We all make daily choices, some easy some not so easy. In this blog we hope to help fuel those daily choices with content that is relatable, positive, and even humorous sometimes. Yes, we have made great strides in weight loss and health and are happy to help anyone who reaches out, but all in all, we hope to just be a light in your day.
“Community” is a Habit of Health. I have been very blessed and am thankful for the “virtual” community, of like minded people, that I get to be a part of. If you don’t have a positive community that supports you in your health goals…you can join ours.
I have wanted to learn more about vision boarding and how to do one and TODAY is the day!
One of the things I love about the program that I am blessed to coach is that we focus on the person as a whole. Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, and Healthy Finances is our motto.
Tonight we will be focusing on how to “Envision a Bigger Future” and how to create a “Vision Board for 2021”.
2020 has been a challenge. More of a challenge for some and less for others but the world has changed for all of us. Maybe 2020 brought sadness, fear, and loneliness. Maybe it brought joy, hope, and self-discovery. Maybe it brought some or a little of all of those things. I know, for me personally, it has been a rollercoaster of emotions.
This evening, I plan to let go of all of those emotions (if only for an hour) and try to envision a “bigger” and brighter future for myself and for all of the clients that I am so blessed to work with. Some of the visions that I have for my future are to be “fit over 50”, instill more healthy habits, continue to help and grow with others, be extra positive (2021 might need “extra” in the positivity area to start off).
If you are looking for a little break this evening and learning about vision boarding…please feel free to join our “Virtual” Community Time here at 7:30pm Central/8:30pm Eastern. You can be a fly-on-the-wall and just see what we are up to. If you’d like to connect with me afterwards, feel free to message me. I love getting to know people and hearing about their goals.
I have also finished my eNewsletter for the week, YAY! If you’d like a look you can see it here. This week I have information on tonight’s Vision Board presentation, a great recipe, and more. 👉🏼 If you are interested in receiving my free weekly eNewsletter (absolute no obligation) send me a message and I will get you signed up.
It’s been a hot minute (am I to old to use that phrase 🤔 ) since I/we started this blog. I feel like I should introduce myself/us again.
Hi! My name is Kristin 👋🏼 My Dear Farmer (a.k.a my adorably handsome husband) and I started this blog to help spread hope, by sharing our weightloss and health stories. We also want to spread positivity and share our humor (I think we are pretty comical 😁 ).
OK. Realistically, I write this blog and he chimes in. 😘 If he wrote this blog it would be much funnier… My Dear Farmer has a “resting b*tch face” (I’ll tell you about it sometime) but he is actually a teddy bear with a heart of gold. He was my high school sweetheart and we have been together ever since ~ not to say there weren’t bumps along the way (even though we made it look perfect and easy)…but, that is a story for another day!
Long story short:
December of 2018 I suffered a debilitating knee condition and the only options I was given were knee surgery or lose the weight! On New Years Eve I ended up in the ER with knee pain and blood pressure of 164/107 ⬅️ that is NOT a type and it was NOT good!
In January of 2019, I decided to contact a friend who had been posting about her weight loss journey on social media. I told her, “I will try your program but if it doesn’t work (like you keep posting about) I’m snoozing you on social media.” I didn’t say unfriend 😂 just “snooze”.
I decided to give it my ALL. If this program failed, it would not be because I didn’t give it 100%!!!
I did say, “Long story short” didn’t I?!?
The program worked!
After my Dear Farmer watched me seemingly “melt away” without doing any exercise…he joined me. Together we lost over 60lbs in a relatively short amount of time. It has been life changing!!!
One of the many fun outcomes…I went in for a check-up and the nurse took my blood pressure with 2 different blood pressure cuffs…she couldn’t believe my blood pressure was 110/60 after being so dangerously high. 😊
I tell you, I had tried so many other programs that failed (or I failed them)…this happens to be the one that worked for me/us. I don’t push my program on anyone. I coach a program that worked for us and that we whole heartedly believe in. I offer it hoping that if it is meant for someone, they will come to me. I believe that each person I work with, and am now friends with, were led to contact me not because I tried to sell them something but because shared our story and I offered to walk along with them on their journey! We don’t do this alone!
Here’s where is sounds salesy (feel free to ignore):
If you have tried everything and nothing seems to be working where weight loss is concerned…contact me, I would love to work with you! You can do this! I know because I did it and if I can do it, so can you! If you don’t feel you can do it, let’s chat (no obligation), I would love to visit about the possibilities. 😘
If you’re not ready, that is a-ok. It took me a long time and a debilitating condition to take the chance and to make the changes I needed to make. You have to be ready in your own time. Some stranger (me) telling you that they can help you change your life is not what you need…you just need to be ready to make the journey. And, when you are, I am here to help you.
How long has it been since you have been happy in your health and weight?
I have definitely had a Monday State of Mind for the past month (or more). I really don’t even have a good excuse for not checking in here. I feel like I have been floating (as in not doing anything) here in this little wonderful corner of the World Wide Web that I get to occupy. It is about time I kick the Monday State of Mind to the curb!
It is said that perfectionism leads to procrastination. I would have not thought myself a perfectionist until recently.
I (We, because I drag my Dear Farmer into all of my “stuff”) had planned for this blog to be about weight loss and health. We had both just shed a bunch of weight (about 60lbs in under 3 months) and we wanted everyone on the planet to feel as good as we did/do! What better way to get the hope out there (that there is something that truly does work – because I’ve tried about everything) than to start a blog? That then turned into, “OOOh, we are sharing so much fun stuff with our friends on Instagram and Facebook, why not share it here too? For some reason that simply hasn’t happened. I kept reading all of these, “How to” article on blogging. To have a successful blog you should…to reach more people you should…to be relevant you should…to ______ you should… So many “you shoulds”! I “should” not have read so many “how to” articles. Haha
So I have been procrastinating! Anyone else out there know how it feels? Just too much information to move forward! Wanting to be perfect to be able to serve each and every reader who so kindly spends time on my posts. Trust me, I understand reading my posts can be a s**t show! I type like I think…squirrel! I usually always have a good point (at least I think so, but I also think I’m quite funny too, so there’s that) I just don’t usually get to the point in a straight line of thought…it’s a curvy path following my thinking. Kudos to you if you can do it.
I had wanted to post a great recipe and photos the first week in October but am not fluent enough in add-ons to make it easily printable. And, I just didn’t take the time to figure it out. So, no post and now it is over a month later.
We have also been away from home quite a bit in the last month. :0 This seems quite odd in this time of pandemic, but it was mostly just the two of us enjoying the beauty of our state from the window of our vehicle, chatting and “cogitating” as my Dear Farmer likes to call it, when we disagree. I know, it really doesn’t fit since we are neither thinking deeply or meditating…We are usually “debating” for lack of a better word. Our “debate” style, as a married couple is, shall we say “interesting”. Most people find us quite comical – and we are definitely OK with that. I’ll post about that another day. 😉
For the past almost 2 years I have spent a lot of our “car time” on my phone. Aren’t cell phones AMAZZAZING?!? As a health coach – I am always just a text or call away from my clients. If they need me or my support I am there no matter where I am. As a designer – I can use my phone to create designs, store great photos and ideas, post products, and work on busnessy stuff. Then there is the fact that we can be connected to family and friends no matter where we are. It really wasn’t that long ago that cell phones WEREN’T part of our everyday life…at least it doesn’t seem that long ago to me 😉 yet it is hard to imagine daily life without them.
So, today is Monday…I can honestly say, I have put on my positive pants and am getting stuff done! As you can see from my word-vomit-thought-process above… It is ok to have a Monday State of Mind, it’s just probably not the best to let it stick around for as long as I did. And, don’t let perfectionism turn into procrastination because then you have to show up and figure out where to start all over again.
Enough excuses of why I wasn’t drinking my water, why I wasn’t following the “simple” eating schedule I had been following, why I wasn’t paying attention to all the BLTs (bites, licks and tastes) I had been “treating” myself to, enough feeling scared about the current situation our world is in! So, last Tuesday (1 week ago today) I dialed in my nutrition…I started following my healthy habits:
💦Drinking lots of water 💤 sleeping soundly (minus last night 🤪 Note to self: no major caffeine right before bed) ⏰ eating when I should ✅eating what I should
Not only did I say goodbye to 6.2lbs along with reclaiming all of the above habits, but I am also:
🙋🏼♀️volunteering to help my honey 😍 with farm jobs that give me opportunities for extra movement (picking rocks 🤦🏼♀️) Even my attitude has improved (reference “volunteering” above 😂)
I wanted to share this hoping that it will bring strength and hope to others who struggle. (I apologize ahead of time for the video quality. 😬) I think it’s pretty incredible that my two friends, who have struggled most of their life with an auto immune disorder, were free enough to talk about it.
As you hear in the video, our program is the common denominator in how each of them found hope!
If you are struggling and searching for hope…contact me, let’s have a conversation. Stop wishing for an answer and start asking questions.
I coach clients (who I now call “friends”) from all over. You don’t have to live near me, in fact I’ve never physically met some of my “friends”.
This program is about you! You, helping yourself, along with me as your guide and an amazing support system to lean into.
Feel free to contact me, even if you just want to ask questions.
I had originally intended not to share the “challenge”, that I had issued to myself. But, plans change!
Yesterday, I decided to share my struggle on my personal Facebook page because I wanted my clients to realize that I can struggle just like anyone else. I didn’t realize how my page was looking until a coworker, to one of our children, said, “Your mom must never fall of the wagon or cheat.”
Well, truth be told: I DO NOT FALL OF THE WAGON OR CHEAT, but I do sometimes make choices in food or drink that aren’t the best for me. But those are “choices”. I am not on a “diet” so there is nothing to “cheat” on. I make daily choices, just like everyone else. Sometimes those choices might be to eat the chips that come with my salad or to have an adult beverage while out. The problem for me comes when I start making those types of choices too often. That is what I have done recently.
Recently, I came across a quote that said, “When you treat your health journey like a diet, you get diet results”. Guess what? When I used to “diet” in the past, I would reach a goal and then go straight back to my old way of eating and old habits. What would happen? All of the pounds that I had said goodbye to would return and they would usually bring friends! So, I refuse to “diet” ever again.
It’s all about daily choices. Hence the name of this blog: “Fueling Daily Choices”.
I try to make the best choices each day and I also absolutely love helping others learn to make those choices.
I am so grateful for each and every person who has given me the honor of walking along with them on their journey towards better. Be it better sleep, less weight, clearer thinking, learning to handle stress, better relationships (living above the line), etc… Is it always easy? Definitely not! But, it is ALWAYS worth it!
Over the past few weeks (honestly months) I have just been coasting in my weight loss/health journey.
As you may know, I started my weight loss/health journey January 30th of this year. I met my first goals rather quickly. By the time I had lost 40+ lbs I was very happy and dare I say comfortable in my own skin and clothes…first time in a very long time. I hadn’t seen a size 6-8 since…well I don’t actually remember ever being a size 6-8 (I started at size 16-18). So, I was very content with my body and since my knee issues had also disappeared and my blood pressure was normal I decided to maintain where I was at. I made that decision knowing that I would pick my program back up, in the fall, and reach my final weight goal. I only had another 15lbs to go.
Rewind to the past 4 months…
Along with just maintaining, I started to get lax. Lax in my learning and continuing to use the new healthy habits that had been gifted to me. I started to believe that a I could just start back on plan at any given moment and the weight would come back off (I had gained a few…10+ lbs). What I didn’t realize was that after undoing some of the great new habits I had formed…getting back to program would be like starting over instead of just picking up where I left off. At this point, I really wished I had finished my original goal right away but, one thing I have learned is that there is no point in regretting my past months of poor decisions….It is time to move forward – No looking back!!!!
That brings us to today…
Tomorrow is the day that I have issued myself a challenge! I am starting a Fueling Daily Choices Fat Burn Challenge! But, at this point it is only for me. Why???
I love coaching others, seeing and hearing about all of there successes and insights gives me such joy. I have decided that to be the best coach I can be, I have to be sure that I know what I am talking about. I need to experience this journey again. So I have issued myself this challenge and after I complete 2 weeks I will then start to share it with my clients and future clients.
I will be posting all of my insights, struggles and successes (scale and non-scale) right here on this page.
The catch…Since this is a challenge that I am issuing to myself I won’t be making these posts public for at least two weeks. I will definitely make them public wether I succeed or fail. I’m not hiding anything or any part. I want to see success so that I am confident, once again, that I can share success. If I fail…I refuse to go there, because I WILL NOT FAIL unless I QUIT!
So, if you are seeing this post, it has been at least 2 weeks since I have started this “Challenge” and you are either now joining me or just curious how it went. I say “joining me” because I welcome all of my clients and those who want to be part of our tribe to join in the “challenge” to jump start their New Year and all the possibilities that it holds for them.
Welcome! Please feel free to contact me with any questions, even if you are just curious about my program. I don’t do sales! So, connect with me for information NOT pressure. I would love to hear from you!
Have a wonderful day or night, whichever it is, wherever you are! Never forget…You are AMAZING!
What a difference when we reduce inflammation…In December/January I was either sitting in a chair, on crutches or hobbling slowly with a very swollen knee.
Since starting this health program my body and mind have changed dramatically.
Yesterday, I was helping load stuff onto the back of the pickup. When done, I hesitated before jumping off of the tailgate (first thought was definitely “No!” I will get hurt). Then I remembered, I and my knees are in better shape now…So, I jumped! I smiled to myself and was doing a mental happy dance, when the young man (maybe late 20’s), still in the pickup box said, “I would have broken my knees if I had jumped off this box!” I said, “I would have too, almost 40lbs ago!” We ended up having a great conversation about inflammation, healthy eating and weight loss.
He is trying to get himself back on a plan (through a different company), that he was previously on, but is struggling to restart. We talked about the mind games that play out in our heads. (*Note: I don’t try to convince people that our program is the only program that works! I support others where they are.) In our conversation I tried to give him some positive support and tips to get started again. I told him that if his current program is working for him, I think that is awesome and I support him! If he doesn’t find that his program is working for him, let me know and we’ll see if we can find one of our programs for him.
He has no idea how good he made me feel and how he solidified my “Why” for becoming a coach…to help and support others where they are in their health journey!