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5 Things

I’m losing my blog momentum – lots going on with work, working out and wellness but here’s a little run down about what’s going on in my life and 5 things I’ve been digging. What have you been diggin’ lately?

Amma’s Rose Oil – My Signature Scent  – I love love love this smell. It’s basically a sandalwood and rose oil and I get so many compliments on it. It’s a whopping $35 on Amma’s site (and EO makes it too but they are out of stock A LOT). Trust me, this stuff is gold.

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Afternoons at the Pool – Steve and I moved into our place in Long Beach and we are enjoying every moment of it and taking advantage of the amenities – including this beautiful pool. Sometimes I did to just unplug, reboot and just sit back and relax!

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TSC Bombshell Body Guide – Okay, I’ve never, ever done this before but I bought meal/fitness plan online but I am loving every minute of it. I’ve been in deep for almost 2 weeks now and I’m down 3 L-B’s and I feel great. Like, super great and I can see the difference in my bod. It’s so good, it’s easy and manageable! Try it!

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Tony Robbins – Yep, I’ll admit, I’m a Tony Robbins newbie. I am a self-proclaimed self help book junkie and I’ve never got into Tony Robbins, until now. It took my the documentary I Am Not  Your Guru. At this point, I’m all in! He’s incredible! Check it.

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Zucchini Noodles – Another thing I’m late to the party on is these bad boys. These are gluten free and AH-MAZING. It takes like 7 minutes in a pan with a TBSP of olive oil and BAM!, throw on some red sauce, add some fresh mozzerella and basil and VOILA, perfectly healthy! (I got mine at Whole Foods Market Long Beach)

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Hope you enjoyed reading this one!

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What’s 2014 Going to Bring?

ImageI came across this article on MindBodyGreen today and I thought it would be cool to share some of my answers. I’m going to take the top 10 – because some of them were really personal and I don’t want to put that stuff in the blogosphere. I am so ready to let go of 2013 and its challenges – and I am ready to really embrace change and a world of love and wellness in the upcoming year. 

Cheers to 2014 and see ya later, 2013! 

1. What am I most proud of this year?

I am proud of myself for taking a leap of faith by moving to San Diego, where I literally knew no one and cultivated a cute little life by the sea while keeping my relationship with my boyfriend stronger than ever. It’s really cool to be back and forth between two locations.

2. How can I become a better (_____leader_____)?

In 2014, I want to become a better leader in all aspects. I want my coworkers looking up to me as well as respecting me. I want to be a leader who leads by example, is constantly inspiring, and create an environment where my coworkers and colleagues want to work their best magic. 

3. Where am I feeling stuck?

I feel not as challenged at work – but that’s going to change at my new gig I start in the beginning of January! 

4. Where do I need to allow myself grace?

I need to allow grace in my actual physical body.  Through a clean 80/20 diet, I want to feel and look great and my best. 

8. How did I spend my free time?

I spent a lot of time walking, shopping, WORKING (of course), and surfing the internet. Shopping and the internet can take a back seat for 2014.

11. When did I feel most creatively inspired?

I thrive in a super busy atmosphere, when my body is rested and relaxed, after a fabulous yoga class, and in the early mornings when everything is so still and quiet.

14. In what ways can I re-structure my time?

Always, always make time for exercising and cooking a healthy and organic meal!

16. Where has self-doubt taken over?

Self-doubt takes over in work; I’m always paranoid over silly things and curious if people like me or not – which is extremely silly and needs to stop ASAP.

17. When have I felt the most alive?

I feel most alive after a great work out, eating a clean diet, and brewing my homemade kombucha. 

22. Where is it time to let go?

Let go of fear and choose love. So simple, but yet so hard! 

The iloveme Ring – and Why You Should Buy It Now

Friends,

Everyday I wear this ring called the iloveme ring by Be Well with Arielle. I get compliments on it multiple times per day. I love it so much. 

ImageHere’s the story on why I love it so much…. I was in a great transition of my life at the time with a new job, new apartment, new car, happily single, etc. I was starting to channel in the new me.  This ring was the ultimate treat for myself.  I wanted and admired it and loved the meaning behind it – simply ILOVEME. At that point of my life, I was half way there to loving myself. Today, I love all of myself and the ring and many self help books were the start of it. 

Arielle is offering $50 dollars off of the iloveme collection on her website for the summer – so now is the time to buy. I may even get another one because 2 rings looks so sexy and sassy! 

Learn more about Arielle here

My Day…

Today was a little bit rough for me. The mental chatter just wouldn’t calm down! Over and over my broken brain kept telling me – Am I not good enough, I am not the best, People are judging me, etc, etc. It’s so not fun but I know I’m not alone in this. Taking a look back at my day, it was pretty damn good.  I woke up at 5:30, did my morning routine, went to work, exercised, and then came home to work on a 2nd gig I have – (and now blogging, of course). All of these things I am so grateful for.  And I’m also in gratitude for my routine that I stick to and the person I am. 

So, when in this cluster of a mental frenzy, I watch “Jessica’s Daily Affirmation”. It takes me straight back to the thoughts I SHOULD be thinking! I love my life, family, boyfriend, yoga, exercise, being sober, my rad apartment, the beach, my hair – and so on and so on. Watch and love – and if you’ve already seen it, watch it again! 

Wellness Wednesdays – Feeling Brave

These last few weeks have been a whirlwind and I am really starting to feel brave in my ripe age of 30. Last week, I posted this blog to my network of friends which I was deathly afraid of. I’m going for an opportunity at work that I never thought would come available and never thought I’d be supported on – and I faced my fears of health and got blood work done to see if I am indeed healthy. 

ImageBeing Brave by releasing my blog: I decided I’m really going to put myself out there and not be embarrassed of who I am. I’m spiritual. I’m sober. I believe in God. I pray every night and meditate in the morning. I used to be afraid to admit these things to people – because I was afraid of judgement. With putting my fear aside, I may actually be able to help someone – which is a miracle. 

Being Brave at work: I get really uncomfortable with work stuff because I had a few rough spats in my career over the past 15 years. After a long journey, I’m in a job and company that I love and want to grow with.  After talking the talk of wanting to move up – I’m going for a new opportunity. Pretty rad, huh? Wish me luck! 

Being Brave at the Doctor’s: I was lucky to meet the fine folks over at Bloom Natural Health through my job.  It led to me doing a full bloodwork panel that I’ve never done before – because I was deathly afraid I was going to find out that I’m dying. I faced my fears and got my results back today. Surprisingly, I am not dying – and I am one healthy young lady, but I do have areas to work on. My brave face paid off and I feel so much better! 

So,  beautiful people, I encourage you to be brave.  Take chances. Face your fears.  In the end, you feel a hell of a lot better. Life is too short!

Release your fears in the comments section (and to the universe). 

Dear Sugar…

This is my break up letter to sugar. And my public declaration that I’m completely over it. Friends, please keep me in check if you see me going for a cookie or cupcake! Love you! 

Dear Sugar, 

I am officially ending our hot, sneaky, steamy, secret love affair.  It causes me nothing byImage guilt, sadness, and inflammation in my body.  The high is great after we meet is amazing, but it’s just not worth it anymore.  I’ll admit, I’m completely addicted to you and I’m also madly in love with you and your many personalities….cookies, donuts, cupcakes, ice cream, etc. This madness has to end.

I forgive you and I forgive myself for all of this insanity. We need to go our separate ways. I’m onto bigger and better natural foods – like maple syrup, honey, and fruit juice. To be honest, I don’t event think I’m going to miss you.  You made me feel bad about myself and it’s because of you I put on a few pounds. 

Forgiveness is key here.  See you maybe on special occasions, but please know that we are finished. 

xxxoo

Lahotski

Ellie.com for Fitness Lovers

This is pretty awesome! Ellie.com has extended a 20% off discount code to the readers of Grace Is The New Glam! What I love about Ellie is that their fitness wear is so comfortable with great materials. Sweat? Not a problem with these duds.  I personally love their capris for spin class and yoga!

I love looking and feeling chic and cute at the gym or in the yoga studio. It makes working out definitely more pleasant and I certainly smile more.

Sign up for a fitness-wear subscription – the price is certainly right.  You get to pick what you want and you get first dibs on new styles.  Pretty rad, huh? I’m sold. Click the pic below to get the ball rolling. See you at the gym!


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What Motivates Me

ImageIt’s so easy to get dragged down by life – your job, your friends, family drama. It’s like going down a rabbit hole and not being able to breathe. 

I try so hard not to get sucked into a booby-trap of negativity by focusing on what motivates me. Here’s just a few… 

Doing things that make me feel good…. For instance, I took a mega-hard hot yoga class tonight. I had no idea what to expect and it’s been a while since my last intense yoga class.  I suited up and faced my fears (sweat my brains out) and completed the practice. Guess what? I loved it – and now I’m inspired to write tonight! Other feel-good things to me are – walking, cuddling up and watching TV with my BF, late night calls with my sister, mid-afternoon naps, much needed mani/pedis, etc. 

Motivated people (also filed under ‘People who walk the walk’….)… I love people that inspire me.  It’s the people who work really hard around me on a daily basis that keep work fun and creative.  Also – top notch people making a difference like Marianne Williamson, Josie Maran, Summer Rayne Oakes, Krishna Das, Kris Carr… I can go on and on. All of these individuals have passion and do good for the world. 

Do-Good Companies…. There’s so many out there right now, but off the top of my head I can think of Toms, The Giving Keys, Acure Organics, Nika Water, Whole Foods Market, Charity Water, etc. All of these big and small companies are motivating me.  That’s what I want to be a part of.

There’s lots more – but maybe this post will motivate you too. What inspires and motivates your spirit? Tell me in the comment! 

Summer Solstice

Happy Summer Solstice, Beautiful People. I’ve had a pretty awesome day today – and I hope you have too. I put in a hard days work – but it’s what happen afterwards that matters.

ImageWhen 4PM hit, I headed out of the marketing world and into the natural health world. I went to Bloom Natural Health‘s Summer Solstice party in Encinitas. It cleared my mind completely. The evening’s activities were mediation, planting intentions on seed paper, releasing negative stuff in a fire, and healthy drinks galore from Beaming Vitality Bar. I had a great time!

[Beware: I’m going to get really real here] I planted my intentions in the Bloom garden for Imagesuccess. Financial, career, relationship are my goals for this year. For my release, I wrote down in crystal clear ink – Jealousy, Greed, and Judgement. Things I really need to let go of for sure. I’ve struggled with it for years. Now is the time I must let them go – for myself and those around me – and I’m ready to do it. Hello, Clarity – I’m ready for you!

So, now is the time where I turn it over to you – what are your intentions for the summer solstice of 2013? What are you releasing?

I appreciate BLOOM for having me at this wonderful gathering!

Quietude

Overheard in 4:45 meditation today at the Chopra Center – QUIETUDE.

I heard it – I loved it – and completely needed to here a meditational catch-phrase that could be used as a Lahotski-ism.

Definition from me~

Quietude: (As in Quiet-Tude – comes from Attitude) the sense of quieting the chatter in our brains, in and out of meditation

Actual Definition:

quietude [ˈkwaɪəˌtjuːd]

n

the state or condition of being quiet, peaceful, calm, or tranquil
Feel free to use that in a sentence today.  It’s already added to my lingo!
And hooray! I just received my new workout gear from Ellie.com! Can’t wait to share with you guys – pretty hot stuff!