12 blessings by the numbers

tis' the season to count our blessings. and we have lots. namely, YOU.

in the spirit of the holiday season, fitlosophy is kicking off 12 days of fitmas. get ready for gifts, giveaways, goods + guides to get you geared up, you goal-getter, you!

but before we get all giddy giving stuff away, i personally wanted to express my gratitude. thanksgiving and all-things pumpkin may have passed, but as we approach the christmas season, i think it’s important to take a pause before the merry mayhem.

here are 12 numbers that mean the world to me, so join us as we count our blessings. 

  1. we're 12,000 strong. um, how awesome is it that right as we’re kicking off 12 days of fitmas, our facebook + instagram just hit 12k? coincidence? i think not. our little twitter just surpassed 4k and only heaven knows how our google+ hovers right around 366k! and i'm grateful for each + every one. a friend who i admire dearly said it best: "we’re not in the business of chasing likes; we’re in the business of changing lives."
  2. almost 8 years since this whole fitbook idea launched back in 2008. this whole being an entrepreneur thing is not-so-glam, but oh-so-worth-it. and i wouldn’t change a thing.
  3. over 500,000 fitbooks in print, as of this year. (like, made ever.) what started
    with a few handmade ones that i printed at kinkos (and sold for $20 cash) to thousands upon thousands that we have printed over the years, this little journal is in the business of changing lives. lots of ‘em.
  4. 23,785 orders shipped (to date) from our website since launching back in 2008. i still remember who our first order was from (sam) and never forgot printing out each invoice, signing them by hand “live life fit, angela” with a red heart, packing them carefully, and shipping with love.
  5. 12 fab fitbookers who have shared their stories of transformation + triumph that inspire me – every. darn. day. what’s more: perusing social media, seeing posts of progress, we are unbelievably inspired by hundreds of you who include us in your healthy goal-getting journey. [wanna be a featured fab fitbooker? tell us your story.]
  6. 3850 little ones who we gifted with fitbook juniors this year in partnership with St. Jude Children’s Hospital and The Dairy Council in an effort to study the effects of journaling on health and fitness in elementary-age children. our fit@school program has always been a passion project, with a goal of getting kids healthy starting at a young age.
  7. our small-but-mighty team of 5 who puts their heart + soul into making
    fitlosophy’s vision a reality. they put passion + purpose behind all that we do.
    have you met my team? i heart them. (yes, i can count...1 of our fab fitlosophers is not pictured here.]
  8. just over 5 years ago we’ve graced the shelves of Target stores. 10/10/10 to be exact – the date i received our vendor number from Target corporation. we started with 100-store test in feb 2011, added another 500 stores in may, and after way out-performing forecast, we expanded to full chain in september 2011 with 1796 stores.
  9. 5289 walgreens (you heard me.) this year will end with a big bang boom as 3 of our products will be at the corner of happy & healthy at stores across the country starting on 12/27/15 . stay tuned – this is kind of a big deal and we’re kinda beyond excited. expanding our brand with big box retailers allows us to change more lives with products that truly work, without breaking the bank.
  10. 9 countries where our products are distributed. while we may ship anywhere from our website, we’re proud to have partners on board who are helping us accomplish our goal of changing the shape of our world – literally.
  11. 4 fitbooks that have a heart for giving back. from creating charitable products to partnering with non-profit organizations, we find great joy in supporting causes that are near + dear to our heart with our fitgiving program that gives thousands of dollars every year. just ‘cause a company is small, doesn’t mean it can’t do big things.
  12. a kajillion (yes, it’s a number) times that i thank God for blessing me with this business, for entrusting me with this purpose, and for challenging me to accomplish more than i ever thought possible. a kajillion is a lot, by the way.

    last number on my list of gratitude: ONE.

    it just takes 1 moment, 1 person, 1 blessing, or 1 deed to change someONE else’s life for the better. this is why i do what i do.

    i want to inspire people. i want someONE to look at me and say: “because of you, i didn’t give up.”


    now, read my little list. check it twice. wanna win goodies?
    don’t be naughty. (that's not nice.)

    to kick off our 12 days of fitmas, we’re giving away our NEW goal-getter sweatshirt to keep you warm for winter, you healthy goal-getter, you. here’s how to win:

     

    • subscribe to our blog. [big red button on the left]
    • comment below + share ONE way you will be a blessing to someONE else today.
    • bonus points if share on social media + tag us!

    my elves are watching you – so, ready…go! check back each day to see if you won + enter to win again for 12 days of fitmas!

    ho, ho, ho.
    (santa) angela



    41 Responses

    Jody Geistlinger
    Jody Geistlinger

    December 03, 2015

    Bought the person behind me their breakfast in the McDonalds drive through this morning :-) and spreading Christmas cheer! :-)

    Brenda Troyer
    Brenda Troyer

    December 02, 2015

    In 2016 I want to plan more as in write down my goals and plans and I want to do more for other people and and not worry about my self!!!

    Patti
    Patti

    December 02, 2015

    Work on staying on the right track. Keep on track with my workouts and ease up on my eating. Work on being overall healthy for 2016

    sue
    sue

    December 02, 2015

    Encouraged a friend to stick with furthering her education goal.

    Talia Walsh
    Talia Walsh

    December 02, 2015

    Today I just said goodbye to 2 children from Uganda I had the blessing to host for the holidays with the Daraja Choir. Today I will enroll to become a Daraja Family member, to help support the children as they tour the country and worship, and sponsor a child so they can go to school with their own books. xoxo

    fitbook.nicole
    fitbook.nicole

    December 02, 2015

    thank you ALL so much for sharing your blessing on the blog with us – each post has warmed our hearts here at fitlosophy. <3

    today’s winner of the goal getter sweatshirt is Shellie Duncan. :) if you didn’t win today, be sure to check our posts for the next 11 days – we’re giving away prizes and gifts for the #12daysofFITmas!

    dora
    dora

    December 02, 2015

    Today, I will bring blessings to my team meeting by letting everyone know how grateful I am for their hard work and talents and will celebrate by providing a healthy lunch for all..

    Melissa
    Melissa

    December 02, 2015

    I was a blessing to an old friend who I hadn’t spoken with for a long time. She lost her job back in October and I think I helped her by letting her vent about being unemployed and looking for a job at age 67. Don’t let the numbers fool you….this woman can run circles around you! Thank you for the opportunity.

    Renee
    Renee

    December 02, 2015

    I blessed my eldest daughter and her friends by agreeing to be a coach for Girls on The Run today! Hopefully it will inspire her to give the gift of running to herself! (it’s been a heck of a gift to me!)

    Cecillia Johnston
    Cecillia Johnston

    December 02, 2015

    I will bless my boyfriend today buy being somebody he can lean on in times of need and I will be a positive influence in his life and also in the lives of my friends.

    Katy H
    Katy H

    December 02, 2015

    I’m planning to make a healthy dinner tonight, blessing my boyfriend (and myself) with a tasty meal that’s also good for us!

    Tristann
    Tristann

    December 02, 2015

    I will be a blessing to someone else by giving my time this season. I will focus my energy and my thoughts on them, from just listening to running errands, or just hanging with them and doing what they want they will have me completely.

    Kathie Hanson
    Kathie Hanson

    December 02, 2015

    I get a chance to help somebody tonight at church. I volunteer with children, helping them get checked in and to the right spot. It’s rewarding.

    Kalli P
    Kalli P

    December 02, 2015

    What a great post. I will be blessing someone else today by writing my new elementary pen pal buddy with encouragement for them to be what they want to be and do what they want to do in school and life.

    Barbara
    Barbara

    December 02, 2015

    I will be a blessing to someone else by offering encouragement in my fitness classes.

    Michelle Schmidt
    Michelle Schmidt

    December 02, 2015

    I plan on sharing a smile and a compliment with someone who looks like they need some cheer. A smile from a stranger has a special way of brightening someone’s day!

    Dana
    Dana

    December 02, 2015

    I will be a blessing to someone else today by reaching out to my friends who are going through a hard time this holiday season and try to make their days brighter. =)

    Kesha Werstein
    Kesha Werstein

    December 02, 2015

    I will encourage others to reach their goals while working to make my goals happen. I will remember to do the small things that make someone’s day a little brighter!

    Kesha Werstein
    Kesha Werstein

    December 02, 2015

    I will encourage others to reach their goals while working to make my goals happen. I will remember to do the small things that make someone’s day a little brighter!

    Deborah Meyer
    Deborah Meyer

    December 02, 2015

    Great post!
    This may sound strange, but I plan on being a blessing to someone today by being in-tune with the Lord and his word, if I am not sensitive to his will, made possible by reading His word I might miss whatever "act of blessing " someone that I can do today.

    Sammar
    Sammar

    December 02, 2015

    This time of the year often asked for reflection on the past year, the good, the bad, the ugly. It’s important to spend truly remembering how even in the little ways, we have so much to be grateful. I will bless (hopefully) at least one person today by running “Elf on the Shelf” at work this year.

    Sammar
    Sammar

    December 02, 2015

    This time of the year often asked for reflection on the past year, the good, the bad, the ugly. It’s important to spend truly remembering how even in the little ways, we have so much to be grateful. I will bless someone today

    Cathy
    Cathy

    December 02, 2015

    I will bless someone (everyone I can) on my FB fitness page by offering encouragement towards their goals. I will share positive energy, patience and love with my co workers and customers

    Michelle Lee
    Michelle Lee

    December 02, 2015

    While this shouldn’t count since it was already something I was going to do but I will be reaching out to my friend who’s just lost someone very young in their lives. I am also sending out gifts to my customers as a thank you. I also reached out to a struggling person on someone else’s team in my business and gave her some coaching and serious words of wisdom to encourage and help her along as she starts her journey.

    Molly
    Molly

    December 02, 2015

    I try to be a blessing and encouragement to my little ESOL students. They’re so sweet and eager to learn english that I want to be giving my best each and everyday because God cares about each and every one of them<3

    Linda nguyen
    Linda nguyen

    December 02, 2015

    I am blessing someONE today, and everyday by providing positive encouragement in what they do. I have purchased a couple of extra fit books to bless someONE by using this and letting them know I’m right beside them doing the same thing.

    Andrea
    Andrea

    December 01, 2015

    Today, I was a blessing to my daughter, she is 11 and cooked a meal for the 1st time and said Mom always makes dinner for me, I will stay up and make it for her

    Brandy Marie Iverson
    Brandy Marie Iverson

    December 01, 2015

    This holiday season I will be blessing a few different children by going to my local Giving Tree and getting some presents for children of families that can’t afford them. I love the holidays and it’s great to be able to help those less fortunate. (:

    Liz S.
    Liz S.

    December 01, 2015

    I shared this giveaway post on Twitter. Here is the link to my tweet: https://twitter.com/LizNoVeggieGirl/status/671921224533082112

    Liz S.
    Liz S.

    December 01, 2015

    This is so wonderful and I love what your company stands for. ONE way that I will be a blessing to someONE else today = expressing my gratitude to my dad for his continuous/daily support and care. I’m very blessed to have a such wonderful dad, who is alive and well.

    Amanda
    Amanda

    December 01, 2015

    I was a blessing to a little girl and her mom today when I chose to sit with her on the bus on the field trip this morning. I got a chance to talk with and spend positive time with her, and then I was later able to reassure her mom that she had a good day with her classmates.

    Tara
    Tara

    December 01, 2015

    I will bless others with a frindly greeting and a helpful and encouraging attitude. We are all fight battles right now….why not bee a beacon of hope for those we meet alongthe way?!?

    Kristen Kennedy
    Kristen Kennedy

    December 01, 2015

    I plan to bless my students to strive even when their goal send out of reach and that grit is something that lies within. I want them to feel success so they know how powerful they can be in a world that lends then powerless due to lack of total emotional control and development.

    Kate
    Kate

    December 01, 2015

    What a great post! In giving a blessing, I was blessed. I was teaching about diet to a teen and his mom, and the mom was so profusely grateful for helping put them at ease that they can do it – and she shook my hand to say thank you for being in this community, as we don’t have many health-minded people available. So happy to have touched a family, and helped them learn the first steps to taking control of their health! And after, the mom told me the son asked about my education, saying I inspired him and that he now was thinking he may want to go to school to become a dietitian, too!

    Olga
    Olga

    December 01, 2015

    This season one way I want to bless someone this season is by spending more time with my brothers and sister. We lost our mom to pancreatic cancer this October and it will be our first season without her. I hope me and my two children can bring them joy.

    Alicia
    Alicia

    December 01, 2015

    I believe I am a blessing by being a coach with beachbody which is a blessing to me it keeps me accountable for my helath and let’s me inspire others and be there for others who really need the support! Thanks for this post what a great company this is!

    Amanda
    Amanda

    December 01, 2015

    I will be a blessing to someone else by offering encouragement and support in the face of adversity — we are all stronger together!!!

    Shellie duncan
    Shellie duncan

    December 01, 2015

    I just love this. It has taken you 8 Years to accomplish this in 9 countries with over 500,000 in print. 23,785 orders shipped. Amazing. ????. I try to bless all my friends each day . This is something I have been doing for years. Everyday. I text some of my friends I haven’t texted ( talked to in a few days). I just say. " u ok?" Some say. Fine , bad day, need prayers, how did u know I was down and out ? It is just an encouraging word Maybe just a " I wanted u to know I was thinking about u ". It is just a little blessing.
    I can’t wait to see it in my Walgreens store !!! 5,289. So far. Thank u for what u do. I love it. Helps hold me accountable

    Lynne Saltz
    Lynne Saltz

    December 01, 2015

    What a heartfelt post. I had tears in my eyes after reading about all the wonderful things your company has done. A blessing I did today? I follow Momastery and she just did a helping hands drive where you can help someone by sending them something they might need. Someone posted their friend worked really hard and could use some monthly support in the way of letters over the course of the year. I just mailed her an advent calendar to use this month. Sort of secret pen pal. Anyhow, I don’t expect anything in return. On a fitness note, I encouraged a friend of mine to commit to a healthy eating plan to lose weight and to possibly do some movement. I’ve lost around 30 pounds (who is counting?) and am a great example of it can be done.

    Kelly (@282to180)
    Kelly (@282to180)

    December 01, 2015

    My goal for blessing someone else today is to help my mom set up her Christmas tree. It seems little but to her it’s a big deal to have one of us kids come over and help her out. Plus I love seeing her get happy when it’s all up and decorated. That woman loves her Christmas tree. :)

    PS. Happy December, y’all!

    Madison Shaffer
    Madison Shaffer

    November 30, 2015

    I will bless someone today (everyday) by encouraging them in whatever they may be struggling in as well as helping them, and sharing kindness. To bring in a positive atmosphere in every room I may enter.

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