Mommy Makeover Motivation

While I continued to exercise throughout each trimester of my pregnancy so that I could not only maintain my fitness but remain strong and healthy for all my mommy-of-two duties, I’m now on the journey to getting my pre-pregnancy body back. One of the things that help me be a positive momma for my little ones is being healthy and feeling great. Thus began my mommy makeover journey!

Mommy Makeover Motivation

I’ve started the challenge of getting my body back, as well as decided to get inspired by beauty and fashion. You know how much I love my personal style to reflect ME, and even though I have an overwhelming amount of things to take up time in my family and career, I want to continue to show off my personality through beauty and fashion and inspire others to do the same.

When embarking on a journey like this, it can be so hard to know where to start! That’s why during the last days of my pregnancy, I created a mood board to log all my inspirations. I combed my favorite magazines for inspiration in three categories: beauty, fashion, fitness. From natural hair goals to fit-spiration, this collage has been a place to document everything that makes me smile.

Now as I work out, do my makeup, and put together outfits, I can take all the things that inspire me and put my own personal spin on them. The goal isn’t to look like the models in the photos, but remind myself that I have what it takes to reach my goals in my own way. Having a visual representation is an amazing way to keep yourself accountable to your goals as well – and these images symbolize that. Whenever I’m overwhelmed and catch myself thinking that I can’t or don’t have time to focus on myself, my inspiration board is a reminder of that initial thought – that being happy and true to myself is the best way I can be a good mother, wife and professional.

Do you guys have visual reminders of goals or inspiration boards? If you are on a journey yourself of any kind, let me know! We can all inspire one another.


4 Reasons to Love Spinning Classes

Spinning has been one of the trendier workouts for awhile now, and I personally love it. There are so many benefits of taking a spin class that I think it’s a routine that will be around for years to come. It being less-than-ideal workout weather in much of the country right now, it seems a great time to share how a spin class can really change up your exercise game!

YAS-Venice-Spin-Room-580x320For those who haven’t tried it, “spinning” is a specific type of instructor-led cycling workout. While you may ride the stationary bike at your gym, doing it with others in a group setting can mean a more intense and fulfilling work out. What really makes the class is the people around you, all working their hardest, ultimately keeping your momentum up. The fact that you burn calories at a higher rate than many workouts (roughly 500 or 600 per class) and that it can be very motivating are just two reasons I love spin, but it’s much more than that:

Perfect for winter workouts

Like I said, this is a great way for those of us who enjoy exercising outside to still get a workout in when that’s not an option. Winter is also a notoriously ‘bad’ workout season, as the cold weather and holidays can mean a huge detour from our healthier springs and summers. Just signing up for the class signifies a commitment, and it’s much harder to justify skipping it when you know it’s going to take an hour or less of your time – just perfect for squeezing in among other tasks during the holiday season!

Gets you out of your workout rut

Even if you do push yourself your hardest during every workout sesh, you may eventually get board of your fave machines or find your routine isn’t challenging anymore. Enter: spin! With music to get you pumped up and an instructor who pushes you, just a few classes are sure to shift how you feel about working out. Maybe you’ll find that this is definitely you’re ‘thing’ or maybe you’ll have a new appreciation for the elliptical… Either way, it’s a win.

A great intro to fitness classes

If you’ve peeked in on fitness classes at your gym but never really felt comfortable enough to actually join your peers in attempting coordinated dance routines, this is the perfect foray into fitness classes. You get the group setting – and all the support and encouragement that come with it – without as many potential disasters. It’s a mostly solo effort that just so happens to take place in a group. Some spin classes even take place in the dark! Lol.

It’s a workout for all levels

One of the reasons spin has become so popular is because it really is a workout for everyone. Both the athlete and the person who has never taken a class before will benefit. A single class often operates in intervals, so you aren’t likely to find one person who thinks it’s a total breeze and another who can’t push the pedal. Plus, you are ultimately in control of the bike’s settings, so if something becomes too much, you won’t need to quit, just adjust accordingly.

Still aren’t sure if spin is your thing? Read this post to find out which fitness routine is right for you!


Photo: YAS fitness centers in Venice, CA

5 Activities You Didn’t Know Were Workouts

When it comes to being active and maintaining your health, every bit counts. Even if you don’t have time to hit the gym, little things you do during your day make a difference. It’s helpful to know that when I don’t have time to complete a full-on workout, I’ve remained active during my day. And Adam and I love to go evening walks with Aden whenever we can, and do things like take the stairs over the elevator. Ever wake up sore one morning and wonder why, only to find out it’s because the elevator was out of service and you had to walk up 6 flights of stairs that day? – that’s how you know the little things work!

While just walking up stairs should never replace an exercise regimen 100%, there are ways you can tweak those activities in order to reap their benefits, causing you to be that much healthier. You can even increase your endurance and muscle tone with these small changes.

5 Activities You Didn't Know Were Workouts |

See all 5 activities that can easily become workouts below: 

When you can’t find parking…
Circling the block for 10 minutes could easily be a 10-minute workout. Sure, it’s inconvenient if it’s raining and you have 10 bags of groceries, but it DOES benefit your health. Parking farther away means fitting in a walk you otherwise may not get to. You might even be rewarded by not having to pay for parking or having to deal with as much traffic.

Your evening walk…
You may think that strolling around the block with your baby or pup in tow isn’t worth much, but a 150lb person burns about 230 calories just by walking at a moderate pace for an hour. Easily turn that into a more intense workout by picking up speed or rounding your distance up to the nearest mile. You won’t even notice you were at it for the extra minutes, yet you’ll burn those calories.

When the elevator is full…
 Sometimes taking the elevator or escalator is more trouble than it’s worth. With a group of people vying for the elevator in a busy place, the stairs can be a welcome breath of fresh air, and even less time consuming. You’ll regain energy and quickly forget about the tiny detour – until you realize how it positively impacted your day. If you have the choice between stairs and an elevator at your office, at the subway station, or mall, challenge yourself to take the stairs. You’ll be surprised at how much it helps improve the strength of your legs.

Coffee run time…
Be the one who volunteers to run an errand for the rest of your coworkers, and you’ll not only be helpful to others, you’ll be able to step out of your workplace and get moving for a moment. It truly counts when you have to be in the same place for several hours, and taking a break can work wonders for stress and productivity as well as physical health.

Yard work day…
A day spent working in the yard is a pain for some people, but it helps to think of it as a day you can accomplish two tasks in one – a workout, and a tidied outdoor space. Things like pulling weeds, gardening, mowing the lawn, landscaping, etc., all burn calories and work your muscles. These activities can even mean burning up to 400 calories an hour!

Do you have any sneaky ways to be active on days you can’t actually workout? Share them with everyone below!


Which Fitness Routine is Right for You?

Fitness Plan | Tamera Mowry

Regular exercise is known to decrease stress and contribute to happiness. It’s just as rewarding mentally as it is physically. However, starting a fitness routine can be overwhelming given all the options. From cycling to Pilates to just plain ol’ going on a jog, it takes a little trial and error to see what works best for you. Here are a few in particular to get you started, along with the benefits of each:


Going for a run is the classic way to get your heart rate up, release endorphins, and burn calories. The best part is that if you get bored, you can always change up your location.

Perfect for: Those who want a free workout that they can do anywhere at any skill level. Especially if you love the outdoors. It’s great for those who don’t mind if other people see them getting their workout on. Jogging is perfect for beginners because you can start and stop at any time, and if you feel like it, you can always run faster!

Spin Class

I love spin. It’s a high intensity endurance workout that burns an insane amount of calories in a relatively short period of time. Plus, it’s a group effort so you have the support of the other people in the class and the instructor to keep you motivated.

Perfect for: Anyone who loves group workouts, and those who are externally motivated. It’s also great for people who want to push themselves to new limits, and people who love cycling already, but want something in between actual bike rides.


Pilates is a workout that challenges your body in terms of strength, flexibility, and balance. It’s an all-over workout that doesn’t just target one muscle group, so you can expect to see improvements across the board.

Perfect for: People seeking increased strength and flexibility, and those who want to be more in tune with their bodies. Also for those who have had previous injuries or want to prevent future ones, as it emphasizes technique. With Pilates, you can exercise in the comfort of your own home, though it’s also a popular group activity.


Yoga strengthens and increases flexibility at the same time, which is difficult to get from weight training. Regular yoga can increase serotonin levels, among other mental benefits, allowing you to de-stress and find happiness. People who practice yoga generally feel less stressed.

Perfect for: Those who want to improve mental health just as much as physical, and increase harmony with the body and mind. If you want to tone your body and feel more relaxed, this workout would be worth a try. Just as with Pilates, it also helps prevent injuries and balance the body.


Cardio workouts like aerobics, dancing, jogging, and swimming all increase endurance, strength, and muscle-tone, while decreasing fat. If you want to lose weight, some sort of cardio workout is a must. Dancing helps you do all this in a fun, yet fast-paced way. There are so many routines out there, head to the gym or grab a DVD for ideas!

Perfect for: Dancing is great for people who love to get moving, but tire of regular jogging, and really love to make their workouts fun. It works for solo workouts from the comfort of your living room and group exercises at the gym.

This is by no means an all-inclusive list! Add in your favorite type of workout below.


Photo: Womens Health Magazine