It’s OK to not be OK

Hi, it’s been a while, and in the wake of Kate Spades tragic death yesterday, I wanted to reach out and tell you that it’s OK to not be OK. I’ve dealt with anxiety for months now, and not just your run of the mill nervous/excited type of anxiety. More like can’t get out of bed, can’t sleep, teeth grinding, can’t deal with life type of anxiety.

We don’t talk about mental health enough, as fitness professionals or just as people. I may post lots of smiling sweaty selfie pics on Insta, or post about my fabulous workout, healthy meal or whatever, but truth be told I’ve been dealing with some hard AF issues. I’ve finally reached a point where I can get my head above water most days, but I still struggle. If you’re going through something similar, or have been through something similar know that it’s ok to be sad, depressed, anxious, angry, unhappy etc. Talk to someone, call a friend, family member, reach out to a professional. If no one told you today: you are strong, you are capable and you are loved. Reach out. Get help. No one is alone in this world, and there are resources to help you. Suicide affects people from every walk of life and it is not the answer to your struggles however large or difficult they may be.

The National Suicide Hotline number is 1-800-273-8255. 

If you want to read more about my struggles, you can continue reading below. If you need someone to talk to or more importantly just listen, call me, I am here for you. I’ve sat on this blog post for months, but hope that by sharing my story someone out there will know that its ok to struggle, its ok to need and seek help. Life is not always sunshine and rainbows, but it’s the darker times that make us stronger, and let our light shine a little brighter when we come out of it.

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March Madness

Hi! It has been too long since I posted a blog post. I’ve been struggling hard with writers block, and struggling with what to say. I’ve been working on a body positivity post and how I deal with pressure to look a certain way as a personal trainer. I’ll be sharing more soon, so stay tuned. Did you know that March is one of my favorite months of the year?  Baseball is back, St. Patricks Day is upon us, daylight savings time and Spring!  While its currently raining and freezing in NorCal, I hope we will be blessed with sunshine and warmer temps soon. This month is going to be nuts: business has picked up, I have 2 races, a bridal shower for my cousin in law, a baby shower for my good friend and I’m traveling at the end of the month for Coeur Camp. March Madness for sure!

This Saturday is the first of the Giant Race Series Races and while I’m literally crying that I can’t be there in person, I’m excited to race it virtually. If you haven’t seen my Insta posts lately, I was selected as a race ambassador this year, along with a bunch of other awesome runners. The Giant Race was one of my first races and I’m so excited to be completing the Series Sweep this year. The medals this year are so good! If you want to participate with me you MUST register and run the Scottsdale race this Saturday either in person or virtually. Use my code: BRIANA2018 to save $5 off any race.

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Friday Favorites: 1/26/18

Happy Friday! I spent this last week focusing on self care to expand on my Whole30 experience since the diet aspect of it is starting to feel like second nature. Whole30 has helped me clean up my diet, fight my sugar dragon, and realize that I need to fuel my body with the best possible nutrition. However health is about so much more than eating right and getting enough exercise. I don’t talk about wellness often enough I realized, with my clients or with myself, but it’s time to start. Wellness is a balance of seven aspects: physical, social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, environmental, and occupational well-being. I challenged myself this week to think about how I’m taking care of all the aspects, not just my physical wellness. Here are some questions I asked myself that I also encourage you to assess:

Am I getting enough sleep?
What am I doing to reduce stress?
Are my finances in order?
Am I connecting with my friends and family?

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Friday Favorites 1/19/18

Happy Friday! It’s been a crazy week, we started fostering a 3 year old weenie dog, Briella, on Monday and she’s turned our home upside down! We’re so in love with her already and so happy we get to spend the next few months with her. Oscar’s not quite as thrilled with her but they’ve been caught snuggling a few times.

A few weeks ago I posted a photo of my grocery haul from 365 by Whole Foods (a more accessible version of Whole Foods). I scored big time on some produce thanks to their rewards program and a 20% off coupon. They reached out asking if they could repost my photo and of course I said yes. Fast forward to this week when they posted it and  I was kind of shocked at how many negative comments there were on their inflated prices. I knew this weeks favorites had to be a post about saving money at the grocery store.

While I know first hand shopping at Whole Foods typically means “whole paycheck,” I was pleasantly surprised by the prices on my most recent visit to 365. Even without the coupon this would have cost me about $45, not bad for a full weeks worth of mostly organic produce! Click through after the photo to see what I stocked up on and my tips for saving $$

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Friday Favorites 1/12/18

Happy almost weekend! This week’s favorites are some of the recipes I’ve been cooking up on the Whole30. With food this good it hardly feels like a ‘diet’ or a reset. The food is that good! I won’t lie, I would really like a huge chunk of chocolate.

Racing this past weekend at the Hot Chocolate 15k was no easy feat, they were literally handing out chocolate chips, M&M’s and marshmallows at the aid stations. I grabbed my finishers medal and headed out, I didn’t want to be tempted by the huge mug of hot chocolate, fondue and other treats they give to participants at the finish line. If you haven’t done a Hot Chocolate race, I would definitely recommend it, check in and packet pickup were seamless and the race was really well organized.

 

I branched out of my comfort zone this week and tried a few new things mixed in with some old favorites. Click through to check them out!  Read More


Friday Favorites 1/5/18

We made it through the first week of 2018! How are you feeling? Are you sticking to those New Year’s Intentions/Goals/Resolutions? Did you know that more than half of all resolutions fail?! The key to making and keeping those resolutions is to set SMART goals, I love this New York Times article on the topic.

One of my goals is to complete a Whole30, so far I’m doing pretty well, and its going much better than expected. The fatigue is starting to set in, but my sugar hangover hasn’t been too bad. The Whole30 is NOT a diet, more of a way for me to kick my sugar habit and get back to a healthier way of eating that I prefer. I am not doing it to lose weight, I’m doing it for my health. Yes it’s a drastic change from what most of us are used to, but isn’t eating real food better than sucking down protein shakes, eating chemically processed foods, detoxing, or restricting calories?

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This weeks favorites are mostly things helping make the Whole30 a little easier and a few products I’m loving. The workout move at the bottom is FIRE, add it to leg day, aka Wednesday of this months Total Body Toner Moves.  Click through to see what I’m loving this week.  Read More


January 2018 Intentions

I recently saw a post on Instagram about making intentions for the new year instead of resolutions. A resolution is “the act of solving a problem”, while an intention is a “thing intended; an aim or a plan” according to the dictionary. I love the idea of setting intentions and it’s something I plan to do for each month of the year as opposed to setting a bunch for the year and then forgetting about them mid February. Click through to read more about my goals for January.

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Friday Favorites: 12/29

This edition of Friday Favorites brings you my some of my favorite moments of 2017. It’s been an adventure filled year and I’m so thankful for all of the things I was able to experience. From graduating college, completing an Ironman, starting a business, to a solo adventure in Europe, it was hard to pick just 5 things. Click through to see my top five moments of 2017.  Read More


Friday Favorites 12/15

Christmas is just 10 days away and Hanukkah is well underway! What are your plans for the holidays? Are you traveling to see family, hosting friends, or hiding under the covers waiting for the madness to pass? Instead of fighting the crowds at the mall, or clicking like crazy on Amazon, why not make a few simple and meaningful gifts for your loved ones this year? This week I’m sharing 5 of my favorite homemade gifts that can be made with things you probably already have on hand.  Read More