Saturday, October 24, 2015

The First 5 Days of the 21 Day Fix

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So, what's the 21 Day Fix actually like?  What does this 21 Day Challenge entail?
I CONFESS. I own well over 10-15 BEACHBODY programs. I've been doing them for over 10 years so I admit that I totally have A.D.D. and instead of following just one program for the whole 30, 60 or even 90 days that they call for, I like to pick and choose different ones at random to mix it up.
BUT I REALIZED earlier this week that it was totally defeating the purpose of having a PROGRAM!!! I was denying myself the BEST RESULTS.
I thought, "Hey, I'm fit. I'm working out 5-6 times a week and I'm using our programs."
BUT I wasn't benefiting from these EXPERT TRAINERS and the SPECIFIC ORDER they put these workouts in nor was I following the NUTRITION PLANS to a T. I was just eating clean "generally".
Well for the next 21 DAYS I plan to be an "A" STUDENT and follow both the WORKOUT SCHEDULE AND THE NUTRITION PLAN as closely as I possibly can!!!
At the end I'll share my results!
I'll be posting here and on my personal Facebook page for my own accountability over the next 3 weeks!!!
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CHEER ME ON if you can. This 21 day program has no rest days, just yoga on the 7th day so it will take some hard work to workout everyday NO MATTER WHAT!!!
I'm GAME though!!! Let's do this!!!

Day 1 of my 21 Day Challenge - I took my measurements and before pics last night.  I felt pretty good, as one usually does when first embarking on a new journey.  I woke up at 5am, completed the first workout, drank my nutrient packed shake, and headed off to work.  I also announced this 21 Day Challenge publicly on social media, so that I knew I would not back out.
I cut up a kiwi and an orange pepper for snacks at work.  I also loosely wrote out what I planned to eat that day and tracked the colored containers on the 21 Day Fitness Tracker app on my iPhone.  Ready, set Go!

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Day 2 of my 21 Day Challenge!!!

Woo hoo!!! Man it feels crazy I'm only 2 days in. Isn't it always the case when you're struggling and finding it hard that you FEEL like you should be so much farther???

Well, if I've learned anything, it's that this is a journey not a sprint or a race. And the only competition is myself.

Unlike, in the past, this time around I want to follow the nutrition plan as closely as I can.  I have a tendency just to guesstimate things instead of actually measuring things.  THIS TIME, I plan to really pay attention to the portion sizes and USE THE CONTAINERS as they were meant to be used.

The last time I did the 21 Day Fix, I actually didn't lose much at all, BUT the last time I did it, I actually didn't "DO IT".  I free formed it and followed it loosely.  You get in what you put out.  I also skipped workouts last time.  If I didn't feel like doing Pilates, I didn't do the Pilates DVD.  NOT THIS TIME.  This time, I'm NOT MISSING A WORKOUT.  AND I'm DOING IT IN ORDER ACCORDING TO THE SCHEDULE.

Day 3 of 21 DONE.
Not gonna lie. Today was tough.
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I think if I hadn't declared this publicly, I might have slept in this morning.

That and I probably would have eaten bread yesterday at lunch BUT I want to show what can happen when you follow this program the way it's laid out.

I want to show myself that I can do it and follow through when it's hard.

And I'm sharing this publicly, 1. So that I have a better chance of finishing this and 2. To show you that I struggle too.

And don't ask me what face this is. I was trying to be somewhat cool, fake gang sign with my "3" but also goofy duck face and then I thought, who cares, you're way over thinking this Raina.
I feel like I can already tell a difference.  I know I'm only 3 days in BUT there's something about following a plan the way it was meant to be followed.  I'm excited to see the end results!

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Day 4 of 21 D.O.N.E!!! 
I'm almost a fifth of the way done! Yay!
I'm not normally a Pilates girl but in the video today she said the point of it was to stretch and lengthen your muscles to make them long and lean.  Like tall and thin?  I mean, I'm only 5' 2.5", so I can use all the help I can get.

So yeah.  Well, when you say it like that wink emoticon 
Haha, excited to go into the weekend!
I'm determined to stick with this and see it through to the end.

Also a little nervous because in the past date night meant wine, eating indulgently with lobster, cornbread, and mashed potatoes.  And of course, we would always stop for frozen yogurt with all the toppings.  My favorite being reese's peanut butter cups on top of vanilla or cafe frozen yogurt.  Sigh, well this time it's going to be different.  THIS TIME, I want to come out of the weekend WEIGHING LESS than when I went into it!

If you want something different, THEN you gotta DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT, right?!

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Day 5 of 21 Done!
I know, Riiiiiight???!

Haha yay!!! The OLD ME would have slept in because I felt like I DESERVED IT after a long week.
The NEW ME realizes I deserve to be FIT AND HEALTHY! So I worked out BEFORE the rest of my family gets up so I could still spend the whole day with them!
PLUS, date night's tonight so I don't have time to workout later.
Woo hoo!  I'm down almost 3 LBS in 5 DAYS!!!
And tonight's the night.  DATE NIGHT!  Gotta STAY STRONG!!!  I'll post my progress again next week.
Till then!
By the way, I totally confess I still was not able to follow the program to a T :(
I did do all the workouts in order :)
BUT I did have ketchup, a strawberry custard tart, Jello fat free cheesecake pudding mix, curry sauce, and honey roasted pecans.  I also ate out and unfortunately when you eat out, you can just never be sure how things are prepared, but I did the best I could.  Regardless, this is the CLOSEST I've followed it since I bought it, which was when it first came out.  AND HEY, 3 LBS is NOT TOO SHABBY!

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

How Much Does a Beachbody Coach Make?

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So how much does a Beachbody Coach actually make?

Well, it varies.  A LOT (I've actually included a link to Beachbody's 2014 Statement of Independent Coach Earnings if you want to see how much).  Technically, it can be anywhere from $14 to $2,411,214 per year, to be exact for last year anyways).

What I'm sharing with you today are MY EARNINGS as a Beachbody Coach and WHAT THEY HAVE MEANT FOR MY FAMILY, while also WORKING FULL-TIME as an HR Professional.  I also like to say I'm a busy Mom and Wife who likes to enjoy work/life balance.  I still treat my Coach Practice like a business though and intend to keep growing it.

I like that I'm working on something that's completely my own.  It's rewarding to help people achieve their health and fitness goals, BUT MORE THAN THAT I enjoy enriching people's lives.  I enjoy leveraging my HR background and coaching individuals not just on health and fitness but ON LIFE and super importantly on MINDSET.

I used to Poo Poo home businesses as NOT FOR ME.  Lol.  I thought, "O that's nice, but I'm set with my Corporate Career.  I'm doing just fine, thank you."  It was not until I met a multi-million dollar earner who was living MY DREAM LIFE that I opened up my mind enough to re-consider what this Coaching Business COULD BE.

I could go on but to the point of this post, I just want to share what Beachbody Coaching has meant for my family this past year.

What's exciting to me is that it's been consistent, and it's been steadily growing.  I used to automatically deposit money monthly into my savings account and my daughter's savings account.  Before Beachbody, I would frequently have to "borrow" that money back from my savings account each month to pay the bills.  THE BIGGEST THING I've noticed since starting to coach is that I NO LONGER BORROW FROM MY SAVINGS ACCOUNT.  That's HUGE!  AND I am not having to choose between luxuries.

  3. GAS - Lol you laugh but this adds up when you have a commute
  7. GROCERIES - including my LOVE of Sparkling Water and Kombucha
  8. SWIM LESSONS for my daughter
  9. GYMNASTIC LESSONS for my daughter
NEXT ON MY LIST (To be completed in 2016):
I am LOOKING TO RECRUIT TEAM MEMBERS to JOIN ME on this journey.  I'm looking for people who might not realize they're looking for this opportunity.  I knew I sure wasn't.  I really stumbled upon it by accident but I'm so glad I did.

The kicker for me was when I had realized I had stopped dreaming.  I mean truly stopped dreaming the BIG DREAMS without even realizing it.

Sure, I would drive by these rich neighborhoods and muse about what it would be like to live there, but deep down inside I had made peace with the fact that I was never going to make enough to ACTUALLY LIVE THERE.  BUT WHAT IF I could have that mansion?  WHAT IF I could have TRUE FREEDOM?  WHAT IF I could have THOUSANDS IN SAVINGS?

I know for me, I'VE REALIZED I ONLY GET ONE LIFE.  I might as well GO ALL-IN.  This Corporate Climber has turned a new leaf.  Sure, I like to think I'm still kicking butt in the Corporate World BUT NOW I'm also an ENTREPRENEUR with a BUSINESS OF MY OWN.  My eggs are no longer all in the same basket!

And THE BEST PART?  NO RISK.  Not for me anyways.  I can work my business on nights and weekends while holding down a FULL-TIME JOB.  So if I am not successful, then worse-case, I still have my full-time job.  Seems like a no brainer to me.  What do you think? 

IF you're interested in learning more and exploring what this is all about, APPLY BELOW.

Fill out my online form.

***Team Beachbody® does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each Coach's income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings for the most recent information on the actual incomes of all our Coaches.***

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Friday, October 9, 2015

How to Solve a Problem Like a Millionaire

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So I was listening to the Secrets of a Millionaire Mind this morning and he said "You Are the Root Cause."

Let's say you're a level 2 in life and you're facing a level 5 problem. Many people see that as a problem because you are not equipped to handle a level 5 problem if you're only at a skill level 2. That is SUPER STRESSFUL!

He says you need to grow bigger than the problem. You need to get better. Work harder. Then let's say you grow to a level 8 in skill. That level 5 problem looks a whole lot different now. What if you kept growing and getting better? What if you became a level 20?! That level 5 is no big deal now. This is the secret to life and success!

You have to grow bigger than the problems. That's how I see listening to these books. When I listen to books or podcasts instead of the radio on my commutes, I am leveling up. The more I learn, the more I grow.

Things that used to stress me out, no longer seem that important. Conversations that used to be hard are getting easier. Relationships that were stressed are getting stronger.

Those level 5 problems will keep popping up. It's life. Most people deal with that level 5 problem and then are surprised when another level 5 problem pops up a month later. If they haven't gotten better, if they're still a level 2 then that's a stressed out hard life. Focus on you. Focus on getting better than your problems. It's your choice. Be empowered by that! 

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