice it up a little bit.

5. Canned Beans and Canned Tomatoes:

I love black beans and they’re cheaper at Costco than at the grocery store.  I also buy my canned diced tomatoes here too.  I keep both in my pantry to add to soups.

6. Turkey

In the deli section I buy a roasted turkey breast that I can slice myself or natural turkey lunch meat.  A turkey sandwich or wrap is a quick lunch that I have often.

7. Pistachios

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Warning: You have to be careful with these pistachios.  They are so delicious that you could easily eat the entire bag in one sitting.  I cannot sit down with the bag or I just keep eating and eating.  I have to take a small handful and walk away from the bag.  They’re my healthy indulgence.

8. Pirate’s Booty

My Costco doesn’t always have Pirate’s Booty in stock but when it does I buy a lot of it.  I have a love for Cheetos and Pirate’s Booty is my healthy version.  This is another snack that can get me in trouble because it’s so yummy.  My kids love Pirate’s Booty too and take it in their lunch when we have it.  We haven’t had it for about 2 months and I hope Costco brings it back soon.

9. Cara Cara Oranges

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My  mom got me hooked on these oranges last year and we’ve only ever found them at Costco.  They’re sweet and tangy at the same time.  The color is reddish and reminds me of the inside of a grapefruit but it’s sweet and delicious like an orange.  If you see these at Costco, pick up a bag!

10. Aidell’s Chicken Meatballs 

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These meatballs are AMAZING and come in a few different flavors.  I really love the teriyaki pineapple ones the best.  I throw them in a skillet with some frozen veggies, add some quinoa or brown rice and there’s dinner.  Simple and easy.

11. Kid’s Snacks

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I buy lunch items for my kids at Costco too.  The Kirkland Signature Soft and Chewy granola bars are a staple around here.  Applesauce in a squeeze tube is another must have.  We also like to get crackers, Tillamook sliced cheese, yogurt and granola to snack on.

What are your favorite things to buy at Costco?

Be you, Bravely.

Bravery looks different on everyone.
Sometimes bravery is fighting battles no one sees.
Sometimes bravery is being courageous when you are filled with fear.
Sometimes bravery standing up for others.
Sometimes bravery is doing something new.
Sometimes bravery is letting go of something that doesn’t serve you.
Sometimes bravery is finding joy when life seems joyless.
Sometimes bravery is letting go of and moving on.
Be you, bravely.

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Misconceptions on Beachbody Coaching

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A lot of times when you hear about a business opportunity its only natural to think of the downsides.  Sometimes its easy to let the fear creep in and you can talk yourself out of a fantastic opportunity. Below are the objections I normally hear when I talk to someone about becoming a coach.

1. I don’t have money to be a Beachbody Coach.

WHAT?!?  This is a chance to make money, not spend it. The first goal I have when working with a new coach is to help them recoup the cost of their own products.  Then we build from there. I never want you to spend money as a coach.  This is a chance to make money while helping other people.  Coaching has helped me build my savings account, help support my family while my husband transitions out of the Air Force and has given us play money.

2. I’m not a sales person.

Good, neither am I. If you went to a great restaurant and recommended it to others would you be considered a sales person…NO!!!  As a coach, I’m not trying to sell anything.  I’m just sharing products I love with people who are looking for help.  I’m sharing my story and how the products I love have changed my life.  As a Beachbody Coach – you are offering a solution to others problems with a product you love and trust. And in this case, you earn at least a 25% commission when anyone you share with decides to purchase.

3. I’m not a fitness expert.

That’s okay – you don’t have to be an expert. To be successful you just need to have a heart to help others.  Your main job as a Beachbody Coach is to be an accountability partner to others.  You’re their cheerleader as they navigate into a new lifestyle.  You share yourself and encourage everyone you’re working with.  We leave the training to the professionals.  There is a reason the Beachbody fitness programs are so successful, the trainers know what they’re doing.  All the fitness expert stuff comes with the programs.  What’s missing is you, the coach.

4. I don’t have time to be a coach.

While Beachbody is not a get rich quick scheme, it is still not a business that requires a lot of time. Many coaches started while working a demanding full-time job, and many of these same coaches have since left their full-time jobs because they exceeded their full time salary (while only working part-time on their Beachbody business). I am at a point where working 2-4 hours a day, 5 days a week has afforded as much as $1000/month income and growing. I do not regret finding the time to do this and you won’t either.

5. I’m not in good shape. 

Beachbody coaches come in all shapes and sizes.  People join at the beginning of their fitness journey and at the end of it.  There is no requirement to be “in shape”. People love to follow others who are on their journey. It makes them approachable.

6. Beachbody is a pyramid scheme.

This is the biggest misconception about Beachbody Coaching that I come across. Everyone wants to complain about pyramid schemes – except few people actually know what they really are. A pyramid scheme is an illegal business model that requires people to pay money to join and there is no actual product. Beachbody is a network marketing company, which is a business model that has been in existence for many decades. If you’d like more information on Pyramid Schemes vs Beachbody, let met know.  Network marketing is a legitimate business model that many companies follow.

7. I need prior business experience

I didn’t have any business experience when I started.  While this business is a business and you need to be committed to it, you don’t need actual experience. The main thing you do as a coach is share your experiences with others. Beachbody spends millions of dollars each year on advertising, which makes the products a household name. Everyone has heard of P90X! You don’t have to handle any of the orders pr processing – this is all done for you. I didn’t have any experience when I started either but with the help of my coach and the training Beachbody offers, I was able to make a successful business for myself.

8. But my friend did network marketing and it didn’t work.

A lot of people start in networking marketing and expect instant results with little work. When they don’t get rich quick, they quit.  Quitting isn’t how you succeed at anything.  The best way to succeed is to give consistent effort for at least one year.  Success doesn’t happen overnight but the ones that stick with it have success and make a great income at it.  You can’t sign up, do nothing and expect money to fall into your lap.  You have to sign up with a good mentor, do your training and stay consistent. When you have the right training, mentorship and personal development…amazing things can happen in your business.

I hope I have answered some of the main misconceptions that come with Beachbody Coaching.  If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact me.  I’d love to make sure you have all the answers you need before getting started.

Bless and Release

Here’s my lesson for the day:
Not everyone is going to get you, like you, understand you or know your heart. You can try as much as you can to be genuine, helpful, kind and real but not everyone is going to like you or see the real you.

Don’t waste your time with the people who don’t get you and don’t get your heart. Find the people who love you and focus your energy on them. Life is too short to win over the haters. Your worth isn’t measured by them.

Bless, release and move on.

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21 Day Fix Approved Dinner

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If you’re looking for a quick an easy dinner check out this is what I like to throw together when I’m in a pinch. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. Most of my meals are simple and easy to throw together.

Turkey Burger with veggies and quinoa
– 1 turkey burger patty (I prefer the ones from Costco made by Kirkland’s signature)
– 1/2 cup quinoa
– Veggies of your choice

* Cook the turkey burger according to the package instructions, the ones I buy can be cooked frozen and take 7 minutes on each side.
* Cook the quinoa with 1 cup water, bring to boil and then cover and simmer for 15 minutes. You can use chicken stock if you prefer.
* Saute the veggies in a little olive oil, add 1/2 cup water, cover and cook until desired tenderness.

This meal took me 15 minutes to prepare and tastes delicious!

If you’re following the 21 Day Fix:

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