Happy flex Friday 🥳
It’s been a weird transition going from a largely weight-based program, to basically pure-cardio. I love it, but I feel like I’m already losing some of my muscles I gained 💪🏼 But that’s OK 👌🏼. There are seasons in life, and I think that is the same for your fitness journey. My body changes every day, and I’m working to embrace the changes and love myself through it ♥️ #cardioworkout#beachbodyondemand#loveyourself#seasonsoflife#flexfriday
“Marriage is just two imperfect people who refuse to give up on each other.” 💕
Anybody who says marriage is easy is bat shit out of their mind! 🤪 Marriage is HARD work ya’ll! If there’s anything that I’ve learned this year, it’s that a strong marriage requires loving your spouse even in those moments when they aren’t being lovable; it means believing in them when they struggle to believe in themselves.
My husband is not perfect. And neither am I. We have gone through more in the last 2 years than most people go through in a lifetime. Marriage has become so much more than an “I, Do!” OUR marriage has become a journey, not only to discover more about the person I’ve committed my life to, but to also discover ourselves. It’s been hard. There’s been a lot of tears. But from those tears, there has also been A LOT of growth, happiness, support, communication, proudness, and love. 🙌🏻
Yesterday I told Justin, “In a couple years, when we’re out of this storm, we’re going to be a power couple.” And I meant it 💃🕺Because it’s those who go through tough times and don’t give up and keep fighting who come out stronger than ever. 👊🏻
Remember, the moment you’re ready to give up is usually the moment right before the miracle happens. ✨ I have faith in us, always babe! I love you! 😻❤️😏
We’ve all heard it ... You can choose to be happy or not. You may not be able to control the circumstances in your life but you can control your reaction to it.
But what if you’re having a really crummy day? Someone saying, “well you can’t control what happened to you but hey choose happiness!” diminishes what you are feeling at that moment and can actually make you feel worse.
Mindfulness practices meet you where you are, at this moment. As you become aware of each breath come and go you likewise become aware of each thought/emotion come and go. And you observe your thoughts/emotions in a non-judgmental way realizing you are not your thoughts or emotions but it is the unchanging Self that is witnessing a thought or having an experience of an emotion.
So go ahead and acknowledge what you feel in this moment ... and in this moment ... and this moment too! Just know - that emotion or thought? Does not define who you are. 😬
You know that constant chatter in your head? The running dialogue that plays in the background that you hear but don't pay close attention to? Have you ever tuned in and really listened to what you were saying to yourself? Have you ever questioned the things being said (especially the "always" and "never" statements)? Is it your voice or someone else's talking to you? Are you hearing positive or negative things?
I've spent the morning considering my internal dialogue. And I have determined most of the chatter is bullsh!t...and it's not even my voice making most of the bullsh!t statements (which is super annoying). .
I've decided to ignore the negativity and replace it with positive thoughts. And I'm going to make a shift in my thinking by listening to some inspiring podcasts, making a list of things I am grateful for, taking time to appreciate the happy moments during the day, and dusting off my list of goals and (re)creating a plan to achieve them. Oh, and drinking more coffee. .
Is anybody else losing their minds over the fact that it’s going to be 2019 in 19 days!? 😆✨ Holy crap, where did this year go!?
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited for this year to D-O-N-E, DOONNNEEE! This was one of the happiest and hardest years of my life. It was a rollercoaster of extreme highs and extreme lows. 🎢 I have learned and grown more in the last year than probably the rest of my 30 years combined. 😅
More than anything, I want this year to end because I am SO FRIKING EXCITED for what 2019 has in store. 🤩 Today I sat down and started writing my 2019 goals and holy cow did it put me on cloud 9! 💃 I have aspirations you guys, big ones, and I have every intention of achieving them 👊🏻💥
In 19 days you will have 365 new ones to write your life how YOU want it. The only question now is, are you willing to step the eff out of that cold and lonely comfort zone to make it happen?! 👏🏻👏🏻
Not sure where to start? My next self-love health & fitness group starts January 1st and we are going to be doing BIG things babes! I’m talking total body makeover, from the inside out; MIND, BODY & SOUL! 🧘🏼♀️ Are you in?! 💕
Even The Grinch had a dog, so if you don’t like dogs you should do some serious soul searching! 💚🐶
Does anyone else experience their pup having anxiety? My poor Luna babe is not handling all of the changes in our home the best. I mean would you if you had a 10 month old Brenasaurus Rex come charging at you at full speed in a walker? 🦖💨😂 Shes a little frightened to say the least...
Any advice is much appreciated! 🖤🌙
P.S. Can you tell she hates having her picture taken? It’s one of the main reasons why she’s not in my post more, she literally turns her head away if I hold my phone camera! 🙈
This isn’t your mom’s step program ❌
Transform:20 did not disappoint! I can’t wait to officially kick this program off in January because I can tell just 20 minutes a day with this piece of equipment is going to kick my butt 😬
If you’re interested in what this new program is like, check out my stories today to see a sample workout 😍
#liveauthentic ... a hashtag that’s thrown around Instagram, urging people to be real on social media and something that I am proud to say that I try to be EVERY darn day. I don’t know what could be more real than this photo from our most recent family photo shoot. That morning before the photographer @chelseapaigenphoto arrived I had texted her, “We can take pictures anywhere except our bedroom!” because I was so embarrassed about how gross and messy it was. I hadn’t had enough time to clean up because I was busy cleaning dishes, getting every one dressed and hair done, the newborn fed, y’all know!! Y’all know how mornings of picture days go 😂 But it quickly hit me that we needed a picture in there. This... dirty diapers from last nights feeding sessions, a laundry basket filled with clothes that are actually clean and were once folded but now are destroyed from us picking through it, our bed that is never made and the pillows I stewed over for so long, making sure that the fabrics coordinated, now in a pile on the floor (and have been there for over a month...) Mike’s doing something weird and making the kids laugh, Vivienne is staring up to the Heavens asking God why he placed her with this family... it’s all here in this picture. It would be SO easy to throw the 200+ amazing pictures that Chelsea captured from that day in your face... pictures where we all are posed and our hair is laying well and no one is yelling, disobeying or picking their nose... but I won’t, not yet. 😜 I feel like this one should hit the feed first. This one is messy but happy. We are getting by as a family of five and I’m proud to say that we are doing more that just “surviving”! I’m happy! Of course, days can be stressful and lonely and I could easily find twenty four things to complain about if I really wanted to, but overall I choose to be happy. I have so much to be thankful for, even as I sleep with fecal matter six inches from my face, I am happy 😊 I love this perfectly imperfect picture. #reallife#poopydiapersfordays#choosinghappiness
“Sometimes you’ve got to jump off the cliff and grow wings on the way down.” 🕊
Two months opportunity came knocking at my door during the most inconvenient time. I was unemployed, overweight, emotionally eating my way through 2,500+ calories a day, broke, unhappy, struggling at being a mom, and fighting to keep my husband out of his own darkness. Every part of my normal thought process was saying no. You can’t afford it. You’re not good enough. Stay this way, it’s familiar. Just accept that this is who you are now.
But at that point, I wanted DESPERATELY to change, so much more than I wanted to stay where I was. When I looked in the mirror, I wasn’t happy with what I saw. I wasn’t happy with how weak my mind had become and how I was so easily persuaded to join the dark side. (Yes that was a Star Wars reference 🤓) I knew so many other women have felt or still feel the same. And if I could find a light at the end of the tunnel, than hell yes I need to spread that light to others! ✨ It would be selfish AF not to! So in addition to starting my own health and fitness journey, I made one of the best decisions of my life and also started coaching.
I am beyond proud of myself for losing 26 pounds in two months from nutrition alone. 🤘🏻 But, what I’m even more proud of is the person I’ve become inside. I have never felt more mentally strong in my entire life. And girlfriend, THAT is because of coaching. Because I have a support group of other coaches like myself who push me and encourage me every step of the way. Thank you @brooke_orchard , I couldn’t have done this without you! 😘 Because I take time for myself everyday and listen to books and podcasts by people who inspire me and fuel my flame. And most importantly, because I help YOU! Yes you! The amazing woman who is inspired by my posts but isn’t sure she can do it too. The busy mom or career babe who doesn’t have time. The emotional eater who feels enslaved to food. I can give you EVERY tool you need to do this, all you have to do is drop the excuses and say YES! 🙋♀️
Are you ready to change your life girl!? 💃💕
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The Consequence of personal effort. It is the decision to expand in a positive state of being. One must seek out its source, insist upon it and fight for it. One must relentlessly participate in the manifestation of your own blessings. There is a power greater than ourselves that enables us to actively create our experience. When we align with the boundless and limitless potential of this creation source we are transformed.
Once this awareness and happiness is achieved one must never become sedate or lazy about maintaining it.
Your efforts must be mighty in your journey of upward and forward into the forever of your being. You never completely cease to be be. You transform into being....else. Loved ones we can no longer experience a physical, visual connection to, are still connected on a different plain of existence.
When we cease to be a part of our loved ones lives in a physical, visual space how we are remembered, what we have taught and shared is the way they will be allowed to experience us. This is beyond the confining gates of religious strongholds. This is for any and all who seek to finally be apart of something greater than the tags and lables of our restrictive and limiting beliefs.
Yes. Happiness is an ability. It is a strength that is built not unlike any other muscle from dedication to a purpose of greatness. Transformation into that which you are to become is a triumph of self but a blessing to many.
•IM BACK• After a weekend of eating anything I saw, it was bound to be a bad weigh in! 4 bloody pound😂... I mean, it is ⭐️ week in a couple of days, maybe it was that and not the 829272 calories I consumed 🙄! Back better then ever, wanting my half a stone aware before Christmas... let’s do this 💪🏼 #slimmingworld#choosinghappiness#weightloss#backonit#cantgiveup
There was a time not so long ago when my job title read waitress, bartender, and event coordinator. I worked every weekend, long hours and mostly nights. 🤢 I missed out on holidays, family parties, and a lot of quality time with my loved ones. I was treated like garbage by most of my supervisors. And the drama, OHHH the drama 🤦♀️ Not to mention financially, psh, I was a train wreck.
I was so unhappy. I dreaded going to work every day. I felt completely unfulfilled, lost and shameful of the life I was living. I buried my true self and became this shell of a person, praying I could get through the day without losing my shit on someone. I always knew I was meant for better but comfort and familiarity had become my bff. 😒
One of the biggest blessings that ever happened to me was getting laid off from my last job. Ladies, start realizing that life is happening for you, not to you! 🙌🏻 I swore to myself right then and there that I would NEVER go back to the restaurant industry. I decided that it was time to stop working for people who could give two shits about my family and I. I decided it was time to set my sights high and start living a life that I was proud of.
Today, my job title reads Online Health & Fitness Coach and I am DAMN proud of it! 😏👏🏻 I get to help women become the best version of themselves. 💃 I get to give the gift of health. 🧘🏼♀️ I get to stay at home with my nugget on the weekends and the nights. 👩👦I get to decide when and where I want to work.💻 I am my own boss. 🙆♀️ I get to decide how much money I make (no seriously). 💵 I am surrounded by positive, badass women who uplift and support each other. 👯♀️And most importantly, I LOVE my job and I LOVE my company! 💙 Can you say that?
Girlfriend, it’s almost 2019 and the times of being tied to a dead end job because that’s what you’re “supposed to do” are O-U-T, OUT! 👋🏻Opportunity is at your finger tips and all you have to do is say YES! Are you ready to join my team and start living the life you’ve always dreamed of? If that’s you babe then DM me! 💕
Accountability is a funny thing. •
I woke up to my son screaming out of excitement that I was home (even though he saw us when we got home last night 🤷🏻♀️) I didn’t have the best night of sleep and I told Diego I wanted to get coffee & donuts for breakfast. It was too cold. I had a headache. I wanted a nap. •
I 100% guarantee y’all my 4.5 miles would NOT have happened if I wouldn’t have had the accountability and commitment I made to doing my long runs on Sundays. This, to me, is what it means to be a coach. It’s leading from the front. It’s hard sometimes. So. Dang. Hard. But I started this journey wanting to show other moms if I can commit to something and find success, ANYONE can. So you’ll find me here next Sunday — hopefully after finishing 4.75 miles 🤞🏼😳 — and the Sunday after that. And the Sunday after that. Want some accountability? Someone to hold you to your commitments? I’m always just a message away 🙋🏻♀️👏🏼👇🏼 #sundayrunning ALSO shout out to my Secret Santa for my new favorite water bottle!! 😍😍😍
Today was one of those days where nothing went right. Where everything felt off and I started getting into my own head and let anxiety get the best of me. Even with the massive strides I’ve made over the last few months, I am by no means perfect, and I will forever be a work in progress.
In the midst of my woah is me moment, I received a devastating text from one of my best friends and was immediately knocked off my negative Nancy pedestal. My friend, someone who I love deeply, is in anguish, feeling grief and heartbreak. And there I was having a self inflicted pitty party over nothing.
When you start getting in your own head, remember, it is impossible to feel grateful and anxious at the same time.
Friends, we are never guaranteed tomorrow. Life is delicate and in an instant our world can be rocked beyond belief. Be grateful for what you have, choose to be happy, take care of your body (it’s the only one you have), and spend as much time as you can with the people who bring pure joy into your heart!
Today, and always, I am utterly grateful for the amazing family I have and all the time I am able to spend with them. 💕
🚨 LIFE UPDATE 🚨
It’s about to get real raw up in here ✨
So I have taken the decision to QUIT my full time job. That is correct guys... There were a number of factors that contributed but my number1️⃣ is that I just KNEW that my life had more meaning... I knew that I wanted to be independent and have something that defines ME and who I am‼️ I always knew deep down that I was worth more than just a corporate job. So I decided to put myself first and head into the direction of independence & happiness🥳
Within the timeframe of coaching part time, I have been helping myself mentally & physically while helping others to be SAME ❣️This has allowed us to work how we always envisioned ourselves to be working:
• Work from anywhere
• Travel opportunities ✈️
• Not rely on PTO to take vacations or getaways
• Promotions that take years in a corporate job with competition in the way
• No boss just Boss Babes 😉
• And most importantly FULFILLMENT, HAPPINESS & INDEPENDENCY🙌🏼
I am not advocating to go quit your job 🚫 but if you’re someone who knows that you have more within you, more to give, more value than what you’re doing now. Why do you feel like you need to stick to this routine? What is the REAL routine that you want? What is it that you day dream about while you’re at your current job?🌟
🎼My superfood shake brings all the boys to the yard🎼 Not really haha But girl does it do WONDERS!
I have been a sugar fiend for as long as I can remember. When I got pregnant, psh, I had no chance. My cravings went from a few thoughts throughout the day to straight up can’t think about anything else. And when my son was born, they didn’t stop. You see, sugar is addicting; actually it’s 8 times more addicting than cocaine 😱 so by the time my son was born, I was already in full force justifying mode and I found EVERY excuse why it was okay for me indulge.
I was no joke eating dessert EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT. 😳 I’m talking Dairy Queen, shaved ice, Sonic, cookies, 8 different tubs of ice cream in the freezer, candy in every pocket of the house kind of problem. Looking back, I am I can’t believe I was the type of person who would put that crap in my body while being pregnant. 🤦♀️
The past is the past and all we can is LEARN from our mistakes and take corrective action. And oh did I learn...60 pounds heavier and feeling like I was losing my shit thinking about a candy bar around the clock is not an ideal way to live.
Girl, I could SCREAM 🗣 at the top of my lungs how grateful I am that I found something that has helped to me kick artificial sugar the eff out of my life and replace it with a healthy and just as delicious alternative. The natural superfood shake that I drink daily not only has only 9g of sugar in it, it also has 70+ superfoods!! Those 9g of sugar, they are truly AU-NATURAL; fructose derived from beets! 💜
So what I’m telling you is that my multivitamin that aids in my weight loss, gives me crazy amounts of energy, and reduces inflammation in my pelvis, also doubles as my milkshake. And sometimes when I feel like getting real crazy I turn it into a mug cake or energy bites 😏 That’s what I call WINNING! 💁♀️
Girlfriend are ready to join my healthy dessert party yet or what!? 💕