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Post-Workout Beauty Hacks

As someone who very regularly leaves the office midday for a workout or a run, I thought I’d share some of the post-gym beauty hacks I’ve learned over the years.

While I’ve definitely returned to my desk with a bright red glowing face after a grueling run, for the most part adequate preparation and a few minutes of pampering is enough to get you back at work looking fabulous.

Packing:

Whether you have a locker, a gym bag, or just a giant handbag, having the right products on hand is important. So save those Sephora & Nordstrom samples, they’re the perfect size!

Cleaning:

I always take a COLD shower after a workout. Especially after a run since I’m prone to ending up with a red face. The cold water not only feels amazing, but helps cool off your body and reduce redness.

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Skin Care & Makeup:

I hate hate hate piling on makeup after a sweat session. Not only does my skin feel radiant afterwards, but the products also just slide right off.

So I keep Josie Maran Bare Naked Argan Wipes at the ready to clean up any messes, my Laura Mercier  Secret Camouflage compact for touching up under the eyes {my problem area for sure}, super moisturizing lip balm, and last but not least deodorant.

I also have sunscreen in my bag for when I do midday runs. I apply Algenist Anti-Aging Moisturizer with SPF 20 around 5am each morning, but reapply with Algenist Ultra Lightweight SPF 50 before a 12pm run.

Hair:

My two hair tricks are (1) Make sure you have hair ties & sporty headbands on hand for during and after a workout, and (2) DRY SHAMPOO.

Note: You want hair ties that don’t kink your mane, I’m a huge fan of France Luxe’s line of non-damaging L. Erikson Grab & Go Ponies. You can find them in my bathroom, my desk, my purse, and my gym locker!

Seriously, if you workout as often as I do, you know that the struggle is real to follow your stylist’s “don’t wash your hair everyday” commandment. Enter dry shampoo. My favorites are Kevin Murphy, L’Oreal, and Macadamia Dry Shampoo.

What’s YOUR favorite post-gym beauty hack?

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Tips to Stay Motivated at the Gym

Staying motivated at the gym isn’t easy. I love working out, but there are still plenty of days where the couch sounds waaay more appealing than sweaty sports bras, guys with no boundaries, and expending energy I don’t have.

But even when it sounds hard or I’m sore or tired or hungry, I can often times motivate myself to get to the gym. Here are my tips that you can try next time you’re not the mood.

Change Your Mentality:

Stop thinking of your workout as auxiliary and thinking of it like you do work – It’s non-negotiable. If you’re hoping to change your life for the better and start living a healthier life, then your workouts and your healthy food aren’t short-term or fad, they’re an important part of your daily life.

And that means you need to change how you think of them. Your workouts are like going to work – Unless you’re sick, you should go. BUT if you’re sore or recovering from an injury, you should definitely listen to your body and adjust accordingly. Killed it the day before on leg day and aren’t up for a Pilates class? Just walk on the treadmill for 20 minutes. Can’t make it to a class across town because you got stuck at the office? Do a little bodyweight workout at home!

 

Hold Yourself Accountable:

Find an accountability partner! If you do well with a community, join an online challenge like the ones hosted by Tone It Up or other online trainers.

What I’ve found works well for me is doing weekly, and sometimes daily, check-ins with my best friend. We text pictures, inspiration, and recipes to each other, motivating from a distance. Between social media and one-on-one check-ins there are lots of options to keep yourself inspired, so you can find which way works best for you.

Set Goals:

I’m definitely a Type A personality and I love me some goals. I like lists in general, and nothing thrills me quite like checking something off. Hi – I’m a nerd!

Need some other tips to get you started? Check out these posts on goals and rewarding yourself so you can find a way to make this work for you!

Find Your Inspiration:

I’m an extremely visual person so when I’m feeling tired or unmotivated – I head straight to Pinterest, Instagram, or Snapchat.

I create motivational boards on Pinterest that keep me inspired and remind me what I’m working for each day. Workout Motivation is my favorite!

And I follow some seriously kick ass ladies on Snap and Instagram – A few minutes of looking at killer photos or watching their stories is just the kick in the booty I need to get myself to the gym.

What’s YOUR tried and true way to stay motivated at the gym?

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Workout Essentials | What’s in my Gym Bag

Nothing ruins a workout faster than looking in your gym bag and realizing that you’re missing something important. No headphones? No workout in my book!

I keep two fully stocked gym bags going – One stays at the office where I use the gym every day and have a locker, and the other is at home for trips to my build’s gym and sauna.

So what are my essentials that are always in my gym bag? Here you go!

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What’s in YOUR bag?

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What I Ate Wednesday | Tone It Up Nutritional Plan

A few days into the recent Look For Love Tone It Up Challenge I decided to swoop up the Nutrition Plan as well. While I don’t know that I made a single meal 100% from the plan, I have been using it as inspiration to keep things interesting and tasty during the challenge.

Since I’m mixing things up and trying out some delicious new concoctions I thought it would be fun to post another What I Ate Wednesday to share some of my new favorite recipes & dishes.

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What I Ate Wednesday:

  • Breakfast: I’ve been on an oats kick lately – Be sure to check out my Coconut Chia Seed Overnight Oats recipe – And have been trying out some tasty new combinations. This week I combined Bob’s Red Mill Quick Oats, Flax & Chia Seeds, Vega Vanilla Protein Powder, and frozen mixed berries from Trader Joe’s.
  • Snack: Trail Mix – Raw almonds, walnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds & sunflower seeds. Or chia seed pudding – I like it with a little lemon juice or vanilla extract.
  • Lunch: Smoothie time! Currently OBSESSED with this combo – Spinach, maca powder, wheatgrass, ginger, lemon, frozen pineapple chunks, and protein powder. My favorites are Vega Vanilla, Plant Fusion Vanilla Bean, Tone It Up Perfect Fit Vanilla Latte, or Sun Warrior Vanilla. Yes, I clearly like vanilla protein powder. I think it’s a bit more versatile than others since it mixes easily with whatever you throw into the blender!
  • Snack: Kale leaves smothered in Sabra Hummus & topped with a cold orzo & veggie salad
  • Dinner: GIANT salad beast w/ romaine hearts, shredded kale, sugar snap peas, celery & carrots w/ an oil & vinegar dressing heavily coated with kelp grains & turmeric. Plus a side of roasted Brussels sprouts & sweet potato chunks. Sometimes I’ll toss everything together but I was starving after Pilates and started eating the salad while I waited for the veggies to roast.

What’s YOUR favorite dish/recipe right now? Did I miss anything tasty from the Tone It Up Nutritional Plan that I should try?

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2017 Fitness Adventures: Avant Barre | Discount Code

I’m always glad to have a healthy start to the year and I’ve really been enjoying trying out some new studios and workouts recently. After a relaxing and rejuvenating visit to the Love Story Yoga studio in the Mission at the beginning of the year, today I’m here to share my experience at Avant Barre here in the SOMA district of San Francisco.

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The Low Down:

If you’ve never taken a barre class, the premise is that you use a ballet “barre” for an isometric strength training session. Which means that you focus on moving one muscle group at a time – Core, booty, arms, calves – Primarily focusing on bodyweight movements. Though some classes combine those movements with weights or balls.

Avant-Barre combines the traditional underlying barre techniques with fun music and beautiful dance-like moves for a full-body workout that really evokes a dance class.

No rhythm needed!

Thoughts:

I took the 45 minute Sculpt class and it was a great workout. You felt every muscle group being worked and were begging for mercy by the end of each set.

Especially the booty.

And the core.

The space is light and airy, right off of third street at Brannan in SOMA. They had a fully stocked changing room and plenty of lockers for storing your bag(s) during class. And the barre studio itself is bright with mirrors and windows – You feel like you’re in a ballet studio!

I really like mirrors during these types of workout since it offers you the ability to self-correct on form and notice when you start lagging towards the end of a set.

Recommendations:

If you love a super, super sweaty, gasping for air workout – Like Barry’s Bootcamp – Then you may not be drawn to this type of class. However, if you want a full body toning workout that allows you to safely push your boundaries, this is a great choice.

Bonus – It’s quite easy to customize if you have an injury or are new to the fitness game.

And I have to say that the low impact aspect also really appeals to me. With running, biking, and lifting as major parts of my weekly workout routine, I really need to add in a lower impact workout like this to help keep my joints healthy and happy.

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And I’m thrilled to say that my lovely readers will be getting a discount code to try Avant Barre. Use “mclv2017” for $10 off a single class! If you try it out – Let me know what you think.

Are YOU a fan of barre classes?

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