Why yes, I am!

It’s a weird thing I do… over and over I forget to give myself credit when credit is due.   When asked if I’m a Beachbody Coach I always lose my confidence and just end up saying “yeah”.

It’s silly.  I know part of it comes from comparing myself to other coaches, which I should not do.  It also comes from years of being looked at with the “YOU’RE a personal trainer?” look that I hate so much.

Yes, yes I AM a personal trainer and I’m a health coach, and certified group fitness instructor, too.  My physical pain has kept me from the group fitness instructor roll that I so loved… but despite any physical issues, my heart and soul still yearns to help others be healthy. 

You may look at me and think I’m not healthy.  Yes, I am still overweight; however, I don’t weight 380 pounds anymore.  I’m not at my goal weight, but I eat as healthy as I can, whole foods being my best friends.  I eat very little processed things… if it comes from a can I don’t touch it.  Boxes are my enemies too.  I do some sort of physical activity every day.  Most days that is a 90 minute session in the hot room, aka Bikram Yoga.  I also do random 30 day challenges of push ups, sit ups, squats, tricep dips, etc.

Last week I started school again, learning an integrative approach to life and nutrition.  I am already starting to apply some things to my life and can’t wait to share this new acquired knowledge with others.  And, starting today, when you ask… YES, I am a BeachBody Coach and Health Coach and I can help YOU get healthy.

Above and beyond my nutritional knowledge, I have my personal experience of dealing with excruciating physical pain that makes getting up everyday a challenge.  It makes everyday life a challenge.  However, my experience has taught me that if I focus on my passions, my body will keep going no matter what it really wants to do.  I could stay in bed all day everyday in pain… I choose to get up, take a shower and conquer everyday with a smile and the intention to live life to the fullest.

Starting today, I am going to work on being confident, but keep my humility intact.  Starting today I am going to be proud of all I have accomplished and not compare myself to anyone but who I was yesterday.  As long as today I am better than yesterday, I am making progress.  And even slow progress, is progress.

I survived to blog about it

It’s been a crazy few months, sorry I haven’t been that great on keeping up with my most amazing blog posts that I know you wait anxiously for each week.

On Monday I started what promises to be an amazing year of learning and growing.  I am excited to actually have even more nutritional knowledge so that I can continue to help others make the best decisions for fueling their machines.  To renew my ACE Health Coach Certification this year, I took the ACE  Fitness Nutrition Specialist course.  It was great information… but I WANT MORE!!

I have spent lots of hours over the last several years investigating where I wanted to put my education dollars to work, and I have found an international school that is going to give me all the knowledge I need to help hundreds of people get healthy, and I can not WAIT!

On Monday I also attended what was definitely the LARGEST, hottest, sweatiest Bikram Yoga class I have ever seen.  Although the hot room is regulated by an amazing air cleaning/heating system, I can guarantee it was hotter than 105 Monday in that room.  I actually walked out feeling a little dizzy, and I know I wasn’t the other one, as a fellow yogini was laying on the floor in the lobby after class.  But we survived… and I went back for more yesterday (Tuesday).

For the first time in a while I decided to do the late night class.  Yesterday was also my first day of applying the “Miracle Morning” idea to my day.  At least it was the first time applying the concept after reading the book by Hal Elrod.  I’ve always been a morning person, but now I am becoming a morning person WITH PURPOSE.  So, I woke up early, had a productive morning at home before coming to work for an amazing day at work.

Then it was time to log in for my first “live” class of the year.  Although it was just an orientation, it added to the fire already burning in me ready to learn.  I couldn’t help but watch yet another video lecture after…. But then it was time … and I was off to the hot room.  I again got a little dizzy during class… so I had to take a few postures out… but I SURVIVED!  I can always hear one of the beautiful instructors saying “It’s a practice, not a perfect” when I have days like yesterday.  Helps me to not pack up and run out of the room.

Progress is all about making baby steps in the right direction, and that is what keeps me going.  My journey to a healthier me will never be over.  At one point I thought it was a destination, now, I realize it is a lifetime journey and I’m ready to enjoy every moment of it.

Until next time,

Namaste

What is that shake thingee?

I’ve had a few questions lately about “that shake thing” I drink. I’m never sure if people are referring to my yummy green smoothies… OR… the dose of Dense SuperFood nutrition I drink each morning in my SHAKEOLOGY 🙂 … but assuming it’s the 2nd one…

I’ve been drinking “that shake thing” for many years now and it KEEPS ME GOING! It has also helped a lot on my weight loss journey 🙂 There is no other supplement on the planet that gets me all that incredible nutrition in one glass… and trust ME, I’ve LOOKED! I’ve drank a LOT of shakes and supplements in my life… and I always go back to Shakeology.

When I don’t drink it, I feel “icky” and low energy. When I do drink it… I can do crazy things like 2 Bikram Yoga classes in a row 🙂

Many of you don’t know that I had Gastric Bypass surgery years ago, only to have to have it reversed 3 years later due to some serious complications… serious as in I almost lost my life!!

I found Shakeology originally after having had the initial surgery.  With all the “modifications” to my digestive system, I was unable to absorb nutrients from most of my food… but my body could easily assimilate the nutrients in Shakeology.  After the major complications, when I was only able to have liquids for over 2 weeks, Shakeology helped keep my energy level up and heal speedy fast.

So, what is that “shake thing” you ask?  It’s my healthiest meal of the day!

30 day MENTAL fast

In the last couple of weeks, I have re-started an old routine, making my car a mobile university. Back in 2007, many of you know, I stopped watching the news. I usually hear about BIG things through social media, or at work…but even then, I try not to pay much attention. As part of my mobile university I am listening to Jerry Clark, who suggests a 30 day mental fast. Much like a physical fast it helps you to clear the junk from your mind. There are 8 easy steps you can follow during the 30 day fast:
 
1. Read Uplifting Material for 15-20 Minutes A Day
2. Turn off the TV
3. Turn off the Radio (turn on UPLIFTING audio)
4. No newspapers
5. Associate only with uplifting people
6. Drink water
7. Exercise at least 20 minutes a day
8. Reflect on the good for 30 minutes each day
 
I actually actively still do many of these, and the ones I haven’t been doing, I’m getting back to and am already feeling a difference.  The hardest might be going back to NO TV as I have slowly slipped into watching sit-coms and reality shows after years of not having interest.
If you are finding it hard to see the good in life, it might be time for a 30 day MENTAL fast… you will be surprised at how much better you feel by following this 🙂

Me? Do yoga?? Ha!

A year ago this month- a doctor kindly suggested that yoga might help me with some of the issues I’ve been having for a few years now. My immediate response?  “Yoga is boring” “I can’t do yoga- it’s too slow”

So I went home- kept doing what I’ve always done and kept getting the same results

Until October rolled around

Something sparked in me and I decided to sign up for 10 days of unlimited Bikram yoga. Mind you the summer before I had tried it- twice- and HATED it!! The first return class was – well- not pleasant– the 2nd class was even more unpleasant- then— the magic began. Before I knew it- I was signing up January 1st 2015 to do a 30 day challenge– and right before my eyes – that became a completed 90 day challenge!!

Yoga has become a part of my life. A very important part. It helps not only with my physical issues- but it keeps me more calm to deal with difficult situations. Am I always calm? Hell no! But- my ability to face situations peacefully is greatly increased now that yoga is a part of my day. So much so that my coworkers often ask what time I’m going to yoga on any given day 🙂

Have you ever tried yoga? Like really tried it??  If you live a stressful life- and who doesn’t- you might be amazed just what a difference it can make   If you have aches and pains and don’t want to take hard core drugs- it might help  Or if you just need an excuse to get away for some you time- it’s a great escape too 😊

Cactus is Yummy

As I sit here eating lunch, a delicious salad with nopales… I am contemplating all the reasons I love this salad.  Not only is it tasty, has an amazing texture, a little bite (from the jalapeno peppers)… but I also know I am fueling my body with some amazing stuff.

So, what are nopales?

Nopales are a spectacularly healthy type of cacti with a wide range of health benefits including, but not limited to: help with weight loss, prevent cancer, improve skin health, protect heart health, regulate and improve digestion, boost the immune system, optimize metabolic activity, build strong bones, cure insomnia, and reduce inflammation throughout the body.

Nopales are a form of vegetable that is made from the soft pads of underdeveloped prickly pear cacti. The useful vegetative pads are either green or purple, and are roughly the size of a person’s hand. They have a consistency somewhere between green beans and green peppers, and are regularly added to eggs and steak stir fry. They are native to Mexico and Central America, and it is in this cuisine that you most commonly find fresh nopal. It is mainly found fresh in Mexico, and either canned or pickled as an export, particularly to the Southwestern United States and Texas.

The wealth of health benefits that come from nopales are mainly attributable to its nutrition and vitamin content, which includes riboflavin, vitamin B6, copper, iron, fiber, vitamin-A, C, K, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and manganese. It is also an important source of certain organic compounds like phytochemicals and certain polysaccharides that also contribute to the health boosting power of nopales.

I have 2 favorite ways I enjoy nopales:

~ In my daily green smoothie J  For example today we have kale, cantaloupe and nopales … YUMMY!

~ In a salad… we purchase the nopales raw, already cut and cleaned from our local “Hispanic” market.  We boil them until they are soft and rinse the “slime” off and then cool them.  Then add some chopped up raw vegetables like tomato, onion, peppers, zucchini, avocado, cilantro, garlic… whatever sounds yummy.  If you want you can even add some lemon or lime juice.  Mix it all together with a touch of salt and ENJOY!

Surrounded by half naked people

For the people that know me, they know that although my self confidence is higher than it was 5 years ago, I still struggle.  The struggle is real for me.  And participating in Bikram Yoga pretty much every day is helping me with this struggle.

I will never forget my first class.  I was the girl with the oversized t-shirt and gym pants.  Yes, I almost died, but I SURVIVED and went back for more.

I still tend to be more covered than most, however, I’ve learned to embrace my few extra bumps and lumps and be more comfortable in a room full of half naked people.

inhale exhale

My journey to a better me, to a healthier me, has taken a lot of twists and turns.  I’ve had good and bad days, but I try to stay focused on the good.  I focus on the blessings in my life… and am thankful for all that I DO HAVE.  I’m fortunate enough to be surrounded by a lot of amazing like minded people.  I have many teachers in my life, who help me keep my eye on the good, and help me to work through the quirky little things that tend to get under my skin.

Daily I walk into a hot humid room filled with people with incredible physiques.  A room that 5 years ago would have scared me leave.   Now I know that those amazing people are a group of incredibly accepting people.  Who accept me for who I am, and who I am not.   I’m not perfect… but I’ve come a long way baby.  I’ve come so far, that I ENJOY walking into a hot room full of half naked people every day!