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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!

Monday’s Musings: 21 Day Fix–End of Week 1

Ho. Ly. COW!!! What a week last week. Crazy running back and forth to get seed, trying to help dad get the fields planted before the next rain, but at least the rain held back a bit so we got most of it done. It rained yesterday so it’s too wet to plant today, but dad only has 4 more days before he’s calling it. It’s been quite a spring/summer for farmers. It makes me glad that I graduated in May, because the harvest may not be very good this year :/

But during all this, I (well we, considering my mom is doing this with me) finished the first week of the 21 Day Fix. I kept a log of what I ate with their respected containers, and took little notes each day to remember what happened. So here’s what I learned from the first week.

Firstly, when you’re only doing yoga–don’t eat 3 cookies–even though it’s Father’s Day. Oh, and Lisa has a very bad peanut butter obsession that doesn’t probably help with her losing weight either 😛

Other then that, this week went pretty good. What I did realize, and it’s something that I already knew, was that I’m a very bad emotional eater. Take for instance on the days when I ate too many carbs/peanut butter (and yes it happened), it was the days that it got very hectic trying to help dad out in the field. Realizing this, this week, I’m really going to be watching that. When I feel emotional, I’m not going to grab a spoon and go for the peanut butter, instead I’m going to drink a glass of water and if I’m still hungry, grab some veggies.

Really the whole problem with the “only 2 teaspoons of peanut butter” and finding out how much I love my carbs are the things that I’m learning that I need to adjust. I thought that by eating more food I would gain weight, but I actually lost 4 lbs and then gained 2 back with our Father’s Day meal. It probably wouldn’t have been that bad, but like I said, only doing yoga didn’t really get my blood pumping enough to boost my metabolism into burn mode.

This plan is just like everyone said, really easy to follow. I think my mom said it best when she said, “it’s not just teaching you about portion control, but it’s teaching you how many portions of WHAT that make the difference.” And it’s true. I know that I LOVE LOVE LOVE carbs, but I’m only allowed 2 yellow containers per day. Because of this, I’ve had to figure out how to best work my love of carbs into this lifestyle. It’s been tough but I’m doing it. Sunday, if I remember, I’ll write about some of the recipes that I did last week and this week. Kind of show what I’ve been eating.

Did I mention that I’m also really proud of my mom? Cause I am. She’s doing great with the exercises and they’re really helping her back. I’m also seeing some definition and muscle building in her arms and legs 😀

I did get down to 168 on Saturday morning, but then water weight and cookies happened Sunday, so this morning I was at 170. Still pretty good I think though, but I’ll do better this week 🙂 (course I’ll have to watch myself because I have a bridal shower Saturday, and we all know what that means–appetizers–a person’s worse enemy when they’re trying to lose weight. But I’ll do good!! That’s week 1, and I’m going to work to make sure week 2 is even better–work harder, get stronger, see better results!!

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That’s what I’m telling myself this week when I want more peanut butter 😛 😉

Monday’s Musings: 21 Days To A New Me

Well hello there my friends–long time no write! School is officially done and I’m graduated!! So I’m just trying to relax and get started with this next chapter of life. Course, the ‘relaxing’ part really hasn’t come around yet, and I’m wondering if it will. 😛 With everything that happened those last few weeks of school, and even up too now–my weight has fluctuated more then it should have. As of yesterday, I had gained almost 15 lbs and am at 172. 😦 (NNNNOOOOO!!!!!!) To be honest, I have been quite upset with myself for “letting myself go,” and even though I have been watching what I eat and exercising…..nothing is working, and I’ve been gaining weight (as you can see). But….it will be alright, because I’m going to get this right before the 4th. I was talking to my cousin-in-law a couple days ago, and he made the statement that he would like to lose 20 lbs in a month, so I had an idea. I want to be down to 155-160 before the 4th of July, and so I challenged him to that–>that together we would work to be down 10-15 lbs each before seeing each other for 4th of July weekend at my grandparents house. Now how am I going to do this? Insanity got me great results, T25 got me to where I needed to be next, but it’s time for the next and final step to my weight loss journey to get totally healthy and fit. Because seriously I want firewoman abs yo!!!! Have you seen those ladies?! They got killer bodies, and rightly so, but they aren’t like body building abs, or skinny girl abs–they’re……….I don’t know how you would actually describe them, but I want a body like that.

However I have to remember: I’m not wanting another girl’s body. I want my body–but leaner, stronger, and healthier. Ok, so what is the final step? Well, I’m jumping on the bandwagon and putting the 21 Day Fix to the test!

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Check list/food schedule ready to go! Here’s how I’m going to be keeping my tally of food and water

They say it takes 21 days to break a bad habit, and so I’m giving it 21 Days (could be more then that) to break this “bad habit” of mine. I don’t want to keep using food as a anti-despessant. I know in my heart and mind that I’m an emotional eater, and so it’s time to just buckle down and get healthy for crying out loud!! I’m at the final step of this journey, and I truly believe that if I follow it, I’ll see great results, and find the lifestyle of eating/exercising that I need. (And then I can go back to Insanity and T25 again 😛 Get a little muscle confusion going on 😉 ). I’m planning on doing a weekly update about it, but I might forget–hopefully I won’t. It’s been 3 days, but here’s where I started out at:

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I look so happy don’t I? 😛 (I’ll be smiling at the end 😀 )

Weight: 172

Chest: 39 inches

Right/Left Arm: 12/12 inches

Waist: 33 inches

Hips: 38 inches

Right/Left Thigh: 25/26 inches

 

On your mark, get set–RESTART!!!

This post is like…….5 days in the making. But seriously, where has the time gone?! Sorry guys that it’s been so long, but with my school schedule, homework, and my recital–everything just got away from me. Right now with all these papers and essays due, this is pretty much how I feel:

Exactly.

So where was I the last time we talked…..oh yeah, 154 and not budging with a senior recital coming up. I couldn’t understand what was going on, and then I started talking to a friend about it and she said it’s most likely stress. I thought “stress? could it really be that simple?” We’re going to see, because it makes sense. From February, I had so much stuff that needed to be done that if I said I wasn’t stressed–I’d be lying. And from research, stress releases cortisol (or however you spell it) and sometimes it can make you gain weight or plateau. I can find the truth in that. Then spring break came and went gained 4 pounds to get pushed up to 158 and then Easter weekend happened and shot up to 162. It was bound to happen eventually, I knew it was coming and yes–when I saw that number I slightly beat myself up. But thanks to some wise words from friends, I knew that I would be okay–and what do I do: start T25 😀 This time though, I’m focusing on the toning part–if the weight drops that’s great and I will LOVE IT!!! Especially since I want to be down to 150 by May 16th–graduation. I’m looking more at nutrients and health instead of being totally focused on calories, quantity of quality, all the while trying to get my calorie count up higher and building muscle. I’m also going to be introducing fruits and milk back in my diet. I’ve decided that I’m not going to worry about sugars as sugars but focusing on keeping my refined sugars down. I will be watching those natural sugars though, limiting them but still being able to enjoy them. Basically just focusing on eating a healthy diet with healthy foods!!! So here are my before pictures:

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My measurements:

Weight: 162.8

Chest: 33 1/2

Waist: 31

Hips: 36 1/2

Thighs: 23

Arms; 10 1/2

Butt: 39

I’ll be putting up pictures after the first 5 weeks are done and my measurements! Wish me luck all!!!! 😀

First Fitness Friday of the year–so here we go!