How I Got A Balanced Body.

“Consistent, smart strength training played a powerful role for me in leaving burnout and living a balanced life. While movement was always a part of my world, I didn’t learn how to REALLY strength train until 2011. Up until that point the only “strength” I did was holding a plank or doing a group fitness class with 8 pound weights. I didn’t have a consistent, well-rounded strength routine that I practiced in my life. My workout routine involved repetitive movements and developed muscular imbalances that caused injury and burnout. I kept trying to fix myself with more of the same bad exercise habits: too much endurance training, too much stretching, and no smart strength training. Unsurprisingly, I just kept getting the same results: nagging injuries, frustration, and more stress. Isn’t exercise supposed to help not hurt? It can, but only if you train smart. The only way to get out of a bad the cycle is to stop the madness. STOP doing what’s not working and develop a balanced plan that will.

I knew that if I wanted to really take care of my body, I needed to make a change. And what my body needed more of was balance and strength. Since I didn’t really know where to start, I hired a coach to help me build a plan from the ground up. She put together a program custom fit to my needs that helped me build strength and body symmetry. My plan involved getting on the weight room floor and reuniting with my hips, glutes, hamstrings, and core. I  needed to restore the power in my muscles and stabilize my joints.  I did squats. I deadlifted. I swung kettlebells. I did rows. The strength training healed my stress related  injuries and allowed me to recover from imbalance. But more importantly it enabled me to become a new version of myself: a stronger, more confident, injury proof woman.

Today strength training is a healthy habit I can’t live without. Since it has been a consistent part of my life I haven’t had an injury and am able to do all the activities I love with ease, gratitude, and joy. Many people are scared of strength training or find it to be intimidating. But it doesnt have to be. All it takes is the courage to start and you can give yourself the gift of strength.

Strength training is an essential component to the balanced body breakthrough exercise program. The American college of Sports Medicine recommends a minimum of two strength sessions a week to develop and maintain strong muscles. Consistently strength training for a minimum of 20 minutes twice a week will allow you to achieve the following benefits:

1. Get ‘that body’ you really want (Lean, toned muscles; More definition). How do you get more “toned”? Light weights and lots of reps right? At least that’s what we’ve been told for years to believe. However, training to “get toned” with high-reps and light weights will not provide the same benefits as lifting properly with heavy weights. Getting ‘toned’ requires two things to happen:      

  •    Ridding excess body fat
  •    Increasing the size of muscle cells to provide shape.

‘Toning’ is all about building muscle. For some, it requires the additional removal of any fat covering up the muscle, but it is muscle itself that gives you sleek, sculpted curves so you don’t just look bony once you lose excess body fat. So how do you lose body fat and increase lean muscle concurrently? Combine a healthy amount of cardio / anaerobic exercise (HIIT, sprint-type workouts, plyometrics) with at least one to three weight workouts a week with weights that are a ‘just right’ challenge for you (heavyish weight with proper form).   

2. Strengthen Bones & Muscles. Lifting weights not only builds muscles, it makes for stronger bones too. Did you know an average woman can lose up 1% of bone mineral density every year? For men, it is not quite as much, but it adds up! After the age of 25, we lose more than one-half pound of muscle every year without a regular strength-training regimen. Add strength training to your arsenal of weapons against osteoporosis. When you strength train, the act of moving your bones through muscle action increases its density. Your skeletal system becomes stronger in response to the demands that strength exercise places on your body. Increased bone density will reduce the risk of fractures and chronic disease as you age. According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) you can significantly reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis by engaging in regular weight training workouts.

3. Burn More Calories. We tend to think of cardiovascular exercise as the calorie torcher necessary for losing weight. However, it’s better to lose inches AND gain muscle than to just simply lose pounds. Muscle, unlike fat, is metabolically active. Cardio burns calories during the workout. Strength burns calories both during AND after the workout. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that women who completed an hour-long strength-training workout burned an average of 100 more calories in the 24 hours afterward than they did when they hadn’t lifted weights. Replace 10 pounds of fat with 10 pounds of lean muscle and you can burn an additional 25 to 50 calories a day without even trying. This “afterburn” effect is the metabolism boost needed to maintain a healthy weight over time and maximize your calorie burn.

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4. Lose More Fat. In addition to burning more calories, resistance training may help your body to burn more fat overall. Score! In one study on over 700 females, lifting weights for just 25 minutes three times per week led to the gain of nearly two pounds of muscle, and the loss of four pounds of fat. If you’re familiar with how physiques work, then you know that is a radical change in appearance! Now, picking up heavy things burns a respectable amount of calories on it’s own. No doubt about that. But that’s not why lifting weights is so effective for burning fat.When you lift something heavy, you’re setting your body up for metabolic reactions that allow you to utilize nutrients better and continue burning calories for up to 36 hours after your workout. There’s this thing called your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). It controls how many calories your body burns while you rest. As you gain more muscle, you increase your BMR, along with how much you can eat and still stay lean. The more lean muscle on your body, the less body fat you will store, and the harder it will be to gain weight.

It is important to remember that losing fat may cause noticeable changes in your body (e.g. decrease in size, increase in tone) when looking in the mirror, but the number on the scales may not change. This is because resistance training can increase the amount of lean muscle you have, which is heavier but takes up less space than fat. So simply put, if fat goes down, but muscle goes up, your weight could essentially stay the same. Read more here: The difference between weight loss and fat loss and why you should focus on FITNESS not skinniness for long term health.

5. Have Better Posture. Stronger bones will improve your posture and how you carry yourself. Weight training can ensure that the muscles between the shoulder blades, lower back and abdomen stay strong, which reduces the likelihood of developing muscular imbalances that can lead to poor posture. Better posture will enhance your overall appearance and reduce your chances of suffering from back pain.

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6. Ease Joint Pain and Prevent Injuries.  Muscles function as shock absorbers and serve as important balancing agents throughout the body. Well-conditioned muscles help to lessen the repetitive landing forces in weight-bearing activities like running or basketball. Also, well-balanced muscles reduce the risk of injuries that result from muscular imbalances (super strong quads and weak hamstrings?! not with smart strength training). Build a foundation of strength and you’ll be less likely to run into injury from sports or daily activities. Stronger muscles better hold your joints in position, so you won’t need to worry about your knee flaring up during your next run.

7. Impress Yourself With Progress. The amazing thing about resistance training and lifting weights in general is that it is you are able to see how far you’ve come. For example, you may have started weighted lunges with 10lb dumbbells and barely making it through your set, to being able to easily get through it with 20lb dumbbells. I love weight training because it helps bring you satisfaction, you can physically see and feel if you have gotten better. Both of these things can encourage you to keep going and continue to improve.

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8. Reduce Your Risk of Heart Attack & Diabetes. As we age we naturally lose muscle mass, which makes us weaker and more prone to weight gain. Resistance training can help slow down age-related muscle loss, which means that you are not only looking better, but you are also protecting your health. During exercise, muscle tissue helps to remove additional glucose and triglycerides from your bloodstream, which can help to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. There is also evidence that suggests that resistance training can help with high blood pressure.

9. Kick A$$ in life.  Yes, you heard right! When you are stronger, fitter and have more endurance, you will automatically become better at other movement-based activities that you attempt. Like lifting your suitcase into the overhead bin on the airplane…arm wrestling your brother…carrying all six-eight grocery bags at once…lifting (and keeping up with) your kids…moving boxes and furniture in your house…opening a pickle jar…and on and on..

10. Maximize Your Gym Time. Cardio sessions can sometimes take up a good portion of an hour, which can be tricky to squeeze in before work or between commitments. Fortunately, with resistance training, you don’t need to spend hours at the gym to see results. All you need is a 20-60 minute lifting session about three times a week to start seeing great results in as little as two weeks. However, I like to reinforce this efficiency mindset with all of my trainees: Get In. Work Hard. Get Out. You’ll have more time to spend with your favorite people, and to do your favorite things.

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11. Build a Nice Butt. Want a nice booty? The gluteus maximus is one of the strongest muscles in your body. The shape of your glutes are influenced by muscular development. When it comes to building size in your glutes, there is no substitute for a deep, heavy squat. This will also help rid you of cellulite, while “firming” and “toning” your legs in the process. You’ll also strengthen your lower back and help prevent back injuries that are all too common as we age.

12. Change your body shape. You may think your genes determine how you look. That’s not necessarily true. Weight training can slim you down, create new curves, and help avoid the “middle-age spread.” Dropping only 3 percent of your body fat could translate into a total loss of 3 inches off your hips and thighs.

13. Boost Your Flexibility. Ignore that super ripped guy fumbling in yoga class for just a minute. Researchers from the University of North Dakota pitted static stretches against strength-training exercises and found that full-range resistance training workouts can improve flexibility just as well as your typical static stretching regimen. The key word here is “full-range,”. If you can’t complete the full motion—going all the way up and all the way down—with a given weight, you may need to use a lighter dumbbell and work up to it.

14. More energy. Exercise gives you endorphins (natural opiates produced by the brain), …endorphins make you happy, feel great and give you more energy!. Ever had a workout, where you were just ‘going through the motions’, as opposed to a workout where you were really ‘in it’—putting your mind into the muscle or movements at hand, giving 100% effort…then…how did you feel after? Perhaps, initially, a bit tired…but chances are, you left that workout with a new spring in your step—renewed energy. Lifting heavy weights challenges you in new ways…leaving you with newfound energy from the ‘rush’ you got in that workout. Strength training has also been shown to help you sleep better (since your muscles are craving recovery, rest and repair post-workout)—and better sleep equals more energy in the long run.

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15. Boost Your Body Image. Lifting weights can help shift the focus of your body image from size to ability. In other words, instead of focusing on your weight or the size of your waist, you’ll begin to better appreciate your body for its strength and what it can do. When we focus on actual fitness instead of body size, more muscle can mean more ease in moving our bodies, and better relationships with our bodies and with exercise.

16. Gain Confidence. You know it: Exercise boosts the ego—it helps you feel great in your own skin. The foundation of building inner confidence (and self belief) lies in setting goals that may seem beyond your capabilities and working towards them (consistently and with commitment) until you achieve them.  And there’s something about strength training that makes you feel, well… Strong. And that feeling of inner strength — that your muscles are growing, you’re developing definition, and you’re boosting your metabolism — all of those work together as a powerful confidence-booster.

At this point you’re probably thinking everything sounds amazing, but have this little voice in your head telling you that you’re going to get big or bulky. I hear this way too many times. It’s simply a mis-belief that is holding you back from seeing results you love in a short period of time. Get it out of your head right this second: you will NOT look like a bodybuilder if you add regular weight training into your workout routine. In fact you may finally just achieve that lean, “toned”, body you are killing yourself over with all that endurance training.  How do you know it won’t work if you haven’t really tried it?? It’s worth a shot…. be prepared to be impressed with your body and your results.

If you are really still worried about gaining size and becoming the next incredible hulk, consider this: Bodybuilders are doing EVERYTHING in their power to build muscle and are still struggling! Its very difficult to see massive muscle gains, unless, of course, you’re training like a monster, consuming a massive amount of calories, and injecting yourself with synthetic hormones. When you follow a strength training program customized to fit your body’s needs and goals, you’ll see the results you want (not the extra bulk).

Ready to pump some iron? Here are my answers to your questions to help get you started on the road towards strength success and my Balanced Body Strength training program to kick start your smart strength training life.” 

The above is an excerpt from the Fitness section of “Balanced Body Breakthrough”. This book is my coaching resource guide to getting your mind, body, and spirit in great shape so you can love your life. It contains real, usable, resources and tools that you can immediately use to find the feel good life you deserve. I’ve seen this information work like magic in clients lives and I want to share the secrets to success with you. The book is written and ready to help you, but in order to do that, I need to find the funds to make this book into a real product. After all of my research, I chose to kickstart the project through a platform called InkShares. InkShares is reader based crowd funding that works off book pre-orders. *** In October 2015, InkShares changed their pre-order requirement to 750 pre-orders for all books. That means, if readers believe in your book and 750 pre-order copies are sold, the book gets published through InkShares. They handle editing, design, marketing, and publishing of the book from start to finish. If 750 pre-orders are NOT sold, the book does not get published (insert sad trombone sound here).  I have less than 90 days to get reader support and reach 750 pre-orders of the book to get published. If you pre-order copies of the book, not only will you help me reach this goal, you’ll get 225 pages of high quality self-care content to support you in living a life you love at the incredible price of $9.99 (such a steal!)

Do you want to keep reading? Do you want the tools to unlock balance, wellness, and sustainable self-care in your life? Do you want my Balanced Body Breakthrough Fitness program to train smart? Pre-order your copy of Balanced Body Breakthrough and let’s make this book come true here: 

https://www.inkshares.com/projects/balanced-body-breakthrough 

Id be so grateful if you wanted to share this post and encourage your friends to purchase their copy of Balanced Body Breakthrough on Facebooktwitter, or email.  Sharing is caring and everyone deserves to feel amazing long-term. 

What happens if I dont sell all 750 pre-orders? Well I haven’t thought that through yet because I like to think positive 😉 But should this campaign not be successful I will continue to find a way to use the “Balanced Body Breakthrough” content to help people beat burnout, live in health, and achieve their own definition of success.

Remember, it’s never too late to start! Strength training can take your body to the next level, while also having a number of positive effects on your overall health. Don’t be afraid to lift weights. Just keep in mind that resistance training is not the ONLY solution to achieving your health and fitness goals. Instead, focus on creating a balanced exercise program, consisting of strength training AND cardio training, while also leaving time for rehabilitation and rest.

I believe in strength training. I have seen it change my body, boost my performance, and powerfully impact my life. And I believe every person deserves a chance to discover their own strength. So heres to you – living without limits.

Yours in health,

Caroline

Other Things To Check Out This Week:

Healthy Hour Party Playlist

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Photo Credit Lexie Tiongson of http://www.ltdesign.co/ 

“The people you surround yourself with influence your behaviors, so choose friends who have healthy habits.” Dan Buettner

“You should feel beautiful and you should feel safe. What you surround yourself with should bring you peace of mind and peace of spirit.” Stacy London

“You are who you surround yourself with. I know that’s such a cliche quote, but it’s true.” Selena Gomez

Distance yourself from negative people who try to lower your motivation and decrease your ambition. Create space for positive people to come into your life. Surround yourself with positive people who believe in your dreams, encourage your ideas, support your ambitions, and bring out the best in you.”

This Thursday, Oct. 22nd, I’m hosting “Healthy Hour”: an event that combines social fitness and healthy networking for an uplifting and meaningful evening. Many of my closest friendships have come from movement. I have a strong bond with my running buddy, dance friends, and fitness industry colleagues. I believe this is thanks to our time spent enjoying physical workouts and bonding over the effort, endorphins, and sense of accomplishment. If you want them to, your relationships CAN support you in your health goals.

Do you want a way to be social without going to a bar? Are you tired of feeling like your social and health goals conflict with each other? Come out for a night of fun that wont leave you feeling hungover the next morning. Join me for “Healthy Hour”: a community event that brings together energizing workouts, nutritious snacks, fitness fashion, and lifestyle coaching for an experience that will leave you feeling amazing. Get the motivation, inspiration, and support you need to live the healthy life you love. Make a new friend or bond with an old one. This event holds the space to share a meaningful connection through a healthy experience.

I hope you can join me for a night of fitness, fun, community, and inspiration.

Tickets $25 per person. 

Register through MoveWith at: https://www.movewith.com/events/healthy-hour

RSVP on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/691415664293757/

Bring a friend or two to the event, I always love meeting more positive people. Learn more about the location, parking, and directions here: http://www.studiomix.com/contact-us/ 

I’ve been putting together the playlist for our night and thought to share it with you in this space. That way those of you who don’t live in San Francisco can still join us for a Healthy Hour of music that inspires movement!

Healthy Hour Party Playlist

Will I see you Oct. 22 for Healthy Hour?

In love (and burpees),

Caroline

Other Things to Check Out This Week:

  • Praying for my Inkshares book dream to come true. Check out my project for a healthier, happier world by visiting my InkShares page here: “Balanced Body Breakthrough”:  https://www.inkshares.com/projects/balanced-body-breakthrough and here http://www.carolinejordanfitness.com/how-i-went-from-burnout-to-balance/

    Would you be open to supporting me in making this dream a reality and using the content to positively impact lives? I have less than 90 days to get reader support and reach 1000 pre-orders for the book to get published. If you pre-order copies of the book, not only will you help me reach this goal, you’ll get 225 pages of high quality self-care content to support you in living a life you love at the incredible price of $9.99 (such a steal!). I want more people to have the information, encouragement, and support they need to take action and live a life of health. I believe this book can help me serve others and empower wellness through communicating coaching resources and tools. It can act as a pathway to promote positivity, balance, wellness, health, and living life according to your own definition of success.  In my 30th year I hope to share “balanced body breakthrough” with you. Thanks for your support, here’s to living a life you love that FEELS GOOD.

  • How I went from burnout to balance
  • Lat and shoulder massage video. Do it as you view it
  • ALOHA healthy greens powders for that extra nutrition insurance (and living your best feel good life). Use the code, “carolinejordanfitness” at checkout for 20% off ALL their products (including the all natural protein powder AND superfood chocolate).

The First Step Towards Beating Burnout.

Knock Burnout OUT.

Knock Burnout OUT. 

Photo Credit Mark Kuroda

“Beating burnout starts with taking care of your physical health. Mentally, physically, and emotionally your life will be in a better state when you are well. Taking the time to energize yourself with exercise, nourish yourself with good food, and ground yourself with rest is the recipe that allows you to be your best. I want you to look at your fitness not as something you should do to look good, but instead something you want to do to FEEL good. Your energy and health is an essential ingredient to your success.

The two biggest barriers that keep people from exercising and eating right are time and a negative feeling about themselves. I’m here to help you move past those roadblocks. I can offer you a chance to to take action, to improve your self-esteem, and to be fit and happy inside and out. Remember: YOU are in control of beating burnout and living a balanced life. I know you have a lot to juggle and people who need you. But if your health fails you won’t be able to do any of it at all. And what kind of life is that for you? Do you want to feel energetic, confident, powerful, balanced, and well? Then its time to move your health to the top of your priority list. One of my main goals in writing this book was to encourage people to adopt a positive relationship to fitness and to feel good about themselves. I passionately believe that everyone deserves to be healthy, feel healthy, and embrace life. We have SO much to live for! I hope this book will open a door to your future and help you live your life to the fullest.
This section of Balanced Body Breakthrough is your go-to guide for enhancing your health through fitness, nutrition, and time management. It will give you real resources to use in personalizing a solid balanced body self care program that works in your life. It will help you learn how to take care of yourself when you feel like you don’t have time or energy to take care of yourself. These tools will give you the strength to overcome stress and live your best life.”

The above is an excerpt from “Balanced Body Breakthrough”. This book is my coaching resource guide to getting your mind, body, and spirit in great shape so you can love your life. It contains real, usable, resources and tools that you can immediately use to find the feel good life you deserve. I’ve seen this information work like magic in clients lives and I want to share the secrets to success with you. The book is written and ready to help you, but in order to do that, I need to find the funds to make this book into a real product. After all of my research, I chose to kickstart the project through a platform called InkShares. InkShares is reader based crowd funding that works off book pre-orders. If readers believe in your book and 1,000 pre-order copies are sold, the book gets published through InkShares. They handle editing, design, marketing, and publishing of the book from start to finish. If 1000 pre-orders are NOT sold, the book does not get published (insert sad trombone sound here).  I have less than 90 days to get reader support and reach 1000 pre-orders of the book to get published. If you pre-order copies of the book, not only will you help me reach this goal, you’ll get 225 pages of high quality self-care content to support you in living a life you love at the incredible price of $9.99 (such a steal!)

Do you want to keep reading? Do you want the tools to unlock balance, wellness, and sustainable self-care in your life? Pre-order your copy of Balanced Body Breakthrough and let’s make this book come true here: 

https://www.inkshares.com/projects/balanced-body-breakthrough 

Id be so grateful if you wanted to share this post and encourage your friends to purchase their copy of Balanced Body Breakthrough on Facebooktwitter, or email.  Sharing is caring and everyone deserves to feel amazing long-term. 

What happens if I dont sell all 1000 pre-orders? Well I haven’t thought that through yet because I like to think positive 😉 But should this campaign not be successful I will continue to find a way to use the “Balanced Body Breakthrough” content to help people beat burnout, live in health, and achieve their own definition of success.

Your health is the greatest gift, and taking care of it allows you to live your life to the max.  Give a gift to yourself, your family, and your work by opening up to a happier, healthier, more effective self. Take time to take care of you and enjoy the life you have been given. Make the choice to feel good about yourself, about your world, about your possibilities and the step you’re taking right now. Invest in yourself and pre-order your copy of Balanced Body Breakthrough so that you can take action and personalize your approach to living well. Do so and you’ll be smiling all the way till the end.  

Here to support you 110%,

Caroline

Other Things To Check Out This Week:

  • Save the date Oct 22nd for “Healthy Hour”, an event that creates social fitness as a way to enhance both health and happiness. Do you want a way to be social without going to a bar? Come out for a night of fitness fun that wont leave you feeling hungover the next morning. Join me for “Healthy Hour”: a community event that brings together energizing workouts, nutritious snacks, fitness fashion, and lifestyle coaching for an experience that will leave you feeling amazing. Plan to enjoy delicious treats from Clearly Kombucha, ALOHA, and Vega. Sample fitness fashion from Kristi Yammaguchi’s Tsu.ya Brand and get goal coaching inspiration from lululemon. Get the motivation, inspiration, and support you need to live the healthy life you love. Make a new friend or bond with an old one. This event holds the space to share a meaningful connection through a healthy experience.Tickets $25 per person. Register through MoveWith at: https://www.movewith.com/events/healthy-hour RSVP on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/691415664293757/
  • Perfect posture workout video. Stand up tall with this quick routine.

How I went from Burnout to Balance

Photo Credit Mark Kuroda

Photo Credit Mark Kuroda

“Have you ever been so chronically tired that you just can’t seem to think straight? Your emotions are all over the map and you get easily upset? Or you feel resentful, jealous, maybe even angry with the people in your life? Do you feel overwhelmed most of the time? Weighed down with stress, overcommitted, spread too thin? Have you ever experienced random aches and pains, suffered from inexplicable weight loss or gain, or gotten sick far too often? You try to think positive but you just can’t seem to get out of the “funk”. You are burnt out. And it’s time to take care of yourself.

I know this place well. I was in chronic burnout mode all of 2010. Moody, anxious, frazzled, filled with self doubt. In this state your mind kind of shuts off. You are going through the motions, doing what’s “expected of you”, and not fully experiencing life. I knew this wasn’t the way I wanted to live, but I was too tired to fix it. The only solution I knew was to work harder, I didn’t know a way out. Since my mind wasn’t in the right place, I listened to the needs and wants of everyone else. It was as if I was living my life on autopilot. It took a major wake up call to snap me out of it. Life was meant for so much more than eat, sleep, work, repeat.

My breakthrough moment is a vivid memory. It was the end of 2011 and I collapsed on my San Francisco studio floor exhausted. I had the career I thought I wanted yet I had wrecked my life in the process. I was a mental, emotional, and physical mess with no energy left to live my life.

I spent my days working. In the evenings I rested. That was about it. Work. Rest. Work. Rest. I didn’t have energy for anything else. While on the outside it looked like I “had it together”, inside I was falling apart. It wasn’t “rock bottom”, I had many things in my life to be grateful for. But I was too tired to appreciate them and felt completely disconnected from myself and my world. I was seeking love and self worth through my work. The unfortunate part was that it didn’t love me back.

Dont get me wrong – I did this to myself. When I was 15 my big dream was to become “America’s next top fitness instructor”. I worked endlessly to climb the ladder, to build my brand, to look the part, and to fit in the box of what was seen as successful. I hustled hard, put myself last, and I did what I thought I had to do to “make it”. I was good at my job and loved helping others but was putting my life on the backburner and hurting myself in the process. I didn’t know my own worth, didn’t love myself, and was looking for love everywhere else. Truth is helping others and being a career success doesn’t help you love yourself. You’ve got to do that first.

That moment on the floor I knew I was at a cross roads. I had a choice: continue to do what wasn’t working or change my life. I took the memo and pressed pause on everything. Time to face the truth, get real, and restart… I had built a career based on what I thought the world wanted, but what did I want for myself?? I started from the bottom: LEARN TO LOVE YOURSELF. Then rebuilt my life based on my own definition of success.

That moment was the catalyst that catapulted my life in a different direction. I declared 2012 as the “Year of Self Love” and every day choose to take action towards loving myself from within. It was scary at first. I didn’t know how to start. So I hired coaches, read books, and created vision boards. I made time for my physical health through consistent workouts, nourishing meals, and rest. I invested in myself and went back to school to become a Health and Wellness coach. A lot can happen when you want it to. I found healing through self-discovery, self-love, and living life according to my own vision of success and how I wanted to positively impact the world. One thing I know for sure: learning to love yourself will be the hardest thing you’ll ever do. But you’re worth it. SO worth it. And you can change your world.

Through this process I got my life back. I gained balance, confidence, energy, strength, and health. From this authentic, grounded place my life grew to be a success and my career followed with it (YES, imagine how that works!). The cliché quote is true: self love is the number one key to success. And making a living is NOT the same as making a life. Im proud of myself for working hard to build happiness in both.

My story is not uncommon. In-fact in today’s world, it’s starting to become the norm. We love the idea of others loving us, and we forget to love ourselves. We look for love outside ourselves through our career accomplishments, relationships, achievements, fitness, clothes, and material items. But no amount of success, fame, or love from someone else can fill a void created by a lack of internal love. Love is an inside job and in order to receive it we have to already have it within.

Its time to learn to be your own best friend instead of falling into the trap of being your own worst enemy. Are you ready to be your #1 priority and take action in living a life you love? Wellness is something that you deserve to have in your life. It is something worth working for every day and something that enables you to live fully. Nothing is worth it if you aren’t happy or healthy. You were given this one life to LIVE it. Your health and your happiness is PRICELESS.

Have you ever lost your balance? Do you struggle to juggle the important priorities in your life? Have you ever lost your sense of self while working to accomplish your goals? Do you have a hard time putting yourself first or practicing self-care? Did you have a breakthrough or are you looking to have one now?

This book holds the tools I used to transform my life, to help you take care of yourself so you can be a success inside and out. If you want to value your life, you have to be willing to fight for your health and happiness. Are you ready to have a breakthrough? Are you ready to work hard for YOU?

Our world provides plenty of signals telling us to push harder and climb higher up the ladder, but there are almost no signals reminding us to stay connected to who we are, to take care of ourselves, and to lead fulfilling lives. I want to be that voice that empowers you: Live this life for YOU. Create your world according to your own definition of success and thrive with more health, more joy, more love, and more gratitude.

It was a great blessing to hit burnout; that moment was a wake up call that forever changed my course. It led me back to myself and opened up my eyes to a new way of life. It connected me to my purpose: to be the change and empower a healthier, happier planet. Success is not the key to happiness, happiness is the key to success. Whether you are trying to beat burnout, have specific wellness goals you want to accomplish, or just want to take better care of yourself, the tools in this book will help you keep your body, mind, and spirit in great shape so you can love your life.”

The above is the introduction chapter from my book, “Balanced Body Breakthrough”, my coaching resource guide to getting your mind, body, and spirit in great shape so you can love your life. It’s the modern hero’s journey: from burnout to balance. The book is designed to help you beat burnout by personalizing your approach to living well in your own way and empower you to take real action towards achieving your vision of success.

Publishing a book and using its content to promote positive lifestyle change has always been a big life goal of mine. In my 29th year I turned that goal into reality and completed a manuscript I am proud of and believe in. Then I decided to pursue publishing to make the book into a physical product. Thats when I hit a roadblock.

Through my research on how to publish a book I learned that it is: 1. Really crazy hard and 2. Really crazy expensive. And the more I learned about both traditional and self-publishing the more discouraged and disheartened I got. “You don’t have a big enough ‘author platform'”, “You aren’t a celebrity”, “You need a literary agent”, “You gotta get funding…. and lots of it”, “Publishing a book is a black hole of spending money.” “No one reads books anymore. Why waste your time or go into debt over this dream?”

The negatives accumulated. The doubts crept in. How bad do you want to get this message out there Caroline? What happens if you fail? How much are you willing to risk here? What does it mean to you?

Trust me Ive gone over the pros and the cons. I’ve weighed all my options. I’ve considered quitting (several times). But here’s the thing: I believe in this book. The content is REAL, useable, and I have seen it work in powerfully impacting positive lifestyle change. I’ve been burnt out, I’ve been stuck. I know how frustrating and overwhelming it feels to want balance but not even know where to start. It’s a vicious cycle. And there’s a way out of it. The tools are in this book.

My story is not uncommon. In today’s world, it’s starting to become the norm. How many friends have you seen struggle with stress? How many times have you felt overwhelmed, frustrated, or lost? We love the idea of others loving us, and we forget to love ourselves. We look for love outside ourselves through our career accomplishments, relationships, achievements, fitness, clothes, and material items. But no amount of success, fame, or love from someone else can fill a void created by a lack of internal love. Love is an inside job and in order to receive it we have to already have it within. I want more people to have the information, encouragement, and support they need to take action and live a life of health. I believe this book can help me serve others with information to empower wellness and the coaching, resources, and tools to take action. It can act as a platform to promote positivity, balance, wellness, health, and living life according to your own definition of success.

I believe when you feel called to a purpose, when you know WHY you want to work for something, you’ve gotta go for it, no matter how many obstacles are in your path. After all of my research on how to make this book a reality and help people thrive through its content, I chose to kickstart the project through a platform called InkShares. InkShares is reader based crowd funding that works off book pre-orders. If readers believe in your book and 1,000 pre-order copies are sold, the book gets published through InkShares. I launched the campaign last week and now have under 90 days to get reader support. You can visit my InkShares page here and help me make “Balanced Body Breakthrough” real by pre-ordering a copy (and sharing your support in getting friends, family, and colleagues to get one too):

https://www.inkshares.com/projects/balanced-body-breakthrough 

What happens if I dont sell all 1000 pre-orders? Well I haven’t thought that through yet because I like to think positive 😉 But should this campaign not be successful I will continue to find a way to use the “Balanced Body Breakthrough” content to help people beat burnout, live in health, and achieve their own definition of success. I believe our greatest challenges are our greatest opportunities for growth. And I believe that I can use this information to help make the world a happier, healthier place.

Thank you for reading and for your support. I hope to share “Balanced Body Breakthrough” with you soon!

Caroline

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