We had a wonderful time on Thursday night at our Girls Night Out & Meet Up at Hyatt Fairfax in Fair Lakes! Check the pictures below -- and you can see the full album on our Facebook page. Be sure to tag yourselves and go ahead and RSVP for our next upcoming events! We have a book club meet up at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner and also our annual charity event in November -- this year benefitting Autism Speaks.
Yesterday, I was invited to be on a "Sip and Share" panel at A Baby Affair at The Hill Center in DC. I was a guest - and the moderator (I kinda felt like Whoopi Goldberg on The View) - alongside Elizabeth Thorp, founder of Poshbrood and Editor in Chief of Capitol File Magazine, Danni Star, co-host of The Kane Show on Hot 99.5, and Nikki Johnson, founder and blogger of Super NOVA mom.
We had fun talking about being moms, living the busy DC area lifestyle, and sharing our favorite local resources and date night hot spots.
It was great to connect with other local moms in the audience and hear their questions too... ciao until next year! xo
Last week, we made a reservation at the Maggiano's in Tysons Corner to do a tasting of their "Lighter Take" menu. I've got Italian in my blood -- so you know I'm all about trying to find a way to eat pasta without consuming 2000 calories in one sitting.
The Lighter Take menu at Maggiano's takes 11 of their classis dishes and cuts the calories up to 50% by doing things such as using lemon zest instead of lemon butter, pan searing instead of deep frying, and serving fresh, hand cut fettuccini that uses less oil. But, unlike other restaurants that lessen the portion size to give you the caloric discount -- the portions at Maggiano's Lighter Take menu are the same size portions as their regular menu, so you don't feel like you're cheating yourself!
Available at Lunch and dinner, you can enjoy Maggiano's "lighter take" on 11 classic dishes:
Lighter Take Baked Ziti – 33 percent fewer calories
Lighter Take Chicken Francese – 48 percent fewer calories
Lighter Take Chicken Parmesan – 52 percent fewer calories
Lighter Take Chicken Piccata – 51 percent fewer calories
Lighter Take Chicken Marsala – 47 percent fewer calories
Lighter Take Chicken Saltimbocca – 52 percent fewer calories
Lighter Take Fettuccine Alfredo – 46 percent fewer calories
Lighter Take Veal Marsala – 37 percent fewer calories
Lighter Take Veal Parmesan – 37 percent fewer calories
Lighter Take Veal Piccata – 41 percent fewer calories
Lighter Take Shrimp Fra Diavolo – 50 percent fewer calories
special thanks to the Maggiano's team for inviting us in for a complimentary tasting!
I left work early today to meet my mom for a pumpkin spice facial at Astoria Laser Clinic and Med Spa in Tysons. It was WONDERFUL! We're giving away a pumpkin spice facial on our facebook page today so you can experience the treatment too!
Sunday afternoon, I took B and a friend to check out the Big Apple Circus out near Dulles Town Center. We had a great time. Tip: Make sure you get there early because parking isn't easy and you may have to take a shuttle from the mall to the circus tent.
Motherhood meets high style at D.C.’s original luxury event for moms and moms-to-be. On Sunday, September 28th, A Baby Affair comes to the District, presenting a carefully selected range of stylish essentials for the modern mom. Throughout the afternoon, current and expectant mothers can browse goods and services from exhibitors offering everything from nursery design and newborn-photography services to car seat jackets and nutrition
counseling. This intimate setting brings new moms and moms-to-be together through a carefully curated collection with the modern, discerning, and savvy mom in mind.
On September 28th from 11 to 3 at The Capitol Hill Center on Capitol Hill, A Baby Affair will be taking place, presenting a carefully selected range of stylish essentials for the modern mom. A Baby Affair is a one of a kind
consumer experience. It’s not designed to be the biggest show it's designed to be the BEST. This event is far from your typical consumer show! A Baby Affair is an intimate day, designed to inspire attendees, with an emphasis on quality and creativity. Attendees peruse carefully chosen exhibitors, view products, are treated to luxurious pampering and can’t miss information sessions and mini-classes. Attendees will sample delicious fare for parents and baby and receive creative and inspiring tips on a myriad of topics while celebrating the gift of parenthood. All of this plus attendees will hear a frank and fabulous conversation on modern parenting from Expert Moms at the Sip & Share Panel. This year’s Expert Panel can’t be missed as it includes me, Andrea Khoury blogger of Real Housewives of NOVA, Danni Star co-host of The Kane Show on Hot 99.5, Elizabeth Thorp founder of Poshbrood and Editor and Chief of Capitol File Magazine, and Nikki Johnson founder and blogger of Super Nova Mom. These outstanding experts will shed light on what it means to be a mom in this modern day. This years Baby Affair will deliver modern moms tools, tips, tricks and trends to help enjoy the ride, showcasing the best of the best area and national resources for one of the most challenging and exciting periods in their
lives. Get your tickets at ababyaffaironline.com and don’t leave Dad at home A Baby Affair has a “Dads Only”
Join hundreds of health enthusiasts for two days of informational seminars, whole foods and super food demonstrations, our favorite healthy exhibitors and product giveaways.
Want to go for FREE? We're giving away 2 tickets below! Scroll down and enter via rafflecopter to win :)
The Arlington Capital View Renaissance, Crystal City
November 1-2, 2014
Saturday 8am - 5pm | Sunday 8am - 1pm
Register by September 25th for the early-bird special - The first 50 registrants can bring a friend for FREE!
Featured Speakers include:
Stacy Toth of Paleo Parents, blogger, cookbook author
Sarah Ballantyne, Ph. D., The Paleo Mom, blogger and author
Alexis Baden-Mayer, Political Director for the Organic Consumers Association
Susan Blasko, DC Liason for Polyface Farms
Teresa Fuller, MD, PhD, Integrative Pediatrics Doctor
Robin Shirley, Take Back Your Health Founder
Chas Gant, MD, PhD, Functional Medicine Doctor
And many more...
- Learn how to move into a healthy and happy lifestyle even after a recent diagnosis.
- Hear updates on effective holistic protocols for cancer, autoimmune disease and diabetes.
- Explore thoughts on our current world health crisis and how we can change our fate.
- Learn how to protect yourself from modern agriculture and farming techniques.
- Rediscover life in alignment with our biological design and our role in the ecosystem.
- Learn how to incorporate superfoods, wild foods and traditional foods into your diet.
I've really been on this "I just realized I'm almost 30, time to get healthy" bandwagon for the past 6 months. With diet and exercise, I've hit a few "plateaus" and need some new tips to boost my current routine. I recently was introduced to Michael Wood, CSCS, fitness expert and Chief Fitness Officer at Koko FitClub.
In talking with Michael, he said, "Most women begin each new workout regimen with force – they get fired up, set unrealistic goals, go out too aggressively with their workouts, burn out quickly, and eventually give up before they can see real results. And once they give up, it takes a long time to build up the determination to start again." Does this sound like you? Because it sounds like me! I can't tell you how many times I fell into that routine.
It doesn’t have to be that way! "You can make major headway on your goals in just 30 days with limited time in the gym and some modifications to the way you eat. And, you can build a fitness habit that you actually enjoy –
for life!" Here are Michael's top 4 tips:
1. Be realistic in your weekly commitments.
Quality is better than quantity when it comes to building a workout habit. If you say you’re going to work out 2 hours a day, it’s unlikely that you’ll actually stick with that plan once life gets in the way. Setting a realistic goal of 30-45 minute workouts, just 2-3 times a week, means you’ll actually DO it. Any exercise you do is better than exercise you don’t! Your weekly workouts should progress to more challenging, more intense sessions as
you increase strength and endurance.
2. Do both strength training and cardio training.
Many women avoid strength training and focus heavily on cardio because cardio feels easier and more familiar. This is a mistake. Strength training is what will really transform your body from the inside out, and even helps to fight the aging process. Strength training builds lean muscle, which has a major impact on your metabolism. A body with more lean muscle tissue works overtime to burn calories, even when you’re not working out.
Plus, lean muscle sculpts and tones your body for a better physical appearance. And don’t believe the old “I don’t want to bulk up” excuse. Unless you are a professional weightlifter, you simply won’t bulk up from a progressive strength-training program. Bottom line: if you are looking for a high-quality, highly efficient way to work out, choose strength training as your primary method, then supplement with interval-based cardio activity each week. I recommend 30 minutes of strength training, preceded by 15 minutes of high-intensity cardio training.
3. Drink water every day.
You’ve heard this a million times and it probably sounds too simple to be effective, but drinking water throughout the day is important for achieving your health and fitness goals. It should become part of your everyday life. Drinking water helps the body feel full to avoid over-eating. It helps cleanse the body of toxins and helps turbo-boost your metabolism. One study shows that drinking 16 ounces of water in the morning speeds up your metabolism by 30% for the next 3-4 hours. And proper hydration primes your body to be more successful in your workouts. Invest in a great water bottle that you really love and are likely to carry around with you. Think of this as your new fitness buddy – don’t leave home without it!
4. Spend more time in the produce aisle.
For the best results from your workout plan, try changing the way you eat for 30 days. The simplest way to do this: focus on increasing fresh produce and lean proteins -- like chicken, fish, eggs and beans – and avoid processed foods, sugars and carbs. I recommend limiting your added sugar intake to less than 25 grams per day. Protein helps build lean muscle tissue, and vitamin-rich veggies provide the right micro- and macronutrients to properly fuel your body for workout success. After 30 days of avoiding processed foods and increasing the healthy stuff, you should feel lighter, with more energy and focus to keep this healthy habit going.
"As the Chief Fitness Officer for Koko FitClub, my team incorporates all of these key success components automatically into our member experience. Koko is a digital gym, which means we use technology to analyze each member’s body composition, fitness level, and nutritional requirements. Our Smartraining System™ then
delivers customized workouts and meal plans based on individual goals and needs. Our fitness prescription is simple: just 2-3, 30-minute strength-training sessions and 3-4, 15-minute interval cardio sessions each week – no running required! After 30 days, our members see real results – both physically and through quantified data – and have a solid foundation for building a long-lasting fitness habit that they enjoy."
Need a little help starting a 30-day fitness plan of your own? Join me and come check out Koko FitClub in Ashburn, Great Falls, Herndon and Reston for a 30-day trial, just $30. Meet our team of certified FitCoaches, experience all that the digital gym has to offer, and see how 30 days can truly change your body, and
On October 1, 2014, from 5pm-8pm, Michael will be visiting Koko FitClub of Herndon for a live Koko Smartraining demonstration and discussion on the best ways to turbo-boost your fitness results. Come join me for this free
event. Mix and mingle with the Koko FitClub team and members, enjoy a beverage or two and learn how Koko is truly changing lives.
About Michael Wood, CSCS
Michael Wood, CSCS, is Chief Fitness Officer at Koko FitClub, driving the development of integrated strength and cardio training and nutrition programs for Koko members nationwide. A nationally acclaimed fitness expert, Michael has conducted research as a Senior Exercise Physiologist at the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, and has lectured at Boston University and the University of Connecticut. He has been named Boston Magazine’s "Best of Boston" Personal Trainer, and made the Men's Journal "Dream Team" list of the nine best trainers in the U.S.