Category: Inspiration

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 

A Mother’s Day Shout Out …

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. -Washington Irving 

With Mother’s Day Sunday, I wanted to take a moment and thank all the amazing mother’s in my life! Thank you to all the empowering, loving, strong, phenomenal women whom I get to surround myself with each day. You all deserve a medal. You are super heroes above anything else. You hold it together through the roughest of waves and embrace the calm in every storm.

Most of all I want to Thank my mom ….

Thank You for making the impossible look possible, Thank you for making all of my dreams feel like reality. Thank you for all your sacrifice in order that I could have a better life! Thank you for always demonstrating Love and Grace to those around you! Thank you for being my mentor and my friend! Thank you for pushing me and never allowing me to settle for second best!

I am so grateful you put me on this earth, and I love you very much!!!

Thank you for being the best representation of what being a “Mother” really means! (I have some very big shoes to fill.)

Happy Mother’s Day !!!!

Fit Chic 

Stop Proving and Start Living Fit Ones …

I am in a bible study and the book that we are working on is called “Proven” by Jennie allen ….

It is a great study that digs deep into why we don’t need to “Prove” anything to anyone, and how living in “prove” mode is detrimental to your health and wellness.

This bible study has been very life altering for me. My whole life I have made my drive within about proving to others, my family, etc how hardworking I am. How in shape I am in .. It’s exhausting physically and mentally!

Stop living in “Prove” mode ..meaning “Proving” you have to be better than your co worker, out perform people at the gym, out dress those around etc …

It is like you are on a treadmill that will never stop! It is a constant struggle to try to out do, out perform, out work and its never going to fulfill you the way you ultimately want to be fulfilled!

Stop listening to people who don’t feel good about themselves and are trying to put their insecurities onto you …
Take the pressure off yourself and realize you don’t need to “Prove” yourself to anyone! If you look at some of the most successful people in the world they went against the flow and stood up for what they believed and didn’t care to “prove” to anyone they were confident on their mission and what they were here to do!
Stop basing your values on what other’s think don’t let your identity be who others want let it be what you want!
Fit Chic 

A New Month = New Goals…..

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It’s that wonderful time again … a new month which equals a good time to check – in with my goals, reevaluate them, and put new ones in place….

I found this great quote that reads:

“A leader, once convinced a  particular course of action is the right one, must have the  determination to stick with it and be undaunted when the going gets  rough.”

Quote by: Ronald Reagan

When I  went to the Ronald Reagan museum, I got to witness all the  amazing accomplishments that one extraordinary man achieved in his lifetime.

He was an athlete, college graduate, actor, governor, and President.

He grew up in a small town called Tampico Illinois. His family did not have much money, but they did know the definition of hard work, and so did Mr. Reagan.

Reagan did not look at life and say “I am going to President when I am 70”. He paved the way by the steps and actions he took in his life each day to get there.

He was dedicated and when the going got tough he pressed on and got tougher.

A lot of times we get so caught up in the day-to-day of life and the “why can’t I just have this life” or why can’t life be easier” mentality and loose site of what it is we actually are shooting for.

I always use the expression, you have to go to the school of the Hard Knocks in order to really appreciate what you have. If it were easy then every one would do it and no one would truly appreciate where they came from. If there is no struggle there is no growth and without growth there is no strive to get better! Hence why setting goals is so important to our success in all aspects of our lives.

Think if Reagan was called one day at 30 and told that he was  going to be the president of the United States. I don’t believe at 30 he would have gone down in history of one of the greatest presidents of  all time; he was not ready, and he had not put in the work yet to earn or deserve that title.

I feel that a lot of times we want to get from A to Z but forget  about going through M L N O P. Some of our hardest times and biggest struggles make us  tenacious and fight for what it is we ultimately want from life!

So when we do finally get to where we want to be we appreciate it. We have gone through a journey to find out what works, what doesn’t, and figure out exactly why you are in the place you are.

“Stay in it to win it”, and you will be on your journey to ultimate success!

What are some success’ you would like to see in the next 3 months 6 months, or even a year Fit Ones?

Post in the comments below…….

Happy May Day!

Fit Chic

Fit Chic’s Find Positivity in All You Do …

So this past week, I have been really working on keeping a positive mindset in all that I do! Being mindful of not immediately going to the negative, watching things that don’t serve me, and my associations in the past week. This doesn’t mean I was perfect or didn’t have any negativity by any means .. but the one take away I had was my mood was better all around. I started to look at things from a whole new light, and most of all I felt better physically and mentally!

For example, if I didn’t want to do something like workout, make the bed, fold the clothes, cook dinner I would focus on all the positives surrounding those task. All of a sudden my mood and demeanor about the situation changed. If I was unhappy about movements in the workout I would tell myself be blessed you are able to move! If I didn’t want to fold the clothes, I changed my mindset to be happy I had so many clothes to fold. If I was annoyed by a situation I focused on what i could take positively from it. What I came to realize is how wonderful my life is, How much I have to be thankful for, and How life is really good when you learn to count your blessings!

Happiness and positivity are the two things that fuel and feed your soul. When you start to change your focus you actually perform better and feel better on the inside and out.

What do you need to do to make those tweaks to have positivity and happiness all around? First, do an assessment of the top five people you spend the most time with. This is an eye opening experience and can really make you see why you are in the place you are in! If you are married and your spouse is a “Debbie Downer” or your best friend is always talking about some drama …. This feeds you and sucks you dry!

You need to make a conscience effort to choose your words, the people in your life, and the things you watch or listen to. This will bring so much clarity on why you think and do the things you do! It will expand your horizons and make you stop and examine why you are in the place you are in. If you feel like life is not going your way, or your not seeing the results you want, or getting things you think you deserve start to to look at the same problem from a positive perspective and see how differently you will see this situation or place!

Here is a really interesting article from The Buffer Blog on how to rewire your brain for positivity and happiness.

In order to create ultimate “Happiness and positivity” keep in mind these three things:

Gratitude – When you are grateful and humble you are positive, and you value what’s important, and it attracts happiness.

Give Time – The more you give the happier you become. Winston Churchill said “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

Relationships – When you create deep rooted relationships you actually live a longer healthier life. Not only do relationships help to make us happier, but also happy people tend to have more and better quality relationships. So working on our relationships is good for happiness and working on our happiness is good for our relationships. That’s a win win if you ask me!
Take these simple tips and challenge yourself for the next 7 days to chose to have a positive attitude and the results will amaze you!
Fit Chic 

A Fit Chic Friday Leaving You Motivated …

It’s FRIDAY!!!

What better way to get the weekend off to a great start … Then with the most inspirational quotes to put more pep in your step.

Whether you need help to get off the couch, leave your desk at lunch, or get up out of your cozy bed in the morning … Keep these quotes in your vision or memorized in your head to keep you pushing and motivated towards your goals!

Happy Friday!

Fit Chic 

Fit Chic Fun with the Family this Easter

Easter is all about family, food, and faith. With all these components surrounding this blessed holiday how can we put the “Fun” and “Fit” into it as well?

A favorite past time is decorating eggs and hiding them .. So lets take Easter Egg Hunts and Easter Baskets to the next level.

#1 Make A Workout Game Out of the Hunt:

Grab a dozen or more plastic eggs (purchase the ones that separate into two) and on small sheets of colored or plain paper write fun workout moves to do when the egg gets open.

For Example in each egg:

10 squats

5 pushups

10 situps 

10 mountain climbers

25 Jumping Jacks 

#2 Fitness Easter Egg Basket Items: 

  1. Jump Rope
  2. Frisbee
  3. Sidewalk Chalk for Hop Scotch
  4. Handball
  5. Fun Water Bottles

#3 Activity Themed Easter Baskets: Skip the treats this year, and create a theme around a hobby or sport your child loves. 

For example Make a gardening theme, Beach theme, or a favorite sport theme

Seeds, gardening tools and pots

Pool or beach toys

Baseball Bat, Baseballs, and bases (all can be purchase at the dollar store).

Now you have all the tools you need to keep your kids feeling happy and healthy this Easter Day!

Fit Chic 

 

 

Is It Luck or Determination Fit Ones?

I find myself fascinated with “why” people are in the positions they are in. For example was Kobe Bryant born with this “God-Given” talent or did he work his butt off day in and day out to become KOBE….?

Malcolm Gladwell wrote a great Book in 2008 with a theory that you can become a master at anything by doing it for 10,000 hours.

Is this true? Could I play at the level of Kobe by playing basketball for 10,000 hours… or would I even want to?

Do movie stars like Julia Roberts or George Clooney get “lucky” or do they just out work everyone else?

I think we have to really ask ourselves: “How badly do we want the reward”?

Would we even be able to put 10,000 hours into our craft?

From what I have learned in my 30 years… I think it is a little luck and a lot of determination and practice!

I look at the workout regime of great golfers like Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson, every morning they starts their day in the early morning hours hitting thousands of golf balls… many of us can’t even get out of bed that early let alone hit that many golf balls.

The steps that we take and the routines that we create on a daily basis lead us to exactly  where we are in our lives.

The hours that we put in to the craft that we want to master, is a direct result of the level that we practice our craft.

If we want to be an athlete at a competitive level we need to workout (on a full-time basis) wake up when others are sleeping, lift heavy weights when others are at happy hour, and practicing movements to there are no holes in your chain. When friends want to party you are sleeping to make sure you get your 8-10 hours in night.

Are the sacrifices for the goal worth the amount of hours and dedication that it will take to make it happen?

The 2017 Masters took place yesterday and it is crazy to think of the hours that were dedicated to put these athletes in the position they are in today… they have basically had to eat, sleep, and breathe their goal in order to get to be on their road to Augusta!

But what about the athletes that just barely missed it? They worked just as hard as everyone else so why were they not going too? Is this the luck part?

So Fit Ones I leave you with this…

Do you think it is luck or pure determination?

Post in the comments below.

Fit Chic