Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Be back soon!!

If you follow my Facebook page, you know my family is gearing up for a big move from New York to Minneapolis. Well, it's getting close to moving day!! I'm so excited to start the next chapter of our lives, so for the next two weeks or so I'll be stepping away from my FB page and blog to focus on getting us packed, moved and settled in our new home.

I'll be responding to messages as quickly as I can, but if you don't hear back immediately it's probably because I'm dealing with some move-related crisis (or I'm not getting a good WiFi signal from our hotel room) but I promise you'll hear back from me soon!

Thanks everyone and I'll see ya soon!

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

5 Songs Sure to Lift Your Mood

Shaun T recently posted on his FB page that fitness is only the tip of the iceberg, and I couldn't agree with that more. Through fitness I have challenged myself and surprised myself. I have learned to believe in myself, and more importantly, to love myself  (all of me -- not just the best parts) which has allowed me to love those around me with an open heart. I am confident. I am grateful. I am truly happy. Every. Single. Day. That is HUGE coming from me.

There was a time that I felt like I was stuck. I didn't feel like I had control of my life and I was unhappy and clinically depressed. I isolated myself from friends and family and spent my time wallowing in my sadness and anger. I allowed that emotion to take over my life and become my identity - my only defining characteristic. And not only did I spend all my time thinking about how miserable I was, I literally had a soundtrack to go along with it. My iPod was filled with sad and depressing songs sure to keep me in the funk I was in.

It's been a long road to recovery, but through it I have learned the importance of maintaining a positive environment. You need to surrounding yourself with uplifting people who will challenge ou and inspire you to be your best. You need to feed your body with healthy food. And yes, you even need to listen to music that puts you in the right state of mind to live the life you want.

My playlist is now filled with fun, happy, upbeat music and it's seriously IMPOSSIBLE to be in a bad mood while one of these songs is on. Here are a few picks I'm loving right now. Tell me, what song puts you in a good mood no matter what?

Be Okay - Oh Honey
On Top of The World - Imagine Dragons
Best Day of My Life - American Authors
Happy - Pharrell
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

5 Must-Have Beauty Products for Every Fit Girl

First off, let me apologize for not blogging last week. To say that I have A LOT on my plate right now with our upcoming move to Minneapolis would be a total understatement! But I promise I haven't forgotten about you!

In fact, I was just talking to one of my T25 clients the other day. She admitted that she's been having a hard time keeping up with her workouts, even though they're only 25 minutes a day. When I asked what her biggest challenge is (thinking she'd say the workouts were too tough) she surprised me with  "vanity!" She's a busy working momma with little time to spare (which is one of the reasons T25 appealed to her so much) so she has been skipping her workouts because she doesn't feel like she can do her workout AND still get herself looking office-ready in the morning.

I can totally relate to this -- As you can see, I pretty much live in a ponytail or messy bun because it's just SO MUCH EASIER than fixing my hair everyday after my workouts. Then again, as a Beachbody coach I work from home and have the luxury of choosing not to beautify myself - lol. But her struggle got me thinking about the beauty products I just can't live without as a fit girl.

1. {Batiste Dry Shampoo} Batiste dry shampoo has been one of my beauty product staples for years!  I have very dry hair, so to avoid further stripping it of any essential oils, I only wash it 2-3 times a week. I've tried other dry shampoo brands, but I no other drug-store brand compares to the refreshing power of Batiste - I especially love the blush fragrance - and it works just as well as the luxury brands. I always spray it on after my workouts to absorb any moisture and restore a bit of volume after my hair's been tied back. You can also be extra vigilant and spray some on pre-workout to absorb the sweat.

2. {Quality Hair Ties} Pulling your hair back everyday to workout can be hard on your locks. If you tie it too tight, you can cause breakage (not to mention that awful dreaded pony-tail crease!), but securing it too loosely will have you stopping every five minutes during your workout to fix it - especially if you have long, thick hair like I do. I've found that the hair ties actually make a difference. Forget about those $3 Goody elastics and invest in some quality hair ties that will keep your strands in place while causing minimal damage. There are plenty of options out there, I especially like these and these.

3. {Clarisonic Mia2 Sonic Skin Cleansing System} The Clarisonic Mia2 is a favorite of mine for keeping my skin clean and blemish-free. Obviously, all that sweat after a workout can lead to breakouts so I like to make sure I get in a good scrub with this while I'm in the shower. Between this and drinking Shakeology, I don't think I've had a single zit in the past year! If you are especially prone to breakouts, doing a quick scrub BEFORE you workout might help, as exercising with clogged pores can also lead to skin problems.

4. {Aveeno Active Naturals Ultra Calming Daily Moisturizer} I use Aveeno's Ultra Calming Moisturizer every. single. day. I bought it in a pinch when my department store brand moisturizer ran out, and I loved it so much I stuck with it. Not only is it is super moisturizing, but it reduces redness and blotchiness so it's perfect for calming your skin after an intense workout.

5. {Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash} Sweat can also cause breakouts on the body, especially if you wear fitted workout gear or a sports bra when exercising. I believe Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash is actually a face wash, but I use it on my body post-workout and it works great! The exfoliating beads are just the right amount of scrubby and the fresh grapefruit scent is so invigorating.

And just for the record, I do fix myself up once in a while!!

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