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TGIF. Finally!

Disclosure: Reebok is a client of my company, FitFluential. All views expressed here are my own.

Are you tired of my feet focused photos yet??

Are you tired of my feet focused photos yet??

Happy Friday! It is with glee this morning that I woke up and put WORKOUT SHOES on! And walked around the house and was able to keep them on, not feel the toe with healing blood blister crying out for me to stop.....big moment. Because you will ask, the shoes above are the Reebok ATV -- VERY VERY cushiony shoes really intended for being outdoors but hey, I walk on the wild side and wear them inside. ;-)

So happy. Yesterday was a tease because although the blister is indeed healing, it was still to the point that putting shoes and socks on was too much pressure and even attempting down dog or anything, NOT appropriate. Today is my first day back.

That said- my eats have been good this week, definitely need to GROCERY SHOP but I have been loving the chicken with that McCormick spice on it- yesterday one meal was that chicken plus lettuce plus avocado mixed with the killer green salsa I am in love with now:

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I like this on eggs. I like this in salads. I like it. I also like that it sets my mouth on fire. 

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I can say this, I am sick to death of tilapia. So I am going to try some new fish seasoning, toppings and new FISH CHOICES. I'm actually surprised I'm liking chicken again but I gotta tell you this spice is pretty life changing. Who knew? Now- here is my babble-on-a-thon from last week. Sorry, getting caught up with my vlogs and blog. It's a new year- and I am back blogging! Yayay! New habits galore! BOOYA.

On a side note, more on this later but I have to tell you- the folks at Nautilus sent me the new Core Body Reformer. I remember looking at it thinking, this might be fun- you guys know how in the past I've loved/enjoyed like barre type workouts and I love a certain Jennifer Kries very old DVD for Pilates- method precision something or other. But-- I can say this, this SYSTEM blew my  mind- TOTALLY NOT WHAT I EXPECTED.

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Here is the thing- and I am taking this with me over to my parents house to show them- you can do virtually EVERY conceivable move for your body- and some stretching like a foam roller almost-- with the resistance (3 levels) of the cables- it's pretty awesome. And then, because so many of the moves you can stand on this circular thing-- you gotta BALANCE so it's not just core, tightening the core but I've talked about balance too- equilibrium in our bodies and frankly- my mom after her chemo is working DAILY on just getting her legs and feet ok to BALANCE, she feels just off balance or weak there sometimes. When I say resistance this is not going to be the heavy resistance you can get doing the cable machines at the gym but - these would be different moves and frankly adding the core and balance thing you couldn't do HEAVY HEAVY -- I think this thing in your bedroom or living room, I would do this just work back or shoulders or core or legs while watching TV- I think honestly it is BRILLIANT. Totally not what I expected. Of course I never look at things like this as "This is all I will do". I don't view them as a program- it comes with a DVD and workouts and I am sure they are great but I see this is a key staple tool for at home workouts like kettlebells, Bosu, TRX etc. What do you think?

I'm in love. ;-)  Check out this random video I found with some demos:


Believe It.

Disclosure: Reebok and Muscle Ropes are clients of my company FitFluential. All opinions are my own.  

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Happy Saturday people. How was your week? Mine was great-- FitFluential went global on Wednesday. Kind of a big deal. And this was also my first - well pretty close to full week on the new training program with Mark. (I say pretty close to full week because Monday - I think, gosh that seems 7 years ago....Monday I went to the Bulls Sox Academy and met with Mark and we went through program/circuit #2 and my Metabolic Conditioning, or "cardio" circuit...but it wasn't a full workout of one or the other. More a mixup. Then I did Circuit One on Wed, the cardio version on Thursday and Circuit Two yesterday. So let's say this week was still maybe a 60% week? -- but the point is I did not add in anything extra, I am ONLY doing this program! And....see below. Loving it already) 

So...the title of today's post is BELIEVE IT. And it is so applicable now more than ever for me, and not just in this new fitness training program I'm doing but in my LIFE as a whole. Really, I've shared this a lot here previously-- that so much of what we learn and apply in the gym can be applied to LIFE if you choose.  

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So, if you are really honest with yourself (oh, and for you Elitist Douchebags that keep reading my blog and commenting on how perfect you already are, and that you have NO ISSUES, other than spending an inordinate amount of time every day trolling the interwebs anonymously leaving snotty critical comments on blogs, this lesson is obviously not for you. I'm sure you are busy curing cancer or ending world hunger or something similar.)  --you have quite often WANTED to do something, you WANTED to lose weight or get stronger, or run a 1/2 marathon or you WANTED to get out of a relationship that has been horrible for your life or you WANTED to get a different job....whatever it is, if you really think about it, it's likely that the reason you haven't or didn't make the changes is because deep down inside you didn't really believe you ever would. You probably didn't have these thoughts on purpose DUH. But deep down or even you might have SAID something like (like I did in the day) -- "Oh I would love to think that someday I could have a job I love but I am STUCK HERE....clearly I'll never get out.." or..."Oh I'd love to be able to run a 1/2 marathon someday, I've always wanted to but, I just can't run. I'm not a runner." 

When you think that way and keep talking about yourself that way, you are kind of removing your internal motivation to GET AFTER IT and MAKE IT HAPPEN. Because deep down you feel like YOU WILL NEVER GET THERE. You think you'll always be in this dead end job drudging through the day, you think you'll always struggle with money, you think you'll always be in a relationship full of drama and heartache, you think you'll always be overweight and tired......but when you KNOW and you SEE IT inside and you BELIEVE IT, really believe that you will only be here temporarily-- AND THIS IS SUCH A SMALL SWITCH TO FLIP ON INSIDE OF YOURSELF- when you finally BELIEVE, that is your motivation. You won't SHOOT FOR SOMETHING that you cannot see. 

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This is a tiny shift in thinking that only YOU can make happen but then it is a snowball effect-- and your life will start to change. And don't think you won't have to readjust your thinking again.....like anything, repetition is the key. The more you have the ability to stop, analyze what is holding you back and recognize when it is yourself and your fears and your doubts-- then you SHIFT into BELIEVING. It's like the one degree between the water being hot and boiling. One degree.  

Here I go again quoting Tony but --he's changing me, and you know what that man says a thousand times over when he speaks or writes, "I learned from this person and that person and this person, and I LEARN (present) from this person and that person..."-- great people have teachable hearts. They choose to be teachable. So, we all learn from each other all the time if we CHOOSE TO. Tony talked a lot about needing to speak about things with CERTAINTY. That is something that perhaps I thought I had in the past but I really didn't-- so much for me is changing because I KNOW my calling, I BELIEVE in my mission and my ability to do what I have set out to do. That's a MASSIVE difference between before and now. It's changing everything in my business, in my relationships, in my body and in my mind. And now it is spreading and affecting others. It's all GOOD.  

And guess what, the more you REALLY BELIEVE in what you are doing and where you are going, the criticism you will get from friends or family members who try to hold you down or discourage you-- those voices become harder to hear, those criticisms become amusing. It's like when I put my coconut oil on my body every day-- you throw water on me at that moment and it will slide off of me. That's how doubters and haters are with me now. It doesn't infiltrate my day, it doesn't drain me like it used to, it slides off.  

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Now, that said, I am off to have a great day. I will say this, I am amazed at how much TIME I HAVE NOW IN MY WEEK with my new training schedule. I am sticking with this, 5 days a week, every other day is strength circuit and 2 days a week is metabolic conditioning ("cardio") -- and boy I had fun doing that-- check this out, I broke my Ugi ball with ball slams. Time to upgrade to a real ball meant for that, the Dynamax ones....LOL

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The rest of that cardio circuit had my new favorite obsession Muscle Ropes, and The Ultimate Sandbag.  

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This circuit starts with all the stretching and rolling etc. then we get my heart rate up to like 125, and then I give full on effort to one move-- say Muscle Ropes, until my heart rate hits like 155. Then I stop, let the heart rate get to 125 and go to kettlebell swings etc. Let me tell you-- the Muscle Ropes get my heart rate UP so fast, and they are so much harder than they look. Honestly, right here in this picture is some of my new favorite BFFS. And those shoes are the ones from Reebok that I bought in like every conceivable color:

LOVE these puppies. My first ones were in ridiculously bright neon orange, I wore them running in Miami. Love. Anyway, I must GO. The day is young and I have things to do. I will keep you posted to-- since I just mentioned running-- no running for me for at least 6 weeks and in fact that Achilles issue was a bit more serious or far along than I thought. Mark first had me doing some jumping jacks in my circuit and we had to scratch it because my ankles were crying. So-- I'm seeing a specialist so I can rehab and heal appropriately. KILLING ME but I am serious about NOT getting a ruptured Achilles and then being really out of it.