How do you do it all with a full time job, a husband, a home and four kids?
So I have been wanting to blog again for some time now. Fitting it in my schedule has proven difficult but not impossible. I am sitting here at my daughter’s basketball game watching her warm up and on a break between games sitting outside. Why I am able to do this at the same time? I am a big fan of “multi-tasking”. It’s a habit that has built over time. I am currently listening to an audiobook because I don’t have time to read so I listen to it while I am driving in the car and in the mornings while I am getting ready for work. The book is called “The Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy (Success Magazine). It was a recommendation as part of a Challenge that I am a part of in my Independent Team Beachbody Coaching business. As I listen to it I realize how I can apply it in SO MANY areas of my life. It applies to my health, finances, career, personal relationships, and family life. Before becoming an Independent Team Beachbody Coach I had no desire to read a self improvement or self development book. I would try and never finish. I can’t imagine the success I would have in life if I had started sooner. It’s amazing what life has to offer and we get so set in our ways and our habits that we don’t realize how the little daily things we choose to do aren’t taking us in the direction we want to go. These habits “compound” over time and one person’s “good” daily habits, compounded, move them in the direction of their goals and another person’s “bad” daily habits, compounded, may move them in the opposite direction and the effect of moving in opposite directions is compounded over time. Six months of postive daily habits for one individual versus six months of negative daily habits for another individual can create extreme differences. So, before I summarize the the “good” daily habits I have to help me “do it all” I must say that first and foremost my faith, my husband and my children. But to multitask, to plan, to maintain a positive attitude and not let others control my attitude and to always be learning are personal choices that I have made and continually try to improve on daily. I am still fine tuning all of these skills and currently my focus is on learning to work smarter not harder. I am starting to make improvements in this area by planning my “down” time smarter. For example, tonight, I packed my netbook so I could type up this blog while I had downtime at my daughter’s game. To summarize this paragraph I can only say that I control my attitude and my actions which create my life and any success that comes with it.
It’s OK to have your own passion in life. This is something I have discovered over the last six months. Another thing I have learned is to stop worrying what other people think. Of course, it’s important to be respectful of other people’s feelings and to also be receptive to constructive criticism and learn from it, but what I mean here is to stop worrying about what other people think of YOU! There are always going to be people in my life who judge me but they don’t control my attitude, my actions or my choices, I am an adult and I take responsibility for those. Their judgements are not going to help me reach my goals. Of course I haven’t always had this confidence. For many years I felt withdrawn from life because I didn’t have a passion that was for “me”. Of course my husband, my children and a home for them to feel loved, safe and confident will always be my number one priority but what I realized is that I can provide that to them so much better by making sure I take care of me too. I did worry what other people thought of me.
Balance…..is key. It’s a simple word but not a simple concept. If I don’t plan my time I find that I can really get up up in spending too much time in one area of my life and it gets off balance. Chalene Johnson puts the concept of balance best by saying “Balance isn’t about everything being equal at all times. Balance is about making sure that you’re aware of when it’s time to step away and do something else, and taking action to do it. It’s about knowing it’s time to play when you’ve been working too much, about taking a much needed rest day when you’ve been hitting the workouts extra hard. Resist the need to do everything in equal parts at all times. The simple act of becoming more self aware and acting on that awareness will bring you the balance you’re trying to achieve.”It’s also important to remember these key things when Multitasking and maintain balance:
So when someone asks me “How do you do it all” so many times I respond with “I don’t know” but if I really think about how, it’s a supportive family and Multitasking!!
We have less then 4 weeks until the first day of summer and we are going to be busy with cookouts and vacations that keep us busy and so often get us off our fitness track or give us an excuse not to get on track!!
Let me help!
Part of getting in shape means changing how we eat and how we spend our time, BUT, what many people don’t realize is that trying to change everything at once can be so overwhelming that we end up going back to old habits and lifestyles.
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going." -Jim Ryan
If you want to make small, daily changes on the road to fitness and health so that it’s a lasting lifestyle change, then I challenge you to join me this summer. Remember that it’s the little disciplines over time that makes a huge impact! This isn’t a just a weight loss challenge. In fact, you’ll have specific instructions on when to and when not to weigh yourself throughout this entire process. The reason? I want you to “focus on the journey, not the destination”.
Here’s how it works:
Every week I am going to create a video with a new challenge for the week, you can report back to me and tell me how you did…It wont be anything like writing an essay – but it might be a fitness challenge one week and then the next week it will be a nutrition challenge!!! I don’t care if you are working out in the gym, outside or at home – JUST MOVEat least 5 days a week and lifting heavy 2-3 days a week!!! If you need help finding something that works for you and schedule, let me know and we can come up with something!! Thats why I am here - to help motivate, mentor and guide you along your fitness journey!!!!
Have you heard of the 3 day Shakeology cleanse? If you are interested, let me know, and I can provide you with more details!!! Or go ahead and order your own Shakeology bag and jump start the challenge and your nutrition with the most delicious and nutritious shake ever!!!! I have been drinking Shakeology now since March and I have more energy, stamina, my appetite is suppressed, I have lost weight and my digestive system is wayyyy better! It is a meal replacement drink that tastes like a dessert or it can be used as a health supplement that includes whey, vitamins, acai, flax and so much more with over 70 ingredients! Plus, you order on Home Direct and you get 2 free workouts, free shipping and a free shaker cup! I am telling you now, to maximize your weight loss results you want to be drinking Shakeology daily, its like a toothbrush for your insides!!!! Once you try it, you will want to have it daily anyway! :)
The prize???? Will be announced at the end of the challenge! The person who stays the most committed and has the best results will win a prize worth over $150! If you are already a coach, you can participate, but you cannot win the prize!
If you are ready to join this 90 Day challenge and stay motivated throughout the summer – email me at email@example.com, message me or comment below!!! We will be starting the first day of Summer – June 21st!!!!
"I found every single successful person I’ve ever spoken to had a turning point. The turning point was when they made a clear, specific unequivocal decision that they were not going to live like this anymore; they were going to achieve success. Some people make that decision at 15 and some people make it at 50, and most people never make it all." - Brian Tracy
Make YOUR decision now and Join me!
That’s right - you heard me - TRANSFORM your health or you DON’T pay! How? do you ask….Well let me explain!
SHAKEOLOGY! I know you hear me or see me talk about this amazing shake. Do any of these look familar to you??
So let me tell you exactly what Shakeology does as the healthiest meal of the day to help you if the above look all too familiar!
Are you one of those people that have struggled with a healthy diet to lose those unwanted pounds?? This is a proven method that gives you healthy results. All you have to do is replace 1 meal a day with Shakeology.
If you aren’t interested in losing weight but want to add a nutritional supplement to your diet then use Shakeology as a snack or supplement any healthy meal with it once a day. I no longer need to take a multivitamin, flax, whey protein….it’s all in my shake!
Here are some results that are proven true to people who drank 1 shake a day for 90 days!
Shakeology contains 70 of the BEST ingredients!!!! NO other shake contains the world’s most powerful superfoods!Plus, there is a bottom of the bag guarantee! Try Shakeology for 30 days and if you dont feel healthier, send it back and your money will be refunded - even if the entire bag is empty! Now, thats for real…
Want to order Shakeology or learn more about it? Watch this short video on what Shakeology is all about http://beachbodycoach.com/esuite/home/FitwithJules?bctid=29768318001
AND From NOW through the end of May - Order Shakeology Home Direct from me and get entered into a drawing for a FREE Beachbody workout from myself! You already get 2 FREE workouts, Free Shaker cup and FREE shipping…not to mention all the benefits to your body! Shakeology is like a toothbrush for your body!
Where Did I Come From?
Have you ever had someone post pictures on Facebook that you didn’t want everyone to see and you had no control over those pictures being out there??
Summer 2010 - that’s when the dreaded happened to me and I was mad beyond mad!! But why was I so mad? This WAS within my control. If I didn’t want to look and feel so uncomfortable, unhealthy, unfit……then I had to take control of what I DID have control over - MY HEALTH!! What I put into my body and how I took care of my body and my mind everyday.
In January of 2010 my husband made the decision to get in shape and work toward a healthier lifestyle. It took me a while longer to make that decision as I always felt I was too busy and didn’t need anymore stress. I know you know what I’m talking about. There’s just never enough time. It’s too easy to sleep in until you HAVE to get up and start your day, and it’s too easy to make meals that are quick and convenient when you’re busy. I’m a busy Wife and Mom to four busy children. I work full time in Corporate Finance. When am I supposed to find time to take care of me?
You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.
– Charles Buxton
I had let myself go. Not only had I gained 10 pounds in a year, I gained another 15 in 3 months!! Friends…my metabolism had “LEFT THE BUILDING”!! My clothes weren’t fitting me anymore. They were tight and uncomfortable and I was miserable. It would take me forever to get ready to go anywhere because I just wasn’t comfortable in anything anymore! I was a wife to an awesome husband and four awesome children but I was miserable that I had let myself go…..”when Mama ain’t happy….ain’t nobody happy!”
It wasn’t until I saw those pictures of myself from that summer that I realized my busy lifestyle had let me put on more pounds than I had perceived in the mirror every day. I found myself tired, cranky and with a diagnosis of “chronic tension headaches” for which I was prescribed an antidepressant to relieve daily. I had put on 15 pounds on the antidepressant and it was at that point that I knew I had to do something to take control of my health and fitness and set an example for my children. I started out my journey in October 2010 with some better eating habits, some time on the treadmill and a few borrowed Turbo Jam DVDs that a dear friend told me to give a try. I loved it! In December of 2010 I Decided to order P90X after watching the infomercial and on January 1st, 2011 my husband and I Committed to our first round of the P90X. This past April my husband and I Succeeded at becoming official P90X graduates and I couldn’t be more thrilled!! I no longer have to take medication for “chronic tension headaches” and I have lost 28 pounds along with my husband who has lost 40 pounds in his fitness journey. Was it easy….NO!, was I committed….YES! But it took baby steps, it didn’t all happen at once. I learned a little every day and every day I made small changes.
Most importantly, I have realized over the last few months that I want to share anything I can to help others feel the same way about their health and fitness and to help others find what works best for them in their fitness journey.
What Am I Doing Now?
YES, I am transformed! I am younger, I have more energy, I have less stress, I am more patient, more focused, I am confident, my clothes fit! Actually, they don’t fit…they’re TOO BIG now! It didn’t take long for me to realize how good it feels to get up in the morning and take care of myself. So that’s where I found the time. Early morning….4:15 am….4:30 am……5:00 am depending on what my workout is for the day. Believe me, I was NOT a morning person. I would hit that snooze button up until the last minute. I always considered that sleeping time to be “my time”. What good was it doing me? I didn’t need to have more than 7 hours of sleep a night. Actually that’s what they recommend…7 hours. So I started getting to bed a little earlier and spending less time doing useless “things” at night and started focusing on my goals and my priorities and spending time doing things that move me in the right direction. I am currently taking Chalene Johnson’s 30 Day Challenge to master organization and acheive my goals. I am on Day 11 and staying focused. Thank you Chalene for this free challenge that is helping me to reach my Push Goal.
My current fitness program - Turbofire AND P90X! I couldn’t let go of the P90X but I am having so much fun with Turbofire and Chalene Johnson. So, we are working out a Turbofire/P90X hybrid. It’s definately a challenge this month because May is our BUSIEST month of the year with the kids sports schedules but we are determined to make it work. It’s sometimes hard to get that 7 hours of sleep and many nights I’m not. But, I am working on my to do list with Chalene’s 30 Day Challenge so that I can stay focused on what has to get done in relation to my priorities and find a way to fit it all in.
I want to pay it forward and help my friends and family and anyone who wants to know how I did it and how can they? I found myself talking about it ALL the time and helping my friends to get started with P90X so they could get the same results and feel good. My family couldn’t understand why I wanted to help everyone so much. My answer to that…I have realized it’s my “passion”. I am not an expert, but, I want to HELP. I want to help people set fitness goals and help them find the tools and time to reach their goals. I decided to listen to the Beachbody Coach Business Opportunity so I could better understand how I could make money doing exactly what I had already been doing. I was already a walking billboard for Beachbody’s P90X fitness program, I was proof that it works!! Not only could I EARN money but I also could SAVE money on products I was already buying from Beachbody. So for $39.95 I became an Independent Team Beachbody Coach. I have already saved multiples of that initial investment on products I would have already been purchasing PLUS I have earned more than 10x that in the first month!
The BEST part….I am helping people and THEY are starting to see results. One friend wrote to let me know what she had lost in such a short period of time with the Turbo Jam workouts she was doing but what I loved most about her email read…”I have GAINED: my life back..I can see my future of being healthier and I currently feel much happier and carefree.”
Where Am I Going?
GOALS….PRIORITIES….DREAMS!! That’s where I’m going. I am focused and I will reach my potential! Beachbody has provided me with so much more than getting my figure back or regaining my health. It is providing me with a network of amazing, positive, Beachbody coach’s who want to see people succeed and want to help them reach their goals.
I am taking the time to enjoy every precious day I have with my children. They are growing up so fast and I want to ENJOY my days with them and have the tools to teach them good habits and how to have relationships with people, how to be confident.
So, I am learning how to reach out and connect with people and build relationships with people. People I know…people I don’t know. There is so much to learn from other people and so much to share with other people. I am enjoying this experience that Beachbody and their network of coaches and instructors are giving me the tools to enjoy. I am learning to be confident with myself and not to worry about what people will think of what I have to say. I have something to offer. I am learning to have balance in my life, I am learning to set meaningful goals and the steps I need to take every day to reach them, I am learning how to be a better wife, mom, daughter, sister and friend…
Exercise and application produce order in our affairs, health of body, cheerfulness of mind, and these make us precious to our friends.
– Thomas Jefferson
Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase.
— Joseph Pilates.
Its all a process - nothing happens over night, it takes baby steps, it doesn’t matter what it is, if its worthwhile and you want to invest your time and effort - plan on more than a night or day and don’t give up when there’s bumps in the road. Don’t punish yourself…I have found a new, better me and its been a process for the past 7 months and the process continues! I want to learn everyday - I want to soak up as much as I can. Don’t let Negative people drain your energy and keep you from reaching your goals! Surround yourself with people who support you and help you reach your goals!!
My coach Krystal Bland wrote "Don’t focus on the detours…don’t fixate yourself on the negative, because that’s where you will go - focus on the finish line and the end product, focus on your goals and priorities…You go where you look!"
Whats important to you? Do you have goals and dreams? What are you doing EVERYDAY to reach those goals and dreams?
My life is Blessed!