My Journey from Teacher to Mom to Fitness Coach

I wasn’t always a fitness nut.  This is where life has taken me over the last 10 years.

My Top 5 Reasons for Becoming a Coach

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If you’re going to follow me as a coach, then I want you to know me and know WHY I’m doing this. WHY I decided to become a coach and run my LIKE page on Facebook. Please know my reasons don’t work for everyone, and I’m SO thankful for the great teachers that have taught my kids (the career I have given up). But for me, here are my top 5 reasons (will you make it to #5?): Continue reading

My 3-Day Refresh Results

One of the cool things about being a coach is that I get to be on my health and fitness journey along with others all the time.  So if we’re trying out a new fitness program – I’ve got my peeps to gripe with about sore muscles but also to celebrate victories with too.  If we’re trying out a new healthy eating plan – my group holds me accountable to stick to the menu.  This time I had the opportunity to lead a group doing the 3-Day Refresh.  I completed this program one time before, so I looked forward to sharing my thoughts with the group every night and hearing what they had to say.

If you’ve never heard of the 3-Day Refresh, the point is to help you break the cycle of unhealthy eating, give your body a jump start, and promote healthy weight loss.  This time around I decided to do it because I was coming back from ankle surgery that side-lined me for a bit, not allowing me to do much exercising, and then the holidays came right on top of that.  Needless to say, I started falling back into some old eating habits that were putting on some unwanted pounds and inches, and I was ready to kick them to the curb.  Take a look at my quick video, the plan for the 3 days, and then finally, MY results!!

Here’s the schedule for each of the 3 days:

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My Life Interrupted

I’m having a bit of a struggle right now. Not a mind-blowing, life-altering struggle, but it is a life-interrupting struggle.

You see, I am temporarily handicapped.

Two ligaments in my ankle were surgically repaired after I was told my ankle would never be the same, that I’d be susceptible to ankle sprains and my ankle popping out of socket the rest of my life if I didn’t fix them.

Excuse me? I can’t have ankle sprains all the time. Ow, painful life, and besides, I’m way too active for that. I thrive on running races, exercising, and just being active.

So now I’m on crutches for four weeks, in a boot for two weeks after that, and who knows what comes next? Maybe back in my brace for a few months?  Anyhow, I’m not allowed to put any weight on my injured leg. GAH! This is not a good thing for a mom who’s used to being on the go, getting things done, and being self-reliant. You don’t realize how much that skill (and by skill, I simply mean walking) impacts the rest of your life. Continue reading

My Journey – From Self-Critical to Self-Confident Part 3

So here it is, peeps…my third and final installment of my journey from self-critical to self-confident.

Wondering what else could possibly happen?  If you read part one and two, you now know that my prayers were answered about my body image, raising my confidence through the roof and putting an end to my self-criticism, but my story doesn’t end there.

There was another aspect of my life that was causing me anxiety (yes, more, I’m finding I was quite a mess). I’m such a planner and somewhat of a control freak, so it made me super anxious to think about what my future had in store for me in terms of a job. Continue reading

My Journey – From Self-Critical to Self-Confident Part 2

You know, being on a journey is an interesting thing.

There are ups and downs, steps forward and steps backward.

But in the end, it becomes clearer why each step is important. They test you, show you where your weaknesses are, and make you stronger. I appreciate these steps much more at the end looking back, of course, but I truly realize that each one is an important piece to the puzzle.

It was October 2012 when I made the decision to give control over to God to help me be less critical about my body.

For a year I tried so hard to stop thinking about myself and instead focus on what was important in life: my kids, my husband, my relationship with Him. And things started coming around for me. I wasn’t nearly as critical as I was before, but I still wasn’t confident in my body.

And in the summer of 2013, it became crystal clear that even though I wasn’t beating myself up like I used to, I still had issues. Continue reading

My Journey – From Self-Critical to Self-Confident Part 1

As comfortable and happy as I thought I was in my little suburbian bubble, there was always something stopping me from being as happy as I knew I could be…self-criticism.

You know that little voice that tells you you’re not good enough – a good enough mother, a good enough wife, a good enough cook, a good enough (fill in the blank)? Yeah, it was always louder than the other voices in my head that said I was strong, confident, and that I was really making a difference in this world.

For me, the voice in my head was always super-critical about my body. IMG_0194

Walking by the mirror I would hear, “Ugh. Why are you letting yourself have this huge gut?” meanwhile sticking it out as far as it could go. And then I’d walk away feeling crappy only to catch myself taking a peek the next time I walked by my full length mirror. My eyes would scan down my body and think, “Eww, just look at that cellulite on your thighs. That’s so disgusting.” Why didn’t I just move that darn thing?

I knew I wanted to change, but I honestly didn’t think it was possible, and I certainly didn’t know how I would change my body since I already went to the gym 3 hours a week, and I also loved to run, bike and participate in races.  I was no slacker, ladies and gentlemen. Continue reading