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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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So if you read this blog with any regularity, you know that neither Wes nor I really know our way around a kitchen. Fortunately, both his partner and my husband are excellent cooks and actually enjoy it, so we’re covered!

Recently, however, I’ve been experimenting with meal prepping because when I come home from a workout hangry, and my hubby isn’t around to whip something up, I will default to the quickest thing I can get my hands on, which (I’m ashamed to admit) is often cereal—not the best choice for a post workout meal.

What...

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…is what Mona Saenz made when she was diagnosed with Graves Disease in 2012. The disease had already taken a major toll on Saenz’s body by the time she was diagnosed, and surgery was inevitable. In spring of 2013, just four months after giving birth to a son, Saenz entered the hospital for a thyroidectomy. What should have been a simple procedure and an overnight stay turned into a month in ICU. Saenz’s body began to shut down. She couldn’t walk, or talk. At one point she was administered her last rites. It wasn’t until her primary physician forced her medical team to change her protocol...

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Ready or not, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and we recommend wearing your heart on your sleeve—or your legs, or your feet….Check out all the cute ways we found to show your workout wardrobe some love this Valentine’s Day!

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…is that it is never easy. I have a client who came to me about six months ago, overweight and ready to take control of her life and health. Since committing to herself, she has put in hours of work, stayed focused, determined and (most importantly) positive in her quest to lose weight and lead a healthy, active life. Her progress is visible and impressive, so when a “friend” suggested they go shopping together once she “lost some more weight,” instead of celebrating the progress she had already made, my client was a little hurt and confused.

Sadly, this is...

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