Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Happy New Year!

It is January 2016, and the time for the annual "New Year, New Me" mantra.  I am not doing that this year.  My slogan for 2016 is "Consistency Counts".  My goals for 2016 all revolve around my ability to remain consistent in my workouts, eating plan, and journey to better health.  I do not want to battle with lots of health issues in the same way I did in 2015.  I do not want to stop exercising because my poor eating choice let my autoimmune disease rear it's ugly head and cause me to have low levels of energy.  I am NOT making resolutions this year.  I am just setting goals.  Goals that I KNOW I WILL ACHIEVE.

Goal #1 - drink my Shakeology EVERY DAY in 2016...all 366 days.  I truly believe in the health benefits of this amazing product (I'd be happy to share, if you want to learn more...Message me).  I am committing to being proof that Shakeology really is the healthiest meal of the day, by drinking my shake every day and enjoying the added benefit of all those antioxidants, adaptagens, and natural energy boosting, immunity building, super foods..  I deserve to be healthy in 2016! 

Goal #2 - Be consistent with my workout programs. This is something I have been pretty good about in the past.  However, 2015 dealt me a rough hand when it came to energy.  Because of my big flare up of EBV (Epstein Barr-Virus), I allowed myself to slow WAY down and NOT workout regularly...sometimes not at all....for weeks at a time.  I made excuses, or chose workouts that were not challenging me at all.  That was not always the case, but enough that it impacted my fitness goals pretty significantly.  This year will be different!  I am committing to completing my Beachbody fitness programs from start to finish ALL YEAR LONG.  On January 4th, my hubby, Jeff, and I began Beachbody's newest workout program, The Master's of Hammer and Chisel.  This is a 60 day program that is dedicated to REALLY sculpting and toning the body.  It is the first program to feature 2 top celebrity trainers, Autumn Calabrese from the 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme workout programs, and Sagi Kalev from the Body Beast program (which I did part of last year).  After 3 days, I have to tell you, this is ONE TOUGH PROGRAM....and I LOVE it!  I am also sticking with the meal plan for the entire program.

 Goal #3 - I am committing to really putting my foot down with my eating habits! I TRULY want make a lifestyle change toward an eating plan that will impact my health in a way that I don't have to worry about EBV flare ups, and other autoimmune issues that can stem from the long term effects of having EBV.  I am going to nip this in the bud, and figure out what MY body needs to be healthy. That is one of my biggest reasons for Goal #1!  I am also going a step further and making an effort to turn my kitchen into an organic one.  In the past, I have always done the best I could to eat right and stick with healthy foods that were not overly expensive.  It can be pretty tough when you live paycheck to paycheck.  Now that things have become more financially stable in our house, I am ready to step up my game and make a difference.  Not only in my health, but that of my family as well.  I don't want my kids to have to deal with the health issues that I have had to endure.  Going organic will be a great way to remove (or at leas lessen)  all those unhealthy chemicals from the foods we eat.  Don't worry, I won't make my family go cold turkey, or even deprive them from occasional treats like Oreo cookies.  I just want to make a huge impact on their perception of what healthy eating should be.

On a side note, I am LOVING the Master's of Hammer and Chisel eating plan.  Because it is a muscle building and sculpting program, I get a little more food in my meal plan than I would with other programs.  IT IS AWESOME!!!  Here was my dinner from tonight: 
RED - chicken
FREE - Spicy mustard dipping sauce (link to recipe in comments)
GREEN & TSP - Boy Choy sauteed in coconut oil
GREEN - Brussels sprouts
2 YELLOW - baked sweet potato fries

As a bonus, I get to use the products from the Beachbody Performance Line...and  as long as I use them as the directions say, I DON'T have to account for those calories in my eating plan!

Goal #4 - continue to help as many people as I can on their own journey to better health.  Believe it or not, I am a fitness coach because I believe, from the bottom of my heart, that EVERYONE deserves to be healthy and happy.  If any part of what I do as a coach can help just one individual to find their own path to health and happiness, then I have done my job well.  And, no amount of money could replace the joy I get from seeing someone smile again because they FEEL GOOD about themselves!!
If YOU want to start on YOUR fitness journey, and would like my help, please drop me a message HERE.  We will talk about your goals, and get you started on your path to success!

My journey has been one of MANY ups and downs.  The one thing that has remained consistent is my goal to be a better ME. 

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