Category: Inspiration

New Month New Goals….

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We all have goals that we want to attain.. but how do we put the goals that we write down on paper into action?

Why do we continue to tell ourselves what we can’t do instead of focusing on what we can and are doing?

I have been really reading a lot about mindset lately. It has always fascinated me on why and how some people can push themselves to limits unimaginable and others sit back and say “I could never do that”.

It is just as easy to train our brain so why do we lose focus on what is important and live in the comfort of our uncomfortableness?

When you continue to push yourself. attack your goals, and continue to reinvent yourself you feel so empowered and unstoppable. Your routine can consist of always hitting new goals, never feeling satisfied, and always wanting the most out of life that you can get.

When I am speaking with clients and they say ” I just don’t think that I can do that”… I always ask them two follow-up questions. First, “Why”? and second “What is the worst that will happen if you try”

So Fit Ones I want you to create a list of 5 goals that you would like to achieve for the month of July. They don’t all have to be fitness related, but they should be lofty and make you feel a little nervous and uncomfortable!

Post your goals in the comments below….

Fit Chic

 

Fun is First

Everyday is Fun When Your Surrounded By Awesome People Everyday!!!
Everyday is Fun When Your Surrounded By Awesome People Everyday!!!

My husband and I were recently discussing the reasons people let “life” get in the way of their health.

Why can some people be so dilegent  about coming to the gym and eating healthy and others can start on a good routine and then just get off track and go on a downward spiral.

I believe the answer is … you have to train your brain to make it fun!

Fun is first and the results will follow.

Think back to your youth … how many of us look forward to recess or after school so we could play on the monkey bars and swing on swings .. why can’t working out be looked at in the same light ..

It CAN and SHOULD!

Every morning when I wake up, I am excited about my fitness. I don’t agonize or tell myself I don’t want to do this etc … I embrace the fact that i have the ability to move and be healthy. I also acknowledge the fact that I am improving my health and wellness so that i will continue to get better as I get older; not get worse!

Wikipedias definition of fun is: s the enjoyment of pleasure, particularly in leisure activities. Fun is an experience – short-term, often unexpected, informal, not cerebral and generally purposeless. It is an enjoyable distraction, diverting the mind and body from any serious task or contributing an extra dimension to it. Although particularly associated with recreation and play, fun may be encountered during work, social functions, and even seemingly mundane activities of daily living. It may often have little to no logical basis, and opinions on whether or not an activity is fun may differ. A distinction between enjoyment and fun is difficult but possible to articulate,[1] fun being a more spontaneous, playful, or active event. There are psychological and physiological implications to the experience of fun.

So why can’t you pick a sport, recreational activity, social time with a friend, etc thats involves some sort of anaerobic activity to be “fun”?

I like to associate exercise like brushing your teeth … you don’t always want to do it, but when you do you feel like a million bucks.

The more you focus on the good feelings and benefits of exercise the more fun you will have with it.

So treat exercise like recess. Have fun when you are doing it and it will be much more enjoyable and beneficial to your overall health!

Fit Chic

 

Don’t Live with Regret Fit Ones ..

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So many of us let life take us by storm. We go through the day to day’s and never make time for the things that we really want to do.

Life is moving at a fast pace and isn’t slowing down anytime soon! Think about how fast this year has already gone, the past 5 years, etc ..

My husband and I went to a wedding last weekend and we couldn’t believe that it had been 9 years since we had said our “I Do’s”; it seemed like it was yesterday!

In oder to create the future you want, you have to start building it from this very moment.

Here are 7 choices that people make and most commonly regret later down the road

After you Read this, ask yourself the hard-hitting questions and start working on fixing them so you can live a life you won’t regret!

Happy Friday!

Fit Chic

 

 

 

People Pleasing Never Pays Off..

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I found a great quote in an article I was reading in Yahoo. It read:

“I can’t tell you the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone”.

I am a huge advocate of personal development. Never being satisfied and always figuring  out your weaknesses so that you can make them strengths or at least get the right people in place to play to your strengths.

I recently was filling out a leadership questionnaire to find out where my weaknesses lie and the one key element that I really took away from it was: People Pleasing.

I am a People Pleaser to the max! I am constantly putting people in front of myself. Whether it be family, clients, friends etc… I am not making myself a priority and in the end I am not being the best “Annie” I truly can be to my family, clients, and friends.

When you neglect yourself you typically don’t take the time to focus on what you need to improve on, get done, or areas to excel because you are so focused on what everyone else needs from you.

My grandpa taught me a very good lesson, he said in the beginning years of business I was so focused on making the people who were not satisfied with what I was doing satisfied that I lost focused on what my “real” cause was in the first place and what I realized that these people who I was working so hard to please, were not going to be satisfied no matter what I did anyways! ”

It is very easy to put other things before yourself so that you don’t have to ever really work on you! Don’t let people be your cop-out, take a conscious effort to really stand up for yourself and put yourself first.

Don’t let others depict your future people pleasing will never leave you satisfied!

What steps are you going to take Fit Ones to put yourself first?

Post your answers in the comments below…

Fit Chic

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A Legend To Learn From

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With the passing of Mohammed Ali … I wanted to read one of his most inspiring and influential quotes in my life!

“HE WHO IS NOT COURAGEOUS ENOUGH TO TAKE RISKS WILL ACCOMPLISH NOTHING IN LIFE!” – ALI 

BE COURAGEOUS FIT ONES AND LIVE THE LIFE YOUR PASSIONATE ABOUT!

HAPPY FRIDAY!

FIT CHIC

The Top 5 Songs to Rev Up Your Fitness This Summer….

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I am a HUGE advocate of music! I feel that music can really help take your fitness up a notch.

The perfect song can kick up your fitness to the limit and to the next level. It is a proven fact that music really effects your workout intensity in a positive way.

Not only does it make your workouts wiz by it makes working out fun in the process.

So grab your iPod, iPhone, or MP3 player and make sure these five songs are on your workout playlist.

#1 Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake

#2 “One Dance” – Drake 

#3 Cheap Thrills – Sia 

#4 “Just Like Fire” – Pink

#5 Hello Friday – Jason Derulo and Flo Rida

Now you have the key ingredients to making this summers workouts the best you have had in years!

3..2…1.. download

Fit Chic

A Special Birthday Shout Out to My Most Beloved Fit Chic

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Today is a very important day … It’s My mother’s birthday!

She is the first Fit Chic, and she definitely keeps the integrity of the name everyday!

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 amazing, she is working out more efficiently and harder than most of my friends. She takes care of her body and it really shows!

She shows up ready to work hard, have fun, and encourage those around her at all times.

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

Her dedication and commitment is contagious to so many that she comes in contact with; including me!

She also inspires individuals daily as a Pilates instructor. She is an amazing teacher who dedicates her passion for health and wellness to make other’s lives better. She teaches her clients to have a “no excuse” mentality and push themselves to reach outside of their comfort zone and move in ways that they never imagined they could!

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. I wish I could be there to share in your day, but instead I will share with the world how great you are!

Love,

Your Fit Chic

5 Fun Memorial Day Facts…

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What is the “true” meaning of Memorial Day?

Yes the barbecues, 3 day weekend, and get togethers are a blast .. but what exactly are we celebrating?

Here are 5 fun facts that you may not know about the patriotic day.

1. IT STARTED WITH THE CIVIL WAR

Memorial Day was a response to the unprecedented carnage of the Civil War, in which some 620,000 soldiers on both sides died. The loss of life and its effect on communities throughout the country led to spontaneous commemorations of the dead:

• In 1864, women from Boalsburg, Pa., put flowers on the graves of their dead from the just-fought Battle of Gettysburg. The next year, a group of women decorated the graves of soldiers buried in a Vicksburg, Miss., cemetery.

• In April 1866, women from Columbus, Miss., laid flowers on the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers. In the same month, in Carbondale, Ill., 219 Civil War veterans marched through town in memory of the fallen to Woodlawn Cemetery, where Union hero Maj. Gen. John A. Logan delivered the principal address. The ceremony gave Carbondale its claim to the first organized, community-wide Memorial Day observance.

• Waterloo, N.Y. began holding an annual community service on May 5, 1866. Although many towns claimed the title, it was Waterloo that won congressional recognition as the “birthplace of Memorial Day.”

2. IT WAS FIRST KNOWN AS DECORATION DAY

The holiday was long known as Decoration Day for the practice of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths, and flags. The name Memorial Day goes back to 1882, but the older name didn’t disappear until after World War II. Federal law declared “Memorial Day” the official name in 1967.

3. THE HOLIDAY IS A FRANCHISE

Calling Memorial Day a “national holiday” is a bit of a misnomer. While there are 10 federal holidays created by Congress—including Memorial Day—they apply only to Federal employees and the District of Columbia. Federal Memorial Day, established in 1888, allowed Civil War veterans, many of whom were drawing a government paycheck, to honor their fallen comrades without being docked a day’s pay.

For the rest of us, our holidays were enacted state by state. New York was the first state to designate Memorial Day a legal holiday, in 1873. Most Northern states had followed suit by the 1890s. The states of the former Confederacy were unenthusiastic about a holiday memorializing those who, in Gen. Logan’s words, “united to suppress the late rebellion.” The South didn’t adopt the May 30 Memorial Day until after World War I, by which time its purpose had been broadened to include those who died in all the country’s wars.

In 1971, the Monday Holiday Law shifted Memorial Day from May 30 to the last Monday of the month.

4. MEMORIAL DAY HAS ITS CUSTOMS

General Orders No. 11 stated that “in this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed,” but over time several customs and symbols became associated with the holiday.

• It is customary on Memorial Day to fly the flag at half staff until noon, and then raise it to the top of the staff until sunset.

• Taps, the 24-note bugle call, is played at all military funerals and memorial services. It originated in 1862 when Union Gen. Dan Butterfield “grew tired of the ‘lights out’ call sounded at the end of each day,” according to The Washington Post. Together with the brigade bugler, Butterfield made some changes to the tune.

Not long after, the melody was used at a burial for the first time when a battery commander ordered it played in lieu of the customary three rifle volleys over the grave. The battery was so close to enemy lines, and the commander was worried the shots would spark renewed fighting.

• The World War I poem “In Flanders Fields,” by John McCrea, inspired the Memorial Day custom of wearing red artificial poppies. In 1915, a Georgia teacher and volunteer war worker named Moina Michael began a campaign to make the poppy a symbol of tribute to veterans and for “keeping the faith with all who died.” The sale of poppies has supported the work of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

# 5 EACH MEMORIAL DAY IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT

No question that Memorial Day is a solemn event. Still, don’t feel too guilty about doing something frivolous (like having barbecue) over the weekend. After all, you weren’t the one who instituted the Indianapolis 500 on May 30, 1911. That credit goes to Indianapolis businessman Carl Fisher. The winning driver that day was Ray Harroun, who averaged 74.6 mph and completed the race in 6 hours and 42 minutes.

Gravitas returned on May 30, 1922, when the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated. Supreme Court Chief Justice (and former president) William Howard Taft dedicated the monument before a crowd of 50,000 people, segregated by race, and which included a row of Union and Confederate veterans. Also attending was Lincoln’s surviving son, Robert Todd Lincoln.

In 2000, Congress established a National Moment of Remembrance, which asks Americans to pause for one minute at 3pm in an act of national unity. The time was chosen because 3pm “is the time when most Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday.”

Happy Memorial Day Fit Ones

Fit Chic

Mindset is Your Make or Break …

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Mindset is one of the key ingredients to your success or your demise!

Wikipedia’s definition of mindset is:

mindset is a set of assumptions, methods, or notations held by one or more people or groups of people who is so established that it creates a powerful incentive within these people or groups to continue to adopt or accept prior behaviors, choices, or tools.

In my many years of training I have seen people accomplish tasks that they never believed they could and I have seen people never reach their full potential all do to the way they chose to view their goals.

Your mind is a very powerful tool in making us the most successful person we can possibly become in all aspects of life. When we have a positive mindset and view about ourselves, our situation, and our journey ahead the world looks brighter and our vision for what we want is clear.

When we allow the I cant’s, I wont’s, I’m too fat, too skinny etc…. then we get that in return. We feel we are not good enough, we don’t have enough and the world begins to look less appealing.

They say the average human being remembers something 9 times longer than something positive and why? Because most people would rather on focus what they don’t have compared to what they do have.

As I had written in a previous post I made a 90 day challenge with myself to not complain and although I have not been perfect I have gained a whole new outlook on all the wonderful gifts I have in my life to be thankful for and forgot about all the little things I used to complain about .

For example my husband used to always ask me how my day was going, and immediately I would answer “fine” or “could be better” and why?

My day was going great, and everything in my life couldn’t be better. I work with amazing individuals each and everyday! I wake up to the love of my life! I have a cozy place to sleep every night, I have a fantastic family etc… so why was I just fine?

Because I had not made the “Powerful” positive verbage a routine to my vocabulary, I had let the negative become priority!

Here is a great list of words the first to live by and use often and the second to eliminate completely from our vocabulary:

Examples of Powerful Language include:

  • I am….
  • I can…
  • I feel…
  • I create…
  • I choose to, or not to….

Our life is up to us. Our path is determined by what we are willing to create and how much we are willing to put ourselves out there, and that begins with what we say. Ultimately we are solely responsible for what happens to us. It’s easy to get into a slippery slope of victim language such as:

  • I can’t…
  • I need….
  • I should…
  • I have to…
  • I couldn’t…
  • I shouldn’t….
  • I had no choice…
  • If only you, they….
  • You make me feel….
  • They, you, made me…
  • It’s too late, far, expensive…
  • I’m too old, young, uneducated, out of shape…

Today I challenge you Fit Ones to keep a diary and become aware and write down the words from each list when you use them in a typical day and see what side of the fence you are on.

Are you living each day being thankful, positive, glass half-full mentality?

Or are you a negator, Debbie downer type?

If you are on a slippery slope make a change! Begin each day with a positive mindset and attitude. You can truly see the good in every situation and make the best of it if YOU choose too. Yes life will not always be filled with rainbows, but it is how we choose to deal with the hard situations that will make our mindset strong or weak!

Take the next 90 days and make a change from the dark side to the light. I guarantee your workouts will get better, your work will become much more enjoyable, your goals and what you want out of life will become clear!

Fit Ones what are some of the ways you are going to become more positive in your life?

Post in the comments below…

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Fit Chic

Friday Inspirational Read …

Ida Keeling a 100 year old woman from Philadelphia Pennsylvania broke the 100 meter dash this past Saturday.

When interviewed after the race she had this to say :

“I’m very happy to offer all of this crowd a nice example of what you can do for yourself, and I thank God every day for my blessings,”

She is a true example of not using age as an excuse but using it to continue to teach and inspire.

Keeling had some words of wisdom for the group .. “Love yourself. Do what you have to do, not what you want to do. Eat for nutrition and not for taste. And exercise at least once a day.”

If you do this you too can be sprinting at 100 (almost 101) years old ….

Happy Friday!

Fit Chic