Archive for August, 2013

August 31, 2013

GETTING BORED OF YOUR REGULAR WORKOUT ROUTINE?

Changing things up with TRX

Changing things up with TRX

We have all been there before. So excited for a new workout routine or a new fitness instructor that motivates us, before you know it you are bored and there is no more inspiration or motivation to get us excited anymore. Now it is a chore. We are bored. We have check out and give a half-ass job. Trust me, as a fitness professional, I have been there and done that in my journey of fitness.

When I first started out in fitness world, I was doing step class and running for a few years. Then I moved to circuit training and bootcamps for another few years, and my longest commitment to fitness was  bodybuilding. I did that for about 6 years. It got to the point where if I had to section off another body part and go through the heavy lifting exercises, I was going to throw the weight across the weight room. I was mentally checked out. It did not nurture my fitness soul anymore. I had to find another way to workout that got me excited like a kid a Christmas, and that is what I did. I discovered TRX and Barre classes.

If you have been following me awhile on my social media, you have noticed I have changed my workout routines and the way I train. My new challenges are TRX and Barre classes. Now let me say this, back in my bodybuilding days I would have turned my head at both of these and not given it a second chance. Now, I am addicted and crave to learn everything possible about these 2 types of training techniques. I fell in the love with both of these today that I am getting certified in both TRX and Barre. My goal is to be a TRX Master trainer and a certified Barre instructor. As of today, I have 4 TRX certifications and 2 more on the books and have my VBarre certification at the end of September.

After the past 8 months of changing my workout routine, I noticed my body has changed. I am a lot leaner. My core strength and little muscle groups are a lot stronger. My overall physique has changed more into a leaner dancer body. I have to say that I really do love my new physique look. When I first started TRX, I could barley do a plank in the TRX suspension system for a minute but I could do a 500 lbs. leg press 5 sets and 5 reps. What is wrong with that? I could lift heavy from all my body building/powerlifting but I couldn’t suspend my own body weight using my core? I was isolating my muscles and was strong with all my large muscle groups, but not strong with my own body weight and my little muscle groups. I knew I have to change my workouts. It challenged me to be better at it. Here is am 8 months later, leaner and stronger than I have ever been before.

The point of my blog is that if you are not motivated my what you are doing now, change it! it doesn’t have to be TRX or Barre (even though I encourage you to try them! :-D). Pick something new and challenging that will excite you! Variety is the spice of life!

Marzia

August 29, 2013

Meal Planning 101

Meal Planning 101

With school back in swing and me working full time, meal planning is the only way to provide a healthy home cooked meal for my daughter and dad, plus save time and money.  I try to plan and to cook 3 or 4 meals at home and grocery shop just once a week.

Kathy

1. Grocery List/Meal Plan.

  • Look at your calendar for the upcoming week.  Note how many dinners you will need to make, and anything else you need to shop for (breakfast, school lunches, snacks, get togethers, etc.)
  • Decided what (2 or 3) proteins you want to use and plan your meals accordingly.
  • Pick proteins that can be cooked once and used twice, for example lettuce wrapped tacos and squash spaghetti – use the same protein source.
  • Check your refrigerator, pantry and freezer and note what needs to be used.
  • Review your grocery store sale ad in advance. Can be a good savings especially at Whole Foods.
  • Keep your menus simple during the week.
  • Use a form grocery list already completed with your kitchen staples.
  • Add items as soon as you run out.

2. Shop Smartly.

  • Don’t forget your grocery list and coupons.
  • Shop on a day that works best for your schedule. Weekdays at 5 are usually not it!
  • Review the sale ad in advance.  Again.
  • Don’t overdo the fresh produce and end up throwing valuable money and fruits and veggies out.   Always keep your freezer stocked with frozen organic vegetables for quick side dishes or ad-ins.

3. Eat healthy!

  • Plan meals and snacks using healthy basics.
  • Limit processed or prepared foods.
  • Serve at least one serving of vegetables and/or fruit with each meal.
  • Always keep your kitchen well-stocked with organic and healthy basics.
  • Limit use of microwave – most items can be warmed just as quickly on the stove (enamel cast iron pot) or (cooking sheet) in oven.

4. Save time.

  • Use leftovers for lunches or as part of another meal.
  • Pre-wash your fruits and veggies, store in bowls in fridge (rather than drawers) for quick healthy snacks.
  • Use time-saving appliances: slow cooker, rice cooker, toaster oven.
  • Rotisserie chickens are great too and can be used a multitude of ways.
  • Salad bars can be a big time saver for chopped fresh produce.
  • Grocery delivery.

Other Resources:

Here are a couple of websites that will do the meal planning for your for a monthly or yearly fee which is really not bad.

The Nourished Kitchen

The focus here is on whole, unrefined foods prepared according to traditional methods that optimize nutrient density.  Cherish your body, nourish your kitchen.

http://nourishedkitchen.com/about-the-nourished-kitchen/

E-Meals

Emeals can be customized for Paleo, vegetarian and organic and then further planned by your grocery store.

https://www.emeals.com/account/signup.php

August 28, 2013

Healthy Traveling in a Zip (Lock)

As I travel around, eating healthfully and making good choices gets challenging at times. I have several travel buddies that make it easier. Check’em out:

1. Almonds: protein, good fats, convenient, no smell (for close quarters like airplanes). Also, you can add them to cups of oatmeal, yogurt, even an ice cream and/or frozen yogurt treat to offset the sugar a bit.

2. Freeze-dried Fruit: anti-oxidants, sweetness, vitamin C, adds flavor to oats, hot water/tea, mix with nuts for quick, pre-workout fuel

3. Chia Seed: Excellent for added crunchiness and fiber! It has no taste, so add to anything from chicken soup to eggs.

4. Oats/Steel Cut Oats: Great on-the-goal fuel. You can go to any restaurant vendor/coffee shop and ask for a cup of hot water. I haven’t been turned away yet. Put some of your cashews and dried cranberries inside for more vitamin punch.

5. Teavana Tea Bags: Soothing for the traveler’s soul. Calm anxiety or nervousness over potentially-delayed flights or long security lines with a cup of hot tea. Also, sip on a cup of tea to avoid excessive snacking on flights.

When traveling for more than three days at a time, I pack a baggy with the following: plastic spoon, fork, and knife; Stevia in the raw packets; Lavender essential oil (small tube); 100% lemon juice packets. Why?

I like to be prepared with my own utensils. Once, I settled into my seat with my freshly-made cup of steel cut oats, with crushed cashews and a sprinkle of stevia only to find myself without a spoon, or any access to a spoon. I won’t do that twice. If you want something sweet, there are way too many temptations around airports, so why not sprinkle some Stevia or dried fruit in something that needs a little bit of sweetness? I love the smell of Lavender and a little dollop comes in handy after a full day of traveling, or several hours in an airport. A few deep breaths, and I’m a new person. A drop goes a long way, which is why only packing a small tube is necessary. Finally, I’m confident that warm, lemon water will cure any digestive issue you encounter during travel.

A bonus beauty tip: I pack a separate baggie of emergency tools in my carryon with the following: blotting papers (let your personality shine; not your face–men and women!); three travel envelope-sized toothpaste for emergencies (chewing gum in public, especially within close quarters isn’t attractive); travel packets of sea salt (for food and lavender foot soaks in your hotel room). Sometimes I’ll pack anti-bacterial lotion (you can find these in travel sized envelopes too) as a refresher, if needed. Traveling dries your skin out!

Favorite Lunch/Dinner Tip:

Choose a restaurant that has spinach on the menu and order a large spinach (only) salad. Pull out your almonds, dried fruit, and chia seed and sprinkle each on your plate of spinach for a nourishing meal. If you choose to, order a chicken breast or fish filet to add into your salad, but go easy on the sauces.

If you ever see me in an airport or on your flight, you know what I’ll have with me! I’ll have extras to share too. Happy traveling! –Lacey

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August 26, 2013

The Fine Art of Getting Things Done

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Do you have trouble getting things done? I sure do! Some tasks I do just fine with, like scheduled appointments, work deadlines, and most daily minutiae. But that closet that needs to be cleaned out? Purging and reorganizing the files in my office? Cleaning out our dusty, spidery garage? Things that sound only slightly less fun than a root canal–those are the chores I put off. In fact, sometimes I put them off for so long that I become blind to their incessant, nagging existence (at least that’s what it seems like). But the psychological weight of clutter and Things To Do keeps my spirit weighed down and trapped, unable to truly enjoy the present because so much of my inner self is taken up with anxiety from these unfinished tasks.

So, when I find an opportunity to tackle these annoying stealers of joy, I usually have to get creative before I can get things done. Why I can’t just make a list and then power through it, I don’t know. I’m just wired differently. If you are list-challenged like me or if you want some new ideas on how to tackle the next big project, check out my favorite tricks:

1. What Hurts the Most? Relieve the Pressure

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When my to-do list is truly epic and things are so out of control that I become almost catatonic with it all, I stop and ask myself, What hurts the most? This is not physical pain I’m referring to, although if this type of pain is on the Crazy List, then of course it demands your attention. Out of the babble of chores, obligations, and distractions pulling at you, which pulls the hardest? Which must be done first out of them all? What is the most upsetting? Find THAT one, and ask yourself, What could I do about this task that would relieve the pressure? How could I breathe easier? What is one step I can take towards finishing this thing? Then do it immediately.

2. Change Your Scenery

This is one of my favorite ways to jumpstart creativity or just get some fresh air into a project that’s become stale. This trick is especially helpful if your task involves pondering, brainstorming, or other mental participation. You may not be able to get rid of your task, but you can try to put a different backdrop behind it. Years ago when I worked from home, I would often move to different locations around the house to help me slog through hundreds of pages that needed editing. When I couldn’t take it anymore, I would move outside or even to my favorite coffee shop, although this was always complicated by my need for a quiet stiller than the grave in order to work.

3. Bring a Little Magic

Mary Poppins was right!

Mary Poppins was right!

Do you remember this line from the Mary Poppins song: “A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down . . .”? This maxim is a wonderful addition to your mental-health arsenal. I rely heavily on it when I have boring household chores to tend to. I find something that would add some joy and brightness to the often mundane tasks of washing dishes, sorting laundry, or even cleaning out the bathroom cabinets. You can do almost anything if you bring a little magic to it. Make a ceremony of time with your loved ones, just because. Combine your bummer activity with your favorite place (e.g., do your weekly budget at Starbucks).

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My two secret weapons for coping with these dreary duties are 1) my favorite drink, usually involving caffeine, and 2) audio books. My favorite: Agatha Christie murder mysteries! Her books on tape (and CDs) have been my companions for many years, and I will cherish them forever. Even if your task is festive and fun (say, decorating for the holidays), adding some well-loved music and something to sip on makes everything cheerier.

4. Race the Clock

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When you find yourself in the midst of a chore and your motivation is grinding to a halt, race the clock! Kids love to race—against each other, against time, really anything. So can you. A little adrenaline goes a long way. Figure out a tight time limit, one that will put the squeeze on you. Then challenge yourself to finish XYZ before time’s up. It may sound childish, but hey, who cares? You’re the only one watching, and if it works, it works. Maybe you have a pile of laundry fresh from the dryer, and you are feeling lazy. If the TV is on, make a game of finishing your folding before the next commercial break. Whatever it is, find a slightly uncomfortable boundary of time to be done by, and GO!

These are just a few tricks that help me get through my to-do’s with minimal muss and fuss. Do you have some great ways you get your rear in gear? If so, I’d love to hear about them. Have a great (and perhaps productive) rest of the day!

Cheers, Brooke

August 23, 2013

Pineapple – Great Summer Treat!

Hey Everyone! So excited about my latest kitchen find! I absolutely love pineapple, its one of my all time favorite foods.  Its also a great source of vitamin c and manganese.

On to my find, having said I love pineapple, I equally hate cutting them and either end up with too much skin left on or wasting too much fruit.  Yesterday I ran into Sur la table to pick up some adorable BPA free condiment bottles for my daughter’s lunch.  I passed by the pineapple cutter/corer and decided for $14.95 to give it a try.  It works amazingly! It took me 2 minutes to have perfect rings of sliced pineapple! Definitely worth the money! http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-1083815/Pineapple-Corer-and-Slicer

Here are a couple of fresh pineapple recipes to  enjoy the last month of summer! Kathy

Pineapple Pops
Pour fresh pineapple with juice in blender. Blend on high. Pour mixture in molds. Freeze for 3 hours and serve.

Pineapple Crush
Mix 2 cups fresh pureed pineapple with 1 cup of juice or tea. Chill. Stir in 1 cup coconut milk and serve over crushed ice and mint sprigs.

Frozen Pineapple Pieces
Peel and cut pineapple into bite-size pieces. Put on a toothpick and freeze for a refreshingly cool real fruit ice block. For variation roll in toasted coconut before freezing.

August 21, 2013

Just the Juice, Please…

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I don’t understand why people say that juicing is expensive. My husband and I found ourselves in the market for another juicer after my overzealous, rushing tendency wrecked too much havoc on our old soldier juicer. There’s only so many times you can throw pieces in the sink and have them stay in tact. I know this isn’t a good quality and I am working on it. Not the point of this blog, however…

www.discountjuicers.com/compare.html

So here we are, researching what will become our new addition to the morning ritual of juicing. My husband wasn’t a fan at first. Well, let me back up… I wasn’t a fan at the very first. I thought juicing was wasteful, time-consuming, and unnecessary. Now, I consider juicing one of our best-kept beauty secrets with it’s ability to slow the aging process, hydrate our cells, reduce inflammation, and promote regular cleansing of your insides. Folks, this allows you to radiate on the outside! Forget the designer labels until you get this right–inside beautification equals outer room-stopper status.

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When I broke our juicer, I gasped immediately. How can we go on about our day? Our cells will be thirsty. My energy will be low. Mood swings? Weird food cravings? My husband grabbed my hand and talked me off my proverbial ledge by reminding me I can just eat the fruits and vegetables I had laid out on the counter. How primitive of him.

The truth is, juicing isn’t the only way to glean the cell rejuvenation that occurs when your body is nourished with quality, absorbable vitamins, minerals, and nutritional elements like FIBER (my favorite F word)! However, juicing can save you time, frustration, and money if done correctly.

Saves Time: You don’t have to brew coffee, run through the Starbuck’s line, or cut up your produce into bite-sized pieces. Because you’re getting a robust amount of vitamins, fuel, and hydration to start your day, ditch the separate breakfast item/meal preparation. Your body doesn’t need it! You can pour your juice is a glass and take it into the bathroom (beautification station) with you to get ready for your day. No need to sit at the table and eat.

Saves Frustration: No guessing what creamer to use, what protein/carb ration to prepare for your meal, and no need to worry about cravings you have upon awakening. You’re about to prepare and pour yourself a big glass of “all you need” with your juice, so chug-a-lug and praise Jesus for the great day ahead. As you sip, start your day with appreciation… for your health, your relationships, and your juicer.

Saves Money: Yes, a great juicer runs about $200-$500. We go middle-of-the-road with a $350 model, on sale. My husband was surprised by the expense at first, but when I strategically wrote out the per day cost of our juicer, and explained that for pennies a day, we can experience better health, he gave the green light (or just got tired of listening to me justify the cost.) Separately, we are a Costco family and purchase our produce in bulk. This helps several ways! I hate waste. I hate the word hate and don’t use it much… until I do. And I mean it. I hate waste, so it becomes a game of sorts to use up all the produce we purchase in bulk. I’ve even made muffins out of the pulp and rinds to salvage some of that. Also, a glass of juice is so packed with nutrients that you’re body is satisfied for a while–no need to fill in with snacks and additional caffeine to make it through your morning.

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We went with the Omega 8005 series, and as suspected… I love it! My husband and I have a standing date at the juicing station each morning. If he’s in a rush, I’ll take it to him or prepare a “roadie.”

When I hear folks say, “I don’t juice because it’s expensive,” I have to dig deeper. If you add up the daily caffeine source, or the afternoon pick-me-up (or that sugary treat you just “had to have,”) I’ll bet you can purchase a high-powered juicer in about 2.5 or three months. If you need to save up this way, there’s no shame in it. Invest in your health, and stop buying into excuses not to. Use the saving up time as a spiritual sacrifice or a detox of sorts. You’re detoxing from lesser nourishment to propel yourself into glam-dom. In the mean time, nourish the old-fashioned way by consuming green vegetables at every meal. (My favorite breakfast is an egg, spinach, salsa wrap.)

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, there are three different types of juicers out there: centrifugal, masticating, and twin gear. We went with a masticating one–slower speeds ensure reaping more nutrition (and juice) from the produce, including beneficial enzymes. Mmmm….

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NEW JUICER TIP: Use a 1:3 ratio (fruit to leafy greens) to curb the bitterness of Kale, Collard Greens, etc…

If you’re in the market for a new juicer or are nervous about taking the plunge, let me know–I’d love to help.

Happy juicing, beautiful! –Lacey

OH, and P.S….

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Just sayin’… 😉

August 20, 2013

Social Media and Kids…

I have what you call a “tween”. She is 12 years old going on 35. She is a good kid who does well in school, sings , and plays volleyball. For her 12th birthday I finally caved and bought her a cell phone…and what is funny, is that she truly was one of her last classmates to get one. I allowed her to have an Instagram account, which I felt out of all the social media outlets was the one that a 12 year old truly could have the most age appropriate phone with only because she hounded me for months to get on Twitter or Facebook, like her friends. I informed her that I did not agree with her friends or their parents for allowing a 12 year old to have a Twitter or a Facebook account, and no matter how mad at me she got, she would not get one of those social media accounts until her father and I felt it were appropriate. 

Her IG account is monitored and private and pretty harmless. Her little friends post photo challenges with each other and post pics of their favorite One Direction member. She doesn’t have any boy friends on her IG account either making it easy to monitor for inappropriate behavior. 

My daughter however says to me the other day, “I am bored with IG, can I have a Twitter account.” I firmly said no, and just like any good Tween, she incessantly asked me for the rest of the day if she could get one, hoping I would at some point cave. But see, even though I may seem like the cool mom due to the way I dress, I still have very strong traditional values in the sense of what is age appropriate for a kid to do or not do , and I am sorry there is no reason for my 12 year old to tell the world in 140 characters or less what she is doing all day long. As a social media junkie myself I know that Twitter is harder to manage and keep private and while I trust her, I just don’t feel its necessary at her age. For me, I am like, you will have social media to join for the rest of your life…be a kid now and wait. Similiar idea to kids who want to dye their hair, or rush into a relationship…be a kid now, there is time for all of that later. 

For you moms out there, I am curious if you agree with me, or if you are one of those mothers who has allowed their pre-teen child to have a Facebook or Twitter account even though the rules of usage state that you must be 13 years of age to join. What is your reasoning? Your logic? No judgment, just curious. Image

August 19, 2013

Afternoon Ritual

Fun and romance in Miami

Fun and romance in Miami

Recently, my True Love and I escaped on a week-long and desperately-needed vacation to beautiful Miami, Florida. Imagining Miami conjures up many things, namely the turquoise ocean, the deep influence of Central/South American, Cuban, and Caribbean cultures, old money, new glam, lush tropical vegetation, and waterfront skyscrapers  gleaming in the sun. But if you are like me who often grows weary of this modern life, I have just the place for you. John (my husband and aforementioned T.L.) and I discovered a magical place years ago when we first came to Miami, and we have been enchanted ever since.The Biltmore Hotel

The Biltmore Hotel

The Biltmore Hotel

As you make your way through the lush, sleepy Coral Gables neighborhood, imagine huge banyan trees arching over the roads and dripping with vines. Whatever you are expecting as you turn the corner and first glimpse the magnificent Biltmore Hotel, you will not be expecting this. Built in 1926, the Biltmore Hotel is a portal to a golden age long vanished. Over the years, the hotel has hosted socialites, presidents, foreign dignitaries, stars of the silver screen, and many more who’ve admired its Tuscan- and Moroccan-inspired architecture. The lobby is so lovely and vast that it evokes the hushed reverence of a cathedral, even amid the soft trills of the resident finches. This lobby is also the site of yet another delight—afternoon tea.

Afternoon tea at the Biltmore

Afternoon tea at the Biltmore

Another Age

Now, if you hang around me for any length of time, you will soon come to see I am an old soul who is deeply in love with the past. In fact, I’m 97% sure I was born in the wrong time and place. My heartbeat quickens for the 1910s-1940s, especially the 1920s. I can’t explain it—it just is.

Fun in the 1920s!

A little bit of the 1920s in modern-day Frisco

And as a raging Anglophile, I adore all things English—their culture, society, architecture, history, fascination with Princess Diana, cool and cloudy weather, and most belovedly, Dame Agatha Christie and her murder mysteries. As you can imagine, the well-loved ritual of English afternoon tea is the height of refinement and glee for me.

Afternoon Tea

During our stay at the Biltmore, we cherished our afternoon tea as a harp strummed nearby. Our treat was glorious, relaxing, and intimate—a wonderful respite from everyday life to enjoy time with each other. We loved it so much that we have now instituted tea time in our house! It is something we look forward to and hurry home for. On weekend afternoons, we gather our rarely used tea cups and dishes from our wedding china and set about our ritual. I love my Earl Grey and John loves Gunpowder green tea, and until recently, we had cobbled together store-bought scones and other treats to enjoy with our steaming cups. Last night, I actually made homemade scones!! I was thrilled at how well they turned out until I took them out of the oven and immediately dropped almost all of them on the floor. $#@*&!

Cream scones and strawberries--delightful!

Cream scones and strawberries–delightful!

Oh well, my floor was mostly clean, and the scones and fresh strawberries were out of this world. Then we popped in Downtown Abbey, settled in to our evening, and away we slipped into another era. Happiness!

May you find your special rituals that bring joy to your day. XO, Brooke

Afternoon tea at home

Afternoon tea at home

August 15, 2013

HEALTHY HOUSEWIVES EVENTS AND UPDATES

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“So what’s happening with the Healthy Housewives?” I get asked repeatedly everyday. Don’t worry, I am not irritated by this question, I embrace it. To answer your question “ALOT!”  🙂

I am very grateful that you keep up with us and our updates. We work hard to inform you with our health and fitness expertise. You can keep up with us on our blogs and social media. Between the five of us, we sure do have a lot going on between career, family, fitness, and a social life, we manage to cram it all in. That is what life is all about right? 🙂

Another question I get  a lot is “Where is the next event I can meet you?” We love when our HH fans come up to us at events, take pics, and enjoy some fun conversation. You guys motivated us. So if you want to know what our calendar looks like, this is what we have on the books so far…

Sunday, Aug 25th at 7 pm: VIVA GLAM Magazine Party at the W Hotel in Dallas (we will post deets soon, we just found out.) www.vivaglammagazine.com

Saturday, Sept 14th at 7:30 am-5 pm: SHAUNTERVENTION at the Frisco Embassy Suites. Shaun T is coming too town for a HUGE fitness event. The HH will be a sponsor for this event and would love to meet you! http://shauntfitness.com/

Healthy Housewives Ad Campaign Shoot: We will be shooting new ads for our brand soon and watch out because these will be bad ass!!!  Can’t wait for these ones!

Also, be sure to check out our individual FB pages for more updates, tips, and getting to know us!

Me: https://www.facebook.com/MarziaPrinceFitness

Kathy Hamilton: https://www.facebook.com/LiftPilatesExperience?fref=ts

Danielle Hinson: https://www.facebook.com/fitandfunkywithdanielle?fref=ts

Brooke Berryhill: https://www.facebook.com/brooke.fugitt?fref=ts

Lacey Pruett: https://www.facebook.com/LaceyFit

Thanks for your support and love!

Marzia

 

 

August 14, 2013

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes… Knees and Toes…

I’ll pause while everyone’s inner-80s child sings a few lines of this favored jingle. Back then; my goal was to sing the chorus as fast as possible while managing the coordinating hand movements. The first signs of my competitive spirit came out around that time too… I got good at performing this song and movement combo, and will challenge anyone who wants to try it out again.

This song came to mind, as I completed my studying and testing for my Holistic Coach Certification. Chapter after chapter, lecture and study after lecture and study, it finally clicked that wellness has so much more to do with how you feel/perform outside of the gym or what you prepare in the kitchen (or choose from the food stand at meal time.) Furthermore, it has a lot to do with energy and emotion levels and one of my favorite words: perspective.

Part of being well, is having your “head, shoulders, knees, and toes…” in alignment with what your physique and nutritional goals are. Studying about Chakras (nerve every body has them) was intriguing from the start, but I accepted it only as another perspective from holistic health professionals—nothing more. I didn’t realize how nurturing my energetic makeup would manifest into less anxiety, less fatigue, less pain, more energy, more strength, and a more joyful perspective.

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You have seven Chakras within you. They are the energy centers in our body that manage our overall energy flow. Blocked energy in one or all of our seven Chakras can often lead to illness, or pain, so I thought I’d discuss these briefly to build awareness and understanding.

1. Root Chakra – Represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded.

  • Location: Base of spine in tailbone area.
  • Emotional issues managed: Survival issues such as financial independence, money, and food.

2. Sacral Chakra – Our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences.

  • Location: Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel and 2 inches in.
  • Emotional issues managed: Sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, sexuality.

3. Solar Plexus Chakra – Our ability to be confident and in-control of our lives.

  • Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area.
  • Emotional issues managed: Self-worth, self-confidence, self-esteem.

4. Heart Chakra – Our ability to love.

  • Location: Center of chest just above heart.
  • Emotional issues managed: Love, joy, inner peace.

5. Throat Chakra – Our ability to communicate.

  • Location: Throat (duh…)
  • Emotional issues managed: Communication, self-expression of feelings, the truth.

6. Third Eye Chakra – Our ability to focus on and see the big picture.

  • Location: Forehead between the eyes. (Also called the Brow Chakra)
  • Emotional issues managed: Intuition, imagination, wisdom, ability to think and make decisions.

7. Crown Chakra – The highest Chakra represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually.

  • Location: The very top of the head.
  • Emotional issues managed: Inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality, pure bliss.

Now that you know what and where your Chakras are, what will you do next? You don’t have to do anything, as they’ll exist without your involvement at all; however, checking in with your energetic system from time to time can assist with your next health and wellness goal. You can nurture your body’s energetic sources with several wellness treatments: massage, ionic foot or hand soaks, chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, low-level laser therapy, Reiki work, and meditation are some of my favorites. Do you pray or wish for less pain, less fatigue, less sickness or more energy, more excitement, more endurance? Consider asking your doctor, holistic healthcare professional, or trainer about potential blocked energy in your body and ideal remedies for your situation and needs.

Feel free to reach out to me as well for referrals based on your specific goals or with questions. Until then, I’ll going to brush up on verse three of the song. I know there’s something after “eyes, and ears, and mouth, and nose,” but it’s been a while…

Have an energetic week, friends!   –Lacey

Oh, and just for fun… and because it’s pretty hot out there… check out these “cool” uses for peppermint oil. Treat yourself to a refreshing drop or two.

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