Transformation Tuesday – 21 Day Ultimate Reset

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Nope, it’s not a date. It doesn’t need a dollar sign. And it’s not a score.

It represents what I LOST in toxic/gunk-filled inches, during my 21 day experience known as the Ultimate Reset!

And 4.25 might not seem like a lot but, I will tell you something, ridding your body of that much toxicity really does something to ya! It’s hard to put into words but I just feel so fresh, so cleaned out and light.

It literally feels like someone hit the Reset button and eliminated years and years of bad habits, chemicals (I wasn’t always as food-wise as I might be now!), and tons of other stuff that was bogging me down!

If this doesn’t lend credence to the notion it’s all about what you do/don’t eat, I don’t know what will. Other than yoga 3 times a week, I didn’t work out the whole 3 weeks, so these results are ALL nutrition-based!

Now, I just wish there was a way to measure what it did for me MENTALLY, because wow, did that ever help!

I feel lean and clean – if you wanna feel that way too, let’s chat!

Transformation Tuesday – 80 Day Obsession Final Results!

Some people chase physical transformations. Some people chase the number they want the scale to show them. There is nothing wrong with that, it’s just not what I do all of this stuff for. I don’t workout to lose weight. I do always love a physical transformation, because who doesn’t want to SEE their efforts in their reflection? But it’s never the goal for me.

As I mentioned in previous posts, I wasn’t taking this program on for a physical transformation… I would say if any goal I had going in, it was mental/emotional. I needed to heal and I needed to feel strong, capable… I needed a release for the intense emotions swirling around in my heart and my head.

I will say I came out of this program MUCH stronger; my legs have always been notoriously hard to tone, and I definitely feel my legs are significantly stronger, I’ve always had a booty but I can’t say she’s ever been this high and mighty, and I gained some fierce muscles! The biggest reward is {{ REALIZING }} that I am worth all of this effort; that there is hope, I can heal, and I am the best project I will ever work on.

For too long, NONE of that felt true.

I am so proud of myself for buckling down and getting back into the swing of things – I lived my life; I didn’t follow the nutrition plan to an absolute T but I did eat cleaner and struck a good balance, and I am happy with my results.

I am especially happy to be out of the deep, dark place I was in – this is why I say fitness heals; because it DOES.

If YOU are in a dark place and you want someone alongside of you to lift you up, and show you the way back to love and light… it would be an absolute honor to help you!

 

Thursday Thoughts – Strength

I feel completely comfortable calling this the true measure of strength.

And I mean, physical challenges are definitely just that, physically challenging… but I think the realest, hardest, grittiest and character building moments come in overcoming our mental, spiritual and emotional adversaries. From rising above what we thought we couldn’t – from rising above our lack mindset and creating an abundant one.

Just my .02 – what say you?

Thursday Thoughts – Needing help

“ASKING for HELP is SO MUCH STRONGER than STRUGGLING on your OWN” – words spoken during one of my sister team’s Team calls, and they hit me LIKE. A. BRICK.

When did we start associating needing help with being weak, or less than, or anything other than brave and courageous? And why?!

There is NOTHING weak about needing, and asking for help. Weak is being so stubborn you won’t ask for the help you need, deserve, and are WORTHY of. Weak is brushing troubles under the rug, only for them to creep out later instead of dealing with them head on. Weak is dismissing your pain – whatever format it comes in – and “soldiering on”.

You are better than your demons. If you need help, ASK for it. It’s the strongest thing you can do! Life is tough – we could ALL use a helping hand at one time or another.

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!

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!