Thursday, March 10, 2016

Today We Are Closing One Chapter And Opening The Next: Living Our Life By Design

 

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The Bozzo Family: Our Last Deployment Goodbye


Here we go. I’ve sat down to start writing this probably at least 30 times in the last week and every time I do… I just stare at the screen. How do I put this into words. The emotions. The excitement. The craziness!! The BIGGEST MILESTONE in my business to date and more importantly– the biggest milestone for our family.  A DREAM that I set almost 3 years ago.. an INSANE GOAL that I wanted to make become OUR reality. And today we made it official and today is the day that we are SHARING this with all of you.

After 13 years 6 months and 7 days of service, seven- 7 month long deployments, (too many to count) field trainings/assignments, 4 years spent APART during our 11 year marriage- Dustin Bozzo has officially separated from the US NAVY. We are officially DONE in the US NAVY!!!! I can’t even believe that this is reality for us. To KNOW that my husband will never have to deploy again. To know that he will be here with us everyday- forever. To know that I won’t have to WORRY and STRESS and WONDER if as he boards that plane to leave on his next assignment… if that would be the last time I would ever see my husband again. I am without a doubt GRATEFUL and SO BEYOND THANKFUL for his service to our country and FOREVER I will always hold a special place in my heart for our time in the Navy… but to know that we are now WHOLE is the biggest blessing and I am just so happy.

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I will say that this was not a decision that we have taken lightly and it’s really been about a year in the making. We started the ‘what if’ talk last year at this time knowing that we would have to choose our next 3 year assignment. As the months passed on and my business kept expanding and growing… we really started seeing that the best choice for our family was going to be for Dustin not to re-enlist. It was time to put our family first, to provide balance for our life together and keep driving my business forward because it’s been mind blowing how BIG this has gotten and it’s really our baby! My role has always been a stay at home mom and my business  has just been super strict scheduled hours because obviously… family is first and always will be! He  knows that it’s my passion and seeing me work for the last 3 years has inspired him to continue to be my biggest supporter and hang up the uniform. And for us to be the best that we know we can be as a couple, as parents and as entrepreneurs—> he is putting on the full time daddy hat and staying at home to help me raise our daughters and to be my business partner and manager.

 

I will tell you too that I have worked my business during nap times, before the kids would wake up and after I put them to bed for my first year. Dustin saw that this was not just a fad for me.. but rather he saw the passion and determination unfolding. I will also tell you that about 3 years ago when I started my business and said ‘In 3 years babe.. i’m going to retire you early from the Navy so you can be a stay at home dad or just get out to do something MORE with your life.’– he actually got super offended and told me that would 1) never happen and 2) he would never get out of the Navy because he’s done it for so long that he will be a lifer… well … even with his words, I was DETERMINED to show him and prove him wrong 😉

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So here we are now… And it just makes sense to take it to the next level. We have paid off all of our non mortgage debt in 2 years. We have set financial goals and Dustin has charted my business growth (past and future) and of course we always stay conservative.  Each time he did the math I would blow his mind with the growth.  Last year I grew  300% over the year before!  When I set a goal I go for it and last year I blew every projection out of the water and achieved not only the top coach in the state of Mississippi for the 2nd year in a row but I also achieved 10 Star Diamond which brings a very nice quarterly bonus with it!  This year is already proving to be much better than last and the goals that I have set are already beginning to be achieved. If you haven’t noticed yet.. I’m determined and passionate and I will never give up on my dream of changing the world. And we have also talked with our financial advisors- we have weighed the pros and cons- we have done it all.. and one thing that keeps coming back at us is this.. “WHY WOULDN’T YOU DO THIS!?!! IT JUST MAKES SENSE!”

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So what does this mean for us?

It means that we finally have a choice in our own lives. We are not waiting for our next deployment date. We are not waiting for our next assignment. The girls and I are not waiting to hear when Daddy has to leave again.

It means that my husband and I get to work together! We get to be a TEAM and believe it or not- Dustin and I actually love each other and are really excited to work my business and raise our kids together. We are prepared and ready!

It means that we get to live our life by our own design. We have the income. We have the flexibility. We do not feel the need to live a crazy over the top life- we are happy and that’s what matters. And we get to spend our time together!!

 

 

We know that some people think that we are crazy. But look at us! Look at me! Do you think that we care what other people think? NO WAY! We care about ourselves. Our life together and living it how we want.. We LOVE living the unconventional lifestyle. We LOVE knowing that we can dream big and accomplish what we set out to do. It takes hard work everyday. It has taken a lot of sacrifices and we will continue to do what we need to do to grow.

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Our kids’ education is already taken care of.

Our retirement almost completely set up.

Plans to pay off our house this year.

And so much more.

We live smart and we will continue to stay that way.

Maybe we are totally off of our rockers! Maybe people will continue to think we are crazy! But that’s okay!

I am so excited to have Dustin at home, to be able to not kill myself working early and late hours and to spend more time with him and to spend more time as a family! This change is going to allow me to be more present as a wife and I’m sure our house is going to run much smoother instead of the chaos it seems to be at when Dustin is gone! No more!! Dustin to the rescue! We are a team! He is not working for ME, we are a working together to make the Bozzo family as well rounded as possible.  This business is our livelihood and together we are gonna make this our jam!  I really am sad to say goodbye to the Navy in some ways! We have made some amazing friends and gotten some amazing opportunities! But we know that we’ve got new and exciting adventures ahead! But let me tell you this… How cool is it that each day both our kids wake up to US, we get to take them to school, have mid day lunch dates, go camping and travel in the summer, spend the afternoons at the pool and really anything we choose. My business is 100% mobile so we can do whatever we please while I work a full time biz. Life is sweet!

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So the question of the day– is Dustin retired? What are his plans?

He is not retired- he is taking this opportunity for all that it’s worth and we are going to bring on a family unit of us and our business. He has been talking to a recruiter about the possibility of joining the Navy Reserves so he can still fill that small void of wanting to serve his country without the obligation of full time duty or deployments. He has options of creating his own passion in his own career. The best part– we don’t have to make any decisions about anything right now! We are secure and we can do what we want- when we want because he doesn’t HAVE to have a job!

So today, I got up and did my 5 am workout, Dustin got up and got ready to head in to sign his last paper, he made us some Shakeology before he left and he walked out the door to head to the base for the very last time!  He gave me a hug and a kiss, looked back one last time and I just smiled the biggest smile. And when that door closed. I cried. Not sad tears! But tears of HAPPINESS because this is going to be the BIGGEST BLESSING OF OUR LIVES!!!!!

Thank you Beachbody for creating an opportunity for families to live their life by design! This is our story and I was INSPIRED by stories like this 3 years ago. Dreamed that one day it could be for us, but always wondered if we could actually do it. Well we have and if we can do it then anyone can. Let me share this-  If you want something more, you want to create your own future and dictate the rules, the work hours the effort and the income has been it for us!!!  This takes work and dedication and if you’re willing to go after it, the possibilities are endless. Never in a million years would I imagine this is where I would be right now!  But we are and I wouldn’t change it for the world!

 

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We are starting the next chapter 🙂

 


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Friday, February 26, 2016

What Is 22 Minute Hard Corps and Is It Right For Me?

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Let’s chat about one of the most amazing programs that Beachbody has ever made. And guess what? I was honored to be chosen as a Corporate Test Group participant for this new workout and it blew me away! Tony Horton, the trainer who created the P90X series has put together this program that is only 22 minutes a day. And yes- that is LEGIT- 22 minutes a day start to finish and you can get AMAZING RESULTS and have ME as YOUR coach. As a military spouse, this program spoke to me in so many ways! And having my husband return from a deployment the last 3 weeks of this test group and join me in the workouts– he too is IMPRESSED with the basic training style workouts. It definitely reminds him of his PT mornings on the base!

CAN YOU REALLY GET RESULTS IN 22 MINUTES A DAY????

YOU BET YOU CAN!! Check out my results this far and you tell me if you can get results with this program!

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My best tips:
This is all about committing to this program- focusing on the workout- giving it your all and following the nutrition plan that comes with the program. It is one of the easiest meal plans to follow and probably the most important of all of these things is having support and accountability from your Team BEACHBODY Coach {ME} and the rest of the challengers in the online support group. The secret sauce of this whole health and fitness journey is this: knowing that you are not the only one out there struggling, having a bad day, or a slip up with your nutrition. We share the journey together and are surrounded by like minded people who are on the same mission as you. And knowing that you have supportive people who have ‘got your back’ with this is icing on the cake! We are getting “bootcamp fit” with 22 Minute Hard Corps.

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Let’s talk excuses for a minute too. After almost 3 years as a full time beachbody coach I have seen and heard them all… and first are foremost- I have USED nearly every excuse in the book before I started my journey too. So I am right there with you. Excuses are not reasons why you shouldn’t go all in and change your life. They are just the negative committee gathered in the back of your mind trying to fight the positive thoughts of getting out there and making CHANGE happen.

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I am a mom of 2- a military wife to a man who deploys a LOT- we do not live anywhere near family- and the list goes on. When I started my journey 3 years ago I was 15 pounds overweight- anxiety filled- depressed and just miserable in my own life. I was a stay at home mom and again- alone a lot with a military husband. And I realized the only person who could make me feel better was ME. So I chose my HARD. I could choose to stay miserable- which is hard. OR I could choose to start a new journey of health and fitness- which was going to be hard too..

SO- you can see which HARD I CHOSE! And now- it’s EASY! And happiness is A BLESSING that I CHOSE to pursue!


WHAT DID I EAT DURING THIS PROGRAM??!!

Let me show you a few of my fave meals!!!
REAL FOOD.
REAL RESULTS.
END OF STORY.

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And let me tell you- if you are reading this now thinking that you have plenty of time before summer- you really don’t! With this 8 week program you can start now and it will bring you into summer feeling CONFIDENT, STRONG and ON TOP OF THE WORLD!!! So if you are reading this then you should START NOW because this is a sign!

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If you want to get lean and stronger then this is for you! No matter what your ability level is you can modify to make the program a success for you. You can do anything that you put your mind too.

WHAT IS 22 MINUTE HARD CORPS LIKE?

So it was created by Tony Horton who also is the creator of P90X, P90X2, P90X3, Power 90 and more. It is a mixture of eight routines that alternate between total body cardio & resistance 1 workout a day for 6 days a week. The workout is fast paced and there is little rest. The workouts are easy to pick up and learn. You are moving from exercise to exercise quickly to maximize time and results. And then the last week you have an optional HELL WEEK that is going to SHRED YOU even more! Seriously- coolest workout ever!

 

 

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?

You will need dumbbells or a sandbag. You will also need a pull up bar OR resistance bands with a door attachment. The harder you work the faster that you will start to see results.

I know you might be thinking that you can’t do this workout, but you CAN. It is for everyone. Trust me- I have spent the last 8 weeks doing this program and I have had to modify some and the strength that I have gained- both mentally and physically are incredible.
The program is 8 weeks in length, 6 days a week, 1 workout a day for 22 minutes! You will also have 3 days a week where you add a short ab workout and it is what has given me some ripped abs!! I KNOW THAT YOU CAN DO THIS!

WHAT WILL YOU GET WITH THIS PROGRAM?

• 8 challenging workouts on 2 DVDs
• Quick Start Mission Guide
• 8-week Basic Training Action Plan
• Rations for Results Nutrition Field Guide
• Cold Start pre-workout drill
• Hell Week Challenge Card
• HARD CORPS: Battle Buddy Workout DVD (Network Exclusive)

WHO IS THIS WORKOUT FOR??

Men and women who don’t have a lot of time to spend working out in a gym.

Military men and women who want a great challenge and can relate to this program completely!

Military couples who want to have fun and challenge each other! Check out the video below!

People who want fast effective results with little equipment. Simplicity at its finest.

There is also an optional 2 a day hell week challenge during the last week if you are up for it!

Will you accept the challenge with me?

I AM KICKING OFF MY 22 MINUTE HARD CORPS TEST GROUP EXCLUSIVE FOR MY NEW AND CURRENT CUSTOMERS ON THE 7TH OF MARCH.

On the 7th of March we will start our pre season which consists of 1 week of goal setting, pictures, measurements, meal planning and education on the nutritional plan and then the following week is our official day 1.

******For 8 weeks I will guide you daily through the program with support, accountability, access to an online/app based closed group for support and guidance. Each participant is required to purchase the 22 Minute Hard Corps Challenge Pack/Program and commit to replacing 1 meal a day with Shakeology for the duration of the group.******

If you are interested in getting more information about the program please complete the form below and I will contact you within 24 hours with details.

If you do not currently work with a Coach please make me your FREE coach here.

Now is your time!!! THIS is your time! I will give you the BEST support available! Let’s do this together! I know what you can expect before you even start this program! So let’s #getsome TOGETHER!


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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

My Favorite Oatmeal Recipe!

As a busy mom- I am always trying to come up with new and creative ways to not only fuel my own body, but to get nutrients into my kids!! That can be hard when all they really want it cinnamon toast crunch cereal or toaster strudels! Who else feels my pain?!!
So I came up with this gem of a recipe that will make your taste buds and your kiddos taste buds dance!!! My girls actually asked for MORE! That is an accomplishment!!!
So here’s how I make it!
Grab a sauce pan- I use 1 yellow container (21 Day Fix containers) of water- which equals 1/2 cup.
Bring the water to a boil. 
Add 1/2 cup (yellow container) of dry old fashioned oats
Add 1/2 cup (1/2 purple container) frozen blueberries – I get mine from Sam’s Club
Add 1 tsp. peanut butter – let’s be real… I do a heaping tsp…. it’s just that good.
Cook on low for about 4 minutes.
Pour into a bowl and add 1/2 chopped banana (1 purple container)
Cinnamon to taste!
It’s SO EASY and SO GOOD!!! 


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Saturday, October 24, 2015

My Top 6 Tips To Get Motivated To Workout

When I hear people tell me that working out just comes so naturally to me- I kinda want to cringe! Nothing really comes naturally to anyone- but with the right mindset it is easier to see WHY making it a priority everyday is so important!!

Do you want to workout? Do you want to get yourself onto a good routine and stop the rat race of excuses that fly everyday?

Here are are my 6 tips that get me motivated to workout everyday and i’m going to share them with you. Remember- these are things that have to be done consistently over time before they become a habit! It takes 3 weeks to create a habit! After 3 weeks of trying to escape your new workout routine- you’ll begin to embrace it! Trust me 🙂

 

1. Set a goal! What do you want to see happen? Lose 10 pounds or maybe more? Tone up and feel better? Now- break them down into small weekly goals! Is it to lose 1 pound a week? 2 pounds a week? Celebrate every reached goal- THEN VISUALIZE your GOALS! It is so important to visualize how you are going to feel once you’ve accomplished your goals! What will you look like? What will you enjoy doing differently after you reach your goals?
Write them down- stick them all over your house- print pics if that will help and keep your eye on the prize!!

Hands down- JUST MOVE!! You’ve gotta get the excuses out!

2. Wear cute workout clothes! Motivational tanks are my fave! Cute Nike Pro shorts- matching sports bra- really whatever it takes! I swear- when you look cute- you feel cute! Target, Fabletics, TJ Maxx,  Marshalls, Victorias Secret, Dicks, Academy, Nike, Outlet Malls— these are a few of my favorite places to shop!!

3. You’ve gotta LOVE your workout program. You really do! If you are someone who is into cardio, but you’re trying to do a Yoga program- it’s not going to motivate you to get your butt out of bed and get it done! Or if it’s something that you’ve done over and over again- you’re not going to want to do it and you’ll put it off until later… then later never comes.
For me- I love kickboxing, weight training and HIIT type workouts. I choose my program based on my goals! If you need some help choosing something- reach out and let me know- I can help.

4. PREWORKOUT.

Oh My Gosh. Seriously- I used to be closed minded and would never even consider taking a pre workout. I had heard horror stories from some people and I wasn’t going to use anything… UNTIL on day I did my own research and took the advice of some friends and other health professionals and went in for the kill. I made sure that all of the ingredients were all natural and I chose Beachbody’s Energy and Endurance. AHHHH!!! It is my life saver! It’s hard NOT to workout when my energy kicks in from that and when I’m done- I don’t crash and burn. It’s prefect for me, but remember- for some a cup of coffee is a great pre workout too!

5.  GET A WORKOUT BUDDY!!! Seriously- accountability partners are KEY! We have to be surrounded by like minded people! Get a friend and start to get your workout on! A simple text in the morning telling each other to get out of bed works wonders!!

6. You’ve gotta know WHY you are doing this. Your WHY has to be something so strong that on the days when you feel like giving up- the days when you feel like eating the ice cream or going through the drive thru- it’s what keeps you grounded and away from the bad.

Ask yourself- WHY is now the time that you are ready to change? That why is really your self motivation. You can have all of the support you need with coaches, friends, family members cheering you on, but if it’s not right in your mind- then you will never succeed. Hard core TRUTH! I know from personal experience. The why will be what will help you get back up and brush yourself off when you fall- because you WILL fall! It happens, it’s life! We get back up and start fresh the next day. Your results will come from 1st- mindset, 2nd- putting in the work for your workouts AND don’t forget the thing that controls 80% of your results… YOUR NUTRITION! You have to eat properly and follow a meal plan. I fought that part for so long- well I never reached my goals until I changed up what I was eating and drinking!

Those are my 6 tips for you! If you’d like additional help or advice- please reach out. You can find me on fb @ fb.com/valbfitness or email me: valbozzo15@gmail.com.

CHOOSE A HEALTHY LIFE! You deserve to live your life to the fullest! Be happy and cherish every moment!


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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Design Your Blueprint

What will you do with the next 2 years of your life? 



Will you spend it going through the motions of ‘everyday life?’ 
Or do you have some drive and ambition to learn something new, do more, be different?

Are you truly passionate with your life? Like feel like you live each day positively? With purpose? Intention? And put forth your best self?

Are you EXCITED to get up and go to work tomorrow?! Like jumping for joy right now?
Whether you answered yes or no- think of this…

What if:
You could just start a gradual change for YOU.
1-2 hours a day. Learning something new. Making you better for yourself, your family, a future spouse, family, etc.
What if- you could write down some big dreams and goals and be taught how to work towards achieving them?

What if… Life depended solely on YOUR decisions. You call the shots. You live how YOU want?

That is my reality and it for sure can be yours too.

Join me this week in a closed online group. {{Nope. you do not have to be local! Just living in the US or Canada.}}
No strings attached.
Read a daily post. Watch a short video. LEARN what it is that I have created in 2 years that has changed my family’s blueprint.

We went from:

*Miserable, broke and arguing with my husband daily to happy, fulfilled and more in love than ever with my husband.
*Nearly bankrupt to earning 6 figures working from home in 2 years.
*Telling our kids “no, we can’t afford piano lessons, soccer, cheer, dance, etc” to now allowing them to try anything to see where they excel and where there heart and passion is.
*Being restricted to like NO vacations to now traveling at least every other month– and most trips are paid for by beachbody.
*I became the #1 coach in the state of MS bc I LEARNED how to live again and shared ME in hopes to help thousands of people change their lives too.
*Living paycheck to paycheck to now being SO CLOSE to financial freedom.
*The list goes on.

AND I’ve done all of this by treating this business as a business- working 1-2 hours a day for the first 6-9 months and now I work 20-30 hours a week of my OWN TIME. That means- before my kids wake up and after they go to bed. I did it during nap times and NEVER sacrificed my time with them. And I will never have to either!!

In 2 years I’ve seen DRASTIC changes and made BEST FRIENDS. Watching a woman lose 120 pounds– THAT makes my heart SWELL. Seeing my coaches pay off debt, purchase new cars they never EVER thought they would be able to do, see some SO CLOSE to their six figure earning marks, some QUIT THEIR FULL TIME JOBS to work beachbody full time, some working moms become stay at home moms, and some {LIKE HOW I STARTED}- earning enough to buy groceries and put food on the table. THAT is a BLESSING.

I want to help YOU create YOUR success story!

On Monday, I’ll be offering up a 5 day group, no obligation, Backstage Pass into what I do as a coach.

Answering all the fun questions like: How do you earn? Is this right for me? Is this a pyramid scheme? Is this legit? What do you do exactly? And so much more.

What do you have to lose? Or should I say- Think of ALL you have to GAIN!

Fill out the application if you would like to be added to this free informational group!

{{{{Cannot have a coach or be a coach}}}}


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