So Healthy and Well in January 2020

Hi there,

I hope your year is off to a great start! One of the things that has really helped me this year is getting connected with a book club, trying new gym classes, and waist training.

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The book club has been fantastic! We are reading Awakening Joy by James Baraz. It really helps to reinforce my commitment to meditating and staying in peace no matter what life throws at me.

I’ve met some really great women and I’m glad to reconnect. After losing my sister and mother it feels very encouraging to get some good feminine vibes. There is nothing that can replace losing a mother or sibling. The book has helped me to understand suffering and use mindfulness practices to deal with loss.

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On a more lighthearted note, I’ve always loved gym classes. This is a great way to be around people who are interested in being healthy and active like me. I’ll have to write another post to tell you more about these experiences, but they now have some really unique ways to burn calories that I am excited about. My last trial class was Pilates and that was much more challenging than I expected. There are many ways to stay enthused about working out.

The purchase of my new waist trainer is another adventure. The belly seems to be the last thing to go. Ive lost and kept off about 20 pounds, but this is still a trouble area for me. I’ve used waist training on and off for about two years and decided to get a new one just for my workouts.

The great news is that I think I finally purchased the right one! It is much more comfortable and still gets results. I’ll post more on this in the future too but I’ll tell you that the most impactful waist training routine was wrapping, applying sweet sweat, and walking for an hour a day at least four times a week.

That’s what’s going on in my world! I’ve been following along with your posts and thank you so much for your inspiration and encouragement!

God Bless You,


Healthy and Well Chronicles – Exhale Mind Body Spa

One of my recent wellness experiences was a visit to a top rated boutique fitness and day spa called Exhale. If you really want to woosah this is the place to go. During this hour long flow yoga class, I was able to relax and let go of some tension.

My biggest challenge in the moment was holding my body off of the ground during several poses. It was pretty intense. The lighting was great, cool vibes, and a really great facility. I would highly recommend it to those true Yogis out there. They teach a lot of other classes there too. Here’s the link.

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Spice Up Your Workout with the Megaformer

This summer has been filled with lots of new and exciting health, wellness, and beauty related adventures. I’ve tried new makeup, added a few more weights to my fitness routine, and tried out a few new fitness classes to spice up my life. Over the past year I’ve worked out at a gym and taken a few dance and weight training classes to stay motivated. I started to feel a little stagnant and wanted to give myself a little boost in enthusiasm.

Then along came the Class Pass. This site has to be the most incredible thing a fitness person could ask for. You subscribe to a monthly package with points that allows you to try out different gyms and fitness classes. You can try as many new trendy classes as you want. There are tons of options. You can never get bored! From hot yoga and spinning to boot camp and boxing, you have a plethora of health and wellness fixings within a mileage radius at the touch of a button. You can learn more about that here.

The first-class thing that I tried was the Lagree Fitness Method. Quinlan of POPSUGAR says, “Lagree Fitness studios have infiltrated New York and Los Angeles and are now making their way to the rest of the country.” The Megaformer was created by Sebastien Lagree.  It is a machine that allows you to tone your muscles and strengthen your body.  I did myself the honor of not googling or researching anything and just jumping right in. I had no idea what to expect and I was alright with that.

I went to an hour-long class at PACE in Atlanta and was pleasantly surprised.  The Megaformer reminded of the table from the chiropractor’s office and quite honestly, I felt realigned after I left. During the class, the instructor guides you through various slow movements that sculpt you from head to toe. It is not easy, but it does let you work muscle groups that may be harder to get to with other methods.

This is definitely something that I’d like to add to my regiment. I was so excited to find a workout that helped me to build up my core! I’m not the most flexible person in the world but felt a bit nimbler. I’ve even heard that megastars like Meghan Markle are really into this workout.  

Next, I’ll be trying Zumba and Barry’s Boot Camp.