We believe that kicking ass is best done in pretty shoes. We’ve learned that real women sweat, and sweat hard. We know that assertiveness, strength, and ambition are the ultimate feminine qualities. We concede that sometimes it takes hours to get ready, but we’re also no strangers to just rolling out of bed and going. We’re convinced that we run faster in pink shoelaces. We believe in pushing ourselves, and we believe in giving ourselves a break, too. We’re all about the rush of endorphins and the thrill of the challenge. We’re all for looking great and feeling even better. We’re committed to finding our best fit, and making it stick. Sweat Pink with us.
I am so excited to announce that I'm now a Sweat Pink Ambassador! When I first read the mantra of Fit Approach and "Sweat Pink," I just KNEW it was something that I wanted to be a part of because it's very similar to the Lipgloss+Spandex motto of "run fast and look good."
Fit Approach is an awesome online community for fitness-minded gals to support and inform each other--no matter what your fitness level is. They share workouts, recipes, inspiration, stories, fitness challenges, product reviews and giveaways! They're also on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. Definitely check them out and let me know what you think. <3
So wayyyy back in April, I was invited to a BurnCycle class just for bloggers. What is Burncycle? It's an 45 minute long, intense total body workout on bikes. It's like spin class on steroids. Times a thousand.
So this Burncycle for bloggers event was the day before my 18 miles (5 + Capital City Half in Salem) and it didn't seem like a good idea to do a crazy spin class the day before my longest run, but I couldn't resist the opportunity to try something new!!! For free!!! With other bloggers!!! And there were going to be mimosas afterwards!!!
So when I showed up, I didn't know anyone. The gals working at BurnCycle were super friendly, and the interior of the studio was modern yet homey and inviting. But once you get into the main workout room, it gets crazy. The lights are kept low, the music is intense and loud, and there's an awesome energy and intensity. I'm awfully uncoordinated and can never seem to pedal to the beat, but fortunately the dark room hid my sad attempts at rhythm. The instructor was awesome, yelling encouragement at all of us and pushing us to work just a little harder. The workout was still awesome and intense, leaving you feeling spent but energized at the same time.
Michelle Pino offered to write a guest post for you, Lipgloss+Spandex readers! Since we're a third of the way through the year, it's a good time to check in on our goals and resolutions and make adjustments as needed so we can be healthier and happier.
A healthy and balanced life can be very simple to attain. All you need are a few guidelines; you can fill in the details with your own preferences. It's easy to start a program, but hard to make lifestyle changes stick over time, and the key to persisting with any healthy lifestyle is balance. Whether you want to eat more organic food, start exercising daily or just master a new hobby, an inspiration board can help you figure out those goals and fine tune what makes you tick so that you stay focused on getting your health together.
Dangers of Dieting
The world of diets can be confusing and misleading. Everyone is trying to sell a different scheme, all for the purpose of separating you from your hard-earned money. The worst thing about diets is that they can be unhealthy, especially because everyone’s body is different. The answer is to simply go back to the basics. Opt for healthy options that give your body more energy.
The human body was designed to move, so move it. This doesn't suggest that a person needs to run for 10 miles every day or lift weights for hours on end. Just get outside and do the things you like to do. Whether it’s gardening or biking, if it makes you happy: go for it! Take a walk in the park with a friend. Plant a garden in the backyard. Play some tennis a couple of times a week. Find an active hobby that you love to do and stick with it. Excessive exercise has not been shown to improve longevity; it only increases the odds of getting injured.
Friends and Family
Stress is one of the most contributory factors to aging and poor health. Assuming your family is a source of enjoyment and comfort, spend more time with them! Play games, take trips, and engage in any other activities that are enjoyable for everyone involved. Friends can be even better; after all, we didn't choose our parents, siblings, cousins, etc. Spend time with friends that really add happiness to your life.
Don't Ignore Your Mind
We've already covered friends, family, and hobbies, but consider doing something specific for your sense of well-being on a regular basis. This might be attending church on a regular basis. For others, it might be a yoga class or time spent in meditation. Don't ignore this aspect of a healthy and balanced life.
Having a healthy and balanced mind and body does not require an extreme diet or an extreme exercise program. Take care of the basics and fill in the details with your own preferences. You already know what foods are healthy. You already know what people and activities contribute to your sense of well-being. Take a few steps today and build on them.
An inspiration board that focuses on your goals can help keep you on track! Here's my example board, which highlights my goals of 1) enjoying exercise outdoors, 2) protecting myself from UV rays, 3) stretch, and 4) healthy eating.
The warm weather and plants in bloom has me inspired to start enjoy the outdoors. Green is everywhere this time of year, and it’s a great color to be inspired by. Personally, I am not trying to run a marathon; I just want to live a healthy balanced life. It is important to do what makes you feel good. So if walking and bike riding is your thing, go for it! Golf is a great example. I’ve been taking lessons at Kaluhyat a Syracuse golf course near my work, as a way to stay active outside. Doing the same old boring routine, is an easy way to lose motivation and “fall off the wagon”. Enjoy the outdoors and go for a walk. To me, there’s no better feeling than enjoying the outdoors and the reason for being the focus of my inspiration board.
Part of my own initiative to live a healthier lifestyle is to take better care of my body. As I get older I’m learning better ways to protect myself from harmful UV rays, unlike when I was younger and would sunbathe with baby oil. Yikes! Problem is, I love the sun: to compromise, I bought a pair of sunglasses that protects against UVA & UVB rays (similar to the one pictured from Style Bop) to help shield my eyes. Wearing sunglasses can help prevent sun damage to your eyes that could cause cataracts.
From my work experience, I’ve learned that anytime you’re increasing your physical activity, it’s important to stretch your muscles to lengthen and strengthen them. Simple yoga poses are simple stretches that can be done in the comfort of your own home. There are a lot of great resources on the internet for beginner yoga (www.DoYogaWithMe.com has great free yoga videos, searchable by yoga type, length of video, and difficulty! ~Marilyn).
The biggest change in creating a healthy balance is improving what we eat. Smoothies make for an easy on-the-go breakfast for those hectic mornings trying to get the family out the door. Smoothies are great because of their versatility: customize the ingredients you use to meet your taste buds or whatever supplies are in the refrigerator. It’s important to remember that your body needs nutritious foods as fuel for when you exercise.
Let your creativity flow! The visual boards can also assist in planning baby showers, birthday parties, and maybe even your next vacation. What would your Fitspiration board look like?
photo credit: Protein Smoothie| Fruit Skewers | Sunglasses| Golf Course | Beach Yoga
KLUTCHclub is definitely raising the bar for monthly subscription services. Every month, KLUTCHclub delivers a shoebox sized package crammed full of health-related products centered around a theme (for example: "Spring Clean Your Body [Defrost and Detox]" and "Healthy Summer Entertaining [Impress Your Guests as a Healthy Hostess]"), for just $16-18 per month. That's really reasonable. AND a preview of each month's box is available on the website, so you can take a look before you buy. And there's a product guide explaining what each product is, why they chose it, how to use it, and where to buy it.
I really love how straight-forward this is. I received a complimentary October "Surviving the Holidays" KLUTCHclub women's box and was REALLY happy with the range and quality of products I received.
Well ladies and gents. It's been about a month since my first marathon (and since my last post... oops!). What's happened since then?
How are you guys doing with working out over the summer?
The Bad : I'm 6 lbs up from the week before spring break, and 9 lbs from my goal weight. I've been eating junk food all week. Partly because i felt sorry for myself after my disastrous long run on Sunday. And it was generally a stressful week, which meant i do what i usually do when stressed--eat! I need to get back on track with eating healthy, since happy hour isn't helping my bank account either.
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The Okay : I talked to my friend who is a physical therapist and she said my post run knee pain is most likely due to an IT band problem, that I need a foam roller, and to roll it out for as long as possible every day (treat and prevent). I've been dreading buying a foam roller for a long time because I've heard how much it hurts and figured my Stick was good enough. But I decided to stop wallowing, and start foam rolling. I went to Fit Right NW and got a foam roller. I've been foam rolling at least once a day, sometimes twice. It hurts and sometimes I whimper pathetically.
My latest obsessions :
What are your obsessions of the week? The good/okay/bad?
So the No Cheat Challenge was originally supposed to be two weeks long, but after my friend called in a a second "food emergency" to our nutritionist, our nutritionist had us come in early, weight in, and then decide if we'd earned a cheat day.
Well, I'm down 1.2 lbs this week, and 4.2 since we started, although my body fat is about the same. (My nutritionist blames that on the inaccuracy of the body fat calculating instrument). So I decided I've earned it! I've been craving pizza like crazy so I had pizza. I ate half of a large pizza. I didn't know I could eat that much pizza. I will definitely have to go on a nice long run tomorrow.
What I've learned:
Well guys, I'm really late! But here's how I did with Week 7's resolutions:
Week 8 resolutions:
Hello! It is Molly and I am checking in on Presidents Day. I am very thankful that I have today off. In fact, I made it a long weekend and took Friday off as well.
Last time I was here I spoke of project RESTART: Breaking The Sedentary Cycle. I set some goals.
Healthy Food/Favorite Meals: I have been embracing things that I love when they are available. There has been some great fresh Dungeness Crab and King Crab in our grocery stores. When I am able to get things like this it make me feel like I am eating something special. I also have been enjoying some great blue berries that I got at Costco in my oatmeal.
Goals for this week
Hello! It is Molly and I am checking in to let everyone know how Breaking the Sedentary Cycle is going.
First I want to review last weeks goals:
It is amazing what you learn about yourself. Last week, I really struggled because I was leaving for work in the rain and coming home in the rain in the evening. The only way I am going to break this cycle is to try to get moving during the day. There was a time when I used to walk around the outer the warehouse at work. It helped with my concentration and made the day go by faster. I have a pair of tennis shoes that I keep at work so I never have any excuses.
Here is what I am going to shoot for this week:
Favorite Thing I ate: lean sirloin fajitas with onions and peppers
I would love to hear from anyone out there. Do you do anything at work to get your metabolism going at work? What is your favorite healthy thing to eat ?