Wednesday, March 29, 2017

FItness Update 2017

It's been awhile since I've posted about fitness. Of course, every year-month-day, I tell myself that I want to make changes in my lifestyle, but it never seems to stick. I basically kept to my favourite yoga class once a week and having a few of staple healthy meals in rotation. Recently though, I started to post again on my fitness Instagram, @evladyfit. The resurgence started with posting daily pics from the #stretchrevolution challenge from Blogilates.

Around the same time, my yoga studio started a yoga challenge, #30daysoftangerine. Today is day 10, and I've gone every day (so far)! Before signing up, I really didn't think I could do it-I even set my goal at 20 classes. Now, I'm not sure if I can stop! It's really helped my sleep schedule. I have to make sure to wake up early for 6:30 am classes before work! Plus, daily exercise gets my body tired, so I don't have that tired but wired feeling at the end of the day. My posture has improved, and just a couple of days ago, I was able to do my first full wheel! It also forces me to dedicate a solid hour of just me time, which is so important for promoting mindfulness, setting intentions, and reducing anxiety.

I think the key is to find what works for you and that you genuinely enjoy. I am a planner, so I love setting up my classes for the week. And with it set, I think of it more like a meeting, so I can't miss it! That's the structure piece, and I just love the content of the classes-how they make me feel in my mind and body-before, during, and after hitting the mat. I feel like you have to try different methods, studios, even instructors can change how much you enjoy a class before finding your thang. Maybe you find you are someone that likes to mix up your exercise methods. Every once in awhile, I have been bouldering at Preston's climbing gym and sometimes he comes with me to yoga. Gotta keep it fun & interesting!

You also can't be too hard on yourself. Things change. We will be out of town this weekend, so I won't get my "gold star" for the days (literally), but hey, I'll be back Monday to start again. Same goes for month(s) long and year(s) long breaks too. I feel like you pick up little habits, tips, and tricks with you every time you start something new. Like, maybe you didn't stick with that meal prepping, but you found an easy healthy snack or a dinner recipe you love. Or what I am predicting will happen after this challenge-I won't be doing everyday yoga, but I now know my body can wake up early, and I enjoy it, so maybe I'll start doing a morning class before work in addition to the weekend.

In some ways, the start of spring seems more like the time for resolutions than the new year. Are you trying to up your fitness game before summer?


Monday, March 27, 2017

Birchbox | March 2017

Happy Monday! Just a quick Birchbox unboxing. My March box took awhile to arrive due to a snow storm, but I was so excited to receive this little box of spring! Looking forward to testing out everything.

This month I received a couple of hair care products. I love Beauty Protector products and have yet to try the volume spray. It will be great for using with heat tools as its a thermal protector and with braids. Thanks to beauty boxes I have so many little bottles of dry shampoo. The name of this one from evo is pretty funny too-Water Killer. I have been doing hot yoga daily so dry shampoo is a must! I also got a couple of eye make-up products. During sample selection I picked the Arrow Eye Brightener. I think this will look great as eyeliner and a brow highlight. I also received a little shimmery eyeshadow sampler from Coastal Scents. Finally, there was the Kiehl's Super Multi-Corrective Cream. I have been loving a good face cream lately to rehydrate and firm my face in the morning.

What did you get in your Birchbox this month?


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Best Whole Foods Beauty Bag Yet

Happy Spring!! In name only here... At least that means the Whole Foods Beauty Bag is back! It is a great way to try a bunch of different natural beauty products. I love the 2015 and 2016 version, but 2017 has to be the best. I mean just look at how many products they included. I even convinced the sales associate checking me out to get one!

Piece & Co Organic Cotton Bag
Acure Pore Clarifying Red Clay Facial Mask
evanhealy Wild Carrot Nourishing Eye Balm
Weleda Soothing Facial Lotion
derma e Hydrating Night Cream 
Dr. Hauschka Facial Toner 
Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk  
Trilogy CoQ10 Booster Oil
Juice Beauty Green Apply Peel Sensitive
Whole Foods Market Dry Skin Hand Cream Peony, Mint, & Blackberry
Pacifica Devocean Lipstick in Tenderness
Mineral Fusion Volumizing Mascara

So while you are picking up some groceries or a green juice, make sure to grab one-or two!

Monday, March 6, 2017

The Internet Made Me Do It

I used to post wishlists all the time, but since trying to be more responsible, I have learned to avoid shopping. If you don't know exists, you can't know you need it, right? Well, recently there have been some cool new brands that have been getting my attention-thanks Facebook. I thought I'd share a few things I have dying to try and which ones I have.

Glossier-I can't resist their cool girl, no make-up make-up looks, and simple packaging. So many of their products have a cult following. I ordered Boy Brow and Milky Jelly Cleanser. I will be posting a review soon. Plus, when you order they send you stickers. Awesome.

Bellabeat- I have always wanted a fitness tracker, but spending the money for an ugly band just didn't seem worth it-would I even wear it? The Leaf design by Bellabeat is tempting me. They are gorgeous-I am digging the Urban Rose Gold & Grey. I am this close to pressing the order button-if anyone has one let me know your thoughts!

Thinx- The NYC subways are covered with ads for Thinx. With how uncomfortable, inconvenient, and expensive having a period is I thought, "What do I have to lose by trying these out?" And now I recommend them to everyone. Their ad campaign might not be everyone's cup of tea, but if you have a period, the product is, whether you use these solo or want a back up for another method.

Betabrand-At first, you see the Yoga Dress Pant Facebook ads and laugh a little. Then, you slowly start imagining yourself sitting at the office completely comfy while still looking presentable. At least that's the impression I had. I have to admit this winter, I have only been wearing jeans to the office, but when it gets a bit warmer and I feel a little more up to dressing up-but still being comfy-I am going to have to order a couple pairs.

What other start-up/internet brand has you intrigued? Have you tried any of these brands-leave your thoughts in the comments!