Fitmark Ambassador Shannon Petralito couldn’t believe the impact fitness had on her life the year she decided to compete. All it took was the decision and determination to step outside her comfort zone to have a domino effect. As one thing led to another, her fitness career took off and she’s never been happier.
Fitmark Ambassador: Shannon Petralito
Lifestyle: WBFF Pro Athlete, Mom, ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Specialist, Competitive Figure & Bikini Coach, Published Writer, Spokesperson, Fitness Model, Health & Wellness Expert
Fitmark Bags: Sport Duffel ︱the Shield ︱Transporter Tote
The decision to compete turned into a domino effect for me, with one door opening after the other, that all eventually led to opportunities and a job I am passionate about (rather than a job that left me feeling unfulfilled).
Making Magic Happen
Motivated by the desire to get into the best shape of her life after the birth of her son, Shannon signed up for her first-ever fitness competition. She managed to pull it off with just short nine weeks of training. Since then, she hasn’t looked back and she is now motivating others and living as a role model for her son and her many online followers. She told us:
Wherever you are in your career, if you are unhappy the chance to change lies within you! Make it happen!! I did! I wake up every day now with such gratitude that I am able to give a part of myself to others in helping them live happy & healthier lives!
Balancing Parenthood, Work & Fitness
Whatever magic you try to pull off, you won’t get far without a plan. Shannon told us:
It takes planning & discipline to make it work!
The idea of setting goals and setting out a plan seems like a lot of hard work, but in the long run, it’ll save you a lot of time. It doesn’t have to be a big, elaborate spreadsheet. A simple To-Do List will do, as long as you write it down. Winging it never works. Shannon told us:
I spent quite a few years all over the place, trying to just do things as they presented themselves and believe me, this is NOT the way to be successful! When I began writing my goals down and building a plan of action and carrying through, that’s when the magic started to happen!
By writing things down, it’s easier to be clear about your goals and the steps you need to take to get there. As the process is laid out before your eyes on paper, you can really focus on your priorities. Shannon told us:
I had to be clear and precise in my mind about what I wanted. I knew that my own personal fitness success was part of the equation, so I scheduled it in like I would anything else!
If something is that important to you then you must find a way to make it part of your daily routine, just like brushing your teeth!
Meal Prep & Planning For Success
The thing with meal prep is that it serves many purposes. It keeps you on track with your fitness goals, it ensures you eat healthy food all day long, and it helps keep work-life balance in check. Shannon told us:
If I can offer any piece of advice on meal prep, it would be this: No matter what type of nutrition plan you are following, in order to be successful in your approach you MUST have a plan! Prepare your meals!! Once or twice a week or if you are able to do it daily, that’s great too!! Meal prep services are great for those who have very busy schedule and or travel a lot & are unable to prep their own meals regularly. I can tell you from experience, if you don’t have a solid plan in place you will not see the results you are looking for!
Meal prep is made so much easier now with my Fitmark bags! They are super functional and depending on my schedule I can either bring my Shield cooler or if I am only going to be out for a few hours I’ll carry my Transporter Tote! It’s the perfect size for my daily belongings plus a mini cooler to hold a few meals! So really there is no excuse to not ever have a clean meal with me!
Everyone has their own favorite Fitmark Bag and Shannon has quite a few, each with its own purpose. She told us:
I absolutely love my Fitmark Bags, all of them!!!! my Shield bag is small yet it holds so much! It also has an awesome little band on one side so you can slide it over your handle on your suitcase when you travel!! Score!!! I also have my Sport Duffel that I am obsessed with because not only is it my gym bag but at the bottom of the bag I have a mini cooler that will store a few meals!! I always recommend Fitmark to my clients now because they have definitely helped me stay on track with my busy schedule!!! Thanks Fitmark!!
It’s all part of the equation of staying balanced and reaching your goals. For Shannon, she’s following her dreams every day and using the tools and programs she needs to achieve success. At the same time, she’s loving what she does and grateful for being in a place where she can share her passion with others and inspire them to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
You can find Fitmark Ambassador Shannon Petralito on Instagram @shannonpetralito
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