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May 2, 2014

I GO TO THE GYM AT 4 AM AND I’M NOT A MORNING PERSON!

My transformation

My transformation

Hey all! I’ve been absent a few weeks from the blog, but I’m ready to share my progress, my crazy life, my words of wisdom and my new successes with you all!

So proud of how hard I have worked to get my post-baby body back!

So proud of how hard I have worked to get my post-baby body back!

Where to start? First of all, Beau is doing MUCH better! He’s off of his liver medication finally and he’s smiling and doing cute baby things. Bryan and I are very grateful for this!

Beau is finally feeling better! This smile makes me happy!

Beau is finally feeling better! This smile makes me happy!

Training is going great! I have seen SIGNIFICANT changes in my body! My muscle definition is coming back, I’m lifting heavier weights, I’m no longer ready to pass out after jogging 1 minute on the treadmill (I can now do 45 minutes non-stop!), I feel more confident in myself and I’ve nearly lost all of my post-baby weight!

I’m wrapping up week 7 of working out and I’ll be entering week 8 on Monday. While I’m more than excited about the progress I’ve made to-date and the progress I’ll continue to make, it hasn’t always been easy. I’m human and have days that I don’t feel like I’m getting the most out of my workout and days when I don’t feel like I’ve made as much progress as I think I should have. I sent Marzia a text one morning feeling discouraged. I was in week 6 of training and feeling like I should have more definition in my abs area. She reassured me that the definition will come and that HELLO! – I JUST HAD A BABY! It takes time for the body to heal and transform. I spent 9 months stretching it out. It will take more than 6 weeks to get it back. Reality check? Yes. What I needed to hear? Yes. I, like everyone else working on getting into shape, have to remember that TIME is the key. And patience. But sometimes I’m not so good with patience. Haha!

Finally seeing my some muscle now!

Finally seeing my some muscle now!

Due to my crazy schedule and new responsibilities as a mom, my workout time comes EARLY. My alarm goes off at 4:10 a.m. and I’m at the gym by 4:45 a.m. And trust me (or ask my husband), I’m NOT a morning person! But, that’s what best fits my schedule, so that’s what I’m doing. Make time, not excuses, right?

I’m still eating clean. I’ve found all sorts of new ways to creatively eat clean and enjoy my favorite meals. My go-to’s are stuffed bell peppers, spaghetti squash, zucchini “sushi,” and Portobello mushroom pizzas. Sundays have turned into our grocery shopping days. We bring everything home, get it sorted, rinsed, in storage bags and put away. Monday nights I do my meal prepping for the week while Bryan plays with Beau and the dogs. It takes me a few hours, but it saves me TONS of time later in the week. It also keeps me on track. If I have something made and ready to go, then I don’t need to go out for fast food or hit the candy drawer. I have everything I need. Bryan has been amazing with my eating habits. He tries everything I make and, to his surprise I’m sure, has liked almost everything so far (except Portobello mushroom pizzas – that’s too much mushroom for him). And if we have a date night and decide to go out for dinner, he’s very mindful of what I can and can’t have and makes suggestions based on that. At the least, a decent salad has to be on the menu for me. No chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes and gravy for me. I may have a bite of his every now and then, but I’ve come to not even really want it anymore. It may taste good, but the effects of several meals like that aren’t worth it to me. I prefer to keep my body happy and healthy, not feeling heavy and greased down.

An example of one of my snacks

An example of one of my snacks

I eat a cheat meal for dinner on Friday nights. I plan it ahead of time as my “treat.” And even then, I’m conscious of what I’m eating. We went for pizza last week. Instead of loading it with pepperoni, sausage and cheese, I had them load it with veggies, minimal sauce and minimal cheese. I’ve learned, too, that not eating heavier, greasier meals or candy and junk food for an extended period of time makes you not WANT to eat them anymore. I don’t crave them. I can easily pass them over, even when others are eating them right in front of me.

Meal prep is important for me to stay top of my health

Meal prep is important for me to stay top of my health

I still blog on my Facebook fitness page (https://www.facebook.com/F3byACG) and now also blog and interact on BodyBuilding.com’s “BodySpace.” It’s the Facebook for fitness junkies. And I won’t lie, I love it! It’s everyone working on their fitness goals encouraging and motivating each other along the way. I’ve come to be friends with some inspiring people there who encourage me to keep going after my fitness goals!

My day look at the law firm

My day look at the law firm

I also still work full-time at my law firm. Monday-Friday 8:30-5:30. It makes for a crazy day sometimes by the time I get up, go to the gym, come home and get ready for work, help Bryan with Beau and either he or I take him to the sitter’s house, drive to work, work all day, drive back to pick up Beau and head home, take care of the dogs, make dinner, get Beau settled down and ready for bed… It’s a LOT. I’m blessed to have my husband, though. He helps with it ALL. Well, all except the cooking. I love him, but he’s not a cook. Haha! But he makes up for that by helping with laundry, picking up the house, taking care of Beau, playing with the dogs, packing Beau’s diaper bag, etc.

Love my husband!

Love my husband!

AND, I’m still a distributor for It Works! I joined Marzia in this business adventure and it’s been amazing! The It Works wraps and stretch mark cream have been instrumental natural supplements to my working out and clean eating. They tighten, tone and firm the skin, ridding the body of toxins and help you lose inches! I use one once a week and it’s helped my tummy come around! And I see definition there now! The stretch mark cream has been amazing with my tiger stripes from Beau! They’re drastically less noticeable! Now I’m using their Hair Skin Nail product to grow my hair out. And it’s growing like crazy. As well as my nails. It’s a nice change!

The products that helped me get my post-baby body back!

The products that helped me get my post-baby body back!

Not only do I enjoy the products, but I’ve met so many people who love them and have amazing results with them! My gym is now introducing them through me, I’ve got a team going under me that’s loving them and spreading the word about them, and Marzia and I are taking Dallas by storm to let everyone know about them! If you’re looking for something natural (herbal/botanically based) to help you on your health/beauty/fitness journey, I HIGHLY recommend It Works products! You can get them at my website www.bodybellisimo.com or message me about them at Ashley.casalini@gmail.com.

My results using the wraps and stretch mark cream

My results using the wraps and stretch mark cream

Overall, I’m one busy lady. But, with the help and support from my amazing husband, I find time to do it all. And I love it. I love my crazy, busy, fitness filled, healthy living, life. And even more than that, I love my husband and Beau. They drive me to be the best me and to keep going. I’ll make my bikini competition this year. I’ll inspire at least one person to follow their dreams. I’ll find my calling in the fitness industry and make the career change. I’ll be successful and make an extra income to live on with It Works! I’ll do it all. Because I believe in myself and because I have a support system that believes in me.

Working out, eating right, and wrapping tight keep me in shape after my baby

Working out, eating right, and wrapping tight keep me in shape after my baby

I highly encourage you all to find that support system for yourself if you haven’t already. It’s amazing. I also encourage you all to remember that you can do ANYTHING you want. In fitness. In health. In beauty. In LIFE. Just go for it!

Until next time,

Ciao,

Ashley Casalini! Garcia

April 3, 2014

FROM TIGER STRIPES TO BIKINI READY!

Excited to rock a bikini after pregnancy!

Excited to rock a bikini after pregnancy!

 

 

Hey y’all! It’s Ashley!
WHEW, let me tell you, it’s been a seriously crazy couple of weeks! It is currently 10:15pm and this is my time to settle down and unwind. Bryan (hubby) and I have put Beau (baby) to bed, settled the dogs down for the night, enjoyed our dinner and now get to relax. Our days are long, but they are worth it!

Winding down after a long day...ahhh...

Winding down after a long day…ahhh…

With work thrown back into the mix, I’ve had to figure out how to get to the gym in time to get a solid workout in. I can no longer go in the middle of the day or late at night. My gym’s hours are 4:30am-10:00pm Monday-Thursday, 4:30am-7:00p on Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm on Saturday and 8:00am-4:00pm on Sunday. The answer to my dilemma? Wake up at 4:15am and get to the gym by 4:45am (or 5:00am if I hit the snooze button!) before my mind realizes what in the world I’m doing!! Is it tough? You bet. I’m absolutely not a morning person. At. All. However, I’m very much of the mindset that I can make time to get my workouts in, not excuses as to why I can’t. It’d be easy to say “that’s too early,” or “I’m too busy with work, hubby and Beau.” The truth is that I am busy. But I also want to reach my goals and to be able to live healthy and take care of myself. So, that means making time for me. Even if it is crazy, stupid early!

Healthy meal prep is essential as a new mother or I will make bad choices.

Healthy meal prep is essential as a new mother or I will make bad choices.

I still do my meal prep. In fact, after we laid Beau down tonight (around 8:30pm), I was in the kitchen chopping, slicing, dicing, steaming and sautéing meals to have ready to simply grab-and-go in the mornings when I’m running out the door to work. Has it made for a long night? Ya, a little bit. But it’s absolutely worth it!! I won’t have any excuse to order out for lunch or to grab cookies for snacks. I HIGHLY recommend spending a couple hours one night a week to cook some healthy food and make some healthy snacks to have readily available and easy to take with you. It’s amazing how much time and effort it saves you throughout the week!
And now, because I’m not busy enough, I’ve teamed up with Marzia and am a distributor for It Works! Have you heard of that crazy wrap thing? Have you seen what the wraps and/or creams can do? Y’all, it’s amazing stuff! You should ask me about it. In fact, I’ll go ahead and give you a peek preview! It’s no secret that Beau left me with some pretty fancy stretch marks. However, I’ve been using the Stretch Mark cream for about 3 weeks and have done 2 wraps from It Works! The stretch marks have faded SIGNIFICANTLY and the wraps have helped with the weight loss and toning. It’s like having your own personal at-home spa experience. And I’m not just saying all of this to try and convince you to contact me about it, I promise (although you should! Visit my page at http://www.BodyBellisimo.com to see all the products). I’m saying this because I had to try it out for myself and see it to believe it. And holy moly y’all! I’ve got pictures to prove that the It Works! products ACTUALLY WORK!! And they feel amazing!

I couldn't believe it till I tried it.

I couldn’t believe it till I tried it.

My life is busy. Beau. Bryan. Dogs. Family. Friends. Work. Working out. Blogging on my Facebook Fitness page (https://www.facebook.com/F3byACG). Blogging for the Healthy Housewives Transformation series. Meal Prepping. I’m probably forgetting something. Would I change any of it? Absolutely not!
Jeremiah 29:11 states, “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I truly believe that God doesn’t give me any more than I can handle, nor does He let me take on more than I can handle. I choose to believe that my future is bright and I am determined to make sure that I live, and inspire others to live, a healthy lifestyle.

With each passing week, I feel better and better!

With each passing week, I feel better and better!

From one crazy, busy full-time professional, wife and mommy to all of you – living a healthy lifestyle is absolutely possible! Stick with it! I’ll check back in soon with more progress and possibly crazy stories!

To try the stretchmark cream go to www.bodybellisimo.com

To try the stretchmark cream go to http://www.bodybellisimo.com

Ciao,
Ashley Casalini Garcia

http://www.bodybellisimo.com

 

March 24, 2014

Healthy Housewives Live Transformation Ashley Casalini Garcia Progress

 

Check out my progress since having Beau!

Check out my progress since having Beau!

Hey there! It’s Ashley! I am now 10 weeks post-pregnancy, 4 weeks into eating clean and going into week 3 of training mean. I feel GREAT! I’m learning so much about myself and my body.

I have such a new found respect for working women and mothers, both in and out of the fitness world. Even as a woman who constantly stays busy, as a new mom, I’m discovering what it’s like to juggle so much and still make time for myself. It’s not always easy and I’m SO blessed to have the support system around me that I do! Between Marzia, The Healthy Housewives, my husband, my family and my friends, I’ve been given nothing but love and support. This has allowed me to both be there for my baby, Beau, and husband, Bryan, without having to give up on myself, my dreams and my goals.

I am in competition with myself to live the best life I can!

I am in competition with myself to live the best life I can!

Here is a glimpse of my daily life. As of March 19th I’ll be done with my maternity leave and headed back to work, so this will change slightly. The eating clean will remain the same, but instead of going to the gym in the afternoons/evenings, I’ll go before work in the mornings.

I have to prep my meals to stay on top of my health!

I have to prep my meals to stay on top of my health!

MORNINGS:

I wake up anywhere between 7am and 10am, depending on how many times and how long I was up with Beau during the night (he’s still not sleeping through the night). Once I get up, the first thing I do is drink a glass of water mixed with 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar and the juice from ½ a lemon. Then I feed my 2 big dogs so that they’re happy pups!

Breakfast:

Breakfast is either egg-whites and oatmeal with berries or egg-white muffins and protein pancakes with berries. And of course, water!

Egg white muffins and protein pancakes are my typical breakfast

Egg white muffins and protein pancakes are my typical breakfast

The fun/interesting part about ANY of my meals is that I’m either enjoying them by myself or I’m balancing a fork in one hand to feed me and a bottle in the other to feed Beau. As a mom, I would definitely say that I’m taking the art of juggling, balancing and multi-tasking to a whole new level!

I also open up my Facebook fitness page and say Good Morning to friends and new followers, post breakfast photos and/or a motivational message.

Chores:

I try to keep Beau happy and entertained long enough to throw a load of laundry in, empty/fill the dishwasher, clean bottles and/or generally pick up around the house. Sometimes it works out great. Sometimes not so much! Sometimes trying to find time to get anything done, including simply taking a shower, is a real challenge!

Of all my responsibilities, I love being a mommy first!

Of all my responsibilities, I love being a mommy first!

Snack:

For a snack I really enjoy celery, cauliflower and carrots with hummus or Greek yogurt with blackberries and KIND brand vanilla blueberry oat clusters.
AFTERNOON:

Since Beau had such a rough start to his life, he still has doctor appointments each week. It may only be one or it may be more than one. He goes between a gastroenterologist for liver issues, the hospital to get blood work done and his pediatrician for general check-ups. If I take him to the gastroenterologist, I also take him for blood work the same day. This means bottle feedings at doctors’ offices, diaper changes in restrooms and eating while I’m out (I’ll get to this in a minute).

If I’m not at any doctor appointments, I’m continuing with Beau duty, updating my Facebook fitness page, doing chores or working out. Since I’ve been a runner my whole life, I enjoy putting Beau in the jogging stroller and going outside for a run and/or taking him with me to the gym and letting him hang out in the “Kid Zone” while I go through my workout.

I run while Beau sleeps

I run while Beau sleeps

Lunch:

I’m a HUGE fan of meal-prepping, so lunch is pretty easy for me, whether at home or on the go (more on this soon…). I have either 3 oz. of grilled chicken or 3 oz. of turkey burger and 2 cups of steamed or sautéed veggies. Sometimes I add homemade sweet potato wedges or brown rice. And, of course, water!

A typical meal that fuels me for life

A typical meal that fuels me for life

Snack:

I usually have a simple protein shake for my afternoon snack or one of my pre-made raw veggie snack bags.

EVENING:

If I didn’t get a chance to work out during the afternoon, I go to the gym in the evenings when Bryan gets home from work. He takes over on Beau duty and I get “me” time to focus on my fitness! I drink water throughout my workout and a simple protein shake after. Then once I get home from the gym, Bryan goes and gets his fitness on! I take care of Beau, play with the pups, update my Facebook fitness page and have dinner.

 

My happy baby Beau! :)

My happy baby Beau! 🙂

My happy baby Beau! :)

My happy baby Beau! 🙂

 

Dinner:

Dinner is either another one of my pre-made meals or a portabella pizza. I’m a HUGE fan of pizza, so I really enjoy making portabella pizzas. I simply take a large portabella, clean it out, cook it a little, stuff it with veggies and turkey pepperoni (think supreme pizza) and top it with just a sprinkle of cheese and throw it in the oven until the cheese has melted…YUM! And, as always, water with my meal!

Snack:

Depending on how much exhausted I am from Beau and my workout, I may make it to one last snack before bed. If I do, it’s Greek yogurt and blackberries.

SUNDAYS AND MEAL PREP:

On Sundays I spend a few hours doing meal prep. I grocery shop, clean and cut veggies and fruits and weigh out my meat proteins. Then I steam, grill, sauté and bake everything. I use simple seasonings like parsley, lemon, rosemary, paprika, cinnamon, garlic and red pepper. No salt. No sugar. I portion out meals for the week and snack bags of fruit or veggies that are easy to grab on the go (like when I go to doctor appointments or out to run errands). This makes life SO much easier for me and keeps me eating healthy! I have no excuses to stop for fast food or junk food when I already have healthy meals and snacks ready for me!

If you buy good food, you will eat good food!

If you buy good food, you will eat good food!

SAMPLE WORKOUT:

Here is an example of one of my leg workouts:

2 sets/15 reps
Around the world lunges (front, side, and back-both sides)
2 minute jump rope
Plié squats
2 minute jump rope
Bulgarian split lunge (both sides)
2 minute jump rope
Single leg deadlift
2 minute jump rope
Repeat from the top until you have completed 2 sets

I have a while to go to get to where I want to be, but I’m enjoying every minute of it. Fitness has always been my passion and I’m excited that I’m taking steps to make it my career. I’m also excited to share my journey with others and to hopefully continue to inspire others to chase their dreams, whatever they may be!

I’m doing everything I can to do my “homework” and learn as much as I can about all aspects of the fitness industry, including reading about clean and healthy eating and the benefits of all types of healthy foods, researching fitness photographers, reading stories and workouts from women in the fitness industry, following bikini competitions and the women in them and reading about all types of different workouts (TRX, pilates, yoga, weight lifting, stretching, Zumba, rock climbing, running).

I pack healthy snacks so I am not tempted to make a bad decision!

I pack healthy snacks so I am not tempted to make a bad decision!

HOWEVER, while fitness is my passion and I want to make it my career, I am first, and foremost, a mommy and a wife. I love taking care of my little man, playing with my dogs and sharing my love, friendship and faith with my husband. His support means the world to me and continuously inspires me.

I LOVE my husband!!

I LOVE my husband!!

Until next time, eat clean, train mean and follow your dreams! It’s NEVER too late to start!

Ciao,

Ashley Casalini Garcia

Follow my journey on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/F3byACG

March 14, 2014

Vids of my favorite exercises

I love to run outside!

I love to run outside!

Hey peeps! Hope you are somewhere sunny and can enjoy the weather. It’s almost Spring time! Sooooo looking forward to that.

 

 

I get asked what my favorite exercises are. So here you go in video form!

Plie squats: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTvM9IJuC_Y

Around the world on the treadmill: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRpYW2hNBOQ

Bosu Ball plank: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2yoZ2UxRog

Floor Bridging: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEDO8vVB2lA

Around the world lunges: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vD5VJEsIrTQ

Battling ropes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHl1HWEgtrs

TRX Split Lunge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiN82vPfnlc

Mountain Climbers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oELD3suM8e8

And there you go!

Marzia

February 23, 2014

Brittany Madrid Interviews Celebrity Stylist Carolina Tolentino from the TNT Hit Show Dallas

Meet our new celebrity fashion blogger!

Meet our new celebrity fashion blogger! She is our current HH Covergirl! Welcome Brittany Madrid to the team!

Hi all you Healthy Housewives, Brittany here!  In addition to being this month’s featured Healthy Housewife, I’m going to be contributing my two cents on fashion right here on the blog!  I’ll be taking a look at our favorite trends from the runways, television, and celebrity style then giving you tips and tricks to make them work for you! My advice will always be real and the guaranteed inside scoop!

To kick off my fashion contribution, I was so excited to be able to sit down with the lovely and talented Carolina Tolentino!  Carolina is a professional stylist and has worked with several celebrities (more inside scoop on that later!).  She currently is a stylist on the hit TV shows DALLAS and Revolution.

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Naturally, being from Dallas I was especially interested to hear about the styles featured on the hit show on TNT.

B: Who is your favorite character on the show to dress?

C: Josh Henderson’s character is the most fun because I like his style the best!  It’s a challenge to make him look masculine and refined at the same time.  Men are actually harder to style than women.

Josh Henderson on TNT's hit show Dallas

Josh Henderson on TNT’s hit show Dallas

B: Which female character’s style do you like the best?

C: Jordana Brewster’s character has great style; her wardrobe is stuff I would actually wear.

Jordana Brewster

Jordana Brewster

B: How would you describe her look?

C: Dallas casual, she’s relaxed but always put together with jewelry and accessories.  Dallas women never look undone, and a little effort goes a long way in brightening your attitude!

B: What’s been your best fashion find?

C: I found this amazing Issa dress while vintage shopping.  It was only $5 and in a size that was much bigger than I wear.  I bought it and had it altered to fit me perfectly.  The alterations cost $30, but now I have a designer dress that looks custom made to fit me!

Her $5 Issa dress

Her $5 Issa dress

Carolina in her Issa Dress

Carolina in her Issa Dress

B: How is working on Revolution different than working on the Dallas set?

C: They are polar opposites!!!  When I’m working on revolution I’m putting mud and oil on the actors, ripping their clothes, making fake wounds…on Dallas I’m making everyone look perfectly put together.

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B: Of all the celebrities you’ve worked with, who is your favorite?

C: Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) is one of the nicest people I have ever met!  He was so kind to the crewmembers and when he talks to you, he makes you feel like you’re the only person in the room!

Dwayne Johnson makes you feel like number one when talking to him!

Dwayne Johnson makes you feel like number one when he talks to you. That is why we love The ROCK!

Carolina’s Top Tips for Healthy Housewives

– Play up your assets (and never be afraid to WORK IT!)

– Work out your arms (you’ll thank yourself when getting dressed)

– Show off the part of your body you feel most proud of.  If it’s your legs, sport a sparkly mini skirt!  If the arms have it, then go with a one-shoulder style.

– ALWAYS at least wear one piece of jewelry to feel put together

– Jeans are the hardest to buy for EVERYONE, it doesn’t matter how famous or how perfect your figure is.  Carolina recommends buying one high quality pair of jeans vs. several less expensive pairs that don’t fit as nicely.

-Find a tailor who will take the time to work on altering a garment the way you want it.

– Pay attention to cut, once you find a top that’s flattering buy it in 2 more colors!  It will make your life easier and you’ll always feel confident in your default look!

– Cache’ is a great store for women 40+ because their clothes are cut to fit women, not teenagers!  They make their jeans a little higher, lending a flattering “tummy tuck” effect.

– Buy tops that have a longer fit, this will have the visual effect of lengthening and elongating your torso.

– Take care of your hair!!!  She recommends taking Biotin for hair, skin, and nails.

– Always have your nails done…even if it makes you late!!!

– Drink a lot of water

– Pay attention to posture.  Standing up straight really does affect the way others perceive you; and how you look and feel in your clothes.

I hope these tips and tricks were helpful!  We all know that beauty is from the inside out.   It starts with you feeling great and taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually.  Then once you have a healthy canvas, it’s fun to use all kinds of colors!  Always remember to have fun with fashion and never take it too seriously!

~Brittany

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In honor of my new role as a contributor, the Healthy Housewives have been generous enough to let me give away one Healthy Housewives bling tank! (Ahh talk about the perfect marriage between fitness and fashion!!!) and a FREE class at Barre Bee Fit in the design district (where I instruct!) to all the Healthy Housewives readers.  The promo code for the Barre Bee Fit class is HH and will be valid until the end of March. For information on location and classes go to: http://www.barrebeefit.com/wordpress/studios/dallas/design-district/

Want a free HH bling tank?

Want a free HH bling tank?

 

January 31, 2014

SNEAK PEEK FROM OUR LATEST SHOOT!

Yep, we sassed it up this time!

Yep, we sassed it up this time!

Hey HH family, friends, and fans,

I just wanted to share some pics from our latest shoot. Every year in January we start off by doing a shoot for new website content, social media ad campaigns, and to showcase our current physiques.

Every year our image changes with what we are feeling. We know our home base look is fitness but that is a no brainer. We love all types of looks from very conservative to sexy. We love to showcase the different looks in life. Most days, we our in our workout gear with no make up. We are training our clients, working out, or running errands.

This is how I look at 5 am=hat and no make up!

This is how I look at 5 am=hat and no make up!

So when we can get our makeup/hair professionally done, then that is what we are going to do for a fun shoot. I don’t mind wearing no make up and getting my nails dirty but I sure love getting dolled up. My inner vixen comes out to play at the shoots. Kind of like an alter ego if you will.

Make and hair check before I get on set.

Make and hair check before I get on set.

After we get all dolled up then we start with the shoot line up. We had 6-7 looks to shoot that day. It takes a lot of work and effort to coordinate a shoot. You have to make sure it fits about 8 people’s schedule. The hair/make up people, the five of us, and the photographer. Then it is picking out tearsheets and finding outfits.

Selfie check before we start shooting.

Selfie check before we start shooting.

Then after that, we have to have a meeting to make sure we are all on the same page. An average shoot starts at 9:30 am and ends at 6 pm. That is being in hair/make up for over an hour to eating lunch to shooting. But when the shots come on the photographers screen, all the hard work and effort was worth it!

Us looking at the computer screen for the right shots.

Us looking at the computer screen for the right shots.

To get 5 girls to have thier best faces and thier bodies to look awesome for the camera is harder than you think. Every pictures one of us had a goofy face or our body was in the wrong position and was not flattering. Since our ad campaigns our very specific, so are our pictures to get the right shot.

you can never take enough selfie's at a sexy shoot. I never look like this in real life, well, maybe for my husband! ;-)

You can never take enough selfie’s at a sexy shoot. I never look like this in real life, well, maybe for my husband! 😉

Shot after shot we were nailing it. All in all it was a great day. We can’t wait to show you what we have come up with to share with you our message. Thank you all for supporting us and our mission-YOU!

Practicing before our handstand fitness shot.

Practicing before our handstand fitness shot.

Next time, we will have the camera behind the scenes to show you all the hard work we put into this!

Our photographer: Wade Livingston www.wadelivingston.com

Make up/hair: LaDonna Stein and Peggy Segundo.

Love and lunges,

Marzia

January 24, 2014

THE YEAR OF THE HEALTHY HOUSEWIVES!

Being goofballs at our meeting

Being goofballs at our meeting

HH family, friends, and fans,

2014 is the our year! This year we have so much planned not only for us but for you too!

Here are some fun updates that you will see.

New ad campaigns: We have a photoshoot next week. We take pics of campaigns that have meaning to us. We want to inspire women to love their bodies no matter what shape and size you are. We believe in being kind to each other no matter what our differences are.

One of my favorite ad campaigns from last year.

One of my favorite ad campaigns from last year.

 

New Workout DVD: We will shoot a workout DVD series for you guys. There will be 5 workout DVD’s that have all our favorite ways to workout and our professional expertise.

Our old DVD with the old cast.

Our old DVD with the old cast.

 

HH gear: We will have some new HH gear available for you guys to purchase. We all love new HH swag!

Danielle wearing our off the shoulder shirt. This was a BIG hit!

Danielle wearing our off the shoulder shirt. This was a BIG hit!

 

Our Blog: We blog about everything health, fitness, nutrition, events, and life. Stay pugged in with us at www.HealthyHousewives.com.

 

Check out our website and daily blogs!

Check out our website and daily blogs!

HH Covergirls: Every month we feature your hard work and success. We love that you guys write in to share your story with us and our fans. We have such an amazing support group, you guys ROCK! Keep the stories coming. If you would like to be featured, email covergirl@healthyhousewives.com. Can’t wait to share your story!

Our HH fan winner for our December cover.

Our HH fan winner for our December cover.

 

and last but no least…I will leave this little hint…we might be on TV soon…:-D

Thank you all for your support, we wouldn’t be here without you!

Marzia

 

 

 

 

 

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

December 13, 2013

12 DAYS OF FITMAS

Are you fit for Christmas?

Are you fit for Christmas?

 

I usually write blogs on health and fitness so naturally I had to come up with a Christmas song that has to do with fitness. This one is an original by yours truly. Yep, made it up! I thought this fitmas song would put you in a healthy holiday spirit.

 

On the first day of Christmas my trainer gave to me, a challenge to be healthy!

 

On the second day of Christmas my trainer gave to me, two shiny dumbbells and a challenge to be healthy!

 

On the third day of Christmas my trainer gave to me, three days of soreness, two shiny dumbbells and a challenge to be healthy!

 

On the fourth day of Christmas my trainer gave to me, four sets of squats, three days of soreness, two shiny dumbbells and a challenge to be healthy!

 

On the fifth day of Christmas my trainer gave to me, five workout days, four sets of squats, three days of soreness, two shiny dumbbells and a challenge to be healthy!

 

On the 6th day of Christmas my trainer gave to me, six pack of abs, five workout days, four sets of squats, three days of soreness, two shiny dumbbells and a challenge to be healthy!

 

On the 7th day of Christmas my trainer gave to me, seven days of protein shakes, six pack of abs, five workout days, four sets of squats, three days of soreness, two shiny dumbbells and a challenge to be healthy!

 

On the 8th day of Christmas my trainer gave to me, eight hours of sleeping, seven days of protein shakes, six pack of abs, five workout days, four sets of squats, three days of soreness, two shiny dumbbells and a challenge to be healthy!

 

On the 9th day of Christmas, my trainer gave to me, nine workout songs, eight hours of sleeping, seven days of protein shakes, six pack of abs, five workout days, four sets of squats, three days of soreness, two shiny dumbbells and a challenge to be healthy!

 

On the 10th day of Christmas my trainer gave to me, ten trainers training, nine workout songs, eight hours of sleeping, seven days of protein shakes, six pack of abs, five workout days, four sets of squats, three days of soreness, two shiny dumbbells and a challenge to be healthy!

 

On the 11th day of Christmas my trainer gave to me, eleven nutrition tips, ten trainers training, nine workout songs, eight hours of sleeping, seven days of protein shakes, six pack of abs, five workout days, four sets of squats, three days of soreness, two shiny dumbbells and a challenge to be healthy!

 

On the 12th day of Christmas my trainer gave to me, twelve months of training, eleven nutrition tips, ten trainers training, nine workout songs, eight hours of sleeping, seven days of protein shakes, six pack of abs, five workout days, four sets of squats, three days of soreness, two shiny dumbbells and a challenge to be healthy!

 

Happy Holidays and enjoy the 12 days of fitmas!

Marzia

 

 

 

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