Sunday, December 26, 2010

Ready! Get Set! Go (on Jan 3)!

It's go time.

Well, almost.

There's some post-Christmas prep that needs to happen before the start of my 90 day journey through the body and mind of Tony Horton.

I indulge during holidays.  No doubt about it.  No trying to make it sound like I don't.  I do.

Only NOW, due to the consistency with exercise/nutrition that I've built into the dailiness of life, I can actually afford to jump in to the deep end of the holiday fixins table every so often.  See, this January, for the first time in years, I'm not starting the new year from the bottom of the pool. I have had my fill of a ton of dishes found in the crappy box of the food pyramid, and now I'm returning to the surface rather than starting a new year in a defeated position. I know what needs to happen.  I know what works.  I'm ready.

I'm in.

My mind is now set on P90X, but my body will need a bit of a jump-start after fueling it with Christmas goodness.

So, here's the plan:

1. Cleanse:  Shakeology cleanse for three days
2. Sweat: 5 days of workouts
3. Clean:  Overhaul the fridge and cabinets

Several of you are joining me on P90X.  Others are prepping to begin ChaLEAN Extreme, Body Gospel and TurboJam.

Keep your eyes peeled this week for COMPLETE DETAILS about the 2011 90 Day Challenge, for it is literally one week away.

One week.

Take it from me, your 90 days will be just as much a mental challenge as a physical one, so use this week to fuel your mind with positive self-talk.

"NO" becomes "GO" in 7 days.

Monday, December 13, 2010



Are you ready to make 2011 different??  
Are you ready to make a change in your life? 

Then be one of 11contest participants in my 2011 Challenge:


Here Are The Rules:
  • Each participant must sign up to be a coach with me on my BeachBody Team. (This will give you a 25% off your program and Shakeology! + the sign up fee is waived until Dec.31st!)
  • Each participant must purchase and commit to a Beachbody program for 90 days (Power 90, P90X, TurboFire, Rev-Abs, Chalean Extreme,  Body Gospel, Brazil Butt Lift, Turbo Jam, Hip-Hop Abs, etc.)
  • Each participant must commit to 90 days (3 consecutive  monthly orders) of Shakeology Home Direct.
  • Each participant  must send me a Before picture and After picture with date as well as certain measurements and weight.

    Some contest, right?  Maybe you're thinking, "I don't just fill out my name on some card and hope my name is called?"


    I am asking you to do NO LESS than what I did to make a change in my life.

Why Do This?
  • You have decided you are ready for change.  You are committed to make it happen. You have wanted to succeed in this area for a long time.  Now is the time!
  • You want to wear a smaller clothes size, or be able to play with the kids w/out getting winded, or lower your chances of heart disease and diabetes.
  • You want to Win Fantastic Prizes!! There will be a FIRST and SECOND place prize that will make it all worth while!! :)
  • You will inspire others to do something as well, and maybe even want to help someone in their own journey!
If you are serious about this, and want to be a part in this challenge, please message me on Facebook or email me at and we will set up an interview. 

Sign up Dead-line : December 21st , 11:30 pm. (so you know you will be guaranteed to get your program and shakeology by Jan. 1st!)

I did it.

You can too.

Think of it this way:  It's not easy to change your habits to get fit.  In fact, it's actually really hard. But "hard" doesn't mean impossible.

Monday, December 6, 2010

I'm Not a Natural Pollyanna.

Those who know me well, can recall that last year was a bit, well, dark.  No, no, I'm not referring to our move from Chicago to Beaver - although, I'm not gonna lie, that process was pretty darn tough.

I'm referring to our first year in Beaver, which while glorious, was also a year of great emotional pain for my husband. And thus, me.

Those of you who REALLY know me, prayed with me, cried with me, rushed to our aid, watched our children, loved on me, spoiled me, and allowed me to vocalized every ounce of anger, worry, doubt, frustration, and sadness that was necessary.

Those of you who REALLY know me, also spoke truth to me, even placing a gentle hand on my shoulder to say, without actually speaking, "Perhaps you need to stop talking about it for a bit."

While we've left the frightening part of the forest behind, we have not left the forest entirely.  It will always reside with us.

Thus, the need for a personal challenge of enormous proportions.  Enter Beachbody.  Yada, yada, yada.  Stuff I've already said.  Words you've already read.

I realize now, however, that in my quest to make a change, I may come across a bit "Pollyanna"ish.  My new outlook has me looking for the "glad" in all circumstances - even those times when I can only see crap through those trees.  I'm normal.  I see the crap.  I don't ignore it, make light of it, or act as if it doesn't exist.

I also don't let it master me.

Regular, intentional exercise has been one discipline that has helped me develop a drive to push on, find a way, and spot and hang on to even a hint of joy that may present itself.  There's even medical evidence to back up what I've experienced first-hand.  But I actually had to START in order to initiate that drive.  Think about it.  Sit in a car.  Wait for it to start/drive.  Surprise!  It's not going to start itself.  Or drive itself.  You must turn the key and handle the vehicle, or you'll never leave the driveway.

A second discipline I've adopted is to make every attempt to remove the word "can't" from my vocabulary - especially when it comes to tackling something new.  Admittedly, this came AFTER getting the exercise thing down - but, having read the medical research, I now understand how closely linked physical activity and emotions are.  A little sweatin' helps curb the frettin'.

Did I believe I would remain committed to ChaLEAN Extreme and finish it?  Honestly.  I didn't.  Did I constantly talk about how I "couldn't" do it?  No. Instead, I kept the talk positive - to the point of annoying some people.

I'm not apologizing.

It's proven.  Exercise will help you emotionally.  Which, in turn, may help you curb the negative tongue.

Even though you may not feel like Pollyanna on the inside, I can guarantee that what flows from your mouth will influence how you act and respond to challenges.

Verbalize "can't" and you won't.

I'm not going all "name it and claim it" on you.  I'm not into that.

However, I do know that our words our powerful.  The one's we speak to others and the one's we speak to ourselves have the power to heal or hurt.

Do you need a physical and emotional adjustment?  I did.

I don't need to tell you how I accomplished it.