Happy October!!!

Hi Folks:

It’s the first day of October, my favorite month of the year! Why do I love October so much? Partially because it’s my birthday month, but also because it is one of the most beautiful months in the year. The leaves change and you really have an opportunity to experience all of the beautiful colors found in nature. I know, I know, the fall season officially starts in September, but it really doesn’t seem like it’s here until October.

I’m also excited that I’ve also began to see some benefits from my nutrition and fitness efforts. Since I’ve started coaching, I’ve become much more accountable. I have to actually complete my workouts regularly and eat right 80% of the time. I’m not perfect, no one is, but I am able to give my best effort at all times. I recently shared with my challenge group some before and current pics of me and while I felt that my progress wasn’t huge, or significant, they encouraged me, the coach, and let me know that they do see the changes and that I was doing great. That’s the beauty of an accountability group. We are there to push each other when it’s needs. But we also encourage each other when we need that too! And it’s a beautiful thing.

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My results are from using 21 Day Fix. I will say that while I have started P90X3, I am still using the 21 Day Fix eating plan because it’s what works for me. I tend to be one of those people who can consistently lose a half pound to 2 pounds and a half every week. Some people can do more, but with my body, this is what happens. Either I can sulk about that because I see other people who can lose 3-5lbs in any given week, or I can be happy about it and look forward to what that really means for me.

There are 13 weeks left in 2015.

If I lose .5lb/week: 6.5lbs

If I lose 1lb/week: 13lbs

If I lose 1.5lbs/week: 19.5lbs

If I lose 2lbs/week: 26lbs

Obviously what happens from week to week varies because, let’s face it, I’m a woman and my hormones get all out of whack. I sometimes I eat what I shouldn’t, I sometimes retain water, you name it. I’m also strength training so my muscle growth can skew what is really going on. But as long as I continue to move in the right direction, I’m going to be ok.

Another thing that I’m excited to share with you is that beginning today, the program that has helped me get this train moving, 21 Day Fix is this month’s promotion.

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In this Challenge Pack you’ll get the 21 Day Fix fitness program, Shakeology, and a free 30-day trial membership to the Team Beachbody Club, where you can stream your workout anytime, anywhere. Plus, for a limited time only, you’ll will also get a 21 Day Fix Insulated Tote Bag. For the month of October you’ll get all of this for only $140, a savings of $70 (if you purchased everything individually). If you’re curious about 21 Day Fix or you’ve been wanting to try it out, the time is now. Click the link below and get started today.

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Finally, I’m excited because the October Team Motivate Coach Basics Group is starting on October 5th. As I shared before, coaching has already started to change my life because I enjoy sharing my experiences, my ups and downs with others. I also love that I’m able to help other people along the way. Coaching, for me, has gone beyond just health and fitness. I’m here to motivation my group in so many different ways, and I love it. I feel like I’m making a difference in the lives of other people. And that matters to me. If coaching sounds like something that you’re interested in, leave a comment below and I’ll contact you to discuss the opportunity further.

Jess

21 Day Fix – Update

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Hi Folks:

First I want to say that I hope that you like the new blog format and colors. 🙂 Fun Right!

Just wanted to give you an update on where I am on my fitness and coaching journey. So, as usual, I am above and beyond busy with work and family stuff, but guess what? This time I didn’t allow the daily grind to take me out of the game. Being a coach has helped to keep me accountable to the ladies that I’m helping because I can’t help them if I’m not willing to help myself. Go figure!

I’m also hosting a FREE – 30 day Fitness and Nutrition Group on Facebook. In this group the members are receiving tips and tools on fitness as well as meal planning and prepping. I’m sharing some of the “best practices” that I use in my day to day life, as well as recipes for slow cooker meals that I use when I know that I won’t have time to cook (i.e. after school activity nights). These tips really cut down on the amount of time and money spent in the drive through lines. Plus I know that I am providing my family with healthy and wholesome meals.

I’ve already completed my first round of the 21 Day Fix and I lost nearly 5lbs. Today I am on week 3, day 1 of my second round and I’m down 3lbs in this round. I’ve not been perfect but I have been better than I was before. Weekends are still hard because I tend to not be a regimented and I don’t eat on the same schedule that I do when I am at work all day. The biggest change, outside of weight loss is the inches that I’ve lost. I’ll have final measurements soon, but having your hubby and kids point out that your pants aren’t fitting so great is a good indicator. J

As I finish up this 2nd round of the 21 Day Fix I’m starting to think about what program I want to do next. I’m thinking P90X3 is on tap for me. The 30 minute workouts are the perfect 1…2… punch for me and I can get it done and move on. Right now, extremely long workout are not feasible for me so I’m always looking for something that I can get done with minimal impact to my day. The 90 days will be a challenge because I think that I have a bit of ADHD and if I look at it from a 90 day perspective, I might be a little intimidated. If I look at it as 3 separate 30 challenges (phase 1, phase 2, and phase 3), then I can be successful.

Part of implementing any new thing in your life is understanding who you are and what your specific needs are. As for me, I get bored, I know that, but the beautiful thing about Beachbody is that there are a ton of programs to choose from. Pick the ones that will work best for you, wherever you are on your journey. My fitness journey is not yours and yours is not mine. All I can do as a coach is to help you find that thing that you love and push and motivate you to be your very best. I can be your biggest cheerleader or your toughest drill sergeant depending on the situation.

If you’re interested in having me as your coach, contact me by clicking on the “Beachbody Programs and Coaching Info” link and fill out the “Contact Me” form. I look forward to hearing from you and working with you!

Jess

Why Beachbody Coaching?

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Hi Folks:

So if you didn’t know it before, I’ll share with you that I recently became a Beachbody coach. A lot of people have a lot of different reason for why they chose to become a coach. For me, I was looking for a way to start coaching others, considering the fact that I have put a lot of time and attention into the “learning” phase of my health and wellness background. What you may or may not know is that I hold my Masters of Arts in Human Services with a specialization in Health and Wellness. The kicker to this is that I am an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. I have so many reasons why I haven’t made this public knowledge, but the biggest is because I was afraid that people would judge me based on the fact that I’m not at my goal. What I am learning through my upline coach, Teresa, and what my good friend, Amber told me was that people can and will appreciate my journey. The fact that none of this is easy for me and that I have to fight for the time and consistent motivation to exercise and practice clean eating is something that people can identify with.

I chose Beachbody because I saw it as a way to help me begin my journey towards helping others. The fact that they provide guidance and support through everything is invaluable. Also, I would love to find a bit more financial freedom as I am getting ever so close to sending my kiddos to college.

I am working my way through my first week of the 21 Day Fix and I have to say that even though I’ve hard to change my schedule a bit (and to the dreaded early morning workouts @5:30am) I’m feeling really good. The 30 minute workouts can be modified to most any fitness level and the meal plan is really easy to follow. Every day this week I have had my Shakeology as well. I add fruit to it so that I can kill 2 birds with one stone.

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I’m totally and completely excited about this opportunity to help others along their fitness journey.

Jess