The Ultimate Get Ready Routine

I’ve been a hairdresser for the past 15 years. It was fairly early on that I realized that you only get one body to do this, at times, strenuous job - therefore I’d better take care of it.

Over the years I’ve tried to make working out a priority, but one of the most frequent excuses that would get in my way was, “but then I won’t have time to get ready!”

So, I decided to map out my week according to my hair styling schedule and search out my favorite products to make that happen.

Here are a few tips and tricks I’ve come up with along the way:

  • Check the weather. If you find that your hair texture is easily affected by the weather, plan accordingly. If you notice the humidity level is high, embrace your natural texture. Aveda makes some awesome curly enhancing products that save the day for me. Aveda’s Be Curly Style Prep & Be Curly Curl Enhancer
  • Consider only shampooing your hair every 2-3 days. It’ll...
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Give Fear the Middle Finger

 

It seems like I have been inundated with a lot of messages about all the things that I can’t do. 

My grandmother (God rest her soul), who was as old school southern granny as they came, insisted that we I had to wear a girdle ‘after a certain age’ because proper ladies could not go without foundation garments. I couldn’t wear a sundress in her presence without getting a look of horror and scorn. 

A friend told me that after having children she knew she couldn’t wear a bikini anymore because, ‘moms can’t ever get a flat tummy.’ Then she continued to say, even if they were ‘lucky’ enough to get their body back, the stretch marks would brand them for life with a mom bod.

One of my former co-workers told me that I could never make money doing that 'online stuff' and sarcastically told me "good luck". 

 

Mmmmhmmm.

At  40 years old I competed in a Figure competition in my skimpy bikini and placed...

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Travel Tips for Fit Chicks (and Dudes)

 

I would have never guessed that a good portion of the questions that people ask me are about how to stick with their health and fitness goals while they travel. 

If you’re like many American's, you are going to take about three trips this year.  You may have business travel or a weekend trip with the girls or maybe you're one of the 72% of American women who are taking a solo trip this year! 

No matter where you are headed, there are a few basic principles that you can apply: 

  1. Have a plan - scope out your hotel, nearby restaurants and groceries stories to make sure you can eat and move in a way to stick with your goals. 
  2. Don't stress over eating - You probably won't be able to eat exactly how you do at home, but if you stick with nutrient dense foods such as lean proteins, low glycemic carbohydrates and colorful fruits and vegetables, you'll probably do o.k.
  3. Keep it moving - Maybe you have a gym, maybe you don't, but stay active! Hit the...
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Find Your Tribe

They say that you are the product of the five people you surround yourself with. We call our five by many names - tribe, squad, friends, besties, family. 

A mentor of mine told me that you know what is important based on how you spend your time. And if you’re spending beaucoup time with your squad, then who they are is important too. By now, we know that we want to keep negative people as far away from our tribe as possible - but just in case - a quick PSA - if you want to be happy, eliminate the gossipers, discouragers, drama queens, and crap-starters from your inner circle. If you’re looking for happiness, don’t surround yourself with people who ooze insecurity or drama. 

Finding the right tribe is really about knowing who you are and projecting your energy out in the world. The Law of Attraction tells us that ‘like’ attracts ‘like’, so the first step in finding a fun, kick-ass tribe is for you to be true to who you are and love...

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If you only have 30 minutes

 

Most mornings, in 30 minutes, I can shower, get downstairs to my office, write 2 workouts programs and outline my next 2-3 videos. 

I can do a hell of a lot in 30 minutes and you can too.  

I polled some of my friends and asked how long they needed to exercise to get a complete a good workout. The answers ranged from 10 minutes to an hour. 

In my experience training clients, if you are focused (no Gray’s Anatomy on in the background or returning texts mid-exercise) you can have an intensely effective and gratifying workout in about 30 minutes. 

Don’t believe me? Then try this Fitness 365 workout and let me know how you feel. These workouts are under 30 minutes and if you don’t get a good sweat on, add more weight or add a bonus set!

Equipment: dumbbells, bench with risers

Sets and reps:

  • Set 1: 15 reps per exercise
  • Set 2: 12 reps per exercise
  • Set 3: 8 reps per exercise

*exception: Side plank crunch is always 10 reps per side

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Get Clients for Life

Get Clients for Life

What’s the key to a successful online entrepreneur? A lot of people may think it’s having a bagillion followers. Or maybe having the best photos on your social media feed. Oh wait, it MUST be having the PERFECT product or service. 

Nope. Nope. and Nope. 

The key has nothing to do with you. It has everything to do with THEM. 

Who is ‘THEM’? I’m talking about your ideal client or the person you serve throughout the life of your business. 

If you’re like my kids and saying ‘huh’, let me break it down a little bit. 

Every successful entrepreneur has identified a super specific ideal client that they think about when they develop their products and services, write their social media content and create their business offers. They have taken the time to learn about them as deeply as a star struck teenager knows their celebrity crush. 

If you don’t know who your lifetime ideal client is,...

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Why More Women are Starting Online Businesses (and you should too!)

 

I didn’t realize it was a “thing.”

When I was first introduced to the concept of creating personal training experiences online, I was pretty surprised. But here I was, hiring a fitness coach to help me prepare for a bodybuilding competition - I never laid eyes on him, we never talked on the phone, yet he gave me a complete, high quality training experience. 

Years later, here I am with a successful online personal training company of my own. I have clients across the US and even had clients in other countries. I use technology to create unique training experiences and post on social media to attract new clients...often times in my pajamas. 

This is so different from the life I thought I would have. My parents made sure me and my siblings had excellent educations. My family and peers stressed the importance of professionalism, getting a good job and rising to the top of the organization. And like a dutiful young lady, I did just that. 

So how...

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