Who is at work on a Saturday during the Holiday season??

really mugWho is at work on a Saturday?? Meeeeee.

—Because. I have an active family, personal and fitness goals and work deadlines. It all has to balance at some point (and this girl’s gotta earn a paycheck!!).

— Because. My primary goal for the next few weeks is to be able to go to London without a laptop. Mike and I have planned accordingly with our coworkers so we don’t have to work during vacation … and for me it means that I need to have the month closed.

—Because. My coworker and one of my closest and best friends is battling cancer and I was the one who said “she needs to be at home fighting and I will work weekends until she gets through chemo.”

—Because. When it comes to scheduling – this is one area of my life that I do not wing. I HATE being late. And I cringe when I have to tell someone “I don’t have time” (because I MAKE time for what matters). I am so blessed because my husband and kids are 10000% on board. We sit down weekly, go over calendars, plan meals and then prepare accordingly. This simple hour we spend planning has been a catalyst for a better life. I have so much less stress because I know (often weeks in advance) how much “free” time we have for family fun, training, date nights, and playing with friends. Or the opposite – when we have to be very stingy with anything “extra” because of prior obligations (like right now my daughter’s soccer season is starting but we are still in swim season!!). Of course things sometimes pop up … and some weeks there just doesn’t seem to be enough time, but in slowing down to plan, we’ve been able to see holes in the calendar and plug them in … we’ve been able to see when we need to enlist help (like paying for housekeeping when it’s necessary) or communicate to our coaches that we need a condensed program due to time restrictions. And sometimes it means working extra on the weekend and leaving earlier on a weekday.

—Because. If you’ve been stressed or think you need help with this area of your life, it requires evaluation. How far ahead do you make goals and plan how you will achieve them? Do you do a quick evaluation and re-adjust weekly? Is your family involved? Ask me for help if you need it💕


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Just trying to stay on top of things …

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I’m just trying to stay on top of things. Sometimes, it’s because of my choices – like putting two kettlebells there on the floor but grabbing the heavier one than prescribed just to see if I could handle it. Sometimes, it’s just because of circumstances that come with the title “mom” and having a household to run. Today, my life’s responsibilities felt overwhelming and larger than one person can handle … but I’ve got no choice. Today when I was dealing with my real life, I wanted to crumble to the floor and just stay there until I could breathe again, like I did between rounds of the WOD. But there are lights to keep on for my household. And I’ve got two daughters depending on me to be their example. Even if it gets heavy … I have to just keep going.#todayigetstronger #bestrongbabe #dontgiveup  #keepclimbingtothetop #momsgonebacktocollege#momsgottwojobs

If I can do it, you can too :-)

Happy Friday my friends

Make a commitment to YOU. Even if you are married. Even if you are a mom (or a dad). YOU being healthy starts a trend in which everyone around will mirror, emulate, imitate, and be healthy (and happy) with you ….

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” 
― Roald Dahl

My sister bought me 21-day fix in January…. the girls and I ditched the crappy food in the house and have been eating much cleaner. I have been exercising as close to daily as possible and decompressing without wine (despite the CRAAAAZEEEE schedule) in January … results = happier, healthier and stronger. From jeans size 20/22 to 14 … muscles are popping out of my legs, shoulders, back, arms and I am recovering from life’s bumps more swiftly and without as many tears. I have a lot more work to do … I need to focus on better combos of food and get my body to start to shed pounds, but the first step was all of *this* …

You know what else is SUPER cool about this? My teenage daughter showed me her tummy this morning. She’s not bloated and has lost inches as well. And, she’s acting more independently, having fun with her girlfriends and looking forward to summer.

And better … BOTH of my daughters have less acne, more energy and are smiling ALL THE TIME!

Life is good … and everyone is craving strawberries instead of cake. You can do this too … take the first step … even if it’s a really tall one … have strength through the detox stage (fake it until you make it) and give us a holler on this side 🙂