On Falling Out of Love: What My First Philly SoulCycle Class Taught Me About Myself

A workout that includes savasana is more my speed now | microgen/iStock.com

A workout that includes savasana is more my speed now | microgen/iStock.com

I waited three long years for SoulCycle to open in the Philadelphia area. (I even wrote about my longing for a SoulCycle to open in Philly for Be Well Philly here!) When the news broke that the Ardmore studio was opening, I quickly reserved my bike and made the half-hour drive to Ardmore to be reunited, finally, with my long lost love.

I was so excited.

When I arrived at the studio, a cookie-cutter replica of all the other SoulCycle studios I’d visited in the past, it felt like a “coming home.” Finally, I didn’t have to take a train or a plane to take a SoulCycle class.

At the start of the class, I clipped into my bike, closed my eyes (they were playing new Beyoncé!), and was instantly flooded with goosebumps. The first 10 minutes were AWESOME. As I cycled, I had a flashback to my very first SoulCycle class and saying to myself, “If we had this in Philly, I’d go all the time and be so thin and fit.” Perhaps it was the adrenaline rush, but in those first few minutes of class I started to negotiate with myself and convince myself that I could ABSOLUTELY make the drive from Center City to Suburban Square to take a class a few days a week.

Then, things turned ugly. Really ugly. I went from feeling so high and confident one minute to feeling like I was going to black out, fall off my bike, hit my head and vomit all over myself. This wasn’t just an “Oh, this is a hard workout — I need to build up my stamina” kinda moment. It was like my body was protesting. Read more »

Snack Attack: 5 Healthiest Food Finds at Starbucks

protein box lead 2Having a Starbucks on every corner could be seen as either a blessing or a curse. If you ask me, it’s the former. And no, it’s not because you get to have their oh-so-cute cake pops at your fingertips at all times. It’s because having a Starbucks on every corner makes staying fueled easy when you’re on the go.

Now, don’t get me wrong: Eating whole, unprocessed foods that you whip up in your own kitchen with a hefty dash of love is obviously always the best option when it comes to your health. But hey, life throws us curve balls and crazy schedules, and sometimes you can’t help but catch yourself feeling hungry with no homemade snack to tide you over. So for those holy-crap-I’m-hungry moments away from home (we all have ‘em), I’ve handpicked my top five healthy food options Starbucks has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a last-minute breakfast or an on-the-go dinner, or just something to satisfy your sweet tooth, I’ve got you covered.

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Be Well Philly Boot Camp Sneak Peek: Jessica Procini of Laugh Yourself Skinny

Jessica Procini

Jessica Procini

Be Well Philly Boot Camp is just a few weeks away, friends! And, lucky for you, you don’t have to wait until June 7th to meet all of our wonderful presenters: Over the next few weeks, we’ll introduce you to some of the folks who will be talking at Boot Camp to give you an idea of what they’re about and why you should be so freakin’ excited to see them on the big day.

Up today is Jessica Procini, the hilarious Philly-based health coach behind Laugh Yourself Skinny. This former stand-up comedian teaches her clients how to get healthy and have a great time doing it—because it really is possible!

Here, Jessica answers 10 questions about herself, her health philosophy and what you can expect from her talk at Boot Camp. She will be presenting at 12 p.m. in our Speakers’ Lounge. Check out the full schedule here.

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VIDEO: Aha! How to Actually Stay Full Until Lunch

If you’re staring at the clock right now waiting for it to become a respectable lunch time, and considering hitting up the vending machine to tide you over, we need to have a talk: You’re doing something wrong. And I’m guessing that something has to do with the breakfast you ate (or, well, didn’t eat) this morning.

Our pal Jessica Procini, the Philly-based comedian-turned-health coach who brought us that hilariously educational poop video a few months ago, is back with the secret to how to stay full until lunch time. Hint: It ain’t buckets full of protein or fiber. Surprised?

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