Criticism Is Key …


I listen to a morning video called Darren Daily. It is from the Entrepreneur Businees Guru Darren Hardy. Each day he provides you with a 2 to 6 minute video to help inspire, motivate, and keep you focused and driven to attain all it is out of life we can!

Thursday’s video was one that was too good not to share …He spoke about the positive power of Criticism. Successful people typically respond to criticism in a positive manner and learn from it ….

Darren Says “Criticism is a key ingredient to success and can provide you steps for improvement.
To learn how to do this right” …

So don’t take it personally and become angry or discouraged, use it to drive you, fulfill your purpose, and lead you on the path of greatness.

Here is a great action plan to keep you on the right path …

Seek criticism today.

Ask (at least) three people today for criticism.
Write down the names of who you will ask now:

Ask them about how you are behaving or what’s wrong with something you might be working working on.

Then ask them, “How can I make it better?”

This will be uncomfortable and maybe quite frustrating at first … but focus on the outcome and keep a positive perspective and it will be a great gift to you!

So get ready to get some productive feedback and today could be a life-improving day for you.

Happy Friday!

Fit Chic 

Fit Chic Pumpkin Banana Bread

This is a great treat on a nice cool fall afternoon with some yummy pumpkin spice coffee for an added bonus!


1 cup pumpkin puree

2 bananas mashed

1/4 cup olive oil

1 large egg

1/4 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk or coconut milk creamer

2 cups almond flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup palm sugar

1 scoop of whey protein vanilla or chocolate

3 tablespoons of honey (or 1 tablespoon of stevia)

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp pumpkin spice

1 tsp cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8 1/2 X 4 1/2-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Place mashed banana, pumpkin puree, oil, egg and milk in a large bowl. Beat with an electronic mixer on low speed.

Place flour, sugar, honey, baking powder,whey, baking soda, salt, nutmeg,pumpkin spice and cinnamon in a medium bowl and stir with a whisk. Add flour mixture to banana and pumpkin mixture and beat until just moist.

Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 45- 1 hour or until toothpick placed in center comes out clean.

* For chocolate lovers add a cup of dark cacao chocolate chips!


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Top 4 Ways to Increase Energy Without Caffeine or Sugar ..

Happy young woman jumping on beach

Are you a person who always feels tired, run down, full of energy lulls?

Well here are a few tips to not have to rely on caffeine or sugar to give you that pep to your step!

#1 Workout First Thing in the AM …  – Exercise boosts your mood and energy levels by creating a fresh dose of endorphins that will make you feel great and energized for the whole day! 

#2 Cold Shower – Brrrr is right but it will give you the energizing whoosh you need to get and keep you feeling like the energizer bunny! It will actually be a stress reliever and make you feel alert for the day! Start by just splashing your face and then maybe get a little more courage to dip your whole body in!

#3 Start Your Day off With PVF (protein, vegetable, and fat) – Eating breakfast sets the tone for the day! It gives you clarity energy and gets the metabolism going in a positive direction. It is a great way to maintain glucose levels, and keep the body calibrating at a normal rate all day long!

#4 Start with Some Kick Butt Tunes – Not only does great music give you that near-magical second wind or extra kick when you are exercising, it also boosts your mood and energy during daily tasks. In fact, some research even revealed people who listened to great music experienced increased productivity and creativity.

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Fit Chic Pumpkin Ice Cream


Tis the Pumpkin Season .. and what a better combo than ice cream and pumpkin ..I made this Saturday night and it was a big hit in my house!


1 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 to 1/2 cup of full fat coconut milk (in the can)

1 frozen banana diced ( you can use a regular too)

1/4 cup of coconut flour

1 tablespoon of almond butter

1 tablespoon of stevia

1 scoop of vanilla whey

1 tsp of cinnamon

1 tsp of pumpkin spice


1. Put the pumpkin, coconut milk, frozen bananas, cinnamon, almond butter, whey, stevia, flour, and pumpkin pie spice in a food processor.

2. Process all the ingredients until the mix is smooth like ice cream.

3. Top Ice Cream with unsweetened shredded coconut, and or raw pecans a a little more cinnamon!


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Good Vs. Bad Competition ….


This past Saturday we competed in a local competition with some great people from our gym CPMFITness. I have competed in the past and it has not been enjoyable or fun. This was the first competition I had participated in, that people were encouraging, laughing, and enjoying their time there!

Good Competition vs. Bad Competition

Something very good or something very bad can happen to you…

You can become motivated beyond what you ever thought possible.


You can fall into the bermunda triangle of COMPARING yourself to others, their scores and begin to
question your training, success you have had thus far and began to self sabotage yourself.

Competition is a way to provide context to your training and gives you purpose behind everything you have been working for in the gym day in and day out.

Good Competition

Competition can bring out the best in you. I fully believe that you can not recreate the environment, intensity and your highest level of performance during the heat of this great competition. Participating will put you in the game and can result in raising the bar for yourself. You will operate at a much higher level because everyone else is operating at a much higher level. And by you pushing yourself you in turn will push others around you. It is infectious!

Competition can you show you the light to your potential. You can be a part  of something much bigger than yourself. You can see how people really not that  much different from you can put up extraordinary numbers.

Competition shows you exactly where you are at today. The mantra I hear often is “prove your fitness”. Everything you have done up to this point will result  in exactly how you ‘should’ perform in the games. This can be very empowering  and motivating. All of the workouts, strength work, running, mobility you have done will show up no matter what workout is. So if you are not satisfied where you end up with your scores and  goals, consider this is your BIG WAKE UP CALL! The kind of wake up call that can be a life changing and transform you into a more motivated, focused and dedicated athlete. Not to mention an all around better person:-)

Bad Competition

It is very easy to NOT check your ego at the door. With the high-end focus and  atmosphere of competition. Do not let yourself fall into the trap of  COMPARING yourself to others performances. This kind of comparing is you  actually judging yourself against people who you know very little about.  You have no idea what type of work these people put into to produce their results.  You don’t know what kind of athletic background they have. You can’t compare  yourself to someone who is a former competitive gymnast, or has been  weightlifting for 10 years, or played college sports, and you just started 6 months ago?!?!

You are exactly where you are supposed to be. All of you efforts you have done, all of your training prior to competition, your entire  fitness/sports history has brought you exactly where you stand today. And the same goes with the people you can’t help but compare yourself too. Be proud of  yourself. Your progress. Your results. The potential you have.

My hope is you use the competition as a measuring stick for yourself. I hope you use the positive energy to catapult your mental and emotional inspiration to a level you never thought possible for yourself.

Post your thoughts in the comments below:

Fit Chic

Butternut Squash and Kale Saute

kale butternut squash

I had a client inquiring about good butternut squash recipes. She had made some for dinner and was not pleased with the outcome. Here is a great way to spice up your squash to make it taste delicious and add variety as well.


2 tablespoons of olive oil

3 cups of butternut squash (peeled/diced)

1/2 cup of chopped onion

2 cloves of garlic

4 cups of kale

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

1/2 tsp of kosher salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1 tablespoon of unsweetened dried cranberries

4 tablespoons of raw chopped pecans


In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add squash, onion and garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until squash is lightly browned and slightly tender, about 7 minutes.
Add kale, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper and cook until kale is wilted and squash is tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat.
Add cranberries and pecans
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Five Fit Chic Ways to Reduce Stress Eating..

Don't Let This Be You Fit Ones!
Don’t Let This Be You Fit Ones

One of the biggest complaints I hear from clients is they need to reduce stress and live a healthier lifestyle.

So here are 5 very easy adjustments to stay on your track with those goals…..

#1 Have an alternative for your go to “stress” food or snack – For example if you are a chocolate lover, reach for the Trader Joe’s 70% cacao dark chocolate and have a square even put a little almond butter if you are a reeses fanatic. If you are a salt lover try this sweet potato chip (you can use zucchini as well) recipe.

#2 Get it out of your house! – Have you ever heard the term “Out of sight out of mind”. If you don’t have it in your house, desk, around period then you won’t be tempted to grab it.

#3 Eliminate all processed foods – I am talking about the 100 calorie packs, protein bars riddled with chemicals, rice cakes etc.. These foods send triggers to your brain to crave and eat more of the bad stuff! Replace these foods with veggies, fruits, nuts etc.. and you will be satisfied longer and crave less.

#4 Drink more H2O – A lot of times we reach for foods because we “feel” hungry, but we are actually just dehydrated. Drink a 20 oz glass of water and wait about ten to fifteen minutes and if you are still hungry then reach for the healthy snack of choice.

#5 Sleep – This should actually be #1 because it is the most important! Getting a good nights rest is vital to your snacking success. When we sleep, we keep our cortisol levels normal which eliminates the “hunger pain”. This way you won’t snack and you feel like a million bucks.

Now that you have all the tools for reducing your stress eating, what are you going to do about Fit Ones?

Post your comments below….

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Fit Chic Pork Carnitas

A Perfect Taco Tuesday Treat …

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

2.5 lbs. pork shoulder, cut into 2 inch cubes

2 teaspoons cumin

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon creole seasoning

1 teaspoon salt

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

4 cups chicken broth

2 avocados diced

cilantro for garnish

Taco: Corn tortillas or Romaine Lettuce Boat Leaves


  1. Combine Cumin, Oregano, Paprika, Salt & Pepper. Place the pork in the crockpot and toss with spices until well coated.
  2. Add garlic, coconut oil, and lime juice. Add enough chicken stock to cover the pork. About 4 cups. Then top with avocado and cilantro
  3. Cook on medium high for 4 to 6 hours.
  4. Serve over romaine lettuce leaves or corn tortillas
  5. Serve with toppings of your choice (salsa, coconut, or pepita seeds
  6. Enjoy!

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A Fit Chics Guide to the Hangover Cure!


After a weekend in Vegas this is the perfect blog to follow…

Here are some helpful hints to ease that hangover and not let your day become a total waste!

#1 Drink Plenty of Water – Being dehyrdated plays a major role in your hangover! Water helps to replenish your body and flush out those alcohol toxins. If your stomach is really not happy try drinking some sparkling water.

#2 Physical Activity – When your hangover is here sweat it out! Exercise is a great way to get you off the couch and get you feeling better! You will also get that great endorphin rush, and you can metabolize that liquor much faster too.

#3 SLEEP – Nothing cures a hangover like some good ol fashion zzzz’sss. Alcohol is metabolized at the rate of .015 of blood alcohol concentration (BAC), or roughly one drink every hour, meaning those extra cocktails can quickly add up. Sleep can heal all of those unwanted calories and by metabolizing last night’s happy hour you will feel much better. Just make sure to remember tip number 1 too!

#4 Eat — Eating food will help break down and process the alcohol in your system. It will also provide energy if you’re feeling like a couch potato. A great hangover food is eggs and bacon (grease is great for an upset stomach)!

What are some good hangover cures that have really helped you Fit Ones, and what are some of these on the list that you are going to use?

Post your answer in the comments below…

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