The LTB Report. Fierce Seat Kicking Inspiration Beyond the Barre.

23 days until Spring. That's roughly three weeks until the world awakens to a gentle warm breeze and sunshine beckons tiny seedlings out of the dark earth and toward the bright possibilities of the unknown. Birds will begin singing, flowers will bloom and lush green leaves will take over the bare, rough branches as Mother Nature paints the earth in bright red and pink blossoms. As we {im}patiently await the best time of year, there is one thing we don't have to wait for... And that's this month's LTB Report. This L.T.Beauty is kicking seats at the barre and IRL {in real life}. She's an over-committed sweet heart that has a hard time saying, "no" but an even harder time sitting still. So she plans ahead, squeezes in precious "me time" wherever she finds an opening in her jam-packed calendar {think running on her lunch break} and still has time left over to be there for her friends and family. She's smart. She's beautiful. She's fiercely motivated. And after being knocked to her knees by the stress of our modern world, she has seen firsthand just how powerful healthy living and clean eating can be. And lucky for us, she's here to share all of her tips and tricks for living well. Keep reading as she shares everything from her favorite indulgence, to her glow-y skin secrets, whether she prefers Pure Barre over Platform and how she bounced back from a couple crazy and debilitating health issues stronger than ever. Everyone, meet Jamie Filotei.

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Meet Jamie Filotei

Pure Barre Rockstar with a penchant for avocados, long runs and salted dark chocolate. Down-to-earth, loving and always there when you need her, this beauty is big on family, friends and radical self love.

Pure Barre Rockstar with a penchant for avocados, long runs and salted dark chocolate. Down-to-earth, loving and always there when you need her, this beauty is big on family, friends and radical self love.


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ALWAYS IN MY BAG: Aquaphor and sticky socks!

NON-NEGOTIABLE: My sleep. Sleep is so important. I use to pull all-nighters in college and could function off of a few hours of sleep, now I can’t. Or I should say I won’t. Being well rested makes me think clearer, feel happier, and I can focus way better.

IF I COULD GIVE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE: Believe in yourself, and give yourself some credit! Life can become so crazy, hectic, and confusing sometimes. Over the last 2.5 years I have learned a lot about myself, and about others. I believe being healthy and happy is more important than being “skinny.” I value and am passionate about the importance of eating healthy and exercising—the combination of these two things can be life changing. Nothing changes over night so my best advice with any goal is to set small goals, and take small steps every day to reach them.

Jamie with her two sisters, Stephanie and Tori.

Jamie with her two sisters, Stephanie and Tori.

CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: Avocados, Pure Barre, and my family! Avocado is my favorite food—hands down! I eat it with everything, but in moderation of course. Not to mention, I love making homemade guacamole so that just adds to my avocado fetish. Pure Barre—where do I even start? I’m sure you have read Julie’s blog posts about how amazing it is. I teach Pure Barre and Platform classes at the Birkdale Studio. Both are AH-MAZING! And then, last but not least, my family. I am extremely close with my family. I am the oldest of three girls and as we have all gotten older, we’ve grown closer and closer. My parents always stressed the importance of spending time together and doing things as a family. While I resented them sometimes in high school, I treasure every memory we create.

PLATFORM OR TRADITIONAL PURE BARRE: Tough question! If I had to choose, I’d pick traditional Pure Barre. But here’s my one stipulation, cardio is a very important aspect to incorporate into workouts so finding a balance between Pure Barre and Platform is key. I love Pure Barre because it has complimented my running in so many ways. In December, I completed my first half-marathon {!!!! YEAH, GO JAMIE!!!} and I swear I would not have survived it had I not taken Pure Barre 3+ times per week during training. Running so often, and for longer distances, left me feeling “tight,” but Pure Barre would help me lengthen and strengthen my smaller (important) muscle groups. As my runs grew longer during training, I felt stronger because I had Pure Barre as a compliment. Now that the half-marathon is behind me, I continue to run a few times per week, take Pure Barre 3-4 times per week, and then Platform a couple times per week. Days that I run, I obviously do not take Platform!

TO GET MOTIVATED, I: Slow down and refocus! Whenever I’ve been in a slump, I’ve learned that it’s often because I have too much going on in my life and that I’m trying to do too much. After my adrenal fatigue, I started writing down four small goals. Some of my goals were short term, some were long term, and others were mantras. Regardless, I wrote them down and put them in a place where I would see them every day. My best advice is to focus on one goal before moving on to the next. Small steps lead to big changes; you have to be brave with your life.

"You have to be brave with your life."

HOW DO YOU FIND BALANCE: Balance is an ongoing struggle for me. I love to be busy, and when I’m not, I don’t know what to do with myself. I have learned to juggle my person life, my relationship, working, and taking care of myself. There are times when I get overwhelmed and have to remind myself to slow down a little bit—I have learned that planning out my workouts, my appointments, dates, friend gatherings, etc. has not only kept me organized but prepared for each new day. Some weeks I am so busy with work and teaching that it feels nearly impossible to find an hour for myself, but I HAVE to. And what I started doing is running during lunchtime at work if I know I can’t workout before or after work. It’s such a great “break” in my day and I always comes back feeling refreshed.


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FOOD PHILOSOPHY: Clean is best! Nutrient dense foods are what I focus on. Salads, fruits/veggies, lean protein, and healthy fats are what my diet mainly consists of. Do I “cheat” sometimes? Of course, who doesn’t? But I try to eat whole foods about 80-90% of the time. When I eat well, I feel the best.

JUICE OR SMOOTHIE: Hmm… if I had to choose one, I would pick a smoothie! Almond milk, protein, kale/spinach, and berries are my favorite thing to put in smoothies. {Jamie is also a HUGE fan of the beet juice as Clean Juice!}

FAVORITE WAY TO DETOX: Juicing! I did my first juice cleanse after watching the “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” documentary on Netflix. My mom and I did a 3-day juice cleanse to start. Then I started cleansing once every few months. When Clean Juice opened in Birkdale Village, my friend and I did a two-day cleanse and I really liked it. Of course it was great not juicing everything myself, I would pick up a “6-pack” of my juices and was set for the day. Totally convenient—and delicious! For me, juice cleanses are completely mental. Yes you’ll feel hungry and the first day or two I got headaches, but by the end of the cleanse, I felt SO good. This is the perfect way to reset, refocus, and detox!

GO-TO LUNCH: I am lucky because we have a full kitchen at work. My coworkers and I alternate cooking lunch each day. My go-to lunch doesn’t have a name, so I will describe it for you! I will cook ground turkey with coconut oil in a skillet. Then saute chopped green/red/orange peppers, red onion, and garlic in a separate pan with coconut oil as well. Next, I mix everything together in one big pan and eat it on top of a bed of lettuce with cilantro, avocado, and then top it with my favorite hot sauce, Sriracha!

FAVORITE INDULGENCE: Dark Chocolate… sea salt dark chocolate to be specific (eek!)


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HEALTH PASSION: “Be fearless in pursuit of what sets your soul of fire” is one of my favorite quotes. It’s simple, it’s reassuring, and it’s inspiring. Health and fitness is my passion- it has been since I was very young. I remember being at orientation before my freshman year of college and looking up the Exercise Science classes. My orientation counselor said, “Oh! You don’t need to worry about taking those classes, you are going to major in Communications.” And it was on the drive home that I told my mom I knew my Dad wanted me to be a business major but I love exercise and want to major in something that I love and am passionate about. So, Health and Exercise Science it was. I believe exercise is (or can be) someone’s time to refocus, slow down, and decompress from “life.” Sometimes it is hard to do that, I know, but it is so important to be physically active, and take care of YOU!

WORDS TO LIVE BY: “Laugh as much as you breathe, love as much as you live.”

SKINCARE SECRETS: First, eat well. For years, I struggled with acne and later found it was partly hormonal, and partly from (poor) nutrition. I’ve always had sensitive skin, and still do. I wash my face every morning and every night- cleanser, toner, lotion, and then eye cream at night. And if I workout during the day, I wash my face as soon as I cool off. If not, it’s just a matter of time before I have a breakout! Jamie's skin saver: Tea tree oil. Dab some on your breakout at night for {nearly} clear skin by morning.

HEALTH ISSUE THAT BROUGHT YOU TO YOUR KNEES: Two things, actually… First, I lost a tremendous amount of hair; I’d say about 2/3 of the hair I once had. I have always been the girl with “so much hair.” I can remember people teasing me about my “mane” in high school because I had long, thick, curly hair. It was late summer/early fall of 2014 when I began losing handfuls of hair. My mom was concerned so I started taking pictures when large clumps came out. After going to the doctor and ruling out Alopecia, thyroid issues, and a few other things, we determined I had minor gluten sensitivity, and that my hair loss was definitely stress related. The months following, I began using special oils and shampoo/conditioners for new hair growth/scalp rejuvenation, plus focused on being as stress free as possible. That meant I had to learn to say “no,” (which I am not good at doing) because I needed to take care of my health—and myself! My hair has started to come back (very slowly).

My second health issue was adrenal fatigue {learn more about adrenal fatigue here}. It was fall of 2015 when I was not feeling like my normal self—I was tired and always felt like my mind was “cloudy.” Let’s be honest though, who is not tired EVERYDAY? I teach Pure Barre at 6am a few days a week, work out on my own (running and Pure Barre) 4-5 times per week, and I work full time. So feeling tired was pretty normal for me. But there was a stretch of about 5-6 weeks where I had a hard time getting out of bed in the morning because I was that exhausted. It didn’t matter how much sleep I got, I would still wake up feeling extremely sluggish. After talking with Julie (yes, our PB&Julie!), and doing some of my own research, I started to adjust and revamp my diet – think less sugar, more protein and more healthy fats. Looking back, I think I felt so out of whack and not like my normal self so changing my diet was exciting. The better I ate, the better I started to feel. Julie gave me a great acai bowl recipe and recommended brands of ingredients as well which was a huge help and big step in the right direction. Then, I honestly just started playing around with different recipes. I started eating a lot of kale, spinach, bell peppers, carrots, avocado and chia seeds in particular that I'd eat with grilled chicken and once or twice a week, salmon. Now, I mainly focus on eating the foods that make me feel the best! After about 4 months of focusing more on my health and body, I am feeling so much better.

The Bride and her Maid of Honor. Besties Kristen and Jamie pose for a selfie on Kristen's big day. Stunning hair and makeup by Lejeune Artistry in Orlando, FL.

The Bride and her Maid of Honor. Besties Kristen and Jamie pose for a selfie on Kristen's big day. Stunning hair and makeup by Lejeune Artistry in Orlando, FL.

CURRENTLY OBSESSED WITH: Wedding planning! My best friend is getting married February 20, 2016 and I am her Maid of Honor. Hard work but SO much fun! We’ve been planning her wedding since we were little girls and now it’s all becoming a reality. From flowers to dresses to jewelry to table linens, I’ve given my opinion on it all. Although planning a wedding is stressful, it is also exciting, fun, and magical! Not to mention, Pinterest is full of creative ideas!

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Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

Yield: 4 servings

Chicken Ingredients:

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4 (6 oz) organic, free range chicken boneless skinless chicken breast halves {For vegan option, eliminate chicken and top veggie burgers *I love Hilary's Veggie Burgers as a quick, tasty option* with avocado salsa}

1 tbsp lime zest

1/3 cup fresh lime juice

1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for brushing grill

1 1/2 tsp honey

1/3 cup chopped cilantro, plus more for serving

3 cloves garlic, minced

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Salsa Ingredients:

1 1/2 medium avocados (ripe but semi-firm), diced

2 medium Roma tomatoes, chopped

1/2 cup chopped red onion

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tbsp fresh lime juice

Directions:

  1. Place chicken on a cutting board, cover with a sheet of plastic wrap and pound thicker parts of chicken to an even thickness. Transfer chicken to a gallon size resealable plastic bag.
  2. In a small mixing bowl whisk together lime zest, lime juice, olive oil, honey, cilantro, 3 cloves minced garlic and season with 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Pour marinade mixture over chicken in bag. Seal bag while pressing air out, then rub marinade over chicken. Allow to rest in refrigerator 2 - 4 hours (rotating bag to opposite side and moving chicken around halfway through if possible to ensure it's evenly marinating).
  3. Preheat a grill over medium-high heat (to about 425 - 450 degrees). Brush grill grates lightly with oil then grill chicken until center registers 160 - 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer, about 4 minutes per side. Remove and let rest 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium-mixing bowl toss together avocado, tomato, onion, garlic and lime and season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon a generous amount over chicken and sprinkle with chopped cilantro. Serve warm.