Sunday, August 2, 2015

Diamond, here I come!

A few years ago, I became a Beachbody coach. I didn't like it, at all, and ended up stopping after only a month of doing it. Even though I had a HUMONGOUS belief in the products {I had just lost 130 pounds with the help of their products} I didn't like being a coach, I didn't like feeling forced to make people sign up to be coaches too since I didn't like being a coach.

Fast forward to the beginning of this year. My amazing and awesome friend Jaelyn became a Beachbody coach and completely changed her life. I literally watched her change and it was amazing. She became one of the most positive people I knew and I felt drawn to her because she was always so positive. She was able to lighten the financial burden her family was under because of the income she was providing and she lost over 30 pounds and 50 inches and looks better than she did before kids.

But at the same time, I knew she was a coach. I knew I didn't like coaching. So why was she so happy doing something I had hated?

Finally I decided enough was enough. Kaycee was almost 17 months old and I hadn't lost any weight from when when she was born. I've felt very strongly that we should be continuing our family soon and I really wanted to be in a better place physically before that happened, but I couldn't seem to do it on my own. Jaelyn used a new Beachbody workout and nutrition plan called 21 Day Fix to get her results so I decided to try it too. I texted her and said I was ready to become a coach again {maybe this time would be different??} and I wanted to try it under her. She sent me the info I needed, I bought 21 Day Fix and was ready to go.

Except I still didn't really coaching, so I decided to just do it really passively. Didn't take me long to realize that wasn't going to work for me and I either needed to do it full out and be committed or stop. Pick a side of the fence basically. I decided on a Friday I was going to stop coaching and was going to wait until Monday to tell Jaelyn, just to make sure I didn't change my mind.

Except it only took until the next day to realize that was a bad idea. I had felt very strongly that I needed to be a coach again and as soon as I made the decision not to be, I knew it was the wrong choice. I knew I needed to be a coach, even for the accountability of having others watch me, let alone for the income it could help bring in. I changed my mind and that's when I decided to get serious about coaching. I knew the Lord wanted me to do it and I needed to give it my all to find out why.

And oh, did I discover why.

Last month I helped 7 people find a program that works for them. All of them have achieved some sort of results, whether it's finding a way of eating they enjoy or finding an exercise program they like. 7 people! 7!! And I felt AMAZING for knowing I was helping people. I wasn't "selling" them something - I was sharing with them a product I loved that was working for me and it just so happened they loved it too!

I woke up every day so freaking excited to see what non scale victory they had or to see how they were so proud of themselves for holding plank longer or increasing their weights or saying no to a cupcake at a birthday party or whatever. Every day was another day of hearing changes they were making, both physically and mentally, to improve themselves. It was absolutely intoxicating to be around so many positive people and so much positivity!

But it was also tough to find time to do that and my transcription job. It takes me anywhere between 90 minutes - 2 hours a day to do, depending on the minimum for the day and it left very little time for working my Beachbody business unless I did it when Jake was home or Kaycee was awake and I didn't want to do that. I wanted to spend quality time with them during that time. We decided that soon, I was going to quit Telenotes but not yet.

I hit Emerald, the first rank advancement as a coach, and felt so high I could have flown away. I absolutely loved feeling like I was improving myself and others lives and also bringing in income. Jake noticed the changes in me and decided to make changes to his health too (he was one of the 7 I helped). He started drinking Shakeology every day and began eating more fruits and vegetables. I told him before we bought his Shakeology that he needed to try to make good choices with his eating or it would be a waste of money to keep buying Shakeology and he took me incredibly serious. He started cutting back soda gradually each day until yesterday he went his first full day without any soda. None. No caffeine or carbonation at all. I was SOOOO DANG proud of him and absolutely LOVED how rewarding it felt for me to know that I helped someone I care about so much change and feel better!

Friday of this week, we realized it was too hard for me to do both and I quit Telenotes after a lot of prayer and discussion. And I felt so at peace afterwards, even though that's part of our income going away. I didn't feel worried - I knew that it would be okay and that things would work out for us and that Beachbody was where I needed to be focusing my time when Kaycee was napping and Jake was at work. I need that positivity in my life to help overcome the depression that sometimes rears its head - I need that motivation to keep up with my own nutrition and exercise regimen so that I can get the results I want for myself so we can continue our family!

It's been a very liberating thing knowing I don't have to work at a job I don't like anymore. I felt really trapped by Kaycee's naps because she had to get a really consistent nap every day so that I could work or else I would get in trouble for not meeting my minimum. There were countless days I was still working when Jake came home and couldn't spend time with him until I was done. I missed countless times of doing activities with my family during the day because I knew Kaycee's nap would get messed up if we did that and that meant work would get messed with and we couldn't let that happen. Whenever Kaycee got sick, it was stressful because I didn't know how I would work after being up with her all night or how I would be able to put her down and let her take a nap in her crib when she was cuddly so I could work. It's just been so nice knowing that tomorrow I don't have to go back to a job I don't like that wasn't working for us right now. And it's awesome knowing I can focus on Beachbody and helping people because it truly doesn't feel like work. I absolutely love it!

The next rank I'm aiming for is Diamond and my goal is to hit it by the end of August. Can't wait to see what fitness goals I can accomplish for myself and who I can help around me reach their goals too!

Jeannene's Temple Day!

Last Saturday my sister Jeannene went through the temple for the first time and received her Endowment! She is preparing to serve a full time mission in Billings, Montana and leaves August 19th for the Provo MTC. She chose to go through the Draper Temple and it was a beautiful experience! 

There were others who attended who we didn't get pictures of, like the Jensen's, the Jackman's, my 
Aunt Shauna and Uncle Bryan and the Fitch's. Here are some pictures of everyone else :) 

Afterwards we went back to my parents house for homemade Cafe Rio salads for dinner and everyone {including Kaycee} got to spend time with Jeannene!

Roo, we are so proud of you and for your worthiness to enter the temple! Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Kaycee walking update

Just a quick picture-less post about Kaycee and her walking! She has been doing much better, especially on Sundays after a day in nursery. Seeing all the other kids walk is so good for her!

We had a play date the other day with my good friend Lindsey from the bank and she brought her 2 kiddos, Kherington (who is a month older than Kaycee) and Tristan who is just over 2 months. Kherington is an amazing walker and nearly runs everywhere she goes. Kaycee kept looking at her in fascination every time she went anywhere and ever since our play date Kaycee has been walking EVERYWHERE. She isn't holding onto things for balance anywhere near as much as she was before and she has learned in the last few days to stand up by herself without holding onto anything.

I am SOOO proud of her!! She has make HUGE progress this week! The therapist at Kids on the Move told us that if she wasn't walking by 18 months that we would need to schedule a follow up appointment and I've been stressed since she can walk but has been choosing not to. Well, that all went out the window this week! She's doing so awesome and I am so proud of her for overcoming something that was challenging for her!

Way to go, princess! We knew you could do it!

Service for Jake

I was listening to a talk the other day from General Conference called "We'll Ascend Together" by Linda K Burton. It's an amazing talk about how important fathers and husbands are, regardless of what the world is telling us. She asked some questions about when was the last time we praised them and did service for them and it made me realize how much I needed to work on that.

That morning during breakfast, as we were watching Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Daniel was talking about doing service for others because it makes your heart feel good.  I got the feeling we should make Jake his favorite cookies and that I could involve Kaycee to not only make a fun memory but teach her about service.

I found a recipe on Pinterest and we went to the store to buy the stuff we didn't have. We also went to Costco and got Jake some chocolate covered coconut almonds - his favorite. We came home from the store and put on our aprons to start baking!

She added a few of the ingredients and loved to watch while I used the beaters, then would pretend to help me stir. She stood so good on her chair and never tried to jump down. 

She LOVED licking the beaters! And she didn't put that measuring cup down the whole time!
She stood by me while I put them in balls and kept sticking her hand in the bowl to eat the cookie dough. She's just like me - I LOVE cookie dough!! While the cookies baked we had lunch and then I let her have a cookie so she could enjoy the fruit of her baking labors.

Right before nap Kaycee helped me color a card for dad too. It was hard to keep it a surprise for Jake since I wanted to send him the pictures but we waited until he got home to see his cookies. He was surprised and has told me so many times how yummy they are. I'm not normally a baker so that makes me feel so good that I found a recipe that I can make homemade cookies with! 

I've been looking for ways I can provide more service to Jake because he works so hard for us and completely deserves it. In addition to making him cookies, I gathered up all the garbage that night and took it to the curb for him and also picked up all the weeds in the backyard and added them to the garbage while he was having some down time to himself in the house. He was so surprised the next morning when he left for work and saw all the weeds in the garbage can. I absolutely love that feeling of knowing that I did something to make someone else happy. 

In addition, I had so much fun making cookies with Kaycee. I totally can't wait to do it again. I also was able to listen to a prompting from the Spirit to do something nice for Jake and to involve Kaycee. I've been praying for more opportunities and everyday teaching moments and this was definitely an answer to a prayer! 

Scottish Festival

Last weekend we went to the Scottish Festival in Payson. The McClellan / MacLellan's are Scottish so it was REALLY neat to learn more about our heritage!

Did you know Santa was Scottish? 

Our family has a booth! I immediately felt so cool! 

Jake's uncle John. The kilt is very close to our family pattern but not identical. 
Dancing on the stage to Scottish music with grandma and grandpa
Wearing our new Clan MacLellan shirts while we watch the games

Kaycee wearing one of our shirts - it's a little big! 
We had such a good time! Can't wait to go next year!! 

4th of July!

I love the 4th of July. It is one of my favorite holidays!

The day started nice and early with a work out with my mom and 2 of my 3 sisters!

Before the workout... 
After our workout I ran home, showered and changed and we went to the parade in Provo. We thought it started at 10:00 - turns out it started at 9:00. Whoops! We watched it at Brianna's house. She is Cassie's little sister and Brynne's best friend. It was Kaycee's first parade and she loved it!! 

After the parade we came home and Kaycee took a nap, then it was time to continue the festivities!

Someone hung a flag in the canyon by the G mountain in Pleasant Grove and we went to see it. Jake brought the quad copter and got some cool aerial shots of it! 

Kaycee pointing at daddy's quad copter

Then we went to my Uncle Bryan and Aunt Shauna's house in Pleasant Grove. The usual gang was there - Brian Delaney, Troy and his family, Uncle Gordon and Aunt Myrleen, Karlie and Colton (and Ryker in her tummy!) and Kajsa and her family were all there, complete with all the yorkie's too.

Kaycee loved playing with Jacie, Kajsa's little girl. Kaycee and Jacie - has a nice ring to it doesn't it?

Her first sparkler! 
We did fireworks at the house and then walked to the Elementary School and watched some there too. Jake flew his quad again and got some cool shots of the fireworks! 
It was such a fun day full of yummy food, family and fireworks! Happy birthday, America! 

Jeannene's Mission Call

The night of July 3rd, my family all came over to our house to open Jeannene's mission call! They had been on vacation in California but had a feeling it might come so they left a few days early to come home and it arrived the day they were traveling home! They got home at 9:30 which was past Kaycee's bed time so everyone came to our house to open it since Kaycee was asleep.

She was called to serve in Billings, Montana and will be report to the Provo MTC on August 19th!

So proud of you, Roo!! You're going to be a wonderful missionary!!