San Diego part 4: Les Mills Live

Hello friends! Happy Wednesday! I am bringing you another part of my San Diego recap.  This one is all about Les Mills Live!  Since I became a certified Les Mills instructor last year I have wanted to attend a Live event! When they announced that Live would be happening the same weekend as Idea World, I was STOKED and of course all in!  I signed up pretty much as soon as I solidified that I would be officially attending BlogFest and Idea World!  In the instructor FB groups there was a lot of chatter about the event and my excitement grew and grew!

After a few amazing days at BlogFest it was time to workout with some of the best people on the planet! I started out on Saturday morning doing a Combat workout on the USS Midway! The ship has a really cool history, and has been turned into a museum that sits in the harbor.  It was an AMAZING experience! I ended up standing in line with some people from the Houston area and we worked out together! It was so fun!!! After Combat I ended up running into some of my 24 hour team which was so great!

After combat I headed back to the hotel and then got my bag and headed to the convention center for the rest of my workouts! I knew it was going to be a crazy day so I took one of the rent a bikes to save my legs a bit. Haha

Body pump with several hundred people was so awesome! The room was a bit tight, but I manged to snag a spot with a little extra room and it worked out well!

Next up was Barre! I do not have ANY dance training, and the few barre classes I have done we way different then Les Mills Barre! It was really out of my comfort zone!  I was standing near an older guy who was rocking it and we just looked at each other and said, we can do this! Overall it was fun and I will def have to try it more soon!

After Barre it was CXworks.  That is a 30 min core class! It was a nice change up to the first few super active classes of the day!
My next class was Body Attack.  My knee was starting to bother me so I decided to skip it and go get rolled out at the Trigger Point area at the expo.  It helped a little but it was still bothering me a bit.  I walked around the expo a bit and then headed back for my last classes.

The next one up was Sh’bam.  It is a dance class! Normally I am down and try my best even though I am usually 5 beats behind! Haha.  But with my knee still starting to bother me so I decided to take it easy.  I mostly watched and enjoyed seeing the Les Mills team dancers!

Last but not least was Flow! It was what I really needed after the last few days. It was a really beautiful routine and everyone was just enjoying the class.  At the end we were all laying down in meditation and as we came back to reality the whole team was out on the stage.  It was really emotional and just such an incredible experience!

 

I was also honored to get a chance to meet 2 of the people who have encouraged and helped my journey!

I took a bike back to the hotel, showered, ate an amazing dinner and collapsed into bed!

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I am linking up with AnnMarie and Nicole for Wild Workout Wednesday!

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May you be filled with joy and health!

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San Diego part 3: BlogFest Speakers

Hello and happy Monday! I’m coming at you today with part 3 of 5 of my Blogfest recap. (Links to parts 1 and 2 if you missed them). Today I’m focusing on the message that seemed to be coming at me from all sides!

The past 2 years I have attended BlogFest we had wonderful and inspiring speakers. They always left me feeling ready to conquer the world as I listened to their stories! One thing I also have noticed is there always seems to be a theme between the speakers even though it is not always planned that way! This year was no exception.

A little word that used to haunt me daily was perfection! I have done a lot of work over the years to release that off my life and to embrace my flaws and live in the imperfect.  I still have days when it comes back in full force, but I am really proud of the work I have done and how far I have come!

The speakers this year really touched on that subject again and it was a great refresher course for me with many reminders and encouragement that I am still on the right track.  Our first speaker was Petra Kolber.  She actually has a book that just came out called Perfection Detox! Could that name be any better? I really enjoyed her talk.  She talked about her own struggles with perfectionism and anxiety and I was able to relate so much to what she said.  A few points that really stuck out to me:

  • Difference of excellence vs perfection
  • The “er” (better, thinner, smarter, blogger, etc) problem
  • Know that I am ENOUGH today!
  • Give people permission to be imperfect
  • What would I do if I knew I didn’t have to be perfect (*some new things coming soon*)

Her story mixed with these truths and some humor really drew me in.  She also had some really great slides that hit the nail on the head for me as I am a visual learner!

Our next speaker was from the almond board of California giving us some great facts about almonds! I LOVE almonds and I use them in my daily intake all the time from just snacking to making my own almond milk and almond butter!  They did a little game show and it was really fun!

 

Next up was Sadie Nardini.  She was really funny, creative and overall easy to listen to.  She spoke on how to make money while sleeping.  The best way to do that is to make an online e-course.  She broke it down and really helped me see that this is something I may want to do in the future.

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Our next speaker was Kristine Betty.  She gave a really informative chat about google analytics.  No, truth be told, I do not do a lot with GA, so I wrote down a lot of notes, and will be doing more with them later.  I really did appreciate her approach to explaining GA and I will be reaching out to Kristine if I am in need of assistance later! I know it is not the most exciting topic, but necessary for blogging!

Next up was Gigi Ashworth from Gigi Eats. She and I have interacted online for a few years so it was really fun to meet her in person.  Her personality in her videos is exactly how she is in real life!  She spoke about how to make really great videos.  Some of it seemed like common sense, but some of it def needed to be pointed out! Lol

Then we had our keynote speaker, Heidi Powell! I have followed and her husband, Chris, for many years, so it was really fun to see her in person.  When we chatted at the end she just turned to me and said, ‘Oh, you are SO beautiful!’ Made my day 🙂
She was pretty funny and down to earth.  She brought back the idea of getting rid of the idea of perfection and being authentic! A few key points that I really liked:

  • Zig when others zag
  • Never be too big for your people
  • Be grateful, always (come join my grateful August challenge!)
  • Be a lifelong learner!
  • The best opportunities are sometimes saying NO!
  • Give back
  • Always remember who you are!

 

After Heidi we had a talk by the National Dairy Counsel.  I have to say that I felt uncomfortable by their talk.  They were def pushing their agenda and saying that to have a healthy diet you have to include dairy!  I can’t have a lot of dairy, and when I do, I make sure it is actually something that won’t hurt my body.  But moving on! Haha

Last up was Natalie Jill! She gave us a background on her story and how she started sharing her own meals and workouts for accountability and it has grown into a huge business for her! She was so sweet and also lead us through a kick butt workout with trigger point!

Overall I really enjoyed the speakers and of course all the wonderful interactions I had with everyone!  I am still processing through some of the information I received and how I am going to put some of it to play in my blog and life!  Thank you again Fit Approach for putting together a great lineup of speakers! Love my Sweat Pink ladies!

Thanks for joining along on this journey of our BlogFest speakers!

Do you enjoy conference speakers?

I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap.

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May you be filled with joy and health!

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Watermelon Berry Sorbet

Hello friends! Happy first Friday of August!

Summer is slowly beginning to wind down but that has not prevented more summer fun recipes! One food I LOVE in the summer is watermelon! I love the taste, how refreshing it is and how many health benefits it has.  From helping with hydration to being full of vitamins and minerals (vitamins C, A, B1, B5, B6, potassium, magnesium, beta-carotene, lycopene along with citrulline, an vital amino acid.) It also has benefits for a healthy heart, helps skin and nails and can aid in digestion! What is not to love?
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I have used watermelon in salads, smoothies, ice pops and now, sorbet! I  am linking up with my fav Foodie Friday gals, Farrah from Fairyburger and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for watermelon recipes!

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh cut watermelon
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 c coconut sugar
  • 1 c water
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lime juice

 

Directions

  1. Ice cream bowl for churner should be placed in the freezer for 12-24 hours prior to making sorbet.
  2. Place the coconut sugar and the water in a saucepan and stir well.  Bring to a simmer until the sugar is dissolved in the water. Remove from heat and cool.
  3. While the sugar mixture cools, prepare the fruit. Wash berries, remove the stem and hull & chop strawberries into bite size pieces. Chop watermelon into bite size pieces. Place all fruit in a bowl of a food processor or blender.
  4. Once sugar mixture has cooled, pour 1/2 cup over the fruit. Blend together until smooth.  If the mixture is too thick, add in more of the sugar mixture.
  5. Place mixture in the fridge for at least an hour and up to 24 hours.
  6. When mixture has set for at least an hour, pour into the ice cream churner.  Churn for 20-30 min.
  7. Once mixture has churned into a thick,creamy texture, place in an airtight container and place in the freezer. (I have this one -non affiliate)
  8. Freeze for at least 12 hours (overnight works really well).
  9. Enjoy on a hot summer day!

 

 

Make sure you check out the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

Do you have an awesome recipe you’d love to share? Link up with us on Fridays for our weekly Foodie Friday posts! (Co-hosted by Annmarie, Farrah + Esther )

  • Please link back to the co-hosts, and comment/share at least a couple other Foodie Friday posts! Don’t just leave your link and run away! :O
  • Please only link up recipe posts! 🙂Join us next week for some campfire snack recipes.

I am also linking up for Meatless Monday with Deborah & Sarah

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Also, this month I am doing a daily gratitude challenge post on Instagram. I will be posting a black and white photo and using #BWgratefulAugust for the month. Feel free to join in the fun!

May you be filled with joy and health!

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August Goals

Hello friends and happy Wednesday!
Can you believe it is August 1st? Me either!!
August is usually a pretty fun month for me since I get to celebrate my birth and see friends that I don’t see too often.  Summer is winding down and the start of another school year is upon us!
I know I have not really done a goals post this summer but I am ready to get some things done this month and get back on track with some of my yearly goals! I have joined a few challenges to help me stay focused on my goals.  I love accountability.  It really helps me stay focused and motivated on what I am aiming for!

Fitness/health

*30+ min of exercise or stretching daily
*8-9 hours of sleep a night

Nutrition

*Gallon of water (or more) daily
*Add collagen daily to a smoothie or other meal

Relationship/mental wellness

*Write letters to at least 3 friends expressing gratitude
*Write a daily gratitude post on Instagram (see below)

Education

*Study 5 hours a week
*2-3 blogs weekly
*Finish reading 3 books

I have been doing a lot of thinking about gratitude and how when I am more focused on being thankful, the things that don’t seem to be going well fade a bit.  We all know that life is full of ups and downs.   It seems to come in waves in my life and I have been in the midst of a crashing down wave lately.  I have so much to be grateful for, and so I have decided to post daily on Instagram with a black and white photo and using #BWgratefulAugust for the month. Feel free to join in the fun!

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What are your goals for the month?
Let me know if you join the challenge 🙂

 

I am linking up with Wendy and Holly for their weekly wrap & AnnMarie and Nicole for Wild Workout Wednesday!


May you be filled with joy and health!

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Blackberry Raspberry Lemonade Smoothie

Happy happy Friday my friends! It has been another crazy busy week! Seems to be the theme this summer! One thing I loved about summer while growing up in the country was picking berries! They always tasted SO delicious and I am sure we ate more than we paid for along the way! Haha
The other day at the grocery store they had a sample of blackberry lemonade and it was so good and reminded me of summer days! So I did some experimenting and came up with a delicious smoothie that brought me back to some summer days!

I am linking up with my fav Foodie Friday gals, Farrah from Fairyburger and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for free for all recipes!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • Juice from 1 1/2 lemons
  • 2 Tbsp collagen peptides
  • 1 Tbsp honey (more or less depending on your taste)
  • 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup frozen blackberries
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 4 cups of crushed ice cubes

Directions

  1. Place milk, lemon, honey, collagen & vanilla in a blender. Blend till all ingredients are combined well.
  2. Add in the berries, blend again.
  3. Add in the ice and blend till all ice is broken up and blended in.
  4. Enjoy!

Note- If you don’t use all the mixture at once you can turn the rest into smoothie pops!

Makes about 6 servings

Make sure you check out the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

Do you have an awesome recipe you’d love to share? Link up with us on Fridays for our weekly Foodie Friday posts! (Co-hosted by Annmarie, Farrah + Esther )

  • Please link back to the co-hosts, and comment/share at least a couple other Foodie Friday posts! Don’t just leave your link and run away! :O
  • Please only link up recipe posts! 🙂Join us next week for some watermelon recipes.

May you be filled with joy and health!

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San Diego part 2: Workouts

Hello friends! Happy Wednesday! I am slowly making my way through recapping my time in San Diego from last month! If you missed my post Monday I shared my experience at the San Diego Zoo! It was incredible!!

Today I will be sharing some of the different workouts I was able to experience as being a part of BlogFest!

I arrived in San Diego late on Tuesday night. After my zoo excursion on Wednesday, I met up with some of my blog friends to try out a soul cycle class! I have done some cycle classes at my gym, but have never been to Soul Cycle. I have a lot of friends who love it, so I was interested in trying it out. And trying it out with a bunch of friends sounded like an even better idea!

Photo credit – Carleeh Mulholland

Before class began it was a mini reunion with lots of hugs, selfies and smiles all around. We checked in and got a pair of shoes for the bikes. It was my first time wearing clip in shoes. We filed into the studio and found our assigned bike. The room was dimly lit and the bikes were all crunched together. I was beginning to feel a little claustrophobic.


Once class began all the lights went out. The music came on blaring and the instructor began the ride. The room was also pretty warm so I am glad I had a spare tank with me! My overall feel of the class was that this was not really for me. Parts of the class were fun, but overall it was too much movement without instruction on proper form. Swaying from side to side and also pushups on the the handlebars seemed really ineffective to me. Any sort of direction for newcomers was pretty much nonexistent even though many of us indicated we were there for the first time.

I also pushed myself pretty hard as I’m competitive when it comes to workouts 😂. That combined with the lack of cool air made me pretty dizzy by the end of the workout. I had to take some time to really cool down so I didn’t pass out!

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Overall I was not super impressed and most likely won’t be back to Soul Cycle. The best part of the night was hanging with my friends and refueling together with a yummy dinner!

At BlogFest we get opportunities to try new workouts that one might not normally get. Thursday morning we met in one of the ballrooms for a ‘beach’ workout. It was put on by Fit Bodies inc. They are a group that travels around to different resorts and they teach fitness classes to people who are on vacation.  They also give fitness professionals a way to get a cheaper vacation while they can do something they love (teach fitness).

For our workout we used a coconut and did some individual exercises lead by the ladies from Fit Bodies inc. Then I partnered with one of my new friend, Missy, and we had a good laugh while we did the partner workout!! A few coconuts went flying and I dropped mine so hard it cracked open! It was def a different type of workout than I have ever done before but really fun and creative!

Photo credit – Fit Bodies Inc

Later that day we got to participate in a huge circuit workout at the Idea World Expo. I am not even sure how many stations were set up, but it was basically a place for different companies to showcase their equipment and participated at each station for 6 minutes.  I did everything from using water weights to using an stationary bike that let you lean (freaked me out), to a self motorized treadmill and many things in between.  I didn’t bring my phone in, but I got a few shots from the outside and my friend Carleeh got a few pics 🙂

Photo credit – Carleeh Mulholland

After that workout I had a feeling I would be a little sore the next day! Thankfully when I woke up on Friday I was still feeling ok!

Friday morning we all met in the ballroom once again to try another new workout from Frog Fitness.  I have seen the FrogFitness machine before and it def made me a little nervous to actually try it out.  They had some of their team walking around trying to help some of us out! The machine uses resistance bands to create tension for doing different exercises.  It was an interesting experience for sure!

Later that afternoon we had the opportunity to do a Triggerpoint workout with Natalie Jill!  I honestly thought it was going to be more of a roll out than an actual workout, but it was def a core/butt workout with a little rolling mixed in! The workout was challenging but fun and the rolling hurt so good!  That smile def was fake as it HURT! Haha

On Saturday I was honored to be a part of Les Mills Live!  I will be doing another post about! It was a really fun day overall!

Sunday morning I signed up to be part of a bike tour of San Diego! I was really excited about it.  When I was in LA for BlogFest in 2016 I participated in a walking tour that was really fantastic!
We met in the hotel at 6:40 am (that was tough after a lot of super active days in a row).  We then walked over to where the bikes were.  The tour guides helped everyone get a bike set up and we all had helmets to wear.  We started off riding along the water.  It was really beautiful even though it was a little chilly.  The tour lasted about 2 hours.  It was a lot different than the walking tour we did.  We did get some cool info about San Diego, the harbor and some of the history.  The tour guides were really friendly and were able to answer questions people had.  Although it was a generally nice tour, I was a bit disappointed overall.  For the price I expected more information and also a longer ride.  The info said we would go 10 miles, but according to my GPS, we only did 5 miles.
For my last hurrah in San Diego I was expecting a bit more.
After the tour I had to ice my knee as it was getting pretty sore from all the activities over the past few days!

 

That’s a mini wrap of the different workouts we did during BlogFest! Once again we were exposed to new things, were challenged, laughed and had a blast with each other! My sweat pink sisters are the best!

Have you tried any new workouts this summer?

I am linking up with AnnMarie for Wild Workout Wednesday

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May you be filled with joy and health!

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San Diego part 1: The Zoo

Hello friends! Happy Monday!
Summer is flying by! I spent my weekend home for the first time since mid May.  Between my travels, pet sitting and a few random weekends with clients, I have hardly seen my bed!  So this weekend home I cranked out some organizing projects that I have been wanting to do, restocked our fridge (thank you Costco), did a ton of errands, taught a class and spent some much needed time with the Hubs!


Last year when I heard that BlogFest/Idea World were going to be in San Diego, I got SUPER excited!  I had never been there, and it has been a dream since I was a child.  When I was in second grade, my grandfather gave me a stuffed koala bear from the zoo as a gift, and ever since then I have wanted to visit the San Diego Zoo!
I decided to see if I could make it out a little before the conference to take a trip to the zoo!

I flew in late Tuesday night instead of my normal Wednesday to take advantage of a little spare time.  My normal room at the hotel was not ready till Wednesday, but thankfully one of my sweet friends let me crash in her room Tuesday night.

I got up Wednesday and headed over to the zoo.  It wasn’t too far from the hotel so it was just a quick Uber ride over.

I purchased a ticket that allowed me entry into the zoo, and also access to the zoo bus tour, the Kangaroo bus (lets you on and off and certain locations), and the tram across the zoo.

It was a GORGEOUS day and I spent about 5 hours walking around seeing different exhibits, and especially took time to see my fav animals!

Here are some pics of the day…

The beautiful greenery/flowers, elephants and polar bears!

Birds, gorillas, zebras, flamingos, & giraffes!

Some other random assortment of animals.

And of course the Koalas!  They were asleep when I made it over to see them, but they were so precious! I may have cried a few tears of joy when I saw them!

They had a really neat exhibit of the tar pits and fossils of the animals that used to live in southern CA

I am not the biggest fan of heights, so I was really proud of myself for taking the tram across the zoo! It was a really beautiful view!

That’s a wrap!

Have you been to the San Diego zoo?
What is your favorite animal to see at the zoo?

More on San Diego and BlogFest and Idea World and all that happened coming soon!

I am linking up with Wendy and Holly for their weekly wrap!

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May you be filled with joy and health!

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