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Giveaway!

Check out our Instagram & Facebook posts to enter for your chance to win 2 free entries to the Boerne Handmade Market in October! This is a don’t miss event in the Hill Country.

 

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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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What’s in my gym bag?

I pack my gym bag the night before because I work out so early it allows me a few extra minutes of sleep. Since I work out first and then go to work my gym bag might be packed backwards from most people who pack to go to the gym. I pack to go to work.

The first thing I do is decide what outfit I will be wearing to work, I make sure to have all aspects of that outfit including shoes are in the bag. Next I get together any jewelry I will be wearing with the outfit. I place all of that in the bag. Now I add in my personal care items; deodorant, hair products, make up and face wipes.

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I also double check any after work plans I have to ensure I have what I need for that as well. Maybe an outfit change or layering of clothes, sometimes even another workout.

Once I have it all together I put everything in the bag and place it in my closet. I get my workout clothes and shoes for the morning and place them on top of the bag. This way in the morning I go into my closet and get my workout gear on, grab my bag and after washing my face and brushing my teeth I am ready for the day.

I need all the extra sleep I can get!

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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! 

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Food Delivery – Boerne

Did you know there is a company in town that will deliver food from different restaurants to your front door? I was so excited to learn about this because lets be honest, I don’t always want pizza when I am lazy or don’t have time to cook. This is a great option. You have to check out My Town 2 Go Food Delivery!

The delivery fee starts at $4.99 and they deliver within 10 miles of the restaurant you are ordering from.

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Currently they deliver from everyone listed below, and adding more restaurants all the time.

Fritzes’s
Smokey Moes
Longhorn
Raising Cane’s
Chili’s
Valeria
Cypress Grill
The Dienger
Dog and Pony
Sauced Wing Bar
Conroys Irish Pub
Laguna Madre
Bill Miller
Capparellis
Whataburger
Taco Cabana
You can download their app and start using this great service today!
Check them out of Facebook & Instagram for updates and new places
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Hiking

One of my favorite things to do is hike or walk a new park or nature area on the weekends. If you knew me when I was younger this could be shocking information. lol It has really become a relaxing experience for me and I feel like I am really experiencing so much more of our world. I love seeing how different each area is even being so close together sometimes.

Just around our home there are so many options for hiking and walking. One of the places I really enjoy is Joshua Springs Park & Preserves. It is just a quick drive north and has a dog park, fishing area, picnic area, play area and trails. It is very well kept and is a great place to spend the day or afternoon. I always love to see the water falls or look through the bird watching buildings to see if I can spot any deer.

http://www.kendallcountyparks.org/parks/joshua-springs-park-and-preserve-jspp

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We tried a new place recently as well, Kreutzberg Canyon Natural Area. Also just a quick drive away. It offers many trails to choose from and these are more natural and not paved like many are now. I recommend actual hiking shoes or boots for this location. The Guadalupe River runs right through and you can hike along it or take a canoe or kayak. It is animal friendly and also very well kept. With the hills, and natural trail you really get a great workout here while enjoying the hill country views.

http://www.kendallcountyparks.org/parks/kreutzberg-canyon-natural-area-kcna

Both of these are free! What a great way to get out, get active, enjoy nature and not have to spend any money. Make sure you take your own water to both.

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Yoga House Boerne

I was so excited to try out Yoga House Boerne, I have seen Rachel on social media and she looked so fun and inspiring. I checked out her website, which is very user friendly and easy to sign up for classes. I did her gentle yoga and yoga flow. Even though I workout so many different places I always get a little nervous going to a new place for the first time. Rachel was so welcoming and personable. She was easy to speak with and individually welcomed each person into the class.

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Her gentle yoga class was very calming and a slower pace so you can really melt into each pose and expand your muscles deeper through your breath. This is a great class for beginners to gain experience and also good for experienced yogis to slow down and really embrace each pose.

The yoga flow class was a higher pace with a mixture of advanced poses and modifications to build up your practice. She really focused on each persons form to ensure your body is in proper alignment for the best results and safety. I really enjoyed that she walked around and checked each person in the room assisting when necessary. It can be very hard during yoga to know if you are in the right position and you can’t always see the instructor. Having that additional help and then feeling the change when you get to the right place really pushes you to progress in your practice.

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She offers classes 6 days a week at convenient times to accommodate work schedules. The studio is conveniently located at I10 near Fair Oaks Ranch, just behind the gas station. It is located in the basement of her home, how convenient for her right! It is set up so nicely and allows for great class size to allow the attention each student needs.

Check out her schedule and sign up for come classes!

https://www.yogahouseboerne.com/

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Birthday

It happened, I would like to pretend it didn’t but it did, I turned 30. I know I know it is just a number but it’s a big number, it’s a milestone, it changes things. I hear all the lines, you look so young, your still a baby. BUT guess what people, this isn’t your life, I am allowed to feel a little sad and down about turning 30. Ugh I don’t even like looking at that number.

Why? I am sure you are wondering why this matters to me. It matters because I am a planner. When I was 20 I was that girl who had it all planned out. I wanted certain things to happen by the time I turned 30. I wanted to be in a specific area in my career, family and financially. Some of those things have happened but there are a lot of things that are not at all what I had planned. Yes, I am fully aware you can’t plan everything, believe me I have had my fair share of slaps in the face, back to reality. That doesn’t change who I am though. It doesn’t change the goals and plans I had.

I mean I live in a state I never even thought of for 20+ years of my life. I have a job I never thought of and my family isn’t what I pictured. I have dogs, that alone is shocking to my own mom. (I love them to death, I am even wearing a shirt that says #dogmom)

I love living in Texas, I have a great job and I love my family more than anything. It’s just different and sometimes when a milestone comes it makes you reflect back on the those plans and goals and I personally feel disappointed in some of them.

Some of the great things at 30 are that I am in the best shape of my life. I have found a passion for health and fitness I didn’t know I had. I have met some amazing people who have changed my life. I have explored and lived in cities that have taught me a lot about life and friendships. These things I wouldn’t change, but with the new you have to let go of the old. I have trouble with that. I have to let go of those goals the 20 year old me had and come up with some new ones at the 30 year old I am. 😦30

Life is never easy and it is never going to be. I will still make my plans an hope it works out. Everything happens for a reason and I am truly thankful for my 30 years and I am hopeful for the future.