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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.

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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FIT & Flirty’s I Sweat Champagne line of fitness leggings, capris and matching sports bras launched on March 21, 2019.

These super soft, stretchy and comfortable high-waisted black or blue printed fitness leggings are beautifully designed with sparkling bubbles and have already been seen on some fit, fierce and fabulous ladies around town!

So who’s wearing our leggings?

Ashlee Montague is a circus artist, extreme ballerina and Guinness World Record Winner.  Follow her super cool Instagram Page

I Sweat Champagne leggings are perfect for any workout but so comfortable you’ll want to wear them all day long!

“These leggings are like wearing clouds” – E

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FIT & Flirty’s new bubbly & athletic athleisure collection is now in store!

TheI sweat champagne collection includes leggings, capris & matching sport bras and is now available for purchase!

Browse our large selection of tees, tank tops, sweaters and hoodies. We also have the latest must-have accessories; beach towels, beach bags/gym bags, coffee cups and decorative pillows.

A woman can’t survive on champagne alone, she also needs leggings!

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I Sweat Champagne High-Waisted Fitness Leggings

I’m so damn fab, I Sweat Champagne Leggings.
These super soft, stretchy and comfortable high-waisted black or blue printed fitness leggings are beautifully designed with sparkling bubbles and stars.

Perfect to work out in, but so comfortable you’ll want to wear them all day long!

“These leggings are like wearing clouds” – E

 

 

 

Champagne Made Me Do It – Cap Sleeve T-Shirt Black
Champagne Made Me Do It – Cap Sleeve T-Shirt Black

 

The alternative ladies’ cap sleeve tee. Flattering cap sleeves, contemporary fit and scoop-neck make this shirt a standout.

Perfect for any workout but also pairs perfectly with your favorite blue jeans!

 

The “Starlight Tights” will infuse a lil’ magic into your fitness closet!

NYC Pretty Starlight Tights are only available for a very limited time. Christine Bibbo Herr, a well-known fitness & lifestyle blogger, spokesperson and creator of NYC Pretty recently partnered with Four Athletics and designed her own leggings called “Starlight Tights”. Available HERE until February 6th, HURRY UP and get yourself a pair!!

Does running out of champagne count as cardio?

I’ve been following @NYCPretty for some time now and the first few weeks of January I was lovin’ her Insta posts featuring the launch of her new Starlight Tights. Anything with stars, the moon, or that has a “spiritual chic” vibe to it  – is a must have these days!

Twice I went online to purchase myself a pair and got side tracked. Then not long before I left for my Fit & Fit Girl’s luxury fitness retreat in Costa Rica I received an email from the owner Rebecca Garland telling me that Christine from NYC Pretty and her husband John (a professional photographer) would be attending the retreat.  “Not sure how but you know I’m getting myself a pair of those Starlight Tights!” I told myself.

Fast forward to the sixth day of the fitness retreat, Hannah (our personal trainer) and Christine walked into the villa after modeling for a photo shoot and dropped off a big box of fitness wear for us. We all rummaged through the fitness apparel, picking & choosing the pieces that suited us best. Then Hannah came back and said, “Here’s one more pair of leggings.” and threw a pair of NYC Pretty Starlight Tights in the box. All those beach sprints and hill runs came in handy because I shot up and grabbed those leggings before anyone had a chance to even blink! I pulled them on as fast as possible, hoping to god they were my size. Perfection!

Early next morning, I woke up and put on my new leggings for our last yoga class. Afterward John called me over and said, “Let’s do this….”  waving his camera at me. “One second…” I responded as I ran to my room and came back with an empty bottle of champagne in hand. (Long story…)

Now if you’ve been following me for anytime you know two things about me; 1) I love champagne and 2) I do my very best to lead a fit & fun life. To me, a healthy life style doesn’t mean the gym and counting calories. It’s about making fitness fun, tasting all the nutritious foods, being adventurous, taking chances, pushing my boundaries and drinking champagne!

“Everything in moderation, including moderation!”

Choose joy, jump into life with both feet and unleash your bliss!

Early last year I was in the process of re-designing www.fitandflirty.com and I had a vision for the images; I took the time to story-board every scene; which included me in a variety of fun fitness wear doing different workouts with a bottle of champagne always visible somewhere in the photograph. (Sorta like a Superman figure can always be seen in almost every Seinfeld episode) I hired a photographer but alas, life got in the way and although my new site launched the photography project never came to fruition.

Come quickly, I’m tasting the stars!” DDom Pérignon

So, when these few seemingly insignificant moments lined up and these pictures were the outcome, I could not ignore the magical work of the universe. Serendipity comes in many forms; know that the universe wants to give you what you desire. Ask, then be patient and trust in the timing. The universe will deliver what you need at the right time and will remove what is no longer serving you. Remember, not matter how big or small the wish granted, always practice gratitude.

What do you think, was this a random coincidence or a small dose of magic from the universe? Leave a comment below.

If you’re looking to infuse a little magic into your fitness closet, the Starlight Tights are for you! These leggings are bare fabric, high- waisted and beautifully designed!  With less then a week left, hop over to NYC Pretty and snag a pair for only $68 USD before it’s too late!

“Star light, star bright. The first star I see tonight. I wish I may, I wish I might. Have the wish I wish tonight…”

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