Walk on Water, Daily Challenge and Devotional

“Take Courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 

“Lord if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 
“Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”  Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14: 27-31 NIV

If you want to experience life, you’ve got to get out of the boat and take a risk. 

Do Mondays seem to come up really quickly and you thought you remembered saying you were going to take a leap of faith LAST week to change something? Oops! I went away this weekend with my family and we heard an amazing sermon at our Chapel at the lake by a good friend who has taken many wild adventures in life. He has seen so much of the world, and done things I fear myself at an older age! Do you feel like you’re just waiting to jump on the ‘right’ train to go after your goals or dreams? That’s not doing you any good! Well I’m inviting you back to reality. There is no right day start something new. There is hope, and there is faith, but you have to expect a little divine intervention when you’re asked to do something that seems huge to you! Jesus invites you to trust Him. Expect the unexpected takes on a new meaning doesn’t it? The odds always seem to be against us. I’m too old, too fat, too thin, too scared, too weak. With God, anything is possible.

#Dirty30
I made a challenge for you to follow along with me for the month of July! Many people are starting a new program this week so I thought I would give you something super basic, where you can literally do wherever you go (especially with all of those vacations).

This month, my challenge to you is to complete the #Daily30 in addition to your regular workout plan. If you don’t have one, this is a GREAT place to start! Try 30-45 minute walks (or runs) each day and add this challenge before or after your cardio. Now you have a plan! See how many sets you can do each day, and check in with me on Instagram. I love to hear from you!

The other part of our challenge is a daily devotional! I know SO many of you already read Jesus Calling every day. It’s super short, realistic, and helps you connect with God when sometimes we might say we are ‘too busy’. We all need a little accountability so I thought, why not check in with each other? Lets do reflect every day with #JulyJesusCalling. Many of my #tiusistersinchrist or #dallasdisciples already have the book or the app! Check it out in the App Store, or on Amazon! Read the reviews to see what its all about =)

Why do we love challenges so much? Because it’s an easy checklist to go by! No guess-work. Its easier to look at a list with a small goal in mind. We call these S.M.A.R.T goals. It’s measurable. No matter how young or old, in shape, out of shape, you are….you are STRONG enough! When it seems impossible to start. Grab hold of God’s hand, He will give you the courage. You just have to take that first step. Have a great week.

xoxo, Ari

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Transformation Tuesday: Jess’s Story!

Happy Tuesday! I’m so excited to be bringing you a new Transformation Tuesday series! I love telling my story, but helping others tell theirs is WAY more fun and I hope you enjoy reading about Jess’s new journey! She has been so incredibly dedicated and she recently WON my March Muscle Madness challenge! My challengers get fitness gift cards or Bikinis when they win! How do you win? By being dedicated to checking in and having fun with your journey! Go follow Jess on Instagram, her page is Ah-Mazing!!! @curlsandsquats
My name is Jess.  I am an air traffic controller from Jacksonville, FL with two pets: Jaxon a golden retriever & Moe a calico cat.
1) What was your main motivation for making a dedicated commitment to your health and fitness?
I had a couple motivating factors for making a dedicated commitment to my health and fitness.  It first began with seeing Ariana’s constant fitness posts and seeing the very real changes in her physical appearance.  We have very similar body types and seeing her get those #ArianaAbs motivated me to focus on my fitness!  It then became personal when I was not feeling confident in my skin after my husband and I experienced our second miscarriage in the 2014 year.  We were medically advised to let my body recover again for a few months after the second loss and those few months turned into MY time to focus on becoming the best physical version of myself and aim to stop sucking in my belly!  “I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday!”
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2)  How has your Beachbody program and meal plan helped you create changes to your lifestyle?
PiYo has helped me realize that reaching your fitness goals is not accomplished by just completing a 30-minute workout, but they’re reached by what you do the rest of the day!  I have increased the amount of water I drink a day and eat smaller portions.
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3) Did you have slip-ups or setbacks along the way? How did you get back on track?  
I know no perfect person.  I certainly am not perfect and that also applies to my fitness.  I have missed a couple PiYo workouts due to scheduling issues and (let’s face it) laziness but I remind myself of how getting those workouts in make me feel afterward.  My fitness planner also keeps me on track on what to accomplish on a daily basis – I am my father’s daughter and I love my check box lists!  Every day I have at least one activity to check off!
4) How has the use of an online accountability community helped you achieve your goals and stay accountable?
The use of an online accountability community has without a doubt kept me accountable and motivated.  Getting involved in monthly challenges (especially the ones that give me an opportunity to win something!) and having to check-in daily with the completed exercises give me a reason to log in to my Instagram account and scroll through so many motivating posts!  So many accounts that I follow are very consistent with their workouts and their posts always push me to get moving.
6) What is your favorite particular Beachbody workout so far?!
My favorite Beachbody workout so far is PiYo with Chalene Johnson.  She is so encouraging and makes you feel like a million bucks every time you finish a workout with her!
7) Why did you want to work with FitGirlMechanic as your coach?!
I wanted to work with FitGirlMechanic as my coach because her body type is so similar to mine that seeing her transformation photos from all of her hard work fueled my competitive nature making me think “I can do that, too!” 🙂  I also know Ariana from a few years back and I just love her heart to help others become the best version of themselves!
8) What’s something fun that your challenge has helped you achieve?!
My challenge has helped me run my third 5K nonstop!   PiYo has definitely helped increase my cardio endurance.  I needed to walk/run my first two 5Ks but this past Sunday I ran my third one nonstop and it was such an encouraging accomplishment!  It was so encouraging that after we finished I told my husband we need to sign up for a 10K 🙂
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9) What’s next and what do you plan on trying next?!
21 Day Fix is my next Beachbody program and I couldn’t be more excited about it!  My meal planning game really needs to be stepped up and I know those portion containers will help in that department.
10) We want to support you and gain inspiration from you Jess, where can we find you?!
Find me on Instagram: @CurlsAndSquats
Would you like to be featured on Transformation Tuesday! Complete a 30 day challenge with FitGirlMechanic and email me at arianamichellefitness@gmail.com!

BEACH BABE BOOTCAMP IS HERE!

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Wow I can’t believe y’all killed March Madness? April is here, and so are warmer temps! I have already been out by my pool in my bikini-who needs a tan?! Yikes this girl! I love getting to know you beautiful mermaids inside and out. It is such a pleasure! How would you like to spend 30 days with me to kick-start your personal health & fitness journey? You’re either heading to the beach for a vacation soon, or just coming back from Spring Break & ready to build that Summer Bod! Well I want to share my own personal secrets with you! This is how I add variety to my routine, stay on track, & NOT worry about crazy diets that restrict you from eating. I never question if what I’m doing is going to yield results, I have been seeing it before my eyes for a YEAR now!

Here’s the deal! I want to teach you my favorite workouts, eating habits, how to beat the binge, & stay motivated every single day to wake up and crush it! I will provide you with 30 minute (daily) workouts, a full meal plan, support, gratitude, positivity, personal development & daily improvements!

So what’s Beach Babe Bootcamp all about?
Well, you’ve said it once, and you will say it again. “I just want to feel strong and confident in my clothes again!” I know that was my main motivation for making a lifestyle change last year. It’s almost my 1 year anniversary of being the ‘new me!’ What exactly is a lifestyle change?I define a healthy/active lifestyle in 3 ways:
1) Workout daily-be active every single day, even if that means a walk or some yoga
2) Nourish your body, fresh whole foods, and throwing out the C.R.A.P
3) Set up for success! Being happy in your own skin once again requires a committment to showing up to your scheduled workouts, and swapping ‘this for that’ by preparing meals ahead of time and choosing healthier options.
I do NOT define it as starving yourself.
My job as a coach is to do one thing. and that’s to be your support system. I’m here to help you  figure out your schedule, provide you with a meal plan, help you put together your grocery list, and to help you find trust TOGETHER with me to achieve YOUR specific goals.
We will set goals, track our progress, stay accountable, inspire each other, stay motivated and encourage one another to get into the best shape of our lives.
 Where is Beach Babe Bootcamp Held?
In your own home! No gym membership required. It’s a totally private Facebook group where no one but the members of the group can see what is going on. I will walk you through how to set realistic and measurable goals for yourself, how to meal plan, prep, how to set yourself up for success!! The program we are focusing on this month is 21 Days long, and focuses on nutrition and fitness, however it’s my goal to find the perfect program for you! Perhaps your coming off an injury? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered =)
You will log into the group on Facebook or Instagram and check in everyday and check out a post of the day. There will be ample motivation, workout breakdowns, tutorials, videos, recipes and tips.
We will track everyones progress through our online group and you will succeed!
 Trust me, if you can 100% commit to this I will give this my ALL! and  I won’t ever let you give up! I will be right there with you doing my workouts and meals too!
Are you ready go for this? What’s the worst that can happen? You could lose a few pounds, kick some bad habits, win a free tshirt and have more energy! That would warm my heart if you did! Make this investment for you. Do this for your health, for your body, for your energy, for your family….for YOU!
I am accepting challengers throughout the month of March and April to start when YOU’RE ready…..this is your journey and no one else! Even if you are the least bit curious or the least bit interested in getting started on a health & fitness journey … shoot me an e-mail… I promise you won’t regret it!
All you have to do is make the decision that now is the time for you to make a change!!! Let’s do this together!!! Fill out the application below and you’ll be hearing from me shortly! 🙂

March Muscle Madness Challenge! And Giveaways!!

March Muscle Madness

Good morning!!! I am so thrilled to be giving you another amazing challenge this month. Last month’s #Squatforspringbreak and #absin60days were killer! I know the results were felt by many and I don’t want you to lose momentum!

Download your WORKOUT CALENDAR HERE!!! March Muscle Madness

HUGE exciting news for March. Every week, I am going to be gifting one of my amazing followers with a prize! From water bottles, to tank tops, to the GRAND PRIZE at the end of the month, which will include a DVD program, swag, workout equipment, beauty products, nutrition powder, and MORE….you could say that I am looking for YOU to get your MUSCLE on this month!

Here are the rules!! 

1) Repost this Challenge Photo to spread the word! Follow me @fitgirlmechanic on Instagram

2) Check in when you complete your daily challenges with the hashtag #marchmusclemadness and #fitgirlmechanic 

3) Must Complete all challenges for the week to be entered into weekly drawings

4) Tag 3-5 friends to join you to get toned this month for a chance to win prizes! 

5) Must be 18+ older and livie in US or Canada

♡Introducing P90 , the ON Switch to Fitness

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Never say ‘I could never…’ all it takes is one step in the right direction to start something BIG. I was never a runner! I hated running in high school and middle school. I dreaded the mile! I dreaded those stupid suicide drill we had to do in basketball. But I did like teamwork. I liked feeling fit. In college, that all changed….my mindset that is. When I had a running partner (or two or three) tell me to train with them. It was the last step I needed to take to try this new thing. COMMITMENT. I couldn’t believe what I could do if I set my mind to it. I ran my first half marathon when I was 20…which was a HUGE accomplishment for me! It took baby steps for me to get into fitness. And now I’m in the best shape of my life, and hope to be an active skiier and tennis player when I’m 80. Watch me.

I am so beyond thrilled about the newest Beachbody Home Fitness Program, P90 !!! Brought to you by the MAN himself, Tony Horton!!!!!

If I’m to be totally honest with you, when first announced, I wasn’t totally ecstatic about the launch of this baby … Being an avid Beachbody product lover, I am always looking for something to push me further … and P90 was created to be “the ON switch to fitness”. I was actually a little disappointed. I seem to be attracted to the programs that leave you dripping in sweat and out of breath (WHY?!) haha I don’t know…but this is a total game changer.
No one says that’s the ONLY way! If you actively follow my posts on Instagram or my blog (Thank you!), you’ll notice that I have been so excited about helping people realize their potential even when they think they could give up.
I can’t forget where I started. Everyone starts SOMEWHERE!
Today, I am calling out everybody who’s ever considered starting or rekindling their relationship with health & fitness… if you watch me or any other “fitspo” Instagram account from afar and have thought to reaching out for support… I can totally understand that sometimes even just the act of asking for a helping hand can seem so incredibly daunting (I know it was for me). I would love to get to know you.
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So here’s my promise to you; if you have ever considered getting that healthy happy YOU back or even if you’re starting from scratch, please take this as a sign. I promise to do everything and anything I can to make sure you accomplish all of the goals that you have for this healthy new life and best possible version of YOU.
P90 is a game changer and I’ve never been this excited about a program … PERIOD. The amount of people this program will help is REAL … and this solution is REAL … and I’m real… and I want to help you. This isn’t about some “quick fix” or “magic pill”. Just real sweat, real food, REAL RESULTS.
Have you ever done or heard of the original P90X??? That stuff is crazy hard!!! Have you ever tried P90X and failed?!?! YOU ARE NOT ALONE! I tried 1 (ONE!) workout …(the shortest one on top of that! lol) and gave up because I just wasn’t at that level yet!!!
Do you want to do P90X but you don’t feel like you are at that fitness level just yet? Maybe a stepping stone to build a base level of fitness is just what you need so that you can tackle something like P90X or Insanity !!
Tony Horton and the fine folks at Beachbody saw the need for a program like this. A program that could really HELP more people! Not just another KILLER workout ! They wanted to create a  foundational program that went back to basics and back to the beginning, to truly help build that strength and skill that is so necessary! P90 was designed for people just like you and me! HUMANS! not machines! lol
We want to be in the best shape of our lives RIGHT?  But the thing is, we really need to start at the beginning! We need to build that core strength, stability and learn to have the correct form so that we don’t injure ourselves and end up back at the start again! It’s about creating a safe and effective starting point for people to introduce fitness into their lives.
So Who exactly would this program be for?
Id say its perfect for:  people that :
– People that need an “ON Switch” to fitness
– People that are trying to start their journey and aren’t sure how to.
– People that are not looking for a hardcore workout.
– People that are looking for a stepping stone to a more intense program like P90x3 or Focus T25
– People that don’t really want a crazy workout but do want to lose weight.
– People that want to get back some muscle definition back.
Maybe you are just someone who wants to be in good health, get regular exercise and feel strong !
Then this could be just the program you’ve been looking for.
 
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So what is this program all about?
It’s not a high intensity,  pound your joints type of deal. It’s literally simple cardio, simple workouts, nothing sexy …no fluff just 25 minutes a day for 90 days.  All the moves are always able to be modified (and they show you how) so that everyone can do the workouts. Completely transform your body and your lifestyle. This is so much more than just a workout program. P90 comes with a simple nutrition guide that will help you clean up your daily habits and focus on the right foods to properly fuel your body.
So when can I get P90?
Today!!! The program JUST launched ! You can order through a Team Beachbody coach which is exactly what I do! Check out the “shop” section of my blog and website to see all the details and place your order!
So what’s the plan once I get it?!?!
I want to be the first to tell you ! Lets make 100% sure that this doesn’t become another fitness program that you invest in that sits on your shelf and collects dust. I want to make totally sure that when you get this program in the mail, you rip it open (like i did lol) and you make a plan that you can STICK TO and SUCCEED!
My job as a coach is to do one thing. and that’s to be your support system. I’m here to help you  figure out your schedule, layout the meal plan, help you put together your grocery list, and to hopefully start TOGETHER as a team on October 21st!!
We will set goals, track our progress, stay accountable, inspire each other, stay motivated and encourage one another to get into the best shape of our lives.
So I am hosting an EXCLUSIVE P90 TEST GROUP where you can get support from a me..one on one and you can also surround ourself with other like minded people if you’d like.
And hey! you can even enter to win $500 or more for your transformation! Pretty cool right?
So what is this P90 Test Group you speak of?
It’s a totally private Facebook group where no one but the members of the group can see what is going on. I will walk you through how to set realistic and measurable goals for yourself, how to meal plan, prep, how to set yourself up for success!!
You will log into the group and check in everyday and check out a post of the day. There will be ample motivation, workout breakdowns, tutorials, videos, recipes and tips.
We will track everyones progress through our online group and you will succeed!
 Trust me, if you can 100% commit to this I will give this my ALL! and  I won’t ever let you give up!
Are you ready go for this? What’s the worst that can happen? You could lose a few pounds, kick some bad habits, win a free tshirt and have more energy! Pretty sweet deal!!!!
What you need for the Test Group
All you need to do is purchase the P90 Challenge pack through me as your coach. I can send you all of the details to get the package once you complete the application below. I must be your coach and only my customers and coaches are allowed to participate in this group. The actual group and my coaching is 100% included in the price of the challenge pack.
Make this investment for you. Do this for your health, for your body, for your energy, for your family….for YOU!
I’m only accepting 10 people into this exclusive group. So please complete the application below to be considered for a spot and gain more information!Even if you are the least bit curious or the least bit interested in getting started on a health & fitness journey … leave me your e-mail… I promise you won’t regret it!
All you have to do is make the decision that now is the time for you to make a change!!! Let’s do this together!!! Fill out the application below and you’ll be hearing from me shortly! 🙂

 

 

Summer Sweat

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Hellooooooo-Summer is still in full swing! You may not have sunny days every day where you live, or maybe you do-make every one of them count! I feel guilty when I’m not outside on a nice day.  Living in the north-east, the sunny days are a bit scattered. But even when it’s raining, I’d still rather be outside than the gym. (However, we all have priorities-studying, kids, cooking, cleaning, working-let’s get serious, eating is important too). Now you’re probably wondering what you will do to challenge yourself for the next 30 days, and for August, because you are just so excited to keep up your new pace of happiness. What will you do besides lift weights???

I’m challenging you to 30 minutes of activity EVERY day. You may be in the middle of getting back to your routine, or you’re not sure if it’s the ‘right’ time to start getting in shape because summer is almost over. WRONG!  Summer bodies are for the binge work-out fiend. We want an EVERYDAY body! So I don’t care if you are walking every day, or biking-playing kickball, walking the dog, roller-blading, hockey, basketball, tennis, softball, yoga, biking, swimming, running around with the kids, playing on the playground, swimming in the ocean, kick-boxing. GET OUTSIDE!  Find something you love, and make sure you are sweating for 30 minutes a day. You will be amazed at the energy boost you get, the happiness that comes with losing weight because you are doing something you love. How rewarding is that? Check in with me on the Facebook page-Fitgirl Mechanic, Ariana Michelle. Or on Instagram. I want to see what you’re doing, it makes me happy too 🙂

Sweat everyday, sweat often, be grateful. Healthy first. Happy Second.

p.s I’ll be adding a new toning routine for you every week too 😉