Taking it to the next level

Hey there friends! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week…can you believe April is almost over?!?!?! This month has flown by and I can’t believe I will be Mrs. April in less than 6 months…WOWZA!! While we’ve been doing well with diet and exercise, it’s time to kick it up a notch. My bridal shower and the christening of my godson Brayden are in just a little over two weeks and we both want to look our best for the big events.

For me, this means watching my carbohydrate intake and adding some extra core work. For Phil, this means adding in some extra cardio and strength work but no real dietary changes. I find it so interesting how men and women have such varying reactions to diet and lifestyle changing…it’s so fascinating! Even though I am doing about 60 minutes of cardio 5x a week and practicing yoga daily, my carbohydrate intake has not necessarily helped me loose any weight. I have been getting stronger and building muscle but now I’d like to drop a little around the waistline and inner thighs, hahaha!

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Just like always I am not going to deprive myself entirely BUT by cutting out half my carbohydrates and incorporating a little more core focus into my yoga practices I know things will continue to change.

I can’t wait for all the excitement of May but am going to do my best to stay in the moment and enjoy this last week or so of April (soon to be my favorite month, haha!)!!!

’til next time, keep smiling! :-)

Twisted Tuesday

I hope everyone is enjoying a beautiful day! I started my morning with a little meditation and a fun, twisty flow to ring out anything left behind from my two days off! With less than 6 months until the wedding I need to make sure I am giving my body everything it needs which includes incorporating a weekly practice dedicated to twisting.

There are a ton of cleansing health benefits to a twisting practice, its a lot of fun, AND it can help narrow your waistline….SO I’m thinking its a win all around! It might not always be on a Tuesday but it seems logical for it to always fall the day after my ‘weekend,’ so I can start my week fresh!

I encourage everyone to add a little twist to their day!

’til next time, keep smiling! :-)

Back to life…

Welcome to another wonderful week friends!

Phil and I had a nice weekend, minus the the dose of food poisoning I got from brunch yesterday! I should have known not to get poached eggs, whats more I should have ordered something else when I had to send them back for being underdone, but of course I tried to eat it and I shouldn’t have…OH WELL! Like the perfect man he is, Phil took amazing care of me and I am happy to be feeling more alive today.photo(1)Things have been going really well! Work is great and I am super excited to be making a home at such a unique place. I’ve been riding to and from work every day so the built in cardio is helping balance our delicious pasta dinners! My body needs simple carbs for easy fuel and my soul enjoys the comfort food!

’til next time, keep smiling! :-)

Thursday Thoughts

We are one day away from the weekend friends! Work has been busy but good and I am super excited for a weekend of yoga, outdoor fun and time with Phil! I am grateful now more than ever for my yoga practice – standing on my feet all day long makes me very stiff…I am looking forward to a long yoga session on Saturday morning! Admittedly, it would be easy for me to fall out of my yoga routine now that I am working in the food industry and away from teaching and coaching but I am constantly inspired by the lovely yogis in my life!

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These women remind me just how much I love my own practice and how bountiful and beautiful are our yoga community is…no matter where we are we’re all connected & constantly inspired by each other! There is a sense of empowerment that comes over me when I watch a fellow yogi conquer a difficult posture or hear about their studio growing & thriving – it’s a reminder of how much there is still left to achieve & I am blessed to have such inspiration!

’til next time, keep smiling! :-)

Making it work

Getting back into a groove with my diet & exercise regime has been challenging – I recently started a new job at an artisan Italian shop where the hours can be long and the food is incredible. Pasta Gina focuses of fresh pastas, raviolis, sauces, spreads, soups, salads, and classic entrees; so as I am sure you can imagine, taking home dinner every night is quickly becoming routine. I have been careful to avoid the tiramisu, cannoli, and other tempting treats BUT still need to be sure our pasta dinners are carefully balanced with the right amount of cardio and less wheat/grains throughout the day.

Today I woke up with some yoga, road my bike to work, and plan to squeeze some mid afternoon yoga in as well…I may not be able to dedicate 90 minutes to practice or 60 minutes to cardio but 30 minutes a few times a day adds up!

’til next time, keep smiling! :-)

April Beginnings!

Happy Easter Monday Friends! Life has been a little bit hectic the last two weeks so I haven’t been able to post, sorry guys :-( Phil and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Philadelphia – seeing family was great and of course it felt too short – we were both sad to leave, but know the weeks until our trip back in May will fly by!

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We have also started, albeit slowly, our wedding restart diet! We have been trying to eat smarter and do a little cardio everyday! Since we’re both trying to get back to our healthier selves, and have seven months until the wedding, we’re going to slowly build a healthy habits. It’s never easy coming back from a period of indulgence, but it’s always good to take it slow so that the healthy changes stick!

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‘Til next time, keep smiling! :-)

Meditate & Motivate

It’s the start of another wonderful week friends! Phil and I had a great trip to Tahoe this weekend and while I may be a bit tired from the late nights, I’ve got a busy week ahead of me so there’s no time to dawdle. Phil and I are flying back to the east coast Thursday night so we can spend time with family. I don’t know if it’s the fact I’m going home in a few days or that the last time I was in Tahoe I was with my family but I was majorly missing them this past weekend. IMG_3574

Our family trip to Northern CA 5yrs ago culminated in some time in Tahoe & Squaw Valley, exactly where we were this weekend…every time we passed a particular site, or I noticed something familiar, I was taken back to the amazing time we all had together! What’s more, I was reminded of where I was in my life & able to reflect on my journey. While I must admit I was very impressed with the kind of shape I was in, I was more impressed with how far I’ve come and how many positive changes I’ve made in the last 5yrs. tahoe

I give myself a hard time, as I have shared, about where I am in my career but times like these I am smacked in the face with how much I have actually accomplished and reminded where I am is a great place to be. So even though I love reminiscing about the past and pining for the future, I am going to work on being here, right now, and knowing it’s exactly where I should be.

’til next time, keep smiling! :-)