Submitted by Ana Caban on July 7, 2013 - 8:38 pm
Do you love what you do for a living, or do you wish you were doing something else? There’s nothing wrong with wishing that you were doing something else, as long as you know what it is that you’d like to do. In other words, there’s no point in staying in a situation that no longer serves you and just griping about it. The best way to get out of that situation and into another one of your choosing (whether it be a job, a relationship, a home-whatever), is to know what you’d prefer to be doing, having, living. Complaining about it won’t change the situation and until you get clear on what you DO want and put the focus of your attention THERE you will remain right here, stuck where you DON’T WANT TO BE!
Here’s a simple exercise that you can do right now, to shift your thoughts and get you in a positive and exciting zone. All that you need to do is describe your ideal workday (or relationship, home, etc). Close your eyes and describe it aloud, words are very powerful. Better yet, record your voice while you describe and it and then transcribe what you said. This is doubly powerful! Pay attention to how you feel. As you are truly seeing yourself in this ideal situation enjoy the sensation and believe that you are living it. (That way you can always come back to that feeling when you need a little redirection).
What did you say? What did you write? How far off are you from living your ideal workday or situation? Perhaps there are only a few tweaks to be made or maybe there are big changes. The exciting part is that you now KNOW what you wish you were doing (living, having). And knowing is half the battle. What steps will you take next to make that dream a reality?
Next, create a mantra, (a positive affirmation), for yourself. It might go something like this… “I NOW see myself living my ideal workday, a day filled with performing, music, dancing, cooking and dining with friends & family.” (And YES, this actually is someone’s ideal workday. Someone that is living THEIR La Buena Life). This could be you.
See, Believe, Achieve!
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Submitted by Ana Caban on June 17, 2013 - 8:07 am
As busy professionals, entrepreneurs and super moms, we are all trying to enjoy our lives and live them on our own terms. We want to be the best that we can with those that we interact but we can only do that if we are also good to ourselves. Here are 5 simple ways to create more balance in your life, so that you can be the best version of yourself, for yourself and for others.
Release Some of Your Work Load – Allow yourself permission to outsource some of life’s tasks that either you don’t enjoy, or you just aren’t particularly good at. (Let’s be honest here. We are not all good at everything). This could be work tasks, or even housekeeping, laundry, grocery shopping, etc.
Self-Assess – Take a look at where you spend your time and energy. Make two lists. On the first one write what you are good at and love doing. On the second one write what you are not as good at or don’t enjoy doing. Prioritize items on the first list, (don’t try to do them all at once), and delegate items on the second list to someone else to do.
Journal Daily – Writing down your thoughts first thing every morning is a great way to start your day. This in not structured writing. It’s just a stream of consciousness, (3 pages being the goal). You might write your “to do” list or maybe you write a revelation that you had. It doesn’t matter what you write. The idea is to clear your head of the clutter and start your day fresh, energized and optimistic about what it holds.
Take a “Time Out” – No you haven’t been bad, but you may feel badly if you don’t take time out. Give yourself a 5 minute “refresher” each day. This can be as simple as lying on the floor, with your knees bent, feet on the floor and a cloth over your eyes, (to block out light and relax your eyes). Take a few deep breaths and relax por cinco minutos.
Plan Fun – Schedule yourself back into your life. Plan a date night, family time, friend time or a spa day. Take an art class, ride a horse, do what moves YOU! This will not only help you find balance in your life it’ll also fuel your creativity and give you more energy to share with others.
Here’s to having more life and less stress this year.
Submitted by Ana Caban on June 3, 2013 - 9:25 am
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Submitted by Ana Caban on May 24, 2013 - 2:39 pm
Last Sunday I joined my pals at the Lorna Jane store in the Glendale Galleria mall, in Glendale, CA. I gave a quick talk about 10 Slimming and Energizing SuperFoods, my personal stylist Catherine Cassidy, of Ustyled, joined us, sharing her 3 tips to get out the fast and looking fabulous, we had tea from sponsor Teanzo 1856, healthy snacks, swag bags full of great gifts from other sponsors like Hint Water, Kind Natural Snacks, Sweaty Bands, Mad Gab’s Wildly Natural Body Care and more! We talked health & wellness and tried on the amazing workout apparel fashions of Lorna Jane. Thank you Lorna Jane for hosting our fun event! Missed it? No worries, Check out our Photos Here!
Submitted by Ana Caban on May 22, 2013 - 3:17 pm
May has been an action-filled month. And I’m thrilled to have been quoted in Latina magazine, sharing my tips for losing your “chichos” (love handles). Check out my tips, and more, right here!
Submitted by Ana Caban on - 3:02 pm
I’m so excited to share my tips with you for getting into shape this summer, and honored to be featured in the premier issue of Hispanic Healthy & Beauty magazine. Also, stay tuned for my monthly column in the magazine, as well as weekly healthy lifestyle videos.
Submitted by Ana Caban on May 1, 2013 - 5:47 am
Ok, my Los Angeles ladies. I hope to see you at my special Lorna Jane event, with my pal and personal stylist, Catherine Cassidy of U Styled. I’ll reveal 10 Slimming and Energizing Superfoods, we’ll snack and chat. Catherine will style you and the first 15 to RSVP on the Lorna Jane Glendale FB page will get a goodie bag, filled with my FAVE prods (and an autographed Pilates DVD from me). WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? See you on May 19th @10:00AM!
Submitted by Ana Caban on April 14, 2013 - 5:09 am
How many times have you felt so bloated after a meal that you’ve had to roll yourself to the door instead of walk? Me? Too many times!!! The strange thing is, I never thought it was the food that I ate but instead my temperamental stomach. It turns out there are a few foods that can cause this pandemic of bloating to overcome you shortly after consuming them. Some foods are equipped with certain ingredients such as acids, or gaseous causing chemicals that are released during the digestion phase.
Here’s a list of the top ten belly bloating foods to stay away from:
- Cabbage, Brussel Sprouts
- Carbonated Beverages, Coffee and other drinks with high acidic content like wine
- Pears, Apples and some citrus fruits
- Spicy and salty foods (they cause water retention)
- Uncooked vegetables and fruits
Some of these things are just so yummy to be causing that much pain in your tummy. Spicy food? Come on now, I’m a Latin girl you have got to give me those! Nonetheless, in order to feel flatter around your mid-section, it’s best to swap some of your favorites that can cause the bloat, with ones that can minimize it.
Try these belly-deflating foods instead:
- Fiber rich foods
- Mint, parsley
- Lean meats like turkey
- Plenty of water
A lot of the time bloating can be lessened (when eating some of these bloat causing foods) by taking your time eating a meal and chewing your food thoroughly before swallowing it whole. It’s always the case that you’re not getting enough water, so drink a glass of water before and after a meal to keep yourself hydrated. This allows your intestinal tract to digest properly and not leave you feeling like Violet Beauregarde from Willy Wonka.
See anything on this list that shocked you? See something you couldn’t possibly live without? Tell me about it!
Submitted by Ana Caban on March 25, 2013 - 4:40 am
You all know that I love to inspire and be inspired. Well, this boy inspires me, makes me laugh, and all out ROCKS! Please check him out and support his show, Kid President on Rainn Wilson’s Soul Pancake. Enjoy! Click Here to watch!
Submitted by Ana Caban on March 23, 2013 - 1:26 am
We’re about to start the new year, when everyone jumps on the bandwagon to shed the holiday pounds, and perhaps the additional weight that they put on earlier in the year. I’m all about people exercising, whatever their motivation. What worries me, however is how people jump into all kinds of extreme workouts without the required flexibility and core strength to do those types of exercise safely. That’s where Pilates comes in as the answer to building strength, flexibility and body awareness. Because Pilates is “mind/body” exercise, (or as I prefer to refer to it, “conscious movement”), it really helps people become more “in tune” with their bodies. Being in tune with your body helps you know your limitations, strengths and weaknesses, when it comes to attempting any type of exercise, or endeavor.
I love Pilates, and I love cross training. My typical workout week includes studio cycling classes, Pilates mat & equipment workouts, ballet barre class and weight training. When I have the time I also like to throw in a Latin dance class. But what I like best of all is the body awareness that core strength that I have from my Pilates workouts that transcend to whatever workout I may do, on any given day. Not convinced? Add Pilates into your workout routine and see how it makes anything else you do better! Get started here!
Do you cross train, too? If so, let me know what workouts you enjoy doing.
Submitted by Ana Caban on March 21, 2013 - 8:02 pm
Hola! Have you seen my latest contribution to the Las Fabulosas blog yet? If you haven’t, you should head over there and take a look. Get a first hand look into my stylish tips for the office to keep you looking fabulosa all day, everyday!
There is no reason why you shouldn’t put on your best outfit, or add a feminine braid to your hair and show off your style. Looking fabulous leads to feeling fabulous. Check out my fashion advice on the Las Fabulosas blog here and let me know how you shake it up at work.
Submitted by Ana Caban on March 19, 2013 - 10:45 pm
The time has come for a brand new, revolutionary radio show about transformation of the body, mind and soul that will change your life! My good friend and fellow trainer at SpiroFit, Skip Jennings, and I are collaborating on a new radio show on BlogTalkRadio that will make you laugh, cry and give you a little something to think about.
This show is about transformation of the body, the mind and learning to enjoy your life! Tune in once a week for new shows, new topics and get some great advice on managing your life without wanting to pull your hair out. There isn’t anything we won’t cover; this show is meant to give you the support and advice you need while making you fall off of your chair with laughter—because we’re real. We will have special guests, giveaways and take questions from all of you.
Get a firsthand look into how the show came about, learn a little bit about who we are, what we do, what we love and how we can help you, by clicking on the widget below. You can also send us questions or comments via our Facebook and Twitter pages. Click here to tune in!
Submitted by Ana Caban on February 14, 2013 - 4:05 pm
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Submitted by Ana Caban on - 3:53 pm
Happy Valentine’s Day! Just a quick video message for you.
Click Here to watch! Wishing you a wonderful day.
Submitted by Ana Caban on January 25, 2013 - 8:37 pm
I’m so excited to have been featured as a guest blogger for Mother’s Circle. Mother’s Circle LLC was created by Leah DeCesare, certified Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, Postnatal Educator and Lactation Counselor, to support families through the life-changing time of pregnancy, birth and postpartum. With three children of her own, school-aged through teenager, she marvel’s at the front row seats we have to witness human growth and development.
Check out Mother’s Circle, and my blog post, HERE!
Submitted by Ana Caban on January 3, 2013 - 8:34 pm
¡Próspero año nuevo! (Happy New Year!)
It’s 2013 and let’s get this year started with a BANG!
MY 2013 resolution/mission, you ask? Getting you into your BEST SHAPE EVER!
My plan? Offering you my newest full-length workouts WHEREVER YOU ARE!
As you know, I joined forces with SpiroFIT.com so that you can work out with me from home or on the road using your phone, tablet, computer, or TV. And, I’ll be adding new workouts almost every week to keep your body challenged and you motivated. Oh, did I mention that there are eight other world-renowned trainers on the SpiroFIT team that you can train with? You can train with MY trainer, Stephanie Vitorino, along with 7 other TOP trainers. Plus, as a loyal fan of mine, you can sign up with one of my promo codes for less than 50 cents a day! Together, let’s make 2013 the healthiest year ever!
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Submitted by Ana Caban on December 29, 2012 - 10:23 pm
Holidays making you soft around the middle? Check out my 10 “Go to” Slimming Tips for the holidays, or anytime!
In order to stay motivated, set a realistic and measurable goal. In other words, map out how much weight you want to lose, or what size you would like to fit into, and most importantly by what date.
Eat a breakfast, daily. You wouldn’t drive your car on empty. Why run on empty yourself? A quick, tummy and healthy option is a slice of brown rice toast with sunflower butter, or raw unsalted almond butter.
Schedule your workouts. Make an appointment with YOU! You’re worth it! Come on, you can squeeze out 30 minutes from your day, to care for your body, mind & spirit. You probably spend more than that on FB. Hmm. Priorities, folks! Make a simple workout calendar. Who doesn’t like crossing off an accomplishment? Nothing wrong with cute little check boxes, either.
Love what you listen to. If finding fitness motivation is tough, check out your soundtrack. Does it inspire, or not? Check out my faves for cardio & Pilates Click Here.
Hydrate, Baby! A super-simple way to slim down is to cut out the sugary (and nutrient deficient) drinks. Make water your friend. Not only will you fill-up your tummy, you’ll also jump start your digestion and improve your complexion. (All good things, in my book.)
Wrap it up, Baby! Just because you cooked it, doesn’t mean that you have to eat it all at once. Serve yourself and store the rest. Tomorrow is another day.
Eat all the time! (Well, not exactly). Eat every 3-4 hours, so that you’re never dragging & to avoid the junk food cravings that love to creep in around the 3 o’clock hour.
Have food, will travel. Make sure to pack healthy snacks when hitting the road, or the air. There is nothing healthy about packaged foods. You can do better than that!
Go ad-free! When watching the tube, tablet or phone, skip the commercials. High-cal food images actually stimulate the brain’s appetite control center. Yikes!
Floss and brush right after dinner, so that you’re not tempted to eat again. I mean, who wants to rinse and repeat that one?
Submitted by Ana Caban on December 14, 2012 - 8:48 pm
Happy Holidays to YOU!
Wishing you, and yours, the best this holiday season. Most importantly, wishing you good health!
Please enjoy the gift of health & wellness by enjoying LIVE and On-Demand workouts with world-renowned trainers, including yours truly.
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Submitted by Ana Caban on October 30, 2012 - 3:36 am
If you eat less, you weigh less. It’s simple and it’s a fact! Now it’s super easy to know just how much to eat. Slimware makes it simple and will change the way that you look at dieting. There’s no need to deprive yourself of delicious, healthy food. Just eat the right sized portions. These beautiful plates are designed to show you exactly how much lean protein, carbs and veggies to eat.
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Submitted by Ana Caban on October 28, 2012 - 11:33 pm
Portion control. The operative word here guys, is control. Everyone has their days of the occasional slipup but let’s be honest here. Oftentimes you overeat more than you should and more times a week than should be excused. The only way you should be eating as much as you do is if you’re running from dinosaurs whenever you leave the house. Since dinosaurs are extinct and you’re probably not an Olympic sprinter you NEED to stay on top of your portion sizes.
Most people aren’t really aware of what their portion sizes for each thing they’re putting on our plates should be so let’s talk about that. Food groups people! Make sure you’re paying attention to the three corners of your pyramids: protein, starch, and a vegetable should do it. Here’s a quick tip about protein size, it should be no bigger than the size and thickness of the palm of your hand.
Also, something that you might not realize is that while you’re eating, your body takes fifteen minutes to get a signal from your stomach to your brain and back again to let you know that you’re full! Eat slower and get some sleep; if you’re well rested, you eat fewer calories throughout the day. Overwhelmed about how to stay on target? I’ve found that can help portion out your meals the right way! Click Here to learn more and even have the chance to win it!!!« Newer Posts — Older Posts »