I am super excited about this challenge! We designed it in a way that allows for everyone to incorporate healthy habits into their routine, without making a ton of changes at once. Simply follow along with the calendar and compete the challenge of the day!
Download here July Nutrition Challenge
As we get more and more styles in the boutique, more and more clients have been taking the plunge toward higher quality yoga/barre wear. I felt it only appropriate to blog about it because well……my ankle is sprained and there is nothing else for me to do do accept write…so write I shall!
Let me take you back to my first pair of high quality yoga pants. You see, up until this point…I had been wearing a pair of $19.99 Spalding leggings to all of my workouts (and around town after). Don’t get me wrong, they are okay…but I had certain problems with them that I figured every pair of leggings or workout pants had.
- constantly falling down
- not very cute or fashionable
- practically disposable (as in after a few washes they looked faded or fuzzy)
I saw a pair of Alo Goddess leggings one day in a boutique and immediately thought 3 things..
- wow those are different, and CUTE!
- they must be for really thin people.
- omg they are expensive!
Turns out NONE of things ended up being true. We were out of town and I figured I didn’t know when I would be back so I decided to try on a pair of pants that I knew I wouldn’t be getting. I put the pants on and thought three things..
- I must have more
- I must have more
- I must have more
LOL!! Not only did they fit, but they seemed to form to my body like a glove. Also, the material is very compressive and after doing barre and yoga in them, I found that they didn’t fall down. Another thing I came to realize, they will last FOREVER as long as you don’t put them in the dryer (hang dry). Now comes the cost….Remember how I said my other leggings were disposable? I went on Amazon and totaled up just how many pairs of those $19.99 pairs of leggings I had bought myself over the last six months or so. I came to the conclusion that I could have easily bought a pair, or even two or three, of the Alo leggings with the amount of money I was spending on the lesser quality pants.
I am now a FIRM believer that if you feel good in your workout clothes, you workout harder. I noticed that when working out I felt GREAT in my clothes. I was’t fidgeting with my pants every five seconds. I felt confident in them. I loved the way they felt. In the end, I was more focused on the workout and less focused on how I looked.
I also want to add that making the investment in high quality workout clothes also gives you a reason to workout! After investing the money, I felt there was no excuse for missing barre. Last but not least, these clothes are extremely fashionable!!! I can leave barre or yoga and go run errands or go to the mall or out for lunch and feel like I am dressed for any occasion = more BANG for your buck!!
Now that I have convinced you that higher quality is worth it, lets talk brand, styles, and fit.
As far as the Beyond Barre Pensacola boutique goes, I stock things that I wear myself, Items that I know are worth the money. We carry brands such as Alo, Beyond Yoga, Onzie, Anjali (anjali is organic and some styles are made from recycled materials), and more!
You will find these styles extremely versatile. You can definitely dress these pants up and go to lunch or wear them with a tank or tee and go to barre or yoga. The high compression makes these pants great for high intensity workouts as you will not find them falling down. The material is semi thicker than the other brands but I haven’t had any problems feeling too hot in them or anything like that. Material is soft too 🙂 Amy and Lindsay (pictured below) are wearing the Alo Airbruch Capri in Marble. You can find them in studio .
Alo’s Goddess legging is awesome as well! They are usually two-tone with a leg warmer type look. They are meant to be worn over the ankle. They are definitely a favorite of mine. We currently carry the black on grey and coral on grey.
Anjali is very lightweight. Their styles are either 100% organic or recycled from plastic. As Emma Watson will tell you, “Plastic is one of the biggest pollutants on the planet. Being able to repurpose this waste and incorporate it into my gown for the #MetGala proves the power that creativity, technology and fashion can have by working together.” Emma was talking about her gown of course, but it holds true for yoga pants as well. We are proud to carry Anjali!
Onzie is great if you sweat A LOT. The material drys faster than a swim suit and is incredibly light. Onzie really covers it all from a variety of prints, to mesh, to solids….Onzie has a wide variety. I choose the Tuxedo, SunRay, and CandyCloud capris because, well they are really cute lol. I like the mesh in the Tuxedo, the fun back in the SunRay, and the CandyCould is just beautiful. Onzie is going to sit mid to high on the waist, which I like.
So SOFT! Anyone who has felt or owns a pair of Beyond Yoga pants will tell you they are realllllly soft, and they are. These pants are more on the comfort side (not as much compression) and it took me a while to warm up to them because I was so used to the compression of Alo Yoga, but now I LOVE THEM! I really like wearing them to yoga but lately I have found myself wearing them to barre as well. They make a really great solid color legging however they have some awesome styles with mesh and prints as well.
I am not saying that the right pair of yoga pants can change your life….All I am saying is that they encourage you to be more active, make you feel like your skin is wearing a soft blanket that was specially made for your body, and encourage a healthier lifestyle ; )
Check out the boutique at Beyond Barre Pensacola and try them for yourself!
As I sit here in the middle of the studio floor with my computer…I cannot help but feel emotional. A couple of months ago this place looked..well very different, lol. It was hard work and there were times that I would think to myself….”this just isn’t going to happen” but we stuck with it and kept working at it. Everyday something would be improved and we would get closer to the vision I had for this space. I am glad things happened the way they did. Had I had a bunch of money to just pay someone to come in here and remodel the place in a week’s time, I may not appreciate it the way I do now. It was amazing how people stepped in to help.. people that expected no payment, nothing in return. We laughed, we watched DIY videos, we drank wine….LOL (so be forgiving if the paint is not perfect in certain areas). I could not have done this without these people. I could not have done this without my mom. I could not have done this without my faith. I could not have done this without my family. I wanted to create a space where friendships could be formed, strength could be gained, and people could come and discover that loving ourselves should be the easiest thing in the world. Maybe its not the biggest studio in the world, or the fanciest…but it is ours. It belongs to whoever wishes to come here and do something positive. I love this place and when I look back on this time, I will smile at all of the crooked wall hangings and clothes that I ruined with paint. I would say that I have the best clients in the world, but “clients” just doesn’t seem to be the word that comes to mind. These women are my friends and each time we meet here, they inspire me with how hard they work and the excitement they have for this studio. Thank you, all of you, for being patient as we fixed this place up. Thank you for coming even before the wall-fixed barres were up. Thank you for loving Beyond Barre Pensacola.
I am excited for the GRAND OPENING! I can’t wait to meet more people and share this space with Pensacola. Please join us for the RIBBON CUTTING on May 4th at 11am.
March is national NUTRITION month! I had the pleasure of being invited and teaching my daughter’s 1st grade class a crash course in nutrition. I have to admit I was a little terrified, lol. I really didn’t know what I was going to say. I am used to talking to adults about nutrition but children just are not going to understand “be sure to include nutrient dense vegetables and antioxidant rich fruits into your daily diet to prevent things like cancer and heart disease” …but I really wasn’t giving them enough credit! These kids are so smart and so sweet and they seemed so excited to have me there talking nutrition. We even did a little class warm-up exercise that had the children laughing, bumping into each other, and kicking one another in the butt (think front attitude kicks—regular Beyond Barre clients will know what I mean). We focused on how to build a healthy meal and I had the class split up into groups, each with an assigned food group.
The class ended up putting the following meal together: milk, eggs, wheat bread, blueberries and strawberries, and broccoli.
It was tons of fun and I look forward to going back soon.
SO STROLLER BARRE is now happening! I really enjoy teaching these classes. I am currently working on adding more to the schedule. Right now, we are doing them at Maritime Park — which is beautiful.
However, as it gets warmer, we may find another area that offers some shade. I hate that I canceled today’s class but you live and learn. It felt too cold to have the babies outside for stroller barre and I elected to reschedule after a couple of moms called in saying it felt too cold. Of course as soon as I canceled the class, the sun came out from behind the clouds….go figure.
Also….wait for it….New location is coming soon! Like really soon! I am so excited and am working really hard to get the space ready for you guys. Seriously, I am pretty sure I have paint in my ears at this point. I apologize if you have come to one of my recent classes and I seemed extra tired, you will just have to bare with me until these renovations are done LOL. The walls in this place were black and red and took a lot of primer to get them ready for grey paint! I just wish I had decided what walls to take down BEFORE I painted everything!
It is starting to come together though an I am excited for what this space will mean for my West side classes. Stay tuned for updates!
Anyway, that’s all I got. I hope everyone has a great weekend.
See you at the barre!
Attend 10 classes this month and be entered to win a BeyondBarre water bottle! Keep the momentum going!
Natasha 2 of 10
Don’t forget–next Wednesday the 17th is Disney Night again at the Pensacola Athletic Center @6:30pm. Enjoy a Disney playlist and sport your Disney, if you have it : )
There are lots of chances to get in your 10 classes before the end of the month so make your way to the barre and sculpt, strengthen, and stretch!
Side note– the Cordova Mall workout on the calendar is at 2:30pm on the 13th.
Let’s pretend that making your own pizza isn’t an option and that you simply have no other choice. I definitely do not recommend to anyone to order pizza from any of the delivery pizza companies for various reasons, but that is not what this article is about.
Let’s pretend that maybe your husband, wife, or significant other, simply says, “I want to order pizza”. Perhaps you are the one who wants to indulge and order pizza. Maybe the kids are begging for a special pizza night and you do not have the ingredients to make a healthy, organic, version. Maybe you are out of groceries or it was been a long night and you just need someone else to take care of it all.
Whatever the case may be, lets assume that you have made the decision to order pizza. I am going to tell you how to do it without ruining your whole week, feeling like you need to be rolled to bed, or hating yourself for days.
- You do not have to order the unhealthiest things on the menu. This means staying away from the “cookie pizza” and the “triple pepperoni with extra cheese” pizza. Instead, opt for LIGHT or NO cheese, and load that pizza up with veggies. This also means staying away from the breadsticks!
- You do not have to order all those 2 liters of soda—enough said. Drink a glass of lemon water with dinner.
- What about the crust? You don’t need stuffed crust, cheddar crust, or double doughnut cream crust with your pizza. I promise you, the pizza will still taste good and be a treat without it. Instead, keep the crust original or, even better, opt for THIN crust.
- How much are you ordering? Are you ordering for a family of 1,2,4? Or are you ordering enough pizza to feed a football team and have some left over? It is easy to be sucked into their “deals” and end up with 2-4 large pizzas, breadsticks, and some kind of desert. You see–there is an ingredient in these pizzas called MSG that will actually tell you that you want more pizza even after you are full. If you have infinite pizza available to you, you will likely go to bed having eaten 4 or more slices when you were full at 2. Instead, order exactly the amount that you need for that night. Don’t bother with the “but we can save some for tomorrow” because you don’t need to eat delivery pizza two days in a row anyway. For example, if it is just you, order a personal pizza and be done with it. If it is just you and one other person, order a medium and be done with it.
To sum it up.
- Go for light or no cheese and heavy veggies.
- Opt for original or thin crust.
- Don’t order any sides or sodas.
Most importantly – Order the exact amount you need for one dinner.
Follow these guidelines and you will enjoy your pizza and not feel yucky about it afterward. Plus you will save money!