As a bootcamp girl in my previous life, I thought a “real workout” meant dripping in sweat and spending hours at the gym until you’re out of breath. I would tear myself apart with high intensity workouts doing burpees until I’d collapse to the floor, hating every second of my workouts.
The rest of the day I'd be an anxious eater, worrying about “undoing” my hard work by eating the “wrong” things, too tired to cook, uninspired to go out with friends. I’d stalk the “fitspiration” accounts for hours on social media. You know how that goes, right? Fitness and my body image was consuming my whole life and I didn’t have a healthy mindset around it.
All the little things we do everyday creates our lifestyle and shapes who we are. We become what we think, do and consume repeatedly on a daily basis. That is why we want to make sure we are adopting the habits that align with who we want to be and create the life we want. I think I will never stop talking about the importance of routines and habits. And the most important and transformative ones are related to self care and our wellbeing. These are the things that will help you become the best version of yourself, keep you motivated and productive, and start/end each day with a strong, positive mindset.
This year, I’ve had one big personal goal: To stick with my healthy routines – even when life gets hard and busy.
To take much better care of myself. To feel my best every day, to feel more confident, balanced and energized. I mentioned this before, but I struggled with sticking to a fitness routine for years. I wanted to be fit, but I didn't like working out. I wanted to take care of my body but I just couldn’t seem to be consistent. I would start a workout plan and fall off it within a few weeks.
We live in a world where social media has become a way of life.
We use it for everything, everywhere and all the time. When used mindfully, it can be a very powerful tool. But it can also become a source of distraction, stress and anxiety. You may feel pressure to keep up with it, or get into unhealthy comparisons – and of course – it can be a big waste of time.
I think it is time to be very clear and mindful about how social media is affecting our lives and wellbeing. This is something I’ve been working on recently. I became very conscious of my own social media habits and made some changes to use social media more mindfully.
When I tell people I’m a Pilates instructor, I get a lot of interesting reactions. People who practice and love Pilates quickly tell me they admire my “dream” job. But many people who are less familiar with Pilates ask a lot of questions and make a lot of assumptions.
They say things like, “Oh, I’ve never done Pilates, it’s like yoga right?” or “I can’t do Pilates, I’m not flexible enough”. Some think Pilates is only for women, and get surprised when I tell them Joseph Pilates - the creator of this method - was a very athletic German man who designed Pilates for men in the military. And still others mention having tried Pilates once or twice, but never really “getting” it.
When you decide to get healthy and have a happy life, you have endless ways to approach it. Getting back into an exercise routine, going on a “diet”, following all the “shoulds” and setting goals. All of these things tend to focus on what you can control outside. Like the food you eat, or how much you workout. But the real transformation happened for me when I realized there’s a missing piece: what’s going on INSIDE, our mindset.
Many people have this question when they are new to Pilates: “Which is better - mat or reformer Pilates?” Sometimes they will say, "I love reformer” or "I only do mat." So which is better? Let's start by looking at each and what makes them different.
Here’s a quick breakdown for you to decide whether Mat or Reformer Pilates is best for you:
I’m so happy to share with you my ultimate self care & beauty routine. It’s taken me years to figure out what works best for my body and I think I finally nailed it! :)
I've probably read 99 articles on how to stay on track and stick to your healthy living goals and routines. I experimented and learned a lot of tips and tricks about this topic during my journey.
Let me start by saying that I'm not a nutritionist or a health professional. So, everything I share is based on my personal experience and research. Honestly, it took me years to figure out what works for my body.
My food philosophy is very similar to my fitness method. I love simplicity, quick with maximum benefits.
WHAT IS MY DIET LIKE?
As I've share on my IG page before, I eat a mostly whole food, plant based diet with some fish and eggs (sustainably sourced whenever possible.)
I practice eating mindfully and according to my body's circadian rhythm. I’m also enjoying intermittent fasting for about 12-14 hours during the week.
WELLNESS KITCHEN + BOOKS
You can find some of my favorite kitchen items like water bottles and food containers and books with healthy recipes and lifestyle tips on my "Favorites" page.
If you have any weekly meals, healthy hacks or tips, I would love to hear about it in the comments below. So, let’s start with a few meals I have almost every week... They are super simple and make me feel healthy, nourished, and happy!
When you are new to Pilates, it can all seem very intimidating. Maybe you’ve heard amazing things and wanted to try it, but something was holding you back. But now this is your sign to give it a try and start Pilates! ? #LETSSTARTPILATES
I love doing, teaching, and educating people about Pilates. I’ve been doing it for 9 years now and am just so passionate about this beautiful mindful movement that I got certified to teach it. (Well, I even wrote a book about it!)
Pilates has so many benefits for your mind and body. It is the most balanced, effective and mindful movement to get flexible and strong. Especially once you find an instructor you love and a routine you can stick to. In this post, you’ll learn my top five tips to get the most out of your Pilates workouts, whether you do it at home or take a group class.
Why should you care? Because all of these tips will help you:
I am very excited to invite you all to my special Pilates + Wellness Challenge! There will be weekly mat Pilates sessions with me and an exclusive wellness newsletter to help you start your wellness journey in 2019!
This is very embarrassing to admit but I used to be a miserable fitness junkie... I was obsessed with everything health and fitness related. I’d read anything and everything I can find about new trends, latest workouts, celebrities’ fitness routines. I’d easily spend an hour just looking through #fitspo posts on Instagram comparing my body to other girls… I remember feeling so confused, lost, and very unhappy in my own skin.
1. Tidy up your space!
Decluttering and creating a clean space really does boost your productivity. My best and most productive days start with tidying up my apartment. It is so simple and magical! :) First things first, tart by making your bed, then declutter and clean your desk/work space. Since I work from home most days, I also tidy up the living room so there is no distraction.
4 years ago, I moved across the world (from Turkey) to go to grad school in San Francisco. After finishing the school, I realized that I didn't really want to work in my field (Linguistics - Teaching English) and that I wasn't very passionate about my job. I started to doubt every decision I made about my life and career, ended up going through a tough "quarter life crisis".
Hello hello! :)
It's a sunny Sunday morning here in San Francisco. And I'm so happy to be back to my blog with 5 amazing book recommendations! These books helped me so much in my personal growth, spiritual practice and having a positive perspective on life. If you are looking for some books to curl up with this season, definitely give one of these a try.
I completed my Pilates teacher training in San Francisco about a year ago. I still remember exactly how I felt before and during my training. TERRRIFIED, EXCITED, CONFUSED, LIT UP, INSECURE, JOYFUL, PROUD. These cocktail of feelings still come up everyday.
I believe skincare starts with skin and sun protection. I will admit, it took me about 25 years to finally accept that SPF is an everyday "must", just like a moisturizer. So, I'm really happy to see that there is more awareness around this issue and some brands are doing an amazing job of creating quality formulas.