April 2017 Wish List

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Here are a few of the awesome products that have caught my eye and made it onto my wish list for the new month.  We’ve got a little bit of everything this month.  Check it out!

Air Fryer ($150)- My biggest wishlist item of the month is an air fryer.  After seeing all of the awesome creations people are coming up with in their fryers, I’m having some severe envy about not having one of my own.  Air Fryers help you achieve the crisp cook of fried food while using little to no oil in the preparation.  This sounds like a dream come true.  I’m longing to get my hands on one of these so I can try out different veggies in there to make my own sweet potato fries, butternut squash bites, and I’m really dying to try the Green Giant cauliflower tots in there.  I was obsessed with them when I had them at my parent’s house, and I imagine tossing them in an air fryer rather than the oven will make them even more amazing. This appliance actually surpassed a new coffee maker on my wishlist. That’s just crazy talk!

Benefit Galifornia($29)- I’ve always enjoyed Benefit’s cult classic boxed blushes. Coralista has always been one of my favorites, and GALifornia looks like it might be a slightly brighter, but still completely wearable version of my all time favorite.   Read more

Dr Formula’s Nexabiotic Probiotic Supplement

ProbioticProbiotics is is a word we hear quite often when discussing health and wellness.  While I have had an on again/off again relationship with probiotics over the last few years, generally buying a bottle, finishing it, and after not noticing any big advantages, failing to repurchase.  When I was given the chance to try a supplement by Nexabiotic, I decided to give my relationship with probiotics the “on again” status and give it a try.

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are essentially strains of good bacteria that live in our gut to help absorb nutrients, keep the bad bacteria at bay, and generally keep digestion running smoothly.  Things like stress (something we all experience) and age (something no one can avoid) can cause those good bacteria to die off.  Have you ever noticed that when you’re particularly stressed, maybe because of work or travel, your digestion seems to be a tad uncooperative? Apparently those good bacteria don’t respond well to stress either..

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What No One Tells You About Hitting Your Goal Weight

What No One Tells You About Hitting Your Goal Weight

Many of us have been on a weight loss journey of some kind at some point in our lives.  There are also many of us who are on one as we speak (myself included).  Whether the goal was to lose 10 lbs, 50 lbs, or 150 lbs, there are so many of us working hard to get to a specific goal weight. You can see the number, can’t you?  You know exactly what you want that scale to say.  Some people are using any crash diet you can think of to lose weight, while others are taking the slow and steady approach.  Whatever method you’re using (be it a proper one or not..), you are working hard and making sacrifices all in an effort to see that magic goal weight number appear on the scale.

Time passes.  Countless hours have been spent in the gym or outside running trying to burn some extra calories. Many pieces of pizza and cupcakes have heard the word “no” and been sacrificed all for the sake of this magic number.  And then, one day, you step on the scale and there it is.  You weigh yourself again to make sure it wasn’t a fluke, but when you look down, you see that glorious goal weight number staring back at you.  You feel victorious, sexy, strong, and like nothing can bring you down.  You’ve made it to your goal weight.  The wait is over. The diet is over.  Right??

Wrong..

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Is Sitting the New Smoking?

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I’ve got your attention now, don’t I?  We all know that smoking is terrible for us. Studies show direct connections with cancer and early death, and for obvious reasons.  So why in the world would I dare ask if sitting is the new smoking?  Surely sitting seems like a plate of veggies in terms of health when compared with smoking!

Truth is, sitting is just as bad for you as smoking.  In fact, it might actually be worse.

In this day and age there are so many people that pride themselves over their big time office job, where they make the big bucks by working long hours and being fully dedicated to their work.  Your dedication of being chained to your desk could come something major like a promotion…or diabetes, obesity, a slew of health problems, or even death.

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Teami Blends 30 Day Detox Review

 

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As you may recall, about a month ago I started the TeaMi Blends 30 Day Detox.  Happy day to me, I finished it. Overall, the experience was a positive one.  Let’s get into the details.

What is the TeaMi 30 Day Detox?

The TeaMi Blends 30 day detox is a program that runs over a 30 day period (duh..) and consists of two different teas: TeaMi Skinny and TeaMi Colon.

Teami Skinny is a unique blend of all natural ingredients that help boost metabolism and suppress appetite, reduce bloating, increase energy, and aid in the digestion process. You can drink as much as you want, as there is no laxative effect. For the cleanse, I drank this first thing in the morning.  In the bag there is enough for a 1tsp serving every morning.  It might not look like a lot, but in the Teami Infuser, the tea expands to fill the whole thing when it steeps.  It’s pretty cool. The taste is good, but isn’t very strong, which I’m okay with.  I was able to drink it without any additional sweeteners and it was enjoyable.

The ingredients in Teami Skinny are: Yerba Mate, Oolong tea, Jiao Gulam, Lotus leaf, Lime leaf extract, ginger root, and Rhubarb root.

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Zenwise Labs Advanced Digestive Enzymes Review

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Digestion is something that most of us have minor (or major) issues with at one point or another. I know that when I have that struggle, for whatever the reason may be, it can leave me feeling bloated and pretty “blah.” Throughout the last two years or so, I started trying out different digestive enzyme supplements as a way to help relieve myself of this issue whenever I had a heavier meal or something I knew might cause some bloating.  I’ve found that in general, this technique has helped me feel a little bit better.

I was given the opportunity to try a different digestive enzyme by Zenwise Labs.  The Zenwise Labs Digestive Enzymes with Probiotics is an effective supplement to help relieve these common, yet bothersome problems. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m talking gas and bloating. Real talk.. Deal with it. Read more

5 Reasons to Drink More Water

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I know you have heard it a million times from a ton of different sources.  Doctors, magazines, fitness trainers, and health bloggers talk about the importance of water and hydration all the time.  I’m about to add myself to the list because it’s important enough for you to hear it one more time: Drink more water!

Did you know that around 65% (I thought I learned 70% in school, but fact checking I found this number instead) of our body is water.  Yeah, over half!  That is a lot of water. There are many ways we end up using and losing water, so if we aren’t diligent about replenishing our supply, we end up dehydrated and could cause some pretty significant problems to our precious bodies.  Here are just a few reasons why you should drink more water. Read more

My Top 10 Habits for Weight Loss Success

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I am a person who can proudly declare that I lost nearly 60 lbs and made it to my goal weight.  It was not an easy task, and it was quite a learning experience, but I did it.  I am also a person who will willingly admit that every single day is a struggle. When I am spot on with my habits,  my weight stays where it should be.  Not only that, but I FEEL great.  On the other hand, when I’m not on track, I end up really not on track..  I still haven’t quite figured out how to mend that imbalance, but here is what I have figured out:

The easiest way for me to stay on track is by following a few simple habits.  On their own they’re all healthy habits to have, but combined they are the power source behind by weight loss success. Read more

An Energizing, Nutritional Treat from Mamma Chia

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Have you heard of Mamma Chia?  Maybe you’ve seen it on shelves (it’s the glass bottle that looks like it’s filled with little pink jelly seed type things) and walked on by.  Well, now they have something new on the shelves that is definitely worth taking a look at.

Mamma Chia reached out to me and offered to let me try some of their new product that hit shelves in late 2014. How awesome of them!  I was super stoked when my box arrived and couldn’t wait to see what was inside. Read more

Weight Watchers Back to Basics: Exercise

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As many of you may know, exercise is an important part of a weight loss/ maintenance plan.  Some of us have that awesome “I get euphoric off of sweating and have to do it daily” feeling, and I applaud and envy you.  I need to figure out how to get the fire back in my fitness routine, because since hitting my goal, my fire feels really snuffed out.  That being said, I still workout regularly because I understand its importance to my body ( and my mind).
There are many benefits to getting in a 30 minute sweat session.
  • -Stress relief
  • Mood booster
  • PMS relief
  • Wearing is good for the skin
  • You get a sexy glow
  • Sculpted body
  • Curbed appetite
  • Social time or “me” time
  • Earning extra Points Plus Values (aka more food for you!)
And oh so many more.
Everyone has a different level of fitness, ranging from none to Marathoner and beyond, and whatever category you fall into, it’s okay!  There is no need to feel like you have to get up and active from 0- 5k in a week.  The point here is to get up and get moving somehow…any way you want.
Personally I try to get myself at least 30 minutes of cardio every day, and I usually succeed 5 or 6 days a week.  Thankfully I have a nifty little activity tracker that I wear every second I’m out of bed (except when I’m in the shower) called the Active Link.  This is the Weight Watchers version of a pedometer, but it is oh so much more than that.  This baby not only tracks steps, but tracks motion in 3 ways (up and down, back and forth, and side to side) which is an awesome innovation in activity tracking.  This means that it still actually counts for something when I am behind the counter at Kohls for 4 hours.  It used to be that my feet rarely moved, and the pedometer on my body reflected that.  Now, thanks to the 3 way motion of Active Link, the twisting and bending and movement I do near my register can get me close to halfway to my daily goal.  I feel much more satisfied knowing my work actually counts.
The Active Link sets a daily goal for you as well.  I will do a separate post on Active Link specifics later, but the gist is this: I have a goal, and when the little lights blink 100% I know I have earned 5 Points Plus that day.  This turns every day into a game, and it is a game that I do not like to lose.
For me the Active Link is a great way to help me meet a daily activity goal, but that doesn’t mean everyone needs some little computer clipped to their body at all times.  Generally, for weight loss you want to get a good sweat session in 4 or 5 days a week, and for maintenance and general fitness shoot for 3-4 days weekly.  However, if you’re someone on the lower end of the spectrum, fitness success doesn’t have to start there.  Go for an extra walk every day (or a walk, period, if you’re someone who is mostly sedentary).  Take little steps to increase the amount of activity you do on any given day.  Note how I say “activity” and not exercise (even though the title of the post is exercise ).  If you get out and exercise great, but that word can intimidate many beginners.  Here are a few ideas to incorporate more activity into your average day, even for a beginner.
  • Start the day with some light yoga or stretches
  • Take the stairs rather than the elevator
  • Park near the end of a parking lot, rather than the nearest space to the door you can find
  • Take the long route to the restroom at the office
  • Spend part of your lunch break on a walk with a co-worker
  • Get up and move 5 minutes every hour
  • Take the laundry up stairs or to the other room in smaller loads..or if you’re really ambitious, piece by piece.  I usually do this when putting laundry from my bed (where I fold and hang) to the right spot.  Trust me, if you put your undies and socks away one by one, you get some movement.
  • Same with the dishes: put them away one at a time
  • Go for an after dinner walk with your significant other or kids
  • Head to the mall for some window shopping, but do a lap around the whole place first before you let yourself look

You get the idea?  There are SO many little things that can significantly increase the amount of activity you get in a day.  Then, when you feel like you can move beyond the basics, head to the gym, sign up for a fitness class, get a workout DVD or turn that walk into a jog or run.  It doesn’t matter how slow you start, at least you’re moving!

So, the bottom line of this back to basics post is to get moving my friends.  I promise you that nothing bad will come from a little more activity in your day.  So bust out some Jillian Michaels (my favorite trainer) or do whatever it is you’re going to do to give your weight loss journey that extra boost of awesome.  And who knows, you just might end up one of those lucky people who get a high off of a quality sweat session.  🙂