What Made Me Smile This Week

Happy November everyone!!

And no, I don’t believe it. I’m currently sitting in a t-shirt and shorts as it is 70+ degrees right now. Oh Texas, always keeps it interesting.

 But guys, I am so excited for the holidays this year.  A lot of this has to do with the fact that Charlotte is able to participate and understand a little more about Christmas season. There are SO many kid friendly activities around our neighborhood and I’m making my list of to-dos already. 🙂

Halloween

The cutest Dorothy and Lion I have ever seen. {I know I’m a little biased, but they are pretty adorable!} This was the first time we went Trick or Treating door to door, and I wasn’t sure how it would go. They got the hang of it real quick once they realized they get candy after saying “trick or treeeaaaat.”

Starbucks Holiday Cups

I know, I know. It’s not Thanksgiving yet, but I can’t help but get sucked into all the seasonal fun!

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Pop Pilates Park Classes

In addition to teaching at a corporate gym 2x a week, I also started teaching Pop classes at a park in town! Everyone that has taken so far, has loved the class, which makes me SO happy. Plus having some “me time” to start off the weekend is excellent.

New Book

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I know it takes me sooooo long to finish a book these days, but I’m stoked about this one.  My library has it, and having a deadline will hopefully keep me more accountable in my reading management. The last book I read was “The Couple Next Door”  by the same author, and I loved it.  I’m sure this one will be a page turner as well! Below is a quick summary taken off the Amazon site:

Karen and Tom Krupp are happy—they’ve got a lovely home in upstate New York, they’re practically newlyweds, and they have no kids to interrupt their comfortable life together. But one day, Tom returns home to find Karen has vanished—her car’s gone and it seems she left in a rush. She even left her purse—complete with phone and ID—behind.

There’s a knock on the door—the police are there to take Tom to the hospital where his wife has been admitted. She had a car accident, and lost control as she sped through the worst part of town.

The accident has left Karen with a concussion and a few scrapes.  Still, she’s mostly okay—except that she can’t remember what she was doing or where she was when she crashed. The cops think her memory loss is highly convenient, and they suspect she was up to no good.” 

That’s all for now. Thank you for stopping by!

 

What is something that’s making you smile this week??

 

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To Race or Not to Race?

Hello Hello!

It just hit me this morning that Halloween is next week. OMG! Our weather has been cooling down at night, but we still get up to the 80’s in the afternoons…so ya, I don’t believe that it is actually the middle/end of October!  We are gearing up for our first year Trick or Treating around our neighborhood. We even got our dog a costume, just so she wouldn’t feel left out. Haha!

So along with the weather cooling down, I’ve been able to get in more running lately.  And it has been feeling so good. I got back from a run last night and was telling my husband how much better I feel mentally and physically after getting in a run. There’s something about it that just clears my mind!

So I’m thinking I need to get back on the race train. Sometimes I need that extra motivator that will keep me honest with my training schedule and push myself. But then I don’t want to overcommit myself with something right now, because well, life is so busy. So that’s where I’m at. Maybe getting some pretty new running shoes will help make my decision? Haha! There is a half marathon coming up in February and I’m strongly considering it.

Ahhhh, look how pretty these are!! I found these beauties while perusing the Nordstrom site!

Now that I am upping my milage, I am beginning to crave sports drinks after those long runs. I go back in forth with sports drinks, since so many of them are typically so high in sugar and/or artificial sweeteners. So, it was really good timing that I was able to try out a new brand called LyteZone!   I was more intrigued after reading more about the product on their website and this from one of the founders below:

Being very active (surfing, basketball, hiking) and enjoying the occasional adult beverage, I always wanted to add electrolytes to Drinkwel. I constantly experimented with hydration and electrolytes. Think coconut water, ‘ade’ products, salt capsules, and even pickle juice! Nothing really fit as there wasn’t anything that would reasonably fit in our Drinkwel pills.
The more I dove into hydration and electrolytes, the more I realized the existing products on the market weren’t great (and often contained lots of negative fillers, sweeteners, and coloring). It’s still crazy to me how low quality the average sports drink is. If these products are for athletes, why are so many corners being cut?
After a lot of research and testing, we created LyteShow and a personal obsession with electrolytes and hydration was born.
At LyteLine, we’re all about BETTER hydration. We always use/drink/take the products we make ourselves. We’re not selling sugar water and our products do not taste like your typical sports drinks. They’re intense because our commitment to hydration is intense.”
Yours,
Mike, Co-Founder

 

I have tried my fair share of sports drinks and electrolyte replacements, especially in my marathon training days. Honestly, a lot of them tasted the same as their competitor product. So I was expecting this to taste like many of the other drinks out there. I wanted my husband to try one as well, just to hear his unbiased opinion. Well, we both drank one after running separately and basically said the same thing, “I like it, it tastes like carbonated water.” And I must say, I’m a big fan of them not being too sweet!  We have one left in our fridge, which is supposed to be for me after a long run this weekend. Ha, maybe that’s some extra motivation I need right there!

You can follow LyteLine on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

*I was given a complimentary box of LyteZone in exchange for an honest review of the product*

What do you drink after a long run? Please share in the comments below! 

 

It’s Feeling Like Fall

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

       The weather is finally cooling down here in Dallas that I can say “It’s Fall.” And by that I mean, its been in the 60’s in the mornings, and we need to wear jackets. I made a Pumpkin Chili Recipe a couple weeks ago, even though it was still 90 degrees. It was good, but I think I’ll enjoy it even more so when I’m cozied up with a warm sweater. Ahhhh, that sounds so lovely!

        Now that the kiddos are getting a little order, it’s been so fun to start some family traditions and see them get excited about doing all these new activities. This is the first year we are going to attempt trick or treating in our neighborhood, it may not last longer than 20 minutes but I’m still looking forward to it!

         Maybe soon I will actually get a sibling picture of them BOTH looking at the camera??

We’ve been enjoying more afternoon park days as well, which is so good for all of us mentally and physically to get out after naptimes. The swing and slides have been big hits lately!

           Friday night dinners out have also been a new thing as of late….which is largely due to the fact that once Friday hits,  I don’t want to cook anymore! Thankfully we live in a very family friendly town as the meals don’t last longer than an hour and usually involve one or two fussy children at some point.          Sweet little Charlie is also going through a “I love Mommy” and a “I want to test all my boundaries with Mommy” phase. Literally yesterday morning she picked up her box of hair bows looked at me and threw it on the ground. Then 30 minutes later was crying for me at preschool drop off. These little toddlers sure have a lot of emotions and opinions. So we are working on how to successfully cope with this stage. It is tough!

A friend of mine recommended this book below. Of course I’m only on like page 10, but it seems like it will have some good information!

On the workout front, I’m still doing a combination of running, Pop Pilates, and Tone it Up routines. At home workouts are my jam and what work with our family schedule.

Since the weather is cooling down, I want to up my running mileage and potentially look into a 10K in the next few months. I miss having something to train for, and signing up for a race always holds me accountable to push for that extra mile.

                                             That’s all for now! Thank you for stopping by!

                                          What is Your Favorite Fall Activity? Please Share Below! 

Sometimes You Have to Write

Hello Hello!!

So lately I am having a little conflict with myself about what to do with my alone time. If I’m not
“being productive” I feel guilty, if I am productive, I feel like I need a break and it goes on and on! So silly. I realize I need a healthy balance of both. During naptimes I’ve been working on my Pop choreography, working out, and getting chores done around the house! I think since I stay at home with the little ones, I have a hard time really relaxing at home. It’s this weird self-induced pressure to always “get stuff done.” But today I was just feeling like I needed to write.

So here I am!

Can we seriously believe it’s Fall already?? This is hands down my favorite time of year….pumpkin everything, cozy sweaters, football & gearing up for the Holidays. I hope the temps cool down here soon so that I can wear said fall clothes! We are taking the kiddos to the Pumpkin Patch this weekend, should be pretty cute and fun.

My little football fans are the cutest, right?

Switching gears, but you all now I love me some Tone it Up & I was fortunate enough to make it to their Dallas tour stop last weekend! This past year I’ve been following their program very closely and the nutrition plan as well. I can’t say anymore great things about it. They’ve created such an inspiring welcoming community that makes fitness and eating healthy so fun.

{Getting a hug from them was pretty cool}

I slacked at taking lots of pictures during the event but was able to snap a few!

Kombucha on top, haha!

Such a fun sweaty girls day!

 I’m also gearing up for launching my Pop Pilates classes at the Park! I’ve always dreamed of having my own fitness company and this is a small step in that direction. I may be updating this blog a bit and I eventually want to send out a “Fit News” newsletter. Coming soon, yay! So lots of ideas and planning going on inside my head, and I’ve finally accepted the fact that it will be moving at a snail pace for the time being!

Thanks for Stopping By! ~Marielle

 

What is on your “Fall Bucket List?” 

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Staying Motivated to Workout

Hello everyone and Happy Friiiiiday!!

I don’t have much new to report on our front. We are currently gearing up for Miss C’s first week of preschool, omg!! {It’s only 2 half days, but it’s a big step for her and us}. I’ll try not to cry in front of her and am looking forward to some one on one time with Donovan! I already have her first day of school outfit picked out, lol. Don’t worry, I’ll be sharing some pictures of course!

As you probably already know, exercise has always been a huge part of my life. I grew up playing sports so it’s normal for me to “go workout.” my body has changed and I can’t play multiple intense soccer games each week like I used to. Today I’m sharing some of my tips for staying motivated to workout.

Try Something New

If you don’t look forward to your workout, you are going to find any excuse to NOT workout. If your routine is feeling stale, switch things up! There are so many boutique fitness studios, gyms, group exercise classes and online workouts these days it’s actually overwhelming! I keep hearing about Orange Theory, so that’s on my list to try out soon!

Get a Workout Buddy

Grab a friend, significant other, or family member to workout with you or even virtually. The last few months I’ve been hardcore keeping up with the Tone it Up Plan. Each week, I print out the schedule and fit in the workouts when I can. I used to be a big gym person, but with the two little ones at home, that’s just not feasible. I squeeze in a workout during naptime or after bed….and sometimes they join me!

 

Have Something to Train For

This doesn’t mean you need to sign up for a triatholon. Set a goal to train for an upcoming vacation, a work event or buy yourself a new pair of shoes after one month of a consistant routine. You get it, be creative here. I do want to get back to half marathon training and am considering a race early 2018. For now, I’m trying to keep up with teaching Strides and Pop Pilates classes as well as maintaining a consistent routine.

Wear Something Comfortable

You want to feel good while you workout so keep that in mind when choosing your exercise attire. I live in my athleisure clothes these days so comfort is a priority! Also, my tip for staying motivated to workout, along with few others, was featured in a recent graphic. Check it out below!

 How fun is this?

While of course I don’t have personal experience wearing boxer briefs (lol), but I’m thinking this will be a PERFECT gift for the man in your life! Hello early Christmas shopping! My husband NEVER shops for himself and I’m eyeing these boxer briefs for him.

A little bit about The Tommy John company & Creator:

Fixing things” doesn’t mean tugging at your crotch or pulling up your socks again. It means finding a solution to this age-old problem, once and for all. It means understanding how men move, combining innovative fabric technologies and tweaking the fit down to the placement of the last stitch. Tom made this task his mission.
That’s why he quit his job and started Tommy John. With the support of his wife, Erin, a local tailor and a small team of designers, Tom re-imagined the fit, feel and function of man’s most fundamental layers. He built and patented new features from scratch. The result? Shirts that stay tucked, socks that stay up and underwear that keeps everything in place, whichever way a man moves

You can follow Tommy John on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter Pinterest and even You Tube

What motivates you to workout? Please share in the comments below!

The Sometimes Blogger

Hi hi friends! It’s been a minute…again!

Honestly, I think about the blog a lot and have struggled with what direction I want to take it. Do I want to blog multiple times a week and try to grow it, do I want to blog occasionally, or do I want to stop and start something new?

Since becoming a SAHM, I’ve been able to pursue some side gigs that I really love….teaching Stroller Strides and Pop Pilates classes, working my Rodan+Fields business and blogging occasionally!  I am so thankful for these outlets and being able to pursue some activities that are just for me! I think the problem is when I do have free time, I don’t know what to do first! Do I workout (that usually wins), do stuff around the house, do I blog, do I work on my R+F stuff or do I just relax & unplug? Geesh that’s a lot of things pulling me in different directions!

{MMMM Coffee}

So what’s my conclusion with all of this? Right now, I’m happy being somewhere in the middle. My top priorities of course are my family & myself. I don’t want to blog just for the sake of getting a post up, but at the same time I don’t want to NOT blog because I don’t think I have 100% perfect content! Writing has always been therapeutic for me and helps me work out my feelings and emptions, so I am thankful for this space. I think besides planning my workouts and meals I need to plan my blogging time!

Thanks for stopping by my little space on the internet!

 

Do you work from home, how do you schedule your days?

Do you stick to a blogging schedule each week?

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Why I Won’t Workout Everyday

Happy Last week of June everyone!! Seriously, I know I say it all the time but I cannot believe that it’s almost July! I feel like every year that month is notoriously busy, which always makes summer just fly by!

Side night: I really think writing out my weekly workout schedule really holds me accountable. It’s tough to plan out my exercise time in addition to meals, kid activities etc, but it helps to have that devoted time penciled in.

Maybe I should take my own advice and keep up with that, right?

To start off this post, I want to say that this is my personal opinion and what works for me!  I have a ton of exercise experience ranging from sports to running a marathon, boot camp classes to yoga and a lot in between. Exercise has always been a part of my life- I love how it makes me feel physically and mentally.

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I apply this to all aspects of my life. It drives me bonkers as I keep hearing boutique fitness studios recommend clients to take class everyday or overhearing a client say “I need to lose weight, I’m going to take xx class 2x a day etc.”  Back up what?!

No, no, no!!

Even if you are on a specific weight loss journey, the recommended amount of weight loss is 1-2 pounds a WEEK. So regardless of your goals, it’s so important to be gradual. We live in such an instant society from texting a friend or ordering your groceries online…but the human body does not and will not work that way. Our bodies need rest days to recover and rebuild!

What happens when you OVER exercise? There are so much more beside an injury. I checked out a recent Idea Health and Fitness Article and below are some other results of over-training:

“insomnia and sleep disturbances
persistent fatigue and apathy
disrupted heart rate variability
stress, irritability and restlessness
lack of mental concentration
change in appetite
persistent muscle soreness
loss of body mass”

Um yikes!!

I typically workout 4-5 times a week. I do 1-2 tough workouts a week- either a faster/longer run or a HIIT workout where I go all out. The rest of the workouts are at a moderate pace- a shorter run, using lighter weights during a strength training sesh or a slower yoga flow. On my rest days, I may go on a slow walk with the dog or swim in the pool with the kids. I love my rest days as when I do go back to my workouts, my body feels anxious and ready for them!

 

Are you a long time fitness enthusiast or an instructor- how often do you workout?

Please share in the comments below!