Monday, July 16, 2018

On The Mat With Mari: Self Care With My New Acupressure Dosha Mat...

Self care is so important and this past week I have been doing a lot of it, thanks to my new acupressure mat from Dosha Mat.

  It arrived early last week and I have been enjoying it ever since.
So what exactly is a acupressure mat? 
"Acupressure is an ancient Ayurvedic treatment which is similar to massage, acupuncture, and reflexology. Acupressure works by massaging and stimulating key points on the body to promote deep relaxation and healing. Acupressure mats benefit the body by relieving tension, soreness and pain in the back, head, neck, shoulders, hips, feet, and other parts of the body." -courtesy of Dosha Mat

Based on various studies, the benefits from using a acupressure mat are endless and include: relaxation, reduction of stress and anxiety, reduce pain and swelling, increased circulation, relief from fibromyalgia, and the list goes on....

One of the main reasons that I wanted to work with Dosha Mat was because their mats are 100%  eco-friendly and made from the finest quality of hypoallergenic natural linen. Remember our skin is our largest organ and when you lay on the mat, your skin is coming to direct contact with it and you don't want to have to toxins touching you. 

I have used the mat a few times this week, including right after my workout and before bed and I absolutely love it. When I first tested it, I wore my shirt because I thought the pressure points would be too intense but I ended up taking off the shirt and that's when I really felt the sensation. After 15 minutes of laying on it, I felt warmth spreading through my body and it felt oh soooo good. 

Like I mentioned in the beginning, self care is very important (especially if you are extremely active) and by using this mat, now I have access to this from the comfort of my home. The people at Dosha want you to experience this as well and are offering you guys 15% percent off your order (valid until 7/30/18) with the code "namastemari"

And not only will you "feel good" from this purchase but you will also "do good" because Dosha donates 15% of their proceeds to various non-profit organizations that work to provide exercise programs like yoga to children in need!

Watch the video below to hear more about the mat (as well as me using it for first time) and of course other rambles; like me trying out the new Strawberry Shortcake Oreos!

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

On The Mat With Mari: Why I'm Taking A Break from "IF" & FDOE

Around the beginning of the year, I decided to give IF (intermittent fasting) a try since I heard so many positive things about it. IF is known to assist with fat loss, can reduce insulin resistance, help with heart health, and the list goes on and on.

I started in January and have been very consistent ever since. I even downloaded an app to keep track of my last meal to know when I could eat the next morning. If we are friends on MFP you know that I am a little OCD with logging in; I have a streak of 2343 days...that's over 6 years, people. SIX YEARS!

I first started with a 16 hour fast but then I would be training clients in the morning and I couldn't break my fast, way after the 16 hour mark. I then decided to eat dinner earlier so that I could eat breakfast before heading out to train or teach classes which helped a bit. I eventually went down to 14 hours to see if that would help but I was becoming neurotic, stressed out, aaaaand instead of the scale going down it was slowly creeping up.

But still she persisted and not in a good way. I kept it up, in hopes that my body would finally adjust and my weight would go back down. Nope.

Here we are 7 months later and I am breaking up with IF. I spent countless of hours researching IF to see if it was beneficial for women with PCOS and I came up with a lot of conflicting opinions and  honestly I think that it all depends on the individual (like everything else in life). I am going to take a break from IF for the month of July to see if I notice any positive changes. Of course, I will still stick to my macros and caloric goals but not focus on the time of day that I am eating.

Check out my vlog below to see a FDOE including all this deliciousness
As well as a snippet of my back workout while watching the Crossfit documentary and of course other rambles...


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Sunday, June 24, 2018

On The Mat With Mari: Full Day Of Eating, Grocery Haul, & Exciting News

Some days it's easy to put the words to go with the vlog but today, it is not one of those days. I have typed and deleted this post about 10 times and nothing has felt right. So here we rambling about it.

I think I lost my writing mojo because I don't have my regular glasses. Did I mention that I destroyed them by accident because I watched a youtube video on how to correct the anti glare that was chipping away. PSA just because it is on youtube, doesn't mean that it will work...I learned this the very hard way. Never underestimate the power of your glasses...without them the world would have known that Superman was actually Clark Kent!

Instead of reading my rambles why not just press play and enjoy the video below. In today's vlog I show you a mini grocery haul...

I also share a little bit of my shoulder workout, a full day of eating, aaaaand I have some exciting news to tell ya'll. Remember the audition that I went to a couple of months ago? I finally have an update!

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