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Need Mother's Day Gift Ideas?


This year, Mother's Day in the United States falls on May 13. That means you have just over a month to get yo mama something nice or do something nice for her. I love giving thoughtful gifts, but I have to admit that it can be pretty tough to get your mom something interesting and not cliche.

I recently received a hand-picked gift from Occasion Station. This is a pretty cool service that allows you to set reminders for special occasions, birthdays, Mother's Day, etc. and give you custom gift ideas for each event. If you upgrade to their personal shopper option, they will even pick out and ship the gifts for you!

I received all kinds of cool eco-friendly products in my Occasion Station box. A couple of cute tote bags (my favorite is the "Plastic is So Last Season" one), a bracelet, and a notebook with recycled paper came in my gift box. You can see some of the gifts they have to offer in their gallery here.

I recommend checking out what Occasion Station has to offer if you're ever in a pinch for a gift idea. They have some super creative gift ideas!

Do you celebrate Mother's Day? Have you figured out what you're getting/doing for your mom this year? Are you going to make her a macaroni card?

Feeling Guilt Free About Treating Yourself


One of the things that really trips people up about setting weight loss goals and being more mindful about eating is that you may often feel like you haven't "earned" your right to a treat or something that you might enjoy. Some people call them "cheat meals" or "cheat foods." I just call 'em things I like in moderation. It's important not to create new unhealthy habits around food as we form new, healthier habits. Food shaming yourself is definitely an unhealthy habit! The other thing we sometimes do to ourselves is what I'll call "relaxation shaming." I'm really guilty of this. If I'm not working out on a particular day because I'm sore or tired, or whatever, I shame myself into thinking I should be doing something. This year, I've focused more on not relaxation shaming myself because I am trying to avoid burning myself out, which I have done more often than I'd ever like to admit.

One thing that I like to do on evenings when it's still light out (one of the only good things about daylight savings, in my humble, not-a-morning-person opinion), and weather permitting, is to sit out on my balcony and just take it easy. Sometimes I'll just reflect on my day, other times I'll eat dinner or read a book. The balcony is definitely my zen space, and whatever relaxing thing I'm craving that evening, I'll hop to it. I think it's critical to have an area in your home where you can just feel totally at ease. What's your zen space?

I am not a big drinker; in fact, I'm a super lightweight these days! But sometimes, I really do just want to sit on the balcony and drink a beer, and there's no shame in that! Especially when the beer has fewer than 100 calories, am I right?

Getting My Running Groove Back


Getting back into running has been a real struggle for me. I struggle every late fall to early spring, but it's been especially rough this year. I just haven't felt like running. In fact, I've felt like doing everything except for running! I just haven't had the desire, you guys. I have been doing so many fun workouts and getting into great shape without running. Frankly, I haven't even missed it.

And that's what makes me a little sad.

I was really loving running for a while there. I was running a race every month -- sometimes twice a month -- I was designing my own medal rack, I was beating my PR and reading running books, but then I just stopped. It's hard for me to think back to when exactly I stopped running, but I think it must've been around this time last year.

Discover Arlington Fitness + Wellness Festival GIVEAWAY!

Discover Arlington Fitness + Wellness Festival Giveaway

I am so pumped to check out the Discover Arlington Fitness + Wellness Festival next month! I am going with a group of friends, and am planning to get my sweat on all afternoon! I love a good fitness/wellness festival. Lots of smiling faces, plenty of people who are into trying out new workouts and food, and of course, all the endorphins! This festival is hosted by Discover the District, and features 4 hours of awesome workouts from great studios. I have done some Sweat Pink DMV workouts at a number of the places, and have never left disappointed! It's so funny to me that Arlington, VA has become a go-to spot for workouts. I grew up in the DC Metro Area, and it's always funny for me to see how much the area has changed over the time. Arlington is definitely way cooler now than it was when I was growing up, and even when I was fresh out of college. 

Fit Review: Living Frelii



As you guys know, I have been working on my fitness and weight loss goals extra hard this year. I'm down nearly 20 pounds, I'm stronger and leaner, and my energy level has been much higher. Overall, I'm feeling great!

We're almost a quarter of the way through 2018 (can you believe that?!), and now is the time when I really have to stay focused because this is where I hit a slump. Things get wicked busy at work, there are no 3-days weekends until Memorial Day, and the weather is pretty janky. As far as my health and fitness goes, this is crunch time. These are the extra innings! If I'm not focused now, this could determine how my summer will be, which often determines how I will end the year. Translation: If I start getting lazy and making excuses now, I will be sabotaging all of my hard work, and it will be hard to recover!

[solidcore] Rocked My Core!


Last week, I took my first beginner's class at [solidcore]. This morning, I took my first real class. I have one word to summarize both experiences: Sweat.

My volleyball friends know that I'm not much of a sweater. I never have been, really. I'm not sure why, but it's never bothered me! I know that I have worked super, duper, DUPER hard in a workout if I have any visible sweat -- even if it's just a couple of beads of sweat. When I tried [solidcore] last week, I was dripping with sweat. Like, it was really gross. I thought it was going to be easy, but boy was I wrong. I didn't learn my lesson from when I took Pilates reformer at my gym, so maybe I'll never learn to stop underestimating workouts?

DC Bucket List


If you've been following me on the 'Gram, you know that I've been loving the Fitt (and especially FittDC) website! I've been checking out their Official DC Fitness Bucket List, and thought I would recap some of my experiences on this #ThrowbackThursday, and brainstorm some of the items on the list I haven't done yet.

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