Celebrate Active Nation Day with Dallas Grit Fitness!

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Every year, Lorna Jane celebrates Active Nation Day in September, by encouraging girls to get outside and move! There are local events literally all over the world for you to get involved in. Find an event on your local Lorna Jane Facebook page, or just visit the Active Nation Day website! There are no shortage of good things happening.

Come celebrate this day at Northpark Mall, with Dallas Grit Fitness! For Grit Mashup! OMG you are going to get an amazing workout….Body Sculpt, Turbo Kick and Dance Club Cardio, you don’t want to miss this class with our energetic instructors, Annabel, Emily, and Brittani! Can’t wait to see you there.

What is Active Nation Day?

Active Nation Day is a movement created in 2012 by Lorna Jane to inspire women, their families, communities, cities and the world to live a more Active Life!

Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980, with 39% of the adult population now overweight and 1.9 billion of the world’s population not getting sufficient exercise. It’s time to make a change and the change starts with you!

On September 27 2015, we’ll be hosting events all over the world to encourage women to mark their commitment to Active Living by getting out and moving their bodies. We think there should be a day dedicated to Active Living – a day where people are asked to consider putting their health and fitness first – resetting their commitment and inspiring others to do the same.

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

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!

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

FAQs with Ariana Michelle: Eating Habits

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Can you believe that it’s week 4 of the Love Your Body Series and Spring Break in 60 days Challenge? The new year always brings amazing challenges up and it’s no surprise that it might seem overwhelming by all of the choices out there! Here are my suggestions on what to eat, to fuel your body for an active life!

Ok ok, so why do you keep seeing this stupid hashtag #Absaremadeinthekitchen?! Well Skin is also made in the kitchen….I think that needs a hashtag! #eatcleanclearskin? Someone come up with something! Well, because it’s true! For most….*disclaimer, not all abs are created equal.* Some of us eat SOOO healthy, what gives?! Well first of all, we all hold weight in different areas and sometimes it DOES take pushing to your MAX every day to see results over time. (I struggle with my thighs and bum….Plyo Squats and Lunges and HIIT workouts are my secret!) if you’re not burning calories during the day and completing toning routines to strengthen and lengthen those muscles, chances are you won’t see much definition. I’m sorry! I know it totally sucks, but after you turn 25, sorry babes, you gotta work at it every day. It’s just part of life. Not only is it great for your heart, and diabetes prevention, it helps us feel more confident in our clothes! Is it going to be easy? No. Is it going to require hard work? Yes. Is it going to pay off if I am consistent day after day for a few months and then a year? YES! Is it fair that guys seem to lose weight faster and easier than women? Nope. But I’m not here to talk about fair, haha life isn’t about comparing yourself. This is YOUR journey. Buckle up, put your big girl pants on, and remember that you were created to be a bombshell. So we’re embracing that this month. It takes both exercise and great foods to keep a healthy weight. Abs are another level of clean eating. I’m sharing my tips that help me see definition, AND clear skin below!

*My routine changes every 60 days because our bodies need variety to maintain our goals! My personal goal is to always have abs. lol. It’s possible with clean eating and I’m proud of that!

I follow a meal structure of 5-6 small meals a day. This is typical of the Whole 30, the Paleo Diet (Crossfitters hollaa), The Tone it Up Nutrition Plan, and all of the Beachbody Meal Plans. The basic idea that you need to learn here is, eating less will not make it any easier for you to tone up! If you are looking to lose a substantial amount of weight, yes your portion sizes might need to be re-evaluated, however I have found that by eating MORE, I have been able to get closer to the lean and toned body of my dreams!

The Stipulation is that you must be eating whole, natural, raw, and fresh foods to keep you fueled and fabulous! There are so many amazing foods that can prevent acne! While I write this I’m actually snacking on a honey crisp apple and natural ground (sugar free) peanut butter from Kroger *$1.19 fresh ground lasts me a while! Read up more on my favorites here

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Portion Size: I like to follow the portion size that Tony Horton preaches in his P90X3 plan. (Weight watchers does a similar thing) Use the size of your fist as a portion size! I know that sounds small, but it does take time to adapt your body to healthy portions. Add variety to your plate in these sizes and you will still get full, but it’s not OK to eat 5 portions of Mac and Cheese every week!

Eat enough during the day! To avoid that crazy Hanger (hungry anger) at night, please make sure you are fueling yourself during the day! When I eat all of my small meals throughout the day, not only is my body burning them and storing up those nutrients, because I worked out earlier, it’s keeping my blood sugar levels steady *very important! I am not typically drawn to junk food at night because:

A) I don’t keep anything tempting in the house, sometimes Marshmallows and Coconut Ice cream, and Kind Bars, haha #cheatclean! And B) I’m fully satisfied by all the meals I had during the day

The Great Grain Debate: Ok, there is a GREAT debate on the evil word CARBS. Some immediately think of all things that could be a starch or carbohydrate, immediately a bad food. Not true! Carbohydrates are essential to our diets because they help us maintain healthy blood sugar levels! They just take longer to break down, which is why I avoid them at night. I eat them in the morning, mid morning, or during lunch while my body is still moving and burning my stored up energy in the form of complex carbohydrates. Not ALL are created equal! It’s great to replace your standard oatmeal with something less refined like steel cut oats, and replace the pasta with quinoa, millet, brown rice. You can read up on grains here!

Cut the Crap! The easiest way to start a healthier flexible diet is to cut out *most things that come out of a package. 80% of your diet should consist of fresh veggies, fruits and meats. If you’re Vegan or Vegetarian than beans, nuts and grains are likely your best friends! Like I always say “When in doubt, throw it out!”

No Booze: I have about 0-2 drinks per week. Ok limited booze. I had a pretty substantial beer this past weekend lol I loooove Revolver Blood and Honey, or a Sam Adams. You know, Lagers or Wheat beers. HOWEVER, I have learned to know my body really well, and I do have an intolerance to gluten. Not an allergy by any means, but as a result of Accutane, my body developed an intolerance to dairy and all processed foods. Super fun! What does that mean? Let’s be honest, my tummy doesn’t like it ok? Lol my body literally hates me when I eat fried food in combo with beer *aka the best football foods ever*and ice cream-for some reason greek yogurt is ok, you just have to learn what your body responds to. For real though guys, start to replace the bad stuff with the good stuff….veggies and humus instead of friend wings and cheesy nachos. And instead of fruity cocktails, you could try vodka soda…which is extremely boring to me! Keep the drinking to a few drinks a week, and if you are preparing for an event, NO booze! I promise your face and abs will thank you for it!

Bottom line: What you put into your body, will literally come out in all types of forms on your body. For me-that’s acne. Put nutrient, colorful food in your body (Lucky Charms does not count!!) Choose more veggies over starches. Dairy makes my skin break out, and refined starches, like pasta, white bread, white potatoes, and fried anything make my skin sad. If you can find a colorful option of said starch *purple potatoes, sweet potatoes* include it in your diet! The more colors the better.

Looking for more healthy recipes? I honestly use tons of resources but I use Pinterest a lot! I refer often to the Teambeachbody.com blog as well as my Tone it Up Nutrition Plan. But I’m a creature of habit so I typically put a lot of things together and don’t follow a recipe at all times! Don’t overwhelm yourself, follow an easy plan for the first few weeks of your lifestyle change, swapping pizza for veggies, and burgers for lean meat! I probably only follow a recipe once a week haha, you don’t need complicated stuff, you just need more of the RIGHT stuff!

Example Day:

M1: Chocolate Vegan Shakeology-this is a meal addition, not a replacement! You still need more veggies throughout the day. It’s full of Superfoods *Gluten Free & *Dairy Free Please read here if you have questions about Shakeology!

M2: Fruit and nuts, or nut butter (apple, orange, berries, grapefruit, banana)

M3: Salad with everything under the sun *recipe to come!* or a wrap with extra veggies, grilled chicken, or a black bean burger. Long grain rice, sweet potatoe or quinoa option (I don’t really eat these enough actually) I eat the most veggies at lunch!

M4: Lara Bar, Kind Bar, Cliff Bar, or fruit and nuts, or veggies and hummus, I’ve found that the extra veggies in the afternoon really help me stay on track!
M5: Veggies and Lean protein. Turkey meatballs, turkey chili with tons of veggies, asparagus, brussels sprouts, loaded salad, broccoli, grilled chicken, beans, etc.

I hope that these principles helped you guys! I’m really excited to start sharing more options with you all.

xoxo, Ari

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You ARE ready. My new Wakeup Call

As 2014 is quickly coming to a close, I’m thinking about how strong I want to finish. I don’t like leaving chapters open when I really do have the opportunity to close them and start on a new goal. 2015 is dedicated to remembering who I am. 2015 is dedicated to the athlete, the fighter, the one that won’t quit when everyone is pulling you in different directions. It’s dedicated to important appointments, and dates, ones that I will stop breaking and standing up for things that do not push me closer to my dreams, leaving my sneakers sad by the door, waiting to hit the pavement or cycle another revolution on my lonely bike. 2015 is not about how dark it is. It’s not about how tired you are. How sore you are. How much you want to skip your workout because your current state of mind says that can’t. It’s about how much you CAN. It’s about how much you will love yourself for that extra 20 minutes of yoga in the morning, that 6 mile long run you’ve been putting of. The 10 mile long run you forgot you could do. It’s about digging deeper, finding your WHY, your reason to drive forward and bring light to those dark spaces in time. I’m planning NOW for later, it’s never too late to start.

2015 is dedicated to the athlete, to finding my max. Because I miss it. I miss the feeling of pushing myself further and accomplishing the unthinkable. January is usually the month that I spend wiping my sorry butt off the floor because I’m ‘too cold’ to run outside, or ‘too tired’ so I end up having no plan, no motivation, and no results. Well this is the last January I sit on my couch making excuses. I know how to honor my body, give it the fuel it needs, the water it needs, and the rest that it needs. But will I do it? This is it, this is the time, I’m going to get those 8 hours of sleep, and my body is going to LOVE me for it. I’m going to get up with enough time to push myself past that snooze button, onto the floor and someone is going to say ‘OH crap, she’s up’. I’m going to teach others to love their minds and bodies, and sweat and dance while doing it! I couldn’t be more excited to finish this year!

Here’s my new wakeup call. I’m going out with a bang 2014 so look OUT 2015, you won’t know what hit you.

I’m ready. You ARE ready.

Top 5 Ways to Keep Motivated. My Typical Workout Routine

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Many of you support me on Instagram (thank you!) which is where I check in with my daily fitness routine, meals, motivation, and the occasional fitspo. Well it dawned on me today…seriously…that my biggest reason for success IS Instagram!

Like I say about being ‘your body’s mechanic’ every single one is different and I can’t give you a secret formula for your personal gene makeup but I can give you lots of ways to get started and stay motivated! What works for me, may not work for you, but a lot of you ask me what my typical routine is like and how I finally was able to lean down and tone up after years of being an athlete.

1) Every meal counts:
This probably sounds harsh but think of it as a way to love your body! Put nourishing foods in it. Every time you have the opportunity to replace something worthless with something rich in vitamins and fiber or protein, you are making an impact on your body! Why does this matter so much? Because it’s literally a formula. One you replace one meal a day with veggies and protein and superfood packed grains like quinoa, it adds up! That’s how I did it. I made a conscious decision to include more of the good stuff into my routine, and less of the bad stuff! It’s clearly added up! It makes indulging a little leave me with zero guilt. I still drink wine and #tiuapproved martinis, know how to make healthy desserts, and yea I still eat ice cream on occasion (favorite brand is So Delicious!) wiggle room is left when you make conscious decisions that propel you forward instead of standing still!

2) Exercise Everyday-Anything Counts
I’m serious when I say everyday. I usually start my week by setting up the times I know I can work our based on my schedule. I’m not very good at getting up every morning! So my current trend is lunch time workouts. But setting my mind to doing something everyday leads me to do MORE than I would if I didn’t set that goal. Meaning, I will probably work out five days a week instead of seven. And to me that’s a pretty successful week! But if I don’t set these goals I might go to days or three days and then I don’t feel as accomplished at the end of the week!

3) Find someone to keep you accountable!
Think back to the days that you played a sport. Your teammates kept you going. Why? Because you knew that they were going through the same tough workouts that you were too. Share in your successes and your failures, pick each other back up, and support each other when you had great victories! I am so lucky to have such an amazing team who I know is working out every day and making healthy choices every day and that makes me really respect those girls and guys! I used Instagram to find these motivating peeps! Seriously. Checking in every day was a way for me to keep a fun diary of everything (because food journals are BORING) to me, and I met people in my new city where I didn’t know anyone!

4. HIIT workouts and Always Change it Up!
There’s a reason I finally lost that stubborn 10 lbs and have been able to maintain it for 6 months now. Because I have done SO many different workouts over the past few years, I have been able to combine my strength training with cardio moves to do 30 minute High Intensity Interval Training. But I learned these from always changing up my workouts. I’ve done pretty much everything…except Crossfit. I tried it in college and it wasn’t for me. But I HIGHLY respect my friends who are that hardcore. It just wasn’t in line with my goals and I really enjoy Turbo Kick and tabata, T25, running, Body weight exercises like planks, push-ups, lunges and squats. I love PIYO, yoga, weight and toning routines I learned from Tone it Up and my NASM training. Honestly it takes lots of practice and repetition to know all these things lol that’s why I love having trainers in my own home. I’ll do a more detailed post on my favorite at home workouts soon! Don’t be afraid to try something new! Ask a friend to join you 🙂

5) Set a Goal, Join A Challenge:
There’s nothing like a little competition to motivate you! This can be a race, or a goal of 100 push-ups and sit ups each day! Or just drinking water instead of soda and replacing the afternoon candy bar with a granola or protein bar. Join a fitness group on Facebook, there are literally hundred of them. I run a 30 Day Challenge every month =)  We are living in a fitness obsessed generation, however not everyone will be thrilled in your immediate circle with the choices you’ve begun to make. And that’s ok they don’t have to! But there is this huge online community that can help you start getting connected to people who have been in your EXACT position. I know I know, it’s super sucky to share personal details about your story. That’s up to you, but you don’t know who it might help. There are dozens and dozens of stories I have heard from you that give me hope of helping someone with an eating disorder, or a lack of confidence, overcoming a bad relationship, lack of support from friends and family, and more. Because we have all been in these tough places and finding someone to relate to is a hashtag away #loveyourbody #strongisthenewskinny

Typically I do something different every day. This month I’m running one mile each day and doing PIYO/Yoga to stay strong and flexible! Do I get it done every day? No I miss days. But that’s ok! I still get in more than I would without a plan. I drink shakeology for breakfast every day, usually a small snack at 10am like yogurt or fruit. A veggie based lunch. Wraps and the occasional paninni but I cut pasta out! I load up on grilled or steamed veggies or raw if in salads. I love zucchini and Brussels sprouts, beets and walnuts, spinach salads with goat cheese and strawberries! I eat a piece of fruit or a protein bar in the afternoon and sometimes I have time to workout at night but not lately. I make sure it gets done before the sun goes down haha it’s easier for me in the winter! I just got a new Stand Up Desk at work that keeps me sitting less and it’s giving me more energy! I take the stairs pretty often (heels people heels!) As the holidays approach I’m trying to drink less so that I can indulge at holiday parties and enjoy the increase in occasions. I drink lots of water and and average of half a cup of coffee daily…I don’t really need it anymore! I hope this helps you get a glimpse of my routine! Doing these things on the reg. really adds up. I promise you. Enjoy the journey, take your time, and stay consistent….people will start noticing and they will ask you how you did it!