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The relationship you have with your workout routine is oddly similar to the one you have with your significant other. At first it’s thrilling. You have finally found someone or something that catapults you into the potential actuality of reaching your life goals. You will have the perfect house and a golden retriever and a bunch of little rascals playing Ring Around The Rosie in their rooms and not behaving badly - the same as you might fantasize about flying high from all those endorphins you’ll get on your early morning run or from imagining yourself losing your baby weight, fitting into jeans from high school and running into your ex that dumped you back in the day.

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Spending time outdoors is what makes summer so special. Unfortunately, hot temperatures can stop you from enjoying the summer sun. What's a mom to do when she wants to exercise outside and keep her baby cool and safe?

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Registering for a race can seem like a big commitment, especially when you don’t feel like a seasoned runner. It's easy to forget that every race doesn’t have to be competitive. Think of some races as practice or just a fun run. I've learned that even though you may not have a PR (Personal Record) at every race, the important thing is to feel good about your performance and know that you got out there and did it! In over 14 years of running races, I've learned some important skills which have helped me start races with confidence and finish with a sense of accomplishment. I am often asked for my favorite tips, so I've put together a few of my best for you!

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When you have a baby, you’re forced to get to know not one, but three new people - your baby, yourself and your vagina. You’re holding a new stranger, your inner labia has fallen apart, and you feel like your old self died. Well, at least that’s how those of us with Postpartum Depression feel.

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Remember the days of Sunday Brunches and Bottomless Mimosas? Lunches where you ate sitting down and not over the sink? Dinners after 6pm and high heels and having time to chew your food? I don’t remember it either. But I am certain that when it happened it was a good time and that just because I have an adorable maniac toddler doesn’t mean I shouldn’t get to have those days again. Being a parent doesn’t have to mean adjusting your entire life to serve your children, it can also mean incorporating them into fun outings while YOU are being served by someone who is NOT you.

Here are the top 10 LA food and drink spots I believe to be the best at providing play for both our kids and for us.

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There are many misconceptions about what women should and shouldn’t be doing during their pregnancy and they have steered soon-to-be mamas in the wrong direction for basically, ever. Some of these myths include the green light to overindulge in calories because you’re “eating for two,” that listening to classical music will guarantee an Einstein baby and the worst of them all, the idea that exercise is bad for pregnancy.

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I went to my first Stroller Strides class on September 27, 2017. Jemma, my 6 month-old baby’s, nap time was right when the class started. I was terrified she was going to cry the whole time and all the moms would hate me and that I would be late and everyone would know each other and I would be the super weird intimidated “new mom” with leaky boobs and disheveled hair. All that stress just to love it so much that I signed up on the spot, eventually became an instructor and have come to class nearly every single day for … math is hard but my 6 month old is now 20 months old, so… for a long time.

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It probably comes as no surprise to learn that women experience greater levels of stress in comparison to men during the holidays. The hustle and bustle of this time of year usually results in women acting as event planners, organizers, gift hunters, bakers, and entertainers (to name a few), on top of already hectic work and family responsibilities.

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The average American generates 4.4 pounds of waste every day, and only about 1.5 of those pounds are even recycled or composted (EPA, 2016). The good news is, little adjustments can add up to big impacts.

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Candy. Who doesn’t love it? But maybe there's a way to avoid eating it ALL this Halloween season…

We asked your favorite instructors and here’s what they said:

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Back to school is around the corner and while you are making plans, don’t forget to take time for yourself and remember the goals you set at the beginning of the year. We’ve all heard the phrase “summer bodies are made in the winter”, but healthy bodies and mindsets can start at any time as long are you are ready to commit.

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Fourteen months ago I became a brand spanking new stay-at-home mom to my daughter Jemma. I’d love to be able to say that becoming a first time mom was an all around blissful experience but that wouldn’t be the entire truth. Being home those first few months with my newborn baby were disorienting, isolating, and terribly lonely. I didn’t feel like myself, I didn’t look like myself and there were days upon days where I didn’t speak to anyone other than my baby who couldn’t talk or to my dog who doesn’t speak English.

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It’s not just for runners anymore.

Ahhhh, the elusive runner’s high… We’ve all heard about it, but with only a small portion of self-proclaimed “runners” in the world, it may seem out of reach to most. So, is the runner’s high only for an exclusive club of very fit people? The answer is NO. The truth is, all it takes is a little push and some heart-pumping exercise. Chances are, you’ve already experienced it yourself!

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Unstoppable. This year I decided to do something new, and instead of writing out a list of resolutions, I chose a word. Unstoppable. If you asked me 22 months ago if unstoppable would ever be a word I would describe myself with, it would be a no.

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I don’t know about you ladies, but my husband and I have always liked to make the most of our days off. When we were both working and had different schedules, it was rare we had a day off together so we would try to fit as much into one day as we could. Now that I stay home, we both look forward to my husband’s days off for different reasons. He looks forward to a break from work and a chance to be with his son. I look forward to a break from MY work and the chance to relinquish some of the control of our son.