Friday, January 18, 2019

January 2019 Favorite Things

We are a few weeks into the New Year and I'm excited for all of the things to come. New Orleans was fabulous- better than I could have ever imagined. I could not have asked for a better New Year's/anniversary/holiday/getaway trip! 

But it's back to the real world. And blogging. I'm switching things up. As I've gotten older, I've been less into oversharing and providing the world with every detail of my life. So Life's Better In Yoga Pants is going to focus more on my fitness again, food, and apparently skincare (my new obsession). 

[YIKES! This is what happens when you eat and drink and don't work out for 2 weeks]

This year's biggest fitness goal is Chicago and crushing it. I've been out of the running game-physically and mentally for quite some time and I just know 2019 is my year for many things, including this race. To prepare, I've got to lose a lot of weight and get my fitness back on track. How am I doing that? The Flywheel 15 classes in 30 day challenge of course! I'm ready to whip this booty back in shape. 

Once the challenge is over, I plan on getting 4 or 5 pack classes at Flywheel and Mile High Run Club and supplementing with outside running, the Peloton app and classes at my co-working space, Live Primary. I'm confident I can be ready for training to start in May! 

[Easy lunch from SkinnyTaste: Hard boiled eggs, chick peas, red onion and parsley tossed with olive oil and apple cider vinegar]

It's no secret the food aids in weight loss and this year, burritos officially took over my life. A minor hiccup but I'm back to eating normal, lots of greens, veggies, healthy fats, whole grains, etc. Homemade burritos are now on the menu, often of course, so are overnight oats, fruits, healthy muffins, etc. It's been just a week and I've felt pretty damn good! 

[Photo Credit: Sunday Riley]

Lastly, I've been obsessed with my skincare routine lately. Ahava, Sunday Riley and Peter Thomas Roth have somehow become my go-to's. I don't wear a lot of makeup, so attempting to reduce aging, stay hydrated and acne-free has become my [very expensive] thing. 

The routine? 

[Photo Credit: Ahava]

Morning: Wash face with Peter Thomas Roth, body with Ahava, and moisturize body with Ahava (or the new lotion that popped up in the shower). For the face specifically it's ROC Eye Cream, currently Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench serum, then either Peter Thomas Roth regular moisturizer or Water Drench, or Ahava face moisturizer. 

[Photo Credit: Peter Thomas Roth]

Nighttime: Second shower post-workout I usually use Clean&Clear Acne Face Wash or Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench, and the Ahava bar soap. Sometime I do the Ahava clay face mask or use the exfoliator. Afterwards, it's usually Sunday Riley Good Genes before bed. 

On deck is a recap of  a wellness event where I tried my first vitamin IV!


Thursday, January 10, 2019

PR Intern Diaries: Meet Ramsha

Happy New Year! I hope everyone is ready for a great 2019. I'm working on a new post however wanted to introduce you to Lynette Nicole PR's winter intern, Ramsha! 

Hello everyone! My name is Ramsha Khan and I am Lynette’s intern for the 2019 winter-spring semester. I am a senior at the University of Connecticut, majoring in communication with a focus in public relations and a minor in information technology. This is my second internship in the public relations industry but the first internship in the health and wellness sector.

One of the things that I learned about public relations this week is that it is important to ask questions. It seems like such a basic concept, but I had this realization this week after a rough day. It seemed like everything that I did was going wrong and it was pretty disheartening. I apologize to Lynette and she just gave me a smile and said, “It’s alright. It happens”. As I left to go home, I realized that this is an internship. I am an intern. I cannot be expected to know everything. Therefore, I need to ask questions. It would be a disservice to myself if I don’t, because these next few months are going to be a learning experience.

One of the things that I learned about health and wellness is how innovation the consumer aspect of it is. One of the assignments that I had to complete this week was researching the stories and editors that covered the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show. There are so many technical innovations from new high tech new infusers to and app that can check your blood pressure.  

What I am most looking forward to learning during my time a Lynette Nicole PR, is just becoming media savvy. I had the opportunity to draft a pitch for an editor and it’s only my fourth day here! I am already on the right path. Hopefully, by the end of my time here I will have forged a media relationship or two that will help me further my career.


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Gift Guide + Something Delicious

Happy Holidays! I know you've noticed I never poster a Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Half and 5K recap and it's because there isn't anything worth writing about. The 5K was a lovely evening but I can't say the same for the next day. Overall, I'm regularly taking classes at Mile High Run Club and Swerve, and doing Pilates, to get ready for 2019. I'm really hoping this is the year!

Ps. I started writing this a week ago and am so excited that I got into the Chicago Marathon for 2019 this morning! 

I wanted to share a few things that I think the fitness enthusiast in your life will love for the holidays this year! 

GO Girl Designs
Since I've started going back to fitness classes, I've had to remember to bring hair ties with me. GO Girl Designs makes bracelets that double as convenient hair tie holders so you always know where one is. Wearing a hair band around your wrist can be painful and it's been said that can even lead to infections. 

I toss my GO Girl in my purse so I always know when I grab it, there's a hair tie on it. Since it's the size of a bracelet, it's easy to find. GO Girl is avaialble in a variety of chic colors and designs. 

Through December 24, 2018,  if you use the code “GIFTS” at checkout, you'll receive 50% off of your purchase! Prices start at $20.

The Original Worm
The Worm played a big role in my recovery from my stress fracture and sprain. Developed by athlete Karen Atkins, The Original Worm is a portable body and muscle massage roller with a unique “worm-like” design that can easily mold to any individual’s body contours to provide support and comfort. It combines the benefits of therapy balls and a foam roller to relieve stiffness, pain, and stress in muscles and joints. 

I spent so much time rolling my foot out with this! I highly recommend investing in one, especially for travel. It can also be used on your neck, back, legs, etc. 

Prices start at $24.00

YQ Yoplait
The last thing, while probably not a gift, is YQ Yoplait. I was pitched this while I was training for Las Vegas and who doesn't need fuel, especially yogurt? Because I'm mindful of sugar, I requested the plain version, no added flavor or sugars. Usually, that can be hit or miss but this was a hit! 

Aside from the cute packaging, the plain variety featured 17g of protein and 1g of sugar. It's just milk and cultures as the website says. 

If you've got the NYC Half or Boston on deck, I'd add this into your nutrition rotation!

For the first time I am trying CBD products so stay tuned for my thoughts on that! 


Monday, October 8, 2018

Those First Post-Injury Miles

As soon as the doctor cleared me last Monday to run, spin, hike, etc, I could not wait until Friday. It wasn't for the weekend, it was because it was going to be my first day to run! 

I was nervous the entire week. I had Pilates classes scheduled at Pilates on Fifth for Mon-Thurs so I made sure to really pay attention to what my body was saying. It was the first week I did all of my shoulder bridges and put any type of pressure on my foot. HELLO GLUTES! One of the things I was really being mindful of while at Pilates was putting pressure on my entire foot and keeping it flat. No going over to sides. 

Friday was a work from home day and it was beautiful out. As soon as I got home in the morning, I giddily put my running gear on- the laundry would have to wait. I answered a few early emails then prepped myself for this run. 

Since I dropped my marathon and will only be doing the half  (ps. I'm insanely bitter and sad about this), I knew I had flexibility with mileage. The doctor said to try one or two miles to start out with. I didn't map my route and I didn't wear a watch. This was a fun run and damn was it fun. I looked like a freak smiling the whole time but it felt amazing to be back out on the road.

I ran up a few small hills but otherwise steered clear of any major inclines. 

Once I got back to my avenue I felt like familiar oww in my foot and just stopped because why push it? I was also only 2 streets away from home so I felt accomplished. According to Apple health, I ran about 2.5 miles! I was excited to see that number, since I thought I was only going to hit about 1.5. 

I went home and stretched and rolled my foot out on my worm (actual review to come soon!). 

On Saturday, we went upstate and did some walking. We misread the weather and the hiking trail we like is a lot of rocks and steeps so we didn't want to chance it being it was so wet out. We found a Harvest Festival in Peekskill instead and walked to the brewery we enjoy. Overall my foot felt fine the entire day.

Sunday morning I woke up early to return the rental car. They gave me a Tahoe and it was gigantic so I didn't want to return it the night before in the dark and with a million cars around. I ran to the car, then back from the rental place. Again, feeling amazing! 

Today is going to be the bigger test- 3 miles in Central Park with hills and people whizzing by me. The goal is to enjoy the run, keep the slow pace and stop if things start hurting. I have a long ways to go before I can prepare to PR again but for now, I'm happy to be back, working on getting in shape, stronger and losing this injury weight.