August 29, 2017

Calling BS on myself!!

 "I see you've been eating whatever you want this summer." ~Christina’s clothes 

You guys know that I overshare sometimes (serious apologies…sorta), but I like to keep it real and I believe in sharing it all, the good, the bad and the ugly not just the highlight reels. I do this because I know if I'm struggling with something, there is someone else out there that is struggling too and they need to know they are not alone in this. I've had plenty of struggles and challenges in my life, and what I've learned is that these struggles and challenges are what makes us stronger, it's where we grow, it’s where we learn who we are and it's where we learn to appreciate the process and the success that goes along with it.  Your health & fitness is no different. 

Here’s the real honest deal:  I’ve gained 15 pounds that I’ve been strategically trying to hide all summer long and hiding is such hard work you guys, physically, but mostly emotionally.  Yes, it’s been a fabulous and fun summer that I have fully enjoyed with my family and friends.  Traveling, vacation, late nights, bbq’s and patio time, boating, cocktails and wine, time with friends, yadda yadda.  I have absolutely LOVED every single moment of it!!  

However it’s time for the shenanigans to stop. You know them: exercising but not really (not pushing hard, choosing “easier” workouts but “work out” was checked off my to do list), NOT following my meal plan (start out amazing in the morning but then end the night looking 4 months pregnant because of carb overload) and the return of the nightly glass (no, let’s be real, 2 glasses) of wine. 

It’s absolutely not just about my pant size or a number on the scale. However, these are my alarms that go off when I know things have gotten way too far off track. I'm sharing this because honestly, I feel like SH*T (sorry for cussing).  My energy is at the bottom of the barrel, my moods are a bit of a roller coaster, my strength and my cardio workouts are truly suffering, and my clothes are getting too tight!!  This has got to stop because I have some super cute fall pants that I must get this bootay into!  Most importantly though, my mindset is off.  Not having clothes fit or a number on the scale doesn't matter as much as my mindset.  Not feeling good about myself, not feeling proud, knowing that I'm not taking good care of me is a sad feeling.  I don't like feeling like this.  I like being more self-confident and happy and just rockin and rollin through life feeling fabulous!  I want that Christina back!

Why am I oversharing with you?  Because moments like this, used to make me feel so disappointed in myself, sad and depressed and wanting to throw my hands up in the air and ask “WHY am I bothering?  It’s so much work and what for?”  We want INSTANT gratification and when we don't get it, we think those icky, negative, defeating thoughts to ourselves.

And then, if it’s not enough to feel bad about myself, I decide to just go eat whatever I want “just for today” and I’ll start again tomorrow with a better attitude or I decide a glass of wine will help me feel better.  Either way I get in a funk and feel guilty and horrible because I KNOW I can do this, I’ve done it before, I have the full love and support of my hubby and family and I have all of the tools needed to accomplish it, I just need to USE THEM. It's no one's fault but my own and I'm OWNING MY OWN BS TODAY!

If any of this resonates with you, I want you to know you're absolutely not alone. We all have those times in life where we seem to take a step or two forward and then a giant leap back. I know….I’ve been living it this summer.

For me, it stops TODAY. Right now!  Here's my accountability never, ever again....I know, I'm still hiding from you.  See that smile.  Yeah, no.  Not a happy camper.  Still some shame there... I'm saving the whole pics for a freaking awesome after pic!! 

August 28, 2017

With all of this long winded post being said (thank you if you actually read this all and have gotten to the end), whether you have started with me before, are wanting to start or don't know where to start.  If you are sitting, watching and waiting to see how this all unfolds, I just want you to know, if you need help, I'm ALWAYS here for you.  I haven't given up on myself and I'd never give up on you....we are in this thing called LIFE together to lift each other up and help one another to be the best versions of ourselves that we are capable of becoming!  

If you read this and are ready to take back your life and find yourself again let me know!  I'm ready to help you whenever you're ready!!  Find me on Facebook or send me an email.  I'd love to chat with you!


April 2, 2017

New member of the family!

We have a new member of the family!  I would like to introduce you to our new Mazda CX-9.  As much as I loved our Buick Enclave, she was getting a little old and things were starting to go wrong.  She was going to need quite a bit of work done.  So….here we are!  

And here’s the bonus:  I will be able to cover this new monthly car payment from one week’s Beachbody paycheck relieving this payment from our family budget.  Getting this extra paycheck each week has been such a blessing for myself and my family.   It's amazing how having your car payment taken care of from just a week’s pay from something you love to do and would even do without the pay, just makes you feel so GRATEFUL!!  

There are so many opportunities with Team Beachbody.  From losing weight, cleaning up your eating habits, getting stronger and leaner, training for a race or event, meeting new friends and creating a brand new lifestyle.  Earning a paycheck is just one of these wonderful opportunities! 

If you've ever considered a career in health and fitness, enjoy helping others, want to make extra money or are ready to start on your own fitness journey, at a discount, then we should chat. I'd love to help you get started! If you're interested in learning more, please send me an email and we'll chat! 

*Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each Coach’s income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence and skill.

Sometimes you just need to take a leap!

This one gave me goosebumps this morning. To me that means, it's what my soul is feeling and wants me to hear.

"You were born to do great things. Now is the time to leap over the obstacles of fear, procrastination and self-doubt. Determine what you really want out of life. Write it down and read it over several times daily. Ask yourself ~ "What am I willing to give up in order to get it? "

To achieve a great life, you must be willing to make a great sacrifice. Make up your mind to go for it! You must want it and fight for it like a drowning man wants air! Decide to create an extraordinary life. Refuse to play small or to give up. Do not follow the crowd. Choose the road less traveled and march toward your dream. Where there's a will, there is a way. Because, you have something special. You have GREATNESS within you!!" ~Les Brown


Aah....tea. I have come to enjoy it even more. I lost my craving for coffee when I did the 21 Day Ultimate Reset in January. I have tried having a latte and just a cup of coffee since then but it just doesn't taste good to me anymore and I found that it actually really bothers my stomach. But, I have found a love for tea. I love something hot and comforting in the morning and now a great herbal tea at night. There are so many flavors to choose from and so many varieties. Plus, it's way cheaper when we stop at Starbucks and you hardly have to wait a minute for them to make it. Time and money saver too! :) Are you a coffee or tea drinker? What's your favorite tea? I love finding new ones to try.

January 20, 2017

My 2nd Ultimate Reset Journey - a bit of a roller coaster this time around

Happy Friday to you! Well, I've been a little bit off the grid for a couple of days from my Reset updates so I thought I'd catch you up (for those that are interested). If not, just keep scrolling by. It's ok! ;)

So I'm on day 5 and it's been a bit of a roller coaster. I've been right on track with my food, water and supplements. No problem there. Totally satisfied and content with food. Never been hungry. However, what I'm experiencing this time around is completely different than when I did the Reset this past summer.

I had a horrible, horrible headache from Tuesday morning to Thursday night. Awful! I stayed home from work on Wednesday because I just couldn't handle it. I was also extremely tired. I felt like I had taken Nyquil or a PM medication and was being kept awake. It was crazy!! FInally I was majorly emotional. I am an emotional person anyway, I can cry at commercials. But this was over the top. I cried at the dinner table over nothing! Seriously!! I decided to just go up and take a nice, long hot bath with epsom salts and try and get more toxins out. I layed up in the tub and cried for awhile. I had a lot on my mind that was coming to the surface. I felt better after I cried, got it all out and put it all into perspective.

The thing is that this is truly part of the process. Detoxing is not easy. Obviously I have done more to my body than last time I did this because the detox is much harder. Overcoming emotional hurdles is part of the process. The program encourages you to meditate, do yoga, breathing, stretching and journaling during this time. 
Fast forward to 5 and I feel amazing!!  Headache is gone, I have much more energy, still satisfied with my food, I am happier, no more emotional roller coaster.  I feel great!!  Feeling this way will keep me on top of my game for 16 more days!!  
The weekend is always harder.  This weekend I have 2 social events to go to with family.  I have planned and prepped for it.  I will succeed.  I can live without wine!  Right?  Yes I can! Right?  I need the force to be with me.  Seriously I can do this. 
May the force be with me,
I thought I'd share more info on the emotional release part of the Reset.  It's pretty interesting.
In the Ultimate Reset guide there's a section dedicated to emotions.  Here's a few points from the guide:

  • It's not unusual during the Reset to find yourself experiencing feelings, memories, or sensations from past relationship or earlier periods of your life.  Somehow, clearing the blockages from within your body has a way of freeing up your emotions too. 
  • Your body is now telling you it's time to handle these things.
  • These feelings present an opportunity to consciously embrace the positive recollections they evoke, and to fully release the unpleasant ones.  
  • Our bodies actually store our emotions, translating them into physical reactions.  They can be deep within the muscles, create tension, problems with our organs, they can create imbalances, disturbances and blockages.
  • The Reset acts as a catalyst for physical and emotional release.
  • Whether you observe these or other emotional shifts during your Reset, don't overanalyze them.  If you need to cry, cry.  IF you feel euphoric, enjoy the euphoria.  Be strong but gentle with yourself.  Allow these changes.  They're a vital part of the process.

January 16, 2017

5 Day Eating Cleaner Challenge!!

Reality: Everyone falls off the wagon from time to time. 
It’s true. If this is you, I want you to toss aside the guilt & criticism. It happens!  It happens to us all.  Even those of us with the best intentions.  Right?

However, what’s most important is what you do about it right NOW. Stop beating yourself up.  Let's just make a different choice.

Here's the hard truth.  You have 2 choices. You can either stay right where you are and nothing changes OR you can say “Not any more” and do something about it.

You can join my FREE 5-Day Clean Eating Challenge Group! I’ll provide the meal plan, shopping list, tips, and motivation, giving you the perfect jumping off point towards the New You!  

This is one of my most popular challenge groups and one that I so love doing!!  Everyone gets fabulous results and feels so good when they are done.  Here are some results from past challengers:  

Brittany B - My results are in. 5 1/2 pounds! I think I need to do a little happy dance! I definitely want to do these in the future! Way to start off my weekend!
Angela T – I can now say I completely get why eating right + exercise makes a difference. I can do all the exercise in the world but if I don't watch what I eat I won't really see much results.

Gloria B - I am shocked by my results!!!!! I have lost 7.4 lbs in 5 days!!! How is that even possible?!!!
Tina F - I lost a total of 4.4 lbs and gained more energy
Jonda G - Loved the meals!! Really enjoyed being a part of the group!
Tracy V - Lost 4 lbs and a couple inches, felt better, and slept better.
There are several more like that and they all deserve a huge pat on the back!! We all need that little jump start and kick in the pants.

Join me on Monday, January 23rd for 5 days and commit to eating well and clean! This is a FREE group event where we will partner together focusing ourselves on proper planning for a busy week, getting the right foods and nutrition in and having the support of a healthy like-minded community.  I will give you everything you need: the meal plan, grocery list, recipes and my coaching support.

It's easy to let go of eating well and getting the right nutrition during a hectic back to school schedule where the drive thru and boxed processed food looks convenient. However, habits like these will actually have a negative effect on the way you can sustain and maintain a healthy work ethic, life and relationships because it's not giving yourself the right fuel to drive yourself well and give you the energy you need to get through your day.

It takes 3 things, a commitment from you, proper planning and faith that it is totally doable and will positively benefit your busy life in a GOOD way!

Unless you're already committed to another health group and community and are living this out daily, I don't think ANYTHING should be holding you back or offering an excuse to join us! Plus we are really cool and fun!!

It's totally FREE and nothing but supportive motivation and resources here to help you thrive and live life fully!

RSVP to the Facebook Event page and sign up here to get your profile with me and I will contact you directly so we can get you set up! 


December 30, 2016

How to truly be a New You this year

Dr. Wayne Dyer posted this a couple of years ago on his Facebook page and I thought I'd share it here with all of you.  This post really hit me.  Dr. Dyer has passed so I thought it would be fabulous to post again this year because it is such a wonderful perspective.  I took liberty and just changed the year to make sense for us today.  

Yes, I do have many goals I want to achieve in 2017, but I am going to look at my goals and my life in a new way this year and completely change me, not just achieve my goals.  Who's with me?  I wish you a love filled New Year!  It's brand new, a fresh clean slate.  Make the most of it!!  With much love, Christina

Here's his fabulous post (remember I edited just the date noted here from his original post):

In two days, it will be the dawn of the New Year. So you’re probably working on a list of things that you’d like to get done in 2017. Well, I’d like to ask you to forget about making these resolutions. Forget about deciding on the first day of January how you will be conducting your life in September, some nine months later. Any resolution that involves making decisions about future behaviors is a waste of time. It also reinforces the self-defeating notion of living in the future.

For 2017, wouldn’t you rather live in the present moment?

This day that you’re living right now is the only day you get. Period. You can resolve to be skinny when next July rolls around, or to quit smoking next month, or to write that book you’ve been meaning to, or to embark on your overdue exercise program by the end of this year. You can go about resolving until the cows come home, and you still have to live your life just like everyone else on the planet: One day at a time.

You can only live minute to minute. You can certainly use up your present moments thinking about what you’ll be doing in the future, but that doesn’t change the fact that you can only live in the now. The important question to be asking yourself is:

How am I going to live in the present moment this year?

Will I waste these moments reviewing the way I used to behave? Will I waste these moments reviewing how I would like to behave in the future rather than resolving to live each day to the fullest?

The New Year is a good time to initiate a plan so you can make some changes and help live your life to the fullest. See if you can practice thinking differently. Decide very specifically what it is that you would like to change about yourself in 2017. If you have some goals in mind, vow to work on them day by day rather than making them a year-long project.

When you set up day-to-day goals for yourself, you can begin living this way for the rest of your life. Remember this little piece of advice, which will be extremely helpful to you if you can incorporate it into your life: When you go for one entire day without eating sugar (or not smoking, or being assertive, or any other new behavior), you are a totally different person at the end of that day. What you must learn to do is let that totally different person decide on the second day whether to do it again on this new day, rather than letting the same old person decide today that it is going to be difficult in a couple of days anyhow, so what’s the use. Always let the New You make the decision, and then you’ll be living your present moments.

Remember, you are in control of all thoughts in your head. When you are using up your present moments to worry about the future, constantly reviewing the past to come up with how you should have done it differently, or contemplating disaster, remind yourself that you are wasting this particular present moment.

Practice cancelling out negative thoughts for a few minutes at a time. Vow to enjoy the next five minutes regardless of what has previously transpired or what you think is about to happen. Remind yourself of the folly of wasting your present moments on mental activity that focuses exclusively on your past or imagined future. All of your thoughts about what you should have done, or how terrible things were in the past will not change one tiny slice of the past.

As you celebrate this New Year and each precious present moment, here are 10 reminders to help you live in the Now:

1. Remember that habits are changed by practicing new behavior. By practicing new thinking every five minutes, you’ll soon begin to master the art of present-moment living.

2. Do an honest assessment of your “problems.” You’ll very likely discover that almost all of your problems are really in your head and not located in reality.

3. Take time to be mindful of everything around you. Begin to look at your entire surroundings in a new light. Observe every detail on every face, every building and every object. If you do this often enough it will become a habit that will facilitate your being alive in every moment of the year.

4. Change your attitude. Begin an attitude-redevelopment plan. That means practice enjoying everything you do.

5. Be specific about what you want and take action. Decide on one thing that you would like to work on and do it today. Work at it daily, rather than making it a long-range objective.

6. Create a self-improvement agenda for yourself. Put on your agenda whatever activities you’ve always thought about but never had time to do. Do them now.

7. Rid yourself of mundane chores that are not really that important. Spend more time making your life a pleasure.

8. Eliminate procrastination as a lifestyle. Instead of talking to yourself about what you are going to do next week or even tomorrow, use this time to start a new task.

9. Don’t give up control of your life to others. You cannot enjoy the present moment if you are busy trying to make everyone else like you. People respect you more when you operate from a position of strength and self-reliance.

10. Feel good about yourself. You are a magnificent human being. Always feel good about that self that you are always with.

For 2017, as I have for many other years, I vow to be fully alive and see the world the way Walt Whitman described it to be many years ago: “To me…every cubic inch of space is a miracle.” I really believe that.

I wish you a New Year filled with many miracles. May you live a long and productive life—one present moment at a time.  (remember I edited just the date noted here from Dr. Dyer's original post)

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer