Sunday, May 10, 2009


A few days ago a friend of mine asked me to work with her on her fitness journey. One of the first questions I ask someone who wants my help is "what are your goals"? I've had this conversation with a few friends and friends of friends recently, and I'm always intrigued by the answers.

For most of us the answer to that question is usually along the lines of "I want to lose weight", "I want to fit into my skinny jeans", "I want to be able to run with my kids". As I continue on my own Purposeful Journey, I'm finding that in order to maintain and continue my success, my goals need to be more internal. By that I mean I need to focus on how good I feel after I complete a tough workout. My cholesterol, blood pressure, trigylcerides, and glucose levels have returned to normal, and I owe that to my fitness and clean eating.

Those internal voices can serve as a motivator and a detractor if you're not careful. I've reached the point in my progress where people are noticing the changes, and that negative voice is getting louder and louder. Sometimes the attention scares me, and I find myself sabotaging my own progress. This has been an "a ha" moment for me, and I can proudly say I am able to quiet those negative thoughts. For those who know me well, this is a BIG step in my progress. do I do it? Well, for starters I call on those people whom I have set up to be my accountability buddies and lean on them for support and encouragement. None of us is perfect, and it's not a crime to tell a close friend or loved one that you need to be talked down from the bridge, so to speak.

Secondly, I lean on my role as an Independent Beachbody Coach to keep me on my program. I take my role as a Coach very seriously, and the last thing I want to do is let down those who look to me for advice. At first I thought I couldn't be a Coach because I hadn't reached my goal. But, my Coach, Keith, convinced me that I could do it because I'm walking the walk. Thanks for the vote of confidence, Keith. Walking the walk gives me insight into what people experience when they feel weight loss is futile.

Are you struggling with your weight? Do you want to get that monkey off your back and get into the best shape of your life? Do you want to see what you're really capable of doing? Go to and send me an email. Let's talk about your goals and get you started on your own Purposeful Journey.

Friday, May 1, 2009

FDA Recalls Hydroxycut

The big health news of the day is not the swine flu. The FDA has recalled Hydroxycut effective immediately because it can cause liver failure. You've all seen those ads in the magazines, and you've seen the variations of their products on the store shelf promising "quick" results. Guess what, folks? Hydroxycut and other products like it simply don't work. It's a quick fix that will accomplish very little except possibly putting your life in danger. As someone who has battled a weight problem most of my life, I can tell you what DOES work....

A consistent exercise program comprised of cardio and strength training.
Eat 5-6 small meals every 2-3 hours.
Drink plenty of water.
Surround yourself with like-minded, positive people

I got all of this and more when I found Beachbody products and Beachbody Coaching. It changed my life physically, emotionally and financially. I have made changes in my life I would never have had the courage to change without the emotional strength I developed by immersing myself into all things Beachbody. The friendships I've made are very special, and the confidence and encouragement I get from them can't be put into words.

Take it from someone who has lived her life trapped inside the "fat" Janice. Don't waste your money or your time on products like Hydroxycut. Don't risk your life. Have one more talk with yourself and tell yourself "I am worth it" because you are. Tell yourself "I can do this" because you can.

Take that next step. Go to and browse through the many products Beachbody makes available. If you have any questions, please send me a message.

Here's to good health!