Monthly Archives: November 2012

Staying Holiday Fit

The Holiday Season is upon us believe it or not! Christmas music is playing, trees are getting put up, and shopping madness has begun.

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This also means we are going to be tempted with Christmas cookies, Gingerbread Lattes, and Holiday Cocktails.  Sounds lovely right? Yes and No.

Follow my tips to make it through this Holiday Season staying in shape, healthy, and happy….

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Have a “Party Plan”: When attending a party, offer to bring a healthy plate of veggies low calorie snacks (hummus and carrots is my go-to) or eat before you arrive to a party.
Schedule Exercise: Workouts can be put on the back burner this time of year due to a busy schedule full of work, Christmas shopping, traveling  and of course holiday parties.  Put workout time on your calender, that way you will be more likely to follow through.  Can’t make it to the gym?  Try an at home-workout, designed by yours truly :), a video or bring a theraband in your luggage during travel.
Drink water:  People often mistake thirst for hunger, so next time you feel like eating, reach for water first.  Drinking water also helps you feel full.  Try sipping water before you sit down for a meal and throughout to add volume to your meal.
Build in Splurges: No reason to abstain from all holiday treats, enjoy some just not all.  Instead of eating 4 Christmas cookies at your office, take just 1.

 

 

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Hopefully these tips will make you feel like this come New Years!

What are your tips to stay fit this season?

Whats your favorite Holiday indulgence? 

~Marielle~

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It’s All About Perspective

Happy Happy Sunday! I’ve had a busy and relaxing weekend.  My parents were in town visiting from Seattle, so we’ve been pretty busy showing them around.

Friday I had to work until 4, so we just grabbed dinner close to our house.  Saturday I got in a 40 minute morning run, then we went to Manhattan Beach for lunch and to watch football.  And of course, took a walk out on the pier.  I swear this beach view never gets old.

Saturday night we had dinner in Santa Monica and had the most amazing appetizer! Bacon-Wrapped Dates with goat cheese and almonds. OMG. They were seriously amazing.  I’m going to try to re-create these at home too…..we’ll see how they turn out. 🙂 Obsessed.

This morning we got up early and headed to the Griffith Observatory.  My hubby and I haven’t been here yet, so I was really excited to see it.  It is a great spot that has a view of the entire city (hollywood, century city, downtown LA).  It was a little foggy, but we’re still glad we went.

I finally got to see the Hollywood sign! We have  lived here since March and haven’t made it to see the Hollywood sign yet, so now I’m happy! 🙂

We got back from lunch and I convinced the whole family to walk/run around a track in our neighborhood.  We all ate A LOT this weekend, so we everyone agreed they felt better after getting some exercise in.  Now we are back home and plan on grilling steaks and watching a movie.  Perfect end to the weekend.

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Random tangent. (Just to warn you all, lol).

I was thinking the other day that when my parents come in town, they are going to think our 68 degrees weather is hot.  Because to them, (especially this time of the year), it is.  But for us living in Southern California, it’s not, and we’ll definitely see people wearing boots and scarves, because to them it’s cold.

It all comes back to perspective.

Such a simple thing, but makes a big difference in our moods, goals, and general outlook on life.  It got me thinking how I go through my daily routine.

*If I assume that everyone in LA isn’t friendly, then I’m probably going to have a hard time meeting friendly people. 

*If I assume someone is going to be rude, then whatever they do I’ll take it as them being rude.

*If I assume that I’m going to have a stressful day at work, then stressful situations will find me.

I’m starting my New Years Resolution early this year and am going to try to change my perspective  everyday to a positive one.  This also ties into being happy and appreciating all the blessings and things I already do have.

When I run into a difficult situation,  my perspective will make a big difference in how I respond to it.  Just like the title in my blog, we live in a pretty world and we all need to start looking at it that way.

I think having this blog will help keep me on track, so that I can report back to you all on how I’m doing with this.

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Thanks for listening, I know this post is a little all over the place, but that’s how my brain can be sometimes!

What did you do this past weekend?

Do you have any easy time keeping a positive perspective each day? 

Later Party People.

~Marielle

Powered By Bits

I hope everyone has had a great long weekend so far!  Thanksgiving day was pretty perfect- worked out, ate A LOT of food, watched football, and fell asleep at 10pm, ha!  We have plenty of leftovers for the next few days, which sometimes I love more than the actual meal. 🙂 Oh, and we still have a whole un-eaten pumpkin pie…..yum….I see some more burpees in my future 🙂

I didn’t do any Black Friday shopping because I actually had to work! Boo.  Luckily, it was only until 4pm, instead of 6pm.  It wasn’t too bad once I was there, but was hard to focus knowing my hubby was at home watching football on the couch.  All the patients that came in were super chill and relaxed, which made it fun. (as fun as it can be 🙂 ).

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I’m very excited to share my first product review today!

It’s also even more exciting because I adore the product. I present to you: ENERGY BITS!

I heard about “Energy Bits” through Twitter and read some good reiews about them from other bloggers.  At first, I was turned off because I’m starting to get sick of the whole “energy craze”- 5 hour energies, rockstars, bleh.  I assumed it was the same as all these other products out right now.  I’m not a fan of most energy drinks or chews because they usually just taste gross or like sugar.   I read that these little bits were actually algae and that grabbed my attention.

They are 100% organically grown, pure, and contain no sugar, caffeine, and additives. Score! They are  pure spirulina algae that has 64% of protein, which is amazing.  Spirulina actually has the highest concentration of protien in the world! (3x as much as steak) They are also not a supplement  but actually food- 1 calorie per bit.  They claim to naturally boost your energy without the “sugar crash.” Hmm, okay still listening…..

There are 4 types of bits depending on what effect you are going for: Recovery Bits, Energy Bits, Vitatilty Bits, and Skinny Bits.  The energy bits are right up my alley as they focus on boosting mental and physical energy, as well as endurance.  I tried them before a run this morning and was pleasently surprised at how great I felt….my 30 minute run turned into a 40 minute run.  It’s been a couple hours after I took them and I’m still feeling pretty good.  I typically reword myself with a starbucks drink after my weekend runs, but I really don’t feel like I need that extra caffiene boost.  (I’ll report back next week how I feel the rest of the day)

My only gripe is that you are suggested to swallow 30 bits per serving.  I’m a weenie when it comes to swallowing pills, so that’s just me complaining.  But they are actually very tiny and easy to swallow.  I’ll get used to it…… 🙂 It’s suggested to either swallow or chew the bits.  I would suggest to swallow them, if you are adventurous go chewing them, but that’s not me.

 

Please read their website for more information and links to research.

(*I was not compensated to write this review and all opinions are my own)

I’m curious to hear if you have tried these energy bits and what you all think about them- please share!  Off to watch some college football with the hubby (I think I say this every saturday, lol).

Have you been powered by bits?

What do you turn to for a boost of energy?

Fit For Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Blogger Friends!!

I hope everyone has a great day spending time with your loved ones relaxing and enjoying some good food! 🙂   Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday- I love eating (ha), watching football, and just hanging out with family.  Ahhh it sounds so nice.

I am a big advocate for indulging and enjoying life, so I’m definitely going to enjoy all the awesome  Thanksgiving food that is out there (stuffing is my personal favorite).  At the same time though, I still want to do something good for my body.  So, I wanted to share an at home workout that is only 15 minutes!  No excuse to skip a workout before or on the big Turkey Day!

Perform each exercise for 1 minute and repeat circuits 2-3x. Take a 30 second break in between each circuit. For the last exercise: jumping jacks- perform for 2 minutes.

Crazy me: I signed up for my Bar Method class Thanksgiving morning.  Yikes. I’m actually still sore from class on Tuesday night, so we’ll see how it goes.  I’m definitely earning my turkey this year! 🙂

Gobble Gobble!

Are you getting any workouts in before or on Thanksgiving day?

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food?

Weekend Away

Hi all! I haven’t been around much this week and that’s because we were visiting my sister and her family in Arizona! The work week was super busy trying to get in workouts and packing…. But we made it and it was a super relaxing long weekend.  We got in on Thursday and didn’t do much besides sleep in, watch movies,  and lay around catching up. Pretty perfect to me!

We watched one of my favorite movies….Finding Nemo! So cute. 🙂

Oh, and I did manage to go on a run Friday morning and was starting to daydream, until I tripped and found myself face first on the sidewalk. Awesome. Thankfully no one was around to see my gracefulness and I was just fine, scratched my iphone case a little bit but no biggie.  Quickly moving on……..

I made the hubby pose as we were getting onto the airplane. Ha 🙂

We also went to a WSU football game, and like expected the game was not good…..we even left early to watch some other games at a local sports bar.  Poor hubby is such a die-hard Cougs fan, but well it hasn’t been the best year…..

Afternoon beers. Yummy.  I tried their Pumpkin Stout and it was pretty awesome I must say.

 

I think we have the cutest nephews in the world too.  I think you’d agree, right?!

 

 

My snack for the plane! Usually I’d stock up on more stuff….but Phoenix to LA is only 1 hour, so this held me over!

 

 

Channing Tatum. Yum. 😉

 

I love having some time to get away from the daily routine and just chill out.  Especially before the crazy Holiday season arrives.  At the same time I’m happy to be back and able to eat a little better and get back to my normal workout routine.  I went on a run immediately when we got home and now I’m headed to the grocery store….excited to have a healthy meal tonight at home to make up for the weekend of indulgence 🙂

Stay Tuned for my Thanksgiving Fit Workout this week!

Later!

Finding Balance + Greatist

I went to a 90 minute yoga class this morning and it felt AMAZING.  I have been slacking on incorporating yoga into my routine (I haven’t been to a class in about a year, eeek).  I decided to go after walking around Lululemon with a girlfriend last week, and we saw their calendar of free community classes.  Just another reason that Lulu is oh so awesome.

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They held the community class at YogaWorks, which is just a few doors down from the lululemon store.  I was actually thankful for this, so I wasn’t tempted to buy anything in the store.

I usually do my longer runs on Saturdays, so I thought Sunday would be a perfect day to go.  I left class thinking “why in the heck I don’t go more regularly?”  It’s such a nice balance to running, boot camp, and barre classes.  I was even sweating during some crazy poses!  I really loved that at the end of class, we sit in silence for at least 3 minutes thinking about what we are thankful for and our intentions for the day.  Most of us live our lives going a mile a minute, so it’s nice to have a little “time-out” once in awhile.

I haven’t always been a pro-yoga person.  I grew up playing soccer, so I am used to intense fast-paced “I feel like I’m going to fall over” workouts.  The old me used to think that going to yoga was a waste of time.  As I’ve gotten older (and a little wiser I hope) I have learned that your body can’t go 100% all the time.  There are days that your body needs a lighter workout, more stretching, or a day off.  For me, running is number 1.  But at the same time, I want to be able to enjoy running in 30 years from now.  Incorporating a variety of exercise is a wonderful way to balance your body.

I challenge you all to try something new or different to balance your body.  If you always go to yoga or pilates classes- try a boot camp.  If you always go to spin class- try a barre class.  Whatever it is, try something new.  There are so many options out there now that I know everyone can find something they enjoy.  And please share me what you try and how it goes….. 🙂

This is random, but I have to share this pic of my friends little dog, MoMo (short for Moet, lol).  She hasn’t been super friendly around me since I’ve met her, but last night she finally sat close enough for me to pet her AND take her picture.  I guess she is finally realizing I’m okay to be friends with. Ha.

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I had a really good week last week, as I found out I was a Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador on Monday, then on Tuesday I received another email saying I was chosen as a Greatist Ambassador. Ahh!

I discovered the Greatist website a few months ago actually through Twitter.  It is a great resource for fitness, health, and just being happy.  I have  already spent hours browsing the site for recipes, life inspiration, how to sleep better, and fitness tips of course! 🙂

“The Greatist Team has a simple mission: to inspire and inform the world to make at least one healthier decision per week.”

I was super excited when I saw them post on Twitter that they were accepting ambassador applications, I went home that night , wrote up my application, and sent it in.  And I’m pretty happy with outcome!  So what is a Greatist Ambassador you ask?  Per their website:

Greatist Ambassador. super noun. [gray-tist- am-bass-a-door]
a person who makes healthier choices and inspires others to do the same”

Sounds like me! 🙂 Woo hoo! So excited and honored to be included!

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Please share with me if you practice yoga? How often do you go?

Also, how do you find balance in your workouts?

Alright later kids, getting ready to enjoy my favorite shows- Homeland and Dexter tonight! Woop!

Got Triceps?

Happy Happy Saturday everyone  I hope you guys have had a great day so far!  I slept for 11 hours last night (lol), so I’m feeling great today.  I convinced the hubby to go on a run with me and we ended up going for about 5 1/2 miles.  We ran along “The Strand” (a long running path along the coast connecting all the beach towns) from Manhattan Beach to Redondo Beach and back.

I have been slacking on races lately, but this run motivated me to find another half to do soon.  The last one I did was Thanksgiving weekend last year, so I’m due.  I’m realizing how much easier it was to sign up for races in Seattle b/c I had so many running friends!  Since I’m still pretty new to LA, I haven’t found anyone just yet that’ll train with me.  😦

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Onto the Triceps.  The past past couple of years, this is a muscle group I have really been focusing on changing.  For vanity reasons, I think it just looks so good to have some triceps definition.  It makes your arm look slender and strong.  Mine aren’t exactly where I want them yet, but they’re getting there. 🙂 Try all of these exercises for 1 minute at a time and repeat the circuit twice.  For the weighted exercises, start with light weights: 3-5#’s.

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Fun Fact: The triceps also make up approximately 2/3 of the muscle mass in the arm.  This is even more reason to incorporate them into your workouts!

(I was going to take the pictures outside, but it is SO windy and cold that I wussed out and decided to do them in our tiny living room. ~Sorry for the mess~)

Triceps Dips

Keep your arms touching your sides and elbows bending straight back, otherwise you are going to incorporate your chest & shoulders as well as other muscles to do the work.  Try full range and also little pulses to really feel that muscle burn.

Triceps Push-Ups

It’s just like a normal p-up but this time (just like in the dips) your elbows are going to graze your sides at your ribs and point straight back as you lower your torso down.  These can be done on your knees or toes! Try at least 1 on your toes!

Triceps Kickback

This exercise can be performed one arm at a time or for a greater challenge try both at the same time. Remember to hinge at your elbow and press your arm straight back.

Triceps Get-Ups

This is a tough one, I can only do this  from my knees.  Begin with elbows and forearms on the ground, in one motion press your body up to your hands. For you toughies out there, perform this one from your toes. To modify, you can also perform this one arm at a time (like army crawlers)

Skull Crushers

Lie on your back, on a bench, or on a stability ball. Begin with arms straight up at chest height, palms facing each other and bend arms, keeping elbows in (getting the theme here?)

What are your favorite triceps exercises?? 

What is one muscle group you are working on to improve?

Off to BBQ with some friends and watch some Football.  Until next time!

~Marielle~