Can you believe that it is already March…. tho looking out the window it still looks like January!! I thought we could all use a little distraction today, so I decided to share some things I have been loving or dieing to try!!
The Muku Shuttr is big on the list to try this month. The girls and I are so amped to get this and take it for a spin…. just think the photo shoots that will insue in this house!
LOVE LOVE LOVE the DreamInGreenGirl site. The girls did a spa night post with DIY spa treatments from these ladies and had the best time ever! This site covers everything from food, beauty, fitness and so much more all while focusing on non-toxic products and evrionmently friendly goods. I have found some amazing beauty products from these ladies and just posted an article about toxin free deoterent … I am always looking for good pit stick for the ladies in this house!
In my world Dry Shampoo is a must, and while I have tried a few aerosol products (not a huge fan of them) the NO Drought from Lush is hands down my love. It has a nice “orangy” sent and blends in to my dark hair evenly. Toby uses it some mornings because she likes to shower before bed and in the morning it gives her hair a little lift. Now from my favorite all around blog, A Beautiful Mess , there is a post on home made dry shampoo that I may give a go…. but not so sure how I feel about the coco add for dark hair but we shall see.
We love our smoothies in this house!! The girls tend to stick with the same recipe.. O.J, strawberries , spinage, and either van yogurt or protien powder. I have so many friends and clients asking me for recipes and I try to tell them just toss some goodies in the blender and let’er rip! I found this Smoothie 101 post from FitSugar and it gives you a really nice over all recipe for smoothies (I am really loving the pics!!) . There are tons of different add ins so have some fun while fueling your body!
And finally some great tunes that I have on repeat from this month!! Enjoy and keep rocking on!!
So you want to start an exercise program, sweet you have come to the right place. I know it has been a long time since you pulled up those leg warmers (see yes that was a long time ago) or you are a teen and you want to start a safe fitness program, and it is super scary walking into that fitness class.
All you see are mirrors, Lulu (or Athleta , Lorna or even TJ Max can look hot) and you swear everybody is fitter than you are. You think there is no way I can do this… I will never make it thru the class… I will die in there!!
Well I promise you will not die….. and here are some other things I promise
1) It will not be easy, you may not make it thru the whole class , you may have to take a few breaks
2) You will sweat like crazy… but it feels so good to be releasing all that from your body
3) You will get frustrated… nothing worth doing is easy
4) Every body else in that room feels the same way you do ( or they did when they first started) and the only thing going thru their minds is how they are getting thru the class…. not what you are wearing.
5) You may actually catch yourself smiling at some point in the class, welcome to exercise induced endorphins
6) You will feel an amazing amount of accomplishment when you leave the room…. you may even be up for another workout that week
7) You will feel a glow the whole day ( maybe some some muscles) those endorphins roll with you all day..WINNING
8) The next class those scary ladies from the first day will welcome you back, because fitness is about supporting each other and you are now part of an amazing community!!
9) As the weeks pass you will find yourself looking forward to coming to workout, it will become your time, you will it a priority…. it will be your happy pill.
10) I promise if you make your way into that class for the first time , be it in the back of the room or the front, it will make a difference in your life. You will not only feel good on the outside , but your insides will glow to… you will find a little more self-love with every squat or burpee you do!
Please remember that every single person in that room was a first timer… they did not roll in there a rock star. In that room in where rock stars are made…. so get in there and be your own rock start!!! I got your back!!!
Sweet you are so lucky that you kid wants to be healthy and work out!!! Are they doing this on their own , are they in a group class setting or with a personal trainer???? Is your kid safe? What do you know about the instructors/ trainers ?
When you were pregnant how long did you spend searching for the perfect pediatrician…. I know you are thinking , OK Rory that is a big stretch , but is it really.
Think about it, this person that you are trusting with your child do they have full knowledge of how a teens body works and grows.. do they really? How did you find them, is it your trainer or your friends trainer? They maybe AMAZING when working with adults…. but you can not train a teen as an adult. There are many things still growing and developing. Many exercises and movements need to be modified for the young bodies, and some that are just outright wrong. Also, your kid is not a circus act to see how ” creative ” the trainer can be, balancing on a stability ball while trying to throw a ball is not the way to train a pitcher…. when are they ever going to have a stability ball on a pitchers mound! Functional training my friends, it is key with teens!!
Does this person know how to talk to a teen …… they don’t need to be screamed at to get them motivated . Yikes , not cool!! Isn’t one of the reasons we want our kids to be healthy and fit is to feel good about themselves no matter what size they are, not sure yelling a kid on the treadmill to ” go faster” will produce any good results!!
This next thing is a BIGGIE for me….is this instructor/trainer certified to talk about nutrition or are they just repeating what they read on the internet. There are people like myself that have spent many years learning about nutrition and how it affects the body, there is so much information that a few quick reads will not cut it. A prime example is a ” trainer to the celebs ” is walking around telling anybody who will listen how to eat and yet this person has absolutely no nutritional back round and is pretty much giving out ” tips on how to be anorexic ….. come on really??? Watermelon all day ….. hell no!!!
I will give credit where credit is due that there are a lot of people out there who do not have a degree in nutrition or are RD’s that do know their stuff and spend time researching the subject. But when dealing with a teen is it really necessary to talk about calories in – calories out ( you know that anorexia is the leading preventable death in teen girls?) maybe it needs to be ” your body needs fuel so lets figure out how to fuel it , your body also needs to move “.
I am all for group fitness / training for your teens… there are kids that are not self motivated and just need a little help but make sure you ask lots of questions, here are a few to get you started:
1) What does a session look like, what kinds of things do you think my child needs to be doing?
2) How do you train a teen different than an adult client?
3) What kind of certifications do you hold ? ( silly right but you would not believe how many ” trainers” out there a not certified and are self taught)
4) Do you deal with nutritional support ( if they say yes find out what kind of back round they have )
5) Will you be mostly using body weight and functional exercises?
6) If you teen is an athlete ask how they will be planning to incorporate that into the sessions.
And make sure above all that they will be working on stretching with you teen…. I can not convey how important this is !!!!
( now that I think about it you should be asking these questions for you own sessions )
So now that I seem to be up on a big soap box ( maybe I am ) but I learned a long time ago from a teacher friend when I was having issues at school with one of my girls and I did not want to make a big stink .. she said to me ” If you do not look out for you child who will?”
So please get those kids moving in any way shape or form….. just make sure they are safe!!!
I am sorry if I have pissed off any trainers out there in blog land… but if I have then you probably are not doing the right stuff !!
Hey guys I have missed you, sorry I have been off the grid all week but a lot in flux here. That is for another post for another day.
I have jumped on the #loveyourselfie bandwagon, and if you know me you know I usually run the other direction of the bandwagon. This one is way too important to run away from tho.
Here is what this is all about if you have been under a rock lately , it seems a lot of the interest in #loveyourselfie has stemmed from the blog that has been running thru social media like crazy from Lauren Fleshman. This chick is super amazing on so many levels….. first we all know how hard it is to put on a bathing suit and head to the pool, let alone toss one on and head down the catwalk. That is what she did and then let us know that that image was not how she looked every day.
I have had lots of my peeps emailing me and tagging me on Facebook with this blog post saying “this is something Rory would write about”….. so here it is my loves.
I have never been one to do selfies….. they make me super uncomfortable. So doing a selfie in and of itself is a huge jump outside of my comfort zone, but to put one out there that is “just me” and not a dolled up/what filter did you use one , is like bananas crazy for me. You can see from my blog I do not have a ton of pics of myself.
That being said , I have not only watch my girls and their friends go thru tons and tons of photos just to find the perfect one to post where they look “super cute” but sadly I have watched my adult friends do the exact same thing. I can totally understand why they do this, why would anybody want to put anything but their best self out there. But when you are not being true to that self is that really doing anybody any good??
My thought for this week is lets be totally true about who we are and put that out there…. yep going rogue peeps it’s getting real up in here ( that was my best Biggie Smalls what did you think??)
I would love if we could get the teens in our lives to get on this one too… that will be super hard, how hard is it for us to do it?!?! Remember how much it mattered as a kid what other people think, oh wait, for some of us it is still a driving force. That being said I am working on my girls to join in, so check back later in the week to see what they are up to. I did get them to join me in a selfie but it was not the most comfortable thing for them.. they were concerned about the fact that no make-up was involved or that their eyes looked weird. I know I am biased, but I still think they look beautiful, and I guess that is why I am trying to do all of this on this blog. These kids should be comfy in their skins and still wake up AWESOME!!
If you want to jump on in on our #loveyourselfie, here is what I am thinking:
1) toss up a “real” selfie.. no fish lips, no filters, no “hold on let me fix my hair “
2) let me know what you are not loving…
3) now that thing that makes you uncomfortable.. tell my why you love it! I know you are thinking ” what .. this chick is bat #%$& crazy.. this is the thing I hate ” I know it is the thing you hate, but we have to find a way to love ourselves . You are amazing, flaws and all, and if your BFF was saying how she hated something about herself you would not let that happen , you would tell said BFF why that is amazing. YOU NEED TO TREAT YOURSELF LIKE YOU WOULD YOUR BFF. Were you able to hear me… that was me yelling!!
4) now if you are feeling all 60′s flower power, peace love and hippie chick… tell me something you have always loved about yourself!! Look at that BAM double self-love… WHAT how amazeballs are you!!
- now you can post it in the comments down here or toss it up on twitter or FB or even on my Facebook page and hashtag it with #loveyourselfie and #yourskinnygenes
So I will go first….
If you read my post from the other week you know mirrors have never been my friend ( and I am so not a proficient selfie taker) but I am going to go with this : my thighs, always been big and I have the worst time finding shorts, jeans, pants, anything …. always!!! Now why do I love these things that have been giving me such grief all my life??? Because I can rock a plyo jump, sprint with the best of them, and bring home a killer willPower & grace class!! So yes I guess I am lucky to have the strong legs that I was gifted with!!
Now something I have always loved??? My feet… I have pretty feet. Toes are the all the size they should be and they are all going in the right direction (don’t ask , it is a Lazear thing)
So now lets see what you guys have for me… if you don’t want to put your stuff here, that is cool maybe you need to just do it for you. At the end of the day that is what it about, learning to love YOU, all of YOU !!!
February seems to have more ” challenges ” going around then last month. I guess we all need a little extra motivation during this kind of grey , cold , snowy , icy month.
That being said the abundance of challenges inspired me to get us moving in this house, we decided that we were going to jump on the burpee challenge ( I know you are so surprised for my love of burpees ) but as we got started I realized something new….. my girls thought they knew what they were doing but they were all wrong.
Now when I say all wrong I do not mean they were doing some crazy exercise, they were in fact doing burpees but their form was a train wreck!!! Time to change gears….
At that point we decided to change up the challenge and break it up to 10 Burpees 20 Squats 20 Push-ups… and guess what , surprise , they needed some work too!! Now this has nothing to do with how fit or un-fit my kids are, this is more about learning the right form for each of these exercises! I have noticed working with other kids who play lots of sports and are very active that they may be strong but have no idea what correct form looks like. It is always important to check out who is working with you kids!!
Ok so most of you reading this know how these exercises are performed this is more about finding the modifications that work for the kids to get the proper form.
” it’s time to start the music, it’s time to light the lights “….here we go… as you will see I have two girls with two different strenght levels:
Squats: for Casey what worked best for her to start perfecting her form was to have a guide, aka the coffee table. For Toby it took a little more tweeking but we found what worked best for her .
Ahhhh burpees….. when we started Toby was a hot mess, ok I am being a little over dramatic, but really she was not ready to do full burpees so we dropped off the push-up and the jump at the end. The cool thing is today she just added on a jump and she was rocking her 10. For the pics tho we showed you how she has been doing it for the last two weeks.
I must say these are two cute little punks!!!!
( ugh you get a little glimpse of my messy abode, now you all know I am not super woman )
Final exercise is the push -up. They both have good form just need to build up the strength to do the 20 reps in a row.
This group of exercises is a great base for many others…. think of this as functional fitness 101!! It has been so cool watching the girls get stronger in such a short time!! Oh hey guess what, they are feeling a little more self-confidence …. ding ding ding bonus!!!
your skinny genes
It happens every single day, getting ready to take your favorite fitness class. The room is filled with mirrors…. ugh what could be worse??? A room also filled with other women ( or men ) that you are so sure are in much better shape than you are. I know what is going thru your mind… how the hell did I get here and why am I doing this. I am so fat, clumsy, sloppy… you add your own adjective.
Now what if you are the instructor??? Yep you heard me right , just because they are in the front of the room doesn’t mean they like to look at themselves in the mirror!
I happen to been one of those instructors ( and studio owner )…..
I have never had a healthy relationship with my body , always struggled with with my weight. Chubby as a kid, overweight as a teen and young adult…. yep that will give you some body image issues.
I did not play a sport so there was no exercise for me. Back then we really didn’t know about eating clean and portion control was not in my vocabulary.
So fast forward and here I am a fitness professional , and I good one at the ( wink wink). The internal struggle is still there. It is hard to have a body size for a long portion of your life and then thru hard work you change that…. but it is a super weird phenomenon you still see that original body size. The voices still saying you need to work on those flabby arms…. you need to loose those last 5 lbs…. oh and the voices keep going.
I am so good at lifting up my members and telling them to leave the self hate outside and bring the self love… look at what those amazing bodies do everyday.
You never think that somebody that does this for a living could also have the same body image issues that you have too. There is a lot of assuming that all instructors/trainers have always been fit people and have self-confidence to spare. Sometimes that is not the case.
I try to be kind to my body, try to listen to it and give it what it needs. Give it the food it needs ( not necessarily the food it wants ) give it the rest days, not going hard core every single workout . A smart fitpro knows you can’t do a HIIT workout everyday of the week. Some days my brain gets too loud and all I can hear is ” get that workout in, you need to work harder, do you really need to eat that ” and it over powers the quite information my body is trying to send me.
It doesn’t really makes sense for me to go into to all the ways I pick myself apart as soon as I see that reflection in the mirror. Sadly most of you can totally relate.
This is more about changing eyes I look thru. Make them a little softer , a little kinder. Try to talk to myself the way I would to a friend. They way I would support a member when they are kicking ass in a class.
The big question is how do you change the way you have been for so many years. I am still looking for the answer, but for now here are a few things I have found to get a start.
- instead of a quick glance in the mirror, take a few seconds to linger, sometimes the real reflection comes into view
- when you think ” I can’t eat that ” instead say ” ahh my body feels the love from healthy foods “
- write down little kind things you love about yourself… anything it could be as simple as ” I love my ears “
- be grateful for the things that you do not like, find a way to love them …. don’t like your arms, well how amazing are your hugs? I know this is so super hard to do, but as you know if you keep at it ( just like that pull up that you have been at for months ) it will slowly get easier!! I promise…
My hope for my daughters is not so unrealistic as to think they will never have body image issues. I am not that naive, my wish for them is that the days that they wake up awesome out weigh the yucky days. I wish for them to see the real reflection in the mirror, and tell that reflection how much they love them.
Right now give yourself a hugs and say …. I do love you, I may not show it but I do!!!