three tip thursday [14].

by Janetha on November 29, 2012

in guest posts,tips

you guys! i haven’t had a three tip thursday since last august! i know.. i know.. slack to the max. let’s not talk about the past—let’s talk about today!

today’s guest tipper is someone very near and dear to my heart, lizz. lizz is the turkey in the middle.

lizz and i met back in april when i started going to GPP. i have only known lizz for a short time but she has quickly become one of my favorite people on the planet. i have never met someone that is SO thoughtful of everyone around her!

lizz is one of my trainers at GPP. she’s a real slave driver.


i kid! in addition to being an incredible and inspiring trainer, lizz is many other things.

she is an accomplished athlete and can swim 82 miles without stopping.

okay, maybe not 82 miles, but the girl can swim. the photo above was taken after swimming a flipping 10k! and she may kill me for posting that photo, but i think it’s hot, and i do what i want.

she is also a fundraiser—lizz was the face behind organizing the burpee mile, which raised over $1500 for charity this past october.

additionally, lizz is an amazing momma to four kiddos and a true friend to countless folks.

i seriously love this lady!

i am delighted that lizz has agreed to share her insight with you today. enjoy!




Ah, good intentions…

My efforts to impress Janetha, and all her devout readers, lead me to several months of writing, re-writing, until finally, FINALLY, last night I finished my guest post! When I say finished, I say it with a smirk because that guest post is most definitely at its end.

It won’t be published, anywhere. Ever. I got so caught up in it, so deep in the layers of it, that it got heavy, thick, wordy, and way too philosophical…it got complicated. Instead of “Three Tips” it became a guest post on “Ways Lizz’s Therapists Have Made Her Think She’s Better But Really Only Helped Her Improve Her Vocabulary”.

Tips should be brief, quick, realistic, simple, and applicable. The other stuff we can pay other people to tell us. It took only a few seconds to think of the best tips I was ever told, the ones I will always remember and the ones I teach my children. They are the most cherished, most valuable, most fun tips that my mother taught me. Prepare yourselves; these will change your life, for they have changed mine.

Tip #1: “You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose, but you CANNOT pick your friends nose.”


Wise, wise words and nothing more needs to be said here.

Tip #2: “Every time you walk through a doorway stand up straight, shoulders back, and suck it in.”

Again, what more really needs to be said? Tip #1 and #3 I am awesome at but this one I still need to work on.

Tip #3: “Read Dr. Seuss.”

My mother didn’t just read his books; she memorized them, recited them, and acted them out. The first books I purchased for my children were “The Sneetches” and “Green Eggs and Ham”. Honestly, what I learned about conformity from the Sneetches and whether or not I wanted a star on my belly. Would it be worth the cost? And everything is more fun in a box or on a train, in the rain. I learned lessons on fear from “The Pale Green Pants with Nobody inside Them” and stubbornness reading about the stand-off of the century between the Zax. What would happen if you had 23 sons and you named them all Dave? I dare you to read that story and keep a straight face. And does it really matter what side of the bread you spread your butter on? Yes, this is a metaphor.

Want three tips to improve your health?


And they don’t cost $, make you sore, or make you hungry.

That’s a first for me.

-Lizz B.


what is one piece of advice you learned from YOUR mom?

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momma b. November 29, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Great insight and tips Lizz!! I’m sure come January I’d better drop in to see you at GPP and get measured again :-)

My sweet mom had a couple of great lines of advice…..I will have to share a few with you:

1. The proverbial “always wear clean underwear”
2. “kill them with kindness”
3. “always have a dime in your shoe to make an emergency phone call”

(yep – I’m pretty old)

I miss my mom and am glad that she lives on in me and my girls! Thanks mom for making me who I am today xoxo!!

I love you Neef!


Brittany @Berries and Barbells November 29, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Such fun tips! Thanks for sharing. :)

Brittany @Berries and Barbells November 29, 2012 at 10:18 pm

My mom always taught me when I had a conflict with someone else I should look to see what I did to start the conflict and how I could improve MYSELF instead of always trying to blame others.

Erica November 30, 2012 at 5:00 am

Liz rocks! I can’t believe that body has had three kids! Whoop whoop! Dr Seuss is the best. My Mom taught me you can do ANYTHING but you can’t do everything

Lindsay's List November 30, 2012 at 5:57 am

good gosh. Lizz is HOT!

kendra November 30, 2012 at 7:58 am

My Mom is also a total DIY-er. She couldn’t find the kitchen she wanted so she built it by hand (and it’s beautiful). My parents used book store is 5000 sq feet and she built every bookshelf in it. By example she instilled in me a sense of self sufficiency.

Linz @ Itz Linz November 30, 2012 at 8:38 am

i love this! another free, effective tip? LAUGH! laughing releases endorphins… and we all know what endorphins do!! :) :)

Melissa B November 30, 2012 at 8:51 am

Lizz is the best! Such a freaking babe – one day I will be half…ok maybe a quarter as cool as her!

Annette@FitnessPerks November 30, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Haha. I love tip #2. Awesome.

Casey November 30, 2012 at 3:14 pm

These tips are great. :) But this is driving me crazy—what is the long black thing in the photo of Liz in the swimsuit?! Looks like some weird thing was photoshopped in or something, haha.

Lizz November 30, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Casey- Can’t have you going crazy! That’s the other leg to my wetsuit just hanging there. I hadn’t my put in it yet. It’s at a really funny angle now that you mention it!
Lindsey, Melissa, Erica- wow! Thank you!

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