Wellness

5 SIMPLE WAYS TO BOUNCE BACK AFTER AN INDULGENT WEEKEND

OH WISCONSIN! You always seem to do a number on me…I LOVE to come and visit you and have all the FUN, but gosh darn, I never really leave that normal. YES, I leave with a big ass smile, a nice tan, but my gut, well that is a WHOLE different story! Cheese curds, lots of fried food, pizza, beer…definitely not used to it and at 40 years old, it takes me a little bit longer to recover.

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How do I bounce back…A lot of sweating, but also nourishing. That is why I want to introduce y’all to my social media/pen pal friend Lauren, who is a Holistic Nutritionist, Published Author, and Recipe Developer. We have worked together in the social media world with the brands that we represent and then we connected on a personal level.

I love her approach to nutrition. Real Life. Real Food. No Bull Shit. We love to talk about gut health, nourishment, recipes, and just how we are working on living our best lives from the inside out. And she is definitely going to be making a regular appearance here, because I love her passion and knowledge. It is simple, straight to the point, and information that everyone can understand and follow. Okay, I am done blabbing…Take it away lady…

We’ve all been there. 

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For some it’s a vacation or travel that leaves us feeling bloated, puffy and “heavy.” 

For others, it’s an indulgent night out, or weekend(s). 

There are a lot of factors that can contribute to feeling “FLUFFY” and “BLAH”

For starters, the liver, our King of “detox” organ, is constantly working to process the everyday toxicity in our lives. So when we add to it’s workload, be it with alcohol, heated fats/oils, excess animal protein, processed foods, or all of the above, and couple it with less sleep, and lack of water… it’s a recipe for feeling BLAH!!! 

We are all different. EVERY body is different.

Some of our bodies are dealing with more stress on the regular, so it might not take a whole lot to throw you off your game… It might take a few more days to “get back” to normal than your BFF. 

But relax. 

It’s all going to be okay. 

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These 5 simple steps can help ANY body get their groove back quickly, and with very little effort. 

1. HEY WATER

Your intestines are a whopping 30 feet long. When you are not “going” #2 (and I mean like daily, and multiple times a day), and instead you are peeing out liquid, you are dehydrating waste in the body. 

Flying (elevation), drinking alcohol and coffee, exercise, sweating, the heat of summer, etc. can all cause us to lose liquid. 

When waste doesn’t leave in a timely manner, it can create a sticky situation backing you up, leaving you feeling bloated, and causing extra stress on the liver, and other vital organs. 

Drinking 16 ounces of room temperature water FIRST THING on an empty stomach in the morning can help to hydrate waste and get things moving. Do this DAILY. Before coffee. Before tea. Before green juice… Heck. Even before you brush your teeth…

Why room temperature?

Cold water constricts the intestines, so make sure it is warm, hot, or room temp. 

Ideally, you will want to drink ½ your body weight in ounces per day. Aiming for 32 ounces in the morning, prior to coffee, and other liquids is ideal. 

Easy. It’s water. 

2. Organic Green Tea.  

The body can release toxins and extra fluids through urination. Like coffee, tea containing caffeine can act as a diuretic, and cause more frequent urination (So it can help with fluid retention). Unlike coffee, however, which is not only more acidic in the body, but also irritating to the liver, green tea may also help to increase enzyme activity within the liver, protecting it, while also enhancing the body’s ability to naturally “detoxify” itself. One of the liver’s many responsibilities. 

Whether you are drinking tea OR coffee… PLEASE make sure it is organic. Both tea leaves and coffee beans are highly sprayed with pesticides. 

Pesticides = stress on the liver. 

Stress on the liver = sluggish metabolism, poor immune system, and likely poor mental health. 

3. A good probiotic.

I am sure you are catching on… there is a theme here and it’s called… Superior Digestion and Immune support. A high quality probiotic is essential for ideal digestion, and a clear mind. When your body is properly absorbing nutrients from your food and then getting RID of the waste… you’ve got an ideal situation. 

AKA: You are getting the ENERGY (nourishment)  your body needs from your meals (in the form of vitamins, minerals, etc) and then it is taking out the trash. Trash wears you down, steals your energy, and can leave you feeling bloated, imbalanced, anxious and depressed. 

Probiotics help to strengthen your digestion and immune system so that an indulgent weekend, or trip, doesn’t set you back. It’s kind of like the ideal insurance policy. You go into each new scenario already covered… so your comeback is quicker, instead of being wiped out and having to start start from ground zero each time. 

4. Magnesium in the evening.

Whether you are stressed about feeling bloated, or just stressed in general… Magnesium is an alkalizing mineral that is absolutely essential for a calm mind, body, and ideal digestion. When we are stressed, (just like when we are cold), we tighten and constrict our muscles. The same thing happens with our intestines. Imagine that your intestines are like a garden hose. 

Now, in your mind, pinch it closed. 

Ah. 

See. 

Stops up the water flow, eh? We want to keep the flow open. Taking magnesium in the evening:

  • Calms your mind.

  • Naturally reduces anxiety.

  • Can improve sleep quality (which is necessary for any recovery). 

  • Gently and naturally relaxes your intestines so waste can move on through. 

  • Helps you react to stressors more gracefully.

If you find that your naturally wound up, suffer from insomnia, anxiety, depression, poor digestion-- you are probably magnesium deficient. 

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5. Keep meals SIMPLE. I know we all read about the latest superfood of the month, and then start adding it to all the things… hemp seeds here, and avocado there, and we then pile it high on a breakfast burrito, and expect it to become magically more nutritious... but that’s not how it works. 

Especially, when we are feeling BLAH-- We need to keep it simple to give the body a moment to recover. 

My challenge to you is to add, or replace, part of your meal with a side of leafy greens, or lightly steamed/ sauteed veggies at EVERY meal. It could be… garlicky broccoli, steamed spinach, or grilled zucchini with that egg burrito… or sauteed brussel sprouts and roasted cauliflower instead of fries with that steak… or heck! It could be as simple as enjoying a leafy green salad with avocado, lemon juice and sea salt before you head out and grab a slice of something. 

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Start with these simple tips. Practice them daily. 

You’ll bounce back quicker every time.

How do you bounce back after an indulgent weekend?

Are you ready for Lauren to be a regular in this space?

A WEEKEND ALONE + NEW WORKOUT

Hi Friends! Happy Hump Day! How have y’all been? It’s hard to believe it is already the first of May, but here we are. The weather has been outstanding and I have been able to get in some pool time over the past weekend, a long walk on the beach with Lucy, and just soaking all that Vitamin D UP UP UP and UP and it feels OH SO GOOD! I am ready for mermaid hair and sun-kissed skin.

A WEEKEND ALONE + NEW WORKOUT

I was alone from Wednesday until Sunday, because Shannon had to head home to Wisconsin for a few days to close up some odds and ends, so it was just me and my girl doing our thing, which really wasn’t much of anything. LOL! It was the perfect weekend to press restart. To embrace the alone time. To be able catch up on all my shows and to just do me for a little bit.

SUNDAY NIGHT NACHOS

It is amazing how quiet the condo was without Shannon in it and by Sunday morning I was ready to have him back. I missed him. During the weekend I was having some serious FOMO and kept toying with going out, but at the same time I was just tired. I knew it was a sign that I just had to BE. To slow down. We have some busy weekends coming up and as hard as it was, I know it was necessary and I am glad I was able to catch up on work, clean, and organize my life a little bit.

With that being said, he’s back and we’re back at it. And it feels good! xo

A WEEKEND ALONE + NEW WORKOUT

And because it has been WAY TOO LONG since I have shared a workout with y’all…It has been THREE months! YIKES! I was inspired to put together another one of my challenging “GET IT DONE” workouts, because with ALL the classes that I have been taking at The Works, I remembered how much fun, effective, and hard full body workouts are with no weights. Lately these kind of workouts have been my cup of tea, so why not spread the sweaty LOVE!

Why do I love these kind of workouts?

  • You can do them anywhere;

  • No gym or equipment required;

  • It is versatile, so you can make it work for you, your schedule and your goals!

How do you make this kind of workout fit your needs?

  • If you have more time in your schedule, do the workout as long as you want!

  • If you want to increase your strength - grab a pair of dumbbells!

  • If you want to increase your endurance - add more repetitions!

  • Have more time and want to take it up a notch? Run 5 - 10 minutes before each round! BOOM!

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me.

MONDAY MOTIVATION

Raise your hand if you want more workouts!!!

Do you enjoy “alone time” or do you need and thrive off busy weekends?

SUMMER CORE WORKOUT SERIES

Summer is officially here, so I am going to be sharing a workout series that is PERFECT for getting your CORE ready for Summer. Yes, it is great to have a strong sexy core that looks good during the summer, because let’s admit it, we all wear a lot less clothing, and who doesn’t want to rock their swimsuit?!?!? But building a strong core is not just about the physical appearance. When your core is strong, your posture is better, your overall training is more efficient and effective, your daily activities are easier, and doing all those fun summer activities are a heck of a lot more fun.

SUMMER CORE WORKOUT SERIES

This core workout that I have put together for all of you is versatile, challenging, can be done anywhere, requires no equipment, and strengthens not just your core, but your entire beautiful body. A little-known fact about my workouts...I make sure that they are efficient and effective because I know how busy everyone is these days, so I make sure my workouts get the job done!

Here is what you need to do for this core workout series:

Crunches - Dig your heels into the ground, while keeping your arms straight and above your head. Keep it ALL engaged. Slowly come up to a seated position and then slowly lower back down. Inhale when you come up and exhale when you come down. 3x sets of 15 repetitions.

Side Plank with Hip Raises - Make sure that your wrists are aligned with your shoulder and your feet are stacked while keeping your legs engaged. Slowly lower your hips towards the ground and then slowly bring them back up. 3x sets of 15 repetitions on each side.

1 - Leg Crunches - Just like crunches, dig your heels into the ground, while keeping your arms straight and above your head. Keep it ALL engaged. Slow and steady wins the race with this move. 3x sets of 15 repetitions on each side.

Plank to Forearm Plank - Make sure that your wrists are aligned with your shoulders. Keep your legs engaged, neck in a neutral position, and suck that belly to the back of your spine. Slowly lower down to your forearms and then slowly come back up to plank position. 3x sets of 10 repetitions.

Here are my tips when doing this core workout series:

  1. Keep everything ENGAGED! This is key for not only strengthening your core but also for building your overall strength and balance.

  2. SLOW and STEADY! There is no need to rush through these moves. The slower you go, the more effective the move is, and the better the burn!

  3. Focus on your breathing...Remember to always exhale when you are going against gravity.

  4. Think outside the box! Do this workout all at once...Add one or two moves into your next strength training workout...Add more sets or repetitions depending on your strength and energy levels.

  5. DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU!!!

Let me know how it goes and if you have any questions, feel free to ask! Cheers to summer and looking and feeling your best inside and out! ENJOY!!!

TAKE A MOMENT AND THEN KEEP TRUCKING

Some weeks I feel invincible, strong, fearless, and determined...Some weeks I feel like I just cannot stay afloat...Nothing seems to go as planned...I am exhausted...I am cranky...I am definitely not fun to be around. That was last week. It kicked my ass. I am the first to admit when I do not have my shit together. I acknowledge it. I have that moment. I pick myself back up. I lean on Shannon. I practice self-care and then I keep on trucking. 

My job is a roller coaster. Social Media is a BEAST and some weeks it can just wear me down. This is life. Life has speed bumps. And when we hit those speed bumps we have two choices. We either let the stress and negativity take over or we put on those "Positive Patty Pants" on and YES, we just keep trucking. As I get older and somewhat wiser and definitely a little more stubborn, I won't give in to the negativity. I have learned what works for me to get out of that place and back up on my feet. Because as I always say, when we look at the bigger picture...Life is really good. Here are a few of my "go-to's" for getting myself back up and moving forward - 

Take A Moment

SWEAT IT OUT - Whenever I feel stressed, overwhelmed, frustrated, angry, sad, or need to take some time away from work, relationships, and life, sweating it out is always my favorite way to get my shit back together and start fresh. And usually, that type of sweat session involves my yoga mat and showing up to Sarah’s “The WORKS” class.

This class challenges me physically and mentally. It pushes me...It inspires me...It helps me feel grounded and grateful. I went to 3 “The WORKS” classes last week 3 days in a row and it was exactly what I needed. I was sore as heck and really freaking tired, but I needed someone to tell me to do those dreaded Vinyasa burpees and squat jumps. I needed Sarah to push me. I needed that support system and it worked.

I love my yoga community and I cannot brag enough about Sarah and how she has helped me on and off the mat with my yoga practice, building my strength and endurance, but also being a friend. Yoga is not just about stretching, building strength, and sweating, as amazing as to how this makes me feel. It is also a  wonderful reminder that we have to love ourselves inside and out. That we all have moments, struggles, and breaking points. We just have to take some time to acknowledge this, but also remember to keep moving forward, because life is good and when you look around and remember what you have it is REALLY good.

NOURISH YOUR BODY - Feed your body what it wants and ENJOY it! When I am having one of those weeks, where I feel like I have no control over my workload and life, food USED to be that one thing where I felt like I did have some sort of control. This was not a good thing. Trust me, it is not healthy mentally, physically, and nutritionally. Controlling your food intake is exhausting and takes up a lot of energy. Energy that could be going to someplace else. Food control during stressful moments does not solve anything. It can actually make things worse. Honor your body. Give it what it needs. This moment and this week will pass, so nourish your body with the foods that it is craving and it will all balance out in the end.

Nourish Your Body

We have to remember that our bodies are always changing and craving different things each week. Some weeks I just want to eat BIG salad bowls and smoothies...Some weeks I just want waffles and thick slices of bacon and more bacon. You have to honor these cravings and give your body what it wants. How cool is it that this happens? Life would be so boring if we ate the same thing every day. There have been nights where I just wanted to eat ice cream and cookies. And guess what I ate just that and it tasted and felt awesome. I fulfilled that craving and then moved on. Yes, it has taken me time to figure this out, but I can honestly say that I am so much more aware of these moments and it feels good to not have to worry about controlling the food.  

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DISCONNECT - JUST DO EXACTLY THAT! Stop scrolling, liking, commenting, emailing, and even turn your phone on silent. It is an amazing feeling. This past weekend we went to the RBC Heritage Cup in Hilton Head and it was a huge relief that I had to keep my phone on silent. It felt AWESOME. I was more present with our friends, with Shannon, and soaked up that beautiful sunshine, food, cocktails, and the experience.

I needed the weekend to disconnect, because it is so easy to burnout, especially when you are managing multiple accounts, and always trying to stay on top of the comments, mentions, and tags. I was starting to go bat crazy. So I 100% needed to just take that time to breathe, recharge, press restart, and just live life. Thank goodness my friend took all of our pictures, because by the middle of the day I didn’t even bother checking my phone. WAHOO!!!

DISCONNECT

During the hustle and bustle of the work week, I obviously cannot disconnect like that, which is fine, as this is my job, my livelihood, and it is what pays the bills. To stay somewhat sane on a daily basis, I always take Lucy for our afternoon walk and leave my phone behind and I am “trying” to shut it ALL down around 9:00 PM. It is hard because I love what I do and I get excited to see the growth, the interaction, and the excitement for the brands I represent, but I always need to remember, SLOW DOWN and turn it off!

HAVE THAT FLIPPING MOMENT - We are all allowed to have “that moment”. Whether it is crying, screaming, or just being silent, give yourself permission to feel all the feels. It is okay to break down. It is called being human. Once you get all that crap out, put those “Positive Patty Pants” on and just keep on trucking.

What self-care tips do you practice when life is just a HOT MESS?

THIS IS 39

“When you look back at your past, look tenderly and gently at all you have been through. Look with the eyes of the soul. See that each experience was necessary to bring you home to your heart” - Melody Beattie

I cannot believe I am 39 years old today!?!?! How the heck did that happen? How am I one year away from 40? Where is time going? Can someone please press a pause button, because time is going by too fast!!! Seriously...Where did this year GO???

As I look back on this past year, I can HONESTLY say that I finally do feel at home, after many years of searching, traveling, and feeling like I was living that gypsy life. I am ready to stay put! I feel 100% in LOVE with my life, my relationships, and my work. The road to this place has not been easy and it is still not easy...it is called LIFE. I have hit a lot of speed bumps, but I have learned a lot. I have opened myself up more than I have ever before. I am living authentically. I am being honest and true to myself and to those who I love.

What is in store for this year?

I am not setting any goals...I am going to go into this year and continue to do what I am doing. I am going to hustle. I am not going to give up on making this brand HAPPEN. I will continue to push my body, listen to my body, and do the things that make my body look the way I want it to look. I will continue to nourish my body, but also make sure I enjoy wine, buttery scones, and lots of delicious burgers and fries. I am going to just be and do ME. Like I have said, again and again, you are going to see the good moments and the not so pretty ones because this is real. Hell yeah, I get scared about putting myself out there, talking about my relationships, my struggles, my accomplishments. But what I have learned through blogging and social media is that I have made some pretty amazing connections, friendships, and I have learned a lot.

This is 39

So before things get too mushy here...Today I am treating myself to all the things I love, doing the things I love, enjoying time with the people I love and celebrating making it through another year of life. Better with age...Just like a fine wine!

I wanted to give a gift to ALL of you as a thank you for your support, love, friendship, comments, and for following me on this journey. And YESit is a workout, because what else would you expect from me?!?!?! I absolutely LOVE this one, because just like the title says, it gets the job DONE. You should most definitely print this workout out and put it on your fridge...put it in your gym bag...leave it on the treadmill and tackle it whenever you feel the need to move your body.

I created this workout when I was stuck inside during a snowstorm. I, of course, was antsy from doing nothing and wanted to move and sweat. BOOM...the “Get It Done Workout” was created. It is quick, efficient, effective, and targets every muscle in your beautiful body. It works on strength, endurance, and gets your heart rate up to burn fat and calories. And the best part is it requires no equipment and can be done ANYWHERE. No excuses my fabulous friends.

15 Minute "GET IT DONE" Work Out

I am grateful for ALL of you and want you to join me as I tackle 39 and everything that this year is going to bring me. Now it is time to enjoy my birthday...To have some FUN...And keep on hustling!!!

xoxo