I've spent the majority of my life trying to avoid sweat. I run (no - walk) the opposite direction from anything even remotely related to exercise. Luckily, both of my parents are naturally skinny, so I was able to get away with this mentality for a long time. But sure enough, in my late teens those pounds started to tack on. Instead of doing something about it, I lived in denial for as long as I could... choosing instead to change my wardrobe to more flowy, loose-fitting materials than dare admit that I needed to learn to DIET. I even went so far as to look up the price of surgical body sculpting (I mean, I was just curious...) - I looked for anything that might allow me to take the easy way out...
I have recently discovered the beauty of working out first thing in the early morning. In addition to the beautiful smell of crisp morning air, working out first thing in the day is a great way to wake up and energize your body naturally. The mornings when I wake up early to exercise are definitely the ones I don't need a cup of coffee to keep myself going. All I need is a nice creamy, freshly blended smoothie after my workout to start my day with an extra bounce in my step!
Some of my favorite breakfast smoothie ingredients include bananas, strawberries, mangoes, kale, spinach, flaxseed, milk, fat-free yogurt, peanut butter, and last but not least, protein powder.
It was about this time one year ago that I got my first post-grad apartment in St. Louis and began my career in advertising & marketing. I've always been a pretty independent woman, but in this first year living on my own I learned the definition of the word. If you're in a similar point in your life, read on for some tips on what to expect, including: surviving in the real world, keeping your life & yourself organized, and even saving some money along the way! Aaaand cue Paramore, "Ain't It Fun".....
If you're anything like me, you're surprised year after year at how quickly bikini season sneaks up on you. It's always difficult for me to think about getting ready for the summer while I'm bundled up in my February clothes. So, of course, it's about 75 degrees outside in the middle of April before I start to realize how close the summer is. While it's true that a consistent diet and workout routine will give you better results, I've found some pretty useful last-minute tricks for tightening up just in time for beach season...