Surgical Blessings

On December 20th, my fitness journey came to a halt.  I had surgery for carpal tunnel and ulna nerve damage in my right wrist and elbow.  For the past week I have been eating everything in sight and not working out.  Needless to say I have gained some of my weight back. I was completely surprised to find that it was only 1.4 lbs.

Now I am out of work for at least two weeks, it is looking like it might be a little longer than that.  The blessing in disguise about this surgery is that it happened at the same time handthat my son was coming home for his HBL (holiday base leave).  You see, my son is training to be a combat medic in the Army.  So his first job when he came home was to check out his mom’s stitches and wrap me up 🙂

I had joined Autumn Calabrese’s Fit Journey group, and I was a little15726933_10206550557517627_7601913480125868028_n depressed that I was not able to finish strong.  I had completed two weeks of the 21 Day Fix, but because of the surgery I was not able to finish the last week.
Now, they are starting Chisel and I was very worried about doing that program with them.  I mean, I know that there is a lot of weight lifting with Chisel and I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to do any of that.  I mean, I am having a hard time lifting an empty coffee cup, there is absolutely no strength in my hand.  What to do?

I talked with some other coaches and we decided hand-6that I would change the order of the programs so that I would be able to still get a work out in.  Sitting on my couch for this last week has completely driven me nuts.  I never thought that I would miss working out but I do!

I have decided that I will do Country Heat now instead of Chisel.  I got out my happy planner today and scheduled all of my workouts.  Now I am working on my meal plans.

I have had so much interest in Country Heat that I have created an accountability group …Dance It Out.  If you would like more info about this group and how you can join then click the link below. 🙂

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Yesterday was day 1 for me and it was so nice just to move. Believe me when I say that I modified like crazy, but I still got my sweat on and felt great for most of the workout.  About three quarters of the way through the workout, my hand went numb.  Just a sign to me that I was still overdoing it.  I am not giving up though, I am going to keep pushing play.  I will just have to make sure I don’t over do it with that arm.  No excuses!  I am going to complete this 30 day program and earn my free shirt.

Are you ready to turn your New Years resolutions into real life results?  If so, contact me, I would love to cheer you on. ❤

Sending strength hope and love.



A Beacon of Hope

Many people do not know that I was sexually abused when I was a child, for almost 16 years by my biological father.

Being abused as a child is something that you can’t easily let go. It stays with you as a scar for your entire life. My entire life I have felt like I was not lovable, that I was not worthy. I have quit at just about everything that I have ever tried. It wasn’t that I couldn’t do it, it was self sabotage.

I was not happy so I didn’t want anyone else to be either. I have spent most of my life trying to make people as miserable as I was. Most of the time I succeeded, and 99% of the time it was my family who suffered.

healing-bible-verse-2lIf things were going well, I would make sure that they didn’t. I did everything in my power and believe me when I say I was great at it.

Today, I was telling another coach how Beach Body has changed me. In 10 months, I have gone from the woman who wanted to destroy everyone and everything around her, to the woman who wanted to give everyone what she has and that is hope.

I became a coach for two reasons. One, was to help my family by becoming a better mom, wife and daughter. I wanted to become financially fit at some point as well. I wanted to make life better for my husband who has had to work so hard his entire life.

The second reason was that I wanted to give other women hope. I wanted them to know that they are worthy, that they can be loved. That they can and should live life to the fullest, look towards the future and not condemn themselves to a life in the past.

I was surrounded by hatred and now I am surrounded by love, for myself and for others.

I know this sounds so trivial, there is a lot more to this than I can possibly put down in one blog post and if you ever want to talk, let me know.beacon

Anyhow, this wonderful coach that I spoke with today said something that just reached in and grabbed my heart. She said she had heard this on a call last week, but it seemed to fit so well for me today.

“My past did not just happen TO me, it happened FOR me, so that I can be a beacon for others.”

To think that what happened to me might be turned and used for good just blows me away. I truly do hope so, oh how I do hope.



I am a mother of three young adults and married to my best friend for the last 25 years.  I am a woman who has struggled with her past and with emotional eating.  I started with the 21 Day Fix to prove to my coach that not everyone could benefit from using Beachbody products.  After some amazing results, I became a coach on August 2, 2014.

Even though I started being a coach for a discount, I soon learned that the best part about helping others was that I was helping myself at the same time. Some of my challengers struggle with the same issues I do. I have met other coaches who have the same background that I do. I learn from them and they learn from me. It is win win.
The best part of coaching is the accountability that I get. I don’t want to let my fellow coaches or challengers down so I have to keep working to prove that the product works. I have to keep showing up even on the days when I just want to hide. It is making me a better me and I am grateful for that.