Featured Fit Chick – Elisabeth

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Elisabeth Comeau

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here? I first met Angie for coffee on December 31, 2009. I quickly joined FCE and began working out with the Fit Chicks at Life Bridge Church.

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE? I won a Transformation Challenge in April 2010, losing almost 20 pounds and gaining new perspective on health and nutrition.

What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? Motivation is a tough one for me. I have problems with anxiety and self-esteem. The support of FCE through the website, classes, and friendships keep me going.

What is your favorite part of FCE? I love that this is for women only. We’re in this together and genuinely care for and support each other.

What advice would you offer to newbies?  Just take it one day at a time. If you have a tough week where you can’t work out, or indulge in cupcakes & margaritas on Friday night… tomorrow is a new day and you keep on going.

In one sentence how would you describe your experience at FCE. My experience at FCE continues to be a journey of sweat, tears, laughter and love.

Featured Fit Chick – Lori

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Lori Faiola

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here? I first joined in the summer of 2013 after a job layoff so I had free time and came every single day 🙂 Then after I got a FT job+commute+single parent challenges, I felt like didn’t have time come to FC anymore. BIG MISTAKE. I have now been back 3 months because I need the discipline/structure of the class format not to mention the support of this entire tribe of strong amazing women! Even just the 2 classes/week I have been fitting in has been life changing (again!) and I forgot how the positivity trickles down to everything else in my life.

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE? Realizing that in order to take care of my 2 daughters and be a good role model that I had to put myself on my own to do list and make myself and my health a PRIORITY! I used to think it was selfish after I became a mother and then especially a single mother to take even just 30 minutes away from the kids or other ‘to-do’s’ but I was so wrong. Self care is not selfish!

What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? Knowing how I felt before: tired, depressed, squishy and out of shape… and knowing I never want to feel that way again keeps me motivated! The biggest obstacle has been my own brain/self sabotage in thinking I can’t stick to something this physical because I used to be such a quitter when it came to working out. When the goin’ got tough, I got goin’ (as in quitting!) 🙁

 What is your favorite part of FCE?  3 things: 1) No two classes are the same so it keeps my body guessing 2) the classes are only 30 minutes so I never get bored or look at the clock 3) the camaraderie and support of all the other women!

What advice would you offer to newbies? You will be sore and question if you can do this, but push through! You can survive anything for 30 minutes and the rewards you will gain are so worth the initial pain! If you get stressed by life and want to quit, realize that putting yourself on your own to-do list should always stay a priority somehow!

 In one sentence how would you describe your experience at FCE.

Self care = self love = superpowers for all other aspects of your life!

Featured Fit Chick – Meghan

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Meghan Mckechnie

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here? I have been a member of Fit Chick for one year!  I originally came to Fit Chick to provide chair massage, and I was coerced into a free trial period… I was hooked after that 🙂

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE? Finishing Acupuncture school, working out at Fit Chick allowed me to manage my stress and tension.

What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? My family. Apparently, I am a more chill mother and better partner when I attend classes.  My husband’s surgery and following complications have been the biggest obstacle for me in the past year.  I am still trying to get back to my regular schedule.

What is your favorite part of FCE? The community.  Moving to CO in May 2013, I knew no one and had no support system.  This group of women has made me feel like I have a family and an amazing support system.

What advice would you offer to newbies? Stick with it, and work through the pain!! The results are worth it….physically and mentally.

In one sentence how would you describe your experience at FCE. Fit Chick has made me feel empowered!

 

Featured Fit Chick – Liz

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Liz Lanz

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here? I have been a member for about 4 years. A friend talked me into trying it.

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE? My greatest accomplishment is that I can keep up pretty good with girls 20 or more years younger than I am! I couldn’t say that when I first started, the first day I was shaking so bad and I wanted to throw up! I thought I was in shape, but found out walking is better than nothing…….but doesn’t come close to how strong I have become and how good I feel!

What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? What keeps me motivated?  ANGIE! I have never been bored with the work out EVER! Boredom could make me lose interest real fast.

What is your favorite part of FCE? MY favorite part of FCE is the friendships, and working out along side someone to keep you going.

What advice would you offer to newbies? My advice to newbies is give it a chance…….chances are you will end up with a better body!

In one sentence how would you describe your experience at FCE. My experience at FCE has been good, even if we have to end the class with burpees ( I didn’t know what they were when I first started ) I love to hear those three words GOOD JOB GIRLS!

Featured Fit Chick – Dawn

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Dawn Wildes

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here? I started in September 2013 and loved the idea of being part of a community with all women.

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE? I ran my first 1/2 marathon just before I turned 40 in 2014

What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? Feeling strong and in the best shape of my life continues to keep me motivated. My family is also a huge part of my drive to take care of myself and be the best role model I can be for them. Everyone is faced with obstacles but by overcoming them makes you stronger. Never ever give up and keep pushing through those times when you are struggling. Exercise is my medicine and sometimes I lose sight of that, but after a hot and sweaty workout I am quickly reminded.

What is your favorite part of FCE? I love the support and sense of community that exists here at FCE. I have been to a lot of gyms and this rare support group doesn’t exist elsewhere. It needs to starts from the top and flows down to the bottom.

What advice would you offer to newbies? Set smaller realistic goals at first and then shoot for the moon!!

 In one sentence how would you describe your experience at FCE. My experience has been nothing but positive and inspiring by the amazing women in this community!!

Featured Fit Chick – Amber

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Amber Muir

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here? It will be 5 years next month! I was coming up on a birthday milestone and I was noticing that my body wasn’t “bouncing” back from all of my bad habits like it had done before.  I knew that I needed a renewed focus on physical activity and nutrition and I wanted to start the new decade off on the right foot.

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE? On multiple occasions, FCE has helped me to meet goals around weight loss and muscle toning but the greatest accomplishment is my physical ability to complete the workouts.  Before FCE, I couldn’t run one mile, I was lucky if I could finish 10 pushups and I didn’t even know what burpees were.  Everyday I notice my increased strength and the improvement in my endurance!

What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? My motivation comes from knowing what my lifestyle would be like it I didn’t continue at FCE!  I’ve seen results and I know that without FCE, I wouldn’t be as happy or healthy! Sometimes it’s a struggle to make each workout…it’s one more thing that I have to fit into my day.  However, forcing myself to get there and give it my all is what has allowed me to see those results that I’m after.

What is your favorite part of FCE? My favorite part is definitely the people! I enjoy the group of ladies that I get to workout with several times a week and it makes it so much better! I love that it’s more than just a workout; it’s fun, friendship and support!

What advice would you offer to newbies? Don’t give up! Force yourself to keep coming back and pushing yourself. The physical and emotional rewards are endless!

 In one sentence how would you describe your experience at FCE. My experience at FCE has been more rewarding than I could have imagined!