Wednesday, March 7, 2018

On The Mat With Mari: My Morning Routine...

I can honestly say that the number one question that I get asked is "Why do you wake up so early?". I must get asked this question at least once a day either in real life or social media. I decided that I should record a vlog of my morning routine, only to direct people to the link when they ask haha.

My days always begin the same way. The first thing that I do when I wake up is feed Zen because he basically follows me around meowing until I do.  I then turn on my keurig and make my coffee while I drink 2 cups of water to re-hydrate my body. Once my coffee is done; I sit down on my couch with my journal and write down my gratitude list as well as my intentions for the day.  Once I am done drinking my cafe and writing my lists, I make my way back to my bedroom. No, not to sneak in some more sleep but to meditate for a few minutes.

I then change my clothes and get ready to workout before I meet with clients or students. I know some people might think that they rather get some extra sleep instead of doing all of these things but I believe that how you start your morning, sets the tone for the rest of your day. If you are one to hit snooze until the very last minute and jump of bed in a rush, you are basically playing "catch up" for the entirety of your day.

Watch my vlog below to see my full morning routine and to find out which form of meditation works best for me.

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Friday, March 2, 2018

On The Mat With Mari: Lifts, Eats, Yoga, and Giveaway Winner...

It's funny because last week, Namaste Mari celebrated it's 9 year anniversary and this week, I decided to kick it old school and went back to my roots. When I first started this site, I would post every day and I always shared my meals and workouts via photos and of course words. I can't post "errrday" but something inside of me was inspired to go back to my "humble" beginnings but with a twist...I was able to record some of it.

Of course I had to take a photo of my favorite thing at the moment...breakfast pizza. My niece jokes that I am overdoing it with this pizza but how can you get tired of pizza? Especially when the toppings are always changing.

Aside from sharing my full day of eating, I also recorded some of my leg workout as well as a clip of me practicing for a yoga class.  Oh and I also was able to grab some footage of when I set a new PR with my bench press!!

It was really fun to record of all this and I even reminisced on how it used to be..I remembered yelling at my family on more than one occasion "don't touch the food yet, I need to take a photo" haha. Thank God that they "get" me.

Any-who...check out my video below...aaaaaaand I also announce the winner of the giveaway!

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

On The Mat With Mari: 9 Year Blogiversary Giveaway!

Y'all 9 years ago today, I dipped my toes in the water and started this website.

The whole purpose of this blog was to keep myself accountable with my health and fitness journey. Prior to creating this website, I would connect with my fitness friends on Self magazine's forum. One day Self decided to disable the forum and my support system was going to go down with the "ship". Remember, this was WAY before zeee days of Instagram and Twitter.

My friend Yelena decided to start her own blog and because of her nudging me to start we are. I can say with 100 percent certainty that if it was not for this site, my life would be completely different.

Around three years ago I decided to add vlogging as well and I have been having so much fun with it. Especially since the beginning of this year when I decided to share more of my daily activities with you guys.

I want to celebrate this special milestone by giving YOU guys a gift! One lucky person will win my very own Namaste Mari tote bag which is great for those Trader Joe hauls. Aside from the tote bag, you will also win two pairs of the The Sox Box socks, one of which that I helped create!

It is super simple to enter but you need to head over to this youtube video for all the details!

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