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



It’s an exciting time when you think about starting your fitness journey. Why? Because you’re embarking on your journey to change for the better. Some of us want to lose weight, put on muscle, increase endurance, and/or simply do enough to maintain the lifestyle we have. Whatever your goal is, it’s important to set smart, realistic goals. Any goal is attainable, but it’s important to make it digestible.


For example, if you want to lose 50lbs, that’s great! However, at the same time it can seem like quite a ways away. When you chop it up into smaller milestones to reach, like 10lbs at a time, you have great benchmarks to reach, and you get to celebrate more! It’s important to understand that as you get stronger, small factors have to change along the way to keep the progress going.
Let’s use the example of weight loss. Typically, the first few pounds tend to be the easiest to drop with conscious efforts and changes to your exercise and food routine. It’s important to recognize that along the way, you have to learn and be aware of what’s happening.


How do you feel after each workout? How do you feel when you don’t workout? How do you feel after a week of healthier eating? How do you feel after consistently eating well, and then binging on junk food? How do you feel when you wake up in the morning? 


What do all these questions have in common–none of them have anything to do with the numbers on the scale.


While I personally use the scale for check-ins with my clientele, I use a scale that can tell me the whole story versus just the pounds. What’s IN your weight is what matters – hydration, body fat, muscle mass, and visceral fat (fat pushing against your organs), for example. So if you do purchase a scale, make sure it can tell you the whole story. Now while this is a great tool, it’s not something that should be used obsessively, in my opinion. When I perform weigh-ins, I prefer to weigh my clients every two to four-weeks depending on where they are on their journey and their consistency. But even with these smart scales, I much rather have them check-in with themselves.


Do you feel more energetic? Do you feel happier? Do you feel stronger? How do you feel when you complete the goals you’ve set for yourself?

Those are the best measurement tools that keep you going long-term.

Exercise isn’t meant to be a punishment to your body. It’s not something you should do because you don’t feel like you match up to someone else physically, or look like those in the limelight. It’s also something you won’t grasp overnight, so learn as you go. Aside from living a healthier, longer life, exercise allows you to live your best life. You can jump on any opportunity as it arises because you are as healthy as can be. You don’t want to feel like you have to avoid any social gatherings or events because you’re not capable to do so when it’s in your control. So don’t look to start your fitness journey as a temporary diet. Take it nice and easy. Ease in. Set small goals.


Here’s an example:
Week 1 & 2
    1. Mediate for 5-10 min in the morning, Monday-Friday
    2. Exercise for 20 min for 3 days out of the week
Week 3 & 4
    1. Mediate for 5-10 min every morning
    2. Exercise for 20 min 4 days out of the week
Create your goals in phases. There’s nothing more overwhelming to a Busy Body than going from an extremely busy schedule without exercise and regular health conscious food decisions, to all of a sudden going cold turkey on your regular habits, and adding a two-a-day exercise routine. Small changes truly add up to big results. If you want lasting results get it done correctly.
And MOST IMPORTANTLY, if you don’t hit all your goals, GIVE YOURSELF CREDIT. If you haven’t worked out in 5 years, and manage one workout for that week, that’s more than you’ve previously done! Great job! There’s no quitting when you’re making a lifestyle change. One “setback” doesn’t ruin it all. Just get back to it. It’s as simple as that. Don’t put excess pressure on yourself when no one else is. As long as you’re honest with yourself and making true efforts, it’s all worth celebrating!


My task for you is to write 2 goals for yourself for this next month, and decide how you’ll progress it for the second half of the month, like the examples above. Get moving you BUSY BODY! You’re your own boss, and bosses don’t quit!


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.