14.5 hours later we made it back down to the parking lot at Paradise. It’s aptly names paradise. It was pouring rain and it looks like a fucking oasis walking towards that shuttle bus.
Day 1 we hikes 4500 vertical feet over 4 miles in the snow to Camp Muir. We got settled in at the bunk house and our guides told us our chances of summitting the next day were slim. Weather had rolled in and it snowed a ton the past week. No one had summited in the past 10 days.
We all know goal setting is important to create change but sometimes setting goals can get tricky. How do we know what the right goal is? Once we’ve pinpointed it….then what? How do we tackle it? Goal setting can feel intimidating to overwhelming but I’m here to take the fear outta the process and help you set goals that both light your soul on fire AND are achievable. First, here are the three biggest pitfalls I see folks run into when creating goals, ever done one of these? (I’ve done em all so if you find yourself fallin’ into one of these, you are not alone!)
In years past I would come back from vacation and feel like I needed to repent. When I was traveling I would eat without abandon because at home I was constantly in a restrictive mode of eating rather than eating intuitively so when I gave myself permission to eat things that were off limits, I really went for it. I would also either get really rigid about working out or say screw it and not workout at all. All of this would lead me to coming back home feeling like a poo poo platter. Now a days, I have found a balance that feel so much better. If you want to soak up your travel AND maintain your feel good fitness habits check out my tips below.
Consistency, a fundamental ingredient for long term habit change. We know this, but what happens when interests or schedules change and that workout class we normally go to, doesn’t quite do it for us? Or the time slot no longer works with our schedule? Or we get sick and a HIIT class sounds more like a snot fest class (my current state of the union) Can we still be consistent?
I think y’all know my answer is a resounding yes to this one. I’ve been working with clients these past few weeks to help mastermind strategies for just this scenario and my favorite solution is to have folks create their “lazy susan fitness buffet” stay with me on this one.
Imagine your lazy susan sitting in the middle of the table and all around it are types of movement that bring us closer to our goals.
It’s almost the New Year. We’ve made it team. It’s time for reflection, celebration, and rest.
The diet and fitness industry would also like us to know that it’s time to overhaul it all and “kickstart”, “burn off”, and “undo” that holiday season. Let me be the first to say, YOU DON’T NEED FIXIN’. Fixin’ is for sinks and southern folks. Often New Years resolutions can be created out of this collective “fix” energy that is floatin’ around. It’s what leads us to vow never to eat sugar again and workout 7 days a week with INSANITY EXTREME ULTRA SUPER SWEAT ( a new Xtreme workout series I just created guaranteed to get you ripped in 3 minutes flat) You get the idea.
Self-care has become synonymous with gold foiled face masks and instagramable champagne pool moments. Don't get me wrong, I love me a face mask. What I'm talking about here are the non negotiable self-care practices. The ones, that if we loose them we feel like we are standing outside our best possible selves. These are also the practices that can be the MOST challenging to prioritize, especially when the calendar starts to fill up.
We know that exercise is good for us, but getting ourselves to do the dang thing can be tough, especially as the days get darker and colder (sorry for the reminder). Here are my top 3 tools for maintaining and jumpstarting motivation in the winter.
A bright, shiny, well-equipped gym is hard to beat (I would add an empty gym but that's my introvert talkin :) Sometimes getting to the gym can feel impossible not to mention gyms are expensive. For some folks gyms can also be unwelcoming, intimidating, and even unsafe. I've had some incredibly empowering experiences in the gym, but I've also been sexually harassed, up sold unnecessary supplements, and had to pleasantly nod as that chatty gym member made small talk. I HAVE HEADPHONES IN, I DON'T WANT TO TALK TO YOU I JUST WANT TO LIFT. I digress...
Taking action towards your fitness goals? Hell yes. But what happens when our well intentioned plans go sideways? The meeting gets rescheduled so we can’t make our workout class, or we get sick, or we take a sweet vacation to Greece (take me with you please?). How do we pivot and take that one small step each day towards our goal rather than saying screw it I give up?
I drove by a gym with a sign that said get fit quick guaranteed. I wanted to burn it to the ground. If I was to ever open a gym my sign would read something like, "this shit is hard, it takes time, it's totally worth the work, and I'm here for you through it." I realize that is much too long for a tag line but you get the idea. Success, in any field takes time, a clear road map, and perseverance. There are ebbs and flows and those who can ride the waves and stay the course are the ones who are successful. Good news is it is absolutely possible for each of us to achieve our goals, but it requires a few key things to be in place. Here are my 4 tools to reaching your goals so you can lead the life you want to live.
My most frequented restaurant is the front seat of my car in between clients. I lead a glamorous life, I know. Nevertheless, I am the queen of eating on the go. My life as an in home trainer has made me very good at packing snacks to grab in between session or after a workout of my own.
When it comes to choosing my snacks I go for high protein, low sugar, and high satisfaction. That way I avoid the sugar crash and stay full and fueled all day long. Here are some of my favorites and where to find them.
In October I walked away from a successful acting and modeling career to put all of my passion and time into The Inspire Fitness Project and my personal training business.
I am so damn thrilled to be able to put my full heart into my work and to serve you and my community on a deeper level. But this is a big transition for me. And it's transitions like these that lead clients to reach out to me for the first time. I get it, change can be uncomfortable, scary, and messy. But in my experience, change also leads to the greatest growth.
Week 7 and another 20 minute workout for you! This week I keep it to body weight but focus a little more strength training. I think by now you know I'm a big fan of strength training for the badassery boost it gives you. But what about the other benefits? Well, let’s touch on a few.
Week 6 of my anti anxiety series! I wanted to give you the good stuff. The workouts! So these next 3 videos in my series are 20 minute body weight workouts that you can take with you anywhere and when you are feeling down you can hit play, move your body and feel better. Happy moving!
Week 5 of #LIFTINGyourmood is here. This week we are talking all about morning rituals. Do you have one? I used to wake up with intense anxiety, have a cup of coffee, hop on my email and social media page and then hope that my anxiety magically would go away. Turns out all 3 of those morning activities just caused me more stress. So I created a morning routine.
Here are weeks 4 my #LIFTyourmood anti-anxiety workout series! Week 4 focuses on the power of social connection and how adding it into your workout routine can give you the feel good endorphins of movement coupled with the sense of togetherness of working out with people. Trainer Amy Larsen of @seachangefitness and I bring you a really fun partner workout using just an exercise band which you can grab here.
This weekend I went to the Girls Gone Strong (GGS) Strength and Empowerment weekend and met some of the most incredible women. GGS is an advisory board with the purpose, "to provide women with evidence-based, body-positive information and use a united voice to silence the fear-mongering, multi-billion dollar weight-loss industry and mainstream media who prey on women’s insecurities for profit" Pretty incredible right? If you haven't check out their website get on it. https://www.girlsgonestrong.com
I have been creating a new workout series developed just for combating anxiety and depression and wanted to share the first 3 videos with you. There is some incredible researching being done, (my favorite being Wendi Suzuki http://www.wendysuzuki.com/) about specific types of exercise and the effects on the brain and so I decided to put it to use. My hope is that these videos can be a landing spot for you in a time of stress and fear and help get you back into your body and feeling empowered. Here are the first three videos with a new video coming out each week.
I posted this morning on my Instagram account @theinspirefitnessproject a *sigh* sadly profound challenge to move through the day as if our bodies were flawless just as they were and to notice if anything shifted. Lemme tell you, I had some seismic activity in my daily experience. From how I nourished my body, to how I talked to myself in yoga class, to the clothes that I wore, I felt differently. I was a more joyful and accepting version of myself. It was as if I was living through the gaze of my kindest and dearest friend. You know, the one who tells you you are a gorgeous, perfect, beautiful pony even if you are hungover AF and running on 4 hours of sleep. Bless that friend. We all need that person in our lives.
You guys we made it to Thursday which means another workout video for you! YAS! The hubby and I are heading out of town tomorrow to Miami for a wedding so I've been brainstorming some travel friendly circuits and was inspired by an old Woman's Health circuit I revised with clients this week so here is my modified version to make it my own! Your goal is to complete this circuit at least 3 times through with 1 minute rest between circuits. Enjoy and never forget you are a BOSS.
Anyone busy and having trouble fitting in your workout for the week? Traveling and don't have access to a gym? Feeling stressed and need to clear your brain? I've got you covered. This workout is just 20 minutes and requires no equipment.
I wanted to bring you a workout to go along with the blog theme this week so here is an AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) based workout. This means you take it at YOUR pace. Keep track of how you feel during and after the workout and how many rounds you get through in 20 minutes than give it a try next week and see if you can beat your own personal record. Keep kickin’ ass and I'll see you next week.
I was consulting with a client a few weeks ago and we were brainstorming ways to reintroduce healthy habits into this new stage of life. She expressed interest in a group fitness class but didn't want to sign up until she lost some weight and got a little stronger. My heart leaped for her, because I've told myself that exact story. And I imagine many others on a path of fitness has as well. Anyone ever said something along the lines of, "I'll wear a bikini when I lose 25 lbs" or "No, I'm waiting to go shopping because I still need to lose 10 more lbs" or "I'll start dating when I'm fitter".
Here is a fresh new workout to start off the new year! A little different start to the workout so give it a try and see if you notice a shift in attitude. I kept the workout silent so you can crank your music and groove.
Happy New Year! In my last post I urged kindness and acceptance as you set your new years intentions, so I hope you are forging into 2017 filled with inspiration and self-love. And in hopes of practicing what I preach, I am bringing you a blog post rather than my intended workout video today, because I have been hit with a cold so I'm taking some time to rest my body. Truly listening and tuning in to what my body needs each day is one of my new year's resolutions and a huge part of what I think it means to be healthy.
As we approach the new year it's that magical time to reflect on the past and set new years resolutions for 2017. And for a majority of Americans their goal is to lose weight or to get back into shape. During the holidays we get out of our routine, we relieve stress by drinking or binge eating or both so we hobble bloated, depressed and full of self hatred towards the new year declaring that this is finally the year that it all is going to change. Everything will be different damn it! And what that resolution consciously or unconsciously translates to is, "I'm not worthy of love and belonging with this body but if I reach X weight I will be." But what if we were worthy right now?
We are in the thick of the holiday season so there is this extra layer of pressure looming. Schedules are crazier, I've added a few extra training sessions to my week, there are errands to run, the house has to be decorated, there are 5 holiday parties to attend, all the presents need to be wrapped, suitcases need packing AND DEAR GOD MAKE SURE YOU LOOK LIKE YOU ARE HOLDING IT ALL TOGETHER AS YOU DO IT. Sound familiar? Doesn't feel very vacaytiony and it certainly doesn't feel like the spirit of Christmas. Not unless the spirit of Christmas is a tired, stressed, over eating, not present, suck monster.
Having a fit body is great, PRing a deadlift is super badass but what good is it with out having mental health? I don't care how many abs you have, if you don't FEEL good I really don't care about LOOKING good. So here is something a little different this week, it s a "workout" for your mind and spirit. This is a practice I picked up from my amazing acting teacher Steven Anderson and its called "sitting" or the two 5's. It has really helped me manage my anxiety and depression and gotten me deeper in touch with my intuition and is essentially meditating. Thats right world. IM MEDITATING.
Happy Thanksgiving where ever you may be. I wanted to create a workout video that was short and equipment free so you can do it anywhere! The workout portion is sped up and without sounds. It is meant to show you what the moves look like and then you can put on your own music and timer and make this workout your own. Let me know what you think and how you put your own spin on it. Click Read More to get the workout details!
It's been an emotional week to say the least. For most of the week I've felt pretty numb to be honest. It's my natural survival response. I shut down and withdraw. I disengage from my body and numb with food, booze or jokes so I don't have to feel the pain and anxiety that is bubbling up (for the record I did all of those on election night.) But this week I had the incredible gift of 2 things first a bootcamp the morning after the election and second an acting intensive this past weekend where the theme was to get out of your head and into your body (more on that class in another post).