4 Simple Ways to Find Balance in Your Life

How to find balance in your lifeHere’s a confession for you: I’ve been slacking on the “Fit” part of my blog name. It’s been more like “FabBeauty” instead of “FabFITBeauty”. When my husband asked me to think of a name for my blog, we went back and forth with different ideas. It was important to me that the name really said who I was and what I like. I like things that are fabulous, whether it’s sparkly gems or just trying to live a good life. I love beauty tips, tricks, and products. And, I love me some good exercises!

If I’m being completely honest, finding balance in my life is tough. I like to go at things 100%, but inevitably there’s always an area in my life that suffers… and [Read more…]

My Morning Jog And Love/Hate Relationship With Running

image of a girl jogging by the beach.You know what blows my mind? How I have completed a half-marathon (13.1 miles) before, yet today I struggled just to do 2.69 miles. Talk about frustrating!

I have such a love/hate relationship with running. Well, more of a hate relationship if I’m being honest. It’s one of those things that seems impossible for me to get better at, no matter how many miles I have under my belt. Granted, I haven’t officially run in a while because [Read more…]

Best things to eat before working out

healty workout foodsDoes this sound typical for you? You’re all dressed in your workout gear and ready to go sweat some calories away, but first you need to eat to give your body fuel.

If you are like me, it can be confusing to know what foods you should eat before working out. Some people really like waking up in the morning and getting right to their work out on an empty stomach, while others like to focus on carbohydrates and protein. What’s the right thing to do?

You are the only one that knows your body, so you know best. If you are one of the ones that enjoy working out on an empty stomach and feel great doing so, keep it up. It’s obviously working for you. For me, it’s a different story. [Read more…]

Yoga: My journey

It seems like everyone likes yoga. I don’t know that I’ve ever met someone who has practiced yoga and not liked it. Well, except for myself initially.

Years and years ago, I walked into a yoga studio ready for my very first yoga class. I was nervous, mainly about passing gas, since I’d heard of people doing that. I wasn’t sure how flexible I would be or how long I’d be able to hold downward dog. It was hard getting through that first class. The teacher kept telling us to clear our minds and focus on our breathing. While everyone around me looked to be achieving that, I was going through my to-do list in my head and thinking where I needed to be next. I had no idea how to clear my head and focus on my breathing. Shoot, I was doing good just holding the positions and not falling over.

When that class ended, I realized that yoga was not for me. I didn’t get the whole peaceful and calm thing from it and I wasn’t sure that “stretching” (for lack of better words) was really a form of exercising. I went many years without attempting to do yoga again because I just knew that it was not for me.

Thanks Bob Harper.

bob harper yogaThen I saw a sale online for workout DVDs by Bob Harper. The DVDs were so cheap and I bought many, including Yoga for the Warrior. I thought, “What the heck, I’ll try it for $5”. I probably waited a good year before ever putting the DVD in the player, but I liked this yoga DVD from the beginning. I’m not sure if there was anything different in this video versus the yoga class I tried out, or if I was just in a different place, but what a great workout it is!

And my thinking earlier about yoga not being a workout… HA! Boy is that not true. Yoga is the most challenging of workouts and I get the most out of it. I just feel good when I’m done. I feel at peace with myself and I’m proud of myself because I can do the hard positions and I don’t fall. (You should have seen me at the beginning… I would attempt everything, but would fall over almost immediately.) It makes me realize how strong I am because I see how far I’ve come.

My list of things to do still pops in my head during the hour that I do yoga, but that’s fine with me. Maybe I’m not able to totally zone out and clear my head, but that’s probably because I have a four-year old running around most days when I do yoga. The other day I was doing the standing splits and balancing on my right foot while both hands were wrapped about my ankle and a truck zoomed past me. It doesn’t matter that Gavin has his own room with toys and a playroom full of toys upstairs. Nope, he wants to be where his momma is and that’s fine with me. Luckily I didn’t fall down and my bones are still intact.

The best part is when Gavin wants to do different poses with me. It’s fun to do it together and know that I’m teaching him about exercise and taking care of himself. And, for the record, I still don’t know anyone that doesn’t like yoga, including myself.