Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fashionable Fitness - Fabletics Review

I am one of those people who cares what I look like when I'm working out. Even though I usually workout at home... alone... in my basement... having a cute outfit on somehow makes me feel more capable. It's like putting on a power suit for a big job interview - when you're dressed for the role you want, you have a much better chance of getting it!

That said, I am THE WORST when it comes to putting outfits together. I'll have an idea of what I want in my head, but then when I walk into a sporting goods store like Sports Authority or Dick's I feel like a deer caught in headlights. There are so many options, not to mention -- workout clothes can be super expensive!


I usually don't like to order clothes online without being able to try them on first -- especially from a new company I've never seen in person. But when a fellow Beachbody coach recommended the site to me, I decided to give it a try.

Fabletics is a service that provides monthly personalized athletic clothing recommendations. What I really love about it is that it's totally flexible. You can view your selections online on the first of each month, then you have about a week to decide if you want to make a purchase, or skip the month. So easy and no obligation to have to buy something you don'y absolutely love!

After answering a few questions about my personal style, exercise habits and taste, I was given a selection of about 65 COMPLETE OUTFITS to choose from. The site was offering a 50% Fabletics new member discount too, meaning I could choose one of these complete outfits for only $24.95! PLUS free shipping and exchanges -- SCORE!

I am VERY picky about clothes but surprisingly I found many of the outfits to be super cute and a good match for my personal taste! Here are a few of the site's picks for me that I loved:

But ultimately, I decided on this adorable three piece set:

I wasn't too sure on the sizing. I normally wear a size 2, but Fabletics has size 2 listed as XXS which seemed like it would be really tiny so I went with the Size 4/XS. I love that the site offers free exchanges, so I didn't have to stress about it too much. It it didn't fit I could easily switch it for the right size.

I was super excited to receive my first delivery in the mail. For those who are interested in the type of packaging, nothing fancy here like some other monthly clothing sites, just plastic bags. Not a big deal for me though. What really matters is what's inside!

I was delighted to find that the clothes fit well and were a great quality. The pants are a thicker fabric than I am used to but they smooth everything out and hide any trace of cellulite. Nothing will be jiggling in these bad boys! They also have a small pocket sewn into the waist band that will fit your money, ID, a key, etc...

I was really surprised by how soft and comfortable the clothes are too - they feel like you're wearing pajamas and even though the clothes are fitted, they have plenty of give for the PiYo workouts I am currently doing.

Overall, I was impressed with Fabletics and I'm really looking forward to seeing my next set of outfit recommendations on the 1st! Even at the full price of $50 per outfit, you really can't go wrong!

If you'd like to try Fabletics and get 50% your first order, use this link.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

PiYo - A Beginner's Week 1 Review & Meal Plan

I've always loved yoga, but never really felt like I was getting a good workout with it. That's why I was so excited when I found out about PiYo. I knew that I could trust Beachbody and Chalene Johnson to deliver hard-core results, even with a low impact workout -- and I wasn't wrong!!

I started week one right after the 4th of July holiday. After our midwest vacation getaway where I'd skipped my workouts and eaten more than my share of hot dogs and hamburgers, I had put on an extra 5 pounds and I was ready to get back into a healthy routine.

Week 1 Review 

Day 1 - Align: The Fundamentals
Day 1 walks you through all of the moves you'll need to know for the program and teaches proper form. Do not skip this! To see results with PiYo, you want to make sure you're doing the moves correctly so I recommend doing this in front of a mirror so you can self-correct. (Tip: If you don't have a mirror in your workout area, you prop up your iPhone up on the floor and reversed the camera so you can see yourself!)

Day 2 - Define: Lower Body
Define: Lower Body is a great first workout to ease into PiYo. It's only 20 minutes, but don't be fooled by the short length... it's still a great workout. I was surprised to find tricep push-ups, chaturangas, and down dogs in a lower body workout, and I definitely felt this one in my abs arms and shoulders too. My lower hips and hamstrings felt nice and stretched out too after all those lunges, warriors and pigeon poses. Because it was so short, I personally felt like I was just getting warmed up at the end of day 2, so I went ahead and did day 3 too.

Day 3 - Define: Upper Body
Define: Upper body is where it really started to burn for me. Between Lower Body and Upper Body there is a lot of wrist/shoulder action (plank, down-dog, push-ups, etc.) and Chalene really turned it up here with some unique low-impact cardio movements like the PiYo Push-up series (roll spine down, walk your hands out in three counts to plank position, do three tricep push-ups, and walk hands back in to standing position), PiYo Pike (from side plank position, tuck your raised arm under your body, twisting your body forward), and Beast (from table top pose, lift your knees so you're on your hands and toes, kick one leg forward and raise the opposite arm).

Day 4 - Sweat
Ladies and gentlemen, the name doesn't lie! I normally don't sweat very much when I work out, but I was literally dripping my the end of Sweat. The rapid succession of movement elevates your heart rate without the high-impact cardio. It's the perfect fat-burning workout for anyone who can't (or just doesn't like to) do a lot of jumping around. I will warn you though, there is a surprise burpee sequence toward the end of the workout, but all in all the workout including warm-up is only 37 minutes so it's not too overwhelming.

Day 5 - Rest
Woohoo! I was surprised to have a rest day during the week, but by day 5 my core and upper body were feeling pretty sore, so it was definitely welcomed.

Days 6 & 7 - Define: Lower Body & Upper Body
To finish out the week you will repeat Define: Lower Body and Define: Upper Body. You should find both to be slightly easier the second time around. Again, I did both on the same day to give myself an extra rest day.

Overall, I loved week one of PiYo for a number of reasons:

  • PiYo gets my heart pumping without a bunch of jumping around
  • Every move has a modification, so the workout is perfect for all fitness/flexibility levels
  • You don't need any equipment (except a yoga mat -- which, really, is optional) 
  • You don't need a ton of space, just an area big enough to lunge forward, back and side to side

PiYo Meal Plan

Recipe Links

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

My Story: Why I Became a Beachbody Coach

I'll be honest - I've never been comfortable in front of the camera. BUT I felt in my heart that I needed to share with you why I chose to become a Beachbody coach and speaking to you directly from my heart seemed like the only acceptable way to do it.

For so many years I was depressed, anxious and completely unhappy (you can read more about my story here and here). The medications I was prescribed caused me to put on so much weight and over time I went from feeling pretty and confident to insecure and self-conscious. I put on a happy face for everyone, but I hated who I had become and my marriage was suffering big time. My doctors told me that exercise would help -- but I was at a point where my husband literally had to take me for walks around our neighborhood (like our dog!) just to get me out of the house. I felt like I had hit rock bottom.

Before getting pregnant, I managed to gradually wean myself off of the medications (under my doctor's supervision) -- but the weight I gained (and the health problems I'd developed as a result) seemed like they were here to stay. But it wasn't until I had complications during my pregnancy that I realized just how important my health was -- both physically and emotionally. And once my daughter was born, I knew I was ready to commit 100% to getting myself healthy. My doctor only sealed the deal when she told me that I'd need to lose weight before getting pregnant again. This was serious.

So I started out with a beginner exercise program (Hip Hop Abs) and added Shakeology to my daily diet, and I immediately started to see and feel the results. I was actually motivated. My mood improved. My outlook on life improved. My confidence returned. I have ENERGY again! I was actually excited about something!! And as I healed, my marriage started to heal. Shortly after completing my first Beachbody program I knew that I needed to share my experience with as many people as I could -- because if I can do it, anyone can do it. I literally turned my life around with Beachbody and the chance to pay it forward as a coach (and actually get paid to help others enjoy the same success) is just icing on the cake.

Thank you so much for listening to my story. If something about my story inspires you to make a positive change in your life, send me a message - I'd love to hear from you! I know how hard it can be to get started on your fitness goals and I'd love to help set you up for success. If you would like to learn more about what a Beachbody Coach does, you are more than welcome to join my 5 day "Glance Into Coaching" open house event! You log in each day from your computer or phone, and watch a short video or post from a coach on my team. We will walk you through the basics and answer your questions to help you get more knowledge on how the business works and ultimately see if it would be a good fit for you! Message Me to be added to the group!

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