What a year 2019 has been so far!

And what a year it’s going to be.

First, though, I’d like to take a minute and re-introduce myself to you. I have a ton of new people following me now. THANK YOU.

My name is Courtney Blanco, and I’ve been coaching people like you for going on 6 years now, though I’ve spent the last 9 years in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor as well.  I have my Bachelor’s in Exercise Science.  I have an incredible husband, and we have two young children.

I  actually started with BeachBody after our daughter was born.  We lived in a small town in Northeast Ohio at the time, and going to a gym was NOT an option.  Being able to workout at home, for 25 minutes, was PERFECT.  I shed the baby weight, at home, in 12 weeks.  As our daughter got older and started walking, she would hop in and out of the workouts with me and my husband, in a cute toddler way.  Three years later, my son was born, and I did the same thing, with the same result.  I love that these at-home workouts have inspired my children, even without them realizing it.

Here I am, almost 6 years into this venture, and I now feel like I’ve got it. Like, this is why I’ve pushed myself at home. Why I’ve made my personal fitness a priority, for myself, my marriage, and to be a role model for my kids.

I haven’t always been consistent with it, but I’ve always picked it back up–and being able to log in from my computer, or stream from my tv, or from my phone–has made all the difference in my picking up where I left off.

This is the year that I’m serious about being consistent. I have finished a program I started (3 weeks late–but it was finished). I actually LOVED the program so much that I’m doing a second round, and I’m determined to finish it all the way through. This is Week 7 of 8. I’ve missed 3 total workouts in the last 6 weeks. Even though today is grey and gloomy and started at 0300 for me, I’m NOT skipping today. I refuse to fall again in these last 2 weeks.

Let’s talk about that for a minute. Not only am I nearly finished with this second round, but I finished the last 3 weeks of Round 1 consecutively, so really I’m in Week 10.

And 19 weeks is a hell of a stretch, really for anyone. It’s 70 days. I’ve read in places it takes 21 days to form a habit. I’ve read it takes 60 days to form a new habit. I can’t really tell you how long it’s taken me to form a habit, because, honestly, I’ve gone in and out of habits so many times it’s disgusting. Even fitness habits have come and gone for me. But this time it’s different.

This time it feels different. I’m enjoying the results I’m seeing. I’m getting stronger, and I’m ok with the scale not moving like I want it to all the time. I’m getting stronger like I did when I was competing. I do not want to get that lean again (at the moment) but I liked getting strong and building muscle. Building muscle is the goal, and that’s what I’m doing with this program.

I’m certainly not bored with this second round. I feel like I’m getting more out of it than the first round, too. Maybe it’s because I know what to expect so I’m giving it more? I’m definitely improving and when I reign in my nutrition and stick to my plan, it’s going to come together nicely. Also, adding more running to my training.

Why am I adding running? No, I’m not training for another half marathon at the moment. If you haven’t been following along on my Instagram, you definitely want to. Also, you missed the news:

I’m now an Airman in the Colorado Air National Guard! I’m super excited for this opportunity to serve my country in the greatest Air Force in the world. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, it was just never the right time nor did I have the support I felt I needed. Since I have the best hubby in the world–also a USAF veteran–he 100% supports this decision and opportunity for me, us, and our children.

It’s been a hell of a long process, but it’s now official. I didn’t want to say anything about it until the ink was dry LOL This process started back in June 2018, back in Wisconsin. After moving back to Colorado, and starting the process all over, it is finally official, and now the fun begins.

So this training I’m doing is for the Air Force. It’s to be able to max my PT scores. It’s to physically compete with airmen a decade younger than I am in BMT. It’s to aim high and kick ass and earn a Commission to be an Officer. It’s going to take work and hustle, and being disciplined. Physical fitness is one aspect–and helps in all aspects.

Because I have joined the COANG, there will be an 8.5 week period where I will be completely offline, while in Basic Military Training. I will have another 8 weeks of limited online access while I’m in tech school, but I WILL check in when I can and will absolutely be sticking with you as your coach! Let’s definitely touch base before I leave (date yet unknown) and I will get you squared away.

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