Savor The Moment

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Me and my Dream Team at the grand opening of Dallas GRIT Fitness – so blessed to have the most energetic, talented and dedicated team of instructors and friends!

Hello hello my dearest blog community!  I hope this post finds you joyous and well.  Wow – what a week.  My new venture, GRIT Fitness, is growing like crazy.  We’ve had record attendance over the past 2 weeks and I couldn’t be more grateful for the early success.  In the midst of writing newsletters, planning special events, networking with brand partners, creating playlists, cleaning and developing instructors, I’m trying to take a few moments each day to sit still and savor the moment.  Of course I want to grow GRIT Fitness to be the world’s leading fitness/wellness brand BUT sometimes I get so focused on “what’s next” that I forget that I’m actually living my dream TODAY!  This time last year, I hoped and prayed for an opportunity to quit my consulting career and wear workout clothes every day.  A chance to wake up each morning with a direct opportunity help people reach their fitness goals and simply be a source a positive energy to everyone I encounter.  Now I get to do just that.  So amazing.  For me, learning to savor the moment is easier said than done, but little by little I’m getting better at it and I can see an improvement in overall wellbeing, mood and happiness.

For instance, this morning as I sit at my kitchen table writing this blog post and checking things off of my “to do” list, I try to be really mindful of how yummy my greek yogurt parfait tastes.  Usually I just scarf it down while typing an email, but today I paused after I took a bite and thought to myself, “damn, this is pretty tasty.”  Sounds so simple, but it really put a smile on my face.

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Brit’s breakfast 3/19/15 – greek yogurt, blue berries and watermelon (giant pot of black coffee not pictured)

Yesterday, I enjoyed tea time at Sip Stir Cafe with my good friend Megan, founder of the The Lyon’s Share Wellness.  We try to get together once a month to share stories and encourage each other.   Like me, Megan also quit her consulting career to start her own business.  She’s a certified nutrition and running coach whom I very much admire.  After our chat, I hung around the cafe and caught up on work and during that time I took a moment simply express gratitude for positive, healthy friendships.  I often take those for granted, but boy does being around positive people nourish my soul!  So good :)

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Yesterday at Sip Stir cafe after my tea time with Megan – savoring positive friendships and the yummy apple/lemon grass tea

I’m going to continue to mindfully pause throughout my day and savor the good that’s in the present moment.  Hopefully it will become a healthy habit!

Alright gang, I’m off to teach my noon spin class for the awesome employees at Fossil corporate HQ.  I’ll savor that sweaty ride and endorphin pumpin’ playlist :)

How do you savor the moment?

Flexin’ Flow: The Hottest New Yoga-Pilates-Bootcamp Hybrid Workout

 

DGF logoHello friends!  I hope your week is off to an amazing start!  I just finished teaching my 6am Flexin’ Flow class and I feel very accomplished!  Flexin’ Flow is a new total body strength, stretching and intensity interval class that I designed and launched last month.  If you like the idea of Vinyasa Power Yoga, but have a really short attention span and a deep love for hip hop music, this is the class for you!  Here’s the official class description:

If yoga, pilates and boot camp had a baby, it would be “Flexin’ Flow!” Our signature, total body workout is designed to build strength, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance. Enjoy the unique combination of vinyasa power yoga sequences, core stability exercises, leg toning circuits and intensity intervals all while jammin’ to upbeat music! Prepare to tone your entire body and leave class super sweaty.  Bring your yoga mat! Bare feet; 55 minutes

So here’s a quick overview of how the 55 minute class is structured…

We start off by connecting to our breath and generating heat in the body with a series of arm circles, squats, lunges and chair twists.  Keep in mind that the beats are bumpin’ right from the start so we move at a fast pace and stay on beat with the music.

After warming up,  we complete a series of Sun A salutations and plank variations to begin generating heat in the core.  The goal of this section is to ensure everybody has worked up a sweat – wink wink!

Brit Teaching Flexin’ Flow at Lorna Jane Dallas Active Living Room – Warm Up

Then we REALLY get the party started with an intense, energetic set of leg toning sequences.  Think pile’ squats, heel raises and every kind of lunge you can possible imagine.  YEAH – sexy legs please!

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Brit Teaching Flexin’ Flow at Lorna Jane Dallas Active Living Room – Leg Sequence

The leg series is following by an active recovery of vinyasa flows to stretch and tone the body.  I like to include lots of Warrior 1, 2 and 3 variations, push ups, side angles, Goddess poses and more.

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Brit Teaching Flexin’ Flow at Lorna Jane Dallas Active Living Room – Vinyasa Flow

After we’ve caught our breath and stretched our bodies, it’s time to increase the intensity again with our calorie blasting “power series.”  This is when we knock out some old school burpees, mountain climbers, plyo lunges and other “boot camp style” drills.

We wrap up the workout with hardcore glute exercises, core stability sequences and lower back strengthening moves.

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Brit Teaching Flexin’ Flow at Lorna Jane Dallas Active Living Room – Booty Work

Once we’ve reached our max, we enjoy a nice cool down with deep stretches and then take it home.  WARNING If you’re looking for an amazing shavasana, you’ve come to the WRONG place.  There’s no time to chill in Flexin Flow – just keepin’ it real.  After class expect to feel energized, sweaty and accomplished!

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Flexin’s Flow class participants flash sweaty smile post class!

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Everyone enjoyed their Flexin’ Flow workout – way to FLEX for the camera!

If you live in Dallas, come take a Flexin’ Flow class at my studio, GRIT Fitness – CLICK HERE to view our schedule and register!  In only one month, Flexin’ Flow received several raving reviews including this awesome write-up from D Town Sweat, check it out! AND starting May 2, my team an I will teach FREE weekly Flexin’ Flow classes on the W Dallas Hotel Wetdeck – SO FUN!  Mark your calendars because it’s GDFR (goin’ down for real) :)

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Have an amazing week!  xoxo, Brit

GRIT by Brit 3 Year Blogiversary: Life Lessons and Favorite Posts

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Hello friends!  Well it’s true, time does indeed fly when you’re having fun.  3 years wow!  Today I went back and read my very first blog post.  It was hotel gym workout that I made up while working in NYC.  I made the graphic in PowerPoint (Canva and Pic Monkey didn’t exist then – haha).  Today I’m taking some to time to reflect on how far I’m come as a blogger and a person in the past three years.  So in addition to sharing my fav blog post I also want to share the biggest life lesson I’ve learned from my blogging experience which is to Be Unapologtically Yourself.  As many young women, I often apologized from my preferences, quirks, body “flaws” etc.  But the only thing worth apologizing for is failing to be true to yourself.  Blogging has taught me the value of being vulnerable and given me the confidence to speak my mind.  If you’re on the fence about starting a blog, I highly encourage you to go for it!  Nobody can be YOU like YOU can be you.  So whatever you have to share is a unique gift to the world, as long as it’s a true reflection of you.

That said, as promised, here are my fav blog post from year three.  I hope you enjoyed these posts as much I did.  Also for your reading pleasure, CLICK HERE  to read my 2 year Blogiversary post and my fav posts from my second year of blogging!

Here’s to hundreds of new blog posts to come! xoxo, Brit

A Goal Without a Plan Is Simply a Wish

Me in 2009 at 178 pounds vs. in 2014 at 155 pounds #progress #actionplan

Me in 2009 at 178 pounds vs. in 2014 at 155 pounds #progress #actionplan

Happy Transformation Tuesday!  I’m keeping today’s post short and sweet…

3 years and minus ~25 pounds…the only thing consistent is my dress (thanks to my tailor).  Once I got serious about taking control of my weight, and my life, I wrote down an exercise action plan and stuck to it for 8 weeks.  I worked out with a personal trainer every Friday morning, did 30 minutes on the elliptical every Monday and Wednesday and lifted weights every Tuesday.  Over time, I increased the intensity of my workouts and started eating less simple sugar.  The key to my weight loss success was writing down a weekly action plan that consisted of small tangible, realistic goals.  My success is NOT due to following a hardcore diet plan, starving myself or sticking to an insane workout routine.  Little by little my weekly actions became habits which lead to a healthier lifestyle.  If you’re just getting started on your fitness or weight loss journey, I highly encourage you to write down your action plan!  How will you achieve your goals?

A Goal Without a Plan Is Simply a Wish

D Town Sweat: New Dallas Blog For All Things Fitness

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Hello friends!  I hope you’re having a wonderful week.  As a lover of all things fitness and all things Dallas, I was super excited to stumble upon a new Dallas blog providing objective, thorough reviews of the city’s hottest fitness studios and classes!  D Town Sweat launched only a month ago and has generated a huge following due to its honest studio reviews and thorough class assessments.  After a few hours of Instagram stalking, I found the voice behind the blog, Kate Putney.  This TCU grad is a management consultant by day and fitness blogger by night (AKA Girl BO$$) I met Kate last Saturday when she came to my studio and knocked out back-to-back workouts.  Check out her reviews of our Flexin’ Flow and Body Sculpt classes.  Afterwards Kate and I had coffee and I got to learn a little more about her fitness and blogging journey.  Here’s the scoop…

What motivated you to start D Town Sweat?
With shared studio memberships hitting the Dallas market, I’ve had a lot of friends recently incorporate a consistent fitness routine into their daily lives, and I’ve been so proud of them for making that commitment to better themselves. I’ve been a life-long runner, but I too started exploring Dallas studios, and often wondered what to expect when heading to a new class, or what else was out there in terms of yoga, cycling, strength etc. I tried to find a single location to read honest and thorough studio/class reviews, and while there are a few other bloggers that do an awesome job of blogging about fitness, I couldn’t find anything that was just Dallas fitness, and really honest and straight-forward. After a few weeks of searching around, I figured, why don’t I do it? I want to help connect people in Dallas to fitness that’s right for them, and I hope that D Town Sweat will be that resource.

Describe your fitness journey.
My fitness journey started with my mom. From the time I was a baby, I ran with my mom – first in a jogger, then next to her on a bike, and finally with her, starting in middle school. She always took time out of her day to focus on her health, and by prioritizing fitness, she engrained in me the importance of taking care of my body, no matter how busy life or work gets. I ran my first 1/2 marathon in high school, and my first full marathon at 24. I recently ran the Dallas Marathon, and soon after decided that it would be beneficial for my body to try to mix up my fitness routine, which is where D Town Sweat comes in.

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How do you define a “healthy lifestyle”?
A healthy lifestyle to me is a balance, and not just a balance of fitness and food. I think in order to truly be healthy, you also need family and friends, a community, faith, a work-life balance, adventure, and stability. Fitness and eating well are part of the overall picture, but if you workout and eat well, and live in isolation, or work yourself into the ground, you’re not living a healthy life.

What’s the most interesting/unique fitness class you’ve taken?
The fitness class that comes to mind as being one of the most unique is a Big Kahuna class I recently took at City Surf. A fitness class on a surfboard is most definitely unique, and surprisingly really hard! I would recommend it to anyone in Dallas who is looking to try something completely different! No prior-surfing skills required!

What do you love most about group fitness?
I love being able to turn my mind off completely, and let my body do all of the work. I spend lots of time in front of a computer, so letting my body have a chance to take over, and giving my brain a break is definitely one of my favorite things. The other thing that I love is that it’s an opportunity to spend time with friends. At least 50% of the classes that I attend are with friends, so it’s a fun way to spend time together and feel productive.

In your opinion, what 3 factors make the city of Dallas great?  

  1. It’s in Texas – After living elsewhere, and traveling far and wide, I feel strongly that there is no other state that has so much to offer.
  2. The People are great – I went to TCU for undergrad, so lots of my close friends landed in Dallas after graduating. Besides the people who I already knew when I moved here, people are just nice here.
  3. The Community – Between the cost of living and the job opportunities, I think that Dallas is one of the best places to be from a job perspective, which draws a lot of really great people into our city. As a result of the awesome people here, there are so many organizations doing really cool things to better North Texas, and the greater community. I’m proud to be in a place with so many good apples.

What does “grit” mean to you?
Grit means grinding through the tough stuff – working harder and smarter, even when it’s really rough, because you know the end result will be worth it.

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Kate Putney, Founder of D Town Sweat

I highly encourage you to add D Town Sweat to your RSS feed.  With new posts almost everyday, you don’t want to miss the latest trends in Dallas fitness!  You can follow D Town Seat on Instagram @dtownsweat or on Twitter @dtownsweat

Have a happy, sweaty, super day! xoxo, Brit

Total Body Tabata Workout

Hey guys!  I hope you’re staying warm and dry!  It seems like 80% of the US is covered in ice and snow – even us Texans!  However, we are still bringing the heat at GRIT Fitness!  Yesterday, we kicked off the week on a positive note by NOT canceling our scheduled classes despite the rain/ice storm.  That turned out to be a great decision because several of our clients popped in the studio ready to sweat.  We had an awesome time and definitely brought some heat to the his cold weather!

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Our member, Kelli, showed her GRIT by rolling to Turbo Kick class during yesterday’s ice storm in her hubby’s big body truck!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, so here’s a quick run down of what happened over the weekend…

On Friday, I taught my usual noon Turbo Kick class.  Shout out to my friend from the Junior League of Dallas, Emily, who’s also a fierce member of our fit family at GRIT fitness (in the middle of the photo below).  She took her first Turbo Kick class last Friday and loved it.  In her own words, “This is what is must feel like at a rave…with music blasting and lights flashing”…she also suggested we start using glow sticks during Turbo Kick classes and turn the lights off.  haha.  I like it!

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My Turbo Kick rock stars! From led to right: Lew, Jenny, Emily, Me, Kelli

On Friday night I enjoyed a fun yet healthy dinner with my girlfriends at Dodie’s Cajun restaurant in Dallas.  I had a decision blacked salmon salad and several glasses of Pinot Grigio.  Perfect way to wind down after a long week!

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My yummy blacked salmon salad from Dodie’s on lower Greenville, Dallas, TX

On Saturday I taught my usual spin class at BEYOND Pedaling and PiYO (now “Flexin’Flow”) class at GRIT Fitness.  My friend Jackie, fellow instructor from my days at 24 Hour Fitness, did the honors of guest teaching our Dance Cardio class – it was a hit!  Here’s a link to a little video clip of the fun: Post by GRIT Fitness.

Midday I did a little dance of excitement because the new business cards I ordered finally arrived – yay!  What do you think?

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My new biz cards with my fitness photo on them! Not sure if photos on biz cards are tacky, but whatever, I like it!

Later I stopped by Dallas North Park Mall because THE Lorna Jane, founder of Lorna Jane Active, made a pit stop in Texas.  It was great to chat with her and get a little photo op.  I loving meeting fellow girl BO$$’s – very inspiring!

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Me and THE Lorna Jane posing with my LJ Diary at Dallas North Park mall

I wrapped up my Saturday by doing absolutely nothing.  Sometimes going on chill mode is a great thing, right?  On Sunday I slept in, went to brunch with some friends and then get back to work making playlist, writing our weekly newsletter and preparing for the awesome week that I’m now enjoying.

Before I go, I want to share this new Tabata workout I created!  At Fossil corporate HQ, I recently started teaching a Tabata bootcamp and I LOVE IT!  Tabata is a form of High Intensity Internal Training (HIIT) created by Japanese scientist Dr. Izumi Tabata.  You can CLICK HERE to read more about the history of Tabata.  1 Tabata circuit lasts 4 minutes, but it’s super intense.   The structure of the 4 minutes is as follows:

  • Workout hard for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 10 seconds
  • Complete eight rounds
Brit's Total Body Tabata Workout

Brit’s Total Body Tabata Workout

I highly encourage you to give my Total Body Tabata workout a whirl.  It consists of 5 Tabata rounds and can be completed in 30 minutes.  Expect to burn up to 500 calories – woo hoo!  Enjoy! xoxo, Brit

THE Lorna Jane visits Dallas – Join the Party!

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Hey gang!  Happy Wednesday.  I hope your week is off to a great start!  Things are good on my end.  We are cracking away at GRIT Fitness leading classes and having a blast!  I’m especially looking forward to this weekend because, THE Lorna Jane, founder and creator director of Lorna Jane Active is visiting Dallas!  She is definitley a GIRLBO$$ I look up to.  I got to connect with her last Summer at IDEA World Blogfest and she was SUPER nice and SO inspiring!  So that’s one event I’m looking forward to.  Additionally, I received the honor of leading a 2 group fitness classes in the Active Living Room of Lorna Jane West Village, Dallas – yay!  I’ll be teaching PiYo next Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 7pm and 7:30pm at Lorna Jane West Village 3700 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204.  Come out and “move, nourish, believe” with me!

And just for some added Lorna Jane fun, here’s a flashback to some of my all-time favorite LJ outfits…

BRIT’S FAVE LORNA JANE ACTIVE LOOKS

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 Happy HUMPDAY! xoxo, Brit