The Cardinal

A lot of things have changed in my life over the past couple of years.  I’ve made changes to myself physically, emotionally, mentally, financially and spiritually.  I made it a point to grow in a positive direction in all these aspects of my life and although it has been a daily process, I feel like I’m making tremendous progress.

One area I feel that is open for huge growth is my spiritual side.  I believe that the universe is conspiring in my favor as I have opened my heart to guidance.  Through the power of visualization and meditation, I am seeing how this truly works when I put in the day to day effort of making positive changes in my life.

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My ‘Aha’ Moment

The thing I love about coaching more than anything is that it is a continual learning process.  Whether you’re a strong leader or someone just getting started on a health and fitness journey, there are always valuable lessons to learn from anyone.

I make many awesome connections with people through the power of social media.  When used correctly, this can be such an amazing tool.  About a year ago, I posted a 30-day transformation video of my Asylum Journey and posted it to my YouTube page.  I had several people contact me about it, but one person in particular stands out.  He was so inspired and enthusiastic.  He had so many questions.  He wanted to be healthy and he needed my support.

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You cannot out-exercise bad nutrition

I have always had a deep love for fitness.  It’s a part of me.  It’s who I am.  I never (okay, rarely) struggle with motivation to work out.  I’ve run five marathons and completed several fitness achievements, but I have ALWAYS struggled with my weight.  It wasn’t until I took a deep and honest look into my nutrition habits, that I began to see changes in my body.

Ironically, the more I would workout, the more I seemed to gain. Of course I used the excuse that muscle weighs more than fat, which is hysterical, because one pound = one pound.  I’m not sure why that has become such a common excuse.  I get it.  Muscle is more compact.  I was not becoming more compact.  Quite the contrary.

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My Sweet Spot

Do you have DNA?  Silly question?  I know we all are unique in our own ways, but do you have Determined Natural Ambition?  Are you a doer?  Do you make things happen, rather than watch life happening?

I am realizing that I am not normal.  I am not like everyone else.  I want more than just satisfaction.  I am driven by what Craig would describe as my own “Emotional Matador”.   In my own words, I would define this as a powerful force inside of me.  A force so strong that in order to achieve all the things I want out of life, I am willing to take the extra step, go the extra TWO miles and yes, step WAY outside of my comfort zone.

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About Me

It’s the simple things in life that really are the most important – good health, loving relationships and meaningful spirituality. I’m extremely passionate about fitness and I love to push myself to my limits.

I have a really amazing husband. He’s a selfless man and dedicated father. Together we have two fantastic boys with dynamic and contrasting personalities who always keep me on my toes. Keelan is my peaceful phlegmatic and compassionate soul. Jackson is my actor and comedian and always keeps us laughing. My boys are my love and they are what motivate me to work hard each day and to be a better person. I learn so much from all three of them every single day.

Being healthy and living a very active life are not just my lifestyle, it’s who I am and what I represent. I believe anything worth having is worth the effort! When it comes to fitness, I’m a very goal-oriented individual, always looking for a new challenge. Hard work and dedication will produce fantastic results, thus improving your overall quality of life.

Prior to May 2010, I would have considered myself fit and healthy. I did the things I was supposed to do. I ate healthy foods. I went to the gym, ran and attended as many yoga classes as I could possibly fit into my schedule. But my clothes were tight and I was not motivated by my workouts.

My brother suggested I try the Beachbody INSANITY workout, since it was designed for people like me, those who like a kick in the butt workout at a high intensity level. At first I was skeptical and my ego told me I’m better than home dvd workout programs. I’d witnessed the success he had with P90X, so I agreed to give it try.

I started INSANITY on May 1, 2010 and was immediately humbled. It wasn’t just another home DVD. This was by far the hardest workout I had ever done, and I’ve tried them all. I decided that if I was going to do it right, I was going to completely commit myself to the program and the nutrition plan. I kept a food journal and followed the workouts and nutrition plan as if I’d designed them. I immediately started to lose weight. In all my previous workouts, I would either maintain or gain, but I never lost weight.  I would always fall into the trap that as long as I was working hard, it didn’t matter the amount I was eating.

After Month One, I lost seven pounds and noticed quite a difference in my waistline. It became tighter as my pants became looser. At the end of Month Two, I was down 10 pounds and lost even more inches off my waist. My body fat dropped 4-5% and it completely changed my mindset about home dvd programs.

Being a runner, the interval training helped me get faster and my endurance increased dramatically. I started taking Shakeology in September 2010 and my weight once again started to drop. I’ve gone down a size in my pants. I have so much energy throughout the day, even after a hard workout and I’m happier than I’ve ever been.

It has changed my attitude, my spirit and motivated me to be very successful in all aspects of my life. I’m in the best shape of my life at age 37. I’ve been so inspired by both my brother and my success that I became a coach to motivate others to be successful as well.  My brother presented me with a wonderful gift when he introduced me to Beachbody. It has truly changed who I am.

 

I would love to help you reach your goals too! I’m here to share my knowledge and random bits of wisdom with a lot of sarcasm and humor along the way. I will not only help you find the right program that fits your schedule and lifestyle, but I will be here to inspire, motivate and hold you accountable. My hope is to motivate you to become a better portrait of your true self so that you too can find your passion in life.

Let’s do this together! Email me! I’d love to hear from you!.

Fears

I recently had an epiphany while driving.  I envisioned myself working directly with a man I have admired for the past two years, Craig Holiday.  I thought if I could just work directly with him and soak in his wisdom, I would grow so much as a person and really move in the right direction towards my goals.

When I got home, I opened my email to an invitation from none other than Craig Holiday himself to be a part of a 12-week series entitled, “Rhino Renegade”.  Craig regularly uses the rhino as his symbol of success and I see it a metaphor of putting my head down, kicking aside the dirt and facing whatever obstacle comes to me with courage and conviction.

I immediately felt that pit in my stomach.   You know the one that stirs up the fear and anxiety and self-doubt.  But instead of succumbing to its force, I signed up with zero hesitation.  I want to grow as a person.  I want to fulfill my dreams.  I want to change not just my life, but those that surround me.  I needed this course.

The first week is all about facing fears.  It took a lot of self-reflection to really understand what limits I place on myself from negative self-talk and fear of failure.  I learned that I’m not necessarily fearful of success, but I hold this self-doubt that I am not worthy of it.  I feel in many aspects of my life, I haven’t held up my end of the stick by showing up the way I should financially, spiritually and as a mother and wife and I have incredible guilt associated with it.

I often have negative self-talk about the way I look and instead of telling myself that I am beautiful, I find myself negatively articulating comments about my minute physical flaws and my inherent personality traits.  Rather than finding beauty, I will compare myself to others in an unfair or unjust way.  I place these uncompromising demands on my character to be someone I am not.

When I began to discover all the limiting behaviors I place on myself, I realized that there is no way I can progress. Unless I start to replace this self-doubt and comparison to others with acceptance of where I am today, then and only then will I know and understand that I am worthy.  Or as Craig would say, “STOP IT” when it comes to putting these ridiculous demands and comparisons on myself.

It’s important to not only recognize the limits we place on ourselves, but to then recognize our behavioral patterns that trigger these fears and self-doubt.  It’s all a process of cleaning out the junk first so we can organize our lives to move forward to a life that we deserve.

The power of this exercise is incredible.  When we know what we do to limit ourselves, we can learn to do better.  We become aware of the patterns that put us in the downward spiral instead of the moving us forward in an ascending motion to be great.

I’m so excited about the next couple of months as I go farther into this process of truly unveiling the power of my potential.   Instead of reflecting as I often have in the past of what I’m not or what I cannot be, I’m discovering the true me.  I know for sure that I have incredible heart to move others and people trust me, that I am a leader and I have purpose and passion to make an incredible impact on many and  I know that what I believe, I absolutely know I can achieve.

We all have fears.  We all have made mistakes and we will continue to make mistakes, but we also all have a purpose.  We all deserve to live a life that full of happiness and we have the power to sing the song that is inside of our hearts. Thank you Craig Holiday for allowing me to see the true potential in myself..

Insanity – The Asylum Review

“The work does not start until you’re tired!”  This mantra helped me get through 30 days of Insanity: The Asylum.  This workout will require sheer determination and a will to succeed.  I did it.  I can now call myself an athlete.

“He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Before I started my 30-day Asylum training, I had this notion of getting super fit and I wanted to ‘Get Shredded.”  I set a lofty weight loss goal and knew that if I followed the 30 days, I would achieve it.

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Beachbody Ultimate Reset Review

I love a challenge.  I love a physical challenge.  But a nutrition challenge?  This scares me.  I like to eat.  I don’t like to feel hungry.

When I was presented with the opportunity to do the Beachbody Ultimate Reset, I immediately realized that not only did I not want to do it, but that I needed to do it.  My eating habits were slipping and I needed to get back in control.  I needed to create some new habits.

The Beachbody Ultimate Reset is a 21-Day day program, broken into three phases that are designed to:

  1. Reclaim your body’s natural balance
  2. Release harmful toxins from your body
  3. Restore you body back to optimal health

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Ultimate Reset Testimonials

Testimonials from my Reset Accountability Group:

I’m done! Down 12lbs! Ordered some new jeans this morning, size 4 WOO HOO!!! Have not been here in years and it feels great!!! ~ Sandy R.

Start of day 14 … I’m down 10 pounds. I haven’t seen that number on a scale in almost 5 years. I decided I needed to measure. I’ve lost 2 inches in my waist, 2 1/4 inches in hips & 1 3/4 inches in my chest! ~ Misty F.

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Insanity Review

I’m a huge fan the Beachbody Insanity program because if you commit to get uncomfortable, follow the nutrition guide and do not give up, there is no way you will fail.  It didn’t just help me get the body I wanted, it helped me become a better runner and ultimately was a key factor in helping me qualify for the Boston Marathon.

INSANITY is NOT for the faint of heart or for those who don’t want to sweat. This program is high intensity total body conditioning and will challenge anyone, regardless of fitness level.
This is what I LOVED about Insanity! I started the program with a pretty solid cardio base. I’m very active and was running regularly before I started. I love a challenge and I LOVE to sweat. Even the warm up and cardio recovery days were hard in my opinion.

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