The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Kellogg’s.

Starting your day off on the right fit makes all the difference in the world. There are a few things that always help me put a smile on my face:

  • Getting to sleep in.
  • On the flip side, getting right out of bed when the alarm goes off and not hitting snooze 17 times. #majorwin
  • A good morning run (defined by pretty views, pushing the limits and sweating like crazy).
  • Not having to over-think my outfit for the day.
  • Eating a good breakfast and not feeling hungry 30 minutes later.
We’ve all heard how important breakfast is, and Kellogg’s — perhaps one of the best known breakfast brands — is taking it one step further with its Great Starts program.

Kellogg’s has teamed up with a roster of America’s best winter sport athletes (and Olympic hopefuls!) to inspire us that “from great starts come great things.” Among those great starts is something as simple as eating a healthy breakfast each day.

Gretchen Bleiler, the awesome snowboarder, found her great start in her family — in fact, her brothers inspired her to start snowboarding (seriously, girl has some skills)… and got a little extra motivation when she didn’t make the 2002 Olympic team.

I love her philosophy (and also her grey sweater, btw)… the whole “doing my best and having a lot of fun” is something that I think is so important. We participate in our sport for a reason and when we take it too seriously, we forget that reason and it may not be what we initially wanted. Focusing on having fun is important because it keeps us inspired and motivated… and as Gretchen shows, it doesn’t mean that you lose your drive.

What does that mean when it comes to running? The one piece of advice I give anyone who is gearing up for race day is to HAVE FUN. Your training speaks for itself. It is now time to take it in and enjoy the moments.
As Gretchen mentions, these are the moments that make up our life and are what we will remember for the rest of our life. If we are so focused on the things that go wrong, we’ll forget to see all that went right. Even on those days when your training plan doesn’t go just so, look at the positive and how it helped you become a better runner.
Had to skip it because of a work deadline? It will help you learn how to manage your time. Suffering from an injury? Learn how to listen to the signs your body gives you. Died on the hills in a race? Figure out how to build hill training into your workouts. Whatever it is, there is a solution… but only if you give yourself the chance to see it. That is what it takes to have a Great Start.

Kellogg’s has invited 10 athletes to be part of Team Kellogg’s and each of their stories are inspiring… it includes legends like Kristi Yamaguchi and Jim Craig, as well as those aiming to be part of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, like Noelle Pikus-Pace. Noelle¬†competes in skeleton and in 2005, just months away from the 2006 Olympic Games, was wiped out by an out-of-control bobsled… what she did after is SO inspiring:

Check out the other videos on YouTube… I promise you’ll enjoy them. And as an extra benefit, every time the videos are shared, Kellogg’s will make a donation to Action for Healthy Kids to give a child in need breakfast. Because we all deserve a Great Start.

P.S. FitFluential is hosting a chat with Kellogg’s and Gretchen TODAY from 2 – 3 p.m. ET on Twitter. Gretchen will talk about her approach to training, nutrition and provide tips on how to start every day great. To participate, search for #GreatStarts on Twitter and follow along the conversation… when you participate, make sure you include #GreatStarts in your question or response!

What’s your favorite winter Olympic sport? Athlete?

How do you get a Great Start to your day?

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