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!

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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What’s New? Hottest Summer Launch: Piyo by Chalene Johnson

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PiYo Workout is a high-intensity, low-impact workout for a new kind of STRONG.

Chalene Johnson took the very best of Pilates and yoga-inspired moves and cranked up the speed to give you full throttle cardio, strength, and flexibility training—all at once. PiYo packs it ALL into each workout so you can build lean muscle mass—as you’re burning crazy calories.
Now you can carve every inch of your body.
How? You’ll simply use your body weight to perform a series of fun, continuous, targeted moves, to burn fat as you redefine every single muscle. No weights. No jumps. Just hardcore results.
The result?  Problem areas become no problem. You’ll get sleek, long arms, sexy, flat abs, a tight, lifted butt, and the confidence that comes from knowing you’re at your best!
This is your chance to define exactly how you want to look—and how you want to feel. You’re in control.
You have the power to define yourself. Now use it.

What is Included in PiYo Workout?

Order the Deluxe Package or the Order the Challenge Pack

  • Align (46 mins): The Fundamentals (46 mins)
  • Upper Body (35 mins): this focused workout will strengthen and stretch your entire body, while building on the movement patterns you have learned in Align.
  • Define: Lower Body (25 mins) will shape and tone everything from your glutes, hamstrings, quads and calves gently, yet effectively to help you get sleek and lean legs.
  • Sweat (35 mins) is a traditional PiYo Workout that is fast paced with body weight strength training and ab work!
  • Core (30 mins) an ab-centric workout that targets every angle of the abdominals and back. I’ve read this will be a calorie-torcher too!
  • Drench (45 mins) is a total body workout to get you sweaty, burning calories, and going to have your metabolism on fire!
  • Strength Intervals (25 mins) designed to tone the whole body and burn tons of calories with no weights required!
  • Sculpt (30 mins) no weights are required for this intense, full-body workout either!
  • You’ll receive 9 workouts total plus get them 2 weeks earlier through a coach –  Order the Deluxe or the Order the Challenge Pack
  • Thinking of coaching? You’ll get 25% off! Click here to view our Beachbody Coach Guide

 

Challenge Pack (Bundled with Shakeology – On sale This Month ! )

PiYo Deluxe

PiYo Base Kit

PiYo Strength Deluxe Upgrade DVD Package

PiYo Strength Workouts

 

Sign up to Coach & Get the PiYo Challenge Pack​

My PiYo experience

I have taken live PiYO classes, and done pilates and yoga for the past 10 years. Nothing compares. While I have experienced the live workout in a class setting,  the PiYo Workout DVDs are similar and include many of the signature moves.

PiYo has actually been gyms across the Unites States and Canada for years, and now I’m so excited that it will be on DVDs now too for the non-gym goers like me!

That’s why I have been sharing my experience with PiYo so much. Order the Deluxe or the Order the Challenge Pack. If you are more advanced, I highly recommend the slides-the full body strength workouts are simply amazing!