What about a faith based challenge…

I have always thought the idea would be fun to have a challenge group set up that is based on personal development and building up our faith (or spiritual practice) but would also incorporate fitness and clean eating too.  I have found that in the past several years, I have walked away from my own spiritual development which has left me unsure of a lot of things in my life.  But as I have looked into my own life, I have realized that this happens a lot not just to myself but to all of us as we get busy in our lives with work, running our kids around, etc.  Then I saw a post from another coach who is doing a similar challenge for her groups.

What a wonderful concept isn’t it?  This challenge group would have a holistic approach…and…it’s FREE (except for the purchase of the book which would be inexpensive on Amazon).  As I’m forming this challenge group, I’m going to start looking for books to go through with the group.  Ideas of spiritual development books that are not overly theological or cheesy would be much appreciated.

The challenge group will start mid-to-late March and will be free to join.  It will have a minor cost for the book that we’ll go through (you can either buy it in book form or on kindle).  There will be daily workout & reading challenges and a meal plan to go along with the group.  I will encourage everyone to incorporate Shakeology into their challenge, however, I won’t require it.

If you would like more information on Shakeology you can go to my site: http://www.shakeology.com/mommarnontherun or if you’d like more info on workout programs you can click on: http://www.teambeachbody.com/connect/beachbody-challenge?referringRepId=546291

I am looking forward to re-building my own faith and spirituality in this challenge group and would love it if you would do it with me!  Message me at: sarah.peers@gmail.com or comment below.

Busy Life of a full time RN

Yeah…yeah….We’re all busy right!?!  But how do you keep consistency in your life when you work full time as an RN in a hospital where you have to do rotational shift work?  I’m talking about consistency in eating habits, exercise, and other routine things we all try to manage.

I’ve found it completely impossible to workout before or after my 12hr shifts, especially if it’s a night shift.  Night shifts wipe me out and throw me off of my game.  It takes me about two days to completely recover from them and switch back to my day routines.  Ha!  I’m sitting here writing when I should be in bed because my sleep cycle is totally thrown off!

When I’m on day shifts, I can usually swing a half hour workout or run on the treadmill if I don’t mind waking up at 4:50am to do so.  But for this not-so-morning person, the nice warm bed is usually beckoning me to stay in between the sheets!  So, what do you do?  What is your routine?

This is the thing….I know it can be done!  So I am going to challenge myself and others if they’d like.  What I’m proposing is this.  We can do anything for 21 days right!?!

I am looking for nurses, healthcare workers, and busy moms who would like to lose 10-15lbs, learn to eat more clean, and who would just like to feel healthier and stronger.  It would consist of purchasing either the 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack or 21 Day Fix Extreme Challenge Pack and committing to 21 days (3 weeks) of eating clean, working out for 30mins daily, and replacing one meal with a nutrient dense, super food meal replacement shake called Shakeology (which comes with the challenge pack).  I would then add you to a private accountability & challenge group on facebook that we would interact with together on a daily basis, holding each other accountable to our workouts/eating habits.  It’s a really fun way to keep each other going for the 21 days!  Past challengers have lost up to 17lbs just by following the 21 Day Fix meal recommendations.  In this accountability group, I will coach you through it and provide videos, posts, and accountability questions to keep us going.  If this sounds like something you’re interested in, please comment below or message me.  I can be reached at sarah.peers@gmail.com
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You can purchase on of these programs by clicking:

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21 Day Fix Extreme

I am so excited to announce that the 21 Day Fix Extreme will be available for purchase as of this coming Monday, February 2nd!!!  My challengers, myself, and so many other people have obtained such amazing goals through the first program 21 Day Fix.
What is the 21 Day Fix?  It is a 21 day workout program designed to guide one into clean eating and proper portion controlling while learning to bring some form of exercise into the daily routine.  With the 21 Day Fix, participants have colored portion control containers that are labeled according to what food group should be portioned out.  There is a meal plan guide that also encourages certain food groups and portion sizes.  The exercise dvds are also amazing and really fun to do!  My favorite by far is the Plyo Fix which is all plyometrics (push ups, sit ups, skater slides, etc).  They are not hard to do but will give you that nice sore feeling when you’re done.  Pilates and yoga are also one of the daily options.  There is a calendar to guide you as to which day you would perform a certain workout (ie: Monday would be Cardio Fix, Tuesday Dirty 30, etc). The 21 Day Fix Extreme is for those that have already completed this program or already have a daily workout routine.  It is to push you to the extreme of these workouts and I can’t wait!!!  Would you like to do this with me and hold each other accountable?  Message me at sarah.peers@gmail.com or comment below.

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My story & where I’m at with Beachbody Coaching

Why have I decided to become a Beachbody Coach?  Well, it has been a wonderful decision but one that was hard to make.  I’m not a certified fitness instructor or Life coach.  I’m an RN on a cardiac step down unit in which we specialize in Congestive Heart Failure patients from the beginning stages to the more severe stages requiring Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs), Total Heart Pumps (TAHs), or transplant.  I’m also a mother of two very busy children and a wife to my loving husband.

But why did I want to become a coach?  This is my story.

Growing up, I have always struggled with my weight and looking back, I was never “fat” but I just wasn’t what our society believes I should have been.  I was “thick” but in shape.  I played soccer from about age 9 until 16 when I as injured and couldn’t play in more.  I was muscular.  But the thing I struggled with the most is the words people said about me.  Family members, friends, and even my ex-fiance had told me that I was fat and that I needed to lose weight.  Those words gave me a complex so much so that I began to see myself has an obese, unwanted person whenever I looked in the mirror.  I started to identify myself with these words.  It was a very sick, negative time in my life and it caused me to become really shy.  I started dieting to aid in my weight loss efforts.  I tried everything that was around and that I knew wouldn’t cause too much harm.

In my first semester in college at Northern Arizona University, I was unable to get the meal plan that they offered (which wasn’t mandatory at the time) and so I had to work in order to be able to bring in enough money to eat.  I was able to do this for awhile and occasionally my mom would send care packages to help me….but there were times when all I ate was Vegetable Thins and Coffee.  I would snack on  Ben and Jerry’s ice cream in the evenings when I was studying.  Then I learned that I could binge and that people started noticing that I was losing weight.  Early on, they said I looked good but then after awhile, friends started asking if I was eating.  It was a downward spiral that thankfully quickly came to an end.  For many reasons, I ended up moving back home and attending a community college in town.  I started eating better since I was home with my family but unfortunately the weight started coming back too.  I joined a gym and learned the right way to keep off the extra weight through exercise and eating smaller portions.

I then got married and gained more weight due to the birth control that I was on.  It felt like I became huge overnight.  So continued the weight loss roller coaster.  Years went by and being in nursing school, I didn’t have the time or energy to get to the gym so I joined Weight Watchers.  I lost about 25lbs with the program and felt the best I had ever felt in years and then I got pregnant with my son and gained 46lbs (mostly water weight….but not all of it).  I was at my heaviest at 206lbs!  I literally had a melt down.  To top it off, we had just moved across the country, away from my family and I was starting a new job on a new unit in which I had no knowledge or skill sets to give me the confidence I needed.  The weight loss roller coaster ended at a stand still.  About a year and a half later, I realized that if I was going to become healthy and lose weight the right way….and keep it off….then I would need to learn to eat right and go to the gym to kick start my weight loss.  So I did.  I got a gym membership and started going 5 days a week and eating more clean.  I got pregnant again and was told that I was borderline gestational diabetic.  I was determined to maintain my weight loss, have a healthy pregnancy, and then lose the extra weight after my daughter was born.  I was able to only gain 18lbs with my daughter and then lose about 20-30lbs in that year after my pregnancy.

How did I do this?  I had a friend (who is now my coach) who asked me to join a challenge group of hers.  Through the accountability of her challenge group, the workout program I did (T25), and staying consistent with eating clean foods, I was able to lose more weight.  And this time I kept it off!  So when she asked me to start coaching, I jumped.  Looking back, I probably started coaching a little too soon.  I was in school getting my bachelors in nursing (BSN) and my husband wasn’t in total agreement at the time. So in August 2014, I decided to make the painful (for me) decision of quitting.  But during that time, I took a lot of time to reflect on who I am now that I have graduated and what I see myself doing in the future.  And it has been good!

So what does that mean now?  I am coaching again and this time my husband is okay with it….as long as it doesn’t cost us too much out of pocket.  :o)
My 2-5 year goal is to take courses through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and become a certified health coach.  Along the way, I’ll still offer challenge groups for you.  Because my dream is to help others become a healthier version of themselves.  Whether that means weight loss, learning to eat more clean, portion control, build muscle, or just gain a better outlook on their overall health and fitness….I want to help you along in that journey!

Cheers!
-Sarah Peers, RN BSN

Contemplation

So I’ve realized that I don’t stick with anything for very long.  I start a book and then I get bored.  I start a new exercise and I get bored.  I try to reorganize my way of eating and I don’t stick with the book because I’m scared to death of re-vamping my routine.  The only things I have stuck with for a long period are the things I’m comfortable with: my family & my job.  Does this ring true for you?

So my new year’s resolution is to stick with one thing and see it through.  Since my scale jumped up and slapped me in the face, this is going to be centered around my workouts.  I need to stick with one program and see it through to the end.  I’m going to do this thing!  T25 is a great workout program and when I stuck with the 10 weeks I had done before, I saw some major results.  I’m going to do it again starting with Beta this time and stick through it to the end even if I have hiccups along the way.  Along with this goal is to re-vamp my diet. As you know, I have been reading through the Forks Over Knives Plan.  I’m not sure it’s realistic for me to totally change over to a vegan lifestyle but I’d like to make some minor changes and maybe have a few dinners with no meat or dairy.  Shoot….if the recipes taste good, then I’ll continue to cook vegan.  This morning I made egg & spinach muffins for the kids.  They went over pretty well.  My daughter said she liked them and then after half a muffin, she decided that she didn’t.  I’ll keep trying!🙂

Another area of my life that I’m working on is my addiction to facebook.  While it’s fun to see everyone’s posts, I find myself just mindlessly scrolling through just wasting time.  Time that I could be focusing on some of the above mentioned items and even more importantly….time that I could and should be spending with my children.  So facebook has been deleted from my phone.  I’m on Day 2 of no facebook and although I find myself going to my phone to check it….it has been freeing.  It’s freeing to not have something wasting my precious time with my family.

Happy Holidays everyone and if I don’t post until the new year, have a happy and blessed New Years Day!

Priorities

I am currently reading PUSH by Chalene Johnson. I have been looking for a good personal development book to read and I have definitely found it!

Do you struggle with internal thoughts of not being good enough, thin enough, smart enough, etc? I know I do….all the time. In her book she talks about making a decision. If you are going to change your life in whatever direction that may be….you have to make a decision! She says ” Whether you believe you’ll reach your goal and maintain a happy weight the rest of your life….or that you’ve just wasted your hard earned money on yet another diet book, either way, you’re right!”

So often I tell myself I’m not good enough for that job…or I can’t stick with that workout program because I’m too A.D.D. “What you believe about yourself shapes the course of your life!” No wonder my life has taken the turns it has. It hasn’t been bad…but it is definitely not the life I had foreseen when I was younger.

Well….I’m making a decision to push past the negativity that I put on myself and I’m going to push myself towards my goals. I can do this and I will! What about you? Do you get caught up in this way of thinking too?

Priorities:
The first part of making your decision starts with identifying the most important things in your life that are your priorities.  Some may be so ingrained in you that you don’t even think about it.  They have become the core of who you are.  This is a difficult thing for me.  I have tried so hard over the past 8 years or so to provide for our family that I have lost sight of my priorities…or what makes me tick.  Family has always been at the core but I’ve lost sight of what makes me happy.  I am slowly learning to focus on these things again.  I guess I’ve never allowed myself to think about this.  I just keep forging forward.  But I’ve noticed that as I’ve trudged on, I have lost happiness and the energy that I used to have.  There was a day where I saw myself as an Internal Designer for large companies but then I realized that I would have to speak in front of large groups of people.  I told myself that I couldn’t do that….so I didn’t.  I then went on to become a teacher in elementary education but then in one of my internships early on in college, realized that I’d have to work with high energy, disrespectful kids and I told myself that I couldn’t do that.  So I didn’t.  Then one day I realized that I was good at helping others and I loved seeing them brought back to health so I worked my way through school and became an RN.  There were many times that I told myself I couldn’t do it…but I kept trudging on and finally after six years of taking one or two classes at a time, I graduated with my associates degree in nursing, took my national boards, and became licensed as an RN.  This was the only thing I did not talk myself out of.  Now I’m an RN on a cardiac unit and have recently obtained my bachelors in nursing (BSN) and I catch myself talking negatively towards furthering my education.  Mostly due to monetary issues but also for the fear that I won’t do well in whatever field I choose to go after.

So my priorities now are obviously to my family as I am a mother of two young children.  Decisions are a lot harder to make now that I have others to take care of before myself.  But I’ve realized that if I don’t take care of myself and do what makes me happy, I won’t be a very good example to them.

The one thing that keeps coming back to me as I think about this is that I’ve always wanted to work with the under-served, low income communities.  There were times I pictured this as mission work…and someday maybe I’ll be able to do this.  But I live in a community that struggles very much with poverty.  Poverty is very much in my face on a day to day basis.

My number one priority is to develop my own education in nursing, health, and nutrition so that I can aid in the health and betterment of the community around me!  I also want to be able to be able to be more present with my family as I raise my children.  I have exciting opportunities at my fingertips and I can’t wait to grasp them!