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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Tuesday Was A Strength Day

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Day 15/21/Round 1/Strength: 45 

 

🔷 When you feel you can’t do even one more rep

🔷 Tell yourself you can

🔷 Tell yourself you have unlimited untapped potential

🔷 Tell yourself you are strong

🔷 Tell yourself you can do just one more

🔷 Then do it again

 

 

 

 

Last Chance Birthday Giveaway!

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The next 3 people who sign up for our SYSOF Shift challenge group will get free gifts from ME!! What free are the gifts you ask? I’ve been talking about the amazing nutrition plan I’ve been tweaking for the last week or so, I want to get you started in the right direction! Learning portion control and the right balance of nutrients is super important to not only your weight loss journey, but for every day healthy living. The perfect compliment to your new commitment to fitness is what awaits 3 of you! Happy Healthy Journey to you!

Fixate: Cookbook + Containers
($34+ value)

But !!! HURRRRY !!!, this offer is good ONLY

💠till 11:59pm August 9th, 2017 (today) EST!💠

💠and signing up through the link below!💠

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Catching Up on Round One Updates & Progress

 

 

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First let me apologize. I fully planned to nightly update my workout progress but eh, life got in the way. I’ve been super busy with new projects and well, life.

I’m doing some new training for work and I’ve been thoroughly engrossed in that and learning all kinds of new ideas for business building and mindset. Having your own business has all kinds of bonuses but it also means you have to dig deep to keep yourself organized and focused on your goals. The training has been immensely helpful and will be an amazing addition to training my team now and in the future.

I’ve also joined a team who is doing Gishwhes for it’s final year. And the scavengering has begun so my team has been dividing duties and creating and imagining and dreaming up all sorts of fabulous ideas! We would love to win this the final year, the trip is to Hawaii! I’ve done Gishwhes once before and it was a lot of fun but it was when I was going through a particularly rough time in life and my head wasn’t in the fun and festivities as much as it should have or could have been. I’m trying to make up for it this year! I can’t really tell you much about what we’ve done so far because, shhhhh it’s all very secretive. But later, I will be able to show you what we’ve been up to!

Hubby and I have been spending some serious time discussing future plans and goals and where we may want to move away too next. As of right now California, Florida, Washington and mayyyyyybee Hawaii are tops on our list. But again for right now this is just in the serious talking stages of development.

Now that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working out and getting some small amounts of run training in. But it did mean I’ve had little time to write blog posts.

One things for sure, I’m getting stronger, faster and more agile and these are the non-scale victories I’ve been focused on. Come winter I want to FINALLY get back to signing up and running some races, and maybe even doing some distances I haven’t yet.  I’m really owing it all to the program I’m doing, my superfood shake and the #PCS I’ve been on for all these non scale victories and my steady weight loss. 

Spent the day prepping food for the week and setting up the weeks schedule and am so impressed with how amazing everyone is doing in our SYSOF Shift group!

I start week 3 of my first round tomorrow but everyone in the group is in all different stages of the program. So make sure you send me an email if you want an available spot in our group!

My mentor Amy was in the very first test group and she killed it! Her results alone show shows just how AMAZING this program really is. And the other’s I posted in the pic are just a teeny tiny few examples of how everyone in our group is CRUSHING goals and killing this program! From non-scale victories to some pretty emotional and phenomenal weight loss victories along with everyone becoming empowered and conquering what’s held them back in the past this isn’t JUST a weight loss journey for us, it’s a whole mind/body experience and everyone is feeling fabulous!!!

How do you want to be feeling when Labor Day rolls around?

 

 

08/04/2017 – 08/06/2017
Round 01/ – Days  12/21, 13/21 + program rest day
Speed: 35/Strength: 35 & today was an off day so I walked 

 

yesterday was…Round 1 Day 12/21

 

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Yesterday

08/04/2017
Round 01/ – Day 12/21
Strength +

Stamina, that was my focus for the day. Athletically, stamina is really what your focus is on once you know how to preform an exercise, movement or sport with proper form. Getting one movement, one rotation, one step right, then repeating it as many times as you can over again with proper form and accuracy and from there you build. 

💪🏽Fitness is only a part of the equation of good health.

Your health starts on the inside. You must nourish your body with the proper nutrition 🍎🥑🥕🍠🥗 if you want to make healthy, permanent lifelong change. You can’t expect just a quick fix to actually fix your health issues. You gotta put in the work and make a lifestyle change. Fitness + nutrition + mindset = Success

Using PCS with good whole foods has been the key to me getting healthier inside and out. I grew up in a meat, potatoes household. ⚠️Where heavy carbs, red meat, pastries and processed sugars were in abundance⚠️. This has been a hard cycle to break. Emotional eating started for me very young. I grew up in a troubled, abusive home. My bedroom was my refuge and food was at times my only friend. These habits stay with you as you grow up, becoming an addiction. 

My eating habits are vastly improved since I started using the PCS, I’ve been relearning how to eat for living a healthy life. The last few years I’ve played around with veganism and 🥕 vegetarian 🍆 nutrition plans. I’ve even researched 🍊Fruitarian🍉 nutrition. For me, I was never healthy living off a vegan plan even though it completely felt 🐷🐬🦈ethically correct with my conscience. I simply don’t believe it’s healthy to consume so much processed commercially made food substitutions. And a vegetarian diet is much more conducive for my nutritional needs, but having an omnivore husband always leaves me cooking multiple meals. Fruitarian is fun and super delicious I will admit, but it was lacking for me nutritionally. I finally had to stop yo-yoing around with it and do what is nutritionally best for me, my cooking skills at the present time and for what my body needs to be strong, lean and balanced.

Now time for some honesty here. I’ve struggled with ethical eating for a very very very long time. It’s caused me to eat and feel enormous guilt, and eat and not be healthy. It HAD to stop. Plus my husband and I had to settle on a nutrition plan we could BOTH be not only comfortable with, but could tweak to being more and more ethically kind over time. 

 ☯️ I feel I’m finally finding some balance now. With utilizing the PCS and being primarily vegetarian + some sea food; mainly cod, some times shrimp, and (no dolphin, shark, whale, etc…) , + eggs and occasionally chicken + Shakeology, I am finding my nutritional needs more balanced, it’s something my husband can get on board with, and while still dealing with my conscience (about the fish and shrimp and occasional chicken ),  I am feeling this is the best choice for us right now. We will,  over time use less and less fish and shrimp as I learn more about cooking vegetarian meals.

Shakeology is HUGE for me nutritionally since I KNOW I don’t eat enough of the nutrients I should every day + it curbs all those afternoon cravings I get + it IS my daily vitamin + ummmm…it’s a decadent (yet super healthy) milkshake!

There’s no one size fits all as far as nutrition is concerned. Everyone has dietary preferences and even ethical preferences that they struggle with. But not all diets are created equal either. 🛑⚠️Diets high in red meats, processed foods, and refined sugars are notoriously bad for your health ⚠️🛑. 

And in summary…

🌷And that’s the beauty of the PCS and all of the nutrition plans that come with the at home workout programs I do. You can accommodate your style of nutrition while learning the healthiest of choices for a nutrition plan for life 🍃.

 

Shift Shop – Round 1 Day 05/21

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07/28/17
Round 1 – Day 05/21
Shift Shop – Speed:25 + extra weight training & yoga stretch

Sorry I’m late with a recap and it’s gonna be short sweet and to the point😘 because I’m playing all kinds of catch today! 

It was a busy busy day yesterday! Started off early at the asymca for some weight work and yoga stretches with some friends (Rachel & Erin). Then we headed to Red Wing Park to hide the rocks we painted earlier in the week. This was for the #KindnessRocksProject;  similar to random acts of kindness;  only with rocks, paint and motivational sayings or words of encouragement.  Unfortunately I forgot mine at home so Erin had painted a few and her little girl chose the Love Life ❤️ rock they painted for me to hide. All the kids had fun, and the adults too 😊 🙃 Plus when we arrived back full circle to the picnic shelter where we started, we spotted a couple families finding our hidden gems and the kids were all jumping up and down so excited to see their labor of love come to fruition before their eyes 😍 

Then it was back home for Shift Shop Speed:25!!! I love love love the speed work in shift shop! I get to work on my agility which is super important for me! I was in such a hurry though to get going I completely forgot to take any pictures or video 😕 But, I didn’t have time for do-overs of any kind, I had to get ready for dinner out with our besties. 

Keith and met up at Abuelo’s for a birthday dinner for Wendy. Her hubby, their son, our friends Rachel and Shaun and their two girls all had a nice low key dinner to celebrate her special day.  So seriously the entire day just flew by!

Also I will be changing up my nutrition this weekend and for the rest of Shift Shop! I needed to tweak a few things and go through food some foods we still had lingering in the house. Plus I wanted to get back to simplifying meals. This makes it easier when your busy, plus your shopping list is smaller and you tend to have less waste.  And I’m really working towards 95% vegetarianism. I tried being vegan for a while and I couldn’t get enough clean nutrition in me. I will incorporate eggs and sustainable seafood into my diet. My hubby has now committed to working towards adopting my evo-pescatarian clean eating nutrition plan. 

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How The Shift Shop Nutrition Plan Works

 

The Simple Shift Plan is straightforward and simple to figure out: You take a quick little quiz to find your calorie level, then find the corresponding plan that tells you how much to eat from a series of color-coded food lists.

While the nutrition plan for Shift Shop isn’t technically a Portion Fix program, it does work with the Beachbody Portion Control Container System   If you don’t use this system, I strongly recommend doing so. The Portion Fix program COMPLETELY changed my level of success with weight loss! The Shift Shop nutrition plan isn’t a low carb plan, it’s a lower carb/best carb plan. It’s a nutrition plan that will really help those who have a bad carb addiction, or those who gain weight from carbs easily. 

At the start of the program, carbohydrates make up 40 percent of your daily diet, dipping down to 30 percent by Week Three. It’s not far off from Paleo eating, thanks to the progressive elimination of grains and legumes. The exception to is the inclusion of diary, but thanks to the extensive list of choices in the protein food list, those foods can easily be left out. It’s also not a keto diet, where carbs dip down to 10 percent of your diet.

WEEK 1: The first week features a pretty standard balance of macronutrients with a moderate amount of starches and legumes (beans and peas).

WEEK 2: The second week cuts back the starches and increases the protein.

WEEK 3: Now it’s time to get serious.You’re eating starch- and legume-free so that all your carbs come from vegetables and fruit. 

But all nutrition plans can be tweaked for Shift Shop. Including Vegetarian and Vegan plans, which is where I will be back to focusing on 95% of the time. This is the nutrition plan tweaking for Shift Shop I feel most comfortable with. The results shouldn’t be too much different, BUT as I said the Shift Shop nutrition plan slowly changes your carb intake over time. So if you do it Vegan/Vegetarian your choices will be a bit more limited, but still totally do-able!