Just Jump

Personal Development:

Today was a day I can be proud of. For the first time since starting crossfit over 2 years ago, I did a box jump.

Now I know what some of you are thinking: “what’s the big deal?” Fear is a funny thing. One time, long ago, Derick challenged me to doing a box jump on to the arm of the couch (welcome to my crazy marriage lol.) Not only did I skim the arm however, I actually fell! I landed right on my back and it knocked the wind out of me. Of course we laughed, but right in that moment I told myself a story: “box jumps are not for me.”

Today, I held my coach’s hands and jumped on to an 18 inch box. After three times of that, I felt confident to jump ALONE. Then, I jumped in our entire workout of the day (WOD). I did 8 box jumps each round for 4 rounds.

We all have something that holds us back from being better. For me, it was jumping on a stupid box that was quite stable, but seemed impossible. What are you avoiding jumping? What scares you?

Today, I encourage you to JUMP! Go all in and get ready for your breakthrough.

In this week’s news:

I’m LOVING The new collagen booster. I now see a difference in cellulite (finally) and I just love the taste. I do this with beverage mix, tea, and aloe and it’s my favorite thing to drink 2-3x a day.

Below I’ve posted “good foods” and “bad foods”. This is being sent to all my 7 day shred challengers, but I figured hey, my current clients could benefit too!

 

Good Foods

Bad Foods (DON’T EAT!)

HERBALIFE SHAKES! Have TWO per day!!! (Doesn’t matter when). Fried foods
Greek Yogurt– (oikos is GREAT)

 

Chips
Eggs: Hard boiled, scrambled, over easy- try to only do 2-3 per day! (Egg whites you can do 4-6 per day) Cookies
Cottage Cheese (if you need it sweeter, try Truvia or Stevia) Canned vegetables (buy frozen or fresh)
Swiss Cheese sticks or laughing cow swiss cheese sticks Fast food (avoid ALL drive throughs)
2% milk (can be used with shakes) Juice (nope. Water water water)
Steak (round/top bottom) Soda
Ground Beef/chicken (stuffed peppers, mixed with brown rice, tacos) Cake
Chicken breast (baked, broiled, grilled, or try special K breading for chicken fingers) Cupcakes
Turkey breast Ice Cream (Frozen Greek yogurt yes)
Fish Peanuts (go almonds)
Tuna fish (try flavored) Cereal (unless special K. If your kid eats it, you can’t!)
Beans (black or lentils) Cheese (except on good foods list)
Bacon Pineapples, grapes- too much sugar
Pepperoni White bread
Jerky (watch serving size) White pasta
Peanut Butter (2 TBSP per day only) White rice
Almonds (1/4 daily) Brownies
Quest Chips/Bars (vitamin shoppe) Pizza
Complete Cookie (vitamin shoppe) Fries
Edamame Chinese Food
Soba noodles (Panera bread!) ALCOHOL!!! (none for 7 days!)
Quinoa
Brown Rice
Raw oats (oatmeal)
Wheat Bread (try weight watchers)
Special K cereal with protein
Bare Naked protein granola (go by serving size)
Rice Cakes
VEGETABLES!!!!
Fruits: All berries are GREAT.  If you MUST do a banana, please only 1 per day.
Light popcorn

I have THREE spots left for the 7 day shred! I’ve pre-ordered the programs, so if you know anyone who would like to try, please send them my way. Referrals are GREATLY appreciated as I build my brand/business.

Today marks 11 years I’ve been married to my husband :-). This weekend I will be unavailable from Saturday night to Monday morning. Please stay focused. You can do this! Drink plenty of water, stick to your shakes, eat lots of protein and talk to you when I return.

I believe in you!

Sincerely,

Coach Madi

Madi’s Top Five Tips to Success

Everyone has a different view of what success is, but regardless of what your dreams are, success is attainable with a few simple strategies. Here are my Top Five Tips to Success:

  1. BeYOUtiful
    There is absolutely nothing wrong with being “different.” When I began my venture in business, I found myself trying to fit into the norms of what people labeled as “right” for network marketing. I realized more than two years in, the only “norm” is being abnormal and finding what works for YOU. YOU are already valuable in all your uniqueness and your job is to find where your uniqueness is missing in the world and lend it to that void. You don’t have to become a better version of someone else. Your job is to become the best version of YOU and avoid conformity.
  2. Take Care of YOU
    I certainly have not mastered this rule; in fact I’ve struggled with this task more than any other task in business. When your role in this world is to be of service to others, you forget that the greatest role of service is to yourself. Spend one hour per day doing something that brings you joy. For this author, it’s watching one hour of television or exercise. It’s a mindless activity that allows me to drift from my own world and enter another. No thoughts, no stress, no racing thoughts. Whatever it is that brings you peace, do it daily.
  3. Find Someone Smarter Than You
    For the last two years, I’ve always strived to be the LEAST smart in the room. I surround myself with people who have more experience, more knowledge, more tools, and more “oomph”. It pushes me to be greater. I believe there is power in being the “smallest” in a room.
  4. Make Goals Urgent
    If you were told that you would go to jail for life unless you hit a certain goal, you wouldn’t sleep and you certainly wouldn’t give in. You would fight until the very last second for that opportunity. It sounds dramatic, but this is how I look at every goal in my career. If I had ONE day to make it all happen, I would utilize every minute to accomplish the goal. Why do we treat any other goal differently? In my first year in business, I earned $1,000 for every pound I lost. I earned $23,000 part time my first year. If someone told you that you would earn $1,000 for every pound you lost, you would run everyday, eat the healthiest foods, and not quit three days into a new program. By living this way, we place urgency in our daily lives. Create urgency around your goals and you will accomplish them.
  5. Don’t Settle
    I attended a training a few weeks ago where the key speaker asked, “why not you?” It’s been my mantra ever since. Why NOT you? You have skills, you have assets, you deserve to see your dreams fulfilled too. So why settle for anything less than what you deserve? Do it for you. Do it for the people who never thought you could. Go for everything people may have assumed you would never get. We get one life to live (as cliche as that sounds). Why settle for the job you don’t love, the relationship that isn’t fulfilling, and the day to day emptiness that leaves you wishing for more? You get to decide the life you want. Decide comes from the latin word decidere, which means to cut off or determine. Why not cut off all doubts, fears, and “impossibilities” for the life you truly want to live? Don’t settle. Buy your freedom back.

Success is terrifying. The more successful I become, the more fear I struggle with. I’ve aligned my life with certain goals, and now that those goals are being achieved, I have to develop even bigger goals for my life with no direction or understanding of how to achieve them. Although fear grapples with me however, I know that courage is moving forward anyway. Onward and upward to the life of my dreams! What mountain will YOU climb?

F.L.Y. With Balance

This month is all about F.L.Y.ing (First Loving Yourself). One aspect of loving yourself is balance. The last few months I have struggled with this idea of “balance”. How does one balance being a teacher, wife, mom, business owner, and being the healthiest version of myself possible? Here are a few tips I’ve been using that could help you too.

Minimize the Multi-Task

I often used say “I’m a great multi-tasker.” Oh, how I wish I never would have learned this so-called skill. Why? Multi-tasking means you are unable to give 100% to any one task at a time. If you are a parent, consider the moments you are playing with your child on the floor, texting your friend, and composing an email for your job, all at the same time. It dawned on me why I rarely feel centered or balanced. I was exhausted more often than not, and my son even started to give not so subtle hints that he wanted me to put my phone away.

“Mom, are you going to watch this show with me?”

“Mom, I’ll wait until you’re off the phone so we can play this game together.”

What I realized was, during these moments, I wasn’t giving 100% to any activity. I can’t be a 100% present mom if I’m dividing that percentage among four other things. So avoid multi-tasking by honoring who or what you are with at that time and allow nothing to distract you from that particular priority.

Schedule Yourself

Bosses schedule. Period. As a leader in your home, your life, your profession, you need to schedule your day, and then employ yourself the following day to follow the schedule you set. This has helped me tremendously when the to-do list is longer than the time I may have. Try thirty-minute segments and allow for changes. Be willing to adapt to what life brings along the way. Adaptation forms character.

Power Hours

For one hour per day, give yourself a power hour. Just one hour with nothing to interrupt you. Make a list of one to three priority items that must get accomplished during this power hour. It may be laundry or meal prepping, work, or quality time with a child. Put the phone away and get it done. You’d be surprised how much an hour of time can impact your day.

F.L.Y. (First Love Yourself)

Find twenty minutes to be alone. Whether it’s taking a bath, doing some yoga, stretching (great for the soul), reading, or mindless scrolling on social media. Whatever makes you happy. It’s okay to say to the people you care about, “I just need twenty minutes” and create strict rules around your “me time.” You are a better parent, spouse, employee, and person when you make time for you.

In this day in age we are constantly on “go”, but going in circles leads to mindless travel. Take time to just be STILL and you’ll find joy.

Keep Prep’n,
Madi

 

Five Ways to Be F-L-Y: First Love Yourself

Five Ways to Be F-L-Y: First Love Yourself

As cliche as it may sound, there truly is no better way to love others than to start with yourself. Here are five ways to commit to a relationship with yourself that is fulfilling and worth your time and energy:

Say Yes

The first step to loving yourself is saying yes to the person you are. Are there things you may want to improve? Of course. It is natural (and smart) to always look for ways to be an even better person; however, you also need to say yes to who you are now. Say yes to those random quirks you have. Do you cry when watching commercials? Do you organize your desk prior to going home by aligning the pens and pencils in a color-coded row? Do you sometimes leave the keys in your front door at night and go to sleep (I have)?  Great. Write down those quirks and beside each one state why it may be something you love about yourself. Understand that no one is you and no one is perfect. What a powerful concept! You are the only person in the entire world with your face, (even if you have a twin, it’s your face) your mind, your spirit! Quirks do not make you odd; they make you a more beautiful version of you.

Love Yourself

Everyday, write down one thing you love about yourself. I believe that the idea of “humility” or society’s cruel views about what’s “pretty” or “acceptable” has disempowered some to referring to the very things that make a person special. If you absolutely have not one thing you love about yourself, ask someone close to you (a parent, sibling, close friend) to send you one trait each day that makes you lovable. You have no idea how empowering that can be! Here are a few things you might consider writing to help get your wheels turning:

I am kind

I am a good friend to others

I am funny

I am organized

I love others with fervent passion

I am a good mother

I am a good son/daughter

I am good with my hands

Do you see anything physical on that above list? No. Though you may love something physical about yourself, it is also important to see the person that contributes value to the world.

Take Yourself on a Date

Each month, treat yourself to a special date. Maybe a nice, quiet dinner at your favorite restaurant. Perhaps a spa day, a massage, or a walk in a beautiful park. Imagine doing an activity with someone you love. Now go do it with yourself. Who says you need a partner to go to a movie or a restaurant?

Write Yourself a Love Letter

Who doesn’t like receiving letters about how great they are? I say write yourself a love letter, seal it, and re-open on a rainy day. Tell yourself how powerful you are, how special you are, how loving you are, how you inspire change around you. If you need help, again confide in someone and ask them to help you. Never miss the opportunity to say I love you to the most important person in your life – you!

Get Rid of the Guilt

Don’t feel guilty for loving yourself. Perhaps this will be your hardest feat. Parents especially have a difficult time doing things alone and putting themselves first. I want you to know that it is okay to love yourself enough to put yourself first sometimes. If that means you need one night alone in a hotel to gather your thoughts and spoil yourself, then so be it. Your mental health and spirit is just as important as your physical health. We have to keep our tanks full. Many times we empty our tank on others, so much so that there is nothing left for us to give, to feel, to believe. Don’t feel guilty about giving to your tank. You are allowed to be “full of yourself” if it means you are fulfilled.

Above all, remember that you matter. You are allowed to say, “Hey, I’m doing a great job in this game of life.” You are allowed to feel sexy and confident. You are allowed to form a deeper connection to the beautiful soul within. To love yourself is to love others more abundantly. Do so with courage.

Keep lov’n,
Madi

 

FROM GAB TO GLORY

image1 IMG_8341A young girl sits in a chair beside her mother, her bony knees clicking in unison as she shares the myriad of ideas in her head and the random exploits of her day. Her mother slowly backs away, desperate for just a second of silence. The young girl drags her chair across the floor, following closely behind her mother. She didn’t know it then, but this eccentric, afro-sporting child was perfecting her craft.

She is me.

Growing up, I was a talker. It didn’t help matters that my parents divorced when I was four years old, leaving me no choice but to entertain my mother through, at least as I perceived, her rather dull life. Talking was just my thing, but when you’re an only child, it becomes the only thing. Many nights I spent alone, creating fairytales for my Barbies while my mother dealt with the harsh realities of single motherhood. With no siblings to annoy, I often talked to myself, my dolls, imaginary friends and ultimately through my writing. What I didn’t realize then was that the universe was shaping my path as a scholar, businesswoman and teacher.

Looking back now, I wish I had tapped into this creative outlet more. Isn’t that always the way? Becoming an adult only to end up looking back on all that could’ve been rather than what actually became? On the first day of school every year, when teachers would ask, “What else would you like to know about me?” I took no shame in inquiring about their romantic relationships, lifestyle preferences, and other, more personal information most students would’ve died rather than ask. Me? I’ve never been afraid to dig deep. Don’t get me wrong. While I don’t condone the behavior of disrespectful students (like me) feeling a little too comfortable with their role of influence, I’m all for the idea that, more often than not, a gift needs to be nurtured. People, especially children, need to feel encouraged. Enriched. Empowered.

As a student, my writing, speaking, and influence in the classroom was… different. Years of playing alone in my bedroom gave me an imagination and creative edge many of my more “popular” classmates lacked. Was I the “geek” whose head was in a book and who ducked while students chucked food and paper at her in the cafeteria? Well, no (not after 7th grade at least). However, I was always a bit different. Certain practices that normal high school kids saw as fun didn’t appeal to me as much. Drinking on a weekend? Um, how about Scrabble?

Being different is what has led me to this point in my life. At the age of 35, I am still just a little bit different. Friends? Few. Accomplishments? Many. That confident, curious girl who talked her mother’s ears off, who asked teachers if they preferred long walks on the beach or going to the movies, who went against the social grain in high school, is now a leader of an organization that does over a quarter of a million dollars in sales per year. She is a health coach to hundreds of people who once looked into the mirror and cried, and now look into that same mirror and see hope for their lives. She’s the wife of a man whose dream it is to see her fulfill hers. She’s the mother of a six year old boy, whose idea of fun is memorizing the names of each state in America. She is still that little girl, who will drag her chair into another room to tell stories, but those knees aren’t so bony anymore, and that chair now sits in front of a much larger audience.

That little girl came alive in her mother’s kitchen, in classrooms, in sorority boardroom meetings, and now in leadership conversations with others about their dreams and vision for their own purpose-driven lives. Madi Still wasn’t just born. She was created… with and for a purpose. The intention is to explore my creative voice and use this gift to inspire and motivate everyone I meet.

We are not here on this planet to live a life of complacency. I believe we are all here for a purpose that was outlined for us even before conception. I have no doubt in my mind that my purpose is to lead others to living a happier, more fulfilled life through the exploration and communication of health and wellness. Our health is too often neglected. The physical challenges we face as human beings, as well as the mental and emotional ones too, call for a catalyst. It’s become my life’s mission to be that catalyst. To stimulate conversation between ourselves and others, but  more importantly, for the private discussions that you’ll have in your own mirror. After all, health is the most important connection to our own, personal joy and the key to the manifestation of our dreams.

Welcome to my journey and thank you for taking it with me.  

Start Prep’n,
Madi Still