Embarrassing Fitness Experiences – #DishTheFit Link-up

Embarrassing Experiences

Happy Tuesday!  Are you in full holiday swing?  Me either.  Whatever, don’t worry or anything, I mean there’s still time to get it together.  It’s sort of embarrassing that I have absolutely no holiday spirit this year.  Speaking of embarrassing, that’s what today’s optional topic is all about over at one of my favorite link-ups, #DishTheFit with Jessica Joy and Jill Conyers, “Embarrassing Fitness Experiences”.

Embarrassment is one of life’s most painful, yet humbling, emotional states.  Let’s face it, we’ve all done something that makes our cheeks and ears go red and leaves us searching for the nearest rock to reside under permanently.  However, when these blunders occur professionally, it can make a moment seem like an eternity and make you feel like every fabulous thing you’ve ever done will forever be forgotten.

“You’re not as dumb as you look.”

A couple of years ago, while I was attending a Kinesiology lecture, I got very interested in a particular part of the discussion.  The lecturer was talking about the science of resistance training and it was so interesting.  I looked like a pro; I was taking notes, nodding my head, and genuinely hanging on every word that came out of the speaker’s mouth.  So, naturally, when the floor was opened up to ask questions I thought, “I’m going to ask something and engage in this lecture.”  So, I raised my hand, along with countless others, and was eventually called on to stand up and ask my question.  I knew in my head that what I was asking was a legitimate question and one that would be useful to apply to everyday life.  So, there’s me, standing up, looking all confident – here it goes,

Me:  “What’s the difference between an 8 and a 10 pound weight?”

Lecturer:  “Two pounds.”

Me: “Oh, I mean, I know it’s two pounds, but what’s the difference physically?”

Lecturer:  “Still two pounds.”

Me:  “Hahaha.  (They’re laughing with me, not at me…)  Let me rephrase, what is the IMPACT of using a 10 pound weight vs. and 8 pound weight?”

Lecturer:  “There we go, it’s…”

Honestly, in my head, that question made sense, but when I stood up, openened my mouth, and the words came out even I was like,  “omg you just sounded like a total airhead!”  I held my own though, because I am REALLY good at laughing at myself.  I approached the lecturer after at the cocktail hour and asked, “hey,  what’s the difference between asking a question incorrectly twice the same way? Nothing.”  I introduced myself and we both laughed it off.   Handle your blunders with swagger and nobody can touch you, my friends!

A shoe in?  A shoe out.

I have been an indoor cycling instructor for several years now, and have done or said countless ridiculous things over said years.  However, one instance happened early on in my instructing days and it was so ridiculous, someone had to leave the class to pee she was laughing so hard.  So, when I first started instructing it was primarily as a substitute. Sometimes I would just be attending class myself and they would ask me to fill in on the spot.  One evening, I was at the gym to just work out on my own, when I was asked if I could fill in for an instructor who was stuck in traffic and wasn’t going to make it.  I agreed, but didn’t have my cycling shoes with me. There was a couple of pairs of shoes behind the desk, but none of them were my exact size.  I’m a size 7 and the closest size they had was an 8.  I went with the 8, thinking it would totally be okay for the 45 minutes I was using them.

So, I came in, and started  the class.  The shoes were a little loose on me, but I actually started thinking, “I should get a bigger size, these are so roomy and feel great!”  Moving ahead, about 25 minutes into the class, I added some sprinting intervals into the climb we were working on.  I was moving along, confidently saying, “add a little more gear/we’re picking this hill up/push”  This is when it happened; as soon as I started my sprint, MY FOOT CAME OUT OF THE SHOE!  I’m so not kidding.  So there I am, with my shoe-less foot at a 90 degree angle, trying to slow down my other foot, which was currently at a 110 cadence. It. Looked. Ridiculous.

more so than this.

The only part that saved me from total ruin was that it was so funny that even I couldn’t stop laughing at myself.  I don’t know why I couldn’t have just used my sneakers that day, but I learned from that point on, that friends don’t let friends wear cycling shoes that don’t fit!  It’s always a plus if the instructor leads a class NOT wearing over-sized shoes.  Lesson learned!

We’re only human

I have plenty of other embarrassing things in my vault, for sure, but when I first read the topic for this week’s link-up, these two incidents stuck out in my mind the most.  Nobody is perfect and people make mistakes and have mishaps all the time.  It’s what makes us human!  The best way to handle embarrassment, I feel, is to be able to laugh at yourself and take something from it.  Does this mean I’ve stopped forming questions like a jackass?  Um, no, I can still sound pretty ditsy most of the time.  Seriously, you should have seen me playing scrabble a few weeks ago with my English major sister, her Ivy League educated journalist boyfriend Walter, and my bookworm smarty-pants husband.  Let’s just say, I’m nothing if not entertaining!

What’s your most embarrassing fitness story? How do you recover from an embarrassing moment? Let me know and join in the conversation at www.thefitswitch.org and www.jillconyers.com and #DishTheFit!

xoxo

 

Enter the GigaBody.com Giveaway!

If it were up to me, I would give things away to everybody.  If you haven’t done so already and you’re interested in the GigaBody.com giveaway –  please enter now!  You have until 12/18/14 win!  Please read Friday’s post for my full review of GigaBody.com’s subscription work out service for full details on all they have to offer.  I think GigaBody is great, and I’ve had a lot of fun working out with them!

To enter, you must comment “I want to get my sweat on with GigaBody!”  under this post, follow GigaBody on Twitter and Instagram @gigabody, “Like” GigaBody on Facebook to win!

The winner will be contacted this Friday, December 19th!

Good Luck!!!

 

Gigabody.com Review & Giveaway

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TGIF errr’body!  Hope your week has been fantabulous and full of adventure!  Speaking of adventure, it’s day 12 of my “25 Days of Fitness” via Gigabody.com and sponsored by my #SweatPink team at Fit Approach!  I started working out using Gigabody on December 1st as a way to keep myself on track this busy holiday month full of temptations around every corner.

I’m just about half way through my 25 days, so I thought I’d give you some insight as to what Gigabody has to offer and let you know my spin on their service.!  As mentioned before on my December 1st post,  Gigabody is an online subscription workout service with a mission to keep you healthy and fit, to help you meet and maintain your goals, and to deliver time-effective workouts to get you going and feeling great.   I have to say Gigabody’s mission is clear and they are delivering it!

So far, over the past two weeks, I have tried things I hadn’t before (Barre),  worked on resistance training, cardio, kickboxing, dancing (and a whole lot more) all from the comfort of my own home with my own instructor!

How is Gigabody different from other subscription services?

Instructor quality:  There are other online subscription workout services out there, and they are great too, but one thing that sticks out for me with Gigabody is the quality of their instructors.  I have yet to have a workout on Gigabody with an instructor I didn’t instantly love!  I’m a fitness instructor myself, and therefore super critical (occupational hazard!)  so, I feel, to be immediately impressed with the instructor quality, is fantastic!  Gigabody also uses a variety of seasoned fitness and health professionals to guarantee you get a world-class workout!  I particularly loved Aimee Nicotera’s workouts because she offers really wonderful modifications to all the moves in her workouts that are still super effective and safe!

  • Video quality:  The video quality is fantastic within the Gigabody library.  It is very important to be able to hear and SEE the instructor in order to perform the moves safely and effectively.  I never felt at any time that the camera wasn’t placed appropriately, that form wasn’t made a priority, or that I couldn’t clearly hear my instructor!  Good, good!
  • Variety:  As I stated above, the variety of workout and workout levels are wonderful.  Whatever your mood or time constraint, you can get some movement into your day wherever you can access your Gigabody account!   Here’s a sample of what their menu looks like when you’re choosing your workout for the day:

Black Pepper White Chocolate Muffins & Veggetti Breakfast Bowl #WIAW

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It’s Wednesday again, and that means it’s time for another edition of What I Ate Wednesday!  This week has been all about flavor.  I am admittedly a bit of a bland eater at times.  My idea of hot is medium salsa!  I also have been super busy the past week or so, but took a couple of much needed breaks to expand my dietary horizons.  This included making a sweet potato and maple sausage breakfast bowl (omg, so good!) and a  baking session, inspired by a sort of desperate snack combining a box of cracked black pepper cashews left over from my latest Graze snack box and a handful of white chocolate chips.  Don’t judge yet, black pepper and white chocolate are a delightful pair!

Black Pepper and White Chocolate Pancake Muffins

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So, naturally, once I discovered that black pepper and white chocolate are the new pb & chocolate (okay, maybe not quite yet), I decided I should throw them into some whole wheat pancake mix and make black pepper & white chocolate pancake muffins!    I used the same basic pancake/muffin mix as my peanut butter “puffins” I made way back when via Skinnytaste:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 4 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups + 2 tbsp fat free milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips
  • cooking spray

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Directions

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl thoroughly and add in wet ingredients with mixer.  Preheat the oven to 425 F and spray a muffin (or mini-muffin) pan, poor mixture in and cook 10-12 minutes (ovens vary).  EAT!

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Please pardon my horrendous food photography, but I’m in between cameras right now.  I’d like to say it’s better than nothing, but when it comes to a bad food photo, the imagination is probably best!  One thing I cannot dispute is the taste, the combination of black pepper and white chocolate is divine.  If you’re not a fan of white chocolate, due to it’s insane sweetness, the black pepper does an excellent job of taking the super sweet edge off.  On the other hand, the white chocolate takes down the heat of the black pepper just enough so that you’re not sneezing through your snack break!

Vegetti Made Sweet Potato and Maple Sausage Breakfast Bowl

I am not a breakfast lover by any stretch of the imagination.  I know, I know this post is about breakfast centered foods, but I generally decline from breakfast invites whenever possible.  The other day, after leading a killer (and by killer I mean because I hadn’t led a class in two weeks, so therefore it nearly killed me) indoor cycling class,  I was feeling absolutely ravenous for breakfast.  I quickly searched the kitchen for anything I could possibly make.  And then, it came to me; I have sweet potatoes, I have sausage, and I have maple syrup — I am having a breakfast bowl!    I grabbed my handy dandy Veggetti (man, oh man I love this thing) and made some quick sweet potato hashbrowns to cook up!

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After slicing up my two sweet potatoes, I threw in some fully cooked maple sausage.  I would have loved it I had some chicken sausage or healthier sausage on hand, but these Jones Dairy Farm brand were delicious and nice for a treat!

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I cooked the sausage first and then tossed in my sweet potato.  Covered and cooked over medium heat for 15 minutes.

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After the potatoes were cooked to my liking, I added a dash of real maple syrup and topped it all off with a 1/2 tablespoon of shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese.  This was absolutely delicious;  sweet, savory, and cheesy.  Perfect, really!

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Despite a busy schedule, there is always time to cook up a few treats.  I don’t cook nearly as much as I would like to.  I suppose I could add this to my upcoming “resolutions” list for 2015, especially since my husband loves to do dishes I will have no excuse not to cook away!

Hope your week is going well and that your holiday season is magnificent.

What did you eat this week? Do you ever experiment with flavor pairings? If so, what inspired you to make something ‘outside the box’?

xoxo

How Will You 2015?

I almost named this post my “2015 Bucket List” but then realized that a person as superstitious as yours truly should not title something in such a way.  Why was I being so morbid?  I think it’s because with each passing year I fail to make a clear blueprint of my goals, and it makes me feel like I’m letting life just pass me by.

Well, 2015 is going to have to be different from all the years past (about time too at 34), because I have a whole lot to live, plan, and prosper for.   After all, I’m a newlywed preparing to move to  Scotland to start my new and exciting life with my husband, Luke, so why not mirror that positive venture with a list of equally positive goals?  So on with it!

hells yeah.

  1. Take and PASS my ACE Certified Health Coach exam.  I had scheduled my exam for the first week of January, but with all the craziness of planning my wedding, applying for my spouse visa, and the holidays, I am going to have to set it back a few weeks-ish.  However, I am TOTALLY going to take it by mid-February.  Committed.
  2. After obtaining said certification, because of course I will (and I’m not being arrogant,  I just know I will be prepared!) I want to start my own business.   CoachedbyErin.com is already under construction and I am very excited about building it up over the next year.  My business will incorporate all of my fitness and health certifications and will be aimed at offering individuals well-rounded wellness guidance, information, and support.  I cannot wait to get started helping people and making a difference in their lives and my own.
  3. Getting a job at a fitness center (or two) in Glasgow once I move.  I have been with the same gym for several years now, so it will be a big, nerve-racking move (literally) to start over from scratch at a new facility.  However, I see it as an opportunity to gain a fresh perspective and meet a whole new group of people who will inspire me as much as I inspire them.  I have really enjoyed getting to know clients over the past few years, and will miss the people I’ve gotten to know, because it is what makes all the efforts worth while!
  4. Continuing to grow my blog, BeetsPerMinute.  I have really plugged myself into my blog over the past 6 months and I am so proud of the progress I have made.   As many of you reading this are also Bloggers, you know just how much time and effort it takes to maintain one of these things!  I love blogging and honestly cannot picture life before BPM was part a part of it!  Connecting with wonderful people through weekly link-ups like this one with Jessica and Jill is something I totally look forward to continuing with!  Love #DishTheFit!
  5. Reading more.  I am SHAMEFUL about reading.  It’s not because I dislike doing it, I just get caught up in things like binge watching shows on Netflix.  I’ve got to learn to truly give myself time to unplug and immerse myself in a good book …or ten.  I have a pile of them on my nightstand waiting to be read, but I’m totally welcome to any suggestions.  I LOVE non-fiction, but totally need to get into fiction a whole lot more.  What are you reading?
  6. Meditate and reflect more.  My attitude of gratitude really, well, sucks a lot of the time.  I realize that I already have so many things to be thankful for, but I need to truly let that sink in.  I have my health, my family, a wonderful new husband, a chance to make wonderful new beginnings and build my future.  The best way to succeed is to never lose sight of how far I have come and how I have done so, instead of focusing on how far I haven’t gone yet.
  7. Cook more.  I have received some wonderful cookbooks over the past couple of months and have become a fan of so many wonderful food blogs that it really has inspired me to create and cook more myself.  A couple of my favorite go-to blogs for recipes are SkinnyTaste and Peas and Crayons, but I also really enjoy Sprint2TheTable as well, because Laura has so many insanely creative recipes to help you eat and cheat clean.  So inspired by these ladies I am (sorry, for the Yoda speak)!
  8. Be open to all that is possible and live without limitations.   This goal is one that should (and will) be on every list to come.  It is no lie, that for most of my life,  I have been my own worst enemy and the only person standing in my way.  Let’s face it, this is true for most of us, but I want to truly put an end to it.   This can be from anything to getting a few new certifications to starting  a family; whatever I pursue in the days ahead of me, I want to do it believing that I can and will succeed.

I’m sure there is more that I would like to add (and do) but for now those are the eight that I am completely certain of.  It’s been really helpful to write them out and think about how much my goals truly mean to me.  As usual, this link-up has helped me to reflect and think ahead, which is always a great way to start my week.  I want to thank Jessica and Jill again for this amazing way to connect! Love our #FitFam!

What are your goals for 2015? Share them with me and with other amazing people at the #DishTheFit link-up at www.thefitswitch.org and www.jillconyers.com!

xoxo

 

 

BE The Person who…

Happy Monday!  Hope your weekend was fab.  As you can probably derive  from my post title this is a “make it relevant to yourself”  type of post.

There’s a lot to be said for self-perception, but the problem with self-perception is, that we don’t see ourselves as others see us.  Sometimes the fact that we see ourselves differently than how others see us is a good thing; and sometimes it’s just plain evil.

sorry. had to.

Take a moment and think about somebody who loves you unconditionally.  For just a couple of moments longer, think about what they see when you come into their mind; how do you think they see you physically, mentally, and spiritually?  This is a really tough exercise, so I’m going to make it easier by finishing the saying  for myself as:  “BE the person who …my DOG thinks I am”.

IMG-20141204-WA0001That’s my dog, Maggie.  She’s kind of a big deal.  I also like to believe that she thinks I’m pretty fantastic.  I am literally assuming she thinks I’m fantastic, but it’s because of her actions.  When I walk into a room, she runs up to me lovingly.  In the morning, she sticks her paws under my door before she does anything else, just to see me.  When she sleeps in my room, she sleeps with her head on my feet, facing me, so that she’s the first thing I see when I wake up.  Maggie trusts me and believes that I am a person who does good things.  Maggie sees my kindness and finds me to be loyal and faithful.  Maggie will still cuddle up to me on the sofa after I’ve had an emotional meltdown, mistakenly wore two different socks, or eat my weight in pizza.  No matter what, I’m still just me, to Maggie; the girl she loves and trusts.  That’s love.

But seriously, imagine if you could see yourself the way your pet does.   Imagine seeing yourself through eyes that do not judge you, or feel you can do any wrong.  Eyes that think you are the most interesting and wonderful person who ever lived. I’m imagining this now, and it sadly seems unfathomable.    I try my very best every day to acknowledge my accomplishments and all that I have to positively offer to myself and others, but some days it can be very challenging.  This is normal.  However, what if at least once a day, you stop in the middle of a negative thought about yourself or something you’re failing at and imagine yourself through your pet’s eyes and then BE that person?  What if you could be that person who doesn’t think you’re a failure because you couldn’t balance a report, or run another ten minutes, or forgot to pay your credit card bill?  That would be pretty sweet, right?  Right.

I’m not saying we should walk around doing this 24/7, but it might not hurt to start being the people that the pets (and people) in our lives know us to be.  There’s a bunch of ways to express the saying “I’m my own worst enemy” but I know that I am my own worst enemy most of the time and my best friend only a little bit of the time; this is something that I would really love to change about myself.  So this will be one of my (early) New Year’s Resolutions —  to “be the person my dog thinks I am.”    And I’m just crazy (in a good way – caught myself there) enough to pull this off.

So, who’s with me?  Even if you don’t have a pet, maybe have a heart-to-heart with your best friend, partner, or a close family member and ask them to describe what sort of person they know you to be.  After you listen carefully to the wisdom which they bestow upon you, take the time to BE that person until it doesn’t seem forced any longer.  I know it sounds a touch narcissistic, however,  it’s anything but this; it’s an exercise in helping you  “fake it until you make it” — if you will.  I know this sounds sort of “12 steps-y” but, you know what, it’s helped loads of people conquer loads of things and go on to lead fulfilling and amazing lives.  Awesome, right?  :)

Also, how can you not take her opinion to heart?

I would trust this face.

I would trust this face.

Do you ever wonder how others see you? Have you ever asked a close friend or family member to explain how they see you?  Has having a better picture of yourself through someone else’s eyes ever helped you?

 

 

 

 

 

#WIAW Snacky Snacks

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It’s Wednesday!  It’s time for you to have to hear about something I’ve been stuffing my face with.  Also, let me just say, it’s totally a good thing I’m telling you about this week and not last week, because ain’t nobody got time for what I ate last Wednesday! Literally, it would probably take half the day to recap what I ate.  Seriously.

I am a little heavy on the small meals/snacks gig this week as I’m trying to lose the weight gained over the past month and I do much better with eating throughout the day vs. square meals!

Also, it’s Day 3 of my “25 Days of Fitness” with Gigabody.com.  Today’s workout was Aimee Nicotera’s ‘2×2 Conditioning : HIIT'; it was fast paced and a fun total body workout. Really loving my pals at GigaBody — they’ve got something for everybody and every mood!

Breakfast

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I recently tried ALOHA powders after hearing about them through my friend.  What first appealed to me about ALOHA is their amazing whole food ingredients which are all

  • Vegan
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten-Free
  • Soy-Free
  • Non-Artificial
  • Made in the USA
  • FDA cGMP
  • Independently Tested
  • Sustainable

Awesome!  So I tried out ALOHA’s premium chocolate powder for breakfast.  Let’s find out how it fared!

I made a smoothie with my chocolate packet by adding 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk and 1/2 cup of water.  The consistency was great – very filling and wholesome.  The taste?  I’m not going to lie, if you’re not a health nut or someone who loves dark chocolate, this flavor will probably take some getting used to.  I’m not saying I didn’t like it, because I found it to be tasty, but I know some people find the bitterness of dark chocolate to be very unpleasing.  I liked it though, I’d give it a 4 out of 5!

Snack Time #1

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Do you like Larabars?  I’m obsessed.  They are so yummy and come in like a million different flavors.  Okay, not a million, but lots!  My two faves (and forgive my boringness) are peanut butter and peanut butter chocolate chip.  So, it should come as no surprise that I decided to snack on a pb chocolate chip Larabar (or two, maybe)?  Again, some nutritional stats these delightful bars:

  • Contain no more than 9 ingredients
  • Made from whole food sources
  • Non-GMO
  • Minimal Processing

Mini meal

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I love tzatziki.  I love Greek food.  I love toast.  Where am I going with all this?  Greek inspired toast, that’s what!  I topped a slice of 9 grain bread with a tablespoon of tzatziki, a slice of Applegate  turkey, and chopped tomato.  It was super yummy.  However, it’s a good thing I work at the gym sporadically as well as from home these days, because the tzatziki was really garlicky!   Not the best for winning people over.

Snack time #2 & 3

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Have you heard of Graze?  I was recently sent a few boxes to try out some of their snacks (I will be writing a more in depth review soon on Graze products).   As a brief overview, Graze is a subscription snack service with sensible portions of flavorful, healthy snacks.  My recent box had to be my favorite, especially the Cookies and Cream mix filled with bits of chocolate cookie, white chocolate pieces, hazelnuts and sunflower seeds.   My second fave from this box was the Pomodoro Rustichella filled with tomato flavored almonds, mini crostini bites, and breadsticks.

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For $6.99 a week Graze will send you a box of four snacks based on your detailed profile preferences.  Sometimes it is hit or miss, but this week’s box was definitely a hit!

I think what I’ve learned from this post is that I like snacking, probably too much!  However, WIAW is all about food and not about judgment so I’m gonna keep getting my snack on!

What did you eat today? Are you into snacks and mini meals or do you go the square meals route? Hope your week is going well!

xoxo

My Favorite Fitness Accomplishment – #DishTheFit Link-up

Happy Tuesday!  It’s the second day of the month on the second day of the week.  I’m superstitious and cray about a lot of things,  so I sort of get eerie feelings when a month begins on a Monday.  I know, I’m really weird.  I also can’t pump gas without ending on an odd number.  Oh yeah, and I have to turn twice to the left if a black cat walks in front of me.  Seriously, I should be put away!

However, I’m not here to talk about idiosyncratic tendencies, though if you have any, I’d sure love to hear about them.  I believe craziness is negated if other reasonably normal people have weird quirks too.  Okay, seriously, moving on!

So, again, it’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for the #DishTheFit Link-up with Jessica at The Fit Switch and Jill Conyers!  Today’s topic is “favorite fitness accomplishments”.  I would love to yammer on about how I’ve completed so many marathons or bench-pressed my own body weight, but I haven’t.  However, it’s super fitting that this is the topic today, because I literally JUST got my acceptance email for the FitFluential Ambassador program and I’m TOTALLY excited!

I have been in love with FitFluential for a long time .  So, now that I’m officially an Ambassador for FitFluential, it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside!

I'm in!

I’m in!

When I think back just a few years ago, I was lazy (I’ll just come out and say it) and I just sat around waiting for life to happen to me.  However, I think as a sum of all of my efforts over the years, getting to wake up every day and know that while I am helping myself, I am helping others too, is my favorite fitness accomplishment.

So my fave accomplishment isn’t a single thing; it’s the certifications I’ve obtained, the fitness licenses I have earned, and the classes and clients I’ve helped over the last several years.   It is so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day ruts of thinking “I have to do more” or “what next?” — but what we should all really do in life is sit back for a few moments and recount all the wonderful things we have accomplished and how those things have made us into the people we are today.    That’s what this post has done for me today; it has given me the opportunity to reflect on all that I have done and to start thinking about the future.

Speaking of the future  and my next accomplishment, I have got to start my daily, intensive study session for my ACE Health Coach exam!

I want to thank Jessica and Jill for the Tuesday link-up, again, because it really is a wonderful thing to allow yourself to think about and share what motivates you and keeps you going!

What’s your favorite fitness accomplishment? Give yourself a big hug and then tell me about it!

 

 

 

 

 

Back to Reality & 25 Days of Fitness with Gigabody.com!

Happy December! I’m back after my 11ish day hiatus from blog life  due to my wedding and the Thanksgiving holiday (and, for the record, it felt really awful not blogging!) Seriously, back to reality! The great part about facing my reality is, I am married to the man of my dreams in it, and I have a lot to look forward to.

 

love.

love.

Though, I must confess, I am feeling a bit sorry for myself today. I had to leave my hubby off at the airport last night, which was very emotional and difficult, but I am giving myself this one day to semi-mope and focus on the quickest way to get my ass back into gear!

I have several goals for this month, and it will no doubt be a very challenging one, but I plan on staying focused and seeing all of these things through!

December goals!

  1. (Absolute priority) Complete my spouse visa application so I can properly start my life with my husband. He’s been gone for 13 hours and it already feels like an eternity :( .
  2. Completely prepare to take my ACE Health Coach exam the first week of January!  This will require hours and hours of studying each day, but it’s a welcomed and rewarding distraction at this point.
  3. Complete a “25 Days of Fitness” challenge through GIGABODY.COM (more on this ahead!)
  4. Lose the 10 pounds I gained while preparing and living through my wedding.  Why does this happen?  Gotta undo the damage, friends!

So, as you can see, I’ve got a jam-packed month ahead – not forgetting holiday parties and temptations that seem to pop up every single day of this month!  Oh December, it’s almost as if the entire following year is spent undoing the damage you can cause!  I want to turn one of the potentially least healthy months of the year into a beacon of wellness and progress.  #GoodLuck, right?

GIGABODY.COM

So as I mentioned on the list above I will be completing my own “25 Days of Fitness” challenge.  I am doing this by using Gigabody.com.

 

gigabody

What is Gigabody?

Gigabody.com is an online subscription workout service with a mission to keep you healthy and fit, to help you meet and maintain your goals, and to deliver time-effective workouts to get you going and feeling great.  Sounds awesome, right?  Well, I am putting Gigabody to the test through a promotion I received as SweatPink Ambassador via the Fit Approach Team!  I am going to create my own fitness advent calendar over the next 25 days and I’m totally excited.  Gigabody offer scheduled workout plans and loads of fitness videos all available at the click of a button.  Workouts on Gigabody vary from Dance/Pure Barre to Strength/Sculpting workouts and  just about everything between.

I am starting my SweatPink sponsored two month free trial today, but I will be back next week to review my progress and give one lucky Beets Per Minute reader a chance to win a free month membership to Gigabody.com from the SweatPink Team!  Stay tuned for details on how to enter next week! I will be announcing my winner on December 15th!

Which workout am I going to choose today?  I am thinking a little bit of “Sweating Sexy” – I already #SweatPink so I might as well #SweatSexy too!

Hope your Monday is going as well as can be and that your December is off to an awesome start!  Hoping that help you stay happy, healthy, and focused through this holiday season!

Do you like December fitness challenges?  What types of changes (if any) do you make to your health and fitness routine during the holiday season?

xoxo

 

 

 

My Life Right Now In (Borrowed) Pictures.

Hey everybody!  I am super stressed out and busy but I love to bloggity blog, because it is so therapeutic.    As I am stressed (getting married in 9 days …9 …omg) I feel I can best express my current state of anxiety through the medium of the photo.  So here it is, my friends.  Prepare to be blown away.  Or kill like 25 seconds of your life that you absolutely cannot get back.  You were warned

My current mental state:

 

Why do I feel this way?

 

How I’m coping…

 

…And how’s that’s working out for me?

 

So, my dress is kinda tight right now…

 

What am I doing about this?

 

Instead of…

Or…

 

…I’ll just pull out a few tricks.

 

 

Whatever, I’m gonna walk up to my fiance all like this…

 

Because, I know he thinks I’m perfect.  Just as I am.

 

Thanks for letting me vent, you guys!

 

What would your life right now be like in pictures?  I know, I’m ridiculous.

xoxo