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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#mindbodymat: day 12, Pilates Legs + GIVEAWAY

#mindbodymat: day 12, Pilates Legs + GIVEAWAY

Our thoughts affect everything we do, say, feel, think and believe. Our thoughts construct our reality, shape our view of the world and determine the way we feel about life as a whole. Yet we rarely take the time to recognize what’s going on in our heads. The most important step I took in breaking...

#mindbodymat: day 11 (Pilates Ab Workout)

Can you believe we’re entering the final week of the challenge? I’m not ready for this to end! The good news is we still have 5 fun, effective workouts lined up for the week ahead. We’ll be working the entire body and continuing to incorporate more self-care into our days. I’m in the process of...
#mindbodymat: day 10 - strength w/ Sweat and Oranges

#mindbodymat: day 10 – strength w/ Sweat and Oranges

    Happy Friday! I am SO excited to introduce you to our guest-instructors today. I “met” Jayne and Katie from Sweat and Oranges through their beautiful Instagram account and absolutely love their style. These adorable sisters from Australia are passionate about inspiring others to live a healthy, vibrant life. Jayne is the “sweat” in Sweat...
#mindbodymat: day 9...booty burn!

#mindbodymat: day 9…booty burn!

Are you feeling rested after your extra 30 minutes of sleep last night? I hope it’s the start of a great new habit for you. :) Those of you who upgraded last week have already spent some time working on your Fall health vision, but today we’re going to build on that concept. Self-Care Challenge… We’re...
#mindbodymat: Day 8, Pilates Arm Workout

#mindbodymat: Day 8, Pilates Arm Workout

  We’re halfway through the week which usually means energy is starting to drop and motivation is starting to wane. You may remember my post a few weeks ago about how lack of sleep leads to weight gain. I truly believe sleep is one of the most important components of a healthy, balanced life. Sleep...
#mindbodymat: day 7 + a GIVEAWAY!

#mindbodymat: day 7 + a GIVEAWAY!

Hi Beauties! It’s Tuesday, you know what that means…time for another giveaway! If you liked last week’s bundle you will LOVE this week’s too. Today’s giveaway includes: 1. “I am wonderfully made” Affirmats Yoga/Pilates Mat  Affirmats are a perfect fit for this challenge. Not only are these mats comfortable and stylish, but they provide a little affirmation to...
#mindbodymat: Day 6...Pilates Abs!

#mindbodymat: Day 6…Pilates Abs!

Welcome to Week 2 of the #mindbodymat challenge! I hope you had a nice weekend and continued to take care of yourself. I had a super busy weekend but still managed to do a little Pilates and unplug for a bit. My husband was out of town so it was just me and the baby...
#mindbodymat: Sarah Beth Yoga

#mindbodymat: Sarah Beth Yoga

Happy Friday! You’re doing an amazing job so far! I’ve loved connecting with you here on the blog and through social media. You all inspire me on a daily basis. A quick note before we dive into today’s workout: Today is the LAST day to upgrade! By upgrading you receive a NEW 20-minute full body workout...
#mindbodymat: day 4 + booty burn!

#mindbodymat: day 4 + booty burn!

We’re 4 days in to the #mindbodymat challenge and going strong! We’ve been working our bodies from head to toe and focusing on a daily task to bring a sense of calm, balance and peace to our minds before embarking on the busy fall season ahead. If you’re just joining us you can get caught...
#mindbodymat: day 3

#mindbodymat: day 3

Hi Beauties, Welcome to day 3 of the #mindbodymat challenge! Today’s self-care challenge is near and dear to my heart… First off, I must give credit where credit is due. One of my favorite authors (and past PBP participants), Shauna Niequist wrote about making a “things I don’t do” list in her book, Bittersweet (which...
#mindbodymat: Day 2...Pilates Legs + a GIVEAWAY!

#mindbodymat: Day 2…Pilates Legs + a GIVEAWAY!

Welcome to day #2 of #mindbodymat! Did you enjoy yesterday’s ab workout? If you found it challenging, don’t get worry! When you re-visit that workout at the end of this challenge you’ll be amazed at how your strength has increased. I loved seeing photos of your goal-setting sessions and am excited to cheer you on as...
#mindbodymat: Day 1...Pilates Abs

#mindbodymat: Day 1…Pilates Abs

Happy Monday, Beauties! The day is finally here. We’re kicking of #mindbodymat with at Pilates ab workout and I couldn’t be more excited. If you’ve been on the fence about joining I encourage you to just SIGN UP! There’s nothing to lose. It’s totally free and it just might motivate you to make those changes you’ve...