BIG NEWS!

 

Hi everyone!

It’s been a while, I know.

I just wanted to share with you guys that LIFTmeupFitness will be retiring.

I’m so grateful for everyone that has supported me and my posts on this blog. But I realized that my heart has changed over the past couple years into more than just fitness- I have fully gotten back into my original passion of performing and theatre. And I also decided I wanted to write about more than just fitness- so I started JanineChristine.com!

newjanineAt JanineChristine.com, you can read all about my experiences as a performing artist as well as my current fitness/lifestyle tips and philosophies. I’ll also be doing travel posts and sharing some beauty/fashion as well. I still strongly believe in healthy living as well as positive body image, so that’s not going away totally, I’m just adding to it. 🙂

I’m so excited for a new space on the web where I feel like I can truly express all of my passions and thoughts.

You can check it out here: http://www.janinechristine.com

Thank you so much for your support!

 

 

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Start Getting Your Mind Right- and Embrace Your Happiness!

I’ve always been a believer of the power of positivity and just positive thinking in general.

That’s not to say that I never have a negative thought, or have even had phases in my life where I dwelled more in that negative head space than I would have liked. But, in general, I feel that living your life with a conscious realization of your mental headspace, policing your thoughts, and cultivating a positive mindset is something that is critical for ultimate happiness in my opinion.

But it’s not easy!

We’re told millions of ways to “get our body right.”  How to “tone up.” How to perfectly prep Instagram-worthy meals. And there is just so much focus on our bodies, our appearance, and how others perceive us. But we really need to “get our mind right,” first.

In order to truly succeed and seek happiness in life, it’s so, so important to conquer what’s going on mental y and try to cultivate an abundance mindset.

So…What is an Abundance Mindset?

It’s a belief that there is plenty of positive and goodness to go around. That you’re meant for great things, no matter the current situation you’re in. Even if things aren’t great at the current moment- it’s living your life with the feeling that something great is just around the corner. That someone else’s success is not equal to your failure.

What’s the opposite of an abundance mindset? A scarcity mindset. Feeling like you’re not good enough. That you’ll never have enough money, enough time, enough love. That someone else’s success means that you’ve failed. That everyone is out to get you. That people actively look for reasons to hate you and you’ll never amount to anything. It’s that little nagging voice that brings you down…if you let it.

I don’t have to tell you which one makes for a happier existence.

And I’ve definitely been there. It wasn’t pretty.

One of the best teachers of positive thinking in my life was my dad. While he never spoke explicitly about an abundance or a scarcity mindset, it was absolutely videnced by his life.

When I was 15, he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Leukemia, out of the blue. I spent most of my freshman year in high school in the hospital every afternoon, spending time with him. We’d laugh, reminisce, and talk about the things we would do when he would defeat the horrible disease and get out of the hospital for good.

Throughout all of this, the one thing I will always remember was his attitude. He had an unwavering positivity and strength about him that never faltered. Not even when things looked grim. Not at any moment. He always talked about healing, and was very strong in his faith, constantly reading the Bible and writing down verses and positive mantras that spoke to him. He smiled a lot.

He was in remission for a while, and we were positive that this was the end of this horrible disease, once and for all! But unfortunately, after the leukemia came back unexpectedly, he died 3 days later.

But his legacy and his positive spirit didn’t. It’s always with me.

He was one of the most inspiring  person I’ve ever known. I miss him all the time, but I know he would want me to live a positive, fulfilled life, pursuing the things that bring me joy because I know that would have made him happy. I knew I couldn’t let his passing define who I was or who I was going to be. I allowed myself to grieve but I didn’t allow it to overcome me, because I just didn’t accept it as an option.

We are all fighting battles, some external, some internal. You never know what others are going through, and no matter what you’re going through, there is someone out there that is dealing with something similar. We can’t control what happens to us-

But we can control how we react to what happens to us.

You have 2 choices. “Fall into the pit,” or climb yourself out step by step. I don’t care what situation you are in, there is always a way to get out and to soldier through. There is always a way to find the silver lining. At the very least, have hope. A belief that things WILL get better- because if you believe it- they will! I truly believe that.

Now I’m not saying that you have to *only* believe things for good things to happen to you, and not put any effort in! Not at all. In fact- most of the time, it’s a lot of freakin’ work. It takes a lot of tears and sweat and failed jobs, business ventures, and relationships before you get to that good place sometimes, but my philosophy is this:  Even if it’s not by much, if I am always moving forward in some way, then I am making progress. I am making my way towards where I want to be.

Also- you have to think long term. Understand that you’re not going to solve every single one of your life’s problems in a day. Or a month. or 6 months. But give yourself a year, maybe- with a positive attitude, drive, and belief that things will come your way, you’d be amazed at what can happen!

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One major aspect of a positive mindset and in attracting good things into your life stems from practicing gratitude.

Gratitude is such an essential component of being happy and getting to that next step in your life. Because if you can’t appreciate what you currently have- how can you expect better things to come along? They  just won’t!

Do you ever start falling into negative thought cycles where you feel like you will never get out of a bad situation? Here is something practical you can do- you can just do it in your head or physically write it out.

List 10 things you are grateful for, right now.

This list can include anything and everything.It’s an important exercise because we take so many things for granted. Are you healthy? Are you able to walk? Do you have shelter? Do you have access to clean water? Are you able to be well-fed? Do you have a family that cares about you? Do you have a good friend who is always there for you in hard times? Are you able to provide for yourself? Are you able to see? Are you able to live in a war-free zone?

See? It’s not that hard to find things to be grateful for! I promise if you do this every day, maybe right before you go to sleep, in your head- you’d be amazed at how much more at peace you will feel.

It’s just a little step towards a happier life. And sometimes that’s all it takes to get the ball rolling!

If you like, you can even write some of your list in the comments below! Let’s share the gratitude all around 🙂

Re-defining my Relationship with the “Fitness World.”

Lately I’ve been having somewhat of an identity shift in my own place in the fitness world, what my purpose is in regards to this blog, and just a whole lot of other things!

Why I started LIFTmeupFitness

I started getting super invested in the world of fitness a few years ago when I met my current husband. He really taught me the basics of lifting, proper nutrition, and got me started on a path to optimal health which I can’t thank him enough for! And when I do something- I put my all into it and fitness was no different.

At the time things weren’t going so well with my original career plans, admittedly, so fitness was a fun way for me to throw myself into something new, something productive- that seemed to actually be going well. It also ended up turning into something that helped me really conquer my body image demons that I really cannot be thankful for.

Around that time I thought my options were endless in this field and that it was something I could see myself doing professionally.

I saw myself competing in the future, possibly getting all the certifications to do personal training and even start my own coaching business. Everything was all lined up perfectly to do this. My husband was managing a wellness/nutrition store, I was also working there doing web/marketing and working towards certifications and helping the Nutritionist/Naturopath on staff create wellness programs. We learned how to do thermography, we were doing podcasts, guest-hosting radio shows on health and wellness, and I was really invested in this blog and spreading the message of health and fitness.

I learned a heck of a lot and I was grateful to be accomplishing things there and helping others.

But at the end of the day- you know- it’s not really where either of us were meant to be. Things all kind of fell apart and many signs were telling us it wasn’t the right path for us. We weren’t happy. We both put the things we truly enjoyed and feel compelled to do on the back burner. When I tell you things got really tough for a while- they got really tough in many ways that I won’t get into.

And through that I realized-  fitness and health, for me, became a distraction- a good one, mind you- but a distraction nonetheless from who I really am and my true passions.

This may come as a sort of surprise to some of you who have followed my journey through this blog as that’s the only side you may really have seen! But before I became really swept up in #fitfam and the lifting communities and everything that comes with that-

I was Janine, the theatre nerd. The performer. The singer. The actress. The pianist. The creative soul.

I realized- that’s who I really am. I love fitness. I love lifting weights. I love writing about body positivity. But- I realized that I don’t love it enough to make it my whole life.  And there’s nothing wrong with falling in love with fitness and making it your life and career- in fact- it’s awesome. I am so grateful for the pioneers of fitness and body positivity that have inspired me through the years because I have learned so much and have hopefully passed some of that on to others, too.

But you know what they say- you know what you’re meant to do when you can spend hours of work on it and it doesn’t feel like work? All the things I was doing professionally in the health/wellness field always *felt* like work. Even my own workouts felt like work a lot of the time.

But rehearsing and performing a show for 2 months and even giving up my weekends? Not work at all by any means, ever. Period.

I know it probably sounds so super silly, but doing The Addam’s Family Musical really did so much for me in terms of realizing what’s important in my life and what’s not.

A shot from "Pulled" from The Addams Family Musical

A shot from “Pulled” from The Addams Family Musical

I learned to value friendships more. I learned that if I don’t work out in 2 weeks I’m perfectly ok with that. I learned that the feeling of performing is a million times more fulfilling me than the feeling of hitting a PR. I learned that living for the pursuit of being lean doesn’t make me as happy as spending time with genuinely amazing people, eating fresh baked cookies in the dressing room and grabbing a beer after a show.

I realized that it’s ok to “break the rules” of fitness. No, I didn’t gain a ton of weight. In fact, I think I actually leaned out even more which is ironic. I became less worried about fitness in general and it all balanced itself out.

At this time I have 3 more shows lined up for the year and a new vocal singing group I’m a part of, and all of those things are just so much more exciting than going to the gym or talking about my body.

My new vocal group, Chailini!

My new vocal group, Chailini!

Another thing I realized is how much I want to help people live a positive, fulfilled life. Not just in fitness or body image, but in all aspects. There are many more issues people need help with. Life is tough. And I’m not a guru or have it all figured out, but I enjoy writing about my experiences and how I’ve learned from them and want to share that with people.

I don’t want to limit myself to fitness.

So in short- this blog may do some changing and morphing in awhile and may not focus just on fitness/body image, but on other things, too.

Still trying to think of the perfect name/concept for my new direction, but I know that I still feel compelled to write- to help others. Not because I think I know everything and am some sort of guru in any way, but because sometimes we all just need someone to lift us up in any way.

I am so appreciative of everyone’s support of me and this blog. Here’s to the future, to embracing life, and living positively!

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