Finding Balance in the Chaos

Its been ages since I paid this blog any attention; over the past few weeks its really been on my mind. I have had the desire to write again and share my journey. Whether it helps you in your journey or just gives you something to laugh at, my hope is that you enjoy the content enough to keep coming back and implement my wonderful knowledge into your own journey.

I’ve been on this health and fitness journey going on 6 years now! Lets just say its had a lot of ups and downs, mountains and valleys, good and bad.  When I feel like I have it down, life throws a wrench in my wheel and I end up flipping over the bars, falling flat on my ass! I honestly believe that there can be a lesson in everything you go through, and that is where it gets good.

The one thing I do know for sure is that I love helping others in their own journey. My accountability groups have been my saving grace. This is where I learned, in teaching others, that fitness is about balance. You cant be good at it all the time. Yet you cant ignore it either. The trick is in finding what works best for you. What works well for one person may not work well for you. Its about listening to your body and responding instead of just throwing your hands up and saying F*** this!

Lets chat schedules and having a plan! I’m totally the type of gal to go against the grain and do my own thing. Most fitness guru’s will tell you that you need to schedule your workouts in to your daily plan. Here’s the deal….. I’ve tried that and it DOES NOT work for me. WHY? Its makes it feel like a chore. I guess that is the point, to make it feel like a non-negotiable, but what is the fun in that?! To me, fitness is supposed to be something you look forward to, not something you have to do.

Through trail and error I learned for myself that “scheduling” fitness in to my day will not work. Instead what I do is not allow myself to go to sleep until that workout is done. I decide each day when is best, for that specific day, to do my workout. I rarely ever wake up and feel like working out. Currently, my best fit has been to do it right when I get home from work but before the kids get home from school.  That way I’m not distracted and can enjoy the full workout without interruptions. Now this doesn’t always happen but for the most part it does. Some days, I just can’t squeeze it in during that time frame so I’m doing it after dinner while the kids are winding down and getting ready for bed. Lately, I’m hopping into bed as soon as the kids are tucked in so its important to me to have it done before they are in bed. But in the event that I just cant get it in before the kids bedtime, you better bet your buns that I’m doing it as soon as they are in bed.

See, I make it a non-negotiable for the day, just not for a specific time. If I don’t get my workout done before bed, I will lay there with tons of guilt on my mind and most likely get out of bed and do it. I’ve worked really hard on changing my mindset over the past few years. You better bet that your mindset plays a huge role in your success!

My point in all this is, what works for others may not work for you! You determine what works for you and keep trying different things until you find the fit that is right for you.  If you want success bad enough you will continue to try. I can tell you for certain though, that having an accountability partner/group is a MUST. The No. 1 comment from my accountability groups is that, the group helped them be successful when they were not able to be successful on their own previously. There is something about knowing that others are watching you, that helps hold you accountable. So if you don’t have a partner, find one or connect with me to get you plugged into our group. We will help you be successful!

One other trick I have up my sleeve is that I occasionally hire a fitness trainer. When life gets busy and I find myself more often that not, skipping my workouts, I open up my arsenal of tricks and get me that trainer. I usually only have to hire them for a few months to get me feeling on track and ready to proceed on my own again. You see, we all need help and accountability. Just as what works for one person may not work for another, what once worked for me/you wont always work. When we let down our walls and admit that its okay to fail, that’s when we begin to have success. Allow yourself grace, allow yourself failure, so that you can allow yourself joy and success.  Trust in the journey and the process. Be willing to extend that hand out for help when the time comes. Don’t be to proud to step back a few steps and start again.


Have you ever considered that maybe you

Have you ever considered that maybe you have not found your soul-mate workout? If you dread going to the gym, going for your run/walk, doing the treadmill/elliptical then you haven’t found the workout that your soul desires. Is this possible? Of course it is. Look at people who do Crossfit, Zumba, Paleo, P90x, bootcamp, yoga, marathons, etc. These are all people who have a passion for what they do and continue to do it and produce results. Several years back my soul-mate workout was P90x but now it has changed to TurboFire and running. These are workouts I literally look forward to everyday, several time a day, cant wait until the next one, and hate taking a rest day. Dont keep doing the same thing over and over that you dread doing. Try something new!

I have been working through a 30 day cha

I have been working through a 30 day challenge and while looking back in my PUSH journal I came across this definition I wrote for what success means in my life. I remember at the time I wrote it I wasn’t all that happy with but couldn’t come up with anything more. Now reading it, I am very satisfied with it and amazed at how it completely applies to my life.

Success is the moment you realize you can be anything you put your mind to. It’s a time when you can fail and still pick yourself up and push forward. Success is finding the place in life that makes you happy and unstoppable. It’s reaching your fullest potential and still striving for more.

Share with me what your definition of success is?

Two timeless principles of nutrition: 1.

Two timeless principles of nutrition:

1. The closer a food is to the state in which God produced it, the healthier it is
2. Everything you put in your body is a choice. All choices have consequences.

Just another reason to consider Shakeology to take the guess work out of what you are putting in your body. It is one easy meal you don’t have to second guess yourself on.

The coach within you

As I  have begun my Team Beachbody/Shakeology business, I am constantly sharing with people about being a coach and frequently hear “I couldn’t be a coach, I’m not coach material” or “I don’t look like a coach”. What it is with today’s society that has people thinking they have to look a certain way or be a certain type of person?  I certainly do not look like a coach or have the experience/education to be a coach but that’s not what being a coach means to me. Being a coach has nothing to do with looks, or education, or what you are made out of, for that matter! To me, being a coach is being a motivator and helping others become the person they want to be.  Sometimes people don’t have the tools, motivation, or self-esteem to succeed with their goals.  All it takes is someone who believes in them and encourages them to reach that goal.  It took just a few individuals (coaches), who unknowingly motivated me with their stories and their words.  They arent coaches in their everyday job, but they coached me to be where I am at today.  They motivated and inspired me with the changes they made in their lifestyles which in return pushed me to make that next move.

It also includes, for the coach themselves, to set goals and work towards meeting those goals. If we don’t set goals we have nothing to reach for! Bettering ourselves should never be an issue.  Dont settle for less than what you can be.  It is so easy to get set in our ways and hit that easy button but easy does not get you anywhere except in the same place you have already been.

So before you jump on the “I’m not coach material” bandwagon, take a deeper look into what a coach really is.  Dig into the meaning of what a coach is to YOU. Do you have it in you to be that coach for someone else? You never know who you may inspire by your story or the words you speak.  Take the time to inspire others and share your story.  It may be the final push that ONE person needed!

There is no magic diet pill

Weight loss and good health requires hard work and healthy habits.  Sorry to break it to you folks, but there is no magic diet pill!

I’m sure we have all, at some point in time, had the thought or dream that “if only I could just make this fat disappear”.  You CAN but not with a magic pill, liposuction, or surgery.  These pills and surgeries may work for a quick fix but after awhile their ‘magic’ disappears and you are back to where you started.

So how to do we make this fat disappear?  With hard work, consistency, and honesty.  Honesty? What does that have to do with losing weight? Well, being honest with yourself that you have a few extra pounds to lose is the first step. Being honest that it make take time and hard work is another. Being honest that you may have set backs but its okay because you can pick yourself up off the floor and continue forward, is another! Do you get my drift?  If we dont start with first admitting the truth about our health and fitness, then we will get no where with this journey we must go on.  And oh is it a journey with big peaks and low valleys!  But when you look at yourself in the end or even halfway through your journey, you will realize what an amazing journey it has been.  Imagine the stories you will have to share and the friends you will make along the way.  So do you want to have a temporary fix or do you want to embark on a journey and make it a life-long fix?  The easy road or the hard but lasting road?  I pick the latter one!


1. What do you desire?

2. What are you determined to do/be?

3. What motivates you?

4. What inspires you?

In regards to your health and fitness, take a few minutes to jot down your answers to these questions. Use these answers to determine your WHY.  Why do you want to embark on this journey? Why do you want to live a long and healthy life? Why do you want to lose weight? Why do you deserve this? If you don’t determine your why you wont stick to the journey. You must hold yourself accountable to what you want to become!