I Need Just Three Days

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Just wanted to take a second to share with you all my first Beachbody Challenge Group, 3 Day Refresh for Summer and to personally invite each of you to join me! All you need to do is commit yourself to three days. After three days, you’ll feel better, more energized, and pumped to keep the clean eating up afterwards.

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I’ll be coaching you and will be available to you for any and all questions/concerns/encouragement you may have along the way. Plus, you won’t be doing it alone, you’ll be in a private group of folks doing it with. These three days will jumpstart your metabolism and get you back on track, just in time for the end of school, vacations, and long, hot days.

So how are you feeling….

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I’m Not Digging It: Click Here

Want to follow along with us and see how things go? Feel free to add yourself to my Facebook event. Just click the picture below!

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5 Reasons Why I Meditate Every Morning

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And How You Can Learn to Meditate

I’ve been a fan of yoga for a couple of years but don’t practice consistently for a number of reasons:

  • Cost
  • Other fitness activities: CrossFit, running, etc.
  • Honestly, have made the time

What I love about yoga besides the physical movement allowing you to stretch sore muscles, relieve tension and build strength, I truly enjoy the mindset it gets you in on your mat. Meditation plays a large role in yoga and is incorporated into every session.

Every yoga session I did, my mind felt clearer and lighter than it did before practice. I’m an afternoon/evening exerciser predominantly so I would be meditating later in the day when all of the worries, frustrations, anxiety and everything else from the day would follow me to the mat.

Oftentimes, the practice helped me reset after my day but then I became curious about linking meditation to my Ironman training and using it prior to the race to calm my nerves. I truly tried to integrate this in but at the time, my mind was so muddled, exhausted, and fried that I couldn’t get anything going.

Now, 8 months later with a clearer mind, I have begun to meditate every morning before work and it has made a huge difference! Here are five reasons why.

  1. Achieve A Daily Goal

A goal I have for myself that I publicly declared in my Beachbody coaching group is to meditate everyday. By taking just 10 minutes in the morning, I accomplish a goal I’ve set for myself and feel instantly rewarded.

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  1. Start My Day More Peacefully

Now that my health is getting back on track, I am able to get up with enough time to have coffee, read, meditate and still get ready for work. Until my thyroid was figured out, I had so much trouble waking up and would often be scrambling to get ready while getting Memphis outside to do his business. This had me feeling stressed as I entered work and getting the day off on the wrong foot. I now enter with a clear mind and better outlook.

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  1. Learn How to Quiet My Mind

I don’t know about you but my mind is constantly going, with new ideas, things to get done, activities I want to do and everything else. Meditation is teaching me how to quiet my mind and how I can better control my thoughts. For years (and still), I would let recurring, negative thoughts bog me down and ruin my day. Now, I can recognize these thoughts, address them and move on.

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  1. Reactions to Challenges Is Less Severe

I’m noticing a shift in how I react to things that may come as a surprise, shock, or discouragement. I take a little longer to process it and think through it. “What about this is causing this reaction?” “Is this emotion I feel appropriate for the situation?”. This is also in part due to listening to a podcast from Jess Lively called “The Lively Show” and learning from her “Life with Intention” series. Check it out, it’s awesome stuff.

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  1. Happier Throughout the Day

Since I now start my day in a happier place, I approach (or at least try to) the rest of the day from a better perspective. Things at work have not been all butterflies and rainbows for the past several months and it was really getting me down but now I feel better about going to work and know that I can step away for 10 minutes to meditate should I feel overwhelmed or anxious about things.

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So, you see all of the benefits and want to get started right?! Not sure where to begin? Check out this free app “Headspace” to get started. The app guides you through 10 days of 10 minute long sessions. The leader is a soothing, British-male voice who prompts you at just the right times. They also provide cute cartoons to help visualize the process. Once your 10 free sessions are up, you’ll have to subscribe, but trust me it’s worth the couple of dollars (definitely cheaper than a yoga membership!).

 

Want to learn more about meditation? Check out these resources:

Why I Became a Beachbody Coach

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For the past year or so, I’ve had a lot of ups and downs with my physical and emotional health. This time last year, I was knee deep in Ironman training for Ironman Mont-Tremblant but had just missed out on my first race of the year, St. Anthony’s because I was sick. I tried to remain positive and focus on the next race, Ironman Raleigh 70.3, but was sick again for that.

Fast forward to last August and Mont-Tremblant, I literally dragged myself through the workouts and getting the bare minimum done. In the days leading up to the race, my body felt so lethargic, heavy and energy-less that I was worried about the race and how I would get through it feeling the way I did.

Needless to say, I didn’t make it through the race and was pulled halfway through the bike leg by the medical staff (see The Ironman Mont-Tremblant DNF: The Post I Didn’t Want to Write). This was definitely a low point but I knew my body was working against me.

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As I returned back to Jacksonville, I went through a plethora of tests and doctors. I begged them to test my thyroid as I have family history of hypothyroidism and have shown symptoms for the past couple of years. Finally, someone listened and took a deeper dive into blood tests and bingo: Hashimoto’s as it relates to hypothyroidism. Also, I was very low in Vitamin D despite living in Florida and being out in the sun.

I was placed on synthroid (which I will take for the rest of my life) and started to eventually feel “back to normal”. While my energy increased and my thoughts became clearer, my weight increased. I started back at CrossFit, joined a Macronutrient challenge within the box for 60 days, and worked out outside of CrossFit but nothing I was doing resulted in weight loss, in fact, I continued to gain weight.

This has been a frustrating process as I feel like I’m still fighting my body but am determined to not give in. In fact, my endocrinologist wanted to prescribe me a weight loss pill, one that contained the infamous Phen-Phen ingredient. I looked it up online and immediately said “NO WAY!”. I was not subjecting my body to the crazy side effects.

At this point, I knew I needed to up my workouts, eat even better and surround myself with a supportive group of others I could relate to. Enter: Team Beachbody.

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I have dabbled with Beachbody’s different programs in the past and knew they gave you a kick in the butt for an at home workout and had only recently seen the powerful social network the brand had created. I was impressed by my friends’ progress with Beachbody and how supportive everyone was. I figured, I had nothing to lose, and only everything to gain.

So I made the leap to sign on not only as a customer of Beachbody but as a Coach! By becoming a coach, I get to do something I’ve always done and enjoyed but on an even bigger platform, share my journey (both the ups and downs), inspire others, and engage with those who want to lead a healthy life.

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I fully committed to this on May 1 and am already blown away by how supportive the community is and the positivity surrounding the team I am on: Eat Live Run.

My intention is to jumpstart my metabolism through Beachbody’s 3-Day Refresh as my doctor believes it’s not active (hence why I can’t lose weight) and use their workouts in addition to my normal CrossFit WODs.

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I can’t wait to share all of the awesome transformations and things that come from this and hope you will consider joining me on this journey.

I will be running my first Challenge Group with a 3 Day Refresh. With Summer around the corner and end of school year parties, why not try to get back on track! I’ll be posting more info here on Running With Memphis but be sure to follow my Facebook Page: Running With Memphis-Team Beachbody Coach

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