Category Archive: Lifestyle

How to Quit Needing to “Be on a Plan” Every Second

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Stepping off stage after winning my first figure competition in 2006 was an amazing feeling. Months of hard work, sacrifice, tighter nutrition than I ever thought possible and more miles logged on the treadmill than ever. Ahhh, sweet accomplishment: leanest body ever, killer photos to commemorate the experience and the knowledge that I had done something that …

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Should You Play to Your Strengths or Bring Up Your Weaknesses?

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There are two schools of thought when it comes to time management, priorities and self-improvement.

Some people say it’s wise to work to improve the ways in which you are not operating optimally in the world. In other words, spending time bringing up your weaknesses is time well spent because you can “fill in your …

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5 Tools to Ensure You Actually *Do* the Exercise You Know You’re Supposed To

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If you’re a personal trainer, or you are an exercise buff or if you’ve even taken a general health or exercise 101 class in college, you have probably heard of the F.I.T.T. Model for how to create workouts. F.I.T.T. stands for frequency, intensity, time (or duration) and type. This is a simple starting point for putting …

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Define Your “Healthy”

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I’m not going to lie–up until a few years ago, I kind of sort of hated the term “healthy.” It felt so … blah. Like, vague and boring and like something your grandmother would care about. For me, throughout my 20’s, it was very simple: Lean = good, worthy. Not lean = fat, worthless, insignificant …

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6 Ways to Achieve Real, Lasting Results: “To-Do’s” vs. “How-To’s”

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I’ve noticed something over the last few years in the fitness and nutrition industry–we are all constantly collecting more and more and mooooore “to-do’s.”

We ask our friends, “Did you hear about that oil swishing thing??” or we ask our personal trainer, “I should be doing more yoga, right?” or we ask our friend who’s into …

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Hacking Your Cravings: How To Use Taste & Bulk to Your Advantage

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If one more person tells me to go take a hot bath instead of drink wine, I am going to strangle them. 

Well, not really, but I do think that the current tools out there to handle cravings are getting pretty lip-service-y. Want some chips? Just stretch on the floor during commercials! Ice cream? Read …

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8 Easy Nutritional Switches That Prevent You From Binging

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Note: I should have just called this post “The Way I Eat” because now, having seen the final blog, it really is all my moderation tips and tricks in one place. I use all of these tactics to navigate my eating and use mindfulness and self-trust and an abundance mindset to make great choices wherever …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2014/07/24/satisfaction/

33 Ways to Live a Richer, More Meaningful Life

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Since I started JillFit almost 4 years ago, my entire life has changed. From the obvious (online business versus desk job) to the subtle (victim mindset vs. possibility mindset). It’s been an amazing ride so far (and it’s still going), and it’s neat to see all the changes.

One shift I’ve made over the last …

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Are You Addicted to Coffee? (+ 4 Ways to Create More Balance In Your Life)

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During the years of 2003 to 2008, I taught 15-20 group fitness classes a week, and personal trained up to 12 clients at day. I was doing what I call, “The Fitness Hustle” and I loved every minute of it. EXCEPT … how it messed with my energy.

Anyone doing The Fitness Hustle knows that …

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5 Simple Solutions To Maintain Your Weight This Summer

I blogged last year about how I consider *maintaining* your weight to be a success. I mentioned that I would much rather maintain a flat stomach year round with little headache, than labor through weeks of strict dieting for a chance encounter with a 6-pack for a day. Extreme dieting is, well … extreme. And …

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When Hardcore Turns Into Harmful

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I realized something recently: I don’t want to work that hard.

See, I posted last week on Twitter the questions I often ask myself when it comes to nutrition. Instead of, “what foods will help me get lean?” and, “how can I lose 10 lbs by summer?” I ask things like:

How effortless does this …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2014/04/25/hardcore-harmful/

Carb Rehab: “How Many Carbs Should I Eat?”

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Been receiving a lot of inquires lately regarding carbs. We are confused about them, aren’t we? Some of us are scared of them. Others believe they are evil and are the sole cause of obesity. While others insist, we need carbs! Of course we do, especially if we want to gain muscle and have enough …

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11 Ways To Stop Doing Stuff You Hate

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“Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.”  ~Gordon B. Hinckley

I grew up in an Irish Catholic family. To say you did things out of obligation or guilt is an understatement.

It was the only MO I really knew.

And it’s funny–when I first started working with my spiritual coach 3 years ago, we talked …

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What I’ve Learned in 5 Years of Marriage (and How I Still Don’t Know Anything)

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Two weeks ago, I launched my most honest and open project yet–the #GetBetter Mindset Guide. In it, I address not only many of the psychological and mindset topics we discuss often here at JillFit, but quite a bit on the topic of relationships–both with ourselves and interacting with our closest family and friends.

It was …

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#LiftWeightsFaster Workout: 10-Min Full Body Circuit For Fat Loss

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Considering today is the liggity LAST DAY of the #LiftWeightsFaster program launch (and the last chance to secure my THREE free JIllFit bonuses), and I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the actual workouts, I wanted to give you gals a chance to try one of Jen’s workouts on your own.

This workout called, …

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9 Ways to Quit Obsessing Over Your Food and Exercise

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In order to attain a very lean physique, it takes a certain amount of obsession.

And I say that with zero unkindness and with no judgment. It’s just a fact. It’s difficult to attain a super lean body without prepping and cooking your meals at home for the week. It’s nearly impossible to achieve a …

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Why the Advice “Just Eat More to Rev Your Metabolism” is Misguided

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Though he hates the attention, one of the perks to being married to a professional brainiac is that we get to constantly discuss really awesome stuff–biochemistry, research, behavior, psychology, natural health, relationships, personal development, learning, growing, risking, improving. Many have commented that we are “so intense” because Jade and I live, eat, breathe this stuff. …

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What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Fatigue + The 3 Diagnoses They Miss

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You might not know this, but in conventional medicine, “chronic fatigue syndrome” is NOT actually recognized as a legitimate diagnosis because they can’t test for it nor treat it . And yet “fatigue” is the #1 reason why people go to see their physicians. 

And yet adrenal fatigue manifests in women all the time, and …

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Intermittent Sampling: How to Taste Everything & Binge on Nothing

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Intermittent sampling, v.: the practice of tasting everything, and binging on nothing. Use it to teach yourself the art of moderation.

I recently mentioned Intermittent Sampling in a post on how to stop eating a million calories every night. And it dawned on me that nothing else, in the last 3 years, has helped me …

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7 Things Successful People Say

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Success is an attitude. It’s a mindset.

And it’s not a coincidence that all successful people share a few similar thinking patterns. It’s The Success Mindset. And it’s not luck. Or chance. It’s a deliberate effort.

I read the book, The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson and it’s all about cultivating the mindset of a …

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