Category: Lifestyle

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 Birthday to My Love!!

First Off I want to Give a Big Birthday Shout Out to My PFL (Partner For Life), My Best Friend, and Business Partner!

You have so many truly amazing qualities that I could take up too much space putting them all into one blog ..

So to make it easy here are the reasons I want you celebrate your birth ..

Charismatic:  It is true there is definitely not a dull moment in the Mello Household and life is always fun!

Hard-Working: You work harder than anyone I know and you do it with a positive attitude and a big smile on your face!

Reader and Learner: you are an avid reader and leaner and you strive to always want to grow and get better in all that you do! Never settling for anything else!

Innovator: You are always coming up with new ideas, or fun ways to enroll people not only in health and fitness but in life! You are a Big Thinker and that is one of the Big Reasons I love you!

Smart, Savvy, Studly – Need I say more!!

I love you, and hope your weekend is filled with as much Joy as You fill/give so many each and everyday!

Fit Chic

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

 

Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Travel Partner Before Traveling …

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Traveling with someone can make you learn a lot about them. Just because you get a long on the daily does not mean you will be adequate travel partners.

That’s because trips cost money and are to be remembered so if you are not with the right travel partner your trip can end up disappointing and not up to par. You need to make sure your travel partner has the same expectations of the trip that you do so the trip is exactly what you had imagined.

Before selecting a travel partner, ask yourself these 5 questions:

#1 Are You Both Night Owls or Morning Peeps? 

Make that clear before the trip. That way, you can adjust your timetables and maybe compromise doing some morning hikes followed by some late night club events too.

#2 Do you have the same interests? 

If your travel partner is a history buff and you like innovation you should probably make that clear before traveling.  Maybe one of you can play guide, or maybe you can compromise on which tours are worth paying for and which aren’t.

# 3 Are you type A or Go with the Flow? 

Would you rather plan out every day of the trip, or are you okay with flying by the seat of your pants? There is always room for both; just discuss how you like to do things before taking off.

# 4 Are You a Foodie or Do you Keep it Clean at All Times?

If your travel partner wants to explore the wondrous foods that the city you are living in has to offer and you care more about hiking Mount Everest, maybe you should make sure you interests can at least be compromised before embarking on your next adventure.

# 5 Are you a loner or do you crave the buddy system? 

Would you rather plan out every day of the trip, or are you okay with flying by the seat of your pants? There is always room for both; just discuss how you like to do things before taking off.

Now you can enjoy the trip you have always imagined and maybe even see things that you didn’t even know existed.

Fit Chic

Why “Stress” Is Taking More of a Toll Than You Think ..

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In today’s society, we are living in high demand, two parent working homes, more activities than you know what to do with, a TDL that goes on an on, but we are not feeling stressed right … WRONG!

Just writing this list made me feel a little tense, so imagine living it day-to-day.

So What exactly is stress?

Stress is a natural physical and mental reaction to both good and bad experiences that can be beneficial to your health and safety. Your body responds to stress by releasing hormones and increasing your heart and breathing rates. Your brain gets more oxygen, giving you an edge in responding to a problem. In the short-term, stress helps you cope with tough situations.

Stress can be triggered by the pressures of everyday responsibilities at work and at home. As you might expect, negative life events like divorce or the death of a loved one cause stress. So can physical illness. Traumatic stress, brought on by war, disaster, or a violent attack, can keep your body’s stress levels elevated far longer than is necessary for survival.

What harmful effects does it have on the body? 

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So How Do You limit stress? 

Here are some helpfull tips and tricks to reduce and limit stresses in your life.

First write down the top 5 items in your life causing you the most stress. Now you are aware of what they are and can create a game plan to fix them and purge!

I have been doing this more in my own life lately and have been astounded by the effects stress was having on my body.

I feel that I LOVE my job, I get to wake up help people feel good about themselves … but I wasn’t doing a good job of controlling my stress or taking time for rejuvenation for my mind and body.

My body started reacting in a negative way. I was having horrible stomach issues, my hair was thinning out, I had anxiety, was always uptight, my body was not functioning at all cylinders  and my habits needed to change.

I started by doing the same exercise I told you to do; I wrote down the top 5 areas I needed to  prune so I could get my body back to feeling great!

I am still working on this .. I know that it will not happen over night, but I have put a plan of attack and even having a plan makes the stress dwindle down.

I am working on this daily and finding new innovative ways to not allow the stress to take over and win. I have incorporated meditation (and want to do more), not trying to cram so much in the 24 hour period. Being a better time manager, not feeling guilty for taking time to decompress and unwind, and having more “fun” and “play” time.

You have one life to live, and you can choose to live it wound up at all times, or you can stop and enjoy the fresh air and all the wonders that each day has to offer!

What are some creative ways you deal with stress Fit Ones?

Post in the comments below ..

Fit Chic

 

 

Fit Chic and Friends Have Tips For Easy and Cost Effective Interior Design ..

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As many of my readers know (and if you don’t subscribe immediately) .. I have a podcast with a good friend and fellow colleague called “Two Girls and Some Thoughts”. We discuss many different topics from nutrition, to life lessons, to music etc ..

We thought it would be a great opportunity to have our dear friend and my personal designer on the show to discuss the most effective ways to make your house look like a million bucks!

She has some really great ideas on simple cost effective ways to declutter your home; making it feel vibrant and new.

Here is the Podcast so please subscribe and listen to all the great tips that we have to offer!

Fit Chic 

Top 5 Simple Tips to Spruce Up Your Garden this Spring …

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i do NOT have a green thumb. I basically kill off or ruin anything I plant. Yet, I still want my yard to look fabulous and still be cost-effective in the process!

Here are some easy tips and tricks to follow so you can look like you have a green thumb even though it is more like a pink color.

#1 Get Hanging Plants:

When I was first attempting to “work in the garden” I didn’t even know how to plant. So I figured out a way that I didn’t need to learn but could still have the lovely garden I oh so desired; hanging plants. These are easy to maintain really add so much color and class to your lawn and as long as you water it, you literally can’t do anything else wrong.

#2 Buy a Gardening Watering Device:

Give a consistent and ample amount of water. Make sure the water penetrates the soil as opposed to just putting a little bit on the surface. Newer plants will need to be watered more frequently because their root systems aren’t completely developed. The best time of day is early morning before it gets too warm so the plant can really soak up the water.

# 3 Get a fun mat for the front door … 

Spruce up the front yard by adding fun colorful doormat or even placing some fun wind chimes in the front so you literally “spruce” up your lawn and don’t have to get your hands dirty.

# 4 Start with a little Window Garden ..

Here is a great article from an old blog that I wrote. You can create a small little window garden with herbs and don’t have to worry about too much maintenance.

Now you have the tips and tricks you need to really get an effective yet simple start to gardening!

Fit Chic 

Are You A Cooler, Closer, or Cleaner?

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I got the pleasure of doing our last podcast Two Girls and Some Thoughts on a book entitled “Relentless” by Tim Grover.

He was the personal trainer to sports greats like Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley etc …

In his book he speaks about the three types of people he comes into contact with …

Cooler: very careful, waits to be told what to do “Set up Guy” keeps things going needs direction at all times …Does not have much drive or ambition is very content with just being average.
Closer: Can handle pressure will get the job done if you put hiim in the right scenario and told exactly what to do .. they are concerned about what others think … likes perks reward choose financial security over winning and success …
Cleaner: Unstoppable, So certain on what it is we want through preparation and desire no fear of failure, trust gut they just do it don’t wait to be asked .. they never feel they have achieved success theres always more. they don’t have to show who’s in charge they already know …creates opportunity
To find out which one of these you are, tune into our Podcast !
Post in the comments below.
Fit Chic 

Start Your Weekend Off Right …

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The perfect prescription for a relaxing weekend is allowing your brain and body can recharge. After a busy work week, the last thing you need to do is load your schedule full to the brim.  Of course, weekend is a relative term. If your weekend does not fall on a Saturday or Sunday treat your “weekend” just like it was.

Here are some great habits to make your weekend feel relaxing and productive all in one.

1. Set a specific end time for work.

Set an end time to your Friday, and be very disciplined about not working over. Now you will have a deadline to “Weekend Lift Off”.

2. Don’t Leave Anything Hanging Over Your Head: 

Anything unfinished on Friday will likely annoy you all through the weekend. You don’t have to finish all your work but you do want to address any issues that will leave you stressed out over the weekend. Create a week in review and finish any loose ends that way you can feel like you have a fresh start come Monday.

3. Start with a Friends and Family Fun: 

Food and festivities are life’s greatest pleasures. Look forward to your weekend with having family and friends time, whether it be game night, happy hour, or dinner. Do something that will start your weekend with a smile on your face.

5. Plan some Alone Time 

Without the pressure of work and people, the weekend is a perfect time to focus on you. You can self reflect, meditate, exercise, go to the spa, shop etc…. Do something that helps make you a calm and feel good about you. Then you will feel fresh and rejuvenated come Monday!

Happy Friday!

 Fit Chic 

Fit Chic DeClutter 101

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It’s Spring Cleaning and although it is a tedious, daunting chore; cleaning out the clutter is the greatest feeling when you are done!

Here are the top five tops to a successful Spring Cleaning …

1. Turn Your Hangers Around :

Turn all your clothes hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it with the hanger facing the correct direction. This way you be able to see what clothes you wear and what clothes you don’t.

2. 12-12-12 Challenge 

Quickly locate 12 items to toss 12 to donate, and 12 put back to their proper home. This challenge became a quick competition between the husband/wife, kids, and even the dog.

3. The Four-Box Method. 

Bring out four boxes: trash, give away, keep, or relocate. Each item in every room was placed into one of the four categories. No item was passed over. Each was considered individually. Some projects will take an hour… others days or weeks. But the technique and principles remained the same.

4. A Questionable Mind = A Clutter Free Home – 

Ask yourself questions like, “If I was buying this now, how much would I pay?” or, “If I was moving into a smaller home tomorrow, would I take this object?” These creative techniques can be helpful for someone having a tough time tossing.

5. Get things off the floor
Whenever possible, keep things off the floor, This makes it easier to see and keeps the floor free of chaos. This is especially useful in the garage and playrooms where you can hang rakes, garden implements, tools,etc and place toys, activities, and games; making them much easier to find.

Now you can live a clutter-free life!

Fit Chic