Feature Post: Yvonne – a Femsport love story

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I started my fitness journey in April of 2009 after seeing a picture of myself taken on a trip to Mexico (see above left). I was 27 and living the party girl lifestyle! Drinking, smoking and eating super terribly.  I was 180 pounds, a size 11, and completely miserable. I needed a change. I started to work out 3 times a week at the local rec centre dabbling with a few body sculpt classes. It got me going and I started eating better and drinking more water. Even with all the healthy changes I was making I still continued to drink and smoke.  After 3 years of struggling I finally got to what I had set as my goal weight of 140 pounds.  I was finally where I thought I wanted to be. But when I looked in the mirror I still wasn’t happy. I was at the weight I wanted to be but without definition and an ever so thin layer of cushion.  I was skinny fat!!! Ugh!!

Another goal was set. The rec centre classes weren’t challenging enough and I needed more. In April of 2013 my sister enrolled in boot camp classes at Apocalypse training and fitness and ranted and raved about how amazing these classes were. Bored to death with my group fitness, I decided to give it a shot.  I pulled up outside of Apocalypse and parked my car. I walked up to the front door and smack dab in front of me was a sign that said “For motivated people only” that was the day it all changed.

The moment that I walked through the doors of Apocalypse I don’t think I knew what I was being introduced to. It wasn’t just a gym, it was a complete life overhaul.  Nervous and intimidated to hell but ready to embrace the “change” I walked in. I looked around and saw what looked like torture equipment.  Holy crap!! What did I get myself into? Keep walking I told myself, this is what you wanted.  I see my sister, she was beaming with excitement cause in this sick way she was getting a kick out of seeing me get my ass kicked.  I signed my waiver, I had my water bottle and my towel …I was ready to go.  I was the “newbie”. Class started, boxes were set up…weights were put out and the circuit explained.  Bam I was ready!!

Unfortunately all the ABT (abs, buns, thighs) and body sculpt classes in the world couldn’t have prepared me for that experience. My ass was handed to me. I was sweaty, red faced, and defeated but oddly enough I wanted more. I wanted to get faster, I wanted to get stronger. I was addicted!!! I wasn’t working out anymore, I was training. I was no longer using the machines at the gym I was becoming one.  I had finally found a gym where I was not only getting the best work out of my life but I was being educated.  Not just about fitness but health and wellness as well.

Apocalypse has changed my life thanks to owners and trainers Cindy Legare and John Coyle.  They are honestly two of the most the most amazing people I know. I wouldn’t have been able to get to where I am now physically, mentally or emotionally without them. Before I started I thought I was fit, I thought I was confident and I thought I was sure of myself but I had another thing coming because not only did I start to see the physical differences in my body but the way I thought and the way I saw things were beginning to change. Week after week they drilled into our heads that “you can’t out train a bad diet” and “abs are made in the kitchen”.  I started to listen, like really listen. I began to eat better. I started shopping on the outside of the isles, stopped buying the junk food and cut down on the booze. I began making healthier booze choices….ummm vodka water with lemon please. I’m not going to lie the cigarettes stuck around for a bit. But all of that was about to change.

In July of 2013 I was coerced into competing in Femsport, a women’s strength competition that I never thought I could do. Who would have thought that I would be flipping tires and doing box jumps?? Not me I tell ya!! Femsport was such an empowering time in my life. I have never felt the type of closeness from women that I felt during our training sessions. Women empowering women, pushing each other to do better, cheering each other on. This was unheard of but not at Apocalypse.  It’s the D.U.R.T.I GURL way!! For those of you who don’t know what D.U.R.T.I stands for it my trainers Cindy Legare’s motto. It stands for Determined Unstoppable Resilient Tenacious and Irresistible. A motto that has not only applies at the gym but also in everyday life. When I signed up for Femsport the eating got cleaner, the drinking stopped and the cigarettes were butted out.   I was feeling healthier than I ever have and had the best trainers pushing me to do things I never thought were possible…I did it….we did it…all us Durti Gurlz did it!

Next to my wedding day, Femsport was one of the proudest days of my life.  In 2013 I set and smashed so many physical and mental goals that it had become addictive. The need for another challenge another competition another goal is always on my mind. So on came Femsport 2014!!!  This year would be different.  Not in the open spot anymore…this year I was novice!!!

But on July 6 2014, two months to the day before Femsport I was in a serious car accident. I was told that I wouldn’t be able to compete due to massive soft tissue damage done to my hips and a bruised sternum from the seatbelt holding me in place during the accident. I was devastated. I had a massive pity party and I was the only one invited. Everything that I had worked for over the last year was down the drain. The stinking thinking started to set in and I really started to get down. My trainer messaged me and told me that it wasn’t over and this was the time I really need to dig deep, eat well and take care of myself. I really listened to her as she had never steered me wrong before. “Be a true D.U.R.T.I. Gurl” she said.

So I ate really clean, cut out all the sugar, and made sure I was taking all my supplements and drinking tons of water. About 5 weeks after the accident I felt strong enough to go back. It was a huge wake up for me. In 5 weeks I had lost so much strength, but with the help and support of my trainer and my “tribe” I found the strength and motivation to get me to where I needed to be. Walking into Femsport 2014 I was nowhere near where I wanted to be physically, but mentally I was there. This year I was there to have fun and enjoy the day going into ” battle” with my sisters.  As I layed in my hospital bed two months prior I never would have thought we would come in 3rd in the Novice teams event. It was such an amazing moment standing on the stage, accepting your award feeling like an Olympic athlete. I can’t even begin to say enough good things about Femsport and the way it brings women together.  I have competed twice and encourage every woman to try it. Push yourself to become the best version of you. Sometimes you just need something to work towards. Something to light your fire and Femsport is a great start. Its all shapes, sizes and fitness levels.  Its a day for you to shut out the outside world, put down your phone, disconnect and focus on the task at hand….kicking some serious ass!!!!

There is not a day that goes by that I don’t love what I’m doing.  I love working out and I love eating clean. The fitness part is the easy part. It’s eating clean that’s the hard part. In the beginning it’s difficult, however, you slowly realize that you don’t need bad food. You find alternatives that at first taste like shit to you but over time you enjoy.  You begin to love the quinoa and the cottage cheese, the protein shakes and pancakes. You stop eating out, you start to meal prep, food journal and eat every 2-3 hours. At first it a burden but after a few weeks of doing it you really began to love it.   You will become the person who brings their own food to functions. But you know what, that is totally ok. There is NOTHING wrong with that. Between the workouts and the clean eating you will start to see the results.  We need to remember that the answer to our perfect bodies isn’t in the bottom of a bowl of cabbage soup…or a handful garcinia cambodia pills or some crazy fad diet.  It is two things diet and exercise! And in that order….80% diet and 20% exercise. It will all start to fall into place and really start to make sense.

I’m 32, 5’5, 140 pounds and a size 5!  I am a woman who is no longer ruled by the scale. I am honestly 100% better than I have ever been (protein farts included, it comes with the territory) It just becomes your lifestyle. The health and wellness flame has been fanned and I can’t thank my trainers Cindy and John enough. They have started something that I will never be able to thank them enough for. I admire them for everything that they are. They are strong and confident and don’t take sh*t from anyone. They live and breathe fitness and push not only me but also how many other amazing women to be the best versions of themselves that they can be! It drives me to motivate other people to want feel the way that I feel and see the changes that I see. As much as I may curse them in the height of the workout and maybe when I try to go down the stairs after leg day. The fact that I can’t walk into a grocery store and look at food the same way and for the amount I whine you probably wouldn’t be able to tell that I love every single moment of it. The last 2 years have been the best years of my whole life and I owe a lot of it to my trainers and all my D.U.R.T.I Gurlz. I hope that one day I will inspire a change in someone and help them to ignite their own fitness flame.

Here’s Yvonne and her DURTI Gurlz team warming up 🙂

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And one of Yvonne killing it in a workout

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Mo and I can’t thank Yvonne enough for sharing her amazing story (and look at those legs!) – proving again how it’s not all about how much you work out as much as it’s about what you put into your body that makes all the difference 🙂

Xoxo,

Mel

 

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Trying to Find Balance

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Does anyone else find life is a constant struggle to maintain balance? The need to be alone and the urge to be with friends? The need to be active and the desire to relax and watch a movie? Life is a balancing act and it is not an easy one. Balancing a career, fitness, blog, friends, family, home, fundraising, etc is a struggle. This summer I have found it to be particularly difficult. I have been on some awesome summer road trips and I find that I have been trying to jam so much into every day that I am getting less sleep and not feeling as energized to exercise in the morning. I want so badly to be able to fit everything and everyone in but it simply isn’t possible. So what does it take to find balance in it all?

1. Take an honest assessment of where you are at: At times it may be difficult to admit that we are very far from finding balance. I have had many times in my life that I was very far away from my definition of balanced and I had to be brutally honest with myself. I was sick, stressed and incredibly unhealthy. There is a tool I use at work with my client’s called the Life Balance Assessment http://www.bebalancedforlife.com/upload/Assessing%20Your%20Life%20Balance.pdf Print it off and try it out. I do this regularly to highlight areas where I need a bit of a tune up. I hear time and time again from friends and family that they just can’t lose the weight that they want to lose but they aren’t really being honest with themselves. Losing weight in a healthy way is hard work and you can’t say “Nothing works!” when you aren’t really committing and sticking with a plan. If you are cheating regularly and not eating clean then your body may not be where you want it to be. However, if you are looking to be healthy and part of your balance is working in those cheats then you may have to be honest and accept that extra 10 pounds as part of your concept of having a balanced life.

2. Set SMART goals for yourself: After you have done an honest assessment of yourself, it is time to set some goals. Goals needs to be specific! Try answering who, where, what, how, and when? How will you measure your ability to reach your goals? Is this goal attainable? Is it relevant to you? The goal needs to be personally important to you or it won’t happen! What is the time frame for your goal? It is easy to say someday I will… but if we don’t set time frames around those goals then it is very likely that it won’t happen. September starts on Monday and it is a great month to seriously assess those goals that you want to work towards.

3. Seek Support: Friends, family, counselors, doctors

It is ok to admit that you don’t have it all together and you may need some help from a professional. I try very hard to be a friend that people will call when they are in need and I know the people in my life will do the same for me.  It may be difficult to ask for help but really that’s what friends are for.

4. Learn to say No: This one can be particularly difficult for a lot of people. In my professional life I can be really good at accomplishing this but it is more and more difficult in my personal life. It is common for a lot of us to want to be the best friend, child, mother, father, etc. but not at our own determent. I find that I need to prioritize and make sure to fit in all of my own self-care strategies (exercise, proper nutrition, sleeping well, relaxing, etc) or I simply do not have the energy to do my job well or be a good friend to others. If you have difficulty saying no an excellent book that I recommend is called “How Full is Your Bucket.” It is definitely worth the read.

5. Have Fun: Life is short! Do the things you love doing and do them often! Just make sure you do the healthy things you need to do in order to have the energy to do all the fun things you want to do! Try something you haven’t done before and start crossing off that bucket list.

I hope everyone has a wonderful long weekend and remember that finding balance is an active process that requires mindfulness and honest self-assessment. What do you do to stay balanced? We want to hear from you! Here is some of the fun I have had this summer! Thanks for reading!

Mo xx

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Getting Your Ass Out There and Trying Something New – Guest Post from our friend Alishia

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The act of getting your ass out there and trying something new and perhaps embarrass yourself a bit!

Two weeks ago I did something I haven’t done in YEARS…. I hit the gym. It started with moving back to BC from Alberta and being inspired to take advantage of the weather here, compared to the 7 months of snow in Alberta. I wanted to get out there again like I used to, walks for hours, walking to the store, walking with my dogs, hiking and just being active outside.
So Canada Day, it was smoking hot and with this fresh inspiration to get back to being active, I joined the gym! Well days go by and I never stepped foot in the place… in the back of my head I knew… I had 10 days to back out. On the 10th day, I found my way to the gym… to cancel! Instead of cancelling though I forced myself to ask for a tour to inspire myself and to get my ass motivated, and I did just that.

I went to my new job and asked the other girls if they go to the gym, told them I haven’t been in years and wouldn’t know what to do. I was scared of failure and giving up for lack of knowledge of what to do in a big gym all alone. Then it happened… One girl said “I do classes or else I wouldn’t go and wouldn’t know what to do” PERFECT!!! There it was the golden ticket…A structure, a commitment, a dedicated time and place and a leader to tell me what to do! How much better could it get?!!!!

Soo…What classes? What kind? What can do? What would I like to do? What’s involved? How? In front of how many people??! Now for those who know I’m pretty outgoing and what not but sometimes not apparently.

Step one, grab a schedule! Step two, read the back with the description of each class, pick which ones interest me. Step three, which classes fit in my schedule (luckily there’s lots of times and days they repeat). So now I know what days and times work, and what I think I’d like. Huh. Ok…. And GO!

Monday: Day one, class one: Group Power. 60 mins of weights on a bar that works every section of your body hard for a song at a time. I show up jusssst on time for someone to have to help me set up as the class is STARTING! Talk about putting me on the spot light on being a newbie and late! How much weight? Am I gonna be able to do this? Ugh! The first quarter of the class is done and my knees are shaking under the weighted bar. I’m worried others are staring at me and thinking I’m not cut out for it like they are, am I really weaker than I thought? As the class goes on, I realized I was clearly just not warmed up (who woulda thunk ya have to warm up before doing 60 squats and lunges with weights in the first five minutes, for the first time in years!) I rocked the rest of the class feeling like a superstar! When it was over I was in complete disbelief that I accomplished a whole body workout in 60 minutes. I felt accomplished, motivated and energized, can’t wait to do it again RIGHT NOW!
So, I stayed for half an hour of ZUMBA! WOW! What a way to show myself I’m most likely the most uncoordinated chick on the face of the planet, and those girls in Zumba are NOT rookies! Here I was worried about the power weights class looking like a fool, this was clearly NOT my forte! They went left I went right, they jumped up on the third stride I jumped down… UGH… high paced and embarrassing! But I stayed. And as it went on and the moves repeated, I was less of the uncoordinated string puppet that I showed up as. PHEW!

Tuesday, I could barely walk! My new coworkers probably had enough of my whining by the end of the day! Muscle rub and an ice pack that night!

Wednesday, still sore, but I know I wanted to go again, keep the momentum up and feel inspired. BUT! Today was a new class… a WHOOOOLLLLLLEEEE new experience. A high cardio step dance type class. I randomly ask a lady outside class before it starts how hard the class is, it turns out she’s an instructor there… I got the “you can make it as hard as you want it or take it as easy as you need” blurb they all say, I swear. Class starts, and she’s in the back with me (where I’m hiding) and the instructor from my first class, who of course recognizes me. Then these two wonderful instructors, who I know were trying to help, point me out to the instructor of the class that YES I AM NEW and have NOT done this before. WOW! Now I have a spotlight on me for sure! Just what I wanted to be pointed out that I have no effing clue what I’m doing in a small hot smelly room with 15 women that act as if this is second nature… AWESOME! None the less I trek forward and didn’t rock a single move in time with the rest. I finish the class and the instructor came up and told me how amazing I did… yes she was blowing smoke up my ass but it was sweet of her, even though she promised she wasn’t lying haha. Again I stayed longer for 30mins of Zumba, still flailing around like an imbecile (but not as bad), but it is what it is and it was fun!

Lesson learned: Not every class suits every person, but giving each class a try, stepping outside your comfort zone, risking it all is worth learning what works best for you. I’ll be making this step cardio type class part of my routine, simply because I’m determined to master it (and at the same time it’s my cardio sessions of the week).

While writing this and reflecting something clicked… no one here is an enemy, everyone feels the same as I did (for the most part) and everyone wants the best for everyone else. This isn’t me against the class or me trying to prove myself to anyone but myself, it is a place where people come together in a secure place where they feel comfortable to show their weaknesses, try hard, and improve together, every time, each week.

Today was my first ever yoga class, met a girl who swore this wasn’t her thing before she tried it randomly like me. Of course the instructor remembered me from another class, said I was great last time, again I felt that sense of community and support. I didn’t know what I was doing, felt great, LOVED IT, walked out confident (and relaxed). Yoga was the perfect balance to two full weeks of weights and high energy cardio classes, and can’t wait to go back… This is going to be an addiction… a great one!

My gym class schedule is posted on my fridge and classes are outlined, I can’t stop talking about it at work, same classes, same days each week with the same ladies and instructors, each the highlight to every day!

I AM HOOKED!
– Alishia

Sister Act Fitness would like to thank Alishia for her contribution and insight on one way to get started at a new gym. When we asked Alishia what she loves about Sister Act Fitness her response was “Nothing, it sucks” which of course we laughed about since her sarcasm is the only reason we like her but her honest answer was “The tips and inspiration” – Thanks again Alishia, we look forward to an update on how those classes are going soon

xo
Mel and Mo

Maureen’s Personal Health Transformation

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This picture is taken after a bootcamp class in October 2010. I weighed approx. 150 pounds.

Hi everyone! Mel and I started this blog as a means to motivate ourselves and stay accountable with our fitness. We hope to share some of our personal struggles and help inspire a few people along the way. Writing this post is very difficult for me as I am a little embarrassed to post some of my old pictures. It always amazes me that sometimes we don’t realize how much our bodies have changed or the size that we are, until we see a picture of ourselves. However, I think it is a great thing to show people how much your body can change through nutrition and exercise. Check out Mel’s amazing transformation here: https://sisteractfitness.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/my-personal-health-transformation-what-a-doozy/

I am 5’4… I always wanted to be tall like Mel, who is 5’10 but unfortunately I got our dear Grandma’s height. When you are 5’4 a few pounds on your body makes a significant difference. As I have told you before, I grew up being an athlete. I have never been obese but have been overweight at certain points in my life. After two years of college soccer I stopped playing in 2005 and started packing on the weight. I ate Lipton Sidekicks all the time and adopted an unhealthy eating style. I went backpacking with my best friend to Australia and Thailand for 3 months and I came back with dark hair, a tattoo and weighing in at approx. 162 pounds. My families mouths dropped when they saw me and I guess 3 months of inactivity, cheap beer and food was showing through in my body. I had to do something!  I joined the running room and started training with my best friend for our first half marathon. I love to run and it has always been my meditation and my therapy. I slowly started losing a few pounds but didn’t really change my eating habits. I hovered around 150 pounds for about 4 years. Side note: It is amazing when I share this part of my life with my friends because although they realized I am more fit now, they didn’t realize how big I was until I show them the pictures.

In 2009 I lost a bunch of weight and got down to around 128. I wasn’t particularly muscular but started really watching my portion size and eating healthier. Image

I was happy with my body but I didn’t develop habits that were sticking with me. I still ate processed foods but did it in smaller portions. I had met my goal of getting skinny in 2009 but not fit and I didn’t set another goal for myself. I adjusted and slowly reverted back to my old ways of eating processed foods and not exercising. My brain and body thrives on exercise and when I don’t workout then I feel lousy which makes me eat crappy. In the span of one year I blew back up to approx. 158 pounds. This picture was taken when I was in Egypt in 2010. It still shocks me to look at this picture. This was taken almost exactly one year later.

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A few months later I moved to the Lower Mainland. Mel and I went for a couple runs and I was slowly starting to get back into shape. I started running again and ran another half marathon in May 2011. The following week I blew out my knee and was incapacitated. It took from May until August for my MRI to show a completely torn ACL, partial MCL tear and a fractured tibia. I was devastated. I had finally gotten back into soccer and running and now I was sidelined. I had to do something but was unable to workout. I started to really look at my nutrition and what I was putting into my body. I was determined to get my body as healthy as possible before I underwent surgery. Surgery for my ACL was February 2012 and I weighed in that morning at 145 pounds. I remember being proud of myself for getting down to this weight. I was determined after surgery to get back in the best shape of my life. I started eating clean and avoiding processed food as much as possible. I started lifting heavy weights and saw some huge changes in my body. I did the LIVEFIT trainer program in January 2013 with a couple friends and got incredible results. I weighed in at 127 pounds but had more muscle here.  Image

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My weight was approx. the same as 2009 but my body composition was significantly different. I had a lot more muscle in 2013. I was working out and lifting heavy 6 days a week and eating clean. I have tried my best to keep up with working out at this level. Currently I am running 4-5 days a week, paddling 3 days a week and still lifting weights. I have been working on trying to find balance with working out and eating clean. The best judge for me is my energy levels. I have low energy when I don’t workout and eat healthy food. I do have cheat meals because I do not believe in deprivation. I have learned through my experience that you can’t out train a bad diet. Nutrition is the main ingredient in looking and feeling healthy. Currently I weigh approx. 130 pounds and my weight fluctuates 5 pounds either way depending on my food intake. I do not weigh myself daily but chose to judge on how my clothes fit and how I feel.

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I look forward to having a healthy last year in my 20’s and continuing on with my fitness for the rest of my life. Thank you to everyone who has loved and supported me through all my different fitness levels. The ones who have run with me, hiked with me, paddled, walked, biked, surfed, yoga classes, etc. I love you all very much. I have now found a recipe for success that works for my body and I intend on continuing to use it. Please feel free to share your personal story with us. We would love to hear from you!

Thank you for reading!

Mo xo

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I’m Back… Running

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I have officially been cleared to be running again and I am so excited! I recently went for a jog on my treadmill in my garage and did some interval training. I haven’t run since August because of tearing my meniscus and my cardio has gotten fairly terrible. So I hopped on the treadmill last Friday and ran at a decent pace for 8 minutes and then did 30 toe touchers and 30 crunches and would get back on the treadmill. I ended up running for around 35 minutes and I felt great. My knee didn’t even hurt at all!

As a continuation onto Mel’s post about getting outside of your comfort zone, I managed to go for a 6 hour hike on Monday. I love the outdoors and being with nature but I was pretty nervous about this hike. As previously noted, my cardio is not in peak form and the thought of 6 hours was pretty daunting but I pushed myself to go anyways. The views were spectacular from the view points on the hike and I had a lot of fun. My knee did really well and I experienced zero pain. I was pretty slow going up and down the hills but the point was that I finished it and definitely want to do more hiking this summer.

Last night we had gorgeous weather so I arrived at paddling early to go for a run. It was my first trail run in a very long time and I was totally in the zone. Unfortunately, being in the zone led me to almost having a heart attack from almost stepping on two snakes! Yuck! I hate snakes because the are slimy and they move so bloody fast. I may have screamed at the top of my lungs and then felt really embarrassed. Thankfully it was quiet on the trail and I don’t think any of the bunnies I saw will be gossiping about what a baby I am. Anyways, I ran for about 25 minutes and then went to paddling practice. Out on the water we saw two beavers and a couple seals. It was a gorgeous night.

What are your plans this summer to get outside of your comfort zone? Mel and I are here to encourage you to try new things with your fitness and not to be afraid to stretch yourself. Always make sure you work out within you abilities and be gentle with your body. My knee is only doing well because I put the time in at the gym doing my rehab and making sure to rest.

Thanks for reading!
Mo xoxoxo

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Coping With Change- The Healthy Way

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Mo here and I would like to discuss the dirty C word…CHANGE. I have been experiencing some major changes in many areas of my life at the moment. I am the first person to say that change is quite difficult for me. I normally try to avoid change at any cost but I have often found that the more I resist, the more painful it is. There is unplanned and planned change. I am a type A planner to the core. I have even been known to try and plan being spontaneous. Lately I have found that I can only focus on today and the challenges that lay ahead of me. So here is what I have been doing to work on dealing with the changes in my life:

1. Sleep: do your best to regulate your sleep. I try to go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time every day. Our bodies actually need a sleep schedule. If you are having a hard time sleeping try drinking something that will help you calm you. I try to have some chamomile tea or a Bob Marley Mellow Mood. Marley’s Mellow mood is super tasty and has made me have a long nap in the middle of the day before. Mel also recommends Valerian Root which can be found in Marley’s Mellow Mood.

2. Eat Healthy: I know it is shocking that Sister Act Fitness would recommend eating healthy but you are what you eat. When I am stressed I have been known to visit some drive thrus and possibly be found eating in bed while watching Dance Academy. Yikes! (If you don’t know what Dance Academy is then you are missing out. It is a show for 16 year old ballerinas so naturally I am embarrassingly in love with it. ) Try to get all your nutrients in and drink tons of water. You may be tempted to eat crappy but it will only make you feel worse.

3. Ask For Help: Sometimes you need to yell and scream for help and the real people in your life will come running. I am extremely grateful for the people in my life that have been there for me to lean on. I learn that friends have so many different ways of helping in times of change and it is important to slow down and ask for the things you need. Take my sister for example, who is currently channeling some Italian mother,  as she is busy creating a paleo inspired pizza for me as I write this.  There are the friends who will listen to you for hours or the ones who take you on fun adventures to distract you. Whatever works for you, you need to have people in your life who support you. One day when your feet are back on the ground and your head is clear, you will be called for other’s to lean on.

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4. Look for Moments of Joy: One of my co-workers decided we should spin in our office chairs this afternoon and called it a joy moment. I had a big smile and my face and thought that she made a very good point. Another joy moment for me today was my sister dragging my ass to the gym and noticing my hard earned muscles have not disappeared in the last couple of weeks. Try your best to see the things in your life you can be grateful for. We all have them, even in moments of uncertainty.

5. Listen to Your Body: If your body needs a bit of extra rest, take it. If your body is craving exercise, meet up with a friend and hit the gym. Be kind to your body. In times of change and uncertainty it is not uncommon to be exhausted. Do not beat yourself up and learn to be gentle. In my work I teach Non Violent Communication and it is focused on gentleness and compassion. It is often easier to be gentle and compassionate with others but remember that we need to be kind to ourselves too. Listen to yourself, you ultimately know what you need.

6. Put Your Feet on the Ground: Often when I am experiencing a lot of change, I have a great deal of anxiety. A simple technique for alleviating anxiety is to place both your feet back on the ground and press your toes into the earth. It is important to come back into your body and out of your head. Remember that our bodies cannot tell the difference between what our minds are creating and what we are actually experiencing. If your head is creating disaster thoughts then your body will respond accordingly. Deep breaths…

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Be a better you than you were yesterday

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Be a better you than you were yesterday

We as woman have to stop comparing ourselves to each other. We are all made equally. We are all beautiful in our own ways. We are all intelligent and strong in some way or another. We all have something to bring to the table. We all have passions that burn inside of us. We all have weaknesses that bring us to our knees. We may have a bigger butt than someone else but that’s irrelevant. We may have shorter legs than someone else but since when does leg length make us less of a person? The sooner we as woman begin to share the things we admire about each other and focus on building each other up the sooner we will see all women’s confidence levels begin to rise and petty comparisons decline. In turn we will begin to see the generations below us strive to be the strong women we are. Check your ego at the door and get your priorities straight if not for our own self assurances but for our daughters and nieces and the entire generation of girls growing up after us. The world they are being brought up in has a lot more value on physical appearance than it should and we have to teach them to be strong because nobody else will.