Monday, September 29, 2014

Motivation Monday: Why You Should Workout Today


Besides "to look better naked," here are five reasons why you should workout that have nothing to do with looks! 
  1. Sleep: no matter what time you workout, it's been proven that exercise helps you sleep more soundly and for longer periods of time. 
  2. Health: Exercise reduces inflammation, helps to prevent cancer and heart disease, lowers blood pressure, balances hormones... the list goes on and on when it comes to how exercise can improve your health.
  3. Attitude: Exercise releases endorphins. Endorphins = happy pills. 
  4. Sex Drive: Anaerobic (high intensity) exercise increases testosterone levels, which will result in a higher libido. 
  5. Memory: A recent study showed that just one aerobic exercise can increase the hormones that help you remember. 
Bottom line, it's important to exercise even if you don't want to lose weight. There are SO many reasons why you should workout today (and tomorrow too!). xx

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Moove over Cow Milk

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When I started breastfeeding, Christian had a hard time digesting diary in my diet. To make for a happier baby, I was fine giving up yogurt and I had swapped my cow milk for almond and coconut milk long ago. But it was so hard to say adios to cheese and my daily dash of half & half in my coffee....

That is, until I was introduced to my new obsession... Goat milk.

I'm now a full on goat milk convert and I'm wondering why I never wanted to try it before. It's creamier and sweeter than cow milk, which makes it perfect for my morning cup of joe. It's no wonder that "65% of the milk consumption worldwide is from goat's milk."

But, why didn't goat milk bother Christian's tummy? Well, well, well.. Goat milk is my new obsession for SO many reasons...

  • Less Allergenic: The protein Alpha S1 Casein has proven to be highly allergenic. This protein is found in high levels in cow milk, which explains why dairy is the most common allergy for children under three. The levels of this protein are 89% less in goat milk than in cow milk. 
  • Naturally Homogenized: Did you know that cow milk will naturally separate with cream on top and skim on bottom? Probably not, because the cow milk from your local grocery store has gone through a process called homogenization (aka no more separation). This may make the cow milk look better, but this process releases a free radical into the milk. Free radicals = cancer...eek! On the other hand, goat milk is naturally homogenized (it doesn't separate) which means no free radicals. Pretty. big. deal. 
  • Easier to Digest: Goat milk has smaller fat globules and higher levels of medium chain fatty acids making it easier and faster to digest. 
  • Rarely Causes Lactose Intolerance: Even though goat milk contains only 10% less lactase than cow milk, many people who are lactose intolerant can drink goat milk but not cow milk.
  • Alkalizing: High levels of potassium cause goat milk to  react as an alkaline whereas cow milk reacts as acidic. An alkaline body is a heathy body where an acidic body is a breeding ground for disease.
Still with me? Here's the bottom line...

Goat milk is wayyyy better for you than cow milk. And did I mention it's delicious? Same goes for goat cheese and yogurt. At four months, Christian's digestive system can handle the cow milk in my diet, but now that I've gone goat, I ain't goin' back. It's time to MOOve over cow milk! 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

What's in my gym bag? {Part Deux}

You may have read my sponsored post from last week, What's in my gym bag? {Part one}. It's time to get to the nitty gritty and see what's really in my gym (besides tampons... bah!). So here ya have it...


First of all, my bag is made by Zella and I am in love. Perfect size and it's not too sporty if you get what I mean. 

I spent a long time searching for the perfect wallet that didn't cost thousands of dollars. I ended up with the above by Michael Kors. I love that it's black and sophisticated on the outside but fun and neon on the inside... (kinda like me?)

 I've also got my iPhone 5s (obvi) with a JCrew tortoise shell case, Ray-Ban Folding Aviator sunnies (classic), and hair ties (duh). As well as my biz cards for both Beach Babe Fitness and Towel Toning.

Since I'm an instructor I always keep an extra set of batteries on hand in case the mic is dead.

ToeSox keep my feet stylish and sanitary from the studio floor. My pink Delanowear Headband tames flyways and keeps sweat from getting in my face.  

I always, always have my Lifefactory Bottle on hand for quick easy refills. I hate buying water and I have a weird aversion to plastic (BPA free or otherwise.)

As far as beauty products are concerned you'll see my Christian Dior Lip Glow, which is light and moisturizing and really just enhances the natural shade (I'm a true addict). Also, I'm pretty obsessed with eos lip balm (who isn't these days?), but I only like the mint and vanilla flavors.  I've also packed away some La Fresh Facial cleansing towelettes. I normally use my January Labs Gentle Cleanser, but these towelettes are great in a pinch or on the go. I always keep an emery board on hand to file down any hang nails and keep my nails in shape... if not I'll bite them.. eek! I keep Ms. Manicure Mini Emery Boards in my bag because they come in a little match book so they won't scratch up my stuff! 

One of my absolute favorite things in my bag is my Original Scent fragrance oil. It's a one of a kind scent that I created all my own. It's a blend of musk, fig, gardenia, lily, coconut, vanilla and a few other yummy smells. I just can't get enough.

You can also see my leopard print Toning Towel so I can "Work It In!" and my pre-natal vitamins, which I continue to take daily while breastfeeding. 

Last but not least, one of the coolest most important things in my bag is my Zylast Antiseptic Lotion. I'm not into hand sanitizers, but this one is a total game changer. Unlike other sanitizes that kill bacteria on your hands, Zylast will keep your hands free of harmful bacteria for up to six hours! So cool. To top it off, it's water-based and so it feels like a nice lotion not some harsh alcohol. 

And that's pretty much it! Hope you enjoyed a sneak peek into my bag... looking at all of this stuff I realize I might have a problem with pink, teal and leopard... oops :)

Monday, September 8, 2014

The 10 Minute Challenge... Shake things Up to Slim Down!

Hi Babes! I'm back and I'm back with a a mission. There's nothing more motivating than hanging out in a bikini all week drinking margaritas and eating chips and guacamole. I'm SO ready to drop this extra baby weight and get back to my sleek physique! (Don't let the photos fool you, I'm still up 10 pounds and I can feel it)

To combat my week of quesadillas and beer and to get back on track to my pre-baby body, I'm challenging myself to increase my normal workout. I'm adding just 10 minutes to my workout by incorporating sprint intervals. Care to join me? This is how I'm shaking things up to slim down...


Literally, it's like 2 of your favorite songs and you're finished. Let's try it for a month and see what happens! 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR… to get in shape!

It’s my favorite time of the year in Southern CA. It’s still beautiful and sunny…. minus the scorch of summer.

I can almost feel fall in the air. The hustle and bustle of summer has come and gone and for all of you mamas with older children, school is back in session (at long last!). I’m taking advantage of these final days of summer by soaking up the sun… aka outdoor workouts! It’s the perfect time to focus on our fitness and treat ourselves to a new Target® C9 outfit!

Here are just a few of the ways that I'm staying active in Target® C9...
  • Paddle Boarding: If you're lucky enough to to live by the water, it's the perfect time of the year for stand up paddle boarding. It's such a fun activity and a great workout. 
  • Outdoor Yoga & Bootcamp: Before it gets too cold, head to your local park or beach. Turn on some relaxing music and stretch or try a simple circuit of pushups, sit-ups and sprints! Focus on nothing but Y-O-U.

  •  Hikes: I love hiking because it’s a super workout for your booty and thighs and the view from the top is always the best!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target® C9 through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9, all opinions are my own.

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