Happy New Year!
As I wrote my blog and meditated on New Years Eve, I realized that 2017, even with all of it’s ups and downs, proved to be an amazing year of growth.
It’s often our greatest struggles that we find our deepest capacity for love and the desire for greater alignment within ourselves.
I heard the phrase “Push less and allow more this year” and it truly spoke to me. We try to control and force outcomes for our bodies, careers, relationships and more. This year let’s stay in “focused action” and allow yourself to live authentically to yourself, not others opinions of you.
Experience and allow what your soul desires this year.. whatever that may be. Release attachment of the outcome and watch the beauty of your life unfold.
I pray that 2018 is a breakthrough year for you. That you embody and ask for anything and everything that your heart and soul desires. Use everything as an opportunity to learn, grow and expand. Be present, make many joyful moments and love like you’ve never loved before.
Much love and blessings to you all!
My New Years Special to you:
Where are you? Seriously, where are you?
Are you floating above your life watching it and studying it instead of being present and living it? Do you allow fear, judgement and any other self defeating emotion to take control of your life?
I just opened an email from one of my greatest mentors, Ambassador Shabazz (Malcolm X’s daughter and Ambassador of Belize). I have worked with this amazing woman on humanitarian projects for the under-served people of Belize and I have taken my method “Bootoga®” to the women in prison, and children of Belize. These experiences have been profound and the fact that Ambassador wants me to continue and grow my own delegation for my work is truly an honor. I haven’t been back to Belize in about 2 years and this morning as I opened my email, the call hasn’t stopped, it’s been coming and I’ve been ignoring it and now it is time to get back into gear and create the legacy I am here to set. Why do we get ourselves going and then get stopped over and over again? What pattern do we need to let go off in order for us to breakthrough the fear and doubt?
I was listening to one of my newest audio books: “Braving the Wilderness” by Brene Brown and it was perfect timing.. she was asked those above questions from a dear friend to get herself out of the “fear” that binds us and into action for the greater good of ourselves and what we provide for the world.
“Don’t miss this experience, don’t study this moment, BE IN IT!”
This spoke to me loud and clear…it’s time to BE IN IT!!!!!! Time for me to be present and stop watching and studying my life and be the main player.
Do we need a permission slip to give ourselves permission to stop being so serious and afraid in life?
We need to give ourselves permission to be excited, goofy and have FUN! This is a powerful intention setting method but even though you give yourself permission you must make sure that you follow through! Get on the ACTION bus and FOLLOW THROUGH!
As soon as we decide to take action, fear will come in BUT Do not be moved… commit to not moving from who you truly are even if you feel alone, kinda weird, or on a solo mission. You must remember that you belong anywhere you show up as yourself. YOU were made for a great purpose, share it and watch the beauty unfold with it.
I leave you with 2 great quotes from the amazing Maya Angelou that have always inspired me!
If you’re going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can’t be erased. -Maya Angelou
Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay. -Maya Angelou
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Earn your Happiness
How many times do we expect others to make us happy or we feel if we reach a certain goal in our lives that will bring us the happiness we desire; when in fact it’s just the opposite. Happiness is an internal job, we must make the choice on a daily basis to find the happiness that lies within us.
As many of you know I have made the choice to expand and grow my fitness business with another gym and I am so happy and grateful for this opportunity that lies before me. With all of the packing, cleaning, preparation of the new location and ensuring my team is well taken care of, it’s been a time of true reflection for me and my years as a sole gym owner.
I have worked hard, made sacrifices, worked countless hours, laughed, cried, meet some of the best people around, developed relationships, created more opportunities for growth, wrote best selling books, trained celebrities, traveled with my Ambassador Shabazz to Belize to serve and share my talents with kids, and women, created and trademarked Bootoga® and so much more. The point to listing these accomplishments is to remind myself that I have earned every ounce of happiness that is in each experience. I smile as I write about them because there is internal joy and happiness for what I have accomplished and for what I am going to create going forward.
There have been countless times when a challenge or an expectation of mine did not go through, yet I was taught valuable lessons and the most amazing doors were opened for me in ways I would not have imagined and then once again…I was taught joy and happiness are an inside job. Nothing external can make us happy, being fit on the inside is where our truth resides.
It’s with a grateful heart that I release my “physical” location of the gym only to create more community and family in our new home. I am so thankful for every person who has walked through my doors, you are or have been a crucial part of my journey and I hope to continue the beauty, creation, and love with all of you!
Come visit and join me at MBX Athletics at 19555 Parthenia St., Northridge, Ca 91324 and let’s GROW this together!
I AM LOVE, I AM UNIQUE, I AM ABUNDANT
Has it always been easy for me? NO! Is it easy for me now? NO!
I’ve worked hard for everything that I have accomplished. I take pride in my passion and my purpose and I’m honored and grateful when others recognize it in me and it turns into an opportunity to be published as a cover model to share my story in hopes that it will inspire many other beautiful women to pursue their passions and to be patient for the right people and opportunities to come into their lives.
I want to share a few tips with you that I’ve learned along my journey:
1) Be clear of your passions.. what makes your heart sing and do those everyday!
2) Release FEAR. Easier said then done but be honest with yourself and ask; what am I truly afraid of in this situation/circumstance? Start to visualize the fear leaving your body and thank it for the lesson.
3) Just ASK! Sometimes we just need to GO FOR IT! What’s the worst thing that can happen? Someone says NO to you, can you handle that? Absolutely, take nothing personally! Move on to the next prospect and focus on your goal.
4) A great quote from my dear friend and co-author Tim Cole, in The Little Black Book of Fitness;
“The person with an experience will out perform the person with a theory every time”! The context behind this is that your experience matters! Don’t ever feel not good enough, no degree, etc, your time in the trenches matters! MOVE forward and go for what you want!
5) Know that your audience and the people you are here to reach are waiting for what you have to share! Get out of your own way and own who you are. Go forth and help others with your message, your experience, your story and your bright light. Smile and share your love and watch it come back to you 10 fold!
Lastly…. ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY… this is truly where the Magic happens!
Health on the 4th of July!
Independence day, Fireworks, Family BBQ’s, hot dogs, chips, alcohol and fun in the sun! How much better can it get?
Here’s a FEW tips to survive the 4th of July splurge!
- Plan time for exercise. Exercise helps relieve the 4th of July eating stress and prevent weight gain. A moderate and daily increase in exercise can help partially offset increased holiday eating. Try 10 or 15-minute brisk walks twice a day.
- Don’t skip meals. Before leaving for a party, eat a light snack like raw vegetables or a piece of fruit to curb your appetite. You will be less tempted to over-indulge.
- Survey party buffets before filling your plate. Choose your favorite foods and skip your least favorite. Include vegetables and fruits to keep your plate balanced.
- Eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed. Savor your favorite holiday treats while eating small portions. Sit down, get comfortable, and enjoy.
- Be careful with beverages. Alcohol can lessen inhibitions and induce overeating; non-alcoholic beverages can be full of calories and sugar.
- If you overeat at one meal go light on the next. It takes 500 calories per day (or 3,500 calories per week) above your normal/maintenance consumption to gain one pound. It is impossible to gain weight from one piece of pie!
- Bring your own healthy dish to a holiday gathering.
- Take the focus off of FOOD and enjoy the company of your friends and family!
I recently attended a fundraiser and the keynote speaker asked a GREAT question to us all. Do you constantly “should” all over yourself or others? Meaning: I “should’ have done that, they “should” leave their job, they “should” go to the gym, I “should” have worked out harder, my kids “should” have straight A’s.
Does this sound familiar? I am definitely guilty of what I call the “should syndrome”. I catch myself and have learned to take a step back to truly view my “judgement” of my actions or thoughts and take a few minutes to let it go.
How quickly we judge ourselves and others, it is a daily habit to tame down the judgement. When we judge others, we make them “wrong” and most of the time without even knowing their circumstance, situation or story. Who are we to judge and “should” someone when we ourselves are struggling with the same issue?
The keynote speaker went on to share that one of her favorite people in the world was a dear friend of hers who never once told her she “should” do something, instead her friend always listened and reminded her of her greatness, beauty and love. The speaker continued her story, she was down in the dumps, knew she wasn’t in a good situation at that time yet the non-judgement of her friend is what helped light up the correct path for her to pursue. Now that is true love and compassion at it’s finest.
Even though we feel our intentions may be good, are we truly in the position to “should” our opinion on someone if not asked?
I’ve been thinking about this all week long. I shared it with my “Champion Mindset Workshop” group this week. We may know someone’s name, but we never know their full story. Have compassion, love and acceptance for others and especially for ourselves. This is one aspect of having a champion mindset and definitely something to think about.
With love and acceptance,
Would you like to be a part of my CHAMPIONS workshops and community?
I am so grateful to help guide and support my clients, friends and anyone who has ever asked for my assistance. If you are not in the Los Angeles area not to worry! Join my online course to become a CHAMPION in your own life. Figure out what your definition of a champion is and how that applies to you. Learn what steps you can take to work towards it. Explore, challenge and empower your own beliefs. Fitness is all about the “WHOLE”. How can we learn to balance fitness in our mindset, our physical body and our soul? Take one day at a time.
For more information about my online course, log onto my site at http://jeanetteortega.com/champions/
Come join us Saturday June 3, 2017 from 11-2 pm for an insightful three hour Nutrition Workshop!
Where: Extreme Results Fitness
Cost: Only $79
Learn about what all these “quick-fix weight loss diets” are doing to your metabolism. Learn what works, what doesn’t work and everything in between.
You will learn from Dr. Lori Shemek, Nutritionist, Health Expert and Best Selling Author of “Fire-Up Your Fat Burn”.
We will also have Dr Bob Choat, Transformation Specialist, Author of “Mind your own Fitness”, Speaker and Podcast Producer and host of ” School of Transformation”
You will also hear from me, Jeanette Ortega, three time Best Selling Author, Health & Wellness Expert, Owner of Extreme Results Fitness and Creator of Bootoga®.
Come with questions and gain the knowledge to set you up for SUCCESS!
My intention for this book was to create a tool that was full of experiences that inspire and motivate people around the world to live their best lives of health in their mind, body and soul. We share powerful stories of transformation from the Winner of NBC’s The Biggest Loser, Front man of Cypress Hill, International Kickboxing Champions, Fitness Competitors, Nutrition and Weight Loss Experts, Marines and more.
Please share this book with family and friends and let’s create a Global ripple effect for Wellness Warriors everywhere. Purchase your kindle or paperback here: http://www.TheLittleBlackBookofFitness.com
Stay TUNED for our book signing event and celebration coming soon in JUNE in LA! Click here to watch a few of our co-authors have some fun in the sun!
Thank you again for your support!
Much health, joy and peace to you all!
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I was in a book store the other day and saw a book entitled, “Don’t Wrestle, Just Nestle”, that title stuck with me and it got me thinking.
How many times in life when things are not going our way do we start to wrestle with life and ourselves? We get frustrated, angry, fearful and all the emotions of discomfort come up and we just can’t seem to be calm or find any moments of stillness?! When in fact, if we would nestle into the discomfort, breathe, take a step back and look for opportunities of growth and learning there may be a much better solution that would appear…. BUT how challenging is that, right?
We seem to want to fight and wrestle with what isn’t working out our way instead of nestling up to the idea that there is a better way for this particular circumstance and it’s a blessing in disguise teaching us something that we must learn in this part of our life. Why wrestle and waste time and energy when in fact more would be accomplished if we nestle up to the situation and trust that there is something much more grand waiting for us. If we would only take the time to truly be authentic with ourselves and investigate deeper into what is being taught to us at this particular time. Where’s our trust, faith and confidence in these moments? Are we attached to an outcome that may not happen? Will life endure if the outcome is different from what we anticipated?
Here’s 3 steps to gain that perspective:
- Stop, take a step back and BREATHE….. get into the present moment
- Take an authentic look at what’s working in this situation and what’s not working, what’s missing and how can it be improved
- Evaluate your intentions and what your true purpose in life is, does this align with your “WHY”?
Remember everything in life happens for a reason, usually a lesson and many times a celebration of how far we have come. Where our attention goes, energy flows.. so which will it be for you; Wrestle or Nestle?