Tuesday, February 2, 2016

why I workout everyday

This is a repost from my previous blog in 2012.  It still rings true for me today!

I just want to say that I'm not this super motivated person that wakes up everyday thinking how awesome it is going to be to workout.  A lot of days, I spend the first 15 minutes of each workout convincing myself to not give up and keep going.  But I've been working out at home for so long now and I know it makes me feel so much better that I just get it done.

{Quote by Jim Rohn}

A huge reason I choose to work out everday is that it's actually easier for me to keep up with.

If a doctor told me to take my medicine every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and one of those days it had to be at noon, another it had to be at 3, and so on, it would be so hard for me to keep up.  Yes, I could write it down, schedule it, whatever but the fact is that it would make it even harder for me to make taking my meds a habit.  I know myself.  I know that I would miss a day, have to wait two days to catch up, I might forget again or make something else a priority and then I've blown it.  Or at least I'll tell myself that I blew it.  {We can be mean to ourselves can't we?}

I've done this time and time again with my workouts before being introduced to Beachbody programs.  I would make things so complicated and overscheduled that it was actually easier to get behind.  (And I would drive to the gym which would put another obstacle into the equation)  I've been most successful when I've made my workout schedule less complicated and just stayed at home.  Beachbody programs make my schedule for me.  They tell me what DVD to do, I pop it in, and I get it done.  Easier, I tell ya.

So I work out every day and it's pretty much a habit now.  If I miss or decide to take off a day, it's ok,  I'll be ready to do it tomorrow.
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What do you think about working out everyday?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Simple Organizational tweeks in my Master Bath

I call myself the head problem solver around here.  I'm always looking for ways to organize the "drives me crazy" areas in my home.  Do you have these areas too?  They're usually just small areas that need a little tweeking and after I finally get it done I think to myself "what took me SO long to do this? I had several of these areas in my Master bathroom and I have finally tackled them!

First up, the little lip of counterspace with a drawer in our Master bathroom.  I wanted that drawer!  I had to fight for that drawer during our remodel but one day I came to the conclusion that I was ok that it was just there to be pretty and not really function.  We kept our cotton pads and cotton swabs in there but my husband always puts his clothes that he wants to wear again in front of the drawer. SO I was always holding onto the clothes to get into the drawer everyday.  Annoying.  So I moved the items above to the cabinet part.  I put them in glass jars so we could easily reach them.  
I even made them pretty by painting the top of them gold.

Another "drives me crazy area" in Master bathroom is the cabinet part above that drawer.  It collected so many bottles and I could never find what I needed.  I painted a wooden lazy susan gold for each of us and now we can easily move things around to find what we need.  Such a simple tweek but it saves us so much time and frustration when looking for things.


And lastly, my makeup and everyday items!  They would just stay on the counter in a big mess everyday because I didn't have a set place for them.  Now with the help of these little caddies, Everything has a place and things are getting lost in a drawer.  I found this sweet chevron caddie at Hobby Lobby and I think it was intended for scrap booking.  It's perfect to organize my everyday makeup with all of the compartments.  It should be easy to wipe down too since it is vinyl.  Always late and having to put on make up in the car?  Oh just me?!  Well, it's easy for me to grab and go.

Do you have "drives me crazy" areas in your home?  What has worked for you?

Please share in the comments.

Time to put my makeup on (and maybe add the knobs to the drawers and cabinet 7 years later!)


February Health and Fitness Challenge group - Map It Out!

I'm excited to let you know about my upcoming health and fitness challenge for the month of February.  It's one I've been thinking about for a while and is pretty close to my heart.  I believe that a challenge to lose weight and feel better is great but wouldn't it be better if we think of it as a start to our ongoing and continuing health journey?  Every journey is different!  I want to get you started on the path to yours. 

 Here's what you can expect in the group:

1.    Daily accountability and motivation in a private Facebook group with a few other women and me!

2.    A Beachbody fitness program with the schedules all planned and mapped out for you.  (I’ll help you pick J)

3.    30 day supply of Shakeology that is filled with vitamins and superfoods to help you on your journey

4.    A meal plan and grocery list

5.    FUN, prizes and interaction with other women hiking along the same health and fitness path. 

6.    30 days of Premium club membership on the Team Beachbody website.  Think online meal planner, videos with tips and trips, awesome blog posts, and access to online streaming workouts. 

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Friday, October 23, 2015

It's hard to believe that 7 years ago we moved to this big city feeling anxious, overwhelmed and alone. Whenever we moved around in the military, we had instant friends that understand us and James' job. Not really here. As the days went by and I wanted to sleep more and more and never leave the house, James knew that I needed to take care of my self and get stronger. He signed us up at the small gym here in our neighborhood golf course.
I loved it there.
It was small and cozy and the people that worked there were like family. Everyday there was a smiling face at the desk and they would ask how I was and tell me that I was doing a great job. My trainer would tell me what to do and give me "homework" to do on the days that we didn't meet. Ms. Sally would rock Riley and color with her while I worked to get better.
Then one day it was gone.
"They" closed it down. "They" didn't know that it would crush me. I don't know where any of those people are (not even FB friends!) now. I tried to find other gyms but they were big and smelly and frightening to Riley. I just couldn't leave her there. I tried going on my own to another one while she was at Mother's Day out but I just didn't know what to do. I didn't have my trainer or his homework for me. And really it was only two days a week so if I missed one day then I felt like a failure for only going once a week. On top of that, I was using all of my alone time working out and not getting the other errands I needed done.
For years I had a friend tell me that I should work out at home. So when we saw a friend on Facebook have good results with P90X we decided to do it.
Not try it. But do it.
Everyday, with the help of our online support group we pushed play to the plan. Yay! I had a plan again. I felt confident and strong again because I was working toward something that was making me feel better. I was walking taller and straighter and having a lot more energy for my kids and James.
I had a great talk with a new friend at church on Sunday. I am not one of those women that can just show up at a gym and know what to do. I can't look up things on Pinterest and stay focused enough to follow through with a regimen that I see there. She can though.
I can however, follow what an at home program tells me what to do because I know the pros have put it together. And because I've been doing at home workouts for a while, I can even combine some and figure out a good plan for what I need right now in my life.
How about you? Do you need a plan or can you just wing it? We are all so different, right?

I can help you pick a program that suits you so you can get started working out at home.  And if you're like me and find it hard to stay motivated, you need a group!  You can use the form below to get more information on what kind of groups I will be hosting soon. 

To your health!

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

My 21 Days of Faith, Food & Fitness Accountability Group is opening soon!

Just as with working out and eating right, I believe that I could use a little accountability with reading and studying the words of the Bible everyday.  Do you feel this way too?  I have certainly been slacking in this important daily habit since the beginning of the school year and I've decided to do something about it!

I've had a Faith, Food and Fitness group on my heart for a while and when I spoke with a friend the other day about coaching on my team, and she asked me: "Kristen, have you ever thought about incorporating your faith into a group?", I knew I should just go with it!  And then my pastor asked me the same question two days later.  How's that for conviction?!

As a part of this group you will:

  • Receive my 5 Day Clean Eating Meal Plan, including daily menus and shopping list
  • Work out in the comfort of your own home to a program that I will help you decide on.
  • Receive daily scripture, devotional and prayer.
  • Receive daily accountability opportunities.
  • Receive nutrition and meal planning tips, fitness tips, motivation and daily support.
  • Gain access to a “secret” Facebook group (your activity on this page will not show up on your timeline, nor will anything indicating that you are a member of the group) where you will be able to interact with me and others going through this program at the same time.
  • If there is interest:  be able to participate in video chats that I will host throughout the 21 day program.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

When my body attacked my thyroid

It's been about year since my thyroid attacked my body and I'm just now getting the courage to write about it.

Last summer as we carted our kids back and forth to camp and I was attending a life altering event, Marketing Impact Academy as a VIP, I just wasn't feeling right. I didn't have a cold or allergies and wasn't recently sick but I kept thinking I had an ear infection. I remember clearly sitting in my sisters' pool and telling her about my pain and we both thought it was kind of weird.

My daughter was at camp and as soon as my son and I came back home from dropping her off, I went to the doctor. She immediately looked in my ears and saw nothing. After feeling around in my neck she said she felt something.


"It's probably nothing", she said, "maybe just a couple swollen glands".  I was sent home with antibiotics to see if that would bring the swelling down.  I told James when we got home and all I knew to say after was, " I've already thanked God for this".  I'm not super strong in my faith by any means but I was compelled to just give thanks.  I went through the week feeling pain and tried my hardest not to worry.

What if there is something there? 

We picked up our daughter from camp.  It's a place so very special to me and I couldn't concentrate on anything. I was in a fog and all I wanted to do was sleep. I went back to the doctor the following day because I felt the same and she still felt it. She sent me straight down to have a sonogram.  I knew lying there that something wasn't right. That she was seeing something and measuring it but I knew she couldn't tell me anything.

And then we waited a whole weekend.

What if it's cancerous?

It was our daughters' first day of 4th grade at her new school and after James and I dropped her off we went out for some coffee.  That's where we got the call that there was a pretty big nodule on my thyroid. To be honest, I didn't really know what my thyroid did and that it could even get nodules.  I was told they were normal to get but because mine was so large, I needed to have a biopsy done.  I spent the next two days looking for an ENT that would take our insurance and could do the procedure in the office but I had to go to a doctor in the medical center and then she referred me to a hospital to have it done a few days later. This whole time, we didn't tell our kids anything. Riley was going through enough and Justin was just starting junior high.  They didn't need to worry about me.  My good friend  Evelyn took me and it was such a blessing because not only is she a a great friend and nurse, but she was so familiar with the medical center in Houston. That place is huge, daunting and busy! She was the calm that I needed. They did the biopsy and I went home to rest and wait and pray and try to not worry.  When I finally got word from the ENT, I found out that the test was inconclusive. So not bad news but not necessarily good news either.  I was still in a lot of pain so she prescribed stronger antibiotics and told me that I had to wait two more weeks to have another biopsy done. I had just a little bruising and I often strained my neck so they just thought I was dealing with that again.  But they are smarties and love me so they kind of new something was going on.  During those weeks, I rested a LOT, I prayed A LOT and I worshipped and cried a lot.  I was ready for whatever I was going to hear. Everyone I talked to about nodules said that they didn't hurt and it didn't effect their swallowing and eating.  But mine freaking hurt and I had a hard time swallowing so that made it even harder to not freak out. But something strange happened during those weeks.  The pain was always in the right side but it started moving to the other side. By the time I got to my second biopsy, it stopped  hurting on the right, and it only hurt on the left.  I had the same nurse do the sonogram and he was as confused as I was because there was nothing there. Nothing to measure! He kept asking if I was sure I did the right side.  Oh I was sure!  Because it was my second biopsy, a cytologist had to be there to make sure they got a big enough sample.  The doctor came in and asked me a million questions again.  It was just so weird.  The cytologist and the doctor talked a lot together and with the sonogram decided that I had one big fat juicy thyroid and that I was actually had a hyperactive thyroid and Hashimotos.  I had never heard of any of this before.  They sent me home without a biopsy because they simply didn't have a nodule to perform one on.  Soon after I saw an endocrinologist and I chose MD Anderson, one of the most prestigious hospitals in the nation for cancer. Not necessarily because I thought I had cancer anymore, I just wanted answers and a final diagnosis. I felt guilty for going there, I felt like I didn't deserve to be there but looking back I wouldn't change my decision. I sat in a waiting room for almost three hours with many people fighting many different battles.  The endocrinologist was fantastic at explaining everything to me and gave me a thorough exam.  She pretty much diagnosed me with Hashimotos but since my thyroid had been put under so much stress, I would be someone with a hypothyroid-forever. So basically when I had the first sonogram my immune system was attacking my thyroid.  She ordered another sonogram at their facility and told me that if they did by any chance see anything, they would do a biopsy right then and there and I would have the results by the end of the day.  They don't mess around there.  Why it can't be like this at the start, I'll never know!  

Three weeks of all of the emotions brought me to my knees many times.  
My eyes were opened to so many things I was doing (and not doing) in my life.  I wish I could say that this experience made me choose all the right things but I'm still human and still figuring out this thing called life.  I'm still a mom trying to find the right balance in my life.  I said no to many things I should have said yes to and I tried to go through so much on my own. Reflecting back, I wish I had shared this with everyone around me. I wish I would have called many more people to tell them I was scared to death. Instead, I kind of just fell off the earth.  I was sad, lonely, scared, exhausted and depressed. I had stopped working out and I started to slip when it came to my eating. It took a while for my hormone medicines to kick in and my doctor put me on anti depressants to make it through.  I started sleeping so much better and I felt the black cloud lifting from me.  I started working out again and with the help of the 21Day Fix got my nutrition back in order.  The 30 minute workouts are just right for me because I'm not supposed to work out too hard for too long now.  And I have to come to terms with the fact that I can't do cardio everyday anymore.  

Now a year later, I'm getting used to my new normal.  I had lost a lot weight but that's not what I'm supposed to be now. When I'm tired, I rest. No more guilt about napping because it's actually like medicine.  I haven't tried any specific diet out there because it was just all too confusing when everything was happening and I just wanted to feel better.   I've rejuvenated my Beachbody business and I get even more enjoyment helping others get healthy and fit now.  I don't know why my immune system freaked out and attacked my thyroid.  I'd imagine stress and lots of self imposed unnecessary guilt.  So take it from me, along with your health and fitness journey, add in some rest and a lot of grace.  And really take the time to listen to what your body is telling you.  Ask yourself, does this seem normal, is this right?  And then if you aren't sure just talk with your doc!  I might have been able to prevent myself from being on these meds if I had just listened.  I don't carry guilt about this.  But I do know that it is now my duty to talk to others so that it doesn't happen to them.    

Monday, August 24, 2015

tackling the homework blues

Homework is not something that comes easily to everyone. Especially to parents who are having to deal with it all over again.  My now 8th grade son has floated along easily so far but my 5th grade daughter has had to work a lot harder.  As the homework became more complicated, frequent and detailed we were ALL struggling in the afternoon so something needed to change.  Here are some steps that I took at the end of last year to turn our afternoons around and in a more positive direction. We will be starting this up again TODAY!

1.  I changed my attitude.
After much prayer and crying and gnashing of teeth, I clearly felt God was having me look on the inside and see what needed to be changed in me.  Instead of wishing and praying that Riley would just "get it" I needed to realize that she is who she is and I needed to change my attitude about homework.

2. I blocked out the time.
I literally had to tell myself that this was my part time/second job.  I turned my phone off and shut down my computer.  I got mentally ready for it.  Now this doesn't mean that I would stand over her and do everything for her, but I couldn't expect to start dinner, answer emails or post of FB during this time.  So I use this time to read, go through magazines, tidy up the living room.  Anything that I wouldn't care if I had to stop doing to give a little guidance. This also meant that many times dinner has to be half prepared before the afternoon.  Pre-chopping became my favorite pastime.  Also, I needed to have snacks ready to go to avoid the low blood sugar meltdowns. (For both of us.)

3.  I got organized.
Riley's teachers were really organized on their website and planner last year but it just didn't jive with our creative minds.  How could I expect her to know what was due and what day to turn it in when even I was having a hard time keeping up?  I created this planner sheet where she could write what was due and when along the top and the bottom has space for her to list out everything that she needed to accomplish that day for homework.  She created little boxes or circles for her to actually check them off.
If she has a spelling test on Friday, and I know it will take her a while to learn them all, then 'study for spelling' will go on the list every day for the week.  Some things come easier so she doesn't have to list it everyday.
Everything needs to be checked off before bedtime.

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4.  I said no to electronics during the week in the morning and afternoon.
Many times Justin will use his extra time in the mornings to finish up stuff so I had to just make it a blanket rule that no one uses electronics during these times.  Sometimes I give in, but for the most part it works well for us.  And hey, sometimes we actually have great conversations in the morning!  Go figure.

I can't tell you how thankful I am that I finally got the courage and discipline to follow through on these activities.  The control that this sheet gives her fills her with confidence and a sense of accomplishment that has been missing for so many years.  Sometimes we even decorate it just for fun.

How do you handle homework in your house?  If you download the sheet, I'd love for you to come back and let me know how it is working for you!