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I wrote this top ten list right after I finished my first 3-Day Refresh, back in July. But I never ended up posting it. I recently came across the draft and decided it would be fun to share with the announcement of who won my Customer Appreciation Giveaway of a 3-Day Refresh!

So first off, I want to thank you all again for your support over the past 6 months, since I became a Health & Fitness Coach with Team Beachbody! It has truly been an awesome experience for me to work with and help over 100 clients to be fit and healthy, to mentor the 9 coaches on my team, as well as to learn with and from other coaches in our upline and my downline.

There were 213 entries in this giveaway (based on the guidelines in my original post), divided between 86 clients who have ordered something through me since April, with my most loyal client earning 12 entries!

And the winner is…

Sarah!!!

Sarah is a local friend, we met through our kids. She and her husband started their Beachbody journey with Focus T25 in the spring and Sarah also participates in my Step n’ Sculpt classes that I teach at Beverly Bodyworks.

I asked Sarah what her experience has been like having me as her coach (no pressure, right?!) and this is what she said:

Kathy is such an enthusiastic and motivational coach! Her daily Facebook posts are a great reminder to work hard, exercise and make your own health a priority.

Sarah, I look forward to coaching you through your first 3-Day Refresh and hearing what you think!

Here are my Top Ten Takeaways from Doing the 3-Day Refresh:

10) To drink 8-10 ounces when I get out of bed in the morning, to get my system going.

9) That smaller portions/serving sizes can be filling, if you eat slowly and savor every bite.

8) Some great new healthy and clean recipes, to make vegetables tastier (which helps me want to eat them more often).

7) That when you are feeling hungry sometimes drinking a glass of water first can help fill you up and keep you from over eating.

8) I LOVE my Shakeology shakes, but prefer them to be made with milk and drinking one for breakfast vs. every meal, is enough for me.

7) That I can survive without meat, cheese, other dairy products, and bread, among other things. But that doesn’t mean I want to do so very often.

6) That taking pictures of everything I eat, adding captions and/or making collages to/with them, before sharing all over social media is super fun, but time consuming.

5) There is very little we can’t accomplish when we set our minds to our goals, work towards them and stay them course.

4) How much I “graze” in day-to-day life… Such as licking peanut butter off a knife after making sandwiches for my kids.

3) That even picky eaters, like me, can do the 3-Day Refresh.

2) That I love having herbal/decaf tea, even in the summer.

1) Almond Butter Rocks! :)

For those interested in learning more about the 3-Day Refresh or other Beachbody programs or products, you can comment, email me, and/or visit my website: http://www.beachbodycoach.com/bereavedandblessed I would love to help you find the best workouts and/or nutrition program for you.

Here is also a photo album, that I made on my Facebook Page, with pictures and detailed notes about my first experience doing the 3-Day Refresh:

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It’s October 15th again. The tenth October 15th since our family experienced our first miscarriage in December 2004. It’s hard to believe that much time has passed since we were introduced to the world of pregnancy loss.

As I shared last year in my post on October 15th,

It is a bittersweet day for many families who have lost babies.

It represents both grief and hope.

It reminds us of our little ones who left this world too soon, as well as everyone in our lives who have helped us to learn to live without them here on earth.

Our babies will never be forgotten.

Our children who have died will always be in our hearts.

(Two years ago) on October 15th, I shared a video here that I dreamed of making for a long time.

Creating it was a very therapeutic experience for me.

I didn’t anticipate how validating it would feel to receive lots of love and kind words from those who watched it.

Many thanks to all who commented on my blog post, in which I introduced my video, Always in Our Hearts: For Molly and Babies Benson, or on Facebook, as well as those who sent me emails and private messages.

I just watched it again for the first time in a while and was blown away by how it takes me back through feelings of so much joy, pain and love.

As I shared in my post on October 15, 2012,

Knowing that ten years after we began trying to expand our family that our journey through secondary infertility and loss has been resolved made creating and now sharing this video even more momentous and meaningful.

To all those who have walked with, prayed for, supported, encouraged and believed in Bob, Sean, Babies Benson, Molly, Abby and me, words will never be enough to express how grateful we are.

But still I say thank you.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Thank you for being you and for being there for us.

I hope that this video will show you how blessed we feel to have each of our children in our family, including those who are here living with us and our babies who are always in our hearts.

We have learned and continue to learn so much from all of our children and intend to do our best to make them proud going forward.

For those reading and watching who have also lost babies, today and everyday, I send healing thoughts and prayers your way as you honor the lives and memories of your children goon to soon. I wish you peace, love and comfort on this bittersweet day.

Here is the video, if you haven’t watched it before or would like to see it again.

Always in Our Hearts: For Molly and Babies Benson from Kathy Benson on Vimeo.

A photo montage set to music paying tribute to the lives and memories of our children who left this world too soon.

Sending peace, love and prayers to all those missing their babies on this National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day (October 15th) and everyday.

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Words Matter

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Is this part of your vocabulary? Do you think often about what you *should* be doing? I had a great session with my therapist today. She encouraged me not to should so much. She suggested I replace that word with something else. For example: What would I like to do? What would you like to […]

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Celebrating 6 Months & a Giveaway!

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This month I am celebrating six months of Fit & Healthy with Coach Kathy by doing a customer appreciation giveaway! I am giving away one 3-Day Refresh on Tuesday, October 28th, through a random drawing, details below. I am so grateful for your support and encouragement since I began doing this! To date I have helped over […]

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Today You Are Eleven

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My lucky number! The age Harry Potter was when he found out he was a wizard (as you like to remind me). The age you will be when you get to go to Universal Studios and see The World of Harry Potter attractions there (in August 2015). The age you are turning today. Wow! How […]

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