Monday, November 5, 2018

On The Mat With Mari: Day 20 Of Keto Challenge...

Hot damn, it feels like it was just yesterday that I was telling you guys that I would be doing a Keto challenge and this past weekend, I already hit the twenty day mark.

I have to be honest, when I first began this 30 day challenge, I was very diligent with my macro breakdown but as the days progressed...I became a little more lax. And the scale hit a plateau.

I went from staying under 50 grams of carbs, to about 60 and then last week, I finally ate the pumpkin Halo that had been haunting me in my freezer for the past month. The thing about Halo is that sometimes you can't stop at just one serving and boom I went over 80 grams of carbs.

With less than 10 days left, I am going back to basics and pulling in the reins for the next few days. Before I started the challenge, I gave myself a goal and I would love to come as close as possible to it.

It's funny because in the past, the weekends were usually where I went balls to the walls and had the "treat yo self" mentality but this past weekend was a little different. I still treated myself but my macros were on point. Check out my vlog below, to see a day my life as well these delicious keto taco bowls! 

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

On The Mat With Mari: Halloween Moon Salutation, FDOE, & Learning to Accept Compliments....

I don't know about you guys but I absolutely love this time of year (why do I hear Pauly D's voice when I say that?). Leaves are changing, mornings are crisp, and the best part...the holidays are finally here. I just want to stay under the covers and watch scary movies all day.

Imagine how excited I was when I discovered that Halloween is going to be on a Wednesday this year, when I teach Yoga. I started to think of ways to make my class Halloween themed and it hit me...Moon Salutation.
Moon Salutation Yoga Sequence

I try to always incorporate Sun Salutations into my class (it's a great warmup) so I thought it would be fun to show my students this sequence as well. They say that the Moon Salutation is perfect for the evening because it calms you since it channels the feminine energy of the Moon. My plan is to start the class with the Sun sequence which channels masculine energy, do a Halloween themed vinyasa flow, and then end the class with the moon sequence. I hope they enjoy it.

Speaking of enjoying...this weekend was all about enjoying some delicious home cooking...

I am still doing my 30 day Keto challenge and I have to be honest, the cravings are making their way to me. I succumbed one day and had a couple of blow pops but I got back on track the next day...remember not to beat yourself up if you have a slip up.

Since I shared some things that I enjoy, it only seems right to share something that I don't enjoy at all...and that is compliments! The other day a guy from my gym mentioned something to me and I knew that he meant well but instead I wanted to crawl under a rock...

Watch my vlog below to hear what he said and what I heard. I also talk you through the Moon Sequence that I will be teaching tomorrow.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

On The Mat With Mari: Keto Inspired Low Carb FDOE

Sooooooo I'm doing a thing...a thing that I swore that I would never do. My mom always had this saying when I was growing up "don't spit up (in the air) because it will hit you in the face". I got hit in the face.

For about a year, I have been hearing about the Keto diet and I had an involuntary response which usually came in the form of an eye roll. I would go on my usual rant on how our bodies run on carbs etc etc.

My clients would ask me my opinion on it and my answers were always based on nutritional facts. I would speak on how carb cycling which worked great for me but honestly I could never truly speak on Keto because I myself have never tried it.

As most of you guys know, I suffer from PCOS and for me; a low carb diet is beneficial.  So when my friend Angie mentioned that she was going to do keto for 30 days, I jumped on the opportunity to join her (it is always easier to have a partner when doing things like this).

I decided to do this for two main reason; see how my body would react to this change and also I wanted to integrate it into my life so that I could be better informed for my clients.

I am on day 9 and honestly it hasn't been that hard to maintain even while eating out with friends. I am conscious of eating my micro-nutrients with my meals. I haven't felt sluggish and my workouts haven't suffered. Also I should mention that my goal is to stay under 50 grams of carbs which adds up quickly throughout the day. I know some people go down to 20 grams. 

Like I said, this is currently a 30 day challenge and I am not sure what I will do after the 30 days. It has been easy to stick to it but is this something that I could do long term? Hmm this girl loves pizza.

I will say, that we are entitled to eat how we choose which is why we have so many options out there to choose from. So yeah, perhaps keto works for some people but that doesn't mean everyone needs to do it. I would never tell a vegetarian to eat steak...stop judging and start living.

Below I share my FDOE as well as a workout and fun yoga class.

Stay tuned to hear about the rest of my 30 days...

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