Every year I post a "Best of" post with a list of the most popular blog posts from lifeinspandex.com. I'm still going to post this list below. However, the best part of 2017 had nothing to do with what I've done and everything to do with how you've contributed. Creating a strong, friendly, and empowering community of #bossbabes has always been my ultimate dream. But it's far from easy! All of you have so many different awesome fitness, health, and lifestyle influencers to choose from. I am humbled every time you choose me to help guide you to self-love, fitness goals, health, and strength in mind, body, career, and relationships. I've experienced a lot of growth personally and on this blog
A lot of people ask me what I do to prepare for photo shoots and events to feel confident and look my best. I've never been shy about sharing my short-term exercise and nutrition habits before big occasions. But let's get one thing straight. The rest of the year, I practice a balanced approach to health and fitness. I treat my body with love and respect by eating mainly whole, unprocessed foods, taking daily vitamins and supplements, and staying active. The week before a shoot is just a little umph to give my abs a bit more definition. So don't expect any crash diet secrets here. Hello! Do you even know me? Life is too short to go without chocolate , wine,
The poor holiday season gets such a bad rap from the fitness industry. Between warnings of holiday weight gain and pressure to not give in to temptation, it's no wonder so many people find themselves either completely stressed out trying to stay "on track" or ditching their health and fitness goals for a month of bloat and guilt. The holidays should be exciting and fun. A time where you can dedicate more time to friends and family, enjoy your moms famous pies, and drink champagne while laughing until you cry with your besties. NOT a season to turn down party invites because it may ruin your "diet" or an excuse to eat every sweet in sight. If you've been in
Ugh, I hate that word... "dieting." It literally has the word "die" in it! By no means do you need to "die-t" to lose weight. And, sorry to spill the beans, most of those d-word strategies end in the exact opposite - either stalling progress all together or setting you up for weight gain rebound. There are a couple other (more helpful) reasons I don't like the idea of a "diet." It assumes that the changes you're making will be temporary. It usually sets you up on a meal plan that SHOULD only be temporary. It asks you to includes absurd amounts of cardio or exercise in general. It sometimes includes some sort of "meal replacement," supplement, or magic pill.
There's no shortage of glitzy, colorful, meticulous meal prep photos across Pinterest and Instagram. They're beautiful, but they can also be misleading and disheartening. It takes time and a whole lot of money to create that much variety. And, this sort of prep isn't always doable for anyone with a busy schedule and tight budget. Money and time are the two biggest excuses I've heard when it comes to not creating healthier habits. And they may sound perfectly legitimate in your head when you haven't been exposed to other options. Cue my dramatic entrance. I'm not letting you get away with those excuses anymore, sista! I will show you quicker and more affordable ways to prep meals for the week