We are on summer break this week (July Bootcamps start again July 6!) and like many of us when vacation hits, we lose our workout motivation. Don’t get us wrong chick – you need to take a workout breaks at times but when you make fitness your LIFESTYLE and a habit your body craves, you can work it in to everyday no matter where you are.
Don’t stress if you have lost your motivation as we are here to pump you back up with an awesome tale of how Jules from our Don Mills Bootcamp found her fitness love, changed her body and life to show you can get back at it too…she truly is a motivational rock star!
Julia (aka Jules) came to us after experiencing some motivation challenges and looking to find a program that could keep her pumped about working out for the long haul. After checking out our website and seeing REAL (aka non photoshopped or altered) chicks of all shapes and sizes getting fierce, she decided to give it a try. To date, Jules has lost over 12lbs, 16 inches, has blown her strength out of the water with rocking push ups on her toes and doubling her jump squats. She truly is an amazing example to us all as to the power of fitness when you find the right “fit” for you and we want her to share her story with y’all….take it away Jules!
What made you decide to join FIT CHICKS?
Jules – I decided to join Fit Chicks after trying many times to work out on my own. After searching online for boot camps Fit Chicks stood out to me as it had real women in their pictures and the program interested me. I convinced two friends to join up with me and I have stuck with it for over two years now!
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?
Jules – The biggest change I have seen since being with Anna (Chick Sergeant from Don Mills) and Fit Chicks is how much stronger I feel.
It wasn’t until over a year that my mind set changed and I was actually noticing the differences not only in how I felt but how my body was changing. I always fill out my (Fit Chicks) tracker form because for me seeing the numbers is believing.
Once I started working out regularly with Fit Chicks I also started to make small changes in my diet. I tried my best to limit juice, pasta, bread, cheese and candy. I also stopped getting take out every Friday for lunch. I don’t deny myself food that I love but I am trying to be very aware of how much of what I am eating.
What do you find is your biggest challenge to continue to choose to be active? How do you overcome it?
Jules – Challenges are daily, sometimes I do not want to get up and go but I have to remember the feeling that comes after completing a class. Endorphins are no joke!
Also I like being active with others. So if no one is around to go for that walk or hike or try something new its harder for me to get up and do it on my own. That being said, I try and make plans to get up and go with others and a lot of the time they do say yes!
What tools do you use to keep you on a healthy track outside of class?
Jules - My friends & family! I really got into walking and going for hikes and since then I have been asking friends and my sisters to join me and thankfully they have. So getting to share with them places that I have gone is a lot of fun! Or we get to explore new places together
If you could give one piece of positive advice to a chick just starting on her fitness journey, what would it be?
Jules - Try not to stop when your boot camp instructor is counting down. 10 seconds is a long time keep trying to add one more squat, push up or whatever it is you are doing but you can do it.
Do NOT get frustrated if the numbers are not changing right away! Keep at it. Also remember muscle weighs the same but takes up less space than fat (ie you will be tighter & smaller). Celebrate every little achievement. One extra push up or one inch down is something to be proud of!
Lastly, do NOT compare yourself to others at boot camp but use them to motivate you. If another chick is still going push yourself to keep going as well.
Do you have a healthy trick, tip or recipe that you use that you could share to help someone else in their fitness journey?
Jules – Tip 1: Drink water, drink a lot of it and add lemon!
Tip 2: Get creative with recipes to make them more healthy. I have turned a basic Greek pasta salad into my favourite quinoa salad. Replaced the pasta for quinoa and use a simple homemade oil and vinegar, basil and oregano, lemon juice and pepper dressing with cucumbers, tomatoes, kalamata olives and feta. I love it and can eat it a couple times a week for lunch! Its filling and I can get a whole cucumber and tomato into it for my veggie intake.
What in your gym bag or kitchen could you not live without?
Jules – Sweat rag and bottle of water! Never forget either
Chick – thanks for sharing your fitness journey with us! You truly are an inspiration to us
and to all chicks who are looking to make a healthy change that they can do it too! Jump on the fierce fitness train with us with next session starting July 6 (plus we have some awesome savings with up to $80 off our 2015 programs!)or if we don’t have a class near you, you can still get our FIERCE in 8 DVD System as seen on The Shopping Channel…we can’t wait to sweat up a storm with you!
Have a fab day,
FIT CHICKS xo