Featured Fit Chick – Heather

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Heather Swanson

 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 about 2 years now. I was attracted to Fit Chick because I needed someplace that I could feel I belonged and to motivate me to get in shape!

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE? Sticking with it! I haven’t ever stayed committed to a fitness program long-term before.

What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? Knowing how good I feel when I finish boot camp keeps me coming back. Fitting in workouts between busy work and family schedules is my biggest challenge.

What is your favorite part of FCE? I love all of the other ladies and the 30 minute format- I can do anything for 30 minutes!

What advice would you offer to newbies?  Stick with it- even if you go through times where you can’t or don’t make it to class, just keep looking to schedule it in and make it a priority.

In one sentence, how would you describe your experience at FCE.  My experience at Fit Chick has been supportive, fun and fantastic!

Featured Fit Chick – Kim Britt

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Kim Britt

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here? I’ve only been a member for about 8 months. I was looking for a new exercise inspiration and had several friends who recommended it.

What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome?  What obstacles have you had to overcome? I feel better if I exercise every day. I love to do all sorts of outdoor activities and believe having a strong core will help me avoid injury and enable me to play more!

What is your favorite part of FCE? It’s only 30 minutes long and it is different every time. And the people are all very friendly.

What advice would you offer to newbies? Stick with it! If you are sore that means you are making progress. And it always feels better after you work out again.

In one sentence how would you describe your experience at FCE.  It’s a great way to stay in shape and it’s never boring 🙂

Body Image: Change your thinking

Ann

Change Your Thinking

Change Your Body Image

In many ways, our body image is a choice. We can train ourselves to be happier and more satisfied with how we look.  It’s a matter of changing our thinking patterns.

When I make art, I make mistakes.  Inevitably, some part of my artwork doesn’t turn out exactly the way I planned. I try to “fix” it, of course, but at some point I need to just decide to let it go.  Art is never going to be perfect.  I see my mistakes so clearly that I assume everyone else will see them too. But I have discovered that when I show someone else my art they often don’t notice my “mistakes”. Other people are not seeing my art the way I do. I am much more critical of what I’ve made. At this point, I have a choice. I can either accept my art with its flaws or I can reject it because some part of it is not perfect. If I focus on the negative parts of my art, I feel bad about myself.  If I choose to focus on the positive parts of my art, I feel good about myself.

This relates to body image. If we choose to focus on the parts of our bodies that aren’t perfect, we feel bad about ourselves.  If we acknowledge and accept our flaws, but choose to focus on our good parts, we feel better about ourselves. Is it realistic to feel like all the parts of our bodies could be perfect?  Probably not. Is it OK for us to acknowledge there are parts we wish were different and work towards making them better through healthy diet and exercise?  Yes. The problem comes when we can’t see the good parts because we choose to focus on the bad all the time.

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  1. Where do your ideas about what you should look like come from? Do they come from the media? Your mother/sister/friends? What messages did you get as a child about your body?
  2. What happens when you see a model on TV or in a magazine? Do you say, “I wish I looked like that” or do you say, “She’s pretty” and move on.
  3. What is your internal dialogue about your body? Do you focus on the negative or try to look at the positive?
  4. What do you do when someone compliments your appearance? Do you make excuses and point out the bad things? Or do you accept the compliment with a simple thank you?
  5. Are you being too hard on yourself? Are your expectations realistic?

Things to try:

  1. Next time you get complimented, accept the complement with a smile and say, “Thank you!”
  2. Write a list of the things you like about your body and put it somewhere you can see it (like on your bathroom mirror). If you can’t think of any…try harder. You can at least come up with a couple of things.
  3. When you find yourself focusing on the negative parts of your body, try to switch to something positive. Let the negative thoughts go and think of something positive about yourself.
  4. Listen to yourself talk and be aware of where these thoughts are coming from. Is this something you heard your mom say? Were you always comparing yourself to a sister or friend who you thought was prettier?
  5. Remember that other people are not scrutinizing you like you are scrutinizing yourself. Ask your friends some of the good things they notice about you. You may be surprised at what they notice about you.

We are going to be discussing Body Image at Emotional Fitness on Friday Feb 20 at 10am and Saturday Feb 21 at 9am. Sign up http://fitchickexpress.com/

If creativity is more your thing, come and make some art and explore body image issues at Art Escape Thursday Feb 19th at 6:30. Sign up at AnnNobleArtTherapy@gmail.com or www.expresswithart.com

Ann Noble, MA, LPC,ATR

(720)841-8663

www.expresswithart.com

Contributing post from Ann Noble~Fit Chick Express

If you would like more information about Ann Noble, or more information about our fitness program for women, visit us at www.FitChickExpress.com.

Introducing Jillian Ardoin!

Hello Fit Chicks and new Clients!!

My name is Jillian Ardoin. I’m originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, and I have lived in Texas, California and have found a new home here in Colorado.  I’m really excited about joining the wonderful Lauren Harmon at Body in Harmony and teaming up with Fit Chicks Express to provide this beautiful group of ladies with quality self-care. I can’t wait to meet you all and work with you in the near future!  Until we meet here’s just a little bit about me, enjoy! Please stop by for a session or just to say hello 🙂

After I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Texas in Austin in 2004, I moved back to Louisiana and became a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) in 2007. It was during my massage training that I was pulled towards receiving my first Rolfing® Structural Integration session to help with chronic back pains and knee issues; it was then that I immediately felt a calling to Colorado to become a Certified Rolfer™ of Structural Integration.  So I planned for four years and saved my earnings and made it here to this lovely state.  And I have happily found a new home here with many opportunities this beautiful community and region has to offer for which I’m very grateful.

I have been a student of dance since the age of three. I’ve taken many classes covering a variety of techniques including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Acrobatics, Hip-Hop, Modern, Pilates, Contact-Improv and Break-Dancing.  I was also a dance teacher for 10+years in Texas, California and in Louisiana;here I had my own dance company, “Breathe – Dance and Performance Collective.”  As a Dancer-Athlete, I have a long list of injuries and structural mis-alignments that has kept my interest in a consistent pursuit of structural and energetic healing. I also deal with ongoing, deeply rooted, vehicle traumas that I’m continually present with and working on filtering out of my body by receiving Rolfing, Cranial-Sacral and Source Point sessions.  I strive to integrate a Fascial Fitness program into my week by combining yoga, healthy eating habits, weekly Boot Camp classes at FCE and receiving bodywork to keep my mind and body in balance.

I strive to progressively share my ability as a healer and educator of the body.  I am constantly in this endeavor by using my experience with movement/dancing, bodywork and expressing my knowledge of the body by facilitating ease of movement in my sessions.  I strongly believe educational sessions are part of integral healing.

I’m trained in Rolfing® Structural Integration, Swedish & Deep Tissue Massage, Body Talk Access, Polarity Balancing for the Nervous and Immune System, Level I Reiki and Source Point Therapy®.

I believe in listening to my clients so there can be a mutual understanding of what he/she wants to accomplish within themselves; this will allow their true, original self to shine through.  I strive to facilitate peace within the chaos of the connective tissue, AKA “The Fascial Web.”  I believe this happens through a journey of filtering the pathways within the body, which allows energy to flow through more freely.  This will ultimately promote ease of movement, deeper breathes and better communication within one’s self.

If you would like to know more about Jillian and Body in Harmony, visit our website at www.FitChickExpress.com

Welcome Jackie our New Yoga Instructor!

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Jackie began her yoga journey as a student at Fit Chick Express, it was with the inspirational team that she found the missing link in her life. As yoga has shaped Jackie as a mother, wife and friend, it’s been her dream to introduce others to this impeccable workout. She received her 200 hour certification from the Registered Yoga School and continues her learning with classes, trainings and workshops. Let’s unroll our mats and build connections with not only this practice but with our community. Namaste.

Jackie will be starting some new yoga times, starting on the week of October 20th! Mondays at 10:15am and Fridays at 12:00pm! Check our our YOGA page for more information.

To view Jackie’s yoga centered blog, please visit BoYogi.com!

Jackie is a Yoga instructor working at Fit Chick Express studio.  If you would like to know more about Jackie and Fit Chick Express, check us out at www.FitChickExpress.com

 

One Year!

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Body in Harmony is Celebrating its One Year Anniversary with Fit Chick Express

Body in Harmony is honored to be part of such an amazing community of women and wants to thank every member at Fit Chick Express for a spectacular year. I want to send out a special thanks to Angie Schumacher, the owner of Fit Chick Express, for inviting me to come join FCE. These women do inspiring things everyday and they always come out ready to take on the days challenges even when it is a struggle. The women of FCE are vivacious and vibrant and to be part of that is something to be cherished.

Many impactful events have happened in the past year through the support of FCE members. This includes the following. The first annual fundraiser for the Race for the Cure was a great success and this year’s Team Body in Harmony is going to be even bigger than the last! We have set a goal of fundraising $3,000 for the cause. If you would like to join our team this year, go to this link http://convio.komencolorado.org/goto/bodyinharmonysi!

This year we introduced Body Awareness Classes to help people find a better sense of their bodies and how to get more out of their workouts. For those that participated they found how using their feet differently could change how they harnessed their power in their workouts. These classes will continue to be offered at least once a month throughout the year. The classes are limited to small sizes in order to ensure better understanding. To help people get a better sense of what Rolfing ® Structural Integration is Body In Harmony started offering sample sessions throughout the year. This will continue to happen at least once a month. Many people are fearful that Rolfing ® Structural Integration is painful and we want to show you that it doesn’t have to be.

Body in Harmony is excited to announce that this year there will be lots of exciting events as well as new additions to the practice. Some of these include a The Race for the Cure, Client Appreciation Lunch in October, Body Awareness Classes, Sample Rolfing Sessions, The Love Your Body Event, and much more. In the next year Body in Harmony will be adding Cranial Sacral for horses as well as Rolf Movement to the services provided!

Have a grand day and here is to a brilliant second year!

Lauren Harmon Certified Rolfer™ Certified Equine Structural Integration Practitioner Rolfing ® Structural Integration Longmont and Fort Collins Colorado

Lauren Harmon is a Certified Rolfer™ working out of Fit Chick Express studio.  If you would like to know more about Lauren and Fit Chick Express, check us out at www.FitChickExpress.com