Archive for July, 2013

July 31, 2013

3 DAY WHOLE FOOD DETOX

Time to hit the grocery store or farmer market

Time to hit the grocery store or farmer market

Ok, so I post that I am doing a 3 day cleanse and everybody emails me, text me, or gives their 2 cents on social media. When I said the word “cleanse” everybody went into a frenzy! LOL! Thank you  caring, I do appreciate the love, but am not going on a strict crazy cleanse or a fad diet. I am simply trying to detox inflammation from my body form cheat meals, bad daily vices (like coffee), and other things.

I make a living at a healthy lifestyle. That is what I do day in and day out. But even as a fitness professional we do have our weaknesses and enjoy the occasional treat or two. Normally I live the 80% clean eating and 20% enjoy life’s pleasure like wine or chocolate. If I have a big event or photo shoot come up, I really put in 100% and eliminate everything. Usually before a photo shoot, I eat clean, workout, get massages, and use products that help aid in eliminate inflammation so I can look my best.

So here is my 3 day whole food cleanse with my products and supplements that I use. You can alter it to fit your lifestyle/needs.

Here are a few of the rules when doing a detox or a cleanse:

1. No caffeine in any form

2. No nuts, soy, dairy, whey, meat, breads (even gluten-free bread is out)

3. Go to 100% organic as possible if you can

4. No alcohol

5. And of course no processed foods of any kind

*First I want to state that I try to go 100% organic for all 3 days. I want to get rid of the toxins so I will eat fruit and veggies that are 100 organic and cleanse them well with veggie wash.

Upon rising: 2-3 glasses of water with a squeeze of lemon and a dash of cayenne pepper and 1 tablespoon of 100% organic maple syrup (optional) OR 2-3 glasses of water with a squeeze of lemon, a tablespoon apple cider vinegar, with 100% organic maple syrup (optional). You want to make sure you hydrate your body as soon as you get up. You body is dehydrated from the 7-8 hours of sleep. You can make your own concoction or buy it. I usually make my own but ran across this at Whole Foods.

Master Cleanse premade in a bottle

Master Cleanse premade in a bottle

 

Here is the 3 day menu. I do this same format 3 days in a row.

Meal 1: Berry Cherry Smoothie

2 cups fresh berries

1 handful of spinach

1 cup of frozen cherries (helps with inflammation)

1 banana

1 scoop of protein power (I use Sun Warrior Vanilla Warrior blend)

1 1/2 cups water (I use Essentia water)

Blend all ingredients well and drink immediately

 

Meal 2: Some more fruit and healthy fats

1 apple

1 small avocado or 1/2 large avocado

 

Meal 3: 1 large salad

I put a ton of different veggies in it with 3/4  cup of beans and I use 2 tablespoon olive oil with the juice of 1lemon for dressing

 

Meal 4: 2-3 cups of fresh veggies with 1/4 cup of hummus or a white bean dip

 

Meal 5: A large green juice. I usually do my skinny greens and I take spirulina pills for protein

 

I drink tons of water in between the meals to help flush toxins and inflammation out of my system.

 

Exercise: Since I will be eating lighter. I will do more hot yoga, Zumba, and Cardio Barre type classes. I want to sweat to help get rid of toxins.

 

Massage: I also throw in a massage on the 3rd day.

 

Then another thing I like to do the night before my shoot is do an at-home body wrap. The Ultimate Body Applicator is great way to do that last minute tightening wherever you apply it (arms, legs, abs, chin, ect…). I applied it on my abs. You can get them here if interested. www.sixpackwraps.com

Wrapping the night before the shoot

Wrapping the night before the shoot

 

Anyways, that is it. Simple. Enjoy!

Marzia

July 31, 2013

Kid-Friendly Workouts and other Parenting Advice from the “Non-Parent”

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The past few weeks, I’ve been lovingly overwhelmed by little people around me, and it made me keenly aware of how important it is to fit your daily exercise around your already hurried life. Oh and guess what, there’s not much time to prepare a nutritious snack between the initial “I’m so hungry…” wail and the self-destructive breakdown that ensues shortly after. (Drop the juicer, Lacey… it’s not happening…)

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I feel it’s important to multitask your wellness efforts, mostly because, well… who has time to do it any other way? With some minor planning ahead, you can stay on track and be Captain Wonderful for those around you. Also, be flexible! One day, last week, I had a six-mile run planned; however, with a last-minute little niece in the neighborhood, I sacrificed the six-miler for “superstar jumps” with my niece, followed by “down and ups” which wound up leaving my abs sore the next morning. (I wonder if she was sore?) And wouldn’t you know it, kids still love the “airplane” move—and it’s still a great glutes/leg workout!

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A little Insanity can also serve as prep for nap time.

I hope you enjoy these homemade workouts that made the week fit and super fun for me. And the nourishment… well, not only did we eat well, but we nourished our soul as well. I can’t wait for all of them to visit again. Enjoy!

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First off—Hydration!

Cut up some mango, strawberries, lemon, cucumber, and lime

Have the little ones drop their favorite choices into jars or big travel mugs. Mix up the combinations for different flavors. Set in the refrigerator.

Superstar workout

Warm up: Crazy dance (basically move and shake any way your body leads for one minute)

Squeeze down and pop jump out into an X (do sets of 10—have the child work on her number counting)

With hands lifted above your head at all times, sit down and lay back; pull back up and stand (count to 25)

Rabbit Jumps (For one minute. All. Around. The. House.) So much fun.

Remember

High five one another and repeat the series again! (And once more if you’re in a silly/crazy mode.)

 

Superstar Snack

Fresh berries in coconut yogurt (or Greek yogurt)

Sprinkle Cinnamon/Ginger mix on top

(Remember to click your spoons together and say, ‘Cheers!’ before you dig in!)

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Pup Sprints and Claps

(If you don’t have pets, you can use stuffed animals or another family member instead.)

Set markers outside (or inside) far enough away to get a good distance in. The goal is to get to that spot as fast as possible either: running, skipping, high-kneeing, or bunny hopping—you choose!)

Each time to get across to the other side, high five your pet, stuffed animal, or family member/friend.

Don’t forget to stretch: Our favorite is still to sit feet to feet, grab hands, and pull back and forth.

Caution: laughing will occur, but it’s ok—laughing is a good ab workout. 

 

Cheer Snack

Every good cheerleader keeps almonds in her bag/purse at all times, and it’s funny how that habit spills over into my life now as a spokesperson and coach. I always have almonds close by—in my purse, car, stuffed behind a couch (I’m kidding on the last one…)

For a quick, on-the-go snack, mix your favorite healthy nuts and dried fruit into a trail mix. There’s so much to choose from and a little of these two ingredients goes a LONG way—don’t over-consume.

The cool thing about this snack is that once you gather up your healthy ingredients, you can put them in a baggie and walk down to your favorite scenic area and chat life while you snack, stretch, and celebrate the time together. Chat princesses, princes, and the latest Dora adventure. 

Oh and don’t forget to grab your containers of flavored water and chug-a-lug!

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My little ones think that ‘healthy is being able to keep up…’ Can you keep up with the energy surrounding you?

Whether you consider my not-normal parent status legit or not, isn’t important here. Nobody can argue that there’s a need for more nurturing in today’s world. Be kind to yourself first, so you can share kindness with and nurture those around you. I’ll always be grateful for the time I have with the little ones in my life. None of them are day-in, day-out, day-after-day for me, but thankfully, my family makes decisions to allow for this quality time to happen frequently.

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I already miss my little pull-up beast. 

In health… Aunt Lacey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 29, 2013

The right fit for you

There are so many workout clothes out there…its a colorful sea of sports bras and running tights. But beyond the bright colors and fancy designs, do you know how to dress for your body type so that you not only move functionally, but feel beautiful and sexy? That is important you know…the better you feel in your workout attire the more likely you are to have a successful workout. Truly…think about it…would you workout more effectively in an old tattered t-shirt that was wrinkled, or in a slim fitting racer back tank top and tights that not only draw you in , but make your lines look sleek and strong! 

So when choosing workout apparel, what should you consider?

1. Black is always the most flattering color for pants. Not only is it slimming but you will not see sweat lines. 

2. Don’t wear padded sports bra…it looks awkward. 

3. Racer back tanks make your back look stronger than a traditional tank. 

4. Do the underwear test…bend over in the mirror and make sure the lycra doesn’t stretch so thin that when you are in downward dog we can see your undies. 

Ultimately, wear what you can move easy in and you feel strong and beautiful in! Image

July 29, 2013

The Joy of Exercise

I choose joy

Happy Monday! It’s Brooke here. Have you ever thought about exercise as a joy? What about when you were a kid, before physical activity became Something You Had to Do? Do you remember how carefree you felt running around with the wind in your hair and the grass beneath your toes, even if your knees were skinned? Gosh, I miss that feeling!

The Good Old Days

When I was little and time stretched beyond infinity, I rejoiced in playing in the yard, swimming, and biking around my neighborhood at every opportunity. For a few preteen years, I also played soccer, mainly because I loved being with my friends on the team. But as a shy, once-timid girl, the thought of meeting a ball coming at me full throttle and me battling with another person for possession was mortifying for me. I can hear my dad (our coach)’s voice yelling “Hustle, Brooke, hustle!” to no avail. The other fly in the ointment was my being made to run a lot in the blazing Texas sun, so I’m pretty much done with running, thanks.

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For many years, I had no perception of how important physical activity was, outside of the requisite school-mandated P.E. classes. Fortunately for those around me, I was sprung from these classes before people could truly appreciate how uncoordinated I was. In 6th grade, we were required to choose our path going forward for the next year—band, choir, or athletics. The totality of our future experience would spin out in different ways according to what we chose. Even friendships would flourish or diminish by the simple fact of sharing (or not sharing) the same physical space with a population of kids every day for the next 6 years. So, for that span of time, my exercise was no more strenuous than trying to dance/twirl or march/stand at attention as a majorette in the marching band.

Time to Play

When I arrived at college, I had to choose (again) mandatory P.E. classes. So, I decided to take all the “sports” I’d always wanted to try. I blissfully took several semesters of ballet, feeling like a graceful swan and a thrilled little girl at the same time. I even signed up for fencing—very challenging. Apparently, coordination is important there as well. But I liked the metal bra cups that the girls had to wear inside their uniform (instant curves!). Then I found archery. . .  True love!

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This makes my heart skip a beat . . . look at all those 10’s!

Archery was the start of everything wonderful for me at school. I found my adored friend, Suzy, in this class. And I stumbled upon my joy when Suzy and I joined the archery team. This group became my family at A&M—that tends to happen when you see each other day in and day out for hours. Not only is archery a beautiful sport of precision and focus, but the gear is really neat too! I’ll share more shooting adventures in a future post, but my point here is that I found something that made me happy. And you should too!

Exercise is joyful when you find an activity that feels like play instead of dread. You don’t have to do 100 sit-ups or lock yourself in a gym to exercise. It’s a big world out there! If you feel confined in your life or so stressed out that you can’t breathe, go run until you forget all that stuff. Feel the need to punch something? There’s always kickboxing, karate, or MMA. Have you always wanted to try burlesque dance? Then go for it! Think of an activity involving some bodily movement that would make you feel carefree and energized. No judging, no recitals (please!), and it’s totally ok if you mess up. Just find your joy!

XO, Brooke

Joy in action!

Joy in action!

July 24, 2013

Be Raw, Y’all!

ImageOk, so I confess that I am not a full-time raw foodie; however, I dabble in the lifestyle every so often. Raw foods are some of the most nutrient dense choices and beneficial nourishment  options available. Some would say that raw foods are what we were intended to eat… others, however, prefer to cook what they eat. Whatever your preference, I challenge you to try some of these raw recipes and experience the benefits—if only temporarily—of raw foods. Why would you do that? 

ImageA raw foods diet is made up of fresh, whole, unrefined, living, plant-based foods: fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, and seeds, which are consumed in their natural state, without cooking or steaming. Contrary to popular belief, a person consuming a raw food diet draws enough daily calories from fruits, which are high in calories, along with liberal amounts of vegetables for their high mineral content, and small amounts of nuts and seeds.

ImagePeople who adopt this diet are often referred to as “raw fooders” or “raw vegans” (or in my case, when I am practicing this style of nourishment, “weird.”) Hey, you’re not really living unless you’re called “weird” or “odd” once in your life, right? Other benefits of taking this nutritional road less traveled (especially in America, where more than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese and where 23.9 million children ages 2 to 19 are overweight or obese) include cleansing your internal organs.

How’s your liver these days? Have you checked in with your colon? If you’re experiencing any gastrointestinal issues, skin imperfections, exhaustion, or unexplained moodiness, your internal systems may be gasping and working overtime, trying to wash themselves of toxic gunk left over from the standard American diet. (Abbreviated to the S.A.D. diet by some) By consuming more raw foods, you basically eliminate any constipation or other “plumbing issues” you might be experiencing. You also reduce toxic build up because everything you consume now takes under 24 hours or less, to travel through your body and deliver nourishment appropriately.

Scared to take the raw plunge because you’re an athlete and you need your energy? You might like to know that athletes can perform successfully at an elite level by following a raw food diet. James Southwood, international kickboxing champion, Brendan Brazier, Canadian professional triathlete and Kenneth G. Williams, third at the Natural Mr. Olympia are all raw food practitioners. Likewise, Suzanna Strachan admittedly leads a vegan lifestyle of 75-90% raw and has demonstrated extreme athleticism in Ms. Fitness competitions and ex-model Carol Alt convinced her Russian hockey star husband Alexei Yashin to go raw. Apparently adding more raw foods to his diet increased his athletic performance!

Surely, you’re intrigued to give it a try. Think about it this way:

  1. You save time by not cooking
  2. You experience an inexpensive detoxification process
  3. You can make it a spiritual experience with prayer and fasting (consuming fruits and vegetables only)

In closing, here is a favorite Raw recipe to try—especially for you pizza-lovers. (Compliments of www.youngandraw.com)

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 Garden Veggie Crust

2 Local Red Bell Pepper

1 Small Sweet Yellow Onion

2 small Yellow Squash

4 Garden Carrots

2  Cups Sunflower Seeds

1 tsp. Paprika

1/2 tsp. Coriander

1/2 tsp. Cumin

1/2 tsp. Himalayan Salt

Instructions: Process all of your ingredients in a food processor until you can form small sized patties. Place on your dehydrator sheets and form whatever shape you like, patties, bread etc. Let them dehydrate for 5-8 hours depending on how moist or crisp you’d like them to be. I recommend more crisp for a pizza recipe.

Sun-dried Tomato Basil Pizza Sauce:

Half cup sundried tomatoes

2 small chipotle peppers *optional

2 small vine ripened tomatoes

1/4 tsp. himalayan salt

2 cloves of garlic

1/2 cup fresh basil

Instructions: Process or blend until the mixture is smooth and warm.

Pine Nut Parmesan

1/4 Cup Pine Nuts

1/4 tsp. Nutritional Yeast

1 Garlic Clove

Pinch of Himalayan Salt

Few dashes of onion powder

Instructions: Put ingredients into the food processor or blender and pulse/blend until you have a finely ground parmesan.

Not all recipes are this in-depth either… These days I am running to long days of filming or training, and nothing gives me a better combination of energy and vibrance (due to the sustainable ratio of protein, carbs, and fat) like an organic fruit and veggie nut smoothie or a crisp and satisfying spinach salad with quinoa and cranberries. YUM!

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In health and complete weirdness, Lacey Pruett

July 22, 2013

Psychology of a Hot Mess, Part 1

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Yep, that’s me alright. At least the “mess” part. Oh, the frustration my loved ones and innocent bystanders must deal with when I’m left to my own devices. If you happen upon me while I’m on the move (which is most of the time), I appear to be in control and with purpose. But let me linger for a while, and my true colors come trickling out. I’m a very free spirit who is organizationally challenged.

butterfly free spirit

This dysfunction extends from my time management skills to the clutter that surrounds me. If I try to impose a schedule or list on myself, an even deeper part of me rails wildly against it. I hate structure, but apparently I need it. Sometimes I manage to march to the beat of other people’s drums. Most of the time, however, my best intentions are left trailing behind me as I rush to the next thing, late and flustered again. And the sad part is that no matter how bright things seem to be, my guilt and self-recrimination are ever-present and heavy.

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Friends, that’s no way to live! Surely I’m not the only one who struggles with the mysteries and frustrations of time, clutter, and accomplishing goals. So, I’m doing things a little differently these days, and perhaps some of my discoveries will help you too!

A New Perception of Time

I recently found a great blog that stopped me in my tracks. The post described people as being either monochronic or polychronic in the way they perceive and manage time. A monochrone is someone who sees time as linear and absolute, is usually very punctual, is more task-oriented than relationship-oriented, and often focuses on only one thing at a time. Monochrones are the splendid folks you see actually getting things done (in an orderly fashion) who are banging their head against the wall as they wait for the polychrone to finish something . . . anything!

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Is this you?

Then there’s the polychrone, someone for whom time is not linear but cyclical and fluid. These people tend to work on many things at once, are easily distracted, and are often late. On the flip side, polychrones are fabulous at handling change, switching gears, and cultivating strong relationships. Time means very different things to these two individuals, and as you can imagine, they often make each other crazy. If you are a polychrone trying to navigate in our monochronic world, there’s hope! Here are a few tips I can’t wait to try out:

1. Stop Thing #1 before beginning Thing #2: This seems like common sense, doesn’t it? But what blew my mind here was that the tardiness of polychronic people is not an inability to begin or arrive at Thing #2 but instead a difficulty with stopping Thing #1. (Stop and ponder that for a second.) While monochrones are adept at finishing a task or ending a social interaction in a timely manner, polychrones find endings uncomfortable and difficult. I always thought I was imagining this, but nope, it’s a real sensation.

SOLUTION: Rehearse your exit plan before arriving anywhere—what you will say to others when it’s time to leave or what time you need to pack up to leave before you absolutely must be gone.

 

2. Plan your schedule backward from appointments: This suggestion is also a new one for me. Polychronic people tend to think of time idealistically instead of realistically, imagining the best-case scenario instead of all the possible pitfalls.

SOLUTION: So, if you have a lunch date at 11:30, figure out going backward how long it will take you to get to the restaurant—if there’s traffic or a wreck. Then, how long will it take you to gather your belongings to get in the car? What about a trip to the restroom to touch up your lipstick? See what I’m getting at? Just a new way of thinking.

 

3. Set audible alarms or reminders to transition to the next task: This suggestion is a good one, though not foolproof. I’ve heard recommendations to set multiple reminders leading up to the time you absolutely, positively must jet, but if you are anything like me, I have so many reminders on my calendar dinging at me that they sometimes melt into white noise.

SOLUTION: Prioritize those noisy alarms and abide by them religiously. Also, if you have a trusted monochrone friend who you are meeting, you might ask him or her to (kindly) text or call you if you are even 2 minutes past time. To avoid possible lateness, you might even ask her to text you when she’s on her way to meet you (a built-in reminder!).

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I’m feeling really excited about trying out these new ideas. I’m sure the people in my life are cautiously hopeful as well. And if you have any solutions that have helped you be an awesome time wizard, I’d love to hear them. In the meantime, good luck and I’ll be clearing out my home office—my husband is still stunned. 🙂 Catch you next week!

Brooke

July 20, 2013

PRIVATE JETS, DREAMS THAT COME TRUE, AND A REALITY SHOW

We could get used to this!

We could get used to this!

Did I get your attention from my blog title? I know, I had to pinch myself too. Things have been a crazy dream for the Healthy Housewives and I these days.

If you have been following us for awhile then I am sure you have witnessed all the HH changes that have been going on the past 2 years. It has been a rollercoaster ride for me for sure!!  Some of it has been a dream come true and some of it has been so hard it left me heart broken at times. I could write a book and you would never believe what REALLY happens behind the scenes. I seriously want to write a book, because I have some entertaining stories to share. So stay tuned for that one! It will be a juicey read. I don’t hold back.

But, if you have just joined our page, you will see that things appear to be rolling for us these days. But the truth is that I have had a long hard road for 2 years of blood, sweat, tears, lost friendships, and finances in this project. I eat, sleep, breathe, and dream the Healthy Housewives day and night, 24/7. I want the Healthy Housewives to be a place where women can come to for information on health, fitness, nutrition, beauty, family, pets, pregnancy, the latest products, and female issues. I wanted a group of different health and fitness professionals to help educate those who wanted to learn new things. I am NOT a woman of routine. I love trying new things and learning new information daily. The older I get, the more open minded I have become. There is no one size fits all nutrition program, there is no one size fits all workout program, and health information changes daily! We do the best that we can with the resources we have at that present moment. I am open to change and embrace it. I have always been open to new people, lifestyles, cultures, and ideas. But these days, I really embrace the unknown. It is very liberating.

Women empowering women

Women empowering women

People always ask me-How did you come up with this brand? Well, 2 years ago (May 2011), I had just watched “The Real Housewives of New York” rerun and Bethenny Frankel had her brand Skinnygirl on that show. I remember watching it saying “I want to do a reality show like this but with health and fitness professionals!” Housewives have been popular since I can remember-Desperate Housewives, Soap Operas, The Real Housewives, ect…and I don’t think they are going away anytime soon. I remember that day after watching the Real Housewives, I couldn’t wait to tell my workout partner. I drove to the gym excited to tell her about my dream. She was in. At first it started with 3 girls and then it went to 4 girls. As time went on the brand evolved and the main cast changed. It was a process with growing pains to get where we are now. I launched The Healthy Housewives 11/11/11.

Our original cast

Our original cast

From the get-go I wanted a reality show to share fast everyday health and fitness information. I had my mind made up that I was going to get us a reality show. And that is what I did! I have had to find the right girls who shared my vision, knock on doors, work sleepless nights, and believe this was all going to work out. From launching it from 11/11/11 to today has been one of the hardest dreams I have ever worked on in my life. I used to think competing was hard, I was proved wrong after this. I have had so many setbacks but I never stop believing even at my lowest. I picked myself up and keep believing. Here we are almost 2 years later in Hollywood meeting with production company after production company pitching my dream to bring it to life for TV.

Our production meeting with Fly on the Wall.

Our production meeting with Fly on the Wall.

You can say our meetings went really well! We can’t tell you anymore than that for right now. Stay tuned with us to see what happens next with your Fit Five!

From this picture ,can you guess why we are excited?

From this picture ,can you guess why we are excited?

Thank you for your support and feedback! We couldn’t do this without our HH family! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Marzia

The new cast for the Healthy Housewives!

The new cast for the Healthy Housewives!

July 18, 2013

It’s time to Organize and Simplify My Life!!

Happy Thursday Everyone! Wow! This month has been amazing! My little girl turned 6 and she had the most amazing themed birthday party. Mermaids and pirates in the pool! She was sooo incredibly happy, it made all the planning and running around in Dallas summer heat well worth all the work! From there I jetted (yes jetted!) off to LA with the Healthy Housewives for some amazing meetings in Hollywood! That trip required major packing and choosing all the right outfits! (okay maybe I overpacked a bit)! From LA back to Dallas to focus on getting my studio open! And there are so many details and many things you don’t even consider when opening a business – until you already needed them.

What I’m getting to is that while my life is the absolute best its ever been and just gets better day by day (because I say it aloud and work for it) and I’m so busy which is great for me too! My personal life organization and home organization have fallen miserably sadly out of control.

For example, most nights rather than cook dinner (because I didn’t plan, I end up picking up a (healthy) dinner (expensive – because it adds up daily).  I spend some play time with my daughter and before you know it, its bed time and I’m exhausted – half of the time I fall asleep with my clothes on with no proper ending of the day and no preparation for the following day.  I wake up in rush to get ready and my day has already started behind.

This morning, I woke, started with my rushing around and decided that’s it! Why I’m I always rushing, why can’t I anticipate and plan better? Well, I’m just not wired that way, I’m a creative type, more of a feeler than a thinker. Therefore, I’m always on the reactive! But that is not going to fly now, especially being a single mom business owner, with a very busy child, 3 dogs, a cat, a fish, a bird and oh ya a house.  Time to learn a new way before I sink any deeper! I will be the planner and in control of my time and daily personal routine!

I hope I haven’t bored you all, with my me, me blog but I know I’m not the only one out there feeling overwhelmed and angry with themselves for living this way! Its time to take control and it can be done!

My first step to getting on track! Google – “organization for my life” – after lots of silly tips and trying different search words – I came across http://andreadekker.com.  Self proclaimed “list maker and life simplifier”! Just what I needed! I will call her my Angel of Organization!

Her site has tons of useful information and make sense to me and the way I need to run a better organized life! She has free print outs for your planner with lists that actually keep you organized (not like the ones that come in your organizer – they never work for me) and you can even customize them again for free!

 

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(screen shot from Andrea’s website)

 

Here from Andrea’s website are her top two tips for getting organized. 

1. Plan Ahead

If you’ve been reading my blog for more than a day, you know that I’m a huge advocate for planning ahead — even more so now that I’m a mom.

Menu planning, top-5 to-do lists, cleaning, blogging, family vacations, holidays, etc. — they are all simpler when I plan ahead.

There are so many things we can NOT plan for or predict, so anything you can do in the present to make the future less stressful will ALWAYS help to simplify your life.

2. Do It Now

A.K.A. don’t procrastinate!

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Simple right! Well I know I wont be there overnight but I’m giving myself one week to be fully tuning into an organized, well planned personal routine! Wish me luck!!! And I wish you luck too! Kathy

July 17, 2013

Therapeutic Bodywork and Detoxification

Dry Saunas, Low-Level Laser Therapy, Stretching, Massage, Foot Soaks, Hydrotherapy, Detoxification, Herbal Cleanses… oh my!

 

EnerChi System

EnerChi System

I’d like to chat for a bit with anyone who has recently completed a fitness challenge or pushed themselves physically with any sport, activity, fitness class, or anyone who has been under extreme stress. Did I include everyone reading this? I’m here to discuss personal wellness outside of the gym—Therapeutic Bodywork and Detoxification Strategies to help you maintain a pain-free and fit lifestyle.

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Stefania Molinari-Lee, Therapeutic Massage Therapist

I’m lucky to live close to Stefania Molinari-Lee, a therapeutic massage therapist, who has helped me maintain aggressive strength endurance training the past six months. If you know me, you know I am a runner at heart, but that I recently implemented challenging “boot-camp” style workouts and strength endurance training into my physical fitness routine. I set out to change my physique, and in doing so, was reminded that my recovery time and needs changed too

The soreness and stiffness in my muscles had some to do with the aggressive training (uneven running surfaces) but also with my internal inflammation levels and stress levels. Through therapeutic bodywork, Stefania was able to re-align muscles and tendons, and relieve pressure points with built up strain.  If you’re thinking, “a massage sounds relaxing,” think again? Therapeutic bodywork isn’t the relaxing, nap-time you may be used to with your current massage therapy. You’re awake and fully-engaged with each muscle release.  Although some parts of therapy bring temporary uncomfortable pressure (depending on what’s happening in your body and to specific parts), it’s short-lived and provides a beneficial part of recovery.  Don’t fret, deep breathing gets you through everything.

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After a session, I feel like I grow two inches, and my body is ready to go again… this time operating on all cylinders and soreness/pain-free. Of course, with all of the toxic debris released during one bodywork session, you should chug-a-lug (with water) for the next 24 hours and refuel with alkaline foods.

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I’m getting better at making time for stretching, yoga, deep-breathing exercises, and detoxification foot soaks; however, now I will make time for periodic visits to Stefania for therapeutic massage therapy.

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There are many post-workout therapies to assist you with staying on you’re a-game. Aside from fueling with anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, alkaline foods, hydration, and adequate rest, consider checking out therapeutic massage therapy and foot detoxification soaks. Also, if it’s been a while since your last herbal detox, consider cleaning out your systems so you can recover effectively and continue performing your best!  –In health, Lacey

 

For more information about Therapeutic Bodywork, contact Stefania Molinari-Lee via Facebook, or check out http://pedersonchiropractic.com if you’re in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Separately, if you’re interested in other pain relief strategies, detoxification foot soaks or herbal cleansing solutions, contact me at info@laceypruett.com or via Facebook! We’ll find something that works best with your body and your goals.

 

July 16, 2013

Back in the day…

Meet 7th grade Danielle. Isn’t her hair awesome. I know you remember carrying around a small can of Rave hairspray in your backpack so you could respray your feather bangs and make sure they stayed high enough. And those eyebrows…wow…at least there were two. 

So, what is the point here. Well, you often hear of people wishing they could go back in time, or trying to relive their glory years, when for me, I feel like I am in the prime of my life RIGHT NOW! I would much rather move forward, then look back. 

I want you to live in the NOW! Learn from your mistakes and grow from them. What once was can never be again because life is constantly evolving and changing. I used to be a football player…well, okay , you aren’t any longer. Now you have to work out and watch what you eat. I just had a kid…no you didn’t, they are sixteen and driving and you can’t use that excuse anymore. 

Live for TODAY and TOMORROW because you can’t change YESTERDAY. You can look back on it, smile, and reminisce, but you can never relive it! Image