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Exciting News…Head Chick Amanda is having a baby!

Hey Chicks,

So not only have we been buzzing lately about our latest Podcasts on iTunes but we have also been keeping a little secret… I am having a baby!

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This secret has been a tough one to keep under wraps not only due to the sheer excitement factor but also because I wasn’t feeling all that awesome in the beginning. But that was the beginning, and now I feel fab, energized and ready to rock!

At first I actually had no idea I was pregnant, my body was doing some funky things and to be honest I was actually trying to set up a consult with a naturopath doctor as I thought I had PCOS! Turns out it wasn’t PCOS but instead a human growing inside me lol.

The way I found out was about a week prior to taking an at home pregnancy test I had a serious food aversion. I literally eat the same thing every day for lunch, chicken with veggies on rice. I batch cook it and serve it up daily, delicious normally but this one week (about week 6 of my pregnancy it turns out) I could not even think of eating it. Literally it was so gross to me that I had to not only throw out the food but also the containers I had it stored in the fridge in as I couldn’t bring myself to open them up due to the smell making me nauseous!

After that week my friend convinced me to take an at home test just to see. I was nervous to take it as we had been trying for a bit and I didn’t want to be disappointed with another negative test result, but as it turns out it was positive and said 3 weeks plus.

As some of you know, I recently moved to Ottawa ON and so at that point decided it best to get a family doctor and stat! So did that got in and through the ultrasound found out I was already almost 9 weeks!

Good thing I follow a healthy lifestyle so there was no need to be anxious about the 9 week old growing as I do not casually drink alcohol or smoke and I workout daily as well as eat clean and organic as much as possible – phew!

So long story short, everything is great! Pregnancy is going super well and now that I am over the first trimester and feeling less nervous about the whole thing I have gotten back to my regular workout routine, minus the jumping and running. I also switched from hot yoga to regular yoga because did you know that the extreme heat during pregnancy can actually cause the baby spine and neck to potentially not form correctly?!! So made that switch ASAP.

So I wanted to share this news with you all not only to share the joy but also to tell you that throughout this pregnancy I plan to keep you updated on a regular basis on how I am doing, how baby is and how I am managing to keep a fit pregnancy!

It is my goal to stay healthy and strong throughout not only for me but for the benefit of the baby. Also, I read that women who exercise during pregnancy generally have babies that are calm and sleep better through the night and I love my zzzzzz’s so I am in!

Since this is my first chicklet I welcome all suggestions, tips and tricks that you would like to share with me here, please.

Super excited, super nervous and beyond happy!

Amanda xoxo

PS remember to check back regularly here on our blog to see updates as well as follow us on Facebook and Instagram

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EPISODE #5 – FIT CHICKS Chat Podcast: The 5 BIGGEST mistakes women make when trying to get fit & lose fat

Hey Chicks,

Have you been working/sweating your tail off, eating “clean” and doing everything “right” according to all that you have heard about getting fit and losing fat but STILL not seeing any results…isn’t it frustrating?! The truth is a lot of what we are told is WRONG and you may have been doing these things thinking they are helping you reach your fitness and fat loss goals. Don’t worry chick – we have got you covered in this one!

In Episode 5 of FIT CHICKS Chat, Laura and Amanda reveal the 5 biggest MISTAKES that women make when trying to get fit and lose fat so you won’t fall trap to these or can stop doing them ASAP to get on the road to success!

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So what is going down in this episode? See below for details, click on the player to listen or subscribe to Itunes to download weekly (Missed passed episodes? Get caught up here 🙂

In Episode 5, we are chatting up a storm with a lots of fierce, actionable info for you to make healthy changes combined with a whole lot of personal stories and chick chat including:

I. What the 5 biggest mistakes are that women make when trying to get fit & lose fat
ii. If you making these mistakes, what you need to do ASAP to get on the right track so you can stop wasting your time, lose the frustration and GET RESULTS!
iii. How you love the skin you are in and inspire and educate others with this knowledge too!

 

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Happy Listening!

Laura & Amanda – FIT CHICKS xo

EPISODE #4 – FIT CHICKS Chat Podcast – The secret to dealing with fat gaining stress!

Hey Chicks,

In Episode 4 of FIT CHICKS Chat Podcast, we are chatting about one of the biggest things standing in the way of YOUR fat loss (and it isn’t eating drinking too much vino and ice cream).  We are talking about the big bad “S’ work….stress! (Missed episode 1 & 2? Get caught up here 🙂

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So what is going down in this episode? See below for details, click on the player to listen or subscribe to Itunes to download weekly

Do you really know what stress is doing to your body?  Are you struggling to lose weight, can’t sleep, skin probs, hormone issues or just feel negative all the time?  If you are not taking managing your stress and emotions seriously then you will never be able to reach your health, weight loss or fitness goals.  But guess what, it doesn’t have to be hard – you just have to be addressing your stress in the right ways and it will never be a prob again!

In Episode 4, we will show you things you can DO today so you can finally have the space to become the fierce, positive, inspiring chick you are meant to be.:

I. How to manage stress naturally without pills, powders or panic
ii. The secret to turning fat gaining negative stress into positive for a mindset of success
iii. How we overcame lifelong struggles through these SIMPLE techniques to become the fierce chicks we are today…& you can too!

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And if you have a question about fitness, nutrition, wellness or business that you would like us to give our 2 cents about or have any feedback about the show, simply email us at info@fitchicks.ca …we would love to hear from you!

Happy Listening!

Laura & Amanda – FIT CHICKS xo

Episode #3 – FIT CHICKS Chat Podcast: Strength vs Cardio: The great fat loss debate!

Hey Chicks,

It is time for Episode 3 of FIT CHICKS Chat and we are talking one of the biggest debates in fitness history…strength vs cardio:  who rules supreme?!  (Missed episode 1 & 2?  Get caught up here 🙂

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So what is going down in this episode? See below for details, click on the player to listen or subscribe to Itunes to download weekly

Today’s topic comes from one of our listeners, Lindsay who emailed us in with her struggle and we knew we had to get down and dirty with this on the podcast.  Check out Lindsay question:

“I go to the gym everyday, hit the elliptical for an hour and still no results! I am so frustrated and wondering if I should be changing it up and doing some strength instead. Please help! – Lindsay”

When it comes to talking about strength and cardio, this truly is an age old question or debate! So what is actually better for weight loss, management, health? We are here today to help give you some facts, answers and debunk some myths to get YOU the best results from your workouts 

In Episode 3, we will show you REAL ways to:

i. The benefits of cardio and strength and the role they each play in your goals
ii. What is really happening in your body when you do different types of cardio and how this may be sabotaging you!
iii. The secret to do effective fat burning strength training that you prob aren’t doing
iv. What you can do TODAY to maximize your time working out and get off the cycle of NO RESULTS!

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SHOW NOTES – FIT CHICKS Chat Episode 3

Are you as confused as we were about what to do in your workouts? Everywhere you turn you hear something different like “Cardio is the key to fat loss- forget strength” or “Strength is the only way to go! No cardio” and it can be EXTREMELY frustrating for any chick including us!  InEpisode 3 of FIT CHICKS Chat, Laura and Amanda break down the age old debate of strength vs cardio, how you can use both starting today for fat blasting results and of course, A LOT of chick chat about their own personal opinions….the good, the bad and the ugly!  This is a must listen for anyone just starting working out, not currently getting the results they want or ready to take theirs to the next level.  To order FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 DVD Set, visit store.fitchicks.ca.  Get Full Episode Show notes and recap, click here

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Happy Listening!

Laura & Amanda – FIT CHICKS xo

Protein for fat loss: part two

Hey chicks,

Last post we talked about why protein is so important for fat loss, so today we are going to get into the deets about how much protein you should be eating, and where to find it!

For a general recommendation, we like to see chicks eating about .8 – 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight. However, if you are carrying around a little more body fat than you would like, it’s best to use your ideal weight instead of your current weight. Given this guideline, the average chick could be consuming anywhere from 100-150 grams of protein a day.

This may sound like a lot, but seeing as we recommend eating protein at every meal (along with some fat and fibre of course), if you know what foods to be including at each meal, you should be easily able to hit your protein target daily.

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There’s no need to whip out the food scale at every meal (unless that’s what you are into). One of the best measures you have of a serving of protein is the palm of your hand. The width and thickness of the palm of your hand is about a serving size of meat, fish and poultry. For oddly shaped proteins, like eggs, think about how many you can hold in your hand. This works perfectly because if you are a larger sized person you get a bigger serving of protein than a smaller person.

Vegetarian and vegan chicks may have to be a little more mindful, since for you protein needs to come from a variety of sources. But try to make sure you include a serving of a protein rich vegetarian food at each meal, so your meals aren’t just consisting of carbs and fats.

If you want some hard numbers about protein grams, here’s some of our fave protein sources:

Animal Proteins

      4 oz chicken breast – 28 grams

 

      4 oz ground turkey – 28 grams

 

      3 eggs – 18 grams

 

      1 cup egg whites – 24 grams

 

      1 cup greek yogurt – 20 grams

 

      1 cup cottage cheese – 28 grams

 

      4 oz lean beef – 28 grams

 

      6 oz white fish – 36 grams

 

    1 scoop protein powder – about 20 grams
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Veggie proteins

      4 oz tempeh

 

      1/2 cup tofu – 20 grams

 

      1 cup beans – 14 – 20 grams

 

      1 cup lentils – 17 grams

 

      1 oz hemp seeds – 10 grams

 

      1 cup edamame – 22 grams

 

    1 scoop vegan protein powder – about 20 grams

Protein comes in many places

While the main source of protein in your meal comes from a protein rich food, many other foods contain smaller amounts of protein. So by adding a variety of foods to your meals, the bonus is not only that you get a variety of nutrients, but also some extra grams of protein to make up your daily requirement.

Nuts and seeds

While they shouldn’t be a primary protein source (you would end up eating way too many calories and fat if you tried to get 25 grams of protein from nuts and seeds), they do contain small amounts of protein. So sprinkle some on your salad, or have a handful as a snack (along with your protein of course!).

      1/4 cup almonds – 8 grams

 

      1/4 cup cashews – 5 grams

 

      1/4 cup pumpkin seeds – 8 grams

 

    1/4 cup flax seeds – 8 grams

Veggies

Need another reason to eat more veggies? Apart from being a great source of complex carbs and fibre, veggies do contain small amounts of protein which can add to your daily total!

      1 cup peas – 9 grams

 

      100 gr asparagus – 2.5 grams

 

      100 gr kale – 4 grams

 

      1 cup cooked spinach – 5 grams

 

      1 cup broccoli – 2.5 grams

 

    1 cup mushrooms – 4 grams

If you want more deets about the science behind protein check out this fab article. As always, let us know if you have any questions!

(Plus if you want to learn more about how to live healthy, lose weight, get toned and have some healthy cheerleaders in your corner, make sure to listen to the FIT CHICKS Chat Podcast? Click here to join our FIT CHICKS Community and we will send to you as soon as it is live!)

Laura & Amanda – FIT CHICKS xo

EPISODE #2 – FIT CHICKS Chat Podcast – How to deal with a health saboteur in your life (and still reach your goals!)

Hey Chicks,

It is time for Episode 2 of FIT CHICKS Chat and we are talking about a doozy of a topic today …HEALTH SABOTEURS!  (Missed episode 1?  Get caught up here 🙂

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So what is going down in this episode? See below for details, click on the player to listen or subscribe to Itunes to download weekly

Today’s topic comes from one of our listeners, Saida who emailed us in with her struggle and we knew we had to get down and dirty with this on the podcast.  Check out Saida’s question:

“I am doing my best to make healthy changes in terms of working out and eating healthy.  I get in 4 workouts per week and having really been trying to eat better by getting rid of processed foods in my house, cooking more at home and making lunches instead of eating out.  My problem is trying to get my family on board.  My husband is constantly buying junk food, isn’t open to trying new recipes and I find it soooo hard  not just for me to make to stick to my healthy lifestyle but also to set the example for my kids….what do I do?  Help please!!”

Does this sound like anyone (or few peeps!) in your life?  We call them HEALTH SABOTEURS and they are EVERYWHERE….you might not even realize that you have one in your life yet!  They are friends, family members, co workers, bosses, kids and even the nice Nonna who lives down the street.

It can be stressful – we know! But don’t worry, when you have the RIGHT tools to easily deal with these peeps, you will not only blow your health and weight loss goals out of the water for the long run BUT you will be able to get them on the healthy train too! 

In Episode 2, we will show you REAL ways to:

i. Identify a Health Saboteurs to stop them in their tracks!
ii. What do you do when you want to make healthier choices but your friends and fam aren’t on board!
iii. Tips and tricks to stay strong and keep to your choices and goals to get results
iv. How to get others on board with your healthy living without shoving it down their throats!

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SHOW NOTES – FIT CHICKS Chat Episode 2

Do you have someone in your life who is either directly trying to derail your weight loss or healthy living goals OR is derailing your weight loss or healthy living goals by being unsupportive but doesn’t realize they are doing it? If you want to be successful,  you HAVE to deal with it asap or reaching your goals is not going to happen. We know it can be overwhelming when you have a “health saboteurs’ in your life but don’t worry – we have got your back!  In Episode 2 of FIT CHICKS Chat, Laura and Amanda share what you need to do to stay on track, feel confident and still get results….even when your friends and fam aren’t on board!

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Happy Listening!

Laura & Amanda – FIT CHICKS xo

Top 3 Reasons why we love PROTEIN for fat loss…and you will too!

Hey chicks,

It doesn’t matter if you are trying to lose weight, gain muscle, recover from a super tough workout, or simply just be healthy….eating enough protein is essential; however, it’s especially critical if you are looking to shed a few pounds.

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Surprisingly, most women don’t regularly eat enough. Think about our typical “diets”…. Whole grain cereal for breakfast, a sandwich with raw veggies and yogurt for lunch, maybe a piece of fruit or a granola bar for a snack, then a portion of meat and veggies for dinner. This day of eating may look fairly healthy, but it severely lacking in protein, which can make it harder to reach your goals.

Here are the top three reasons why the power of protein is fabulous for fat loss:

1. Protein helps you feel fuller, longer

 

Protein takes longer for the body to break down and digest, which means a meal with protein will keep you feeling satisfied longer and keep hunger pangs at bay. A breakfast that includes two eggs, along with some fibre from veggies will keep you going much longer than just a bowl of cereal.

2. Protein helps you burn more calories

 

Protein has the highest thermic effect of food of all macronutrients.  Your body uses energy (aka calories) to break down and process food, which is known as the thermic effect of food. About 20-30% of calories from protein is used to process digest it, so basically if you eat 100 calories of protein, only 70-80 calories are available for your body to use for energy. Compared to eating carbs which use about 5-15% of calories to process, and fats which use only up to 5%.

3. Protein helps protect lean muscle mass

 

We all need lean muscle to keep our metabolisms revving, but as you lose weight, your body burns a combination of both body fat and lean muscle. To make sure that your bod is burning mostly fat,  it is especially important that you continue to eat enough protein in your diet. Having adequate protein coming in from your food fuels fat burning while saving your hard earned lean muscle. Especially if you are resistance training (and we hope you are!), you need the protein to feed your muscles.

So now you know why we love protein so much, but how much do chicks actually need? And what are the best sources?

Stay tuned for part two where we will teach you how to figure out your protein requirements and show you what foods to include to help reach your fat loss goals. (Want to know as soon as it’s live plus get our FIT CHICKS Chat Podcast? Click here to join our FIT CHICKS Community and we will send to you as soon as it is live!)

Laura & Amanda – FIT CHICKS xo

We raised $4660 for the Red Cross and Fort Macmurray…that’s A LOT of sweat! :)

Hey Chicks,

Exciting news – the results are in and our CHICK Power Charity Classes raised $4660 for the Red Cross & Fort MacMurray (a combo of what was donated and what was matched by FC and the Canadian Government!)

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On May 16 & 17th, it was a sea of giving back love at our FIT CHICKS locations as we sweated up a storm at our “CHICK POWER” charity classes to raise funds and support the Red Cross & Fort MacMurray after the devastating fires that affected thousands.

Getting to show our support for our Canadian brothers and sisters, PLUS getting to give back to ourselves with a sweet endorphin pumping workout made for an AMAZING 2 nights at FIT CHICKS.

We also got to meet a ton of new awesome chicks as everyone brought friends, and we got to give away a free 4 week bootcamp, (congrats Paige from Orleans, Ottawa!)

Thank you for all from the bottom of our hearts for your support, donations, sharing the posts with your friends, and even sending positive thoughts for those who couldn’t make it. Every action goes a long way to making someone’s life easier (especially during tough times) so cyber high fives for being such a giving back rock star!

Laura & Amanda – FIT CHICKS

EPISODE #1 – FIT CHICKS Chat Podcast – What drives us crazy about the fitness industry & how it is sabotaging your goals!

Hey Chicks,

We are buzzing around the Coop today as we have a HUGE announcement….today is the day we launch our FIT CHICKS Chat Podcast!

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Every year we go into our planning mode where we look at all the ways we can help women reach their goals.

This past January, we kept on getting emails from women asking our views/opinions/advice about specific areas of fitness, nutrition and wellness and Amanda and I would sit and banter about our thoughts during these meetings before answering their emails.

One day, we looked at each other and said, “Why not instead of answering via email, let’s record these convos so other peeps with the same q’s can listen to.” (plus typing that much info can lead to serious finger cramps lol).

We then wondered “What will we talk about for 30 – 60 min each week?!” Which quickly turned into us looking at each other and dying laughing as the last thing you will ever say about us is that we are boring or quiet. Between our personal ups and down in the industry, our chicks and all of our experience…we def won’t be lost for topics 😉

We have done many podcast interviews and they were always a blast and decided to launch our own…introducing FIT CHICKS Chat!  

Starting today, episodes will be available every Tuesday on Itunes, Stitcher and right here on the blog.  (Each episode is between 30 – 60 min and covers a topic of fitness, nutrition & wellness and is perfect to download and listen to while doing your workouts or commuting to work!).

Here is a quick overview of  FIT CHICKS Chat with your truly – Laura Jackson & Amanda Quinn

Laura Jackson & Amanda Quinn are founders of FIT CHICKS® & FIT CHICKS® Academy – Canada’s largest women’s only fitness company, leading Fitness & Nutrition Experts and TV Hosts of “Shape Up with FIT CHICKS”.

Each week on FIT CHICKS Chat, Laura & Amanda get you PUMPED to create your FIERCEST life – inside & out. Whether your goal is to lose weight, get toned, eat healthier, stress less, feel inspired or just have some healthy cheerleaders in your corner, each episode is packed with their own tested, ACTIONABLE fitness, nutrition and wellness strategies to get you there!

Why? Because after helping 1000’s of women of all levels transform their bodies and minds, Laura & Amanda figured out what they really love: helping women like YOU reach your goals by breaking down the BIG, confusing info about fitness, nutrition & wellness into easy step-by-step actions…so you can see BIG, life changing results, fast – no matter where you are in your fitness and life journey!

*For informational purposes only. Please consult a physician before starting an eating or exercise program

So what is going down in this first episode?  See below for details, click on the player to listen or subscribe to Itunes to download weekly

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SHOW NOTES – FIT CHICKS Chat Episode 1

Meet the Head Chicks, Laura & Amanda, in episode 1 of FIT CHICKS Chat! From learning how they met and started FIT CHICKS and how fitness and nutrition changed their lives to the top 3 things that drive them crazy with the current state of the fitness industry that is keeping you from reaching your goals and what you can do TODAY to stop this cycle, Episode 1 is a fired up to kick off the FIT CHICKS Chat Podcast (plus a sneak peek of what to expect coming up!).

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Want to stay in the loop for future podcasts? Click here and we will make sure you are the first to know when they are available plus other awesome bonuses too!

And if you have a question about fitness, nutrition, wellness or business that you would like us to give our 2 cents about or have any feedback about the show, simply email us at info@fitchicks.ca …we would love to hear from you!

Happy Listening!

Laura & Amanda – FIT CHICKS xo

10lbs lost, 10in down & finding fitness after breast cancer: Celebrating Maria fitness & weight loss journey

Hey Chick,

Today we are celebrating a Chick of the Month, Maria from our Mississauga Bootcamp, who has touched our hearts and inspired us on SO many levels.

This is a story about finding fitness after surviving breast cancer & owning her POWER.

This is a story about starting your fitness journey at any age & any stage (Maria is a FIERCE 57!)

This is a story about working hard and reaching goals (like fitting into clothes she hasn’t since her 20’s)

Starting can be the hardest part. It is uncomfortable and scary at times and that is OK, we grow and change for the better when we step out of our comfort zones BUT you have to take action!

If you are getting ready to start or get back on your fitness journey after being on hiatus then Maria’s story below is a must read. After seeing her friends’ awesome results, Maria joined FIT CHICKS and has lost 10lbs & 10 inches and found a love of fitness…all with just starting with 2 days per week!

With that we are done talking and will let the fierce Maria take it away…read on!

 

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1. What made you decide to join FIT CHICKS ? 

My story – I’m a breast cancer survivor – I was diagnosed October 2006; had surgery and chemo.  I also choose to work during chemo as I knew if I worked I would heal faster.  Now coming on my 10th anniversary of when I was told I had cancer – I’m here to tell my story.  I’m doing great.  Throughout my journey I remained positive, the support of my family & friends made this chapter of my life okay.  I dealt with it and moved on to write many more chapters – happy chapters & I’m still not finished.  I decided that I wanted to do the Princess Margaret Cancer walk this year – I did it in 2007 right after the end of my chemo treatment.  To do it this September – I knew I needed to get “fit” – so that is why I started FIT CHICKS – to get fit for the walk & also for the rest of my life.  I plan on a long life as my bucket list is very long.  I so believe that if you stay positive, think positive it all comes back to you positively!   

I’ve also been on many diets (Nutri-System, Jennie Craig, Weight Watchers) and exercise (Curves) programs before & they worked for a bit.  My colleague Lianne has been doing FIT CHICKS and I’ve seen her results. I knew this was the last time for me to do this….I asked Lianne if I could attend one class to see if this might be something that would interest me.  I went to that class on Wed. Feb. 3rd; fell in love and signed up for 12weeks on Feb. 4th and I’m not stopping.   

2.   What is the biggest change you have seen in your life since joining FIT CHICKS?  How has fitness and nutrition changed your life for the better?

Since joining (it has been 8 weeks so far) I’ve noticed a big change in how I feel.  After each class I have more 4energy and sleep better at night.  Sleeping was always a huge problem for me.  I can now sleep for 4 to 5 hours without waking up.  Regarding nutrition – I’ve always eaten well however now I’m more careful what goes in.  I’ve been eating out less since I started FIT CHICKS;  I bring my lunch every day including snacks.

 I’m also thrilled to share some news…I went shopping again for some clothes – I was looking for a pair of black dress pants – found them in size 18 (I haven’t been an 18 since at least my early 20’s).  I also bought myself a pair of black skinny jeans (yes they have a bit of stretch) however I picked up a size 16….OMG I thought I was going to faint.

3.  What do you find is your biggest challenge to continue to choose to be active?  How do you overcome it? 

Biggest challenge in being more active is “TIME”.  With the job that I have, sometimes I have some really long days.  At the end of a really busy crazy day, I’m tired and just want to eat (sometimes) and just go to sleep.  I’m taking baby steps in this area – I work out two times a week and I’m starting to add a bit of extra exercise on the days I don’t do FIT CHICKS – power walking mostly.   I’d like to get FIT so I can start doing some running.  That is my goal.

4.  Do you have a healthy “go to” recipe that you use for a meal that you take with you?  Please share 

I love to cook and take lunch every day.  Since I started FIT CHICKS Kelly mentioned a great scrambled egg recipe with vegetables.  I’ve made my own version of this with veggies – chopped onion, pepper, zucchini, cherry tomatoes that I love.  I also make my own “ground turkey burgers”  – lean ground turkey, a bit of bread crumbs or oats; some parmesan cheese, parsley, salt, pepper, some chili pepper; one egg, mix and place on a rack in the oven or BBQ – My cheat meal.   

 5.  What are 3 things in your gym bag and/or kitchen could you not live without?

My Nutri-bullet; definitely music and my new best friend – my sneakers!

6. What is your fave FIT CHICKS Signature workouts & why? Is there anything that is different about your experience at FC than at other gyms or classes? 

I love the FIT CHICKS classes as they are never boring.  They are a “total” body workout.  Like I mentioned I’ve done Curves and I also went to a small gym to work out with a personal trainer.  At the beginning I liked them, however I got bored. FIT CHICKS is not boring – the instructor is very motivational before, during and after class.  The ladies in the class are also great.  I’m new to this “fitness stuff” and since day one I have not worried about how I look, how slow I am.  Everyone in class and the instructor motivate me to keep moving.  They are all “normal people” and they don’t intimidate me.  I look forward to Mondays & Wednesday’s.  It’s written in my day timer like a doctor’s appointment – FIT CHICKS Boot Camp!

7.  Being fierce is about healthy inside & out.  How do you stay motivated and thinking positive about fitness and health?  What do you do to nuture your soul and celebrate your fierceness?

I’m a positive thinker.  I read a lot of books – Abraham, TUT – The Universe, The Secret, etc.  I receive daily positive notes in my inbox and they are the first emails I open before anything else. I’ve read that every once & awhile you should do something that scares  –  starting FIT CHICKS scared me.  I didn’t think I would be able to do it.  Now 8 weeks later…look at me! 

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My mind was always FIT, now I’m getting my body FIT inside & out!  Gratitude leads to greatness…I’m grateful every day! Thank you Lianne and Kelly in believing in me, pushing me to do better, be stronger and FIT!