SEPTEMBER 2012

  • SCHEDULE YOU AS A PRIORITY!

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    Confession: I used to feel guilty putting myself first in any capacity.

    Aren’t we-women especially-prone to doing that?  Society has wired it into our brains.  We are supposed to do it all.  Perfect wife/mother/housekeeper/friend/church & community member/sister/aunt/neighbor/breadwinner, etc. 

    I totally fell into that trap and tried to do it all & be it all for everyone else.  The thing is, I started losing me.  Who I was intrinsically as a person.  What motivated me, what excited me. 

    My husband is the best.  Seriously.  I fully stand by the adage that he’s not perfect, but he’s completely perfect for me.  He notices when I don’t put myself first {on the surface everything is fine & then subconsciously, I start taking the lack of me time out on everyone I love} and encourages me to do so.  He knows that a happy wife means a happy life. (;

    As I began scheduling myself as a priority, I realized how truly unselfish it was.  Of course I could go overboard & just focus on me all the time, {aka: selfish}, but that’s really not my nature or personality.  The amazing effects started showing up instantly.  Namely, I am better.  My personal bucket is filled and I have more to give in every area of my life.  I am a happier wife & mom.  I’m generally a more confident woman.  I strive to serve the people I love more.  I am more present in daily interactions because I am rested, thankful, and happy. 

    Here are a few of the ways I schedule ME as a priority. 

    1. Naps.  At least twice a week I work in a 20-60 minute nap.  Many Sunday afternoons, my husband will occupy the boys for a blissful 90 minutes of rest for me.  Naps=Gold for Moms.

    2. Massage. Robin Sharma recommends a twice weekly massage.  I started with a monthly membership and it has been a well worthwhile investment.  By the time that appointment comes around every fourth week it is just what I need and that 60-90 minutes is pure bliss.  I’m working toward getting to the weekly status! (;

    3. Girlfriend/Boyfriend time.  Even though I work two days a week & my kids go to a sitter’s, it’s not really “kid free down time,” because I’m working really hard to get everything I need to done so I can focus more fully on them when they’re here.  I cannot stress enough how important one-on-one adult time is for me.  Even a scheduled 60 minute phone call {or facetime session} with my BFF once a week is enough to fill the bucket for a while.  Of course time with my boyfriend {aka: husband} is crucial as well, and we try to get a good chunk of time daily if possible, but always weekly where we get a date night & at the very least we put the boys to bed, sit in the car outside with the tunes one, and have a good conversation. 

    4. Morning routine + Reading + Netflix.  Getting up at 5:00 is a sacrifice, but it has proved to be one of the best “me” things I could do.  I LOVE that time alone.  I love getting on the treadmill and either reading a book or catching up on one of my Netflix shows.  It’s productive and enjoyable.  It is a habit that ebbs & flows as far as its consistency, but when I do it, I feel better & get more done.  It’s a win-win. {PS: I can’t overemphasize the part that the exercise component of this morning routine plays in this.  It’s vital.}

    5. TSFL.  Take Shape for Life has been critical to all of the above, because it’s been such a game changer in my life.  Not only do I continue to order meals every month {our whole family loves them}, but it’s taught me the habits that will help me be better for those around me.  And, it’s made me make myself a priority.  It was a definite sacrifice in the beginning, but now I know it was the right thing at the right time to totally change my world.  Coaching is also something I do for me.  My clients become my friends.  I care deeply about their success.  On my “work” days, I get to communicate with amazing and wonderful adults who I relate to and cheer for.  I am well compensated by the company for a job that is so enjoyable it doesn’t feel like work.  This program and business has changed our entire family’s lives for good.

    Ideally I’d love to come to your house & watch your kids so you could get a nap once a week, send you to get a monthly massage, hang out with you without kids for some adult conversation, etc., but in most cases it’s not feasible.  I can, however, be your health coach.  I can help you find optimal health.  I can have you join my team & help others become healthy.  If you’re ready to finally put yourself first in the most important area of your life-your health-contact me.  I can and will give you 5% off a new client first month’s order through September 30th.  Within four days I know you’ll feel so much better.  You’ll feel the benefits of filling your bucket so you can fill others!  Reach your goals before the Holiday’s hit.

    What are YOU going to do to start scheduling YOU as a priority? 

  • WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!

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    Winners were drawn this morning from last week’s giveaway!

    Here they are: {winners, please send your snail mail address to zkyoufit@hotmail.com}

    Thanks to everyone who participated. Hope you LOVE the food like I do!

  • GIVEAWAY!

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    Some of my all time favorite resources for staying prepared and making sure I am on target toward my goals, are the portion controlled meal replacements my clients & I utilize when on program {and even sometimes in maintenance}. 

    It totally helps that they are delicious, easy to make, and perfectly formulated with 24 vitamins & minerals in each meal, as well as the right blend of carbs/proteins/fats.

    Recently the company came out with 5 awesome new products to add to their already extensive lineup. 

    Because I firmly believe in the power of planning and preparation and LOVE these awesome meal replacements for their nutrition, ease, and convenience factors {not to mention they help people lose weight & stay healthy!}, I want to give away a box of each of the new products!  That means 5 people will be chosen to receive one of the new products each! 

    Here they are:

    Chili Nacho Cheese Puffs {pretty spicy & crunchy-delicious!}

    Parmesan Cheese Puffs {aged cheddar makes them kind of smelly, but the garlic taste & the crunch is delicious}

    Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Cereal Crunch

    Mixed Berry Cereal Crunch {my favorite afternoon snack}

    Mocha Ready-To-Drink shake {no coffee, 80 mg. caffeine, chocolatey taste-husband drinks one every morning as he heads out the door}

    –All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling me which product sounds yummiest to you. 

    –To have your name entered twice, go like my FB page & share the giveaway on your page, then leave a second comment telling me you did.  If you already like my page, share this giveaway and then leave a comment telling me you did.  Easy, right?

    {The winners will be drawn one week from today. Wednesday 9.19}

  • SAY IT LIKE IT IS

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    Confession: one of my most favorite things about my relationship with my Mr. is that he always says it like it is.

    He doesn’t beat around the bush or try to dress things up. He’s gentle, uses tact, and is sincere. He would never purposely do or say anything to hurt my feelings, so I know when he says something, he’s doing it because he really cares.

    Even with tact & grace, though, there are some times in life when a simple, “do this,” or “don’t do that,” are just the pointed things I need to hear {and are hard to hear}.

    Case in point. The other day I made a smart remark to him he wasn’t expecting and we both laughed. Before I knew it, he’d turned & started tickling me til I fell-helpless-on the bed & he lay beside me. After a couple minutes of random conversation, he said, “How’s your program going?”

    Long pause {sidenote: long pauses always = dang, I wish he hadn’t asked that question!}.

    I said I was doing okay, the scale was staying the same or going down a half pound every once in a while, etc., but hedging around the issue a bit.

    He said, “well, there’s your answer. Just don’t cheat.”

    Just.Don’t.Cheat.

    I agreed with him and we kissed & moved on with our busy day of being full time parents, business owners, and spouses.

    But those three words stuck with me all day. Just don’t cheat. I repeated it to myself often and kept thinking about why I do occasionally-and sometimes often-go off plan.

    As I’ve mentioned before, the key components for me are:
    1. Preparation
    2. Accountability
    3. Consistency

    Lately, it’s been a lack of the number 1-preparation, that’s totally been throwing me off. I have not been physically or mentally prepared on more than one occasion, thus, I cheat myself out of making the progress I desire by choosing against it.

    So with the start of Fall, school starting, and most people getting back into the routine of having a schedule, I am more committed to preparing.  To writing out a plan & sticking to it.  With my meal plan, my exercise routine, and my other personal goals.  I encourage you to do the same.  I know it makes a HUGE difference.

    And if you’re looking for someone to be accountable to, I know this really amazing health coach….{she’s humble, too}.  Message me for details!  {zkyoufit@hotmail.com}