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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.

May brings a lot of exciting things at our house.

Mother’s Day, my birthday and Nate’s birthday all fall in this month and we love celebrating! In previous years, this month of celebration would have been just cause in my mind to take a break on all things “health and wellness” but NOT ANYMORE!

I believe in living a lifestyle that is as balanced as possible. As a mom, wife, full-time special education teacher and an online health & wellness coach I am BUSY! I focus my nutrition on eating by the 80/20 rule. That’s 80% healthy and 20% treats–or even cleaner on most weeks. This lifestyle has completely changed my life. It helped me lose 30 pounds when I first decided to make a change and then 40 pounds after having Gabe. I’m not about to look back!

Eating healthy and doing at-home fitness programs has allowed me to find the balance I need in my life. I stay on track as much as possible and allow myself to have treats without guilt. I absolutely LOVE baking and being in the kitchen, it’s a huge passion and hobby of mine; and cupcakes are my favorite!  I also like to take existing recipes and put a fun, and healthier spin on them. Check out the recipes section of the blog to find some inspiration for your next meal planning!

I partnered with FIT and Flirty an athleisure and lifestyle brand whose 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.

When I connected with the owner, Anna on Instagram I was so excited! She’s one of the kindest most motivated women I have ever met, and we have the same goals about sharing the message of living a balanced, healthy & active lifestyle.

We brainstormed together to bring you myhealthy” spin on the Vanilla Cupcakes with Champagne Buttercream Frosting. Inspired of course, by our mutual love for bubbly and health & wellness. The cupcake is a health(ier) take on a typical cupcake. The frosting is a treat–so make sure to enjoy every bubbly bite!

Without further ado–let’s get baking!

Below are the ingredients you will need for My Special Champagne Cupcake

Kate's Special Champagne Cupcakes

Vanilla Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted grass-fed butter (you may also use earth balance vegan sticks!)
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Kate's Special Vanilla and Champagne Cupcakes
Come quickly I’m tasting the stars –  Dom Perignon

Champagne Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp champagne (of choice!)

Baking Cupcake Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Place cupcake liners into your baking pan, set aside.
  • Combine almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; mix well. Set aside.
  • Cream together 1/2 cup unsalted butter and coconut sugar in a mixing bowl; beat on medium speed for approximately 1 minute.
  • Add eggs one at a time; beat until well blended.
  • Add 1/4 cup almond milk and extract; beat until blended. (The mixture will look watery–do NOT worry!)
  • Add almond flour mixture to butter mixture slowly; beat until creamy; scraping the sides of the mixing bowl as needed
  • Spoon batter into prepared cupcake pan; filling liners about 3/4 full.
  • The batter will be a bit sticky. Spoon it into the cupcake liners and gently smooth the tops as best as you can. (don’t worry too much about the tops because–well, CHAMPAGNE FROSTING!)
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • After 5 minutes transfer to cool on a baking rack.

and now for the champagne frosting…. YUM!

Frosting Instructions

  • Cream butter in mixture until very smooth
  • Add 2 cups of powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time, blending each cup until smooth.
  • Add in 2 tbsp of champagne, mix thoroughly
  • Add in final cup of powdered sugar, blend until smooth
  • (optional) add in a fun natural food coloring to make it your favorite color!

These are the perfect treat for birthdays, Mother’s Day or any celebration. ESPECIALLY if you love champagne & cupcakes! Enjoy!

 

Kate's Special Vanilla and Champagne Cupcakes
Kate’s Special Vanilla and Champagne Cupcakes
Kate's Special Vanilla and Champagne Cupcakes
“Balance, is Burpees & Bubbly” – Kate

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

 

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!”

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!

 

 

 

We give so much to our relationships with our significant others, our friends and our family… but how often do we give attention to our relationships with food and movement? I learned the importance of this, the hard way.

In the beginning of my fitness journey I thought I needed to be extreme in order to see progression. I always go all in when I have a goal in mind – which is as positive as it is negative. I would hesitate going out with friends because I knew my evening would consist of saying no to tempting foods and passing on a glass of wine. I almost began to loathe being asked to attend events. I was exhausted trying to keep up. I began to question what this lifestyle was really doing for me. I reach my goals, sure… but at what cost?

I realized that this lifestyle wasn’t worth it and it made absolutely no sense depriving myself. I shouldn’t feel guilty indulging in one meal or spending time with the people I cared about. I realized I needed to learn the right ways to do this. How can I reach my goal while still having a life and feeling good? How can I still be balanced and still maintain my progress? The answer was simple: quit doing more and simply do less.

Here’s what I learned:

1. You don’t have to deprive yourself.

Realistically speaking, there is only one way to lose body fat: be in a caloric deficit (and the deficit doesn’t need to be 1000 calories). If you want that one meal on the weekend then GO for it! It wont make or break the results you have made thus far. If you want that glass of wine, drink it and ENJOY it. There is no need to feel guilty afterward. As long as you are eating well often and moving often, you will be fine. Live your life

2. You don’t have to eat salad every day.

Don’t get me wrong… I do LOVE me a good salad, but I definitely don’t eat them all the time. We are conditioned to believe that we have to eat like rabbits and aren’t allowed to eat food that taste good. How boring of a life, right? So instead of feeling like a slave to food, I learned that it really isn’t that hard to eat healthy. I eat pasta, rice, and meals with sauces. Instead of buying low-fat this or low-calorie that, I focus on the individual ingredients I put into my body (foods typically in their most natural state / unprocessed). Food is fuel. Food is not the enemy.

Everyone is different. Do your research and go back to the basics. No need to feel like you’re “on a diet.” Mindset is everything! A lot of people believe carbs are bad, when in reality carbs provide our body with energy. Your body NEEDS them. It’s all about moderation and portion control.

3,You don’t have to kill yourself in the gym, simply MOVE.

How are you feeling about working out? I mean really… Even as personal trainer, I have had moments where I was like ugh I am just NOT FEELING it. So how do I stay motivated and LOVE moving my body daily? Seriously though, I actually get excited about doing something daily to move my body. This isn’t always a high intensity workout or a heavy lift day. Sometimes, this isn’t even a cardio day. This can literally be a quick walk, or bike ride outside.

It doesn’t take much to feel amazing and just MOVE. Don’t get stuck in thinking that it always has to be intense. You will make such a difference if you just spend about 15-20 minutes a day doing SOMETHING.

Rebuild your relationship with food and movement, it’s a lot easier than working against it. Once you see the magic in simplicity it’ll be easy to maintain. For me, wellness is never just an “end goal” type of thing… it’s a lifestyle.

Last weekend we sent the clocks forward. In Vancouver the flowers are in bloom and every other day we’re blessed with sunshine and mild weather. On Saturday I laced up and set out for my first run of the season. The sun shining, the ski blue, the birds chirping, the air mild and fresh. Perfect running conditions. I’m not sure when I went from obsessive runner to seasonal runner but these days if it’s too cold, too wet or too windy you’ll definitely find me working out in a studio rather then battling mother nature.

With Spring on its way, I sorted through my fitness wardrobe and recent purchases and decided to share my personal “Must Have” Spring Running Finds for the Fitness Fashionista.

Shopping is my cardio!” Carrie Bradshaw

So, let’s start with the Zandra 2 piece outfit from Fabletics! The Salar Mesh PowerHold Legging are designed with ultra-lightweight performance fabric that wicks away moisture & enhances airflow to help you remain chafe-free! The max-compression performance fabric sculpts & supports you and is designed with runners in mind with the side pockets big enough for your iPhone and keys. The super soft-fabric feels like you’re wearing next to nothing at all and sit perfectly on you hips.

Salar Mesh PowerHold Legging
Salar Mesh PowerHold Legging
Shira Sports Bra
Shira Sports Bra

The Shira Sports Bra is made with a wide bottom band for extra support and wide, adjustable elastic straps deigned for full support. The removable cups and power mesh detail at the neckline are moisture-wicking compression fabric.  This sports bra is one of my season’s favorite for sure.

 

 

I can never have too many sneakers and I can never have too many shades of pink! I found these Reebok – Women’s Guresu in Sandy Rose at DSW in San Francisco. They are super lightweight and provide stability & support, with EVA midsole to absorb shock and a midfoot wrap to anchor your foot. I feel like I’m running on air!

REEBOK’s WOMEN’S GURESU

So now you’re dressed and ready to go. But before you head out on one of your long runs, you better think about staying hydrated. Drinking  before, during or after your workout will help you feel and perform at your best. This electrolyte comes in a tablet and will replace and replenish what you lose through sweat. Bonus it’s only 10 calories, 1 gram of sugar and nothing artificial. Just drop a tablet into your water bottle before leaving and enjoy. It’s available in a number of different flavors and can be purchased online and at most supplement stores and drug stores.

 

I don’t know about you, but you won’t catch me on a run without music! Since December I’ve lost 2 iPhone headsets and a wireless rose-gold headset. When I came across the Skullcandy Chops In-Ear Sweat Resistant Sports Earbud with Mic for only $19.99 I figure it was worth a try. This headset may not be pink but it’s the best I’ve used for running so far, and this is why:

  • Designed with a swivel hinge, you can swing the buds out during runs or when you need to hear surrounding sounds.
  • Sweat Resistant: Fully sealed construction protects sensitive components from moisture that can destroy your earbuds.
  • Won’t Budge: TheStickyGels technology is 30% more secure when sweating which boosts in-ear stability.
  • Epic Sound: Chops In-Ear produces attacking powerful bass; warm, natural vocals; and precision highs. All that is left to do it get lost in your favorite beats!

Every day is a fashion show, let the world be your runway.”

What’s your favorite running apparel or accessory? Leave a comment below!

 

Single ladies, let’s be honest, we’ve experienced that Valentine’s Day where we had super high expectations only to be highly disappointed. Was your boyfriend ever as romantic as Ryan Gosling in The Notebook? I bet he sure as heck didn’t have Patrick Swayze’s moves like in Dirty Dancing. If February 14th was the only day of the year he got you flowers, he probably paid more attention to TV ads than he did you. Then there’s Vday dinner; the restaurants are all booked solid, so you better plan ahead and get a reservation; and make sure your man doesn’t forget his wallet because set menus are always way over priced!  So single ladies, REAL TALK! This year you will NOT sit at home feeling sorry for yourself or spend the day romanticizing about your ex.  Good riddance!

Don’t block love with any negative vibes! Love doesn’t just come from romance; it comes from your friends & family, the universe, your pet and most importantly it comes from yourself. Remember that your heart determines your true relationship status. Now if you’re thinking Valentine’s Day is a made-up Hallmark Holiday you’ll ignore; to that I say, “Good luck!”  Unless you’re living under a rock, you will have to witness co-workers get flower deliveries, heart shaped chocolates and candies will be everywhere and not to mention your Facebook feed will be loaded with love gushing posts. So, as Eckhart Tolle would say,

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.

So on this February 14, 2018 I invite all the single ladies to celebrate not having to celebrate Valentine’s day!

1. Spoil yourself: On this special day, treat yourself like the princess you are! Take the day off work and go to the spa for a massage. Then when you get home, light some candles, take a relaxing bath with your best bubbles, and finish off the day by ordering your favorite food and binge watching Nextflix.2. Go out with you lady soul mate(s): Get dressed up as though you’re going out on a hot date, make a reservation at your favorite restaurant and hit the town with all your single girls. Spend the night laughing about all your terrible Tinder dates and how you once thought you’d never get over your ex? LMFAO!!!

3. Go outside: Get out doors and be one with nature.  Go for a hike, skiing, ice skating or snowshoeing

4. Go shopping – that purse you’ve been eyeing. go get it! Those shoes, you thought were too expensive, they’re yours.  That adorable dress you have no where to wear. Treat yourself, buy it!

5. Give love: Giving always feels better than receiving; get your single friends a card, a box of chocolates or bouquet of flowers and remind them they are loved. Volunteer at a shelter or old folks home. Helping the less fortunate and being the reason, someone smiles because of you is a small gesture that can go a long way. Plus, it being nice feels so much better than stuffing your face with chocolate. Do not drown your sorrows in a box of chocolates!

6. Get your sweat on: 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 and more relaxed.  Why endorphins and exercise makes you happy.

7.  Alone is better than miserable: Remember being single is always better than being in a relationship that doesn’t fit right, is dysfunctional or is no longer serves you. A boyfriend doesn’t necessarily mean you’re in a happy place. Now don’t get my wrong,  I do believe we all have a prince charming somewhere out there, but while we wait for him to show up in his new Tesla, we will not lay around like sleeping beauties. On February 14th celebrate not having to celebrate Valentine’s day while you still can!

“Being single is pretty good, it’s a nice sense of irresponsibility.” Michael Douglas

FUN FACT: You are not alone. In 2014 the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 124.6 million Americans over the age of 16 years were single; that 50.2 percent of the population!!

VALENTINE’S DAY GIVEAWAY

FIT & Flirty is giving away the very last TWO ABS-olutely Chic Sweat Activated Tank Tops.

HOW TO ENTER

You can enter here

Rules are -> Follow@fitandflirty_closet and and tag a friend

Giveaway Details:

1 – Contest closes February 14, 2018
2 – Canada & USA residents only
3 – Two winners will be announced by February 16, 2018

Disclaimer:
* Entries must be submitted by 02/14 7pm. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. Facebook or Twitter. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram, Facebook and Twitter of responsibility, and agree to Instagram, Facebook and Twitters’ term of use.

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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