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I may write a champagne blog, but the reality is that I work out (or train, which is the word I use for exercise) WAY more than I drink champagne.

Marnie Nichols – Bubble & Flute

To fit my training in around a pretty hectic work schedule, I get up at 4-4.30am six days a week. I always have at least one rest day when I “sleep in” until after 5.

So one of the questions I get asked a lot (almost as much us “How does someone become a champagne blogger”) is…

“OMG… How do you stay motivated to get up so early and work out every day?”

My short answer is… I’don’t!

Yes, it’s true I am generally annoyingly energetic, even at 5am (just ask my training buddies)!

But do I feel motivated every day to get out of of bed at 4am? HELL NO! There are MANY, many days when I don’t feel at all ‘motivated’ to get up at 4am and train.

But I still do it and that’s because my longer answer (coming up below) is that it’s not actually motivation that ever gets me anything I want… including getting me out of bed really early in the morning.

In fact, for the most part I think that…

motivation is bullshit.

Motivation is like a bad boyfriend… never there when you need it. (I love that grab but I didn’t make it up, I have to give the credit to Aussie fitness guru Michelle Bridges).

There are two big reasons why I think relying on motivation to do anything is dangerous.

1. Since I’ve just admitted my motivation levels can be up and down, relying on motivation is always going to lead to highs and lows in my performance.

2. And because my levels of motivation can be heavily influenced by external forces – things that are beyond my control like work or family or money or deadlines or other time conflicts – motivation means I’m not actually calling the shots on what I do or what I get. And if something really matters to me, I make myself (and no one else) 100% accountable for it.

So instead of relying on motivation…

I don’t stay motivated rely on commitment

How Do You Stay Motivated To Work Out Every Day?

It’s pretty simple… I make a commitment to do something and I just do it.

In case you’re confused by the simplicity, let me explain how it works in relation to training…. I commit to my training program – then when my alarm goes off, I get out of bed and I work out. I don’t think about it. And I NEVER negotiate with myself.

So if my Monday commitment is to run 8kms, every Monday that commitment gets me out of bed. If I am feeling a little lacklustre (or if you like unmotivated), I might run a little slower or stop more often but what counts is that I still run. 8km. Every Monday.

And I’ve found when I follow-through on a commitment consistently, it creates a habit and what do we know about habits? They are hard to break – even the good ones.

I apply this way of thinking to pretty much every area of my life – work goals, career goals, financial savings goals, study goals, healthy eating goals, starting a wine blog or training for a marathon.

My big commitment right now is training for the Paris Marathon in 2020. I ran the New York Marathon in 2017 so I have a rough idea what it takes… mostly a shit load of time for long runs on the weekend. And when you get to training runs longer than 25km, wiping out the following day to recover.

I know I will my ups and downs and there will be days I DEFINITELY won’t feel motivated to train but I am committed.

#exception – when I DO use motivation

Remember the original question was how do I stay motivated to train so early so often? And I said “for the most part motivation was bullshit”. I also said why I didn’t like motivation was because it created highs and lows AND was driven mostly by external forces.

Where motivation actually ROCKS is when you can use it to flatten out any highs and lows and it is driven 100% by you.

I use motivation to my advantage by celebrating wins (my ups) and calibrating opportunities (which is my annoyingly positive way of saying downs or what sucked). Success is a natural and easy motivator but strangely sucking at something actually is motivating for me too. I hate NOT crushing a goal, so sucking can fire me up more than anything.

You probably know I can get geeky about champagne, but I also get a bit geeky about my fitness too. So geeky that I actually do monthly review of my fitness progress and any program I have built into my training.

For my monthly review, I just:

1.Look at what I did and what I got for it (the good and not-so-good)

2.Then I celebrate my wins and successes (#champagne) and commit to do more of what worked BUT …

3.I also look harder at what didn’t work so well and either:

  • Ditch it if I really got nothing out of it or if it worked OK but I really didn’t enjoy doing it. You’ll never commit long-term to something you genuinely dislike no matter how well it worked for someone else. So acknowledge it and move on… sooner rather than later.
  • Or try harder. If it did have some effect and I enjoyed even parts of doing it, I commit to work at it for at least three months, making a few changes to improve the results and review them next month.

It might sound like a lot of work and I guess it is. But nothing really awesome in life is ever easy… because if it was easy, everybody would do it.

It really all comes down to deciding how badly you want something before you make the commitment.

And there’s nothing more powerful then knowing you kept one of the most important commitments of all – the commitment you make to yourself.

It’s one of those times you need to mark by popping a special bottle of champagne.

Whatever you decide you want next, I hope you have a happy, healthy, bubbly time chasing it down.

If you’ve got a goal you’re committed to, make sure you tell me all about in the comments below or tag me on social media @bubbleandflute #BubblesAndFIT #happychamper #FITandFlirtySquad

XX
Marnie

Marnie Nichols Bubble & Flute

Bubble & Flute promotes the responsible consumption of alcohol for individuals of legal drinking age in their country.

After launching FIT & Flirty in August of 2018 I quickly realized I had a message to share with the fitness community and the world. More than anything I want women to stop obsessing over their dress size, the number on the scale or achieving a “perfect body”. I want to encourage every single lady to recognize that no matter where she is on her fitness journey, she is beautiful as is, powerful because of her uniqueness and should be celebrated (with champagne of course). I want women to see fitness as a tool to improve their lives and not as something they need to do to look a certain way or as a punishment for eating cake last night.

I knew without a doubt there were other like-minded women around the world that saw fitness for its health benefits, as a way to feel strong through having fun and NOT as a means to try and achieve what society says is a “perfect body” this year. I believe when you’re healthy, strong (body & mind) and happy you radiate in the eye of others, regardless if you’re a size 2 or size 16. It’s our energy that make us beautiful not our waist size.

They say “your vibe attracts your tribe…” so I decided to start an ambassador group to reach ladies that shared my love for fitness, champagne and living a balanced life. I have to say the last 5 months building this small tribe (we’re 18 girls now) has been the most rewarding part of my business. I am so blessed to have met every single one of them. Strong, independent, supportive women from across the world, all thriving in different careers, crushing it at life and making fitness fun. YES, you can have your fitness and champagne too!

Today I would like to introduce to you one of the newest additions to the FIT & Flirty ambassador team, Courtney Boehrer. This lady is a very special soul, with an infectious energy and passion for life. Here is her story….

Keep your Head Up, Keep your Heart Strong.

courtney pfennig boehrerMy name is Courtney and my mantra is HEARTSTRONG.  These very words have shaped the person I am today. While it didn’t become apparent to me until 5 years ago, I’ve been living them my entire life.

When I was a little girl growing up in Indiana, my heart failed me. While my friends were swimming, dancing and playing I was introduced to the seriousness of life all too soon. I remember the smells of the hospital, seeing my dad cry for the first time and watching the worry in my mother’s eye. I recall hearing my sister proclaim her dream to become a doctor (which she did!).  I can still feel the pain of the tubes like it was yesterday, as they were inserted and removed from my chest. I can sense the fear I felt when I was wheeled into the operating room to have my chest cracked open to repair the holes in my heart.

Today, I have an 8-inch scar that runs down my sternum and I wear it proudly. As a member of the zipper club, it’s one of the many battle wounds I’ve endured in my life, and it’s a reminder to keep fighting, even when the most vital part of me starts to break.

Although I didn’t realize it at the time, I was keeping my head up, while making my heart strong.

I have a passion to inspire others through fitness coaching. My career mentorship as a Human Resources leader for over 15 years at a Fortune 100 company, and the blessing of parenthood as the momma of two beautiful little girls along side my high school sweetheart, Greg.

Burpees & BubblyI fully embraced the spirit of these words because I have fought hard with the demons of an eating disorder in college and I’ve also struggled with anxiety and depression. Luckily, in my health and fitness community I’ve found STRENGTH. Every single day, I wake up with the desire to spread the message of being HEALTHY & STRONG.

Does this mean every day is perfect for me? Heck no! Does it mean I don’t have fun and enjoy amazing food and drinks? Heck no! I may or may not be obsessed with Champagne!!

God gave me a second chance and by no means will waste that priceless gift.  I am proud to lead and continue to build my team #HEARTSTRONG every single day.

Let’s raise a glass to making the most of every single day. I am Coach Courtney and I am here for you every step of the way!

With Love, Courtney 🍾💪❤️   


courtney pfennig boehrer

If you felt moved by Courtney’s life journey and would like to infuse your life some more of her high fitness vibes, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to join her FREE Virtual Burpees & Bubbly 7-Day Challenge.

JOIN NOW >>> CLICK HERE

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10 tips on how to move from “feeling” inspired to taking inspired action!

On Friday I post this on Instagram  –  

The Champagne Diet
The Champagne Diet

“One life. Just one. Why aren’t we all running like we are on fire towards our wildest dreams?” 🔥 The message from @thechampagnediet is to live life vibrantly, fully, taking care of your body & investing in your happiness. Her podcast “Style Your Mind“, her multiple books and over all business message gave me the courage to start FIT & Flirty – thank you Cara for your inspiration xo. 💕 In fitness, in business and in life, what allows you to reach your goals is YOUR MIND SET!

Then, I started thinking… What if I never took “inspired action” from the sparks of inspiration I got from Cara? Well for starters, you wouldn’t be reading this…

I was drawn to the The Champagne Diet (for obviously reasons). I love Cara’s style and her podcast “Style your Mind” and books have so much valuable content. What resonates with me and has the biggest impact is her authenticity and openness about her success; it did not come over night! Cara had another career and worked her side hustle for a long time; blogging and self publishing books on amazon for over 9 years! Her brand did not miraculously explode. The way she honestly shares the struggles, hard work and persistency she experienced was, and still is, greatly reassuring to me.

My first inspired action in March of 2018, was googling “how to start your own e-commerce business” and based on what I learned I put together an initial budget and timeline to launch. Trust me when I say I had NO plans to be in ANY of the photos, there was no consideration of a second collection within the first year and if you told me I’d build an ambassador team (of f*cking fabulous women around the world) I would have said you’re bat shit crazy! The thing is, when you’re doing what you love and take inspired action every single day, momentum takes over and before you know it your ideas to “sell champagne and fitness inspired t-shirts” has evolved into a something that has a much bigger purpose.

10 tips to crate daily inspired action
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Today FIT & Flirty is a women’s athleisure and lifestyle brand that promotes a healthy, active and balanced life style. Our mission is to encourage every single lady to recognize that no matter where she is on her fitness journey, she is beautiful, powerful and should be celebrated.  Raise a glass to your fit & fabulous life!

So if you’ve been sitting on an idea, or dreaming about a goal for sometimes now – I dare you to take ONE inspired action TODAY!!

Here are FIT & Flirty’s 10 easy tips to help you take daily inspired action

1. Right now, open a new tab in google and do some research.

2. Email or call someone who has inspired you and ask them if they have a minute to talk about how they got started.

3. At the start or each week, make a list of to do items. Check off at least ONE thing a day, and keep adding to the list as needed.

4. Share you dream/goal/idea with someone who will support and encourage you.

5. Set mini milestones; for example buy a URL and set up a slash page by June 2019.

6. Take advantage of FREE resources at your disposal. You can learn almost anything online with the free e-books, webinars, social tools and much more!

7. Stop comparing and start supporting women.

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each one of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)

8. Learn to love the journey of learning, evolving and growing because as business owner, there is no final destination.

9. Drop the fear of failing or caring what people might say.

10. Throw away the step by step plan, I can guarantee once you start the there will be major detours.

We all have different starting points, but the emphasis is we all have to START! So, my beautiful souls, what inspired action will you take today towards your dreams?

Share in the comments below!

Anna xo

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Brit + Co 12 Mother’s Day Gifts for the Healthy Mom RANKS FIT & Flirty at #2 Raise a glass to your FIT & Fabulous mom!

V.I.P. Members Priority Access & official launch date

It’s official, we’re launching our new bubbly, athletic inspired women’s athleisure collection in March. All V.I.P. members will receive priority shopping access to our new products and an exclusive discount not available anywhere else.

V.I.P. Access opens March 14, 2019

FIT & Flirty Members will receive an email which will include:

– a private link to our new collection
– an exclusive discount code

  new collection only | one coupon per customer | expires on March 18th at 11:59 PST

NOT A V.I.P. Member? Sign up here by March 13 to receive this special offer!


NEW COLLECTION – Official Launch March 21, 2019

 

I Sweat Champagne High Waisted Fitness Leggings - Black
I Sweat Champagne High-Waisted Fitness Leggings

I’m so damn fab, I SWEAT CHAMPAGNE! These super soft, stretchy and comfortable high-waisted black printed fitness leggings are beautifully designed with sparkling bubbly and stars. “Come quickly I’m tasting the stars.” Dom Perignon

• 82% polyester/18% spandex
• Material has a four-way stretch, which means fabric stretches and recovers on the cross and lengthwise grains.
• Made with a smooth, comfortable microfiber yarn
• Raised waistband

 

 

Poppin Bottles Is My Cardio – Women’s Boyfriend Tee Black/Gold
Poppin Bottles Is My Cardio – Women’s Boyfriend Tee Black/Gold

Shining bright everywhere I go…after all, poppin’ bottles is my cardio! This classic boyfriend tee in black with gold print is great for  workouts, but also looks chic paired with your favorite blue jeans!

This t-shirt is an instant favorite by all who wear it; super soft and designed with a feminine silhouette.

• Fabric laundered
• 100% combed ringspun cotton, 32 singles
• Heather Grey is 90/10 cotton/polyester
• Set-in 1×1 baby rib collar
• Longer body length

 

Our  new lifestyle collection will include:

 

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Among the whispering and the champagne and the stars – F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

You and your BFF do everything together — you workout together, pop bottles together, travel together, gossip together, dream together…keep sharing the love with your bestie in our “Champagne Made Me Do It” tee! 🥂🥂

This is an exclusive giveaway, as these shirts are not yet available in store (aka, you’ll be the very first to snag them! 😱)

Here’s how to win…

GO TO MY INSTA PAGE and follow the easy steps ✨💕

Winner (you & your bestie) will be announced by Feb 17, 2019.
Good luck ladies 🙌🏼🍾

Join FIT & Flirty’s Brand Ambassador Team!

Are you a fashionista and fitness enthusiast who loves sippin’ champagne?  Do you have a social media presence and/or a fitness & health blog?

If you are a leader in the fitness community, are passionate about fitness, fashion and engaging on social media you’re probably a perfect fit for our AMBASSADOR TEAM

Who we are

FIT & Flirty believes a healthy lifestyle is achieved by balancing physical activity, clean eating, gratitude and fun!  There are many reasons to celebrate life and having a body which allows fitness to be part of our everyday is a big one!  Our collection of bubbly athletic designs was created for fitness fanatics and champagne lovers.  But our quotes/sayings are meant to inspire all women to feel fierce and find their own version of balance – work hard and play hard!

Your Mission

Your mission as a Brand Ambassador is to reach as many women as possible to share our athleisure line and spread FIT & Flirty’s message Your fitness journey is as unique as you are; be proud, recognize your growth and celebrate along the way. Raise a glass to you FIT & Fabulous life!”

APPLY TO BE A BRAND AMBASSADOR

(submission deadline – October 31, 2018)

 

Ambassador Team Member Benefits

  • Right to use official FIT & Flirty logos, name, or mantra to promote sponsorship according to terms of final contract agreement
  • Discounted FIT & Flirty apparel including pre-released apparel (before we release to our VIP list or the public.)
  • Share exclusive discounts and special offer codes that you can give out to your friends and family. We will send you insider deals that you can share via social media (e.g., Instagram, Facebook & Twitter)
  • Additional Earning potential – Share your exclusive discount code and individuals who use that code on FIT & Flirty purchase, will earn you (%) percentage of the total dollar value.  (Based payment schedule according to the terms of the final contract agreement.)

Your Responsibilities as a Ambassador

  • Ambassador is responsible to share social media posts 1-2 a week
  • 1 blog per month  – if applicable
  • Use designated hashtag and tag us in product posts
  • Represent the brand professionally
  • Grant FIT & FLirty permission to use all your images and content  which endorses our products or brand to be used to market and increase audience through exposure of several social media platforms including and not limited to Instagram, website, Facebook, magazines & print ads.

If you have a passion for fashion, fitness and love popping bottles we would love to hear from you! Please fill out our online FIT & Flirty Brand Ambassador application SIGN UP HERE

or Email: contactus@fitandflirty.com Subject: FIT  & Flirty Ambassador Application

  • Full Name:
  • City/Country:
  • Email:
  • Photos and/or videos links
  • Personal website or blog
  • Social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube.)
  • What is your fitness activity or sport?
  • Any additional information you would like to share
  • Share with us why you think you would make an excellent FIT & Flirty Brand Ambassador.

FIT & Flirty will evaluate all applications carefully. Members will be selected based on enthusiasm and engagement with the community both locally and virtually. Your social media presence plays a role in our final consideration.  

We thank you for your interest, Cheers!