#mindbodymat: day 12, Pilates Legs + GIVEAWAY

Our thoughts affect everything we do, say, feel, think and believe.

Our thoughts construct our reality, shape our view of the world and determine the way we feel about life as a whole. Yet we rarely take the time to recognize what’s going on in our heads.

The most important step I took in breaking free of the cycle of general unhappiness with my body was becoming aware of my inner-dialogue.

Pilates is mind-body exercise. As you know by now, I firmly believe that you cannot separate the body from the mind.


In fact, I believe that changing the mind is the first step in changing the body.

It’s amazing how quickly negative thoughts can creep into our head . Within seconds we can believe things about ourselves that we would never say out loud.  Sometimes all it takes is one magazine article, one bad experience in a dressing room, or one careless comment by a peer, and before you know it we’re down and feeling bad/guilty/shameful.

The good news is that we have the power to change this process. And it’s imperative that we do. When we don’t take time to sort through our thoughts they become our truths.

Self-Care Challenge…

Today, I encourage you (and of course myself) to create 3 positive affirmations to repeat on a daily basis.

MBM 12

Say them to yourself while getting dressed, looking in the mirror, driving to work or going to sleep. It may feel cheesy at first, but repeating affirmations is a proven way to improve your confidence and self-acceptance. And despite what you may think, it’s confidence and acceptance (not guilt and shame) that empowers us to make lasting changes and reach our goals.



It’s GIVEAWAY day!

Before we get to  our workout I get to announce our 3rd and final giveaway! If you liked the others – you will absolutely love this one.

This week’s giveaway includes:


1. $150.00 Athleta gift card (can you believe how generous they are?)

Giving away another shopping spree to Athleta! The photo above shows some of my favorite pieces. View more details here.


2. A jar of superfood honey + super food protein powder sampler pack from Philosophie ($50.00 value)

These are amazing. You can add them to smoothies, granola, soups, and just about any other recipe for a nutritional boost. I use them in my smoothie every morning and love the way they make me feel.


3. Another FULL scholarship to The Pilates Body Program ($297.00+ value)

The program kicks of on 9/7 and is the best program I have to offer. It includes…

  • 6 weeks of full-length Pilates workouts (that you get to download and keep forever)
  • Weekly meal plans, unlimited email coaching and accountability
  • A private Facebook group to connect with amazing women who are also pursuing balance, health and Pilates.

I have NEVER had a person not see results in this program. It’s fun and it works.

These giveaways total more than $500.00 in value and will surely help you on your path to create a healthier, more balanced life.


Post the giveaway photo above to your Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Facebook account. Be sure to use the hashtag #mindbodymat and tag my account/page to ensure that I see your posts.

Once you have posted the initial photo, every additional tagging me and using the hashtag #mindbodymat will count as extra entries.

Entry period ends Thursday, 8/28 at 10:00 PM. The winner will be announced on Friday, 8/29.

Let’s workout…

We’re building long, lean Pilates legs in today’s workout. Pilates leg workouts are my favorite because they sculpt beautiful muscles rather than bulky muscles. I hope you like it!

Today’s Check-In: Share today’s giveaway image to enter to win this amazing package. Every additional post related to #mindbodymat (using the hashtag and mentioning me) counts as an extra entry!



PS – If you’ve ever dealt with negative beliefs about yourself you may also enjoy thoughts on kindness, punishment and paper bags.

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  1. Victoria B 7 years ago

    Wow that was an awesome leg workout!

  2. Julie Sisk 7 years ago

    #mindbodymat FAB workout today!

  3. Courtney 7 years ago

    pinned with tag and link 🙂

  4. Gina 7 years ago

    That was a great leg work out. Unfortunately I couldn’t do the kneeling part on the last bit because it cramps up my hip and the muscle on the glutes right behind the hip. Not sure how to fix that! haha.

  5. Elsbeth 7 years ago

    Wow, what a great workout! I did the twenty minutes one first and then this one, and I’m pretty redfaced by now, hehe. I do have a bit of the same problem as Gina with hips cramping up a bit at the last one. For me, however, only one side does that, which is just plain annoying. Should I do the one side lying down and the other up on my knees? 🙂

  6. Monica 7 years ago

    Pinned here! http://pinterest.com/pin/504543964477609200/
    Awesome workout today as always. Inner thigh strength needs work for sure. As you said its something to improve. Thanks again! Still love the Athleta top you were wearing!

  7. Hannah 7 years ago

    Great leg workout! I did it twice! Pinned here http://www.pinterest.com/pin/128211920617216640/ Tagged your cute self and #mindbodymat. I’d love to win one of these giveaways! Everything you have is always so great!

  8. Katie 7 years ago

    Loved this workout! I pinned it! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/183029172331352452/

  9. Carolyn 7 years ago

    You are certainly having us “finish strong” this week! Nice workout~

  10. Adie 7 years ago

    This one was a struggle for me. My husband found my huffing and puffing quite entertaining! I will definitely come back to it again so I can see how I improve. Thank you, Robin!

  11. Angie 7 years ago

    I pinned it! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/115052965455590020/ Thank you for your workouts! I love them! Angie

  12. Amanda 7 years ago

    That was brutal for me! Will need to work on that one! Ouch!

  13. Loreta 7 years ago

    Loved this workout-short,but powerful!Pinned it!http://www.pinterest.com/pin/438115869974020163/

  14. Loreta 7 years ago

    Loved this workout-short,but powerful!Pinned it!http://www.pinterest.com/pin/438115869974020183/

  15. Laura Kelley 7 years ago

    Love this. Pinned to pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/pin/163044448984923437/ and Twitter

  16. Lizzie 7 years ago

    Hi Robin – thank you again for #mindbodymat! I’m looking forward to continuing to share inspiration and ideas (especially from your blog!) here: http://www.pinterest.com/lizziejm/balance/. I’ve also pinned this exciting giveaway there :). Thanks again!

  17. Colleen blackall 7 years ago

    Just love this series, although I haven’t done every mental challenge I have done quite a few and I manage to squeeze in the time everyday to remember to take just 10 min for me. Thank you

  18. Kat 7 years ago

    I’m getting stronger and having fun! Kat

  19. Kris 7 years ago

    Love these workouts, Robin. I found today’s workout pretty challenging….the more, the better though! I did this one twice,
    ab & arm workout, and feeling soooo much better!
    Thank you for offering all of these workouts. Have to catch up on the mental challenges, which I definitely am looking forward to as well. Honestly, I’m not much on social media, although I love the giveaways, and would love to win….Love, love, love Athleta!!!
    Looking forward to continuing on this “journey” to a “balanced life”, which I have needed especially since the past 3 years. Thank you!

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