Well the four day weekend is finally over and I don’t know about you but it felt like six days to me ?  I loved it and felt completely relaxed and stress-free the entire time.  I had a great Thanksgiving dinner at my boyfriend’s family’s house.  I had a big green kale salad with avocado for dinner and a slice of pecan pie that I had made and brought over to share for dessert.  I think the people over there really liked it because quite a bit of it was gone by the end of the night.  I got to take the leftovers home too ?  I’m still enjoying bites here and there for dessert.

Thanksgiving morning was great too.  I checked out a new yoga studio with some new friends.  The studio was called Core Power Yoga.  It was in the South Loop of Chicago on top of a parking structure and has an amazing view of the gorgeous city sky rises.  I loved it and am now inspired to get back into yoga again now that it’s winter and a bit harder for me to bike to the gym (with all the snow on the ground now!).  I was Googling “yoga studios in Chicago” and discovered that there are 95 studios around here!  Wow!  I really want to get out and visit a lot of these new studios, especially the ones with first visit or first week free deals.  I was feeling the yoga vibe so much this weekend that I even treated myself to an early x-mas presents from Lululemon!   New clothes always get me motivated ?

I definitely had some fun shopping this weekend, basking in the vibration of abundance.  I think that if it feels good—do it!  And treating myself to some new clothes, jewelry, x-mas ornaments, etc felt great.  For those of you who did participate in the “Buy nothing day” though, good for you!

I wanted to talk a bit about how to stay in shape during the winter months, especially if you live in colder climates (like me) and can’t exercise outdoors as much.  I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately especially since it started snowing here.  Here are some tools I’ve found particularly helpful to have at home for your success.

-Hand weights: if you don’t use them, you lose them (your muscles, that is).  Weight training 3-4 times a week is crucial.  I will list some e-books with awesome routines down below.  If you can’t afford these you can always do bodyweight exercises too.  But I like to vary it up with both.  Click on the link to view some great bodyweight exercises recommended by Kevin Gianni.

-A rebounder, stability ball, and/or a jump rope: these tools are crucial for a varying cardio routine.  See this post for more information on the rebounder and a great DVD to go along with it.
-A yoga mat and DVDs:  Here are my absolute favorite yoga DVDs below.  These are very affordable DVDs from Amazon.com and would make a great gift for yourself or a friend!

Yoga for Beauty with Rainbeau Mars – 2 Volume Gift Set (Dawn & Dusk)

Sacred Yoga Practice with Rainbeau Mars: Vinyasa Flow – 4 Volume Gift Set (Beginners, Pure Tranquility, Pure Power, Pure Sweat)

-E-books: My favorite is Turbulance Training.  Kind of a gimmicky looking site, I know, but Craig’s routines are just the most EFFECTIVE ones out there, IMHO.
-YouTube: There are tons of youtube workout videos out there.  TONS.
-Fitness Magazines:  Fitness Magazines are a great resource for workout moves, routines, videos, etc.  My favorites for women are Self, Fitness, and Women’s Health. (Guys–you can probably find similar resources in men’s fitness magazine websites.)

Hope this helps you.  Of course, if you’re not going to be exercising as much, you definitely want to cut back on how much you’re eating.  If you want to lose weight (fat I mean), 80% of the results come from diet and nutrition, 20% comes from fitness.  So definitely focus on your diet and raw food intake first before anything else :)  And make sure to do weight training and some rebounding if anything else.  I feel these are the easiest and most effective ways to maintain your muscle mass and bone density when losing weight.

Enjoy your day!!

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