Before the New Year…

 

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I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be that person that eats their way through the holiday and wonders where the heck that 15 or 20 pounds came from. I don’t want to be that person that starts the year trying to ditch the fat. I do want to the be that person that is excited to kick off the New Year with goals to remain fit, healthy and happy!

On November 1, I will be taking on a three day cleanse that will help me dial in my nutrition, help me control my portions and kick start my journey to lose weight BEFORE the New Year!  What I love about this cleanse is you eat real food. No starving involved. It’s about healthy food and portion control.

I will be doing this three day refresh with a group of people who are committed to being healthy for the New Year!  You can do it too and I will support you every step of the way.

Here is the link for you to get your 3 day refresh kit. It has everything you need to get your nutrition back on track!.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/3DayRefresh?referringRepId=529226

Want a first hand look at what is in the kit?  Check out my video in my Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/166282057159802/permalink/168676176920390/

Let’s get back on track together and enjoy the season!

-Coach Carol

 

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Health-O-Ween!

Tasty treats and spooky cheats are on the way – are you ready to face the temptation? It’s time to build those healthy habits now so you can resist them later. There’s no quick fix, but with commitment, determination and the right tools you CAN do it! You can build those healthy habits now that will change your life forever.

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First: Commit 100% to yourself and your fitness plan for 4 weeks. NO EXCUSES!

Next: Purchase a challenge pack (or sign up for a 30 Day FREE premium club membership)

Finally: Check in daily via our Challenge Tracker APP

Are you ready to put the excuses aside? Are you willing to launch real, positive changes in your health?

Join the event now or message me ASAP and I will send you the information you need to participate. Space is limited!

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Insanity.

Many of you know this time last year, I was just easing back into teaching my Zumba classes and working out again. Fast forward a year, and I decided it was time to find something that would challenge me to work hard and help me bust out of my plateau. I took on 22 Minute Hard Corps and did pretty well with it, so when I finished it I decided I’d go bigger and take on Insanity Max:30. Wow! I’m not gonna lie, I wanted to quit several times a day in a 30 minute workout, but I knew I had to do this – for me. I modified, and that is okay; it’s how we get stronger. I cried because I didn’t think I could keep going. I laughed because there were some moves I knew I couldn’t do, so I modified them. As I pushed through the pr14199730_10210315180700967_3142723228396708371_nogram, I cried less. I kept pushing – I even did them from the hotel room while we were out of town. I showed up.

I lost a total of 5 pounds over 2 months, and found my collar bone, neck line and my shoulders along the way. I lost a total of 8 inches overall (hips + thighs + waistline). Amazing. I am so proud that I stuck it out. Mike jumped on board and did the DVD program with me; he kept me showing up.Bethany just finished Insanity and offered to do Max:30 with me, so she checked in with me daily. My buddy Ami cheered me on. Sarah, my coach, reminded me I could do whatever I put my mind too. My Facebook friends that put up with my sweaty selfie check ins are a huge part of my success, too. You guys keep me accountable! I love you all.

So, I am super nervous about sharing these pictures, but it is more important that I share them than it is to let my fears keep me from posting them. I want you to know that you can do anything you set out to do and you don’t have to do it alone. Anyone who decides they are ready to get healthy, and commit to it daily, they will succeed. If that’s you, I promise I will be there to cheer you on – the way others have for me! I’m starting a new round on 9/5, and would love your company and two-way support.

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Coach Summit.

This time last week I was on my way to Nashville to join my team at a coach Summit. I can’t express enough how thankful I am for Beachbody. The programs are fun and give me the tools I need to get the results I’m personally looking for. I’ve met incredible friends along the way that help me stay accountable. I have the opportunity to help other people get healthy and see results too. Being able to pour love and encouragement into the lives of those around me is such a blessing! summit

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Max Out.

Max Out Strength liked to kill me today. Lots of tears as I pushed thru. Why am I pushing myself? Because I have to get healthy. Sure I’ve lost 100 pounds and feel so much better. {Insert happy dance} The reality is, I’m still obese. I have about 35 pounds to go. The only way to lose it is to dial in my nutrition and challenge myself with a good sweaty workout. So tears, sore muscles and all I’m pushing through because I’m stronger than my excuses. I have goals and I’m gonna crush them. I’m gonna help everyone I can along the way!!maxout

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Thankfulness.

Today in our accountability group, we are sharing what we are thankful for. So I decided to share with you all too. I’m thankful for my kiddos that fill my heart with joy and my head with gray hair. Love them so much and couldn’t be prouder of them.children

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Accidental Fitness Instructing Coach

A hiking adventure gone wrong turned me into an accidental fitness instructor and now coach! Say what!?! Yup, what was supposed to be a short round trip hike on the AT to find a letterbox turned into a 13 mile hike. I thought I was going to die on that hike. We packed a baggie of trail mix, a peanut butter sammy and we each had a 16 oz bottle of water. It was only suppose to be under 5 miles in and out. Being on the trail with not enough water and weighing 250 pounds was a bad combination. I cried so much and was totally embarrassed. ( we will still sorta newlyweds) I was huffing and puffing. I thought my lungs would burst. My headi was pounding from breathing so hard. Didn’t have my inhaler either. After we made it back to the car, I decided then that something had to change. A 13 mile hike shouldn’t have nearly gave me heart attack or exploding lungs.
I started out with Mary Lou Henner’s eating plan and I tried some fusion fitness workouts by Ellen Barrett. I could only get through 5 min. Lots of crying there too. I showed up every day and managed to be able to go a little longer. Eventually I was getting through the entire 50 minutes. The weight was coming off. I was learning how to ‘eat to live’ not ‘live to eat’.
Fast forward a few years. I finally had the nerve to try a group fitness class. Zumba was always something I wanted to try but couldn’t bring myself to sweat in public. What if I couldn’t keep up? I tried one day and fell in love. I attended classes for a year and finally decided, I could teach this at the church I work at and help other people too. I teach 6 classes a week now and work full time. I love dancing and love my students!!
I met my coach Sarah NOWthrough Zumba. I was struggling to teach my classes.I was exhausted all the time. Back then I was teaching 11 sessions. I couldn’t seem to eat enough to nourish my body. I knew she taught tons of classes and reached out to her and asked her how they heck she was able to teach so many classes. She recommended Shakeology. I saw the price tag and of course, I zipped over to Sprouts and picked up some protein shakes. I’m on a budget and I work for a church. This chick can’t afford all that. Eventually I reached out again and she again suggested Shakeology, again pointing out its value and that is a complete meal. I flat out shared my concern over the cost. I ordered a sample pack and that was all she wrote. I had stamina again! I felt fantastic! And, I didn’t have any more cravings for junk food out of the blue. I was feeling alive again!
Coaching was the last thing on my mind. I’m still too overweight. Who wants to hear from a fat chick? I had an excuse for everything. Dancing was one thing. Coaching others to good health was another.
Sarah was right. Just work the program, drink the shakes and share with others what healthy things work for you. The next thing I knew I was trying the 21 Day Fix and drinking Shakeology. I had my program a week and people started reaching out to me. And now I have a team working with me to help others as we reach our goals together. We stumble. We succeed. But above all, we have each other to lean on.
I’m so thankful for that hiking trip that went bad. I would have missed out on so many blessings. 🙂 I’ve been plowing through the beachbody programs, each one taking me to a new level of health. There was even a program to help me recover after my breast tumor surgery a year ago. (another story for another day)
I’m the accidental fitness instructor-coach that is pushing play, drinking a shakeology and supporting others every day and loving it!

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Today is the day!

Are you ready to get in shape or make a lifestyle change? Do you have a special event or want to feel confident in your swimsuit? Do you need motivation? If “Yes”, then don’t wait for tomorrow! TODAY is the day! I’m looking for women to join me in my next fitness accountability group starting July 5. Together we will focus on daily workouts, a dense superfood shake, meal guides and portion-controlled nutrition. If you are ready for a jiggle free July, I’m ready to help you along your journey. Comment below or email me @ fitbytheminute@gmail.com for more details!

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Counting my blessings! It’s been a year.

It’s ‪#‎thankfulThursay‬ and I have so much to be thankful for! One year ago today, I had a breast tumor removed and a bilateral reduction. Scary stuff, but God is faithful!!! I had an incredible doctor and surgeon. It’s been a long healing process and I still have a long way to go (where upper body strength is concerned). I am so thankful for my wonderful hubby and family that helped me through the process. I have THE best friends ever that pitched in. As I sit here eating my lunch and reflecting, I am flooded by emotions. Tons of what if’s which give me even more reasons to be thankful. 

So today I thank my God for His abounding love, His healing hands and His might provisions in my life.

Now for my soap box. Please, please, please get your annual exams and health screenings You must take care of you!!! You are loved!!! If you are reading this, then that means you are huge blessing in my life and I want you to be around a LONG while. My tumor was noticeable to me as the weight continued to come off. I might not have had my annual check up if I didn’t notice it. Just because you think you feel good, doesn’t mean there might not be something going on inside. So now I want you to pick up your phone and schedule that Dr. appointment you have been putting off.counting my blessings

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Sometimes you gotta look back!

Tonight I was blessed to chat with some amazing ladies that are dedicated to helping others get healthy. During that chat, I was reminded just how far I have come on my own journey. It’s not easy and it continues to be a challenge.

I’d be lost without my family, accountability group, fitness students and fellow coaches. I want to thank you ALL for always being there to keep me heading in the right direction. My support system is AMAZING!!!  If you don’t have one, you are missing your blessing!

There is no quick fix. It’s about making a choice, showing up every day and believing in yourself.

30 minutes a day!

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