making contact and the real deal

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hubby’s dramatic selfie

 

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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Shift Shop – Round 1 Day 08/21 + Progress By The Numbers

 

That shake 👆🏽 is the best way to start a morning! Chocolate + coconut, yum!

07/31/17
Round 1 – Day 08/21
Shift Shop – Speed:35 

Ugh…I never posted this before I went to bed last night. I was soooooo sleepy from all the walking the day before and then hitting Speed:35 in the morning. It was definitely a Monday, and I spent all day playing catch up after a super busy weekend. But I still got my workout done in the morning before getting out of the apartment for the afternoon. 

So, Speed:35…whoa 10 minutes longer than last week now. And you wouldn’t think 10 minutes was much right? 

Speed:35 is no joke!!!

When the Shop Rule is “Don’t let the move finish you, you finish the move”, you know it’s gonna be tough!!! All I can say is that yesterday morning was rough after walking all day on Sunday 😅💦  This program ramps up every week. You do the same workouts for a week and then it increases in duration, intensity and speed so it’s constantly challenging you, making you stronger and FASTER. 

Fast forward to today and my legs are jello 😳 But today is a strength day with Shift Shop and I’m also heading out for an afternoon training run. I’ll be working different muscle groups today than I have been the last couple,  and I’m ready for it!

I may need a nap when I’m done 😴 😅

 

 

This nutrition plan is EVERYTHING! I love PCF + The Shift Shop Nutrition Plan

It’s not easy to do this as a vegetarian or vegan but only because of how the Shift Shop nutrition plan limits what carbs you can eat. You still eat carbs, just very specific ones. But the best thing about Portion Fix is that you can tweak it for whatever nutritional needs you have. The Shift Shop nutrition plan is geared specifically for the best results from the workout plan. You are building lean muscle and The SHIFT has us changing up our meal plan this week reducing the more starchy carbs and increasing our greens and proteins. 

Some starches can be metabolized as quickly and even quicker than sugar, which means that they can rapidly increase your blood sugar levels after eating. Reducing your starch and sugar intake is a good way to control your weight and blood sugar levels and improve your cardiovascular risk profile. This also allows the transition from using glucose as our primary cellular fuel to using fat instead. And that should be a gigantic nutritional goal for those who are over weight or obese. Using your own fat to fuel your body will help you melt away the pounds.

 

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Progress By The Numbers

Oh, and I promised you an update on my progress! I’m really pleased with my progress. Especially when throwing in a weeks vacation where I had limited control over food choices. Even forgoing workouts and opting for walking all day on some days. I owe a lot of it to PCF! I’ve done some tweaking with my nutrition plan and you know what? That’s ok. Every person is different and some times you have to change things up. That’s the beauty of these programs and our training, we have the skillz 😜

It feels good to be in a place where everything fits. Where I’m getting healthier without some trendy fad. Some times people think losing weight and getting healthy is complicated and hard. But really it’s not, not when you have the right tools to make permanent change. 

I’m always here if you need the help getting started. I’m just an email away 💙

 

 

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A Worrier Or A Warrior?

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Worrier or Warrior?

Do you stress over even the little things; things you may not even have control over?        
I was a major worrier, some time still am.
Maybe you aren’t but perhaps you are surrounded by them…
this is often not much better, maybe even worse.
Or it triggers your worry
Or you find yourself in an endless cycle of supporting each others negativity
Worriers spread doubt and oppress our own potential.
Worriers usually think they are helping you, some times even saving you.
When you are facing the big decisions in your life, there is no room for worry.
There is no room for fear. Logic yes, unrealistic or far reaching fears, NO.
Those people will say “well what if you fail?
What if it’s too hard?
What if you are never successful?
You know what you tell them…
What if I FLY!??
What if I am the catalyst that changes someones LIFE?
What if I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
What if I CAN manifest my DREAMS and make them all TRUTHS?
WHAT IF I FEEL LIKE A WARRIOR, not a worrier?
Be the WARRIOR not a worrier!
And let them eat their words for breakfast!

💙 Susan

 

07/24/17 Diary – Round 1 Day 1/21 Shift Shop

 

07/24/17
Round 1 – Day 01/21
Shift Shop – Speed:25
You can accomplish so much more then you think.  Some days you just got to get outta your own head and just do it.  Love yourself, challenge yourself, and believe in yourself, every single day! 

square-rounded-xxlFRUITS  square-ios-app-512CARBS  red-square-hiPROTEINS  orange-square-hiSEEDS & DRESSINGS  green-square-hiVEGETABLES  blue-square-hiHEALTHY FATS   black-square-mdFREE FOODS   🥄TEASPOONS

BEACHBODY PERFORMANCE: ENERGIZE, HYDRATE & RECOVER

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Hubby did his own thing for breakfast and lunch, for dinner I did use the container fix system for his portions!

BREAKFAST

red-square-hi Vegan Chocolate Shakeology

blue-square-hi Unsweetened Coconut Milk + black-square-md Water & Ice

 

SNACK AND PRE-WORKOUT

red-square-hi So Delicious Coconut Yogurt/Plain

Beachbody Performance Energize w/water

 

LUNCH

green-square-hi Baby Spinach

orange-square-hi Sunflower Seeds

square-rounded-xxl Strawberries

orange-square-hi Coconut Oil

 

SNACK AND POST-WORKOUT

Beachbody Performance Recover w/water

green-square-hi Baby Carrots

🥄 Almond Butter

 

DINNER

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square-rounded-xxl Fuji Apple

black-square-md Ground Cinnamon

blue-square-hi Earth Balance Butter

(The above was all cut into chunks and baked together in a casserole dish)

red-square-hi Chicken Breast/Beyond Meat Chicken Strips

 

Trading ego for true power

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When we get out of the glass bottles of our ego,
and when we escape like squirrels turning in the
cages of our personality
and get into the forests again,
we shall shiver with cold and fright
but things will happen to us
so that we don’t know ourselves.
Cool, unlying life will rush in,
and passion will make our bodies taut with power,
we shall stamp our feet with new power
and old things will fall down,
we shall laugh, and institutions will curl up like
burnt paper.

– D.H. Lawrence

One Month!

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What a difference a month can make! Just ONE month! Both of these photo’s were taken at different times of the morning a month a part. So no makeup, no filter, not even a hair brush in site. As far as I’m concerned this is striped down simple facts. And I’m so proud of myself. THIS is what a little bit of determination, showing up every day for yourself and a fab support team can help you accomplish! I am so ready for more Shaun Week on rotation, more wholesome good nutrition, Shift Shop’s release, more positive vibes from the #SYSOFshift team and yes, another Diet Bet! Or Step Bet. I may even start one of my own! I just want to show the world what doing these workouts, Shakeology and good nutrition can really help you accomplish! In ONE month!!! 

ps….the lower loss in my waist in hips is that problem area I have written about before. This means I need to lower my carbs and tweak my macro percentages. People who carry weight in their midsection tend to have issues with metabolizing and burning off calories from carbs. So time to tweak my nutrition. And that’s what this is all about. Making adjustments for a lifestyle change. Not a DIEt!

Get in on the this!