Posts tagged ‘summer’

March 19, 2014

Ocean Freeze; Still a Breeze

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We are at the beach house for Spring Break this year, and it’s freezing. Ok, not freezing, but around 40-55 degrees, and NOT laying-out-in-the-sun weather. Despite the Cape Cod-like days, I’ve retreated to my daily jogs on the beach. I don’t usually do the same exercise on back-to-back days (it’s healthy to shake it up and there are so many activity options!) but somehow, being close to the water helps me loosen my grip on my rules and routine. I’ll shake it up, so I am not working the exact same muscles every day—sometimes sprint drills, other days it’s a beach boot camp routine, and some times it’s a sand jog and then Yoga. It’s tough to beat a steady-paced therapeutic run along the shoreline, but most of us can’t stop what we’re doing and run to a beachside town somewhere.

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Just sayin’

If you’re in a spot where a coastline isn’t accessible, check out these meditative, beach-like artists for your playlist:

 

  • Jimmy Buffett (duh)
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Colbie Caillat
  • Sheryl Crow
  • The Beach Boys
  • Elvis (I’m serious. Must be all of those old Elvis movies I watched.)

 Or simply search the words: top. beach. party. songs. 

Another tradition at the beach house is smoothies. Despite the cooler temps, I still made my favorites that I share below. There’s several farmer’s markets in the area, so fresh, organic produce is easy to find, and I pack my vanilla Advocare protein powder. (I also mix half a scoop of protein powder into steel cut oats with cranberries for a morning meal or snack. Yum.)

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Add some cinnamon if you want. I’m a cinna-addict!

1 cup spinach

1 cup frozen mango or peaches

1 cup freshly-juiced carrot juice (or store-bought organic carrot juice)

1/2 cup almond milk or coconut water

Shot of wheat grass

1 scoop of protein powder

 

 

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1 cup spinach

1/2 cup coconut water

1/2 cup kale

1 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 cup raspberry or cranberry

1 scoop protein powder (optional)

Squeeze one lemon on top and blend. Enjoy!

ImageFor you fellow Holistic hotties out there, download some Enya and take your meditation or Yoga practice to the beach at sunrise or sunset for a boost in your spiritual health walk. I’ve never felt closer to God than I do at these moments. This past trip gave me an especially relaxing session as I reflected on the Water Element. Symbolizing spirituality and wisdom, this therapeutic combination got me thinking about how the ocean is like life… or maybe it just reminds me of my life.

Read on and let me know if you can relate.

 

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  • Changes, like waves, are coming whether you want them to or not.
  • Sometimes, diving in is your best bet; then, you can start focusing on something else.
  • Let it go. It’ll drift where it’s supposed to go on its own.
  • The tide rises and falls by someone higher up than you. Why are you trying to control it?
  • The water is blue; the water is green, too. It depends on where you’re standing.
  • An overcast day at the beach is still a day at the beach.
  • It’s okay to spend some time by yourself. Some else may block your view.
  • Powdery, white sand is beautiful, until you have to run in it.
  • Protect yourself—remember the sun can burn you even if you don’t see it.
  • The ocean doesn’t belong to you, but the memories you take from it are all yours.

 Peace y’all, Lacey

 

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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

July 31, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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First off—Hydration!

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

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

Superstar workout

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

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

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

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

Remember

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

 

Superstar Snack

Fresh berries in coconut yogurt (or Greek yogurt)

Sprinkle Cinnamon/Ginger mix on top

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

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Pup Sprints and Claps

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

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

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

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

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

 

Cheer Snack

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I already miss my little pull-up beast. 

In health… Aunt Lacey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 7, 2013

Booty Blast Workout

ImageWe all want to look and feel our best in our cute shorts and swimsuits this year. Even though summer has begun, it’s not too late to get your booty in gear.  As we get older, we tend to take on the mindset that because we are aging our booty must go down with gravity. Let’s defy gravity!

For me, I think the most important thing is to hit the weights!  I know that’s not what you want to hear and sometimes as women we get scared that weight lifting will make us too bulky. However, the more muscle mass you have, the more fat you’ll burn.  So don’t be afraid to hit the weights!  Adding muscle is the best way to add some curve to your body. I know that every body type is different but what helps me get me get my booty looking it’s best is a combination of things.

When I need to turn it around quickly, it’s important that I stick to this routine. I know this might seem like a lot, but for me it takes full commitment to get on track. First, of all cleaning up my diet is super important.  I have to truly write out my meal plan and commit myself to sticking to it.  I do allow myself a couple of cheat meals a week. However, as much as it stinks, if you’re really trying to commit to your summer body, omitting alcohol will really help you reach your goal faster.  Secondly, I add in sprints/ stadiums a couple of times a week.  Lastly, I add a twice a week leg day, as well as incorporating non-weighted booty lifts at home while I watch tv (example fire hydrant, floor bridge).

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Here is one of my favorite booty workouts:

        Booty Burn Weight Workout

1. Squats 12/15/20 with 3 second pause on last set

superset with jump squats for 3 x20

2. One-legged leg press 3×20 per side

superset with reverse-lunges (in place) 12 per side

  3. Step ups
3×20

 4. Dead lifts 3×12 

 5.Finish up with lunge jumps 3×20

 Remember, we are all different and what works for me might not work for you. I just try to get a solid plan, and stick to it. Then I constantly remind myself to just take it one day, one workout, one meal at a time.  It’s important to celebrate even the small successes. You can do it!

 Happy Weekend-

Loren Silas

June 5, 2013

Life is a Beach Run

 

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The fishing pier at Port Aransas, Texas

The entire trip down to Port Aransas, Texas, I anxiously awaited running on the sand at the beach. I crave beach running, and every time I’m seaside, I wonder why it took me so long to get back here. As I started out on my morning run, Memorial Day weekend, I anticipated traffic on the beach; however, I found a nice, empty, clear path along the thickest part of the beach sand. Yay me! I’ll be getting a good leg workout today for sure

It’s always a struggle to cut coffee time short on the breezy patio and get my run in before enjoying the day lounging at the beach; however, in true runner-addict form, I had my one cup of coffee as I braided my hair, assembled my running outfit and tucked my toes in my low-profile sneakers. (I’ve gotten good at separating my toes to where they slide into the “web shoes” perfectly. Anyone who has a pair of “web shoes” appreciates this statement.)

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Necessities for the beach: plenty of water and sunglasses!

As suspected, the sand absorbs each step of my run, and my quads, hamstrings, and calves yell out a rally cry with each mile. As I look over to the water’s edge, I imagine the waves scooping up every worry from my mind and the tide carries all of them out into the ocean. Ahhh… breathing in salty air seasons my soul and it’s a feeling I crave. Deep breath in… big breath out… waves pull toward me to gather the stress on my shoulders, and the water leaves the shoreline peaceful and clear.

Four miles later, I return to the beach house and hang in ragdoll to pray. “Thank you Lord for reminding me how strong my body is even when I start to second-guess myself.”  Stretching is one of the best things you can do for your body post-workout. I find shade because now I am a dripping, salty mess and want to give my skin a chance to cool down and my breath to return to normal.  After a few yoga poses (especially for the hip flexors and hamstrings), I’m ready to take on the world.

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Now that I’ve shared one of my favorite summer workouts with you, I want to share the best part… shower and recovery meal! For my sun-kissed, salty and sweaty skin, I love lathering up with Dial soap. That’s right… good old-fashioned Dial anti-bacterial soap is safe for your entire body—even face! For my hair, it’s Wen brand hair care. The cleansing conditioner provides a no-nonsense, quick cleansing solution for my dry hair. No separate conditioner needed. Sometimes, I will even leave a small amount in my hair as a leave-in conditioner for the day.

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I moisturize my skin with a mixture of Kiss My Face brand sunscreen and Lubriderm lotion. This replenishes moisture to the skin and protects my skin from the sun.

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Finally, I apply Nars-brand tinted face moisturizer to my face. This, and a little bit of waterproof Maybelline mascara, acts as my only makeup for the day. (Did I mention how much I love the beach?)

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I create a cute braided up-do and it’s about time to refuel my muscles. My fuel of choice, post-run is either an Advocare Meal Replacement Shake with added wheat grass. (I promise it’s yummy.) Or I make veggie eggs and green juice. Check out the recipes and helpful tips below, and let me know your favorite beach hang out.

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Veggie Egg Muffins

  • 2 cups Eggbeaters (or four whole eggs)
  • 4 oz Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup Mushrooms
  • 1 cup Spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup Red peppers

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Dice mushrooms, spinach leaves and red peppers. Mix Eggbeaters, cheese, all veggies (feel free to add more). Spray muffin tin with butter/oil then fill each muffin cup evenly with egg, cheese and veggie – I used a 1/2 cup measuring cup to evenly fill.  Each cup should be about 3/4 full.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes. Muffins will keep in the refrigerator for about a week within freezing. Egg muffins can be frozen and reheated in the microwave—they make a great, quick breakfast or morning snack!

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Sand Running Tips:

  1. Start slow—your muscles, tendons, and ligaments need to get used to running on sand, so shorter distances are best.
  2. Never run on sand twice in a row. Further, I hesitate running on back-to-back days. Give your leg muscles some breathing room, and reduce injury that could result from over-working a specific muscle group.
  3. Alternate the use of low profile shoes (web shoes) and regular running shoes. Most people’s feet are used to having padding and support.
  4. Keep high cadence and do not worry about stride length
  5. Alter the depth of the sand, if possible. Hop from the thick, loose sand to the patch of thinner, pact sand… and back to the tough stuff.
  6. Be sure to download some Beach Boys tunes for your run!
May 21, 2013

Bathing Suit Season

Finding the right suit for you body can be a nightmare. I know a lot of women who dread going shopping for swimsuits because instead of making them feel beautiful and empowered about their body it makes them feel worse. The problem is that not all swimsuits were created equal. You have to know the best cut and style for you body type that will accentuate your assets not enlighten your flaws. Feeling good in your own skin is important, but certainly the right swimsuit can aid in the process of you looking in the mirror and loving the woman staring back at you. 

Know what your body type is first. Do you have bigger hips? Are you very chesty? Do you have an athletic build? No curves? Too many curves? We are all created differently, and so knowing a little bit about your body will help you find the perfect suit for you. For example, I have an athletic build. I have no waist really and am pretty flat chested. I wear a triangle top with strings which creates the illusion of cleavage. If I were to wear a bandeau top I would look even flatter than I already am. 

I want you to feel comfortable and sexy this swimsuit season…so follow the links below to see what swimsuit type might work best for you and then get to shopping! 

http://www.glamour.com/fashion/2010/05/how-to-find-the-sexiest-swimsuit-for-your-body-shape

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20365622,00.html

http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/beauty/guides/summer-beauty/best-swimsuits-for-your-body-type/Image

May 7, 2013

Summertime and kids….

So summer is fast approaching and that means your kids will no longer be in school. So the question comes up…what do with those energetic little people all summer long. We certainly don’t want them cooped up inside watching television, playing video games, and listening to their iPods. But, summer camps can also be extremely expensive, especially if you do more than one of them and have more than one child. So what are some free or inexpensive things you can do with your kids this summer to keep them active and engaged and not driving you crazy!

First, I found this website that has 120 different free things to do with your kids that you should definitely check out.  http://www.mrfreestuff.com/120-free-things-to-do-with-kids-this-summer/

Next, check your local library. They often have summer reading programs that include activities and crafts. You can also research the area where you live…I know where I live some places have dollar movie days, or discounted days at the zoo.

Are you friends with other people with children? Take turns watching them or taking them to the park or the pool so the other parent can have a day to relax kid free.

A great place to check out ideas for the summer…PINTEREST! You can find just about anything on Pinterest, so I would highly recommend searching some kid friendly summer activities on there while you are browsing boards.

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April 15, 2013

LILLY GHALICHI SWIMGERIE SHOW IN DALLAS

Meet Lilly Ghalichi live this Thursday in Dallas!

Meet Lilly Ghalichi live this Thursday in Dallas!

Hey Housewives!

Guess what?! One of the hottest runway fashion shows will be in Dallas this Thursday, April 18th. Ladies, you do NOT want to miss this event. If you live in Dallas, you have to come to one time event! Summer is right aorund the corner and you need to wear the hottest swim wear this year! We don’t workout hard in the gym for nothing. Time to show case our hard work in the sexiest swimwear around.

Lilly Ghalichi from Shahs of Sunset will showcase her Have Faith Swimgerie Runway show this Thursday night at Demarara in West Village. The Healthy Housewives and Lift Pilates will be the main sponsors for this event.

Here are the deatails for this event:

FASHION SHOW:

Fashion Show featuring Lilly Ghalichi Have Faith Swimgerie line and meet and greet at Demerara. You can purchase tickets online on the Demerara website or by contacting the store. Thursday April 18th from 6-9pm.

THE HOTTEST SWIMWEAR IN THE WORLD!

THE HOTTEST SWIMWEAR IN THE WORLD!

DIVA DRAG DINNER:

Diva Drag Dinner at Dish Restaurant. This is the very first Drag Dinner at Dish there will only be one show unlike Drag Brunch which has 3 shows and the cost is $45 pp for a 3 course meal and the Drag Show. The menu is listed on the flyer if you wish to express more details. The performers for the show are Krystal Summers, Jenni P, and Jenna Skyy. Presented by The Iman Project and if you would like to make reservations please do so by emailing theimanproject@gmail.com or call/text 972-849-6966  Thursday April 18th (Seating at 9pm-11pm)

DIVA DRAG DINNER AT DISH

DIVA DRAG DINNER AT DISH

THE AFTER PARTY:  The White Party 7. Will be located at Candleroom. For table reservations please call 214-370-4155. This will also be the birthday celebration of Kent Washington which is Lilly Ghalichi agent! Thursday, April 18th, from 11 am-2 pm.

Come see Lilly at the after party!

Come see Lilly at the after party!

Hope to se you all there! We love to meet our Dallas fans!

The Healthy Housewives and Lift Pilates Experience are main sponsors for this event!

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HH Fit Fashionista Kathy Hamilton's new pilates place!

HH Fit Fashionista Kathy Hamilton’s new pilates place!

Can’t wait!

Marzia Prince