Our Natural Birth Story

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Our sweet little babe made his arrival on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 12:37pm after a 6 hour labor. He weighed 7lbs 12 oz and was 20 3/4 inches of perfection!

Every birth story is unique and beautiful in it’s own way. This birth was so….weird for lack of a better term. 🙂 Let’s start at the beginning…

December 29th was my due date. I set myself up for frustration by having high expectations of an early birth. With my first pregnancy I was put on bed rest at 29 weeks pregnant because of preterm labor complications. He was born 2 days after his due date. With my history, I thought for sure, this baby would be early- no question about it! At 37 weeks pregnant I started to pick up my exercise intensity and started researching which natural remedies I wanted to use to help my body prepare for labor. 39 weeks hit. I was 60% effaced and dilated to about a 2. Baby was head down in my pelvis and ready to come out! So, I started some acupuncture treatments to help encourage my uterus along….40 weeks hit and I was a grumpy panda! I continued with acupuncture and homeopathic remedies. I was having sporadic contractions but they never turned into labor. 41 weeks hit…and I felt like I was going to be pregnant for forever! Physically, my body was holding up just fine, but mentally and emotionally, I was struggling!

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Tuesday morning, January 9, 2018 my husband woke me with a kiss good bye as he left for work at 0530. I noticed some slight contractions but I didn’t think anything of them since I had been having contractions off and on for a month at that point. I fell back asleep and they woke me up again at 0600, again I didn’t really think anything of them. At 0630 they were still there about every 10-15 minutes. At 0700 I decided to give my husband a heads up that they were continuing, but I didn’t let myself believe I was going into labor…I thought I was for sure going to be the first person in history to be pregnant for forever…ya, dramatic I know. Haha… At 0730 they were still there and about 8 minutes apart. I told the hubs it was time to come home just in case since my last labor was so fast (start to finish 4 hours). By the time he got home at 0800, I had already messaged my midwife, doula, and our birth photographer. Sorry if this is TMI…but you’ll have to get over it if you want to keep reading. 😉 Haha… By that time, I had some bloody show and lots of mucous when I went pee. Due to my history of fast labor, my midwife had me come in at 0830.

My contractions were every 5-8 minutes. Nothing too intense and nothing I couldn’t breathe through. I was full of smiles because this baby was FINALLY coming out of me!! I have to admit, when I got to our birth center (Side note…Sierra Natural Birth Center is AMAZING! It’s a house that was converted into a birth center with several birthing rooms with birthing tubs and neonatal/maternal “crash carts” available in case of emergencies) I have to admit, I felt a bit…weird. Other than my contractions that would come and go, I felt great! I was walking around, bouncing on the birthing ball, joking with my husband, doing squats…you name it. I asked my midwife to check me. I was already at 8cm dilated! Everyone was surprised…I didn’t feel like I had gone through tough enough labor to be at an 8!

About 1130 rolled around and I was getting frustrated that my labor didn’t feel like it was progressing. My contractions were staying at 5 minutes apart and were getting slightly stronger, but I was still walking around and having conversations between contractions. When I arrived, I peed in a cup and we found I was peeing ketones. This meant that my body was hungry. I forgot to eat in the craziness of the morning. I remember learning from my midwife that the uterus can get fatigued and labor can stop dead in it’s tracks if the body is hungry. We totally forgot to pack food! Thankfully I threw some Shakeology in my bag, so I downed a strawberry Shakeology. It was delicious! Immediately my contractions kicked up a knotch. I decided to get in the birthing tub to see if it would help my body relax so we could get this whole labor thing over with! Yes…that’s how my brain works. I’m incredibly impatient…haha.

I got into the warm water, which felt amazing. About 15 minutes in, they checked me again. I was at a 10! I was told to reach down because I could feel the babies head, he was so low! I was seriously shocked… My contractions never got any closer than about 5 minutes apart. I never felt the “urge” to push. I distinctly remember that overwhelming feeling with my first! I was told with my next contraction, if I wanted to, I could try and push. Mind you at this point, my water still hadn’t broken yet! So…I used those core muscles I had been working on strengthening for 2 years with the next contraction…and I felt a burst! WTF?! Did his head just pop off??? No…no…that was my water bag. Phew! What a bizarre feeling! The next push his head came out…then of course he turned weird and his shoulders got stuck…the next push was his shoulders and finally the rest of his body. Ouch…those shoulders! (Ok…you guys are going to laugh at me. You know that game, “Watch ya mouth” where people where those mouth pieces that stretch their mouth open?? Ya…that was exactly what I was thinking about when I was pushing his shoulders out…That’s how my hoo-ha felt! HA!) But FINALLY he was here!! And I got to hold him in my arms! He immediately latched on and started chowing down (and he hasn’t stopped eating constantly since that day!). We got to soak up those first minutes of his life together right there with him on my chest, my hubs right by my side without any other interruptions. It was such a beautiful moment. 6 hours of labor and I was finally at the end! <3

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We then decided it was time to move me to a bed for the next phase of birth…the placenta. This is where things got a bit…complicated. I was told with the next cramping I had to try to push to deliver the placenta. It took a few pushes and some assistance from my midwives, but it finally came out. And it was huge…I feel like it was twice the size of my first son’s. Placenta’s are SO BONKERS to me! It’s a disposable sack of nutrition to grow your baby that comes out of essentially no where! SO AMAZING! Anyways…so, placenta was delivered, daddy got to cut baby’s cord after it had stopped pulsating and all the blood from the cord went back into baby’s body, and I was soaking up my newborn. A few minutes later I felt a gush of blood…midwives checked me and massaged my uterus. That seemed to do the trick. Until 5 minutes later when I felt another gush… They checked me again, massaged my uterus and once again seemed fine. On the 3rd gush I felt, they decided to give me a shot of pitocin in the thigh. With the next gush, I had an IV started with IV fluids and PIT, and they had to go “digging”… ya…I know…to make sure there weren’t any clots or placental tissue causing the bleeding. In that moment I felt my midwife pull out 4 handful of clots & blood…that is when the nurse brain in me flipped on and started to be concerned. I had another shot of Methergine in my other quad, and another drug given to me elsewhere to help my uterus pull it together and clamp down. At this point, I had lost quite a bit of blood and due to the adrenaline, my body started shaking like I had the shivers. I wasn’t scared, I was concerned, but not super anxious. I felt super cold and I knew my poor husband was quite terrified although he held it together great. My next question was, “At what point do I need to go to the hospital?”At that point I had lost about 1300-1500 mL of blood.

My amazing midwives explained to me that we weren’t to that point yet. The clots that were removed seemed to do the trick. My uterus hadn’t efficiently contracted to get all the clots out and it was causing excess bleeding, but once they were removed, my body finally cooperated. Thankfully I had an incredible birthing team who knew exactly what to do to keep me safe.

The rest of the evening consisted of resting, EATING!, drinking beet juice, drinking BB Hydrate to restore my electrolytes, and soaking up our new little love. You were worth the wait baby Liam!


Many mama’s ask me what my “secrets” are to having a natural childbirth and getting through the pain. Here are some of the lessons I learned and tools that worked for me:

  • Fear=Pain and a longer labor. Do whatever you need to in order to feel safe, comfortable, and relaxed. Know that your body was created to give birth. Yes, it will hurt, but only for a short period of time.
  • Take each contraction as it comes. Get through one at a time and try not to think too far ahead into the future. Definitely don’t watch the clock. You need to be as relaxed as possible.
  • A doula is really great support for both mom and dad. They can be there to hold pressure points, get heat packs, massage, anything needed to get you through labor.
  • EAT something healthy & nutrition as soon as labor starts. You don’t want to end up with a fatigued uterus like I did! Or a fatigued mind & body for that matter! Shakeology was CLUTCH for me through labor!
  • Music is SO powerful to help keep your mind off the pain and in the zone. I listened to Lauren Daigle Pandora channel throughout our entire labor and it was incredibly helpful!
  • Do the best you can to minimize the people in the room. This is about YOU feeling as relaxed and comfortable as possible as you bring a tiny human earth side. Don’t feel bad if you need to ask family to stay in the waiting room.
  • HYDRATE yourself throughout labor. This is also very important to keep labor progressing. I chose to drink Hydrate from the Beachbody Performance Line throughout labor and that really helped me! It also gave me a great jump start on my milk supply! I will drink it all through nursing my baby.
  • Stay as active as possible throughout labor. It will really help you progress faster and it helps mentally to change strategies often unless you find something that is really working for you.
  • Heat packs helped me SO much with both of my labors. Use them on your belly or back, whatever provides more relief.
  • If you can relax in a tub during labor, it’s really awesome! It’s been known to be referred to as “nature’s epidural”.
  • Your MIND is the biggest obstacle in labor. Keep your eyes focused on holding your sweet baby in just a short amount of time. Talk to them through contractions. You and baby are a team to bring them earth side. <3
  • The one book I took the most from even though I didn’t necessarily follow everything in it was “Hypnobirthing” by Marie Mongan. I highly recommend the read!

For more photos, check out our album on FB.

Thank you for reading our story! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions on natural labor. <3

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Our 2018 Kick Ass Programs

Hey Everyone!

If you’ve been following my posts for the past few weeks on Social Media, you’ve been noticing a buzz about the new programs we’re launching and kicking off as a team starting January 1st! My inbox is FULL of inquiries about these programs, the details, pricing, etc, so I thought I’d breakdown all the details for you here! For those of you wanting to FEEL, look, BE amazing…Look no further. You have found the answer and I am SO excited to be able to offer it to you guys!

There are TWO test groups we will be running to CRUSH the first 101 days of 2018:

JANUARY 1-21: THE ULTIMATE RESET

JANUARY 22- APRIL 12: 80 DAY OBSESSION

Below I will explain the two and why I’m SO excited for those on our team who will be completing BOTH!


THE ULTIMATE REST

ultimateresetheaderIn a Nutshell: This program is a 21-Day, 3-phase total body reset.

Nutrition: It is broken down into 3 phases. Each week the menu changes. The meals, shopping lists, and recipes are all broken down for you. You are told exactly what to eat throughout the program. There is a “crunch guide” to make meals easier and interchangeable within the phases if there are any foods on the program that you do not like. This is not a starvation cleanse. There are real meals with real foods for the entire 21 days.

Exercise: Rigorous exercise is not recommended through this program. No exercise is required, however there is a 21-Day Ultimate Reset yoga routine that accompanies the program and aids with cleansing, detoxification, energy, and reducing stress levels.

Supplements: When you order your Ultimate Reset kit, it will come with a variety of supplements including: digestive enzymes, probiotics, a fiber supplement, alkaline supplement, & a mineral supplement. These supplements as well as your Shakeology (preferably vegan) will be specifically divided throughout the 3 phases.

Important Dates: This program will begin on Monday January 1st and the final day will be Sunday, January 21st. YOU MUST ORDER YOUR ULTIMATE RESET KIT NO LATER THAN 12/25/17 IN ORDER TO RECEIVE IT IN TIME TO START WITH THE TEAM.

Support: We will have an online support community & a tracker app available to keep each other motivated and accountable. There will be days that are harder than others, so completing this program as a team will be HUGE to make us all successful! You will have all the support you need to get through these 21 days.

Common Results: While no results are guaranteed as everyone is coming from a different starting point, many (including our CEO) believe The Ultimate Reset program is THE most powerful the company of Beachbody has to offer! That’s a big deal! The reason is because the internal transformations have been phenomenal! I personally know people who have been taken off several chronic medications after completing the Ultimate Reset program. Cholesterol has plummeted, Triglycerides decreased, high diabetes markers fell, chronic fatigue eliminated, chronic PAIN that had previously been diagnosed as arthritis…GONE! It’s SO amazing to watch people’s lives be transformed in 21 days. If you missed it, I actually had a close friend of mine and her husband complete this program together and they documented their journey all the way through. Their results were phenomenal! You can read more here- Week 1 , Weeks 2& 3. Here are some before & after pics of program veterans…

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How to Participate:


80 DAY OBSESSION

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In a Nutshell: This program is BRAND NEW! It is a 13-Week (80-Day) challenge aimed at shaping your arms, abs, & a$$!

Nutrition: The nutritional guide for this program utilizes science based timed nutrition. It is customized for each individual’s starting point & goals and broken down into simple steps for how to get you your best results inside & out.

Exercise: For the first time EVER, this ENTIRE program will be unique workouts for each day. You will never repeat a workout! There are 80 separate workouts to get you through the entire program. How awesome is that!? Each workout length averages to be about 45 minutes long and is definitely on the more intense side. This program will get you in INSANE shape, but requires a TRUE commitment!

  • Equipment: You’ll need a set of light, medium, & heavy dumbbells, a mat for hard floors, PLUS the program specific bands & strength sliders. These come with your 80 Day Obsession challenge pack!

Supplements: Shakeology is a MUST for this program, especially if you’re looking to get incredible results inside & out. From the original test group participants, it is STRONGLY recommended to also take advantage of the Beachbody Performance line- Energize (A plant based clean pre-workout) & Recovery (A clean BCAA’s formula and extra source of protein for muscle recovery). There are challenge packs designed to save you a TON of $$$ so you can take advantage of these products. 

Important Dates: This program will begin on Monday, January 22nd. ALL 80 Day Obsession challenge packs are on sale NOW through January 14th. The final day to order your challenge pack will be Sunday, January 14th. YOU MUST ORDER YOUR 80 DAY OBSESSION MATERIALS NO LATER THAN 1/14/17 IN ORDER TO RECEIVE IT IN TIME TO START WITH THE TEAM.

Support: We will have an online support test group community & a tracker app available to keep each other motivated and accountable. NONE of us have done this program before, so as a TEAM we will be testing out this brand new program and new nutritional approach together.

Common Results: Since this program hasn’t been launched yet, the only results we have are from the original Beachbody test group participants. You know what’s powerful about this though?? These test group participants have been involved with Beachbody for years. Most of them have tried several of the different programs if not all of them! So, their response and results are genuine and in comparison to all the other successful programs they’ve tried! After reading through several of the testimonials, I noticed a theme…Is this program easy?? Uhh…no. But…that shouldn’t scare you! Why should great results come easy? This program takes a commitment and is a fun challenge from HOME! You must realize that you will struggle here and there, but know you can rely on your team and push through to get head turning results you’ve never before achieved for yourself! How AWESOME will that feel?? Check out these phenomenal results these regular, busy people got in less than 3 months…

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WOOOOW, RIGHT?!?!?!

These photos don’t even TOUCH on the internal transformations that took place inside each of these individuals. The confidence, inner strength, and BELIEF that was restored in each of their minds and hearts was truly incredible to hear about! That’s something we ALL could use, right?!

How to Participate:


OK, so there you have it! There is a breakdown of the two most epic programs I have to offer you guys to get you the most incredible results in 2018!

I would really love to speak with you personally to see what your goals are, how I can best help support you in your goals, and answer any questions you may have about these options.

My BEST recommendation and what I will be doing once I’m approved by my midwife to do so is BOTH programs!

Listen…time is going to pass whether you make this investment or not! Money will come and go, I promise you. We ALL can make smarter financial investments. There is NO better investment you can make than investing in your health and the health of your family. Truly…nothing else matters if you aren’t enjoying your life and feeling amazing.

The most common objection I get about joining a challenge group is finances. I 100% understand being fiscally responsible. I support living a debt free life and being frugal with your money. That being said, THIS is not the area that should be cut back first. See what other areas you can cut back on in order to invest in yourselves. EVERY AREA of our life will benefit from us being energetic, healthy, vibrant, passionate, confident, and STRONG! This is YOUR time to feel your absolute best. The reality is…you know you can’t afford NOT to anymore.

Message me and let me know how I can help! I can’t wait for us all to feel absolutely incredibly inside & out as we get healthier & stronger together in 2018!

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-Jessica

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SALE!!! Black Friday, Support Local Saturday, & Cyber Monday!

 

It’s MY TURN to give back to you guys!! I know you’re scouring the internet for the best deals & killer sales!
Well, here’s the BEST deal I’ve ever offered!!!
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If you purchase a Double Time All Access Challenge Pack (with either Daily Sunshine OR Shakeology), I will send you a FREE $30 Amazon E-gift card!
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This challenge pack is already on sale AND you’re getting $30 back just in time for the holiday season! What better GIFT and INVESTMENT than investing your hard earned money into your health and family?! This challenge pack specializes in family fitness and nutrition with broken down meal plans and recipes that are kid friendly, buddy workouts suitable for even young kids, and a kid’s workout calendar so they can feel accomplished WITH you as you both exercise and have fun together!
Let me break down what you get with this challenge pack…
👉🏼 1 year online fitness & meal plan/nutritional guidance membership
👉🏼 1 month supply of Shakeology or Daily Sunshine
👉🏼 Portion Fix Container system
👉🏼 Shakeology/Daily Sunshine Shaker bottle
👉🏼 Free Buddy Ball!

👉🏼 Unlimited health coaching, support, accountability, & an online team to get fit with!

THIS IS AN INSANE VALUE!!!


Take advantage of this offer yourself or gift it to someone else!

Even if you don’t want to start your health journey until the new year, you do NOT want to miss out on this killer deal! Remember, your membership will last an entire year! Check out these amazing options below!

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Once you place your order, please contact me at thehealthpatriot@gmail.com to make sure I have your proper email address to send your Amazon gift card too.

Congratulations on making this investment in your health & future!

From our family to yours, we appreciate your support!

– Jessica

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November Specials- EMPOWERING FAMILIES

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Happy Monday!

I’m super excited for today’s blog post and the new announcements I have for you about this month! Many of you know, family is a HUGE passion of mine. Every aspect of it… I love talking about challenging and helpful topics related to marriage, pregnancy, raising health children, nutrition, vaccinations, immune boosters, stress management, relationships, meal planning, playing together, all of the above… So, the fact that this month’s focus is on EMPOWERING FAMILIES is right up my alley! There are two specific promotions & specials I have for you this month and I’m equally excited about BOTH!

Here’s a breakdown…

1- TONY HORTON’S REVOLUTIONARY FAMILY PROGRAM- DOUBLE TIME

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I’ve been SO excited about the launch of this program since it was announced at Summit in July! Legendary Tony Horton has created a family oriented home fitness program & nutritional guide loaded with family friendly recipes, shopping lists, & personalized guides! AHHHH!!!! SOOO STOKED! SO many families are going to benefit from this program! Tony’s intention with this program was to get both kids and parents to put DOWN their cell phones and engage with each other in person! Don’t you LOVE that?! AND of course…it’s on sale! Even better!

For those of you who have been on the fence about joining our team, there has never been a better time! You can join now with this new challenge pack! It includes:

  • Your first month’s supply of Shakeology
  • The entire Portion Fix container system
  • An entire YEAR of access to Beachbody On Demand with ALL Beachbody programs ever created
  • Access to the digital version of Double Time
  • PLUS a free shaker bottle & Buddy ball to complete all your workouts!

In addition to all these goodies, you will be added to our exclusive team Facebook page where we keep each other accountable, ask questions, share recipes, tips, ideas, & enjoy a TEAM environment where we’re all living busy crazy lives, but are dedicated to becoming better versions of ourselves.

To take advantage of this month’s amazing sale, you can purchase your challenge pack here-

-Double Time Annual All-Access Beachbody On Demand & Shakeology Challenge Pack

Check out the program for yourself!


2- Launch of “The Empowered Family Project”

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THIS has been on my heart for a while and has turned into a passion project of mine. The Empowered Family Project is an online community created to help support and empower families from all over the globe to live healthy lives-body, mind, & soul. So many parents struggle with how to raise healthy children. It is evident in today’s health statistics. In America, 1 in 3 children are overweight. Childhood diabetes, obesity, and other lifestyle diseases are dramatically rising with each year.

THIS HAS TO STOP.

The best way…the ONLY way we can create positive change is to empower households across America with the tools they need in order to create healthy lifestyle habits as a family. This is a free group. No sales pitch, no requirements to join. It is the beginning of a movement and all who share this passion of mine are welcome to join. Request to join here- https://www.facebook.com/groups/372671173184508/. Together, we truly can change the world, but it has to start in our homes.


There you have it! 2 simple & powerful options for you to have an impact in your family and ultimately your world. How will you choose to end 2017? Will you take advantage of these opportunities for you and your family now? Or will you wait until a diagnosis creeps into your family before you wake up to how critical your investment in yourself is? Tough questions…but necessary.

I’m here if you have any questions! I look forward to speaking with you!

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2 New Amazing Challenges Coming Up!

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Can you believe it’s OCTOBER 15th?! We only have 2.5 months left of 2017!! That is so crazy to me!

Fall is my most favorite time of the year. I love the smells, the colors, the family time, the hot drinks and warm sweaters…The HOLIDAYS <3 .

We know the routine though….every year we go into this time of year without a plan. Every year between October and January, many Americans gain between 5-15 lbs and feel like CRAPOLA because of how they gorged themselves on those holiday months. Every year, those same people make new years resolutions to be better the next year, to hit the gym more, become vegan, go on a juice fast, go sugar free, blah blah..etc. Every year usually by January 15th, everyone is back to their old ways and are still carrying around that extra holiday weight.

SO…I’d like to propose a different strategy for this year! A strategy that DOES NOT include starvation, extreme workouts, hours at the gym, time away from family, gross diet bars, or deprivation. A plan that will actually help you LOSE up to 20 pounds from October-January!

I want to lead a select group of motivated individuals to finish this year stronger & healthier than we started it! We are in the final quarter of the game. We all know it doesn’t matter as much how you start a game, but more how you finish it. THIS is our time!

I will give you all the tools you need to feel better than you ever have by January 1, 2018. You will be given, meal plans, efficient and short workouts that you can do at home or the gym (your choice), a specific nutritional guide, an incredible nutritional supplement to help your body heal and regenerate from the inside out, AND most importantly, a TEAM to do it with. We all know all the tools are pointless unless we use them. This is where my coaching and our team’s accountability comes in clutch! We will do our best to keep you motivated and inspired every day!

Here’s the deal though…you need to jump in NOW! It takes 5-7 days to receive your challenge pack in the mail and we’re jumping in to our new programs SOON! As advertised above, you have TWO options to join us…

1* Clean Week Challenge:

  • This is for those of you who are not ready to jump in just quite yet. You will receive 1 week of Shakeology, 1 week of meal plans, 1 week of  30 minute workout plans, & 1 week of support! ALL for only $29.95! This gives you a great idea as to how our challenge groups run, what our programs are like, and how Shakeology makes you feel without any major commitment.
  • To join this Challenge with us, you MUST order your Clean Week Sampler Pack by Monday, October 16th. Here are your options:

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2* 21-Day Gratitude Challenge:

  • This is for those of you who are ready to jump in with us! Maybe you’ve seen the results that have come out of these programs already…maybe you’ve been watching our posts for a while and are ready to finally commit to becoming the best version of yourself…maybe you really struggle through the holidays and having a supportive community sounds like a Godsend to you…whatever your reason may be, you are ready to accept this 21-Day Challenge. I don’t know about you, but it seems like the season around the holidays is always so RUSHED. We RUSH to Thanksgiving and only take 10 seconds on the day of Thanksgiving to actually be thankful! I want to change it up this year. Starting October 30th, we’ll be doing a round of 21 Day Fix together and the theme throughout our 21 days is going to be GRATITUDE. How to truly appreciate our health, our bodies, our families, our LIVES! It’s going to be awesome!
  • To join this challenge with us, you’re in luck BECAUSE…the most popular and EPIC challenge pack ever created by Beachbody is on sale through the end of the year! You’ll need to purchase your challenge pack NO LATER THAN October 23rd. The Annual All Access Challenge Pack will give you EVERYTHING you need to be successful including:
    • 1 Month Supply of Shakeology + Shaker bottle
    • 1 YEAR unlimited On Demand Access to Beachbody On Demand which includes ALL Beachbody fitness programs, meal plans, recipe guides, recipe books, cooking shows, and nutritional guides ever created!
    • The Portion Fix Container system to help you eat your favorite foods in the perfect portions.
    • Our team support and unlimited health & fitness coaching for as long as you want to participate!
  • To order, simply click the following link- Annual All-Access Beachbody On Demand and Shakeology Challenge Pack

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One more important detail…PLEASE, if you decide to join us for either of these options or if you have any questions, shoot me an email at TheHealthPatriot@Gmail.com  So I can make sure you are added to our challenge and get all the support! This is an opportunity for you to take OWNERSHIP over your life and your future. What will you do with it?

I hope to be working with you soon!

Let’s Do This!

—Jessica

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9.11.13- When my World Crumbled…So it Could be Rebuilt Stronger

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Today, our country reflects and morns one of the most tragic days in American history. On September 11, 2001, international terrorists hit us through the heart when they hijacked four separate airplanes and drove them into some of our nation’s most prized buildings. This tragic day in history will never be forgotten.

What I am sharing with you today is a spec in comparison to the lives lost on this day 16 years ago. Nevertheless, on September 11th, 4 years ago, I was blindsided with my own life shattering news from the person who had vowed to love me forever.

Many of you may not know that at 26 years old, I carried around that bright scarlet letter of a divorced woman. After 4 years of marriage, my husband at the time decided he no longer wanted to be married to me and didn’t love me anymore. Nothing made sense. There was no reason I was given, no warning signs…I genuinely asked what I could do to change and make him happier…but nothing. I was determined to change his mind. I bought 7 different books on saving my marriage. I begged him to try marriage counseling with me. I did my own personal counseling. I paid extra close attention to every word I spoke, action I took, and attitude I had. I offered to forgive him if he did something wrong. I grasped at every straw I could find. In the end, there was nothing I could do to change his mind. He moved out and filed for a divorce.

In that moment, I remember begging for him to change his mind. I was begging and pleading for God to change his heart. I felt like I let EVERYONE down. Most of all, I felt like I let the Lord down. My whole life I had strived to be a pure woman of the Lord. I waited until I was married to have sex. I got married before I moved in with my husband. I preached purity and to be honest, may have judged those who were divorced without having any idea the path they walked and the pain they endured (I know…it’s horrible). HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN TO ME?? I remember crying all my tears out as I listened to worship music, begging God for an answer to such a confusing time. At that time in my life I lived in Manhattan, Kansas, which is half of a country away from all of my friends and family. I had no one. It was just me, my prayers, All things work together for good. Romans 8:28 - my favorite scripturemy tears, the wind, and the damaging words that kept running through my mind from my significant other…

…I’m just not attracted to you anymore.

…I just don’t love you.

…It’s not you, it’s me.

…I don’t want anything to do with all this “God” stuff anymore.

…I’m not happy and I want a divorce.

…I know I’ll never meet anyone like you, but I just don’t want to be married.

Quitting is not in me. My entire life I have fought against the odds to prove I could overcome any adversity put in my path. So, this…accepting failure in the one area I promised to stay true and faithful to…It was incredibly humbling to have a failure in this department of my life.

The papers were filed. I moved back to be with my family to try to figure out what the heck I was going to do with my life. And I truly believe I was given a supernatural gift. I learned through prayer, meditation, devotion, and wise counsel that there was true POWER in praising the Lord through the storm. It is 100% a choice and I recognized that and I praised my heart out even through the heart crushing pain I was experiencing. I KNEW God was going to turn this devistation into something beautiful. I KNEW what the devil intended for destruction, God could use for GOOD…so, so, so much good. But, I had to own my part and trust him each and every day. More than any time in my life, THIS is where my faith grew.

Owning your story is the bravest thing you will ever do. - Brené Brown livelifehappy.com

After my divorce, I spent some time learning how to be independent again. I refocused on my priorities. i continued to study marriage. I was incredibly humbled and realized everyone has their story and their struggles. I’m not called to judge anyone, I’m called to LOVE everyone right where they’re at. The Lord healed my heart and made me a stronger woman than I had ever been. I knew I didn’t NEED another man in my life. I learned that in order for me to ever be in a strong, healthy, happy relationship, I would need to be independently strong and confident and so would he. If we weren’t, we would drain eachother…how many times do we see this happen in relationships around us?

When I least expected it, my true Mr. Forever came into my life. If you’ve been following our story at all, our love just oozes out of us. I know…barf, right?! Haha…But truly, I never imagined having a marriage, a family, children, and in-laws as amazing as I currently have. I am TRULY blessed. <3 What’s even more beautiful about our story is that he endured a grueling divorce a few years before mine. We both knew the pain, we reflected on the healing process, we valued the same traits in marriage, and the Lord used our stories to help each other heal. If one of us hadn’t gone through that experience, I can genuinely say we wouldn’t be married to each other right now. We both agree, we would go through the pain again if we knew it would get us to where we are now with each other.


12983795_898972694994_7523538941424171227_oI share this with you guys, not to brag or pretend like I have it all together. I share this with you because I know what it’s like to be in the darkest moment of your life when everything around you crumbles and you don’t even know how to breathe. Life is not always and has not always been sunshine and rainbows for me and my family. According to our culture, I should have “daddy issues” because my father was killed by a drunk driver when I was 11. I shouldn’t be walking because that same drunk driver crushed my entire left leg and left me on life support. I should have abandonment issues, commitment issues, trust issues and hate all men. I should have intense self esteem issues (not that I don’t struggle in this area from time to time) from the words my ex husband told me about not being skinny or attractive enough.

You know what though guys, what a waste of life that would be! WHY in the WORLD would I want to spend my days in that darkness believing those lies? God gave me the strength and perception to chose a different path. I realized that my story was no close to ending when I thought it was. In fact, it was the beginning of something more beautiful than I could ever imagine.

If you’re going through a hardship in your life that you didn’t see coming, if you made mistakes that lead you down a dark and lonely road, if you were crushed by those who are supposed to love you most…I PROMISE YOU, your story is not over. You have 100% control over your perception of your situation and your reaction to it. There is POWER in PRAISING the Lord through your darkness. There is POWER in being able to say, “I’ve been there, I feel you, I see your pain and I will walk with you through this”. Your life is not even close to over. You were put here for a purpose. People NEED to hear your story.

I now get to encourage many people from close friends of mine to complete strangers who are struggling in hardships. I am so thankful for the valuable lessons I’ve learned because I’m able to connect on a deeper level with every person I work with in my health & fitness coaching business. I’m able to talk about and teach on the power of mindset and perception. And every morning I get to wake up next to a man who I love more than I thought humanly possible while our second son kicks me in my belly and our firstborn snuggles in between us. This life…this BEAUTIFUL life wouldn’t have been possible if I didn’t walk through my own darkest valley.

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Back to Fitness Challenge!- LAST DAY TO REGISTER!

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HEEEEEEY ALL YOU PARENTS OUT THERE!

Kids are back in school and you have somewhat of a routine back in place! Woohoo! Routines can be amazing because they create habits. Habits are what create positive or negative results in our lives.

Even Aristotle felt pretty strongly about habits… “We  are what we repeatedly do”.- Aristotle.

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Here’s the deal…we’ve put together an incredible challenge for you guys that I will be leading along with another top notch coach on our team who has gotten some INCREDIBLE results herself! We’re combining our resources to bring you everything you need to keep you inspired, motivated, and prepared to get insane results in just 3 weeks.

If you’re looking for a catch…here it is… Results will ONLY come to the people who ACTUALLY FOLLOW THE PROGRAM. Sorry…you can’t buy the program and sit on the couch for 21 days eating oreo’s and get pissed at us when you didn’t lose an inch. Yes…it’s happened.

We’re not going to be asking you to eat cardboard, ice burg lettuce, and a billion gallons of water while spending 3 hours a day in the gym…so relax. 🙂 We would never ask you to do something we wouldn’t do! We are super swamped busy parents just like many of you. I have enough difficulty finding enough time to shave both legs at the same time many times, so I PROMISE you, if I can find the time to do these programs, so can you! 🙂

I know many of you are wondering, so let me give you a snapshot into what a challenge group entails…

 A Beachbody Challenge Group is a group of people who have committed to getting healthy by participating in a Beachbody workout program. Through fitness, nutrition, Shakeology supplementation and peer support and accountability, a Beachbody Challenge Group and the Challenge Group Leader play a key role in helping group participants achieve their goals.

There are 3 parts to our 21-Day Challenge:

  • Shakeology: Pick your flavor and drink it each day. You can simply mix it with water and have it as a snack replacement or blend it with some fruit, ice, coconut milk, and almond butter and make it a meal replacement. One scoop of Shakeology = 1 red or 1 protein serving on your meal plan.
  • Nutrition: Most people in the group decide to follow the 21 Day Fix meal plan, which is incredibly simple to follow with flexibility to allow you to choose the foods you prefer within different categories. This meal plan focuses on eating the right portions of the right kinds of foods. Your challenge pack comes with the Portion Fix Container System which is fantastic in helping you measure out your foods for each day. No calorie counting or eating cardboard wafers on this plan! 🙂 We even have an allowance for beer, wine, & chocolate! 🙂
  • Fitness: Obviously, exercise is key to feeling your best. We are all starting at different places in our journey. Some are crossfit champions while others have over 100 lbs. to lose. The beauty of our programs is that we can customize it for EVERYONE! With Beachbody on Demand, you’ll have access to over 600+ programs at your fingertips! I, as your coach will help you choose the best program for you. You can stick to one program such as 21 Day Fix or 22 Minute Hard Corps, or you can switch it up each day. For me, being a busy working mom, I like to stick to the workouts in the 20 minute time frame. I’ll mix it up between 22 minute hard corps, 3 week yoga retreat, T25, and the first week of Shift Shop! I LOVE the variability and the results I get in such a short period of time!

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Motivation, Prizes, & Accountability

With this upcoming challenge group, we’re bringing the BIGGEST PRIZE EVER to the table for all participants! We’re going to be giving away a FREE SAMSUNG GALAXY TABLET! The prize will go to the biggest internal & external transformation in 21 days. Details will be shared to participants.

We keep each other motivated and accountable through our exclusive Challenge Tracker App! With this app on your smartphone, you can track your before and after pictures, your measurements, workouts, Shakeology, and more! You will have daily posts from your team leaders to keep you inspired, motivated, and give you tips along the way such as delicious recipes and tips to expedite your results.

When individuals finish these challenges, they always say the most powerful part of the program was the challenge group and accountability. It is much easier to make lifestyle changes on your own. When you know you’re not alone and other people are doing this with you, it makes the journey much more enjoyable!


–HOW TO GET STARTED–

Here’s the deal. In order to join this challenge and take advantage of the crazy promotions we have going on this month, you have to purchase your challenge pack TODAY. Tuesday is the PERFECT day to take this first step towards a healthier, happier, stronger future for yourself, don’t you think? 🙂 Here is what to do next…

  1. BUY YOUR DISCOUNTED CHALLENGE PACK BY CLICKING THE BUTTON!  do-button-three-dimensional-illustration-red-word-43189276
  2. Email me at TheHealthPatriot@Gmail.com to confirm your order and registration with our team. I will then add you to our upcoming challenge group!
  3. Sit back, smile, and get EXCITED about what’s about to come your way! I look forward to working with you!

IT’S YOUR TURN FOR A TRANSFORMATION STORY!

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FINAL DAYS OF OUR BIGGEST SALE & A 9/4 CHALLENGE TO KICK YOUR BUTT INTO SHAPE!

IMG_4480Summer is coming to an end, the kids are back in school, your routine is starting to form again and you’re feeling bloated from those last minute vacation indulgences. It’s time for you to get into your OWN healthy routine! The quality of your life literally depends on it!

It’s official! We’re in the FINAL DAYS of one of the biggest sales and promotions I have talked about! You have seen me post all about it, you have seen the testimonies and lives changed through these programs, and I would HATE for any of you to miss out on a huge money savings and free gifts like this if you’re looking for a positive lifestyle change.

So, here it is…on a silver platter, your final chance to get in on the Annual All Access Challenge Pack promotion for the month of August! It is highly discounted from $199 to only $160! Here’s a reminder of all it includes:beachbody-all-access-on-demand

  • Your first month’s supply of Shakeology (Flavor of your choice)
  • An entire YEAR of access to Beachbody on Demand (The new “Netflix” of fitness & nutrition!)
  • The Portion Fix container system
  • My Health & fitness coaching for as long as you’re a member
  • Access to our exclusive team Facebook page where we post daily inspiration, health tips, recipes, and launch all of our challenge groups with fun and exciting prizes!

That’s INSANE value, right?! How many times have you bought a gym membership or a diet book or a magical diet potion and never even touched it? When you join our team, you will have inspiration, motivation, and accountability as much or as little as you want to keep you on track and help you reach your goals! Epic, right?! Click HERE or the photo above to order!


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In case you forgot, this month our team is honoring all first responders! Anyone who purchases a challenge pack and joins our team who is in the first responder line of work will receive a free Team Health Patriot’s t-shirt and a portion of the proceeds from their purchase will go to support the Hope for Hero’s foundation! For more info on this promotion, check out my previous post here.

Just today I got another email at work about a law enforcement Lieutenant who passed away recently, just 5 years after retirement… Life is too short, our families are too important to continue to let the statistic stand true that most law enforcement officers die within 5 years of retirement. I’ve had enough and I hope you have too.


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Most people want to know, “What do I do after I purchase a challenge pack?” Well…let me tell you! You join one of our awesome challenge groups! Lucky for you, we have one coming up on September 4th which is…that’s right! Labor day! This challenge will be 21 days and will include daily Shakeology, short home workouts, and a delicious, easy to follow, and effective meal plan. You’ll be BLOWN AWAY at the results you get! And if you’re not happy…you get your financial investment back from your challenge pack. (There’s a money back guarantee!) It’s a win-win, right?! DUH!

AAAAND….to make this challenge even MORE interesting, my husband and I have decided to give away an amazing prize to the biggest transformation! The prize is a secret right now, but we’ll be announcing it soon and I promise it’s the BIGGEST prize we have EVER offered!

You literally have nothing to lose except a few lb’s, and you have everything to gain, including your energy, confidence, health, balance, strength, and years to your life.

Let’s talk today to lock in your spot, to take the most important step for your future and help you take advantage of these awesome deals! Reach me at TheHealthPatriot@gmail.com.

LET’S FREAKING DO THIS ALREADY!

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August: Honoring First Responders- Military, LEO, Fire, EMS, Medical

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Happy Friday!

I am SO excited about the announcement I’m about to share with you guys! If you don’t know my husband and I personally, we are both “first responders” in our community and we have a huge passion to support those who are on the front lines to protect and serve the rest of us.

We were talking a couple weeks ago about ways we could support the men and women we both work with and others in our field. Then it hit us… we are dedicating the entire month of August to supporting all first responders. This includes:

  • MILITARY: Active or Veteran
  • LAW ENFORCEMENT: All Branches
  • FIRE
  • EMS: All Emergency Medical Services including licensed nurses, EMT’s, Paramedics, and Physicians

If you are in one of these public service positions, first, let me just say how much we appreciate you and your desire to be a positive contribution to our society. Countless lives are saved because of YOU and your dedication.

We know there’s nothing we can do to equate your level of service and many times sacrifice, but we would like to give back in your honor. So, we decided to do so in the way we know how. Through investing in you and helping you become the strongest, healthiest, happiest version of yourself.

You all know that many times your life depends on your agility, strength, and quality of health. In Law Enforcement, you are put in situations where if you’re not stronger, faster, and more capable than the bad guy, things could go wrong real quick. In the medical field, if you aren’t taking care of your core strength, stress management, and immune health, it’s only a matter of time before you get physically hurt on the job or deteriorate on the inside because you have nothing less to give. In Fire, you go through rigorous training to make sure you can outsmart and out run a fire. If you are severely overweight and in poor health, you’re going to put yourself and your entire crew in danger. All of you Military bad asses, you know and see how this impacts you in so many ways. Not to mention, many of you see and experience things that no one in the whole world could ever even begin to imagine. STRESS is huge for you…learning how to manage it and keep your body strong is a true game changer for you AND your family.

As you can see…our internal and external health is EVERYTHING in our jobs. Unfortunately though, most people in these positions don’t prioritize it. STRESS gets the most of us and stress eating, stress drinking, sugar addiction all trump hitting the gym and eating clean.

We don’t want this trend to continue! We care about you guys. We care about your families! And we want to get stronger together! So, here is what we’re doing this month…

For anyone who is a first responder, if you join our team this month with the Annual All Access Challenge Pack (which is highly discounted right now), we will do two things for you:

1- YOU GET AN EPIC FREE GIFT! You get your choice of either a SUPER awesome Team Shirt…

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These incredibly comfortable cotton shirts are a favorite among the LEO community! Our team logo is on the front, the American flag is on the right shoulder with a thin blue line in the stripes, our new team hash tag taken from my husband’s time training in Special Forces in the military “NFQ” (Never F-ing Quit) 🙂 , and the back has Romans 13:4 “For He is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the  wrongdoer.”

All of our Law Enforcement friends love these shirts as their undershirts. They say they’re some of the most comfortable shirts they’ve ever worn!

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An Exclusive Beachbody PT Sandbag…

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Maximize your workouts with weighted resistance
The PT (Physical Training) Sandbag adds an extra level of resistance—up to 20 pounds—to your workouts so you can push your strength, stability, and endurance to the next level. It’s the perfect training tool to help sculpt your upper and lower body by incorporating weighted resistance into your routines.

Versatile and easy to use, the PT Sandbag allows you to change the level of resistance easily by adding or removing sand. Since you can vary the weight, the PT Sandbag is more portable and convenient than a set of dumbbells. To use, just grab the sturdy handles, lift, and perform muscle-sculpting exercises like lunges with greater intensity. You can immediately feel the weighted resistance increasing your calorie burn and maximizing the effectiveness of each workout.

Special Features

  • Adjustable weight—up to 20 pounds (sand not included)

  • Sturdy handles provide a comfortable grip

  • Made of durable, tear-resistant fabric

  • Secure Velcro® closure locks sand in place


2- A portion of the proceeds from your challenge pack purchase will be donated to the Hope for Heroes Foundation, which supports those injured in the line of duty and helps them continue to have a fulfilling life. Awesome, right?!

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I’m SO excited about the lives we will impact this month! Both YOURS and the individuals at the Hope for Heroes foundation!

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1- You have a HUGE opportunity this month to get our most popular and powerful challenge pack, the Annual All Access Pass Challenge Pack, at a highly discounted price! After this month, it will return to it’s regular price. This includes EVERYTHING you’ll need to get phenomenal results! With this challenge pack, you’ll receive:beachbody-all-access-on-demand

  • 1 Bag of Shakeology- flavor of your choice (30-Day Supply)
  • 1- Set Portion Fix Container System
  • 1 Entire YEAR access to Beachbody On Demand with access to EVERY SINGLE Beachbody fitness Program, nutritional guide, meal plan, shopping list, and recipe book ever created. Accessible from any smart device!
  • My health & fitness coaching FREE while you’re a member.
  • Our exclusive team membership with access to ALL challenge groups, team prizes, accountability, and contests FREE.

SATISFACTION GUARANTEED OR YOUR MONEY BACK!

To take advantage of this promotion, click HERE to place your order!

If you’d like to know about the upgraded version to this challenge pack, which includes a 3-Day Refresh cleanse to kickstart your metabolism and results, shoot me an email at thehealthpatriot@gmail.com and I’ll send you details. 🙂

***Note, if you already have a Beachbody account from before and would like to join our team, please email me before placing your order so I can make sure your account is set up correctly.

2- After you place your order, make sure you email me at TheHealthPatriot@gmail.com to let me know you placed your order and tell me which free gift option you would like!

3- Decide which challenge you’d like to join this month! We have 2 different opportunities in August…

  • August 14th- 21 Day Challenge! Includes short workouts, a structured meal plan, and Shakeology.
  • August 21st- Our second ever Shakeology Test Group! This includes drinking 2 servings of Shakeology each day for 2 weeks. No modification to diet or exercise needed. You get to see for yourself the difference you’ll feel in drinking Shakeology alone. For more information on the powerful effects of Shakeology, check out our info here. 

If you have ANY questions at all, feel free to contact me at TheHealthPatriot@gmail.com.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

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What The “Burrito Baby” Phase of Pregnancy Is Teaching Me

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Hey guys!

It’s time for an honest moment here that I’m not too proud of. The end of the first trimester/beginning of the second trimester of pregnancy is ROUGH on the confidence, especially when it comes to finding clothes that fit. This is what I refer to as the “burrito baby” phase of pregnancy. You’re not showing enough to tell your pregnant, but your belly has grown enough so that none of your clothes fit right and it looks like you swallowed a ginormous burrito whole and it’s just laying there horizontally in your belly.

I can’t even begin to explain to you the mental tug-o-war that has been happening for me during this time of our pregnancy. On one hand, I am SO INCREDIBLY THANKFUL that our baby boy is growing, that he’s healthy, and that he’s ALIVE! After losing our last baby, you would think this is where ALL my focus and mindset would be. But, I fall prey to self-conscious thoughts like anyone else. I lose my positive mindset and become my own worst critic. I get frustrated that even my yoga pants are tight, that my tops don’t fit right. I look bigger than I am in really loose clothes and I just look chubby in form fitting ones. The struggle is real…

My gracious husband is patient with my craziness everyday, he always tells me I’m beautiful, and is the one who proposed the idea to me of sharing this on my blog. He had a great point. This isn’t my first rodeo. I know I’ll gain healthy baby weight, I know it’s something to celebrate because that means baby is14107731_929688749774_1334724430284143122_o growing, I know what it’s like after delivery, and this time I know EXACTLY what to do in order to whip this postpartum bod into shape! Let me also clarify that a woman’s body is freaking bad ass! The fact that we can literally grow a human from the size of a microscopic egg to a 7 pound healthy human inside our bellies… that we grow our own disposable baby sustaining organ called the placenta, push them both out of our bodies, and then are able to sustain our new precious tiny human life with milk from our own body’s is INSANE! It’s important for ALL of us (I’m speaking to myself here) to be gracious and patient with our bodies through this entire process.

As you guys know, my MISSION and PASSION in this life is to help others learn how to live at 100%, to give this life all they’ve got, and to feel their absolute BEST. I also know that if I am not living at my best, I won’t be able to be there 100% for my growing family. More than external looks, THIS is where my motivation lies. I want to feel good in my clothes. I want to feel CONFIDENT in a bathing suit and not embarrassed. I want to be the strongest happiest version of myself because my husband deserves that in his wife and my boys deserve that in their mama. I know if I “let myself go”, if I don’t invest in getting me healthy, strong, balanced, fulfilled, they will get the empty, drained, sad, low self esteem, low functioning version of a wife/mama. I WILL NOT let that happen.

13412890_772318359571659_3106254048819551717_nI see so many parents put everyone else first in their life in every area while they’re barely able to survive. They eat fast food from Taco Bell or McDonalds every day because they “don’t have time” to eat anything else. They don’t sleep, they are barely functioning only because of a never ending supply of energy drinks and mocha coffee drinks. They don’t take any time to breathe, to dream, to play, to be present. Physically they’re there, but mentally and emotionally eventually they check out. They feel unfulfilled, bitter, even resentful at times. They have super low self esteem that always negatively impacts their marriage and many times divides the family. We all see this all the time. Maybe you’re living this. Please know, I am NOT judging you in any way. I see you, I hear you, and I’m here to tell you that there’s a different way. It doesn’t have to continue like this. You can be that strong, confident, healthy, happy individual you’ve always wanted to be! But you can’t just wish for it. You have to be willing to put in the work.

I need to work on my positive mindset in regards to my own body image. I own that. It’s MY choice every day I look in the mirror with a frown and sigh instead of a smile with excitement. It’s MY choice every time I get mad at my body instead of appreciate that it’s growing my beautiful baby boy. MY choice. MY responsibility. If I continue to have this mindset that ruins the day, ruins my relationships, and sets a bad example for everyone around me, everyone watching me…that’s ALL on me. Just like your lifestyle choices are on you. Your responsibility. You choose the example you are to those around you. Heavy, huh? See why my motivation is so strong now to live my best and help others do the same? Think how drastic of a difference we could make in this world if we all took ownership of our own actions!

NO. MORE. EXCUSES.

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July 17th, 7 days from today, our team is starting our own “Test Group” for Beachbody’s brand new program Shift Shop! Every day of this program, I’m going to be encouraging to myself and others about our individual journeys we’re on. While I’ll be modifying as needed, I’m going to be pressing play right along with everyone else in this new 21-day program! I want to know whose ready to take ownership for their life.

Whose ready to make positive changes?

Whose ready to STOP making excuses for every little thing?

Whose ready to get real results instead of wasting money and time on pills, patches, wraps, and programs that don’t work?

Hear this…TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO DO THIS PROGRAM WITH US! We are going to be having a BLAST, keeping each other accountable, getting healthy, feeling awesome, increasing our energy, shredding fat, and taking OWNERSHIP for our health and our lives together.

Are you in?

Read more about this program on a previous blog post here.  

If you’re in this, in order to get started, you’ll need to purchase the Annual All Access Challenge Pack today. Lucky for YOU, it’s on SALE! Click the photo below to place your order. Once ordered, email me at TheHealthPatriot@gmail.com to let me know you’re joining us and in your email I want you to tell me WHY you decided to do so. 🙂

Welcome to the team my friend! Get ready for a life changing experience!

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Make today AWESOME!

  • The Health Patriot

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