Happy Friday!  

People ask me all the time “are you always happy and full of energy?”  And my answer to them is:  mostly… yes!  It’s pretty rare that I’m not happy or energetic–but let’s be real!  THERE ARE DAYS, trust me!  This is what I can tell you.  When I feel sad, or lethargic it’s usually due to:

  • lack of sleep
  • lack of nutrition
  • lack of hydration
  • lack of movement
  • or all of the above! 

When I continually inflict all of the above to my body on a daily basis it takes a toll, a MASSIVE toll!  It sucks the life right out of me.  That’s why sleep, nutrition, hydration AND movement are 4 pillars of my 5 pillars to weight loss and true health and happiness.  I just FEEL better when I get at least 7 – 8 hours of sleep, eat TONS of veggies, drink at least HALF my body weight in ounces of water and MOVE vigorously.  When I feel better it makes me HAPPY!  Crazy how simple it really is…

 

I remember when I hated the way my clothes fit

 

when I felt insecure about how I looked in a bikini.

 

When I struggled to have the energy to get out of bed at the first alarm in the morning.

 

When I looked at people in shape and wondered if it could be me.

 

I used to think it would take so much energy I didn’t have.

 

So much time I didn’t want to spend.

 

So much pain I didn’t want to experience.

 

Yet I failed to realize how much time I was spending on trying to distract myself from my guilt and shame.


How much time I spent being unproductive because I was operating at such low energy.

 

How I lived a dull level of discontent all day, every day, and repeatedly felt bad about myself because of my continual failure to achieve the health and body I wanted.

 

…the funny thing is, it took me the same energy to be unhappy and unhealthy as it did to be happy with my body and healthy.

 

I just used the energy positively in a way that supported me, rather than beat myself up and stayed stuck.

 

Let me encourage you…it’s not harder to lose weight than it is to stay the same. It’s just different actions and feelings.

 

The right feelings and actions will have you feeling empowered and strong, the wrong ones will have you feeling stuck and frustrated.


I implore you…don’t get stuck (like I did), feeling it’s harder to lose weight and be happy and be unhappy.

 

It’s just a choice, to be trapped or be free.

 

So please…as if your life depended on it.


Choose freedom

 

It Thursday and you know what THAT means….POWER STRENGTH!!  Who’s up for some?  Come and join me in the Octane Studio at Fuel Fitness 12:10 – 12:50!  See you soon…

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If you’re looking for a health “potluck” salad that everyone will devour—look no more!!  This is not only nutritious it’s easy and QUICK to whip up!  SO yummy!

  • 2 small containers of 4% fat cottage cheese
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 bunch of green onions
  • 2 Roma tomatoes cut up
  • 5 radishes chopped up

Season with pink Himalayan salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder!  

It’s time for Wednesday Boot Camp baby!!  You coming?  It’s a Bosu kind of day in a different kind of way!  You gotta come to find out.  Fuel Fitness 12:10 – 12:50 in the Octane Studio–you gonna make it?

“Adversity causes some men to break and others to break records.”

So excited to share Elana’s results from the 90 Day Enlightenment program.  Sometimes when you’ve tried every diet in the book, every exercise from Pinterest and going it on your own without any success–it’s time to reach out for help!!  I love her transformation and am so proud of her I just had to share:  

90 Day Testimonial:
I joined Anneliese Swingle’s 90 day enlightened group to make some positive changes in my life, health, mentality and body. My goal was to lose 25 pounds and feel better about myself. As of today, I have lost 19.5 pounds and 16.5 inches overall. Along the way I joined the gym, learned a lot about making healthy food choices, eating enough food with a balance of fat, protein and carbs, reading food labels, THINKING differently about food, and the importance of adding strength training to my workout and not just doing cardio all the time. 
Non-scale wins include no sugar or caffeine for this whole time AND not missing either one! The importance of mindful meditation-thinking differently about food and what goals I want to reach and how I feel about myself.
Several times in the program my weight loss stalled or plateaued but Anneliese always had a word of encouragement and a fix…every time! 
My journey is not over, I INTEND to lose the last 5.5 pounds, keep working out and put everything I have learned in the last 90 days into practice. 
Thank you Anneliese and the whole Enlightened Group for helping me succeed on this program…I appreciate you all!

Group Cycle is gonna happen today in the Octane Studio.  Bring a friend if you’d like.  But either way, there will be sweat, hard work and happiness.  You’ll be SO glad you came.  Fuel Fitness 12:10 – 12:50

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I’m so proud to announce the first EVER Wellness Summit in Helena, Mt was a HUGE success.  10 health and wellness practitioners located here in Helena gathered together under one roof in the Octane Studio at Fuel Fitness to share their knowledge and expertise to all who ventured out to learn more about different modalities of healing!  There was acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, energetic healing, health coaching, juicing, yoga, biofeedback, reike, yoga and SO much more!  I personally learned so much from these amazing healers and feel blessed that they said YES to giving 4 hours of their Saturday away for FREE to get the word out about their specialties!  And did I say there was food?  A huge thank you goes out to 1889 for supplying amazing gluten free cookies.  They were delish!  And thank you to Fuel Fitness for allowing us to use the Octane Studio!!  Lastly CONGRATS to Rachel Burright who won a Wellness back pack along with some Vanilla Whey protein powder and a homeopathic Tox-chord supplement!  So blessed to live in this community with so many people vested in making health and wellness their priority!

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You know…I’ve never really been a cold weather person.  I blame it on my Raynaud’s…but that’s just the story I tell myself.  Truth is, I don’t like being cold.  Yah, yah, yah I can bundle up….I know that.  So I do when I need to go outside.  And if you’ve noticed we’ve gotten our fair share of snow recently.  (Oh joy)!  So, there’s no getting around it.  A girl’s got to go outside sometimes.  BUT you know what I’ve noticed?  I’m not as cold!!  I’m not as “affected” by the cold like I used to be….TRUE story!  Want to know why??  

I GOT MY THYROID CHECKED!  

Would you believe when your hormones are out of whack your bodies ability to adapt to temperature fluctuations is affected.  And BOY was mine EVER affected.  Turns out my thyroid was non-functioning.  Since I’ve been on Amour thyroid meds my body is SO much better at handling the cold.  I also sleep better and I don’t have the temperature fluctuations at night like I used to.  

TAKE AWAY:

Get a hormonal panel run if you are experiencing extreme temperature fluctuations, hair loss, dry skin, sleep disturbance, fatigue and just general malice.  These are just a few signs of hormonal imbalance.  And I haven’t even touched on nutrition!  HA!

Get well, be well my friends!

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YOU are invited to the first ever WELLNESS SUMMIT!  I’m so excited to be able to bring together so many amazing health practitioners under one roof!  This is YOUR change to learn about different ways to heal yourself for FREE!  Share this event with everyone you know and love!  See you soon!!

Power Strength is on tap today at Fuel Fitness in the Octane Studio.  Come one, come all–together we’ll have a ball!  Let’s ROCK THIS!  12:10 – 12:50

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When was the last time you  made a snow angel?  built a snowman?  played kick ball?  Remember what is was like to play like a kid?  Ever wish you had the ENERGY you did when you were a kid?  Energy is a hot commodity….  Everyone wants more of it.  Does it seem like it’s out of reach? 

Do you want to have more energy to keep up with your kids/grandkids but you just can’t muster it up. 

  • Do you find it hard to garner enough energy just to make dinner and then plunk yourself down on the couch and fall asleep right after? 
  • Do you pour yourself into bed exhausted, wake up exhausted, live on coffee, pop, sugar  and fast food to keep the candle at least lit? 
  • Do you feel guilty that you don’t have the energy to play with your kids, or your grandkids and mentally beat yourself up over it?  If these things sound familiar–let me release you from your guilt! 

IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT!

You’re stuck in  never enough time, never enough energy cycle!  You’ve created a great life with your family, but now you don’t have enough energy or time to enjoy it!  

HOW DOES IT EVER CHANGE?

It can when you start putting YOU first!  Yep, as hard as that is to hear–you HAVE to come first.  You can take care of anyone else unless you start taking care of YOU first.  All you need is:

  • A strategy
  • Mindset re-frame
  • Accountability

And YOU will have ALL the energy you AND your kids or grandkids can handle!!  Cheers to transforming!

Today in Boot Camp we’re gonna shoot for some TABATA!  You ready? See you in the Octane Studio Fuel Fitness 12:10 – 12:50

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90 Days and YOU can transform your life just like Sandy did.  I highlighted her 30 day results and now I’m happy to share her 90 day final weigh in results!  Yes, it’s great to celebrate the scale wins….but her non-scale wins scream just as loud if not louder!  Congrats Sandy on your your work.  You’ve earned all the riches you deserve!!  Congrats!  In her words:

I have reached my 90 Day check-in and I did well. On December 1st I went cold turkey from all crackers, bread, pasta, cheese, and sugar (except what is in fruits and veggies). Amazingly I have not missed them and for someone whose diet consisted mainly of bread, potatoes, pasta, cheese and crackers, it was a huge step. Guess I was ready to feel better and not be running to the bathroom as soon as I was finished eating and that hasn’t happened in 3 months.

My totals for the 90 days are … 12.75″ lost, 18 lbs lost, 6.5% body fat decrease, 19.6 lbs fat mass lost, and 1.6 lbs of muscle gained. 

Proud of what I have accomplished and look forward to my next challenges of continuing to improve my health, lose more weight, build more muscle, drink more water and put all the elements of a healthy life together. I will keep pressing on! 😅

The most important part of this program has been non-scale #Wins … more energy, fewer naps due to sadness or lack of energy, feeling stronger, moving easier and climbing up and down things with comfort, not having stomach issues, feeling upbeat and motivated (most of the time), getting into a life routine that feels good, learning to say “NO” so I have time to focus on my health, and motivating others to start looking at their lifestyle and how they could make changes.

THANK YOU Anneliese Swingle! YOU ARE AN ANGEL IN MY LIFE AND I’M GRATEFUL GOD ALLOWED OUR PATHS TO CROSS MANY YEARS AGO! 🦋🦋🦋

Group Cycle today in the Octane Studio and I WILL BE THERE ha!  Are you coming today?  I feel really strong—do you?  See you soon.  Fuel Fitness 12:10 – 12:50

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Have you ever wanted something so bad you could almost taste it?  Something so close, but yet so far.  So far it seems utterly impossible to reach it?  Like your goals?  You can see them, you visualize them, you dream about them, but they seem SO unattainable.  But are they?  Ask yourself these questions: 

  1. Do I have a game plan, a strategy to follow?
  2. Do I have a nutrition plan to follow?
  3. Do I have any accountability or support system in my life?

If you answered no to ANY of these questions then your goal MAY seem impossible to reach.  You see, without these things in place–goals remain out of reach.  They remain in the background hanging out as a wish, or a dream.  Don’t let your goals remain out of reach.  All you might need is someone to open the door….Cheers to transforming!!   https://workoutguru.wufoo.com/forms/help-me-get-to-know-you/

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HOW TO BE/HAVE A FIT RELATIONSHIP

Feeling so blessed today for this one.  

I remember when I dreamed of being fit with a fit partner one day.

Want to know how we found each other?  Actually…a mutual friend introduced us!  Was it a match made in heaven?   Well, not at first.  I  didn’t think I could hang with this guy who mountain biked, road biked, skate skied and did triathlons.  I just didn’t think I could keep up.  Although I worked out, I didn’t think I was “fit” enough to attract someone like Tim.  I was a runner and a gym rat.  Funny thing is…he thought the same thing about me!! 

We both became what the other person wanted.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that you don’t attract what you WANT, you attract what you ARE.

So if you want your partner to be more fit, it’s an opportunity for you to become the example and set the pace for you both.  Tim made me rise up to the occasion.  He pushed me past my comfort zone, supported me and I did the same for him.  Does he really like coming to my classes?  UM….that’s a BIG no!  HA!  But when he does, he’s always glad he did.  He supports me just like I support him!

So, if you want to attract a fit and healthy partner, you need to be that first.

This may sound like tough truth…and for you it may be.

Yet there’s no way around it, if you want to be with someone with strong values, they will want the same if you have those values too.

It’s not an excuse to not love yourself or beat yourself up until you have a certain body, that’s only going to hold you back.

But it’s like Jim Rohn said, “if you want things to get better, you have to get better.”

And it’s not bragging to say, with total transparency and gratitude, one amazing reason we have each other today…is because of decisions we made for ourselves a long time ago.

That’s my experience, and our story.

I love you, Tim.  Thank you for being the person I dreamed of, and for working on yourself until we found each other.

You’re a dream come true. 🙂

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THE HEALTH INDUSTRY IS LYING TO YOU

 

This pissed me off today.

 

‘Saw a post today in my FB feed which showed a supplement someone used and then compared it with a before and after picture.


It was as if the company was claiming the supplement lost them all the work.


Sadly, this is the the kind of stuff  the health industry is selling these days. Lies.

 

In fact, most of the health industry makes more money if you stay stuck in your health rather than transforming.


Think about doctors and hospitals even…how do most of them make money? When you get sick more often and keep showing up. They’re not motivated to make you long term healthy. They’re incentivized to get you well for the moment, but not stable in your health over the long term.

 

But yet that’s what you think you’re buying. And you’re not.


One of the big reasons I became a coach is to expose these lies, because in the end, I only want to succeed through my clients LONG TERM SUCCESS.

 

Not through a gimmick, not a single form of powder,

 

But by changing the way they think, feel, and behave…in a way which is fun, simple, and TRULY healthy.

 

Stop believing the big fat lies of the people holding you back…many of them network marketers, or supplement companies, or some fancy new app.

 

It’s a gimmick, and the real, integrated, sustainable solution is the only thing standing in the way of you waking up to a different body and mind 30 days from now…

 

The truth, and the truth alone…will set you free.

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Power Strength is ON today!!  You coming?   Fuel Fitness 12:10 – 12:50 in the Octane Studio.  Be there ready to rock and roll!

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I HATED HOW I FELT

And somehow, I knew I was capable of more.

I hated feeling self conscious about the way my clothes fit, too tight in all the wrong places, making me want to wear clothes to hide my body rather than express it.

Turning down my friends when they invited me to the lake or to do anything in shorts, because somewhere deep down, I wasn’t ready to be seen in my own skin.

Having that late night deep craving for pizza and ordering it, and while I enjoyed it, but felt the sense of guilt which comes from knowing I was caught in a vicious cycle not getting better.

I looked at other people who were fit and while for awhile I thought “must be so nice and easy for someone like that,” I later realized I had just been making excuses.

After seeing enough people transform their bodies, I realized my life wasn’t meant to be lived with guilt and feeling sorry for myself. I was meant to live a life of freedom and joy.  A life of happiness and meaning.


A life of power.

 

The difference came for me from meeting people, several of them who had learned to love exercise, eating healthy food, loving themselves, giving themselves a healthy mindset, taking a science and play based approach to weight loss.

Thank God I did. Thank God I fell in love with this idea…because now I’M that person.  The one that DID transform and change not only my body, but my MIND!

 

HATE VERSUS LOVE

 

Think about it:  it takes just as much energy to hate your body weight and be insecure as it does to do something about it.

BOOT CAMP BABY!  Today in the Octane Studio will be some high faluting stuff!  What you say it’s time for?  How about some BOMB BURSTS??  See you soon, 12:10 – 12:50 Fuel Fitness

 

Yaassss!

I can’t believe these results in just 30 DAYS!  Selina came to me looking to get her motivation back.  She was stuck from life throwing her a curve ball  nutritionally and physically.  She just didn’t know how to get her mojo back and as a result slowly and steadily gaining weight every year.  After joining the 90 Day Enlightenment program here are her 30 day results in her words:  

30 day testimonial

Ok ladies…. here goes! First time in my life posting pics like this, that’s how much I love Anneliese 😂 down 11.5 pounds since I started the detox, down 16 inches total body. My c section scar used to hang over and now it’s not quite so obvious. Never could have done it without this groups support. After losing my 21 year old son I was on a fast up hill weight gain, eating my emotions. Thanks to the grateful journaling I have been doing, I now see that’s what I was doing. Thank you Anneliese and gang for these last 30 days! Feeling so much better about myself! This program is a life changer! Can’t wait to see the changes in the next 30 days!!🎉

Spinning class won’t be the same if you’re not there!  You coming?  The bikes are waiting and so am I!  See you soon…Fuel Fitness Octane Studio 12:10 – 12:50

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I used to wonder why it was so tough for me to stick to a fitness program…

Why I’d start a program for 4 weeks, lose some weight, and then slowly find excuses to quit and then go backwards.

Why I’d be so disciplined for around 6 weeks but then for some reason it would be over. Then i’d give up. Then I’d go back to the way I was before.

Why this happened multiple times a YEAR, and I’d look back over multiple years and show no progress.

Once I created my body transformation, and my clients created theirs…

I started wondering (and asking) them why the things they tried in the past didn’t work, and then what they felt was different about my program.

One of the biggest common denominators?

Rather than a focus on motivation, I focus on fun.

You see, most people think their issue is a lack of “motivation,” but that’s not the problem.

Everyone is highly motivated to do and continue to do the things they find fun. They don’t have to struggle to be disciplined to eat food they like and hang out with people they like and get praise.

They don’t have to struggle. They do it automatically.

Think about your own life, does someone have to “hold you accountable” to things you like? Like eating a pizza or watching your favorite show?

Of course not, you love those things.

And that’s the key to sustainable health. Making the process fun.

Sure accountability is important, especially early on as you’re creating the habit…

But if you’re doing it right…fun is where you’ll end up before long. That’s where you want to be.

Because what’s fun is sustainable. Fun is permanent.

Fun creates automatic motivation.

So no need to try and psyche yourself up to get motivated.

Find a way to do what helps you and is fun too.

That’s the sweet spot.

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