New Year..New Goals!!

January 3, 2011

Hello readers!! I spent the past couple of days totally revamping this blog and removing all of the old stuff from years ago that did not pertain to the topic of conversation now. This blog will now be devoted completely to health and fitness posts. So add a bookmark or subscribe and check back often because I promise you there is going to be a TON of information that gets posted here over the next year.

Most of you don’t know this but I signed up in October to become a coach with Team Beachbody. If that name sounds familiar to you it should. Beachbody is the company that puts out awesome fitness programs such as Turbo Jam, P90X, Turbo Fire, Insanity, Hip Hop Abs, and Slim in 6, just to name a few. I would venture a guess that if you have ever been flipping through the channels late at night you have come across one of their infomercials.

So, why did I sign up to be a coach?

I signed up as a coach because I LOVE to help people. I also felt like if I made it my job to help people reach their health and fitness goals it would keep me motivated and accountable to reach my own. I also wanted that 25% discount on all of Beachbody’s products. I’ve been drinking Shakeology for about two months now and it has really changed the way I feel, and done so much for my skin, hair, body and energy levels. I have had low thyroid for several years now which has made controlling my weight very difficult, plus the added side effect is that my hair has thinned out a LOT. Since I started drinking Shakeology my hair has almost completely stopped falling out! To me it’s totally worth whatever I would have to pay for it just for that! A woman’s hair is her crowning glory and all of mine was winding up on the bottom of the shower, but not anymore!

I’m no stranger to weight problems. I have gained and lost the same 40 pounds probably a dozen times in as many years.

I never had a weight problem until I had my first child. I had always been thin, and weighed 130 pounds before I got pregnant, but for some reason after my first child I had a really hard time losing the weight. Add to that I have a low thyroid and you can see how hard it has been to lose the weight and keep it off.

In 1998 I got pregnant with twins(My second pregnancy) and spent the majority of that pregnancy very ill and on bedrest. By the time I gave birth I was 215 pounds. The heaviest I had ever been in my entire life. Add to that the stress from my twins being born 14 weeks premature by emergency c-section and spending months in NICU WHILE I had an 18 month old at home and you can see why I turned to food for comfort.  I lost a lot of the weight after the twins were born by breastfeeding and the stress levels I was having to endure, but it didn’t last long.

By the twins first birthday I was back up into plus sized clothing again.  To this day I have two wardrobes. One wardrobe is plus sized 12/14 and the other is my normal size 8/10.  I have made it my goal to get back down into that normal wardrobe and STAY there, which brings me back to the whole Beachbody Coaching thing. My ultimate goal is to find a team of people that are like minded. People that want to lose weight and get fit while helping others do the same. I think if we all work together to motivate each other there is no way we can fail!

I joined a 30 day Challenge that one of my mentors Chalene Johnson started for the new year. We are focusing on achieving goals and getting organized over the next 30 days and I cannot tell you how invaluable the information she has put out just in the first three days!  I feel so inspired and ON FIRE to be productive and reach my goals this year. It’s not to late to join if you are interested and I promise you won’t regret it. (Plus it’s totally free!)

All in all I am extremely excited for this year. I see a LOT of great things in the future for both me and my family.

By the end of 2011 I plan to:

Become a Diamond Coach with Team Beachbody

Become Certified to teach Hip Hop Hustle

Reach my ultimate Fitness Goal of my pre-pregnancy weight and have ABS!!

Get us well on the road to being out of debt and back in the black financially.

Finish my photography course and get my Certificate from the New York Institute of Photography as a Professional Photographer.

This year I am making taking care of myself a top priority because if I am not in good health then I cannot properly care for my family. I have put myself on the back burner for a long time and it has taken a huge toll on my body and spirit. It’s definitely time to change that.

I’ve also decided to do a lot of reading this year about goal setting, priorities, and personal development. The books I have on my Kindle so far are:

A New Earth-Awakening to your Life’s Purpose- Eckhart Tolle

The Last Lecture- Randy Pauch

Eat That Frog!-21 great ways to stop procrastinating and get more done in less time- Brian Tracy

Goals- Brian Tracy

No Excuses! – Brian Tracy

Reinvention- How to make the rest of your life the best of your life- Brian Tracy

Getting Things Done- The art of stress free productivity- David Allen

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People- Steven Covey

The Joy of Less- A Minimalist Living Guide- Francine Jay

Total Money Makeover- Dave Ramsey

Women and Money- Suze Orman

Smart Women Finish Rich- David Bach

So, as you can see I have a LOT of work ahead of me this year, but I know that if I stay focused I can reach my goals and even surpass them.

What goals have you set for the new year? I’d love to hear about them! Feel free to leave a comment. 🙂