Monday, January 26, 2015

25 Days Late

Now that it's almost February, do you want to hear about my goals for the New Year? Sure you do.

I actually made January intentions which seemed a little less rigid than big, bad New Year's Resolutions. I read the book Habit Stacking on my Kindle on the way to Mauritius (it is $2.99 - treat yo'self) and it had some impressive insights. The idea is that doing a bunch of tiny adjustments can have a big impact. Things like having a big glass of water right when you wake up, or making a commitment to do a single push up every day eventually catch on and lead to more significant changes.

Building on that idea, I decided to make some obtainable goals for January in a couple aspects of my life with the intention that they would lead to bigger and better changes throughout the year.

Mind: Do my Lumosity every day.

Have you guys tried this? I have been doing it ad hoc for the last two years and I really enjoy it. Just like the rest of your body, the brain deserves a daily workout to stay on its A-game.

Some of the games I enjoy more than others, but it generally feels like fun. A complete workout (5 games) takes about 10 minutes and I can do it on my personal laptop, my work laptop, or my ipad, so regardless of where I am, it is convenient to fit into my day. Thus far, I have been pretty good and only missed one day.




Nutrition:  Cut out alcohol for 30 days.


December was a lot of drinking. Between holiday parties, traveling, and my vacation in Mauritius, I was one lush lady. On the way home from Mauritius, I was a couple glasses deep into ice cold Veuve and simply decided the next 30 days would booze-free. I don't see it as a challenge, I don't see it as a sacrifice, it is just simply something I want to do.


The only awkward thing about not drinking socially is the suspicious eyes at my club soda with lime. Apparently when you are my age and married, refraining from a glass of wine means you are pregnant.

Fitness: Aim for 10-12k steps a day with my Fitbit.

Walking is so freaking easy. I know that to hit those numbers during the week, I need to something besides my normal commute to work. This means I either plan a fitness class or get my butt downstairs to the fitness center in my building to watch TV on my ipad while walking on the treadmill or spacing out on the elliptical. Easy, right?


Are you my friend on Fitbit? You should be. Add me here.


Spirituality: Complete The Magic again. This book is a 28-day gratitude program. The first time I did it was after my first trip to Mauritius in January of 2013. The book found me in a creepy-awesome-meant-to-be manner and it was truly life-changing. The foundation of the program is starting the day by writing 10 things you are grateful for and why,  and ending your day by holding a gratitude rock and reflecting on the BEST thing about each day. This practice has been transformational for me and I do it year round periodically, but I doing it in sequential 28 days is very powerful and has started my year off with amazing energy.


The foundation of the program is starting the day by writing 10 things you are grateful for and why, and ending your day by holding a gratitude rock and reflecting on the BEST thing about each day. This practice has been transformational for me and I do it year round periodically, but I doing it in sequential 28 days is very powerful and has started my year off with amazing energy.


With my mornings starting off with gratitude, some Lumosity, and maybe a light sweat, I feel pretty unstoppable by the time I leave my house to take on the day.

January has been pretty fantastic. I'm excited for the year ahead.  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Athleta is coming to Chicago and YOU are invited!

If you live in Chicago, this is good news. Your workout getup is about to get a whole lot cuter.



Athleta is coming to Oak Street and they are opening their doors with an exclusive bash. There are a limited number of FREE VIP tickets to the opening available HERE. Come see the latest and greatest Spring Collection while enjoying DJ beats, sips, eats, and exclusive giveaways. I highly recommend you brave the cold and get your butt over there. 

When: Friday, January 30th, 6-8PM at Athleta on 101 E. Oak Street in Chicago

Personally, I never buy workout clothes online because I find them to be better evaluated in person. Going into a store, feeling the fabric, getting a glimpse at the features (thumbholes, build in bra, etc) and trying on workout clothes is a must for me to make a decision. I cannot wait to walk through the bright new shiny store and deck myself out with something I am excited to wear for a workout! 




Not only do they have functional workout gear, but they also have plenty of items that I classify in my head as "cozy time".  This is the grey area between real clothes and workout clothes that you reach for the moment you get home or wake up on a Sunday morning.

My "cozy time" favorites?

This perfectly oversized sweater with a hint of shimmer (sale alert!)

This lightweight down vest (I love this for traveling because it packs so small)

These simple black leggings that effortlessly transition from sneakers to boots so I can pretend I'm wearing real clothes.


Who's going? (I hope you are raising your hand or already in another browser window signing up)

What do you call your cozy clothing? Casual wear? Loungewear?