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Anchored to Succeed

Marietta Daily Journal Feb 24, 2013
Marietta Daily Journal Feb 24, 2013

Question from one of my fitness/business mentors:
“Do you mind sharing what you did to make this happen”:

My response (from my heart):
“I just truly stopped trying to be someone else. I’ve been praying hard about who I am and living so that my truest self shows up, no matter where I am. I’m learning that I’m not one person as a fitness instructor and another person in my ‘personal life’. I am who I am. I can’t turn something on for one group of people then claim to ‘turn it off’ for another. I stopped trying to please people and focused on pleasing God.

At the beginning of the year I decided I was putting First Things First; that meant God first, everything else was second…including my plans. I figured if God wants it in my life, He’ll see to it that it happens. And here we are!

Thanks to my fitness/business mentors for the push! {Jenn Hall, Christine Dwyer, Chalene Johnson, Kelly Olexa}

I soooo appreciate my Pastor for holding us accountable! We’ve gotta hold each other accountable on EVERYTHING (spirit, soul, body, finances & relationships) my pastor calls those the arenas of life.  Arena-because that’s where battles are fought! And won!”

When you put your faith in God, raise your expectation!

God First

What’s first in your life? How are your goals coming?

Finish what you started with the same eagerness 2 Corinthians 8:9

-Keep movin’



Lose it: I wish I were (weekly post challenge)

Frustrated at losing inspiration for the ‘perfect’ blog post, I started sifting through other people’s blogs and found myself in a tailspin of negative self-talk critiquing my own abilities and wondering why I wasn’t having the readership, inspiration and even notoriety of such bloggers. I caught myself in the midst of my own personal “I wish I were” melodrama. Perhaps it was life imitating the art of the blog post challenge or it was in fact some subliminal effect of how easily persuaded we are by the images and influence of our daily lives. Either way, it was real, effective and i had to put a stop to it.

I stumbled across this video and thought it perfectly displayed the message “I Wish I Were”…


(def): to rudely talk about a persons body or body parts, whether in private or directly at the person; the snide, often witty comments, about other women’s bodies, that have become a part of female conversation; the practice of dissecting other women’s bodies;
to make mean or vicious comments about another persons body

Tabloid culture has made bodysnarking to be a favorite female pastime.
Bodysnarking is one of my favorite things to do while seating on a beach. (Source: urban dictionary.com)

Have we all in some way fallen victim to the subculture of wishing we were something other than we were created to be? There’s a thin line between being motivated and inspired and wishing I were…

Healing The Fractured Self (findingBalance)

Monday motivation: movin’ forward

Nike T-shirt to keep me motivated! I’m committed to making sure average remains my enemy!
“Repeat anything often enough and it will start to become you.”
—Tom Hopkins
If it means that I’ll have an entire workout wardrobe reminding me of who I am, so be it! Maybe someone coming toward me will be moved toward greatness!

What does greatness look like to you? I started doing some self care studying and almost automatically God began putting things in front of me to show me how “great” my life was. So I stayed there, with that “theme”. I prayed for my eyes to be opened to see the awesome I already had. And again “greatness” started happening, some was simply uncovered, some untapped and a little more given.

Here’s your challenge this week, commit yourself to a specific “theme”. Everyday do 1 thing that moves you toward defining that theme.

Post a quote, scripture, picture of yourself expressing your theme!

Maybe greatness is a skill, an attitude or an activity.

To me; Greatness is a mindset. It’s the value you place on what matters to you most.

What’s your theme?

“Confidence is contagious. So is the lack of confidence.”
—Vince Lombardi


Pick a theme this week. What will you do this week to move you in the direction of that theme?

Wordless Wednesday: Spring Detox – Virtue & Praise

Philippians 4:8 NIV

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.




“In your goals for success, have you included any goals that will help others find happiness?”- excerpts from God’s Little Devotional Book on Success


Spring Detox: Week 2 “Honorable Mention”

Fitness: This weeks focus is Cardio & Core – 5 days. Yes 5. You have 2 rest days. Choose wisely. I couldn’t help but throw in some nostalgia with this core workout. Denise Austin, saved my body after 3 very large babies and 3 C-sections, not to mention she has always been high on my reputable industry go-to list for solid advice and fitness demos. So here’s your core challenge.

Nutrition: Choosing the right foods

Our nutrition focus this week is well, detoxing. The healthy way. I get so many emails and messages asking how to detox and which ‘program’ is the best to follow. It’s simple, the most natural way to detox your body is to stop putting toxic things in it. period. So this week, our nutrition focus is on choosing the right foods for 3 days eating strictly clean for every meal. It doesn’t have to be 3 consecutive days, but it does need to be 3 full days (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks).  Allow yourself to zig zag on your calories, meaning stay within your calorie range, but allow yourself the flexibility & metabolism boosting range of sliding along the calorie scale.

Detox Momentum: Momentum can easily be sucked dry when the right trigger pushes a button and causes us to deflate. 

Philippians 4:8…Fix your thoughts on whatever is noble (honorable/modest/reputable) My thoughts this week are turned toward something I have come to see as noble and honorable. dirt. Yup. Plain old dirt. Well not just any dirt. My dirt. The dirt that set the foundation for planting a few seeds. The dirt that on Easter morning made it possible for me to sing a hallelujah praise for the risen savior Jesus Christ.

“Take me as you find me, all my fears and failures. Fill my life again, I give my life to follow everything I believe in, now I surrender. Savior, He can move the mountains, My God is mighty to save He is mighty to save, FOREVER author of salvation, He rose and conquered the grave, Jesus conquered the grave.”

Had it not been for that dirt, those mistakes, those wrong turns, I would not have found myself on my own road to Damascus.  My Pastor said today, there are modern-day prodigals. Their main qualification, they realized they were where they didn’t belong, realized how much more they could have in their ‘father’s house’, turned toward the father and reclaimed the inheritance. Praise Jesus for His grace and the fact that He has enough of that grace for as many of us who want it! I thank God for the dirt I had. More importantly for realizing I was somewhere I didn’t belong. This week’s challenge, in all 3 areas is very concentrated. It’s going to take serious commitment to stay focused and on task. I promise to hold you to it, if you’ll just let me be that accountability to you.

3 weeks and counting til the Dirty Girl Mud run. This week, cardio & core will get me over those obstacles so cleverly named “H2OMG,” “Utopian Tubes,” and “PMS (Pretty Muddy Stuff),”! Dirty Girl is a female-centric event combining the fun of an obstacle course with unique touches for all participants in this one-of-a-kind, women-only event. Dirty Girl Race Director Jimmy Gohsman, stated, “We’re excited to bring this unique event to the women of the Atlanta area. The day will offer women of all athletic and fitness abilities a chance to get out of their comfort zones and into their giggle zones. Each obstacle is specially designed to be challenging but manageable.”

Dirty Girl is truly a unique way for women to share a day of fun-filled laughter and bonding. I’m so glad it’s designed for every level. Admittedly that takes some of the nausea away. A simple honorable mention will make it all worth while.

Well. I did say thank God for the honorable dirt.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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