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Pilates Barre Studio: Why I Choose a Workout Studio Over a Gym

Pilates Barre Studio: Why I Choose a Workout Studio Over a Gym

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It’s been a minute since I’ve done a fitness post around here! For the past year now, I have consistently been working out at the Pilates Barre studio and TreadBarre here in Dallas. I thought I’d talk about the reasons why I choose to exercise at a studio versus with a trainer, on my own, at a gym, etc. with y’all if you’re evaluating different options or considering a change. I actually started doing pilates my junior year of high school at the Pilates Barre (not sponsored, just obsessed), so I like to think that I’m well-versed on the studio membership approach to exercise.

Pilates Barre Studio review featured by popular Dallas life and style blogger, Never Without Lipstick

Top (similar here) | Leggings (I prefer the Luxtreme fabric from Lulu because it doesn’t collect lint/pill like the Luon leggings. I always wear a 7/8 length legging to keep cool during workouts) | Sweatshirt (size down or stay TTS, fits oversized) | Shoes (TTS, wearing size 7)

Pilates Barre Studio review featured by popular Dallas life and style blogger, Never Without Lipstick

Pilates Barre Studio review featured by popular Dallas life and style blogger, Never Without Lipstick

5 Reasons Why I Exercise at the Pilates Barre Studio:

  1. Accountability: This is truly the #1 reason that I budget for a studio membership. When I know that there’s a teacher & a class of people (oh and a charge for missing a class!) waiting on me, I’m 1000 times more likely to get my arse to a workout. If I just planned on going to the gym to workout, I can tell you I’d just put it off until forever like the time I attempted to commit to BBG…#sorrykayla 🙂 I also love that someone will be telling me what to do which means I don’t have to think about/plan it which leads me into my next point…
  2. Professional Instruction: Making sure you have professionally trained instructors at your studio should be high up on your list when you’re evaluating studio options. The instructors at Pilates Barre are very knowledgeable, friendly, offer exercise modifications for those with injuries, and have killer playlists. Feeling like you can connect with your instructors and trust their expertise is so important.
  3. Group Setting: In the past, I have had mixed experiences with one-on-one training. I’ve had a really negative & discouraging personal trainer and then a very encouraging and warm trainer. But I just don’t think this is the model that works best for me primarily because of cost. The higher cost also limited me from being able to workout more than once or twice a week because, like I said earlier, if I’m left to do my own workout it doesn’t happen! Know thyself, lol. I also think I don’t like having that much attention just on me. In studio classes, there’s a camaraderie that comes along with sweating it out as a whole group. One of my favorite parts about the Pilates Barre studio is that people (women and men!) of all ages, shapes, and sizes workout there. This really makes it feel like such an inclusive and positive experience for me!
  4. Consistency: I think that both ClassPass and StudioHop are amazing, and I loved getting to try new studios when I had memberships with both companies. But I always found myself wanting to go to just one place where I was familiar with the teachers, the parking sitch, etc. When I’m consistent with my exercise, I notice such a massive reduction in my stress that day & week – that’s worth its weight in gold! I’m also able to stay consistent in scheduling my workouts at the beginning of each week with the PilatesBarre phone app. I can stay on track with how many workouts I get in each week. Ease of scheduling is such a key factor when you’re choosing a studio because you’ll want booking your workouts to easily become a weekly habit.
  5. Pricing Bundles & Deals: Most studios will offer discounts for new clients or for auto-renew packages. Each time that I have reached the end of my membership package, I’ll get an email from the PilatesBarre with a great offer on another class package. These deals have been great because I pay a better price (when averaged out per month) for a few months at a time and don’t have to worry about the monthly auto-renew cost which has always stressed me out with other studios. They’re also always running deals on class packages! I know that the expense can be a major deterrent for those considering a studio membership, but if the above reasons also describe you and your needs, definitely consider it as an option. I recommend determining your budget ahead of time and asking about different deals and promotions as well as their policies about cancelling contracts, etc. if you don’t end up loving the studio!

Pilates Barre Studio review featured by popular Dallas life and style blogger, Never Without Lipstick

If you have any questions about exercising at a studio or the Pilates Barre studio in particular, please feel free to reach out to me here. You can also read more of my posts about fitness here!

Photography by Vanessa Chavez

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5 Ways to Kickstart Your Fitness & Diet Plan

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Ever since starting my full-time job in May, I’ve found it harder and harder to get myself on a consistent fitness and diet plan. I feel like I get the best workouts in in the mornings, but I find that I want to sleep in more often than get up and exercise. And if I put off my workout to the evening, there’s a 99% chance that it won’t happen. When I’m not working out regularly or on a consistent schedule, then I’m less motivated to be eating a healthy, balanced diet. This all leads to an overall feeling of sluggishness and me being unhappy!

Lately I’ve gotten so down on myself for not sticking to my workout and diet plans that I’ve been motivated to stick to 5 easy ways to kickstart my fitness and healthy eating plan back into action!

Here’s what I’ve been doing that has helped re-energize me:

  1. Opt for a workout outline instead of a strict schedule: As a Type A person, I live by my routines and function best when I have a routine in place that I can stick to. But this can have its drawbacks because I’ll feel really guilty if I bail on something I had on my to-do list a.k.a. my workouts. To avoid this shame train, I now set out a goal outline of what I want to achieve with my workouts each week. I like to alternate week to week with 3 days of cardio and 2 days of strength training or vice versa. This helps me to better achieve my workout goals that I can accomplish on any day of the week. This outline is better for me than setting workouts for specific days of the week and then feeling guilt when I had to readjust a workout time.
  2. Determine a fitness budget that works for you and take action: Now that I have a big girl job, budgeting is the name of the game. I tried things like StudioHop or memberships at studios around Dallas, but I just ended up cancelling classes more than I ever went to them which just ended up costing me more money. I couldn’t afford that drain on my bank account anymore, so that’s when I turned to my Pinterest app to research circuits and other workouts that looked challenging but feasible for my fitness level. Not to mention, these workouts are FREE and there are so many at my fingertips. I don’t have to drive anywhere or go to a gym if I don’t want to! I’m pretty gym-shy, so I prefer to workout at home with free weights etc. I really love the PopSugar circuits – they’re so easy to save to your phone and give you a good workout in an hour or less. Follow my fitness Pinterest board here so that you can check out which workouts I’m loving! For me, I knew that I had to take my fitness into my own hands at a cost that made sense for my bank account. I recommend really thinking about what you can afford and what you can commit to and then taking action to make that fitness plan a reality.
  3. Grab some B12: Earlier during the summer, my doctor informed me that my bloodwork had shown that my B12 levels were extremely low. This explained a lot of symptoms I’d been having for many months: extreme fatigue, irritability, feeling excessively lethargic. I just felt like I couldn’t motivate myself to do too much other than sleep and go to class (this was in May so I had just graduated and had felt these symptoms while at school). Once I started actively treating my B12 deficiency, I noticed a major difference in my energy levels and my motivation to exercise and cook healthy meals. You might not need as intense of a dosage as I did, but a B12 lozenge or pill every week or couple of days might do you some good to get motivated to get active in building your weekly fitness plan.
  4. Try eliminating 1-2 inflammatory foods for 7 or 10 days: For the most part, I feel like I am able to stay in shape (as much as possible, lol) by eating a healthy diet. I have lots of food allergies due to a stomach issue I had a few years ago that compromised my stomach’s ability to process various foods. I’m currently on a lectin-free diet per my doctor’s recommendation and I really have seen great results from the recommended food list. Google the Plant Paradox if you want more info! There’s a lot to be said for removing inflammatory foods from your diet, even for a short time. You’ll see positive results almost immediately – trust me. Is there a specific food that you’ve noticed upsets your stomach or leaves you feeling heavy or bloated? Like wheat, dairy, or grains? Try avoiding that food for a week or 10 days to see how things improve and how you start to feel. Without inflammation in your system, you’ll feel healthier and more energized to workout.
  5. Update your workout playlist: There are FEW things in this life that get me more amped than a bumpin’ playlist. Music can seriously make or break a workout in my opinion. Put together a playlist of your favorite hype jams (or follow a workout playlist pre-made on Spotify) and try to only listen to that playlist when you workout. If you listen to it all the time, your love for the song will start to fade and you’ll potentially associate it with that set of lunges you always struggle to get through at the end of a circuit. It’s also important to invest in a great pair of headphones! The team at Sudio Sweden recently sent me the Vasa Bla wireless model, and I’ve really been enjoying them. Working out with headphones connected to your phone just doesn’t make sense anymore if you need to move around a lot! You can manage the volume and pause/play right from the buttons on the headphones, and they go nicely into your ear while the short cord just loops behind your neck. If you’d like 15% off a pair of your own, use the code NVRWOLIPSTICK.

Are there ways that you motivate yourself to stay active and eating healthy? I’d love to know in the comments below!

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10 Minute Refresh After a Workout

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Lately I have been running from thing to thing and have had to load up my purse everyday with changes of clothes, makeup, etc. to get myself ready for the next thing I’m headed to. And in a quite recent development, I have started working out much earlier in the morning before my internship or class. I am just as shocked as you are…we’ll see how long that lasts, ha! But if you’ve been leaving gym or a workout class and just don’t have to time to run home and shower, then this post is for you.

I have developed this quick little routine to get yourself together and presentable before your next stop on your day’s routine. Not to mention this whole routine can go down in the comfort of your car.

Keep on reading to discover the tricks!

  1. Brush out your hair and add a dose of dry shampoo: While you’re still in the gym or studio, take a towel and dry any sweat in your hair. Spray dry shampoo onto your part and one layer underneath on each side of your part. Then brush that hair all the way forward (like you’re the creepy girl in the Ring), to the right, and to the left. Put it up in a high pony or a top knot for a clean look! Not to be too gross, but you might have to use some of that sweat to your advantage to get your ponytail or bun looking high, tight, and sleek.
  2. Spritz your face with water spray: We’ll call this the part where you’re kind of ‘washing’ your face.
  3. Use a witch hazel toner pad to clean your face: I LOVE these and keep them in the glove compartment of my car. They’re a bit exfoliating, so I feel like I’m getting in deep and rubbing away sweat grime after a workout.
  4. Add a light layer of SPF moisturizer: To protect your skin throughout the day, of course.
  5. Pat concealer under your eyes and over any blemishes: I recommend doing this with your finger or bring along a concealer brush if you want a more precise application. Doing this will get you looking refreshed!
  6. Two coats of mascara and a swipe of a lipgloss: Mascara will do wonders to liven up your eyes as well as give you the appearance of being more pulled together than you feel! I like to add in this Chanel lipgloss just to get some color on my face.
  7. Dab of perfume and an extra hit of deodorant: The dry shampoo will get your hair smelling nice, so a dab of perfume on your wrists, collar bone, and elbows will do the trick for your bod. And I don’t think it hurts to hit up the pits with another roll of deodorant before heading into the world again. My sweet mama gave me this adorable set of 4 mini Hermes perfumes (my favorite so far has been the Jour d’Hermes scent!), and they’re just the perfect size for being on the go like this!

21-Day Sugar Detox: Thoughts, Tips, and Tricks

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Not too long ago, I was telling you guys about how I was starting a 21-day sugar detox. Fast forward 21 days and I have officially finished the detox – I can’t believe it!

I won’t say that it was easy, but I will say that it was definitely something worth doing. Read on to see my thoughts on the whole process and a few tips and tricks that I found along the way!

Tips:

  • Preparation is Key: Before starting this detox or any detox, in general (access it here), I highly recommend looking over recipes and the approved food list. I looked at (super quick and easy) recipes on Pinterest about a week or so in advance to get an idea of what ingredients I’d be looking for at the store. After looking at the food list
  • Buy Common Ingredients: To make meal planning and cooking much easier, try to pick some recipes with similar ingredients or meats. This way, you can stock up on things that can be for lots of different meals.
  • Prepare for Cravings: Let me tell ya, cravings will happen and happen often. I noticed them most as I was ending my detox and knew that soon I’d be able to go back to a more normal everyday diet. In that first week, try to find things that will take the place of something sweet. I relied big time on almond butter in an almond flour tortilla or a green apple dipped in almond butter. Maybe just rely on almond butter!!

Shopping List Essentials:

  • Trader Joe’s: First and foremost, TJ has lots of detox-approved goods at much better prices than Central Market or Whole Foods. Perfect for the girl on a budget.
  • Siete Almond Flour Tortillas: These were LIFE SAVERS and so delicious. I loved putting some almond butter in them, wrapping them up, and taking them on the go as a yummy snack. They also ser
  • Raw Crunchy Almond Butter
  • Granny Smith Apples: To find out that Granny Smith apples have lower sugar content than most apples, was something I did not expect! These tart little guys made for a delicious and filling mid-day snack with either some almond butter or an assortment of almonds and walnuts.
  • Wholly Guacamole: These 100 calorie guac packs are the bomb. They make for such a nice dip to go with veggies, meats, or even salads.
  • Pumpkin seeds: Perfect for a salty, crunchy on-the-go snack or salad topping to keep things crunchy.

Tricks:

  • Spices are your friend: Without added or refined sugar, things can lose flavor. Ugh, the sad truths of life. So bring on the flavor with spices like Italian Seasoning blends or chili powder, for example. I really came to love ground cinnamon and pure vanilla extract for sweet substitutes. I would add both into a super yummy smoothie recipe I thought up during the detox (read for ingredients below!).
  • Think about after the detox: Now I’m not saying think of the days when you don’t have to eat on a more restricted food list the whole time that you’re doing the detox. But as you’re cooking new meals, making new snacks, etc., think about which you might want to integrate into your regular diet once the 21 days are over. I kept a note on my phone and referenced that when I went grocery shopping when I got back to school. Now that I’ve made some of the detox recipes a go-to, it’s making it much easier to stay on track with a low-sugar diet.

Favorite Recipes:

  1. Spaghetti Squash with Bolognese Sauce (recipe here)
    • This has become a weekly staple in my diet even after the detox! Using tomato paste is a game changer because it makes the sauce so much thicker. I’ve also started buying smaller spaghetti squashes at Trader Joe’s because they’re easier to cut AND you can cook them in the microwave. Win, win!
  2. Almond Meal Apple Crumble
    • Oil a Pyrex baking dish with either coconut oil or olive oil
    • Set oven to 350 degrees
    • Peel and slice 3 -4 Granny Smith Apples and place into baking dish
    • Cover slices with lemon juice and cinnamon to taste
    • Mix together 1 1/4 cups of almond meal, 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil, 1 tsp vanilla, and a pinch more cinnamon
    • Spread the ‘crumble’ over the apples and cover the dish with foil
    • Cook the dish covered for 20 mins and uncovered for 25 minutes
  3. Paleo Chicken Tenders: recipe via Jay’s Baking Me Crazy – requires some prep time, but they’re delicious and can last for a bunch of meals!
  4. Banana Smoothie
    • 1 frozen banana (buy them with green tips, not quite ripe)
    • 1/2 cup pure egg white protein (makes the smoothie super whipped and frothy)
    • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk
    • 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
    • 1 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
    • 2 tbsp of flaxseed (optional)
    • 2 tbsp cacao powder

Results:

Something to remember is that I didn’t do this detox in order to lose weight, however, I did notice a lot less bloating with what I was eating on this plan. I felt like my body was functioning better overall, and as I reached the end of the detox I did notice a slight reduction in inflammation of my joints. One of the other things that I noticed post-finishing the detox was an improvement in my skin. I have been able to go without makeup to class almost every day of this semester and have felt very comfortable!

Trying this detox is really worth it, my friends. I enjoyed the cooking because I made sure that I pre-selected recipes that were really quick, easy, and didn’t involve too many ingredients. With the right preparation and these tips and tricks, it is very easy to find success on this detox. It opened my eyes to sources of sugar in my diet that I had no idea about and how I can make substitutions or changes now with yummy alternatives. If you have any other questions or concerns about a sugar detox or detox in general, chat with me in the comments or email me!

Nailing an Athleisure Look

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Who else praises the day that ‘athleisure’ became a thing?! I am so with you. Athleisure combines the comfort of my everyday look (workout leggings and a v-neck tee) with edgy elements like non-fitness tennies and a leather jacket. I added in a scarf to this look for an extra touch of warmth and the camel color of the scarf fit in perfectly with the neutral palette I always tend to wear!

Mastering athleisure is all about edge. Start with a basic canvas like your favorite pair of workout leggings (my favorites here) and a tee (I have about 5 of this Madewell one). You can also slip on a workout tank that has added edge with a high neckline or leggings with mesh cutouts. Top off the athleisure look with a leather jacket, bomber jacket, or jean jacket! But don’t forget the shoes; I adore these gold-toe tennies from Topshop that I wore nonstop in Paris this summer. Even consider a pair of high top tennies or some mule slides to finish the look with something trendy!

SHOP THE POST:

Sunglasses are Celine dupes from Mango that I bought in Paris, but this pair is a great dupe!

I wear a size 8 in this Lululemon legging (High Times Pant) to feel hugged but not suffocated. 

In the Madewell tee, I go between a medium or a large to get the looser fit.

 

OTHER ITEMS TO KILL IT IN ATHLEISURE:

How to Make a Fitness Plan

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“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”

I read the above statement on one of my favorite blogger’s websites on her 2017 resolutions blog post a couple of weeks ago, and it has stuck with me (haunted me a little, to be honest) these past few weeks. I’m a planner – I mean a planner planner. Like planning when to shower…

As I’m about to head into my final (AH!) semester of college, I’ve been building out my weekly schedule just to get an idea of what it’ll look like, figure out how to avoid stress, and to see when are the best times to kick back and relax. But one of the most important things about this planning is factoring in my fitness. I need workouts to keep this crazy brain of mine calm and able to focus!

After reading the survey results (take it here if you haven’t yet!), y’all are wanting to see more fitness content and I am more than happy to share! Today’s post is all about how to plan to factor fitness into your life as well as how to maintain a plan so that you can manage a schedule with working out included (whatever form of exercise that may be).

PICK THE BEST WORKOUT FOR YOU

For me, I have found that the only (and I mean, ONLY) way that I’ll get my butt to workout is if I register for workout classes. Otherwise, without that accountability to have to show up somewhere and get charged if I bail, I’d skip the gym all the time. I’m also a workout newb, so working out on my own in a gym intimidates me because I get scared that people are like, “what is that girl DOING with those dumb bells?!”. I know this isn’t the case for everyone, and some might hate workout classes!

What’s most important here is knowing yourself and your body (and your budget!).

First, ask yourself these questions:

  • What type of workout is best for me and my body?
  • Do I enjoy that type of workout?
  • What’s my budget for monthly fitness costs?
  • Gym membership or studio membership?** (Some gyms offer classes as well, #winwin!)
  • How far am I willing to drive (or walk, #fit) to workout?

**On ClassPass: I have tried ClassPass before and really loved it! But there were studios I loved more than others and wanted to go back more than just 3 times, so I ended up cancelling my membership and sticking with one studio I’d discovered and loved. But for those of you wishing to keep things interesting and challenge your body in different ways, I really think this would be a great option for you!

Now get to Googling gyms and studios! Or if you’re not into working out in a gym or at a studio, start talking around with your gal pals and see if they’d be interested in going on weekly walks or runs.

PLANNING TO SUCCEED

After some soul searching, then comes the good stuff: the planning.

First things first, pick which planner option works best for you. iCal? Day planner? Google cal? You pick! As for me, I’ll be hitting up that good ole pen and paper like nobody’s business. Anybody with me? There’s something about writing down a workout class time in pen that makes it feel like I can’t miss it all the more.

Now that you’ve got your planning device in place, think about how often you’d like to workout (be realistic and give your body rest in between workouts). Ideally, I’d like to workout 4-5 times a week, but I usually only get to 3-4 times because life happens! What are the best days for you to fit in a workout? Try to schedule workouts on days when you know you have some wiggle room to factor in traffic on your way to the gym, for example. I also like to feel like I’m not running from one thing to the next on days that I workout. That way I’ll have time to stretch before and after and leave to get to a class on time!

After picking the frequency and days for your workouts, add them to your planner. Some studios have apps where I can schedule classes from my phone and it sets up a reminder in my phone calendar automatically! This is so helpful – definitely set reminders when you put your classes into your phone.

SHOP THE POST: 

These Lululemon leggings run true to size, but it depends on how “pulled in” you want to feel. I wear an 8 because I like to feel hugged but the 6 feels like it’s squeezing my guts out!

I found these Celine dupe sunglasses at Mango in Paris this summer, but I’ve linked some of my fave options below!

These Topshop tennies are a fraction of the cost of an Adidas pair and so comfortable!

How do you plan to workout? Any tips and tricks you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments!

21 Day Sugar Detox: How to Prepare

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I know what you might be thinking – a detox in 2017, original. BUT I have some reasoning and I’m looking for results beyond weight loss! Really weight loss really isn’t my motivation at all. During my sophomore year of college, I started to face some serious lower back pain issues that took almost a year to figure out. Well, to mostly figure out. Luckily nothing was wrong structurally, but I have to be very careful to reduce any inflammation in my body to keep my back at its healthiest and happiest. I have been both gluten and lactose free since I was diagnosed with the allergy for both in 2009 – but there is still a source of potential inflammation in my body…SUGAR!

I’m excited to see where this 21 days takes me (and hopefully some of you, too!) and if I’m able to really kick sugar and carb cravings in the butt for an inflammation-free body. I really love the detox approach that Diane Sanfillipo has put together here. She’s a nutritionist who has taken the time to make this detox very approachable with 3 different levels of intensity and modifications for those with other dietary or lifestyle needs. There is a huge list of foods to enjoy on the list and the recipes that she has shared in the guide look DELISH. I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite recipes along the way just in case you might want to try a low-sugar meal sometime soon!

Here are the steps I took to prepare myself to start this detox today:

  1. Downloaded the 21DSD Guide & had it printed and bound at Kinkos (just to make it easier to access recipes and food lists!)
  2. Determined which level I fell into (I am doing Level 3 because I am already gluten and lactose free!)
  3. Read through the approved food list
  4. Selected 4 recipes to try this first week
  5. Made grocery list and went shopping

I have already tried two recipes that I have LOVED, so I will be sharing those soon! If you decide to join in on the 21DSD let me know on Insta!