Monday, October 31, 2011

GIVEAWAY: REVERSE Resolutions Challenge--CLOSED!

Happy Monday!! 
Hope everyone out there in blogland is happy, healthy and HUGGING those you love! If they aren't close enough to hug, call them or text to send a smooch, it's SO important we love others while we can. 

OK, so without FURTHER delay, I am announcing my HOLIDAY Challenge and GIVEAWAY!!! Last year was cool, THIS year, we are starting early, have some AMAZING SWAG that will go to one lucky winner and it's a whole NEW format!! It's the .... 

2011 Reverse Resolution Challenge

From the week of November 1st through the week of January 1st, I CHALLENGE you to do what EVERYONE else does the first week of January through March! Make your resolutions and GO AFTER THEM!! 

The average person gains 7 pounds over the holidays. They over indulge, they miss their scheduled workouts, they have too much eggnog, too much stress and not enough balance! Then when January 1 hits, they have a LIST of "to-dos" that overwhelm and seem unmanageable. But WE are going to do the REVERSE!  


Your Challenge: 
 I am challenging my readers to NOT make over the top new years resolutions, empty promises and aim for hard to keep habits. Instead comment below with your commitment to the challenge, which is only 60 days, and your start to form NEW healthy habits NOW and eliminate the fear of the new year!  

1) Comment and leave an email address to be entered in the challenge ( you can message me your email as well, but please comment to commit) *

2) You MUST do that to be added to the email list, the challenge will take place via your INBOX, NOT over the blog! 

What you GET from me: 

1) You get is TWO emails a week with tips, workouts, clean eating advice, recipes, help and MOTIVATION to meet your goals, that will only be accessed through this email challenge, NOT via the blog. 

2) I will ask you to send me two goals (privately) and will ask you to email me WEEKLY about how you are doing on those goals. I will also ask you to be accountable on THREE measurable action Items and report on those, this is where we interact ONE on ONE to get you on the road to your goal! 

3) You get personal attention from me in reaching your goals and a 30% discount on virtual training which will launch after the challenge is done in the new year! 

What you could WIN in the end: 
THE BEST PART is ONE lucky participant will be chosen at random to win THREE great prizes to pamper themselves! 

1) Bodycology NEW Island Coconut gift set: 
 PERFECT post workout pampering set of body wash and body splash in their NEW Island Coconut fragrance pictured below. I use mine after a hard workout and it helps me feel refreshed, feminine and helps me forget that its COLD. Thanks to Bodycology for sponsoring the challenge.

2) A case of mixed flavors of Chobani yogurt!! 
I don't need to tell you how essential high protein foods are to keep us full and fit! This amazing yogurt is the perfect addition to my challenge AGAIN this year, thanks a TON Chobani for sponsoring the challenge!! 

3) A 1 year subscription to Oxygen Magazine. 
I LOVE oxygen, and I am personally going to send the winner a one year subscription to the fantastic publication that inspires me with workouts, recipes and fun articles! 

THREE Prizes, TWO emails a week, A FEW action items for you and YOU CAN reverse the resolutions and start NOW on the healthy lifestyle you DESERVE!! Comment below and email Mary at Fit this girl dot com to get started 

DON'T let the holidays take a toll on your goal!! 

* winners will NOT be chosen from comments of this post alone, but from all the entrants participating via FB, Twitter and email submissions.  You MUST be entered by November 10th to be eligible and added to my database of participants. A winner will be chosen at random from all the participants and announced on January  9th. 

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Fitzgerald 2004-2011

NONE of these pics are from his last week... 
All of them are when he was well and his special, naughty self. Love you Fitz. 


Let's watch funny cat videos on youtube! 

Best buds... 

Cuddle TIME! 

BIG boy! 

 Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on that sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Dylan Thomas 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Push & Shove: A post on LOVE

What is being a christian? 
Today, when I wake up and I am believing that my cat will still be alive, but he may not be. 

When push comes to shove what does my faith deliver? What does it LOOK LIKE?  
A GOOD life? 
An EASY life? 

The bible says in Psalm 37:4: "Delight yourself in the Lord; and he will give you the desires of your heart."  I think we focus on the desires part. I have a ton of desires in my heart that, God willing, I will see come to pass someday. I could list them through tearful typing, but I won't.  What if they don't come to pass? Does that mean my faith doesn't work? I just need to pray more, believe harder? That my GOD isn't doing his thing? NO, none of those things. So really, what does my faith deliver? 

My faith delivers LOVE to me. Love in the form of sacrifice, life, knowledge and JESUS. 

Over the past 3 to 4 years, I have seen my desires shift more from things, objects, goals even (and you know how "goal" oriented I can be) to HIM being my desire. To focus on, want relationship with and desire Christ above all. It's LOVE. 

Think about this, when Jesus was on the earth, the night before he was set to die on the cross for me, for you, he asked God, his father if there was ANY other way to pay for sin. Any other way and he asked twice. He knew what it was like to be crucified, he saw it growing up, he knew what was coming and I am sure that he desired to NOT go through that, he asked not to.  

Love as Sacrifice:
Jesus died for me, willingly was crucified. He asked for another way to pay for my sin and then, had to lay aside his desires and go through with the plan. HE sacrificed his life, his perfect life and precious blood, out of love for me.  Why then do I get to demand that the desires of my heart be met, EVEN if they are Godly? I don't, and I don't want to. This is what dying to self really is. The implications of this really hit home this past month. I can't be distracted by my desires and put them before God, when I do they become idols and life is wasted.  I will try and hopefully succeed at laying my desires aside and go through what is ahead. I will shine that light into the darkness. I will stand up and go alone if I have to. HE is my desire, my joy, I aim for him and I will sacrifice for him.

Love as Life: 
My faith delivers life to me. Here on earth, things are tainted. Don't get me wrong, God is GOOD, life is GOOD, but imperfect things happen. Cats get sick, friends get sick, sweethearts leave, the enemy throws wrenches in the little cogs of our world that we oil with hope and prayer. In John, the bible promises not just life but ABUNDANT life! Whew, thank goodness, so we get to live in abundance and blessing. Yes. But we CHOOSE to live an abundant life, wrenches in cogs, sick friends, cats and all. It's like the my desire a nice house or Christ? Does abundance mean trips to Fiji or a beautiful communion with God? Right. So, is it OK to have both? Yep, just keep it in check. Abundant life, abundance in THIS life, is favor and blessing, all glory belongs to Christ for it, but what he gives, he is free to take away and still be King in my heart.  

Love as Knowledge: 
I used to think bad things happened to me because I WAS bad. And I was bad, I was a pretty wretched friend, I drank too much, was demanding, irrational and obnoxious. But I quit drinking (badum-ching!) Har! No for real, I learned that I was not the cause of these things, my bad behavior wasn't the cause either. 

I really understood that there is an enemy set against us to destroy us. He isn't the old fashioned villain tying you to the train tracks kind of enemy either. He doesn't want to make my life "hard" or "screw things up" he wants to kill me, steal my hope, break my spirit and crush me. 


I know he's serious and I am not going to go into detail, but the last 4 months or so, the measures he has gone to have been impressive. Why? Because NOW I am a threat. I wasn't before, but  I am consistent in my faith, in my hope, in my word and action. Not perfect, but consistent. 

Gone is the Mary who would confess a few scriptures and then stop and wallow because they didn't "WORK". Now I confess, and confess and believe. The knowledge? It's KNOWING that GOOD is on my side, that God's words He said to me, His promises are true, no matter what I see and experience here. 

Even if the lord doesn't make my cat well, I know he can and loves me enough to. 

Even if I don't see all the desires of my heart come to pass, I know his plan for me is the BEST for my life!

Even if my days are challenging, he has NEVER left me alone and never will. 

Even when I feel like I am at the END of my rope, he is there to pull me back up. 

Even when I don't know how big or bad the wrenches are that are being hurled at me today, I KNOW he will give me the strength to handle them. 

HE will take my life and make something of it, for his glory. 

HE will shower me with his love and strength everyday in every battle so I can do the same to others.  

I WANT Him to be enough for me, everyday, in good and bad, in sickness and health, when I "feel" lost, when I don't want to go on, when I am selfish, when I am sad and when I am ready to throw my hands up and give up. I want HIM to be enough for me. HE is the strength of my heart, HE is my portion, forever. 

When push comes to shove, he sacrificed and I will too. It's not easy or fun or popular. When push comes to shove, life is abundant, but sometimes, that doesn't look like what we think it should. When push comes to shove LOVE shows up in all the lessons,  when we "get it" after 20 times of falling in the same hole. Love show up in the moments where we say, where are you NOW God? 

And are met with the sweet answer: on the throne. Where he will always be as my King till FINALLY, one day, I cross that finish line, climb that big hill of Zion, open the big double doors, walk up to him and cast my crowns at his feet. What a Glorious day, what a grand ending and beautiful beginning. THAT is what it is like to be a Christian when push comes to shove. 

PS--I am not a theologian, I just play one on TV. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Word & Weight: Rear Delt Row

Word & Weight

Ephesians 2:8-10
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Word: A Gift  
I love gifts, and there is no gift better than one that is unexpected and undeserved. When I am, once again overwhelmed or sad with the state of things with my SELF and all the ways I fall short, I am calmed and humbled with the fact that the creator of the universe, who hung the stars in the sky, hands me a GIFT, free of strings, free of guilt and says, I love you, I have made a way. I just have to accept it. Have you ever gotten a gift you didn't accept?? A really expensive watch? Something TOO big, TOO much or you didn't felt you deserved?

Did you take it? 

Yeah, me too. If the giver wants to give, who am I to not accept. Minnesotan's are excellent at being "polite, nice" and saying NO to things they really want. Not me, I will take it if someone offers! Accepting that I DO NOTHING of my own work to get to heaven, that the gift God offers in Jesus is the only way there, it's a doozy. It's a hard one to take, too big, too much, seems too simple. But I can't work my way there, I can't buy or pray my way there, there is only one way and it's through the gift he is holding out to us. 

Good things
I also LOVE the portion of the verse that says that we are "God's handiwork", created to do good things and that God prepared in advance for us to do. I AM SUPPOSED to do good things, I am called to do good work for God! So why I am I worried about measuring up, about making something of my life. He has prepared all that in advance and says right THERE, I will do those things for him. Awesome. It takes the guess work out. Love God, seek him and you will do good works for him, because he planned it out already. 

WEIGHT: Rear Delt Row

Not me in action!! 

Using a rope handle, attached to the pulley, grasp with an overhand grip. Your arms should be extended and parallel to the floor with the elbows flared out. 
I put one foot back to stabilize, engage my core and press my shoulders back, chest proud. 

Pull the rope handle toward your upper chest, just below the neck as you keep your elbows up and out to the sides. Exhale and pull and your elbows will travel slightly behind your back. Try and keep your upper arms horizontal through out! 

It's a great move to sculpt your back and your rear delts which can get neglected with all we do to engage the anterior (or front) delts! Focus on that back and shoulders for a while to have a well rounded routine! 

Remember, stop saying you can't! You always have a choice! Work hard, challenge yourself and chose to rise up in every area. The gym, your relationships, your thoughts about faith! Nothing grows unless it is challenged and that is where YOU choose!  

Monday, October 24, 2011

Goal Announcement: My Road to Figure!

The weekend was a challenging one, and not at the gym, but at home. My little buddy, of 8 years is sick. BUT I am hopeful that he will fight through it. 
Come on Fitzy--You're a fighter! 

Goal Announcement: My Road to Figure!
Well, I have a new announcement and some of you may not be surprised about it! I am starting my road to a figure competition! I am done with my distance races this year and am glad about it because running as FAR as I was does NOT make your body look like Vanessa Tib rockin it out below. Running a marathon is a formula to lean you out and that means all of you, your MUSCLES as well as your fat. It will not make you stronger, it will make you able to GO longer, for longer. And it will not make you cut or gain muscle mass. It will make you thankful for the 10k's you run. :) 

SO, I am moving forward with lifting, which I LOVE and am going to do a Figure Competition in the spring, I am aiming at a March/April show!! There are a ton of tiny little details that go into competing in a show, the training, the eating, the suit, the posing, walking across the stage, withOUT falling. SO, I got a coach to help me! She has done 12 shows herself and has many successful clients who are competing and winning! 

Coach Tara helps us be "Perfectly Prepared!"

This is what I am starting with : 

Just like when I blog about running and other health and wellness ventures I dive into, I am going to blog about this, track my progress, my tips and keep you guys up to speed on what the training is like and how it feels! I am going to do this as HEALTHY as I can, no unnatural supplements, no unhealthy habits, just clean eating, clean building and heavy lifting! I am SO excited for the journey!! 

You can also follow my progress pics and journey in MORE detail on BodySpace, from Body There will be more progress pics and workout details there.

AND within the next 3 days or so, I will be launching a new CHALLENGE with prizes and a boatload of fun!! Here's a hint, it will give you a LEG up on everyone else around you for the new year just around the corner... keep posted, watch Fit this, Girl Facebook page too! 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Success Story: Bradley Nelson

Happy Friday!! I hope you are doing awesome! What a busy 

I am LOVING the feeling of getting after some of my goals! I am proud to say, I hit my water goal, the last two days in a ROW!! I am aiming to make it a habit! You know they say it takes 21 days to form a habit, (more like 60 REALLY) and just a few to break it and lose track of what you are aiming for.  DON'T give up! 

Success Story: Bradley Nelson

I met Bradley on facebook AND because he works for Allied Medal hangers and I did a giveaway of one of the hangers last year! Now we spend our FB days "liking" each others running post and sending encouragement back and forth via the interwebs! 

Bradley is an accomplished runner and marathoner AND a fitness success story! Get ready to be inspired!  

I feel as though the last 3 years I’ve morphed myself into what I want to be: strong, confident, and healthy. I had a few ups and downs, but running has kept me focused and given me the confidence I needed to stay the course and believe in ME. Especially when I lost my job in 2007.  

My journey towards running a marathon started Dec. 23rd 2005.  I was 37 and weighing in at 220. My success was triggered by a girlfriend of 6 years who walked out on me and our life together. I hit the gym for a solid 4 months, every single day riding the bike and eating better.  I lost 40 pounds in 4 months!!  In April of 2006 I found myself in California with no way to workout for a week, so I thought since my legs were in good shape from riding the bike at the gym, I could start running for the first time... in 21 years? I thought, "good luck!" I ran 1.25 miles and thought I was going to DIE!!

Before and after Bradley 

Life as he knew it! 

By June (2-1/2 months later), I had already worked myself up to running 13.1 miles. So I signed up for the next race I could find. The Seafair Bellevue 1/2 Marathon. It was so much fun and I know that sounds odd, but compared to just running 13.1 miles at the gym, this was so cool! I had gotten down to 165 pounds and people where cheering me on the WHOLE way. I even saw people on their lawns in their PJ's clapping as they drank their coffee. It was nearly spiritual for me, running and thinking of all the hard work I put in, all the emotional pain I went through to come out ahead. And then to lose the weight and get back to the shape I was in 21 years ago! I finished with a 1:40:50 

Next up, can I double that mileage? The marathon calls

My lifelong friend and next-door neighbor Craig had a brother who always ran the Seattle Marathon and I wondered if I could really run a full 26.2 miles. Maybe if I just slowed down? So I trained another 3 months and increased my miles and fought many days of hip pain. I had worked up to great shape, yet my body kept warning me, YOU ARE 38!!! 

One week out from my race and I pull my hamstring and I had to STOP running the week of the race. There was so much to think about before the race, including the weather, by the time I got to Seattle it was light rain/slush but 36 degrees. Tons of roads were blocked and we arrived about 1/2 an hour before the race started. In normal Bradley fashion, I hopped out of the car 2 blocks before the start line and parking so I ASSURED I would not be stuck in traffic while I needed to use the restroom before the race. 

It turned out fine and I had just enough time to stretch, go for a jog. It snuck up on me like you wouldn't believe. There I was, in what seamed like days, when it was really EXACTLY 11 months to the DAY that I started working out after the breakup, even the date was the 26th and the race was 26.2 miles. It wouldn't have surprised me to see #26 pop up in my race time.

The race and city was great, but I was just chasing down that 3:45:00 pace group every time I took a bathroom break or walked through water stations.  I felt great the whole race, 5 hours of sleep and all.... At mile 20 (20 was my longest training run ever and the longest of my life). Mile 20-21 was straight up hill, and I mean 7% grade!!! I felt like I was walking. This is also when my legs said goodbye. No carbs or electrolytes could save me or be consumed fast enough, nothing I could consume would make that pain go away, it's just a fact of running for 3 hours when you’ve only been running 7 months. 

This is when doubt set in, believe me, I had ALL the confidence in the world I AM going to  finish this thing. But the problem is I WOULD NOT walk, no way, not me (It's called “RUNNING” a marathon). It just got worse and worse. I had my inspiring music, I had all my new running friends, my family, co-workers, my thoughts of my recently passed away father helping me, everything I could think of to channel some energy. Problem was I didn't need energy, I didn't need inspiration, inspiration got me to where I was that very day, what I needed was this pain to go away and it wasn't going to go away with inspiring thoughts. 

Marathon #1!

I just had to keep my legs moving, I have NO clue how that happened. All I know is I would have felt like a failure to walk. It's the most emotionally draining thing I have ever done combined with the most physically draining thing I could possibly think of.  Mile 25 was a tiny downhill, but stopping yourself from going to fast or falling on the wet pavement just increased the pain in my quads to the point I wasn't sure I'd make it one more mile. Then to my right I see a co-worker yelling my name,  how cool was that, he never even told me he was gonna come see the race!!

 It was surreal running into the stadium, I felt like I was in some odd dream, the guy that my friend USED to always poke in the fat tummy, running a marathon!!!!??? I was in a slight daze as I panned the people for anyone I knew.  I saw nobody, there were just way to many people. Little did I know my family had been stuck in traffic, but they finally found me at the finish! This was the greatest year I can recall in my life, losing 40 pounds, finding the love of running and you can bet, I plan on making the rest of them just as memorable! 

Bradley has run over 20 marathons and countless half marathons and came up with the idea for the steel laser cut running medal displays, the ones we bloggers know and love!! 
He lives in Washington, LOVES skulls and sticks to the motto "You don't stop running because you get old, you get old because you stop running. "

 Thanks Bradley, you REALLY are a success story in so many ways!

*if you have a success story of any kind you want to share, please send an email and you too can be featured!  

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Three links thursday!

FALL is here, I am accepting it. I wore a sweater and a jacket the other day. I give in. 

Well, the good thing about Fall is all the YUM that is pumpkin, that's the focus of the three links Thursday! 

1) Pumpkin recipes like this GREAT one from Oxygen Magazine! It's pumpkin Ratatouille. This is definitely one I am going to try, I am determined to cook more at home this fall, I am getting a little bored with my meal plans lately, add a little fall FUN to my plate!!  

2) 100 Calories in Halloween Candy! Really want to see what 100 calories of your favorite Halloween candy looks like? It's a little Scary. 

3) Ava Cowan is training her LEGS! I love training legs and it's inspiring to see what she does and how intense she is. She is my Ab workout inspiration and lately, I find her whole story an inspiration and motivation all around. The link to FALL? Fall seven times, stand up 8. It means we never, ever, ever quit trying. There. 
Check out the link below of how she hits her legs in the gym!! 

Happy Thursday, this week is just FLYING by and so many good things are happening!! What good things are coming your way? Share one in the comments! 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Arnold's Six Rules for Success

Happy Monday! 
Did you guys have a great weekend?? Everyone is doing FALLISH things it seems, eating pumpkin flavored things, caramel apples, hayrides, apple picking! What did YOU do this weekend? 

I LOVE inspirational and motivational things and one person who's story I find amazing is, or course, Arnold Schwarzenegger! He has a great story to tell, he overcame a lot and did things that everyone told him he couldn't! Things he was told were a detriment in his life, became assets and he saw his dreams come true! Check out the videos of his story below, and his six rules of success! 

Part One!

Schwarzenegger’s Six Rules for Success:

1. Trust yourself. Dig deep and ask "Who do YOU want to be?"
2. Break the rules. Not the law, but the “rules”. 
3. Don’t be afraid to fail. You can't be paralyzed by fear of failure of you will never push yourself.
4. Don’t listen to the naysayers. Pay no attention to the people who say "it can't be done." Again, listen to your heart not the outside world.
5. Work your butt off. To the question: "How many sit-ups do you do?"Mohammed Ali answered, "I don’t count my sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting. When I feel pain, that’s when I start counting, because that’s when it really counts, that's what makes you a champion."
6. Give Back to the community and to the world! Reaching out and helping people will give you satisfaction! 

Part Two! 

I love those video's, they are really inspiring! 

MARY'S ADDITIONS to the Rules for Success: 

1) Don't ALWAYS trust yourself. You can't trust how you FEEL, trust what you know. Trust what is the rock in your life, trust God, trust his plan. It's called faith, stir yours up!

2) MAKE the rules!! YOU can make your own rules! You know what works in your life, define your path and don't deviate! How bad do you want  to succeed? 

3) Find a lesson in EVERY failure and in every situation. Always learn from where you landed, whether or not it's on your feet! 

4) Yes, give back--invest in people! They are what matter most. Invest with love, invest with time, invest with truth and that is giving back. 

Are you INSPIRED?? Me too! I am looking forward to all the amazing things that the Lord has in store for me!! Like what? Well, tomorrow I am meeting with a Figure Coach and will begin the process to my first FIGURE Competition!! Yay!! SO pumped to get the ball rolling! I will give you a nice full recap later this week! 

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