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My kind of Yoga! {Tara Stiles: the Bob Ross of yoga}

IDEA World Fitness BlogFest was nearly a month ago and I’m still reeling from all that I took away from the experience and I’m breaking out handstands like a maniac.

The later I attribute to the amazing yoga session with Tara Stiles.

When I heard we had yoga with Tara, I was excited because I recognized her name and I knew others were excited.

I’m not much of a yogi. I took a few classes with my mom, aunt, and cousin and we were the the ones giggling in the back of the class.

Giggling was not really ok in that class.

Such a turn off for a group of women who want to get together, relax, and enjoy themselves!

I always felt nervous in that class. I would give the hold a try but, honestly, I wanted to be able to giggle if I wasn’t having much luck because, darn it, it’s funny!

That is why I loved the session with Tara so much! She laughed through the whole thing and was a total goofball at times which made me really comfortable and way more relaxed that I ever was in another yoga class!

IDEA World Firness BlogFest yoga with Tara Stiles

She constantly said things like, “just do what feels good,” “maybe you’re feet come off the ground and you go upside down,” and “no big deal.”


I totally felt the exact same level of comfort and meditation that I got from Watching Bob Ross paint.

Remember that guy??? Loved him!

Happy trees with Tara Stiles and Bob Ross

She nearly made the exact same reference to “happy trees” and I felt like I would hear her say, “it’s your world, whatever you want…”

THAT is what life should be.

It is your life. Do what feels good and be yourself.

It's your life, do what feels good

No pressure.

I love it! Thank you Tara for my best yoga experience ever!

Do you feel uncomfortable in traditional yoga classes?

Would you feel more comfortable id you were free to giggle all the way through, do what feels right, and bust out some awesome handstands and high fives?

BlogFest Lightning Round Swag Bag! {AMRAP Bar GIVEAWAY!}

I feel so fortunate to have been chosen to speak at the IDEA World Fitness BlogFest with SweatPink! I’m so touched that many if you voted to help make it possible!

I’m going to share my presentation in the near future, but first…

The Swag Bag!

Not only did we have an amazing swag bag as Lightning Round Speakers, but our swag was in one of the most awesome bags I own!!


Fivesse awesome gym bag and perfect for yoga

Fivesse makes some of the most beautiful bags, but they are also incredibly functional gym bags! There is a large duffle that many of the other presenters chose, but I picked the smaller bag because it is so adorable! I don’t currently take a yoga class, but this bag would be perfect because it has straps to hold a mat on the back.

Speaking of yoga mats…

Aspen Yoga Mats

Aspen Yoga Mat

These mats are awesome! I love the size, color, and personalization. I couldn’t be happier with the color they selected for me! According to the tag, orange symbolizes excitement, warmth, and enthusiasm. Now I just need a yoga class to use my Aspen yoga Mat.

Kooshoo headbands!

Kooshoo headband

This headband is so beautiful and soft! It’s one of those bands that is thicker with a bit of a twist in the fabric, so it’s a little intimidating to a fashionably-challenged person such as myself. Fortunately the tag tells me I can visit kooshoo.com for ways to wear my Kooshoo band. Also, a percent of the proceeds are donated to charity, which is always a bonus!

Pace Bands

Half Marathon Pink Paceband

I was so excited about this one. I had originally set me goal of a half marathon by October, but I sure didn’t get much if a chance to train this busy summer. However, I got the Half a Marathon Pace Band with a nice, slow pace. I may still have to go for it – it is the Biggest Loser Run/Walk after all, I could for sure make it is I walks the majority. Now I have an awesome motivator and reminder of that goal!


AMRAP Bars Review

Ok, here’s what you’ve been waiting for! We got an awesome shirt and three AMRAP (aka. as many rounds as possible) bars to try. I had already agreed to review the bars for Sweat Pink, so this was a perfect chance to try them a bit early.

I’m so in love with these bars! Especially since they have awesome, whole ingredients – gotta love a super short list where you can recognize and pronounce each and every one!

AMRAP Cashew Vanilla bar

The first bar I had to try was the Cashew Vanilla. I had to hold off on it for a while because it has over 300 calories and I haven’t had the time to burn enough calories to consume that one lately – and who can stop at just half??? But it was worth the wait!! Mmm… I can still taste it… This was by far my favorite! I also completely enjoyed the Fig Cocao and Almond Honey – they all taste great and have such simple and wonderful ingredients.

Here is the best part… I have the awesome opportunity to give them away to… Wait for it…

THREE winners!!

Each winner (open to US and Canada) will have the chance to choose an 8-pack of AMRAP bars in the flavor of their choice (Cashew Vanilla, Almond Honey, or Fig Cacao)

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Jillian Michaels: Thanks for the Kick in the Pants! {30 Day Shred and BlogFest}

Ok you guys, let’s be real…

I have literally had no significant weight loss since November. Womp womp…. I can’t remember exactly where I was at before our Florida vacation, but I have basically gone up and down within the same weigh “decade” ever since.

I don’t know what my problem has been… I’m proud to say healthy eating, moderation, and exercise have been on my mind the majority of the time, but I’ve only been doing enough to maintain instead of lose.

I’m a lot more comfortable in my body now, so that may be affecting my motivation, but I still have a looong way to go.

Thinking back on all the time that feels wasted – I say feels because I know in my heart that it wasn’t – I did not gain, I ate good foods (for the most part), and I exercised more than I did years past. Most importantly, I fed my family healthy meals and continued to make small changes and be the example I want my children to see. – has really given me some drive to buckle down and get it done!

Enter Miss Jillian Michaels.

30 Day Shred

I recently happened upon a major score that has given me my motivation back! The 30 Day Shred DVD that I’ve been coveting, but for some reason felt I wasn’t going to buy until it was on sale, was at our local Goodwill for $1.99!

Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Tips

Talk about fate!

I’d been eyeing that DVD for nearly a year now and, after being completely inspired by hearing Jillian speak at BlogFest, I found it for a steal!! It has really given me that extra boost I need and I’m loving it!

30 Day Shred – Level 1

I thought this was a great workout. I love the blocks of strength, cardio, and abs. The short time is totally doable. I did that on day one and, by day two, felt ready to try Level 2.

30 Day Shred – Level 2

This one stepped it up a little bit, but was also completely doable and I didn’t feel like I was pushing too fast. I loved feeling challenged with sweat pouring into my eyes by the end with double jump rope. I also had a little problem that other moms of two can understand with the jumping. 😉

Tip: Many of the movement combine squats with arms, and I found to really helpful to position myself over my coffee table so I could gauge how far Down I was going while concentrating on the arms with the weights. It also adds some security so I couldn’t fall far if things got too tough.

30 Day shred – Level 3

I haven’t done this one yet. Any tips? Is it a big step up from Level 2? I’d love to hear about it!

Jillian Michaels Key Note Speaker at BlogFest

I can’t tell you how much I was looking forward to hearing Jillian speak as the Key Note speaker at IDEA World BlogFest with SweatPink!

I know her style is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I love her! If you watch Biggest Loser, as I do, you get some glimpses into the awesome trainer she is instead of just focusing on the yelling. I also saw her at the Biggest Loser 15 Finale, and she seems really goofy and funny too.

Jillian Michaels: love her or hate her? -- Love her!

Jillian addressed us all as peers and was so motivating! For those if us who weren’t already fans, she converted more than a few!

She started off by saying that she has been very lucky; however, luck is simply preparation meets opportunity. She was prepared and believed in herself! She advised us all to make specific plans, and look at things with a business mind, but know our weakness and get help.

Jillian Michaels: Key Note Speaker at IDEA World BlogFest with SweatPink

Funniest tip

“Don’t mess with hot yoga! … Or the vegans!”

I guess Jillian took a lot of “heat” for not enjoying hot yoga. The way she told this story was so entertaining, but her overall message was to be open to anything and the best approach to fitness is a holistic approach. Different things work for different people, and that is why there is room and opportunities for everyone. Be flexible and have an open mind, because the best approach is a holistic approach.

My favorite take-away message

“Why not me? I deserve it. We’re all worthy.”

Fear is pervasive and corrosive. Every failure is an entry point for learning, and 99% of the time mistakes are recoverable. If you don’t fail, you haven’t tried hard enough.

There are really only three scenarios:
1. You try, and fail.
2. You try, and you succeed.
3. You do nothing, and the worst scenario will happen anyway.

With neglect always comes decay! Regret comes with the chance we didn’t take. Failure does not equal regret. Learn and move forward intelligently.

It was so great to get her perspective on things. Jillian was so motivating and really funny! The stories she told were littered with profanities and very real and funny. It was like talking to one of your girlfriends – your super-successful celebrity girlfriend with a rockin’ body and more money than you’ll see in your life.

What do you thing? Jillian: love her or hate her?

Have you done the 30 Day Shred? Any tips for Level three?

I met Lorna Jane! …and an IDEA World Fitness BlogFest sneak peek…

I participated in countless challenges with Lorna Jane and Sweat Pink. I’m embarrassed to say I even had a shopping cart full and ready because I thought I rocked the #movenourishbelieve Pinterest Challenge – oops!

This time around, during the #activelivingchallenge, I’ve had a hard time keeping up, but for good reason! I’ve been so busy getting ready, attending BlogFest, and recovering from BlogFest.

It was an amazing experience!!

This will just have to be a teaser because, while I’m playing catch up, I have two posts for you and won’t get to a full BlogFest recap until next week.

I got to hear from Lorna Jane herself! She is so motivating and sweet!

Lorna Jane at BlogFest

I realized during week two of the #activelivingchallenge that my kids are the answer to everything – they are my motivation, they are who/what I am grateful for, and they are my everything.

Putting myself first to be a better mom

You might think that means I don’t take care of myself, and that happens from time to time, but it has helped me realize something. I am so grateful for them that they motivate me to improve myself.

I’m inspired to take care of myself, eat healthy and stay active, so I will be the best mom possible and show them the best example possible.

I’m so blessed to be where I am right now, to have wonderful people in my life, and be presented with such amazing opportunities.

I can’t wait to fill you in on my most recent opportunity to meet inspiring women and share and learn together at IDEA World Fitness BlogFest with Sweat Pink!

Do you put your kids first, or have you realized you can better serve them when you put yourself first? Of course, this goes for putting all others first as well – even if you don’t have children – share! I want to know!