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 today....day 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

December 22, 2016

Your 2017 Resolution Solution!

Merry Christmas!!  If you are already thinking about your health and fitness resolutions for 2017 STOP!  Look no further.  I have your solution and you don't even have to leave your house to go to the gym!! 

What if I freaking told you that Beachbody has just released an epic, game changing offer? What if I told you we just out offered gyms, other fitness programs and online workout companies? What if I told you our new offer would blow the lid off your 2017 resolutions?

What if I told you, you could get the complete
package that would offer unlimited access for a full YEAR to ALL of our programs new and old (even those still being developed)? What if I told you that it is less than a typical gym membership or personal training sessions? And with that you get cooking channels, portion control, Shakeology, 1 on 1 support, online coaching and your workouts on any device?

Because YEAH, we have that. We have all of that! We are freaking revolutionizing the way we take care of our fitness. You get to pick whatever workout program you want to do that Beachbody has ever created. You can do them all if you want. You can do a different one every day. Whatever you want!! Because you don’t have to pick just one!!

I am so excited about this! This is basically the Amazon Prime or Netflix of fitness right? So in honor of this, I am starting a brand new challenge group starting on January 9th! This offer goes live on December 27th. So let’s talk. Get your holiday funds together and make 2017 the year you change your life!!

🏻  a whole year unlimited access to every Beachbody workout program 

🏻  plus our revolutionary portion control system
🏻  plus a month of Shakeology to try (you can continue this if you want to or you can cancel at any time you choose)
🏻  plus a support system, challenge group support and Coach (🙋 Me)

All this for only $199!  This is less than signing up for a new gym membership or paying for personal training sessions. You have the worlds best trainers at your fingertips wherever you go. Available on any device you have, you have nutrition support and portion control containers an online group to help you stay motivated and accountable, 24 hour support online whenever you need it, meal planning, a cooking show with Autumn Calabrese and so much more.

New year - new you – new goals! Shoot me a message if you want more information about this. Let's get you ready to start 2017 right.  This will be the healthiest and fittest year of your life!



December 16, 2016

Stress-Free Holiday Tips!!

These tips are so fabulous and really help put this fun, busy, crazy, love-filled time into perspective.  I found these on Darren Hardy's Facebook page a few years back (if you don't follow him please go and do it now).  He's truly life-changing.  His book the Compound Effect will change your life!!  Truly, go to his page and like it.  Here's 10 tips along with my editorial comments of course! 

10:  YES!!!  Get in a workout at least every couple of days!!  My goal is at least 5 days a week, but if you get in a good sweat session you let go of stress, feel better, clear your mind, get some extra energy and you feel crazy good about yourself!  Earn that fudge!

9:  We do this a lot!  All of our family lives close by, within 30 minutes or so from one another, but we still love hosting at our house.  Even my girls love that we host.  Yes, it's often more work, yes you have to clean and cook and be a good host, but we fill our home with love and laughter and memories.  Get everyone to bring a dish, BYOB and it makes it a bit easier.

8:  I so love this one!  It's hard to do, but you really don't have to do everything you are invited to do.  If you want to do it, if it sits in your heart right and you want to be there, you aren't going to do it because you are expected to, or supposed to or it's the right thing to do then DO IT!  But if you feel that you are obligated to do something or expected to do something give it a second thought.  This time of year is about doing things you love with those you love and if you don't love it, then why do it?

7:  Aah, yes!!  I've said this to myself just last night after I had a grumpy moment or two.  I was so busy doing who knows what around the house getting ready for Petra's party with friends this weekend and Sophia needed my help with her Oreo Truffle Pops she was making for school. I soooo wanted to say "not right now" but then realized what will she remember most?  Me frantically running around doing a zillion things and always have a sparkly, clean kitchen or me spending time with her, stopping what I'm doing and helping her finish them together?  It was time with herMy girls won't always be with me, living with me, so I better make the most of my moments.  I then had to be reminded of this again later in the evening when things were a mess upstairs.  "Christina, does it really matter?  Really?"

6:   This is one my hubby always says to me:  "Take everything one day at a time.  Why are you already stressing about that?  We have 5 days until that happens, plenty of time!"  :)  Just handle what you need to handle each day and it will all come together.  Don't look at the ENTIRE huge list.  Just break it down to each day and accomplish that.  Little baby steps to take out the overwhelming feeling.

5:  Oooh!  I like this one. I have often thought of things to do differently or things we did this year that I want to do again.  Like how I decorated the house or who I want to see, or a new way to draw names with the family that I heard about, a fun new tradition you'd like to start, or start adding to your Christmas card list. 

4:  This is a good one!  I love that the girls are old enough to help me with this and do some of my baking for me.  They absolutely love it and it's something they will feel responsible for and feel good about doing and helping me. I just wish they got the cleaning up part down.  :)

3:  It's my 80/20 Rule!  Don't give up and throw in the towel!  It's not the time to abandon all your nutrition goals.  You CAN have your cake and eat it too.  Eat good, whole, nutritious, clean foods 80% of the time and allow for 20% to be your indulgences.  You can go to the holiday cocktail party, you can have a piece of that fudge or that egg nog.  Just don't do it every night! 

2:  This is a hard one.  Stop taking myself and things I can't control so seriously.  Sing it out loud: "Let it go, Let it go!"  

1: Yes!  The more you are grateful for all that you have in your life, all of your blessings, the more you will notice that you have.

December 15, 2016

Healthy Holiday Tip #3

Ouch!  This is a little tough love.  Be mindful and keep the 80/20 rule in check.  80% of the time you eat clean and healthy, you drink lots of water and you get your workouts in.  That leaves 20% for all the indulgences and festivities this time of year brings.  You will feel less guilty, you'll be able to enjoy your favorite food and cookies and beverages.  You can't feel deprived this time of year.  It only leads to overeating and then throwing all the good habits out the window.  Don't do it this year.  Keep these good habits in check and you'll start the new year off right.


Healthy Holiday Tip #2

You know when you stand around where all the food is, you just keep reaching your hand into that bowl of candy or reach for the cheese balls and crackers or nuts and chips.  You are having a great time, chatting and sipping your wine or cocktail and you just can't keep that hand away from all the goodies.  Grazing and chatting....having "just one more" a thousand more times. Before you know it, you've overindulged in food and drink and feel like a busted can of biscuits when you get home.
So be there and be really present with your friends and family.  Focus on your friends and family not the food. Find out what's going on in their lives and what's coming up for them.  Relive memories you have together, talk about the coming year.  Try to learn at least 3 new things about them.  It's about spending time with our loved ones right?  

Now, don't get me wrong...I'm surely not saying you can't have any of the treats at the party.  Just be mindful.  Get a small plate and have what you want.  You'll see how much you are eating that way.  Don't just stand there and keep reaching for more.  You'll never realize how much you had at the end of the night.  If you have to grab a plate each time, you'll notice it more.  

Out of sight is out of mind.  If the food is out of sight, it will be less tempting.  So either move away from the kitchen or food table or chat with people with your back to the food.  If you don't see it, there will be less temptation.

And remember Healthy Holiday Tip #1.  Don't go to the party hungry.