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A Benner Fit Success Story!

A Benner Fit Success Story!

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Dance Parties!

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USANA 5day Cleanse Overview

I did it folks! 5 whole days of cleansing! I can't believe I actually made it through. I've got discipline but I didn't think I had 5 days of it!

I posted about my day one experience and I was pleasantly surprised. I usually go into new things with an open mind, but I must say the thought of cleansing for 5 whole days seemed slightly daunting.

Usana and April Norris (USANA Independent Associate) kept me in check through this entire journey. I would receive daily emails filled with inspiration which were very beneficial during this cleansing process. Lets face it there is food temptation everywhere! What I LOVED most about this cleanse is that you are literally eating or drinking every two hours. That is way more then I do currently. Eating this often speeds up your metabolism and gets that body back in check.

I can honestly say, I feel better! My personal goal was just to see if I could actually make it through five whole days of cleansing. April was very kind in letting me know that I could eat as many fruits and veggies as I needed. I am very active so I have to be aware of my caloric in take.

Moral of my cleanse story is that the USANA 5day RESET Cleanse is pretty darn wonderful! I really want to stress to all my Bennerfitters out there if you have wanted to cleanse, this is the one to do because it's totally doable! You don't feel hungry all the time since you are constantly eating or drinking. All of the smoothies taste delightful, the chocolate was my personal favorite! The Usana protein bars were both filling and delicious. And I love my fruits and veggies so the fact that I could eat them whole without putting them down a juicer was a big bonus!

If you are interested in this cleanse, the wonderful April Norris is your gal to contact, optimalvitality.usana@yahoo.com

Have a beautiful Tuesday! I'm feeling so energized I'm heading to the hills for a hike, thanks USANA and April! This cleanse rocks!

I'll leave you with Usana's motto...

I Whip My Hair Back and Forth!

Fun and easy ways to style your hair during a workout!

Zumba Is a Booty Kickin' Good Time!

I'm guilty! I judged a book by its cover and that cover was "Zumba." The Latin dance fitness craze that people go nuts over! I always thought it was a silly little dance class that would give you a mediocre workout. I never gave it a chance until last Friday. I'm upset without myself that I didn't try it until then because let me tell you it was a booty kickin' good time!

It's a killer cardio workout and you don't want to stop even when you could drop down to the floor from exhaustion because you are having such a great time. My cheeks hurt after class because I literally was smiling the whole time. And that's not just a cheesy comment I am just stating the truth Bennerfitters!

I always say the instructor is what makes the class dynamic. It is the instructors job to lead a class, get your students motivated, stay determined, all while helping them feel better and creating a happy environment. Our Zumba instructor did just that and I plan on taking it again this Friday night! It's so much better then dancing the night away in a silly ol' club! There's no judgement so if some students struggle with picking up the steps you should always keep in mind, just do what you can and be proud of that!

Whether you are a man or a woman it does not matter because let's face it everyone needs to let lose and dance sometimes!

Go to www.zumba.com to look up classes near you!

Syd's Visit To Our Nation's Capital

"BEEP BEEP BEEP," went the alarm! Up and at em at 4:30 am in Los Angeles Sunday morning to take off to DC to visit my boyfriend and to sight-see around one of the most incredible places in our country. As our plane began to land in DC there was a heavy cloud cover and then all of a sudden the Washington Monument was breaking through the sky to my left. I felt a jolt of emotion, because here I am landing in a city where all of our presidents have stepped foot. It's overwhelming even as I write this... I'm going to switch gears for a second here. In California, there is an 8th grade trip to Washington, DC that all students are able to take over Spring Break. When I was in 8th grade, my daddy was very sick with cancer, so instead of taking the trip, I spent time with my family. To be here fourteen years later - for the first time - is deeply emotional for me and I feel like I can appreciate it all the more at this point in my life. As I walked up to the White House tears dropped down my face... I was just overcome with emotion. How amazing to be in front of a home where all of our presents have lived (except George Washington, but he had the place built!) To walk around the National Mall or to stand in front of the Washington Monument, I am walking in history. As my mama said, "you can see it, touch it, believe it...it is not a fable!" It is all real and I am honored to be here...

Yesterday I slept in and slowly woke up to start my day. I looked up various yoga studios around the downtown DC area and found a place called Sculpt DC which is a spin/yoga studio. I popped into a 12:15 pm yoga sculpt class. The studio was super chic and urban. You walk in upstairs and the studios are located downstairs. There are gorgeous bathrooms, showers, and even a lounge area for all the fitness goers to freshen up or relax. I like a booty kicking workout, this particular class was a bit more relaxing but certainly a nice way to start my day.

 

Following my yoga class I popped into Le Pain Quotidien for a fresh lentil salad with a cup of vegan black bean soup, yum!

 

I decided to head to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History which is on Pennsylvania Ave and part of the national mall. Most museums here are free, which is a big plus! I could have spent hours in here but having limited time to get all of my sight seeing in, I tried to get as much in as I could before I walked over to the Washington Monument. They had an award winning animal photography section and below were a couple of my favorites.

 

The Washington Monument shines high above all the downtown DC buildings. It's not a city that is built tall like New York or Chicago, but it's architecture doesn't need height to make it beautiful. Here I am in the FREEZING windy weather in front of the Monument.

 

What I love most about being here, is that this city is so easy to navigate. You walk everywhere because you can and in the midst of all the national landmarks you get a 3 to 5 mile walk in! Total health bonus! No wonder DC is one of the fittest cities in the US.

This is just day one here and I have a day and a half to go! I can't wait to see what I can fit in, in just a few short hours...

Love you America!

 

Tis the season to accessorize!

Yesterday morning I was in between teaching my classes and I got to catch up with my friend Melissa. We were talking about shopping, buying, purchasing, and basically came to the conclusion that we are shop-a-holics. Yes, I must admit, my name is Sydney, and I am a shop-a-holic!  

The holidays are quickly approaching and Melissa and I were discussing how it makes things that much harder because everywhere we turn we find something adorable. What I love during the holidays are the little things. The adorable touches that make the big picture look fabulous.

 

I got to thinking about how I love accessorizing with my workout outfits. For example, my knit bow headband that you can see in the photo below and in the circuit 5 video! One of my dear friends who is also my student gave it to me, shout out to my girl, Beth! She found it at Forever 21!

 

(Also, how cute is my dog Jojo?!)  

I must admit I am slightly obsessed with the 80's. And let's face it workout extraordinaire, Jane Fonda, rocked the leg warmers. I love, love, love leg warmers and they keep my calf muscles warm on chilly days here in Los Angeles. I know you east coasters are laughing at me right now but this California girl gets chilled to the bone! Check out these cozy leg warmers from American Apparel.

 

 

Like I said, it's the little things that can make an outfit come together, even in the workout room. And you can find great accessories that don't have to break the bank, which is my favorite way to shop! Happy Post Thanksgiving Bennerfitters! XO!