Friday, April 28, 2017

A different kind of #FlashbackFriday

A different kind of #flashbackfriday going down tonight...  



 

Flashback to Jan. 2, 2016...  a women has her husband take some "before pics". She feels crappy, defeated.  She's starting "again."  She's gained back the weight she lost the previous spring...  PLUS a few pounds..  and it's time to diet it off again....  sigh.  

No need to smile.  No one else will EVER see these pics anyway.  They are hidden away in her phone and forgotten about....  along with that "diet" a few weeks later...

Fast forward to the summer 2016..  she has been doing some things, working on her health again..  and she sees a girl she bows a little bit posting all the time about her workouts and food and mostly her freaking amazing group of friends that all keep each other accountable. 

She's sick of trying it alone..  so she reaches out.  Gets out of her own way, INVESTS some money, time, and work into herself..  and

Exactly a year later she find these pictures.. hidden in her phone... 

But she doesn't want to hide them anymore..  she's ready to share them!!!  Because they no longer are of her...  they are of her before... 

✨Before she believed in herself...

✨Before she decided to really TRY

✨before she realized that you don't have to "diet"

✨before she found some of the best friends she's ever had

✨before she changed her life.

And I want you to know that you can do this too!  I never thought then I'd be doing what I do now.  I never thought I could put myself "out there" like that friend (my coach Andrea 💕).  I never thought I could have the results that I have.  But I got them.  Through hard work, consistency, investing in myself and with the support of an amazing community..  

Want to join me?  Want to make some pictures YOUR before pictures??  Reach out,  shoot me a message..  JOIN MY FREE FB COMMUNITY at www.passionatelyhappyandfit.com and start to take action on those dreams you have of becoming the girl you were always meant to be! ❤️

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What kind of mom are you?

I have been a mother now for over 13 years.


For some reason that seems insane to me.. because honestly, when the hell do we actually get the hang of this??  I feel like some days, I have my shizz together... but other days.. oy vey.

But here's the deal.  I have come to realize over the last 13 years+  that I have it together ENOUGH for me and my kids.

I have kind of been dealt the jackpot when it comes to children.  Besides the occasional teen girl angst, I have good responsible kids, who excel in school, complain now and then, can be asshats to me, but are amazing to others..  (of course, right?).



But what I really have learned over the years is that, I'm really not like other moms... at least not in some ways.

My kids are generally independent and can do a lot of things themselves.  Not because they are super kids that wear capes (though *I* think they are ;) )  But because, dudes, I was so NOT interested in doing all that shit for them.   If they decided to pack their lunches, or had to pack, they did and continue to do so themselves.  (A 9 year old can totally make her own sandwich, in case you were wondering. ) I make sure there are good, healthy options and they take care of that crap.  When they were smaller I provided more guidance..  Now??  If you want to survive on an apple and a cheese stick for 6 hours.. more power to ya girlfriend.  But i guarantee they will make a better choice the next day.  (DISCLAIMER: I don't starve my kids. *insert eye roll*)

I also do not get up at the ass crack of dawn to get middle school age children, that are perfectly capable of setting an alarm on their overpriced phones that I pay a TON of money for, out of bed.  They can do that.  They can also comb their hair, brush their teeth, grab some breakfast and get on the bus on time.  They do it, and have for years now, because they don't know any different.  (And because.. you know, like is said "kid jackpot" over here).

As a working mom most of my girls school career, I wasn't able to attend every party, field trip, or birthday.. but I did do most of them.  However ladies,  I always brought the paper products, or the drinks, or the chips.. because I am not a Pinterest mom and that's ok too.  I don't feel bad and neither should you, whether you are or you are not.

Here's the thing ladies.  I'm a mom, but I'm still me.  And being me is an anti-housework, non-baking, not super "maternal" lady.. BUT I love my girls fiercely.  I put them FIRST in my life, I make sure they have everything they need, and too much of what they want.  I support them.  I stand up for them.  I'm their biggest cheerleader.  And whether you are a working mom, a stay-at-home mom, a Pinterest mom or a whatever kind of mom I am..  I think that's all you have to do to be a GREAT mom.

 But don't tell everyone..  I don't want to give up my #worldsokayestmom title anytime soon.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Super Special Transformation Tuesday..

Today is a Super Extra Special Transformation Tuesday for me..  
This is my VERY FIRST Facebook profile picture.. (circa 2009??) and my current one..



Both pics involve bathing suits and a beach. 

But BOTH are VERY different..
In that first pic, I was a young(er :) ) mom of 2, out on a beach rocking a bikini.  BUT.. I was not confident in myself.. NO WAY was I allowing a real picture of me in that thing to show up on Facebook.. or anywhere else for that matter.. I felt OK wearing it.. but not confident enough to really own it.
I thought i looked OK, but definitely didn't feel AMAZING and didn't own the @#$% out of it..
Fast Forward to NOW.. well last week.. I not only rocked this bikini but a couple others.. and i not only would allow pics of myself in it, I took them my damn self!! 
Not because I think my body is perfect, not because I don't have things I still want to improve, but because I have put in the work.. on both my body and my mind that now i feel confident, sexy, and HOT and OWN the HELL out of my body and my LIFE..  
And Ladies, this isn't all about a bikini.  Maybe you have no desire to ever rock one of those again, and that is ok too, but the point is, you DESERVE to feel good about yourself, how you look, what you do, and just WHO you are.  I have discovered the secrets to doing this and I'm ready to share them with you!!

If you want to feel amazing, confident, energized, and yes, SEXY!!  too... 
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Have more energy
Step the HELL OUT of your comfort zone
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

My 3 TIPS for CRUSHING Anxiety

Anxiety is something that creeps up on my from time to time.  Often, it is situational, but sometimes, I feel anxious and unsettled for no real reason at all.

Although I don't always know where those uncomfortable feelings are coming from, it doesn't mean that I can't take some actions to reduce my anxiety and make myself feel more like myself.  Over the past few years, I have found a few things that definitely help to keep the unsettledness away.

So here they are..  My top 3 tips for CRUSHING anxiety..


#1  Move your body.
 For reals yo.  You need to work out.  Or take a walk.  You need to kick your own ass for lack of a better terms.  It will help you work off some of that nervous energy, and get you feeling PROUD of yourself for doing something amazing for yourself.

My most favorite workouts are the ones I can do at home!  I'm sure you aren't surprised, but for me, just getting off my couch and working out is so much less overwhelming than having to make myself somewhat presentable, and go to a gym.  Add in that ride to and from the gym.. and forget it.

Basically though ..  just find something that works for you.

#2 Personal Development.
 I mean it ladies, find your zen!  Read some dang books, or listen to them on audible about how to take control of your life, how to wade through the CRAP that life throws at us and come out of it able to still find JOY.  EVERYONE can grow as a person.  Every single person.  We ALL have crap thoughts and bad days and times when we fell out of control.  I promise you that PD can HELP.

Don't know where to start? Here are a few of my faves..

You are a BadAss; How to Stop Doubting your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein

The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte

#3 Choose JOY and GRATITUDE
We cannot control what happens in our lives, but we CAN control how we react to it.  It is NOT always going to be simple or easy, but you CAN choose JOY.  You CAN find SOMETHING good in your life.  Focus on that.

Life will hand you shit guys.  It WILL.  NO ONE goes through life without troubles, without pain, without having HARD things to deal with.  Life is HARD.  Life comes with pain, hurt, and sadness.  It comes with grief, and agony at times.

But I will tell you one thing for sure. FOR SURE.  There is also happiness, joy, excitement, and peace.  All the time.  All of these things in life are there ALL. THE. TIME.

Sometimes you just have to look a little harder to find the good.  But it's always there.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Diets are Dumb.

There I said it.

Diets.  Are.  DUMB.

To me a "diet" would be defined as a short term deprivation of calories in order to lose weight. 

Diets are short term.

Diets don't work.

They don't. 

I mean you might lose the pounds that you are aiming for.  You might reach a weight goal, but if once you have reached that goal you go back to your old eating habits... guess what???  You will eventually gain it back.

And then go on another dumb diet.

And then lose it.

And then gain it back...

And on, and on and on...  

You get the point.

What I do is different.  I have changed my life.  my nutrition. my mindset.

I don't diet. 

I still eat pizza, and tacos.  And candy.  And whatever the hell I want.  

SOME of the time.

And I STILL get results.  I'm still seeing PROGRESS every month.

Do you want to learn how?  



Join me for my free 5 Day Challenge and BREAK the Yoyo Diet Cycle!!!  

We SMASH the Yoyo starting on Monday, March 20th.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Find your tribe!

This is something that I have intentionally set out to do.  If you recall it is actually on my vision board.

Surround myself with people that are supportive, loving, full of light and life and JOY!!




And I'm happy to say I've found it!  

But it wasn't without purpose or intention that I did it.  

I decided that I was ready to get out of my own way.  I was ready to put myself out there.  To invest in myself, in making ME better, in challenging myself and in getting the hell OUT of my own way.

Too many times we are paralyzed by fear.  We think, "wow, she does some really cool stuff and has great friends, I wish I had that,"  but we are too afraid to put ourselves out there and CREATE our own life. 

I'm happy to report I've decided to live out my life to spite my fears.  

I've JUMPED out of my comfort on many occasions in the past 6 months or so and I am going to tell you all one thing.  EVERY. SINGLE. TIME has been 1000% worth it.  

* I signed up as a health and fitness coach and started my own business.
* I have reached out and ENGAGED in my challenge groups and coach groups
* I put myself out there
* I made friends.
* and I WENT out and did the things, I went to coach events alone, I just introduced myself to people and kept on building the relationships..  

Why?  Because this is IMPORTANT.  If you want to be successful in LIFE,  you need to surround yourself with people that push you to be your best.  You need people in your life that encourage to be the LIGHT in the world.. to find JOY in every day.  You need those who will call you out on your own bullshit and PUSH you to better yourself day in and day out.  

FIND THOSE PEOPLE.  

As fast as you can. 

I cannot tell you grateful I am that I have.   

And if you need a push.  If you want to be part of my tribe...  hit me up!!!  As my friend Andrea says #theresalwaysroomformoredopebitches



Friday, March 10, 2017

It's OK to think YOU are Amazing.

I'll be honest you guys.. I think I'm pretty amazing.

No, that doesn't mean I'm cocky, stuck up, or conceited.

It means I'm CONFIDENT.

I love who I am.  What I do.  The PERSON I am.

And that is OK.

It is OK to look in the mirror and think "Damn, I'm hot!!!"




As women, and PEOPLE, we are all too often afraid of truly loving ourselves.  And definitely afraid of putting it out there if we do for all to see.  We are afraid of what others will think of us.  We are afraid to be viewed as someone who thinks they are "better than everyone else" or "needs to be brought down a peg."

I'm here to tell you that that is ridiculous.  It is possible to be confident in who you are and to love YOU.  It doesn't mean you think you are better, it means you recognize your own value, your own gifts, your own talents, and take the time to empower yourself.   It is also OK to see everyone else as just as amazing and awesome as you.  To see everyone as uniquely valuable with their own set of amazing gifts and talents.

For some reason, it is more socially acceptable to put yourself down.  To constantly talk about how busy you are, how tired you are, how much you need to lose weight, how you are "bad" for making an unhealthy food choice.

Again, guys, it's OK to be amazing.  It's OK to feel good.  It's OK to prioritize your life in a way that makes YOU not feel crappy.  It's ok to sparkle the hell out of this life!!

I used to be like this.  Heck, I still tend towards the complainer side of life, but I have consciously decided to change that the best I can. To NOTICE when I am complaining, when I am negative, when I have made choices to do things in life that run me down and deplete my energy.

I have started doing things in my life that make me proud of ME and make me feel good.  I eat healthy, whole foods (MOST of the time), I workout, I play with makeup, I fix my hair, I set goals, I set intentions and I DO the things that make me FEEL good and that will keep me moving toward the girl I want to be.

It's all about choosing who you want to be and doing the things that SHE does.  I'm telling you, once you start working on you and becoming the person you were always destined to be.. the confidence comes, the self-love comes, the sparkle SHOWS!!

It's a process and I'm growing.

Are you?