Fit-Fashion Friday: About Us

Ms Fit For Society


About Ms Fit For Society

We aren’t just fashion. We aren’t just fitness. We’re right where these two should be, together on one playing field.   The Ying and Yang…

Ms Fit For Society was truly born from our love of sharing ideas, clothes, health tips, mom tips, any and all ways of coming up with a plan to “live life to the fullest.”  Endless hours of sharing ideas over walks to the playground, over coffee, over wine, in dressing rooms, in baby classes and late night texts. Ultimately, Ms Fit for Society is the merging of our passions for fashion and fitness.

Another thing we share is our love for meeting new people. One of our goals for this endeavor is to share what we adore, but also to learn what all of you fabulous Ms Fits love too. We know there are plenty of amazing women out there starting new projects, supporting great causes, or just loving their newly purchased handbag or even new haircut and we want to hear about it! We’d love to learn all about what types of business you run, blogs you write, designers you crave, the workouts you love (or hate), the foods that help you stay healthy….anything at all you want to share to help us meet our goals of supporting each other in being happier, healthier and hopefully having more fun at the same time!

A bit more  about us~

Alisa Kapinos-

I’ve worked as a personal and wardrobe stylist for the last 10 years. I’ve been lucky enough to meet some of the world’s best photographers, makeup artists and models. I’ve been lucky enough to go to New York fashion weeks and meet top designers, I’ve been lucky enough to transform people’s closets and love for fashion, and as of the last 4 years, I’ve been lucky enough to become a mom to my two beautiful sons. And now, I’m on this journey that is Ms. Fit for Society. @styleproductions @googoogabgab

Jessica Diaz-

I have been in love with Barre workouts now for over 13 years. I have been teaching for over three years. I am currently teaching at Asana Charlestown and at Equinox Avery Street. I have been so fortunate to train and learn from the best teachers across the country. For my full class schedule visit my facebook page Jessica Diaz Boston Barre or email me at

I started teaching Barre because I wanted to share the positive changes it brought to my life. Some of the changes were more obvious (increased strength and flexibility) and some surprising (way more energy, interacting with tons of fabulous people, and the tremendous joy I have when seeing people’s excitement when they start to see the changes in their lives too).

Barre has helped me have more energy to keep up with my two kids and also feeling stronger and healthier…. resulting in me having way more fun with fashion. I have never loved fashion more than right now.. so it was the perfect timing to join forces with Alisa to form Ms Fit For Society. @jessicadiaz22 @jessicadiazbostonbarre


We hope that you’re following us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for all of our latest MsFit Features, posts and pics! @msfitforsociety


Photo by Joel Benjamin

Our outfits by Daniela Corte

Make-up: Dani Wagner

Hair: Jana Rago

In their BAGS: Fitness Instructor: Heidi Anderson

Boston Fitness Instructor, Heidi Anderson

Boston Fitness Instructor, Heidi Anderson


The beautiful, talented, and incredibly busy, Heidi Anderson, shares what is in her gym bag:

Don’t miss class with Heidi… she is a must:

Christie Melene Kent’s THREE SIMPLE THINGS:

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 Jewelry designer, Christie Melene Kent, shares her Three Simple Things that add a little joy to her day:


Candles- I start every morning lighting one, taking a moment for myself before my mind and surroundings become filled with chaos.  Meditation can be difficult at first, even intimidating.  Lighting a candle is a centering, calming practice.  The best days are those when I’m the first to rise and catch the sunrise simultaneously. 
Green Juice- It makes me especially happy when someone else whips them up or cleans the juicer.  However, I’m willing to wash & chop to get some of the green goodness my body craves.  Nothing beats the blend of jalepeno, lemon, ginger, romaine, cilantro, celery and pear.
Books- Yes, the good old paper ones. There’s no better way to bring closure to your day, no matter what has crossed your path.  Even if time is limited, a short dose of positivity will suffice.  Miracles Now by Gabrielle Bernstein & A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson offer passages anyone can make time for.  Keep them on your bedside table, as a constant reminder. 

Our Little Tip for Keeping our Energy and Motivation Up: Crystals




Happy New Year Ms Fits!  We wanted to share our unique tip to help keep you motivated toward reaching your New Year goals….Crystals. Crystals have been used throughout history for their healing and energy capabilities and were considered sacred in many ancient civilizations. It would take the span of many books to cover crystals, the hundreds of different types, and their many uses, roles in traditions and rituals, place in healing and meditations, history, and the many different beliefs that surround their “powers,” so for simplicity I am just going to share a few of my favorites types (specifically the ones that just may help support new goals for 2016).  Wearing or carrying crystals is a very simple tool for adding a little positive boost to your energy and motivation!
I have had quite a few impactful experiences with crystals and now they are always around me. In the years since incorporating them into my life, I seem to continually meet many new “crystal people” and healers, and it is so fascinating what I have learned from them, specifically how differently people’s reactions can be to different stones. For example, some people will feel a heat, others will feel a coolness, vibrations, exaggerated heaviness, etc.. I even met a woman from New Zealand whose crystals shattered after they were done “doing their job” of removing negative energies. Many healers claim the crystals choose you, not the other way around. There is even a crystal for increasing fertility, like the chrysanthemum crystal (I have given this one to so many of my friends trying to get pregnant. Warning: So far, all have had babies).  I have also heard this many times, crystals seem to have a way of disappearing or moving on to other people that need them.


Crysanthemum Cyrstal

Crysanthemum Cyrstal

I know this might sound a little odd or new age to some, but crystals are simply known to have higher vibrations that work to boost energy, heal, increase spiritual connectedness, and help release negativity. My house is covered in them, I wear them a lot, I always seem to have a few on me.  I also have a crystal essence that was made for me by a dear friend that I spray everywhere. I use them in hopes to surround my family with positivity and create a space in my home with a healing “pure” energy. You can easily create this by placing quartz crystals in the four farthest points in your home (creating a energy parameter).

There are hundreds of crystals, but here are just a few for healing, to boost energy, motivation, and help release negative energy:

Carnelian Stone

Carnelian Stone

Carnelian Stone –  This is a power and motivation stone. Increase physical energy, ambition, and drive.  Said to bring a surge of life force and boost creative energies.  Supports courage, strength, vitality, increases enthusiasm. Helps to awaken one’s talents and aids in moving forward on a new path. The carnelian stone is considered a career stone and great to carry on you during interviews. Also protects against negative energies.


Golden Apatite

Golden Apatite

Golden Apatite – Increases motivation and builds up energy reserves. The yellow Apatite crystal is used for mental clarity, improved will power. Also said to increase creativity, confidence, aids in manifestation of one’s dreams, and even used to stimulate the metabolism for weight loss.



Red Jasper – Increase physical energy, vibrancy, and vitality. Said to enhance strength and energy and useful in generating muscle tissue, can enhance the effects of exercise. Overtime, Red Jasper can increase the amount of Chi, or energy force, in one’s energetic field.


Sun Stone

Sun Stone

Sun Stone – This is another energizing stone, stimulating leadership and will. It carries the light and happy energy of the Sun. Physically said to increase metabolism, digestions, and vitality. Sun stone can kindle the fire of leadership within those who carry or wear it. It is also a very healing stone of personal power, strength, and to bring in blessings.


Clear Quartz

Clear Quartz

Quartz (clear) – Amplification of one’s intentions, used for healing, cleansing, clearing of negative energies. Can assist in any type of healing, and generating prosperity. Also used to amplify the energies of other stones.


New Ms Fit Feature: Molly Powers

Molly Powers, Reiki Instructor, Medium, Yoga Instructor

Molly Powers, owner of Powers of Healing, Reiki Healer, Medium, Yoga Instructor

 When Alisa and I talked about what feature we wanted to do before the New Year we both decided on doing this special one on Molly Powers. Molly is a healer and has helped Alisa and I both in different ways in the past few years. The timing of this feature is not only perfect because we’re approaching resolution time, the time we tend to look for new things and ways to make our new year healthier and happier, ( Molly is definitely one to add to your list) and also perfect, because my son turned five a few days ago and it was because I was pregnant with him that I started seeing Molly. I am beyond grateful to her for her healing over the past six years. When I started seeing her, I never imagined that I would post about such a personal experience, but I know, and hope, it will help others looking for  ways to find healing and balance in their lives.
The first time I saw Molly, I was about 7 weeks pregnant with my son, and suffering from serious anxiety. An anxiety so bad, I couldn’t sleep, and all I could do was worry about whether I was going to have another miscarriage. I think I was to the point of feeling like my worry and stress were going to be harmful to the baby. A few months before getting pregnant with my son, I had a miscarriage in my second trimester. I was devastated and shocked. Shocked not only because I already had a healthy two year old, and it never occurred to me that I could have a miscarriage, and certainly not that far long in my pregnancy, but also because up until that point, my thoughts on miscarriage were that “oh, it’s common, happens to everyone, just a part of life.” When it happened to me I was beyond shocked at how hard it was to accept, I was heartbroken, mad, and blamed myself for causing it somehow.  I knew I had to deal with my current anxiety in my new pregnancy and didn’t want to take medications while I was pregnant, so I went to see Molly.
From the first moment I met her I felt a senses of healing and calmness. I saw her every week during my first trimester and she helped me so much with all of my feelings of worry, and helped me sleep again. In the past six years she has been such a big part of my being able to heal in a lot a ways (ways I didn’t even know I needed) and has helped me deal with some of the most challenging times I have yet experienced in life. Thank you so much Molly and your beautiful gift of healing!
Running my business, Powers of Healing, is more than a full time job.  I’m a medium and Reiki master and also do all the scheduling, bookkeeping, and follow up.  I’m a one-woman company – phew!
I’ve been a yoga teacher for 14 years and still love to teach.  Currently, it’s only 3 or 4 classes a week.  Please come find me at Lexington Power Yoga. And starting in January, I will be teaching at Barre and Soul Yoga and Barre Studio in Harvard Square Mondays at 4:00pm.
Outside of work, my husband and I spend a lot of time in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, hiking, biking, and generally enjoying the outdoors.  When we are home in Cambridge, we like to go for runs and also climb the stairs at the Harvard Stadium, which is a great workout. Except for yoga or barre, I always choose to exercise outdoors.
I teach a powerful vinyasa flow at Lexington Power Yoga (  I teach Mondays at 6 AM and Wednesdays at 6AM and noon.  I would love to see you in class but be forewarned; I have a reputation for being tough (but loving).
I also will be teaching at Barre and Soul yoga and barre studio in Harvard  Square Mondays at 4p starting in January 2016.
These days, I’m wearing LuluLemon, Glide, Splits59, and Athleta and I’m always on the new lookout for clothes that perform well and are, well, cute.
In regular fashion, I’ll confess that I’m a denim addict and I love a new pair of jeans!  My new favorite jeans are a pair of skinny jeans by Mother.  I also love the new faux fur vests – a great way to dress up jeans or yoga pants.  And you can never go wrong with a cute pair of short boots.  I love a little heel and I also love Frye boots.  Another fashion addiction.
Reiki is energy healing through the hands. Reiki is administered by “laying on hands,” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive.  This type of hands-on healing assists in bringing the mind and body back into balance and can assist in relieving stress, anxiety, and pain.  I know it may sound like mumbo-jumbo, but it really works!
A Reiki session lasts 50 minutes and the client lies back (fully clothed) on a comfortable table.
I also work as medium, I channel the spirits of loved ones who have died and deliver messages to clients. Sometimes the information comes through as detailed facts, sometimes as images. This information I receive allows me to verify the identity of the person who has passed away. These direct connections are a step in the direction toward comfort, healing, and even joy.
This practice is a form of holistic spiritual healing.
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New Ms Fit Feature: Christina Kotseas of Kotseas Concierge

As we approach a new year, we thought that sharing our fondness for our newest Ms Fit, and her totally unique company would make for the perfect feature. I know we have so many new year’s resolutions, so many things we think we’ll definitely get to once a new page is turned and honestly, I think when we actually get there, we think to ourselves, how in the world did I think I could pull all of this off? Enter Christina Kotseas and her business, Kotseas Concierge. Sometimes a little help with even the smallest things is what we might need to help us get through the day, and that’s exactly what they do… need help with party planning or organizing a family trip, anything? They’ll be right there to get it all done for you so you can focus on everything else.

Let’s see what’s keeping founder, Christina Kotseas busy these days…

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Holiday organization! I have been gearing up to prepare all of my clients for their holiday celebrations. We are gift shopping, gift wrapping, finalizing home decor, sending out holiday cards, planning cocktail parties, and getting organized for any winter travel.

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I’ve recently become a fan of ClassPass and am milking that $119 per month for all it’s worth! I am the Maid of Honor in my sister’s New Year’s Eve wedding this year so am trying to be diligent with my workouts. Having a strong inventory of cute workout clothing like the Lulu lighten up bras help to keep my fitness game on point. I am wishing I had one for each day of the month! I love to wear them with open backed tops to show off all of their fabulous color options.

Tell us about your business, how you got started? Is this a service for everyone?
My business essentially started after I decided that my background as an executive assistant, nanny, yacht stewardess, and Red Sox event planner should really be combined into one role. As a personal assistant and concierge for many bustling Boston households, I​’​m able to apply my experience gained in each of these unique roles to my everyday work. This ​is​ definitely ​a service ​​for​ everyone! Any busy mom, household, executive, ​student, ​etc. can benefit from a few extra hours in their week, right? We can bill hourly if only a short amount of time is needed, or clients can purchase a package for 20, 30, 40 hours and use the time over the course of six months. This way, there is no stress to come up with projects day to day. People love to utilize the hours at their leisure, when it is most convenient for them. ​We’re now offering​ gift certificate​s​ for those hard-to-shop-for family members and friends!

​You can visit us on our website or Facebook.

You can also email me directly at


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New Ms Fit Feature: India Hicks

India Hicks, Designer and Founder

India Hicks, Designer and Founder

Every time I think of India Hicks, I think of that Elsie De Wolfe quote, the one that you may have run across once or twice on Instagram that says, “I am going to make everything around me beautiful-that will be my life.” That is exactly what India Hicks, her fragrances, gifts, accessories, style, and most importantly herself represents… so much beauty.  It is not always easy to express concepts like, the essence of relaxed yet luxurious island style, through digital images or social media,  but a quick browse around the India Hicks website and peek into any of her videos and you’ll see that is exactly what she has succeeded in doing.

I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to meet India twice! And yes, she is so stunning and stylish, has so many fascinating and worldly, and of course Royal stories (having been a bridesmaid of Princess Diana) that she explains are so much a part of the inspiration behind her lifestyle brand and the design of her products which includes jewelry, bags, accessories, and beauty products (we can’t wait for you to check them out!).  India is also so down-to-earth cool and hysterically funny. Both times, she had rooms full of people thoroughly enjoying themselves and laughing. India is also very accessible and caring. It is therefore no surprise that she is growing her successful direct sales business through building relationships with 600 style ambassadors. She also gives back in many ways, one way is creating a special series which shares inspirational stories about people leading impactful lives called, Extraordinary Lives. I am still pinching myself that India has included me and my experience recovering from a stroke on her list!

We are so grateful to India for taking a moment during this busy time of year to share with us, and become our newest Ms Fit!

India's last trip this Fall to Boston with Designer Daniela Corte

In Boston this fall with designer, Daniela Corte.                                                                              (image from Boston Common Magazine)



Being in partnership with 600 extraordinary women who have joined hands with me in an exciting opportunity, together we are building a direct sales business with a fresh and modern take.


Yoga pants, terrible isn’t it? The men in our lives are appalled; they want us to dress like Grace Kelly and we wear yoga pants. However, I am not into yoga, took a one-on-one the other day to remind myself how much this is not for me. I’m a runner, I need to be pounding that pavement or pink sand.



Where to begin, we can offer stocking stuffers from $20 to a serious $420 bag with lots of attitude!



Agra Tassel, Leather Key Fob with Tokens.

Agra Tassel, Leather Key Fob with Indi Pendant Rockstar Token.



The Carmen Clutch







The Beetle Bag

The Beetle Bag





Mince Pies… and homemade, but not by me.



One way we want to keep inspiring people is through our online videos.

India Hicks On Facebook

India Hicks on Instragram:

India Hicks on Twitter:




New Ms Fit Feature on New York Times Best Selling author, Lyn-Genet Recitas

Executive director of The Plan, Owner of LGKitchen

Lyn-Genet Recitas, Executive director of The Plan, Owner of LGKitchen


We are so excited for this new feature on bestselling author and creator of The Plan, Lyn-Genet Recitas. Not only is Jessica now studying under Lyn-Genet to become a health coach, Alisa has just finished the book and is preparing to start doing The Plan. In case you missed Jessica blog yesterday, she explained how The Plan has had a huge positive impact on her life and Jessica is now in the process of becoming a Plan health coach

One of Jessica’s favorite thing about the plan is she feels it gives her the tools to keep on track with her health and weight goals, especially when it comes to the mental, shall we say “drama”  that we put ourselves through over deiting and weightloss. Some of us can feel tremendous stress about knowing we have a busy and demanding week coming up, or it’s the holidays,  or the million other reasons that makes of feel out of control at times of our weight and health.  Now, Jessica explains,when she is up a pound,two, or three, or has a stressful week coming up, no big deal, she has the tools from The Plan that she knows works to get through it or get those pounds right off. This is the reason we wanted to share this before the holidays, to help anyone who, like us, has that stress that “oh the holidays are coming and with it that extra weight”. We hope sharing about Lyn-Genet will help you have a “plan” and the tools to get through the holidays as stress-free as possible and start the new year.



I am so excited to be finishing up my 3rd book The Metabolism Plan. The Metabolism Plan (TMP) is going to help you understand how your body responds to exercise, just the way The Plan helped you understand that your weight and your health are just your chemical response to food.
When you exercise too intensely you can actually gain weight and slow your metabolism! Many of us are exercising too intensely which attacks thyroid function , our master gland for our metabolism. Then we have the flip side, people aren’t exercising at all because you think you have to work out 60-90 minutes a day to have an effective workout regimen.
TMP shows you how to find the balance that works best for your body. I easily have women losing 6-7 points of body fat in a month. Of course on The Plan you lose 9% of your weight in a month until you reach your set weight.


I just bought the cutest 70s style mongolian curly lambs wool jacket, when it’s cold I have to go over the top bcs I find winter so depressing- that with my floppy fedora and some high heel boots and I feel so Faye Dunaway.
The Plan, New York Times Bestseller

The Plan, New York Times Bestseller


The Plan is a method of finding the healthy foods that can cause inflammation, make you overweight and hasten the aging process. Wait- healthy foods make you fat? I know it’s counterintuitive, but it’s true. Healthy, low calorie foods like green beans, Greek yogurt, salmon, turkey or oatmeal can cause one to two-pound weight gain which is crazy but true!

A food that doesn’t work for YOU can trigger an inflammatory response. This inflammatory response triggers a domino effect that ultimately affects your immune system. That “healthy” spinach and egg white omelette may be prematurely aging you, expanding your waistline and cause health issues.

What you need to know is that you are chemically unique and hat aging is a state of inflammation. Systems start to slow down as we get older. Your body just can’t repair as quickly as it did in your teens and twenties. The foods you used to be able to break down easily when you were in oyur teens and twenties are just harder to break down in your thirties, forties and fifties and beyond.

When you find the foods that work for you? The weight flies off, all while eating over 2,000 calories a day. And as you know, Jessica Diaz, wine cheese and chocolate are part of the diet!

Here is a link to a great video by Lyn-Genet that I highly recommend if you are interested in learning more about how the plan can help you you reach your best health and best weight.



Lyn-Genet was so nice to share a few recipes with us from her cookbook that make great editions to any menu this Holiday week:


The Plan Cookbook

The Plan Cookbook


The Plan’s “So Rich You Could Die Chocolate Pie”

"So Rich You Could Die Chocolate Pie"

Pie Filling:

12 oz Valrohona chocolate, finely chopped; or 12 oz semisweet chocolate chips

1 Cup heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup Silk Coconut milk or Rice dream

1 tsp Vanilla

Almond Flour Pie Crust
This delicious pie crust is the perfect match for our Plan-friendly Pumpkin Pie recipe and Raw Chia Pecan Pie.

1.5 Cups Blanched Almond Flour
1/4 Cup softened butter
2 tsp Honey
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp cardamon
Place all crust ingredients into the food processor and blend, Combine dough into a ball and roll out between 2 wax paper sheets. The dough will keep for 2 days in the refrigerator.
Before cooking, place crust into 8-inch spring-form pan and cover the bottom of the pan.
Yield: 8

Combine chocolate, whipping cream, coconut milk or rice dream in a medium bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Stir to blend and then microwave for another 1 minute. Stir until smooth. Stir in Vanilla.

Pour chocolate filling into pie shell and chill in refrigerator for 2 hours, until firm to the touch. If you like serve with fresh whipped cream  or The PLan’s Coconut Whipped Cream.

Whipped Coconut Cream

1 (14-oz) can of full fat unsweetened coconut milk ( chilled in the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight).

optional: 1 to 2 tbsp agave nectar

optional: 1 tsp pure vanilla extract.

Open the chilled can of coconut milk without shaking it. Separate the cream on top from the liquid and transfer to a large bowl; discard the liquid. Add the Agave and vanilla to the cream, if desired. Using a hand or stand mixer, whip the coconut until forms creamy peaks, about 3 minutes. Serve immediately

Makes 4-6 servings

Lamb Shepherds Pie

The Plans Shepherds Pie

 1 lb ground lamb
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 zucchini, chopped into 1-inch cubes
1 head kale, deveined and chopped
1 medium potato, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 medium butternut squash, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 cup ( 1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 can full fat unsweetened coconut milk
Optional: 1 tsp dried sage or other herbs of choice
1/4 coarse gran sea salt
 Preheat oven to 400 F
Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add lamb, onion, garlic, and spices and cook, stirring, until lamb is browned about 6 minutes. Add zucchini and cook for 5 minutes. Add Kale, cover, and remove from heat. Let steam for 5-6 minutes, until kale is thoroughly cooked. Stir when done.
Meanwhile, in a steamer basket set in a large pot with 1 inch of simmering water, layer the potato cubes, then top with squash cubes. Steam for about 8 minutes, until tender. Transfer potatoes and squash to tow separate bowls. Add half the butter and coconut milk to the potatoes and half the squash. Mash each until creamy. Season with sage or other herbs, if desired, and salt.
Layer a 10×10-inch casserole dish with the mashed potatoes, then the lamb-kale mixture, and then the mashed squash. Bake for 15 minutes, until top is crispy brown.
Makes 6 servings


Lyn-Genet on the Dr. Oz shpw

Lyn-Genet on the Dr. Oz show

My New “Plan” to Venture into the world of Nutrition:

Video Interview from Wellness Health Summit

Video Interview from Wellness Health Summit

I am so excited to be sharing this update on the start of my new venture in Nutrition! In the video clip above, I talk about the experience I’ve had with “dieting’ and food. I also share my awful beginnings with  my start to dieting over 20 years ago, and what many years of experimenting with foods after that has taught me.
This clip is from an interview I did that aired this past September and it was a part of a global Wellness Summit. In the video I say “ I don’t have a nutrition certification”.. and little did I know at that moment that was about to change. Just weeks after this summit, I would not only meet New York times best selling author, Lynn-Genet Recitas, of the book, The Plan, that I was talking about in this video, but I would also begin to train under her to become a Health Coach (I am still amazed this really happened). Learning from Lyn-Genet and incorporating an anti-inflammatory health plan in my life has been so life changing for me and the weight-loss has become just the “icing on the cake .  (Little disclaimer: I was just learning about The Plan when I filmed this video. I happy to say I can explain in better now)
This past June, my weight had crept back up. My weight was up almost 15 pounds. Like many I thought, yes, I know this happens to people, especially as they get older. And it wasn’t like It was just overnight I realized I had gained 15 pounds, I was aware of it each month. And believe me I did try to stop it. The very frustrating part was that I was eating as “healthy” as I always had (in fact I went back to the exact meal plans I had used to lose my post baby weight 5 years ago). I was creating an using my old menus based on healthy real foods. I also bumped up the frequency and intensity of my workouts…A LOT.. and I was still gaining. The scale was not budging down. After 6-8 months of this, I was coming to the conclusion, that being 10-15 pounds heavier was just my new reality …or I had a thyroid problem. I then got my thyroid checked, the results showed my thyroid function was normal (though later I learned from The Plan I did have a sluggish thryoid). So I though OK I guess this is just my new reality.
I didn’t know how much healthier I could eat, or how much more I could work out. And then… thankfully.. I was introduced to the book The Plan, and that all changed. What I learned from The Plan is the some of the healthy foods I was eating and that crazy intense workouts I was doing,was in fact the reasons I was gaining and not able to lose weight. My Body chemistry had changed and what worked 5-6 years ago was not going to work for me now.
The Plan is based on a complete individualized program for helping learn what foods and workouts work with your body. Today, I am 15 pounds lighter, I have reduced my percentage of body fat, my thyroid is functioning better, I have never slept better, I have way more time in my life because I am spending half as much time working out, I feel better, and I have had only one migraine headache since September (normal for me was 1-3 a week). There is no calorie counting, I am eating more than I was before The Plan, and wine, cheese, and chocolate are pretty much part of my every day!
My teaching Barre and fitness will not change. I am just thrilled that I can add health coaching into the mix in order to offer my clients a more well-rounded approach to helping them meet their fitness, health, and wellness goals. I have also been working with Lyn-Genet Recitas on creating workouts and a new class style that focuses on effective exercises that are not too over-taxing on the body and support weight-loss!
Over the next few weeks I will be sharing tons more about becoming a health coach, when I will start taking on clients, and the new class. Also, stay tuned tomorrow, Lyn-Genet is going to share more about The Plan, as well as some great Plan recipes for Thanksgiving!

The Faces of Fashion with the Good Ones

Last night, Jessica and I had the privilege of joining a truly celebrated crew of people who were chosen as the Good One’s Fashion, Business and Marketing Icons. The ladies of the Good Ones, featured Jessica and myself as their Faces of Fashion and we were over the moon about it!

The event was a huge success where everyone was required to wear black, white or red, which was a really fun theme for a really fun collection of talented, smart, creative and philanthropic people. Jessica and I really admire the girls of the Good Ones, Carolyn Kim and Jennifer Brooke who founded this company in 2012 as a way of connecting people of varying professions and interests through hosting one of a kind events throughout Boston. What an amazing and truly dying art of connecting people, in person, to share ideas and talents and perhaps even making a new friend all the while!

The gals of the Good Ones, Jennifer Brooke, Carolyn Kim and the Ms Fits

The gals of the Good Ones, Jennifer Brooke, Carolyn Kim and the Ms Fits


Here are just a few of the featured people that we had the privilege of getting to know… and a little bit about Jessica and myself if you aren’t already familiar…


Lauren Creedon

Lauren Creedon, Director of Partnerships at Fancred

Lauren builds partnerships between large brands and startup innovators. As Director of Partnerships at Fancred, the first live streaming app for sports fans, Lauren works with professional sports teams, leagues, and influencers who are leading digital media strategies. Fancred was named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Brilliant Companies. Lauren believes that innovative media businesses are built on strong partnerships and engaged communities. She is fascinated by the sports world and the opportunity that still exists to engage passionate fans. She is also a trained studio artist, obsessed with street & contemporary art. Find her at live music events and traveling to new cities as often as she can.



Lori Kyle Christensen, fashionista and entertainment reporter

Lori Kyle Christensen, fashionista and entertainment reporter

Lori is the creator and designer of Boston-based couture clothing label Venni Caprice Clothing, and the co-owner of the lifestyle brand Zero Fox Life with Kayla Harrity

She is an entertainment reporter for Dirty Water TV, a show that airs on NESN in New England. Lori also sings and plays a mean tambourine in the band Dick, Nick & Chick Justice at Venus around Boston.


Cort Davis, Mentor

Cort Davis, Mentor

Cort gives his time to mentor early stage companies out of Northeastern’s IDEA program as well as Mass Challenge. He is also a guest lecturer at Northeastern for senior entrepreneurial capstone students. This helps him keep a pulse on the industry while constantly learning new, inexpensive growth hacks to help early stage companies with little-tono funding.


Jessica Diaz, Co-Founder Ms Fit For Society

Jessica Diaz, (left) Co-Founder Ms Fit For Society


Jessica is a mom of two, Barre instructor, co-founder of Ms Fit For Society, and spokesperson for The American Stroke and Heart Association. Jessica is teaching Barre at Equinox and at Asana in Charlestown. Jessica is also in the process of becoming a Health Coach to better help her clients with nutrition, to offer a more rounded wellness approach to being healthy. Her role with the Stroke Association encourages her to help educate people of the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.

Jessica fell in love with the Barre twice in her life. Once in 2004, when she was first introduced to it while living in San Francisco, and again after having her second baby. What she loved most is that Barre class is toning, effective, and fun. She loved how much personal attention she received, while still enjoying a group exercising setting.

She was amazed at how just a few hours of Barre class a week had completely changed her body. Not only physically, but also giving her so much more energy. As a new mom, she needed that energy and she also loved that the hour class was a full body workout and helped her get back into her pre-baby shape. Jessica loved that the Barre classes allowed people to work at their own pace, using their own resistance and be challenging, yet safe enough for any fitness level.

After eight years of taking Barre classes, She knew that Barre would always be a part of her life and decided to begin teaching. Jessica became BarSculpt licensed in 2012. “ As a Barre teacher, I hope to bring the fun, challenge, and change, that this class has brought into my life”.


Alisa Kapinos, Co-founder, Ms Fit For Society

Alisa Kapinos, Co-founder, Ms Fit For Society

Alisa has been lucky enough to spend the last 10 years of her life working as a wardrobe stylist first on editorial shoots for magazines and commercials, meeting world renowned models and photographers, and then turning her focus on personal styling where she has witnessed some unbelievable closets, the good, the bad and the over-the-top. Since having her two sons, Alisa has also begun styling kids. As a mom, she realized how much moms really do invest in their kid’s clothes for fun, for sport, or whatever their daughters are telling them is trending that week, and how little time moms have to run a household, keep up a social calendar, take care of the kids, never mind have the time to keep up with their fashion demands. Alisa is also the co-founder of her two year old fitness/fashion blog Ms Fit for Society, a blog on everything fitness and fashion with a twist on everything else that’s keeping the Ms Fit’s lives on the go. “I think the goal in life is to be happy, and if I can focus my energy on the things that make me insanely happy, then I know I’ll be a better mom, wife and friend, all with a big smile on my face.”


Kornielia Kis, Consultant

Kornielia Kis, Consultant

Born in a small town in the heart of Hungary during the Communist Era, Koni Kis barely imagined that she would pursue an international career with one of the world’s leading management consulting companies, The Boston Consulting Group. Holding a Masters in Economic Sciences and an Executive MBA in Leadership, Koni studied and worked the last 15 years in Germany, Austria, India and Hungary, acquiring international experience and solving complex corporate challenges for clients and BCG. She moved to Boston in 2014 and is leading the firm’s global marketing analytics team. She enjoys working with cutting edge technologies and exploring beyond the obvious with the solutions her team provides for the company.


Ruta Laukien, founder of Liquid Art House

Ruta Laukien, Founder of Liquid Art House

What began as a planned summer trip to visit relatives in the United States would become a serenditipitous start to Ruta’s American dream. At age 17, the Lithuanian native would seek temporary asylum to pursue an education, as the Russian army invaded her homeland. The meandering journey, from Worcester to Jacksonville to New York City, would ultimately see a J.D./M.B.A. from Duke University – a detour that led to a flourishing career as an Investment Banker on Wall Street.

Today, the mother of two and Back Bay resident is the trailblazing founder of Liquid Art House, the first gallery/restaurant hybrid to hit the hub. Her vision for “LAH,” which began back in law school as a Lithuanian-style Tea House, would sit with her for fifteen years. After the implosion of employer Bear Stearns, her idea regained steam until crystalling into an “art hospitality” restaurant concept. A lover of food, art, wine and travel, Laukien decided to combine all her passions under one roof. The 2011 Mass Challenge alum (her idea made it to 2nd round) would eventually bootstrap her startup, which opened in May 2014, in the landmark building, The Arlington.


Kristin Steiberg relationship expert

Kristin Steinberg, Relationship Expert

Kristine is a relationship expert focused on advancing and transforming corporate and entertainment work environments. Through cutting edge systems, coaching techniques and deep business experience, Kristine creates forums that illuminate her clients’ goals, ignites their potential, helps them face fears and moves them to action. Her passion is increasing cohesion, health and positivity in the workplace. Kristine has worked with leaders and teams in organizations such at Bain & Company, The Boston Consulting Group, TED, Harvard University, DreamWorks, Microsoft, Chanel, Edelman Public Relations, Heineken and The Home Depot.


Ryan Wittag, Philanthopist

Ryan Wittag, Philanthopist

Ryan is currently on a quest to sell 100 pies before Thanksgiving on behalf of Community Servings, an organization which delivers delicious, medically catered meals to individuals who are home-bound with an acute, life-threatening illness. Community Servings has achieved the highest designation (4 stars) from Charity Navigator. Each pie sold allows CS to deliver one week of meals to a client.


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