There are many words/phrases this summer that have been my mantra and I have to say that as I get closer to NYFW as crazy of a time as it is, there is also a lot of reflection there too! Paul always reminds me about what is in my 360 which means that there are a lot of things that we participate in but not all of it is what makes us who we are and what we want to be. When we're looking at our long and term short goals, it's easy to get stuck into the minutia and miss out on what's important. The same can be said for fitness. Over the past month, I've been toning up (which is always good as my goal was not to lose weight per se), making healthier food choices (thanks to the amazing deliveries via Fresh Diet) and also looking at what it all means. I am a person that runs at 500% and even on a bad day, it's abotu 300%. My end result goals are always the same but the things that I must do in the middle have been altered. With many of the placements, opportunities etc that have come my way it makes me re-evaluate things and also see myself in relation to them with fresh eyes.
The same, I think can be said in terms of fitness. I don't believe in obsessing (although I do obsess on accessories) but I feel that we also have to see ourselves as we are which means setting realistic goals in our fitness and when we make positive changes to see ourselves in that new light. With Fashion Week madness and pre-holiday madness upon us, I hear people mention their achievements but not really embrace it - thus the hard work seems a bit lackluster. Today's post is about being healthy mind, body and soul and being able to enjoy your accomplishments in all that you do. Being on HSN this past week for yet another series of visits, I felt in the zone, happy with accomplishments that I had made going into this visit, knowing of others that would be released this week and I loved how I looked. That is the true measure of success - where you feel you sit in the midst of the positive goodies!
I have been on Fresh Diet for about 2 weeks now and this wasn't done as a means to lose weight per se but to be able to focus on working out and to have no excuse in terms of having well balanced meals to eat. Generally, I skip breakfast (I know huge no no), have a small lunch and then I chow down for dinner. It's been my habit for years and with all the events that I go to - it's tough to eat regular meals as well as to find the time to make something or order something. Enter Fresh Diet!
Now I have been asked what do meals look like as you've seen me tweeting about some of my fave meals including Curried Egg Salad on pita, Beef Thai Salad and various fish dishes (via tweeting with the brand yesterday @FreshDiet, I was told that they are having a cookbook that will come out either late this fall or early winter - yum! Each night a package is on my door and they are nicely packed within a little tote with ice packs. You have a nice breakfast, lunch, dinner and depending on your choices - two snacks or a snack and a dessert! Now I can run home in the middle of the day to grab a meal or when I'm typing away, I can nibble on a super healthy snack. It's quick, easy and it's doable whether I'm rocking my gym clothes, loungewear or dressed to head out. Plus regardless of whether I'm rocking a fab boho style or just running around - one thing is off my mind, "what am I going to eat"?
Yes it's still the summer but like my wardrobe that is for being out and about, my workout gear also transitions as well! I am a huge fan of rocking black and grey when exercising and many times when I am doing a class, I love to layer it up as well. There's nothing cuter than cropped yoga pants which are from Fila and are all about performance. Include a simple tank like this one from Splendid and a cute cropped terry tee by Stella McCartney and you're ready for the fitness runway as well as looking fab! Pop on your Ryka sneakers and to pull your hair back, Forever 21 has a great scarf with just a bit of color. Grab your Adidas bag which also allows you to run around right after to whatever the day may take you. Keep it fresh by putting The Body Shop's gentle facial cleansing wipes. As you guys know, we're getting closer and closer to NYFW so I also pop in one of my super nutritious snacks from Fresh Diet so that I can snack in a healthy way!
As I mentioned last week, it's all about staying healthy on Kitten Lounge whether it's for a designated event or your lifelong process. Each Fri, you're going to find fab ways to get styled to look fab but to dress appropriately at the gym. Right now, my obsession is workout leggings! Not only are they comfy but it pulls together your look in such a great way! Stella McCartney's yoga stretch jersey pants are definitely a must! I've been wearing these pants this week during my workouts. I love tanks and once again this Nike tank has that great fashionable look while also being suitable for hitting the machines. Complete the look by this brands' hoodie - especially when the weather begins to turn. I love Puma's and this is a cute look. I love sporting grey and black and although I pair down my jewelry when I work out, I don't exercise without at least a little bling. I'm loving Emily Armenta's ring which is definitely something you'll notice when you're on the elliptical.
Earlier this week, I've been tweeting out about Fresh Diet. No I'm not looking to lose a lot of weight as I'm a size 2 but I do believe that it's important to stay toned. As you know, I'm always traveling for work, running to events and attending brand meetings for collaborations. This means I'm grabbing food on the go or I'm so tired when I get home that I may not be making the most healthy choices (or falling asleep out of pure exhaustion). Whether you're like is super crazy or you feel that you need portion control, Fresh Diet is a customizable meal plan that creates order out of your culinary life. First you select how long your plan will be for (mine is a month), how many calories you wish to eat (I picked 1100 - 1200) and then comes the fun part. Go to your pantry and select the items that you don't like by food category. This will help you when you start selecting your daily meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack and dessert - if you opt out of dessert you can have another snack or appetizer) as it will alert you when an ingredient you don't like is included within an item you selected. For every meal, you choose between a small selection of items and each day, you get a new series of items to choose from! Once you select, you wait for your meal to arrive which is at your door (or in my case doorman). When you've completed your meal, you can place your bag outside and they swap it - no intrusion, no worries about waiting around for the delivery and all the heating instructions are included on your handy dandy menu. I'm a huge fan and have had such a fab selection and I love that a rep reaches out to ask how everything is going. If you need to halt a delivery, everything can be managed within your account online - easy! It's definitely worth checking out and I love that they are sponsoring us in our #KLFitness as we tone up for Fashion Week.
If you've been following tweets from @Cocoabebe and/or @KittenLounge, you know that we're taking Fridays and focusing on Fitness. Now this is not a foreign topic on Kitten Lounge as we have had a few times where we have talked about it on the site. But I think that just like I talk about the importance of looking amazing with accessories, it's so important to know that having fitness as apart of your life is essential. Now interestingly enough, I received a tweet asking why I want to lose weight - well it's not a weight issue per se. It's important to know that we should always be healthy whether you exercise a couple times a week or you do it more than that. A good focus on fitness is healthy so that you can have increased energy and just have appropriate fitness!
I am so excited that Fresh Diet is partnering with Kitten Lounge in a fun 31 day program! Starting on Aug 9th I will introduce you to a brand that allows you to decide the amount of calories you'd like to have each week, what it is that you would like to eat (3 regular meals and 2 snacks) and it is delivered to your home. Now many do use this to maintain their weight which is great and at the same time, I love the ease in knowing that I don't have to wonder what I will be eating and the items are already prepared. So throughout the week you will see me tweeting about @FreshDiet and what the meals are and how cute the deliveries look like. Then on Fridays, you'll get recaps of my fave meals, what workout routines that I have been doing and of course what I have been rocking (there are some super cute looks that you should rock when you're working out.
I am so excited that Reebok decided to outfit myself and my team in cute gear from footwear to apparel. I think anything that you wish to tackle should be done in a fabulous way! Follow our hashtag #KLFitness to hear what we're up to as we kick off on Aug 9th! With Fashion Week being around the corner, my focus right now is to do some toning up and after we leave Fashion Week, you can still come here each Friday to see what classes we're taking as well as tips from some of my fave celebrity trainers that I'm happy to call my friends. We'll also let you know about some of my fave snacks that are super quick to make but give you tons of energy! I hope you're as excited as I am about this installment coming to Kitten Lounge permanently! Once again, we're super excited that our sponsors Fresh Direct and Reebok are helping us launch our new segment!
There's something in the air! I love the fact that I have been able to try a number of items that are good for your body and overall health! As always, the links within the spread can be clicked on. In the spring, I introduced you to Functionalab which allows you to take various supplements that are targeted to your general health and of course specific areas that are of interest to you. I love that they have a concierge service that allows you to always have a beauty consultant that you can talk to! Right after I came off of my month long Functionalab #02, I went on to Glowelle which is a beauty supplement that allows you to have your beauty powder put right into your drink. I love that I can drink this and run around town! Votre Vu is a beauty brand that has created Snapdragon which has various healthy vitamins included within a beauty mix; however, you have to drink this within 7 days or so and it definitely has to be refrigerated as well! Fresh Diet is an amazing food delivery service where you can plan out your meals iunin advance to come to your home or wherever you are! The meals include a breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack and dessert. Not only is this a perfect way to maintain or lose weight but it's nice to have fresh ingredients and meals that have your friends asking you how did you come up with such an assortment of foods! Finally, one of my favorite items has been Matcha Source! I love that this green tea can be a latte, used within a sauce or even used as a frosting as well. With so many nutrients that are found within matcha, you'll want to incorporate this within your daily routine. Take some time to check out many of these great supplement alternatives!
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