Seriously!  This past weekend was jammed PACKED with events and activities! Alright.. let's rewind for a minute and start at the beginning shall we :)  Friday we kicked off the weekend with an awesome gathering with some Team Beachbody collegues, we cooked out (all healthy options!), celebrated one of our team member's birthday and then got down to business and discussed the future of our team.  VERY enlightening... LOTS of great things coming our way for TEAM SWARM.
Saturday I was up bright and early to run in my first 5K of the year!  The 5K was a benefit race for a good friend from high school, all the races I run in are for a good cause, I never run for time, I run to support :)  It was an awesome turnout!  And I was super stoked that I finished at a swift 27 minutes, that was my best time to date!  Next race is June 10, this one is for the Girls With Sole Organization, an organization that supports females who have/are suffering abuse in all forms, it is an organization that gives them hope and an outlet through running and fitness.  Super happy to supporting such a great organization!  Ok! Back to Saturday!  After my race we shot over to a Beachbody event that our team was holding at a hotel in our town.  What an event that was!  So inspiring and just an awesome reminder of how blessed I am to be apart of such a great company!  Later Saturday night we had a wedding to attend and they had photo booth!  Oh my gosh, I love love love those things at weddings, what a great idea!  Check out the fun photos we did!
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Me and my love!
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Seester and I!
Fun times!  We danced our butts off too, LOVE weddings :)  We wrapped up the weekend Sunday with another awesome turnout for the same benefit I ran in on Saturday. Not to mention the weather was absolutely GORGEOUS all weekend long!  Looking forward to the holiday weekend ahead, the weekend that kicks off SUMMER!  I can't believe it's here and I'm totally ready for it too!  And to prove that I'm ready, I went out and got bathing suit #3!  I just love all the neon colors that are out this season!
Any fun plans this weekend?  I plan on lots of sun, lots of cookouts and lots of rides on the motorcycle!  Oh and I'm positive we'll shoot over to Cedar Point with the kiddos too!  Another eventful weekend ahead!  Have a good one and BE SAFE!
 
 
Half way through May you say?!!?  Say what?!  And you know what else my fit beauties... and it actually just dawned on me as I glanced up at the calendar, it has been ONE YEAR since I started this blog!!!!!!  Can you flippin' believe that?!  Holy wow... I was not prepared for this so I'm just gonna roll with it LOL!  A year ago, I was pretty much starting from scratch with my very own Beachbody Challenge, wanting something better for my body and outlook on life, I was brand new into TurboFire and had no clue what that opportunity held for me!  Looking back, in a nutshell here's what I came of ordering a copy of TurboFire, which was exactly around the same time that I started this blog!  Geez... where do I start?! 

OK... [DEEP BREATH].... Ordered a copy of Turbo online / became a Beachbody Coach / started this blog / fell in love with Turbo / got certified to teach Turbo / completed my 90 journey with TurboFire and lost a total of 35lbs / sent in my TurboFire success story to Beachbody in hopes of being cast in the next infomercial / rank advanced to Emerald in by Beachbody business / scored a Fit Club at a gym in Downtown Cleveland / Started creating monthly Challenge Groups online to help others with their fitness goals / turned my Beachbody business completely around and started tapping into Dani Johnson / lit a fire underneath my parenting and marriage skills, taking them to the next level / attended a LIVE Dani Johnson event in Orlando, FL / scored 3 TurboKick classes that I teach regularly 3 times a week / rank advanced in my Beachbody business to Ruby / a week later rank advanced to Diamond / Currently holding a 1 star diamond qualification status / debuted on the TurboFire informercial / leading a team of rockstar coaches that not only transformed their lives, but make it their passion to help transform the lives of others in the same way / attended another Dani Johnson event with my husband / brings me to where I am right this very moment / LOVING LIFE / MY LIFE DOES NOT LOOK THE SAME AS IT DID A YEAR AGO!!!!!!!  It is 100% better, more fulfilled, more passionate, more dreams, more EVERYTHING!!!!

Ok wow... I was not expecting this type of post today!!  This is the first time I've actually listed some of the major things that have happened in my life in this past year.... I did a whole heck of ALOT!  And I know I'm leaving somethings out!  I'm humbled, so very  humbled right now.  To think that all of the things I listed stemmed from a simple purchase that I honestly thought was just gonna help me get in shape.  It shaped me up alright, in more ways than one. There's a lesson here, many of them actually.  Right now I'm going to take a moment and reflect on this, as it kinda crept up on me LOL! 

Know one thing my dear friends... Each of you hold something deep inside of you, something greater than even you know.  No way a year ago would I ever have thought I was capable of doing any one of these things I just listed above.  All I know is that I had a vision, a dream, I wanted it REAL bad and I wasn't stopping til I got there and I'm not stopping now as the vision, the dream is much much bigger now, I can't wait to look back a year from now and see just what I accomplished this year. 

This is a good reminder that sometimes you have to take a step back and reflect on all that you have accomplished, stop worrying about how much more you have to do and how much farther you have to do, and open your eyes and take a look back at what it was you did achieve..... WOW. 

Have a good week and do me a favor, take 10 minutes and jot down what all you accomplished last year and then get a blank piece of paper and write down what it is you want to accomplish this year... Oh you will be surprised :)
 
 
Well I think it's safe to say I'm back in the saddle again after an AMAZING weekend!  Friday morning we jumped in the car and headed west to the windy city to attend a Dani Johnson seminar.  Now, if you read my blog regularly you will know that I've been following Dani's work for about 6 months now.  I've read her books, listened to her audio CDs and taken advantage of all the great FREE resources she has to offer on her site, www.danijohnson.com, please go check it out!   This amazing woman has help me in all facets of my life, in my marriage, as a parent, with my finances and even with my fitness business as an Independent Team Beachbody Coach.  This was my second time attending one of her live seminars, the first one I attended was back in January in Orlando, FL.  From the beginning of the year she's rocked my world, opened me up to recognize my ego I didn't even know I had, made me realize how simple success can be, made me a better parent and a wife, just a better person in general!  Well I couldn't keep her a secret all to myself so I sent my dear hubby to LA to see her all on his own to get his own experience and then this time around we went together and brought people with us to Chicago.  Some got more out of it than others, but I can honestly say that the ones that did walk away with a renewed sense of vision in life and for people in general went in with an open mind and an open heart.  I'm truly blessed to be surrounded with such incredible individuals.  It is so very true, the saying that states, "You are the 5 people you choose to surround yourself with."  This past weekend I was totally surrounded with hundreds of people who desire more out of life, who just want to be happy and make others happy, who want to rid themselves of negativity, who have a VISION for their life.  I'm on a complete high right now and I don't plan on coming back down EVER.  This is the power that this seminar, First Steps To Success can have on you, granted that you have enough common sense to check your ego at the door, let down your guard and open your ears and your heart.  It seems simple right?  You'd be surprised how hard it is for some, and they're the ones that need it most.  Isn't that just how life is though right?!  Sometimes you have to experience the bad to get to the good.  Now I'm not saying everyone needs to plug into Dani, she's not for everyone!  But, I will say this, if you aren't in some way consistently investing in yourself to grow personally, mentally, spiritually, then you will stay stuck my friends.  Stuck in a rut.  Where I found myself a little over a year ago at the end of 2010.  I made a promise to myself that I was going to change my situation, I was going to get healthy, be comfortable in my own skin, feel good about myself so I could be a better mother and wife.  In a few short months I did that, lost 35lbs and gained a business that I could be proud of and help others who were struggling just like me.  Then I was introduced to Dani.  I was greatly satisfied with my physical transformation, but my personal and financial situation was still stuck.  She showed me the light, I was eager to learn and to grow and I did.  It brought me to this point in my life.  EXTREMELY happy and content, a VISION for life and what I want out of it, a happy marriage, happy children and a growing business that has done wonders for us financially.  I'm blessed friends, so very blessed.   I wasn't given all this over night.  The Law of Promotion says that, "He who can be trusted with the little things, will be made ruler over much."  Read that over and over and over again, let it sink in.  It's about the little things.  Doing them over and over again consistently.  Repetition is the mother of skill.  It will lead to mastery and it is then that you will be rewarded with more.  It is so very simple friends, don't make it hard.  I believe in YOU.  Believe in YOURSELF. 
I'm so very blessed to be able to communicate this with you all, those of you that are reading, you are the ones that I choose to surround myself with.  In some way shape or form the words I write have been inspired by you.  Have a blessed day, make it a GREAT week :)  Love you all!