#FitFriday ruminations

#FitFriday ruminations…

Accountability is awesome.

(this would be me both pre-class and contemplating a post-class run and then me after class and after crushing my first solo run in a long time!)

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I talk about accountability a lot, I know. But truly — sometimes it just takes the simplest of actions to truly commit to your intentions — workout related or otherwise. I have to give mad props — yet again — to the barre n9ne community, this group of ladies is nothing short of inspiring and hard working and SO SO committed. Not just to their barre-volutions (you should *see* their transformations — a post for another day…but seriously unreal) but also to their cardio health, too. We have a fun little group of barre n9ne-rs who are part of the ‘barre to 5k’ group Jolene and I launched with Tanya last year. The group started as a way to help clients who wanted to go from walking to running but needed a little support to get there. Today, this group has evolved into one giant cheering squad. Constant words of encouragement and virtual high fives are the norm in this group. And a biggie — the accountability thing. We’ll routinely schedule #b9virtualrundates — reporting back with our progress, post-run. And do you know how hard it is to skip a workout if you’ve *just* told a bunch of ladies that you’d be ‘out there virtually’ at xx time, the next morning? You better damn well believe I’d never miss that run after all that. And the same is true for anyone in this group — you shout it loud and proud, you commit, and you get ‘er done. And then be prepared for an onslaught of “nice job!’ and “way to go’ and “rock on!’ that will come your way, post-run. LOVE. ❀

Compliments, while simple in theory, can leave a lasting impact. Case in point:

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That would be a love note my husband left for me on my container of almond milk in the fridge for me to find this morning. I literally laughed out loud when I read what he wrote. (I may have also blushed.) But really? It reminded me that a simple compliment can mean the world. In this case, it reminded me that my husband happens to love me very much and finds me to be pretty cute. How lucky am I?? It also reminds me that I need to be more diligent of complimenting him — as I’ve said before, I have a hard time accepting compliments, especially from my husband. BUT — I’ve been working on it. By not accepting his compliments gracefully, I’m sort of throwing his words back at him in a way, pushing him away instead of pulling him in. So I’ve gotten better at it with time — and I’ve been focusing more on paying *him* compliments back. Especially now that he’s so into Crossfit, my husband is a hottie. πŸ˜‰

And finally — paying it forward is by far the most gratifying feeling in the world:

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I came to the studio on Thursday morning to teach my usual 6am toned, firm, fit and ready class and found not one, not two, but three gifts waiting for me at the studio. From clients who have been working their bums off to get fit and healthy for life. And they wanted to thank me and barre n9ne for helping them get there. Wow. Just wow. The sheer fact that I have an impact on anyone to get more fit and healthy (and happy!) is a beautiful thing. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to use my own barre journey as a means of helping others chase their own fit dreams — teaching is my way of paying it forward and I can’t say it enough: I teach with gratitude. Every single day.

So that’s that — my #FitFriday ruminations. I’m in a very happy place today and really hope you all are too. πŸ™‚

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21 thoughts on “#FitFriday ruminations

  1. You are loved! love the friendships (accountability), the LOVE LOVE (scott), and LOVE of health you give and others give back to you with gifts. That my friend is balance.

  2. Such a happy place! I actually feel like the post you put on FB about marriage really boosted me even more (and I’m already over the top for Tony). Accountability in any relationship with yourself and/or others is important for a healthy relationship. Having respect for others and showing that respect with following through is so important. We all need someone to lean on (especially during those hard or scary times). You are such an amazing support to those ladies! You are all such an amazing community and the care you all have for each other is such an inspiration!

    Have a great weekend friend! Give Scott a big smooch! What a great guy! xoxo

    • Aww I love that Sarena!! I’m actually saving that article to blog about in more depth soon — probably around the time of our anniversary. I’m STILL thinking about that article today, it left such an impact…and clearly left one on you too. Gah, I wish we lived closer, I could talk to you about this for HOURS!!!

      And yes, I know — the studio is a pretty awesome place to be lately, I am so grateful for it in my life. SO grateful.

      (and yes, I gave Scott a big kiss when he got home from work on Friday, his note made me so happy! <3)

  3. Love this. What an amazing community you all have cultivated at b9. That is so special and I really love the way that you all support each other. And what a sweet note from Scott!

    • It really is awesome what the studio has become — SO much more than just a place to go workout. It’s like a little family, and I LOVE that about barre n9ne probably the most of all.

  4. Hi Jessica,

    Thanks so so much for sharing your positively.

    I’m desperately seeking inspiration to lose weight and your help and advise is warmly welcomed.

    Accountability accountability accountability!!

    You Rock x

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