Orange Theory: An Impressive Fitness Studio on the Rise


Orange Theory Fitness Not being able to go to CrossFit everyday does have it's advantages -- one of them being that I have more time to try some new classes out. With so many new, boutique style studios popping up everywhere, I am always skeptical of how well they will do. When I heard of Orange Theory a few months ago, I thought it would just be one more. I was refreshingly surprised this weekend when I discovered it was actually just my style! I really had no idea what to expect but the first thing we did was hook up to a heart rate monitor, which was strapped around the chest just by the sports bra elastic area. All names in the class are posted up on a TV screen so you can actually see and monitor your heart rate in real … [Read more...]

Staying Healthy Every Day: 7 Habits to Make Permanent Lifestyle Changes

Yoga poses were a regular practice during injury

*This post is sponsored by Stayfree Ultra Thins I hate diets and quick fixes. I hate "getting in shape for the summer" or "losing weight for a wedding." What I prefer is a lifestyle that sticks. I prefer to live each day in a way that is healthy, respectful of my body and mind, and doesn't require an overhaul every January. I also like to be prepared with things like Stayfree Ultra Thins for when I want to keep up my fitness during that time of the month. I certainly don't always succeed but it's habits that have gotten me to a good place. Our lives are really just a compilation of habits -- good and bad -- when you think about it. Instead of thinking about how you want to lose 10 pounds or drastically change your life, let's … [Read more...]

Good Things Happen When You Run


I've been hibernating. At least it feels like that to me. I don't think I've ever spent so much time sitting on my couch watching TV as I have this winter. Don't get me wrong -- I'm rather productive the hours during and between every episode of "Nashville" and "The Mindy Project," but I had to pull myself out of the winter slump this weekend. Of course I never completely stop working out but things have definitely thinned. And that's fine, but I really needed to get back on my game for sanity's sake. I've had a lot of stressful stuff going on lately and the ice cold weather ain't helping things much. I was reminded this week that you can, actually, still go running outside when it's cold out. I think I'd forgotten. The cold … [Read more...]

Ginger Curry Chicken & Rice


Ginger Curry Chicken and Rice. I sometimes forget how much I like Indian food. It's all about the spice -- or the curry -- and usually it doesn't take much to whip up an delicious Indian dish. That was the case with these uber simple, extra tasty one-pot meal I made this weekend! I ended up coming to it because I was doing a little research on cooking with Mazola Corn Oil. Mazola was kind enough to send me a bottle and provide a few bits of information -- and I had no idea! Here's something you might not know: Mazola Corn Oil is a heart healthier option than many other, high saturated fat alternatives and a study¬†published in the January/February 2015 Journal of Clinical Lipidology shows corn oil significantly reduces … [Read more...]