All posts tagged: balance

Fit Friday: Jump! Jump!

Happy Friday friends! I hope you’ve had a great week so far and have some fun things coming up this weekend. It is my last weekend of in-studio learning for Pilates teacher training, which is kind of unbelievable…it’s gone by so quickly! I’m looking forward to having a little less structure on the weekends and more time to practice teaching and observe classes. I’m thinking of doing a Pilates highlight each week with tips and tricks, what do you think?  I wanted to keep things straight to the point and simple for this fit Friday and I am super excited about this one! Jumping rope has always been a fun way to incorporate cardio into my circuit training or for a quick 10 minute warm up. You may or may not be impressed to know that I won first place in our grade school’s Jump Rope for Heart competition. I was the last one standing out of my entire grade…we can breeze over the fact that I only had 60 kids in my entire grade …

Fit Friday: MSF Raw Mocha Almond Squares

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you are having a great week and are headed into the weekend feeling accomplished or inspired. I have been plugging away at Pilates training and enjoying walking to classes in this summer-like weather we’ve been having. It’s been pretty warm so I haven’t been wanting to put my oven on to bake anything, but that doesn’t mean my chocolate cravings go away! I experimented with some things I had on hand and ended up with squares that were the perfect amount of chocolatey goodness and super simple to make, so I felt the need to share with you! These remind me of a chocolate brownie with a ganache-like consistency and a hint of coffee which gives that caffeine kick I am seriously addicted to. They are rich and luscious enough to feel sinful, but the ingredients are clean and raw and nothing to feel bad about. Win, win! You must try and make these to enjoy pre/post workout or to have when you need a little pick-me-up that feels decadent …

Fit Friday: Dining Out? 4 Simply Fit Rules To Stay On Track

It’s been a total whirlwind this week getting back into the swing of things after being away and catching up on Pilates training and work. I LOVE traveling and crave the inspiration and perspective it gives me but also enjoy coming back to a routine and being productive. All the eating out I was doing while traveling and celebrating with family and friends inspired me to do a little guide to eating out if you’re trying to keep things fit and trim for the upcoming bathing suit season like me. Eating out does not have to be a daunting thing and can be quite manageable if you are equipped with the right tools and information. So here it is, MSF guide to eating out. 4 Simply Fit Rules When Dining Out Plan ahead-if you know where you’re going ahead of time GREAT! This gives you some information on the menu and what is offered there. Skim the menu online or while you’re waiting to be seated so you can prepare yourself mentally and choose something …

Fit Friday: MSF Peanut Butter Eggs

This weekend we are going to be home on the east coast with my side of the family. Easter was big in our house growing up and I have fond memories of Easter egg hunts, bunny-shaped goodies and the thoughtful Easter baskets Mom put together for us. One thing we could not get enough of in our house (my brothers especially) were the Reese’s peanut butter eggs that are only around this time of year. There is something about them shaped into an egg that just makes them taste different. Am I right? Once I began to get more into health and wellness, checking the ingredient lists of foods, I stopped eating treats like this because to be honest it was pretty scary what was in them (almost nothing real!). I decided a few years ago to have a go at re-creating these nostalgic treats because like us, my husband was a big fan growing up and we happened to be having a small west coast Easter that year. Having some peanut butter eggs would …

Motivation Monday: SELF less CARE

I’m not sure where along the way it became perceived as selfish, but the mere thought of doing something for yourself seems hard to justify. Why is that? I wrote an earlier post on balance and how important it is for your overall health. In fact, the whole mantra of MSF is all about the connection between mind, body, and spirit for health. Not just taking care of your physical well being but your spiritual and mental health because it all connects…neglect one and the rest suffers. I view self care as not only selfless, but something that is necessary and we must make time for. You can think of it this way, when you’re in an airplane what is one of the first things the flight attendant goes over? Make sure you place your safety mask on yourself before others because you’re no help if you’re passed out. Something similar happens if we neglect our own self care. We become useless to others if we are overtired, sick or run down. Just like a yard …

Wellness Wednesday: The Incredible Edible…

One thing that has frustrated me about the health and wellness industry is the back and forth claims that seem to change with the season. Dairy is bad, dairy is good, fat is bad, fat is good, go grain-free, be sure to get your grains! It can be exhausting trying to keep up and is one of the reasons I decided to start this blog. Weeding through the trends, finding the research and relaying it back in a simple way has always been my goal with MSF. One of the controversial topics that I’ve personally struggled with is the debate on eggs. Through my own health journey there were times I was eating only egg replacements, flax eggs, egg whites, 2-3 whole eggs a day, it was confusing to decide what I “should” be doing. I’d like to lay it all out and cover what we do know about eggs, so you can make an informed decision for yourself and decides what best for YOU. What do we know for sure about eggs? For one, the …

How to achieve happiness; Balance: the holy grail to happy

Why is it so hard to answer “happy” when asked by others how you are? It is human nature to look for things to complain about or find imperfections with because the state of happiness we read or hear about seems unattainable. When others are portrayed as “happy” what is the immediate reaction you feel? If we were to be honest I would venture to say most would find something about that happy person annoying or assume the person’s happiness is not authentic. Why is it so difficult to believe someone can truly be happy? I believe happiness is such a phenomenon because it is rare to obtain or hold on to. There are so many modern day stressors that we are hardwired to believe happiness is only attainable through wealth and ideal attractiveness. We are always reaching for the unattainable end goal of getting to that magic weight, making the last credit card payment, receiving that promotion or finding the perfect partner/home/job. I say unattainable because once we reach one of these goals, we seem to make more for ourselves with …