Stop Feeling Guilty

Raise your hand if you have ever felt guilty about doing something nice for yourself. I think it is safe to say that we have all been there, done that.  Knock it off and change-up your behavior. Like, right now. Here's why you should stop feeling guilty and start being healthy. Subscribe to my channel for more good stuff, more information and if you have questions just hit me up in the comments. This isn't groundbreaking stuff or new to anyone.  We all know we need to take care of ourselves, but somehow we get these mixed messages from the outside world that tell us that to be a good person, mother, wife, friend, co-worker we need to be giving to others all the time.  If not, then we are selfish. That's a bunch of bullshit right there.   If you feel guilty trying to eat … [Read more...]

Move It Monday

Mondays are all about getting moving. Jump start your week and think of Monday as 'Move It Monday'. I mix up my workouts a lot. From Barre3 to HIIT, running and finding new ways to get fit from Beachbody OnDemand I am always on the move and trying to hit my goals. When I'm short on time I do something like this to kick off my day and I do it before anyone else gets up. Source: TrimmedandToned.com Then I make a green smoothie, protein shake, or veggie egg scramble and add a supplement or two. Check out my Maven board for more ideas. Enjoy 30% OFF BPI Sports products now with STRONGER17 promo code.     *Disclosure: TMC was compensated for this post. Affiliate links are used.  Opinions are 100% my own. … [Read more...]

Work Out to Work Better

Ask yourself this question. Do you do it to stay fit or just fit into your pants?  Are you maintaining or achieving? Do you do it to perform better or just like the challenge of taking a new class or getting to the next level? Think about what you just read.  There's a correlation between how you work out and how you work and perform at your job.  If you are just biding time, getting in your 30 minutes in on the treadmill, so that you can say you 'hit the gym' then you might be doing the very same thing at the office or on the job. You clocked your hours, have a few power days, but overall you are coasting along. Did you ever consider how if you push yourself harder at the gym you might approach your work differently? Maybe you'll decide to make a leap to something new or start a gig … [Read more...]

Create Different

New Year. New Ideas. That's what is all about, right?  Now, I don't make resolutions but sometimes I create goals.  This year I'm feeling different.  I need to be different and create differently.  SO! Here's what I'm going to do.  Just watch... Subscribe to my channel, learn with me and let's create something different here in this space. *What I didn't mention in this video is that I'm also writing a book. Time suck? Yes! Worth it?  I think so. … [Read more...]

But First, Gangster Rap & Some Activewear

But first, gangster rap.  Yup, that's me. When I'm feeling down. Gangster rap. When I'm feeling angry and like the world is full of injustice. Gangster rap. When I'm having a kick ass day and full of hustle?  Gangster rap, please. To be truthful, I'm just a hip hop fan all around.  Throw in some disco and funk and that's pretty much what makes my little musical world go round. So when I saw this shirt on Facebook I knew it had to be mine.  H gave it to me for Christmas and while I know I'll wear it under a blazer or hanging around the house or WHEREVER because I LOVE IT, it also makes a great activewear piece.  And really?  What's better to workout to?  Pop music? Not for this girl. I picked up these 3/4 leggings at Shopbop in December. I was feeling the red color hard.  They … [Read more...]

Why You Should Work Out When You Travel

Holiday travel.  Spring Break. Summer Vacation. Weekend Getaways.  All times that you should remember to continue to work out when you travel. It's so easy to just say that when you travel for work you don't have time to work out.  OK, sometimes that is the case.  It's even easier to blow off your fitness while on vacation. I mean, you are there for R&R, not burpees, right?  Except this. Here's why along with a few tips on what to pack and how I stay fit when I travel. While you can't see it, I'm wearing a black cowlneck sweatshirt, my black converse kicks and some killer Kyodan army green leggings I found at TJ Maxx for a total deal.  Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! An InLinkz Link-up Linking up with Mix It Mondays /The Pleated Poppy/Style Elixir/Style … [Read more...]

Simple Self-Care for the Holidays

Is there any time of year more stressful than right now? We both love and hate the holidays, am I right? I discovered Simple Self-Care recently and have fallen in love and calmed down. Created by my long-time friend Gretchen, a yoga instructor, and all around zen individual she whips up these all natural lip balms, roller ball scents and sprays that are to die for and really do make up Simple Self-Care. My girls went nuts over the Lip Love lip balms. In flavors like lime, lemon, grapefruit and peppermint; we all had a lip balm to love.  They go on clear, smooth and last a long time.  Made with ingredients like coconut oil, beeswax, apricot kernel oil and other natural components they don't dry out your lips.  Other scents are also available. They make great stocking stuffers … [Read more...]

Ways To Ensure Your Skin Shines Throughout The Harsh Winter

We worry about protecting our skin in summer because it can be damaged by the sun. It's colder during winter, but it can have a negative impact on your skin too. Guest poster Mila has ways to let your skin shine throughout the harsh winter. Even though skin will be hidden under more layers of clothes, there is no doubt that you'll want to keep it looking beautiful. Consider nourishing daily routine for your skin to give it the treatment it deserves. Jump In A Warm Sauna We'll start with this one because it's going to be very cold outside, so you'll love nothing more than jumping into a hot sauna. Not only are they relaxing enough to banish the winter blues, but they're also very good for your skin. The reason they're so effective is because they help flush your body of … [Read more...]

Home Chef- It’s What’s For Dinner

Source: HomeChef.com They say "abs are made in the kitchen." That is no lie.  What you eat plays an equally important role in your health and fitness goals.  Now, you know I'm all about being healthy as well as living in moderation. Personally, I find extremes UN-healthy. When Home Chef approached me last month to try out their service I about fell over with excitement.  Pre-planned meals delivered to my door twice a week? Sign me up, please! I plan our meals for each week on the weekends and then order our food accordingly.  I buy my groceries online through Harris Teeter and pick them up at the store to save time and money. No impulse purchases are committed this way. Each meal is balanced and healthy but damn, sometimes I am fresh out of ideas or just bored with our usual entrees or … [Read more...]

Fast Fitness in Ten Moves

Fast fitness has to be one of my favorite things. I'm the kind of person who likes efficiency and quickness. It's probably why I order my groceries online and pick them up later that day versus actually shopping in the store. When it comes to working out I like fast fitness too.  It's no wonder I like HIIT workouts so much. And quick runs, and Barre3 and I could go on and on. When it comes to traveling, generally being short on time or just wanting a fast way to workout so I can get on with my day, I turn to these ten moves. I keep a stack of cards just like this PIN-WORTHY image printed out and in my dresser.  I rotate through the workouts on the days when I have to get moving and out the door at warp speed.  Trust me, I'm a nicer person if I've burned off some of my intensity in the … [Read more...]