January 2023 Book Recap

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Hello friends!! How are you? I’m back from an incredible mastermind trip to Santa Barbara, in addition to an Air Force event up in Phoenix. I’ll share more pics in Friday Faves but it was a wild weekend and now we’re back, and back into the usual routine. I’d love to hear how you’re doing and what you were up to!

For today’s post, I wanted to share a recap of my January books. I read 5 1/2 books last month (one was a DNF). I was back in a WWII historical fiction blitz, which continues to be one of my favorite genres. There are so many incredible historical fiction novels, but I tend to read a ton and then need a break from the heavy subject matter.

Here’s what I read in Jan!

January 2023 Book Recap

January 2023 Book Recap

The Winemaker’s Wife

This was my first book of 2023 and I finished it within a few days. As much as I loved Book of Lost Names, I think this one was even more of a page turner. It has parallel storylines, following three main characters in the Champagne region of France in WWII, and present-day Olivia, who is brought to Paris on a mysterious trip with her 99-year-old grandmother. I had no idea how winemakers were involved in the Resistance, and that they would help with transporting information, ammunition, and hiding refugees until they could flee to safety. Some parts of the book were hard to read, as you can imagine, but the ending was so lovely and so well done. I definitely give it a 10/10, especially if you enjoy historical fiction.

From Amazon:

At the dawn of the Second World War, Inès is the young wife of Michel, owner of the House of Chauveau, a small champagne winery nestled among rolling vineyards near Reims, France. Marrying into a storied champagne empire was supposed to be a dream come true, but Inès feels increasingly isolated, purposely left out of the business by her husband; his chef de cave, Theo; and Theo’s wife, Sarah.

But these disappointments pale in comparison to the increasing danger from German forces pouring across the border. At first, it’s merely the Nazi weinführer coming to demand the choicest champagne for Hitler’s cronies, but soon, there are rumors of Jewish townspeople being rounded up and sent east to an unspeakable fate. The war is on their doorstep, and no one in Inès’s life is safe – least of all Sarah, whose father is Jewish, or Michel, who has recklessly begun hiding munitions for the Résistance in the champagne caves. Inès realizes she has to do something to help.

Sarah feels as lost as Inès does, but she doesn’t have much else in common with Michel’s young wife. Inès seems to have it made, not least of all because as a Catholic, she’s “safe.” Sarah, on the other hand, is terrified about the fate of her parents – and about her own future as the Germans begin to rid the Champagne region of Jews. When Sarah

Friday Faves

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Hi friends and hellooooo from Santa Barbara! I’m here for a minimind trip – a group of friends and I decided to meet up for a few days to brainstorm, collaborate, and help each other with our businesses – and am having a blast. We rented a conference room for daytime work sessions and have sandwiched it with group workouts and amazing dinners. I always love a little boost on the work front – I always want this space and the content I create to get better and better!- and an opportunity to connect with wonderful friends.

(with Kim, Giselle, Natasha, and Amber!)

This California trip is going to end with a weekend Phoenix staycation with the fam. I hope you have a fun and lovely weekend ahead, too!

It’s time for the Friday Faves party! This is where I share some of my favorite finds from the week and around the web. I always love to hear about your faves, too, so please shout out something you’re loving in the comments section below.

Friday Faves

Fitness, health, + good eats:

YOU NEED to try these little ice cream cones from Trader Joe’s. They’re dairy-free and the perfect sweet bite! The Pilot has been doing 90% of our Trader Joe’s grocery runs – it started during Rona since he was the one “out in the world” and it kind of stuck – and this means that it’s huge help for our family, but also that I usually don’t get to see all of the new things TJs has in stock. This may be a good thing because it’s definitely minimized the impulse purchases.

We all went to Trader Joe’s after family dinner the other night, and the girls and I acted like we’d never been ther

124: my fitness and wellness predictions for 2023

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This podcast episode is sponsored by Nutrisense! I’ve been a huge fan of Nutrisense for over a year and recently wore another CGM during the holidays. If you’d like to join me and get insight to your habits, your body, and make some healthy changes, sign up here. Use this link and the promo code TFP (stands for The Fitnessista Podcast) to get $30 off and 1 month of free dietitian support. 

Every year, it’s fun to look into my fitness crystal ball and see what I think the biggest trends in the industry will be. I’m now a liiiittle apprehensive about these types of posts, especially since I originally thought 2020 would be less dependent on gadgets and technology… and we all know how that went.

Over the past year, we saw a shift back to in-person classes and training after being mostly or completely virtual for a couple of years. Classes are bigger than ever, people are working out in the gym, and it’s been a testament for the value of in-person training and connection. Technology can be a convenient tool, but can’t fully replace the value of in-person training.

When I train clients in person, I’m able to see the full picture of their movements. When I watch you doing a squat, I’m not just counting reps. I’m looking at your shoulders, torso, core engagement, knees, ankle flexion, any foot rotation, and glute engagement. I can see SOME of these things on a screen, but not all of them. I absolutely think that in-person training and fitness will continue to see a higher year!

 

Here are some more of my predictions for 2023:

Nutrition and training for health over aesthetics

– Maybe it’s also due to the accounts I follow and the voices I surround myself with online, but I see a continued emphasis on training for function and health instead of purely looking a certain way. Of course there are still those trash reels and TikToks (do this video and you’ll be so sore you want to die! Or do this video if you want a nice butt in 10 minutes!), but for the most part, I see training for longevity and overall wellness. I think there will be a continued emphasis on mobility training, rest, recovery strategies, walking, progressive strength training and strategic cardio.

Pilates and Megaformer are going to have a huge year

I KNOW I’m not supposed to loop them into the same category, but in my mind, they are similar (even though I know they’re very different). I feel like yoga has gotten a lot of love over the past few years and while Pilates will always be popular, it’s definitely having a moment right now.

Peloton will continue to plateau and potentially decline as people return to more in-person cycling cl

HigherDOSE PEMF GO Mat Review

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Reviewing the HigherDOSE PEMF GO Mat for people who want relaxation, pain relief, and improved sleep. I’m sharing how I use it for all three at the same time! If you’re interested in getting one of your own, check out the link here and use FITNESSISTA15. I’m also a huge fan of the HigherDOSE sauna blanket and the red light face mask. 

Hi friends! How are you? I hope you’re having a wonderful morning! I’m packing up for a little upcoming trip and getting everything ready to go. Ready for some (more) California beach air!

For today’s post, I figured it was time I did a full review for something I use every.single.day: the infrared PEMF Go Mat. I’ve posted about it quite a bit and many friends on IG agreed that it’s worth the hype and one of the best things ever. When I first ordered the mat over a year ago, I knew I wanted something to bring me pockets of relaxation but also energy throughout the day. That’s exactly what it does for me, and today, I’m sharing all the details!

Friendly reminder to check with your doctor before using any new wellness gadgets to make sure it’s a fit for you! This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

PEMF technology promotes rest and digest, which can have a calming effect on the mind.

PEMF technology was originally used by NASA to promote health of the astronauts while in space. PEMF stands for Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy, and is designed to mimic the vibrations found in nature. These vibrations interact with our organs and tissues to help promote healing and relaxation. It’s been scientifically shown to potentially reduce aches, pains, inflammation, improve circulation, and other ailments. It’s been FDA approved for decades and is used in animals as well as humans. You may have seen PEMF used by doctors, surgeons, physical therapists, and chiropractors. Thankfully, they now have lower-cost and portable versions like this, so you can get the benefits at home!

Some studies regarding PEMF technology:

Successful application in post-COVID fatigue regarding mental wellbeing and energy

Effectiveness with neck pain improvement

Improved pain, stif

5-minute skincare and 5-minute makeup routine

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Sharing an updated skincare and makeup routine that’s perfect for beginners.

Hey friends! How’s the day going? I hope you had a wonderful weekend. P had a soccer game, I taught a barre class, we watched a movie and roasted a chicken, and met up with the fam for dinner. Today, I’m spending the morning studying for IHP (I’m more than halfway through Level Two!) and taking a hot yoga class.

For today’s post, I wanted to share my most recent skincare and makeup routine. I’ve had some recent requests and I feel like I’ve found a groove with products and so many of these have been faves for the past few years. It’s funny because I went to write this post thinking that I’m a major minimalist, but after writing everything down, it feels like a lot of products! So while I use a lot of *stuff*, everything has a purpose, and my routine is SPEEDY. It has to be with juggling kids’ pickup/dropoffs/activities/work/life. I also try to pick products that have safer ingredients with decent EWG ratings.

Here’s what it looks like right now! It changes and evolves over time with new products I find or like, but these are a lot of my tried and true faves.

5-minute skincare, 5-minute makeup routine

Daily 5-minute skincare

Nightly:

Makeup eraser. This little thing is a true wonder. It works SO well and helps remove a majority of makeup, including eye makeup.

Blueberry bounce cleanser. My skin is super sensitive and this is one of the few I can use on my entire face (even around my eyes) without irritation.

Toner. This toner is brightening without being drying. I also will use this one once or twice a week.

Serum. I switch out serums fairly often and this is my latest fave for bedtime, and this is my favorite morning serum.

Moisturizer. I’ll also swap out daily moisturizers and will typically rotate between Eminence and Beautycounter Supreme Cream.

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