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15893 Pines Boulevard
Pembroke Pines, FL, 33027

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Located in Pembroke Pines, Florida, Fit4Lyfe offers a variety of activities for all ages and abilities. Our group classes are fun and effective, with both morning and evening schedules. Our classes use a combination of body weight with cardio and resistance training to help you: 
• Lose fat, get fit and tone up.
• Decrease stress and increase your energy levels.
• Boost your metabolism and burn a crazy amount of calories, not only during but also after your workout. 

Blog Posts

“Today I Woke Up With That Whole Purpose Driven Princess Warrior Save The World Kinda Vibe.”

If the shoe fits…wear it! Don’t be afraid to be YOU and live your life with PASSION--- you deserve happiness. 

Welcome to Sandy's BLOG! I'm a mom of 2 incredible boys, Giovanni (6) and Santinno (almost 3) as well as a Stepmom to an incredible 16 year old, Isabella. I am married to an incredible man, Jason! 

I am a 2-Star Diamond Beachbody Coach as well as a Fitness Trainer and have been coaching men and women for 5-years now.

I created Team Fit4Lyfe and have been fortunate enough to work side by side with many AMAZING men and women that are working through their own obstacles while helping others do the same. Our goal as a team is to grow individually while creating a family atmosphere that welcomes anyone and everyone.

I am REAL and will always tell it how it is; what you see is what you get. When you lean on me, I lean on you and will push you to be the BEST that you can be. My goal as a coach is to help my team and anyone that joins us to live a more fulfilling life with purpose, value, sincerity, love, FUN and so much more. This is a long-term relationship :-)

Thank you for visiting my blog!

Please check in frequently to stay connected for updates, news and inspiration daily!!!

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#awesomeaugust 2018 Fit4Lyfe Fitness Challenge

Sandy Tocci

WOOOOOOOOOAH, hold the phone cause we can NOT believe that its just a few days shy of AUGUST---- WOWZA, where'd this year go?!?!?!!! Don't worry though, as stunned as we are, we're still committed to staying FOCUSED and pushing through this next month; which BTW, leads into the holidays! #dontfallover

So here we goooooooo..... we are rolling out our *FREE* AWESOME AUGUST challenge and although it starts in just a few days, it is NOT too late to join and you do not need to sit on this wondering whether or not you should do it because YES YES YES, you SHOULD participate! Whether you are one of our awesome Fit4Lyfe clients that gets to workout with us daily OR one of our virtual clients*, YOU CAN PARTICIPATE! {non-locals/non-members please read the very bottom for additional details}

Before we move on, PLEASE share this with your friends! SHARE THIS LINK, SHARE THE PICTURE on Facebook, Instagram, Snap, Twitter... and don't forget to use the HASHTAGS #awesomeaugust1500 #1500withfit4lyfe and whatever awesome hashtag you come up with. The more we share, the more we can help others and the MORE YOU STAY MOTIVATED! #teameffort

OK SO LETS DOWN TO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO...

1500 stands for MINUTES! You have the entire month of August to complete 1500 minutes worth of exercise. NOW BEFORE you get all CRAY like "wow thats a lot", lets break it down... 1500 minutes could amount to *25* 60-minute workouts; and for some of you, this is already being done and for some, a few doubles here and there could make up missed hours! SO yeah, totally doable and something that MANY of you already do. If you are local to Fit4Lyfe and attend classes, you are expected to get your exercise done AT the gym--- this means 25 check-ins OR doubling up how you'd like to get it done! IF you are not local and would like to participate, the following could work for you:

  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Dance Class
  • Interval Training
  • At-Home DVDs
  • etc...etc...etc

BUT everything will be tracked and whether you are LOCAL or NOT, you will need to provide your proof of workouts! {keep in mind this is ALL to help you stay focused and accountable to YOUR goals}

We are looking for SCHEDULED workouts here so what will NOT be counted towards your minutes (whether local or afar):

  • Shopping
  • Vacuuming 
  • Mowing your lawn
  • Painting a picture (YES that burns calories)
  • Dancing at the club
  • Walking your dog
  • Vacation site-seeing
  • etc...etc...etc

Here is your TRACKING SHEET so that you can keep track of all your AWESOME WORKOUTS during the month of AUGUST. AGAIN, this is for YOU! Its getting towards the end of the year, you've got goals, this right here could be YOUR way to get back on track!

SIGN UP BY JULY 31st to be added to the FACEBOOK GROUP! http://bit.ly/1500withfit4lyfe

We have an AMAZING Facebook Community that likes to bring FUN to FITNESS so please JOIN US and make sure you head on over to our Facebook Group and JOIN US AFTER your have registered. http://bit.ly/2018awesomeaugustFBgroup

What to expect IN the group:

  • Coaching
  • Motivation
  • Additional Mini Workouts
  • RECIPES from Coach Sandy
  • Meal Prep Tips
  • Funny LIVE Videos
  • and MORE!

What do you WIN?!?!
BRAGGING RIGHTS!!!! You get to say YOU committed and COMPLETED 1500 minutes of working out in the month of AUGUST! You get to start the holiday season off RIGHT with the RIGHT mindset and the RIGHT goals in place!

OK... so now you can stop reading and GO GET REGISTERED!
Commit to an AWESOME AUGUST NOW! 


*FREE* for ALL Fit4Lyfe Members! If your membership expires during the challenge, you will be removed from the Groups.
VIRTUAL CLIENTS (aka non-members): There will be a minimal sign-up fee so that we can continue to provide you with virtual coaching as well as provide all the additional perks for you so please get registered and we will reach out to you privately. Here is the link to pay for the virtual sign-up: http://bit.ly/virtualawesomeaugust

Fit4Lyfe Memorial Day Workout & MURPH WOD

Sandy Tocci

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"Murph"
For time:
1 mile Run
100 Pull-ups
200 Push-ups
300 Squats
1 mile Run

The Murph hero WOD was originally posted on CrossFit.com on August 18th, 2005 by Lauren Glassman. The description read as follows:

In memory of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y., who was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005.

This workout was one of Mike’s favorites and he’d named it “Body Armor”. From here on it will be referred to as “Murph” in honor of the focused warrior and great American who wanted nothing more in life than to serve this great country and the beautiful people who make it what it is.

THE EVENT:
Every year on Memorial Day, Americans honor those who have fallen serving the United States Armed Forces. At Fit4Lyfe, we will be supporting the Murph Challenge by completing “Murph” workout on Memorial Day with two start times, 815am & 845am.

THE WORKOUT:
Break up the pull-ups, push-ups, and squats as needed but you must start and finish with a mile run (2 miles total). If you’ve got a twenty pound vest or body armor, wear it.

TIPS and TRICKS:
For most of the population Murph’s 200 push-ups are the limiting factor. Many athletes will bite off more than they can chew attempting to break them up in to sets of 20. By the time they’ve accumulated the first 100 push-ups they are struggling to string three together at a time.

Push-up burnout can be prevented by partitioning the workout wisely. Listed below are some rep schemes to consider:

5-10-15
The 5-10-15 scheme is probably the most common pattern people succeed with. This mirrors the rep scheme of the Cross Fit benchmark workout Cindy:
20 rounds of...
5 pull-ups
10 push-ups (If you are new to Murph, be smart and shake out your arms after five reps, from the very beginning).
15 squats

5-5-5-15
If push-ups are a particular challenge for you consider the following scheme:
20 rounds of...
5 push-ups
5 pull-ups
5 push-ups
15 squats

5-5-5-10-5
{Similar to the 5-5-5-15}
20 rounds of...
5 pull-ups
5 squats
5 push-ups
10 squats
5 push-ups

What To Expect
Times vary quite a bit on Murph. The mile route will of course be a big factor in determining your time. As a rough guideline though consider the following for an athlete (male or female) completing the workout without a weight vest:
+70 Minutes Beginner
40-70 Minutes Intermediate
30-40 Minutes Advanced
30 Minutes or less Elite

DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED if you can’t do the entire workout (Not many can)! Anyone can do their own version of “Murph” including scaling the run, reps, movements, or even partitioning the workout as a team. The idea is to challenge yourself and do a little more and go a little faster each AND EVERY year. Let this be YOUR year you start AND JOIN FIT4LYFE as they complete it.

FREE for Fit4Lyfe Platinum Members!
FREE for ACTIVE Military with ID!
$10 for anyone else
Get registered in ADVANCE at http://bit.ly/2018MurphWOD as space is LIMITED in each starting time.

Good luck Fit Fam!

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Client Spotlight May 2018

Sandy Tocci

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LYFERS near and far... please JOIN US in congratulating our fellow LYFER and friend, MICHELLE, on becoming our MAY CLIENT SPOTLIGHT!

Michelle has been on her health & fitness journey for a few years now and most recently, she has joined Fit4Lyfe and become an instrumental part of the Fit Fam and community. Her smile and positive attitude is not only contagious but LIGHTS up the room. She's always one to help others as well as PUSH herself to be the BEST that she can be; in and out of the gym.

We are SOOOO proud of everything that Michelle has accomplished and her FULL story can be found below as well as on our board when you walk into the gym. Please check out her story and CONGRATULATE her on a job well done.

CONGRATS Michelle and CHEERS to a super AWESOME future!!!!

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My journey with the Tocci's began before Fit4Lyfe was officially opened. I met Sandy at work, where I was always impressed with her fitness and how she would prep all her meals, and like clockwork made sure she was eating every three hours to fuel her body. I knew I had to do something similar considering I had kept on the baby weight from my first pregnancy. Instead, I always made an excuse that I just didn't have enough time between work, school, a one-year-old baby and everything else life throws at you. I only made up more excuses as I switched to a job that required me to work up to 18 hours a day. I was always stressed out and just ate poorly. Shortly after, I was pregnant with my second child and now I was using my pregnancy as an excuse to not be physically active and eat whatever I wanted. During this pregnancy I just felt horrible the entire time - physically, mentally and emotionally. I couldn't look at myself in the mirror and I wouldn't want to be in any pictures. I was 26 and I was approaching 250 pounds!! I can honestly say I reached my lowest point. It was depressing, and I knew that I didn't want to look or feel this way anymore, and I had to find a way to do something about it. So while I no longer worked with Sandy, I was still in contact with her and reached out for some advice. Together we made a plan that day one after my son was born, I was starting my fitness journey. She told me to find my "Why" and once I had that, there was nothing that could stop me because I would remember why I am truly doing this. After my son was born I couldn't exercise right away because I had a C-section, but I wasn't using that as an excuse. I at least tried to be as physically active as I could and I worked hard on fueling my body with the right foods. Sandy showed me that eating healthy isn't boring and exposed me to a lot of healthier foods that I didn't even know existed. Once I was cleared by my doctor to start exercising, I began doing workout videos from home, also with the help of Sandy and her virtual motivational groups that she would lead. While I was still working many hours and now I had two kids, I didn't let time be an excuse anymore. I had a goal in mind to lose 100 pounds by my sons first birthday. While it was hard, considering my journey started in October and I had to go through all the holidays on this strict plan, I was determined and never once had a cheat meal for the first six months. I was determined! and I knew I had the support I needed. By my sons first birthday I was weighing in at 150 pounds. I was proud of myself that I had achieved this goal but I didn't want to just stop there. However, life happens and shortly after my divorce, I found myself making excuses again on time. I was also not eating as great as I should. I fell into a yo-yo, where I would gain some weight, but then I knew I didn't want to be where I was before so I would start eating healthy again, then after a few weeks I would stop again. It just continued on that cycle for about two years. While I had somewhat continued to maintain my weight, I just felt sluggish all the time. I knew I wanted to be a good example to my kids, who were watching my habits. I had to remember my "why" again. By this time, Fit4lyfe had expanded from being in the Tocci garage to where it is now located. I saw a post of new times being added to the schedule, and figured I could at least try to go twice a week. So I sent Sandy a note and decided to try it out for a month. I took one class and I was hooked! I now found myself making excuses to FIND the time to make it to these classes almost everyday. Then the Awesome August challenge happened and I worked hard to get those 1500 minutes in, and was so proud when I did. I wasn't only proud that I did it, I felt better and stronger everyday. 

I just love the energy at F4L. The people there are just one big family. They are always pushing you to never give up. Sandy is a beastette coming up with these different killer routines daily. Jason watches you like a hawk and always upping your weights and telling you that you can do more. Kim with her fun twist on routines and even including mini-relays at the end of some of them. Alex always checking your form and making sure you get the most out of it. It just makes working out more fun, and I look forward to waking up at 4am to make it to those 515am (now 5am) classes. Not only do I go to F4L about 5 days a week, but I found myself joining the FitFam on new challenges, such as 5K races and OCRs. I NEVER saw myself as a runner, considering I couldn't even run a block without feeling like I was about to collapse. But as I saw the others attending these races and killing their goals, I knew I wanted to be part of that too. As of today I have ran 3 5Ks, am signed up for about 5 more, and have also signed up for 4 OCR races. While I never thought it was possible, I know I have my F4L family by my side every step of the way. I feel so much more energized now, my body has transformed in a way that has made me feel more confident about myself, and even my children enjoy joining me in my journey. For me, this is just the beginning as I continue working toward new goals with F4L. I am so grateful for how awesome the F4L family is, but most importantly Sandy and Jason for opening this badass place, and always supporting and motivating me. They honestly have a huge heart and are a major inspiration to me on so many levels. So thank YOU!!!! 

Love- Michelle

2018 New Year New You Weight-Loss Challenge

Sandy Tocci

In our 2017 6-week challenge, as a team,
we lost a total of 157 lbs and we are READY to do it again.

JOIN US as we KICK OFF our
NEW YEAR NEW YOU 6-week challenge...

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Fit4Lyfe is READY to help our men and women TRANSFORM their bodies as we work our way through the first two months of 2018. Our goal is to help you focus on resolutions and RESULTS-- giving you the opportunity to learn and work towards understanding what it takes to lose weight, get healthy and ENJOY the process! Whether you have weight to lose or not, in 6-weeks, you can TRANSFORM your mind and body. This challenge is for ANYONE and we welcome everyone to join.

Our fitness concept is unique and top-notch. We promote functional fitness through High Intensity Interval Circuit Training where each and EVERY 60-minute workout is DIFFERENT! You'll be challenged through every workout and our coaches are continuously coming up with routines and exercises that incorporate cardio, resistance & strength training, core focus, flexibility, balance and more. You will increase your metabolism and have a continuos BURN for up to 36-hours POST workout!

Registration starts NOW until January 7th and additional details are listed below.

Basic Details:
Starts: January 8, 2018
Ends: February 18, 2018
6 Week Challenge
Cost: $30/person (http://bit.ly/2018NewYearNewYouChallenge)
Winner: MALE and FEMALE (TOP 2 in each category will WIN cash money!)
*You do NOT need to do this challenge just to lose weight. You can join for the accountability, support, fun and to support your fellow challengers.*

Weigh-Ins AT Fit4Lyfe ONLY:
FIRST weigh-ins need be done during the first few days of the start of the challenge (January 5-7 ONLY). Weigh-Ins can be done at any time you choose; just keep in mind that as the day goes on, your weight does fluctuate. We recommend a morning weigh-in. Wear light clothing and preferably the same outfit; remove shoes and any car keys, wallets, etc etc. You can stop by the gym during gym hours ONLY to complete your weigh-ins and all days/times will be shared in the Private Facebook Group as well as on our Fit4Lyfe Facebook Page. You do NOT need to see or know your weigh-in but your Trainer/Coach will record what the results are.

January 5-7 at Fit4Lyfe: Beginning Weigh-Ins and Optional Photos
January 19-21 at Fit4Lyfe: Week 2 Weigh-Ins
February 2-4 at Fit4Lyfe: Week 4 Weigh-Ins
February 18-19 ONLY at Fit4Lyfe: FINAL Weigh-Ins and Optional Photos

Results based on Total Percentage Loss: The calculation is to take your actual weight (today) and subtract it from your initial weight. Then divide that number by your initial (starting) weight. Take that number and multiply it by 100 and you get your weight loss percentage. (Someone that weighs 200 vs. 160 has the same advantage!)

2018 UPDATE: Although we are encouraging you to commit and work really hard towards your goals, you will be limited to a MAX weight-loss of 4% in any given bi-weekly weigh-in (Total of a MAX overall weight-loss of 12%.). If your bi-weekly weight-loss exceeds the 4%, you will be marked down at 4% for that weigh-in. The purpose of this is to allow everyone to have a healthy steady weight-loss based upon national average weight-loss numbers. We are not promoting excessive diets and/or excessive exercising. We want everyone to have an enjoyable 6-weeks that includes learning how to maintain their desired weight-loss in a healthy and safe way while incorporating healthy eating and a sufficient amount of exercise. This is a challenge and we encourage a bit of "healthy" competition!

Additional Rules/Regulations:

  1. This is an individual contest.
  2. $30 Entry Fee is non-refundable. We want you to be all in and commit to YOU!
  3. MUST workout at Fit4Lyfe a minimum of 3x/week during the challenge period.
  4. All weigh-ins are REQUIRED. If you do not check-in, you will be disqualified. Like mentioned, you do NOT need to know the number but we will keep the results for you.
  5. Front and Side photos are optional and will be taken at the gym at the FIRST and LAST weigh-in. (recommended to wear the same outfit for any and all photos)
  6. Entry fee must be paid by the end of the first week aka January 14th and can be done at Fit4Lyfe (cash or credit card) or NOW online using this link http://bit.ly/2018NewYearNewYouChallenge
  7. We discourage participants from using unhealthy methods to lose weight; such as starvation, diet pills, water pills, laxatives and excessive exercise.
  8. In the event of a TIE, Fit4Lyfe will make the final decision on winnings to each participant.

But WAIT... we ALSO are going to offer you a VIRTUAL group on Facebook to help you stay committed to your goals. This is a PRIVATE group and you can join after you've paid your dues. In this group, you will get daily motivation, support, accountability, recipes, healthy tips AND some added friendly competition among your fellow challengers. The group is located at:
http://bit.ly/2018newyearnewyoufacebookgroup

Overall, this is a FUN and FRIENDLY COMPETITION! We are encouraging EVERYONE to participate as it helps the moral of our friends and family! By participating, you are leading from the front and encouraging others to stay committed to their goals. Although weight-loss is NOT the only way to track changes and success, it is an added perk and many of us are motivated by those changes. There will be additional FUN mini challenges throughout the course of the challenge to help you SEE those other changes; including strength and endurance.

DECIDE.COMMIT.SUCCEED and HELLO 2018!

December Recipe of the Month

Sandy Tocci

So easy. So yummy. This Indian inspired dish is PACKED with flavor and guaranteed to have you coming back for more. Serve it up with some cooked rice, cauliflower rice or even over roasted veggies; anything goes with this one!

CHICKPEA CURRY

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 medium serrano pepper, cut into thirds
  • 4 large cloves garlic
  • 1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, (peeled and coarsely chopped)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped (1-inch)
  • 6 tablespoons canola oil or grapeseed oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2¼ cups no-salt-added canned diced tomatoes with their juice, (from a 28-ounce can)
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pulse serrano, garlic and ginger in a food processor until minced. Scrape down the sides and pulse again. Add onion; pulse until finely chopped, but not watery. 
  2. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion mixture and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add coriander, cumin and turmeric and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. 
  3. Pulse tomatoes in the food processor until finely chopped. Add to the pan along with salt. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 minutes. Add chickpeas and garam masala, reduce heat to a gentle simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes more. Serve topped with cilantro, if desired.

So I ran the NYC Marathon {Coach Sandy's Journey}

Sandy Tocci

 Your GREATEST moments will come when you feel the weakest! 

Your GREATEST moments will come when you feel the weakest! 

November 5, 2017, I RAN the NYC Marathon… and I SWORE I would never do this whole 26.2 thing again… well kinda… ya know in the moment when you forget WHY you did this and WHY you're fighting so hard... take a journey with ME as I share HOW I became NYC Famous...

In February 2017, Jason and I entered into the 2017 NYC Marathon lottery for the THIRD time! This has been a bucket list item for myself for many many MANY years and as each year passed, my hopes of one day getting accepted was getting smaller and smaller--- it really does get to a point where you’re like WTH is going on; this shit is RIGGED! So like every other anxious runner, we entered and tucked away that excitement for the next month… #literallycountingEVERYdayasitpassed

Well come March 2, 2017 aka LOTTERY DAY… our credit card was charged ONE entry fee! For those that do not know how these lotteries work, basically you enter and secure your spot with a credit card. When the drawing takes place, the FIRST sign that you are IN is that your credit card is charged #BOOMgoodbye250dollars; later your account on their racing site is updated and you’re able to SEE that you are officially in. Only little mishap for us was that I kinda entered the SAME credit card for Jason and I so when that credit card got charged ONCE, EVERY emotion took place--- tears, excitement, anxiety, fear… and a little anger; OMG, what if JASON got picked and not me. {This is MY bucket list item, not his! Of course I’d be happy no matter what but let’s be real here, I wanted this SOOOOO bad! Please please please let it be ME--- hahaha} So choked up and all, I pick up the phone and call him, calm as ever for a quick second and then I scream “ONE OF US IS IN THE NYC MARATHON”… and then I cried! I was SOOO excited that one of us was in but WHO WHO WHO is it?!?!! What would we do if it was me… but what if it was HIM?! I made him swear that he wouldn’t run it without me. #whatsmineisMINEwhatshisisMINE (hahaha) Refreshing our accounts over and over again for the next 6 hours was all I had in me to do that day--- which I know it’s hard to understand but IMAGINE crossing the finish line in one of the most PRESTIGIOUS races of all. IMAGINE getting that award that you’ve worked so hard for. ENVISION what it would be like to graduate with that degree you’ve dreamed about. Yeah… this falls up there too when racing and fitness is your LIFE! #fit4lyfeSTRONG

Patiently waiting to see WHO it was… I refreshed one more time around 3PM and like a ray of light…IT WAS ME! KICKING and SCREAMING like an excited yet nervous 4 year old... and then...TEARSSSSSS! 

 I got in!

I got in!

Knowing that this is something that Jason and I really wanted to do together, we decided to join the amazing St. Jude organization and raise funds for their charity. Doing so would grant Jason entry into the NYC Marathon as well as race week/weekend perks. This was honestly one of the BEST things we could have done for our NYC marathon experience. Not only did Jason raise an incredible $3600 but each and EVERY person supported this beautiful organization AND a dream that Jason and I had--- THANK YOU from both of us; YOU made this possible for us to do it together! St. Jude was ahhhhh MAZING! Day before the race we had a beautiful lunch where we got to meet other runners as well as get a pep talk from their very own racing Coach. Race day, we were transported from Central Park to Staten Island via a courtesy bus and then provided a heated tent with food/coffee/etc etc as we waited the 3 hours for our start time. For those that race, you KNOW how hectic this “waiting” period can be. You’re already nervous and stressed that the LAST THING you want to do is be uncomfortable for an extended period of time. St. Jude and the entire CHARITY VILLAGE at Staten Island was ON THEIR GAME! I highly encourage anyone that wants to run a race like this to research and get on board; it was an incredible perk and you’re supporting something GREAT!

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OK so back to getting accepted and deciding WHAT to do next. Training plans went into full effect as soon as I found out. For me, this would be my 3rd Marathon (Miami 2015 and 2017) and for Jason, this would be his 1st. Being gym owners, coaches and trainers, I was able to take my own experience and knowledge to put together a plan that would work for us. I designed the 20-week schedule around our already HECTIC lifestyle (Jason working full time, both of us teaching classes/running Fit4Lyfe, 3 kids, activities, school, home, keeping our interval training, running, RACES, etc etc etc… ya’ll parents KNOW what I’m talking about!). This 20 week schedule would allow us to train separately during the week (cause ya know these little minions of ours need to be watched every now and then) and then complete our weekly long run together; which is an experience in its own because Jason and I do not race nor train together. Jason and I train “differently”--- I like to blame it on he’s a guy, I’m a girl, and it’s just DIFFERENT and we’ve got different goals and he runs different and I train different and I like to run with no music and he likes music and I like to take small breaks and he doesn’t… the list goes so long that you would think our training together would be a total bust. BUT, we sucked it up, got to work and took it ONE run at a time. We had our arguments and struggles. We’d run and he’d put me in my place and remind me of my goals and well… I just decided to huff and puff and remain quite. What I really wanted to say was…this is my 3rd marathon and I know what I’m doing… but I SAVED my words for race day! #toldyouSO ;-)

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With the INCREDIBLE support of our parents and working together to care for our little dudes, Jason and I were able to COMPLETE all but THREE long runs together (one while he was away at OCRWC and two because he got injured)--- this deserved a GOLD MEDAL in itself because it really wasn’t in our cards to be able to stick to this plan! We had doubts when we first started training that we wouldn’t be able to run together BUT we kinda make this commitment that we would just START and figure it out as we went along. Life is like that anyways; you don’t always know HOW you’ll do something but you just gotta put one foot in front of the other and figure it out as you need to. 

We ran just about EVERY SUNDAY together! We ran HARD; like faster than I ever have. We trained HARD; like almost EVERY day with one day being an active recovery. We went out on Friday and Saturday nights and still got up EARLY AF on Sundays to TRAIN (double workouts in our earlier weeks of training). We drank so much water and electrolyte mix and we ate so many CARBS on our carb heavy days and enjoyed EVERY SINGLE moment of it… and oh yeah, we went VEGAN [well me more so LACTO-VEGETARIAN (Google it)] 3 weeks into our plan too--- WTF were we thinking?!?! Not sure on that one BUT that’s another blog in itself because it truly was one of the BEST things we could’ve done for ourselves and our HEALTH.  We made NO excuses for ourselves and even on weeks that were really hard and we had no energy and felt like running was the LAST thing we wanted to do, we set like 3 alarms, pulled our shit together, laced up our shoes and did what needed to be done; not saying one word because sometimes life is just HARD. It wasn’t easy but it WAS possible! And it WAS 100% worth it! CORRECTION... 200% worth it!

Training went well! I put together a very precise plan that included runs, sprints, Fit4Lyfe workouts, lifting and one longer run weekly. It worked with OUR schedule and not a plan that you or your partner could follow; it was personalized and the way EVERY plan should be. This was tailored to our life, our needs, our schedules and more. It worked for US! We fueled our bodies according to our goals and we had FUN doing it--- many times hitting goals that we once thought were impossible!

On October 14, 2017, Jason participated in the 15K portion of the OCRWC in Canada and got injured; we were DEVASTED! Happy that he did AMAZING in this race and marked off another bucket list item but NERVOUS that now we are sitting at 3-weeks prior to the marathon with no telling if he could recover, walk, run or even finish the training that we were doing SOOOOO good with! Talk about an upper cut right hook with a side kick in the gut when you least expect it--- this was NOT in the plan and if you know me well, you KNOW I’ve got NO time for this nonsense! We got plans, goals, a schedule… booked trip… a MARATHON to run! Tears… AGAIN! 

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Jason returned home… limping and in pain! My heart BROKE for him. He trained SOOOO hard for this and deserved every ounce of that glory. #BAMF BUT I knew that being strong is also part of the plan. He got checked out by the best of the best at OAUSA (well deserved shameless plug) and they determined that he had a bruised heel with some plantar fasciitis. FORTUNATELY it wasn’t anything worse BUT nervous that we were cutting it really CLOSE with healing time. He was in a boot for a week with doctors orders to NOT run and really take it easy. SOOOOO that’s what he did. He RESTED... in silence because I’m sure it hurt him more to talk about it. 

Race week was upon us and as we made our final preparations, I fell into an anxiety overhaul!!! Kids! Pets! Weather! Travel! Its one thing to race close to home BUT now to travel to another STATE and stay in a hotel with an unfamiliar bed and eating foods you may normally eat and well the list goes on and YES, I’m THAT paranoid person. Running 26.2 freaking miles is not easy and sticking to your schedule is ideal. BUT all in all, everything fell into place the way it should and I was able to CHILL . 

We arrive in NYC on Friday morning before the race and head over to the EXPO. This is where the energy and excitement begins. Packet pick-up, shopping, pictures and more. You get to ask questions, meet other racers, and determine your day of plan and so on. I could honestly say that I stood there, the MOST prepared that I’ve ever been with a feeling that I’ve never had before. I’ve waited soooooo long for this and after weeks and weeks of training, this was IT. 

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Jason and I took those two days prior to reflect on the journey, to enjoy NYC, to eat really good food and to attend as many race events as we could. We were honored to be a part of the St. Jude’s luncheon where we got a pep talk from their very own Coach Kevin. Kevin was real and RAW! Everything he talked about was sooooo real and soooo relatable. I held Jason because I KNEW he was about to face one of the hardest things he’s EVER encountered—we were NOT in Kansas anymore babes, this shit was going down!!!

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with Coach Kevin

RACE DAY! Waking up at 4am to catch a 530am bus was not something that was new to us. Our mornings at home START at 420am and our days are just are crazy. Taking the St. Jude bus from Central Park to Staten Island was beautiful— but all I could think about was “did I eat enough” “did I drink enough” “I don’t think I went to the bathroom” “shit did I rest enough”. Tears... again! F$$K!!!!! St. Jude provided a heated tent, food, drinks, hangout area and more. Our 3-hour wait was much more comforting knowing we had these amenities. 

After a few more potty breaks, it’s 1045am and we line up for our 11am corral! It’s OFFICIAL, we’re IN this. 3...2...1... we’re OFF! I quickly fall into my pace while Jason whispers in my ear “you need to slow down”. LOL is exactly what I did!!! #truth. Up and over the first bridge and we’re immediately at our training pace— F$$K YESSSS!!! I have NEVER felt this good. No music. No worries. Just us and thousandsss of runners on the same mission; to hit 26.2 ALIVE! 

We hit mile 8 and were being cheered on by our incredible squad, my sister Jessica and our two good friends Kevin and Wendy. EVERY mile was an accomplishment and EVERY step of the way was filled with fans! You honestly felt like EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON was screaming YOUR name—NYC is something else!

 Around mile 8-9.. feeling GOOD!

Around mile 8-9.. feeling GOOD!

At mile 13 was when it happened... Jason was hurting and of course he needed to pee. HOW this man peed so much is beyond me BUT we stopped, drank some electrolytes and we got right back into it; reaching our pace once again. #YESweareGOOD

Mile 16, he’s hurting bad; or so his mind says! His hamstrings hurt more than anything. I could see it in his face and I had to turn away before I started crying. #tearsAGAIN I reminded him of what Coach Kevin said “your mind is going to tell you everything hurts... it’s a LIE”! He told me to keep going and to leave him. I wanted to. I would be lying if I said I didn’t think about it. I trained SOOOO hard for this. My training was immaculate. My body was in the best physical shape it’s been. I’ve fought the Marathon mind games and I knew how to push myself and him. BUT we talked about doing this together. The thought of crossing that finish line without him was not something I came here to do. I wanted to PR my marathon at a SUB 4:00:00 and I KNEW we could do it but at that moment, I also knew that I needed to accept that wasn’t going to happen. So I looked at him and told him “NO, we’re in this together”. We took it ONE mile at a time from that point on. He struggled and I struggled from having to stop and go stop and go. We met our squad at mile 19 and that was the BEST everrrrr. Mike and Ike’s and Vitamin Water was EXACTLY what we needed!!!! Quick stretch and back to it. Through the boroughs we continued, making memories together. I remember telling Jason that no matter WHAT, he needed to leave it ALLLLL on those streets. His hamstrings were not gonna pop and he was gonna be FINE. He probably won’t remember half the shit I said because he was in so much pain and I was probably annoying him but whatever; that’s what wives do. 

 BLESSED for this crew... they SAVED us!

BLESSED for this crew... they SAVED us!

Take a journey with me down the FINAL 2.5 miles through Central Park...

“Its SUPER BOWL DAY and you are one of the top 2 teams in the NFL. You’re jumping up and down getting ready to run out on the field. You can hear the fans yelling YOUR name... TOCCI TOCCI TOCCI... as you say another prayer and take a deep breath. It’s about to go DOWN. This is IT. The day you’ve been waiting for, the FINAL game. The final run. Make it this final stretch and you’re the WINNER! BUT wait... calm down now... don't get too cocky now... you've still got a game to play and it’s NOT over until it’s over!”

And just like that, the small street was LINED shoulder to shoulder with fans; young and old. No matter HOW you were feeling at that moment, it didn't matter, you couldn’t stop now. You’ve been running the last 4-6 miles 100% with your heart. These last few steps were filled with EMOTION! Cold! Rain! Soreness! Exhaustion! Mental GAMES! It was ALLLLL worth it! The fight was WORTH IT!

Jason and I crossed that finish line just as we started--- TOGETHER! This journey would NOT have been what it was without him by my side and I'm completely humbled knowing that NO MATTER WHAT happened, we were WINNERS--- TOGETHER! NO ONE could take away this victory and TOGETHER, we become 2017 NYC FAMOUS! #tearsAGAIN

Jason, babe, THANK YOU for everything! Thank you for supporting my dream. Thank you for ALWAYS pushing me. Thank you for NEVER giving up on me and US. I would NEVER be able to do any of this without you. Words will never express how blessed I feel. THANK YOU!

 We DID IT!!!

We DID IT!!!

Thank you again to EVERYONE that has supported us in the past, present and future! Our parents and Isabella for helping to make this possible and to our FIT4LYFE FAM that is truly our BACKBONE in everything we do. We believe in leading from the FRONT because there is NOTHING that you cannot do. Set your mind to it and GOOOOOOO!

So some ask whats next... WELL, now that I am fully recovered, I had some time to pull myself together and work on a few future goals. I could not stay away from the marathon course too long so I'm headed to prove to MYSELF that the SUB 4:00:00 IS possible for me. I will tackle the MIAMI MARATHON come January 28, 2018 and I'm training my little tail off to be BETTER than I was yesterday. 2018 is going to be a different year for me, I'm going to transition into the swim-bike-run world and tackle some TRIATHLONS! Life is a JOURNEY and I believe in constantly challenging your mind, body and SOUL to become who you've always wanted to be. My motto is SIMPLE... "If you never GO for something, HOW do you know you won't be good at it? The ONLY way to know is DOING and DOING is the first step to ACCOMPLISHING"!

Until next time... Peace.Love.Lift.RUN.Fit4Lyfe! <3

 I EARNED THAT! &lt;3&nbsp;

I EARNED THAT! <3 

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