My First Blog Conference

As I sat down to write this post, I had a hard time knowing where to start. It’s a little difficult to put into words the Blog Fest experience. So much energy, So much learning and So much inspiration. Oh and soreness too, lots of workouts and my body was definitely feeling it, but in a good way of course!

I finally had the opportunity to meet some twitter/blogging friends in person! (shout out to Caroline and Moe)

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Our days were packed with exercise classes, expo time, and lectures.

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It’s Casey from Blogilates!

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A panel with Run Eat Repeat, PB Fingers, and Fitnessista! So cool to see them in person. They are all just as sweet and funny as they seem on their blogs.

The Yoga class was awesome and an especially great way to start the day.

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 (Photo Credit to Fit Appraoch)

Listening to Jillian Michaels was the highlight of the weekend. For sure.

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I’ve seen Biggest Loser over the years and she seemed so intimidating….it wasn’t that I didn’t like her, but I was indifferent.  After hearing her speech, I can proudly say I am a fan. Her tv persona is SO different than how she is in person: she’s humble, sweet, and really hilarious. She seemed genuinely happy to be the keynote at our event. Super motivating and inspiring.

My biggest take away from this weekend was reminding myself why I started a blog in the first place.

Writing has always been a passion of mine. I loved writing papers in college (weird, I know). Being in the workforce the past couple of years took me away from pursuing that avenue much. I’ve read blogs for years and one day it clicked “well I could write one too.” I started when we had recently moved down to LA, didn’t have much of a social life and wanted an outlet for my fitness passion.

After this weekend I feel like I got another push to dive back into my writing and the ‘ol blog. I’m hoping someday to have the opportunity to do some freelancing discussing various fitness topics. We’ll see what the future holds, but writing that down makes me feel excited!

Have you been to a blog conference? 

What did you learn? 

Until next time! ~Marielle

Getting Back On Track

Whew! I’m baaack! And wanted to update you on a couple of things!

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We finished the half marathon. And I am so glad that it is over with, lol! n the past, whenever I’d finish a race I was already planning the next one. But this time, I am content with solely focusing on barre classes, yoga, and shorter runs with my pup.

The weather was perfect for the race. Overcast and about 65-70 degrees. The course was an out and back….which isn’t my favorite, the second lap is always a little bit of a mental struggle for me.

I was using my “map my run” app during the race so I knew exactly where I was. The first 6 miles were great, I was hanging at a 9:30 pace. Once I got to mile 8, I gradually started to slow down. The last 2 miles seemed like they took FOREVER but I got a little burst of energy once I saw the finish line in the distance.

I finished close to 2:10. Not my best race, but just happy I made it. It’s been about 2 1/2 years since my last half, so I was/am a little out of practice! In retrospect, I should have incorporated more sprinting workouts into my training for sure.

The soreness lasted 2 days, ugh the next day was the WORST. Every time I walked I could feel my hips and knees pulling. Yuck. Once I made it to Monday, I was feeling a little more normal.

I did a Pure Barre class on Tuesday that week, so now I’m getting back into my regular routine. :)

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So, my first blog conference is coming up this week!! EEK! When I signed up, it seemed so far away, I can’t believe it’s finally here. It’ll be great to connect with some fitness/healthy living bloggers and I’m hoping I’ll learn something too!

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I’ll make sure to share details of the event next week!

~M

Wednesday Inspiration

Hello Blog Friends~ I’ve been a little quiet lately- lots going on with life, work and little bits of traveling. But, I’ll be back more consistently soon. I’m attending the Sweat Pink Blog Fest Conference in August and can’t wait!

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blogfestI’m really looking forward to it and I think it will motivate me to get back on track with the ‘ol blogging schedule.

Today, I wanted to share some daily inspiration with you that seemed to be speaking specifically to me this morning.

I subscribe to the free daily emails from Brave Girls Club. If you have never heard of it, check out the website. (I’m not receiving anything in return about mentioning this site, I just really like it and want to spread the word). Their website describes their organization as:

“Brave Girls Club is a worldwide community of women (of every age) who want to live the best, happiest, most productive and fabulously brave lives they can possibly live…and that means something different to every single one of us.”

Here’s today’s daily truth: 

Dear Impatient Girl,

Sometimes we need to just let life surprise us a little instead of trying so hard to control every single outcome for every single thing…isn’t it exhausting?

Gorgeous soul….look back on all of the other times you’ve tried with all of your might to hold things together, put things together and keep things together so that everything would be perfectly in place for the exact things to happen that you were so determined to make happen. Remember how things happened completely differently than you ever could have dreamed….but that they worked out exactly the way they were supposed to? (even if it was painful or uncomfortable?)

Life has a way of surprising us whether we are ready for it or not…whether we worry our little heads off or whether we plan our fingers right down to the bone….life still surprises us. 

So….let the worries go for a bit. Let yourself chill and be still. TRUST THE JOURNEY and trust yourself. No matter what happens, you will make it and you will make it into something beautiful and wonderful….just like you always have.

Surprises are fun. 

I’ll back soon and thanks again as always for reading! :)

~Marielle

My YogaWorks Classes

This was one of the first weekends this month that we have been in town so it was nice to take it easy and not do much. We did make the trek up to Malibu and it was a perfect day of sitting outside and sipping some wine.

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I also spent lots of time lounging around with this girl.

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I realized I haven’t updated lately on the half marathon training. Well, it’s definitely creeping up on us and is just over a month out…yikes! Today we ran 7 miles and will ramp up to 10 in the next 2 weeks. Today was a slow run for me, but I’m just happy to get the miles in and try not to worry about my pace so much. I’m shooting for running under a 10 min. mile so finishing under 2 hours 10 minutes would be great!

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Disclosure: I received a free six-month trial of MyYogaWorks in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I recently had the opportunity to try out MyYogaWorks online yoga classes. It’s funny, I was thinking a few weeks ago that I need to get back on the yoga-train and received an email asking if I wanted to try out the online site! Must have been meant to be!

There are many times during the week that I don’t feel like driving to a yoga studio and dealing with parking, getting there earlier to get a spot, and doing a class that isn’t tailored to what I specifically want to do. Nothing beats the convenience of online classes, I can just pull up my ipad and get going.

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The classes are broken up into beginner, intermediate, and advanced. I like this model because as I go on, I know I can switch things up and progress. I’m not extremely experienced with yoga so I have only done some beginner classes. They range from 5 min – 90 min which is super easy to squeeze into a busy day.

They also make it super-easy in the search function to choose the time you want, the purpose you want to focus on and the body parts you want to target.  There are 20 different categories so there is something for everyone. So far I have taken classes focusing on energizing, stress reduction, stretch, and calming. The instructors are very specific and the pace of each class was just right for me- not too fast, not too slow. They also show modifications for all the poses, which is especially helpful for me :)

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I really like that there are different instructors throughout the site.  Some workout videos can get boring after listening to the same instructor and the same cueing over and over again.

The site also has a “Journey Series” that are a sequence of videos with a specific focus like yoga for runners (I need to try this one for sure), nap time yoga for moms, surfing and roadtrip yoga. Love it all!

The price is extremely reasonable, $15/month after a 14 day free trial. And you lucky blog readers can use this code: bloggermonth and receive a free one month trail! You can get started here. 

I’m pretty happy I have this subscription for 6 months so that I can try out everything this site has to offer….seriously it seems to have something for everyone!

The only complaint I have is that there isn’t any music playing in the background and I’m a music dependent exerciser. So I turned on my Pandora radio as I went through the workouts and that easily solved the problem.

 Have you tried online yoga classes? What do you think? 

Thanks for reading as always! 

 

Sneaking Exercise At Work

Those long days at the office sitting hours on end can take a toll on our pretty little bodies. I know after I sit for awhile, my body feels stiff and I get pretty antsy. This is why it’s tough for me to sit through a 3+ hour movie. ;)

In an ideal world, we’d all be able to take breaks every half an hour and take a spin or yoga class mid-day. But in reality, many people log in 7+ hours of sitting and only taking bathroom breaks. YIKES!

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My philosophy has always been that doing something is better than nothing, so, here are my 4 favorite exercises you can sneak in at work!

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Abdominal Squeezes With Leg Lift

Brace your abs as if someone is going to sock you in the stomach but you can breath normally. While maintaining the abdominal brace, march your legs up and down (alternating sides). As you lift, think of your abdominal as being in charge of the movement and you brace your abs more with each lift. Perform 20 lifts on each leg.

Shoulder Blade Squeezes

While sitting tall and shoulders are relaxed, bring your shoulders back and squeeze your shoulder blades together. The motion is “IN and DOWN,” not up. Make sure your upper shoulders are relaxed. Hold the squeeze for 5 seconds and repeat 30 times. This is a good reset for your posture muscles.

Triceps Dips 

Scoot your booty forward until it’s off your chair and hold onto your chair with your arms straight at your sides. If you are on a rolling chair, make sure you have a good grip on your chair before you begin. Slowly bend your elbows straight behind you and straighten. Repeat 20 repetitions.

Single Leg Squats

Every time you need to sit down or stand up, try doing so on one leg. Make sure you brace your hands on your desk top for support. Try getting in 20 on each leg throughout your day!

Are there any exercises you try to sneak in while at the office? 

Please share in the comments below! 

Choosing Happy

Hello All!

Man this week sure has gotten away from me. I was planning on being a little more active on the blog this week, but that obviously didn’t happen. But, head over to the Girls Gone Sporty Website and check out my newest travel workout. Perfect timing for the beginning of summer! :)

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I can honestly say that choosing to be happy is a struggle at times. And I know there is no way that we can always be happy. We all have face setbacks, hardships, and things don’t always turn out as we planned, which can be frustrating. I wanted to share some personal insight I’ve reflected on recently.

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Complaining about the negatives and feeling sorry for ourselves doesn’t change anything. I’m a huge advocate of looking for a positive, but needs a reminder at times. I’m a constant planner and worrier which keeps me from living in and enjoying the moment.

So, the next time I feel like complaining or worrying about something I’m going to remind myself to “choose happy” instead. And I hope you will try it too!

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And with that, I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

How do you choose to be happy? Please share in the comments below! And as always, thanks for reading. ~M

Life Lessons from my Dog

Hello Everyone!

Today I’m sharing some life wisdom I’ve learned from Paisley.

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Smile More

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Never Stop Playing

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Appreciate the Little Things- Lying in bed after a long day with my hubby and dog is the absolute best and I’m pretty sure Paisley feels the same way.

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Let Your Loved Ones Know How You Feel 

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Relax

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Stop and Enjoy the Moment 

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Don’t Forget to Practice Yoga- I believe this is her version of the downward dog…nice form, huh?  

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Dress Up (yes we will get her a bigger jersey for next year)

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What are some life lessons you’ve learned from your dog? 

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Well, the half marathon training is going.  Last week I was only able to get in two runs- one 4 miler and one 7 miler. The 7 was a little slower than I’d like, but I’m just glad to get those miles in. I’m thinking of adding in some sprint and interval workouts and see if I can get my speed up a little bit.

What are your tips for increasing your running speed? Please share! 

Thanks for reading as always!! ~M