Weekend Warriors! Hosting your BFF in Dallas

Happy Monday my amazing FitGirlfriends! Life is better when we share it right? Well, I am still coming off of such a wonderful weekend spend with one of my best childhood friends, and my fiance, and future family here in the Big D! You might be wondering what a typical weekend looks like for me, and as much as I would like to say that I always get out to explore Dallas, I’m guilty of being a bit of a workaholic. Instead of staying in, we went out to enjoy the gorgeous weather!

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Carleigh and I have been what I like to call best ‘FitGirlfriends’ since we were young….playing sports, training for triathlons. Her love for soccer and track helped me continuously push my limits through hot summer nights, literally spent doing her D1 soccer workouts at the track until 9pm. While I loved to work on the body’s form and was literally obsessed with making her do my grueling ab workouts, we made an awesome pair. Friday we started our day off, working out in my living room and sweat through Insanity Max 30 (sweat intervals month 2)  for 30 minutes of craziness! After re-charging with my favorite chocolate nutrition shake, shakeology, we headed out to the West Village to do some shopping. We ended up finding the cutest spring finds at Flirt Boutique-check them out! Also stop into Paciugo for some dairy-free (and very tasty) gelato options.

Friday night my fiance and I went on a date to the Deep Ellum Arts Festival and found the coolest pieces of art from vendors all over Texas. The weather was perfect to stop for a margarita, and enjoy some people watching! After that we went to Elle’s Southern Kitchen in the West End of downtown for some #BFD. Breakfast for dinner is just something fun once and a while, the pancakes there are a must try!

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Saturday, as if we weren’t already sore enough, Carleigh and were privileged enough to take not one but TWO heart-pumping, fierce, and fun sweat sessions at Dallas Grit Fitness! We took Flexin’ Flow by Brit at 10 and Turbo Kick at 11 with Anabelle! If you have been looking for a new type of experience in your fitness life-Grit is a one of a kind community. We burned over 1,000 calories between the two! I know these classes were new to both my friend AND my fiance (bless his heart for joining us!) but they were challenging and fun in a great way-something to be proud of!

Turbo Kick is sort of my soulmate workout. I couldn’t really imagine my life without it! Think amazing hip hop, fresh new pop hits, and some crazy kick-boxing choreography. Turbo Kick is one of those classes that you will want to take at least 3-5 times before throwing in the towel! It’s meant to confuse your body, and as long as you keep moving, have fun, and do NOT take yourself too seriously, you will get a great workout and have fun! I stayed after our class for Instructor orientation, and am currently working towards becoming a part of the Grit Instructor Dream Team! Wish me luck, I hope to see y’all there in the future for ANY class. We have so much fun! Enjoy your first week of unlimited classes for just $10!

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After heading to Watermark-my family’s church-home in Dallas and enjoying the Easter Service on Saturday afternoon, Carleigh and I had our own girls ‘date night’ in the West Village at Eureka! If you haven’t tried this place yet, go tonight! It’s amazing. Such a fun farm to table concept, with open air seating onto their patio, and a menu that will (literally) rock you!  We enjoyed a bottle of Pinot Grigio chilled in this marble wine cooler-which I absolutely loved. After deciding between burgers and salad, we decided to do a little bit of both! You can order any burger ‘naked’ on a bed of fresh arugala which was lovely (highly recommend the Fig burger and the Havarti burger) and my favorite part of the meal was our Beet salad-complete with oranges, fennel, goat cheese, walnuts, watermelon, and POPRocks! Highlight of our night. Check them out and don’t be afraid to have their amazing french fries as well! The portion sizes are great and the flavors are memorable!

 

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Guest post from Brittani Rettig: Making time for fitness, fun and following your dreams!

I am so excited to be featuring Brit on my blog today! She is truly an inspiration and role model to me and I have had the pleasure of taking her classes, following her advice, and living vicariously through her newest venture HER OWN FITNESS STUDIO! I couldn’t be more thrilled to share in her dreams by supporting her new chapter, and have plans of teaching in Dallas next year myself! Stay tuned! If you are looking for advice on how to balance a career, a healthy lifestyle, and building your dream job, Brit has all the answers. Please visit her blog and her IG (@gritbybrit) page for your daily dose of fun! Thanks for sharing Brit! 2015 is gunna be HUGE.

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Hi Guys!  My name is Brittani, and I’m a fitness instructor/blogger/business woman.  I titled my blog “GRIT by Brit” because I believe that mental grit or “passion and perseverance for long-term goals” is the key to getting everything you want out of life.  As fellow fabulous wonder women, I’m sure you know that sometimes there’s just not enough time in the day to do everything on your ‘To Do” lists.  If you’re like me, I’ve often found it difficult to balance work, working out, relationships, family commitments and a social life. To make matters worse, for the 2 and half years I’ve worked full-time as a traveling management consultant and part-time as a fitness instructor/wellness blogger.  I just recently left my consulting career to open a fitness studio and work in fitness/wellness full-time.  My dream came true!  It took a long time and lot of juggling commitments to get me to this point, so I wanted to share some helpful words of wisdom that allowed me to balance everything on my plate.

While Teaching fitness classes is my absolute passion, I had to maintaining my full-time consulting career in order to pay off my student loans.  When I picked up my part-time fitness instructor job at 24 hour fitness, many people told me it was impossible maintain my “side hustle” AND perform well at my demanding consulting job.  I believe that where there is a will there is a way and when you enjoy what you’re doing, you naturally have more will.  1st Word of Wisdom: Don’t let your full-time job be an excuse for not pursuing your interests and passions.  I actually found that my part-time gig teaching fitness classes gave me more confidence and enhanced my performance in my full time consulting job.

I’m not gonna lie, my schedule was pretty hectic (and still is), but by planning ahead and staying committed to my personal schedule everything works out.  You will be amazed at what you can do when you just do it!

People ask me all the time, “how do you do it all?”  Well the honest answer is, “I don’t.”  I’ve learned that I have to prioritize the things that really matter and push everything else to the wayside.  2nd Word of Wisdom: If everything is important, nothing is important.  This means I had to give up a lot of “kinda important” activities like going to every single happy hour I’m invited to or watching TV during the week (I know  – harsh). I still make time for a social life and down time, but now I’m much better at saying “No” to things I don’t really wanna do or activities that aren’t critical to reaching my goals. One thing I didn’t give up is my workout routine.  Over the years I’ve learned that pushing myself through intense physical fitness enhances all aspects of my life – my corporate career, relationships, spirituality and mental health.   That said,  I’ve found it very helpful to create and follow a weekly workout schedule.  Just like I write down the due dates of my bills, I write down the due date of my leg workouts.  I find that having a clear exercise schedule keeps me committed because I can prioritize my workouts and plan around them.

One word of caution – I’ve found that there’s a fine line between being committed to my workouts and being obsessed with them.  I have to admit; I use to be a little obsessed.   But now I’ve found a healthy balance.  There are 5 habits in particular that helped me find this healthy middle ground.  So to conclude this post, I want leave you with 5 Final Words of Wisdom that have helped me maintain a healthy lifestyle:

  1. Workout in the mornings – You never know what will come about it the evening – dinner plans, late night at work, feeling groggy, etc. I’ve found that a morning workout routine is better for staying committed to my exercise goals.
  2. Make a weekly workout schedule – Each day you plan to workout, write down the date, time and type of workout in your day planner and be sure to show up for it just like you would for a business meeting.
  3. Pack healthy snacks – When I’m traveling a lot for work I always pack 3 apples 3 oranges and 3 low sugar protein bars. Having these snacks handy deters from impulse junk food purchases when I’m starving.  Also, every now and then I’ll swap out dinner for a protein bar.
  4. Go to bed early – Late night snacking is the devil. The good thing is, late night snacking can’t happen if you go to bed early.  Also getting adequate sleep ensures I’m ready for my long days at the office and my workouts!
  5. Travel with a water bottle – Hydration is SO important for clear skin, a fast metabolism, high energy and good overall health. Drinking lots of water also curbs your appetite.  I’ve found that drinking at least 2 liters of water per day is the perfect amount for me.  I highly recommend increasing your water intake.

Alright gang – that’s the end!  I know I’ve said I lot, but I really hope these words of wisdom are as helpful to you as they are to me.  Be encouraged and know that even though it’s challenging to balance all of life’s demands, when you have grit and discipline you can pursue your dreams AND live a healthy lifestyle!

All the best.  Luv, Brit