It’s Wedding Season!

Ready or not, wedding season has arrived!

Photo Cred: Chris Werner Photography
Photo Cred: Chris Werner Photography

We are in full throttle with site visits, tastings, design meetings and planning galore! It is a busy time for brides, bridal parties, families and wedding professionals. In all of the chaos, don’t forget to take care of yourself!!!

It is so easy to get off track – take some time every Sunday and schedule your workouts into your calendar to ensure that you will make time for them. No excuses!

Trail Run

Sunday is also a great day for food shopping, planning and preparing yourself for a nutritious week ahead. Failing to plan your meals and snacks often time results in eating out and “fast” food choices. Dodge these mistakes ahead of time and aim for success.

Let’s go brides – stick to your goals and look fit and phenomenal in your dress. 😉

Springtime Energy Juice

Do you like green smoothies? I know they’re super healthy for you, but when they taste like dirt, lets be real, it’s not going to happen.

 This green smoothie is one for the books! It’s sweet, light, detoxifying and DELICIOUS. Try it out and let me know what you think. :)

1 Orange

1 Banana

1 Cup Spinach or Kale

1/2 Cup Coconut Milk

6 Ice Cubes

Energy Juice

YUM. :)

Spring into Shape!

Happy Spring!!

Finally, the weather is warming up and it’s almost time for muddy trail runs and wedding season!!

Remember, with the thought of white dresses and bikini’s in the very near future – every little bit of your diet and exercise routine counts! We can help you create a fitness and nutrition plan and most importantly STICK TO IT.

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Making small changes will make for an easier transition into this healthy lifestyle. Remember, don’t cut foods out, but rather crowd them out with healthier choices. To avoid the temptation of something that is “off-limits” focus on eating healthier foods first, so you will have room for little to none of whatever you’re trying to avoid.

Green Smoothie

Don’t forget to incorporate some change into your fitness routine as well. Try a balance of some long distance cardio, intervals, resistance training, HIIT circuits and stretching. Healthy lifestyle change can be uncomfortable, but it’s always worth it. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and spring into shape this season!

Contact me for training and nutrition information here :)

Tired of the boring treadmill?

Get out of your treadmill slump!!

Start mixing up your boring treadmill routine with intervals and circuits. Not only will this make your workout a little more exciting, but the time will fly by, you will find yourself burning extra calories, fat and boosting your metabolism.

Keep Calm and Run On

25 Minute Treadmill Fat Blaster

Warm up – 4.0 walk – 3 min

Jog – 6.0 – 2 min

Run – 7.0 – 2 min

Jog – 6.0 – 2 min

SPRINT – 8.0 – 1 min

Jog – 6.0 – 2 min

SPRINT – 8.0 – 1 min

Jog – 6.0 – 2 min

SPRINT – 8.0 – 1 min

Jog – 6.0 – 2 min

Run – 7.0 – 2 min

Jog – 6.0 – 2 min

Cool Down – Walk – 4.0 – 3 min

 Don’t forget to stretch!!!

Quad Stretch

Sweet and Simple Wedding Lifesavers

 Below are a few items that you didn’t know you needed aside from your standard wedding Emergency/Survival Kit:

1.) Coconut Water & Snacks – my favorite is made by Vita Coco, it is an all natural, super hydrating product that is NEVER from concentrate. It says it right there on the bottle. 😉 Coconut water is filled with natural electrolytes that will give you an extra kick of hydration and energy keeping you sane, calm and having fun on your big day!

2.) Flip Flops, Flats or Toms

(Tom’s has come out with a fun and funky wedding collection – check it out HERE!! – these are great to wear for the full day or just post ceremony to save your feet!)

Toms Wedding Collection

3.) Straws – there are so many options out there that I’m sure you will be able to find some that match your colors or tie into your theme. Check out these awesome birch straws from Anthropologie that would go perfectly with a rustic chic or outdoorsy wedding!

Anthropologie Birch Straws

4.) Lip stain

You will be kissing and drinking all night! Lip stain lasts longer than gloss or lipstick and doesn’t have the extra stickiness! If you’re not sure what kind to get, head on over to Sephora to take a look around.

5.) White Out

To quickly fix any stains or small spills on your dress!

6.) Pins!!!

 Bobby, Safety & Clothes.

7.) Clear Nail Polish

This will save you if you have a small dress tear, if Aunt Gloria has a nylon rip or if you have a nail malfunction!

8.) A “Must Have” Photo List

Although you will meet with your photographer prior to your wedding to discuss style and necessary shots, having a list of group shots that you want is always helpful to have. Also, remember that your photographer doesn’t know your family so assigning a friend or family member to coordinate the troops will save a lot of time and stress for the photographer!

Walker/Ravizza Chris Werner
Photo Cred: Chris Werner

9.) Sand Paper

For the bottom of those slippery shoes! Have you ever watched the episode of Friends where Chandler and Monica get married? Season 7, Episode 25 – watch it.

10.) Batteries – you NEVER know.

Set Yourself Up For Success

 If you fail to plan, you can plan to fail! Harsh? Maybe, but it happens too often not to address! Let me help you set yourself up for success by following my tips below:

Set Your Goals

Goals

Sunday is a great day to take a few minutes and figure out what your goals and intentions are for the upcoming week. Look at your larger long term goals and set smaller weekly steps to work towards them. No matter what you want to accomplish it is SO important to write it down. Whether those goals include planning your wedding, your career, your relationship, health or are hobby related, write them in a place where you know that they will be visible and as a bold daily reminder to you.

Prepare Your Food

Figure out a few options for healthy meals, prepare a shopping list and head to the store! When you return, prep and cut all of your fruit and veggies. Having pre-cut produce makes for a great on-the-go healthy snack.  Also, take the time to grill/bake/cook chicken (or another protein) and prepare a few large salads. This will be a huge time saver through out the week, your healthy lunches (or dinners) will be prepped and ready to go saving you time and healthy eating excuses. Plan for success and stay on track!

Cobra Stretch

Schedule Your Workouts

Set weekly workout goals for yourself and schedule your gym time, classes and cardio exercise into your calendar. Writing these workouts into your schedule ahead of time will hold you accountable and eliminate time excuses. Plan ahead, schedule the time and workout because you love your body – it’s the only place you have to live, so take care of it!!

Lake Tahoe Sunset

Restore Your Mind – YOU time

Take at least 30 minutes and shut off all electronics and gadgets, go for a solo walk or run, do yoga or just sit quietly. Try to focus your energy and mind on positive thoughts and a restorative outlook. Rather than focusing on negatives (which we all tend to do), remind yourself of all that your are thankful for and everything amazing going on in your life. Remember that your thoughts in the morning set the tone for your entire day, so set the intention to wake up every morning with a confident mindset and joyful heart.

 

Lower Belly Fat Blasting!

Have you heard of being “skinny fat?”

So many women with thin bodies have a larger than normal body fat percentage which can be super dangerous! Lack of exercise and too few calories will get you “skinny fat” NOT healthy.

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Toning up your tummy takes more than just doing planks, crunches, twisties and knee ups! Of course, these all help to strengthen your muscles, but if you are struggling with getting rid of a lower belly bump the way to tummy toning success is blasting that fat away with a mixture of cardio and resistance exercises.

First you have to burn off the stubborn fat with cardio training and then reveal your gorgeous muscle lines with toning exercises!

The White Dress Workout!

Ready for the new total body “white dress” workout? Try to fit this workout in 3 times this week!

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Equipment: 10-15 lb kettlebells, 6-12 lb dumbbells & a Bosu.

Circuit: Complete 40 seconds of each exercise with 15 seconds of rest between each. Do the circuit 4x through!

1) Kettlebell swings

2.) Plank with kettlebell row

3.) Floor bridge dumbbell fly

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4.) Lunge Jumps

5.) Oblique side touches

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6.) Bosu side to side plank

7.) Step up to press

Repeat 3x!!!

Visualize yourself looking amazing in the wedding gown of your dreams and that little white honeymoon bikini!! Keep it up ladies!

Engagement Photo Tips!

A few engagement session tips for the soon to be bride & groom:

1.) Wear flattering colors and clothes that make you feel comfortable.

2.) Choose a unique location that reflects your personality and style.

3.) If you choose to use props, make sure that they coincide with your “theme” and your relationship.

4.) Communicate your vision and connect well with your photographer. The more they get to know you, the better they will capture your relationship.

5.) Have fun with it! Try to forget that the camera is there and focus on your genuine love for one another. :)

bri and laur

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treetime

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About the couple: Brian and Lo (my sister and brother-in-law) are a fun loving, outdoorsy, country music loving couple. They wanted their engagement photos to be natural, lighthearted and fresh. We spent the day going around to a few of their favorite local spots and having a great time.

Location: Groton, Massachusetts.

Photographer: Yours truly 😉

Medicine Ball Madness!!

 Hi Ladies! Are you ready for the Medicine Ball Madness workout??

Dave, of Big Mountain Fitness, has been kicking my butt with this workout all week! I will be doing my 3rd round tonight and my 4th round on Saturday! Feel the burn!!

Equipment: 8-16 lb Medicine Ball

Circuit: Complete 40 seconds of each exercise with a 15 second rest in between each. Complete the circuit 4x through.

Ready, GO!

1.) Alternating Leg Deadlift

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2.) Burpees

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3.) Supine Chest Toss

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4.) Slams

5.) Squats

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6). Side to Side Skier Jumps

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7.) Sit Ups

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Rest for 1 minute & REPEAT!!!

Complete this circuit 4x this week & keep on sweating towards your wedding fitness goals.

Train like a beast, look like a beauty :)