Whole Body Wellness

Happy Friday! To wrap up Erica and I’s Fitness Friday series I am going to be talking about whole body wellness. Be sure to check out Erica’s Blog to see some yummy pre and post workout snacks to fuel your body with goodness while staying fit!


On a fitness journey it can be easy to slip into a state of mind which is focused on the wrong things. It is important to remind yourself that numbers and sizes don’t matter. Whole body wellness matters. This means getting active, exercising, staying fit, eating healthy foods, but also your state of mind. Here are some things I do in order to keep my head clear and be mindful.


  


Reading is something I didn’t start really enjoying until I started doing it for myself, rather than for a school assignment. I have found reading to be something that refreshes my soul and spirit and allows me to relax. My favorite author is Thich Nhat Hanh and his books are amazing especially in regards to spiritual wellness and mindfulness. I highly recommend all of his books.

Coloring is something I did as a child, but stopped. Recently I’ve been loving adult coloring books full of peaceful scenes and mandalas that let your creativity flow and make you focus just on the task of coloring, not all of life’s worries. Not only are adult coloring books super trendy right now, but they are also scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety. Definitely a win for whole body wellness!

Exercise. This is something many people just see as a physical benefit. Although exercising is very important for you physical wellness, it is also crucial in your mental health as well. So get moving!

Take time to listen to the ocean and watch the sun set. With the hustle and bustle of life it can be difficult to take time to be mindful and enjoy the simple things the world has to offer. One of the most therapeutic things for me is to just be at the ocean. Hearing the waves and watching the natural beauty of the ocean always relaxes me and brings me joy. The only thing that can make the ocean any better is watching a sunset over the beach. There are no words for a beautiful sunset over the ocean in Maine. I am so lucky to live in such a beautiful state!

Lastly, put your phone down and go for a walk in the woods! (Preferably not sketchy woods haha) it is so amazing to be out in nature without the distractions of technology. It isn’t necessary to hike a huge mountain to get in touch with nature. Just get outside and walk. This is good exercise and also great for clearing your head, relaxing, and enjoying the beauty of this world.

Different things work for everybody, but these are some of my favorites. It’s important to find what works for you and to remember during your fitness journey to take time to take care of your whole body! Be sure to see what goodies Erica is cooking up! Subscribe, share, and check out all of our social media links to stay up to date! I can’t believe this is the last post of January! See you all next month (;

Beauty Blogger Tag

hey guys! I was recently tagged by my good friend Erica to answer 10 questions about me! I think this is a great idea to help you get to know the blogger behind all these posts a little betters! Let’s go(:

Rules For This Tag

  • Tag the blogger who nominated you
  • Answer the questions you were given
  • Nominate 5 bloggers whose blog is about beauty//fashion//lifestyle 
  • Come up with 10 questions for your nominees 
  • Inform the bloggers you chose that you nominated them 

1. What is your blog about? My blog is about pretty much anything that comes to mind! I love posting outfits, recipes, and lifestyle favorites. I like to keep my posts relevant to what I’m currently doing in life (:

2. Why did you start blogging? I started blogging because seeing other people do it inspired me. I loved what they had to say and the photos and decided to share my thoughts and images with the world too!

3. What’s your favorite form of social media? Definitely Instagram 

4. What’s your favorite item in your closet? Eek such a hard choice! I’d have to go with my Loft leggings because they are thick and warm and can be dressed up or dressed down.

5. What’s your current favorite song? I’ve been loving all of Selena Gomez & Justin Biebers new stuff . . . Embarrassing I know.

6. Who inspires you the most? My momma. She’s just the best at everything!

7. What’s your favorite season? It’s a tie between summer and fall.

8. If you could go any where in the world where would you go and why? Turks and Caicos because the photos make it look too beautiful to be real.

9. What’s your favorite color? Depends on the situation but I’d have to go with pink overall.

10. What’s your favorite quote? “Of this be sure – You do not find the happy life… You make it”

The boosters I nominate:

Morgan Elizabeth 

Paige Healyn

Kaylee

Cherien Cook 

Kayla Maryly

My questions for you-

  1. What’s your favorite accessory?
  2. What’s your go-to nail polish color?
  3. Who inspired you to start blogging?
  4. Where is your favorite place to write your blogposts?
  5. What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
  6. What is your dream vacation?
  7. Do you take your blog pictures before or after you write your post?
  8. What’s your favorite dry shampoo?
  9. What’s your favorite Pandora station?
  10. What motivates you to blog?

Thank you so much Erica for tagging me & for everyone else reading my post(: be sure to head over to my nominees blogs to learn all about them! Happy Wednesday! (:

Fitness Style | Fitness Friday 

Happy Friday!! (: you made it to the weekend! Let’s celebrate by talking Fitness Style with my friend Erica! One of my biggest motivators to workout is to have new workout clothes that are super comfy and make me feel good and confident. Here are my two go-to outfits recently.

   

  

  

 I have been absolutely loving this sweatpants / sports bra combo. I love really sweating when I workout which is why I like wearing sweatpants when I’m exercising, but I love being in a sorts bra because it doesn’t feel constricting and helps keep me cool. Here, I paired my black Calvin Klein sports bra with a pair of color blocked sweatpants from Forever 21. Don’t get me wrong, I adore my LuluLemon workout clothes as you’ll see in my next outfit, but it’s definitely not necessary to spend an arm and a leg on workout clothes! Some of my favorite places to get inexpensive workout clothes have been Forever21 and Old Navy. The quality is really good especially considering the price! 

   

  

 When I’d rather do a more relaxing workout like yoga I prefer to wear more fitted exercise clothes. I love mixing and matching leggings with workout tops whether they are crazy patterned or simple! This top and bottom combo is from LuluLemon and it’s been one of my faves for yoga recently!

Most importantly, wear what is comfortable to you and what makes you feel confident! When you aren’t concerned about adjusting your bra straps or hiking up your pants you will be able to stay focused on your workout. Not to mention, you will feel amazing after you exercise AND wearing clothes that compliment your body! Stay healthy and stay moving! See you next Friday and be sure to check out Erica’s blog to see her fitness style!! (:
Sophia Tatiana 

Healthy & Vegan What I Eat in a Day | FitnessFriday

This Fitness Friday is being brought to you a little late because ….  well . . . life happens (: Keep reading to see what I eat in a day when being health conscience! All of these recipes are vegan, and healthy! Although I am not vegan, I believe that is a very healthy lifestyle and eating vegan and plant based has amazing benefits for your body! Also, be sure to keep an eye on my friend, Erica’s, blog to see how she dresses up her veggies!IMG_6295 (800x533)

First, I always start my day with a big glass of water. I don’t drink coffee or tea, but there’s no need because a big, cold glass of water is extremely hydrating and energizing. This has great health benefits including clearing up your skin and removing toxins from your body. On colder mornings I prefer hot water with fresh lemon. This is a great metabolism booster and tastes so yummy! Now, for the food I went with a whole grain English muffin with all natural peanut butter (this can be replaced with any of your favorite nut butters). Be sure to check the ingredients on your peanut butter because they are often full of sugar and preservatives which are no good and definitely not necessary! I topped it with some cut up bananas, strawberries, and a side of kiwi. I am a major “fruit fly” and always fill up on fruit in the mornings. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so be sure you’re fueling your body with whole foods which are nutrient dense!IMG_6312 (800x533) IMG_6310 (800x533)

For lunch, I absolutely love sushi. However, always buying sushi can get pricey and although making it at home is definitely possible, it is quite a time consuming task. Instead, I prefer making a Chirashi Sushi bowl! This is amazing because it’s all of the ingredients of sushi, but in a salad form! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Sushi rice (this can also be replaced with brown rice or quinoa for a healthier alternative)
  • Seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • Cucumber – chopped
  • Matchstick carrots
  • Avocado – cubed
  • Pickled ginger – chopped
  • Furekike (this is flakes of seaweed and taste amazing on top!!)
For a non vegan alternative you can also add any other sushi fillings such at fish or crab. Cook the rice per the instructions on the bag, season with rice wine vinegar, add and combine all of the ingredients. I top mine with soy sauce or coconut aminos for added flavor. This is amazing because you can make a huge serving of it the day or night before and pack it to go for work or school. Not to mention, so much easier than hand rolling sushi!!!IMG_6298 (800x533)
I like to finish off my day with a hardy meal. I like eating something filling so I don’t wake up in the middle of the night starving. Tonight, I chose to make yummy zucchini noodle pasta (sh don’t tell my Italian relatives!). This is so yummy, simple, and filling. All you’ll need is fresh zucchini (preferably organic since you will be eating the peel), pasta sauce, and a spiralizer. Here’s the one I use. First, wash the zucchini thoroughly, then follow the instructions for your specific spiralizer. While I’m spiralizing my “pasta” I begin the heat my sauce in a pan on the stove. You can use any sauce of your choice, but once again be sure to check the ingredients for bad stuff that they sneak in there such as a ton of extra added sugar. Once that begins to simmer I add my spiralized noodles to the pot. I let this cook for about 3-5 minutes, or until the noodles become tender and heated through. Be sure not to boil your zucchini noodles or they will become mushy. Now eat away! You can add any additional topppings similar to the ones you would add to pasta such as nutritional yeast, or for non-vegan options cheese, meatballs, or other veggies!IMG_6302 (800x533)
After dinner I always have to have dessert. I have the WORST sweet tooth and finding healthy alternatives to the typical, ice cream, candy, or cookies is amazing! Two of my favorites include medjool dates. These are a great alternative to sweets because they like natures caramel. They are sweet and chewy and satiate my sweet craving. To dress them up I like to add some peanut butter. If I’m getting really fancy I pit a few and add them to the food processor with just a splash of water. Once the dates are pulverized I remove them and clean the food processor. Next, I pulverize raw almonds until they are the consistency of rough sand (weird analogy for food I know). I then mold the pulverized dates into a small ball and roll them into the sandy shaped almonds. These are seriously to DIE for. I could eat 10 in a sitting, although I wouldn’t recommend it since dates are high in fiber.
I hope you enjoyed seeing what I eat in a day when eating health conscience, plant based, and vegan! For more inspiration be sure to head over to my Pinterest which is linked to the right to see my yummy food boards! Happy Saturday, see you next week for some fitness style!! (:
Sophia Tatiana

 

My Fitness Routine | Fitness Friday

Welcome back to Fitness Friday with me and Erica Aube! This week we will be showing you guys our fitness routines! After getting motivated last week, now its time to get moving.


First and foremost . . . Find out what works for you!! I met with a personal trainer for the first time ever last month and he really started with the basics and broke things down for me. First we eliminated exercises that I DON’T like. For example, running on the treadmill for an hour. While it’s a great warm up, it’s not the best way for me to get cardio in because I get bored easily. He simple said “so don’t run on the treadmill for an hour”. The first way to get yourself motivated to actually exercise is to do workouts that you like!! My go-to is typically yoga. But, when I’m really feeling ambitious I decide to hit the gym and do some circuit training. This is great for me because I can’t get bored. By doing multiple exercises for a short period of time, but repeating them in a circuit I can get my heart rate up, exercise many different parts of my body, and stay motivated and not bored!

Fitness Routine PIc

First, I start out with a nice light warm up to get my heart rate up and my muscles warm. I typically do 5-15 minutes on the treadmill or elliptical (NOT an hour!! phew…)

Fit rout shoes fit rout lunge Flex fit rout Fit routOnce I’m all warmed up, I begin my circuits. I switch these up each time I workout. It’s good to have a circuit that includes exercises which workout all parts of the body. I try to focus on three circuits of three exercises each. One circuit focusing on cardio, one on lower body, and one on upper body. Pictured are an example of each.

After my workout is complete I ALWAYS end with stretching. It is very important to stretch out once you are done to keep from getting an injury. This will also help people like me who are getting back in the swing of working out from feeling too sore the next couple of days.

It is important to get moving, no matter what way. If you love dancing, skating, jumping on a trampoline, anything at all DO IT! Find what you love and do it, because that is the best way to stay motivated to get fit. I am by no means a professional or a workout guru – just a novice girl trying to get fit. If you want to see a more in depth workout routine and how I do my circuits check out my YouTube channel HERE and my video below!

Be sure to head over to Erica’s blog to check out her workout routine!! Happy January, stay motivated, get moving, and continue working towards a fit and healthy lifestyle with us next Friday (:

Sophia Tatiana

 

 

Let’s Get Motivated! | Fitness Friday

HAPPY NEW YEAR!




For the month of January I am partnering up with my friend, Erica Aube, to help you guys get more fit! Check out her awesome blog HERE (: every Friday for the month of January we will be bringing you one step closer to a fit life on our series Fitness Friday’s.

What better way to kick things off than with ways to get motivated! Starting is the hardest part, so let’s talk strategy to getting and staying motivated.

Here’s what works for me . . .

– Make a schedule – 

By creating a schedule you are being held accountable! Most importantly, by creating a schedule you make it part of your routine. This keeps you from using the excuse of “not having time”. You have plenty of time for things that are a priority in your life. Make fitness and a healthy lifestyle a priority and it will become your routine!

– Shopping –

No, I don’t mean shopping is exercise. I mean go shop, and buy workout clothes. I know for me, having a nice new workout outfit and shoes is such a good motivator. This also helps you feel comfortable and confident in what you’re wearing to workout.

– Do what you love –

This is true in all aspect of life. But especially in getting fit. If you hate running, but force yourself to go running as a workout no wonder you’re never going to want to do it! Find what works for you. There are so many amazing forms of exercise and getting active. For me, my niche is yoga. I love it because it’s relaxing and I don’t feel like doing it is a chore! IMG_3216

– Make a dream board – 

Whether you put magazine cutouts on a cork board, or my personal favorite, create a Pinterest board -make a dream board. Put anything and everything on this board which symbolizes being fit, active, and creating a healthy lifestyle. Fill this with words of motivation, pictures, recipes, anything to get you headed in the right direction.dream

Lastly, JUST DO IT! Nike couldn’t have said it any better. No excuses, just do it. Happiness and health go hand in hand, so get moving, be fit, and make good lifestyle choices! It’s important to remind yourself to create realistic resolutions this new year. Don’t promise to exercise every single day and eat only vegetables for a whole year. Be gentle with yourself and remember fitness and making a lifestyle change is a journey! Make it an enjoyable journey and stay tuned every Friday for the month of January while Erica and I show you our favorite recipes, outfits, and workouts! (:
Sophia Tatiana