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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!!!

 

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!!!! ❤

#GetSome

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!!!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

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 !!!!!

 

Sorrow Will Turn to Joy

tumblr_n6o0k4ri9i1slbk1yo1_1280It’s time!! School starts today and it’s kind of exciting to see all the kiddos again!!! So far, they’ve been very excited about continuing their music lessons and grow in their musical skills–so I hope that continues.

Last time I spoke to you guys, I talked about the fear of success. Because of that post, I have taken steps, baby ones–but still steps, to getting my dreams off the ground and flying. Of course, there have been obstacles that have popped up, but that’s normal. After all, life can’t be that simple.

All summer, I searched and searched numerous jobs, and none of them turned out like I thought they would. I started getting disappointed and frustrated that, for another year, I would be stuck in my parent’s house trying to figure out what to do. It didn’t matter how many times I prayed, what my devotions said, the reassurance of family and friends–I felt discouraged and defeated. I had writers block on my music, couldn’t find any gigs, the jobs I thought were great weren’t, family issues arose, and life just seemed to be spiraling out of control. On the way back from KC after an interview, I was just sitting quietly driving. No radio–just me, the hundreds of people in their cars, the road, and God. I was feeling discouraged and I didn’t know why, when a sentence popped in my head. “Don’t be like the Israelites wanting a king.”

Woah. Wait. Hold the spiritual telephone please–don’t be like what? Initial wondering makes you think and wonder if you came up with that on your own, but in the moment I was in, it couldn’t have been. I really feel there was a point to it, and I needed to listen. Driving along I-29, I figured, “Lisa. If you’re going to be doing something for the next 5 years while you’re building your music career–don’t you want to do something you enjoy?” (Thus my problem with job searching, I can’t just do something to get by, I want to enjoy it :/ But is that a bad thing?)

So while this was all going on, a friend of mine (and my Beachbody coach)–had reached out to me and asked if I had ever thought about being a coach myself. My initial thought was, “yes, but I don’t have the money to do it, and I don’t know anyone that would be interested in Beachbody that would even make me remotely successful in running my own business, sssooooooo what’s the point?” Of course, I never said that out loud. (Until now 😛  )  Through the couple summer challenges I had been on with her, she just subtly hinted at me about it, but she didn’t push the issue. I could tell she wanted me too, but I think that’s where she understood me. Even though we’ve never met face-to-face, and have only known each other for what…a couple of months?….she understood that I needed time. Which I did.

There is a point to all this–I swear. 😛 And it goes along with the fear of success post! 😉 (Look at me tying everything together XD)

Anywho–going back to doing something you enjoy. I wrote a bit about my personal story and how I got started in weight loss and becoming healthy. Why it was important to me and sharing my journey with the world wide web. But I think I might have missed an important point–my point for everything I do–whether it’s writing music, performing it, working out, or teaching–I want to help people! I want to help young men and women (and more elderly men and women too) reach the potential that I know they’re capable of. This is why, I finally put my foot forward and signed up as a Beachbody coach myself.

Now you’re thinking, “Holy Hercules’ ghost–another one.” WAIT!! IT’S OKAY!!!! I’m not going to bombard you with sales pitch, ’cause like I said–I want to help people!! And that’s not the only reason I became a coach– I did it because I believe in the workouts and Shakeology. I’m also becoming a personal trainer, so I need to coach people!! Both online and face-to-face.

I’m still doing music–music is my passion and what I’m called to by God. I still believe that. I’m also still writing my novels because…well, because I like writing. I need creativity and creative jobs to survive. My brain has been wired for this and I feel the most at peace when I’m in these areas and doing them. So why not just add my athletic side to that? 😉

What drives you? What passions push you forward? Who do you know that pushes you to the next level? Because writing these randoms thoughts and letting you all know I’m a Beachbody coach–that’s terrifying to me. But it’s who I am and I can’t be scared of it. Just like I can’t be scared to follow my dreams: to do music, to write books, to be me. A teacher once said, “Do what you’re passionate about and follow it with all your heart. Because there’s enough people in the world who have settled–so be amazing!”

As classes started yesterday, I was excited for some reason. I woke up this morning and turned in my substitute teacher application in and was excited. I look at my agenda and have started planning things for my students, and I’m excited. I see what I’m going to be learning in my classes–and I’m excited. I have a few people who are already interested in what I’m doing as a coach and have asked to learn more–I’m excited. I got a logo made, business cards done, 2 songs almost completed, and have met connections in this area that want to help me grow my music–I’m excited!!

If you would had told me this summer, I would feel this way right now on August 16th, 2016–I would have laughed at you. But now–no–

I’m excited!

Let’s Make 2016 One to Remember

Like every year, January 1st is always the day when most of the mass population of the human race decide to write down those pesky little things known as resolutions. I, for one, am no different. I have always done these things and they never seem to pan out–but I have a feeling that this year will be different.

Well……..one can hope 😛

One of my resolutions is to write more. Though, it’s hard to write when you feel you have nothing new to say. That’s how I felt after June–there was no more motivation for me too. I seemed to continue writing about the same things, without any answers or solutions to the problems I was facing. Of course, things did get kind of hectic with the last semester of school, but I felt like I was reaching what I wanted to do.

I’m still not quite sure what I want this blog to be–I started out not knowing what to write about, and then it turned into a failing fitness blog. So with the start of the new year, I thought–I need to start this back up. Going to school as a student is done (for now), it’s time to really start hitting the pavement to get my career going. I think this blog can really help–though with the amount of social media one has to go through, an artist really needs a social media guru just to keep up.

With this in mind, I really want to make this blog into a story of my building of my career, my ups and down in life, finishing and succeeding (notice I said succeeding 😉 ) my weight loss journey, recipes, and everything that’s…..well…me. The question is–how to make this blog me? That’s hardest part of any blog (as in any music career or career in general). It’s coming up with something that makes you different from everyone else. What sets you apart from the mass amount of people that blog? (Hey look Mom, I did learn something in school!!!!! 😉 ) Thus let’s just start with the basics–let’s bring in the new year with those pesky little things–my 2016 Resolutions.

  • Spend time with God, first thing, everyday
    • This is important to me, as it should have been even after graduation. I’ve come to the conclusion that home gives a sense of security, and that security doesn’t allow the fear or doubt creep in like it does when I was away at school. Thus my time with God started to dwindle less and less until now–it feels like He’s not even around. I know He is, I never doubt that, but I just can’t feel him. My pastor gave some encouraging words about this and I felt it was meant for me to hear. Just like the message I received last December in the voice of Aslan–I think this is the year that that comes to pass, because these words have still been going through my mind, even up too now.
  • Get to writing my own music
    • It’s my degree. It’s what I want to do with my life. It’s what I love to do……so why do I keep procrastinating on this stuff–well…because I unconsciously love to procrastinate…….bad combo. I want to get as many as I can, so I can make my first EP and then start doing some coffee shop/small shows/gigs/parties and such.
  • Stay in contact with my friends/family better 
    • These people are important to me (you guys know who you are) and I wouldn’t be where I am without them. But I’m a ’90s kid, and for some reason my brain keeps forgetting that I now live in the world of Facebook, Skype, Email, and text message. There are thousands of ways to stay in touch. I love snail mail….but there’s no excuse for me to be losing contact with them. I want to be a part of their lives and I want them to be a part of mine.
  • Read more books
    • This was my favorite past-time as a kid and I need to gain it back. Reading is good for the soul, brain, and mind. I’ve missed it.
  • Finish my novel
    • That’s right–last November I started a Revolutionary War spy novel–and I really want to finish it. Out of all the novels I’ve written, this has been my favorite. I might be tooting my own horn, but I do think it’s pretty fun.
  • Finally reach that fitness goal I’ve been wanting for 4 years
    • Last but not least. I think everybody puts this resolution somewhere; however, I have a new goal. I’m going to Hawaii in March–and ladies and gents, I need to look good in that new bikini!!!!! 😀 My cousins told me about this plan that they follow and absolutely love. I looked into it, started doing some workouts with them and kind of following their nutrition plan. I fell in love with it and had to become a member of the team. I’ll talk about that later, but I really believe that this is the step I need to reach that final goal! I’m really excited about it.

These are just a few of my New Years Resolutions and I hope that you all had a Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!! Here’s looking to you 2016. I have great plans in store for you  😉 actually, I believe God has great plans for you–I’m just here for the ride.