Adventures in Pregnancy – Confession

I have a confession to make, and it’s not one of those silly cutesy confessions, sadly.

Sara snapped this pic of me in Arizona while I was shell hunting with the kids, and while my first thought should have been “oh so fun, a pic of awesome memories with her kiddos!”, my thoughts instead jumped right to holy. fucking. shit… my thighs are NOT carrying pregnancy well AT ALL.

And they aren’t, that much is true. But it bothers me that instead of focusing on the beauty of pregnancy and ALL the parts that come with it – the good, the bad, and the seemingly ugly – I zeroed in on a massive flaw.

Pregnancy has changed my body a LOT, and I have struggled with this change a little more than I’d like to admit, because for 36+ years my weight has never fluctuated much if at all; I’ve always been proportionate and petite.

That’s just what I know.

But I’m here experiencing the. very. best. reason to gain weight.
I’m here experiencing the. very. best. reason for body changes.
I’m here experiencing the. very. best. reason for growth, and fatigue, and perhaps even some discomfort.

And so I checked myself and I thanked her for this picture. And I hope someday I’ll look back on this and remember all the adventures I took my baby on in utero, and smile instead of focusing on any flaws.

Because again, while I have fleeting moments that challenge me, I am SO VERY grateful to be able to experience pregnancy, and I will do better with giving my body a break as it continues with the hardest, yet most rewarding thing it has ever experienced.

Were you critical of your body during pregnancy?

Thankful Thursday – Type 1 Diabetes treatment

I am STUNNED.

I had blood work today, 3 months after we began treating me as a Type 1 Diabetic, after treating as a Type 2 the previous 8+ years.

It’s been a LONG TIME since I left my doctors office happy and feeling positive! 😊

As a Type 2, I was doing everything right (but not perfectly), and it was actually making me worse… consistently boosting my numbers and well, to say that was defeating and frustrating wouldn’t even begin to cover it.

And I’ll admit to serious resistance to treat as Type 1 because as I have been very open about, the idea of more needles/injections was absolutely nauseating.

But I agreed to give it a try because, while I hate to use the word ‘desperation’, that’s what my attempts to get my Diabetes under control had become, and I honestly couldn’t stand that.

The bad results despite my efforts were stressing me out, which was making said results even worse. It was a vicious cycle and I finally recognized I couldn’t keep doing this hamster wheel junk.

And my first visit since we changed my course of treatment (a month into the new treatment), I wasn’t too impressed BUT I did decide I was going to trust my DOCTOR when he told me to trust my BODY – that this period of adjustment was both necessary and normal; that my body was doing what it needed to do.

(And it was HARD to trust the process… but believe it or not, I can DO hard things!)

I went in today expecting bad numbers because honestly, October kicked my ass; my stress levels were through the roof and I ate every ounce of my emotions.

But here, today, he gave me my lowest numbers in over 4 years. He gave me a number that, while still having room for improvement, has me sitting pretty as a controlled Diabetic… and that’s what I have longed for, that’s what I have been working towards for YEARS.

It’s still work, on my end… day in, day out. But the takeaway here, for me, is it’s important to stay open minded and be willing to go out of your comfort zone to do what’s best for yourself. You are worth that.

Sometimes it’s what you resist the most that can also HELP you the most!

Think About It Thursday – Opportunity

Are you SHINING as brightly as you could be?

When you go to bed at night, do you sleep well, feeling satisfaction, content, and HAPPY with where your life is?

No? Then it’s time for a change, wouldn’t you say?

Curious if Beachbody is the change you need? Let’s chat! No, I won’t beg you, or pressure you, or swear it’s for you if it wouldn’t actually be a good fit – I will simply listen to your needs, and we can see if this solution fits those needs, pressure-free!

Tip Tuesday – Personal Development

When it feels like you will never get where you want to go…. dive into personal development.

When it feels like no one is listening, dive into personal development.
When you feel small and insignificant, dive into personal development.
When you feel down, sad, uninspired, or unmotivated, dive into personal development.
If it feels like you are simply treading water, DIVE into personal development.
I could keep going, but I think you get the point!
 personal dev
Every single Beachbody success story, and probably every single success story PERIOD… they credit personal development. Because it works. It’s a crucial part of any journey – you need to constantly be learning and evolving and developing, or you stay stagnant and get stale.
My mentors recommend 10 minutes a day minimum, but I aim for 30. I LOVE learning, I love finding new ways to deal with life’s intricacies, learning more about myself and how to shine even brighter.
Some people don’t like to read, which is why audio podcasts come in handy – these are not currently an option for me due to my hearing loss, but I love books and reading, so it all works out 🙂
Just dive in. Be open minded, and dive in. Personal development is the key to any and all obstacles! You can do anything, you just gotta believe!

Motivation Monday – Change your life…

change your life by changing the lives of others

Every Beachbody event I attend, I leave feeling 50 feet tall. I leave feeling inspired, empowered, capable, strong, and confident.

The culture that Beachbody works hard to cultivate is one of the best things about this “job” – I truly cannot put into words how amazing it is. It feels awesome to feel confident in your own skin, to feel capable of achieving your dreams, and to feel empowered enough to pay it forward.

This Summit is no different – last year my biz partner and I were so jazzed up, we spent the plane ride home masterminding… we are taking separate flights home today, but we will for sure be riding the Summit wave and taking our business to the next level, and I could not be more excited about it.

Because I want to be able to focus on each one of you and truly get you to where you can be yourself and shine, I am limiting my next Coach mentorship to 5 people. Men or women, young or younger, anyone who would like to change their life while helping others change theirs is welcome.

Reserve your spot now!

You can go as far as you are willing to dream and believe. Your mind is the only thing holding you back.

Don’t you want to see what you are TRULY capable of?

Thankful Thursday – Beachbody Coach Summit

Y’all have probably seen that I am a Beachbody Coach – I try not to be obnoxious about it on here because I know people have very thin patience for that stuff, sometimes, but I do try to run my business and I adore helping others; I always have since I was a little girl, it just makes me feel good and like I do a small part to improve this massive world.

coaching changes lives - yours, and others.

Next week is Coach Summit in Nashville, and this will be my second year attending, and I am excited. I am grateful, I am thankful.

You see, it may sound silly, but I cried endless tears over my Diabetes diagnosis. Out of fear, out of frustration… I sobbed. I was terrified, and really worried about how I was going to get this under control.

I don’t think she knew it at the time, but when Rebecca approached me about joining her Challenge Group, I was ambivalent and doubtful, but I decided to do it just because I didn’t have anything to lose, and it was going to help her out, and I was all for that aspect.

If you asked me then if I knew that would turn into what it has, I would have laughed, hard. I never had any intention of helping anyone – in fact, I distinctly remember saying “who wants to take health advice from a Diabetic?!”

I mean, that seems counterintuitive, am I right? But such is the beauty of trusting in the Universe… she had plans for me. She was going to help me help myself by helping others. She was going to show me how strong I am, how inspiring and relate-able I could be, and how I could be the light for others desperate to see some light on their path.

I still struggle to believe I have any value to add, and its during these times that my teammates, and my challengers, somehow, someway, manage to chime in and remind me that I do bring value, and I am grateful for that.

The Beachbody opportunity really has done wonders for my self esteem, confidence, my ability to power through and it’s also kept me accountable and on track with my own health – something I TRULY needed and was desperate to achieve.

It’s never easy. but some battles are worth fighting – and yes, this is totally one of them.

So next week, when I am immersed in a wonderful city full of people who feel exactly the same way I do, people who radiate light and love and encouragement, I will think back to how it all started – with a question – and I will be so thankful that this turned into the answer that I needed.

We are all in this together!

 

Motivation Monday – Mind over Matter

Happy Monday!

Mindset is spoken of frequently on my team… because its SUPER important!

Basically, mindset controls everything, affects everything, and changes everything. If you get into the mindset that you can do anything, or if you can’t YET you will keep going until you can, your body will follow. But if your body is getting the cue from your mind that nah, we can’t do this… of course your body will listen.

Your body is taking all of its cues from your brain – your mind. Send out positive, can-do vibes, and your mind will soak them up. Put out “I can’t do this vibes” and nope, you can’t.

your body cant go where you mind wont push it

Actually push your body. This is where the change comes, pushing and going further. Keep going, keep pushing, keep trying.