Saturday, December 31, 2011

Thai people - True Entrepreneurs!!!!

You know what I actually thought about in the shower this morning??? I reflected on the fact that Thai people are amazing entrepreneurs! When I was at the market yesterday, I saw so many people running their own mini-businesses. They sell water and amazing juice drinks, little sausages, tasty curries, tons of clothes and jewelry, and offer services such as massages. It's amazing what people here do. I also notice that in the area by my hotel, there are tons of street vendors selling food everywhere I look. Out of carts, out of shops, you name it. They will even use little pots on single burners. Amazing smells fill the street, people eat up, and the Thai entrepreneur makes a bhat!!!

I love the spirit of the people here in Thailand. So friendly and entrepreneurial!!! I love spending my money here!

Happy NYE everyone. XOXO

I am in Thailand!!!!

Wow, have I ever been a blog slacker. I had so much awesome stuff to report, and due to Xmas and vacation, I failed to actually sit down and write. John did my final weigh in and measurements right before Christmas, and I lost 10 pounds of fat and lotsa inches!!!! I decreased my metabolic age, and everything has improved. I have exact numbers in a fancy excel spreadsheet he gave me, and I will input them after my holiday.

I went home for Christmas. I had such a lovely time, ate lots of great food, and saw so many lovely faces. Oh, and I got lotsa kick ass presents too! I also held a shake party at my sisters! It was so fun to have one in Redcliff with people I've known forever. Stacey was soooo kind to let me have it at her house, and it was lots of fun! The ladies were laughing up a storm!

And now, I am in Bangkok Thailand. Just arrived late last night. It is amazing here. I love it. So far (in only 8 hours today) I've visited a huge weekend market, received a Thai massage (awesome) and explored the area by my hotel. I've also eaten tons of juicy delicious fruit. That's all I've eaten so far... gotta find some real food! No Visalus for three weeks - what will I do??!!!!

I wish you all a happy New Year!!!! May all of your dreams come true!!! XOXO

Monday, December 12, 2011

Inspiration - Jen Hendershott!!!!

Wowzers. I just found a couple of videos on Youtube of a Figure champ named Jen Hendershott (I am not a pro at fitness or bodybuilding, so she is new to me, although from what I read, she is a LEGEND!). Not only does the girl choose sweet music to perform to (big beats, oh yah), but she has ULTIMATE SPUNK! Damn that girl can move. So explosively fast! And I also appreciate her sense of humour (note the chocolates in the last video, hahahaa).

Sometimes I feel like I work hard and hit the gym like a pro-star. But really, my three days a week ain't shit compared to this girl. Imagine the determination and dedication it takes to achieve this level of physical strength, flexibility and endurance. And the best part is - she loves it! You can see how much fun she's having!!! I love it. It truly is inspiring to see what the human body can do.

Jen Hendershott is a two-time Ms. Olympia and two-time Fitness International Champion. And if I am reading her biography correctly, she was 34 the first time she won the Ms. Olympia championship!!! Wowzers. That is insanely awesome. She is now 39 and looks super amazing! Age is just a number, as Jen looks hotter than any 20 year old!

Here's a super fast paced video of Jen performing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8m32OiLk10&feature=youtu.be

And a super awesome/funny one (minus the male commentator, ha):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKYqI_mxD1c&feature=related

I guess I better get practicing the splits!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Month Two... What to do?

I am now on month number two of being a Visalus distributor. Woot woot. I am pretty pumped about a few business things that have happened lately. First - I received my business cards in the mail. Oh yah, that's right - I am now officially in BIZNAZ! If any of you out there would like my card, or want to hand a few out, let me know :) I think it's pretty fancy.


I also received my second cheque, so that's good as well. Oh, and I even bought a Visalus shirt, which I think looks pretty hot, so that when I hold Challenge Parties, I can get dressed up in the proper attire.

The second month is kinda tough, though, because I've now recruited most of my friends and work buddies in Edmonton, and I am wondering - what next? How do I find new people to get on the Challenge? How do I recruit business partners? How do I convince family and friends, and people I've never met, to get healthy and wealthy with me?

As for my personal life, the gym and me did not get along this past week, at all. In fact, I sadly had to skip an entire week, which never happens, as the vaccinations I received last Monday seriously knocked me on my ass!!! I decided to put every single needle in my left arm, thinking that it would be best to contain the damage. I think that was a foolish decision. Instead, I could barely raise my arm to the side, or lift it up (taking off shirts was the worst), and it hurt to touch my arm or brush it against anything. Ouch! I also felt sort of tired and under the weather all week, and so I decided to take it easy. My trainer John totally agreed with me, as he understands what it's like to become a human pin cushion prior to travel.

Food wise, I have been addicted to the shakes as per usual (once you start, it really is a lifestyle change!), but I've been a bad girl and I've added some eggnog (and the occasional spiced rum) to the shake mix! The thing is - this way I am being healthy (getting nutrients that fill me up) while being bad (eggnog and rum ain't exactly low cal, haha). I figure it's Christmas time, I know I will indulge a little, so I might as well indulge responsibly. It's sooooo good!!! I am hooked!!!!


Other than that, I've spent this weekend busy as a bee, getting ready for Christmas and then Thailand. I tackled my super cluttered room today, and washed and organized everything! Yay! I had to do this in order to find my camera charger, how bad is that?!? It was torture spending my whole Sunday cleaning, and as a result I missed the Butterdome Craft Fair, but hey - I saved money, my room looks awesome, and now I can relax with my blog and a glass of wine!

I am just texting my sister as well. She's the best sister in the whole world, for real. I know everyone thinks that - but mine actually is. She is so generous, kind, funny, and like a little spark of love. She's exciting and full of spunk, and I love her to pieces <3 XOXO. Can't wait to see the whole family at Christmas!!!

OH! And Redcliff, get ready, because a Challenge Party is coming your way on the 27th of December! Mark yr calendar!!!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

My first cheque!

Make your New Year's Dreams Come True

Wow. It is already December 4th. Before I know it, I'll be taking the mighty Greyhound home for Christmas, and then blasting off to Thailand for a three week vacation. There's so much excitement coming up in the future, I am pumped! I can't wait to lay on a tropical beach, after having a lovely Xmas with the fam.

My New Year's resolution is to achieve my fat and fortune goals. I want to continue to work out and eat healthy (with the occasional delicious treat - in moderation) so that I can enter my 30th year with the best bod ever! In addition, I want to grow my Visalus business and find a few partners to act as distributors. I also want to learn more about social media tools, and figure out how I can generate new business leads. I figure this should keep me busy for a year. It's always good to set goals and try to achieve them :)

I know that many people's New Year's resolutions involve weight loss. If you have a feeling that your resolution will be focused on diet and nutrition, now is a great time to order a Visalus Challenge Kit! Your products will arrive in about a week, and when January 1st hits, you will be ready to rumble!!!! I can guarantee you that if you start drinking two shakes a day, the pounds will drop off, your energy will increase, and you will feel amazing. The shake mix is that good!!!

Please visit my website to get started - just click "Join the Challenge!" http://jodiebakker.myvi.net/

I would also like to add that I have now been blogging for a little over a month! YAY! It's been such a great experience and it's fun to write down everything I've learned about improving my health while learning business skills. In the one month I've been blogging, this site has received over 1000 visits!!! Wow! I think that's fantastic. Thank you so much to everyone who reads this - I really appreciate it. Please leave feedback or questions if there's anything you want to know or would like me to talk about.

I also have to mention that I just got my first ever Visalus cheque in the mail! Woot woot. This shit is for real, ha. It's my first ever commission cheque, and it is for the first week of November (payments come weekly, with a bonus cheque at the end of the month). My cheque for my first week was $37.70! Not bad! I'll attach a pic. Get ahold of me if you want to become a distributor and earn some cash from home.

What are you New Year's resolutions? Do you have any? Or, do you think they are just stupid?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Success = Intelligence + Self-Control

This week has been incredibly busy, inspiring and challenging in so many ways. My roomies left today for Ireland, and so we did our Christmas evening together on Monday (yah for fish tacos and good friends). I also booked my ticket to Thailand on Monday, and I've been hunting for hotels. I hit the gym Monday and Wednesday night, attended a self-defence class Tuesday night, busted my ass at work, and even got up Tuesday morning at 5:00 a.m. so that I could attend "Breakfast with the Guys," a fundraiser to support women's shelters and to help stop violence against women. It's a cool event because it's aimed at men, and it encourages them to help combat domestic violence.

The speaker at Breakfast with the Guys was Arlene Dickinson, an investor from Dragon's Den. She spoke about her personal experiences with domestic violence, and how one can never pre-judge what the face of domestic violence looks like. She also spoke briefly about the determinants of success. The one piece of business knowledge that she shared that resonated with me was that two things consistently predict success: intelligence and self-control. Of these two things, we have the most influence over our self-control, (also called self-discipline or willpower). Personal success hinges on exercising self-control and motivating ourselves to work hard, be persistent and achieve our dreams through sheer determination.

Losing weight is not easy. Going to the gym and working one's ass off costs money, it takes time, and it hurts. The thing is though - it pays dividends. After a few months, the results are phenomenal. You can see muscles. You feel energetic. You can breathe easier. Run faster. Become stronger.

Your body is your temple and you have it for life. It's easy to give in to treats and to become lazy, and everyone does it at some point. What's important is to exercise self-control most of the time, and eat things that are clean, nutritious and good for you. Feed your body the fuel it needs to thrive! Willpower is important because it allows us to forgo immediate gratification for long term benefit. The gym might not feel good for the first few months, but eventually, it will reap rewards.

Achieving success at work and business is also not easy. It takes hard work, courage and determination. You have to be passionate and resourceful and creative. By forgoing some fun now, however, great success can be found in the future. In my life right now, I am willing to put in extra time and effort every evening after work, in the belief that it will pay off in the future. I want to be a successful business owner and entrepreneur. I want to make a residual income, and earn money from home.

I think that it's really cool that children's self-control predicts future success. I am looking for all those people who could resist temptation as a kid. Those people who had self-discipline from a young age. If you are out there and reading this and want to join a company that's all about helping people get healthy and wealthy, give me a shout!

I believe in Visalus because I think it is in line with current trends. Obesity is a major epidemic in our society. The Body by Vi Challenge targets this problem. Visalus also encourages people to become entrepreneurs, learn business skills and build residual income. This is what people want - financial freedom, and freedom to manage their time. Considering that we are coming out a recession, people want to find a way to control their financial future and earn extra money. Vislaus provides solutions to health AND wealth issues.

It only costs $500 to become a Visalus distributor, which includes all of the start-up products. This is a small amount of money to forgo to become a small business owner. So what do you think? Do you have the self-control and motivation to give up $500 of your money now, so that you can put in some hard work and earn more later?

To learn more about earning money in Visalus, check this out: http://jodiebakker.myvi.net/recessionproof