Day 29 of Fitness – Rock Climbing at Atlanta Rocks!

Best Self graphic designer: Miguel

For Day 29 of our 30 Days of Fitness, Best Self’s graphic designer Miguel headed to Atlanta Rocks! for a 2-hour climbing session. This indoor rock climbing gym offers more than 12,000 square feet of professionally designed climbing surface, and the price of each two-hour class includes everything you need: instruction, climbing time, shoes, harness and belay device. Here’s what Miguel had to say about the experience:

Miguel Velazquez, Cristina Villafane, Jim Wise, Diane Wise, Gabriel Paraliticci (Instructor), Joan Thomas and Pilar Osorio

Miguel Velazquez, Cristina Villafane, Jim Wise, Diane Wise, Gabriel Paraliticci (Instructor), Joan Thomas and Pilar Osorio

This is my third time indoor rock climbing but the first time at Atlanta Rocks! The instructors and friendly environment made all the difference. I took Technique 1, the class geared at new climbers who need to learn balance and climbing movements. The workout was great, and it is as physically challenging as you want to make it—I really felt it the next day. They have many options for all skill levels, and all necessary equipment is included. Gabriel Paraliticci, my instructor, was very knowledgeable and offered great technique tips. He was very friendly, and even though sometimes it was hard to mentally psych myself up to complete each climb, Gabriel helped keep me and the rest of the group motivated. I really enjoyed reaching the top of each climb and slapping the number sign of the climb. Overall, it was a great experience.

If you want to try your hand (and feet!) at rock climbing, Atlanta Rocks! has a variety of classes and climbing programs to participate in—everything from family climbs to ladies nights to discounted partner climb nights. Check out all their options here, and as soon as you can get back on the road, head to Atlanta Rocks!

Details:, 1019 Collier Rd NW, Ste A, Atlanta, GA, (404) 351-3009

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Combat these common symptoms of aging eyes with these tips.

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Under-eye bags. Puffiness under your eyes can be caused by a lack of sleep or an excess of sodium and alcohol. Turn in a little earlier and make sure to drink plenty of water to soothe this symptom. You can also apply an eye cream like Intensive Eye Repair from Sally B’s Skin Yummies. It contains vitamins and coffeine to reduce puffiness. $40.

Crow’s Feet. Fine wrinkles appear in the delicate skin around your eyes as you age. To reduce their appearance, try an Anti-Aging Pulse Light Therapy treatment at Gallery Spa of Historic Roswell. This light-based facial treatment aims to boost natural collagen production without surgery. $100,

Sparse Eyelashes. To regain fullness in your natural lashes, ask your dermatologist for a prescription eyelash treatment like Latisse. For a quicker fix, book an appointment at Luxury Lash Lounge or Atlanta Lash Addict for lash extensions.,

Thinner eyebrows. Aging causes hair to thin, and your brows are no exception. In addition to age-related thinning, you may have been heavy handed with the tweezers over the years. Authentic Beauty’s Image Journey can help you determine the proper shape, shade and style for a youthful look.

Dry eyes. A diet rich in omega-3s can help keep the moisture levels in your eyes high, so try to include more salmon, chia seeds, and even greens like spinach and basil on your plate. Or try adding a daily fish oil supplement like New Chapter’s Wholemega capsules, available at your local Whole Foods Market. $19,


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This brightly flavored savory salad works well as an appetizer or a main dish. Traditionally made with pork, this recipe calls for chicken, as well as a handful of other ingredients that you likely already have in the kitchen.


Nam Sod Thai Style Chicken Salad


  • 1 qt. water
  •  5 fresh cilantro stalks, chopped
  • 1 thin sliced shallot
  • 1 thin sliced green onion stalk
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted whole peanuts
  • 1 oz. fresh ginger, julienned
  • 10 oz. ground chicken
  • Romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 head of cabbage (optional)

Yum Sauce (yields 1 cup)

  • 1/2 cup thin soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • Combine and mix. Keep for later use.


Bring water to a boil and add the ground chicken until fully cooked. Strain the chicken into a mixing bowl. Keep the romaine lettuce and cabbage to the side for plate setup. Add all other ingredients to the chicken and gently mix. You may place the salad over a bed of chopped romaine lettuce with a wedge of cabbage, or make lettuce wraps with Bibb lettuce. Drizzle on the Yum dressing.

- Courtesy of Fuji Hana & Thai Peppers 


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VeinInnovations supporting nurses and The Drake HouseVeinInnovations Johns Creek and mediUSA are collecting gently worn women’s clothing and accessories from Atlanta nurses to donate to The Drake House, a North Fulton County nonprofit that helps single homeless mothers find jobs and stable housing. Not only will this event help the women of The Drake House get back on their feet, but it will also help the nurses who donate. For participating nurses, VeinInnovations will offer free cosmetic scans for venous reflux, and mediUSA will give away pairs of their new mediActive compression stockings.

The drive will last through February and will take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. To make your appointment, email or call (678) 731-9815.

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The BADASS Dash, a 7K obstacle race coming to Atlanta on March 15, reminds runners “If you risk nothing, you gain nothing.” Thankfully, the only risk involved here is the risk of an ungraceful wipeout—the fun is guaranteed!

Badass DashThis race offers four divisions to accommodate runners of all ages and fitness levels. The Elite Division is targeted at well-trained individuals who can overcome the obstacles and still race hard to the finish line. The Recreation Division is for all fitness levels who may not be trained in adventure races like these but still want to have a great time and make it to the end. If you want to get your four-legged friends involved, the K9 Companion Divison is for you. Anyone who is 14 and up, with a dog who’s at least one year old, can run a modified course designed specifically for your mixed-species team. Kids younger than 14 can stick to the Kids Dash Division, which is open to children four to 13 years old and features a mixture of adult and kids obstacles.

If none of these divisions feels right to you and you just want to watch, that’s encouraged too. Spectators can travel the course alongside the racers and cheer them on, as well as join in the post-race festival that features entertainment, a pet expo, a beer garden, an awards ceremony and other prize giveaways. You can also volunteer at the race, during either the morning or afternoon shifts, and you’ll receive snacks, drinks, and a BADASS Dash T-shirt and lunch or dinner depending on your shift.

Badass DashThe BADASS Dash in Atlanta expects around 2,000 runners this year, due to the huge success of its Atlanta debut last year. People will no doubt return to tackle their favorite obstacles like the Crazy Cargo Climb, Human Car Wash and the Raucus Rock Pile, which is the finish line constructed of stones from Stone Mountain itself. All told, the course contains 34 obstacles that, once you overcome them, will give you serious bragging rights.

In addition to bragging rights, it will also give you some perspective on a prevalent condition many Americans face: autism. The race’s charity partner is the organization Autism Speaks, and race director Brian Sharenow feels this partnership is a perfect fit. He explains, “Individuals within the autism spectrum often experience the daily stress of feeling like a square pegs trying to live in a world of round holes.” He likens that struggle to the struggle of overcoming the obstacles of the BADASS Dash. Sharenow says, “Although part of the thrill and excitement of the race is working toward conquering those obstacles, there’s a certain amount of relief that comes from knowing there’s a finish line. There’s an immense feeling of satisfaction knowing you completed that last obstacle and are headed toward the coveted finish line to celebrate. However, for individuals within the autism spectrum, the obstacles never end – there’s always one more. The focus of these events is to hopefully one day provide those with autism their finish line.”

Badass DashSo whether you run to support this worthy charity partner or just to have some fun with your friends, family or pets, take advantage of early registration and sign up for the BADASS Dash today!


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Sope Creek Elementary’s Christiane Wyckoff is here to give you her best advice on how to spend your downtime. Christiane Wyckoff

Q: What is your favorite way to spend a day off?

A: As a fifth grade teacher I rarely get a day off. If and when I do, I have two ways I love to spend it. The first is to sleep late and hang out at home cooking, watching TV or reading a page turner. My second choice would be to spend time with my children.

Q: How do you make more time for yourself?

A: By scheduling it and writing it in my calendar.

Q: What is a must-see movie for you?

A: When I was younger I used to make it my goal to see every Oscar nominated film before the Oscars. Then, as life and kids took over, I stopped. So my goal is to see them all this year.

Q: What advice do you have for someone who wants to have more “me” time?

A: Be organized about it. Take it and don’t feel guilty about it!

Q: Who do you like to spend your free time with?

A: After my husband, Kurt, and my children, it’s my girlfriends, Sherri, Mary, Verdery and Boo.

Q: Who are the people that help you be your best self?

A: Natalia, at Kendrick & Co., who keeps my hair looking great. Janey, Jake and Jennifer at Get In Shape For Women in East Cobb are doing their best to help me get my body in shape, post-hip replacement.

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High Country Outfitters‘ Caroline Peters is here to give you her best advice on how to spend your downtime. Caroline Peters

Q: What is your favorite way to spend a day off? 

A: Outside with friends. I also enjoy yoga in the morning, paddling on the Chattahoochee River and then a trail run. It is the best excuse to eat whatever you want later!

Q: How do you make more time for yourself?

A: I recommend just starting your day early, right at sunrise and seize the day.

Q: What advice do you have for someone who wants to have more “me” time?

A: Remind yourself daily that “me” time will make you a happier, kinder, more playful person. This reminder will (hopefully) make you want to free up your day more for the things you love to do.

Q: Who do you like to spend your free time with?

A: My boyfriend who always pushes me to try new things. Also other yogis who remind me to stay calm and share positivity and other women who empower me.

Q: What is the most fun you’ve had in the last six months?

A: I went to Lake Tahoe solo for a stand up paddle board race on a whim! Traveling solo is the best growing experience.

Q: Who are the people that help you be your best self?

A: My dad, who has kept me outdoors and active, taught me to be kind to strangers and stood by my side no matter what.

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Jessica Shops Pick of the Month 

Our hands are exposed to everything, all the time. It is important to keep them hydrated in order to keep them looking young, especially during the dry winter months. I discovered Herbacin Kamille Hand cream one year while traveling in Germany and have been hooked ever since. This cream uses herbs and botanicals to moisturize and protect skin. Since the hand cream comes in a very cute, hard-to-miss green tube with a doaisy on the front, it’s easy to throw in your bag and keep with you on-the-go. Available at local Walgreens or Ulta. $5.99Herbacin Kamille

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Day 28 of Fitness – 10-Minute Daily Yoga Fix DVD

Best Self publisher: Sherri

You may have noticed that last week, we had a bit of snow here in Atlanta! Due to the road conditions—both weather- and traffic-related—our 30 Days of Fitness schedule got derailed. But that’s life, isn’t it? Whether it’s weather, an unexpected change in your kids’ schedules, or a myriad of other reasons, sometimes you just can’t get to the gym. But as they say, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” So regardless of the circumstances, your workout doesn’t have to wait!

10-minute Daily Yoga Fix DVDDuring the storm, I completed an at-home workout first thing in the morning. I used an excellent yoga DVD called 10-Minute Daily Yoga Fix. It has five 10-minute workout options that you can select from or combine to make a workout anywhere from 10 to 50 minutes long. The five sections are Ra’Yoka AM Yoga, Ra’Yoka PM Yoga, Tantalizing Tummy, Bootylicious Buns & Lean Legs, and Yoga Lean & Relax. This variety means that you can focus on muscle building, stretching, or simply waking up for your day, depending on how you feel and when you choose to work out.

That morning, I picked the 10 minutes of AM Yoga and, since I was at home and could control the temperature, I turned my workout into hot yoga by cranking up my thermostat to 80 degrees. Rainbeau Mars, the video’s instructor, was excellent from the perspective of correct body alignment and also from the motivational perspective. She instructed me to curl my body into a ball like the core of the sun and then to extend, stretching like the rays of the sun to warm up my back. She went on to say “You feel as young as your spine feels,” and that is so true. I have back issues, and this really got the kinks out. If you’re someone with back problems, joint problems, or just wake up with your muscles feeling a little tight in the mornings, a video like this is a great way to help you start the day feeling great.

Of course, there are tons of excellent videos out there. Find what you like and have it on hand for a rainy—or snowy—day. You never know when you might need it!

Details: 10-Minute Daily Yoga Fix DVD available on Amazon.

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If you’ve had surgery on your face, chances are you have had some bruising. Now there’s a way to professionally have those marks “disappear” with a special makeup technique called medical camouflage. This technique includes color contouring and traditional makeup application. It is also perfect for covering blemishes or skin discoloration.Med Camo

The service includes:

  • A consultation and makeup application with a professional makeup artist, which lasts about an hour and takes into consideration the type of camouflage requires, the client’s coloring, bone structure, features and personal style.
  • A makeup lesson on how to accomplish the application at home. Cost of service: $45 -$150.

- Information courtesy of Jessica Kisielewski, makeup artist, Institut’DERMed Spa, .

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