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6 Ways to Get Your Man to Eat Healthy Without Him Knowing

My husband is an Ohio guy through and through. He loves meat and potatoes and has little to no concept of portion control. If you would have told me four years ago  last year that he would be eating quinoa, kale and black bean burgers I would have thought you were N-U-T-S. These days, he still likes to indulge, but he is  more dedicated to his health and wellness than ever before and I could not be more proud!

Today, I have six tips to help get your man living a healthier lifestyle…Without him really knowing it.

Pre-Make a Healthy Breakfast or Keep a Fruit Bowl Front and Center: I love making overnight oats or breakfast burritos that Cory can warm up or eat on-the-go. If he has healthy options available to him first thing in the morning he is more likely to make healthier decisions throughout the day.

Lighten Up his Favorites: Does he like fried buffalo wings? Yea mine too! Opt for lighter options that still have the same flair. For example: Grill a chicken breast, slather it in buffalo sauce and top it with diced celery, red onion and a sprinkle of blue cheese crumbles.

Just Add Bacon: Think salty, sweet, creamy, crunchy and savory when you create a dish and your man will never be dissappointed!  If I am making a kale salad with avocado, mango, red, onion, quinoa and pumpkin seeds; a sprinkle of bacon takes this salad from good to great with the added salty crunch! If you tell your man it has bacon in it. I guarantee they will go back for more.

Send Him Articles Here and There: I could not get Cory to even think of quitting soda for the longest time. I would explain how bad it was for him and how diet soda was even worse for his body. He was addicted and I had to give up! That was until he read an article in the Wall Street Journal about the health hazards of soda. he quit cold turkey that day! Let’s face it. Some of the stuff we say is fluff, but if there is hard evidence from a publication he knows and loves. There is no more denying it!

Take Him to Your Favorite Local Healthy Spot: Miami Squeeze is a local dive juice and health food spot here in North Miami. I love going there during the week for a veggie wrap, grain bowl or a ginger shot. Cory used to come with me reluctantly and order the only unhealthy thing on the menu….a chicken or tuna melt. Now, he gets a large ginger shot and a vegetarian platter or Wrap Me Wrap (a mediterranean wrap). The waiter even knew his order yesterday before he said it! He now goes there right after the gym and is making healthier choices every day! (I am one proud wifey)

Positive Reinforcement: It may sound silly, but telling your man you appreciate them making an effort or that they look  “hot” when they drop a few lbs. really helps makes all the difference!  We feel good when they tell us we are beautiful; so why not place the shoe on the other foot?!

If you have any more tips to add make sure to write them below!

 

Nobu Eden Roc Hotel Miami : Full Moon Wellness Series and Date Night

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone! Today’s post is brought to you by The Nobu Eden Roc Hotel Miami. Although a spa package was gifted in exchange for this post, as always, all opinions are my own. Without my amazing sponsors: TaylorWalkerFit.com would not be possible!

Full Moon Wellness Series

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Wellness Series Eden Roc Miami Beach

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As many of you know, Cory and I are constantly on the go. If he is home, without fail, I am on the road and vice versa. We really need to carve out time in our busy schedules to re-connect and put our marriage first. Essentially, we find time to continually date each other. Because in our life, “Team Sinning” is all about laying the foundation of love, life and family. Often times, that means putting yourself second and being there for one another. Even if it means stepping out of your comfort zone.

 

Full Moon Wellness Series

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Cory and I are always looking to find ways to keep the sparks flying. We love to Staycation at different hotels around South Florida and were extremely excited to be invited to enjoy a Full Moon Wellness Experience created exclusively by the Nobu Eden Roc Hotel Miami this past Saturday. We knew we were going to be apart today, so we thought this would be the perfect way to celebrate an early Valentine’s Day together. We celebrated our love, challenged our communication skills and felt the energy of the full moon all around us. I must say, it was also a wonderful way to meet other Miami couples, local vendors and the fantastic staff at The Nobu Eden Roc Hotel Miami. The best part about these events is that you can experience all that the hotel has to offer without actually being a hotel guest! The Full Moon Wellness Series is open to the public, so why not take full advantage of it?

#Love Suja

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Cory and I decided to enjoy a couples ‘Date Night’ which included Full Moon Wellness AcroYoga, champagne, a massage tutorial and 60-minute massage treatment. The evening lasted for four blissful hours. From the second we checked into the spa, we knew this was going to be an unforgettable experience. Spa Eden Roc is a wellness destination that is all luxury without a trace of arrogance. At check-in, we were welcomed with a warm smile and our spa concierge escorted us to the terrace for an evening of wellness, food and community. Walking through the spa was like walking around a villa in Santorini. Think white and cream minimalism with the warmth of your grandmothers living room. I could live there forever. In fact, can I live there forever guys? The vendors for the event included: Juice from @LoveSuja. Light bites provided by Malibu Farm and there was even an opportunity to shop for clothing and accessories from Boho Hunter. A chic and whimsical Miami boutique.

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Miami Wellness

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Nobu Eden Roc

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The event kicked-off with an AcroYoga session led by Arianne, co-owner of TRIO Yoga in Wynwood. She was an absolute powerhouse. For such a small woman, her strength was off the charts! She explained the practice of AcroYoga and how it forces couples to challenge themselves, build strength and increase communication. I have not done much AcroYoga in the past, but I can tell you it is a great way to connect with friends, family members or your significant other. After we got our ‘sea legs’ with basic poses, we tried more challenging ones. I even attempted to lift Cory high in the sky in the throne pose, until I nearly dropped him on his head. Good thing there were spotters there for us the whole time.  The entire practice was supportive and welcoming and almost everyone was a beginner. We ended our practice with a warm hug and a ‘namaste’ before being whisked off to our treatment room.

Miami Yoga

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Cory and I were able to enjoy champagne in front of the fireplace before being greeted by our masseuse April, who’s passion for massage was infectious. She helped us choose a custom aromatherapy oil and gave each of us a tutorial on massage. [I now have a standing appointment with Mr. Sinning every Saturday night. He just doesn’t know it yet. LOL]  What I learned from April is that massage is very much like a dance. It takes years of practice to master and the “finishing stroke” is of the utmost importance. [It’s not what you think! Google it.] At the end of our tutorial, we welcomed my masseuse Iliana, and I wanted to hug her almost immediately; however, I was already in my birthday suit and really did not want to be asked to leave. I restrained myself. LOL Cory and I enjoyed sixty minutes of bliss before we were left to a full jacuzzi, salt scrub and shower. There was a wedding happening right below us and we were able to peer down to the impeccably dressed black-tie crowd below. The wedding only added to the abundance of romance already around us. The cool hum of the saxaphone coaxing couples to the dance floor was purely icing on the cake.Edden Roc Miami Beach

Eden Roc Spa

The last half hour of our evening was spent back in the relaxation room where once again we were spoiled by an abundant display of cheese, fruit and sweets. We were able to sit back in complete bliss and soak up the last few minutes of what felt like an alternate universe of sheer perfection. Cory and I are so thankful to the Nobu Eden Roc Hotel Miami Beach for welcoming us with open arms! We have been to many spas around the world and Spa/Eden Roc is now at the top of our list! We cannot wait to come back.

Full Moon AcroYoga


Miami Fitness

If you are interested in enjoying Nobu Eden Roc Hotel Miami in any capacity, here are some great options for you:

Full Moon Wellness Series

3/12 Boxing: The Box Miami-Alvin Davie

4/11 Bootcamp: Technogym Bootcamp-Jacqueline Kasen

Date Night or Spa Soirees:

Perfect for a romantic getaway, galantines celebration, bachelorette or birthday bash!

Nobu Signature Rituals

Nobu Nagomi Ritual Nobu Zen
Nobu Zen
Japanese Silk

Click here for more on rituals.

Fitness Classes

Make sure to take a look at their schedule and their training options here.

THE NOBU STRETCHING RITUAL

Just as Chef Nobu Matsuhisa begins his day by stretching to awaken his body, mind, and spirit, they begin and end their Nobu Signature treatments with a gentle stretching ritual. They use this time to further understand your unique needs and develop a personalized experience of renewal, wellness, and inspiration

Vacation or Staycation

If this post does not convince you of where to spend your next staycation or getaway, then I do not know what will. Remember, the hotel is open to the public. You do not have to be a guest to visit, relax and enjoy!

Husband and Wife Yoga

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Again, a special thanks to the team at Nobu Eden Roc Hotel Miami for having us. We cannot wait to come back. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

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#LikeAGirl When did that become an insult?

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As I scroll through my Facebook newsfeed on a daily basis I am concurrently inundated with news of birthdays, babies, bitching and beautiful selfies. For most of us social media is a place to post pictures, keep in touch with loved ones and unfortunately  for most…brag about how “wonderful” our lives are. Every once in a while you run into something that inspires you. Maybe it is the video of the cute baby panda sneeze,  the ridiculously funny Sweet Brown or it could even be that cornbread thing you vow to make for your next BBQ. Whatever the case may be we are all inspired in some way, shape or form by social media and/or the World Wide Web on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

Yesterday, I was ‘trollin the book of face only to come across a video brought to you by Always. The #LikeAGirl video has now been shared on Facebook over 433 thousand times and viewed on Youtube over 14 million times. The video looks like any other commercial casting that I would go to. Men and women are asked to act out how to “run like a girl”, “throw like a girl” and “fight like a Girl”.  What they found looked like a scene straight out of Mean Girls. Grown men and women flitting around unable to run, throw or fight with any real capacity. All while flitting their hair and kicking their feet. The same actions were asked of young girls and can you guess what happened? They had the confidence to run, throw and punch with all of their might.  They believed in themselves. Prepubescently, you may have believed in yourself more than you do today.

What happened? When did doing something #LikeAGirl become an insult?

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Growing up, I was the only girl sandwiched between two extremely athletic boys. I was made fun of constantly and got into full fledged WWE death matches with them on a regular basis. I had buck teeth, huge curly hair and quite honestly I was the biggest klutz you ever met. I blame dance for giving me confidence in my crooked feet and thank my parents for clear braces!

Then:

#LikeAGirl When did that become an insult? Empower your daughters!

Now:

#LikeAGirl When did that become an insult?

After watching this video, I came to the realization that I was never told I did anything #LikeAGirl. That I can remember. My mom and dad treated us all the same. We each had different interests (OBVIOUSLY)  and were never judged. My older brother would pack bologna and cheese sandwiches and “supplies” in his back pack for a game of Manhunt. No wonder he went to West Point. My little brother would spend hours in his room building villages full of kinects. Sure, we thought it was weird, but heck it was something I could never do! Me, I danced to my hearts desire.  I was different than my brothers. I loved crafts, track and wearing dresses; however, I was throwing a football around for as long as I could remember. I played endless rounds of basketball, manhunt, kickball and baseball in our court, growing up with all of the neighborhood kids. Even in my household today traditional gender roles are not something we follow. Almost every night the hubs does dishes while I can be found taking out the garbage. Why not? Do I take the garbage out #LikeAGirl? Pfff…Dishes are clean and garbage is out.

Middle School is the most awkward time in a child’s life. Those tween years are some of the most challenging and memorable of them all. You feel as though you are a grown up. Maybe you officially turn into a “woman”. Like seriously, what the heck is going on with your body? Holy Hormones! My ultimate #LikeAGirl “hear me roar” moment came during lunch recess one sunny afternoon. I was all decked out in my blue and gold Candlewood kickline uniform huddled up with my girls. Most likely talking about how cute the boys were playing football. When all of a sudden the football went astray and was headed right to the middle of our circle. As the girls duck and covered, some even ran away. I cool, calm and collectedly caught the ball and chucked it back saying, “Hey, what can I say? I guess I got my dads hands”,  (My dad a former NFL wide receiver.) Pretty ballsy for a  seventh grader, but nonetheless a highlight of my formative years.

As we get older the #likeagirl affect continues to take hold in the workplace, gym and even in our home lives. Friendships are fueled with jealousies instead of the courage to build each other up. In my line of work, I am faced with so many challenges. One day I am too muscular, the next day I am not muscular enough. My hair is too long, my skin too dark. In a world where we compare apples to oranges to peaches on a daily basis it is easily to let the affect take hold in all facets of life. Whether it’s while comparing yourselves to others on your Instagram feed or feeling jealous of other girls incredible comp card at as casting. It is easy to cut someone down, but it is just as easy to build them up.  In fact, I encourage you to. Many of us still feel like those awkward tweens still trying to figure out where we fit in.

After you read this; how can you help redefine #LikeAGirl and give it the same connotation of #LikeABoss…because aren’t they essentially the same thing? 😉 As women we have the power to be anything we want to be, all the while growing little people and raising generation after generation. If Cory and I are blessed with a baby girl, I cannot wait for her to see her daddy do dishes and fold laundry. Not because he’s an awesome guy, but because if such a small phrase can carry such weight than doesn’t that mean she can do anything she wants to do regardless of what society says? I never thought about how such a small phrase could shape a young girls attitude towards life on so many levels. So, thank you to my brothers for all of the beat downs and snide comments; they made me a stronger GIRL,  and thank you to my parents for never never saying I did anything #LikeAGirl maybe like a Taylor, but never the former. It allowed me to forge my own path never letting the fact that I have boobs stop me from building the life I only dreamed possible, and simply giving me the ability to believe in the one person that is always by my side…Me.  A supportive husband is just icing on the cake.

#LikeAGirl When did that become an insult?

I am proud to say I take on every day #LikeAGirl. Let’s encourage our daughters and the next generation of young women to turn this negative into a positive! Let’s join Always and redefine #LikeAGirl.

To me #LikeAGirl  means that you are…

Strong, Determined, Empathetic, Energetic, Optomistic, Emotional, Humorous, Passionate, A Multitasker, Feisty, Beautiful and Strong…

#LikeAGirl When did that become an insult?

 I am honored to be #LikeAGirl any day.

Rant over.

Love and Girl Power,

Taylor