Monthly Archives: September 2014

3 Goals For Fall

Ahhhhh, my favorite time of year….pumpkin lattes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, boots, and scarves. Here’s to hoping I can wear these soon, considering it is still 75-80 degrees here in LA.

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I was inspired by the Tone it Up Frisky Fall Challenge to set some goals for myself this season. Fall is a perfect time to reset and focus on healthy habits before the craziness of the holiday season.

Practice Yoga1x/Week

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Over the weekend a girlfriend and I went to a lululemon free community yoga class. It felt great to say the least. I could tell I was a little out of practice, but it’s seriously amazing how relaxed my mind and body feel afterwards. I talk about how great Yoga is constantly, yet I’ve been slacking on taking that time to myself lately. Luckily, I still have my online membership to My Yoga Works, so I have no excuse. And I figure if I tell the blog world, then I have to do it! 🙂

Live in the Moment

I am the WORST at this. I blame part of it as being a woman, as we are all innate planners but sometimes I wish my brain would just turn down a notch.  At times I worry too much about things I have no control over and that can take away from really enjoying the moment. My hubby is really good at this, and I’m trying to let that part of his personality rub off on me.  Hopefully yoga can help out with this as well.

Read More Books

This is likely going to go out the door once the holidays hit. Books have always been a great escape from reality and are a much better use of time than watching tv or playing on social media. I’d love to find a book club to join, as that will keep me on track. We’ll see!

I’ve heard a lot about this book recently and saw it at Target the other day and bought it, so I hope I like it! 🙂

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Do you have any goals for the fall season? Please share!

The Body Image Movement

As a Sweat Pink Ambassador, I have the opportunity to attend health/fitness events from time to time. Last week I was invited to hear Taryn Brumfitt speak about the Body Image Movement.  Here’s a quick summary of what this movement is all about, per her website.

“Body Image Movement’s job is to harness and facilitate positive body image activism by encouraging women to be more accepting of who they are, to use positive language regarding their bodies and others, and to prioritize health before beauty. Our goal is to reach as many women as possible around the world and speak to them about how we can learn to fully embrace and love our bodies.”

The event was held at a Lorna Jane store in Malibu. (doesn’t get much better than that). I don’t make the trek up to Malibu often, so it was fun to check out a new area and the drive along the coastline is beautiful. (no pics because I was driving!!) 😉

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Tarynn was born to be a public speaker-she’s energetic, honest and entertaining. If you ever get the chance to listen to her speak, do it!  She spoke about how her body image has changed throughout her life and how the body movement was started.

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The biggest take away from her seminar was to focus on how you feel vs. how you look. Something so simple is often overlooked. Hearing her speak, made me want to do more to appreciate myself and more to encourage other women to praise themselves and each other.

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I can honestly say I have an overall positive outlook on my body. I’ve worked hard over the years to exercise regularly and take care of myself. With that said, I let myself indulge on pizza, ice cream or cheeseburgers once in awhile. I love food, and would be such a grump if I didn’t treat myself from time to time. I never weigh myself and know how much I weigh when I go to the doctor. I’ll know I need a change if my pants aren’t fitting, but I don’t think it’s healthy to be chasing a number on the scale.

Of course there are days where I think “I wish my arms were more toned or I wish my legs looked like Carrie Underwood’s (don’t we all). But, I try to consistently remind myself of what my body has accomplished and to be proud of that.

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And healthy doesn’t always mean being a size 2. I’ve played soccer with girls that are very thin and super strong and girls that are a little bigger than “the average” but in shape and very strong. Everyone’s body is different and that’s okay- that’s what makes us unique and special. I know that I will never been model thin and skinny jeans aren’t a good look for me. But in the grand scheme of things, who cares? The media is notorious at exposing the ideal look and body type.

After the event, I shopped around Lorna Jane and found these cute little running shorts. I’m obsessed with pink and these were the last ones in my size, meant to be! Sorry for the pic quality, I think it’s time for an Iphone update! 😉

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Have you heard of the Body Image Movement and what do you think about it? Please share in the comments below! 

 

Fabulously Fit For Fall Workout

Happy Friday Friends!

I know its been awhile since I’ve shared an at home workout…well you are all in luck today! Here is my latest at-home-make-you-sweat-workout! (fist pump!) Fall WorkoutPerform each exercise for 1 minute and rest for 30 seconds-1 minute in between each circuit.

Perform each circuit 2-3x through.

Enjoy and go get sweating!

~M

A Lazy Weekend

I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Mine was not very eventful, and that is exactly what I wanted 😉 Hubby was out of town on a “man trip” so it was just me and Paisley all weekend!

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We went on a lot of walks to the beach (spoiled, I know) took some naps together and I was able to do some things around the house.

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 Can’t get over these California sunsets.

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I did go to a new barre studio this weekend, Bar Method in Hermosa Beach!

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And got myself a Starbucks treat afterwards. 🙂

I bought a Living Social deal at 50$ for 1 month unlimited. The classes prices can definitley add up on a regular basis, so this is an awesome deal.

I took class Saturday and on Monday. I’ve taken bar method classes in the past, but lately have been just focusing on pop physique and pure barre. Classes are similar but they all have a different flare. I’m always looking for a little variation in my workouts, so I’m happy I’ll be able to attend this studio for a month.

It’s funny, I’ve been taking barre classes for about 3-4 years now, but anytime I go to a new place…I get those “newbie jitters.” I want to make sure I’m early, that I put my stuff in the right spot, and that I’m able to keep up with the class.

Never taken a barre class, but interested? Check out this post I did in the past including tips for beginners.

Hope everyone has a great 4-day week!

~Marielle