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Must Do Fitness Events: May and June 2017

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Our local May calendar on Facebook seems to be packed with fitness pop ups. Check out this list featuring a few of my favorites that I am looking forward to attending. I hope to see you getting sweatfilled and soulful this month as well!

May 8 – Pop Up Yoga At Lesner. I love when Norfolk based yoga pop up Bhav Brigade is on my side of town. Tomorrow they set up shop on the Lesner Inn deck and you don’t want to miss it. Donation based class. More details HERE.

May 10 – Real Flexi Presents the Crafty Circuit Featuring My Ride. Get your sweat on followed by sipping on some local brew at Back Bay Brewing. Pricing and times HERE. Don’t forget that you can join the Real Flexi community with a special $69 monthly membership by using code THEFITPETITE at check out.

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May 18 – Bhav on Board, check out the USS Wisconsin, a Norfolk sunset, and send farewell to Bhav Brigade organizer Jessica just before she heads west. More HERE.

May 20 – Slow Ride. Grab your bike, your squad, and hit the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Enjoy taking over the town with this community bike ride. Be sure to stay post ride at Murphy’s and enjoy the fun. Donations from this free event support The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. RSVP HERE.

 

Looking ahead for June…

June 7 – Global Running Celebration from J&A Racing

June 10 – Low Rent 5k in Chic’s Beach. Use code THEFITPETITE for $5 off. Register HERE.

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Be A Believer

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From a young age we are taught to believe. We are taught to believe in Santa, in God, and in the power of good. The irony of those is not lost on me. I have talked about my childhood many times on this blog. I will again today. I am so glad I grew up in a home that taught me to believe. One of the biggest things I was taught to believe in, is myself. My parents did such a good job of fostering this. I am fierce with it and fearless against my goals. From running to business, I believe I am capable of creating and crafting my dreams into fruition. It isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but even with the highs and lows and internal struggle against myself, I stay faithful in working towards these things.

When I started this site in 2011, I had a belief that the writing I was doing would help me heal. I soon realized the “little blog that could” was a place to share my gifts and talents. It was a space to in turn help others. I have faced many challenges, many trials, many growing pains. But thru the pains, there have been even more gains. New clients, new opportunities, new friends. I choose to believe that this is what a marathon might feel like. At times it hurts, you may cry, you may doubt.  You may loose things along the way. But it is the gains in strength and power that top it all.

I believe that I am constantly growing, learning, and morphing. I believe in the good that surrounds me.

Last Sunday I came across the OWN channel and was fortunate enough to catch Oprah interviewing best selling author and expert of food-weight-body image,  Geneen Roth. I wrote down the following quote.

“Choose to focus on what is going right rather what is going wrong” 

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My interpretation: Be a believer of the good.

Even on my worst day, much more is in my favor than not: I am healthy, I have shelter, I am loved.

When it comes to our communities, we must believe in their purpose. If we didn’t, why would we want to be a part of them in the first place. I believe in the power of my pack, as I fondly refer to my running team. We share common goals of living, loving, and running…in that order. I believe in the purpose of the entrepreneurship groups I have the pleasure of popping in and out of. We share a common journey. A common struggle, a common desire to grow ourselves and our businesses. I believe in the good of others and the power of my tribe…as I so lovingly call my girlfriends. We all have scars, have wounds, have walls. But it is our belief in ourselves and in each other that stands firm.

 After spending the past several years pounding away at my keyboard, I still believe in the purpose of this site.  I believe in my purpose. It is to be a champion: for my teammates, for my clients, and for my friends. Today I champion you dear reader to believe in yourself.

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Approach Anxiety Like A Boss

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As a child, I was passionate, excited, eager, and energetic…very similar to now. Somewhere in later elementary school is when I was forced to deal with a neighborhood bully who was twice my size. This person stole any timidness or passive personality traits I may have also had. Being significantly smaller, I quickly acquired a certain toughness. It was protection.  I became bold and fearless.

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I have always had a sensitive belly. There are butterflies trapped inside is what I would describe it as. It wasn’t until later in life I realized what all those trapped butterflies actually were or why I had them. Just in the past few years, I have been able to give it a name and remove any negative connotations I had associated with it. I believe  everyone deals with traumatic events that at one time or another trigger anxiety or fear. We are not responsible for everything that happens to us. Our only responsibility is to learn tools and skills that help us handle these rocky times. I have learned that anxiety is a part of me, it comes in waves, it is there in good times and in bad.  There are things I do daily to try and stay ahead of it. My healthy addiction to running and writing are therapeutic forms of stress release.

I was so impressed to hear about Prince Harry seeking counseling after 20 years of not dealing with his mother’s death. Proof that it is never too late and even the royals are plagued with the same troubles we are.

Do you ever feel like you want to close up shop? That could mean many different things to many people. It can be applicable in fitness…pressure to look a certain way…eat a certain way…sweat a certain way…GIVE ME A BREAK! In business it can be equally brutal, especially for women. You should win this award….be recognized here…make this amount of money…juggle family…fitness…finances. You feel like the rules that were written…by someone else might I add, simply just don’t apply to you.

Recently I was facilitating a social media coaching session for one of my peers and we began discussing this exact thing. Living with these feelings can be paralyzing. It can kill your creative spirit. It can do a number on your mind. The comparisons begin and the inadequacy and insecurities surface. As I have mentioned in blogs before , this isn’t something that we should push deep down inside or try to eliminate. As the meeting progressed, we both became inspired. We each left with a list of tasks that took us back to the basics.

APPROACH ANXIETY LIKE A BOSS 

1. Identify what is causing the anxiety. Allow it to exist, but not overtake you. As Brene’ Brown and my friend Kristy says, it can be messy in the middle. The good thing about the middle is that there is something on the other side of it. It isn’t the end.

2. Be easy and gentle with yourself. Navigate thru it. Go back to your roots. Find peace. Roll out your yoga mat and breath. Turn on your oil diffuser and take in the chill vibes.

3. Get Creative, play. If it isn’t fun, don’t do it! Spend time crafting up new workouts, new vision boards, new recipes. Seek out healthy distractions you are passionate about. Spend time on things that nurture soulful living.

4. Get cozy. Sleep, nap, siesta! Anxiety can be both emotionally and physically exhausting. Let yourself rest.

5. Talk it up. Giving it a voice is part of fighting through it.  Chat through the crap! Asking for support and help is brave and leaves you in the driver seat.

I wasn’t sure about sharing this post, but I decided if I needed to write it, then it needed to be shared. I may always be the girl with the butterflies trapped inside, but I am learning to handle that anxiety like a boss!

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My Experience With A Meal Prep Service: Boxed Gourmet

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You have probably read the article floating around the internet boasting life changing results in return for using a meal prep service. I am digging deeper….today I am talking meal prep and portion control. I have had great experience with services like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh. My one beef with these companies is that you really have no control over nutritional information. While the entrees are delicious and fun to make, they often aren’t up to my nutritional standards. Fresh doesn’t always mean healthy. Not to mention, when I make the meals, I admittedly don’t always have the self control to only eat one portion at a time :)  While having fresh groceries delivered to my door is convenient, I was thrilled to hear of a local company who took it a step further and brought me the meals not only prepped, but portioned out in individual servings.

I normally spend an hour or two every Sunday prepping, cooking, and portioning out meals for the week. I often enjoy the time in my kitchen crafting up new recipes. But I realize this chore can become somewhat time consuming and overwhelming for many. Knowing what to cook and the appropriate amount of macronutrients can leave you with many unanswered questions.

QUESTIONS LIKE

1. How many ounces of protein should I consume per meal? Boxed Gourmet options range from 4 to 8 ounce servings.

2. What is an appropriate portion of carbs for an active individual?

3. Are there other healthy veggie sides besides steamed broccoli?

The guys at the Boxed Gourmet have taken all the guess work out of it! Owner, Benjamin Jones, is a trained chef and an enthusiastic foodie. After years of cooking for family and friends, he combined his passion with his purpose to bring us the Boxed Gourmet! Ben has teamed up with Virginia Beach Dietician Jim White to bring clients the appropriate calories and information for those looking to be nutritionally conscious. With them offering a line of fit meals delivered weekly to your doorstep, it was a no brainer for me to check out.

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“Boxed Gourmet provides wholesome, gourmet meals delivered to your doorstep! Serving Virginia Beach, Norfolk & Chesapeake, VA”

 

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT

1. A customized nutritional phone consultation

2. Two weekly deliveries (Monday, Thursday)

3. Delicious, filling, and innovative dishes including: seafood, chicken, and beef. Veggie and gluten free options are  available.

4. Weekly rotating menu.

5. Easy online ordering. Create an account here.

MY EXPERIENCE WITH BOXED GOURMET

After a friendly and easy nutritional consult via phone, I was all set up and ready to go. I was excited to receive my first set of meals. I opted for the 21 meal option with the 4 ounces of protein per meal. I wanted to go all in and get the full experience with 3 prepped meals a day for the full 7 days. Monday came and as soon as I opened up the cold sealed box, my mouth began to water.

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My fridge was instantly full and my week was off on the right foot! With a packed week of work appointments and gym time, it was a well deserved break to not spend time in the kitchen thinking about food. All the containers fit nicely in my portable lunch cooler. Perfect for athletes, business travelers, moms on the go, and anyone who wants to save time and money. If fit meals aren’t for you, don’t worry. They have an extensive menu of local fresh fare on a regular menu. Meals are extremely affordable averaging to just under $7 per meal!

Check out Boxed Gourmet for yourself and be sure to tell them The Fit Petite sent you!

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Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

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Ingredients

Produce

  • 2 Bananas (medium ripe)

Refrigerated

  • 2 Eggs, large
  • 1/2 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt

Condiments

  • 1/4 cup Molasses

Baking & Spices

  • 1  cup Brown Rice Flour
  • 1/2 cup Ground Flax Seed Meal
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract

It is possible to bake banana bread and keep it healthy. I made this recipe late morning while working from home. It took no time to make and made my house smell great! With it’s protein punch, it fueled me up to tackle several marketing projects and get me through an afternoon workout.  Mash and merge all ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Grease bread pan with a touch of coconut oil. Pour in bread batter. I tossed pumpkin seeds on top for a crunch. I may try mini chocolate chips next time. Bake on 350 for 40-50 minutes. Enjoy!

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