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I’m really picky when it comes to my running gear – my outfit, my shoes, my hair, my ipod, etc. I don’t want anything to weigh me down, feel bulky or rub me the wrong way. This is especially important during marathon and ultra marathon training. The last thing you want it to be on a 22 mile training run and have something not fit right and there is nothing you can do about it.
When it comes to music – I usually listen to my ipod on most of my runs for motivation and some distraction. So, headphones are super important. Sometimes after a few hours (or even minutes if they are too small) of running with the wrong headphones…my ears start to hurt and I HATE that. I also don’t want anything bulky or that shakes when I run. So, over the last few years I’ve tried out many pairs and this is what I’ve come up with…
January is by far the most popular month when it comes to health and fitness. More gym memberships are sold during this month, more people hire trainers, more fitness products are purchased and weight loss plans are joined. But, it can be quite overwhelming. This year, why not try something new? I’ve decided I want to learn to SCUBA so I will be taking lessons this year! Scuba and water sports are a great way to get fit and area also great if you have injuries. Not into water sports? Try some new classes at your gym or a new yoga studio in town. The most important thing is to find activities that are fun, a diet that is simple and doable and make it a commitment. If you haven’t been able to commit to workouts before, you may want to read my post about timing your workouts. Below are some fun new products and gear that I will be using during 2013 and maybe they will inspire you to get started on your new (or improved) fitness journey for 2013! Continue Reading…
This week I’m featured on Oakley’s Perform Beautifully site…OakleyPBC.com. Click on the post below to read about my “look of the week” along with some vacation workout tips!
Hi guys! I have some exciting news….I have a very cool Prize Pack from Henkel to give away to one of my readers…aka YOU! They sent me this awesome package filled with haircare and home products such as Dial, Purex, RightGuard and more! Plus…you will get a $250 Sports Authority Giftcard AND a FitBit Ultra Tracker ($99 value) to track your workouts, sleep paterns and calorie burn! The FitBit alone is such a cool prize and will help you stay on track with your fitness goals!
What do you have to do to enter? Tell me WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO WORKOUT! As you know, my main goal is to help others get in shape – so by sharing your motivational tips, we can help each other!
What are your biggest motivators? Your skinny jeans? A big party coming up? Being able to run that half marathon you signed up for? Or, maybe you want to prevent heart disease that runs in your family? Just share whatever it is that motivates you or fuels your desire to stay fit!
Steps to Enter The Contest:
- Comment below and let me know what motivates you to workout or stay (or get) Fit!
- “Like” or Tweet this post on your own Facebook or Twitter pages and encourage your friends to enter!
- Follow me on Twitter and/or subscribe to me on Facebook and if I see your post I will comment or Retweet it!
- The Deadline is Tuesday 10/2! Check back on my blog (or subscribe for notifications) on Wednesday 10/3, where I’ll announce the lucky winner!
Once I see your comments and your “Like” or Tweet I will enter you into the drawing and then chose one random winner on Tuesday 10/2! I’ll notify the winner on Wednesday 10/3. *This contest is open to anyone who lives in the U.S.!
Get Kids Fit!
I wanted to share this great contest by Henkel, who makes many great products such as Dial, Right Guard, Purex and more! They have teamed up with Joy Bauer (the Today Show’s Nutrition Expert) to create a contest to help fight childhood obesity.
Leading a fit and healthy lifestyle should begin at a young age. If we teach our kids that being fit and active can be fun and that “healthy” foods can taste great – they are less likely to become obese and develop weight-related illnesses such as diabetes. Support Henkel’s project to help schools across the US become more fit! Tell them how your school could use $25,000 to become more fit. Maybe workout equipment, a new outdoor track or more healthy snacks? Get creative! Get your community involved and ask teachers what improvements they would like to make to help get kids fit!
How the contest works:
- Step #1 Nominate your school, your child’s school or a school in your community that could use $25,000 to help make the school more fit! The deadline is Sunday September 16th – so don’t wait!!
- Step #2 If Henkel likes what you have to say, they will ask you to submit a short video (they provide a free video camera to the 5 finalist!)
- Step #3 The public will vote and one winner will receive $25,000! Also, some lucky nominees will wine an awesome prize pack featured above!
I will be doing a contest next week and giving away one of these amazing prize packs for one lucky subscriber! It includes all the cool products in the picture above, including a Fitbit Ultra Tracker and a $250 giftcard from Sports Authority! I’ll post my contest details soon – so make sure to subscribe to my blog!
In this post:
- Cari’s favorite healthy resorts
- Cari’s favorites to pack
- Creative ideas to keep you fit
Most of us will be traveling at some point this summer either for vacation, to visit family or for work. Just keep in mind that nothing is worse than coming back from vacation to find out you’ve packed on the pounds! Follow my tips below and try my one of my sample workouts in the Summer Workout Series featured on CBS so that maybe this summer you’ll actually lose a few pounds instead of gaining them.
A few months ago I decided to enter Oakley’s “Perform Beautifully” contest. They choose 10 women each year to be their new Brand Ambassadors and I thought I’d give it a shot since I like the brand and really wanted to win the cool trip to Napa! Well, I got a call a few weeks ago from the Oakley team saying I was what they were looking for! So, 2 weekends ago I got the chance of a lifetime – to participate in an amazing retreat in Napa along with 100 other women from Oakley, partner brands, media companies and other like-minded women. It was truly an amazing experience and I was treated like a celebrity all weekend! Thanks to Oakley and Fitness Magazine for the amazing gift bags filled with all kinds of fitness treats!
*Photos copyright of Shawn Parkin.
It’s been awhile since I’ve done a products blog – so I wanted to share some of the cool items I’ve been using and eating lately! Let me know if you’ve tried any of these and what you think!
In this post:
- Svelte by CalNaturale
- Lululemon Shorts
- Bear Naked
- White Mountain Foods
- Versa Spa
- Summer Hair
- Compression Socks
Whenever I fly, I try to pack a healthy snack – but sometimes that’s hard to do, especially on the return flight home. I always recommend options like fruit, nuts or other things that don’t have to be kept hot or cold. Last week I was at the Dallas Love Field airport and came across this “Go Picnic” package that I found in one of their shops. At first glance, I thought this was going to be similar to some of the “snack packs” on the airlines that are loaded with junk and chemicals. But, I was pleasantly surprised! They have 3-4 of these “Go Picnic” packages that contain things like hummus, edamame, tuna and multi-seed crackers! I was in heaven! I grabbed the hummus + crackers kit below and it was very tasty. I had never had dry roasted edamame before and I loved it! The box contains enough food for 2 (I split it) and has 400 calories and 25g of protein. It looks like the brand has these kits at many major airports – so check their website next time you are traveling to see where you can get your own box.
It’s that time of year again – time to start thinking about what you want to accomplish during the next year! For most people, at least 1 of their resolutions will revolve around health, diet, or weight loss. It’s a popular choice because the new year means you can create a “new you”! But, it can be discouraging if you want to make big changes and don’t know where to start. Plus all the choices and options out there to help you reach your goals can be quite overwhelming. Most people end up wasting money on crazy fads, programs (no, you don’t need to buy “Insanity”!) and weird food products.
This year, save your mind (and body) by keeping it simple. All you need is some basic workout equipment (a set of weights or resistance band, a mat and good workout clothes/shoes), a journal and most importantly – a plan to help you reach your goals. Start by setting a goal for this week like “I’m going to join a gym” or “I’m going to go for a run 3 times this week”. Then, set a long-term goal for the next month, but be realistic – that is the key! If you tell yourself you are going to lose 10lbs this month, it probably won’t happen and then come February you will just give up. Instead, make realistic goals like” I’ll join a bootcamp“, “I’ll ask a trainer for help” or “I’m going to lose at least 3lbs and get stronger this month”.
Things that can help you stick with it:
- A food and/or workout journal. This doesn’t have to be fancy, but if you want to buy one – I like the Fitbook and also the Ultimate Pocket Workout Journal.
- A trainer. Not in your budget? Join a bootcamp or get a gym membership where you can take free classes (I like Fit in Houston). Most people will stick with their workouts if they do them in a group setting. Plus, it’s just more fun!
- Realistic goals (see above).
- Sign up for a race, contest or team sport. If you have to train for an event, you are more likely to stick with your workouts. Also, tell your friends and family about it or post it on Facebook in order to hold yourself accountable!
- Get the right tools. I love magazines, specifically: Women’s (or Men’s) Health, Shape, Fitness, Oxygen and Muscle & Fitness. Get a subscription so that you get one of these every month. This will supply you with a new workout, recipes and other tools to keep you on track. Plus, I find (at least for me) that when a magazine is filled with fit people – it really motivates me to get my butt to the gym!
- Look for online resources and subscribe to fitness blogs (like mine if you haven’t already!!). I like FitSugar, Shape.com, Runnersworld.com , NikeWomen.com and AceFitness.org
Last week I was notified by Nike that I was one of the 5 winners who submitted their favorite drill as part of a Nike Training Club (“NTC”) contest! I submitted my favorite drill – a jumprope drill that I called “Triple Jumprope Drill”. I love jumprope and thought that all the NTC members and people who use the app would like to incorporate it into their routine because it’s so much fun and a great workout! I’m so honored that Nike chose me! Look for my name and my drill in the new Spring App!
Read what Nike has to say about me on their Blog:
I love the NTC App and highly recommend it, if you don’t have it already. It’t great for when you don’t have time to take a class, work with a trainer or go to the gym – because it requires very little equipment. I love how it has 3 levels to chose from (the advanced is definitely advanced!) and goals to choose: Get Lean, Get Toned, Get Strong or Get Focused. Most workouts are either 30 minutes or 45 and you have a virtual trainer speaking to you the whole time and guiding you through each move (about 30-90 seconds each) with a live clock counting down. Not sure how to do the “frogger”? Well, just click on the little video icon and you’ll get to watch a demo before you return back to the workout.
Check back for info on the new app and my drill!
Here are my latest favorites!
I read about Steve’s pickles and salsa (“Condiments on a Mission”) and knew I had to give them a try. All of his pickles and salsa are made with all natural ingredients, gluten free and have little or no added sugar. I love the clever labels that include pickle facts! My favorite is the Green Smokin’ Salsa…it’s addictive! You can buy them online HERE.
I’ve always liked Zico because of the taste and also because I feel like it’s more natural than some of the sports drinks out there. It has no added sugar, has 5 essential electrolytes and as much potassium as a banana. I recently tried their chocolate flavor and I’m hooked. I’m not a huge chocolate milk fan, but if I had to compare it…I would say it tastes similarly sweet but it’s not as thick. It really fills me up and it’s only 110 calories and 2g of fat!
Think Thin Crunch Bar
I love Think Thin bars and have even got my clients and the Rockets Power Dancers hooked. They now have these “crunch” bars that are similar to their other bars but are packed with fruit and nuts. They have only 3g of sugar (their other bars have 0!) and are packed with protein, vitamins and minerals.
I stumbled across this a few months ago at Whole Foods when I was looking at hummus. This pearl couscous tastes amazing and is great as a snack or side dish. The whole container has 3 servings and each has only 140 calories with 3g of protein. My only complaint is that it’s a little high in sodium, so I wouldn’t eat the whole container at once! Pita Pal is made here in Houston and all their products are organic and made with 100% clean energy.
I love Hail Merry! They have so many cool organic and raw products including their new variety of nuts. I get mine at Whole Foods but you can also order them online.
This is the top I wore when I participated in NBC Universal’s “Healthy Week” and also did some yoga in Times Square! The top is perfect for yoga because it has a side drawstring that keeps it from slipping up when you are doing tricky moves like downward dog or headstand! It’s on sale now on Lucy’s site HERE!
Nike Side Tie Capris
Did you know that January & February are the best months for broccoli?I just picked up some fresh broccoli from Whole Foods this week and decided to use my Sleekstor Veggiesteam (silicone steamer) to cook it. All I did was place the steamer inside a pot with about 1-2 inches of water then, wash the broccoli and trim off the stems and then place it on top of the steamer. Cook on med/high heat for about 10-15 minutes until the broccoli is tender. To speed up the process you can place the lid on your pot but allow a small vent/crack to let some steam out. I served my broccoli with a tiny amount of shredded cheddar cheese, sea salt and pepper. You can use this steamer to cook all your veggies: carrots, mushroom, zucchini, etc!
I get asked all the time about protein and snack bars. There are a lot out there that can actually cause more harm than good because they are loaded with fat, calories and sugar. If you are having a bar as a snack or one of your six mini-meals a day…you should keep it around 200 calories or less. Two of my favorites are Think Thin bars and Larabars that I get at Whole Foods. The Think Thin bars are great because they have 0g of sugar and you get 15-20g protein. On average they have about 230 calories, which isn’t too bad…but you can always eat half and save half for later. My favorite thing about Larabars is that they usually only have 2-3 ingredients and are made of just fruit and nuts. Simple is always better and you don’t want to be stuffing your body full of chemicals and crap or it will start to show on the outside. I buy the mini bars that have 100 calories each.
I get asked all the time about pre-made/prepped foods here in Houston. Everywhere you go there are stores and shops where you can pick up pre-packaged meals and snacks that are supposed to be “Fit” and made for people that want to lose weight and lead a healthy lifestyle. For the most part, I think that most offer the right amount of calories and fat, with the exception of a few that are portioned for male bodybuilders (haha)! So, your decision mainly lies with taste and price. Just watch sodium levels, because many that seem to taste better are loaded with salt.
I decided to try the new Snap Kitchen yesterday on Kirby to see what they offer. They have a cute store with a place to sit and eat inside as well as a salad bar, where someone will make you a custom salad. I bought a few things to try including their Spicy Sambal Tofu w/ veggies, Curry Dusted Cauliflower Steak w/lentils and the Spinach and Goat Cheese Scramble w/ sweet potatoes. I actually liked all of the dishes, except the tofu was a little too spicy for me. Some of their items are a little high in calories and fat (like the 290 calorie, 11g fat breakfast I had this AM), but that’s because they are pretty dense and filling. I ended up only eating 1/2 of the breakfast, so only had 1/2 the calories and fat. Overall, I think they have great variety (gluten free + vegetarian!) and would recommend this place for a quick meal on the go!
Looking for some last minute gift ideas for someone that that loves to workout or is maybe starting a new fitness routine? Here are some of my Top Favorites:
1. Ipod Nano Touch and/or Itunes gift certificate
2. Foam Roller or The Stick
3. Food journal from FitBook
4. Lucy Propel Knee Pants
5. Lululemon Hoodies (I have this one).
6. Magic Bullet or Fit & Fresh Smoothie Maker
7. Gaiam Yoga Mats (they have a cool new one with a built in speaker)
8. Gift certificate to a new gym (I love FIT) or personal training sessions
9. A fitness dvd (Have you tried my “Long Lean Legs”?!)
10. A monthly pass for ExerciseTV
11. A new Polar heart rate monitor or Garmin if they are a die hard runner like me : )
12. Healthy cookbooks like ones from Hungry Girl, Biggest Loser, Tosca Reno, etc.
13. Organic treats from Hail Merry or other items at Whole Foods
14. Magazine subscription to Runners World, Shape, Women’s (or Men’s) Health
15. Spa gift certificate
I thought I’d share a few of the new things I really like right now : )
Jala Lemon Green Tea Frozen Yogurt Bar
I normally don’t buy a lot of ice cream or frozen products, but these caught my eye a few weeks ago at Central Market. Now I’m hooked. After eating one of the Lemon and Green Tea (my favorite) bars, I had to go back and re-read the box because I though I bought something high fat by accident. Nope! These have only 110 calories, 1 g of Fat and 15g Sugar (not bad for ice cream/fro-yo).
Ipod Nano Touch
Until recently, I was using my 4G Nano, which works great. But, I was having a problem finding a good lightweight arm band that I liked. The one that’s made for the Nano doesn’t fit it correctly and all the others were either too bulky or didn’t allow easy scrolling. So, I decided to get the new Nano Touch ($149) so that I could do my runs and workouts without my bulky armband. I didn’t like them before because I wanted to be able to see my playlists and have options. With this new version, you can easily scroll through your playlists, see album covers and more. Plus, you can turn it into a cool watch!
lucy Propel Knee Pant in Navy
I already have this pant in black, but love the navy version! Plus, it has a cute pink inner drawstring that you could let show through. I spend 90% of my week either in these propel pants or my similar Nike capris. I am able to teach my classes, run errands and also go for a long run…all in the same pant. Continue Reading…
Now you can get my exclusive Long Lean Legs workout plan and food journal to accompany your Long Lean Legs DVD! You can download the workout plan and food journal on ExerciseTV’s site HERE (or click the pics below) and then use it along with my dvd to really get lean legs FAST. I’ve put together a 30-day plan with ExerciseTV that will incorporate my dvd, cardio (hills and other workouts to target legs), yoga and a healthy eating plan so you get maximum results. The best part is it’s FREE! All you need to make the plan work is your copy of my DVD: Long Lean Legs and you can buy it HERE.
*Click picture for online edition!
I’m so excited to be included in the August Issue of 002 Magazine and on the COVER!! 002 has been my favorite Houston magazine for years because they have the best information and reviews on all the newest restaurants, hangouts, hip events, products and people. Special thanks to Carla Valencia (the amazing Editor) for giving me a shot and including me in the magazine; Edward Sanchez who worked his magic with my makeup and gave me great posing tips; Sarah Al-Adwani for making my hair look great not just during the shoot, but for the last 5+ years; Jill Hunter who is a creative and talented photographer and Nancy Mathe’ my sidekick and trusted advisor.
The photoshoot was so much fun and even got to do a shopping spree at Neimans, but sadly had to return the $2,300 leather Prada below : ( Check back soon for my “behind the scenes” video!