making contact and the real deal

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Does everyone who starts a business from an MLM company need to follow the same type of business strategies?  I’ve been talking with a lot of people with good and bad feedback lately and it’s all had me thinking. Can we change the perception and maybe be more outwardly flexible with the approach?

I’m hoping so. Because I hope to prove that. And I will start here by giving you some insight and share some revelations about myself with you guys, some of which I just the last few days have had revelations about. Read on….
🤔I don’t really like posting selfies and video’s every day. I am not a selfie taker by nature. Never have been. I usually don’t even take photo’s of people ever. I’m a scenery/nature/animals kind of photographer. This is why lately you’ve seen less of them. I stepped outside the box and started posting more ( a best business strategy), but it just didn’t feel right for me. Not that it’s not totally ok. I don’t think bad of others that post a zillion a day. It’s just not ME. I actually forget to take selfies and even when I’m on vacations can forget to take pictures because I’m so involved in whatever I’m experiencing atm.
🤔I do believe in doing more than just building my business with more than just what you get when you sign up with the MLM. For instance, I am headed back to school after the new year to add to my knowledge to help others lead healthier lives for nutrition certification. Some though will say you don’t need to do that. Just work on your at home biz. I on the other hand want to strive for more and more info to help myself and others.
🤔Helping myself get healthy really is #1 (not a best business strategy), but followed closely at #2 is helping you get healthier too. Making money is #3 and for me is just a by-product. I would and will do this anyway even if I don’t make a dime. I want to be healthy and I found what helps me lead a healthy life. So all I can do is be honest with you and help you when and where I can.
🤔There is more to my social media life than just business and I will share that even if the best way to a successful business is keeping your focus business minded on social media. Usually for best business strategy you should stick to business and one or two relate-able points of interest. And that’s fabulous. But also for best business strategy you should try and keep things upbeat, no negativity, and no Debbie Downers (sorry anyone named Debbie or Debbie Downer). I am active politically, environmentally and animal welfare oriented. And not always are these happy shiny places. I do agree you need to turn negatives into positive action though so my spin will usually always include how you can help. But some times I will talk about hard things. sad things and even angry things. Because these are also things I’m passionate about.
🤔My nutrition will never be 100% clean and on point. Hello, I live in this world too ya know. There are bakeries and pizza shops etc… And I am a carb-aholic. So I attempt to eat clean 90% of the time and want you to strive for that too. But yeah you will see oooey gooey recipes from me occasionally. Life is about treating that only body you will ever have with love and respect. So while I will forever push good clean nutrition I also know people are not machines and we need a little room so that it can be a habit and not a *restrictive diet.
🤔I don’t like to do ONLY the workout programs from Beachbody. I’m also a big fan of Les Mills programs (Bodypump, Bodyflow) and I love Bob Harper’s workouts too. I get bored easily and like a LOT of variety. That being said, BOD is perfect for those seeking variety and assorted levels of ability. Plus it’s a streaming service you can use just about anywhere.
🤔That being said, BOD, Shakeology and PCS are the BEST thing you can ever do for yourself, your health and your body.
🤔And this business is something you can build while you are working on your won health and nutritional goals. It’s kind of the bonus to getting healthy.
🤔You can do it my way and build a business perhaps slower because you don’t or won’t follow all the best business strategy rules. OR you can take the wealth of knowledge and expertise that the training gives you and build a thriving business in 3 months to a year. 

BUT…

I’ll be honest here. First and foremost if you take on this business it has to be for YOUR health and fitness. If it’s not and you just want to make a buck. Or it is but you lose sight of that while trying to build a business, STOP trying to build the business and focus on YOUR health. This is NOT a fast track to rolling in money. This is about getting your health back, about staying healthy and about helping others who want to do the same. 

This IS a path for:

✨learning to live a healthy lifestyle

✨getting fit

✨getting healthy

✨personal development 

helping yourself and others

This is not a get rich quick scheme, this is not just a job. And you need to look beyond all the coaches who tend to, at first glance seem like carbon copies of one another, all the selfies and all the pomp and circumstance you see, when in fact honestly good people are trying to tell you in their own way about something that they’ve found that works for them, and works reallllly well helping them get healthy and fit. Many of whom have had tremendous struggles with weight and diet fails along the way. 

So be patient with us. Some may seem silly, some may even seem filled with vanity with all their photo’s. Some even get too full of their own self image hype. But not all is what it seems. We are all just trying to tell you our truth, in our own sometimes stumbling, awkward ways. 

I want you to get healthy as much as I want me to get healthy. I found a path that works really well for me, and it may work really well for you too. So if you want to know more about BOD, fitness programs, Shakeology, PCS, or the biz, fill out the form below and tell me what your health and fitness goals are and I will work with you one on one to achieve them 💙

*some diets are restrictive by their purpose and as always people who are on prescribed diets by a physician or medical provider should follow the advice of their doctor first and foremost.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No regrets! But oh the lessons learned!

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Ever get overwhelmed? I mean super overwhelmed?  Last week was a tad overwhelming for me. I’m doing some training for work that at times feels daunting and the last week of round 1 of the fitness program I’m doing was beyond a challenge. Add that to the rest of a crazy, albeit fun filled week and I guess my fitness and nutrition just went seriously off. 

I don’t have any before and after statistics and photo’s like I have been showing you. I seriously just was that slack on business. And that is a drawback to working from home with your own business. You HAVE to set boundaries and work a business, like it is a business, even if you’re not punching a time clock. Working from home has a zillion advantages. And being able to set your own hours is one of them, make your own schedule is another. Well last week all that went right out the window. 

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It was like a steamroller effect the training I’m doing is training for the upper tiers of this business, something that right now I’m not nearing on that level. But I wanted the challenge. And I did and am learning so much. I am so thankful to have a fabulous team and mentor behind me who offers this training even if you’ve only just started your business. And I KNOW this training is helping me with my business and will continue to help me grow. But, you have to know when to put the blinders on. I was overwhelmed with the training and busy with other events and tasks in life and I just didn’t work on social media at all. And didn’t work on any personal development. 

But you know what? I’m human. And all I have to do, is do. Get back to it.

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And as far as my fitness and nutrition? When we bumped the workouts up to 45 minutes and increased the difficulty, I had a whole lot of fail. Or, at least was I was perceiving as failure. Once again, I’m not at that level. But that doesn’t mean I wasn’t getting anything out of the workout. I just let my head and my ego get in the way. Nutritionally, most days were spot on. But we did have a few days that we indulged in the wrong kind of foods. And I felt it. I was sluggish and bloated. And I didn’t lose ANY weight.

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BUT, the good news is, I didn’t gain any either. My focus may not have been on point, I may have been distracted and yeah, maybe I did eat nachos and salsa, a bit too much nacho’s and salsa (yeah I suffered for that one). And definitely too much chocolate the last few days. But I’ve now made good choices a habit. And as long as I don’t sway from those habits too long, I won’t lose all I’ve learned. 

Lessons learned. All these new tools I have at my disposal for getting healthy and fit aren’t just tools, or programs. This is my LIFE. This is me choosing my lifestyle. How I want to eat, how I want to feel. I no longer let emotions, especially negative ones guide my lifestyle as much anymore. And that is GOLD!

 

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Lessons Learned

  1. No experience is ever a waste of time. No matter how badly you think you are doing it, you are LEARNING.
  2. Get out of my way, my own way. I seriously can get lost in my own mind games I play with myself and looking at thing from a defeatist standpoint. Instead, I need to take what I have learned and use it to better myself and then get back up and start again. 
  3. Good habits can not only be learned, but retained and called upon even when you may sabotage yourself. 
  4. I need better organizational skills.
  5. I’m only human!

 

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Takeaways:

  • I’m thinking about starting a PCS nutrition group soon because I’m so excited about my nutrition plan and how it’s completely changed my daily habits and choices.
  • I really need to work on my organizational skills so I don’t get so overwhelmed.
  • I’m thankful for my fitness programs and PCS because, I’m only human!

 

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Charlottesville VA.

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Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, Heather Hayer and Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen died in the events surrounding the white nationalist rally Saturday in Charlottesville VA. 

 

 

I don’t have much to say because hate groups SHOULD be something of the past, especially here in the USA. We fought a war here in the United States called the Civil War to abolish cruelty and the inhumanity white privilege held onto, and the side against slavery and white supremacy LOST. We fought a war to prevent bigotry, supremacy and hatred in Germany, and against all odds, humanity won.
There is a fine line crossed with freedom of speech when that speech is a message of hate, discrimination and bigotry. 
#RestInPeace
Heather D. Heyer
Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen
Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates

How to Help in the Wake of Charlottesville

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Dance In That Rain!

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I’ve had a SUPER busy, preoccupied kind of week last week.  I just never seemed to find time to blog 😒 and it feels like it’s been forever. So yeah, the week/weekend took me away a bit and definitely distracted me from some of my goals. But I had fun and spent time with doing good things, seeing great friends and spending quality time with the hubby and that made for a great weekend! No regrets!

I was working on G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. projects all week. Which was so much fun, and since I’m not at allllll artsy, I chose tasks that were close to heart and made up of all kinds of random kindness. Indeed very me. 

I also went to a picnic in the rain to say farewell to a few people we know who are leaving the area. Surprisingly a picnic in the rain (under a shelter) isn’t half bad. The rain was nice. I spent a few extra minutes in the Jeep listening to rain fall on the roof while hubby went ahead to the picnic.  We have a soft top and I love the sound of the raindrops. I nearly fell asleep lol. We ran into our friends Greg & Jade who we haven’t seen in quite a while. It was awesome to catch up and just chill a minute.

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Saturday we went to the New Breed Championships. They are a jiu jitsu,  muy Thai and general mixed martial arts competition. One of our close friends daughter was in competition there for her team/training dojo,  OutFox. It’s crazy how good these kids are. Dedication and commitment mixed with a lot of heart and love for their sport. Keith and I walked away feeling like we just visited a tight community. We are so proud of Lily’s accomplishments. This was her FIRST real competition and she had to go up against someone at a higher skill set than she was in. She held her own and all and all she did am amazing job for her first real go at it competitively. 

We were going to go to Busch Gardens afterwards but it was still rainy and Keith’s till suffering an ankle injury (rain doesn’t help). So we decided to stay home and just have a lazy weekend spending some quality time together. The week was kind of non stop for both of us between work, working out and events going on. We didn’t even hit the computers much. We just wanted some quiet time to make plans, dream and just “be”. 

Then last night and some baaaaaad salsa. Not a great way to end a beautiful week, but I’ll take it because the rest was magical!

That’s where I’ve been, taking a few days technologically low key. And now a new week begins and so does a new round of the fitness program I’m doing as well as getting back to some run training and tweaking our PCS a little more. 

G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. 2017

It’s been forever since I blogged, or at least that’s how it’s felt since my birthday. I’ve been busy doing things and stuff …

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What things and stuff? G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. was one! Sadly this may be the last year Misha Collins will be doing the greatest scavenger hunt/random acts of kindness event EVER. BUT, I just saw this posted on his Facebook wall. “We create, therefore we live. It’s been a great ride, guys. Saddle up… I can’t wait to tell you where we’re going next. #gishwhes” So hopefully we will be up to more shenanigans next year!!

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G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. – What is it?


“g.i.s.h.w.h.e.s. (which stands for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen) is a 7-time Guinness World Record breaking scavenger hunt hosted by Misha Collins that you can compete in from anywhere in the world (even from your own home!). 
Many of the participants claim the Hunt is a life-changing experience that either pulled them out of their shell and completely changed their lives, or drove them insane… many others say it’s simply a great way to spend a week of their summer (or winter for those Gishers on the other half of the planet).”

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I was on team “Birdhouse In Your Soul” and we spent a week doing good deeds, showering love on people and doing random acts of silliness. I didn’t have time to accomplish many tasks, but what I did finish meant a lot to me and gave birth to a new regular volunteering task I plan to pick up. So what did I do?

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💜 I was abducted by aliens who were searching for specific traits for their specimens. Mine was my empathy and I was abducted in Virginia Beach, VA. This was silly. And I don’t do silly well, or often. But if I were abducted, this was why my hubby thought they would grab me, my empathy. 💙

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💜 I wrote a Haiku. My Haiku was for my Ippo. She got sick on my birthday last year and sadly lost her battle within a few weeks. This was a difficult project to undertake. I was an emotional mess. But I knew it was meant for this moment. It’s now another moment in my healing process. I miss her enormously. 💙

💜 I visited a large military ship (the Wisconsin) and held up a sign for all to see. A thank you to all who serve and served to protect our country. There weren’t many people there, but it still meant a lot to be there and reflect on all who give of themselves for others. 💙

💜 I decorated and delivered a cake with a message to someone(s) that I’ve always wanted to say. Mine I was lucky enough to do on my birthday, bringing my own cake. But decorated with “Thanks For Being My Friends” and presenting it as a surprise. It ended up being one of my most meaningful birthdays ever. And I plan to make it a tradition now every year to do an act of gratitude to celebrate my day 💙

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💜 I planted a bee loving plant and pollinated it wearing a bee costume (thank you INKnBURN!). My hubby thought I was supposed to do it by booty dancing. My team all agreed, some foot action was required. 💙

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💜 At a local laundromat I used decorated envelopes to leave enough for a wash and dry for three people. This is another I plan to do again in the future. The people in the laundromat just gave us funny looks, unsure what we were doing. And it made it all the better knowing their smiles when they picked up envelopes after we left 💙

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💜 And lastly, hubby and I took some non perishable food donations to a local youth shelter. They help kids who are from abusive homes and runaways. This meant more than I even knew it would, I walked out teary eyed and happy to find out that not only do they accepts monetary and food/other physical donations, but they need occasional volunteers too. They take the kids on outings and need help with the outings so the kids are safe and rules are being followed, etc… They had actually just returned from visiting a horse rescue. That rescue also takes in the abused and abandoned. My heart was bursting.  I don’t talk about it publicly much, but I was abused and emotionally neglected for most of the years before my 14th birthday. My mother abused alcohol and prescription meds and me. She also verbally abused a lot of other family members through the yearsThis was important for me, a random act of kindness for myself retroactive 💙

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A BIG thank you to a great team! And a HUGE thank you to Misha Collins for putting his heart on his sleeve and becoming involved with making the world a better place through art, silliness, and random acts of kindness and love 

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Just a project I was working on at the site of the USS Wisconsin

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Thanks to all who serve, all who served and all who will serve! 

“Berthed at Nauticus, the Battleship Wisconsin is one of the largest and last battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy. Explore its deck through a self-guided tour or, with an additional charge, our guided Topside Tour that will take you back in time to experience this majestic ship that earned five battle stars during WW II.”

“The Hampton Roads Naval Museum is owned and operated by the United States Navy and located on level two of Nauticus. The museum houses a rich collection of authentic uniforms, weaponry, underwater artifacts, detailed ship models and artwork. For more information, please visit www.hrnm.navy.mil.”

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History

“Battleship Wisconsin (BB-64), an Iowa-class battleship, was the second ship of the United States Navy named in honor of the 30th state. Her keel was laid down on January 25, 1941 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. She was launched on December 7, 1943 sponsored by Mrs. Walter S. Goodland, and commissioned on April 16, 1944, with Captain Earl E. Stone in command.”

“After her trials and initial training in the Chesapeake Bay, Wisconsin departed Norfolk, Virginia, on July 7, 1944, bound for the British West Indies. Following her shakedown, conducted out of Trinidad, the third Iowa-class battleship to join the Fleet returned to her builder’s yard for post-shakedown repairs and alterations.”

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Stats

  • Displacement – 45,000 tons
  • Displacement – 58,000 tons loaded
  • Length – 887′ 3″
  • Beam – 108′ 2″
  • Draft – 37′ 8″
  • Speed – 33 knots
  • Complement – 1,600
  • Armament – 9 16″, 20 5″, 80 40mm., 49 20mm.
  • Propulsion: Steam turbines, 8 600 psi boilers, 4 shafts, 212,000 shp
  • Class – Iowa

Battleship Wisconsin Chronology

  • January 25, 1941 – Keel Laid Down by Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard
  • December 7, 1943 – Launched
  • April 16, 1944 – Commissioned
  • July 1, 1948 – Decommissioned
  • March 3, 1951 – Recommissioned for Korean War Service
  • March 8, 1958 – Decommissioned
  • October 22, 1988 – Recommissioned as part of President Reagan’s 600 Ship Navy
  • September 30, 1991 – Decommissioned
  • February 12, 1998 – Reinstated on the Naval Vessels Register, in reserve
  • December 7, 2000 – Battleship Wisconsin Moved To Nauticus Berthing

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USS Wisconsin Facebook

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So You Want To Run A Race…

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A few tips from me based on mistakes I’ve already made:

💡Don’t forget strength training! Strength training is the thing that helping me with not only endurance, but speed too. The stronger your body is the more efficiently it works as a whole unit. And a strong core will help you maintain good posture, while strong hip flexors help you keep form and endurance when you run. Strength training adds resiliency to your joints, connective tissue and muscles which helps prevent those nasty injuries runners get from repetitive motions. 

💡Get a running plan that works for YOU and your lifestyle and prepare yourself for those races. Don’t commit to training for a half marathon if you don’t have the time to fit the training in for a half marathon. You run the risk of hurting yourself (which I did) and potentially disappointing yourself (which I did). 

💡Don’t try to run a marathon if your still running in the back on 5k’s. This is just my opinion. You can’t expect yourself to be ready to run something you are nowhere near trained for. Even mentally if you are focusing too many steps ahead in your goals, you lose sight of the place you are actually at. And your training will falter.
And seriously, if you are training for a half marathon or marathon, get a training plan. And find a training team or get together with a running club. It will help you along the way. And they will keep you motivated when you reach lulls in your training, or are lacking motivation. I myself haven’t run even a half. But I know many who have. And you will go through highs and lows during training. The longer races require not only physical endurance but a lot of mental endurance, mental muscle and even emotional endurance. 

💡Make sure you are fueling your body right. Just stop eating junk and eat clean, period. Hydration is CRUCIAL. If you plan to run longer races, research nutrition and half marathon/marathon training. Nutrient timing can also be important when you eat and run! 

💡We need sleep and rest for muscles to recover and repair. Even when just exercising you need to give your body the time it needs to heal and repair itself. And sleep the night before your race event!! Find ways to calm your nerves the night before (no, don’t go drinking) and get a good nights sleep. Make bed time prep a thing. Plan out how and when in the hours before bed that you will get yourself relaxed and ready for a peaceful nights sleep. 

💡I really can’t emphasize enough the power of not only doing things with a group or team, but also sharing what you do with others. It helps keep you motivated and honest in your training and helps inspire others to achieve what maybe they thought was impossible. Be a lighthouse for others and share your journey!

💡Good gear. And I’m not just talking fashion here. Although, for some looking good out there boosts them up and in turn helps them run faster. Let’s talk about your shoes though. It’s recommended;  switching your shoes every 300-500 miles, and having at least 2 pairs for training. Compression pants, sleeves and socks all are super helpful to recovery. And foam rollers, you scoff, but they are amazing for helping your muscles recover. Plus there are a bazillion apps, watches and heart monitors out there. Hubby and I both use Garmin Vivoactive HR. We’ve been using Garmin for a while and not too long ago upgraded to the Vivoactive HR to get out of a chest strap. We both love it. My biggest complaint is, it’s kind of bigger ?? for a woman’s wrist. Well I myself really would prefer a slimmer look anyway. BUT it works beautifully!

💡With any fitness routine, program or run training you need to learn to listen to your body. You might get all super pumped and motivated, but you shouldn’t skip a rest day. And if your feeling sick, give yourself a break. You have to trust the process and that includes healing processes. Don’t try to run on an injury! You are human, not a machine. 

💡Believe you can. The power of positive thought isn’t just personal development mumbo jumbo. Positive thinking keeps your mood elevated and when your mood is elevated you tend to stay on top of your game. Visualizing your goals helps you keep focus on your destination and helps you alleviate your anxiety about getting there.

💡Make sure a race is legit. From time to time scammers make fake races to steal your money and then close websites down while they happily run with your cash. This is another area that if you are new to the running world, a local running club, running shoe store, or running trainer will know more first hand about. 

💡Don’t forget to enjoy the heck out of yourself. Both in training and on race day. You have to enjoy what your doing, or what’s the point? You trained hard for this day, love it to pieces!!!