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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.

FREE Burpees & Bubbly 7-Day Virtual Fun Fitness Challenge and Giveaway!

Hosted by Courtney Pfennig Boehrer and sponsored by FIT & Flirty

Whether you are a fitness fanatic or looking for inspiration to kick start a new healthy workout habit I encourage you to join this FREE fun fitness challenge.

We are a community of high vibbin’ females and starting Monday May 20th we will meet virtually for 7-days in a row for mini burpee challenges. This group is a safe place that holds no judgement; so, come as your beautiful self wherever you on your fitness journey. Together, lead by coach Courtney Pfenning Boehrer we will sweat and celebrate as we grow stronger every day! Join in, invite your friends and let’s sweat & sip together!

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What you can expect from the Burpees & Bubbly 7-Day Challenge

1. Daily short workout challenges with a variety of burpees each day

2. Meet other like-minded women

3. Learn how to make fitness fun, rather then a chore

4. DAILY Prizes

5. Daily motivation and inspiration focused on healthy & fun lifestyle

6. Blog links & personal transformation stories

The Grand Prize includes 1-1 Coaching with Courtney, superfood & natural supplement samples, #heartstrong goodies, FIT & Flirty apparel, & bottles of organic bubbly & rose.

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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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Regardless of your current relationship status I highly encourage all you ladies to get out and celebrate Galentine’s Day on February 13.

Your girlfriends are always there for you, listening to all your horrible online dating stories, wiping your tears when “what’s his name” broke your heart, even though she told you he was no good, and knew you’d easily forget his name.

A true friend has helped you move, supported your crazy ideas, held your hair back over the toilet, and has seen you at your best and loved you at your worse. No matter what, she’s your biggest cheerleader.  She also knows all your secrets, so if you ever “break-up” you’ll have to kill her!

So coupled or not, on February 13, leave your man at home and go out on a date with your BFFs. Honestly, do you really need an excuse to hang out with your lady friends and let them know just how much they mean to you?

“Whether you’re throwing up or breaking up, you want your girlfriend right there! I don’t trust women who don’t go to their girlfriends.” — Drew Barrymore

In no specific order, here are FIT & Flirty’s  5 Ways to Celebrate Galentine’s Day with Champagne!

1. Host a mimosas and waffle brunch for the ladies who want to celebrate in Leslie Knope style! I can’t think of a better way to honor the founding mother of Galentine’s day.

2. Binge watch the classic love stories – Hair up, lululemon’s on and head over to your bestie’s house with a few bottles of champagne and pizza. Ryan Gosling is everyone’s perfect man in The Notebook, Patrick Swayze’s hot moves in Dirty Dancing will get your heart thumping, and “The Bridges of Madison County” will have you reminiscing and crying about the “one that got away”.

Don’t tell me you miss me, tell me you’re outside with a bottle of champagne.”

3. Get your sweat on – those who sweat (and sip) together stay together. Try a new fitness class and get your sweat on! Have you ever heard anyone say, “damn I shouldn’t have done that workout?” Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that leaves you feeling happier, more relaxed and of course BEAUTIFUL!!! Don’t forget to hydrate with a glass of your favorite bubbly!

4. Go out with your lady soul mate(s): Put on your best shoes and hit the town with all your single gals. Remind each other how lucky you are to have each other in your lives, how amazing you are and then raise a glass to your FIT & fabulous life!

“Being single used to mean that nobody wanted you. Now it means you’re pretty sexy and you’re taking your time deciding how you want your life to be and who you want to spend it with.

5.  Lunch and pamper –  you and your bestie don’t ever apologize for your high standards. You like the finer things in life, and you’re damn classy! Celebrate your greatness with white gloved lunch at the Club, sip on a few glasses of Dom Perignon then unwind after your stressful day with a facial and massage. Come on, you know you deserve it!

“Galentine’s Day” has transcended the television screen and become established in everyday culture. On February 13, Galentine’s Day, a non-official holiday, is celebrated as a day for “ladies celebrating ladies.”

Don’t forget to share this with your Galentine!! Links over below to the right xo

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!”

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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:
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  • 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!

 

 

 

Fabulous reasons why Champagne will never go out of style. Not to be mistaken for sparkling wines like Prosecco or Cava, a real bottle of Champagne, must be made from a combination of three specific grapes grown in the in Northwest Region of France called Champagne. A bottle has about 49,000,000 million bubbles!

A Sign of Luxury

Champagne is known as the ultimate luxury drink, and nothing says luxury more than Marilyn Monroe bathing in champagne. Yes, the blonde bombshell icon once filled her bathtub with 350 bottles of champagne and took a relaxing soak.

A Champagne Fact You’ll Never Forget

Research in 2013 from the University of Columbia shows that champagne contains proteins that are beneficial for your short-term memory. A study by Reading University in 2013 said that three glasses of bubbles per week can help improve it.

 

Heart Health

Everyone says that red wine is good for your heart, but champagne (which is mostly made from red grapes) is just as healthy. Studies found that the sparkling wine contained high levels of polyphenols – antioxidants found in red grapes but less intensely in white – that can lower blood pressure and prevent heart problems.  In fact, Reading’s Dr Jeremy Spencer, a man who appears to have generously given his life over to finding reasons for us to drink more, suggested that two glasses a day will do the trick.

Say Goodbye to Champagne Poppin’ and Say Hello to Champagne Sabbering!

Sabering is the act of opening a champagne bottle with an actual sword. The traditional technique includes slicing off the neck of a bottle with a single sword stroke —this is a cool party trick I personally have in my back pocket.

Vegan Friendly

Some Champagnes go through a process that uses fining agents like gelatin and casein to clarify the end product, but if you’re looking for a vegan option then Moët & Chandon, Korbel Natural Champagne and Dom Perignon are your bubbles of choice.

“Middle Finger to my Old Life” – Jay-Z

In 2014, Beyonce’s better half Jay-Z, a long time champagne fan, purchased Champagne Armand de Brignac from Sovereign Brands. A bottle retails for approximately $300. Fun fact- Hip-hop, rap and R&B concert goers are 94% more likely to drink Champagne vs the average person.

Move Over Mimosas

Sunday brunch has just been revolutionized! Champagne is no longer just for mimosas. Try this delicious Strawberry and champagne Pancake recipe and this hollandaise sauce with prosecco on your egg benedict.

Lift Your Spirits

For an instant mood booster, just sip champagne! This is thanks to the magnesium, potassium and zinc it contains.

 “Champagne is the one thing that gives me zest when I’m tired.” Brigitte Bardot

Help Prevent Dementia

A glass or two of champagne could possibly prevent the onset of dementia. Research in Pittsburgh found that the risk in studies were almost halved for those who drank ‘moderate’ quantities. More Champagne health benefits here!

Gluten, Dairy and Fat Free

One glass(120ml) of Champagne has about 89 calories, 0.9 grams of protein, 1.6 grams of carbs and 0 grams of fat!

Sweaty and Bubbly

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“Welcome to the champagne life / Where trouble is a bubble in the champagne glass / Dreams and reality are one and the same/ And we gon’ do it like this.”—Champagne Life

Sharing is carrying! I would truly love and appreciate if you shares this article on any social media xo

Here are 8 reasons why adding a little champagne to your diet is good for your health. Cheers!

Until recently, champagne was typically consumed by the rich and famous or served on very special occasions, like on New Years Eve or at weddings. But consumption of all types of sparkling wines are on the rise over the past few years. I think it may be in large part to the number of Italian Proseccos that have allowed people to dip their toes in the bubbly category at an affordable price.

So regardless if you’re connoisseur of sparkling wines and sip only the best champagne or if you’d rather have a nice glass of Spanish Cava or Italian Prosecco, adding a little bit of bubbles to your diet can be good for your health, and your spirits!

“Always keep a bottle of Champagne in the fridge for special occasions. Sometimes, the special occasion is that you’ve got a bottle of Champagne in the fridge.” – Hester Browne

1- Champagne contains much fewer calories than wine

Trying to keep your weight in check, on a diet or counting calories? Choosing champagne over wine or beer is always your best alcoholic beverage of choice. There’s approximately 78-90 calories in a 4 oz glass of champagne vs 112 – 129 calories in a 5 oz glass of wine (varies between red and white) and a typical 12-ounce glass of beer will run you between 153 -171 calories.

2- Champagne makes your skin sparkle

Champagne contains resveratrol, a potent antioxidant which acts as protection against skin damage. Splash last night’s left-over bubbles on your face to reap the anti-ageing benefits. Champagne is also considered a natural toner, which can reduce inflammation and redness, thanks to the polyphenols  (plant chemicals with antioxidant properties) and tartaric acid. It can work wonders on oily and acne skin as the high concentration of antioxidants will help soak excess oil and sebum, leaving you with a natural glow.

“Champagne is the only wine that leaves a woman beautiful after drinking it.” Madame de Pompadour

3- Abundant in anti-oxidants

All champagne is made from red and white grapes which both contain high levels of resveratrol, an antioxidant that prevents damage to blood vessels, reduces bad cholesterol and prevents blood clots.

4 – Good for your heart

Champagne has polyphenol antioxidants that is known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and strokes. A flute of champagne a day can lower your blood pressure and is good for your heart and blood circulation.

5 – Shiny Hair

Rid your scalp of product build-up, making way for oil and other essential nutrients. Champagne can act as an amazing hair rinse and add volume to your locks. Bonus, the golden color of champagne can help bring out lighter highlights, leaving blonde hair with an envy-worthy shine.

6 – Bubble bath

A hot bathtub is a great way to decompress and ease your tense muscles. But now you can turn your every day  bath into an exfoliating treat by simply throwing in a few extra bubbles! The carbon dioxide in champagne acts as a gentle exfoliator and helps to soothe dry skin. The acidity will also leave your skin soft and supple.

7 – Cheer up!

Feeling down? Sip on some champagne as it contains natural trace elements that may help boost your mood, says Tran Ky, MD, co-author of The Healing Power of Champagne.  Double the power of positivity by pairing a glass of champers with a healthy fish dish. The omega-3s will also increase your happiness not to mention the crisp taste of champers is a perfectly delight with seafood.

8 – Salad fizz

Got some left over from last night’s bash? Use it to make a light vinaigrette for your salad. “Replace orange and other fruit juices with champagne” says , Health’s Senior Food and Nutrition Editor, Frances Largeman-Roth. The acidity helps cut through the richness of the oil, making it taste lighter and brighter on your tongue than other dressings. Champagne Recipes 

So drink up ladies!

“I only drink champagne on two occasions, when I’m in love and when I’m not.” – Coco Chanel

What’s your favorite bottle of bubbly? Please comment below and share this article with all your champagne sipping friends!

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