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Veterans Plaza

One of my favorite things to do is walk through different parks or areas of town to explore. Not only is this a great way to stay active but I get to see new places. Veterans Plaza is located in the heart of Boerne off Main Street and is a beautiful place to take some time and appreciate what is around you but also the sacrifice many men and women have made for the lives we have today.

As you walk up the main entrance you will see the names of so many local people who have served in all branches of service. If you are from here I am sure you can find a name you recognize or are related to. As you come up to the center you will read some beautiful stories of brilliance, heart, strength and selflessness.

I grabbed some lunch and sat on a bench in the shade and enjoyed some me time. There is plenty of room for pets and family to enjoy some time outside together or even a great outdoor workout. Many of you have driven by and never stopped. I really recommend taking a moment to walk to the center and read the stories of some amazing people from right here in our community.

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San Antonio Baseball

My husband and I have always loved going to baseball games together. He is Cardinals fan and I am a Reds fan, the rivalry is the best. We have gone to several games together over the years and enjoy sports in general. We recently went to the San Antonio Missions baseball game and had a blast. If you are local and haven’t gone you really should and take the entire family.

 

The stadium has easy parking, clean and tons of food to pick from. The tickets are super affordable and the atmosphere & fans are great. It happened to rain the entire time we were there but we still had a great time. Everything is affordable from tickets, drinks, food and even the merchandise. We had great seats but from looking around it appeared all seats would give you a great view of the game.

The website is very easy to navigate to see the schedule and get tickets. It shows all the promotions and other fun stuff going on as well.

Head out for a fun day or night out!

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Sister Creek Vineyards

Saturday we headed north to check out Sister Creek Vineyards. I have heard great things so we wanted to see what it was all about. It was a quick drive from our house full of beautiful hill country scenery.

We started with the self guided tour that shows the different equipment they use and many of the barrels the wine is aging in. After the self guided tour of the 5 rooms we sat down for the tasting. We did the 8 glasses allowing us to try all the wine, or can can do a 4 glass tasting as well. (The 8 is $12.95 and the 4 is $9.95.) We enjoyed many of the wines but are fans of the whites over red. Our favorite was the Muscat Reserve and we left with 2 bottles for our house, come over and have a glass with us. :)The staff is wonderful and very knowledgeable, we had a great time with our tasting specialist and he was full of fun knowledge.

They have a wine club you can join as well with no strings attached. Those are the kinds of clubs we like for sure.

We had a great time and defiantly recommend a trip out for yourself to check them out and try the wines.

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Travel Tips

May was full of travel for me, which can be tough trying to stay on track with your health and fitness goals. I am going to share with you a few tips that help me. I traveled this past month for work and pleasure and those offer different challenges when staying on track.

When people travel for pleasure they tend to give in more to the tempting treats or ignore those workouts. I do my best to stay active and eat well. I went to visit family in Cincinnati and since my niece is just over a year old she offers a free workout! Just playing, chasing and walking with her can give me my activity for the day. Take time to go on walks in the morning or evening to keep you moving, plan to do an activity that will get your heart rate up and allow you to see the sights. We attended a wedding so dancing the night away on the dace floor counts. It all counts! You just want to stay active everyday.

Eating is the next thing that people really have a difficult time with, when traveling for pleasure I do allow myself a treat. At the wedding I enjoyed a piece of cake, but when it was meal time the buffet allowed me the opportunity to have some lean chicken and vegetables. Making balanced choices will allow you to get home and not feel like you over did it and have to start over, it should be a smooth transition back into you normal routine.

When traveling for work there are work dinners and team lunches and this can be tricky. A lot of people may not be making the healthiest choices around you so your will power needs to kick in here. I start my day with breakfast at the hotel, they usually have great options from eggs, lean meats, oatmeal and fruits, but will also offer bagels, cereal, waffles and sugary goodness. I never like to indulge at breakfast because then I am unhappy the rest of the day. I normally choose hard boiled eggs, fruit and oatmeal (always with coffee!) This allows me to feel full until lunch. When that times comes around I choose a salad, no dressing or lean meat and veggies. Another filling meal with flavor. Be careful with your salad choice, a salad with fried everything is not a good choice. My trick is I put my order in and then ask what other people are getting this way I don’t get pressured or swayed into something I will regret. At dinner I allow myself to have whatever I want because I don’t just say no all the time and I do like to try new things. I also enjoy a desert every once in a while but I normally choose the smaller item or ice cream option, this gives me my sweet fix but I am not eating an entire piece of cake and ice cream.

Staying in a hotel offers the opportunity to use the gym. I go at least 50% of the time I am staying in a hotel. Morning or evening, it just depends on what works with the daily schedule. I mark it in my calendar and make sure it is done like any other appointment I would have. This also helps me not feel too bad about that desert or dinner option I may choose. Staying active on a work trip is key to feel great when you return. It can be easy to stay out, not get up as early and totally ignore any activity. Make it a priority even a walk at lunch is a great choice.

 

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Treatment

Over the past several years I have had neck pain on a regular basis, I ignored it assuming it was a muscle. Recently I had so much pain I was unable to really even move with out shooting pain through my entire body. After a visit to the ER and several imaging tests it was confirmed that in fact it is not a muscle issue. There are several other things going on in my neck/spine causing this pain. This isn’t good news but it has started me a new health journey that I am happy to share with you.

I wanted an option that was not surgery or taking medication to correct the pain problems I was having. I did a lot of research and I was given a recommendation to Hill Country Physical Medicine in Boerne. They offer a comprehensive approach to the body and healing allowing for a customized treatment plan to each person who comes in.

The first visit was a full exam with a several different medical professionals. They then met as a team and reviewed each persons findings, looked through images taken there and previously done. As a group they came up with a plan that they felt would give me the best results. The next visit they go over everything with you and encourage you to bring your spouse so that everyone is aware and on the same page to move forward.

Each member of the team is welcoming and friendly. I feel so comfortable walking in the door each day knowing that I am going to get the best care. Each visit I get even more information or learn something new. I love this! I also feel very comfortable knowing I am getting the best care by the best providers in the area.

This group offers so much more than just want I am experiencing with them. If you are looking for a Physical Medicine option I recommend them for a visit!

http://hillcountryphysicalmedicine.com/

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B Well Grand Re-Opening

I highly recommend a visit to check out the expansion at B Well. They have added some great space AND a juice bar, by Juice Boss. It’s the perfect place to go for a class or personal training and a refreshing juice. I love the clean, refreshing, nutritious and organic juices. They are perfect after a great calorie burn, afternoon pick me up or just anytime. Don’t forget to grab one of the soft shirts that are perfect for any workout.

B Well Offers

  • Barre
  • Spin
  • Cardio & Strength
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Personal Training
  • Infrared Sauna
  • AND NEW CLASSES COMING SOON!

The instructors are so welcoming and hands on, you are sure to get a personalized workout in a group setting ensuring correct form and major burn! Each class is created for maximum results in a comforting environment.

Child care is also available so don’t hesitate to get on their website or download the free app to sign up for your class today! There are summer specials going on right now, this is the time to join.

https://bwellhealthandfitness.com/

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Guest Blogger – Fitness Journey

I am so excited to introduce you to Baylee! She is one of the newest instructors at B Well, in Boerne. I have taken her spinning classes and they are great, you must come and try one. Read her journey to becoming an instructor below, you never know where life will lead.

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I consider myself to be one of the least athletic people I know. While my high school classmates scored goals and made touchdowns (still working on my sports terminology), I spent my free time warming up my vocals in choir and memorizing play scripts. While I am beyond thankful for the experiences that the fine arts gave me, I couldn’t help but feel like my lack of athletic experience resulted in me not knowing the value of physical fitness or how to “do exercise”. 

As a result of my years of apathy, I spent the next several years trying and failing to create healthy fitness habits. I’d show up to a gym and have no idea what to do — so I’d just leave! I tried running, but it felt too monotonous and time-consuming for my on-the-go personality. I even tried at-home fitness videos, all of which would last a good 6 minutes before I got bored and found something else to do. I came to a point where I gave up on trying and accepted that I was just not cut out for fitness. 

Eventually, I got sick and tired of feeling sick and tired (what happens when you live an extremely inactive lifestyle) and decided I needed a change. I was new to Boerne and a friend recommended B Well Health & Fitness. My first reaction was absolutely not — I could never fit in at one of those elite fitness studios. My inability to keep up with everyone else would be embarrassing, and I definitely don’t look the part. I even thought about starting a new workout plan to get in shape before I joined B Well (I know, it makes zero sense at all). On top of that, I was just not “cut out” for fitness — it just wouldn’t work out. 

After weeks of encouraging and nudging me, I finally caved and signed up for a one month membership (let’s be honest, I didn’t plan on even sticking around that long). Anxiously, I stepped into the studio for my first class and was immediately greeted by a welcoming staff member. “This isn’t so bad..” I remember thinking. I’m not going to sugar-coat it, the classes were CHALLENGING. However, the genuine encouragement by the instructors as well as the other clients gave me a boost of confidence to keep working at it. 

It didn’t take long at all before I realized all of my preconceived notions about B Well were dead wrong. The instructors weren’t intimidating — they are were my biggest encouragers and supporters! The other members weren’t conceited or elite athletes. In fact, the one thing that has made me fall in love with B Well is the people. No two members are the same, but we all come together in a class with our own goals and victories, regardless of where we are in our fitness journey. 

Before I knew it, I was everything I thought I couldn’t be. Someone who loved to work out! Don’t get me wrong — I still love to sleep in and get tempted to skip a class every now and then. BUT, I genuinely enjoy showing up, working hard, and celebrating small (and huge!) victories with my fellow B Well tribe. I loved it so much that one day a thought popped into my mind: “Why am I not teaching this?” I took my new passion and ran with it — I became a certified group fitness instructor! Now, I’m teaching classes that I love with people that I love — and all it took was STARTING somewhere.

If you would have told me a year ago that I’d spend more than one day a month exercising, I would have laughed in your face. If you would have told me a year ago that I’d be TEACHING fitness classes, I would probably have fallen to the ground in hysterical laughter. But guess what? I’m doing it! I’m thrilled to be sharing my story because I know there are so many of you out there who have similar experiences and (for whatever reason it may be) are too afraid to jump in. Here’s my advice: wherever you are in your fitness (or life!) journey, you are welcome here! There’s no better time to get started than this moment, right now. And I can promise you that once you get started, you’ll be unstoppable! 

I would LOVE to see your beautiful face at one of our B Well classes. Give us a call or drop by and we can chat!