I’ve been taking a lot of risks lately – not physical risks like skydiving or bungee jumping…but more of the emotional type of risks.
I have just been going for it – and guess what? It feels AHH-MAZING!
I’ve been reaching out to people and asking them to be a part of my team (Team Fight For Fit). I’ve been asking people if they would like to join challenge groups to work on their health and fitness. I have been connecting with old friends I haven’t seen in a while (like years) and asking them to hang out.
I am going after what I want. I am going after what I want my life to look like. I’m being more authentically ME.
Even when the people I reach out to don’t respond or they say no – you know what? I feel PROUD. I’m proud of myself. Proud that I tried. Proud that I won’t keep wondering “what if” because now I have an answer.
The rejections I get. The silence on the other end. It means I’m LIVING. It means I’m working towards my dreams.
And do you know something else I’ve recently realized? It’s not about whether the person says yes to joining my team or not. It’s not about whether the person responds or not to my offer…it’s actually NOT about the outcome at all.
Before, I used to think it was ALL about the end result. That’s how you measure success – how many “yes’s” you get, how many people you recruit, how much money is in the bank – BUT I’m here to tell you it’s NOT!
As I put myself out there more and more, share my personal thoughts and feelings, share my transformations (inside and outside) I realize it’s all about the PROCESS. It’s about who I am becoming.
I am becoming STRONGER. More confident. More sure of what I want for myself. Of who I want to be. Of my purpose in life (besides wife and mother).
So, today I say to you: Do what scares the CRAP out of you. Do that one thing that you are afraid to do.
Climb that wall. Jump that hurdle. Because, what’s on the other side is BEAUTIFUL. It may not look like what you expected, BUT it’s beautiful all the same.
In honor of the fact that I have FINALLY picked a name for my growing team of BeachBody Coaches, I wanted to share what this team is all about!
I have been racking my brain for a year (literally) with what to call my team.
Because our name needed to convey our true identity .
Our name has meaning. It has purpose. It describes our mission – what we stand for and what we want for ourselves and others who join us.
Fight For Fit means we NEVER stop working on our health and fitness. We fight for ours and we fight for others to do the same. We show other Mamas out there that it is NECESSARY and POSSIBLE to take care of themselves.
We want you to know that you need to FIGHT for what you want- how you want to feel on the inside and look on the outside, how you want your life (all aspects) to look and the type of person you want to be. All of this goes hand in hand and makes up your level of “fitness”- mental, spiritual and physical.
ANYONE can have this – the level of “fit” they desire. Whether you are a mama of a 2 year old, tantrum-throwing toddler or a mama of 3 kids in college, YOU can do this. You too, can FIGHT for what you want…for what FIT looks like to you.
Introducing…TEAM FIGHT FOR FIT…
Who We Are:
Former Air Force
Post- College Graduates
People Who Make Mistakes
People Who Keep Trying
Real Estate Agents
People with MS
Who We Are Not:
If YOU are looking for:
something more in your life
something of your OWN that you can build
a community of positive people
a work-at-home opportunity
a chance to help others
freedom to create your schedule
freedom to design your life
a healthy lifestyle that is SUSTAINABLE
Then you owe it to yourself AND your family to join Team Fight For Fit
I’m REALLY excited to be building a team of other like-minded Mamas who want to work on their health and fitness goals while earning an income from home and helping others do the same!
Being a Team BeachBody Coach allows me to have something of my own and it allows my family to have the lifestyle we truly desire, the freedom to choose and the income to do extra things that we wouldn’t be able to do otherwise. I want other mamas to have this opportunity too!
I am inviting YOU to learn more by sending me a message on Facebook @thisfitlife
I can’t wait to talk to you and introduce you to our growing team!
You’ve heard that before, right? BUT have you ever stopped to really think about what it means? To think about how that simple, yet powerful phrase, applies to so many aspects of your life? Of any of our lives?
Life isn’t easy. Let’s just say that and get that out of the way because anyone who has been on this planet for more than 5 years (and hasn’t been living in a bubble) can attest to that.
“Darkness” can refer to SO many things – pain, depression, tragedy, relationship problems, health problems, addiction, career issues…the list could literally, go on and on.
If there wasn’t darkness, would you be able to appreciate the light? To appreciate the good things that come your way as the black veil dissipates and the light shines through?
To be honest, for me, I’m not so sure I would be able to. It seems, when you’ve had pain or struggle or any kind of “darkness”, the good stuff that eventually comes your way is SO much sweeter because of it. (It’s kind of like when you put a pinch of salt in cookie batter – it brings out the sweetness exponentially.)
Is that human nature? Or me just not being able to appreciate something without a kick in the pants? My guess is – it’s probably a little of both.
Here are some things that I believe and have learned about darkness:
The hard times are…well…HARD but they WILL be followed by good times. I truly believe that no matter what you are struggling with, there will come a time when it is only a distant memory.
It makes you STRONGER. You will be amazed at how capable you truly are.
There is a REASON for it. It may not be evident at first (or for a long time) but I truly believe there is a reason for everything – whether it’s to teach you something, teach someone else something, or pave the way for others.
We will all have to suffer through darkness in our lives – in varying degrees- for short or extended periods of time. There’s no doubt – it’s part of being alive.
Here is something else I believe: There WILL be LIGHT in the end.
Stay strong. Keep fighting. What you want…what you need…is on the other side of the black night.
Today, April 28th, is my birthday…and as I sit here, reflecting on this past year…it is almost mind-blowing to realize how much has changed for me.
This time, last year, I wasn’t completely comfortable with who I was. I wasn’t happy when I looked in the mirror. Sometimes, I would stare at myself in the mirror, look into my own eyes, and think – who are you?
I didn’t know. I was lost.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I had (and still do have) a beautiful family- a caring husband and healthy children – but something wasn’t right. Everything on the outside looked perfect…but looks can be deceiving…and inside, I was a mess.
Six months ago, when I started this health and fitness journey, I had no idea it would become a mental health journey as well. I had no idea that taking 30 minutes for myself every morning to exercise, before everyone else got up, that eating clean, drinking super food shakes and reading personal development books would lead to this whole new outlook I now have on life.
I’m going to be real and open and honest because, really, what’s the point of writing any of this if I’m not?
I used to be the girl who looked in the mirror and thought she was fat. I looked in the mirror and thought I was less than. There were a lot of “un” words running through my mind when I got dressed and put my makeup on in the morning. “Unconfident, unattractive, unmotivated, unloveable, unworthy, unfit, unable….un -….un-….un-….fill in the blanks with anything else you can think of.
I’m not being dramatic. I promise. This is how it WAS.
NOW – I am “full of” – full of joy…full of peace…full of confidence…full of appreciation…full of all the wonderful things that life has to offer…full of superfoods 🙂 and sometimes even…full of hot air 🙂
For my birthday today, someone posted this picture on my timeline:
I messaged her, told her it was perfect, and she said – “I thought of you when I saw it.”
I can’t even explain the amount of joy that fills my heart when I get messages like this because not only do I see myself this way now, but others do too. And not only do they see me this way (which is nice of course) but more importantly, I am helping them change…change their body, their life, their lifestyle, their family and their mindset.
I am changing lives.
But first, I had to change mine.
And now that I have…the view when I look in the mirror…is totally different then it ever has been before.
Spring has sprung! We have red tulips growing in our front yard, my husband and kids just planted purple and pink petunias in our backyard while I did some good ole’ fashioned meal prepping AND it has been sunny this whole entire week!!! (And just FYI, I live in the Pacific Northwest so we can go weeks at a time without ever seeing the sun).
I grew up in Texas where the sun is out ALL the time so naturally, we took it for granted. I never realized how much the sun made a difference until we lived here. It definitely perks me up when there’s nary a cloud in the sky and that bright glowing ball is shining down on me. I discounted how much it affects my mood (heck, everyone’s mood) and how wonderful it really is to be outside playing with the kids in the warm sun.
So, in honor of this beautiful spring weather we’ve been having (which now that I’ve talked about it have probably jinxed it) the theme for this week is Spring recipes! Think light and healthy and of course…delicious!
These recipes are all from the Cooking Light Spring issue
Flaky Crab Cakes
1/3 cup pre-chopped red bell pepper
2 tablespoons canola mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 green onions, chopped
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten
1 1/3 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs), divided (I would use whole wheat)
1 pound lump crabmeat, drained and shell pieces removed
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons canola mayonnaise (I would use plain Greek yogurt instead)
2 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream (I would use plain Greek yogurt instead)
2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
Combine first 7 ingredients. Add 1/3 cup panko and crab; toss gently. Divide crab mixture into 8 equal portions; shape each into a 3/4-inch-thick patty. Place remaining panko in a shallow dish. Gently dredge patties in panko.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan. Add 4 crab cakes to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side. Remove from pan; keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining oil and crab cakes.
Combine 2 tablespoons mayonnaise and remaining ingredients; serve with crab cakes.
Tip: Serve with a green salad and brown rice/quinoa if desired
1/3 cup canola mayonnaise (I used plain Greek yogurt instead, works great!)
1/4 cup unsalted ketchup
2 tablespoons water
1 1/2 ounces reduced-fat kettle-cooked potato chips (I did not add this to mine and I suggest you don’t either!)
Shape beef into 2 (1-inch-thick) patties; sprinkle with pepper and salt. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties; cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
Add onion to pan; cook 5 to 6 minutes on each side; separate into rings. Cut burgers into bite-sized pieces. Divide romaine, burgers, onion, tomato, and cheese among 4 bowls.
Combine mayonnaise, ketchup, and 2 tablespoons water in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk; drizzle evenly over salads. Lightly crush potato chips with your hands; sprinkle evenly over salads.
Tip: Keep the dressing on the side and dip your fork into it before picking up the salad with it.
Another tip: I added crispy turkey bacon to this salad and it was delicious!
Grilled Steak and Pineapple Rice
1/4 cup lower-sodium soy sauce (I use Coconut Aminos or Tamari)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 (4-ounce) beef tenderloin fillets
1 (8-ounce) can pineapple slices in juice, drained
6 green onions
2 (8.8-ounce) packages precooked brown rice (I made my own – mixture of quinoa and black rice cooked in veggie broth)
7/8 teaspoon kosher salt
Combine soy sauce, pepper, and beef in a large zip-top plastic bag. Massage sauce into beef; let stand at room temperature 7 minutes, turning bag occasionally.
While steak marinates, heat a large grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Arrange pineapple and green onions in pan; cook 5 minutes or until well charred, turning to char evenly. Cut onions and pineapple into bite-sized pieces. Heat rice according to package directions; stir in pineapple, onions, and salt. Keep warm.
Add beef to grill pan coated with cooking spray; cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Serve beef with rice mixture.
Tip: Serve this with a side of fresh steamed green beans or broccoli
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