Sweaty Betties Ambassador SPOTLIGHT!!
I first fell in LOVE with Astrid when I saw her posting videos of herself doing some of the Sweaty Betties workouts and I thought “Damn! This girl is in good shape!!”
Then I found out that she has quite the story herself:
I’ve had discussions about this “self-made holiday” on Facebook, I’ve mentioned this in the newsletters and I recently spoke about it on a radio show, but I realized I never composed a blog about it!
See, at the end of December 2012, I started to think about “resolutions” and all of those things we tend to do at the end of the year…. memories from the past year and hopes for the New Year… and I’ll be honest, I was not happy with what was going on. I had been dealing with metabolic damage and adrenal fatigue for the better part of two years, and I had started to make some GREAT headway, and then, POW I lost it!
How did I lose it?
I started staying up late again, I started taking on more projects than I could handle, I started putting myself last and others first… you know the deal.
I realized that the THINGS I was doing to feel better, ie. taking care of me, getting to bed early, meditating, relaxing, eating regular meals, taking my supplements, etc.
I had completely stopped….and I was feeling terrible.
In fact, I told my husband, I just want to rent a car and go stay in a hotel ALONE for a few days. (ok maybe a week!)
He was obviously hurt… but that’s how I felt!
I felt as if I was being pulled in a million directions and I needed an escape… NOW!!
So that is where the “Me Day” idea came from.
I decided that for 2013 ONE DAY out of every month, was a day for ME.
- no phone
- no computer
- no alarm clock
- I can do whatever makes ME feel good– massage, reading, napping, eating
- no “shoulds” or “have tos”
- no work
and so, I took out my phone and blocked out the last Sunday of every month for my year long experiment.
Well, January, something came up, the Dani Johnson First Steps to Success seminar was on “MY WEEKEND” so, I just rescheduled for the next weekend! I took my Sunday (it was Super Bowl Sunday) and got myself a massage, read a book and took a nap. I can’t say that I didn’t get on the computer or ditch the phone.. but it was a start.
So my February day came and my husband knew it was my day, but he needed me for a few things, and I have to say it was kind of ruined. He apologized and it was no biggie… who knew this would be so hard?!! I thought, “maybe this will be better on a week day!”
March came and went, I traveled to 3 states in 3 weeks and there was no time for me, again and here we are, mid April. I have a day scheduled THIS weekend. Hubby’s out of town and I’m disappearing!! For the rest of the year, I moved my “Me Day” to a Friday. Its easier when hubby is at work to BE ALONE.
The moral is: be flexible, be adaptable, but put it in the books.
I’m not perfect. I don’t have children, however, I have a very busy life because I give a lot and a lot of people depend on me. I understand how hard it is to have a day for you. BUT its still SO important. I urge EVERYONE..
I CHALLENGE YOU—-> DO IT NOW.
Schedule your “Me Days” for the REST of 2013 (there’s still 8 months left!!)
Then CLICK TO TWEET IT: I’m taking a day just for me!! #meday #becauseImworthit @SweatyBetties
even if its a “Me Half-Day” – take 4 hours for YOU. I promise you will be less bitter about the things you “have to do”.
Don’t tell me that you can’t, that you don’t have time, or can’t find a sitter…
Don’t be a b!tch.
Lets just DO THIS…. and then come back and tell me what you plan on doing. Here are some ideas:
- sit at the park
- read a book
- have coffee with a friend
- sleep in… late
- watch a movie marathon in your pajamas
- get a massage
- get a mani/pedi
- hang out at Whole Foods
- Sun bathe
- sit in a car alone for 4 hours (I’ve totally done this)
- go on a hike (but please tell someone where you’re going)
- take a bath
- take a yoga class
- eat a healthy meal
- do an “at-home” spa day- paint your nails, do a face mask, etc.
If you were following me back in February, you may remember that I made a statement that I was on a FINANCIAL FREEDOM PLAN and I planned to be debt free by the end of May. Well… I was wrong.
It happened YESTERDAY.
My husband and I managed to pay off $18,000 worth of debt in 68 days, because we were “faithful with the little things“
If you didn’t get a chance then to see my webinar, please take an hour and watch it, because you will really understand and realize HOW BIG of deal this really was to our little family. If I had not come across Dani and her program, I can confidently say, I would have continued to pay $200 a month on my student loan for the next 12 years. (and paying a lot more in interest in that time) and holding my credit card balances for at least another year!
I was tired of being a SLAVE and not keeping my OWN money!!
So, in my webinar, I was extremely honest about my money, what I had made last year, being on food stamps and losing our house and what we were now earning and spending. My husband and I attended Dani Johnson’s First Steps to Success Seminar on January 26-27th and we realized that weekend how much money we were WASTING. We made an immediate budget and a plan to be out of debt by May 17th (her next event)
I gulped and we kind of laughed because I thought “There is NO WAY we can actually do this”
We BLEW. OUR. OWN. DAMN. MINDS.
Not only did we pay off nearly $18k, we also saved close to $3k and GAVE AWAY over $1500!!!
I’m actually in tears writing this.
I feel nervous about posting this because I don’t want it to come off as bragging. I hope that people can realize how being faithful and following a plan can WORK.
For all the people that purchased the WAR ON DEBT program with my link, we created a small supportive Facebook group, and I’ve learned how to cut my groceries even more, we’ve supported each other on credit card pay offs and I’d LOVE to have a few more people in there
So if YOU are ready to break free of the bondage—-> Spend the $99 that will pay you back 7-fold and get in our group and lets succeed together. (purchase War on Debt and email me your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Below are screen shots of my ACTUAL Student Loan Pay off
TOTAL DEBT as of FEBRUARY 1, 2013
Credit Card#1– $1670.67
Credit Card#2– $4274.37
Student Loan $11,810.69
TOTAL DEBT: $17,755.73
TOTAL DEBT as of April 10, 2013
Credit Card#1– $0
Credit Card#2– $0
Student Loan $0
TOTAL DEBT: $0
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I received this book in the mail last week, and honestly, it couldn’t have come at a better time!
Recently, my husband and I have started to BUDGET our food. We are working on a Financial FREEDOM plan and we are realizing that we really need to get more bang for our buck where food is concerned.
At first, I thought this was just another “EAT THIS, NOT THAT” type book.
It’s not! It was written by a couple; Jayson and Mira Calton who have degrees in nutrition, but whose real quest for health came when Mira found out she had advanced osteoporosis at age 30!!
She was thin, but not healthy.
I was very intrigued from the beginning of the book because they talk about MICRO-nutrients and how deficiency in those, can cause many problems (Think: Vitamins & Minerals)
But we are too often concerned with MACRO-Nutrients (think: Carbs & Fats)
The book talks about how INGREDIENTS are often much more important than the carb or fat content.
The very first example in the book was a bag of Lay’s Potato Chips vs. a bag of BAKED! Lay’s Potato Chips.
In “Eat This Not That”, they might suggest eating the BAKED Lay’s, because they are lower in calories and fats, however, if you look at the ingredients, the chips only have THREE ingredients: potatoes, oil and salt.
The BAKED Lay’s, have eight ingredients and aren’t even a “potato”!! They have added sugar, corn and soy. (full of GMO’s)
I instantly realized why this book was different. We often don’t know or understand the “hidden” ingredients in our food or the best brands to buy. Or maybe we can’t afford “Organic”. so what is the next best thing?
This book basically breaks down what all the chemicals are, what they do and why you should avoid some and moderate others. It also tells you WHAT BRANDS to choose and which ones to stay away from! (with pictures!!)
This book was full of pictures, places to take notes, and broken down into sections of the grocery store, it even had some fun recipes!
The ONLY thing I didn’t like about the book was that I didn’t recognize many of the brands. This leads me to believe that a lot of these brands might be found at Whole Foods? However, I don’t buy a ton of packaged foods anyway and with the ingredients lists, I’m sure I can find comparable brands, if not the ones listed.
If you’re interested in grabbing this book, you can find it online at Amazon (Kindle too!)