Monthly Intentions: Positivity

The first quarter of the year is officially over, and you've probably gotten used to having gratitude for the small things, taking a moment to breath and reflect when you are faced with a chaotic situation, and being mindful of how you are doing things.

This month, I want you to set the intention of positivity


Pretty interesting perspective on things, isn't it? There are so many times, in so many situations along our path, where we are faced with the option of being miserable or being strong. This goes hand in hand with positivity. If we choose to look at a situation with a positive mindset, there is a high likelihood that the outcome will be positive as well.

Be positive
Be strong
Choose positive
Choose strong

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Setting Monthly Intentions

One thing that I have learned over the past two years of meditative practice is that when we set an intention, with our whole heart and entire being, often that intention is met and that need is fulfilled.

Every month, right here in this moment, I want you to take pause.
Reflect
Breathe
Be Still
Be Present

What is it that your heart craves?



Is there an element to your life that you sincerely wish could be better? Set an intention for what you want, what you crave.

If it helps to have a visual of your intention, write it down and put the piece of paper in a jar. Then at the end of the year, reflect on all of them and see which ones were fulfilled. Even when you reflect on the ones that didn't come to fruition, you may notice that they weren't really what you needed and an intention that your heart set all on its own edged its way forward.

Do this at the start of each and every month, and take note of how your heart feels when you make them.

Hold onto that energy and go be amazing.
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Back to School Printables - Just Because

Positive reinforcement does wonders for the fragile self esteem of a child. As a child, I was teased about my weight, short hair, glasses....you name it, I was called it. What my dad did to make me feel awesome was leave me little drawings and notes at the kitchen table (he was a shift worker). It made me feel like a million bucks, and the thought of his notes still makes me smile.


Download these positive reinforcement notes for free HERE!

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New Year New Me...Mental Clutter

One of the most challenging aspects of undergoing a drastic lifestyle change is the mental clutter, and overcoming self doubt.

For me personally, I have always struggled with my weight. In elementary and highschool, I was constantly teased, given horrible nicknames and felt awful about myself.

Then, I met my future-husband in University. We dated, we got married, we got comfortable. Then we got pregnant, and at the beginning of my pregnancy in 2009 I was 205lbs.

205.

Two hundred and five.

One pregnancy, two personal trainers, one round of Insanity later, I am 157lbs.

When I look in the mirror, more often than not, I still see that 205lbs woman. I see the double chin, not the cheekbones. I see the love handles, not the tiny waist.

So, how do you overcome the mental clutter and slefdoubt so as to not sabotage yourself?

I meditate, and I try to daily. It helps quiet the little voice inside that seems to creep up right at bedtime, and helps me focus on what's important.

If you want to try meditation, one app that I would recommend is Relax Lite.


It runs for about 20mins after the initial instructions, and starts by closing the doors on fear and doubt. What a fantastic thing to visualize! I actually picture myself closing and locking two doors, and I feel the self doubt quiet right down.

After 20mins, I feel...centred. I feel more determined, and more focused on my goals.

How do you deal with self doubt when undergoing such a drastic lifestyle change?

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New Year New Me....a Confession

Have you been missing the updates? Wondering about how the journey to a healthier and more positive me is going?

Well...I hit a wall. I got emotional and I gave up.

I gave up.

Yep. Me. I gave up.

I know I know. I have accomplished so much, and I have come so far and I should be proud. So, why in the world did I feel like a sloth, and why in the world did I let the what's the point mentality take over?

I honestly am not sure. My husband started traveling, I got busy with studio work, proposals, mentorship pieces (a new facet to my business that I absolutely adore) and I found myself pulled in a tonne of different directions.

Then I got sad, and I got down on myself for being sad, which sent me into a spiral. I gave up.

Then, this week I recommitted myself...to myself.


And I recommitted myself to my little dude who watches my every move

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New Year New Me, Week 6

Ladies and gentlemen, the healthy weight loss challenge is back ON! I am not at 100% health just yet, but I have been working my tail off to eat clean, snack smart and train to the best of my ability with Insanity, while listening to my body.

Switch kicks, hi-low jabs, and diamond jumps
How am I feeling? Well...I am having a hard time getting through a workout right now without wheezing since I have been sick for the past week and a half, but at the end...holy endorphin rush. I have to say, the sense of achievement...the rush that I just kicked butt and even if I'm on the floor in a pile of sweat...I did it. It feels absolutely amazing and I am so much happier after I've done an Insanity circuit.

Insanity is hard. Eating clean {as clean as I can, while still allowing myself to have certain things here and there....I wouldn't be working this hard if I wasn't allowing myself a chunk of chocolate here and there!} is hard. But how I feel is awesome!
Week 1 Wednesday Challenge - planks
Yesterday, I met with Kristine Cook to finalize all of my clothes for BlogHer, and as soon as she saw me she said that we were going to have to remeasure and asked if I've had to go out get all new clothes. Do you know how great it is to see someone and have them notice your body changes immediately? Again...I feel awesome! It validates all of this hard work and shows me that it's not just me seeing these changes, it's the whole darn world!

Stretch it out, warrior
  My Beachbody Coach, Dara, shared with me an awesome app this week that you can use on your iPhone and it will take timed photos. Yay! Now I can share actual realtime photos of my working out with TimerCam and doing the moves!

She has also started a weekly Wednesday fitness challenge in my Facebook motivation and accountability group - this week was planks. Oh how I love me some planks! They're difficult {especially after having a baby!} but they are SO rewarding! Follow me on Instagram and get in on the challenges every week!

Stay tuned for next week when I share some yummy Shakeology snack recipes from Dara!

Beachbody Coach, Dara Distel, after Shakeology
*Disclaimer: I am provided the Shakeology shakes by my Beachbody coach Dara Distel for the purposes of getting healthy, and blogging about the product.

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New Year, New Me...Week 2!

So how did Week 2 of the Beachbody challenge go?

Well, I can absolutely say that I have seen huge changes in my body. The top left photo is a comparison of week 1 and week 2. The inches are coming off and I am so much stronger already!

What I learned....I've learned that I don't always have to keep up with everyone on the workout. This is about my limits and my boundaries, and me pushing them. I've learned that I love working out in my yoga tights and a sports bra {never ever ever thought I'd say that!} and I've learned that I need new bras and underwear as mine are TOO BIG!

Day 1 Fit Test (left), Day 15 Fit Test (right)




I've also learned that I love the Heisman, football drills, sprints, hurdle jumps and still really hate burpees. I'm not sure that I will ever love them. And I learned on Day15 that I have made some serious progress in terms of my strength, speed and overall cardio health.

My proudest moments over the past week were getting through Plyometric Cardio without tears (see b/w photo of me smiling in the first collage) and having Owen run up to me after a workout yelling "Good Job, Mommy!" It also felt pretty darn good to be complimented and hear the words "thin", "lost alot of weight", "you look great" and "hello, skinny Shannon!"

I know that I still have alot of work to do, and it's only Day 15 of Insanity as I write this. I know that I will have some challenges ahead - like facing the scale and it's dirty mind tricks (even though there is a drop in weight -3lbs since Christmas) - but I also know what I see in the mirror, and what I feel in my heart; positive change.

I also started on Tuesday with Shakeology, which I will be having each and every morning as breakfast for the next 30 days, and the incorporating into my daily routine to remain healthy, get the proper nutrition to set up for an excellent day, and curb the cravings that have plagued me for most of my life {hello, chocolate and bread! I'm talking to you!}

I also have learned that even with the amount of determination and motivation that I have, I still fall every now and then, and my emotions can get the best of me. This is when having a coach like Dara is so important. I am so thankful to be able to send her a quick message saying Ok, so I don't feel so great about myself today and for her to remind me just why I am doing this, and how much I have accomplished in just two short weeks.

Next week, I'm going to experiment with some Shakeology recipes and test the waters to see what I like. So far, it's a such rich and yummy chocolate shake that I absolutely love starting the day with - it's seriously like having a milkshake and getting a chocolate fix all at once. My craving is satisfied, and I know that I'm putting incredible ingredients into my body to help fuel it for a busy day. Stay tuned!! Next week is all about Shakeology and how it can help you attain optimal health, without chemicals, and embracing positive change into your life!

On your own health journey? Setting positive examples for your kids? Let me know in the comments!!

Beachbody coach Dara Distel, before and after Shakeoloy

*Disclaimer: I am provided the Shakeology shakes by my Beachbody coach Dara Distel for the purposes of getting healthy, and blogging about the product.

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