Cheat Day The Right Way

One thing that you must know about me is that I am not one for a rigid eating plan. It’s just not me. My personal philosophy for a healthy lifestyle is this: figure out what works for you and do it. If you can’t figure it out, seek the assistance of someone who can push you in the right direction. So with that being said, the title of this post may be a little misleading. I myself do not do cheat days. I have gotten to the point where I know what to eat 95% of the time and if I just want something different I do it - in moderation, of course. And, if I do it you better know that I am going to make it worth it.

That didn’t stop me from doing a little research in order to get a little background on both the benefits and disadvantages of including cheat days in your plan. It seems as though small and short periods of overeating can help you boost your metabolism as well as have positive effects on hormone levels but, how does it affect us mentally? As Dr. Melanie Greenberg, PhD, a clinical psychologist in Mill Valley, CA, explains, “Ultimately, you have to find something that will work for [the long-run]. It’s not what you can do — it’s what you can keep up.” With that being said, if your dietary restrictions require you to rely on your “cheat days” to get you through the week then maybe, just maybe, that approach may not be sustainable for the long run. In my opinion, there is no point in crash dieting or creating lifestyle changes that you do not plan to maintain because as soon as you shift back to your old habits, all of that work you have done previously is in vain. Not only does your body physically revert back to your old habits, internally you will begin to feel the change in terms of what you are using to fuel your body. So, what healthy lifestyle changes can you maintain for the long run? What about instead of ordering your pizza you create your own healthy alternative at home? That chocolate shake you get everyday on your way home from work? Replace it with a smoothie that is reminiscent of a shake at Braums. Yup, it can actually get that good!

Then, there are those times when you just have to get what you want and not feel any way about it. Otherwise you tend to indulge in everything except for the thing you have really been craving. That’s a bit counterproductive, don’t you think?

Sweets are one of my weaknesses so when I am having a sugar craving (which normally is about once a month) I make my way to Milk n’Cream in Dallas, Texas for a warm glazed donut filled with ice cream. I promise you it is as good as it sounds! With several ice cream options and cereal combinations you can mix and match so that each visit feels like your first experience. My favorite is hands down the ‘Cookie Monster’ and each time I visit I leave in a guilt- free sugar coma!

This isn’t a place where you go to sit and catch up with friends, seeing as though the space at the Dallas location is very limited. But, it serves it’s purpose which is to provide you with an amazing sweet treat that is unique in it’s design and taste. Don’t worry if you aren’t one for ice cream with your doughnuts - you can also indulge in a cone or a cup but. for my dallas peeps and those making plans to visit Dallas soon, I definitely suggest that you add this to your stop!


So, what’s your take on cheat days/meals?  When you do indulge what are some of your favorite eateries and or meals to partake in? Let us know!

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More Than Just A Coffee Shop: Toasted+Coffee Kitchen

As a blogger, I am always looking for a change of scenery to collect my thoughts and get productive and with the growing number of coffee shops circulating in Dallas sometimes it can be hard to separate those that are popular for a good photoshoot and those that provide a genuinely dope vibe and, in this case, a creative menu that pairs well with any study session, work date, or catch up session. We have found that in Toasted+Coffee Kitchen.

I was first introduced to Toasted+Coffee Kitchen I was first introduced to Toasted+Coffee Kitchen when the folks at Instagram came into town and invited a few local fitness bloggers and influencers out to learn about some of the new additions that are coming down the line from the Instagram team. Because of Toasted’s large layout, we were able to have private meeting in their upstairs area complete with uniquely curated toast selections and the perfect caffeine pick me up. I knew I would be back.

On Sundays I try to take a couple of kid free hours to get ready for the upcoming week and because those 3-4 hours (when I do get them) really set the tone for the next 5-6 days that are to follow. I write blog posts for the week, work on my editorial calendar, meal plan for the week, get in some intense journaling, and just breathe. With so much to accomplish in a short amount of time, location is key.

Not only does this coffee shop know how to construct a mean chai tea latte (I really do consider myself a connoisseur of soy chai tea lattes), but they treat each caffeine creation like a work of art, and it is presented as such, which makes it taste that much better!

We all know that the “toast trend” has been overdone a bit in the city of Dallas and I have ventured out into these D-Town streets and have had my fair share of toast delectables, but I can honestly say that none of them has compared to what the team at Toasted+Coffee Kitchen has to offer. I do wish that the bread was little thinner, if I am being completely honest, but that is just a personal preference. They definitely make up for it with the generous number of combinations that they offer and the super dope names that are featured on both their daily menu and their “Special Menu” that is available from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Check out some of my favorite menu items.

* Eggs In Jail: Benedict poached egg incarcerated in a circle of bacon & toast w/ hollandaise

*Ricotta Be Kidding: Country bread, strawberries, ricotta cheese, & basil garnish

* Toast Ma Goats : House bread, sweet goat cheese, pear slices, pecans, & honey drizzle


So what do you think Dallas? Will you be giving Toasted+Coffee Kitchen a try? What menu item are you most excited to try out?

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Riding The Wave with Mizuno and Dick's Sporting Goods

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I was recently invited out as a paid influencer to Dick’s Sporting Goods in Allen, Texas to attend a private event hosted by Mizuno to showcase all of the amazing innovations that are taking place at Dick’s Sporting Good stores nationwide (more on that later) and to get an in-depth and interactive look at Mizuno’s newly released Wave Rider 20.

Prior to the event, I was familiar with the Mizuno brand but had never ventured to my local Dick’s store to actually try on a pair - that was my first mistake.

While at the event, I was greeted with familiar faces, several of Dallas’s most notable fitness bloggers were in attendance and it was great to know that whatever surprises were coming my way wouldn’t be taken on alone. Plus, each invitee got a plus one so I just had to bring my partner and crime, and favorite shoe connoisseur Chan of CNK Daily with me to join in on all of the fun to be had.

After allowing us to get acquainted with each other and with the brand, we had the opportunity to meet with our local Mizuno rep CJ, who gave us the rundown on all things Wave Rider. I definitely ended my time with him feeling like I knew almost everything about what Mizuno has to offer as a brand.

 

As part of the experience, they gifted me with a pair of Waver Rider 20’s for both myself and my guest. How cool is that?!

Plus, we immediately had the opportunity to take them out for a ride when we competed in a store-wide scavenger hunt, which took us around Dick's Sporting Goods to find a pretty detailed list of products that they offer.  And this girl here could not find the shoe laces, while stationed in the shoe section, to save my life. Needless to say, Chan and I did not win but I enjoyed running around the store, confusing customers, and taking my new running shoes out for a spin!

Now you guys know that I am a serial learner, I mean I only stopped going to school because I had Peyton and student loans are not the business.  If not for that,  I  would so be Lynn from ‘Girlfriends’ - remember that series!?! That said, I had so many fun fact takeaways from the event and since I tend to ramble, let me leave you guys with my top 3:

 

1. The concept of the Wave Rider was inspired by a study focusing on the wings of insects and how through time they have become lighter in weight, yet stronger overall. I think that is pretty cool.

2. The Wave Rider 20 is the longest-standing running shoe that the brand offers. Probably because of it’s popularity with runners who love a soft cushion and the “wave” feel that Mizuno is known for providing with their ever evolving wave technology. 

3. Dick's Sporting Goods stores are transitioning nation wide to now offer interactive shoe fitting stations that are definitely going to be a fan favorite. The Allen location even had a treadmill on site so that you can try out your shoes after your personalized fitting! Because, walking back and forth and jumping up and down, sometimes just isn’t enough, you know?

 

 

 

 

I wish I could have brought all of you guys with me to the event, but hopefully after reading this you feel just like you were there! Planning on giving the Wave Rider 20 a try? Head over to your local Dick’s Sporting Goods store and tell them FitXBrit sent ya!

 

 

Happy Pinning!

 

Please Note:  This post is sponsored by Mizuno .All comments about the product, brand, and event are my own and I have and will always remain transparent about my opinions. I will not endorse anything that I would not use on my own healthy living lifestyle journey.

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There is More to Bishop Arts Than Brunch

Anyone that knows me knows that I am terribly scared of commitment.  I just am.  I wish I had a long back story where I could explain exactly what, why, when, and how it happened but I can’t. It is just something that I know and recognize about myself and am working on daily. My fear has worked to my benefit in some areas. I mean, how else would I be able to bring you all things Dallas fitness related if I just stuck to one thing?! Welp, I am going to have to figure out a way to do both because I think I may have found a fitness match.

You may remember Core from the L.Y.F.E. series feature we did with owners Frank May and Anibal Cuevas.  Located in the heart of Oak Cliff, and just seconds away from Bishop Arts, you can find Core Fitness in a storefront on Jefferson Blvd. In a field dominated by boutique-style workouts it is hard to get noticed when the core of your brand is simply pouring your expertise into whoever walks through your door and, by any means necessary, making sure that they leave more knowledgeable and sweatier than when they entered. But, that is exactly what you will get from the community of members and trainers at Core Fitness.  

Read: L.Y.F.E Gives You Core Fitness

 

If group fitness is more of your thing, they have you covered in that lane too. Registration opened this week for a boot camp they are hosting. Check out Martha Nicol on November 2nd as she hosts "CAMP GLUTIATOR."  You can sign-up today at 508A W. Jefferson blvd Dallas TX to reserve your spot or email corefitnesstx@gmail.com for more information.  There are limited spots available so, be sure to get moving!

Oh, you thought I was done? I’m not. I can’t leave without emphasizing just how much this facility is a triple threat. Not only are they providing you with a workout that helps to achieve greatness and trainers that will feed your mind, body and soul, BUT they also have Core Meals. Now, even the self-proclaimed meal prep Queen (that’s me guys!) doesn’t feel like prepping EVERY week and it is good to know that I can order a week’s worth of meals from Core Meals and still stay within my goals for a reasonable price. They offer a variety of options weekly and you can pick up a couple of meals or bundle up and dominate your Monday-Friday.

I rock with Core Fitness and I think you should to. Get Connected.

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Boss Babe Glamping Adventure: Best Day Ever Ranch

“Do you want to go camping?” Not the words I ever thought would be spoken to me.  You see, I am more of the “do you want to do a staycation at a 5 star hotel?” kind of girl. But, it’s all about the experience right? That was two months ago and little did I know that our camping trip would sneak up on me so fast.

Chandler, Mai, and I

Chandler, Mai, and I

The Dallas Fitness Ambassadors founded by Mai Lyn of Deep Fried Fit is a group of fitness, lifestyle, and wellness bloggers that are all about new experiences and taking the Dallas fitness scene by storm. So, gathering up a group of these Boss Babes to head to the Best Day Ever Ranch for a weekend of new experiences was sure to be an adventure within itself thanks to Ginger Harper of the Ginger Marie Blog. 

The Best Day Ever Ranch

The Best Day Ever Ranch

 

The ranch itself was humongous and  there were cabin options, as well as tent options so that you could determine what type of experience you wanted. Due to a wedding that was scheduled that same weekend, we opted for the tents and I honestly think that on our next visit we will still pick the tents because it gave a very authentic camping experience and still allowed for the “glamping” perks. From the petting farm, horses, hiking and biking trails, paddle boarding and fishing available, there was a little bit of something for everyone.

 

The best part? The drinks were flowing and the fun was had, but we still managed to maintain a healthy living lifestyle while enjoying the outdoors thanks to Sprouts! From mocktails, homemade moscow mules, good ol beer, chilli, fajitas, breakfast burritos, Golden Island super yummy Sriracha Jerky,  and camp fire smores, no one went hungry and everyone went to bed full. We were even able to accommodate a vegetarian and someone with a gluten intolerance thanks to the amazing menu prepared by Chandler from ‘The H Is For’ and Dixya from Food Pleasure and Health.

Hey, I may not be a full out camp girl but I will definitely be making it a priority to make this at the very least an annual trip due to the amazing hospitality of everyone at The Best Day Ever Ranch!


Check out some of the other ladies takes on our Boss Babe Glamping Adventure!

The Ginger Marie Blog

The H Is For

Deep Fried Fit

Eat Well & Sparkle

Stephanie Suire 

Fit Girl In Flight

Veleisa Patton

Food Pleasure & Health

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Disclaimer: This trip was sponsored by The Best Day Ever Ranch and the food was gifted by Sprouts! All opinions and words are my own. I truly appreciate all of the brands the support the Dallas Fitness Ambassador Community. 

Revolution Cycling Spotlight Party with Grit Fitness

So, you guys know how much I love a great fitness event and luckily Dallas does not have a shortage of them! However, with the abundance of fitness fun occurring around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, it is important to seek out quality events. Grit Fitness never fails at this and with the addition of their second location in the Design District, it just means double the fun!

Read: Hip Hip Hurray! For Active Nation Day!

The Grit Crew are hosting a Revolution Cycling Spotlight Party to introduce the community to their new instructors and their amazing cycling Studio B offering TWO free classes September 30, 2016 at 5:30 and at 6:30.  There will be drinks, treats, raffles, a photobooth, and a special gift for the first 100 guest to arrive. If cycling isn’t your thing, still come by between 5-8 for shopping, entertainment, and studio tours.

I have never taken a cycling class so, I am super excited and nervous for this event! Stay locked in to my Instagram account this week because I will be hooking one of you guys up with a 5 class pack (valued at $105) to check out all of the great things that Grit Fitness has to offer!

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August Fitness Challenges Across the Dallas- Fort Worth Metroplex

I think challenges are a great way to encourage participants to be accountable for their goals and still have fun in the process. Sometimes, a challenge can give you the extra “umph” you need to kick your ass into high gear towards the end of the month. I mean, who wants to put in all that work and miss out on your “prize” because you got lazy towards the end? Nobody! So here are 3 Dallas-based fitness studios that are challenging you to be great.  Not only will your body thank you, so will your wallet.

Grit Fitness Studios

Grit studios is known for offering exclusive tanks and shirts that you absolutely can not rock unless you earn it but, this month, they are trying something new and we at FitXBrit really like it!

Image Grit Fitness

Image Grit Fitness

The August Challenge started on the 1st of the month but they are switching it up a bit because at GRIT they are always changing and improving. Instead of a tank top, you can earn a limited edition GRIT water bottle! All you have to do is:

Take 14 classes at either studio +

Drink 8 glass of water every day for 31 days

You can print off the water challenge sheet or pick one up at the studio to track your water intake starting Monday, August 1! Who's excited? #chuglife #dontbethirsty

City Surf Fitness

Everyone who follows me via social media knows that my studio of choice for July was City Surf Fitness. I alternated between the Uptown location and Deep Ellum and the Deep Ellum location definitely won my heart, more on that later though.

Image City Surf Fitness

Image City Surf Fitness

SUMMER'S END BOOTCAMP

Spots are filling quickly in Lauren's two (6PM Deep Ellum or 7:30PM Uptown) SUMMER'S END BOOTCAMPS starting Monday, August 8th and ending Friday, August 19th. Registration costs $150 and gets you 10-City Surf sessions, nutrition coaching, take home workouts and a City Surf tank. Each group meets Monday - Friday  for two weeks straight for a City Surf intensive training program. Register for your spot by emailing Lauren directly at lauren@citysurffitness.com

Fly Wheel Sports

I have not yet made it to take a spin class here or anywhere for that matter. If I am being honest I am super nervous because I keep hearing that it is painful for your lady parts but, I am going to conquer my fear before the year is over.  I put it in writing and I have no plans on failing myself!  I hear Fly Wheel Sports would be the best place for me to start and I am excited to try the whole cycling phenomenon out soon. For August here is what Fly Wheel has to offer:

Image Fly Wheel 

Image Fly Wheel 

Sign up for their first FLY-lympics to score prizes, including one month of Early Booking in September! In August, take 10 classes and complete milestones like taking two classes a day. To be a FLY-lympian, purchase the FLY-lympics package. Email flylympics@flywheelsports.com to get in the game.

In August, take a picture reppin' your #FLYgear around town or on vacation and post it to Facebook or Instagram to win a free FLY outfit! Be sure to include@flywheeltxchels and #FLYswag to enter to win. Winner will be chosen on 9/1.

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Why You Must Experience IDEA World Fitness Convention and BlogFest with SweatPink At Least Once In Your Lifetime

Despite what others may think, I often find myself doubting myself. I mean, health and fitness have been my thing for awhile but I haven’t even been blogging for a year yet and the opportunities that I have been presented with are sometimes surreal.  Sometimes, I find myself feeling like I do not deserve them but I am getting to the point where I now know the importance of trusting HIS timing in my life in ALL areas.  Whether I am progressing what I perceive as a rapid or slow pace, there is a reason for it all. I say all of that to emphasize the sheer joy I felt when I found out that I was accepted as a Blogfest attendee this year.   While anyone can register to go, I was lucky enough to be chosen for a sponsored badge - which made registration and attendance completely no cost to me. That’s amazing.  Up until the first day of Blogfest, I was waiting for someone to contact me and tell me they made a mistake when selecting me.  But, I put on my big girl panties, boarded my flight, and headed to Los Angeles, California to take in all that BlogFest and IDEA World had to offer.

Mai Lyn started her trip off in style and as you can tell was the group's photographer. Check out her take on the experience here.

One of my main fears was traveling in groups. I am a specific type of traveler and my go-to traveling buddy by choice has always been my better half in our Fit Chicks series, Channing. So, switching up from a tag team partnership to traveling with five additional bloggers was intimidating and made me nervous as hell.  Big personalities mixed with differences? I just knew that this may be a recipe for disaster, but boy was I wrong! For the most part, everyone was on the same page and we actually embraced everything each person brought to the table. I firmly believe that those differences are what made our group so much fun! I will definitely be traveling with these ladies next year when we take our talents to Las Vegas, Nevada for Blogfest!

Images via Mai Lyn of Deep Fried Fit

Ginger was definitely  the MVP of our hike! Check out her recap of our amazing adventure here

It is almost a week later and I am still sore and very much tired! The good part about all of this is that my head is still spinning with excitement from all of the knowledge I gained, life lessons I witnessed, and amazing people that I finally got to connect with in person. While there were some sessions that were just a repeat of things I already knew, I still walked away with valuable nuggets. Sometimes, even if you may already be familiar with something, you still need that reminder and hearing it from someone who doesn’t know you or your blog at all can just reconfirm the direction you are going in and help you to realize that you may need to reevaluate, regroup, and refocus. Most of the sessions were presented and geared towards those focused on health and fitness so, getting a tailored approach to blogging versus looking at it from any subject matter really helped me to make the information applicable. We were introduced to the Do’s and Don’ts of working with brands.  Siggi’s, Vital Proteins, and GymGo all participated in a panel and were very transparent about what they look for when partnering with bloggers and influencers. The IDEA World opening ceremonies were pretty darn awesome as well! Not only did we witness many deserving individuals in the health and fitness area receive awards for their achievements but, the icing on the cake was Jack Canfield’s very motivational keynote speech.  The cherry on top?  Amy Van Dyken-Rouen’s candid reflection on her inspiring journey. I swear there were points in her speech where I was laughing and crying simultaneously.

Images via Mai Lyn of Deep Fried Fit and Chandler of The H Is For

Brandi really took in all that BlogFest had to offer and soaked up all the gems. Share in her experience here.

Following sessions included tips on food photography with Brooke, as well as why and how to build your email list and building your brand via Snapchat and YouTube.  Then I got all “fan girl” when we had the opportunity to hear from ,Whole30 creator Melissa Hartwig!  Her partnership with Vital Proteins is one that I will enjoy seeing unfold into something amazing, I am sure. Amanda presented to us about content marketing, and it was at that moment that everything finally came together for me and I knew why I was supposed to be there.

Gunnar Peterson and friends literally kicked my ass in our workout but, in a really good way. I hope all of you guys got to witness the foolery via snapchat (@Chevone). I had to reboot with some aerial yoga that really hit the relaxation spot and we spent the rest of the afternoon checking out all of the vendors and enjoying the IDEA Fit conference. After 33 years of life, I was taught how to hula hoop in 5 minutes.  BEST DAY EVER!

Images via Mai Lyn of Deep Fried Fit

Chandler dominated every workout that was thrown our way and did it in style, check out her take on L.A and  her amazing wardrobe here.

Takeaways

If you ever have the opportunity to attend this conference, I strongly suggest that you load your bag with snacks! We had some pretty amazing food from sponsors like Morningstar Farms (which took the cake), Silk, General Mills and Bell Institute (just to name a few) but after a while, you want more than protein bars and the like.

Create your own schedule based off of your limits. There is so much to do and so much to learn, but you don’t want to get information overload. Make sure you plan a day consisting of conference fun as well as a little bit of tourist action.

If you have the opportunity to travel to L.A. you HAVE to find time to try out Tavern On 2. The food is freaking amazing to say the least! They have a nice selection of beers and wine which is of course a win! BUT, the appetizers alone gave me LIFE! That says a lot. I highly recommend the Seven Cheese Mac and Cheese and - heck, just order one of everything, or keep going back until you make your way through the menu!

Images via Mai Lyn of Deep Fried Fit

Vegas next year is sure to be fun and I can not wait to take on BlogFest again with my Dallas Fitness Ambassador crew! Jamie, Alyse and Kelli and the rest of the Fit Approach team: you guys absolutely outdid yourselves this year! So honored to Sweat Pink!

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#MommyandMiniPicks: Local Press +Brew

If you follow me on snapchat (@Chevone) especially during the school year you were privy to my morning snaps at Local Press + Brew located in Dallas, Texas. You were also amused by the cravings/withdrawals I would experience when Dallas traffic wouldn’t cooperate with me or my budget wouldn’t cooperate with me and my new daily addiction. In all seriousness I solicited gift cards for my birthday just to make it through the school year and, yes,  it was well worth it!

Local Press + Brew provides its patrons with a unique atmosphere that encourages repeat customers in a city where you can ultimately find a coffee shop/juice bar at every corner. What sets them apart from the rest? Well, as an educator in the community where they are located, the highlight is their organic and genuine support of the community. Upon arrival, it is not rare to see work done by local artists, as well as bakery goods straight from neighboring vendors.  In addition, every returned glass bottle guarantees a $1 donation to a local charity in Dallas.

They source locally roasted coffee beans and are constantly reinventing the menu by adding amazing teas and other combinations. I had an amazing turmeric creation that was such a game changer! Like I needed anything else to get addicted too - SMH!  As far as the juices go, I wish I could say there was one that I didn’t like but in all transparency - there isn’t. The nut milks are a perfect addition to any smoothie or used as a creamer for coffee and now, you can turn your juice into a shake which is literally an amazing experience. I add a Beenana (banana, almond and bee pollen) to EVERY single juice they have (1-6) and it makes for a more filling experience.

I often bring home juices for Peyton and they have always been a hit but, this summer I wanted to expose her to the place that is so near and dear to my heart. We arrived and she immediately charmed her way into all of the patrons hearts by greeting everyone with hugs, and I do mean every single person. Lol! We enjoyed juice, shakes and some of their specialty toast options. The avocado toast is my favorite by far and I can not leave without a croissant!  Peyton was a very happy camper and enjoyed the picnic tables outside for a chance to run around a bit.  Mommy loved it because nap time was so much easier that day and even I got in a nap that afternoon because we were fueled with Local Press + Brew awesomeness and had an amazing afternoon together.

We give Local Press+Brew a 5 sippy cup rating because of the farm-to-table options and the toddler friendly environment. The prices are comparable to most juice bars and to know that I am getting locally sourced, fresh produce is a plus. They also offer juice cleanses that I have not yet had the opportunity to try but, you guys know I love a good juice cleanse I will definitely share with you how it compares to the other’s we have tried whenever we conquer that.

Have you tried Local Press+Brew? What are some of your favorite menu items? What are some of your favorite toddler friendly spots in the DFW metroplex?

All Images Juan Carlos Puebla of 52ndWitness

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Mommy’s Shorts: Kohls

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