Pause to plan

21 Feb

Hey squad,

Sometimes I just don’t know what to do with all the to-dos!

Like listening to podcasts, I am a little late to the regular practice of meditation. Luckily there is an app for that.

Calm app
Calm app

It does help slow the chaos down a bit so that I can re prioritize. I plan on getting it all sorted for the week and knocking that list into just a few notes.
So, if you happen to ride metro north and hear someone taking really deep breathes, it me. I promise not to break into “ohm”s.

Cheerfully yours,
Phyllis4fitness

And now a fashion POV

18 Feb

Hey Squad,

I have been intrigued by the rise of ath-lesiure clothing lines lately.  I am not sure who these folks are that can wear an outfit to yoga and then to brunch.  I am a sweaty mess five minutes in.

However, if anyone can make a sport bra that holds me close, hides my headlights, and doesn’t take a magic act to take off, I am a big fan.

This article today really spoke to my whole approach on fashion.

I do like to dress nice for work and on a bit of a trend.  I am not one to invest in one or two good pieces strategy.  I like to hit the look alike pieces at a Ann Taylor or H&M. I always will pick function over fashion when it comes to shoes, so I guess according to this list, I am doing ok.

Here they are in case you don’t want to click on the link.

These, friends, are the truly stylish women from whom we should aim to take our fashion inspiration. To that end, we’ve compiled the 7 habits of highly stylish people to get you started.

1. They don’t surf street style blogs and copy exactly what they see, label for label.
That’s why truly stylish girls will see a look they’re drawn to and seek out lesser-priced pieces that have the same vibe. Plenty of affordable stores and sites offer items that feature similar aspects to designer pieces.
2. They aren’t afraid of any store—and can find something almost anywhere. 
Legitimately stylish women will troll any—and we mean any—store with zero snob factor, yet they manage to stay true to their aesthetic.
For example, she won’t be afraid to pop into a cheesy-seeming teen store at the mall, but that doesn’t mean she’ll leave with the same things her 12-year-old cousin would. Same goes for fast-fashion haunts like Forever 21, dusty old thrift stores, and off-price havens like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Century 21, which are consistently packed with great stuff at non-sucker prices.
3. They know how to style themselves according to their own taste.
Isn’t it always the case that the most stylish girls will say “This blouse? It’s from Goodwill, like, 100 years ago” and actually mean it?
Yeah, the blouse itself is probably pretty cool, but it’s really the way she styled it—maybe she tucked into great-fitting jeans, unbuttoned one extra button, rolled up the sleeves, and added a killer pair of statement earrings—that made everyone comment on it.
4. They always look a littles less “done” than everyone else.
Highly stylish people are often in the habit of always appearing a teeny tiny bit too cool for every scenario they’re in.
This might mean wearing a pair of slip-on sneakers when every other girl is teetering on sky-high heels, wearing a chic skinny pantsuit when every other woman is rocking glittery party dresses, or chopping her hair into a messy bob when everyone else has long beachy waves. Small things that always make them look a little less “done.”
5. They understand labels don’t make them cooler.
It sounds cliché, but the most stylish women—and men, for that matter—in the world are ones who have confidence, and who know they don’t need the $700 sweatshirt or $2,000 handbag to make themselves appear cool.
These folks can step out in a faded gray tee and jeans and still look like the coolest person in the room all because they have confidence (okay fine, and probably a killer haircut, too.)
6. They aren’t slaves to fashion.
Some of the most stylish people are able to have fun with fashion and follow trends without looking like a slave. If you don’t like a trend—even if every blogger under the sun is wearing it—don’t buy into it. It’s that simple.
7. They don’t dress to be considered stylish.
Before blogs, before street style, and before Fashion Week became a three-ring circus that only matters for those who have the most attention-grabbing clothing, young women dressed for themselves, their lifestyle, and what looked good on them.
Believe us: It doesn’t matter if those heels are Alexander Wang—if you can’t walk in them, you won’t be considered stylish. Throw on a pair of comfortable ankle boots with that mini dress, you’ll look much cooler.
Cheerfully yours,

Phyllis4fitness

Everything I need to know in life, I learned by running a marathon

17 Feb

Hey Squad,

As we are all aware ( well maybe not everyone) the lottery for the TCS NYC 2016 marathon closes on Friday.
I have been thinking a lot about my marathon experience and have come up with this very deep observation on life based on the experience.

Everything I need to know in life I learned from running a marathon

  1. Preparation is everything.
  2. No bullshitting your readiness with out consequences i.e injuries and hours of PT
  3. Running is better with a group, but ultimately its you and the road
  4. Showing up is more than half the battle, your heart will lead you to the best outcome
  5. If you don’t love what you are doing you will never be great at it
  6. You are the star in your own show. Give yourself good PR (avoid negative self talk)
  7. Everyone will still love you  employ you, talk to you, etc) if you make time for yourself
  8. Read number 7 again
  9. There are signs along the way that will influence you, challenge you, and make you smile.
  10. Remember to thank the sign holders

And yes, I signed up for the lottery because well…  that would be number 11. I am crazy.

Cheerfully yours,

phyllis4fitness

Love equals new running shoes

14 Feb

Happy Valentines Day!

I think today is a great day to just be alive and even if you aren’t in a relationship that fills your love bucket, you can celebrate the community we all live in and thank each other for being there.

THANK YOU! and I love you all.

In a traditional sense, my valentine and I spent the day seeing a great movie Deadpool.  Hilarious and definitely not for the pre teen set.  We went to the mall and I was gifted with the best valentine. New sneakers.  LOVE.

Is there anything that says LOVE to you?

Here is a list of some of the things I am loving lately related to fitness

  1. Apple watch- I love how its so interconnected with my apps and my email.  It makes working out during lunch a lot easier when I can see whats going on in between reps
  2. Myfitnesspal- That app works! If you put all the info in, you can definitely see what you are eating too much of and how to make changes.  I am currently only sharing my diary with my trainer, but if you want to hook up and be accountability partners, message me at phyllis825
  3. IYFYM- or whatever it is.  Is the macro diet tracking and helps you work harder to get the result you need. I learned I was eating way too few calories to shred and tone like I wanted to.  Its hard for me, since I am from the old school idea of less calories means weight loss.  I am learning a lot (finally)
  4. Peloton bike- this has been a stress lifesaver.  I can’t say enough about the quality of classes and the community.

So, now that I am back to blogging, look forward to hearing more from me.

Cheerfully yours,

 

Phyllis