Alpha Female Friday – Linda Mitchell

Every Friday I am going to feature a woman that I adore. They exude all the qualities of an Alpha Female and I want to dig into their lives to get some nuggets of knowledge to help us all live happier, healthier lives balancing life & work.

Definition of an Alpha Female

An Alpha Female is a powerful and assertive woman. Her confidence is due to being an intelligent and intellectual problem-solver. Being an Alpha Female is a State of Mind based on choosing ambition and being proud of it. She strives for a happy and healthy work/life balance.

Type A Alpha Females often come across as strong willed and selfish. A true Alpha Female puts the needs of her friends, family, and coworkers first, without sacrificing her principles or dignity. A true Alpha Female strives for synergy with the world around her. She wants a perfect work/life balance and is never complacent in nurturing the people in her life.

Meet Linda Mitchell!

Linda Mitchell

Linda Mitchell wants to help women reach a point of empowerment. Linda is an Institute of Integrative Nutrition graduate, an award-winning fitness competitor, and an elite obstacle racer. She collaborated on the fitness portion of the book “Fat Flush for Life” with mentor and New York Times Best Selling author Ann Louise Gittleman. She is now the author of “The Sisterhood of S.W.E.A.T.” and owns Chickfit Studio which opened in 2013. Her book and the studio are all about helping women build confidence and self-esteem and learning to feel 100% great about themselves.

www.chickfit.me

How are you an Alpha Female?

I am very goal oriented and a take charge kind of girl. I am such an activator that as soon as I hear about something I want to do, I’m on it before my feet hit the floor.

Does work life balance exist?

I truly believe you can have everything you want but that you can’t work on it all at once. I’m very much an alpha female because I like to go, go, go, all the time but I’ve found that I need to channel my energy into all the different goals and achievements that I want at various times. It can’t be all at once. When I wrote my book, I had to take my peak time in order to write when I am able to channel my most positive energy.

 Also as an alpha female I tend to be very passionate about whatever I’m into and I can have tunnel vision where I’m just one track mind and that’s all I’m thinking about until I complete that task. That is a good and the bad thing when you have relationships to think about. What I’ve discovered is you need to be able to work hard, schedule your work/goal time but take your time off to spend on your relationships and the other things in your life because all work and no play makes Linda have terrible relationships! LOL.
No really, what I found is if you’re all work and no play you get burnt out and you don’t have a full cup any more, you have nothing to draw on to give to others. So I believe in life balance. So what I do is, I set my goals then I decide what I want to do and I look at the timeline of when I want to do them and what my intentions are.  You know like such as what are my priorities and do they align with what I’m doing and when I’m doing them. When I make a decision such as if I’m going to do a Spartan race I’ve learned I don’t want it to be too close to a fitness competition because I need to have fuel for the race or if I am going to write I have to have ample time to write down my ideas and my thoughts and create in my quiet space with a little music.
What are you passionate about?
I worked in the gym as a group fitness director and personal trainer for a good 25 years and I really started feeling in my heart that I wanted to do something worthwhile that made real lasting changes in peoples lives. So I went in a new direction. My mission is women and I’m completely all about them and I really always have been, I think I just didn’t realize the magnitude of what I wanted to do. I opened my own studio, The Chickfit Studio and then after being open for awhile I decided to write a book and it really evolved into “The Sisterhood of SWEAT.” The book and the studio are all about helping women build confidence and self esteem and learning to feel one hundred percent great about themselves.
 
I have a heart and a mission for women because my life hasn’t always been easy. I was severely molested when I was eight years old by a close family member and it really affected my life. I believe it created a whole chain of events, one of which I was in a physically abusive relationship. If it wasn’t for God almighty and fitness and my friends (especially my best friend Kate) I would’ve never pulled through it. I was really down-trodden. So I’ve got to say my heart is for women. I don’t want to see them being controlled, manipulated, or trampled underfoot. I want them to realize that they are worth investing in themselves and going to the gym to me is a very healthy investment. It helps to make you strong, mentally, physically, and spiritually. It’s the three in one just like they say mind, body, and spirit. If I wouldn’t of have had that I would’ve never made it to where I am right now. If I can help just one woman it’s worth it to me.  Of course, I want to help a whole lot more then that. I want to give back because I could not even be here today, that is how severe the physical abuse I suffered from. If I can help one woman to be empowered enough to leave a situation like that, or to stand up for herself from being trampled underneath someones feet, its worth it to me. 
 
What are some daily health habits to keep your immune system boosted?
1. I start with my diet because I believe you are what you eat. I try to eat every 3 to 4 hours, very clean non-processed foods, free of sugar, gluten, and dairy.
2. I eat lean organic-free-range meats free of hormones preservatives and antibiotics
3. 5 to 10 cups of leafy green vegetables a day.
4. organic fruit daily
5. I don’t eliminate food groups I have clean carbohydrates on a regular basis.
6. I drink a gallon of water every day to stay hydrated
7. I went to my doctor and received a blood test and a tissue mineral analysis to decide what supplements my body needed.
8. I believe all health starts in your gut so as a preventative I take Dr. Ohira’s probiotics because they help you to create your own natural flora and kill bacteria up to 6 times stronger. I also take HCl with my heavier meals, because after the age of 40 you don’t create as much digestive juices. HCl is something that your body naturally makes but it diminishes as you age. I am also a big believer in all natural ACV with the mother in it and I take it with tart cherry juice and CALM at night to help me sleep, keep my joints healthy, and eliminate regularly .This all-natural sleepy night cocktail recipe is in my book The Sisterhood of Sweat. Because I work out a lot I take curcumin for inflammation or sprinkle my food with turmeric. I am also a big believer in natural oils and good fats such as; of avocado, flax, coconut, almond, walnut and MCT Oil, etc for brain, joints and hormonal heath. Eating good fats help satiate your appetite, curb cravings, balance hormones, and take out the bad fat.
What’s your weekly fitness routine like?
I weight train four to five days a week: two days of functional training and 5 days of Cardio. I do a mixture of Hill Sprints, Bleachers, Wind Sprints, Running, Boxing or Kangoo and one hour of hot yoga.
How do you challenge yourself fitness wise?
I like to challenge myself physically. There came a point in fitness competing where people just weren’t my age anymore. Many people begin dropping out of fitness competitions when they get older. So when I compete I’m in the open division with 18-year-olds.  I had to come to a decision that my competing was about more than winning a trophy or the way I look. I decided that we need role models to inspire us, and show us that age is just a number because we are all getting older every day. This doesn’t mean we should hang up our tennis shoes and quit LOL! I decided that as long as I could keep improving I would keep going. I like to add a new move every year to my repertoire. Last year I added handstand dropped into the splits. The year before that it was a turning plank on one arm.
Though at age 53 I was a little bit afraid having never done a challenge of this sort before. I entered three Spartan races the first of which was the Spartan BEAST. The Spartan beast is 14 1/2 miles of running and 32 obstacles. I placed first in my age group twice qualifying for The Obstacle Race Championships and I received my Trifecta Medal within a three month period. I plan on doing more obstacle races because they are less subjective and more based upon performance!
Yesterday I challenged myself in the gym and I did a box jump that was super tall way beyond my comfort zone. So essentially I’m 54 and jumping to new heights. I was so proud of myself it’s ridiculous ha ha!
How do you wind down at night?
To wind down at night; I like to spend time with my husband, eating a healthy dinner that a lot of times he cooks, he’s so great. We talk about our day. Then we watch something mindless together like The Bold and the Beautiful or sit out on our deck look up at the stars. I also like to read a good book like Love Lost Life Found:) before bed.
Robyn Here: I swear I didn’t pay her to say that! 
What are some of the pain points of being an alpha female?
People sometimes think you’re insensitive when you are pushing them forward and you are in the goal achievement mode for them as well as yourself. A lot of times others may think of you as selfish because you take care of yourself and you know what you want and you will go after it. Many people are more comfortable to be in a comfort zone of some of sorts. When you are around them pushing the envelope constantly they may consider you pushy or they don’t like the fact that you make them feel less because you’re pushing for more.
What is your definition of happiness?
It is doing what you were created to do, what makes your spirit feel alive and sets your soul on fire when your feet hit the floor in the morning. To me a happy life isn’t a sold out life. You are not living the life that your boss, co-worker’s, brother’s, sisters, mother’s, friends, and spouse want you to live. Happiness to me is living the life that comes directly from your heart, living fully and completely in your authenticity.

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