Women Who Box – Charise Stanford

A few months ago I was at a children’s birthday party and met a young lady who boxed.  I was so intrigued that I decided to start a “Women Who Box” series on my blog to share the amateur, recreational and professional female athletes in this sport.  I hope you enjoy this series and the first interviewee in this series – Charise Stanford.

These women have amazing stories I am hopeful you will find inspirational.

Female Boxer Charise Stanford

FFFC:  Please introduce yourself to our readers.

CS:  My name is Charise Stanford.  I am 28 years old.  Health is my passion.  I lost over 70 pounds by hard work and dedication.  I am the happiest I have ever been in my life!  I box, I run marathons, I get medals. I make things happen.  Every day is a chance to get better.  This is my 7th year living in Atlanta and the heat and hills have given me strength.

FFFC:  How did you get interested in boxing?

CS:  I am the oldest child, when I was younger I used to spar with my dad. Boxing has interested me since youth.

FFFC”  How did you get started in boxing?

CS:  I started boxing February 2013, when I wanted to push myself in a new direction.

FFFC:  Who do you spar with?

CS:  I spar with trainers and other students associated with or visiting my boxing gym.

Boxer Charise Stanford

FFFC:  Have you had an official match and if so, how did it go?

CS:  No, I was training for my first fight earlier this year, but it was canceled.  I have a tryout for the Women’s Football Alliance in 6 weeks.

FFFC:  What do you like most and least about boxing?

CS:  What I love the most about boxing is the point of no return.  When you are sparring or in a fight, you cannot quit because you are tired.  There is no place for laziness or shirking, you must address everything that attacks you instantly AND be prepared to counter.  The adrenaline rush is amazing.  What I like the least about boxing is peeling my handwraps after they have been in the dryer.  I know I could air dry them, but considering what they experience during the week, they deserve those sweet smelling dryer sheets.

FFFC:  What is your training program like?

CS:  My training program consists of a variety of strength, endurance, and speed drills.  I run half marathons quarterly. I have completed 3 13.1 half marathons and 1 20K loop race. I do a lot of distance running in my free time.  Outside of the boxing studio, I lift heavy on legs and stay active on my agility ladder to keep current with footwork.  Also, I have committed more time to stretching after every workout and it definitely helps.

FFFC:  What would you say is the biggest misconception about females in this sport?

CS:  The biggest misconception about females in boxing is that it’s not safe for us.  On the contrary, I think it’s the best thing for us.  Boxing introduces you to rawest part of your instinct.

Boxer Charise with Evander Holyfield heavyweight boxer

FFFC:  What do you admire most about your physique?

CS:  If I had to pick part of my physique to admire, it would be my arms. They are very resilient.

FFFC:  What general tips do you have for other women interested in getting started with boxing?

CS:  Other tips for women interested in boxing? My advice is get started now and don’t wait. Tomorrow is not promised. Get it done.

FFFC:  What is your daily diet (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks)?

CS:   I love breakfast; it’s my favorite meal of the day.  It sets the tone.  I focus on protein and carbs in the morning.  I love breakfast quiche, omelettes, etc.  I play a lot with variety.  I eat all day long J  After breakfast, I’ll snack on Greek yogurt with nuts or fruit.  Sometimes, I’ll make fresh fruit or vegetable juices at home and have a liquid lunch or I’ll have another load of protein with veggies.  I enjoy fruit in the afternoon.  I adopted a habit from my mother and I eat a red apple everyday on the way home from work.  Dinners are highly anticipated and usually homemade.  I focus on lean meats, more flavors, less sauce, fresh veggies, and a colorful plate.  I also have a refillable water bottle that stays with me wherever I go.

FFFC:  Do you have any upcoming matches or events?  Tell us all about it.

CS:  Women’s Football Alliance tryouts Oct 2014.  Atlanta Half Marathon, Thanksgiving Day 2014.

FFFC:  How can our readers learn more about the services you have to offer?

CS:  chariseinatlanta@gmail.com  

Female Boxer Charise Stanford

FFFC:  Where can I our readers find you on the web and read more about what you do?

CS:  Follow my Instagram: @reeseyreez for inspiration, motivation, recipes, and workouts.


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Workout Wednesday Link Up #47

Hi everybody and thank you for stopping by for this week’s Workout Wednesday Link Up.  Today’s theme is:

Workout Wednesday Link Up Favorite Race

 

Of course, if you don’t want to follow the theme we still want you to party with us so don’t sweat it, but if you do, you can find each and every week’s theme here:  http://femmefitalefitclub.com/workout-wednesdays-link-up/

Stay fit and have fun!


Welcome to this week’s Workout Wednesday (WOW) Link Up!

Brought to you by your hostesses 

Diatta Harris | Femme Fitale Fit Club and Sheila Simmons | The Frugal Exerciser.

 

Workout Wednesday Link Up co-hostesses

Joining us is our co-hostess:

Amanda | Eat Hard Work Hard 

Amanda Eat Hard Work Hard

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She has a really cool blog full of their fitness adventures so stop by there, read some posts, leave some comments, share and subscribe so you receive regular updates.  We are very happy to have her as a co-hostess. 


We created a new WOW Pinterest Board where you can also PIN your post pics for more reach.

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Make sure you follow the board and let me know via email (diatta@femmefitalefitclub(dot)com) so I can add you to the board so you can start PINNING to the WOW Link Up group board. Add your blog to my fitness and running directory here and follow the ones already posted.

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Share this TWEET and invite your other BLOGGER/VLOGGER friends to join the party.


Look who’s getting featured this week, my partner in crime – Sheila Simmons of The Frugal Exerciser!!!!  She didn’t know I nominated her to be in the spotlight this week – tee hee hee.  If you haven’t gone to her site yet please do and what you will see a host of posts where she shares ways to stay fit and doing it in an inexpensive way.  Who needs expensive box gyms or high-priced meal programs to treat their body right.

Also, because of all she does to help pull this weekly link up together week, after week, after week – she is in the Workout Wednesday Blogger Spotlight this week.

Show her some love by stopping by her blog today and share, comment or subscribe.

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Congratulations  Sheila!!

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5.  Use hashtag #wowlinkup when you comment on someone’s post so they know how you found them

6.  Last but definitely not least, HAVE FUN!  This IS a party.

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POPSUGAR Select Blogger – Patti Murillo-Casa

POPSUGAR Select Blogger Pattie Murrillo-Casa

FFFC:  Please introduce yourself to our readers (i.e. your name, occupation, hobbies, etc.). 

PC:  My name is Patti Murillo- Casa.  I was born and have lived in New York City  for most of my life.  I’ve been married to a wonderful and supportive man for almost 16 years.  My husband and I are both retired from the NYC Police Department.

I am a Cervical Cancer and Obesity survivor.   These were difficult journeys — each one of them with their own hurdles, but I was able to come out on the other side.

It took me awhile to realize that health is my wealth and without it not too many things mattered.  Today I am healthier, stronger, fit, and happier than I have ever been.

I’m a Certified Spinning® Instructor, a Licensed Zumba® Fitness Instructor and I’m working on getting other fitness certifications.

I share my story not to get glorified because I’m sure I am not the only one that had gone through what I have.  I share it to offer encouragement to those who need it.  To demonstrate that with determination, consistency, patience and focus you can achieve anything you set your mind to do.

Nothing is guaranteed in life, but you have to give yourself the best odds possible for the best quality of life that you can live.

FFFC:  How did you get started with your fitness lifestyle?

PC:  I was morbidly obese – I was tipping the scale at 238 pounds on a 5’3″ frame. Consequences began to appear and I was diagnosed with Diabetes type 2, High Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure.

My doctor was trying to control all these illnesses with oral medications, but I did not change my lifestyle. So it came the time that the diabetes medications were not working and he told me that the next course of action was to start insulin injections.   The thought of injecting insulin scared me and I really did not want to go there.

I knew that it was up to me to change this course of action. I should have done it from the beginning, yet I didn’t. I was sabotaging my already fragile health. So it was there and then that I made a commitment to myself– I was determined that I was going to make a U-turn to a healthier lifestyle – that no matter how long it took me, and how many times I fall, I was going to get myself to the finish line.

It is overwhelming to start a new lifestyle. You have people telling you different things to do contradicting the process. You have to choose what works for you. Always be determined, patient, consistent and focused.

My journey started on July of 2011 – it started slow, but I believe that step by step we will always travel far.

It took me 14 months from the start to lose 113 pounds. I reversed all my illnesses and I don’t take any kind of medications.

FFFC:  What made you continue in this lifestyle?

PC:  Besides the obvious reasons of being healthier – I really fell in love with fitness. I love the way that it makes me feel. I feel empowered, unstoppable, like I can conquer the world.

Some people call me obsessive – I like to see it as committed to my health, and this is part of what I have do. It has become part of my daily routine like brushing my teeth or taking a shower.

I workout every day and I love it. Yes!! I have been told to give my body a break during the week – but I do what works for me. I have been doing this for more than 2 years now, and I feel great.   I do listen to my body and when it asks for rest I do rest.

POPSUGAR Select Blogger Pattie Murrillo-Casa

FFFC:  What are some of your established healthy eating habits?

PC:  At the beginning of my journey I had to really learn about sensible eating, portion control and counting my calories.

I eat six times a day (breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack). I do indulge at times, but I don’t OVER indulge, I don’t drink my calories and I do not skip any of my meals even if I am not hungry.

I drink my water all the time and I journal my meals and my activities. I use the app LOSE IT – it is easy and it really keeps me accountable and keeps me on track.

FFFC:  What do you typically eat for breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner? 

PC:  The following is a sample of one of my daily food:

Breakfast:  1/2 cup of Oatmeal cooked topped with cinnamon and 1 tablespoon chopped almonds.  1/2 banana, and 8oz of fat free milk

Midmorning Snack: 1 stick light cheese, baby carrots or a yogurt.

Lunch:  Tuna salad in 1/2 whole wheat pita pocket with lettuce, tomatoes, red cabbage or any other kind of veggie. Sugar Free Jello-O cup.

Mid afternoon Snack: 4-6 ounces strawberries, 10 cashews

Before Dinner Snack – 10 peanuts in the shell (20 individual peanuts)

Dinner:  Fish, or Chicken, 1/2 of a sweet potato with a salad with lots of veggie like fresh asparagus, green beans.  Sugar Free Jello-O cup.

FFFC:  What is your favorite fitness activity?

PC:  I really can’t say I have an ultimate favorite.  I enjoy almost all fitness activities, but the most is running – something I did not like to do before.  I have ran 15 official 5K’s to date, and my goal is to run 113 of them – one for each pound I originally lost.

FFFC:  What do you do now to maintain your physique?

PC:  I work out every day, I Zumba®, I Spin®, I run, I weight lift, I take different exercise classes, I train with a trainer once a week, and I try my best to keep on track with my food.  There are struggles at time, and I have my off days, but it gets easier.  It is part of my daily routine like brushing my teeth. I do it without thinking.

I have maintained my weight loss for 2 years now – so it can be done!!! I’m living proof.

FFFC:  How did you develop and sustain the willpower to avoid the bad stuff (i.e. junk food, bad drinks, lack of activity, etc.)?

PC:  I’m not going to lie and tell you it was easy.  You have to dig deep, become determined, and don’t lose sight of your goal.

I surrounded myself with positive people, read weight loss blogs, read success stories and always got inspired and I really aspire to inspire one day.

I joined a weight loss group at my gym.  It was great because we motivated one another and shared our ups and downs as well as our milestones. We kept each other accountable and offer support to one another.

POPSUGAR Select Blogger Pattie Murrillo-Casa

FFFC:  What advice do you have for someone who wants to start their own fitness lifestyle but unsure of how to begin?

PC:  Don’t get overwhelmed.  It is amazing the amount of information that is out there.  Sometimes you have to do some trial and error.  Not everything works for everyone but DON’T GIVE UP.

It is a process that requires patience.  Remember we didn’t get this way overnight and we are not going to reverse it overnight.  If you become overwhelmed I would focus on the nutrition part first.  You are changing bad habits and that is very hard to do.  Remember — small changes make big differences.

FFFC:  What do you think is the biggest misconception about this lifestyle?  

PC:  The fact that people think you cannot eat or that you have to starve to lose weight.  News Flash: You have to eat.  Food is our fuel.  It is the kind and amount of food that you eat that I think is the problem.

Also people think that they can eat enormous amount of food because they work out, but if you constantly do it – it doesn’t work that way.  You will see consequences for sure.  I have proven that theory myself. LOL 

FFFC:  Who are some of your fitness inspirations? 

PC:  My great mentors and teachers – without them I wouldn’t be where I am now.  They have offered me a wealth of knowledge and information.  They keep me motivated and have inspired me to continue on this path.

They have been my personal GPS and have been instrumental in guiding me to reach a better place.  They all have my most sincere admiration and gratitude.

FFFC:  How can readers learn more about you and your fit life?  (i.e. Blog, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc.)? 

PC:   can go to my blog where I try to keep my readers updated about what’s going on with me, as well as offer some information on workouts, nutrition, and motivation.

Heavy Girl to Healthy Girl.  www.heavygirltohealthygirl.com

Face book:  www.facebook.com/heavygirltohealthygirl

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/pattiny1

Instagram: www.instagram.com/pattiny1

 


What Chocolate Milk & Apolo Ohno Have In Common

Apolo Ohno -Mission Apolo: BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK

Disclosure:  The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Built With Chocolate Milk.

As you know, here at Femme Fitale Fit Club we love celebrating athleticism in the every day person and every once in a while in a world-renowned athlete.  Today we want to share our admiration for world-class athlete Apolo Ohno.

If you don’t know who Apolo Ohno is then you must have just been born.  He is an eight-time medalist (two gold, two silver and four bronze) in the 2002 Winter Olympics for short track speed skating category.  He is a true athlete and definition of a champion.

Guess what?  If you want to get to know him, he is still very active and you can have a chance to see this wonderball in action.  In April he accepted a challenge to transfer his skills, power and speed from short-track speedskating to a triathlon.  He is competing in the 2014 Ironman© World Class Championship Race in Kona-Kailua, Hawaii on Saturday, October 11, 2014.  An Ironman is the top of the line of all races because a competitor must transition through and complete 3 key events, by a certain time, in order to be adorned with the title of Ironman.  If you aren’t familiar (I know that isn’t the case with my readers) then let me provide some quick facts on it:

  • It is comprised of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.1 mile run which needs to be completed in 17 hours
  • You have to qualify to participate

Mission Apolo Series

As you can see, this race requires a true class athlete with focus, dedication and the right fuel to push through this.  If you would like to see World-Class Athlete Apolo Ohno in action, he joins Women’s Health editor Jen Ator for a six-month training and recovery program with sports dietitians and elite professional coaches 8X IRONMAN© World Champion Paula Newby-Fraser and 3X World Champion Craig “Crowie” Alexander.

Watch him train (I know I am curious to know how rigorous it is) by catching the 8-episode, behind-the-scenes content and training tips from Apolo Ohno and Jen at www.gotchocolatemilk.com I think you will be riveted.

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 One of the key elements to excellent performance, especially for endurance sports, is refueling properly.  This is where chocolate milk comes in.  I was informed years ago chocolate milk was excellent for refueling after long runs and tough workouts but not until recently did I learn the science behind it.  Mind you, I am not a certified nutritionist or trainer but all you have to do is a little research to learn the following about lowfat chocolate milk:

  • has B vitamins that convert fuel into energy
  • contains calcium, vitamin D, phosphorous, protein and potassium that support bone development
  • provides fluids and electrolytes such as calcium, potassium, magnesium and sodium to replenish what was lost during tough workouts
  • has the right carb-protein ratio scientifically shown to refuel exhausted muscles and help return muscles back to pique potential

If you want more information about the wonderful world of lowfat chocolate milk you can find it here:  Chocolate Milk Backed By Science.  Whatever you’re building, build it with chocolate milk.

Chocolate milk is the official refuel beverage for several elite races and athletes so we will get a glimpse how Apolo will use chocolate milk during his 2014 Ironman© World Championship training, practice and ultimately his endurance race.  To answer the original statement of this article – both Apolo Ohno and chocolate milk will be at the 2014 Ironman© World Class Championship Race!

What fun facts do you know about Apolo Ohno?  

Do you plan to watch his 8-part training series?  

Do you currently drink chocolate milk after a tough workout?

 

 


October 2014 Challenges + Giveaway

30 Day of Fitness Challenges App Giveaway

 

Do you believe Summer is officially over?  I know I am still in awe how once the kids started back to school, the weather switched over JUST like that.  At least that is how it feels.  The fortunate thing about this here fitness thing – there’s always new challenges to embrace so that is what we are bringing you this month.  Let’s keep this very straightforward and simple.

FIRST:  Feel free to join us by joining our private group here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/femmefitale/ and interact with a bunch of motivated women who are some of the most encouraging I’ve ever met!!!

SECOND:  Get ready for an amazing MONTH of challenges, encouragement and new accomplishments – push yourself to the next level.  I know you can do it.

THIRD:  Do these challenges with us and interact on a regular basis so we keep each other going.

Challenge #1:  30 Day Little Black Dress

Take videos and pictures of you performing this challenge and tag me at Instagram @FemmeFitaleFitClub or Twitter @DSTPRL and use hashtag #LBD30 so everyone in this challenge can find you and cheer you on!!!

30 day little black dress challenge (LBD)

This challenge was created by the team behind 30 Day Fitness Challenges.  Did you know they even have an app?  I had an opportunity to use it a few months ago and I really really liked it.  First, they have a host of body parts you can work on for 30 days from legs, arms, core, or strength.  It doesn’t stop there, once you select your 30 day challenge category and actual challenge (you can set the start date for any challenge you select) the app then prompts you daily with your exercises for the day.

The part I honestly think is a very thoughtful function of the app is they have included video clips of each and every exercise so if you are unsure how to perform one, they have written and visual instruction for proper form.  I LOVE THAT!!  It’s all about form.  If you do 100 crunches with bad form, you most likely did more harm than good.  Proper form is of utmost importance and this app takes that into consideration.

You can share and challenge your friends on social media through the app.  The challenges are for all fitness levels (get clearance from your physician before starting any fitness program) and while some experts take exception to 30-day challenges working the same muscle group day in and day out, this app doesn’t tax the same muscle group the same way every day.  It changes up the reps or length of time for variety.

Last but not least, who wouldn’t want to see their achievements after a grueling 30 day challenge?  This app offers that as well.  The 30 Day Fitness Challenges team has been gracious enough to offer 5 of our lucky readers and challengers a free download of their app.  So complete the giveaway tool below where winners will be announced November 1st after this month’s challenge. 

Terms and conditions:  Open worldwide and must be 18+ to enter.  Duration:  10/1 – 10/31 

If you want to hurry up and get the app now, by all means.  You can download the app off of the iTunes Apple store:  https://itunes.apple.com/app/id726162392  or Google Play:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fitness.challenges for $2.99 and it is available for iPhone, Androids and iPad.

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Challenge #2:  Drink More Water

Drink More Water October Challenge

We always seem to come back to this but that is because drinking water is just so essential and vital for your body to function correctly.  Let’s keep this simple – drink 1/2 your body weight in oz a day for the next 30 days.  You are bound to feel better, more energized with softer supple skin.

And there you have it folks.  Leave a comment below if you are IN as well as in our private Facebook group here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/femmefitale/

For extra tips subscribe to our Facebook page which stays on and POPPIN!

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On The Run – We Running At The Baltimore Running Festival

Champions On The Run - Baltimore Running Festival 2014What I like most about my Sanders Optimum Fitness Boot Camp family is how we encourage each other and make each other feel like we can do WHATEVER we set our minds to.  We are constantly referred to as champions and well, that makes you feel really good inside.  When Monte Sanders, CEO of SOF Boot Camp brought us together to discuss hosting a race to get our local friends and familities out there on the pavement and active, we all were very excited about his vision.

Due to the amount of time we had, we transformed the vision of Monte to one where we all are looking forward to running in the local Baltimore Running Festival.  It is highly popular each and every year and they have several “tracks”.  You can walk/run in the 5K, Relay, Half or Full Marathon.  It is awesome and the electricity in the air is just awesome.

Join us “Champions On The Run” as we participate in the Baltimore Running Festival representing Sanders Optimum Fitness Boot Camp.  Learn more about it here.

Baltimore Running Festival Day is October 28, 2014

Step 1:  Register here:  http://www.thebaltimoremarathon.com/

Step 2:  After you register email Sanders Optimum Fitness at sofchampionsontherun@gmail(dot)com and include:

  • Full name
  • Race category
  • Shirt size (shirts available to the first 25 people who register)

Step 3:  You will receive an email with information to where to pick up your shirt as well as the meeting spot on race day for the Champions On The Run

This is sure to be loads of fun and PLUS you will be with family so come on out.  If you just aren’t up to running then feel free to support with the high-energy crowd that comes out ever year.

Do you plan to come run at the BRF?


#ActiveNationDay is Coming To Your Town

#ActiveNationDay with Lorna Jane

Lorna Jane is doing it again.  Two years in a row she has started a movement to encourage all of us to get ACTIVE!  This year is no different.  On Sunday, September 28, 2014 we are going to get our active groove on and shake up this globe.

What is #ActiveNationDay you ask?  I’m glad you did ask.  #ActiveNationDay is a movement created in 2012 by Lorna Jane to help women live an authentic and active life. On 28 September 2014, they’ll be hosting events all over the world, where sporty sisters can learn and take part in a specially choreographed fitness routine. In just three years, the #ActiveNationDay sisterhood has collectively moved over eight million kilometers together – that’s 21 times to the moon! And with this year marking Active Nation Day’s global debut, that number is set to soar.

You really want to get involved so all you have to do is REGISTER HERE by Sunday, September 28, 204.

Next you want to download the Lorna Jane app which is available both on the iTunes Apple store and Googleplay set it up with your personal information (height, weight, name, etc.).

You can actually celebrate this day anywhere but if you would like to join others feel free to check out their global map and find a location near you to sign up and register.  IT’S FREE!!

Oh did I tell you?  Lorna Jane came out with her own DANCE!!!  It’s really cute and she shows you how to do it right here.  Check it out.  And if the mood hits you record yourself doing it and share it on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook – THE WORLD!!!!!  I would love to see my Femme Fitales get down.

And guess what?  Lorna Jane is also sponsoring a #LJMove Competition.  One lucky winner will win $1,000 Lorna Jane Gift Card.  Y’all will be looking real cute this upcoming season sporting her gear if one of you wins.  Here’s how that works:

  • Videotape or take a photo of yourself performing the #LJMove
  • Post a short clip of yourself doing the #LJMove on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook and tag it #LJMove #ActiveNationDay and #SweatPink for a valid entry.
  • Don’t keep all of this good stuff to yourself, tag a sporty friend and have them do the same so they can have a chance to win cool stuff too
  • Please reference the official terms and conditions HERE
  • The competition ends September 30, 2014 so hurry up and post your stuff
  • Winner will be announced October 1, 2014 Brisbane, Australia time and posted on the http://lornajane.com website so make sure you check that site on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

Here’s a quick example of the move.

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Last but not least, on Sunday, September 28, 2014 GET ACTIVE and MOVING.  Use the Lorna Jane app you just downloaded and workout with it.  Whether you are inside or outside, walking or running, lifting or gardening – this app will help you stay accountable and track your moves.  If you are able to make one of these exotic locations, they will have a live event happening from 8 am to 9 am local time with refreshments afterwards.

Brisbane: Gasworks
Skyring Terrace, Newstead QLD 4006

Sydney: Bondi Pavilion
Queen Elizabeth Dr, Bondi Beach NSW 2026

Melbourne: St Kilda Beach
West Beach RD St Kilda, VIC 3182

Adelaide: Rundle Park
Adelaide, SA 5000

Perth: Esplanade Park, Freemantle
14 Barnett St, Fremantle WA 6160

Cairns: The Esplanade
52 – 54 The Esplanade Cairns, QLD 4870

California: Santa Monica
395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Hong Kong: Island East Market
Tong Chong Street, TaiKoo Place, Island East, Quarry Bay Hong Kong

Other locations:
Philippines, Malaysia, Dubai, Germany, Johannesburg, KwaZulu Natal, Western Cape, Amsterdam and Sweden

Can you smell that?  It’s called excitement!!!!  I hope you join us!!

Active Nation Day - Santa Monica, USA


The Fight Against Mesothelioma

Even though I do not post much about specific causes, we here at Femme Fitale Fit Club care and support many causes around the world.  One in particular is Mesothelioma.  You probably have seen the commercials on television about this issue and wasn’t quite sure what it was or how it impacts you.  I was contacted by Heather Von St. John about helping to spread the word since she is a Mesothelioma survivor.  I was happy to spread awareness so please read continue reading.

Here’s a brief summary of Heather’s story:

Eight years ago, I was diagnosed with mesothelioma; a rare and preventable cancer caused only by exposure to asbestos. I had just given birth to my daughter and I was given 15 months to live. After a life saving surgery that included the removal of my left lung, I have made it my life’s mission to spread awareness about mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos. 

September 26th, 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Mesothelioma Awareness Day, and has been the driving force behind the movement to bring more attention and funding to this cancer. There is no more innocent victim than a person with mesothelioma, they are sick as a direct result of a product that is NOT banned in the U.S. This disease has a life expectancy of just 18 months after diagnosis, and symptoms may not be evident until 20-35 years after initial exposure to asbestos.
Here’s a beautiful photo of Heather with her family.  Gorgeous!
Mesothelioma awareness day
Sometimes it helps to put a face to the cause to help us realize, it could happen to any one of us.  Friday, September 26, 2014 marks the of the 10th Annual MESOTHELIOMA AWARENESS DAY!  Help spread the word about this preventable cancer.  Here are some helpful facts as you get more educated on both asbestos and Mesothelioma:
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  • Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that attacks the lining of the body cavity called the mesothelium.  The only known cause to mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos.
  • Asbestos exposure was first linked to mesothelioma cancer in 1964.  Worldwide mesothelioma cases are expected to reach their peak around the year 2020.
  • Mesothelioma commonly sits dormant in the body for 20-50 years after initial exposure to asbestos.
  • 80% of all mesothelioma cases occur within the lining of the lungs.  There are two other recognized types; peritoneal mesothelioma occurring in the abdominal lining, and pericardial mesothelioma occurring in the heart’s lining
  • Between 2,500 and 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year. On average, they are given 10 months to live. Mesothelioma is most commonly diagnosed between the ages of 50 and 70, but it is not uncommon among younger generations who may have experienced second hand exposure.
  • Mesothelioma incidence in women is on the rise because many women experienced second hand exposure from parents or spouses who worked closely with asbestos.

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

You can read more about this at http://mesothelioma.com.  Heather and Femme Fitale Fit Club hope you join in observing Mesothelioma Awareness Day tomorrow.  It just may save your life.


Fitness Fashion Friday – Let’s Look Hot While Working Out

Thanks to my fellow fitness blogger friend Danielle Stewart of Fitness Fashionista, she has patiently taught me how to pull together fitness fashion ensembles to recommend and suggest to YOU my readers.  I’ve been wanting to do this since like FOREVER but didn’t know how to quite go about it.  So thank you Danielle for showing and sharing!!

And if you haven’t already – check out her blog Fitness Fashionista where she shares not only workouts and workout tips, but healthy recipes, stylish workout clothes, fitness challenges and much much more!  Her blog is amazing and I am sure you will enjoy reading all of it.

Now on to this week’s ensemble – this is something I would definitely ROCK myself.  I pretty much own most of what you see here except for that cool logo tank.  It all starts with Believing In Yourself and then you can accomplish whatever you put your mind to.  Whether it be lifting a heavier weight, running an extra mile after you already ran 15 or stepping away from the table right when your stomach tells you it is full.  Believe you can and YOU WILL!

Now I am a person who loves printed capris.  Matter of fact I am always looking for stylish capris because the black ones well……are just boring to me now.  I found these absolutely fabulous to pair with the tank.

Every woman needs a good water bottle and what is better than a logo one with just more motivating quotes to keep you going?  I found it to be very cute!  Matter of fact – I think I am going shopping this weekend to pull my gym look together.

I hope you enjoy this collection.

Which pieces do you want for yourself?

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