Celebrating strength, muscles and healthy changes: Eve’s Fitness and Weightloss Journey!

OCTOBER CHICK OF THE MONTH

We are pulling sweaters and shawls from the winter chest, and reaching more often than not for the blanket at the end of the couch. Pumpkins, pumpkins are everywhere! (Check out this delicious Pumpkin Pie Power Smoothie Recipe). Fall is upon us chicks, and that means that classes have moved indoors (yay- no more bugs!). Just as exciting is the launch of our new Fitness & Nutrition Expert Program – with a 200hr certification you can take your health, knowledge, career confidence and skills to the next level!

Now to celebrate the start of Fall we want to introduce the fab, fierce Eve from the Toronto East Danforth Bootcamp. Not only has Eve lost 5lbs and 8-10 inches but she is  stronger than ever!  After seeing how the awesome camaraderie and support in class helped push her to reach her potential, she is now motivating others to live a healthy lifestyle (we like to call it spreading the healthy love) and we could not be more proud of her.  We got a chance to catch up with Eve to tell us about her fitness and healthy journey.

1. What made you decide to join FIT CHICKS?

I was swimming frequently but I wanted to intensify my workouts for better results. And I wanted impact for bone-building. I didn’t know much about FIT CHICKS but the comradery looked fun and I decided to take a chance.

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?

The biggest change is that I feel much stronger! I have more stamina doing the most ordinary things – like just standing around, I bound up the stairs using the right muscles now, and I think my posture is improving. I clearly didn’t have muscles in my legs before FIT CHICKS, and I’m excited to see if my skiing improves because of the new strength. Frankly, I don’t know really how I moved by body around this world before.

In terms of physical change, I have lost 5 lbs, around 8-10 inches in various parts, and overall a more toned appearance.

I’m most proud of my progress doing push ups because I couldn’t do a single one when I started. I don’t go as far down to the ground as I should, and that is my current challenge, but they are all on my toes now and it feels great! My fit test improved:

  • From 7 push ups on my toes and 10 on my knees in one minute, I went to 30 on my toes.
  • From 20 burpees in one minute I went to 30.
  • From 29 squats in one minute I went to 45.

3. What tools do you use to keep you on a healthy track outside of class?

I do try to get in a  swim here and there. And, for the very first time, I have started to work out in my hotel room when I travel, which is pretty often.

4. If you could give one piece of positive advice to a chick just starting on her fitness journey, what would it be?

It took two months to really feel decent doing the workouts and not be in pain (my legs) for days afterwards.  But after that point the pain disappeared, I was motivated to do the exercises more effectively, and it was much easier to feel motivated to come to class. After four months I could really see my shape change and even people I don’t know very well started to notice the difference. My advice? Leave your phone behind, disconnect from your stuff, and focus on yourself for those mere two hours a week.

5. Do you have a healthy trick or tip that you use that you could share?

Believe it or not but I motivate myself by motivating others in the class. I hope they don’t mind that I sometimes channel our Sergeant :)

6. What is your fave FIT CHICKS Signature workouts & why?

I don’t have a favorite – the variety is so key to the success of the program. I do like the group competitions because they distract you from the ridiculous intensity of the workout and can intensify it even more when the competitive juices are rolling.

Awesome job chick! Keep rocking the healthy house and helping to motivate other chicks through your story that they can make healthy changes, it just takes that first step. Thanks for allowing us to help along your journey and sharing your story with us – you rock!! 

FIT CHICKS XO

PS – If you want to join in the healthy fun, email info@fitchicks.ca and we will get you all set with a trial class at a FIT CHICKS Bootcamp location nearest you!

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TEAM FIT CHICKS raised almost $2K for Breast Cancer Research!

Hey chicks,

EXCITING NEWS – The results are in and through our Pink Power Charity Classes, donations and team members, we raised just shy of $2000 for the CIBC Run for the Cure – woot woot!

Check us out in action on Sunday, October 5th in Toronto as we rocked the pink and yellow during the 5km run :) Great to see so many amazing supporters!

Plus a HUGE THANK YOU and cyber high fives to all our chicks across the country who came out to our PINK POWER Charity classes on Sept 29&30, dressed up, donated and showed their fierce support! We are excited to announce our Pink Power winners of the “Fierce in 8″ DVD Box Set:

Pearl V – Brampton
Amy B – Mississauga

Congrats chicks and what’s next for “Chicks for Change” charity events? Our annual Holiday Food Drive in Dec 2014! More info will be coming soon, so stay tuned.

 

Have a  fierce day!

Laura & Amanda

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Top 3 “Chick Approved” Thanksgiving Side Dishes

The first long weekend of fall is here (and reminder there are no classes on Mon Oct 13 but make ups are held on Friday Oct 18) and it just happens to be one of our fave holidays – Thanksgiving!

Now to make sure you aren’t sending your blood sugar skyrocketing (which also means weight gain, moodiness, bloating, gas, aging, cancer and much more yuckies!), we wanted to share our “Top 3 Chick Approved” Thanksgiving side dish recipes that are not only gluten, grain and dairy free but are just downright DELICIOUS! Check it out!

Wishing you and yours a SUPER HAPPY & HEALTHY THANKSGIVING!

FIT CHICKS XO

CHICK FEED: Cauliflower & Roasted Parnsip Mash

Mashed potatoes are so last season! And being high in simple carbs, they don’t do much of anything for your body but add an extra layer to your hips and put you into a sugar induced sleep coma.  Try this tasty mash treat that still gives you the creamy comfort of mashed potatoes but with more nutrients, less calories and healthy fats!

Cauliflower and Roasted Parsnip Mash

This mash is creamy thanks to the coconut milk, and dreamy thanks to the parsnips.

  • 4-6 skinny parsnips
  • Medium sized head of cauliflower
  • 4 tablespoons of coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil

Peel and cut parsnips into small strips. Toss in olive oil. Lay on a baking sheet and roast at 400°F for 20 minutes.

Cut cauliflower into florets and steam until tender.

Combine parsnips, cauliflower, and coconut milk in a food processor and blend until smooth. You can add more or less coconut milk until you achieve your desired consistency.

Don’t like coconut milk? Use almond milk!

Don’t like parsnips? Sub for turnip, butternut squash sweet potatoes or even 1/2 cauliflower & 1/2 potato if you MUST have the taters…but make sure to keep the cauliflower!

CHICK FEED: Chicktastic Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is typically PACKED with refined sugar and chemicals (and usually just tastes downright GROSS!). This chicktastic cranberry sauce recipe is made with all natural sweetners, is super easy to make and can with turkey or with desserts – yummers!

CHICKTASTIC CRANBERRY SAUCE

2 12-oz bags of fresh or frozen cranberries
juice of 1 orange
zest of 1 orange
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbs honey (optional)

Combine cranberries, orange juice, orange zest, cinnamon and optional honey in a saucepan and heat on medium. Cook for about 30 minutes, or until consistency is jam-like. Smash the cranberries with a spoon while they’re cooking, or leave them whole for a chunkier consistency.

CHICK FEED: Quinoa Stuffing

Quinoa is one of the most fab super foods to add to your diet.  Not only is it a gluten free and packed with protein & fibre but it gives you that starchy, comfort feeling of rice or bread without the “bad for you” carbs.  Plus for our veggie or vegan chicks, this can be eaten as your meal as it is high protein option!

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water (or stock of your choice)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 medium apples – peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries or raisins
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp poultry seasoning

DIRECTIONS

Bring water to a boil in a medium pot on high heat. Add quinoa. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 12 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat, fluff with a fork, and set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, combine the onion, mushrooms, apples, pine nuts, cherries, garlic, salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, and quinoa. Mix well.

Pack lightly into uncooked turkey. Roast turkey as directed.

Sourced from http://livewell360.com/2008/08/quinoa-turkey-stuffing/

 

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CHICK FEED: Bye Bye Bakin’ Healthy Cookie Dough Bites Recipe (gluten free, vegan)

Hey chicks,

As the weather get colder and our bootcamps head back indoors on Oct 6th for the season (don’t forget it’s our “Countdown to Xmas” 10wk program with $60 off!),  I am CRAVING some serious comfort food. Other than my all time fave one pot turkey chili, the second thing I have been wanting like crazy is chocolate chip cookies. But I have always been the chick who doesn’t have the patience to wait til the cookies bake so I end of eating all the cookie dough, feeling yucky and it prob isn’t the best thing to eat raw (you know you do it too!) So what does that leave a chick to do?  Figure out how to make a healthy cookie dough!



These cookie dough bites are gluten free, vegan, high in healthy fats and complex carbs for an awesome pre workout snack and packed with fibre. The recipe only has 6 easy ingredients that can all be found at Bulk Barn and it takes approx 5 min to make.  Try this recipe and let me know if you can eat just one :)

CHICK FEED:  Healthy No Bake Cookie Dough Balls

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup gluten free oat flour
  • 2 TBSP almond milk
  • 1 TBSP of melted coconut oil
  • 1 TBSP of vanilla extract (i like this baking emulsion found at Bulk Barn as its butter vanilla and very cookie tasting)
  • 1 tsp stevia or  2 tbsp coconut sugar (if using stevia, start small and add if needed)
  • 1/4 cup of dark chocolate chips or crushed up 80% dark chocolate bar

DIRECTIONS

  1. Pour the coconut oil, milk, vanilla and sweetner in bowl.  Give a whisk.
  2. Add in flour and chocolate chips and mix. It should be very sticky (I like to just use my hands.).  If too dry, simply add a splash of water until forms a big cookie dough ball.
  3. Seperate in 6 even sections. Roll into balls and place on parchment paper
  4. Place in freezer for 10 min to set (if you can wait that long:)

CHICK TIPS

  • Make Cookie Bars! These are awesome instead of store bought granola or cookie bars.  They are also nut free so great to pack in the kiddies lunch.
  • Protein Power! Want to turn it into a cookie dough protein bar?  Simply add a scoop of your fave vanilla protein.  You will just need to add a little more liquid.
  • Don’t like chocolate? Swap out raisins or cranberries, add nuts or peppermint extract & cocoa for “Girl Guide Mint thin” cookie dough balls.  Think of your fave cookie and recreate.

 

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CHICK FEED: How to cook the perfect egg!

Hey chicks,

It’s back to school, back to work and we are all rushing around again like wild women! In class the other night one of my chicks asked me what is one of my fave “on the go” healthy eats and I did not even hesitate before responding…can you guess what it is? I will give you a clue. It’s known as nature’s multivitamin, packed with protein & healthy fats and as an added bonus, comes in its own container. Any guess’s now?

That’s right chicks – one of my all time grab and go healthy eats is the EGG!

Why I heart the egg?

Here are some reasons why I (and you!) should fall back in love with the oeuf :

  • A large egg only has 77 calories,
  • The white is pure protein with 6 grams in each egg
  • The yolks are packed with 5 grams of healthy fat plus awesome nutrients like vitamin b, vitamin a, selenium and choline. (Don’t skip the yolks, it’s where all the good stuff is!)
  • Eggs can be eaten so many ways! Sweet, savory, on toast, mixed in oats, in salads…the list is endless.
  • They come in their own carry case! Hard or soft boiled eggs are perfect to pack in lunched or bring with you
  • They are cost effective. 12 eggs for approx. $2.99…need I say more?

How to cook the perfect egg?

I wish I could take credit for coming up with this but I have to say I follow the method on Bon Appetit (I always overcooked my eggs!).

  1. Fill a medium – large saucepan with water and bring to a boil.
  2. While boiling, fill a large bowl with ice cold water
  3. Slowly drop eggs into the water making sure they do not break.
  4. Start timer and cook for desired texture (see image for time)
  5. Remove and place in ice bath to cool.
  6. Crack and peel once cool or refrigerate.

Bon Appetit

CHICK TIP

Remember chicks, not all eggs may be created equal. Hens raised in factories and fed grain-based feed may decrease the nutrient value of your eggs. Look for Omega-3 enriched, pastured eggs or buy from your local farmer (but supermarket eggs are still a good choice if you can’t get the others).

So whether it’s a pre or post workout snack, packed in the kiddies lunch or serving for dinner (soft boiled eggs at dinner are awesome!), let’s get crackin!

Have a fab day,
Your Head Chick Laura xo

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CONTEST : Win 1 of 3 Chick Bucks Gift Cards!

With our September classes about to start (you can still sign up & save $80 off!) and a NEW free FIT CHICKS Workout video included for Sept members , we are in the mood to CELEBRATE!

And what do we do when we feel pumped and happy?  We share the love and give stuff away like this month’s contest giveaway to win 1 of 3 Chick Bucks Gifts Cards!

To try and snag one of these sweet prizes is simple.  On Sept 3 & 4th, all you have to do is:

1.   LIKE us on Facebook and FOLLOW us on Twitter and Instagram (each like or follow is a ballot!)

2.  Answer this question in the comments or tweet at us: “What’s the name of the FREE video included with any “FIERCE in 8” Bootcamp program beginning on September 8? **Hint: Info found on Home Page www.fitchicks.ca

3.   BONUS ENTRIES! For every fierce female you TAG, you get an extra entry! TAG your friend and FIT CHICKS/@fitchicks in the FB and Instagram comments, and TWEET your friends and @fitchicks on TWITTER.

4.    Complete steps 1,2 and 3 for your chance to win a $25, $50 or $100 Chicks Bucks Gift Card, perfect for putting towards your purchase of a 4,8, or 12 week “FIERCE in 8” Bootcamp program near you!

Chicks the more you share, the more chance to win you get. For example, just by liking us on FB, tweeting at us, following us on instagram and letting 5 friends know that is 8 CHANCES TO WIN!  Winners will be selected by random draw so the more ballots the better the chances for you to take one home…how fab is that?! :)

GOOD LUCK CHICKS!

FIT CHICKS

Rules and Regulations

Prizing include one (1) $25 chick bucks gift card , one (1) $50 chick bucks gift card and one (1) $100 chick bucks gift card. Contest entry is open at 12:01am on Sept 3, 2014 and contest entry closes at 11:59pm on Sept 4th, 2014. Prize winners will be selected by random draw and winners will be informed on September 5, 2014 by FIT CHICKS marketing team. Prize winners must then email liz@fitchicks.ca within 3 days of receiving the winning notification. It is understood that the name of the winner may be used in promotional efforts, as well as published on FIT CHICKS social media channels.  This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You are providing information to FIT CHICKS and not to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. The information you provide will only be used for direct communication and will not be sold to third parties.

 

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CHICK FEED: “In the Buff” Basic Turkey Meatloaf Muffins (high protein, dairy free, gluten free)

Hey Chicks,

Back to school is around the corner (where does the time fly when you are having fun!) and guess who is packing her bookbag this fall?! Yes, that’s right I am back to be a student and the one thing I learned from the last time I went to school was that I do not want to gain the freshman 15! After my years of researching /trying “everything under the sun to eat healthy on a busy schedule” , I have learned that the one thing to keep you on track with any busy schedule is…..can you guess? MEAL PREP! Sorry chicks – no magic pills, special drinks or following a certain “diet”, it is all about being prepared and stocked up with healthy, grab and go meals that will save you bucks, calories and make sure you know what the heck is going into your body!

Meal Prep Motivation

So in honor of heading back to class, I am sharing with you my latest addiction: Mini Turkey Meatloaf Muffins! These badboys are packed with protein, fibre and by making in muffin tins are already in the perfect portions so you can grab & go. Make a big batch as they also freeze well for next week’s lunches too.

CHICK FEED: “In the Buff” Basic Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

INGREDIENTS (Make 6 meatloaf muffins)

Mini Meatloaf Muffins

• 454G extra lean ground turkey
• 1 cup zucchini, grated
• 1/3 onion, grated
• 1-2 cloves garlic, grated
• 3 tbsp of oat flour or ground oats
• Salt & Pepper
• Tomato paste (for topping only)

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place turkey in a mixing bowl and grate in the zucchini, onions and garlic. (Note – I find grating keeps it very moist and makes sure each muffin has an even flavour. If you prefer a chunkier meatloaf, just chop)
3. Add oat flour, salt & pepper and any additional spices you might like at this point.
4. Roll into 6 even muffins and place into a non stick muffin tray. Top with a dollop of tomatoe sauce or paste.
5. Cook for approx. 30 -35 minutes and let cool before eating.

Nutrition info (Per mini meat muffin ): 128 calories, 15.5g protein, 5.9g carbs, 4.2g fat

Mix & Scoop!

CHICK TIPS

Go with the grate! By grating the zucchini, onion and garlic, it evens out the flavor in each meatball and helps keep it moist. Turkey can dry out when cooking so I find this helps to keep it delish and moist.

Prefer a chunkier meatloaf? Just chop your veggies instead :)

Make it your own! This is a mini meatloaf “in the buff” aka it is a base recipe. That means there is lots of room for YOU to add your creativity to make it a fave. Add Italian seasoning, hot chilies or even Asian style with ginger and soy. Don’t like turkey? Try extra lean ground beef or lean ground pork.

Maximize your cooking time! This recipe makes 6 meatloaf muffins. Use a 12 muffin tin and double the recipe to freeze in single bags for grab and go lunches. Only wanna make 6? Fill the empty muffins tins with sweet potato or butternut squash coins for the perfect side dish.

Sweet Potato Side

So chicks whether you or the wee ones are heading back to class, you are starting Sept Bootcamp (still can save $80 off!) or joining the Total Body Clean Up Challenge starting Sept 8th, remember this – “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail” so try this recipe to save you from running to vending machine and let’s get set up for healthy eating success!

Have a fierce day!

Laura, your head chick

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It’s a double transformation: Brittany & Courtney’s fitness & weightloss journey!

JULY/AUG CHICKS OF THE MONTH

When the healthy sisterhood spreads, you have to CELEBRATE! And that is what this month’s chick of the month is all about.  We are rocking not only 1 but TWO awesome, inspiring healthy transformation from FIT CHICK besties, Brittany & Courtney, from our Calgary Crowfoot Bootcamp.

Introducing the dynamic duo: Brittany & Courtney!

While each had different goals when joining, their results have been amazing. From dropping almost 15lbs post baby weight in 8 weeks, losing 14 inches and rocking push ups on their toes like no one’s business, these 2 super supportive rockstars are not only an awesome inspiration to all women but are each fitter, fiercer and HAPPIER than ever!

The Fierce Courtney - 15lbs & 14 inches down!

 

Take it away chicks!

 

The healthy sister hood!

1. What made you decide to join FIT CHICKS? Did you join together?

Brittany - Yes, we joined together. Courtney and I looked online for a boot camp in June 2013 and couldn’t find one that had not already started or was crazy expensive. This year I hopped online  in March to make sure we didn’t miss any for the summer and Fit Chicks had the perfect location, time of day, and was reasonably priced. Courtney and I also signed up for a couple races this summer including the Spartan race so we needed something that would give us strength and endurance in all areas. My husband and I are also going on a hiking trip with 30 pound packs and I wanted to be strong and healthy enough to enjoy it and not die.

Courtney - Brittany and I met the summer she was doing a bootcamp with her sister-in-law. I had always wanted to do a bootcamp because I thought it would be such a great workout. The following summer, we looked into doing a bootcamp together.  We googled it and found that all of the bootcamps that showed up were already in session or much too expensive.  And then, I got pregnant!  Fatigue plagues me during pregnancy and so exercising falls by the wayside, but I was convinced that once this baby came, I’d do everything I could to get the baby weight off.  I never got all the baby weight off with my first baby and I was determined not to let that happen again!While I was still pregnant, Brittany and I, along with our other friend, signed up for 2 races this summer.  A Color Me Rad 5k and a Spartan 5k.  We knew we were going to need to train a lot for the Spartan obstacle course!

When I was about 3 weeks postpartum, Brittany called to say that she found a FIT CHICKS bootcamp that started when I was only  at 5 weeks postpartum. I was so sad that I couldn’t start it, but then I called headquarters and they were able to let me start a week late so I could get an okay from my doctor to begin.  I was so excited.  Brittany started on time and I joined her 1 week later when I was 6 weeks postpartum.

What have your results been like since joining FIT CHICKS?

Brittany - I did this boot camp for strength/fitness and not weight loss. I have maintained my weight and have lost 4 inches overall. Hubby has commented on seeing a difference in my body so that’s a plus:) I started with only being able to do girl push ups and regular squats. Day one I did 25 girl push ups/ 15 burpees/ and 19 squats. This last fitness test I did 21 real push ups and 10 girl push ups/ 17 burpees/ and 32 jump squats. I can run 5K’s faster than I have ever been able to in my life and I’m working on 10K’s for the first time.

Courtney – Here is a little overview of my results (I know that even in the 2 weeks since these measurements were taken that I’ve lost even more!  So excited to keep seeing great results!!!)

  • Lost 14.2 lbs
  • Lost 14 inches
  • Went from 23 push-ups on my knees to 10 push-ups on my toes followed by 25 push-ups on my knees in 1 minute
  • Went from 14 burpees (without jumping in between) to 23 burpees in 1 minute
  • Went from 29 regular squats to 46 jump squats in 1 minute

What is the biggest change you have seen in your life since joining FIT CHICKS?

Brittany - The biggest change for me would be I’m happier. I work at home in my basement, so it’s very easy to get cabin fever. Boot camp forces me to leave the house, work up a sweat so I can enjoy those lovely endorphin’s, and it gives me that time to be social since I’m home alone all day.

Since I am working out on a regular basis it has made my nutrition intake a lot healthier. I’m not craving sweets as much as I did. I have more energy so I’m not wanting that sweet in the middle of the day for that pick me up. The work outs are very intense so I am conscious of the fact that I need protein and veggies at every meal. Plus Tuesday and Thursday nights I can’t eat a very big dinner or else I will throw up during the work out. Helps with portion control:)

Courtney – Not only have I seen tremendous changes in my body (weight loss, inches lost, and muscles forming), I feel happy.  I suffered from postpartum depression with my first baby and I wanted to try anything I could to prevent that (even though I understand sometimes there just isn’t anything you can do!) Exercise has become my happy time.  I get to leave my 2 kids with my extremely supportive husband, forget all my worries, and just sweat up a storm.  I get to focus on me for 1 hour and spend time with other women who inspire me each day!

3. What tools do you use to keep you on a healthy track outside of class? Do you use the FIT CHICKS Workout Map?

BrittanyI love having a program telling me what to do each day so the Fierce in 8 workout map was great. Each day we would text each other to see how the 50 push ups or the video went that day. I was pressured into not skipping a day because all my friends were doing it and they’d be following up.

I also use Nike’s running app to track my runs and my fitness pal app to track my calorie intake. I have a treadmill desk that I walk and stand on while I work to limit the long periods of sitting throughout the day.

Courtney - I use a few iPhone apps to help me outside of class.  I track all of my food intake and exercise on myfitnesspal and I’ve also been doing a couch to 5k.

I am always grateful to have different workout videos that FIT CHICKS includes to help break up my regular workout routine.  And, my 2 year old loves to do dips and push-ups with me when those days call for it on the FIERCE in 8 Workout Map!  She’s learning the importance of a healthy lifestyle!

4. If you could give one piece of positive advice to a chick just starting on her fitness journey, what would it be?

Brittany - Don’t ever skip a boot camp class unless it’s absolutely necessary. There have been so many times that I’ve wanted to skip because working out was the last thing I wanted to do but I’ve pushed through every time and it’s always worth it at the end. I did a boot camp two years ago and I allowed myself to skip a few classes because I wasn’t feeling up to it. It’s not worth it. I didn’t join boot camp for weight loss but for the ones that are please remember that weight loss it 85% food and 15% exercise. You can be working out like crazy but if you’re not monitoring the calories and eating healthy you will not see results.

Courtney – Plan for exercise.  Schedule it into your day.  As a mom, it is so hard to find time to exercise.  Sometimes, it feels impossible.  I know everyone’s circumstances are different, but you can do it.  Find the solution that works best for you and your family and give it your all.


CHICK SERGEANT TARA JO SHOUT OUTS:

I am proud of Brittany and Courtney for so many reasons! They came with a goal in mind. They are super motivated and super motivating for the other chicks in the class. They come with enthusiasm and rarely miss a class.  Never make excuses and always has a positive attitude.  In my class we don’t say the word “I can’t”, we only say the word “I can”, and they take this to a whole new level of pushing themselves beyond what they thought they could do.

For Courtney as a mom, you are showing your kids how to take care of yourself first, which is an amazing lesson to teach and learn. And for Brittany, you are truly gaining strength outside and in.  And that strength will continue build as you go forward and will benefit you in all the things you do. So proud of you both and can’t wait to see what the future holds for you two!

 

So strong they can even carry their fearless leader aka Chick Sergeant Tara Jo!

Chicks- thanks for sharing your fitness journey with us and keep inspiring US to spread the healthy love and reaching our goals!  Amazing job!

FIT CHICKS XO

PS – If you want to join in the healthy fun with the fierce Tara Jo at the Calgary Crowfoot Bootcamp, email info@fitchicks.ca and we will get you all set with a trial class!

 

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FIT CHICKS head into CBC’s “Dragon’s Den”!

Hey Chicks,

So you want to know what happened when the Head Chicks flew the Coop to take on in Season 9 of CBC’s “Dragon’s Den”?

While we can’t tell you the whole story yet, here is a little behind the scenes peek of what went down :)

You know we love our bucket list of goals. And in Feb 2014, we decided it was time to check one more off the list (actually it was bucket list item #27 “To spread the healthy love on CBC “Dragon’s Den” and not get eaten alive by Kevin O’Leary!”). We packed up the chick mobile and headed to Niagara Falls to audition.

The whole process was AWESOME. The ideas, the creativity, the kookiness, the people – we left feeling like it went great but also inspired but being around other entrepreneurs. The one thing that really resonated with us was that these were all peeps who were PASSIONATE about their lives, taking a chance and going after their dreams just like we did over 5 years ago, sitting in a townhouse in Toronto and knowing we had to make our mission of getting Canadian women pumped and involved in their health a reality.

We left feeling great and 1 month later we got the call….we made it into the DEN! They felt our CHICK POWER loud and proud and we were heading to film at CBC on April 1st (Oh did we mention we found a little over a week before and during this time had classes to launch across Canada, run a FIT CHICKS retreat, Laura had a fitness competition and get prepared! It’s a good thing we work well under pressure :) .

So what happened next….you are going to have to wait to find out (but we can tell you Kevin O’Leary didn’t eat us alive as there are 2 new Dragon’s in his place – phew!). We wish we could tell you the FULL STORY but as the season will not begin airing until the Fall 2014 – Spring 2015, we have to keep it under wraps until the show begins to air. As soon as we know our air date we will be calling on our CHICK ARMY to celebrate the show, health, fierceness, entrepreneurs, going after your dreams and YOU for all the support over the last 5 years…stay tuned for more info!

Laura & Amanda xo

FIT CHICKS

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Named Top 10 Fitness Professional in Canada: Our Head Chick Laura

Hey Chicks,

For the second year in a row, our Head Chick Laura has been named one of the TOP 10 Fitness Professionals in Canada by Can Fit Pro!

Each year the awesome peeps over at Can Fit Pro recognizes 10 Canadian fitness professionals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, motivation, and technical skills and has inspired clients to achieve their goals and we are so proud and honored to have one of our fierce Head Chicks representin’ on the list this year!

But the celebrations don’t end here!  They are currently narrowing down the Top 10 to 3 by July 31st and the #1 winner will be named at the Toronto Can Fit Pro Conference on August

We are on a mission to get ALL Canadian women pumped and involved in their health and well being. After going through her own fitness transformation (from almost hitting 200lbs to entering a fitness competition!), Laura’s knows the power of fitness to change your life and  has used her own journey to continually grow and bring the funnest, fiercest fitness programs to women of all levels through her experience. Here is a little peek into her journey, how she rocks the healthy house, motivates & inspires women to be the BEST they can be and why we think she should be crowned this year’s winner.

Way to go Laura - we are so proud of all you do and are sending all of  our positive energy to bring home this title in August for our fierce, fabulous FIT CHICK family.

 

FIT CHICKS XO

 

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