Keep Calm: Take a Rest

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Moms: Can you relate…It’s the weekend and…

–> Your to do list a mile long?
–> You’re drowning in chores?
–> It feels like you’ve been running around like a crazy person since the weekend started?

STOP!! Just…take a breath and STOP!!

Today I challenge you to let go of your responsibilities and REST. Put your feet up, cuddle with your kids, read a book, take a bath or do something that makes you feel recharged.

The week starts all over tomorrow and I promise the world won’t stop if you take a few moments today to rest and recharge.

Being a mom is hard.

Being a mom is hard.
Being the mom you think your kids deserve is even harder.

Here’s the truth, I have realized something in myself that I absolutely hate. I constantly 12033104_10208211161944915_5297880503814382966_nsay to my kids, “Hurry Up!” or “We don’t have time for this!” as we go through our daily routine. Usually it is something that’s yelled at them as they get ready for school, ask for help or as they’re doing anything else that slows me down from my ever growing to do list.

I am rushing my kids through their life and sending the message to them that their life isn’t worth enjoying. Gah. Talk about a thought that makes me sober up and want to change.

I’m thankful I have 3 amazing kids who show me more grace than I deserve. I want my kids to leave my presence filled with peace, love and not be filled with the echoes of my frustrations. It’s not their fault that my schedule is packed and my to do list is long.

I’m a work in progress as a mom and this is my biggest struggle. I am going to work on it and do my best to slow down, enjoy the moments and not tell my kids that “We don’t have time for this” because I can make the time.

Out of struggles…comes strength.

I haven’t been posting like I would like because I’ve been struggling emotionally. We all go through ups and downs. We all face struggles and hard times. But it’s in those difficult times that we find our strength. Sometimes it’s hard to see your strength when you’re struggling but I promise it’s there.
We moved to Washington almost a year ago and my husband retired from the Air Force. The last year of our life has been filled with so many struggles. Life outside the Air Force isn’t what I had hoped it would be and I’m struggling. Jobs aren’t easy to find, we aren’t living where I hoped we’d be and life is just completely different than what I had imagined.
It is easy for me to look back over all I’ve been through in the last year and only see the struggles. In fact, I was telling a friend that recently as I told her that nothing has changed for us in the last year. She boldly said, “But you’ve changed.” She was right, I have changed.

Through all of these struggles I have been strong, even when I haven’t felt strong. I’ve gotten through hard days that seemed impossible but I got through them anyways. This season of life isn’t easy but it’s devoloping me into the person I’m supposed to be.
Your struggles will reveal your strength too.

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My story: Before and After

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I remember seeing this family photo after it was taken and cringing. I had a smile on my face but inside I wasn’t happy and I was thankful Phoebe’s head covered my stomach. I was overwhelmed, frustrated, resentful and unsure how to find the time to take care of myself. Before I had Austin I had been running but after having him I didn’t know how to juggle all the chaos.

Day after day I tried not to think about how unhappy I was but eventually I couldn’t take it anymore and I had to do something different. When Austin was almost one I decided it was time for me to put myself back on my priority list. It was time for me to love myself enough to find the time to change. I didn’t take a before picture because I was unhappy with my body. Looking back now I wish I would have taken one so I could see how far I’ve come.

It’s been a long journey, filled with a lot of ups and downs. I’ve had setbacks and injuries but I’ve had so many victories too. I’ve ran countless miles pushing a jogging stroller, done hours and hours of workout DVDs and the best part isn’t that I’m smaller or wear a different size. My victory is in that I’ve found me. I’ve found a passion to help others. I’ve found a career. But more importantly I’ve found that taking care of me helps me take care of others better.

Why do I share all of this? 
Because I understand how it feels to be overwhelmed and unsure of where to start.
Because I know how it feels to be unhappy but stuck at the same time.
Because I know the fear of failure and lack of belief in myself.
Because I know that if I can change my life, so can you.

Because I know I can help you too.

Beachbody on Demand

Have you ever wanted to have access to several Beachbody workouts at one time and have the ability to play them anywhere you’d like?  Have you ever gone to the gym or on vacation and wanted to do a Beachbody workout but didn’t want to take all the DVD’s and a DVD player with you? What if there was a way you could stream your workouts from anywhere you wanted straight to your phone, computer, or tablet?  What if there was Beachbody on Demand???

Well, the wait is finally over and Beachbody has finally gone digital!  You will now have the ability to stream workouts from your computer, laptop, tablet and smartphone.  There will be 11 full workout programs to choose from and more will be added every single month.

You’re probably wondering  much it costs and how to get it….

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If you could give up the price of ONE coffee a week and get $1,500 worth of our best Beachbody stuff in return, would you do it?

All you need is access to an internet connection, you can do just that. You’ll get $1,500.00+ worth of Beachbody workout programs, professional nutrition guides, personalized meal plans, coaching, and…..for FOR LESS THAN ONE CUP OF COFEE at Starbucks per week. ($2.99)

Yes, I’m dead serious. Yes, this deal is THAT good.

Beachbody on Demand is now included in the TeamBeachbody Club Membership and for just $2.99 a week (billed quarterly for $38.87) you’ll have access to all of those workout programs, workout calendars and the  meal plans.

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When you join the TeamBeachbody Club you are getting a complete package to change your health.  You’re not only get access to the Beachbody on Demand Digital Library but you’ll also receive a 10% discount on all of your purchases, have access to custom meal plans and one on one coaching from me.

Sign up for the TeamBeachbody Club Membership Now! 

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Beachbody on Demand is perfect for anyone who is wanting to try a variety of workouts and have the freedom to take them anywhere they’d like.  There is also a  ‘Purchased Programs’ feature of On Demand is scheduled to launch by the end of March 2015 and is not currently available.
This allows paid Club members to stream DVD programs they have purchased from Beachbody or TeamBeachbody.  Programs available to stream after purchase under Purchased Programs currently include: 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, and T25.

 Teambeachbody Club Membership and Shakeology together to help you succeed! 

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Here’s what’s included:

  • A 90-day Premium membership to the Team Beachbody Club with Beachbody On Demand. (After 90 days, you will be charged the quarterly Club membership price).
  • 30-day supply of Shakeology which will convert to Shakeology Home Direct (our monthly autoship program) after 30 days.

At $140 USD, this Challenge Pack is a phenomenal deal! You’ll save $28 USD as opposed to buying these items separately!!

The Club & Shakeology Challenge Pack is ideally suited for anyone who’s new to Beachbody, undecided about which fitness program to try, or someone who would love the convenience of accessing Beachbody workouts—anytime, anywhere.

Get the TeamBeachbody Club Membership and Shakeology Now! 

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.

 

Insanity Max:30 Tabata Strength

Tabata Tuesday!! Week 4:Day 2 on my Insanity Max:30 journey.

Tabata Strength from Insanity Max is a killer workout! Push-ups are not my strength and this workout has lots of different varieties; V push-ups, tricep push-ups and regular push-ups. But I’m sure when I’m done with Insanity Max:30 I will be stronger than ever.  I’m not crazy about jumps either but I’m trying to push myself out of my comfort zone and really go for it.  I’m excited that my abs are getting more defined, even with the extra treats I’ve been eating because of the holidays.

If you want more information on Insanity Max:30 go here

I’m a fighter!

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Can I be honest for a moment?

Things have been pretty awful in my life recently. I won’t go into details but I will say that life is packing a punch and trying to knock me down. It’s been a knock down, drag out fight for me to keep pushing forward with a positive attitude. There’s been moments that I’ve crawled into a ball and cried. I’ve wanted to throw in the towel and give up. I’ve wanted to say “Enough, I can’t do it anymore” Giving up would be easy.

But I don’t want an easy life. Giving up won’t solve anything. I have big dreams that I’m chasing and if I gave up in the middle of this fight, I would never get where I want to go. I’m fighting through these obstacles and pushing forward. My story isn’t finished, this is just a tough chapter. 

I’m a fighter and there is a fighter in all of us! If life is throwing you some hard punches…put on your gloves and fight back! Let’s fight this battle together!