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10 Thoughts GRITTY People Reject

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Happy Hump Day gang!  As I sit in my home office enjoying my week of vacation, I started a stream of consciousness of thoughts/statements that I absolutely hate to hear.  So, I wanted to write a post to reject each and every one of them…

  1. My best days are behind me – Gritty people believe that the best is always yet to come.  If we can’t hope for a brighter and better future, what’s the point of working hard?  Or waking up every day?
  2. My dreams don’t matter – Our dreams are unique. They drive our passions and ultimately our purpose in life.  Gritty people value their dreams and pursue them.
  3. I’ve reached my limit – We have no limits!  We are only limited by our minds and the restrictions that we put on ourselves.  Gritty people continuously work harder, dream bigger and expect more out of life.
  4. I’m cursed – None of us are cursed!  In fact, believing that we are cursed will actually bring about bad situations.  Suffering is a fundamental part of the human experience, but in the grand scheme of things, good always outweighs bad.  Gritty people strive to stay positive!
  5. I’m not supposed to be happy – All of us are given the gift of life and have duty to live life abundantly.  That means we are supposed to experience joy, peace, service, happiness and purpose.  Why even live if we are doomed for gloom?  You are supposed to be happy – gritty people accept this truth!
  6. I’m weak – This is one of the most powerful lies that can ruin your whole life if you start to believe it.  Gritty people know that they are powerful beyond measure.  You are so much stronger than you think!
  7. This is as good as it gets – When we start to accept this thought, we are likely to settle for less than optimal circumstances.  Now I’m not saying that we should never experience bad times, but we must always believe that we can make situations better with hard work, faith and confidence.
  8. What he/she did is unforgivable – EVERYTHING is forgivable.  Gritty people understand that holding a grudge is like “drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” – Buddha
  9. I have no control over this situation – While we can’t control all of life’s circumstances, we can always control how we respond.  Our responses to situations have so much influence on the outcomes.  Gritty people take control of their lives.
  10. I am the victim – Gritty people accept responsibility for themselves and for their happiness.  Despite wrong doings by others, gritty people refuse to be the victim.  Victims are weak.   Weak is not a good look.

I know each of you are gritty already, so help spread these powerful truths to those you love.

xoxo, Brit

Gritty Pretty

 

Happy Easter #SundayInspiration

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Calimera! Wishing you a very Happy and Inspiring Easter Sunday.  I hope you enjoy celebrating this glorious day with your friends and family.  Also, I want to announce the winner of the Sporteer Running Armband = Nkoyo. CONGRATS!  Please email me your mailing address at brit@gritbybrit.com. xoxo, Brit

“The story of Easter is the story of God’s wonderful window of divine surprise.”   – Carl Knudsen

Strong to the Finish Line – Weekly Inspiration

grow-stronger grit by britHappy Monday!  No matter what you are going through, keep your head held high, be strong and keep pushing forward.  You never know how close your are to reaching your reward!  Wishing you a wonderful week.  Lots of luv, Brit

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

– Galatians 6:9

We can always quit…why start now?

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Happiest Thursday to you!  I saw this quote on Twitter, “We can always quit, why start now?”   It made me take a step back and reflect on decisions I’m currently facing in my own life.  I gotta be honest….I’m TIRED.  Work is demanding.  Traveling is draining.  In addition to that, the effort it takes to plan my workouts, blog, volunteer and consciously spend time with the people I love, leaves me with very little in my “Energy Budget” at the end of each day.  BUT I’m happy to say that even though it seems like I’m “running on empty” at least I’m still running.  And that, my friends, is a blessing!

So, I write this blog post for both selfish and selfless reasons:

  1. I hope it motivates you to keep pushing
  2. I needed to give myself a pep talk 🙂

Have a wonderful day – you got this!

Lots of luv,

Brit

It’s not over…

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Hope you guys had a very happy Easter weekend.  What a wonderful holiday – I’m always encouraged after Easter because it reminds me that ALL things are possible with God.  If death can be conquered, then I know I can certainly conquer my goals or any obstacles in my life.  

As I was sitting here in my room preparing for my work week and planning the workouts I want to post, I had an urge to change it up and to just share some good old-fashion encouragement with you instead.  It that alright?

So here it goes…

Be encouraged this week!  You may feel like giving up, you may feel hopeless, you may feel like you’ve been working your butt off and nothing is paying off.  But guess what?  It’s not over for you or for me.  We got gotta hang in there and keep pushing!   We are closer than we think we are.  Be strong this week.  Work harder than you’ve ever worked before.  Be more kind and more forgiving to others than you’ve ever been before.  Today is a new day and you are almost there.  Be ENCOURAGED and NEVER EVER QUIT.  You got this! You’re stronger than you think you are #GRIT

Lots of luv,

Brit

Top 10 Tips for a Happier & Healthier 2013

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Earlier this year I was talking to my mentor about my passion for fitness and vision to create my own workout DVD (have you bought your copy yet?).   She said to me, “Brittani, in your head it’s just a dream, but on paper it’s a goal and therefore a responsibility.”   Since then, I made a habit of typing up my personal goals, printing them and taping them above my desk.  The past few days I’ve been drafting my 2013 goals.  Below are just my “fitness/health” goals, but I also set goals for my spirituality, career, relationships and finances…

My Top 5 Fitness Goals for 2013

While setting my 2013 goals, I started reflecting on some key lessons I learned in 2012 which have very much influenced my new goals and outlook on 2013.  I’ve turned these lessons into “tips” which I wanted to share with you.  I hope these wise words help you as much as they’ve helped me.  Those who are closest to me know that I LOVE to be inspired and am walking vat of “1-liners” and inspirational quotes.  So, I’ve made a point to scatter in many of my favorite quotes in this blog post.

Brit’s Top 10 Tips for Your Best Year Yet

  1. Strive for EXCELLENCE not PERFECTION – My weight loss journey taught me a lot about striving for “perfection” and the damage it disappointment it causes.  Life is about balance.  It’s not all or nothing.  Whether your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, save money or run a marathon,  you must be realistic about your human nature.  The fact of the matter is that YOU WILL SLIP UP.  You will have a day that you spend too much money, eat too much or miss your workout.  However, your “slip ups” do not define who you are.  Your determination to get back on track and keep pushing toward your goal is what makes you EXCELLENT.  That’s #GRIT 
  2. Set HIGHER GOALS – “You’re stronger than you think you are.”  This is my mantra and the GRIT by Brit tagline.  It rolls off the tongue so easily, but it can be so hard to believe at times.  In 2012 I started to realize that I am capable of doing things far beyond my imagination and, guess what,  so are you!  We are powerful beyond measure, but our self-doubt and fear of failure limit us.  This year I’m going to take more risks and be willing to look like a fool for the things I believe in the most.   Be on the lookout for amazing things from GRIT by Brit in 2013 😉  “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” – Les Brown.  
  3. Give thanks EVERYDAY – I started keeping a journal in 2012.  On days that didn’t have much write, I just jotted down a list of things that I was grateful for.  It could be anything…great dinner with a friend, good workout, a client presentation that went well, sunshine, clean air, etc.  It didn’t seem like much at the time, but looking back on my 2012 journal entries really shows me how blessed I am.  Having a grateful and joyful spirit creates a self-fulfilling prophesy of more great things.  Like the country church folks say, “When PRAISES go up, BLESSINGS come down!”
  4. SERVE OTHERS to understand your calling –  This year I realized my “calling” (or one of them at least).  To  me, our calling manifests itself when we are able to help others by doing something that we are naturally good at and super enthusiastic about.  Teaching fitness classes allows me to do just this.  Challenge yourself this year to find that thing that allows you serve others and makes you tick.  “Helping others is the way we help ourselves.”   -Oprah
  5. Invest in PEOPLE not in PRAISES –  Many times this year I would find myself getting anxious about how many Facebook likes I had, DVDs I sold or positive reviews I got on Amazon.  The fact of the matter is that these “praises” come and go and do NOT create sustaining joy.  What really satisfies us deep down in our souls is knowing that we have truly made a positive impact in someone else’s life.  When I get emails from blog readers or students in my kickboxing classes that express how I was able to help them lose 20 pounds or have more self-confidence, it is the greatest joy and feeling of success! “The greatest success we’ll ever know is helping others succeed and grow.”  
  6. Learn from SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE – I spent a lot of time with “older” people in 2012 and boy did it serve me well.  We often think that our problems are “unique” and forget that the world has been turning and people have been living for thousands and thousands of years.  Therefore, what we’re going through, someone else has already been through.  Talk to people who are successful and have overcome obstacles.  Their personal stories and words of wisdom are priceless and powerful.
  7. Stay FAR AWAY from chronically down-trodden and negative people –  The harsh reality is that our lives are a direct reflection of the 5 people we associate with the most.  Are you struggling with unemployment, depression, anxiety?  Take a look around you and there’s a very high likelihood that your closest friends and associates are struggling with those exact same issues.  “Misery LOVES company.”  So push yourself this New Year to cut the negative ties and develop some positive ones.
  8. SWEAT EVERY DAY – Exercise is like a free happy pill, so take one.  You guys know that I’m a fitness junkie.  It’s my passion.  But even if you aren’t crazy about working out, it’s so important to make exercise a consistent part of your life.  It increases serotonin, gets endorphins flowing,   reduces your risk for cancer and strengthens your immune system.   The key is to find a workout that you truly enjoy.  So go pop in a new group fitness class, workout video or something else that gets you sweaty.  “Exercise is the cheapest, most effective anti-depressant”… and it makes you sexy 😉
  9. Eat lots of FRUIT & VEGETABLES – This seems so simple, but it can be so hard.  Just keepin’ it 100%.  Managing my weight became SO MUCH easier when I forced myself to eat lots of  fruits and veggies throughout the day.  To start off, I just packed 1 apple and 1 orange in my work bag everyday and made sure I ate them both before 5:00pm.  Processed foods have too many calories and too few nutrients.  When we eat too many of them, we end up hungry and deficient of the nutrients that our bodies need.  We also end up having to exercise twice as much to compensate for the excess calories.  If you are serious about maintaining a healthy weight in 2013, you must increase your fruit and vegetable intake.  “You can’t out exercise a bad diet.”
  10. BE THE PERSON you want to attract –  Where my single ladies at? If you’re like me and pushing 30, you often ask yourself the million dollar question, “When will I get married and have babies?”  I talk to my dad about this all the time and he always tells me to just “enjoy life to the fullest and focus on bettering myself.”  When I turned 16 he wrote me a letter with his top 10 life lessons for me.#1 on the list is to “Keep God at the center of your life” and #2 is to “Choose your mate wisely.”  He says it is the single most important decision I will make in my life.  So don’t worry ladies (and gents).  “Just keep grinding, keep shining and never-never settle!”  The law of attraction says that we will naturally attract positive, loyal, loving partners when we truly inhabit those qualities ourselves.  “We are single for a season and married for a reason.”

So now I leave you with my favorite song to get you “fired up” for the New Year.  Remember, the best is ALWAYS yet to come.  Here’s to 2013, your best year yet!

Be blessed.

Lots of love, Brit 🙂

There’s no such thing as IMPOSSIBLE

It all started with an 8 minute mile…

At my high school, in the lovely town of Mesquite, TX, you had to run a mile in 8 minutes or less to be on ANY sports team at ANY level (Freshman, JV or Varsity).  No matter how talented or skilled of an athlete you were, no 8 minute mile = no spot on the team.  So let me give you a little background as to why the 8 minute mile requirement,  to this day, is the most stressful personal challenge I have ever confronted…

Me in 5th grade, my 2nd year playing organized basketball. Of course my mom made sure the entire team had matching hair bows 😉

At the start of 7th grade I weighed about 165 pounds and wore a size 14 in women’s clothing (see pic below).  BUT, I still LOVED sports!  Luckily, I landed a spot on the 7th grade girls basketball B-team- YAY!  On the first day of practice, I ate my usual ham and cheese Hot Pocket for breakfast.  This was also the first time, in my life, that I ever ran (mostly walked) a full mile.  HOWEVER, I did finish that mile in 11 minutes and 55 seconds.   As soon as I crossed the finished line I puked that entire Hot Pocket right in front of all of the 8th graders.  Long story short, my middle school years were definitely not my best.

On pee-wee drill team right before 7th grade, although there was nothing “pee-wee” about me…

After a year of puking, stressing about conditioning workouts and  just trying to fit in, I actually saw progress.  On the last of day practice that 7th grade season, our coach made us run the mile again. This time I finished in 9 minutes and 6 seconds – WOO HOO!  BUT, my world was crushed when the high school coaches came to visit on the last day of middle school.  During their high school preparation speech,they broke the news about the 8 minute mile requirement.  At that very moment, my world fell apart.  I mean, seriously, did they realize how much torture I had to endure just to get down to 9 minutes and 6 seconds?  I was officially in panic mode.

My 8th grade yearbook picture, 1997

All summer I ran and prayed and ran and prayed in hopes that I would be able to run the 8 minute mile on August 16th.  My mom even put me on the prayer list at church; I think she was just as nervous as me.  This was also the summer that my dad and I established a special bond which still holds today.  He would run with me in the blazing Texas heat and always encourage me.  “Hard work ALWAYS pays off,” he’d say.  The week before the official high school timed mile test, he and I did a trial run.  I was feeling good and ran my butt off!  But the minute I crossed the finished line my dad shouted out, “8:15 – almost sweetheart, you’re just 15 seconds away.”  At that point, I literally broke down and cried.  What more could I do?  I ran every day and pushed myself to the limit yet still had not reached my goal…

Finally, the big day came.  I was so nervous I could hardly sleep the night before.  I wanted be on the high school basketball and volleyball teams SO very badly and had actually become pretty good at both sports.  The 8 minute mile was the only thing standing in my way.  As we all walked up to the starting line, I said a prayer and took a deep breath.  When coach yelled, “GO” I  ran as fast as I possibly could.  It was like something came over me.  The only thing I could think was, “just don’t slow down, just don’t slow down.”  Finally, I rounded the last curve and thought to myself “SPRINT!”  That’s exactly what I did.  When I crossed the finish line coach hollered out “7:56”!  I broke down and cried, the same way I did during my trial run, only this time they were tears of joy!  My teammates couldn’t understand why making the 8 minute mile meant so much to me, but it was the first time in my life that I truly understood my own strength.  This accomplishment marked a new phase of self-confidence and personal pride that I still hold at 27 years old.

After making the JV basketball team my Freshman year, 1999 = PROGRESS!

I went on to have a successful high school athletic career earning 1st team all district honors in both basketball and volleyball.  I even went on to play basketball at the NCAA Division 1 college level for 4 years.  I was co-captain of my college basketball team at Cornell University and made the Big Red Power Wall of Honor for 2 consecutive years.  The wall of honor is for the top 2 athletes on each varsity team who ranked the highest in a variety of strength and conditioning tests.  Who would have ever thought my name would be on that wall?  Definitely not me!

Senior year of high school, 2002

So, from a size 14 , 11:55 mile running, 7th grade “B” team basketball player,  I’m telling you, there is NO SUCH THING AS IMPOSSIBLE!

Cornell vs. Army 2004 – my Junior year of college

“What is impossible with men is possible with God.'”

Luke 18:27 (NIV 1984)