It’s Time

I’m just like you. Even though I’m a health coach, even though I help connect people with Beachbody programs, and even though I am advocate for health and wellness, I am just like you. I have days, weeks, even months where I put my health last. I find myself not eating healthy, eating more convenient and in turn stopping exercising. After I had my son I found that I had weighed just under a 165 pounds.  My last weekend with him right before I had him was 174. Now I’m only 5 foot 2 so this is a this is quite a bit of weight to hold on my frame. After 3 months has passed I committed to getting back into a healthier frame of mind and body. I started my journey with hip hop abs and lost quite a bit of weight. I really only had to lose maybe 15 to 20 pounds before I was at my goal weight. I kept working out and I kept eating healthy and I was seeing some amazing changes, feeling better, and having more energy. But just like you there are times when things get tough, when we get busy, and when we focus on other things other than ourselves. It’s time to start focusing back on me. Now Mama’s I know how hard it is to spend any amount of time on ourselves. I know how we feel guilty maybe even selfish when we decide to take some time away from our family and focus on our own health and wellness. But Mama’s, we are the ones that need to take time for ourselves. It is not selfish, because without us our family cannot function unless we are healthy and happy.

So starting today I am recommending to 21 day fix. This is one of my favorite programs and it is one that I point people to when they need help getting back on track. It has everything that you need to get to where you need to be. Not only does it focus on exercise, but it also focuses on nutrition and portion control. This is something we can all use a refresher course on. Now I’ve had some people tell me that they believe they’re going to starve on this plan. They take one look at those containers and think “I’m going to be hungry all the time.” Those who have done the plan will look at you, smile, and laugh because they know how much food you are really going to eat. I know for me, especially in the beginning, I have a hard time eating all the food on the plan. So day one starts today and while this first week I am going to fully focus on diet, starting next week I am going to bring in the exercise. I’m extending this program to a four week program so that I can make it work for me. So here’s to all the mommas taking some time for themselves to making them happier, healthier people.

Typing during nap time

You know you are a mommy when you plan out how much you hope to accomplish during nap times.  My list is always longer then what M will allow but it’s there.  Usually on there is working out, showering, brushing teeth, picking up the house, starting laundry, putting away dishes, etc.  Somehow updating my blog has never made it on this list.  I have warned you before that I am a bad blogger.  You can see that it’s been a month since my last post!  I am really working on getting better and to be able to blog at least 1 time per week.

I think writing things down is essential to our health and well being.  Journaling or blogging can be a way to get out things that are bottling up inside.  They can help you step away from a situation so that you can see it from another angle.  They are essential when you do not feel there is someone else to talk to.  I do really recommend doing some writing in some way at least once a week.  As I said I am working on this myself.  As a mommy it is so easy to put everything into your family and little ones and forget about yourself.  We see it as a badge of honor but in reality I think it can actually hurt us.  We need time to ourselves.  To be able to step away from everything, even if it is for 30 minutes.  The sad things is we feel so darn guilty when we do.  So if you can’t get physically way then journaling can be it.

My life has changed a bit since the last time I wrote anything down.  I went from being a stay at home mommy to a working woman again.  I am so lucky that they have worked with me so that I work once my hubby gets home and only part time.  This way M doesn’t need to go to daycare and gets individual attention from both of us.  I can tell you I never expected to feel so guilty being away from him.  I really am not missing much since I work nights and my hubby can handle dinner, getting into jammies, reading to him and putting him to bed.  But I can tell you that I completely miss not being able to be a part of that 5 days out of the week.

I do love being able to chat with adults again, and getting away for 4-6 hours is nice when things get stressful.  The funny part is I hate working nights.  I am more of a morning person naturally but you do what you have to when it comes to being there for your kiddos.  Do I plan on working out of the home forever?  I can’t say right now as I do not know what they future will hold for me.  I don’t mind being away but I would rather only have to work 1-3 days a week out of the home and the rest at home.

This is where the beauty of Beachbody and Young Living come in.  They are supplementing my income in a way that this can be a reality for me in the near future.  I love that even though it is hard to do and yet another thing in my schedule.  It is completely rewarding and helping me get to where we want to be.  And with that I will end this so that I might be able to go to the bathroom with the door shut since little man is still sleeping.  Ah, the life as a parent.

In health and wellness,

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Meal Planning

Are you a planner or a go with the flow kind of person.  I am more of a go with the flow type of person except when it comes to cooking.  We try to plan out our meals each week so that we can keep our food budget low.  We don’t eat many if at all any processed foods so it takes time to plan everything out so that I am not in the kitchen all day.  M wouldn’t let me be in the kitchen anyways.  We have tried a few ways of planning but a great one I found to get started is called the No Plan Menu Plan.  It is pretty healthy, set up easily to follow, and includes over 20 weeks of meals.  They are bit too animal protein and dairy based for me but you can very easily make some changes to the recipes to make them work for you and your family.

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This week I tried my own hand at planning in this same style and so far we are 2 for 2 in delicious meals.  Saturday we had crunchy orange cauliflower over rice and today we had red beans and rice.  Both were vegan and delicious and what I needed.  Last week I said I had to get back on the plan that is best for me and look at that one step in the right direction.  High five me!!!

Now this week it’s all about getting back into the work out phase.  I am not sure what program to go with right now.  I have so many that I love.  I could do Piyo again, 21 Day Fix, T25, Les Mills Combat… really the list goes on and on.  Maybe I should just go with the flow and go with what makes sense that day.  I dunno.  My intuition is saying Piyo and I have yet to finish that program from start to finish so maybe I should start that one over.  Hmmm, thoughts anyone?  Well here’s to staying on the path of being the best, healthiest me I can be!

Slacker Extraordinaire

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Oh my goodness guys, I am on the bad blogger train and I need to jump off of it.  I had every intention of blogging at least once a week but as we can all see that hasn’t happened, lol.  I wish I had some excellent excuse on why, but in reality I just was a slacker.  I don’t know if you are like me but once winter hits I just get so unmotivated to do anything! Maybe it’s the cold, the dark, the lack of vitamin D but I find everything hard to do.  It doesn’t help that I have been a bad eater lately.  I know what things make me feel good and what make me feel bad and I have not been listening to my body like I should.

Sometimes in life you have to go away from the popular opinion.  You have to stand up for yourself, your body, your life without the support of others.  I am lucky that I have people in my life that are completely supportive but that doesn’t mean that sometimes things get hard.  I know that animal protein, dairy, and gluten are pretty much on the no fly list for me yet there are times I find myself consuming at least one of the three.  I am not perfect.  I have never claimed to be and can find myself struggling even though I know what steps I need to take.

It’s time to be a grow up (even though I am in my 30’s) and stand up for myself and my health.  I do not want my son to learn that slacking off is the way to go.  That being healthy means only doing it in January.  I can’t let stupid excuses like “oh, it’s winter”… or “oh, it’s the holidays” allow me to treat myself badly.  I know that a plant based diet without gluten is the best for me and darn it I deserve to feel my best!  Time to get back on the health wagon, making delicious food that will make me feel amazing.  And while I am at it, it’s time to get back to working out consistently!  I am not going to wait until January…the slacking stops now!

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Exciting News

I am so excited to announce that One Leaf Wellness, LLC now has a physical location to see clients!  I feel very blessed that our chiropractor is giving us a room 3 days a week!  Now the awesome people of Rochester, MN and surrounding areas will be able to get Reiki, Aromatherapy, and Health Coaching face to face!  To see the services I am offering please check them out here.  I will still be providing online services as well so those of you that are not near me do not fret.  We can still work together!

Challenge Group!

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I am looking for 8 ladies who want to tone their butt, hips, thighs and make a total body transformation. This group will be limited so I can devote a lot of time helping you achieve your goals. Exercises are low impact with a dance-like feel and upbeat music. Contact me for more information.

Start Date: Monday, August 18

Registration Closes: Monday, August 8.

Contact: oneleafwellness@gmail.com or message me here!

 

Internship Opportunity

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I’m opening up 3 new apprentice spots (cannot already be a coach) for people that want to learn from me to do what I do as a Beachbody Coach. You do NOT already have to be in shape. 3 people ONLY so the first people to respond and complete the requirements will be accepted into this internship program.

You need to be willing to commit to a professional growth program. Internship for the first 3-6 months where you will learn from me and what I do with my business & understand how to do it yourself. Then pay can be around $500-$1,000 -weekly- (over $50,000 annually) for the next 6-12 months. You can expect that number will double or even triple >IF YOU FOLLOW< the to do list I give you and are consistent with your work. You have absolute control over income based off of your ability to follow my simple 3 step road map.

-Must want a big crazy family that will support you and love you NO MATTER WHAT(this is a non-negotiable)
-Must be a self starter with a positive attitude
-Do NOT already have to be in shape but must be willing to lead by example and begin your journey to health
-Must be a TEAM player
-Must be teachable

Our 8 week new coach training kick-off begins SOON so comment below  or go here and fill out the form for more information.

Differences and Challenges

I am a true believer that we are our own worst enemy’s, especially when it comes to weight loss and getting healthy.  It is so hard to see the small changes that happen week to week and if that scale isn’t moving we sometimes feel like a failure.  I am proof that even small changes will equal to big and long lasting changes in the end!  I am just into day 2 of week 3 of Hip Hop Abs.  One of the best things I decided to do was take progress pictures from week to week.  This really helps you step back from yourself and see the small changes happening.
HHA week 3I mean I don’t feel like I have changed much, but when I look at these photos next to each other I am proud of the progress I have made!  I have had a few people ask what my secrets are to staying on track and accountable.  There are two things really that have helped me tremendously.

  1. Drinking Shakeology:  This meal replacement drink has been my savior really.  I am a busy mama who has a 4 month old that is going through a don’t put me down and I don’t really want to nap phase.  This was leading me to either miss meals or just grab something convenient (which was usually tortilla chips).  Now I am getting tons of nutrients and vitamins in a simple shake.  I have been replacing 1 meal a day since I started Hip Hop with shakeology and some days even 2 meals a day.
  2. Becoming a Beachbody Coach:  To be a coach you do not have to have a degree, perfect body, or be a personal trainer.  Instead you just have to be a person who is working on themselves, believe in the Beachbody products, and want to help others do the same.  I do have a certificate in health coaching, but since adding Beachbody coaching to my practice I have been so much better at keeping myself healthy.  The reason is because I post everything I am doing on lots of social media sites.  If I were to skip a day I know I have people who would be wondering what is going on.  This has helped me workout on those days I would rather sit on the couch.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities (workouts, shakeology, or coaching) do not hesitate to contact me at any time.

Now on to the challenge.  Since I am seeing such awesome results at getting rid of the excess baby weight and toning my body back up I wanted to help support others wanting to do the same.  I am hosting a Fit Mama Challenge through Facebook and couldn’t be more excited. As of right now only have 9 spots left in my challenge!!!  Here is the flyer:

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If you are interested at entering my challenge group please contact me ASAP so that we can get you in.  You can contact me either through here or my email: oneleafwellness@gmail.com