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Orangetheory Transformation Challenge Review

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Orangetheory Fitness Workout Challenge

Orangetheory Fitness Transformation Challenge

I just finished up the Orangetheory Transformation Challenge! This challenge is eight weeks long. As I mentioned in this past post, I would update you on what I thought of the challenge. Let me start by saying I have never been on a “diet,” entered a fitness challenge or anything like that. I workout and eat right in my everyday life, so I thought that was enough. However, joining the challenge gave me the motivation to go work out on days I really didn’t want to and say no to empty calories such as candy at the movies, which is totally my weakness!

Orangetheory runs this challenge is done once a year there are two winners. One female and one male that will win $5,000.00 each for the most weight lost!  #motivation

What is involved in this challenge?

Workouts

As part of the Orangetheory challenge and to be eligible to win the prize money, you are required to work out three days a week for 6 out of the eight weeks. There will be a large chart there for you to mark the days you attend class.

Diet

You will also be required to keep a food log. I was so not looking forward to this at all, but it turned out to be my favorite part! There is, of course, an app for that. The app makes it super easy. You start by inputting your stats, including weight, height and such. Then you add your goal weight. It will tell you what your daily calorie goal needs to be to get to your ideal weight. You can scan bar codes, add food in manually and also choose repeat foods you eat daily. I’m a creature of habit, so this feature was handy to me. It was so interesting to keep track of calories and very motivating!

Coaching

You will be assigned an Orangetheory coach that will be available to you by email for any of your fitness questions. They can also help you with suggesting diet changes. Your food log will need to be turned into them weekly.


If you are a follower of mine you already know I’m a long time fan of Orangetheory. However, entering this challenge has been eye-opening. I loved how motivating it was to be a part of this! I highly recommend it!

Orangetheory Fitness Workout Challenge

Orangetheory Fitness Workout Challenge

Orangetheory Fitness Workout Challenge

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How do you feel about workout challenges? Leave me a comment below if you have ever entered one!

xx Tammy

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What You Need To Know About Orangetheory

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Orangetheory Fitness

If you follow me on social media, you know how much I’m at Orangetheory. I’ve been going 3-4 times a week for over a year and never get bored of it! This high-intensity workout complement my LaGree and Pilates toning workouts perfectly!

So what is Orangetheory?

Orangetheory is a one-hour workout that focuses on training, endurance, strength, and power. It is a heart rate based interval training. They are known for the heart rate monitor that is either worn on your wrist, chest or arm. These options are entirely your personal preference. There is a cost difference between the options. I have found the chest monitor works best for me because I do not have to remember to charge it.

You will see there are several screens around the room. Everyone will have a separate personal box that will state in real time what your name is, calorie burn, heart rate, and splat points are. Your box will also be a color, either grey, blue, green, orange or red. These colors all represent a different heart rate zone.

The theory behind Orangetheory is that you want to spend 12 minutes or more in the orange or red zone. When you do this for one minute, you earn a splat point.

Why do you want splat points?

When you earn a splat point, you are using 85% or more of your heart rate capacity, and you will be burning more calories throughout the day.

What do you do in class?

There are three main areas to workout in, treadmill, row, and floor. There are also a couple of spin bikes and an elliptical to substitute either row or treadmill. I usually use the spin bike instead of a rower because I enjoy it more and therefore I work harder at it.

The treadmills have flex step technology. I can completely notice a difference between the gym that I hear people pounding on and the ones at Orangetheory. The flex step is softer on your joints and more bouncy. However, I opt to powerwalk instead of run because of my knees.

Every class will be different. I have been attending classes for over a year and cannot remember two that were alike. Some days you might be on the treadmill for half the class, and another day you might be 10 minutes treadmill, 10 minutes rower and 10 min floor for the whole hour. The one thing you can count on is you will always have a new workout to look forward to!

The floor exercises are a favorite of mine! Here the different equipment used is a boso ball, ab dollies, weights, TRX, and mat work. The exercise options are endless and changed daily.

Power metrics such as jumping, hoping and such can always be altered to fit your needs.

Do I have to get in shape before I start?

There will be people attending classes that are pregnant, injured and out of shape doing the workout. Whatever your level is know that you are the one in charge of how hard you push yourself and what your body can handle. So not you do not have to be in shape before you start at all.

Everyone is at an individual pace, and there is no judgment at Orange Theory ever! The workout space is somewhat dark, music is turned up, and your motivating coach will be on the mic directing everyone what to do. Most people get into a zone in this fast-paced environment and focus on their workout and not yours.

Anybody Can Do This Workout At Whatever Level They Are Comfotable With!

See The Results.

After every class, you will get an email with a chart detailing how many calories you burnt and your splat point totals. This information is also available on the OT app for your phone.

How Do I Start?

You can use this link HERE to get a free week of workouts. USE CODE OTFASHIONED. However, only this is for a limited time; the general offer is one free workout so do take advantage of this to see if Orangetheory is right for you.

What to know before your first class.

For your first class arrive 30 minutes early. You will need to sign paperwork, get your heart rate monitor. The coach will also take you inside the workout space to go over everything you need to know such as how to read the OT heart rate screen, correctly row and use the equipment.

I honestly love Orangetheory because of the changes I’ve seen in my body and well being. I thought I was working out as hard asl I could though… until I started the Orangetheory challenge! This has pushed me to limits I didn’t even think about pushing myself too!

I’ll tell you all about this 8-week challenge in my next Orangetheory post!

Use code OTFashioned when signing up.


xx Tammy

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Molekule air purifier

Molekule – An Air Purifier Unlike Any Other

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Molekule Air-Purifier

The Molekule air-purifier has quite simply changed the quality of my families life. My husband is a long time cedar fever allergy suffer. Living in Austin, TX, he can expect severe allergies for three months of the year! He usually has to take medicine 24/7 to get through the cedar season. It’s a horrible thing to know what you’re bound to go through every year!

Since we have started cleaning our indoor air with the state of the art Molekule air-purifier that has changed, he still takes medicine. However, he does not have to 24/7, and he sleeps much, much better at night. I do not have air-born allergies, but I also feel such a difference in our air quality. My sinuses have been more open, and I even sleep better because I’m able to breath better with pure air in the house!

I love the fact that VOC’s, air-born viruses (flu-season) molds and toxins are all eliminated from my indoor breathing air from using this air-purifier! I kid you not the air smells so much fresher in the house!

The Path To Pure Air

Expect More From Your Purifier

You can find out more about the very cool science behind this air-purifier and get details on how to purchase yours from Molekule here.

I honestly never thought we needed an air-purifier.  I wasn’t aware of what the right equipment could do for the air my family breaths. Now I think it’s a priority in the household!


In Collaboration with Molekule

 

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Persona Vitamins Review

Personalize Your Vitamins With Persona

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Persona Vitamins ReviewPersona Vitamins

I am no stranger to vitamins and supplements by any means. In fact, I have been taking around 15-20 pills every day with my morning vegan protein shake for over ten years. However, I don’t look to vitamins for replacement of good clean eating, I do that as well, but sometimes diet alone might be inadequate for what my body needs.

When Persona reached out about trying their personalized vitamin packs, I was intrigued. The convenience alone of individual prepacked vitamins sounded terrific! Then I looked at what types of vitamins I was currently taking. Most of my supplements and herbs were aimed at balancing hormones, fighting inflammation, building collagen, strengthing adrenals, thyroid and gut health.  I was targeting my problem areas but not taking a multi-vitamin, calcium or other essential vitamins my body needed! There were big holes in my system.


Persona Vitamins Review What To Expect

I decided to take Persona’s on-line questioner. It starts with the basic questions like your age but moves onto, how much I exercise, what my diet is like (gluten/dairy free) if I have any allergies, what medications I ‘m currently taking and so on. Persona then sent me my personalized vitamin plan including day/night packets. Also included are customized cards explaining what each pill is and what to expect from taking it.

The personalized online dashboard that gives me access to my monthly shipments is such a great feature! I love being able to see what vitamins I’m taking and add to my next pack as needed without having to call. There is also, of course, an app for that as well.

Persona has a wide variety of supplements, herbs, and vitamins that are all individually explained for you on their web site. I started with the basic pack the first month and then added on a couple of other vitamins for month two. Including hair supplements and CoQ10.

I feel at ease knowing if I ever have any questions about my supplements,  I can easily talk to a member of the company’s nutritionist team.

  • Personalized daily packs
  • Delivered to your door
  • Nutritionists on call to answer questions
  • No artificial colors.
  • No animal testing
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten-free
  • No chemical-based fillers.
  • No artificial colors.
  • Researched and approved but their medical board

Purity-Transparency-Tested Bioavailability


Persona Vitamins ReviewCost

The cost is actually much lower than if you were to buy these high-quality vitamins separately. So are they cutting costs by using cheap, ineffective pills? Not at all!

  • Product selection and formulation is based on research data to support specific health conditions
  • All products adhere to FDA certified Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Highest bioavailable form of ingredients
  • Products are tested for ingredients, purity, and quality at the time of manufacturing

My Results

When I started taking this new vitamin regimen, I didn’t think much would change. I already was taking a ton of vitamins, eating well and exercising; I must be feeling the best I can right? Nope, I was wrong! Now I have more energy, my hair has stopped falling out, and my hormones are feeling much more balanced.  Mood swings are not as noticeable, and I’m spending less money than I was before! I’m a Persona fan for sure!

What To Try?

If you would like to start the assessment questionnaire and try this program yourself, you can use this link for 30% off your first two months.

The Greatest Wealth Is Health


Sponsored by Persona

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The Lagree Studio Her Fashioned Life

Inside The Lagree Studio

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The Lagree Studio

If you follow my Instagram stories, you know that I’m at The Lagree Studio quite often. I have been going to THE LAGREE STUDIO since they opened up at their Galleria location (they now have three locations) in January of 2015.  I wanted to share this fantastic workout with you because it is a part of my exercise regimen. Using the megaformer at The Lagree Studio is super intense, to say the least. The only challenge is that the class doesn’t get any easier, and that’s why it’s so good!

In just a 45 min workout session, you will get a high-intensity, full-body workout with no impact on your joints or spine. However, don’t forget that it’s not easy. This is the same workout that celebrities turn to such as Mark Wahlberg, Meghan Markle, and Victoria Secret models.

Slow Movement = Quick Results

The results you will see in your body such as core strength & booty lift are going to come from having constant tension on your muscles to the point of failure, so they will literally start to shake. This is the best because it means your body is changing! Did I mention the burn?

It’s about the tempo – the slower it is, the more muscles will activate.

Know Before You Go:

Sign up in advance, as class size is limited. If you are new, arrive 15 minutes before class starts to go over the proper use of the megaformer.

What To Bring & Wear:

Long leggings with tops that are not constricting. Try to avoid loose-fitting clothing. Grip socks are required and can be purchased there if you need. Bring water and a workout towel, so you’re ready to sweat.

What To Expect In The Class:

There are several different types of classes; all described here on their website. Some will have a machine called a Versa Climber added for more fat-burning cardio. However, all classes will have great music and a motivating instructor. The instructor will walk around the room and gently help you with your form if they see a problem with it. Small changes to your movement are everything in this workout! I love having all the help I can get, as this ensures a safe and effective workout.

Constent Tension – Fast Transtions – Slow Movements

 

The Lagree Studio Her Fashioned Life

The Lagree Studio Her Fashioned LifeThe Lagree Studio

Founder and Owner Valentina Gaylord’s primary mission in opening THE LAGREE STUDIO was to provide a place where her clients could come to not only get into the best shape of their lives, but to rehabilitate their bodies, revitalize their souls and embrace and recapture their passion for life, love, health, and wellness. The inspiration for the studio came easily as she watched her husband, Olympic Gold Medalist Mitch Gaylord, constantly working to rehabilitate his body after a successful, but vigorous career, find relief in the Lagree Method while still living in California. That paired with her own experience with the effectiveness of the method solidified their passion for the workout, and when they moved to Austin, they knew they needed to share this revolutionary workout with everyone!


Valentina has kindly agreed to answer some questions below.

What is The Lagree Method?

This HIIT, Strength Training and Pilates-Inspired workout utilizes the Lagree Fitness Megaformer and the VersaClimber to effectively combine Strength, Endurance, Balance, Core, Mobility and Cardiorespiratory training, not only in one session but in each and every move. It is intense on the muscles, but low to zero impact and safe on the joints, spine, and connective tissues.

How often should a person go to get results?

If a client is looking to lose weight, sculpt and tone their body, we suggest taking 3 – 5 classes per week combined with our Leaner with Lagree Guidebook for rapid results.  We have seen our clients lose 12 – 18 pounds and over 20 total body inches in their first month and over 50 pounds in 4 months.

If a client is looking to sculpt and tone their body, we suggest 2 – 3 times per week.  The results will come quickly and are easy to maintain using our method.

Is this workout good for all fitness levels? Would LaGree be a good tool to rehab injuries?

Yes, this is an exceptional workout for people of all ages and all fitness levels including all stages of pregnancy. 

We have clients with double knee replacements, hip replacements, and back issues that are regaining their strength, balance, and range of motion.  All of our instructors go through extensive training before they begin teaching at our studios.  Our Instructors are all Level One and Advanced Level Two trained and are trained by certified Master Trainers to offer our clients injury specific modifications, functional movement, and postural alignment to ensure mobility and balance as we age. 

Our Megaformer and VersaClimber combination classes are designed to burn over 1200 calories in 50 minutes and to alleviate stress from the body and immune system, which is an excellent combination for clients with autoimmune diseases.

You also offer the InBody 570 body analysis. Tell us more about that.

Yes, we offer the InBody 570.  The InBody 570 goes beyond traditional body composition analysis.  It not only analyzes how much fat and muscle you have, but it also measures your Total Body Water and divides it into Intracellular Water and Extracellular Water – values important for understanding a user’s fluid distribution in medical, wellness or fitness contexts.

With these water values, we can identify and track inflammation, swelling, and even injuries with ECW/TBW Analysis while monitoring how this ratio changes over time with the Body Composition History chart.

Do you offer an introductory price and random special prices?

Yes, we have three introductory offers for our new clients.  We offer a first class for $25, the first week for $49 and a first month of unlimited access for $169.  Throughout the year, we will offer specials online for new clients and students.


For more information about THE LAGREE STUDIO and their multiple Austin locations visit their website here.

Hope to see you in class soon!

In Collaboration with THE LAGREE STUDIO

Video & Photography: Blake Takushi

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Solid and Striped Suit Her Fashioned Life

My Experience with Zerona

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Thailand Her Fashioned LifeZerona

I’m so excited to share my experience and results I have had with Zerona. I’ve been having treatments done for around three months and feel like I can give you an honest review!

Being that I am in my late 40’s, keeping in shape is not as easy as it once was for sure! I work out five times a week and eat a clean, gluten and dairy free diet. However, there were still some areas on my body that would not tone up to my liking. So when I saw Austin Body Contouring on Instagram, I was interested in learning more about what they were offering.

In the past, I have tried cool sculpting once, with no results and endermologie. Both of which are for toning and cellulite/fat removal.  I love endermologie for many reasons. However, it did not have a lasting effect on me. I had heard of Zerona but didn’t know anything about it until Ed at Austin Body Contouring educated me on the whole process. I’m up for trying pretty much any anti-aging procedure once, so I signed up to start my sessions.

I named this post My Experience With Zerona because this is one treatment where results will vary. There are a lot of lifestyle requirements that go along with the procedure. (Read more about those in the Q & A at the end of this post) Luckily I already lead a healthy lifestyle so no big changes here for me. You’ll need to stick to those lifestyle changes. Then if your body is functioning as needed, you should see changes happening in your body!

Results

For me, Zerona has pretty much changed the shape of my thighs, helped with that back fat (Ewww) and thinned out my lower face and under my chin a bit. It basically took the fluff off my entire body. I am thrilled with the results! I continue to go weekly because, honestly, I don’t have to work out so hard and have more time for other things. Working out 4-5 times a week is still my lifestyle, however, now I can substitute a high cardio day now with some yoga or stretching.

Pre Treatment Prep

The first step is to schedule a consultation. There you can have all of the lifestyle needs explained to you and your questions answered. At Austin Body Contouring you can expect this to be 30 min of fat cell and Zerona education. During your consultation, Ed will go over your options, and you can decide together if Zerona is a good fit for you. Knowing this is important because it is a commitment and you don’t want to waste your time or money on a process that isn’t for you.

You will also have the option to start taking Milk Thistle and Nician before during and after your treatments. More about that below.

For Zerona to be effective your lymphatic system needs to be in top shape! You can read more about that here.

Zerona MachineTreatments

The Treatments are given in private rooms.  Leaving your underwear and bra on, you then lay on a massage table that is covered with fresh linen. There are blankets to cover parts that are being treated. The machine is then placed over the body part that you want to treat, 3″ away from your skin. The technician then pushes a button that turns the machine on for 20 min and leaves the room. You are free to have your phone during the entire treatment. I do not experience ANY pain.. at all. I sometimes even fall asleep!

Austin Body Contouring does do it a little differently than other places I’ve researched. Their sessions are 2 hours, once a week.  So you get 6- 20 minutes sessions in 2 hours. Surprisingly the machine does not have to be placed on every body part to work. I’ve only had it focused on my belly, back, front thigh, and back thighs. However, I see results on my arms and face. So cool right?!

Is it worth it? Honestly, it works for me. Especially at the price point that Austin Body Contouring offers!

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Q & A

 

How is Zerona different from other fat reducing treatments?

Zerona drains a fat cell where most other procedures kill fat cells.  While killing fat cells may sound better, the problem occurs when an individual gains weight after killing the fat cells. Since the fat cells are now gone permanently, should you gain weight later in life, the fat will now have to go to a “new” place in the body since the “dead fat” cells have not been replaced. This can result in a person looking unproportioned or as some would say “lumpy.”

Describe your ideal patient for receiving Zerona treatments?

Individuals looking to gain a healthier lifestyle are ideal candidates for Austin Body Contouring.  The ideal patient for Zerona will have a healthy liver, lymphatic system, and Kidneys.  These 2 organs and 1 system process the released fat out of the body (after it has been released during the treatments) via bodily functions.

Talk about the supplements to be taken and lifestyle to maintain during treatments.

We ask that our clients consider taking Niacin (B3) for its vasodilating effects.  This will help “flush” the fat out via bodily functions.

Milk thistle is recommended to aid the liver in cleansing and detoxing.

We coach our clients in “Eating Well to Live Well” and recommend they follow a “Lean, Clean & Green Plan.” Meaning; Lean proteins and good fats, Clean unprocessed whole foods and plenty of green vegetables. The green veggies are high in fiber, great for the liver and lymphatic system and lower sugar levels than some other vegetables.

How long can the results be maintained?

Once you have completed your treatments, we recommend that you get on the scale daily.  If you maintain the same weight and healthy lifestyle, your results will remain indefinitely.

How do you keep your prices so low?

We have multiple machines which affords us the ability to treat more people on a daily basis, thus allowing us to maintain a competitive price.

How many treatments would be most beneficial?

Understanding that everyone is truly unique, 3 treatments is a great place to start.  One of 2 things will occur:

  1. You will achieve enough of a change to “jump-start” your journey,
  2. Or, you will be able to look at the results you have experienced and determine if the time and investment make sense for your specific situation.

Thank you for reading! Let me know if you’ve tried Zerona in the past or you are wanting to try it now!

xx-Tammy

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Small Changes To Detox Your Life

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detox your life

I’m just getting back from a very long, restful vacation to Thailand! I have quite a few pictures and video highlights from my Instagram stories for you to watch. What an insanely beautiful county I was so blessed to visit with my family. If you’re interested in a travel post about that, let me know in the comments below!

Coming back after being gone for half a month, I was able to gain a new perspective on my life, house, and habits. Now I’m going to implement these small changes in my life to detox my daily life, and give me the healthy, stress-free lifestyle I want and deserve.

Detox Plan

  • Journal – I’m in no way a huge journal fan. However, I do have a lovely book I want to write two things (quick and easy) that I’m grateful for every day. No particular time to do this, life is crazy in the mornings with school and kids, but it just needs to be done before I go to bed. What do I hope this will do for me? Well, The Latin root, gratus, implies pleasure or something pleasing. So, to be grateful is to be full of pleasure. A positive attitude is always a good thing!
  • Drink More Water – I know I’ve said and probably you too have said, “I need to drink more water” at least a dozen times in life, but I have a plan now! Lemons!! I love to drink flavored water, so the house will not be without lemons for my water. Working from home, I’m able to have a pitcher of flavored water that I premake in the morning. By the end of the day, the glass pitcher should be empty. Benefits include more energy, skin hydration,(Fewer wrinkles yay!) weight management, headache prevention, boosting the immune system, and more, all from drinking more water!  BONUS: lemon has detox properties for your liver!
  • Clean Out The Hidden Spaces – Having older kids, I do not have to deal with toys exploding all over the house, I did my time! So, my house is relatively tidy most of the time. However, the closets, pantry, drawers, and cabinets drive me crazy if not cleaned out and organized. Usually, this gets a fresh start when you move, but we have been in the same house for 12 years, and they all need some attention! Purging more unneeded items it at the top of my list. Read how to declutter your closet, and you’ll be motivated to do the same!

And that’s it. Starting with those three things, then when they are a part of my daily life I’ll add more.

Do you have any habits you want to commit to for a healthy happier life?



xx – Tammy

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Packing Tips and Hacks

11 Packing Hacks For Smoother Travel

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Packing Hacks

11 Packing Hacks Pinterest ButtonPacking Tips and Hacks

Through the years there have been trips when I didn’t have the time to pack and just tossed everything in a huge suitcase that ended up being overweight, and I would still be missing something!  When I take the time to plan and pack my whole trip goes smoother because I’m prepared. These 11 highly effective packing hacks will help you whether you’re the last-minute over-packer or a detailed carry-on packer.

Also packing a tote with essentials can be a challenge. Read my post here The Ultimate Travel Tote Checklist for more on that!


1. Polaroids

Outfit Planning Tips for Travel

It takes time, but I promise you when you do this your packing all comes together instantly! Either try on the entire outfit, included all accessories or lay it all out on the floor as I have. Then when you get ready for dinner after you have enjoyed skinny margaritas by the pool all day, you just pull out your outfit options and get dressed! I started doing this when the new instant Polaroid cameras came out, but you can use your phone also! Trust me this is a game changer!


2. Cotton Pads For Makeup

Packing Makeup Tips For Travel

I had stopped bringing expensive makeup pallets when I traveled because the powder would crack and break every time! However, I started placing a cotton ball or pad over the powder, and this hasn’t happened since.


3. Power Bar

Pack Power Bar For Electronics

This travel hack is genius! For international travel, toss a power bar into your luggage. You will only need one adapter and be able to plug-in six devices to the bar. Happy kids and parents!


4. Straws for Necklaces

Jewelry Packing Tips For Travel

I love delicate necklaces! However sitting there getting a knot out of it right before dinner while your husband is impatiently waiting is the worst! Feed the chain through the straw and fasten on the end. Use two straws for long necklaces, cut one in half for bracelets. Love this packing hack!


5. Oven Mitt

How To Pack Hair Styling Tools

Ok, you’re getting ready to leave the hotel on a busy morning. You curled your hair because pictures will be a part of your day. Now your curling iron is hot, and it cannot go into the luggage! Wrap a cold, wet washcloth around the hot barrel for a quick cool then stick it into an oven mitt. Oven mitts are built for handling the heat. The mitt above has silicone outside and I just wrapped it completely around the barrel.


6. Roll Your Clothes

Packing Hacks for Extra Storage

You’ve probably heard this before but I do it a little differently. I lay all of my dresses, tops, and jackets on top of each other, then roll them into a single long burrito. Then I place this on one side and bottom of the luggage. For my exercise clothes, I roll those separately or place them in a packing pod.


7. Cosmetic Samples

I’m not crazy about transferring liquid into travel size containers. However, I know the there isn’t anything on Sephora or Nordstroms floor they won’t give you a pretty large sample of. From Tom Ford scents to La Mer foundations, no need to bring the entire container. Start stocking up on samples when your out shopping and you won’t have to grab them last minute before a trip.


8. Plastic Wrap

Packing Hacks For Toiletries

There is always a sunscreen, lotion, or mini shampoo that you pack and pray it will not leak! Just place a piece of plastic wrap over the opening and screw on the lid and you will not have to worry about that. The hack also works with the hormone creams in the twist up dispensers!


9. Straw Hats

Packing Hats in Luggage

A straw hat is a must-have on a sunny vacation! Just turn it upside down, put it close to your rolled up clothes (Hack Number 6) so the brim does not get wrinkled and pack the inside with small soft items. If you have two hats just place one over the other.


10. Beach pouch

Packing Hacks for Travel

Use a cute beach pouch as your bathroom bag. Just unpack it when you get there and you have a usable clutch.


11. Sunglass Cases

Extra Storage Packing Hacks For Travel

I never use the large hard cases that you get with designer sunglasses. They are too bulky for my purses and if I do try, I never get past the first week putting them away into that big case. I like soft cases that I can also clean the lens with. However, they are perfect for your phone cords and chargers!


I would love to hear your packing hack in the comments below!

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The Ultimate Travel Tote Checklist

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The Ultimate Travel Tote Checklist

With summer vacations right around the corner, I’m sharing what I pack in my travel tote! I used to overpack my tote with “ESSENTIALS” however; I did not end up using most of the items I stuffed in there! Then I just had an overpacked bag with no room for things that might (or will be) purchase on my trip. Over the years I’ve pared down and made smarter choices of what I bring with me when I fly. Below is a peek at what I actually carry with me in my travel tote.

Happy Plugs

Earbuds

Love these rose gold earbuds! I tend to obsess about rose gold though 😉

MyTagalongs

Tech Organizing Case

Quartz Print

This case has four pockets and corrals your cords in one padded space so you can stop searching for your headphones, adapter, charges, etc…

 

Visine

Eye Drops

On long flights, my tired red eyes always benefit from extra moisture and a little freshening up!

Fresh

Black Tea Mask

This cream mask is my go-to for keeping my face moisturized during flights. Pat some around your mouth, eyes a couple of times during the flight, and you will arrive with plump, hydrated skin! This jar is a full size, transfer into a small airport approved container, use a contact lens case in a pinch.

L’Occitane

Cuticle Oil

This oil is my favorite treatment during a flight! It smells fantastic but not overpowering! You just brush the yummy oil on, and it soaks into your cuticles right away.

Mac

Makeup Remover Wipes

I have tried alot of makeup wipes but always come back to these from Mac. This pack is a travel size but just put a couple in a small ziplock for your plane ride. Perfect for international travel.

Cuyana

Small Leather Pouch

Cuyana is known for their clean-lined, quality leather pieces you can also have monogrammed. Use this for your travel beauty items to be organized in one place! It can also double as a clutch when you get there. It’s a versatile lifetime piece! Five color options.

I’m on the waiting list for this laptop sleeve I’m obsessed with it!

J Crew

Clear Pouch

I like clear pouches also for items that might leak with the air pressure.  It’s much easier to find that small bobby pin or hair clip your looking for too!

TheRealReal

Louis Vuitton Small Ring Agenda

I LOVE this for travel! Inside I have blank paper for notes on my itinerary and a calendar. It also has three credit card spaces and a slot for your passport that fits perfectly! They are hard to find, but I grabbed one on TheRealReal in perfect condition including a box and fabric pouch!

Palmer

CoCo Butter Lip Moisturizer

Hands down my favorite lip balm!

Sephora

Eye Mask

For international travel put one of this eye sheet mask in your bag to use before you land. They will feel refreshing, and help de-puff your eyes!

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Mophie

Powerstation Charger

I rarely leave the house without this! If you haven’t gotten a Mophie yet, do yourself a huge favor and grab this one today!

xx Tammy

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6 Reasons To Start Pilates Now

6 Reasons To Start Pilates Now 2048 1152 Tammy Caciola

 

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Pilates Reformer Gym at Elite CorePilates Workout With Elite Core

Pilates Is A Game Changer

I didn’t start working out regularly until my 30’s. Back then, workout choices were mainly weights and cardio at a gym, or silver sneakers classes lol! Luckily, now we have endless fitness class options.  When I was introduced to Pilates, I was hooked from the start! I love that Pilates is a whole body workout that tones arms, legs, booty, and core!

Pilates is also perfect for all fitness levels, from serious athletes to fitness novices. Pilates is done on specialized equipment, however, equipment is not required. You can also get amazing results from floor exercises you can do pretty much anywhere!

I’m super excited to have a Q & A with my first Pilates instructor, Liza Ebner owner of Elite Core at the end of this post! She is a certified and published workout instructor and has been teaching for 13 years. Liza practices more of an “athletic style” of Pilates. Scroll down as she explains what that is below!

Pilates Equipment at Elite CoreHere are 6 reasons why I love it and you will too!

  1. Versatility – Changing up your workout regularly to take your muscles out of their comfort zone is a must for your body. Otherwise, you will plateau and change will not continue to happen. The variations on each piece of equipment are endless, as a result, you will never bored and always be challenged!
  2. At Any Age – Pilates is a completely custom workout you can start at any stage in life. Your fitness level isn’t a barrier either. There are springs that you adjust on or off for your custom resistance level. The movements can also be customized. Because of this, if you have a minor injury, you will still benefit from going! Actually, rehab for many injuries can be much faster when practicing Pilates! I tore my MCL snow skiing and was able to come back to Pilates 2 weeks later with modified exercises, and a brace. The targeted exercises helped me stay flexible, and keep the muscles around the injury strong.
  3. Core Strength & Toning – I don’t know about you, but when my abs are flat and toned my whole body looks and feels better! Nothing has ever given me flatter abs than practicing Pilates. My whole body is more toned, lean and strong!
  4. Low Impact – The movements in Pilates are slow, controlled, and in a safe setting. This puts minimal impact on your joints. In addition, the equipment is padded for your comfort.
  5. Flexibility – I’m horrible at taking the time to stretch! However, when I take a Pilates class stretching is incorporated into some of the movements. Then at the end of class, a stretch session on the reformer or cadillac is like heaven, it’s so good! Muscle soreness is also much less because you are stretching throughout the class!
  6. Better Sports Performance – All of your muscles are connected to your core. Strengthening and lengthening your muscles will greatly improve performance in your sport of choice. A qualified teacher can customize your workouts to strengthen your body exactly where you need. Liza from Elite Core Pilates, works with many people in sports, from pro football players to high school baseball players. They know how important a strong core is!

Elite Core Pilates

Liza has a BS in Kinesiology and MS studies in Exercise Physiology with a focus in Sports Nutrition.  She has been personally training in Pilates for 13 years and began teaching 8 years ago, before opening Elite Core in Feb 2016.  Her method of teaching is contemporary with an athletic functional base, with experience training clients from teenage to professional athletes, pre and postnatal moms, fitness enthusiasts and anyone looking for the perfect combination workout of strength and flexibility.  Her workouts have been featured on ESPN’s Sportscenter, published in Men’s Health and highlighted in Sports Illustrated.

Q and A with Liza

Tell about your Athletic Based Method of Pilates.

Elite Core is an Athletic Pilates training studio. My training methods are based on the development of the intrinsic musculature, primarily of the core and back, to support gains in posture, balance, flexibility, stability, and power athletic movements through range of motion, plyometric and cardiovascular enhanced exercises.

What types of classes do you have?

My studio classes feature training on the reformer, chair, cadillac and Pilates spring-board, with combination classes featuring TRX, rebounding, rowing, gliders, weighted body bars, hand and leg weights, stability ball exercises, Pilates boxes, pull up bars and cardio circuit training.  All of my classes feature total body movements and will include an element of cardiovascular work.
I believe in building your strength and flexibility in dynamic and challenging ways. All new clients start in private sessions. This is so can appropriately assess their fitness level and any potential limitations or injuries.

If someone has an injury or limitation are they able to take classes?

Yes. A client with an injury or limitation is cleared through private sessions. They are then able to join group classes. I can make modifications as necessary.

What are some of the most noticeable effects your clients are excited to tell you about after starting a program?

I think the biggest and most common noticeable effect clients feel is the ability to move more efficiently and with purpose.  I have had several clients express feeling more control in their core and balance in sporting activities.  Pilates is an excellent addition to training programs for athletes.   I have had great success with my training of athletes from middle and high school to college and professional athletes.

What type of training do you customize for athletic clients that are playing sports?

My goal with athletic clients is to find areas of their musculature that may be weak or under-active. We then focus our training on strengthening those areas so they can be more effective in their movement.  Typically, athletes use their larger muscle groups during their sport and neglect training the smaller, intrinsic muscles.  When I get them to connect to those smaller muscles, they gain more control over their large muscles, leading to better functional movement in their sport.

How often do you suggest clients take classes to see results?

I recommend 3 times per week when first starting to see faster results.  I have several clients who train 5 days per week, which is ideal for gaining flexibility and strength in a shorter time frame.  For that reason, my workouts are different every day. This avoids getting bored with the classes.  I also spend a large amount of time creating new movements, adding new pieces of equipment or adjusting a traditional Pilates exercise to fit my Elite Core method.

To quote Joseph Pilates himself,  “In 10 sessions, you feel better, 20 sessions you look better, 30 sessions you have a completely new body.”  The change in your body will happen through repetition and more specifically, repetition over a short period of time.

Is Pilates for a pregnant mom to be or new mom?

Yes!  I trained myself (and other clients) throughout my entire pregnancy and have trained several prenatal and postnatal moms.  Pilates is one of the safest and most effective ways to prepare for the birth of your baby.  Building up core strength surrounding the baby (think obliques, upper and mid back), focusing on the pelvic floor muscles in preparation for labor and postnatal recovery, maintaining flexibility and strength in the hips and legs, working on upper body strength (that baby and car seat and diaper bag are a lot to handle!) are all so important to focus on to make sure you have a safe and eas(ier) delivery, as well as a faster recovery postnatal.  I love training my mommies throughout their pregnancy and then having their new babies in the studio to snuggle on.


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Thank you for reading! If you have trouble staying motivated to workout, check out this post to help keep you on track with your workouts.

What do you think about Pilates? Leave a comment below!

xx – Tammy

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