The Fabletics October line is fire ! When I received a preview of some of the outfits, I could not decide what I wanted! Fabletics always knows the way to my heart, and this October collection feels like they really just get me! This month, I received the City Life 3-Piece Outfit , courtesy of Fabletics. This outfit included the following pieces: Venture Puffer Coat Kylie Cargo Jogger Camila Seamless Top If you watched my Reel this week, then you saw this outfit from every angle possible. If you hadn't seen my Reel... well... here it is! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Alexis Reed (@flecksoflex) on Oct 13, 2020 at 3:58pm PDT Venture Puffer Coat It's not quite cold enough for me to wear a puffer coat, but we're getting closer to that October chill, and I'm going to wear the heck out of it once the temperature drops another 10-20 degrees! I love a good puffer coat, and this Venture Puffer Coat is different from my other coats, plus i...
Last month, I started a new series  where I share some of the new-to-me items I pick up at my favorite grocery store, Trader Joe's . TJ's is always changing up items and adding new spices and such, which is perfect for a foodie like me! I love stretching my chef brain and trying out new flavor combinations in the kitchen. This month kicked off with John's birthday, and he shared that he wanted Indian food for dinner. He always prefers homecooked meals, so I stopped by TJ's to see what they had to supplement the curried shrimp I was planning to make. Before I get into the specifics around what I purchased and how it all worked out (since I was actually able to try everything before writing this post!), I have a confession. I fell for the pumpkin trap. Just a little bit. By the time October rolled around, I could only resist pumpkin but so much. If not now, then when? Now, let's get into these October Trader Joe's goodies, shall we? Spicy Pumpkin Samosas  These we...
You should consult your physician or other health care professional before starting this or any other fitness program. Do not start this fitness program if your physician or health care provider advises against it. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain, or shortness of breath at any time while exercising, you should stop immediately. I miss teaching my Tuesday night HIIT workouts on Facebook Live! I'm thinking about bringing them back because they were so fun for me to teach, but they also kept me in shape before I went back to teaching at the gym! HIIT workouts are great for so many reasons, but I think the main reason I love them is that I can hit every muscle group and incorporate cardio, core, and resistance training all in 30 minutes (or less!).  I designed this HIIT workout so that it hits every major muscle group, gets your heart rate up, and challenges you. Warm-Up You'll want to start with a good warm-up that gets your heart rate elevated and gets your muscles w...
Within the last 10 days, I taught my first two yoga classes ever! It was quite a journey even getting to this point, and I learned a lot about yoga and myself during these two classes. Practicing yoga and teaching yoga are completely different experiences. I have even more respect for my previous yoga teachers after going through this training. This is hard work!  I'm really glad that we had to sequence a 20-minute class, writing out every single thing we planned to say, and recording that before jumping straight into the 60-minute class. Twenty minutes might sound like a long time, but when you're trying to fit in everything, those 20 minutes just fly on by! Once I practiced my 20-minute sequence a bit, I felt much more comfortable with the timing of my 60-minute class. I still miscalculated the amount of time everything would take, but I'll explain that in more detail below. I know that I've said this a bajillion times at this point, but I'm so grateful to My Viny...
I feel like I say this every month, but... can you believe it's already October?? We have three full months left of this hot mess called 2020, and who even knows what else is in store for this calendar year? I don't know about you, but I'm hoping for some good news around here! October marks the start of month number 7 during this pandemic, and it's so weird to imagine what the holidays are going to look like in this COVID-19 world. It's also hard for me to imagine a time in the future where I won't be wearing a mask. Strange, innit? With October comes the cool breeze of fall for us folks on the East Coast. I love this time of year because it has it's own color palette and fragrance! Fall in the DC Metro Area is always gorgeous! My 5 Goals for October It's a new month, which means that it's time for some goal-setting! I have goals in different areas of my life, and while some may be easier to accomplish than others, they are all part of a bigger pict...
Today is International Podcast Day! Did you know that I'm hosting my own podcast, The Sweat Fearlessly Podcast ? I'm also co-hosting the Fit Black Queens podcast! In this post, I'll be sharing some information about the podcasts I'm hosting, but also some great podcasts I've been listening to lately. The Sweat Fearlessly Podcast I have been having a blast  with this podcast! I've had the opportunity to interview some really interesting guests, and the mini-episodes have been a little therapeutic for me. I haven't published any of my Shrute Facts episodes, but I'm hoping to get a couple published before I wrap up this first season. 5 Most-Popular Episodes It's been really fascinating for me to see which episodes have resonated the most with listeners! These episodes are all very different, and they've even been marketed differently (or not even at all!), but they have all been on the main principle of the podcast: sweating fearlessly (check out t...
I love a big bowl of hearty soup in the fall! There's something about it that not only warms your belly but also warms your soul. Each fall, I make different variations of my butternut squash soup. This weekend, I decided to make a version that's a little spicier with a little extra zest to it.  Recipe Notes Roasting all of the vegetables and fruits before adding them to my InstaPot made a major difference. The flavors were more robust, and the consistency was just perfect.  I added turmeric and cayenne pepper this time around, and I love the flavor combination! The turmeric was a nice flavor addition over my original recipe; the turmeric quantity is such that the flavor is subtle, and the added health benefits  of this spice make this dish even more well-rounded. The cayenne pepper is optional, and you can even add extra if you'd like to kick it up a notch.  I used heavy whipping cream to give this soup more of a bisque quality, but you can eliminate this ingredient if you...
Over the weekend, I went to Trader Joe's and did my best not to turn into a pumpkin while I was in the store (and I mean that literally, not in the Cinderella kind of way). Anything you could possibly think of was pumpkin-spiced or pumpkin-infused, and I'm just perplexed. Pumpkin spices can be good (in moderation. Not every day!), but pumpkin itself ain't all that! I just don't get how  obsessive people get around the pumpkin, one of the most basic (and I mean that in the rude way) gourds of the fall. I mean, have you never heard of butternut squash?? Fortunately for me, I demonstrated restraint when it came to all of this aggressive pumpkin marketing (unlike what I did when the last royal wedding came around, and I bought all the English food) . I purchased exactly one pumpkin-related item, and I mostly purchased it so that I could save some bucks by not buying a certain drink from Starbucks every Thursday and Saturday morning.  I don't know the last time I shared...
This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase using these specific links (noted below), I may receive a small commission. Let me just start by making this statement up front: If you are anti-mask, just go ahead and bounce up off this page because this ain't for you, dawg. I'm neither a doctor nor Dr. Fauci , so I'm not going to get into the science of wearing masks and transmission rates. If you're continuing to read this post, it's because you are curious about this particular mask and what I think about it. Now that it's just us here, let's get to it, shall we? Long story short: The Under Armour Sportsmask is a fantastic face mask for indoor cycling instructors, runners, hikers, and grocery shoppers. Can I call it the best face mask for working out? Well, I haven't tried every single style and brand out there, so I wouldn't go that far, but it's the best face mask I have and the one that I use the most for teaching my indoor cycli...
Next week, I'm running my first relay-ish race since my Ragnar Trail Relay last fall! Womxn Run The Vote is a virtual race, and the majority of my teammates (our team name is Don't Boo, Vote) are in other parts of the country, but it's still a "real" race to me!  So, A Virtual Race, Huh? It's funny because I almost never used to run virtual races before the pandemic. They didn't feel "real" to me. I think it's because you didn't have the energy and excitement of crowds and supporters, and you usually received the medal before actually completing the race. As Michael Scott once said , "well, well, well, how the turntables..." Now, virtual races are all I've got! In fact, some of these virtual races have encouraged me to run more than I think I would have if it weren't for the races. Nonetheless, I have not been great about running recently. So, You're Unprepared, Huh? You betcha! I think? I was really good about runn...
The weather is still pretty warm here in the D.C. Metro Area, and we still have an entire week until it's officially fall, but I have decided to give myself a jump start on my fall 2020!  I love to use the transition between seasons as a good time to check-in on my goals. I find that I'm mentally ready for a change when Mother Nature is, and what better time to reassess? The three main transitions I'm making right now are with my business, my goals, and my day-to-day life. It's funny because the way that these transitions are occurring is already drastically different; I am trying to simplify my day-to-day life, beef up my business processes, and outline and organize my goals.  Simplifying My Day-To-Day Life I started simplifying my day-to-day life before the pandemic, but I really kicked it up a notch once we had stay-at-home orders in place. I donated bags of items, got rid of things that I didn't need or couldn't use any longer, and really started assessing w...