Mommy takes Vixen!

Fam shotHello everyone, my name is Jessica Mark.
I am a wife, a mother of 3 beautiful girls and a proud member of the Vixen Army!
As a mother of 3 children ranging in ages 5-12, I know just how hard it is to make all the hectic schedules work.  I just wanted to talk to all the mothers out there who think they can’t make it happen.  You really do have the hardest job in life.  It’s nonstop, 24/7 and feels more like 30/10 if that was humanly possible, so first, kudos to you for surviving!!!  So, I wanted to share with you all the reasons why you SHOULD do Vixen as a Mom.
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Each of you has a little Vixen in her already (these kids got here somehow, right?  Ay Papi, El Papi???).  When you have children who depend on you for so much, sometimes you lose your mojo.  You dedicate all your efforts to their wants and needs.  Vixen can give that back to you.  It gives you those 60 min. of pure “escapism” from the feeling of anyone relying on you.  All you have to do for that one hour is rely on yourself.  Rely on yourself to look in that mirror, push you body to the limits, let your inner Vixen out and allow yourself to feel sexy again.  The confidence you’ll gain is remarkable and you’ll be able to return home refreshed and happier.  Some may be thinking, “Hmm, I don’t know HOW to get my sexy back besides feeling safe in the class.”  Let the Vixen philosophy spill over into your everyday life in small ways.  Put on a statement necklace with your outfit, try out that trend you’ve been eyeing lately, paint your nails a funkier color than you normally would and try wearing that brighter lipstick in the day time.  Don’t have time to do your hair?  Throw it up in a cute topknot and wear some dangly earrings or big studs.  To give yourself a fresher look without doing a full face of make-up, get a great tinted moisturizer, some concealer for under your eyes, mascara and lipstick or gloss.  Just that little goes a long way.  When all else fails, accessorize with some big sunglasses and maybe a cool hat!  Check out Marshalls, T.J. Maxx, Ross or other discount stores for cool inexpensive leggings, tops and sneaker wedges for class and trendier clothes that you may not want to splurge on.  You may even feel so good about yourself that you decide to buy an outfit that you could never see yourself wearing, then feel even better when in 2 months of Vixen, you need to buy a smaller one!!!  It may feel weird at first but great things happen when you step out of your comfort zone.
     In addition to getting your glamazon on, the endorphin rush after this class is no joke!  And we all know the saying, “Happy Wife (Mom), Happy Life!”  Believe me, your family benefits more from you being happy with yourself.  You’ll be a better wife (in more ways than one, those Vixen moves can cross over into many an area, lol!) and a better Mom if you can have an outlet like the Vixen Workout to relieve the stress of your daily duties.  So?  How can you make this happen if you’re concerned about getting to the class?
Lemme give you a few ideas:
1) Talk to your significant other and express how important this class is to you. Most men need concrete, logical examples so think of a good comparison.  Something like, “Honey, you know how you love to (insert hobby/sport/etc. here), well, that’s like this class for me.  Hopefully, that will get your point across and they will be supportive.
2) As hard as it is, (especially with the unpredictability of kids) try to schedule you class(es) out the week before.  That way you can get stuff done to allot for the time spent at class that night.
3) If your significant other works late, try to get a babysitter once in a while.  Ask a family member or maybe barter with a friend.  “Hey, I’ll watch your kid(s) so you can go get your hair done one night and maybe you can watch mine so I can go to Vixen.”
4) If you can schedule out the day(s) you can come to class, try and meal prep.  You can make dinner early that day and have your significant other heat it up later.  Or even better, declare it pizza or any other yummy take-out food night.
5) Always keep a bag of clean “Vixen appropriate clothes” in a bag in your car if you come from work or lay out your clothes the day before class.  One less thing to do.
     I’ve been doing Vixen consistently for almost 9 months now, and I can tell you, I am so thankful every time I take that class for what it gives me both physically and mentally.  Yes, I have a husband, 3 children and a home to take care of and yes, each child is asking me to help them do something as I write this.  The 5 year old is actually pulling on my leg.  Yes, I CAN and WILL devote time to how I feel about ME.  I make myself a priority in small ways compared to what I do for the rest of my family and yes, it is absolutely essential.  Yes it’s important to keep your sexy for your significant other, but more importantly for your own sense of self.  Yes, you should make time to take care of your body AND mind.  Yes, with a stress-reliever you’ll be more productive in anything you attempt to accomplish.  Yes, you deserve it.  See, the operative word here is YES.  So the Vixen affirmation applies to me really every day and in every situation in life…“Yes I’m sexy, Yes I’m fierce, Yes I got this, YES!”
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Transformation Tuesday:Letter from Christie Rodriguez

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Dear Vixen Army,

My name is Christie Rodriguez. I have been attending Vixen classes for the last six months. As I sit here and write this, I am amazed at how much my life has changed in what is relatively a short period of time. Last June, I was working at a summer camp and I was asked to review some pictures that we had taken on one of our field trips. As I was sorting through them, I saw something that shocked me to the point that then and there I knew I had to make a change ASAP. That something was a picture of me.  Many people have asked me to post on social media before and after pictures, but to be honest with you, I don’t have very many. I NEVER took pictures of myself, so coming across that picture was like having cold water thrown in my face. There was no denying it anymore. As it so happened, a long time friend of mine had just become a distributor for a weight management company that sold shakes as meal substitutes. I decided that I would try that out.

I felt this would be an easy way to get started because all I had to worry about was lunch and snacks. Alongside this, I also wanted to start exercising. So I started going to the gym and walking. Throughout the course of my life, I had tried it all Yoga, spinning, Zumba…you name it, I tried it. Do not get me wrong, those are all great exercises, but I needed to find what was for me. As I started researching alternatives, I came across posts about the Liv event that Vixen had hosted. I was immediately drawn to it. I had danced all my life when I was younger and the idea of doing that for exercise to the music I loved seemed so perfect.  So I decided to sign up for a class one Monday morning. As that day went by, I became more and more nervous. I had no idea what I was getting into. I came very close to not going but I decided that if I wanted to change my life, I needed to stop being so scared. So that night I went, in a horrific outfit , and not because I don’t have style lol, but because if I wasn’t good at it, I wanted people to think that I didn’t care. To make a long story short, that day was the day my life changed.

I felt like I had found what had been missing and something told me that would help me reach my goals. It was like finding my home. I remember going home that day, and booking two more classes that week. Little by little, I started branching out, becoming a little more confident, wearing lipstick, but it was a gradual process. I had a lot of self-esteem to repair. It didn’t happen overnight. The more classes I went to, the better I felt and the more confident I became.  I started going from two classes a week, to three to four and now I go six days a week, with one day where I do back to back classes.  I started posting pictures of my journey on social media, pictures of myself (selfies!) and I felt empowered. A day that replays on my mind all the time, is one in which midway through class, Janet came to tell me to come stand in the front with her, that she saw me working hard and that SHE was going to help ME. And she has, so much! I will never be able to thank her enough for that.

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Since I started, I have lost 60lbs and 6 dress sizes. It has been by no means easy. The shakes that I was doing helped a great deal but as I continued to educate myself and learn about health, I realized that to see the results that I wanted I had to actually eat more! Who would have thought? So, I decided that I was going to do a three day, juice cleanse. One of the hardest things I have EVER done, but it helped lead the way to clean eating. One of my biggest issues is my stomach/ab area. While reading up on what helps with that, I learned that abs are actually made in the kitchen. Exercise helps of course, but what really does it is the types of foods you eat, things like almonds, oats, spinach, etc. So after my cleanse, I designed a meal plan for myself. The plan consisted of a smoothie in the morning, a protein with brown rice for lunch and protein with greens for dinner. My snacks are things like green apples, almonds and peanut butter. Every Sunday, I cook my food for the week, put it in containers and refrigerate. There are many simple, inexpensive foods that are healthy. The most recent thing I have done is cut out dairy (there is dairy in everything!) but it’s doable and the changes I have seen in my body have been literally from one day to another.  I am by no means an expert, but this has been my journey up to now.  Bottom line is there is no magic cure.

Change takes time. I feel blessed every single day that I found the Vixen workout. I have a long road ahead of me still, but every day that passes, I feel closer to that finish line. The past six months with vixen workout  have been the best I have had in a long time. I have met beautiful, amazing women (Janet, my amazing instructors, my vixen glam squad) who have encouraged me, I have set goals and stuck to them  but most importantly I have found the person I thought I had lost. Thank you for taking time to read my story. Hope to see you in class!

XOXO,

Christie

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aka “@sassy_c_rodz”