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Patience and Hustle

I’ve been working a lot lately.

I’ve been reading a lot lately.

I’ve been living a lot lately.

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There has been a lot going on, a lot of learning and loving this life I’ve created.  What there has no been a lot of lately is execution.  Execution of taking next steps to keep the momentum, the growth.

I’ve been overloading on a combination of mindfulness and Gary Vaynerchuk….which is a pretty interesting combination, almost contradictory.  Intentional living and gratitude with a hard dose of real talk.  Gary Vee talks about patience – that people get frustrated when success isn’t handed to them on day 2 of a venture.

 

In my professional existence at Life Time, where I’ve been working exclusively for 11 months now, I’ve been patient.  Patient in waiting for more opportunities, patient in the process of being a part of a family within a large corporate structure. Where some people would lose patience, I’ve held myself to the standard that if I’m delivering my best, with every class I teach, and giving my attention to members and students, then my work will pay off and I’d be a stronger teacher and instructor regardless of any black and white metrics of success or the number of classes I teach on the schedule.

I had the realization last week that while patience is important, it is also not the reason to stop the hustle.

Yeah, the hustle. The hustle in me that wants to reach more, do more, be more.  Patience is one thing.  Inaction is another and I confused them for too long.  I stopped writing, even though I love writing, because I didn’t feel as though it would help me within the walls of my gym and studio.  I deleted my blog related Facebook page because I didn’t want to keep up with it, too time consuming for little reach, no return.

My hustle fizzled.

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But last week, I pulled out the NASM textbook I’ve had for a year, put a date on the calendar and started studying to finish my personal training certification.  Today, I pulled out my laptop and, here I am, reviving my baby blog.  And still, being patient and believing that there are more opportunities that will present themselves.  Inaction, however, will not force the universe to notice though.

The hustle is back and good things are coming.

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Amazing Grass Review & Giveaway

As my readers my know, I’m currently (and almost finished!) my 200 hour LifePower Yoga teacher training. Part of this training has been adhering to a few guidelines to help us grow as teachers, practically, technically, physically and spiritually.

One guideline is a vegan lifestyle, and we are also currently in the middle of a 21 day cleanse, in order to really fine tune some of our eating habits, at least temporarily, to observe any changes in our bodies.  This opportunity to use Amazing Grass came at the perfect time!!

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Amazing Grass Protein Superfood is an organic, vegan plant-based protein superfood that is PERFECT for anyone looking to remove animal products from their diet while still taking in a solid amount of protein.  In addition to yoga 4-5 days a week, I also strength train and teach group fitness.  Keeping my protein intake up is crucial for my goals right now!

I chose the chocolate peanut butter flavor and my absolute favorite way of drinking it was with almond milk, a tablespoon of almond butter and blended! I’m a sucker for the chocolate peanut butter combo and this was yum….no odd aftertastes, no “proteiny” or “green” taste either.

This super healthy, super convenient superfood definitely supports a very active lifestyle while also being mindful of the ingredients, nutrients and food quality being used to fuel my body.  Enter to win the flavor of your choice over on my Instagram!  Make sure to follow the instructions for the giveaway!

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With yoga teacher training winding down, I’m still aiming to keep up with a few changes that I’ve made in my nutrition habits. Amazing Grass will definitely continue to be a part of my routine!

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**Giveaway open to US citizens only.**

SmartyPants Vitamins Review & Giveaway!

I’ve never been good at taking my vitamins. Until…..SmartyPants vitamins.

But, not because I don’t remember.  Since a child, I’ve had trouble swallowing pills…they get stuck, I gag, I get anxious.  It is just a bad scene. But with my insane schedule, all the intense training plus general busy-ness, I HAVE to take vitamins to make up for any nutritional gaps that are just not met with my healthy BUT rushed diet.

When I got pregnant, taking my prenatals was an absolute NIGHTMARE for me.  Even though I didn’t have morning sickness, prenatals would make me sick if I took them on an empty stomach.  After some quick “mom board” research, I discovered various gummy prenatals and they saved me for the rest of my pregnancy (and two more!).

Flash forward to the present and I’ve realized gummies are not just for kids and pregnant women!!!

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Since getting these vitamins, I haven’t missed a day – they taste SO good, its almost like a treat and I confess that I have actually saved them for LATER in the day, when I knew I would be craving something sweet.

They also have a men’s and children’s version as well, plus an adult version with fiber!!  My kids never turn down anything gummy and I know my husband doesn’t remember to take his so we will be filling the cabinet with ones for everyone in the house.  (How about a pet version??)

For me, no puking, gagging or weird aftertaste? SIGN ME UP.

Want to win some SmartyPants Vitamins to try for yourself?  Head over to my Instagram and follow the directions!

Tweet the love and get your friends and followers in on the giveaway!

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**Disclaimer: I received this product to review.**

Fitness & Workout Music Apps

As a group fit instructor, I am always looking for great music to use in my classes as well as my own workouts but creating playlists can be tedious and time consuming!!

If you have a fitness fanatic or a group fit instructor in your life, consider a subscription to one of my three favorite services!

1. Spotify

I’ve been using this service for years!  The premium subscription is ad-free and allows you to play your tracks and playlists offline – big bonus for the group fit instructors and for people who like to turn off notifications during a workout or long run!

Features like cross-fading tracks are also a nice touch!  The app and web interfaces are both easy to use and you can follow your favorite artists and users (like, ahem, yours truly!)

2. FIT Radio

This subscription DJ mix service takes the guesswork out of your playlists, whether in the studio or just working out!

Big bonuses for instructors is the ability to find specific BPMs and there are also a few 32 count mixes in there.  Favorite a mix and you are able to stream in airplane mode.

Categories for different genres and workouts are also helpful so you find the right mood and tempo for your workout or class – and exclude explicit lyrics, if you need a cleaner playlist.  The premium subscription service options are monthly, yearly and LIFETIME!!

(pssst, a little birdie told me there was a Groupon for this one…)

3. Rock My Run

I was an earlier adopter of the Rockstar premium service last year and the app has come leaps and bounds since I originally joined.

Designed for runners, the Rock Star service (which has since been update from a credit system to a membership system) allows you to adjust your tempo manually or set it to automatically adjust your tempo to your pace.

A new Group Fitness category has been added as well as a Cool Down mix category.  Once you find a mix for a class or workout, use the Download feature (only downloads within the app) and the mixes will stream in airplane mode!

Need more ideas for your favorite fitness pro or just a workout warrior?  Head over to my girl Amanda’s page, Be Phoenix Fit for a great post filled with gift ideas!

**Disclaimer: I was not compensated nor did I receive an incentive to post the above opinions.

New Year’s Goals

This year was CRAZY.

Prepped for my first bikini competition, expanded my group fitness classes, shot a P90X Live workout video, bought a house, sold a house, started teaching group fit at the brand new Life Time in our area….SO MUCH change!

Starting in December, I’ll be re-designing this blog, look, feel – everything!  I’ll also be documenting my SECOND journey to the stage.  My first experience was just getting my feet wet and learning the most basic elements of competition prep. Now I’m ready to blog and share my experience through the second, more intense, prep. I’m pursuing a specialty certification with ACE and also enrolling in the LifePower Yoga 200 Hour teaching training.

I’ll also have some announcements for new challenge groups, new one-on-one coaching services and more and more ways to help you reach your goals, on your terms.

Change can be scary.

Change can be stressful.

Change can lead to growth and excitement and opportunity.

And that’s why I’m excited for what’s in store.

Want to get the announcements as soon as they go live?  Email me to be put on the mailing list and follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Home Workout Program or Gym?

To go to the gym and take classes or to workout at home….

THAT is the question.

I know I’ve been posting more about my group exercise classes on Facebook lately but I’m also still very much a Beachbody coach.

Here’s the thing…I don’t believe that a gym membership is a magic pill.  And I also don’t believe that Beachbody programs are the secret sauce to wellness and weight loss (if that’s your goal) either.

Here’s where you say “WHAT??! BUT YOU ARE STILL A COACH….?”…right right. Wait for it.

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Gym to street style!

If you haven’t been successful reaching your goals, its time to look at your plan again. The moving parts of weight loss and fitness aren’t THAT complex (cals in, cals out, move around….essentially) but you need to get your nutrition in check AND have a fitness program that has enough variety to keep your body in a state where it is continually challenged and build your strength, your endurance, your fat loss zone, etc.

The bottom line is whether you prefer a gym and/or group exercise but aren’t seeing results, here are some tips!

  • Have a plan; don’t be a fitness floor wanderer.  Turn off notifications on your phone and WORK.
  • Take your favorite group fit classes but Zumba 5 nights a week isn’t going to challenge your muscles.  Add strength class in there and challenge yourself! Conversely, a barbell or strength class needs to be complemented with some cardio during the week.
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No gym? No problem!

If the gym isn’t an option and you need a home workout program or something to complement your running or gym workouts, a Beachbody program IS just as effective.  Tips to make it work?

  • Have a plan.  Turn off notifications or hide your phone.  (Sounds a lot like the above, right??)
  • Make sure your home options have enough variety.  Body weight strength AND cardio.  Weights or bands. Easy!

The moral of the story is….have a plan.

Find something you like to do and you’ll be able to stick to it!

The secret sauce isn’t the program, it is the consistency and the effort you put into it.

Need support?  Hit me up – let’s chat.