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“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.”
“I’ve always been conscious about my eating habits, but two 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, the natural high that comes with making better choices for myself and my family while focusing on the growth of my mind, body, and soul allowed me to build the foundation of this brand.”
Who is FitXBrit?
I am first and foremost a child of God, Peyton’s mom, and a woman who just wants to educate others whether that is in a classroom setting alongside my 200 plus senior students or to my tribe over at FitXBrit.com where our focus on doing fitness on your own terms; mind, body, and soul.
What void does your business fill in your current industry?
In all honesty I feel that the fitness industry lacks authenticity and transparency. People often times want to present their triumphs without really being willing to fully share what got them there. You know, the slip ups, the downfalls, the days where “instagram likes” are not enough. The social focus tends to be on displaying a life that is complete and perfect versus providing people with the life transitioning tools to really attempt to figure out how “getting it together” would best look based on an individual approach. At the core of FitXBrit is my meal planning services. When creating meal plans I sit down and create custom plan for my clients geared towards their lifestyles, budgets, and reality; this is something that I feel is lacking in the health and wellness industry. We have to get past thinking there is a one size fits all approach to anything that we are doing out here, and that is ultimately what I am trying to do. I just want to let people know that they can do this, on their own terms.
Tell us three lessons you’ve learned while operating your business.
One thing I had to learn early on is that I am not for everybody and that is OK. I used to adapt the way I approached the game based solely on what I thought people wanted to see. Now I use my business and my platform as a space for growth for myself and that seems to be working for me. Secondly, social media is a great tool for promotion but what are you really trying to sale here? For me it is my blog and my meal planning services so who cares if 700 plus people interact with a photo if only 200 actually clicked the link and read the post or I only have one client. I want to really win, not just look like I am winning. Lastly, don’t be afraid to fail. I cannot tell you how many times I have had to stop and start over. Especially when it comes to helping people achieve their nutrition goals and focus on their overall health. I am constantly having to remind myself that just because I am not getting the results currently by no means is that an indication that I shouldn’t be doing it; it really just means I need to adjust my approach.
Mentorships are vital, if you could be mentored by anyone in the world who would it be and why?
The answer changes almost quarterly depending on what aspect of life I am focused on. But today, I would have to say without a doubt Daniel Chidiac who is the author of Who Says You Can’t? You Do. Creating spaces where I can thrive is my number one goal and his raw approach to mindfulness and how he has uses his story to encourage others to embrace a positive lifestyle from a very practical approach is just dope in my eyes. Ultimately that is what I want to do for others, so I would love to pick his brain, learn from him or even just be in the same space with him in all honesty.
Tell us one thing majority of people don’t know about you.
Most people do not know that I originally became interested in health and fitness because I wanted to be a figure competitor; I mean I hired a trainer and everything. I then found out my mini Peyton was on the way, I was put on modified bed rest for the majority of my pregnancy,. I dealt with post-partum depression for the first two years of her life; as well as trying to deal with her medical complications my passion shifted to focusing on fitness from an outside perspective (what I looked like) to really focusing on who I was on the inside and how I could use my testimony to help people see that food and exercise really is all the medicine we need if we (incorporate) it correctly.
Why do you feel that you should win a COSIGN Award?
I don’t. I am in a category with so many dope individuals that I am just happy to have been nominated in all honesty. I still have a great deal to learn and most people don’t realize that I have only been officially running FitXBrit for two years. Do I bring dope things to the table? Yes, without a doubt. But, I have a hard time saying that I “should” win. I still have work to do.
Who do you #COSIGN and why?
I #COSIGN Channing Beumer of CNKDaily because I get a front row seat to how hard she works. I see what she is trying to accomplish in her field and if I had to bet on anyone to “win” in life strictly on their passion, it would hands down be her.