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Interview- Stephany Erlbeck of BODY ROK

This week we are interviewing one of our newest clients, Stephany with BODY ROK. BODY ROK has become on of our favorite workouts in the last few months! It is an experience that sculpts your body and elevates your metabolism levels. It involves a three-stage lighting system that guides you through the workout. There is currently one studio in San Diego, however, soon there will be a second location in the One Paseo development in Del Mar designed by yours truly!

With the NEW YEAR, and the NEW YOU we wanted to take a moment to interview the amazing woman behind it all! Stephany is so inspiring and we are excited to share her story with you! She explains her journey as a business owner, single mom and health guru! 

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How did you come to own a BODY ROK Studio?

I started my career in finance, but always had a passion for health, fitness and fashion. Early on, I had an entrepreneurial spirit and in my spare time I designed clothes, jewelry, developed plant-based recipes and taught group fitness classes. After years in the finance world, I decided to pursue my passion for fitness by opening BODY ROK in Encinitas, California – a Pilates and spin studio that has transformed the way people work out. I was good friends with the founders of BODY ROK and their goal was to expand BODY ROK in San Francisco and other larger cities and I had agreed to franchise and grow BODY ROK in San Diego. I also added a small boutique to the studio with a selection of active wear brands that are a unique studio to street wear collection which will be available at the One Paseo location as well. We have some very cool brands such as Noli Yoga, Niyamasol, Alo Yoga, Spiritual Gangster, Goldsheep, Track & Bliss, and many other lines that you don’t often find elsewhere.

I’ve lived in North County for nearly 20 years where I have influenced a large following of clients and friends to transform their lives through fitness, nutrition and healthy lifestyle. 

Can you explain the BODY ROK workout for those who aren't familiar?

The workout at BODY ROK is a pilates inspired, 40-50 minute, full body, strength training group class on the custom BODY ROK reformer. Each challenging class ROKs your body with a curated playlist, inspiration, motivation and the best instructors in San Diego that will help you strengthen, tone & build lean muscle. What makes this workout so special is that there is nothing else like it. The machine allows you to target smaller muscles that help build strength, lean definition and a youthful body. Because you are on a moving/spring based machine, you literally have to engage your core the entire workout and so you work those abs and obliques even when you are doing leg and upper body exercise.  People see huge results and that is what keeps people coming back! Our teaching pros guide you every step of the way with personalized attention throughout your 40-50 minute class.  

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How often do you workout?

I typically take a BODY ROK class almost every day. I love the workout and the great thing about it is that you don’t get bored with it. All of our teachers come up with their own routines everyday – so unlike some group classes where they are stuck teaching the same routines for weeks or months – every day is a different routine. Plus… no other workout works as well for me, so I try to get in a BODY ROK workout 5 to 6 times a week. When I’m not working out at BODY ROK, I like to do yoga at CorePower Yoga or Yoga Six! It's the best combination for a long and lean look to your body.

Do your kids workout with you?

Yes! My kids are all really into working out and love taking classes at the studio too. I think because they grew up around it and were exposed to it at an early age, they all are really great at pilates, spin and yoga and it’s something we all do together! I think it’s great to start kids at an early age appreciating working out and finding fun group classes that make them feel good about themselves but are also fun. It’s a lifelong gift!

How do you keep a balanced lifestyle and daily routine?

It’s not always easy. Being a single mom of 4 and a business owner, I have to be really mindful of my time and the things I choose to put my energy into.

I find that if I start my day with my typical morning routine, I tend to accomplish more. I get up and do 10 minutes of meditation. Then I write down 5 things that I absolutely, non-negotiable have to complete that day, 1 thing that I have been putting off and 1 thing that I will do for myself. Then I drink 16 ounces of lemon water, followed by 16 ounces of celery juice 30 minutes later. Then I have an all fruit smoothie for breakfast. I usually go to BODY ROK in the morning and take a class. When I stick to that routine, I feel like I have set myself up physically and mentally to be efficient, get a lot of things done and also do something for myself every day!

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What motivates you?

I lost my husband 5 years ago to a heart attack and was left to raise my 4 kids on my own. THAT is what motivates me. It has been my mission to live my life in a way that shows my children, and other people that have had adversity or tragedy, that you can find strength to overcome difficulty and still have a beautiful life. I find so much motivation in watching and helping other people finding their strength and being the light for other people.

How do you challenge yourself and those around you?

There are always improvements you can make in yourself and how you live. Every month I pick one fear or limiting idea I have about myself and I attack it by going outside my comfort zone. I push myself to confront those limiting ideas or things that I’m not exactly pleased about and I try to make little changes every week. It doesn’t have to be big/huge things. For example, I don’t love cardio exercise so one month, I really focused on trying to mix up my exercise routine. Another month, I focused on my lack of organization and my propensity to put things off until the last minute. This month, I’ve focused on trying to reconnect with friends because it’s easy for me to get lost in my busy schedule with my kids and work and become a hermit!! I try to challenge others around me by leading by example. I encourage my clients and friends to challenge themselves when it comes to fitness and nutrition. For example, at the studio, we are going to do a 28 day challenge:

No animal products.

No chips or fries.

No soda.

No cakes or donuts.

No white bread.

No ice cream.

No candy.

No alcohol.

No fast food.

No cookies.

No fried food.

People love a little competition – so why not make it healthy.

What is your astrological sign?

Gemini – and I am soooo Gemini lol. My youngest recently told one of my friends that “my mom is like Buddha and then sometimes she is the devil.”

What is your favorite vegan recipe?

I have so many but one of my kids favorites is my banana, oatmeal, chocolate chip cookies:

3 ripe bananas

1 tsp vanilla extract

¼ cup barely warm coconut oil

2 cups rolled oats

2/3 cup almond flour

1/3 cup shredded and unsweetened coconut

½ cinnamon

¼ teaspoon salt

1 tsp baking powder

6-7 oz vegan choc chips

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl combine the bananas, vanilla and oil. Set aside. In another bowl whisk together the oats, almond meal, shredded coconut, cinnamon and salt and baking powder. Add dry to wet ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Make dough into balls - 2 teaspoons in size and put on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes. 

Any New Years Resolutions?

My New Years resolutions for this year are:

Hydration! - It’s easy to get so busy that you don’t have time to drink enough water! That’s why I’ve switched up my morning routine to include 16 ounces of lemon water, 16 ounces of celery juice and 16 ounces fruit smoothie. Hydration is the absolute key to good/youthful/glowy skin, healthy hair, relief of muscle pain/fatigue and better energy.

More Yoga and stretching.

More mediation.

Be more social. - I’ve gotten complacent and have used my busy schedule with kids and work as an excuse not to do things! 

Look for BODY ROK San Diego location #3! - I really would like to open another one in the Little Italy area of San Diego. I'm putting it out into the universe!

What do you want to be known for?

I want to be known as someone that lived with compassion and that helped people live healthier and happier lives. I want to help people feel good about themselves and feel healthy and youthful. The power to do that is in eating more plant based, avoiding the use of toxic products, low impact strength training and movement, meditation and limiting medications. I try to lead by example always and hope this is how I am remembered.

  

Coffee or Tea – Tea

Lipstick or Chapstick – Chapstick

Heels or Flats – Flats

Red Wine or White Wine – Vodka (LOL)

Beach or Mountains – Beach

Hike or Stroll – Hike

Jeans or Skirt – Jeans

Less or More – Less things… More love!

Follow Stephany on social media at @stephsfitculture, where she shares more of her everyday nutritional routines, beauty regiments and lifestyle content!

Stephany was kind enough to give us a promo code for you guys to get your first class at BODY ROK free! See below! 

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The Sisters Beauty Guide

Let's face it… we all make those resolutions to work-out more and eat healthier at the start of the new year, but what about our beauty routine? We're switching it up this week on the blog and sharing our favorite local beauty products to get you started for the new year!

We're not experts in this field, we'll stick to design, however we're digging these products! One of our favorite shops to get great health concuss products is SHOPGOOD located in North Park. She carries a number of amazing brands! We swear, just walking into her shop you feel better!

One of our favorite products is the Aether Beauty – Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette. It comes with 12 different shades and is infused with organic rose hip oil to benefit radiant looking glowing skin. The radest part is that each shade is infused with REAL Rose Quartz powder, which helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and redness! Yeah you heard that right, real rose quartz! In addition, the packaging is all made of completely sustainable materials and is fully recyclable. The best part, 10% of the proceeds go to The Water Project, which provides clean drinking water across Africa. 

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Shop at Shop Good

Are you like us, always searching for the perfect red lipstick? Well, we got you, this is it - Alima Pure’s – Velvet Lipstick. Made from all natural ingredients including Sea Buckthorn, which is rich in Omega 7 and hydrating, Avocado Oil that provides rich amino acid protein, vitamins and potassium. Our favorite shade is Olivia a vibrant, juicy red!

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Sold at Shop Good

We love our morning coffee, however we’ve recently discovered Golden Milk Lattes, and we are obsessed! A blend of organic turmeric, black pepper and ginger combined with milk and coconut oil. This drink has so many benefits. It's loaded with antioxidants and helps reduce inflammation and joint pain. It also boosts your immune system and eases your digestive system. We love THE NEW NEW AGE Golden Milk Powder from Shop Good. Mix it with some warm milk and it’s the perfect grab and go drink with so many benefits!

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Sold at Shop Good

Raise your hand if your obsessed with podcasts. Well after listening to How I Built This Podcast with Emily Weiss from Glossier we were immediately intrigued and quickly obsessed with the brand! Emily Weiss started a beauty blog called Into the Gloss which rapidly gained an enormous following and four years later she launched her own beauty lined called Glossier. This make up brand is unlike any other. The objective of the makeup is to portray a completely natural look. Which is genius by the way! Our favorite product is The Makeup Set – a staple to your everyday makeup routine. It includes Boy Brow, Lash Stick and Cloud Paint. Made from natural ingredients, Boy Brow consists of beeswax that helps hold your hair in place and a number of other natural ingredients that help nourish, moisturize and strengthen your hair fibers. Cloud Paint is another favorite and is the perfect cheek stain! It's smooth and provides a seamless application for your cheeks, but can also be applied to your lips and eyelids - whhhaaatt!?

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Shop at Glossier

It's a new year, which means a new you. Check out these amazing products and let us know what you think! 

Love, The Sisters

A Stress Free Holiday from the Sisters

The smell of fresh Christmas trees, the twinkle of holiday lights, the warmth of fire at your feet next to the fireplace… there is so much to love about the holiday season but with it comes a lot of stress and planning. Stress that makes you want to rip all of your hair out. We get it! We feel that stress!

During the holidays there’s so much going on, especially in our family and we are so busy trying to take care of others that our own health gets put on the back burner. The to do list gets longer and the days shorter, it gets harder and harder to take a moment for yourself. But it’s so important. Slow down and breathe. Take a moment to take care of yourself and prioritize.

Don’t do it. Don’t pull all that beautiful hair out! We got you! We’ve put together a little guide that helps us live a stress free holiday! 

Meal Prep

We’re big fans of meal prepping. Prepare your meals on the weekends, specifically lunches and dinners. This helps alleviate time in the morning while you’re trying to juggle getting the kids off to school and get those last minute holiday gifts. You’ll feel 100 times less stressed when you have all your meals planned out and don’t have to think about where to get lunch in the middle of the day between all the running around! Promise!

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Get Your Greens

Make sure your getting the right nutrition for your body. Definitely get the burger, but make sure there’s some greens on that plate. Getting the right nutrition will give you the energy you need to get through the day and that holiday list.

Make A List

Jot down who you’ll be buying for. What you’ll be getting them. Check it off once you do so. This will help you stay organized and hopefully not forget anyone along the way! Wink Wink…

Plan Ahead

It’s easy to overlook things during the holiday season and the idea of missing a flight is making us cringe just writing this, but planning ahead will help. Trust us! Whether it’s holiday travel or hosting a holiday dinner, you will feel so much better if you plan it all out ahead of time. It doesn’t hurt to plan for the worst as well, always have a plan B. Look ahead for traffic patterns, maybe drive during the evening or fly out earlier in the day. Think about what everyone else may be doing and just do the exact opposite. Ha!

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Ask For Help

It’s easy to think you can do everything yourself but asking for help will make your to do list seem more manageable. Enlist your sister, brother or a friend to help with your shopping list or gift wrapping! We can’t do everything, even though we think we can! We’re the biggest culprits of this! Make it fun! Get all your gals together with a bottle of wine and get it done together! 

Practice Self Love

This is something we truly believe in, no matter how stressed we are, no matter how long the to do list is. It’s so important to make sure you are doing things for yourself in addition to others. Take that yoga class. Use that extra time in the morning to meditate. Eat that extra cookie! Don’t feel guilty! Taking the time to care for your mind and body will help you feel more like yourself. It will also allow you to stay present while spending quality time with family and friends.

 

Welp that’s all folks! Disclaimer we are not experts on dealing with stress, however these are some of the things we practice that help us stay sane during the holidays. Overall make sure you’re enjoying yourself and holidays! It’s stressful no matter what. Embrace the holidays in all it’s stressful glory!

Let us know how if any of these worked for you! We’d love to hear!

Happy Holidays!

Love, The Sisters

A Fiesta For Your Tastebuds
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Happy Cinco de Mayo!!! As San Diego natives with a Mexican background, us sisters, are obligated to know how to make a good margarita and taco. That being said we wanted to spread the wealth, or should we say tacos, by sharing some easy to make recipes for the holiday! See below for a Guilt Free Queso Dip to start, some Sweet Potato Tacos and Cucumber Margaritas to share with all your amigos on Cinco de Mayo.

Guilt Free Queso Dip (Vegan, Gluten Free)

(2 cups, soaked overnight) Raw Cashews

Salt

(1/2 tsp) Cumin

(1/2 tsp) Chili powder

(1/2 tsp) Garlic Powder

(1/2 tsp) Turmeric

(1/2 tsp) Red Chili Flakes

(1/2 tsp) Tomato (chopped)

(3 - 4 cups) Almond Milk or Coconut Milk

(1/2 tsp) Hot Sauce

Instructions:

1) Puree the raw cashews in a food processor until smooth and no chunks remain.

2) Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor adding almond or coconut milk as needed. The less milk the creamier the dip.

3) If you’d like it to be spicier add more hot sauce as desired.

4) Serve with chips or veggies of your choice.

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Sweet Potato Tacos (Vegan, Gluten Free)

(3) Sweet Potatoes

(1 can or 3 husks) Corn

(1 can) Black Beans

Corn Tortillas

Cilantro

Onion (diced)

Salt

(1) Lime

(1-2) Avocado

Lettuce

(1 can) Chickpea

Tomato (chopped)

Instructions:

1) Cut up your sweet potatoes into small dice size pieces.

2) In a large pan sauté your sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper. When cooked put to the side.

3) In a large pan sauté your chickpeas in olive oil for about 10 minutes on high heat.

4) Warm up your tortillas in the oven or microwave if you like them warm. 

5) Add the remaining ingredients together for your tacos or a taco bowl! Enjoy!

Taco Dressing (Vegan, Gluten Free)

(1) Avocado

Cilantro (lightly packed)

(1 tbsp) Onion (chopped)

(1 tbsp) Lime Juice

(1/2 tsp) Sea salt

(1/2) Olive oil

(1/2 tsp) Cumin

(1/4 cup) Water

Instructions:

1) Add ingredients above to a blender and serve on top of your tacos or taco bowl.

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Cucumber Margaritas

Tequila

Margarita Mix 

(1 large cucumber) Cucumber (chopped)

(1 tbsp) Lime Juice

Salt

Cilantro

Instructions:

1) Add a large (peeled) cucumber to the blender with the lime juice, salt and 1/4 cup margarita mix.

2) Use a strainer to remove the excess pup from the cucumber juice.

3) Add cucumber juice, margarita mix and ice to a chilled glass and top it off with tequila!

4) Garish with cilantro and salt. Enjoy!

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Shop our teak bowls here!

Love, The Sisters

Our Current Blog Crushes

You may already know about these fabulous bloggers…but these days we find ourselves frequenting them on the regular for design inspiration.  If you haven’t stumbled across these creative do-er’s then get your lil butts to their design mecca’s and check them out.

  • Brittney Makes:  For project tutorials, and color overload!

  • New Darlings:  For a freakishly adorable husband and wife duo with mad mid century modern style, and MAJOR hair envy.  (Christina, your hair is to dye for!!!!)

  • House of Hipsters:  For “down to earth, I can actually achieve this look” design inspiration! Love it!

  • My Scandinavian Home:  For everything you wish your home was.