It is truly kismet when you meet another healthy living and fitness professional, become immersed in their blog, and before you know it, you are laughing, learning, and wanting to sing their praises! This is what happened to me after Brittany Giles of FitxBrit, and I connected on Twitter. Luckily, I had the chance to interview this fitness game-changer and discovered there is so much more to her journey and how she is going to change the health and wellness world. Welcome GET FIT DIVA of the Week – Brit from FitxBrit!
GET FIT DIVA of the Week – Brit from FitxBrit
Describe your healthy living and fitness journey.
As a full time teacher, I’ve learned the importance of a commitment to something greater than myself. After becoming a mother to my beautiful daughter Peyton in 2014, I became aware of how hard it is to balance work, life, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It’s difficult, but not impossible.
What are your favorite workouts? What are you certified to teach?
I absolutely love Yoga in this chapter of my life. I feel like it helps me achieve a certain level of peace and balance and is way more difficult than the pictures that I would see via social media. The more challenging the poses get the more dedicated I am to mastering them. I feel like Yoga and meditation go hand-in-hand, which is perfect because I am on a constant journey to find my peace. Working out is more of mental thing for me. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love what it does for my outer appearance, but it is a necessity for my sanity more than anything.
Describe how you balance work-fitness-motherhood. Any tips on finding balance aka “the elusive unicorn”?
I adore that reference – “the elusive unicorn.” If I am being totally transparent, I haven’t found the balance. I am constantly struggling with the fact that something isn’t getting the attention that it deserves and it sucks! But, to be quite frank, I KNOW that if Brittany doesn’t take care of Brittany, then I am absolutely no good for my students, or to Peyton, and that just isn’t acceptable. I have a really good support system that is always keeping me grounded and helping me stay the path to being the best version of me that I can be. It’s really easy to put pressure on yourself –“mommy guilt” is a real life thing – but I feel it’s more important that I suck it up and get on with my day because wallowing in it isn’t going to benefit anyone.
Tell us about your company FitXBrit. What led to its creation? Where do you envision it to be in a year? 5 years?
I’ve always been conscious about my eating habits, but three years ago I started on an amazing fitness journey that has now led to the creation of my own company. FitXBrit (pronounced “Fit by Brit”) was built on my belief that to create lasting change I had to have a motive – one that lasted beyond the seasonal goal of a “summer body” or a 10 pound cosmetic shift. I had a desire to change the way. I looked at fitness for life. Weekly goal-oriented meal preparation, a desire to eat smarter instead of depriving myself, and the natural high that comes with making better choices for myself and my family while simply saying “NO” to a “jiggly belly” allowed me to build the foundation of this brand. I offer customized meal planning services that go beyond the basic “meal prep” and can create a system that can work for a single person or a family, all while maintaining a healthy living lifestyle which will ultimately result in a better you both inside and out.
A year from now I see myself drastically growing my clientele and completely done with my nutritionist certification. I also plan on partnering with at least one major brand. Five years from now, I hope to be doing this full time, traveling the world with the goal to positively affect individuals by letting them know that health and fitness can be fun!
You have some fab merchandise on your site. What’s the 411 on your #LiveYourFit brand?
#LiveYourFit is something that just came to me one day after scrolling through my Instagram feed. There is so many individuals that are promoting a “fit lifestyle” but not necessarily living it. I think it is important to use whatever platform you have to really promote change and part of that comes with being transparent and not selling people dreams.
There isn’t a one size fits all approach to nutrition and fitness and I think it is important that we as a people accept that. Living YOUR Fit is all about doing what feels good, and what produces results for YOU, in a healthy way. It is important to take each day and set attainable goals that can get you to a place that you can maintain. These “quick fixes” may get you the results you want to fit in that special dress, but isn’t it more important to change the way we look at food in order to truly promote positive change? Ultimately, that particular shirt design was created to give individuals the motivation to wake up and do YOUR best. Grow and glow in the process.
What is one quote that always resonates with your soul?
Oh geesh, I swear I am that girl who has a million screenshots in their phone so I am ready for any situation! (laughs) But I would have to say that the quote that resonates with me more than anything is one I came across via CNKDaily.com, they do a segment called #Chickspiration and one day I saw the words “Write it down on real paper, with a real pen, and watch shit get real!” Ironically it is a constant reminder of one of my favorite bible verses Habbakuk 2:2 and a daily practice in my life ever since. Every day, I get a sticky note and write down 5 goals – 5 attainable goals, so that I do not overwhelm myself – so that I do not put too much pressure on myself. And, most importantly, because I feel like with so many distractions in the world, taking time with pen and paper really causes you to reflect and be accountable for the choices you make during the day.