A couple of weeks ago, one of my favorite BA clients and I were talking about colleges…where her son went, where my son would go…the usual stuff. But then she said something that stuck with me in regards to her son’s college decision. She said, “He chose the perfect school for him because it offers plenty of opportunities for him to be successful in his own space.”
“In his own space…” I’ve not been able to stop thinking about that phrase because I think so many of us waste a lot of time trying to live in other people’s spaces. What do I mean? I mean comparing, contrasting, and...more
If you follow us regularly, you know that I’ve decided to take on another triathlon and I’ve been hitting the pool on a regular basis. What you probably also know is that I HATE TO SWIM. I can run and bike for hours but put me in the pool and I’m over it in 30 minutes. I find it difficult to get my breathing under control, I hate what it does to my hair and skin, and (most importantly) I find it boring as hell. But, since you can’t have a triathlon without it, I’ve decided to find ways to make it suck a little less. I’m working with a coach on my form and breath work, I’ve invested in a...more
There’s an age-old expression that says, “There is no ‘I’ in team.” And, while we get the intended meaning, we have to disagree, because there is an “I” in “Individual,” and what is a team made up of if not individuals with their own strengths, skill sets, talents….and weaknesses. In fact, unless you know your own Identity (another “I” word) you can’t be a good team player.
No, we are not advocating being so self-absorbed that you can’t play well with others—in fact, quite the opposite. We are saying that just because you are part of a team, you don’t have to give...more
Happy Earth Day! We love the great outdoors and you can often find us hiking in the hill country, swimming in the ocean, paddle boarding in the lakes, and cycling and running across the miles of beautiful trails and greenways that fill our beautiful city. In fact, Mother Nature makes a great “gym,” and while you don’t need to buy a membership, you do need to pay your dues by doing your part to preserve and protect our environment. Here are a few ways you can celebrate Earth Day that will keep you, and our beautiful planet happy and healthy for years to...more
We don't know about you, but 2019 has started off with a bang! New clients, job promotions, more classes, more deadlines....more, more more.....it's no wonder that we get a little stressed and overwhelmed every now and then.
We have several ways we like to relieve stress, most of which involve getting outside. For Wes, that usually includes gardening and for me, a pool or beach will do the trick. Unfortunately, we can't always escape to our stress-free happy places because of jobs and family obligations, so in honor of April being National Stress Awareness Month, we decided to ask...more
As any good cyclist knows, you have to be prepared for anything. That’s why the pockets of my jersey always contain the following “essentials:”
· A protein bar and Stingers for fuel.
· Gum because my mouth gets dry—and because I’m addicted to chewing gum!
· My cell phone for obvious reasons.
· Cash, Debit Card and ID in case of emergency
Annnnnd, (much to the amusement of my BodyArchitecture teammates) I will ALWAYS have my silver tube of La Prarie “Almost Pink” lipstick—not only does it keep my lips hydrated and prevent chapping in strong...more
As someone who is easily bored and fears complacency, I also have a strong fear of change—which is a dichotomy in and of itself. To be clear, if I initiate the change—I’m cool. But if something changes dues to natural evolution or decisions made by someone else, I freak out a little. I realize it is largely due to my anxiety—but it actually affects me physically---I get knots in my stomach, I lose sleep, and I have a general feeling of unease that’s palpable and radiates off of me, making me a little “challenging” to be around.
For the past six months I’ve...more
Between the two of us we probably have more gym bags than is absolutely necessary---but what can we say? Different bags serve different functions. Plus, we both carry A LOT of stuff including several costume changes and at least two pairs of shoes (one cycle, one training or running) so we need bags that can handle all that, plus grooming essentials, laptops and more.
My latest find is one I first discovered on one of those random Instagram ads that appear on your timeline for the New York based company, Caraa....more
So by now y’all know my weakness is sweets—I rarely turn down a cookie or brownie because life is short, chocolate is good, and I believe in moderation. Normally, it really isn’t an issue due to my activity level. But since being sidelined for about six months, I’ve not been able to indulge as freely as I’d like—which I realized the hard way after my favorite skinny jeans “shrunk” a little.
I recently jumped back on the macro train to get a handle on the balance between less activity and my love of food—basically to keep myself a little more accountable. So...more
Q&A With Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Angela Aladjem
March is National Nutrition Month, and we can’t think of a better time to take a serious look at our eating habits—especially with swimsuit season right around the corner. When it comes to health and fitness, the simple truth is that you can’t outrun a bad diet. But between macros, Keto, Paleo, Vegan and all the other diet trends du jour it can be overwhelming to know what to eat to meet your goals—but it doesn’t have to be. We asked Angela Aladjem, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with...more
With two months of a new year under our belts, you may have noticed that the waitlists for your favorite studio classes are shorter (or nonexistent), or that the crowd as the gym has thinned out. Hopefully, if you are reading this you are still on track—but it’s not uncommon for people to lose sight of their goals a couple of months into the year. It makes us wonder—why do some people succeed while others don’t? What is the common denominator? If you follow us regularly, you know that we are very curious about what makes some people carry on despite the odds, while others give up at the...more
When I was in jr high school I idolized Madonna. To me, she was the essence of IDGAF cool. Soooo, like every other teen girl in the 80s, I permed my hair and tied it up in big floppy bows. I stacked black rubber bracelets up both of my arms. I wore leggings with tube skirts and denim jackets. I tried desperately to capture the essence of “cool” that Madonna so effortlessly projected until one day I realized that it wasn’t her clothing that made Madonna cool---it was her spirit. Her creativity. She had put the originality into those wardrobe choices (ok maybe a stylist did), but I had...more