The Five Why’s

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When you are starting down the road of your health and fitness journey it can be so easy to be motivated and inspired. It is easy to get out the door to the gym, to prep your meals, and to plan for your new healthy lifestyle.

But, we all know full well that the day will come, and it WILL come, when life gets in the way. What will you do when life is hard and the motivation is waning?

It is then that it is so important to know your WHY.

What is your WHY?

You WHY is the reason that you are starting this journey. It is the deep down reason that stirs within your soul. I have heard someone say it is “the WHY that makes you CRY.”

Did you doctor say you are one heart attack away from the grave?

Do you want to improve your health so you can expand your little family?

Do want to be able to keep up with your active kids?

Do you want to grow old with your soul mate?

Or do you just want to feel better in body and mind?

Whatever the case is for YOU, there is a process you can follow to help you find your WHY.

It is called the ‘5 Why’s.’

This is a very simple but very effective exercise for getting to the root of WHY you want something.

When you want to accomplish something (or if something goes wrong), you ask one why.

Why do I want to accomplish this?

Then, with whatever answer you come up with, you ask why to that first answer.

And so on, five times.

Here’s an example:

Why am I on this journey?
I want to lose fat.

Why do I want to lose fat?

Because I want to fit into a smaller size of pants.

But why do I want to fit into a smaller size of pants?

Because when I’m wearing smaller pants, I think I’ll look better.

But why do I want to look better?
Because when I look good, I feel good about myself.

But why do I want to feel good about myself?
Because when I feel good about myself, I’m more assertive and confident.

But why do I want to be more assertive and confident?

Because when I’m more assertive and confident, I’m in control and better able to get what I want out of life.


See how that works? Once you have found the most important reason, your WHY, for doing something you will have it on the days when you need to be reminded so you can keep going.

Knowing where you want to go — and being able to see it clearly — can help you get there better and faster.

What are your Five Why’s??



The Five Why’s

New Year Ramblings and Why I Must Write


I just sat down to write here for the first time in what turns out to be 6 months. WOW!! Has it really been that long??

I love to write but I also suffer from horrible writer’s block. You would wonder how that is even then case if you ever visit my Facebook page. I have PLENTY to say over there. I have PLENTY to say when I am with other people. But, for some reason I seize up when I sit down to write anything of real substance.

I know I have so much to say and it needs to be said (HA!) and the only way to say it is to just say it!

(Did you follow that?)

All I mean is that I just have to write if I am going to get past this writer’s block.

Whenever I pray and meditate on my path and future, one thing that God makes clear to me is that I must write. UGH! Yes, I know. But, I never know what to write or how to write it. I confess I find it a bit embarrassing that I keep coming back to the same ‘ole place.  The good thing is that God is full of grace.

Okay, okay….I have made it clear that I need to write. What does this all mean?

I am not a big fan of resolutions but I do love goals. I also love setting achievable goals.

So, one of my goals for 2015 is to write in this blog at least once a week. 🙂

I would love to write tons more but I know part of my problem is I bite off way too much and I burn out way too quickly. I need to take the same advice I give my clients in regards to habits. Start small. Create a solid habit and then build on that.

I will write at least once a week until that is a solid habit. I will add on from there.

Wish me luck!!!

And thank you for reading! Great things are coming!!!

New Year Ramblings and Why I Must Write

Introducing a NEW Personal Training Program!!


Sometimes all we need to get started in our journey to fitness is a little guidance from someone who has been where you are now. You need someone more knowledgeable in how to exercise. You need someone who will be your biggest cheerleader and encourager.

If you will let me, I can be that person.


Well, let’s first start with the fancy accreditation.


I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. For those who aren’t familiar with NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) it means that I am Personal Trainer Geek. Not only do I know WHAT exercises to do I also know WHY to do them. I get a Geeky pleasure from all things Exercise and Training.

What does that mean?

It means that I will dive into your exercise program with fervor and I WILL see you to your goal.

Why else?


I have been there. I KNOW what it is like to get started from an obese and depressed place. I know the hurdles beginners face. I know the emotions. I know the doubts.

But, I also know the victories. I know the confidence that comes from those victories. I know the fresh perspective. I know the energy and health.

That is why I became a Personal Trainer. I wanted to share my testimony with other people and I want to help them have their own testimony of victory.

What will happen when you sign up for my Personal Training Services?

  • I will send you a bundle of forms to fill out. I know paperwork is not fun but it is essential to me helping you get started.
  • We will take measurements, weight, and pictures for measuring progress.
  • Upon assessing your level of fitness I will give you a workout plan to follow for the first two weeks.
  • These workout plans can be made to fit in a local gym or in your home. Home workouts can be made to fit whatever fitness equipment you have on hand…even just your body-weight.
  • Workout plans will include videos to aid in form and execution.
  • We will change your workout plan every two weeks or so as you progress.
  • You will have access to me via email, Skype, or text. I can answer questions, celebrate a victory with you, help you figure things out that are preventing you from making a change, or convince you to do your workout even when you don’t want to.
  • On-Line Coaching: All this can be done remotely. I use Google Drive and Google Docs to create all the documents I share with my clients. Everything is confidential and private between the two of us. I love Google Drive because I can watch your logs in real-time and make suggestions as needed.
  • I will educate you in fitness. I will send you articles and such so you can gain the knowledge to help yourself.
  • I will support you and be your biggest cheerleader.


Interested? Please shoot me a message via my Contact Form above and I will write you back within 24 hours.


Blessings Always,




Introducing a NEW Personal Training Program!!

May Your Children Be The Reason, Not The Excuse

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We love them so.

We can’t remember life before them.

We can’t imagine life without them.

But, they sure do take up a lot of our time. Right?

How in the world is a woman supposed to get healthy and fit when her children are constantly needing her attention? Throw in taking care of the house and perhaps a job, and fitness seems like a far away dream to be achieved when the kids are grown up.

I get it. I totally do. I have a child of my own and I choose to stay home with him and homeschool him. So, I am Mom, Teacher, Wife, Housekeeper, Chef, Chauffeur, Social Secretary, and Doctor all wrapped into one giant burrito. It pretty much takes up my whole day from dawn to after dark.

Then how in the world do you have time to work out? I do it because I make my workouts on the same level as any other appointments. I don’t cancel doctor appointments or school activities unless I absolutely have to and I don’t cancel workouts unless I or my son are sick or something comes up that is of greater good than exercise (Yes, there are such times. Ha!).

But, my schedule and how I do it isn’t the point of this post. We’ll discuss strategies later.

The issue I want to address here today is the guilt that comes with taking the time to exercise. That time is often done apart from your children and I have found that many women feel some guilt over that. I have spoken with stay-at-home Moms with young children not in school yet, Moms with kids in school during the day, working Moms, and homeschool Moms.

I have heard quite often,

“I don’t workout because I just don’t have the time with all the stuff going on with the kids.”


“I don’t workout because I feel so bad about dropping them off in the childcare room.”


“I don’t workout because I can’t get away from the kids to workout.”

Okay, here’ s the thing. I totally understand your kids pretty much hung the moon in your book. I think my guy is awesome and pretty much rules the world of “almost seven year olds.”

I workout and focus on my fitness BECAUSE of my son. He is my REASON. I want to be around for his entire childhood and well into his adulthood. There are tons of things that can happen to cut my time short that are out of my control. I choose to not worry about those. But, I can do everything in my power to stay healthy so that I don’t succumb to the preventable, chronic diseases that permeate our society.

Exercise is good for my mental health. It truly helps level out my moods. For that reason, exercise makes me a better person and that makes me a better Mom. My son needs me to be available mentally and emotionally.

For too long I didn’t exercise because I felt guilty about putting my son into childcare or leaving him at home. I suffered greatly from that because my weight was too high, my health was bad, and my emotions were horrible. I was depressed and a bad Mom.

Now I do set aside time each day for ME so I can be that better person for HIM. I am healthier, happier, and more confident. I am a better Mom. Spending an hour or two each day focusing on me is worth it if I am more present the other hours of the day.

Please do not use your children as an excuse to not get healthier. You need to take control of your health so you can be around for many years for your kids. You need to take care of YOU so you have more to give to your children.

Now think about what you are teaching your children when you exercise. You are teaching them that taking responsibility for your health is important and they should do it too. Fitness becomes normal in their world. You want to model a healthy lifestyle and give them the tools to do it themselves. Living healthy is quite a legacy.

I know everyone has unique situations. My access to a gym and the fact I have one child makes it easier in some ways to exercise. I know other people have unique situations that make exercise more complicated. I get that. But, my job as YOUR COACH is to remind you that exercise is still very important. You can make it work. It just takes creativity. YOU CAN DO IT!!! Resolve and commit to make it happen.


May Your Children Be The Reason, Not The Excuse

The Virgin Diet: Week One Report

I have officially completed the first week of the The Virgin Diet and I am here to report on how it is going. You can go here to read about why I am doing this and what it is exactly.

The transition to not eating gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, corn, or sweeteners was actually a lot easier than I thought. My husband was correct in saying that it would be fairly easy because we’ve been following pretty strict nutrition plans before now anyway. So, the discipline was there.

Here is what a typical day looks like:

  • Breakfast: Gluten Free Oatmeal made with almond milk, a squirt of honey (natural sweeteners in moderation are allowed), and a dollop of almond butter.
  • Snacks: Raw veggies with homemade hummus, Apple and almond butter, homemade Larabars, etc.
  • Drinks: Black Coffee, unsweetened tea, and tons of water

How do I feel after one week?

  • There is less bloating in my core section.  Yes, that infamous pooch we all hate is getting smaller and flatter.  I am looking tighter in general.
  • I am sleeping better at night.  I usually wake up several times a night and often have to go to the couch in hopes of falling back to sleep.  This week has been a blessed time of deep slumber.
  • My energy is through the roof and consistent throughout the day.  I usually have a major crash around 2 pm or so and really struggle to keep my eyes open.  Not this week.  I just kept plowing through the day.
  • Mental clarity.  The fog was lifted.  I had no idea that I was living with so much fog and dissonance in my head.  This week has been remarkably clear.  I wish I could say I came up with an awesome invention or profound thought.  Maybe next week. I’m just happy I was able to have complete thoughts and not struggle to come up with the right words in a conversation.
  • And here’s the BIG one. NO KNEE PAIN!!!!  Time will tell if that was due to the nutrition change or the fact I didn’t exercise at all this week.  But, I was thrilled to live this week pain free.

I thought I was going to be a superhero and get through this first week with no problems or cravings.  That was the case through Saturday.  I even navigated a party with slipping up.  But, then came Sunday.  The cravings hit me like a cast iron pan.  I was so hungry for everything bad all day long.  I was eating a lot of food so I know I wasn’t technically hungry .  I even messaged a friend and said “I think I could gnaw my own arm off and fry it in buttermilk.”  It was that bad.  I kept telling myself, “Cravings are just toxins leaving the body.  I can do this. I can do this. I can do this.  Push through this hurdle and it will get better.”

Now, here I am on Tuesday and things are better.  The cravings are not nearly as bad and very manageable. Perhaps it is the routine of the week  or I am slowly conquering the cravings.

My assessment after just one week?

I feel amazing.

This isn’t quite as hard as I thought it would be (except for Sunday).

I am following this plan better than any other plan I’ve followed.  I think that has to do with the fact that I want answers for what’s ailing me.  So, I can’t mess this process up with random cheats.

Two-Three weeks of the elimination process (I *might* add an extra week on for good measure) and then I will start testing each food one at a time.

I will keep you all updated throughout the next few weeks. 🙂

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The Virgin Diet: Week One Report

For Your Shopping Pleasure…

I am participating in the Blogelina Commentathon this week and that means a lot of reading and commenting on up to 50 blogs in a week. WOW!! It is an awesome way to support fellow bloggers and to be seen by fellow bloggers.

Feel free to go back and read my submission in the event HERE!

So, I will be focused on participating in that this week and I won’t be blogging over here for a little while. It kind of feels nice to go “outside” and finally see what’s out there for a few days. You know?

In the meantime, I added a new Menu Item on the top line called SHOP. That is where I am going to put my Amazon Associates (an affiliate program) store for you to shop in. You can buy things I’ve listed but even if you don’t buy what I listed and buy something else I will still get credit for that sale. It only works if you click through my links to get to Amazon. Makes sense? Any and all support is appreciated.

I just started working on that store a couple days ago. I will be adding more items and more categories as time goes on. Everything I list has my full support behind it.

Have a wonderful day!! I am off to read some awesome blogs!! 🙂

For Your Shopping Pleasure…


Hi Everyone!!

I’m popping on here for a quick moment to let y’all know that I will be reducing my blogging schedule a wee bit over the next few weeks.

I am currently studying to be a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and I have got to really hit the books. I have been studying pretty steady since June but it is time to buckle down and get this done.

I was trying to keep up the blogging and study but it was causing too much stress. Those two things along with housework, homeschooling, job, my own workouts, my son’s activities in the evenings, etc. etc. etc. made it very difficult. I knew something had to give.

So, I am going to post four times a week (Monday-Saturday) instead of typical six.

I plan to test no later than the end of October. And then, Lord willing, good things will happen. 🙂