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Get FIT don’t QUIT – the Secret to Keeping your New Year’s Resolution

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This weekend my Turbo Kick class was PACKED!  More people came than ever before.  Clearly getting “fit” is high on our list of New Year’s resolutions.  I’m so motivated by the energy, foggy mirrors and soaked pony tails that come out of a packed group fitness class.  Unfortunately, I have to face the reality that this awesome feeling will only last for a short while.  The February “drop off” is just around the corner.  You know what I’m talking about, that point when we all push our resolutions to the back burner.  As a group fitness instructor, this is the month I most dread.  It’s depressing indeed.

The “February drop off” really makes me sad, because I understand why people quit coming to the gym.  I understand because I was one of those people.  I was the person who set out the New Year with high hopes and expectations of perfection.  However, the minute I slipped up, I beat myself up and quit.  I showed myself no grace.  It was all or nothing.  The crazy thing is that many of us think this “do or die” mindset is critical to achieving our goals, but the reality is that aiming for perfection only assures failure.

I had to learn that each day I’m blessed with a clean slate.  What happened yesterday is gone.  It doesn’t matter.  Yeah, even that chocolate cake I smashed and that workout I skipped.  My entire outlook on my health and my weight management changed once I learned to love myself enough to forgive myself for my slip-ups. I had believe that I am worthy of a healthy body despite my occasional lack of discipline.  Indulging and being lazy WILL cause a delay in achieving my goals, BUT I can still achieve my goals as long as I DON’T QUIT – the same goes for you!

So, I simply encourage you to be kind to yourself as you set out to achieve your New Year’s resolutions.  Calling yourself a “fat cow” after enjoying a burger will NOT help you achieve your goals.  However, committing to an extra 30 minutes of cardio will help you 🙂  Hold fast to your goals despite your slip-ups.  We are human.  We are perfectly imperfect.  Embrace it (and keep coming to my Turbo Kick classes.)

Get FIT, Don’t QUIT! xoxo, Brit


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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


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To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the GIFT

Happy Sunday!  You guys know on Sundays I like to spread a little encouragement/inspiration, so today I want to share something that’s been heavy on my heart = Appreciating and Maximizing the GIFT of Life

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What is the “gift’?  That IS the question.  To me the “gift” is the privilege of having a human life.  As humans, unlike any other species, we have the ability to be BE and DO whatever we want.  Why?

  1. Because we have free will
  2. Because we can change

With hard work, can be WHATEVER we want to be and that’s amazing!

  • If we are weak, we can make ourselves  strong.
  • If we are dumb, we can study and become smart.
  • If we are lonely, we can find companions.

The list goes on and on. However, with this amazing “gift,” also comes a huge responsibility.  To me, that responsibility is to promote peace, abundant living and encouragement to others.  The cool thing is that we each fulfill our responsibility in different ways.  For me it’s through sharing fitness.  What is it for you?

While we all have different passions and different ways of encouraging each other, one thing that we have in common is that we have to continuously work REALLY HARD to perfect our craft.  It’s a life-long journey, but it’s so rewarding to know that our lives have a purpose and that we each play a crucial role in helping others live a better life.

As you start your week, I encourage you to think about your “gift.”  Are you making the most of it?  Are you giving your best?

Work hard, dream big, help others! Lots of luv, Brit


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Dr. Oz 3 Day Cleanse Confessions

So, I’ve officially completed the Dr. Oz 3 Day Detox.  I personally wanted to try the detox because I’m a new vegetarian (5 months strong) and I’ve noticed that I’ve become sloppy (i.e. eating lots of simple carbs and fewer fruits and veggies).  I’ve actually gained 3 pounds since I’ve become a vegetarian…not a good look.  The Dr. Oz cleanse presented me with a great opportunity to get back on track it because it replaces meals with fruit/veggie drinks for 3 days.  Click here to see the drink recipes.  Overall, I give the Dr. Oz cleanse the “GRIT by Brit 2 thumbs up” and here’s why…

First off, I definitely got my fair share of veggies and fruits.  Each drink consists of at least 3-4 servings of fruits/vegetables (sometimes more than I eat in an entire day).  I feel like a born again vegetarian 🙂  Unlike most cleanses, each drink includes some sort of healthy fat (i.e. avocado, coconut oil, almond butter).   This is really important because my body wasn’t deprived of essential nutrients AND I got an adequate amount of protein.  Since I weight train 2-3 times per week, I HAVE to make sure that my protein intake is sufficient so that my muscles can repair themselves.  I was also really impressed by how tasty each of the drinks are.  I mean, who would guess blending mango, blueberries,  cayenne pepper, avocado and coconut water would actually taste good?

Dr. Oz Cleanse Drinks

Secondly, in only 3 days I lost 2.2 pounds 🙂  I’m 5’8″ and very muscular but I always try to keep my weight below 153 pounds.  Still 1 more pound to go!

weight loss from cleansing

Also, I developed a new obsession = Epsom Salt and lavender oil baths!  This was HEAVEN IN MY HOME!  Daily soak sessions are a part of the Dr. Oz cleanse.  Not only are they detoxifying, but they are SO relaxing and soothing!  As a group fitness instructor I always have sore muscles and these baths were a perfect remedy for my muscle aches.   I also discovered Dr. Teal’s Epsom + Lavender oil bath soak, so I can buy both ingredients already combined – yes!

Epsom Salt and Lavender

Last, the cleanse has definitely helped me ween off coffee.  I sometimes drink 4 cups a day…not good I know, but at least I’m honest.  After going 3 days without coffee, I’ve realized that I don’t really need it.  The cleanse calls for 1 cup of hot green tea ever morning which gave me a decent caffeine fix.  However,  I was a little groggy on some days without my Cup-a-Joe.  This is something I’ll continue to work on.

Now that the cleanse is over, I’ve decided that this is not going to be a “one time thing” for me.  I really loved the lunch drink, so today I’m having it for dinner before I head to yoga!  I’m going to continue making these smoothies and drinking them as meal replacements every now and then.  It’s an easy and efficient way to ensure I get enough fiber and my fruit/veggie fix.

If you are considering trying the Dr. Oz 3 Day Detox cleanse – I highly recommend it.  Let me know how it goes!

Lots of luv, health & joy to you!

xoxo, Brit

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Spring in to Shape! 10 min Total Body Toning Workout Video

spring_into_shapeHappy 1st day of Spring!  Here’s a new YouTube video that I shot last weekend.  I choreographed the exercises to some of my favorite jamz to get you pumped up and excited for Spring.

The workout lasts exactly 10 minutes.  Expect to burn ~70-100 calories and really tighten your core, arms and legs.  Hope you like it!


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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 🙂


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4-week challenge: Sasha O or Prego?

Lakshmi’s Week 2 Update

Sasha Obama wore this adorable dress to her father’s speech at the DNC. I promptly purchased and wore it Wednesday for a work event. Not going to lie, I felt good in it. It accentuated my waist and was flattering (so I thought). I went to the work event, where the first person I spoke with had met with me a year ago. She said to me, “It’s great to see you again. And I see you have a baby bump.” Pow. All my confidence (I had even posted on Facebook about how great I felt in the dress) just disappeared like that. Unfortunately, there’s something about my body type that causes me to get mistaken for being pregnant all too often (I know, weird). I played the bigger person and instead of socking her in the face I said, “You’d be surprised how often I am mistaken for being pregnant. I must have a pregnant glow. When it does actually happen to me, I’ll be radioactive!” But I can joke all I want. It still really hurts. And when it hurts, I need some carbs. So Brit, I did eat carbs after 4 pm on Wednesday. But can you blame me? I was eating for two (PLEASE NOTE: THAT STATEMENT IS A JOKE).

Really tough to get the workouts in this week. I was in Boston Wed – Thursday AM. And am in Richmond Thursday AM to Friday night. Working a ton – so my options to workout were between the hours of midnight and 4 am. Sooo…I didn’t workout Thursday and Friday. I’ll get back into the groove on Saturday, I promise!

Here’s the dress I wore Wednesday. Isn’t it adorable? (the black and white one). No one mistook Sasha Obama for being prego.

Brit’s Advice for Lakshmi

  • Accentuate the positive – when you reflect on your week, ALWAYS think about everything you did WELL first.  If you start with your “slip ups,” it’s too easy to get discouraged and eventually quit your shape up efforts.
  • Don’t think in absolutes – you will never have a perfect day, so don’t beat yourself up if you sneak a cookie or miss a workout.  Just think about living a “balanced” life and schedule some extra workout time or a super lean meal to compensate for your “slip up”