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Posted May 1, 2015 By electrafi

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No rules?? I don’t have to be perfect??

 

 

Nosireebob.

 

 

Just feel better when you’re done.

 

 

Not only do we see physical results in the challenge groups I do BUT we have so many other results too…

 

Lose doubts

Lose fear

Gain confidence

Gain happiness

Feel courageous

Feel healthier

Feel stronger

Feel accomplished

Feel better

Feel proud of yourself

Feel like a ninja! What?!

 

If that in and of itself isn’t a reason to jump in one of my groups (let alone the weight loss side effects ) then I am not quite sure what is.

 

Next group starts the week of May 11 and is a FUN May Mix Up theme (zero workout boredom – loooook at all those options! )… you know you don’t want to be left out of that one. Get a hold of me before the spots are filled!

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Just love people.

Posted May 1, 2015 By electrafi

Just love people.

 

And believe in them.

 

 

If I have learned ANYTHING that has truly stuck with me from being a part of this coaching team, that is it.

 

I get to have this “job” where my description is just love people, and believe in them..??!! I am so blessed beyond belief.

 

#ijustlovepeople #andbelieveinthem

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Your Body is Supposed to Feel Good

Posted September 7, 2014 By electrafi

“Most people have no idea how good their body is supposed to feel.”

 

I 100% agree. The amount of people that have been in my accountability groups that tell me how they had goals when they started but didn’t even realize that FEELING BETTER was an option!

It’s so empowering for me to feel good myself, physically and by being proud of myself, by taking care of myself. What is my favorite though? Helping others have this epiphany.

 

I save lives in the ER.

I save QUALITY of lives through online coaching.

I LOVE THAT.

 

Through everything I have seen in the ER as a nurse, quality of life couldn’t be MORE important to me.

Just LOVE feeling good. Having energy. Feeling positive and happy and proud of myself. Love helping YOU do that too.

 

qualityoflife

 

Today I did a killer TurboFire workout (was having so much fun I did it TWICE back to back!! ;-)).

I had my Shakeology (mixed with vanilla flax milk!) before my workout and eggs & tapioca bread after. Yum ♡

 

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REM-Fit Sleep Enhancement Review

Posted August 19, 2014 By electrafi

(I have a firm disclosure policy. REM-Fit (connection through FitFluential) sent me this awesome sleep enhancing package at no cost. Every single opinion in this post is all my own.)

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We all know that health encompasses a multitude of different things, all pieces of a puzzle fitting together to make the healthiest you.

I have gone through many different “phases” of figuring out WHAT it is that makes me the healthiest me. I’ve come to a pretty darn awesome compilation. Healthy, whole foods, one Shakeology shake a day, sweating at least 4-5 times per week, surrounding myself with positive people and positive things to read to better myself, and doing my best at everything I do have been making me feel amazing. The last piece of that puzzle is REALLY GOOD SLEEP. As a nurse, I hear COUNTLESS times per day how poorly everyone sleeps. Many people seem to have difficulty sleeping, for many different reasons. Sleep is when your brain processes information and makes memories. Sleep is also where your body recuperates and heals. We all know that when we skimp on sleep we feel like crap. We also all know that when we sleep “like a baby,” the world seems to be a little brighter.

Especially for those who like to make sweating a priority on the regular, you need a good sleep to rest up.

This is where REM-Fit comes in. It is specially designed for those who live a healthy & active lifestyle to help rejuvenate them during their sleep. REM-Fit = Rest, Energize and Motivate. How did they know I’d love them oh so much?

 

 

We all know I’m a fan of balance. Balancing both exercise and rest is necessary to live a healthy lifestyle. Sleep energizes the body so you CAN sweat the next day, and having a really restful night sleep helps recovery, motivating the athlete or healthy person to really rock their next sweat-sesh.

Some of my FAVORITE qualities about REM-Fit include:

  • The Tencel thermo-regulation – I tend to get hot, and everyone knows being hot while you sleep is a major bummer. Being just a bit chilled with a nice blanket is perfect, so I love that thermo-regulation quality.
  • I also love that it has ANTIBACTERIAL properties. Being the ER nurse I am, that is a MAJOR plus!
  • The mattress cover – Miracle Membrane – keeps up with mattress hygiene, again, a HUGE plus to this ER nurse!

This is what I was graciously sent: REM-Fit Rest Adjustable Pillow, Energize Mattress and Pillow Protectors.

My thoughts after using everything for two weeks:

  • Rest Adjustable Pillow = awesome comfort. Very pleased. Soft enough to mold to what is comfortable, but firm enough not to let your neck droop.
  • Energize Mattress & Pillow Protectors = great peace of mind for hygiene and cleanliness – another aspect of health. This isn’t something you can “feel” but it gives me peace of mind to know I’m sleeping in a clean and healthy environment.

Just one more way I am working to live a passionately balance healthy life from every angle!

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My friends over at REM-Fit are providing all of you wonderful readers the code “remfitlife” to save 40% off ANYTHING on their site. FOURTY PERCENT OFF?? Count me in!

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Update, PiYo, & Apera Bag Winner

Posted July 15, 2014 By electrafi

There are so many posts in the works! I cannot wait to get home from work and start publishing them so ya’ll can read ’em! In the meantime, here is a look at some of what I’ve been doing lately. Each week I have been doing a combination of 1-2 days of weight lifting, 1 run, and 3-4 days of PiYo. What is PiYo you ask!? One of the most amazing workouts I have done in my ENTIRE LIFE. I am not a yoga girl. I’ve tried. I’ve tried SO hard. It’s just SOOOOOO SLOOOOWW. I can’t get into it. But I know I need the benefits. Enter Chalene Johnson and PiYo. HOLY AWESOME. I am so loving this. I’m also doing challenge groups and all my challengers are ROCKING IT. Who else wants in!?!?!?! I know you do. Email me at electraliontis@gmail.com for more info or comment here with your email and I’ll send you all the deets! We took a trip out west which was AMAZING, and my eats have been SO much healthier the last few weeks. I feel so. much. better. than when I wasn’t paying as much attention to what I was eating. Food is truly fuel and can heal your body. It amazes me. Balance also heals and I feel so lucky to have realized this. More to come on all of this. Do ya’ll want to see more of exactly what I’m doing in the gym/at home to work out and what exactly I’m eating? Let me know…!

Instagram picture update of my life:

^Out west. Devil’s tower.

Running with my pup near a lake and mountain background? Sign. Me. Up. :)

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^I am so thankful for the brave that fight for our freedom. Thank you to the past, present & future soldiers. God Bless America. I am honored to be an American. I hope your Independence Day was amazing.

^Workout with my brother + Shakeology – my new ABSOLUTELY FAVORITE SHAKE EVER. HANDS. DOWN. I’ll be writing about that soon too!! 😉

^Me & PiYo at home. Hardcore results. It’s not kidding. I’m in workout love. Endorphin release PLUS feeling stretched and peaceful when I’m done. Heck. Yes.

^Me during my leg workout yesterday. I didn’t realize how much of an introvert I was until about a year or so ago. I need alone time to reacharge and be the best person I can be. My favorite alone time (my workout time) was coupled with a COMPLETELY EMPTY GYM yesterday. How can a girl get so lucky? I’m counting every single blessing I have.

^Truth. I am so grateful.

So much goodness in my life and I am so thankful. Having the ability to work hard, sweat, eat healthy, treat my body right, and remembering what a difference a positive mindset makes … truly makes all the difference in the world. Don’t forget to count your blessings. I am working on remembering to count each little blessing as it comes to me, every. single. day.

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As for the Apera Sports Bag Winner …. drumroll …

Allison is the winner – this is what she said: “That bag looks amazing!!! I have heard other friends talk about Apera bags before and have only heard amazing things!
As far as what I’d like to see more of on your site, just more of YOU! I’d love to hear more about how you balance life, being an ER nurse and managing a healthy lifestyle. Recipes are always a plus!”

She is right. The bag IS amazing. I hope you enjoy your prize pack, Allison! Email me at electraliontis@gmail.com with your full name and address so I can have Apera send you your winnings asap!

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Apera Sports Bag Review & Giveaway!

Posted May 9, 2014 By electrafi

Apera’s goal is simple – to inspire all athletes. What is an athlete? There are many definitions. I personally believe Apera strives, just as I do, to inspire all individuals to move, to better themselves. Honored they should contact me, because I have absolutely the same philosophy here! There are many things that motivate us, and I personally think a new workout outfit or a spiffy new gym bag does wonders for motivation! I know ya’ll can tell me when your bag failed you, or how crappy it really is. I was at the dog park hiking with my dog a while back and my backpack strap just snapped. No warning, no more backpack. Talk about fun getting all that back to the car. This bag has been amazing. First off, as an ER nurse, I LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. that it’s antimicrobial. That couldn’t make me happier. I’m all about the pink (don’t worry gents, there are manly colors too Winking smile), love the size – large but not in the way, and a million and one pockets. SO nice to keep the gymboss, the HR monitor, the watch, the workout notepad, the phone, the shoes, the outfit, the shakes, the waterbottles … all in different areas. This bag makes me look organized on the go! I’ll take it! AND the bag is waterproof. That covers any spills…dirt…you name it, Apera is on it. {Source: Aperabags.com} Apera works to inspire healthy lifestyles. I know we can all appreciate that. They also send a bag to a Special Olympics athlete every 3 bags they sell – so they’re into helping others and giving back too. Another major plus. I am personally LOVING the Performance Duffel, but there are many, many options. There are two ways to enter Apera Giveaways: Sign up for the Apera newsletter and be entered into a drawing to win an Apera Duffle Pack: {Source: Aperabags.com} You can also comment below telling me what you want to see more of on my site … recipes, workouts, family/lifestyle, reviews or any other suggestions for a chance to win a Sprint Pack: {Source: Aperabags.com} Good Luck!! A winner will be drawn using Random.org next Tuesday, May 13th. You can find more from Apera here: Apera FB Page & Apera Twitter. ————— // Subscribe to ElectraFi // Instagram // Twitter // Youtube // Pinterest // // Email Me // http://electra-fi.com // ————— Tell me…

  • TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY, TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE MORE OF HERE: recipes, workouts, family/lifestyle, reviews or any other suggestions. GOOD LUCK!
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Meet My Four-Legged Running Buddy!

Posted May 9, 2014 By electrafi

I got the best Christmas present alive. If anyone knows me, they know I’ve wanted a dog for.ev.er. I got this sweet little boy and his name is Buster. We rescued him, but really … he has rescued me.

He’s my heart walking around on four legs! Red heart

The first day I got him (he was much smaller then!):

And now he’s my best little running buddy a girl could ask for!

He motivates me to run faster, to get out the door on days I’d rather sit around. Even on days I don’t run, we spend hours outside walking, hiking. He has renewed and reminded me of my love for nature.

He has an enthusiasm about him that is contagious. His enthusiasm for exercise makes me happy. It reminds me that we should make fitness fun and enjoy every minute of it! Expect to see more pictures of his sweet face on here too! Winking smile

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Reebok ZQuick Shoes

Posted February 19, 2014 By electrafi

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.

(I have a firm disclosure policy. Reebok sent me these killer shoes at no cost. Every single opinion in this post is all my own.)

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Like. A. Glove.

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Reebok has this awesome new campaign that I feel lucky to be a part of. Have you seen the killer video??

I am a huge fan, especially since I used to do gymnastics, and one of the USA Olympic gymnasts, Aly Raisman, rocks it in the video. I promise you won’t regret watching!

Beware: Watching this video may cause major motivation.

I was psyched about the shoes as soon as I got them in the mail and made sure to blurt out to my man-fan (new word for boyfriend. Like it? Winking smile) and my brother that the shoes were Z-Rated. I actually had to look that up. But them? They immediately smiled and responded, “like the tire!?” You bet. Sports-car handling for your feet during your run so you can be “unnaturally quick”. Aren’t convinced yet? Their booties lock your feet in, mind you, all while being low-cut. This is exactly what I meant when I said Like. A. Glove. I am a chick who CANNOT wear shoes without socks. Just like I cannot sleep WITH socks. And must have low-cut socks and shoes. Unless they’re knee-high socks. Because when were those ever a bad thing? Winking smile I digress.

Major cozy, speedy feet. I’m a fan. Major fan.

I love that the Z-Quick Run shoes are super light, but still stabilize my feet.

After years of rolling my ankles playing volleyball, gymnastics & soccer, I need a stable shoe. These give me both the light shoe &  quick-ness I want while keeping my feet secure. Love it.

The groves in the sole flex and expand while you run. Bless the people who make shoes using technology. They’re geniuses.

These are technically running shoes but I have also used these for some HIIT workouts and the outstanding handling these shoes have make them very versatile!

And as a an ER nurse…

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I LOVE the fungus inhibiting feature. Open-mouthed smile

No fungus here.

Fun? Yes. But Fungus? No. Winking smile

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Couldn’t forget the classic Electra-Shoe-Thumbs Up-Smiling-Reebok-Loving-Picture! Open-mouthed smile

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The Z-Quick shoes couldn’t be left out of the Reebok Sky DMX & Reebok Zig Carbon Shoe Fun!

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And who happened to be wearing my Reebok PWR leggings the morning my shoes arrived??

Doesn’t surprise me … I adore my Reebok clothes & shoes and wear them on the regular. Now I get to add my Reebok ZQuick shoes to the mix!

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The Number 100 & the Time We Have

Posted November 21, 2013 By electrafi

100 Squats.

100 Kettlebell Swings.

100 Repetitions of an exercise of your choice.

What is it? you ask.

A warm-up? Can’t be a workout, can it?

100 years of age.

I don’t get it? you say.

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I’ve mentioned, as of late, my career (nursing) has been taking a lot of my time. Luckily, by choice. By a conscious, calculated set of choices I made.

I’ve had to make some adjustments and decisions recently with where I have been choosing to spend my time.

I love my website. I love fitness. I love real food, a bit too much? Smile with tongue out I love nursing. I love ER nursing, trauma nursing. I love helping others. I love my family. I love supporting up-and-coming businesses. I love connecting with all of you.

^Not in any particular order.

All of these things take time.

  • Behind the scenes on the website takes houuursssss.
  • Fitness takes time out of the day.
  • Food and cooking can take as little or as much time as you’d like.
  • Nursing has long shifts and odd hours – which naturally, as a glutton of punishmen, I love.
  • ER and trauma nursing is my passion, and a completely separate beast of its own.
  • Helping others. My MO. Can’t help others without spending time with them. Giving someone your time is one of the most VALUABLE gifts you can give. You never get that time back, they don’t either.
  • My family deserves my time and my undivided attention. Memories made with people you love are some of the best of the time spent in this life.
  • Up-and-coming entrepreneurs are some of my favorite people and businesses to support with my time. The passion they have for what they do makes time supporting them worth every minute.
  • Connecting with all of you is a blessing – one thing that takes time that I am very thankful for.

Time is a beautiful thing, that once it has been spent, you cannot get back. This is both a blessing and a curse. If you choose to spend your time wisely with only the best intentions in mind, it is a blessing. If you spend it without choice, “waste” it, it can be a curse. When older patients I have tell me “It’s hell getting old,” and “one day you’ll know too – I’m old now. Nothing works the way it used to.” I always respond with, “Unfortunately, the sands of time stop for no-one,” as I smile at them with empathy, but the inability to full understand. They always smile. They smile because they know better than I do how that feels. They smile because I understand enough that I will too, one day be old. I will too, one day need a helping hand. And I will too, hope that I have a nurse that takes that extra minute and gives me that extra smile if I have a need, as they do now. The more I think about it, the more I think I should take away “unfortunately” out of that statement I say often. It may not be unfortunate that the sands of time stop for no-one. Maybe it’s the best fortune we’ve been given. Maybe it’s given to make us realize how important the time we DO have is. Maybe it’s given to us to remind us to consciously decide what we’re filling our time with. Maybe it’s give to us to make us realize how important it is to see the positive, to help others, to smile, to be thankful. Maybe it’s really a very fortunate part of life.

A few months ago, I was spreading myself too thin. Going in too many directions. This caused stress, anxiety over “not getting done what I was supposed to,” on a to-do list made by me. I sat down with my rock, who helped me weigh out my options, different avenues I could take, and where I would be happiest, most successful (remember – success is whatever YOU define it to be). I have made many conscious choices that I will keep evaluating and tweak or completely change as necessary at that point.

A few choices I have made:

1. Nursing:

I have chosen to make an investment in an increased time commitment to my nursing career. I truly love nursing, I truly love ER and trauma nursing. I have a very large passion for what I do. I want to soak up every bit of knowledge I can about the field every day I work, I want to take it as far as I choose to take it. I want to continue to help save lives. I went into nursing after seeing my brother lacerate his spleen when we were younger. I took him to the ER. I saw them work on him, be compassionate to my best friend in the entire world on one of the worst days of his entire life. I saw them smile at him and joke with him, make him laugh. From this point forward I knew I wanted to be a nurse. I wanted and still want many things…

  • To be a nurse thrown into the most critical of situations.
  • To have the patients who were having the worst days of their lives.
  • To have the most difficult patients.
  • To have the most ornery patients.

To sum it up: Every day I continue to want to care for people on the worst days of their lives, help make them better, and put a smile on their face while I do that.

Many people want easy days at work. I want the hardest days. I want the most chaotic days. I want to have it all thrown at me. I want to make a difference in my patients’ lives. I want to make a difference in their family’s lives. I want to be the nurse that they remember made them smile while their arm was hanging off their body. I want to be the nurse that they remember holding their hand as their loved one passed. I want the good stories and the bad. I have many stories in my brain from the many ER nursing hours I have worked, and I cannot wait, each day, to gain more. Not to tell over the dinner table or to my nursing friends (although we all know an ER nurse has some wicked humor Winking smile), but because each story is a life touched. To me, this is something I have chosen to dedicate a lot of time to. I have chosen to push myself, put myself in situations and in the right situations to gain the knowledge and experience I have and want. This is important to me. That one smile, that one hand touch, that one look from the patient that knows I actually care, that I am there for them. That’s why I do this.

2. Company Relationships

I had an opportunity offered to me recently by a large company that wanted to have me as an ambassador. There’s no need to disclose names – I’m sure many of you can figure this out. It is a fantastic company with fantastic employees and fantastic product. I still have a great relationship with this company, believe in their mission, wish them nothing but the best, and may work with them at some point in the future if the opportunity and time is right for both parties. At this time, I have chosen not to sign on as an ambassador for many reasons. I want to stay authentic to me. I love supporting up-and-coming entrepreneurs, which I would have been unable to do. The passion the small business people have for what they do makes me feel that the time I spend on supporting these smaller brands sporadically is where my authenticity and my heart is at in regards to working with companies. I need to stay authentic to myself and to my readers and my values in order for this website to work. In order for me to be happy with what I’m doing. In order for me to stay true to my values and what I want to be and do and give in life. I hope that this does not disappoint anyone. From what I’ve learned, it’s so important to be honest, be real, be truthful, and authentic. When you do this, the response can only be positive, and you can only be happy with your choices. I wanted to share this with all of you because I am sure many of you have been wondering what was going on with that business relationship. Now you’re up to date. Open-mouthed smile I will continue to work with small brands, medium size brands, even some large brands, depending on the opportunity, the incentive for all of you, and each time will be on an individual basis. I love being able to review things for you, tell you things I’ve been loving lately. I’ve always done that and have chosen that that will not change.

3. My Site

I have chosen to continue my blog, my website, my social media channels, working with small brands. I love this site, I love sharing things with you. I love the release of writing things out. I love interacting with all of you on all of the social media channels, seeing how awesome you all are doing with your goals, answering your questions, asking you questions. You all inspire me daily, and I would never want to stop connecting in that way. I have chosen not to “promise” how many posts I’ll be writing. I have chosen not to “promise” how often I’ll be active online. Funniest thing has occurred. Even with my increased time and workload in relation to my nursing career, I have been posting more. Why? Because I took away the pressure I had on myself to “get posts done NOW.” That gave me writers block. Now that I’m back to writing because I want to share things with you and help you through life as I’m learning my own things, I’m back to posting more. No promises though Winking smile ! Back to being authentic hm? It’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.

4. Fitness

I will continue to work out. It is very important and I feel better when I do it. I will not dedicate hours every day like I once did. I simply do not have the time to do that, get adequate sleep, work more than one nursing job, and write here. I will work out at home, as I have been doing for almost a year now, with the equipment I have here. I will work out when I can, hopefully 3-4x/week. I will move when I can. Luckily, ER nursing is a profession where I never sit. I am thankful for that, and was part of the draw for me. This brings me to the number 100 I was talking about earlier. The beginning of november brought extra workload nursing-wise into my life, by my own choice, and I am very thankful for the extra work I sought out. That does mean less time for workouts. Every day in november I have done 100 repetitions of an exercise. Mainly squats or kettlebell swings. I have worked out on my off days, but those are few and far between.

I have made the time daily to do 100 repetitions of an exercise of my choice.

Sometimes it was 50 in the morning.

Sometimes 50 in the evening.

Sometimes 100 inbetween my first job and my second job.

Sometimes 25 here, 30 there, until I reach 100.

Meeting a small goal, daily, has brought confidence to me. It seems small, may seem silly. But having that goal, and accomplishing it, even in the midst of my self-created chaos, has created a calm in that chaos. Sweating will always be a huge part of my life, sometimes more time will be available, sometimes less. I will always make time for sweating. Even if it’s only 5 minutes before work and 5 minutes after a 12 hour shift. I will make it work, and am learning to be flexible with this. Being rigid makes it hard. I used to be rigid with my fitness, and that cause much pain when changes were needed. Being flexible in regards to fitting it in has decreased my stress levels two-fold.

5. Food

I will continue to eat healthy food. I have tried many diets, many nutritional approaches. I have come back to just eating real food, paleo-ish many times. No artificial anything, no sugar free anything, almost nothing processed. It’s what my body likes. It’s what my mind likes. It’s what tastes best to me. I eat a lot of meat – I try to do organic. I eat a lot of eggs – I always do organic/cage free. I eat a good number of veggies, both fibrous and non (sweet potatoes rock!). I eat veggies often through things like spirulina and wheat grass powders when I’m feeling veggie-lazy. Yes, it’s a term that I made up, but you know you’ve felt veggie-lazy at some point too! Smile with tongue out I eat a LOT of healthy fat. Coconut oil, avocado, egg yolks, chia seeds/hemp seeds, nuts sparingly that I’m not intolerant too (slowly healing some intolerances), cacao. I eat some fruits – dates, bananas, raisins. I eat things like larabars, ostrim sticks and protein powder when I’m on the go. I eat chocolate. Often. With no guilt Open-mouthed smile! I eat some gluten free bread from time to time, and some cottage cheese from time to time. Are those “paleo”? No. I’m not paleo. I just eat real food, that is paleo-ish. It’s how I explain it so people can visualize what I eat. It’s not something I’m rigid about anymore. Again, just like fitness, I used to be VERY rigid with my eating. Too rigid. It led to eating disorders and disordered thoughts about eating and deprivation and food. I now am not rigid. I’m flexible. I do stay away from trigger foods – which I will post about more soon – because sometimes moderation doesn’t work. Stay tuned for that post – it’s a GREAT one. I now eat when I’m hungry, stop mostly when I’m full (unless the chocolate just tastes soooo good Smile with tongue out). I eat more intuitively. I no longer count calories or macros. I eat generally high protein, high fat, and moderate/lower carb (but not LOW carb). I eat at least 2200 calories a day if I had to make a rough estimate. At one point I was lucky if I would let myself eat 1200. That was at least 1000 calories under maintenance. Not healthy. Not ok. And since, I’ve promised myself deprivation will never happen again. This is a zone where deprivation isn’t allowed. We work against deprivation. We work on love instead. I will continue to listen to my body and eat what makes me feel good, and stay away from things that make me feel bad. I will continue NOT to follow a “diet” or “nutrition group” because being rigid isn’t the way I want to spend the limited time I’ve given in this life. I also will continue to make fun recipes – I’ve been getting even more creative in the kitchen – plus it’s much more balanced with a holistic approach. You’ll love these new recipes I’ve got coming!

 

^Lasagna (left is “regular,” right is “healthified”) & a recent tasty meal of eggs, avocado & bacon!

6. Family

I will continue to spend time with my family. Memories we make with those we love are precious, one of the most amazing things about this life and the time we’re given. I have made a conscious effort and will continue to work on turning off electronics around my family. I used to see myself and my family sitting together, all on our phones. I am working not to look at my phone while I’m with the people I love. I spend most of any free time I have with my boyfriend and my brother. They’re my rocks, and I can’t be thankful enough for the blessings they are in my life. Time with them is something I’ll always make time for and value.

^The brother. Love him to pieces & couldn’t ask for a better best friend. Open-mouthed smile

7. Helping Others

I will always do everything I can to help others. It’s my MO. Remember no-one gets time back. Spend your time giving others what you would like them to give you. Smile at them, give them a helping hand, a penny at the register. Let’s bring back the willingness to help others. It’s a beautiful thing.

8. You

I will do my best to make time for you. I love hearing from all of you. I love your comments, I read EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. and try my best to respond. I love our interactions. I love answering your questions. Please reach out to me. I’m never too busy to try my best to reach all of you. I can’t promise a time-line on a response, or that it’ll be a long response, but I can promise that I’ll read your email, your comment, and I will do my best to respond!

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I work hard on living my life by intention.

Living through my choices.

Not letting life pass me idly by.

Working in an ER makes me think twice about how much time I have in this world.

We never know when it’s our time.

We have to choose to make our time what we want it to be and fill our time with what we want it to be filled with.

I’ve added 100 repetitions of an exercise to my days in november. It’ll probably continue even after november’s time passes.

None of us know if we’ll reach 100 years of age.

Or really, even if we’ll have tomorrow.

I do know though, that with the days I am blessed and the time I am given…

  • I am making conscious choices.
  • I am helping others.
  • I am smiling.
  • I am trying very hard to live life without judgement.
  • I am doing what I think is right at any given time. Not doing things because it’s easy, but doing things because it’s the right thing to do.
  • I am spending time I have with those I love.
  • I am living in a language all can understand…

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  • I cannot wait to hear what you’re doing with the time you’re blessed.

Please share?

  • Also – will you join me in 100 repetitions every day? Working on a hashtag now… ideas? Open-mouthed smile
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October Challenge Success & Winners

Posted November 19, 2013 By electrafi

I know I’ve been MIA … I promise I will be back blogging more regularly sooner. I cannot apologize – I have been working very hard at my career, making choices that are authentic to me and for you all (that I can’t wait to share with you), and I have so much to share with you – what I’ve been loving lately (especially some things I won through blog giveaways I can’t wait to share with you, a protein discount code), updates on my career, updates on some choices I’ve made lately, and lots of awesomeness I have planned for all of you. Just wait… :D!

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The #Sweatfor5 October Challenge I hosted was a COMPLETE success. I am so incredibly proud of each and every one of you that participated. YOU all inspire ME! You truly took the whole message I was working to send to heart. You knew that I was going to push your limits each and every day, but only for 5 minutes. My goal was to get you to learn that you can fit in those 5 minutes in very creative ways. I had one mom who was fitting it in at her daughter’s extra curricular activities, parents including their children, couples taking 5 minutes to be active together, and individuals who thought they couldn’t try all these new moves completely rocking them and finding that they actually LIKED them! How insanely cool is that!? There’s not much more motivating than someone becoming more confident in themselves, stronger, happier. The random winners were chosen by challenge loop, announced on the challenge page and emailed. I know it sounds cliché, but we all won – we all got sweaty, pushed ourselves out of our comfort zones and had a blast. I’m proud of each and every single one of you!

Here are a couple things challenge participants shared with me that inspired me & made me happy; hopefully they’ll do the same for you! I wanted to share pictures too but if I did this post would be a mile long. Go check out everyone rocking all the exercises and workouts on IG with the hashtag #electrafiarmy & #sweatfor5! I promise it’ll be super motivating and may just make you get up and bust out a quick five minute sweat! Open-mouthed smile

Challenge Participants Thoughts About the Challenge!

  • “I’ve learned that no matter how busy life gets, there’s always time to get out of my comfort zone, challenge myself and learn new things. Even 5 minutes a day makes a difference. Thanks SO much for this challenge, Electra!” –Marcia Kadens
  • “These were totally new to me so thank you! Love learning new moves” –Marcia Kadens
  • “I have learned that you can accomplish a lot in a few minutes. Not just in regards to exercise but also giving yourself that time. We all have so many distractions in our lives and this month has taught me to stop and regroup- even if it’s for 5 minutes. Thank you for this ! I was going to head to box of munchkins outside my office but instead when to an empty room with no windows and did the challenge! Turned up my music and went at it. The perfect fix to get me to the end of this workday. I’m all energized – thanks Electra” –Claudine Muccini
  • “Challenges are so fun because of the variety. This challenge taught me that I can get a great workout in 5 minutes.” –Amy Caine
  • “I definitely feel stronger since staring this challenge. I am new to this and came across the app by chance so this is actually my first challenge ever! Before I started this, I was really struggling with not having enough time to exercise. I have an infant at home, work at least full time, and have a 45min to an hour commute each way. My husband is a teacher and varsity basketball coach so his schedule is crazy too. When I saw this challenge I couldn’t think of anything more perfect for my life right now. I am excited to say I am much better at planking and my legs are feeling stronger too. I look forward everyday to seeing what is next. Thanks ElectraFi for helping me make even just a little bit of time each day to get my heart going!” –Stephanie Ogorek
  • “I like the variety of the challenges and how they add to my daily run. I also enjoy reading about the accomplishments of the other people who are involved in this challenge . Plus, I have to admit that getting the email and finding out what’s in store for us today is exciting.” –Sherri L
  • “Had soo much fun walking on my tip toes! Something so simple can be amazingly affective!” –Laura McManus
  • “I spent today at the hospital. This time last year my husband was diagnosed with leukemia at 29 years old. He went through 3 rounds of chemo, radiation therapy, and a bone marrow transplant in April 2013. Today was his 6 month post transplant bone marrow biopsy, MRI, CT, echo, pulmonary function test, etc. He is likely going to be declared in remission:). While he overcame such a tremendous challenge through this year, today I reflected on how things like these 5 minute challenges ready us for the bigger challenges in life. Thank you Electra for encouraging and building strength/character in all of us!! Every little bit helps!!” –Laura McManus
  • “My husband and I love doing these challenges together…I try and beat him, but never win haha…Thats okay though it makes me work harder!” –Courtney Milewski
  • “Great job to every one rocking the challenge so far. You all seriously keep me accountable, THANK YOU. Happy Sunday :)” –Clare Kessler
  • “I wanted to skip my workout so badly today, but everyone here inspired me to push through it. Great job, everyone!” –Alysia Sena
  • “I wasn’t going to join challenges this month because I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself, but I can’t stay away from Electra’s workouts!” –Axel Kussmann

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Here is a compilation of each day, in order from Day 1 to Day 31. I am going to be throwing some of these together into workout mash-ups soon for longer (still not long – probably somewhere between 10 & 30 minutes) workouts that you all can do for fun and strength and variety and all of the above! Feel free to mix and match these, or bust out a 5 minute sweat session on a day you can’t seem to fit in any movement. It’ll change your entire day – I promise!

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Let’s get on rockin’ some of these exercises and workouts so we’ll not only break a sweat but a smile too! Open-mouthed smile

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I’d LOVE it if you’d join me here too so you don’t miss a thing…

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Tell me…!

  • What are some of your tips for fitting in movement when you’re busy?
  • What are some of your favorite versatile exercises?
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