Hey GRIT Gang! I hope that all is amazing in your world. Very sorry for my sporadic blog posting – I’ve been doing lots of traveling the past 2 weeks. On a positive note, last weekend I went to the Bryson City, North Carolina to a enjoy a weekend “ruffing” it with some of my best friends from business school.
In the midst of hiking the Great Smoky Mountains, cooking homemade meals, sitting by the camp fire and reminiscing on the good old days, I designed this “buddy bootcamp” workout. During our vacation, my friends and I did this super efficient HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) circuit to ensure we got some strength and anaerobic training in . Not only is the workout effective, it’s also very fun! So next time you are looking for some fierce, fun exercises to do with your fit friends, keep these 5 exercises in mind…
Before I leave you, I encourage you to not only enjoy the workout itself, but to more importantly enjoy and love the friend that you do the workout with. And on that note, I leave you with this quote that one of my dearest friends, Lakshmi (staring in the front row of the instructional video above) shared with me:
“A friend is one to whom one may pour out the contents of one’s heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that gentle hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.” – George Eliott
Hi GRIT Gang! Here’s a detox drink recipe that my lovely mommy shared with me. I can’t wait to try to it – sounds amazing! Right off the bat, I think it’s a good look because it has very simple, healthy ingredients. Also, it’s extremely affordable and easy to make. Here are the details:
10-12 mint leaves
3 quarts of water
Chop the lemons and cucumber into thin slices
Pour 3 quarts of water into a large container and mix in the mint leaves, cucumber and lemon slices.
Let the detox solution sit overnight and drink it first thing in the morning – enjoy!
Top 5 Benefits of Brit’s Delicious Morning Detox Drink
Get Lean – The morning detox drink is filling and hydrating. Drinking it first think in the morning will prevent you from immediately going for an unhealthy breakfast option. Also, substituting the detox drink for your daily glass of juice can reduce your calorie intake by 100-150 calories!
Glowing Skin – For our skin to look healthy, it’s got to be hydrated. When our bodies are dehydrated, our eyes look sunk-in and wrinkles and dark under-eye circles are more visible. Hydrating your body first thing in the morning (before the cup of coffee) is critical for sustaining your glow.
No Sniffles – Lemon water provides vitamin C which boosts your immune system. Also, lemon helps reduce fever because it stimulates sweat.
Stay Regular – The detox drink hydrates your digestive system and stimulates bowel movement. “Lemon helps the bowel to dispose waste, including preventing constipation. The lemon reduces the amount of mucus production in the body, helps dissolve gallstones and acts as a liver cleansing and detoxifying.” Source: Healthy & Natural World
Eliminate Toxins – The detox drink benefits your liver by increasing the level detoxifying enzymes and improving your liver function as a result. Also, as a natural diuretic, the detox drink will stimulate the secretion of bodily waste.
For best results, I recommend starting every day with the detox drink and making it a new healthy habit. Try it out and let me know what you think. Lots of luv, Brit
Hey hey Grit gang! I hope you had a good weekend. Mine weekend was okay… I had some fun times, but I’m feeling a little stressed due to work and lot’s personal things on my plate. In all honesty, today was one of those days that I really wanted to just sit at home and feel sorry for myself. In fact. I did. For a while… But then I started planning my blog posts for the next few days and perusing some blogs that I follow, and I came upon this post that gave me the “kick in the butt” that I needed.
I love that the title is simple – “Discipline.” In the end, discipline is what really matters. I have to have the discipline to get up off of my couch and not be a cry baby. I have to have the discipline to workout when I don’t feel like it. And most importantly, I have to have the discipline to CHOOSE to be happy when it would be so much easier to mope around. So, with that said, I just wanted to share this post with you as a little “Sunday inspiration.” I hope it motivates you as much as it motivated me.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been tracking my food intake on My Fitness Pal (because it syncs with my Jawbone) and I’ve noticed how many nutrition and protein bars I eat in a typical week. Contrary to popular belief, all nutrition bars are not made equally. Unfortunately, many of the super nutritious ones taste like poo (real talk). And others that taste great aren’t nutritious at all – they are loaded with sugar and calories. This gave me the idea to do some independent research on the most common nutrition bars that I consume. I evaluated each bar by my personal 5 critical criteria (listed below) and then added in my own personal preference for the official GRIT by Brit Nutrition Ranking.
Brit’s Nutrition Bar Criteria:
Great taste (according to me)
I know some people may care about other things like organic ingredients, other vitamins and minerals etc., but I just chose to focus on these 5 nutrition elements because they are most critical for weight management. Any who, I put the bars to the test and here are the results! I hope you find this information helpful.
Ranking #1 on my List is the Kashi Go-Lean Crips Chocolate Pretzel Bar. Not only am I obsessed with the taste, but these bars are full of fiber and protein and only have 160 calories (which equals 16 minutes on the elliptical) YIPPEE!
Ranking LAST on my list is the Amazing Grass: Super food Chocolate Whole Foods Energy Bar. I mean…how is this even considered “healthy”? It’s loaded with sugar and hardly provides and protein and fiber. I find this to be true with a lot of “energy” bars. Be careful my friends. Organic and Super Food labels don’t always mean healthy…
What are your favorite nutrition bars? Any favorites? Any you hate?
As promised, here’s another 5 minute ab/core workout for you to enjoy. In case you missed my 5 minute Abs Vol. 1, you can CLICK HERE to check it out. Feel free to do the workout on your own or with me in real time via my YouTube video below. Lots of luv, Brit
Happy Friday everyone! As I was sitting at my desk, unwinding from a busy week and getting ready to enjoy my weekend, I came across this blog post that truly inspired me. I totally agree with these 5 tips (especially Tip #5). The time is now! Whatever dream has been sitting heavy on your heart, now is the time to pursue it! Tomorrow isn’t promised – so get up and go for it. Lots of luv, Brit 🙂
Every single person you meet will have some sort of advice for you. Unfortunately, I struggle to believe most of it or find it actionable in my daily life. It is difficult to learn a new trade, to think in the clouds, and generally to run out and change my life. How can I do that in the confines of my busy life while also gaining great value out of each activity? From an economics perspective, the opportunity cost of everything we do is quite high, especially nowadays as people become busier and busier. This is why I give 5 pieces of advice that I feel can drastically change the way you think and live while barely changing anything at all.
1. Give more than you receive. To me, this one is the most important. People that give are happier, more successful, and more fun to be around. If a person asks you for advice with your trade, give it to them over dinner or a drink. No favor will go unpunished and it is more than likely this will lead to them providing you with future opportunities or just a new friend or perspective. Many people argue with me that people should do charity for the sake of helping others and not have a selfish motive. To me, it doesn’t particularly concern me either way. Most people that do charity enjoy helping others but that does not indicate that you should feel guilty getting a benefit from your charity as well.
2. Network. The saying that I have found most true in my life is that it is not what you know but who you know. Networking can be as easy as meeting new people at work or as difficult as asking your job to pay for you to attend a conference or seminar. Networking will not take too much time out of your life and can even be attached to events like going out, work functions, and dinners. Whenever you can, get a business card and a contact. Again, you never know when it will come in handy.
3. Learn the Economy – it is very sad to me how few people understanding anything about the economy. Without this understanding, it will be very easy for people to get ahead of you. I do not care if your only connection to money is the paycheck you receive because that is a direct implication on the economy and the economy will still affect you. See my post about the economic machine in 30 minutes to get a pretty comprehensive understanding. If you have other questions, let me know.
4. Read + Write – this stands by itself but the greatest business minds, scholars, political figures of our time are well read and well written. You should join these ranks. Start a blog or a journal but reading and writing will improve your analytical thinking, your knowledge, and may even get a few more people to notice your skills.
5. Act Now. Do It. There is no better time than now to get started on what you want to do. Tomorrow is far too late.
Last weekend I filmed my 2nd official GRIT by Brit workout video! The video will drop on Thanksgiving Day as part of the launch of BOOYA Fitness. BOOYA is an revolutionary new fitness company that provides high-end workout videos to consumers on demand. Think NetFlix for workout videos. It features amazing fitness instructors mostly from the best boutique fitness studios in NYC. You can check out more details on their alpha site www.booyafitness.com but be on the lookout for the Thanksgiving Day launch of their new site and new workout videos – featuring yours truly!
Personally, I decided to support BOOYA and be a featured instructor on the platform because I love the idea of being able to connect with my students outside of the group fitness classroom. Also, the co-founder, Prita Kumar, is a fellow Harvard Business School MBA and Fitness Fanatic (like me). Prita and I met each other over Twitter and instantly connected. I’m so excited for her to transform the fitness industry through high-end video content. You can learn more about her journey to starting BOOYA Fitness on this cool start up documentary, CLICK HERE to watch.
So, let me move on and tell you a little about the cool experience I had at the BOOYA shoot and what you can expect from the new and improved GRIT by Brit workout…
So if you have a copy of my DVD (if you don’t buy one on Amazon – PLEASE) you’ll notice that the workout I designed for BOOYA is very similar. However, I really tried to take my game to the next level. In addition to the jammin’ music, I incorporated new techniques I’ve learned to over the past year to enhance my workout. Specifically:
More FUN – I incorporated some “dance-like” moves into the cardio sections and into the choreography overall
More FIERECE – After each cardio round I have a High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) section
More FITNESS – Through the workout I really focused on focus on toning the legs and core. Also I only use of body weight resistance training – no hand weights this time
I feel a HUGE sense of accomplishment after this shoot because I can look back on my progress over the past year and see how I’ve really grown as a fitness instructor and personal coach. It feels good knowing that I’m better able to help people reach their fitness goals. I’m VERY confident that my new workout video will inspire and motivate tons of people to have fun, get fit and show their GRIT 😉
For the BOOYA shoot, I was fortunate to have a rock star group of participants, Minal and Lateefah. Minal, is another HBS MBA / Fitness Guru – she is the founder of BollyX and did me the honor of being in my video. “BOLLYX is a Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness program that combines dynamic choreography and intensive workouts with upbeat music from around the world. The workouts are fun and invigorating but, more importantly, designed to drive fitness results through cardio and muscle-building exercises. ” Lateefah, is the founder of EmpowerFit. “Empowerfit is empowerment through fitness.” Lateefah and I met the day of the shoot, but we instantly connected – it was like we had known each other for years. She brings a solid dance cardio background to the video which complimented the GRIT by Brit signature moves very well.
Both of these lovely ladies ROCKED IT OUT and brought some serious energy and enthusiasm on shoot day – I’m super grateful for them both!
Overall, I cannot wait for the official video to drop on Thanksgiving Day! I’ll keep you guys posted on the details. In the meanwhile, keep grinding, keeping shinning and keep showing you GRIT. I’ve got a new ab workout coming this week, so stayed tuned for that as well. All the best to you!
I am down another 2 pounds on Brit’s September Shape Up Plan (woo hoo). The most important part of this process has been the ability to focus on my diet and exercise (even though the later has been waylaid due to illness). As I mentioned in my week two review, I have a lot of personal things going on: renovating our new house, getting ready to move, and preparing to start a new job (all while finishing up at the old one)! Having this challenge has actually been a blessing since I tend to stress eat! So, here’s how I did last week…
I managed to get in three smoothies for dinner and subbed for 2 other meals on other days. I am actually really enjoying having the smoothies and utilizing unique ingredients for them. I think when everything is said and done with this challenge that I might actually keep this practice around. I don’t know about you but usually my Achilles heel when dieting is dinner. I tend to eat pretty well through out the day and then get home and my diet goes quickly down the tubes. Having to record my food and having smoothies has definitely helped with this! I’ve also started experimenting with some new to me foods including coconut water and almond milk. Hooray for new food items!
Being sick has really focused me on making sure I am drinking way more than I usually do. Hooray for checking off this box!
Thursday: Assisted with tiling at the house – this entailed lifting hundreds of pounds of tile up and down the stairs in my house for about three hours – talk about some power lifting – marble is HEAVY.
Friday: More tiling in the house.
Saturday: Attempted to help with the tiling in the house. Instead I was so sick that I sat on the floor pretty useless.
Sunday: Definitely really sick 🙁
Brit’s Tips for Blake:
Stay strong to the finish! You are doing an amazing job and already seeing great progress – down over 4 pounds! Also, be sure to stay hydrated when you’re sick. However, I believe that it’s still important to stay active when are you aren’t feeling well – physically and mentally exercise can help you get back to feeling normal. If you feel sick, do some resistance training or yoga. If you aren’t able to workout, be very conscious of your calorie intake – lots of low-calorie fluids, water and nutritious smoothies instead of heavy meals. You’ve already done so much hard work, so keep on truckin’ – you’re almost there. GO BLAKE 🙂
Hey gang. I hope your week is off to an excellent start. Blake, my fit friend from binanutshell.com has officially completed Week 2 of my September Shape up plan. Are you trying the plan for yourself? Do it!
If you were around last week, you’ll remember that Blake got off to an amazing start losing over 2 pounds in Week 1 – woo hoo! During Week 2, however, she’s experienced some setbacks. BUT we are all about showing our GRIT – passion and perseverance for long-term goals. Even though Blake had a “less than stellar” Week 2, we KNOW that she will keep on truckin’ and be successful in the end! Here’s her update. Wish her luck, strong to the finish! 🙂
Blake’s Week 2 in Review
Overall, I am saddened by my progress in week 2. I was really excited to keep up with Brit’s Shape Up September, but I wasn’t able to due to health reasons. I am just going to be upfront and say that even knowing that there are 2 weeks left in the month, week 2 was definitely the most difficult. Early in the week, I was plagued with a summer cold that left me lethargic, sneezy and coughing – which of course resulted in my not working out.
Also, I have an inordinate amount going on in my personal life – some really great things that I am not quite yet ready to share on the blog, but stay tuned for a personal life update soon!
Here is how last week panned out:
I managed to get two nights with smoothies in, one night without dinner at all, one business dinner, and two dinners out with friends. Unfortunately, most of those events were planned way before Shape Up September, so I worked around the dinners out by eating really healthy breakfasts and having a smoothie for lunch! Smoothies for the win!
Monday: Brit’s GRIT Ultimate Body Burn workout video – seriously folks, if you don’t own this video, you should. Buy it on Amazon!
Tuesday: Brit’s 10 minute HIIT circuit – I had a super late meeting and didn’t get home until almost 10 and was starting not to feel well
Wednesday: Skinnygirl Yoga at home (note to self: downward dog does not feel good with congestion)
Thursday – Sunday: Sick, sick, sick
Still focusing on having a full glass of water on my desk at all times. Hooray for this. Also, I think the water was really helpful from keeping me on the healthier side of sick… since the hubs was knocked out for twice as long as I was.
Week 3 Focus
This week’s focus is definitely going to be CARDIO! I am excited to get back to working out now that I don’t feel like walking up the three flights of stairs to my bedroom is going to make me winded.
Here’s a quick cardio workout I recommend for Blake in case she is pressed for time time next week – cardio is KING (wink,wink) xoxo, Brit
Since I travel for work every week, I often need a nutritious filling meal on the go. Lately, I’ve gotten really into smoothies (as you know from all of my Dr. OZ Drink Cleanses). I like smoothies because they’re an easy way work in my daily serving of fruit & veggies as well as other vitamins and protein. BUT, I have to be careful to choose the RIGHT smoothies. By “right” I mean smoothies with low to moderate sugar and lots of protein. While smoothies are tasty, they can be loaded with sugar which packs on the pounds and makes us hungry. Keep in mind that smoothies are good forms of “meal replacements” not “appetizers.” Often, I unintentionally consume too many calories in 1 day because I’ll have a smoothie PLUS my meals – not a good look. If you are trying to drop a few pounds, be sure to drink a smoothie INSTEAD of eating a meal. Keep this in mind as you enjoy these 5 Super Smoothie recipes! Lots of luv, Brit 🙂
Brit’s Berry Blast Smoothie
3/4 Grapefruit Juice
1/3 Cup of egg whites
1 Cup frozen or fresh mixed berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries)
Carob Nut Banana Smoothie
1 banana (small) cut into pieces
1/4 cup skim milk
1 tablespoon dried carob powder*
2 tablespoons reduced fat peanut butter
1/2 Cup of ice
Apple Cinnamon Soy Smoothie
1/3 Cup egg whites
1 Sweet, crisp apple (medium size) peeled, chopped red apple (about 1 1/4 cups)