SS17 Workout Playlist

Since the weather is getting warmer (yay!), I’ll soon be spending more time outside wandering around Colorado’s countless paths, trails, and lakes. Which means it’s time for a new workout playlist! If you’re also looking to mix things up, here’s what you’ll probably find me listening to these next few months.

 

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Protein Protein-y Protein from Rivalus

I generally try to stick to the Michael Pollan Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” philosophy, however there is one food I just can’t let go of: protein powder. Yes, I know, it was made in a plant and is not, in fact, a plant,  but I really feel that adding a scoop of protein to my shake in the morning keeps me more full and adds some extra nutrients that I might not get otherwise. As an added bonus, it also adds a light, fluffy texture to my smoothies that I love. Plus, science has come a long way and there are some pretty amazing products out there now! (Check out my previous recommendations here.)

My newest find is the Rivalus Naturally Flavored Promasil. Hey, when this guy tells you to try his favorite protein, you don’t say no! (He also happens to be my future brother-in-law.)

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Today was my first time trying it and I must say, I’m impressed! Here’s why Steven recommended this particular formula for me:

While you might like some of the others as well, Promasil is a time release formula, where you’ll get the fast acting protein to help you recover quickly and also casein for a slow release over hours and hours for better recovery and repair.

I mean, how can you argue with that? Each scoop has 120 calories, 24g of protein, and only 3g of carbs. I also love that it’s naturally sweetened with stevia! I haven’t tried it plain or simply shaken with water yet (since I don’t typically drink my protein that way), but I can tell you that in my usual morning blend of almond milk, frozen berries, banana, and spinach it tastes wonderful!

The other amazing thing is that with Steven’s discount code, my total came to just $35, which is amazing fora 2lb container of super high quality protein (under $1.17 per serving). They also sent a FULL SIZE bottle of their men’s multi-vitamin for Josh and a sample of their cookies and cream flavored why protein which I’m excited to try. Two thumbs up on the customer service!

If you want to try Rivalus yourself, you can use Steven’s code too! Just use “606FIT” at checkout to get free shipping and a 15% discount. (PS make sure to capitalize the code and that you are on the US site, not the Canadian site. Not that I’ve done either of those things…)

(“Protein protein-y protein” reference here. Good marketing, Yoplait. I now say this every time I talk about protein.)

Classpass Review: Pilates Evolution

Before I even knew calling Lagree Method workouts “Pilates on crack” was a thing, I referred to it as “Pilates on crack.” Why? Because it’s honestly the best way to describe the torturous 40-45min sessions of burning, shaking, and praying oh-please-make-this-stop. But I’m saying that… in a good way? I love a good challenge and have seen the best results in the shortest period of time from Lagree classes. So maybe describing the workout as torturous is a perfect example of the type of person who will like this class. But on the other hand, maybe not, because we all have our own perception of what “torturous”means and where we are willing to push our bodies on any given day; that malleable level of torture is one of the best things about Pilates Evolution. (Don’t know what Lagree is? Read more about it in my review of Fierce45 from a while back.)

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Weekly Reads Roundup (3.3.17)

From a Pinterest-approved miracle salad to using artificial intelligence to fight the effects of cyber bullying, here are five of the best reads from this week!

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Glowing Skin Berry Smoothie

 

1. Calling it Quits: How to Stick to Resolutions Big and Small via GOOP

Stout explains that most resolutions centered around giving something up are destined for failure because the psyche is not bound by deadlines and doesn’t work on shortcuts. The process of quitting needs to be a long game, he says, one best approached with self-love as opposed to self-loathing.

2. This Acne Fighting Salad Has over 34,000 Pins on Pinterest via Byrdie

We’re already aware that what we put in our bodies affects our skin as much as the products we put on it. This knowledge often puts us on the defensive—we know to avoid certain aggravators like alcohol and sugar, for example, since they can contribute to acne and dullness.

3. The Empathy Layer via The Verge

Systems designed to foster clicks, likes, retweets, and shares have become global communities of unprecedented scale. But Zuckerberg was left to ask, ‘Are we building the world we all want?’

4. Why Stress is Actually Good For Us—and How to Get Good At It via GOOP

For one, she posits that while we tend to fixate as a culture on flight-or-flight, there are actually three other beneficial and physiologically positive types of stress; and that harnessing stress to work for you is as simple as changing your mindset, i.e. choosing to believe that your body is simply revving up in support.

(☝🏻 this one is super exciting because it features one of my favorite Stanford professors, Kelly McGonigal! I actually used to take yoga classes from her while on campus.)

5. This 75-Year Harvard Study Found the 1 Secret to Leading a Fulfilling Life via Inc

Not how much is in your 401(k). Not how many conferences you spoke at–or keynoted. Not how many blog posts you wrote or how many followers you had or how many tech companies you worked for or how much power you wielded there or how much you vested at each.

No, the biggest predictor of your happiness and fulfillment overall in life is, basically, love.

 

Workout Like a Model: Pilates

One of the best things about ClassPass is that I can finally afford to do Pilates! Frequently touted by supermodels as the way to get long, lean limbs, I had always wanted to make reformer classes a part of my routine (if you don’t know what that is, check out this post for a little run down), but didn’t want to spend the extra $$$ required. Advocates of Pilates include Karlie Kloss, Candice Swanepoel, Alessandra Ambrosio, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Izabel Goulart, and countless others.

But why is this workout so great for getting that model body?

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ClassPass Review: Hot Mamas

Yes, at first I was apprehensive to go to a studio called “Hot Mamas.” Was it one of those places where moms bring their kids to class? What exactly was “Sexy Sweat?” Would a place with a class called “Skinny Jeans” really be that challenging? I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but after a glowing review from one of my friends, I decided to give it a try.

And let me tell you, yes there is childcare, and yes there are some – and sometimes lots of- mamas, but this is NOT your typical “mom” workout. These classes are HARD! My first hint really should have been that their website literally says, “If you’re looking for easy, you’re at the wrong place.” I can get through most classes at most studios without taking any extra breaks, and a lot of times even do the more advanced modifications, but I have yet to get through a class at Hot Mamas without stopping in one way or another. (Don’t let that scare you though! There are people of all fitness levels in every class. It is a very welcoming studio!)

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2016: Good, Better, Best

Today, as I sit here on the first day of 2016, I’ve been thinking a lot about the past. I started this blog a little over two years ago as a way to bring some joy back into my life after the most challenging year of my life thus far (thanks, 2013). I was stuck in what I perceived as personal and professional failures – which reflected with the gift of perspective turned out to be incredible learning lessons – and I needed a way to get myself out of that funk.

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The abs I never achieved from last year. (via Izabel Goulart’s Instagram)

In my 2014 resolutions post, aside from talking about my obvious love for goal setting, I said that, “The new year is the spark I needed to relight the fire within, the passion for life that 2013 stomped out just a bit.” I was clearly at a low, searching for a way to pull myself up and get back on track. My resolutions: Be Happier. Be Healthier. Be More Chic. I made it okay to invest in myself and to admit that I wasn’t happy. That the Facebook-ified version of me wasn’t quite my reality. I went back to my core values and found that with a little effort, I could overcome the sorrow of my circumstances and create my own happiness.

In last year’s resolutions post, I was clearly back on the right track, but still didn’t feel like I fully hit my stride. I was itching to keep pushing forward. My resolutions: Live in the Moment. Get Fit. Get Hobby-ing. Like Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, I’d finally met my baseline requirements for feeling like a productive, loved human being and was ready to take my self-actualization to the next level. In my quest for happiness I moved from escaping depression to appreciating my blessings. For my health, I moved from healing sickness to improving aesthetics. And as for general self-improvement, I went from the make-over show like basics of wardrobe enhancements to Renaissance (wo)man like skills enhancements. I think maybe that means I’m growing up!

So where does that leave me for this year?

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Fitness Philosophies: On Protein, You Doing You, & Workout Motivation a la Taylor Swift

I don’t know about you, but I keep seeing Eat The Bear, a physique, fitness, and crossfit lifestyle supplement company, everywhere on the internet. Even though crossfit/Olympic lifting isn’t in my current workout repertoire thanks to years and years of countless squats and cleans, my fitness/health/wellness loving self must be right in their target audience. (Side note: has anyone tried their products? I’m very curious…)

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What do Taylor Swift’s and my workout routines have in common? Read on to find out!

Seeing articles from ETB on different workouts, smoothie recipes, and proper nutrition got me thinking about my own workout routines and the questions I’m asked most frequently as a former DI Track & Field athlete with a family full of high performing athletes (golf, tennis, football, ballet, etc). Namely, how do I fuel myself and how do I stay motivated, both in the long-term (working out regularly) and in the short-term (during a workout)?

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Mara Hoffman Activewear

Mara Hoffman is the next designer to get in on the high-end activewear trend – and I am so glad she did! The team has crafted some truly awesome pieces that are a funky blend of patterns and basics, performance and athleisure.

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Racerback Tank Top in Skybird Black

At one end of the spectrum you have pieces like this Native American-inspired fully printed Racerback Tank Top that I totally would have rocked to high jump practice (but will now instead wear to hot yoga and Pilates). On the other end, there is this ridiculously comfy looking grey French terry Jumpsuit – the fact that it is a) grey (if you’ve ever worked out in grey pants, you know why this is a problem), b) worn by the model sans bra, and c) basically a sweatshirt onesie, means that the wearer probably isn’t hitting up anything more intense than the local juice bar. Which I am 100% a-okay with. No matter your level of athleticism, Mara Hoffman has guaranteed you’ll be looking surprisingly well put together at your next Soul Cycle class or bottomless mimosa Sunday brunch.

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Jumpsuit in Grey

Click here for the full collection and read on for a few of my favorite looks!

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What They Ate Wednesday: Daily Diets of Ballerinas, Victoria’s Secret Models, and Instagram Stars

National Ballet of Canada Dancers via The Coveteur
National Ballet of Canada Dancers via The Coveteur

With wedding festivities now behind me (pictures soon!) and a Mexican honeymoon less than a month away, it’s time to get back to my normal, healthy routine. But if you’ve ever completely let yourself indulge, no holds barred, you know that this can sometimes be harder said than done. If you’re itching to get back into the clean eating saddle like I am (the hot fudge calzone last night was definitely not that), here’s some fitspiration from some serious healthy living role models…

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