Tell Me Tuesday – Strength

Tell Me Tuesday!

What is YOUR definition or understanding of strength?

And I don’t mean just physically – there are mental feats, emotional feats, spiritual feats… there are so many different kinds of strength!

What’s something you consider to be a sign of strength?

 

 

Monday Musings – Coach Life

I really love coaching because in a world full of things I can’t control and don’t enjoy, Coaching allows me to control several facets of my life, fuel my feel good tank by helping others feel good, and I ENJOY helping people, I ENJOY keeping myself accountable, I ENJOY my groups, teambuilding, biz powwows, and team calls!

Oh, and making some extra cash to pay off debt and do more good in the world with? YEAH, I enjoy that! Just being honest!

When you find something you enjoy doing, it doesn’t feel like work. And feeling like you are in control of some things? THAT is a pretty awesome feeling.

Ever given some consideration to seeing if this opportunity is for you?  Because there is no obligation —  no contracts,  nothing like that. Like it? Run with it. Don’t feel it’s for you? No hard feelings and you will never have to wonder.

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Transformation Tuesday – Not All Transformations Are Physical!

I don’t really have one of those “Wow!” kinds of physical transformations. Rather, my transformation has been mostly internal. It’s been mental, emotional, spiritual and yes, even physical.
What have I transformed since starting my Beachbody journey 3 years ago?

My Diabetes. From out of control to under control.

My mindset. From negative to considerably positive.

My body. From weak due to injuries to strong and capable.
My confidence. From insecure to healthy and expressed.
My spirit. From quiet and barely evident, to bold and obvious.
I have seen myself rise to the occasion, to the challenges, and surprised myself with what I am capable of. And in doing so, I bridged what started as a way to keep myself accountable and my Diabetes under control, into a passion for helping others get healthy too.
So while it’s not entirely something I can show from a side-by-side picture, there is absolutely no mistaking how much I have changed, and how far I have come. I used to just get by, lackluster and low energy. Now I feel VIBRANT. I feel CAPABLE. I am energized and excited to see my vision come to life, my dreams come true.
I no longer feel helpless and hopeless. I feel hopeful and confident! And thats the best transformation of them all!

Tip Tuesday – Show up!

Ever have those moments where you just don’t want to? And it’s easy to tell yourself you don’t have to (you do), that it won’t make a difference (it will!), and all sorts of other excuses.

This is the thing though – its in those moments you have to do it anyways! You have to send the signal that you are worth it, and you know it, and tell your brain that no, we’re not listening to excuses today; we are showing up.

And then pay attention to how you feel after — if you are anything like me, you get extra pride out of taking those days you DON’T want to do it, and doing it ANYWAYS.

That’s what someone with goals, hopes, and dreams does.

Consistency is the name of the game!tip-show-up

Transformation Tuesday – Personal Growth

For too many years, I felt small. Invisible. Insignificant. Isolated. I can pin a decent chunk on my lack of functional ears, but not all of it….

I know what you are thinking… you?! You see my outgoing personality and you see the results of the personal growth I have experienced in the past couple of years, and the first sentence doesn’t quite compute. Kara? Was shy?!
But that’s how it was. The outgoing personality was always there (and for a select handful of friends and family members, was always out and on display), but it was stifled; it was muted. I never felt comfortable putting all my many quirks and flaws out on front street for ALL to see – this was reserved for those who were tried and true friends – ones who have seen me at my best, and my worst, and still don’t judge me.
But something happened when I started really focusing on my health and fitness journey, and in building my business. I still don’t know what, or how (my money is on all the team building and personal development!), but suddenly I didn’t feel shy about sharing just how quirky I am. I didn’t feel like I had to put out a muted, beige version of myself. I no longer felt like I had to conform to fit in, but I finally felt like I could carve my own niche out, and those who resonated with my vibe could join me; those who don’t could pass me by and I wouldn’t be any worse off for it.
It’s kind of a surreal feeling to finally feel comfortable and confident in your own skin; to feel like you can be yourself, 100%, and its OKAY if not everyone vibes with you. I wish it hadn’t taken me til my 30’s to realize it, but better late than never, huh?
Some transformations are physical, and those are amazing. Some are mental, and those are enlightening. Some are emotional, and those are powerful. And some transformations are all of the above – and those are EMPOWERING.
I could play the guessing game and think “Hmmm, would I be this far had I not become a Beachbody coach, thus holding myself accountable?”, but that won’t get me anywhere. All I do know is that the Beachbody Coaching opportunity has been great for me… physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually.
I look forward to growing even more!
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Transformation Tuesday – Being a Beachbody Coach

“The privelege of a lifetime is being who you are” …

A couple of my fellow coaches and I hosted a webinar where we shared our stories, and how being a Beachbody Coach has changed our lives (the very reason this blog exists is because being a Beachbody Coach gave me the confidence to do it!)

I am the second speaker, and while my speech isn’t perfect or anything, it took a lot for me to do something live like this… I have always been a little shy on that front due to a sudden, profound hearing loss in both ears around age 10.

So when my success partner and I decided to do this, I was a little nervous! But truthfully, any nerves were worth working past, because being a Beachbody Coach has really changed me… not just physically, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as well! And it feels like it would be a waste to not share what it has done for me, and help others see what it could do for THEM.

Take a look, if you would like. See how I have come out of my shell, embraced all that life has to offer, and changed the financial reality of that and my husband – and we’re just getting started!

There is, TRULY, more to life than just going to work and paying your bills. It’s called LIFE because its meant to be LIVED!

 

 

Wednesday Wisdom – Managing Stress

Stress is everywhere. It’s just the nature of the game. If it were possible to completely eliminate stress, I am sure most, if not all, of us would. Stress really affects your body’s blood glucose in two ways:

  1. It changes the way your body handles insulin
  2. It can cause you to change the way you take care of yourself.

Stress can be mental, physical, emotional, even spiritual. Each can cause a similar chemical reaction in your body. For some Diabetics, exercising regularly provides the level of stress relief needed to control their health. Others need a little more help in managing stress.

Emotional stress is one of the hardest to control, and can be brought on by a myriad of situations; a fight with a spouse, the stress of taking care of an aging/ailing parent, worrying about a stable future, a difficult job situation… unfortunately, there are countless stressful situations in this thing called life.

Stress Balls can help!
Stress Balls can help!

A good tip is to develop coping strategies that will enable you to have more control over how stressed out you get. You can’t control all situations, but you can control your reaction to them. For some people, it helps to put the situation in perspective and ask if this is really that big a deal? Others take action to fix the problem, thus reducing the stress. And some people just remove themselves from the situation entirely – in some situations, this is truly the only way to avoid getting too stressed out. This could include transferring jobs or changing positions within a company.

There is no right or wrong way for you to choose which is the best method for you. I try to always act out putting it in perspective, and taking action. I don’t like to feel helpless (does anyone?), and there is something powerful to be said for doing what you can to better a situation. If I know a situation might stress me out, sometimes I do avoid the situation. Like if a friend is constantly being negative and bringing you down – sometimes it’s okay to decline a lunch date with that person. I practice self-preservation by assessing situations and deciding how best to handle them to keep my own stress levels stable. And a good tip I got from an old friend was asking myself “in two weeks, will this still upset me?” if the answer is yes, the issue has merit, and needs to be handled accordingly. If in two weeks you wouldn’t still be upset about something, it’s not worth getting up in arms about. Like yes, in two weeks time I might still be upset by a friend’s betrayal, but I would not still be upset about being 10 minutes late for an appointment or a lunch date.

As for physical stress, sometimes that’s harder to control, because you can’t always avoid it. You are likely, at some point, to fall ill, or be injured. It’s important to note that in these situations, it’s important for you to seek medical attention, or monitor your condition closely. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Life happens. To all of us. You are not the only one dealing with life, so take solace in the fact that we all have our struggles. Do the best you can to deal with them, using your own health as a great motivator. You are worth it.