Category: Inspiration

When is the Last Time You Have Given Your Best Effort?

I heard this phrase last night and it really made me think…if you know me at all, you know I am obessed with the power of our mental capacity.

Why is it that some people are ultra successful and some people are NOT?

Or lets put it in fitness terms…

Why is it some people push harder than others?
Why do some people have a ton of improvements and success and some people never really “Get it” and end up stopping/quitting?
Why can some people stick to healthy living better than others?

Now questions to ask YOURself…

When is the last time you have given YOUR BEST effort?
Do you do your best each and every time you Workout?
What holds you back?
What grade would you give yourself in your fitness career up to this point? Are you coasting through?

The great thing about fitness is you have an opportunity to improve every single time you workout!

Below is a cool blog I found to help you mentally train yourself not only for your workouts, but in life as well. “Train your brain like your muscles and everything will improve for the good.”

Enjoy!

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You have the power to win. You have the power to excel in life and for that you don’t need to look outside. A positive mindset with an attitude developed over a period of time can do wonders for you. Every individual in himself have a storehouse of extreme energy and strength. This is a latent energy waiting for initiation to do its magic. If you realize this than all that is left is how to source it from within , which is your inner self. In order to make your best effort there are 9 steps which can do the magic for you. Follow them and see how Best Effort comes naturally within you and you can clearly see a change in your execution powers. The steps now

1)    You have a limited time- Any effort requires the action in a specific time period. One has to realize that few minutes of effort have the power to change their lives. All hard work they have done needs a best effort in those few minutes in order to make it to the top. You have to be prepared for those few moments which have powers to take you on the Path of fame.

2)    Sweat it Out- Nothing compares to hard work. Nothing can give you more confidence than the hard work you have done for the final show. More hard work has power to stream the luck in your side. It makes the odds in your favor

3)    Think More About it- Think of success and think more about it. Live, eat, sleep and dream of success only. You thoughts need to be synchronized in a manner that every part has a fragrance of success in it. The more you think of success the more you get prepared to welcome it in real time

4)     Be Eager- You need to be eager, you need to be hungry to get success. A want, a hunger, a desire, a thirst to win has a magical power which takes you closer to success. Show your animal instinct to get closer to your goal.

5)    Be Flexible- Adapt to the environment. Be prepared to be flexible and adjust to the surroundings. You need to be the chameleon that uses all tactics to fight to its enemy. Remain prepared and expect the extreme.

http://www.mysticmadness.com/10-steps-on-how-to-give-your-best-effort.html

No Matter What Keep Your Integrity ……

This guy has a lot of Integrity!

Wikipedia’s definition of Integrity :

My husband and I always have a joke about being in situations and playing out scenarios the way that you wish that you could, and the way they actually play out.

For example: You are at the grocery store after a long day, and you are in a long line and a checker opens a new lane and the person who just got in line (even though you have been waiting for ever) jumps into the new lane. You want to go into the new lane push the lady out of the way and tell her “I have been waiting for 15 minutes, why do you feel so entitled?”, but instead you keep your “integrity” and either stand in the same line, or politely go behind and the woman and smile.

There are many scenarios like this that we all have gone through in our lives, but how do you choose to handle these situations?

Do we handle them with integrity, or do we choose to fly off the handle and not keep any form of composure?

Sure it makes you feel fantastic in the moment, but after was it really worth it?

In workouts, friendships, jobs, and life in general, there are going to be many  situations where people are going to really test you, but how are you going to react to it?

I have found in any situation I am in, I always feel much better knowing that I had the utmost integrity in the situation, than known as the person who can’t keep their composure.

People will always judge, say things that aren’t true, take short cuts on your behalf, but who cares!

Keep your integrity and at the end of the day you can rest assured you did the best that you could possibly do, and handled the situation with “integrity” and dignity.

We are all challenged but always keep your integrity, and be the best that you can be and that will shine far greater than anything else!

Fit Chic

Leaving Your Legacy….

We Love you Dre … Thank you for all the Wonderful Memories You Have Left Me With!

If you were to die tomorrow, how would you want to be remembered?

Would you be happy with the people that represented who you were?

Would you be happy with what was said about you?

Would you die knowing you had left behind something that was a representative of you?

I went to a very dear friends funeral on Friday. He had past away in a motorcycle accident at the age of 32. It was very sudden and very sad.

As I was sitting at his memorial service, I began thinking…. Who would be at my funeral if I died tomorrow?

Would the people in the room really represent who I was and wanted to be?

What would the people say about the person that I was?

Would I be happy with what I had accomplished and who I had impacted while I was here?

It was the first time someone close to me (who was my age) had passed away, and it really made me examine the person that I was and the person that I wanted to be represented as.

As people began to speak one by one they all had the same commonality. He was very motivational and inspirational to many.

It did not matter his occupation, or what he drove, how much he made etc… It was about the legacy he left and the people he effected in the time that he was here!

This was so powerful and eye-opening to me! Are we living the life that we were meant to?

Or are we settling because we are scared of stepping out of our comfort zone?

I examined my life and what I had achieved thus far, and it made me realize my purpose was to motivate, inspire, and coach people to be the best that they can be!

The one thing that I took from this whole experience was that you need to live each day to the fullest and leave your legacy while we are able to leave it.

Don’t live in fear of who you could be, live for who you want to be remembered as.

Fit Chic

A Good Quote to Live By!

Dance as though no one is watching!

“Dance as though no one is watching
you. Love as though you have never been hurt before. Sing as though no one can
hear you. Live as though heaven is on earth.”

I read this quote today and it really hit home. Would you live life differently if you knew you were not being judged or watched? How would you live life if the world was at your fingertips?

I thought about these questions and began to ask myself what I would change, or would I would do differently? and I don’t think that I would do anything.

I have been so blessed with the people who I have met and that have been introduced into my life. I have taken opportunities that I never thought possible, and I have dreamed of what will come and I am excited about the future!

I believe that is the whole point of this quote. We don’t need to live life for the what if’s … or maybe someday’s…. just take opportunities as they come and make the most of them no matter how crazy they may sound at the time.

I remember when my husband and I had decided to move to Sioux Falls South Dakota from LA. Our friends and family thought that we were nuts, and couldn’t understand it, but that didn’t matter to us. What mattered is we felt that this is something we had to do and we did it, and thank God we did! We started a gym and met well over 200 people to which we love and respect very much. If we never took the risk, we would have never gotten the reward!

Make the most of the life you have, and take advantage of every opportunity, “Dance as though no one is watching
you. Love as though you have never been hurt before. Sing as though no one can
hear you. Live as though heaven is on earth.”

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

Post in the comments below

Fit Chic

What Does Commitment Mean to You?

Wikipedia’s Definition of commitment is:

commitment, interaction dominated by obligations. These obligations may be mutual, or self-imposed, or explicitly stated, or may not. Distinction is often made between commitment as a member of an organization (such as a sporting team, a religion, or as an employee), and a personal commitment, which is often a pledge or promise to ones’ self for personal growth.

So what does that mean to you? How committed are you to the relationships, habits, and activities in your life that make you better?

I was watching my friends this weekend train for the CrossFit Games which take place in July. Every week for the next 6 weeks we will have to perform a certain workout, and how well we do for our team helps our team to qualify for these games.

It was really apparent on these people’s faces even their body language, who was committed and who was not!

The most committed came in early warmed up, did the proper stretching and prepared mentally for the task at hand, the others didn’t and it showed in their workouts.

It is the same in your relationships! My friends always say how I have the best husband in the world (and I do), but we work very hard on our relationship and we are very committed to being the best spouse to each other that we can be!

Look at successful business entrepeneurs, if they were not completely committed to their product they would not be as successful as they could be, because if you are not fully committed then how do you expect others to be?

Your challenge this week Fit ones is to stay TRUELY committed to yourself and your task at hand! If it is working out, do it and commit to it and see the incredible results you will obtain.

If it is your relationships, when it gets hard, you argue, or things are just not going your way, remember your commitment to each other and see how strong your relationship will become…

For yourself, be committed to being the best that you can be each day, and see what a powerful, motivated, inspiring individual you will be not only to yourself but to others around you!

I find when I put my commitments on paper I am more accountable to them, and will follow thru with them a lot more diligently!

What are some of your commitments you want to make?

Please leave them in the comments below!

Fit Chic

Sometimes Doing the Things You Hate Most, Are the Things We Need the Most!

CF FTS Last Year at the Games … We over came a lot that we Did not want to do but it paid off!

As I was getting ready for Church this past Sunday, and I was dilly dalling taking my time trying to find any excuse I could to not go. Why?

As I was sitting in Church listening to the sermon, I thought about how happy I was that I had come. I had so much more clarity and calmness, so why did I not want to be here again?

This brought me to the conclusion, sometimes the things that we try to avoid the most are the most beneficial for us!

For example how many times do we dread going to the gym, but when we are done we feel like a million bucks!

Or working on a big project, when it’s completed there is such a feeling of accomplishment!

I feel that every time we force ourselves to do what we dread, we become stronger and really grow from it.

This month I challenge you to do things you don’t really want to do; and by that I mean step out of your comfort zone!

I have found that my greatest successes have come from my greatest discomforts. When I took a leap I found my purpose…

Here is a great quote that I will leave you with:

“We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.” Max DePree

Fit Chic

Leave Your Excuses At the Door …..

When my husband and I went to a CrossFit conference last fall, we heard a fellow CrossFitter by the name of Kyle Maynard speak.

Kyle Manard, is an inspiration in his own right, and also a CrossFitter.

Below is a video of him discussing functional training and how important and applicable it is for life.

If you’re curious about Kyle and want to know more about his story, google him – he has truly lived a remarkable life.

Watch this and you will really have NO EXCUSES!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFke91pbfUo

Instead of Giving Something Up Try Adding Something In ….

Looks like this guy is adding more sleep to his mix

With today being Ash Wednesday or the first day of Lent….. Everyone is talking about what they are giving up for the next 7 weeks until Easter arrives.

Ever since  I was 8 years old I have given up something for Lent. Most years it was sugar, diet soda, processed foods, etc…. but last year I tried a new angle; instead of giving something up I was going to add something in.

I started with doing one act of kindness a day, and meditating for 15 minutes by myself sometime throughout the day (for those of you who know me 15 minutes to me is like 2 hours to most), but I figured it was a good start.

The first few days (like any new routine) were difficult, but then I began to look forward to doing something nice for someone else, like most charitable acts I think they make you feel better than the actual act itself.

I was starting the day off with a clear focus from the meditation, and didn’t feel so scatter brained either.

Before I knew it the 7 weeks were up, and I was actually sad to have Easter arrive. I kept with the two for a few weeks, but since there was no accountability I lost sight of the goal and it dissipated out of my life.

So this year I am really looking forward to adding something and making it stick! I am committing to a half hour of meditation and focus, and adding new daily goals to hit and stick with each day.

So fellow Fit Chics and Fit Studs what are you going to add in your life to make it better?

Answer in the comments below:

Fit Chic

Having Friends Keep You Accountable…

A Big Thanks to Amazing friends that helped keep me accountable day in and day out!

We all get very excited and motivated when we start a new workout regime, a new job, or recreational activity. We come in with the mindset to give 100 percent , with nothing getiing in your way.

Then as time wears on you begin to get into a routine, the newness begins to slip away, and you need to find motivation from other avenues.

So this is when you turn to your friends for help to keep you pushing ahead.

We had a former client contact us recently. She was stuck, and lacked the motivation and will to forge ahead. She needed resources, but didn’t have the foggiest idea on who to turn to.

My husband suggested she use her close friends at the gym. He knew that she was not the only one in this same predicament and they could all use each other for accountability.

He told her to start a 30 day challenge: push each other through workouts, set times to workout together, keep a food journal and share it with the group. They would call or email each other when good and bad things were pushing and prohibiting them from their goals.

Our client really liked the idea, and by the end of the day she had a group that needed and wanted this just as much as she did.

It was really starting to work, they had great communication, and now the pressure was no longer about finding a new motivation or pushing through the mental block. It was about keeping an obligation to a friend.

When they didn’t want to wake up early to work out , they knew 5 other people would be there waiting for them. When pizza sounded a lot more appealing than salad, their friends would not eat the pizza so they didn’t have to either. It’s the “if my friends can do it, I can do it” mind-set!

A week into the challenge other people saw what they were doing and took a huge interest in this as well, and by weeks end 5 went to 35.

When you are doubting yourself, or think that you can’t push through; rely on the friendships around you to get you over the hump. Lets face it, it’s a lot easier when you have your closest friends supporting you. Then you don’t feel like you are doing it all on your own!

You guys are doing a great job (you know who you are), keep up the hard work and it will continue to pay off!

Fit Chic