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Spring Sweat Series: Blogilates

It’s not something I typically blog about, but since recently embarking on my own personal fitness journey, working on bettering my health and wellness has truly become a passion of mine.  It all started this past January, where I found myself constantly feeling tired and “blah” (very articulate, I know), and my wardrobe options were getting smaller and smaller as my selection of pants got, well, tighter and tighter.  I changed into yoga pants, opened YouTube on my phone, and started my very first Blogilates (Pilates) workout.  I was instantly hooked: I loved the music, the combination of cardio exercises mixed with strength training, and the high-energy instructor (self-made YouTube personality Cassey Ho).  But what really, truly helped me commit was the fact that the workout program was structured, and that each workout was laid out for me in the form of a daily schedule.  For me, this took the guessing out of “where do I start?” and “what do I do next?“.  I started the first month with the Beginner’s Calendar (in the picture above) and by February, was all set to join the regular monthly program (which is free by the way; all you have to do is sign-up!).

I could feel myself getting stronger within just the first few weeks, had more energy, and was truly happier.  I found (and still find) happiness and gratification in checking off my workouts as I complete them each day (there are around 5 workout videos to complete a day, ranging from 3-15 minutes each).  Along the way, I’ve gained a new appreciation for fun exercise gear, healthy snacks, and nutritious meals.  So, for the next month, I thought I’d start a “Spring Sweat Series“, where I talk about all of these things, along with other tips and tricks that I’ve learned along the way thus far.  And don’t worry, if this isn’t really your thing, there will still be beauty and fashion posts mixed in along the way!  I hope you enjoy!

Have questions, or want to share your own health and fitness tips and tricks?  Let me know in the comments below!

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Gift Guide Day 11: A Water Bottle that Doubles as a Wallet

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So you’re at the gym, you’ve forgotten your lock (or you’ve arrived at the gym already in your workout gear), and you’re just not comfortable leaving your keys and wallet unsecured in the change room.  What to do? Don’t leave it at all.  This awesome Autoseal Kangaroo Water Bottle from Contigo stores your money, keys, or ID in it’s handy side storage pocket.  The autoseal technology makes this bottle both leak and spill proof, and the clip handle allows you to secure it to your gym bag, keys, and etcetera.  The opening is wide enough for ice cubes, and it allows for easy, one-handed drinking with the push of a button.  The Kangaroo bottle is BPA free, dishwasher safe (top rack), and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.  Even better? It retails for less than $15.00!

Missed the first 10 days of the Gift Guide?  Check them out below!

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