Week of thanks: Tone It Up family

To continue my little week of thanks, I want to take a day to recognize how grateful I am for my Tone It Up family. And yes, I say family, because they really are family to me! Even though I haven’t met all THOUSANDS of them…they mean so much to me and have really become my extended fit family! :)

It all started back in 2011, when I first found the TIU team. I was working for an agency and one of my clients was a fitness brand. In the process of looking for content to share with them, I found an ab workout from these two spunky, beautiful women, Katrina and Karena, and was instantly hooked…

I joined the TIU team personally and even got some of my office co-workers to join in the fun. There were office ‘plank breaks’ where we’d go into the hallway and do planks…no joke. haha My TIU family grew locally and we became lovingly calling ourselves BMOREtoned…where BMOREtoned was born! We grown to be a very close knit group over the years, and I can honestly say I’ve found some of my best friends forever through TIU! I was lucky enough to end up winning the first TIU Bikini Series and got the opportunity to fly to California for an incredible few days with Katrina & Karena…

It’s been a whirlwind since then and it has been incredible to watch the team grow along the way. Over the years, I’ve joined as K&K have launched their very own Perfect Fit Protein (which has expanded…) and gear (which has expanded…) and so much more! I’ve been attended three TIU weddings (including my own!). I’ve seen more than a few TIU babies born. This summer, I got to attend the first ever Tone It Up retreat! Every day I meet (virtually) more and more new TIU girls and get more and more inspired!

For all of this I am eternally grateful. It has been (and continues to be) an amazing journey! Thank you, to K&K, to the amazing TIU team, to my incredible family who literally helps me every day. I love you all so much!

I can’t wait to see what tomorrow holds… ♡

Want to learn more about the Tone It Up team? I absolutely, definitely advise you to check out the Tone It Up site! They have blog posts, tips, recipes and so much more available right there for you! 

How Does She Do It: Georgia

georgietonesitup As you saw recently, I’ve just started a new series on my blog, featuring some of the incredible and inspiring people I’ve met…I started with Kristyn and I’m excited to feature another awesome woman I’ve known for a long time – Georgia!

Georgia (@GeorgieToningUp) and I met through the online Tone It Up community and she’s been a constant inspiration for me! Living in the UK gave Georgia a different outlook on life, and yet it was so similar (isn’t life weird like that…) which I love learning about! She’s always awesome and always REAL. Positive, negative, stressed, confident…she always reminds me that it’s ok to feel all those things. But then to pause, take a breath and get back to the positive! She’s a rockstar.

Speaking of real, she and I have always had a similar insight into the healthy mindset. Much like me, she’s always tried to strike a balance between working hard for the body/life that we want, while being happy/comfortable and loving the one that we have (aren’t we all just doing that?). I remember she wrote one post a while ago that’s always stuck with me. It was when the whole “bikini bridge” phenomenon was hitting the internet and it was making all of us insane. She said “So please please please be healthy. I am all about encouraging health and yes I believe in working for that bikini body. But I do not and I will never believe in working towards an unhealthy, unattainable, unrealistic goal. Aim for curves, aim for beauty, aim to feel confident, sexy and beautiful in that bikini ladies!” That’s the key. That’s what Tone It Up is about. That’s what BMOREtoned is about. That’s what I’m about. Healthy and beautiful. Love Georgia!

Check out this quick Q&A I had with Georgia!

arizona skyline What does your typical morning look like?
I’m at University studying Law with American Studies so my morning tends to vary depending on my class schedule. At the moment, I wake up and have a ton of messages from home to reply to because of the 8 hour time difference. Then I normally check through all of my social media and catch up with my Tone It Up team and then I read the news from home – just to keep up to date! That all takes about ten minutes before I get up and make some breakfast and a coffee before doing reading for class. I’m a night owl when it comes to working out!

You’ve recently started some time abroad in the US – how has your time differed from being at home?
I’m doing a study abroad year as part of my degree at Arizona State University, so apart from the change in weather(!) It’s a much bigger culture change than I was expecting! I would never have guessed it, coming from the UK. I’m amazed at how many people don’t understand my accent – the other day I had to spell out the word ‘hot’ when ordering a coffee! I’m also living away from my family for the first time ever. 5000 miles and an 8 hour time difference doesn’t make for easy calls home when I need to ask my mum what a symbol on a laundry label means ;). The biggest change then is definitely being totally independent for the first time ever. I do everything for myself now: cook all of my own meals, do my own grocery shopping, get myself from A-B and all of those exciting adult things! I was largely independent at home but being here has made it complete. I miss the UK loads but I wouldn’t change this experience for anything.

georgietonesitup We’ve known each other for a long time – starting together with TIU a few years ago! I’m always intrigued to find out how teammates found TIU – How did you find K&K?
We’ve known each other for a LONG time! I’ve followed Tone It Up for four years now! I originally found them on YouTube. I had just joined a gym and was 16 years old so I really had no clue what you do in a gym so I went on Youtube and searched! I found one of Sarah Dussault’s videos and there was a Tone It Up video in the sidebar! I watched it and straight away I was hooked. I knew from then I wanted to be a part of the TIU community and I haven’t looked back since.

What do you never leave the house without?
So predictable but my iPhone!! Especially at the moment because time really is crucial when I’m speaking to people back in the UK and iMessage and FaceTime make it so much easier. It’s also how I connect with the Tone It Up team and has documented my entire trip in the USA so far with the camera! I also rarely leave the house without an SPF chapstick. I’m obsessed, I honestly could sit there for hours and apply chap stick continually, I need to stop…it’s not healthy. Also, since I’ve moved to the desert, I make sure I carry water with me everywhere – even if it is just to a shop that’s a block away. The heat is brutal so I’m even more determined than usual to stay hydrated.

What has been one of your biggest successes and what obstacles did you have to overcome to get there?
This is a tricky one! I guess in a way my biggest success is that I haven’t had a total meltdown over here being on my own! I’ve taken moving out (and moving to a new continent!) in my stride and the results are showing. I feel better, more lean and more toned than I ever have. The obstacle I had to overcome was myself! I needed to get out of my own head and get over my fear of being alone. I had to put myself out there and make friends and get used to this totally new environment I was in. I was in such a routine at home and it was working so I was worried that moving to Arizona would throw a great big spanner in the works. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I keep reminding myself daily that I am doing this. I’m living in America, doing well in school, holding down a long term and long distance relationship, still managing to feel really close to my family and having the experience of a lifetime out here! With all of that in place I’m able to commit to my lifestyle and make choices that are right for me and the results speak for themselves :) I’ve gotten abs in Arizona ;)

elle woods inspirational quote What’s your favorite inspirational quote and why?
My boyfriend is a personal trainer and about a year ago he said to me, “You have to love your life the way you want it to be, not what anyone else expects it to be”. This resonates with me so much because I’m a huge believer of creating your own destiny. I am in charge of my happiness and I make a choice to make the most and be positive in every situation life throws my way. If I do, then nothing can ever bring me down and whenever I’m having a bad day I just remind myself of that and the pain will always go away. Whatever anyone else thinks is irrelevant – you steer your own ship!

Be sure to follow Georgia on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with her awesome posts!