It. Just. Got. REAL

I sit here, equal parts excited, a bit sad and well scared AF!

T-minus one week.  What had seemed so far away is now staring me right in the face.

For the next, now less than 7 days (WELP) my life will be not just in gym bags, it will be in Boxes…see the current view:


I told you there were lots of transitions in 2016 and the biggest one is here.  Moving from my favorite corner of Queens to taking on the Suburbs!!! (Yep, I said it).  Never did I ever think those words would come out of my mouth.  Although, I also learned this year to never say never🙂

My class schedule will remain the same although I’m excited to bring some new additions soon!  Nothing but sweat and sweet jams as ALWAYS!

And now I leave you this evening with the letter P.  As in packing, purging, pizza & Prosecco!  Prost!

Stay Fit Stay Fly!

-SS

Jam of the Day:  Let’ Go Crazy
Image result

NYFW | Athleisure House

Monday night.  That cool, beautiful end of summer feel…I had the chance to attend Athleisure Mag’s Fashion Event during New York Fashion Week! Athleisure House!

Now here’s the deal.  You know spandex is my business casual, I live out of my gym bag (sometimes multiples), and I play Clark Kent on a daily running all over this crazy city.  Finding clothes that look good, feel good and take me from the gym to a meeting are what I’m all about!  Even if not heading to a meeting – you should always want to be looking fly, especially with your greatest accessory SWEAT!🙂

The venue was perfect for this night – outdoors!  Models were on display in varying designers.  I was most interested in Noli Yoga – although I wish they had shown more looks, I thought these were ab fab!

img_1358
It wasn’t just fashion, I also had the opp to try out some super awesome Bevs – both of the hydrating and adult kind😉
JUST WATER
100% Spring Water in one of the more sustainable packages for “bottled” water today.  Ok so I can effectively hydrate, have a positive impact on the environment and it is locally made in the state of New York?  WIN-WIN-WIN

img_1344
Next up was the new Adult Beverage TRULY Spiked & Sparkling
Had the pleasure of trying the Grapefruit flavor.  This is definitely a nice refreshing spiked alternative!  Brewed like beer but it is Gluten Free, Low Cal and Low Carb (Hey there fellow T1Ds!)  I am curious to see where this goes!  Described as “lively & effervescent” and I must say I agree!

img_1346
Good Vibes all over, the DJ was on point, mixing up a whole bunch of goodness – not of your Top 40 Variety  – which was TIGHT!  SIDE NOTE: has anyone else noticed the ridiculous amount of 90’s remakes? Don’t get me wrong I am loving it, ALL of it, although it always leaves me questioning – “it couldn’t have been that long ago, could it?” yes, you foolish woman, yes it was.

To top off the evening, I departed with a hecka sweet Swag Bag!  This was a gem, a super cute reusable shopper full of products I CANNOT wait to try!

img_1352
Included in the bag: Nature Republic Skincare Package.  You know I love Korean Skincare lines and Face Masks so I’m SUPER stoked to try this out!  (I do wonder how Banana Republic feels about the use of font.  File that under “Things that make you go hmmm”)

Trilogy – Make-up Be Gone Cleansing Balm.  I❤ Make up, and love natural products.  Let’s see how this one rolls.  Will revert back to you on this soon!

A pair of HOM men’s Boxer Briefs….Size M, French Company…. being that these run a bit on the, ahem, smaller side – I think I have some new lounge shorts😉

I even learned what a TigerNut is (no, not something that fits into ^^^ (yep I took it there :P).  It’s a small root vegetable chock full of prebiotic fiber (aka great for digestion and staying satisfied).  If you’re a Paleo kid – this could be your snacktacular jam….although not exactly my cup of tea…

All of this came in an adorable one-of-kind shopper by Quilted Koala!

Thanks to Athleisure Mag for having me join in on the fun!
Till next time…

Stay Fit Stay Fly!
-SS

magic

Ch-ch-changes…..

The word of the day is Transition.

The process of changing from one state to another.

It can be exciting, it can be scary, but if everything stayed the same, what fun would that be?

When I set out on this journey, I had certain ideas, plans… which have all since evolved, heck – transitioned.  2016 has brought on a number of these said transitions, both personally and professionally, and well to be honest some of these took me a bit off track.  As I look back, I sit here and realize my last post was months ago (2016 where are you going?).  During this time, writing was the easiest thing to brush aside.  Is this a failure?  No.  Am I disappointed?  Real Talk: yes, a little bit.

(Unfortunately, I do not know the author to give credit to, but love everything about this quote)

As I sit here, and look at what I’ve learned through this: new skills, new parts of myself, or the new tasks I’ve taken on – there is a purpose for everything!  Sometimes you need to leave something to realize what it is you want and to gain clarity.  The experience shapes us to help us evolve (TRANSITION!) to that next level, be it personally, professionally OR both!

Stay Fit Stay Fly is going to remain here (more posts to come – and yes more frequently), but there are some transitions that are being put into motion and for that I can’t wait!  The foundations here will still fuel on keeping life TASTY in: Fitness, Food, & Fun infused with avocado, coffee and good jams!

We’ve got one life to live, with only one way to go!

Looking forward to creating some transitional magic w/ y’all! Stay Tuned!

Tell me, what are some transitions you’ve been through?

Stay Fit Stay Fly!
-SS

Jam of the Day: Changes


(RIP David Bowie)

 

Throwback Thursday | Dominican Republic

Ahhh take me back…. here’s a little Stay Fit Stay Fly TBT style…
Having the opportunity to get away and cut off from all technology was just what the doctor had ordered!  Sunshine, breeze blowing through palm trees, and a delicious adult beverage in hand – I can seriously get on board with this mermaid life!😉

Taking time to relax and make time for yourself is a necessity!  Now, although I was on vacay, that doesn’t mean I left the healthy lifestyle at home BUUUUUT I do make sure that I enjoy myself! (Remember it’s all about the Balance!  ;)) You have to live your life, and being in another country, one of my favorite ways to experience it is through FOOD!

Starting every morning with this colorful plate of Tropical goodness was the best way to start – you really can’t get it like this at home – some of my personal faves of pineapple, papaya and mango!!!

 
(Gorgeous right???)

Swimming in the pool & the ocean were delightful (shocking to those who know me in NYC, but in a tropical setting, what can I say I really am a mermaid).

(Just like this, I swear…)

Renting bikes was a fantastic way to get around and see more of the island!  No road biking here, total beach cruiser…. though a few wrong turns, and some hills later, I’m quite certain this is one of the few cruisers to make it up there up – but all well worth it!


Now for some new adventures in the sun… STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING!  This has been on my list for a while, and a bit difficult at first but once you get the hang of it, it’s easy as 1, 2, 3!  Super awesome total body workout!!!  Looking forward to checking this out locally this summer…although I think it may lose some of it’s allure sans turquoise water….

Although no photos, there was group Banana Boating…just a mere 15 mins and your inner thighs will surely feel the burn!  Think of mechanical bull riding in the ocean…and your main goal is to hang on!😉


Easy as 1, 2, 3!

Living the life of a mermaid and having fair skin means I need to take some extra precautions!!! SO so thankful for Beautycounter Sunscreen – this stuff is amazing!  Chemical Free, NON-GREASY and smells great!  A little goes a long way – I highly recommend it!  Check it HERE

Being back in the hustle and flow of life, I appreciate my down time even more!!! We all work hard, and it is equally as important to take care to ourselves and to allow some time to relax. My tech detox was well worth it!

Tell me, how do you like to keep healthy while on Vacay?
What do you do to take time for yourself when life gets crazy?

Stay Fit Stay Fly!  Keep it tasty!

-SS

JAM OF THE DAY: MERMAID – Flight of the Conchords
(super pumped to see them live this SUMMER!)

ISO | Desperately Seeking…

Ok, so my life right now can be summed up by this ↓↓↓

chapstickAnd they do!  They hurt real bad! Now usually, my go to when my lips are severely dry and chapped is hands down Vaseline.  HOWEVER – right now, this is NOT the case.  Slathering my lips, in that petroleum jelly mess that is meant for moisturizing and healing has been an epic fail!  Epic I tell you!  My lips are completely rejecting the stuff!  Cracking, shriveling and downright molting!!  (and you know that is NOT a cute look)!  It’s like the Sahara on my face!

I’ve tried it all, but I never thought Vaseline would let me down😦 .

Medicated, balms, sticks, pots, salves, SPF (my lips realllllly don’t like SPF) – from Burts Bees to Rosebud, Carmex to Blistex – I have tried it all and never once thought Vaseline would let me down.

Now I ask you…. what is your go to for moisturizing your pout? I really need to know, well because my lips hurt real bad.  Desperate times call for desperate measures…

OPERATION: ISO | BEST LIP MOISTURIZER

xx (because I can’t pout)

Stay Fit Stay Fly (Stay moisturized!)

-SS

JAM OF THE DAY: Love Like That, ~ Mayer Hawthorne

(Seriously this dude is on heavy rotation right now)

 

Show Love

LOVE | 24/7/365

Valentine’s Day.  Just a friendly reminder to show the most important person in your life how much you care…..YOU! Although, this practice is 24/7/365 take some time today to show yourself some extra love!  Treat yo’self right in food, fitness and fun – do it for YOU!

Wishing you nothing but love & good vibes today, and always!  Happy VDay bbs! xx

Stay Fit Stay Fly,
-SS
JAM OF THE DAY: Show Me Love (Robyn)

 

OMG | Oh. My. Gouda.

Who art in my refrigerator, Hallowed be thy name.

Knowing me, you understand that I live by all states of cheese: Creamy, Crumbly, Soft, Hard, and Stinky to name a few.  This faith in all forms of pasteurized dairy goodness also brings out the devil inside.  My holidays can be summed up in the photos below.  Consumed, demolished and enjoyed –  every single bite and every single moment!  No rind left untouched, and no regrets (well maybe some😉 )

(A lovely assortment of Spanish Cheese….gone, there was no chance for survival)

 (Cheesboard of local cheeses of Quebec… Don’t mind if do!)
*NOTE THE CHEESES WERE CONSUMED BY MULTIPLE PEOPLE

Needless to say my body is going through a slow (even shaky) detox.  So while I shake off the cravings for this fantastical source of protein, Vitamin D, Calcium enriched D-Food (yes, cheese is super T1D friendly!), before my eyes appears this article in the January issue of Women’s Health Magazine! “Big Cheeses” listing 7 salivating selections and their benefits!!!

  (Do you hear that?  Yes, those are angels singing) 
Go out and pick up the latest issue with Jillian Micahels on the cover!

Everything from calming pms symptoms (cheese you’re my best friend), serving as a great source of protein and amino acids, even cavity prevention!  ( sure “I eat cheese for my dental health”…)!

Oh the sweet smell of JUSTIFICATION!  So while curbing these cravings, my consumption of mass quantities of cheese were not in vain! However it is still good to be mindful and aware of how much you are um enjoying….Moderation (yes I said the M word) is key!   In ensuring a healthy calcium intake during said detox, I am using my dear friend Greek Yogurt as a base for this antioxidant, protein filled snack!

(NOM NOM NOM NOM)

As for my extra 30 minutes, I had a playdate with Bosu and an exercise ball!

Keep playing and keep it tasty!

Stay Fit Stay Fly!
-SS

 Jam of the Day: Bad (David Guetta & Showtek ft. Vassy)

It’s 2016 Baby

As 2015 came to an end, I ate up some of my own advice and took some time to recharge!  2016 is here!  What I love about a new year starting, is there is a sense of something fresh, a clean slate and world of possibilities!

Personally, I’m not for resolutions but I’m all about having goals!  Typically for the new year, many people set their “resolutions” and goals around their health and well being.  Healthy lifestyle choices are fo sho year round! Rather than looking at the year as one whole, set some attainable goals over the next month or two.  Figure out what it will take to achieve these goals and how you will get there!  Let’s see where 2016 takes us!

Joe & Carol (1)

Here’s where I’m going from now till February 29th.  30 Minutes of Activity per day (or extra 30 mins if you’ve already got some plans set)! This will alternate between cardio and strength training. Regardless of what my schedule is, I’m making that 30 (or extra 30) happen and hope you join me too!  Let’s have fun and get creative!  We’ve all got 30 minutes somewhere in the day so let’s lock it down! (I’ll be adding pics, vids feedback here and on instagram & twitter at @ssdancefit!)

We keep appointments with everyone else, how can we not keep appointments with the most important person in our lives… OURSELVES! So get your sweat on in a class, session, or outside – the time is there, stay committed and make it, treat yourself well, fill up on all those tasty, good for you, antioxidant filled foods, take time to decompress and time for you! Being active is important and so is mental health. Stay committed, be your best and live your best in 2016!

Speaking of Tasty and filling up on the good for you noms – here is quick, easy way to fill’er up premium!  Egg & Quinoa Scramble!  If you haven’t hopped on the Quinoa train before, here are a few things to know: this “superfood” is a whole grain, naturally gluten free, and chock full of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants. High fiber, high protein and not only that, it is super easy to prepare!!! Quinoa for the win!!!

12401871_878086368975143_543625119603068750_o(2 eggs, 1/4 cup of quinoa, tomato, salt, pepper and cayenne)
To cook – just treat it like an omelette, letting the egg cook a little then adding COOKED quinoa – for this I added tomato, but you can use any veg you like!

Here’s to a TASTY 2016!

Stay Fit Stay Fly,
-SS

JAM OF THE DAY: Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)

Burn, Fuel & Recharge

It’s a week post Thanksgiving!!  Oh the food, the booze – but it was fun wasn’t it?!  :)  From the end of November and heading into the final month of the year (when did that happen?!) there is lots of merriment to be had!!!  Healthy choices in diet and an active lifestyle are not just for times when overindulgence occurs!  By maintaining these habits YEAR ROUND, enjoying your one-off days should not become a worry!!  Carbs be damned I sure had myself a second helping of Thanksgiving deliciousness – although questioned my judgement post consumption, not because of calories but because of discomfort!  I knew I should have worn something with an elastic waist😉 but nothing like a small post dinner Whip Nae Nae to get a girl feeling better! (I kid not, it was a family affair).  A holiday that brings such joy, should not bring on such self loathing!

Now from my last post – the Spiced Nuts were great – they have become a staple! Protein, good fats, and good for you spices!! Nom nom nom nom…. The cranberry sauce on the other hand….*this is no reflection of the recipe*… I admit it… I went rogue. All with good intentions but did not follow the recipe.    I decided to try Stevia…let’s just say it looked alot prettier than it tasted.  Now, I know what your thinking… Cranberry Sauce…Hello Miss T1D?  don’t judge though, if you know your blood sugar and your carb counts it can be done!  Generally I use this condiment so sparingly and after doing much research and being horrified by the amount of sugar in cranberry sauce, multiple cups of sugar for a small serving!!!  MULTIPLE. CUPS. The spiced nuts recipe uses a few tablespoons and I even cut back on it!

 
It looked pretty……

It was a weekend of food, family and there was certainly fitness incorporated into said activities!  My playdate with the Bosu went rather well – we’re building our relationship!😉

Hello friend….

After the long weekend I was fiening for some clean eats.  It was cold and chilly in NYC and after a day of teaching and running around Manhattan, I wanted something warm and simple.  Scouring the internet, I was super lucky to come across this Roasted Garlic Mushroom Quinoa recipe from Cooking LSL!   Why am I so lucky you ask?  Because her recipe was ON POINT!!!  Simple, declicious, clean, gluten free – it was just what I was looking for, and I’m super pumped to try out some more of her recipes!  Simple, Tasty and Satisfying  – now that’s what I’m talkin about!!!


As December starts and days of merriment ensue – remember to keep your appointments during the holiday craziness for the most important person that we always seem to forget… YOU!

Make time for yourself
BURN: because it’s good for you and it feels good!  FUN FACT: Not sure if you can get that workout in?  According to ACE (American Council of Exercise) –  Research shows that just 10 mins of cardio is better than nothing.  If you can’t squeeze in just 10 mins – I’m telling you straight up – you sit on a throne of lies!

FUEL: fill up Premium with that all natural, nutritious, antioxidant filled, Omega 3 lovin goodness!  FUN FACT: (to go with the spiced nuts recipe😉 ) check out this article on why you should “Go Nuts for NUTS” from Everyday Health!

RECHARGE: meditate and sleep.  Your body and mind need a rest to function at full capacity.  Make that time for yourself.   FUN FACT: Some scary things happen when you don’t get enough sleep.  Memory loss?  Weight Gain? Not being on your A-game?  Check the deets out HERE thanks to the awesome people at POPSUGAR.

It’s about being conscious.  Burn it, Taste it, Live it!!

How are you going to Burn, Fuel and Recharge?

Make it Tasty.
-SS

JAM OF THE DAY: What Kind of Cool (QuestLove Remix) – Cody ChesnuTT

 

 

 

 

 

Giving Thanks | Balance

Ahhh Thanksgiving… my favorite holiday!  No obligations, a day full of F’s – Family, Friends and of course FOOD (for some, Football but honestly I’m more concerned about how to balance out everything on my plate!).  Now back to that word Balance… that is what it’s all about!  There is a lot of buzz about there about the Pre-Thanksgiving Burn, Burning those Thanksgiving calories, earning it…… HOWEVER in keeping with your physical activity and balancing your plate, you can enjoy all of your favorites and NO you should not feel guilty!  Life is meant to be lived, it’s delicious and this holiday comes just once a year!

Now I’ll be real… I’m definitely going to be squeezing in some extra activity (not just because I like to fill my plate) but also because of Type One Diabetes (T1D)….. because I AIN’T AFRAID OF NO CARBS!!!  With my trusty Dexcom CGM set up and ready to go, the extra activity helps to balance out my blood sugar throughout the day!  Being that I love this carbtastic holiday (the sides are truly my fave) I really want to be sure I put in every effort to enjoy it to the max!!! (and let’s face it a little extra physical activity doesn’t hurt either!) For example – stuffing….especially those golden crispy corners doused in gravy :::insert drool::: … I digress….  thankfully I eat these items about once a year, and  is probably the reason that makes this carbo-load so irresistible and almost a religious experience…. but alas such a small amount adds the carbs up quickly!  What’s a girl to do when your favorite holiday meal consists of carbs + carbs + carbs???  (Did I mention Mashed Potatoes?  We still haven’t gotten to dessert yet either)

For those interested in carb counts:  Shout out to http://www.projectbluenovember.com for providing this quick carb guide for Thanksgiving Dinner!

 

In what I consider “conscious living” (being mindful, making decisions, and knowing what we are consuming and doing), here are a few things to keep in mind, especially during the holidays and for my T1Ds for those days that involve more carbs!
Increased physical activity – remember activity stays with you for up to 24 hours, just by adding an afternoon walk (or my personal fave – POST DINNER DANCE PARTY! – will for sure help keep things in better check with blood sugars!

Save the Best for Last – filling your plate with low carb/veggie items and consuming them first! ( This will leave less room on your plate for the high carb items, and once you reach your favorites you are inevitably more full!  :) At our Thanksgiving the sides are truly my favorite, thankfully only 2 are high carb (stuffing and mashed potatoes), the rest are veggie filled… ok ok Moment of Truth: one of them is cauliflower covered in cheese – low carb but not low cal – but delicious as ever).

Balance is an everyday thing, not just for certain occasions.  By keeping a balance of activity, healthy eating habits daily – you should go and enjoy the special occasions and holidays without guilt.  It’s called life, and we’ve got one to live… LIVE IT UP!!🙂

Now for Thursday morning, I’m going to make sure I get some cardio in!  The weather here in NYC is looking good and relatively warm for this time of year, so I’ll be sure to get my booty outside (anyone up for Turkey Day bike ride?) but while I prepare my spiced nuts and cranberry sauce I’ll be sure to add some leg lifts, counter push ups, and bicep curls in between stirs!!! (follow me on SnapChat: @ssdancefit)
*Thank you to the good folks at The Food Network Kitchen and Epicurious!

I’ll be sharing updates on these recipes (cranberry sauce is a first for me!) but my question for you is:

What are you making for Thanksgiving?

As we head into this holiday of giving thanks and as we approach the end of NDAM – I am so thankful for the love and support of family, friends and technology – for without out any of these I would not be living the life I have!!!

Stay Fit Stay Fly!
-SS

Jam of the Day: Lay It All On Me (feat. Ed Sheeran)