It’s already March 1!  How are things going with your New Years Resolutions to get in better shape and become healthier?

If you’ve been doing great, that is fantastic!  Keep it up and share your secrets!  😉

If you’ve been struggling, don’t beat yourself up over it!  You have it within you, right now, to get to where you want to be later.  Oftentimes, what is holding you back is your own head telling you that something is holding you back from reaching your goals:  Too tired; too busy; too weak.  Stop making excuses.  Start trying to find solutions to them!

Welcome to TODAY!

Another Day.  Another Chance for Change.

Now I’ll break down some common problems and try to offer solutions.

Problem #1:  “I’m too tired to exercise.”  

Solution:  Regular exercise has been shown to fight fatigue and boost energy.  Pick something active that you enjoy doing.  Go for walks and/or runs with friends or family/kids.  Attend group exercise classes like Zumba, BodyPump, Kickboxing, Yoga, Pole Fitness, etc.  Commit to doing an at-home fitness program like P90X, Insanity, TurboFire, Hip Hop Abs, Power 90, etc., where you have accountability to a free coach (like me!).

You don’t have to spend two hours in the gym (unless you like doing that!).  Just get up and get active!  Take a walk.  Go for a bike ride.  Pop in a workout dvd.  (I like P90X, but I’ve also used Jillian Michaels’ 30-Day Shred, as well as Tae Bo and TheFirm.)

Problem #2:  “I’m too busy.ORLife gets in the way.” ORI don’t have time.

Solution:  You’ll have to make time in your schedule to squeeze in your workouts, even if it’s just 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there.  Something is always better than nothing!  If you have time to watch tv, you have time to workout.  (reference my suggestions for “I’m too tired to exercise.” above)

Problem #3:  “I’m too weak.

Solution:  Just remember to do YOUR best.  That’s what counts.  So what if you’re weak to begin with??  Realistically, you can only get stronger by exercising.  You have to start somewhere, sometime.  Now is a good time to start!

Problem #4:  “I’ve been trying to lose weight for a long time.  It’s just not happening.”

Solution:  I know first hand that it is frustrating.  You’ve been struggling for a long time, doing your darnedest but the weight isn’t coming off.  You’re most definitely not alone.  One thing you might try is really mixing up your workouts.  Do classes/exercises/programs you’ve never done before.  It may be just what your body needs to kickstart your weightloss.

Also, you may need to examine your diet.  You may be eating too many, OR, possibly, too few calories.  Using a calorie calculator you can determine approximately how many calories you need each day.  You have to fuel your body right for success!

One more thing:  Drink more water in lieu of high calorie drinks like soda, sweet tea, sports drinks, and juice.  Those extra calories can be what’s standing in your way.

Problem #5:  “I started strong, but I’ve lost my motivation.”

Solution:  Now is the time for you to really examine yourself.  Do you remember WHY you started working out in the first place?  WHEN did you want to be healthier and in better shape?  HOW were you planning to do it?  WHAT will it take for you to succeed?

I have found that motivating others motivates me.  Aside from loving to see people get healthier and happier, that is why I teach group exercise classes and offer free Coaching to my Beachbody clients.  Everyone needs some sort of accountability.  I feel accountable to my class participants and coaching clients.  Hopefully, in turn, they feel accountable to me.  I check up on them, see how they’re doing, try to offer support, encouragement, tips, and help whenever I can.  They are my motivation.  They keep me on track to bettering myself.  Win – Win!*

Your situation is probably much different than mine, but you are still in a position to motivate others with your successes and struggles.  That’s why I strongly recommend writing a blog where friends and family can follow your progress.  You never know who is being inspired by you.  Knowing that others may be inspired and motivated by you most likely will keep you motivated yourself.  Win – Win!

Some other motivational ideas:

  • Recruit a friend to workout with you.
  • Join a Challenge Group.
  • Switch up your routine.
  • Set an attainable goal for one week at a time.  When you reach that goal, set another one.  Setting and reaching goals is a great way to stay motivated.
  • Compare where you started to where you are now.  It can only get better with hard work.

*If you would like me to help you personally as a free coaching client, click JOIN on my coaching page:

Becoming a healthier, fitter, very best YOU, takes time, determination, commitment, and sacrifice.  It wont be easy, but it will be worth it!  
 Be sure to read my Health & Fitness Tips from the beginning of the year as well.  🙂

P90X: Day 35

Posted: February 29, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Not much to say about today’s workout.  I skipped Plyometrics, and, instead, taught my Zumba class.  It was a fun, high energy class.  I know I burned a ton of calories.

Dinner was a some chicken and vegetable stir-fry wrapped in a spinach tortilla.  YUM!

Eating healthy and working out regularly again.  It feels so great!


Do YOUR best and forget the rest!

P90X: Day 34

Posted: February 28, 2012 in P90X, Workout DVDs

Back on track!  Woohoo!

P90X Day 34:  Back & Biceps + Ab Ripper X

I truly and absolutely LOVE the Back & Biceps dvd.  The different variations of exercises, which never repeat, make the time fly by.  Two back exercises, two bicep exercises, two back exercises, two bicep exercises, and so on, and so on, and so on.

I’m still using a chair for assistance in the pull-ups/chin-ups, but I can tell I am still getting stronger and stronger!

As far as Ab Ripper X goes… well, I completed every rep!  Even the exercise I hate the most: Crunchy Frog.  I’m quite proud of myself.  *strut*


Do YOUR best and forget the rest!  

P90X: Day 33

Posted: February 27, 2012 in P90X, Workout DVDs

Thanks, Winston! You always know what to say!

So, last week, after one week of being sick, I tried to get back on track.  Fail.  It’s not surprising really; If you know me, you know that when I get sick, it’s usually for two weeks minimum.  And this time was no different.

Now, hubby is sick too.  😦  Poor guy.  But the kids don’t seem to be sick in the slightest, so that’s great news.  🙂

Since it has been one day shy of an entire week since my last P90X workout, I decided to start last week over again.  So, I tackled P90X Day 33:  Chest, Shoulders, and Triceps yet again.

I would say that I felt weaker tonight than last week, but it has been two weeks since I’ve done anything that remotely resembled a regular/consistent workout schedule.  BUT, that only leaves room for more improvement next time!  WIN! 

So, here I am at the starting line of week 6 of P90X — once again.  I’m going to try my hardest to go FULL FORCE into March.  After all, I have the Warrior Dash on March 31.  I must be healthy and physically fit when that rolls around.   PLUS, it’s nearly warm enough for me to venture out to the beach in near nakedness.

There will be no excuses.  I will be successful! 

Do YOUR best and forget the rest!

That’s right!  It’s almost the beginning of March, which means a brand new Challenge Group is in the works!

I’m especially excited about the new Challenge Group because the February Challenge Group has far surpassed my expectations!  I can’t wait to see what the March Challenge Group brings!

There are only a couple spots left in the March Challenge Group, so contact me ASAP to reserve your spot!  I need to hear from YOU by February 27.  The March Challenge Group will begin on Monday, March 5.

Here’s how to get signed up:

  1. You click JOIN and create a profile (for free!) at  (this will make me your coach!).  If I’m already your coach, just sign in to your teambeachbody profile.
  2. Once you’re signed in, return to my page and click Take the Beachbody Challenge on the right side of the screen.
  3. Challenge Pack Options

    Register for the Beachbody Challenge.  [[[Here, you’ll have the option to purchase a “Challenge Pack” that includes the Beachbody program you want to use (P90X, Insanity, TurboFire, Hip Hop Abs, Slim in Six, etc.) PLUS a month’s worth of Shakeology (the healthiest meal of the day!) at a discounted price.  FYI – Combining your workout program with Shakeology guarantees optimal results.  ]]]  NOTE:  You do NOT have to purchase a Challenge Pack.  This is simply a money-saving option.

  4. Fill out your teambeachbody profile info.  Then take your measurements, “before” photos, and one of the Fit Tests.  Record your results on your profile.  (only you can see your measurements and fit test results.)
  5. Get ready to get fitter and healthier!

Once you commit to the Beachbody Challenge, you’ll do your workout program of choice, drink Shakeology (optional, but recommended), and you’ll post about your workouts/struggles/successes/etc. on a special private team group page on Facebook and/or your very own blog.  Your Challenge Group, previous Challenge Groups, and I, as your coach, will be there to support, help, motivate, and encourage you throughout your program!  We want you to succeed!

Commit.  Work.  Succeed.


Whoa, have I been slacking!

P90X:  Day 31 was a week ago.  My week has been all messed up with me trying not to get sick.  It went something like this (sorry if it’s too much whining and complaining):

  • Tuesday, Feb 14:  P90X Day 31
  • My Owl Towel. Not as cute as Breann's though!

    Wednesday, Feb 15:  I was supposed to have my endoscopy this day, but I cancelled it because I didn’t have the money for the down-payment of the procedure.  Being a sickly girl is very costly!  I had already gotten Micah to sub Zumba for me, so I just stayed home.  In the evening, I ended up doing an owl tea towel craft project with my best friend Breann.  Then, it was late and we were supposed to do Yoga X, but I was exhausted and made every excuse in the book.  😦

  • Thursday, Feb 16:  I started feeling icky.  I was going to get my workout in anyway, Legs & Back + Ab Ripper X, so I logged into my Supergym and clicked “workout now.”  Then I went to change into my workout clothes, but the bed invited me to lay down for a moment.  I fell asleep and didn’t wake up until the morning.  Workout FAIL.  😦
  • Friday, Feb 17:  I taught my Zumba  class and then did Ab Ripper X.  I had intended to do my missed Legs & Back workout too, but I was not feeling good at all.  That afternoon I took the boys to the CityArts Cooperative for Free Art Friday.  Then we had my niece and nephew over for a sleepover that evening.
  • Saturday, Feb 18:  This was officially our “rest day” and we took it.  We spent the majority of the day helping my best friend move, then we dropped our boys off at my sister’s house for a sleepover.  (see how we traded kids?)  Sushi with my hubby followed, as well as some good times with our friends that evening.  Since I’m having tummy troubles, I completely avoided any alcoholic beverages.  My mom would be so proud of that.
  • Goodbye, wallpaper!

    Hello, grey walls!

    Sunday, Feb 19:  After we picked up the boys from my sister’s house, we decided to tackle a home improvement project:  paint the dining room.  We spent all evening pulling off old wallpaper, cleaning the walls, baseboards, painting.  Needless to say, we were too beat to do our workout, plus I was feeling puny.

  • Monday, Feb 20:  The kids didn’t have school, so we just hung out at the house all day until it was time for me to teach Zumba.  I really didn’t feel like it, had a sore throat all day, and threw up part of my lunch, but I saw several people had posted on Facebook how much they were looking forward to going to class.  I couldn’t disappoint them!  It was supposed to be Plyometrics day, too, but I figured that my Zumba class would be a suitable substitute.

And that brings us to today:  P90X Day 32:  Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps + Ab Ripper X.

The day started great, except for my sore throat and mild nausea.  That pesky sore throat continued to get worse, and my sinuses plagued me with runniness and, ultimately, more nausea.  Lovely.  

I was all set to call today yet another P90X FAILURE, BUT, just then, I was inspired to get my butt off the couch by a comment that one of my coaching clients made.

Kim wrote:

After a few set backs I almost threw in the towel.. so instead on Sunday I went to the gym and gave myself a fresh start. 6 miles on the elliptical, abs, and 10 minutes on the stair climber. Monday I picked back up on Brazil Butt Lift, and today I walked 2.5 miles, did an hour of Zumba and my high&tight workout.(bbl) I had to remind myself it may take time, but if I give up I will never reach my goals.

What a great post, huh?!  I love it when I’m inspired and motivated by my coaching clients!  They all are truly amazing!

Anyway, even though I was totally NOT feeling like working out, this was the first time we made it all the way through Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps + Ab Ripper X!  Last week we only made it a little over half way through C,S, & T before going to Ab Ripper X.  This was a toughy, no lie.  I literally couldn’t do one more push-up by the time we were done.  But, you know what???  I felt AMAZING for having done it!  

So, now I feel like we’re getting back on track!  🙂  We’ve lost a week, but at least it was only one week and not two.

Do YOUR best and forget the rest!

I don't need no stinkin' food treat! Give me a little pampering instead!

As a reward for completing a whole entire month of P90X, I treated myself to a hair makeover today.  Thanks to Amber at Vibrance Salon, Inc., I am now rocking black with purple highlights, and am free of split-/dead-ends!  I absolutely LOVE it!

Tonight, I made a rotisserie chicken, baked sweet potato fries, and steamed broccoli for dinner.  So healthy!  (I was trying really hard to make up for my lunch of fried chicken, black eyed peas, and turnip greens at Po’ Folks.)

Once the kids were in bed, hubby went to the movies with a friend to see Star Wars in 3D.  I cleaned the kitchen and considered pulling out my drawing utensils for more doodling… BUT as I was checking Facebook, I noticed that Stephanie had posted this:

One side of my brain keeps whispering excuses to me as to why we should skip Plyo tonight. “You just ate.” “It’s Valentine’s Day.” “Yesterday still hurts.” But the other side is screaming, “Just do it and get it done. It’s just an hour! Do it! Do it! DO IT!” I like what the whispering side is saying, but I know the yelling side is right. Let’s do this!!!

Well, that’s all I needed to get my booty off the couch, slip into my workout clothes, and BRING IT big time, even if I was doing it all by myself!

It was P90X Day 31:  Back & Biceps + Ab Ripper X.  It was my first time doing the Back & Biceps dvd.  I really loved it!  It’s only 50 minutes long, including the 10 minute warm-up.  So, that’s only a solid 40 minutes of actual hard work.

And work hard I did!  At a couple points I physically could not complete one more repetition of a particular exercise.  It was weird, though, because my muscles weren’t burning… I actually couldn’t really feel them… but I couldn’t lift my arms either!  haha!  

For Ab Ripper X,  I was really concentrating on using my abdominal muscles to the best of my ability.  And they did, indeed, burn.  Felt so great!

As an after-workout snack, I made up a half serving of chocolate Shakeology.  mmmm!  Just what I needed to help my muscles recover.  One day I’ll invest in some P90X Results & Recovery Formula, but until then, half a serving of Shakeology will  have to do!  🙂

Do YOUR best and forget the rest!