Let's flashback to November 2015. I was 8 months pregnant. I knew my husband was leaving for a year in two months. I'd accepted my fate, in my mind, with a sort of honorable stoicism. Imagine my surprise when I was in church for a sermon called "Surviving vs. Thriving." The remember the graphic from … Continue reading Lean into the hard
Put Your Big Girl Panties on will give you applicable questions, exercises, and advice from someone just like you. It will feel like a conversation at a coffee shop, filled with knowing glances and giggles. It will give you a safe space to feel the things you’re feeling while also coaching you ever closer to a better version of you. You see, one thing is absolutely 100% true. No one else is going to come along and magically save you. You are the hero of your own story. You are the one that is going to make your best life possible. You are going to show up for yourself, you are going to solve your own problems. And you’re going to feel really confident and satisfied when you do. You’re going to save yourself. Let’s go.
Today let's do a fun little goal exercise. I'm not sure about you, but my art skills are about on par with my first grader, so don't judge me. This exercise will take you about five minutes. Grab a piece of paper and a pen. 1a. First, I want you to draw you on the … Continue reading A fun little goal exercise
making health changes isn't as complicated as we make them. It's actually simple math. And math doesn't lie. We're always working from two angles, with two numbers if you will when we're trying to make changes. Your food/energy budget is all about the input and the output.
There are all kinds of excuses we can come up with to not get fit or to not stay fit. Most are bogus. That’s some really tough love, isn’t it? Yet, I’ve trained with people who have serious, debilitating diseases like lupus, multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia to name a few. I’ve worked with women going … Continue reading Make muscles, not excuses.
First you must enjoy your workout.
Yep, I said that. So, when you’re just starting out, a 10 minute walk might be enjoyable. That’s what I want. I want you to get moving, feel excited, actually be able to accomplish the goal you set for yourself. A study published in Frontiers in Psychology in 2016 confirmed that perceived competence, that is the sense of mastery or winning, is one of the biggest factors in enjoying a workout and, ultimately, sticking to a fitness routine. So, start where you’re at and slowly get better.
Somewhere along the road, I apparently adopted the idea that being a married, adult woman with three kids meant I wasn't allowed to do things I like to do. I know that sounds crazy and younger me needed therapy. But I bent my will so hard for everyone else, I rarely did just what I wanted to do in my late 20s and earlier 30s.
When I started my business 2.5 years ago I had zero struggle when it came to naming it! No back and forth, no wondering, no grinding my teeth. Jumpstart was always the name, from the word go. You see, I knew then what I'm even more convinced of now: fitness is like a gateway drug … Continue reading Why jumpstart?
I have a Monday uniform: fun, bright socks, my favorite shorts and a tank. It's the way I prevent a case of the Mondays. On Monday, I want to be happy and excited about all the opportunities and challenges that are coming, so I dress that way. Now, the shirt says one of my favorite … Continue reading Monday Motivational: Be the you you want to be
There are very often things you can do to change a situation. It does require big girl panties, sure. But I think it's empowering to know we aren't out of options except whining. No, we can choose to take action. We are powerful.
The trick here is to let go of what you can't control. And certainly to stop whining about it. Instead, focus that energy on what you actually can do and let the rest go.