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Beach Weekend Getaway

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Well it is finally here! The rain is leaving and the sun is out in full effect! The four day weekend is upon us. Bring on the sun, the fun and the cocktails. I’ve fondly referred to Memorial Day as the big reveal weekend. It’s the time where you de-robe and show what you’ve been up to all winter. Show that beach body! Holla!!!! Listen… we never are quite ready either, but confidence and some beach-tastic essentials can get you a long way. I’ve included my favorite must pack items for a successful beach weekend getaway. Sweat like to mean it with my travel workout, no equipment needed!

Add a little color. My trusty back up plan is self tanner.  I am a full believer that if you can’t tone it… you tan it. I slather it from head to toe for a sun kissed glow.  My legs look sleeker and more even toned within minutes of use. I recommend application in the evening after a shower and shave.

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Fresh faced with a pop! The sweat, salt, and sun do not present the best environment for a fully made up face. Slap on the SPF and swipe on a bold lip for a fun finished look!  Go for a bright summer hue. I toss shades of corals and poppy in my beach bag. Check out Sephora or your department store makeup counter for higher quality brands sporting that protective sunscreen element.  Some drugstores brands may be more affordable, but make sure they contain the SPF component before purchasing.

Sunnies. Protect those eyes. In the summer we are more likely to burn our eyes due to reflective surfaces like water, concrete, and sand. You can be safe while being stylish. Aviators and tortoise shell styles are always on point. You can look sophisticated and put together while protecting your precious skin.

Exercise clothes and sneakers! Starting the day with an all out sweat, sets you ahead. Get the kind of burn you want long before the sun kicks in. You’ll be glowing all day… and because it’s the weekend you’ll be able to sleep in and get your sweat on all before lunch. Body weight exercises require little space, no equipment, and a total body tune up!

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Remember to enjoy the moments your getaway may bring. Splurge on a few new must haves and rock the heathy fit life you’ve been busy building all winter. Remember, fit comes from within…let your soul shine!

Product Links:

Arbonne Self Tanner 

Sunglasses – Target 

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Channel Your Fear: Become Fearless

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I’ve been leisurely with my runs lately. Just finding my groove. No goal other than to increase mileage, push the pace if it feels right and enjoyable, and create my new routine for summer running. No training…yet. It has been glorious and well received by my body and my spirit.

It is no coincidence that a lot of my blogs have been written on the trails. If I am running solo, I literally let my mind wander and write. Today on my run, a new song came blaring through my headphones (X Ambassadors – Fear) and I immediately began listening, pondering, and writing in response to the question it posed.

“There’s a whisper, a rumor
Voices in the air outside
Got their eyes on the future
Yeah, the kids are coming up on the ride
God, I’m running in fear, fear, fear”  - X Ambassadors 

Running in fear?!?!? This sounds scary, but actually I believe fear can be a driver. Are you afraid of living a life that isn’t healthy…then get you be prompted to get out and move. This fear pushes many people to try new things such as running, swimming, or even yoga. A negative turned positive. It is all in how you see it.

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I can recall racing 5k’s and chasing down runners one by one in that final 800 meter. “I am afraid I won’t catch her,” this thought has crossed my mind and motivated me to chase faster. The past two years I have battled the ocean and some top talent in the Allen Stone Run Swim Run. The first year I can remember never being more afraid. The ocean was angry and even after weeks of training, I could feel myself shaking not knowing exactly what to expect. All I knew is that I was not going to give up no matter what. The fear forced me to focus, remain calm, pray, and swim with intent. The result was more than I could have ever imagined. The fear never left me, it drove me.

I have many clients who are working hard and pushing themselves towards new goals this summer. A triathlon, a mud run… a bikini. I have encouraged them to channel the fear. Use the power for good verses evil. You were brave enough to dream it, to try it, you have already conquered it. This is when you become fearless. Embrace the fear, you need it…don’t be afraid of it.

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Mom completing her first mud run…with obstacles! #Fearless

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One of my fearless and fierce runner gals showing what it is all about. Yea Carla!

 

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Petite Plate: Avocado Toast

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Avocado toast. Yes please. Who knew this was a thing? A trend? Who cares, it’s delicious and nutritious!

 Friday afternoon ended with a fender bender. Poor guy tapped my white bumper…now red… leaving his hood smashed in. Luckily we both were alright and able to drive away minutes later. Somehow I managed to bypass cocktail hour on Friday evening, despite many calls to the insurance company. But Saturday, after a morning of running errands in the new hood, which included getting cozy with an Irish coffee at American Brew on Shore, I arrived back home in my pj’s late morning and was ready for breakfast #2.

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INGREDIENTS

1 bagel slim

1/4 quarter mashed ripe avocado

1/4 diced heirloom tomato

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2 tsp truffle oil 

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160 calories

My take on the delectable and decadent treat is perfect for anytime of day. No cooking required to assemble this petite plate. Mash away and enjoy!

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85 Calorie Chocolate Brownie: You Must Try

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Oh Pinterest, how I love you…let me count the ways. Scouring the internet on most evenings like I do, I came across a low calorie brownie recipe. Immediately I clicked on it and by the next day I had loaded up on all the ingredients…most of which I had on hand… and found myself in my kitchen ready to go. I altered this recipe a bit to make it more my own. It did not disappoint. I served it with sliced strawberries and a sprinkle of powdered sugar…my new favorite! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Ingredients:
3/4 cup Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup Almond Milk
1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
1/2 cup Coconut Sugar
1 egg
1/3 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
1 TBSP Vanilla Extract
1 Pinch of Salt

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Use coconut oil spray to grease a baking dish (I used 8″x 8″). Combine all ingredients into a food processor or a blender, and blend until smooth (about 1 minute). Pour and bake for about 15-20 minutes. Cut into 9 pieces. Serve alone, with berries, with peanut butter, or some powdered sugar! Delish and a hit!

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Find Me Where The Wild Things Are

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Some have asked, knowing how much I love to run by the water,  how could I leave the boardwalk after all those years? It really wasn’t something I thought much about until asked, which let me know the move was the right decision. As I hit the bike path and turned towards the trails Monday afternoon, both the familiar and the comfortable shined through. There were children playing and critters scurrying. A sense of wild. Carefree creatures trotting along the same course as I. In that moment I was the King of all the wild things. I was free. Free among others in pursuit of that same wild feeling. It was a run where the goal was just that, to be free and lost in nature. I knew exactly where I was, and yet my mind traveled to a far off place of peace. My feet lead the way with little effort. The truth is, for weeks I had been lost. Lost from the wild, but now I am lost in it.

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