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5 things Every Young Girl (or woman) needs to know to Stay in the Game with their health

This post was sponsored by Athleta and I was compensated to write this post, but all the opinions are 100% my own

In the past 5 years, fitness and health have been cornerstones to my life. I’ve been using them as tools to help discover sides of me I had no idea were there. It’s helped me gain confidence, a much more positive self-image of myself, and a stronger sense of belief that I can be better, do better and create the wholesome life I want to live.

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As a mom, these are things I want to teach my daughters too, but my kids don’t see fitness or health the same way I do. Part of me wonders if it's due to this digital era we live in and the pressures we, as a society, place on looking good and performance in physical activity. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a bit of a data junkie myself and I love being able to measure and track my progress especially as it relates to self-improvement and personal development, but I’m a firm believer in having fun in order to stay in the game of health.

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Integrating joy in fitness is one thing you’ll need to have sustainable lifestyle change no matter what the challenge is you’re facing in life.
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I’ve had so many ups and downs in this journey of health and self-love. With all of the most recent road bumps in life, one of the greatest lessons I’ve learned is that you need to find something that brings you joy when it comes to exercise. Integrating joy in fitness is one thing you’ll need to have sustainable lifestyle change no matter what the challenge is you’re facing in life.

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This is where biking comes in for us as a family. We love our bike rides. It’s the only physical activity my girls like to do outside of school sports and P.E. As a parent who believes that exercise is an important piece to a person’s mental and physical health I also believe that finding an activity that doesn’t feel like regimented exercise is just as important.

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Our neighborhood is filled with hill rides which turns what’s supposed to be a leisurely bike ride into what feels like the hills you climb during a 45-minute SoulCycle class.

Our bike rides can get pretty brutal real fast, especially on a hot day which is why I love Athleta Girl. It’s athleisure for the girls who don’t give up, like mine. I love that its made with high-quality performance fabric that withstands multiple wash and drys and to top it off their styles are super cute.

ABOUT THEIR ATHLETA GIRL SELECTS

Olivia is wearing the Athleta Girl Spliced up Chit Chat Tight, one of those wardrobe pieces that’s lightweight enough for summer and perfect for school. She loves the pink detail on the knees which gives this particular tight the right amount of edginess she loves. Both my girls are wearing the Power of Chi Tank, super awesome for the summer since its made of super light material and mesh, but since we’re in SF Bay Area it’s perfect to layer underneath sweaters or jackets.

One of the things I love about Athleta Girl is that they have tights that fit my 14-year-old daughter that doesn’t feel like she’s wearing “kids” clothes, but is completely age appropriate for a teenager. She’s in this age where her she’s defining her personal style and fashion. The Stash Your Treasures tight is extremely soft, but with a slight compression making it great for days she SoulCycle’s with me or for days she’s running around with her friends.  

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As the school year approaches for them again we’ve been talking a lot about fear, especially for my eldest who starts high school in just a few days. I remember high school and not quite understanding the value of sports or physical activity mainly because that wasn’t a high value in my household growing up. The fear of looking silly or stupid trying a new sport or exercise and I guess even now as adults we still hold some of that same fear within us. But if you can face the fear with fun, holding little to no expectations to the outcome then you can push past the limiting beliefs you place on what is or isn’t possible with your health goals and beyond.

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Along with joy, there are 4 other main things you need in order to stay in the game with your health goals when life gets a little bumpy.

Gratitude

Gratitude improves our health, relationships, emotions, personality, and career. It strengthens our emotions and reduces the feeling of fear and envy. Gratitude also helps us bounce back from stress and keeps us in the present moment. Before any workout, I warm up with a 5-minute gratitude walk. If I’m weight training in the gym I typically do an incline walk on the treadmill. Before even thinking about my training, I thank my body for all that it does for me and it’s ability to move despite not always wanting to.

Focus on the why

Why are you on this health journey? What do you want to achieve at the end of it? When I started my fitness journey 5 years ago I told myself that I’m doing this because I wanted to be the healthiest version of myself in my 30s. This allowed me to define what healthy meant to me which gave me the power and freedom to create my own values around what it meant to be healthy.

 

Keep it simple

Making changes to your lifestyle can be really hard, but sustaining it doesn’t have to be. When I work with my clients we focus on choosing just one habit to change. Once this habit has become a routine in their life, we move on to another habit to change.

 

Believe in yourself

While I’m not 100% free of self-doubt I can say that I believe in myself more strongly than I did before. I see my own potential with a lot more clarity than I have in the past. While there’s no true manual on how to improve believing in yourself, I do know that it takes practice. It also takes seeing failures as opportunities of growth.

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The power to stay in the game is not some mystical magic that only certain people have. You have it too. You just have to unlock a few doors and see what’s possible inside. When you do that you model the best behavior for those young girls who look up to and for those young girls who will be looking up to you.

Live Out Loud Every Day with Lolë Women

Ever since nearly facing a divorce with my husband I’ve had to re-shift my thinking and redefine my overall health perspective. It’s not that I don’t believe in fitness or exercise these days, but I’ve had to evolve the relationship with it and change some things in my day to day life to make it work for me, my busy schedule, and the new family life we want to create.

When I first started this fitness journey I thought fitness meant working out 5 days a week eating clean all the time and performance performance performance! Little did I realize, I was becoming addicted to exercise and sacrificing personal time for meal prepping and personal records at the gym. It's so easy to become consumed by something that gives us results. I mean, of course, its no surprise that exercise makes you feel better, "Hello endorphin rush!" But what I didn’t recognize then was I was so hyper-focused on fitness goals that I didn’t realize what I needed to Live Out Loud Every Day was a combination of exercise, eating well AND living life outside of work and the gym.

Once weekends were consumed by multiple workouts in the day, are now replaced by finding hobbies outside of fitness like plant shopping and exploring my new neighborhood. This past weekend I went to Temescal Alley here in Oakland, CA. 

Here’s a little day in the life (weekend edition):

7:00AM - wake up. Yes, I'm that crazy person who loves to wake up early on the weekends. I don't really remember the last time I slept in. #momlife

10:30AM - Check out the local plant shop Crimson Hort and to add some new additions to my growing collection. I have this growing obsession with plants. 

Window shopped at a few other stores in Temescal Alley and found a jewelry that I loved from Marisa Mason which I walked away from because furniture > jewelry at the moment. 

Toting around the perfect gym/everyday living bag, the Lily Bag by Lolë Women. The bag converts to a backpack and has a slot for a laptop and is durable enough to withstand adventures both in and out of the gym. Which is perfect for me because when I’m out an about its typically right after a morning gym session after seeing my kids off to school and there’s no time for swapping bags.

OUTFIT DETAILS: 

The Maelle Sweater by Lolë Women is one of the coziest sweaters I own. It;s lightweight and perfect as a transitional piece from winter to spring. I love the oversized look of it which is great for throwing on with a pair of jeans. 

The Cayo Leggings are made from post-consumer waste such as fishing nets and is from their swim line which is Chlorine Resistant, Sunscreen resistant and has sun protection up to UPF 50+.

Piper Jacket, a packable rain jacket that's been my go-to for these spring days. Living in the SF area you never know when rain is going to roll right in.

12:31 PM - Lunch break, because exploring can make a girl hungry!  Dona Tomas is a great little Mexican restaurant in Temescal Alley and of course, I ordered the Chilaquiles Verde because it's my fav! You can check out my recipe here

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2:00 PM - Get home and work on a few emails. The hustle never stops, but these days it doesn’t seem to bother me because I’m so in love with what I do. I have a standing desk which I love and from time to time you’ll catch me doing stretching or barre moves just to re-energize for the day. 

4:35 PM - Get a little bendy and do a little yoga. One of the things I've realized is my body craves the deep stretching. So I roll out my Air Yoga Mat and bust some moves. The Air Yoga mat is made of eco-friendly material and has a non-slip surface on both sides perfect for the floors in our new house.

Yoga is one of those practices that I struggle with. I'll admit, I think it terrifies me because of the act of sitting still and quieting the mind. I used to have a meditation practice that I was deeply invested in, but moving took over our lives these past few months.

Now that we're settled into our new house I'm rededicating myself to more self-care, more physical movement, and more meditation. Lolë Women has a 21-day meditation challenge that I'm joining to reconnect to that piece of myself. You can sign up here.

The evenings are often reserved for family time, a little disconnection from the digital world, and trying to just BE. We often define LIVING as the need to be in constant motion. These days I feel like Live Out Loud Every Day means to be present, connected to those around you and your self, and to move freely through life loving and honoring your body. What does it mean for you?

MY LOLË WOMEN EDIT

This post was sponsored by Lolë Women and I was compensated to write this post, but all the opinions are 100% my own.

Photography by Encarnacion Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Top 3 Fitness Moves To Get You Going in 2018

It’s the beginning of the year and like every start of the year, everyone’s thinking about their health goals and focusing on how to incorporate more exercise into their daily lives.  As an Integrative Health and Life coach this is something I work with my clients on daily, but rather on focusing on major changes in one’s routine, we figure out how we can incorporate small changes that can help them get back on track to cultivating a healthier relationship with exercise and movement. This approach has helped them create sustainable lifestyle changes that they can be easily adapted to their busy lives.

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A lot of my clients have tried it all when it comes to fitness programs, workout classes, and fitness challenges. And just like my clients I’ve tried it all as well, if not more. Throughout my own personal experiences with exercise, I’ve realized that the best way to get back in shape and stay on track of one’s health goals is to find an exercise that you truly enjoy and love. Like most of my coaching clients, I spend a lot of time in front of a desk. Sitting or even standing at your desk all day can be tough on posture so strengthening the core, back, and upper body is key.  Here are some of my go-to moves that can be done anywhere. All you need is a resistance band and a mini loop resistance band and you’re ready to go!

How Self Reflection Can Help You Smile

Do you remember a time when opinions of others didn’t matter? Hmmm...what was that answer?

No...me neither.

The older I get the less time I seem to have, and when I do find the time I really feel the necessity to invest in taking care of myself by slowing down and hitting the pause button. It’s so easy to fall into the trap, get caught up with what other people are doing, and how they’re living their life. Sadly, what screws us up the most in our life is this picture in our head of how it’s supposed to be.

wearing the coziest lounge wear from Third Love

wearing the coziest lounge wear from Third Love

One day it just clicks… you realize what’s important and what isn’t. You learn to care less about what other people think of you and more about what you think of yourself. You realize how far you’ve come and you remember when you thought things were such a mess that you would never recover. And you SMILE. You smile because you are truly proud of yourself and the person you’ve fought to become.

You learn to care less about what other people think of you and more about what you think of yourself. You realize how far you’ve come and you remember when you thought things were such a mess that you would never recover.

Anxiety happens when we worry about the future, planning for it, and trying to predict it, as if figuring it out now will cushion the blow. The thing is the future is always changing and will always be a place of uncertainty and fear. But the future can also be the home of our wildest dreams and hopes. Don’t hold yourself back because of something you cannot control, instead adapt. The quicker you can learn to adapt and redirect time and energy the easier it become to get things things you value in life accomplished. Looking back at the past only causes us to ruminate over things we cannot change. Give yourself grace. Failures are an opportunity for us to reflect on what we did and how we failed, so we can change the mindset and path in the present moment.

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A lot of my self reflection happens in those few moments I get to pause, while I’m home lounging around in comfy clothes like this new lounge wear from Third Love. It’s when I can strip off any of the fictitious labels that workout clothes puts on me as a fitness blogger or influencer and I can just think for myself. It’s funny how clothing can do that to a person, but it does. We often say “here are my regular people clothes” when referring to items that are not exercise gear so I guess I’ll label my lounge wear as “my pausing from life” clothes.

Third Love recently launched loungewear which is awesome because there are days where I just don’t want to be in workout clothing and silky PJs is just a little extra. It’s made with seamless bamboo, which means no itchy seams and naturally antimicrobial to keep you dry and cool.

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ThirdLove is an internet based company who utilizes tech in order to help you find the perfect bra fit from the comfort of your own home. They even offer bras with half-sized cups which is incredible because I feel like I’m one of the 50% of women who fall between standard cup sizes. To start, you can take the Fit Finder Quiz.

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ThirdLove let’s you Try Before You Buy (choosing from one of their best selling bras: 24/7 Classic T-Shirt bra, 24/7 Classic Full Coverage bra or 24/7 Push Up bra) or my personal favorite the Longline Lace Balconette Bra. You just pay for shipping and try it out (even wash it) for 30 days. If you like it, you keep it and if you don’t like it, you can return it and the bra is donated to both local San Francisco charities and women’s charities through their Bras for All program where they’ve given over $1 million worth of bras to women in need since 2013.

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Thanks to ThirdLove, a brand I love and trust, for sponsoring this post. Partnerships like this make GOFITJO possible.

photography by Encarnacion Photography


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How to Manifest Success with Brooks Running

Success is a tough one and although I don’t have it all figured out. I was sponsored by Zappos to share a few things I learned about manifesting success, but as always my thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

We all want to strive to live a successful life. But what does success really look like? What does it mean to be successful? Success looks different on everyone, but when you break down what makes a person so successful at hitting their target goals there is one thing in common: they do something they don't want to do.

This doesn't mean that they are in soul sucking jobs they hate or stay in relationships that are toxic. Doing the thing they don't like to do means that their goals are so important to them that the work becomes irrelevant. Each and every one of us will be faced with a challenge or task in life that we don't want to do. This could mean getting up at 4:30am to be at the gym by 5am before your work day, giving up fried foods, tackling monthly accounting, paying off bills to get out of debt, and the list goes on. But at the end of the day in order to get closer to your goals, personal or career; you have to do something you don't want to do. Ask yourself: are your goals bigger than your distractions? What are you willing to sacrifice to get your closer to being the person you want to be?

3 Ways to Manifest Success:

  1. Feel it and believe it. One of the first things I do when I manifest successful moments in my life is I envision it and start to evoke a strong sense of belief. To me this is the first step to achieving anything in life. It’s also probably the most important. What we don’t realize is how strong our subconscious mind truly is. Once the subconscious mind accepts an idea, it begins to execute it. It does not question or judge it just reacts. 
  2. Clear any mental road blocks. Because we live in a society where information is available at our finger tips, we’re more susceptible to looking at outside influences to dictate our mindset. In doing this, we slowly begin to have this mindset of not being enough for our goals or our dreams. These can create mental road blocks that can leave us in analysis paralysis. Clear any limiting beliefs that you might have that’s holding you back. 
  3. Be Patient. As you become clearer in what you want to achieve you can start taking the steps towards your goals. But you need to remember to be patient, the best things in life take time. 

So this is my challenge to you: take a moment today to list down one thing you are not looking for to doing and choose a target date. Make sure that this one thing relates to your target goal. Maybe this is setting a monthly budget for your household, maybe it’s the one area in your career you have to tackle in order to move up in your position, or maybe it's committing to a change in your lifestyle that will help you get back in shape or healthier, like running or trying a new group fitness class.

One of the things I love about Brooks is their dedication to helping you build your confidence in running whether your on the train or running towards your life’s greatest goals. If you’re an exercise junkie like me then you know how much moving your body can evoke a spirit of confidence and this mindset that you can do anything. I’ve always bene a long time fan of shopping for shoes on Zappos. I remember when I first discovered my love for online shopping how excited I would get to get my Zappos shipments in what felt like overnight because they were so fast at shipping the things I bought.  Their easy return policies made it so easy for me because when you’re busy trying to make the most of out of your life, both in the gym and out, you don’t have time to fuss with the overcomplicated.