Posts tagged ‘fitness’

January 7, 2014

Keepin’ It Cool in 2014

Keepin’ It Cool in 2014

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Who knew chilling out would be so tough some days?

The new year came and went, and not much changed, did it? If you’re like most people, you’re hopeful that, as the ball drops, so will your stress levels, pounds, and worries. After all, it’s a brand new year; a clean slate; or something I heard often this year, a new chapter and blank page in your life’s book.  Something I focus on with my clients is the concept of mini goals and small steps. I think you should dream big, aspire to great things, and expect excellence from yourself. However, I also feel that a lot of mini goals equal big accomplishments.

I also believe in daily positive affirmations. I have post-it notes on my bathroom mirror to remind me of fundamental truths, core values, and admirable character traits I want to emulate with my daily work. I can’t control what the day will bring, but I can control how I’ll react. I react to everything better when I nurture my holistic health—when my body, mind, and spirit are on their A-game.  When I feel negative emotions creep in, I have several go-to actions I take. I’ll share those in another blog. For this one, I want to share a snapshot of simple ways to keep your cool and get back on track when you have a physical, mental, or emotional set-back.

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Flavored Ice Cubes

When you’re moody, sad, hungry, irritated, stop what you’re doing immediately, pour a glass of iced water and drink. Did you know ice is an anti-inflammatory property? Our bodies get inflamed quickly during periods of trauma and stress. Plus, many times we allow ourselves to get dehydrated throughout the day. Both problems solved! Not a fan of plain water, create a collection of flavored ice cubes. Here are some of my favorites:

Berry Nice

Fill an ice cube tray halfway with pureed raspberries (or your favorite berry) and freeze. Top with water then freeze again. Top with almond milk and you have a perfect cube for your next cup of iced English tea.

When Life Gives You Lemons…

Fill your ice cube tray with lemonade mixed with thinly sliced basil leaves and freeze. Awesome in water and tea!

Spa Time

Juice cucumber and lime together and pour mix into your ice cube tray. Now you can escape for a bit by adding these to a glass of water.

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Grab a magazine, book, or ear buds and relax while you detox!

Soak Your Feet

When panic or negativity strikes, reset your body with an ionic foot soak. This procedure works to detox you at the cellular level, helping you cope with internal strain. Find an Ionic Cleansing Professional in your area or grab your own device here to use in the privacy of your own home. (Training is required and provided.)

Treat Yourself

A fan of juicing? Do you miss summertime? My answer to both is YES! When I am feeling crabby or blue, I reach into my freezer for a homemade popsicle. Depending on your taste preferences and needs, you can create a myriad of tasty possibilities to help you chill out for a moment and think a bit clearer. Fill popscicle molds with one of the three recipes for ice cubes above, or for a treat, here’s a good recipe:

Berry Cool

Puree your choice berry and fill the mold with half of the puree and half almond milk, then freeze to enjoy as desired (or needed.)

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Stay cool, friends! –Lacey

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January 3, 2014

A BIKINI SELFIE A DAY…

Me over Christmas holiday at the beach. (Taking selfie's in the bathroom of course!)

Me over Christmas holiday at the beach. (Taking selfie’s in the bathroom of course!)

Keeps your fitness progress on display. Yep. I said it. Taking regular daily selfie’s in a bikini can help you improve your fitness physique.

Selfie. I am sure you have heard by now that the Oxford Dictionary proclaimed it a real word this year. It originated in 2002 in an Australian chat room. Fast forward to 2013 and it is has mainstream by storm. Even my mother-in-law who is in her late sixties just text me and my husband her first selfie last night to us. Everyone young and old who can take a picture with their smart phone is jumping on board of “look at me!”

My mother-in-law text her first selfie to me last night!

My mother-in-law text her first selfie to me last night!

We all love to take a good selfie of what we are currently doing, but snapping pictures of your body in a bikini or a sports bra/shorts helps you access your fitness physique. There is nothing wrong with taking selfie’s to check your progress. When I put the hard work in my training and nutrition, guess what? I am showing off my hard work. Plain and simple. It’s not a brag. It is a look at my hard work and results. It’s a “I can’t believe I am 39 and I look like this selfie.” I run a health and fitness blog. I try to motivate others. So by posting a selfie in nearly nothing, it keeps me on my toes.

As a fitness professional, I seek out many ways to stay motivated too. By snapping selfie’s and posting for the world to see, it is one way that helps me stay focused. Even surfing the net for other people’s selfie keep me motivated too. Some people say it is too much and it is lame or self centered that we fitness people post workout and bikini selfie’s. Ok, for some people it is. I can look at their selfie and laugh my butt off. But, I am here to tell you that in my case, I am here to post selfie’s and you are my accountability partner. The social media world.

Me at the gym showing you my progress on Instagram.

Me at the gym showing you my progress on Instagram.

So, I encourage you as one way to stay accountable to your own health progress. Take selfie’s. Post them when you are comfortable with yourself. Post when you are proud. Post when you hit a milestone. There is nothing wrong with that. No judgment from the Healthy Housewives. I say that we have a Healthy Housewives selfie day. We should take a selfie and hashtag #HHselfie. Post how proud you are of your health accomplishments! We here at the Healthy Housewives community want to hear from you via social media! Tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!

There is nothing wrong with a healthy selfie!

Marzia

January 1, 2014

Happy Detox Day!

I’m kidding… Happy New Year! If you’re considering a detox diet this New Year’s Day, you’ve come to the right place. As a Healthy Housewives Team, we are your online source for all things healthy and fit. I won’t speak for the other girls, but I am a big supporter of periodic detoxification. The operative word there is PERIODIC. Like most other things, if you detox too often you risk not absorbing enough nutrients for your body to grow and thrive. That’s no way to live.

Detoxing for up to 30 days is not only healthy, but it’s becoming required to maintain optimal health in such a toxic society. I’m not talking just food either—your cell phone, pollution, stress, smoke, and yes, the chemicals in our food supply all lead to over-toxic bodies. As part of a detox, you’ve probably purchased your choice detox support product, a bunch of organic produce, and several jugs of water. Good for you! Here are some recipes that will fit into most detox plans, and won’t drive you bonkers with time in the kitchen. (Who has extra time to spend? Not me.)

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Serves 4

Salad:
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 scallions, finely chopped
2 cups mixed greens such as spinach and arugula

Dressing:
1/4 cup cashews
1/8 cup pine nuts
2 tsp miso paste
1/4 tsp agave nectar
1/2 cup water
3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp lemon zest
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

COOK quinoa according to package instructions.

While quinoa cooks, COMBINE all dressing ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Add water if dressing is too thick.

In a large serving bowl, COMBINE cooked quinoa, dried cranberries, scallions and mixed greens; gently toss with olive oil and garlic-infused vinegar. Serve chilled.

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Serves 2

1 large fennel bulb, slice stalks and bulbs into 1/2 inch pieces
2 cups fresh baby arugula
1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
1 large carrot, finely chopped
Juice from 1 organic lemon
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp lemon zest
4 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup cashews

FILL a large bowl with ice water.

BRING a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Add fennel and cook for 3 minutes. Drain fennel and immediately submerge into ice bath. Set aside for 3 minutes. Drain.

TRANSFER fennel to a large serving bowl; pat dry. Add avocado and carrot.

DRIZZLE salad with lemon juice, lemon zest, oil, basil, sea salt and pepper.  Gently toss to coat.

DIVIDE salad between 2 serving dishes. Top with ground chia seeds and cashews.  Serve at room temperature. Eat husband’s if he doesn’t finish it.

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Serves 2

2 large McIntosh apples, cored and diced
1 large orange, peeled and segmented
1 cup sugar snap peas, peeled
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp stevia powder (if desired)

PULSE apple, orange juice, peas, cilantro and stevia in a blender until liquefied.

POUR into serving glasses; serve chilled.

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My last grocery list:

veggies, avocado, salsa, eggs, fish, spices, coconut water, almonds, grass-fed beef, and wasabi peas (LOVE them.)

Success Tips: Choose veggies you’ll eat. Try out different spices to shake up flavor! Don’t let one set back kill your goal—get back on track asap. Warm lemon water or herbal tea is more satisfying than you think. Spend time alone to really feel what your body is feeling. Get and stay in tune with your body! Celebrate small wins with a new playlist, book, or a massage—not food.

SMILE! A game I play with myself is to ensure nobody knows when I am detoxing. I’m still as energetic, joyful, and productive as always. I’ll be leading a detox support group via Instagram @LectroFit and via email at: lectrofit@gmail.com if you’d like to join.

Stay glued to what the Healthy Housewives will be doing in 2014—you’re sure to be inspired, educated, motivated, and perhaps a bit entertained along whatever health journey you are on.  Happy detoxing!  –Lacey

December 26, 2013

MY WISH FOR YOU

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In thinking all of the topics and subjects I could write about. Health and wellness , holidays , tips and how to’s ?
I asked myself this question:

If I had just one chance to write about one thing , and it was my only opprtunity to have a voice and to help change lives, what would it be?

My Wish , For you

For you, I wish:
That you choose to be happy, decide to be healthy , to experience inspiration and be motivated. To find your purpose and live with passion. To determine your own destiny and keep your faith . To love and be loved .
But most of all I hope you decide to make a difference.

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I’m glad to see that “paying it forward ” is increasing in popularity . It’s becoming not just a trend but a lifestyle. However, I can’t help wishing for more .
More acts of kindness that are not just “random”. More Love,kindness and consideration in our thoughts,speech and actions .

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What If ?
What if you helped 10 people and they helped 10 people and they helped 10 more ? What if the ripple effect flows into the next generation ? Just imagine possibility . I just love possibility . Don’t you?

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If you are a parent concerned about giving your children a better place to Live. It starts with us .
And IF it just stops ? It won’t.. but If ?
YOU will have made a difference In someones life somewhere .
You dont have extra money ,But you have time to give ? You dont have time ,but have extra money ? Maybe you dont have either .I get that. But do you have a kind word ? a sentiment ? a smile ?

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You may say . I have my OWN problems ! Who is going to help me ? You have sadness,frustration and life challenges. I get that too.

I promise , if we focus on love, kindness and gratitude: Your heart wil be full . Recoveries will come swiftly and softly .
Just .. can’t …. find it in yourself ?
Surround yourself with people that you are inspired by . Take some time to attend charity events or community celebration. There is usually an abundance and overflow of giving and goodness in people . Soak in the greatness of others . Flood your social media sites with motivation and weed out negativity . Find mentors, coaches or enlist like-minded friends .

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Resolution season is right around the corner . If you make just one, let it be this:
May you go forth this year and years to follow ,
In love, peace ,happiness and hope
In joy,kindness and faith ,
In empathy and compassion.
And then pay it forward .
My wish , for you

Laurie Strough Smith

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Disclaimer: Images used are not my own.

Looking to get healthier this year ? http://www.smithsgetfit.com
Need daily Inspiration ? find me on Face book at Red Inspiring https://www.facebook.com/pages/RED-Inspiring/236185813076366
http://www.Redinspiring.com coming soon!!! wish

December 6, 2013

MEET OUR DECEMBER COVERGIRL FAN WINNER!!

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Last month we had a social media contest for our Healthy Housewives fans. We asked the fans to write in and tell us why we should choose them to be on our Healthy Housewives magazine cover. They had to have a high res image that we can use to be our cover. We had a ton of entries with women from all over the world that shared their stories and sent pictures, we were so overwhelmed on who to pick.

 

After a week of rereading and looking at which candidate would be the next cover girl, we decide on 2 women. Then we changed our entire 2014 year, to the year of fans. Without the fans, we wouldn’t be here. So, for 2014 we are picking 12 women to grace our cover. If you want to share your story and send in hi-res images that you would like to be featured as our cover, please email covergirl@healthyhousewives.com. We would love to hear from you!

 

Let me introduce our December covergirl Laurie Strough Smith. She is inspiring women out there with her positive attitude. She is over forty, fit, and raising five kids! Go Laurie!

 

Meet Laurie:

http://www.healthyhousewives.com/testimonial21.html

 

Her video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUdcdQTNMxg&feature=c4-overview&list=UUqDn2t3viH7Vn7uzB7jFl3A

 

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Marzia Prince

Creator of Healthy Housewives

November 27, 2013

Holistic Holiday Nourishment

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‘Tis the season to pick up an inspiring, captivating book about 100 successful, goal-oriented women who overcome hurtful, heartbreaking and, in my case, life-threatening obstacles to achieve their personal and professional goals. Aspiring toward a position of influence is the driving force behind most young ladies who compete in pageants. In chapter 45 of the new book, Real Talk, Real Women, I discuss the ups and downs of competition and how entering a stressful environment with a foundation of self-esteem and confidence is imperative. Without first defining who you are and what you stand for, competition can consume you like a hungry lion, without mercy.

ImageLearning how to properly nourish my body propelled me into a healthier level of, well… life, quicker than I could say, “super foods!” I’ve never looked back.  Now, although I’m still fine-tuning my internal domestic goddess status, I enjoy creating healthy alternatives to some recipes. With a little creativity, I think I’ve created a good mix of healthy and favorite holiday fare for my family. Here are two dishes I’ll be making this Thanksgiving, and I’d like to share them with you. Tweet me @LaceyWPruett and let me know how yours turn out. It’ll be like we’re celebrating Thanksgiving together, from a far.

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Roasted Cauliflower with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan 

Ingredients

            12 cups cauliflower florets (about 2 heads)

            1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

            1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

            2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

            2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon

            3 garlic cloves, minced

            1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

            2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

            1/2 teaspoon salt

            1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preparation

Preheat oven to 450°.

Place cauliflower in a large roasting pan or jelly-roll pan. Drizzle with oil; toss well to coat. Bake at 450° for 20 minutes or until tender and browned, stirring every 5 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley, thyme, tarragon, and garlic. Bake 5 minutes. Combine cauliflower mixture, cheese, and remaining ingredients in a large bowl; toss well to combine.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples

Ingredients

            1/2 cup diced apple

            8 ounces Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered

            2 tablespoons apple cider

            2 teaspoons olive oil

            1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme

            1/4 teaspoon salt

            1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 375°.

2. Combine apple and Brussels sprouts in an 11 x 7–inch baking dish. Add apple cider, olive oil, minced fresh thyme, salt, and freshly ground black pepper; toss well. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until sprouts are tender.

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On stage during swimsuit competition at the 2012 Mrs. United States Pageant in Las Vegas, NV.

It wasn’t until I ran for Mrs. Texas United States title that I felt I was a healthy pageant competitor. I guess it worked to, because I won the title on my first try, and went on to place 4th runner up at the Mrs. United States pageant. Learning to nourish my body, mind, and spirit is probably my greatest educational experience to date, as without it, I may not be alive. This was the motivation behind obtaining my certification as a holistic wellness coach. I want to continue helping other young women understand the importance of looking inward to achieve overall beauty and success. It was also my main motivation behind leaving my 12-year corporate career to pursue a full-time career as a spokesperson for health and wellness. Now, I joyfully remind people that: “Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels.” It’s not that food is the enemy, but in a world consumed by emotional eating and corrupt body image, it’s a kind reminder that no food item can fill an emotional void or need. Being mindful of this fact is one of the healthiest ways to celebrate the holiday season.

For more about my story and perspective on the healthy side of competition, check out the book at http://www.realtalkrealwomen.net/lacey-pruett/ and order your own copy this December on Amazon.com. Pre-sale opportunities and digital copies are available now at the link above.  Happy healthy holidays! Lacey

November 20, 2013

Holiday Travel Smarts

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My nieces and nephews are always a welcomed sight, and always keep me on my toes!

‘Tis the season to travel to loved ones. It’s also historically the season that leaves us prone to germs, fatigue, weight gain, and illness.

Do you know what nature’s antibiotic is? Oregano Oil!

The research is in: those who enjoy the Mediterranean diet live longer, healthier lives. A recent study found that the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of obesity, heart disease, hypertension, cancer…even Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Nature has a phenomenal way of producing natural food sources imperative to maintaining health and vitality.

And since I cannot pick up and move to Greece for close access to these beneficial mediterranean foods and lifestyle, I improvise and partner with quality companies who bring such healthy goodness to me. As part of the holistic lifestyle I maintain and in nutritional guidelines I follow, a product called ImmuneCleanse stays in my purse as a daily shield against unwelcome bacteria, fungus, yeast, parasites and viruses. (I know right, ew!) It helps alleviate pain, fight infection, and the regeneration of liver cells. I don’t leave home without it, and if you ever looked in my purse or clutch, you’d see the small bottle in there! Five drops of the potent combination of essential and beneficial oils is all you need.

Did you know that chronic inflammation is the major precursor to virtually all illnesses, including heart disease? By reducing the amount of swelling and pain associated with inflammation in your body, you nurture an environment of health, vitality, and wellness.

I discuss these and other powerful health warriors to support a life of wellness and vitality in a webinar coming soon to your computer. If you’re interested in learning more about orthomolecular nutrition and why I have partnered with LectroLife Technologies to nourish my cells and support my holistic lifestyle, message me at: lectrofit@gmail.com or through the Healthy Housewives website.

ImageIn the mean time, here are some of my favorite travel tips to help you stay well this holiday season. ‘Tis the season to be jolly friends and healthy people are the jolliest people.

1. Pack a snack bag: I enjoy convenient, nourishing bars for quick fuel, Spark drink packets, almonds, and a separate trail blend (pistachios, sunflower seeds, cranberries, almonds, and cashews.) Don’t fall prey to the carb-heavy, fat-laden options most available in airports and during flights.

2. DAILY activity. Yes you can! Most of us don’t work out as aggressively as needed to justify a “day off.” With so many activity options, there’s something for every body and every day! If I have a particularly aggressive workout one day, I’ll choose to perfect my Yoga skills the next day, then maybe a long, mind-clearing run the following day. So many factors dictate how I can move my body on a given day, but the important thing is to move. your. body. for at least 30 minutes a day.

3. Watch the booze! Expect to lose water with every alcoholic beverage you consume. Further, expect to consume excess salt and sugar, as you dehydrate yourself. I’m not saying, don’t drink, but I am saying, be smart! I’m also reminding you to chug-a-lug water. One glass per alcoholic beverage during the event and one full glass before bedtime. (If you have a small bladder, make your full glass of water the last thing you consume one hour prior to bedtime, so you have time for it to “run its course.”

4. Hydrate often! Travel sucks the water out of you, so its even more important to drink lots of water while on the road or in the air. I travel with one empty water bottle and one full one, so I can refill on demand. If I am flying, I empty both before security and refill afterward. I also have a ‘shaker’ for my Spark drink when needed. During the flight, I only order water. It just doesn’t make sense to me to order a sugary, caffeinated, or alcoholic beverage when I know I’ll be sitting for a while.

5. Protein for breakfast–always! My go-to food is the good old fashioned egg. If you’re Vegan, I hear steel cut oats with nuts and berries in it is the way to go. Starting your day off with quality protein helps you out in several ways: boosts your metabolism, satisfies you for longer, and gives you sustained energy to tackle the day. In my experience, if I start my day with a protein-rich breakfast, I make better food choices the rest of the day.

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You don’t have to feel stressed, overworked, and tired over the holidays. This is the season of blessings and joy! Would you like to experience the holidays as you were meant to experience them–with a body full of energy and celebration? Join me as I discuss a collection of research data and experience of over 30 years in the health and wellness industry.

Be well, friends and have a blessed, healthy holiday.  —Lacey

November 11, 2013

ARE YOU THE NEXT HEALTHY HOUSEWIVES COVERGIRL?

Are you the next Healthy Housewives covergirl?

Are you the next Healthy Housewives covergirl?

 

HAPPY 2 YEAR ANNIVERSARY HEALTHY HOUSEWIVES!

 Two years ago today I launched the Healthy Housewives brand. Reflecting on the past 2 years, we have changed so much! Our whole team has changed, the look and feel of the covergirl testimonials have changed, and who we are and what we are about has changed. But all for the better!

I have learned so much through the past 2 years that I am proud of how far I have come. It just keeps getting better and better every year. My mission in the beginning was to share my health and fitness knowledge to educate others since I had a fan base when I competed. I got emails from women wanting to know what I eat, what do I do to workout, about products, health, beauty, and my gym fashion. So I decided to create a website that had all things healthy! That is how I came up with Healthy Housewives. Read story here: http://www.healthyhousewives.com/testimonial20.html

My vision not only was to have a website that offered information on all things healthy, but a reality show was what I really set my BIG goals to. Now, I wasn’t sure how and when this was going to happen, but I was going to do all in my power to make it happen. As a fitness trainer for 10 years, I train individuals or groups. But I wanted to reach a larger platform and change the world. That was my ultimate goal.

I have been working day on and day out to make this dream a reality. You will have to stay tuned in 2014 to see if I made that happen. 😀

But the whole point of my brand is to empower people on living an organic holistic lifestyle to the best of their ability. It is to keep the public informed on products, news, and to motivate.

As a gift to you out there, we are going to have an HH fan be our December 2013 covergirl! Yep, that’s right! You could be the next covergirl! You could grace the past covergirls here: http://www.healthyhousewives.com/testimonials.html

Here is the deets:

1. Send your story and 4-5 high resolution image to covergirl@healthyhousewives.com

2. Please include 4-5 pictures. 1 headshot and 3-4 bodyshots. We will pick what bodyshot will be the cover.

3. A 4-5 paragraph story on your health journey and why you should be the next covergirl.

We will feature it Dec 1, 2013.

This is your chance to be on a cover to motivate women like yourself!

Your in Health,

Marzia

November 6, 2013

Meet Ya at the Barre?

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Saying, “I’ll meet you at the bar,” just got a little sassier. The bar I’m talking about is so cool, it has an extra RE to its name… Barre; as in RE-invent yourself; RE-define girls’ night; RE-prioritize your schedule. Barre Bee Fit was the location of my inspiration to challenge myself into an entirely different fitness level. When I first visited the new studio in Dallas, Texas, I arrived anxious, fearful, and a little nervous that I wouldn’t be able to finish the class. Running marathons I can do, but holding ballet poses, pulsing, and maintaining a flexible perception for one hour left me less than confident.

When I arrived, I heard energetic music coming from a large, open room to my right. To my left were some of the friendliest, leanest, and happiest ladies I’ve met. Any place I get to wear leggings and socks, I’m a fan of—especially on a cold, rainy evening like we were having that day. Any chill in the air disappeared as we started class.

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I love a fitness instructor with a rockin’ playlist. The playlist really makes the instructor, in my opinion. It’s definitely a first impression thing. If I were dating instructors, I would ask to see their playlist before agreeing to meet them. Music therapy is a tool used in the quest for holistic wellness, so don’t under-estimate the power of music as it relates to your energy level and mood.

Kelsey was our instructor for interval barre class. To be honest with you, I didn’t know what interval barre meant, but I knew it would be challenging and fun. Now, let me confirm—interval barre is aggressive cardio with strength training set to an awesome playlist. Adam Levine takes you to your final seconds of a plank hold and Imagine Dragons serenade you at the barre lifts. At one point, I thought Kelsey went crazy and doubled our reps. No such luck—this was all intentional and part of her well-crafted, aggressive class choreography.

Kelsey isn’t the enemy anymore, but coming to class on an empty stomach was my rookie mistake, and my new enemy. Noted. Kelsey is the perfect combination of aggressiveness and affirmation. As a matter of fact, this barre is inspiring with words of affirmation decorating every corner of the studio. If you start to give up on yourself, just look at the walls and read. Game back on!

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Barre class isn’t the time to get soft, and I felt the energy in my class get tougher as we moved through the hour. The consistent but not over-bearing direction, coaching, counting, and interval announcement from Kelsey was appreciated when I stopped thinking altogether.

As the music became slower and graceful, I realized I was dripping with sweat and parts of me were twitching from the muscle work. As we stretched, I felt a surge of energy… or was it pride? Either way, I felt accomplished and glad I went to the barre that night. If you live in Dallas, I am jealous. I drive 25 miles to attend classes at Barre Bee Fit in the Design District. Those of you looking for a challenge, to jump start the holidays with a fit bod, or to experience a new kind of barre, check out www.barrebeefit.com and sign up for a class at the Dallas location. If you’re a Facebooker, like them at http://www.facebook.com/BarreBeeFitDallas.

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Go ahead… raise your personal bar and experience a new kind of sexy. You’ll be dripping with sweat from you hair to your grippy socks, but feel like a supermodel. Try it and RE-peat!   –Lacey

P.S. I meant to get a photo with Kelsey after class, but I completely forgot. I’ll have to go back. 🙂

October 5, 2013

THE BURLESQUE WORKOUT

Release your inner sexy beast

Release your inner sexy beast

A couple months ago at my women’s Entrepreneur group outing, someone had mentioned that they went to a Burlesque show in Dallas.  Naturally I was curious. I didn’t know much about Burlesque except what I have seen on TV or the Crazy Girls Revue in Vegas. I had never been to a local Dallas Burlesque show. So, one of the ladies researched a local show and we booked VIP tickets to www.vivadallasburlesque.com.

The show we went to was an homage to Tim Burton characters from different shows. We saw sexy Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, and even Pee Wee Herman! We saw women in all shapes and sizes that showed off her craft to the best of their abilities. As a fitness trainer, I noticed the skill it took to dance, the athleticism to hold poses, and the confidence it took to get on stage in barely nothing, only to strip down to blinged out nipple covers.  I was drawn to the whole Burlesque show in a weird way. All of ladies who watched it last night wanted to do it. It looked like sexy fitness fun! I was sold.

The girls and I at the Viva Dallas Burlesque show

The girls and I at the Viva Dallas Burlesque show

One of the HH ladies found a groupon for a local Burlesque fitness dance that we are going to do as a group. What sexy way to workout! I am ready for a pair of high heels, boa, and a pole please! Not to mention, I think my husband would appreciate my new found skills. 😉

Check out my new workout outfit!

Check out my new workout outfit!

Hmm...wonder if I can do this someday?

Hmm…wonder if I can do this someday?

Here is the local groupon if you live in Dallas: http://touch.groupon.com/deals/the-burlesque-experience-3?mobile=true

I really wanted to go to the Miss Fitness Polestar and support these ladies and their athleticism but I will be out of town. Check out this video. INCREDIBLE! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3hYBA0o4-I The strength to do this is amazing.

I challenge you to bring your inner sexy beast to come out and play!

Challenge accepted,

Marzia