I hope you guys had an AMAZING weekend. I spent time enjoying the beautiful weather, brunching, cleaning our place and drinking way too much coffee. Seriously, it’s become my little addiction and I’m not mad about it one bit. My Grandma has been drinking coffee morning, afternoon and night for years and she’s one of the most badass women I know.
In other very exciting news… The Healthy Glow Guide round 2 is finally HERE! The Healthy Glow Guide is back for round 2 with a seasonal meal plan full of fresh flavors, grilling recipes, salads and SO MUCH MORE. That’s right, you asked us for more and we listened: Most of the recipes found in the meal plan are exclusive recipes that Lee and I both developed.
If you didn’t know, now you do: I’m an Under Armour Women Ambassador and so freaking proud to be one. It’s a company with an incredible, powerful and inspiring mission to help women achieve their goals in and out of the gym. And I have to admit, each and every time I pull up my leggings or throw on a UA tank, I feel a little bit more inspired to perform, achieve and reach my goals.
There’s something about this brand that’s truly special.
I figured it was about time for me to show off my favorite UA looks: from hiking and running to casual and chic. I’ve worn this gear running, hiking, biking, interval training at my gym, and pretty much everything in between. I’ll never look back and neither will you.
Hope your weekend was spectacular and full of healthy eats, feel good inspiration and LOTS OF LOVE. I actually binge watched Big Little Lies on Saturday night. I really wasn’t planning on it, but I couldn’t stop watching! Anybody else obsessed?
Now… onto a little exciting project we’ve been working on over at Healthy Glow Co. called the #GlowGoodChallenge in partnership with Blue Diamond Almonds!
So I’m sitting here drinking my typical grape kombucha after a hectic day of coordinating video shoots and content with Abra. We’re overwhelmed, but sitting here and writing this post has been something I’ve wanted to do for a while so it’s putting me in a wonderful mood.
Lately when I’ve gone onto social media — Instagram in particular — I’ve found myself consumed with this obsession with being healthy, living healthy and eating all things healthy. What do I mean? Well, from the bowls of avocados, and pasture raised eggs to the beautiful and inspirational yoga poses; I find myself wanting to emulate this picture perfect vision of health, not just for all of you but for myself as well. It’s easy to feel like you aren’t doing a good enough job when it comes to your health. Am I right?
And in 2017, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. There’s endless information, ways to access it, people who tell you what to eat or how to eat, when to eat and how to live your best life.
Thank you SO much for all of your comments, touching thoughts and prayers on my last wellness post. Your support is like a breath of fresh air as my heart longs for compassion and understanding. Often these posts are much easier to write then they are to say, because saying them makes it true and real, and all the things bubble up to the surface that you never knew hurt so much.
So here we are: Part Two of my Wellness Story. Part two of me just laying it all out there. Writing nonsensically because it makes sense to me.
Welcome to 2017 my loves. This is the year where we be who we really are. The year of goods and bads and ups and downs and everything inbetween. The year we accept our faults and work towards our future. The year we forgive and forget and move on. The year we look for happiness in all the right places instead of the same places. The year we travel and take adventures to feed our souls. The year we give back to those who need it. The year where we practice compassion and forget our versions of perfect.
This is our year. Your year.
Every time a new year begins, I’m fairly ready to welcome it with open arms. It’s as though a new calendar year turns me into this person filled with endless inspiration, goals, adventure and wonder. But when the high of the New Year goes away, what’s left?
What’s left is who you are. Who you want to become. And who you’ve always been.
Call this Wellness Wednesday a throwback one. To the deep dark days of my life where food was everything and nothing. Over the past few years, I’ve talked a lot on the blog about how my eating disorder affected myself, relationships and choices. It’s not an easy thing to share, however now that I know that many of you have struggled with disordered eating, I feel more confident to share my experience.
Even if you haven’t battled an eating disorder, this might be worth the read, simply for a little insight as to how devastating it can be.
How are we feeling this Wednesday? Yesterday I did a killer workout at Crosstown Fitness. It’s my go-to gym and I’m addicted to the diversity of the workouts and how incredibly fun the trainers are. Anyway, my booty and abs are killing me thanks to some deep squats, rowing, planks and burpees.
Tony asks me why I love it so much and how on earth I can find the motivation to wake up at 5:30am to get to a class. The truth is, when you find an exercise you love, it doesn’t feel like a chore. And if I ever find myself feeling exhausted, I take it easy or find a different way to move my body (like cycling!). Working out helps me manage stress, anxiety and keeps my confidence up. Not to mention I really believe in a well-rounded approach to my overall health: nutritious food, moving my body & a healthy mind. That’s my balance.
Today’s workout is a bonus one leftover from this past Summer Sweat Series! Lee and I thought we’d check in and say hi to all of you who followed the series over the Summer: How are you feeling? Are you finding yourself repeating workouts? What about the meal plans? We wanna hear from you.
OKAY but really, we do have some exciting news! The Summer Sweat Series will be coming back in January 2017 with a new name, NEW brand, NEW EVERYTHING. We are so freaking excited and have been frantically planning for our launch. Stay tuned for more details. I’m actually flying to Denver tomorrow to work with Lee and our new brand manager, Katie, on it.
In the meantime, if you’re looking for a killer ab workout — this is for you. Every time I do it, I shake uncontrollably and FEEL THE BURN. Luckily this workout only takes around 15-20 minutes to complete (depending on how fast you go) and there’s ZERO equipment required… except for a large towel of course.