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3 Ways to Shake Up Your Workouts Without Breaking the Bank

“They” say once you hit the age of 35 it’s all down hill from there. I’m writing this email with 7 extra pounds on a “beautiful me”. Thank you 35! If you have been allowing those extra pounds to creep up year after year it’s imperative for our health we lose the weight and or maintain a healthy one. Yes, our bodies are not meant to have the same exact shape as we did in our 20’s but we can maintain as we gracefully age to decrease our risk for diabetes, heart disease, and the emotional stress of gaining weight.  

BODY MASS INDEX:

 

According to Livestrong.com ” No matter what your age, you’ll need to eat fewer calories than you burn to lose weight. However, since your metabolism generally slows down as you get older, your calorie needs change as you age, and the calorie intake that prompted weight loss accordingly might not work after age 35.”. 

Well for me this is the slowing of the metabolism is the culprit. I religiously continued to work out 5-6 days a week. My exercises included a walk with my husband, yoga video, weight lifting class at the gym or a 45 minute sitting on the recumbent bike. Needless to say, never really pushing myself and doing whatever I felt like doing. 

Whatever, current state you’re in, getting inspired to maintain or transform into a healthy body is key to making a change. If you have the leisure of having a personal trainer come to your home, a private chef to cook for you or a delivery service ship meals to you then good for you! If you’re on a budget I got you too! 

Here are 3 ways to shake up your workout without breaking the bank:

  1. Buy New Workout Clothes: Ross Dress For Less, Target and Nordstrom Rack have an assortment of stylish goodies for cheap. If you look cute, you’re going to want to work out more. Trust me! A ratty t-shirt and old sweatpants are not going to do the trick. If you need a list of what to buy, read Chapter 9 in my book Ultimate Guide to Style: From Drab to Fab!. 
  2. Read About Others Conquering Their Weight Loss Goals: When you are aware of other people’s stories, paths, and accomplishments you’re more likely to do it yourself. If they can do it so can you! Check out my dear friend’s, Jeanette Ortega’s new fitness book; The Little Black Book of Fitness. It’s filled with heart-filled stories of incredible fab and fitness journeys. I went to the book signing and was tearing up like a little baby! The author’s experiences are so inspiring. You will get ideas of new ways to improve you! 

    The author of Little Black Book of Fitness, Jeanette Ortega and stylist Rayne Parvis in Pasadena, CA.
  3. Join an Online Personal Fitness Program: I have been participating in SajeCoxFitness.com monthly challenges for the last two months. You get to know a plethora of other ladies on this journey who hold you accountable. Saje’s fresh videos are posted 5 times a week. It’s like having a personal trainer in your home for less than a dollar a day. Did I mention how sweet and down-to-earth she is? Please check out http://www.SajeCoxFitness.com for details. She says, “These workouts are for EVERYONE: ladies who have never exercised, ladies who don’t go to the gym, ladies who go to the gym but want an extra push- literally ALL women can benefit from these.” If you join, let me know I’ll be one of your accountability partners. PS. For the first time in my life, I have arm definition! 

Additionally, grab a walking buddy, join a Meetup.com hiking group, support group and download free healthy recipes from the internet to mix it up. If you implement these tips you will be happier and healthier. 

NOTE: I am not receiving any financial compensation from mentioning any company in this blog post. I have bought new gym clothes, my girl’s fitness book and am participating in the online fitness program. Before starting any program please consult your doctor first! 

Let me know what inspires you to bump-up your routine! My progress has been slow and steady. I’ve lost 3 pounds and am gaining muscle definition. Woo-hoo!!!  Understand, I don’t think I am “fat” nor do I obsess about weight or numbers. However, 7 pounds is 7 pounds and my pants and bras were getting really tight. I didn’t want 7 to turn into 107. As long as you’re healthy and happy then you are good!  

Rayne Parvis is Northridge, CA in Sunsets Separates swimsuit and fedora by Target.

 

 

 

3 Things You’re Missing Out On If You Don’t Have…

Boutique; TAGSYou’re missing out on simple & easy shopping if you don’t have a favorite local boutique. Have you ever walked into a mall or department store and felt overwhelmed? You look around and think, where do I start? What styles are for me? What designers fit my shape? Then, you buy a few or a lot odd ball items that sit in your closet…wasting space. Here are a few things you can do; hire me or a personal stylist in your area to teach you how to shop, grab a copy of Ultimate Guide to Style: From Drab to Fab! and/or find a boutique near you.
A boutique you ask? Yes! Here’s why:

1.Boutiques are tailored for specific ages, genders and styles.

For example, my favorite boutique for my personal taste, age and proximity is TAGS on Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood, CA. Their age demographic is late 20’s to 40’s with a minimalist edge. They carry edgy yet feminine pieces with a unique and artistic vibe. When making the most out of my closet, I mix quality items with trendy or vintage pieces. Meaning, my slacks may cost $500.00 but my shirt will cost $3.00 from a thrift shop. Anytime my quality items need an update I can walk into TAGS and easily find pieces I instantly love. You can Google “boutiques near me” and see what comes up for you. If you’re a natural, classic, romantic, boho, eclectic, glamorous or trendy style most likely there will be one that caters to your specific vibe near you! NOTE: If you live in a small town, you may have to drive a little further or come visit us in LA!

TAGS stylist, Erica Ventura, & Rayne Parvis at the West Hollywood, CA. location. Photo by: Ryan P. Morgan.
TAGS stylist, Erica Ventura, styling Rayne Parvis at the West Hollywood, CA. location for a photo shoot. Photo by: Ryan P. Morgan.
2.You get a personal stylist for free.

The stylists at the boutique will give you personalized service like my TAGS stylist, Erica Ventura. She lets me know about upcoming events, sales and is familiar with what works for my body-shape and budget and pulls stuff before I get there. It’s like having my own personal fashin expert! And unlike, an image consultant/wardrobe stylist (like me) who charges for this, it’s a complimentary part of the “boutique experience”. So if you can’t afford a service like mine, I suggest developing a relationship with the style professional at a boutique near you. I recommend doing a little homework on yourself too. Know your complementary colors, cuts and body-shape so you can inform your boutique stylist what you prefer. All this can be determined in Ultimate Guide to Style!

TAGS stylist, Erica Ventura, and personal stylist, Rayne Parvis, at the West Hollywood, CA. location. Photo by: Ryan P. Morgan.
Personal Stylist, Rayne Parvis and TAGS stylist, Erica Ventura, at the West Hollywood, CA. TAGS location. Photo by: Ryan P. Morgan.
3.Shopping will be fun!

If you hate shopping finding your go-to boutique is a must. Spend less time wandering aimlessly around and more time socializing. The professionals at the boutique will most likely become your personal shopping superstar. When you walk in, like your go-to bar or coffee shop, they’ll know your name. This makes shopping an enlightening experience. I will drive out of my way to go to TAGS to buy a candle for a gift because they make me smile and supporting local business is important. Even though, I can shop for myself it’s always nice to have a experienced eye that has you covered…literally. 
Hope these tips help your shopping experience fabulous!
Special thanks to Erica Ventura at TAGS for her personal service and styling me for my website images update(coming soon). If you’re in LA reach out to her and get your fashion on. Tell her I sent ya!

TAGS girls(Sydney, Erica, Andra and Taylor) and Rayne hanging out after a styling session.
TAGS girls(Sydney, Erica, Andra and Taylor) and Rayne hanging out after a styling session. Photo by: Ryan P. Morgan.

Check out the latest video I was featured in with the stylists from TAGS on The Show and Tell Show with Caroline Elliott. 

TAGS: Address: 8570 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone: (310) 360-1660
EMAIL: Erica.ventura@tags.com

You can find photographer Ryan P. Morgan and TAGS on Instagram

Love & Style,
Rayne

9 Unique New Year’s Resolutions to Rock Your World

It’s time to ring in 2016 in mind, body and style!

 

Feel Fab

What are our most common New Year’s goals? GO Banking Rates set out to find out what people were thinking about for New Year’s this year. A survey of over 5,000 people, over 45% said living life to its fullest was their top resolution.

Here’s how the survey results broke down:

Americans’ 2016 New Year’s Resolutions:

  • Enjoy life to the fullest (45.7%)
  • Live a healthier lifestyle (41.1%)
  • Lose weight (39.6%)
  • Spend more time with family and friends (33.2%)
  • Save more, spend less (30.1%)
  • Pay down debt (27.5%)

Studies have shown that only 8% of us actually reach our goals. How sad! When you start the New Year and try to make numerous life altering changes we may fail at one which then seems to create a domino effect…so keep it simple.

How do we “live life to the fullest”? I reached out to on of my gal pals, radio host and author August McLaughlin, to help introduce us to NEW RESOLUTIONS that will not only help us live happier lives but will help others as well. She asks, “What can we do to live better? Bolder? Happier? What are we willing to face, change, sacrifice or embrace? These questions paired with action can make the hum drum extraordinary, the pretty-darn-good freaking awesome and, if the masses partake, the whole world a better place.”

Frida, Rayne Parvis and August McLaughlin getting some girl time in.
Frida, Rayne Parvis and August McLaughlin getting some girl time in.

I’m not suggesting to toss the above usual resolutions…but religiously work on one or two and add some unique ones to help you be a BETTER YOU year round. In my opinion, we all could use a resolution makeover!

9 New Year’s Resolutions/Mind Changers to Add to Your Repertoire From Us to You:

1. Stop telling yourself you’re too ________ (old, fat, boring, ugly…). 

2. Do something that scares you every day, week or month. If you live a mundane life you will get mundane results. Live a little more! Petting the adult leopard(shown below) scared the sh*t out of me. I was so happy I did it!

Rayne and friends petting a leopard in Ensenada, Mexico.
Rayne and friends petting a leopard in Ensenada, Mexico.

3. Pursue your passions in life. Yes, you may be thinking …duh! Even if you have a 9-5 job, 3 kids and a family member to take care. Sketch out some time for you. Maybe hire a baby-sitter or help to give you more time to pursue a passion. If not now, then when?

4. Shake it Off.  Your friends, family and co-workers will most likely at one time offend you. I’ve had friends not talk to me for years because of a misunderstood text message or comment. It breaks my heart every time. Forget that one comment, email etc. and allow others to be human and not act how you prefer every second. I am finally at a time in my life, that I am no longer easily offended. Amen and thank you Joyce Meyer for helping me with this! If anyone feel like calling me a name, punching me in the face or taking something out on me…go for it and I’ll still love ya. Hahahah!

5. Take an inventory of your sex life. Gotta love August for this one! We can’t hope to improve that which we don’t acknowledge. Being married, sex can sometimes feel like a chore. Make an effort to enjoy sex with your spouse more often. Studies have shown sex helps you live a longer and healthier life. Bow chicka wow wow!

6. Tithe. In November 2014, I made an commitment to give a portion of my income to “helping the world” institutions like Treasures, Joyce Meyer Ministries, churches I frequent and animal shelters.  I can truthfully say that 2015 has been the most financial successful year for me….and I enjoyed giving. Even if you don’t go to church look for people or charities that need your help and watch the universe/God bless you. Giving is the best gift!

7. Wear Something that Brings You Joy Everyday. Choose colors, prints, shapes and/or your favorite ________ that makes you happy. For example, in addition to the above I also wear Christmas socks year round. When I slip into the red, green and white softness it brings a smile to my face.

8. Compliment; Don’t Fault Find. Give your friends and family the freedom to be themselves. Remember, no one is perfect! Focus on one’s positives not their negatives. We’ve all managed to focus on the good and forget  forgive the bad for life long GOOD TIMES(Christmas family photo below).

Rayne's family and life long friends taking a Christmas photo in 2015 on a Carnival Cruise.
Rayne’s family and life long friends taking a Christmas photo in 2015 on a Carnival Cruise.

9. Embrace your body as is. Yes, experts recommend exercising regularly but that doesn’t mean you have to wait till that “perfect” weight to feel fab NOW.

For more FEEL GOOD suggestions  join us in celebrating 100 episodes of August McLaughlin’s  ‪#‎GirlBonerRadio‬! I loved turning the tables and interviewing her about, EMBRACEABLE, all-things-GB, her modeling days and more. Plus, hearDr. Megan Fleming‘s tips for relationship goals in the new year and her favorite perks of the show. Fun, fun!

August and Rayne recording Girl Boner's 100th Episode at Global Voice Broadcasting.
August Mclaughlin and Rayne Parvis recording Girl Boner’s 100th Episode at Global Voice Broadcasting in Studio City, CA.

Listen on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/…/celebrating-100-epi…/id814715884…

Listen on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?eid=41785098

If you’d like to read Embraceable, hop over to Amazon (CLICK HERE) to grab your Kindle copy. Totally worth reading!

Embraceable book cover red

 

Have a very happy and EMBRACEABLE New Year!

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