Flywheel: Flying up to new heights

Hey Fashionistas,

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**Disclaimer: Unfortunately, I didn’t take many photos for this blog since I was too excited and forgot 😦

I took my very first cycling class yesterday!! I’ve never gone cycling before but I’ve heard amazing things about it especially from one of my really good friends, Sarah Gaines of Fit University. She’s a certified cycling instructor! So when I went yesterday, I was thrilled to finally give it a try!

When I arrived, everyone working there was super friendly and let me tell you, the place so clean! Now I’m not sure if all cycling places offer these but at Flywheel, they had free water, apples, and clean towels. It didn’t have that gym smell or yucky air you feel when you walk into a gym or a class. I was immediately pleased with the aesthetics.

Cycling itself was really fun! I got a full body work out and was thoroughly pleased with how I felt afterwards. I’m going to be honest though, it was pretty tough for the first time. When I started “walking” aka biking but standing up, it was a huge adjustment. You had to keep to the tempo but at the same time keep up your pace. I might have almost tripped or felt my hip almost pop out because I picked up my speed to catch up with everyone.

My favorite part of the class was when I was reminded of how awesome and amazing my body is. These past two weeks since Lent has started has really taken a hit on my eating disorder thoughts. I gave up **social media for Lent, which means I’ve had a lot of quiet time lately…which leads to have a lot of time to think – one of those thoughts being my eating disorder. In the middle of the class, I saw myself in the mirror and saw this strong women who was having fun and smiling even though I was exhausted from constantly moving my legs. I felt beautiful, sexy (one word I’ve never ever used on myself before) in the nicest and non-objective way possible, and confident for the first time in a while. I literally felt like I was FLYING!

So what are my final thoughts? Absolutely amazing!
Would I go to another class? Most definitely, though probably not too many times since it is a bit on the pricey side.
Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes, I would. It’s fun and exhilarating!

Of course, right after class Rachel and I went straight to Candle Cafe, a vegan place a couple blocks down, to refuel our body with yummy food!

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Sweaty and starving

Best vegan lasagna ever ❤

Xoxo,

Chrissie Carly

**I gave up social media for Lent so when I need to post blog related things, my sister Erica does it for me!

Surviving the holidays during Eating Disorder recovery

“You’re going to be fine”

This seems to be the motto I’ve been telling myself every day for the past month and a half. (Yes, for me the holidays and festivities start the week of Thanksgiving)  As much as I love the Christmas season and spending time with my wonderful family and friends, I can’t help but constantly think of the food that awaits for me.

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Now I totally understand the importance of food and eating moderately, but as a girl who unfortunately, often falls back into her ED habits, food can be the enemy sometimes. Going out with friends for dinner and drinks is so much fun but in the back of mind as much as I hate to admit it, that voice is still whispering “Do you really think you should eat that? Did you burn off enough calories at the gym today to consume all of that?”

Moments like these, what do I do? Back when I had my eating disorder, I would of course stop eating and immediately start giving excuses on why I’m not eating. During the beginning stages of my recovery, anxiety would flood my mind and I would have a full on panic attack trying to fight the ED thoughts before trying to pick up the fork to eat again. This holiday season, surprisingly, has been a lot better. I still get anxiety but it is a lot easier to tell myself to not to be afraid of food. To know that I’ll be ok if I eat that yummy slice of pumpkin pie. I’ll be fine if I eat the cheesy lasagna square. I’ll be fine if I go out and celebrate with drinks and dinner with my friends.

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So with Christmas arriving tomorrow, ED thoughts are bound to pop up. What am I going to do? Focus on something else. Now I’m not saying to ignore those thought because from personal experience, ignoring them will eventually explode into another anxiety attack. So go ahead and acknowledge it, but don’t let it stop you from enjoying the holiday festivities. Focus on the time spent with family. Focus on the laughter and joy that Christmas brings. Focus on the beauty that Jesus Christ is born and the love that comes with it. Most importantly, I’m going to focus and appreciate that this is another year that I’m an ED survivor and nothing is going to take that away from me.

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Love yourself this holiday season. Share that love with someone you know that might need it. Christmas is all about joy and love and that all starts with you and loving your body ❤️

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Smile through the darkness and love your mind, body, and soul ❤

Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista Thoughts:

What’s one thing you love about yourself?

What’s something you are looking forward to this Christmas?

November Shopping Haul

Hey Fashionistas,

Soo…we’re two weeks into December, so I do apologize for this late late post. (I kinda had writer’s block for a while).

But….let’s talk about shopping sprees and retail therapy! With the seasons changing, of course, I went and did some winter shopping! With Veterans Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday sales, how could I not go shopping??

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Cold Gear Long Sleeve Shirts – Under Armour

Baby It’s Cold Outside….when you’re running in the winter at 8am on Saturday morning. So, I stay warm in these cold gear running long sleeve shirts

Banana Republic Print Full Skirt

This classic red print skirt is literally perfect for my favorite holiday that is just around the corner – Christmas!! ❤

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Black Leather Jacket

One staple item in any wardrobe is the classic black leather jacket. Now I didn’t buy this jacket in November, but I did wear it for the first time this month and it was just too cute to not talk about it!

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Alex and Ani bracelet set

These bracelets were a super belated birthday present from one of my best friends. They are simple enough that I can wear every day but cute enough that it gives my arm some arm candy to play with.

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Rings – Charming Charlie & H&M

I liked it…so I put a ring on it 😉

Gold Christmas Tree Necklace and Hair bow – Charming Charlie

Rudolph…rockin around the Christmas Tree

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Stay tuned for Part 2 of my November Shopping Haul: Makeup Edition

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Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista Thoughts:

Did you take advantage of all the amazing sales?

What were some of your favorite items that you bought in November?

What was your favorite outfit this past November?

 

Workout tips & my new favorite snack

Hey Fit fashionistas,

I’m backkkkkkk!

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….with some fun gym motivation to keep that #gymgrind going!

Going to the gym can get pretty boring…especially if you’re doing the same thing over and over again, am I right?? Don’t get me wrong! I love the gym as you can tell if you follow me on Snapchat and Instagram with my constant gym selfies.

However, sometimes doing the same workout circuits gets boring and personally…that makes me just start slacking off at the gym. So here are some of my tips that help me make my workouts more fun!

Create an awesome playlist. Depending on the type of workout, I’ll change up my gym playlist. Usually, I really like pop and upbeat music just because it just makes me happy and want to dance through my workout…I actually have started dancing at the gym in the middle of a workout 😉 Sometimes when I’m feeling stressed and working through some stress and tension, I’ll put on  a “Girl Power” playlist to remind myself of my strength and awesomeness.

My top 2 favorite songs: Can’t stop the feeling by Justin Timberlake & Hair by Little Mix

Planning out your workout ahead of time. I love going through different fitness blogs and especially pinterest and put together my workout the night before. Plus with a set workout, it’s easier to stay focus at the gym instead of constantly thinking up of workouts on the spot. Though, I do enjoy some spontaneity in my workouts sometimes.

 

Some of my favorite workouts come from these beauties: Tone It Up, Fit University, and Peanut Butter Runner!!

Sign up for fitness classes! It can either be weekly or monthly or just a one time thing. My sister and I during the summer last year ended up going to a free yoga class at Lululemon where I met an amazing yoga instructor! Dina was super fun to work out with and really great with modifying yoga poses for people who had injuries. The best part?? She not only hosts yoga classes but offers yoga with wine!!! #drinkandbefit am I right??

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Come up with fun names for your workouts. Squats are squats and jumping jacks are jumping jacks. However, if I change the name and add in a fun twist to it, it makes it more entertaining and creative. Changing “planks” to “Superman planks” makes it so much more fun to do and plus…I mean aren’t we all superstars when we work out.

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Bring a friend! I love working out with my friends because you can cheer each other on, especially when it starts to get tough. I love working out with my sister because I know that she would help me push through a tough workout and vice versa.

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My favorite workout buddy is my twin Erica!! ❤ ❤ #meow

Lastly, HAVE FUN!!! Workouts can be super fun – with the right attitude and mindset. Plus who doesn’t like having those endorphins running through you after a good workout? Am I right??

Also, my new favorite post workout snack and honestly snack for whenever – JUICES!! The area where I work has tons of Juice stores and my personal favorite, Juice Carts!! They are super yummy and very very filling. Here’s my personal favorite: Kale, Spinach, Mango, and Banana. *I was too hungry to take a picture of it first #picturefailsofablogger

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Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista Thoughts:

How do you keep your workouts fun?

What’s your favorite workout move? I would love to give them a try!!

What’s your go-to workout song?