Thursday, April 14, 2011

Small Successes (Vol 28)

Ok, I've had a few big things happen in the past week.

1.  Kevin talked me into entering the Million Dollar Body Game with Beachbody.  So, I submitted my before and after pictures along with my story on Thursday.  All this week, they will be reviewing entries and next week the ones who pass will move on to Facebook voting.  If you have an account, please click the Find Me on Facebook badge to the right and ask me to be your friend (I'd be delighted!).  That way you will know if I have made it through and you can vote for me every day until voting closes!!!!  The person with the most votes moves on to the next round in LA and the National Beachbody Coaches Summit.  Is this exciting?

By the way, if you are new to my blog, I should tell you I did this on my own, at home. No gym membership no personal trainer.  Just good old fashioned hard work with Beachbody workouts, like P90X.  My real secret weapon has been Shakeology.  It killed my cravings for junk and helped keep me on the straight and narrow. It's been so amazing that I've become a Beachbody coach so that I can help others feel like I do (for free).

2.  Geez, after that, what else can I say?  It's been a week of conquering fear for me.  I took the Turbo Kick Instructor certification training on Sunday.  Maybe you're familiar with Turbo Jam or Turbo Fire? This is the live class version taught in gyms and fitness centers.  If I passed (I think I did) I can be a fitness instructor.  Is that crazy or what?!  I can't believe I did that.  I was so scared when I left that morning for the class, but I just kept telling myself, "I can do it!" over and over.  At the end of the day, when it was time for the test, I said a fast prayer to the Holy Spirit and St. Sebatian (The patron Saint of athletes) to help me do my best.  I felt really good and I was smiling the whole time.  I almost cried during the test because I kept reminding myself of the amazing accomplishment I was about to have.  I kept telling myself, " You are doing so WELL! You are doing an awesome job!"  I seriously almost cried while punching and kicking!  I am so proud of myself. I can't believe the things I'm doing this year. I just can't!

3.  That's it. I don't have anything else to say other than I hope you are out there trying to overcome your fears.  Looking at it from the other side is so amazing!  Please remember to be my friend on Facebook and if I make it, VOTE VOTE VOTE!!!!  Thank you!!!

It's so very very important that we take the time to celebrate the big and the little things we accomplish. They are all important.  Go to Faith and Family Live and share your successes!!

Friday, April 08, 2011

Five Minute Friday: If You Met Me

Do you ever wonder what you'd find...........If You Met Me?


If we met, I hope you would notice that I am a friendly and positive person.  You'd know that I love being in a good conversation, there are few things I enjoy more.  If we talked for any length of time, you'd learn of my enthusiasm for fitness and how it is something I never thought I'd be so interested in.  You'd learn that I love to encourage people to go after their dreams, big or small.  You'd learn that I am a good listener.  If we met, you'd see that I am always tweaking my life in one area or another trying to make it run more smoothly.  You might see that I need help accomplishing my goals, just like anyone else.  Mostly, I hope you'd see that I am a good friend.


Got 5 minutes? Jump on over to The Gypsy Mama and link up your 5 minutes worth of thoughts.  As you can see it definitely doesn't have to be beautifully written.  :)  Just get it out there.  And don't forget to leave a comment for me here! 

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Small Successes (Vol 27)

1. Yesterday I took the kids to TJMaxx to find an Easter dress and another dress for a school fundraiser. The whole event was as fun as you'd expect it to be. Going to a fitting room with a toddler and a 5-year-old is always a thrill.  But, I found 2 awesome dresses that make me look skinny.  Who doesn't love that?

2.  I actually managed to get the kitchen clean this week, including the floor!  It only lasted about 4 hours and now it looks like I never did anything.  I did take a picture as proof though.

3.  I am getting really strong.  I've been doing ChaLEAN Extreme and my muscles are really starting to get defined.  I'm working hard and it feels better than I ever thought.  Plug for my business: I'm a Team Beachbody coach and if you have been thinking of getting fit, please consider allowing me to help you! You can contact me at

Think about your week and share your little triumphs here at Faith and Family Live.  It's an awesome group full of encouraging people!

Friday, April 01, 2011

Five Minute Friday: A Few of My Favorite Things

I call this writing on the fly. I never know what is going to come out of my brain and onto this page.  So...if you are wondering what goes on in my mind, or what it is like to talk to me, this is probably pretty close.  There is no time for me to make my writing poetic because, well, as much as I love that kind of writing, it's not me.  So please enjoy my 5minutes of letting it fly and leave a comment, then check out the the writers at Lisa-Jo's beautiful blog, The Gypsy Mama

A Few of My Favorite Things


You know how much I would love to be profound about my favorite things right now?  I would very much like to write something that will bring tears to your eyes.  I'm writing on the fly, so there are no guarantees that I will be able to think of anything so wonderful.  But that doesn't mean it isn't there. So if you read my favorite things and think, "Man, this girl is missing the big picture", have mercy.

Coffee.  Right now coffee is one of my favorite things.  I get up early to exercise and my brain wants me to stay in bed,s o coffee helps me wake up and motivate myself to get downstairs and sweat.  It is also waking up  my brain enough to spend 5 minutes that I don't have writing this post.

Exercise.  I really enjoy my exercise.  Maybe not so muuch when I'm waking up at 5:30 to do it, but I love feeling strong and powerful in my body and there is only one way to get it.

Friends.  I don't have much time to spend with my friends, but boy do I love the time I get.  I'm one of those people who recharges around others and enjoys conversations.  I really love hanging out with my friends. I wish we had more time to spend together.  It is so good for my spirit.

My family.  Did you wonder if I was going to get there?  I do so love my family even though it seems I am too busy working to appreciate them.  Why is that?  It's stupid that I get so busy cleaning and organizing and fighting battles that I miss the opportunities to appreciate the wonderful people they are.  My children are so funny and my husband is such a good man. I must pay closer attention and show them they are my favorites.


Ok, truth be known, I think I wrote for 7 minutes. But I couldn't stop right in the middle of my family.  How terrible would that be?  "My kids are my fav- nevermind. I'll get ya next time!"  Ha! That goes to show you right there. My favorite things are written in reverse order. 

Swing by The Gypsy Mama and write on the fly with me!