Today’s topic. Motivating yourself and others.

After my work out last night I knew this is what I wanted to touch on today. I sat on my bed with my laptop to type this up and ended up waking up this morning with only “go betch.” on the page. I don’t sleep well, so that means my ass must have been kicked last night.

Not sure if this happens to you, but some days I go into the gym after work and teaching a Zumba or Hip Hop class and I am not feeling it, but know I need to do it. I start out my first set kinda lazy and hoping it will go by fast. That’s where my work out partner/bff/trainer comes in. Yesterday I was exhausted after teaching an as one of my students said “One of your hardest playlist ever” Zumba class and went straight to the gym after to lift with him. We both walked in tired from teaching, but then the pre-work out hit and it was time to push it. He added a little more weight half way through than I was used to and I started to get as they call at 3 month old “a little fussy”. Then the motivation started. Sometimes when working out with your bff you can just start cracking up mid workout. But yesterday we talked about goals, so we didn’t start the laughing until the final stretch of the almost two hour workout (aka.hell.)

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The best motivation for me is hearing my goals out loud so I can picture them in my head. So in yesterdays case it was “Cait, think Puerto Rico.” (Where I am going for a friends bachelorette party in December and don’t want to look like a heavy sea creature from the ocean) or “Think about both weddings your in early next year” (Holy crap, two bridesmaid dresses that one is green and the second is light pink…aka not black where its slimming, so gotta work HARD for it). Needless to say, I pumped out the rest of the sets the hardest I could.

Now lets switch and think from Mr.Motivations point of view. When he is working out (with ALOT heavier dumb bells and weights) I am awful at motivating. Like to the point where it is kinda funny. As far as motivating students during Zumba/Hip Hop, I think I can do that pretty well. But in the gym — Terrible. Because I don’t know completely 100% what I am doing still.

I tend to say things like…

“Push it out” while lifting – Okay seriously, no one is giving birth. So I don’t understand why its what I always say. I am not a birth coach, but maybe found a new calling?

“John Doe.” – (I don’t really know a John Doe, I am just saying someone’s name in general) Someone you both know mutually and aren’t very fond of. Seeing that persons face or thinking of what they may have done to you can spark up extra energy or sass. The down side, it may cause the giggles and you may drop the bar on your chest.

and the favorite…
“go.betch.” – It used to be one that would make both of us laugh. But now I think it pretty much helps motivate. It means – move your ass, you got it, don’t slack now. betch.

It isn’t terrible to laugh a little during your work out. As you can tell, humor gets me through life. So adding it in to working out and getting into the healthy lifestyle helps for me to get pumped up a little and stay positive.

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So what motivates you?

The thought of getting into a certain dress or pants?
Being able to wear a bikini or with your shirt off?
Getting back into shape by a certain event/time frame?
Getting back to feeling happy and comfortable?
Being healthy for your family, husband, wife or kids?

Thinking of things like this get me through the rough hour or two of grueling workouts, and maybe it can help you too. Picturing goals or working out with a friend who helps push towards your goals can motivate the heck out of you.

Now go.betch. and get to work 🙂

just some friday thoughts and shigggs.


The pictures above explain EXACTLY how I feel today.

First, I want to say thank everyone who has subscribed to Shigggles, all the nice comments, emails, texts & phone calls. I figured this would be something cool and kind of therapeutic to do and it’s a great feeling getting all of these nice comments and motivation to keep it going. It’s kinda cool seeing people think that the same things are funny, goofy or whatever like I do. But the best thing over all, is that I have had a few different people say that they also have decided on changing their bad habits as well or gave me an update on how their lifestyle changes are going. There’s that whole “Hoping to inspire the hell out of people” thing.

I said I was going to be 100% honest when writing and updating this. So I will tell you the good, the bad & the ugly. It has been a week. And I only say that because there was not only the changes of eating clean and working out multiple times a day. Trying to juggle working full time, teaching multiple days a week, school and some type of social life sometimes feels a little overwhelming. To be completely honest, adding in the food prep, more work outs and gym time all made me feel even more overwhelmed most of the week.

I am pretty sure that this is what I looked like at one point –


There is a quote “It is amazing how stress keeps you trim” Sorry sister, but it is NOT like that for this chick. Stress is my worst enemy. We don’t get along, we are not BFF’s, or even those friends that smile to each other’s faces and talk madddd shit behind each other’s backs.
It effect’s me bad. No sleep, total bitch mode, leave me alone unless your JT kinda bad. It also helps with weight gain. So this week I knew I had to push it to a different level.

It was a week of up and down feelings, stress, excitement, frustration and all of that good stuff. Between work, family stuff, no sleep (that’s a whole other story – another time – another day – another post) I was ready to say “Let’s start next week instead” many times.

Then I stepped on the scale this morning and was down 4 pounds since Monday and realized it is worth it. The really busy schedule is worth it, all the work outs are worth it, the frustration is worth it, and I am worth it. 🙂

Easy, breezy, beautiful cover squirrel.


How does one be a “Squirrel” or have a “Squirrel moment” you ask…

Someone is a Squirrel when they totally get off topic or bring something up that randomly pops into their mind. Something like “ooooohhh that’s shiny”, “ohhh a butterfly” “So & so did this or that”. So either what’s going on around you or random thoughts. You may see these in my posts. I can’t help it. For the most part I try to stay on topic. But when that random thought pops into my mind, I tend to express it.

Examples are as followed….

– Sitting in a restaurant having a conversation about school and my best friend see’s a fine looking specimen…
“Quick look at that piece of man..okay now what were talking about?”

– You hear a song you like in the background while having drinks and talking with friends…
“I’m gonna choreograph this song for class…now what were you saying”

– While in class working on something for school talking about the project…
“I saw so & so (someone you don’t like/haven’t seen in awhile/old bf) at the gym…lookin rough…okay so back to whatever we are doing..”

So now you know what being a Squirrel is. So when I randomly say something off topic, just be like “okay…SQUIRREL” and know that I really do pay attention to what I am writing. Just know some of us have that wondering brain with a million thoughts at once that we may or may not just blurt out 🙂

gemmin’ like nobodies business


    This post is to show that yeah, if you gain some weight back or need some confidence and you are back in the gym or studio trying to lose it, you can still dress fun, funky and flattering!

    3 gems.

    Months ago, I met an awesome woman on a mission. The mission was to make woman and men both feel comfortable, confident and sexy while working out. Sara “Scissorhands” has been cutting shirts, hair and whatever is within reach since she was young. What started out as going to random Zumba classes with fun funky clothes, has turned into a business that travels from one studio or gym to another making students feel funky and fresh in their “gems”.

    Being someone who had started to gain weight that I was so proud of losing while being a Zumba and Hip Hop instructor I needed a boost. 3 gems did that. She prints shirts and also turned some of my old shirts into awesome, new fun and flattering gym apparel. Sara has also has done fundraisers with gyms/studios for different charities. Bringing a shirt to recycle to a new funky-fresh brand spankin’ new one and proceeds went to charity. She did this for a charity event that was very near and dear to my heart and I will forever be grateful for the money we raised.

    Instant new clothing is a girls dream. You literally stand there for 10 minutes and boom, you’ve got a brand new shirt. She is unbelievably talented and has that fun, awesome spirit where you feel comfortable with her instantly. No questions asked, this 3gem thannng is only getting bigger and bigger 🙂

    How to contact Sara at 3gems for some gems of your own –

    Website – http://3gems.net
    Like her on Facebook – 3gems.net
    Email – questions@3gems.net



sometimes, the not so good shigggles happen.

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Sometimes I find myself blaming a bad work out day or a cheat day on stress, a bad mood, or an all around bad day.

Well…I, the brat in the bad mood am proud to say that there was no slacking in the kitchen or the gym today. Normally, it wouldn’t have been pretty — dropping dumbbells, crawling off the stage after teaching,  or eating cheesy bread from my favorite place around the corner just to do it.

The gym is now what I guess I can call my therapy. It is the hour or two that I do not have to think of the irritating or frustrating things from the day. But at the same time, I can sort through my head on the elliptical or get the frustration out killin’ it during some ass to calf squats or chest press.

That is how you know you really are in for this lifestyle change. You over look the bad stuff and use it as fuel to keep going.

“On good days I workout, on bad days I workout harder.”

first day of schooling the lifestyle change.



Today was not just the first day of school for kids, it was the first day of schooling this lifestyle change. BOO-YAH. Had food prepped, drank enough water for a football team and somehow managed to get three work outs in. AND lived to type this blog tonight.

Also, I thought I was going to have a temptation to candy, but made the right decision and hid them in my co-workers drawers saying “Don’t you dare let me have these”. Sorry — Squirrel moment.




Typical Cait style…not getting home until after 10pm for the first time all day. Not getting settled in until 11:01.

Why Is that ok? My meals are already chillin in the fridge for tomorrow.

When thinking of what kept me on track the most the first go around, it was definitely food prep. Pick one or two days out of the week where you devote about 30 minutes to  an hour to doing this. I have a very hectic schedule and I can still make time for it. First I take whatever proteins I want to cook — season, and put in the oven. While they are being cooked I cut veggies/fruits and get my complex carbs ready too (Sorry I’m not sorry that I cannot completely give up carbs, trust me it’s for everyone’s good).

While this all sounds like “Duh, Cait” it really is the way to save yourself from screwing up. Instead of grabbing something fast food, you have the legit, not going to make you feel 9 months preggo meal. Also, if you are like me and are on the go all the time, you have back up meals to grab and go.

I posted the picture of getting my hair done because it has turned me into a feisty, saucy positive chick. I used to say “Ok, once I lose 20 more pounds, I can get my hair done.” But this time we are trying a different approach. getting a new doo’ and feeling a little more confident and feisty may help just as much as those mini goals.

Trust me, I still love me some mini goals. Such as the “10 more pounds and I can have Sweet Frog” or “10 more pounds and I can have some drinks when we go out and not be DD for once” so I know I will be using those too. Goals are a good thing 🙂

Tomorrows goal – Get all work outs in and not think about Sweet Frog. Gah….gets me everytime!

what the shigggles?

The bit of inspiration –

A little over a year ago, I had one of those days where I put on any outfit and looked like a stuffed sausage. That same day, my grandmaw had a conversation with me about needing to find a man like she did (he was perfect so it is going to be PRETTY hard to top that) get healthy, blah blah blah. So I did it. Within about 8 months, I lost around 60lbs. I ate pretty much perfect, drank water like its my job and discovered one of my loves – Zumba. So yeah, people didn’t recognize me, I felt pretty awesome, was in a lot smaller clothes.

Then life happened.

I am being extremely honest on here and telling you – Yes, I have gained about 30lbs of the 60lbs I had lost.

Am I ashamed? The past few months, yes. But now, no. shigggles happen.

Also, thats common to happen when you lose a lot fast. Not giving excuses. Trust me to be in my family you learn tough love, no excuses and all that good stuff. It is coming off by healthy lifestyle – Working out, eating right again and being all around positive.

So it is what it is, time to get the 30lbs off, as well as a little bit more. Get back toned and go beyond my goals.

That’s where this blog comes in. When I was losing the 60, I had people checking on my progress every week, to 1 – hold me accountable and 2 – get them on track themselves. They said that I inspired them, that I made them want to do it themselves, and could relate to my story. And as much of a smart ass and a brat as I can be, inspiring and motivating people is probably the thing I love to do most in life. Besides laugh, people watch, and look at Justin Timberlake all at the same time…(ok, maybe I lied about the JT thing…there is nothing better than staring at that man.)

So that is one thing I will be doing on here. Holding myself accountable to weigh in, say how much I have lost…And no you don’t need to know a girls weight. Also adding the recipes and work out tips that help me and others on this same journey.

This blog is not just for myself. It is for the real life girl, with the real life body, that is going to kick ass, and take names to get to their goal. We can do it together – while you get to hear my goofy stories, tips and shigggles that come along with it 🙂

A few random shigggles to know about Caitie –

1. 150% ready to be back in health-ville. (No, that does not mean I will never eat a chicken finger again..trust me.)

2. Yes, I am an 84 year old woman in a 25 year olds body.

3. On the go, out and about- makin moves about 15 hours of the day…that’s why I turn to wine.

4. Love to work out.

5. You will notice that this blog has a lot of humor. There may be some sentimental stuff here and there, but don’t get used to it.

6. Simple girl.

7. That crazy aunt that everyone talks about in their family, that’s me.

8. My family is that loud, obnoxious family with so much heart and I freaking adore them.

9. My friends are my saving grace.

10. I am an insomniac – it explains the mood swings.

11. I have the greatest guardian angels watching over me.

12. Batman & Superman got nothin’ on my brothers.

13. I am a smart ass, but I swear I do have a heart.

14. I have a lot of Squirrell moments…(You will learn what those are reading this blog)

15. My number one-favorite thing to do – Inspire the hell out of people.


Just a little bit of shigggles to let you know what this blog is about. Stay tuned for a new, fun, ridiculous post tomorrow 🙂