comparison is the thief of JOY.

listening to a recent on one of our chief's (many) long walks, she heard the author of the ever-popular well-fed paleo cookbooks, mel joulwan, address the topic of comparison as being the thief of joy. she explained that oftentimes what sets us back isn’t comparing ourselves to others, but rather to former “better” versions of ourselves. what followed: a deer-in-headlights epiphany for our chief.

as our chief closes in her "attackiversary", visit the blog to read about the incident that made a failed attempt to steal, (literally) kill + destroy our chief fitlosopher's joy. and find out how she's avoided the comparison trap that threatened to steal it again.


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the one muscle you're probably not flexing.

chief fitlosopher, here. 
i am a lot of things. respectful of differences. disturbed by inequality. informed on truth. and aware of reality. but there is one thing that i am not: silenced by popular opinion. so often we either cower to not offend or the opposite – speak out with disregard or disrespect. but i would argue that there’s mellower middle that still moves the needle. admittedly, i sit back and observe at times, because frankly i've found that quiet kindness changes more hearts than combat. but as of late (like today), i've opted to step out in faith, be bold + in kindness share a little piece of my heart.

read about the culmination of an idea 3 years in the making, months of drafts, plenty of prayers, texts, and even a few tears: our NEW fitspiration faith + fitness journal!


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how our chief fitlosopher finally found food freedom

spoiler alert: since our chief fitlosopher's last novel-length update on her fourth round of whole30, she's giddy to report progress. her jeans are feeling a little looser, her tummy is slightly slimmer, arms are getting stronger with muscle tone making a long-awaited return, and her backside is a tad-bit perkier. and with numerous non-scale victories this round, she's fairly certain her wonder woman-esque weightlifting workouts coupled with continued clean eating is (finally) starting to pay off. still, this time around, she was determined to conquer that vital puzzle piece she conveniently skipped over last time: the reintroduction phase.

check out the blog to read her not-so-brief, slightly-TMI synopsis of her reintroduction regimen. 


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whole30 take 4: our chief’s post-trauma road to recovery

as you may recall, our chief fitlosopher (along with her 60-ish-year-old father) embarked on this thing called whole30 just one year ago. and you also may recall that what started as whole30 evolved into whole60, then whole90, as they enthusiastically wanted to finish out their efforts with a #septemberwhole30 bang. the culmination: a bunch of lost pounds and a plethora of non-scale victories too numerous to list. end scene. but that, our fab fitbookers, was unfortunately just the beginning.

after a horrific "incident," find out how a trauma-induced mind-shift has led to freedom from food + fitness idolatry for our scrappy little chief fitlosopher as she gives whole30 another go.


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need a caffeinated kick in the pants? try this bulletproof recipe.

friends, let’s all take a moment of silence in honor of this blessed day: national coffee day. yes, this jitter juice’s ability to single-handedly take me from cranky to creative or from grumpy to grateful in one fell sip, is downright impressive. but can we agree that the very essence of coffee is part of what makes this country great? 

check out the blog to read our highly caffeinated chief fitlosopher's ode to joe + score her favorite recipe for her newest coffee obsession!


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5 proven ways to stick to your goals

disclaimer: this isn’t a how-to for setting goals. you know how to plan + prep. you know paper rocks. you’re probably ultra-organized + more than likely, your habits are on point too. but even the most fab fitbookers need to have a few tactics in their goal-getting arsenal to up their game.

check out the blog to snag 5 (proven) ways to stick to your goals!


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9 reasons why procrastinating works

it’s fitbook’s 9th birthday. and on my long to-do list this past week was “write a blog.” but not just any blog; something insightful, meaningful, and worthy of my baby’s b-day. you know those moms who stress over throwing the most elaborate, perfect birthday party, complete with grosgrain ribbon-wrapped cake pops, hand-lettered invitations, and a fairytale-like little pony…for a 2-year old?? well, that would be me. but it’s for a book. albeit, my life’s work + thus far my passion-driven purpose in life, but still…my baby is a (fit)book.

and yet, we’re on day 9 of my beloved’s birthday – and no blog...until now. why? because i personally put the “pro” in procrastination – i've done this for 9 years (actually, my entire life) and so far, so good. 

visit the blog now to find out our chief fitlosopher's 9 reasons why procrastinating works.
unless you'd rather wait 'til later.


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where in the world is fitbook?

wanderlust: a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about. or in other words, you’ve been bitten by the travel bug. we know it well. you’re thirsting to see new things, travel to new places, meet new people. in fact, as we speak, our chief fitlosopher, angela, is quenching her own wanderlust thirst trekking through europe.

check out the blog to find out where in the world our chief wanderluster is headed, fitbook in tow!


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#fabfitbooker daddy edition: a proud papa’s tale of love + (weight) loss

one might say that without this fabfitbooker, there would be no fitbook at all. why? because not only did mr. mader father our chief fitlosopher, he nurtured her entrepreneurial spirit from the day that his spunky, curly-mopped 7-year-old declared she was going into business.

which worked out well for rick, as nearly three decades later, this proud papa wielded his baby girl’s flagship fitbook to help him lose weight, ditch the meds, and get hooked on whole30.

check out the blog to find out what happened when fitbook's founding father embarked upon his health journey with his fitbook (and little girl) by his side.


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flaunt what your momma gave you: words to live by

what would we do without our moms?? after all, who else is our first nurturer, our first teacher + our first love, all wrapped into one wonderful woman? and whether you’re fortunate enough to celebrate this mother's day with your own mother, or spending it remembering all the things you miss about her, one thing’s for sure - she sure did teach us a lot.

check out the blog for a few of the life lessons our darling mothers imparted upon us that really stuck.  

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