Beasting Up!

Ho. Ly. Cow. Where’d did the time go? I didn’t realize that I had let so much time get pass me without writing for awhile.

So what’s new? Well, I’m getting to do several gigs this year and I’m looking forward to what the new year is going to bring me job wise. This has been quite the journey of faith this past couple of years since I graduated, but I feel that I have grown. Hopefully, I have been able to become more patient in my waiting season.

But trying something interesting this Lent season! (You’re probably thinking, ‘wait, Lisa Lent? It’s not time yet!’) I want to do a spiritual challenge and a physical challenge!! Oh but it is friends, it’s right around the corner! And so for this year, I have took some time and really thought through this and I believe that what I’m going to do is give up all processed foods.

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It’s not completely like the Whole 30, but kind of close. I’ve always been one for history, and I’ve really always liked the idea of living off the land. (There are days when I would like to just do that; garden veggies and deer meat) But the challenge in today’s world is that everything is…well….processed.

So I will try to update you all on this every week and tell you how it’s going!! If you’re up for a challenge as well–would you want to join me? Shoot me a message or comment below and let’s talk!!! I’d also love to get some ideas from you guys and see what you guys think!! Combining this with Body Beast should unveil interesting results I think!

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Care to join? Let’s do this together!!!

 

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

We’ve now come to probably my favorite time of year–like seriously, my favorite time of year! I know, I know. You’re probably all thinking, “oh dear night, she’s one of THEM.” And….you’d be right 😛

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Okay so yes, I do listen to Christmas music in October, and dream about all the food at Thanksgiving, and know for a fact that I’m going to be ridiculously busy until January 1st–but I wouldn’t have it any other way. (I’ll quote a movie here) There are some people who look at the holidays as the worst time of year. That their favorite day is December 26th. But that’s the saddest day for me.

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I had to wonder why I’m such a holiday nut? (Or probably more, a Christmas nut) Why are the holidays so special to me? I think the main reason the holidays are so special to me, is because there is still a mystery to me about the holidays. There is still a bit of childish wonder that just makes me so happy and gives me a warm feeling all over.

Growing up, our parents always made Thanksgiving and Christmas feel special. Family gatherings on both sides were filled with love, family, and amazing food. We would watch the Macy Day Parade’s, football, and Christmas movies. Every Black Friday, my mom, brother, and I would put up all the Christmas lights. Dad and David would put up the house lights and the star on the manager. And when it was dark, I would watch in wonder, as the house was flooded in different colored lights.

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So maybe having a good family experience at the holidays helped with my love for the season. But a lot of people grow out of that. I think, however, that with how the world is right now—maybe having some childlike wonder isn’t a bad thing. Seeing the world how we did when we were kids, and let the magic of the season bring the mystery of it to life. Remembering that the holidays are not a time to despair and be grumpy about; but instead, reaching into us and finding what the holidays really mean to us. So some advice from me—a person who got these and who’s life is better for it, and can’t wait to share it with my man and kids when that time comes:

Return to that childlike wonder.

Remember the real reason for the season.

Embrace your inner child and don’t be afraid to dream and be amazed.

Don’t try to solve every problem.

Make a snow angel.

Drink hot coco.

Make Christmas cookies.

Eat pumpkin pie.

Play with your cousins.

If you got kids, spend time with them.

Get off the electronics.

Trim the tree together.

Drive everyone around the neighborhood to look at lights.

Hug your grandparent’s necks.

Forgive someone who’s hurt you.

Love on those around you.

Don’t yell at fellow shoppers.

Pay it forward.

Don’t tell kids Santa isn’t real.

Watch sappy Christmas romance movies.

Read a book.

Turn off all the lights and just leave on the tree.

Snuggle up with someone you love.

Create memories!

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When Life Throws You Lemons…

It seems that over the past couple of weeks, it has been one thing, after another, after another, after another, and seriously there was no lemonade wanting to be made. I would have gathered just sat there and sucked on them and let the sour feeling flow through my blood and shut me off from the rest of the world. Literally.

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So, if you’ve followed my blog or you know me, you know that it takes a lot for me to get to this point. It really takes so much stress to pull me into this kind of funk, and let’s be real, it’s a sucky feeling. With everything, there has to be a balance in your life: between working out, eating, school work, teaching, growing your small business, (if you do this) practicing your music so you can grow small business–it’s all part of balance. And I let mine get out of whack.

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How did I do this? They weren’t big things to some people, but to me–they were, because I’m that type of person where, if I do one thing, ONE THING, off of what I think I should, I beat myself up for it. I have a hard time forgiving myself for it. For example: had 5 slices of pizza after I ate my supper on Tuesday (didn’t have any shame until yesterday 😛 ), banana bread, those saltine cracker things (I call them crack crackers) were in the house…ate almost the whole bag. Peanut butter……yeah, we won’t go there. But I realize looking back, there was something there, in my mind, that pushed me to let those lemons get to me.

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Working out helped. I mean it seriously did! I’m officially on week 8 of 22 Hard Corps which I am totally stoked about. I kind of feel that I cheated week 7 from doing what it needed to do with what I ate–but hey, we’re all human. I have those days, I have those weeks as you guys know. So now what do I do from this moment on?

Well, I move forward! It’s Sunday! It’s a fresh start. It’s a clean slate to envision goals and go for them! It’s looking forward to a fun weekend coming, BUT not being able to allow myself to live in the now, in the moment that I am present in! It’s me taking every minute I have and making the most of them!

And that’s what I’m doing. I’m taking the lemons that life has given me these past couple of months and I’m squirting life in the eye with them. No lemonade–this time I’m sticking it to the man!! Now for some, making lemonade is what they need. They need that sweet taste of victory. But this week….I’m not looking for sweet victory. I’m looking for the total feeling on conquering what plagued me these past few weeks. So guys, don’t let the lemons get into you and make you sour! Don’t let what happened last week dictate this week. Take those lemons and do something with them. And personally—I’m squirting life in the eyes!

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Walk Boldly On

It’s amazing how fast time flies when you have so much stuff to do…or it just feels like there’s a lot of stuff to do. 😛

HA! Anyway, everyone is busy, busy, busy, especially all you farm families out there–how’s this rain effecting you guys? Dad was not a happy camper when we woke up this morning and saw that it had indeed rained last night. (Rain, rain go away–my dad’s getting antsy, so come out when the crops are out, so on another day!!)

Oh the joys of farming, it keeps us on our toes! On our toes…oh yeah, that brings me back to what I was saying before. So, I realized that I’ve been terrible about updating you guys on my 22 Hard Corps journey–so I thought that I would shove weeks 2-5 in a short post (yes it will be short…as short as I usually make them XD )

Week 2-4 was continuing on what was established with Week 1 (Cardio 1 and 2, Core 1, Resistance 1 and 2) and I was very please with how I was starting to feel stronger and stronger each week.

But seriously, we have those weeks where things come up and workouts kind of slack. (We’re human after all, it happens). I did get them in, but I knew for a fact that there wasn’t as much “GUNG HO!!!” as there was in the previous weeks. And then to top it all off, there was a plethora of events that started stacking up since October started. Huge anatomy exams on a Monday, Nutrition Exam on a Wednesday….blah….and then weddings and gigs on Saturdays, or just wedding gig this Saturday, church–guys, I will tell you and I feel no shame in it….I was an emotional eating mess.

It was small stuff, not as bad as I was when I was in middle school, high school, or my first 2 years of college–but the peanut butter was gone in a matter of 2 days. That’s been the story through week 5–and to top it off, the workouts got harder. This isn’t bad, but it didn’t help the mindset that I would be fine working out and then go eat whatever I want. (State of Lisa’s mind a lot). Resistance 3, Cardio 3, and Core 2 were introduced…and actually I kind of like the 3’s. There’s something about working out as such a faster pace that makes those 22 minutes fly by.

Through all of my ups and down on this journey, that’s probably been the stable fact for me. Every day, I know that I can put in just 32 minutes a day. That no matter what happens the rest of the day–that’s a sure fact. Most of the time, that’s my best stress-reliever right now. Getting out all my frustrations right there, and as my coach used to say, “leave it all on the court.”

This week, I have made goals for myself to 1)push even harder in my workouts 2) stick with what I have meal prepped and NO SNACKING ON PB!!!! and 3) relax, breathe, and through everything and with everything going on–don’t forget to take a few moments for myself. Did that yesterday and today, and right now I feel probably the most calm I have in 2 weeks.

So whatever you guys are going through, keep pushing through. Even if it’s just something small–keep going!!! Everything has it’s time, and the light is always at the end of the tunnel. There’s a quote I found and I really liked it, “Most obstacles melt away when we make up our minds to walk boldly through them.”

No matter what happens this week, make up your mind to walk boldly, heads held high, shoulders back, and heart out. Dig deep, go hardcore, and be amazing!! Because I think you’re all amazing!!!! Each and everyone of is fantastic, so go show the world how fantastic you really are! Through thick and thin, highs and lows, you will prevail, you will always prevail!!!! ❤

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Aloha my people!!!!! Wow….whoever said time flies when you’re having fun, really needs to work on their definition of ‘fun’. Though…I guess I can’t complain too much. I have had some pretty fun moments since my last post. *thinking* Okay….maybe not too much fun 😛 It’s actually been a pretty “on the nerves” couple of weeks for me as I have been trying to balance my music career (finding gigs, the need to write songs but not doing it, practicing, and trying to manage social media), along with teaching lessons both on campus and to my private studio kids, then the numerous hours I have to put into anatomy and my nutrition homework, trying to help out around the house, harvest is starting, and last but not least–volunteering at the church and bible study….it seems that the moment I get home I just want to binge Netflix (which is what I do), instead of starting the next thing. And along with that, binge eating.

Oh the two things I need to work on: shutting myself off from the world with my writing, reading, and Netflix, and binge eating. So needless to say, though the last 4 weeks, I am starting to see some results from my 22 Hard Corps work–it’s like people say, “abs are made in the kitchen”. It’s 20% exercise, 80% food that makes the body you want. And yes, you can overdo even the healthy stuff. (PB anyone?)

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Yesterday I was thinking about these things. I want to grow my music career, but I’m not writing or practicing my guitar. I want to help as many people as I can through my BB Coaching, but I’m too scared to reach out. Instead, I Netflix and avoid everything because I don’t want to think about it. Okay, so I’ve written down my problems–and the only reason I’ve done this is so that you guys can keep me accountable for myself.

I’ve found, that even with my busy schedule, I still manage to get at least 30 to an hour of working out everyday. It’s become a habit, something that, really, my day either starts badly or ends badly if I don’t do it. It’s 2% of my day that I’ve dedicated  to strictly making sure I get that workout in. However, even though I am dedicated to my workouts–I am living proof that it’s the 80% kitchen work that can hold you back in your endeavors. So this week, I’m making a pledge to stick to my meal prep and to really push through my 22 Hard Corps workouts.

Not only making sure that I stick to my workouts and meal prep, but I want to really emphasize on taking that mentality of 2% of my day to working out and applying that to the rest of my life. 2% of my time with God every morning, 4% to practice my guitar, 4% to writing my music, and the list goes on. This way, these too, become a habit that I form which can not be broken.

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So can I trust you all to keep me accountable to these things? Can I ask that you write me and say, did you stay true to your meal prep? Did you push harder in your workouts? Did you practice and write today? Join me and keep me accountable, because it’s only as a community that we succeed. Only has one will we survive. You push me to make it to my goals and I’ll push you!!

By the way, speaking of pushing–if you would like to see what the 22 Hard Corps workouts look like, here’s a link that you can go to and join the group and see exactly what happens during the week 😀 ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/149780962144309/ )

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Have a happy Monday and Tuesday everyone!!!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

Living in the Now

Good Morning Beautifuls!!! It’s a rainy Tuesday morning here in Kansas, and it’s making some farmers (*cough cough..”dad”*) very antsy about having to wait again for the corn to dry out so harvest can begin. Then the non-stop slightly controlled chaos begins XD

This morning, I was thinking of my future (as you have gotten that is the main theme seemingly of this entire blog 😛 ) and I came across this quote (and yes…it’s from Star Wars):

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I was talking to my cousin for just a few short seconds, but it’s why I love him so much–because he can sum things up in a few seconds. But we were talking about our futures and stuff, and he told me that if he could go back in time, he would have walked out of his job because he was unhappy with it and found something he loved doing. Advice being: find something you love and take “risks” in your 20s, so in your 30s you’re doing what you love and can be happy with it.

Check, check! As we found out–that was what I needed to do this summer and what I decided to do with working toward building my music career, Beachbody coaching, and personal training career. These are things that make me happy and I enjoy doing them. But don’t get me wrong–there’s still stress there. For instance: there’s this crazy little piece of paper that seemingly controls our lives–yes, I mean money.

All these things I love doing require the greenbacks, the dough, the moolah: but as I learned at school–it will take more shelling out at the beginning before you see the “refund” later. But let’s be honest, that shelling out is hard to do. I mean, I’m 24, single, living in my parents house because I don’t have any cash to shell….it wears on a person, it wears on me. But why should I be anxious for the future. What will that get me? Nowhere. I’m an 8 on the Enneagram which means I like challenging and being in control–but I see that I can’t be in control if I really want to succeed. So I have to trust that the One I trust in has it all in control and that my future is what it is: yet to come.

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Yes, I’m shelling out money, but in the end I’m creating relationships and connecting with people I would have never even thought about contacting before. I’m helping people on a physical, mental, and soulful level–which is what I want. So what’s my point?

My point is that I’m taking everyone’s advice:

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And like the quote said above, “Be mindful of the future, but not at the expense of the moment.”

Live in the moment, be present. In our world today, we are delved into our technology (computers, phones, tablets), that we miss nature around us or meeting new people next to us. We miss out on experiences because we are afraid of the risks involved. Don’t be afraid!!! Take risks (smart ones!!!), live life, meet new people, go for walks with no music, connect with nature, take trips, travel to new places, try new things–LIVE!!! Be in the moment and the future will take care of itself.

I’m saying this to myself. Because I need to hear it. It will all work out and I’ll be fine. I’m smart with my spending habits and savings, so that way I can take trips, do things, and (yes) shell out money to the things I’m building.

So have a great Tuesday everyone!! And don’t forget–live in the moment today!!!!!

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Week 1 Challenge: Welcome 22 Hard Corps

So this week was something new for me. I started my very first BB challenge as a coach and I got my mom and cousin to join me, which was fantastic and amazing!!! My challenge pack for this one though–dang, it was pretty interesting. I did 21 Day Fix Extreme for 3 rounds, and was feeling fantastic! I could see definition starting, I was getting stronger, more flexible, and I felt good. Yeah, I still have a little giggle going on in that midsection, but it’s starting to leave. Though I LOVED 21 DFX, I decided to try another program, just to say I did it. (Yeah…I’m one of those. 😛 But let’s put it into perspective–Beachbody programs are to me what Pokemon are to everyone else 😀 😛 ) Anywho, I settled on 22 Hard Corps

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You’ve probably heard about it–but for those of you don’t: 22HC (as I have found it abbreviated) was created by P90X creator Tony Horton. In this, he has created a kind of “PT” (physical training in military terms) that only takes 22 minutes. That’s right–22 minutes. All the moves are set to a cadence, and while Tony is being your “drill sergeant”, you are working out with actual Vets. Yep, our boys and gals in the Marines, Air Force, Army, Navy, and Coast Guard are doing this with you–and they are setting too.

The basic pack came with the following:

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Cardio/Core disk, Resistance disk with a bonus workout, a Battle-Buddy workout, 30 day supply of Shakeology, 30 days of free Beachbody on Demand, Ration Guide, Quick-Start Guide, Workout Calendar, Hell Week Challenge Card, and a sandbag (that still needs to be filled :P)

Beginning last Monday–I thought I was going to die, but because I was just coming off of 3 rounds of 21DFX, I was ready for those first few days…and then Cardio 2 hit. (Maybe it was because I lifted some weights on Wednesday, but I don’t think so–Thursday’s workout was killer!!)

It’s 22 minutes, so the saying “I don’t have time” just doesn’t work for this. I know a lot of you aren’t morning people, but I have managed to wake up and start my day with this (if you do–do the Cold Start workout before hand to get warmed up!!!!) It’s kind of like T25 where it’s no nonsense from the get-go. You have to be ready to go from minute 1.

I’m really liking this program so far, and the food suggestions have been great and very tasty. What happened with 21DFX that I didn’t get me the results I really wanted was because I didn’t follow the food containers like I should have. That is something I’m really going to work on this week!!!! So my coaching buddies, anyone really, keep me accountable and yell at me if I even think about going off them!! 😛

Well here we go! Week 2, what a do!!!!!! Let’s #GETSOME !!!!!