Brace yourself….Thankful  Tearful Thursday post!  

There are days where it’s just plain hard to be grateful for anything.  We are SO affected by all the things that happen to us externally that we react out of fear, anger, stress, hate, exhaustion you name it.  Sometimes it hard to squeeze everything into a day so we eat crap, stay up too late, drink our sorrows away only to repeat it the next day.  

I can say all of this because I used to do it.  Sure I still worked out, but had plenty of other self destructive behaviors that kept me stuck in the revolving door of  insanity.  Fitness was my way of coping with all the other craziness going on in my head.  It’s pretty hard to run and cry at the same time. But I DID it!  Crying during my runs was my prayer life.  It brought such clarity in an inexplicable way.  I’m thankful I was able to “let it all out” during those runs so I could be the mom, sister, friend I needed to be when it ended.  

I’m SO THANKFUL that I had fitness in my life to help me cope. Fitness has allowed me freedom I could have never imagined.  Was it easy to get it?  Umm…..I guess it depends on your definition of easy.  I personally like breathing so hard that I can’t think of anything else except getting through it.  THAT’S what the game changer was for me.  So, I say DO SOMETHING SO HARD you can’t THINK of anything else but getting through it.  

What’s your coping mechanism??

Power Strength is coming your way today!  Whether you like it or not, it’s time to PUMP YOU UP!  See you soon.  Fuel Fitness 12:10 – 12:50

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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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So DAMN proud of this girl right here!  She had a surgery DURING her 90 day transformation and was able to continue her weight loss and stay on track because of all the tools she learned during her journey!  Congrats my friend–you earned it!

I had my last check-in with Anneliese Swingle this morning!! My 90 days is up and I’m down 11.4 lbs…the kicker is that 11 of those pounds are FAT!!! I lost 4.1% of my body fat as well. I think I would have had better results, but I’m still EXCITED as I’m 6 days post-op and still swollen. 
I am so appreciative for this program and everything I have learned! Good luck ladies and stick with it because it WORKS!!!

It’s going to be a GGGGGREAT day in Spinning today.  LOTS of bikes now, so no excuses!  Come and hang out in the Octane Studio and peddle your pains away.  Fuel Fitness 12:10 – 12:50!


I am sure that these 35 positive quotes will bring you a beautiful day. Maybe sometimes you are under great pressure so that you may feel tired and you can’t ev