The Real Go Fit Girl!

As a yoga teacher, an indoor cycling instructor and a health and fitness blogger I try to reach the biggest audience I can.

Besides with actually teaching and blogging I try to keep up with the kids (and the rest of us) with social media. (I can’t possibly understand all the social media out there, such as Snapchat. If you don’t know what that is, you can look it up.)

Go Fit Girl! has been on Facebook for years and Twitter for years as well. I just recently revived my personal Instagram account and changed my username to TheRealGoFitGirl.

There are a lot of Go Fit Girls on Instagram, but I am the only real one.

I first signed up for Instagram before it was cool. The app had cool filters and I was just fooling around with them, back in December 2010.

I decided recently that GFG! should be on Instagram, especially since social media can link up to each other.

After I added a photo and updated my profile I started looking through my contacts and Facebook friends to see who else was on Instagram.

Before reviving my account was I the only one NOT on Instagram?

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Who are you madly in love with?

Last year around this time one of my awesome yoga teacher’s, Vickie, mentioned Madly in Love with Me, which is a project, a mission, a passion created by one of her friends.

I looked at the site a little. But never gave it the time I should.

I recently asked her about it and she reminded me of the name: Madly in Love with Me. (There’s a Facebook page for it, too.)

I have done a little research on the site and I just love the idea of self-love. (AND it goes with Go Fit Girl!’s February Monthly Challenge theme about taking care of No. 1. If you want to join the challenge, you can click right here to go to the Facebook event page.)

The stated mission of Madly in Love with Me is: Our mission is to reclaim self-love for every woman and girl on this planet, so that she may know what it is to be deeply loved, starting with the love she has for herself.

Some excerpts from the blog on what self-love is, why it is needed and what it means:

Why Self-Love? While it is true that women and … Continue reading

Take care, love you this month

This month’s Go Fit Girl!’s February Monthly Challenge is about the No. 1 person in your life.

It’s not your spouse, partner, kids, parents, boss. It’s YOU.

In honor of this month’s Love of Reading Month and that other silly celebration that happens in the middle of this month the Monthly Challenge is about focusing on No. 1.

You have to love yourself and take care of yourself before you can love or take care of anyone else.

You have to decide what is best for you.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important for you and all of those you have in your life. You can’t take care of anyone else if you aren’t taking care of No. 1.

Nutrition: It is important to eat healthy regularly, drink lots of water, minimize the soda intake (including diet) along with limiting the alcohol intake as well. Make that your focus for this month with the nutrition challenge. But you are also the best judge of when you need to indulge: eat some chocolate, have two glasses of wine … You can also judge when you need to eat more vegetables or have a piece of fruit instead of another cup … Continue reading

A challenging Challenge

One of the challenges for January’s Monthly Challenge is to work on curbing unproductive complaining, to be more aware of what we are really complaining about. It is just bitching or is there some truth and necessity to it?

I will admit I am having a hard time with this challenge.

I have been super negative at work–some of it is just the regular crap. But some big changes are happening, which I have been trying to process and emotionally deal with.

I don’t do well with change or uncertainty.

I do believe everything happens for a reason. And usually the reason is not evident immediately.

I don’t like being so negative. It is such a waste of energy. I want to focus my energy on things that are important, things that need my attention and energy.

Earlier this week I took a break from Facebook, Go Fit Girl! blogging and research, Twitter, etc. I went to work and yoga and then spent my evening just vegging. I did that for two nights and it was a great relief. On Thursday evening I got a massage. Massages may seem like pampering. But I do believe they help with … Continue reading

A much needed break

This week has been rough for me. Emotionally draining.

Monday I didn’t work and went to a very inspiring and emotionally uplifting yoga class. The energy I felt afterward was amazing. I was almost giddy.

Then Tuesday happened. I came home from work exhausted. I still went to yoga. And I never regret dragging myself to practice.

When I got home from class I told myself there was no need to go online. I didn’t need to post anything on Go Fit Girl! and I didn’t need to look at Facebook. So I just showered, made and ate dinner, drank a beer and vegged in front of the TV before bed.

Last night was pretty much the same, minus the beer.

Don’t get me wrong, I can’t go long without the Internets, my blogging and research, Facebook, Twitter, etc. But it was definitely a nice and much needed break. It was refreshing actually.

I worked from home today because I need to go into the office tomorrow.

Because my schedule was flexible I was able to make a massage appointment. Thanh always make me feel better. And as she was working my back and shoulders I could feel how tight … Continue reading

Comment Contest Tuesday=fun free stuff!

I would say 2012 was a successful year for Go Fit Girl!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my loyal and supportive readers and give you a chance to win some items, which can be found in Go Fit Girl’s Amazon store.

When I first posted this it was only linked up on Go Fit Girl!’s Facebook page. So Go Fit Girl! page “Likes”  and regular readers had first opportunity to participate in this Comment Contest Tuesday. Later on it will be (was) posted to my personal Facebook page.

To participate in this week’s Comment Contest Tuesday you must post in the comments below why you read or like Go Fit Girl! If you are a first-time reader, feel free to mention what you would like to learn or what you hope to get out of reading this blog.

(Just an FYI that the bags are girlie. Boys are welcome to participate as you can keep it for yourself or give to your mom, sister, friend, wife, girlfriend, cousin …)

You can comment as much as you would like–but you will only get one bag or the opportunity to win one bag. This … Continue reading

Minus 1 drink, abs/core work are featured in this Monthly Challenge

The first Go Fit Girl! Monthly Challenge seemed successful. Trying to increase or get your water intake to at least 48-64 ounces a day and either trying yoga for the first time or if a regular yogi, trying a new teacher or new kind of class/practice.

Today launches Go Fit Girl’s October Monthly Challenge.

And the challenges are:

Nutrition: Minus 1.

Do you drink more than one cup of coffee a day, how about numerous Diet Cokes? Do you have more than one glass of wine or beer when you get home at night?

If you are a regular soda drinker, whether regular or diet (I know there are a bunch of Diet Coke heads out there) or caffeine or booze … try to eliminated just one a day every day this month. If you want to cut the amount down by more feel free.

If you normally drink 10 Diet Cokes a day, try to just have nine. If you have three cups of coffee each morning, try to just have two. For booze, either try to just drink on the weekends (my normal alcohol intake is Friday through Sunday) or if you regularly drink during the week … Continue reading

Chugging water, practicing yoga

I meant to write this post on Monday. But this has been a crazy and exhausting week.

OK, how are you non-Facebook Go Fit Girl’s Monthly Challenge participants doing?

There are 21 people participating in the Facebook event.

One participant let the group know that she recently took a CPR class and was told my the instructor that we all wake up dehydrated. So drinking a glass of water before your morning coffee is recommended.

And without even trying I do that most mornings, especially on days that I ride into work where I slurp down 24 ounces of water (750 mL).

Another participant signed up for yoga in the park. What a great idea! Unfortunately the Bay Area had crazy thunderstorms that day. So she wasn’t able to attend. But it was a great idea.

This challenge is definitely encouraging people to monitor and increase their water intake. And make more trips to power their noses.

I recently upgraded my CamelBak water bottle from a 16 ounce (500 mL) to 24 ounce (750mL) container. I find using the CamelBak increases my water intake. It is easy to drink out of with very few spill mishaps.

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Are you inspired by Go Fit Girl!?

Recently I debated if I should keep up with the Go Fit Girl! blog. It’s a decent amount of work. I consider it my second job, which I don’t get paid for, and it is rather time-consuming.

I do enjoy maintaining it and doing the research and learning things and sharing it all with my readers. But I had started to wonder if it was worth it.

I love getting comments. But I rarely get them.

Occasionally I hold something called Comment Contest Tuesday to generate comments and get my readers more involved. But I have to say it is like pulling teeth to get people to comment. And with Comment Contest Tuesday my readers have a chance to win a prize. Seems pretty easy to me.

When you comment you have to give your name and e-mail address. Only your name is published. And it doesn’t have to be your full name or your real name.

The reason you have to fill in your e-mail is to help eliminate spammers. I won’t ever share your e-mail. And the only time I use it is to alert you that you won the random drawing for Comment Contest Tuesday and to … Continue reading

Get your water, yoga in for this month’s Monthly Challenge

OK, GFG! readers, today marks GFG!’s first Monthly Challenge.

There will be two challenges. One focused on exercise and one focused on nutrition.

In honor of National Yoga Month I thought I would make the first exercise challenge about yoga.

If you have never taken yoga before, try a class. If you occasionally or regularly practice yoga try a new teacher, class or type of yoga.

Because it is National Yoga Month gyms are likely offering more classes (I know mine is). Yoga studios may be offering something in honor. There could even be free yoga in the park. Check with Parks & Rec schedules in your city/town.

The nutrition challenge for September will be about getting your daily water intake in.

If you don’t drink much water every day (like you love the soda or Diet Coke, etc.) try to double your water in take every day for the month. If you drink a reasonable amount of water already try to get in six to eight 8 ounce servings in every single day.

The event invite has been posted to Facebook. Click here to view. Don’t forget that you can still participate in the Monthly Challenge even … Continue reading