Wednesday, July 29, 2015

My Miracle Morning

San Diego HR Mom Raina Kropp Beachbody Coach
I just finished reading The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod which inspired me to complete my own Miracle Morning on Saturday May 30, 2015 (I know.  I'm a little late in posting this) but better late than never!

Basically, a Miracle Morning includes these 6 components, in any order, for any duration:
1.  Exercise
2.  Visualization
3.  Reading/Personal Development
4.  Meditation
5.  Positive Affirmations
6.  Gratitude Journal

It was a Saturday morning.  I'll always remember the date because it also happened to be my 5 Year Wedding Anniversary.  I usually use  Saturdays to sleep in, but for some reason I woke up at 5am.  I had been attempting the Miracle Morning all week but always seemed to run out of time.  I think it was for that reason that I knew I would not have to run off to work that this might be my best bet to FINALLY complete My Miracle Morning.

So I got out of bed, careful not to wake my husband and I embarked on a 4.5 mile run.  Granted I had not run hardly at all in the last 6 months leading up to this.  An old elbow injury had flared up and I had decided a couple days earlier that jogging would be an acceptable alternative to the strength training I had previously been enjoying.

During that run, I found myself repeating these phrases over and over again, "I am capable of so much more than I know.  My body is so much stronger than I realize.  I just have to let go.  What do you mean I'm not a runner?  That's the old me.  The NEW ME is whoever I choose her to be!"

These words got me through.  I'll admit I did a lot of visualization during my run as well.  I thought about where I wanted to be in 5 years.  What my house was like, the neighborhood I lived in, what it felt like to wake up in that bed, the smells from the kitchen, the sound of my husband's voice, and my daughter's laughter as she jumps into our bed, in this future I am called to create.  I have to say, it was pretty powerful.

When I got back, I read for 10 minutes in the kitchen while stretching on the tile floor.  It helped me cool down.

I came upstairs and did a 7 minute meditation using my favorite breathing app called Pranayama.  I liked Hal's approach to mediation because it felt accessible in its simplicity.  I breathed in through my nose while saying the word "healing" and imagined tiny little lights coming into my body and healing my elbow injury.  And I exhaled through my mouth the words "love and understanding" because I want to give those things to others.

I wrote in my gratitude journal about my amazing husband and my beautiful daughter.  I texted my workout accountability partner at 7am.

I had already come home earlier to find orchids in the kitchen after my run, and DANG my hubby surprised me again.  I had been scribing in my journal on the floor, only to get up and discover a beautiful orchid arrangement on my desk.  Not sure how I had missed that when I walked in earlier.  Orchids are my favorite flower and he always gets them for me on special occasions, like our wedding anniversary.

In my office I reviewed my dream boards and then went to get ready to shower.  I read my affirmations which are posted next to the sink, purposely posted there so I can read them every time I brush my teeth at night and when I wake up every morning.  And then afterwards, went downstairs to make my hubby breakfast.

Overall, it was a pretty fantastic morning!  Not sure I could do it everyday BUT definitely LOVE all the components of the Miracle Morning.  I have done them all on different occasions but never all at once and back to back.  I'll keep working on it.

How about you?  Have you heard of the Miracle Morning?  Will you be trying one out?

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Crissy Page and Her Clean Eating Story

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CRISSY PAGE, Blogger and Digital Influencer, the only thing you need to know is that SHE IS AWESOME!  Boasting over 156k followers on Pinterest and 71k followers on Twitter, you could say she is kind of a big deal in the digital world.  She is the Founder of websites Dear Crissy and Parent Pretty.  Ohio based and Mom of two, she is a girl after my own heart.

Crissy and I connected on Facebook earlier this year, and I had the pleasure of getting to know her better when she joined my FREE 5 DAY CLEAN EATING CHALLENGE.

As of July 10th, she's 8 weeks into her Clean Eating journey and has LOST a whopping 24.8 LBS!
Plus, she posts daily pics of what's she's eating, which is how I've been able to see her daily and weekly progress since the Challenge.  If you want to be inspired, be sure to check out her Instagram account.  Her photos are gorgeous!  I personally cannot get enough of them.

As I have followed her journey, I continue to be amazed, which is what prompted me to reach out for this interview.

I like to imagine me sitting across from her, asking these questions, each of us with a cup of tea in our hands.  A serene picture, which I know is kind of glamorous given the reality we both have as busy working moms, but at least you know the setting intended.  Lol.  I could go on and on BUT I know you're all waiting to hear directly from her, so without further ado, here we go:

Q.  Your bio says you’ve been publishing content online since 1996.  What got you started and what was that first post?

I was sixteen when my father purchased our first PC, and the internet felt like a wildly-creative new frontier for me. I created my own websites from scratch where I shared my photography, diary entries and art. I'm sure I would be terribly embarrassed to go back and read those first posts, but I'm sure they rang of teenage angst!
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Q.      If you were describing your work and what you’re passionate about to a bunch of kindergartners, what would you tell them?

I would tell them that writing is my first love and that I'm very blessed to be able to do that for a living. While my job as a blogger/influencer involves many different types of work, I still feel like storytelling is at its heart.

Q.      What started your Clean Eating journey? 

Clean eating wasn't on my radar until I happened to see your post on Facebook about a 5-day clean eating challenge. I was really struggling with my health and I knew I wanted to make a change, so I joined the challenge.

I didn't have much confidence in myself at that moment that I would be able to complete the challenge. It just goes to show you how important it is to take that first step.

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Q.      What did your life look like before clean eating compared to now?

Honestly, my health was really dire. I was heavier than I had ever been, and every day I struggled with overeating and remorse. I was addicted to sugar and food definitely was a source of comfort for me. I looked bad and I felt much worse.

I was eating mostly processed foods and fast food. I was rarely cooking, and I was eating excessive amounts of refined sugar. I felt powerless to make a change.

Q.      How did you educate yourself on what clean eating was and what it would mean for you?

Around the same time I joined your 5-day clean eating challenge I also watched the movie FED UP. The film terrified me and really opened my eyes. It reinforced the fact that I was eating too much sugar and my biggest takeaway was that I needed to eat real food and start cooking more for myself and for my family.

I wasn't an expert on what clean eating means when I started clean eating and eight weeks later I'm still not an expert. I'm also not a chef or a food expert. Every day I'm learning more and I have a long way to go.

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Q.      What’s the creative process look like when you’re coming up with your dishes?  (Both in preparing/cooking and plating them to be photographed)

One of the most amazing revelations that I've made during my clean eating journey has been that I can cook without recipes. I do browse the internet for recipe ideas, but once I have a general idea of the ingredients I sort of just throw them together and see what I can come up with.

It's liberating to just rely on fresh ingredients and seasoning to do the work. It's so much easier to cook without recipes when you're cooking real food because there are fewer ingredients that require precise measurement. No cans of condensed soup, etc.

I have to admit that taking photos of my food and posting them to my Instagram account have made this whole process much more motivating and fun for me. It forces me to take more care with my meals because I want the finished product to be pretty. It may seem like an extraneous step, but I love sharing my food accomplishments (every healthy meal is an accomplishment for me) with others who may be on the same path or want to get started.

If you want to start taking photos of your food (it's really fun!) my biggest tip would be to find a nice clean background like a cutting board or pastry board and to use natural light. Just putting your food in front of a window works. No fancy camera needed, I shoot all of my food photos for my Instagram feed with my iPhone 6+. I edit my photos using the VSCO app.

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Q.      What are the staples on your grocery shopping list? 

My clean-eating must-haves include: Chicken breast tenderloins, eggs, quinoa, hummus, Greek yogurt (I get the full fat), avocado, raw almonds, chia seeds, every kind of fruit (I eat smoothies almost every morning), every kind of veggie but particularly kale, spinach, sweet potatoes, broccoli and zucchini.

Q.      What tips can you recommend about your journey that you’d only share with a close friend?

It does require effort on your part to plan and prep meals, and yes, you will be cooking a lot.

I have the luxury of working from home, so even with my busy schedule and caring for my kids, I know I still have more time than most to cook for myself. That said, it's definitely VERY doable to begin clean eating!

It's not as easy as popping a frozen meal in the microwave or driving through McDonalds, but wow, the payoff of clean eating makes up for the extra time you'll spend in the kitchen.

Q.      What are three things you’ve told yourself that kept you going when it got hard?

I wish I had three things to tell myself! It does get hard at times, especially when the rest of my family is enjoying a food that I want to avoid or when I feel down and I know that a donut would give me that momentary fix. I really just have one thing that I tell myself and it's just to keep pressing forward, forward, forward. The only way to regain control of my health and my happiness is to keep pressing forward and making the best decisions I can day by day.

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Q.   What is your ultimate goal?  How far have you come?

My ultimate goal is to lose 50 lbs. and I've lost 24.8 so far.

As much confidence as I've gained through this process, 50 lbs. still seems like a scary goal to me.

That's the thing about losing weight, those negative thoughts can be so destructive. In the past, I fell prey to thinking 50 lbs. was so huge that I need not even bother trying.

I'd have so far to go! Think of the work, the time, the sacrifices!

You really have to shift your mindset to one pound at a time and one week at a time. The first couple weeks require some faith and then before you know it, those pounds begin to snowball. From where I'm standing eight weeks into my clean eating shift, my 24.8 lb. snowball looks pretty good!

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Q.   What are you most proud of?

As far as this journey, I'm most proud of just getting started. Getting started is the hardest part and requires action. I woke up every morning for a year planning to eat healthy and lost weight and every day I failed because I didn't take action.

Your 5-day clean eating challenge gave me the platform to take my first real action toward getting healthy and that action was going to the grocery store the night before the challenge.

I went to the grocery store, and I bought a TON of clean, whole foods. I knew my kids wouldn't eat half of the foods I bought, but I did it anyway, for myself. I finally got started.

Q.   What does a day in the life look like for Crissy Page?

I think like any parent, my days are pretty crazy! I run my business from home as well as take care of my kids, ages 3 and 5. I'm usually trying to balance business calls, writing posts and doing photo shoots with making lunches, playing dress-up and breaking up squabbles.

I haven't had any alone-time in 6 years, so when BOTH of my kids begin school in the fall it's going to be a whole new world for me!

Wow, isn't she AMAZING?!  Love you Crissy Page!
Thank you so much for sharing your story.  Hearing about your progress and your journey is the whole REASON WHY I Coach.

If you are struggling with your own journey and do not know where to start, feel free to reach out to me.

If you would like to PARTICIPATE in the same FREE 5 DAY CLEAN EATING CHALLENGE that kick-started Crissy's own journey, SIGN-UP HERE to be invited to my NEXT ONLINE GROUP.

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Is Coaching Right For You?

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So is Beachbody Coaching right for you?

Only you can ultimately answer that, but I can at least break it down for you to the

  1. FITNESS - You do not have to love exercise BUT you do have to be committed to your own fit journey and that includes getting your sweat on and on a regular basis.  
  2. NUTRITION - You have to have the desire to want to eat healthier.  That does not mean you have to be an expert or a die hard clean eater, BUT it does mean that you are working towards eating healthy and are open to following a meal plan.
  3. SHARING YOUR STORY - As Coaches, we share our progress and our own journey to inspire others.  We share the good and the bad, the non-scale victories and the struggles that losing weight and getting healthy can entail.
  4. LIFE-LONG LEARNING - In order to LEAD, you have to be constantly working on yourself.  This means reading personal development, watching training videos, connecting with other leaders and mentors, or basically as Covey would say, "Sharpening the Saw."
  5. HELPING OTHERS - You have to be genuinely interested in the success of others and creating a positive culture for people to grow and shine.  You can see their potential and help them become the best version of themselves possible.
If so, I would love to have an exploratory conversation WITH YOU about joining my team.

If you are interested, please fill out a COACHING APPLICATION today by CLICKING HERE.

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