That first year was a complete mess.

 

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I still consider us the newbies…4+ years in.
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…but this weekend I was chatting with not one, not two, but three other girlfriends/wives that are in a very similar spot I was in this photo at graduation. Two reached out to me (see – I must have some experience & be approachable) and those two convos lead me to reach out to one more gf just to say hello.
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You guys. That first year was a complete mess.
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It went something like this…
…I quit my first big girl job.
…Got married.
…Moved across the country where I knew nobody.
…My new husband was gone/training often.
…The job hunt was draining.
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I hadn’t even lived there two months before I went back home for a two week “break”…
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For the first time as an adult, I felt like I had almost zero control over anything. I wasn’t contributing financially. I had no local friends. Job searching in an area with zero networking was exhausting.
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Living that way was NOT what I was used to.
I needed routine.
I craved just one area in my life that I could control.
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I made the decision that “one area” was going to be my health. (After all, I surely had time. Remember? no job. a couple acquaintances, but no friends. busy husband.) Where did I start, though?
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In high school, I was a three sport athlete. When college rolled around, I had no idea how to train because I was used to the drills and workouts my coaches made for me; I never had to put any thought into it before college. If I made it to the gym (that’s a big IF)…I sort of puttered around on whatever machines were open, never making progress.
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Right about the time I made this decision that with all my extra time I was going to lose my college flub, this girl I barely knew was posting on social media about these “online fitness groups” …I was confused about how I could get fit online, but intrigued nonetheless.
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Now, it makes so much sense.
Think about it: we’re always DOING LIFE on our phones (I mean, I’ve been to MULTIPLE weddings thanks to Tinder) …so checking in, tracking my progress, building a support system, completing daily tasks, and learning about health fits right into this 21st century lifestyle. I had all that in the palm of my hand, a professional trainer in my living room, and superfoods in my pantry.
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That was in 2013, and the system has only improved since then.
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NOW…you can stream over 40 fitness programs for LESS than I bought that first ONE when I needed it the most. (ask me how- it’s just a conversation for another time)
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During that 3 month program, I dropped 11 overall inches & 5% body fat, and totally reshaped my body….and that wasn’t even the goal. Obviously it was a super nice perk, but the REAL WIN was how I gained so much confidence in myself, felt drawn to a community that I knew genuinely cared for me, and learned about nutrition & how to cook for the first time in my life.
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I kinda forgot about that part of my story until I chatted with those 3 lovely ladies this weekend. It brought back a whole bunch of feelings I don’t exactly like to remember, yet also reminded me of the time life presented me with the opportunity to focus on myself, and ultimately changed the entire trajectory of my career (but that’s another story for another day).
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If you’re going through tough stuff…look for the opportunity in the situation to learn & grow🌱 It’s probably there, even if it takes you another year to realize it.

I CAN DO HARD THINGS.

“I CAN DO HARD THINGS.”

This phrase means FAR more to me than the photo shows. It has defined parenthood for me up until this point. (You know- since I’m suddenly a professional parent now that I’ve been doing it for a whole 5 months😉)

…the pregnancy.
I CAN DO HARD THINGS.
This phrase cheered me through a lonely pregnancy while my husband was deployed.
This phrase uplifted me through that extra week & one day that sweet girl went over her due date.

…the delivery.
I CAN DO HARD THINGS.
This phrase motivated me through (30 hours of unmedicated) labor.
This phrase supported me through that TERRIBLE walk in the park (when I was already 5cm).
This phrase was repeated over & over & over & over as my body went to war.

…the first week.
I CAN DO HARD THINGS.
This phrase helped me through that disheartening first week when I wanted to give my baby back.
This phrase guided me through those physically painful moments as I learned to feed my baby.
This phrase encouraged me during the mentally draining hours it took to teach my baby to eat.
This phrase soothed me when I was genuinely upset at how a tiny human’s life is 100% dependent on my BROKEN body.

…the first few months.
I CAN DO HARD THINGS.
This phrase soothed me while I tried to calm a screaming infant.
This phrase got me through the times I was awake every other hour through with a sick little girl.
This phrase uplifted me when I knew I didn’t have a clue what I was doing.

…the postpartum workouts.
I CAN DO HARD THINGS.
This phrase encouraged me during my first postpartum workout at 9 weeks.
This phrase motivates me to “push play” on days I’d rather not.
This phrase helped me through every. single. rep. during yesterday’s workout.
This phrase reminds me to push continue making progress.

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YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS.
Yes, you. I know you can.

Sometimes all it takes is a tweak in the way I phrase the activity in my head. Changing “This is really hard” to “I can do hard things” makes all the difference. Give it a try-I promise you NEED to hear yourself say it.

Parenting & taking care of yourself is hard…but YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS. 

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Have you heard of EVEN Hotels?

Have you heard of Even Hotels?
Me either.

This morning I booked our stay in NYC at an EVEN Hotel…solely based on price & location. Really.

The website boasted a “happy, healthy place” that “welcomes wellness-minded travelers”…I thought it was an interesting claim & mostly just marketing, but wasn’t really expecting a follow through.

After digging a little further, though, EVERY ROOM has an “in room training zone & fitness kit” (take a peek at this stock pile photo –a yoga ball & resistance bands included?! AWESOME). …and I have Beachbody On Demand that will stream the same workouts I’m used to back home in San Diego.

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I don’t even have to awkwardly go to the hotel gym and stream from my phone while people give me funny looks. #beentheredonethat It’s like they know I workout from home! 

I think this hotel was made specifically for coaches.

Other perks include: spa like showers, cooling eucalyptus sheets, black out shades, coffee maker & refrigerator (hard to come by in New York, it seems), and with all of that in the room … I can only imagine the ambiance of the public space and the food options!

I’m REALLY excited to check-in! Not sure I’ve ever felt this way about a hotel before🤔

Expect a blog post & review in a few weeks🙌🏻

 

What you need to know about “Core de Force”

Core de Force is the newest Mixed Martial Arts style workout and it’s getting A LOT of attention. Here’s what you need to know!

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WHAT IS CORE DE FORCE?
Core de Force is the newest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) style fitness program.

WHO IS CORE DE FORCE FOR?
Core de Force is for anyone looking for a total body transformation. It isn’t necessarily a weight loss program, but of course those results are likely.

WHAT IS CORE DE FORCE LIKE?
Core de Force is high intensity, high impact workout. It’s almost entirely cardio with interval training built right into each round. It’s designed for people who need to get moving.

WHO ARE THE TRAINERS?
Joel Freeman & Jericho McMatthews

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?
There is no equipment necessary; you’ll use your own body weight for resistance.

HOW LONG IS CORE DE FORCE?
Core de Force is a 30 day program. The workouts are between 30-45 minutes.

IS THERE A MODIFIER?
Yes. Every move has a modification to follow as you work up to the full move. The modifier isn’t necessarily “easier”…simply lower impact.

HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM WHAT’S ALREADY OUT THERE?
The biggest difference: authenticity. Joel & Jericho spent over 18 months getting this one right. Their who goal was to keep it AUTHENTIC to MMA.

HOW DID THEY DO THAT?
-They themed it with 3 minute rounds (there’s even a bell!)
-They took the moves OFF the beat of music.
-They trained in a boxing gym.
-They consulted muay thai fighters.
-They scratched any moves fighters said they’d never use in a fight.

WHAT IS THE FOOD PLAN LIKE?
Very simple…plan on eating A LOT of food. Because this is a high intensity workout, you’ll be fueling your body and eating MORE than normal..including carbs (yay!). There are delicious recipes included like BBQ Chicken Pizza and Kobe Protein Burgers. The portion containers are optional.

WHAT SUPPLEMENTS ARE RECOMMENDED TO COMPLEMENT CORE DE FORCE?
The Performance Line & Shakeology are recommended for maximum performance.

CAN I TRY CORE DE FORCE BEFORE I BUY IT?
Yes! On October 24th for one day only, there is a free preview of an entire workout available on Beachbody On Demand. For every ONE person that tries Core de Force, Beachbody will donate $10 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Ask me how to get the sneak peek; I’ll direct you!

WHEN WILL CORE DE FORCE BE AVAILABLE? 
October 31: “Challenge Pack” available (bundled with Shakeology for a big discount)
November 1: “Base Kit” available through Beachbody Coaches
December 1: Released to the general public

ALI, HAVE YOU TRIED IT YET?
I have! Check out our quick sneak peek here:

ALRIGHT- I’M INTRIGUED! HOW DO I STAY UP TO DATE?
Join this event page as we count down to the release date! Stay tuned for more info about the free trial on October 24th.
email: alischroeder.fit@gmail.com