Celebrating 6 months of business at Dallas Grit Fitness with GLOWGA!

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HIIT Instructor Lauren Tatum and Dance Club Cardio Instructor Christie Rossi having way too much fun!

If it doesn’t nourish your soul-get rid of it! 

Happy Sunday my beautiful readers! I hope you all enjoyed the awesome weather this weekend, I got outside a ton. This weekend was focused on enjoying this city that loves me back so much. Over the past 6 months, I have made some pretty amazing friends and family at my home studio-Dallas Grit Fitness. We offer a class called Flexin’ Flow™ that combines yoga flows and boot camp intervals for one funky, sweaty ‘Grit’ inspired yoga class! Now, I have been doing yoga since I was about 16 years as an amateur. I enjoy the challenges, the functional and mental benefits it brings, but have never felt ‘called’ to be a yogi. I was always looking for something different. Before going to Flexin Flow, I tried numerous flows all over this city, but I had never done a ‘Flow in the Dark’ before! Until I went to Grit. We flow in the dark under LED lights to loud fresh music every week, and yes, we do burpees and mountain climbers in there too. Oh yes, this was my kind of yoga!

To celebrate 6 months of successful business at Grit Fitness, owner Brittani Rettig of Grit By Brit put on a fitness social event like I’ve never seen before. A Flexin’ Flow workout in neon fitness clothes and an afterparty at the gorgeous Altitude Night Club. Over 650 people RSVPd to this event! Around 9pm, a few hundred Dallas Yogis gathered to take our ‘Flow in the Dark’ class led by Maria Rowe and Melissa Bass, 33 floors above the street at the Altitude Night Club in the W Hotel at Victory Park. Check out some pictures from our event below!

See the full gallery of photos here on Facebook!

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Over 200 Grit Yogis enjoying class by Maria and Melissa!
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Turbo Kick Instructors Annabel and I with our lovely clients! IMG_9205

Enjoying a post-yoga photoshoot in our Glowga gear!

We flowed, we danced, and we had a blast celebrating high above the street with a gorgeous view of the city, and enjoyed getting to spend time with our community and clients. In just 6 short months, the outreach of Grit Fitness has expanded beyond anything I’ve seen from a boutique studio. I can’t wait to see what’s next for you Brit! Thanks for coming y’all, and I hope to see you at a class sometime soon!

Now go Motivate, Sweat, and Inspire this week!

xoxo, Ari

FullSizeRenderPeace babes, go take a class with Melissa or Maria this week!

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Eat Clean Train Dirty-FREE HIIT class at Katy Trail

Harvard Entrepreneurs Team up to Offer Dallas’ Hottest Free Health Event of the Summer

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Happy Monday my lovely readers! I am so excited for this fun event on Thursday. Who doesn’t love a good happy hour workout before hitting the social scene? It can be tough to meet people who have the same interests, so we are giving you a great opportunity to do both! I have recently joined the Dallas Grit Fitness Dream Team and am proud to say we have loved getting to know our Dallas community! There’s always room for fun in fitness….I would say it’s one of the things we do best, but don’t worry, you will work up a sweat this week in just 30 minutes. Read below for a snapshot of what to look forward to on Thursday! Register below….it’s already set to be a packed house and a ton of fun! Please be sure to wear sneakers, bring a towel if you like, and plenty of water.

Megan Lyons and Brittani Rettig are teaming to up to offer an energetic evening of fitness, food and freebies!  Lyons and Rettig both left their consulting careers to start businesses in nutrition and fitness respectively.  These two are thrilled to host a free event on the Katy Trail to promote health, wellness and fun!  The first 35 guests to register and attend will receive Fabletics swag bags to go along with their free high intensity interval training workout, healthy treats and nutrition tips.

GRIT HIIT Class Description:

High intensity interval training (HIIT) class designed to push you to your max! Power through a tabata-style, body weight interval circuit that’s sure to spike your heart rate while building muscular endurance. Enjoy a jamming playlist to energize your workout and leave feeling fit and fierce!  Sneakers required; 30 minutes

Class participants must register online at: http://bit.ly/1gbNqKx

EVENT DETAILS:

Date: Thursday, July 23

Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm

Location: Katy Trail, Snyder’s Union (entrance on Carlisle Place, between Lemmon Ave. and Hall St.)

Cost: Free & open to the Dallas community

Details: Fabletics giveaways, raffles, nutrition tips, healthy treats and 2 free, 30 minute GRIT HIIT workouts:

Session 1 – 6:30pm

Session 2 – 7:15pm

About The Lyons’ Share Wellness & Megan Lyons

The Lyons’ Share Wellness offers personalized health coaching to help clients lose weight, increase their energy, and feel their best through nutrition and lifestyle.  Our clients have lost up to 100 pounds, solved chronic digestive issues, dramatically reduced blood pressure and cholesterol, and turned picky kids into healthy eaters.  Owner Megan Lyons also writes a biweekly health and nutrition column titled “Trail to Good Health” in the Katy Trail Weekly.

Megan holds a Certificate of Health Coaching/ Holistic Nutrition from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2011, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Holistic Nutrition from Hawthorn University.  She received her MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 2012, and graduated from Harvard University in 2007.  Prior to founding The Lyons’ Share, Megan spent 5 years as a management/ strategy consultant.

 

About GRIT Fitness & Brittani Rettig

GRIT Fitness brings an innovative approach to boutique fitness by providing a customized set of energetic, music-driven classes.  It’s Dallas’ 1st and only one stop shop for Kickboxing, Dance Cardio, Hip Hop, Body Sculpt, Barre and upbeat Power Vinyasa Flow classes.  Located in the heart of East Dallas, GRIT Fitness opened to the community in January 2015.

Prior to founding GRIT Fitness, Brittani Rettig worked at Deloitte Consulting, LLC.  She earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University.  She also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and numerous fitness certifications.  Rettig continues to author her leading fitness/lifestyle blog, Grit by Brit, which receives national recognition from SELF Magazine, POPSUGAR and Greatist.

To learn more visit http://www.dallasgritfitness.com or http://www.thelyonsshare.org

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.

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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

Bikini Series Results and Review!

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Happy Sunday everyone! I know I know, you’re probably already feeling those #bikiniseriesblues today with the conclusion of the 8 week Bikini Series yesterday. But there are SO many fun options to follow this summer and you have the energy to tackle them! Keep in touch with those friends that you made, and make new challenges for yourself. First I want to say congratulations to all of you!! Whether you started on Week 1 with a fantastic attitude and full meals prepped, or if you found Tone it Up for the first time just a few weeks ago and desire to make a lifestyle change, you did something amazing for yourself!

You have done what 99% of the world will not do…make a commitment to something. Take a leap of faith! Go out of your comfort zone. SHOW UP. How many of you have been stood up by friends who say they will be there for a class or an event? You’re dependable….and that means a lot to your friends too! It is extremely hard in a highly distracted and socially immersed culture that we live in, to give up some of the things and the time we cherish, and dedicate that to loving your body! I’m so proud of all you have accomplished. You completed hundreds of thousands of ‘cardio miles’ together, as well as tried new recipes, new workouts, and MOST importantly, made some new friends! Fitness is so much more fun with friends. I am going to give you a few tips for making new friends this summer! Some people tell me ‘You’re so brave, how do you just walk up to someone and become friends?’ I wasn’t always this way! Tone it Up for me is not about worshipping Karena and Katrina. It’s about living without fear of who you are. Two talented women who I admire so much, could have never imagined the plans that would unfold for them. They did not know how many girls they would help become confident enough to do exactly what they started out doing-work out together, share life, and inspire others! When you’re at a loss, simply say ‘Hello, how are you?! What’s your name?’ I guarantee a conversation will start.

The beginning of the series was rough for me!

I wasn’t prepared, or mentally ready to get back to a clean diet. I was pretty much all over the place for the first two weeks. After a very hard winter on my body, I had taken a break from following one program in March/April. This is always, always, always my downfall! When I’m trying to follow too many at once, I get overwhelmed, and unhappy with my workouts, and things do not fall into place. This year’s Bikini Series had SO many choices to follow, it was unrealistic for me to get everything on the schedule done for the day. And I just couldn’t decide ‘Do I want to follow the 8 week schedule to the Beach Babe 3 DVD?’ or ‘Do I want to follow the weekly schedule with free workouts on toneitup.com and youtube?’ I’m sure you had the same thoughts. Because I really wanted to try ALL of the workouts! My advice for your next round, is to choose only one, and stick to it. After that, begin your next 8 weeks with the other schedule.

Schedules are foolproof!

And when you follow a program like Tone it Up, or Beachbody, or your Fitness Studio, you are going to get a weekly plan to build and burn the way they designed the workouts for you. No guesswork, just do your planned workout, and the results will show up a few weeks later- I promise!

Come week 3 I finally had a plan to follow my studio classes and the weekly toning routines. Now I had more time to focus on the workouts, and making better food choices! My accountability partner this year, Kaytie (@tiu_Kaytie) followed the 8 Week Program, she killed it with her meals and the workouts!! And she added some serious muscle definition to her petite frame! I really admire how different our bodies are. I know a lot of people look at us and think ‘They don’t need to lose weight!’ like I said….this lifestyle isn’t about losing weight, its about GAINING everything else. When you get to that point, you feel unstoppable! Kaytie and I sometimes enable each other, which is dangerous haha! We LOVE to eat, and we love In and Out Burger. When that happens, you need to stick together, and make a goal to work towards. I’m 100% sure we earned our In and Out Burger yesterday (and my weakness is MilkShakes, you’ll be happy to know I did not have one!) Having someone to encourage me and check in with every day, was a lifesaver. I could not have succeeded without her! Now she has to put up with me being a crazy #tiubride for the next year until she walks down the aisle with me. Not only did I find a workout partner through Tone It Up, but I found a great friend who shares my faith and passion for being a Godly woman.

I joined a local fitness studio in January (see my review on Dallas Grit Fitness in the previous post!) so most of my morning BootyCall workouts were classes there! I got my cardio miles in from Turbo Kick (LOTS of it because I’m an instructor and its one of my favorite workouts), Grit HIIT, Dance Cardio,  the HIITY Bitty Bikini routine, and walking and running.

My favorite workouts of the series included:

The Beach Ball Workout (Beach Babe DVD3), Karena’s Beach Arms (Beach Babe DVD3), Buns and Thighs Routine (on Youtube or Toneitup.com) and the new Bikini Abs. I love variety, and all of these moves are familiar to me so I can interchange them into my workouts wherever I see fit. That comes with time! Keep following routines and you will be able to make up your own soon too!

2015 Bikini Series Before and After

Overall, I actually lost 6 lbs, and 4″ which  I know you can’t see here!

(that’s why the scale is deceiving) It mostly came from the last couple of weeks of a very clean diet and consistent exercise every single day. I drank 70-90 Fl. OZ of water every day too! I was pretty surprised at the results because I’ve been working out for so many years that my body really needs intense exercise to change. All of the variety really helped. This series I did not do as much running as last year. I saw a significant difference in my legs and my booty last year from running, however this year I have a lot more muscle. Personally, all of my weight goes to those areas and running and walking keeps me a lot leaner. I still lost inches in my hips, but my booty grew (people pay money for that! Just do a lot of squats and booty routines!) It’s so amazing to see what our bodies can do, and now I know what to add back into the equation to slim down for summer. I’m most happy with feeling less bloated, a lot lighter when I run, and my arms and back! I feel really confident going to the pool and my upcoming engagement photo shoot!Bikini Series

My plan for the summer!  

This summer I plan to tackle a pretty full schedule of classes at Dallas Grit Fitness, and run/walk! I love being outside in my neighborhood and it’s a great way to get some Vitamin D that we haven’t seen in two months with all of the Texas rain we got. While I’m traveling, I’ll have my Beachbody DVDs, and BB3 workouts to keep me company and I never see myself running out of options =) I hope you all have an amazing June! I can’t wait to see all those fun bikini pics-you deserve it!

xoxo, Ari

May Recap- Staying Fit with Dallas Grit Fitness!

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Happy Friday! Still highlighting some amazing events in May and I have to share with you what I’ve been up to! May was full of sweaty workouts! With the Bikini Series going on, and summer quickly approaching, there’s a lot of motivation to get into the best shape of your life isn’t there?! For me, I typically slack off in the January-March time-frame. However, this year’s plateau came at an odd time. April-May was a pretty challenging for me. I just couldn’t seem to get the right meals down, or the most appealing workout schedule for me. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to have SO much going on, that you just make bad nutrition decisions or do nothing in the form of exercise from the fear of not getting it all done. It can also be the fear that something is just too hard, and it will burn a lot to push yourself past that point of exhaustion and short of breath-ness. If you are ever paralyzed by this fear, I have a solution for you. Commit to one thing at a time! Don’t feel pressured to do what everyone else is doing. I finally set a goal for myself to work on two things in May. 1) Instructor training practice 2) Workouts at Dallas Grit Fitness-my local fitness studio on Ross Avenue. I have been a proud member here for 4 months now, and I am so happy to be able to participate in this one-of-a-kind boutique fitness studio.

I met Brittani Rettig, the self-made Dallas Blogger and Fitness Instructor last summer at her class Flexin Flow (Currently running all summer at the W Hotel for FREE!). It was a free class held on the WetDeck at the Victory W Hotel in downtown Dallas which made it really easy for #TIUDallas girls to meet up on Saturday mornings. From the time I started taking her classes, I knew I wanted to experience more of that high energy and positive affirmation in my life on a daily basis. Well Brit-thanks for making that happen this year! I couldn’t be happier for you and the planned/inevitable success of your business! Brit continues to inspire me with her hard work and dedication to making other’s lives-FUN and FUFILLING!  Let that sunshine into your life sister! Grit Fitness has a full schedule of classes during the week and I have written some reviews below for you to see what my *optimal week looks like.

The Grit Fitness challenge for May, was to complete 8 Sunrise classes (6am or 6:30am). Once I got over my slump in the first week of May, I really wanted to complete the challenge! I started a bit late though and ended up traveling on business for the last week in May. So I was a few classes short-darn I really wanted a new Grit Tank! (Girt Swag can only be earned not bought!). But it made me realize how much I was missing those Bootycalls! If you’re a Tone it Up girl, you know what a Bootycall means. If you think I’m a slut-puppy (MIL lingo), it just means you are getting your sweat on, first thing in the morning, because other things come up in the day and sometimes prevent you from fitting in that workout!

To find me at Grit, and hear more about what a 6am morning week looks like-I’ve reviewed some of my favorite classes below. Like I said, I’m always changing up my routine, so this month I began running outside again because I love being outside! Please reach out to me if you’re a member, and let’s take a class together! Friendship and fun are a part of our Grit family, and accountability is the name of my game. 

P.S you can find us on SnapChat! ArianaInfo and GritByBrit!

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Monday: 6am Flexin’ Flow™ -Melissa Bass ‘If yoga, pilates and boot camp had a baby, it would be “Flexin’ Flow!” Our signature, total body workout is designed to build strength, flexibility and endurance’ What to Prepare: Wear yoga tights and a loose fitting shirt- Yoga Matt, Bare Feet, Water/Towel 50 minutes of sweat and stretch!

*I also do my own toning routines or TIU routines at lunch or evening= total body with weights, abs, and Run-2-3 miles

Tuesday: 6am Body Sculpt™ My favorite and most challenging class by Brittani Rettig-weights, cardio, and fresh hits every Tuesday morning. ‘Our original total body, dumbbell resistance training and cardio interval class with isolated focus on each major muscle group. Build lean muscle mass and burn body fat while enjoying upbeat music and a rockstar instructor.’ Sign up for this class a day or two early as it always sells out! (Dallas Grit Fitness app in the app store)

50 minutes of ‘one more rep!’

+ Evening jog or run, and extra Abs and booty TIU routine

Wednesday: 6am Flexin Flow with Melissa Bass-Melissa has a gentle spirit and an amazing awareness of her body. She will guide you through a fun, challenging, and soul-captivating class to funky beats. You will leave wondering how you got through those leg-burning songs. If you’re looking for a relaxing Savasana….this is not the class for you! 50 minutes of WERK!

+ Wednesday 6:30pm Turbo Kick with Emily Tang. Emily picks great Turbo Rounds and makes every move seem effortless! I have been doing Turbo Kick for 8 years now, so if you don’t know the moves, Emily will guide you through! Keep coming back…you will get the routine down in 3-5 classes! Emily is my motivation to find a second-wind after work. Turbo Kick is high energy, choreographed kickboxing, with HIIT intervals in a 50 minute class.

Thursday: Grit HIIT with Brittani Rettig- total bootay-kicker with awesome music. Any workout that is highly athletic and challenging to make you dig deep gets an A++ in my book. This class uses medicine balls and cardio drills to build endurance, strength, and push you to your max to effectively burn fat during the day. If you can breathe at the end of class, you didn’t work hard enough! 30 minutes of high intensity interval training.

Friday: 6am Grit HIIT™ with Maria Rowe- different moves from what we did yesterday-which is why I love this studio….always keeping your body guessing! Maria leads a challenging, sweaty, and motivating 30 min interval workout with the medicine balls and cardio intervals of this signature Grit class. At Grit, you will always get the same format across classes, but with a new flavor every day. You’ll get a total body burn that will help you continue burning calories through the day and earn that happy hour! 30 minutes of high intensity interval training.

Friday Happy Hour: 30-50 minute run on the Katy Trail. I love relaxing with a good run and glass of wine after work!

Saturday: 10am Turbo Kick™ with Anabelle Williams- high energy, highly choreographed, kickboxing. I love Anabelle’s classes because she really knows how to shake it and help the class loosen up! Come to class expecting to body pump your way to a six pack! The warm-up always stays the same. You can try this workout at home (Turbo Fire) if you don’t have access to a live class. Cardio with HIIT intervals in a 50 minute class.

(I may start adding the 11am Body Sculpt to my day here too!) There are so many fun classes offered on Saturdays and Sundays!

For all classes, I recommend you wear yoga crops/tights and loose fitting shirts (or sports bra!) we LOVE bright colors! Always water,  towel, and a ‘Never Quit’ attitude! Check out the Full Schedule of Classes at DallasGritFitness.Com and download the app to easily register! Have ClassPass or Studio Hop? Use the MindBodyConnect App for all your classes in Dallas!

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May Recap-Trip to LA!

This month has been extremely busy to say the least! It started off with a trip to LA for a quick girls trip with my best friend from childhood, Heather. Heather is an advertising account director (aka total #GirlBoss) living in Portland Oregon. As an account director, she frequently travels to shoots and coordinates those tear-jerking, or witty commercials you see on YouTube and TV (if you still watch TV commercials on TV). Her most recent work, ‘Ripple’ even brought her to Ireland to make sure the authenticity of the story was captured-they take their golf very seriously 😉 Her ability to get things done and help us to have fun, never ceases to amaze me, which is why I knew I didn’t really need an itinerary to go to LA, and moreover, why I asked her to be one of my bridesmaids.

Here are my favorite highlights from the weekend. On Saturday morning, Heather took me to Soul Cycle SAMO in Santa Monica- just a short few miles from our adorable studio apartment on Venice Bach. Never been to Soul Cycle? Be careful, you are in for a music-pumping, calorie-torching, highly addictive spin class that will have you sweating more than you ever have in your life. I’m not joking. It was a truly amazing experience and I couldn’t have loved it more! Call in for your first class to get $10 off and free shoes with sign-up. Tag me @FitGirlMechanic and tell me how it is! I’ll write about my experience at Beyond Pedaling in Dallas soon to keep you updated on Spin Classes!

 

Soul Cycle Class

After Soul Cycle, we refueled at a local diner where I tried the breakfast quinoa bowl-amazing! Then we ventured out to the Promenade and did some shopping (where I found the ‘wear-every-day’ white sweater on my Insta, visited the new Nike Flagship store, and of course headed out to the beach to catch some rays in the afternoon. I enjoyed frolicking around in my ShopSaltWaterGirl Bikini! Such a fun and curve-hugging suit!
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We had an early dinner at a restaurant called Gjelina I highly recommend it! The flatbread pizzas are to die for, and their salads and side veggies are savory. A fast, inexpensive, and flavorful meal will keep your wallet happy and your belly full. Share small plates, or a flatbread-and you’ll be good to go!

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Sunday morning we slept in and took a long walk down Venice Beach to visit the vendors and obviously get matching Flash-Tatoos. We ate brunch at The Firehouse in Venice Beach, while we had a ‘kickoff’ meeting for the next year of my wedding nuptials.  Talk about having a project manager as one of your bridesmaids! Heather will know if you like red or white wine, what your dog’s name is, what your career is, and how you met the bride and groom. No pressure girlfriend, I also expect you to know how we all take our coffee when we’re all hung-over the morning after my bachelorette party. I don’t know what I would do without her. It was a fast weekend, but much needed R&R away from the busy pace of our lives. Thanks for this trip girlfriend! I am so excited for the next year to come!

xoxo, Ari

Jennifer’s Transformation and Overwhelming Story of Hope!

It’s Transformation Tuesday!
Meet Jennifer. A sunny, happy young mom, who once thought she could not overcome her anxieties and get in control of her mind and body. We connected instantly last year after talking online and on the phone. She is such a pleasure to chat with, and one of my most dedicated challengers ever! When Jen is on, she’s on! She works extremely hard to get results. No shortcuts. I admire Jen for all that she has overcome, for her kindness towards others, and especially for her resilience and perseverance in being away from family for so long! I’m so excited for your new home Jen, and your new outlook on life. Keep going! Those kids are too cute not to chase around.
Jennifer Fraley Beach
1) What was your main motivation for making a dedicated commitment to your health and fitness?
ME & my family. I was living with a very unhappy young woman within myself & I knew that I had to make a change – I had to learn to love ME again so that I could give love to my family. 2 1/2  Years ago I went through some things that would change me forever. I resigned from the Corporate world & became a Stay at Home Mom- BEST job in the world & the MOST challenging!
Just 4 months after my youngest daughter was born in 2012, my husband had a terrible accident that would change our lives forever…looking back now I can say it changed for the best but at that moment it was devastating. He is a US Marshal & was shot in the line of duty while serving a warrant to an armed drug dealer. He was shot 3 times in his right leg completely shattering the tibia. I received the phone call at 12 AMwith my 4 mo & 9 yr old daughters lying next to me. That night would change me forever- I drove 2 hours in terror – being told on the phone call by the ER Dr that he may not survive & if he did he may lose his leg. Thank God…
He did survive! He surprised us all by going back to work just 6 months after the accident to full duty. Those 6 months were hell….I developed PTSD- severe paranoia, anxiety & nightmares. Needless to say, I was on an array of medications that had terrible side effects that negatively impacted my metabolism. I lost my self confidence & felt like I couldn’t do anything to come out of my fog. I stopped all the medication last year, but the side effects  left me feeling unhealthy – sluggish, weak & overweight. In addition, March 2014 I had a hysterectomy. Boy, did that wreck my body 😦 I have been fighting to get my stomach muscles strong again & get my metabolism back on track. After all these set backs I decided I had to fight to get ME back & kick this mess in the BOOTY!
Jennifer Fraley
2)  How has your Beachbody program and meal plan helped you create changes to your lifestyle? 
 I purchased Beach body DVDs & started to gain strength back- both mentally & physically. It has been a slow climb, but I feel amazing compared to what I was feeling 2 years ago! Its never too late & being fit is the answer to a happy YOU. Training with Beach body & running has helped eliminate my migraines, cured my insomnia, increased my energy & given me my smile back 🙂
I am currently using PIYO with Chalene Johnson- she is one of my favorite Beach body trainers! I seriously feel like she is in my living room with me cheering me on! I am also starting 21 day Fix Extreme for my 2nd round. This workout is KILLER! You get results FAST! I love the products that Beach body offers- they make me feel good from the inside out.
3) Did you have slip-ups or setbacks along the way? How did you get back on track?
ABSOLUTELY! I am human 🙂 I indulged in wine and Cheetos a couple times too many …it didn’t take me long to realize I was going down the wrong path! My body TOLD me….here’s the thing. Once you start treating your body right from the inside out- putting bad in too often will make it MAD. I never realized how not staying active & keeping a clean diet can make you feel so sluggish & unhappy. I have experienced what feeling energetic, full of life & confident can be like & that’s all the kick in my butt I need to get back on track.
4) How has the use of an online accountability community helped you achieve your goals and stay accountable?
Having a community to help hold me accountable has made ALL the difference for me! Missing a workout becomes really hard when you know others are watching…also getting all the inspiration & support from my peers creates a positive energy for me to carry through my day to day life.
5) What do you love about Shakeology?!
I love the TASTE of the chocolate & the energy it gives me! Once I didn’t get my order because I forgot to update my address when we moved & I could really tell a difference in the way I felt from just missing a week’s worth of shakes!  I will Never miss a day again!
6) What is your favorite particular Beachbody workout so far?! What other workouts do you love to add to your routine?
PIYO is my all time fave because I love Yoga & Pilates – and PIYO really challenges your body to go places it has never gone with flexibility! I also enjoy running & weight training. I like to keep my routine very “colorful”- VARIETY is the key for me! I never get bored with all the different Beachbody workout programs & challenges I get from my accountability groups.
Jennifer also loves Tone it Up. We met through the TIU community and became instant friends and motivators!

7) Why did you want to work with FitGirlMechanic as your coach?! 
Simple. Because when I found Ari through the TIU community I found a REAL person- someone I could truly connect with. Ari has been there for me every step of my journey…never judging just inspiring! I love that she has an authenticity in her coaching & she’s there to help you – nothing else- no hidden purpose in her approach!
8) What’s something fun that your challenge has helped you achieve?!
PLANKS, push ups on my feet & running 2 miles without stopping! These are all things that I could barely do before Beachbody & its only up from here!
9) What’s next and what do you plan on trying next?! Something we might not know about your workout routine?
I really want to try T25 next & my big goal for the summer is to run a 5k without stopping! I have also wanted to try a spin class but never gotten the courage to before, so this summer I plan to take a “spin”!
10) Connect on social media-we want to support your journey! 
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