Daily Gratitude

iGoPink Blog, iGoPink Life, Uncategorized, Wellness & Fitness No Comments

“When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.” -Buddha 


Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

Recently my roommate, Emilie, went out of town for the week, and while she didn’t bring me back any souvenirs from El Paso, TX, she did bring back some great ideas. One of my favorite things about Em is that she is a wealth of information and inspiration. Our talks can go from last night’s episode of The Bachelor to how grateful we are for our families and the opportunities we’ve been given. Em brought back a new daily habit that has thankfully rubbed off on me, and I wanted to share it!

Every night before I go to sleep, I reflect on my day. There’s a great app called Notes to Self that gives you a layout and checklist of what to look back on, but I’m old school and like to journal. The goal is to write 3 things you’re grateful for, one reflection of good in your day, and one act of kindness you performed.

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

These things don’t have to be life changing. The goal is to realize that there’s always something to be grateful for…we just often overlook it. Whether you spilled coffee all over your dress (speaking from personal experience), sat in bumper to bumper traffic, or just had a really bad day, make a point to find the good.

As an example, I’m sharing my reflection from yesterday. I hope this gives you some inspiration and a starting point! To really commit to this, pick an app or buy a new journal and dedicate a specific time every day for reflection. Spending just a few minutes focusing on the positive will remind you what makes you happy and help you develop patterns to repeat those actions every day.


My reflection: “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25

My random act of kindness: Texting Sam, my (not-so-little) little brother, and wishing him a happy first day back to school

Three things I’m grateful for: 1) late night decorating with my roommate, 2) people who feel close even when they’re far away, 3) coworkers who make me laugh

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset



Staying Active At Your Desk

iGoPink Blog, iGoPink Life, Wellness & Fitness No Comments

Desk

by Erica Johnson

If you’re like our team here, many days we find ourselves glued to our desk chairs (and for me, at 6 ½ months pregnant, sitting/standing or doing anything in the same manor for hours at a time can literally be a pain in the back!)
So this week I’m sharing some of my top tips that I’ve started to use to incorporate into my 9-5 routine to keep active while working an 8 hour work day.

1) Start Your Activities Before Work

Knowing that I’m going to be sitting a good part of my day, I always make it top priority to get moving before I even arrive to work. Could be a walk with the dog, doing yoga or weights, as long as you get your body jump started (and your metabolism working) before you even plop into the office. You’ll be amazed how much it wakes you up too!

2) Give Me a Break- From your desk that is.

Get creative. Keep an extra pair of sneakers under your desk and take 30 minutes of your lunch break to go on a walk. Or, simply walk around the office the long way to your next meeting. A few simple minutes up and moving will not only keep you active, but make you more alert, too!

3) Stretch it Real Good

Something as simple as doing some arm stretches and leg/ankle rotations can help you keep mobile. Know how you’ll see those stretches suggested in the airlines booklets for long flights…those aren’t bad to implement at your own desk.

4) Take the Stairs or Grab the Mail

If you work in a building where there are multi-floors, take the stairs in lieu of the elevator to your next meeting and feel that extra burn. Don’t have a multi-floor building? Offer to take the mail out to the mailbox or even run a quick office errand to help your blood flow.

5) Switch Up Your Position

Do you sit all day long? Try changing out chairs, or standing for a bit of a time while you review papers or reports. Even bring a yoga ball to sit on instead of your chair. The change of something so simple as your position will amaze you!

There are so many ways to incorporate some basic exercises and stretches into your daily routine at your desk. What are your favorite ways to stay active at work? Share them here…(we’d love to try implementing them too!)



Heart Half-Empty or Half-Full?

iGoPink Blog, iGoPink Life, Motivation & Inspriation, Wellness & Fitness No Comments

How to keep your heart half-full

by Tristan Cablay

I continue to pour myself into the things I love: being a mom and a partner in my marriage, being successful at a career that I adore, and making a positive difference in people’s lives! Are all of these things easy? Some more so than others, but they all need a considerable amount of effort and work, so I continue to try everyday. I pour a bit of myself into each capacity that I love. What’s amazing is that my cup never runs empty.

Half empty? Certainly.
Half full? Most of the time.
Dry? Never!

If you love the things in your life that you spend your time and effort on, go ahead, pour yourself into them. Give of yourself, nurture that relationship or capacity and put in extra effort! Sometimes, you may not be at your best, but you pick yourself up and try again. Some days it is easy. Some days it is hard.

What has been the most amazing experience for me is that when I am at the lowest point and I think the cup will never reach full again, some thing unexpected always happens; someone pours into my cup. That is the beauty of giving of yourself, when you least expect it others give support to you.

So today, I encourage you to fill someone else’s cup; to pour yourself with extra intention into someone else’s cup- children, partner, work, really anyone you come across. Look at your glass half full and with the mindset of making everything you touch overflow!



At Home Workout: Boxing

iGoPink Blog, iGoPink Life, Uncategorized, Wellness & Fitness No Comments

Boxing At Home

Boxing1

DSCN2408

by Alix Angelelli

A few months ago my fiancé and I each bought a pair of boxing gloves and punching mitts at our local sporting goods store. I was determined to be the next Ronda Rousey within a month. Ripped and strong and superhero-like. Well… that did not happen, but I did learn how to incorporate some great moves into workouts. Boxing moves tone, tighten, and get your heart pumping.

I enjoy having the gloves and punching mitts. It allows for a bit more resistance and a LOT of stress relief (punching something really hard without physically hurting another person is quite pleasant). However, these moves and workout can be done without any equipment. You can incorporate the moves into your normal workout routine or use for a quick sweat-sesh.

DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a professional, so don’t completely rely on me for form advice.
This is the 30-30-30 workout. Basically you do 30 of each boxing move then incorporate another exercise in a set of 30. Some quick tips for boxing moves: keep your middle tight, make your punches quick and strong (think striking like a snake), and keep your opposite, non-punching hand, up in front of your face.

Warm-Up
10 Jumping Jacks
10 Alternating High Kicks
10 Alternating Butt Kicks
Jog in Place 30 seconds

Round 1
30 Jabs Right – 30 Jabs Left – 30 Jumping Jacks
Jabs are short little punches that focus on hitting higher up.

Round 2
30 Upper Cuts Right – 30 Upper Cuts Left – 30 Squats
With upper cuts you are coming up from your hip and punching up.

Round 3
30 Hook Right – 30 Hook Left – 30 Push-ups
Hooks you are literally hooking your arm around to punch, focus on hooking around and hitting the midsection.

Round 4
30 Right Kicks – 30 Left Kicks -30 Duck-Unders
When doing a duck-under get low and squat down like you are going under a fence or hurdle.

There are TONS of examples of boxing workouts on Pinterest and even more fun boxing workouts are popping up everywhere, like 9Round 30 Minute Kickbox Fitness (which Tori and I will be doing for September!) Take your time, listen to your body, and be proud of your strength and accomplishments!



Bring The Spa Home

iGoPink Life, Spa Inspired Tips, Wellness & Fitness No Comments

Treat Yo Self

FullSizeRender (5)

by Alix Angelelli

We all have busy days, weeks, months, what-have-you. Between working, working out, wedding planning, house hunting, breathing… it is hard to find time to treat myself, to unwind and to relax. Trust me, I know I am not the only one who lives a busy life, but I have followed a few tips and tricks to give myself some time to refocus and bring the spa to me.

I love spas. The music, the smells, the sense of just knowing you have nothing to worry about. To treat myself I like to bring some of those elements home and utilize in free spare moments. Here are some simple things you can do at home to incorporate spa time into at home you time.

Hot Towels: This is so simple. You can use cheap hand towels or washrags and soak them in various scents like lavender, vanilla, mint. After they soak, wring them out and heat in the microwave (about 30 seconds) then air out. Once they have cooled some, you can set them on your face and take a 5 minute breather, get your thoughts together and get going again.

Foam Roll: Going to get a professional massage is always a treat, but pesky knots in your back and body can become a greater problem when you go too long. I’ve invested in a foam roller and make sure to foam roll everyday. There are great tutorials on YouTube and Pinterest for foam rolling certain areas of the body. I have found my knots are not as big of an annoyance anymore. BONUS it feels like a quick little mini massage.

Candles, Lighting and Music: Take some time in a dim room to light you favorite candle or heat essential oils and bring relaxing fragrances to the forefront. Turn off your lights. Lay on a pillow and play some nature sounds or a yoga playlist from Pandora in the background. All you need is 5-10 minutes of this time. Use it to be thankful for something or someone, or to acknowledge all your accomplishments.

I love my busy life and would not trade it for the world, but I know it is important to take a few moments out of my week to give back to myself. Enjoy your me time and Treat Yo Self!

 



Why can’t I lose weight?!

iGoPink Life, Wellness & Fitness No Comments

By Jen Langlois of TruFit Training

August 5th Blog Graphic

I’ve Tried EVERYTHING!! Why can’t I lose weight?!

I seem to hear these cries for help a lot lately. Trust me! I’ve been there too!

We cut calories. We start exercising more. We do our research on the latest fad diets and supplements. And search our Facebook feed for the newest workout moves! When really, we just need to stop making weight loss harder than it needs to be.

Needless to say. There are a slew of reasons that you might be having trouble losing those pesky LBs. But here are my top 3.

There isn’t a simple one size fits all for diet and training. You’re unique. And so should be your diet and training program. I wish it were just as easy as a math equation of less calories in than calories out. Fad diets aren’t sustainable. And you need ALL your macros. (Protein, Fat and Carbs). Focus on portion control instead. And make sure you have the right ratio of cardio vs. strength training.

Stop sabotaging your gains with excessive exercise. More isn’t always better. What’s better is being more efficient in your training. Not giving our body time to rest and recover can also be detrimental to our goals. Its when we rest that our muscle grows. And the more muscle we have – the faster we burn calories while we train and rest. It comes full circle. On the flip side – you need to question… Am I exercising hard enough?? Is that 3 hours a week sufficient in comparison to my sedentary lifestyle?? HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is one of my favorite forms of training for efficient weight loss.

Remember…this is a marathon. Not a sprint! Don’t expect to see changes in your body after a couple of weeks of training. Especially if it’s taken you years to gain the weight. I know we love that immediate gratification. But stop beating yourself up so much. You might not SEE your results straight away. But you’ll FEEL them straight away! Bench markers don’t always need to be weight loss. I prefer to focus on quality of life. And weight loss is a bonus side product of bettering our life by becoming more healthy!

But above all…MOVE!



We Survived: Yoga Edition

iGoPink Life, Wellness & Fitness No Comments

By Tori Carruth and Alix Angelelli

yoga1
 

This past month, Tori and Alix spent a month going to Yoga Pod (The Woodlands), for a new type of workout!
 

Huge thanks to Yoga Pod for welcoming us into their studio!
yoga2
 

yoga3
 

Oh my goodness, I am truly addicted to yoga. I never understood what all the hype was about, and I honestly associated yoga with my hippy friends up in Austin, TX. However, I am a converted woman. After my first hot yoga class with Tayler (pictured helping us with our partner poses) at Yoga Pod, I was hooked. There’s something about a workout that challenges you both mentally and physically. I’ve never loved classes where trainers yell. That works for some people, but I do better when I’m encouraged! I cannot say enough how much I loved my instructors. They took the time to learn my name, what poses I was good at, what I wanted to work at, and even what music I wanted to hear in class. They never push you to do something you’re uncomfortable with, but they DO push you to be your best. I tried multiple classes from PodBarre, PodFlow, and PodHot to name a few. As I mentioned (and can’t stop mentioning to literally anyone who will listen), PodHot is my absolute favorite. I’ve never sweat so much in my life, but I left every class feeling centered and rejuvenated. Added bonus: my skin has never looked better in my life. This experience was amazing, and I urge everyone to give yoga a shot at least once. The ladies (and gentlemen!) over at Yoga Pod are a great starting place. Namaste, Tori
 

yoga4
 

yoga5
 

I did it! I completed a month of yoga at Yoga Pod. At first I was hesitant (and not very confident in myself). I’ve tried yoga before, but like I said it’s just never stuck. This has honestly been one of my greatest fitness months and I whole heartedly credit that to incorporating yoga. Yoga Pod offers a variety of different yoga classes, but I was instantly addicted (LITERALLY addicted) to hot yoga. It changed my life; I have better posture and core strength. I am more flexible which has increased my running (I am actually killing my runs TBH). Lastly, I have this amazing glow in my skin as well as a body that feels completely free of toxins. I could honestly write for hours how Yoga Pod and hot yoga has changed my physical health. I loved being a yogi with Tori, we were able to see each other get better with each class and help each other out. Just know if it is something that you’ve maybe thought of trying… GO FOR IT! You can do it! Namaste, Alix
 

yoga6
 

In partnership with Yoga Pod: The Woodlands.
 

All opinions are our own.



A Prayer to the Cardio Gods

iGoPink Life, Style & Fashion, Wellness & Fitness No Comments

Shoe1

By Tori Carruth

When I was in high school, I ran on the cross country and track team, spent a few seasons cheerleading, and played soccer all four years. I basically chose every sport that included miles of running as a “warm up”. As a result, after high school I pretty much swore off running as much as I swore off wearing Ugg boots with skirts (not my best look).

Shoe2

Once I got to college, I realized that my metabolism wasn’t what it once was, and I could no longer eat McDonalds for 2 out of 3 meals a day. After a few years of “working out” (I put quotes around this because, let’s be honest, I went to the Rec Center to gossip), I finally have decided to take up running again. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers; I’m not kidding.

Shoe5 (1)

SO! What makes running fun? So far, literally nothing, except maybe new shoes. If you’re a runner, a casual walker, or you just want to rock your leggings and 5 year old sorority t-shirt on your weekly Target run (no judgement, girl), check out these cute shoes that will at least be fun to look at when you’re already stopping to walk on mile one. Just me?

I got my shoes on sale and can’t seem to find them anywhere now L However, I’ve linked some similar and some other pink shoes that I love! Happy running!

1      2      3     4     5     6 

Shoe4 (1)



Summer Workouts

iGoPink Life, Wellness & Fitness No Comments
Photo Credit: Jon Gifford, JStacy Photography

Photo Credit: Jon Gifford, JStacy Photography

By Tristan Cablay

The weather is hot.
The outdoors is calling.
Now is the time to mix your workout up!

Summer offers the perfect opportunity to get moving and get outside.

Here are some super easy ideas for summer workouts that can be fun, social, and even provide the opportunity to get some wiggles out (I’m talking stir crazy kids to the 9-5er cooped up behind that desk and anywhere in between).

Here are some super summer workouts the iGoPink crew suggest:

BIKE. Knock your cardio out while getting somewhere. Do you have a few errands to run? Can you bike to a luncheon? Grab those wheels! Bike there instead of drive; you will be glad you did!

  • Try it: Bike by Interval: Mix your pace up. Go from leisurely sitting to a crouched or standing high-intensity ride. Time yourself.

SWIM. It’s hot! In some areas, it’s unbearably hot! If you are planning to cool down by taking a quick dip, there are several fantastic exercises that use water resistance to tone and build muscle. Swimming and pool exercises are fantastic because they offer a low-impact total body workout.

  • Try it: Pool Leg Exercises: Try standing in the pool and kicking your leg forward, to the side, and then to the back. Knockout several reps on each side.

WALK. RUN. JOG. HIKE. (WINDOW SHOP.) Whatever you like to call it… Get moving. Strap on those athletic shoes and log 10,000 steps! It’s the perfect time of the year to start a new fitness routine! Excuses stop today; notice we added window shop… take advantage of an air-conditioned mall if the heat is your deterrent!

  • Try it: The Move It Challenge. Give us 10,000 steps for 21 days, and we will give you a healthy habit!

 

 



At Home Workout in 20 Minutes

iGoPink Life, Wellness & Fitness No Comments

By Erica Johnson

If you’re at all like me, finding time to workout is my #1 “excuse” as to why I don’t end up working out. As a busy working-woman, wife and mama-to-be (which I’m SURE I have no idea yet how much busier my life is about to get—kudo points to all the moms out there) time is my most valuable resource it seems.

However, after years of gym memberships I finally found my solution…I QUIT! (Haha…not in that way, but I quit going to the gym and brought my workout to my home.) Being fit and healthy is such a huge priority to me that I knew I needed to make a change. So I cleaned out a small space in our spare room, bought some free weights, a yoga ball and resistance bands and VOILA…no more “I’m too tired/busy/etc” excuses for not going to the gym. Now my gym is less than 100 steps away down the hall.

Work out Weights Home Gym iGoPink Life 1

How do I keep myself motivated without meeting someone at the gym or having a class to go to? Very simple, my sweet yellow-lab…she makes the best workout partner. My morning go-to is to walk/feed her (which she too is now a healthier and happier dog) and after our walk and hydration time (see my post on keeping hydrated) we head to “our” gym time. 20-minutes of crunches, free weights and I’ll either opt for some music to get my day going/think through my daily to-do list, or turn on the news so I can be up to date on what’s going on in the business world before I even get into the office.

Work out Weights Home Gym iGoPink Life 2

Now there are no more excuses…and to be honest, I rarely miss a morning workout as it’s ‘my time’…and even on my very busy days, just 20 minutes kick starts my day in the right way!