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9 Simple Changes for a Healthier Lifestyle

9 simple changes for a healthier lifestyle

People often think that there's a quick fix to losing weight or hitting your health/fitness goals, and the answer is that there isn't: It takes a lot of hard work and habit changes to lose weight safely and sustainably. Nevertheless, this doesn't mean that you can't make small changes now to change your mindset and bad habits!

Below, you'll find 9 simple changes you can make today to start living a healthier life.

Vixen Workout at The Fitness Snob

Working on the "Hunger Pose" while trying to smize with Nikki Major
Yesterday, I took my first ever Vixen Workout class with Master Instructor Nikki Major. It was a great workout that pushed the limits of my comfort zone. The class was hosted at The Fitness Snob - self-described as the WeWork of fitness studios.

I could use a lot of words to describe myself, but sexy sure ain't one of 'em! This class was a dance workout that had some sexy, feminine dance elements, that I was sure I did mostly wrong, but I came out of class feeling a little sexier than when I walked in!

5 Reasons Why I Love Being A Sweat Pink Ambassador

Exactly two weeks from today, I'm going to be in San Diego for Blogfest and IDEA World! This will be my third year in a row at the conference, and the first time I will travel to San Diego. I can't wait! Last year's conference was in Las Vegas, and the 2016 conference was in Los Angeles. I'm hoping they'll come to the East Coast at some point, but until then, I will fly my butt out west because I absolutely LOVE Blogfest!

Anyway, back to the reason I'm posting today! I thought that today was as good a day as any to explain why I love Sweat Pink/Fit Approach (our Blogfest hosts) so much, and why I love being a Sweat Pink Ambassador.

Shoot My Travel: Re-Imagining Your City

I was born and raised in the Washington, DC Metro Area. I went to college in Brooklyn, New York, but I came back to the area after college and have lived here since. I love this area! There is so much history, power, and beauty in DC, despite the bad rep it gets due to the national political climate.

One thing that I think is true of a lot of people who have grown up in major metropolitan areas is that you end up not getting to do/see a lot of the touristy things in your city. You tend to take them for granted. When I was younger, my parents made sure that I visited various landmarks, museums, memorials, and other historic sites in the area. It really made growing up in the shadow of the nation's capital a pretty cool experience. Now that I'm an adult, I find that I don't get to do as much sightseeing in DC as I'd like, and on the rare occasion that I do, it feels like I'm experiencing it all for the first time.

9 Things I'm Diggin': May

I decided to try out a new feature here on Flecks of Lex: 9 Things I'm Diggin. Why 9, you ask? Well, it's my favorite number, and it's my blog, so... here we are! My goal with this feature is to share with you different things I'm enjoying each month -- be it food, drinks, activities, books, etc.

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?

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