Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My First Trendy Tour: Newport Beach & La Jolla

I am so excited to publish my first Trendy Tour! While it was relatively short, my fitness escapades while exploring southern California were anything but disappointing. 

After the IDEA conference ended, I decided to take a solo trip south for a little R&R. Staying in Escondido, I made my way down the Pacific Coast Highway. First stop, Newport Beach. 

For sand in my toes and salty air? Nope ... For yoga. 

Ekam Yoga, Newport Beach



I was introduced to Ekam by Natalie over at Hello Day. She is an ambassador for the studio and recommended I check it out as I drove down the California coast en route to San Diego.

Well, I am oh-so-happy she did. This place was spectacular. 

Upon walking in, I was greeted with a warm welcome. Clean locker rooms, Etsy-esque jewelry and funky yet fun clothing lined the classic white walls of their lobby. And I hadn’t even stepped foot inside the actual studio yet. 


I chose a Vinyasa class which ended up being absolutely perfect for me. I walked into the place where I was to practice and was blown away by the architecture and gallery-like feel of the room. A few paintings lined the wall — enough to create inquiry, but nothing that would distract your practice. 

Our instructor greeted us and asked us what we wanted to work on that day. With all of the juxtaposition of sitting and intense workouts, I agreed with the other student on twists … lots and lots of twists. 

And ring out we did. Like a washcloth full of water, we turned our bodies in different directions and allowed for optimal movement through our back, spine and internal organs.  

Price: $$
Parking: Yes! There is a huge back parking lot for yogis to use as they please.  
Perks: Upon leaving the class, I was presented with a wire basket of ‘chilled eucalyptus towels’. 

I want these after every workout.

Yup, you read that right. Cooled towels with a hint of heaven. Pure bliss and just what you want after an hour of deep breathing and even deeper back bending. 

SparkCycle, La Jolla 

Lobby of SparkCycle

When I started teaching at Turnstyle Cycle I was quickly introduced to SparkCycle through one of my colleagues. Having been the master instructor out in Cali, my friend had recommended I check out the boutique studio if I had time. 

Time? I've got nothin' but when it comes to indoor cycling :) 

So on Monday, I packed up my rent-a-car and drove down to La Jolla for a 9 a.m. class with none other than the owner of this adorable studio. 

Stephanie and I -- Love this girl! 
From riding to the beat of the music to some very challenging arm exercises, this class royally kicked my butt  in a good way! 

Post class, we were given chilled towels while we were cooling down. Honestly, I love this idea! Looking to try out a new studio in SoCal? Here are the deets.  

Price: $$ First class is only $10! After that there are a plethora of package options for you to choose from. 
Parking: Yes! SparkCycle will validate for the garage located right next to the studio  whoop whoop! 

Perks: Bumpin' music, pristine bikes and chilled towels; Need I say more? Also, their lockers rooms are amazing. Seriously, anything you could ever need! 

Do you like to try out fitness studios while on vacations? Start sharing! 
-TTT



Saturday, August 23, 2014

A Sweat Pink Adventure: Trending Healthy Living Blogger Roundup

I’ve decided I’m going to break the mold a little bit. 

Instead of giving y’all a day-to-day breakdown of the past week at the IDEA World Fitness Conference, I’m going to split my experience into sections: A brief synopsis, trending bloggers and my very first trendy tour of SoCal! 

Laguna Beach, CA
If you missed my synopsis, it’s here. Otherwise, let’s begin. 

Ah, bloggers. We come in all shapes and sizes, with different intentions, goals and time frames in which we are able to write. Some are professionals and are able to pay their bills with said work, for others it is simply a hobby -- a space away from their 9-5 jobs with a the main purpose of sharing healthy living tips, fitness routines and recipes with friends, family and followers. 
Moe, Jamie and Alyse
What ever their purpose or plan, I can safely say this is the most passionate and supportive group of people I’ve ever surrounded myself with. Ever.  

That being said, whenever I head to these gatherings (Colorado, Minneapolis or Boston) I’m always astounded by how welcoming everyone is. And whether I begin to read their daily blog babble or follow them on Instagram, I love the connections I make and how I continue to keep up with them as if we are neighbors rather than a nation apart. 

Run Eat Repeat (Monica), PB Fingers (Julie) & Fitnessista (Gina)
So without further ado, grab a cup of coffee and sit back. I’m pleased to introduce you to my mini roundup of newfound friends who I know you’ll enjoy following. 

Marielle, Fit Girl Pretty World
We’ve been online friends for a while, so when I finally got to meet Marielle in person it felt like we’d known each other for years. 

As a CSCS personal trainer, Marielle blogs about life, fitness and how she leads a healthy lifestyle. Follow her on IG, twitter or check out her blog — I guarantee you, her SoCal pictures will make you smile. 

Natalie, Hello Day  
Nicest. Person. Ever. 

Natalie and I met at the BlogFest cocktail party where she suggested I hit up her favorite Newport Beach yoga studio, Ekam. Well, I did just that and she did not steer me wrong. I quickly followed her on IG and found myself lost in the pictures of her adorable family and peaceful life. 

Hint: She offers up great post-workout hair tips! 

Nicole, Foodie Loves Fitness 
Nicole and I instantly hit it off. I’m talking BFF status. From our love of fitness to our chats about PR emails (a part-time job of hers), this Cali resident makes me want to move west just so we can hang out, have blog dates and workout together. 

Is this really too much to ask for? 

Erin, Power Fitness PDX/ Dig Deep Play Hard
The most energetic and positive award goes to Erin. Not only did she kick some serious booty in our morning workout, she was constantly coming to me with ideas about how we can possibly work together in the future. 

Umm … where do I sign up? Be sure to check out her App or follow her on IG, FB and/or Twitter

Shannon, Badass Fitness
Her website name says it all. Shannon is the ultimate badass — crushing our workout and being a wealth of knowledge at the Tabata Bootcamp booth at the expo — this chica does it all. 

Catch up with her on all of her platforms: IG, FB and Twitter


That was kind of like meeting at Starbucks for a coffee date, right? Hope you enjoy them as much as I do :) 


- TTT 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Rese-ing Out of My Comfort Zone {Fitness Apparel Review}

When it comes to fitness apparel it’s safe to say I am really picky about what I put on my body. 

I hate tags that itch and sagging-crotch crops really grind my gears. 

So for me instead of attempting new brands or styles I stick with what I know. I rarely detour from my extremely straight path that is my workout apparel. Heck, I know what I like and what works, so sue me. 

Until now. 

A newer company recently contacted me to review some pieces of their upcoming fitness look book and I gladly accepted. Because, honestly, this girl need to branch out of her 5 year old Lululemon bubble.

Rese Activewear sent along a gorgeous cardigan, sports bra, tank and crops for me to sample. And let’s just say, while I may have a undying love for Lulu, Rese is quickly beginning to take the lead with these stylish yet practical pieces. 


First and foremost I must confess — I have an affinity for interestingly designed backs of tanks and sports bras. I am talking crazy straps and key holes — honestly, give me a high neck and a bare backed shirt and you’ve won my heart. 

Well, ask and you shall receive. 

The articles Rese sent along delivered. The sports bra, while black in color, incorporates a double strap on each side that pairs perfectly with the teal tank I received. 

Why? 

With a high cowl neck and large circle cut out in the back, this tank shows off the beautifully crafted straps without my spin class thinking I'm too houchy-houchy. 

Alright. Now that I have your attention, let’s chat bottoms. 

I’m a black girl. I’ve dabbled in grey and (gulp) colors — but for me, the classic noir crop is simple, goes with any top and … ahem … hides everything. 

Catch my drift? 


Well, in an effort to be exotic, I requested a pair of bright blue crops. I know, I’m absolutely crazy. And without getting too graphic on you, all of the things occurring on my backside — hidden. Now that makes for one happy customer. 

I actually think these blue pants have helped me conquer some insecurities. For me, well to put it frankly, I’ve always been an ass girl. Playing sports all throughout high school and running/teaching spin in college it’s just always been muscular. 

And while I'm proud of my lower body strength, my fear was these pants would accentuate an already prominent feature of mine. I. Was. Wrong. If anything these (paired with a black, grey or patterned white top) are absolutely adorable. 

Lastly, and certainly not least, I received a cardigan

Bathroom selfie. Classic. 
Nope, nope, nope — this is not just any old fitness top. This is by far the softest article of clothing I own. Heather grey, long in length and wavy drapes in the front, this garment also flatters even the sweatiest of fitness goers. 

Seriously, I’ve thrown this on over my spin clothes post class and gone out on a first date. No shame. No second date either. 

So there you have it TTTers, Ms. Trendy’s attempt at staying on point with not only the fitness fads occurring but also the fashionable side of working out. 

Because I have always believed that if you feel good about the clothes you wear to the gym, you’ll not only work harder but you’ll enter with an air of confidence … even if you do leave completely breathless from your bombin’ workout.  

Do you invest in fitness apparel or toss on any old t-shirt? Let’s start the convo. 


-TTT        

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Sweat Pink Adventure: Volume 1

Before we dive into my past week of adventures, let's start at the beginning, shall we?

Last September Moe and I took a trip to Boulder and Denver for the healthy blogging conference called FitSocial. Among the breathtaking views we met some amazing individuals that I still keep in touch with to this day. One of them was co-founder of Fit Approach (aka Sweat Pink and SweatGuru), Alyse.

I mean it when I say it ... what ever conference or networking event I attend, it is the people that leave a lasting impression on me always. It's something to do with sharing similar passions. We just -- click.

And click we did. Alyse proposed that Moe and I lead a bootcamp the following year at the inaugural 'BlogFest' occurring as a subcategory of the IDEA World Fitness conference. It's safe to say I pretty much started squat jumping with excitement.

Fast forward almost one year later and here I am ... in Anaheim, California.



On Friday morning Moe and I lead a workout in front of about 50 healthy living bloggers and other fitness professionals. It was such an unreal experience and am so grateful to have been asked to be a part of this first conference!


Aside from sweating up a pink storm during our bootcamp, IDEA had a HUGE expo hall, fantastic educational sessions and one heck of an amazing host hotel. Seriously, if you're ever in Anaheim I highly encourage you to stay at the Anaheim Marriott -- I give them 5 stars!
(Above: Moe, Marielle and I. Bellow: Moe, Shannon and I. All post bootcamp)
And as I said -- these conferences, sessions and workouts would mean nothing if it weren't for the incredible people I met at them. From Instagram buddies to Twitter friends ... coming together at BlogFest was more like a reunion than meeting for the first time. 

My badge! 
Up next: I will share with you some of the innovative goodies and gear I snagged from the expo!

How was your week? What were you up to?
-TTT 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

3 Things I Share with My Dad: Birthday Edition

Yesterday was my dad's birthday  and to say I've learned a few things from him in my 27 years is an understatement.

The older I get more I recognize so many of my actions are a direct reflection of my father. And whether they're good or bad, I typically laugh due to the fact I can see myself acting like him.

So what exactly are these traits? Well, let's just say they're in my blood.

1. Running 
I've always been involved in sports. Ever since I was a kid I've tried tennis, field hockey, lacrosse, basketball, soccer, swimming and horseback riding just to name a few.

But running? That was never my strong suit.

It wasn't until college  warding off those freshman 15 -- that I really started logging the miles. And it was my dad who gave me that itch for pounding the pavement.

Completing the Vermont City (Burlington) Marathon two years ago that made me realize this similarity between dad and I. Burlington had been a marathon my father had run, so I felt it fitting to run this same race  hills and all.

2. Our passion for entrepreneurship
When I was growing up my dad started his own company. He worked tirelessly to grow his dream from a vision to a reality.

I truly believe that in order for this you work and have a positive (and lucrative) outcome, you must fuel it with passion. No, not half ass sporadic excitement but instead a deep rooted love, something that your entire being must embody.

And so he did.

Working late nights and long weeks, my father created and eventually sold a company he was proud of ... a passion turned vision that he started from an idea.

While I've yet to call myself an entrepreneur, I've noticed I have this bug  and without a doubt pretty soon it will unveil itself.

3. The value of a dollar
Let's just say I'm not a frivolous shopper. I rarely go to Nordstrom and drop 100 bones on a new outfit or pair of shoes. Like it or not, I'm practical with my spending.

I save. I hardly ever impulse buy. And I'll typically wear something into the ground. Case in point, my 5 year old Lululemon crops that are beginning to 'thin' on the thighs from pulling them on.

Unlike my frugal father, I don't compare reviews online 50x before spending the money, but that idea of thinking before you buy  Yup, I certainly got that trait!

So, happy birthday dad!! You've taught me more than you ever know about being healthy, happy and financially savvy. I love YOU!

xoxo, 
TTT


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Cleaning Up My Diet: Detox Edition

Let's be real.

Summer is full of roof deck after-work cocktails and BBQ fare. Trying to be healthy, while hugely important, can take a backseat during this far-too-short New England season.


That's why you need to take a step back, find something that will hold you accountable and start making positive changes for your body.

On July 20th I began a detox program with Team J&A -- an incredible dynamic duo located in Boston. With their radiating energy and undeniable support I knew this was the regime for me. And at only two weeks, I knew this was a sustainable amount of time.

Image via Team J&A
Cutting out dairy, gluten and soy was no problem for me. As a recent victim to IBS -- along with just about everyone in our current nation -- I knew there were just some things my tummy couldn't handle. One of them being too much of the latter.

From cramps to bloating and unnecessary fatigue, my body was trying to tell me something -- don't put those things in your freakin' mouth. 

So, for 14-days I didn't.

But those weren't my weaknesses. Sugar, alcohol (Eek!) and coffee were. Gulp.

Eliminating these three things was tough, I'm not going to lie. But in the end ... so incredibly worth it. Let's just say that in phase 3 (which is when you begin to add certain 'trigger foods' back in) I ordered my very beloved Dunkin Donuts medium iced black.

My stomach made noises I never knew were possible. Let us remember I work in a very quiet office. The poor guy that sits next to me ...

To say this was eye opening is an understatement. Jody and Ashley (the masterminds behind Team J&A) are beyond supportive -- answering questions and helping you develop solutions to your frustrating nutritional issues.

Lucky for YOU, Team J&A are at it again ... and you don't need to live in the Hub to join in on the fun. This virtual program can be reached directly to you. In the comfort of your own home. Guiding you step-by-step to help you uncover your best self.

Starting August 17th (and running through the 31st), the program detox will begin again!! You must register by August 13th so head on over to their website.

Need additional support? Recruit your friends. If you get two of your friends to join in on the detox Team J&A will give all three of your back 15% of your registration cost back. All you need to do is email Team J&A (hello@teamJandA.com) and let them know! 

Don't forget, please understand this is an investment. The program costs $247. However, before you get your kale all in a twist, listen up. If you have ever:

  • Had stomach (GI) issues
  • Been unhappy with your weight 
  • Struggled with emotional eating 
  • Or just plain need a dietary restart ... 

This plan is for you.



I've recognized what works and what doesn't for my body. I have more energy to teach my classes and have learned some DELISH recipes along the way. What are you waiting for? Time to join the team.

Bonus: Team J&A is hosting an Urban Retreat on September 7th in Boston. And if you're a detox alum, this full day event is free! Talk about a win-win.


-TTT


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Photo Dump: A Wedding, Spin & One Cute Mom

Time to dump some photos on y'all and let you know what I've been up to!


Two weeks ago I was blessed to be a part of my good friends Emma and Brian's wedding. This was my first time being a bridesmaid  and let's be real, certainly not my last. 

With the exception of a little snafu regarding my dress in the limo on the way to the ceremony, everything went without a hitch. Or in my dresses case, a zipper. 

I've started teaching more ... and I love every second. It's my home. 

If you live in the Boston-area or are coming for a visit I highly encourage you to check out Turnstyle Cycle. We ride to the beat, give you a kick ass workout and basically have a dance party on the bike. 


And my crazy face after teaching my last class of the day. At this point all I can think about is food. 


For the past two weeks I've been partaking in the Team J&A detox. That's elimination of irritating, addicting and inflammatory foods such as dairy, gluten, sugar and caffeine. 

Yikes. 

Well, I have to say it went way better than expected (and will provide a full recap tomorrow). But I'll tell you this ... finding out the foods that trigger your GI issues feels amazing. It's like understanding a foreign language, except it's your body. Insanity, I know. 

And lastly ... 

I finally got up to my parents house in Maine last weekend. I relaxed, read my book, practiced yoga and wrote. If bliss was a place, this would be it for me. 

Plus my mom is just so darn cute. 


What have you been up to lately? Fill me in.  
-TTT



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