Will Pilates help me lose weight?

Will Pilates help me lose weight?

I receive a lot of questions about Pilates and weight loss. It’s a hot topic and one that I love talking about. In attempt to answer more of your questions I’ll be test-driving a new series called Q&A Wednesdays. Every few Wednesdays I’ll film a quick video answering the questions...
April Abs: workout #1

April Abs: workout #1

Happy Friday Beauties! Every Friday in April I’ll be posting a quick ab routine that you can do throughout the week. They’ll be short and effective because I know you’re short on on time. They’re super casual, from my home (with messy hair) to yours. Once you’ve completed this workout...
Baby Steps To Balanced Living: warm lemon water in the morning

Baby Steps To Balanced Living: warm lemon water in the morning

If we’re connected on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter you’ve already seen glimpses of an exciting program that’s in the works for the month of February. The program will be taking place here on the blog so stay tuned. You won’t want to miss it :) But in the meantime, as we...
What This Space Is About

What This Space Is About

I’m happy to share that The Balanced Life readership has grown quite a bit as of late. So if you are new to this community, welcome! I’m glad you’re here. I’ve been thinking a lot about where I want this site to go….what I love about it, what I want...
5 Foam Roller Exercises To Relieve Shoulder Tension

5 Foam Roller Exercises To Relieve Shoulder Tension

This routine is for those of you who come home at the end of the day with a tense neck, tight shoulders and a stiff back. If you don’t have a foam roller yet, please get one! They’re cheap, effective and perfect for releasing tension at the end of the...
WORKOUT: Cardio + Pilates Circuit

WORKOUT: Cardio + Pilates Circuit

This is a favorite series of mine. I’ve written it as a 40 minute workout but if you have less time just adjust the length to fit your needs. Give it a try and let me know what you think! Cardio: 15 minute run – Jog at an easy pace for...
Change Your Mind. Change Your Body.

Change Your Mind. Change Your Body.

Our thoughts affect everything we do, say, feel, think & believe. Our thoughts construct our reality, shape our view of the world and determine the way we feel about life as a whole. Our happiness level is 100% dependent on the way we think and the perspective that we have....
How Convenience Leads To Success

How Convenience Leads To Success

I spend my days helping my clients achieve their health and fitness goals. Some see tremendous results; they lose weight, change the shape of their body and increase their vitality. Others, hardly see an ounce of improvement. There is one key thing that sets these two groups apart: consistency. Group...
Fig & Prosciutto Pizza

Fig & Prosciutto Pizza

Living a healthy life doesn’t mean you have to miss out on foods that you love. As you all know by now, I’m a huge fan of Michael Pollan’s “Food Rules.” Rule #39 is one of my favorite rules to live by: “#39: Eat all the junk food you want,...
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12 Days of Pilates: Day 6 (stretch & relax)

12 Days of Pilates: Day 6 (stretch & relax)

Welcome to day 6 of 12 Days of Pilates! After 5 days of hard work, I think it’s time for a break don’t you? This stretch & relax video from 28 Days of Pilates is a great way to slow down, relieve stress and soothe sore muscles. Feel free to come back to it again...
12 Days of Pilates: Day 5 (abs)

12 Days of Pilates: Day 5 (abs)

2 ab workouts back to back?! Oh yes I did. Apparently ab workouts are your favorite workouts because they get the most views on YouTube. So I’m going with it. This workout is from #mindbodymat and will surely leave you feeling strong…and maybe a little sore. :) Get it done and let me know how it...
12 Days of Pilates: day 4 (abs)

12 Days of Pilates: day 4 (abs)

How are you doing with your workouts so far? It’s amazing how just 5-10 minutes of Pilates per day can impact the way you feel isn’t it? Keep up the great work because we’re just getting started. :) Today’s workout is from my original free challenge, 28 Days of Pilates. I was about 7 months postpartum in these...
12 Days of Pilates: Day 3 (booty burn)

12 Days of Pilates: Day 3 (booty burn)

Today we’re keeping with the beach theme but taking our focus to that beach booty of yours. I know, it’s the middle of winter. We’re all very grateful right now that a “bikini body” isn’t on our radar. But keep in mind, it’s a lot easier to maintain a strong, healthy body than it is to start all...
12 Days of Pilates: Day 2 (legs)

12 Days of Pilates: Day 2 (legs)

Welcome to day 2 of 12 Days of Pilates! Today we’re focusing on the lower body. This was another popular workout int the Pilates Summer Series I did with Athleta. It’s great for toning, strengthening and sculpting the lower body. Fun fact: while filming this video at 6:00am my daughter was set up in a pack’n’play behind the camera. A...
12 Days Of Pilates: Day 1 (abs)

12 Days Of Pilates: Day 1 (abs)

Let’s kick this thing off shall we? The first workout in the 12 Days Of Pilates challenge is from the Pilates Summer Series. Enjoy this little trip to the beach in the middle of December. And of course, enjoy the ab work… :) If you want me to send you an email each day to...
12 Days of Pilates - FREE CHALLENGE!

12 Days of Pilates – FREE CHALLENGE!

Hi Beauties! First, I have to say congratulations to the incredible group of women that are completing Pilates 4×4 this week. I am SO proud of you! You have done an incredible job and it has been so much fun working out with you each week. :) Because I never want to leave you hanging without...
Top 5 Posts of 2014:  Milk Soy Protein Intolerance In Babies

Top 5 Posts of 2014: Milk Soy Protein Intolerance In Babies

The #3 most popular post of 2014 is near and dear to my heart. It doesn’t quite fit in with fitness or Pilates, but it definitely relates to finding balance, peace and HELP as a new mom. My daughter was diagnosed with a milk soy protein intolerance when she was 3 months old. I went...
Top 5 Posts of 2014:  Foam Roller Exercises

Top 5 Posts of 2014: Foam Roller Exercises

The #4 most popular post of 2014 is a favorite of mine. You know I love the foam roller and could go on and on about why my love runs deep. But for now, let’s dive into this post that demonstrates foam roller stretches you can do to ease tension in your upper back. 5 Foam...
Top 5 Posts Of 2014: pilates before & after photos

Top 5 Posts Of 2014: pilates before & after photos

Hi Beauties, As we head into the final month of the year I’ll be recapping the top 5 posts of 2014. This has been an incredible year for The Balanced Life, all thanks to YOU and your continued support. Readership has gone up by 659% percent since 2012, which means we are spreading the message of...
Chocolate-Peppermint Protein Balls

Chocolate-Peppermint Protein Balls

As many of you know, over the past year I have been on a diary-free, soy-free, egg-free diet while breastfeeding my daughter. My daughter was diagnosed with Milk Soy Protein Intolerance when she was 3 months old (you can read more here). It took me a full 4 months to determine what foods she was...
Gifts Of Imperfection: a Q & A with Lindy Royer

Gifts Of Imperfection: a Q & A with Lindy Royer

I am so excited to share today’s “Real Women, Real Balance” interview with you today. This one is near and dear to my heart. I have the pleasure of working with Lindy Royer here in Denver and can’t say enough about her. She is one of the most inspiring and authentic women I’ve ever met....