I can hardly believe it fit friends.  Next week on March 28, it will have been one year since I started on this amazing journey with my health and fitness, taking my own Beachbody Challenge with TurboFire and Shakeology.  As I sit here and type this I am practically in tears at how my life has positively changed in so many ways.  A year ago I was 165lbs, unhappy with my body and the way I felt, I had no energy, no desire to do anything but get up, go to work, come home, do dinner and go to bed, only to do it all over again.  My dreams were non-existent, my hope was pretty much crushed.  Now.... after losing over 30lbs, lowered my overall body fat by more than half and increased my energy like woah, I feel as if the entire world is at my fingertips, I have dreams, I've reached AMAZING goals and milestones in fitness, in family, in business and in life in general.  If you were to sit here and tell me this would be my life that I'm living right now a year ago, I would have called you a liar to your face.  Absolutely humbled and blessed beyond words.  So, I wanted to just take a minute to kind of let you all know that now you may look at my life and think I have it all figured out, well that's not the case.... I'm teachable friends, I leave myself open to learn something new everyday and to learn from others who struggle the same way I did almost a year ago.  I want you to know that this journey wasn't easy.  When I first started working out on Day 1, by Day 2 and 3 I wanted to quit.   I was sore as heck and I just didn't want to move.  But, my WANT overcame my EXCUSES and I pushed through.  Day by day, week by week, the soreness got better and I started to get more energy.  I also struggled with cravings and wanted to eat junk that I knew wasn't good for me.  For the entire 90 days of my commitment to my journey to lose weight, I nixed all junk food, no cheat days, no breaks, I was serious about dropping the weight and feeling better and I wanted results as fast as I could get em.  You know, I'm all about enjoying life and having a piece of cake and ice cream, and eating a yummy mexican joints, trust me, I LOVE TO EAT... but, I made a commitment to myself for 90 days to push and strive for the results I wanted and I wasn't about to let a night out, a cheat day or a slip get the best of me in this 90 days.  This is the type of commitment that gets results.  You CANNOT expect to get results when you are only committed part of the time.  You commit part time, you're gonna get part time results.  After giving my full commitment for the entire 90 days, I found myself happier, I reached my goal, I had energy, I had DREAMS, I had more GOALS.  I felt FANTASTIC.  I can't believe it's been a year, 365 days friends.  If I can completely transform my life and the lives around me in 1 years time, there's no doubt in my mind that you can too.  What do ya say.... Are you willing to commit ONE YEAR of your life, with the chance that you just may make yourself happier, more fulfilled, FULL OF LIFE.  I made that choice.  And I'm SO glad I did.  It brought me here, talking about in hopes of inspiring others to do the same.  I've been there friends, I know how hard it can be and I've made it to the other side and I KNOW how good it can be.  If I can inspire just ONE person to take the leap, transform their life, then I know I did my part and that makes me extremely happy.  We are in this together fit friends.  Strap yourself in... it's gonna be one heck of a ride... and ya know what.... THE BEST IS YET TO COME :)
 
 
Hey hey all!  I took a week off from writing, I'm wondering if all the wonderful weather we've been having had something to do with it :)  Really... we are being spoiled with this mild winter here in Northwestern Ohio!  I'm not complaining, that is FOR SURE!  So does anyone else feel like there are just not enough hours in the day?  I'm so blaming this one on Daylight savings, why the heck does it have to entail losing one whole hour!?  I'll take the extra daylight... just not losing the extra hour, right!?  LOL... ah well, bottom line is I'm healthy, happy and grateful for the hours I DO have.  So a brand new week is upon us, I'm happy to stay that for the next 2 weeks I'll be going strong in phase 3 of P90X2, I'm very happy with my progress and I've been researching/contemplating my next program... which I'm thinking might be INSANITY.  Yikes!  I'm ready to get my cardio on though, 60 days of pure high intense cardio workouts, that should get me all set for summer!  60 days and counting!  I mean we are already experiencing some hints of summer, with 75 degree weather this past weekend, made for an awesome St. Patty's day!  Got out on the Harley and indulged in my one green beer Saturday afternoon, so nice to get out, lots of fun :)
Saturday night, the lil fam and I joined some friends for a special St. Patty's Day party for the kiddos... I love this pic below, it's of all the kids with the yummy green cuppycakes, and don't mind that they all looked possessed, that's all thanks to the flash on my iPhone LOL :)  But, I do have to brag on my little godson (yes, he's the one making the funny/scary face LOL)!!  You see he does this for every picture just to get under this mother's (my BBF) skin, and I FRIGGIN LOVE IT!  Hahaha!!!  I'm sorry, this cracks me up, he's 3, and he's a boy.... would you expect anything less?! 
All in all, a fantastic weekend!  So ready to start this week off with a bang!  Lots to look forward to, lots to get done... have a good one fit friends!
 
 
You know that feeling of release when you reach a goal you've set for yourself?  That feeling of pure bliss and sense of freedom that rings through your body knowing all the work you put in has finally paid off?!  As most of you know I'm big into planning, I plan days, weeks and even months in advance.  Last June I made a goal to reach Diamond rank in my Beachbody business by April 2012, which would be exactly one year from when I signed up to be a Beachbody Coach.  For some reaching this rank comes easily and rather quickly.  But, working full time with a media company, being a wife and mother to twins I knew it was going to take me just a little bit longer, which meant I had to make a well designed plan, stick to it and work efficiently at it EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  At the beginning of this year, I decided to up the ante and shoot to reach my goal by March 21st when I will have completed 1 round of P90X2.  Well, I'm proud to announce that last Thursday, I reached that Diamond rank on March 1st!  Thrilled that I reached my GOAL a whole 20 days earlier!  What a FANTASTIC feeling!  Have to share this image, it's from my to-do list app on my iPhone, you can see the date in June that I set this PUSH goal for myself.. how cool is that?!
Moral of the story friends... Do NOT underestimate the power of a to-do list!!  Everyday, I had small tasks that moved me closer to my goal and bit by bit I got there...PROOF!  But the train of success doesn't stop here, more goals have since them put into motion and within the next few weeks a new PUSH goal will be put into place.  I took it easy this passed weekend, rewarding myself for all the hard work I had done, I relax, took it easy, indulged in my fav shows on TV and just really enjoyed my family, which in the end is why I work so dang hard in the first place :) Ended the fantastic weekend with an amazing dinner prepared by my hubby, which I snapped this pic with my new obsession app, Instagram!   
How delish does that look!?  Ok, my stomach just started to growl LOL!!  So I guess, I'm off to make myself a healthy snack and get this week started off right!  Awesome week ahead, last week of Phase 2 in P90X2, a little Turbo with my favs mid-week, I have a date with my lil fam to see The Fresh Beat Band Friday at the State Theater and then Saturday is the big Beachbody Challenge event taking place in my area!  Lots to do, lots to look forward to! Make it a great week friends!