Wedding Prep | Checklists, Cacao and Collagen
J's Tips for Working From Home
The Wedding Countdown continues! One and a half weeks from today will mark the beginning of the coolest life adventure with the best guy around. I keep pinching myself wondering if it’s all real! Being engaged is such a fairytale. But with all the planning and anticipation of a 15-month engagement, I’m so ready to just be married. Can any of you relate?
Many of you are also engaged (or have sisters, friends, cousins that are wedding prepping as well) and are wondering if I have any tips/tricks I can share (beauty, workouts, diet, stress management, etc). I thought I’d take a moment to quickly jot down some of my best secrets as the Big Day approaches! Here goes…
FitCityFamily Features | A Story of Self-Love with Cancer-Survivor Jacqueline Howard
I know I’m not alone when I say that I’m busy. So many of our readers are hustling away in the corporate world while running a business on the side or teaching fitness part time. Maybe you’re like me and are planning your wedding on top of it all. We’re all busy, which is why I felt the need to write this post. Plus, I honestly have never given you guys the whole scoop on what I do day-to-day...until now.
10 Signs of Gut Imbalance & 5 Tips to Get Back on Track
Let me introduce myself. I’m Jacqueline. A 39 year old Art Director and Fitness Instructor. I lead a healthy and very happy lifestyle with workouts a plenty and clean eating (don’t judge me on an occasional burger or donut; cuz...life). So how did I end up with cancer? Yeah, the big C word.
What We Love | J's Favorite Workouts
“Roughly 80-90% of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that affects mood, social behavior, sleep, appetite, memory, and even libidio, is produced in the gut.”1 In addition, 60-80% of our immune system is location in our gut, meaning that “gut imbalances have been linked to hormonal imbalances, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, eczema, rosacea, and other chronic health problems.”5 Yikes! We can clearly see its importance, but what exactly is our “gut”? The term does seem kind of vague.
What We Love | C's Favorite Workouts
As a fitness and health blogger, I’m no stranger to incorporating a variety of workouts into my schedule. It just kind of comes with the territory of having to know what’s popular in the fitness scene. Full disclaimer: I am no more of an expert than any of you committed ClassPass users or those who suffer from workout ADD. We all know the importance of switching up our fitness routine. Without diversifying, we would begin to see stagnation in our growth (gains, if you will) and our fitness levels will plateau as our bodies adapt to the routine.
Your Chicago Wellness Weekend - Planned
When it comes to fitness, I have always had a few…umm... commitment issues. These can be traced back to childhood, where I tried every activity at least once - usually for a season - or at the very least, long enough for my parents to pay for the uniform. This trend - aka my inability to stick with anything - followed me into my 20s as I tried every fad diet, detox, beachbody guide, $34 workout class I could get my hands on. I would go to Soulcycle non-stop for a month…*be all about it* only to get burnt out and not get back on the bike until a year later. This pattern repeated itself as I bounced from studio to studio, looking for the workout that would hold my interest long enough for me to become good at it, or at least see some results. I would (enviously) watch my friends excel in their exercise of choice, as they religiously attended their yoga classes, danced on their bikes in the front row, and saw results from their 12 weeks of the BBG guide that I couldn’t manage to get past week three in.
My Go-To Smoothie Recipe
My kind of town, Chicago is. A bustling city settled on the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago is truly the best of the Midwest. While it is not quite to the standards of LA, the wellness scene here has definitely started to blow up with amazing coffee shops, juice bars, and boutique fitness studios in every neighborhood. Sometimes that means it can be difficult to navigate, especially if you are here for a quick weekend or have just moved to town. Most people have heard of Portillo’s and Chicago deep dish pizza, but if you’re on the hunt for something a little healthier, we’ve got you covered. Follow this guide for a flawless wellness weekend in Chicago, sans hot dogs.
Flashback to one year ago (literally to the week). It was a winter day at the office, Chicago was dreary and cold, and I. Was. Miserable. I was working a job that I knew wasn't right for me. I was coming off the holidays with a little more puffiness than I would have liked. And I was desperately trying to think of ways to fulfill my 2017 resolution of "finding my purpose in life." Lofty goal, I know.