barre3, Are you up for The Challenge?

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In less than 24 hours we will be toasting champagne, tossing confetti, and ringing in the New Year with the ones we love. Typically this is the time of the year when we make resolutions, promising ourselves to make a change or do something different, something better. Maybe you want to get in shape, start eating healthy, or quit smoking? Whatever your resolution is, the key is making it a New YOU Resolution, not just a New Years Resolution.

There are many exciting things headed my way in 2016, a new baby for starters. I’d say that’s a pretty big change, a challenge that we are excited to face. However, there is another Challenge that I need to face first before babies and that is barre3. Many of you read about my Experience With barre3 that I posted earlier this year, if not check it out! But starting in just a few days is the barre3 Challenge, and it’s a great way to kick off 2016!

 

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“Be Strong. Be Balanced. Feel Good.”

What is the Challenge you ask? Founder Sadie Lincoln and her team of experts will personally guide you through an effective, fun challenge. With weekly online workouts, live recorded classes, Q+A sessions and podcasts, they’ll give you the tools you need to get strong, balanced, and feeling good in 2016! I love that this is a community challenge too, at the studio in Ft. Thomas you can see the sign up posters with everyone that will be working together and encouraging each other along the way.

 

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The barre3 Challenge consists of 3 Steps: Get Moving, Eat Whole Foods, and Take Ten.

Get Moving – Sign up for 4 classes a week starting 1/4/16 and ending 1/31/16 in studio or online. Each workout offers modifications that are perfect for you whether you’re a turbo athlete, dealing with an injury, or easing back into fitness.

Eat Whole Foods – Of course this is one of the main reasons I love barre3, what you put into your body is just as important as the physical exercise on the outside. You will learn to embrace the barre3 nutrition philosophy, which is rooted in healthy whole foods. Each week, you’ll receive a hearty new recipe created specifically to fuel results. You’ll also have unlimited access to hundreds of nourishing recipes at barre3 online, plus access to functional nutritionist Andrea Nakayama during the first live Q+A.

Take Ten – Each week, you’ll do a one 10-minute online workout. These exclusive do-anywhere workouts are specifically chosen by Sadie and designed to keep your metabolism revved up all day long. I love these 10-minute workouts, they are a perfect way to take a break at your desk, get up, and put some movement into your day.

 

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So how do you participate? All you need is a subscription to barre3 Online to receive all of the exclusive challenge content. barre3 Members can access the Challenge content for free, however, members still need to sign up for the challenge and opt-in to the program here. If you aren’t a member you can subscribe to barre3 Online for as little as $10 a month OR buy the membership for one month, then opt into the challenge here.

This is a community challenge so be sure to use the hashtag #barre3challenge on social and post regularly so they can celebrate your progress! So let me ask you, are you up for the Challenge? You better hurry, it starts January 4th!

 

 

*This post is sponsored by barre3 Ft. Thomas, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Happy Belly on Vine: Cincinnati’s Clean Eating Hotspot

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Have you ever felt like your belly was “happy” after eating? 🙂 Has it ever smiled with delight after lunch? 🙂 If your answer is “no”, or you are unsure to either of these questions then you must check out Happy Belly on Vine! I promise it will make your belly smile…and maybe your mouth drool a little too. So grab a napkin, wipe that drool away, and read down to the bottom to enter to win a $20 Gift Certificate to Happy Belly on Vine!

 

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Happy Belly on Vine is a clean eating restaurant on Vine St. in OTR. With limited healthy food options downtown, Happy Belly’s mission is to provide you with nutritious clean food where every single ingredient in their kitchen is picked out with a purpose. You won’t find any empty calories or artificial ingredients at Happy Belly. In fact, most of their ingredients are locally sourced, allowing them to hand-pick only the finest, most nutritious ingredients.

 

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As a “clean eater” I was beyond the moon excited to find Happy Belly on Vine. If you know me, you know I rarely eat out. Mainly because most restaurants aren’t an open book about their menu and I need to know what I am putting in my belly. (After all, I don’t want it to be “un”happy!) Clean eating limits highly processed foods, preservatives, and anything that has been stripped of its nutritional value. Eating clean allows you to use food as an energy source and nourish the body, it makes your belly happy. You simply just feel better and have more energy if you eat clean. Gone are my days of bloat, fatigue, and brain fog after meals.

 

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Abby Reckman, owner of Happy Belly on Vine, opened her doors in July 2014. She has always had a passion for the way food affects the body and what is happening on the inside and effecting your overall health. So much in fact that she enrolled into UC to study Food and Nutrition Sciences to gain a more in-depth knowledge of how food is used by the body. She loves sharing clean food with her customers and says, “Our customers love talking about healthy food which is part of what makes it so fun!”

 

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Abby invited me to try some of their most delicious menu features. After an afternoon of tasting, trying and drooling over some delicious food, I can tell you it is not only good for you, but absolutely delicious as well. So now to the fun part, the food. (Warning: The images below will make you hungry and possibly drool.)

First up, The Hans, which is part of their all-day breakfast menu. This sandwich, served on a sprouted English muffin or gluten-free bread, is a free-range egg with spinach, turkey bacon, avocado, tomato, and Amish cheese. The flavors just melted together in my mouth and with just one bite of this and you’ll never say the words Egg McMuffin again!

 

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The Hans, shown below on gluten-free bread instead of the sprouted English muffin.

 

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The Black Bean Burrito, one of their most popular lunch items, is a house-made black bean burger, goat cheese, avocado, roasted onions, lettuce and tomato on a whole wheat wrap.

 

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I love me some soups in the fall and these unique flavors were the perfect comfort food for a chilly afternoon. I was excited that all of these soups were also gluten-free. From left to right we have Chicken Pot Pie, Bean & Kale, and Coconut Curry.

 

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Happy Belly is here to make eating healthy convenient! It can be hard out there, especially during busy times when you are running late to work or only have a few minutes for lunch.  Life is busier than ever!  If you didn’t pack your lunch you are limited on healthy options downtown and Happy Belly wants to make it easy for people of Cincinnati to make the right choice!  Eat a clean lunch and then go back to work fueled for the rest of the day!  They also have a variety of mid-afternoon/morning snacks to get you through those mid-day slumps. And there are many gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan options for those that have allergies or food restrictions. Did I mention they deliver too? You don’t even need to leave your home or office for a healthy meal!

So if you are a clean eater, wannabe clean eater, or are just curious about healthy breakfast or lunch options downtown, then Happy Belly on Vine is the place for you! They want you to leave Happy Belly feeling happy about what you put in your belly and remember you did something positive for yourself by eating at Happy Belly!

Happy Belly on Vine is open Monday-Friday 7am-4pm and Saturday 9am-3pm. To order online visit 53t Courier.

 

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*This post is sponsored by Happy Belly on Vine, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

The barre3 Experience

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Let’s go to the bar(re)! No not that bar. I’m talking about the one the gives you a flat belly, not a beer belly. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good night out, but this barre is way better. I have finally found my exercise “thing” and I am hooked.

I was first introduced to barre3 back in July when my mom invited me to a free class at the Ft. Thomas Antique and Design Center. I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into, but I thought I would check it out. Turns out, class was awesome. I was pushed, motivated and inspired, sweat like a pig, but even more importantly, I had the confidence I could actually do this. And it was FUN! Did I just say that, working out was fun? I admire those people who loooove to work out, they make it look so easy. But to be honest I am not one of those people. I am not one that can tackle exercise alone, I do a few stretches then say “oh look…wine.”  Or I tell myself to do an ab workout during the commercial breaks and then before I know it it’s “Ahhh this carpet is so comfortable….ZZZZ.” I need a pack, you know, friends that suffer along side of me as we push through it together. I need to know I am not alone, that I am part of something bigger, that I can do this by connecting with my own body. I think I’ve found my pack with barre3.

 

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You all know I eat really healthy. I eat clean, real whole foods that come right from this earth. But I was missing a huge component of being healthy, my body needed more than just good nutrition, it needed to move. barre3 has given me that component and has helped me fully connect with my body mentally and physically. I feel better that I have ever felt and I still have a way to go, but I am listening to my body and can feel the overall improvement every week.

I have had the opportunity to do barre3 with Kelley Groneck since July and I am super excited that her brand new studio is opening on September 28, 2015 in Ft. Thomas, KY inside the Ft. Thomas Plaza. She is hosting Open Houses all weekend long and you can even sign up for FREE classes and childcare the entire Grand Opening week. This is a perfect opportunity to give it a try, you have nothing to lose and your body deserves to move and feel the energy that barre3 can put back into your life.

 

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When I sat down with Kelley to ask her why she loves barre3 she said “because it works my entire body, pushing me to levels that I never thought I could get to, but also allows me to have the moments where I just need to move, and let my body have grace.” She continues that “barre3 is not just a workout, it is a lifestyle. barre3 promotes balance everywhere in your life, balance with your body, mind and finding that amazing balance with life.  I love the nutritional component of focusing on eating whole healthy foods, local foods, what nature has made!  And I love the positivity and connection barre3 brings.  You have the most elite athletes connecting with bounce back moms, or new to fitness individuals.  Everyone is focused on working their own body, and finding what is their personal truth!”

“barre3 is not just a workout, it is a lifestyle.”

barre3 is for all fitness levels. They take the most personal approach to class allowing their clients to “make it their own”,  “honor their truth”, and be “all about that grace.” I have seen and felt this first hand. There is a modification for every move and you are encouraged to find your personal edge and to commit to it. It’s not about what your neighbor is doing, it is what you are feeling and pushing your body to do.

 

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I personally love that barre3 is about movement and elongating your spine. As you all know my husband Steve is a chiropractor and every day he works with patients to help them put movement and motion back into their lives. He stresses the importance of your core and your muscles to support the spine, “Core strength is essential for proper movement patterns and injury prevention.”

“Core strength is essential for proper movement patterns and injury prevention.”

Kelley Groneck has a vision for barre3 to not just provide great workouts, but to create a place that promotes healthy living, allowing people to find connections, inspire one another, and build a lifestyle community that welcomes everyone. She wants people to know our bodies are meant to move, are meant to connect with others, are meant to eat the great food the earth has provided for us, and we are meant to honor ourselves.

 

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I am so excited that I have found my pack and my exercise “thing” with barre3. I still might not be that girl who looooves to workout (although I am starting to), and I’m still going to enjoy my glass of wine, but now I’ve found that missing piece of my puzzle. I have found balance and a deeper connection with my health that goes beyond good nutrition and that’s with barre3.

 

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barre3 is currently offering a founding membership special for only $125. As part of your membership you get unlimited classes, access to online classes, amazing recipes, and also receive 15% off all retail in the studio. To take advantage of this special you can sign up HERE.

For more information go to the barre3 Website and be sure to like them on Facebook.

They are also still looking for additional instructors so if you are interested, give them a call at the number below.

barre3 is located at 90 Alexandria Pike, Fort Thomas, Kentucky

859-360-7420

ftthomas@barre3.com

 

Photography for this post provided by Steve Hannegan with Brookside Photography.

 

This post is not sponsored by barre3 Ft. Thomas. Views and opinions expressed are based on my own experiences.