Have you ever felt like life is just dragging you down with one difficult situation after another and it seems impossible to imagine things getting any better?
This is me right now. In the last week, it feels like everything has started to fall apart. It’s been one setback after another and it’s starting to wear on me. The hardest part is keeping my mind positive through it all.
But, I know that out of setbacks come comebacks. If I’m going to make it through this I have to change my thinking. I’m just an arrow that’s been stretched back and I’m waiting for my launch. All I can do is focus, keep my eye on my target and wait!
Keep the faith, great things come out of glorious disasters!
It’s Monday and you know what that means?!? Time for my favorite workout rule…NEVER MISS A MONDAY!
It’s week 2 of Cize and the moves got a lot harder and I’m not quite as coordinated. No shame here, I had fun and got sweaty. That’s all that matters! I’m considering these my “before I learn to dance” videos. I figure I’ll have some amazing “I can move my ass” videos in a few more weeks
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Truth: I’ve been struggling to workout recently. I don’t know where my mojo is and I have just felt like I’ve been in a funk forever. Today, I decided I would no longer wait for it to kick in…I just did it anyways.
Sometimes you have to act your way into a feeling instead of waiting to feel like it. I’m so glad I pushed myself because I had so much fun.
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Workout Wednesday: Cize: The End of Exercise
Here’s the truth: when I heard about Cize I was skeptical. I didn’t plan on doing it because I’m not a dancer. I didn’t think it would be enough of a workout either.
BUT….I’m so glad I gave it a chance because this is the exact program I needed right now. First, I’m having so much fun. I was in such a workout funk and this program has me excited to “push play”. Second, it’s an amazing workout. I finish feeling absolutely amazing and completely drenched!
Bonus: I’m learning how to dance! Shaun T. breaks down all of the moves step by step and before I know it I’m doing a dance routine!
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While I was in Nashville I had the privilege of working out with Shaun T. Before we got started he talked about not just going through the movements of exercise but really focusing on something while you’re doing it.
My focus: to be strong, even when I don’t feel strong.
Watch Shaun T. and ask yourself, what is my focus?
Are you just going through the moves or are you focusing on your goals and inner strength?
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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.
Today I received my biggest weekly paycheck to date with Beachbody and I promoted to One Star Diamond Coach. I’m still absolutely blown away that I am doing my dream job, while working from home and helping other people.
Do I share this to brag and boast about how awesome I am? NOPE
I share it because you can do what I’m doing too. Have you ever wondered, WHY NOT ME?
I’m not doing anything that I couldn’t teach you how to do. I don’t have any special secrets that help me be successful. The only thing that I’m doing is showing up every single day, working hard and pushing towards my goals. I have a huge desire to make my dreams come true. I want to buy a home, be able to travel and have freedom and financial stability.
If you’d like to know how I make money while working at home and helping people get fit and have thought “I could probably do that” but weren’t sure where to go from there, now is your chance to get some information.
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I’m hosting a FREE Sneak Peek into coaching group where I’ll explain…
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Workout Wednesday: LEG DAY!
The legs are HUGE calorie burning muscles and building up muscle in them will help your body burn fat when you are at rest. Don’t be afraid to pick up a set of weights and squat! They will not make you bulky. Lifting weights will just help you have toned legs to show off in shorts this summer!
I did this leg workout yesterday and it was AMAZING! I have a love/hate relationship with training my legs. I love the results that using weights brings but let’s just say that stairs, sitting on toilets and walking is all painful today. I like to be sore because I visualize the soreness as my muscles growing. It hurts so good!
If you want to try this all you need is a set of dumbbells. I used 15 pound weights but you could do this workout with light weights if you are a beginner. It took me about 30 minutes to go through all sets with short breaks in the middle to catch my breath.
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.
Confession: I have fallen off the wagon with my healthy eating. I finished the 21 Day Fix Extreme and kept my momentum going for almost two weeks. Then I slowly started to slide down that slippery slope of little treats here and there. I truly think moderation is key to having a healthy lifestyle and having treats isn’t bad. But I haven’t been having anything in moderation. I’ve been indulging and I’m now feeling pretty unhappy with myself.
What I could say is, “I’ll just refocus on Monday and really get back on track” but why wait until Monday?
What I could say is, “I’ll just enjoy the weekend. I’ve already let go, I might as well enjoy myself.” but that’s just going to take me further from my goals.
What I can do is refocus today…on a Thursday. You don’t need a Monday to start over. If you’ve indulged on a meal you don’t have to ruin the rest of your day. You can always refocus and make the next meal on track with your goals.