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Bonjour, March!

{ my photo from Atlanta Botanical Gardens }
Happy to say "bonjour" to March because that means 
SPRING is around the corner! 
Can't wait for warmer weather, long strolls in the sunshine, 
flowers everywhere and picnics in the park.

The new moon is today, which is an excellent time for setting intentions (and stargazing). Earth's moon has a natural gravitational pull on our bodies since we're comprised of 60% water. Just think of the moon's affect on the tides! I enjoyed this video by astrologist Kathy Rose that gives her perspective on today's full moon.

March 2014: Progress & Intentions

Measurements/Weight Progress:

  • From February 1, 2014 to March 1, 2014 (today) I've lost a total of 6.25 inches and 5.2 pounds
    • Zero inches gained and lost 2.75 of 3 inches gained in January
    • Most inches were lost around my torso and arms
    • Lost less than expected in my legs, 0.75 only on the left side
  • Cumulative progress since December 2013: 7 inches, 8 pounds
Workouts and Insights:
  • I exercised 9 times in February (13 in January, 6 in December), all T-Tapp workouts and walking
  • My back/neck/body pain has improved a bit since last month
  • As I posted earlier this week, we're halfway through the T-Tapp 60-Day Challenge and I will be solely doing the T-Tapp workout and walking until the end date of March 25, 2014
  • Think I deserve a little prize! Maybe one of the fitness gear items from my list.
March Intentions:
  • Keep up with my T-Tapp schedule, and successfully complete the Challenge
  • Body brush daily ("don't rush the brush")
  • Schedule a massage, and discover a
    far-infrared sauna
  • Buy local food as often as possible (farmers markets, Natures Box)
  • Continue to drink lots of water, cut out gluten and reduce dairy intake
  • Relax, breathe and let it flow; Meditate (aka unplug and sit quietly) for 5 minutes each day

Ready to see what this lovely month springs into my life!

P.S. I found a super cute (and colorful) Excel worksheet for my March fitness game plan. Will share it on the blog soon!


Benefits of Face Brushing

You've heard me talk about Body Brushing and all the wonderful health and beauty benefits that come along with it, but what about Face Brushing? You can brush your face and neck and get the same type of benefits as body brushing delivers! Facial brushing removes dead skin and stimulates circulation , which firms and improves skin tone . Your skin will become softer and smoother ! It's like a mini facial massage every time you brush, a fabulous way to spoil yourself during your daily facial cleaning routine. In order to do the face brushing sequence you need a small natural-fiber bristle brush . The important thing to look for when selecting the appropriate face brush are natural plant fiber bristles. Do not use the type with plastic bristles because it will not have the same effect. I'm excited to announce that T-Tapp now sells  face brushes ! In addition to the Body Brushing Sequence,  Teresa Tapp created a special Face Brushing Sequence that has been proven

Benefits of Body Brushing

Body brushing is incredible for the skin and healing of the body. Europeans have been body brushing for centuries...maybe that's why they look so fantastic! This blog post will go into some education about What is Body Brushing? Body Brushing is also known as skin brushing and dry brushing . It's done using a natural bristle brush, like the T-Tapp Body Brush pictured above ($11.00, ). Teresa Tapp, creator of the T-Tapp Workout and author of Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes , has developed a specific body brushing pattern that's proven to be effective for all ages and a variety of health and beauty concerns. Teresa's pattern involves brushing the entire body from the feet all the way up to the neckline. Once finished go back and brush the areas that need a little extra attention, such as the butt, thighs and abdomen.  It's best to body brush first thing in the morning , when the increased blood flow will help wake you up and the body is in a natur

Amazing Eats at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

Last night I had the most fabulous meal with my sista at Pappadeaux in Atlanta. She's been keeping this place a secret from me! We get there around 8pm and find out that she knows the hostess from way back. (Our buzzer literally went off after about 5 minutes when there was over a 40 minute wait for a table. VIP!) The first thing that we ordered was the most delicious dip I have EVER put in my mouth, hands down! Lump Crab & Spinach Dip with crispy garlic cheese bread ...OMG. I could eat that by itself and call it a night. I saw a woman with this drink and had to order one for myself. It's called a Swamp Thing made from a mix of raspberry and melon liqueurs blended with frozen Hurricane & Margarita . Fantastic! Brain freeze though. I hate to admit that even though I'm a Florida girl, I've never had oysters before . She was shocked and insisted that we order some. Her favorites were the Oysters Baton Rouge - oysters on the half shell baked with a Parm