07.27.2016

Wellness Wednesday: The 5 Ways I Detox Post-Vacation + Beyond Yoga x Kate Spade

beyond yoga x kate spade, itsy bitsy indulgences

Hands up if you’re prone to an indulgent weekend here and there? Okay, my hands are pretty much sky high at this point. Having spent a weekend in Palm Springs, where we indulged on margaritas + chips, we immediately prepared for an even longer weekend up in Santa Ynez, where we willingly sipped wine + roasted s’mores. Come Monday, my body was begging me to hit the reset button. So, I pretty much did what I always do after a particularly indulgent trip or weekend. I push play on my cleanse routine…. and since I don’t do juice cleanses (more about that here) it’s pretty much something I feel anyone who wants to naturally cleanse can do.

1. Load Up On The Good Stuff: I pretty much start the week by heading to the grocery store and stocking up on all the veggies and fruits possible. Then I toss in fresh fish (salmon + shrimp are my week night favorites), some lean proteins, and items to make snacking a little easier (i.e. snack bars, trail mix, kite hill yogurt, hummus, salsa…). I also try to pick up a few juices to help me replenish what was lost over the weekend. With all that goodness in the fridge and cabinets it makes making healthy choices easier. An example of a post -indulgent weekend day of eating? Well, yesterday I had oatmeal + banana for breakfast, a bowl of watermelon for a snack, a sweet potato + kale salad + sautéed squash for lunch, hummus + bell peppers with some almonds as a snack, and then my favorite sautéed shrimp with cauliflower “friend rice.” I felt great… no bloat, lots of energy… and certainly not left starving and foggy headed.

2. Liquids: Water, water, water. I pretty much guzzle it. I buy one of those big Fiji or Smart Water bottles and am sure to drink the entire thing throughout the day… and then I am sure to have a cup with every meal. If I’m craving a little flavor, I’ll pick up a white or green iced tea (lower than black tea in caffeine) and sip on that. In the evenings, I’ll typically have some warm water with a lemon in it…. apparently doing so aids in digestion, provides an immunity boost (which is typically needed after getting less sleep…), cleanses the system (hello natural detox), and reduced inflammation (which in turn reduces acidity… too high of an acidic system is where disease festers…). Oh… and I lay off the wine for several days….

3. Kombucha: I know I’ve been writing about this stuff a lot lately, but I’m kinda digging it…. So, I’ve been having one a day. The more research I do, the more I am sold on the stuff. Why add it to my detox regime? Well, for starers, it’s known to help in the detoxification process by protecting liver cells from toxins (I’m way simplifying this)… which is good because if the liver is damaged, then the body won’t be able to flush out toxins. It also aids in digestion (which usually takes a downward slope when I indulge), helps with increased energy, and provides an immune boost. Yes please x10!

4. Work It Out: Yes, even though I may be tired, I get up and get moving. It’s two fold for me. One, I love a good sweat… makes me feel like I’m sweating out all those indulgences, that I thoroughly enjoyed. Second, it gives me an added energy boost. My favorite detox workouts? A good ride on the spin bike, power yoga video, or a run. Take that s’mores!

5. Sleep!: try to go to bed an hour earlier when I’ve had a particularly long weekend (as in going to bed past my bed time, but having a fixed alarm clock that doesn’t go past 7:30am with Harper). Whether that’s for just a night, or maybe two, I often find that the added hour helps me get back on track quicker.

All that being said, it usually only takes me 2-3 days to start feeling back on track again! It’s what has worked for me in the past, and I love that it allows me to enjoy myself freely, without worrying, knowing that I have a solid “reset” plan upon my return.

I also wanted to share with you what happens when two amazing brands come together! I am loving this Beyond Yoga x Kate Spade collaboration. Beyond Yoga is one of my all time favorites for activewear, and the pieces in the collection are super comfortable + chic…. something I pretty much live in the day after vacation. I’ve linked my outfit below, but I am also loving this black + white tank (same style as the one I am wearing), black + white sports bra, and black pullover. I think my pants in black are perfect for pretty much anything, and the sport bra I am wearing in pink is cute too.

{Outfit Details c/o Beyond Yoga || Leggings | Sports Bra | Top | Shoes}

beyond yoga x kate spade, itsy bitsy indulgences

beyond yoga x kate spade, itsy bitsy indulgences

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kate spade x beyond yoga, itsy bitsy indulgences

07.20.2016

Wellness Wednesday: The 5 Ways I Stay Motivated + Nordstrom Sale Activewear Favorites

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When my alarm goes off at 5:30am one of two thoughts runs through my mind. The first, “I’m so darn tired.” The second, “New day, new opportunities.” If it’s the former, getting myself up and out isn’t easy. Yet, over the past several months, I’ve found that if I employ a few steps, I have more motivation to get up and out…. and to make it throughout the day when frustrating situations arise. So today, I thought I would share my 6 steps, in case you’re in need of a little motivation boost!

1. New Work-Out Attire: It never fails for me. When I get a new piece of activewear, I’m always more motivated. Looking good and working out makes me feel kind of like a #girlboss. Don’t ask me why, it just does. That being said, I picked up a few new pieces from the Nordstrom Sale. My all time favorite leggings are on major sale, and I couldn’t pass up this cozy hooded wrap (perfect for post workout brunch…) and these new Nike kicks (which I fully intend to wear into the ground while I half marathon train). I also love this mesh tank (comes in navy + coral) and this open back tank (which comes in multiple color options). This cozy sweatshirt is a favorite and I fully plan on wearing it during my cold air conditioned evenings, as well as when it actually gets cold this fall. I love the brand Beyond Yoga, and these high waisted leggings are seriously so flattering, and the back of this sports bra is spot on.

{Outfit Details || Top: Zella (Nordstrom Sale Favorite) | Leggings: Zella (Favorite Leggings, Nordstrom Sale Steal) | Shoes: Nike (Nordstrom Sale, size up, and multiple colors) | Sunglasses: Le Specs}

2. Trying Out Something Different: When I just don’t feel like getting up and getting out in the mornings to tackle the day, I tell myself that I will try something new in the gym or throughout the day. So, if I was planning on doing the elliptical, maybe I change it up with a treadmill workout and some weights. I ended up doing that yesterday morning and felt challenged and invigorated (if you’re interested I included it below). Sometimes it’s about trying a new workout, other times it’s as simple as changing my hairstyle or moving a little out of my routine.

5 minutes: 4.0 speed/5 incline Warmup
2 minutes: 6.0 speed/.5 incline Jog
1 minute: 7.0 speed/.5 incline Sprint
2 minutes: 6.0 speed/.5 incline Jog
1 minute: 7.1 speed/.5 incline Jog
2 minutes: 6.0 speed/.5 incline Jog
1 minute: 7.2 speed/.5 incline Sprint
2 minutes: 6.2 speed/.5 incline Jog
1 minute: 7.3 speed/.5 incline Sprint
2 minutes: 6.2 speed/.5 incline Jog
1 minute: 7.4 speed/.5 incline Sprint
2 minutes: 6.2 speed/.5 incline Jog
1 minute: 7.5 speed/.5 incline Sprint
2 minutes: 6.2 speed/.5 incline Jog
1 minute: 7.8 speed/.5 incline Spring
2 minutes: 6.2 speed/.5 incline Jog
1 minute: 8.0 speed/.5 incline Sprint
2 minutes: 4.0 speed/.5 incline Cool-down

3. Try A New Food Product: Sometimes the thought of a new breakfast or snack gets me moving. I’ve found several new food items that I am loving right now. Trader Joe’s has these delicious beet chips that are a healthy alternative to the traditional option. I am also loving blessed-booch Kombucha… it is seriously some of the best I have had. I also recently tried out Daily Harvest Smoothies, which is a great new concept. The smoothies are delivered to you, prepackaged, and all you have to do is toss them in a blender and add your liquid of choice! My favorite flavors are Cacao + Avocado and Chocolate Blueberry. So. Good. So. Simple. No excuse for not having a healthy breakfast or snack.

4. Set A Goal: I think goal setting is one of the best ways to stay motivated. For me, my recent motivation has come from knowing that I have a half marathon in October. Knowing the feeling that I will have when I cross that finish line gets me motivated every morning for my workout. That’s the best part of setting a goal… often it’s the end feeling that will get you motivated on a daily basis. I also think about personal goals I have set for myself (i.e. meeting a benchmark with the blog, or even a relational goal) and when I get a little down that it is Sunday evening, I remember that the week ahead is another opportunity for me to get closer to attaining those goals.

5. Have A Mantra: Sometimes, when I get down or frustrated about goals I’ve set (read: I’m not getting there fast enough… I’m super impatient), I remember this quote I came across a few years ago: “Inhale confidence, exhale doubt.” I take a moment and literally inhale the confidence and exhale the doubt. I think a few words of motivation can be so powerful and placing them in a place that you see regularly is helpful… I like the bathroom mirror and refrigerator, but other places can be in the car or by a bedside table.

6. Find Something Positive: Lately, when I get frustrated that I haven’t met a goal, or if things are moving slower than I would like (i.e. post-pregnancy fitness goals, business goals, etc..) I look back at where I was three months ago and compare it to where I am now. Then I attempt to identify three ways I have made progress in that time frame. I’ve found that when I am able to take that macro perspective I’m able to focus on the day to day tasks, setbacks, and successes because I know they are all building blocks to where I am going.

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nordstrom sale activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

nordstrom sale activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

nordstrom sale activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

nordstrom sale activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

nordstrom sale activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

nordstrom sale activewear, itsy bitsy indilgences

07.06.2016

Wellness Wednesday: My Juice Cleanse Experience

Suja fresh start cleanse, itsy bitsy indulgences

A few years ago, when this blog started, my girlfriend suggested I try out a juice cleanse and write about it. I told her that I loved food too much and thought that I would be too hangry of a person to complete one… three days without solid food sounded (sounds) like completely torture to me. Besides, I always thought that the best way to cleanse my body was simply returning to clean eating (lots of veggies + fruits, lean + organic proteins, and whole grains). Trust me, I’ve experienced the post vacation… or post heavy weekend… bloat and fatigue… but simply taking a break from the booze, sweets, and heavy foods was usually enough for me to get back on track and feeling great.

When these Suja juices came across my path though, I started to do a little more research. I discovered that they had a juice cleanse program called “1 Day Renewal.” It’s a one day cleanse that incorporates three different juices: one for breakfast, one for lunch, and one for dinner. It also includes a meal plan  with three 200-250 calorie meals. Again, one meal plan for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I was intrigued. It was one of the first cleanses I had seen that actually allowed for solid food consumption (gasp!). I decided that after our last weekend trip to Palm Springs that I would give it a whirl. See what all the hype was behind juice cleanses…. and, let’s be honest here, I thought it would make for an intriguing blog post. I figured I would sacrifice myself (because, really, a whole day without full meals would be that) for the blog.

So…. the morning of, I followed the instructions closely. I had my first juice right after my workout (as I would typically have my first meal). The first juice is the “daybreak probiotic.” Tasty for sure. About an hour or so after, I was hungry again, so I opted for the raw oatmeal… which was also tasty. I felt better after and thought “Hey, I can totally do this.” Well… around 10:45 hunger began to strike. I decided it was time to get out of the house… attempt to distract myself. It worked. At noon I had the second juice, the ” noon greens.” It was tasty as well… and I felt myself settle a little. Yet, 40 minutes later hunger struck. I made my veggie burger with avocado, greens, and some mustard. Surprisingly I felt okay. Then came 3:00… and like clockwork hunger struck. I couldn’t ignore it this time, so I had some carrots and green beans (if you really count that as cheating….), which held me over juuuuuust until 5:30pm at which point I took inventory. I had one juice left, a small meal, and then a long stretch before bed…. and then 8 hours of sleep…. and decided that I would split the juice. Half before dinner, half after dinner when (because it wasn’t a matter of if, it was a matter of when) hunger struck again. I had the salmon option, but I gave myself an extra side of asparagus (shame on me, right?….). I felt okay at this point, and I really don’t like feeling just ok, so I immediately drank the rest of the juice. Hmmmm….. still hungry (go figure….). I decided to wait an hour to see if it would subside.

An hour later I felt foggier than I had throughout the day and hungry, so I decided to chop up some bell peppers (2 medium sized ones) and dip them in hummus (I also had a piece of a perfect bar…. oops). I felt better and decided I’d likely be able to make it through the evening. Right before bed, I had some hot lemon water.

When I woke up in the morning, I felt like I was going to faint. I was wobbly and my head was foggy. I immediately went to the refrigerator and had a tablespoon of peanut butter and a glass of water before I headed out for my morning walk. When I got back, I opted for my favorite morning breakfast (oatmeal) and happily enjoyed every last bite… knowing that I could eat normally the entire day.

So, here’s my breakdown:

1. If you’re looking to try a cleanse, I think this option is the best I have seen. I really don’t like the idea of significantly reducing calorie intake, so I like that it at least allows for nutritious solid food.

2. I felt pretty good in the morning, yet as the day went on, I began to feel constantly foggy and fatigued. I mean, I guess that’s to be expected though. What I wasn’t expecting was the morning after experience…. yet, again, in retrospect, to be expected.

3. I listened to myself and didn’t allow my body to get too hungry… which is why I ended up having an afternoon snack, added a little more to my dinner, and ultimately had a post-dinner snack.

4. In chatting about my experience with my sister, we concluded that it was probably difficult for me because I tend to have the three main meals, and then two snacks throughout the day… so the large gaps between meals was difficult for my body to adjust to. Perhaps it would have been easier if I only ate three large meals a day? I don’t know…. (some may argue I didn’t have willpower???).

5. I likely won’t do one again. In the end, I didn’t feel any more cleansed than when I simply return back to clean and nutritious eating…. wait, I strike that. I feel better when I simply return to clean eating, without eliminating food all together.

6. I simply can’t imagine doing a cleanse for 3 days. I now know exactly what this article was talking about (I actually read this article several years ago when cleansing was all the rage).

While I likely won’t do a juice cleanse again, some others may argue that they were wonderful for them. That’s great! We all have our own experiences, and my story is offering you one unbiased perspective. Yet, while I’m not a huge juice cleanse fan, I am a huge fan of juices in general. I particularly love incorporating them with my morning meal or afternoon snack. My favorites from Suja include the Lemon Love (have it almost every morning with breakfast), Sweet Beets (so tasty!), and Twilight Protein (part of the cleanse, but I think it would be a great morning snack, or post workout drink). The Noon Greens is a delicious green option as well.

** Please note, I received clearance from my doctor to do the cleanse for one day

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{Outfit Details || Top | Leggings}

I’ve also found so many cute athletic pieces that are perfect for fitness and everyday use. I’m loving this hooded tank, this cute striped sports bra, yellow strappy back sports bra, nike vintage gym shorts (the shorts version of my favorite pants!), and this graphic muscle tank.

suva 1 day renewal review, itsy bitsy indulgences

suja juice cleanse review, itsy bitsy indulgences

suja juice one day renewal review, itsy bitsy indulgences

suja juice one day renewal review, itsy bitsy indulgences

06.29.2016

Wellness Wednesday: Why I’m Not Doing BBG Anymore + Committing To A Balanced and Active Summer

old navy activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

Well, I finished BBG (first review here). All 12 weeks of it, and thought I’d share some of my thoughts about the process. First off, I think it’s an excellent program for anyone. It combines resistance training, along with cardio, and provides a meal plan to follow to help and assist in toning up the body. It’s a great balance of working out and eating clean.

When I first started BBG I loved it. Having been a cardio gal (and incorporating weights a few days a week) for years, I found the level of intensity challenging and the different workouts invigorating. I noticed strength returning, as well as my overall endurance. It was something I could easily complete in the morning before Harper woke up, and if I went on vacation, I could complete a quick workout in the hotel room. The circuits were challenging, and I was definitely tired at the end.

Yet, as I started to reach the last 4 weeks of the program, something began to shift for me. I started feeling unmotivated… almost dreading the process. I, personally, felt that the circuits were becoming too repetitive, and I was no longer gaining from it mentally and emotionally. You see, for me, working out is about the mind clearing experience as well and the physical challenge. When I lace up my shoes for a run, or click my spin shoes in for a spin class, I expect to be able to get lost in my thoughts…. and when done, feel refreshed and ready for the day. While BBG does have a cardio component, I just started to realize that it was too regimented for me. It left little time to incorporate my love of yoga and free weights. So, two weeks ago, early Friday morning, I didn’t do it. I decided my body wasn’t feeling it, and opted for my favorite power yoga video (which left me equally as sore the next day as one of my first BBG circuits did). I felt reinvigorated.

I also felt as though I was committing so much of my time to BBG that I was forgetting about my one true love: running (that runner’s high is something you just can’t beat). When I was challenged by Old Navy to make a summer commitment to health and fitness, I decided now was as good as any time to recommit myself to another half marathon (you can read about my love of running here, here, here). After chatting with TJ about it, we decided to train together and registered for the Healdsburg half-marathon (up in Napa, where we can sip a little vino post run, duh) in October. I’ve committed myself to waking up 30 minutes earlier, 3 days a week to fit in a few longer runs…. and TJ and I will tackle some longer runs on the weekend as well. I feel inspired. I feel challenged. Most of all, I feel excited to be lacing up again. You can join the challenge to live an active, and balanced lifestyle too! I’d love to know what you’re doing to maintain that #balance in life (I mean, we have to balance out that rosé somehow, riiiiight??).

So…. for a quick Pro/Con review of BBG:

Pros:

1. Can do at home
2. Easy to complete the resistance trainings in 28 minutes
3. Provides a great meal plan to help assist in clean eating and strength training
4. It was a great program for me as I figured out how to balance being a new mom with a little one
5. Helped me figure out how to create my own HIIT workouts (which I can now incorporate once a week if I choose to do so)

Cons:

1. Became repetitive after a while (circuits started looking + feeling the same)
2. Resistance workouts are high intensity, which I equate to higher burnout… and hard on the joints (I was starting to feel very olllld)
3. If you like to choose your workout based on how you feel that day, this likely isn’t for you
4. For me, it did not incorporate enough free weights (my post-preggo legs and arms were yearning for this!)

As I mentioned above, I’d love to know what you’re doing to live an active and balanced lifestyle this summer!

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{Outfit Details || Tank (wearing a small), Shorts (wearing a small), Sports Bra (wearing a small), Shoes (super comfortable), Sunglasses… I also have these floral shorts, mesh top, and leggings to keep me motivated all summer}

old navy activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

old navy activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

old navy activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

old navy activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

old navy activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

old navy activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

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Thank you to Old Navy for sponsoring this post 

06.01.2016

Wellness Wednesday: Summer Workout

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Working out on vacation has always been something I have enjoyed. After an evening of champagne (and likely an indulgent meal) there is nothing I like more than a good sweat session…. and when I’m in Hawaii, it’s the perfect opportunity to spend some time outside on the gorgeous beach. The other day Allison (my sister for those of you who don’t know) and I decided to create our own beach workout to work off those mai tais and pulled pork from the night before (back to clean eating when I return from vacation!). We wanted a full body workout…. something that would work the legs, abs, and arms. So we decided to incorporate exercises that would do just that…

I had every intention of taking pictures of myself doing the exercises as a tutorial, but when the workout was over I was too sweaty and beat to do anything that required any kind of thinking. So, I linked a few tutorials to demonstrate the moves that might need a little more explanation! You can do this workout anywhere… but the sand adds a tad bit more resistance. If you choose to do it, I’d love to know how you liked it!

Complete each circuit 2xs, with each circuit being 7 minutes (complete as many sets as possible in that 7 minute timeframe, I got this idea from BBG). Once you have completed 7 minutes of circuit 1, move onto circuit 2, with a 30 second break in between.

Circuit 1:

24 X Jumps
2 100 yard sprints
30 jackknife sit-ups
30 walking lunges

Circuit 2:

15 push-ups
50 jumping jacks
30 lateral walking lunges
40 ab bikes

And… if you’re in the market for some summer fitness attire, I can’t recommend this mesh tank and biker shorts more! Excellent quality and price point… and zella is one of my favorite fitness brands for cute and sturdy pieces.

{Outfit Details || Tank: Zella | Shorts: Zella | Sports Bra: Zella (similar) | Sunglasses: Le Specs}

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itsy bitsy indulgences

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itsy bitsy indulgences

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itsy bitsy indulgences

05.18.2016

Wellness Wednesday: 5 Day Meal Plan + Favorite Athleta-leisure Pieces

athletaleisure, itsy bitsy indulgences {Outfit Details || Leggings: Zella | Top: Allo | Shoes: c/o DC shoes (so comfortable) | Bag: Tory Burch | Sunglasses: Karen Walker}

 I was going to start this post by talking about my love of food. Yet, I scratched that and decided to share a few thoughts about where I am with some post-pregnancy things. Last week was a hard week. One I wasn’t really expecting. I was washing my hair and clumps started to fall out. Not just the few strands here and there. Like, “Oh, there is a knot in my hair… oh wait, that’s a whole chunk that came out.” Not pretty. A major shock. Then, I went bathing suit shopping for Hawaii. First mistake. I never shop for bathing suits in the store. Ever. So, why I did this time (after having a baby 4 months ago) is completely beyond me. #DumbChoice. I grew frustrated with the fact that I was eating so clean, waking up so early to work out, and didn’t feel like I was seeing results. Then I had to take a step back and remind myself what the goal of “food” and “working out” was. It’s to feel good. To feel strong. To nourish my body and challenge my mind. I know I’m not alone in this. I’ve recently received several e-mails about it all, so I decided I would simply be transparent about it, and share my own personal struggle as of late.

All that being said, I really do love food (as in when I go to bed at night I can’t wait to wake up and make breakfast). Always have and always will. I am just trying to be conscious about the choices I make and ensure that they are in line with my ultimate goal: to feel good and energized. I try to eat as many fruits, vegetables, lean meats (that are organic and hormone/antibiotic free), and healthy carbs as possible. I find that when this is my ultimate goal, I end up feeling good! So, below you will find just that… and on the weekends I enjoy my “itsy bitsy indulgences” and don’t worry too much! Oh, and if anyone has suggestions for the whole hair situation I would love to hear them!!

Monday: 

Breakfast: Oatmeal + some chopped perfect bar + honey + cinnamon + 1/2 sliced banana
Snack: Apple
Lunch: Super Spinach Salad (Trader Joe’s), sub dressing with 1 tbsp Annie’s Organic Lite Goddess Dressing, 1 can of tuna + side of carrots
Snack: Elemental Superfood Bar
Dinner: Cauliflower fried rice (Trader Joe’s has bags that have already been shredded!), 1 egg, shrimp, edamame, peas, carrots + tamari sauce
Dessert: 1 Justin’s mini peanut butter cup

Tuesday:
Breakfast: Same as Monday
Snack: 1 hard boiled egg
Lunch: Lite tuna spinach salad (ate out at Ivy’s)
Snack: Bowl of berries, 1/2 cup DF kite hill yogurt, 1/4 cup purely elizabeth granola
Dinner: Left over veggie pizza (3 slices)
Snack: Peanut butter cup

Wednesday:
Breakfast: Same as Monday
Snack: 1 medium apple sliced + topped with 1 tbsp Justin’s Peanut Butter
Lunch: Out with friend at Haute Cakes– salmon salad + veggies, dressing on side
Snack: DF Kite hill yogurt, raspberries, honey, sprinkle of granola
Dinner: Loaded Sweet Potato: 4oz ground turkey, 1/2 cup black beans, 1 tbsp guacamole, sautéed bell peppers, salsa
Dessert: Peanut Butter Cup

Thursday:
Breakfast: same as Monday
Snack: Same as Wednesday
Lunch: Veggie Burger, topped with 1/4 avocado, 1 egg and a handful of carrots + One hummus on side
Snack: 1 medium sweet potato + 1 tsp Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter + 1/4 cup blackberries (this has quickly become my new obsession)
Dinner: Spiralized zucchini noodles with homemade white wine sauce, topped with 2 Trader Joe’s Chicken Basil Sausages + side of asparagus
Snack: 3 cups popcorn

Friday:
Breakfast: Paleo Bread (2 slices and toasted) + 2 tbsp Justin’s Peanut Butter + 1/2 banana thinly sliced
Snack: 1 apple
Lunch: Out to lunch at Freesoul (vegan restaurant)- cup of potato leek soup + FSC salad
Snack: Green smoothie (link)
Dinner: Take-out: Poki Bowl with extra seaweed
Dessert: 3 cups of popcorn + 2 glasses of white wine

Weekend Indulgences:

Lunch: Chips + Guacamole with 3 Tacos (lobster, potato +black bean, cauliflower tacos)
Dinner: Hamburgers with all the fixings (ground bison meet, which is very lean) + sweet potato fries
Dessert: A big ol’ bowl of popcorn + wine (always!)

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I also thought I would share with you a few of my favorite transitional work-out pieces. Sometimes, life is just easier when you rock the leggings and sweater you just worked out in (as long as it’s not sopping wet with sweat please… as in, you could literally wring water out of it…) so I like my pieces to be very transitional. This top is the perfect throw-on-and-go, and the mesh detailing makes it perfectly appropriate for coffee or a quick bite to eat with friends…. and the leggings… I’m such a sucker for an amazing pair that hugs in all the right places. These do just that for me… especially when finished off with kicks that make you feel like you’re walking on air (and come in fun color options too!).

athleta-leisure, itsy bitsy indulgences

athleta-leisure, itsy bitsy indulgences

mesh top, itsy bitsy indulgences

mesh top, itsy bitsy indulgences

athelta-leisure, itsy bitsy indulgences

dc shoe company, itsy bitsy indulgences

tory burch bag, itsy bitsy indulgences

04.20.2016

Wellness Wednesday: Bikini Body Guide (BBG) Update

fabletics, itsy bitsy indulgences

When I mentioned here that I was going to be starting the Bikini Body Guide (BBG) as one of my post-pregnancy fitness routines, I received several inquires as to how I was liking it. Given that, I thought I would share my progress over the next few months, and begin with brief overview of what I like, don’t like, and the results I have seen thus far!

I’m also a huge fan of stylish workout gear… I feel like it helps with the motivation and makes you feel pretty “fly” all while huffing and puffing and working up a sweat. I’m loving this mesh top… it is super cozy and I’ve been all over anything with mesh as of late. It’s from Fabletics… which has some of the cutest pieces, which are also excellent quality. I have several pieces from them and have been extremely happy with all… especially this pullover sweater (which comes in 3 colors) and this open back tank (4 different color options).

Also, if you have any “Wellness Wednesday” requests, please feel free to e-mail me and let me know! I love knowing what you all like to see.

{Outfit Details || Tank: c/o Fabletics | Pants: c/o Fabletics | Sports Bra: c/o Anthropologie (size up one) | Shoes: c/o Anthropologie, available here | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Bracelet: c/o Gorjana | Stroller: BOB}

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The Best Parts Of BBG: Let’s start with what I love about the program. The variability is wonderful. Based on how I am feeling for the day I can choose either a resistance workout (legs, arms & abs, or full body) or a 37 minute cardio session. There are enough workouts to take you through all 7 days of the week… so it has you covered there. The variability in the workouts keeps it interesting… and I’ve never felt bored. Additionally, the 28 minute resistance programs get the heart rate up, quickly, and at the end I feel as if I have gotten in a challenging workout. I love that there is a meal plan for every day of the week. I don’t follow it that closely, but there isn’t a particular reason as to why. Many of the items look extremely delicious… so, I should probably hop on that part of the program too (although I do maintain a relatively clean eating regime, so I guess that’s my excuse). It’s also portable. This past weekend in Sonoma, TJ and I decided  we wanted a challenging workout while Harper was napping, so we selected the “full body” option, found a few replacements for the necessary equipment (i.e. a laundry detergent jug and steps in front of the house), and went at it. I also love that I can complete this in my living room, first thing in the morning… no excuses for me.

Challenges Of BBG: One of the only challenges I have faced thus far is in the area of equipment. I have some of it at home, but for the “challenges,” I found that I was unable to complete it because I didn’t have all the equipment… and it wasn’t equipment I could create an alternative for. If you’re interested in the program, I would definitely invest in a few of the pieces so that you can complete the workouts at home. Some of the pieces you will need include dumbbells (6-13lbs), a medicine ball, (13-26lbs) a step (which you could replace with a chair), bosu, a jump rope…. and I would recommend a heart rate monitor to see how much effort is being exerted.

Progress: I don’t weigh myself, instead I go off of how my clothes fit. After about 3 1/2 weeks of doing the program, I would have to say my jeans are fitting a little looser, and the muscle in my legs in beginning to come back (I really didn’t realize how much muscle mass I lost in the later pregnancy days and post-partum time frame). Am I where I want to be yet? Nope. Yet, I have seen the results with this program and so I am very hopeful!

Overall: As of right now, I would have to say that I recommend this program, for all the reasons I listed above. While the initial purchase of the program and some of the equipment may seem like a lot, I see it as an investment in my health, confidence, and happiness. So, for me, it was an easy decision, and one I’m happy I’ve invested in thus far! I’ll review more next month!

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fabletics, itsy bitsy indulgences

fabletics, itsy bitsy indulgences

fabletics, itsy bitsy indulgences

fabletics, itsy bitsy indulgences

fabletics, itsy bitsy indulgences

04.06.2016

Wellness Wednesday: 5 Days of Eats

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For today’s wellness Wednesday post, I decided to return to a feature  that used to get a lot of traction on this blog: meal plans. Towards the end of my pregnancy and in the first few months of motherhood, it wasn’t always easy for me to write down exactly what I was eating in order to share… and let’s be honest, in the last month of my pregnancy I was just a constant #carbcraver. Yet, since starting BBG and getting back into my weekly runs, I’ve honed in on the eating as well. I am being sure to focus on filling with nutrient dense foods and lean proteins… and I just might become a sweet potato soon, they’re my newest obsession! I didn’t include the weekends here because those are the times most of my “itsy bitsy indulgences” creep in! Back in November, I did a post on my favorite healthy food products… if you’re curious be sure to check it out, as most of the items are available via Amazon or Trader Joe’s. I’ve also included a little fitness wear inspo below… because I know that always gets me inspired!

Monday:
Breakfast: 1 cup dried steel cut oats (Trader Joe’s, cooked accordingly) + 1/2 banana sliced, cinnamon, and a little honey
Snack: 1 apple + Chia Bar
Lunch: Trader Joe’s fresh minestrone soup + super spinach salad (I changed out the dressing to simple olive oil and lemon juice)
Snack: Favorite green smoothie
Dinner: 6oz salmon + roasted sweet potatoes + brussel sprouts (lightly tossed in olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic salt, roasted at 350 for 40 minutes).
Dessert: 3 cups of Boom Chicka Popcorn

Tuesday:
Breakfast: Same as Monday
Snack: 1 medium pear + 5-6 barnanas
Lunch:Lunch with a friend- Kale Salad at Cheesecake Factory
Snack: GoMacro Bar
Dinner: Halibut Tacos. On the side I have 1/2 cup of black beans and as many sautéed belle peppers and onions as I want!
Dessert: 3 cups of Boom Chicka Popcorn

Wednesday:
Breakfast: 1 medium sweet potato + 2 poached eggs + a lot of green beans (I purchased the package that can be microwaved from Trader Joe’s).
Snack: 1 apple + Chia Bar
Lunch: Nektar acai bowl (seen above)
Snack: Brown Rice cake + vegan cream cheese (another great option from Trader Joe’s) + sliced strawberries + drizzle of honey
Dinner: 5 oz grilled chicken breast + 1 cup of brown rice + all the asparagus that I wanted
Dessert: 1 Justin’s Peanut Butter Cup

Thursday:
Breakfast: Chocolate Banana Acai Bowl
Snack: 1 pear + 1 tbsp almond butter
Lunch: Loaded Vegetable Salad: lots of mixed power greens (Trader Joe’s), 2 medium sweet potatoes diced and roasted + left over asparagus spears + artichoke hearts (marinated option from Trader Joe’s) + date of palm (canned option from Trader Joe’s) + sliced cherry tomatoes + 1/4 avocado slices, all tossed in a little olive oil + lemon juice. On the side I had 1 cup of carrots.
Snack: GoMacro Bar
Dinner: Breakfast for dinner: Huge egg white omelet with artichoke hearts + spinach + almond milk cheese (Trader Joe’s option). Paired this with 1 Chicken Basil Sausage from Trader Joe’s.
Dessert: Popcorn

Friday:
Breakfast: Same as Monday
Snack: Fruit bowl- cantaloupe, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries
Lunch: Ate out, ordered a vegetable sandwich (avocado, sprouts, spinach, tomato, shredded carrotts, and sunflower seeds with dijon mustard) on squaw bread.
Snack: Green smoothie (different than one above)
Dinner: Ordered in- Poke bowl with extra cucumbers + seaweed
Dessert: 2 glasses of champagne + popcorn

Now for a little fitness inspo…

{Blue Sneakers | Grey Sneakers | Purple Top | Blue Leggings | Multi-Colored Leggings | White Open Back Tank | Yellow Tank | Sports Bra}

03.30.2016

Wellness Wednesday: At Home Workout Videos

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Today is the first of a new series I have been wanting to start called “Wellness Wednesday.” This blog has always incorporated aspects of healthy living, but I thought this new series would be a great opportunity to incorporate it with an increased frequency. I’m thinking of including mini workouts, ideas on self-care, as well as recipes and meal plans. If there is anything in particular you would like to see, please let me know and I will make every attempt to include it!

With all that being said, I thought I would kickoff the series with a review of a few fitness videos that have been on serious rotation as of late. Before Harper came along, my fitness regime was exclusively a run outside, a studio class, or the gym. Since though, I’ve found it so much easier to pop in a video… given recent time constraints and convenience.  Yet, I have always been skeptical of videos. My main reservation? How effective can a workout video really be? So, I decided to try a few out and give it a go. After doing each of these videos once, my muscles were sore in places they hadn’t been in a while (I guess that’s what a 6 week hiatus will do to you…). I opted for a combination of HIIT and more joint friendly versions, including two power yoga videos. As I write this, I am realizing that most of these videos are by Jillian Michales…. so in an honest self-diclosure, I used to love Biggest Loser (#guiltyindulgence). I also find her to be very motivating, while at the same time challenging you to really understand what your motivation is for getting fit. I feel as if I know why I am doing a workout, then I am more likely to stick with it… so in that light, I want to feel empowered to take charge of my fitness at any point in my life… and if it’s with a video and an at home workout right now, then so be it!

{Outfit Details || Top: Free People | Leggings: Alo | Sports Bra: c/o Anthropologie | Shoes: c/o Anthropologie (available here) | Stroller: Bob}

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1. Tracy Anderson Method: Post Pregnancy: I used Tracy Anderson’s Pregnancy Project video throughout my entire pregnancy and loved it. So, it was only natural that I decided to try out one of her post-pregnancy videos. I really like that she is sensitive to the post-pregnancy body… and encouraging at the same time. She is open and honest about her weight gain and provides logic as to why each move is important. The majority of the video focuses on strengthening the core (amen!) and then there are several moves to target the glutes and legs, as well as the arms. It is easy on the joints and I definitely feel like I got a good workout in when I am finished. My only con is that it doesn’t necessarily increase my heart rate, which is something I always like from my workouts. approximately 38 minutes

2. Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno: I was an avid user of this video pre-pregnancy, so once I was cleared to workout again I couldn’t wait to return to this power yoga series. The DVD has two different power yoga workouts. One utilizes body resistance and the other incorporates weights (3-5lbs). Both offer an advanced and beginner level, and I find both videos to be challenging as they throw in moves to get your heart rate up, since it is more of a yoga fusion. Cardio intervals include mountain climbers, plank jacks, and jumping lunges (yes, I know, not very yoga-esq). I can never decide which video I like better… the body resistant one or the weights version… because each time I go back to the other I fall in love with it again. If you are an avid yoga participant simply beware that this is not a traditional form of practice. Other than that I don’t really have any complaints! approximately 30 minutes each

3. Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred: Alright, so the name is what roped me in here. 30-days…. to be shredded?? Sign me up please (especially since I’ll be forced into a bathing suit come May…)!! This workout is for sure one that will get your heart rate up and moving. There are three videos, each 20 minutes long. There is a short warm-up, followed by 3 minutes of weight training, 2 minutes of intense cardio, and 1 minute of ab work. There are 3 circuits in each video… and believe me, if you don’t rest, it’s a workout! It is divided into three different levels and meant to progress from level 1-level 3 based on your fitness aptitude. My favorites are level 2 and level 3…. and some days I do both levels. approximately 20 minutes each

4. Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown: This is another video I found pre-pregnancy. I was actually in Switzerland and was craving some sort of healthy activity (that was one indulgent trip…). I found this on youtube and loved the video. It utilizes all body resistance, but I love the flow and sequence. approximately 35 minutes

That’s it! I just purchased a 3 month membership to try out Bikini Body Guide… anyone else done this?? I’ll share my experience along the way!!

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free people fitness, itsy bitsy indulgences

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03.24.2016

Transitional Activewear: Move Seamlessly From Yoga To Mimosa Sipping!

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While I like love a fabulous pair of jeans, I have an equally passionate love for activewear. In high school and college, my activewear consisted pretty much of t-shirt shorts, a Hanes tee, and a bandanna tied in my hair (hey, I think that was the trend back then… cut me some slack…)… nothing that I would really wear out and about post workout. As I got older, and entered the work-force, I began to appreciate those off-duty weekend looks that consisted mainly of yoga pants and tops… so I started to invest in some quality activewear.

My main goal was to find pieces that would easily transition from a morning yoga/spin/run session to a trip to the mall, brunch with friends, or a day full of errands. I wanted pieces that would look stylish, yet hold everything in place during my workout. I found that the investment was worth it, as these pieces lasted and looked on trend…. meaning I didn’t need to buy a lot of items since the ones I had lasted. When it came time to update my activewear wardrobe, I found so many amazing pieces in Anthropologie’s new activewear collection. They carry so many brands that I love…. including Alo Yoga, Beyond Yoga (some of the coziest pants), New Balance, and Stella McCartney. The selection has so many pieces that fit my fitness wear criteria: comfortable, stylish, and mutli-functional.

I shared more about my fitness routine, and how I live a balanced life over on the Anthropologie blog today! Check it out to find out my favorite cheat meal (just thinking about it makes my mouth water), fitness routine, and which sport I wanted to go to the Olympics in when I was young!

{Outfit Details 1 || Sports Bra: c/o Anthropologie  | Leggings: c/o Anthropologie  (seriously, so comfortable) | Wrap: c/o Anthropologie (Beyond Yoga) | Shoes: c/o Anthropologie (New Balance) (like walking on air!)}

{Outfit Details 2 || Leggings: c/o Anthropologie (Beyond Yoga) | Top: c/o Anthropologie (Alo) | Jacket: c/o Anthropologie (Stella McCartney) | Shoes: c/o Anthropologie (Stella McCartney)

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anthropologie activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

anthropologie activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

anthropologie activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

anthropologie activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

anthropologie activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

anthropologie activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

anthropologie activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

anthropologie activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

anthropologie activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

anthropologie activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

anthropologie activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

Photos by Taylor Cole