Category Archive: Testimonial

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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Confessions of a Former Cardio Queen

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“Dear Jill, I want to tell you a story because reading your blogs finally, FINALLY gave me permission to do things a different way and I am so glad I found you!! A couple years ago, a pro fitness competitor was holding a seminar near my house. I followed this woman and so I was …

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Why I Stopped Doing Cheat Meals

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Cheat meals used to be the highlight of my week. I did them for a long time, especially when I was competing and modeling a lot more. I even made a video of my crazy Reese’s Pieces ritual! But then I used to dread the rest of the week. Because if I wasn’t eating clean …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2014/02/12/cheat-meals/

Who Has “The Right” to Do Something? Easy. The One Doing It.

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“Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.” –Doris Lessing There’s a lot of talk about worthiness in the fitness industry among professionals: who’s got the “right” credentials, who should do what (and who shouldn’t), how deep someone’s understanding is of “the science” and how so-and-so isn’t lean enough to …

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13 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself

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I was inspired to write this post by my friends Marc and Angel over at their most awesomely awesome blog Marc and Angel Hack Life. Highly recco. Check their version here. Over the last few years, I’ve coached hundreds of women in the areas of mind, body or business and there’s often a common theme …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2013/09/24/things-to-stop-doing/

Why Maintaining Your Weight is a Success

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Between the years of 2006 and 2010, I lost and gained the same 20 lbs roughly a dozen times, as a figure competitor and fitness model. I had distinct “on season” and “off season,” times where I vacillated between strict deprivation and then a food-free-for-all, respectively. When I quit competing and then over the next …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2013/08/22/maintenance/

32 Rules to Live By

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I don’t particularly love road trips (that’s Jade’s thing), but I do appreciate the quiet time in the car that allows for the mind to wonder. Last week, we were road tripping to DC for a mini family reunion, and I was reflecting on my upcoming birthday. In a sense, birthdays are kind of like …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2013/07/17/32-rules-to-live-by/

The JillFit Birthday Workout

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“Holy sh*t.” … seemed to be the only words I could breathe around all the gasping for air that was going on. Tara and I were in the middle of the JillFit Birthday Workout, doing it for the first time last summer when I turned 31. And I wanted to punch myself in the face …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2013/07/16/birthday-workout/

Next Up For Tara: How To Be A Runner & Keep Your Muscle

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By Tara Ballard I feel like such a hypocrite! As a recovering Cardio Queen, and someone who has struggled with exercise addiction, I have spent the last 5 years priding myself on how little cardio I do compared to the old days when I worked out 3 and 4 hours a day. I get my …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2013/06/19/run-and-keep-muscle/

Do You Even Sprint? 13 Female Fit Pros Weigh In With Their Own Cardio Routines

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Lately, I’ve been into defending cardio. Mostly because I hate extreme stances, and there’s been a lot of cardio hate in the fitness industry. I blogged on it earlier this week. But I wanted to know … do female fitness pros really not do cardio?? We may talk a weight training game, but the bottom …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2013/06/12/do-you-even-sprint/

Change Your Mindset, Change Your Body: My Top 8 Mindset Reads

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In my last blog, I outlined the difference between what I consider a Victim Mindset versus that of an Empowered Mindset. The mindset (way we think about the world and how we interact with it) we CHOOSE to adopt impacts how our lives unfold–what we do, how successful we are, how lean we get, where …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2013/05/22/top-mindset-books/

9 Ways to Ensure 2013 Is Your Best Year Yet

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In his book ‘Happier,’ author Tal Ben-Shahar outlines 4 archetypes–characteristics of people as they relate to happiness. Some people are “Rat Racers”–only looking toward the future to be happy, while sacrificing in the present. Others are Hedonists–seeking pleasure exclusively in the moment with no thought of the future. Nihilists hold their negative view of the …

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Reflections on 2012 Part 3: BUSINESS

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2012: “The Year of Connection” for both Jill and JillFit  At JillFit, we launched our JillFit Lifestyle Online membership in January, sold over 500 memberships over the last 12 months, and launched the 1st annual Best of You Coaching Club where I worked up-close-and-personal with 14 women all year long in the realms of mind, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2012/12/27/2012-business/

Reflections on 2012 Part 2: PHYSIQUE

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In Part 1, I revealed some of the key insights I had in 2012 about mindset. Today I want to talk about body, and how I learned so much more about physique change, willpower and the desire for “The Perfect Body” in 2012. Between the years of 2006 and 2009, I did a lot of …

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Quitting Long-Duration Cardio: Tara’s Story

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By Tara Ballard I’ve talked before about my ex-exercise addiction. It came up again recently after I posted a post-workout pic on Facebook…Jill and I started talking about the very first email I sent to her almost 4 years ago detailing my workout schedule at the time. I dug up that first email, and I …

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How Giving Yourself the Win Makes You MORE Motivated

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With the 10 Week Mindset Makeover starting on Monday October 14th, 2013, it’s got me thinking about gratitude and how to actively CHOOSE to find the bright spots in my story. Without my struggles, I would never have gotten the lessons, and as a result gotten better. I can’t regret any of my fumbling. The Eating …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2012/11/16/giving-yourself-the-win/

Coach Emily: Exactly What I Eat (27 Weeks Pregnant)

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By Emily Saunders Hey Jillfit Gals! Recently a few followers mentioned that they wanted to see more “days in the life” of the Jillfit coaches and I have tons of people ask me how I am eating and exercising as I have moved into my third trimester of pregnancy so here goes.  For more details …

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Tara’s Top 10 Mindset Resources

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By Tara Ballard Since we here at Jillfit are currently in the middle of our Mindset Makeover Program, I thought I would share my favorite websites to visit when I am in need of an attitude adjustment. Although I feel like my way of looking at things has improved dramatically (bye-bye victimhood), there are days …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2012/10/12/taras-top-mindset-resources/

Dealing with Loved Ones Who “Just Don’t Understand” Your Fit Lifestyle

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I was inspired to write this post after reading an great blog post from Chris Guillebeau, from The Art of Non-Conformity blog. Love everything he puts out (check out his best-seller ‘The Art of Non-Conformity‘), but the blog I read today really resonated with me. It was about letting go of what other people think …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2012/10/09/loved-ones-dont-understand/

10 Success Mindset Lessons

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Last weekend, Jade, myself and the whole ME team (and most of the JillFit team) headed to our favorite place–Asheville, NC in the North Carolina mountains. An absolutely beautiful place to have a mindset + business retreat for my Best of You Coaching Club members. Jade’s Time Millionaires group was in attendance, as were about …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2012/09/28/coaching-club-retreat-recap-12/

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