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Week One! What Fitness & Nutrition Means to me!

Posted January 22nd, 2018 @ 05:01pm by: Jessica Olson

There are many people out there that have a genuinely positive outlook on life, and from sun up till sun down they're happy. Well I don't know about you, but that is not generally how my days go. ?We are usually awakened to two children crying, after which the hustle begins to get dressed ready and out of the house within the hour. Now don't get me wrong I love my kids with all my heart.but this is where my fitness nutrition regimen comes in. When my diet is clean and I'm staying active I can alleviate those pesky mood swings and that short.and I mean SHORT level of patience I have with my kids I hold so dear!!

That being said, onto week one. ?It has been great, it feels good to be back in a routine. Although I have leaned on my accountability group to keep me in check. That way when I feel like no one would notice if I skipped a day (which I thought about Saturday given I could barely walk after LEG day) I still have to check in and say when I've completed my workout!

Tip: Don't let yourself skip your workout! You'll feel ten times better once your though, and you'll be even more sore the following day if you do skip. ?

Now lets talk nutrition. Things are a little crazy at work right now. I work at an accounting firm and we are gearing up for Tax season. Now more than ever planning and preparation are key. I learned this week that meal prep is no joke! ?I was a bit lapse in my plans for this past week.? I felt it was my duty to slack off and enjoy what I perceived to be my last day before the will power and determination of the next 80 days needed to kick in. This was my first mistake.I started Monday feeling a little less than motivated and without a true plan as to how to get through the week. Luckily, I had purchased more than a few go to snacks to keep me full given the short amount of meal prep time, see below. These snacks can all be found at Costco!?

Now that I have discussed a couple things to be done differently in the week that lies ahead, lets go over a few wins I had this week. We had a family trip planned where I knew I would need to be that girl (the one who brings her own food in a large lunch box) but I wanted to ensure I had enough healthy snacks to keep me from feeling deprived and crabby. The day was a success, I knew that my long-term goals were more important than any instant gratification that comes from indulging. Having my own foods packed was a life saver, and my Raspberry Lemon Kombucha was the perfect drink to keep me from missing my wine.

There are always modifications and ways to look at these healthy decisions as opportunities.? Rather than seeing them as unfortunate things that you have to give up? in order to get the numbers on the scale to go down. There are also many benefits behind these healthy choices that go well beyond weight management. ?Once you start to experience these benefits you'll wonder how you ever did things any other way, a fact that I need to remind myself of more often than I'd care to admit!

And last but not least...The Big Vikings Game! With apps and drinks flowing, I had to find ways to feel included! Results...I made my very own delicious appetizers and had a reses peanut butter cup shakeology as my cocktail! It was a wonderful Sunday and I am more that ready for the week ahead. Bring on Week 2!!!

In good health, and until next time,


Confessions of the Fitness Fanatic.turned mother & responsible adult (whatever that is) .who fell off the Fitness Wagon!!

Posted January 15th, 2018 @ 07:01pm by: Jessica Olson

Confessions of the Fitness Fanatic.turned mother & responsible adult (whatever that is) .who fell off the Fitness Wagon!!

For me, fitness and clean eating is not a means to an end. I don't have a number in my head of weight lost that will make me say "Ok, I'm good to ditch the running shoes and stop caring about my vegetable intake". Fitness is a way of life. Some days, it is the only way I can keep my sanity. However, in the rush of working and kids demanding anything and everything and chores that are never ending around the home, I tend to neglect this piece that keeps me positive throughout all the rest. Over the past few months, let's be honest, I haven't had consistency in my routines. Heck, I haven't had consistency in my routines since before I had children. I have neglected all the things that keep my spirit strong. ?I've done no spiritual reading, I've got nothing but excuses why I don't need to be exercising, and with no energy left at the end of the day. I go to the easiest meal I can find/order and sip on a glass of wine to calm my nerves!!!

Another passion I've let slip away is my love for helping others create their healthiest lifestyle. Over the past eight years, I have dabbled in quiet a few ways to make my passion for Fitness & Nutrition a career. Thanks to my wonderful husband and family, who have stood by me one big dream to the next, I can honestly say that each one of those experiences has grown my passion. Those experiences have helped me see that no matter what platform I use, my god given path is helping others discover their way to the healthiest version of themselves. Now that being said, it's hard for me to do that when I am far from that version of myself. Which brings me to the reason I am putting this out there in the first place.. I want to get back to the healthiest version of me to ensure I can help others do the same!

After having kids there has been no fitness path that has stayed consistent or fitness profession that has worked to give me the time I need to dedicate to my family. I want to keep my cup full so I can be the best mother and wife I can be. I think the main thing I am currently lacking is my accountability. So, I've joined an accountability group and I am leaning on my blog to keep me motivated!

Starting Monday January 15th, I'm doing Autumn Calabrese's newest program 80 Day Obsession. ?Not only will I be participating in a challenge group, but to keep myself on track and help anyone thinking about doing a program themselves, I'm going to blog weekly throughout the program.? I'll be sharing what's working, what's not working and any other tidbits I find helpful along the way. Join me and help hold me accountable to my goals. If you feel your motivation growing, set some goals of your own and use this tool to hold yourself accountable as well!

Oh, and one last thing about me, I love writing! I have loved writing since I was young. However, as I've gotten older, I have grown weary of it. ?Fear of what others might think or the fact that I am not an expert on grammar and others might be judging that, has kept me from feeling confident in my blog posts.? Well, I'm not going to cater to that fear anymore! I want to put these words out there. I know that I've read many things in the past that have truly spoken to me at a time when I needed them too, and I was thankful that someone had the courage to put it out there! I hope that if others are struggling or are looking for guidance, I hope this blog can be of help to them!

*Best picture I could get with my little's, and I barely got this one*

In good health, and until next time,


5 tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving!

Posted November 23rd, 2016 @ 09:11pm by: Jessica Olson

On the Eve of Thanksgiving, I know all of us are clearly planning out how we can make our Thanksgiving a healthy day.......(insert laughter at my optimistic outlook on?other's denial of thanksgiving comfort foods). Well, I'm here to tell you, we don't need to abandon all of our healthy habits to truly enjoy this holiday!

Here's a few ways to enjoy your thanksgiving day without breaking your scale in the morning...

1) Begin and end your day with water!?When our body is dehydrated we confuse thirst for hunger and eat to satisfy that.

2) Don't skip?your workout.?Do it?right away in the morning to alleviate excuses not to. Amp up the intensity as well, your Thanksgiving meal will be your reward!

3) Have a healthy hearty breakfast. Strive for a?nutritious base of lean protein, fiber, and complex carbohydrates! Try this:

1?C. plain greek yogurt

1/2 C. berries (blueberry, strawberry, raspberry)

2 tbsp. sliced raw almonds

1 tsp chia seeds

This recipe will keep you full and energized well into the day!

4) Prioritize your meal. Start with turkey, the protein is harder to digest making your body work harder to do so.?Next?have your?vegetable dish, the fiber?will fill you up. With that order your sure to decrease the breads, potatoes and other treats you consume! Note that I'm not saying you need to eliminate these favorites, but moderation is key!

5) Don't be too hard on yourself. Thanksgiving is a day to be thankful, and spend time with the ones we love! Reward yourself for the healthy choices you have made and enjoy the ones you haven't.?A bad?day or a bad meal doesn't ruin a?healthy up on it does.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Fit Fix!


Struggles of the Working Momma!

Posted November 2nd, 2016 @ 11:11am by: Jessica Olson

As can be seen throughout the Fit Fix's social media outlets I have been a bit complacent as of late...

Between the?nausea,?ever expanding belly, and general lack of motivation I?experienced?during pregnancy, on into the adjustment of going from a mother of one to a mother of two children under the age of three,?its been?difficult to be the entrepreneur I aspire to be.

As my latest closes in on 9 weeks I am slowly finding my routine and feeling my energy and aspirations return to that of my former self, and?though full of excitement and determination I find myself at a crossroad between the true joy I?have in spending time with my children and the passion?for my?business?and yearning to help lead people to a healthier lifestyle!

I may be juggling diapers and dumbbells for awhile but?I am working towards that middle ground that allows me to be the mother I want to be while still dedicating enough of myself to?run the Fit Fix the way it should be run.

So, in closing, I am happy to finally?announce the newest little member of the Fit Fix as well as my return to the life of the dedicated working momma!


How many of you have you struggled with this, and what are some?tips you can?share for finding a balance?

Recharging your Motivation!

Posted April 5th, 2016 @ 01:04pm by: Jessica Olson

It happens to all of us...we loose that motivational charge to workout and eat clean. ?We're busy, we're getting through the holidays, we just don't have the energy to stick to our routine. ?In those situations we need to recharge our motivation! This plan looks different on all of us but for me it's cleaning my kitchen, prepping my meals and pushing through that workout that I really don't feel like doing.

Over the past few weeks; with Easter, our daughter's second birthday and struggling to shake the lingering affects of morning sickness and exhaustion that has followed me well into my second trimester I have struggled to stay consistent with my fitness nutrition routines. ?Last weekend I decided enough was enough...I needed to find my motivation again.

Falling off the healthy living bandwagon is going to happen and rather than looking at yourself with disappointment, use that energy to plan your way back.

I have found the best way to get back into your healthy living routine is through planning, and preparation! For me that looks something like this:

1. Clean your pantry and fridge and throw out all temptations, when it's in the house I will find my way to it at some point. I prefer to eliminate all temptation. For some of us that isn't realistic so another way to help is to place snacks out of sight and reach! If you aren't looking at them all the time you're less likely to give in.

2. Create your shopping list and restock your kitchen with Fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, grains, and healthy fats. I try to find easy snacks to satisfy my cravings: Apples, Yogurt, baby tomatoes, strawberries, cottage cheese, sliced cucumbers, raw almonds, ?and name a few!

3. Plan your meal and prep! ?When you're trying to build a clean eating diet back up again you?want to be prepared for the last minute mind change. ?I make sure to have healthy grab and go breakfast option like overnight oats and crock pot dinners ready before I have the chance to decide, "I'll push this off until the next week."

4. Now that you have planned your?clean eating routine it's on to fitness! For?me?it's about setting a goal, I decide how many days that week I need to workout and what routine would be best for me! I make it a goal to workout 4-6 times per week with a combination of strength and cardio based workouts.

Once you have cleaned out your kitchen, prepped your meals and completed your workout you will forget why you ever strayed from your routine in the first place!

Clean Fridge

Clean Pantry