I've written before about how much I've enjoyed Pilates instructor Robin Long with The Balanced Life. Her blog, free Pilates workouts, and Instagram feed have really inspired and challenged me to be healthier and stronger right where I am, with a healthy perspective of where my body is today. It's a "grace over guilt" perspective on healthy eating and exercise full of positive encouragement and motivation.
Until recently, I just did her free videos that she posts all the time on her website and YouTube channel. But then, Robin launched an awesome new program called The Balanced Life Sisterhood - for only $9/month you get a daily Pilates workout plan, healthy recipes to try throughout the month, a private Facebook group to meet and talk with others ladies in the Sisterhood, and if you want, you can even be matched up with a "sister" to email privately. I joined, and it's totally worth it to me to have a daily schedule to follow and a specific plan that helps me stay on track. Most of the workouts are short (like only 7-10 minutes long, totally doable!) but super effective. My "sister" Jennie in Minnesota is awesome, and we're in the same stages of life as young moms just trying to juggle life and stay healthy and strong. It's been great to check in with her regularly and cheer each other on. The recipe ideas are super easy and tasty too - I made an avocado yogurt dip for the Superbowl, and my super-food-snob-chef husband practically licked the bowl!
I can't say enough great things about Robin and The Balanced Life - even though I've never met Robin, I feel like I'm working out with a friend every time I put on one of her videos. And my body craves Pilates now. In the past, exercise has tended to feel burdensome and stressful to me, and I've definitely felt guilty when I haven't stayed on track or achieved a certain size or level. Instead, this feels like a freeing way to live my life while becoming more disciplined at the same time. Love it!
And let me know if you sign up - I get a free month! Hee hee!