Monday, April 23, 2018

On The Mat With Mari: Birthday Celebration & Leg Day!

This weekend was perfection...we celebrated my mom's 62nd birthday and I am only saying her age because she is finally owning up to it (watch the video below to see my shock when she says it out loud).

We went to a Brazilian/Portuguese restaurant and we had a wonderful time...the food was pretty delicious, our waiter was awesome, and the desserts were ahhhhhhhmazing! I would drive back to New Jersey for another slice of their tiramisu cake.

I must have been on a sugar coma on Sunday because I was a lazy sloth and I loved every minute of it. I was planning to head out for "yoga day" at my ashram but when you only have one day off a week, sometimes you just need that day to do absolutely nothing.

After a full day of napping, I finally pulled myself off the couch around 3 pm, to do a leg workout. I completed my last program on Thursday so I made some tweaks to this month. I am still focusing on squats, deadlifts, and hip thrusters on my load days but this month I want to work on my sumo deadlifts as well as tweak my leg positioning while doing hip thrusters.

Enjoy the video below where I share the birthday festivities as well as my workout 


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Monday, April 16, 2018

On The Mat With Mari: Celebrating Two Years & My Favorite Salad

When I was younger, I always joked that I pretty much didn't like anyone when I first met them because I was always skeptical. Thankfully because of Yoga my heart is more open and I love meeting new people...shoot I went from Black Widow (my sorority pledge name) to Namaste Mari.

Even though, I am more open when meeting individuals; I still have my guard up with whom I let into my circle. I think we instinctively know who we vibe with and who we don't and there is nothing wrong with that. I think this meme sums up friendships perfectly...

Exactly two years ago, I "picked" a human and we've been great friends ever since. I met Angie at a company outing; she was just hired and the PT team went go cart racing to celebrate hitting our monthly goal. We slowly built a friendship from that day and of course we had some baby hiccups but I call that the learning curve lol. I truly believe that people come into your life during different seasons of your growth and I met Angie exactly when I was supposed to. Two of my closest friends had just moved out of town and the Universe knew what it was doing when our paths crossed.

This past weekend we headed to Cheesecake Factory to celebrate and I devoured my Chinese Chicken Salad as if it were the last meal on earth.It. Is. My. Fave.

Making new friends as an adult is pretty hard and I think it's important to celebrate small milestones like this.

Check out the vlog below for a mini Gap haul as well as some of my favorite things that I ordered from Ulta and of course our celebratory lunch!

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Monday, April 2, 2018

On The Mat With Mari: Fun Weekend & GNC Unboxing...

If you looked outside the window right now, you wouldn't believe that is was the second day of April...winter is holding onto dear life and covered the streets with snow this morning.

Despite it being a yucky morning and having two clients cancel on me, I am still smiling because I had a great weekend.

This weekend, I started to teach my new Saturday morning yoga class. I was extremely happy with the turnout; especially since it was a holiday weekend and it was the first class of the new schedule. Some of the ladies that attend my Wednesday class, showed up and some new faces as well. I am so grateful for this opportunity.

I celebrated this new venture with my niece on Saturday afternoon/evening, she spent the weekend in NYC since she is on Spring break. I think that I have mentioned this in the past but it so great to spend time with homefries as a friend...we watched scary movies, made some s'mores and laughed (a lot). Can you guys believe that she will be 15 next month and I am yet to age (HAHA)

Another awesome thing that happened this weekend was receiving my package from GNC...granted I paid for it but it still feels like Christmas...

I hope you enjoy the video!

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