Fitness

WEDDING DIET DETOX

Over the last year, I’ve worked really hard to change my lifestyle. Life’s about balance and I’m all for it. To me, being healthy isn’t about intense diets or quick fixes. It’s about the small steps that wind up making a big difference. I’m also naturally petite and for most of my life, I haven’t really thought about what’s good for my health. I’m lucky to have a quick metabolism, but hey, we’re all the same on the inside, right?

Enter Shawn. He’s a big book guy, a big guitar guy, a big hair guy – but, surprise, surprise. He’s also a big multivitamin guy. I wasn’t really into it at first, but now I take a Centrum multivitamin every morning – it helps support my health goals.

I’m really trying to stick to a routine – having a multivitamin each day, eating healthy and getting regular exercise. I guess you could say I have a little more motivation now. Shawn and I haven’t set a wedding date just yet, but we’ve been bouncing around ideas and it’s in our cards for the near future. Recently, a lot of my friends have gotten married and as much as a bride wants to look her best, it’s just as important that she FEELS her best. Sign me up.

On top of taking a multivitamin daily, I’ve been eating very healthy. I try and have four meals a day and they usually consist of egg whites, toast with almond butter, fruit, chicken salad, chicken tacos, protein shakes and lots of veggies. I eat as much raw sushi as I can (and stay away from the sodium packed soy sauce). I also eat a lot of salmon and I try not to eat carbs too late in the evening. Oh, yes. I also have wine a few times a week. Wine and dark chocolate are my guilty pleasures and then at least once a week I will eat a cheat meal – a big bacon cheeseburger, pancakes, waffles or a big bowl of pasta. Remember that thing I said about balance? I live by it.

But what’s a healthy lifestyle without exercise?! It helps that my fiancé and a close girlfriend are trainers. Erin Oprea is a good friend from Nashville and has been helping me maintain a healthy lifestyle (and really kicking my butt!). She also trains Carrie Underwood, Jana Kramer and Kelsie Ballerini. I work out four times a week with either Erin or Shawn – and if I want to shake it up, I do a spin class. I’m also kind of hooked on my FitBit. Usually, I try and reach 10k steps per day #goals.

I know it won’t be long until I’m in a white dress, so I’m taking my lifestyle choices pretty seriously. It’s not just to look good, but it’s to feel amazing when I walk down that aisle.

Love,

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NamaSTAYING Fit

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With all of the commotion going on in the past few months, it’s been really important for me to keep my body AND mind in shape. New fitness routines have been my saving grace, and recently I’ve gotten into Yoga, which has been pretty fun since I have a strong dance background. Someone once told me that they strongly believed that people who do yoga are more kind. I believe this is because you are working on connecting with yourself and continuously reaching for self-improvement which tends to build confidence.

I’ve been travelling A LOT lately, and that really takes a toll on the ‘ol system, so Yoga has been a super effective way to keep myself in shape while also giving my head a little break and as tacky as it sounds, keep me grounded. It’s become much needed me time that keeps me energized, refreshed and ready to tackle those wedding plans!

If you don’t have a full hour to dedicate to yoga, take 10 – 15 minutes after your work out to do the classic yoga poses to stretch your muscles. I promise that you won’t be as sore the next day and it is the perfect transition between a good work out and the next part of your day! Ladies, think lean and tone. The more you stretch, the leaner you will be!

When it comes to namastaying fit (see what I did there?), I pretty much live in these yoga pants. In my previous fitness post a lot of people asked me where I got these from, they’re Lululemon (Go Canada!). These ones are special to me because Shawn bought them for me as a birthday present, and he’s quite pleased with himself that everyone likes them as much as he does. He actually said that ever since he’s given them to me, I haven’t taken them off… so I’m not kidding when I say I literally live in these puppies.

Yogatta get yourself a good pair, trust me on that one (I’m on fire with these puns today).

Love,

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Total Body Workout

A lot of people have been asking me about my workout routine. I’ve always enjoyed being active, but I’m working on strengthening the good ol’ pipes. With Shawn being in such good shape AND a personal trainer, I’m feeling a bit more motivated to get the ball rolling with a fitness routine that I’ll stick to.

Well…I’ve found it!

Have to give a huge shout-out to Aaron from MOVEMENT108, who gave me a quick, super effective routine to help me feel stronger and leaner in as little amount of time as possible. Definitely had me feeling ready for when I FINALLY got to see Shawn again.

Check out my moves and try ‘em out for yourself! The best part is that you can do this anywhere.

xoxo

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