Okay, so let's get right to it! You probably already saw my pictures on the "My story" page, if you haven't go check them out first... What you haven't seen are the pictures above. I am sharing these with you because I want you to know that I understand what it feels like to wake up in the morning and not like who you see in the mirror. I went from having an awesome 6 pack to being unrecognizable to myself. I became pregnant and for the first time in my life, didn't think about my body and threw everything I knew about eating healthy and exercising out the window. You see, when I became pregnant I thought, finally... "I'm free"... no more obsessing about what the scale says, no more worrying about fitting into size 2 designer jeans. For once I can just relax and not worry about my waistline, after all, "I'm pregnant!" Well, as you can see, that really didn't turn out so well for me. Once I began to gain weight, emotionally I went off the deep end. I literally would eat a pan of Ghirardelli Chocolate Turtle brownies in one day, fast food all the time and no exercise because I didn't want to get my heart rate up too high for fear of it "hurting" the baby. All RIDICULOUS!!!
I entered a contest, and had to describe why the Passion Planner would be beneficial for my clients and why we were deserving... and I WON! What?! A huge box was donated and delivered to my door! So excited! ;) For those of you that may not have seen these before, they are Ah-May-Zing! The main focus of Boot Camp Babes is to empower each one of my clients to become better versions of themselves. Putting a Passion Planner into their hands will be such a helpful tool!
What is it? It is a vision board, a calendar, a journal, a sketchbook, a gratitude log, a goal setting guide, weekly and daily focuses, to do lists and motivational quotes... all compiled magically for each and every one of your thoughts. I am a person that needs to see things mapped out visually. In this age of digital everything, that has been buried and lost for many of us. It has been proven time and time again that the act of physically writing something down makes a bigger impact on us all. And taking the time to actually sit down and process what our day, week, month, year on so on should look like, leads to a happier, more organized, more successful person. For us creatives, adding color, photos and sketching out our thoughts is even more powerful. Yep, there is space for that too!
Life is difficult, sometimes more difficult than you think you can handle... But, guess what? You can handle it... all of it! You have the power to change your state of mind. Isn't that amazing? Let me say that again in a different way... YOU have the POWER to allow yourself to be happy or to let yourself be sad/angry/frustrated/defeated/etc. Most of us don't think we have the tools to change our state... but we do! It is up to us, not to anyone (or anything) else. Sometimes, when something makes us upset, we play the victim and stay in the negative space. And what's worse, we repeat this same cycle over and over again, it is exhausting! All of this is a waste of time and negative energy. Instead of stepping out of our comfort zone and putting an end to it, we relive it.
Who loves hanging out in their "sweatpants"... ?? Meeeee tooooo!! But ladies, there is a time and a place for these said "sweatpants" to be worn. Let's define sweatpants as:
Ask yourself WHY you want to lose weight/gain muscle. Be honest about it. You don't have to advertise it, this is for YOU. Then, examine your answer. Does it include adjectives related to being "perfect" or "skinny" or point to impressing someone else/making someone jealous? Does is talk about being judged and winning first place on a stage/being chosen above others? If any of these were the outcome, but did not include statements about making YOU better, we need to reframe your why.
The day the doctor told my husband that he had prostate cancer was a milestone day for our family. Being diagnosed with this disease so young, we didn't actually believe it at first. As we went through the day and tried to process the news, we came to one underlying conclusion. Get the cancer out asap! Now, this may sound like a simple task, but since Dan was so young most doctors did not want to perform the surgery. "Active surveillance" and "slow growing cancer" and "many side effects" were the only phrases the doctors seemed to care to discuss with us. We spent hours of research and sat through many initial doctor appointments until we finally found the best doctor that listened to our concerns and agreed with our decision to remove the cancer with surgery now, not when he is 65 years old. We packed our bags and we traveled to New York City for his surgery to be performed from the best of the best, Dr. David Samadi.