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Trust the process | Day 8 of 90

Hey guys,

Yesterday, I was having all sorts of fears about not being able to accomplish my goal of building muscle over the next 90 days…fears about not having full transparency into what’s happening with my body as I put in all of this work.

Well, this morning, all those fears vanished.

You know why?

Take a look:

Same workout, 1 week later, and I was able to increase my weight in nearly every exercise. I love being able to literally SEE my myself getting stronger. Regardless of what is happening on the scale, regardless of what I look like, the real evidence of change is that my muscles can handle more, and THAT, my friends – IS COOL.

I am 100% confident that the 90 Day Journey to muscle is heading in the right direction now and I am full of joy. I trust the process.

(BTW, I am wearing the new Alpine Bra and Hourglass Shorts from the brand new POPFLEX Basics II Collection that drops about 24 hours from now! I am OBSESSED with this mocha color. I need EVERYTHING in mocha!!!)

I am reposting my Month 1 workouts because I decided to tweak things a bit. Kinda overdid it on the lower body workouts because I was afraid my booty wouldn’t grow enough (it’s the last place to see change) but I really missed doing my arm workouts, so added in some of my fave shoulder and tricep exercises into Day 6.

Otherwise, I am DIGGING this workout plan. I can’t believe I only have 3 more weeks of it, then I gotta switch things up! Next month I am already thinking I will ladder it up and play with heavier weights and less reps as each set progresses.

Now, here is my week 2 meal plan!

Meal 1 is smashed avocado on top of rice cakes with tomatoes and an egg white omelet side.

Meal 2 is a fave from last week! My savory oats! But this time, I took out the zucchini and am using all spinach with the chicken and oats. I noticed that all the zucchini I was eating last week was bloating me weirdly.

Meal 3 AND 5 are my Supersculpt Protein Pancakes! (I just decided that THAT is what they shall be called because they really are super!) And yes. I am going to have protein pancakes 2x a day this week because I am obsessed. We’ll see if I still feel that way about em next week 😛

Meal 4 is big ole salad of chicken with air fried butternut squash with a side egg white omelet with shiitake mushrooms. Also currently testing out a homemade yogurt sauce for dressing – will update you once I perfect the flavors, but so far, very promising!

I was very satisfied, very full and had tons of energy on last week’s plan, so I wanted to keep everything the same-ish this week. Protein is still around 155g and cals are in the 1550’s.

Alright, that is all! It’s 11:09pm and I have once again FAILED my duty to go upstairs at 9pm and be asleep by 10:30pm. UGH. Need to take my sleep as seriously as my workouts. Why is it so hard for me??

Exhausted. | Day 7 of 90

Hey guys,

It’s Sunday night and 10:48pm. Already failing my sleep schedule goals – more on that in this blog post. Ugh. Anyway, I am going to blog as quick as possible so I can go upstairs to prep for bed!

I cannot believe 1 full week has passed since my 90 day journey has started. I honestly feel like it’s going by too quick. 90 days or 12 weeks or 3 months – it’s the perfect amount of time to create significant change in most people’s physique. But the truth is, I am a little uncertain of what my results will look like. I have not lifted consistently like this for 10 years, and I’m scared I’m not going achieve what I am set out to do. I do not know how my body will react to the food I am eating and the workouts I am doing, and the truth is – I am afraid of failing. Muscle building is a much longer process than weight loss, so my fear is that once I figure out that something is “not working” I won’t have that much time left to fix it.

But then again…I am actually the one in charge of this journey, so I guess if I need more than 90 days, I DO have the power to grant myself the time 🙂

Anyway, let’s recap week 1 shall we?

Some outfits from my workouts this week! I TOTALLY forgot to shoot what I wore on Cardio Day (Wednesday) and the perfectionist in me is DYING. I must not forget for week 2! I need to have all 6 outfits or I will be really mad at myself.

I am v happy that earlier this year I came out with some of my own POPFLEX mesh workout gloves because now I get to use them almost everyday in the gym!

My hands are so delicate and will get callouses really easily, so gloves are a necessity for me. Without gloves, I am not able to deadlift as heavy because the weight feels like it’s literally ripping my skin off.

This week’s workouts were so intense. Like, OMG. They destroyed my muscles. So much so, that by Day 6, I just could not do it anymore. I was EXHAUSTED. So, I listened to my body and took my Rest Day one day early. Good news is…this means I am truly lifting as heavy as I can handle, and I am very, very happy about that. There’s something so empowering about working out for the purpose of GAINING (muscle) instead of losing (weight).

Overall, the meal plan for week 1 was very good. I was STUFFED. Almost too stuffed. All the protein kept me full, in addition to all the fiber from the veggies I was eating.

Winning recipe of the week was a tweak I did to my protein pancakes. I added some tapioca powder to them and AHHHHHHHH they tasted like buttermilk homestyle pancakes! Like, for real!!! Fluffy, light, and does not taste like I used any protein powder. I am going to keep these protein pancakes on the menu for week 2.

Blogilates Homestyle Protein Pancakes

  • 2 scoops vegan protein powder
  • 1/3 c egg whites
  • 1 TBS tapioca powder
  • 1-2 TBS water
  • 1 tsp baking powder

90 Day Journal entries:

Week 1 was great workout wise and food wise, but it was a struggle sleep wise. I did not hit my 7-8 hour daily sleep goal 2 days of the week. There was one night I woke up in the middle of the night with too many ideas that I stayed up for an hour trying to sift through my thoughts. My mind is extremely active and never wants to rest. I started incorporating magnesium the back half of the week and I think it’s helping to relax me, so I will continue this.

The progress.

Unfortunately, I am not going to be getting a Dexa Scan every week, so I can’t track my body fat % and lean tissue mass. All I have to go by is my weight, which is the part that scares me. My weight went up this week by 2.4 lbs and I have no idea if it’s fat mass or muscle mass. I mean, it could also be water mass, food mass, or period mass because THAT just started on Friday!

So, earlier in this blog post when I said I was scared, it was because of this. I don’t have all the info I want at my fingertips and I am afraid I won’t be able to tweak effectively and efficiently. I was planning on getting a scan at day 30, day 60, and finally day 90. But what happens if on day 30 I find out my progress has been going in the wrong direction this whole time!? It would feel like such a waste of a month. So, I might want to consider getting scanned a bit more frequently so I can empower myself with more information.

Anyway, that is how week 1 went! Overall, really happy with my workout plan and will upload my new meal plan tomorrow. K, gotta go to bed now!

Legs like jello | Day 1 of 90

Hey guys!

Yesterday I ate my heart’s desire in sweets and comfort food. It was THE BEST. We kept things super low key and just celebrated my bday ourselves. Wanted to have friends over but ya know, wanted to also play it safe – especially because I’ll need to be my healthiest over the next 90 days.

Sam and I ate indulged in some incredible Chinese food (ugh crispy green beans, Schezuan eggplant, and honey walnut prawns are THE BEST)…

…and topped it off with my CURRENT obsession: Somi Somi. It’s a fish shaped waffle that is smothered on the inside with your choice of filling (I love me some custard) and then the creamiest, butteriest soft serve on top. I chose ube with a matcha powder dusting. LEGIT MY FAVE DESSERT IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW. I was so happy.

It was the perfect sendoff meal into my 90 Day Journey to Muscle!

This morning, I woke up without my alarm because I was SO excited to get started. I honestly have not felt this level of focus and excitement for a workout in a long time – maybe since my bikini prep 10 years ago? Crazy. I love this feeling.

I printed out my meal plan for the week and also my workout plan for the month, and organized everything in my 90 Day Journal.

There is something so calming about knowing exactly what you’re going to eat all week. Usually, I am pressed for time and firing all my creative brain cells at once, trying to figure out what to cook for Sam and I while being super hungry. Today, I knew what was in the fridge and what I needed to eat, so…it was oddly therapeutic!?

Here’s what my day of eating looked like.

That’s 155g of protein right there! I am STUFFED. I’ll be eating this exact meal plan this entire week til the end of the weekend and will switch it up on Sunday.

My fave is the Green Oats and Chicken meal (top left). I eat it savory (like a Chinese rice porridge) and it is sooo filling, warm, and honestly, just really really good. Oh, and you know what’s also really good? This hot sauce.

Currently can’t put this TRUFF hot sauce down. It is ADDICTING. Just the right amount of sweet, salty, spicy, fatty, truffly – whatever that flavor is! SO GOOD. Perf on top of anything, but especially these oats. Wow. Just wow.

Now, let’s talk about the workout.

I uhh, pretty much died.

BTW – those numbers there are the weights I used per set.

This is me looking at my sorry self in the mirror thinking “DID U THINK YOUR LEGS WERE MADE OF STEEL OR SOMETHING HA THINK AGAIN.”

Literally, legs are numb and will be jello by the time I hit the mattress tonight. They will be USELESS against the stairs and toilet tomorrow.

The 30 min run at the beginning was great. I have no prob there. But somehow I wrote a monster weight lifting workout that took me almost 1 hour and 30 min to complete! I had to shorten the single leg incline glute bridge because there was NO WAY I was going to be physically able to pull out another set of 20 reps per leg. It takes a lot for me to quit, but I knew my limits, and had to. It’s ok. No guilt. Just being realistic. I’m very proud of myself for pulling through this one. It was so incredibly tough.

It’s 8:42pm and I am actually getting tired. This is great, because remember, my goal was to head upstairs at 9pm, be in bed by 10pm and asleep by 10:30pm! Got 7 hrs last night and hoping to push for 8 tonight. This is honestly my biggest struggle. So thank you for keeping me accountable. I hope to make this an effortless habit one day.

Rectifying my past + reclaiming my bikini | Day 0 of 90

Hey guys,

Today is my birthday. I am turning 35. WOW that’s like the age my mom was when I was in kindergarten. And here I am, no kids (yet), but I AM a mom to a very demanding child. No, it’s not Sir…

It’s

THE BUSINESS.

This past week, I realized that it’s actually the 10 year anniversary of my Bikini Competition! The decision to enter that competition changed me forever. You can read all about it in my IG post:

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Cassey Ho (@blogilates)

I remember this so clearly: 10 years go, deciding to embark on a journey that I knew NOTHING about but was so excited to throw myself into fully – to test my limits and push my body to places it’s never been. I listened to my coach like it was the law and got results like I had never seen before. I mean, it was REALLY cool.

But I had no idea that competing would lead me down a path of disordered eating and body dysmorphia.

Recovery took several years. I threw away my scale. I didn’t count calories. I ate whatever I wanted. I did workouts that weren’t as intense but made me happy. I will be honest with you – I STRUGGLED seeing myself gain weight during this time, because it wasn’t just me trying to accept my new body. I was posting workout videos this whole recovery period, so people (and prominent video creators) were negatively commenting on my bigger body and questioning my expertise in the fitness space because of the weight gain. Externally, the body shaming was eating away at my confidence as a fitness instructor, and internally, I was surrounded by a toxic team at work, and that ate away at my confidence as a CEO. I was left with no backbone, no sense of self, suffered panic attacks, and could barely breathe anytime I walked into MY OWN office. I was breaking a part and felt like I had nothing left. I wanted to shut down POPFLEX and Blogilates forever.

But Sam told me to just give it one more chance.

After a weekend at a retreat, I realized how unhappy I was and knew I needed to make a change. That’s when I announced my 90 Day Journey. I decided to get in the best shape of my life mentally, physically, and emotionally REGARDLESS of what anyone else thought. I needed to find me again.

For 90 days, I allowed myself the flexibility and freedom to fail (meaning I gave myself the space to try things, and tweak if it wasn’t working) and honestly, that’s what made it so successful. From the heaviest I had ever been, I ended up losing around 20 lbs and shed all of the excess weight off of my body and the toxicity out of my life. The confidence I gained during my 90 day Journey leaked into all areas of my life. I attribute a lot of the success I have with my business today because of it.

So…

Last week, when I put on that bikini again, it triggered something inside me.

I tried suppressing it, but it won’t go away. It’s this “unfinished business” feeling.

This feeling that even though I did my 8 weeks of hardcore training and made it on stage, I didn’t do it right for myself. Yes, I pushed my body and tested my limits, but to a point where I broke.

So here it is guys. Today, on my birthday, and on the 10 year anniversary of my bikini competition year, I am going to RECLAIM and RECTIFY my past.

Instead of training for a bikini and the judgement of others, I am going to train for strength and the judgement of myself.

Beginning tomorrow, January 17th, 2022 and ending on April 14th, 2022…

I am going to embark on a 90 Day Journey to Muscle.

My Why:

I am going on a 90 Day Journey to Muscle to rectify my unhealthy past and get in the strongest shape of my life on MY terms.

My How:

Physically: I will focus on doing workouts and eating meals that will help me gain muscle and get stronger.

Mentally: I will focus on sleeping more to help decrease my stress levels.

Emotionally: I will journal my entire 90 Day Journey to Muscle and allow myself the freedom to fail, tweak, and try again.

My Starting Stats:

I decided to book an appointment for a Dexa Scan so I could get an accurate measurement of my starting stats. Muscle mass and body fat percentage are too hard to measure accurately at home. I will also scan again at Day 60 and for the final time at Day 90.

By the way, the last time I did this was 8 years ago, so you can see how my body has changed since then. My body fat is lower and my lean tissue has increased (mainly due to my first 90 Day Journey).

Currently my lean tissue is at 86 lbs and that is the MAIN number I plan to increase.

It is not about weight loss. It is about muscle gain!

I am not even concerned about my total weight at all, especially since muscle weighs more than fat. I do not have a fat % goal, but I do plan on seeing a lower fat tissue number given the workouts that I will be doing and the food I will be eating. Additionally, the lower the fat % the more muscle definition can be seen.

Before Pics:

And before ANY journey, I love taking pics of exactly how I started so I can appreciate my progress. Here it is!

I am definitely starting at a more defined place than I was when I did my first bikini prep, and this time, I am giving myself 4 more weeks to do it. So, I am really curious to see where I will end up!

My Workouts:

I have written my own personal workout plan for Phase 1 (Month 1) and am posting it here for accountability. It was so fun revisiting old gym routines I used to do!

My Food:

I will be upping my protein intake to support muscle growth. Many sources, including my RD, Breanna, recommended around 1g of protein per lb of body weight for those looking to build muscle. Bodybuilding and physique competition sources recommended 1g – 1.5g per lb of body weight. At 122lbs, this puts me at 122g – 183g of protein intake daily. Knowing how my body reacted to excessive protein intake back in the day, I won’t go to the 183g level. But I also know that 122g will likely not be enough given that in the past, it’s been tough for me to build muscle. So, I’ll test out ~150g and about ~ 1,500 calories a day which keeps me full without feeling stuffed. I’ll tweak next week if I’m not feeling good.

Below is my meal plan for the first week of 12 weeks. Also posting here for accountability.

Note: This is my own personal meal plan based on my body, my needs, my taste preferences, my food intolerances and my goals. Do not follow this or any meal plan blindly without consulting your doctor or RD.

My Water:

I will drink 1 gallon of water a day to ensure I stay hydrated and that my digestion is healthy.

I’ll fill up 2 of these POPFLEX 64 oz bottles a day with water and fruit for flavoring! BTW this exact bottle is 25% off today only for my bday, use code CASSEY25 so we can match

My Sleep:

I will sleep 7-8 hours a day. And this is big for me – EVEN at the expense of working less. (I love what I do and am addicted to it!)

I met with my doctor to go over some of my labs last week, and it turns out that my lack of sleep is affecting my progesterone which is actually affecting my fertility too! That’s probably why Sam and I have been trying with no results!

Here’s a screenshot from one of my tests. The green is the healthy range of progesterone (6.0 ng/mL to 20.0 ng/mL) and I’m at the purple, at 0.4 ng/mL.

So, I vow to go upstairs and prepare for bed at 9pm, be in bed by 10pm, and be asleep by 10:30pm. I will rise at 6:30am which will give me 8 hours of sleep.

I will also try taking some sleep supplements like melatonin and/or magnesium to make me feel more rested. I don’t have bad sleep, but my issue is that my mind is always racing with so many ideas that it doesn’t want to go to sleep! This will be something totally new for me.

Oh and BONUS! Whenever I sleep more, I notice my digestion improving, so I am personally VERY excited about this.

My Journaling:

I promise to reflect daily in my 90 Day Journal and keep meticulous track of everything that’s working, not working, and tweak accordingly.

I’m excited to use the Super 90 Day Journal for this journey because of the new spacious layout that gives me more room to write daily. It’ll be my first time embarking on a journey with the super! Oh and this journal is also 25% off today only for my bday. Use code CASSEY25.

Last words before embarking:

This new 90 Day Journey is selfishly for me, and me only.

Repeat. Me only.

I want to reclaim my unhealthy past, build muscle in a healthy way and this is how I am going to do it. I love challenges because I love the feeling of being focused with a structured plan and measurable goals. Some people will be upset (as they were last time), some will unfollow, and others will diagnose me with illnesses even though they know nothing about my medical history. I already know this is going to happen and I am prepared to deal with the negativity because again, this journey is for me, and me only.

I’m so excited about my 90 Day Journey to Muscle because it’s been a while since I’ve been super focused on myself, and I can’t wait to see where I am at in 90 days.

Oh – I’ll be back here tomorrow recapping my first day of meals and then once more at the end of the week recapping week 1 and sharing my week 2 meal plan (for accountability). I won’t be blogging every day for 90 days because not much will be changing daily and I am trying to sleep earlier…so that’ll help a ton 🙂

The Blogilates January 2022 Workout Calendar!

Hey guys!

Happy New Year! And hello, 2022.

I’ve been thinking about how we all celebrate the new year in different ways. Some of us ring it in from our couches, while others go to parties. Some of us can’t even stay awake until midnight ;). Some of us are really intentional about setting a New Year’s resolution, while some of us aren’t sold on the “resolution” tradition.

No matter how you decide to enter the new year, I hope it’s everything you hope for. And I hope you’re just as excited as I am for…

The January 2022 Workout Calendar!!!

It’s here, and it’s ready for you to conquer. Just a little heads up though – this month’s calendar isn’t quite like the others. It also includes the 2022 Glow Up Sessions! Basically, this is a 14-day challenge where we’ll get into the best shape of our lives, mentally and physically. Not a bad way to start a new year, right?

Click here to sign up for the Glow Up Sessions and download your e-book so you can join me! The challenge goes from January 3 – 16. And yes, it’s FREE.

Ready to see what else I have for you in the January 2022 Workout Calendar?! Let’s check it out.

blogilates january 2022 monthly workout calendar

How To Follow The January Workout Calendar

From January 3 – 9, I’ll be doing one of the workouts from the calendar each day with you LIVE on IG. So make sure you’re following me @Blogilates to join in!

Otherwise, check the Blogilates Youtube playlists to find all of the videos you need for this month’s calendar!!

OR make life soo much easier and download the BODY by Blogilates app! Seriously, this is THE BEST. You’ll find all of the live workouts there after the first week of the Glow Up Sessions, and you will LOVE how you can access the monthly calendar and all of the videos in one place!

Now that you know where to find your workouts, here’s what you can expect each day of the January Workout Calendar. The goal? To make sure every muscle group gets the attention it deserves every week 😉

SUNDAY: Recovery
MONDAY: Total Body
TUESDAY: Abs
WEDNESDAY: Booty
THURSDAY: Total Body
FRIDAY: Arms
SATURDAY: Legs & Thighs

Do each video once (unless otherwise stated) and check off as you go! Each day will be around 45 min of exercise.

REMEMBER! If you download the BODY By Blogilates app (on Apple or Android devices), you’ll have the calendar and workout videos in one place! Plus, you get that “workout complete” checkmark, which is sooo satisfying.

If you’re just getting started or want to ease into working out, my Beginner’s Calendar is a great place to start! It’s a free 4-week program to get you stronger so that you can join in on the monthlies when you are ready.

Do you have a New Year’s resolution? If yes, tell me what it is in the comments! 

Your FREE 2022 Printable Calendars are HERE!

Hey guys!

We’re almost to the end of 2021! Like, HOW?!

If you’re like me, you like to have a physical calendar to write, plan, and basically scribble all over. That’s why I made these blank, printable calendars! There’s one for every month of the year.

They are FREE for you to use and print. The only thing I ask is that you let me know when you do use them by tagging me on Instagram! I love seeing your journey throughout the year because it motivates me, too!! Plus, when you share your journey, you are inspiring the POPsters around you. It’s win-win, really!

Now, get these printed and start filling out your January to set the tone for an amazing 2022!

Oh and ICYMI we’re starting a New Year’s challenge starting January 3rd! Read this post to learn more about the 2022 Glow Up Sessions! You’re gonna loooove.

Okay – here you gooooooo!

2022 MONTHLY CALENDARS

Download all the calendars HERE!

WHOOO! I am so excited to start this new year with you!

If you have a lot of dreams, goals and to-do’s for this year, make sure you snag a Fit Planner before it sells out. It’s the perfect way to track your fitness life and normal life altogether. This year, we came out with not one… but TWO covers!!! Which one will you choose?!

2022 popflex fit planner pink cover blushing blooms and inside preview
2022 popflex fit planner green cover plant life and stickers

Get Lost In The Magic Of My New Mystical Moments Collection

Hey guys!

I heard your feelings about the Basics Collection loud and clear. Seeing the design ideas in my head transform into staple pieces you love so much was just surreal! Like seriously so incredible. When I went back to the drawing board, I kept wondering how I could really top what we had just done. Basics are just so dependable, easy to wear, and of course – timeless.

Anyways, I decided to challenge myself yet again. I wanted to create a collection that is just as effortless, but also encourages you to step slightly out of your “comfort zone chic” box. As with every collection, I wanted these designs to make you feel inspired and confident. But this time, I had to add a touch of magic.

And guess what came to life?

The POPFLEX Mystical Moments Collection. 

AHHH let’s talk about it!

Inspired by moonpower and magic, this collection is a mix of old faves and new star features liiiiiike:

Bold colors reminiscent of dawn, dusk, and the night sky.

Subtle but beautiful celestial details

Velvet flocking on mesh panels

✨ Your favorite shorts in new cuts

I could keep going about why this is your dream collection, but you can’t fully believe it until you SEE it. So here’s the Mystical Moments Collection

cassey ho blogilates wearing popflex mystical moments teal celestial
popflex mystical moments group

Hello again, Supersculpt Legging <3

YESSS the legging that goes with everything is back, with a fresh lil’ makeover.

If you’ve shopped at POPFLEX before, you know these leggings. They’re high-waisted and they have a wide waistband that will never pinch or betray you. The V seam in the back lifts your booty. They have pockets!

Here’s what we made even better – Now the Supersculpt Legging is made with our luxurious Buttersoft Brushed fabric AND features our new seamless front panel. And guess what that means? Camel toe is a thing of the past.

popflex supersculpt leggings black
popflex supersculpt leggings black arlene

If you love a sleek, basic look, pair these with the Swan Bra.

We first had the Swan Bra in Cottagecore and I had to bring it back in black for the Mystical Moments Collection. The way it looks with its unique under bust silhouette and skinny racerback is just super romantic!

popflex swan bra black front view

And now to reveal something new – our first running set!

I am sooo excited for this! If you’ve been watching my IG stories and lives, you might have noticed some sneak peeks for this 😉

Let’s talk about the Sprint Shorts first.

OMG the first POPFLEX running short everrr! These were so fun to design. I wanted them to be elegant, but functional. They’re high-waisted and made with lightweight fabric with side slits for maximum airflow. Plus I added a back pocket to the waistband to safely store small necessities like your key!

These come in two colors – Dusty Peach and Ivy

And the Half Zip Warm Up Hoodie!

You MUST grab this hoodie. Kind of like the Sprint Shorts, I designed this to be cozy and cute, but with practical details. I love how this hoodie is perfectly oversized with blousey sleeves and beautiful back pleats. For your runs, it has a large zippered kangaroo pocket to hold your essentials.

Combine the two and… magic.

popflex sprint shorts dusty peach
popflex active half zip warm up hoodie seafoam sprint shorts ivy
popflex active sprint shorts ivy detail

And bringing the Ultimate Hourglass Legging back was a MUST!

Um, how could we NOT?!

I’m so happy you love this legging as much as I do. It has the V cut waistband that is oh soo flattering. It has deep pockets. And now, the seamless front panel so we can be done with camel toe once and for all.

AND LOOK AT THIS CELESTIAL PRINT?!

popflex active mystical moments ultimate hourglass leggings pockets teal constellation

The perfect thing to wear with your new Hourglass Leggings…

Remember the Tone Bra?! This pretty little thing was a fave in Retro Rainbow, Safari, and Tropicana. And now, it’s making its return in the Mystical Moments Collection! But now, in beautiful Teal Constellation to match your Ultimate Hourglass Leggings.

The Tone Bra is the basic sports bra that always makes sense. My favorite things about it are the elegant wide, square neckline and low cut back.

popflex tone bra teal constellation
popflex tone bra teal constellation back view

Want something a little more bold? Get the Lumen Mesh Tights

YOU GUYS. I love these tights. They’re like a sister to the Supersculpt, but with a daring (and breathable!) mesh side panel that extends to the thigh, with the prettiest moon and star velvet flocking.

OH. And the mesh matches the new workout gloves!

Grab these in two colors: black constellation and gold constellation.

lumen mesh tight black popflex active mystical moments
lumen mesh tight black detail popflex active mystical moments
lumen mesh tight gold popflex active mystical moments

Here’s what to wear with your Lumen Tights

If you’ve been around for any amount of time at all, you know we loooove a matching workout outfit. Sooo

Lumen Tights in black constellation, meet the Alpine Bra.

The Alpine Bra might look a little familiar! This bra was part of the Terrain Collection (which seems like forever ago!). I decided to bring it back because I am just obsessed with it’s high neckline, racerback and the deep mesh V in the front. We also added the same velvet flocking as the Lumen Tights and Luxe Mesh Training Gloves!

Lumen Tights in gold constellation, meet the Stellar Crop Bra

The Stellar Crop Bra is verrrry similar to the Alpine Bra, but not quite the same! The Stellar Crop is actually a little longer! So if you like a little extra length, go for this one.

And how gorgeous is the gold constellation color?! Just like the Alpine Bra, the Stellar Crop has that same celestial flocking detail in the mesh to match your Lumen Mesh Tights.

My advice? You need both.

popflex alpine bra velvet celestial flocking black
popflex alpine bra velvet celestial flocking black back
popflex stellar crop bra velvet celestial flocking gold

You asked for short(er) shorts, and we’re here for it.

Maybe you can’t bring yourself to hop on the biker short trend. Maybe you just like to have options (hiiiii SAME)!

Either way, there was a lot of feedback asking for shorts in shorter lengths. So we made two!

First, the Supersculpt Shortie with Pockets!

The same flattering details of the Supersculpt Legging and Supersculpt Biker Short, just a little shorter! I loove love love the teal color these come in! Oh, and I added thigh grippies because who has time for shorts that ride up?!

Speaking of teal… these shorts look FAB with the new Glow Bra, which also comes in teal! 

This bra is has a deep scoop neckline and adjustable straps just like one of your other faves, The Perfect Bra. The only difference is more back coverage!

popflex active supersculpt shortie with pockets teal glow bra teal mystical moments collection
popflex active supersculpt shortie with pockets teal glow bra teal mystical moments collection
popflex active supersculpt shortie with pockets teal swan bra black mystical moments collection

We aren’t done with shorts!! Meet the Ultimate Hourglass Shortie with Pockets!

Just like the other Shortie, the Ultimate Hourglass Shortie with Pockets is just a shorter version of another fave, the Hourglass Biker Short. This Shortie has that signature crossover waistband to accentuate your hourglass shape, without any pinching. Plus the necessary features like pockets and thigh grippies.

These come in two colors – duck egg and clay constellation. Ready to meet the bras that go with them?

The Glow Bra, in duck egg. 

Yesss the Glow Bra comes in two colors!

And the Gulch Crop Bra in clay constellation. 

The Gulch Bra was one of my faves in Terrain, and then we turned it into a crop bra for Marble and OMG I was obsessed. So yeah, it’s back. And the clay color with constellation details?! You won’t be able to resist.

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popflex ultimate hourglass shortie gulch crop clay constellation
popflex ultimate hourglass shortie gulch crop clay constellation back

The Flexy Crop Top. IYKYK.

Its back. IN THREE COLORS.

We have: clay, teal, and peach. And yes, this is one of those tops you buy in every color. Why? 

1. The spaghetti strap halter neckline with a single back strap is flattering, but comfy.

2. It’s the perfect layering piece.

3. It can be dressed up or down.

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When you need an extra layer: The Morning Tee

Need an extra layer as you head out to the gym? Or something to throw on for your post-workout errands? Maybe something super soft and comfy for nothing but pure lounging bliss?

The Morning Tee. Get it.

This tee is just as pretty as it is comfy. It’s perfectly drapey and hits right at the waist. It has a fun pleat in the back. It adds a little color to your outfit, but is still neutral enough to go with basically everything.

You’re gonna love this one.

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YAYYY that’s everything from the Mystical Moments Collection!!

Which pieces left you feeling starry-eyed?! 

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The Blogilates December 2021 Workout Calendar!

Hey guys!

Here we are, in DECEMBER.

I love taking time to reflect at the end of the year. It seems like I’m always saying how crazy the year was, so much happened, and how fast time went. But this year. OMG. I feel like it was on another level. 2021 was full of so much change and growth, that I seriously forgot that some of it happened this year. How crazy is that?!

Anyways, that’s why reflecting is so important to me. It’s too easy to get caught up in the pace of life and forget all about how far you’ve come. On that note…

You made it to your December Workout Calendar!!! 

Pay attention during your workouts this month to how you’ve grown stronger. How your mindset has changed. Then, get ready to level up again in 2022.

Okay, let’s check out the calendar!

Blogilates December 2021 Monthly Workout Calendar

How To Follow The December Workout Calendar

Check the Blogilates Youtube playlists to find all of the videos you need for this month’s calendar!!

OR make life soo much easier and download the BODY by Blogilates app! Seriously, this is THE BEST. You can access the monthly calendar and all of the videos in one place!

Here’s what you can expect each day of the December Workout Calendar. The goal? To make sure every muscle group gets the attention it deserves every week 😉

SUNDAY: Abs & Obliques
MONDAY: Total Body
TUESDAY: Butt
WEDNESDAY: Cardio
THURSDAY: Upper Body
FRIDAY: Stretch & Recovery
SATURDAY: Legs & Thighs

Do each video once (unless otherwise stated) and check off as you go! Each day will be around 45 min of exercise.

REMEMBER! If you download the BODY By Blogilates app (on Apple or Android devices), you’ll have the calendar and workout videos in one place! Plus, you get that “workout complete” checkmark, which is sooo satisfying.

If you’re just getting started or want to ease into working out, my Beginner’s Calendar is a great place to start! It’s a free 4-week program to get you stronger so that you can join in on the monthlies when you are ready.

What did you accomplish in 2021 that you’re most proud of?! Tell me in the comments! 

The Blogilates Team Holiday Gift Guide Is Here!

Hey guys!

It’s that time of year… again! If you know me, you know I love the holiday season, and the opportunity to take a step back and reflect on the year with family, friends, and my amazing team at Blogilates. And of course, choosing the perfect gifts for everyone on my list.

This year is no different, and I want to help you buy for all the girls on your lists — everyone from your BFF to your daughter, mom, sister-in-law, neighbors, and even that new friend you met at the gym. Instead of giving you guys just my perspective, I asked the wonderful women I work with to help me put together the ultimate holiday gift guide for all the special people on your list this year. 

Take a look, and leave me a comment on what your favorite gifts are!

For The Friend Who Loves At-Home Workouts

Magnolia Limited Edition Gift Set ($105)

If you have a fitness lover on your list, look no further than this all-in-one gift. This gift set includes a yoga mat, two blocks and booty bands, all the basics to help your bestie build out her home gym. And I maaaay be biased, but I am obsessed with this design and I feel like it is the perfect versatile set to fit into any home gym.

For The Girl Who Is A Tres Chic

Sheila Embossed Crossbody ($66+)

This is the ultimate bag. It is sleek and chic, but still holds all your necessities including a sleeve for your phone and cards. When I wear it out, I get so many compliments and strangers asking where I got it.  I already have it penned next to a few names on my list this year.

  LAUREL

  Lead Social Media Manager

@laurelelf

For The One Who Wants To Stand Out, Literally

7 Days of Socks ($39)

I get so many compliments on each of these socks. I love that they stand out from my normal plain white socks, and they make me smile every time I look down and see them. This is a great option for anyone on your list, because I mean who doesn’t love wearing cute and cozy socks!?

For The Adventurous Cook

GoWise Air Fryer ($65)

I like to avoid turning on the oven when possible, and this air fryer makes it so quick and easy to cook all my usual staples – veggies, potatoes, even meat! Everything always turns out perfectly crispy too (win, win!). This is a great gift for the food lover in your life.

  ARLENE

  Fit Model

@arlene_honey

For The Girl Who Is #Fitspo

Ultimate Hourglass Leggings with Pockets ($60)

These leggings are so comfortable and so cute. I literally live in these leggings and the Belle sweater. The perfect combo to work out or even go  out with friends and dress them up. They are a perfect gift for your besties, sisters, cousins, etc.. it really looks great on everyone!

For The Friend Who Posts Daily Updates On Their Monstera

Photo credit: Bloomscape

Potted Plant

Plants bring life to your space and being near nature and plants just instantly uplifts my mood, so I am always so happy when I get a plant as a gift! It’s a great gift for literally anyone because who doesn’t love plants? I recommend going to your local plant store, but if you are shipping some greenery from afar, Bloomscape is a great option.

  BRITTNEY

  Lead Graphic Designer

@brittney_irwin

For The Girl On The Go

Mini Stars High Ponytail Dad Hat ($24)

If you are looking for the perfect “throw over sweaty hair and go run errands,” look no further than POPFLEX’s cult-favorite accessory. Love that it fits my hairstyle no matter if I have it down, in a bun or a high ponytail.

For The Trendy Homebody

Photo credit: Lunar Sol Store

Disco ball plant holder ($30)

Disco planters mesh the fun of disco with the sophistication of house plants. I like this one for gifting because, unlike other disco planters, it comes with both a macrame hanger and a tabletop stand, making it a fit for every room.

  TOSHA

  Chief Growth Officer

@tosha_hays

For The One Starting Their Health Journey

2022 Fit Planner – Plant Life + Stickers ($43)

I love supporting friends and family on their health journey and this is such an awesome fit planner.  It’s also a reminder of my love for them every day of the year!

For The Thoughtful Friend

Photo credit: Jana’s Creative Place

Jana’s Creative Place (from $13)

Handmade and personalized gifts are my go-to, and Jana checks both boxes. Jana will custom embroidery any kind of quote, whether it’s a favorite quote, a word of encouragement, or an inside joke. This is a great gift, and as a bonus, you are supporting a small business this holiday season.

  JENNIFER

  Technical Designer and Product Development 

@jennifersrobertsjohnson

For The Low-Maintenance Friend (That Still Wants To Look Good)

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Belle Sweater ($68)

The new Belle sweater by POPFLEX is the perfect transitional piece to take her from her workout to her next zoom call. With a loose fit and stylish sleeves, I love this gift because it is flattering for all body types.

For The Multi-Tasking Mom On The Go

Photo credit: YETI

YETI coffee mug ($30)

The perfect gift to keep her coffee or tea warm in the morning. A great option for the moms in your life that have a page-long to-do list before 9 AM. She’ll thank you for keeping her caffeinated all morning long.

Photo credit: YETI

  PATRICIA

  Fit Model

@pathaj1916

For The Friend Who Always Forgets To Drink Enough Water

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Diamond Sky Bottle – 64oz ($48)

This 64oz beauty will make hydrating the favorite part of your day. This bottle is literally my baby. I take it with me everywhere I go, I keep it clean and scratch-free, I even freak out when I misplace it. It’s pretty much my fashion accessory as I’m running errands, AND it reminds me to stay hydrated on the go.

For The Busy Bestie Who Still Wants To Workout

Fragraim Ankle Weights ($35)

My ankle & wrist weights are so convenient to quickly add and reduce weight while I’m doing literally anything. I’ll even wear them while I’m going for a walk! Since I work out from home, I’m free from equipment and have to make use of smaller portable accessories. It’s perfect for people who can’t dedicate time for full workouts so they can easily wear the weights as they’re doing household chores. It’s a game-changer!

  KRISTEN

  Business Development Manager

@k.klochko

For The Friend Who’s Top Priority Is Comfort

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Cloud Hoodie ($70)

This hoodie is where the athleisure style and complete comfort combine. My friends always text me when they’re wearing it and never want to buy another hoodie again.

For The Girl Who Always Forgets Her Purse

Photo credit: Lululemon

Lululemon Fanny Pack ($38)

This fanny pack is both cute and functional. Everyone can use a choice fanny pack when running errands or going on a trip. And with multiple options to wear and style this piece, it is the perfect versatile gift.

  SAMARA

  Fit Model

@samara_poche

For The Girl Whose Style Always Looks Effortless

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Explore Tee ($30)

I love the top alone, but it’s the best for me with the hourglass biker shorts. I can run some errands or take a hike. They just combine for the perfect comfortable outfit . These are the perfect gifts for friends or family. You can’t go wrong with classic pieces this cute – and it’s something that they can wear for a long time!

For Someone Who Needs A Little R&R

A Holiday Care Package ($37)

One of my favorite gifts is a classic holiday care package. A basket with some cocoa mix (or even these delicious hot cacao bombs), fuzzy socks, a fave candle, face mask — the works!  I mean, at the end of the day, you’re trying to give someone an experience. And everyone wants to vibe out with fuzzy socks, moisturized skin, and some hot chocolate.  I like to make them on my own, but if you’re in a time crunch Etsy has some great options.

  NICOLE

  Technical Designer and Product Development

@nicolekatherine_dreamer

For The Person Looking To Level Up Their Fitness Game

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Natural Booty Band Set ($32)

The booty bands are a perfect gift for anyone who needs a little help with or wants to step up their workout. I love this set because it is more gender-neutral, so it is a fit for everyone on your list. I even gifted this to my son’s conditioning coach.

For The Vegan Skincare Lover

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Photo credit: Suhay’s Soaps

Suhay’s Soaps ($9)

I love Suhay’s soaps because each of their products is all-natural, vegan, cruelty-free, and handmade from botanicals and organic essential oils. The woman who owns the business, and makes the soaps, researches different botanicals. Her soaps, lotions, and bath bombs are amazing and smell better than anything on the market.

And there you have it! The 2021 Blogilates Team Holiday Gift Guide. Hopefully this list helps you find some unique, special gifts for everyone on your list this year. Plus you get the added perk of shopping small! Yay!

Happy Shopping!!!

Can You Believe This Cheesecake Is Made With Tofu?!

Hey guys!

A few weeks ago, we posted a list of creative ways to use tofu on the Body By Blogilates Instagram. You guys were absolutely MIND BLOWN by the fact that you can make cheesecake with tofu!

TBH when we put that post together, I was just as intrigued as you. Tofu… in cheesecake?! Then I saw you in the comments asking for a recipe to try this out for yourself.

So I found some recipes, did a little experimenting, and put together my own version that is *chef’s kiss.*

vegan tofu cheesecake topped with berries with slice cut

So not only can this be done, but it’s the prettiest thing EVER.

This Tofu Cheesecake Recipe is vegan and gluten-free! It’s also creamy and rich, with a perfect crust that is crunchy and somehow buttery, even without butter. I guess what I’m saying is this cheesecake is magical.

One thing I want to point out that just because this cheesecake is vegan doesn’t mean it’s low calorie. And that’s okay!!! This treat is high in plant-based protein and made with whole, simple ingredients.

Oh, and don’t let the ingredient list intimidate you. It should be pretty easy to find everything at your grocery store, depending on where you live of course!

Okay, ready to try this Tofu Cheesecake Recipe?! 

Here’s Your Tofu Cheesecake Recipe!

Ingredients:

Crust:

1 ½ cups vegan graham cracker crumbs (any brand that does not contain honey. I used Nabisco!)

5 Tbsp vegan butter or coconut oil

¼ cup granulated monk fruit sweetener (or sugar)

Cheesecake Filling:

2 cups raw cashews

1 cup firm silken tofu

6 Tbsp monk fruit syrup

½ cup coconut yogurt (or whatever yogurt you prefer)

¼ cup dairy-free milk

2 teaspoons lemon juice

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

Berry Topping:

1 ½ cups frozen berries

3 Tbsp monk fruit syrup

1 tablespoon cornstarch

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line the bottom and sides of a spring-form or loose-bottom cake tin. I used a 9-inch springform pan.

Make the crust

  1. In a food processor, pulse the crust ingredients until well combined. If the mixture seems dry, add a tablespoon or two of water. Press the crust into the pan, going up the sides a little.
  2. Bake the crust for 8 minutes or until it starts to brown a bit. Set aside to cool.

To make the filling

  1. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until there are no lumps. Give it a taste test and adjust the sweetener as needed. Pour the filling into the crust. Tap the cheesecake on the counter a few times to get rid of any air bubbles.

Bake your Tofu Cheesecake

  1. Bake the cheesecake for 45-50 minutes, checking occasionally to see if it’s browning too quickly. If it is, just cover with aluminum foil or a baking sheet. The cheesecake will still be a little jiggly when it’s done, but all of the liquid will be gone. Leave the cheesecake in the oven with the door open to cool for at least an hour.
  2. Next, let the cheesecake come to room temp on the counter. Then, cover and chill overnight. This slow process is necessary to prevent cracking as much as possible!

After chilling overnight, prepare your topping and serve:

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat the berries, monk fruit, and cornstarch for about 5 minutes, until thickened. Mash the berries as they cook to create a syrupy texture.
  2. Remove the cheesecake from its tin. Drizzle the berry topping on your cheesecake. Slice and enjoy!

Notes!

– The type of tofu you use matters! Traditional (firm silken) tofu will give your cheesecake the best texture.

– If you don’t have a high-powered blender, you will need to soak your cashews overnight before making your cheesecake. Otherwise they may not blend well!

– Don’t skip the lemon juice, vanilla, or salt! These help create the classic “cheesecake” taste.

Nutrition Info:

Serving Size – 1/8 of cheesecake

Calories: 600
Fat: 36g
Carbs: 67g
Fiber: 4g
Protein: 11g

Note – Nutrition info is an estimate and may vary 🙂

tofu cheesecake before toppings
slice of tofu cheesecake topped with berries

You won’t believe how good this Tofu Cheesecake is until you try it

So try it SOOON!

If you need a warm beverage to go with your cheesecake, try this ? Try this Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe (also vegan)!

Want more healthy plant-based recipes?! Check out the vegan option of my 90 Day Journey Meal Plans!

Like I said, this is the prettiest cheesecake ever soo please tag me on Instagram when you make it! And tell me what you think in the comments!