When You Feel Discouraged

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I’ve talked before about my health journey and how, after spending years treating my body poorly by under-eating and over-exercising, I’ve been trying to heal and get back to a place of equilibrium. Often when I have a goal such as this one I want it to happen NOW. I think that if I work hard enough then it will happen quickly and I’ll be where I “should” be.
I’ve learned, however, that life is not that simple and that there’s beauty in the daily struggle. Often, our dreams and our goals take time. Sometimes it’s a given amount, like in marathon training. Other times it’s completely unknown, such as building up a business or changing your health.
It can be easy to get discouraged when you don’t see daily or weekly changes; when it feels like your’e working hard for nothing.
Don’t be discouraged.
Every small step that you take in the right direction is getting you there, no matter how useless it may feel at the time. I read an email from the Brave Girls Club that really hit on this point:

“Think of plants and bulbs and seeds that seem like they are stagnant over the winter, when really they are doing the important work of readying themselves for the oncoming Spring…and while it LOOKS like they just suddenly sprout from nothing…they are just suddenly SHOWING all of the work that has been going on for months and months.”

Keep your big goal ahead of you, but focus on the little things that you’re doing each day. Reward yourself for sticking to what you know is right and good. Stop and look around and enjoy the moment that you’re in right now. I know it’s over-used, but it’s the journey, not the destination. We will always be striving for something more, so praise yourself for the little things that you do every day, even when it seems like nothing is happening.

You are worth the time, the effort and the praise. You are doing great things.


One Word Wednesday

Here’s a little photo dump from my time in Nashville!














Love (Chris Weaver Band)



















If you could describe your weekend in one word, what would it be? 

If you could describe your job in one word, what would it be? 

Overcoming Fear & Turning Dreams to Reality: Summit 2015

I am on such a high from this past week, despite a total lack of sleep and WAY too much walking in the Nashville heat! In case you don’t follow me on instagram or facebook, I spent this last week in Nashville, TN for the Beachbody Coach Summit, which is our national conference. I drove down Wednesday with my coach, Anna, and met up with 7 of her other coaches, along with many other members of our larger team and, oh, just 25,000 other Beachbody coaches.

I went into the conference thinking I’d learn a little, have some fun and that would be it. Everyone says that summit can completely change your mindset but I thought I was already dedicated – so what was there to change? I was so, so wrong.

Summit helped me to see that being a full-time Beachbody Coach is real and attainable. That making a living out of helping and inspiring people to be their best is not just a dream. It’s not something that I see in pictures on the internet, what people tell me about, or a far-reaching goal that’s for more successful people. I saw the dream come to reality. I saw success for myself. I saw success in helping people change their lives and I saw success in coaches changing their own lives by helping others. I know my dreams are real. I saw them walking on stage and speaking to our groups. I met them in person and I now I want that life more than ever before.

Yes, I learned a lot about the business at Summit, but more importantly I learned that if I work from the heart and work hard enough, I can make my dreams come to life.

This all sounds like fluffy clouds and rainbows though, right? I’ll be totally honest: I’m scared. I’m not superhuman, I have the same insecurities, fears and doubts as the rest of you. I am scared. I’m scared I’m not made to be like them, that I’m not pretty enough, that I can’t be fit enough, that I don’t have the drive to work hard enough. I’m scared that I won’t measure up, that no matter how hard I try, I’ll be one of the many that fill the lower ranks rather than make the top ten. Then again, I’m scared of making the top ten because how do they do it and keep it personal? How do they really reach and connect with all of those challengers and coaches?

But as Roosevelt said, “courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.” Every day we have the choice to get up and go for our dreams, despite our fears, or to hide and become complacent with where we are. Summit showed me that the life I want is far more important than the fear I feel.

Whatever you want for your life, whatever your dreams are, you can go for them. Don’t let your fears stand in your way. You matter, your dreams matter, and you are worth the time, money and energy it takes to get to where you want to go.


What’s something you dream of doing? 

Have you ever been afraid of failing at something you really want?  


weight will start to go down

“Weight will start to go down, when you lose the baggage that’s holding it up.”-@ShaunTfitness

I’ve admitted this many times before, but I absolutely love to dance. Mostly in the privacy of my own room, since I’m not exactly… skilled, but nevertheless I love being able to move to music and to my own emotions. When I started thinking about it, however, I actually haven’t danced much at all (except that whole “Shake It Off” phenomenon) over the past two years. I don’t know if I am feeling the “busy” and thinking I don’t have time for silly things, or if I’m avoiding that emotional and mental release. I’ve had a lot of pressure on myself lately, both self-inflicted and otherwise, and it’s really weighing me down. I need to move in a way that makes me happy more now than ever.

Lucky for me…

Cize, Launch, Test Group, MElanie Mitro, Get Cize, What Is CIze, Team Beachbody, Cize Launch Group, Cize Nutrition Plan, Clean Eating, Dance, Hip Hop

CIZE is coming out and it might be just what the doctor ordered – a FUN way to workout and not feel like you’re exercising. I did the preview workout on Beachbody On Demand a few weeks ago and it was SO FUN. You learn a routine, but slowly. Honestly, I need a solid one or two more times with the workout before I could even attempt to do it all correctly, but it was fun. I was moving, I was smiling and the 45 minutes flew by.

Elle Woods said it best: “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.”

My coaching team is putting together a CIZE group for women to do the program together – talk, support one another, and laugh through all the missteps. Whether you want to give this a try on your own or join in the group, I know that anyone who loves to move to music will have fun with CIZE.


What kind of movement always makes you smile? 

Do you like to dance?  What kind of dance? 

Over Your Oats #35


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How To Start a Habit You Don’t Like Yet

Yes, Curves Are Gorgeous (And Other Beauty Truths We Need To Hear)

Why Healthy Eating Doesn’t Necessarily Lead To Weightloss

5 Myths Christians Should Stop Believe About Dating

Faith: No Turning Back

Why Skinny Is Not a Compliment

Shame Is Not Going To Help You

Slowing Down: How Being Mindful Can Help You And Your Business

7 Strategies for Deal With Toxic People


9 Budget-Friendly Superfood Recipes

Paleo Shrimp Scampi

Clean and Cheap Shopping at Trader Joes


Quiet Nap Time Workout

The Best Quick Ab Workout

The Push-Ups You Should Be Doing


Snapchats That Were Worth Saving (thanks Nicole! DYING)