Thursday, October 29, 2009

Kindergarten and Exercise

I don't know what it is about kindergarten that turns children into monsters. Is it the influence of other kids, or do they just want to test their wings so they push the boundries more? Whatever the case I DO NOT LIKE IT!!! Man...the mouthiness is really unbearable. Tanner actually called me a FREAK the other day. Where in the world did that come from? And I go from being the "World's Greatest Mom" to "You are so mean, I want to live in a different family, one where they won't yell at me!" I told him to go ahead and search because there is not one Mom I know in this world that doesn't yell at her kids. And if you happen to be one of those Mom's... I don't want to hear about it!

Yesterday I was heading to my workout with children in tow, just like I do every day, only this time Tanner woke up REALLY, REALLY ornery. Usually it takes him a few minutes to get over it, but not this time. He carried on and on and on and on and on about how unfair his life was, that everyone else has toys, but him. Now let me preface this with the fact that my kids are required to wake up, be fully dressed and groomed, and eat breakfast BEFORE the TV gets turned on, so when it's time for exercise we just go. Tanner decided that the rules didn't apply to him yesterday. I had to drag him through each step. And of course, I'm the meanest Mom ever because I made him turn off the TV. So instead of being prepared with toys, we had to rush out the door to be on time, and so the toys were left home. However most days he never brings toys anyway which makes his complaint completely irrational.

Well by this time we are into our workout about 15 minutes. I have a pretty good sweat on, but Tanner is STILL RANTING! Can you be done already because I really want to focus! And I really don't care that a 3 year-old wants to play with the toy he brought and doesn't want to give it to you so SERIOUSLY be QUIET!!! Whine, whine, whine, whine, whine, whine ,whine...did I mention whine?! Okay there is only so much I can take, so I picked him up (stopping my workout which is not a good thing) and took him to the foyer. He continues to carry on about how dumb I am and that he is being treated unfairly, and blah blah blah blah! Well I ended up packing up all my things, except for my dvd's because they were in use, and stormed home. I don't usually do that, and I WON'T do it again.

All I'm asking for here is one hour for myself. That's it... ONE HOUR!! I really don't think that's a lot to ask for. The rest of my time is dedicated to what everyone else needs or wants. I need ONE hour to be a good mom. ONE hour to feel good. ONE hour to focus my mind. ONE hour to be selfish. And ONE hour to bring my athlete back. The other gazillion hours are about everyone else. So when my ONE hour gets taken it SUCKS! And I am not happy about it, and I won't pretend to be. Well Tanner and I had a phone conversation with Daddy, and I had to find a corner of the house to "lose it" in.

We have an understanding for now, but for a moment there I thought I was going insane. I have one volume and that's LOUD, and perhaps many variations of LOUD. I don't think anyone can fully understand how important exercise is to me. I just NEED it... the way I need sleep, and food. It makes me feel normal, and that can be hard to come by with children.

I am happy to report that Tanner, Keira, and Kody all woke up in good spirits today:) YAY!!! It doesn't happen all the time, but when it does happen it's a GREAT day.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fitness Party

Some of you have heard about this through an email, but I wanted to make sure I got to those who haven't heard from me yet.

I am doing a Fitness Party at my house. I have wanted to do this for a while, and I seriously cannot think of why I haven't yet. Anyway, a lot of you have questions about the How To's of fitness. One of the biggest one's is "How do you stay motivated?" Well here is your chance to find out. I am addressing fitness questions and am setting you up on a path to a more fit life. I want to show you that eating healthy is very satisfying and DELICIOUS so you get to sample the foods that I've been eating. I'll be talking about Shakeology, Exercise, Good Nutrition, Supplementing your diet, and the tools I use that have assisted me along the way. There's a gift to take home to assist you on your new fitness journey, and a prize for the winner of my game!

There are two dates to choose from: Thursday, November 12 @6:30pm, and Saturday, November 21 @2:00pm. Pick the date that works for you and send me an email to with your address, and phone number (for reminder calls) and I will get you an invitation.

I am so excited about this! Fitness, food, games, and being around people who are looking for answers just like you! I can't think of anything better:)

I look forward to hearing from you.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Enthusiasm is “emotional management,” the ability to control the emotional temperature of any personal situation.

Enthusiasm is the way you “squeeze the trigger” to other people’s emotions, they help and support you instinctively.

Enthusiasm glows… radiates.. permeates…and immediately captures everyone’s interest.

Enthusiasm is the “advance man” who paves the way for new ideas.

Maybe the enthusiasts aren’t the most cultured people in the world, but they are the only ones who make history

If you were to take my money and my other tangible assets from me but let me keep my enthusiasm, it would be but a short while before I’d be as wealthy as ever.

Enthusiasm is the producer of confidence that cries to the world “I’ve got what it takes” without you ever uttering a word of boast.

Enthusiasm helps us to compete with ourselves, to match today against yesterday.

Only with the compulsive drive of enthusiasm can we find encouragement in past mistakes.

Enthusiasm is the yeast that raises the dough.

“Enthusiasm!!” is the greatest one word slogan for living ever devised.

- Paul J. Meyer

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Week 4 of INSANITY

WOW! WOW! and DOUBLE WOW! I am inspired, exhausted, and thrilled to death. I am on week 4 of INSANITY and I am feeling stronger, and more fit than ever:)

Day 1 was the Fit Test, my response, "No problem, I've been doing P90X, so naturally I can do anything!" Well... a wake up call was in order. I was dripping and huffing and puffing like never before. And when I say dripping, I mean sweat literally landing on the floor and drenching my shirt sweat, and this was the fit test...What have I gotten myself into?

I am doing these workouts 6 days a week, and I am loving it!!!!

Week 2...I can't decide if Pure Cardio, or Plyometric Cardio Circuit is worse. Either way, my muscles are screaming and I am pushing for just one more. Come on Lyenna, one more you can do it. At this point I'm wishing for a mirror just so I can see if my form is correct. I'm trying with everything I have to keep by butt down in plank, and keep my knees behind my feet in squats, and tighten my core during suicides...YIKES! But one more you can do it, and I do and it's exhilarating!

Week test again. Wow! I improved, in just 2 weeks, is that possible? I keep pushing, only now not only do I do Pure Cardio, I now add 14 minutes of abs. In my mind I'm wondering if I can do this. I am exhausted. I gave it everything. We cooled down and now we're warming up again...THIS IS NUTS! I have to jump again? But I do it, and my abs are on fire! The tiniest move sets them on fire. I feel like I'm training for something huge like a championship, or a marathon, or the OLYMPICS!!!! But I feel incredible:) And tired...yep definitely tired.

Week 4 is this week and so far I have done Mon-Thur. And I look forward to every workout...Seriously I wake up get dressed in my stuff and can't wait to kick my trash. I am an addict I tell ya and I love it!!!!

I have been on the message boards at TEAMBeachbody almost every day. I am always hungry, so I'm trying to figure out how to keep it together by eating the "right" foods. Shakeology has helped a ton. It keeps me honest and gives me EVERYTHING my body craves. I love that stuff.

I am ignoring the scale for now because it can be very misleading, and I am focusing on measurements. The Beachbody body fat calculator has me at 18% body fat, not bad, but my goal is 14% (that's professional athlete status) Course my diet has got to be a lot cleaner, so I'm not pushing that goal too hard right now. Now I'm going to get on a soap box here for a second. Supplements people, you need them! I was not always a believer in such things, after all we can get all the nutrients we need from food...right? WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! Have you seen the typical American diet?! But it's not just that. We're talking soil depletion from OVERuse, pesticides, and the fact that we just don't eat enough fruits and vegetables in any given day...AND for the fish haters out there Omega 3's are vital, and no you can't get it from deep fried whatever! So with that said, I don't care where you get the supplement from, even though I know of a pretty great place, make sure you do it because a healthy body needs it. Oh and one more thing, you get what you pay for so be choosy. If you want some recommendations I'd be happy to assist:)

For all you fitness enthusiasts keep pushing and DIG DEEPER. I think our minds get in the way of what we can accomplish... surprise yourself with just one more, it truly is exhilarating. Ooh...Ooh...Ooh, guess what's coming:) That's right, does Beachbody ever cease to amaze us... it's a new video... RevAbs. I don't think it is nearly as tough as INSANITY but they even tell you that you shouldn't do INSANITY back to back, it's a 60 day program, not a every day for the rest of your life program. That would be overtraining which is not a good thing. It is designed for maximum results by putting your body through INTENSE intervals. Besides variety is the spice of life, right?

If you want to learn more about becoming a coach you know where to find me:) I love it! I love it because it makes me better! And I love it because I feel like I am doing something to make a difference in the world. It is so fun to discover who I am, and what I'm made of. Find your passion, whatever that may be, and live in it, swim in it, sing in it, and dance in it. And love being you! Because you are perfect exactly as you are...