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...