Category: Inspiration

September 11th 15 Years of Reflection …

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I bet we can all remember exactly where we were, what time it was, and the feeling you had the moment you heard.

I was living in Fullerton California going to college. My mom was living and working in New York City. My aunt called me (a few times), to let me know what had happened. As I was still in a bit of a fog from just waking up, I turned on the t.v. to see what exactly had happened. The fear I felt knowing my mom was there and I could not get a hold of her was a fear I will never forget!

I soon found out she was ok … I started to reflect on how courageous people where that day. I also felt sick to think people can be that evil in the world!

Over the next few weeks, you could not go anywhere without hearing of the horrific event that took place September 11th … and even after hearing it, it still didn’t seem real!

Now 15 years later … It still seems surreal. As the monumental moments where shown yesterday am …I am still amazed at the bravery, honor, and dedication to our country.

Take time to remember those who fight for your freedom every day. The heroes who lost their lives for our country, and for the 2,977 innocent people that lost their lives  that day!

Fit Chic 

Happy Labor Day …

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I know we all look forward to holidays especially holiday weekends. We get a day off from work, school, etc, we can barbeque with friends and family, and we get to look forward to a four day work week but why?

What exactly are we celebrating and when did it all begin?

Here is your answer…..

The History of Labor Day

Labor Day: How it Came About; What it Means

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Founder of Labor Day

More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

The First Labor Day

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

Labor Day Legislation

Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From them developed the movement to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

A Nationwide Holiday

The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take were outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television.

The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.

For other Labor Day information, visit our Labor Day 2011 page @ http://www.dol.gov/laborday/.

Now that we know what it means go out and Enjoy It!

Fit Chic

Fit Chic Fun Friday Read …

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As many of my readers know, I am a yoga instructor and I love every minute of it. I came across this read the other day and thought it was so wonderful I had to share it with you all!

If you are a yoga instructor or yogi, this will definitely bring a laugh and/or smile to your face!

Here is a great article from Mind Body Green on :

10 Funny Things That Only Happen To People Who Do Yoga … 

What can you relate to on this list Fit Ones?

Post Your Answers in the Comments Below ..

Happy Friday!

Fit Chic 

The Olympics CPM Style ..

Friday was our last Fitness Friday with our beloved anchor Kevin Hurd.

We wanted to give Kevin a Fitness Friday he would not forget, so we decided to put him through the CPM Olympics …

It was a test of wills that consisted of Olympic Weightlifting, Gymnastics Movements, and a All Out 100 meter Sprint!

Kevin did live to tell about it and show it to you all in the video below …

http://www.kdlt.com/kdltnews-news-kdlt-news-today/Fitness-Friday-CPM-Everyday-Olympics/41277414

What was your favorite Olympic moment Fit Ones?

Post in the comments below …

Fit Chic 

Create Happiness This Friday!

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In order to be happy you have to choose to be happy, you have to plan to be happy, and prepare to be happy then you will find Happiness.

I believe so many of us “expect” happiness and are not wiling to go out and find it.

Do you even know what makes you truly happy? That is the first step to ask yourself the tough question ..

“What is it that makes me truly happy?”

What small habits or choices can I make each day to get me to this “happy” place?

Then I know when I am receiving happiness and when I have veered off track.

You can have happiness you just have to make the choice to go after it!

Happy friday!

Fit Chic

Create the Most Meaningful Life You Can Fit Ones …

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Recently my mentor, my father figure, aka my grandpa passed away. He was the first person who has passed away that I was really close with and played a huge role in my life!

When someone of influence passes away in your life, it starts to make you really hone in on your purpose aka “Your Meaning” in life. My grandpa made such an impact on so many in his lifetime, His energy and zest for life was infectious! He always had so many wonderful stories, fun facts, and great lessons to live by.

He lived without fear and made things happen because he believed they could. When reading his obituary so many people made comments on what a huge legacy he left behind and how much impact he made in the time he was here on earth.

i have always been addicted to leaving “my” legacy! Making the most out of each day knowing we don’t know how much time we are going to get here on earth.

Here are a few tips that I learned from my grandpa, from reading from successful people, and figuring out from my own life experience:

  1. Become an avid listener .. It is amazing what you can learn and find out from what other people say. It is even more amazing what you can learn when you follow up with a question instead of an opinion.
  2. Stop Comparing Yourself to Others and Start Living for You! – When you compare yourself to others you stop living for others and not living for what is going to truly make you happy and leave the legacy YOU want to!
  3. Trust Your Intuition and Your Gut  – Don’t let fear or complacency keep you from everything that you want and you deserve to get. I try to do something each day that scares me and makes me feel uncomfortable (in a positive way)
  4. Do Something That Inspires You and Fuels Your Passions – Even if you don’t think it’s going to lead to anything in the beginning or maybe you are scared to try something do it anyway … Your passion dosen’t have to be your money maker it can be a stress reliever, a way to inspire and teach others, or leave a mark in your community and fuel your soul all in one.
  5. STOP the Guilt Trips – Stop finding ways to affirm that you’re not enough. What you say to yourself daily is detrimental to your overall health. Stop bad mouthing yourself or having a negative attitude! You can find positivity in every situation.

Live the greatest life you can, and let each day be filled with passion and joy!

Fit Chic

Monday Mantra’s to Live By …

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Mantras are words or sounds repeated to aid concentration in meditation or a statement or slogan repeated frequently

It makes me think of people out there that are about to embark on taking control of their health and fitness and/or life in general.

Starting something new in life, or taking a step out of your comfort zone can be overwhelming, intimidating and feel like a long road ahead.  But no matter where we are with our FITness, career or relationships it is always good to stick to some core fundamentals.

Below is a great list of mantras to live by. When you feel down and out, or stuck in a rut, or just need some inspiration, these are great goals

1. Take it one choice at a time. Keeping it simple is always the key to progress. I know for me it is more about getting distracted with focusing on more than one thing – it actually slows me down.

2. I deserve this. We achieve what we believe we deserve. Maybe some of us need to work on this more than our abs… Just saying…

3. Pay myself first. Why are you so worried about everyone else first?! The better you become, the better you can do everything else. When you invest in you, you will receive the best ROI vs. anything else you put your time into.

4. It’s a journey not a race. What you are doing today you will reap tomorrow.

5.  Celebrate something everyday. Your life is a one time shot at how you want to create it. Why are you so focused on the bad when you can celebrate the good???

6. Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good. It’s about chasing perfection NOT being perfect. Just get a little bit better everyday. I heard from a success mentor that you only have to win 51% of the time to become successful in whatever you want to achieve.

7. It’s a lifestyle, not a diet. We are striving for permanent results. Thoughts, Actions, Behaviors and Habits make us who we are. A Diet is temporary, cheap and false.

8. I want you to CREATE… POST TO COMMENTS!

5 Ways to Successfully Reach Your Goals…..

Here is a great post for the 5 great ways to reach your goals successfully and efficiently.

  1. Have a game plan. This is a big one. Everyone can set goals, not everyone can attain them. Make a game plan for your road to success. If you know you want to achieve a healthier lifestyle, create a game plan or a system that will allow you to be successful (like whole 30, or whole life challenge etc ..)
  2. Avoid distractions. There are tons of distractions in life and if you stop to address each one of them then you will never have the time or the energy to accomplish your intended goal. When you set your goal, be determined and resolute to accomplish it. Don’t let anything else get in your way!
  3. Create a support group. This is so important when working towards a goal. As much as we would like to believe we have super human powers, we all need support. This is especially true when we are trying to accomplish something that may be out of our comfort zone. Talk to your friends and family about the goal you have set for yourself and ask for their support. Then, in times when your own will power may be wavering, your support group can bolster you up.
  4. Keep it simple! Too often I see goals set that are way too complex, and frankly, unachievable. Keep the goal simple and achievable. If I were to ask you, on a scale of 1-10, how confident you feel about attaining your goal, I should hear you say 11! If you set realistic goals then you create an environment of success that continues to build. Many achievable, small goals turn into one large achievement. Start with eating a healthier breakfast, being active 20 minutes a day etc …
  5. Stay positive. It is easy to get down on ourselves if we did not follow our game plan 100% or if we missed the target date set for our goal. Do everything in your power from giving into discouragement. This is the enemy! Acknowledge the misstep, then move on. The more you dwell on your perceived misstep, the more it can hinder your success.

Now that you know how to successfully accomplish goals, it is time to reevaluate them and/or create them.

3…2…1…GOALS!!!

Fit Chic

Friday Fun Day …

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I saw this quote this week and it helped lead me through as my center as focus.

We have so much more to be thankful about then we have to frown upon.

This is a great visual to help focus on the blessings we have in life, and not focus on the things that don’t serve us!

Happy Friday!

Fit Chic

My Hero .. My Grandfather …

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He was the man the myth the legend, but I like to think of him as my mentor, my inspiration, and my father figure.

He touched so many lives but the I feel he touched mine most of all!
He always had the right words to say the best advice to give, and knew when you just needed a big bear hug from gramps!
He always had what I like to call “Grampaisms” which were words or phrases to live by ..
So I leave them with you today:
#1 you only have to win 51% of the time 
#2 Always make them think the ball is in their court 
# 3 Stop trying to please the people who are never going to be pleased anyway and continue to praise the people that you know are praising you .. 
I love you very much and I am so thankful that you were my grandpa!
I know you are protecting me, guiding me, and loving me from heaven!
Muah …
Fit Chic