#MondayMotivation 016

Fitness, Uncategorized

Happy Monday everyone!

Heading into a crazy busy week as I prep for my virtual launch event for my business 😀

So let’s get things started by really getting our bodies and our brains focused on the right mindset. It’s time to push yourselves out of our comfort zones and really #digdeep

30 seconds for each move,

Repeat 3-5 times !

Let me know what you think of it 🙂

#MondayMovement 015 :: Modified Sliders workout

Fitness, health, Self-Love

Happy Monday everyone!

I am totally inspired by the new program that I’ll be following in January to do more movements that use sliders, bands and loops!

So here’s a 3 move workout you can do with sliders, OR, if you’re like me and don’t have any just yet, with slippery socks 😀

3 moves 30 seconds each, 3 x round.

Let me know how you do !

#Winsday :: Tip #2 for an easier, more affordable lifestyle

health, Nutrition

Easier and more affordable.

They’re nice words aren’t they.

They make us believe, even for a split second, as though this tip, this little nugget of information I’m about to share, it can actually make your life easier.

and the truth of the matter is it can.

But honey I can give you a motivational talk that will move you to tears,
I can prime you with every life hack and tip there is,
I can share with you everything I’ve learnt – and I will.

But that won’t make your life easier.

What will make it easier is when you put it into ACTION.

So go on, try this one this week and let me know how you fare:

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Easy enough right?

Butternut Squash three ways:

Breakfast: Squash Burrito Bowl as inspired by Skinny Taste

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Lunch: Leftover Spicy Red Lentil and Root Vegetable Soup as inspired by Domestic Gothess

Dinner: Butternut Squash and Courgette Pasta Bake as inspired by Slimming Eats

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What base-food are you going to play with this week?

#MondayMovement 014

Fitness, Uncategorized

Happy Monday everyone!

Here’s a great partner workout to help get you started this week!

As you can see, working out is often a time of community, but can also be lots of fun if you’re doing it right!!

So go on, grab your workout buddy, get ready to giggle and push yourselves!

45 seconds each move is one set (round) see how many you can do!

 

Launch your UK Fit Biz

Coaching, Finances, Freedom, passion, Self-Love

AHHHHH!!!! We’re launching in the UK October 18-23, 2017!!

This has been spinning around my head all week! How surreal is this! I am SO excited to be apart of this incredible launch and be a #ukfoundingcoach !! (Happy Dance)

For anyone new to this ‘launch your fit biz’ stuff here’s a quick recap:

Since working for TBB I’ve:

  • Retired from teaching (yes, I’m in my early 20s and I’ve retired from the career I went to school to pursue!)
  • I’ve earned myself a trip to Costa Rica with several other teammates (WHAAATTT!?)
  • I’ve gotten in the best shape of my life! Check it out here!
  • I’ve truly found my people…. you know the ones who just GET YOU, no fakeness, no niceties, just real; sweatyselfies, and messy hair – don’t – care kinda love
  • I’ve repaid more of my student loan then I’ve been able to while teaching!
  • I’ve helped over 80 men and women create SUSTAINABLE, totally DOABLE and life changing habits that have allowed them to reconnect with themselves and empower them to live where they appreciate and are confident in their body!
  • AND I’ve started saving money for the ‘Caravan Home’ fund I’ve always dreamed of!

So needless to say, this gig is pretty freaking awesome!

So here’s the deal!

I’m looking for men and women who are:

  • looking to add some financial freedom into their lives by working from home… or ANYWHERE with WiFi access!
  • tired of having to put on the corporate face when they’d much rather walk around in their slippers, oversized sweaters and messy hair don’t care hanging with their kiddos or furbabies
  • individuals who believe in the power of team work and are ready to help inspire, motivate and empower other men and women
  • Passionate and driven to live life by their own design
  • Proud and excited to be a part of a community that is truly about changing the world and empowering people to reconnect with their bodies and find their inner strength

Basically, I’m looking for some inspired people who are ready to break free of the normal Monday-Friday work grind and start living a life that ignites their passion and drives them to want to celebrate and pay it forward to others!

Why is next week so big?

NEXT week, October 18-23 2017, 6 of my fellow coaching teammates will be flying from North America to join me here in the UK.

Why?

Because we’re hosting TWO Launch your Fit Biz workshops and photoshoots to help our new UK coach family launch their Team Beach Body fitness and wellness business!

We know how daunting it can be to start a business, especially if you’re no expert – fear not! That’s why we’re taking the time to meet with you, connect with you, and prep you so you’re ready to be a forerunner in this MASSIVE business opportunity.

Plus! The business is all about SHARING your own fitness and nutrition journey, so it doesn’t require a special skill set other than to be passionate, motivated, and eager to see some change (both physically, mentally, and financially!!)

So here’s the low down:

1. Go all in and sign up at the launch- there’s no risk anyway with a 30 day money back guarantee and no contract!
The worst that could happen is that you get incredibly fit, try something new that you might love, and make some new friends from across the pond!
** Coach enrollment is 160 pounds and includes 30 days of Shakeology superfood smoothie, 1 year of All Access Beachbody On Demand workout library, portion control color coded containers and system.

–> COMMENT COACH if interested in more info!
2. Sign up as a coach (above) AND attend the UK founding coach workshop and photoshoot our team is offering for FREE in Birmingham on the 19th or London on the 22nd: lovelearnthrive.com/ukfitbiz

–> COMMENT COACHLND or COACHBIRM if you’re interested in more info!
3. Meet up with the US/Canadian team coming for the launch in Birmingham or London but just to hear more about coaching in person and do a group workout. lovelearnthrive.com/ukfitbiz

–> COMMENT INTERESTED if you’re keen to hear more and find out when and where we’re meeting.
4. Join our online Coach Life Apprenticeship where you can basically test coaching out for 7 days. Our team will give you 7 days of social media training and challenges so you can see what coaches really do to build a business. busygirlssociety.com/coachlife

–> COMMENT APPRENTICE to find out more info and be added to the private group!

You have nothing to lose or risk by doing any of these options- but EVERYTHING to gain. I am SO excited for you to unlock yourself from the Monday-Friday grind and truly start living a life that fuels your passions!

Any questions please email me here: passionintoaction@gmail.com

#whypower

Finances, Freedom, mindfulness, passion, Self-Love

While doing some research on the various ways D and I can both declutter our lives, and start making some changes that will allow us to reach our financial goals, I’ve come to realise that this change is very similar to that of a health or lifestyle change.

Every month I host online health and fitness challenges that focus on fitness and nutrition. During prep week I discuss the importance of identifying your #whypower which essentially translates into:

Why do you want to create a healthier lifestyle?
What will you gain from being more physically fit?
More nutritionally satisfied?
More educated on your body and how it should feel when it works at it’s optimum level?

By identifying your why, making a change becomes more manageable because you know what the long term goal is. So challengers write this down, and post it somewhere they will see it everyday or can call upon it when they’re feeling less motivated.

The same idea is throughout the many blogs and sites I’ve explored on minimalism and living frugally.

We must know WHY we are doing something, making a change, if we want it to be sustainable. By writing it down, it becomes something we can refer back to when things get tough or less desireable.

What’s my why?

I am de-cluttering my life to no longer be weighed down by materialistic possessions. I seek adventure, discovery, and freedom and know that my life in a van will not be able to happen if I’m weighed down by all of this stuff.

I want to truly uncover what means the most to me, and what truly gives me joy – not what I bought because I was under the impression that it would bring me joy.

By de-cluttering I’m giving myself permission to be more selective and take my time with purchases. Permission to be choosy with what I buy to make sure it truly fits my purpose is a great feeling of ownership and pride.

De-cluttering will also mean less frivolous spending on products that dissolve quickly into the mass of STUFF. Hence stopping the rise in clutter, but also in slowing my bank from draining.

I want to focus on long term happiness versus the fleeting moment of excitement at the till.

What’s your #whypower?

#Winsday :: Tip #1 for an easier, more affordable lifestyle

Boss Lady, DIY, Finances, Nutrition, Self-Love

Many of you know that D and I are in the process of cleaning out excess stuff, and trying to get a handle on our finances so we can maximize where we spend our money.

We’re both ambitious.
We’ve got some BIG goals.

Originally, I’d say they were BIG dreams, but since we’ve sat down and had a chat about how we can make small changes to see a great deal of reward, we’re now in the GOAL stage because we’ve set a plan!!

How exciting is that !?

I love when dreams become goals…. the only difference is whether you have a plan or not.

So while we’ve been planning, I’ve been making note of things that have really helped us so I can share them with you!

#Winsday tip #1:

This one is going to seem like a no brainer…. but it’s SO easy to overlook; so I’ll add it here as a friendly reminder to the both of us!

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Here’s our menu this week :

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By knowing this before we even head to the grocery store, we can plan a shopping list that looks like this

Meal plan shopping list for October 1 – 5

Produce (1)

As mentioned before (here!), I’m obsessed with the Fixate program that helps me to visually see the food groups I’m putting on my plate. It’s allowed me to ensure I’ve covered all food groups so I’m getting a mix of proteins, carbs, healthy fats, and micro-nutrients!

If you’re looking for some help in making meal plans, finding recipes, or adding in some dense nutrition into your life, contact me here.

 

 

Disconnect to Reconnect

Freedom, health, mindfulness, passion, Self-Love

This summer I took David to one of my favourite spots in the world -Manitoulin Island. What started off as a dreary, bleak day with promise of nothing but rain turned into a day of great views, sunshine, adventure, conversation… the list goes on.

How much I love the outdoors

I was reminded on this particular day the importance of stepping outside and breathing in the fresh air.

It’s not that I haven’t done this lately, it’s just that I don’t think I’ve taken the opportunity to appreciate all that it does for me.

Being outside, in the wide open spaces makes me feel FREE

It’s often where my thoughts are the most grandiose, creative, and focused on problem-solving

I feel consumed by the beauty, strength and intricacies of the world rather than fearful of all the bad we’re told by the news.

and most importantly for me,

It’s often where I find calm of mind – which for someone who is often plagued with racing thoughts and too many What Ifs to count, having a still mind is magic.

 

So if you haven’t gone out in a while, or if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed be it by work, or life, or decisions that are up and coming, take the time to go out. Surround yourself by greenery, listen to the birds, TOUCH the soil with your toes.

Disconnect so you can reconnect with your self.

You’ll be surprised by the answers you already have to your problems, you just need to be able to listen.

 

 

 

I feel like a butterfly floating from one thing to the next

Boss Lady, Fitness, health, mindfulness, Nutrition, passion, Self-Love

I’ve always loved butterflies; I find them magical, beautiful, intricate, and a real treat if one lands near by.

To be like a butterfly on the other hand, not so much.

Lately I feel like I’ve been all over the place; I can’t sit down for long, I’m flighty and forgetting things like turning off the oven, or dates I’ve planned with people, I leave a room to have to reenter to do what I went in there for originally.

It’s getting bad you guys!

It’s not magical, beautiful nor a real treat!

So what’s the deal?

I am SO grateful that my coaching friend, Ash, suggested that our team read a book called Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson because it has honestly been my saving grace.

It sounds silly to start blaming loss of memory and lack of focus on sleep. I know it does.

But I’ve learnt a lot listening to this book:

Did you know that:

Sleep affects not only productivity, but also weight management and overall health?

Yes of course you did. Most of us do.

But did you know it’s because when you don’t sleep, or you have poor quality sleep, your brain sends a signal that tells you it needs glucose to function properly; thinking, idea creation, social control, judgement, etc And what’s the quickest way to get glucose into your body?

Exactly!
Starchy, carbohydrates like doughnuts, cakes, and cookies OH MY!

So what could have prevented your late night snacking, your crazy overwhelming cravings, and yes, your flighty brain and lack of focus?

SLEEP!

Next time you catch yourself craving a sugary sweet:
stop, breathe, and think: have I been sleeping properly lately?
if the answer is no, then you should join me in my FREE ONLINE health group and learn about how to Sleep Smarter so you can avoid those bad judgement calls.

 

Reflecting on the No Spend week

Finances

So tomorrow brings the close to my first No Spend Week as inspired by Melissa McGagh and her No Spend Year!

Goodness! I thought it would be super duper easy, and not at all a challenge.

While on the whole, it wasn’t really a big deal, it definitely made some days more difficult than others.

The tough bit

Since starting up as an online health and wellness coach , D and I have been spending a lot more time going to various cafes in town. Which has been GREAT. It gets us both out of the house, provides a stimulating environment, and helps us separate work-life from home-life.

The trouble is, who walks into a cafe and buys nothing? No one!
Who walks into a cafe and has the will power to saying no to their home-made-deliciously-yummy-oh-so-tempting cakes!? No one!

So we either went in, and ordered water which was cheeky to say the least, or I spent a lot more time working at home. And when it came to the cake bit… I had to use a lot of will power, and ended up baking way more than usual.

On the flip side,

doing this No Spend Week has been fun as it’s given D and I the want to be more flexible with our schedules.

While we normally don’t go out during the week as D is up at 5am (and I’m slowly starting to repair my sleep pattern to join him), we’ve managed to sneak in a few mid-week dates that we likely wouldn’t have done before – but because they were free and we were keen to stay on track and not be tempted to walk to GoGos for some yummy cocktails… we went!

That free event was a motivational talk about an Autistic Person’s journey through life, and how they have succeeded not despite being autistic but BECAUSE they are so.

It was incredibly inspiring, and a great way to spend the evening.

The takeaway

So I’ve gone through the bank statements…. and I don’t see anything.

What do you mean? You avoided 3 hot beverages, the urge to shop and go get a leather jacket AND a pair of jeans, you said no to the yummy-delicious cakes, you didn’t go to GoGos for cocktails…. You’ve saved tons this week!

Only… I didn’t, not really. I didn’t save anything because I didn’t put any money aside to be put into savings. I’ve just left it in my bank, and put off these things to spend money on until next week.

The adjustment

It’s time I get real.

If I want to reach my financial goals then I have to start making some real changes – not just putting off those small purchases for a week; that won’t make a real difference.

I’ve spoken to many people about it, and I’ve done quite a bit of research and here’s what I’ve found and what I plan to do:

  1. Have a weekly budget
  2. Work with cash only – let’s you see the money physically depleting
  3. When it’s gone, it’s gone!
  4. MEAL PLAN, MEAL PLAN, MEAL PLAN.
  5. While I’m going through and recycling/getting rid of a lot of our stuff, see what I can sell, and take the time to put it up.
  6. Whatever is leftover at the end of the week goes STRAIGHT into a savings account
  7. Have automatic withdrawals from your main account to your various savings
  8. Put up a board of what you’re saving for so you don’t lose sight

And most importantly of all, Remember:

Buying something new, yes, will give you a thrill; but it will not bring you happiness, not long lasting happiness any way. So ask yourself before you purchase, is it a NEED or is it a WANT?

 

I’m dying to hear what you’ve done to help you save x

Happy saving.

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