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Monday
Sep162013

Roc House: The Fitness Spa Designed with ‘Her’ in Mind

A posh spa that offers nail and hair services. Fitness facilities that offer both group fitness class options and a host of cardio and resistance-training equipment. A café that features gourmet, healthy dishes. Oh, and did I mention this is all under one roof?

For more about the fabulous spot that is Roc House Fitness Spa, click here for a recent blog I wrote for Urban Lux Magazine. Since Roc House just opened this past weekend, I haven’t had a chance to actually try the fitness/spa experience it has to offer. But based on what I saw at the bloggers dinner I attended last week, the facility is a spot where I’d like to spend an afternoon — certainly a potential Fit Belle “fit.”

I left the event with a free three-day trial membership, so stay tuned for an upcoming blog with all of the deets.

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Tuesday
Sep102013

Posh Prepped Meals with a Healthy Twist: K Squared Meals

Huevos rancheros (pictured below) with spicy chili sauce. Tilapia poached in cardamom and ginger broth, mixed fingerling potatoes, and sautéed veggies. Is your mouth watering yet?

But wait — it gets better. Each of these dishes contains only healthy ingredients, are appropriately portioned, and are ready to heat — or eat — in individual containers. Welcome to the bliss that is K Squared Meals.

I first learned about the gourmet prepped meal service from my sweet friend, Joey Detenber, who also happens to be director of the go-to spa for my mani shellacking: Bliss at the W Atlanta Downtown. A few months ago, Joey mentioned that his partner, Kevin Kusinski, was a personal trainer and chef, and had started a business called K Squared Meals. After reaching out to Kevin, he offered to let me try a week’s worth of meals  — and who am I to turn down free food, right?

What is so unique about Kevin’s food is that he cooks with a variety of flavors in mind, ranging from Thai to Mexican. He prepares breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals that are proportioned in individual containers to ensure that you don’t overeat.

Ingredients are fresh, which is why you should stick meals that won’t be eaten until the end of the week in the freezer. One of my meals had a bit of fur growing on it because of when it was made and when I received it. That’s why I recommend you take a peek at things as soon as you get them, and let Kevin know if you need any replacements — which he’s happy to provide. 

What I loved about these meals is that they’re easy. Kevin offers delivery to folks living in the Atlanta area, and everything is ready to go when you need to eat. What was challenging for me is that I like to be able to cook certain things during the week (think smoothies for breakfast and salads with a can of tuna for dinner). I don’t necessarily want to have something ready-made for every meal. So if I were to try Kevin's meals again, I'd probably pick and choose what I wanted.

Also, there were some dishes that I enjoyed more than others. For example, I’m not a fan of reheated omelets. But what doesn’t work for me might work for others. So was it a “fit” or a “miss?” I’d say it’s a partial “fit.” I like the convenience and the diversity of dishes — but I still like to cook some of my own meals. 

For all of the details about K Squared Meals (and the deets on following a paleo diet) check out my latest article in Atlanta’s JEZEBEL Magazine.

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Monday
Sep022013

Playing a Round at Old Edwards Club 

Holes with jaw-dropping mountain views. A delish chicken salad sammy and a Coke delivered straight to my cart — thanks to a nifty little computer. And customer service that makes me feel as adored as Phil Mickelson at the Masters. Old Edwards Club knows how to do golf.

In case you are new to the blog, I’ve been trying to arrange a golf lesson at the club since last October. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans during that visit and literally rained on my parade (check out this blog for the deets).

So the Director of Golf, Jordan Kenter, gave me a rain check. And I was finally able to cash in this summer when my boyfriend, Mark, and I headed up to Old Edwards Inn and Spa (OEI) in July to get away from the real world.

As usual, OEI knocked our socks off from the get-go. We were greeted with the customary glass of champagne upon our arrival and were upgraded from our regular room to a suite in one of the cozy new Falls Cottages, which opened in June. (Each cottage is divided into multiple suites.)

From the stand-alone tub to the massive four-poster bed to the fireplace — and yes, we did use the fireplace, even in July — we were blown away by what our “cottage” had to offer. Having the extra room that this suite offered was much-appreciated, given the fact we were staying for more than a few nights.

We also enjoyed sitting poolside sipping OEI’s signature cocktails — my fav is the strawberry mint smash, the complimentary Dove bars, and mouth-watering meals in the Wine Garden and at Madison’s. I even squeezed in a visit to the spa for a pedi and some time in what is still the most amazing relaxation room I’ve seen in a spa (no one can touch the snuggly blankets in this place).

But the highlight of this trip was FINALLY getting my lesson with Jordan — which was followed by a round of golf. (OK, Mark was technically the one playing, but I got to take a swing here and there…) And full disclosure, kids, all golf expenses were covered on this day by the club — but Mark and I enjoyed ourselves so much we’ll be back on our own dime.

The lesson was an hour of just what I needed. (In terms of clubs, I still haven’t invested in my own set. So Jordan let me borrow a set.) As I continue to work on my swing, my challenge is rotating my body enough and not trying to rush things. When I rush, everything just falls apart. But Jordan was encouraging and provided me with just the right advice — all I can say is think about a waiter holding a tray on your backswing.

It felt so good to actually here the sweet “thunk” of the club face hitting the ball in just the right spot. I was reminded of why I need to find myself a pro here in Atlanta, so I can take lessons on a more-than-every-four-months basis. (Life would be so much easier if Jordan would just move to Atlanta...)

After the lesson, I took command of the cart (which was state-of-the-art, I must say) and watched Mark take on 18 holes — through pouring rain and sunshine. And as I mentioned, since there weren’t many people battling through the rain like we were, I was able to drop a ball and take a shot here and there. We had a blast — and the views weren’t that bad either.

We left our golf excursion feeling good about what had been accomplished (and ready for a cocktail). Like everything else I’ve ever experienced at OEI, our golf experience was an absolute “fit.” Now when can we go back?

Until next Tuesday — stay FWABulous!

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Tuesday
Aug272013

Getting Toned Without the Tan Lines: Naked Sports Gear Bras

Getting “naked” and going for a run don’t usually go hand in hand for me — until a few days ago.

I don’t know about you, ladies, but since I run and walk outside a majority of the time (in just a sports bra), I have resigned myself to strap tan lines, especially in the summer.

I first heard about the Naked Sports Gear sport bra from my girl, Donna Burke, the fashion diva behind the fabulous blog Yoga in Heels. I was intrigued by the idea of a sports bra that promised no strap tan lines, which is why I reached out to the ladies at Naked Sports Gear. They were kind enough to send me a sample bra (free of charge!) to put to the test.

The bra comes in several bright colors including orange, green, red, and blue. They are a bit like a bandeau bikini top with mesh straps. I tried my green version (love the color!) during a run on Saturday and thought the support and fit was awesome. (The fit is snug, which is good, as I like to keep the girls in place when I’m bouncing around.)

It was a sunny day, and sure enough, when I returned home, there was only a tan along the base of the bra — no unsightly strap lines on my shoulders and neck! (BTW, I did still apply sunscreen to all areas that would be exposed to the sun. After all, if you’re going to be in the sun, be smart about it!)

I have to tell you, ladies, even though the price might be a little steep for some of you ($42), I think this sweet little bra is worth it. It's such a “fit” that I will likely order a few more on my own dime!

Until next Tuesday — stay FWABulous!

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Monday
Aug192013

A Salad with a Side of Spin: Exhale’s Noon Core Cycle Express

Most people scarf down calories over their lunch breaks — but I’ve found a convenient new way to do the opposite. Welcome to Exhale Atlanta’s lunchtime cycling class. (Exhale is located in the Loews Atlanta Hotel but is open to the public.)

Core Cycle Express is a quick and sweaty 45-minute version of the hour-long Core Cycling class that the gym offers. The class is offered a few noon hours a week, as well as on the occasional weekday morning. (Disclaimer, kids, I did get to take the class for free — but remember, you're getting my honest opinion here.)

Part of what makes this class convenient for me is that it’s a less-than-10-minute drive from my office at Georgia Tech. Parking is available in the garage next to the hotel, and is validated and free when you visit Exhale.

I opted to try the class on Wednesday at noon and arrived about 15 minutes early so I could fill out the paperwork and stash my stuff in the locker room. Speaking of the locker room, it receives an A+. The showers and other areas are stocked with any products you might need, and there’s a steam room (one of my favs).

The spin room is tucked into a corner of the large Exhale gym space. (BTW, the treadmills have an awesome view that must be seen.) I hopped on a bike and started moving as others filtered into class. I would say that by the time things got rolling, most bikes were taken.

And FYI, you don’t need any fancy cycling shoes to take the class — your regular workout kicks will probably be fine, except I’d avoid any of the lightweight tennies that have soft, flexible tread. Those aren’t the best at buffering the soles of your feet from those cycling pedals.

Brandy Drinkard, the instructor, rocked — I loved her music, which was a made-me-want-to-sing-along mix of pop, Michael Jackson, and other motivating tunes. More importantly, her cuing was spot-on, and she did an excellent job of going over correct form while riding.

Before I knew it, I was drenched in sweat, and it was time to head back to work. (The only downside to this class is that the room seemed to be a little hot. But what does that matter when you're intent is to sweat?) Thankfully, I was able to re-beautify myself in the lovely locker room before heading back to the old 9-to-5 job.

The verdict? An absolute fit — especially with my schedule. I look forward to heading back to this lunchtime burner in the future.

Until next Tuesday — stay FWABulous!

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