Star Spangled & Healthy: 5 Tips to Stay on Track this 4th of July Weekend

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Just a little #tbt in honor of the holiday weekend! Ps: I’m thoroughly enjoying that frosting …

I get it, holiday weekends are toughies when it comes to staying on a healthy track — nutritionally and with regards to working out.

I am certainly not here to be the food police stating, “avoid the BBQ, beers and red, white and blue layer cake” … however … I am writing to help provide you with options that ultimately prevent a full-on star-spangled hangover.

With regards to junk food, I mean. Sorry, can’t help you in the alcohol department …

1. Schedule your weekend workout NOW

Booking with a boutique studio or alternate fitness facility that has a 24-hr cancellation policy will prevent you from skimping out on your workout come Sunday. Sure you may be tired and perhaps a bit — ahem — dehydrated, but sweating it out after a long weekend will prevent you from feeling like ultimate crap come Monday.

2. Bring goodies of your own

Invited to a BBQ this weekend? Good, me too. Instead of popping into CVS and grabbing a bag of chips, spend 10 minutes whipping up this patter, chips or even a healthier dip alternative.

Chances are it’ll be a party hit — And shhhhhhhh … we don’t need to tell anyone they’re healthy.

3. Get creative with your cocktail Miloby_PomegranateSangria

Last night I went over to my sister’s apartment for what we call a “Sister Date’.

Aside from the plethora of girl talk (Sorry to her BF Danny who had to drown us out by watching episodes of South Park), she made me a super easy and delicious sangria.

 

Polar Pomegranate Sangria + Red wine blend = Easy peasy (and 1/2 the calories) sangria.

This was obviously a great option for us, but if you’re not a fan of red, try mixing some Sav Blanc with their Champagne Strawberry flavor and add some chopped up fruit! Honestly, with these summer seltzer flavors, the possibilities are endless.

4. Get the games going

If you’re a New Englander like me the time is NOW to be outside. We are literally held hostage in our homes all winter long. So, during this long weekend full of patriotic goodness, get outdoors and PLAY!

Start a flag football game, get the bocce balls out — heck, play some ring toss! The point is, keep your body moving and avoid sitting on your tush while tossing back a few cold ones.

5. Hydrate & lather up

Even though you’re frolicking in the ocean or pool and feel nice a cool, doesn’t mean your body is properly hydrated. Remember: Once you become thirsty, you’re body is already dehydrated.

Be sure to guzzle some H20 this weekend and generously apply the SPF. While these two factors may not feel as satisfying as a 45-minute sweat sesh, your body will certainly thank you later on.

Have a happy and safe 4th!!
-TTT 

Body Breakthroughs & Hangin’ at New Balance

IMG_2290Last Wednesday night I was asked to host my 3rd New Balance Girls Night Out (NBGNO) event … and it was incredible.

The topic was ‘Body Breakthroughs’ and the special evening was held at the NB headquarters and was entirely for the famous fitness brands’ staff. Even though I was surrounded by some insanely supportive and talented women, I was still really nervous to share my body breakthrough moment.

Since I was emceeing the event, it was up to me to make the group of ladies feel comfortable, kick back and enjoy the GNO. Fierce Boston instructors Aly Raymer (B/SPOKE) and Kristina Grinovich (CorePower Yoga) led the group in their choice of a yoga flow or indoor cycling class.

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The night was inspiring to say the least … and then came the moment when I had to present my body breakthrough.

It all started last January when I left my full-time job as a personal trainer, fitness instructor and high school fitness coach to work for the online media publication, BostInno. While I was still working within the same realm of topics, the two lives couldn’t have been more different.

From standing, walking and running with clients/classes/students to siting … sitting … and more sitting, I was going stir crazy. It took me 8 months to realize that this desk job (at least full-time) wasn’t right for me. I needed more balance in my life, literally, and it wasn’t happening behind a computer screen.

I pitched a parttime position to my editors and was pleasantly surprised when it was accepted. Soon enough I was able to teach, train and write in a more sustainable fashion. Today I teach 10 fitness classes, train 2 clients and post articles a few days a week.

So, what the heck was my body breakthrough?? Valuing my body, recognizing my worth and not being afraid to take a chance.

My schedule is perfect for me and my body. I am way less stressed than I was before, resulting in better self-care. I am able to take the time necessary to plan and program for my clients and classes while giving myself the TLC it needs through yoga and strength training.

IMG_2335Bottom line: If you’re dealing with something in your life that is less than stellar, change it. It may not be easy, but it certainly will be worth it. The beautiful thing is that you have the power to create a more pleasant environment for yourself.

Take that step forward. Body (as well as professional and personal) breakthroughs occur when you uncover this worthiness. And if you’re wearing bright, shiny NB 811, well than that’s just the cherry on top of a deliciously sweet sundae.

Be on the lookout for the 2015 lineup of NBGNO events in Boston and other cities!!!

-TTT

Twitter Trolls & Ignoring The Comments

e592d35b44bfc74a535d2d3b97ee5c59If I have learned one thing from writing a blog, working for a publication and being a member of social media, it’s that you have to have thick skin.

I am talking skin made out of … Well, I’m not quite sure, but it’s got to be unbreakable.

Why? Because as soon as you dip your big toe into the ocean that is the internet harsh waves in the form of comments and tweets begin to swell around you.

Remember the saying, ‘Sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me?’

Who the heck said that? Because, I tripped over a Christmas tree (read: a stick) awaiting pick-up this morning and it merely scratched my ankle. No blood and certainly no tears. To me, this is lightyears less impactful than the words that are displayed on Twitter, Facebook and beyond.

So why did I bring this up?

We’ll, if you are friends with me on the ole FB, you know I recently wrote a story about juice cleansing for BostInno. I interviewed two parties. In my opinion they are both experts in their field (read more about their backstory here). The article was a pros vs. cons on the popular method of detoxing … and since I am neither for or against nor am I an expert, I let these two strong women take the reigns.

I asked the questions, they gave me answers.

Mmm. Sounds too good too be true. It was. I immediately began receiving nasty tweets from complete strangers (okay, that’s Twitter for you) who were not giving their opinions on the controversial topic, but instead bashing me as a writer.

It didn’t stop there.

More tweets and comments began flooding in and before I knew it that big toe I had so boldly dipped into the ocean turned into a full body emersion. That small wake, now a crashing wave.

I left work that day feeling pretty defeated. Thick skin or not, you can only get beat down so many times before the comments wear on you and your confidence to produce valuable content.

I plopped on the couch, kicked up my feet and vowed to not check Twitter for the rest of the night. While watching my new favorite show, The Girlfriends Guide to Divorce — thank you Bravo  — I was quickly distracted by the story line which dealt with the main character (who is an author) and her haters/their rude comments.

And then this was said,

“Nobody truly interesting is universally liked.”

Just like that my mood changed.

I started viewing these words as fuel to ignite my inner self. I reminded myself that in some ways this was simply modern day bullying; Someone hiding behind a computer screen was putting me down … and I wasn’t going to let it anymore.

Because I’m truly interesting. Because I work hard for the articles I produce. And if someone wants to chew me out or be mean on a social platform, let them. I am not universally liked … and that’s is fine by me.

-TTT