Great news! I am officially breaking my blog silence. Its been over a year since my last post… why you may ask? Well a few things… The first reason being is that I decided to focus on developing “Team Lettuce”. My efforts have been concentrated around helping my team help others in health, fitness, and happiness as I have in the past and still do. If you’re not familiar with what I do as a coach, my main task is helping others with their health goals through virtual challenge groups. However thats only one aspect. As owner of “Like the Lettuce Health and Fitness” I also coach coaches! So instead of just seeing how many people I can reach as an individual, I have been fortunate to develop relationships with wonderful everyday people, with day jobs and children and busy lives, who want to coach others through health, fitness, and happiness, and in that regard I get to help them become better coaches, leaders, friends, and business men and women. It’s incredibly fulfilling, and as I continue to grow my team, my efforts are continually distributed there.
But alas, thats not to say I didn’t have time to write a weekly letter to everyone. Of course I could have found time for that. Ive still been expressive through my social media, but its only required a quick picture and a paragraph. To sit down and write my blog posts, meant taking time away from on the surface tasks that are important, but aren’t everything. To be honest, the scariest part was having to take time, be still, and reflect. Something Ive been avoiding, simply because it was too soon. A lot has happened this year…Many of you may, or may not know, my heart broke last March when my 18 year old brother suddenly passed away. With it being almost a year ago, Ive taken time to connect, love, and live life to the fullest on my own terms. I didn’t feel like blogging about it every week, or even about something else with the fear that my sadness might trickle in week after week. It was confusing to go through, still is, and I dont know it’d be clear enough to share with everyone, or even my place or responsibility to. Its been an intimate grieving process, in which Ive felt completely comfortable doing what I need to do. I will tell you though, what I love most is celebrating him and what he stood for.
He appears in my dreams often, and every time he does, I hug him relentlessly. Im thrilled in that moment, and hold on to it for as long as I can. I wake up with a smile knowing we’ll all be together again. He’s given me the courage to live my life surrounded by those I love and to unabashedly go for what I want. Im dancing through the cosmos (as a poem he once wrote pointed out) in a way that feels right to me, not caring what others think, but to truly be me, and to be happy. I honestly can’t thank him enough for the lessons he’s provided me in my time on this earth so far. Life is short, like crazy, blink of an eye, short. This world is also HUGE, and theres SO much we can’t control. So Im here making the most of it, diving into what I believe, and sharing it with as many people as I possibly can. You’ll notice, its a theme Ive really been honing in on, and you better believe Im going to try to share that with as many of you as possible! Everyone should live with more love and less fear, everyone.
With that said, I’m also now engaged to my best friend!!! I get to look at my beautiful ring and be reminded of just how good I’ve got it. Yes the ring is beautiful, but its more about knowing what we’ve been through and how great he’s been to me over the years. I honestly don’t know where Id be in my life without the guy that truly relaxes me, escapes me from the stress I can often put on myself, and would do anything anywhere at the drop of the hat. With him, Im a 10 year old giggling about the silliest things Id normally act too mature for. He too reminds me to not worry, and to be happy. He proposed right before the holidays and its been SO fun looking at venues, brainstorming the types of colors and themes, and of course trying food. Ive already said yes to the dress… and on top of that, Im “sweating for the wedding” officially and will be doing a TON of bridal boot camp themed challenges and blogs. How fun right!?
See below the Fox 59 segment where we covered some awesome moves to cover your trouble areas for brides and bridesmaids to be!
Again, A LOT has happened this year and its been way too long since Ive made a post. I may be a little rusty with my writing skills, so forgive me, but this post marks my intention to be back here at mariaromaine.com, in a more bold, more honest, and more gun ho for life way than ever. Im currently coaching my challengers through the #21dayfixextreme and they are KILLING IT. My coaches are also making me proud month after month, helping others change their lives in a positive and passion filled way. Much like living life unabashedly, running these challenges and coaching my coaches pushes my limits in a way that truly makes me feel alive. Id recommend coaching to anyone who loves to help people. It NEVER not feels good. Regardless, it couldn’t feel more right to be where I am now, at this very moment, where I know I’m meant to be.
Thank you for reading and if you could, share this with someone you think could benefit. If it touched you, it may just touch them. Stay tuned, there’s SO much more to come!