Fitness

6 Items Your Gym Bag Can’t Live Without.

You’re on your way to the gym and realize you forgot ____; you get there and realize you also left _____. Sound familiar? Aside from the must haves like your playlist, headphones, shoes, and motivation to get that heart pumping; here are 6 things you should stock your gym bag with. They will get you through your workout; leaving you feeling ready to conquer!

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1. The Bag – is kind of important!  There are all flavors, sizes, brands out there. Pick your favorite and then start stocking it up with the remaining 6 items. You can find a great selection of bags on Amazon.

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2. Flip Flopping – Flip flops are important to protect those feet from locker room and shower floors. I love my Reef flip-flops.

 

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3. Get Your Protein Fix – Within 30 minutes of your workout you should be refueling with protein. Whether a protein bar or protein shake try to get that protein in to increase your muscle gain and fat loss. EAS Lean 15 protein powder is my go to. I add PB2 peanut butter and a banana for a yummy treat! For on the go put 2 scoops in a plastic container or baggie and add it to your water.

 

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4. Hydration, Hydration, Hydration. Invest in a good BPA free water bottle. For $10 you can invest in my new obsession. The Bobble Sport. It uses a replaceable carbon filter that removes chlorine and organic contaminates from your tap water. Not only that but in 1 year you will have removed thousands of bottles from the environment.

 

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5. Towel up- make sure to pack a white towel to wipe that hard working sweat off your skin. White is convenient because you can bleach it in the wash to get rid of all that stinky build up. You can pretty much find white towels anywhere.

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6. Deodorize – If you don’t get a chance to hop in the shower make sure you stock up on 2 things to get you smelling fresh. Deodorant and some fresh wipes. I highly recommend Ole Henriksen Truth To Go Vitamin C Wipes. They remove dirt, grime, and makeup while essential fatty acids nourish the sin. It’s all natural and does not contain:

– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Dyes
– Petrochemicals
– Phthalates
– GMOs
– Triclosan

These and the product details above can be found at Sephora.

Whether a light or vigorous work out make sure to stock your bag with these 6 essential items. Your gym bag will thank you!

-Yesenia Whipple

Fashion

Dry Bars! The new craze!

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It’s the new craze! Blow Dry bars are popping up all over the place with celebrities jumping on board and opening up their own dry bars. I had to find out what these blow dry bars were all about. I was pleasantly surprised at the variety of options available on the each menu. You can choose to learn technique (how convenient!) at some dry bars; or you can choose a fabulous blow dry AND style; from braids, ponytails, loose buns, beach waves, the options are limitless.

Recent blow dry bars have started opening up outside of gyms. Genius! Obviously you are not going to shell out to get your hair blown every time you go to the gym, but having the option if you are going out with the girls, on a date, or just need a pick me up is pretty amaze!

Pricing is not outrageous, ranging on average at $40 and up with some dipping down to $35. Like mentioned previously, not an everyday luxury unless you have the funds to indulge daily to which I say get your glam on!

-Yesenia Whipple

 

 

Food

Tequila Lime Sea Scallops, Brown rice, and and Bok Choy cooked in a ginger Soy Sauce

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My husband and I love to spend time in the kitchen together. We often pour each other a glass of wine, play our favorite cooking playlists, and then the reality of having an 11 month old brings us back to our current existence.

These days we don’t have a lot of time to create a delicious -time consuming- dish.We cook the basics of quick foods we love and add a little flair to the overall recipe. It’s not hard to sautee Bok Choy, definitely not hard to make rice of any kind, and pan searing scallops is not an overwhelming task by any means.

For this fabulous dish we started by:

  • Boiling 2 cups of water with a dash of salt (to taste) and one teaspoon of butter. Once the water came to a boil we mixed in 1 cup of brown jasmine rice and covered. We let the rice simmer on low heat and put the timer on for 45 minutes.
  • Next came the Scallops. We marinated our Sea Scallops with Tequila and fresh lime juice and added Sea Salt before letting them pan sear on high heat for 3-4 minutes on each side.
  • The Bok Choy. In a separate bowl we mixed 1 teaspoon of ground ginger, 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce (light sodium), 2 cloves of garlic, and 1/4 cup of water. Place Bok Choy in covered sauce pan on medium heat slowly pouring half the sauce in the pan. Shake the pan occasionally and cook for 2 minutes. Then add the remaining sauce and cook for another 2 minutes.

My estimates based on MyFitness Pal App was a total of 250 calories for the entire dish. I served myself 4 oz of Scallops, 1/3 cup of brown rice, and a serving of the Bok Choy which is very low calorie. Aside from the rice which we put on about 30 minutes prior (that only took about 5 minutes to get started) to starting the rest of the recipe, total cook time was 10-15 minutes including prep.

So give it a try and maybe add a little bit of your own creative juices; you will not be disappointed.

-Yesenia Whipple

Food

The Hudson Blend of Goodness

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I am delighted to share with you a scrumptious recipe today generously shared by my friend Jamie. I have named this dish The Hudson Blend of Goodness. Healthy, clean, and delicious! The best part of all is this dish is inexpensive, takes just minutes to whip up. Oh and I forgot to mention you can store it in your fridge for days and create a healthy snack whenever your taste buds desire.

O.k. o.k. so what is The Hudson Blend of Goodness made up of? Here is the short of it:

ingredients

 

1 Can of Black Beans (drain)

1 Can of Garbanzos (Chic peas) (drain)

3 Cans of White Albacore Tuna (drain)

1 Can of chopped Artichoke (I was only able to find a can of hearts so I just chopped those up at home – also drain)

1 Can of Fire roasted Tomatoes (or any flavor you like really)

2 tbsp of Olive oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

Mix these ingredients together and that’s it! There you have it. I chose to pile it onto a whole wheat deli flat. My husband chose to pile it onto a salad. Whatever you like; this dish is pretty versatile. I calculated one serving (Given my serving may be different from some) of The Hudson Blend of Goodness to be approximately 175 calories.  Not bad right?! It was filling, so tasty, and again I must add how clean and healthy this recipe is. Enjoy!

-Yesenia Whipple

Fitness

Spinning for your soul!

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I was introduced to spinning many many years ago. After about 20 minutes I decided it was way too hard and I would likely die in my own pool of sweat. I never went back. That is until about 4 years ago. My local gym was offering a spinning class and I just had to try it again. I went, I perspired (a lot), I felt like I would die or perhaps puke, and then it was over and I felt amazing. What? Is this so? So I decided to go back. Each time I did a little more, worked a little harder, and felt even better. I became officially hooked!

Some benefits of spinning:

Your heart may pump at 80% capacity versus the average 50-65%. Not only does spinning increase calories burned but it also improves metabolic function.  One hour of spinning can get you burning anywhere from 800-1,200 calories.  

If your ‘problem’ areas tend to be abs, thighs and hips; spinning might be your new best friend. While you will get a total body workout the majority of working muscles are your core, hips, and you guessed it your thighs.

Beware of:

If you suffer from osteoporosis, back problems, and knee problems you may actually worsen your condition. So make sure to take it easy and consult a physician to ensure you are not doing more harm than good.

Cost and Availability:

Most gyms offer spinning classes as part of a yearly or monthly membership which if coupled with other exercise routines provides variety and a more cost effective approach to beginners and seasoned spinners.

Many cities/towns are now offering spinning studios dedicated solely to offering spinning classes throughout the day. This is convenient for those only interested in spinning as their form of exercise, as well as those who have constricted schedules and looking for classes they can slip in and out of at convenient to their schedule. These studios are also starting to offer spinning shoe rentals so if you are not ready to go all in on investing in “clips” or spinning shoes you can rent them and then decide. Some of these studios have also begun offering yoga or TRX type classes in their daily class schedule so members can add a little flare to their weekly workout routine.

There are some people who are just not interested in going to the gym at all; but want to incorporate spinning into their lifestyle. The great thing about spinning is just like owning a treadmill or at home machine you can purchase equipment like a spinning bike or if you have a road bike a trainer for said road bike and spin at home. Convenient and likely the most cost effective. There are many spinning DVD’s available for purchase; and cycle shops in most towns also offer spinning dvd rentals if you tend to get bored easily.

If you have ever thought of trying this form of exercise; I highly recommend it. Don’t get me wrong this is no ‘walk in the park’. Spinning is strenuous hard work, but the pay-off and the feeling of accomplishment after finishing an hour of spinning is well worth the work.

-Yesenia Whipple

Fashion

Get it Straight!

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How do you get gorgeous celebrity smooth hair, without breaking the bank?! There are many products out there dedicated to smoothing out curls and defrizzing your locks. There are treatments you can get such as Brazilian or Keratin treatments; both carrying a hefty price tag.

Having naturally curly hair I have tried what feels like every product on the planet. One day I was introduced to what I call Gold in a bottle. It has changed my life! I know this sounds absolutely absurd. How can a simple hair product change someone’s life. Well if you have frizzy curly hair you will know what I am talking about. So here it is:

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Simply Smooth Xtend Keratin Repairative Magic

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This product is Sodium Chloride Free, Fixes Everything, and is made in the USA.

xtend keratin reparative magic potion is a botanically blended keratin infused potion. It will:

  • help protect hair from thermal abuse
  • lock in hair color
  • control frizzing
  • add incredible shine and volume
  • hydrate
  • smooth
  • detangle
  • heave hair silky and free of split ends

After applying to my towel dried hair the drying time and results were exceptional. No frizz, and best of all I didn’t even need to use a flat-iron. This has never happened with any product. So give it a shot! I hope you have as great of results as I did!

…image and product details courtesy of: drugstore.com

-Yesenia Whipple

Fashion

2013 Bathing Suit Trends

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As I am sure there are the few out there that prefer the cold I would say I speak for most of us when I say bring on the warm weather!

Here are a few of my favorite bathing suits for this season!

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The high wasted bikini. What’s not to love? I am loving the vintage floral prints! This piece from H&M sold out fast and sadly no longer available on their website. However if you are looking for some great high wasted bikini’s I recommend checking out ModCloth.

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1970’s vintage crochet suit.

Crochet patterns and lace overlays have come back in full force. Now if I could only find someone to crochet this for me it would most definitely be added to my swimsuit collection.  This pattern is actually available on Etsy.

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Stripes, Dots, and Blocks!

These JCrew pieces are fabulous. Bold prints, flattering to most figures, and affordable!

So there you have it some of my favorite Bikini’s stylings for 2013!

-Yesenia Whipple