Category: Inspiration

Sometimes You Have to Sit Back, Relax, and Enjoy the Ride …

This week I have had the pleasure of being able to go to the lake and finish my second cookbook. This is the first time since we have opened our gym that I will take 10 days away. I am what my husband likes to call me a “freight train”. I like to go balls to the wall, never sitting, no quiet, always go go go.

This is the first time I am going to be completely by myself with no set schedule, no classes or clients to train, and not hands on in my business day to day and even though I know I am here for a purpose it is out of comfort zone and scares me a bit. I have realized that I have let my “busyness” define me and make me feel accomplished.

But will it?

Or will this time of peace make me stronger, gain more confidence, and help me to learn and grow more than I ever though possible?

When I decided to take this jump into peace and prosperity, I was nervous, a bit scared, and uncomfortable which is why I knew it was what I must do!

Sometimes you just need to take a step out of your daily routine and look out to new opportunity. This is where growth, rejuvenation, and prosperity will be happen. I am excited to embark on this journey and even though it may only seem like 10 days to some of you this a whole new world of opportunity to me. j

Running hard does not always equal running smart. It is in the peace and solitude that you are able to be lead, inspired, and changed.

What are some ways you like to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride Fit Ones?

Fit Chic 

Getting Out Of Your Rut …

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Do you ever get stuck in a place that you just can’t seem to get out of?

You wake up just not feeling yourself,

you use your “go to” happy tricks and they are just not getting you out of your funk …

Its ok to not always be OK

You go on Facebook it is a “false reality” people only put what they want you to see not the whole truth. Which can lead us to feel even worse. ( I challenge you to limit your Facebook time and keep it very focused).

I listened to a really good podcast this past week and guest was Dr. Brooke Kalanick. She was talking about how in today’s society we as people (especially women) don’t allow ourselves to say we are “having a bad day” or feeling “over whelmed  or stressed”. We down play it by saying “I should be thankful for what i have”, or “Some people have 4 kids I should be fine with 2” and so on and so fourth. The more we down play our emotions the more they “eat” away at us literally and figuratively.

So It is ok to say we are feeling “off” or overwhelmed we are human but also have tools and tricks to get you out of your rut and feeling like yourself again.

Here are 4 things I do that have really helped me out of “noise” in my head:

1. Mediate

2. Journaling 

3. reading my goals or inspirational quotes or sayings 

4. exercise 

I also have learned that allowing myself to be ok with having 1 morning or being ok with not always be 100% 100% of the time I am able to move on much quicker and get myself back on track.

So Fit Ones what tactics do you use when you are feeling down?

Post in the comments below…

Fit Chic

A Fit Chic Quote to Set Your Weekend Off Right …

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Here is a great quote that I recently saw that I thought was a really good read to keep in your focus often!

It is very easy to get complacent, comfortable, or forget to follow your dreams but keep this in mind every time you make an excuse as to why you are not fulfilling your passion, you are stuck in a rut, or you wish you were in a better place.

You have the power to create your destiny and it will be scary and it will take courage but the reward is far greater than the fear!

What are some of your dreams Fit Ones?

Happy Friday!

Fit Chic

8 Fit Ways to Give Yourself a Happier, Healthier, More Fruitful Life!

I here people talk about  wishing they need more in life i.e. happiness, wealth, time, etc … Well here are some great tools, resources, and steps to get exactly that!

1. Log your time. Lots of people tell me they “Don’t have enough time” …Well PROVE IT! Chances are after logging you will see you have a lot more time than you think!  Use this helpful “Time Logger”  Embrace the process and see where your time goes. See if that matches up with how you’d like to be spending your time.

2. Work on your Dream Building. Make a good long list or board of anything you’d like to do or have more of in your life.When you put things on paper it becomes a part of your sub conscience and the more you look the more you are apt to get it!

3. Prune tasks that don’t serve you – Why are you wasting time on trying to do it all? Start to look at your schedule and see where you could really grow excel and succeed and then start pruning the things around it! For example, if you hate grocery shopping order your groceries online. If you hate to cook get a meal delivery service. If you don’t like to workout hire a personal trainer. If you don’t enjoy numbers hire a bookkeeper to manage the books …etc.. Now you are free’d up to do the things and tasks that serve you and the people around you!

4. Make Sure You Are Having Fun – Schedule in something you want to do for you each day: a manicure, a walk with a friend, a happy hour, a cooking class etc .. The more you treat this like an appointment the more it is apt to happen. When you include friends and family you are now committing to someone else that you will do it too! For most people it is hard to make time for ourselves, but you need to fill up your cup so you are the best to everyone around you!

5. Take it One Step at a Time; We are all guilty of having a TDL that is unrealistic and overwhelming! Keep your list to 5 items or less, starting with the item that will serve you most! Feeling accomplished is a great way to keep you motivated to continue to attack those tasks.

6. Positively Nourish Your Body: Choose a simple habit to work on each week to keep you feeling great on the inside and out. Start with drinking more water, then eating more veggies, being active for 20+ minutes a day! A little goes a long way and it doesn’t take much to get a lot!  A lot of eating is more mindless than we think. Put fruit in a bowl on the counter, and move chips and candy to a hidden high shelf Over time, these choices add up and replace the bad habits for the good!

7. Be Grateful to Get Out of Bed: Anticipation makes us into morning people. I remember listening to an interview with Puff Daddy and he said it was hard for him to sleep, because he was so excited to get to work in the morning. What would make your morning so exciting that you’d be happy to get out of bed? The first thing I do when I wake up is immediately say 5 things I am grateful for first thing and it really helps put things in perspective right from the start! Design a morning routine that gets you excited to start the day. This helps you focus on things  you want to do, rather than your obligations or things you have to do.

8. Surrond Yourself with Positivity and Growth – You are a representation of the top 5 people you surround yourself with .. Who are you interacting with daily? Are they positive uplifting, motivating etc… Or do they bog you down, make you feel negatively towards life. If the later is the case, “Drop it like its hot”! I hide people that don’t serve me on Facebook, I limit t.v. to things that enhance me. I listen to leadership podcasts, empowering individuals, and people who I want to be around on a constant basis.

Fit Chic 

Happy Birthday To My Fit Chic Mamma …

Today is a very important birthday blog for me to share … It’s My mother’s birthday!

She is turning 58, and the reason I can say this to all my readers is because she looks incredible!

She is an example of how continuous care and priority of your health really pays off in a major way. Not only does she look 40, she is working out more efficiently and harder than most of my friends my age!

She shows up everyday with a determined face and the will to persevere through workouts.

She does not allow her age to become an excuse; in fact she turns it into a motivation to continue to get better.

She is so inspiring to many. Her dedication and constant desire to get better is enthralling and contagious to many that she comes in contact with; including me!

She is a Pilates instructor as well, and is amazing teacher who inspires individuals to have a “no excuse” mentality and push themselves to reach outside of their comfort zone and move efficiently in ways that people never imagined they could!

It is so fun to have coached her and see the impeccable improvements she has made on the inside and out!

All because she makes little improvements day in and day out and never gives up. She is consistently creating new goals and bench marks in her health and fitness journey to ensure that she will continue to feel better with age.

Thank you for being my number one inspiration and leading me on my path of fitness! If you had not instilled this in me, I would not be here writing to all of you today!

Happy Birthday Mom, may your day be as great as you are!

Your Daughter…..

Fit Chic Tips To Kick Start Your Morning …

What we choose to do first thing in the morning really sets a precedence for what our day week year etc .. are going to look like. If you look at the most successful people their am habits are a big reason why they are in the position they are in ….

1. GIVE A Little Gratitude: “My morning routine starts with gratitude. Before I get out of bed, I think of three specific things for which I’m grateful. This practice gives my mind a positive focus and helps me see opportunities throughout the day. It also puts you in a great mood!

2. Sweat It Out: There is such an ingredient for success in your fitness when you workout in the am. It will give you a sense of accomplishment first thing and energy to get through your day. Even if it is 100 pushups, or my go to workout 150 situps, 100 squats, and 50 pushups when I am in a hurry that will prep you for your day ahead.

3. Dream Up . These days we talk about our physical health but we need to work on our mental health just as much. The morning is the perfect time to spend some quiet time inside your mind meditating, visualizing, and or dream building. Take a moment to visualize your day ahead of you, focusing on the successes you will have. Even just a minute of visualization and positive thinking can help improve your mood and outlook on your work load for the day. Create a vision of what you want and what you are working for and it will give perspective and purpose to your day.

4. Get the “Goat” Done First: A goat is a task you know you need to get done, but you put it off and put it off even though you would feel so much better if you just got it done! Here’s an easy tip to save yourself the stress – do that least desirable task on your list first. Instead of anticipating the unpleasantness of it, get it out of the way. The morning is the time when you are typically well rested and your energy level is up. Therefore, you are more well equipped to handle more difficult projects. And look at it this way, your day will get progressively easier too.  You will also feel much more accomplished and that will steam role you to create more and more tasks on your list.

5. Spend QT Time With Family: Some successful people use the mornings to invest in family time, whether reading stories to the kids or cooking a big breakfast together, having breakfast conversation. Go and get coffee … it is great to have “good” family time when you are full of energy and spunk instead of the end of the day when you are exhausted and don’t have any energy left.

Now you have the tips to be as successful as you are capable of being. Early risers are more likely to be optimistic, have better performance, greater career success and higher wages.

Fit Chic 

Happy Memorial Day Fit Ones…

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Thank you to all of our soldiers who have, are, and continue to fight for our country!

Many of us are excited for the Memorial Day weekend festivities to take place. We get to bbq, hang out with friends, travel etc.. but why?

What does Memorial Day really represent?

Here is Wikipedia’s explanation of Memorial Day:

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the last Monday of May.[1] Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.[2] Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. As a marker it typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

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Check Out My New Podcast With Mr. Fit Chic ….

Four years ago my husband and I had an idea to start a podcast and call it “Marriage Fit”. We wanted to talk to couples about being committed to your Fitness, Your Marriage, and your Finances. We want to reach out to people and talk about our personal struggles, our biggest success, and the odds and ends in between.

We discuss how we make our relationship in marriage and business work, and the reality and truth of what it takes! This is a dream of ours and we are so excited to share our story with you!

Please post comments and let us know what you want to hear us talk about …

Fit Chic 

15 Ways To Make Your Life Easier …

Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy – we cling on to them. Not anymore. Starting today we will give up on all those things that no longer serve us, and we will embrace change. Ready? Here we go:

1. GIVE UP YOUR NEED TO ALWAYS BE RIGHT

There are so many of us who can’t stand the idea of being wrong – wanting to always be right – even at the risk of ending great relationships or causing a great deal of stress and pain, for us and for others. It’s just not worth it. Whenever you feel the ‘urgent’ need to jump into a fight over who is right and who is wrong, ask yourself this question: “Would I rather be right, or would I rather be kind?” Wayne Dyer. What difference will that make? Is your ego really that big?

2. GIVE UP YOUR NEED FOR CONTROL

Be willing to give up your need to always control everything that happens to you and around you – situations, events, people, etc. Whether they are loved ones, coworkers, or just strangers you meet on the street – just allow them to be. Allow everything and everyone to be just as they are and you will see how much better will that make you feel.

“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond winning.” Lao Tzu

3. GIVE UP ON BLAME

Give up on your need to blame others for what you have or don’t have, for what you feel or don’t feel. Stop giving your powers away and start taking responsibility for your life.

4. GIVE UP YOUR SELF-DEFEATING SELF-TALK

Oh my. How many people are hurting themselves because of their negative, polluted and repetitive self-defeating mindset? Don’t believe everything that your mind is telling you – especially if it’s negative and self-defeating. You are better than that.

“The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive.” Eckhart Tolle

5. GIVE UP YOUR LIMITING BELIEFS

about what you can or cannot do, about what is possible or impossible. From now on, you are no longer going to allow your limiting beliefs to keep you stuck in the wrong place. Spread your wings and fly!

“A belief is not an idea held by the mind, it is an idea that holds the mind” Elly Roselle

6. GIVE UP COMPLAINING

Give up your constant need to complain about those many, many, maaany things – people, situations, events that make you unhappy, sad and depressed. Nobody can make you unhappy, no situation can make you sad or miserable unless you allow it to. It’s not the situation that triggers those feelings in you, but how you choose to look at it. Never underestimate the power of positive thinking.

7. GIVE UP THE LUXURY OF CRITICISM

Give up your need to criticize things, events or people who are different from you. We are all different, yet we are all the same. We all want to be happy, we all want to love and be loved and we all want to be understood. We all want something, and something is wished by us all.

8. GIVE UP YOUR NEED TO IMPRESS OTHERS

Stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not just to make others like you. It doesn’t work this way. The moment you stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not, the moment you take off all your masks, the moment you accept and embrace the real you, you will find people will be drawn to you, effortlessly.

9. GIVE UP YOUR RESISTANCE TO CHANGE

Change is good. Change will help you move from A to B. Change will help you make improvements in your life and also the lives of those around you. Follow your bliss, embrace change – don’t resist it.
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls” 
Joseph Campbell

10. GIVE UP LABELS

Stop labeling those things, people or events that you don’t understand as being weird or different and try opening your mind, little by little. Minds only work when open. “The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” Wayne Dyer

11. GIVE UP ON YOUR FEARS

Fear is just an illusion, it doesn’t exist – you created it. It’s all in your mind. Correct the inside and the outside will fall into place.
“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”
 Franklin D. Roosevelt

12. GIVE UP YOUR EXCUSES

Send them packing and tell them they’re fired. You no longer need them. A lot of times we limit ourselves because of the many excuses we use. Instead of growing and working on improving ourselves and our lives, we get stuck, lying to ourselves, using all kind of excuses – excuses that 99.9% of the time are not even real.

13. GIVE UP THE PAST

I know, I know. It’s hard. Especially when the past looks so much better than the present and the future looks so frightening, but you have to take into consideration the fact that the present moment is all you have and all you will ever have. The past you are now longing for – the past that you are now dreaming about – was ignored by you when it was present. Stop deluding yourself. Be present in everything you do and enjoy life. After all life is a journey not a destination. Have a clear vision for the future, prepare yourself, but always be present in the now.

14. GIVE UP ATTACHMENT

This is a concept that, for most of us is so hard to grasp and I have to tell you that it was for me too, (it still is) but it’s not something impossible. You get better and better at with time and practice. The moment you detach yourself from all things, (and that doesn’t mean you give up your love for them – because love and attachment have nothing to do with one another, attachment comes from a place of fear, while love… well, real love is pure, kind, and self less, where there is love there can’t be fear, and because of that, attachment and love cannot coexist) you become so peaceful, so tolerant, so kind, and so serene. You will get to a place where you will be able to understand all things without even trying. A state beyond words.

15. GIVE UP LIVING YOUR LIFE TO OTHER PEOPLE’S EXPECTATIONS

Way too many people are living a life that is not theirs to live. They live their lives according to what others think is best for them, they live their lives according to what their parents think is best for them, to what their friends, their enemies and their teachers, their government and the media think is best for them. They ignore their inner voice, that inner calling. They are so busy with pleasing everybody, with living up to other people’s expectations, that they lose control over their lives. They forget what makes them happy, what they want, what they need….and eventually they forget about themselves. You have one life – this one right now – you must live it, own it, and especially don’t let other people’s opinions distract you from your path.

How are you going to live a Happier Life Fit Ones???

Post in the comments below.

Fit Chic

Life is Short Make the Most of It ..

A good family friend of ours passed away from cancer recently. He was 58 years old (too young to die) and left 4 children behind. I feel when someone passes away it makes you reflect on your own life. You start to reminisce about the memories shared and look ahead to what the future holds. You start to ask yourself the questions,

“How much life do we have left to live?”

“Are we doing what we want if we knew tomorrow was our last?”

These are always hard deep questions to ask one’s self, and sometimes the answers are just as complex! If I live a life like my family friend, I will have exactly 22 1/2 years of life left. That leaves 22.5 years to accomplish my goals, aspirations, bucket lists, and all that life has desired. When I began to look at life like this it put me in a whole point of view. Life can be put in perspective very quickly all of a sudden the TDL (to do list), pressing or stressful little tasks, things getting in the way of talking with family or long lost friends don’t seem so important!

Putting off “life” because you don’t have money, time, belief etc ..because you feel you have all the time in the world, until all of a sudden you don’t. My grandma has been living with us the last month, and it has been such a gift. I found I was working all the time and not enjoying any of the goodness life has each day! My grandma said embrace this life dear Annie as it goes by weather you live it or not! So my take away was if your not living life your really dying inside, so why not live each day to the fullest.

Now I am not saying sell your house and move to the a remote island (although if you were my husband this would be his dream), I am not saying sell your car and by a Ferrari. I am saying “LIVE”. Laugh with friends, get “datey” with your husband, cuddle with your kids instead of finishing work, eat ice cream on a hot day and enjoy every bite, etc … Life is short so live to the fullest Fit Ones!

I challenge you write down what an ideal day looks like for you. Write down if you knew you had 1 year to live what would you want to do and then start planning. When you put a date to something it tends to happen! Stop letting life pass you by, and start enjoying all that it has to offer!

Fit Chic