HIIT the Barre™ + Link-Up

Hi!  How has your week been so far?  I feel like mine has been so super busy and the little guy is determined to sleep as little as possible. Oy!  Ahhhhh well, things could be worse! :)

I am so excited for today’s post!  I have two awesome things to share with you.  First, HIIT the Barre™.  I have been wanting to share this with you since before I got pregnant.  In fact, I planned out this class and then found out I was pregnant.  All of a sudden, HIIT workouts were absolutely no fun.  I filmed a video anyway but there was a glare on the video so I had to nix it.  Then I got way too pregnant to film another HIIT the Barre™ video.  Soooooo, after 9 months of being pregnant and six months with a little baby running around, I’m finally sharing this with you!  I hope you like it!

Barre Workout HIIT the Barre Part I


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Houe Tour

Hi friends!  How was your weekend?  Ours was quite relaxing.  Friday night the Hubs and I had a date night and we spent the rest of the weekend cruising the park and lounging by the pool.  We even got in a game of tennis while the little guy napped.


I think we have a tennis star on our hands.  This photo was taken on the multisport court in our condo complex.  There  are six condos in our complex and the ground floor has shared amenities.  Speaking of which, our friends and family have been asking us for awhile what our house looks like here in Brazil.  So I thought I would give you a little tour today!

front door 2

Welcome to the Bendall casa!  So happy you are here!  We step off the elevator and straight to our front door.  We aren’t super fancy, most apartments are like that here.

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Having a Baby & Living Abroad

I am extremely interested in babies lately because I had my first one just five short/long months ago.  I can’t decide if the five months have flown by or if my baby is secretly growing in dog years because on the one hand it seems like just yesterday he was born but when I look at photos from the first few weeks of his life, I don’t even recognize him (or myself for that matter!).

Cooper Michael Bendall entered this world on November 17, 2014, much to the delight of his parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins and so on and so on.  After ten long months of waiting, the little guy finally arrived.  You would think with all that time waiting for my little baby I would have been prepared to be a mother but I honestly don’t think anything can prepare you for the emotional roller coaster called motherhood.IMG_4289-2

For the rest of this story, head on over to Carly’s Place at Fine Fit Day!

Throwback Thursday: How to Start Your Own Fitness Business

Hi friends!  So I don’t normally post on Thursdays anymore, but I had an idea awhile back (like two days ago) to start a Throwback Thursday series on the blog.  Other bloggers, you probably know and understand how much hard work goes into a post and after a day or two, it floats off into the internet abyss never to been seen or heard from again.  Well, I’ve been blogging for almost three years now and I’ve built up a pretty good arsenal of posts so I’m bringing ’em back for ya!  Every Thursday I’m going to be featuring a post that has already been published on My Own Balance.  I hope this series will introduce new readers to some of my older posts and maybe remind old readers of some tips or recipes or workouts they saw awhile ago but forgot about.

I though with my recent announcement about opening a barre studio, that this post from October 2013 was most appropriate: How to Start Your Own Fitness Business.  Enjoy! (Please note that Urban Girl Squad and Re: AB are both now closed–so maybe this isn’t a good post?  Actually both of the founders decided to move on and do other things).

In October, I attended an event hosted by Urban Girl Squad called Career Insights: Starting Your Own Fitness Business.  The speaker for the event was Brooke Siler, a renowned Pilates instructor and owner of Re:AB, a popular workout-to-the stars Pilates studio in NYC.  She has authored several books, including The Pilates Book (Amazon affiliate link), which I bought waaaaaay back when it came out in early 2000s.  The book has sold over a million copies.  So obviously Brooke knows her stuff and I’m excited to share with you the insights I learned on starting your own fitness biz.



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Mind/Body After Baby: Month 6

Where did the time go?  Basically from the moment you are pregnant until you have the child, everyone constantly tells you that “they grow so fast” or “they are only babies for a short time.”  I think most first time moms agree that when people tell you this, you think they are insane.  All you can see is a haze of late night feedings, endless diaper changes and a companion that constantly cries and for some strange reason, never wants you to have a shower.  And then, POUF, in a blink of an eye, everyone was right.  Your tiny little newborn is somehow eating solids, trying to learn to crawl and developing an actual personality.  I have no idea how we already got here, but here we are and it just keeps getting better!

Cooper 6 months

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