Food Diaries

June 23, 2020

This past Saturday, on June 20th, I turned 31. I know it’s common to hear that women don’t like to share their age, but it doesn’t bother me. The main reason is I truly feel that I’m continually learning more about myself, and always getting more comfortable in my skin. The more I learn, the more I feel I’m on a clearer path of continually living a fulfilled life on my terms. I’ve learned to create goals based on my desires, not what society says. They’re created by my definitions of happiness. And, I don’t fault myself for what I didn’t know. I know sometimes we can look at our age and then compare ourselves to others and wonder why we aren’t where they are in life, or ask how we let our health decline for this long. Rather than having that negative train of thought, I get excited when I discover a new priority in my life, and I know have a new journey to embark on. It is my job to keep my mindset in line with what I can control. We are always evolving, so we need to be kind to ourselves in the never-ending process. Priorities will always continue to shift, so just remind yourself you’re always on time. You always have the ability to show up for yourself. So whether you’re 31 like me, 54, or 75 you are only as old as your MINDSET. You’re the one who determines what you can and can’t do. You choose if you want to “age” yourself. Your self-care mentally and physically is what will determine your age. So…how old are you? It’s your call.

Here are 31 of my life lessons.
Feel free to reply to this email and send me yours! I’d love to hear!

1. Love Hard
2. Be willing to get hurt
3. Forgive
4. Seek to understand, not reply
5. You have no one to impress
6. When you’re scared, that’s the moment to do it
7. Be honest
8. Don’t shy away from your greatness
9. Speak your mind
10. Be willing to be wrong, and admit your fault
11. Trying and “failing” is better than not knowing
12. Make yourself your number one priority
13. Understand your worth
14. Keep boundaries
15. Check in with your mental health
16. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to
17. Make it a priority to schedule in time with friends and family, time flies. Work will always be there
18. Remember everyone is doing the best in their eyes, be compassionate and meet them with love even if it’s hard
19. The only thing you can control is your reaction
20. Make sure your circle of friends push you to be better without them telling you to. Let their character and actions inspire you
21. Even if you’ve been hurt, do your best to open your heart
22. Everything happens for a reason
23. There’s always a beautiful blessing, no matter how bad a situation is
24. Smile at a stranger and acknowledge them. It can make their day
25. Train consistently. Health is the key to enjoying a full life
26. If you really want something you’ll figure out how to make it happen. Period. We create our obstacles.
27. You are owed nothing.
28. You don’t owe anyone anything.
29. It’s okay if your perspectives change. That’s called growth. Don’t get locked into the “identity” of who you used to be or be worried about making others uncomfortable
30. Enjoy food. There’s no shame in eating healthy and indulging.
31. Dream big. Remind your loved ones regularly that you love them. Tomorrow isn’t promised.

Wishing you Health & Happiness,

Maricris Lapaix
Your Personal Trainer

August 11, 2019

Food Diaries


Keeping track of your food seems like a daunting task right? You have a hard enough time eating regularly, and now you’re supposed to track it?! Well here’s why I think you should give it a go for a few days at minimum.


Writing down your food consumption, or logging it into helpful apps like MyFitnessPal helps you discover things you didn’t even realize you were doing, and learn about what’s in your food. Commonly what my clientele have been able to discover is:
    1. They may be making healthier choices, but they’re not consuming enough of these healthier choices to fuel their body with their level of activity, which can be hindering their results even though they feel stronger
    2. Foods that you thought were healthier options, actually aren’t that healthy when you check out what’s beyond the calories and in the macronutrients
    3. When you log food, your competitive side for consistency comes out and you may find that you make better choices because you don’t want to record unhealthy options. You want to keep your healthy streak going!
    4. You start to learn about your food, make more conscious choices, and improve your portion sizes because you understand how to have better balanced meals and snacks to meet your macronutrient goals
I agree that food logging may not be a long-term, sustainable habit for a BUSY BODY, but when you are first beginning your fitness journey, it’s helpful to at least try and log 3-days of meals.


Here’s my task for you! Log two weekdays and one weekend day of meals and snacks to see what you do naturally. You may surprise yourself! Self-awareness is the key here. From there, either seek out professional help to analyze your habits, and/or start to make more conscious choices based off what you find. Try out new habits for 2-weeks to catch a rhythm for your new eating habits, and then check-in to determine if any progress has been made on your end. If there has been, great! Keep going! If not, no problem! Now you know! Determine small new changes that can be made and adjust as needed. This is all about trial and error to create habits best for YOUR lifestyle. And once you catch a routine that works, and connect how you feel internally with your results, you can start to back off your food log, and check in every so often to reasses.


Remember, these strategies are meant to be helpful and not daunting. These small efforts outside of your comfort zone will help benefit you in the long run, so it doesn’t feel like work to make healthier choices. You got this!


Remember, it’s not about perfection, it’s about progression. 
Enjoy the journey!
Wishing you Health & Happiness,
Maricris Lapaix

August 11, 2019


If you know anything about me, you know that I love quotes! You can always interpret them to fit whatever is going on in your life.

Jay Shetty laid it out nice and clear with this one!

One day…


Day One?

You get to decide.

How many times have we talked about our goals, whether it be in regards to relationships, careers or our personal fitness goals, as if it is a dream in the far future? That may absolutely be the case in regards to timeline, and how fast we can learn and develop for that specific dream…however, I’ve really come to appreciate the power of our words. We need to speak knowing that whatever we want, can and will happen. Speak words of affirmation. Our words influence our mindset, which in turn influence how we take action.

I’m 100% on the side of “DAY ONE.” You need to instill in yourself the confidence that you can accomplish whatever it is you want to do. For example, if you’re talking about your fitness goal, rather than saying,

“ONE DAY I want to have a photoshoot when I drop these 20lbs,” say…

“This is DAY ONE of my 20lbs weight loss journey, and in 3 months I will have a photoshoot to celebrate my success.”

Make your goals concrete and visible. When you give yourself these deadlines it creates more fire and passion towards reaching your goal. There’s more urgency and purpose behind it. You haven’t created a goal that is just floating around with no foreseeable end. More specific goals lead to more specific actions. Now that you’ve set the goal for 3 months you can hold yourself accountable to reach certain weight loss bench marks, make a note in your calendar of when to contact a photographer, and also choose your shoot date. You’ve created a fun goal for you to look forward to.

If you find yourself having a hard time saying that it is “DAY ONE,” ask yourself, why? What is truly causing you to pause when moving forward. Are you afraid of failure? If so, remember “failing” is never actually “failing,” it is a lesson. You now get to continue on your journey with more experience. Continually find small steps to help you move forward. Ask for help when needed. Reach out to those who have traveled a path similar to where you’d like to see yourself. Continue to gather more research as you figure out the direction you’d like to move. No path is ever a straight line. Seek to create a timeline and path, but be flexible to adjusting as needed because you know that you’ve committed to your DAY ONE. ONE DAY is now something you can truly visualize in the near future because you’ve set up the road map to get you there. Be specific with yourself always. You’re worthy and capable.

Here’s my task for you! Define one fitness goal that you’d like to accomplish in 4-weeks. For example, you want to lose 8lbs.
On your DAY ONE, you’ve decided to take the journey to losing 8lbs
    1. DAY ONE – Go on a 30 minute walk, and do this 3x a week for the next 2 weeks
    2. In two weeks, you’ll jump to walking 30 minutes, 5x a week
    3. At the start of your second week, you’ll add a healthy protein shake after every walk
    4. On the 28th day, you’ll weigh in and be happy with the progress you’ve made and celebrate that commitment you’ve made to yourself the past 4 weeks. You will also set a new overall goal for the next 4 weeks.