Refresh Review and Results

This is a long one… but i think it’s important to provide a thorough review!!! 

Before

I think I have been researching cleanses for 2 years. I have read about them all, juice cleanses, elimination diets, even an egg cleanse? I didn’t know where to turn, and I found most of them disheartening because they require little to no actual eating for a prolonged period of time.

 

I already don’t eat enough foods due to dietary restrictions, why would I want to restrict myself to less food! The thought of NOT eating for days and just drinking juices scared me even more. I’ve seen plenty of people who have great results… but have I mentioned before that I’m a “texture” person? I like crunch and chewing.

When I was in Vegas recently, I heard about the launch for the 3-Day Refresh. It is a 3 day cleanse that combines the usage of Shakes and small meals. Not only was this a 3 days (who can’t do something for 3 days??) cleanse, but it also had food integrated into the plan! I could eat!

 

Here’s what I knew about the cleanse going in…

It is meant to be a jump start that will not only help you lose weight but also provide you some real life experience with healthier eating habits.

Unlike other cleanses, where the weight comes creeping back on, this one was created different. Most juice cleanses tax your organs, do a number on your metabolism and leave you feeling upset regardless of the results. Heck, I would think not eating for days would do a number on my emotions! Have you ever seen a Hangry girl??

The 3-Day Refresh was scientifically designed to do just this opposite of a normal cleanse. It was formulated to detoxify and cleanse, while also supporting your metabolism. No internal battles necessary. You eat, nutritious whole foods during the process to re-energize your organs. Because of the science behind it, you should not only lose weight, but feel better because your body is functioning more efficiently.

Interest peaked… so what does it mean? What do I have to do?

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The plan is simple, follow the exact same diet guidelines for 3 days! 3 Shakes a day, one fiber drink, loads of filtered water, 3 small meals and plenty of fruits and veggies to snack on through the day.

Now, here’s a small confession, I’m a review snob. I have to be. I work in healthcare, who has willy nilly amounts of $$ to go spend on things without seeing people’s results and real life experiences. So after leaving Vegas, I sort of lurked for a while. I know that sounds creepy… but not really! I just kept my eyes on my teammates results, reviews about the taste of the products… etc.

After 2 weeks of seeing people’s results, I just had to try it for myself. It seemed like the average loss was 3 lbs, 3 inches in 3 days.

 Now, I know most of you are thinking? What 3 lbs does Eiren have to lose?

When I was prepping for Vegas I was eating a SUPER restricted diet! Chicken and Sweet potatoes, egg whites, and that was pretty much IT!! I was leaning down for that Classic. (Must write a review on that experience too?)

When I got home, I got much more relaxed about my diet. My workouts were still killer, I got in that habit before I left. However, I was doing great during the workday… breakfast through lunch I gave myself gold stars. However, I found that I was snacking on a protein bar on the ride home. Did I need the ENTIRE bar? No. When I got home, first thing I did was open the pantry and grab a handful of tortilla chips. Then I’d do my afternoon workout. Then, not even a half hour before dinner, I would grab a small bowl of more tortilla chips, some baby carrots and asparagus, throw some shredded vegan cheese on and eat a mini bowl of nachos. Not even 45 minutes later I would be eating a gigunda bowl of veggies and protein for dinner. And some nights, I found that I was even eating another handful of tortilla chips. SIGH… In 4 weeks I put on 5 lbs. When you’re barely pushing 5’1, any lb makes a difference.

I thought, going into this, it would be a great wake up call for me. Get out of your head Eiren. Not only reset your body, but reset your mind.

So I pressed Add to basket.

 During…

I decided to start my cleanse on Monday, 7/21. I figured Monday’s were good. No weekend distractions, and I am always WAY more structured during the work week.

 I wasn’t feeling great all weekend, had the chills and body aches, but I thought I would push on. I can wish myself well!

  •  DAY 1

Monday morning, I got up, drank 8 oz of water and then did my normal workout – P90X3 Accelerator.

 After, I made my Shakeology “pudding” with mixed berries (through the plan) and then drank 16 oz of water to make up for the rest of the water I should have drank in the shake (I’m not a huge fan of shakes in the morning, so I improvised). I also had a very small, less than a cup, of coffee. Caffeine is discouraged, but I get up so early and it’s part of my day… so I figured a ½ a cup wouldn’t kill me!

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 By about 9 am, I started to get a little hungry, so I figured it was no time like the present to try the Fiber Sweep. Duh Duh Doh! What would this entail?? It wasn’t so bad! I mixed it up in my shaker at work with some cold water. I definitely think I would have benefit from a blender though. Apparently my guns aren’t as great as I thought. I was worried that I would be running to the bathroom though… nope.

I still wasn’t feeling great though, still had the chills through the day… I had meetings all afternoon, so I went down to the gym and did a half of a workout of arms thinking that I would sweat out whatever was nagging me. Didn’t work!

Lunch was a creative idea that I got… I decided on Sunday to make my Vanilla Fresh into a creation and then drink the water again like I did for the breakfast. I made #strangebutgood from Sprint2theTable jicama porridge! It was amazing! I added some cinnamon and ginger spices (free foods on the cleanse) and ½ an apple for some crunch. Amazingly delic!

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At this point, I wasn’t hungry at all by my usual 3 pm snack attack. But I ate anyways. I had baby carrots and hummus.

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By dinner, I knew I had my Vanilla Refresh to drink again, and I was trying to think about what to make for dinner. The kit comes with recipes to follow. I made a stir fry veggie bowl. I actually made this for all three nights! It was easy to fry the veggies up in one pan and then save and reheat them the next few nights. For the Shake I added a little more ice to make it like an ice cream and I ate it with a spoon.

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  • Day 2:

Oh boy, I work up with the cold sweats and chills! I ended up taking a day off from work… well I worked from home, a day off from working out and just rested at home. I don’t think this was because of the cleanse, because I wasn’t feeling well starting on Saturday. But, I guess if anything, it was a smack in the face that I needed to actually REST completely! I didn’t have much of an appetite, but I did eat the plan as guided.

Meal 1: Shakeology pudding with mixed berries

Meal 2: Fiber Sweep

Meal 3: Vanilla Refresh with Avocado, Mango and Kale.

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Meal 4: Mix of baby carrots and cherry tomatoes with some hummus.

Meal 5: Kale and tomatoes with coconut oil and a vanilla shake.

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I think I drank my body weight x2 in water on this day!!!

  • Day 3:

Like I said, I can “will myself well”. So I got up, and pretended it was business like usual. Went downstairs and did a light cardio workout for 30 minutes. I kept it light because I know this is a restricted diet to what I normally eat and what my body needs when I’m doing my usual workouts.

The only difference in meals between Day 2 and 3 was lunch… which was a horrible attempt at creating a recipe from the shake. I am the queen of baking with protein powders. I tried to make waffles… but stupid me, without a binder they won’t stick! I used pureed apple and green veggs to make what looked like a good batter. I had to leave them in the waffle iron for 15 minutes to get them off the iron! Lol! But I ate them anyways! I will not waste a shake.

I think the plan is supposed to follow the “vegan raw” diet. However, after a while, I need something else. So I mixed it up….

Oh and my afternoon snack was summer squash instead of carrots and tomatoes.

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 Review/Results:

  •  I wasn’t hungry!
  • I heard mixed reviews about the Fiber Sweep and Vanilla Refresh tasting funny… I didn’t think they were bad. I don’t think I would drink the fiber sweep on a daily basis! But it wasn’t horrid!
  • I actually enjoyed the vanilla refresh. I think if you make it properly and add certain foods to it, it blended well!
  • I think the one things that surprised me MOST about this… I wasn’t hungry that often! When I did get hungry, I drank more water. I actually drank A LOT more water than I usually do! I think this is something I need to continue on with!

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  • This one may be TMI for some, but I was SHOCKED at my digestion. I feel like it reset me completely. For the first time in a while, I had NO stomach pain on Day 1 or 3 (2 was iffy because of the sick situation) or gassy bloating. And I actually had normal BMs both day 3 and the day after!! Internally, my tummy feels fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!

So let’s get down to the brass tax here… what you all want to know about the weight loss?

  • Start Weight: 126.5        End Weight: 119.6 = 6.9 lbs lost (my normal weight is usually around 122, so I’ll be happy around that!!!)
  • Inches lost:   Belly: 3.5 inches Natural Waist – 2.5 inches

 

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I am entirely aware that most of this is water weight, but what a great way to not only re-set your body but, if I’m ever in pinch for a big event or anything… I will DEFINITELY be doing this again!!!!

Lessons Learned and Tips

  1. It’s only 3 days, you can do anything!
  2. Don’t do a cleanse when you don’t feel well!! I was already “in it” and didn’t want to waste the packets and the $$ I spent on the kit.
  3. My portion control was OUT OF CONTROL! I am going to definitely scale back to normal sized bowls for one! And get back to measuring out foods.
  4. Don’t exercise during a cleanse. Give your body a full time to rest. Or if you are going to do something make it an active rest, ie walk or bike ride.
  5. I don’t need that much coffee, but I will continue to drink it anyways… (we all have our vices!) But I can cut out the afternoon runs to Starbucks! This will help save some extra $$ too!
  6. I need to drink MORE water!
  7. Find ways to get creative if you can… one thing I do is add flavor drops. My favorite are Capella’s Flavor Drops found on Netrition I love the Peanut butter and Green apple!! They have OOOOODLES of flavors too!

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  1. Fully aware this is water weight, and I will probably gain some back!

 

Have you ever tried a cleanse?  How did you feel after? 

 

oxo

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Les Mills Combat Review!

So i just finished my Les Mills Combat program! 🙂

 

My twin sis and I bought each other the program for Christmas.  Haha, side note, you know you have a fitness addiction when you buy programs as gifts!  I started the program at the beginning of the new year and just finished last week.

Having done TurboFire for the last few years, and having just finished P90X i was ready for a change.  I liked the Combat video i got with my PUMP series, so I was bursting with excitement at the chance to do this one.

My first few days were a little rough.  It’s always important to remember that when you’re staring a new program, it will take time to adjust to the moves, timing and sequences.  I, thinking I was all fitness queen, didn’t watch the how to videos.  BIG MISTAKE.  After the second class, I popped that one right in.  I don’t know if anyone else likes to get the most of their workouts, but I DO!!!  I wanted to be sure I was doing the moves right!

I got the full package when I ordered, so I had a bunch of DVDs, including the legs and arms.  I LOVE the variety this program has to offer!  It is not as high intensity on the legs as some of the other DVDs i’ve done.  STILL HARD though!  I honestly have never in my life had bicep sweat until I did these videos! My favorite one… the live 60!  LOVE that one!!

I also really enjoyed the HIITS.  They took me a little while to get the hang of them, but once I did I loved the challenge.  How does Dan do all of those Plyo Lunges so early?  My hammies always feel like bricks until 15 minutes into a workout! I really enjoyed how the group showed a variety of levels.  I never felt like I couldn’t do it.  And, as i said, i started to challenge myself.  By the end of the program, i was determined to get at least 10 tuck jumps with the burpees at the end of the Power HIIT!

One thing I really noticed was my abs.  They really “popped” in this 60 day series. All of the twisting really makes a difference.  And I really liked how I got technique that I was missing, or “skipping over” in my previous kickboxing workouts.  I started doing TurboFire again and I noticed that it’s a lot harder because now i’m more focused on my form!  Technique can completely change a program or more regardless of what you’re doing.

In terms of calendar, I followed it to a T.  I added a few days of legs and abs in with it as well.  The abs video is great because it incorporates a lot of planks.  Planks are, far and away, the BEST ab exercises.  It really challenges you to use your entire core.  That’s the one thing I really wanted to work on in this workout was my love handles and back bulge.  I didn’t focus that much on my back during P90X, well lower back, and i noticed that pocket over my jeans. I don’t have that anymore.  My core is as strong as I think it will ever be!

However, abs are always made in the kitchen!  I followed an entirely Clean diet.  Lots of lean proteins, greens, and I ate my Shakeology muffin every morning for extra protein and healthified yumminess!

The price point was great compared to some of my previous Beachbody programs!  This was was definitely doable for my bank account!

I will be hosting a challenge group coming up after ST. Patty’s day! 60 days! If you’re interested, let me know!  I’ll be doing it with one of my fellow girls, Sara!

Overall, i would totally 150% recommend this program!!  PLUS, who DOESN’T LOVE TO LISTEN TO ACCENTS!!!!!!!!

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P90X final review and progress….

Hey all!!! I hope you all are having a safe day out there.  Weather has been a bit crazy as of late!!??? Tornadoes, storms, blizzards!  Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh MY!

It’s snowing here today.  Perfect day to cuddle up (after a workout of course!)!!

I wanted to give a quick review of P90X, as last week was my last day of the 90 day Classic Cycle.

My Start shots aren’t great “start” shots because my start was about 7 years ago.  These are my progress photos post Chalean Extreme.

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I did really well with Extreme, as it is one of my favorite programs of all time.  Heavy weight and slow reps!  I feel like i’m safer that way with form.  Especially considering i’m sort of a klutz and get hurt easily.

So… anywho…here are my progress shots from P90X.

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Pros: This program is very simple to follow once you learn the basics.  You keep log sheets of every workout so you know how many and weight size weights you did for each move.  I HIGHLY recommend keeping this log.  It will help you not only during the quick changeover between moves, but also help you to PUSH past your last goal.  I had MANY a time when I saw my last push up number and said to myself “Eiren, you can go 5 more!” (yes, i talk to myself out loud when working out!).  Guess what, 9/10 i did the extra 5!  They weren’t easy, but I challenged myself.  I did the 12-15 reps as I was not looking to bulk.  Tony gives a great option for bulk vs lean for the users.

There is also a great variety in the videos.  You change them up every 30 days, so you really can’t get bored.  And there are two “rest” days, but one is yoga and the other is stretch.  So you give your body ample time to recover.  **Side note, i don’t take many rest days.  My rest days are a different form of exercise, like pilates or a less intense cardio.  I know that I can end up sedentary on days i’m not active, so i push to make sure i get some type of fitness in.  Even if it’s a good walk.

I liked the cardio videos from the dvds, however I found them a little less challenging than my TurboFire workouts.  If i’m going to give an hour of fitness, I want to KILL IT. If i put on the clothes, i MAKE THE EFFORT!  About 1/4 of the way through the program I switched and ended up doing a hybrid with TurboFire for cardio.

If you like to be entertained, Tony is a complete goof ball in the video.  He definitely made me laugh the first few times!  You can always put the video on prompt too, so you don’t have to hear them count.

Cons:  The videos are long.  If you have an hour a day, then I would do the classic.  Otherwise, you will be doing almost 2 hours of work.  It’s a LOT of dedication, but it’s totally possible if you have the drive and ambition to dedicate to it.  The other con is the ab ripper x video.  While this DVD is HARD.  I like to do more than one ab video per week. I did incorporate some of my other abs dvds into the mix.  Plus, i like to get some back work.  This is what I really enjoyed Core Synergistics.  The DVD was done during the “rest” weeks between sessions.  I loved to do it because my low back is always is need of strengthening.  I did notice a little increase in my love handle area… 😦  I’m working it off now!

The con i had was the damn pull ups.  This is A SELF-CON.  I was frustrated with myself because I couldn’t do them.  I ended up getting a back injury and then went to the bands on the door for that move. I also then injured my shoulder when we moved to Maine, so I don’t think my results are completely accurate because the push ups became really hard with a bicep tendon strain.  OVERALL:
Overall, I would grade P90X a solid A.  I think it’s a phenomenal program, and one that I will certainly keep in my library (a very large one) of fitness DVDs.  I probably will go back to it eventually.  I get bored easily, so that’s the joy of the Beachbody programs.  You can mix and mingle them.  It’s like dating! 😛 You never break up, you’re just on a break!
I think it’s a great program and would recommend it!!!!

What’s next for me?? Well if you follow my IG and Facebook, I’m moving onto Les Mills Combat w a hybrid of Chalean Extreme.  For my body type, i was in the BEST shape of my life doing Chalean Extreme.  So it’s back to that, and I will integrate it on the HIIT days of Les Mills Combat.

I am LOVING this program!  It is not as much tuck jumps as TurboFire, but it is NO JOKE!  I am covered in sweat post workout and am seeing my body lean right down… in 1 week!!

Happy progressing to you!!!

oxo.

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Have you tried P90X??

Are you always trying date new workouts?  Or do you like to stay with the same program??

“I can’t go out, I need to wash my hair…” and an update!

Have you ever used this excuse before to get out of a date?  Or is that so 10 years ago??  Lol!! I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but this has sort of become part of my life now.  In the last 2 years, I have noticed that my hair is getting thinner and starting to fall out.  I’ve been to the doctors (both my Endocrinologist and my Gynecologist) and they both say it’s the other person!  One says it’s my hypothyroidism, one says it’s my pituitary gland!  Can’t they just figure it out??!!

Well, last year, about this time, my hair REALLY started to flake and fall out.  When I saw flake, I mean like nickel size portions that would just peel.  Sorry for the horrible description.  But needless to say, I was horrified.  I’m a girl, and my thick hair was pulling out like no man’s business.  I would take a shower and feel horrified.  Well… I finally got a referral to a dermatologist from my Primary Care Physician.

I saw the dermatologist and he said it was Seborrheic Dermatitis.  By definition (from PubMed Health) it is “Seborrheic dermatitis is a common, inflammatory skin condition that causes flaky, white to yellowish scales to form on oily areas such as the scalp or inside the ear. It can occur with or without reddened skin.” All I know is that it’s itchy and makes me want to cry!  So he gave me two different things, an oil that I had to put on and sleep in, and then some spray.  My dilemma then came up, how was I going to sleep with straight oil on my hair?  The first night I tried it, my pillow and pillowcase were destroyed.  I ended up going and getting a head wrap.  Every other night I would wrap my head up and then have to double, triple wash the stuff out in the morning.  I did this for about a month or two and, that, in combination with the prescription spray seemed to help.  It slowly went away for a little while.  I would have flare ups here and there, but would use the spray as needed.

I have no more spray!!  And it’s starting to act up again.  Since we JUST moved to a new State, and I don’t have health insurance right now, I went back to old reliable.  Natural remedies!!  I was at Whole Foods (Yah, I live near one now!!) and I asked the gals in the beauty section for help.  I explained my situation, and this one girl literally showed me like 15 options that I could do!!  I was so happy! Yes, my bank account was cringing, BUT, it’s my hair and it’s worth it!

She recommended two things as the “top” products to use.  Apparently there is a gentleman with psoriasis that created a product called The Seaweed Bath Company.  She recommended their shampoo, but said they did not have it stocked at their location yet.  I asked if she knew when, but she said she wasn’t sure!  So, while I didn’t get it or try it, it will be my next shampoo to use when I get a chance!!

The citrus scent looks great!! Plus citrus smells wake you up in the morning, and that’s when I typically wash!

Back to Whole Foods, the lovely girl then showed me this oil.  It’s called Neem Hair Oil, made by Dr. Hauschka.com.  Have you ever heard of it? It acts as a lubricant that protects and prevents breakage in the hair.  InStyle Magazine ranked it on their top list of hair products.  (I found that out later).  Another girl at Whole Foods recommended that I put it on at night, and sleep with it on, like my past experience.  She said that she had used it and her hair was so shiny and soft.  There were two options, the lotion and the oil.  I went for the oil.  For as much as I hated the “sleep on it”, I figured it was worth a shot.

After 1 treatment, ONE, I can 150% say this was worth every penny!  All $34 worth of them!!  I did a spot treatment, only one the one portion of my head that was flaking.  That morning, I took a shower and rinsed it out.  No double wash, just a good suds!  I didn’t blow out my hair that day, I just let it be.  I have not used it in two days, and I have now blown out and curled my hair twice.  I have no itching, and the flakes are GONE.  That was after 1 treatment.  I CANNOT believe it, and I cannot thank those two girls at Whole Foods enough!

She also did suggest Biotin supplements, chia seeds for extra oil and coconut oil to both eat and use in my hair!  These gals are a WEALTH of knowledge!!!

I already eat Chia Seeds.  I love them because they “gel” things up!  Bind away!!  But, according to Dr. Oz, and many other sources, “Chia provides a complete protein- containing all essential amino acids in an easily-digested form.  Chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, omega-3 oil, fiber and minerals which all work toward strong and shiny hair”.

Biotin is a supplement that you take.  Now here is what I didn’t know, If you’re going to take it, you need at least 5,000 mcg per day!  HUh!??  Well, biotin also according to Dr. Oz (love him!) is a B vitamin found in legumes, egg yolks and milk.  It’s great for promoting hair growth and prevent thinning hair.  I take it in a hair/nail formula!  Or at least I was… where did I pack it??? hmm…

And lastly coconut oil!  I usually use this to bake with.  Never would have thought to use it, straight up, in my hair!  It’s a great conditioner, and one of the most effective ways to help regrowth of damaged hair!

I found a fabulous DIY Coconut Oil Leave in Conditioner! Thanks Well & Good NYC!!!

THANK YOU!!!

Have you ever struggled with dry scalp or hair loss?

If so, what products helped you??? 

Have you ever tried homeopathic treatments??

And a quick update!!  WE MOved!! I saw “we” because my dad decided to move with me.  I feel like the last month has been a dream it’s gone by so fast.  We are in Maine! Yah!  We found a great house to rent and it looks like the sale of our house is going… lots of showings.  Our house on the Cape has been rented! 🙂  All signs point to YES, this was the RIGHT decision!! Fumble has been slow to adjust.  I’m actually afraid to let him out because he seems to want to lay down and refuses to come back inside.  He must like the Maine air!! 😛 I’ll keep you updateD!  For now it’s onto the job hunt!  Have had a few interviews, but nothing so far.  I figure interviews are great because it’s more experience on how to communicate and increase your confidence when discussing yourself and what you have to bring to the table.  Sometimes I am either horrified or completely stunned at my responses!  The one thing I’ve learned is that it’s okay to stop, take a breath after the question and just let that awkward moment of silence just lull over!  You want to make sure you answer the question appropriately!

Have you ever had an awkward interview situation??

xoxo!

Happy Halloween!!!! :P

Happy Halloween everyone!

I apologize for my lack of posts recently.  I have ideas, but just the sitting down and typing is getting away from me!  Especially with my big news.  I’m moving!!! 🙂  Yes, I am!! Officially this time! My dad and I have decided just to do it, pull of the bandaid and go! Plus, I think it’s much easier to get a job when you have an address in a state.  Being 4 1/2 hours away has made it difficult.

So Southern Maine here we come! 🙂

But back to Halloween!  Yah!!  I hope you all have a SAFE night!!

I must say, I am very happy to see that the news stations in NY decided to postpone the Halloween festivities.  It certainly wouldn’t seem “right” considering all that has happened.  I truly hope that everyone is safe and well! 😦 I can’t imagine having to go home and have lost all of my possessions.  Heck, during my own packing, I realized HOW MANY photos I keep in the basement.  I certainly need to do something with those!

We are in Upstate NY/Capital region, so we missed it all.  Just lots of wind and barely any rain.  My heart just absolutely breaks seeing the videos and photos 😦 In my thoughts and prayers! xoxo

I did post a photo of Fumble’s Halloween photo this morning!  We were inside due to the storm, so I got creative with his costume this year.

It’s sort of an odd choice for him because he is anti everything doggie exercise.  Sleeps about 22 hours out of the day!:P

I hope those of you that ARE taking part in Halloween this year make some wise choices!  Here are my tips!

  • If you are going to eat treats today, just don’t binge out on them!  This is a great way to avoid food guilt later.  You can taste a few things, but it’s okay to throw it out and not finish it.  It took me a long time to come to that “no waste” conflict, but it was worth it.  I will have a few bites of something and then stop, think, “is my craving satisfied?” and then move on!
  • If you’re going to a party, eat before you go!  Don’t go hungry, because you’re more likely to eat too many heavy foods at once, and then you’ll just feel blah!  Eat clean through the day with some healthy protein.  MOre energy for Monster Mashing! 😛
  • Get out and walk to trick or treat! If it’s not raining, get out after/before dinner! Walking is still a great way to be active!
  • Beware, the candy jar!!  You can mindlessly eat those M&M’s over and over!!  I try to trick myself to STOP to eat them! I always get in the goodies first, and then I remember everyone’s hands in the jar!  That stops me right there! If i do take a little bit, I will take a handful, that’s it and walk away.
  • If you are going to pick from your kids goodie bags or your own leftovers of treats to hand out, here are some healthier choices:

Dark Chocolate Miniature treat Serving Size: 5 pieces 200 calories; 13g fat; 7g saturated fat 18g sugar

Kit Kat Snack Size Serving Size: 3 packs 210 calories; 11g fat; 7g saturated fat 21g sugar

Raisinets, Snack Pack Serving Size: 1 box 150 calories; 6g fat; 3.5g saturated fat; 22g sugar

3 Musketeers Minis Serving Size: 7 pieces 170 calories; 5g fat; 3.5g saturated fat; 27g sugar

Now and Laters Serving Size: 9 pieces 120 calories; 1g fat; 0g saturated fat; 22g sugar

New York Peppermint Patty1 full-size bar contains 165 calories, 3 grams of fat, 27 grams sugar

Tootsie Roll 1 small Tootsie Roll contains 50 calories, 1 grams fat, 10g sugar

Peanut M&Ms 1 Fun Size Pouch contains 90 calories, 5 grams fat, 9 grams sugar

Charms Blow Pops One Charms Blow Pop contains 60 calories, 0 fat, and 13 grams of sugar.

(Fitnessmagazine.com and RD.com for info)

Do you dress your pets up for Halloween??
What is your favorite Halloween Candy??

Foam Roll it UP!!!

Happy Monday!

Another week begins.  ::sigh:: i must confess that I did not participate in P90X StretchX for my     Day 6.  My body was hurting.  Plus, I think after throwing my back out earlier in the week I was a bit more hesitant.  So… I decided to FOAM ROLL instead!!!  Have you ever used a foam roller??

Well, here is a little background for you!

Wikipedia defines Foam rolling as a self-myofaicial release technique that is used by athletes and physical therapists to inhibit overactive muscles.  This form of stretching utilizes the concept of autogenic inhibition to improve soft tissues extensibility, thus relaxing the muscle and allowing the activation of the antagonist muscle.

Did that make sense to you?  Okay.  So a Foam Roller is a foam cylinder, kind of like the pool toys but shorter, wider and more firm!  You can purchase them at most fitness stores, and now Walmart and Target.  They do come in differing firmness’. I had one that was WAY too firm and then had to replace it for a softer variety.  They also make ones now that remind me of the Adidas Sandals with all of the little bumps coming off of it! 😛 Oh you KNOW you had a pair!!!

I love the foam roller because I can’t A. Afford to get a massage and B. really need a massage!  It basically provides a ‘massage’ to your soft tissues.  You use your own bodyweight to apply pressure to sore spots.  And believe me, you know when you hit a sore spot!  You simply use the roller to apply pressure to sensitive areas of the muscle and then hold it for a few seconds on that spot.  You can pretty much use the foam roller for any part of your body!  It’s amazing!!

So when and how do you roll?  I have heard recommendations to roll before and after a workout.  Actually, I came to hear about the foam roller through runners!  I’m not a runner, but I still enjoy the benefits.  If you roll before you exercise, you can help to decrease muscle density making your warm up more beneficial.  After, can help with your recovery.  I foam roll at least 2-3 time a week for about 10 minutes. I usually do it after a long day when i’m watching tv. How?  I have attached a fabulous link from Bodybuilding.com that can guide you through exercises for each of your muscle groups.

The routine I did on Saturday was the Tone It Up Routine!  Have I mentioned that I love these girls! They show you all facets of fitness! They have an instructional video on their site, but also a follow guide.

Here’s my representation of their program

aaaaaannndd… BEcause, well, I’m not the Pros here are the handouts!

I LOVED the shoulder ones at the end!!!  You can completely feel the muscles in the middle and sides of your back when you’re opening and closing your arms and then doing the snow angels!

It’s my cheapy version of a massage, and it’s here to stay!!

Have you ever used a foam roller before?

If you have, what’s your favorite “roll”??

Friday Favorites!

Hey all… soo… how was your week??  I’ve been busy getting my resumes out there!  I actually had a phone interview this week.  I don’t know why they always make me so much more nervous than face to face?  I was also a complete DORK on the phone on Wednesday night!  But that will follow below under my favorite this week!!

Do you have “themes” of things that you find that you enjoy during a week?  Here were a few of my favorite things… (yes, I just said that while humming “The Sound of Music”!)

Loreal BB Cream

This stuff is amazing!!  I have been using it for almost a month now and my skin has completely changeD!! For the better of course. Have you used it yet?  I saw it on a feature on the Today Show and figured it sounded much better for my skin that tinted moisturizer.  I have found that I don’t require as much foundation anymore!  Which is a very good thing for my wallet, because I use the mineral makeup.

Loreal Cleaning Conditioner

I got this cleansing conditioner this week after hearing about it.  I have admired the Wen commercial for a while.  (sidenote: why do they play those commercials on the OnDemand for Storage Wars?? How many men care about their hair??) My scalp has been in a little trouble due to some thyroid and hormone issues, so I’m trying to come up with ideas to remedy the constant fall out.  I figured I would give this a shot for $6.99.  The first day I used it my hair felt really greasy.  I didn’t blow it out, and it never dried.  NEVER! lol!  I read the reviews and then I figured out that I needed to wash it a certain way!  It also takes your hair at least 2-3 days to get used to the lack of “stripping” that shampoo does.  My directions for successful application.  It takes me about 6 pumps to clean my hair. I do 1 pump per area of my scalp.  Then I comb it out in my hair, while i’m in the shower, leave it on for 2 minutes and then RINSE IT OUT as much as I can.  It will take a little longer to dry with a blow dryer, but my hair has NEVER been this smooth!!!!

Yummie Tummie Shaping Tank

I know there is absolutely NO NEED for me to wear a shaping tank.  However, I HATE the little bump that my jeans and button create.  It’s a pet peeve of mine.  Also if you knew me, you would know that I have some actual “tummy” troubles, and end up very bloated at the end of the day.  I bought this to help ‘suck me in’.  I couldn’t be happier!!  I also got it on a great deal from Zulily.com! I ❤ a good deal!!

The weather!

Yes, I am totally loving the change in season.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a summer bumpkin with the rest of them. However, I love the fall.  I love everything about the fall!!  My favorite thing right now is the change in nights.  I love to be cold when I sleep.

Getting a phone call from Karena from Tone It Up

Have you ever heard of Karena and Katrina.  I think I mentioned it before that I use their Nutrition Plan.  I have had great luck because they offer gluten and dairy free alternatives.  Plus, their are so motivating!!  I also integrate their weekly workouts into my fitness routine.  But back to the call!  I just found out last week that they make calls to members of their plan on Wednesday evenings.  I was out with the dog on Wed night and I heard the phone ringing.  I thought it was my sis, so I thought I would call her back.  When I got in it was a blocked call, and I listened (AND SAVED!!) the voicemail from Karena.  I was so shocked. I didn’t know what to do, so I tweeted her back!

She called me back!! I was so “star struck” i wasn’t sure what to say.  I think i got a little kerobbled.  I thanked her about a 100 times!  lol!  I’m very rarely at a loss for words.  Still at a loss and i’m shaking my head at my silly reaction! I still have questions! haha!  Isn’t that how it always happens, after the fact??!

Strong is the New Skinny

One of my high school friends, Lauren, reminded me of this quote this week.  It’s SO TRUE!!  I love muscles.  When I feel strong, I feel good about myself, feeling good equals confidence, and confidence equals “sexy”.  🙂  I also lift because I get to eat more!  Is anyone else way more hungry on the lift days??

Fumble

I’m loving myself some Fumble this week.  I worked 40 hour weeks,plus almost an hour to and from.  So I was gone for 10 hours a day.  When I got home from my workday I had to workout, eat, shower.  It left so little time for Fumble moments!  I’m enjoying the tiny times with him.

Continuing my Pinning Recipe Making

I’m loving that I’m actually making what I’ve been pinning!!!  I made Laura @Sprint2TheTable‘s Microwave Cookie today!! I subbed pumpkin for the sunbutter, and then topped it with Shakeology frosting.  This was a fabulous, high protien snack!!!

And lastly, I can’t forget my little good luck charm

Frogs

We had a lot of rain on Tuesday afternoon/night.  I went to go let Fumbs in the afternoon and when I went to go open the umbrella, I found this little guy!!

I didn’t think anything of it, but then Jennifer at FortheGlow told me that frogs are good luck!  I looked it up, and they are indeed!  They offer good luck, especially while in transition.  Eerily wonderful in my shift into my “new life”!!!

What are a few of your favorite things from the week??