THRIVE during the holidays

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I’m offering two different programs throughout the holiday season…a 21-Day Jump Start and a 4-Week THRIVE During the Holidays Cram Course. I will have the first group start on November 3rd and the second and final group of 2014 start on December 1st.

Both of these options are great for those of you who lose motivation this time of year. I will teach you how to enjoy the holiday season without putting on the dreaded 5-15 lbs.  You will have 24/7 email access to me, daily and weekly challenges, an optional private Facebook group for support, and all the education and information you can take! Plus you also get a workout plan and a Shake and Bake recipe eBook!

There are different options at many different price points so this would be a great gift to yourself or someone you love and care about!

Space is limited and fills up quickly so if you would like more information about either package please email me ASAP at whitneycarlsonfitness@gmail.com.


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Selling our house and moving into a small house is on my “30 Before 30” list – so is updating/decorating the rooms in our current house if we don’t move. So, we had our kitchen “remodeled” in January. This was the remodel from hell. We had a builder (remodeling business) come out to give us a quote for the kitchen, guest bathroom, and master bathroom. We went with him because he did some work on Scott’s sister’s house. Well, it turned out to be a nightmare. The only thing that ended up happening was the kitchen countertops. Thankfully we did not pay him for the other rooms in advance. We have since made our own updates and saved a lot of money anyway. [We also spray painted our door knobs and they still look great!]

When all of this was going on in January I spent an entire two weeks completely cleaning out our kitchen: throwing stuff away, organizing, scrubbing, etc. I was also without a kitchen for almost a week – my worst nightmare! We had been wanting to update the kitchen since we moved in almost 7 years ago because it was ALL white. You could see ANYTIME that was dropped on it and it stained instantly because of the type of surface. We finally bit the bullet and did it and I am so happy we did. We were actually going to get the backsplash updated as well but every picture that I saw and liked online (aka Pinterest – you should really come pin with me there!) had a white backsplash. You should know how frugal I am by now so I wasn’t going to pay someone to scrap off the white tile we already had just to put another kind of white tile back up…even if it was a little different. Most of the white tile I liked was small rectangular pieces – ours is white squares…not a big difference! It was an instant savings for us!

On the subject of savings, we receive 2% cashback on purchases from Home Depot with our SHOP.COM account so we ordered most of what we needed online to pickup in the store – that was a nice amount of cashback just for buying what we were already going to buy! You can find more information on SHOP.COM here. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Here is the “big picture” of the before and after!

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Set Goals, Not Wishes

Honestly, I wasn’t going to post this (my goals) BUT that changed when I was stuck in traffic today on my way to Costco. I have no idea why it took me 30 minutes to go 5 miles (NOT during rush hour and on a highway) but it gave me time to listen to one of my Success Magazine CDs. The guy they were interviewing was talking about the habits of the rich vs the habits of the poor – and I won’t go into too many here but I immediately went home to read the actual article in the magazine and many of them had to do with goals and reaching for those goals. Some of my favorites are below.

Set goals, not wishes. You cannot control the outcome of a wish, but you can control the outcome of a goal.

Don’t give up. Those who are successful in life have three things in common: focus, persistence and patience.

Set aside self-limiting beliefs holding you back.

Get a mentor. If you know your goals, find someone who has already achieved them. You’ll be amazed by how many people want to lend a helping hand.


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We hiked over 120 miles so I will be doing a more specific post on each hike individually but wanted to recap everything here while it’s still fresh in my mind. I can’t even express how much these trips mean to us. It’s a time to get away, disconnect (for the most part), and just enjoy and live life. This trip wasn’t quite as “disconnected” as our trip to Montana last year because we did have Wi-Fi at the condo (but not in the park) but we still didn’t check our social media a million times a day. We posted what we wanted to and then logged out.

These trips take a lot of researching and planning (all of which Scott does) months in advance. We obviously have no control over the weather once we get there but with being gone for 2 weeks we always tell ourselves we will have at least some good days! We really lucked out our entire trip this year and we are so thankful!

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October 21 Day Jump Start

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I’m back and starting my next team! I will be starting a 21 Day Jump Start team on October 1st. The 21 Day Jump Start is just that – it’s 21 days long and is the perfect thing to jump start your results, break through a plateau, or get ready for that special event (Halloween parties anyone?!). This isn’t a quick fix but instead teaches you how to make this a lifestyle that you can maintain after the 21 days.

The results are amazing and speak for themselves! You can read about past results and testimonials here.

SPACE IS LIMITED! Email me at whitneycarlsonfitness@gmail.com for more information!

- Whitney


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